Thursday, March 2, 2017

Australis velour liquid lipsticks lipswatch review Mi-a-Mee

Happy March lovelies! how are we? I can't believe that Summer is officially over! But it's still lovely weather to be sporting these Australis cosmetics summer themed lipsticks, and my favourite currently is Mi-A-Mee, I have been gathering quite a collection and thought I'd post a swatch review of this shade. 

What Australis says about their lipsticks.
“Highly pigmented lips are the look of the moment, and this lip cream takes it to the next level with its beautiful matte finish! The creamy long-wear formula glides on easily with its doe foot applicator, finishing to a velvety matte look with intense, full coverage colour payoff. Perfect for when you want lasting, matte colour that moves with your lips without flaking.
Time for a change from gloss! It applies creamy, lasts all day and finishes with a soft suede look. A matte lip cream that moves with your lips so you don’t have to worry about caking and flaking.”

 

 My thoughts
Fantastic colour pay off for the price, at just under $11 and often on clearance prices these are a great drugstore liquid lip alternative with a fantastic shade range that will suit basically everyone! Some shades can be a little drying, like the red shades and deeper shades but I just add a lip primer or a lip balm to counteract this. They are heavenly to apply, the doe foot applicator makes it a breeze for someone like me who isn't a pro.

The Pro's
They smell really nice
They are affordable
Great packaging for travelling with
Great shade range
Found at a lot of different places and online
Cruelty free and vegan

Con's
Some of the shades apply oddly if you aren't careful, I apply thin layers so to avoid the crumbly lip look
sometimes drying if you don't take care of your lips first

 In my opinion it smells like grape softdrink/soda and it isn't lingering so if you don't like strong smells this should be ok. I also like the fact they don't feather on the lips, Are easy to clean up any mistakes and I love that Australis is now starting to show up in more places than just Coles, Kmart and Priceline.
 I love the fact they are cruelty free and affordable here in Australia but they also do ship world wide from their website and if your a student like me sign up to unidays and you get 25% off!
Have you tried their lipsticks? what are your favourite types of lipsticks liquid or traditional?

Hugs Jess
xx

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Kylie Cosmetics Holiday 2016: Review and Swatches

Hello lovelies, today's post is a bit of a special one because my hubby surprised me with the what I thought was sold out Kylie Holiday palette. He brought it way back in the December re stock of 2016 and kept it hidden from me for when I started college early Feb. Let me tell you it was the surprise of the decade! for me at least. This is my first ever Kylie cosmetics product and boy am I impressed.

Value
 So to buy on Kylie's website the palette costs $42 us but convert that and its approx $50 AUD,  the shipping internationally is $14.95 us so to buy that in Aussie dollars convert the currency and you'll work out it's approx $20 in shipping. I do kinda wish he purchased a lip kit as well to make it better for value but he wasn't to know! I am just floored by the quality of this palette. The packaging is stunning in its silver cardboard housing, and the eyeshadows themselves actually are pigmented and smooth. You get 0.45oz of product.

 The shade range I love because its gem tones, metallics and mattes, all being able to blend well and apply well. The formula applies well, doesn't crease, is pigmented, The one colour I found disappointing because it felt dryer than the others was evergreen and it can be built up to be just as opaque as the other shades. The stand ou being

Shades are
Sugar cookie a very matte finish, cream warm tone great for transition shade
Frosty Metalic silver with a very metallic finish
Chestnut Matte finish, a very dusty mauve purple
Mittens a deep red, metallic finish
Winter a metallic bright cobalt blue
Nutcracker a deep metallic shimmery plum
Gingerbread Metallic finish, silvery bronze
Evergreen matte finish, emerald deep green
Silent night matte finish, deep darkened plum
Even though I'm rather late on the kylie band wagon at least I have this gem of a palette!
have you tried kylie products?
Hugs Jess
xx

Monday, February 6, 2017

my February every day makeup Routine for school 2017

Hi lovelies,
today I am sharing my every day makeup routine that is full coverage, long lasting, drugstore and affordable, so for me, it ticks all the boxs! I love my sleep, and waking up over coffee, I try and plan things the night before like my hair, so its not a wild mess the next morning. It doesn't often work out but I have to tame the wild mop somehow, I'll do a hair post another time, shall I? but this is my every day makeup look for school, I go to school at a college, I'm learning Library services so I feel like I want to look put together, polished, and professional. But by adding a few tweaks it can also be jazzed up for the perfect date night or office party look!


