Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Top Three Tuesday - International Online Stores

iHerb -  I love iHerb, they have so many great products that we don't have access to here and they're so cheap! I purchase Real Techniques, Physician's Formula, Eco Tools, Palmer's, Deep Steep and Korean beauty to name a few.

Shipping through DHL is fast and fully trackable, shipping through Australia Post is slower but free. If you haven't shopped at iHerb before, what are you waiting for? Code YUF175 will get you a discount off your first order.

ASOS - ASOS is great for buying products that have yet to be released or won't be released in Australia. I purchase Rimmel and Bourjois from them if I can't wait until they're released here. They also stock Pixi Beauty and some Carmex products we don't have here. Shipping is free when you spend over $40 and they regularly release discount codes so you can score 10 to 20% off.

Look Fantastic - Free worldwide shipping, a great range of brands and wonderful customer service make Look Fantastic a store I purchase from over and over again. I have products from Pixi and First Aid Beauty on my wishlist for my next order. 

An honourable mention goes to Beautylish. I placed my first order with them a few weeks ago and was really happy with their service and the shipping speed. Shipping is free if you spend over $50 US. I'm already planning my next order.

What are your favourite international stores?

Monday, 24 October 2016

What's in my make-up bag

It's been ages since I did one of these posts so here it is. In an effort to simplify and actually use up some of my make-up, I've put everything away other than a few products. Sounds silly, but it means that I'm using the same things over and over, so will hopefully use things up. It also makes getting ready in the morning a lot easier as I'm not sifting through my makeup bag trying to decide what to wear, instead I just grab the first thing I see and use it. Easy.

I'm still in culling mode, anything that I don't love gets the toss. I've drastically reduced the size of my collection and it feels great. Other than lip products, all my makeup now fits in one train case and my makeup bag.

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette - This is the only Naked palette I own. It's perfection. 

Bare Minerals Ready Foundation.

Hourglass Luminous Light Ambient Lighting Powder. 

The Body Shop Bronzing Powder.

MAC Coygirl Sheertone Blush.

Burberry Rosewood Sheer Eye Shadow.

Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover.

Nude by Nature Mineral Finishing Veil.

MAC Painterly Paint Pot.

Clarins Taupe Ombre Matte Eye Shadow.

Givenchy Magic Lip and Cheek Balm.

Becca Watermelon Beach Tint.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Atlas Swallowtail Long Lasting Cream Shadow.

Shu Uemura Acorn Hard Formula Brow Pencil.

Physician's Formula Deep Brown Eye Booster.

Max Factor Mauve Moment Colour Elixir Lip Liner.

BH Cosmetics Purple Liquid Eyeliner.

Jane Iredale Sugar and Butter.

Rimmel Trespassing Taupe Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Stick.

Maybelline Master Conceal.

Revlon Honey Balm Stain.

Victoria's Secret Very Voluptuous Lip Plumper.

Natio Orchid Eye Smoothie.

Nars Dragon Girl Velvet Matte Lip Pencil.

Bite Beauty Velvet High Pigment Pencil.

Soap and Glory Kiss Ass Concealer.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance.

Essence The Lash Curler Mascara.

Rimmel Taupe Scandaleyes Kohl.

Rimmel Brow This Way Highlighting Pencil.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. This clown thing is stupid. It won't be long until they scare the wrong person and someone will get badly hurt. Why people think that terrifying someone is funny is beyond my comprehension.

2. I'd forgotten how much I used to love Richard Marx.

3. Chai is still having problems at school. I want to explore sending him to a more relaxed, hippy style school. It costs $900 a term so Tiger won't even consider it. 

4. The desire to be a nomad is strong. Tiger's job would allow him to work worldwide, so selling everything and travelling isn't a crazy idea. What an amazing experience it'd be. 

5. I don't understand people who say they hate where they live. If you hate it, move. Seems pretty simple to me.    

Friday, 21 October 2016

FFS Friday - Forgetful

It's been a while since Tiger and I had a go at killing or permanently scarring our children, so last week we decided it was high time we had a go at mentally scarring Eljay. 

We dropped Chai off at school and walked to the car. Along the way we were chatting to a friend about how long things take when you have a toddler in tow.

We got to the gates and were standing there talking when another friend called to see where I was. 

I could see her standing at the other end of the school with a little blonde child next to her.

Her children are older with dark hair.

You'd think at this point something might have registered but it didn't.

She asked me where I parked and said that she couldn't see me, so I told her where I was and she told me that she had Eljay!

We'd forgotten him!

How does that happen?

Both of us had walked out of the school without him! We'd even been talking about him but hadn't realised he wasn't with us!

When we left I thought he was walking behind Tiger, but it didn't register to me when we were standing outside the school gates that he wasn't with us!

Unbelievable. If you'd told me last week that I'd forget my child I would have laughed. Mother of the year!

I console myself with the knowledge that I picked the best place to forget him. He was in a gated area where he couldn't wander off, surrounded by people who knew him and he was happily playing.

When my friend realised I'd forgotten him he happily came with her to find me, so no harm was done.

But seriously, how did I forget my baby?!      

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition review

Last week I made my first order with Beautylish (read about it here). I placed the order because I wanted one of the new Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition lipsticks. It was also my first Jeffree Star purchase.

I've been lusting after the Lip Ammunitions since I read that they were going to smell like ice cream. Yum! As soon as they appeared on Beautylish I purchased one in the shade Baby Spice.

 How cute is the packaging? I love it!

