I Have Found The Perfect Nude Lipstick!

You know that exciting feeling when you’re waiting for a package? When you get the package? When you open up the exciting package and you hurry to take pictures and then FINALLY you get to try on the product… Have you ever found the perfect product? How about the perfect lipstick?

I am about to make a pretty big statement… I have found my perfect nude lipstick.

Finding the perfect lipstick happened by chance, I purchased the YSL Glossy Stain in the shade Corail Aquatique, long story short – I hated it! Even longer story short, I swapped my YSL Glossy Stain with a friend for MAC Flair For Finery lipstick – the lipstick that I have fallen in love with.

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Flair For Finery is a part of MAC Cosmetics Divine Night holiday collection for 2013. I tend to avoid MAC collections lately because there seems to be a new one every five minutes! Also, what happens if I find something I can’t live without and it never gets made permanent! The Divine Night collection has the best packaging, it is beautiful! The tube is a matte black with gold details instead of a shimmery black with silver details, even the MAC logo is gold!

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Flair For Finery is described as “a cool pink nude” which is pretty accurate but I find this lipstick to be a lovely neutral nude on myself. Flair For Finery has the perfect amount of pink and beige for my skin tone. It is a Lustre finish, semi opaque and glossy! The best way to describe Flair For Finery is kind of like my favorite pink nude mixed with my favorite beige nude! When worn either sheer or opaque, Flair For Finery does not wash me out on bit, I think it does the opposite, my face seems brighter when I’m wearing it!

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The best thing about this lipstick is that it applies sheer and can be built up to be opaque. I think this is when most people wouldn’t like this type of lipstick. I find that when applied thicker, you have to kind of wait for the lipstick to melt into your lips and it is definitely worth it! If you have a lipstick that applies a bit chunky, try waiting for it to “melt in” and you may have a new favorite lipstick!

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Basically what I’m saying is if you get the chance you kinda might need Flair For Finery. I’m already buying a backup – something I haven’t ever done with a lipstick!

xx Amanda

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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 Rockateur Review & Swatches!

Hey everyone!

As you may know from my Birthday Haul post, I am the proud owner of the newest addition to Benefits family of boxed powders. Benefit Cosmetics are best known for their highly praised boxed powders!

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The packaging is a combination of girly and rock – it kinda makes me think of Avril Lavigne, hahaha. Instead of the usual flat bristled brush, Rockateur comes with an angled brush for easier application. The box is the flip top design like the rest.

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Benefit has been criticized over the different amount of product in Rockateur compared to the other boxed powders, for example Benefit’s Sugarbomb powder weighs 12g (0.42 oz.) but Rockateur weighs 5g (0.17 oz.). I think that the difference in product amount is because with Rockateur, Benefit changed the formula.

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Rockateur feels smoother and silkier, a lot less powdery, it blends really well but I think some places can look a little heavier – building it up in layers is the best option. The texture reminds me of MAC’s Mineralize Skinfish.

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The scent is like the other boxed powders but concentrated, it is soooo strong! I don’t think that it’s a good or bad thing. The smell is pleasant and it makes my makeup area smell awesome.

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I am in love with the design on the actual powder, so much so that I didn’t use it until today! The colour is gorgeous, Benefit describes it as “rose gold” and that is pretty accurate. Maybe a dusty rose gold would describe Rockateur a bit better. This blush is absolutely glowing, it is gorgeous! After the first couple of uses the shimmer is gone but the glow stays.

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Rockateur would be a gorgeous blush for fair to medium skin tones; I think it could make a pretty highlight shade for really deep skin tones. If you are tan then this blush is going to be your new best friend. I seriously can’t get enough of this blush! I think the packaging, the product, everything is just adorable! I think the overall product is super appealing to a lot of women in all different age groups; this would look fantastic on all women if used right!

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(wearing Rockateur with no other cheek products)

If you have a Benefit stockist close you should definitely check out Rockateur, it is truly gorgeous and I don’t think you’re going to be able to avoid purchasing it! If you’re an Australian like me, Rockateur will set you back $55 AUD, if you feel this is a little steep, buy it online at Benefit Cosmetics for $28 USD, they ship internationally!

xx Amanda

Essence – 50’s Girls Reloaded Lipstick Review & Swatches

Essence is pretty hard for me to get my hands on at the moment, the limited edition stuff isn’t available online and both of my local Pricelines don’t stock it. The only place it is available near me is Target and for some reason, the Essence makeup at Target is… Disgusting. It is always used and has makeup all over the display, I don’t know why but it seems people love to destroy Essence haha. For some reason lately I have just skipped the Essence collections and I only bought two things this time.

