MAC Pro Longwear Dupe?!

I recently got my hands on the forever hyped MAC Pro Longwear concealer, during my search for the perfect concealer I grabbed a couple of the LA Girl Pro Conceal after reading rave reviews! Today I’m going to compare the two for you!

Let me just say… The MAC Pro Longwear Concealer cost me $32 AUD while the LA Girl Pro Conceal cost me $3 AUD, so just keep that in mind!

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I have the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in the shade NW20 and the LA Girl Pro Conceal in the shade Classic Ivory. Both of these concealers are pink toned as they were bought specifically for under my eyes!

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Pro Longwear concealer is a lot thinner in consistency while the Pro Conceal is nice and creamy. The Pro Conceal is also A LOT peachier!

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I find the Pro Longwear a lot drier, and it also isn’t good for layering. The Pro Conceal is a good consistency for layering to hide those dark circles!

imageDepending on your level of dark circles I think the Pro a Longwear is great for a long wearing concealer for average dark circles, while the Pro Conceal is better for darker circles as you can layer it!

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation Review

Hey everyone, it bought a new foundation recently and had to buy another shade to mix! I only got the second shade a couple of weeks ago and have been testing it out! The foundation I’m talking about is, of course, NARS Sheer Glow Foundation!

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NARS Sheer Glow Foundation ($68 AUD $44 USD) has 30 ml of product, like most foundations. This foundation comes in a square, glass bottle with a square, matte black plastic lid. A pump is available to purchase (unless it is constantly sold out) which would make it easier to access the right amount of foundation. Once you have applied the NARS pump, you can’t use the lid! Although pumps are more convenient, I like to give my foundation a good shake before use! I love the packaging – NARS packaging usually does appeal to me!

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For me, it is hard to find a match with a foundation… To much pink, too much yellow… Too orange, oxidises. Too thick, too thin… I could go on and on!!! With NARS Sheer Glow, there is no oxidising, it really is the perfect consistency too! It blends amazing and looks natural enough to wear full converge! I bought two different shades, mostly because I fluctuate in colour! Summer – tan, winter – pale! Also, I have a more neutral skin tone, not more pink or yellow/orange. The two shades I purchased are Mont Blanc (light 2 pink undertones) and Punjab (medium 1 peach/orange undertones).

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NARS Sheer Glow feels light and creamy and not at all tacky. It feels and applies like a light coverage foundation but it is medium coverage! I like to apply Sheer Glow all over my face (either with a brush or my fingers) then let it dry and apply again where I want fuller coverage! The end result is a sort of satin finish and completely dries without a setting powder! I found that if I had any dry areas they were more obvious but I don’t usually have dry skin so it doesn’t bother me! I do find that my nose does become oily, so make sure to put on a pressed powder if you have this problem too!

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I compared NARS Sheer Glow Foundation with some similar coloured foundations:
REVLON Colorstay (normal/dry skin) in 150 Buff compared to Mont Blanc – Buff is a lot more yellow toned and thicker and tackier in consistency.
MAYBELLINE Instant Age Rewind in 130 Buff Beige is so similar in consistency, texture and finish. I’d say this could possibly be a dupe! I’ll have to investigate! Colour wise, Buff Beige is a bit more pink toned.
MAYBELLINE Super Stay Makeup in Nude is waaaay thicker, it is also very orange and oxidises pretty bad! This is reserved for my super fake tan days!

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I think NARS Sheer Glow Foundation is the best foundation I have ever used, I like a medium coverage but lightweight foundation and this is exactly what I am looking for, I don’t mind having to mix shades because I know these two shades will match me no matter what season, it’s great if you are a fake tan wearer or, like me, you have more of a neutral skin tone!
I think NARS Sheer Glow is my new holy grail foundation!
xx Amanda

NARS Lamu Multiple Review & Swatches!

Hey everyone, today I’m going to introduce you to the newest member of my NARS Multiple family, meet Lamu! I hope you love pictures…

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Lamu is a gorgeous apricot colour with gold glitter throughout. The combination of apricot and gold glitter makes me think instantly of how gorgeous this would look on tanned skin – this would be perfect for lazy summer days or nights – instant bronzed goddess! I guess I discovered Lamu at the perfect time since here in Australia it is now the last month of spring! Don’t get me wrong Lamu will work all year round if you wear whatever you like whenever you like showing those seasons who is boss!

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I like Multiples mostly because they are like cream blush for beginners! Multiples come in a stick form and are creamy and wonderful when first applied, when you have finished blending the texture is like a powder feel! Lamu definitely isn’t for a sleek & polished look – it most likely isn’t going to fit into your everyday office attire. Lamu brings not only super glowing apricot, but also a HEAP of glitter! Somehow the glitter fits in well and doesn’t emphasise your imperfections – in saying that I don’t think that Multiples are intended to be used anywhere that fine lines or wrinkles are involved!
Another thing I LOVE about multiples is the lack of fragrance – yay!

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I apply Lamu by swirling my index finger on the top until I have enough product, next I swipe in an upwards motion where I would normally use blush (I usually do 3 swipes) and blend! For multiples with glitter or when I’m not wearing foundation I simply blend with my fingers!

