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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Rouche Boutique: All of Your Favourites in One Place

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I haven’t spoken about my love for this store in a while and I’m pretty mad at myself for not doing so because they have a great selection of products AND they have the best customer service in the world. This isn’t a sponsored post, they don’t even know that I’m making this post. I’m just sharing the love because I want everyone to have the fantastic experiences that I’ve had with this store. So, without further ado, let’s get on to the recommendations!

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Valentine’s Week: Lipstick Recommendations

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Today is the last day of Valentine’s week and is also Galentine’s Day! I hope that if you’re celebrating, you have the best day with your gal pals. Today, I wanted to talk about a few lip options that I’d recommend for your special day. I have a few options depending on what sort of lip you like rocking! I hope that you enjoy it!

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Adelaide Hair and Makeup Trade Show 2015!

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On the weekend, I was able to attend the Adelaide Hair and Makeup Trade show run by Kohl and Capri. This was the first makeup convention that I have ever been to, so it was quite interesting for me to get a taste of what they might be like. The event was held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on Saturday the 26th and Sunday the 27th of September.

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Caitlan and I got to the convention a little after it opened at 8am. We were worried that it might be busy and we wouldn’t have time to get in line to see Chloe Morello, we had bought a membership just so that we could meet her at the convention. It was pretty quiet at 8am so we got to walk around and see every single shop and what they had to offer before we started buying things. One of the first things that we did was go to collect our member’s lanyard. We needed it to meet Chloe Morello later on in the day so we decided to get that done early. We got a goodie bag that had lots of different things in it but I didn’t really get to look at it until we had had lunch.

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I stupidly didn’t take many photos on the day so I will be using some of my own photos as well as others that I was able to find. This photo is from a beauty convention in Sydney but the Inglot stall looks exactly the same as the one that we had here. Even some of the Adelaide staff are in this picture which is really cool haha.

The Inglot store was pretty quiet at the start and we really should have taken this opportunity to touch the stuff that we wanted to touch and record what we might want to purchase but we didn’t because I wanted to see all of the stores and I was quite familiar with Inglot products. If I could have done the day over again, I’d have probably gone here first and spent time here touching everything new or things that I’d have never thought to buy from Inglot back in the day when I was regularly buying it. Inglot had a 30% off show special on which was fantastic because Inglot products are already really reasonably priced so this made the prices even better.

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Crown Brushes was another big store near the entrance of the convention. I was not familiar with Crown Brushes prior to attending the convention. I’d seen it advertised along with the trade show advertisements but I’d not heard much about it via YouTube or WordPress, so I was really out of the loop with the brand. They had a very large range of brushes and I was very excited to try some. Most of the brushes felt really soft and they were all decently priced.

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Runway Room was another brand that we spoke to really early in the morning and they let us try out their Lip Prep, which primes and has exfoliating properties and smells like sweet mint. We put it on over our lipstick and I was so worried that it would make my lipstick separate but it didn’t! They also had some really gorgeous lipsticks there with cute names. Kara was really sweet and I’m really happy that we got to talk to this brand early so that we could come back and support a brand that was really worth knowing about!

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My babies Rouche Boutique were at the trade show as well with a large range of Hot Makeup items, as well as Shanghai Suzy and Milani products. There was also a clearance bin that was super popular! Rouche Boutique had everything discounted and it made trying out certain brands really affordable and I wish that I’d bought more here but I can always buy it online. I would have liked to have seen the Jeffree Star Lipsticks at this stall too but that’s alright. I know that I probably would have bought every shade of them that I’m missing, had they been stocked here for the convention haha. I was also super shy meeting them in person. I’m so embarrassed about it because I love them so much. You know when you’re just so excited to meet someone and then you actually go to meet them and you get really nervous? Yeah, that was me.

We also got to talked to Make-up Studio a lot. We were shown a lot of products and I was very overwhelmed because all of the products were gorgeous, specifically the Super Frost Eyeshadows. The shade Red Glow was calling my name and I am totally going to get it soon. I’ll talk a bit more about this brand later because something exciting happened with the brand later on.

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At around 10:15am, people started lining up at Stage 1 to meet Chloe Morello at 10:30, which was a members only event, so Caitlan and I got into the line and we made sure that everything looked on point because we needed to look perfect if we stood a chance looking good next to Chloe. The Q and A was hosted by Lucy Cornes, the wife of Port Adelaide footballer Kane Cornes. There were around 50 people in the Q and A with Chloe so it was a small group of people and we were all very quite. I am always super unprepared for Q and As, I can’t even think of anything to say when YouTubers post that they’re doing a Q and A on their channel. The best questions I can think of are those ‘would you prefer’ questions and that didn’t seem appropriate haha.
The best part of the whole thing was that Caitlan and I got to sit in the middle at the front of the audience area and when Chloe came down to take pictures with people and meet everyone, we got to talk to her whenever she was transitioning between guests. We really got the best deal out of the whole thing. Chloe was the most friendly person I’ve met. She was really bubbly and genuinely wanted to talk to people. She would even have to stop herself talking when people were taking photos with her because she was just having such a good time talking with everyone. I’m really glad that I paid to see her because it was definitely the highlight of the whole show.

