Monday, 31 July 2017

Maybelline Makeup Goodies From RY

Thanks to I received the following Maybelline goodies to trial and review for you:

Maybelline New York Makeup 

Maybelline New York Makeup

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

The Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette is so pretty! The palette includes 12 complementary shades including blushes, plums, roses & neutrals. The majority of these shades are infused with subtle rose gold pigment, which being a lover of all things rose gold I absolutely love! There are also a couple of matte shades. Unfortunately my photo did not pick up the shimmer, you'll just have to check out this palette in real life to see that!

The strength of pigmentation varies between the lighter and darker shades, with the darker shades being more pigmented. The lighter shades need more coats and blending.

This palette is very versatile and suits both day and night looks, casual and more glam looks. I've been using it mainly for my everyday looks. I recommend using a primer underneath for the best result.

This mascara has been aptly named. It instantly lengthened my lashes and made them appear fuller, giving the illusion of false eye lashes. All this with just one coat!

What makes this mascara different is it's spoon brush and flexible wand. Roughly 1cm from the base of the bristles it has the ability to flex significantly which is designed to help lift and separate the lashes making them appear fuller.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Washable Mascara
in Blackest Black

It has a kera-fibre formula to help build the lashes. 

The formula dries fairly quickly so you need to work quickly between coats. 

Personally this mascara worked best for me when I applied just one coat. Any more than two coats and it became clumpy for me. More than two coats is unnecessary anyway in my opinion as I achieved such a full looking, good result with one coat.

The black pigment is beautifully dramatic.

As expected by the 'washable mascara' title, this mascara was easy to remove with no aggressive rubbing required. It came off using just water on a cotton pad.

I will happily continue using this mascara.

One of the advantages of having makeup sent to you to trial is that you often trial something you may not have otherwise bought, and then find that it meets your needs perfectly! 

The Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation is a great example of this. Personally I would probably have chosen the Maybelline FITme! Dewy + Smooth Foundation as I have mature skin and would have thought the dewy version of this foundation may have worked better for my skin type but to my pleasant surprise the Matte + Poreless version was perfect for me.

Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation

I found it easy to apply and it blended beautifully. It wasn't at all drying on my skin like matte products can sometimes be and most importantly it was effective in reducing the appearance of my pores. As with all foundations I used a primer underneath it and moisturised my skin in the morning before applying any makeup. 

I found this foundation to have medium coverage but it was buildable on areas that I have pigmentation. I trialed this foundation using my fingers, a foundation brush and a beauty blender. I got the best results using the beauty blender.

I did find the consistency of the Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation to be a bit runnier than other foundations I have recently tried, not that this was an issue at all. If anything I think it made blending the foundation easier.

Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation

My only minor complaint about this foundation is that it didn't come with a pump action dispenser. Possibly due to it's runny consistency a pump wasn't deemed necessary.

Overall I think the Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation is a great product for a great price. I will be happy to purchase this foundation after I finish this trial bottle. 

I might be a beauty blogger but I am not a makeup artist so when it comes to 'strobing' I've got to admit I have no idea and just the word 'strobing' itself I find intimidating!

BUT I do know how to highlight, and that's basically what this Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick excels at! So don't get put off by the word 'strobing' in the product title if like me you aren't a makeup artist. This product is a gorgeous illuminating highlighter!

Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick
Illuminating Highlighter

It adds such a lovely radiant, glowy effect, something I've found my skin losing from about the age of forty onwards as my skin has matured and become dryer. 

I add the highlighter above my cheek bones before I add my blush and down the centre of my nose. I also add it to the inside corner of my eyes to open them up and give me a more youthful look. In addition it looks fabulous applied to my cupid's bow.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick
Illuminating Highlighter

It has a lightweight creamy texture and is totally easy to use.

Apart from the word 'strobing' in the product title I love everything about the Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter. Like all Maybelline products it is reasonably priced.

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Monday, 17 July 2017

Recent Empties

It's empties post time again! 

I've recently finished a whole load of holy grail products *insert very very VERY sad emoji face here*, a heap of Lush products and a lot of other beauty products too!

