Benefit’s New Dandelion addition to the family

Benefit Cosmetics’ Dandelion family just keeps getting better with the addition of the new powder highlighter which goes by the name of Dandelion Twinkle! Coming out today for us Aussie Beauty lovers, I am so so happy as it’s launched right on my birthday!

The packaging of this beauty is a beautiful metallic ballet pink, with a single dandelion on the outside of the trademark Benefit Boxed powder.

Described as a ‘nude-pink powder for highlighting and illuminating’ this is the exact function it fulfils.

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When you open the box, inside you get an applicator brush for the highlighter which is specially shaped to be slightly rounded on the edges to apply your blush with a smooth blended application. Personally, speaking I find that for my love of intense and beaming highlighter on the face, this brush doesn’t give that effect. Instead, you will love the brush which comes with this product if you like a natural yet, lit-from-within glow.

The colour of the powder when you open the product is a light ballet pink, almost mixed with a pearly finish and there are no large chunks of glitter in the highlight shade.

When swatching this highlight, it definitely gives a natural lit finish to the skin, with a hint of a light powder finish. It is extremely fine and smooth to the touch, which I would think is because of it’s baked technology.

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So here’s where you’re probably thinking, what is she going on about; but the scent of this highlighter is actually a delight to me! It smells a little bit like roses, or a slight floral scent! And anyone who knows me knows, that I love roses or floral fragrances and scents, so this highlighter is actually really impressing me!

Another awesome thing I love about all the box-o-powders that Benefit Cosmetics offers, is that no only do they provide a brush, but they all have an awesome mirror encased in the box, so it’s perfect for travelling and that sneaky makeup application on the go!

Final words on this highlight is that it’s definitely an awesome highlight for most skin-tones and those who are very fair will LOVE it! The packaging is on-point, and I am definitely gonna be rocking a slightly more subtle highlight over the next few weeks, thanks to this baby!

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Review of the Tarteist Pro-To-Go Palette by the brand Tarte

Hello again lovelies,

Today I decided I would bring a mini-review on a brand whose eyeshadows I absolutely love! Tarte has released a new ‘Pro’ range in Sephora and with this launch comes an exciting little addition to the mix; the Tartiest ‘Pro-To-Go’ palette!

So what caught my attention at first sight was the lovely ‘soft’ to the touch senesation that it has. The feeling is like a smooth, velvety like feeling (but without the felt-like fur). Another thing I think Tarte does really well with their eyeshadow palette’s is the fact that they always include a mirror so you can easily apply on the go (which is exactly what the name of this palette assumes).

This palette includes 6 shades with warm undertones (yay!) of which 3 have a satin finish, and the other 3 are matte.

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The following are the swatches corresponding to the palette shade names on the right in the pan!

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All of these shades are easily buildable and so blendable which is what I love, so there’s definitely an ease of application with these pigments. One thing I have found using this palette is the satin shades (Hype, Boss, and Dominate) are better applied to the eyelid with a finger as they don’t pick up as easily on a brush. For all you makeup lovers who like decadent scented makeup, this palette also has a beautiful smell of cocoa right from the moment you open it so applying your eyeshadow has never been more luxurious.

This palette is also formulated without all the nasties like parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, triclosan and gluten, so for any ingredient conscious beauty lovers out there, its perfect for you.

My final words on this amazing palette that pack a punch a lot bigger than it’s size; is that it’s definitely going to be super popular, and has all the shades you need to create a variety of looks to take you from day-to night, right in the convenience of your clutch!

To shop this palette click here!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Tarte’s eyeshadows palettes and what your favourite eyeshadow palette is!Β 

Love Anna xo

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Sneak Peek and First Impressions on MAC’s X Mariah Carey Collection

 

Hi Lovelies,

I was so excited to get my hands on some of my fave pieces in the Limited Edition MAC X Mariah Carey Collection! Honestly, even after spending so much money lately with Christmas just around the corner, I couldn’t resist the temptation of this beautiful collection.

