Priceline & Chemist Warehouse Black Friday 2020 Recommendations

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Black Friday sales are well and truly upon us so I wanted to share some of my top picks from Priceline, Chemist Warehouse and a few skincare bits!

I have shared many posts like this in the past so I will include them for your reference.

I also haven’t worn a lot of new makeup this year so I don’t have that many new recommendations. Though the list may be small, it is mighty!

Be sure to tag me in your hauls!

*Note* Most items you can buy from Priceline, will actually be cheaper at Chemist Warehouse during this sale. Just be mindful some brands are exclusive to either retailer.


L’Oreal Brow Artist Plump & Set Transparent

Revlon Super Lustrous Glass Shine Lipstick

Natio Matte Lip Colour

(I believe the ones linked are different to the ones in the picture… I can’t guarantee the new range is available in store I’m sorry!)

Revlon Face Defuzzers

These are sharpest ones I’ve tried, and the cheapest! Win win!

Rimmel Match Perfection Silky Loose Face Powder

@emmiesbeautylife and @beauty_withlauren got me onto this, and it’s seriously incredible. AND SO CHEAP OMG!!!!

Read my beauty swap with Emily here and Lauren here.

Chemist Warehouse

Manicare Brushes

Flower beauty Light Illusions Foundation

If you can get a shade match, wooo! Enjoy this gorgeous, glowy medium coverage foundation. unfortunately it isn’t a perfect match for me but I’nm determined to make it work, it’s just that good!

Flower Beauty Brushes

Such good quality, at such a good price. Never let me down!

Flower Beauty Powder Blush in Sweet Pea

This was the blush that made me love blush, so it holds a special place in my heart. This colour is perfect for my fair skin as an ‘everyday’ shade, and it’s also a decent size pan!

Big W

Max Factor Miracle Second Skin

For some reason, this is only available at Big W at the moment, and so I’m not sure what their sale will be. however, just keep this in mind because they often do 30-50% this range at other times throughout the year. It’s a shitty shade range (what’s new agh) but I was able to find a match and it’s a beautiful light to medium foundation. Read my full review here.



15% off with code BLACKFRIDAY. This is the ‘everything’ cream. I use it as a light morning moisturiser, hand cream, or in the evenings before a heavier sleeping mask.

Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask and Cream Skin Mist

This Cica mask is my actual favourite thing ever. It is so hydrating and soothing on the skin. I’ve only used it a few times since I got it in my Sephora Haul, but already I am in love. If you have dry-ish or problematic-ish skin you need this.

We all know about the famous Cream Skin toner, but I am lazy with toners so didn’t see how it could fit into my routine. Enter, the mist. I get the hype. It’s beautiful and is kinda putting my beloved Avene Thermal water to shame because of it’s added hydrating benefits. Big fan.

Also available via Australian K-beauty retailers Kanvas Beauty , Style Story and The Skin Alley.

I don’t recommend….

Covergirl Skin Milk Foundation… read my review here.

Previous Recommendations

I have a whole highlight on Instagram, but here are some quick links.

Colourpop Haul and Recommendations (30% off site wide)


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Sephora Sale Haul (October 2020)


This second half of 2020, Sephora has been pumping out regular, enticing sales. I’ve shopped at three of them so far.

Their latest sale was 20% orders over $150, or 15% with no minimum spend. I decided to take advantage of this because usually I only qualify for 15% when they do membership sales. 

I’ve been keeping a very long Sephora wishlist and planned on shopping at Black Friday, but this sale was a good way for me to split my haul across the two sales. 

Laneige Cica Sleeping Mask 

Initially, I thought I was going to buy the original Water Sleeping Mask, however, I watched this video and it made me realise that the Cica mask can do everything the water mask can and more! They also have this mini set which I plan on getting next sale so I can trial it! 

Laneige Cream Skin Mist 

I also planned on buying the toner version of this, however this mist was released the day before the sale and I thought I would try it instead. I think I can incorporate a mist into my routine a bit more easily (read: be bothered to do it) rather than a toner. I tried an Andalou naturals face mist and was like ‘oh my gosh I will never fall for this again’ however you know I love my Avene Thermal Spring Water Mist so turns out I am a sucker for the convenience of the application.  

Fresh Beauty Lip Balm in Peach 

I wanted the caramel scent but it was sold out, so I took to IG to see if you guys recommended coconut or peach. Survey says, peach! It smells delish, holy moly. Caramel is still on my wishlist though!

Fenty Beauty Pro Kiss’R Luscious Lip Balm in Latte Lips and Pinch Me 

These are the only makeup items I purchased! I’ve heard great things about these balms, and have even heard they’re comparable to Lanolips. However, I like the stick applicator on these. And the colours! Also, I love Lanolips for the colour but I don’t find them necessarily hydrating. These, however, are very nourishing on the lips.  

The Inkey List Polyglutamic Acid 

I first received this product in PR and oh my gosh, you guys need it! It claims to ‘hold four times more moisture than hyaluronic acid.’ Whenever my skin is feeling lack-lsutre, I can rust this will fix it. It’s often out of stock, so when I saw this was available, I added two to my cart! 

Sephora Collection Ultra Glow Serum 

In this episode of You Beauty, Leigh Campbell recommends this serum as a dupe for a high end one. I’m not sure which one she was referencing, maybe the Sand and Sky Glow Drops? If so, the formula of the two is noticeably different, this one an oil whilst the S&S is a bi-phase oil so is less ‘oil-like’ on the skin. It contains vitamin E and C and marine algae and is suggested to be used as a base for makeup. Whilst I use it in the morning, I haven’t used it under makeup yet (lockdown life) and so can’t say if I like to apply it like that, but I can certainly see how it would be nice! 

