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Products to watch Jan-April 2014

There are so many exciting products on offer at the moment! whether they’re holiday limited edition collections that are still floating around or products that I’m anxiously awaiting the release of, here’s my list of must have products for this season.

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Riri heart MAC holiday collection– Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in 2x Dare
My dear friend Holly gave me this palette as a birthday present (which means I received it 5 days early!!) due to her amazing job at MAC Cosmetics. I am usually more of a matte shadow person because I find the colour payoff usually isn’t as good with pearlescent or glittery shadows or that they tend to crease up after a little wear. I wore this to a rock show lately and was pleasantly surprised with not only the colour payoff, but how absolutely exquisite the colours are. They shine with a multitude of iridescent undertones that change with the light. I am in love with this palette. The only downside? it’s a limited edition only release….

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Clinique A Different Nail Enamel For Sensitive Skins

I don’t know about you guys, but as an infrequent sufferer of eczema, this has on occasion made it difficult to paint my nails. Normally, I would just resign myself to the knowledge that it would be gone in a few days and just leave it alone, but it’s nice to know that for long time sufferers of sensitive skin, there is a nail polish that you can use that won’t flare up any skin conditions or cause an onset of contact dermatitis. Like all Clinique products, you know this has been tested  by a team of dermatologists and this peace of mind alone makes it worth trying. As for the cons, there’s a limited colour choice and I’ve heard mixed reviews about the colour payoff. I’d pick a colour you’re likely to wear often and keep it as a backup if you’re one who suffers from sensitivity.

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Limecrime Velvetines- the Clueless Witch Collection

When I heard this collection was being launched a few days ago, I kind of made this weird strangled noise in the back of my throat. It’s no secret that I LOVE the velvetines range. This new collection, also affectionately referred to as the “gothatines” offers a dark berry red not unlike MAC lipstick in Diva called “wicked”, a deep brown shade called “Salem” and, my favourite, a matte black lip colour, a game changer for the industry. Glossy blacks are available from time to time within various cosmetics companies depending on fashion, otherwise using a gel liner or eye pencil has always been the only real path to a clean black lip. Now we finally have a matte black lip stain for all our sartorial needs. I’m buying ten.

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Limecrime velvetine in Black Velvet.

The new Velvetines range launches in March.

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Clarins 3 dot liner
I saw an advert for this in the Australian Elle magazine about 3 days ago and instantly walked to a Clarins counter to give this product a try. The tip looks odd, like a highlighter with wedges cut out of it, so you expect it to be quite firm and difficult to move… it’s actually very flexible and easily creates a wafer thin line just as it can create a bold, 60s style “come hither” liner. The real feature that makes this product special though, is that it’s three points enable you to wiggle them in between the top lashes to create a tightlined effect without the risk of blinding yourself (it’s fast drying, unlike many liquid liners) or the discomfort of trying to reach a liner brush or eye pencil onto your top waterline in the hopes of making your lashes look thicker and eliminating that annoying little gap of nude looking skin you often find when doing your liner too quickly.

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Sugarpill cosmetics review: Loose shadow trio + Lumi

If you’ve never heard of Sugarpill cosmetics, I genuinely feel for you.

Not only are their products amazingly pigmented, long lasting and cheerful (both in packaging and in the rainbow spectrum of colours available)… they’re also an independent brand and almost all their products are 100% vegan!

Sugarpill is owned by the rainbow haired cutie Amy Doan (aka Shrinkle). Launched in 2005, this brand is hugely popular with those looking for great quality, cruelty free products at an affordable price.

Sugarpill was chosen as the official makeup brand for Sanrio’s Hello Kitty 35th Anniversary. They’ve toured with Japanese Harajuku fashion brands 6%DOKIDOKI and Spank! Clothing and have been featured in Italian Vogue, Nylon Singapore, InStyle, xoJane, Huffington Post, OK! Magazine, OnSugar, Gothic Beauty, Gala Darling, and Apparel News.

Whew! that’s a huge achievement for an independent brand. Based in Berkley California, they post internationally with reasonably priced postage and even their boxes feature their adorable “pill-kitty” mascot/logo and makes your heart sing when it arrives in the mail.

Now on to the fun stuff.

Some time late last year, I purchased the “Zillionaire” loose shadow trio and a single loose shadow in “lumi”.

ImageAbove is the Zillionaire trio, picture from the official sugarpill website.

May I first start off by saying how amazed I was with the colour payoff from these shadows. Goldilux is the first “true gold” colour I’ve seen in any cosmetics. It literally looks like tiny flakes of real gold. The loose pigments are fantastic because they can be used wet or dry, meaning mixing it with a little mixing medium, water or cream pigments will achieve a colour burst without a gross flaky texture. It’s also great to turn their products into liquid liner, mascara or lipstick. If you were to buy only one product from sugarpill, buy Goldilux. It is a STAR product and, being gold, is highly complimentary to every skintone and hair colour combination imagineable. It’s also safe for those who are not quite ready to step into the world of bold colours but loud and sparkly enough for any hyper-colour fanatic.

Next onto Hysteric. Hysteric is an interesting medium, cool (blueish toned) purple. A tiny amount blended out makes an almost pinky shade, a regular amount creates a metallic purple and a large amount makes a deep yet incredibly vibrant purple. Perfect for creasework.

Finally, Junebug is a deep purple which instantly reminds me of peacocks and Christmas beatles. It’s got a slight turquoise tone to it which changes depending on where the light hits it. Over a mint green cream pigment, it has an almost radioactive glow and still keeps its alluring tone. Definitely not a boring or gross shade of green, it compliments every skintone I apply it to.

