Recapping Project Pan


Today is my proper, final post in the Project Pan series! I have enjoyed being part of this project a lot and seeing how much progress I could make with my selected products. I also want to thank my three Candadian collaborators for having me on board (#ProjectPanClan) and their general amazingness: Stashy – Stash Matters, Jodi – A Brash Attitude and Ingrid – Curly Spring Blossom.


  • I was surprised at how many uses certain products take to finish. I thought I would finish a few more products than I did.
  • I made a good dent in all of the products. My most used product was The Body Shop’s Strawberry Lip Butter and my least used product was Cutex’s Strengthening Nail Polish Remover.
  • I finished two out of my eleven products; Collection’s Lasting Perfection concealer and The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil hand cream.
  • I didn’t get tired of using the same products over the course of the eleven weeks.
  • I don’t regret purchasing any of these products and committing to this project reminded me why I like them and purchased them in the first place.
  • I don’t intend to throw any of the nine remaining products away, I will continue to use them up.


1. Nivea Pearly Shine Lip BalmUsed 12x in total. Rating: 10/10.

2. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand CreamUsed 46x in total. Rating: 8.5/10. Finished week 11!

3. Max Factor Lasting Performance FoundationUsed 27x in total. Rating: 8/10.

4. Britney Spears – Curious – In Control Used 24x in total. Rating: 9/10.

5. Fudge Urban Miracle EndsUsed 22x in total. Rating: 7.5/10.

6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face MistUsed 30x in total. Rating: 6/10. (Looking back I think I was harsh on this product. I’ve enjoyed using it after moisturiser and before foundation these past few weeks).

7. Natio Clay and Plant Face Mask PurifierUsed 11x in total. Rating: 7/10.

8. Collection Lasting Perfection ConcealerUsed 55x in total. Rating: 9.5/10. Finished week 10!

9. Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Setting PowderUsed 15x in total. Rating: 8/10.

10. The Body Shop Strawberry Lip ButterUsed 60x in total. Rating: 8.5/10.

11. Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish RemoverUsed 10x in total. Rating: 9/10.

Total number of uses over 11 weeks = 312 times
Average product rating = 8.3/10

Final Progress: 28 November – 5 December*


  1. Nivea Pearly Shine Lip Balm – Used 3x.
  2. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream – Finished week 11!
  3. Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige – Used 3x.
  4. Britney Spears Curious – In Control – Used 2x.
  5. Fudge Urban Miracle Ends Tropical Cocktail – Used 2x.
  6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist – Used 4x.
  7. Natio Clay and Plant Face Mask Purifier – Used 2x.
  8. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair – Finished week 10!
  9. Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Setting Powder – Used 2x.
  10. The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Butter – Used 4x.
  11. Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish Remover – Used 1x.

*These uses aren’t counted as part of the 312 mentioned under ‘Stastics.’

Don’t forget to check out the recaps from my collaboration partners:


Project Pan Week 8: Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer


Happy Monday and welcome to week eight of Project Pan! Project Pan follows Stash Matters, A Brash Attitude, Curly Spring Blossom and I as we pick 12 products to try and hit pan on/empty over 12 weeks (11 in my case).

This week I am talking about a much loved product in the beauty world; Collection’s Lasting Perfection Concealer. This concealer comes in four shades and I use the lightest, 1 – Fair.


I purchased this concealer approximately six months ago near the end of the concealer I was using at the time. I’d also heard so many bloggers singing the praises of this product which was the main influence in purchasing it. Prior to this I was using Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer which I used to rave about on the blog but Lasting Perfection definitely blows Fit Me out of the water! A little of this product goes a long way and despite the full coverage it doesn’t clog pores, cause breakouts or irritate my skin. The shade could not be more perfect and I’d go as far as to say this concealer is holy grail status! I’ve already repurchased another tube for when I finish my current one.

From the Website:

– Conceals imperfections and blemishes for up to 16 hours.
– Water-resistant and transfer-proof.
– Multiple award-winning.

1. After applying your foundation, choose a shade of concealer that matches your skin tone to cover any blemishes or imperfections.
2. Using the applicator, dab the concealer over the blemishes to cover.
3. Using a concealer brush, gently blend until the joins between concealer and foundation are seamless.
4. You can also use a lighter shade to contour the nose and cheekbones using the same steps.


