Friday, September 28, 2012

Glitter Bomb!

As I was going through my makeup collection for my Shopping my Stash post, I came to realise that within my ever growing collection there are a number of products that get pushed to the back of the drawer due to one simple fact - they are ticking glitter bombs.

I like a bit of glitter and shimmer in moderation. Key word: moderation. You see, there are some products, like highlighters for example, that must be shimmery because that is their job. There are other products, say...lipsticks, that I do not feel should have half of the galaxy's worth of glitter in them. We're going for glowing goddess - not round disco ball - here guys.

Here are some of my most glittery makeup products, both good kinds of glitter and bad.

FOA illuminator in Angel Flame - this product contains the good kind of glitter! This illuminator has popped up numerous times on my blog so I won't ramble on too much, but this is one product that will be staying up the front of my drawer from now on!

Loreal Anti Dull Skin Primer - Well this certainly is an anti dull skin primer, it makes you unbelievably glittery. Yes, this is a product that contains the bad kind of glitter...the really, really bad kind of glitter.

Face of Australia Bronzing pearls - I haven't decided whether this product is full of good glitter or bad glitter yet, I guess it depends on the way that you hope to use such product. It is definitely not suitable for contouring, but for an all over glow I guess it would be useful...then again it does have a lot of shimmer.

Loreal lipgloss in Tempting Pink - If there was a glittery winner and all these products were the runners up, this would take first place. This is packed so unbelievably full with huge, silvery chunks of glitter. It is lucky that I received this product for free, because there is no way that I would pay for this, no way I would ever wear this in view of anyone, not even my dog.

Dle lipgloss in Jess Barely - This sneaky little thing appears to be all innocent and then BAM, you find your lips coated in a thick layering of silvery/blue shimmer. Don't be fooled!

Avon lipstick in Shiny Rouge - There is a reason I didn't recognise this lipstick - I have never worn it before!  It is almost identical to the Loreal lipgloss in colour, but has a little less glitter. Nevertheless it still deserves to be featured in this post, because only the most intense glitter loving sorts could pull this off.

Ulta Nail polish in Confetti - Once again, this is the good kind of glitter where it makes you want to squeal in delight and run around in circles like a small child. Is that just me? This collection of tiny blue, pink an green chunks of glitter gives you a party on your nails.

BYS nail polish in Silver Moon - I think it is pretty obvious that this contains the good kind of glitter - the best kind of glitter in fact. This polish is just awesome.

I am curious as to what glitter products you are keen on, and which ones you could do without. This was a really fun post to do, I might have to make way for the glitter in the future!

L-R: Avon, Loreal, Dle

Thursday, September 27, 2012

The Beauty Belle's Giveaway

If you are anything like me then you will do whatever you can to get a hand on a MAC product, and this is the perfect opportunity! Angie from The Beauty Belle is holding an international giveaway where you can win a MAC lipstick of your choice, so get over to her blog and enter!

It closes in 14 days.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Top 3 Tuesday - Blush

L-R: BYS, Australis, Bourjois
Blushes are one of those products that are really quite exciting to buy. They are also one of those products that even though I know I already have a shade exactly like that, I still find a way to justify why I need yet another one the same. I struggled to come up with only three of my top blushes this week.

1. Bourjois Blush in Rose Frisson
This is a beautiful warm pink blush that appears to be full of shimmer but in fact has just the right amount to give is 'glow' but not make your face resemble a disco ball. It comes in an adorable little pot that usually retails for around $20 (a little expensive if you ask me) but I got mine on sale for $5.

2. BYS Blush in Pretty in Pink

L-R: BYS, Bourjois, Australis
BYS blushes are fairly well known amongst Australian beauty bloggers, especially the shade Coral (which I don't actually own). I really like this blush because despite it looking quite cool toned and shimmery in the swatch, it really gives me a rosy glow. I use this one in winter as I like the pink flush, but in Summer I tend to go for warmer, more peachy shades.

3. Australis Blush in Dusky Rose
This blush is perhaps the trickiest to apply, but it is so worth it. This, whilst it does look a little scary, gives the most gorgeous natural glow to the face that no powder blush is capable of giving. It is a little tricky to blend, but it is so worth taking the time to do. I love this blush.

Close but not close enough...

