Tuesday, 20 January 2015

12 Surprises - January 2015 - Picnic At The Park

So a few posts ago I had blogged about a new theme my husband and I came up with called "12 Surprises"( CLICK HERE to read the post).
For the first month of 2015 the envelope "Picnic At The Park" was picked by Miss Madeleine. So last weekend picnic at the park we went!










The park we had chosen was awesome enough to have a beach right in front which we enjoyed for the rest of the day!

James Nomming on some sand... lol


Madeleine collecting some "shells" (pebbles and rocks... lol)




Sure to say, this was a wonderful way to start our weekend, exhausted from the salt water and burnt from the sun... but was totally worth it! Thank you for the memories 2015!


Our Vlog of the whole day!


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Product Review: Revlon Colorstay Combination/Oily Skin Formula

Hello dearest readers! 
Today's product review in mission to declutter my make up collection will be on the famous drugstore product "Revlon Colorstay" combination/oily formulated liquid foundation. 
A favourite of many (including myself), I will show you guys how great this foundation is for us oily skinned people!


PACKAGING
  • No pump = bummer, but I do have the old packaged one and I do believe they now come with a pump!
  • Glass Bottle
  • Contains 30mls of product

TRIAL

BEFORE APPLICATION 
(freshly washed and moisturized base)



AFTER APPLICATION - ONE LAYER
(no primers used, right side is lightly set with translucent powder)
What I had noticed:
  • Doesn't feel heavy
  • Blend well into the skin
  • Conceals dark cirlces, redness, scarring and pimple (that is on my right cheek... as if you hadn't already notice before)
  • Sets fairly quickly

AFTER APPLYING THE REST OF MY MAKEUP
(no setting sprays)


 FOUR HRS AFTER INITIAL APPLICATION
 What I Had Noticed:
  • Slight oiliness along the left side of my four head (the side that is not set with any powders)
  • Everything still remains concealed - dark under eye circles, redness and pimples/blemishes
  • No signs of fading or creasing with the foundation


SEVEN HOURS AFTER INITIAL APPLICATION
 What I Had Noticed:
  • Equally oily on both sides of my four head
  • Started to crease along my nose and chin area
  • Had creased along the sides of my nostrils
  • Under eye circles are still concealed.


 FINAL THOUGHTS
 Long before this review I was a huge fan of this foundation, it was a foundation that always turned my "bad skin days" into "FABULOUS skin days", a great pick me up when you have something you want to hide. 
Along with an oil controlling primer and a good setting powder (or touch up powder), this foundation will and has done wonders. 
Still a favourite and staple in my foundation drawer and a definite recommend for anyone on the market for an affordable drugstore product with amazing coverage and awesome lasting powder. 
Oh! And did I forget to mention, they have a range that caters to those with dry skin and a HUGE selection of shades? So don't be afraid to check one out for yourself!

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Friday, 16 January 2015

Craft Time With The Kids: DIY Sparkle Mosaic Clutch Purse

Last week Maddy and I decided to play with one of her gifts she got for Christmas off her Aunt and Uncle. I was so excited when I saw her unwrap this gift because I've seen these in Kmart and have wanted to buy it for Maddy for the longest time!



 DIY Sparkle Mosaics Clutch Purse! 

The kit includes:
  • A Clutch Purse (with a stencil as a guideline already printed on the clutch)
  • 4 Sheets of Jewel Stickers to decorate the clutch


 As I was watching Madeleine making the clutch I noticed how much it really tests and exercises their hand and eye co ordination. 
I was also surprised to see how meticulous my daughter was at making sure she put the sticker jewel on the right way... in the right angle. 




The finished product! 
Maddy was so excited that she had created her very own handbag (she's super girly).
She has been walking around the house all diva like with the clutch in her hand all week!

Thanks for coming by guys!
xo/Vanessa

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Thursday, 15 January 2015

2014 Beauty Favourites!


A round up of my favourite make up products I've used in the year 2014! From primers to eyeliners and everything in between!


What were your favourite beauty finds in 2014? Anything you recommend?
Thanks for popping by!
xo/VANESSA

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Product Review: Make Up Forever HD Foundation

On the list of my new years resolutions I've decided to organize my home. Step One. Tackle my make up collection. 
I have more make up than one human being needs, not that I am complaining. Make up is one of my many passions. My lift me up hobby. 
In order for me to organize my make up collection I need to purge. Purge. Purge. Purge. So for me to know what to keep and what to throw out I've decided to test, trial and review all my products. Starting with foundation. 
So here is an introduction to a new post segment on my blog. A segment where I will review every single make up product I own. At the end of it all I will create a video on my youtube channel discussing what I am keeping and what I am throwing. 

Today we are starting off with a popular, hyped and all talked about foundation. The Make Up Forever HD Foundation.

According to the internet, this foundation is introduced as a "new generation" of foundations. Creating a flawless complexion for the cameras and for the naked eye, yet all the while giving you a natural complexion. Let's see how this goes, yes?

PACKAGING

  • Sleek and clean packaging
  • In a plastic bottle; looks like glass but don't be fooled... it's plastic. 
  • Comes with a pump
  • Contains 30mls of product

TRIAL
 BEFORE APPLICATION
Freshly washed and moisturized face. Notice my honker of a zit on my cheek? Yup, don't worry, I saw it too.



AFTER ONE LAYER OF APPLICATION
(no primers or powders were applied)

What I had noticed:
  • Instantly covered all my redness with one thin layer
  • Slightly covered my huge zit on my cheek
  • No streak marks 
  • Hid my dark circles under my eyes
  • Doesn't feel heavy or uncomfortable on the skin
  • There's a slight shine after initial application but settles within a few minutes with a slight "dewy" finish.


