new in beauty review
new in beauty review

It’s been a while since I talked beauty around here, so I wanted to some of the new bits and pieces that I’ve picked up lately. Before we dive right into it I wanted to quickly mention that Everlane is shipping internationally for an entire month! I’m eying up a couple pieces from their new cashmere range, and a poplin dress that’ll be perfect for the weather we’ve been having lately. Also worth mentioning is that Shopbop currently have a surprise sale with 40% off selected ranges. This top has my name written all over it!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation; I’ve been eying this up for the longest time, ever since I first started watching Viviannadoesmakeup on YouTube, and I finally decided to take the plunge when picking out my wedding day makeup. This has been everything I’d hoped, and then some. On me, I find it to be a light to medium coverage, that builds well and looks flawless on the skin. It’s definitely on the pricey side but probably one of my favourite new beauty purchases I’ve made this year.

Clinique Lip Pop in Beige Pop; this was another wedding-related purchase, and one that I’ve been so chuffed with that I’m tempted to hightail it back to the Clinique counter and pick up the rest of the shades in the range. It’s a ‘my lips but better’ kind of shade, with a smooth creamy texture that feels moisturizing on the lips. I also couldn’t go past the packaging – it’s just so cute!

Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen; I feel like I’ve heard the beauty world rave about this liquid eyeliner, so I bit the bullet and splurged just to see what all the fuss is about. I wear liquid liner daily, so I’m always on the hunt for the perfect liquid liner – my HG – and this just isn’t it. The packaging is sleek and luxurious looking, the dual ends is genius, and it’s very easy to use, but the formula doesn’t last all day on my lids and that’s a deal breaker for me. Safe to say this won’t be a repurchase but given the hefty price tag, I’ll definitely be using this one up.

Glossier Moisturising Moon Mask; I have been dying to get my hands on the Glossier range all year, and I was treated to this moisturizing mask by one of my girlfriends, Rena (she has a great beauty blog here that you should check out!). I’ve only used this a couple of times so far so the jury is still out but I like the thick and emollient texture, and I’ve found my skin feels baby soft after I’ve washed this off.

Diptyque Baies Interior Spray; I really don’t think that there’s anything more luxurious to scent your home with than an interior spray from Diptyque. This was an incredibly generous wedding gift (again, from Rena – she has great taste!) and one that I’ve been loving using! One spray is all you need for a regular sized room and the scent hangs in the air for hours after.

NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu & Merengue; I’m a huge fan of NYX lip products (I do love their soft matte lip creams!) so when I spotted these at Priceline, I wanted to pick up a couple more. These have a slightly sticky formula but nothing too offensive, they’re semi sheer, and smell like cake batter.

Kate Moss for Rimmel Contour Kit; This has been out for the longest time, but I’d put off getting it as swatched on the back of my hand, I found the formula far too glittery for my liking. Turns out I was pretty quick to judge, as it blends beautifully into the skin with little to no detectable glitter. This isn’t as pigmented as other contour kits I’ve used which I actually like as it allows you to build up the colour to the level that you like, rather than being surprised. The blush, contour and highlight all work for me, and I love the convenience of having all three in one little compact.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Precision Micro Eyeliner; as I mentioned earlier, I’m always in hunt of a decent eyeliner and for something that’ll set you back less than a week’s worth of coffee, this is pretty good. It’s very black, stays put for most of the day, and the stiff felt tip applicator is perfect for creating that sharp winged eyeliner look.

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Mascara; I picked this up on a whim from Style Korean and it’s turned out to be one of the best, and most surprising new beauty additions to my vanity this year. I have oily eyelids and long lashes so for the most part, I find that mascaras tend to smudge along my brow bone. With this mascara, I get none of that. I grabbed the volume version and this adds a lot of fibres which latch on to your lashes, and make them look a lot fuller, and given it didn’t budge even a millimeter on wedding day, I think I’m on to a winner with this one.

Missa Magic Cushion SPF50; Cushion foundations have truly been having a moment so again, while browsing Style Korean, I figured this was affordable enough that it was worth trying. I managing to get lucky on the shade selection, and I have to say I quite like the application of this (I use a sponge of my own), and it’s a nice alternative to some of my other foundations. Oh and did I mention it’s SPF 50?

Innisfree Squeeze Masks in Pomegranate and Kiwi; Finally, I’ve been trying to take better care of my skin and what better way to do that than with a sheet mask? Luke always has a bit of a laugh whenever he spies me with one of these draped over my face, but I feel like it’s such an intensive moisturising treatment, and one that I like to do at least once a week.

packing for an overnight trip caileur
packing for an overnight trip caileur

If there’s one thing that is pretty much guaranteed, regardless of how long I’m travelling for, it’s that a quirky pair of flats will find their way into my suitcase. Wardrobe typically follows suit of some denim, a striped top, a sweater or cardigan in case in gets a little chilly, and my favourite midi skirt. Three years of capsule wardrobes have essentially taught me the fundamentals when it comes to packing.

