New Release: +C Vit Collection (Pixi Beauty)

Pixi +C Vit Collection - Under Eye Brightener, Priming Oil, Brightening Perfector and Lip Brightener

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For those looking to boost their skincare routine, Vitamin C is often one of the main go-tos. I’ve been a big fan of the ingredient ever since I started my skincare journey; in fact, it was one of the first ‘serums’ that I ever used. The natural next step would be a question of how to incorporate Vitamin C into our daily makeup routine too – and Pixi Beauty has done exactly that.

The +C Vit Collection is a hybrid skincare-makeup collection, mostly consisting of brightening products that work as a skin prep to the rest of your make up. They have both immediate and long-term benefits and consists of four products: the Undereye Brightener, Brightening Perfector, Priming Oil and the Lip Brightener – all of which are currently available on the Pixi Beauty website.

Head over there to check them out but, in the meantime, I’ll share with you some information (and personal thoughts) on the whole collection!

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Review: Hourglass Holiday 2020

Hourglass Holiday 2020 Mecca Review - Ambient Lighting Edit Mini, AMbiet Lighting Edit Sculpture, Confessions Lipstick Duo

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It’s the new year! I tried out a lot of products in December but didn’t have time to write about them all so I figured that it would be best to start off with my favourite Holiday Release of 2020 – the Hourglass Sculpture collection.

I’m a big fan of Hourglass products and have been for quite a few years now – I love their aesthetic, formulas and packaging. The only main downside to their range is the price point (I have also been made aware of some recent controversy in regards to diversity in their shade ranges, but won’t be discussing that as it’s a much bigger conversation), which is why I’m always eying their holiday collections.

Their Ambient Lighting Products usually range from AUD$64 – AUD$83 (depending on whether it’s a face powder, blush or bronzer). I much prefer to invest in these limited edition palettes, rather than buying a full size, so I can get a better variety of shades and product types. They also have a duo of their Confessions Lipsticks, which are a cult favourite for so many.

In addition to the value, they also have new limited edition packaging every year. This year’s concept features a gold, architectural design that’s super modern and subtle. The collection contains the Ambient Lighting Edit, Ambient Lighting Edit Mini and Confessions Refillable Lipstick Duo.

These are available on the Mecca website for a limited time (and they’re going fast). If you are outside of Australia or Zealand though, you can also head to the official Hourglass website to shop or find your nearest stockist.

But before you do that, let’s get into my thoughts on all three products!

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Review: Bikini Bottom Bundle (Juno & Co)

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Every now and then, a collaboration comes that is just so perfect, that it’s hard to understand why they didn’t do it sooner! And this level of perfection came together in the form of Juno & Co (super famous for their microfibre sponges) working together with Spongebob Square Pants!

This adorable Bikini Bottom Bundle is available on the Juno & Co website for USD$24. It is the perfect gift option for this Christmas with nostalgic appeal and a good variety of products – the price point is around the same compared to buying similar permanent products individually, but this special design is exclusive to this bundle.

Of course, if you’re not a Spongebob fan or want to try just a single version of their sponges first, you can still get a variety of the Microfibre Sponges on the official website for USD$6 – or AUD$10 at Mecca for Australians and New Zealanders.

Before you get into your shopping though, let’s get into this review!

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Review: Mini Gold Palette (Natasha Denona)

Natasha Denona Mini Gold Palette Review

I am a lover of high-end eyeshadow palettes – that’s just it really. I do have a number of k-beauty favourites and I’d try out drugstore brands as well, but I usually choose to invest more into my eyeshadows. That being said though, brands like Natasha Denona are notoriously expensive – and for good reason, as their formulas are absolutely beautiful! I recently got my first full-sized palette from her but, prior to that, I really liked to play with her mini palettes.

The one here is her Mini Gold Palette, which is a compact five-shade extension of her full size Gold Palette (which sells for a good AUD$205). Comparatively, this mini is a steal at AUD$42, and an even better price point if you wait for a Sephora sale.

It’s great for people who loved the full size and want something similar for travel, or those (like me) who aren’t sure that they want to invest the money yet. There have been reports that the minis are a bit hit-or-miss formula wise but, personally, I haven’t had that issue yet!

