Sunday, 28 June 2015

A Brush for Every 'Do

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We all have hair struggles, whether it's taming a frizzy mane, trying to add volume to limp locks or just a plain old bad hair day. A lot of people think that products are the solution and while they are a huge part of it, you can't discount how important your hairbrush is. With that in mind, here's an overview of some of the new brushes from Beauty Theory, there's one for every 'do! 
A little background, Beauty Theory is the sister brand to Colour Theory (you can read my review on some of their lip products here) and products can be found at Amcal Pharmacies. All of the Theory brands are super affordable but still decent quality. Rachael Finch is also the brand ambassador and I'm pretty happy to use anything the gorgeous Miss Finch supports!
L-R: Ceramic Curling Brush, Purse Brush, Boar Bristle Brush and Paddle Brush

As someone with fine hair that tends to fall flat, this brush is my new BFF. It's designed to add volume, boost body and add a little curl so it's perfect for fine, limp hair. It's also great for blow-drying or heat styling because it's vented and it's ceramic. 

Here's the scenario: it's raining, it's windy and you're running late (because that's what always happens, right?). You rush into the nearest bathroom, only to find that your hair now resembles some sort of artistic impression of a bird's nest. Never fear, you reach into your handbag and pull out your saviour, the Purse Sized Styling Brush. This little baby is designed to be used wet or dry and had rounded ends to prevent snags. It's perfect for touch-ups as it's designed to smooth hair and add shine.

This is possibly my favourite brush of the lot, it's like your own, private head masseuse. The Paddle Brush is designed to detangle and smooth, it's perfect for slicked back ponytails. Because it has so many bristles, it's the ideal brush for tackling tangled manes.

This brush is a little bit of luxury at an affordable price. The bristles are designed to distribute your hairs oils and stimulate roots to promote healthy hair growth. It can be used wet or dry and will help give you the shiniest, most Rapunzel-worthy locks around. I have always wanted to own a boar bristle brush, there's something very classic about brushing your hair with one.
The Boar Bristle Brush in action
Have you tried any of the new Beauty Theory Brushes yet?

Dani xx

Products in this post were provided as PR samples, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Rimmel New(ish) Releases: Oh My Gloss & ScandalEyes XX-treme

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I feel a little behind the eight ball with this post as these Rimmel new releases actually came out a little while ago BUT I thought that some of you might still appreciate a review. Consider it a very thorough road test!
The Product - Rimmel Oh My Gloss ($13.95)

If you've ever read this blog before, you will know of my extreme aversion to lip gloss in almost any form. I find it sticky, tacky and generally unpleasant to wear, so I had pretty low expectations for these. I'm more than happy to admit that I was pleasantly surprised by these. They are pretty pigmented for glosses (I get compliments every time I wear them) and most importantly, they don't feel sticky or tacky, they're actually quite moisturising. I guess that's because they contain Vitamin E and Argan oil, making them the perfect lip product for winter. I liked both the shades I tried (Pin Up and Ooh La La) but found they looked pretty similar when swatched, I'm definitely keen to try some of the nude shades.
Oh My Gloss swatches Pin Up on top and Ooh La La on bottom
KaBOOM! Cosmetics gives the Oh My Gloss Lip glosses:

I was expecting big things from this mascara, I was really hoping that it would be a dupe for Benefit's Roller Lash which I'm a huge fan of. The brush looks quite similar and the formula seems to have a similar consistency too. Unfortunately, I was fairly under-whelmed. The XX-treme brush doesn't seem to grab and coat as well as Roller Lash and I found the brush a little difficult to use. I did end up with mascara everywhere the first time I used it and the formula doesn't clump at all but it doesn't really give any "wow" factor. I have become a little more used to it and while it definitely isn't a dud, it ain't no Roller Lash either! I think that if you're looking for a Roller Lash dupe, it's probably as close as you're going to get.
XX-treme brush vs. Roller lash brush
KaBOOM! Cosmetics gives the ScandalEyes XX-treme Mascara:
Have you tried either of these new releases from Rimmel yet?

Dani xx

Products in this post were provided as PR samples, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Top 5 Time-Saving Tips

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As you may have noticed, I've been a little absent from the blogging world of late and that's because I'm juggling work/uni/travel plans/more work. Yeah, yeah, first world problems, I know! But it does mean that I've had to be a little more creative with my time and come up with new ways to save time and still look semi-decent. So here are my top time-saving beauty tips.
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1. Get your brows tinted

Being both dark and bushy of brow, tinting wasn't really something I'd ever considered but after taking the plunge and getting them tinted, I am never going back! Even for someone like me with naturally dark, full brows, the difference is amazing. My brows look amazing even without any product and when I do go to fill them in, it takes about half the time. Win-win right? Lash tinting also falls into this category, especially if you have fine or very light lashes. 
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Head to the Benefit Brow Bar for all your brow-tinting needs.

