The 2014 Emmy Gifting Suites

As you know here on the blog we don’t accept producs for review, or as gifts unlike 99% of blogs out there. We used to, back in the days that we ran our other blog prior to transitioning to this one. But no more. No judgement to those who do, but for us it’s just not on any more.

Honestly then, I don’t know why I was so surprised to see this come up in the RSS feed I subscribe to in the Huffington Post. Seriously - check this out -

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I’m not appalled - far from it - because I get why companies do it. It’s effective. But I’m surprised by the sheer amount of free crap that was handed out. Mind officially boggled.

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The older I get, the less makeup I need

The only paper I read these days in any great detail these days, is the Guardian. on Friday morning I was having my pre-8:30 browseathon, and stumbled on this article by The Invisible Woman. Even if you’re not pushing 60, it’s a fascinating read with some good product recommendations to boot.

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The Review: A Snapshot of My Foundation Wardrobe
Calling it a wardrobe makes it less crazy, right? Because let’s face it - nobody needs all of these.
If I get any requests I can do more in-depth reviews of these, I can, but honestly I was probably never going to get around to doing all of it. Without further ado, here are some quickfire reviews of every foundation I have in my stash, complete with ratings out of 5.
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Shu Uemura Face Architect - I wear shade #564. This is my special occasion foundation. It has a thick, creamy texture and an unbeatable finish. It can be sheered out with a beauty blender which is how I prefer to apply it. I’m keen to try the liquid version at some stage too. Love this. 5/5
MAC Pro Longwear Foundation - I have this in 3 shades - NC20, NW20 and NC25. This used to be my holy grail but honestly I haven’t touched it in… months. The last couple of times I wore it, it just looked quite cakey. Not really a fan. Now the concealer on the other hand… Overall, a 2/5.
L’Oreal Lumi Magique Foundation - I wear W3 Gold Linen. Shade-wise, this is a pretty good match for me, but maybe a touch dark for winter. It has a glowy finish and is probably sheer to medium coverage wise. On days where I don’t have plans after work, this is really good because by 6pm it doesn’t look super fresh. For the price, it’s really good though. 4/5
Face Atelier Ultra Foundation - #6 Honey but I also have Zero Minus because #06 is too dark. On my skin this tends to “feel” like foundation by about lunchtime, but my friend Sara used this on me for a shoot last weekend, quite sheer with a beauty blender and I might be re-converted. The finish is so beautiful, but it’s a little bit hard to get. If you’re a pale girl though or someone who has issues finding the right shade, this should be on your list of things to buy - Zero Minus and Zero Plus are lifesavers. 4/5
Estee Lauder Double Wear Light - I have Intensity 3.0. What a wanky name for a shade. Anyway… The original double wear was better and this is definitely a summertime foundation. I just find sometimes it can feel sticky. I like it, but I wouldn’t repurchase. 3.5/5 
MAC Face and Body - C3. I haven’t really worked out the hang of this, but my understanding is that it’s a self-setting foundation. I still set it though. I don’t like how sheer it is on me, but I’ve seen other people wear it and it looks amazing. Need to try this out on my arms and report back with a proper review. For now… 3.5/5
Urban Decay Naked Skin - Shade 5.0. This foundation is one of my holy grails. The finish is amazing, it stays on for hours, the colour match is really good - I’m baffled as to why I don’t wear it more often. I’m about 2/3 of the way through the bottle and will definitely get another one. 5/5
L’Oreal True Match - I wear D3 W3 Golden Beige and I don’t own another foundation that matches my skin the way this does. I only bought it a few months back, but already I’m almost halfway through it. Love love love. 5/5
Bourjois Healthy Mix - I have #54 but I should have bought #53 because it’s too dark. I love the finish, I love the smell, but on me it’s a 4 hour foundation. I need my foundations to last longer but on someone with drier skin who doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, this would be great. 3/5
Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Makeup - I wear 2CN1 Pure Beige which is an excellent match for my skin. Love the finish, love the medium but buildable coverage, and I would recommend this to anyone. However, what bothers me is that no matter how I apply it, I can feel it on my skin. But the finish… My god the finish. 4.5/5
Ellis Faas Skin Veil - S102L is my shade but I probably could have (should have?) gone a shade darker. And for a $100 investment, it was a dumb move to buy it without being sure. The finish though is so lovely and I bought it because it looks like skin. It was meant to be my wedding foundation but I’m not sure now… I do really like it though. 4.5/5
Phew! So that was it. My fingers hurt.

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The Review: A Snapshot of My Foundation Wardrobe

Calling it a wardrobe makes it less crazy, right? Because let’s face it - nobody needs all of these.

If I get any requests I can do more in-depth reviews of these, I can, but honestly I was probably never going to get around to doing all of it. Without further ado, here are some quickfire reviews of every foundation I have in my stash, complete with ratings out of 5.

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Sunday Video Day: Katy Perry x Kacey Musgraves

I stumbled on this video recently (isn’t that how we find anything cool?) and I’d never ever heard of Kacey Musgraves before. I watched the whole thing and if you have time you should too, but if you don’t have time, then skip to 5:34 and listen to Merry Go Round. Love it.

