Youth To The People

Superfoods have been making headlines in the health industry for years, but only recently has the concept been adopted by the beauty industry. 

Youth To The People have pioneered the way when it comes to incorporating health and lifestyle into beauty products.

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Hello!

Superfoods have been making headlines in the health industry for years, but only recently has the concept been adopted by the beauty industry.

Youth To The People have pioneered the way when it comes to incorporating health and lifestyle into beauty products. The line is founded on the idea that what you apply to your skin should be as nourishing and wholesome as what you eat. Taking the concept of a beautiful cold-pressed green juice and turning that into skincare. Combining both superfoods and science, YTTP boast formulas that are 100% vegan, fragrance-free, cruelty-free and packaging that is 100% recyclable. So not only are the products perfected through science, but they are also high-quality with a huge social conscience.

I have been trialling three of Youth To The People’s most popular products and thought I would share my thoughts and see if they live up to their claims.

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Kale and Green Tea Spinach Vitamins Age Prevention Cleanser *

This is where the green juice concept is most obvious; just look at those hero ingredients, and that colour! The product is housed in a beautiful glass bottle and really looks gorgeous sitting in the shower or on the vanity.

Packed with antioxidant-rich kale, spinach, green tea, and alfalfa, Youth to the People Age Prevention Cleanser keeps your skin glowing and protects against free radical damage, environmental stresses, and redness. It’s gentle and non-drying, so your skin is left feeling refreshed and clean. Use it daily to prevent buildup in pores, while keeping your skin balanced and healthy-looking.

The formula is as you’d expect from the colour, it is fresh, light and refreshing. True to form, it doesn’t foam up all that much, as it is gel cleanser, which I like as I find foaming cleanser generally make my skin feel dry and tight. Although it is free from added fragrance, there is a slight subtle hint of fresh fruity-ness but it is a nice bonus.

The YTTP Age Prevention Cleanser leaves my skin feeling super soft, fresh and clean. It removes dirt and makeup like a dream and it really is a pleasure to use.  After over a months use, I can say that this is a hardworking but simplistic cleanser. It is practical but doesn’t produce any hard hitting results. Instead it is a reliable cleanser that without fail leaves skin bright, clean and super fresh. I noted that my skin didn’t dry out, nor was it left feeling greasy. It balanced my skin and did a great job at keeping it clean.

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Spirulina and Microalgae Kale and Spinach Age Prevention Superfood Mask*

The colour of this mask instantly makes me think of a bitter green, but oh-so healthy green juice. This mask is meant to be suitable for all skin tones and targets, yep, you guessed it, fine lines and aging.

Age Prevention Superfood Mask feeds your skin with the best superfoods—sea greens, spirulina, and bioactive microalgae combined with a proprietary blend of kale, spinach, and green tea. This powerful formula delivers age-fighting antioxidants, phytonutrients, essential amino acids, vitamins, and minerals to protect from free radicals and support natural turnover. Crosslinked hyaluronic acid keeps you fresh by visibly plumping, hydrating, and locking in moisture for a youthful-looking complexion.

The Superfood mask feels and looks like a rich heavy duty mask. The scent is much stronger than the cleanser and smells quite earthy and herb-y. The formula spreads best with a brush as it is quite thick. As soon as I applied the mask to my face, I felt a cold slightly stinging sensation – which I’m not worried about, in fact I quite like it, but I would imagine it would be intense for those sensitive skin gals. I like to layer the mask on quite thick, so it does take a little while to dry and it continues to give off a cooling feeling the whole time.

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After the mask is washed off, my skin looks ahhhhhmazing. My pores seem to be minimised and any active acne is definitely lessened and any redness is gone.  I wouldn’t agree with the claims that the mask locks in moisture, as my skin feels a little dry and is in need of a hydration top up afterwards. Overall it is a fabulous mask, but I think it is more suited to normal to oily skin types.

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Kale and Spinach Green Tea Hyaluronic Acid Age Prevention Moisture Cream*

Whoa, what a mouthful. Again, sticking to the anti-ageing theme, this moisturiser focuses on plumping the skin, while treating fine lines and wrinkles.

Packed with leafy green superfoods like spinach, kale, and green tea, Youth to the People’s multi-benefit moisture cream restores, rejuvenates, and conditions the skin. The light, whipped texture absorbs quickly to deliver antioxidants and phytonutrients that protect against free radicals, environmental stresses, and redness. Hyaluronic acid hydrates and locks in your skin’s natural moisture. The refreshing, subtle scent is naturally derived from cold-pressed extracts.

