A weekly beauty schedule like this is so practical for someone who is forgetful and/or lazy like me haha! I plan on printing it out so I remember. I particularly need encouragement to wash my brushes oops haha.
Still on the theme of beauty Youtubers, Allie Glines ‘How to Look Expensive With Drugstore Makeup’ spoke to my soul! Drugstore has my heart, and like Allie said she feels too, I’m seriously overwhelmed by the beauty industry right now. I can’t keep up with launches and i feel like I’m drowning in my own collection. ‘When it’s on your face, no one knows how expensive it is.’ AMEN!
In the same breath, Priceline recently had their half price cosmetics sale… here are some of my favourite blogger’s hauls!
You guys will know and love Emily (as I do) for her Priceline recommendations, honest reviews and ‘Spotlight On…’ posts.
How this works is I gave Emily five of my fave affordable beauty items and she swapped with me her five faves!
Below I’ll tell you what I chose for Emily and why, and give a review on the products she gave me!
Be sure to check out Emily’s blog and Instagram, as she has also reviewed the products I swapped with her!
Thank you for collaborating with me, Emily, and I hope you all enjoy! xx
What Emily Gave Me:
Rimmel Transparent Loose Powder: Ok, guys… I am doing this beauty swap with another person (soon to be revealed haha!) and they also swapped me this powder. So I’ve obviously been sleeping on it. My current loose powder of choice is the innisfree Matte Blue which is under $20 so I would deem that affordable. however, this Rimmel one can be as little as $8 if you find it half price, which is bonkers! Especially because you get so much product! Honestly, after trying this I would never buy a high end loose powder. This does the work for you!
Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream Gel Eyeshadow, shades ‘On and On Bronze’ and ‘Socialite’: I never paid much attention to these eyeshadows before, but I’m so glad Emily has brought them into my life. I tried applying these with my fingers which works well but also a small brush. Depends how much pigment you’d like. I always wear an eyeshadow primer, and set my eyes with a powder before I wore these. They claim to have 24 hour wear, and whilst I haven’t tested that, they do last the full work day. You can read about why Emily likes them here and I have to agree. I wore both these shades by themselves as a ‘one and done’ look but think that ‘Socialite’ works particularly well as a base or on the inner third of the eye whilst ‘On and on bronze’ is fabulous lid or middle third option!
Loreal Unlimited Mascara: I’ve tried this mascara thanks to @maddies.makeupmess’ recommendation and I at first I was excited to try it because you can move the wand to be positioned at a few different angles. I realised quickly however that this wasn’t actually a feature that I thought was necessary. i just use it in a straight, regular position. This swap with Emily reminded me to actually use this mascara again. I found it quite a thick formula that appeared to coat my lashes in a way that made them look chunky? I didn’t noticed that it performed exceptionally in terms of lengthening or volumising. And, it was starting to flake at about 8 hours of wear (which yes, is a long time that it didn’t flake, but I have mascaras that don’t budge at all.) I’m sorry guys, but this one doesn’t cut it for me!
Mud Makeup CC Cream: I apologise to everyone who loves this, because it is sadly (and maddeningly) being discontinued. If I had’ve known that when I purchase it, I wouldn’t have got it haha in case Emily falls in love with it!! This only comes in two shades, and the lightest shade only suits me when I’m tanned (which is rare) but it is a Aussie beauty fave for a reason. Great coverage, durability and could seriously rival other CC creams. And the fact that you could buy it at Woolies??? A dream!
Flower Beauty Highlighting Palette: I asked Emily if she’d tried any Flower, and she had tried the concealer and foundation, so I was eager to introduce her to more of the range. This highlight palette is an absolute steal and fab quality. The brush that is included is pretty useless IMO. I often use the champagne shade alone, but it’s funny to have the gold and rose gold – these I use more so on the eyes than face.
Flower Beauty Blush in ‘sweet pea’: This was the blush that made me love blush so it holds a special place in my heart. A beautiful, natural colour that lasts well on the skin.
Barry M Lip Kit in ‘Femme’: This is my hidden gem of the drugstore. You can buy this lip liner and gloss separately but i think they’re a power couple when use together. This is my absolute perfect mauve colour. The liner goes with 90% of my lip product collection and I’d say this gloss is *my fave*. Such good pigment for a gloss, and the actual formula isn’t sticky. Plus, I find it holds up pretty well. Brilliant! Honestly, this is why I wanted to do this swap, to introduce this combo to more people haha!