This week for my close but not close enough product is my Face of Australia blush in Sheer Mauve. It is a beautiful shade, but the problem I have with this is that it is so messy to apply! It is remarkably difficult to get an appropriate amount of product on my brush and I always lose the majority of it into the atmosphere. I love the shade, but am not keen on the loose mineral style of it. It also has a strange smell, but I will go further into depth with that when I get around to completing a review on it.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Shopping My Stash

I have been seeing so many 'Shop my stash' posts floating around. I think it is the greatest idea because I get so stuck in a rut always using the same products and then I convince myself that I need to buy more, when in fact I just need to remember all the other cool things that I own.

I think that every now and again I am going to pick some products to 'remember' and 'reuse' for a while. I will make a post about it but it won't be anything special, just a picture and a couple of links to the product reviews.

This is this month's set of products that I shopped my stash for:
Physicians Formula Pearls of Perfection - Translucent
Face of Australia Mineral Therapy Illuminator - Angel Flame
The Body Shop Born Lippy Lip Balm - Strawberry
Avon Daring Curves Mascara - Black
Avon line'n design lip duo - Shimmering Sand

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

Well, my one year anniversary giveaway has ended and I was overwhelmed by the response it received. It was lovely to see old followers enter as well as getting to see some new followers and their wonderful blogs. Thank you to everyone who has supported me and been a part of this blog, whether it was by voting on a poll, commenting or simply just reading my posts!

After a month of gathering entries it is now time to reveal the winner of my giveaway. The winner is...

Abigail from Shrinking Wallet!

If you don't know Abigail, she is a fellow Australian beauty blogger (yay!) and she writes some really cool posts. (She is also ridiculously generous with her giveaways too!)

Thank you for all being a part of my giveaway, sorry that I couldn't give you all something!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Top 3 Tuesday - Lipstick

I certainly love my lipsticks, and when I went to pick out my top 3 it became apparent that I always go for a particular shade. I found it quite easy to select my top 3 lipsticks but it was hard to put them in an order.

1. Essence lipstick in All about Cupcake
After much deliberation I had to come to the conclusion that this was my top lipstick. I wear this lipstick more that any other, almost every day in fact. It is one that you can just slap on without looking in the mirror and feel confident that it will look good. It has a nice buildable formula, it smells amazing and it is the most gorgeous shade. Even better is that it doesn't cost more than four dollars.

2. Savvy by DB lipstick in Pretty Pink
This is another cheap lipstick that I have fallen in love with as it is a 'my lips but better' colour that can be worn with ease and without effort. It is a beautiful shade, slightly drying in formula though, but perfect for an every day look.

3. Loreal Paris lipstick in Pink Fever
This is probably one of the oldest lipsticks of mine, but it is still in my top 3. The colour is a strong barbie pink that is actually rather flattering and appropriate for special occasions. The formula is a little drying, but nothing terribly concerning.

Close but not close enough...

For the close but not close enough award is the Face of Australia lipstick in lychee crush. I love this lipstick, but the reason it didn't make it into my top 3 was simply because I just don't wear it as often as the others. It is a beautiful shade and a lovely formula (and it is also a lovely price). I know this is a favourite amongst many beauty bloggers.

L-R: Savvy, Loreal, Essence, Face of Australia

Monday, September 17, 2012

Wishlist September 2012

Wishlist September 2012

I'm never going to get any of these, but I think it is fun to dream, right?
If I had a money tree, I think these are some of the first products I would purchase!
I would love to know what is on your dream wishlist! 

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Face of Australia Pressed Powder - Beige

Powders are one of those products that are essential (at least for those blessed with overactive oil glands in their faces) but to be put simply, are dead boring.

Unlike lipsticks, blush and eyeshadow, powder is terribly boring to shop for and is hard to part money with (after all you never actually see a good powder). I was sent this pressed powder from Face of Australia to review and despite the boring nature of powders, I was rather excited about trying this out.

My first thought was 'Wow, that looks expensive.' Face of Australia is right on the mark with their matte black casing with plain white print. It looks classy, expensive and very eye catching. This is very different to the Maybelline dream matte powder (which don't get me wrong, is quite good) that is a little more 'cheap' looking. The packaging is very sturdy, easy to open and features a large mirror inside. The only problem with this is that once you begin using the powder you will find that the mirror quickly becomes covered in the product. I personally don't use the mirrors in such products, but it frustrates me seeing a filthy mirror covered in powder.

