September Empties 

Hi guys, gals and non-binary pals!

Another month has ended and it’s time for another post talking about all of the rubbish that I’ve accumulated over this month! A lot of this stuff is just items that I wanted to move out of my collection to help me use up more of my products without feeling overwhelmed by my options, which I know seems wasteful but it’s a lesson learned. I hope that you enjoy the post!

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My Final Rouche Boutique Haul

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It is with a heavy heart that today I’m sharing my last Rouche Boutique haul. Many of you would know that I’d been affiliated with the shop for a very long time and I feel like they played a really big part in my blogging journey. This Friday, the store will be closed for the foreseeable future, so if you’d like to purchase any of the remaining items at a sale price, I’d recommend doing that ASAP! Now, on to the haul!

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Journey to Cruelty Free #1

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So, since becoming vegetarian, I really wanted to think about the makeup and skincare that I was using. I know that being a vegetarian doesn’t eliminate all of the cruelty involved in my eating habits but in the effort to minimise the hurt that I’m creating, I wanted to try to start using majority cruelty free products. I’m not doing this to make myself better than anyone else. This is just a personal preference that I believe aligns with my personal beliefs.

I plan on making this a sort of series where I update you all on my progress and my planning. In this post, I am going to identify what brands in my collection are cruelty free and to what degree they are cruelty free (brand doesn’t test/sell in China, parent company doesn’t sell in China, vegan). A lot of brands don’t test but their parent company sells to countries (China) where it is law to test on animals, so you’re still more or less buying into cruelty. I hope that this is helpful, I am only including brands that I personally use so this isn’t everything that is cruelty free by any means. This is already going to be the longest post ever haha. I hope that you enjoy the post!

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Disney Week: Matchmaker Fa Mulan

Today is the anniversary of the premiere of Mulan! I never loved Mulan like I probably should have and that is purely based on how many people do covers of the song Reflection. Everyone covers that song and it isn’t a very challenging song so I never understood why everyone chose it and now it is just so overplayed that I can’t watch the movie. But the rest of the movie is fantastic and I have always loved the music. Even though I hate the song Reflection, the makeup she is wearing in that song and Honor To Us All is pretty much the only thing I could think to pull from the movie that would be relevant to my blog. And I love Honor to Us All so I don’t completely mind haha. Also, I’d really love for anyone to be able to tell me what this makeup is called, I was always under the impression that Geisha was Japanese so I was wondering what the word would be for the Chinese version, if any. All I know is that they wore Hanfu during this ceremony.

Here is the makeup for the songs Honor To Us All and Reflection:

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Bringin’ a lil bit of honour to my family but I’m in my pjs so how much could I really be bringin’ (je ne regrette rien).
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For this part of the makeup, I used NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk, but I wish I hadn’t. I’ve been wanting to get face paints for things and this would have been one thing that would have really suited face paint but I did what I could with what I had. The issue with the Jumbo Pencil is that it shows all of the dry patches that you have and prior to using the pencil, I had no visible dry patches. I blended it out the best I could with my finger and tried with a beauty sponge but it just took too much product away. So, this base part was extremely time consuming because I wanted it to be even. The lips were a combination of Milani’s Best Red and Gerard Cosmetics’ Candy Apple gloss. I over drew my lips into two crescent moons to look like Mulan’s did in the movie. I used the Savvy Powder Blush in Rose but I wished I’d picked something cooler toned. I had originally picked a bright pink blush but Mulan’s actually isn’t that bright, it’s just very pigmented. And for the eyeshadow, I used Matt Hung from theBalm’s Meet Matt(e) Nude palette.
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A very sad Mulan. Also, what was on her sleeve because her makeup just comes off in one swoop.
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This part kinda reminded me of Nikkie Tutorials’ Power of Makeup video that’s gone viral. All I did was carefully run my makeup wipe down the centre of my face, being really careful around my lips because I didn’t want to smear red on to the white part. This was probably the part that was most fun for me because of how easily it just wipes off. LIKE MAGIC. It was in this time that I took the most snapchat photos of this makeup look because it just looked so ridiculous and I was so worried that someone would come home and see me like that hahaha.
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MOTD: Christmas 2014

This post is up a bit late but better late than never! I just wanted to share my Christmas makeup for 2014!

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I was going to post a Christmas look before Christmas but I wasn’t 100% happy with the way that it looked so I thought I’d wait and see on the day.