Want to know more about this palette? Lets get into this review!

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Review: Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 Review

It’s a fact that I am obsessed with purple so the release of the first Norvina Pro Palettes caught my eye more than all of the others. The main issue that I had with it was the size – I’ve had storage issues for a while so have been avoiding larger palettes but I really liked the colour story here. I was so on the fence about it but then my best friends made the choice for me: I got the Norvina Pro Pigment Palette for my 28th birthday!

I know – I am spoiled and so, so lucky.

The Pro Pigment Palette was the first release from the (sort of) sub-range Norvina. Although it still sits under the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand, the direction of their line is more vibrant, youthful and experimental, drawing its influence from Norvina herself (who is the current president of ABH and also the daughter of its founder). Since the release of this first palette, there have been quite a few other releases in this range and honestly – it is the bomb and I am loving the direction!

The Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 is available on the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website for AUD$99 or at Sephora Australia or Mecca for $112 (not sure of why there is a price difference). They also have some smaller nine-pan palettes if you’re after something a little more compact!

And, lets get into this review!

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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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New Release: Brow Kits (Full Brow)

If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll know that I love Full Brow products and actually use their stuff on a daily basis. I recommend them all the time and have actually turned a few people onto the brand too – because who doesn’t love having great brows for a great price?

I saw an announcement on Instagram just two days ago that they will be launching some new Brow Kits – which are perfectly curated sets that all target different brow looks and preferences! These are a permanent addition to their range but, of course, it’s coming just in time for Christmas and I really think these would be a great gift.

If you’d like to read more of my thoughts on some individual products from the brand, then check out Full Brow on my blog but – otherwise – I’m going to jump right into talking about these kits!

Let’s get into it!

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Review: Clear Brow Gel & Brow Clay (Full Brow)

Full Brow Clear Brow Gel and Brow Clay Beauty Review

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They say that the eyes are the window to the soul, and your brows are naturally the curtains – and no one wants messy drapes! I actually only learnt how to do my brows maybe five or so years ago, which is very late considering that I’ve been doing my own make up for seventeen years by now. However, it’s better late than never!

I’ve tried out a few different formulas – pencils, crayons, even liquid pens – to get what I would consider my perfect brow (full, strong shape but not dominating my features). After a lot of trial and error though, I’ve found my favourite product types – brow pomades and brow gels (used together, of course, because my natural brow hairs are all but non-existent).

I have been using Anastasia Beverly Hills almost exclusively in the past but was recently approached by an indie Australian brand called Full Brow to try out their products. You can view my earlier review of theirs here but I’m really happy to announce that they have launched more products – and yes, I am so freaking excited!

We have the Full Brow Clear Brow Gel and the BROgel (which are both the same formula in a different packaging so can be used interchangeably really) – this was released around two months ago. And then at the beginning of October, Full Brow also launched their Brow Clay, which is their very first brow pomade and their Pro Brush, which was designed specially for pomades! I got an early sneak peek of this product to try out and have been using it literally every day since.

You can check out my Instagram for a Straight Brow Tutorial featuring their products, but read on too because I’ll be getting in depth (and hyped) about these!

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Feature: Christmas Shopping Guide (Mecca & Sephora)

Mecca and Sephora Xmas Wishlist

Sure, it’s still only October but the holiday season is here and all of these exciting launches are heading our way! This year, it seems like every brand and company is launching their collection(s) in multiple waves and – so far – it’s mostly the first wave that’s arrived. More will be launching in store at Mecca Maxima (and possibly Sephora as well) in the next few weeks!

I would have waited for everything to arrive before writing this guide but, considering how quickly things were gone last year, that doesn’t seem like it’d be helpful. Instead, here’s my 2019 Christmas Shopping Guide for Mecca and Sephora Australia with the information that I do have (I receive full press releases from Mecca so I have further information on their future releases but can only go by what I see in store for Sephora). I have split everything here into price points so that it’s easy to find ideas for what ever you budget is. Categories are:

You can either scroll down to view everything (and this is going to be a long post) or you can also click on the links below to go directly to that section. So, let’s kick into this!

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