A few weeks ago, I received an invitation to a Beauty Boot Camp, held by Mecca Maxima and Urban Decay! This is one of the first official PR events that I’ve been invited to and, when I got the invite, I was so excited that I may have squeaked a little – I was also kind of convinced that I got the invite by accident (and I am still convinced about this) so I was pretty nervous in the weeks leading up. Excited, but also nervous. I wasn’t sure of what to expect and, since I am a fairly keep-to-myself sort of person, I also wasn’t sure that I would know anyone there.
But, I had such a great time today (yes, I am writing this the very night) and I came out of the event not only more informed about Urban Decay as a brand, but also very inspired by the beauty and content creation talks – aside from Steve K (the global make up artist for UD), we also heard from one of the Mecca social media team members about content creation and curation for Instagram and a YouTube team member about creating a successful channel and engaging videos. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos of the latter too (as I was much too busy trying to take in the information), I did make sure to document the wonderful event and get a few photos of Steve!
So, keep reading for some information on the Urban Decay brand, what they mean to me and some photos of the day!
I’m a big fan of the Stila Glitter & Glow Eyeshadows – they are a liquid eyeshadow that delivered an incredible punch of glitter, with minimal to no fall out. They’re really easy to use and apply, which is a new experience for me as I generally don’t like liquid eyeshadows. That, in combination with my love for bright colours, had me really excited that Mecca is finally launching the Stila Vivid & Vibrant collection – which includes the new jewel toned Shimmer & Glows! In addition, this collection also includes the eyeshadow duos – which truthfully have mixed reviews, but I like their products enough to go and try it out for myself.
These products launched at Mecca at the beginning of this month, so this post is only a little late but I wanted to share some of the information on these, as well as discussing why I want/don’t want to pick these up.
These products were sent to me for review by Esqido. I was not paid for this post and no affiliate links are used.
I used to use gel liners almost exclusively, but it’s in the past couple of years that I had completely switched over to liquid pen liners – which I preferred for getting very crisp black lines. It has actually been quite a while since I used a gel so, when I received these Gel Eyeliner Pencils from Esqido, I knew that there would be a bit of a learning curve for me. Still, I think that there will always be a place in my collection for gel liners as they can give you that deep, smokey look that is hard to achieve with liquids.
These are a new addition to Esqido’s offerings which, in the past, has been focused on their false lashes and companion glue. Bringing out these liners feels so natural though, because they’re perfect for the waterline for smoking out the lash, so this development didn’t surprise me at all!
I was sent these to review in both colours – black and brown – and they claim to be super budge proof and also waterproof; which I tested out very easily with my watery eyes. So, read on for my review because these have definitely impressed me and I think that I will be using these Gel Eyeliners more in the future.
One of my favourite brands in Western beauty at the moment is Fenty Beauty and I have been very vocal about my support for them since their launch. Since then, they have released a few different collections, all of which have been so beautiful (you can see my first impression of the Galaxy Collection on my channel) but I have been consciously trying to buy less make up so I didn’t splurge on the entire line like I did before.
For this release, which is a bit old news now because it was the summer collection, Fenty Beauty brought out some eyeshadow duos – called the Killawatt Foil Duo. They were released in three different shades and I picked up Mimosa Sunrise/Sangria Sunset which is a beautiful pink and orange duo that caught my eyes immediately. It’s been so long that I was planning on skipping this post but, with their new products launching soon, I figured that I might as well.
You’ll be glad to know that these duos are permanent in the collection and are selling for either USD$36 on the Fenty Beauty website or AUD$54 on the Sephora Australia website.
Anyway, so that’s my introduction to this post! I will be keeping this short or read on for my review!
The Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder is one of my current favourite powders and, even though it’s been quite a while since its release, I just really want to share my experiences with this product. It was released earlier in the year by BECCA, and it actually sparked a lot of curiosity over on YouTube because it had such an interesting formula – one that, to be honest, you have to touch in person to understand.
I bought this a Sephora in the States when it first launched, as it took a while to reach Australia, and I’ve been using it almost everyday since. I’ve been really into loose powders lately, as I feel like they help me to better mattify my skin, but a lot of them seem to be quite drying – which is good for my T-zone, as that has the tendency to get really oily in the afternoon, but can make the rest of my face feel like literal paper.
This Hydra-Mist Powder, however, is a saviour if you have trouble with that. For people with dry to combination skin, you’ll be wanting to check this out – it’s selling for AUD$58 in Sephora Australia, or any international readers can check out the official BECCA website which it is selling for USD$38 (and you can get 20% off by signing up to their newsletter too).
So, read on for this (probably short but detailed) review!
Out of all make up products, I am really difficult when it comes to foundations. It hasn’t always been this case though. Back when I first started to wear make up, I was happy to put on anything that gave me heaps of coverage (even when I didn’t need it) and I paid little mind to how my skin interacted with the product – whether it is later on in the day or even when I remove it. Since then, I have tried enough that I’m fairly picky with my foundation products and I’m very aware of the type of formula that I like. The only issue then is which foundation would suit me?
