Review: Maybelline Volum’ Express The Mega Plush Waterproof Mascara

If you’ve read my Beauty Battle post between Benefit’s They’re Real and Kat Von D’s Immortal Lash you’ll have seen me mention this mascara at the very end. It has been years since I’ve used this product but I’ve always remembered it as a favourite. While in Priceline recently buying my mom cold medicine, I thought ‘hey, might as well get it again and see if it’s still as good as I remember it’.

Maybelline has a massive range of mascaras, and I definitely haven’t tried them all. But I have tried a few and this one is by far my favourite. The thing that I’ve always noticed about Maybelline’s mascaras is that they really do seem to put a lot of effort into differentiating their mascaras, with very different formulations and wands that actually make a difference in their application.

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The Mega Plush mascara is Maybelline’s first gel mousse formula which means it contains 40% less hard waxes. This makes the formula super smooth and easy to apply. Plus, it never goes flaky and doesn’t make your lashes look clumpy or brittle.

The wand is big and fluffy and coats each lash evenly. I haven’t yet stabbed myself in the eye with it or accidentally also coated a decent chunk of my eyelid which is always a bonus.

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The formula itself is also fantastic, as I said it’s a gel mousse which is a deep black. This one is waterproof but it also comes as a non-waterproof version. In terms of the ingredients, like most mascaras its just a long list of chemicals. This mascara does have a very chemically smell so if that bothers you, you might not like this one. I personally don’t mind it and I’m pretty sure the smell goes away once applied as I’ve never noticed it once the bottle is closed again. Like a lot of Maybelline products, it’s made in the USA.

Packaging wise, it’s not the craziest looking mascara I’ve ever seen, but I like the colours and the relatively simple design. Priced at $19.95AUD it might not be the cheapest, but personally I think it’s well worth it.

The reason that I love this mascara is because it never makes my lashes clump, it gives them length and volume without making them look unnatural or feel heavy or irritated. On the Maybelline website it has received 228 reviews with an average score of 3 out of 5 – no idea how, I would definitely rate it 5 out of 5! But having a look at the reviews, a lot of people struggled with the super bendy brush. It is definitely something you have to get used to, but I actually think the brush is less bendy than others I’ve tried so I guess it depends on what you’ve used previously and what you’re accustomed to.

Overall I will definitely be repurchasing!

 

Review: Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser

I realise I haven’t written in 2 months (oops!), but I wanted to get back into it with a good old fashioned make up review. So today I’m going to be reviewing Maybelline’s Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser. On the Maybelline website it has received 52 reviews and an average score of 3 out of 5. The reviews were incredibly mixed, with some users saying they loved it and others stating that they saw absolutely no difference in either the appearance of their skin or their make up application or appearance. As we all know, every single piece of make up or skin care works differently based on your skin type, skin tone and the formulation of the product. Everyone’s different and frankly, no one should expect every product to work perfectly for them. This is my experience of the product and all my thoughts are based on how the product worked for my skin.

Now, onto the review.

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The Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser has the same style and colour palette of the Baby Lips products. It’s cute and colourful and the packaging is pretty fun. It’s decently sized at 20ml and at $15.95AUD the price isn’t too shabby.

In terms of the ingredients, it’s just a big list of chemicals so I really couldn’t tell you whats in it, if it’s even good for your skin, or if any of the ingredients are natural. It is made in the USA, so that’s a plus.

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Baby Skin supposedly has ‘blur technology’ (whatever that means), to me that sounds like it’s the IRL ‘smooth’ feature in FaceTune. To apply the product, pop a pea-sized amount on your palm or fingers and apply to areas with visible pores. Because I’m lazy I just apply it to my entire face.

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Word of warning, use this as soon as you put it on your hand, as otherwise it kind of solidifies a bit and goes jelly like when you try to spread it over your hands to apply. It doesn’t stay that way and softens back up almost immediately but it can feel and look a bit weird.

When you apply it, it doesn’t feel greasy per say, but your skin does feel incredibly smooth and well, maybe a little bit plastic would be the way to describe it. To be clear, this isn’t a bad sensation and I definitely feel like I’m describing it terribly. My skin felt instantly smoother and looked brighter. The first time I used it I didn’t apply any foundation, concealer or powder at all. I went to see my hairdresser afterwards and he complimented my skin, saying I had a nice glow and it looked really good and healthy – even though I had a couple of pimples and was really tired. Luckily thanks to this product I didn’t look exhausted which is nice, it didn’t cover my pimples but to be fair it never said it would.

