October 23, 2014

Eyeshadow "helpers"

I generally don't like a lot of fuss when it comes to make up and skincare. For example I hardly ever use primers, I just think it's an extra step in my beauty routine that I don't need. But.... lately I've been loving using these 3 things I like to call eyeshadow helpers. Why? Because they really enhance the colour of my shadows and make them last longer. What are they? Two are jumbo pencils, and the other is a cream eyeshadow pot, and all are drugstore products.

October 21, 2014

Milani Baked Blushes

I'm finally getting on the Milani Baked Blush bandwagon! With summer quickly approaching in Australia, I was looking for some shimmery blushes as the majority of mine are matte. And of course who better than Milani for beautifully shimmery blushes? In Australia there are a number of online retailers where you can buy them from - I bought mine from Rouche Boutique.

The colours I picked are Dolce Pink, Bella Rosa and Corallina. All come in a round compact with a  brush hidden underneath it. The brush is ok, it's good if you're carrying the blush around with you during the day and need it for touch ups, but I'd stick to a proper blush brush for normal daily application.

October 19, 2014

International Giveaway: Win a Gorgeous Cosmetics Pack worth $364

Hi lovelies, if you read my post yesterday chances are you had an inkling that this was coming. What is it? It's a MASSIVE INTERNATIONAL GIVEAWAY!!! I've teamed up with Gorgeous Cosmetics who have kindly offered to give one lucky reader of Makeup and Macaroons a prize pack identical to the one below (minus the foundation).  To see an in depth review of the individual items click the link to the previous post HERE.


What can you win?

1 x First Base Foundation Primer - AUD $55
1 x 8 Pan Everyday Beauty Eyeshadow Palette - AUD $89
1 x 8 Pan Contour Palette - AUD $89
1 x Gel Lipliner in Tangerine - AUD $25
1 x Lipstick in Tango - AUD $35
1 x Lipstick in Man Trap - AUD $35
2 x Lashes - AUD 18 each (total AUD $36)
3 x Base Perfect Foundation sample sachets (please note, due to foundations being hard to colour match instead of the winner receiving a full sized bottle, they will receive sample sachets).

TOTAL VALUE OF PRIZE PACK = AUD $364

October 18, 2014

Gorgeous Cosmetics Review & FOTD

Today I'm reviewing some fantastic products from Gorgeous Cosmetics, and if you tune back in tomorrow there will also be a surprise for you from the brand! In case you haven't heard of the brand before, they were founded in Australia in 1999 and are now stocked in Nordstrom and other high end retailers in Europe and US. And soon with Sephora coming to Australia, Gorgeous Cosmetics will also be stocked there!

This is my first in-depth foray into the brand, and I must say I'm impressed. I'd tried one of their lipsticks before but that's it, so I was very happy to be given this opportunity to try more products. Here's what I've got, and my thoughts on them.


Base Perfect Liquid Foundation and First Base Foundation Primer
I'm not generally a primer user but this I don't mind using at all. Why? Because it sinks into the skin really quickly so there's no waiting around with a sticky face for the primer to soak in. Plus it makes my foundation glide on and last all day. The foundation, oh this would have to be my favourite from the range. It's medium to full coverage, long lasting and despite me having dry skin this does not emphasise any dry bits like normal long lasting foundations do. It feels very light weight and lasts the whole day. I was sent the colour 1YBP which is perfect for my NC25 skin tone. Both the foundation and the primer come with a pump applicator which is not only hygienic but also easy to use.


Gel Lipliner in Tangerine and Lipsticks in Man Trap and Tango
All these shades are such "me" shades, I'll be getting a lot of use out of them for sure! The lipsticks are both very creamy and very pigmented. They really glide on the lips and even if you have dry patches (like I do), they tend to be quite forgiving! And the lipliner is creamy enough to be worn on its own for a bright orange lip look. 
L/R: Man Trap, Tango, Tangerine

8 Pan Everyday Beauty eyeshadow palette
As the name suggests, this has a good mix of shades perfect for everyday wear. The finishes of the shadows are mostly metallic, but in a more mature way rather than in a glittery way. They all have a lovely sheen to them. All colours are extremely wearable, though my favourite is the silvery mauve on the bottom right.

8 Pan Contour Palette
This is something I was very excited about, as you know contouring and highlighting is all the rage right now! This palette comes with 2 highlighting shades, 4 contour shades and 2 blushes. The range of colours makes it suitable for many different skin tones. One of the shades is far too dark for my skin tone to use as a contour product, but you know what? It's actually great as eyeshadow, or even as a brow powder.

The only thing I can't really comment on are the lashes. I have never worn false lashes before, I have a bit of a phobia of them actually (as in, I worry I'll rip out my own lashes when removing them!), so I can't tell you what they're like.

Ok, and here's a makeup look I did using the above products. On lips is Man Trap.


You can get Gorgeous Cosmetics through their WEBSITE, which has international shipping. You can also check for their bricks and mortar stores HERE. And as I said, don't forget to check back in tomorrow because there will be a surprise!

*Press samples

October 16, 2014

4 More Shanghai Suzy lipsticks to add to my collection

Look, there's really no excuse. I know I have a lot of lippies already, but I've become addicted to Shanghai Suzy lipsticks, at $12.95 each they're actually a great price for the quality you get. Plus there's generally a sale on as well, e.g. I got mine in a "buy 3 get 1 free" deal. Three of the lippies I picked up were from the new Spring/Summer 2014 collection, and one was an older one that I'd missed out on before.

Behold, the bright gorgeousness that are the Shanghai Suzy lippies.

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