That fact is that I, and a lot of other people, can rattle off a list of what we want our perfect foundation to be (medium cover, semi-matte etc) but with the massive plethora of products that are on the market now, it’s difficult to go through everything and figure out what suits our needs. And this is where this new foundation matching tool comes in!
I got the email about this launch this morning and I admittedly waited until the night to get onto it. I thought that this would be yet another colour matcher (which MECCA already has) but I was pleasantly surprised that this is matching you to your ideal formula instead! This is the MECCA Foundation Match and I’m going to go briefly through this quick process on how to find the foundations to suit you.
Sometimes, I feel like I came into the make up game way late because there are brands like Too Faced that feel so new to me, and yet I find out that they’ve been around for twenty years already! For those who don’t know, the brand launched in 1998 so this is their twenty year anniversary. To celebrate it, they have launched a 20th birthday collection – which is excitingly coming to Mecca from tomorrow! In addition to it, they are also bringing out a new Born This Way Concealer, which has been really hyped up online.
The full 20th birthday collection consists of eight Metallic Sparkle Lipsticks, a special repackaging of the Better than Birthday Sex mascara, and their Then and Now Eyeshadow Palette – the latter which has been teased online for quite a while and I’m excited to finally see it! Rather than cover the entire collection, since I’m sure you’re going to click onto the Mecca website anyway, I want to give you guys a look into the two products that I’m most excited about!
I always highly recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes, and the Soft Glam one is definitely the most wearable of the range. This is one that I picked up on a whim while I was in the States. I wasn’t originally intending on getting it, because I usually gravitate towards brighter and bolder eye make up, but the quality of these shadows is incredible and the colours really do look better in real life (though I hope these photos can do it some justice).
Since getting this, I find that I can using neutral shades more in my every day routine and I have discovered a newfound appreciation for this sort of colour palette. Of course, I still don’t feel like I (or anyone) needs multiple neutral toned palettes but if you are going to invest in one, then the Soft Glam is a great one to look into!
This retails for AUD$75 at Sephora Australia or USD$42 in America. For international readers, you can pick this up either at the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website, Cult Beauty or Beautylish.
And so, without further ado, let’s just right into my review of one of my favourite palettes.
This product was gifted to me by Black Swallow during a live stream that I filmed for them, but I was not asked to review the products. This is not a sponsored post and no affiliate links are used.
I have never in my life been able to make winged liner work. Regardless of how much I practice, I always end up with the two sides going in completely different directions so I have since given up and instead angle my liner downwards in a puppy style (which follows my natural eyelid fold). I blame this partly on my own skin, but also on the fact that I have multiple creases on my eyes which makes its nearly impossible to make eye make up look smooth.
When I was in the Black Swallow office recently to do a live stream, they introduced me to a few of the products that they carry and one of my happy discoveries was this! This is the Wing Eyeliner, which is one of those eyeliner stamps that I’ve seen on Instagram and youtube about a million times over the past few years. I’ve never actually tried these because I always figured that they wouldn’t work for my multi-lidded eyes, but I was so surprised at how well it worked for me! I actually tried them on for the first time on the live stream (so that was my genune first impression) and the liner worked so well that I’ve been using it every day since.
At the moment, the brand only sells these wing liner stamps, but they do have them in varying sizes (6mm to 12mm). The Wing Eyeliner is stocked on Black Swallow and you can get them for AUD$34.99, which includes the set of two wing stamps – one for the right and a left.
And so, I really want to share this product with everyone because it worked so well for me! If you have trouble with getting your winged liner even, then this is definitely an easy to use product to try.
UPDATE: This product is now available at Black Swallow – AUD$35 each, or also available in popular bundles of four or eight!
This is so exciting! A lot of people have been really keen on this product and can you believe that it will be launching this weekend? Jeffree Star did his official announcement of the new range a few days ago and I’ve gotten my hands on the official imagery to share with you all – special thank you to Black Swallow, who is one of their official Australian stockists, for giving me access to these images.
So what am I talking about? These are the new Jeffree Star Liquid Frosts! They are, as you can tell by the name, a liquid version of his popular highlighter range. It comes in eight shades to begin with, ranging from an icy white highlight for those very fair people and some beautiful golden bronze tones for people with darker skin – or who want to sheer this out as a bronze body shimmer! I love that the shade range looks so inclusive, though I do wish that they showed the product on some Asian skin tones too.
According to Jeffree, this is “a metallic and glitter orgy”, and “once it dries, there is no tacky or sticky feeling.” This was a very common criticism about the body shimmer that Fenty Beauty recently launched (limited edition, of course) so I feel like Jeffree was very inspired by that product but further developed it to suit his own preferences and his audience base. This product can be used alone as a liquid highlight, or mixed in with a body lotion for an overall shimmering effect. He states that “every shade has a different reflects [sic] glitter undertone that shines through for added dimension where ever it’s applied.”
Click through for some of the official promotional photos and a first look at the product imagery!