Friday, October 28, 2016

AUSTRALIS TURNS 30! Swatches + NEW Products October/November 2016

As of October 2016, Australis Cosmetics has been an Australian icon for 30 years. In 1986, just under two years before my arrival, this fresh brand of cosmetics hit pharmacy shelves to appeal to the female youth of this land. This brand has always had affordable products and on trend colours, definitely appealing to me when I was a teen! (Who remembers those sticky lip glosses from around 2001, one similar in colour to Velourlips Tok-i-o, and a chocolate brown?)

Vintage perfume packaging and promotional material.

Last week, I received a PR package full of the new goodies; it brightened up what was a really bad week and I was also invited to be a guest at the 30th birthday celebration at the Ivy Penthouse where we were showered with great food and drink, great company, and a great presentation. Our goodie bags were packed to the brim with new releases that have already hit shelves, or will be available as of November. This means I have plenty of swatches to show! All products are accredited by Choose Cruelty Free (CCF) and many options are Vegan!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Can you really get results with at-home waxing products?

I just completed and passed waxing after many weeks of agonizing hatred for the process. It's not a career path I was going to take down the road of beauty, but it's nice knowing that I know how to do it. Let's just say, your eyebrows are in good hands.

Eyebrows waxed using hot wax + tweezing by me. Model: Cassandra
Between practice in class, I had the opportunity to practice at home with my Lycon LycoPro Baby Wax Heater and products I was able to get at pharmacies, supermarkets and discount department stores (there were a few PR samples thrown in the mix), plus all the Lycon Professional products when I attended Beauty Expo. The ranges of products and accessories Priceline and Chemist Warehouse stock are quite up to date with trends in waxing and “ease of use” accessibility.

Friday, October 21, 2016

IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye Illumination Concealer - #RivetReview

Foreword: Again, exams are getting the better of me, but as of the first week of November, posts shall be scheduled as normal; but I really owe my lovely readers a review, so be it!

IT Cosmetics Bye-Bye Under Eye Concealer already does two things, covers enough to not require a separate product to correct dark circles, and now, it does three things; COVERS, CORRECTS AND ILLUMINATES. It's like "8 hours sleep in a tube!"

Light + Medium

Having just been released in 2016, this concealer was featured in the goodie bags we received from the Sephora Exclusive Brands Showcase back in July.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Finding My New Foundation - Part 2

Finding the perfect match for a foundation doesn't just come down to colour, it comes down to formula. My skin is very dry, so a foundation that is Oil-Free is probably not going to cut it for me.

I thought I was impressed, but was I?

Here, I wear test the foundation I was dying to try when it launched, however the lightest shade (available in 2015) was still too dark, and since then, new colours had become available in the range here, including that match for my pasty neck!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Finding My New Foundation - Part 1 & Intro

Foreword: Apologies about there being no posts last week, my flight home was stuffed up and I had exams.

It's about time I invested in a good high end foundation again. My last big one was Illamasqua's Skin Base in 003, which set me back around $50AUD and did me well for about 2 years with great coverage. I've dabbled with professional type foundations (the likes of Kryolan and Ben Nye), but found them to wear too heavy and not feel nice on the skin, especially for everyday type of wear, even though they offered the coverage I was after. Drugstore and budget brands do not make my shade at all, and the ones that do are not Cruelty Free. I just want one product that I don't have to mix with anything to match my skin tone, one that will also offer good coverage, and I want a quality product that will be worth the money.

Porcelain Princess can no longer get a tan.

After narrowing it down, I've requested a few samples/applications to test for colour, coverage, wear, feel and all the important things before I drop my dollars on a product.