Loreal Lash Paradise Mascara: This mascara has a big reputation and rightly so. The cute rose gold packaging, the perfect brush shape, wears well. Just a great all-rounder. I was actually going to give Emily the Maybelline Lash Sensational with is my GOAT but she is already a fan of that. I like both of those mascaras because I can wear them for an everyday look or build them up for a false lash effect.
Have you tried any of these products? Who else would you like me to do this beauty swap with?
Let me know what’s on your Wishlist and what you recommend!
I’m trying to recommend new things, that I’ve not yet shared in one of these posts before!
Also!!!!! I was gifted the Luma and Makeup Revolution products I’ve mentioned. However, I truly love them and was under no obligation to post. This post is not associated with or sponsored by Priceline. (But like, in future pls do sponsor me xo)
Thin Lizzy Sponge:@i_shall_shop has sung the praises of this sponge for ages but I’d never remembered to pick it up. I finally bought it last sale and let me tell you… the hype is real. This is the best makeup sponge I’ve ever used. Better than Mco, Real Techniques, Kmart etc etc. So good, in fact, I recently picked up some when they were half price at Big W.
Revlon Lip Oil: Another purchase from the last sale, this lip oil is really easy to wear and has a sheer pigment.
Revlon Candid Glow Foundation: how this is called a “foundation” I do not know because it merely works as a tinted moisturiser for me but that’s why I like it! I could apply this with my eyes close and know it would be ok. So if you need very light coverage, this could work for you!
Makeup Revolution Waterproof Mascara: I actually have a post coming with a more in depth review but this mascara is incredible. I don’t really need/want waterproof formulas so I’m hoping to pick up the regular one!
Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipsticks: These have just launched in Australia, and don’t seem to be available online yet so you’ll have to get them in store. They have been so popular in America, I first found them when Allana raved about them here.
I plan on buying a few – oops…. including ‘so sleek pink’, ‘beaming strawberry’, ‘glossed up rose’ and ‘fire & ice’.
Maybelline Glass Setting Spray: I honestly haven’t heard a whole lot about this, but I love the sound of it. I am also so tempted by the Maybelline Nudes palette however I! Don’t! Need! More! Eyeshadow!
In case non-cosmetic items are on sale, I’d also recommend:
Neutrogena Cleansing Oil
Neutrogena Bright Boost Polish
Anadalou Roses, Enzyme and CannaCell Masks
Revlon Face DeFuzzers
Manicare Microfibre Cloth (cheaper alternative / similar concept to Face Halo!)
Random but notabe:
Also recently I picked up aother Arna Alayne recommendation, the Models Prefer Light Veil. I haven’t used it yet but I’m so excited to and it’ll be so affordable in this sale if you want to try it out too.
I really feel like I don’t have all that much to share with you this sale, but hopefully you and I both find some new treasures!
At the beginning of self-iso, I thought I would challenge myself to 30 days of face masks. Like lots of things I wanted to do during this time, it didn’t happen. But I did manage seven consecutive days, so here are my thoughts!
The day that started it all! I was feeling really blugh and so wanted to pep myself up a bit by doing a face mask. Note: face masks aren’t usually what I turn to when I need some self care. BUT! It felt like a productive task. I opened my face mask drawer (yes, drawer!!!!) and was overwhelmed by choice. To ease myself in to the challenge, I used the first mask I saw, which was my most recent face mask purchase- Swisse Skincare Manuka Honey Detoxifying Clay Mask – as recommended by @thebeautyroast who claims it’s a Glam Glow dupe! I’ve never tried the Glam Glow one so I can’t comment on that sorry. I use it on my T-zone predominately and really like it. However, most masks I disobey the ‘leave on for blah blah amount of time’ instruction because I feel like I – as an AdULt – can be the judge of that. This mask, however, I leave on for 10 minutes MAX! Because it gets very dry and uncomfortable. (70g, $20.99)
I always double mask, with my second choice being a something rich in hydration. Today I chose the Andalou 1000 Roses Rosewater Mask and left it on overnight. Lovely! (50g, $24.99)
So even though yesterday I said I always double mask – tonight I broke my own rule! I was gifted the ESK Hydroxy Overnight Mask which instructs you to use after cleansing, in place of your night routine. So I did! I had seen that Elayne from @skincaresweets had used and enjoyed it so I was excited. When I first put on the mask, it felt nice. But my skin is used to hydration in the evenings and so I spent all night feeling like I wanted to pop on some moisturiser. This feeling was still there in the morning. My blemishes looked less red and my skin felt really smooth and less textured however it also felt tight. Elayne didn’t have this problem but she has oily skin. I have combo skin, and so when I use this again I’ll either pair it with some moisturiser or use it as a spot treatment.