  • Inexpensive
  • Full coverage – if I don’t want to wear foundation I just apply this over any redness
  • Perfect shade for my skintone
  • Formula feels moisturising on the skin


  • Writing rubs off the packaging

Chanelle’s rating: 9.5/10 – If I was judging on the product alone it would be a 10/10. I subtracted 0.5 for the fact the lettering rubs off the tube very easily. This is only minor and doesn’t affect my overall opinions of the product.

The Remaining products – Progress


  1. Nivea Pearly Shine Lip Balm – Used 1x.
  2. The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream – Used 5x. Same reason as last week, I spent two nights away from home.
  3. Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation – Used 1x. I did so well with this product last week.
  4. Britney Spears Curious – In Control – Used 2x.
  5. Fudge Urban Miracle Ends Tropical Cocktail – Used 2x.
  6. The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist – Used 3x.
  7. Natio Clay and Plant Face Mask Purifier – I didn’t use this as I will be trialing it to see how it works a couple of times a week compared to one weekly use.
  8. Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Setting Powder – Used 1x.
  9. The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Butter – Used 5x. Again, for the same reason as the Wild Argan Oil hand cream.
  10. Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish Remover – Used 1x.

Don’t forget to check out this week’s posts from my collaboration partners:


Spring Makeup | Collaboration with Drifting Lexi


Back in April, Lauren from Drifting Lexi and I did a Spring/Autumn makeup collaboration. We each came up with a look to represent the season we were going into as we live on opposite sides of the world! Six months later, and it’s time for a role reversal – it’s my turn to showcase a Spring inspired look. I wanted it to be bright and fresh and I definitely achieved that!

Note: This look also doubled as the makeup I wore to Ellie Goulding’s concert at the weekend.

Products Used:


As usual, I began by applying my trusty Simple moisturiser.

  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel
  • Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige – This foundation gives skin a lovely, natural appearance whilst still making the skin look flawless. This is due to the medium-high coverage of the foundation. (I also used this foundation because it is more travel friendly than Rimmel’s Match Perfection which comes in a glass bottle).
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Barely Branded – I applied this shade as a base to my eyelids, making it easier for eyeshadow to stick to.
  • Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Palette – I patted the gold shade all over my lids on top of Barely Branded.
  • Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara – I applied one coat of lengthening mascara before going in with one coat of volume mascara a couple of minutes later.
  • Dainty Doll Powder Blush 004 You Are My Sunshine – The flecks of gold in this blush make it perfect to highlight my cheekbones. It also teams so well with the gold eye look.
  • MAC Without Your Love – This lipstick is a beautiful pop of light pink and I love wearing this shade with the eye look above. Without Your Love brings the look together and makes everything look fresh and bright!
  • Rimmel Oh My Gloss! #150 Glossaholic – Without Your Love is quite a pale shade and I find adding a lick of gloss over it tops everything off nicely and completes the look.

The Finished Look:



Don’t forget to check out Lauren’s post and let us know what you think of each look!

Be sure to check out our previous collaboration posts from March (HERE) and (HERE) too!


Project Pan: Spring Collab


Happy Wednesday! Hope your week is going well so far! I’m very excited to share that I will be joining Stashy, Jodi and Ingrid as part of a Project Pan collaboration. While these three lovelies will be doing an Autumn project pan, mine will be a Spring project pan as I live on the other side of the world. The aim of this collab is to choose 12 items (I’m cheating slightly, I will only be choosing 11) that you want to pan/empty. The first reviews went up on Monday (links at the end of the post) but I didn’t decide to take part in the collab until late last week so my first post will be up NEXT Monday, September 19th.

What Is Project Pan?

Panning usually means setting yourself a goal to finish products by a certain date. I was interested in taking part because I wanted to make a significant dent in certain products in my collection and try and finally finish a few that I’ve had sticking around for a while. I didn’t set myself a crazy task to finish unopened products and I’d be happy if I could finish 50% of these products by the end of this project. I wanted to take the opportunity today to introduce you to what I’ll be trying to use up this season.

The Schedule:

  • September 19th – Nivea Pearly Shine Lip Balm
  • September 26th – The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil Hand Cream
  • October 3rd – Max Factor Lasting Performance Foundation in 101 Ivory Beige
  • October 10th – Britney Spears Curious – In Control Fragrance
  • October 17th – Fudge Urban Miracle Ends Tropical Cocktail
  • October 24th – The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist
  • October 31st – Natio Clay and Plant Face Mask Purifier
  • November 7th – Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair
  • November 14th – Rimmel Match Perfection Translucent Setting Powder
  • November 21st – The Body Shop Strawberry Lip Butter
  • November 28th – Cutex Strengthening Nail Polish Remover

How It Works

Each Monday for the next 11 weeks I will be reviewing one of the products listed above. After all products have been reviewed, there will be a post to recap and gather my thoughts and final findings. I will keep a weekly tally of how often the products are used and post it along with each review.

