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March Favourites

Listen, I’m grounded enough to realise that I don’t have a large enough following to care, but I’d still like to acknowledge that I’ve neglected this blog over the last few weeks and I’m sorry. A few things have happened this month and I’m just trying to wrap my head around it all.

I’m also well aware that this kind of post is far more interesting if the author is somewhat famous or well-established – sorry about it, I have no creativity.

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Loreal Infallible 24-Matte Foundation

Because it’s been so hot and humid in Brisbane lately I’ve been struggling like crazy to keep my makeup from sliding off my face in one piece. This foundation actually surprised me with how well it wears throughout the day, I can honestly apply it at 7am and it still looks great at 10pm when I take it off. I wouldn’t say it’s completely matte for me, at least not all day, but I won’t ask too much of a drugstore foundation.

Here’s my favourite thing about this foundation: it’s sweatproof. The temperature this week has been in the high twenties with humidity sitting around 90% and I’ve had literally no issue with this foundation breaking up (and believe me, I’m a sweaty human).

 

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polish in Greyfitti

I hate getting my nails done. There, I said it. I hate the sound of a nail file, I can never keep my nail polish from chipping for more than an hour and acrylics are a torture I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. Top it off with the fact that I tear my fingernails when I’m anxious (gross, sure, but everyone has a vice) so I never really have much to work with.

Insert Sally Hanson’s Gel Polish. Amazing stuff. Like most five-year-olds, I often struggle to colour within the lines – not with this polish. I feel like it’s something about the shape of the brush combined with the consistency of the polish itself that makes it so much easier to apply than anything else I’ve ever used. And it lasts beautifully without chipping (honourable mention to the Sally Hansen nailgrowth Miracle I used at a base too).

 

BareMinerals Pop Of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Rose Passion

As someone who suffers with perpetually dry lips, this product is honestly something I couldn’t live without. This lippie is super conditioning and gives a lovely hint of colour. I love the shade ‘Rose Passion’ so much because it gives such a natural ‘your lips but better’ look for every day wear. I also love that you can build the colour up for a bolder look and because it leaves a tint on the lips it wears away without a trace so you don’t have to worry about reapplying it throughout the day if you don’t have time. I love using this product as a base if I’m wearing a matte or liquid lipstick because it conditions the lips and helps to extend the wear of most products.

 

Maybelline Full’n’Soft Waterproof Mascara

I actually bought this to use on my bottom lashes because I have sensitive eyes that like to water and ruin my life (i.e. my eye makeup) but it’s earned its way as my go-to every day mascara. Considering the price, this mascara separates and coats the lashes so well and actually holds the curl of my lashes better than some of my more expensive products. I was reluctant at first to use this on a daily basis as waterproof mascaras can be difficult to remove which can damage your lashes – BUT I find that a basic micellar water works just fine to remove it without excessive rubbing on the eye area.

 

Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser

I’ve had a stressful few weeks and my skin has really suffered for it. This facewash just leaves my face feeling clean and bright without drying it out which is really all a girl can ask for. I love how soft my skin has been feeling since I started using this and it’s definitely been keeping my breakouts at bay. I bought the baby version from Mecca Maxima’s Beauty-To-Go section to give it a go and will definitely be buying the full size product when it runs out.

 

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Review: NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

The new NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer launched in Australia this week and I’ve got to admit, it’s embarrassing how excited I was for its release. I’m yet to see a single bad review of this miracle pot and couldn’t wait to give it a go myself.

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I bought this concealer from Mecca Maxima for $44 AUD in the shade Cannelle (light 2.75). Mecca advertise this shade as light with peachy undertones, which I thought would be a good match to counteract the blue tones under my eyes. I also chose a lighter shade as I’ve heard this range run slightly darker than the radiant creamy concealer – for reference I usually wear Santa Fe (medium 2). You get 6.2 grams of product in this little pot which I think is awesome, especially compared to similar products like the Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer which retails for the same price containing only 1.4 grams.

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NARS advertise this product as an oil-free, high coverage, natural looking concealer that blurs and smooths imperfections. The main ingredient is dimethicone (silicone), but it also contains a number of skin-loving ingredients like hyaluronic acid and collagen-boosting peptides which will hydrate and plump the skin.

Under eyes:

Being the first week of uni, I’m currently adjusting to a new sleeping pattern and a little bit of added stress. This paired with a suspected iron deficiency has left me with some pretty dark under eye circles that have been driving me nuts for quite a while now. The camera doesn’t really pick up the discolouration but I assure you – it’s there. I also have premature signs of aging under my eyes that tends to wreak havoc when it comes to applying under eye concealer. Before applying the concealer, I applied my Origins Ginzing eye cream and allowed it time to settle into the skin.