It’s oil-free and shine-free and has no discernible scent unlike some chemical-heavy products. In terms of how it works, I’m not entirely sure, but it claims that the blur technology  filters light  to visibly smooth pores away. Did my pores disappear? Nah. Did my skin look smoother and healthier? Yup. It’s one of those products that work well on their own and don’t feel heavy or irritating. I’ve also tried it just under translucent powder and I have to say it almost looked like I was one of those lucky people who have naturally flawless skin – which I’m definitely not BTW.

Where can you get it? I’m assuming all good drug stores, plus Kmart and Target. I got mine from Priceline when I went in to get cold medicine (oops).

Here’s what it looks like on. As an FYI, all I’m wearing here is the Baby Skin Pore Eraser, mascara and lip balm. This image is unedited and unfiltered and I think my skin looks pretty damn great here.

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Review: Zoolander 2 (no spoilers)

Tonight, I had the enormous pleasure and privilege of being one of the lucky members of the first audience in the world to see the final cut of Zoolander 2, the long-awaited sequel to the 2001 cult film Zoolander.

Firstly, I would like to thank Ben Stiller and the powers that be at Paramount for selecting Sydney for this great honour – even if I now have to wait 2 weeks for everyone else I know to see it before I can talk about it properly!

Secondly, I would like to note that Ben Stiller isn’t just funny on film, he’s a genuinely funny person – I’m basing this of course on his intro to the movie as sadly I did not get to take a selfie with or speak to him.

Now, on to the review.

Will I like it if I liked the first Zealander movie?

Yes, I think so. There are many elements of the first movie that return, and many of the characters. There’s no dramatic changes in the character’s personas – Derek’s still a sweet, naive male model and Hansel is still a hippie who loves orgies.

But Justin Bieber’s in it…

If you love Justin Bieber, you’re gonna love his performance in the movie. And if you hate him? Well, let’s just say that I think you’ll be surprised and pleased with his performance. Most musicians can’t act, to be blunt, but Justin can. I’d be happy to see other movies with him, and hope this is something he pursues more work in.

Most sequel’s aren’t as good as the first movie – is this one an exception to the rule?

This is going to be up to each person that sees it, but personally I think this one was just as good as the original. I have this theory on why everyone always hates the sequel. Usually it’s these cult movies that leave everyone disappointed when it comes to the sequel, and I think it’s because the first movie had something new, fresh and unique to it. Whether it’s a ridiculous character, an interesting plot point, an unexpected romantic interest or something else entirely, there’s something that captures viewers. But when the sequel comes along, it’s no longer something new and different, it’s just a continuation so the shock factor isn’t there.

I guess what I’m trying to say is: don’t diss the sequel just because there’s no shock factor – it can still be a great movie.

The first Zealander was outrageous and not at all politically correct. 15 years and a wave of political correctness later – has that changed?

Nope, nup and no way. There are some pretty ‘OMG did they actually just say that?!’ moments that I’m sure will get some keyboard warriors going.

Are the cameos any good?

YES. Just YES. I won’t give too much away but… Benedict Cumberbatch: I. Can’t. Even.

There are a lot of cameos in this movie which I think actually add to the plot and make it even funnier because some of the celebs that make appearances play the complete opposite of themselves and it’s hilarious.

Lastly (and most importantly) – the plot. Any good?

Look, it’s no Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, and it’s no Marvel movie that’s magically linked to about 11 others. That said, it has a decent plot with a few twists and turns and the script has quite a few zingers that are sure to get some laughs. 

Is the plot a bit silly? Sure. Does that make it bad? Nah.

Is it worth going to see in the cinema, or should I wait for the DVD?

Go see it in a cinema as soon as you can. Don’t be a hermit crab.

Zoolander 2 is out in Australia on February 11th, 2016. Get your tickets at Hoyts or Event Cinemas.

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Review: Butterbear Bath Bomb

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Meet Butterbear, the softest, cuddliest bath bomb in the world. He’s cute and white and full of delight.

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Shaped just like a teddy bear, this bath bomb has all the details you could want, with little ears, eyes, a nose and mouth, plus a big belly.