After the Q and A with Chloe, we met up with my boyfriend and we had lunch at Zambrero and got to look at all of the stuff that we got in the member’s goodie bag. During lunch, we planned out how we would like to spend the rest of the day at the convention. It was a small space so we had seen everything but we wanted to make sure that we hadn’t missed out on doing anything that we really wanted to do.

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When we came back inside, we went back to the Make-up Studio stall and entered a competition where we had to take a photo and post it on to instagram for a chance to win $500 of makeup from their store. Caitlan and I were entering a tonne of competitions throughout the convention so we thought, ‘why not?’.The picture above was my entry for the competition. It was cute and I’m glad that we chose to enter because I actually won the competition! I am so excited! Now I get to try out a tonne of products from this brand so I hope that you’re all excited to see some stuff from this brand because you won’t be able to escape it! (Unless of course you choose to not read my posts).

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Now for my haul! We went back to Runway Room and we purchased three lipsticks each. I purchased The Librarian, The Governor, and The Duchess. I think that they’re all really beautiful and I wore the Governor on Sunday and it stained my lips and I didn’t have to reapply it once! It has phenomenal staying power and the lipsticks aren’t even matte!

We also went back to Inglot and the crowds were pretty insane. I was getting a bit panicky but I knew I wanted to get a pigment, at least, so I knew I had to stay calm and push through it because the 30% off was too good a deal to miss. I picked up 4 products from Inglot, two lip liners, one pigment and one lipstick.

I also bought a Milani Blush from Rouche Boutique and I’m glad that I bought it before lunch because when we went back to look at Rouche after lunch, almost all of the Milani Blushes were sold out!

The other items were freebies in my member goodie bag. I will be doing reviews on most of the things that I got at the convention and of course, I’ll be doing a review on whatever I get from Make-up Studio with my prize money! I feel so lucky to have won and I can’t thank Caitlan enough for getting me to enter. Some of that money is rightfully hers!

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I hope that you enjoyed reading about my day at the Adelaide Hair and Makeup Trade show! I know that there will be one next year and they’re looking to make it even bigger than this year’s so I’m super excited and I can’t wait to see what else Kohl and Capri have to offer throughout the year! I hope that you’re all having a fantastic day!

Make sure that you’ve checked out my giveaway post! I’d love for everyone to enter!

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Big, Bold and Beautiful! Liptember Recommendations

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In a week’s time, I will be starting my month of bold lip colours, Liptember. I didn’t realise it was so close! The colours that you can choose for Liptember are; blue, green, orange, red, purple, yellow and pink. I’m ready and I’m going to share with you some shades that can help you to be prepared for the big, bold and beautiful month of September!

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Australis Velourlips in MAL-I-BOO, NY-CEE, TOK-I-O and RIO-D.

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It has been very evident on this blog that I adore the Australis Velourlips, so naturally, I’d want to wear them as much as humanly possible and incorporate them into my Liptember challenge. I actually don’t own MAL-I-BOO and RIO-D, which is why I wanted to use another photo to share them with you all but I think that at some point during Liptember, I’ll probably pick the shades up. I wear the other two shades regularly and can’t recommend them enough. Make sure you apply a lip balm before applying these so that your lips don’t dry out too much! You can purchase these from Australis or Priceline!

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NYX Macaron Lippies

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I own Blue Velvet, Violet, Pistachio and Chambord and I would recommend all of them. They are a cream finish, which can be problematic when you are trying to not get this kind of colour all over your face haha. The shades that I own are very pigmented and I’ve only heard that Citron and Key Lime have pigment issues. All of the colours that I own stain the lips, so you can even dab them with a tissue and they should still be opaque. You can purchase these from all over the place, unfortunately they don’t sell this line at Target in Australia, from memory. They do, however, sell the Wicked Lippies, although I don’t know that I would really recommend them. They do have some nice colours but the pigmentation is all over the place hahaha.

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Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in Blue Velvet, Redrum, I’m Royalty and Anna Nicole

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Zoe from NewbyToBeauty owns pretty much every colour of these Jeffree Star Lipsticks and I just recently bought Blue Velvet for myself. These lipsticks have so much hype online and I think that it is very deserved. The colours are stunning and they’re great quality for the money that you play. I buy my Jeffree Star lipsticks from Rouche Boutique but you can also buy them directly from Jeffree Star Cosmetics. I’d recommend buying them from Rouche though because they are based in Australia, they have great customer service and they have fast shipping! What more could you want?

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Colour Pop Ultra Matte Lips in Mr. Blonde, Jellies, Dr. M and Be-Dazzled

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There are so many more shades of these Ultra Matte Liquid Lipsticks but I thought I would just stick to the most recently released shades, which are actually shades that I picked up! I’m actually waiting on Jellies, Dr. M, Clueless and Midi, which I will be doing a review post on very soon. Just waiting on good ol’ reliable AUSPost (can you feel the sarcasm?).
I’ve heard some mixed opinions on these, most of the criticism comes from the fact that they are really drying but I don’t mind that. I’ve dealt with those Me Now Lip colours so I think that these will be fine. All matte lipsticks are drying, it comes with the finish but it is something to think about. These are incredibly cheap, which is why I wanted to mention them. But the shipping to Australia is rather expensive. You can purchase these from Colour Pop Cosmetics.

