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[Empties] August to October 2015

Hi lovelies,

It’s been a few months since my last empties post so I have accumulated a fair bit of products since then that I can’t wait to share.

Full sized products

Full sized products

Full sized products

L’Oreal Ombre Kit (full review here)

This product is so easy to use, I actually used two boxes to get my desired color. I applied the first box for 40 minutes which is the maximum recommended time but it wasn’t as light as I wanted it to be. I bought the second box a few weeks later and reapplied it for another 40 minutes. It did dry my hair out which was to be expected, but it also came with an amazing shampoo/conditioner which helped repair my hair.

Repurchase? Yes, if I ever want to ombre my hair again.

L’Oreal Elvive Anti Breakage Repairing Shampoo

I really enjoyed using this shampoo, and felt that it did make my hair a bit softer and healthier.

Repurchase? No, I would like to try other brands first.

Byphasse Cotton Pads

I love these cotton pads sooo much, the price is really good and the quality is amazing. I tried looking for them in Chemist Warehouse the other week and couldn’t find it, and I also can’t find it on their website anymore. Note sure if they have stopped stocking the brand!

Repurchase: Yes, if I can find them again!

Rexona Classic Anti Antiperspirant deodorant

I don’t have too much to say on this product, I enjoy using it and it works for me.

Repurchase? Yes.

The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Lotion

I was really sad to reach the end of this, because it was a limited edition range purchased from a few years back. The scent was gorgeous and was so strong that it lasted for hours after. It also did a really great job at moisturising my skin.

Repurchase? Yes, if this range ever makes a reappearance.

MAC lashes

These lashes were gorgeous but are really expensive, I only ended up with them because I got my makeup done at MAC a while back and they’re only allowed to use MAC lashes if you want falsies as part of your look.

Repurchase? No.

Samples

Samples

Samples

  •  L’Oreal Revitalift – I was part of the trial for this. It made my skin very soft and smooth, I may purchase the full size cream.
  • Garnier Fructis Full & Luscious– This shampoo smelled AMAZING like my sister kept asking me why I smelled of lollies after I used this. I may look at purchasing this in the future.
  • L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil masque- This made my hair feel really sleek and healthy, I picked up a full sized product as part of my recent Priceline Haul.
  • L’Oreal Everpure Sulfate-free color care system- I loved that it is sulfate free, however I couldn’t tell a difference after using it on my hair. Probably will not purchase.
  • Colgate Plax- Will purchase a full size.
  • Vagisil wipes- I received these from Beauty Heaven, I’ve never used it down there and don’t feel the need to so will not purchase.
  • The Body Shop Oils of Life– This felt lovely on the skin, I may look at purchasing this in the future.

That’s it for this month, can’t wait to see what everyone else has used up this month 🙂 Have you tried any of the products mentioned?

Fatima x

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[Review] MAC Ruby Woo

Hi everyone! I’m reviewing Ruby Woo by MAC today, a lipstick which doesn’t need an introduction because of it’s popularity in the beauty community. This is the red lipstick of all red lipsticks, I’ve heard it being described as a classic, a cult favorite, and the “red lipstick every woman needs to own”.

I was a bit undecided about buying this lipstick, because I don’t wear red lipstick that often. Did I really need to buy MAC if I was only going to wear it a few times in a year? I was also a little hesitant to buy it because there are a lot of reviews out there which talk about how drying this lipstick is.

Anyway I tested this out in David Jones, loved how it looked on and bought it immediately. Ladies, Ruby Woo is worth the hype ♥ I am in love with this lipstick, read on for my review.

MAC Ruby Woo: Very matte vivid blue red

MAC Ruby Woo: Very matte vivid blue red

MAC Ruby Woo review

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MAC describe Ruby Woo as a “very matte vivid blue red”. Ruby Woo is available in a retro matte finish, which makes it dry but also very long lasting. I usually apply lip balm before I do my base and eyes, then wipe the lip balm off and apply Ruby Woo to my prepped lips. The lipstick can drag if lips are not sufficiently moisturized before so it’s important to exfoliate and prep those lips!

The color of this lipstick is gorgeous, it’s bright and has the right tones which makes it wearable for all skin colors and undertones. It’s very pigmented, with one swipe giving enough coverage. I love how long lasting this lipstick is, it lasts a good 5-7 hours with eating and drinking and requires no touch ups. It also feels super comfortable on my lips once it’s applied, it doesn’t feel too drying and I haven’t noticed any flaking.

Swatched: MAC Ruby Woo on NC 42 skin

Swatched: MAC Ruby Woo on NC 42 skin

Overall, this lipstick is pretty amazing and I would definitely recommend it if you don’t already own it! It’s the kind of red lipstick that makes you feel powerful, strong and gorgeous. And who doesn’t want to feel like that? 🙂

What is your favorite red lipstick? x

Overseas Shopping Haul!

