Essence Cosmetics Soo glow Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the essence soo glow cream to powder highlighter.

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I picked this highlighter up while I was at Target getting some essence lip liners, which I absolutely love love love!! (a story for another day) when I saw this guy calling out to me. Now usually I’m not that into cream highlighters, but as we are moving into winter and my skin is looking a little dry and dreary I thought Id give it a try.

This product is very creamy when you first apply it, and sheers out to a beautiful champagne shade and then dries down like a powder which is something that I have never used before. And I really like it! I find that its so easy to use either under or over foundation and looks so naturally pretty.

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The product looks quite shimmery, but using a small amount and working it into your skin makes a really big difference.

I picked this up for around $4-$6 AUD I can’t remember exactly, but I know it wasn’t expensive at all.

I’m really liking this product, and for the price I can’t really fault it.

Have you tried this product? let me know what you think in the comments

xo Cassie

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Urban Decay Naked Palette Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the cult favourite Urban Decay Naked palette.

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Urban Decay finally launched in Australia at Mecca Maxima earlier this year and I was super excited to pick something up from the brand, I was umming and ahhing over what I wanted to get and finally settled on getting the beauty community’s number one love, the original naked palette.

There are currently three naked palettes from the brand but I decided to go with the original as the colours in this palette appealed to me the most.

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Swatched left to right

Virgin

Side Car

Half Baked

Creep

Gun Metal

I’ll start by saying I really like this palette, I think the colours are really wearable for both day and night. The formula is nice, I did find that creep wasn’t super pigmented when swatched but is able to be built up on the eye to make it a little more pigmented, and the more lighter shimmery shades and very pretty on the eye.

As much as I do really like this palette I unfortunately don’t think its worth the $78 AUD.

The colours are really pretty and neutral and for that reason I think it’s a lot of money for something that is just that, neutral. and I’m not finding that I’m reaching for it as much as I thought I would which is a bummer.

If you are on the hunt for a neutral palette I find I use my Too faced chocolate palette a lot more and it’s a little cheaper.

Do you have the Naked palette, what do you think? let me know in the comments.

xo Cassie

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Essence XXXL Matt Effect lipgloss review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the Essence Matte effect lip gloss.

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I picked up the colours 06 Soft Nude and 07 Silky red

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Let me start by saying I love these lip glosses, they are so silky smooth on the lips. I wouldn’t say they were very matte though, but they also definitely aren’t a gloss which is tricky. In my opinion the best way to describe the finish is more like satin.

The above swatches have been applied directly from the tube with no lip liner.

The glosses are a little slippery on the lips, not to be confused with the Australis Velour Lips which set like concrete. These don’t really set at all, which I personally quite like as a change from the usual matte lip glosses that are on the market, but if you’re looking for a product that won’t budge then these probably won’t be for you.

I picked my glosses up at Priceline and can’t find them on the site for the life of me, but I don’t think they were any more than $6 AUD if that. My local store had 3 colours but was out of stock of the other shade.

Like I said, I really like these glosses and think they’re perfect as a ‘throw on and go’ lip product, easy to apply and smell great!

Have you tried these products? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

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Australian Autumn/Winter Fashion

Hi everyone, today I’m back with two looks that I’ve styled for Autumn/Winter.

As we are coming into the colder months in Australia which unfortunately means packing away our bright sun dresses and sandals and opting for woollen coats & thick knitted skirts, here I’ve styled two looks that I think are perfect for the colder months and can incorporate some pieces of clothing you may already have in your wardrobe.

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Photo via Polyvore – Styled by me.

I think for Autumn/Winter fashion layers always look great, so for my first outfit I opted for a long sleeved turtle neck under a short sleeved cape. This look would be great for days when it’s not so chilly that you need a heavy coat.

I’ve opted for pumps with this outfit but knee-high boots with a thick heel would be perfect as well. Add a knitted scarf and you’re on your way.

