Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Stila Cosmetics Aqua Glow Blush - Shimmering Lotus

Watercolour Blush Review + Swatch 

 An oil-free, lightweight, water-based blush in an 
exclusive netted pot delivery system! Provides a sheer splash of 
colour to the cheeks with a rejuvenating, cooling effect.
This gel formula creates a luminous, healthy-looking glow.
The exclusive mesh-touch colour dispenser delivers a single flush of colour each time, 
 Goes on crystal clear, allowing the pure pigments & pearls to be dispersed 
evenly & blend in seamlessly, giving the skin a fresh, smooth & supple appearance.
Available in 5 colours

I ordered one Aqua Glow Blush in the colour "Shimmering Lotus" - Golden Pink 
This is a stunning coral/pink with fine gold shimmer through it, I die!
I also love the unique packaging, cute plastic pottle with the shade visible & Stilas 
signature gold lid. But what makes it so different is of course, the mesh/netted pot system!
Once opened, shake up the product to release the coloured gel through the sieve.
This will give you a decent amount on the lid & in the pot to use. 
When you need more, simply press down the netting & more will come through! Genius!
These retail at $26 usd (approx $39 nzd) for 6.1ml of Blush
I like to put a couple of dots on my cheeks, tap & quickly blend with my fingers 
then finish off with a Beauty Blender! Or I'll put a dot on each cheek & buff out with 
Real Techniques Expert Face Brush for more colour payoff!
This is a buildable product, it starts of very natural & sheer & you 
can apply more to intensify the shade!
These are long-wearing, waterproof & non transferable.
The formula is lightweight avoiding a cakey powdery effect & creating a natural luminous glow!

As you can see, with one swipe the pigment is there, when blended in more it becomes a beautiful sheer pop of colour.
You can see the very fine specks of shimmer in the light, I can't wait to wear this in Summer!

Available in 4 other shades:

Water Blossom - Pink Violet
Rosewater - Pale Pink
Water Lily - Rose Pink
Water Poppy - Red

Close up of the shimmering coral beauty

I was hesitant to try this at first but I saw a few of the Beauty Gurus on YouTube, Chloe Morello, Lauren Curtis, talking about them & I was so intrigued by the formulation & mesh pot, 
I had to try it for myself! 

LucyLoves! xx

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Becca Cosmetics + Jaclyn Hill Collaboration

Champagne Pop Review 

Becca Cosmetics, popular for their high-quality luminizer powders, have collaborated
 with YouTube Beauty Sensation, Jaclyn Hill, to bring us a 
Limited Edition Shimmering Skin Perfector, that suits all skin tones!
Jaclyn Hill is one of my favourite Makeup Artists on YouTube & is well known 
for her amazing Highlighting skills & Beauty knowledge!
Infused with light-reflecting Pearls that beautifully catch the light, 
allowing your favourite features to pop! 
This shade was carefully thought out & created by the Becca team & Jaclyn 
herself, to bring her dream highlight shade to life! 
Inspired by the luxurious lightness & spirited essence of champagne!

"I'm so excited to present to you my dream shade of the very best highlighter on the market - Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop! 
This creamy, luminizing powder veils the skin in a soft, pearlized glow." - Jaclyn Hill

This is my first Becca product & I'm so happy that I made the purchase!
Not only do I love Jaclyn & want to support her through this amazing journey, 
I also know that she only promotes quality & when something is good, it's GOOD!
I ordered on the release date from for $38 usd 
They're still available right now!
Becca Powder products are all packaged in quality, rubberised compacts with stainless steel, embossed lids. Champagne Pop is no different.The box is coppery-gold with a water-drop texture, like champagne bubbles, with Jaclyns signature on the front! Worth keeping it's soo pretty!
Champagne Pop is a Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfector described as a 
Soft White Gold with Pink Peach Undertones
Soft & creamy to use & insanely pigmented! Swatches below show in one swipe & blended out.
I'm quite fair, NC20, this shade is stunning but I know it will look great when I tan in summer too! I believe it's so universal & will suit many skin tones!
I personally found that it wasn't super long-lasting on the skin without a setting spray or primer,
 but haven't had long to play around with it yet!

Sweep across face or apply to targeted areas including cheekbones, brow bones & bridge of nose. The cupids bow to make lips look fuller & inner corner of eyes to brighten!
I also love using this over the lid as an eyeshadow.