I was really excited about this haul, lots of things I’ve wanted to try for  quite a while. 

As for the next sale, here’s my wishlist. 

Laneige Mini Set

For reasons explained above 🙂 I’m not sure which one to go for…  

Nudestix x Pony Park 

I really like the blush and lip gloss in this set, but the highlight and eye product aren’t things I can see myself using regularly. That’s why I decided to hold off on purchasing it… I’m going to think about it some more. 

Ultra Violette Lean Screen 

This is new to the UV family, so whilst I know it’s coming to Sephora, I’m not sure when. Depends what the Sephora sale is too, to be honest. Otherwise I’ll buy directly from the site with @ms_hannah_e’s code ‘HANNAH20’

Sephora Collection All Day Hydrator Moisturiser

@beauty_withlauren recommended this, and it sounds like a hydrating and glowy product. I’m not sure if my combo skin could handle it in the warm weather but I would still like to add it to my collection. Lauren did use it in her PM routine so maybe it has a place there. 

Fenty Beauty Cream Blush in Rose Latte 

I really don’t need this, and when I saw how tiny they are IRL I thought ‘no way’. However, this colour is just so me. 

Fenty Beauty Primer

@minniemakeup_ recommended getting the mini of this, and I think that’s a great idea 😉 I haven’t been wearing makeup, let alone primer, but it sounds like a great option for combo skin. (Minnie said it plays nice with all skin types!) 

Fenty Beauty Lip in Glazed 

I have this formula but in the shade ‘Retro Rose’ and it’s divine. Glazed is not too different in colour. But naturally, I still want it. It’s just so me, ya know. 

Bite Beauty Foundation 

This product was recommended by @biancaehill and honestly, even if she didn’t say she emptied it (a sign of true lover for me and fellow beauty junkies) the aesthetic is enough to intrigue me. However! I do not need anymore ANYTHING, especially not foundation. This is a one-day-in-the-very-distant-future purchase. But if YOU need a new foundation, maybe this is a good place to start? 

What did you guys pick up from the Sephora Sale? I would love to see your hauls! 

PS. This order arrived very promptly however, it also arrived MISSING the hero product, the Laneige Mist. So I waited about two weeks for that problem to be addressed and the replacement to arrive. 

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Declutters: October 2020


Saying goodbye to some products who I once loved, or never worked for me!

Revlon Cheekmaker

This was my first ever cream blush and I honestly think it is why I disliked them for so long. It’s a really tricky formula to work with, it blends out really patchy and even then, you barely get any colour payoff. Big no from me. Goodbye! 

Sukin Coffee and Coconut exfoliating mask 

This was sitting in my collection smelling yummy but being unused. I tend to go for a chemical exfoliant nowadays, or if I do use a physical one, I use the Innisfree Clay or the Neutrogena Bright Polish. 

Garnier Micellar Milk

I don’t even know why I bought this in the first place. I barely use micellar water as it is. I hate the slimy consistency of this and don’t find it works very well at all. When it comes to the OG formula of this, if it ain’t broke… 

Iryna Skin Foaming Cleanser

I was using this everyday as my morning cleanse, but as lockdown went on, I was doing less and less skincare. This easily fell out of my routine. It is heavily fragranced which Ii don’t enjoy either. If I want a foaming cleanser, I reach for 11 Pearls. (Won in giveaway)

Medik8 Physical Sunscreen

I am sad to report that this Medik8 has found a new home. I tried it and was really enjoying it. It was my first ever physical sunscreen. It had a semi-matte finish and applied well. But having to wear mandatory masks in Melbourne, all I can smell under my mask is this sunscreen. It’s sort of a ‘metallic’ scent. That’s the only way I can describe it. I think if you were to wear this without a mask, and under makeup, the scent wouldn’t be noticeable. But for me right now, it doesn’t work #just2020things. (PR SAMPLE)

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I like to share my ‘new in’ items with you, but by the time I get to posting them they’re no longer that new. My bad. Despite that, I’ve only tried one of the products so far so I’ll give you my first impressions at the end of this post! All PR Samples with no obligation to post. 💫 @lanolips all over cream: well loved in the IG community and I can see this becoming a staple on my bedside table! 💫 @spascriptions.australia retinol oil: A retinol oil is really interesting to me because I currently use a cream product! They also released a collagen oil in this range however, my understanding is that there has been no evidence to prove that applying collagen topically results in the stimulation of collagen growth. And so, I passed that along to my mum to use as a hydrating product instead. 💫 @goodmolecules rosewater daily cleansing gel: I haven’t used a gel cleanser in a while and I think it will be good for the warmer months. I also believe that rose water can have anti-inflammatory properties which is perfect for my red and acne prone skin. 💫 @medik8australia press and glow daily exfoliating PHA toner: I’m SO excited to try this product! Not only does it look super sleek, but I think it’s a great daily addition to my routine. I will build up to daily use, though. Maybe every second day for now. I would love to know how you incorporate a daily exfoliator like this in your routine? 💫 physical sunscreen: I’ve never tried a physical sunscreen before this one, and I can’t believe it’s so different to a chemical formula. It takes a lot of work to get the product going, but then once it warms it it sinks into the skin well. I think it stung my eyes a little bit but wasn’t too bad. It also has a slight salty smell? Also not an issue but wanted to make note! I think for sweaty summer days at the beach or exercising, this will be a winner. It just feels a bit more heavy duty. But not heavy! 😅 It also plays nicely under makeup. I’m impressed!