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Sunday Video Day: Batalash

I watch a lot of makeup videos on youtube. I mean… A lot. Every night before bed I’ll watch maybe 2 or 3 - sometimes more, sometimes less, depending on how much of the dumb I want to ingest that day. What I’m saying is that because they’re makeup videos and not live feeds from the United Nations, they can, at times, piss me off.

One person who does not piss me off is Ssssamantha, from Batalash. She does some really cool makeup looks, has a wicked sense of humour, and doesn’t take herself too seriously.

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The Grounds of Alexandria

I know that all of you Sydney people have known about this place for ages but… cmon, I’ve only been back in town for 7 months! I went on Saturday with some of my girl friends from work, boyfriends, sisters, etc were invited - and we had a really lovely breakfast!

Not that I was surprised.

The Grounds have a restaurant meets market kind of atmosphere. Housed in a former pie factory, it’s perfect for a weekend brunch, lunch, or just a general wander around.

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Saturday Link Love: Mavericks Laces

Let me tell you… When you’re at markets full of lady-stuffs and your man person stops to look at something, you damn well let him do it. In Vic’s case, it was Mavericks Laces, and their collection of super fun coloured laces. He’s not a colour guy at all usually, and certainly not one for gimmicks, but something about how well these were crafted caught his attention.

Their individual laces start at about 8 dollars, and you can buy them in seasonal sets as well. Enjoy!

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The Review: People for Plants Hand Cream
There’s a Priceline that I have to walk past on my way to work. That is how this purchase happened.
Now technically this product is called the People for Plants Hemp, Apricot Kernel & Macadamia Hand Cream. Here’s how the brand describe it:

A soothing, protective, highly-absorbent hand cream rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, providing intense hydration and extraordinarily soft skin. Organic hemp seed oil, Australian cold pressed macadamia nut oil, apricot kernel oil - all rich with cell strengthening essential fatty acids, help restore elasticity and suppleness. Even the hardest working hands are nourished from deep within and feel soft, soothed and smooth.
91.5 % ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

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My review is going to be fairly short and sweet. It’s a really good hand cream, and for $15, you can’t really go wrong. It settles in really quickly, and I like the scent. I’m not usually one for strong fruity scents, but although you can smell the apricot, it’s not overpowering and it doesn’t have my work people wondering what that scent is. That said, I do lend it to people and the apricot is the first thing they notice.
Ultimately I don’t know if I’ll buy this again, because I like to try different things… But it is a good hand cream to keep around, and who doesn’t love to support Australian brands? 

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The Review: People for Plants Hand Cream

There’s a Priceline that I have to walk past on my way to work. That is how this purchase happened.

Now technically this product is called the People for Plants Hemp, Apricot Kernel & Macadamia Hand Cream. Here’s how the brand describe it:

A soothing, protective, highly-absorbent hand cream rich in anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids, providing intense hydration and extraordinarily soft skin. Organic hemp seed oil, Australian cold pressed macadamia nut oil, apricot kernel oil - all rich with cell strengthening essential fatty acids, help restore elasticity and suppleness. Even the hardest working hands are nourished from deep within and feel soft, soothed and smooth.

91.5 % ORGANIC INGREDIENTS

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The Car Selfie Face of the Day

I haven’t posted a proper face of the day, makeup-rundown kinda post in almost a year now. That is CRAZY. Where does the time go?! I didn’t even realise it had been that long when I shot some fun car selfies over the weekend, so I’ll try & do better in the future… Until then, here’s what makeup I wore while running some wedding-related errands this weekend.

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The Review: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray
So the other day at work I showed up with a full face of makeup - I mean, full. Heavy foundation, concealer, highlight, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipliner - the whole nine yards. More than one person asked me where I was going, and I said after work I was headed to dinner with some friends. I was then asked if I was going to reapply my makeup before I went out.
Hahaha. No.
And you know why? Because the one thing that makes my makeup last from 6:45am when I apply it in the morning, to 10:30pm when I get home at night, is the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Here’s my review.
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Now obviously this product doesn’t work in isolation. You have to have done other things to your face to stop your makeup fading or getting shiny - use a long-wearing foundation, wear a primer if you’ve found one you like, and set your foundation properly with a powder. I do all of that anyway, but it really just makes my makeup last until I get home at about 7-ish. 
This product basically adds another 5 hours of wear onto my makeup.
It’s not to say that I don’t touch it up slightly - I do have a couple of compacts that I keep in my handbag, but they’re not as necessary on days that I use the UD Setting Spray.
In terms of use, I apply my whole face and the setting spray is the very last step. I think you’re supposed to do 3 sprays in a cross shape, but I don’t think it matters too much. Then I fan my face, walk out the door and I’m good to go.
I’m planning on having a bottle of this handy for my wedding - it’s perfect for an occasion like that.
Do you need this in your life? … Yeah. Probably. Go get it.

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The Review: Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

So the other day at work I showed up with a full face of makeup - I mean, full. Heavy foundation, concealer, highlight, eyeshadow, lipstick, lipliner - the whole nine yards. More than one person asked me where I was going, and I said after work I was headed to dinner with some friends. I was then asked if I was going to reapply my makeup before I went out.

Hahaha. No.

And you know why? Because the one thing that makes my makeup last from 6:45am when I apply it in the morning, to 10:30pm when I get home at night, is the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray. Here’s my review.

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