Ulta3 Dark Summer Range: January 2020

Introducing the brand new range; Dark Summer from Ulta3. Campaigned by the new Australian Social Star 2019 Winner from the recent People’s Choice Awards.. Jade Tunchy, who is the face of the range. The range features three Master Metals Eyeshadows in the shades ‘Bronze’, ‘Brass’ and ‘Copper’, three Ultramatte Lip Creams in ‘Strike Out’, ‘Fearless’ and ‘Dark Dreams’, three new Nail Polish colours in ‘Thunder’, ‘Sangria’ and ‘Evolve’, an All Night Long Eyeshadow Primer, a Loud & Proud Mascara and Loud & Proud Waterproof Mascara, and lastly but not least, the newly enriched formula Great Lengths Mascara & Great Lengths Waterproof Mascara.

There’s a dark twist coming to Summer 2020…Ulta3

Ulta3 Dark Summer Range;
There’s a dark & striking addition to the traditionally warm & bronzed summer look. Trans-seasonal darker shades are making their way into the sun, with deep plums, berries & browns set to be focal points in global fashion & beauty this season. Ulta3 presents Dark Summer. a stunningly warm makeup collection with a fashionably dark twist. Featuring premium quality products across all beauty categories, so you can be bang on trend without breaking the bank! – Ulta3


Products and Formulas;
* Master Metals Eyeshadows in ‘Bronze’, ‘Brass’ and ‘Copper’ 2g – $6.95 AUD
one-swipe pigment, shimmery & sparkly, metal foil finish

* Ultamatte Lip Creams in ‘Fearless’, ‘Strike Out’ and ‘Dark Dreams’ 10ml – $7.95 AUD
thin, light-weight, deep pigment & dries down matte

* Nail Polishes in shades ‘Thunder’, ‘Sangria’ and ‘Evolve’ 13ml – $2.95 AUD
smooth lacquer, with a duo chrome/metallic finish

* All Night Long Eyeshadow Primer 2g – $6.95 AUD
a hydrating smooth primer that sets a base on the lid

* Great Lengths Mascara and Great Lengths Waterproof Mascara 12ml – $9.95 AUD
infused with vitamin e & biotinoyl tripeptide to hydrate and strengthen lashes

* Loud & Proud Mascara and Loud & Proud Waterproof Mascara 12ml – $9.95 AUD
volumising, non-clumping, high-density nylon brush

My Experience & Review;
I can’t get over how pigmented the sparkly Master Metals Eyeshadows are!! They’re one-swipe intensity and they’re some of the prettiest shimmers I own. I love the dark twist these shades bring into play for the trans-seasonal aspect, these would be suited for any occasion or season yet bring such a character to the end of Summer! I think my favourite shade is ‘Bronze’ as it has an almost gold-like shimmer glow to it in the natural light or sun light, it is a gorgeous colour. These would be perfect to create smokey eye looks or even just to wear on the lid with a neutral toned crease. The Ultramatte Lip Cream formula is extremely light-weight upon wear on the lips and almost dries instantly as most lip creams do. The pigment is pretty intense but I find one layer is a little less opaque due to the edges on the doe-foot during application so I would do two layers to make it completely opaque and for a full coverage. I ADORE the colour of the ‘Strike Out’ lip cream, it is a dark burgundy purple plum, it is truly stunning. You can see it in the swatch photo above at the bottom.

The Nail Polishes come in three gorgeous colours; ‘Thunder’, ‘Sangria’ and ‘Evolve’. I haven’t yet tried these but I will be shortly and will post a upcoming post on my Instagram Coco and Chino’s so stay tuned for that! I’ve been enjoying using the Great Lengths Mascara, it’s pretty volumising and provides a nice natural looking extra length to my lashes. The colour is a lovely intense black which matches my hair colour too. As far as the mascara’s are concerned, I haven’t tried the others as yet but I have enjoyed the great lengths mascara. You definitely get a lovely amount of produce in the tube and I can see myself using this one up before 6 months is up.



