Wednesday, 15 October 2014

FOTD - A Fierce Utopia

Determined to use all my new Lime Crime products on a regular basis I thought I'd give this new Velvetine another run! I haven't tried it with my new hair colour yet, so here's a look from when I was still blonde. 

This lip colour is described as a 'blue based orchid' but it is still most definitely very purple! This is another great colour for those with green eyes that want to use the complimentary colour to give their eyes that extra kick. 

This time I decided to pair the bold lip colour with a nice big liner wing, and some pretty pink/purple hues to match the overall look. I added some pretty false lashes to keep my lashes still quite noticable even with the heavy liner which really adds some emphasis and balance on the eyes vs. lips. 

Products used for this look: 

Foundation: Nars - Sheer Glow Foundation in shade 'Mont Blanc'
Concealer: Bobbi Brown - Corrector in shade 'Porcelain Bisque' for under eyes and highlights and Bare Minerals - Correcting Concealer in shade 'Light 1'
Powder: Bare Minerals - Original Foundation powder in shade 'Fairly Light'

Eye crease/outer lower lash line: Urban Decay - Naked Palette 1 in 'Hustle'
Eyeliner: Kat Von D - Tattoo Liner in shade 'Trooper' for top and "wings" and Smashbox - Limitless Eyeliner in shade 'Onyx' for lower lash line
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Powder Duo in shade 'Medium Brown'

Contour: M.A.C. - Sculpting Powder Pro Palette in shade 'Sculpt'

Nails: Kit nail polish - Siesta Indigo [Limited Edition] (as seen previously on my blog here)

Have you tried Lime Crime's Utopia yet? What do you think of this look? x

Monday, 13 October 2014

Tried and Loved - NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in 'Damned'

Nars products have yet to disappoint me, and this is no exception! This is the perfect alternative to the "normal" bold red lip.

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in the shade 'Damned' is a magenta colour - meaning it has a purple undertone to it - and for me having green eyes this means the colour really makes my eyes pop! It definitely appears darker in the pencil than it does on the lips, so don't be put off if you don't reach for dark colours often.

Nars describe their Velvet Matte Lip Pencil as:
"The application of a lipstick combined with the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design. Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product."

The thing that really stands out with this lip pencil is that even though it's a matte finish, it definitely doesn't dry my lips at all! I would say this is owed to the vitamin E which is in the formula. 

The colour payoff is also outstanding and one swipe will give you the perfect colour which lasts for hours and hours. Being a matte it really lasts a long time, and even eating and drinking barely dents the colour (apart from oily food which will move any lip colour!). 

I find these lip pencils really easy to apply because the pencil makes for a really precise application, while the chubby pencil makes the coverage quick and easy. I have a NARS sharpener too which fits this pencil shape, and the smaller pencils perfectly meaning hardly any product is wasted when sharpening. 

I absolutely love every shade of these that I've tried. I also have the matte in Dragon Girl (an all time favourite flattering for everyone red!), and the Satin Lip Pencil in shade 'Lodhi' - to be reviewed at a later date ;)

In Australia you can purchase these from Mecca Cosmetica for the new lower price of $34! So great to see the prices coming down on so many products. 

Have you tried any of the Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencils? Which shade is your favourite? x

Monday, 6 October 2014

FOTD - Spring peach

I'm so glad to have time to be back blogging and sharing my new favourite looks and products with you all. I've missed blogging so much, so I'm going to definitely be making it a priority again! 

I will definitely be posting more shots of my 'face of the day' and some tutorials for my favourite looks. Make sure you leave any requests in the comments below for any looks you'd like to see! 

I recently took a trip to Adelaide and the hotel we stayed at (The Minima Hotel in North Adelaide) has these amazing murals on each wall behind the bed. Each room has a different mural from a different artist. So beautiful and unique! This is what you can see behind my head in these images. :)

I've also just recently dyed my hair a light peach as I'm sure you've noticed in these shots. My hairdresser wanted to experiment with some new colours that she got into her salon, and knew I would be a willing participant. I actually really love the colour! It'll be great for summer. I've found myself adjusting my makeup to suit my hair colour as it changes (it was blue before this, hehe) and to reflect that lately I've been using a lot of peach in my makeup to compliment it. 

