MECCA Holiday Releases 2017 – My must haves

I know it’s cliche, but can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? Seriously. It is already time to chat about Holiday Collections, and tomorrow is the mother of all days – MECCA’s drop of all things festive. It is the day that any self-confessed beauty junkie will have marked in their diary, with credit cards at the ready.

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I know it’s cliche, but can you believe how quickly this year has flown by? Seriously. It is already time to chat about Holiday Collections, and tomorrow is the mother of all days – MECCA‘s drop of all things festive. It is the day that any self-confessed beauty junkie will have marked in their diary, with credit cards at the ready.

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Now, let me tell you, Mecca have really out-done themselves this year; their offerings are really something special. But the sheer amount of products is slightly overwhelming, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to walk you through my top picks and additions to my forever growing wishlist.

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Frank Body Mini Scrub Duos $19.95

Everyone loves a bit of pampering, and Frank has always been my number one product to share the shower with. The hype is real with the Frank body scrubs, and these duos allow you to experience Frank in two different forms. Men and Women alike would appreciate getting down and dirty with Frank.

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Mecca Cosmetica Enlightened Trio WARM $69

Know somebody that is a sucker for sparkle? This stunning highlighting trio is all you would ever need in a highlighting palette. The three shades have been created to flatter light-medium skin tones. The powders are finely milled and give off the most gorgeous luminosity.

MECCA MAX Holiday Collection $15-$88

Mecca have had a huge year, from turning 20 to launching their very own brand. The range of gift sets from the MECCA MAX range is incredible – It is a little hard to only pick one or two recommendations. The price range is really affordable, quality is great and there is something to suit anyone. The gift sets would make the most amazing presents for family and friends. So I think it is worth checking out all of the MECCA MAX offerings to see what tickles your fancy.

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit – Volume 3 $117

This all-in-one is a must have for any beauty lover. There is nothing quite like an Hourglass powder, and this aesthetically pleasing palette includes everything you could ever want. If you’re a long-time Hourglass lover, like me, or brand new to the brand, this palette should be right up the top of your shopping list. I mean, just look at it.

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Hourglass Confession Refillable Lipstick Set $79

This value set has been highly anticipated by all Hourglass devotees. While it is ridiculously luxe, the quality of these lipsticks have blown my mind. I have never used anything so creamy, comfortable or down-right amazing before. This set provides one glamorous gold casing as well as 3 gorgeous nude shades for you to switch in and out as you wish.

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Smashbox Shadow Contour and Blush Palette $61

Now this is a palette for beauty gurus and beginners alike. Full of very wearable, versatile, high-quality shades of eyeshadow, bronzers and blush. The options in this palette are endless. I think this is a great gift for makeup lovers young and old.

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Chantecaille Les Paillettes $110

This is definitely a wishlist item for me. As soon as a set eyes upon this work of art at the MECCA showcase, I was in awe. The pure detail in the press alone gives me goosebumps. Inspired by sequins and all things festive, this stunning little highlight combines pearly and Rose Gold pigments to create something a little bit magical. Is it something that anyone really needs? No. Is it ridiculously expensive? Yes. But it sure would look good in my collection.

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NARS Love Triangles $35

These cute little sets are ideal for anyone looking to trial NARS or give the gift of luxury makeup to a loved one. Plus these gorgeously packaged sets would look super cute hanging from the Christmas tree. Each Love Triangle includes a travel size lipstick and blush – both highly raved about formulas. There is a selection of 5 shades and my picks would be the famous ORGASM or HOT SAND/RITA options.

Stila Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipstick sets ( 3 for $29 or 8 for $66)

If you know me, you’d know my love for the Stay-All-Day Liquid Lipsticks. The formula in my opinion, is second to none and colour range ticks all the boxes. These gift sets give you the opportunity to try different shades in travel sized tubes, and the prices are really reasonable. The sets of 3 are fabulous stocking fillers or the set of 8 would be happily received by anyone who loves lipsticks. But be quick, last year these sets sold out ridiculously fast.

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TOO FACED Beauty Cracker $35

Nothing screams Christmas more than a cracker, and this cracker is sure to bring a smile to any beauty lovers face. Including a travel size Better Than Sex Mascara,  Melted Liquid Lipstick, Shadow Insurance Eye Primer and a cute little pin, this is a great Secret Santa present or little gesture of holiday spirit that the receiver is sure to love.

