Disappointing Product #1

New series starting on MJGBeauty today! I’m going to do mini reviews on products that have had large hype and disappointed me/not lived up to their hype in my eyes.

First up are the LA Girl Glide Gel Eyeliners. Straight up, on your actual eye these have no pigmentation and do not last. Swatched on the back of my hand, they look amazing. I purchased them after the recommendation from Kathleen Lights, unfortunately to me they aren’t that great.

LA Girl Gel liner

 

The colours I chose are very pretty and I really wish they worked out for me. I’m going to hold onto them for now, I could use them for fancy dress or playing around.

Have you tried these? What were your opinion of them?

❤ MJG

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Disappointing Product #1

Favourite USA Drugstore Makeup

Here is part 2 of my 2 part series about my favourite drugstore makeup items. I reaaaalllly hate how different products/colours are released in different countries either at different times or not at all. We’ve all heard me harp on about this in numerous posts before, so I’ll cut it short there. In this list are items you CAN find in Australia, but I’m in love with colours you can only find in the USA. So, let’s get on to it!

USA Drugstore Favourites

  • LA Girl Pro BB Cream – Now my skin is drying out I’m needing a base between my primer and foundation. I really like this BB cream for adding hydration to my skin and helping to even out my skin tone. Only gripe with it is the smell, it’s gross.
  • Milani Powder Blush – Aren’t these blushes just gorgeous? It took me awhile before I used them as I didn’t want to ruin the pretty pattern! They have buildable pigmented colour and are so velvety smooth. I really want to get more of them 😛
  • Maybelline Master Conceal Concealer – My current favourite concealer ever. Once it dries it’s not going ANYWHERE! I chose a colour a tad too pale for me, but it’s great for highlighting under my eyes. I really really hope this comes to Australia because it’s definitely better than MAC pro long wear concealer in my eyes!
  • E.l.f. Lip Exfoliator – Nothing fancy but the best lip scrub I’ve ever used. Unfortunately this isn’t sold in Australia and I can only find it in the US. Super cheap and gets the job done well! I also love how it’s a lipstick so you don’t need to use your hands.
  • NYX Powder Blush – An item you can find in Australia, however this colour seemed to miss the boat. Great quality, pigmented and buttery smooth. I’m looking forward to see if their new HD blushes come across the ocean to us, they look amazing!
  • Maybelline Colour Tattoo – They release a limited edition range of these each season, yet they never reach Australian shores. My favourite colour to date is “Nude Compliment” from the ‘Dare to Go Nude’ range. It was released in 2014 and is a limited edition set. The Colour Tattoo range is my favourite for everyday wash of colour or as a base. They last well on my lids and can be added sheer or built up to full opacity. I only buy these when on special, and like all cream products they do tend to dry out within a year or so. Absolutely love them though!
  • ColourPop Eyeshadow – Super cheap and amazing quality. They’re a cross between a powder and a cream, super weird. They’ve recently expanded to blushes and highlighters as well! They last a really really long time on my lids and the colour range is amazing. I highly recommend!

What are some of your favourite USA drugstore items?

❤ MJG

 

Favourite USA Drugstore Makeup

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

This is one of the most talked about, hyped up primers on the market, the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Every blog I read, their mum and cat loves this primer. So what makes it so great that your uncle is boasting about it?

It’s a super lightweight primer that turns your skin into a smooth and silky canvas. It conceals redness, minimises pores, fine lines and wrinkles. The two reasons why I was drawn to it is it’s SPF 15 content and it states it repels water. I specifically was looking for a daytime primer that contained SPF for the days where I knew I’d forget to add sunscreen in to my routine (pretty much everyday), also the appeal of it repelling water made me feel like it was going to help my makeup stay on my face longer.

It’s suuuuper expensive, like golly gosh expensive. I purchased the 10ml small pump bottle from Mecca Maxima to just try out. It was $25!!! That is the most I’ve ever spent on a primer before, if we’re talking cost to volume price. So does it live up to it’s hype in my mind?