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I compared Lamu with another NARS Multiple, a best seller in Australia, Puerto Vallarta. Although they could be put into the same colour category, they really aren’t similar! Puerto Vallarta is a lot more intense, colour wise. It has a much stronger pigment! The biggest difference between the two is Lamu is packed with glitter and Puerto Vallarta has a gorgeous glow suitable for day or night!
Overall I think that this won’t be my least used multiple! I can’t wait to get stuck into this on lazy makeup days; by now it shouldn’t surprise you how much I love NARS Multiples!

xx Amanda

Benefit SUGARBOMB! Review & Swatches!

Hey everyone! I got Sugarbomb by Benefit last month and I have been using it like crazy! Benefit says this Box o’ Powder “is your sugar rush flush” which is adorable! This blush has four different colours – peach, pink, plum & rose – and is described as “sweet sugary peach pink” which is pretty spot on!

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I have been wearing this blush with Rockateur almost every day! I first apply Sugarbomb all over my cheek and where I would usually use a cheek highlight, I next add a layer of Rockateur and I apply this just above my contour!

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My favourite thing about this blush combination is how beautiful and glowing it looks! I have been quite tan lately and this is just stunning, it gives a glowing, healthy sunkissed look

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One thing that I really don’t understand about Sugarbomb is that on the product (the bottom half of the box) the image is chocolate, it’s shaved chocolate with chocolate pieces! I really don’t get it haha, it doesn’t smell like chocolate… It doesn’t look like chocolate…

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This blush is definitely going into my favourites! I can’t imagine this blush not looking good on anyone! I would definitely repurchase this blush – if I ever get through it!
x Amanda

Orange Lips Alert! Innoxa Matte Lipstick in Tangerine & Invisible Lip Liner!

Hey everyone! If you already have Instagram you will already know how many competitions are held on there! So I entered an Innoxa competition, all you have to do is repost a picture to have a chance of winning, and I won!

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For anyone who doesn’t know, Innoxa was created in France in 1920. The brand prides itself by being hypo-allergenic and good for your face! The products are also paraben free & not tested on animals, yay! Innoxa is stocked in Myer, Priceline and various pharmacies in Australia and also in New Zealand.

So today my little package arrived with a letter stating what I have won and some pretty, colorful pictures, so many pretty colours… Back to what I was saying…

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The first product I have here is the Invisible Lip Shaper. According to the Innoxa website the Invisible Lip Shaper softens and contours the lips and can also be used as a lip primer. I’m super happy about this product because I don’t own a lip primer! I also like that this can be worn under any shade I like! The Invisible Lip Shaper has a baby pink pearlescent tube, the packaging is really pretty!

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The Invisible Lip Primer makes the lips appear matte, the texture is like a combination of soft wax and a balm! I really like the way it makes my lips look! I can’t really capture that in a photo since it is invisible, of course.

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And now for the best bit, new lipstick! I’m a serious lipstick hoarder and this lipstick is the reason I entered the competition! So here I have the Summer Matte Lipstick in the shade Tangerine! Innoxa Summer Matte Lipsticks contain Jojoba oil and vitamins C & E which will be great for my lips!

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The colour is no joke, it is seriously Tangerine, it’s like an explosion of orange and it makes my teeth look awesomely white! This is definitely not a “grandma orange” (unless you have a really awesome grandma)! The lipstick is housed in a square silver tube with Innoxa printed on the lid. There is a colour window at the bottom that shows the colour of the lipstick inside!

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If you live in Australia or New Zealand, I recommend checking out Innoxa! Both of these products retail for $14.95. The lipstick formula is so creamy and moisturizing! If you are from elsewhere in the world then I guess you’re just going to have to go without… Or wait for my awesome giveaway hint hint!

xx Amanda

* The products discussed In this post were won by me from the brand Innoxa (yay). The opinions are my own and this is not sponsored in any way!

NARS Riviera Multiple Review & Swatches!

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Hey everyone! Last month for my birthday I got a new NARS Multiple. I would say that The Multiple by NARS is one of my favourite beauty products of all time! Riviera is the third (and definitely not my last) Multiple that I now own.

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NARS describes Riviera as a true pink. The colour definitely leans a little peach but it is a gorgeous shade. The best thing about Riviera is that it is the most natural looking cheek product that I have ever used. When I asked my boyfriend how it looked he asked “how does what look?” He really couldn’t tell I was wearing Riviera!

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NARS Multiples are a huge 14g size. They contain 2g more than an original Benefit Boxed Powder which most will know is a pretty generous amount.

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(Excuse my pale face!)

I found that Riviera has a totally different texture to Puerto Vallarta and Angelika, the texture is lighter and thinner. When I apply Angelika it is an extremely pigmented and feels almost like a mousse, Puerto Vallarta the same! Riviera is definitely more shimmery, I would describe it as a frosted finish.

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Riviera is a beautiful addition to my collection and I love using it on the days when I wear less makeup, it makes me even more excited to try more Multiples!

x Amanda