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29

Apr

Online Shopping Obsessions

These are my online obsessions, which I pretty much scour everyday admiring/lusting after/wanting beauty products.

Cosme-de.com - Good discounts but the thing that pisses me off is half the things I want are out of stock. I wish they would hide them until they are back in stock because I’m always getting my hopes up. Free shipping too, hooray! Also, at the moment they have a $30 voucher for $3, so grab them while you can!

AllCosmeticsWholesale.com - I love this because it’s got really great discounts, and some factory blems meanings heavily reduced prices. It also stocks a lot of discontinued stock, so if you’ve run out of your LE favourites, there’s a good chance you might find it on here. The only thing I’m not so keen on is the shipping, it’s a bit steep.

StrawberryNet.com - Free shipping (seriously, this is usually what makes or breaks wether I make a purchase), great discounts and in general this gives me great happiness.

What are your favourite sites for grabbing beauty bargains?

25

Apr

This morning I finished reading The Year Nick McGowan Came To Stay by Rebecca Sparrow, after having started reading it last night.

Rachel Hill is the girl most likely to succeed. And the girl most likely to have everything under control … that is, until her father invites Nick McGowan, the hottest boy at school, to live with them. Rachel sees a recipe for disaster, but her best friend Zoë thinks it’s the perfect opportunity for lerve. Nick and Rachel get off on the wrong foot. Nick immediately labels Rachel as spoilt and uptight. Rachel dismisses Nick as lazy and unfocused. But a secret from Nick’s path draws them together and makes the year Nick McGowan came to stay one that Rachel will never forget.

I have to say, there were many times as I read this book I had to just put the book down and cringe. Not because of Sparrow’s writing, but because there were so many mortifying moments throughout the novel between the protagonist Rachel and bad-boy Nick. It made me realise that I am so (yes, bold and italics!) glad that I am no longer a teenager and having to make up dubious lies about ones likes and interests in order to impress the opposite sex (ok, thats slightly a lie, we still do feign interest in certain things, we are better at keeping the truth a secret with practice over the years.). For example, Rachel buying Ramones cassettes and posters to showcase their ‘mutual’ love for the band, even though a few chapters on she scorns Nick for keeping her awake with his shit music - which just so happened to be the Ramones.
It was only after finishing the book that I fully realised that it was a Young Adult book, I know the 80s high school setting and chaste romance should have tipped me off, but I think it was in the adults section of the bookstore so thats probably why.
In case you didn’t already know, this is a prequel to Sparrow’s other novel The Girl Most Likely and does explain a lot about Rachel a decade later (I didn’t actually click that this was a prequel until writing this now, obviously I am the most unobservant person ever). So, if you’re were wishing you had a few more chapters or a longer epilogue, never fear as there is a whole ‘nother book to read!
I rate this 3.75/5 kiwi fruit.

This morning I finished reading The Year Nick McGowan Came To Stay by Rebecca Sparrow, after having started reading it last night.

Rachel Hill is the girl most likely to succeed. And the girl most likely to have everything under control … that is, until her father invites Nick McGowan, the hottest boy at school, to live with them. Rachel sees a recipe for disaster, but her best friend Zoë thinks it’s the perfect opportunity for lerve. Nick and Rachel get off on the wrong foot. Nick immediately labels Rachel as spoilt and uptight. Rachel dismisses Nick as lazy and unfocused. But a secret from Nick’s path draws them together and makes the year Nick McGowan came to stay one that Rachel will never forget.

I have to say, there were many times as I read this book I had to just put the book down and cringe. Not because of Sparrow’s writing, but because there were so many mortifying moments throughout the novel between the protagonist Rachel and bad-boy Nick. It made me realise that I am so (yes, bold and italics!) glad that I am no longer a teenager and having to make up dubious lies about ones likes and interests in order to impress the opposite sex (ok, thats slightly a lie, we still do feign interest in certain things, we are better at keeping the truth a secret with practice over the years.). For example, Rachel buying Ramones cassettes and posters to showcase their ‘mutual’ love for the band, even though a few chapters on she scorns Nick for keeping her awake with his shit music - which just so happened to be the Ramones.

It was only after finishing the book that I fully realised that it was a Young Adult book, I know the 80s high school setting and chaste romance should have tipped me off, but I think it was in the adults section of the bookstore so thats probably why.

