Review: Coastal Scents Hot Pots

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Today, I thought I’d review the Coastal Scents Hot Pots that I ordered during the half price sale! I’ve been using the shadows that I bought for about a month now so I’ve really used the shadows and have formed some sort of opinion on them. I hope that you enjoy my review!

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Makeup Geek Haul + Swatches!

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I made a Makeup Geek order on Black Friday and after many angry emails to Australia Post, I came to accept that my order had been lost in the post and I got in contact with Makeup Geek to resolve it. Makeup Geek’s customer service, as always, is perfection and they sent out a replacement of my order and it arrived this week so I really wanted to share what I received and how they swatched! I hope that you enjoy the post as much as I enjoyed swatching and playing with my new pretty things!

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Review: Savvy Lipstick Kit!

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Today, I’m going to be talking about a little gem of a gift set that you can purchase at Priceline. It would make for a great stocking stuffer or just a cute lil present for yourself! In the lip set, there are 10 mini lipsticks and they’re all very cute and I’m just really excited about them haha.

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Here is the packaging it comes in. I think that you can find this with the other gift set items in Priceline.

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As you can see from the box, there aren’t any really crazy colours. There are bold and neutral shades so there’s really something for everyone.

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This is what all of the little lipsticks look like out of the box. They all have Savvy written on them, which I think is so cool. I love that they pretty much just look like a regular lipstick but in mini packaging. Each of the lipsticks even has a name given to them. Honestly, you can tell that Savvy put a lot of effort into these, they’re not just a throw away product. It’s so cool.

On to the swatches!

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Here is the shade Lily. It is the lightest of the lipsticks in the kit.
I don’t tend to wear these shades because I think that they wash me out. However, with the right lipliner or lipstick underneath, this lipstick will look really amazing. This would be great for an ombre lip look! Super creamy and nice feeling on the lips.

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Here is the shade Iris. This is probably my most preferred lip shade at the moment.
This lip shade looks very similar to MAC Modesty, which I’ve mentioned is one of my most favourite MAC lipsticks. This is a neutral that leans quite brown but it still has a bit of pink in it so it is still quite flattering and easy to pull off. Like Lily, this shade is super creaming and nice on the lips.

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Here is the shade Rose. This colour is a really nice neutral pink shade.
I feel like this colour would be a really nice everyday, goes-with-everything type of pink. All of the lipsticks in this set a really creamy and nice feeling. This shade leaves a nice stain behind so when it comes off when you eat, there will still be some lip colour behind.

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Here is the shade Tulip. This shade and Rose and the next shade all look very similar but they each have different undertones.
Rose has a more brown undertone making it very wearable and would suit the most skins. This has a warmer undertone to it. All of the lipsticks in this set a really creamy and nice feeling. This shade, too, leaves a nice stain behind so when it comes off when you eat, there will still be some lip colour behind.

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Here is the shade Orchid. This pink is a bolder, more fluorescent pink than the others but it doesn’t really look like it in the swatch. You can see it better in the arm swatch that you can find later on in the post. All of the lipsticks in this set a really creamy and nice feeling. This shade, too, leaves a nice stain behind so when it comes off when you eat, there will still be some lip colour behind.

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Here is the shade Violet. This is a darker pink and I feel like this is a pretty common lips shade. I’m sure that this lipstick would be a dupe for a lot of shades by other brands. This shade really stains the lips!

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Here is the shade Lavender. This is the only metallic shade in the whole set and as you can see, it is not an overly offensive metallic shade.
This colour lasts the best out of all of the lipsticks and the metallic sheen just makes the lips look glossier. This would be a really great base lipstick for a glitter lip. It is also a really pretty shade.

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Here is the shade Daffodil. This is a really nice medium orange shade. I don’t tend to gravitate toward orange shades but since the Australis Velourlips in San-Fran-Disco, I’ve been warming to them. This shade would be perfect for summer!