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Elizabeth Mott Eyebrow Mascara

This was a fave of mine when I first received it in a Bellabox but I’ve since discovered that I prefer other ways of applying brows. It was quick and easy for iso brows. However, I prefer to fill in my brows with a pencil/crayon/pomade and then set with clear gel. I’ve used this technique in the past, but only recently have I realised it’s actually my preferred method! I also found this wasn’t lasting a full day of wear in terms of hold, although it did in colour. So, does this mean it’s the end of my beloved Mco More Brows too? I’m not calling it quits on More Brows just yet, as I find that is just a great product anyways. We will see how much wear it gets in my collection now that I’ve discovered this ‘new’ technique though! (PR Sample) 

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Spooky szn has come and gone, Melbourne is opening up and I personally feel that this month has lasted years. Anyone else?

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October Faves 💜 @eskskincare (PR SAMPLE) 🤗 I started using this on alternating nights. It does recommend to use it in the mornings but i’m trying to get through some of my Vitamin C serums in the mornings so changed up the routine placement. After using this for about a week – I had a moment. One morning, I caught a glance of my skin in the mirror and thought ‘oh my gosh I’m glowing.’ I’ve never really had a moment with my skin looking like that naturally. Now, I don't know if it is hormonal, a combination of products or the fact I’m currently taking primrose oil (as recommended by my naturopath, feel free to ask if you want to know more!) Regardless of the cause, it was an exciting moment. I wouldn’t be surprised if this product is helping my skin glow. The key ingredient is (deep breath) 4-n-Butylresorcinol (4nB) – (an alternative to azelaic acid, among other things!) It feels really nice on the skin, with a light, creamy texture, and plays well with our products. I’m excited! @ereperezcosmetics Lip Honey (PR SAMPLE)😘 I’m rarely wearing any lip products that aren’t a balm because of masks, however, the few times I have used this I’ve been SO impressed. The doe foot is slightly curved so it fits my bottom lip perfectly. I really like that unique touch. It builds up nicely but can also be sheer. It smells nice, has a nice pigment and adds a shimmer to the lips. This is definitely my fave product from the brand so far. @innisfreeaustralia Green Tea Seed Eye Cream 👀 I’m trying to use up some of my samples and so I started with this deluxe sample. A little goes a long way so I know I’ll be using this for a while. I really like the scent of this range and find the eye cream is a little bit thicker and creamier than the face cream. I would honestly use this as a face cream itself! I find my eye area needs an extra boost of hydration and I do believe in eye creams. Controversial, I know! @incrediblecosmetics Lip Balm (PR SAMPLE) 💋Two lip products in one month! This brand is now available in Priceline, and the blush and lip balms are definitely my top picks (so far).

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As promised last month, I wanted to give an update on The Space Between – the book written by the two women behind the Shameless podcast. 

It was wonderful! Insightful, introspective and funny. And as cliche as it sounds – real and raw. I particularly found the chapter on friendship not only heart-aching but relatable. Losing your best friend sucks. But that kind of platonic love is not often explored in both media, or ourselves. 

Not only this book, but I think also the pandemic, has taught me a lot about friendships and how I will really strive to nurture them. 

The book did take me a little while to read though because it’s composed of essays. You’re not getting lost in a fictional story. 

And whilst it was enjoyable to read, it wasn’t addictive. I quite liked reading it little by little.

I would recommend this book to everyone, but particularly women like me who are in their late teens but not yet thirty. I think this book kind of acts like a warning – your twenties may not be what you imagined. But at the same time, it will teach you how to be okay with that, and relish in it.


The first few days of October I watched A LOT of TV. 

Selling Sunset at the end of September kind of kicked it all off. 

Then I went on to Julie and The Phantoms. This show is directed by Kenny Ortega, the mastermind behind High School Musical. It definitely had West High vibes. In a really good way. HSM is like my favourite thing ever so this was so up my street. But I can certainly feel myse;f getting older when this show is probably aimed at those younger than me. Nonetheless, I fangirled hard! My whole Tik Tok feed is JATP now- wooooo! 

Next I watched The Duchess, which was a random choice. It was pretty easy and quick, and the fashion and interiors were INCREDIBLE! However the actual story line was about motherhood and so didn’t really relate to me and so I probably wouldn’t recommend it. 

It is genuinely a goal of mine to watch TV more regularly. I really want to be one of those people who has watched full series of shows, and finishes their day with an episode or two. I guess I do this, in the way and amount that I watch Youtube. But I’m trying to rewatch The Hills before I watch the new version (Roxane told me it’s on Stan and I’m like how have I been hiding under this rock!!)

I started watching Emily in Paris because there was so much talk about. I tried to go in with an open mind and ignore the unanimous comments that it was so incredibly cliche and a mindless watch. 

Didn’t take me long to realise, that’s true! I got through one and a half episodes. It was just utter trash. And I love trash. But this was too much for me. It felt like an early 2000s movie, it was young and naive and didn’t represent ANY social changes or movements that women have worked so hard for. The bitchy boss and the women competing with women in the office storyline. The ‘oops I went to the wrong floor of my building, French count in such weird ways. I’m American and so how we count floors is the only right way.’ Honestly, it felt obnoxious.  I am only speaking for the first 1.5 episodes here, but I couldn’t take it. Would not recommend it. Not even for the pretty setting of Paris. 

I watched Deaf U on Netflix and oh my gosh, it was so good. really funny, heart warming and eye opening. Very short and quick too- if you watch anything, watch this!!


I got McDonalds bacon and egg muffins twice this month. I had a craving for them lol. Delish!


Real clothes! With the weather warming up, my iso uniform of tracksuit and hoodies isn’t cutting it anymore. I realise how easy winter dressing was this year. I’m genuinely like, how do you put together an outfit? What is a razor lol?


