I’ve been well aware from the start that my eyebrows are not symmetrical, and to combat this I usually just fill them in and redraw the shape in areas I need to tweak, as I’m sure many of you do. Also, the gods have graciously blessed me with super thin hair (yay!). Because of this, my eyebrows are also super fine, and this caused them to look patchy and sparse, when really I had a good amount of hair there, but they were too fine to make my brows look full. It seemed I was destined to wake up every morning and use various brow products to perfect my eyebrows and create those masterpiece arches. I became good at doing them, but naturally this took a good chunk out of my morning routine.
I don’t think that an introduction between beauty bloggers is complete without revealing your nude lipstick collection, so I’ve decided to go ahead and Bare It All (yes, pun intended) about my nude lips favourites.
The nude lip has made such a bang in the world of beauty recently, and also picks up where we left off from the 90’s brown lip trend as well. As a result, there are literally countless of fantastic nude lipsticks available now, coming in lots of different textures, so many colours with varying undertones such as neutral, pink, orange, brown.
I think a nude lipstick is individual and VERY personal. And it might seem easy, but picking a nude lipstick for yourself can actually been a very hard and painful (sometimes disappointing) process. What everyone is learning now is: one nude lipstick may look like God’s creation on one person, but can wash out other people. Finding a nude lipstick that suits your skin tone is very much trial and error, but once you do find that ‘holy grail’ of nude lipsticks for yourself, you can rock the world.
Having a cool olive skin tone, I find that mauve-nudes and nudes with a brown undertone look the best on me. However, I tan really well (and fast) in the Summer so I stick to darker nudes in the Summer, and more peachy lighter nudes in the Winter. I do like a strong dark brown lip in the cooler months though *drool*
I have tried and failed at some nude lips, so I’ll be focusing on the products that suited me best in this post:
Category 1: Lipsticks
I have 6 lipsticks in the top of my nudes collection. Yes, 3 of them a MAC. Top row from left to right is:
Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in ‘1995’
Teeez Cosmetics Eve’s Ready to Wear Lipstick in ‘Never-ending Nude’
Wet n Wild Megalast Lip Colour in ‘Bare It All’
Bottom row from left to right is:
MAC Matte lipstick in ‘Velvet Teddy’
MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Twig’
MAC Satin Lipstick in ‘Faux’
Another favourite of mine is the Maybelline Colour Drama lip pencil in ‘Nude Perfection’ (not pictured but swatched below). It smells amazing, is really long lasting, has incredible texture and is a great dupe for Velvet Teddy.
My absolute favourite of these is Velvet Teddy. Yes I am another one of those crazed VT fans, but this honestly looks so flattering on me and I wear it almost every day! This is closley followed by 1995 though. I absolutely love this colour and it lasts for ages! When I am more pale, Faux looks incredible on my skin tone. It’s my most pinky-toned nude lipstick but works well for me when I am at my lightest.
Category 2: Liquid lipsticks
My top favourite liquid lipsticks are:
Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in ‘Celebrity Skin’
NYX Cosmetics Soft Matte Lip Cream in ‘Abu Dhabi’
Of these, Abu Dhabi takes the cake. It smells incredible, applies so unbelievably smooth on my lips and the tone of this shade is to die for. I love Celebrity Skin, but I have to be careful with this shade because when I am tanned it makes the colour appear grey on my lips and is not as pretty on fairer skin. I mostly wear this when I am more pale.
Category 3: Lip Stains
I have come across only ONE lip stain that I love in a nude shade. This one is by Covergirl and is Outlast Lip Stain in shade ‘445’. When I am at work, in the lab or just grocery shopping, this stain provides just enough colour to add a little ‘prettiness’ to your lips without going for a full on lip colour. It also lasts for ages as well! I really do love this sheer shade, but the felt tip dries out really quickly and it can be hard to apply. You definitely need a mirror for applying this product.
Here are my favourite nudes all lined up on my arm in natural light with no exposure editing. Note: This side of my arm is considerably lighter than my face so some colours appear differently on an arm swatch to a lip swatch.
Finding the perfect nude for your skin tone is hard work, and some that may work for me may not work for you. So let me know what your ultimate Nude lip product is by leaving a comment! I’d love to know what you think of some of mine as well 🙂
Many thanks to ProcrastiCaitlan for nominating me for a Liebster award. I’m super thrilled for my little blog to have a little recognition 🙂
Background to the award
The Liebster Award has been developed by bloggers, for bloggers! The origin of the name is German and can have several meanings: sweetheart, darling, beloved or boyfriend (?).
