Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Luxe & Fortune Collection – February 2020

Bobbi Brown Limited Edition Luxe & Fortune Collection – February 2020

Introducing the brand new recently launched LE collection from Bobbi Brown Australia, the gorgeous Luxe & Fortune range! Featuring the Jeweled Rose Eye Palette with shimmer wash eyeshadow & metallic eyeshadow 1.13g each and eyeshadow in ‘Champagne Quartz’ 2.45g, the Luxe Liquid Lip Rich Metal in ‘Pink Crystal’ 6ml and the Luxe Lip Colour in ‘Rare Ruby’ 3.4g. Such a stunning trio of products! Not just the creamy pigmented formula of the luxe lip colour in Rare Ruby or the gorgeous sparkle from the liquid lip Pink Crystal, but the stunning red & gold package design & glow of the Champagne Quartz is out of this world! The whole collection really fits it’s own theme.


 

This beautiful collection was created and inspired in celebration of Lunar New Year. I think it’s such a lovely nod to it. Onto the products; I feel like the lip colour ‘Rare Ruby’ was made for me. The colour is a stunning burnt red-plum tone and is so gorgeous! I could wear it everyday, the texture is ultra creamy & smooth, the one swipe glide on type. I can’t reiterate it enough, the quality of the Bobbi Brown Australia lip products are really in a whole class of their own!

 

The luxe liquid lip in ‘Pink Crystal‘ is a mid-pink with silver shimmery flecks, it has a slightly sheer finish but can be layered up for further coverage. The texture is a buttery kind & the colour payoff really impresses! Check out the swatches of them below. With the Champagne Quartz shadow, I would describe it as a mid beige-gold and it is just stunning! 



Products & Formula
* Limited Edition Jeweled Rose Eye Palette 1.13g & ‘Champagne Quartz’ 2.45g – $70 AUD
one swipe pigment, warm tones, easy to blend

* Limited Edition Luxe Liquid Lip Rich Metal in ‘Pink Crystal’ 6ml – $56 AUD
gorgeous pink metallic flecks,

* Limited Edition Luxe Lip Color in ‘Rare Ruby’ 3.8g – $56 AUD
one swipe pigment, gorgeous matte colour, mid ruby red tone

My Experience, Review & Final Thoughts
I love this entire limited edition Luxe & Fortune collection. The ‘Rare Ruby’ lip colour is the most perfect red and has a glistening satin finish, it is absolutely beautiful. The eye palette is a gorgeous colour story in way of warm tones and neutrals, the perfect shades for Autumn/Fall and could easily be used to create a smokey eye look with any of the shades. The pigment of the shadows is delightful too, the one-swipe kind and they’re lovely to blend too. I’ve found with the Luxe Liquid Lip Rich Metal in ‘Pink Crystal’, its gorgeous worn over the top of warm toned matte lip colours or even on its own as it it can be built up in cover with extra layers. It’s a beautiful bright mid tone metallic pink. I would 100% repurchase this collection.

Availability
You can find the collection available at Bobbi Brown Australia, Adore Beauty, David Jones and Myer.

Disclaimer
The products above were kindly sent in to me for consideration of creating content & a review. This does not alter my honest thoughts and opinion in any way.

Ulta3 Dark Summer Range: January 2020

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.

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

Bobbi Brown: Extra Lip Tint in ‘Bare Raspberry’ – February 2019

Bobbi Brown: Extra Lip Tint in ‘Bare Raspberry’ – February 2019

Introducing the brand new shade ‘Bare Raspberry’ from the Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Extra Lip Tint range. A hydrating balm-like lip colour that gently tints the lips, complimenting the natural tones.

The Colour and Formula
The new shade ‘Bare Raspberry’ is one of three new shades and joins the other two: ‘Bare Nude’ and ‘Bare Blackberry’. The extra lip tints is a smooth balm-like oil-infused texture with a formula combined of Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil and Olive Oil. Not only are the lip tints hydrating, but they’re long wearing, very easy to apply and they compliment the lips natural tones. Each lip tint is 2.9g in size. See the images below for an up-close look and a swatch on my skin..

Pricing & Availability
In Australia; the Extra Lip Tints are available from $54 – $56 AUD each for the full 2.9g size. The new range of colours can be purchased from January 13, 2019 onwards and are stocked at multiple retailers, such as; Bobbi Brown Australia, Myer and at Adore Beauty.

In the USA; they’re available for $34 USD each for the full 2.9g size & are stocked at Bobbi Brown USA, at Sephora USA, at Nordstrom and at Macy’s.

In the UK; the full 2.9g size extra lip tints retail for £25.50 GBP each and are available at; Bobbi Brown UK, at Debenhams, at House Of Fraser and at Selfridges.