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Here is the shade Daisy. This red shade definitely leans more orange than true red or blue red. I don’t typically wear orange reds very often because I don’t think they compliment my skin tone very well. For a bright red lip, I think that this lipstick would be really perfect.

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Here is the last shade, Peony. I was very excited about this colour because I’ve been wanting to wear brown lipstick to see what it would look like on my skin tone. This brown has a very red base so it is pretty wearable and I think it suits my skin quite well. This is definitely a very on trend colour.

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Here are all of the lipsticks swatched on to my arm. Funny story, the next day I went to go have a blood test and because my skin really badly stains, the lipstick stains were still there when I was having my blood test and the lady was so confused haha. We had a good little conversation about the cleanliness of tester lipsticks aha.

So I think that this lipstick kit is a really good buy for only $10 at Priceline, that’s just $1 per lipstick. The quality of the lipsticks is just like any of the larger lipsticks. I would recommend wearing a lip liner underneath them. I didn’t experience any feathering but I get really paranoid about it happening and with this sort of formula, you might experience some so wearing lip liner as a precaution might be a good idea.
The only real negative that I have about this product is that you can’t wind the lipstick all the way into the tube so you can risk ruining them in the lid if you aren’t careful. They also are a little bit prone to breaking if you don’t apply them to your lips carefully. On of mine broke as I was applying it but that might have been due to the heatwave that we’ve been going through here! Australia was not made for makeup!

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So I hope that you enjoyed reading about this product, I really love the lipsticks and I would really recommend picking them up for yourself or a friend. These would be perfect for someone who doesn’t have a lot of lipsticks or even someone who loves collecting lipsticks so that they can have mini lipsticks to travel with!

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Review: Essence Brit-Tea Collection

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Today I’m going to be talking about a collection that I was dying for! When I had seen photos of this collection from Essence I was just like, ‘yesssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss’ because this totally fits my aesthetic haha. This collection was supposed to arrive at the start of October in Target stores but it took them two weeks to actually release it. Typical South Australia. So seeing as it is relatively new, I thought that I would share with you my thoughts and feelings about the collection and talk about whether I’d recommend picking up any products seeing as it is limited edition!

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This collection is filled with pastel colours and shimmering finishes. So… pastel sparkles… hahahaha. There were a few products here that were pretty unique to their permanent line and I thought that that was awesome. There are two glosses, four nail polishes, a highlighting pencil, a blush, an eyeshadow palette, an eye brush, a lip balm, a nail file and an illuminating skin base. I tried the skin base in store and it didn’t do very much to my skin so I would probably give it a miss but it is cool that Essence brought out that kind of product. I would have bought the eyeshadow palette but the only one in the store was swatched, which is a regular occurrence in Target stores, so I had to give it a miss.
I picked up four items from the collection.

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I was first drawn to the rose embossed blush. It reminded me a lot of the Milani Rose blushes and a few other brands have also done a similar design. I think that it is gorgeous and it is cool that there are different blush colours that you can create with just the one product.

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When I apply the blush, I use a big blush brush so I am a little bit limited in the colour choice that I have but the result of mixing all the colours is quite nice. It is a very sheer natural pink shade, or at least it is for me. I can see this not working on tanned to dark skins. It is still really nice as a collectors piece, which I would probably buy it for if it didn’t work for me. I am wearing it in the photo near the bottom of the post where I’m holding Masochist by Jeffree Star Cosmetics. This product cost $6.75.

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I wasn’t planning on getting much from this collection but when I saw this product, I was very excited. This reminds me so much of Glass Slipper Lipglass from MAC’s Cinderella collection. I wanted to get the gloss but I hardly wear gloss and I couldn’t justify the price, even for such pretty packaging. Below are some swatches of the gloss. It is a bit sticky but that just means that it will last longer on the lips. It certainly is not goopy or annoyingly sticky.

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This product was $3.70.