Legend has it that Liebster award was created to recognize and/or discover new bloggers. I think it has a good place in the blogosphere for facilitating the networking and cyber relationships between bloggers. It’s much like a chain letter. I think it’s a great way for exposure, and for your readers to learn a little more about yourself.
The simple rules to follow are:
1. Thank the blogger who presented the Liebster Award to you on your blog by and link back to their blog
2. Answer 11 questions posted by the presenter
3. Write 11 facts about yourself for your readers
4. Nominate 11 bloggers who you feel deserve this award. Let them know you have nominated them.
5. Ask your nominees 11 questions that you’ve come up with.
Here are my answers to ProcrastiCaitlan’s questions:
1. Do you think you could survive in a Zombie apocalypse? Without a doubt, honestly, very seriously and in reality – NO. I have ZERO survival skills.
2. If you could have any super power, what would it be? I would love it if I could make any given day have twice the amount of time – then I might be able to get all the stuff done that I need to get done, while also making sure I spend enough time with the people I love.
3. When you were young, what did you want to be when you grew up? Originally, when I was really young I said a teacher or lawyer. Mum wanted me to be a journalist. So I became a Forensic Scientist.
4. Would you rather breathe underwater or be able to fly? Definitely fly – so I can be closer to my little feather babies who have passed over the rainbow bridge ☹
5. Would you rather have a ‘rewind’ button in life or a ‘pause’ button? Pause button – I don’t believe in wishing you did things differently. Everything happened for a reason, so I accept that and don’t feel the need to change anything in the past. And I’d love to pause because I’d really love the world to stop spinning sometimes so I can do all the things I need to.
6. A night in prison or a night in a haunted house? Prison – I am very susceptible to scary movies and it plays with my head. I couldn’t imagine anything worse than being stuck in a haunted house for a night.
7. What is the first thing you reach for when you sit down to do your makeup? Moisturiser! Get that hydration into ya!
8. What made you want to start a blog? I felt like I had all these tips, opinions and experiences that I really wanted to share. Also, I am always looking to make new friends and knew this would be another great way to do so. It’s also a really good escape from my nerd life. A lot of the people I am surrounded by don’t care too much for beauty and so it’s hard to to talk about all the things I love about hair and makeup. The blog let’s me do so!
9. Special talent/party trick? None really, but I can do that one eyebrow lift/eyebrow dance. Not very impressive.
10. Talk to animals or speak every known language? Animals – everyone can learn to speak another language and there are tonnes of ways to communicate with humans. But no one has ever had the luxury of being able to have a conversation with an animal. I’d love to be able to do that. I’d love to ask them what they think of us as humans, and the world in general.
11. Would you rather have no internet for a month? or no phone? No phone – if there was no internet I’d probably be really bad at researching, and it’s really important for my job. And I wouldn’t be able to blog for a month. Waaaaaaaaa!
11 Facts About Me
1. By the age of 10 I had already been to 7 different primary schools – my parents moved around a lot.
2. Ever since I was about 14 I wanted to be a Forensic Scientist and I am living my dream!
3. I have been with only one man in my life and many thanks to God, I’m still with him.
4. In Year 11, I got a scholarship to be sent to Japan for 3 weeks, including travelling. A week was spent living with a host family – it was the best experience of my high school life.
5. I absolutely cannot read Harry Potter without crying – I have a very strong emotional connection to the series.
6. I wanted to have babies by the age of 25 – now that I am 24, I can definitely NOT see that happening.
7. I have never met the majority of my extended family, even my Grandfather or Uncles – they are scattered across Europe.
8. My conception was a mistake – Haha!
9. In high school I was a State finalist in relay sprinting, and a Regional competitor in endurance running
10. I have been told I am too forgiving
11. I went through a 10 year battle with acne
1. How would you describe your wardrobe?
2. You can only have one of the following things, which would you choose? Trust or love?
3. What is your greatest achievement?
4. Are you a Winter or Summer person?
5. What scares you the most and why?
6. Tell me about someone you really admire
7. What was the last book you read?
8. Do you believe in the paranormal?
9. Are you a sweet tooth or savoury tooth?
10. If you were to go to the movies alone, what would be your perfect movie to watch?
11. If you could trade lives with someone for a day, who would it be?
Thanks again for the nomination ProcrastiCaitlan, this post was a bit of fun to write 🙂 I hope that you all learnt a bit more about me, and have come across some new blogs to follow!
