Embryolisse moisturiser mini review
I was given a couple of samples of this moisturiser with some orders I made a few months ago. I usually use Cetaphil (also use it in my kit), but i think i may just replace it with this. Not exactly sure which one i got (I think it was the lait creme concentre), but it’s really nice!
It absorbs really quickly, whereas I usually have to blot my face with a tissue after Cetaphil cause it’s a little heavy and takes a while to sink in. The Embryolisse also has a lovely finish, very soft and smooth and a little glowy, but not as wet looking and damp-to-the-touch as Cetaphil. It also seems to do a good job of de-flaking dry areas on my face. The Embryolisse is a little runny compared to the Cetaphil, which surprised me, but you don’t need to use much and it spreads and blends into the skin wonderfully.
I’ll probably look into this moisturiser some more to use in my kit when I get around to bettering my skin care products :P
Sugarpill Pressed Eyeshadow Review
*All swatches left to right: Buttercupcake, Afterparty, Poison Plum.
What can I say about Sugarpill that you don’t already know?
Cute packaging? Super colour pay-off? Awesome shade selection? Great brand presence in the beauty community? Sponsor of my FAVOURITE makeup artist Chaos Makeup Artist aka Megan Martinez?
I’ve had my eyeshadows for over a year now and there’s still plenty left (except for one I used daily). I incorporate my Sugarpill eyeshadows into as many looks as possible because I love using them, (all of the yellow, blue or purple in my looks are Sugarpill) and cause when I post the look on Twitter and #Sugarpill, they always re-tweet it with a lovely compliment! That, and I only have three shades, so I treasure them dearly.
The colours I have are Buttercupcake, a bright yellow; Afterparty, a gorgeous vivid blue; and Poison Plum, a deep plum purple. I also got Tako (white), but, alas, all I have left of it are crumbs. You did me proud, Tako, you did me proud.
These shadows are amazing. The colour is vibrant and very pigmented, I don’t even need to use a white colour base with this stuff! (Although I usually do for extra brightness).
Afterparty has some slight sparkle to it in the pan, but on the eyes it’s more of a lovely sheen. Buttercupcake is matte, as is Tako. Poison Plum has a bit of sparkle too but it comes off in much the same loveliness as Afterparty on the eyes, kind of velvety.
The only problem I’ve had is with Poison Plum. I’m not sure if all the Poison Plums are like this or if it was a certain batch, but it’s a little weird. The texture is kind of different to the others; it doesn’t feel like a pressed powder in the pan; it feels like velvet, but kind of plastic-y? It’s hard to explain, but I can’t get as much product on my brush with it as I can with the others. I was doubting its powder-ness one day and kinda rubbed really hard and got some crumbs, so it is powder, it’s just different. I have to work harder to get colour from it; rub my brush in it harder or pat it on twice as much. It doesn’t bother me too much cause it’s such a pretty colour, but it makes it hard to use on the lid (it’s great in the crease though).
As with all Sugarpill orders, I was gifted a glittertastic sticker (proudly displayed on my traincase), and a sample of a loose eyeshadow (Chromalust). I received Lumi, a very sparkly light colour that leans a bit blue, with flecks of green and turquoise. It is amazing as a highlight on the inner corners of the eyes. I didn’t touch Lumi for months cause it was so pretty and I didn’t want to waste it, but now that I’ve seen its glory, I use it for all my special occasions (and days I want to sparkle).
I’d love to get more of Sugarpill, their pressed shadows and their pigments, but I’m still building my first freelance kit and need to get all the basics before I can indulge in some less ‘sensible’ makeup.
Sugarpill pressed eyeshadows are US$12 each for 4grams, available at www.sugarpillshop.com
Note to self: maybe get all Sugarpill pressed eyeshadows as my kit’s matte eyeshadows, then Inglot for all my other pressed eyeshadow needs, then both Sugarpill and Inglot pigments…? :P
Inglot Freedom System Eyeshadow Review
I love Inglot eyeshadows.
Inglot is a Polish brand known for their ridiculous but awesome range of eyeshadow, lipstick
and nail polish colours. They are also known for the Freedom System; a system that allows
customers to create their own palette of eyeshadow, lipstick, pressed powder, concealer,
blush, eyebrow wax and eyebrow colour.
I know, right.
Today I’m going to talk about their Freedom System eyeshadows. They are sold in little square pans at $10 AUD each, with 2.3 to 3.2 grams of product per pan (depending on the finish).
I have two palettes, holding ten eyeshadows each, that I use in my professional kit, and I
plan to get more. The colours are true to pan, they are highly pigmented, finely milled, and
very very nice on the lid! Some finishes are more preferable than others, like the pearls are
smooth and creamy and blend like a dream, while the mattes are a little harder to blend,
but still very opaque and vibrant.
My neutral palette ^
My colour palette ^
The only eyeshadows I use are Inglot and Sugarpill, and whichever brand I’m wearing, my eyes
are nearly always complimented (not bragging, I swear! The colours are just that lovely, vibrant,
and easy to use!)
The palettes that house these babies are very nice. Mine hold 10 pans each at $15 AUD a palette
(not including the eyshadows). They are strong, solid and magnetized; practical and very stylish.
They have black bottoms and a clear frosted plastic lid, which, as a makeup artist, is very handy! You can see what colours are in each palette without having to open them (though it’s a little
blurry through the lid).
As for selection, there are more than 200 colours to choose from, from the most natural neutrals to the most vibrant brights. And as for finishes, there are five:
AMC (advanced makeup component)
DS (double sparkle)
These eyeshadows are definitely worth taking a look at; $10 for a vibrant, long-wearing
colour, with over 200 colours to choose from? Hells yeah!
Ps Sorry about the bad quality photos :P
Australis Primer Review
You know a face primer is bad when your foundation looks better without it.
That’s pretty much all I have to say for this primer. It claims to lock in moisture, it doesn’t. It claims to smooth and refine skin texture, it doesn’t. It claims to prevent foundation fading, which it kind of does; it didn’t make any difference to the longevity of my liquid foundations, but I did notice my loose powder foundation (Innoxa) lasted longer with this primer underneath, and it seemed to do to a good job preventing foundation from creasing under my eyes.
The second ingredient on the ingredients list is cetearyl alcohol, which would explain why my nostrils burn when I put this primer around them (ingredients are listed in order of their proportion in the product, with the most common ingredients listed first), and alcohol is known for its tendency to dry skin out. (Ps, I don’t have sensitive skin)
I wasn’t expecting much from this primer since it’s a cheap drugstore-type brand, but I didn’t think it would be quite this…useless. Or painful.
If you wear powder foundation then it might be worth trying at $13.95, but otherwise I wouldn’t worry about it.
Stops liquid foundation creasing under eyes
Good for loose powder
Stings in crevasses (nostrils, chin)
High alcohol content
Doesn’t smooth skin
Doesn’t lengthen liquid foundation wear
Don’t notice any difference with it on
Doesn’t deliver on claims
Bottom line: foundation looks better without it.
$13.95 for 40ml, available at Priceline, Kmart, Big W, and Target.