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This Works Dream Team $18

If you could give someone the gift of a good sleep, why wouldn’t you? Being 8 months pregnant, good sleep in a bit hard to come by. But with the help of the Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, dozing off has been made a whole lot easier. This little set is great for travel, or the perfect little tester for someone that struggles with insomnia or poor sleep. Now if only I could purchase a lifetime supply.

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DIPTYQUE Carousel and Candle Duo $147

Hello outrageously over the top candle, that no one would ever really need. But do we want it? Heck yes. This heat from the lit candle magically makes the carousel spin creating the most hypnotising yet glamorous decor item I ever did see. Plus have you ever sampled a Diptyque candle? ’cause they are mind-blowing. I can imagine it all now – Red wine in hand, watching the candlelight dance across the room, the carousel gently spinning as the Christmas tree sparkles in the distance and Bing Crosby sings about a White Christmas. Swooooooon.

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These selections are just a tiny taste of what is being released tomorrow. I urge you, no I implore you to check out the drop to see the incredible array of cosmetics, skincare, body and fragrances available for the holiday season, if not for yourself, then for some festive gift-giving. There is something suitable for everyone in every price range.

What is on your list? Something tickle your fancy?

Happy gifting,

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although I was provided with some samples 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.

** Stock photos supplied by Mecca

 

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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.

 

The Perfect Palette Tag

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Anyone who knows me, know that I am a complete sucker for eyeshadow palettes. I stumbled across this tag over at The Beauty Collection and thought it would be fun to do (Although I have changed a few titles in the tag). So strap yourselves in and prepare for me to say things like shades, buttery, soft and pigment over and over again – Sorry, not sorry.

Let’s go…

 

Best Packaging

This is such a tough one. I like the packaging of many different palettes, for so many different reasons. It also depends on my mood, sometimes I like classy, sleek and black or there are other times where I like something a little more colourful and kitsch-y. My mood must be the later today because I think I like LimeCrime’s Venus’ packaging the best today. It is so unique and full of fun and colour. Although the packaging itself is cardboard, it is sturdy and has a strong magnetic closure. I adore the artwork on the front and the gold details and I love the contrast of the colour on the inside.

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Best Color Payoff

Nubian Palette by Juvia’s Place. These shades, all of them, ar so so so pigmented. They apply just beautifully. They’re so velvety soft but so full of delicious colour. This palette has surprised me in terms of quality and I am so glad I purchased it. – There is a little funny story behind this purchase, that you can read here. I would like to give an honourable mention to Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance in this category as well.

 

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I almost always take Zoeva Cocoa Blend with me when I travel – It is  a really good all-rounder. The packaging is sleek and thin, perfect to slip into an overnight bag. The colour range is vast, so the look options are basically limitless.  There are mattes and shimmers in cool, neutral and warm tones, darker shades for depth,and a couple of pops of unique colours for something different. The quality and colour pay off is great. Such a versatile palette.

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Biggest Regret

This might offend some people, but I’m going to do it any. I really regret spending so much money on my Mac Warm Neutrals palette. While the packaging is stunning and shades selection is great, the colour payoff really lets me down. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t blow me away – like I expected MAC eyeshadows to. There are a couple of colours that are amazing – the bronzey copper shimmer is so pretty (second row, second from the right). But, then there are others that are chalky and give me nothing. So, the palette as a whole is quite disappointing, especially when it is the one I paid the most for.

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Best Color Names

This one goes to my Too Faced Sweet Peach – I love that the names match the theme and are even a little outside the box. Names like Candied Peach, Cobbler, Bellini and Peach Pit just remind me of lazy summer afternoons and I love this palette for that. The names, mixed with the Peach scent is just perfection.

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Least Used

Now, I firstly want to say that this isn’t because of the quality that the Tarte Greatest Glitz Collector Set (2015) is the winner of this category, It is purely because of the packaging and how it fits into my vanity – A little unfair, I know, but that’s just how it is. This set is made up of 4 smaller palettes and is in quite a large box. Granted there is a smaller box inside that fits one of the smaller palettes for travel but I just haven’t used it. The colours are beautiful and true to Tarte form, full of pigment. Each little palette includes one of their famous blushes as well. Because the housing is so large, it sits right at the back of my drawer and gets forgotten about. I am now, going to make a bigger effort to use these cute little palettes.

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Most Used

My most used would have to be Shade and Light by Kat Von D, I pretty much use this baby daily. The shades in this palette are super versatile and are perfect base, transition and depth shades. I am not a fan of all shimmer lids, so I love using these colours to make my look a little more matte. The pigment and the quality of this palette is beautiful. Matte’s can be chalky with little to no colour payoff, but that cannot be said for this entirely matte palette. I would recommned everyone have this palette in their collection.

