Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Product Review: Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous Foundation


Hi readers! It's been a long time since I've last posted huh? Well don't you worry! On today's post we will be reviewing drugstore brand Covergirl's "Ready, Set Gorgeous" Foundation.

The claims of this foundation is:
One simple step for a flawless, natural look that lasts all day. The formula blends easily to even skin tone and reduces shine all day. 
  • Oil Free 
  • Won't clog pores
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Lasts all day 


Packaging:
  • 30mls of product
  • Translucent Plastic Squeezable tube
Let's see if this works?

Before Application
Bare face, no primers have been applied. Apologies, I am in the middle of a breakout, but hey! It's the perfect timing to test the coverage power of this foundation.

Initial Application
1 Layer
  • Smooth to blend 
  • Thick formula 
  • Evens skin tone - Covers redness, scarring and hyper pigmentation
  • Luminous Finish
  • Buildable coverage
  • Skin like finish - skins textures (pores) are visible
  • Clings to dry spots - my under eye area
The foundation clinging to the dry spots under my eyes
 After Applying The Rest Of My Makeup


 End Of Day - 12 Hours Later
  • A little bit of visible shine - not overly
  • Creased along my nostrils
  • Coverage is still in tacked 
  • After my natural oils kicked in I noticed that the foundation no longer seemed to be clinging to any dry areas
  • Patchy along my nose where my glasses touch my face - which is a usual with me and unset foundation. 

Final Thoughts?
  • Natural Look? You can still see your skins texture and it leaves a nice bounce to your skin that gives it a very natural finish. 
  • Lasts All Day?  It lasted 12 hrs!
  • Blends Well? Definitely blends well, took me under a minute to do my whole base. 
  • Reduces shine all day? I am definitely impressed with how it maintained my shine. By the 8th hour I'm usually fighting to find blotting paper or compact powder to touch up - but with this foundation I didn't find myself doing that. 
In all honesty, I am very impressed by how this foundation sets and wears - definitely a great everyday foundation for work or running errands. 

Thank ya'll for reading today's review! Don't forget to check out my youtube channel Click Here to view more makeup and lifestyle goodies!
 

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Breakfast Muffins for On-The-Go Toddlers

Running late and have to still quickly whip something up for breakfast for the kids? Honey that is the story of my life. Every time we make an attempt to get out of the house in the morning it is absolute chaos... then just as I'm about to lock the front door I think "Bugger! The kids need breakfast." Not just any breakfast -  takeaway breakfast, by takeaway I mean the type that won't spill all over the car floor, by takeaway I mean something that doesn't need four hands to feed them with, and a fork, or a knife. AND by takeaway, I mean something that they will eat and not refuse because it's "Yucky" (a word that my daughter has now learnt and grown very fond of).
So when a challenge presents itself? We create a solution! And today's challenge is "Breakfast for on the go toddlers".
But who am I kidding? These breakfast muffins are as delicious for a full grown adult as it is a toddler (my daughter loves them so much she calls them cake!).

Ingredients
  • Pancake mix
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 2/3 cup Milk
  • Optional mix ins (I chose blueberries and strawberries, but you can add what you want, choc chips, sausages, cheese, etc)

Step One
Preheat oven to 170 degrees fan forced. In a mixing ball mix together your pancake mix, eggs, milk and maple syrup.















Step Two
Fill your greased muffin tray with your pancake mix and add your mix ins. Bake in oven for 10-15 minutes.










Step Three
Once fully baked allow to cool. Once cooled you may serve. These are also freezable for the emergency situation - just remember to zap them in the microwave before consuming (don't want to feed your kids ice muffins).








Mouth watering right? Hehehe hope you or your children enjoy these as much as mine do! Thanks so much for visiting and I'll see you all very soon!
xx/Vanessa

Friday, 17 July 2015

DIY - Revamp A Pillow in 2 Minutes... no sewing or glue required!

Terrible at sewing? On a budget? Or, you're incredible with the sewing machine and you have a generous budget but just CBF? Well I have a solution my dear readers! A SOLUTION!
On today's blog post I have posted a simple DIY that will help you to revamp a pillow in five minutes!

Materials
  • Fabric of your choice - you can get creative with this part, got a throw rug with a pretty pattern? Use it!
  • The old pillow that needs a bit of polishing. 
And that's it! Scissors? Nope! A sewing machine? Nada!













STEP ONE
Lay your chosen fabric flat, wrong side facing up and place your pillow in the center.










STEP TWO
Fold the bottom half of your fabric up.










STEP THREE
Fold the top half of your fabric down over your cushion.









STEP FOUR
Fold the sides of both ends of the fabric to create a point - refer to the picture.








STEP FIVE
Fold one of the sides over your cushion.











STEP SIX
Tie a knot with the other side.














STEP SEVEN
You will notice some loose ends hanging out from the knot, so tuck them underneath.




























And there you have it, a new cushion in five minutes!
I hope you all found this DIY helpful! Don't forget to check out and subscribe to my youtube channel CLICK HERE for more DIYs!

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Product Review - Loreal "Mega Volume Miss Manga" mascara

Today's blog post we will be reviewing Loreal's Mega Volume Miss Manga Mascara.

According to the Loreal website CLICK HERE

"Miss Manga Mascara builds 15 times the volume of natural lashes, both top and bottom. Lashes are amplified for wider, bigger and more open doll like eyes...  Eyes are instantly opened and widened for the ultimate Manga Doll Eye look. Featuring a cone shaped, flexible brush that is thin at the tip, 360 degree application becomes effortless as the brush can easily capture both long and short lashes..."