Don’t forget to check out this week’s posts from my collaboration partners:

I’m really looking forward to this project and seeing how much progress I make with my chosen products! Have you ever done something similar before?


Date Night OOTD & Makeup

Date Night OOTD & Makeup

Happy Wednesday, it’s the middle of another week already! I was in two minds about whether I should (is should the right word?) share this post or not but I’ve decided to. I’ve always been open about the fact that I haven’t been in a relationship before or had a lot to do with the opposite sex but a few weeks ago I went out to dinner on a date. To cut a long story short, I never heard from the guy after that. Despite this, I really enjoyed putting this look together and I wanted to share what I wore in case you’re in a similar situation or just need some inspiration.

The Outfit

Date Night Outfit1. Cotton On Archy Crop Pullover

I knew it might get a bit chilly so I wanted to make sure I was warm whilst still looking nice. I went for a casual/semi-formal look and I rolled up the sleeves of this pullover to make things a bit more cute and playful. The colour broke up the black of the rest of the outfit.

2. Cotton On 3/4 Sleeve Boat Neck

Underneath the pullover I opted for a simple black 3/4 sleeve top. These sorts of tops are so versatile and perfect for layering.

3. Dannii For Target Coated Leggings

I absolutely love these leggings for their comfort and the way they look! These are more glam than your usual pair of plain black leggings and the coated animal print also adds a bit of personality and playfulness.

4. Forever New Scarlett Quilted Bag

I picked up this bag when I was in Auckland with dates and evenings out in mind. It is the perfect size and can hold a decent amount. For example, on my date I had my phone, keys, cards, ID, various other bits and there was still room to spare.

5. Diana Ferrari Onix Suede Boots

It was a chilly evening and I’m glad I opted for boots. These look so cute with the leggings tucked in and I do love the sound of the slight heel against the pavement as I walk.

Date Night Outfit

The Face

Date Night MakeupI started with my trusty Simple moisturiser as usual. All other products are listed in order of application:

1. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer

2. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel

3. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain

4. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair

5. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ – (Shades 3 and 7)*

6. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in Copper

7. Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara – (Two coats of the volume mascara)

8. Goddess of Love Highlighter

9. MAC Syrup – (I wanted to make an impact but not go over the top with a bold lip)

*Both shades were applied all over the lid before going in with Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer in Copper for added sparkle!

Date Night Eye Makeup

Date Night Eye Makeup

The Finished Look

Date Night Finished Look

Let me know what you think of the look I created, I’d love to hear your thoughts! Do you have an outfit or makeup look reserved specifically for date nights?


The Purple Makeup Menu

The Purple Makeup MenuHappy Friday lovelies! This is the last blog post before I fly up to visit my brother on Sunday and I thought I would share a makeup menu. I haven’t done one of these in a while, I think my last one was around Valentine’s Day, and the inspiration for this look comes from a lipstick that featured in my Shop My Stash: Berry & Purple Lipsticks post. Canadian blogger Stash Matters and I were talking in the comments and I told her that I would use Sparkle Baby (the name of the lipstick) in a makeup menu. Voilà!

The MenuThe Purple Makeup Menu ProductsPurple is one of my favourite colours to wear in general and a lot of people tell me it suits me. I don’t have a lot of purple makeup but I wanted to create a look using different purple toned beauty products. I love how this look turned out and I didn’t feel it was too dark or too much. I wore this makeup last Tuesday with a black outfit.

Face TitleProducts listed in order of application:

1. Simple Kind To Skin Hydrating Light Moisturiser – Recently I have taken to applying moisturiser in the mornings straight after I wash my face to keep as much moisture in my skin as possible. This was applied a couple of hours before the rest of my makeup.

2. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – The smallest amount of this primer goes a long way and I only use a tiny strip for my whole face. I like to wait for five or so minutes for this to sink in properly before continuing on with my face.

3. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel – While I’m waiting for the primer to sink in, I fill in my brows. This pencil looks natural and is so easy to use. I’m lucky to be blessed with quite thick brows so I don’t need to do a lot to them. This pencil makes sure everything looks uniform and makes them look that bit neater.

4. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain – With this look I wanted a nice, natural, glowy base and this is my favourite foundation to achieve that. This foundation never applies harshly or makes me look orange which is what I look for in a foundation. I like traceless coverage and something that blends in easily with my skin tone.