Products:

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette
NYX Glitter liners in Gold and Silver
eBay lashes (my new favourites! I might make a 2014 favourites post!)
MAC Russian Red
Gerard Cosmetics Candy Apple
Savvy Blush in Plum

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Review: Gerard Cosmetics/Whitening Lightening

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During the week, I received my Gerard Cosmetics order. I ordered 3 lipglosses on the 3rd of November with a discount code, and they arrived three and a half weeks later. Gerard Cosmetics and Whitening Lightening are the same company, one deals with teeth whitening products and the other, more recent, deals with makeup.

This brand and specifically these glosses are extremely hyped online, with most well known youtubers making sponsored videos for this brand. I don’t usually give into buying something because of youtube but after all of the initial hype, I saw my favourite youtuber mention one gloss in her monthly favourites and I knew someone else had a discount code so I thought, why not? I had just received money for my birthday so I wasn’t really losing money from this purchase.

After making the purchase I did some more research and it immediately made me wish that I could take back my order. I found out that, apparently, a lot of the sponsored videos require the youtuber to sign a contract saying that they must make a positive review of the products that they will be sent. Some people chose not to and they were sent them anyway but the majority probably agreed. So, trusted youtubers are steering people in the wrong direction and I think that that is really sad and it has left a really bad taste in my mouth about youtube in general. Many of my favourite youtubers have make videos for Gerard Cosmetics, some clearly stating that its sponsored and others trying to make it look like a normal video about their favourite products, the latter is the kind that makes me most uncomfortable.

Anyway, I will show you what I purchased and I will tell you what I think about the actual product.

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L to R: Shimmer of Hope, Butter Cream, Candy Apple.

Shimmer of Hope and Butter cream are almost the same colour, one leans more cool toned and the other leans more warm toned. Candy Apple is a pretty, cool toned red colour.

The packaging reminds me of Maybelline gloss packaging with Milani colours. It definitely feels cheap. That’s not something that I really care about though, as long as the product is good, I don’t mind.

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When you open the gloss, you will find a light in the lid and on the side there is a mirror, so if you need to reapply at a night club or wherever you are at night, there is no issue for you. This also seems to be the main selling point for this product and is repeated a lot in the sponsored videos. In the day time, the light is kinda problematic as it kind of makes your lips disappear.

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There is a slight smell, its quite musky. It also kind of reminds me of sherbet, which I really like. They claim on their website and in sponsored reviews that they are unscented, but mine were.

Here are the swatches:

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L to R: Shimmer of Hope, Butter Cream, Candy Apple

Thoughts:

To be completely honest, I am disappointed. The parcel tracking that they give you doesn’t work. Mine still says it hasn’t been delivered.The product itself seems like any old gloss that I have, nothing special, I suppose it is more like the liquid lipsticks on the market than a standard gloss. Which is fine by me because for the price, you can get the same quality in a Maybelline lipgloss or Revlon lipgloss. But in America, these glosses retail for more than MAC glosses do – GC: $24US, MAC: $20US. Which is ridiculous because this brand isn’t well established like MAC is and there’s nothing really special about this product so why would they be so expensive? With the exchange rate, buying Gerard Cosmetics isn’t so bad, in Australia.

Apart from the price, two of my glosses have faulty packaging. Candy Apple’s light in the lid doesn’t work – which I don’t really mind – and the lid doesn’t fully close which means that it could open up into my bag and make a huge mess and waste a lot of product. Also, Shimmer of Hope doesn’t have a stopper in the tube so that the gloss doesn’t spill everywhere.

When I opened up the tube this is what happened, and this keeps happening:

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This is Butter Cream, as an example of how the wand should look as it is removed form the tube:

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So, I really can’t use Shimmer of Hope either, leaving me with just one out of three of my glosses that is usable. I have heard that a lot of people that wrote/taped unsponsored reviews have received orders with faulty packaging so it seems like this is normal but they seem to repost products to people when there is something wrong. That is a big plus but we shouldn’t have to pay for good customer service over paying for a good product.

These products aren’t security sealed or have an individual box around each gloss, so these glosses also could have been opened at any time. It also makes it unsafe in the package because they could be broken.

Finally, I just wanted to say that I do not believe that anyone should be buying from this company yet, no matter what the top youtubers say. I don’t think that the brand has had enough time to sort out the kinks as it is a newer line from Whitening Lightening. I also think that the price should drop because it isn’t a luxury brand and with this kind of standard of product, it won’t ever be. If you want real people recommendations, I would recommend downloading the app ‘Makeup Social’ where you can participate in lots of conversations about beauty related things! I probably won’t be purchasing anything else from the company and hope that with this review, Gerard Cosmetics will be seen the way that they should be, as a new company that is still developing themselves, not a luxury brand that is highly sought after.

I will be posting lip swatches on my Facebook page within the next few days if you are interested!

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