Thursday, October 6, 2016

Empties: Mascara Cull

Mascara cull - empties September 2016

I'm terrible at throwing products away but last month I took a look in one of my drawers and quickly saw I had a collection of mascaras that definitely needed throwing away.  There are seven here in total and I won't bore you with a review on each one, I'll keep it short and make a winners and losers list below.

Maybelline Full n Soft
Maxfactor Masterpiece Transform
Essence Get Big Lashes Waterproof

Crop Natural Volumising Mascara
Loreal False Lash Wings Waterproof
Maybelline Plumped Up Colossal Volum' Express
Loreal Volume Million Lashes So Couture

I'm pretty fussy with my mascaras as I'm prone to them smudging and I need some good volume on my already curly lashes.  Recently I found my holy grail mascara so I won't be repurchasing any of the mascaras here in this post.  You can read my full review here of my new favourite Poni Cosmetics Mascara.

Don't forget mascaras only have a life of three months once they're opened so keep an eye on your current stash and throw any old ones away.  It's the perfect excuse to try out a new one!

Kayte xx

Monday, October 3, 2016

My Favourites for September 2016

Top five favourite beauty products for September 2016 including Zoeva En Taupe palette, Estee Lauder Double Wear, Morocanoil, Jojoba Oil and Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate

September seems to have gone by in a flash but it's starting to warm up now and Spring is well and truly here teasing us with some warm days and then turning it all around with a cold rainy day. 

Here's the Top Five Beauty Products I loved last month.

Estee Lauder Double Wear
In my search to find the perfect full coverage foundation I ended up picking up this foundation again.  It's been a couple of years since I used it and I'd put off buying it because I thought it wouldn't suit my skin now that it's more on the drier side.  As soon as I put it on I couldn't remember why I'd ever stopped using this.  Estee Lauder Double Wear is definitely my Holy Grail foundation, it gives flawless coverage, lasts all day and doesn't go cakey!!

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentrate
I'd seen heaps of great reviews for this moisturiser but had never got around to purchasing it until I placed an Adore Beauty order last month and added it to my cart on a whim.  It's a beautiful moisturiser that feels so lovely and hydrating.  I've been using it as a primer under the Estee Lauder Double Wear and it applies like a dream leaving a soft dewy finish.

Moroccan Oil
Another product I used to love and haven't repurchased for ages this trial size came as a bonus in my Adore Beauty order and I fell in love all over again.  I know it's the silicones that give my hair that soft silky feeling but I love it and it helps keep the frizz at bay - something I definitely need help with.

Zoeva En Taupe Eyeshadow Palette
A mix of shimmer and matte shades this is the ultimate soft nudes palette for cool toned peeps like me.

The Jojoba Company 100% Jojoba Oil
This is a beautifully hydrating oil that isn't quite as heavy as my normal Rosehip Oil.  It sits really well under both my day and night cream and doesn't interfere with my makeup at all during the day. 

Well that's another month done and dusted... only 2 more months till Summer, I can't wait!!

Kayte xx

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Review: Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Travel Size Set of 5 - Delirious

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Travel Size Set of 5 - Delirious
I picked up this set in my recent Mecca haul as I'd heard really good things about these eyeliners and I thought it was a good opportunity to try out a few different colours without purchasing them all fullsize.  I don't use coloured eyeliners a lot so it seems a bit silly to fork out $33 for each individual shade when this kit for five mini sizes was only $48.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Travel Size Set of 5 - Delirious

Unfortunately this review is not a positive one and I have a few different reasons why.  I'll review each shade individually.

"black matte"
This is really pigmented and really black.  Unfortunately it just doesn't stick to the eyes.  It is an extremely soft eyeliner meaning it's hard to get a precise line and if you attempt to blend it out with a blending brush it just blends right off your eye.

"a smoky black with blue and green sparkle"
This looks absolutely nothing like the green that's shown on the box and that pissed me off the most about this set.  The green shown on the box looks like a bright forest green colour when in actual fact this is more of a khaki green and hardly shows up at all on the eyes

"deep metallic purple with shimmer"
I'm still searching for a really good purple eyeliner that actually shows a true colour.  Similar to the green this just doesn't show up on the eyes and turns into more of a muddy brown when blended.

"bright metallic blue with shimmer"
This is the best of a bad lot.  This is an actual blue eyeliner and shows up fairly well but as with all the eyeliners in this set they are just too soft and when blended they just come straight off.

"deep metallic brown with burgundy shimmer"
Hard to see the burgundy shimmer they're referring to here - this is your basic brown eyeliner and is probably the only one that shows it's true colours on the eyes.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil - Travel Size Set of 5 - Delirious swatches

Overall I would say don't waste your money on this set.  I certainly won't be wearing these eyeliners at all which is a total waste of the $48 I paid for it.  I just hope this review stops someone else wasting their money.  I'd love to hear from anyone who's tried the full size of these liners to see if its a common theme with all their liners or if they've just cheaped out with their mini travel set.

I bought mine from Mecca Maxima.  More details can be found at

Kayte xx

Monday, September 26, 2016

Liptember 2016 Beauty Box Overview

Liptember 2016 Beauty Box Overview

I'm a sucker for a beauty box but when I saw this one was supporting women's mental health it was a no brainer for me to sign-up and support this initiative.  

Depression, anxiety, PTSD and PND are all things that have affected friends and family as well as me personally so setting aside a month of the year to raise funds specifically for organisations that are supporting women with mental health issues is something close to my heart.  The Liptember campaign is designed to raise funds and awareness for mental health issues throughout the month of September.  All funds raised are donated to the Centre for Women's Mental Health and Lifeline.

