Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Birthday Beauty Haul!

Another quick post today because although most of this month's plethora of events have passed, we still have a Birthday dinner, a show and lots of house cleaning to go. Last weekend we had two kids Birthday parties on the same day. Mr 10 is more popular than I'll ever be! Also, apologies for not being able to return every blog comment right now. Things will be less busy in October, thank God! Anyway I wanted to show you my quite restrained recent beauty haul. Let's have a look, and I'll explain as I go!

Priceline + Chemist Warehouse Haul

I received $10 Birthday credit in my account from Priceline and a bonus voucher for $5 off in the Gawler Place store, because the Hindley Street Priceline is closing! So I thought I'd treat myself to roughly $15 worth of goodies from Priceline, without being out of pocket. This lot came to approximately $17 (not the foundation, that came from Chemist Warehouse), so I only had to hand over a few dollars!

Facial Wipes are something I'll always use given how lazy I am, and I thought these Burt's Bees Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleansing Towelettes looked like fun! I picked up the 7th Heaven Tea Tree Peel-Off Mask purely because I love the smell of tea tree and I hadn't tried it before. Next up; lip balm. I've finished about three lip balms lately (!!!) and needed a new one. I prefer a tube, however Carmex works wonders on me, so I was stoked to see a twin pack of Carmex Vanilla and Lime Twist Lip Balm in tubes. Perfect!

Please be good. PLEASE BE GOOD!

I also wanted to take advantage of the Chemist Warehouse 50% Off Makeup Sale. The brands going for half price were Maybelline, Revlon, Rimmel, L'Oreal and possibly more but I can't remember now! Anywho, I'm pretty upset that Revlon have changed the formula of Colorstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin as it was my go-to, everyday, Holy Grail (you get the idea) foundation. It now seems greasier and less pigmented, and in general, more sucky. It's disappointing, and as such I'm on the hunt for a new everyday foundation. So for 50% off, I picked up Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Radiant Firming Makeup in Creamy Ivory and L'Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh 24H Foundation in True Beige (which was a better shade match than the 'lighter' shade for some reason!). I'll see how I go with those!

Got all my bases covered as I try out the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Makeup!

Let me know if you've noticed a difference with Revlon Colorstay. I think they changed it a fair while back, but I had a stash of bottles so I haven't had to buy a new one in ages and have only just noticed the change. It's seriously killing me and I don't know what to do! I've even tried looking at various places in-store and online for old stock, but everyone just has the new formula.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Parties and Celebrations!

A photographic look into what's been going down lately. Enjoy!

Painted my nails with this L'Oreal Fuchsia Palace lacquer. Cheery!

Free Churros Birthday offer from San Churro!

Wedding Anniversary Special overnight stay with hubby in a Winery!

Nutmeg, ever the poser!

Free Cake for my Birthday month as part of Jamaica Blue's loyalty program!

Visiting the dogs at the Royal Adelaide Show!

Zach's 10th Birthday Party!

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Monday, September 11, 2017

New Release Rimmel #InstaSelfie Makeup!*

Rimmel are continuing to set the bar pretty high in the beauty world, this time with a picture perfect #InstaSelfie collection of makeup, specifically designed so you can get that perfect Instagram selfie. And while I'm not a huge fan of selfies, I enjoy looking at other people's (not in a creepy way!), and appreciate the culture and Rimmel's smart decision to cater to a growing phenomenon. Check out the camera-ready collection below, no flashback with these babies!

Insta Conceal & Correct Palette*
For those of us not blessed with perfectly even skin tone, Rimmel have released the #Insta Conceal & Correct palette. This little beauty contains three shades that address three areas of concern:

~ the peach shades is for dark circles. It neutralises dark under eye circles and illuminates face features.
~ the green shade is designed to cover blemishes and colour-correct redness.
~ the purple shade mutes yellowish undertones to correct dull and sallow skin.

The product is really creamy and easy to blend, and each shade contains chamomile, aloe and vitamin E. When I have the time I'll use a little of the green shade to correct redness around my nose, but I'm mainly enjoying the peach shade for my horrible dark under eye circles! I'm super-busy lately and not getting much sleep, which increases the severity of my dark shadows, so this palette is definitely coming in handy!

Insta Conceal & Contour Palette*
This palette has the exact same design as the Conceal & Correct palette, but instead it contains three shades for highlighting, concealing and contouring. Both of the palettes have a handy mirror in the lid, great if you want to touch up on the go. On first appearance these shades look a little dark, however when you rub your finger across the surface, the product is somehow lighter underneath. This was a welcome surprise for this pale ghost! Again, the formula is creamy and easily blendable, with the concealer proving most popular for me. The contour shade (the darkest) is to be applied beneath the cheekbones, along the jawline, edges of the forehead and nose, and of course, don't forget to blend well!

