Empties August 2017

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It has been such a long time since I made an empties post. Sadly I don’t have much to show but I am not worried as any progress on my collection is good!

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Products I would Repurchase:
I have finally finished my Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and I am a little sad! If I am in need of another brow pencil I would not think twice about getting this. The Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is something I have used multiple times and go back to it when I am not sure what I want.

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Would not Repurchase:
I was not in love with either of the Essence Mascaras, I found they did not last on my lashes. Lovestruck is a great perfume, its just not a scent that I like to wear anymore. Plus I have so many other perfumes to work through.

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Would Repurchase if I had the $$$$:
I have loved Estee Lauder skin care for a long time and it pains me to be without these two products. My skin changes so much when I stop using them so I cannot wait for the next gift with purchase where I can hopefully get more samples. I enjoyed using the Dior Capture Totale but unless I had some gift cards I can not justify this moisturiser.

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Dip Brow Battle! Chi Chi VS Anastasia Beverly Hills

These two products are a bit of a hot topic in the beauty world, more so in the Aus beauty world as I am pretty sure American’s have a harder time getting the Chi Chi line. That being said though, I can totally understand why there is so much commotion about these two products because the packaging looks almost the same, and the product names are almost the same (which is to be expected for a product like this). I have been using ABH Brow Wiz (reivew) for ages and like many switched to the Dip Brow, for one, its better value for money, and I actually have a better colour match with the Dip Brow than the Brow Wiz.

I decided to pick up the Chi Chi version for this post, and to also see if I did actually like the Chi Chi version as it is more readily available and I can also get it on sale, which was why I picked this up! I was with the beautiful ProcrastiCaitlan and she told me I should get it and try, because why not, and it was on sale.

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Ok, first off you can see right away how similar these products look to each other. Now I don’t have fresh shots of these so I am sorry! You can see that I have used more of the ABH Dip Brow but that is only because I have had it longer than the Chi Chi Brow Pomade. In this photo you can’t really see any colour different between the products, which is always encouraging, but I do need to point out that they are different colours, but that is only because of the undertone which you will see later.

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Here are the two shades swatched next to each other! As you can see they look a bit different now, and that is only because of the undertone of the two shades. These are both classified as Blonde on the bottom of the pot. Personally for me, I like the cooler undertones as this matches my brows better. This means that the colour of the left, the ABH Dip Brow is more of a favourite than the colour on the right which is the Chi Chi Brow Pomade. But this being said, if you prefer a warmer brow, than the Chi Chi version would be better for you. These do have different textures though, so that is something else to take into consideration when buying these. The Chi Chi product is creamier than the ABH, this doesn’t really bother me though. I have heard people talk about how the ABH product can get a bit ‘gummy’ and they are right, but that doesn’t bother me as I just work around it because I love the product so much.

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Here is the part where you don’t judge my brows, but I thought it was important to show you guys what my brows look like ‘naked’. I also want to point out that I am not wearing any other makeup in this post. I did this because it would make it easier for me to take off my brows and start again if I decided to put makeup on for the day. So you know, don’t be too harsh on my skin.

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This is my right side, and bloody hell I had a hard time trying to take a photo of this, shadows are not my friend, plus just awkward, I took like 6 shots to get this one haha. Anyway, on this brow is the ABH Dip Brow and I feel that this matches the colour of my brows perfectly. I am someone who matches my brow products to the natural colour of my hair, not the bleach that currently dominates most of my hair. I feel like this colour works super well with my brows and I am super happy! I know when this runs out (or dries up, whichever comes first) I will def be getting my hands on another one! I also don’t think I will go back to by Brow Wiz either.

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This is this Chi Chi Brow Pomade and as you can see it is a bit warmer on my brows. Now do remember that this is pretty freshly applied as well, so it hasn’t settled as it might if I had a full face. But I do feel a little subconscious about the colour, which is something I haven’t really experienced before. Even though this is a warmer colour on my brows, this doesn’t change the fact that I do like the product.

