Beauty Haul: Diorskin Amber Diamond

I don’t even know how long I’ve been lusting after this product, it’s crazy. No matter where I looked here in Aus, I just could not find it anywhere. I desperately searched high and low, but to no prevail. I did manage to source it online, at strawberrynet.com from memory, but it was around the $100 mark. I knew the US sold this powder for $45, and though it looked amazing, I was not prepared to pay twice that amount for it!

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Luckily, one of my close friends just was recently traveling in the US, and she kindly offered to pick one up from me from Sephora! You have no idea how excited I was for this powder, it’s a little sad, I have to admit. What I’ve been going so crazy over is the Dior Diorskin Poudre Shimmer, an ‘ultra-shimmering all over face powder’ in the shade ‘002 Diamant Ambr√© (Amber Diamond)’.

This. Is. Amazing.

As I’m only a student, I don’t really have the budget to afford such high end, luxury products. However, in Australia, this product is cheaper than Mac’s Soft and Gentle Mineralise Skin Finish (which comes in at $47AUD), so to pay less for something that is much more special seemed like a no brainer to me (women logic!).

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When my friend handed over my new baby, I’m pretty sure I let out gasp of joy. I just couldn’t wait to open up the box and take a look inside, I felt like a child at Christmas!

The powder compact comes in a velvet pouch, which can be used for storage. The pouch has the letters ‘CD’ embossed into it, oh how very chic indeed. It’s such a novelty to have a velvet sleeve, but it makes the product seem that much more glamorous.

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The compact itself is made of sturdy plastic, and has a clip release button which you can just make out in the photo. The ‘C’ and ‘D’ in the background are sort of holographic, and disappear in darker light. It’s all in the details!

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And there it is. Beautiful, isn’t it? Just for the record, these photos do not to it justice. The classic Dior pattern has been meticulously embossed into the powder alongside the word ‘Dior’. I honestly had to sit and stare at it for a few moments. I’m jus a huge sucker for attention to detail, and Dior ticks all the boxes.

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From what I’ve read online, this powder should last a lifetime. I’ve seen Temptalia’s compact after her owning it for 3 years, and you can still clearly see the embossing in the powder! This stuff is UBER pigmented, so I can imagine just how long it will last.

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When I swipe my finger across all of the colours, this is the result. A beautiful, warm toned bronze, with a hint of peach I’d say. I’m glad this turned out to be more on the bronze side than gold, as my other highlighters from memory lean more towards the gold side. What’s really cool about this product, is that you can select just one, or two of the colours for a different result, or even use them as eyeshadows. Versatility is always a plus!

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Like I said before, photos do not do this powder justice. I know it looks pretty standard in the above photo, but in real life it’s like my hand has been swatched with liquid bronze. This product appears to have very finely milled shimmer in it, rather than big chunks of glitter. This makes application more refined and delicate; it is in no way heavy or over the top.

I simply cannot wait to wear this gorgeous highlighter. My skin is quite warm and I think this will compliment it well. For those of you fairer, more pink based gals out there, Dior has another of the Poudre Shimmer powders in ‘Rose Diamond’, which has stunning pinks and frosts. In all honesty though, I think this highlighter would flatter a whole range of skin tones.

 

Ok I think that about wraps it up! As always, thank you for stopping by and having a read.

Til next time,

Rosie xx

MAC Lipstick Collection + Swatches

Hey everybody! Long time no speak, hey? Sorry I haven’t posted in soo long, I’ve been totally bogged down in uni work and had a whopper 3 X 2500 word essays plus a 3.5 hour exam, all within two days of each other! But that’s all over now so I should have more time to post on here from now :)

Anyway, enough babbling. I thought I’d do a post on my MAC lipstick collection, as I just loooove watching videos or reading posts of this sort. Just a disclaimer before we get into the good stuff – I am not in anyway trying to ‘show off’ what I have. I have been collecting these (i.e. purchasing with my own money) for a few years now, and yes, the amount I have may seem silly to some or reasonable to others, but I have invested my money in these products and feel that since this is a beauty blog, it is an appropriate topic for a post. Sorry to sound like a Negative Nancy, but I just don’t want to cause any trouble :)

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Here’s a little sneak peak into my lip drawer – I keep my Mac lipsticks in the container in the middle with the labels facing upward for easy access

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Close up of my Mac lipsticks and their labels

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As you can see, most of my lipsticks have the standard, satin finish packaging, and a couple are limited edition, and one is from the Viva Glam line

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First up, we have Ronnie Red from the Archie’s Girls Collection (bright red, matte); Feel My Pulse from the Temperature Rising Collection (magenta, frosted purple, cremesheen); Viva Glam Gaga 2 (creamy nude, amplified)

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Full Fuchsia (raspberry pink, amplified); Lickable (medium pink, cremesheen); Quick Sizzle (deep pink, matte)

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Impassioned (bright coral, amplified); Candy Yum-Yum (neon pink, matte); Watch Me Simmer (coral orange, amplified)

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Lady Danger (orange-toned red, matte); Rebel (plum, satin)

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Bare Again (pinkish nude, sheen supreme); Playing Koi (pale nude, satin); Angel (pink nude, frost)

It might already be quite apparent, but Mac is my favourite brand for lipsticks. I feel that their large variety of colours and textures caters for a wide range of ages and skin tones, something unparalleled in any other brand, in my opinion. I find their amplified lipsticks to be impeccable in pigmentation, but a tad drying. Their mattes are quite drying and feel slightly restricting on the lips, but applying these over a lip balm does help a little. Though Angel is a frost, I would classify it as a satin finish, as there really isn’t anything frosty about it. The satin and cremesheen finishes are lovely to wear, as they ensure your lips are moisturised, however the pigmentation isn’t the best – applying these over a lip liner (particularly Rebel) creates the perfect balance between good opacity and comfortable texture.

