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WORTH THE HYPE: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Gone are the days of thin, overtweezed brows and now are the days of thick, bushy brows (a la la Cara Delevingne, Bambi and Lily Collins) Nowadays brow products are an essential in every girl’s bag. I’ve tried many brow pencils and find they often give a harsh, stark appearance, which is why I first switched to powder, but Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is undoubtedly my all time favourite brow pencil.  This brow pencil is super thin and precise which means it allows for the tiniest brow like pencil strokes for a super natural result. As someone with a very “ashy” hair colour red and warm toned brow pencils look extremely unflattering on me, but Brunette is the perfect cool toned dark brown. Other than the price I can’t find anything to fault about this brow pencil, it is pigmented, but not too pigmented, it is soft, but not waxy, it is cooled toned, but not too cool toned and it has the perfect amount of thickness for creating natural looking strokes.
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WORTH THE HYPE: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz

Gone are the days of thin, overtweezed brows and now are the days of thick, bushy brows (a la la Cara Delevingne, Bambi and Lily Collins) Nowadays brow products are an essential in every girl’s bag. I’ve tried many brow pencils and find they often give a harsh, stark appearance, which is why I first switched to powder, but Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz is undoubtedly my all time favourite brow pencil.  This brow pencil is super thin and precise which means it allows for the tiniest brow like pencil strokes for a super natural result. As someone with a very “ashy” hair colour red and warm toned brow pencils look extremely unflattering on me, but Brunette is the perfect cool toned dark brown. Other than the price I can’t find anything to fault about this brow pencil, it is pigmented, but not too pigmented, it is soft, but not waxy, it is cooled toned, but not too cool toned and it has the perfect amount of thickness for creating natural looking strokes.

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Revlon ColorStay Skinny Liquid Liner Swatches

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liners Black Out, Mahogany Flame, Green Spark, Electric Blue.

Revlon Colorstay Skinny Liquid Liners Black Out, Mahogany Flame, Green Spark, Electric Blue.

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OVER HYPED: OCC Lip Tar
OCC were one of the first brands to start the lip lacquer not a gloss/not a lipstick/not a stain phase in lip products and now just about every brand you can think of is doing their own variations. If you’ve ever read anything about makeup you’d know the OCC Lip Tars get a lot of a hype and quite frankly I can’t quite understand why. No matter how little or much product I use and no matter what technique or tool I use to apply them they bleed, feather, smudge,  smear, don’t last long, dry out and irritate my lips, accentuate flakiness, apply unevenly, fade unevenly, have an overpowering smell and the packaging has a tendency to leak everywhere. I have tried many shades from dark to light and bright thinking certain shades just may work better than others but the result is always the same and I always remember why I don’t like them. I think these are a major disappointment and I’m annoyed I wasted so much money on them. I much prefer products like YSL Glossy Stains, Maybelline Color Elixirs and Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips.
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OVER HYPED: OCC Lip Tar

OCC were one of the first brands to start the lip lacquer not a gloss/not a lipstick/not a stain phase in lip products and now just about every brand you can think of is doing their own variations. If you’ve ever read anything about makeup you’d know the OCC Lip Tars get a lot of a hype and quite frankly I can’t quite understand why. No matter how little or much product I use and no matter what technique or tool I use to apply them they bleed, feather, smudge,  smear, don’t last long, dry out and irritate my lips, accentuate flakiness, apply unevenly, fade unevenly, have an overpowering smell and the packaging has a tendency to leak everywhere. I have tried many shades from dark to light and bright thinking certain shades just may work better than others but the result is always the same and I always remember why I don’t like them. I think these are a major disappointment and I’m annoyed I wasted so much money on them. I much prefer products like YSL Glossy Stains, Maybelline Color Elixirs and Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips.

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WORTH THE HYPE: Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
Maybelline The Rocket Mascara Review. There are many products on the market that get more hype than they deserve or simply not enough, however that’s not the case with Maybelline The Rocket which gets just the right amount of hype that it deserves, it is easily one of my favourties on a drugstore level. This mascara has the perfect plastic spiky brush for catching every lash and giving ultimate volume and it also does a fantastic job at giving lashes a load of length and lift, in other words it gives you BIG lashes. After using this, lashes look long and thick which is something I love and it doesn’t work too bad for the lower lashes either. The brush is quite large so it’s important to be careful when applying or you may end up with mascara all over your eyelids.   The formula is very wet which is something I’m usually cautious of because wet mascaras are often clumpy ones, this mascara does start to clump when you try to add more coats, but other than that it’s good. I also love that because this mascara does have such a wet formula it means there is no flaky (something I hate in mascara) I haven’t had any issues with the formula smearing or smudging, but if you are cautious you would be best to get the waterproof version. I only wish it would launch in Australia. 
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WORTH THE HYPE: Maybelline The Rocket Mascara

Maybelline The Rocket Mascara Review. There are many products on the market that get more hype than they deserve or simply not enough, however that’s not the case with Maybelline The Rocket which gets just the right amount of hype that it deserves, it is easily one of my favourties on a drugstore level. This mascara has the perfect plastic spiky brush for catching every lash and giving ultimate volume and it also does a fantastic job at giving lashes a load of length and lift, in other words it gives you BIG lashes. After using this, lashes look long and thick which is something I love and it doesn’t work too bad for the lower lashes either. The brush is quite large so it’s important to be careful when applying or you may end up with mascara all over your eyelids.   The formula is very wet which is something I’m usually cautious of because wet mascaras are often clumpy ones, this mascara does start to clump when you try to add more coats, but other than that it’s good. I also love that because this mascara does have such a wet formula it means there is no flaky (something I hate in mascara) I haven’t had any issues with the formula smearing or smudging, but if you are cautious you would be best to get the waterproof version. I only wish it would launch in Australia.