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Most Loved

Why you do dis to me, tag?  I honestly cannot pick one. Sorry tag police.  Most loved palette would have to be a three-way tie, soz.  Firstly I adore Violet Voss’ Holy Grail. The shades and quality give me life.  Seriously, just look at it. It is just so stunning, the lay out of colours is absolute perfection. Not only are there deep burgundy and warm toned browns, but there are pinks, oranges and neutrals. Everything a blue-eyed girl needs in a palette. Secondly is the ABH Modern Renaissance palette. The sheen that these shades provide is so gorgeous, I adore how these shadows look on my eyes and the way the blend into each with little to no effort, it is amazing. Lastly, is the Morphe 35O, I couldn’t possible be writing a posts about palettes and leave this guy out. There is no other palette that has so many shades in such a high-quality for the price. Morphe have the best value for money goin’. Again, the pigment in this palette is incredible. Granted, there a few shades that verge on the chalky side, but overall the quality is top-notch.  Just look at these three palettes, how could you not love them.

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Best Drugstore

This palette is only a new one to my collection, but I am so impressed with the quality. Natio have recently released a few eye shadow palettes and I got my hands on the Golden* Palette.  The colours are perfect for everyday wear and the formula is gorgeous, super soft, pigmented and buttery. I have been reaching for this quite a bit recently. I am a bit of an eyeshadow snob and don’t generally buy any drugstore palettes, because in all honesty, with the collection I already own, I don’t see the point in buying any. But I am so glad this Natio palette landed in my grubby little mitts.

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Best for Beginners

I am going to go with my first ever palette, The original Lorac Pro, because I found that it has treated me so well and taught me a lot about colour matching. The quality of this palette is second to none, so buttery and full of colour. The shades are easy to blend, with not a huge amount of fallout. Plus there are 8 mattes and 8 matching shimmers which makes it super easy to pair colours. The spectrum of the palette is amazing too, there is a shade for everything, both cool and warm toned and few neutrals for thrown in for good measure. This is a palette that is needed in every collection.

 

 

I encourage you all to have a go at this tag, I really enjoyed doing it. What answers would you change?

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille x

 

*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.

 

 

 

Spring Essentials

Hello Petals,

Spring has Sprung! After 3 months of being rugged up, we can finally start to lose layers, wear more colour and feel a bit more fresh – But not without a bit of prep.

First of all I like to change a few things in the house. I switch my warm and deep scented candles to something a little more floral. I have been loving the Circa Home Jasmine and Magnolia candle. It really brightens up my house and gives off that Spring feeling.  Perfect for when I open up the house and let the sun shine in.

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It is really important to change your skincare with the seasons. When the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, our skin has different wants and needs. I like to switch up my heavy night and day creams to a gel formula. Otherwise my oily skin cannot soak up all the product and I’m left looking like a greasy potato. I have been loving the Clinique Moisture Surge and Philosophy Take A Deep  Breath. Both of these moisturisers are gel-cremes formulas that are full of hydration and so lovely to use, they bring a boost of life to my skin. I honestly cannot pick a favourite, so I have been alternating between the two.

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Spring of course is full of florals and colour. “Florals for Spring – Groundbreaking“. We can ditch those deep vampy shades we used for Winter, for more fresh pastels, peaches and pinks. I love using peachy toned blushes to bring that natural flush back to my face. Too Faced Love Flush in Baby Love is my perfect Spring cheek colour. The formula is blendable and long-lasting without being too obvious. I also adore Milani Luminoso and Benefit Dandelion. Another way to add in more pretty colours in definitely through your lips. Nudes, oranges, pinks and purples are perfect for this time of year. I am currently obsessed with the Ulta3 Tribal Talk collection. This collection is full of bright colour in an ultra-matte formula and are super affordable. I also have been loving these semi-matte liquid lip  formulas that have been released recently. They are pigmented, long-lasting but not crazy matte and drying on the lips. They have a creamy type of finish, but they definitely aren’t sticky, so you don’t have to worry about your hair getting stuck in your lipstick from that windy Spring weather. I love Revlon HD Matte Lipcolours and Maybelline Vivid Matte Lip Colour. Ash from Oz Product Junkie has done a great comparison between the two formulas.