Recent Empties

So it's time to collate them all into a blog post for you to have a sticky beak into which products I've finished and absolutely loved, and which products I've finished despite not liking them that much!

I must confess here before you read on that most times if I don't like a product I just won't finish it as I have loads of products I love waiting to be used. I don't really want to finish products I don't like or that don't work for me! Who has the time for that?


Holy Grail Empties

bhave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo* / bhave Rescue Intense Repair Conditioner* / bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque*/
Regular readers of Fabulous and Fun Life will know by now that bhave is my absolute holy grail of hair care products!

I was so sad to finish these products. I even cut open the bottles to make sure I used up every last drop of product before I threw the containers away.

Luckily I already have a bhave Travel Pack of the Rescue Shampoo, Conditioner, Conditioning Masque and more* at home that I am now using although this won't last long!

Because I continue to subject my hair to numerous damaging styling heat stressors such as hair dryers, straighteners and curlers I will continue repurchasing these bhave Rescue Intense Repair products as nothing else I've ever tried has resulted in my hair looking nearly as healthy and frizz free as these products do! I absolutely love them! If your hair is in need of some repair and TLC I highly recommend these products!

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray*
I have bought numerous bottles of this spray. It protects my hair from heat damage when I am straightening or curling it. I wouldn't style my hair without it! (Note: the packaging of this spray along with all other KMS products has now been updated if you are planing on buying the same one. The link shows the new packaging. I've been using this spray for so long I think this is the third different packaging of this spray I have used - lol!)

Save Our Skin By Innoxa NoTox Eye Patches*
These eye patches seem almost magical! They show visible improvement after just one use! Yes you did read that right!

With their active ingredient of hyaluronic acid and line defying peptides these eye patches smooth away the wrinkles around my eye without the need for any injections which is just as well as I hate needles!

These eye patches aren't cheap at $99 for a box of 4 pairs but they work so effectively! I only use them occasionally, usually the night before any important event I may have the following day. I have already repurchased another box of these!

NARS Orgasm Blush
I was so sad to finish off my NARS Orgasm blush. It has been my holy grail of blushes for the last three years at least. It is such a flattering shimmering peach shade that suits every complexion! I have already replaced it with the Nars Laguna Orgasm Duo.


Lush Empties

I absolutely love this wibbly wobbly shower jelly! It could have easily gone in the above holy grail category. I use it first thing in the morning when I wake up at the ungodly hour of 5.30am. The citrus-y lemon and lime scent together with the rosemary is so refreshing and wakes me up ready to face the world, or at least to face work, that day! I have already repurchased another Whoosh Shower Jelly.

Cupcake Face Mask
I first made and sampled a tub of the Cupcake face mask at the Bloggers United Au 2nd birthday celebration at the Lush QVB Sydney store and have repurchased it again since then. It's especially perfect for my daughter's teenage skin with the cocoa powder drawing out the dirt and impurities from her skin, the mint stimulating and toning her skin and the linseed and cocoa butter softening and moisturising it. I will repurchase this again in the future but not straight away as I want to try a few different Lush face masks first.

Click HERE to check out my post on how to make Lush Cupcake Face Mask and also how I won a $100 Lush gift card. 

Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream
This was part of a gift that I received from another beauty blogger. It has a very distinctive earthy scent of patchouli and hot spices. I had loads of fun turning as green as Shrek and Princess Fiona whilst showering myself with this product. I think it was part of Lush's Christmas collection as I don't see it on their website right now. I'd be happy to buy this next Christmas for more green frothy fun.

Ultrabland Cleanser
Although I finished this, it was only a little sample pot and I didn't really enjoy it that much. It was, like it's name says, ultra bland! I won't be buying the full sized version of this product.

Vanishing Cream
This is another mini sample pot that I recently finished but didn't love. This moisturiser smelt divine but didn't really do wonders for my skin. I won't be purchasing this.

Celestial Facial Moisturiser
This facial moisturiser was another sample sized product I finished recently. Although it was pleasant and effective it didn't really wow me enough for me to purchase a full sized tub of it.

