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Happy Hauling: April/May ’14

Hello one and all, I hope you are all having an awesome week.  In today’s post I thought i’d share with this haul that I’ve been doing over the past couple months, as I’m someone who tends to just buy bits and pieces and then before I know it a small mound suddenly appears on my make-up table. So, here goes:

First up is this stick foundation from the ”Fit Me” (AUD $15.95) range by Maybelline in shade 120. It gives a matte coverage, while the anti-shine powder core it gives a powder like finish.

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Second is Lady Danger (AUD $36) Matte Lipstick by MAC. As I have quite a few shiny finish red lipsticks, I thought I’d take a leap of faith (cause I’m so brave right? :D) and try out a matte finish version.

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Third is another MAC lipstick in ”Sunny Seoul”(AUD $36). I never really go for coral-toned lipsticks but for some reason, I’ve been in a ”think outside the box” kind of phase, so I went ahead and got it, and Seoul is one of my favourite cities in the world so clearly I’m not biased here ^^.

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Next up is a liquid eyeliner felt pen from Loreal. As I’ve never tried drugstore eyeliners, I thought I’d start with a Loreal one, and so far it’s been performing pretty well. plus it is smiliar to the Lancome Art Liner eyeliner pen. Also it was 40% at Priceline a couple weeks ago, (whoo hoo for sales) so I bought it.

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This next product is a blush from Topshop. Yes I bought make-up from there. First time for everything. The colour is in “Dream Phone” (AUD $15) which is similar in colour to MAC’s ”Fever”/”Breezy” blush.

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Next is a new product I’m about to try out, which is this ”Nuance Airy” hair treatment cream mask ($23 AUD) by Japanese brand Essential, which is designed to help with damaged hair and give it a bit more volume. I’ve seen BubzBeauty give this product a positive review on one of her vlogs on YouTube some time ago, as well as seeing it featured in quite a few Japanese fashion magazines (I just get them to look at the pictures) so I thought I would give it a try. Plus the fruity scent is quite lovely as well. I will be doing a review on this in the future, once I start using this on a regular basis.

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Lastly is the Face It Baked Shimmer Blusher ($32 AUD) from the Face Shop. If you are after dupe to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick blush, this quite a good copy of it. It’s not as pigmented and strong as the Bobbi Brown one, however it still gives a hint of shimmer and colour to the cheeks. Great for the warm summer months.

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And that’s pretty much it. I hope this post was informative in some way. Till next time, see you in my next post ^^

 

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Make Up: The Decadent and the Dupe

Hello one and all, and welcome to my decadent v dupe post. Here, I thought I’d post makeup items for those who are on a bit of a tight budget, and you are looking for a dupe of your favourite high-end products. So this list (hopefully?) will help you decide….however, if you are still left undecided….I apologize in advance.

 

Decadent: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact

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Dupe: Face Shop Baked Shimmer Blush

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Decadent: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

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Dupe: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick

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Decadent: MAC Blush ”Fever”

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Dupe: Topshop Blush ”Dream Phone”

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Decadent: Urban Decay Naked Palette

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Dupe: NYX Nude on Nude Palette

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Decadent: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

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Dupe: Physicians Formula Classic Nude Palette

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Decadent: Urban Decay Naked Basics

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Dupe: Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye Palette in Eye on Neutral

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Decadent: Lancome Art Liner Pen

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Dupe: Loreal Eyeliner Pen

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And that’s all I have for today’s post. I hope this helped you out in some way or form, again, if you were left confused or undecided…my apologies lol….but I hope you enjoyed this post nonetheless. I will be doing more of these in the future so do keep an eye out for them. Till next time, I will see you all in my next post ^^.

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Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Greetings everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely week wherever you are.  As suggested by the title, today’s post will be about the new Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation (AUD $25.95).

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Firstly, I’ll start with the foundation itself. In terms of consistency, it’s has that nice balance between being not too thick and not too runny, which is great for those who like to use their foundation sparingly, or prefer to build up their coverage bit by bit, which is a big plus with this foundation. As for finish, if you are after the ”barely there” look, then this may be the foundation for you, as it will give your skin a nice not too matte but not too dewy appearance.

If you have normal/combination/dry skin, this will be a great foundation for you, however those with very oily skin should probably avoid this as it does oxidize a little over time which may cause the foundation to separate and go all over the place. if you have oily skin however, just make sure you powder/blot when needed and everything should stay as is.

The downside with this foundation however is that it is a screw turn lid design, and not a pump (I’m assuming Revlon probably do this to keep the price point low??) which means you will have to keep an eye on how much you use, otherwise it may end up leading to unexpected wastage. Other than that, if you’re looking for a decent affordable foundation that has build-able coverage. This foundation is available in 16 shades ranging from fair to quite dark which I found pretty surprising as I never see cheaper end foundation companies make colours suited for those with darker skin.

