Saturday, October 24, 2015

Without further ado....

The winner is....

Lily S.

a Rafflecopter giveaway Congratulations Lily I hope you enjoy trying out some Physicians Formula products and to the rest of you THANKYOU for your support of my little space on the web.  Stay tuned for more beauty posts and more giveaways.

Kayte xx

Friday, October 2, 2015

You may have noticed I've been sharing a few Physicians Formula products lately.  The brand was very generous in sending me a box of goodies to try out and needless to say I've found some favourites.  My absolute top product would have to be the Nude Glow - Touch of Glow - it's like a magic wand for the face.  You can read that full review here... And just this week I shared with you the Nude Glow Blush and the Super CC+ Powder.

Physicians Formula have been around for a long time but recently they've really ramped up their new releases and there's been some excellent products coming through.  All of the products are really well priced and the brand as a whole has a focus on making products especially for sensitive skin.

I can't possibly use all of the products they sent through to me so I've picked out a few you may like to try.  It's easy to enter - just use the Rafflecopter widget below and make sure you follow the rules to keep it fair for everyone :)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Another Physicians Formula review but I can't help it as it's another product that I'm loving.  The Nude Wear range can do no wrong by me so far and this blush is no different.  This product claims to be a complexion boosting "no-makeup" blush and I have to say I agree.  It's really light but can be built up to the amount that suits you and leaves you with a natural healthy flushed look.  I don't try to use the individual shades in this I just swirl my brush around and apply.  It's hard to go over-board and I usually apply it twice to get the colour to stand out.  If you're new to applying blush or just prefer a more subtle look this is definitely the product for you.  

Just a note when you first open this you will see an over spray of glitter has been applied to the letters - don't freak out - I just wiped this off with a tissue (I'm not a glitter fan) and you're good to go.  The glitter is definitely not the whole way through the product.

RRP is $21.95 and can be found at most Priceline stores.

Kayte xx

P.S Stay tuned in the next couple of days if you'd like to win some Physicians Formula products to try yourself x

*This product was provided to me for editorial consideration but that has not affected my review at all - my opinions are purely my own.  More details can be found by clicking on the 'Disclosure" tab x

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I've been trying out a few products from Physicians Formula lately and this pressed CC powder has been impressing me.  The 'CC' in this range refers to Colour Correction + Care and claims to correct skin imperfections.  

Physicians Formula says it best themselves...

"Physicians Formula Super CC Colour-Correction + Care Powder is a pressed powder that corrects most skin imperfections. It helps to cover age spots, dark circles, blemishes, dullness, uneven skin tone, redness, discolouration, signs of fatigue, fine lines and wrinkles. The formula is lightweight and longwearing." 

For me this powder does do most of those things.  I would say the coverage was medium to full when worn over foundation and light to medium when worn on it's own.  I like that I can wear it either way making it perfect for both the working week and the weekends when I can't be bothered doing a full face of makeup.  The little pigments of colour you can see in the compact blend in seamlessly with the rest of the powder to create a nice neutral toned finish with no hint of cake-face to be seen.

This retails for $27.95 and can be found at most Priceline stores.

Kayte xx

P.S Stay tuned if you'd like to win some Physicians Formula products for yourself...

*This product was provided to me for editorial consideration however that has not affected my review in any way.  For more deets click on the disclosure tab x

Thursday, September 24, 2015

This season The Parcel is celebrating Marie Claire's 20th Anniversary with a special edition box.  The following 8 items were jam packed into the box:

John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
At 250ml in each, these were by far the largest items in the box and products I haven't tried before although I've seen the range around a lot.  I look forward to trying these out.

MOR Hand & Body Milk - Rosa Noir
Containing shea butter and macadamia oil this sounds divine.

Redwin Coconut Balm
Is this the new Paw Paw Ointment?  I'm not really sure about this product - you'd think by the name that it would primarily be coconut oil which is a product well known for its hydrating properties but the ingredient list shows its first ingredients are castor oil and vegetable oil.  I'll give it a try but I think I'd rather just use Coconut Oil.

St Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan
This is the product I was most excited to see in the box as I'd seen it advertised recently as a new release.  A tan you can apply and wash off after 3 minutes in the shower? Sounds like a dream come true!

Loreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick - Matte - Ouhlala
A gorgeous matte hot pink shade to celebrate Loreal's 30th birthday.

Clinique Custom Repair Serum
It's been a long time since I've used any Clinique skincare so I was pleasantly surprised to find this in here and I'm always keen to find a good serum.  Look forward to trying this out and hopefully seeing some good results.

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge
A small vial of perfume that unfortunately is not a scent I'll be wearing anytime soon.  I'm shit at describing scents so I won't bother and perfumes are hugely personal things anyway that change from person to person so best just to try it for yourself next time you see a tester in store.

That's all for this seasons 'The Parcel' by Marie Claire.  Again I was really happy with what was in the box and I think Marie Claire continue to nail the beauty subscription box concept with ease.  Other companies should take notes.  You can sign up or find out more info at  

Kayte xx

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I'm not gonna lie, I've lost a lot of sleep this winter for one reason or another.  So now, not only do I have dry scaly winter skin to deal with I also have dark circles under my eyes and that constant grey look to my skin.  I was keeping up with my good skincare and drinking lots of water but... I just needed something else.

The little beauty that I'm going to introduce you to today is my latest secret weapon.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Touch of Glow!  Firstly what the eff is up with that name - Imma just call it Touch of Glow from now on.  Basically Touch of Glow is a concealer and highlighter in one.  It's a little contradictory from the get go because a concealer is usually used to hide things and a highlighter to make something more pronounced but stick with me here... this product is not for concealing blemishes. 

Here's what Physicians Formula had to say about the product:

" a perfecting, all-in-one miracle tool for the ultimate touch of radiance with each stroke.  It provides a weightless and ultra-hydrating concealer+highlighter+all-over touch up tool in a flow-through brush applicator with an airy cream formula that glides on and blends effortlessly to correct the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, shadows and signs of fatigue for a beautiful, glowing bare skin effect."

For me this is the perfect under eye concealer.  It applies really easily - just twist the bottom once and product comes out - I use about three strokes under each eye and blend with my finger tip.  The product has what I'd call a medium coverage, blends easily, is hydrating and sits really well under the eye.  It has the perfect amount of "glow" to it so you don't end up looking like a shiny disco ball while still covering dark circles and not settling in fine lines. I definitely wouldn't be using this as an all over touch up tool as they suggest but for me it's the perfect under-eye pick me up and I'm addicted!

The RRP is $22.95 and can be found at most Priceline stores.

Kayte xx

Thursday, September 17, 2015

One hundred percent this is by far the best NAKED release from Urban Decay.  I have the 1, 3 and Basics 2 and as much as I love each of those in their individual way this palette is the most usable for me.  The palette contains four shimmer shades, four satin shades and four matte shades and I would say they all tend to be more neutral to cool toned rather than warm.  I don't suit warmer shades which is probably why I'm so in love with this palette.  There's such a good range of both light and dark shades as well as the three different finishes making it so versatile.  Each shade is pigmented and buttery with minimal fallout making them a dream to apply and blend.

I'm terrible at swatches so I suggest heading over to Kitsch Snitch's blog (click here) as she has posted a really in depth review of the palette with awesome photos and swatches.

I purchased this from the Mecca website for $78 which works out to be about $6.50 per shade.  I don't know about you but I can justify buying twelve $6.50 eyeshadows haha.

Do you have any of the NAKED palettes?  I'd love to know which one is your favourite!

Kayte xx

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This review's a little belated as this product came out quite a while ago and to be honest these pictures have been sitting on my computer for months while I ummed and ahhed about bothering to even blog about it.  I figure I can't just tell you about all the good stuff though, gotta keep you informed about the shit stuff too.  

This product got so much hype as a dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills' contour palette but I haven't tried her one so I can't compare at all.  I'll just tell you what I think about this one...

The three contouring shades at the bottom are like 3 different shades of mud.  I have quite fair skin so maybe it's just a case of them not being the right shade for me but you'd think at least one of them would suit.  I found they just made my face looked dirty and more than that they were really hard to blend.  The top middle shade which is a yellowy colour is the only shade from the palette I really used and I used it to set under my eyes - the shade was right and helped to hide my dark circles but every time I put my brush in this there was heaps of fall-out and the powder went everywhere.  The other two highlight shades were okay but nothing special.  I've chucked this whole palette in my free to a good home pile. Obviously there are people who rave about it, so probably a case of heading into a store and swatching it for yourself to see if it's a product that could work for you.