Shockingly to me- trust me- I started consistently working out this month. During lockdown I completed Couch to 5K and was really proud of myself. However, once I reached 5K I did it a few times by myself (without the app guiding me) and then I fell off the horse. Running for that long was boring, mostly. It was still a challenge, but I was bored. So I just didn’t workout for a few weeks. 

For a few weeks, I promised myself I’d start tomorrow. Of course, tomorrow never came. 

But the first Sunday of October, I woke up FULL of motivation. And so I started the Sydney Cummings challenge on YouTube. 

This first day of this challenge was a lower body workout. The next day, I could hardly walk. I think it was because I hadn’t moved my body like that in so long. 

I was on a roll! It was a 30 day challenge and I completed it on my own terms, working out 2-3 times a week. My motivation died three weeks in sadly lol.

I would really recommend this channel if you’re looking to start home workouts. She isn’t in your face intense or enthusiastic (sorry, I hate that ‘you’re doing AHMAZING!’ You can’t see me and this hurts!!!)


Why haven’t I had a ‘listen to’ segment in this post yet???

Better late than never!

Daisy reminded my of the Culture Club podcast and I enjoyed catching up on this and am fangirling over co-host @yemagz – I’ve bought some Soli Studio earrings she wore, and have wishlisted a lippie she shared too.

I also listened to the first episode of Single Minded and thought it was really great just for some life advice too.

Week Latte #51

ROLLY Mag, Week Latte

Happy Friday, friends.

These posts are a work-in-process over the month, but dang this one came up on me quickly. Life is hectic. I’m tired lol.

But instead of talking about that haha let me tell you that the past week and a half I’ve been so good in term so buying things. Okay, ‘so good’ is an exaggeration. But I’ve definitely been better than my frenzied spending spree at the start of the month.

In saying that…

I’m so keen for Black Friday sales!!!!!!!!

Enjoy the links x

Posts that inspired me:

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You know how I was looking for the perfect light coverage tinted moisturiser/foundation?! Well…. I’ve found a product that’s in the running! The hyaluronic acid tinted moisturiser from @colourpopcosmetics ☺️. . Here are my thoughts -> . So since my skin is looking pretty fine thanks to Roaccutane 🙌🏻, I’ve been on the hunt for a tinted moisturiser that gives me light/sheer coverage that lets my skin shine through. So my first impressions when trying it – it’s very sheer, don’t bother trying to cover blemishes. Although I was able to build it up a bit under my eyes for a bit of concealing. I used a sponge when applying (I can’t buff into my skin using a brush atm due to how sensitive my skin is.) after applying, which was a breeze, I loved how natural and glowy it looked on my skin! I only set with powder under my eyes, to keep the glow going 🙌🏻. In terms of wear, I wore it for about 8 hours and it held up great! Definitely impressed! My skin also never felt dry throughout the day which I was super impressed by. I’ll be continuing to test it out for the time being, and get back to you guys with a full review soon ☺️👍. . . . . Have you tried this tinted moisturiser? And what’s your favourite tinted moisturiser/ light coverage foundation? I’d love to know! ☺️😘 . . . . . . . . . . . . #colourpop #colourpopcosmetics #beauty #crueltyfreebeauty #hyaluronicacid #makeup #crueltyfreemakeup #makeuplooks #skincare #tintedmoisturizer

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Jayde did a fabulous, in depth review on Function of Beauty which was so interesting. I have the hair serum and mask on my wishlist, but think I could happily pass on the shampoo and conditioner (despite them being so cute).

I discovered this beautiful blog, which did a really fab review on Rare Beauty. I pray this comes to Australia!

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🌸 RARE BEAUTY FIRST IMPRESSIONS REVIEW 🌸 Today was the first time wearing it so you're getting my first impression after an all day wear test. For full day updates, head to my stories. Here's the important stuff you need to know: ⭐ The products are designed to be inclusive to people with mobility issues. The cap design makes for easy opening. I absolutely love this! ⭐ The price point is a nice middle ground for a Sephora brand. Not quite high-end pricing, not quite drugstore pricing. Very affordable for what you're getting. ⭐ Products themselves are vegan and cruelty free. They apply seamlessly and easily with minimal effort making for a really quick application. ⭐ The color selection is huge and very inclusive so you're guaranteed to find the right shades for you ⭐ After 9 hours of wear there was still a decent amount of coverage and minimal fading of the products. My skin was oily, very oily lol but it didn't look bad. Some blotting and a little bit of powder and you'd be good to go for another couple hours, at least! ⭐ All of the products felt completely weightless on the skin and looked identical to natural skin. All the benefits of full coverage makeup, with zero of the uncomfortable feeling. Needless to say, this line is a huge win for me. I'll be trialing out these products for the rest of the week to find the best application techniques in a way to keep the oils controlled for a little longer. This got a solid 🌟🌟🌟🌟 stars for me today, and I know with the right primer it'll be five! To try out these products for yourself click the link in my bio and head on over to SHOP or my account! . . . . #rarebeauty #wearerare #selenagomez #naturalmakeuplook #glowyskin #embraceyourself #canadianblogger #happylifestyle #budgetmakeup #affordablebeauty #drugstoremakeup #drugstorebeauty #ottawamom #styletips #canadianmama #mommakeup #easymakeup #fallmakeuplook #affordablemakeup #makeupmadeeas #budgetmama #makeupaccount #makeupartistworld #quickmakeup #canadianmakeupartist #whatimloving #momstyles

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Emma created this fabulous resource for keeping a Makeup Inventory. I started one in January, but like any resolutions, failed to stick with it. Part of me doesn’t want to because the amount of products I have makes me feel a bit sick lol.