5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer in 1 Fair – I totally understand the hype behind this baby! I have been using it for a couple of months now and this blows Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer, which I raved about last year, out of the water. The coverage and the way this feels on my skin is a winner. I highly urge you to give this a go if you can!

6. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – I mentioned I wanted a natural, glowy base but my skin needed a tiny bit of brightening up so I dusted some bronzer onto my cheeks and across my forehead.

7. I ♡ Makeup Goddess of Love Highlighter – This is the only highlighter I own and I really don’t think I need any others. This highlighter is so versatile and pretty much goes with any look. The highlighter is a cross between a shimmery pink-purple/silver but it is very natural looking and gives a lovely glow. This can be applied with your fingers but my favourite way to apply it is with my Real Techniques Setting Brush.

Eyes Title1. Revlon Diamond Lust 105 Plum Galaxy – I purchased this eyeshadow a few months back and while it’s not the greatest on it’s own, I do like to use it to create a purple, smoky base to apply lighter shades and other purples on top of it. Pigmentation is best when the eyeshadow is applied with a finger as the glitter is a bit chunky and the finger distributes it more evenly than a brush. I only paid a couple of dollars for this eyeshadow so it’s not a big deal and I have come up with a way to use it which looks really nice so I can’t complain.

2. Max Factor Excess Shimmer in 15 Pink Opal – The name of this may be deceiving but it definitely comes out more purple than pink, lilac is more accurate. I’ve professed my love numerous times for the Copper one of these and while I don’t get as much use out of Pink Opal, it does look lovely layered over the top of Plum Galaxy. On it’s own Pink Opal is a little patchy and doesn’t show up as well as it does layered over other shadows.

3. Rimmel Day 2 Night Mascara – I have been using this mascara for about a month now and I really like it. It can be used it a few different ways: just volume, just length or both together. The length wand is nice and small which makes getting into the lower lashes a breeze. The mascara formula is still quite wet but it’s not messy and doesn’t end up all over my eyelids. I haven’t been able to try applying this in the day and then reapplying it later in the evening but hopefully I will get the chance to next week and I’ll let you know how I get on.

Purple Eyes(I know it looks like my left eye has more eyeshadow than the right but that’s just the way the light hit my face).

Lips Title1. BYS Sparkle Baby – This is what  inspired the whole post! I’ll admit I probably don’t wear this lipstick enough but it is so beautiful and creamy and has such a lovely formula. The shine from this lipstick doesn’t look unnatural or feel uncomfortable on the lips and the effect it gives is subtle but beautiful. This colour might seem intimidating but as you know I love my bold lipsticks and my philosophy is, just rock it!

End Result

Finished Purple Makeup

Let me know if you enjoyed this post and if you would like me to do more makeup menus and MOTD posts!


Gigi Hadid Inspired Makeup

Gigi Hadid Inspired MakeupEver since sharing my Vanessa White Inspired Makeup look in March I have been on the hunt for another look I really admire and wanted to recreate. Gigi Hadid is everywhere lately and I can see why because she is gorgeous! When I picture Gigi, I think of a natural look, glowy, bronzed skin and either a bright red lip or a glossy nude lip – I will be focusing on the latter. I hope you enjoy this post!

The Menu

Gigi Hadid Makeup

Face Title

1. Simple Radiance Brightening Moisturiser SPF 10 – I spotted this for $3 last week and I actually used it for the first time in this look. With words like radiance and brightening in the name it sounded perfect. This moisturiser contains an SPF which is good if your foundation doesn’t and also contains mango extract which is supposed to help make the skin look even more glowing and bright.

2. Makeup Revolution Ultra Face Base Primer – This primer helps make my skin feel smoother before applying foundation. As this is clear I like to apply this and let it sit on my skin for a few minutes while I fill in my eyebrows so I can make sure it’s soaked in properly.

3. Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil in 002 Hazel – I have been using this eyebrow pencil since I bought it in March and it makes filling in my eyebrows so quick and simple. I like a natural look so they don’t need much filling in.

4. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – 010 Light Porcelain – I want a flawless, glowy base and this foundation is the best to achieve that. It adds a lovely dewiness to the skin, particularly the cheeks which will accentuate my highlighter and make that stand out even more.

5. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair – I LOVE this concealer! This doesn’t crease or make my skin look cakey and I’m going to go as far to say I prefer this to Maybelline’s Fit Me. The coverage is fuller than Maybelline’s which adds to the flawlessness and means you don’t have to use a lot to achieve decent coverage.