In case you didn’t already know, this is a prequel to Sparrow’s other novel The Girl Most Likely and does explain a lot about Rachel a decade later (I didn’t actually click that this was a prequel until writing this now, obviously I am the most unobservant person ever). So, if you’re were wishing you had a few more chapters or a longer epilogue, never fear as there is a whole ‘nother book to read!

I rate this 3.75/5 kiwi fruit.

24

Apr

I’m not going to lie, it was indeed the packaging of the ‘Baby Lips’ lip balm that had me choosing it over my old reliable strawberry flavoured Chapstick.

I had terrible chapped lips and needed instant relief, and Baby Lips was quite competent at giving me this. I bought it in Anti-Oxidant Berry, and soon after I bought it in Smoothing Cherry - I don’t find anything different with how they treat my lips, all that I find to be different is the smell. I like that they come in different flavours because it means I can have a different flavour in my handbag, car, bedside table and bathroom. For your information, it also comes in Menthol and Energizing Orange.
It goes on clear, which I was surprised about as most SPF lipbalms have a chalky white look which I hate. I am very pleased that is SPF20 because we really do need all the protection you can get from that pesky sun.  I found it to be long-lasting, as I would apply it before work and my lips would still have moisture and feel smooth afterwards.
I’m not sure about the claim that ‘after 4 weeks lips are deeply repaired, completely reborn’ because I don’t really see it all that different from other lip balm products but it works and I’m just happy with that.
It’s fairly inexpensive too, so I’ll go with 4.5/5 feijoa’s.
P.S. If you’ve got a terrible case of cracked/chapped lips, before bed run a toothbrush over your lips to get rid of dead skin and apply your lip balm. Repeat over the next few days until your lips are deliciously smooth. 

I’m not going to lie, it was indeed the packaging of the ‘Baby Lips’ lip balm that had me choosing it over my old reliable strawberry flavoured Chapstick.

I had terrible chapped lips and needed instant relief, and Baby Lips was quite competent at giving me this. I bought it in Anti-Oxidant Berry, and soon after I bought it in Smoothing Cherry - I don’t find anything different with how they treat my lips, all that I find to be different is the smell. I like that they come in different flavours because it means I can have a different flavour in my handbag, car, bedside table and bathroom. For your information, it also comes in Menthol and Energizing Orange.

It goes on clear, which I was surprised about as most SPF lipbalms have a chalky white look which I hate. I am very pleased that is SPF20 because we really do need all the protection you can get from that pesky sun.  I found it to be long-lasting, as I would apply it before work and my lips would still have moisture and feel smooth afterwards.

I’m not sure about the claim that ‘after 4 weeks lips are deeply repaired, completely reborn’ because I don’t really see it all that different from other lip balm products but it works and I’m just happy with that.

It’s fairly inexpensive too, so I’ll go with 4.5/5 feijoa’s.

P.S. If you’ve got a terrible case of cracked/chapped lips, before bed run a toothbrush over your lips to get rid of dead skin and apply your lip balm. Repeat over the next few days until your lips are deliciously smooth. 

So, I’m finally getting around to reviewing an actual book. 50% of what this ‘Beauty Book’ venture was about.
I just finished reading My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. It’s her second adult novel, and very much departed from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series.
Essentially, it is about Daniel, a time-traveller who has lived many lives over a period of 1500 years, chasing after his soul-mate Sophia, who regenerates numerous times as different women who have no memory of Daniel or their love.
Fast forward and we reach 2004, where Daniel and Lucy (Sophia’s soul in the body of Lucy) go to high-school together, where Daniel has memory of Sophia/Lucy, but Lucy finds herself drawn to him, yet unaware of their somewhat tumultuous shared history.
The book changes perspective between Daniel and Lucy, jumping from the present and into Daniel’s previous lives, following the paths that he has travelled in order to be where he is at present.
I enjoyed the book very much, although at times felt a bit bogged down with all the history of Daniel, even though it was essential to the plot line. 
The one thing I notice in Brashares style is that she likes to torture both the reader and the character with large jumps in time where characters drift along. For example, five years pass in which the Daniel and Lucy see no hide nor hair of one another, yet their thoughts are encumbered by each other.
When I read the final page, my thoughts were on the lines of ‘WHAT THE F*&K? THATS IT?’ but then I googled it and found out there were two more books to come, so for the moment I’m quite content, because I know there is more to come.
I rate this 3.5/5 watermelons. 
Have you read it? What were your thoughts? Are you glad there’s two more to come?