Hi everyone!

My parents were recently overseas in Canada so I asked them to pick up a few beauty items which we don’t get here in Perth.

Bath and Body Works

I have heard so many good things about Bath and Body Works, so was ridiculously excited to try their products. The products below is the collective haul between my mum, sister and I. I would have also liked to try their candles but bag weight was an issue so maybe next time! I can’t wait to try the products, and compare it to the body shop which is what I mostly use. The good news for my Australian readers is that Bath and Body Works is set to open their first store this year in Australia at Sydney airport. I’m hoping that this means a lot more stores in Australia over the next few years!

Bath and Body Works Fragrance Mists

Bath and Body Works Fragrance Mists

Bath and Body Works lotions

Bath and Body Works lotions

Bath and Body Works gel lotions

Bath and Body Works gel lotions

Bath and Body Works Pocket Bacs and Hand Lotion

Bath and Body Works Pocket Bacs and Hand Lotion

Bath and Body Works lip products

Bath and Body Works lip products

Sephora

Another shop that I super keen on trying was Sephora. We don’t have a Sephora in Perth, and it’s always been a hype here in Australia but the prices on the website didn’t look that much cheaper than Australia so I only asked for the Sephora Cream Lip Stains which I have heard SO MANY good things about. I picked up the colors below:

  • 01 Always Red
  • 03 Strawberry Kissed
  • 13 Marvelous Mauve

I’ve heard a lot of people say that Marvelous Mauve is a dupe for Stila’s Patina so I’m looking forward to wearing this lip stain.

Sephora Cream Lips Stains

Sephora Cream Lips Stains

MAC

We do get MAC here in Australia but the prices in Canada were so much cheaper! The lipsticks were $20 each (usually $36 in Australia), pictured below are two nude shades Twig and Spirit. I also bought a cream color base in Hush.

MAC haul

MAC haul

That brings us to the end of the haul! I’m definitely on a spending ban after all this, I have a ton of beauty products that are still unopened in my collections and are waiting to be loved and reviewed! Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any of these products, or would like me to review any of the products mentioned.

Fatima x

[Review] MAC Studio Fix Foundation in NC 44

review MAC studio fix foundation NC 44

Foundation is one of those items that make or break your entire look in my opinion. Last year I ran out of my holy grail Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation and had to go hunting for another foundation. I couldn’t repurchase the ELDW because they don’t stock my shade in Australia, and none of the other shades in the range worked for me. I ended up getting samples across a few brands from Myer – the Lancome Teint Idole and Chanel perfection foundation were two brands that I enjoyed but the shades were not a perfect match for my skin. This was around the same time that I had my makeup done at MAC, I ended up selecting the Studio Fix foundation in NC 44 to redeem as one of my products.

Product description from the MAC website:

A modern foundation that combines a natural matte finish and medium-buildable coverage with broad spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 15. Comfortable and long-wearing: lasts for up to eight hours. Applies smoothly, builds coverage quickly and easily. Contains specially treated micronized pigments and soft-focus powders for a super-smooth look that helps minimize the appearance of imperfections. Absorbs and disperses oil. Contains special skin-conditioning ingredients. Oil free.

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The formula

MAC Studio Fix is a liquid foundation and has a thick consistency. It smells a bit of paint, which is weird but is something that I can overlook. The formula of the foundation is easy to work with, it applies evenly and I have enough time to blend it before it dries. I apply this with my Real Techniques Expert face brush and the formula seems to work well with my normal/dry skin.

The coverage

The coverage of this foundation is awesome, I would say that it’s medium to high. You can build your coverage with studio fix- it doesn’t looked caked on, gives an absolutely flawless finish and photographs really well. The finish of this foundation is more dewy than matte, I really love how it makes my skin look.

Longevity

Here’s where the foundation failed me, it doesn’t seem to last more than 5 hours. I’m used to wearing the ELDW which requires no touch ups through out the day, so I was disappointed to see that around 2 pm it looked liked I had no foundation on.

Packaging

The foundation is housed in an attractive glass bottle. The pump for the bottle has to be purchased separately.

Overall thoughts

This foundation is good, I love the huge color selection and how it makes my skin look. It’s not the best foundation out there that I’ve used however, I don’t like the staying power of Studio Fix and also dislike that it doesn’t come with a pump included. This is a foundation that I would reach for if I’m only going out for a few hours, not at all day event or for work.

If you’re interested in trying this foundation, I suggest getting a sample from MAC first. I like using this foundation but it’s not something that I really really LOVE or want to rave on about on this blog.

