Wednesday, November 20, 2013

New Goodies Haul & Swatches | Priceline 40% off Cosmetic Sale

It doesn't come around often, but when it does you just can't say no (well I can't anyway). I'm talking about the Priceline 40% off all cosmetics 2 day sale! With a never ending, year round list of beauty products to try and buy, I succumbed to my weakness that is, cosmetics and sale promotions, and headed to Priceline today to indulge in makeup heaven. Overwhelmed, sweating and $78.33 later... I emerged from the horde of makeup hungry women, with a handful and slightly more of new goodies. Hoo-rah! 

Physicians Formula Super BB All -in-1 Beauty Balm Cream (Light/Medium) $25.95 RRP

I first saw this product while I was browsing through last week and wondered if our Aussie shelves had stocked them yet, and indeed we have! It looks like a very promising BB cream and I look forward to testing it out on my skin. Unfortunately the cream only comes in two limited shades - light/medium and medium/deep. I chose the light/medium shade after a quick test in store, so I'm really hoping it blends in well. The medium/deep was way too dark and had a more pinky undertone (I have yellow skin undertone). So far, after doing a swatch on my wrist the formula seems quite nice and smooth. I'm not sure about the coverage it gives yet, but it blends into the skin nicely leaving a subtle dewy glow. Not sure about any SPF as the packaging doesn't say. Love the clean white and holographic packaging!

What the product claims to do:

  • 10+ beauty Benefits. 
  • Our high-tech multi-tasking formula combines brightening antioxidants, moisturising and firming botanicals, and perfecting optical diffusers for super-powerful skincare & makeup benefits. 
  • Ultra-blendable and lightweight cream effortlessly glides on, instantly infusing moisture, refining skin's surface and providing protection from the environment. 
  • Ultra-versatile beauty balm simplifies your morning beauty routine by delivering the benefits of moisturiser and foundation in one easy to use product.

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup 30ml (160 Fresh Beige) $25.95 RRP

Have wanted to try this foundation since its release! I'm hoping its as "naked" as it claims to be; perfect for those days that I don't want to be wearing very much makeup, especially foundation, and just want that bare skin look and feeling. The foundation seems to be a light, easily blendable, fast absorbing formula with a subtle sheen finish. Ultimately I hope that this foundation will offer a lightweight coverage that will even out my skin tone.

What the product claims to do:

  • Available in 12 "true-to-tone" shades
  • Makeup, so light, it melts right in, working in harmony with your skin's unique tone and texture for an even, fresh finish. Vitamin and antioxidant-packed to pump up your natural glow and nearly naked look that's absolutely perfect.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Anti-Fatigue Effect & Radiant Glow Concealer 7ml (030 Classic Beige) $14.95 RRP

I've heard great reviews for this concealer so I wanted to try it out for myself. I'm already a big fan of the Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation so I can imagine how lovely this concealer will be. I went for a lighter shade so that I can use it to brighten my under eyes. Love the packaging! From what I've seen in several Priceline stores, there are only 3 shades available in Australia - classic beige, ivory and soft beige.

What the product claims to do:

  • Our first full coverage concealer that visibly reawakens and illuminates under the eyes.Completely conceals spots and other blemishes. Instant anti-fatigue effect. With Peptides and a Vitamin Moisturising Complex.

Bourjois Volume Fast & Perfect Rotating Mascara 9ml (51 Starting Black) $26.00 RRP

This is a repurchase and favourite mascara of mine. I first bought it at the start of the year after seeing it used by Sam from Pixiwoo and really enjoyed the quality of the mascara and how it made my lashes look. It definitely thickens and lengthens my lashes, making them look super bold and black. It's not waterproof so you may find that towards the end of the day some colour may have transferred underneath your eyes. (I use a setting powder right underneath my bottom lash line to try and prevent any potential mascara melting down) The mascara has a battery powered rotating wand, which I find helps coat the lashes, but I do actually prefer to use it without the rotation. The wand is a standard straight brush with thick and short bristles. 

(I didn't want to open and remove the wand to take a photo because once you open a mascara it has about a 3 month life expectancy  before it starts to dry out and I don't want to use it straight away just yet!)

What the product claims to do:

  • The new auto rotating brush instantly and evenly wraps around each lash for a false lash volume effect in 30 seconds flat. the brush rotates 360ยบ  and coats lashes from root to tip with no overloading guaranteed. 

Australis Extender Lash & Brow Mascara 8ml (clear) $10.95 RRP

Just another clear brow mascara to add to the collection! I love how sleek and clear the packaging is! Just waiting on my current E.L.F clear brow gel to get all gunky before I can throw it out and use this one. I use clear brow gels to set the powder I use to fill in my brows and keep the hairs in place throughout the day. This can also be used as a mascara to enhance your lashes for a natural eye look.

Australis 'Tint My Brow' Brow Tint (Light Brown) $9.95 RRP

I was very excited when Australis introduced their brow tinting product. I know that many high end brands make brow tinting gel mascaras but I didn't know of any 'drug store' brands that made any so it was great to see an affordable Australian brand testing the waters. I'm really looking forward to trying this out and I hope it works well. My only concern is the colour options. I purchased the Light Brown tint after seeing that the dark brown tint was too dark and had a deep eggplant purple tone to it (also available in Blonde tint). The product comes in quite a small tube, but I think it'll last a decent amount of time with the strong colour pay off and very good staying power (as tested on my hand).

Rimmel Traffic Stopping Shadow Trio (005 Speeding) $13.95 RRP

Fell in love with the khaki colours and loved the baked mineral dome look and packaging! I've never noticed these on the shelves before but I'm glad I finally did because they look beautiful. They come in a gorgeous selection of 6 different pearlised trio shades. The three colours in each eyeshadow trio offer a highlighter colour, a lid colour and an outer corner colour. The shadows can be used wet or dry. 

Pigmentation upon first swatch wasn't the best to be honest, I think an eye base/primer needs to be used before applying these eyeshadows just to ensure more colour intensity. Perhaps when used wet the colours will be much more vivid. I'll keep you posted once I've tried and tested! I still love the colours though so I'm hoping to make them work.

Essence Studio Nails XXL Nail Thickener 8ml $2.95 RRP

I've posted about Essence's Studio Nails line before talking about their fantastic 24/7 nail base and today I purchased two more products from this line. 

The XXL Nail Thickener has the same colour and formula consistency as the 24/7 nail base - a semi opaque thick cream polish that will dry clear. I'm hoping that this product will help with my brittle and cracking nails.

What the product claims to do:

- Instantly thickens & strengthens thin & brittle nails
- Resistant against chipping & cracking for long growing nails
- Fast drying

Essence Studio Nails Ultra Strong Nail Hardener 8ml RRP $3.50 RRP

This Ultra Strong Nail Hardener is just a clear polish. I will be comparing the results from using this against the results of the XXL Nail Thickener. I'm just looking to maintain the health and appearance of my nails.

What the product claims to do:

- Strengthens and builds up soft and brittle nails 

Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss 11ml (225 Perfect Penny) $6.95 RRP

I've been after a rose gold nail polish and I came across this polish today that I thought was a pretty good match. I'm excited to see how the colour looks on my nails, stay tuned they'll be painted this weekend!

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