Kayte xx

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It's been awhile since I showed you the products I'd used up before I threw them in the bin.  I always find these posts sort of weird to do but I love reading them on other blogs coz they give you a good insight into what products people are actually using.  If you're anything like me, using a product till it's actually finished is no small feat and pretty much means it was good!

As per usual I'll tell you a little about each one...

Hapuna Argan Oil* - I originally blogged about this product two whole years ago (click here for the review) and it's taken me that long to use it up.  I only use a tiny amount on damp hair every time I wash my hair before blowdrying.  I love that this oil is lightweight and doesn't leave any sticky residue behind.  

Alpha H Micro Cleanse - love this exfoliating cleanser for giving you that deep clean feeling with an extra added tingle - that's the glycolic acid doing it's thing.  I'm a huge fan of Alpha H and I'll be re-purchasing this item when I finish my current exfoliator.

Sanctuary Spa Body Butter* - (Review can be found here) Loved this body butter for winter and smells divine - Win!

Hugo Boss Deep Red perfume - one of those scents that takes me back... one I just keep going back to.  Adding this to my Christmas wish list.

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel - adoooore this stuff.  Smells like a dream and leaves skin soft and clean.  This only comes out at Christmas so I can't wait to restock at the end of the year.

Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Gel - love this in a bath.  Has a real essential oil scent that truly does help you relax.

Nuxe Reve de Miel LipBalm - (full review here) holy grail lip balm - I had already repurchased before I completely ran out as I can't go a day without this stuff.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara - another one I love.  Need another trip down to Sephora in Sydney to pick up a new tube.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Honey - another one I've already repurchased.  Just a great everyday lipstick that lasts really well!

Nude by Nature Mineral Cover Loose Powder in Light - to be honest there was still some powder left in here but I hardly ever reach for it coz loose powders are just messier than regular pressed powders so I'm chucking it even though I did really like the finish it gives.  Won't be repurchasing.

And that's the end of this month's installment of my rubbish bin... Hope you enjoyed.

Kayte xx

*Products marked with an asterix are ones that were provided to me for review but that hasn't affected my opinion in any way.  All other products were purchased by me.  Further details can be found on the Disclosure tab.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

If you were to ask me what my favourite scent is, it would be a firm toss-up between vanilla and coconut. So when I first opened the sachet of Monoi Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner I was already won over when the scent of coconut wafted up to my nose.  
This sachet of Deep Conditioner and tube of Nourishing Shine Oil each retail for $4.99 so for that price I wasn't expecting amazing results.  And let's be honest I didn't get 'amazing' results.  In saying that I am still pretty happy with the products; the mask is lightweight and leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny... similar to a good conditioner really.  The oil I've been using after every wash in damp hair before blow drying and again is lightweight and doesn't leave any oily residue in my hair.  I haven't noticed a lot more than that but honestly for $4.99 these products are great value.  I got about 3 masks out of the sachet and I have hair longer than my shoulders and I'm not even halfway through the oil after more than a month's use.  I think if your hair is in fairly good condition and you're looking for a really affordable maintenance product these are well worth trying out.

As I mentioned before RRP is $4.99 and the range can be found at Kmart.

Kayte xx

*These products were provided to me for the purpose of review but my review is my own opinion and hasn't been influenced in any way.  You can see more under the Disclosure Policy tab if you'd like x

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A few weeks ago I was contacted by the team at Beauty Directory to see if I'd like to trial a facial cleansing brush.  To be honest I've always thought these things were quite gimmicky and have never once been tempted to buy one but I thought it wouldn't hurt to give it a go and form an educated opinion...

The Purasonic Facial Cleansing Brush claims to.....

"use a gentle sonic micro-massage action to literally shake away dirt, debris and make-up to cleanse deeply. Dislodging impurities keeps your skin clean preventing clogged pores and blackheads from developing, leaving your skin smoother, feeling healthier and looking its radiant best."