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As mentioned, I also bought Lumi. This was separate from the pack, but a product I’ve been lusting after for ages. At first glance, it is a pure snow white. On application, however, you notice it has a slight blue tone to it. Applied over a nude, white, mint, or silver shadow it turns a startling shade of ice blue. It’s incredibly glitzy, but without the ouch-factor of actual glitter. I use this product so much that I’m about to buy five more. Not only great for eyeshadows, this it the world’s greatest highlighter. The cool tone is not too dramatic for highlighting on any skintone, in fact I use this on every face for photo shoots or film. It makes the inner corners pop, the brow bones gleam and your cheekbones look like you’re the long lost sister of Kate Moss. It’s also fantastic to accentuate your cupid’s bow (simply put a tiny amount around your cupid’s bow to make your lipstick look dramatic and immaculate).

The best thing is that all of these products are a beautiful consistency. They feel like velvet and blend so beautifully you can almost hear choirs of angels sing the second the brush hits your face. All the sugarpill shadows are smooth and pigmented, so a little goes a long way… but don’t let the word “eyeshadow” limit your usage. Great for contours, blush, as a pat on colour to create interesting matte lipsticks… the combinations are as endless are your creativity allows.

As you can guess, this is one of my favourite brands of cosmetics. I highly recommend you take the time to check out the sugarpill website.

You can also follow sugarpill cosmetics on: Facebook, twitter and instagram.
Shrinkle is also on instagram and her posts are definitely worth checking out.

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Also contact me if you’d like a cruelty-free makeover with vegan brushes and cosmetics. I also offer makeup lessons via skype if you’d like to know more about many fabulous vegan and cruelty free products, where to buy them and how to find out if your products are vegan.

XOXO Kate

Product Review: Illamasqua cream blush in “rude”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now I don’t know about you, but I’m mad about peach toned blushes... and, in fact, cream make-up. I never used to be, but lately I can’t get enough of them because of how good they make your skin look.

I love Illamasqua and their range, I think it’s fantastic that they have cruelty-free products, they have decided to price their products fairly in Australia (when we usually pay up to 40% more for cosmetics than other countries) and their collections are well thought out and fun. Combining my fanaticism about their brand and my desire to find a good new go-to blusher after my old faithful (literally) bit the dust after falling from a great height. I checked out Illamasqua, keen to experiment with their cream pigments and have a play when I came across the colour “rude”.

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It’s a sort of peachy, pinky, orange colour. I find it quite similar to NARS “Orgasm”. Applied lightly, it’s a warm pink colour. Build on it a little and it’s a peachy coral sort of tone. Build on it again and it’s straight on orange. Genius. Orange based pinks are flattering on almost every skin tone and for almost every hair colour. I change hair colour more than I change clothes, so this is a big factor in the products I buy for my own personal use (not clients) for the purpose of daily wear.

Plus, like all Illamasqua cream products I’ve had the pleasure of using, it’s highly pigmented, buildable (meaning you can produce extremely intense colours!), doesn’t irritate my skin, easy to blend and can be used on any part of the face (sometimes I use it as lipgloss!)

So here’s what I think:

The pros:
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high likelihood of this product suiting your skin tone
– can be used as cream eyeshadow, lip gloss etc. Saving money in the best way.
– easy to blend
– doesn’t feel greasy or sticky
– doesn’t crease up when used on the eyes
– a little goes a long way!

The cons:
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even after the price drop, Illamasqua products are not going to be affordable for everybody.
– cream products can be tricky to apply if you’re not used to them (though this is a great product to start with)
– packaging can be tricky to open sometimes (or maybe I’m just clumsy?)

What’s your favourite blush or cream pigment colour? Let me know how you found this review.

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Product review: NARS semi-matte lipstick in heatwave.

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So I’m monogamous when it comes to lip colours. Once I find a colour I like, it will take hell or high water (or the discontinuation of that colour) to convince me to change. Enter NARS lipstick.

Several years ago, Mecca cosmetica opened a concept store in Melbourne central called “Mecca maxima”, combining them with their sister store kit cosmetics and selling their most sought after products and a few other cult products usually in available at their counters.

I worked nearby and went in to kill time. I was looking for a shade similar to the (at the time) unattainable MAC lipstick in morange. I found heatwave and fell in love. Less orange than morange, less coral than MAC’s “lady danger” and a nice matte finish. The price set me back a little bit, but I was a woman possessed and I vowed to only wear it on special occasions to save the precious lipstick as long as possible.

The next day I caved and applied it the next morning. I started work in the evening but went out all day and forgot to take it with me for touch ups. I was immediately taken aback after eating; it was still there and strong as ever in colour.

When I finished work at 11pm that day, the colour was still there and only a teensy bit less intense than it was during the day… I had done my makeup at ten o’clock that morning and obviously eaten and drank throughout the day! My foundation had started wearing off, my eyeshadow and blush were faded yet my lips were still a startling red.

This product has become my staple for days I won’t be able to touch up or nights out when I risk bleeding lipstick after a few drinks.

The pros:
– incredibly pigmented
– long lasting
– suits most skin tones and hair colours

The cons:
– costly (here in Australia it retails at around $60!)
– can be a little drying so remember to apply lip balm between wears and use a lip primer.
– I’ve fever found another red lipstick I’ve loved as much.
– now I need to find a foundation as long lasting.

Have a product you think I should review? email me with your suggestions!