Kat Von D Serpentina & Alchemist look

As promised, I wanted to share a look using the Kat Von D ‘Alchemist palette. For this look, I used the ‘Pink Opal’ shade on my inner corner as well as a brow bone, cheek, nose and cupid’s bow highlight, but also as a lip topper.

For this look, I also played around with the ‘Serpentina‘ palette from Kat Von D and one of her studded lipsticks in the shade ‘Mercy‘ which is a fun metallic berry shade.

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How I created this eye look –

– I used the Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime my eyes and then set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

– I then used ‘Blood milk‘  from the ‘Serpentina‘ palette in the crease and outer portion of the lid, topped with ‘Queen‘ in the outer corner to deepen.

– I placed ‘Hieroglyph‘ in the inner portion of the lid and added ‘Prophet‘ in the center, I  used a brush sprayed with my favourite setting spray to foil both these shades.

– I carried these colours onto the lower lash line, using ‘Queen‘ in the outer corner, followed by ‘Hieroglyph‘ and ‘Prophet‘.

I highlighted the inner corner and brow bone with ‘(pink) Opal’ from the ‘Alchemist‘ palette.


Full list of products used – Eyes:

– Too Faced ‘Shadow Insurance

– Kat Von D  ‘Serpentina‘ Palette

-‘Alchemist‘ Palette

– Too Faced ‘Better than sex‘ Mascara

Face:

– Savvy by DB ‘Smooth Finish Primer

– Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Flawless and Fabulous‘ Foundation in ‘Shell

– Chi Chi Cosmetics ‘Real Mineral Finishing Powder‘ in ‘Translucent

– Kat Von D Lock it concealer

– Too Faced ‘Chocolate Soleil‘ Bronzer in ‘Medium/Milk

– Too Faced ‘Sweet Peach Glow‘ Palette Blush

– Kat Von D ‘Alchemist‘ Palette

– Pixi ‘Glow Mist‘ to hydrate and set

– Models prefer ‘Setting Spray

Lips:

– Kat Von D ‘Studded Lipstick‘ in the shade ‘Mercy

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Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored in any way, I have bought these products with my own money and these views are my own. The links provided are for reference only.

Ride or Die Make-up Tag

Its been forever since I did something like this on my blog and I know this tag has been around for a little while now, I’m pretty sure this started with Jaclyn Hill on Youtube. I thought that it would be fun to give this a go and share some of my holygrail favourite makeup products with you guys, but I want to do it a little different giving both my highend and affordable favourites.

I know this kind of defeats the purpose of this tag but I started out with affordable cosmetics and so I know I may have readers who fit into this catagory so I don’t want to be one of those bloggers who only share high-end products, because lets face it, it’s pretty unrealistic and most people can’t afford it. For me buying more expensive makeup is a recent thing but I still have some affordable favourites that are my holygrail everyday products.

PRIMER – (affordable) Savvy by DB Smooth Finish Primer (in combo with Pixi Glow Mist), Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (only tried samples because this is like a serious luxury item but its the best thing I have ever tried.)

– Too Faced Shadow Insurance (runner up Nars eyeshadow primer.)

FOUNDATION – Chi Chi Fabulous & Flawless Foundation (affordable)  or Kat Von D Lock It Foundation (highend).

CONCEALER – Kat Von D Lock it concealer (highend) (I haven’t tried many affordable concealers mainly because I struggle to find them light enough but Innoxa colour correcting concealer palette is something I use all the time.)

FACEPOWDER – Chi Chi Translucent setting powder.

BLUSH – Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette.

BRONZER – Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer.

HIGHLIGHT – Kat Von D Thunderstruck Metal Crush Eyeshadow (highend), my favourite affordable blush, bronze/contour & highlight is the Chi Chi Cosmetics Contour Extravaganza Palette.

MASCARA – (high-end) Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.

LIPSTICK – Natio’s lip colour in Flutter (affordable), Kat Von D Studded Lipsticks (high-end).

LIQUID LIPSTICK – (high-end) Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Lolita & Bow n Arrow, (affordable) Nyx Liquid Suede’s.

