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 Ambré (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

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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

NARS Danmari Palette – Review & Swatches

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So here we have the NARS Danmari palette! I think this was limited edition a little while back, and I’m not sure whether it was available in Australia as I bought mine off Ebay. The shades are all part of NARS’ permanent line though, so you could always pick one up from your local Mecca in Australia :)

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To start off, I thought I’d show the packaging of the palette. If you are familiar with NARS packaging, the Danmari palette is of the same texture (a rubberised, matte finish). Although I do like this packaging purely because of the way it feels, it does pick up a LOT of dirt/makeup/fingerprints, and even though I did give my palette a quick wipe-down with a damp towel, it didn’t make much of a difference (as you can probably tell!)

The colours of the palette are all listed on the back, which is great for reference.

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Top to bottom: NARS’ Hungry Heart Duo (I) and Casino

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Top to bottom: NARS’ Orgasm and Super Orgasm

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Top to bottom: NARS’ Desire and Sin

Okey dokie – so my first observations when I bought this palette were that every shade in this palette has shimmer, with the exception of Desire (the matte, hot pink shade). Although I am a shimmer lover, don’t get me wrong, I thought it would have been nice if the palette offered another matte blush, or even if the bronzer shade Casino was matte. That said, the shimmer isn’t as noticeable in some shades, so I guess that worked out well.

Here are some swatches:

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From left to right: Hungry Heart Duo (I), Orgasm, Desire, Casino, Super Orgasm, Sin

With these swatches I did find that I needed to run my finger back and forth quite a few times to get sufficient pigmentation (some of the shades required a couple of swatches layered up to build up the opacity). As I tend to find with most powder products, be it eyeshadow, blush or bronzer, I found the matte shade less pigmented (at least from the swatch), but I don’t mind that in a blush as I much prefer to build up colour slowly rather than dab on too much!

In terms of the texture of the blushes, the first two shades have quite thick, chunky glitter particles which lowers their opacity and makes them a little difficult to work with. For that reason, I tend not to reach for these shades (Hungry Heart Duo (I) and Orgasm – despite the hype!). Though the next shade, Desire, does look a little intense from the swatch, I find it to be one of the more natural shades as it gives a perfect, pink flush. Casino is quite a dark shade, so I tend to use it in the summertime but now that we’re going into the cooler months, I probably won’t reach for this shade as much. Like its sister Orgasm, Super Orgasm is much too glittery for me, and as a result isn’t natural enough for me to pull off. Having said that, I sometimes reach for the two if I’m going for a dewy look and want to brighten up my cheeks. Sin is one of my favourite shades, it looks a little intimidating in the pan, but it compliments my olive skin tone beautifully, especially in the cooler months.

Overall, I do love this palette, but I think I should have looked into the shades a little more before making the splurge. It is a beautiful palette though, although I do prefer NARS’ other larger palette, which I’ll be reviewing on here too very soon :)

Thanks for stopping by!

RB xx

BH Cosmetics Gel Eyeliners: Swatches

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I just received a package in the mail from good old BH Cosmetics. After seeing RissRose2’s tutorial on YouTube using BH’s gel liner in ‘Metal’ I thought I’d check them out. I ended up picking up 6 shades out of the 25 or so, ranging from 3 matte to 3 shimmer colours.

First off, let me say that for the price (originally $7.95, on sale for $3.50 at the moment), you are getting an absolute bargain. In Australia, a drugstore gel eyeliner, say, from Maybelline, will set you back $16.95 for the exact same amount of product (3 grams), and offers very limited shades. Though it may not look like there is much product in the glass jars, considering how little you actually need, I can see these babies lasting a long, long time.

Secondly, these products immediately present themselves as versatile. Although they’re described as gel eyeliners, the BH website does suggest trying them out as cream eyeshadows. I’m not sure I’d be totally comfortable wearing them on their own, but I’d definitely try them out as coloured eyeshadow bases.

As for the texture of the liners – the 3 shimmery shades I bought proved to pick up the product quite easily on my brush, and transferred onto my skin smoothly. The 3 matte shades, however, do require a bit of a dig into the product to gather a decent amount, and a single swipe of my brush was not sufficient to give good colour payoff. This is to be expected, I would say, as shimmery/matte eyeshadows tend to vary in pigmentation and application too.

Though I was only swatching these liners on my arm, I found that removal was a little difficult, requiring a somewhat rigorous rubbing back and forth of my makeup-remover-loaded swissper. This does not bother me too much, and if anything I believe it’s a positive – you don’t want your makeup sliding off during a night out, that’s for sure! I have the same issue with eyeliners such as Urban Decay’s 24/7 pencils, and super pigmented or dark lipsticks that tend to stain my lips no matter how hard I try to remove them. I personally don’t think it’s a problem, but for those of you who don’t like high-maintenance skin care at the end of the day, these may not be for you.