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There are a lot of other brands bringing out similar colours like Pretty Zombie Cosmetics, LA Splash, Coloured Raine, etc. but I haven’t tried out the brand and neither have any of my close friends. Even BH Cosmetics have just brought out a line of Pop Art lipsticks, which feature similar colours, which might be of interest. I also know that MAC does amazing reds and has just brought out a blue with their recent Mattes collection.

I hope that this has helped some of you get ideas for Liptember or might just help you find where to buy unusual lip colours! I hope that you’re all having a beautiful day!

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How Much Have I Improved? Makeup Ed.

I’ve seen a few people posting about how they used to wear makeup and how they have improved so I thought I’d share with you my makeup journey! I started wearing makeup pretty young. Just foundation mostly. I think I started wearing it at about 13-14, around my first year of high school. This was also kinda when the ~emo~ phase was happening, Myspace was big and I was being picked on by boys for my eyeliner.

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My foundation didn’t match, it was too dark and it was warm toned. And I hadn’t been introduced to the wonderful world of contouring so my face looked pretty round.

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Two years later, I’d dyed my hair and I was wearing foundation that pretty much matched me. My brows were blonde and my kohl eyeliner was thick and did nothing for my eyes, which happened to be my favourite feature. Still no contouring and no lipstick yet.

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Two years later, I did my own makeup for formal. At that time I’d discovered makeup tutorials on youtube and I started making them myself. Contouring still wasn’t part of my face but I’d lost a lot of weight in that year and my cheeks had sunken in quite a lot. You can see that if you compare this photo to a picture of me, recently. I’m 10 kgs heavier now than I was back then!

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And this is me now! 3 years since the last photo. I’ve learnt the art of false eyelashes, contouring, foundation matching, eyebrow filling, highlighting, etc.! I’m very happy with how my makeup looks now and I know that I still have a long way to go.

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4 Exciting New Products in My Collection!

I was sitting here watching Legally Blonde the Musical and I felt the need to express my love for some new items in my makeup collection. I’ve slowed down my purchasing lately, I haven’t felt a great need to purchase anything which is kinda annoying now that I have my Priceline cash back voucher (which was $32.52! I’m so ashamed). But today I’m going to talk about 4 items that I got last month that I’ve really been loving!

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L to R: Shanghai Suzy Lipsticks in Miss Tanielle and Victorine, Milani Moisture Matte in Matte Orchid and Matte Confident.

I bought these products from Rouche Boutique, it is an Australian website that sells some awesome brands that are often harder to find within Australian stores. They are super friendly and I’ve only ever had good experiences with them!

I’d been wanting to try the Shanghai Suzy lipsticks for a while but I never had a good excuse until I saw that Rouche Boutique were having a sale so I quickly snapped up two colours that I knew I’d like so that I could test out the formula. The colours that I purchased were Miss Tanielle DESERT ROSE and Miss Victorine CLASSIC RED. 

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Miss Tanielle is popular for good reason. The colour is really beautiful. I usually hate browns on myself but it is quite mauvey and I think that’s how I can get away with wearing it. It gives a similar effect to how NYX Matte Lipstick in Butter looks on me. Miss Victorine is a really beautiful red. It is a lot like other colours that I own but it is definitely one of the higher quality reds that I have. It is brighter than the other red that I will be talking about later on.

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You could totally change the colours up with some lip liner. I wore Miss Tanielle on its own and was quite comfortable with how it looked. Best part about these lip products is that they are pigmented and they hardly transfer! I only noticed real colour loss when I was eating and even then, it faded really nicely. I’d highly recommend this product!

I love Milani lip colours, that’s no secret. In the regular line, Sangria is my favourite shade. In fact, almost all of the lip colours I bought from the original line were matte so I was really interested to see how these were going to be. The colour that I was really interested in purchasing wasn’t in stock so I bought the next best colours, Matte Orchid and Matte Confident.

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These colours are gorgeous. They are pigmented and they aren’t drying at all. I found Sangria to be a bit drying when I wore it but the other mattes from the original line were fine. These felt like a different kind of matte formula. They felt much more creamy but definitely dried matte and they still felt familiar.

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I have a lot of colours like Matte Confident and I think this colour is definitely up in my top favourites. Matte Orchid is stunning. Its vibrant and beautiful and I definitely think that I will get a lot of use out of it!

If you are interested in picking up any products from Rouche Boutique, you can use my discount code and receive 10% off of your order! The code is ‘PASTELSPARKLES’ and you can use it on everything except Sigma Beauty products and sale items, of course.  Rouche Boutique have many other items that I know are on a lot of people’s wishlists so it is definitely worth checking out!

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