The powder itself is really quite good. At first I thought it was going to look ridiculous on me as it appeared to be a lot darker than my skin tone, however I actually like that about it because it warms up my face without making me look like an oompa loompa. The powder is finely milled and therefore doesn't make me look, well, powdery. It does settle into large creases, but not to an overly noticeable extent.

I don't think it gives any real coverage, despite the fact that it isn't a translucent powder. It feels lovely on the skin and really does get rid of any oily/shiny feeling. It maintains this matte look throughout the majority of the day, although in hot weather my face does get a bit shiny by the end. Even over the top of my Garnier BB cream this powder keeps me oil free (now that is remarkably impressive, I found the BB cream to be ridiculously oily.)

The only problem that I have with this product is that it has a strong fragrance that does linger on the skin. I don't know if I am the only person who has noticed this, but often older ladies use powders on their face that have a strong floral(ish) scent that is quite overpowering. This powder is that exact smell. It does linger on the skin but it doesn't bother me too much because it isn't too strong.

Overall this powder is pretty good - perhaps not as good as my Maybelline one, but a good one all the same. It keeps the oil away, warms up the face and feels nice on the skin. It is also considerably cheaper than the Maybelline one at $11.95 instead of $18.95.

I give this product 7 out of 10.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Liebster Award and Versatile Blogger Award

I have been really blessed to be given two more awards from Staring at Paper Faces and Escaped Potato. Since I have written about these awards a couple of times I won't really tag anyone else or state a heap of facts, however as part of the Liebster award there are a couple of questions which I think will be fun to answer.

1. Who inspired you to start blogging?
Frangipani Princess was probably the main blogger who inspired me to begin a blog but there were also a couple of people I knew who had blogs and I figured if they could do it I could too!

2. Can you play any instruments?
This questions makes me sad! I would desperately love to be able to play an instrument. I tried piano when I was really young but I had a horrible teacher who kind of put me off the idea of learning an instrument from then on. If I could play any instrument I would choose the Violin or the drums, though guitar and piano would probably be the most versatile and 'useful.'

3. What would your dream job be?
This question came up the other day - I do not recall why! I have been thinking about it and I honestly cannot think of an answer. I'll keep thinking!

4. Do you have any pets?
I have a Golden Retriever. I think he has made some small appearances on my blog once or twice, but just for fun I'll let him feature on this post!

5. What is your favourite song at the moment?
Without a doubt, Breath of Life by Florence and the Machine

6. What is one beauty item that you couldn't live without?
Lip balm

7. How long does it take you to get ready in the morning?
Ten minutes to get dressed/select my outfit, five to fifteen minutes for makeup (depending on whether it is a weekday or weekend), 100 years to dry my hair if it has been washed...

8. What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Be yourself because that is who you are.

9. What is your biggest fear?
This is getting deep! The death of friends and family is pretty scary.

10. What is your favourite beauty brand?
I have really been getting into Face of Australia lately, although Essence is pretty cool too.

11. How long have you been blogging for?
Just over a year, with a one year anniversary giveaway to celebrate!

Thank you to everyone who tagged me, I really appreciate it!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Bellaboo Clear Skin Smoothie Face Mask

I picked this up for $5 on sale oh so long ago (it retails for $15) but only used it about a month ago for the first time. For some reason it's childish packaging (featuring a woman winking who disturbingly just looks like a cyclops) and somewhat cringeworthy text on the back drew me in and I found it the slightest bit appealing. I mean, who doesn't want a 'clear skin smoothie' to smooth away spots 'created by chicks for chicks', after all there is 'no need to freak out when you break out!' Right, I promise there will be no more cringiness in this post.

Despite me making fun of the packaging, I really like this mask. It claims to cleanse deeply, draw out any impurities, refine and tighten pores and help the healing process. Not sure what I'm supposed to be healing, but let's go with it.

It's nice and gentle on the skin but I still feel that it really does the job well. Unlike other masks that I have tried there is absolutely no stinging or irritation whatsoever. It does have a fragrance to it which I think is neither here nor there really, though you may want to check that you like it before buying because I imagine some people may find it offputting.

I apply it thickly for ten minutes onto my clean face and then let it set. Like every other mask, I find it ridiculously uncomfortable and it takes all my willpower not to remove it instantly.

Once off, my face resembles a boiled lobster (ALL the redness goes away within about two minutes) but my gosh does my face feel smooth. It's like all the gunk has been sucked out and what is left is pure goodness. (I know, I know, I said I would leave the cringiness out!)