I saw Jaclyn mention, use it across your collarbones, shoulders & chest to pull the whole look together for an overall, natural glow!

 One Touch
Softly Blended out
One swipe v.s Blended
 On my skin

Champagne Pop - Pale Peachy Gold 
Opal - Opal Pearl Beige
Moonstone - White Vanilla Gold

I have fallen for this Highlight & Becca as a cosmetic brand, 
I hope to purchase more of their products!
#Champagnepop #defineyourlight

LucyLoves! xx

Monday, 27 July 2015

Makeup Geek Order + Review

Swatches & Review!

I finally got on the Makeup Geek bandwagon & made a order when they had 
Free International Shipping promotion in June! 
Such a fabulous deal, I've been dying to try these after hearing all the hype.
I ordered 9x Shadows, 1x Foiled Shadow & a small Z Palette :)
Product info & swatches below..

 I ordered the small Hot Pink Z palette for $14.99, this holds 9x shadows comfortably.
And I ordered these 9x shadows:

White Lies - Matte Pure White $5.99 usd
Peach Smoothie - Matte Light Peach Beige $5.99 usd
Shimma Shimma - Metallic Champagne $5.99 usd
Magic Act - Foiled Finish Light Yellow Gold $9.99 usd
Latte - Matte Medium Brown $5.99 usd
Barcelona Beach - Matte Medium Sand $5.99 usd
Shimmermint - Metallic Mint Green with Gold Shimmer $5.99 usd
Dirty Martini - Matte Olive Green $5.99 usd
Mocha - Matte Rich Brown $5.99 usd

White lies is great all over the lid as a base colour, 
Peach Smoothie is perfect for transitioning darker crease colours, 
Shimma Shimma I love using this colour in the corner of my eyes to brighten, 
Magic Act this foiled gold baby is so pigmented & creamy it's a new fave! 
Latte is a nice warm brown for deepening the crease
Barcelona Beach is a deep cool-toned crease shade
 Shimmermint For a pop of colour, I fell in love with that golden metallic finish
Dirty Martini I thought would be perfect for a Khaki smoky eye!

I wanted to get some everyday, wearable Neutrals with a pop of colour. These shadows are all so pigmented,  I was shocked at the colour payoff when I first swatched them. Also they're super soft & buttery making them a breeze to blend. Plus, how affordable are these for such high quality? They are comparable to MAC single shadows that retail at $10-20 usd

Hopefully Makeup Geek have another great promotion so I can order more!
Keep an eye out & sign up to their website for email updates!

LucyLoves! xx

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Too Faced Love Flush Review

Long-Lasting 16-hour Blush 

 A Long-wear, fade-proof, smudge-proof formula keeps your cheeks 
perfectly flushed for up to 16 hours!
Pigment-rich, high-impact shades give a pretty pop of colour for any skin tone.
Six bold pops of colour enriched with buttery soft pigments that bond with skin & take on a weightless, suspended look. From a soft dusty, nude hue with fine gold sparkle to a watermelon-pink, you can create an array of looks for day & night!

Another Too Faced review because I can't get enough of their gorgeous products!
I ordered the shade "I Will Always Love You" - Gilded Peach with a Natural Sheen, along with 
the new Born This Way Foundation from the Too Faced website (
Check out my review on the foundation here -
Once again, the packaging is to die for cute! Embossed blush product encased in a 
colour matched, heart shaped compact, even the box it comes in is worth keeping! 
These retail for $26 usd (approx $39 nzd) for 6.0g of product.
Now for what's inside..
This is exactly what I expected from Too Faced, they never dissapoint!
Highly pigmented, buttery soft & so easy to blend. They even smell good!
I can't say I've tested the 16-hour wear but it does last on my skin while
I work in a busy hair salon all day.
"I Will Always Love You" is my kinda shade! A stunning dusty peach with a subtle, natural sheen, perfect for everyday wear to add some glowing colour.

Available in 5 other shades:

Baby Love - Soft Dusty Nude w/ Fine Gold Sparkle
Justify My Love - Bright Pink w/ Fine Gold Sparkle
 Love Hangover - Perfect Warm Pink
How Deep Is Your Love - Watermelon Pink
Your Love Is King - Plumy Rose

Even the names are cute & creative!
Plus, these compacts look so pretty on your vanity! What's not to love, right? 
What shade sounds like your style & you'll be picking up?! I want "Baby Love" now!

