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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Cetaphil Suntivity Sunscreen Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the Cetaphil Suntivity spf 30 ultra-light fluid face sunscreen.Photo 18-05-2015 10 59 39 am

Let me start by saying that I love this sunscreen, I have been looking everywhere for a lightweight sunscreen that is suitable for under my makeup and also just to throw on when I’m out in the sun and I think I’ve found everything I want and more with this product. It’s thin in consistency, doesn’t leave a white cast on my face and doesn’t make my face look like more of an oil slick than it already is.

Cetaphil say that this sunscreen is;

-Broad Spectrum

-Oil Free

-4 hours wear

-Fragrance free

-Won’t block pores

-Suitable for wear under makeup

I can definitely say that this sunscreen is oil free and doesn’t block pores, because if it wasn’t oil free and did block my pores my skin would have told me it was unhappy within the first few hours. This sunscreen doesn’t have any fragrance that I’ve noticed, it just smells like sunscreen if that makes sense. I have been wearing this product every day under my makeup and have found that it just sinks into my skin so well, I have even used a powder foundation on top of it so that just shows how little residue it leaves on the skin.

I am loving this product and can’t believe I have gone for so long without wearing a sunscreen (in my defence I have been looking for one!)

I picked this gem up at Chemist Warehouse for $13.39 AUD

Have you tried this sunscreen, do you have another sunscreen that you swear by? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

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Lush Tea Tree Water Toner Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the Lush Tea tree water toner water.

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For those of you who don’t know I have really oily skin, I’m talking UAE oil rig status and with that comes god awful sore pimples and other goodies.. TMI? okay well you get the picture.

So unfortunately I have committed skin care cardinal sin and use Proactiv as my current skin care routine, I know this stuff is pretty harsh on the skin but when you’re struggling with break outs and find something that works, you know I’m going to hold onto that with both hands. I have however been trying to find some more gentle skin care products to try and phase out my current routine and boy am I glad I found this little gem.

I came across this toner water when I was lining up at Lush with my arms full of as much Snow fairy body wash a girl could carry (a story for another time) and as I was waiting in the line going out the door, the lovely sales assistant introduced me to my skins new best friend.

This toner water is a blend of a Tea Tree Water (Melaleuca alternifolia), Grapefruit Water (Citrus paradisi)Juniperberry Water (Juniperus communis), *Limonene (*Limonene), Perfume (Perfume), Methylparaben. This toner is amazing, it’s calming on the skin and feels so refreshing and makes my skin look plumper. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to do that but my skin definitely looks more supple. Don’t let seeing the word perfume there scare you away either, I don’t notice a smell at all.

I have slipped this into my routine to replace my original toner and my skin didn’t react horribly, which in itself is amazing since I can’t change my moisturiser without my skin having a fit.

this toner retails for $9.95AUD for a 100g bottle or $19.95AUD for a 250g bottle (pictured above) It doesn’t feel like I’ve even made a dent in my bottle and I’ve had it for a few weeks now.

I apply my toner by holding the bottle a few centimetres away from my face and spraying it directly on my skin, you could also spray it onto a cotton round and pat it on your skin.

I definitely think it is worth the money and can’t see myself living without it now.

Have you used this product, did you love it as much as me? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

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Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder Review

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a review on the Australis Fresh and Flawless pressed powder foundation.

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This powder is a known cult favourite amongst the Australian beauty blogging/vlogging community and I wasn’t so sure I was going to try it out since I was so attached to my Rimmel stay matte pressed powder, but a  trip to Priceline got the better of me (as it usually does) and I picked it up along with some lip liners, because who ever comes out with only one thing? not me that’s for sure.

This powder retails for $11.95 AUD from Priceline, who are currently having a 3 for 2 on all Australis products on their website.

There are three colours to choose from, dark brown, natural and deep natural. I chose the colour dark brown and find it matches my olive toned skin nicely. but could really match someone with even fairer skin as it is quite a nice beige shade.

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As soon as I set my foundation with this powder I could see why it is so loved, it feels so silky smooth on the skin and blends like a dream. I love using this powder over all of my foundations but especially my heavier liquid foundations as it does give some extra coverage but doesn’t ever look cakey, so it’s perfect for occasions when you know you’ll be photographed.

I like to use my Real Techniques buffing brush to buff it into my skin to give a nice airbrushed finish. I definitely think this powder could take the place of my Rimmel stay matte pressed powder just because the formula is so nice.

Have you tried this pressed powder, do you like it? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

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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

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette Review

Hi everyone, happy new year and welcome to my first post for 2015! Today I’m back with a review on the Too Faced Chocolate bar palette

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Let me start by saying that this palette is so nice, I have found all the shadows to be so creamy and well pigmented and think that there is such a great assortment of shadows in the one palette.

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Here I have swatched from L to R

Salted Caramel

A cool toned matte brown

White Chocolate

A matte cream shadow

Marzipan

a beautiful shimmery champagne shade

Cherry Cordial

A deep redy purple shade with flecks of glitter in it

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All of these shadows have been swatched as is, without any primer and as you can see they are all pretty well pigmented. I think this palette is perfect whether you’re just starting out with makeup and want to branch out, or if you are a professional adding to your kit this palette will not disappoint (It even smells like chocolate how could you resist!)

I love this palette and have been testing it under all sorts of conditions and love it! just recently I took this palette away with me on holidays and I didn’t find myself needing anything else on my lids as I found this held all the colours I needed.

I purchased my palette off Myqty.com.au for $64.99 AUD and you are able to get it here. Trust me, you’ll love it!

Do you own this palette, what do you think of it? let me know in the comments

xo Cassie

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Ho Ho Holiday Makeup Look

Hey everyone, today I’m back with a fun Christmas themed makeup look.

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Products used

Ardell lash glue

Lorac mega pro palette

-Fawn

-Camel

-Brown

-Deep teal

W7 Mascara

LimeCrime Lipstick –  Retrofuturist

LA Girl glazed lip paint – Pin Up

Maybeline color tattoo in tough as taupe

Loral Magic Nude liquid powder foundation

Thin Lizzy darkest powder – Contour

Napoleon Perdis – Blush Patrol

Green craft glitter

Red Cherry #102 lashes

Estee Lauder Blush – Nude rose

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I started out by brushing fawn all over my lid as a base and blended camel into my crease, I then used the deep teal shade to map out where I wanted my wing to be. I used a small synthetic brush and in small sections I dabbed on lash glue, and using a wet small brush I picked up the green glitter and placed it on the glue, I did this until the wing was covered in the green glitter. (You could use a black liner to map out the wing, but I found that using a similar shade to the glitter you’re using just means that if you do see any of the shadow/liner, it will blend in)

I took a little bit of the teal, and the dark brown shade and blended that on my lower lash line and prepped my lashes for falsies. For this look I used my biggest and most dramatic lashes, but to make this look a little more wearable you could use a wispy lash.

I buffed in my foundation, and filled in my brows as usual and contoured my cheeks, I then used a muted rose blush shade, and a rose gold highlight to finish off my skin. I kept my skin very neutral as I wanted most of the attention on my eyes. I finished off my look with a a bright red glossy lip using Limecrimes retrofuturist all over and dabbing the LA girl glazed lip paint in the center.

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I had so much fun with this look, and you could change the colour of the glitter to make this suitable for a New Years Eve look.

if you recreate this look make sure you show me using #Paintedlipstick and tagging me @Paintedlipstick on all social media!

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas and stay safe! ill be back on the blog in the new year, but to keep updated on all things beauty be sure for follow me on Twitter and Instagram @Paintedlipstick.

xo Cassie