This cream isn’t really a cream at all. The formula has a light, gel-like consistency and is a gorgeous minty green that has a similar scent as the cleanser. This is easily my favourite pick of the bunch. The moisturiser melts in after 15 seconds, it is light but certainly packs a punch. My face looks instantly brighter and fresh, and not to mention it is super smooth and noticeably more plump. I do think however, that it may not be the best match for dry skin, as I don’t think it would be rich nor  hydrating enough.

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Overall, while I really do love all the products, and think the concept behind it is fabulous. I don’t find the products to be too revolutionary as far as results go. Butttttt if you are health conscious and a bit of a foodie, I think this range would be absolutely ideal and a great addition to your skincare regime.

Until next time,

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

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Mecca Must Haves

Over the last few months there have been some incredible new releases at Mecca. While I’d love to walk you through every one of my favourite products, I don’t want to be writing a novel.  So,  I thought I’d highlight a few of my current must haves and holy grail products.

Hello beautiful people,

Over the last few months there have been some incredible new releases at Mecca. While I’d love to walk you through every one of my favourite products, I don’t want to be writing a novel.  So,  I thought I’d highlight a few of my current must haves and holy grail products.

Nars 

Oh, where to begin? I love Nars, I  really do.  The fabulous PowerMattes* are only new to my collection, but man, they have made an impression. The formula is light, and slightly watery, but packs a pigmented punch. They apply easily – especially thanks to the pointed applicator. They seriously last all day without too much flaking at all. While they are on the pricey side of things, keep in mind there is no need to top ups during the day, so the tube is going to last you about 3 times as long as a regular lipstick.

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Still on Nars, this wouldn’t be a ‘must-haves’ post without the mention of the Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer*. I have spoken many times about this pot of magic, and you can find a detailed blog post here. I have been using this concealer almost daily to cover up the effects of sleep deprivation thanks to pregnancy hormones. They are just perfect for daily wear. They are light, blendable, long-wearing with minimal creasing and have no need for a setting powder.  They really are the most perfect, all in one concealer.

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Bare Minerals 

To be quite honest, Bare Minerals really wasn’t ever on my radar. There was nothing that really jumped out to me. That was until they released their incredible Gen-Nude collection. Their lip products are such high-quality and measure up against the make-up big wigs. Both the liquid lipstick* and gloss formulas are exceptional, I cannot fault either of them. The more products I use from the brand, the more I fall in love. Don’t be foolish like me and discount them, because there are some absolute gems in the range.

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Hourglass 

Hourglass is another one of those brands that I cannot get enough of. Their products are of the highest quality and honestly feel like they contain some sort of magic. All of their powders add the most beautiful glow to the skin and somehow make you look fresh, healthy and airbrushed. Now those are big claims coming out of my mouth, but I wholeheartedly believe it. Their blushes are stunning, they blend like no other. The flush on the cheeks look so natural and glowy.

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The Ambient Lighting Powders are by far my favourite. Basically, I can’t leave the house without a dusting of Dim Light. With my oily skin, I have always been hesitant to dabble in illuminating powders – there is nothing good about looking like a greasy disco ball. But Dim Light is like a facial in a compact. It smoothes, hides imperfections and adds the most healthy looking glow to the complexion – like i said, it is some sort of sorcery.

Mecca Max

Unless you have been living under a rock, you would have heard about the really exciting release of Mecca’s own line MECCA MAX. I have had the chance to trial most of the range, and have definitely discovered some must-have products. Firstly I have to mention the incredible Power Couple Mascara*. From first swipe on the lashes, I fell in love. This mascara lengthens and defines, leaving my eyelashes super fluttery. There is no flaking or smudging in sight. That alone sold me, but this mascara has a nifty little featutre – the dual wand. The smaller brush allows you to really get into the roots to create volume, and accentuate bottom and corner lashes. My new holy grail mascara.

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Mecca MAX have really hit the mark with their lip products. From the gorgeous Pout Pop * lipsticks that are dreamily creamy, to the non-sticky but pigmented Boss Gloss* and the hydrating City Slickers Tinted Oil* , this range cannot be faulted. I have found myself reaching for Mecca Max lip products on the daily, over my usual go-to products. The range is affordable, full of gorgeous colours and just screaming to be a part of your collection.

