Thursday, 30 April 2015

April Favourites 2015!

  Today I have 6 of my favourite beauty things to share with you this month! 

Let's start off with what I'm most excited about - the Custom Cover Drops from CoverFX in shade n10, I recently purchased this but it's living up to the hype behind these. I'm planning on doing a separate full review on these and what products I've liked to mix with them! They can used with primers, foundations, moisturizes and you can basically change the coverage and colour of any of them!

Next is a nail polish I actually recieved in my vegan beauty box for Autumn - the shade is "Ambrosia" a peachy pink that is BEAUTIFUL, it's a really nice nude-ish shade for my skin tone and I've re applied it 3 times since I got it and I'm still not sick of it. The formula is really nice, dries incredibly fast and only needs 2 thin coats for opaque colour. I haven't used this with a top coat yet but it lasts a few days with no chipping on it's own!

Next is Gerard Cosmetics lip gloss in shade "Nude" - as soon as I found out these babies were vegan, I ordered about 6 and this has been my fast favourite! This has a nice pigmentation, isn't sticky and is quite creamy. I've been wearing this by itself to work and it's super lovely!

The next product is actually also from the Vegan Beauty Box - it's the charcoal mask from Urbapothecary, it's aimed for oily skin but it works perfectly for me (I have quite dry skin) - you mix it with apple cider vinegar or water, I just used water and then it forms into a super thick paste that you apply all over the face. It makes my skin feel super smooth and plump, especially around my nose and cheeks as I get small dry patches or little bumps and it clears out all the pores. I'm definitely going to be trying out the full size and other masks this brand has to offer!

I've talked about this mascara on my Instagram but never featured it on here - I love it! It's a natural mascara so when I first started hearing about it, I was quite hesitant to try as I've never had much luck with them! This is beautiful though, I swap between this and my other favourite the Better Than Sex mascara from Too Faced. This one lengths and gives a nice volume to my lashes but is a lot thinner in consistency compared to the TF so it never gets clumpy and I haven't experienced any fall out or smudging. Go get you some!

The last things I want to talk about these! I purchased the Furless Pro Brush Set a while back and have been loving them ever since! They are all super soft and nice on the skin when I'm applying product AND they work! I know I've had brushes in the past that feel so good to touch but just could not apply product properly. If you want to try any from the line, I highly recommend the eye brushes especially the Angled Shading Brush, Blending Brush and Pointed Blending Brush, love them!

And that's my favourite beauty products of the month! What have been yours?

As always, thank you for reading! XO

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Swatches & Review: ColourPop Super Shock Blushes!

Hello friends! I'm here with a few more ColourPop products for you, the super shock blushes! I am absolutely obsessed with their lip products (a massive swatch post can be found here!) and eyeshadows (featured in my February favourites!) so it was about time I tried out the blushes - I have 8 swatches to share with you and I'll let you know how I feel at the end!

(L-R: Holiday, Trickery, Prenup, Mochi)

Holiday is a matte mid tone peachy pink - one of the colours I've used the most and love! Easy to wear every day.
Tickery is a satin finish and described as a pastel peach - makes my skin super glowy!
Prenup is another satin finish and I LOVE IT, a mid-tone plum with pink - great for the colder weather here and paired with a purple/plum lip!
Mochi a matte bright blue based pink!

(L-R - Early Bird, Pie, Fruit Stand & Clutch)

Early Bird - a bright red coral matte - I love this shade
Pie - a matte finish neon bright pink - the swatches can't even show how bright this is!
Fruit Stand - a neon red orange matte - pretty!
Clutch - described as a vivid rosy red, I prefer this really sheer and it makes my cheeks super flushed and healthy looking!

All of these are $8.00 and they come in 3 different finishes (matte, satin and pearlized) - the thing I love most about these are the texture and formulation, they are a cross between a cream and a powder - they're extremely soft to touch and all shades I own are pigmented. They do take more work to apply - ColourPop recommend you using your fingers however I found that doesn't entirely work for me and I can't get them to blend out smoothly enough - I use a mix between my fingers, a duo fiber brush or even my damp beauty blender and they look amazing and have a great staying power!

ColourPop are constantly releasing new shades and have quite a large range for these and they've now released highlighters! 

I wouldn't pick these over some of the other blushes I own and love (LimeLily, MakeupGeek, Milani, Elf) but that's because ya girl is lazy and in the mornings, I want the quickest and easiest routine ever however I do really like these and I'm happy to own/use them!

As always, thank you for reading! XO

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Weekly Round Up #2!