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It’s also very reasonably priced, coming in at $5.95AUD apiece. These bath bomb are only available during Christmas, so unfortunately you’re going to have to wait until next Christmas-time to get yourself one – but you can have a look at it on the Lush USA website here!

This is a super nourishing bath bomb, filled with cocoa butter to give you the deepest moisturization possible while leaving a soft vanilla fragrance lingering on the skin long after you’ve gotten out of the bath. It’s vegan too, so totally safe for our vegan friends.

When you drop it into the bath it starts dissolving immediately, and little brown flecks come out which I’m pretty sure are the bits of cocoa butter.

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Not to worry though, these pieces dissolve completely, so it looks like this when you’re ready to hop in.

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As you can see, it doesn’t change the colour of the water dramatically, it just makes it very cloudy.

Overall this is a great product, but I must say the moisturising properties may be a little too strong, as it leaves you quite greasy. That said, I think this would be a great winter bath product for those of us who suffer from dry skin, as it is so incredibly nourishing. For a normal day however it might be a little strong.

Definitely a big fan though, and will be repurchasing next Christmas.

Review: Happy Hippy Shower Gel

My first thought when I saw this in my Christmas stocking was ‘Miley Cyrus’s shower gel!’. Of course it isn’t actually Miley’s product, but I feel like she would use it, as it’s named similarly to her Happy Hippie Foundation, and it’s vegan, organic and all things nice.

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The Happy Hippy Shower Gel comes in three sizes (100g, 250g and 500g) and ranges from $7.95AUD for the 100g bottle to $20.50AUD for the largest size bottle.

In my Christmas stocking I got the 500g bottle, so thanks mom! I hadn’t tried this shower gel before so it was a nice surprise on Christmas morning.

On to the nitty gritty.

The core ingredient of this shower gel is grapefruit, it’s made with fresh pink grapefruits, and as these vary in colour every batch has a slightly different hue, from lemon to rosy. Whatever colour you get it looks quite pretty. It’s not an overwhelmingly bright colour like the Snow Fairy Shower Gel, but the  scent is equally as strong. As you’d expect, it smells like grapefruit, so it’s very citrusy and refreshing, making it a perfect wake-me-up body wash in the morning.

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As you can see above, in my hand it’s an opaque yellow, mine definitely didn’t have a rosy hue!

Overall I think this is a fantastic body wash and could also be used as a face wash in the morning when used with an exfoliating glove, as it is very refreshing and energising – perfect for the Monday morning struggle!

Would I repurchase? Absolutely.

Now, as it’s after Christmas I’m not going to score things out of candy canes anymore, so I’ll just give it an A. The only negative with this is the cost, Lush body washes are generally pretty pricey though so it isn’t exactly a shock.

Review: Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon

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Bubbleroon: the Lush version of the classic dessert, the macaroon. Lush is known for its decadent bath products and delicious scents, so its no surprise that they’ve come up with a bath bomb that looks like a macaroon.

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Now, in all fairness, my bubble room doesn’t look like the one below (image taken from the Lush website). My mom had already used half of this bubbleroon before I got to use it, so I only had one half to work with.

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Even so, as you can see above it’s a beautiful little bubble bar, it’s bright orange with two halves and a ‘cream’ filling just like a real macaroon. The bubbleroon range contains three colours, a pinkish red which smells like roses, the orange one above, and a green bubbleroon with avocado, banana and shea butter.

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I purchased the orange one, which is the Yuzu and Cocoa Bubbleroon. It’s vegan, handmade and of course meltable. To use it, you simply crumble it under the water and watch the bubbles go. Now, this isn’t the most bubble-inducing bubble bar, it only gives a few bubbles that don’t even cover the surface of the water. Generally speaking you’re supposed to use half a bubble bar in each bath otherwise you end up with a ton of bubbles, but perhaps because this one is smaller you’re supposed to use the entire thing. Aside from the lack of bubbles, it does turn the water a bit yellowish and murky, but there’s no vivid colours or any glitter in this one.

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There is however a lot of moisturiser in this bubbleroon, so it’s very nourishing for your skin. Normally my skin isn’t left too greasy by the more buttery bath products, however I did feel super greasy after this bath which I didn’t love.