So, I’m finally getting around to reviewing an actual book. 50% of what this ‘Beauty Book’ venture was about.

I just finished reading My Name is Memory by Ann Brashares. It’s her second adult novel, and very much departed from The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants series.

Essentially, it is about Daniel, a time-traveller who has lived many lives over a period of 1500 years, chasing after his soul-mate Sophia, who regenerates numerous times as different women who have no memory of Daniel or their love.

Fast forward and we reach 2004, where Daniel and Lucy (Sophia’s soul in the body of Lucy) go to high-school together, where Daniel has memory of Sophia/Lucy, but Lucy finds herself drawn to him, yet unaware of their somewhat tumultuous shared history.

The book changes perspective between Daniel and Lucy, jumping from the present and into Daniel’s previous lives, following the paths that he has travelled in order to be where he is at present.

I enjoyed the book very much, although at times felt a bit bogged down with all the history of Daniel, even though it was essential to the plot line. 

The one thing I notice in Brashares style is that she likes to torture both the reader and the character with large jumps in time where characters drift along. For example, five years pass in which the Daniel and Lucy see no hide nor hair of one another, yet their thoughts are encumbered by each other.

When I read the final page, my thoughts were on the lines of ‘WHAT THE F*&K? THATS IT?’ but then I googled it and found out there were two more books to come, so for the moment I’m quite content, because I know there is more to come.

I rate this 3.5/5 watermelons. 

Have you read it? What were your thoughts? Are you glad there’s two more to come?

19

Apr


Dear Smashbox Photo Finish Light,
You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. (No, you are!) No you are! (No, you are!) No, you really are actually the best thing ever.
Sincerely, 
Me.

Seriously and sincerely, you will not regret buying this product. If you have oily or sensitive skin, you will love this. It leaves you looking deliciously dewey and never like you just finished your 8 hour shift at McDonalds (ie. oily and greasy skin galore). 
It smoothes your skin out you could be fooled into thinking someone has done a face transplant with a babies bottom, even though its a beauty no-no you could sit there all day running your fingers around your face (but don’t, as those mitts of yours are going to clog your pores). 
Before I started using this I always wondered if primers were a bit of a fallacy, well, ITS NOT. Your makeup won’t move a centimeter and it makes application so much easier.
5/5 strawberries for this baby. RRP$36 USD but I think I payed around $30 on ebay for 30mls/1 fl. oz.

Dear Smashbox Photo Finish Light,

You are the best thing that has ever happened to me. (No, you are!) No you are! (No, you are!) No, you really are actually the best thing ever.

Sincerely, 

Me.

Seriously and sincerely, you will not regret buying this product. If you have oily or sensitive skin, you will love this. It leaves you looking deliciously dewey and never like you just finished your 8 hour shift at McDonalds (ie. oily and greasy skin galore). 

It smoothes your skin out you could be fooled into thinking someone has done a face transplant with a babies bottom, even though its a beauty no-no you could sit there all day running your fingers around your face (but don’t, as those mitts of yours are going to clog your pores). 

Before I started using this I always wondered if primers were a bit of a fallacy, well, ITS NOT. Your makeup won’t move a centimeter and it makes application so much easier.

5/5 strawberries for this baby. RRP$36 USD but I think I payed around $30 on ebay for 30mls/1 fl. oz.

So, I bought the Sephora Collection ‘Perfect Ten’ Brush Set. I don’t have the patience to slowly build up a collection of M.A.C. brushes (which I will do one day, mark my words) so I bought this for in the mean time. 
So far, I quite like them. They come in a super cute pink magnetic locking pouch, with little protective flaps to keep them all nice and snug. For the newbies to makeup and it’s application, you will find a cardboard ring around the pouch so you don’t confuse your blending brush with your eyeshadow brushes.
Did I mention that the handles are also frosted pink? They are a nice weight and don’t feel flimsy, and so far none of the brushes have shed. The set contains a fan brush, powder brush, blush brush, concealer brush, large eyeshadow brush, small eyeshadow brush, blending brush, eyebrow brush/lash comb, angled brush and lip brush. If anything I wish it contained a brush for liquid foundation application, and a kabuki, but you can’t have everything :)
All in all, probably about a 3.5/5 cranberries. I paid about AUD $100 for this set, only because I’m in Australia and had to get it on eBay and shipped over. 
You can buy it from the Sephora website for $60 USD.