2. Invest in some multi-tasters

The best way to save time when it comes to beauty is to invest in products that give you two (or more) ways to use them. Think cream blushes like the Balm's How Bout Them Apples Palette, that you can use as both a blush and a lip stain. This means that you'll save time because you're reaching for fewer products to get ready with. Another great idea is the Schick Intuition Razors that have a built-in soap so you don't have to mess about with shaving foam. You can just hop into the shower, shave and go!
3. BB Cream is a life saver

I am a BB cream convert and I will sing it's praises for all eternity! BB creams and tinted moisturisers are fabulous because you can apply them using just your fingers (hello to getting ready on the train), they provide good coverage, even out your skin tone and give you a gorgeous glow. They're quick and easy to use but still make you look like you've made an effort.

My current favourite BB creams are the Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream and the Too Faced Beauty Balm.

4. Dry shampoo, nuff said

Dry shampoo is God's gift to busy women who can't be bothered washing their hair as often as they probably should. My hair is blasted with enough dry shampoo to potentially suffocate an elephant but I can't get enough of it (and yes, I do realise I sound a lot like a junkie). I just love that my hair can go from bleaugh to moderately alright with just a sprite from my beloved dry shampoo. Another great tip is to apply your dry shampoo at night then brush it through in the morning for extra volume and a little more time saved.
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5. Invest in a thermal water

I know it sounds a little crazy to be carrying around mini-bottle of thermal water in your handbag BUT aside from being able to potentially fool thieves into thinking you carry pepper spray, you'll also be able to refresh your makeup instantly. When your makeup starts to look cakey or your concealer starts to crease, a little spritz can save the day. Either spray directly onto your face before using a sponge or beauty blender to touch up OR spray a little directly onto a beauty blender and then wave goodbye to your creasey concealer.
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My favourite refreshing spray of all time is the Body Shop's Vitamin E Mist.

What are your favourite time saving tips?

Dani xx

Products in this post were provided as PR samples, however, all opinions expressed here are my own.

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Beauty Wishlist #3

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You may have noticed in increase in the number of wish lists I've been posting about recently. That's because (as usual) my income never quite managed to keep up with all the lovely makeup things I want. I also like making these because quite often, by the time I get around to going to buy a certain product, I've done so much research on it that I've decided I don't actually want it any more. It's a great money-saver! Here are three things that I've currently lusting after:

Everybody and their mother is on the contouring bandwagon at the moment! The reason I'm quite keen on this particular kit is that you get four shades AND they look like quite nice, subtle contour colours. I do like a good contour but I often find that it looks amazing in photos but can look quite harsh in person. I'm hoping that with these more subtle colours, I can get a nice contour that looks good in person as well as on camera. I'm also hoping that the shades are easy to blend and build. I currently own the Australis Contour Kit which is one of very few drugstore contour kits available in Australia at the moment, but find the contour shades muddy and hard to work with. I'm very much looking forward to the release of this baby on  June 29th at Mecca Maxima. 

I read and hear about this mask ALL THE TIME! It seems like every blogger and blogger I follow seems to love this mask so I pretty much had no choice but to add it to my wishlist. I actually got a little sample (thank you Mecca Maxima!) and I really enjoyed using it. I love that you can use it overnight and wake up to plump, hydrated skin. I'm definitely considering picking this up before I fly to England because I think it would be a really nice mask to use on the the very, VERY long flights.

3. MAC Lipstick ($36.00)

I've intentionally not mentioned a shade because I really don't know which one to pick up next! I have a 12 lipstick holder dedicated to my MAC hippies...and I currently only have 11 lipsticks in it. There is a vacant space so I'm taking suggestions as to which MAC lipstick you think I should get next.

Dani xx

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

NEW VIDEO! Just One Tag

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Hi guuuuuyz,

Just wanted to let you know that the lovely Jacquelyn from Hey There Jacquelyn and I have been doing a little collaborating and today we're brining you not one but TWO new videos. The video on my channel is the Just One Tag (thanks to Kat from Kitsch Snitch for tagging me) and the second is a ColourPop Haul which you can find on Jacquelyn's channel
Don't forget to like/comment/subscribe and keep the love coming!

Dani xx

Thursday, 4 June 2015

ColourPop: Where The Light Is

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I recently picked up a few goodies from ColourPop (there will be a haul video up VERY SOON!) and I thought I would share one of my favourite items with you, the Kathleen Lights quad, Where The Light Is.
The Product - Where The Light Is ($20.00 USD)
When I originally decided I wanted this, I thought it was a palette but it's actually four separate shadows. This quad is a collaboration between ColourPop and the lovely Kathleen Lights (you can watch her video on it here). I think the shades are all beautiful and work really well together. The shades in the quad are Glow (a matte vanilla), Cornelious (a mid-toned matte brown), Kathleenlights (a bronze-gold metallic shade) and Blaze (a warm bronze with glitter). 
These eyeshadows are a little unusual in that they are neither a powder not a cream, but almost a mousse. They feel super creamy and the colour payoff, especially on the metallic shades is stunning. They really have to be seen to be believed! My only slight disappointment was the lightest shade, Glow, which comes off a little chalky and less pigmented than the rest but it's by no means awful. I also love the patterns on these shadows, they really are beautiful. The price point is also pretty great, with each shadow coming in at only $5 USD. The downside to that is the shipping rate which, if you live in Australia, is pretty extortionate. But hey, at least they ship here right?
All up, I think this is a really beautiful and affordable palette and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of it. 
KaBOOM! Cosmetics gives the Where The Light Is Quad:
Have you invested in this gorgeous quad yet?

Dani xx

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