Guilty of Being a Makeup Geek

Posted on Wednesday, 19 August 2015

I definitely consider myself a makeup fiend, but it is not until recently that I have been more regularly using eyeshadows. Purely for research purposes of course, I have been purchasing and playing around with more eyeshadows across a range of prices.  One brand that delivers, both in affordability and quality, are the Makeup Geek Eyeshadows. These shadows are renowned for being comparable in quality to MAC but at a fraction of the cost. 

What really drew me to Makeup Geek, is that you can customise the shades in your palette. I have been wanting an eyeshadow palette dedicated to warm shades. All the Makeup Geek shades I bought have a red/orange undertone with a matte finish (which don't really make sense and the palette is definitely calling out for a few shimmery shades).

The individual eyeshadows retail at US$5.99 for 1.8 grams (as far as I know MAC pans are 1.5 grams). The eyeshadows are purchased individually, therefore you will need to purchase some sort of palette to house your shadows. I purchased the small Z Palette for US$14.99. This palette can hold up to nine shadows, although for my first order I only bought six shades to try. These include;

(from left to right in the swatch image)
Cocoa Bear - Matte Red-Brown Shade
Frappe - Matte Maple-Brown
Chickadee - Matte Orange
Preppy - Matte Khaki-Brown
Creme Brulee - Soft Matte Sandy-Red
Peach Smoothie - Soft Matte Peach-Beige

The quality of these shadows are really good considering the price. Although a little chalky, each shade blends well, doesn't cause fallout and lasts really well throughout the day when used with a primer. I think it's time I complete this palette with some shimmers. What are your favourite Makeup Geek eyeshadows?

Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturiser Review

Posted on Sunday, 16 August 2015

I am constantly on the look-out for facial moisturisers to keep my easily-irritated skin under control. I have been using the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Moisturiser for nearly two months now and I am finally ready to share my thoughts with you.

Being on a student budget, I wouldn't easily drop $70 on a product without doing my research. Kate Somerville skincare products have a good reputation with some of the beauty YouTubers whose opinion I trust. So I reluctantly handed my credit card over at Mecca, in the hopes that this will be an amazing product.

Firstly, let's talk about the packaging. I love the semi-transparent purple colour and the sturdy plastic. The 50ml product takes up a lot of space on my dresser but I don't mind too much about it. To dispense the product, you press down on the surface and the liquid pumps out of an opening in the centre (better explained by the second image). 

The moisturiser itself is suitable for sensitive or intolerant skin types for both AM and PM use. The goat milk cream is meant to moisturise deeply without clogging pores, while soothing the skin. The formula is more liquid and runny than I expected, it works best when applied in thin layers (half a pump at a time is best). The moisturiser does leave a residue and can look 'oily' for a while. However I use this under foundation daily and it works fine. Recently I have had severe dry patches and irritations on my face, and this moisturiser has been the best product I have found to help soothe my skin. 
For anyone sensitive to  smell, this moisturiser is not for you. It does have a very strong scent, which according to my boyfriend 'stinks', but I have grown used to the smell and it doesn't bother me. 

I use this moisturiser both in the morning and evening, I would highly recommend trying a sample from Mecca Maxima. Even at $70, this is a product I will repurchase. What other Kate Somerville products have you tried that is worth the $$$?

10 YouTube and Blog Accounts To Follow

Posted on Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Bloglovin is a fantastic platform where you can collate posts of all your favourite blogs and websites. It makes it really easy to keep up-to-date with the blogs you enjoy, plus you do not have to be a blogger to create an account. 
Once you have your Bloglovin account, make sure to follow Oniochalasia by clicking here, or the Bloglovin icon on the left. To help you get through the last two working days of the week, I wanted to share my top five beauty bloggers and vloggers (YouTubers). 

Based in London, Lily is one of my top YouTubers as she is really down-to-earth and relatable. I adore her monthly makeup menu's!

Also based in London and good friends with Lily. Anna is really fun to watch with such a happy demeanour. My favourite videos from Anna are probably her vlogs but I honestly love all Anna's videos.

Estee is a seriously funny, Canadian girl living in London. She posts amazing YouTube reviews and routines. But my favourite videos are the vlogs which feature her boyfriend, Aslan and greyhound, Reggie. 

I am seriously envious of Amelia's luscious locks! Amelia's YouTube channel offers a bit of everything; luxe life in London, beauty, food, travel and fashion. 

Suzie is from Brighton in the UK and makes amazing vlog videos. Suzie is such a classy girl and I love any of the videos she create; be it tutorials, reviews or routines. 

Kathleen is a Miami girl pretty much a mini J-Lo. Her tutorials are the best I've watched. Her eyeshadow is always amazing, I wish I could do my makeup as well as she can.

This blog was established by Sarah, but has grown a lot recently. The website now has a few bloggers writing for it. I love how quickly content is put up and the in-depth reviews. The photos are beautiful. P.S Sarah has the CUTEST french bulldog, often featured on her Instagram.

UK-based, Sammi is such a genuine person and is lovely to watch. She has great style and the cutest puppies!

This Sydney based blog is not necessarily beauty focused but a must-read. Miss P shares her dating-, friend- and food-related experiences in a very Carrie Bradshaw-esque manner. Witty, funny and smart!

I love the beauty section of this website, especially the 'Pricey vs Priceline' tag that compares beauty products from different price ranges. 

There are so many more amazing bloggers and YouTubers, but these are my ten current favourite people to watch/read. Let me know who you love!

August Beauty Wishlist

Posted on Sunday, 9 August 2015

Beauty WIshlist

There are so many beauty products that I am dying to try this month! Hopefully my tax money will allow a bit of beauty-spending. The Tom Ford Cream & Powder Eye Colour in Naked Bronze is #1 on my list, with the YSL Blur Perfector a close second, thanks to Lily Pebbles. 

Since before its release in Australia I have wanted to try the Clinique Color Pop range. The lipstick formula is perfect for the spring weather and the blushes look to be really long-lasting. Getting a sample of the YSL Fusion Ink Foundation is also high on my priority list once my skin irritation clears up. After recently trying Clarins products for the first time I am loving the brand, I am lusting after the Instant Light lip perfectors and soon-to-be-released lip balm perfectors. Finally, I am on the hunt for my perfect summer base and really want to try the Shiseido Liquid Foundation with high UV protection.

Soft Skin Beauty Hack

Posted on Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Secret To soft Skin
To keep my skin soft and moisturised, I have recently been loving body oils. The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Usage Dry Oil is a favourite when I want something a little more luxurious. But for everyday, I use regular Johnson's Baby Oil. The trick to avoiding a sticky residue is to apply a generous amount of oil to your body on wet skin, as soon as you get out of the shower. Use your towel to dry your body as normal and voila, baby soft skin and no sticky residue.