Update! I used this a few days later as a spot treatment and it worked soooo well! Much prefer it for this purpose. (Gifted) (15g, $50.00)
I’m finding it hard to balance active and detoxing masks with hydration so today I used the Tribe Skincare Chill Out Hydrating Mask by itself. I sometimes use this as a night mask but it leaves the skin feeling very tacky. So today I used it by itself and then washed it off after 15 minutes. It kind of smells like cucumber, which is fine for me but just something to keep in mind hah. I don’t think I would repurchase this because I have other hydrating masks I prefer. (50ml, $65)
The whole idea of this challenge is to try and use up items before they go out of date. I’m really going to try and make this include mini sizes as well. I tell you this because today’s mask – the Innisfree Capsule Recipe Pack in Canola Honey – is marketed as a ‘one use’ but I often get (at least!) 3 uses out of these! So I will repeat this mask a few times. The mask claims to provide intensive moisture and nourishment to the skin. I was surprised to open it and find that it actually looks like honey and has a similar consistency just without so much stickiness. It felt so nice on my skin, instantly nourishing! I left it on for well over ten minutes because it felt so nice on my skin. (10ml, $3.00)
I was feeling particularly dry today, so lathered myself in the Lanolips Face Base Aussie Flyer Mask . This is the first time I’ve used this mask. I’ve heard it compared to the Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask, which I’ll compare next! It has a slightly ‘soapy’ fragrance which didn’t bother me but just be aware of. My skin soaked this up so quickly, I would say for me it worked as a heavy duty moisturiser rather than a mask, per se. My skin felt nice the night I used it but wasn’t overly soft or plumped the following morning. It’s nice but idk, not sold on it yet. (60ml, $25.99)
Like I said yesterday, I’ve heard that the Lano Face Base is a dupe for Summer Fridays Jet Lag mask. Again, I’ve never tried the SF so tonight was my first time – I had it in a little sample pot from Mecca. First impressions, the texture is very similar to Lano. And similarly to Lano, my sin soaked this up and I didn’t have to remove it. Left on overnight I didn’t wake up with ‘wow super soft’ skin but would say this acted like an intense moisturiser. This one was a bit more oily in consistency than Lano, IMO.
After trying both Lano and SF, both of which I used as an overnight mask, I think that whilst I enjoyed both of them, I wouldn’t rush out to buy either again. I don’t think I would buy the SF at all. Lano is good to have on hand, but I if I need some intensive overnight moisture, I will always turn to my beloved Weleda Skin Food (75 ml, $24.95 – making it bigger and cheaper than Lano). It’s my fave overnight mask and literally transforms my skin during the night. She’s the real MVP and I think she’s the reason my standards of overnight masks are SOOOO high.
Today I’m trying the first sheet mask of the week, with the Enbacci Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating Mask. I like sheet masks because they’re not messy, and pretty no-fuss. However, I also like masks that come in a jar because they’re less wasteful in the sense that you aren’t throwing away the sheet after one use. But, jar masks can be wasteful if you don’t get through them?? Win some, lose some- pick you battles 😉 This sheet is quite thick and big (as in, t’ll easily cover your entire face!) It was quite juicy too, which I always like to be able to use the excess serum down my neck and chest. My skin defintely felt hydrated after this, and whilst it has ‘age revitalising’ claims (I’m 19) I think it’s a pretty fab all-rounder. No irritations and made my skin feel more ‘alive’. Enbacci is an Aussie brand, and this mask has a $20 price tag which is a bit more than I’d usually pay for a face mask however, if you’re looking for a really luxe pamper treatment for you or a friend, I would recommend these. (Gifted) ($20 for one, $73 for five, 20ml each.)
