This product was sent to me by Mecca Maxima for review purposes. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.
There are very few lip products now that are really innovative – lipsticks and lip glosses are reformulated and improved all the time, of course, but they generally will keep the same sort of format. There was a product that launched last year and caused a bit of a stir, mostly because it was so unlike everything else in the market that people didn’t really know what to expect.
This is the Urban Decay Lo-Fi Lip Mousse, which (I believe) was released around September last year. It is an entirely new formula for the brand and is currently available in eight shades; the range isn’t massive but, since it’s new, I assume that they were testing the waters.
Some people really liked this, while others were on the fence, so I think it really comes down to personal preference. It is less about the formula, which is generally well liked, but rather the format of delivery in a pan compact. I think that it will really come down to how you prefer to apply your lips but I’ll get more into that later.
The entire range of the Lo-Fi Lip Mousse is now available at Mecca Maxima for AUD$37 each – which means it also qualifies for free shipping! If you’re outside of Australia/New Zealand, then check out the Urban Decay website for stockist information. So, let’s get into the review!
If there is anything that Too Faced is really good at, then it’s definitely packaging. They always have this way of making things super cute, almost a little bit childish, but still maintaining their high quality and appealing to their adult audience (because they are a high end brand, they are not children’s make up even if their blusher is shaped like a peach). Even if I haven’t loved every release from them, and haven’t agreed with everything they have done, they consistently impress me with how covetable their products are.
And that is exactly what propelled me to buy this, even though I knew that I hated the scent! This is the Too FacedSweetie Pie Radiant Matte Bronzer – which is part of their permanent Peaches & Cream Collection (and hence has that signature sweet fig cream scent). Although this is marketed as a bronzer, I have primarily used it as a blush due to the slight pink tones in the pan and also the fact that I don’t really use bronzer all that much.
So, read on and let’s get into the review so you can get a better look at how pretty this is!
This product was gifted to me by Mecca Maxima. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used.
2018 was definitely the year of eyeshadow palettes because there were so many great releases – and I also bought way more than an average person really needs. Amongst them, there were also a handful of products that I was graciously gifted by Mecca Maxima – just to try out really. Although this following palette was not right at the top of my ‘best palettes’ list (which I should write soon), it was a close runner up!
This is the Urban Decay Backtalk Palette, a travel friendly palette inspired by the popularity of the Backtalk shade from their Vice Lipsticks range (described as a mauve-nude pink). It includes a series of eyeshadow shades, all in berry and rose-mauve shades and also four cheek shades (two blushers and two highlighters) on the other side. This is actually very different to what Urban Decay has done in the past and, although I was initially unsure about the packaging design, I’ve come to really love this.
The Backtalk Palette was released as a limited-edition product to Mecca Maxima and, as such, it’s no longer available. However, it is a permanent product in the Urban Decay collection and is still available on their website – so I have my tail crossed that it will come back! Otherwise, feel free to check out the rest of the Urban Decay products available (I would especially recommend their Born to Run palette which is one of my top picks of the year).
Christmas has just passed us but I have one more post to write about the MAC x Patrickstarrr collaboration so I’m speeding through it tonight! I’m sure that these will be available for a little while longer but they’re definitely limited to the Christmas season, so you’ll need to rush in to get these before they’re totally gone.
These are from the fourth and final collaboration with Youtube star (and incredible make up artist) Patrick Starr – Sleigh Ride, perfectly red and shimmery for this holiday season. The full collection includes three lipsticks, five dazzleglass shades, two eyeshadow palettes, three loose pigments, a mineralise skinfinish and the hyped patrick’s powder. Naturally, I wanted to get everything but I’m on a mission not to spend my life’s savings so I cut it down to what I love the best from MAC Cosmetics – their bullet lipsticks!
I got myself two out of the three shades from the collection and they’re honestly so perfect for me! Here we have Spank Me Santa and Slay Ride – a dusty rose brown and a bright pinkish red. I’ve been wearing them obsessively since I got them so, click on for photos, swatches and a review of my two new favourite shades!
This product was gifted to me at a public event. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.
I’m worried that this palette will be completely out of stock after Christmas, as well as a handful other products, so I feel like I need to be throwing these at you guys so that you still have time to shop! I’m not too fussed if it’s a product that I don’t like, since I don’t need to be recommending it anyway, but for those that I do, I really want to make sure that I feature them.
One palette that I have been totally loving for this Holiday season is the Mecca MaxGet Lit Illuminating Palette, which is sold exclusively at Mecca Maxima (sorry guys – this will be an Australia and New Zealand product only). I received this as a pre-launch gift from an event that I went to – a public event, not a PR one – so I didn’t know much about it at first. However, since I’ve been using it, I have loved this more and more!
This product sells for AUD$30 and contains four powder and two cream highlighters. It is currently unavailable online so you’ll need to check your local stores (which you can do via the website) to see if they have it in! It’s got a great price point and incredible high end quality so this comes highly recommended by me.
