australis cosmetics

apolkadotnerd said: What black liquid eyeliner would you recommend for someone on a budget (uhm broke >.>) who has a tendency to smudge her make up pretty much everyday? Thanks and I love your blog :)

If you’ve read my blog for a while now you’ll know I’m partial to my Essence Gel Eyeliner but I’ve recently tried a few liquid eyeliners that I actually don’t hate!

*Physicians Formula 2 in 1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum

Okay so the whole idea of making your lashes longer and thicker with this eyeliner in my opinion is a bit of a gimmick. I’ve been using it for a while now and haven’t seen any amazing changes to my lashes but I have seen some amazing changes as to how I apply my eyeliner. This is quick, easy and well basically just amazing. I don’t know how Physicians Formula done it but dare I say it this is my favourite liquid liner. It gives a super precise, clean line and has the best of both worlds combining a brush and a felt tip applicator into one. It has recently been my go-to for winged eyeliner (so much that I’m doing winged eyeliner everyday now) I’ve worn this for around 8 hours straight and it hasn’t smudged, faded, ran, cracked or done any of them horrible things we know eyeliners are notorious for, it is pretty budge proof. I just wish that is was jet black, I find it isn’t as dark and pigmented as I would like.

*Australis Curve Ink / NYX “The Curve”

Australis is an Aussie brand which means if you don’t live in AUS it is pretty hard to get your hands on. They seem to draw a lot of their product inspiration from NYX and the Curve Ink is strikingly similar to “The Curve” and by saying strikingly similar I mean they contain the same ingredients list, so I’m guessing they were made in the same factory.  I’m seriously loving the precision that these curve eyeliners give. If you suck at eyeliner chances are that this will make your life a heck of a lot easier. It can be a little tricky to create cat eyeliner with but it is amazing for your everyday, upper lash liner. The formula is blacker than Physicians Formula but not as waterproof.

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Australis Metallic Finish Eyeshadow in Bronzonce

This is a limited edition eyeshadow that was released by Australis not that long ago, as part of their AC/ME range. There are three shades in this eyeshadow formula, and the shadows cost $7.95 from Priceline.

As soon as I felt this shadow, I thought of Stila’s Foil Finish Eyeshadow. Once I read the description on Australis’ website describing this as having a metallic foil finish, I knew this was intended to be a dupe. This eyeshadow is creamier and doesn’t require a mixing medium, plus it’s way more affordable. So far, so good…

It’s pigmented, blends nicely, doesn’t crease, and doesn’t wipe off easily. In short: I love this! Considering how well it wears, I’ll definitely wear this on hot summer days when I want to look glamorous but don’t want to bother with any powder products.

I would highly recommend you pick up any of the shades of this product at Priceline’s 40% off sale that starts tomorrow and ends on Wednesday. If you regret it, I’ll take the products off your hands!

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Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Palette

This palette was released late last year, and immediately sold out. I eventually nabbed it during a restock on the Australis website, but I shouldn’t have stressed - they’re now easy enough to find at any Priceline* store, for $16.95.

This is a dupe for the cult favourite Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, which I purchased while in LA and reviewed here. The Australis palette is less than half the price of the ABH palette, so let’s compare quality, shall we?

The shades look almost the same - three highlighting (one shimmer), and three contouring shades. If you look closer, you’ll notice subtle differences, like the fact the Australis contouring shades are a bit darker than the ABH ones. For me, the result is my mum asking if I have bruises on my cheeks. No, mum, I’m just trying to emulate Kim Kardashian. The shades in the ABH palette are more natural, and blend easily into the skin, giving you a much more subtle and defined look that won’t result in your mum asking if you’re bruised too.

The Australis shades are pigmented, but prone to fallout. To the point that using the palette becomes a hassle; the powder goes all over my clothes, as well as all over the palette. Not exactly ideal. 

The contouring shades are quite difficult to blend, hence the bruised look. The highlighting shades, on the other hand, blend nicely. It’s strange that they couldn’t get the same result with the contouring shades, but I suppose the fact they’re darker and more pigmented makes it harder. Unfortunately, it means I rarely reach for this palette, except for reviewing purposes.

Overall, it’s decent for the price, but if you really want to perfect contouring, you need the right tools, so I would recommend splurging and buying the ABH palette (or another contouring product, like Kat von D’s palette that will hopefully hit our shores soon). 

Australis Velourlips - Full Collection, Swatches and In-Depth Review

A handful of new Australis velourlips were released this week, so naturally - the collector that I am - I went and picked them all up (they were on sale, I had cashback vouchers, it was a disaster waiting to happen). It got me thinking….I have a lot of these. Nearly all of them, actually. It’s not that there’s a shortage of swatches of these around, but in general, Australian only products have far less plentiful swatches online to consult to do research. The velourlips in general are something of a divisive product, and I’m feeling wordy (when aren’t I?) so I thought I’d put those words to use and write one of my extensive reviews, complete with arm and full face swatches of each colour.