Dr Dennis Gross 

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I rave almost on a weekly basis about my love for all things  Dr DG. I will tell anyone who will listen how incredible the Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels* are. Seriously, everyone needs these in their lives. Nothing, and I mean nothing, has improved my skin like these have. The targeted formula of both AHA’s and BHA’s work together to treat almost all skincare concerns. They chemically exfoliate by removing dead skin cells, polishing the skin, treating ageing concerns to reveal smooth, bright and even skin. An absolute must have. You can read more about these clever little pads here and here.

FRANK

Where would a must haves list be without good old trusty Frank. I have loved body scrubs for so damn long. The sensation of buffing and polishing skin just feels a little too good.  Since becoming pregnant, I have loved scrubs even more. I need to ensure my skin is polished and hydrated to prevent stretch marks, so Frank has been joining me in the shower more often than not. Even my partner Kane is quite partial to Frank – Who would have thought?!  Plus that gorgeous coffee scent really kick starts my morning, especially while my caffeine intake is limited. Damn you, growing baby.

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Too Faced 

Too Faced have some damn good products. But there is one gem that I have re-purchased, over and over again. The Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer is the most beautiful everday bronzer in my collection. Not only does it smell like a chocolate dream, but it is the most perfect contour colour that blends effortlessly. It can be worn quite sheer or built up for an intense Instagram-worthy contour. I always reach for this over my other matte bronzers.

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Lanolips 

I recently raved about the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Treatment* over on the ‘gram. It has been my lip saviour for tail-end of winter. This unique product is not only a suuuuuper hydrating creamy balm but it also works as a natural exfoliate to get rid of those pesky little dry flakes. It adds a glossy sheen to the lips and smells exactly like icy-poles. So really it covers all bases.

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Urban Decay

I would put money on the fact that almost every beauty-enthusiast has had a bottle of Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray in their collections at some point. It is a cult product and for all the right reasons. It truly sets that cake in place for hours on end. It settles down any excess powders, doesn’t add shine, nor does it matte out that beaming glow. If you are after a good quality and effective setting spray, this little bottle is your best bet.

WinkyLux *

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This quirky little brand is just too cute for words. They are known for their kitschy packaging, especially the medication shaped lipsticks.  I personally think their lipsticks are just gorgeous, and are great to throw in the handbag for touch ups throughout the day. I also adore their balms.* Not only do they smell delicious, but they add a kiss of sheen and colour to the lips, while adding a boost of hydration. Plus what other lip balm has a gorgeous dried flower encased in the actual product?

What are your Mecca must-haves? Have you added any more to your wishlist?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

Current Favourites (Life Update)

Hello 🙂

It has been a while. While I have been busting to blog,  finding the time and energy of late has been a little difficult. I have had 100’s of ideas swirling around and posts writing themselves in my head, but when I finally tried to put fingers to keyboard I would lose all sorts of cognitive function and become a drivelling mess. But there is a really good reason for that – I’m pregnant! The first trimester knocked me around a lot and some days it was a struggle just to get out of bed to make a cuppa (even though I would throw that up 10 minutes afterwards…). Combine that with working full-time and house-hunting, our day-to-day life has been a bit all over the place. But, alas, at 19 weeks I am finally feeling like my normal self. Well, as normal as you can feel with a small child sucking the life out of you.

While I am hoping to continue blogging about beauty products, it makes sense that my ideas of what is important may change and the topics I write about broaden, but I will continue to write with honesty and integrity, keeping my readers in mind. I hope that you will enjoy coming along for the ride in this exciting yet, slightly terrifying time.

Considering a few months have passed, I thought I would jump straight into sharing some of my favourite products.

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Gilded Cage Revelation Cream Eyeshadows*

Being incredibly time poor has found me reaching for more practical items. Even though I am on the hunt for more time efficient products, that doesn’t mean I will settle for a poor performing product. My standards are as high as ever and Gilded Cage have delivered the goods. Their cream eyeshadows deliver on pigment, longevity and practicality all while saving me time each morning. The formula applies like a dream and is easily blended out for a polished look. I do need to use an eye-primer with these (as I do for all eyeshadows) to ensure they go the distance without creasing. The shades are gorgeous and allow you to go from work wear, to something a little more smokey. I cannot fault these eyeshadows.