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After being exposed to a number of new brands at the Bloggers United AU event (read up on my recap here ). I was blown away by a relatively small eco-glamour cosmetics and tanning company, ‘Vani-T’. Their presentation was fantastic, and they demonstrated their products well. Their products ranged from makeup brushes (absolutely stunning by the way), to cosmetics, to all things tanning (including preparation and aftercare). Vani-T pride themselves on delivering what they call ‘eco-glamour’: their company is a fusion of ethics, luxury and performance. Their products are housed within absolutely stunning recyclable packaging, they are rich in natural and organic ingredients, they DO NOT conduct animal testing, and they do not contain sulfates, parabens, talc, bismuth or clay.
We were gifted with a generous package including a mineral colour lipstick, a mineral lip glaze, mineral colour crystals, a tanning mit, bronzing custard and self-tanner. After the event, we were also given the luxury of choosing another product from their range. I was lucky enough to be colour matched for their mineral powder foundation so I chose this.
This post will focus on the makeup from the company. I haven’t tried the tanning products yet, because lucky for me I’m still naturally bronzed from the Summer (thanks for giving me your European skin tone Mum & Dad) and I don’t need to use them. But I may use them in the Winter so stay tuned for a possible tanning post!
Mineral Powder Foundation
I’ve always struggled to find a good mineral powder and recently gave up hope on them. They oxidise pretty bad on my skin, and they always gave me an itch on my face whenever wearing them. So when I was exposed to this brand and their mineral powder foundation, I saw it did not contain bismuth oxychloride. Also known as ‘synthetic pearl’ it is the main ingredient for most ‘mineral makeup’. This is because it gives a distinct shimmery, pearlescent finish and hides imperfections well. However, some people (like me) find bismuth oxychloride irritating. This is mostly due to the crystalline structure of the compound. These ‘crystals’ can poke at the skin, and can get stuck in the pores, where these pokes are sharper and can irritate the skin. So, when I heard that this powder did not contain bismuth oxychloride, I was immediately interested in trying it out. I was colour matched to ‘Almondine’, which I found to be the absolute perfect match for me. This was the product I asked to receive after the event and I was so happy with my choice!
This foundation is by far the best mineral powder foundation I’ve ever tried. Honestly, move over Nude By Nature. It blended it so well, and didn’t look patchy like some others I’ve tried. The coverage with this powder was awesome, yet the finish was so beautiful and natural; it really gave a nice glow to my skin. It does contain micro shimmer particles however so I know it’s not for everyone. I did not feel any irritation at all from using this mineral powder, which was a massive plus. This quickly became my favourite product from their range, it really exceeded my expectations and I’ll be so sad when I run out. I absolutely loved it.
Mineral Lip Colour
*SQUEAL* Oh my, just look at that gorgeous packaging. Seriously. It looks more like an accessory than a lipstick. How beautiful is it!?
Still in awe of the packaging, it’s enough to put a smile on any woman’s face
Okay, once I settled down from the excitement over the packaging, I tried out the lipstick and really liked it. I received the shade ‘La Femme”, which means ‘The Woman’ or ‘Wife’. It’s a really beautiful and natural muted pink/rose nude shade. It’s right on trend at the moment and hits the spot for me.
The lipstick is really creamy and feels nourishing and hydrating on the lips. It is infused with coconut oil, Vitamin E and aloe extract to kick in some intense hydration. After I ate some food, I found it left a really subtle pink stain on my lips which I actually really liked. This product is definitely going to become one of everyday staples in my makeup routine.
Mineral Lip Glaze
Once again, I received a pink/rose lip gloss at the event that complimented the shade of the lipstick. This shade is called ‘Goddess’. This one has some fine gold shimmer through it to add a bit of sparkle and glamour. It has an organic base, with some coconut oil and castor oil for some added hydration. It is on the thicker side of lip gloss consistency, but it didn’t feel sticky on my lips which is one of my pet peeves! I can’t stand sticky lipgloss.
I love the applicator on this. You can twist open or close the applicator, keeping the lipgloss packaging clean. You can also use this to adjust the amount of product that comes out so that you are not wasting any either. Very clever Vani-T. However, I’m not a huge lipgloss wearer, and when I do wear them, they are mostly natural finishes with no shimmer. I think I will have to use this a little more to get comfortable again with wearing a lipgloss with such a high shine.
Mineral Colour Crystals
This item is another new favourite of mine already! They are pretty much similar to MAC pigments. They are ultra fine velvety minerals and are 100% pigment (this definitely shows). You can get three finishes; Pearl, Shimmer or Matte. I received the colour ‘Swiss Chocolate’ which is a pearl pigment although most others received Bronze Fine (another beautiful colour).
