Feature: 10 Gorgeous Make Up Products for Your Vanity

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The beauty industry moves fast and there are new release products coming out almost every day. With the prominence of social media, it’s also impossible to deny how important packaging is. Whilst the actual formula and product is still the most important, you can’t have a successful product unless you’re nice to look at too! That’s my opinion anyway.

In this list, I’ll be sharing with you some gorgeous packaging and also why I love them (from both a designer and consumer perspective). Consider this a gift guide or even a shopping guide for when you’re wanting to make your next purchase.

As reference, I love packaging design that is unique, speaks well to the brand identity but is also practical and highly functional. So, don’t expect me to be listing pizza shapes eyeshadow palettes or chunky, cat paw lipsticks though – no one has the time (or vanity space) for that!

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Shopping Guide: Eyeshadow Palettes that You’ll Never Put Down

Shopping Guide: Eyeshadow Palette Recommendations

To be frank, eyeshadow palettes are my personal weakness. I buy so many of them that I’ve become somewhat of a collector but that isn’t practical for the every day makeup user. The fact is that we have so many options now that I can be very difficult to navigate, so today I’ll be recommending some of the best eyeshadow palettes – in my humble opinion anyway.

I will be recommending palettes based on quality, versatility and ease of use – so read on!

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Feature: Christmas Shopping Guide

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Last updated 2 November 2020

It’s that time of the year again – holiday releases are coming. I’ve been keeping an eye on some of these launches and, while some brands have slacked off a little in 2020 (understandable given how the pandemic has impacted everything), there are still a lot of great ones! From celebratory eyeshadow palettes to brilliant skincare sets – there’s so much to choose from.

It would be exhaustive to include absolutely everything, so this article mostly features things that I’m personally interested in trying or think would be a great gift option. Most, if not all, of these will be beauty related and available either in Australian stockists or online – all information which you will find here, of course.

Please note that this list is also being updated as new announcements are made so let me know if there’s a brand or release you think I should add in!

Now let’s start shopping!

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Review: Eye Ecstasy Eye Shadow Palette – Subversive (Pat McGrath Labs)

Pat McGrath Labs Eye Ecstasy Eye Shadow Palette Subversive Review

I try really hard not to recommend products that are overly expensive because, even if I love the product, it is all just makeup in the end and I hold firmly to the belief that there are plenty of more important things in the world. Still, it’s a bit hard when I’m such a big fan of Pat McGrath (and her brand) because her products are notoriously expensive, but they are definitely a high quality luxury item.

For people who want to try out her eyeshadow formula and may not be ready to invest in a full-size, these Eye Ecstasy Palettes may be perfect for you! Priced at either AUD$51 from the Pat McGrath website or AUD$47 at Sephora Australia, these are five pan mini palettes that let you indulge in this luxury formula at a much more affordable price point.

In comparison to the full size palettes, these are obviously smaller and the packaging isn’t as fancy, but I like that they give more variety than a quad. The shades are perfectly curated too. For people who love neutrals, check out the Sublime Palette, but if you want a pop of metallic colour, then go for the Subversive Palette (which is what I’m reviewing today).

You can buy these mini palettes on the Pat McGrath Labs website, or Australians can go to Sephora Australia. Before that though, let’s get into this review!

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Review: Luxetrance Lipsticks (Pat McGrath Labs)

Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipstick Review Sephora

Do you ever find a totally perfect product, and then freak out to find out it’s essentially discontinued? Well, welcome to my world because that’s exactly what happened with the Luxetrance Lipsticks! I had been eying the Pat McGrath Labs lipsticks for a while but had only bought the mini sizes because the full sizes are just really expensive! Only the Mattetrance lipsticks are available as minis, so I never had the opportunity to try the creme Luxetrance formula.

At the end of last year though, there was this incredible sale on the Pat McGrath website that saw the Luxetrance drop down to just AUD$17 (with free shipping) – and naturally, we all jumped on it. I was a bit late so there weren’t a lot of shades left, but I did manage to get two – Exxotica and 35mm.

As of the time of writing, only a very limited number of shades are still available on the official Pat McGrath website but they are still available at Sephora Australia if you want to get you hands on them. They are selling at full price of AUD$67 but I’m not sure if they will be reformulated and brought back in the future.

Now, let’s get into this review!

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Review: Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio (Pat McGrath Labs)

Pat McGrath Labs Highlighting Trio Palette Sephora Australia

Pat McGrath Labs is one of those brands for me – one that I love and respect so much, yet kind of hold back on purchasing too much from. The brand was only available online for the longest time, meaning that I couldn’t see anything in person before buying it – which is a big risk when it comes to such a high end brand.

When Sephora Australia announced that the brand was finally coming here, I was so excited that I might have cried a little bit! At current, they only have a few of the products available at select brick-and-mortar stores (with everything else being available online) but I have been told that the full range will be coming to stores early this year! I was planning on waiting until then to pick up a few more things but I couldn’t stop myself.

I had been eying this Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio for a really long time – the videos and swatches of it online looked incredible but I never got the chance to see it in real life. Even now, I just took the plunge and bought this on the Sephora Australia website with zero regrets! I love this!

This palette is currently selling for AUD$85 (though I checked and I bought it for AUD$75, which was the then full price – so I don’t know if they changed the price with the exchange rates). It is definitely one of the most expensive palettes I own at the moment, but the formula and finish is so unique that I can justify spending that money. I don’t think that this (or any make up) will ever be a necessity, but if you love blinding highlights and you’re looking to splurge on a high end palette – then let’s get into this review!

I don’t think that this (or any make up) will ever be a necessity, but if you love blinding highlights and you’re looking to splurge on a high end palette – then let’s get into this review!

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