The cleansing brush uses oscillating technology and the brush has over 300 movements per second.  It features 3 speeds, a timer program that makes it easy to know when to move to a different part of your face (20 seconds on forehead, 20 seconds on chin and nose, 20 seconds on cheeks) and the charge lasts for 3 to 4 weeks before needing to be recharged.  But in my opinion the best feature this cleansing brush has is that it's completely waterproof.

Enough about the boring stuff, I'm sure you all want to know if it's any good.  I've been using this every night for the last 3 to 4 weeks to remove the days makeup and cleanse my skin.  I remove my eye makeup with makeup remover, stick some face cleanser all over my face, wet the brush and get started.  I don't follow the timer rules as such, I spend more time on my neck and chin as that's where I have a congestion issue but I do find the timer useful so I don't spend too long on one area.  The Purasonic Cleansing Brush removes all my makeup with ease, there's never a trace left and always leaves my skin feeling super soft and clean.  My skin leans toward the more sensitive side but I can use this every night with no hint of an irritation.  Over time I've definitely noticed my skin has become clearer and smoother and although I wouldn't say it was a massive improvement it's enough to keep me using it.  Overall I was really impressed with this.  I find it a lot more effective than just water and face cleanser and I feel confident knowing I'm going to bed with no trace of makeup left on my skin.

The Purasonic Facial Cleansing Brush retails for $99.  I have the colour Lovely Lilac but it does come in three other shades.  It's available in quite a few different stores (Target, David Jones etc) and is also available direct at

Kayte xx

*This item was provided to me for the purpose of trial and review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own as per my disclosure policy

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

I picked up this gorgeous MAC highlighter on a whim from Duty Free in Bali on my way home from honeymoon.  I was super stoked to find the MAC counter, and even more so when I discovered USD prices.  I know the Australian vs the American dollar isn't as good as it used to be but there's still a major difference in pricing. 

MAC describes this as a 'gilded peach bronze' and I think that sums it up pretty perfectly.  I love that the shimmer is super fine with absolutely no glitter.  It makes it super versatile and usable on both the face and body.  My favourite place to highlight is the top of my cheekbones, down the centre of my nose, in the centre of my forehead and just lightly on my cupid's bow.  I can safely apply this to all those places and not look like a shiny disco ball.  I apply with a soft brush and a light hand and it's safe to say this has become a firm staple in my daily routine.  

In Australia this will set you back about $47 and while I feel lucky to have picked this up for US prices I'll still pay $47 for this when I run out.

Kayte xx

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Marie Claire - The Parcel - Winter 2015
Marie Claire 'The Parcel' is the only beauty subscription box that I receive anymore.  It's released quarterly and I'm yet to receive one that disappoints.  The Winter edit is another awesome box filled with a great variety of brands and products.  

Included in this month's box are the following products:

OPI Nail Lacquer - fullsize
Loreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture - fullsize
Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid - fullsize
Estee Lauder Revitalizing Supreme Global Anti-Ageing Creme - deluxe sample
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask for Intense Hydration - 3x sachets
Neutrogena Make-up Remover Cleansing Towelettes - trial size
John Frieda Beach Blonde Cool Dip Purifying Shampoo, Conditioner & Sea Salt Spray - trial sizes
Woolworths Select Quick & Easy Nail Polish Removal Wipes - full sizes

Marie Claire 'The Parcel' costs $25 a quarter if you have an ongoing subscription (you can cancel anytime) or you can purchase a one-off box for $29.95.  

You can find out more at

Kayte xx

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Hate is a strong word so instead I'll say that Winter is my least favourite season.  I absolutely detest the feeling of being cold and I seem to be one of those people who feel it more than others.  The thing about Winter is that not only does it make you unbearably cold there's heaps of other side-effects too like dry, scaly skin.  All over.  This is not ideal if you need to leave the house at all during the colder months. 

This brings me to my point.  Body Butters. 

Winter calls for something heavier than your standard body lotion.  I need something that's going to really hydrate my skin but also not leave it feeling greasy under all the layers I'm inevitably wearing.  The Sanctuary Spa Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Butter does just that.  Using Shea Butter, this smooth and creamy body butter is thick enough to feel the hydration instantly but not so thick that it takes forever to sink in and leaves you feeling greasy.  It has a lovely citrus scent that fades quickly so as not to overpower your perfume and is priced at $15.99 for a 300ml tub.  Available from Priceline and other pharmacy's that stock Sanctuary Spa.