Products used for this look: 

Foundation: Nars - Sheer Glow Foundation in shade 'Mont Blanc'
Concealer: Bobbi Brown - Corrector in shade 'Porcelain Bisque' for under eyes and highlights and Bare Minerals - Correcting Concealer in shade 'Light 1'
Powder: Bare Minerals - Original Foundation powder in shade 'Fairly Light'

Eyeshadow base/lid: M.A.C. - Eyeshadow in 'Bamboo'
Eye crease/outer lower lash line: Stila - Eyeshadow in 'Whim' from the 'In The Moment' palette 
Eyeliner: Kat Von D - Tattoo Liner in shade 'Trooper' for top and "wings" and Smashbox - Limitless Eyeliner in shade 'Onyx' for lower lash line
Lashes: False lashes by Ardell (my box is mixed up I can't remember the number sorry!) and Bare Minerals - Lash Domination mascara
Brows: Anastasia Beverly Hills - Brow Powder Duo in shade 'Medium Brown'

Contour: M.A.C. - Sculpting Powder Pro Palette in shade 'Sculpt'
Cheeks: Nars - Blush in shade 'Orgasm'
Lipstick: Lime Crime - Opaque Lipstick in shade 'Coquette' 

This look was easily transformed from day to night by adding a bolder lip for when I went out later that night. I often will do my makeup early in the day for activities later that night so I don't have to do my makeup twice. Hehe. 

Hope you like this look! Is there something in this look you love, or now want to try since seeing this post? x

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Sephora Haul - sneak peek!

One of my friends recently took a trip back to her home in the United States and me being me, I took a little bit too much of an advantage of that and made a huge Sephora order! 

I made sure to order things that I know that I can't get here in Australia, or that were limited to Sephora so I ordered from brands like Kat Von D, Tarte, Makeup Forever, and Anastasia Beverly Hills. Some of these brands you can get in Australia, but are quite expensive to ship in, or things just don't come to Australia like the Smashbox Master Class Palette.

I ordered a lot of things that have had a lot of great hype lately - like the Anastasia dipbrow, and the MUFE HD foundation so I can't wait to really give those a good trial! The other goodies I ordered were mostly to get a few better palette's to add to my makeup kit, and because I've been eyeing them off to try for a while. 

I am super impressed with all the palette's at first glance, and the only thing I've been unimpressed with so far is the Kat Von D studded lipstick in 'Homegirl'. The application was super patchy, uneven, not as pigmented as I expected. It was so bad that I couldn't wear it. Such a shame because it's such a beautiful shade, and amazing packaging. 

I will be doing a more in depth review of these products once I've given them a proper whirl. Stay tuned!

Sephora opens in Australia in December and I am super interested to see which brands they will and won't be stocking (although I have a fairly good idea of most of them at the moment). I will definitely also be interested to see how the pricing will affect the rest of the Australian market! 

Have you tried any of these products? What is your favourite item from these brands? x

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Lime Crime Haul! Utopia Velvetine and more!

When I saw that Lime Crime were releasing another new Velvetine colour I knew straight away that I would be making an order so here is a few snaps of my mini haul from them!

In the end I decided to order straight from the Lime Crime website even though there are a lot of certified re-seller's in Australia including Crush Cosmetics. I was making quite a large order, and a couple of friends bought something too so the International shipping rate of $10.95 split between a few of us was super cheap! It also meant that almost everything I wanted was in stock. 

This time around (yes I will keep repurchasing from Lime Crime. So much love for this brand!) I purchased the following: 

  • Lime Crime - Velvetine in new shade "Utopia"; a long lasting liquid to matte lipstick in a 'blue based orchid'.
  • Lime Crime - Fantasy Eyeshadow palette in "Alchemy"; a beautiful duochrome palette with extremely high pigmented eyeshadow colours!
  • Lime Crime - Opaque Lipstick in "Airborne Unicorn"; 'medium purple with a neon note' and a highly pigmented colour payoff on the lips.
  • Lime Crime - Opaque Lipstick in "Coquette"; 'pale peachy nude' - but not too bright which I love.
  • Lime Crime - Zodiac Glitter in "Aquarius"; 'deep midnight blue with a marvellous purple/turquoise shift'
  • Lime Crime- Eyeliner in "Rhyme"; 'bright metallic gold eye liner'! 