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MooGoo Shea Sorbet*

This fabulous thick cream has been saving my skin from the dreaded winter flakiness. While it does take a bit of effort to warm up and make it emulsify, it certainly is worth it. MooGoo Shea Sorbet smells fresh and moisturises like no other. While it is typically meant for cracked heals and super dehydrated skin, I have been smothering it all over my growing body and it has been working an absolute treat. No scaly skin in sight. There is a damn good reason I have been a lover of MooGoo for over 6 years.

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Obagi Hydrate Luxe Moisturier*

My poor skin seems to be suffering with winter more than ever. It is a little sensitive and super dehydrated. So instead of my normal gel based moisturiser I have decided to opt for something a bit heavier. I have a lot of trust in Obagi products and tend to revert back to them if I am having a skin issue. I have been using the Hydrate Luxe Moisturiser and it has addressed all my concerns. While this moisturiser is super thick, it absorbs easily and leaves my skin hydrated and happy. I do only use this at night, as I feel it might make me a little greasy throughout the day. It is probably one of the more heavier creams I have ever use, but it is certainly agreeing with my oily mug.

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Murad Invisiblur Perfecting Shield*

I have mentioned Murad a few times on my channels, because I am pretty damn obsessed with their skincare range.  There are a few superstar products and the Invisiblur Perfecting Shield certainly is one of them.  This bad boy blurs out my massive pores and makes my skin feel so damn silky. It sits beautifully under makeup and looks even better without it.  I tend not to wear too much makeup over the weekend and this little bottle of magic has been getting a work out.

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NYX Total Control Drops

The hype around these foundation drops are real! The formula is light, but super pigmented. They allow you to customise your coverage without looking too cakey. The foundation blends easily and leaves the skin with a satin but slightly powdery finish. Applying  these drops is an absolute breeze. The longevity is on point and so far I cannot find any flaws.

 

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Burts Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil

Another product I have been using to banish the winter skin blues is the Burts Bees Nourishment Facial Oil. This oil is seriously light-weight and easily absorbed. I am able to use this under makeup without a worry and I’ve noticed that it actually makes my under eye concealer sit better. Not only is the formula just heavenly, but the lavender fragrance really adds to the overall experience of the product. This stuff is liquid gold.

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Silk’n Revit Diamond Microdermabrasion System*

I would absolutely love to get monthly microderms, they really brighten up my complexion and leave my skin fresh, glowy and plump. But, I cannot justify the price for regular treatments when I have so much going on. Enter the ReVit device. This little at home microdermabrasion really is the next best thing. It is super easy to use and gives me those fresh glowy results I love so much. Plus I can use this whenever I have a spare 10 minutes, in the comfort of my own home. You can even customise the treatment to suit your skin tone, sensitivity and needs. What a winner.  After a few months of use, my skin is looking healthy and clear. No need to fork out each week for professional treatments.

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This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

Oh myyyy sweet lavender jesus, where has this been my whole life? I am a huge believer in the way scents can affect our mood and well being.  This little gem has turned into an absolute must have in my life. The fragrance is soft and instantly calming. It is said to have an almost sedative effect which I can vouch for. My stresses and tensions melt away as soon as I lay down in my lavender and chamomile scented bed. I even keep a little travel spray of this glorious concoction in my handbag to have a sniff whenever work is crushing my will to live.

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Hourglass Everything

And lastly, I have been obsessed with everything and anything Hourglass. While these are far from new favourites, they certainly have been getting a work out. The blushes add the most delicious healthy looking glow to my skin without looking too overdone or too unnatural. My personal faves are Mood Exposure – A stunning plummy/mauve shade that would look right at home on any skintone and Brilliant Nude – a very subtle peach that adds the most perfect amount of life to otherwise dull cheeks. The Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light is a daily staple. I use this as the last step of my routine and I dust it lightly over the whole face, it adds a ‘lit from within’ look and makes me so damn glowy and alive looking – I cannot go without out.  I really need to buy the whole Hourglass collection!

 

Apologies for the couple of stock photos – the blog post took me long enough to write. I gotta ease back into it.

What have you been loving recently?

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated, unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

 

February Favourites

Hello,

Where ever you are, I hope the sun is shining and the bees are buzzing. Unless you hate sunshine and are allergic to bees… then I hope the world is the way you prefer 🙂

February was fun, I discovered so so so many new products. I was lucky enough to attend a Sephora Showcase which introduced me to so many new and exciting releases. Although I haven’t had the chance to give everything a try, this favourites post features quite a lot of the products, as I am sure a lot more of my posts will.  I also de-cluttered my collection and rediscovered a couple of old favourites as well.