Do you dislike Winter like me? What's your favourite season?

Kayte xx

*This product was provided to me for my trial and consideration.  I chose to tell you about it because I liked it not because I had to.  You can find more details regarding this under the Disclosure Policy tab.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

Medium Brown
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade - Medium Brown

This is one of my absolute favourite brow products that I just can't seem to put down.  This little pot of creamy goodness applies beautifully with a stiff angle brush and once applied doesn't budge.  It's very pigmented so you'll only need the smallest amount and I find it best to use light feathery strokes and build up as you go.  

The great thing about this product is you can create whatever style eyebrow you like; apply it lightly to keep it looking natural or apply more heavily to create a strong defined eyebrow. 

Unlike the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz pencil which was over in a matter of weeks and made it on my Top 5 Disapointing Products List, I have been using the Dipbrow daily for over 6 months now and have barely made a dent in the top making it well worth the $39 price tag.  

I have the shade "medium brown" but there's over 10 different shades in the Dipbrow range making it really easy to find a shade that suits your colouring.  Thankfully this has become much easier to find in Australia; you can find this in Sephora (Sydney only), the Bellabox website, or Beautybay.

Kayte xx

P.S I was pretty stoked to find my makeup artist using this on me for my wedding makeup.  You know you're onto a good thing when the pro's are using it :)

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

It's been a couple of months since I posted here on the blog and for most of this year blogging has been sporadic.  The main reason for this is last month I got married.  Weddings take a lot of time and energy to organise but it was well worth the effort.  We had the most terrible weather but we didn't let it get us down and the photos still came out beautifully.  

I plan to blog a lot more regularly from now on and I have a few posts up my sleeve for getting yourself wedding-ready, some tips on how to find a good makeup artist and a few new products I can't wait to show you so stay tuned for those.

For now... here's some wedding pics - feel free to throw any wedding related questions my way if you think I can help.

Kayte xx


Thursday, April 23, 2015

I recently purchased the MAC Cremesheen Lipstick in Creme Cup.  It's the perfect MLBB (my lips but better) shade with just the right balance of pink.  It's a serious contender for my upcoming wedding but I'm struggling to find the right shade of liner to wear under it that doesn't change the shade colour too much.  Any ideas?

Anyhow once I got this lippy home I realised I had a very similar shade in my collection already.  The Maybelline ColorSensational shade in Born with It is incredibly close in both colour and texture to MAC's Creme Cup and is definitely worth looking at if you have a hard time justifying $36 for a lipstick (Maybelline is $16.95 but is often on sale).  I found the Creme Cup to be slightly more comfortable on the lips but both lasted a similar amount of time (1-2 hours).

MAC Creme Cup vs Maybelline Born With It

Kayte xx

Thursday, April 16, 2015

I picked up this cute travel size set on my last trip to Sephora in Sydney.  It was amongst all the shiny cute things they tempt you with while you're waiting in the checkout line.  Yup I fell for that old chestnut.  

Aside from the packaging being super cute I'm always keen to try out new skincare products, especially when they promise hydration.  The marajuca oil has a little dropper to help dispense just the right amount of product and I've been using 3-4 drops of this 2-3 times a week as a hydrating treatment and it's just divine.  It sinks in really quickly so there's no oily residue transferred onto your pillowcase and it instantly makes your skin feel super soft.  The eyecream is wonderfully hydrating too and I've been dabbing this on morning and night to help with the dryness I've been getting from the change in season.  

I think this cost around the $20 mark and is the perfect size for travelling or to try out if like me you are cautious to lay down a chunk of money for a product you have no idea about.  I'll be picking up another trial sized pack to take with me on my honeymoon.

