Spring is almost upon us in Melbourne, yippee! The evenings are gradually getting lighter and that cold bite in the air is slowly abating. I haven’t done a make-up haul for absolutely ages (and naturally I’ve acquired a few products in the time since the last one), so I thought I’d do a big roundup just in time for spring.
Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara
Quite the claim! I’ve heard a lot about this mascara and it’s a blogger favourite, so when I saw a miniature trial size I thought I’d give it a go. It’s a much bigger brush than I’d usually go for (I tend to favour the rubber wands which are easy to control and really separate the lashes) but I quite like it – it’s a well-pigmented formula and really thickens the lashes for a dramatic, fringed look. Do I prefer it to Benefit’s They’re Real? Hrmmm probably not… but it’s a close runner-up.
Mecca Cosmetica Soft Focus Smoothing Primer
I ran out of my mini Smashbox primer so thought I’d give a cheaper alternative a spin. This one is ok – the formula is quite fluid and not as effective as others I’ve tried, so I probably wouldn’t buy it again.
Mecca Maxima Beauty Bullet Blending Sphere
I’d never tried a beauty blender before so thought I’d give it a shot. It’s not for me unfortunately. I’ve never liked using sponges for make up application and this wasn’t really any different; it soaked up too much of the product for my liking and I found it just didn’t blend as well as a brush. I did see a silicone one which isn’t supposed to soak up the product so much, but I didn’t really fancy the thought of it (looked a bit slippery and couldn’t really understand how it would blend), so will stick to the old adage ‘if it aint broke, don’t fix it’ and go back to my trusty brush!
MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
I’ve been using my usual Lancome Teint Miracle foundation for a really long time, but recently I’ve find myself wanting a bit more coverage, especially around my chin where I have a bit of scarring from pesky spots. I knew I wanted mid- to full-coverage but still with a fairly dewy finish, as my skin is a bit too dry for a powdery, matte texture. I tried a couple out in the store – the first of which was too shiny and sticky for my liking – but this one has just the right balance of good coverage without being too greasy-looking. It lasts really well during the day too, so I’d definitely buy this one again.
MAC Cream Colour Base in Pearl
My new-found love affair with MAC continues! I actually had in mind that I wanted to get a Becca or Charlotte Tilbury highlighter but since I was in the MAC store and this one was in front of me, it ended up coming home with me. It’s quite a pretty champagne colour (they had a white one but that looked a bit stark) and it’s a nice formula that’s easy to apply and blend with your fingers. The effect is quite subtle and not too glittery. I do much prefer a cream consistency to a powder for highlighting.
MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette
True to form, I went into MAC to find some foundation and ended up buying something else I totally didn’t need! I spotted this mini palette and fell in love with the combination of dusky pinks, aubergines and metallics. I’ve tried purple before but never this warmer, aubergine tone, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that it works pretty well with my skin tone. I’d only ever usually wear eyeshadow if I was going out somewhere special (which is why all of my palettes go to the cupboard to die) but I’ve actually been using this on a daily basis and I’m finding it quite wearable. You can create a few different looks with it too, so you can go as dramatic or as natural as you want. They’re not as highly pigmented as I thought they might be (not as densely coloured as Urban Decay, for example), but it probably makes them more wearable for everyday use and a bit easier to work with, too.
Tom Ford Lip Color in Lilac Nymph
I’m not going to wax lyrical about my love of Tom Ford lippie any more (I think you know my feelings on that) but all I will say is this is a bloody lovely, blue-toned pink and I LOVE ITTTT.
This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray
I’m starting to get into essential oils and like to use them in an oil burner or put a few drops in the bath. This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray – with lavender, vetivert and wild camomile – is something I tried quite a while back but decided to give another go as I haven’t been sleeping so well lately. You spritz it onto your pillow at bedtime and it’s said to help you to fall asleep faster. Lavender is a very calming scent and I think the ritual of spraying it on and taking a few deep breaths in readiness for sleep does actually work. I always used to hate lavender and think of it as an old lady smell, but lately I really don’t mind it at all. I am nearly 30 after all, so que sera, sera!
Michael Van Clarke 3 More Inches Pre-Wash Treatment
As you can probably tell, I love miniature products – it’s a great way to sample something that would otherwise be quite expensive, to see if you’re going to like it first. I found this mini ‘3 More Inches’ treatment by Michael Van Clarke (a brand I’ve never heard of) in Mecca Cosmetica, part of a full range of products which are said to extend the life of your hair and make it longer and stronger. You comb it through dry hair and leave it on for an hour before washing and conditioning. It says you should use it with every other shampoo for the best results, but it’s bit time intensive to do that frequently. I’ve tried it once so far and my hair did feel silkier when I rinsed it through, but I think I need to keep going with it to give it a fair trial and decide if I want to invest in it again.