30 March 2015

MAC Unlimited Lipstick in Marque Review & Swatches

Hello my lovely ladies. I come to you today with yet another MAC Lipstick review. What can I say, their lipsticks are simply irresistible.

Today I bring to you the MAC Ultimate Lipstick in Marque. I was browsing the MAC US site a little while ago when I was doing one of my hauls and stumbled across this range. I will be totally honest, I bought this lipstick purely because of it's unique packaging. These retail for $23 USD.

The Packaging
How gorgeous and unique is it? It feels very luxurious and the metal casing is a bit heavy, similar to the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine lipsticks.

The Lipstick
The colour is a gorgeous nude, and makes my lips look healthy without looking too brown or washed out. I wouldn't call it a MLBB colour as my lips are slightly pink but it's close enough. What I love about this lipstick is that the colour has a slight sheen to it which seems to make the whole face appear more glowing and luminous. It is also buttery soft and does not try my lips out at all. I also like the longevity on these lipsticks compared to other nudes that I have.

Overall, It's a beautiful MAC lipstick and if you are in the market for a new lipstick, I would definitely recommend to have a look at these. I don't think they're out in Australia yet as I couldn't find them on the Australian MAC website, but it's worth getting them from America or asking the ladies at the MAC store about them.

Have you tried this Collection of Lipsticks and what do you think of them?
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20 March 2015

10 Books Guaranteed to Make You Fall Back in Love with Reading by Guest Blogger Selina

I'm so excited to introduce to you Selina who writes a blog over at At Number 11. Her blog is all about book reviews, writing, inspiration and food and I thought it would be fitting to have her do a blog post for me considering I've decided to get back into reading. You can read more about it here. Anyway, onto this amazing blog post. 

10 Books Guaranteed To Make You Fall Back In Love With Reading

Ok, so that title is quite a claim, but I stand by it!
As many of my readers know, I am a bookworm. Reading relaxes my mind, transports me into other worlds, and makes my life all the richer. Because of this, it makes me sad when people tell me they’re just not into reading, or they used to love it when they were younger but can’t get back into it. I think this is a huge shame, and firmly believe it’s a case of a bad or inappropriate book. 
Without further ado, check out my list of books guaranteed to get those pages turning!

Shadow of the wind series – Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The city of Barcelona pulses alive in this gothic tale filled with mystery, suspense and romance. It’s a very readable trilogy, with the pages flying as you try and unravel the mystery 10 year old Daniel Sempere stumbles upon when he ‘adopts’ a novel from the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. The writing is beautiful, and the story gripping. Good luck putting it down!

The Bronze Horseman series- Paullina Simons
Mention this series to any book lover and wait for the dreamy sigh that follows. A book set in the dark and cold days of the Siege of Leningrad, it tells the story of Alexander and Tatiana. The three part trilogy begins when they first meet, and takes us right through their lives. It’s a must read. Trust me on this one!

Graceling series- Kristen Cashore
For fans of young adult and fantasy, this trilogy is set in a realm where a selected few are given a Grace., or special powers such as singing or dancing, to the more sinister like killing.  Katsa, the main protagonist in the first novel is blessed with this very Grace. Being the King’s niece, she’s basically his thug, until she works out her real place in the world. It’s a great series with great character development, strong female characters and well thought out universe, and it only seems to get better with each novel. 

The Devil Wears Prada- Lauren Weisberger
The ultimate in chic lit. Andrea Sachs dreams of working at The New Yorker, but after papering New York City with her CV to no avail, she lands a job at the hottest magazine in town, Runway. The catch? Andrea doesn’t know her Choo from her Blahnik and in the eyes of Miranda Priestly, her demanding boss -AKA the devil incarnate- that is a sin punishable by a thousand laundry and coffee runs. A fast, light and fun read. 

The Light between Oceans – M.L Stedman
Make sure you have your tissues handy! This book left me literally breathless.  The novel is set in the 1920’s on Janus Rock, a small island off the coast of Western Australia. Tom, a young lightkeeper and his wife are the only inhabitants of the lonely island, until one fateful day a boat washes ashore carrying a dead seaman and a bawling infant.  The characters will make you question the thin line between right and wrong, and will stay with you long after the last page. Read it before the film!

The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
This is another tearjerker set in Nazi occupied Germany, and narrated by Death. The novel describes the extraordinary circumstances of Leisel Meminger’s life, including life with her foster parents Hans & Rosa Huberman, her neighbour and confidant Rudy, the Jewish boy that ends up living in their basement, and her obsession with stealing books. Its beauty lies in the simple yet complex world so far removed from our own, and the writing is seriously beautiful. 