As you can see in the swatches the colour payoff really is great in all of the products and that is something I love about Lime Crime. I have not yet been disappointed by anything!

The lipsticks have a really cute limited edition packaging at the moment for their 6th anniversary, little details like this make the brand different for me. So cute. 

I had a quick play around with the shadows and created the pictured look with the shadows "spellbound" as the base, "Love potion #9" in the crease and a little pop of "divination" in next to the crease which really gave it that Mermaid look! The lipstick in these photos is the new Velvetine in Utopia. 

At first trial I am loving EVERYTHING that I purchased. I have previously purchased Lime Crime Velvetine's in "Wicked", "Red Velvet", "Seudeberry" and "Pink Velvet", as well as the Opaque lipsticks in "Babette" and "Geradium" and the "Blue Milk" liner so it's not a big surprise that these are just as great.

I'll have more updates and details once I give the products a longer run. I'm definitely looking at doing some comparison swatches of lip products soon - like Babette vs. Coquette. :)

Have you tried anything from Lime Crime? What's your favourite Lime Crime product?

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Wishlist #4

1. I will admit that my palette and eyeshadow collection is getting rather large, but these colours are just so different to everything that I already have! These are described as pressed-pigment shadows with a super intense colour payoff. I've been trying to play around a bit more with colour lately, so I think this would be great for keeping with that challenge. 

2. I was recently in Hawaii and meant to pick this up when I was in Sephora, but forgot! I did buy it for a friend though and she absolutely swears by it. I use something very similar at the moment, the MAC 266 small angle brush, but this one is specifically designed for brows and has the handy spooly on the end too!

3. I also wanted to pick this up in Sephora when I was there but it was sold out in my colour. :( I've heard great things about this product though, and after purchasing and loving the brow powder I definitely need to add this to my collection too. I only ever use powder for my brows so this would be super interesting to play around with.  

4. I've seen these Too Faced Melted liquid lipsticks everywhere lately, so of course I want to try them! The colours are super intense and you can never have enough long lasting lip colours. ;)

5. I absolutely love the Glamglow Youthmud face mask so I would love to have this to pair with it! I love that these are in single use packets too which means they should store and last really well. 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? What are you lusting after at the moment?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Innoxa and Ahoy Deer Instagram giveaway!!

I am super excited to announce today that thanks to the wonderful people at Innoxa Australia I will be holding my very first giveaway! 

I couldn't ask for a better way to kick start my return to blogging than to hold a competition to give back to those that are interested in what I have to say about all things beauty!

The competition will be held on instagram, and the details of the competition are as follows:

1. You must be following Innoxa Australia on Instagram: @innoxaaus
2. You must be following my personal Instagram: @onwardprogress
3. You must repost the image for the competition that I have posted on my personal instagram
4. When reposting the image you must add the hashtag #ahoyinnoxa in the photo description so that I can find your entries!
5. You can repost as many times as you like. :)

And it's as simple as that!

The competition will run for 4 weeks, and after that time a winner will be picked at random on Monday 12th May.

The products you will win are: 

[Images and descriptions below from ]

These amazing liquid illuminators will give you that beautiful dewy radiant glow, whilst helping to promote even skin tone. Formulated with skin correcting pigments and specialised extracts, these illuminators help to promote a smooth, hydrated complexion. It encourages light reflection without looking oily and creates a youthful glow on the skin.
  • The bronzing shade can be used to give the face warmth and depth – perfect for that natural sun kissed glow
  • Fragrance and Paraben free
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Can be used on face and body
Nourishing lip glazes with high gloss & shine. Infused with Antioxidants to condition and repair lips. 

The perfect dual product with eye liner and eye shadow in one convenient stick to make eyes stand out. The patent eye shadow applicator with spring mounted allows for easy application. While the complimentary 3mm twist eyeliner glides on effortlessly to define eyes.
  • Ophthalmologically & Dermatologically tested

To win the above prizes from Innoxa please check out my Instagram: @onwardprogress and repost the following image and follow the guidelines stated above. 

I look forward to seeing your posts on instagram, and keep an eye out for a review of some Innoxa products in posts coming up on my blog in the near future.

Have you used Innoxa products before? What's your favourite product from them? x