Monday, 31 July 2017

Maybelline Makeup Goodies From RY

Thanks to Ry.com.au I received the following Maybelline goodies to trial and review for you:

Maybelline New York Makeup 


Maybelline New York Makeup


Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

The Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette is so pretty! The palette includes 12 complementary shades including blushes, plums, roses & neutrals. The majority of these shades are infused with subtle rose gold pigment, which being a lover of all things rose gold I absolutely love! There are also a couple of matte shades. Unfortunately my photo did not pick up the shimmer, you'll just have to check out this palette in real life to see that!

The strength of pigmentation varies between the lighter and darker shades, with the darker shades being more pigmented. The lighter shades need more coats and blending.

This palette is very versatile and suits both day and night looks, casual and more glam looks. I've been using it mainly for my everyday looks. I recommend using a primer underneath for the best result.

This mascara has been aptly named. It instantly lengthened my lashes and made them appear fuller, giving the illusion of false eye lashes. All this with just one coat!

What makes this mascara different is it's spoon brush and flexible wand. Roughly 1cm from the base of the bristles it has the ability to flex significantly which is designed to help lift and separate the lashes making them appear fuller.

Maybelline Volum'Express The Falsies Washable Mascara
in Blackest Black

It has a kera-fibre formula to help build the lashes. 

The formula dries fairly quickly so you need to work quickly between coats. 

Personally this mascara worked best for me when I applied just one coat. Any more than two coats and it became clumpy for me. More than two coats is unnecessary anyway in my opinion as I achieved such a full looking, good result with one coat.

The black pigment is beautifully dramatic.

As expected by the 'washable mascara' title, this mascara was easy to remove with no aggressive rubbing required. It came off using just water on a cotton pad.

I will happily continue using this mascara.

One of the advantages of having makeup sent to you to trial is that you often trial something you may not have otherwise bought, and then find that it meets your needs perfectly! 

The Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation is a great example of this. Personally I would probably have chosen the Maybelline FITme! Dewy + Smooth Foundation as I have mature skin and would have thought the dewy version of this foundation may have worked better for my skin type but to my pleasant surprise the Matte + Poreless version was perfect for me.

Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation

I found it easy to apply and it blended beautifully. It wasn't at all drying on my skin like matte products can sometimes be and most importantly it was effective in reducing the appearance of my pores. As with all foundations I used a primer underneath it and moisturised my skin in the morning before applying any makeup. 

I found this foundation to have medium coverage but it was buildable on areas that I have pigmentation. I trialed this foundation using my fingers, a foundation brush and a beauty blender. I got the best results using the beauty blender.

I did find the consistency of the Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation to be a bit runnier than other foundations I have recently tried, not that this was an issue at all. If anything I think it made blending the foundation easier.

Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation

My only minor complaint about this foundation is that it didn't come with a pump action dispenser. Possibly due to it's runny consistency a pump wasn't deemed necessary.

Overall I think the Maybelline FITme! Matte + Poreless Foundation is a great product for a great price. I will be happy to purchase this foundation after I finish this trial bottle. 

I might be a beauty blogger but I am not a makeup artist so when it comes to 'strobing' I've got to admit I have no idea and just the word 'strobing' itself I find intimidating!

BUT I do know how to highlight, and that's basically what this Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick excels at! So don't get put off by the word 'strobing' in the product title if like me you aren't a makeup artist. This product is a gorgeous illuminating highlighter!

Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick
Illuminating Highlighter

It adds such a lovely radiant, glowy effect, something I've found my skin losing from about the age of forty onwards as my skin has matured and become dryer. 

I add the highlighter above my cheek bones before I add my blush and down the centre of my nose. I also add it to the inside corner of my eyes to open them up and give me a more youthful look. In addition it looks fabulous applied to my cupid's bow.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick
Illuminating Highlighter

It has a lightweight creamy texture and is totally easy to use.

Apart from the word 'strobing' in the product title I love everything about the Maybelline Face Studio Master Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter. Like all Maybelline products it is reasonably priced.


Do you have a favourite Maybelline product?