The scent wasn’t that strong either and to be totally honest I couldn’t identify it. It was quite pleasant however, and I’m going to assume it smells like Yuzu, whatever that might be.

It only costs $7.50AUD per bubbleroon, so it’s not badly priced. But would I buy it again? Probably not. Would I try the other colours/scents? Probably the rose one, but not the green one.

Review: Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar

Bubbles, bubble everywhere – what a mess you make, but do I care?

The answer is yes. I do care about the mess you make, but you smelled so good that I just had to buy you. Say hello to the Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar.

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The Holly Go Lightly Bubble Bar is part of Lush’s Christmas collection, and as you can see below it looks a lot like a Christmas pudding, or a silver, sparkly version of one.

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This bubble bar is absolutely massive. It’s green underneath the glitter, and has three green leaves on the top. It’s supposed to have three cranberries (or cherries?) on the top. Mine got a bit smushed in the bag so it doesn’t look as flawless as it does on the Lush website, but I think it still looks pretty damn good.

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A lot of people like to break this bubble bar in half and use the two sections separately, but I ain’t got time for that, so I used it all at once. I suspect this is the reason that my bath turned out so full of bubbles and so super green. My bath also smelled really really strong. The scent is amazing, patchouli, lime and cinnamon combine to create the most dazzling Christmas scent – a bit like mulled wine.

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As you can see in the video below, you need to follow the instructions on the label and crumble it under running water.

This method definitely works. I dropped it in the water and started crumbling after their was only a couple of inches of water in the bath, I think this worked better than adding it once the bath was almost full as it had more opportunities to bubble up and react to the running water. In the end I had so many bubbles it was insane.

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All of the bubbles!

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Underneath all those bubbles the water was a bright Christmassy green with a hint of silver sparkly goodness.

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You can’t really see the sparkles in the water, but as this is one of the darker colours I’ve achieved from a Lush bath product, the water becomes super reflective. Say hi to my bathroom ceiling!

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The colour is great, it’s so Christmassy and bright. Plus it makes you look like Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy, much like the Father Christmas Bath Bomb. The water becomes so dark and murky that even when you put your hand on the bottom of the bath you can’t see it.

It leaves your skin slightly glittery and the scent definitely lingers. But the downside? The bubbles kill my bathroom. The bubbles always end up coming up through the second drain and making a massive mess on my bathroom floor, plus the leftover bubbles take forever to dissipate from the bottom of the bath. And lucky me, I also wound up with a ring of silver glitter around my bath. Super pleasant to clean up.

This is the main reason why I don’t generally buy bubble bars or anything that fills my bath with bubbles. Plus bubbles make it really hard for me to read Cosmo in the bath without ruining the magazine. I just couldn’t resist Holly Go Lightly, but otherwise I wouldn’t normally purchase a bubble bar. I did receive some for Christmas though so there will be more bubble bar reviews coming!

Overall this was a fantastic bubble bar. I would rate it five out of five candy canes.

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Review: Luxury Lush Pud

Cute, colourful and Christmassy. What more could you want from a Lush bath bomb?

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If you’re looking for a Lush Christmas classic that delivers big on the wow factor, the Luxury Lush Pud is the bath bomb for you. The Luxury Lush Pud is the perfect bath bomb to give as part of a gift, it will definitely impress your giftee, who will love the soft Lavender and ylang ylang scent of twilight. It’s a very relaxing scent and will calm your nerves and soothe your senses after a tough day at work.

It’s also one of the prettiest bath bombs to look at. it’s got a little sprig of holly (or is it mistletoe?) on the top which gives it that magical Christmas touch.

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My bath water ended up looking like the below.

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After the top layer cleared it finished off like this.

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From my experience, it is an incredible bath bomb. The smell is heavenly, it has a lot of cool effects in the water, and the overall look is stunning. With a lot of the Lush bath products, I find that they also have a lot of moisturising benefits, and this is definitely another skin-pleaser. My skin was left soft and smooth, plus the scent lingers on the skin which is very pleasant, particularly if you use the bath bomb before bed, as you end up wrapped in the scent of lavender which is very relaxing.

Here’s a quick video of what this baby looks like when you drop it in the bath.

If I had to rate this bath bomb I would definitely give it five out of five candy canes!

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Happy bath times ladies and gents!