Bitter Greens – Kate Forsyth
Kate is queen of the fairytale retelling, and she really delivers with this one. Set in Venice, the novel tells the story of Margherita, forced into a locked tower due to wrongdoing committed by her father in her youth. The story is a magical weaving of the original tale of Rapunzal, drawing together three female characters across time. A lot darker than the Disney version and a whole lot more compelling! It’s historical drama with a dash of romance. 

Madame Tussaud – Michelle Moran
Anything written by Moran is magical, but this novel really brings to life Paris on the cusp of a revolution. Many of us know Madame Tussaud as just a name of a wax museum, but who was the woman behind the name? A great read from the master of historical fiction.

Daughter of Smoke & Bone series – Laini Taylor
Besides having one of the best covers I’ve seen from a while, this is a great fantasy series with great characters, a cracking pace and a very well thought out realm. Karou is a 17 year old student brought up by the chimaera (half human half animal creatures). They trade in teeth, and Karou proves their only link into the human world where this currency can be collected, and traded for wishes. Still with me? Enter Akiva, a seraph who seems hell bent on turning Karou’s world upside down. A really original work which younger readers would also enjoy. 

Bridget Jones’s Diary – Helen Fielding 
An oldie but a goodie. If you loved the movie, you really must read the book. It’s filled with laugh (and snort) out loud moments as Brigitte Jones, a 30 something year old singleton navigates life and love.  Written in the form of diary entries, the novel follows Bridget on a year of self improvement, charting to accomplishments, mishaps, thigh size and love life with expertly written prose. 

So there you have it! Have you read any of these books? What books have you managed to whip through at lightning speed? I’m dying to know...because my to be read pile is just not large enough (ehem..!)

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16 March 2015

Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation Review & Swatches

I try not to get sucked into purchasing very hyped up new releases but I was really intrigued by the Nars All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation as it seemed to suit women with a more oily skin type. I've never tried any of the Nars foundations so this was a first and I managed to colour match myself pretty good. I picked up the colour Santa Fe. I purchased my foundation at Mecca for $65 when it was released. A bit on the steep side but I had to see what it was all about.

The Packaging
The foundation comes in a beautiful frosted glass bottle which also includes a pump (someone's been listening - well done Nars).

The Foundation
The foundation itself feels light and doesn't have an overpowering scent. I have read a lot of reviews where bloggers and youtubers say that they need one pump and they can cover their whole face with their fingers. I tried that and it did not work for me, even on my combination skin. My face was very streaky and the foundation was uneven. The next time I tried it with my Real Techniques buffing brush and that worked well it just seemed to be caked on my face. The following day I tried a foundation brush and that had the same effect as with the fingers. I then decided to give my stippling brush a go although I'm not a huge fan of it and what do you know? It worked a treat! The foundation went on without a problem and looked natural. So I would definitely recommend trying out different application techniques until you find one that works for you.
I also tried it with and without primer (different brands) and I found that it lasted much longer with a primer. I did find that after a few hours the foundation started disappearing around my T-Zone even after powdering.
I'm not sure if I would call the foundation luminous as I felt like I need to add a little bit of highlighter or MAC Strobe cream to give my face that luminosity.
I also found the foundation would transfer on clothes. I was for some reason expecting it to be a lot more like the Estee Lauder Double Wear with a less matte finish but it's nothing like it.

The Verdict
I quiet like the foundation, but for the price I thought it would perform a little bit better on me. Perhaps when the season changes and my skin is less oily it might last a bit longer and give me a better finish. As much as I like the foundation, I think there are other that are around the same price range and cheaper that perform that little bit better. Even though it doesn't do it for me quiet like the other foundations, I still like it a lot and am happy to have it in my collection.

Have you tried this foundation yet? What do you think?
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12 March 2015

The Parcel by Marie Claire Autumn 2015 Edition

I missed out on the Spring and Summer Boxes by The Parcel and made sure to sign up to the the Autumn one early.

This is what came in my box.

1. Garnier Skin Naturals Miracle Skin Cream - RRP $19.95
This is a daily face moisturiser that is suitable for all skin types. When you start to work this cream into your skin it changes the colour to look more like a tinted moisturiser. It apparently auto-adjusts to your skin tone. Pretty cool hey. Looking forward to giving this a go especially since I just ran out of my moisturiser.