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I hope you all enjoyed this review and found it helpful in some way. Over all I found this foundation to be pretty good, and being a fan of the ”barely there” look myself, this was a great choice for me. In the meantime, I will see you all in my next post ^^. Have a great week everyone.

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Empties: Autumn/Winter 12/13 Edition

Hello one and all, hope the week is treating you well wherever you are, and welcome to my Empties post for Autumn/Winter Seasons. Some these items I tend to use during the whole course of the year, however a majority of the items I’m going to mention in this post I use mostly during Autumn/Winter. So here goes.

Firstly is my Ginkgo facial cleanser ($25 AUD), which I know I have been going on about since the dawn of time, but I really do like this facial cleanser a lot. It does what I want it to do which is give me a nice squeaky clean face while keeping in a little bit of moisture.

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Second is the Laneige Toner. I really liked this toner alot as it never dried my skin out, yet managed to keep it nice and balanced. Such a pity about the slightly high price tag ($49 AUD) though for a toner which is the only thing that’s stopping me from repurchasing it again.

Next is the Nature Republic Collagen Dream Emulsion (the gold bottle). A very moisturising product indeed, and it really does leave your skin feeling nice and supple. The non-overpowering floral fragrance is also a lovely touch to this pretty luxurious looking cream. Ideal for those who have dry skin.

Thirdly, is the Pantene Colour Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner (RRP AUD $8.00 each). As someone who tends to dye my hair at least every 3-6 months or so, I tend to change shampoo brands every once in a while, so after my dove shampoo ran out, I thought I’d try out Pantene’s colour shampoos (plus they were half price at my local priceline at the time so I just had to get it ^^) and I have to say it’s not too bad. It keeps my hair happy and seems to keep the colour in place. Not a holy grail, but it’s great for those looking for an affordable option for shampoos.

Next up is the oh so lovely Dove moisturiser (RRP AUD $7). If you are after an affordable and effective moisturiser, this is a great option to consider. It’s moisturising, plus it also has UV and UVB protection which is great for all year round use. Great for all skin types.

And lastly but not least is the Herb Day Cleansing Tissue from the Face Shop (RRP AUD $11-$12). Great for all skin types, and removes make-up pretty effectively. The scent isn’t too overpowering either, which I appreciate as it won’t irritate my skin. The only downside is when you pull out a wipe, you might find another 2 or 3 will come out at the same time, however, you can just simply shove the excess back in and it will close effectively thanks to the sturdy plastic lid.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I will see you in the next one ^^.

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My Essentials: The Make-Up Bag Edition

Hello, Hello one and all, I hope you all having a fabulous week doing whatever joyful activity it is you’re into.

Today, I thought I’d do a post devoted to my own make-up essentials that I carry with me in my make-up bag on a daily basis. Firstly, I will preface this blog by mentioning that it has taken me quite a bit of trial and error in terms of working out what items I put into my small make-up bag. I may carry a small one now but I used to carry a somewhat larger sized make-up bag back in the day….>.>.

So here is what I carry in my make-up bag:

Firstly is my trusty MAC Moisture Select Cover Concealer. It hides the redness around my nose and any slightly dark areas on my face effectively; especially if I’ve had a nice hot shower after a good sweat session at the gym, as my skin is feeling fresh, and this concealer also adds a little extra brightness to my face.

Second is my Scandal BB Cream Compact. If I’m going out somewhere after work (or the gym) I will keep this with me and use it in conjunction with my concealer, as the BB Cream will give my face that nice fresh/barely there look while hiding any slight imperfections ie: blemishes etc.

Thirdly is my MAC Gel Eyeliner pot. I really love this eyeliner as it holds well and doesn’t smudge. A little goes a long way for me. I use this with my Scandal eye liner brush and it never fails me.

Fourth is the famous MAC Paint Pot in ”Painterly”. I never used to be fan of eye primers as my eyelids aren’t oily, but I got this anyway for those ”emergency/last min outings”. I am now in love with it…especially with my gel eyeliner.

Fifth is my other favourite eyeliner (which I sometimes double as an all over eyeshadow) by Clio, which is part of the ”gel espresso” range. Teamed with my gel eyeliner, it looks simple yet classy.

Next is my Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Mascara. Not only is it designed to give the appearance of fuller lashes, it also helps lash growth as well, giving a light and natural look to the lashes.

As it’s Winter here in Australia, I tend to skip on the Powder and Bronzers as I prefer to keep my skin moisturized, and powders tend to dry my skin out a little more than I like during the colder months.