Final Thoughts;
I think Ulta3 have nailed this range, the colours are all different and warm-deep tones and the products provide a lovely on-trend look opportunity for anyone who wears them. The options really are endless! I love this dark twist toward the end of the Summer in Australia and the best part of all, is the affordability! You won’t need to break the bank with this range at all! I highly recommend this new release, particularly the Master Metals Eyeshadows and Nail Polishes, they’re stunning! There is so many on-trend looks that can be created using these gorgeous products and better yet, they’re cruelty free and vegan! And, in an effort to help the bushfire affected communities, Ulta3 will be donating 100% of profits from sales for the next two weeks to the FRRR Disaster Resilience & Recovery Fund, which will aid people in recovery that have been directly affected by the devastating bushfires across Australia.


Disclaimer
The above Dark Summer range products were kindly sent in to me for consideration of content & review. This does not alter my honest thoughts and opinions in any way.

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime 100ml – October 2019

Introducing a new fragrance to my collection, the Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime in 100ml. With top notes of sweet orange blossom, cardamom, mandarin, pepper and dianthus, middle notes of jasmine, carnation and tahitian tiare flower and bottom notes of sandalwood, vanilla, amber and tonka bean.. it is a summery floral affair. Warm and pretty. It is described as;

‘A sublime feeling of warmth and the soft glow of bronzed skin right before sunset. Capturing the enchantment of golden hour.’

I love wearing it for evening outings like dinners or get togethers, it really arrived at the perfect time for Spring & Summer in Australia. Encased in a gorgeous golden hue’d glass pump bottle with gold chrome detailing and font, it sparkles when the direct sun touches it! Launched for the Summer of 2019 and with model Gigi Hadid as the face of its campaign. Photography from the gorgeous ocean of Turks & Caicos, Gigi leans on and whistles over a huge vintage turntable that is playing ‘Beyond The Sea’ by Reneé Dominique’s. Check it out below;

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime 100ml

As you can see above, the packaging is very luxe and sleek with gold details, it’s like a lit-from-within glow. I have found it to be one of the most unique fragrances I’ve tried in a while, I absolutely love the vanilla base and the orange blossom. All the notes goes so well together, a really pretty mix! Have you tried this one before?

Availability & Pricing;
In Australia; the 100ml is available at Myer for $155 AUD and the 50ml is also available there for $125 AUD. Both the 50-100ml is also available at David Jones for between $125 AUD (50ml) – $155 AUD (100ml).

In the UK; the 100ml is available at Boots for £95 GBP. It’s also available at Debenhams for £41.65 GBP (30ml), for £59.50 GBP (50ml) and for £80.75 GBP (100ml). It is also available at John Lewis for between £39.20 (30ml) – £76.00 (100ml), the 50ml is £56.00 GBP.

In the USA; it is available at Ulta for between $70 – $115 USD. 100ml for $115 USD. The 100ml is also available at Macy’s for $118 USD.

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime 100ml

Would I Restock?
I most definitely would, heres why; not only is it a unique white floral fragrance with a base of blended vanilla & pepper, it has the perfect accords all mixed together. It’s stunning and suitable for the warm afternoons & evenings we’re about to experience in Australia. I love the gorgeous gold detailed packaging too!

Michael Kors Wonderlust Sublime 100ml

Disclaimer
The above Michael Kors Wanderlust Sublime fragrance was kindly sent in to me for consideration of content & review. This does not alter my honest thoughts and opinions in any way.

Jurlique: Moisture Plus Rare Rose Skincare – August 2019

From the natural South Australian grown Jurlique rose scent to the popular hydrating hand creams and balancing facial mists, Jurlique have arguably stamped their presence in the skincare field. A month ago they released their stunning brand new skin range with their new Moisture Plus Rare Rose formula. Featuring a cream (50ml), a serum (30ml), a lotion (50ml) and a gel cream (50ml), something for everyone and useful throughout all seasons. I have been using the range for the past month and have loved the results! If you’d love to know my review and what products have become favourites, read on.


As you can see above, the outer box packaging is stunning white and pink textures with chrome silver font print. And the product themselves are gorgeous frosted glass with medium-dark pink covering and chrome silver writing and title font over the pink. Jurlique is quite known for their luxe packaging, with beautiful rose gold trims, chrome font and frosted glass. Read further on below to learn about the formula and textures..