I absolutely love my pigment. It’s a rich, dark chocolate shade with some subtle hints of gold shimmer. Unfortunately I couldn’t capture the sparkle of this pigment, and the picture does not justify the finish. It’s so pretty! Being 100% pigment, you really don’t need a lot of product to get a really opaque finish; a little goes a looooooong way. It blends really well, and doesn’t give me a lot of fall out either. One thing I’ve read is that you can add water (or a setting spray) to your brush to use it as eyeliner. I’m going to give it a go with a bronze smokey eye I think. It’s a phenomenal product and I just want to purchase all of them!
Vani-T cosmetics have really impressed me and exceeded my expectations. My absolute favourite product though was definitely the mineral powder, I absolutely loved it. Because we want to share the love with you all, Vani-T is offering my readers $20 off your online order AND free delivery when you spend $75 or more. If you’d like to take advantage of this offer, use the code:
This code expires in 4 weeks time, so if you’d like to try them out head on over to their website and use my code for a discount!
*I have received the products from a blogging event goody bag and have received no payment in return for my views
Warning: This post will be very long and may evoke feelings of envy
We arrive at the Seawall Apartments overlooking Glenelg Beach. Sipping on some bubbles, I try to converse with as many Adelaide bloggers as I can, and we all await eagerly for the start of what is to be a day full of new insights, learning and socialising. Founders Nikita and Jasmine introduce Bloggers United AU and the values of their organisation. Basically, Australia is at a disadvantage when it comes to blogging events that bring together and cement it’s blogging community, and Bloggers United AU aims to fill that void. They organise events across Australia, with the help of State reps, to bring together bloggers across many categories, and to demonstrate the incredible Aussie brands making a name for themselves in the Beauty/Lifestyle industry.
Next, Adelaide reps Kate and Nici from Seduced By Beauty and Beauty and Food explain what the day entails and let me tell you, everyone’s face light right up after the talk! We then got a celebratory group photo of all the bloggers, presenters and Bloggers United girls.
The day offered demonstrations from 12 brands! Most of them showcased the incredible talent right here in South Australia, but companies outside SA were also featured. We were split randomly by taking a beautiful tote bag before walking in, which included our timetable, a notebook and pen and snacks. Bloggers with the same timetable were put into groups. I loved this format, it meant that we were able to shuffle out of our comfort zones and socialise with people we hadn’t met yet.
Firstly, everyone was given the absolute pleasure of hearing a talk given by the talented Heidi from Heidi Who Photos, who was our professional photographer for the day. All professional photos were taken by her, and her photos I used in this post are appropriately watermarked. Naturally, the day was so crazy and jam packed that I barely had time for any photos, so I’ll be using most of hers. She demonstrated the exact art of photography, and gave us all tips and tricks on how to take quality photos for our blogs. We then began our journey through the 12 amazing brand stalls.
There was a strong focus on cruelty-free and ethical brands from South Australia, which I absolutely appreciated!
The brands we were lucky to see demonstrations from were:
One of the first organic skincare companies founded in 1921 by Rudolf Steiner who developed the principles of biodynamic farming and anthroposophy, they are heavily focused on sustainable and ethical ways to achieve the skin you want. They create products from skin care, baby care, and perfume. I loved the values of Weleda and was so happy to pick up their famous Skin Food!
A relatively new company in the beauty industry, South Australian brand Kismet Jardin aim to provide consumers with effective luxury products that are built from natural ingredients. Their inspiration comes from a time before the industrial revolution where pure, precious and rare natural ingredients were pursued for the purpose of beauty. Their products range from primers, skin care and natural perfumery.
I’ve heard many great things about Davroe so was really excited to see they were demonstrating their product range. They specialise in cruelty- free vegan hair care that is sulfate and paraben free. They cater for a whole range of hair types from dry, damaged to oily. They also gave a demonstration on how to use their styling products as well. I really enjoyed this display.
Shanghai Lil and the Scarlet Fez
This company produces natural, vegan and palm-oil free personal care products. They are produced in small batches and hand made and must I say, absolutely beautifully packaged! Mark, the presenter and creator exuded his passion for his products and it was so easy to love the items he presented to us. Products ranged from absolutely delicious lip balms, skin care and cold pressed soaps.
The Runway Room
The Runway Room is an Australian owned company of cosmetics founded by makeup artist Alex Fevola. They aim to provide consumers with affordable but luxury products of high quality. Products on display ranged from lipsticks, highlighters and foundations. I wasn’t really sold on the quality and pigmentation of the products, but my pick of the range was their highlighter!
Enbacci skin care is making the rounds lately and I’ve heard really good things about the products. They are a unisex skincare company with the focus on sensitive skin types, but products are suitable for all skin types. Cruelty-free and manufactured in Australia, they use their botanical knowledge of plant-based ingredients to bring you luxury and effective skin care.
