Antipodean Beauties – All About Eyes

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I’m having so much fun with these challenges! This week’s theme is All About Eyes. I love playing with eye make-up; I am definitely a lot more adventurous with colour on my eyes than on my lips.

For this week’s challenge I thought I’d go back to an old eyeshadow favourite which I actually received free with a magazine purchase yonks ago – my Mirenesse Pearl Crush Creaseless Shadow in ‘Bora Pearls’.

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I hadn’t heard of Mirenesse before receiving this product so did not really know what to expect (you know what it’s like with magazine freebies sometimes!) but was pleasantly surprised as these shadows are really creamy and pigmented. I signed up with Mirenesse to receive their monthly Glamm Box as well as their bi-monthly VIP Box when I was going through my subscription box phase but after a few months I was inundated with more Mirenesse make-up than I could swing a cat at, so I cancelled my subscriptions (and no cats were harmed in the process – bahahaha, sorry it’s been a long week!). They are great if you love Mirenesse products!

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EYESHADOWS: Maybelline ‘EyeStudio Colour Tattoo’ in Silver Strike, Mirenesse ‘Pearl Crush Creaseless Shadow’ palette in Bora Pearls, Urban Decay ‘Eyeshadow’ in Shattered
EYELINER: Designer Brands ‘Kohl Eyeliner’ in Black
MASCARA: Maybelline ‘The Falsies Volume Express Waterproof’ in Black Drama

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From top to bottom: Urban Decay “Shattered”, Mirenesse “Bora Pearls” darkest shade, Mirenesse “Bora Pearls” medium shade, Mirenesse “Bora Pearls” lightest shade, Maybelline “EyeStudio Colour Tattoo” in Silver Strike

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Have you tried Mirenesse products?

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Thank you for reading! As always, make sure you check out the other lovely ladies participating in this week’s challenge below 🙂


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NOTD! Ulta3 ‘A-Lister’ & Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’

It’s been some time since I’ve had colour on my nails so it felt right to choose something nice and bright! I’ve wanted to show you all the new Ulta3 Glitterati Collection as well, as I have such a weakness for glittery polishes and since I travelled far and wide to find all eleven polishes in this collection. Perth chemists are seriously behind the times with stocking this collection! Ulta3 is such a great value Australian brand – all their polishes are really affordable at $2.00 each so you never feel guilty picking up more than one polish (or eleven polishes in this case!).

I couldn’t decide which polish from the Glitterati collection to use first as they are all so pretty, so I’ve decided to go in alphabetical order. Without further ado, here is the first polish – A-Lister!

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I used A-Lister on my accent nail to really highlight this polish. I used two coats of my absolute favourite polish colour, Essie ‘Mint Candy Apple’ on the rest of my nails and two coats of Ulta3 ‘A-Lister’ over two coats of Ulta3 ‘Corsican Rose’ on my accent nail.

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Can you believe this is the first time I’ve done an accent nail? I really like the look so I’m sure there is going to be plenty of accent nails from now on!

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A-Lister features three different-sized bright aqua glitter particles suspended in a clear base. Application was simple as the glitter is quite dense and I used two coats to get an even distribution of the glitter.

I topped everything off with my brand new Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat – almost every single nail blogger I follow uses Seche Vite and I wanted to try out this holy-grail product for myself. This stuff is seriously amazing, my nails were dry in minutes and I was able to carry on with my day. An absolute godsend for me as I have an active toddler to entertain all the time. I bought my Seche Vite from Crush Cosmetics ($14.95) and will be making sure I never ever run out!

Have you tried any Ulta3 polishes?

Thanks for reading 🙂

Antipodean Beauties – Lashes

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This week’s Antipodean Beauties theme is LASHES. I love falsies (false lashes) – ok, I love buying falsies, the more dramatic the better, as I have such short, pathetic, poker straight Asian lashes. I am absolutely rubbish at actually applying falsies though, every time I try I end up with teary, bloodshot eyes and with fewer original lashes than I started out with.

My husband on the other hand, is blessed with gorgeous long, curly lashes (why, oh why!) and my little boy has inherited this from him. He is going to be such a little heartbreaker when he grows up – how are the girls going to say no to those lashes batting back at them?!

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I then had a make-up lesson with an amazing make-up artist here in Perth – Chandra from CKT Makeup Artistry (Chandra did my make-up for my wedding and I always turn to her when I need my make-up professionally done) who taught me how to apply falsies properly. Armed with my new knowledge, I thought I’d give falsies another go for this week’s Antipodean Beauties challenge!

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Because I was taking my little boy to Gymbaroo today, I thought I had better choose the most natural set of falsies I owned as I didn’t want to freak the other mums and bubs out 🙂 I received this set of Eyelure Naturalites ‘Natural Volume Lashes’ in 020 in one of my subscription sample boxes a while ago and thought they would be perfect for a subtle bit of extra length and volume.