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I love Essence because they are ridiculously cheap! The lipstick was $3.99 and the brush was $3.50. I’m really not a fan of dual ended brushes but I thought this would be good to keep in my travel makeup bag! It comes in an adorable clear plastic pouch and has the 50’s Girls Reloaded design on a piece of card. On the back it says to apply eyeshadow with the bigger side and blend with the smaller side… I might use it opposite though! The brush is pearlescent white with blue bristles and ferrules. The bigger side is more dense and the smaller side is very flimsy, maybe good for the lower lash line. It is definitely worth the tiny price of $3.50!

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The lipstick is called 02 I’m Sailing and it is what caught my eye. The packaging seems to be a bit of a rip off of MAC but shimmery white instead of black. The tube is also a tad chunkier! The colour is adorable, it’s like a quiet dupe of NARS Lodhi Satin Lip Pencil (yay)! I’m Sailing is a sheer buttery apricot coral, the colour when applied too much does slip around and settle in patches so I think it is best worn sheer! I absolutely love this lipstick, it is what I was hoping from Lodhi because I find Lodhi is a bit much! I’m going to try and find another one of these lipsticks because I grabbed the last one at Target. For $3.99 this lipstick is perfect!

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There is another colour but it is a deep pinky red colour and that’s not really a colour I’m into! I can’t wait to wear this lipstick, it seems I purchased at a perfect time for a daytime spring lip colour! Do you love an orange lip? xx Amanda

Is NARS Orgasm worth the hype? Dupes and swatches!

If you’re into beauty you have probably heard about or read about a certain blush by NARS. I feel like everybody raves about NARS Orgasm blush! If you don’t know, Orgasm is a peachy pink colour with gold shimmer and in the pan it looks stunning. When swatched, I get very little colour pay off, it mostly sticks to my finger which is really disappointing. To get a decent swatch I have to dig my fingernail into the blush! I found that most blush brushes also won’t show much colour payoff. The only brushes that worked well with this blush were goat hair brushes.

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Usually I would just move on to a new product but In Australia NARS is so expensive. Don’t worry, I’m here to help! I have found 2 dupes! The first dupe is a Face Of Australia powder blush in O Peachy! This blush is what I imagined Orgasm to be like! The only deference is that it is a tiny bit more pink. The second dupe I have is also Face Of Australia and it is the Mineral Therapy Illuminator in Angel Flame, I would compare this to the Orgasm Illuminator but I don’t own it! I think this is a perfect match in liquid form!

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NARS Orgasm is $45 AUD for 4.5g from Mecca Cosmetica, Face Of Australia powder blushes are $9.45 AUD for 5.g and Illuminators are $14.95 AUD for 50mL! I have owned this blush for about half a year and it kind of gets pushed to the back of my collection to be honest… I don’t think that it’s worth the hype at all which sucks because I really want to like it more! Although i love NARS I would definitely choose the Face Of Australia products, more product, waaaaay cheaper and better colour payoff!

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MAC Snob Lipstick Dupe

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MAC Snob… Where do I start. Snob by MAC is my favourite lipstick, ever! Anyone who lives in Australia would know that MAC Isn’t cheap here. One MAC lipstick is going to set you back $36 AUD. I usually buy high end makeup online but there are so many fake MAC products around that I only buy them from trusted sites. When I found a dupe for Snob I was pretty happy to say the least!

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I own six out of the millions (so it seems) of shades available from NYX Cosmetics. I’m the type of person to do my research before buying makeup online because more often than not the swatches look nothing like the image provided online. When my NYX order arrived (I buy 3 at a time) I was so happy to see Power on my lips and I wore it everyday for a week or so! As usual I reached for MAC Snob a couple of days after constantly wearing NYX Power and that’s when I realized they are pretty similar!

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Snob is definitely more on the mauve/purple side and so is Power! Power is definitely more purple. The textures of the two are where they are most different. Snob is a “satin finish” but is matte on my lips! It is pretty drying without a balm underneath. Power is creamy and isn’t drying at all! Snob lasts longer on the lips and Power leaves a strange goo after a while but most NYX lipsticks do as far as I know!

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NYX lipsticks range from $2 to $10 depending on where you live or where you buy them and we all know the price of MAC lipsticks! I think Power is a good dupe for Snob, either way I love them both!xx Amanda

Face Of The Day!

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I thought I’d do a quick FOTD! My skin has been a bit dry lately so I gave my face a break! I just went with a moisturiser for my skin. I used my E.l.f Eyebrow kit, I could wear nothing but this and be happy! I’m not super sold on the Essence Get Big Mascara, it is super flakey and crumbly after a few hours which sucked.

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I wore my extensions today and If you don’t already know, Snob by MAC is a commonly used lipstick in my life! I used my Revlon Just Bitten Kissale Balm Stain in Darling Cherie to gloss it out and tone it down a bit. This lip combo matched my dip dye which I thought was so cute!

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