I don't use masks often (perhaps about once a month) but I found this one to be really effective. It did make my skin feel smooth, I'm not sure that it did anything to my blemishes but it made my skin feel pretty darn good.

I give this 7 out of 10.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Updating my skincare routine

If you were to ask me how often I use a facial exfoliator, I would say once to twice a week. I would be lying. I like to think that I do, but I don't, maybe once a month is more like it.

Then you would ask me how often I exfoliated the rest of my body (actually I don't think you would ask that, I don't know anyone who would ask that, but for the purpose of this post you are going to pretend you would ask me that) and then I would tell you never. I would not be lying, that is the truth.

I have decided to revamp my skincare routine because, well, it's not doing much for me. Here is the plan:

- I cleanse my face once a day (I already do this religiously which is good)
- I moisturise twice a day (once again this is something I already do without fail)
- I exfoliate once a week
- I use a mask every two weeks
- I go without makeup once a week

- Exfoliate 2-3 times weekly
- Moisturise daily

- I drink much more water
- I eat more healthily
- I exercise more frequently

I think the last three points are the most important, but of course they are the most difficult to change. I am hopeless at drinking water - not because I drink other things (water is actually my favourite drink) but because I simply don't drink anything. I eat somewhat healthily, but there is lots of room for improvement. I do exercise about three or four times a week and I am reasonably fit (I am satisfied with my fitness levels) but once again it could be improved.

What do you think about your skin routine? Does it need a makeover?

Monday, September 10, 2012

Face of Australia Mini Mousse Cream Eyeshadow - Midas Touch

This is one of those products that I really, really wanted to love but as much as I tried, there was no denying that it was in fact, a horrible product.

I was sent this cream eyeshadow to test out and when I saw it I was so excited. I had not seen these in the shops (but since receiving this I have noticed them hiding around the place) but had I seen them I expect I would have bought one to try out.

This little 'mini mousse' eyeshadow is, well, a mousse eyeshadow that applies like a cream but seems to dry and become more of a powder. The shade I have, Midas Touch, is an incredibly beautiful golden colour with slightly more white/light yellow tones to it. I think my favourite part about this is that you can use it for a highly pigmented finish or for a subtle hint of colour, and it is so easy.

This is a really strange product to apply - it squeezes out in a little line and then I rub it between the tips of two of my fingers. I then apply it with my fingers, which is awkward and difficult, and not overly accurate, but still seems to do an alright job. When I apply it I am able to concentrate the colour on my lids and on the inner corners of my eyes though it takes a lot of messing around and fiddling about.  One good thing is that if I get any product somewhere where I don't want it, I just rub it away with ease.

The eyeshadow feels a little sticky and wet upon application but soon dries to a powdery type texture. It does not last through the day, in fact by about the 1 hour-2 hour mark it is pretty much a shimmery mess over your face.

This product does crease, in fact it actually creases like crazy. I have never seen anything crease so badly in my entire life. It lasts about five minutes (not even) and then it has collected in the folds of my eyelids. I don't have wrinkly eyes (yet!) but it makes me look as though I am approximately 100 years older. It is that bad.

I never ever use eyeshadow primer, but I did with this and the results were the still the same - creasing immediately.

I really love the style of packaging and the fact that it is mini. I rarely use up products so mini packaging is good. I can say that I won't be using this product up though, because it really is not a good formula.

Despite the fact that this product really is, put simply - awful - I still want to like it so badly! It is such a beautiful colour, and hilariously unusual texture and comes in an adorable little tube with a cap. What's not to love about that?

 These are currently on sale for $2.95 (down from $7.95). I looked everywhere to find where they were being sold (apparently not at Priceline) and so far the only place I found them being sold was at Kmart. There weren't any left and the stand part of it had been dumped between the razors and hair brushes, but I guess I kind of understand why - they really are terrible.

As much as I tried to like this and want to like this, there is no hiding that it is a horrible product. If anyone has tried this and liked it please let me know because I want to be able to say that I use it regularly and that it is the best product I have ever come across. I must give it 2/10.

The eyeshadow ten minutes after application, with primer

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Tara at Still Blushful's Giveaway

Tara is holding an incredible giveaway on her blog. Australians can win:
36W UV lamp
LUMINail base coat
LUMINail top coat
LUMINail New York Red
LUMINail 3-in-1 Cleanser
LUMINail Gel Remover

It finishes on the 17th of September, so if you are interested you can check it out here.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Face of Australia Concealer - Neutral

This is the first stick concealer that I have ever used and I must say, if all stick concealers are like this then I love them!