So, surprise, I actually have two more reviews for you. But ‘9 Days of Face Masks’ doesn’t really have the same ring to it as ‘7 Days’ does it? Haha. Let’s do a rapid fire round…
I have never actually bought the full size Sand & Sky Australian Pink Clay Porefining Face Mask as I seem to have numerous mini tubes I’ve collected from various occasions. This mask is the bomb!! Seriously, it detoxifies without being harsh, leaving you with clean and fresh skin. I find it gentle enough to use all over but also it’s extremely effective as a spot treatment. It’s a cult classic for a reason! ($69.90 for 60g, $39.90 for 30g)
Ok, so not actually a face mask, but under-eye patches, Good Molecules Caffeine Energising Hydrogel Eye Patches. These are super juicy, yet don’t slip and slide all over your face. I find a lot of under-eye masks sting my sensitive skin, so am always a bit apprehensive. These ones don’t do that at all which is why I like them so much. I don’t find that they actually do anything in terms of brightening however they do make my under eyes more hydrated and so I like to use them in the mornings before makeup. (Gifted) (60 patches/30 pairs, $18USD)
Have you tried any of these masks? What’s your favourite face mask?
Items that were gifted were done so without the obligation to review or post, just FYI.
Anna’s ‘Working From Home Beauty Edit’ was a fun read- but I can’t relate. Early on in iso I was doing my makeup almost more than I did IRL. But over two months into iso, I haven’t been wearing makeup for my uni zoom calls. Soz guys.
I’m not one for maths, but this pie chart is a wardrobe hack I can get on board with!
I saw this post on Pinterest and it really resonated with me – and although the post was written a year ago, I think it’s particularly relevant to me (at least) right now in a world of you-know-what.
Sharing some notes from tonight’s Sand & Sky Customer Event via Zoom. More info coming soon!
Sarah Hamilton – Managing Director Sand & Sky
Sarah Davidson – Founder of Matcha Maiden
Nassim Belhaq- Head of innovation, Sand and Sky
Nassim’s fave skincare tips
Warm up the skincare on the back of your hand, in circular motions, to help with the penetration into the epidermis.
Tap on the external contours on the eyes quite strongly. Facilitates the regeneration process of skin that is most active at night.
Nassim’s Isolation skin tips
Problems may be caused by dryness: staying home, decreased level of physical activity. Bring moisture to your skin.
Still protect your skin from UV rays. Even staying home, your skin is still impacted by the sun. Particularly if you were in the habit of applying sunscreen, keep this up!
In summary, keep it hydrated and protected.
Even if you’re not feeling actively feeling anxious, there is a major change in our lives that is often presenting itself in our skin – Sarah D
Seize the YAY – what brings you joy. Rather than ‘seize the day’ which is the idea of glorifying busy.
Teaser of upcoming products: Unique Australian ingredients, different skin concerns, 3 new ingredients. It will address something new!
Sarah H – has put down her business books and picked up fiction! And Netflix in addition to her usual ABC News. Masking at breakfast.
Sarah D – Meme community has upped its game. ‘It’s like earth has sent us to our rooms to think about what we’ve done.’ It’s given us the gift of time. In a time of tragedy, you might feel bad by doing things that make us feel good. But make the most of the fact, we are being forced to stay and home and indulge in things that we would never do. We finally have a forced excuse. Let go of the guilt. (Was still wearing her QANTAS pjs with her blazer). ‘Around this time, I bet Marie Kondo is mad she threw all that shit out.’
Nassim – calling his grandma everyday, who is 90 years old and lives in the South of France. She is amazed that she can talk to him whilst he is so far away!
Adding magnesium, berries and immunity boosters to his diet.
Gary Gorrow –
Inter connection of all aspects of human life, it is hard to isolate anything.
What is one thing I can do to increase my health and happiness? Meditation and mindfulness is about re- orientating.
This time can be used to become introspective.
Often in achievement mode, with a final destination.
It is ok to live inside yourself.
Shifted from action mode to being mode.