Baby Spice is a cool toned medium pink. On my very pigmented lips it's quite a bright pink, but it's easily toned down by applying with a light hand. 

The lasting power is amazing, it lasts all day even through eating and drinking. The colour does fade slightly, but not much. 

These are supposed to be a satin finish. They're not. They're matte. It's not an uncomfortable or drying matte, but they are definitely matte. 

There are a lot of reviews saying that the lipsticks are really gritty, thankfully mine isn't. I've used mine daily since I got it and there is no hint of any grittiness. 

I have to say I'm disappointed with the scent. The website says the scent is creamsicle ice cream (I have no idea what that is), the box says orange creamsicle. Mine has little to no scent. I can barely smell anything, the scent is so subtle that I have no idea what it smells like. 
For those of you who don't like scented products this would be a good thing, but for me it's disappointing.


At $18 (US) these are definitley worth a try, however I'd advise reading reviews and ordering from Beautylish so that if you get a gritty lipstick you can return it.

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

What are your favourite luxury products?

When I look at my collection it's a blend of high and low end products. I like mainly high end products for my lipstick and gloss, whilst the rest of my products are mostly low end. My perfumes are a blend of high and low end, mostly high end.

When I lived in the city I had more high end products because they were available. Now that we're in the country I have to order things sight unseen, which is quite risky when buying products I haven't used before. 

It got me wondering what everyone's  favourite luxury products are? I buy expensive hand wash because it lasts for ages, so spending $30 isn't too bad when it'll last me around six months.

I dream of the days when we have more free cash so that I can spend up on expensive skincare. I really want to try NIOD. 

Monday, 17 October 2016

Charlotte Tilbury Hot Lips

After lusting after her products for years, I finally bought two Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. I purchased from the Hot Lips collection and got Very Victoria which is a matte and Liv It Up which is the K.I.S.S.I.N.G formula. 

I can't really notice any difference between the two formulas. They both feel creamy, have a semi shiny finish and last for about three to four hours. They're opaque with just one layer, they feel hydrating and comfortable on. 

Charlotte Tillbury says that the Matte Revolution is a cashmere cream texture with a soft-matte finish, enriched with papaya and orchid.
The K.I.S.S.I.N.G. formula is enriched with lipstick tree extract (whatever that is).

Everything about these lipsticks is perfection. From the box to the gorgeous packaging they scream luxury. The matte lipstick has a matte finish box and the shine formula has a shiny box. No detail has been missed. The cases are a gorgeous rose gold with a lovely light feel and that satisfying click sound when you close the case.  

Liv It Up
Liv It Up is described as a pretty velvet rosebud, inspired by Liv’s signature hybrid of both rock n’ roll and ethereal beauty. It’s a cool toned ballet pink that looks amazing worn with a sexy, smokey eye.

Very Victoria
Very Victoria is described as being a cool toned suede, taupe nude for those who buck the trend like Brigitte Bardot.

Top swatch - Liv It Up. Bottom swatch - Very Victoria

Those of you who love luxury lipsticks need to try these, they truly are beautiful.

Sunday, 16 October 2016

Thoughts of the week

1. I've discovered that I can get radio stations through the Telstra Tbox. They have an awesome selection of 80's radio stations.

2. It's finally started to warm up. The sun has been beautiful, I can feel it lifting my spirits and soothing my soul, I'm full of hope again.

3. We've had music on constantly since I discovered the 80's radio station, I hadn't realised how much I missed music, it makes me so happy.

4. I placed my first order with Beautylish. It won't be my last.

5. I am caught between my desire to be a nomad and my desire for stability. I love the community that we have here, knowing my neighbours, the postie etc. At the same time the desire to sell everything and travel is overwhelming. 

Friday, 14 October 2016

FFS Friday - Method in my madness

So I've got a thing about bum, shower and toilet germs. Perfectly normal (or not). 

I don't let anyone use my towel because I hate the thought of drying my face where they might have dried their bum. Then I'd get bum germs, gross. Or even worse, penis germs, double gross!

I had a few moments of panic a few weeks ago when I was drying my face and it occurred to me that I might be using the part of my towel that I'd dried my bum with. Then I realised I have method and I didn't even know. 

Here's how it goes. I dry my face first, with the very end of the towel. Then I wrap it around myself and dry my body. Lastly I dry my bum, using the middle of the towel. This ensures that I'm not rubbing bum germs all over my body. Clever eh? It also means that the next time I use my towel, there's no risk that I'm rubbing day old bum germs on to my face. Hah. I'm so clever.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

My first order from Beautylish

Lately I've been reluctant to order online as my last few experiences have been really bad (I'm looking at you Beauty Bay and Sephora). I still order from my usual places (Adore Beauty, The Natural Supply Co to name a few) but haven't ordered from anywhere new for a while. When Jeffree Star released their Lip Ammunition lipsticks I took a risk and placed an order with Beautylish.

I placed my order on the 30th of September and it arrived on the 11th of October. There was a public holiday in there which usually delays things by at least two days. I could trace the package the whole time. If you use the Australia Post app it will show up as a package from Landmark.
Such pretty packaging.

I purchased:
RCMA No Colour Powder.
It Cosmetics Vitality Lip Flush in Je Ne Sais Quoi
Jeffree Star Lip Ammunition in Baby Spice

I've never tried anything from any of these brands before so I'm excited to test everything out. 

Once I've had a chance to try everything out I'll post reviews. 

Have you ordered from Beautylish before?