Australis' Full On Foundation

Thursday, September 18, 2014


This foundation sure has been making the rounds in the youtube world (at least for us Australians anyway!) so of course I had to give it a try. To be honest, I still haven't found my perfect full coverage foundation so I'm always more than intrigued when one is raved about - especially something as cheap as this one is!

Packaging wise, it's lightweight and a standard twist up foundation. It's perfect for traveling. You're supposed to apply this cream foundation directly onto your face and then blend it out with a brush, fingers or sponge. This isn't a foundation I recommend sharing with friends because of its direct method. According to Australis this cream foundation has a buildable coverage. It helps to hydrate and moisturise while and absorbs excess oil. The Full On Foundation helps to hydrate and moisturise your skin whilst providing strong coverage and maintaining a natural complexion. This long lasting formula absorbs excess oil and has SPF 30 protection.

It comes in 6 different shades which is a bit disappointing. I opted for the shade natural tan and found it matched me perfectly when I fake tan and for when I get some colour in Summer. Unfortunately there are only 2 light shades in this range.

One thing I highly recommend is to use a primer beforehand, even if you don't usually. It will make the application a lot smoother and easier. I stuck with the brand and user the Australis' primer (one of my drugstore favourites).

Every time I apply this I feel a weird, heated sensation on my face. Sort of like my face was just really hot and flushed but it doesn't actually turn red. I've never experienced it before but it lasts less than a minute. I assume it is from the foundation blocking my pores. Has anyone else experienced it? It was a really unusual application for me but after a few times you do get used to it and I actually prefer it over liquids. The coverage is amazing. Seriously, it does really give you a flawless, airbrushed finish which I really was not expecting from this product. After applying it directly to my face I used my Sigma F80 to blend it out and then applied a bit more in the areas that needed it.

It has a bit of an overwhelming clay like scent at first but dies down a lot after applying - but beware if you have sensitive or blemish prone skin!

You'll notice directly after applying that it sits on the skin and sinks into your pores instead of being absorbed. After about an hour it will then settle into the skin, absorb and look much nicer and smooth. I used a translucent powder to set it because I find it lasts longer and doesn't move throughout the day or cling to any dry bits.

It's definitely a foundation you have to get used to. Most foundations claim to be full coverage but this one claims 'heavy coverage' - and that it is.  I wouldn't call this an everyday foundation but at the same time I can see myself repurchasing it because of its flawless finish. I probably wont get much use out of this as Summer is coming up and it does not sit well with warmer weather (but really, what heavy coverage foundation does?) but I can see myself pulling it back out when it cools down!

It retails for $12.95 (seriously what a bargain) from selected pharmacies, Priceline, Woolworths, Coles, Target, Kmart and Myer.

Have you tried this foundation before? What are your thoughts?

Make Your Eyes Look Bigger & Awake

Friday, September 12, 2014


No matter what I do or what time I go to bed, I think it's safe to say I'll just never be a morning person. I'm sure I'm not alone when I say I've spent hours in bed, scrolling through instagram and pinterest (my newest addiction) before actually trying to go to sleep. Luckily, I've put together a few tips and tricks on how to look more awake on those tired, early mornings and in only a few short steps! I hope they help you too!

STEP 1 > USE CONCEALER TO BRIGHTEN
Using a concealer around 2 shades lighter than your skin tone to help counteract some of that darkness around your eyes. Apply it from the inner corner and under your eye as well as from the inner corner to your eyelids like shown in the pictures. Make sure to set it with a translucent or light powder so it doesn't move throughout the day. This will help brighten those inner corners and hide any dark circles.

STEP 02 > LIGHTEN YOUR WATERLINE
Use a light coloured eyeliner, either nude or a light pink will do. I'm using eye bright by Benefit - an absolute lifesaver when it comes to nights I've had little to no sleep. Apply it to your lower waterline and inner corners and blend for a wide awake look. You can also apply this as a highlighter for under your eyebrows.

STEP 03> ADD SOME SHIMMER

This step is optional but I like to quickly apply either a cream eyeshadow - a crayon like above or even a swipe of Maybelline's Colour Tattoos. Highlighters also work just as well if you're trying to cut down on products. Use light shades like golds or creams and try to stay away from white as it can look a bit unnatural. Apply to your eyelids and inner corners. This will further highlight your eyes, add some colour and make them appear brighter and more awake.