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Review: Master Precise Liquid Liner by Maybelline

A classic black eyeliner can see you through the toughest make up days. It can be subtle, it can be bold. Simple or complicated – black eyeliner can make (or break) a make up look. I usually wear black eyeliner with just foundation and mascara as I find it looks sleek and sophisticated by itself and makes me feel super done up without having to put in too much effort.

I also find that black eyeliner makes my lashes look thicker and longer and accentuates my eyes – which are definitely one of my favourite features!

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This was a super basic look that I did the other night. Legit all I used was the Kat Von D primer and foundation, Anastasia Beverly Hills’ brow pomade, this eyeliner and Kat Von D’s mascara. It’s a basic look that’s quick and easy to do, but it made me feel absolutely fabulous. I definitely wasn’t born with it, and it definitely is Maybelline!

So, on to the eyeliner. It’s called Master Precise Liquid Liner for a reason. It’s of course a classic black. It does have a slightly shiny finish though, so if you’re looking for a matte eyeliner this isn’t the one for you. It’s a felt tip pen but unlike most eyeliner pens it has an incredibly thin tip which is what allows it to create super fine lines. The very tip of the brush is just 0.05mm thick, which is just insane when you think about it. The best thing about this eyeliner is how build able it is. You can literally create hair-thin lines or if you keep going over the line you can build it to quite a thick line. The precision of this liner is probably the best I’ve ever seen, and that’s what makes this the best black liner I’ve ever used.

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It’s also very easy to apply, and unlike most other eyeliners, I find I don’t mess it up on the first go. The fine tip is the real key to this, it’s easy to control and if you do apply to much pressure or go slightly over you can always just make the line a tiny bit thicker.

It’s also not too pricey, with it’s regular price being just $14.95. Plus Priceline regularly have 30-40% off so you can sometimes get it for even less!

I have no doubt that I will be re-purchasing this product – it genuinely is that good.

Review: Snow Fairy Bodywash by Lush

Snow Fairy is definitely one of those Lush Christmas classics that I get every year at Christmas and any other time it’s available! I also don’t waste my time with the mini bottles and go straight for the biggest size they have. For me it’s a staple favourite and one that I know I’m going to love so I don’t worry that I won’t like it.

In Australia, we only get the shower gel most of the time, and it’s available in 3 sizes (100 grams, 250 grams, and 500 grams). Around Christmas time it also comes in two special Christmas gift boxes. The first one is called ‘Little Snow Fairy Gift‘ and contains 1 x FUN Pink and 1 x Snow Fairy Shower Gel 100g. It’s priced at $14.95AUD which makes it a cute little gift for your work Secret Santa or a nice stocking stuffer. Plus they come pre-wrapped so you don’t have to do any work!

The bigger gift is called ‘Snow Fairy Castle Gift‘, and this one contains a few more items, namely 1 x Rock Star soap 100g, 1 x Snow Fairy shower gel 100g, 1 x Bubblegum Lip Scrub 25g and 1 x Fairy Dust dusting powder 50g. The Fairy Dusting powder is no longer available online for purchase by itself, but some stores may still have stock! I didn’t purchase this one as I’m still using my other Lush dusting powder, but it does smell lovely! It’s a little more pricey, coming in at $39.95AUD – but I think it’s worth it as you do get quite a bit of product. And of course it’s beautifully wrapped.

Now, on to the review of the shower gel.

First off, let’s start with the packaging. I purchased one a few months ago and the packaging looked like the picture below. My sister received one for Christmas today and hers looked like the second image below.
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The old packaging above is a lot more fun and exciting, but if I’m being honest I actually prefer the packaging below. It’s simple and sleek and still pops.IMG_4892

As for the actual product itself – there’s a very good reason why I keep re-purchasing this particular body wash and literally run into Lush as soon as I hear it’s available. This is probably the one product that I keep a super close eye on and genuinely stalk Lush’s website and Facebook and Instagram pages.

It smells INCREDIBLE. It smells super sweet, just like fairy floss. It’s also got some glitter in it so it leaves you a little sparkly. I also occasionally like to use this on my hair as a shampoo because it smells so delicious and I want to enjoy it all day. It’s a bright pink body wash that will brighten up your morning and leave your skin clean and soft.

How would I rate it? If I could, I’d give it a million candy canes out of five. But since the top score is five, that’s what it gets!

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