These Eyelure lashes came with their own small tube of white adhesive which turns clear when as it dries. The lashes were the width of about 3/4 of my eye so I didn’t have to trim them which was a bonus; the seam was thin but still easy to handle and held up to my brutal application (I’m still learning!). I curled my natural lashes first, applied a coat of mascara, applied my falsies, gave the whole lot a final squeeze with my eyelash curler and then applied another light coat of mascara.

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All in all this went relatively well – no tears or loss of lashes! As a newbie, I found the Eyelure lashes really easy to use and this set definitely gave me the more subtle look I was after. I’m definitely looking forward to trying a more dramatic look next time!

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Do you like and use falsies?

Make sure you check out the other lovely ladies participating in this week’s Lashes challenge!


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Antipodean Beauties – Winter

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Sorry for disappearing on y’all – my little boy picked up a bug last week which then spread through the rest of the family like wildfire, rendering us all useless. Don’t kids make the best ‘patient zero’?

I’m thrilled that the Antipodean Beauties concept has been so well received! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. Here is my take on Week 3’s theme – WINTER 🙂

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This is my new favourite palette – I picked it up last week during Target’s sale on Chi Chi Cosmetics (25% off!). This is the Chi Chi Glamorous Eyes Palette in ‘Sultry’ – isn’t it gorgeous? My biggest weakness is palettes – show me a good palette and I go weak at the knees (yes, I probably need to get out more!). So when I saw this week’s Antipodean Beauties theme, I knew I just had to use this palette – not for the typical bronze and nude shades, but for the gorgeous deep purple, plum and lilac shades!

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FACE PRIMER: Face Of Australia ‘Face Base Primer’
FOUNDATION & CONCEALER: Stila ‘Stay All Day Foundation & Concealer’ in Honey
POWDER: Australis ‘Ready Set Go Finishing Powder’
EYE PRIMER: Urban Decay ‘Eyeshadow Primer Potion’ in Original
EYESHADOWS: Maybelline ‘EyeStudio Colour Tattoo’ in Painted Purple, Chi Chi ‘Glamorous Eyes Palette’ in Sultry (various shades), Clinique ‘Colour Surge Eye Shadow Trio’ in Night Plum and Blackberry Frost
EYELINERS: Designer Brands ‘Kohl Eyeliner’ in Black, Smashbox ‘Limitless Liquid Liner Pen’ in Jet Black
MASCARA: Maybelline ‘The Falsies Volume Express Waterproof’ in Black Drama
CONTOUR: Estee Lauder ‘Soft Matte Bronzer’ in Bronze Goddess, Estee Lauder ‘Shimmer Powder’ in Estee Lauder Signature
BLUSH: NARS ‘Blush’ in Taos
LIPS: Estee Lauder ‘Pure Colour Long Lasting Lipstick’ in Pinkberry, Lancôme ‘Juicy Tubes’ in Moulin Rose

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Please feel free to check out the other great blogs participating in this week’s theme below!


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Antipodean Beauties – My Favourite Lipstick

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Antipodean Beauties is a brand-new group of Aussie and Kiwi bloggers participating in a weekly series of themed make-up challenges, organised by the lovely Omega from Fashion Adjacent. If you are interested in joining in, please check out the Facebook page here – there more the merrier!

Our very first theme? ‘My Favourite Lipstick’

Now I haven’t been the biggest lipstick person (I’m more of an eye make-up kinda gal) – I’ve only just embraced ‘throwing on a bit of lippy’ in the past few months and have been know to *gasp* omit the lipstick even with a full face of make-up. I don’t mind a bit of lip gloss here and there though, plus I am quite fond of the Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer range which is actually more a of lip balm with a hint of colour. I am lucky that my lips are naturally quite pigmented so (I think) I can get away without lippy sometimes.

My favourite lipstick is one that I wouldn’t have ever dared to pick out for myself. It was actually chosen for me while I was testing out different foundations at Mecca Cosmetica and the girl doing my make-up suggested I try something a bit outside my comfort zone. I must have been feeling a bit more daring that day and I am so glad she suggested it now as it is such a fabulous colour and instantly peps me up! I love the packaging, those little cartoon flowers are just so darn cute.

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Stila Long Wear Lip Color – Matte in ‘Intriguing’ is a bright pink, highly pigmented, matte lipstick that comes in a thin pen-like applicator. I like the smaller tip with this lipstick as it gives me greater control of how much I apply – when I first got it I only used to dab it onto my lips really lightly as the colour was soo.. pink, but as I have become more confident with the colour I have gradually used more. It is also a fantastic base colour under various shades of lip gloss – I just can’t leave my lips matte 🙂

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Here it is with Lancôme Juicy Tubes Lip Gloss in ‘Moulin Rose’ over the top. It’s such a pretty colour!

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I hope you enjoyed my first Antipodean Beauties post. Why not check out the other blogs below to see what lipsticks are their favourites?

What is your favourite lipstick?


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