Have you tried any of the above Maybelline products?

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* The above Maybelline products were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration.
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Sunday, 30 July 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 116 Link Up

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all the participating beauty blogs be seen by new readers. 

The link up also provides readers with a wide variety of beauty blogs they can access from one convenient location. 

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up ONE beauty related post each. 

Monday Makeup Madness 116 Link Up



Popular Posts From Last Week's
Monday Makeup Madness Link Up

I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up and if your post is one of the three most clicked upon I'll feature it in next week's link up post. I'll also pick one other linked post to feature. The rules of the link up are simple: 

  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and remains open until late Wednesday evening.
Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up participants and readers. 


Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 

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Ingrid

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Sunday, 23 July 2017

Monday Makeup Madness 115 Link Up

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all these beauty blogs be seen by new readers. 

The link up also provides readers with a wide variety of beauty blogs they can access from the one convenient location. 

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up ONE beauty related post each. 

Monday Makeup Madness 115 Link Up


The most viewed posts from last week's Monday Makeup Madness link up plus one of my favourites were:

Popular Posts From Last Week's
Monday Makeup Madness Link Up

I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up and if your post is one of the three most clicked upon I'll feature it in next week's link up post. I'll also pick one other linked post to feature. The rules of the link up are simple: 

  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and remains open until late Wednesday evening.

If you would like to pin your linked posts to the Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest group board follow Fabulous Fun Life on Pinterest and then send me an email or message asking to join this board, letting me know what your Pinterest account name is. 

All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. 


Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up participants and readers. 

Let the Link Up Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid



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Monday, 17 July 2017

Recent Empties

It's empties post time again! 

I've recently finished a whole load of holy grail products *insert very very VERY sad emoji face here*, a heap of Lush products and a lot of other beauty products too!


Recent Empties

So it's time to collate them all into a blog post for you to have a sticky beak into which products I've finished and absolutely loved, and which products I've finished despite not liking them that much!

I must confess here before you read on that most times if I don't like a product I just won't finish it as I have loads of products I love waiting to be used. I don't really want to finish products I don't like or that don't work for me! Who has the time for that?

HOLY GRAIL EMPTIES

Holy Grail Empties

bhave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo* / bhave Rescue Intense Repair Conditioner* / bhave Deep Intense Conditioning Masque*/
Regular readers of Fabulous and Fun Life will know by now that bhave is my absolute holy grail of hair care products!

I was so sad to finish these products. I even cut open the bottles to make sure I used up every last drop of product before I threw the containers away.

Luckily I already have a bhave Travel Pack of the Rescue Shampoo, Conditioner, Conditioning Masque and more* at home that I am now using although this won't last long!

Because I continue to subject my hair to numerous damaging styling heat stressors such as hair dryers, straighteners and curlers I will continue repurchasing these bhave Rescue Intense Repair products as nothing else I've ever tried has resulted in my hair looking nearly as healthy and frizz free as these products do! I absolutely love them! If your hair is in need of some repair and TLC I highly recommend these products!

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray*
I have bought numerous bottles of this spray. It protects my hair from heat damage when I am straightening or curling it. I wouldn't style my hair without it! (Note: the packaging of this spray along with all other KMS products has now been updated if you are planing on buying the same one. The link shows the new packaging. I've been using this spray for so long I think this is the third different packaging of this spray I have used - lol!)

Save Our Skin By Innoxa NoTox Eye Patches*
These eye patches seem almost magical! They show visible improvement after just one use! Yes you did read that right!

With their active ingredient of hyaluronic acid and line defying peptides these eye patches smooth away the wrinkles around my eye without the need for any injections which is just as well as I hate needles!

These eye patches aren't cheap at $99 for a box of 4 pairs but they work so effectively! I only use them occasionally, usually the night before any important event I may have the following day. I have already repurchased another box of these!

NARS Orgasm Blush
I was so sad to finish off my NARS Orgasm blush. It has been my holy grail of blushes for the last three years at least. It is such a flattering shimmering peach shade that suits every complexion! I have already replaced it with the Nars Laguna Orgasm Duo.