To find out about my faves, recommendations and also find out what I didn’t like (as much) keep reading!! Prices will also be shown for each product I post about so you can start saving up for when this officially launches in Australian MAC stores.

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Touch My Body Loose Powder $40

This is one of those products that everyone MUST get from this collection! I love the whole concept of this product since I’m all about that glow and shimmer! This is a body shimmer and puff that comes in the most luxurious packaging. I love how evenly the delicate puff distributes the shimmer without any kind of patchiness. The shimmer lies beneath a plastic sieve-like covering, so that the product doesn’t fly up or lead to wastage which I think is super innovative and clever of them to make. The shimmer itself is not heavy or chunky with large pieces of glitter and glides on really smoothly. One of the things i also love about this product is that you could dip your highlighting brush into it and use it on the face as a highlighter for the face as well!

The only negative I can find with this product is that because the shimmer is quite a gold-bronze shade, it may not suit a fair complexion! However with summer amidst us, this is a great product to glam up your beach-to-party look! I also love how this is a novelty product in terms of what MAC sells usually, so I instantly grabbed this one when I got the chance.

Cremesheen Lipstick $40

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The first thing i thought when I caught a glimpse of this lipstick was ‘OMG THAT GLITTERY BULLET’ I couldn’t even deal! The limited edition collection bullet is silver glittery with a gold band around the middle. It’s smooth to touch, even though it looks like a rough glittery exterior, which I love. The detail of the lipstick is on-point, with Mariah Carey’s signature on the inside and an engraved butterfly on the actually lipstick!

In terms of texture this lipstick is creamy (as the name suggests) and sheer in coverage. Because it’s got quite a creamy formula, it doesn’t last as long on the lips as a matte lipstick would, so I like wearing this when I’ve got little to no makeup on, or an intense eye look, to balance it out.

Most of the shades are quite pale nudes, so I decided I’d start with a more versatile nude for my warm complexion, this one is called ‘McIzzle’, super cute! I definitely feel like I’m going to grab more if not all, just to have as a collection since they’re right down my alley in terms of packaging!

Pro Longwear Lipliner $46 (‘New Ombre’)Β 

So this being my first MAC lipliner, I have to say I’m super impressed with them! These lipliners glide on so smoothly and don’t tug or drag on the lip. As well as that, they have a really good pigment and last really well on the lips. Theres 2 shades in this limited edition collection and both are beautiful nudes. I love the silver pencil and the gold lid which totally suits the entire collection theme. I’d probably say the only downside I have personally is that I dislike how it isn’t a retractable pencil since I always get caught without a sharpener at the best of times.

Lipglass Lipglosses $39

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So if anyone knows me, I have a love for lipglosses, more just the shimmery, glittery effect that it gives and how beautiful the colours look in the tubes! I grabbed two beautiful pinky nude shades, and I love how the doe-foot applicator gives me enough to coat my lips in one go, so I don’t have to dip in a second time for more product. The colours are all really beautiful nudes and theres even a clear glittery shade which works well over any colours lipliner or lipstick!

 

Eye Shadow Quad palette (‘I’m that Chick you Like’) $72

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So upon looking at this palette, I couldn’t pass on the packaging, and I’m also jus ta sucker for eyeshadow palettes in general! There are two palettes in this collection, one of them being a cool toned combination and one being warm. The palette I purchased (I’m that Chick you Like) is the warm toned palette and most of the shades did take a while to build up pigment apart from the Veluxe Pearl shade (Whenever you call) which was super pigmented but had a bit of fallout as a result. For the $72, I definitely think that there a better quality and valued eyeshadow palettes out there, but it’s a limited edition palette afterall, thats got super glam packaging!

So what are your first impressions upon reading about this Limited Edition Collection?Β 

What will you be grabbing when this amazing collaboration launches?Β 

Love Anna xo