Monday, April 6, 2015

March Favourites: All about the Mattes

Hey gals and guys!

Late post but I finally have time in my schedule to write a post. My life has been 5 days of uni and 4 days of work... 2-3 assignments per week... and no free time :( Easter Long Weekend is therefore the perfect time to blog.

Sigma Brow Powder Duo in Dark

Lately I've been trying to find alternatives for my maybelline Eyebrow Pencil (which is often too light) and the Anastasia Brow Pomade in Dark Brown (which is too intense for everyday use). And this is the perfect product! As you can see in the swatches, the powder is quite light so you will never be worried about looking like a clown - the powder is quite build able. I have heard that these powder duos are dupes for the Anastasia Powder Duo and is about half the price!

Mac Prolongwear concealer in NC25

Not sure if I have posted about this concealer before, but I have so much love for this product. Before buying this high end concealer, I've used everything from Maybelline Lumi Touch to the Loreal True Match concealers, but really... nothing can ever live up to pro longwear! The formula is quite thick but incredibly blendable. The liquid has quite a lot of 'tack' which means it is sticky, making it have longer wear. I highly recommend this for everyone because it has such high coverage which means you won't need to use a lot... meaning that at the end of the day it will last you heaps longer than drugstore ones.

Essence Lip Liner in Soft Berry

At $2, or well, $1 when it is the priceline 40% off sale, this lip liner is seriously amazing and worth every cent. The formula is so creamy and pigmented, not drying at all, like their eyeliners. I wish that I hadn't splurged on revlon lip liners at about $15 previously, because these do a much better job and you can buy all the colours for less that $15! The colour is great for winter, and the more dark berry based lip sticks! I love using it for an ombre lip-look with the apocolips lip velvet below!

Rimmel Apocolops Lip Velvet, Matte in 307 Meterotic Matte

This is my favourite drugstore Matte product! The colour is great because it can transition from a summer/spring colour, to a winter/autumn look. Because it is drugstore, the formula is pigmented but not as long lasting. It feels really nice on the lips because it is matte but incredibly moisturising!

ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer

ELF makes some pretty good products for about $3 a pop. It creates a really nice base for eyeshadow because the mineral finish is kind of mattifying. Of course, it doesn't intensify the eyeshadow colours like the Urban Decay Eyeshadow potion, but helps the products last a lot longer. I am running out and will repurchase to use for everyday makeup looks!

Lush Bubblegum Lip Scrub

I know people say that you can just make lip scrub out of sugar, oil etc. but it's something about the bubblegum flavour of this one that just made me want to buy it! It works just the same as DIY ones, but I know for a fact that I can't make mine smell like bubblegum! Obviously not the best product out there but the smell itself made is my favourite this month.

Seriously... this product shouldn't be on the monthly list... it should be on my FOREVER favourites! As you can see in the swatch, it is highly pigmented and dries very quickly! I used to use the Maybelline master precise eyeliner but found it to be quite watery and I hated the brush because it was too flexible. This is the best liquid eyeliner on the market because it helps create the easiest cat eye look! LOVE FOREVER!!

Rimmel Velvet Matte Nail polish in 017 Mattitude

Along with the Apocolips matte lip lacquer, I received this in the mail from Coty Australia. They're awesome because they send out full sized samples - so generous! I personally have never used matte nail polish, but I think it is so in right now - particularly the black matte. The only downside of matte formulas is that it chips quite easily so I'm trying to find a top coat that keeps the product matte but protects it from chipping too! Loving the mattes this autumn though.

Product Listings/Locations

Sigma Brow Powder Duo in Dark - $22 @ or
Mac ProLongwear Concealer in NC25 - $32 @ or
Essence Lip Liner in Soft Berry - $2 @
Rimmel Apocolips Lip Velvet in Meterotic Matte - $15.95 @
ELF Mineral Eyeshadow Primer - $3.00 @
Lush Cosmetics Lip Scrub in Bubblegum - $9.95 @
Still Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Liner in Black - $26 @
Rimmel Velvet Matte Nail Polish in Mattitude - $8.95 @

Have a great week everyone and Happy Easter!