 So to start with my Base, I use designer brands by db pore minimising primer, I love this stuff! so cheap and works so well,  I use the ELF that Kmart brought out, the FACE makeup is full coverage, lasts all day and hydrating, I set it with the Maybelline fit me powder that I am absolutely obsessed about, for my oily skin, literally lasts all day, no fading what so ever, and I was at school from 9:00 am till 5;00 pm and I did my makeup at 7:30 am. I want my makeup to last without touching up too often because I'm very lazy. So I move onto concealing the designer bags under my eyes, see what I did there? because I used designer brands correct and coverage concealer and let me tell you, this is full coverage. I love me a yellow toned concealer and foundation to help brighten and cover up my redness. I contour, highlight and blush with the Rimmel Kate moss contour kit in the shade Coral Glow.


In this photo you can see I added a wing, I struggle with wings let me tell you but if I chuck my mode cosmetic liquid eye liner in my bag, I turn my eye look into yass ma'm I use the contour kit in as my eye shadow! the brown in on my lids, and the highlight to add sparkle and highlight! I also make the lipgloss matte by adding a little translucent powder on the top.

I fully suggest trying out the I got the shade light, and its perfect on my fair skin tone, it doesn't oxidise and literally lasts all day.

 Next onto the Maybelline lustre lipgloss in the shade mandarin rapture! its a stunning orange, coral shade that's so on trend! this is amazing, full pigmented and so many colours, non sticky and not as formal feeling as a matte liquid lipstick. Eye brows I used my essence make me brow crayon and maybelline brow drama mascara to set in place.
to change up the look I throw in my hand bag a few different lipglosses or lipsticks and my base can change my whole look! it literally only takes me 15 minutes to get ready. I also love adding a perfume of the day and my current favourite is Chichi cosmetics peach and Mango, I get so  compliments wearing it! for mascara I use the w7 tripple drama mascara in blackest black, its amazing, cheap and doesn't flake.
This is literally the same base of makeup I do every day for school, and slight changes can really amp up or play down the makeup look!

have you gone back to school? what's your favourite products let me know in the comments

hugs
Jess
xx

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

$80 foundation shu uemura against the Australis 16 hour foundatio $16 and trying the silisponge does it work


Hi guys today I'm roadtesting the Shu uemura face architect foundation which can be brought online for $60-$80 against the Australis stay put foundation from priceline $16. I also roadtest the silisponge which was gifted for review purposes! This is the original silisponge by Molly cosmetics, and was sent for pr purposes. All opinions are my own.

 So I tried out the silisponge yesterday and am in between opinions at the moment, I find it hard to actually blend out a thicker foundation, but if its the watery type base of foundation, then it works really well. It drags along the skin a little, I worked out that downward strokes work best, and some slight patting motions. I'm going to have to try it with concealer yet to really test out its capabilities.
 It doesn't smell, it does give a more full coverage foundation and you do actually use less product as it claims. I am unsure of the hygiene aspect as yet but I'm sure its probably better than the beauty blender because it doesn't absorb bacteria you can wipe it straight off, with an antibacterial wipe or wash it.
I tested it out with the Shu uemura face architect foundation and the Australis 16 hour long wear foudation, the Shu uemura one is spf 18 and the Australis is spf 15 so about the same in my opinion, they are both very yellow toned foundations, which is great for covering up redness and dark under eyes. The consistency is both pretty much the same, and the dry down to a demi matte finish on the skin. I found when using the silisponge it took longer to blend around the eyes, the nose and any littel crevices that seemed prominent. However it did leave a nice finish when settled into the skin. 
 I did left side Australis foudation, right side Shu uemura foundation, and I'm pretty sure they work as a dupe for each other, as both are pretty similar in colour, texture as well as coverage. Both are medium to full coverage and are buildable. They are a little bit too yellow toned without powder on my skin but I use powder normally to fix that up, I didn't this time to give it a fair go.
 I used a bit of Australis strobing highlighter and was finished with the look! over all I think the sponge did a good job. Would I personally buy one? probably not because it takes longer and I'm going to have to experiment with the way I apply my foundation, but pros is that it does give a fuller coverage without having to use as much product.
Have you thought of trying these foundations or the silisponge?
let me know in the comments
hugs
Jess
xx