LIP GLOSS – Too Faced Sweet Peach Lipgloss in Papa Don’t Peach, (I don’t have a favourite affordable version because I typically am not a huge fan of lipglosses because of the sticky nature of them.)

LASHES – I don’t have a favourite, while I love the way they look I rarely wear them.

EYESHADOW PALETTE – (High-end) Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette, I love the chocolate bar ones two but I reach for this the most. (affordable) Chi Chi Glamourous Eyeshadow Palette in Spices.

EYELINER – Kat Von D Tattoo liner.

SETTING SPRAY – (affordable) Model’s Prefer Finale Makeup Setting Mist (in combo with the Pixi Glow Mist.)

PERFUME – Omg this is a hard ones I have so many favourites but Katy Perry perfumes for lower end or Marc Jacobs for designer perfumes are my favourites.

What are your absolute favourite products that you swear by? Have you tried any of the products that I have listed above? did you like them? let me know via the comments or on Facebook or Instagram.

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Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored in any way, I have bought these products with my own money and these views are my own. The links provided are for reference only.

Kat Von D – Alchemis Palette Review

When I first saw the sneak peek of this on Instagram my jaw dropped, this was one of the most beautiful and unique makeup palettes I had ever seen. I’ve been a big fan of Kat Von D for many years and her creativity is what draws me to her makeup line, I love her line for many reasons including that she looks out for people with all skin tones by creating products that will work for all different skin tones and because her line is cruelty free and vegan.

(I don’t solely by vegan products, I’m not vegan but I know some people are and so I thought that I would mention it, however, I did go cruelty-free last year so this is important to me when purchasing from brands.)

I loved how unique the ‘Alchemist‘ palette is and that’s why I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it, when I saw that it was finally coming to Sephora Australia I was screaming with excitement, I knew I just had to have one.

I’ve become quite the makeup collector in the last year or so especially with high-end makeup palettes. Now I’m not the kind of makeup collector that has to have everything that comes out, I like to do my research before purchasing, mainly because of the cost I want to know its good before I spend money on it. I’m more drawn to unique products than your average neutrals palettes that everyone has, which is why I was drawn to the Too Faced ‘Chocolate Bar‘ palettes over the Urban Decay ‘Naked‘ or KVD ‘Shade and Light‘, It just had more of that wow factor to me than the others.

There have been so many highlight type palettes come out over the last year but only a couple really made me excited, the Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Moonchild‘ palette and the ‘Alchemist‘ palette, while all of the others are super pretty these ones where the most unique and I knew they would work better for my skin tone than some of the more peachy/gold tones. Unfortunately, I have yet to get my hands on the ‘Moonchild‘ but never say never it might happen one day.

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What I love about the ‘Alchemist‘ palette is that it is a multi-purpose product, you can use it in many ways including as an eyeshadow/topper, highlight or as a lip topper, what more could a girl want. In this palette you get a (blue) Saphyre, (green) Emerald, (ultra-violet) Amethyst and (pink) opal colours to pick from, (I have included finger swatches and cheek swatches in this post so you can see how they show up on skin.)

I can’t really fault this, I mean the cost for what you get is quite high at $50 for 6.12 grams of the product but the product is unique and the packaging is beautiful. I think this price might scare some and I have to admit a couple of years ago I would have questioned it and probably wouldn’t have spent the money on something like this, But overall it’s a great unique product that has great pigmentation and beautifully reflects on the skin, it also would look fabulous on many different skin tones.

I’m going to follow this review with a creative makeup look created with this palette so keep an eye out for that post.

Have you tried the KDV ‘Alchemist’ palette? Did you like it? what looks have you created? I would love to know what you think.

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Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored in any way, I have bought these products with my own money and these views are my own. The links provided are for reference only.

Skincare & Bodycare favourites

Taking good care of my skin is a big deal for me, I love wearing makeup, which we all know has all sorts of scary ingredients in it and I’m nearing the end of my twenties so It’s necessary for me to make sure that I am taking care of my skin.