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I don’t know about you guys, but I really struggle with dry, red eyes when the seasons change. I have a pterygium on one of my eyes and it makes me really sensitive to environmental factors. Air-conditioning, wind, sun, cold, pollen – basically my eyes are sensitive to life, haha. But Spring especially wreaks havoc and all those people with hayfever struggle with this time of the year as well. Red eyes certainly aren’t cute. Visine have a great line of eyedrops that treat many different issues. I find that the Advanced Drops soothe my eyes instantly and removes any redness.  I use the I  have bottles of  Visine stashed all around the place to ensure it is on hand when I need it. Eye drops are deffinitely a Spring essential for me.

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My feet do not see the light of day in the cooler months, if they aren’t in my trusty chucks, they’re in cute pizza socks or in my koala slippers. So to say they aren’t ready for cute sandals is an understatement.  My little tooties need some loving. Scholl have released a Wet & Dry Foot File, which is an absolute breeze to use. I like to use this guy in the shower when my skin is soft, to buff away any hard skin. I also use it dry to get rid of any stubborn dead skin. I also love using the MooGoo Shea Sorbet Butter Balm as a heavy-duty foot-cream, I pop this on after a shower and cover my hooves in socks and go to sleep, I wake up with beautiful smooth, sandal ready feet.

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I also love to paint my nails pretty pastel colours. I love mint green, lavenders, soft oranges and pinks. Ulta3 recently released their Spring/Summer ’16  collection and  it is full of gorgeous nail polishes and they retail for only $2.30! I have ‘Hot Sand’ on my toes right now – It is a pale pastel orange. I am also obsessed with The Nail Lab shades in ‘Edna’ and ‘Grace’. Edna is this incredible muted neon purple. Damn, it’s pretty.  Another new nail release is the Sinful Colors Kylie Jenner – Trend Matter collection. This collection is full of satin mattes and demi-mattes which makes for a nice change in polish formulas.  The shades are soft and pretty unique. My picks are Purple Kraze (a deep lilac with a pink shimmer), Kool as a Kukumber (A lovely mint green with a slight silver fleck), and Butter Kup (a subtle creamy pale yellow).

Lastly, we need to bring back some life to our limbs! After being covered in cute cable knits, scarves, jeans and oversized jumpers,  my little dry pale body is seriously lacking some TLC. I love to dust off all those beautiful coffee, sugar and salt scubs and get wild in the shower. I am crazy about the scrubbing sensation on my pins and it feels so incredible after neglecting my poor body for 3 months. Plus, this prepares my skin for some glowin’. One of my favourite things about Spring is pulling out sun-dresses and feeling the sun against my skin. Needless to say, I need a touch of colour if I am going to bare my legs. This time of the year, I like to use something a bit lighter for tanning just to give me a sublte natural-looking bronze. I like to start with a gradual tan, like Vani-T Bronzing Custard to slowly build up to a lovely tan.  This particular gradual tan is so hydrating, smells absolutely delicious and delivers a natural streak-free finish. I also love Little Honey when I want something a little darker. Little Honey is a gorgeous new self-tan that creates the most amazing natural, streak-free tan which fades really evenly. Having smooth, bronzed skin definitely gives me the courage to wear Spring appropriate attire.

 

What are your Spring essentials? Or are you in the Northern hemisphere and gearing up for cooler weather?

 

Until next time (I’ll probably be outside soaking up the sun),

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were 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.

Ride or Die Tag

Jaclyn Hill has created the Ride or Die tag, and although I’m not a Youtuber I thought I’d be fun to participate.  So here goes… these are my ride or die products.

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PRIMER
I did not even have to think about this one! It’s definitely Hourglass Mineral Veil. Yes, it’s expensive but boy, is it worth it. My skin feels and looks amazing after using this and my make up applies so smoothly. My skin looks fresh all day, it has great oil control and instantly blurs my massive pores.

FOUNDATION
I didn’t have to put much thought into this one either. Estee Lauder’s Double Wear is the foundation I reach for the most. It has amazing coverage and longevity, plus it controls my oil and can be built up or worn lightly When I need to rely on my foundation or if I am in doubt, I always use this bad boy.

CONCEALER
I am still on the hunt for my holy grail concealer. I’m yet to find one that works with my skin without caking or creasing. But for this exercise, my current go-to is Maybelline Instant Age Rewind. It applies lovely, cover dark circles really well and when set correctly doesn’t crease on me.