Bonus! - All Too Faced Cosmetics Products are Cruelty Free, they love Fur babies too!

LucyLoves! xx

Friday, 24 July 2015

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation Review

Undetectable Medium to Full Coverage Foundation 

This is an Oil-free foundation that masterfully diffuses the line between makeup & skin.
Coverage so undetectable you can't see the makeup & imperfections 
All that's left is naturally radiant skin that looks like you were
Born This Way
Infused With;
COCONUT WATER to delicately replenish skin's moisture levels
ALPINE ROSE to brighten skin"s appearance & promote elasticity
HYALURONIC ACID for a smoother, more youthful appearance

 (All the information above is found on the box & website)
Let me start with the packaging as always! 
Too Faced never fail with their gorgeous packaging, doused in gold detail, pink boxes & cute designs
This Foundation comes in a frosted glass bottle with a plastic black lid & gold Too Faced rim, 
And I'm sure you all notice - The Pump!! 
Can we just praise the Makeup Gods for finally granting our beauty wishes!
I ordered mine in IVORY (fair with Neutral/Golden Undertones) from for $39 usd (approx $59 nzd) for 30ml of product
Currently available in 12 shades with 6 more coming later this year,
 including 2 fairer shades & 4 deeper shades!
100% said this foundation BLURRED their imperfections
98% said it made their skin look absolutely PERFECT
97% said it provided NATURAL coverage
Once again I applied one side using a Beauty Blender & the other using a Flat Top Kabuki Brush
I used approximately 2 pumps to cover my face, the beauty blender gave a more natural & skin-like finish, but soaked up more product, as it does. The Kabuki gave fuller coverage but made the foundation slightly patchy & needed more product to even it out.
I didn't set with anything today (because I forgot!) but I noticed after I had finished the rest of my makeup, it had set smooth & not tacky at all! 

 BEFORE                                                                  AFTER

As you can see, it covers imperfections & blemishes well, looks radiant & natural,
not matte or luminous, just naturally glowy

Beauty Blender:

Medium coverage, even skin tone & blemish scarring is covered :)

Flat Top Brush:

Fuller coverage, even skin tone & blemishes are blurred. The skin looks natural!

The more I use this foundation, the more I love this kind of radiant, natural finish for everyday.
It lasts all day while I'm at work, it does start to shine around the nose & needs slight touching up throughout the day, but other then that I have fallen for this foundation! 

As a shade reference, I am MAC NC20 & this shade Ivory is perfect for my skin 
with NO oxidising throughout the day. 
If you are fairer, remember they are bringing out 2 new shades soon, made just for you gals!
SNOW Very Fair with neutral/pink undertones
PEARL Very Fair with neutral/golden undertones

Check out my Instagram Lucymaria_x for more Makeup posts & blog updates!

LucyLoves! xx

Monday, 6 July 2015

Chi Chi Cosmetics "Nudes" Palette

Review & Swatches!

"A collection of everyday nudes with light smokey highlighters"
 This is my first Chi Chi Glamorous eyeshadow palette from their large range
And I was blown away by the pigmentation & creamy texture of these shadows!
"Chi Chi's collection of velvety soft, highly pigmented eye shadows are easily blended 
to create individual looks. They may be worn sheer or dramatic, wet or dry
 to reflect your mood or desire" 

 I already have a few Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipsticks & love all of them!
For an Affordable, "Drugstore" Brand, Chi Chi has some amazing
 formulas & such a massive colour variety to choose from. 
As I said, this is my first Glamorous Eyeshadow Palette from this brand & I'm Impressed!
It was SO hard to pick a palette out of all the choices they offer 
E.g - Naturals, Metallics, Bronzes, Mattes, Taupes, Brights & more!
I finally chose "Nudes" - very similar to Urban Decays NAKED 1 Palette
Each Palette is $22.95 AUD 
Duo Palette Sets $30 AUD  


These colours are what I tend to reach for everyday.
The shimmers & metallics are so creamy & pigmented when swatched & on the eyes,
 particularly when using your finger to apply.
 Use with a wet brush to enhance intensity & pigmentation!
But the two mattes used for transition/crease shades are slightly chalky & take a little longer to blend.
Overall, I am so impressed with the quality of these & use them most days.
Another amazing product from Chi Chi Cosmetics that won't hurt your bank account!
I love this Awesome Australian Brand!

LucyLoves! xx