6. The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in 01 Light Matte – Gigi’s skin always looks beautifully bronzed so I couldn’t skip this step. I applied bronzer in a ‘3’ motion to my forehead, cheeks and jawline.

7. I ♡ Makeup Goddess of Love Highlighter – I wanted to keep this look as naturally glowy as possible so I decided not to use a blush and just apply this highlighter. I dusted the highlight on the tops of my cheekbones and applied a small amount down the centre of my nose and to my chin.

Eyes Title

1. Maybelline ‘The Nudes’ Eyeshadow Palette – I took the cream shade (top row, third from the left) and applied it as a base shadow all over my lids.

2. Max Factor Excess Shimmer – 20 Copper – I use this little eyeshadow pot all the time and one of my favourite ways to wear it is layered over top of other eyeshadows. I applied it over the cream shade to really make the eyes and shimmer stand out.

3. Rimmel Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara – I recently cracked open this mascara and I must say, so far so good! I’ve never used a two step mascara system before and I’m still in the process of figuring out how this mascara wears best on me but I like it. The lengthening mascara wand is small and short, perfect for bottom lashes.

Lips Title

1. Tanya Burr Lipgloss in Afternoon Tea – This shade is a lovely, sweet pink and is my favourite of the Tanya Burr glosses I picked up because of it’s versatility. The light pink helps bring everything together and tie it all in.

End Result

Gigi Hadid and Me

Are you a fan of Gigi Hadid? What do you think of my take on her look? Also, leave a comment if there’s anyone else’s look you’d like me to recreate!


5 Product Face

5 Product FaceI have been meaning to do this post since sometime in 2015 and I guess I kinda never got to it until now. I don’t know why it took me so long to be honest because I used to be such a minimalist when it came to applying my makeup and I actually found it incredibly easy to select which five products to wear. I wore this look on Saturday. I wasn’t doing anything or going out anywhere but it’s always nice to make an effort.

Note: I applied moisturiser prior to doing my makeup as usual as well as a few sprays of The Body Shop’s Vitamin E Face Mist.

5 Products Face Products#1. Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation in 010 Light Porcelain

I recently finished up my bottle of Match Perfection in the shade 081 Fair Ivory *sobs* which contained the old formula but I’ve got to say I am impressed with how much I am liking this replacement. It is a similar colour and still has everything going for it which made me fall in love in the first place.

(I recently compared both formulas of Rimmel Match Perfection foundation. CLICK HERE to see how they fared).

#2. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair

This is another base product I have started using recently after finishing up a tube of Maybelline’s Fit Me concealer. As much as I loved Fit Me, I like the coverage and shade of this one better. I do think I preferred the Maybelline doe foot applicator but again, I am very impressed with how much I like this product. This concealer doesn’t emphasise lines or cling to dry patches and I can see why so many beauty bloggers rave about it!

#3. Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow – Copper

Ever since I purchased this eyeshadow I have not stopped wearing it! It’s a lovely everyday shade if you’re not sure what to wear and this is great to apply over matte brown/taupe shades for an easy transition from day to night. The whipped formula is so nice to work with and application is literally a few swipes over the eyelids and you’re done.

#4. Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara

Hands up how many of you guessed this product would be one of my five? – I couldn’t not use my holy grail mascara. Funny story, I featured this tube of mascara in an empties post last November and I’m actually still using the same tube. I purchased a replacement a few weeks ago but I’m too attached to throw it away. I’ve got three mascaras on the go at the moment (I don’t like to have too many) and this is the pick of the bunch. I’ve had it the longest but it works the best – crazy! I will get around to binning this tube soon…

#5. Rimmel Oh My Gloss!  – 150 Glossaholic

This post has no association with Rimmel but this is the third Rimmel product to feature. I am a huge fan of the brand and I truly believe Rimmel is one of the best drugstore brands. I purchased this lipgloss a few months ago and I love wearing it when I want something minimalistic; a hint of pink comes through and gives the lips a beautiful colour. The gloss is not sticky or gloopy at all and lasts a good few hours.

5 Product Face Finished LookThe finished look!

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and seeing which five products I chose. Let me know what some of the products you choose would be.


My Concealer Secrets

My Concealer SecretsIn the world of beauty blogging, I don’t tend to read or see a lot of posts dedicated to concealer. Sure, I might read a review about a concealer purchased in a haul but not much along the lines of personal colour selection and application technique. I thought it would be interesting to share my experiences with concealer as well as a few tips and tricks.