This product and shade matching experience was offered to me as part of MAC Cosmetics’s Lipstick campaign. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.
MAC Cosmetics is so well known for their lipstick formulas that – to be honest – I don’t think there are any beauty junkies out there that haven’t tried them at least once; or if there are, there’s very few. When I was younger and just starting to experiment with make up, mostly using it for singing performances, MAC Cosmetics was a brand that I really idolised. I loved the colours and their professional, ‘cool girl’ image.
So, I’m pretty over the moon about the fact that they’ve given me the opportunity to work with them again. This will be my second time already, with the first being their Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Campaign, and this is actually even more perfect for me. I got my first high end lipstick to MAC Cosmetics (#Dubonnet) and, after all these years, I still have that same sense of excitement when I explore their massive range. I’ve since found a bunch of shades that I love from their range and also retired some old favourites of mine (why did I ever wear a bright pink lipstick?), but the one thing that I haven’t found yet is my perfect nude lipstick.
I never actually wear nude lipsticks (only somewhat neutral shades) because I haven’t been able to find anything that doesn’t fully wash me out. But, when it comes to MAC, there is legit something for everyone, so it’s impossible to be disappointed.
So, let’s get into some photos of the Paddington MAC Pro Store store, which is where I went to find my perfect lipstick shade, as well as some things that I’ve learnt about their range and offerings.
To be honest, I was seriously deliberating on whether or not to write this review – not because I am hesitant about this product (in fact, this might be the best thing I bought this entire holiday season) but because I just can’t catch the product in a photo properly! I have tried videos, multiple different lights and swatching techniques… nothing. Even the official image doesn’t do it justice, in my opinion.
Instead I am just writing this review to let you know about this product and my thoughts on it. I have my own swatches down below, but also check out Temptalia’s swatch – which is the only almost accurate one I have found.
So this is the MAC Cosmetics Holiday 2018 release from the Pretty Little Things collection – the Extra Dimension Skinfinish in the shade Snowflushed. This is especially popular as it’s been coined a dupe for last year’s limited edition Stylishly Merry eyeshadow (except in a highlighter form, of course) – it was sold out in most stores, if not all! When my local store finally had a restock, I managed to get my hands on this before it even went out on shelves – and I have no regrets.
As of right now, it is restocked online – so jump on quick!
These products were sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid for this post and affiliate links are not used in this post.
Have you guys heard of the W7 Cosmetics brand before? I’ve actually come across them a few times in the past (mainly while I was on my way to buy hayfever medication) but have never actually stopped to check them out. They’re a drugstore brand from the UK and, in Australia, the brand is primarily stocked at Chemist Warehouse – which is our discount pharmacy. Alongside W7 Cosmetics they also carry a lot of other mainstream drugstore cosmetic brands too.
I was recently approached to try out their new Very Vegan collection, which has recently launched to an Australian audience, and even though I’ve never tried them out before – I figured, why not? Although I don’t personally follow a vegan lifestyle, I know that many people do and it can be very difficult to find suitable alternatives for simple products – and for those people, this line would be perfect!
I was sent over a massive assortment of products, almost every single time from their line, and while some products work better for me than others – there are some definite gems in this pile. So, let’s get right into this!
Do you guys remember me posting about the Smashbox Petal Metal Covershot Palette all the way back in July? Well, I got the most insanely exciting delivery a few weeks ago from Mecca Maxima – a massive collection of these super travel-friendly eyeshadow palettes in all of the different colour variants, some old and some new to the Australian market. I’m going to quickly take you through the whole PR package that I received (because it’s so pretty) but I will also dive into my personal thoughts on each of the eight palettes, as well as the full swatches!
If you’re just here for the swatches, click read more and then go right to the bottom because I have compiled them all into one photo for you but – otherwise – let’s get into it!
A few weeks ago, I was lucky to be invited to the MAC Cosmetics Sydney Broadway store as part of their #EveryShadeOfYou campaign – to celebrate 25 years of their Studio Fix Fluid foundation in Australia, which now boasts a wide range of fifty shades for Every Shade Of You.
It was a fairly easy afternoon for me and I had a great time at the MAC Cosmetics store. I went in with almost no make up (save for sunscreen) and got matched to a few different foundation shades, then learnt how to use some of their other products. Aside from testing out their foundation, their make up artist also complemented the make up with a selection of products from their line to create my ideal finish. I went for a glowing, highlighted finish to suit my combination skin (and love for a natural radiance) so also got to learn about a couple of other products.
So, I’ll first show you guys some photos I got of the store (Why is MAC always so sleek and beautiful? Entering their store is always like jumping into some sort of dimensional warp) before going into the products that I picked up, my thoughts on them and some tips and tricks I learnt on how to achieve my perfect glowing complexion.