Spring Lip Picks!

Hey guys!

While it’s still been a little bit gloomy here in Adelaide, the Southern Hemisphere is finally in Spring and I’m certainly feeling it haha. Weather is getting warmer, bugs are creeping on out of hiding places and I’m getting so teary eyed every damn day that it’s not worth putting makeup on! Today I’m sharing with you three spring lip colours that I think are great for spring! I hope that you enjoy!

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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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Bloggers United Adelaide Event Recap

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My long awaited Bloggers United post is finally here! I am so excited to finally be able to talk about the amazing day that I had. This post will give you a full run down of exactly how the day went and I’ll give a brief description of each brand that I met with. I’ll also give my thoughts on the day at the end of the post. I wanted to keep this intro pretty short and sweet because this is a mammoth post haha. I hope that you enjoy it!

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Review: Runway Room Lipsticks + Swatches

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As I mentioned last week, I met the brand Runway Room at the Adelaide Hair and Makeup Show and I fell in love with them pretty quickly. So today I thought that it would be perfect for me to share with you lipsticks that I now consider to be some of my most favourite, high-end, low-end or otherwise.

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Runway Room is an Australian made company that is cruelty-free. That’s super important and super exciting!

During the Trade Show, there was a deal to buy three of the lipsticks for $45 dollars, which just short of the price of three Maybelline lipsticks here in Australia, which is an incredible deal considering that they actually retail for $28.95 each. This made it very easy for people to try out the brand for a fantastic price. The three shades that I picked up were; Librarian, The Duchess, and The Governor.

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All of the lipsticks have pretty interesting names, they’re all sort of based on ‘titles’, which is cool because you could probably identify with a few of the names if that’s how you make your choices, I know that names are certainly a large part of why I might chose to purchase something.

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Librarian is a cool brown-toned nude that is really flattering on pale skins and I’m sure that it would look really nice as a pale nude on deeper skins. I don’t have too many colours like this because I usually think that they won’t suit me. Even when I swatched it at the stand, I was umming and ahhing about it but I just went for it because I really wanted to try out the brand and I’m really glad that I picked the shade up 🙂

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The Duchess is pretty much my most favourite lip colour ever. It is a very cool toned mauve and it looks just like my natural lip colour, with a touch more class. I love the way that it finishes off a look and I know that this will be my go-to lip colour for a looooong time. It reminds me a lot of the Rimmel Moisture Renew lipstick in Vintage Pink. I have the original packaging, I’m not sure if they changed the shade in the new line but it was my favourite colour to wear because it looked so flattering on my skin but it was a little too creamy some times. This will definitely be a really nice alternative. The name also makes me think of Downton Abbey and I’m so okay with this.

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And finally, The Governor is a bright mid-toned pink. It reminds me a lot of Maybelline’s Vivid Rose lipstick. It is really beautiful and so easy to wear.

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They all have really amazing staying power. I was wearing The Governor when I was eating potato chips and after I had finished my lunch, I looked at my lips to see if I needed to re-apply my lipstick and it looked as good as new! The same can be said for the other two, they’ve both lasted through meals really well. I was so impressed!

Here are some arm swatches in natural light and with flash.

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I only had the lipsticks on my arm for around 2 minutes and the lipsticks already left a stain! If this is something that you hate about lipsticks, then you won’t like these, but I definitely am a fan of their staying power.

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They all have a creamy finish but they definitely aren’t too creamy and as you can see in the swatches, they’re all highly pigmented. They feel so comfortable on my lips and I honestly can’t say enough about them. I am head over heels for this product!

If you guys are interested in picking any of their lipsticks, you can check out their website http://www.runwayroom.com and you can use the discount ‘PROMUASA’ which gets you 40% off. I got that discount from purchasing at the trade show, it isn’t an affiliate code or anything like that. Just spreading the love so that you can try out these lipsticks!

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I hope that you are all having a fantastic day!

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Liptember Week 4!

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Welcome to the last Liptember post! I can’t believe how quickly the month has whizzed by and how I have worn 30 different lip colours without a day off. I think a little pat on the back is deserved here haha. My little makeup heart is aching to wear nudes again and after today, I will be glad to go back to not having any makeup restrictions. As always, if you aren’t sure what Liptember is all about, you can learn more about Liptember here and you can donate here!

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Day 22 – Australis Velourlips – MUM-BAI

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Day 23 – NYX Butter Lipstick – Hunk

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Day 24 – Shanghai Suzy – Miss Ally AMETHYST (Purchase Here)

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Day 25 – Maybelline Vivid – Fuchsia Flash

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Day 26 – L’Oreal – Cocorico

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Day 27 – Runway Room – The Governor

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Day 28 – Shanghai Suzy – Miss Victorine (Purchase Here)

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Day 29 – NARS – Schiap

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Day 30 – Bite Beauty – Bramble

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Overall, I think that Liptember went pretty well. I think that I was able to talk to quite a few people about mental health, more than usual and I think that by doing something for so long, it shows people that it is important and it is worth paying attention to. I would have loved to have had more opportunities to wear more blue lipsticks and greens, but with my 2 year anniversary, numerous university oral presentations and the Hair and Makeup Trade Show, I didn’t feel like all situations allowed for those kind of colours. I also bought a tonne of nude or neutral lipsticks during September, which made it really hard for me to continue the challenge because I kept wanting to wear my new colours. Ultimately, wearing bright lipstick might not help bring awareness to mental health, but being involved in a challenge and actively talking about it has helped make it as successful as it has been. I was able to raise almost $150 and there is still time to donate to me on my challenge now that it has been completed.

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I hope that you’ve all enjoyed my Liptember posts. I would really like to do it again next year and I’m sure I could do it better next year with more lip colours and better planning haha. If you would still like to donate to my challenge, you can do so here.

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If you are interested, you can click here for week 1 , week 2 and here for week 3!

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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!

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