FOTD - Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick

Base - Evohe Omega 3.6.9 facial oil* (I always use this under my foundation now). Face of Australia Mineral Therapy Illuminator in Angel Mist* used under eyes, in the middle of my forehead and in the middle of my chin). Rimmel Match Perfection 081 Fair Ivory this is my current favourite foundation, looks like skin, I use the shade up from this too depending on my mood. Graftobian Hi-Def Glamour Creme Corrector Palette #30277, my favourite under eye concealer is the Pink Hi-Lite (which counteracts grey or brown) and a tiny touch of the Extra Hi-Lite (light highlighter)). I apply this under my eyes with my ring finger in a light tapping motion, the heat from my finger helps the concealer blend seamlessly. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Diffused Light was applied using a Real Techniques Powder Brush to set my foundation and also applied with a small blending brush under my eyes to set my concealer.

Eyes - Jordana 12 HR Made To Last eyeshadow pencil 03 Tenacious Brown, as a base, Charlotte Tilbury Rock Chick Palette 02 Enhance shade applied over the lid, and 03 Smoke shade used to darken outer V. Wet n Wild 246 Greed palette, matte peach shade to blend out edges. Jordana 12 HR Made To Last eyeshadow pencil 02 Stay on Black used to line top lash line and create a dramatic wing. Models Prefer Infinite Colour Eye Pencil Nude Appeal on inner corners. Covergirl LashBlast Length on top lashes.

Cheeks- Illamasqua Lover, Dolce & Gabbana The Blush in Tan applied as a cheek contour shade with the Nars Ita brush, these two are perfect companions!

Lips - NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee, Models Prefer Infinite Colour Eye Pencil in Nude Appeal applied to cupids bow and centre of bottom lip.

I have to say I’m loving the Charlotte Tilbury palette, I’ll post some thoughts and swatches later in the week after I’ve had more of a play. I purchased mine from Beautylish and the service was excellent.

*Sent for review.

Empties

Lush Bath Bomb Sakura - This was part of a birthday present from my besties, it smelled great, made popping candy noises and made my skin feel soft.

Reniu Coconut Body Oil Tiare Infusion - Reniu is the cheaper line put out by Pure Fiji, I’d melt this then rub it all over my bod when I was in the shower or bath. I did get bored of the scent towards the end though. I’d repurchase this but in another scent or in the Pure Fiji line.

Imperial Leather Blue Lagoon Exotic Guava & Champaca shower gel - This smelled great and did the job, not particularly moisturising though but to me that’s pretty normal for a shower gel. 

Original Source Mandarin & Basil shower gel - This was nice, more mandarin than basil, nothing really interesting to say about it.

B&BW Warm Vanilla Sugar - I have to say the amount of fragrance Bath & Body Works use in their products is overkill, this would have been nice if the scent wasn’t so strong.

Evohe Foam Wash* Coconut & Aramanth - Both Eva and I enjoyed this in our baths together, she’d call it the fluffy soap and rub it all over her belly. I enjoyed using this as a soap and also as a shaving cream, it had a nice citrus type scent to it and felt moisturising on my skin.

La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Stick 50 - This was fine, it did the job protecting me from the sun and was convenient to use. I prefer to use mineral/physical sunscreens though. I might buy again just for the ease of use factor.

Grown Alchemist Antioxidant Treatment Serum Rosehip & Camellia Seed - Loved this, I am a complete sucker for facial oils. Would repurchase.

Evohe Omega Body* -This was luscious, full review here.

*Evohe products sent for consideration.

What have you used up lately, any recommendations?

FOTD - Featuring Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation

Base - Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation*, this gives a light to medium coverage. It’s not greasy or glittery looking, just a natural skin like finish with a bit of glow. 

Mascara - Covergirl LashBlast Length.

Cheeks - Illamasqua Katie -  a cool toned light pink.

Lips - Shiseido Smoothing Lip Pencil RS303, a natural looking mauve pink.  Topped with Evohe Liquid Mineral lips* in Rosella, a light warm toned pink.

*sent for consideration.

My Beautylish order, yes I’ve had some retail therapy lately. Too Faced Primed & Poreless powder, Anastasia Brow Wiz (medium ash and ash blonde), Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette The Rock Chick and a sample of the Magic Cream. #therapy #shoppingaddiction #beautylish

My Beautylish order, yes I’ve had some retail therapy lately. Too Faced Primed & Poreless powder, Anastasia Brow Wiz (medium ash and ash blonde), Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette The Rock Chick and a sample of the Magic Cream. #therapy #shoppingaddiction #beautylish

Iherb haul - Out Of Africa Shea Body Oil (verbena), Isvara Organics Rosemary Thyme Olive Oil conditioner, Isvara Organics Peppermint Chamomile shampoo, Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Heat Protect hair and scalp serum. Use code ZUT705 to get a discount on your first time order.

Iherb haul - Out Of Africa Shea Body Oil (verbena), Isvara Organics Rosemary Thyme Olive Oil conditioner, Isvara Organics Peppermint Chamomile shampoo, Nubian Heritage Honey & Black Seed Heat Protect hair and scalp serum. Use code ZUT705 to get a discount on your first time order.

August Favourites - Stila, Bareminerals, D&G, Revlon, Evohe, Dior…

Stila In The Know palette - This all matte palette is great, it has a good range of warm and cool shades. I find matte shades are the most flattering for those of us with hooded eyelids and more mature women.

Bare Minerals The Nude Beach palette - A pretty warm toned neutrals palette, I imagine I’ll get more use of this as the weather warms up.