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In this photo, I’m wearing the mint green nail polish on my nails, the rose blush on my cheeks and the highlighting pencil on my waterline.

I really like the nail polish, it is the perfect minty green colour. It started to chip a little bit after 3 days but I haven’t exactly been making sure that they don’t get ruined so that could be more my fault than the quality of the nail polish. This product was $3.70.

The highlighting pencil has a rose coloured end and a beige coloured end. The beige end is perfect for my waterline because it is light enough to be brightening but not look too unnatural. It makes me look awake without looking cartoonish. The pencil is a little on the hard side, it isn’t very creamy but you can work with the product and it shouldn’t be too difficult to use. This product was $4.10.

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I would probably recommend picking up the blush, if you’re fair, the nail polishes and the lipgloss. The highlighting pencil is a bit of a take it or leave it kind of product. If you’re looking for something to put in your waterline but all nude pencils are too peachy, then you would love this pencil.

What would you pick up from the collection?

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Review: Saavy Classic Powder Blushes!

Since I made the Priceline 40% off sale post a few weeks ago, I’d had my heart set on reviewing these blushes on my blog because I believe that they deserve a bit more attention. Saavy is a prettty underrated brand in Priceline pharmacies because it is quite cheap and sometimes cheap means ‘crap’ but in this case, it certainly doesn’t. The best part about these blushes is that they are only $5 AUD at Priceline, which is such a good deal for such a great product.

Here are the blushes!

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L to R: Plum, Petal, Rose.

Plum and Petal are matte blushes and Rose is a satin finish. I, often, will buy matte blushes over other finishes because other finishes can be problematic for my preferences and I like to highlight my face to the moon and back so I’d rather just have a matte blush and not worry about the others. Rose just happened to be a really nice neutral shade and I thought that it would be a good one to pick up!

To my knowledge (which has served me well up until this point), there are 6 classic blushes in the powder blushes from Savvy. The only 3 shades I am missing are Cherry (darker pink), Silky Pink and another colour that I don’t think I would use – a nude/bronze shade. I am tempted to get Cherry but these blushes are just so pigmented and I can see myself becoming a clown with that shade, but one day when I buy better brushes, I may pick it up.

Here are some close up photos of each of the blushes:

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This first blush is Plum, it is my favourite of the Savvy blushes that I own. I love the colour because it gives quite a natural flush to the cheeks, especially on my skin tone. This blush would suit any time of year but I think that it would best suit Autumn and Winter. This blush is really smooth and the photo looks like I haven’t even touched it but I’ve been using it almost every day for about a month. I would definitely recommend having a look at this blush in store.

Here is a swatch:

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This second blush is Petal. It looks so scary in the pan because it is such a bright ‘Barbie’ pink but if you use a light hand – which is recommended for all of these blushes – then you won’t have any problems. This blush instantly brightens your makeup look and I think that it would be perfect for Summer!

Here is a swatch next to Plum:

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And lastly, this is Rose. This blush is a much warmer shade of pink but it is definitely still in the pink family, rather than the coral family. I think that this blush is really versatile and a lot of people would really enjoy this blush. I have taken a closer photo of the pan so that you can see that it isn’t matte. The sheen on this is really pretty, which is why I wanted to buy it. The packaging of this one was a little flimsy and I am worried that it may break soon but I am thinking about buying a z-palette for these blushes and popping them out of these cases anyway!

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And here is a swatch next to Plum and Petal:

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I think that these blushes are an absolute steal for the price and quality. I’m sure that these could even be dupes for MAC blushes but I have never bought a MAC blush so I may just be saying stupid things. Regardless of whether they are dupes or not, I think that they should be shown a little more love because at only $5 AUD, you can’t get anything better, in Australia. They are only available at Priceline but I think that Priceline pharmacies are pretty well spread out in Australia, at least in the metropolitan areas. I definitely think that these match up to any drugstore brand blush, if not better other drugstore brand’s blush.

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