October 30, 2014

Lime Crime Velveteen in Utopia

A few weeks ago I went to IMATS, and one of the things I picked up was the Lime Crime Velveteen in the colour Utopia. I'm a sucker for purple shades, especially ones that last a long time and are transfer resistant, so Utopia ticked all the boxes for me.

I'm not going to go on an on about it as I'm sure you've already read quite a few reviews on it, so here are a few key points I want to mention.

October 29, 2014

Instagram Giveaway: Australis Contouring & Highlighting Kit!

Hi lovelies, yesterday I posted about the fabulous Australis Contouring & Highlighting Kit which are selling out like hotcakes. Well, the very next day after I bought the kit I received one as a PR Sample. Since I don't need 2 kits, Australis have kindly agreed to let me host an Instgram Giveaway and give it to 1 lucky Instagram follower of mine. So head on over to Instagram (I'm @lilitsblog) and enter there!

1. Australia Only
2. Closes end of day 31 Oct 2014
3. Winner will be chosen at random using the tag #lilitsbloggiveaway
4. Entrants must have public Instagram profiles otherwise I won't see their entry.
5. Entrants under 18 must get a parent or guardian's permission to enter.
6. The prize is 1 Australis Controuing & Highlighting Kit valued at $16.95
7. The prize is not transferable or redeemable for cash.
8. I accept no liability for items delayed, damaged or lost in transit.

PS: Don't forget I still have an International Giveaway open too. Click HERE

October 28, 2014

AC On Tour Australis Contouring and Highlighting Kit - Review, Photos & Swatches

Here's yet another product that I definitely did not need (ummm, I have a tonne of contour/highlight products) but I knew I wanted it as soon as I saw it on @australiscosmetics Instagram account. It is of course the Australis Contouring and Highlighting Kit. I think this is one of those products that will sellout quickly (just like those much loved Velourlips lip products), so if you're interested definitely start stalking your local Priceline now!

October 27, 2014

Travel Essentials - Beauty Directory Expert Panel review

As you may already know I'm on the Beautydirectory Expert Panel, and this month I was asked to review this Bon Voyage kit consisting of a few travel essential. And as someone who's gone from taking 16 lipsticks to a weekend away to taking only a 13kg suitcase for a 3 month South American holiday I'd say I know a thing or two about travel essentials.

So here's what's in the kit, and my thoughts on each item.

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).


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.

October 14, 2014

AM to PM Makeup

A few weeks ago we attended a friend's wedding. Gone are the days when I had the luxury to spend ages getting ready for such events. No, now I have a 2 year old toddler that demands constant attention and loves being taken to playgrounds. Which means any makeup I do needs to be toddler proof (no super glossy lips for me anymore), not look too out of place in a playground, and be able to quickly transform into a night out look. So here's the look that I wore on the day of the wedding, and how with some key products I quickly transformed it into an evening look.

October 12, 2014

Mini Inglot Haul and Review

Inglot is one of my favourite brands, their eyeshadows are just out of this world (yes, better than MAC in my opinion), and their prices are very reasonable. I used to buy a lot more of their products in the past but then for a while every single Inglot store that was close to me closed down and their website isn't very user friendly, so I stopped buying things from them. But.... I discovered that they had opened up a store in my local Westfields again, yay! So one lunch time from work I popped over and got reacquainted with the brand.

Here's what I picked up.

Eyeshadows in #153 (silvery taupe) and #421 (shimmery chocolate)
Sculpting Powder in #504
Blush/powder Compact with Brush to put Sculpting Powder in
Gel Eyeliner in #77

October 08, 2014

Lipstick Tales: the Ultimate MLBB shade!

For those not in the know, MLBB stands for My Lips But Better. And until recently I did not see the point in an MLBB shade of lipstick. Oh puhleeze, the whole point of a lipstick is to change the colour of my lips, not make it look like I don't have lippy on. That is, until I discovered the Bareminerals lipstick in Speak Your Mind.

October 02, 2014

New Anastasia Beverly Hills Makeup

I've become a huge fan of Anastasia Beverly Hills products lately, and browsing her website with its international shipping has become dangerous for my wallet. Here are 3 things I ordered recently from their website, which arrived in my hot little hands in about a week from the US. 


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