Retailing for about $21.95 in Australia CLICK HERE, let's see if this stuff works!


TRIAL





FINAL THOUGHTS?
Did it give my lashes volume?
Definitely! Not only did it give my lashes crazy volume, but it also gave it extra length.
Did it keep the curl of my lashes?
Yes, and FYI, I did not curl my lashes before application. So not only did it create a curl but it kept it too!


Is it waterproof?
Not completely waterproof, but you will need a good make up remover. 
Does it create the ultimate "Manga doll eyed" look?
Heck yeah! It really opened my eyes and created the appearance of an almond shaped eye. 
How was application?
Comfortable, in all honesty, before doing this review I had heard a few complaints about the bendable wand and how it can "get in the way" of customers efforts in trying to really push their lashes up, so I was anticipating myself to get a bit frustrated, but nope. I found it very comfortable in application, the bendable wand really helped me to curl and coat every single lash, the cone shaped wand helped me to get to the little lashes towards the inner and outer corners and get an even application.
Would I repurchase?
 Uh, for the price it sells here in Australia ($21.95) I could buy a high end mascara for a few dollars more, but for drugstore, this is definitely a good one. I'm not sure if I would repurchase considering "Too Faced Better than Sex" mascara is only a few dollars more, but if I do happen to see it on sale... Heck Yeah.


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Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Australis Bronzeyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette Swatches, Review & Dupe!


Recently I uploaded a haul on my youtube channel CLICK HERE to watch. One of the things I purchased was the Australis Bronzeyed Girl Eyeshadow Palette which is exclusively sold in Kmart. 

 The palette has gorgeous shimmery bronze colours, perfect (but not limited too) a summer makeup look. 


I was seriously impressed by the pigmentation of the shadows and how smooth they glide on, quality felt more than just a drugstore branded eyeshadow palette. 


DUPE ALERT?!

I am a huge fan of the "Lorac Pro" Eyeshadow palette and use it on a weekly basis, so of course I was excited when I discovered a few "dupes" in the Australis Bronzeyed Girl Palette.


First thing I noticed was the similarities between "Garnet" (fav!) from the Lorac Pro Palette and the deep bronzed eyeshadow in the Australis Palette.



Then I noticed the similarities between "Lt. Bronze" from Lorac Pro Palette and the Australis one. 

The Australis Bronzeyed Girl Palette is definitely a delicious one! Beautiful colours and wonderful quality. Can't wait to play with different looks for my youtube channel.

I hope you found this swatches article helpful. See you all in the next one!
xx/ Vanessa

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Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Product Review: Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

Today we will be reviewing the cult Too Faced Mascara "Better Than Sex". 

Product Claims via The Too Faced Website :

"... all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic." 

Well damn, with a description like that, it has to be fantastic right? Well let's put it to the test. 



Packaging

  • Adorable metal tube 
  • Large hour glass shaped wand 
  • Standard mascara sized packaging

TRIAL



 What I noticed?
  • After the 2nd coat my lashes had dramatically increased in volume and length. 
  • Kept the curl of my lashes the entire day
  • Gave a dramatic black effect to my lashes - definitely not the mascara if you are going for a natural look. 
  • Does become clumpy on the 3rd coat
  • Definitely not waterproof, did find some smudging along my lower lash line (I have very watery eyes).
  • The wand was a bit large for me to get the smaller lashes towards the inner corners, took a bit of maneuvering but I got there.  

Final thoughts?
Better than sex? YES! Bigger lashes are better than anything honey... lol. 

Like seriously, how impressive was the "Before" and "Three Coats" shots? Let's have a closer look shall we?

In all honesty, I never thought my lashes could look so dramatic with just mascara (I usually relied on false lashes). I am gifted with short, straight and sparse lashes, and this mascara did it's wonders. It kept it's curl and stayed dramatic the entire day.  

Note: Like I mentioned earlier, it did start looking a bit clumpy by the 3rd coat, but getting a clean wand brush and running it through your lashes will help if it bothers you that much.

So final verdict? I think the pictures itself tells it all... I have found a new favourite!

Thanks for reading everyone! I hope you all found this review helpful. 
xx.Vanessa



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Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Toddler Recipe: Meat Balls

It can be so difficult pleasing picky eaters, especially when it comes to my daughter. Unlike my son she won't touch meat (unless it's ham from a pizza or Mc Donald's chicken nuggets). 
As a mother we all worry about our kid's nutrition, are they getting enough iron in their diet? The last thing I want to hear from my Dr is that I'm not feeding my kids the best food. 
So that's why I am sharing this recipe. Because unlike many other dishes I cook for my daughter she actually eats and enjoy these. 
These are iron rich meat balls that are freezable and so dang good!









 
 Ingredients:
  • 500g Beef Mince
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped Onion
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 1/2 pack of frozen Spinach, thawed, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce OR you could use Teriyaki Sauce (lovely flavor)
  • 1 egg
  • Olive Oil

Method

Step One
Preheat oven to 175C. 
Heat your olive oil in a pan and saute onions and garlic until soft. 

Step Two
Add spinach and reduce heat to medium. Place the mixture into a colander and press the excess moisture out of the mixture. 

Step Three
In a large bowl combine all the ingredients including the mixture. 















Step Four
With wet hands, roll your mixture into balls and place onto a greased baking tray.
Bake in the oven for 20 minutes. 
















And there you have it. Allow them to completely cool before serving or placing them in zip lock bags and in the freezer for the future.




















Thank you so much for visiting guys and I'll see you all in the next one!
xx/Vanessa