The Beauty Box is just one of the ways to support this campaign and the cost is $30 (plus $8.95 for postage).  When I received my box I was blown away by how heavy it was - definitely needed both hands.  When I opened the box I just couldn't believe how much they'd crammed in.  It was definitely a lot more than $30 worth of product.  Check out the pics below to see everything that was in the box.

Liptember 2016 Beauty Box Overview

Liptember 2016 Beauty Box Overview

There's only a few days left of September and I'm not sure how long the beauty boxes will be available for so head over to the website quick if you'd like to support this awesome campaign and get an awesome supply of beauty products at the same time.

Kayte xx

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Marie Claire The Parcel - Spring Edition 2016

The Spring Edition of the Parcel landed on my doorstep yesterday and as usual it was stacked full of products.  This is by far my favourite beauty subscription service and is now the only one I'm subscribed to.

Here's what was inside:

Marie Claire The Parcel Spring Edition 2016

Marie Claire The Parcel Spring Edition 2016

St Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse and Applicator Mitt
I love the St Tropez tanning products - they always produce such a natural colour and I was glad they included the tanning mitt - definitely a must for application.

C-LAB & CO Coffee & Coconut Scrub
I haven't heard of this brand before but I love these type of body scrubs - excited to try this out.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
This is a small sample of a mask - I'm not sure that I'll try this as it might be too 'purifying' for my dry skin.

MOR Mon Amie Adele Luminous Body Milk
This smells really light and refreshing and is in a spray form making it super easy to just spray on, rub in and go.  

Narciso Rodriguez Eau de Toilette
This is a 4ml sample

Sunsense Sensitive Invisible SPF50
Another little sample - good size to throw in the handbag and I'm sure will come in handy in Summer.

Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover
I was excited to see this as I really like this product but unfortunately the shade is Medium and is way too dark for me.

Essano Argan Oil of Morocco Duo Pack 
2x 50ml bottles of Shampoo and Conditioner.  I like to keep these aside for future holidays as they're the perfect size for travelling with.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil
This is a 10ml trial size bottle of absolute liquid gold.  One of my favourite body oils.  Love this!

Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette
This is probably the star product out of the whole box.  A full size palette of 12 nude eyeshadows.

Overall this is another box that I'm really happy with.  I think this box is great value for money with a good mix of products I already know and love and some new brands and products to try out.  The Parcel costs $25 per box and comes out four times a year (seasonally).

You can find out more info at

Kayte xx

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: Poni Cosmetics The White Knight Mascara

I've been raving about this mascara in just about every post these last couple of months so I thought it was about time I gave it it's own review.  The Poni Cosmetics White Knight mascara became my new holy grail mascara the very first time I used it.  It's the very first tubular mascara I've ever tried and when it came with Zoe Foster Blake's endorsement... well that was the only encouragement I needed to give it a try.

What Poni Cosmetics say about The White Knight Mascara:

"It truly is the ultimate mascara! This tubular mascara has a list of features and benefits as long as your arm. No Panda eyes ever - guaranteed, Water resistant, doesn't run, smudge or transfer onto the skin, even in humid weather, great for sensitive eyes, simply slides off using just water in the shower, build able and safe to use with lash extensions, contains 3 powerful growth ingredients and has a dual functioning brush - volume and length. The perfect mascara for any one, of any age."

For those of you who don't know about tubular mascara, they're not too much different to regular mascaras in their application and look but on the lash they kind of wrap around each lash individually like a tube.  You can't really tell when you're applying it - in fact the only way I can tell is when I'm removing it.  This is the easiest mascara in the world to remove as it doesn't require any special cleanser just some warm water and swipe away.  You'll see the mascara come off in little tubes or lines on your makeup pad.  

The White Knight mascara is in your basic mascara packaging but the brush is actually two brushes in one.  You have two choices Volume or Length - they're the exact same brush except when you unscrew the wand from the top (Length) end it scrapes off excess product similar to wringing out a mop.  When you unscrew from the volume end it leaves that excess product on hence giving you more product and more volume.

The White Knight mascara gives me length, curl and volume all in one tube.  It applies easily and removes like a dream.  But the very best part of this mascara and why I love it so so much is that IT DOESN'T SMUDGE.  EVER.  In hot weather, cold weather, rainy weather, gone are the days of panda eyes and my mascara dotting under my eyebrows when I look up.

In summary; Volume, Length, Curl, No smudge. Amazing!! RRP $30

Kayte xx

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products

I love finding out what people's holy grail beauty products are so when I saw Jaclyn Hill make the Ride or Die Tag YouTube video I just knew I had to do it too.  Obviously I don't make YouTube videos but I thought I'd do a blog post all the same.  The rules are simple: List your ride or die cosmetic product from each category (foundation, blush, mascara, lip products etc).  If you could only take ONE from each category to a desert island, which would you choose?

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products

Instead of rambling on about each product I'm just going to list my holy grail product under each category but if you want to know more about a particular product or why I love it feel free to leave me a comment below.

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products Base Products

Nivea Mens Sensitive Post Shave Balm

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder

Benefit Hoola

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Blonde

Becca Champagne Pop 

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products Lip and Eye Products

Poni Cosmetics The White Knight

Eye of Horus Smoky Eye Goddess Pencil

Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

IT Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

NYX Butter Gloss

If you're a beauty blogger and you do this tag please feel free to leave me a link below to read.  For all other readers I'd love to know some of your holy grail products too.

Kayte xx