However, during summer, when I do use Bronzers or Powder, I use the MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Light which gives my skin a nice natural finish. And MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden for a natural sun-kissed look.

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Do you have a similar set up to me or something different?. Feel free to share them in the comments below, or you can tweet them to me on twitter @meiakane. Otherwise, I’ll see you in my next post.

”To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright” – Walter Benjamin

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Review: MAC Prep+Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact

Greetings one and all, I hope you are all enjoying your week and for those who are still enjoying the Summer months…..I am jealous of you >.<.

Anyways, today’s post will be devoted to the new-ish MAC BB Prep+Prime Compact in ”Medium” (SPF 30). Firstly, this product is available in 3 shades (Light, Medium and Dark) and retails at ($48AUS). As with the majority of BB Creams, (in terms of colour) they tend to look pretty much the same at face value, so I strongly recommend you get matched by one of the MAC people before purchasing.

Now, for the review. As someone who is a regular user of Asian BB Cream Products, this was the first time using a BB Cream made by a European company (Yeah I know, but hey, first time for everything right? ^^). As it is a compact, the texture is of a wax/cream like feel, which feels really nice and smooth when applied with either a flat brush or sponge. I use a sponge because I’m lazy, and a bit of a hygiene freak; plus I decided that buying myself one of those 200+sponge packet things was a great idea…. so I’m trying to go through them as fast as a drive through at McDonald’s…..I’m not even halfway yet >.>. However, aside from my terrible sponge purchasing woes, it applies to the skin quite nicely, and thanks to it’s texture, you can build this up or sheer it out for that ”barely there” look.

For those who don’t have a primer, you can double this product as a light primer before putting your foundation on as it will help give a nice colour to your skin which will blend in  nicely with your foundation.

 

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I would most recommend this product for the Autumn/Winter months as that is when your skin tends to dry out a little more than usual, and thanks to it’s moisturizing properties, it will keep your skin happy and keep you looking your best for the whole day.

Great for Dry/Normal and Combination skins. Not recommended for Oily or very oily skin; you will end up blotting your face away even after the cows come home.

Overall, it’s a pretty darn good BB Creme Compact, it helps keep my skin moisturized without making it too oily, and the big plus (for me anyway) is that it’s economical to use, which means you can use as little or as much as you like, and you’ll still have plenty left over.

And that’s all folks, I hope you all enjoyed this review, if you have any other suggestions for other beauty related things, feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll see you all in my next post.

 

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Recommend:Pretty In Pink (Top 5)

Greetings everyone and welcome to another post devoted to the lovely little pink lipstick. Probably the second best thing to the famous red lipstick which makes sense seeing as they are in the same colour family, hence why they are quite a popular choice, especially when paired with a strong/smokey eyeshadow as they add a nice natural look to the lips without taking too much attention away from the eyes. So here are my personal favourites for the pretty pink lipstick.

 

First up is a MAC lipstick, in the colour ”Kyoto Kiss” (so romantic huh?) this is a lovely natural toned pink colour, and very suitable or those with pink undertones to the skin. Super cute and very versatile. If you have dark/tanned skin, try “Candy Yum Yum” or if you’re feeling quite daring, try the Nicki Minaj ”Viva Glam Nicki 2” or ”Pink Friday” Lipstick.

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(Left to right: Kyoto Kiss, Candy Yum Yum, Viva Glam Nicki 2, Pink Friday)

Second is  the Revlon Colourburst Lipbutter in ”Cotton Candy”. The first time I saw this I wasn’t too sure on how it would turn out, however I was pleasantly surprised by the result. I found that regardless how much you put on, it never looks over the top while giving a lovely natural flush to the lips.

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Third is the Lancome Colour Fever lipstick in 312. A lovely highly pigmented lipstick that looks quite bright when you see it but gives a lovely splash of colour to the lips in just one application. Best suited to those with fair skin types and a nice simple eyeliner.

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Fourth is another Revlon Colourburst Lipbutter in Strawberry Shortcake. This one is slightly more pinkier (if that’s even a word O.o) in colour but is a great lipstick nonetheless. Also best paired with a simple eyeliner and fake lashes. Suitable for fair skin tones.

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Fifth is a personal favourite of mine which is another MAC one in ”Plink!” as I wear this pretty much most days I go to work as it seems to have the most ideal pigment despite looking quite pale firsthand, yet it blends in with the pigment of my lips nicely. Most definitely a holy grail lipstick for me.

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And that rounds up my top 5 favourite pink lipsticks. I hope you all enjoyed reading it and (hopefully) found it informative in any way. If you have any other suggestions (or personal favourite) on any other Pink lipsticks you love, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

See you in my next post ^^

 

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