Now for some photos! The swatches were all done using a flat definer brush by MAC (212SE) on my bare skin, no primer or base of any kind (to help give an idea of the true pigmentation/colour). As mentioned above, the matte colours did require a bit of layering to build up the opacity, whereas the shimmery ones were mostly one swift swipe of product.

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BH Cosmetics Gel Eyeliner in ‘Night’ (doesn’t that colour remind you of a galaxy?? :O)

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Going in for a swatch of ‘Rose Gold’

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From bottom to top: shades ‘Night’, ‘Ultraviolet’, ‘Coffee’, ‘Metal’, ‘Bronzed’ and ‘Rose Gold’

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Detail of ‘Metal’, ‘Bronzed’ and ‘Rose Gold’ (sorry if the photo is a bit dark, I took these snaps quite late in the day. I absolutely love these shimmery ones, particularly ‘Rose Gold’ for a neutral, salmony pink eye look!)

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Detail of ‘Night’, ‘Ultraviolet’ and ‘Coffee’ (I realised that ‘Night’ isn’t completely matte, it does have a little sparkle in it but is not quite as shimmery as the first three)

Though I haven’t had the chance to try these on the lid yet, I’m already impressed BH! I believe the shimmery gel liners are comparable to MAC’s paint pots – I swatched BH’s ‘Rose Gold’ against MAC’s ‘Vintage Selection’ (a limited edition paint pot from the Tartan Collection a few years back) and not only is the pigmentation and staying power practically on par, ‘Rose Gold’ is almost a perfect colour match!

I look forward to giving these gel eyeliners a proper test run, both as liners and eyeshadow bases. Even if they turn out just average in quality, for $3.50 a pop I’m not complaining!

Thanks for reading,

RB xx

Priceline Haul: Swatches

If you’ve read my previous blog post, you’ll know that I went a little crazy at the recent Priceline sale. I thought I’d take some photos of the products I purchased up close, as well as some swatches on my skin, so here we go.

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Maybelline Vivid Lipstick in ‘906 – Hot Plum’

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Maybelline Vivid Lipstick in ‘910 – Shocking Coral’

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Maybelline Vivid Lipstick in ‘904 – Vivid Rose’

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Maybelline Vivid lipsticks in ‘904 – Vivid Rose’, ‘906 – Hot Plum’ and ‘910 – Shocking Coral’

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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Enamel in ‘?’ and ‘?’, Sinful Colours Nail Enamel in ‘?’ and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Enamel in ‘?’

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L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in ‘288 – Intense Fuschia’

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Revlon Colorstay Whipped Foundation in ‘320 – Warm Golden’

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Rimmel Kate Lipsticks

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Rimmel Kate Lipstick in ’20’

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Rimmel Kate Lipstick in ’10’

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Rimmel Kate Lipstick in ‘106’

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Rimmel Kate Lipsticks
Left: Shade ‘106’, Middle: Shade ’10’, Right: Shade ’20’
(Far right: Savvy Matte Lipstick in ‘Bali’, pictured below)

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Savvy Matte Lipsick in ‘Bali’

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Revlon Photoready Concealer in ‘Light Medium’

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Left: Revlon Photoready Concealer in ‘Light Medium’, Right: L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer in ‘Light’

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L’Oreal Lumi Magique Concealer in ‘Light’

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Face of Australia Lipstick in ‘Pink Champagne’

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Left: Face of Australia Lipstick in ‘Pink Champagne’, Right: L’Oreal Color Riche Lipstick in ‘288 – Intense Fuschia’

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Australis Colour Inject Lipglosses in ‘Polka’ and ‘Shuffle’

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Wand of Australis’ Colour Inject Lipgloss in ‘Polka’

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Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss in ’06’

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Wand of Bourjois’ Effet 3D Lipgloss in ’06’

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From left to right: Bourjois Effet 3D Lipgloss in ’06’, Australis Colour Inject Lipgloss in ‘Polka’ and ‘Shuffle’

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Models Prefer Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Dark’ and Prestige Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Toffee’

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Models Prefer Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Dark’

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Prestige Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Toffee’

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Left: Prestige Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Toffee’, Right: Models Prefer Eyebrow Pencil in ‘Dark’

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Essence Eyeshadow in ’58 – Cappuccino, Please!’

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Essence Eyeshadow in ’19 – Disco Diva’

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Essence Eyeshadow in ’16 – Go Glam’ (managed to gouge out a chunk when trying to open it, wahh!)

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Left to Right: Essence Eyeshadows in ’58 – Cappuccino, Please!’, ’16 – Go Glam’ and ’19 – Disco Diva’

Ok I think that’s it! Sorry the post is so long, but I thought I’d do a comprehensive set of swatches and also show some detail of the products as well. What did you haul from Priceline’s 40% of sale, or any makeup sale for that matter? Would you like a full review of any of these products? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

RB xx