As you can see above; the textures are very fluffy, lightweight and airy. I think my favourite formula is the cream and the serum.. they both absorb so well into my skin and there is no sticky feeling at all with any of the products. I have always loved how hydrating and buttery the Jurlique skincare line feels, they are really on another level.

Worldwide Pricing and Availability
In Australia, the entire Moisture Plus Rare Rose range is available from $59 – $75 AUD at Jurlique Australia, and also at the following retailers; David Jones, Myer and at Adore Beauty.

In the UK, the entire range is available from £26 – £45 GBP and is located at Jurlique UK, Feel Unique and Anthropologie.

In the USA, you can find the whole range available from $60 – $64 USD at Jurlique USA and Skin Store.

Final Thoughts?
After using these over the last month, I have come to love each product. Particularly the serum and the cream. The serum absorbs into my skin so well, it doesn’t feel tacky or sticky, it smells amazing and it’s comfortable on the skin. I find it hydrating extremely well and the hydration lasts on my face for quite some time.. so much that I don’t feel like I need to use the serum each day. Just twice a week and I am fine. The cream is a airy, light and buttery smooth formula that quite literally sinks into the skin on my face when applied. I think it absorbs well and the moisture it provides is AMAZING! The entire range is ultra hydrating and soothing to my dry skin, they all arrived to my desk at the perfect timing as we’re just coming out of a dry Winter filled with cold air.

That sums up my review on this gorgeous new skincare range from Jurlique. What have you been loving on your skin this Winter?

Disclaimer
The above Moisture Plus Rare Rose skincare range was kindly sent in to me from Jurlique for consideration of content & review. This does not alter my honest thoughts and opinions in any way.

Meccaland 2019: Sydney, Australia

On May 18th 2019, my best friend Sandra and I met at Redfern Station and headed on our way to the locomotive warehouse where the second annual Meccaland was being held for 2019. From the moment of lining up, we could hear the music playing inside and see all the energy happening around us. A lovely host came and applied sparkle to our faces to give us a huge highlight glow! It was exciting as we got our FUN PASS tickets ready for receiving our wristbands. It wasn’t too long of a wait before we were walking inside. The entrance was filled with bright neon lights that curved over a tunnel.


As you can see, the neon light bars that formed the entrance tunnel were extremely pretty and bright. There was also cheerleaders dancing with pom poms to welcome the festival goers. It was quite evident already, Mecca had gone to a great level of effort for this event and it was HUGE! There were signs everywhere explaining what direction each booth was in, the centre stage and of course, the food!


Meccaland: The 411
Mecca land is a huge beauty festival held by host Mecca Maxima/Mecca Cosmetica, the major retailer of all things beauty in Australia, as you’ll likely know. In this event, Mecca invites multiple skincare and makeup brands to participate. Brands that included Too Faced, By Terry, MAC, Ciate, Clinique, Lanolips, Foreo, YSL, Drunk Elephant, Living Proof, GHD, Origins, Hourglass, NARS, Stila, Tatcha, Go-To Skincare, Bumble, Million Dollar Beauty, Kate Somerville, Lancome, Pathology, Mecca’s own Mecca MAX and many more! By that, it means setting up a booth and showcasing their latest releases and offerings, whilst also sharing knowledge, tips and tricks, advice and performing makeovers or other beauty services to festival goers who’ve booked in. It gives attendees the chance to purchase limited edition product that hasn’t yet officially released in the country. Pretty amazing, right? Wait till you see the setups and booths!

The Booths
There were so many areas to explore, all split into different ‘worlds’. Named ‘Temple Of You’, ‘The Wildflowers’, ‘Poster Park’, ‘City Of Lights’ and ‘The Queendom’. There was a theme to everything and the entire atmosphere morphed everybody there into a whole new world of all things BEAUTY. I tried to take photos of as many booths as I could, they were all decorated perfectly and had such a high energy vibe! Including the gorgeous ‘House of Drunk’ by Drunk Elephant and the ‘Isle Of Paradise’ swings. It was like one big playground for beauty lovers, including a see-saw near the Foreo booth, the slides at the Too Faced booth, the silk swings at MAC, and the globe swing chair at the NARS booth. The brands got very creative and you can see the amount of effort that went into the whole festival..