When I think of a stick concealer I imagine a thick paste that creases and feels absolutely awful. One that looks greasy and has ridiculously thick and unnatural looking coverage. One that looks slimy and creates deep wrinkles on the skin. Grossed out yet? I am.

It is for the reasons listed above that I always gravitated to the liquid concealers like the Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch concealer. I found them to suit my needs well, concealing the darkness around my eyes, redness around my nose and small blemishes, however I always struggled to cover bigger pimples and blemishes as well as discolouration from past blemishes. I kind of knew that a stick concealer would be appropriate for the job but never got around to purchasing one because I honestly thought it would be a waste of money.

I was sent this product to review and it has really opened my eyes to trying new things. I am so pleased that I got the opportunity to use this because gosh it is good!

It is natural looking with a medium to high coverage. It is perfect for stubborn blemishes and old discolouration, and surprisingly is also good for under the eyes! I was ridiculously surprised after trying it out by concealing the bags under my eyes (which admittedly aren't that bad but could use some covering up) that it was so effective. It didn't crease, get oily or shiny and brought a lot of light to that area. It did make the colouring look slightly strange (there was a little of the purple tones showing through the concealer) but nothing of great concern.

I love the way that this feels on my skin and it has a pretty good lasting power (especially when setting powder has been applied over the top). It doesn't feel greasy or thick, in fact it feels as though there is nothing on my skin. I actually like to use it best on the inner corners of my eyes where I get dark colouration, it really brightens up with eyes and it is so quick and easy. It can be built up (to a point) and doesn't look thick or cakey. I love the size of this, it is absolutely perfect for application over blemishes and under eye circles.

This concealer does have it's problems though. It clings to dry patches and cannot handle any slightly flaky areas of skin. For someone who has dry skin I probably would not recommend this. It also only comes in two shades, and they are very very similar (at least they appear to be on the website).

Like pretty much all Face of Australia products, I really love the matte black packaging with the classy white print. The wind up part of it is so practical and easy to use (then again how else would you package such a product?!)

For $9.45 I really wouldn't hesitate to purchase this again, and I would recommend it to others. I give this 8/10.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Top 3 Tuesday - Eyeliner

Top 3 Tuesday is here again, although only just in time! Like last week it was pretty easy for me to identify my top 3 eyeliners as whilst I do have a fair amount, these are the three that I use on a regular basis.

1. Face of Australia liquid liner - Black
I have mentioned this so often in the last week or two I expect you are so sick of hearing about it. This is my new favourite, and considering that I always hated liquid liner because I was so useless at applying it, this must be a pretty good product for me to like it so much. I find this the quickest and most impressive looking eyeliner for me to apply out of all my eyeliners.

2. Maybelline Eyestudio Gel liner - Brown
This eyeliner is a favourite of many and for good reason! When I first got it I wasn't overly pleased (as outlined in the review) but I have found it has changed over time. This may or may not have a lot to do with the fact that my skill in applying it increased too!  It comes with a brush (which is surprisingly quite decent!) and is just a good gel liner. I like that mine is in brown, I find it really quite wearable, especially for the day time. It isn't terribly expensive, although you don't really get all that much product. I think it is a worthwhile purchase.

3. Essence Gel Eyeliner - Black
This is a ridiculously creamy  liner that is very pigmented and has good lasting power. The formulation and consistency is perfect and once again it is a liner that I am actually able to use! As you can see from the photo I haven't worn it much, simply due to the fact that I find it so bold in comparison to what I am used to and that being black and waterproof it requires a lot of effort to get off!

Close but not close enough...

For my close but not close enough product I have two eyeliners from Face of Australia, the Eye definer pencils in Charcoal and Marine. I like that these are two different colours however it is apparent that pencil forms just aren't my type of liners. I find them hard to use on the upper lashline, but I really like them for my lower lashline.

Monday, September 3, 2012

TAG - My Makeup History

The idea for this tag post came about the other day when I found some of my old makeup that I hadn't used in a while. I found some of the makeup that had been my favourite, the stuff that I would use on a daily basis and considered a staple part of my collection and was quite surprised (and perhaps slightly embarrassed!) that I ever liked it.