Kayte xx

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On a recent trip to Sydney I decided to splurge on a few makeup products I'd been coveting for awhile.  My first stop was at Sephora where I picked up the Sephora Rouge in Rendez-vous with a matching liner in Pure Pinky.  I'm already totally in love with these two products and can't wait to pick up more shades next time I'm down.  I also picked up the Bite Beauty Lip Primer in the hope I could use it as an invisible lip liner.  The jury's still out on this one but I'll keep you posted.  If you've visited the Sephora Australia store you'll know you have to trek upstairs to pay for your products and the queue area is surrounded by little treats just begging to be picked up.  This is where the Tarte Bright by Night Travel Set fell into my basket.  I think picking up trial sized sets like this are a great way to try out a product when you don't know a lot about it and lucky for me this mini marajuca oil and eyecream are just divine.  More on that another time.

After Sephora I headed over to Myer which houses Kit Cosmetics, Mecca and various other beauty brands like MAC, Lancome, Benefit and Giorgio Armani.  I picked up the MAC Creme Cup lipstick as I'm pretty sure this is the shade I want to wear for my wedding and asked the consultant for a lip liner to match.  She gave me the shade Dervish but whilst it's a good match for everyday wear it does deepen the colour of Creme Cup a little too much for what I was after.  I then made an impulse buy at Kit Cosmetics and picked up the Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick in Jelly Donut.

I pretty much love every single product I picked up although I probably could have lived without the Too Faced lipstick.  My motto this year is Quality over Quantity and I'm really trying to do my reasearch and making informed decisions about my purchases.  It's a work in progress ;)

Kayte xx

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Top 5 Disappointing Products - Not Worth The Hype!

Every so often a product comes around that you can't help but hear about.  So many people are raving about it,  convincing you that if you don't have this certain product in your life... well do you even makeup?

I've fallen into the trap time and time again where I get caught up in the hype and I spend precious time tracking down some hard to find product, or forking out more money than I should on that must-have item!

Here are 5 products that fall into this category and in MY opinion... just weren't worth it.

Hourglass Ambient Light - Diffused Light
When these powders first came out it didn't matter where you looked someone was talking about them.  Any product that promises photoshopped skin by applying a powder can basically just take all my money.  

I use mine as a setting powder but needless to say there is no Photoshopped skin around here.  It's just my regular blemished skin with powder on top.  Is it a nice product? Yes.  Do I like it? Yes.  Do I love it? Nope.  Is it worth $59? No way.

Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer
I seriously do not understand what the hype was at all with this product but I seem to be the only one who it didn't work for.  Imagine putting wet paint on your lips that never dries... Everytime you touch your mouth, eat something, sip on your water bottle... this stuff just slides everywhere.  Awful stuff. Ugh! Luckily these only retail for $15.95 but I wouldn't pay a cent for this stuff.

Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Wiz
The product alone is really good.  It's a skinny brow pencil thats super easy to work with and create natural looking brows.  Unfortunately there is such a small amount of product inside that it makes it totally not worth the price.  Also because the lead is so thin it breaks super easily meaning even if you do manage to make this last longer than 2 weeks it'll most likely break off into small unusable bits anyway.  A total rip off at $39.

MAC Paint Pot
Maybe it's just the colour I have (Vintage Selection) but this product is super hard to work with.  Not creamy at all and applies really unevenly.  Maybelline Color Tattoos shit all over this. RRP$35

Australis Contouring & Highlighting Kit
Okay this is a fairly new one and this kit was pretty much sold out the moment it hit stands.  Of course this meant I had to have it and spent ages trawling different Pricelines and chemists trying to find one.  When I finally found it and got it home to try out I was pretty disappointed.  The contouring colours are the worst, the colours are really muddy and hard to work with.  The highlighter is quite nice but far too loose and powdery and the yellow shade is nice under the eye but again the powder is so loose.  Luckily this product is only $16.95 but still I think you're better off saving up to get one nice contour product (highly recommend Benefit Hoola for this) and one good highlighter.

Do you have any products you thought didn't live up to their hype?  I'd love to hear about them.

Kayte xx

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

I am so glad that I unsubscribed to all beauty subscription services except for the Parcel.  They continue to outdo themselves every edition not just in quantity but more importantly in quality as well.  No shitty shampoo and conditioner samples, no sachets of body moisturizer with only enough inside for half an arm and no avene samples to be found anywhere.  I love it!

The Autumn edition of The Parcel by Marie Claire had the following items:

Lancome Advanced Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate
7ml sample
Can not wait to try this!!

Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara in Black

Rimmell BB Cream Radiance in Medium - 30ml
Apparently this isn't due to hit stores until next month so this is an honest to goodness exclusive preview

MOR Emporium Soap
Smells divine!

L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream in Vanilla Bouquet
A staple for my desk at work

Garnier Skin Naturals Miracle Cream

Schick Hydro Silk
A backup of my favourite razor? Yes please.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes
Trial size - 7 wipes

All in all a fantastic array of products from The Parcel this quarter and has cemented my decision to stick with the service.  In my opinion this is the best beauty subscription box you can get in Australia.

What do you think?

Kayte xx

P.S I pay for this subscription service ($25 a quarter) and these opinions are purely my own.  I am not affiliated with The Parcel in any way, just love em!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I've only tried creme to powder foundations a handful of times and I've never been a fan.  Typically they've left me with a cakey powdery matte finish that feels heavy on the skin.  Needless to say I wasn't really looking forward to trialling this product.

Mary Kay makes some pretty bold claims with this foundation stating a "true & fresh" appearance for 12 hours, heat & humidity resistance, won't rub off or streak and glides on like a light weight cream.

  I find it hard to pick shades online so I had two sent to me to try.  Even though Ivory 3 looked too pink for me it's actually pretty neutral and matched me perfectly.  As you can see pictured below Beige 3 is definitely more yellow based and will probably suit me fine when I'm (fake) tanned.

For the sake of giving you an honest review I trialled this foundation over a number of days, both with and without a primer, with the sponge provided and with a beauty blender sponge, with setting powder and without and this is what I found:

Using the sponge provided and swiping it on gave me that heavy cakey look; however when I used a wet beauty blender and just dabbed it onto the skin I got the best finish.  Not too heavy or powdery.

  The foundation doesn't need to be set with a powder over top, if anything it's better without and using one didn't make any difference to the longevity.  A finishing spray over top helped make it look a little more dewy and helped hydrate my skin.  This foundation is intended for oily skin and mine is dry so it makes sense that the setting spray would help.  Also because I don't have oily skin I can't really comment on it's ability to keep skin matte all day however on a couple of the days I used this it was extremely humid and my makeup would normally start to slide off but this definitely stayed put.

Overall I'm really impressed with this foundation - it does stay put all day and keeps its matte finish.  Coverage is medium but can be built up but be careful as it's pretty easy to be too heavy handed with this product.  My only complaint is that it can catch a bit on skin that is a little drier but I do think this would be pretty awesome for the oilier skin ladies.  

Definitely worth checking out - especially at $30
 Kayte xx

*As mentioned in this post I was sent this product for the purpose of providing a review however I haven't been paid to tell you about it and everything I've mentioned here are my own opinions.  You can read my disclaimer policy for more details but I'm basically a fan of honesty being the best policy

Thursday, March 5, 2015

I never really got the hype of setting sprays and even after trying this I still don't.  Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely product and I find that it does refresh my makeup and cool & hydrate my skin but that just isn't enough for me. 

 I thought the whole point of these setting sprays was to set your makeup and make it last longer.  Apparently not.  I've been using this for a couple of months now and it hasn't made one difference whatsoever to how long my makeup lasts on my skin.

The one thing I do find it useful for is days when I'm a little heavy handed with the powder; a quick spray of this can tone that down and get that slightly dewy look back.  But to be honest any hydrating toner spray can do that so personally I wouldn't bother purchasing this.

Do you use setting sprays?

Kayte xx

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

I am a huge sucker for a limited edition palette and this Hourglass Blush Palette called my name from the moment it was released.  

I couldn't describe these shades any better than Hourglass themselves so here's what they say...

LUMINOUS FLUSH: A champagne rose blush fused with Luminous Light to evoke a candlelit glimmer.
 INCANDESCENT ELECTRA (exclusive to the palette): A cool peach blush blended with Incandescent Light for a celestial glow.
MOOD EXPOSURE: A soft plum blush fused with Mood Light to brighten the complexion. 

I've always struggled with blush as I can have quite a pink/red tone to my face which can look a lot worse with the wrong blush.  But these.... these beautiful marbled blushes are so soft, with just the perfect amount of colour and a glow that makes you look like you've been skipping in fields and drinking kale smoothies all weekend.  