FACE POWDER
I have been using Australis Fresh and Flawless for years and years now. I remember my sister buying it for me as a teenager, because she was sick of me stealing her makeup. It has a beautiful amount of coverage, controls my oily t-zone and leaves a beautiful soft finish. Although the colour range isn’t great, there is one that suits me (luckily). I love that Australis is Australian owned and cruelty free, plus it is so so so cheap!

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UNDER EYE SETTING POWDER
This category is very difficult for me. Depending on what look I’m going for, I use different products. I use a loose powder for baking, banana powder when I am more tanned and a lighter pressed powder for brightening. I might cheat a little and say the setting powders in the Chi Chi Highlighting & Contouring kit. This kit contains 3  setting powders and they are stunning! They’re so soft and pigmented and do such a great job at setting and brightening my under eye area. I have been loving these lately and they cover all bases.

BLUSH
I am an absolute blush fiend, so this category is another tough one. But, after much deliberation, I have decided that Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure is #1. It applies and blends effortlessly. The mauve-y colour really suits my skin tone and gives me such a natural looking flush and glow. I can never go over-board on this blush and it can be used through all seasons.

BRONZER
I love bronzers, both matte and simmer but there is definitely one I can’t live without – Too Faced Milk Soleil is life. Not only does this matte bronzer smell incredible, but it is a perfect soft shade, that gives off a beautiful healthy glow. It blends so easily and lasts all day. No other bronzer has come close to measuring up.

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HIGHLIGHT
I know all the rage at the moment is a poppin’ highlight, but personally I prefer something a little more understated. That, and I can’t really get away with a crazy shimmery look.  I received a sample of Laura Mercier’s Matte Radiance powder a while back and instantly fell in love. It’s a beautiful pale gold illuminator, that delivers a stunning soft sheen. It’s not over-the top but creates such a lovely subtle glow. I use this little guy constantly.

MASCARA
Mascara is another weakness of mine. I am constantly searching for the next best thing. However one mascara that I have purchased over and over again is Maybelline Volum’ Express Lash Sensational. It matches if not beats much higher-end products. The formula is super black and not too watery or thick. Lash Sensational lengthens, separates and adds so much volume. Whenever I use another mascara, I find myself wishing I would have reached for this.

LIPSTICK
Oh the choices! This is crazy difficult.  After many hours of arguing with myself, I have decided upon Rimmel Lasting Finish By Kate Moss – Nude 45. This shade is so complimentary, it is the perfect pinky nude and the formula is gorgeous. It’s hydrating and comfortable on the lips and last quite a while for a lipstick. I have about three of these lippies all over the place, so I think it is fair to say that it is my Ride or Die.

LIQUID LIP
This choice was surprisingly easy. I have been using LimeCime Velvetines in Faded for so long. The formula is light, comfortable and really long-lasting. The colour is so unique and lovely. It’s a beautiful mauve shade that suits me when I am pale and tanned. It’s not nude and not bold and suits any makeup look.

GLOSS
I am not a big gloss user, I hate the sticky formula and find they never last very long. However, I do love NYX Buttergloss. I would own upwards of 15 but my favourite shade would have to be Angel Food Cake. The formula is soft, hydrating and comfortable. There is none of that sticky, hair getting stuck feeling. The shade range is huge and these are cheap as chips.

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LASHES
Lashes is a really easy category. My favourite would definitely be Ardell Demi Wispies. These lashes are natural but full of volume and so easy to apply. I have gone through so many of these beautiful lash sets and will continue to re-purchase.

EYESHADOW PALETTE
Oh my goodness! How could I ever choose? I had a hard enough time trying to narrow down my eyeshadow palettes to my top 5 for this blog post, so picking one is a tough task. But I think i’ll take a leaf out of Jaclyn’s book and go with Morphe 35O. Not only does this palette boast 35 high-quality shades, but the formula is so soft, buttery and super bendable. The colours are easy to work with for any type of look. There are plenty of neutrals, shimmers, warm and dark shades for depth. There is no other palette that has as many colour choices with such great quality.

SETTING SPRAY
I adore Urban Decay All-Nighter Setting Spray. This spray noticeably affects the longevity of my makeup. It controls oil and disperses excess powder while making all of my makeup transfer-proof. I have little bottles of this guy all over the place and use it daily.

PERFUME
My all-time favourite perfume is Issey Miyake for Women. This scent is fresh and feminine, full of lily, white florals and aquatic scents. I wear this on special occasions and it always makes me feel good. Plus I always get complimented on this fragrance.

 

 

What are your Ride or Die products? I tag everyone reading to complete this fun exercise 🙂

 

Love,

 

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were 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.