As I began writing this post I found that it would work better as a TAG so I decided to create one myself. Please let me know if someone else has created something like this before me and I will change it immediately to give them credit!

TAG - My makeup history

Answer the following questions and take a picture (or two) that relates to your answers. (My top picture shows white eyeliner, an answer to one of my questions).

1. How long have you been wearing makeup: A couple of years, though more seriously since starting this blog.

2. What was your favourite makeup product in the beginning: Lip balm

3. What is your favourite makeup product now: Lipstick

4. What were some of your favourite brands in the beginning: BYS, Maybelline

5. What are some of your favourite brands now: Essence, Face of Australia

6. How would you describe your makeup 'style': Natural and Neutral

7. What is your everyday makeup like: A light layer of foundation/tinted moisturiser, neutral eyeshadow, touch of blush and a pink lip tint

8. What is your 'going out' makeup like: Foundation, bronzer,brown eyeshadow, eyeliner and lipstick

9. What makeup look are you known for: Light pink lips, shimmery brown shadow

10. What is the worst beauty crime you have committed: I've always been pretty conservative though I did have some pretty awful untamed eyebrows for a while there!

11. What is the worst beauty crime you are proud to have not committed: Orange foundation with horrible lines around the jaw where it stops

12. What is a trend you were part of but now aren't a fan of: I used to line my waterline with bright white eyeliner (not even nude/skin tone liner, bright white!) because I read somewhere that it brightened the eyes. It didn't look too bad, but it wasn't overly flattering. I also used to pack masses of shimmery white shadow in the inner corners of my eyes. I like a bit of light shadow there, but it was borderline dangerous considering how strong the light reflection was, I could have blinded someone!

13. What is one trend you are proud to say you were never part of: I never went for the super heavy, caked on foundation look with dark, thick eyeliner and black shadow which I am pleased about (a trend so many of my peers went through!)

14. What is one look you will never ever go for: Neon/ridiculously bright eyeshadow - I am much too scared to do something like that, but it really isn't my taste anyway

15. If you were brave enough to wear any look, what would you go for: Winged liquid liner and bright red lips!

16. An old HG product of yours: Nivea Fruity Shine lip balm Pink Guava

17. A current HG product of yours: Face of Australia Lip Crayons

I tag specifically:
Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty
Emma from Smudged liner and split ends
Ellie from Elliebeaa
Tara from Still Blushful
Abigail from Shrinking Wallet
Char! from It's Charr
Alia from Taking over the world one pair of shoes at a time

I would love for others to take part in this TAG, please link any post you do so I can read it too!

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Monthly Favourites - August

It's SPRING! The weather today was so warm and beautiful and I got to see my best friend the sun. We had a nice catch up and it made me realise how long it had been since we had seen each other last. We promised to catch up more often.

August was a strange month in the sense that I don't really recall much of what happened. I can't think of any significant events that occurred, although I can tell you it was very busy. It went quickly which was like every other month I suppose.

For the eyes category this month I wore the Face of Australia liquid liner. This was a very easy category to decide on because I literally wore this at every opportunity! I love this liquid liner (which you can read about here) and I would recommend it to those who struggle (and those who are pros!) to apply liquid liner.

For the face category I had another Face of Australia product, their Face Base Primer. I am yet to complete a review on it but considering that it has made it to my monthly favourites, I must think it is pretty good! Saying that, this is my first primer so I haven't really got much to compare it to, but so far I am loving it.

This month's winner of the lips category was my Face of Australia lip crayon in Cupcake. Whilst it did feature in my last month's Monthly Favourites post, I continued loving throughout the duration of this month and feel it deserves to be featured again!

For nails I wore my Australis polish in Dusk, a beautiful polish that you can read about here and here. It is a subtle golden sheen on the nails and is just gorgeous. Of course they discontinued it, as it always is with my much loved products.

Last was my 'other' category and this month it was a hair product. I've never really spent any time, money or effort on my hair (despite it being ridiculously long) however I have noticed that there are some split ends that are taking over. This 'Ends Mender' from the Australian brand Salon Confidential has been a favourite of mine this month. Whether it actually works I am yet to find out, but the smell and texture (and packaging!) is enough to make me continue using it!

So that is my August monthly favourites. I do apologise for the photos, due to the nature of the contrasting white and black products it was really hard to photograph them as a group, but I did my best. Also, there were a lot of Face of Australia products featured but what can I say, I am really getting into that brand!

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