In person I found that this product made a much more noticeable difference than on camera. The concealer did a great job of brightening the area and covering my discolouration. I’ve heard that this product will also smooth the area to offset the appearance of fine lines under the eyes but I honestly couldn’t see any change in that sense.

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Eyelids:

Along with under eye darkness, I have quite pronounced veins on my eyelids that I often struggle to cover. I found that this concealer was awesome to cover the blue veins and the darkness that I find I have in my inner corner. The matte finish of this product would also be great as an eyeshadow base for those of us with oily eyelids.

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Blemishes and Texture:

I’ve had a few minor breakouts on the side of my face this week (possibly a reaction to a new skincare product) that has been causing me grief. I found that the concealer worked great to cover the redness of the area while the natural finish offset the appearance of the texture quite nicely.

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Overall:

For a cream matte concealer, the finish of this product is so natural and light on the skin. I felt that it brightened and concealed all of my problem areas and I can actually see myself wearing this on its own to classes when I just want to look fresh and awake but also natural. I’ve previously only used liquid concealers as every cream product I’ve previously tried has creased and been difficult to work with (I’m looking at you, Bobbi) but this concealer is the absolute opposite. Overall, I would describe this more as a medium rather than the advertised full coverage with a luminous matte finish, similar to that of the All Day Luminous foundation.

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Review: BareMinerals Original SPF15 Foundation

People often overlook powder foundations because they assume that they can’t achieve the coverage or finish that a liquid foundation provides. I’d argue that the BareMinerals original foundation is an exception to this rule – providing build-able coverage, a natural finish and a slight luminosity to the skin.

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I first tried this product around Christmas because my partner and I had plans to spend the new year in North Queensland and I couldn’t bear the thought of wearing a liquid foundation in a tropical climate. I didn’t have high hopes or expectations – to be honest I was really just looking for something lightweight that I could throw on to hide my sunburn if we went out for dinner – but I’d heard good things from a friend and figured I might as well give it a go.

Being a powder, this foundation is ridiculously easy to apply. BareMinerals recommend a ‘Swirl, Tap, Buff’ technique which is pretty self-explanatory. After tapping some product into the lid of the pot, simply swirl a kabuki brush (the denser the fuller the coverage) in the foundation, tap off the excess and buff it into the skin.

I personally have combination to dry skin and am blessed with a pretty clear complexion (most of the time at least). I prefer a medium coverage foundation but dabble in either sheer or full coverage formulas depending on the state of my skin and my plans for the day. I find that even a light layer of this foundation works perfectly to even out my skin tone and hide any redness that might be lurking about.

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The only fault I could find to this foundation is that I found it to crease quite a bit under my eyes. That being said, I have this problem with most products and find that if I set my concealer with a finer powder under my eyes it tends to alleviate the issue. BareMinerals advertises the foundation as a non-cakey product that hides the appearance of lines and wrinkles – which I’ll half agree with. The foundation is definitely buildable without that awful clumpy texture, however, I find it settles into my laugh lines when I do wear a heavier layer of it. I don’t mind it so much – I mean, smile lines aren’t bad lines to have – but for this reason I wouldn’t recommend this foundation to those with mature skin.

I wouldn’t recommend this product for those with oily skin or anyone looking to achieve a matte finish. Despite this foundation being a mineral powder, it does not set matte and tends to run on the luminous side throughout the day (especially in the t-zone). I personally didn’t find this to be an issue, in fact it added to the natural look of the foundation on the skin, but I can see how someone with oilier skin would struggle to wear this throughout the day.

The shade range of this foundation is pretty great – it comes in twenty shades and accommodates cool, neutral and warm undertones. I appreciate that BareMinerals have created a product that can be used for both fair and deep skin tones. I personally wear Medium Beige which has a neutral undertone and I find it has worked perfectly over the last few months as my usually pasty skin has progressed to a slightly darker shade of white.

The wear on this foundation is also pretty great, I haven’t had any issues with it breaking up or fading throughout the day and I usually just use blotting paper to control any excess shine if I’m wearing it for an extended amount of time.

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I love to use this foundation over the Mecca Cosmetica Hydrating Primer and Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer as a base. I generally will just use a soft kabuki brush to buff the foundation onto my skin, being sure to blend it down the neck. I then finish off the complexion with a generous dose of the Mario Badescu Rosewater spray to ensure the powder melts into my skin and encourages that gorgeous luminous glow.