The Exclusive Products On Offer
There were many different new and limited edition products on offer from many of the brands. Including exclusive releases just for the special beauty festival. Ciate were releasing a whole new Jessica Rabbit collection and it is so beautiful! Hourglass were also releasing a new blush and lipgloss exclusively for Meccaland. Check out the next few photos for a good look at these special releases..

Stila Cosmetics also had a few new releases on show and they were also stunning. They included a new Heaven’s Hue Highlighter and the Lingerie Soufflé Skin Perfecting Color, they both looked incredible and the highlighter swatched so well! Stila is a company that I really love, I particularly like their eyeshadows and liquid lipsticks. Check out their new releases below..

The Meccaland Decor
As mentioned before, Meccaland had multiple worlds, and a theme for each world. The atmosphere was truly amazing, with lots of bright lights and fun playground featured booths and so many photo opportunities for event goers. There was really something for everyone. Attendees could also purchase exclusive new products before official release and each person who attended the event got to pick up a special edition Mecca Beauty Loop box. I’ll share what I received in mine a bit later below in the post. For now, check out some of the special decor and setups the brands had created for their booths, including fragrance & fashion house brand Maison Margiela and makeup brand Laura Mercier..

As you can see, Mecca went above and beyond! How awesome are those life sized lipstick props? So cool! I really loved all the decorations and sparkly lighting, it added such a high energy vibe to the atmosphere. The day we went there was a A LOT of people also attending so at times it was hard to move around the grounds and get from A to B, but in the end we got there and got to tour around the entire area. I have a few more photos of the decor below including the main stage where the makeup demonstrations happened and guests spoke. There was also so much detail into the entrance of the venue with massive long strands of pink tinsel hanging down. There was also the gorgeous Mecca MAX ferris wheel that went around with event goers able to have a ride on it..

From brands such as Hourglass, Bumble, Lanolips, YSL, Kate Somerville and Ciate, there was a completely unique setup at each and every booth! I kind of went a little mad with the photos I was taking but I couldn’t resist snapping them all of as many booth’s as I could for the perfect photo memories from the event. Every single setup was fun and exciting, showcasing the brands’s NEW products and old classic ones as well. To see what the brands mentioned above had decorated their booths, check the following photos out..

There was also makeup stations fully setup with mirrors, ring lights, makeup wipes and cleansers; where event goers could have new products tried and tested on them, or they could even book services of staff makeup applications or simply swatching new products on their skin. There was a designated area with tables and chairs for people to sit down and have a rest or a bite to eat. And brand GHD had a booth set up for people to get their hair styled using the new GHD products. Westpac were also on-hand to provide the very important task of entertainment, see my photos of their display below, as well as the makeup stations.

Overall you can see that it was a huge event and a lot of people attended. My best friend Sandra and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and loved checking out the new releases on offer and what each brand had done for their booth. It was a terrific event and the 6 hour drive to Sydney from Victoria was well worth it! Next year I have a feeling the event will be held in Queensland, which might be a little too far for me to travel to, however I shall see if I can also make that one. It’s such a great beauty festival that Mecca puts on and all the participating brands. Have you ever been to the event before in either Melbourne or Sydney? What were your thoughts about it? I would to know! Until next time, have a great week ahead and I hope you enjoyed my walkthrough post from MECCALAND 2019.

Bobbi Brown x Ulla Johnson: Limited Edition Collection – May 2019

Welcome to the most beautiful LE collection we all may of ever seen! For this extremely covetable collection, designer Ulla Johnson and quality brand Bobbi Brown Cosmetics teamed up to collaborate on the most perfect set of makeup items suitable for ALL season’s! Need to see what I’m on about? Say no more. Take a look..

Now you can see what I mean! It is exquisite and features the most complimenting makeup products that I’ve seen in a collection in a while.

Bobbi Brown x Ulla Johnson Collection & Formula’s
From the gorgeous classic red lip colour ‘Loulou’, with orange undertones, the creamy warm pink blush in ‘Pink Flush’ to the natural shadows in the Minou eye palette, there is really something for everyone and that suits most skin tones, too. Let’s start with the stunning star of the show, the crushed lip colour that caught everybody’s eye at first glance; ‘Loulou’3.4g: a warm red with orange undertones, a creamy satin matte finished lip in a classic bullet twist up. The hydrating formula consists of Vitamin E, Vitamin C and beeswax, providing a lightweight balmy feel on the lips yet with crushed pigments to allow a swipe & go application. See the stunning beauty below..