Sunday, January 29, 2017

my top 9 tips on doubling your instagram followers in a week! it works

Hi lovelies, today I thought I'd write my top five tips on how to double your instagram followers, in a week! this has happened to me, and I'm happy to say these tips work! If you're wondering how to grow your instagram, get out of an instgram funk, or get followers to become more active and interact with you, this is the way I did it! so keep reading.

Find my instagram page here my instagram
Tip 1. 
timing, find out who your audience is, where they live, and what times they are usually on, I've found for me my best hits are first thing in the morning or late at night because most of my followers are American

Tip 2.
 Be genuine, don't try and create a false life that is all happy and smiles, be you, be real, because I do believe there has been a shift in Instagram as of late, the new trend is connecting with others and wanting to feel involved.

Tip 3. 
Join challenges! I bet you never thought of that, monthly challenges are all the rage at finding new followers, either because its forcing you to create content, be active in the community and find new ways of exposing your account. Challenges can be in any genre, I often do a monthly makeup challenge, but they can be shorter than that if you find a month too daunting.

Tip 4. 
Always try and improve your photos, I've been using natural lighting, but found it better to take my photos in the afternoon when the light is warmer. I've brought instagram flat lay props, and have even diy'ed my own flatlay table to look like marble. Editing apps can help, I use picsart as its free and has everything I need.

Tip 5
. Always try and find genres
that you are genuinely interested on, this helps being active in the community and makes you seem like a "real" person,

Tip 6.
If you haven't switched to a business account on instagram, try it, you get analytics on your top posts, what users want to see from you, and you get an inside look at what is doing best on your page. It's free and you can easily switch back to personal if you find you don't enjoy that side of instagram.

Tip 7. 
If you are posting branded items I have found actually tagging the company in the photo has helped alot, I believe people like to know exactly who the brand is, and I always if I can link back to the brand itself.

Tip 8. 
Never feel obligated to do instagram, if you don't feel like actually posting, then don't force yourself to do so, people can guage even through a photo how you are feeling, if your forcing yourself to be creative when there is a block, a step back and a break might be in order so you can refresh yourself and your feed again. I do feel like the new trend on instagram is you being you, so don't try and force yourself to do anything you wouldn't do.

Tip 9. 
I've found actually adding a watermark on my photos has made my photos look like I actually care about them, and they seem more valuable to me, so that means followers see that you actually care about your photos, rather than just snapping away and banging it on instagram. I use picsart for it, and just use my name in my instagram.

So these are my tips on how I have upped my game in Instagram! let me know yours in the comments below.

Hugs Jess
xx

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

what hppened when I told my best friend I vlog!



I was inspired after reading this blog about, Corinne a blogger telling her mum she actually does in fact blog, to write my own take on telling my friends and family that I vlog. Corrine's telling her mum she blogs

I find it funny that in 2017 people haven't caught up in the world of technology and videos, and in fact youtube. I'm always being asked what I'm doing, what I'm filming, why I film it and how I film it. Essentially, I'm a vlogger, I've just reached my first 1000 subscribers on youtube and its an amazing feeling, I put a lot of effort, and hours into my content that most viewers wouldn't realise even happened. But there is a strange limbo between reality, vlogging and the whole in between factors. I thought I would share my experience in what its like, telling friends and family that I actually do youtube and vlog.