STEP 04 > DEFINE THE CREASE

Using your bronzer shade I like to lightly apply on the outer corners of my eye and into the crease. Be careful to stay away from the inner corner. This just creates a bit of definition and makes your eyes stand out a lot more. I'm using the a medium bronzer shade in the Sleek Face Contour Kit.

STEP 05 > CURL & COAT THOSE LASHES

What I find one the most important steps - mascara. Use a curler first to curl your lashes for maximum results, although it's optional, I highly recommend it. Then apply your mascara, I'm using my favourite Wonder'full by Rimmel. Make sure to use a mascara that will hug your lashes, reaching all those small stubborn ones! I also like to apply mascara to my lower lashes because I feel it makes my eyes bigger.
Et voila! The finished look. I hope you all enjoyed this post! Feel free to share any makeup tips or tricks you use in the comments :)

Spilt Sugar Candles

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


The other day I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous box of goodies from Spilt Sugar that make luxuriously scented, hand poured, Australian made industrial chic soy wax candles. I don't think there's a room in my house that doesn't have at least one candle in it (seriously becoming a problem). So how was I supposed to resist these amazingly scented and packaged candles? But seriously... how?

Thankyou Body Care

Monday, September 8, 2014

The Thankyou brand is one that I have always loved and followed and it was only recently I discovered the release of their body care range. As soon as I did, I knew I had to share my thoughts about it with you all. Every purchase of one of their products has a direct impact on someone’s life in the developing world.

"One Thankyou Body Care bottle directly contributes to one person receiving access to health and hygiene training"

What's great about this range is it's also so affordable with all their products falling under $10. Only one bottle and you're already making a huge difference to someones life. Isn't that amazing?
BOTANICAL PATCHOULI & VANILLA HAND WASH ($7.78) // Suitable for all skin types, there are no harsh ingredients in this plant-based hand wash. It is vegan friendly and most importantly it's not tested on animals. It's a very gentle soap and has a fresh, botanical and herbal scent but dies down after a few minutes. It can also be used as a body wash and can be kept in the shower, perfect for the whole family. You can look at all the ingredients (that are ethically sourced, might I add!) on their website.

BOTANICAL PATCHOULI & VANILLA HAND LOTION ($8.59) // Give your skin some loving with this soothing hand lotion. Absorbing quickly into the skin with a thin consistency, it contains extracts of patchouli, vanilla, sandalwood and lavender to give it a fresh, botanical scent exactly like the hand wash. Ingredients also contain cocoa and shea butter to leave your hands smooth, hydrated and refreshed.

Hand Wash & Lotion also comes in a Botanical Sweet Orange & Almond flavour.

ANTIBACTERIAL EUCALYPTUS MINT HAND SANITISER ($3.76) // This comes in 2 sizes however I opted for the smaller travel friendly size at 50ml as I like to carry it around in my bag. There is also a bigger 250ml size that you can use at home. Cute and eco-friendly packaging, like all the other products. Not only is this bottle providing you with clean hygiene but it is providing health and hygiene training to someone in need. Both bottles come with a handy flip top cap.

You can learn more about the Thankyou movement at their website, including stockists, products and information. 

Rimmel Wonder'Full Mascara with Argan Oil

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


As soon as my eyes locked with this mascara, I didn't even think twice. Wonder'Full is the newest mascara release from Rimmel London. I tend to fall in love with anything rose gold so it's safe to say packaging was a win for me. This mascara stands out from all their previous mascaras not only because of the packaging but because it's packed with Argan Oil! It's just everywhere these days, isn't it?

The Argan oil is supposed to help make your lashes feel conditioned, soft and flexible, with zero clumps and a give them a feather-light volume. I do use it for my hair (and love it!) so I couldn't see why it wouldn't help at least benefit my eyelashes?

Some people may say the brush is a bit too big but I find it the perfect size to hug all my lashes, even those hard to reach places. It is one of the easiest mascaras to apply because of the sturdy brush. I don't get on too well with brushes that are too flimsy because it just ends up getting everywhere.

After applying one coat, I was already impressed. It separated and lengthened my lashes really nicely which is a huge deal for me. Another coat or two, it just added more volume with no clumping at all (!!!). It didn't feel heavy on the lashes either which is great because I'm one to apply up to 3 coats.

It dries quickly, doesn't budge or smudge and I experienced no flaking throughout the day. For an everyday, budget-friendly mascara, I can't recommend this mascara enough. At only $13.95 - it's practically a bargain. It's available at selected pharmacies and department stores.

Have you tried this mascara yet? What are your thoughts?
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