Haul – August 2016

On my last trip to Highpoint Shopping Center (it does seem like I spend a lot of my time at this mall, doesn’t it? My excuse is the weather…. It’s too cold and rainy to meander outside. I do visit other malls too, I promise!), I walked around David JonesMyer and Priceline as usual just to have a look around and check for bargains.

Elizabeth Arden Eyeshadow Quad in Golden Opulence

The Elizabeth Arden counter had this eyeshadow quad on clearance and I had to grab it.elizabeth arden quad

Let’s take a moment to admire the design on that packaging. How pretty does it look?? The scrollwork is just so display worthy and the colourful design reflects the shades in the palette.

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Such pretty scrollwork!

The eyeshadow colours are stunning and remind me of autumn, with the falling leaves, the shadowy forests and the waning sunlight as we prepare to go into the cold wintery months. Granted, we are half way through winter and this eyeshadow quad is from the fall collection. The name – Golden Opulence – is just perfect for this quad!

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Elizabeth Arden Golden Opulence Swatches

This eyeshadow quad comes with 3 shimmer shades and 1 matte shade. That golden shimmer really speaks to me (I have a soft spot for golds and this one is just that perfect shade of gold without becoming too old school Bollywood).

I use this eyeshadow with an eye primer. The shadow lasts all day and doesn’t crease. There is no kickback from the powder eyeshadow. It blends beautifully and feels butter smooth on the skin. And none of the shadow colours are patchy – none! Usually with palettes, you have at least one shadow that doesn’t give the same result as the rest, but this one fails to disappoint! Just check out those swatches!

I love using this eyeshadow for a smokey look. The matte brown shade is a perfect transition shade to go into the crease of the eye and the green shimmer shade is perfect for all over the lid. I would not think twice about using this for work or even for a night out.

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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Liquid Liner in Jet Black

Even though coloured liners have a special place in my heart (see my post on coloured liner), I still reach for the black liners. I spotted this one at Elizabeth Arden counter along with the eyeshadow quad.

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I love the fine felt tip, it draws on the liner with great precision. You can achieve the *best* drawn line close to the lashes without looking too obvious (perfect for the day or work). The thin tip is also super useful to create a winged liner for that coveted “cat eye” look – a la the look of choice by Angelina Jolie.

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You get the best of both worlds with this liner

The way I use this type of liner is to start in the inner corner with the fine tip and then tilt it to the side so that you use the flat side of the felt tip to draw it slightly thicker in the outer corner and wing it out.

The name Jet Black is perfect, because it is Jet Black! It draws on the blackest line I’ve seen so far. The result is a matte black line across the lid. It doesn’t smudge nor transfer.

Australis Gelifeye Liner in Blueberry Breeze and Apple Soda2016-08-05-15.55.24.jpg.jpg

I spotted these at Priceline – again, at a bargain (I think I should change my name to Lubzsays – beauty bargain hunter!). I actually walked into the store just to have a look around and then spotted these beauties.

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Australis Gelifeye liner swatches

The pigments on these liners are phenomenal. They are colour-rich and last a long time. I don’t have any of these shades in my collection and somehow they landed in my shopping basket (yes, when window shopping, I walk around with the shopping basket, you know, to catch products that “accidentally” fall off the shelf and into my basket).

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Australis Gelifeye in Blueberry Breeze in the waterline

Revlon Photoready Cream in Flushed 

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Revlon Flushed

I recently purchased this blush at Myer when they had the 30% sale on all Revlon products. The other shoppers were going for the muted shades, but this blush was the one that caught my eye.

This blush actually scared the heck out of me, because – OMG, so bright! It really brought to mind images of China dolls with their brightly flushed cheeks. But, I was really keen to try it and see if I could pull off some interesting – read: my take on “Editorial” looks (in reality, I’d probably end up looking more Mary Antoinette and less “Editorial”).

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Revlon Photoready Cream blush in Flushed for a work day

This blush is actually quite interesting. It has a gel – creamy texture that changes to a powder when you apply it and massage it into your skin. I love that it dries down to a powder finish because it means that the blush doesn’t feel too tacky on the skin. It is definitely a bright shade, but if you apply it in light layers, it works well for a day look or at a work environment. I’ve used this blush as part of my recent post on my everyday essentials.

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