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