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Braun Silk-Epil 9 Skin Spa Epilator*

This little device is new at Beauty Bender HQ but it has been a lifesaver. As a fake-tan lover and a fan of laser hair removal, the body brushes on this bad boy have been getting a work out to say the least. It exfoliates the skin like a dream and removes all evidence of old fake tan. The two different brush heads are great for the different areas of the body and make for a handy shower device. The epilator head however isn’t my favourite. I have used it just the once, and found a quite painful. But alas, I will continue to persevere before making my mind up.

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Napoleon Bronze Patrol*

As a teenager, this little compact was my ride or die. I loved the sheen that it added to my cheeks, but somewhere along the way it was forgotten about. I have re-discovered it lately, and man, I have fallen back in love. I have been using the Bronze Patrol almost daily to add a gorgeous healthy, bronzed glow to my face to make the most of the remaining days of Summer. It looks heavenly on sunkissed skin, it just adds the most beautiful highlight and sheen, as well as a touch of colour.

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Tarte Cosmetics Blot Party*

This has been a handbag staple.  I already have a long-lasting love affair with blotting papers and mattifying powders but Tarte has changed the game with Blot Party by combining the two in a pretty little compact. Not only is it adorable, it is so practical. It has been a saviour in the February heat and my oil has been under control like never before .  This little guys, as well as the rest of the Athleisure collection will be dropping in Sephora shortly, but it is unfortunately limited edition.

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Rimmel The Only 1 Matte Lipstick Collection*

Rimmel make damn good lipsticks. They’re easily comparable to high end brands, if not even better. The formulas are always creamy, never drying, pigmented and smell delicious. The Only 1 Matte collection is in my opinion the best range yet. The formula is so smooth and even though it is matte, they do not dry out the lips. The shades are STUNNING. Longevity and wear is great. I really cannot fault them. I particularly love the shades Salute (nude pink), High Flyer (dusty mauve) and Call The Shots (Fuschia).

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Shu Uemura Chinese New Year Neon Balm*

My obsession with SHU is real. The packaging is oh-so kawaii and the products are such incredible quality. These gorgeous Neon Balms were created to express blossoming beginnings in the new Chinese New Year. Just the sight of these bullets and the colour of the balms make my heart sing. The balms provide a beautiful sheen and slight colour to the lips, along with long lasting hydration. I have been loving these little guys for everday wear and they have been living in my purse since I got them.

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Chosungah22 Dong Gong Minn Brow Maker

This little pink guy caught my eye the moment the lovely Georgia from WithGoodFace started to post about it on her feed. Just something  about the fluoro colour and the way it resembled a highlighter just screamed ‘buy me, buy me’. I needed this quirky little dude in my collection and when I found out Mecca stocked Chosungah22, I was sold. The applicator looks a little funny, but surprisngly enough, works really well. The sponge applies the product well and it easily manoeuvred, whiole the brush is perfect to brush and set the brows in place. I have the colour Grey Brown which is so perfect for me. I LOVE this brow product and sort of want all the colour because I love the packaging to much, hehe. I also want to try a few more Chosungah22 products to see if the high-quality is consistent.

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Quad (Fresh, Warm Taupe, Red Earth and Wine)*

Guys, Anastasia singles are finally available in Australia. Praise baby cheeses! If you’ve ever used an ABH palette you would know that her shadows are the ultimate formula. They are just so pigmented, soft and blendable. The colour range is huge and formula is pretty damn consistent across the board. These singles allow you to pick and chose what you want in your own palette and give you a little bit of creative control. The finishes range from matte, satins, shimmers and metallics  and are in incredibly versatile shades. The empty quads are so inexpensive ($7!), but look so luxe. The quads are ideal for travel and my particular shades work really well for everyday looks or something a little bit more glam. I am dying to get my hot little hands on a few more singles.