Right now with my current skin, it does nothing for me. It doesn’t conceal my redness, minimise my pores etc. The SPF content has proved to work, no sunburn for me! I cant comment on it making my makeup last longer, as currently my skin was changed from oily/combo to dry/normal/dragon flakes (update on my acne story soon!). I think if I were to go back to my oily skin, it would be perfect. I feel like it does dry out my skin a bit once applied, so I’d say it gives you a demi matte canvas.

Will I be purchasing this full-sized? Unfortunately not, but I’m glad I did give it a try! Have you tried this? Love it or not?

❤ MJG

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer

Favourite Australian Drugstore makeup

This is part 1 of a 2 part post, with the second being about my favourite USA drugstore makeup. I know a lot of girls love drugstore posts, as it’s more affordable and sometimes you can find quite a gem there. I completely agree with this! So lets get onto my list of favourites –

AUS Drugstore Favourites

  • Chi Chi Makeup Blending Sponge – Perfect dupe for the famous Beauty Blender, I think the quality of these are amazing. I’ve owned 2 Beauty Blenders in my life and both have been of different quality. I have purchased over 5 Chi Chi sponges and all have been the same quality.
  • NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder – great quality if you want a cheaper option to define your brows. Come in a range of colours and can be found at any Target!
  • Australis AC/ME Eyeshadow – Ah-mazing quality for a drugstore eyeshadow. Is a cream yet turns to powder cement once applied to skin! I tried this without an eye primer and it lasted all day! Their new range called ‘Metallix‘ are the new permanent range.
  • Garnier BB Cream Combination to Oily – Still my favourite drugstore BB cream to date. Always on special and great light/medium coverage. Wish they had more than 2 shades, but the light works well for my skin.
  • Maybelline Colour Drama Lipstick – A new favourite in my collection. Super great price for an interesting and awesome product. I hope they expand the colour range soon too!
  • Essence Lipliner – For something so cheap, they are surprisingly good. Pigmentation is great and a lovely colour range, I love mixing these with my favourite gloss on top!
  • Max Factor Creme Puff Blush – Again, I love to save the best for last. My relationship with this blush is deep, so deep I think I need to purchase a backup! There’s not a day where I reach to use this, my poor other blushes are being forgotten about! I only own one colour currently, Nude Mauve but I intend on collecting them all! (they are currently 40% off at Big W until the 6th of May, but shhh I didn’t tell you 😉 )

What are some of your favourite Australian drugstore products?

❤ MJG

Favourite Australian Drugstore makeup

Save VS Splurge #3

This instalment of Save VS Splurge is a bit different. Mainly because the ‘Save” section I wouldn’t call it a save, it’s more just half the price of ‘Splurge’ which is incredibly expensive in my mind!!

First up is the save option – Paula’s Choice Resist C15 Super Booster. Now can I just say THANK YOU to Paula’s Choice for offering trial size options with most, if not all their products! Retailing for $55 for a 20ml bottle that has a shelf life of 3 months max, for me that’s on the expensive side. Reading reviews a lot of people don’t get the full 3 months before the product goes off, but I know if you contact PC they will offer you a refund or replacement.

I’ve been using it at night time (even though it states you can use it twice a day) underneath my night moisturiser or the Lush Serum Bar. Wow, just wow. I have not woken up and gone “Wow” at my skin in a long long time. My skin looks hydrated, fresh and awake. My fine lines aren’t accentuated but I haven’t used it for long enough to say whether they’re going down or not. The pigmentation on my skin is evening out, it’s so odd to see old freckles slowly fading to normal skin colour. I simply adore Vitamin C in skincare, it’s the perfect ingredient for my skins age. I truly and deeply adore this serum and will definitely be purchased the full size bottle in my next Paula’s Choice order.