2. MOR Emporium Classics Snow Gardenia Triple-Milled Soap - RRP $19.95 (full size)
This soap is a sample size which is pretty generous considering. I'm not a big soap person as it dries my skin out but this smells so beautiful and I think I will put it out in the guest bathroom.

3. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes - RRP $3.99
I'm always on the lookout for new makeup removers especially these kind that can do a quick all over job. Looking forward to trying these and seeing how well they work.

4. Schick Hydro Silk Razor - RRP $14.25
A new razor was on my shopping list today, and I've now saved myself a couple of bucks. I love this razor and have used them ever since they were released back in the day.

5. L'Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream in Shea Butter - RRP $42 (full size)
I love L'Occitane hand creams. They do wonders for my dry hands but the price is slightly steep for my budget right now so I've been looking for alternatives. This is a 30ml sample size and is perfect for the handbag or bedside table. I received the Shea butter scent which is my favourite.

6. Max Factor Masterpiece Transform Mascara - RRP $23.95
I was the most excited to receive this in The Parcel. I've been wanting to try this mascara since it was released a few months ago but wanted to get through my other opened mascaras first. I couldn't wait and had to try it straight away and so far it's love.

7. Rimmel BB Cream Radiance in Light - RRP $12.95
I love my Rimmel Matte BB Cream and this would have been a good product to try in winter when my skin is a little bit dryer, but unfortunately the colour light is way too light for me. I may need to swap it with someone who has received the medium.

8. Lancome Advance Genefique Youth Activating Concentrate - RRP $95 (full size)
I've used this beautiful serum a while ago and it was so beautiful on my skin, but the price tag always turned me off from repurchasing it. Glad to have received this to continue using it without paying the hefty price tag.

All in all I'm extremely happy about this box. I think I will sign up for the whole year to make sure that I receive all 4 boxes every year.  You can sign up here.

Have you tried The Parcel before? What did you think?  

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10 March 2015

Change is Coming to Lipstick & Motherhood

I have been thinking about making a few changes to my blog for a little while and it's finally happening.

I started my blog originally to talk about my love for all things beauty and have touch up on topics such a cooking/baking, weightloss, motherhood and fashion.

In future I will be including more topics on Weightloss and Healthy Living, Exercise, Motherhood and Lifestyle, Fashion and all this cooking and baking especially with the Thermomix. There will also be reviews on books, movies, restaurants and so on. Budgeting and home organisation. Dealing with a work life balance with young kids and being a working mum. I will also have regular guest bloggers because I think it's important to support my fellow bloggers.

I will still mainly do beauty reviews and makeup looks, but also the other things going on in my life.

I would love to hear from you! Is there anything you would like to see on this blog?

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06 March 2015

Current Mascaras on Rotation

I'm one of those people who is all about the eye. I would choose a good mascara over any other makeup product. I love how a mascara can open my eyes, make them appear bigger and believe it or not brighter.

Here are my current mascaras that I have on rotation. They all do a different thing for different looks.

1. Essence Lash Princess Mascara was discovered thanks to Lilit at Makeup and Macaroons. This little beauty is dirt cheap but give my lashes amazing volume which I absolutely love. It's very black and long lasting. It's a standard mascara brush that is slightly curved. I've already repurchased more of this.

2. L'Oreal False Lash Wings Mascara. This was one of those accidental finds. I asked my mum to look for the L'Oreal Telescopic mascara whilst she was overseas. She couldn't find it and bought this one instead to try. This mascara has a weird shaped want which is rubbery but it grips the lashes and gives them amazing length and volume. This one was also repurchased.

3. Rimmel London Wonder'Full Mascara. This is a mascara that I reach for when I want the no makeup makeup look. A lot of people say that this mascara gives them volume and length but I haven't been able to achieve that. I love it for every day use because it has Argan oil which conditions the eyelashes and I always feel like my lashes feel a lot better at night time when it's removed than with other mascaras. It also has a thick round rubber wand that grips the lashes.

4. Christian Dior Diorshow New Look Mascara. I discovered this mascara when I got a sample size in one of the travel kits and love it so much that I had to buy the full size. The wand is rubbery and small so it's perfect to get to the smallest of lashes. This mascara lengthens my lashes and gives me a little volume, but I love the fact that it's so black and I can get to all the lashes without making a huge mess. I did a full review on this mascara here.

Do you have any of these mascaras in your collection? Which is your favourite?
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