Here are some of my favourites

Nude: Angel – this colour is so wearable and doesn’t give you that ‘I’ve just woken up’, dead look that other, more opaque nudes (such as Playing Koi or Viva Glam 2) can give. It is the perfect balance between nude and pink, and it can add a slight wash of colour so you don’t look so washed out. If there’s one thing I cannot stand, it is lips that match your foundation. So, I naturally don’t reach for the aforementioned shades unless I’m a little more tanned, and when I do wear them, I make sure to sheer them out by using a pink lipgloss.

Pink: Full Fuchsia – I absolutely looove this lipstick! It compliments my olive skin tone so nicely and brings out the green in my eyes (at least I seem to think so!), and I feel I can wear this shade all year round – it’s bright enough for spring and summer, yet deep enough for autumn and winter.

Red: Ronnie Red – I feel bad that this shade is limited edition but it is beautiful. Even though it’s classified as a matte, it is surprisingly comfortable to wear on the lips. Its blue undertones make your teeth look whiter, which is always a plus! Red lips are something that can really boost a look – I love pairing this shade with thick, winged out black liner, and I’m good to go!

Purple: Rebel – this colour deserves a mention, without a doubt. Its glossy finish and deep colour makes it so easy to wear, and makes you stand out from the standard pink/red/nude colours most tend to opt for. If I’m wearing a really neutral outfit (black and white tones), this colour looks stunning without being too in-your-face. I’d definitely wear a lipliner under this one, as it does tend to bleed after a few hours of wear (trust me on this from personal experience!). I’ve recommended this shade to two friends who were just starting out with Mac lipsticks and they both loved it.

What Mac lipsticks are your favourite? Are there any you think don’t deserve the hype? Let me know!

Thanks for reading everyone,

Rosie xx

Makeup Mania: Priceline 40% Off Haul!

ImageSafe to say my wallet is now empty, and I probably won’t (or at least, shouldn’t) be making any more extreme cosmetic purchases, but hey, who can pass up a 40% plus staff discount? As my weakness, I thought it only right to give in and splurge!

Because I had uni on the first day of the sale, I put some things aside at work that I knew I wanted to purchase, just in case they were snatched up on the Tuesday. I went in yesterday afternoon to pick them up and, of course, spent a little more time browsing to see if I’d missed anything. Considering my final purchases were made at not one but three separate stores, I think I managed to get everything I needed!

In this post, I thought I’d write a list of the items I purchased at each store, as well as the discounted price I paid for them off the RRP. Upcoming posts will detail reviews and swatches, so stay tuned :)

Firstly, from Chadstone Priceline (40% + staff discount)

  • Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup X 2: RRP – $34.95; Paid – $18.87
  • L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer: RRP: $24.95; Paid – $15.09
  • Prestige Brow Pencil: RRP – 13.95; Paid – $7.53
  • Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Enamel X 2: RRP – $14.95; Paid – $8.24
  • Sinful Colours Nail Enamel: RRP – $4.95; Paid – $2.67
  • Maybelline Vivid Lipstick X 3: RRP – $16.95; Paid – $9.15
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Nail Enamel: RRP – $6.95; Paid – $3.75
  • Essence Eyeshadow X 2: RRP – $2.85; Paid – $1.54
  • Revlon Photoready Concealer: RRP – $24.95; Paid – $13.47
  • L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick: RRP – $25.95; Paid – $14
  • Rimmel Kate Lipstick X 2: RRP – $11.95; Paid – $6.45
  • Face of Australia Lipstick: RRP – $9.45; Paid – $5.10
  • Savvy Eyebrow Pencil X 2: RRP – $4.99; Paid – $2.69
  • Savvy Matte Lipstick: RRP – $6.99; Paid – $3.77

Secondly, Camberwell Priceline (40% discount)

  • Australis Colour Inject Lipgloss X 2: RRP – $11.95, Paid – $7.17
  • Rimmel Kate Lipstick (they were out of stock of the shade I wanted at Chadstone): RRP – $11.95, Paid – $7.17
  • Essence Eyeshadow (discontinued shade): RRP – $1.62, Paid – $0.97 <– bargain!

And lastly, Ashwood Priceline Pharmacy (40% discount)

  • Models Prefer Eyebrow Pencil: RRP – $8.99, Paid – $5.39

And here are some close ups of my purchases –

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Pictured above: Sally Hansen Salon Manicure, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear and Sinful Colours Nail Enamels, Revlon Photoready Concealer, L’Oreal Lumi Magique concealer

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Picture above: Rimmel Kate lipsticks, Australis Colour Inject lip gloss, Face of Australia lipstick, Savvy Matte lipstick

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Pictured above: Essence eyeshadows, Australis Colour Inject lipgloss, Models Prefer, Savvy and Prestige eyebrow pencils

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Pictured Above: Revlon Photoready concealer, L’Oreal Lumi Magique concealer, Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation

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Pictured above: Australis Colour Inject lipgloss, Prestige eyebrow pencil, Models Prefer eyebrow pencil

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Pictured above: Maybelline Vivid lipsticks, L’Oreal Color Riche lipstick

Quite a few things I’ll admit, but I figured I may as well stock up with such an awesome sale – I think it was Priceline’s biggest cosmetic sale ever, so that’s pretty impressive.

Hope you enjoyed reading, I’ll post my swatches of the products in the next few days.

RB xx