Beauty on the other hand, is another story. The drawers of my vanity are bursting with some of my favourite eyeshadow palettes – I can never pick just one – and the shelf on my bathroom seems to have more facial cleansers than I can count. So when it comes to a short overnighter, or two-night stay away, I’m often at a little bit of a loss as to where to start, particularly where my skincare routine is involved.

With our wedding fast approaching, I decided to let Caileur do some of the work for me, and take the guesswork out of what I need to bring. My travel kit included a pack of Cleanse by Lauren Napier facial wipes, a Malin + Goetz facial moisturiser, a shower gel from Diptyque, and a toothbrush and toothpaste set from Marvis. The travel kit I ended up with (which all come in TSA approved sizes) has me only needing to add in a cleanser (in a pinch I’ll usually grab my Biore charcoal cleanser) and a toner (I’ve been following up my skincare routine with the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant).

So I guess the only thing left to do is narrow down the shoes. Two pairs or three?

Charlotte Olympia for MAC lipstick
Charlotte Olympia for MAC lipstick

My love for the red lip seems to have no limits, which would explain why in the last two months alone, I’ve found myself with at least six new red lipsticks. While the collection is no longer available, I managed to snag the trio of lipsticks from Charlotte Olympia’s recent collaboration with MAC after spotting that they were on sale at Nordstrom. Though I’m of the belief that there’s no such thing as too many red lippies – and of course that no two are the same – if I somehow manage to misplace every other red lipstick I know, I know that this trio will have all my bases covered. From Leading Lady Red which is a blue-based all rounder, to Starlet Scarlett which is a fun bright red with an orange undertone, and Retro Rouge which is the vampiest of the three, it’s little surprise that I’m having a little trouble settling on a favourite!

It probably goes without saying that I recently went HAM at Sephora and basically any beauty section I laid my eyes on during my recent trip. While a haul is coming (via my YouTube), I thought I’d take a minute to touch on some of the new beauty bits that have been right up my street.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Foundation – I’ve been on the hunt for a great foundation come wedding day (it’s only 8 weeks away now… eek!) and this was on my list of foundations that I’d been dying to try. I loved the fact that there was an incredible selection of shades, and that this foundation really lived up to my expectations. It’s a very thin consistency, and feels virtually weightless on the skin. It’s much lighter coverage than some of the other foundations on my vanity, however I find that it does an excellent job of evening skin tone and masking any redness that I have on my face.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Concealer – I picked this up on a whim from the miniatures section of Sephora in New York and really didn’t expect to like it even quite as much as I did. Just like the foundation, this is lightweight, super creamy, covers up redness like no other, and blends out beautifully. I love the fact that this is compact enough to slip into a small purse for touch ups on the go. Definitely going to be repurchasing this one in the full size!

KIKO Ultimate Pen Longwear Eye Liner – Unfortunately while in transit my Maybelline eyeliner dried out, so one of my first stops while in Italy was to pick up a new eyeliner. This eyeliner from KIKO is an absolute winner; it stays on practically all day, and the nib gives you the perfect cat eye flick, every time.

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette – This has been on my radar for months, and I’m a little glad I held out as I managed to snag it for less than half price during a quick stop in Macy’s. The shadows are extremely pigmented (though do kick up a bit), and there’s a great selection of everyday neutrals, including some more colourful options for those wanting to have a little bit of fun with their makeup. This one’s limited edition, I believe, so if you manage to spot one at your local department store or Mecca (if you’re in Australia), then I highly recommend giving this one a second look.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Lady Danger – I’m a huge fan of a bold red lip, and when I spotted this while picking out the shades for my new MAC eyeshadow palette (more on this later), I just had to have it. I absolutely adore MAC’s matte lipstick formula; it’s incredibly creamy, long wearing, and far less drying than other mattes I’ve tried.

Rimmel Good to Glow Highlighter – For me, it’s all about that cream highlight, and this one has been a bit of a winner. I have this in the shade ‘003 Soho Glow’, which has a gold undertone that literally glows. When swatched, this does have some glitter particles but I find that this adds a subtle illumination and blends in rather than sitting on the cheeks.

Heaven by Deborah Mitchell WillowBee Mask & Cleanse* – My skin has been in desperate need of hydration since getting back home from our holiday, and this WillowBee Mask & Cleanse has been a lifesaver. I was lucky enough to be sent a few different things from the Heaven range from Tazzanna Store ahead of their launch today, and this has become a fast favourite While you can use this as a cream cleanser, I prefer to slather this on as a mask (which I leave for 20 minutes), as it feels so rich and nourishing on the skin – exactly what my skin has been craving! After I rinse it off I follow it up with a light layer of the Orange Flower Hydrogel; this has a gel like consistency that sinks into the skin immediately and while it’s not my favourite, I feel like it helps to lock in moisture.