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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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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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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OXX Makeup review

He everyone, today I’m back with a review on the OXX makeup found in Kmart Australia stores.

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While out browsing the makeup section in Kmart (as you do) something caught my eye, it was a stand filled with makeup with a $2 price tag, my legs started moving and before I could even register what I was seeing I had walked out the store with more makeup than I needed. (let’s be real, I always need more makeup)

Since we are transitioning into colder weather just like with fashion, make-up changes as well. So I’ve been looking for some warm toned blush and was thrilled to see some warmer neutrals on display. I picked up a blush and eyeshadow (because why not?)  both for $2.

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Eye shadow left – The eyeshadow is a really nice brown shade with little flecks of gold glitter through it, which once on the eye you don’t really see. It’s really pretty and is nicely pigmented.

I used this all over the eye on it’s own and it lasted really well throughout the day.

Blush right – The blush is a pretty dusty pink that throws off a little taupe in different lighting.

It does take a little more time to blend and layer to get a nice colour pay off but that didn’t really worry me given the price point.

Unfortunately neither of these products have ‘names’ so if you do go searching for the same products I think these may be the only neutral shades available.

OXX brand also has eyeliner, mascaras, lipsticks and other shadow shades all for $2 each.

Over all I think that these are worth taking a look at if you’re looking to try a cheap makeup alternative to the usual cult favourites.

Have you tried OXX makeup, what did you think? 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.