The MAC Studio Fix Foundation retails for $49 (30ml) and is available from Myer, David Jones and the MAC online store.

Have you used MAC foundation before? What is your holy grail foundation? Share your thoughts in the comments below! x

EDIT : This post has been linked to the Monday Makeup Madness party over at Fabulous and Fun Life. Head over to join in on the fun!

[Review] MAC Modesty Lipstick

MAC Modesty (Cremesheen)

MAC Modesty (Cremesheen)

Hi everyone! I picked this MAC lipstick up way back in January when I was overseas, but only used it for the first time in May because I wanted to take pictures of the unused bullet first. Hashtag beauty blogger problems (:

This product hit my wishlist last year when one of my favourite bloggers (Zara from Mouldyfruit) kept mentioning her love for it. I already own one nude lipstick from MAC (Hug Me) which I love so was eager to try a second nude lipstick from them.

MAC modesty:

MAC modesty

MAC Modesty swatched on NC 42 skin

MAC Modesty swatched on NC 42 skin

MAC Modesty

Swatches: MAC Modesty

MAC describe Modesty as a “muted neutral pink” and I have to agree – it’s not too pink but also not too nude. It has just enough of a neutral tone to make it a good MLBB (my lips but better) shade. I think this lipstick will suit almost every skin tone because it’s one of those can’t go wrong shades.

MAC Modesty is available in a cremesheen formula which makes it a very creamy, hydrating and comfortable lipstick to wear. I love how low maintenance it is, it’s perfect for everyday wear and is also my most reached for shade at the moment for the office.  The pigmentation is really good, with one swipe giving enough coverage. I’m not such a big fan of the staying power though- it tends to fade after a few hours and is pretty much non existent once I drink coffee or have something to eat.

If you’re after a MAC nude lipstick, give this one a swatch when you’re at the MAC counter next. What’s your perfect nude lipstick? x

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[Review] MAC Peachtwist Blush

Review MAC Peachtwist Blush

MAC Peachtwist Blush (Sheertone Shimmer)

Review MAC Peachtwist Blush

MAC Peachtwist: A Golden Tawny Peach blush

Hi everyone! I’m reviewing the MAC peachtwist blush on the blog today, which is my first blush from MAC. MAC describe this blush as a “golden tawny peach (sheertone shimmer)”.

I was first introduced to this blush when I got my makeup done at MAC last year. The blush is in powder form, and the packaging is the standard round packaging with a transparent lid.

The blush is a deep apricot/peach color, with a subtle gold shimmer. I believe that the MAC sheertone blushes are meant to be buildable. On initial application, the blush is sheer with a tiny bit of shimmer in it and brings a subtle glow to the face. From there, you can build up the color intensity to a shade that you like.

I generally shy away from blushes because I’m afraid of looking unnatural or over applying and getting a clown effect, but this blush is easy to work with and highly blendable. MAC products are always highly pigmented so I only need to use the tiniest bit of product on my brush to get my desired look.

Overall, this color seems to work really well on my Indian skin. If you have warm undertones or tanned skin, this gorgeous peachy brown shade is probably going to look gorgeous on you. I’m enjoying the soft peach bronze glow that this blush gives my skin and have a feeling that I’ll be reaching for it a lot in the colder months.

You can find the MAC Peachtwist blush on the MAC website for $41. Thanks for reading! x

Swatch MAC Peachtwist blush

Finger swatch of MAC Peachtwist

Swatch MAC Peachtwist NC 43

Hand swatch: MAC Peachtwist on NC 43 skin

Swatch MAC Peachtwist NC 43

Hand swatch #2: MAC Peachtwist on NC 43 skin

[Review] MAC Brave lipstick

review MAC brave lipstick

review MAC brave lipstick

MAC Brave lipstick swatched on NC 42 dark skin

Another day, another MAC lipstick!

MAC describes Brave as ‘a muted pink-beige with a very subtle white pearl overtone’. Brave is part of the permanent line and is available in the satin finish. I picked Brave up when I attended one of the MAC Technique sessions. I spent some time deciding between Brave and Twig and eventually went with Brave because it was lighter and more natural.

I know that a lot of people find that Brave is their perfect nude and ‘my lips but better’ shade, but on my NC 42 skin, it looks more pink and not nude at all. I’m a huge fan of the satin finish, they feel comfortable on the lips without drying them out. This lipstick lasts around 3 to 4 hours on, without eating or drinking.

Brave is a gorgeous pink shade which I think works better on fair to medium skin tones. If you’re NC 40 and up, I suggest trying it on first because it can make some skin tones looked washed out.

MAC Brave is available from the MAC online store and Myer for $36 in Australia.