I will of course follow up in another new blog post with both lip & arm swatches so you can see the colour presented in application.

Onto the perfect Minou Eye Palette; featuring five shades curated by the fashion designer Ulla Johnson herself: three buttery matte shadows ‘Antique Rose’, ‘Shell’ & ‘Hot Stone’, a sparkle glimmer shadow ‘Chiffon’ and a metallic shadow ‘Champagne Quartz’. This palette has the right shades to go as natural as you’d like or as glammed up as you like with a smokey eye & sparkle shimmer lid! A very versatile palette that’s compact enough to travel with. Haven’t seen it yet? See the magic below..


As you can see above, it is absolutely divine. I will post finger swatch photos in a new blog post along with the other swatches.

Next up is the Esme Cheek Palette which features the ultra creamy pot rouge blush in ‘Pink Flush’ – a warm toned soft pink with coral undertones, perfect for popping a lovely tint of colour to your lips or cheeks! It also features a cream highlighter in ‘White Opal’ which can illuminate the skin, providing a radiating lit-from-within look. Lastly, the kit comes with a mini Extra Face Oil that achieves a dewy finish over the makeup. See the full set below..


What a gorgeous kit, it is also a perfect size for traveling with and very compact. It also includes the mirror as you can see above.

Onto the extremely lightweight and hydrating Extra Lip Tint2.9g in the most natural lip colour complimenting version ’Bare Pink’; this lip tint is so soft, so creamy and is designed to blend in with your own natural lip colour to compliment the tone and is infused with jojoba seed oil, avocado oil and cocoa seed butter. It is the perfect hint of colour and will suit every skin tone. See it below..

As you can see it looks extremely creamy and light. It is! I recommend this lip tint to anybody that suffers dried and cracked lips in the Winter. It is perfect for keeping the skin hydrated but also adds that pop of colour to compliment them!

Last and definitely not least is the other star of the whole show; the Ulla Johnson designed Makeup Pouch210 x 140 x 10mm: curated specifically for this limited edition collection! With hues of soft beige and pale blush pink, a white floral design cascades both sides and underneath, creating a highly detailed illustration from Ulla Johnson, inspired by her own urban bohemian taste. Featuring the most gorgeous pale pink tassel to provide itself extra compliment. It’s the most stunning makeup pouch I’ve laid eyes on and better yet, it fits each item from the entire collection perfectly! Take a look below at the incredible detailing..


As you can see, it’s absolutely stunning! I am in love with everything in this collection, Bobbi Brown & Ulla Johnson have nailed it impeccably!

Pricing & Availability
In Australia; you can find the collection from $46 AUD – $70 AUD or the makeup pouch, Minou eye palette & extra lip tint ‘Bare Pink’ in a kit for $126 AUD at Bobbi Brown Australia, Myer and David Jones.

In the USA; the collection is available from $29 USD – $49 USD at Bobbi Brown USA, Nordstrom and Macy’s.

In the UK; the coveted collection is available from £24.50 GBP – £36.50 GBP at Bobbi Brown UK, exclusively at Selfridges, and can now also be found at John Lewis and ASOS.

My Thoughts & Findings
Let’s be completely honest here, what couldn’t you LOVE about this stunning and limited edition collection from the collaborative efforts of New York fashion designer Ulla Johnson and Bobbi Brown Cosmetics?!?! There is nothing, because absolutely everything is perfection! From the versatile Minou eye palette to the crispy warm crushed lip colour in ‘Loulou’; there is so many optional looks to create with this collection, each item is the perfect size to slide right into the makeup pouch and travel with, but most of all it’s well suited to most skin tones and will be amazing for each season, particularly Autumn/Winter. I am extremely impressed with this gorgeous collection! Stay tuned for the next blog post on this stunning set with swatches included!

Disclaimer
The above Bobbi Brown x Ulla Johnson Collection was kindly sent in to me for consideration of content & review, this does not alter my honest thoughts and opinions in any way.