Is it safe to buy ‘Fake Makeup’ from overseas?

This is a question that I’m sure you have asked yourself when
comparing the price difference between the real and ‘fake’
makeup that will come up on online shops such as Ebay.
Suddenly, an eyeshadow palette that would normally cost
around $80 AUD ($50 USD) can be compared to a fake
eyeshadow palette that seems to look the same or close
for around $6-$12 AUD ($3-$8 USD).

We assume that the formulas and colours will be close and
that actual effort would be put into making these safe for
us to use. While you may find the occasional decent product,
the truth is there is no quality control for where these products
are manufactured and/or packaged.

According to other blogs/news sites (such as Dailymail.com.uk
& Mashable.com) these products allegedly can contain anything
from traces of rat feces to household cleaning products. Some
can even be tainted my cyanide. Needless to say the so-called
‘quality’ is a big question mark, and you are taking a gamble on
your health by using them.

Over this last year I have tried many different products that
have come from places like China (the world capital for fakes),
Malaysia,Philippines and Singapore. For me, it is absolutely
worth the ‘peace-of-mind’ to pay the full amount for an authentic
product. I want to be able to trust what I am putting on my body
thoroughly tested as well as safe to use.

Not only is it important that it be tested, but not tested on any
helpless animals! This is a practice that really needs to be
eliminated from the cosmetic industry, and hopefully worldwide
one day.

Thank you for reading my blog, and I hope this post helps you.

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Nars Larger Than Life Lip Gloss First Impression

 

NARS ( or Narcissist) have always been a brand I was curious about trying. 
They are known for their amazing matte lip sticks, bronzers, blushes and
nail polishes. I consider them a mid-to-high brand cosmetics brand. When I
ordered this product Larger than life lip gloss in the shade Paris Follies,
I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of both the packaging and product 
itself. The applicator tip was a nice surprise in being that it is practically made
for precise application. There is no furry cold wet brush that you would find
on drug store brand lip glosses such as Rimmel and Maybelline.

 

I love the staying power this lip gloss has, and you can tell right away that it is
high quality lip gloss. I applied it twice today and my lips feel a bit more moisturised
than they usually are (normally dry). It is listed for around $40 AUD full price, but
you can find it on eBay or other sites on sale for between $20-$34AUD. Overall,
a good product and it makes me want to buy heaps of NARS lip products.



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“Do I have to use foundation everyday?”

This is a question that has been sitting with me for the past few years.
When I was in school, I always thought wearing foundation clogged

your pores and aged your face quicker. Fortunately for me, I didn’t

have acne and didn’t fake tan either. My skin for the most part has 

been clear for 90% of my life, and the only time I really get acne is 

when I use certain beauty products. 

Over the past couple of years I had been using different types of foundations
to help with the paleness I developed on my face. 
I don’t find I need to use it
every day, and by putting it in my 
makeup tutorials I would be a bit of a hypocrite.
I’ve done a couple 
tutorial’s where I show exactly how I apply my foundation,
concealer, and illuminator (highlighting). Instead of showing my viewers the long
drawn out process of applying foundation/
concealer, I’d rather skip to the
contouring/blush/bronzer part of 
my makeup tutorials. 

 

Some Beauty Guru’s who claim other Youtubers need to do foundation
and concealer steps in each makeup tutorial videos or they won’t be
watched. Does your routine really differ so much from just changing the
brand of the products that you have to do this? I don’t think so. I aim to
make my content as real and genuine as possible. Each channel 
is unique,
just as each one of our styles is as well. So I will have some 
looks that have
barely any foundation to begin with, to looks that are 
completely glam and
thoroughly 
explained. 

REVIEW: L’Oréal Glam Lights #2 Dark Blonde to Light Blonde w/ B&A

Since the last time I tried Loreal Paris’s Preference Glam Lights #3
(Light Brown to Dark Blonde), I felt I wanted something a bit lighter.
Something with less coppery tones. 

I know I was breaking major hair colouring rules by not doing a base coat of
blonde on my roots; as well as trimming off the darker Obre style hair I have
near the bottom. I wanted to see how I could take my years of colouring my
hair at home and make this work as best I could.


I apologize for my badly overgrown roots, but the results will 
blow you 
away. Here you can see the colour differences in different parts of my hair, and this would be difficult to go any lighter usually. 

I started applying small amounts to the applicator and gently combing it through from root to where my hair is significantly lighter (10 cm/5 in). I made sure to use my finger to spread the cream until it reached my roots if the applicator failed to distribute the cream. I repeated this process all the way around and in the under part of my hair to cover as much of the darker part of my hair as possible (knowing it will develop slower than the lighter bits). 

Now I started brushing the applicator full of the cream from bottom of where my roots end to the bottom end of my hair. I repeat this process until I have enough cream left to put on my glove (about the same amount you would use to
apply shampoo to your hair). I use this to cover my roots around my whole head, so my natural hair colour will lighten a colour shades to blend in with 
the rest of my hair.

I spent close to 45 minutes on application, and it was developed enough to wash within 5 minutes of me finishing. I would also like to add that I used a store-bought toner (not as effective as a salon grade one!), and I will continue using a toner until I am am satisfied the tone has no copper tones showing through.Another treatment I put into my hair is AlfaParf Semi Di Lino Illuminating Essential Oil.

After these two treatments and heaps of applying and rinsing here are the final results.

I am pretty happy with the outcome, even more so than I was the first
time I used this product range. I think I will use this product again, and
I hope this helps someone who is thinking of trying Glam Lights out.

REVIEW: L’Oréal Glam Lights #3 Light Brown to Dark Blonde w/ B&A

This was actually pretty exciting for me to try out. GoingBronde‘ has become a trend in late 2015, and the ad campaigns are quite charming.