For my second outfit I’ve paired a silk cami with a tube skirt and added a coat. I love this look as it adds a feminine aspect with the cami and adding the grey coat gives it texture and most importantly keeps you warm. I have opted for a heel here as well, you could also pair this look with boots.

Colours and textures to look out for when shopping;

White

Black

Cream

Navy

Leather & Leather dresses (faux leather for me)

Silk blouses

& Booties.

This is just a small guide to getting your wardrobe Autumn/Winter ready and as always you add your own flair. if you want to wear bright pink and neon through winter then you do you boo.

Style yourself and tag me on all social media @Paintedlipstick so I can see you!

xo Cassie

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Bargain Hunting

Hi everyone today I’m back with a post on where to find fashion and accessories at a great price online!

For those of you who have been reading my blog for a while now know that I love a bargain and always find myself making a b line for the sale rack trying to find a bargain so when Westegg.co got in contact with me I was very very excited as they offer designer fashion pieces at 80% off.

How it all works – you log into the website with Instagram purchase whatever you like off the site and then upload a photo to Instagram.

I took a little tour of their website and fell in love. I’ve chosen a few pieces to show here but you could seriously go crazy, I am lusting after nearly everything on the site!

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These gorgeous Kate Spade Dear Valentine Heart stud earing’s were $62.40 down to $45.60.

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This gorgeous piece by Jennifer Zeuner – Sky, Moon and Star piece was $228.80 down to $167.80.

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This timeless Marc Jacobs watch was $292.50 down to $213.75

I am loving all of the small dainty pieces of jewellery that can be layered over one another and the chunky pieces that are perfect to add a little extra to your outfit.

You can also find bags and sunglasses all at discounted prices.

Westegg have even given me a code for you guys to use to get a further 10% off everything on the site just use #wearwestegg at the checkout!

Happy shopping!

xo Cassie

This post has been sponsored by Westegg.co –  ALL opinions are my own.

Ulta3 Colour Me Pretty Lipstick Crayon Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the Ulta3 Colour Me Pretty Lipstick Crayon in the colours Pretty Poppy and Pretty Affair.

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I love these two lip crayons, they are smooth to apply and glossy on the lip.

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Pretty Poppy.

Pretty Poppy is a really beautiful orange/red shade that is super easy to wear. I find myself reaching for this lip shade when I’m wearing hardly any make up and am running errands because it just makes it look like you’ve made some effort when really.. you’ve just rolled out of bed after sleeping through your alarm and your backup alarm..

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Pretty Affair

Pretty Affair is a gorgeous blue based red/berry shade which is just as smooth and creamy as pretty poppy, again another wearable colour and would be perfect for the colder months as it is a tad darker.

What I love most about these lip products is that they are so easy to apply, comfortable on the lips and glossy. I think Ulta3 have done a bang up job on these products and at the price point of $4.95 AUD how can you go wrong?

There are 6 shades in the and I think I might just have to pick up the others!

have you tried these out? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

All photos have been taken by me.

W7 Prime Magic Primer Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the W7 Prime Magic Primer.

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Let me start out by saying that I love this primer, it’s silicone based and is a clear gel like formula it smooths my skin making foundation glide on and stay on.

I like to pat this product into my skin using my fingertips and will generally place it on my problem areas where I know that I have extra large pores. This primer makes my make up stay on all day long and minimises any creasing creasing. I tested this primer out while wearing my Estée Lauder double wear foundation which is long wearing and very full coverage. My foundation looked flawless and creased far less than it usually would ( I have very oily skin, so creasing is inevitable unfortunately) it just blew me away!

And if you’ve been reading my Blog for a while you will know that I love a bargain, especially when it comes to make-up since it’s so expensive in Australia. So, you could imagine my excitement when I picked this little guy up for $4.99 AUD from my local chemist! (drug store) for all my US readers.

Have you tried this primer, do you like it as much as I do? let me know in the comments.

xo Cassie