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