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Makeup Forever Ultra HD Lip Booster and Skin Booster*

These brand newies from Makeup Forever as so exciting. Both products are created to nourish the skin and lips to allow for the smoothest and most flawless makeup application possible. The Lip Booster is a super hydrating, buttery feeling balm/gloss hybrid that can be worn alone for a slight kiss of colour and hydration, or used as a primer/serum type product to prepare your lips for liquid lipstick. I prefer the former. It adds a gorgeous pink sheen and just delivers the most beautiful boost of hydration. LOVE , LOVE, LOVE! The second part to this collection is the Skin Booster. This little gem adds moisture, radiance and luminosity to the skin, while still being light and easily absorbed. This can be used as a regular serum or mixed into your foundation to great a beautiful glowy effect. I have been using this little baby both way, and I simply adore it.  Both of these will be dropping at Sephora AU in the coming months.

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Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colour *

Yet another lip product, must have had a thing for them this month. But this little guy only just snuck in because I’ve only been using it for maybe a week. The Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lip Colours are new additions to the Revlon line and will be permanent fixtures. Housed in a gorgeous little metallic tube, these are super easy to apply and so easy to wear. The gel formula is creamy, pigmented and super comfortable. They are light, a little glossy and relatively long wearing for this kind of product. Plus they smell like lollies and it makes me of want to eat it a little bit, haha. They also contain hylaluronic acid to ensure those smoochers are kept hydrated and plump. These are dropping at the end of the month in Priceline and elsewhere in March.  I am really looking forward to getting my mitts on some more shades.

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WOTNOT Facial Wipes

I have finally found my ultimate makeup remover wipes. The little guys are gentle but remove makeup so well. They are full of gorgeous, nourishing ingredients like rosehip and almond oil and aloe vera. Plus it they don’t contain alcohol, parabens and artificial fragrance. They don’t leave any residue or sticky feel and they don’t sting my eyeballs or leave a disgusting taste on my lips. Not do they dry out my skin. I have packets of WotNot facial wipes stashed all over the place – in the car, handbag, makeup vanity or anywhere that I would need a little freshen up.

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Ellier Olive Oil Moisturiser*

This moisturiser is just gorgeous. Full of high-quality, nourishing ingredients, Ellier Olive Oil Moisturiser absorbs quickly and leaves me skin feeling silky smooth. It doesn’t increase oil production and doesn’t make my skin shiny. I love the natural ingredients and the way it makes my skin look and feel. It is simple, no fuss and I love it.

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NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer*

I don’t need to go into more detail about NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer than I already have. But It wouldn’t be an exhaustive list of my monthly faves without a mention. I love this little all-rounder and it is definitely my favourite concealer thus far.

 

What were you loving this month?

 

Speak soon,

Camille x

 

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*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

January Favourites

The first month of 2017 is done and dusted – whoa, calm down. I have managed to try quite a few new products this month and have discovered some absolute winners.

Let’s do this.

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Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Full Coverage Foundation 

I have had this foundation for a little while, but it just wasn’t 100% sold on it. It didn’t blow me away, it applied patchy and streaky, and to be completely honest, I regretted ever buying it. But I persevered, not wanting to waste it and now after much more use, and a whole lot of trial and error, I really like it. I find that a hydrating, moisturiser like primer works best, as well as using a buffing brush to blend out. I also try to pat it down with a damp Beauty Blender to really make it uniform and streak-free. But the biggest thing I have found, which is really weird, the hotter the day and more oily I am, the better this foundation looks. Which is way I have been loving it so much this month – Sydney has been an inferno. The combination of the powdery finish and my natural oils, results in something magical. My skin looks super glowy, flawless and not in the least bit cakey. It does seems to break up around my nose at around the 8 hour mark, but in this heat what foundation wouldn’t.

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Loving Tan Deluxe Bronzing Mousse in Ultra Dark*

Sweet baby cheeses, where has this Tan been all my life? It has got to be the most natural, streak-free, long-lasting tan I have ever rubbed into my limbs. I received so many compliments on my tan, everyone thought I was fresh from a tropical holiday. The colour is just gorgeous and blends so well into the skin. It dries quickly and doesn’t leave any sticky or tacky feeling. Plus there is only the smallest amount of fake tan scent,  that I only noticed once I was marinating in bed.  The tan lasted just over a week and just slowly faded away. I have finally found my holy grail tan. Now I understand why everyone raves about, and it is with good reason. If you haven’t tried Loving Tan, do yourself a huge favour and get it all over body now!