This discourse about being brave is so interesting – I read something similar a few years ago and I wish I could remember it correctly. But basically, wearing a bikini to the beach isn’t being brave… it’s none of your business. Nurses and doctors and teachers are brave.

This story is INCREDIBLE! Gave me chills. ‘I fell five storeys from a New York rooftop and survived.’ This is not easy to read. I had to take a break before I finished it. It’s unimaginable. If you needed a reminder that life is precious, this is it.

Why Your Morning Routine Isn’t Working… I am obsessed with hearing other people’s morning routines, one of my niche interests lol. This video was really unique, particularly the tip to theme your routine each day. I definitely want to implement this!

@thecaryledit has reviewed the newest SPF to my collection – and my first ever physical sunscreen- Medik8 Physical Sunscreen!

I stumbled across this post on Pinterest and it’s got some great, practical tips for helping you do a spending ban. I like the phrase ‘project 10 pan.’ We’ve hear of project pan before, right? Hitting pan on a product… I tried this and failed for many reasons but basically it left me feeling overwhelmed. But I like this idea of using a product 10 times before you buy another product in the same category etc. Sounds achievable!

What Happened to Man Repeller? Holy moly, the icon is no longer. It was a rocky road to the end.

Matilda was inspired by this post to try the Ohii Lip Smudge in the shade ‘scorpio’ and boy oh boy, it FLEW to the top of my wish list. Divine!

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Colourpop Sale Haul – October 2020 (& Recommendations)

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I had been anticipating making a ColourPop order at Black Friday, but they announced a 25% off sale in late October and so I decided to jump on and buy a few things in the meantime. I hope to also buy some things come November, but am waiting on stock.

Lip Tint in Shade A Go Go

There were only two shades in stock on the website and this is the one I don’t have out of them. This formula is heavenly, but has a strong peachy scent (I like it but it might be overwhelming for others?) I really hope the full range is restocked.

Luxe Lip Oil in Shade Skinny Dip

These were high on my wishlist and I very easily could’ve purchased the full set of 5 but I thought that may be excessive? Lol I hate when I’m reasonable! 

Lux Gloss in Shades Dream Queen and Figgy With It

Another item high on my wishlist was this gloss. I actually wanted to buy the entire mauve collection, but once again, my good old logic came back to play and I just purchased one shade from this collection. 

Mauve collection blushes in Catch My Vibe

As I said above, I wanted the whole collection. But I figured, I have the Flutterby palette (sitting untouched mind you) so I didn’t need another mauve palette. I did want to pick up both blushes from this collection but only one was in stock. Allie Glines and Juudy both made such a good case for both shades so I’ll definitely be picking up Coast to Coast when I can. 

Wild Nothing Palette

This palette really excited me when it launched, so I was very pleased that I was able to get it when it was in stock. I have nothing like this in my collection so am excited to play! 

Pretty Fresh Tinted Moisturiser in 4N MINI

I had done extensive research to find a shade that would suit me, and ended up choosing 4N because that’s what @maddies.makeupmess wears too (I think, lol? Or maybe it was Jessica Braun. Either way, Maddie has been very influential in my CP purchases hah!) Just before the sale, they released mini sizes making it much less scary to commit to a shade. I’m so glad they’ve done this, it is also available in the pretty fresh primer and mist (the mist is amazing, would recommend) 

Coral Collection Blush 

SIKE! It was out of stock… pleaseeeee be available at Black Friday.

I’m not sure if this coral tone will really suit my fair skin but I’m excited to try. I love this compact and honestly that’s what draws me to it the most. 

Clear Brow Gel

Because the coral blush was out of stock, I had to bulk up my cart with other products to reach free shipping over $60USD. So I added this. I’ve heard good things, and you always need clear brow gel, right?

Liquid Illuminator in Soft Ivory

Who knows how this will go but I’m excited nonetheless. I don’t own anything like this (does MAC Strobe Scream count?) so will have to have a play with how I like to apply it. Mixed with foundation? On top of foundation as highlight?


  • Face mask mini set: mainly for the aesthetic, I won’t lie
  • Lip tints: for some reason these haven’t restocked in a really long time and it makes me SO sad because this formula is just heaven
  • Pretty Fresh Foundation: I’m hoping this order arrives before Black Friday so I can test the TM for a shade match and then buy the foundation, but otherwise I’ll probably just bite the bullet and get it. It looks so pretty! Maybe even the concealer if I’m feeling crazy.

Things to note

I have ordered from Colourpop twice in the past (or three times, I can’t remember?)

The first time, it arrived in like three weeks which was equally incredible as it was shocking. I mentally prepared for a long wait time.

The second time I ordered, it arrived in about four weeks, but half my order was missing. Excuse me what???

It was relatively easy to follow up with Colourpop and they sent out my missing items. But like how does that even happen? It wasn’t just one item… it was like 10!!!

Anyways it was resolved easily, but I’m always cautious now.

Also, always add a few extra dollars onto what you think your total will be.

I used a USD to AUD convertor on Google, but my bank must use a different one. I thought I would be paying $100 AUD but it was atcually about $106 AUD.