The 3 different shades will suit many different tones but I do think that darker skinned ladies may have some trouble getting enough pigment to show on their skin.  On me, they last well throughout the day and I'm a huge fan.

My palette was smuggled in from America but individual shades can be purchased from Mecca here in Australia for a cool $46 a pop.

Kayte xx

Thursday, February 26, 2015

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Bellabox February 2015
This month's box was so dismal but I thought I'd share with you anyways.  The only thing worth mentioning is the one thing not pictured here and it was the free inclusion of the March Cosmo magazine.  I could've bought that for $9 instead of paying $15 for this bunch of crap to be mailed to me.  Blue nailpolish... seriously.... I'm not 12.  Unsubscribing as we speak....

Am I being too harsh, what do you think?

Kayte xx

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Did you know your mascara needs to be thrown out after 3 months?  Once your mascara starts to dry out and/or get clumpy it starts to become a breeding ground for bacteria which of course is not something we want in or around our eyes.  

When it's time to throw my mascaras away, I keep the wands.  Yup clean mascara wands are really useful to have around for all sorts of things.

My favourite uses are:

1.  Combing through your lashes on days when you get over excited with your mascara.
2.  Taming eyebrows - spray a bit of hairspray onto the mascara wand and brush through your eyebrows for a quick, cheap dupe for a brow gel.
3.  Cleaning jewellery.
4.  Cleaning around taps in your bathroom or kitchen

What should I do with old mascara wands?
Mascara Graveyard....

Once it's time to say goodbye to your old mascara, fill up your sink with warm water, add a couple of drops of makeup brush cleaner or detergent (I'm a fan of the Daiso brush cleaner) and leave to soak for 15 minutes.  Then rub them clean with your fingers and a bit more cleaner and leave to dry.  I cut the lids off mine but you can leave them on if you like.

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Leave mascara wands to soak in warm water for 15 mins...

Voila!  All clean.....

Do you have any handy uses for mascara wands??

Kayte xx

Thursday, January 22, 2015

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Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 Palette

I'm not gonna bother doing a full review of this palette.  There's a million websites with swatches of the colours and a full descriptive breakdown.  The temptalia review is a good start if that's what you're after.

What I will tell you is that I have finally found a palette where I can use every shade.  Urban Decay's Naked Basics 2 Palette is made up of 6 Matte shades that are all cool toned and cased in a hard neutral compact with a full mirror.  Every shade is pigmented, soft and perfectly blendable.  I think this palette is perfect for people with fair skin like myself that often find the mid range shades of palettes to be too dark for all-over eyeshadows.  The shades of these colours give me just enough depth without looking like I'm out for a night of debauchery or just been hit in the face. 

Unfortunately Urban Decay seem determined to be the last brand available for purchase in Australia so I purchased this from Sephora USA (see haul here) where it retails for $29USD.  Otherwise you can purchase from Beauty Bay and have it delivered to Australia for just over $45AUD. 

Kayte xx

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mascara is the one thing I just can't go without.  Even if I'm having a no makeup day I'll quickly brush a couple of coats of mascara on to help open up and frame my eyes.  

My eyelashes are already quite long and have a natural curve so I've never needed an eyelash curler or mascaras that focus on curl.  However because of my natural curl, mascaras have the tendency to transfer onto the skin under my eyebrows, first world problems I know.  When I'm looking for a mascara I want something that's really black, gives volume and stay's put.  In no particular order these are my favourite mascaras.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes
This is a recent find and it was love at first application.  I can't put my finger on exactly what it does that's so amazing but it makes my lashes look almost artificial.  So. Much. Volume.

Jordana Best Lash Extreme
I got this a while ago with a Crush Cosmetics order because I'd heard another blogger rave about it.  It's pretty cheap at about $12 and definitely a good dupe if you can't find the Tarte one or don't wanna fork out $30 for it.

Maybelline Full n Soft Mascara
This will be the easiest of the lot to find and was one of the first mascaras I ever bought when I was a teenager.  I like both the waterproof and normal version and always keep a back-up of this in my makeup drawer.  I find this mascara is best after it's been open for a couple of weeks and gives awesome volume without being too over the top.

What's your favourite mascara?

Kayte xx