AFTER APPLYING THE REST OF MY MAKE UP. 
I had set the left side of my face with a mattifying translucent powder, the right side remains bare.



THREE HOURS AFTER INITIAL APPLICATION
 What I Had Noticed:
  • Slight shine along the right side of my face (four head and chin), left side remained matte.
  • Everything remains concealed (my skin looks perfect!)
  • No discoloration of the foundation at all.
  • Still feels comfortable on the skin
  • No creasing or settling into my fine lines.

 SEVEN HOURS AFTER INITIAL APPLICATION
 What I Had Noticed:
  • My face had become equally oily on both sides of my face
  • Creasing had become evident on the sides of my nostrils.
  • Everything still remained concealed (my pimple is still hidden!)


FINAL THOUGHTS
  • Love the packaging - lightweight and sleek. Love the pump.
  • Even though I became oily after 7 hours of total use, the foundation made my skin look flawless, I recommend setting and retouching throughout the day with a powder for my oily skinned girls.
  • For someone having a bad skin day, my skin looked fabulous!
  • Felt comfortable on the skin and did not feel heavy at all.
  • Definitely recommend this foundation for special occasions, would be an excellent purchase for any make up artist wanting to find a foundation for their kit.
  • For the price, it is a great investment.

I hope you all found this review helpful. Thanks for popping by. Don't forget to visit again for more foundation reviews this month! Cheers and have a great day!

 
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Craft Time With The Kids - Animal Masks

Last week Miss Madeleine and I got up to a bit of creativity, one of them being these cute animal masks. 

These animal face masks were purchased from Bunnings for $10AUD each. They are located in the "Crafts" section of the store. 

In each pack you get your animal mask, a large stick to hold the mask (with adhesive to stick on later), a set of paints and a paint brush. 


Maddy was so excited when she saw me setting up everything, she couldn't stop jumping and yelling "Paint! Paint!" Noted: Miss Madeleine loves paint!

 I have to admit, my OCD side of me came out and I had to help Maddy a bit with painting... I couldn't stand that muddy color that was forming from mixing all the paint colours together. 
I VOW: From this day onwards I will allow her to unleash all her creativity and make all the mud paint she wants. 

 Maddy had so much fun playing around the house with the masks once they were fully dry.

Daddy joining in when he came home from work and played the "Lion". 

Thanks for popping guys!
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Monday, 12 January 2015

Product Review: AUSTRALIS Full On Foundation

Australis "Full On" Foundation is the brands recent full coverage foundation.
It retails for $12.95AUD and comes in 6 different shades - which is a set back considering I had to get the darkest shade and we know there are a lot of deeper skin tones out there. 
On the Australis website (CLICK HERE) they say that the "long lasting" foundation is a "strong coverage" product which moisturizes and hydrates the skin, all the while it also absorbs excess oils and "maintains a natural complexion". Let's review this shall we?


PACKAGING
  • Stick Foundation - Very convenient in terms of control of how much product is used - less product wastage
  • Wind Up Packaging
  • Contains 15g of product
  • Over all I enjoy the packaging, I love wind up, stick foundations because it's so convenient, sleek and travel friendly. 

TRIAL

BEFORE APPLICATION
(freshly washed and moisturized face)

AFTER ONE LAYER OF APPLICATION
(No primers, concealers or powders were used)
What I noticed after initial application:
  • Smooth to apply and glide straight from the stick onto my face
  • Creamy and easy to blend
  • One layer concealed my redness, faded the appearance of my freckles along my nose, and concealed the darkness under my eyes. 
  • No streak marks when applying
  • Sets very quickly
 TRANSFER TEST
 After the foundation had set I used a tissue to lightly dab my face to see if it transfers at all - slightly transfers, nothing too dramatic.


AFTER APPLICATION OF THE REST OF MY MAKEUP
I wanted to see how the product would work after setting it with a powder vs. no powder used. 
The LEFT side of my face is lightly set with powder while the right side is not.

AFTER 4 HOURS OF INITIAL APPLICATION
WHAT I STARTED TO NOTICE:
  • Right Side (no powder) is showing signs of oiliness along my fourhead
  • Coverage is still fully in tact
  • Did not darken or change in colour - which happens a lot with foundations.
  • No signs of creasing or "cracking" anywhere on the face
  • Under eye circles still remain concealed

8 HOURS AFTER INITIAL APPLICATION
 WHAT I'VE STARTED TO NOTICE:
  • Both sides have now become equally oily - but still has not creased!
  • Fading along my chin and nose 
  • Coverage is still in tact under my eyes, along my cheeks and four head
FINAL THOUGHTS:
COVERAGE - Medium to full coverage - very happy with the coverage it gave me after just one layer, no need for concealer! I do also recommend setting it with some sort of mattifying powder if you do have oily/combination skin like I do. 

CONSISTENCY - Very smooth and creamy - LOVE! So comfortable on the skin and does not feel heavy.

PACKAGING - Very sleek and compact, a bit meh with the font and labelling, but it's Australis' usual product look.

LASTING POWER - I am very happy with the way it lasted on my face for the first 4-5 hours. I would highly recommend retouching or powdering your face through out the day if you are going for full coverage for a whole 8 hours or more. 

To purchase this item (AUSTRALIA ONLY) CLICK HERE 

Thank you so much for reading, I hope you all found this review helpful! I sure loved reviewing this product... I think I found a favourite! 
See you all in the next one!
xo/Vanessa


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