My Review & Thoughts
I have really enjoyed how lovely the formula is to apply on my lips, it goes on so smooth and feels so hydrating to my lips during wear. I love the pleasant mild scent they have & the way they enhance & compliment my lips natural colour. Another great point to make is how long-wear they’re, they last for hours on the lips, I found I didn’t need to touch-up the application until after 4-5hrs of wear. The beautiful combination of Avocado Oil, Olive Oil and Jojoba Oil make them so smooth textured and balm-like, they literally glide onto the lips effortlessly. I’m very impressed with them and the shade range is perfect for all seasons, especially since they adjust to enhance the lips natural colour, they give a lovely natural look with the perfect amount of tint colour.

Would I Re-Stock?
The answer is a definite yes! I think they’re perfect for Summer and Winter due to how actually hydrating they’re. The formula moisturised during wear & the colour tones are the perfect shades for those seasons, providing more plump, soft, hydrated lips while sporting a lovely natural lip colour.

Disclaimer
This Bobbi Brown Cosmetics Extra Lip Tint product was kindly sent in for review purposes and consideration. This does not alter my review in any way.

Ace The Base: October 2018 – Rimmel, Benefit and MAC Cosmetics

Ace The Base: October 2018 – Rimmel, Benefit and MAC Cosmetics

Welcome to another new series on my blog, this new project of mine is called Ace The Base, in this series I will choose and focus on four products each month from the ‘base makeup’ category; primer, foundation, concealer and setting spray/powder. This will give me an opportunity to feature and review four of the top base makeup products for each current month, during this post for the month of October 2018, I’m going to focus on the following brands: Rimmel London, Benefit Cosmetics and MAC Cosmetics!

Ace The Base: October 2018; featuring MAC Cosmetics, Benefit Cosmetics and Rimmel London.

Intro
We’re all looking for the perfect combination for our base when applying makeup, whether it be from an amazing primer applied under our foundation or a terrific setting spray that makes our makeup last all day long. We all have different skin tones, different pores, different skin conditions and some of us prefer matte over dewy, but at the end of the day our goal is the same, to have a great lasting makeup application throughout the day/night. In this post I will be shining the spotlight down on four key base products; talking about the product’s claims/inspiration behind their creation, the formulas, key points on how to use and a run down on my own experiences using them. Following after that will be a star rating on what I thought about each one, whether they lived up to the claim/hype and of course, pricing and availability info for each product in Australia, UK and the USA.

The Products & Their Formulas
Let’s start with the beginning of the makeup application process, and that is with the priming. Firstly, I cannot express enough how important skincare is… especially to exfoliate your face gently either the night before or a few hours before you are going to apply your makeup. It’s really the start to a great lasting makeup look. The smoother and moisturised the surface is, the better the application will be. I recommend following through with your daily/nightly skincare routine beforehand, it makes a world of difference.

– Benefit: The POREfessional Pearl Primer; designed to target dullness, brighten the skin, minimise pores, lock in makeup, provide a matte silky finish and a soft radiance. The packaging states its oil-free, matte, a soft pink colour in appearance and is silky. With 90% of women who tested it, saying their complexion looked bright after using it, 91% said it minimised the look of pores, and 96% said it created a soft matte radiance. The Pearl primer comes available in a full size 22.0ml 0.75 Fl Oz. and a mini size 7.5ml 0.25 Fl Oz., it is a soft light pink creamy consistency which you apply using your fingertips, spreading it out and smoothing it over your face. For extra brightness, you can create a second layer of it over your skin.

My Thoughts & Ratings; I picked this up in an online order from Sephora Australia, I got the mini version as a trial tester and figured that if I liked it enough then I could purchase the full size later down the track. I love the texture of this soft primer, it is so light weighted and feels like it literally melts into my skin when I apply it. It instantly blurs my pores and does provide a radiant glow to my face. It sits pretty well under my foundation, it remains smooth and I love the way it looks and feels under my make up. I sadly can’t actually compare this one to the original Benefit POREfessional primer because I simply have not tried the original one, haha yeah I know I must be the only person in the world who hasn’t, haha. All in all, I really like this primer and I love the formula a lot, I can see myself purchasing a back up full size next time, for sure! Rating: I give the primer 4/5 ★★★★☆

– Rimmel London: Lasting Finish 25HR Breathable SPF 20 Medium Coverage Foundation in ‘Light Porcelain‘; designed to provide a medium to full coverage, be long-wearing and blendable, feel light-weighted and remain kind to the skin with it’s light serum formula and breathable skin technology. It comes with a wand doe-foot applicator that has a fluffy 3D cushion tip. It comes in a 30ml 1 Fl Oz. glass bottle with silver lid and red font blazoned across the front. It is a creamy, light consistency liquid formula that can be applied starting with dots in targeted areas with the doe-foot wand, then blended out with your preferred brush or blending sponge.