So, I bought the Sephora Collection ‘Perfect Ten’ Brush Set. I don’t have the patience to slowly build up a collection of M.A.C. brushes (which I will do one day, mark my words) so I bought this for in the mean time. 

So far, I quite like them. They come in a super cute pink magnetic locking pouch, with little protective flaps to keep them all nice and snug. For the newbies to makeup and it’s application, you will find a cardboard ring around the pouch so you don’t confuse your blending brush with your eyeshadow brushes.

Did I mention that the handles are also frosted pink? They are a nice weight and don’t feel flimsy, and so far none of the brushes have shed. The set contains a fan brush, powder brush, blush brush, concealer brush, large eyeshadow brush, small eyeshadow brush, blending brush, eyebrow brush/lash comb, angled brush and lip brush. If anything I wish it contained a brush for liquid foundation application, and a kabuki, but you can’t have everything :)

All in all, probably about a 3.5/5 cranberries. I paid about AUD $100 for this set, only because I’m in Australia and had to get it on eBay and shipped over. 

You can buy it from the Sephora website for $60 USD.

18

Apr

For a moment when I seen this I thought, IT COMES OUT IN FLOWERS? AWESOME!

For a moment when I seen this I thought, IT COMES OUT IN FLOWERS? AWESOME!

OH. MY. GOD.
GAW-JUS.
AS IN, HOLY CRAP YOUR EYES ARE HYPNOTIC PLEASE TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER.

OH. MY. GOD.

GAW-JUS.

AS IN, HOLY CRAP YOUR EYES ARE HYPNOTIC PLEASE TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER.

Mark my words...

I will own you one day, just you wait.

Without a doubt, I can honestly say that Maybelline New York’s Lasting Drama Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner (bloody long name, eh?) shits all over any pencil or liquid eyeliner you’ve ever tried before. It has the capabilities of both of these in one product, you can create smoldering eyes through smudging or fiercely fluid lines that flick up into wing tips (a look which I’m crazy for at the moment, fyi).
After experimenting with it, it really doesn’t take that long to get the hang of using it and creating amazing eyes. It’s my newest beauty addiction and now a staple in my beauty routine. 
Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner has superb staying power, once you put it on it’s not going anywhere, which can be a little bit of a pain in the bum if you have trouble with creating symmetrical lines (like me). However, if you’re going out this is definitely going to be your saviour, the last thing you want is to have it all over your face by the end of the night. Lets face it, having a 24 hour smudge and water proof guarantee* you can get up to all sorts of shenanigans and not have to worry.
It comes in blackest black, brown, charcoal & eggplant. I paid approx $16 AUD.
All in all, I rate this 4.5/5 goji berries.
*Not so much of a guarantee but a marketing claim, however it hasn’t been proved incorrect so I’ll believe it.

Without a doubt, I can honestly say that Maybelline New York’s Lasting Drama Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner (bloody long name, eh?) shits all over any pencil or liquid eyeliner you’ve ever tried before. It has the capabilities of both of these in one product, you can create smoldering eyes through smudging or fiercely fluid lines that flick up into wing tips (a look which I’m crazy for at the moment, fyi).

After experimenting with it, it really doesn’t take that long to get the hang of using it and creating amazing eyes. It’s my newest beauty addiction and now a staple in my beauty routine. 

Eyestudio Gel Eyeliner has superb staying power, once you put it on it’s not going anywhere, which can be a little bit of a pain in the bum if you have trouble with creating symmetrical lines (like me). However, if you’re going out this is definitely going to be your saviour, the last thing you want is to have it all over your face by the end of the night. Lets face it, having a 24 hour smudge and water proof guarantee* you can get up to all sorts of shenanigans and not have to worry.

It comes in blackest black, brown, charcoal & eggplant. I paid approx $16 AUD.

All in all, I rate this 4.5/5 goji berries.

*Not so much of a guarantee but a marketing claim, however it hasn’t been proved incorrect so I’ll believe it.