I want to know that what I’m using for my skincare is made from natural ingredients and doesn’t include any nasty parabens. I also like to know that no animals are harmed by what I use, whether that be animal testing or include ingredients like microbeads which are not only harmful to the environment but can end up in our food because fish can ingest them.

With that all out of the way I want to share with you some of my current favourite skin and body care items, I have to admit I wanted to add more than what I have included but I had to stop myself.

1. Essano – Rosehip Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser

I’ve been using this Rosehip Foaming Facial Cleanser for a couple of years now and It’s made such a positive impact on my skincare routine, unlike some other cleansers I have tried out in the past this doesn’t dry out my skin. This is because it includes both Rosehip oil and Aloe Vera to help hydrate the skin.

This is seriously something I recommend, while Essano has a range of fantastic products but if your going to get anything this one should be it, why because rosehip is great for your skin it’s rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids which help even out your skin tone, reduce appearance of scars and blemishes, while also helping hydrate dry skin and balance out oily skin and fight the signs of ageing. Really what more could you want from a cleanser? Other pluses are that their products are relatively affordable, they don’t test on animals and only use natural ingredients.

2. Essano – Rosehip Certified Organic Mist Toner

This is a recent favourite, Essano released this late last year, I love pairing this with my foaming face cleanser. Like the face cleanser, it includes ingredients like Rosehip Oil and Aloe Vera but also includes ingredients like Vitamins C and Witchhazel to help tone your skin. I just spray this lightly after cleansing my face and follow with moisturiser.

If your interested in knowing more about this brand you can check their website or find their product via priceline (online and instore), Coles or Woolworths.

3. Sukin Oil Balancing Mattifying Facial Moisturiser

This is another recent favourite, I’ve only been using it for a couple of months. I have oily combination skin and I was finding previous moisturisers just too greasy for my skin. This one has helped reduce the excess oil I can get in my t-zone area while moisturising my skin.

Sukin’s products have lots of natural ingredients, the Oil Balancing Facial Moisturiser contain ingredients like Aloe Vera and Bilberry which help hydrate without leaving your skin feeling greasy. It contains other ingredients like white tea and pomegranate to give your skin a boost of antioxidants, Rooibos tea and willowherb which help assist in preventing your skin against impurities and as well as chamomile and cucumber to help calm your complexion.

Sukin has been around since 2007 and they are an Australian brand, in that time they have brought out a huge range of products including targeted skincare ranges, haircare and body care like body wash, scrubs and lotions, as well as many other products.

You can find their products and more information about them via their website or at a range of local stockists.

4. NutrimeticsHoney & Almond Scrub

Nutrimetics is a great brand that I been using for years. If you have heard of Nutrimetics before you would know that you might have to purchase it through a consultant, but if you can’t find a local consultant you can purchase through their website.

I’ve been using the Honey & Almond scrub for years, it’s definitely one of my favourite products. It contains finely milled almond and oatmeal to help exfoliate your skin, it also contains apricot fruit extract and peppermint oil.

I’m a big fan of scrubs that use natural ingredients as an exfoliator instead of using manufactured ingredients like micro beads, which is why this is one of my favourites.

The almond and oatmeal in the scrub help gently exfoliate the skin while the apricot fruit extract helps hydrate, and the addition of Peppermint oil which has a range of benefits including both antiseptic and antimicrobial properties, aiding in oil secretion, which helps prevent acne and impurities, make this an awesome product.

5. NutrimeticsMineral Masque

I love using face masks, though I have to admit I can be a bit slack at using them regularly but this is a great one. It’s a deep cleansing mask that contains mineral clays to absorb excess oils while hydrating with apricot seed oil and soybean oil.

Nurtimetics can be quite pricey so I would recommend waiting for sales before purchasing or If you think you will purchase from them regularly sign up as a consultant, you don’t have to do parties if you don’t want to. My mum signed up years ago and we just use it to purchase products for ourselves.

6. Nutrimetics – Mango & Coconut Energising Shower Gel and Exfoliating Body Scrub

Nurtimetics have a lot of great shower gels and exfoliating body scrubs available in different scents, I’m a big fan of the Mango & Coconut, Vanilla & Guava, Pomegranate and Black Cherry. They also have matching body scrub shower gels which are just as great.