My Thoughts & Rating; as soon as I opened the lid I loved the doe-foot wand applicator, it’s large, fluffy, so soft and it made plotting down my targeted dots for application a lot easier! I enjoyed the mild scent to the formula, it’s not overly powering like some foundations can be with SPF in them, this is a pleasant scent and gives me serious skincare vibes. While this foundation is a medium-to-full coverage, I found it to apply to an almost instant full coverage on my face and I was very impressed with how it sat on my skin afterwards, and how it blended out with my blending sponge. In terms of shade match; I am using ‘Light Porcelain’ and it has been a pretty perfect match for me! I usually struggle to find matching shades in drug-store foundations but with Rimmel London, I have always matched their ‘Light Porcelain’ offerings. Usually the drug-store foundations in the light shades are really often too pink, or even too orange still.. but this shade in all of Rimmel London’s foundation ranges has been a godsend for my skin! PS. thank you so much Rimmel London, you’re invited to my bbq’s anytime, because that shade in itself needs to be celebrated! Haha. Overall, I really LOVE this foundation, I actually believe it gives higher end brands a run for their money. Let me tell you why.. I slept in it. Yup. I did that. I slept in this foundation by accident, it’s a no no but I fell asleep wearing it.. it was late at night and I was exhausted so basically it didn’t come off until the morning after, but the real eye opener was.. it was still on my face as if I had only worn it for 1hr, honestly… I have never been so impressed by a drug-store foundation, ever! The 25hr claim is true. So, a big kudos to Rimmel London! This one is a HIT! Rating: I definitely give this amazing foundation a 5/5 ★★★★★

– MAC: Pro Longwear Concealer; designed to be a medium-to-full liquid concealer, lightweight, 15hr lasting that is transfer and water proof. To give a comfortable matte finish whilst leaving the skin looking flawless and smooth. Aimed at concealing dark spots, blemishes, dark under eye circles and any flaws. It is fragrance free, dermatologically tested, ophthalmologist tested, non acnegenic and for all skin types. It comes in a size of 9ml 0.30 Fl Oz., in a small glass tube with a pump action dispenser, black font on the front and a black plastic clip-on lid.

My Thoughts & Rating; I am instantly impressed with the packaging.. it comes in a perfectly sized tube with a easy to use pump action dispensary, I think it’s so easy to apply to the skin using a blending sponge. The formula is a thin liquid consistency, a very pigmented matte colour and it seems to blend out quite well. It dries and sets quite at a perfect rate, enabling you to get it everywhere you need before it fully sets. I really love the coverage it provides to my skin in an instant of being on there, it really covers up my under eye area well and it has longevity. It never creases on me, it always feels moisturising on my skin and I can rely on it to work with just about any foundation that I use. I’m quite impressed by this concealer. Rating: I give it 4/5 ★★★★☆

– MAC: Prep + Prime Fix Setting Spray; designed to be sprayed on before your makeup application to prepare your skin for the makeup application, or afterwards to help set everything in place. It’s hydrating, refreshing, smells pleasant with a very slight fragrance to it (the original), it’s best used after being shaken up and then sprayed directly over the face making sure to close your eyes beforehand. It can also soothe tired skin, extend makeup length of wear, it is available in three different scents as well; rose, lavender and coconut. It comes in a tall round frosted plastic clear bottle, with a black lid with clip open/shut and pressure pad on the top of the lid to spray it out. The mist is a fine mist and is filled with minerals and vitamins. It’s enriching to skim and is able to be used without makeup at all to simply refreshen skin. Dermatologist tested. It comes available in sizes 100ml or 30ml trial/mini sizes.

My Thoughts & Rating; I enjoy this spray a lot! Not only do I use it over my face before foundation application but I also use it after to help set my makeup. I love how refreshing it feels upon each use, I love how it soothes my skin and hydrates it well. I have normal to dry skin, so during Winter or Autumn when it’s cooler, it’s perfect to rehydrate the skin. I sometimes use it even when I’m not going to be wearing any makeup, just to refresh and rehydrate my skin. I love the slight fragrance it has, and I even picked up the rose version as well, I love rose! I think it’s quite affective with setting makeup and prolonging the wear of it, it seems to hold everything in place really well. Rating: I give it 5/5 ★★★★★

Ace The Base: October 2018; featuring MAC Cosmetics, Benefit Cosmetics and Rimmel London.

Where To Buy & Worldwide Pricing
Australia;
– the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Pearl Primer is available: 22ml for $55 AUD | 7.5ml for $23 AUD at Sephora Australia, at Myer, at Adore Beauty, at Princess Polly and at Benefit Cosmetics Australia.

– the Rimmel London Breathable 24HR Foundation is available: 30ml for $22.95 AUD at Priceline.

USA;
– the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Pearl Primer is available: 22ml for $32 USD | 7.5ml for $13 USD at Sephora USA, at Ulta Beauty, at Benefit Cosmetics USA, and at Macys.

UK;
– the Benefit Cosmetics POREfessional Pearl Primer

Would I Repurchase These Products?
It’s a definite YES to all of them. Here’s why: with the MAC Cosmetics Prep + Prime Fix Setting Spray; I loved how much contents you get for the price firstly, its 100ml of product that is a fine mist so it lasts a fairly long time. It’s extremely effective and does what its supposed to.