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I took this photo to show the difference between the two shades. Now as I said at the start, there isn’t much colour difference besides the fact that one is warm and one is cooler. As I have said, I prefer the cooler shade because I feel that it matches my natural hair better.

But, my Overall thoughts are that both of these products are great! They are super easy to use, super pigmented and also last great on my face! The only real difference is the colour for me. And because of that I prefer the ABH Dip Brow,  but I will still wear my Chi Chi Pomade! I just might wear it on days where I am feeling more relaxed or a casual makeup day. I do really like the Chi Chi Brow Pomade so if you were thinking of getting it, do it! you won’t regret it, but if you do find that if you do find that the Blonde is too warm for you, maybe give the ABH Dip Brow a shot.

Price:

ABH Dip Brow Pomade: $30 (when I bought it in Sephora Sydney)

Chi Chi Pomade: $14.95 (As listed on Chi Chi’s Website)

So I hope this post helped, if not at least you have some swatches to see the colour differences between the two shades!

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Sephora and Mecca Maxima!!

Well how are you all going? I am back from my little break and full of energy again! When I got to Sydney after being out at sea for 9 days I was more than ready to do a bit of shopping. And being near Sephora and Mecca Maxima only meant that my poor wallet would be feeling a LOT lighter afterwards.

I went to Sephora first, mainly because I wanted to check out what the store looked like compaired to the America. I am honestly dissapointed with what the store looks like. I was just expecting more really. I don’t know what else to say. The store itself wasn’t bad in the least.. just yea, I was expecting more haha! The store is over two levels with all the makeup on the lower level and skin care upstairs. I did find it a little weird and annoying that the cash registers were upstairs. Meaning you HAD to climb up if you wanted to buy something. I can understand that there isn’t much floor space downstairs but still. They did have the goodies by the cash registers though so I was really happy about that! There were some products that I wanted to pick up but were sold out (which didn’t suprise me) or my sister got the last one (lucky her haha). Overall I went in twice, once with just my sister and the second time to show Mum to give her context when I talk about stores and what not. The first time we went it wasn’t too busy and a nice experience, we could wonder around and not worry about bumping into other people too much. The second time though was not so fun, the store was flooded with people! I had thought that it might have cooled down being open for so many months, but nope! Still crazy as ever haha, that time we didn’t look around too much and just got what we wanted and left.

I asked about the rewards program and was upset but interested to hear that they wont be implimenting that until the end of the year, when the website is meant to launch. So that is something! I really hope that the rewards are actually worth it, else I will honestly just keep buying everything from Mecca, as I love the customer serive and the people that work there, and of course, the prices.

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This is an overvew of all of the products that I got from Sephora! Like I said, my wallet was feeling a lot lighter after this but it was tottaly worth it. Plus I knew I was going to be spending a fair amount here and so had saved some money in advance! I knew I was going to get mre Kat Von D and Anastasia products… Didn’t really expect it to be pretty much the only brands I got though! Oh well, I got some repurchases and of course a lot of new products that I am excited to try!

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This is something that I picked up right near the start. I have heard a lot about the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks and so I went over to them and swatched some. Not gonna lie, I was looking for a shade created in colab with an Instergramer that I really like. But they didn’t have it, so I moved onto a shade that I thought would be good from Spring/ Summer seeing as we are moving into these seasons! I decided on Sexer because it is a beautiful pink that you can do many different things with. Even though I am mainly a red lipstick person, I do love wearing a good pink, and I have no doubt that this is going to get a lot of use in the next few months! I also love the fact that Kat Von D’s logo is imprinted on the lipstick. It looks so beautiful and I am gonna be sad when I get down to it and start messing it up. But at least I have these great photos to look back on!

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Next up are these Metal Crush eye shadows, again by Kat Von D. I don’t know how new these are to the market, but in Sephora they had their own little area on the other side of the store from the main display. My sister and I lightly touched these and knew that a few shades would be coming home with us. The pan on these are large and I find that I really like this because it means I could use these products with larger brushes for more crazy looks (if I ever get the courage to do something like that) and so forth. The first shade I picked up was Synergy which is the pan on the right. Thunderstruck, the white shade, I picked up on my next visit because the day before my sister had gotten the last one! Thankfully they had heaps the next day so I scooped one up before they vanished again. These are SO buttery and I can’t wait to use them. I have been collecting more and more white/ lighter shadows because I love layering them over dark shadows to create a sheen. I am so excited to use these!!

