Review – Fenty Beauty – Gloss Bomb, Diamond Milk

I got an early Christmas gift!

Isn’t it festive? Perfect for the holiday season if you want a snow angel lip or perhaps a glowing disco ball for NYE parties?

Check out my full review on the original and first shade byΒ Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb inΒ ‘Fenty Glow’ here. It also goes more in depth with the scent, wand and formula which Diamond Milk is identical to.

Ingredients

Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tricaprylin, Cera Microcristallina/microcrystalline Wax/cire Microcristalline, Polyethylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Vp/eicosene Copolymer, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Oleate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Unsaponifiables, Aroma/flavor, Benzyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Parfum/fragrance, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Limonene, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lactic Acid, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Acrylates Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)

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Gloss Bomb, ‘Diamond Milk’ AUD$30, 9ml / 0.3FL. OZ.

β™ͺ Memory, all alone in the moonlight β™ͺ

Que Barbara Streisand’s song ‘Memory’

This colour reminds me of a Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds gloss I had in the early 2000’s.

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Similar colour, more glitter but had a gritty texture when I rubbed my lips together. Nonetheless the shine on it was amazing so I continued to wear it.

I was tempted to buy the newly released shade ‘FU$$Y/Fussy’Β and while it’s a gorgeous petal pink, it was too similar toΒ ‘Fenty Glow’Β in my honest opinion. I wanted a little something different.

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My Thoughts

I am so happy I purchased this! It has not dissapointed me at all and it brings back a little nostalgia too.

I wonder have you tried this shade yet?

Love your health.

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MAC Series – Fav #3, Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skinfinish

If you see me wandering the aisles of Sephora or Mecca, I usually almost always have some form of glitter stuck on me.

I just can’t help swatching glittery and sparkly products. Highlighters in particular catch the corner of my eye with their wonderful glisten and before you know it, my finger has gently swiped the powder and I stare, mouth agape.

Mouth Agape

Today I bring to you my number #1 Fav highlighting product of all time, and it makes my MAC’s fav list at number 3. Here’s the previous #1 and #2 favs.

MAC describes it as,

A luxurious, slow-baked, velvety soft, domed face powder with a radiant finish. Strategically buff on to add highlights to the high points of the face, or blend all over for a sheer luminous polish to the skin. Features our MΒ·AΒ·C Multi-Mineral Complex and vitamin E.

Yes yes yes!

With 5 other brilliant shades, MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish will have you covered no matter your skin tone.

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Behold! Soft and Gentle, 10g / 0.35 US OZ AUD$54

Swatch

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Ingredients

Talc, Nylon-12, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Isopropyl Palmitate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Yeast Extract/Faex/Extrait De Levure, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, BHT, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol.

Why I Love It

This champagne powder reflects gold and silver dust pigments to pack some serious shine punch. It’s no wonder it’s one of their bestselling face powders. It essentially is the best neutral highlight available. Not leaning too gold, silver or pink, I think it makes for a great highlight for all.

I only own three different highlighters and this my friends is the one I reach for every time. Whether it be a natural or glam look, it always fits perfectly.

If I could, I’d buy them all. But my inner grown up tells me highlighters are often products that you never can reach pan on. So I shouldn’t buy more.

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Unless I do this everyday…

Convince me otherwise guys, please.

I wonder have you tried this amazing highlight for yourself?

Love your health πŸ’—

MAC Series – Fav #1, Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I have a very soft spot for MAC products. They were my first ever high end purchase as a budding makeup lover years ago. My first purchase? The wonderful Studio Fix Fluid for none other than that completely flawless, matte base I was after.

I cringe slightly knowing that my skin was actually pretty good back then and yet I was hunting for a full coverage foundation to just blank out my face. Only makeup lovers will understand.

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I highly recommend you purchase the pump. It’s sold separately, one downfall of the packaging
Matte foundations are just, sometimes a necessity. We might be suffering with misbehaving skin and it gives us the confidence to go out everyday. For me it was like painting a canvas. The beginning of the art I wanted to create on my face.

So there I was excitedly standing at a MAC counter in Sydney’s CBD, gift card in hand from a generous friend and ready to spend my birthday money. $50AUD on a foundation was crazy sounding to me but all the same I thought if I was spending so much it had to be good right?

Ingredients

Cyclopentasiloxane, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Butylene Glycol, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Dimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Titanium Dioxide, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Algae Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Lecithin, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Sorbitan Sesquioleate, Methoxy Amodimethicone/Silsesquioxane Copolymer, Laureth-7, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Sorbic Acid, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol

30ML / 1.0 US Fl OZ also has a slight scent to it and unfortunately broke me out.

Note: I was wearing it everyday and I wasn’t removing it properly in the beginning stages. It doesn’t cause me any issues when I wear it infrequently and double cleanse.

However be warned as many people seem to react to this foundation. Remember! Patch test before if unsure.

Purchase

MAC Counters in Myer, David Jones and Mecca and Mecca Maxima stores in Australia.

For all other countries https://www.maccosmetics.com/choose-location

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This has an SPF of 15 remember a base layer of SPF no less than SPF 30

Love at First Application

This is a very thick, buildable foundation. If you’re not into makeup on the heavier side then steer clear. You don’t need a whole lot to go a long way either. Apply one thin layer and see how you feel, add another if you feel you’re needing the extra coverage.