Sexy Peel Soap
Now here's a Lush product I would repurchase! I'm really enjoying citrus-y scents in the shower currently and I enjoyed this slab of orange, lemon and lime peel marmalade soap a lot. It's a refreshing and rejuvenating soap.


Other Recent Empties

wotnot Facial Wipes For Normal/Sensitive Skin
This was a sample packet of these wipes that I received n the March Good Green Box. You can read a review of this Good Green Box HERE.

These wipes are 100% natural and contain Australian certified organic aloe vera, rosehip and sweet almond oils. I will be purchasing a full sized pack of these wipes as they are beautifully gently yet totally effective!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium
This is the powder I wear every day to work. It's a slow baked mineral powder in a soft creamy beige colour and gives my skin a wonderfully natural looking finish. It minimises shine on my face, evens out my skin tone and sets my foundation. I've already repurchased it.

I'm saving this empty MAC container because when you return 6 empty MAC containers you get rewarded with a free MAC lippie of your choice. Yes please!

Dove Original Antiperspirant Deodorant*
I originally received one of these deodorants in my goodie bag at a Bloggers United Au event. It's the only deodorant to contain Dove's 1/4 moisturising cream with vitamins E and F. I like that it's good for my skin as well as effective as a deodorant. I have been repurchasing it for a while now.

SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte SPF50+
Due to my history of malignant melanoma I'm extremely diligent in wearing sunscreen all year round. On weekends in recent weeks when I've been makeup free this has my sunscreen of choice. I'd be happy to repurchase this but I have a couple of other sunscreens to finish first.  

Nudie Glow Korean Face Mask Gorgeous Five Subscription Box
I finished off five Korean Beauty Face Masks from the Nudie Glow Gorgeous Five Subscription Box. Click HERE to read my review of these masks. 

I love trying new fragrances and two fragrance samples I have recently finished are Estee Lauder's Modern Muse Le Rouge and Lanvin Paris ME L'eau. I especially loved the Lanvin Paris ME L'Eau. It's a lovely fresh floral with notes of mandarin & magnolia.

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Monday, 10 July 2017

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction Lipstick Review & Swatches

I love lipsticks and as a result I was so excited to take part in the beautyheaven L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction lipstick trial.

I received three shades to trial including:
  • 344 Retro Red - a bright pinup girl red
  • 103 Blush in a Rush - a soft peachy pink & 
  • 634 Greige Perfecto - a warm brown nude.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction Lipsticks
Left to Right: Retro Red, Blush in a Rush & Greige Perfecto.

The packaging of these lipsticks is stunning. They come in a matte black leather looking square plastic casing which looks and feels classier than the shiny black casing of many other lipsticks. These lipsticks also have the L'Oreal Paris luxe looking gold band around the middle. 

The shade of lipstick is clearly indicated with a matching coloured sticker on the base of the casing, so no more mad opening of lipstick casings to check out what shade they are.

I especially love how the lid clicks securely onto the casing ensuring the lipstick is safe to pop into my handbag with no fear of the lid falling off and lipstick getting smeared throughout my handbag. Don't laugh this has happened to me more than once with other lipsticks.

L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction
Left to Right: Retro Red, Greige Perfecto & Blush in a Rush.

I found these lipsticks easy and smooth to apply. They feel beautifully moist & creamy on my lips, and not at all drying. In fact they are probably THE most comfortable and hydrating matte lipsticks I have worn. This is probably due to the formula being enriched with both camellia & jojoba oils.

The pigmentation is good & lasts on my lips for a couple of hours before I need to reapply. I do however need to reapply after eating which is fairly standard for me with all lipsticks.

Overall these L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Matte Addiction lipsticks receive the big thumbs up from me. Priced at $21.95 each I will definitely be purchasing some extra shades of this stunning range. These lipsticks are available from pharmacies, department stores & variety stores nationwide. 

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Reds, nudes, pinks, berry or something else?


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Monday, 3 July 2017

Nudie Glow - Korean Beauty Face Mask Subscription

The majority of Korean ladies all seem to have the most beautiful, flawless and enviable skin!