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The OFFICIAL best and worst of @colourpopcosmetics ✨ – I’ve tried my fair share of colourpop, enough, that I believe I can put together a list of my hits and misses. – ✨Best✨ – pressed matte eyeshadows: these are god tier, up there with ABH shadows, so many options that you couldn’t possibly not find a palette for you. – super shock shadows: also god tier, I really think cp paved the way for many brands to release shadows like this….for a much heftier price range. – brow boss gel: she thicccc, holds my brows all day and comes in clear, and is $6USD each. Unbeatable – lip liners: excellent, creamy, cheap, great range of colours. – super shock highlighters: absolute blinding goodness – powder blushes: just the right amount of pigment, I love that you can make palettes out of them or put them in a single pan, great range of shades. – no filter concealer: not cakey or drying, great coverage, a little goes a long way, super affordable option! – Worst 😗✌🏻 – bullet lipsticks and liquid lipsticks: they’re. so. drying. Like prison for your lips – mascara: it dries out so fast! And it’s really clumpy and flakey, there are much better drugstore options. – pressed powder bronzer: waaaay too pigmented for a bronzer and shades are kind of ashy – no filter foundation: very drying, a little cakey. Pretty fresh is much better however not good enough to make my best list haha. – Okay! So comment below your favourite and least favourite product from @colourpopcosmetics 🥰

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In October I posted my First Impressions: 5 Days of 5 Foundations! I have also done one on mascaras. 

It’s a great way to encourage me to 

  • try out lots of different products in my collection
  • Make content 
  • And give rapid reviews!  

For reference, my skin concerns are redness, texture and acne/acne scarring. 

I tend to wear light coverage, glowy bases.

And I have combination skin. 

These are all reviews after only one day of wear… so not my final reviews but a good starting point if you’re similar to me and want to know what’s worth a try! 

I have also tried to include a mixture of reviews from other bloggers!

When I reference my blending brush, I use this one.

And my beauty sponge is this one.

Bourjois BB Cream in 01 Light 

I have the shade ‘light’ (there are only 3 shades in the range, booo). I was worried it would be too dark for me, and whilst it’s not my perfect match, it is definitely wearable. If you are any fairer than me, I wouldn’t recommend this. 

I first applied it with a brush and enjoyed that application. It is quite glowy, and did a good job at covering up redness but blemishes still came through. It didn’t quite last all day, I would say it gave about 5-6 hours of wear. Keep in mind I didn’t set it either. I did however, enjoy how it wore. For me, it looked it’s best after 2-3 hours of wear. I can definitely see myself incorporating this into my routine more often.  It’s perfect for a little bit of no-fuss coverage. 

Be mindful of the strong scent.

IC x Beauty review and first impressions

Ere Perez Oat Milk Foundation in Latte 

You know when you get a new car, and you start seeing it everywhere? That’s kind of how I feel about EP. I got a few of their products in the Vital + Pharmacy Supplies sale, and then was sent a few products in PR. And now I’m seeing them all of my feed! After a bunch of bloggers said they loved the foundation – see here and here- I decided to buy it for myself. 

I got the lightest shade ‘latte’, which is a little bit too light for me. So already not a massive fan of the shade match. However, the brand has recently bought out two new shades, with a promise to keep developing. 

The founder of EP herself recommends using your hands to apply the fountain. So that’s what I did. I agree that this is a really good application technique for this foundation. I did use a beauty sponge to apply a second layer which worked okay. 

It is definitely medium, buildable coverage. It looked pretty good overall but did cling to dry patches and a few breakouts I had. However, I found that the longer I wore the foundation, the better it looked. 

To be honest, I don’t really see the fuss about this foundation after just one use. Especially because – for ‘everyday’-  I tend to go for less coverage and something more glowy. 

This was quite high coverage (for me), semi-matte and not the right shade – so that was hard to look past.

I can imagine this could be a good foundation if you have oily skin or you like something with medium coverage. If this was my match, I think it would be the perfect ‘night out’ foundation. 

But as we know, I’m not a fan of mixing shades to get my perfect match. I want to be able to buy one shade and be done with it. 

Also, there is the issue that when you first squeeze the tube, heaps of air comes out and it significantly reduces the amount of product that appears to be in the tube. My friend @byamygee pointed this out and many other online reviews reflect this. Interesting… @showmetheglow compared this to chip packet! You still get the intended amount of product (or chips) but it’s a bit deflating (literally!)

This also has a strong scent.

Marisa Robinson Beauty review

On a Beauty Bender review

 MAC Face and Body in C1

I was a bit stressed because I ordered a Mac Face and Body foundation off Amuse Beauty, only using the Internet to help me pick a shade! 

I chose C1 because on the Mac Australia website it is described as “fair beige with neutral undertone for light skin.” I also used the foundation match tool in Adore Beauty and the site Findation. Both of these matched me to C1. 

I was tossing up between C1 and N1. I know someone online who uses N1 and they look to be the same skin tone-ish as me but the reason I didn’t choose that is because the Mac site describes it as “rosy beige with neutral undertone for light to medium skin.” All sounds good except I am not light to medium, I would say I’m fair to light. That’s the reason I didn’t choose that. However, in my research since purchasing, Temptalia describes C1 as for “very light or light skin tones with yellow, moderately yellow undertones.” And N1 they describe as for “very light to light skin tones with neutral undertones.”

However, when I tried this, it was clearly a VERY yellow undertone. 

I’m so disappointed and confused about how there could be such a discrepancy in the description. 

Nonetheless, I persisted and gave this a chance. The coverage is honestly so sheer that you could almost get away with the wrong shade match. BUt my neck is very pale so that was throwing everything off a bit. 

Instead, I used a bit of moisturiser to mix in with the foundation to tone it down a bit. 

I applied this was a buffing brush, and really blended it into the skin. I’ve heard that if you keep buffing, it builds coverage. 

I liked this application. 

The coverage is barely there, but buildable. I really liked how no fuss this was, it looked natural, like your skin but better, and it had a day-long wear time too. I was thoroughly impressed by this. 

Gossmakeupchat can give a better review and demo than I can…

I also didn’t expect the strong scent of this…

But basically, big fan!