Dolce & Gabanna The Blush Tan - A cool toned brown blush for contouring.

Dior Addict lipstick in Wonderland - A sheer pink that gives you a bit of colour but that still looks like you haven’t tried too hard.

Revlon Lip butter Wild Watermelon - such an amazing shade, a juicy warm red that gives instant life to your face, I imagine this would be flattering on so many people.

Evohe Omega 3.6.9 Body Oil and the Omega 3.6.9 facial oil* - just glorious oils for the body and face, full review here.

Evohe liquid Mineral lips in Rosella* - A lovely MLBB shade of gloss that feels like a balm, not sticky at all but not particularly long lasting, however that’s no problem because it’s a shade that you don’t need a mirror when you’re reapplying. 

Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation 081 Fair Ivory - This is similar to my other long time favourite Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Gel foundation. It’s just a nice foundation for those of us with normal/dry skin, to me it looks like skin which is what I look for in a foundation. This shade is a touch fair for me so I’ll use the next shade up, I bought a few bottles of this foundation for my kit because I like it so much.

Covergirl mascaras Clump Crusher, Lash Blast Length - I just keep coming back to Covergirl mascaras, they just seem to work the best for me.

Stila Smudge stick waterproof eye liner in Half Moon - A very flattering dark grey liner, again perfect for looking pulled together but not overdone. 

Models Prefer Infinite Eye Colour Pencil in Nude Appeal - this is the perfect inner corner highlight shade. 

Shisheido smoothing Lip Pencil RS303 - The perfect MLBB pinky mauve shade. I would wear this under shades like Dior Wonderland or Evohe Rosella.

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From the top - Stila Half Moon, Models Prefer Nude Appeal, Shisheido RS303, Revlon Wild Watermelon, Dior Wonderland, Evohe Rosella.

*Evohe products were sent to me for consideration, I don’t get paid to blog about anything ever.

Head & Heart - August 2014

What I’ve been grateful for:

Medicare, I’ve been in and out of the Drs so much lately. We are a one income family with four children, we pay for private health cover and honestly I don’t think we should have to pay for visits to the GP, no one should. 

My husband, he’s just a cool guy, he doesn’t have tantrums or lose his shit like I do sometimes. We celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary and he got me a Tibetan singing bowl.

Water, we went without it for a morning, there was some burst pipe or something (I’m not really sure). It was uncomfortable and it made me reflect on those around the world who don’t have access to clean water. 

What I’ve been thinking about:

Getting a job or continuing my studies, something in the beauty industry still. 

What I’m excited for:

My daughter’s birthday (she’ll be 8!)

I’ll be working through The Artist’s Way book with Dana from Tao of Dana so that will be interesting. I’m hoping it will reinvigorate me in some profound way.

What I’ve been doing:

Watching Masters Of Sex. I went to see Boyhood at the cinema with one of my BFFs and loved it. It made me reflect on childhood, family and motherhood. 

Listening to King Krule, yup still, love his album. I do plan on downloading a heap of surf music to get me in the mood for spring/summer.

Reading cookbooks, The Blender Girl and The Oh She Glows Cookbook. 

What I’ve been spending money on 

Makeup, Illamasqua, Nars, Hourglass, Laura Mercier, Kat Von D, Too Faced, Charlotte Tilbury, Anastasia.

Be sure to read everyone else’s Head & Heart posts over at Helarious.

Illamasqua Katie and Lover, purchased online from ASOS. Illamasqua make my favourite blushes, I highly recommend Nymph and Tremble too.

Illamasqua Katie and Lover, purchased online from ASOS. Illamasqua make my favourite blushes, I highly recommend Nymph and Tremble too.

Max Factor FOTD

I was sent a few products from Max factor a while back and I’ve finally got around to reviewing them. Go me!

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Base - Max Factor Face Finity 3 in 1 Foundation - shade Sand 60, this is a primer, concealer and foundation all in one. I’d say it lives up to these claims, it’s a thicker foundation, but it blended easily enough over my skin. I’d say this is more suited to oily/combination skin types. I used this on a friend (with oily skin) and it looked great and according to her it lasted all day.

Eyeshadow - Max Factor Wild Shadow Pot in 35 Auburn Envy, all over lid, 107 Burnt Bark blended through crease and lower lash line, 25 Savage Rose as inner corner highlight. These shadows were soft, pigmented and blended easily, I did experience fall out when applying these though but as I always do my eyes first this wasn’t a big problem for me. 

Liner - Max Factor Colour X-pert Waterproof liner in 01 Deep Balck, applied along top lash line. This was easy enough to use and was very black.

Mascara - Max Factor Excess Volume, this is a two step mascara, step one has a rubberised brush (extreme volume) and step two has a traditional brush (dark lacquer) I’d say this did a good job of adding length and volume to my lashes. This mascara ended up being difficult to remove despite not being labelled as waterproof.

Blush - Max Factor Flawless Perfection Blush in 225 Mulberry, this is one of those plummy sophisticated shades, great with a neutral eye look and very workplace appropriate. 

Lips - My lips are dry and gross because I’ve been sick but here I’m wearing the Evohe Liquid Mineral Lips in Rosella, this is a smooth and moisturising lip gloss that feels and acts like a nourishing balm, the shade is a perfect MLBB, wearable for everyday.

Yay my Mecca order just arrived, Hourglass Diffused Ambient Lighting Powder, Nars Ita, Elemental Herbology sample and Nars sample.

Yay my Mecca order just arrived, Hourglass Diffused Ambient Lighting Powder, Nars Ita, Elemental Herbology sample and Nars sample.