My colour had been looking quite flat lately, and my roots obviously grown out. I wasn’t sure which direction to go with my hair until I saw this trend, which doesn’t aim to be perfect. I picked the Light Brown to Dark Blonde which was still a bit light compared to my natural colour. 

So application can take Forever

I highly recommend you don’t leave globs of this creme in, yet don’t rub a huge amount of it in one spot either. Take your index finger and thumb; pinch a good amount between your fingers.

Spread your hair out and comb lightly down from root to tip 1-2 times with the brush provided. I did this a bit too slowly throughout the layers of my hair and did not clip it up so the dye would not clump leaving a big bleach spot. 

I put a bit too much on the hair framing my face first, which is not a good idea unless you want it to be brighter then the rest of your hair! This developer formula is quite strong, so keep a close eye on the time. 

Even for thick hair like mine, I usually 
double the time but this was developed a bit more than I would have liked. After rinsing my hair I used a generic blonde toner to get the copper colour out of my hair. 

I had to reapply it after, because it didn’t develop enough the first time (cheap).So after washing, toning, conditioning my hair 2 times. I used my Babyliss ionic blow dryer to dry my hair enough to see the results.



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There were a few spots where it developed faster than others, and I actually don’t mind them. My hubby loves my hair, and I am enjoying the change. It took me probably 1 1/2 hours to do this. I have really thick hair and there was more than enough to blend through my hair (maybe a bit too much!). 

Planning Trip….other Updates

I am so into spring, but am sadly in need to update my wardrobe with some more colour.
Before the little road trip on Thursday I need to pick up a few things from my local plaza 🙂
I plan on grabbing a new swimsuit, thongs, and some really cute sunny’s.

The issue I had last time was my old swimsuits had some malfunctions like the ‘boobs-keep-
popping-out-when-the-waves-come’
syndrome.That makes it super hard to not be self conscious
while swimming, and riding the waves. Honestly, I am so excited to head back to this location,
that is near and dear to my heart.

Also, I want to grab a good moisturizer that has a decent amount of sunblock in it. It would be
nice to find one that does cake on when it isn’t spread properly leaving noticeable chunks or
caked areas. I have been working on some casual-light makeup looks for sports activities (such
as hiking, climbing, ect.). For this I will be cutting out foundation, because I would sweat it off
and it will clog my pores. I will be keeping eye liner, tinted lip gloss, (most likely) tinted/sunblock
moisturizer, and some medium bronzer.

Next, yesterday I received my package from America finally. I was expecting it last Thursday/Friday,
but its quite difficult to track a package internationally. Once a package enters Australia the information
is transferred to Auspost or a selected Courier, and I will say that the information was slow to transfer.
I bought all new Victoria’s Secret panties, and took advantage of their Aus shipping discount which I will
link the code and site below. Usually shipping is extremely expensive 30-40 depending on how much you
order after that.

It deters you from wanting to buy one or two items, shipping will cost almost as much as a regular item.
So I can see the draw of using eBay for finding VS products, but they are heavily marked up! I will be
ordering a bulk order of bra’s soon, and because I’ve owned these styles in the past I trust their fit.
If you haven’t been the the Victoria’s Secret in the Emporium in Melbourne CBD, I would say to think twice.
Why? Their prices are completely inflated. I paid $33 for a 200ml lotion! and $35 for a body spray! In the
US they are $12-$15 each. VS can’t send most sprays/lotions in the post, I believe this is because of the weight
or some mail regulations. However, they have the most amazing sunny’s at $100 each (wow). Check out the
code and link below if you want discounted shipping too.

Victoria’s Secret – Code: AUSSIE10  (expires end of Oct)

Another note: If you life in Australia, feel free to enter my Giveaway HERE.

CMM’s Beauty Giveaway is now OPEN!

Rafflecopter Linkhttp://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/2046b7fe1/?

 

Giveaway Package Contents:

– Masquerade Mask

– Revlon Fantasy Lengths – Flirty Lashes

– Priya Body Bar Goat Milk Soap

– Hikari (zoe) Quad Palette

– Gelogic No UV needed Nail Gel

– Sleek Eye Dust – Hypnotic

– Savvy Foundation Brush

Rules: 

-Must be 16 (w/ permission) or older to enter
– Must be an Australian Resident
– Additional information in Rafflecopter link

Give away ends 12/11/15

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Can’t believe how this has grown

Initially, when I started my Youtube channel I decided on going in the direction of Beauty/Cosmetics.
I had no idea how I would be perceived by people watching my vlogs or reading my posts. For the
most-part it has been pleasant with some support from fellow beauty bloggers/vloggers, and of course
there will be the silent ones who dislike you without comment or feedback. If you don’t like my style,
or the very low background music why not say so before disliking it?

Moving on, I have recently branched out to doing tutorials as well as makeup ‘looks’.  A few months
ago I couldn’t imagine doing this on camera, and then the hours of editing and self-loathing lead me
to not keep the post of my first makeup tutorial. Sadly, I deleted it not long after it was uploaded,
because I felt it was sub-par and I needed to work on the basics before going on to tell other people
how I apply makeup. Everyone has a different style and technique. and it took me awhile to figure that
out and stop worrying what people think of me. A few months ago I would have never guessed that I
would hit any major goals as far as followers or subscribers.

I was inspired by youtubers like Shani Grimmond, Chloe Szep, , NikkiTutorials and
BoldCreationsMUA. 
These women are all so amazing, confident and most of all comfortable
in their own skin. You ladies are 
so talented, and I wish you all the best.