What’s great is occasionally they will sell them as duos or as a set, which is a great way to try them all out or put them away to use as gifts.

7. Sentinel Soaps –

A couple of months ago I purchased some soaps from a small soap business based in New South Wales called Sentinal Soaps, I’ve been obsessed with watching Dean’s soap making videos on Youtube, there so much fun and super inspiring to watch.

So I decided a couple of months ago to purchase some of his soaps via his website, I’ve become totally obsessed with trying new soapy products so I loved supporting a small Australian business. His site has a great variety of soaps, including both glycerine and goats milk based soaps, in various colours and scents.

So far I have tried the Pineapple & Fresh Mango, it has a fantastic scent without being overpowering and felt lovely on my skin.

If you want to try some Australian artisan soaps but don’t want to spend a lot of money I recommend trying out Sentinel Soaps.

8. Antioxidant Cleansing Green Tea Body Scrub –

I picked this up at Kmart a couple of months ago and I have to say it’s not too bad for an inexpensive scrub, it seems to only contain natural ingredients and uses salt and walnuts as an exfoliant. it also contains green tea which gives a boost of antioxidants.

I’m not too keen on the smell but I wanted to include an inexpensive body scrub in this favourites.

9. Homemade Sugar Lip Scrub

My last favourite is my homemade sugar scrub, which is another inexpensive alternative, check out my How To post if you’re interested in knowing how I make it.

I’ve included the lip scrub as my last favourite, I’ve tried other lip scrubs like Lush’s Popcorn lip scrub but I’ve always found it really dries out my lips. I like using a sugar scrub instead, especially one that contains an oil, in this case coconut oil, which helps hydrate while the sugar gently exfoliates.


I hope you enjoyed this post, what are your favourite skin care or body care products? Have you tried any of these products or brands? what are your thoughts or favourite products?

All the links I have included in this post are for reference so that you can find them or information more easily, I’m not associated with any of these brands, I just wanted to share my favourites products and make it easy for you to find the product I like.

Keep an eye out for new product reviews and makeup post soon, I’ve been trying out a lot of new things and will definitely share them with you.

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HOW TO: DIY SUGAR SCRUB

For the last couple of years I’ve been making my own sugar scrubs, It’s fun, inexpensive and great natural exfoliant.  Below I have posted a video that will show you how to create your own sugar scrub.

It’s so easy all you need is some sugar of your choice, I like using brown sugar but you can use white sugar and add some fun colours (If you would like a tutorial on this comment on this post or send me a message via Twitter or Facebook), some oil I like using coconut oil and some essential oils or essence/extract.

I like using essential oils in body scrubs and an essence or extract for lip scrubs.

Check out the simple video below to see how I put it together.

3 LOOKS – CHI CHI SPICES PALETTE

For my second installment of my ‘three looks’ series I wanted to use my favourite affordable palette from Chi Chi Cosmetic, which is their ‘Spices‘ palette. I find myself drawn to warm coloured neutrals, I think they work well with my complexion and help add warmth to my cool undertone.

Look 1

Below I’ve included a picture with the shades I used.

0. I used an eyeshadow primer and set it with a shadow close to my skin colour.

1. I used the lightest brown shade in and above my crease as a transition colour.

2. I added the orange shade in my crease and blended out.

3. I added a warmer brown into the crease and all over my lid.

4 & 5. I added these two colours closer to the lash line to darken up this look.

6. I added one of the light gold shades on the inner corner.

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Lips – I used one of Natio’s lipsticks in the shade ‘Flutter.’

Look 2

Again I have included a picture with the shades I used.

0. I used an eyeshadow primer and set it with a shadow close to my skin colour.

1. I used the lightest brown shade in and above my crease as a transition colour.

2. I added the orange shade in my crease and blended out.

3. I added a warmer brown into the crease and the inner and outer corners, leaving a gap in the centre.

4 & 5. I added these two colours to darken up the inner and outer corners.