Insta Flawless Perfecting Radiant Skin Tint*
This is an existing product in the Insta range, and one I've tried before. This SPF15 product is described as a perfecting, radiant skin tint, that provides a natural looking glow, primes, perfects and gives 24 hour moisturisation. I was sent the shade Light Medium, which at first seemed a little dark for my colouring, but it's actually not too bad colour-wise. However with only two shades available (light/medium or medium/dark) I think this is a bit limiting, and would love to see more shades released, in particular an Ivory. I love that it can be worn alone as a skin perfector, or under foundation if you're after a fuller coverage. I like wearing it for a natural, barely-there look on the weekends, and for those days where I just cannot be stuffed applying a full coverage foundation before the morning school run. The lightweight and hydrating formula helps to brighten the skin tone and gives a natural looking glow.

Insta Fix & Go 2 In 1 Primer & Setting Spray*
Like the Radiant Skin Tint, this Primer & Setting Spray is an existing product that I've tested before. It's a multi-tasker that's oil-free, quick dry and designed to lock in makeup, but you can also use it to prime the skin before applying foundation. It contains cucumber extracts which give it the most amazingly refreshing and delicious scent. It's so fresh I could seriously wear this as a body mist, haha. One thing I've learned with setting sprays is not to spritz too close to the face or you will end up very wet! You want a nice dispersed, even spray, not one concentrated wet cheek circle. LOL.

Insta Fix & Matte Powder*
This is a blotting and fixing powder that sets the foundation and mattifies the skin. It's also designed to control shine (my main problem!) and diminish oils. Even though the shade looks super white, this doesn't translate to the finished look, because it's a micro-fine translucent powder, meaning it has the benefits of a powder without depositing any colour. This product is camera friendly, so you needn't be concerned with flashback while wearing this! I'm loving the embossed hashtag design in the powder; it's not often you get to see a bunch of  ##### symbols in your makeup!

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Are you a fan of selfies? Would you try this makeup range?

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Max My Movies: August Round-Up!

Hi guys! I didn't go quite so crazy last month, and only managed to see six films. July, however, was a massive movie month; I actually watched 20 films! If you want to read about them, you can check that out here. Just letting you know that I'm super-busy during September, with multiple Birthdays and family celebrations, so I may not get as much time to blog. Hopefully I get a few published here and there when I get a hot minute! For now, though, let's have a look at everything I watched in the August Round-Up!

My husband, ever the sci-fi fan, recommended this to me after watching it during a plane trip. I probably would have ended up seeing it eventually anyway, given it stars both Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. The cast is basically just Lawrence, Pratt and Michael Sheen for the most part, and some viewers may find this one slow going, but I was enthralled all the way through. Would re-watch!

This was a re-watch because when I saw this at the cinema (thankfully with free tickets) I was quite sick and not really concentrating, as I was just trying not to throw up. So I was happy to watch this properly with hubby when we saw it was on Netflix. This is a really good film; the action is amazing, acting is brilliant and the special effects are mind-blowing. It also peppers some witty one-liners throughout the intensity, which helps lighten things. I loved it.

Another re-watch, but at least I hadn't seen Cruel Intentions since its 1999 release! It was so much fun re-watching this movie after such a long time, mainly because I'd forgotten everything except for the famous girl-on-girl kissing scene, lol. Umm, how annoying is Selma Blair in this movie? I know she's playing a character, but god damn! Sarah Michelle Gellar is impressively evil and Ryan Philippe is pretty good, too. Such a guilty pleasure!

This is a mindless B-grade 'slacker' action-comedy that's mildly funny and even more mildly entertaining. What can I say, I have a weird obsession with Jesse Eisenberg, even though he seems like a complete dick in real life, going by the stories of how notoriously difficult he is to interview. Did you know he's the brother of Hallie Eisenberg, who played Little Miss Amanda in Bicentennial Man? This also stars Danny McBride, but let it be said, Aziz Ansari is the best thing this movie has going for it. It's pretty shit, but OK if you have a spare hour and a half and find Ansari amusing.

I was lucky enough to win a double pass to a Preview Screening of this, complete with free beer and pizza, which was pretty damn cool! American Made is based on the true story of Barry Seal, a TWA pilot, who was reportedly a drug smuggler turned DEA informant and is basically about the Iran-Contra affair of the '80s. Tom Cruise gives a great performance as Seal, and kept me intrigued in this fantastical tale, 'based on a true lie'. Well worth a watch!

I'd been wanting to see this film ever since it was released in 2014. It was certainly weird, artistic and captivating, but I still don't really know what to think of it? Michael Keaton is amazing in the lead role, and Edward Norton, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts deliver great performances as well. There's a near-constant jazzy back-beat to this film, which gives it energy and urgency. Also of note, the extremely long scenes where the camera follows a character, so that parts of the film play out like it's shot in one take. I've seen Birdman and yet I'm still not sure I understand it?

You may be interested in Max My Movies: July Round-Up!

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