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This photo was taken about 4 days after application and it is still so dark

The Peach Box*

I have always been a silver or white gold die hard, I would have never imagined wearing, or being so in love with these rose gold pieces.  I really wanted the same watch and bangle, but in silver, when I saw that they were sold out, I took the rose gold risk and it has definitely paid off. I mean, just look at how aesthetically pleasing they are. I get compliments left, right, and centre when my wrist is adorned in this gorgeous sparkly rose golden icing.  The Peach Box have the most simplistic, but classy jewellery pieces and I certainly have a few more items on my wishlist, and they currently have a 20% off sale. So tempting…

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Colette Earrings

Speaking of all things rose gold, I have been loving these teeny weeny earrings from Colette this month. They are so simple, but add a beautiful little touch to my earlobes. Plus they work so so so well with my Peach Box goodies and I  have been wearing all three pieces to death. I love that they are a little different, but so simplistic at the same time.

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Scunci Sailors Knot Comfy Headband*

Bit of a different favourite, but I’ve been trying to be as active as I can lately and this little baby has been a god-send. I like to go for a walk along the beach first thing in the morning, and this super soft headband covers up my bed hear and keeps my hair out of my face. Plus it is really cute with the knot detail, so I feel a little bit more stylish going and grabbing a coffee too.

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Luxe Fitness Fat-Burning Protein Powder*

I am really fussy when it comes to protein powders, really fussy. I hate anything gritty, overly sweet, artificial tasting or full of sugar. The amount of powders I have purchased, hoping to be different is ridiculous. But finally I have found it, I have found my holy grail of protein powder. The vanilla flavour is amazing. It actually tastes like vanilla, isn’t too sickly sweet and mixes in perfectly. I have been enjoying this mixed with a banana, ice, milk and a touch of cinnamon every morning and it is delicious. If you are anything like me and hate anything too sweet, this protein powder is for you.

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Bare Minerals Gen Nude Collection*

The latest offering from Bare Minerals is a dream for any nude lover, nude-coloured lips that is 😉 The Gen Nude collection  was released at Mecca on the 31st. But I was lucky enough to get a sneak peak. The formula is just gorgeous and oh-so comfortable. They don’t dry down completely matte, which makes for happy, flake-free lips. Due to the creamy formula, they aren’t as long-lasting as other liquid lipsticks but that doesn’t bother me in the slightest. These puppies have lived in my purse since the moment I got them and I can’t wait to get my paws on some more. You will definitely want to get in-store and swatch the flip out of these nude wonders.

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Linda Mereditch VTOX*

I  have been using VTOX, Linda Meredith’s natural alternative to Botox, for a few months now. I really reaaaaaally like it. I use it at night under my moisturiser and it honestly feels like little needles on my skin, so that must mean it is working, right? Haha. It isn’t uncomfortable, nor does the sensation last too long. I have noticed a fresher appearance in the morning, plumper skin and a reduction in the fine lines near my eyes. I really love that it is a natural product. It is full of peptides and algae which assist in preventing muscle contractions that cause fine lines and wrinkles. The cream is fairly rich but is easily absorbed into the skin and leaves minimal residue. I can see why it has such a reputation in the beauty and celebrity world.

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Bold Liquid Lipstick *

How are these not spoken about more?! They are an absolute staple in any lipstick lovers collection.  Unlike your normal liquid lipstick, these are creamy and super hydrating. Not too glossy and not too sticky, these little babies are so comfortable to wear, but really pigmented at the same time. The applicator is really fun too, it is a clicky pen style wand with a soft velour cushion on top, that provides the most effortless application. I would highly recommend checking these babies out.

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Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blush in First Love

Although this blush resembles a nipple, it is possibly the most gorgeous blush I own. This particular shade is soft and peachy, which adds the most natural glow to your face. It isn’t matte, nor is it shimmery. It just provides a beautiful sheen to the cheeks.The longevity is great and I find that it lasts longer than most other blushes that I use. As with any other CT products, the packaging is just gorgeous and it is an absolute pleasure to use. I would love to get my mitts on a few more of the shades in the Swish & Pop range.

 

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My last favourite of the month is my favourite Christmas present/best surprise ever. His name is Bruce and he is a little blue ball of fun. The little cutie is only 10 weeks old, but has already started talking. He loves snowpeas, being destructive, preening, crackers, chattering away and trying to chew off my freckles. I am a crazy bird lady, so to say I am enamoured with him is an understatement. I am sure you will see much more of him on my social media channels.

 

 

Until next time,

Camille

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*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.