LUSH EMPTIES

Lush Empties


I absolutely love this wibbly wobbly shower jelly! It could have easily gone in the above holy grail category. I use it first thing in the morning when I wake up at the ungodly hour of 5.30am. The citrus-y lemon and lime scent together with the rosemary is so refreshing and wakes me up ready to face the world, or at least to face work, that day! I have already repurchased another Whoosh Shower Jelly.

Cupcake Face Mask
I first made and sampled a tub of the Cupcake face mask at the Bloggers United Au 2nd birthday celebration at the Lush QVB Sydney store and have repurchased it again since then. It's especially perfect for my daughter's teenage skin with the cocoa powder drawing out the dirt and impurities from her skin, the mint stimulating and toning her skin and the linseed and cocoa butter softening and moisturising it. I will repurchase this again in the future but not straight away as I want to try a few different Lush face masks first.

Click HERE to check out my post on how to make Lush Cupcake Face Mask and also how I won a $100 Lush gift card. 

Lord Of Misrule Shower Cream
This was part of a gift that I received from another beauty blogger. It has a very distinctive earthy scent of patchouli and hot spices. I had loads of fun turning as green as Shrek and Princess Fiona whilst showering myself with this product. I think it was part of Lush's Christmas collection as I don't see it on their website right now. I'd be happy to buy this next Christmas for more green frothy fun.

Ultrabland Cleanser
Although I finished this, it was only a little sample pot and I didn't really enjoy it that much. It was, like it's name says, ultra bland! I won't be buying the full sized version of this product.

Vanishing Cream
This is another mini sample pot that I recently finished but didn't love. This moisturiser smelt divine but didn't really do wonders for my skin. I won't be purchasing this.

Celestial Facial Moisturiser
This facial moisturiser was another sample sized product I finished recently. Although it was pleasant and effective it didn't really wow me enough for me to purchase a full sized tub of it.

Sexy Peel Soap
Now here's a Lush product I would repurchase! I'm really enjoying citrus-y scents in the shower currently and I enjoyed this slab of orange, lemon and lime peel marmalade soap a lot. It's a refreshing and rejuvenating soap.

OTHER EMPTIES

Other Recent Empties

wotnot Facial Wipes For Normal/Sensitive Skin
This was a sample packet of these wipes that I received n the March Good Green Box. You can read a review of this Good Green Box HERE.

These wipes are 100% natural and contain Australian certified organic aloe vera, rosehip and sweet almond oils. I will be purchasing a full sized pack of these wipes as they are beautifully gently yet totally effective!

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Medium
This is the powder I wear every day to work. It's a slow baked mineral powder in a soft creamy beige colour and gives my skin a wonderfully natural looking finish. It minimises shine on my face, evens out my skin tone and sets my foundation. I've already repurchased it.

I'm saving this empty MAC container because when you return 6 empty MAC containers you get rewarded with a free MAC lippie of your choice. Yes please!

Dove Original Antiperspirant Deodorant*
I originally received one of these deodorants in my goodie bag at a Bloggers United Au event. It's the only deodorant to contain Dove's 1/4 moisturising cream with vitamins E and F. I like that it's good for my skin as well as effective as a deodorant. I have been repurchasing it for a while now.

SunSense Anti-Ageing Face Matte SPF50+
Due to my history of malignant melanoma I'm extremely diligent in wearing sunscreen all year round. On weekends in recent weeks when I've been makeup free this has my sunscreen of choice. I'd be happy to repurchase this but I have a couple of other sunscreens to finish first.  

Nudie Glow Korean Face Mask Gorgeous Five Subscription Box
I finished off five Korean Beauty Face Masks from the Nudie Glow Gorgeous Five Subscription Box. Click HERE to read my review of these masks. 

I love trying new fragrances and two fragrance samples I have recently finished are Estee Lauder's Modern Muse Le Rouge and Lanvin Paris ME L'eau. I especially loved the Lanvin Paris ME L'Eau. It's a lovely fresh floral with notes of mandarin & magnolia.





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What beauty products have you finished lately? 

xxx
Ingrid

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