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Now for a repurchase product! The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I have bought this three times now! Although one time doesn’t really count as that was the Limmeted Edition version she released. My current Trooper hasn’t run out, but that doesn’t mean it cant run out soonish. So while I had the chance I picked it up. I love this liner so much and use it almost everyday. I can’t recommend this liner enough, its so easy to use and lasts all day! A new product is the Ink Liner in Neruda. I have never tried a white liner like this before so I am super excited. When I swatched this on the back of my hand, I pictured a dark look with stark white liner over top. I don’t know if I will ever be able to create that but we will wait and see. Both of these are so easy to use and I love them. Thankfully these weren’t much more expensive than they were in America! (But we have all seen the posts about how unconsistant the price differences have been).

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Next up is Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I decided that I wanted to try something new and move away from my AnastasiaBH Brow Wiz (review) also because my sister told me that the colour wasn’t really matching me anymore. Now that we are coming into the sunnier seasons, my hair lightens and so I agreed and went to get a lighter shade. Sadly taupe is the lightest shade of the brow wiz, but no matter! The Dipbrow Pomade has a lighter shade! Blonde is the shade that I picked up and it is a bit lighter which I am thankful for, my hair is bleached, yes, but this shade matches my natural hair colour a lot better! Now I just need a brush… Didn’t really think that one through! So if you have a hard won favourite please let me know! The second product I picked up is the Clear Brow Gel, thankfully I have used this before and know what I am getting into. I got this because I do also use the Benefit Gimme Brow but I thought the combination of the Pomade and Gimme brow might be a bit strong for me. So I figured that the Pomade and Brow gel should work well together! The first time I tried the Brow Gel was actually through a subscription service, which I no longer use, it was a lucky dip sort of thing as to who actually got a sample, and I was on of the lucky ducks that got one! So now after probably a year, I’m finally buying the full product haha!

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These were the two products that I picked up while on my way to the cash register. They were a bit expensive, but I wanted to try the lipstick (which cost $15, size reference picture below and the moisturizer was $20) The lipstick is Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in Envious. I use red lipstick all the time, and had been interested in this formula for a long time, so I thought this was a great chance to try this out. I do think it is expensive for what it is, but again I wanted to try it and thought why not. Plus if I don’t like it, I only wasted $15, not the $55 I think they are. I LOVE the packaging of this, mainly because its just so tiny and cute! The Day Wear moisturizer is what I use in the morning to start my day. I have been using this for years and honestly haven’t really tried anything else. My skin has never gotten mad at me because of this so I have stuck to it! The reason I got a small one is because I love using these for travel, and I am doing that a lot more lately, so they are handy. This size jar will last me about a month with daily use, night and day, so yea! Really handy for travel and that is why I picked one up!

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This is a reference of the size of the Estee Lauder lipstick, as I said it is TINY! But I love it so much, this is next to my dip brow. Again, this is why I’m a bit annoyed that the lipstick is $15 but oh well! If I love the lipstick I got a great product without having to try at full price!

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My last purchase from Sephora was the Beauty Blender, I have used one of these in the past and ended up giving it to my sister. But I felt that I hadn’t really given it a proper go, so while I had the chance I picked this up again to try. I don’t really know how this will go but I really do want to love it as much as every one else does.

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While in Myer about to get my brows done (and my lip it ended up being) the lady told me about the Limmited Edition They’re Real Mascara with Swarovski Crystals. I heard murmers of this and am now starting to get more and more info about it flood my emails and social media. I decided to get it because I am sadly not loving my current mascara as much and know that I do enjoy using the They’re Real Mascara. This packaing is slightly differnet to normal (besides the obvious) the packaging is matte black all over while the handle is still glossy and covered in stones.