This is possibly due to genetics but it could also be due to the Korean beauty products they use which are different to traditional Western beauty products. It is only relatively recently that K-Beauty products have started filtering into mainstream Australia through companies such as Nudie Glow.

Nudie Glow is the home of Nudie Boxes, Australia's first Korean face mask subscription box. 

Each box comes with a variety of face masks as well as a special item. The special item could be an eye mask, hand mask, nose strips, feet mask or a small sample of an amazing product from the Nudie Shop.

All the products are chosen to keep your skin hydrated and glowing which is exactly what I need especially in the dehydrating Winter season! 

All the boxes are curated and changed quarterly. Most of the products are not easily found elsewhere in Australia.

I was lucky to recently be gifted a Nudie Glow Gorgeous Five Box to trial. Here's what it contained.

Nudie Glow Gorgeous Five Box

Petitfee Silk Amino Serum Mask

This is a highly concentrated mask for keeping your skin shiny and bright. It is also labelled highly absorbed and anti-wrinkle. I enjoyed wearing it and my skin felt lovely afterwards.

With K-Beauty masks it's sometimes best not to read the ingredients list if you are a bit squeamish. This mask's ingredients included Vegetable Worms Extract, considered a precious ingredient in Korean Beauty products, supplying vitality into your skin and helping tighten it.

Less intimidating, it also contained silk amino essence, which are enriched amino acids from natural proteins in cocoons for glowing skin.

Now all blog posts about face masks have to include at least one unflattering mask selfie don't they, so here's my Petitfee Silk Amino Serum Mask selfie! 

Petitfee Silk Amino Serum Mask
ThankyouFarmer True Water Deep Cotton Mask

A deeply hydrating, soothing & brightening cotton mask. Anti-wrinkle. Suitable for all skin types.

Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia 2 Step Marine Collagen & Lifting Petal Mask

Blossom Jeju Pink Camellia 2 Step
Marine Collagen & Lifting Petal Mask

Step 1 involves applying 100% camellia oil, a powerful antioxidant, rich in moisturising omega 3 & 6 as well as essential fatty acids, plus Vitamin E and polyphenols that protect the skin from aging free radicals.

Step 2 is an ultra thin sheet mask of lifting essence with marine collagen and blueberry extract which works to retexture, revitalize and provide intense hydration.

My skin was beautifully hydrated, soft, supple and glowing after using this mask.

Kicho Phyto Refreshing Daily Mask

Kicho Phyto Refreshing Daily Mask
This mask utilises embryonic phyto nutrients for their softening properties to rejuvenate youthful features, moisturise skin and produce a radiant even toned complexion. 

Lady & Skin Blooming White Rose Eye Patch

Lady & Skin Blooming White Rose Eye Patch

This is a dual action bio-cellulose eye mask for both brightening and lifting/wrinkle care. 

Bio-cellulose is an environmentally friendly material made from natural fermented coconut water. It gives no stimulation on the skin so it is reportedly safe to use on sensitive skin. It's dense mesh structure allows close adherence to the skin and effective delivery of the ingredients.  

I had a bit of the serum left in the sachet after removing the eye patches so I smoothed the extra serum onto my forehead for some additional skin care pampering in that region too.

Make P:Rem Safe Me. Relief Moisture Cream 12

Make P:Rem safe Me. Relief Moisture Cream 12
This sample was a non additive hypoallergenic moisturiser that contains only 12 ingredients. It reportedly relieves itching associated with dry skin. It contains 93% plant derived ingredients and claims to be suitable for sensitive skin. As I don't have sensitive skin I can't really comment on this claim. I can say however that my skin felt beautifully nourished and moisturised after applying this product.

Overall I was really happy with this Nudie Glow Gorgeous Five Box. I thought it represented good value and was a great way of sampling K-beauty products that I haven't tried before. I also like that you can purchase each of these products separately so if you find a mask or product you absolutely love you can easily stock up on that product. Quite a few of the masks are currently reduced in the online shop.

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