From memory I needed to thin layers to get full coverage. I.e no redness peeking through corners of my nose.

Shade Range

MAC has a solid range of about 50 shades so finding your match shouldn’t be too difficult. I for one was sold an NC15 which can tend to look a little too yellow on me (either that or I’m too heavy handed with my application). It just never looked correct. However over the years the shade range has been extended to include fairer and deeper tones. I haven’t been matched since the stone ages.

NC and NW Whaat?

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This can be a little confusing. But let me break it down. The codes MAC use for their shades are;

  • NC = Neutral Cool – for warm toned skin
  • NW = Neutral Warm – for cool toned skin

No I didn’t make a mistake with those descriptions. It’s actually better to think of the whole NC and NW thing as;

  • NC = Not Cool
  • NW = Not Warm

Basically pick the one you’re not, either not cool toned or not warm toned.

After all these years I believe I am actually NW and a lighter shade. Alas I haven’t been back to be matched and only have this old bottle of Fluid in the wrong shade.

Recommendation and why I love it

  • Gives you unbelievably, flawless skin
  • Looks better as the day goes on
  • Has a lasting power like no other

I’d recommend this classic. It’s truly one of the most popular bestsellers of MAC’s foundations for a reason and one that’s been around for years.

Have you tried this foundation and what are your thoughts?

I do hope you follow on to see more of my MAC favourites in this series.

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Blogging is Expensive!

I have to be entirely honest, at this very moment in time, I just don’t have the money to purchase all the fantastic new skincare and cosmetics on the market.

I’ve been in and out of blogging and Instagram for a while and pretty much disappeared off YouTube, but that’s a whole other story for another time.

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YouTube making me do this right now

Instagram and WordPressΒ remains for now, the platforms I wish to promote, review and advise on. Thing is I don’t have a small fortune to solely dedicate on new products every week as much as I’d love to. With my ever increasing love for skincare, trust I’d rather be out everyday shopping for new researched products and helping you guys out the same. However, I am living vicariously through the wonderful community of unique individuals I follow online who provide awesome content.

β™« Bills Bills BillsΒ β™«

That song by Destiny’s Child is playing in my mind. When you’re my age, married with a house/mortgage and everything in between to keep a household running, there’s not a lot left to spend on hobbies.

When I started promoting myself online, I had quite a lot I wanted to share and I did so. Heck, I think I have an entire drawer filled with things I could possibly review now that I have’t but it’s not new and it’s not fresh or relevant.

Then I started to get bogged down, all the effort with very little evidence of reaching an audience. At the risk of making this sound like a rant I want to be clear that it’s difficult to ‘break’ into anything these days. Unless of course someone with an incredible amount of followers on YouTube/IG/Snapchat gives you a shout out, or you’re miraculously discovered online by your unbelievable talent (Justin Beiber style). Odds are pretty slim.

Motivation – Why I’m Continuing & You Should Too

I’m not in this for fame. I’m in this for helping others out.

I’m not going to force myself to create content and neither should you. The pressure to produce content leads to burn out. When our audiences demand a schedule of 40 min vlogs and descriptive, heavily picture laden blogs every day of the week in can get a little stressful.

We’re all just trying to keep our heads above the water. We should keep doing what makes us happy without running the risk of going broke. If this truly makes us happy then we should keep going, once you start hating it, then it’s time to close that door and wait for the next door of opportunity to open.

So I hope this reaches someone and gives you the motivation to keep doing what you love πŸ™‚

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What makes for a really good sunscreen?

Altruism defined,Β “when we act to promote someone else’s welfare, even sometimes at a risk or cost to ourselves”.

What a great name for a sunscreen. Read on to find out why it makes sense.

I’m very happy to share with you this sunscreen by Altruist Dermatologist SunscreenΒ created by Dr Andrew Birnie, Consultant Dermatologist and skin cancer surgeon in the UK. Recommended to me by Dr Dray, or Andrea an American Dermatologist I follow religiously on the Tube. I purchased this on Amazon AU for AUD$40.57 ($20.28 each) price approximate for 2×100 mL tubes of SPF 50 Sunscreen.

This UVA/UVB chemical sunscreen is;

🌞Hypo-allergenic – great for Rosacea and dry/sensitive skin
🌞Fragrance-free – great for everyone
🌞Paraben- free – if this is important to you

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Also importantly water resistant!

I recently asked my husband if he’d like to apply some sunscreen the other day whilst we worked on some home renovations in the sun. And like a majority of people he replied and shook his head and said it’s oily and uncomfortable to wear.

So for anyone who thinks sunscreen isn’t important this product;

🌞Absorbs quickly
🌞Is not sticky
🌞Has no residue
This goes on fairly white but dries down very well making its formulation perfect for ALL skin types. It gives a definite glow but I like that dewy look. Looks healthy to me anyway.

Another worthy reason of praise is Altruist donates money from sales to charities supporting children with Albinism particularly in African countries where people with Albinism are faced with health and sociocultural risks that endanger their lives.

It’s available for purchase on Amazon USA and Amazon UK.

Please consider sunscreen as one of the tools to protect your skin against skin cancer as well as promoting long lasting beauty!

Remember to #loveyourhealth

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