Natralus are another Australian, cruelty-free and natural beauty and health product company. They are mostly well known for their paw paw ointment. One thing I was super impressed with was that the Paw Paw Ointment contained over 80% of the active paw paw extract, much higher than the Lucas Paw Paw Ointment at 5%!
Yo-Get-It are an Australian frozen yoghurt company in Adelaide with a self-serve format. On display this day, was their new Acai Berry bowl. Now I absolutely love Acai Berry bowls so was so excited to try it! Acai berries have a huge health benefit, boasting one of the highest sources of antioxidants around, and are appropriately named a super food.
Vani-T is a South Australian make-up and tanning company that is now sold in 10 countries and has made a huge success on an international scale. The packaging for the make-up products was jaw dropping, looking like accessories more than cosmetics. They have a big focus on eco-glamour and have a huge range of mineral make-up. Their products are such high quality with amazing pigmentation. I can’t wait to get out and try their mineral powder foundation!
This is a German-based brand that have been around for about 50 years. Another brand that focuses on sustainable, cruelty-free products, they make an interesting approach to skin care. They believe that we shouldn’t be using products on our skin at night, as that is when the skin is most active in it’s regeneration cycle and would just be wasting cellular energy by breaking down the products. The demonstrator gave us an information-heavy booklet about their products which I have found a really interesting read.
REB Cosmetics is a relatively small South Australian company with another focus on vegan make-up but with a large range of products. I really enjoyed the presentation and loved exploring the products. I picked up a really beautiful warm, burnt red eyeshadow and LOVE it!
No need for an introduction here, this company is very well known! We were shown a range of hair care products across some of their daughter brands. I’m really interested to use the diamond oil from Redken and the Pureology treatment spray. Nikita also talked to us about what L’Oreal looks for in bloggers they’d like to collaborate with, so there were some good tips for us all.
We were very lucky to be supplied with Cold Pressed Juices and Ovi Hydration drinks throughout the day. On top of that, Oporto’s new menu was given to us before it’s release and it’s safe to say that their new menu is absolutely delicious!
Special Guest Appearances
This was actually my absolute favourite part of my day. We were graced with the presence of successful bloggers Jenni from Styling Curvy blog, and Hayley & Lauren from Adelady. Jenni talked about the reasons why she started blogging, sharing with us her emotional and personal battles that have shaped who she now is, and what a great woman that is. She taught us about the need to love yourself completely, and in doing so the need to stay true to your personality by being honest and writing blogs with integrity. She also made the important point that nothing is free in the blogging world, and that the products we are gifted by brands are for our hard work we put into our blogs and social media.
The girls from Adelady also touched on the importance of personal identity and how to maintain that in the blogging community. The spoke about their journey to their success and how to work with brands successfully whilst being true to yourself.
I cannot express how absolutely spoiled we were with gifts from the day. Almost all the products I was excited about in the demonstrations were included in our gifts. They were absolutely filled to the brim, and I have never, EVER struggled so hard with walking and carrying bags of products. People literally stared at me like I was a shopaholic gone mad, because of course they had no idea where or how I accrued that bags hanging off just about every limb and joint of my body. I planned to take the bus home, but once I walked about 200 metres I realised the only way I was getting home in one piece was by getting a taxi. It was so hard to get a good photo of everything we received so here is my best.
I’ll also give a breakdown of what we received and from what brands
Here is some of the massive amounts of skin care I received from Enbacci, Elucent Skin Care, Kosmea, Dr Hauschka, Nuxe, Weleda, Kismet Jardin, RosehipPLUS, Uriage, Rituelle, Bitchinskin.
A range of make-up and tanning products from brands such as Vani-T, Manicare, Glam by Manicare, NYX, Shanghai Lil and the Scarlet Fez, Furless, Poni Cosmetics, Nude by Nature.
Various hair care products from Redken, Matrix, Pureology, Davroe, and bhave.
Dental and miscellaneous products. I was gifted the TANDA candle, Blinc mascara and nail polish at the pre-event brunch. I would have had more food and drink to photograph but I.. ahhh… something happened to them. I love the notebook, seeds and the two bath bombs and I can’t wait to use them.
Well, my mammoth post is now over. I’m sorry it’s so long, but it was so hard to keep it short while having so much to talk about. I am so blessed that I got an invitation to this event. I met so many beautiful and interesting women, I gained a tonne of product knowledge, and I got to meet some of the people behind awesome Aussie brands. I absolutely loved my day and I cannot thank Nikita, Jasmine, Kate or Nici enough in words.
If you’d like to know more about Bloggers United AU, you can follow them on Instagram, but I’m sure you do already.