Summertime Glows reviews

Max Factor Miracle Second Skin in 01 Fair

I was very excited to try this! It’s described as a ‘hybrid foundation for healthy-looking and visibly perfected skin.’

I used a damp beauty sponge to apply this and really liked it. This is my preferred type of application (I should probs mention this four foundations in lol) but I would be interested to see how this goes with fingers or a brush.

I would say this rings true to all the claims.

  • it is light weight
  • looks like second skin as in it’s very natural looking
  • luminous but not ‘wet glowy’

I think this would work nicely for dry skin types, which the foundation claims too. It also has skincare benefits but I honestly overlook that because I don’t look for that in a foundation. There isn’t a very big shade range, and whilst this was a close match, it definitely leans more yellow on me. It wore well, and honestly looked good straight away. That was something I didn’t find with the Bourjois or EP. Also I like the pump on this tube, that’s my fave type of packaging.

For an everyday look, I am obsessed. I think this is my fave so far.

Amy’s Chapter review

Auntie Haul review

Flower Light Illusion in Porcelain L1

This foundation is lucky last, and because I am so late to the party with this, I did have other people’s opinions swirling around in my head as I tried it.

I first used a wet beauty sponge to apply it but that was NOT the one.

So I went back in with my trusty makeup brush to blend it in.

The reason I hadn’t tried this sooner is because the shades all looked too yellow for me. And I was correct. However, I do think it is more wearable, unlike the Mco Beauty. And whilst it’s more wearable, I still don’t think I would wear it out of my house which is a shame.

As I was applying it, I thought it was a matte finish. However, as it sat on my skin it is definitely a natural finish, and I can understand the ‘luminous’ claim too.

It offers medium coverage, evens skin tone and imperfections. Yet, it felt super light and comfortable on the skin.

If I were to wear this IRL, I would definitely set it with some powder because it was quite glowy even upon first application.

Also, the packaging on this is just delightful!

Like many of this foundations, I enjoyed it, but I can’t look past the poor shade range. Sadness.

I wanted to mention too that I have the concealer from this range and really enjoy it.

OMG! As the day went it, this was getting so glowy. If you are oily, proceed with lots of caution! For these foundation trials I haven’t used primer or powder but I did end up setting my face after a few hours of wear because I had to leave my house and I knew wearing a mask this would just transfer immediately.

Blondee’s Beauty review

Emmies Beauty Life review

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First Impressions: 5 Days of 5 Foundations


GUYS! This has been sitting my drafts since April… omg. But I’m working on the second instalments so figured should probably post this hey 😉

For reference, my skin type is combination x

Revlon Colour Stay: I’ve used this foundation once or twice before and don’t remember enjoying it all that much. But I gave it another shot. The colour 110 Ivory is perfect for me. I used a buffing brush to put the majority of the product on, and then added some more product to a wet beauty sponge to finish up around my eyes and nose. At first, I wasn’t overly happy with how it looked, but as it settled down, it gave quite a flawless look to the skin. I didn’t use a primer or setting powder (like I usually would) and I found this had disappeared off my face within about 6 hours. I’ll have to test it with both of those things, but otherwise I’m quite happy!

Maybelline Superstay: It claims to be a full coverage foundation and I agree it has the potential to do that. However, it doesn’t feel heavy on the skin- woo! I noticed it didn’t sit very well on the sides of my nose where my pores are the largest. So in future I will use a silicone primer in this area to help minimise the appearance for a more flawless finish. I used a wet Mco Beauty sponge and was really happy with how it applied. A light, matte finish. Unfortunately, it did oxidise a bit within about 2 hours of wear.

Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define: I applied this with a wet beauty sponge, and my first impression was how good the colour match was! Definitely has the ability to build up to full coverage. Didn’t emphasise my pores which is what I’m most impressed by! So far, this foundation has lasted the best out of the others I’ve tried this week. It has a light-matte finish. I also really like the large, doe foot applicator. I’ve never used a foundation like this before but think it’s potentially more practical than a pump. Really happy! I was gifted this by @katiescosmopolitan in our beauty swap!

Thin Lizzy Flawless Complexion: I’ve actually tried this before this week. I tested it out on my IG stories, after I bought it in the Priceline half price sale. It applied best with a wet beauty sponge, rather than a brush. It was beautiful and glowy on the skin, with buildable coverage. Initially, I had applied it as a medium coverage and didn’t set it. Because of this, it creased horrendously under my eyes! So next time I tried it at medium coverage, I set it and it lasted really well and the glow still came through. However, this week, I applied it 4 minutes before my uni Zoom class- lol. So I did very light coverage, applied with a wet beuaty sponge and I didn’t set it. I was so impressed with it! Evened out my skin tone and gave me a bit of glow. So nice!! So whilst my first impressions were a bit ‘meh’, I have really grown to love this foundation.

Revlon Candid Glow: This foundation is the one I’ve actually tested the best, because I wore it for about two weeks straight. I had a really busy period at work and so needed a streamlined and quick makeup routine. I liked using this foundation because I could apply it with my fingers, and it never really went wrong. The coverage is extremely light. It evens the appearance of your skin tone but it certainly doesn’t do much more than that. Blemishes and coloured spots still come through. But, that does make for a very natural finish which I don’t mind for an everyday basis. The foundation claims to ‘glow’…. if this is the glow formula I would hate to see the matte! Forget everything you associate with ‘glow’- dewy, fresh, glassy etc. Because you don’t get that. The best way I can describe this is a natural finish. Not a ‘natural glow’, but natural. I also didn’t find this lasted a whole day of wear. And another thing, yes I’ve been wearing it pretty consistently, but I seem to be going through it soooo quickly. It is a smaller packaging than other foundations on the market (only 22ml). So whilst I did keep reaching for it, and I enjoyed it, I’m not sure where I sit. If I could pick it up half price, then I think I would repurchase it because it’s an easy addition to my makeup routine, but nothing groundbreaking in comparisons to the other ones I tried this week.