6. I mixed the dark and medium gold shades and added these into the center of the lid.

7. I added the light gold shade to my inner corner and as a brow bone highlight.

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Lips – I used one of Revlon’s Colorburst Matte Balm in the shade ‘Sultry.

Look 3 

Find the shade reference in the picture below.

0. I used an eyeshadow primer and set it with a shadow close to my skin colour.

1. I used the lightest brown shade in and above my crease as a transition colour.

2. I added the orange shade in my crease and blended out.

3. I added the wine colour into the crease and all over the lid.

4 & 5. I added these two colours closer to darken up the inner and outer corners.

6. I added the dark gold shade into the center of the lid.

7. I used the lightest gold shade in the inner corner and as a brow bone highlight.

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Lips – I used Australis Velour Lips in the Shade ‘PA-REE

For each look I used the Chi Chi Cosmetics Contour Extravaganza palette for my blush, contour, bronzer and highlight. For brows I used a combination of their Brow Pomade in ‘Blonde‘ and ‘Auburn‘ and for foundation I used both Rimmel Match Perfection in ‘Light Porcelain‘ & Chi Chi’s Fabulous and Flawless foundation in ‘0.4 Shell‘, I mixed in some of Australis’s lightening drops to get my perfect shade. I also used NYX Matte Liquid Eyeliner for look 1 & 3.

I hope you liked the looks that I have created, I love all the shades in this palette and I think it would work great on a range of skin tones. If you have any questions or would like me to review something please feel free to comment below or send me a message via Instagram or Facebook.

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Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored in any way, I have bought these products with my own money and these views are my own. The links provided are for reference only.

Febraury Favourites

I don’t know the last time I did a favourites post, but I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favourites for the start of 2017. I’ll be sharing my favourite beauty products as well as some of my the music that I’ve been listening to.

Bodycare

I’ve been loving a variety of skin and body care products since the start of the year, including some Lush products that I recently purchased, as well as some products from Nutrimetics, which are one of my favourite brands when it comes to body and skin care.

I received some of their body wash products for Christmas and I’ve been loving them, they are the ‘Mango & Coconut‘ energizing shower gel and exfoliating body scrub from their botanical’s range.

From Lush I have been loving the ‘The Olive Branch‘ shower gel and ‘Pearl‘ massage bar

Skincare

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For skin care, I have been using my ‘foaming face cleanser‘ from Essano, they are a wonderful natural and cruelty-free brand from New Zealand. I’ve been using their products for a couple of years now and love trying out new products when they release them. A recent favourite being their ‘toner mist‘.

I have also been loving the ‘kind to skin‘ cleansing facial wipes from Simple, I used them to cleanse my face and to remove my make-up, they do an amazing job and because they have no alcohol there is no irritation to my skin.

Makeup

If you can’t already tell my makeup favourite this month is the ‘Sweet Peach‘ collection from Too Faced Cosmetics, I’ve been really enjoying the peach and warm tones in the eyeshadow palette as these are the type of shades I’m usually drawn to. I have also been loving the ‘glow‘ palette from the collection, it perfect for my light complexion and I really like having a bronzer that doesn’t come out too dark on me or make me look like a Oompa Lompa lol. Which is not hard when you are as light as me.

My last beauty fave is the ‘Papa Don’t Peach‘ peach Oil lipgloss from the collection, I’m not a huge fan of lip glosses usually, I’m not big on the stickiness they usually have, it just irks me. But this lip gloss reminds me more of a tinted lip balm and I think that’s why I like it so much.

Music Faves

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I’ve been listening to a lot of rock music, which is pretty normal for me, I actually find music with lots of guitar soothing because I can concentrate on that when I’m feeling anxious, I guess it’s a different sort of meditation for me. Any way my music faves have been ‘Slash feat. Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators‘, ‘Guns n’ Roses‘ and ‘Halestorm

I have also been listening to some soundtracks featuring the work of ‘Danny Elfman‘ and I love listening to ‘Birdy‘ if I need something more slow and soothing.

What were your favourites this month? Are there any products you have been really loving? What music have you been listening to?

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disclaimer: this post is not sponsored, these views are my own. Links are for convenience only.