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Here is a close up of the cap. The stones aren’t too far rasied which I am thankful for, otherwise I think it would make the brush uncomfortable to hold and use. I am so excited to use this again, and once finished, put it on display, maybe next to my Kat Von D LE Trooper liner. 🙂

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Now onto Mecca Maxima, which we had a little trouble finding as they are between stores at the moment, BUT we got there and of course had more fun shopping! Again there were two trips made, but the first trip was easily the most expensive. (Looking back at my photos and memory… I bought the Makeup Forever spray at Sephora… Sorry!!) I had a ball here and felt a bit at home because I know Mecca pretty well, as it’s one of my favourite stores in Adelaide! The ladies were so lovely and helpful! It was such a lovely experience shopping there!

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First off is a new bronzer, I haven’t bought a new bronzer in a very long time and so thought a mix up might be in order! I picked up the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer on my sisters recommondation. She has the little book of bronzers and said that this would be something I would like if I wanted a shimmery bronzer. I have used this once so far and loved it! It blended out beautifully and didn’t look crazy on my face! I think I will probably be picking up more of these in the future haha!

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My second ever Soap and Glory Product. This is the famuos Hand Food hand cream and I was excctied to see it in a little basket so that I could give it a try! Another great thing was that this only cost $5 so I actually went back and got a few more haha opps! This is a great product and I can understnad why a lot of people like the brand. I don’t need a lot of this to completely cover my hands and wrists. I love the smell of this and am so glad that I got it. I think I will always have one in my collection somewhere from now on haha!

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Next up is something that I have wanted to try for a very long time but didn’t want to pay all that money for a mud mask. So when I saw this in a smaller jar and for not as much money ($25) I picked one up before I could change my mind. I am really looking forward to trying this and also really hoping that I don’t use it up too quickly. I really want this to last at least around 4 uses so I can hopefully make up my mind about whetether this is really worth all the hype. Again this was a product that I wanted to try without spending crazy amounts of money.

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Now for the product I got a bit confused with in where I actually bought it from. I did get this from Sephora in the isle near the cash register. I have again heard many things abut this and thought that I would give it a go. I also figured this would be good to take while traveling because it is a lot smaller than say the fix+ that I have which is the full size. I haven’t tried many Makeup Forever poducts so I am interested to see how this will go!

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Lastly is the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray. I have been using the same sized bottle of the All-nighter and found that I really do enjoy this product. Mainly because of the spritzer and how the product sits on my skin. I wanted to try this version because I do have oily skin and struggle with it a little. I am probably not going to use this until I run out of the all-nighter, just because I don’t really like having lots of products on the go at once. Well these types of things anyway.

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To round everything out is the samples that I got from both Myer and Sephora. I haven’t really looked at these but I am interested to see how they go. I was glad to see some samples though, its always fun to try products for free~!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Review

Hey Everyone,

Another cult product up for review today! This is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, and I use the shade taupe.

Here is a shot of what the Brow Wiz, not gonna lie I did think it was gonna be a lot bigger when I got it. From videos I had seen online I did think that the packaging was more bulky, so I am glad to see that this is not he case as this makes it easier to travel with!

One on end of the product is the a small brush, I don’t use this very often because I don’t really have unruly brows. I have used it a few times though, that’s why it is looking a little bit dirty.

On the other side is the actual product, when I first looked at the colour in store I didn’t think that it would really suite me, but after putting it on I fell in love, it is a little darker then my natural colour, but when I have a full face of makeup on it doesn’t look odd at all.

This is a product that is super easy to work with and because of the fine point it makes it really easy to fill in your brows. I have also found that if you accidentally draw outside of the lines its super easy to just wipe the colour away and then blend your foundation back in.

I have found that this product easily lasts all day and I love it for that, I remember thinking that this would be super expensive when I went to purchase this. But it only cost $21 USD, which is most likely a lot for American’s but I thought that this was a pretty good price, seeing as everything is really expensive back home.

There isn’t a lot of product in here, there isn’t even 1g of product. But so far I am finding that it is lasting a while. I will be able to update with how long this product lasts for with daily use once I have finished it up!

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