Save VS Splurge 3Onwards to the splurge – Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair. I was really lucky to receive a sample sized bottle of this, because for 30ml $95 is way out of my fortnightly pay cheque budget. It’s Australia’s number 1 repair serum and has proven anti-ageing benefits. You’d bloody hope it did for that price! On their website alone it stands at 5 stars over 108 reviews and I completely agree with this rating.

It’s a miracle serum gel that transforms the surface of your skin overnight. I have used this for a pro-longed period of time and have seen my fine lines reduce, so yes it does actually work. My skin is super soft, supple and hydrated the morning after I apply this. Like I can literally see and feel a difference in my skin, it’s insane. I only use this twice a week as I really wanted to stretch the product out as much as I could, and I’m down to my last quarter! I’ve also been teaming it with the Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye serum sample pot, which has dramatically decreased the lines and dark circles around my eyes. If I were a millionaire I’d literally throw money at an Estée Lauder cosmetic counter and buy bottles, replacement bottles and replacement bottles for my replacement bottles. I’m yet to try something from EL that I don’t like, and sure they have nasty ingredients in their products but they work for me and my skin. This item will probably never be purchased by me alone, it’s at the top of my present list 😛

So comes the question, Save or Splurge? I’m torn, I love both! Right here and now, I’m going to save and purchase the full sized bottle of Paula’s Choice serum and see if I get the full 3 months out of it.

❤ MJG

Save VS Splurge #3

Current top 4 favourite Mascaras

Top 4 Mascaras

For some reason I seem to collection/accumulate mascaras in test size and full size. I currently have about 10 in my drawer (whaa?), and I try, I really do try to only have 1 or 2 open at a time, but sometimes I just want to try them all! So here are my current top 4 that I think are pretty great.

  • Sephora Collection Outrageous Curl – Cheap, holds a curl well and I love the comb brush. Lashes don’t feel crunchy once dry and because of the small wand you can get super close to your lash line. Does take a little bit to dry, so be wary of sneezing straight after, you could get mascara everywhere.
  • Maybelline Full ‘N Soft Waterproof – I wore this mascara for yearrrrrs, literally I think a decade. Tried and trusted, it’s amazing. Only used for days when I know I’m going to cry or it’s hay fever season. Isn’t over-dramatic in regards to thickening or lengthening, it’s just a really really nice mascara!
  • Too Faced Better Than Sex – This guy has a mixture of cons but the pros balance it out, so I guess that’s ok? Creates super thick, curled and luscious lashes. Yet I hate the dry clumping texture of the mascara and the brush is waaaay too full on. Regardless, when applied lightly it gives great results.
  • Urban Decay Perversion – The best is saved for last! I thought I’d never find a mascara I would happily spend more than $20 on over and over again. Well I’ve found it! Similar to BTS in how it helps to curl my lashes and hold it all day. Only downside is even though it’s not waterproof it’s kinda hard to remove. My current BFF mascara, it’s so amazing you need to try it out.

Mascara Swatches

What are your current favourite/s?

❤ MJG

PS – isn’t it cool to see how different the lighting is in my bathroom on different days?

Current top 4 favourite Mascaras

Brush care revisited

So yes, I do realise this is the third time I’m going to talk about cleaning my makeup brushes, but hear me out. As much as I love the Daiso cleaners, they really only work for sponges and not for brushes. Even after washing my liquid foundation brush four times, I still had residue left in them. So I went hunting again for an option that worked better for me..

Johnson's Baby ShampooLow and behold, good old Johnson’s Baby Shampoo is my saviour. It’s cheap and can be found anywhere and everywhere. Where have you been all my life?

I only need to wash my liquid foundation brushes twice before they’re squeaky clean. It foams up really well and has helped to keep my brushes nice and clean. The only thing it doesn’t work well on are my sponges, but I still use my Daiso cleaner for them.

Cleaning day is not a chore anymore now that I’ve discovered this 🙂

❤ MJG

Brush care revisited