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REVIEW: MCo Beauty UltraStay Flawless Foundation

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It is with great sadness that I live in a town that doesn’t have Woolworths. Can you even believe? 🤪 Usually it takes is a 20 minute drive to the next suburb to get in store, but thanks to lockdown, getting my hands on these during the current half price sale, proved a little more difficult. Nonetheless, I’ve secured the goods! Here’s my @mcobeauty haul and #firstimpressions on the foundation! I got the foundation in the lightest shade, Classic Ivory. In the bottle it appears lighter than the shade it actually is when you pump it out. Unfortunately, this foundation runs deep and so even the lightest shade was too yellow for me 😭 (although it is described as a neutral undertone, that wasn’t the case for me). It comes in 12 shades, but you can’t get them all in store… I reached out to Mco before posting this, and they’ve said that the shade range WILL be extended. However, they also said that shade range in Woolworths will vary store to store. I applied this with a damp beauty sponge and it applied really well. It is described as a builable to medium coverage ✔️which I agree with. Evens skin tone ✔️ also agree. 24 hour oil control✖️ disagree! This was long lasting, but my t-zone got slightly oily like it normally would. Sorry, this miracle-worker claim didn’t come true for me. Light-weight formula ✔️ true! It was really lovely to wear on the skin and felt comfortable. I would absolutely recommend this foundation, however if you are fair like me, you won’t be able to find a match. (And I’m not really about mixing with lighter foundations etc, I just want the product to work itself, ya know?) Also, I have combo skin- if you are really dry or oily, I don’t think this will play nice 😬 Next, I picked up the brush set. These are also sold individually. They look and feel like pretty decent quality. I was so excited to see that these are now stocked at Woolies, as they were exclusive to Oz Hair and Beauty for a short while. And lastly, I picked up the ‘peachy babe’ shade of the lip oil. I was eyeing off some of the brow products and the oh-so-famous tubing mascara, but I really don’t need them. 🙈What did you buy?

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If you missed it, I posted my review of the new Mco Beauty Foundation on IG. You can see my thoughts in the post.

Wait for a Woolies sale and purchase here.


  • long lasting (but not 24 hours long)
  • light-weight and comfortable to wear
  • natural finish, perfect for normal to combination skin, but I wouldn’t think this would suit dry or oily skin without a lot of prep and maintenance work.
  • buildable coverage
  • shade range is lack-lustre. No options for very fair or very deep skin tones. However, Mco have said there is more to come. I’ll believe when I see it.
  • I tried the lightest shade ‘Classic Ivory’ and it was too deep and yellow for me unfortunately.

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•MCO BEAUTY• it’s review time! i’ve been putting this baby to the test over the last few days and i honestly cannot say enough amazing things about it! so let’s jump right in! —————————————————————————————— WHAT IS IT; this is the new @mcobeauty #UltraStay Flawless Foundation. it is a lightweight liquid formula that offers a medium to full coverage finish that doesn’t cake, fade or rub off. it comes in 10 shades and is sold through the McoBeauty site or at @woolworths_au 😊 WHAT I FOUND; so i tested this foundation for 4 days. i wore it alone, with powder, with moisturiser underneath and with setting spray. i cannot believe how well this foundation works! the claim that it doesn’t budge holds up so well. even with the foundation simply on my skin, it held on so well. wearing a mask made the foundation rub off my nose slightly but i dont blame the foundation for that! i found the best combo for my skin was placing a sheer powder over the foundation and using setting spray – it lasted all day! no caking, minimal creasing and my face didn’t feel heavy after wearing a full day of liquid foundation. i am pretty much obsessed hahah! ——————————————————————————————— overall i would recommend this foundation! it not only has an awesome formula, but the price is awesome too! off the @mcobeauty website you’ll pay $28AU but @woolworths_au at the moment it’s on special for half price! also, let’s all take a moment and remember my gorgeous @kaleidosmakeup sponge before my dog got into it and shredded it hahah! i give this foundation 4/5! how can it get 5? bigger shade range 😍 . . . . . @mcobeauty #mcobeauty #mcobeautyproducts #mcobeautyinspo #mcobeautyfoundation #ultrastayflawlessfoundation #foundation #ashleysmakeupaddiction #makeupreview #review #makeup #beautybabe #beautybloggers

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Patrick Ta x Colourpop Masterclass


I was binging YouTube, and came across an incredible series of videos by Colourpop featuring professional makeup artists. They create a makeup look live and talk you through their tips and tricks using a variety of CP and other brands. It was soooo cool! And a very generous thing for both CP and the artists to do.

Here’s my fave tips from Patrick Ta!

  • Moisturising the skin is key 
  • Focus eyeshadow primer where the blending is going to occur- on the brow bone and a little bit on the lid 
  • Then put foundation all over the eye with a beauty sponge
  • Set the eyeshadow base with a powder
  • Apply foundation with a brush first, you can follow up with a sponge if you need more coverage 
  • Use face oil instead of primer for glowy skin
  • However, use primer instead of oil for oily skin. Fenty primer is recommended for oily skin 
  • Contour before concealer
  • NYX number 17 brush recommended for concealer 
  • Fluff excess powder into palm before applying to space with a sponge 
  • Apply cream blush over powder because it’s the first thing to go on your face so by adding two textures, it extends wear 
  • Apply cream with a beauty blender 

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