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Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review #magicproduct

As a beauty blogger I’m always testing out new products, usually on a day to day basis and my product theory is pretty simple: the product either works or it doesn’t. Whether I’m swatching products on the back of my hand or trying out a new foundation, at the end of the day I need something that works. It has to be quick, easy to use and remove every trace of hard to remove eyeliner swatches and long-wearing lipsticks.

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I’m a big fan of micellar waters and when I first got into the whole beauty/skincare/makeup scene I made the assumption that they weren’t worth purchasing as they were just overpriced spring water, I was naive and wrong but when I finally did try one I was sold straight after my first cotton pad soaked in the stuff. Now a huge cleansing water addict I can say amongst the many other micellar waters I’ve tried Garnier is one that comes out on top, it’s like a magnet for makeup, oil and dirt.

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ELF Smudge Pot Swatches

ELF Smudge Pot Pearls of Wisdom, Aint that Sweet?, Gotta Glow, Back to Basics, Cruisin Chic, Brownie Points, Poppin Party, Ocean Bound, Hit the Town

ELF Smudge Pot Pearls of Wisdom, Aint that Sweet?, Gotta Glow, Back to Basics, Cruisin Chic, Brownie Points, Poppin Party, Ocean Bound, Hit the Town

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WORTH THE HYPE: Bobbi Brown Art Sticks
Bobbi Brown Art Stick Review. Lipstick “crayons” are all the rage these days and I’ve tried so many that I have enough different colours to draw a rainbow. Rather than a typical wind up lipstick crayon these are more like lipstick pencils and maybe that’s why I love them so much. I love the shape & definition that lip liner gives, but I don’t always have time to line my lips and then use a lipstick, but these give me the best of both worlds by being a two in one lipstick and liner combination. They’re easy to apply, extremely pigmented, beautifully creamy, have a semi-matte finish and give me that perfect defined edge that one can usually only achieve with lip liner. One gripe I often have with lipstick “crayons” is that they loose their tip within a couple of uses, but because these are pencils they can be sharpened meaning you can get a perfect edge every time. The staying power is also fantastic (which is another reason I love lip liners) but they do have a tendency to bleed around the outside of the mouth and do not last through eating or drinking. 
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WORTH THE HYPE: Bobbi Brown Art Sticks

Bobbi Brown Art Stick Review. Lipstick “crayons” are all the rage these days and I’ve tried so many that I have enough different colours to draw a rainbow. Rather than a typical wind up lipstick crayon these are more like lipstick pencils and maybe that’s why I love them so much. I love the shape & definition that lip liner gives, but I don’t always have time to line my lips and then use a lipstick, but these give me the best of both worlds by being a two in one lipstick and liner combination. They’re easy to apply, extremely pigmented, beautifully creamy, have a semi-matte finish and give me that perfect defined edge that one can usually only achieve with lip liner. One gripe I often have with lipstick “crayons” is that they loose their tip within a couple of uses, but because these are pencils they can be sharpened meaning you can get a perfect edge every time. The staying power is also fantastic (which is another reason I love lip liners) but they do have a tendency to bleed around the outside of the mouth and do not last through eating or drinking.

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theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples Palette Swatches

theBalm How 'Bout Them Apples Cheek and Lip Cream Palette

theBalm How ‘Bout Them Apples Cheek & Lip Cream Palette

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WORTH THE HYPE: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate
Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Review. Contouring can make your cheekbones appear more prominent, your nose appear slimmer and your jawline more refined. However, when contouring is done wrong it can look more like mud on your face or an orange foundation/spray tan. Finding a good contour product that looks natural on the skin can be a struggle and that’s why I’m head of heels in love for the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Duo. (I have shade intensity one) The contouring shade has the perfect balance of warm and cool tones so it doesn’t look grey or orange, it’s completely matte with not even a hint of shimmer, which is the most important thing for me in a contouring product.  In terms of formula the sculpting cream is beautifully creamy and blends into the skin with absolute ease, but doesn’t fade, cake or oxidize either. The only part of this product I found disappointing was the illuminator, it was a bit oily for my liking and was really just a transparent balm with a bit of shimmer, I prefer my illuminators to be more shimmery and pigmented. Overall I think this product is fantastic and it has become a major staple in my makeup bag for contouring,  I DO think the price is very high for a makeup item but beggars can’t be choosers and if you have the money to spend on this baby, do it.
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WORTH THE HYPE: Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate

Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Review. Contouring can make your cheekbones appear more prominent, your nose appear slimmer and your jawline more refined. However, when contouring is done wrong it can look more like mud on your face or an orange foundation/spray tan. Finding a good contour product that looks natural on the skin can be a struggle and that’s why I’m head of heels in love for the Tom Ford Shade & Illuminate Duo. (I have shade intensity one) The contouring shade has the perfect balance of warm and cool tones so it doesn’t look grey or orange, it’s completely matte with not even a hint of shimmer, which is the most important thing for me in a contouring product.  In terms of formula the sculpting cream is beautifully creamy and blends into the skin with absolute ease, but doesn’t fade, cake or oxidize either. The only part of this product I found disappointing was the illuminator, it was a bit oily for my liking and was really just a transparent balm with a bit of shimmer, I prefer my illuminators to be more shimmery and pigmented. Overall I think this product is fantastic and it has become a major staple in my makeup bag for contouring,  I DO think the price is very high for a makeup item but beggars can’t be choosers and if you have the money to spend on this baby, do it.

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