As far as concealers go I don’t think they are as difficult to match to a person’s skin-tone as foundation. Most brands tend to offer a handful of shades and there doesn’t seem to be as much difficulty finding one that suits. Fair skinned ladies know to look for words like fair, ivory and porcelain while ladies at the other end of the spectrum are more likely to look for words like sand and beige. If you’re between shades, mixing two together should ideally result in your perfect shade.

My Concealer Story

I thought it would also be helpful to share my concealer story with you and the products I’ve used in the past. Sometimes I don’t consider myself a ‘proper’ beauty blogger as I have only ever worn four different concealers. I have certainly swatched more than that but to me, concealer isn’t something you buy as frequently as a lipstick or an eyeshadow. Once you find one you like, you tend to stick with it. For years I used to use stick concealer but last year I made the switch to cream concealer as I have dry skin and find the consistency better for my skin. Currently, I am using the Lasting Perfection Concealer by Collection and I recently finished up a tube of Maybelline’s Fit Me Concealer.

I still keep my stick concealers. One is by Australis and the brand name on the other has rubbed off. The second one used to belong to my mum but she gave it to me and boy did it work a treat! I purchased the Australis concealer as a replacement but it wasn’t as creamy and tended to cling to dry patches. I have found the Australis concealer does come in handing for highlighting on top of my regular concealer though. It blends in beautifully with a sponge.

To recap, the concealers I have used in the past and link to my earlier point about keywords in concealer shade names:

  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 1 Fair
  • Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – 15 Fair
  • Australis Concealer – Light
  • Unknown brand – Light

How and Where Do I Apply Concealer?

Each person has a slightly different application technique and which parts of the face they use concealer on. Personally, I apply concealer on my nose and chin where I get redness and sometimes I’ll apply it to the outer corners of my eyes or if I have a blemish. I don’t get dark circles under my eyes luckily, so I don’t need to apply it there.

Concealer tends to look more flawless on me if it’s patted into the skin with my finger or applied using a makeup sponge. The warmth of a finger helps concealer to blend more easily.

If I need more concealer than usual I will apply a light layer under my foundation and another layer on top of my foundation so the concealer doesn’t look thick and cakey.

On the odd occasion I feel like highlighting, I will always use a stick concealer for that and apply it in a triangle shape on my cheekbones, down the sides of my nose, on my chin and on my forehead before blending it in with a sponge.

The Best Concealers?

When writing this post, I came across an article on Into the Gloss compiling a list of their best concealers for different purposes ranging from the best for dry skin to the best for a matte finish. CLICK HERE to check out the list!

Do you have any concealer tips and tricks you’d like to share?


GRWM: One Year Work Anniversary!

GRWM One Year AnniversaryLast Wednesday, (May 4th to be exact!) it was a whole year since I started my job and because it was such a milestone I wanted to celebrate by wearing a mix of my old and current makeup favourites. I remember I did a FOTD post about the makeup I wore on my first day of work and it’s crazy to think how far I’ve come since then, work-wise and makeup-wise. Originally, the job was only for two months but I was asked if I wanted to stay on and of course I said yes! I have learnt so much in the past twelve months and everyday I’m still thankful to have been given a chance.

GRWM Work Makeup ProductsProducts listed in order of application:

  • Simple Replenishing Rich Moisturiser
  • Rimmel Fix & Perfect Pro Primer
  • Rimmel Professional Eyebrow Pencil – 002 Hazel
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation – 081 Fair Ivory
  • Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer – 01 Fair
  • Rimmel Match Perfection Loose Powder – Translucent
  • Maybelline ‘The Nudes’
  • Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eyeshadow – Copper
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes Lycra Flex Mascara
  • Dainty Doll Cream Blush 003 – Billion Dollar Babies
  • BYS Lipstick – Fuchsia Surprise

Eyes TitleWork GRWM Eye LookI applied the two shades indicated above all over my lids before going in with Max Factor’s Excess Shimmer eyeshadow pot in the shade Copper. I wanted something simple yet striking on my lids as I was making my lips the feature and I generally accentuate one or the other.

Work GRWM Maybelline and Max Factor

End ResultGRWM Work MakeupI’ve mentioned before that Fuchsia Surprise by BYS is hands down my favourite lipstick of all time. The colour, texture and pigmentation are outstanding and I always feel fearless when I wear this shade!

Wearing a face full of my favourite products was the perfect way to mark my one year anniversary. What makeup items do you turn to for a special occasion?