February 21, 2014


Concealer is like magic to me. It gives the illusion of flawless skin and makes us look wide awake even though we've stayed up till 3am the night before. It is a MUST in my makeup routine. No matter how late I am running, or even when I want to keep things minimal, I've got to slap on some concealer. I don't leave the house without it either, it's what I grab the most throughout the day when I'm in need of a touch up. I've trialled many concealers, and the following 5 are products I would repurchase in a heartbeat…at least till I find something better. Let me know what some of your favourite concealers are! I would love to know! ;)

Bobbi Brown (Under Eye) Corrector in Light to Medium Peach
I know this isn't technically called a concealer, but it sort of works on the same principle. I haven't come across another product that lives up to this when in comes to covering up dark circles - so trust me, this one is a miracle worker. The corrector itself looks a little peachy in the pan, but this helps cancel out dark blue underneath the eyes, eliminating the appearance of dark circles instantly. I've gone through tubs of this, which probably means I shouldn't stay up so late more than anything, but if you are a night owl like me, Bobbi Brown Corrector will work very well for you.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in #2
I went through a phase where I only used this concealer and refused to try anything from another brand - it's that good! Laura Mercier Secret Concealer is somewhat on the thicker side, it has great coverage and is one of the few products that can be used when my skin is dehydrated without accentuating dry areas (under the eyes or all over the face). It doesn't wear cakey, and is easily blendable and great to work with. However, because of the creamy texture, I would recommended dusting some finishing powder on top to keep it lasting longer.

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC25
I think this one has been very hyped up about, and I can definitely understand why. MAC Pro Longwear Concealer is the ultimate product for hiding imperfections, the coverage is amazing - I believe the MUA said it would even work on moles! I don't use this all over my face though, only on the worst pimples or scars because it does wear quite thick and can look somewhat heavy. You really need the tiniest amount of this concealer, it goes a long, long way. I've had my tube for a while now but have barely made a dent!

February 18, 2014


So I know I've made 3 consecutive lip related posts now (which also led me to realise just how many lip products I've purchase in the last month), but I've got to get this out of my system and then I promise to give it a bit of a rest! :P

Despite my whole thing about not being big on lip gloss, I went on a whim and bought myself 4 NYX Butter Glosses. The line seems to be generating a lot of hype - I generally find NYX lip products to be a hit-and-miss, but since these are only $5 each, I decided to go for it (meaning buying 4 shades at once). Also, it's called a butter gloss, BUTTER!! How could I resist!

NYX Butter Gloss is described as being 'silky smooth', with 'sheer to medium coverage that melts onto your lips and is never sticky'. The formula is just as the name suggests, it's buttery, creamy and glides effortlessly onto the lips. It wears quite comfortably on my poor dry lips, and is surprisingly soft and lightweight. I do feel the tiniest bit of stickiness to the texture, but no where near as tacky as other lip gloss formulas I've tried in the past.

The 4 shades I purchased include (in order from top to bottom) Peaches & Cream, Créme Brulee, Peach Cobbler and Apple Strudel.

February 13, 2014


Despite my obsession with lip products, I have never been big on lip gloss. I love the shine, but don't care much for the thick and sticky texture a lot of glosses seem to have. So when I first spotted the Natural Lip Perfectors from Clarins I really wasn't too interested, and the original 3 shades that were released are way too sheer for my liking. But after reading post after post after post (and so many more) about how amazing this range is, I finally gave in - and I'm so glad I did.

I'm somewhat reluctant to call these lip glosses, because whenever I think of a gloss all I see is something heavy and sticky - and these lip perfecters are completely opposite to that. The gel formula feels super smooth and lightweight on my lips, and there is NO stickiness! None whatsoever!! Clarins Natural Lip Perfectors are surprisingly moisturising, it promises to nourish and repair, improving the appearance of your lips when used on a regular basis. It's the perfect mix of a balm and a gloss, and a total game changer for me.

February 10, 2014


I adore Yves Saint Laurent. If I had all the money in the world I would collect every one of their hand bags and lipsticks. I have been a convert of YSL makeup ever since my very first Rouge Volupté lipstick purchase WAY back in the day - and I still love that formula to bits. I can't say that every release has worked well for me, but I hold a lot of love for this brand and the quality of their products.

I believe YSL Sheer Candy was released back in 2011 with 6 shades, and an additional 6 have since been added to the range. I have to admit I wasn't too impressed with the original 6 colours, they swatch rather sheer and are barely visible when worn on my dark pigmented lips. I have yet to try all the other colours that have been added, but from what I've seen so far they give a little more colour, so I decided to finally give in to Tangy Mandarine - a beautiful soft peachy shade.

February 5, 2014


I seldom make nail related posts, mainly because I don't bother with anything that takes too much time (I can't stay still) or keep up-to-date with the latest nail art/polish trends. I'm terribly lazy when it comes to painting my nails -  one solid colour is all I go for and I don't usually take on glitter because I absolutely loathe the removal process.

This here really isn't anything fancy, but I stepped out of my usual routine with OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service topped with Deborah Lippmann I Love the Nightlife and I really like how the two pair together. This is quite a simple combination, but it's been getting a few compliments here and there so I thought it would be worth a feature!

Products I used include: OPI Natural Base Coat, OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service (2 coats), Deborah Lippmann I Love the Nightlife (2 coats) and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Okay, so I know Seche Vite is a little controversial, but this stuff really does it's job, FAST! Literally touch dry in 1-2 minutes after application - and I had on thick coats too. Still, it's probably not worth risking my health over. Do you guys have any suggestions for me?