I was recently at my best friends 50th birthday over the weekend and she instantly gave me permission to vlog the occasion, without me having to go, oh do you mind me vlogging the day!

So the reason why I find it scary telling people is, I guess because I'm 32 years old, and I'm worried about people telling me to grow up, do something my own age. But I find this is a great creative outlet. I've met friends in real life and online, that I normally wouldn't have, and I'm always learning something.

First off people often go what does vlog even mean! to me vlogging is telling a story about your day, your adventure, holiday, and capturing the essence of it. But telling that to non vlog viewers and watching their eyes glaze over, is a bit disheartening. Technically vlog is video blog, a video log about you, your story. I choose to vlog events, my life, moods etc and I believe that has helped me create a niche in my youtube hobby.

I told my mum I did vlogging when I was filming my brother, coincidently, and she's all ok that's cool I just don't want to be filmed! Often times though when my friends are involved and having fun, others who don't want to be filmed don't even realise they are being filmed or want to join in on the action!
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I find that telling people is actually more easy than what it first thought I'd imagined it to be like! and most people are either curious or not that bothered by it anyways.

Do you do youtube? and do you tell people about it? you can find my latest vlog here where I tell my girlfriends son that I do youtube!

let me know your youtube channel below
mine is my youtube channel my vlog where I told my besties son I vlog

let me know what you have been scared to tell others about!

hugs Jess

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

selfie ready with a beginner makeup kit


Hi lovelies thought I'd do today's post on some of my all time favourite drugstore brands that will get you feeling selfie ready and you can add these to your makeup kit if you are a beginner or wanting to add some new products that are good value for money that actually works and that's not at a celebrity price tag! we know its that time of year when we go back to school and work, and we lust after much hyped after products but, thank goodness for drugstore brands, am I right?!
 In this case w7 is quickly becoming one of my favourite brands as of late,y they actually do a lot of dupes of high end makeup, eye shadow palettes being the major thing here, the in the nudes palette being a dupe for a cult product, *cough cough* and the naughty nines palette I have been told on my instagramquite a few occasions that it looks like the mac palette, and people always go bananas over it! mind you its an amazing palette and only $5! review and swatches can be seen here review

The w7 Captain matte foundation is long wearing, great for every day, and medium coverage that can be built upon, I apply with a kabuki brush.
The gel eye liner is fantastic if you are a beginner in eye liner, you can create a wing, and or use it in the waterline to tightline with.

These mascaras are great because for a fiver they add volume, curl and seperate lashes, I have long lashes anyways so that's not an issue for me, but can't complain for the price!

the Banana powder is actually my new favourite thing for baking with, the glowcomotion is an amazing highlighter and a dupe for the Maryloumanizer. These products essentially speak for themselves and I will be doing a full review on them soon! but other than the big palettes unless on sale it is $5 from chemist warehouse. W7 is also cruelty free!
 Three blushes I have been loving lately, these shades I have been seeing all over instagram as of late, from the likes of Mac, Tarte and so on. Models prefer is a favourite, from Priceline, very affordable,Pack of 3 $10 great value, a very pretty plum, rose colour, matte and buildable, also great to use on the eye lids as well.

Mud is makup design and can be found at woolworths and this was $5 it's a cream cheek and lip tint so I love these products for on the go, when I'm at work and school. Hydrating, gives a great boost of colour.

Essence is an all round favourite for face products, always affordable, and good quality to add to your makeup kit. And is under $7 for the blushes.
Eye shadow palettes that are all drugstore are Chichi cosmetics, the enchanteds palette is amazing, has an array of colours and can be found at Target or Meyer. The Makeup revolutions eyes like angels palette and the w7 in the nude palette,

Let me know if you are interested in seeing more of these sorts of posts!
don't forget to share and follow! hope you all have a lovely week
Jess
xx
I will also be doing a beginner youtube makeup video which can be found here on my channel give it a subscribe to help out a small youtuber!
beginner makeup kit video

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