The second installment of the weekly update! You can read the first one here - I have a few food bloggers to share this time as well as even though I'm a hopeless cook, I love reading what they come up with, let's get started!
  • 1. One of my favourite food bloggers - The Plant Strong Vegan shared her recipe of a low fat powdered peanut butter dipping sauce perfect for rice paper rolls which are another favourite of mine!
  • 2. A blog I just want to share with you is - The Kale Kitten, I love finding vegan lifestyle bloggers, she posts a lot of outfits (her last one being SUPER cute!) and her nice-creams look delicious!
  • 3. Wife Life uploaded a beautiful make up tutorial for spring, super simple and fresh!
  • 4. Keeping your lips moisturized is extremely important but that doesn't mean it has to be boring - here's Make Up Fu's review and thoughts on E.L.F's lip balms!
  • 5. This posts makes me want try so many of these products - Black Lucks, vegan make up haul from Berlin! Seeing other brands from around the world makes me so excited!
  • 6. An easy, perfect for cold weather or when you're sick, rice noodle soup from Lights Camera Lipstick xo!
  • 7. Speaking of food blogs, you should definitely be reading the Culinary Nutritions top 50 vegan blogs here!
  • 8. Interested in some new skincare? check out Naturally Erratics vegan skincare routine and her thoughts on Acure Organics products!
  • 9. My least favourite thing to be posting about is this - REN skincare, a brand I have supported for a long, long time and has a range of vegan products has been acquired by Unilever - a brand that is relentless in animal testing and therefore I will not be sharing anything from REN on this blog or supporting them any longer. Read more here
  •  10. While you're over at Logical Harmony (let's be honest, she'll probably be in every weekly update I post) - check out her favourite vegan contour palettes video review!
  • 11. Dose of Colors released their new Terra Collection (which I purchased for myself) and I can't wait to try them out - the set is still available on their website and if you love matte lipsticks - these are definitely worth the money!
That's all for this week! If you have any bloggers/youtubers that you want to recommend - I would appreciate it. I'm loving finding new places to read great vegan information!

As always, thank you for reading! XO

Friday, 10 April 2015

Unboxing: The Autumn Vegan Beauty Box Products!

Hello again friends! After much anticipation, I got my beauty box from The Vegan Box this week, this is a subscription service that ships every second month - it comes with 5 to 8 natural, chemical free and palm-oil free vegan beauty products that are either full size, sample or travel size for you to be able to try out. They also offer a vegan snack subscription service that also looks so delicious!

I'll be doing a proper review of the individual products after I've tested them out but so far I'm already so excited so I'll share what this months box came with!

1. Lewin & Reilly Women's Jojoba and Kakadu Plum Cleansing Oil - (RRP $21)
I've been super into using facials oils recently so I'm excited to try out a cleansing oil! This is suppose help bring purity to the skin without clogging any pores and it has a nice smell to it!

2. Nzuri Body Butter in "Pearberry Blush" (RRP $10)
This smells sooo good, I'm ready to use it right now! This claims to have no greasy residue and is suppose to just leave your skin moisturized and smooth so I'll be putting that to the test!

3. Urbapothecary Cheeks Lips Blush Balm (RRP $14)
A two in one product, can be worn super sheer pink or built up into a richer red flush, the product feels super soft and moisturizing so we'll see how I go.

4. Urbapothecary Charcol Mask (RRP $6)
As soon as I opened this box, I was instantly intrigued by this product. The packaging looks amazing and I love testing out face masks, this is suppose to clean out pores and draw out impurities so I'm keen to try it out.

5. Willow Byron Bay Nail Laquer in "Ambrosia" (RRP $24)
The other product that I instantly was stoked about was this! The shade is so beautiful, a nice neutral pinky peach - I'm going to apply it as soon as I'm finished writing this actually.

6. Nui Wild Harvest Hand & Foot Scrub Bar (RRP $5.50)A combination of pumice powder to exfoliate, peppermint oil for cooling and stimulating and healing abilities from tea tree oil - this is suppose to make your hands and feet feel brand new. I don't really own anything aimed for that so I'm glad to have this in the box!

And that's all 6 products in this box, I'm super happy with everything I received and I can't wait to actually use them properly. As I said, I'll be doing a separate review post on what I thought on them and if I would buy the full size products!

The Vegan Beauty Box is a great way to test out items from a range of brands you may have never heard of or been able to try before especially if you live in Australia as I know we don't have that many beauty boxes, let alone vegan & cruelty free! The Winter box is now ready to purchase for June and if you're like me, you'll be jumping all over it!

As always, thank you for reading! XO

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Weekly Round Up! #1

Hello friends, I thought I would change things up  and made the decision to write a weekly post with a whole bunch of links for you to check out! I will be including links to individual vegan/cruelty free blog posts, information about new vegan product launches and brands. I know I found it difficult to find dedicated vegan beauty blogs to read so I thought this was a great way to share the love and also to help me out as I can't upload as frequently as I would like to with full time work!

So here we go - the first weekly round up!

  •  Shanghai Suzy, my all time favourite brand of vegan lipsticks has launched their new winter range with 8 shades including a new shimmering formula - I picked up 4 already and I'm excited to share with you. Check out my previous review of other collections here and here!
  • Speaking of lipsticks - The Vegan Taff posted her top 5 picks for spring - I already spot one of my personal favourites by Too Faced! 
  • Oh Deer Sugar relaunched their website along with a few new products including these delicious looking bath bombs!
  • If you live or work in the Sydney CBD and inner city suburbs, you'll want to taste one of Little Panda Kitchen's lunch boxes - hand made, delivered by bicycle and vegan - there's two menus to choose from lunch box #2 this week looks DELICIOUS.
  •  Logical Harmony posted about the new nude collection from NCLA and I am dying to get my own shades especially volume 1 and 4!
  • If you're interested in beautiful looking eyeshades - Tea on the Tyne posted full swatches and a review on Makeup Revolutions Ultra Eyeshadow Palette in "Flawless"
  • Delicious Skin are offering a free mini with every purchase for the month of April - here's my previous post about how much I am in love with the skincare brand!
  • Now that it's winter here, all I want to do is lay in bed and watch beauty videos - if you're in the same boat, check out Nz0424 as she posts vegan/cruelty free makeup! I love this Night Out Look

And that's all for this week! If you have any blogs or youtubes or anything related to vegan beauty/food/lifestyle that you love or you even have one of your own, share it down below so you might be added next week!

As always, thank you for reading! XO