Shed you mind completely, to be just aware.
When you’ve been in awe of something, you mind’s gone offline.
The present moment is the most sacred moment.
But our mind has the ability to project ourselves away from the present – blessing and a curse. Can breed anxiety and unnecessary worry.
Balance between being visionary and attachment to this idea.
I had picked my uni backpack months in advance, but failed to fit my laptop case in it prior to my first day – oops. So I have been carrying my laptop around for the last three weeks and it’s honestly so annoying. I managed to find a cheap but convenient backpack from Kmart for $7.50 but I love the look of this one. It has a side drink bottle holder which is a must, but I’m not sure it would fit my laptop… I’ll need to measure!
I was going to say, ‘aww I don’t really have much on my beauty wishlist because I bought pretty much all of Priceline in the half price sale’ but ha ha ha no I scrolled the new in section of Mecca and Sephora and curated this list.
Lanolips launched a new colour in their tinted 101 ointment and ekkk it’s so pretty!!
Why I Faked My Own Diary Entries – you all know I’m a fan of a thought piece, but this by Julia at It’s All Fluff HIT ME GOOD! Isn’t it funny how we are afraid to be true to ourselves, and how clever the brain is to be able to LIE to ourselves? Deep thought, soz.
Emma from The Broke Generation shared this post last week – Your Feelings Are Valid. The conversation surrounding this post was really interesting, and something Emma said she was a bit scared and hesitant to share. But the comments were resounding in support, and I really liked these ones in particular.
francescooknz: This is so very true. I think gratitude can help stop us spiralling, but it’s the second step, not the first. The first step is recognising your feelings, and treating them as valid. This is a tough time, and burying how we feel about it will only make it worse!
lauraen.right: This is very valid, thanks for sharing. Many in the disabled/chronically ill community are feeling similar feelings of toxic positivity, because ideas such as, “we’re all in this together,” and, “this too shall pass,” are hurtful, because (a) no, you at least have an able body, and (b) it doesn’t end for everyone.
If you need some at home workout inspo, there are plenty of options here. I am pretty much proud of myself for going for one dog walk a day, I’m very rarely doing a workout. I used to go to the gym 5-7 days a week and I miss it os much but I just cannot motivate myself at home.
This brow tint was gifted to me, however I was under no obligation to write this review. I was just really interested in the process and wanted to share my thoughts. Irene from @icxbeauty has also written a review you can read here.
I tint my eyelashes at home because they’re quite long, but fair.
My eyebrows however, I’ve never tinted at home because I’m afraid I’ll get it wrong. And I’ve just not really thought about going to a salon to get them done.
So I was very excited when the Makeup Revolution Brow Tint landed on my desk. It comes in three shades, is $12.50 and is available from Priceline, for us Aussies.
I used the shade taupe.
Directions: Apply to a clean brow using the applicator. Leave on to develop for up to 2 hours for semi permanent brow tint that lasts up to 3 days.
The process: the applicator is like a thin paint brush, and was super easy to apply. I was worried the tint would stain my skin to, like what sometimes happens with my eyelashes, but it was fine! I tided up around the edges with a Q-tip. It has a slight smell but nothing overly offensive.
I accidentally left it on for three hours, because time got away from me. But it didn’t give me any reaction at all so that was fine. I jumped in the shower and removed it with my wet Press Beauty Swipie (I guess you could use any microfibre towel or even just a face washer!) and it came of so easily- pretty much in one swipe.
Results: I was so impressed with this tint. It looked very natural, I don’t think you could possibly make it ‘too dark’. It lasted about 3 full days for me.
I would definitely recommend trying this if you are new to eyebrow tinting and want to make sure you like it. But having done this, it makes me think I should got an at-home kit that lasts longer than 3 days- because that really isn’t all that practical to be honest. And the tint was quite light, I would still add some product to my brows. It’s easy to use, effective and very budget-friendly. Certainly can’t hurt to try! I’ll continue to use it, whilst I have the spare time during self isolation to keep the product on my eyes for two hours every few days however I can’t see much time for this in my non-isolation life.
4 Days Later
These pictures were so hard to take haha! But I hope this gives you a good idea of the effects!
This product is likely to go on sale on ASOS and Priceline so keep your eyes out for that too!