Here’s the extent of my collection:

From top to bottom: Hon-o-lu-lu, Lun-dun, Mia-mee, Rio-D, Mali-boo, Tok-i-o, NY-cee, Ro-ma, Shang-hi, Barth-a-lona, Doo-bai, Buda-pash, Noo-d Fighters, Rhi-Rhi Wine-d, Grandmaster Pash

And for good measure, arm swatches in the same order:

All are matte, and the bottom three limited edition shades contain fine glitter.

Under a jump you’ll find swatches and individual shade reviews, but let’s talk general:

This is a product that isn’t for everyone. If you don’t like the super matte liquid lipsticks that are all the rage, you’ll loathe these, because they’re even more intense; they’re a thick matte lip cream (thicker than a NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream, for example) that sets on the lips. I will say straight out that the formula is inconsistent - all of the shades are drying but some tend to crack and peel, and all of the colours are vivid but some of them require building, and when built too much they do fall into the clumpiness trap that plagues matte lip products. Some of them are opaque in one swipe, and some aren’t. If your lips are flaky or textured from dryness, every bit of that will be on show. Generally speaking they last really well, and won’t transfer much onto glasses or cutlery (obviously oil will break them down), but they can become uncomfortable. The shade names are another iffy factor for me - I feel silly typing them out, because they’re “cutesy” takes on major city names.

Personally, I find that some days I adore these and some days I can barely look at them. There are definitely colours I reach for more than others, because there are some real stand outs amongst the collection, but there are also some real flops. I love how high impact these are, because I love the matte look, and I love how afforable they are: $9.99 a piece, but they’re always going on sale (most of these I scored on 3 for 2 or for 30% off).

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Tl;DR: Inconsistent from shade to shade but generally good value, highly pigmented, ultra matte effect lip colours that lean on the drying side but last ages and look beautiful on; definitely not for everyone.

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Australis Vegan List

Australis is an Australian cruelty free cosmetic brand that has a few vegan options. I know that there’s a ‘Vegan List’ floating around the internet somewhere, but I did notice it contains many products that aren’t actually vegan. I contacted the company for an updated list, but unfortunately I couldn’t get one. They do mention if their products are vegan on their site, but since that is a little inconvenient I went ahead and made a new list myself. Hope this helps!

Australis Vegan List

Face

  • 3 in 1 Wipes
  • Make-Up Finishing Spritz
  • Finishing Powder
  • CC Cream
  • Stayput Foundation
  • Mineral Inject Foundation
  • F & F Pressed Powder
  • PP HD Tinted Moisturiser
  • All Over Face & Body Tint
  • Go Camo Concealer
  • Colour Corrector
  • Pressed Powder
  • F & F Pressed Powder
  • Mineral High Lights
  • Blush BFFs
  • Bronzing Brush On Wands
  • Jumbo Bronzer

Eyes

  • Tint My Brow
  • Eyeshadown Cream Duo
  • Intensifeye Quads (OnlyChoc-a-Block & The Big Smoke shades are Vegan Friendly)
  • Eye Pencil Liner
  • 10 HR Wear Pencil Liner
  • Extender Lash Mascara

Lips

  • Velourlips Matte Cream
  • Lip Pencil Liners
  • Pout Paste Stain

Nails

  • Nail Polish Remover
  • All Nail Polish (Colours and Glitters)

Accessories

  • Angled Liner Brush
  • Eye Shadow Brush
  • Contouring Brush
  • Foundation Brush

If you see any mistakes or if I have missed anything please let me know!

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Australis Velourlips in Grandmaster Pash

Like the eyeshadow I reviewed yesterday, this is part of Australis’ limited edition AC/ME range. As part of the collection, they released three new Velourlips shades, and all of them are metallic with a matte finish. Grandmaster Pash is a dark red with gold glitter. These cost $9.95 and are available from Priceline.

I really love the colour of this - it reminds me of OCC’s metallic red liquid lipstick, but unfortunately I have the same problems with this product as I do the other Velourlips. If I don’t rub my lips together, it’s fine, but as soon as I do, they stick together, although the product remains in place, and doesn’t transfer at all. Other people don’t seem to have the same complaints about these lipsticks as I do, so maybe my lips are just weird? In addition, the strong grape smell/flavour is present in this one as well, which I’m not a fan of.

Despite that, it is pigmented and long-wearing thanks to the fact that it doesn’t transfer once it’s set. I can definitely understand why other people like these, and this is the one Velourlips I’ll actually keep, just because the colour is so unique that I’m hoping to layer it with other products and still get some use out of it.

I switched to Australis Stayput Foundation and oh my gosh, it is the one when it comes to cheaper brands. The colour I use matches my skin perfectly. It doesn’t go powdery after a while and it really does stay on for ages. I’ll be using this for the forseeable future. 

I also used their AC ON TOUR contouring set for the first time the other day and it is incredibly easy to use and really does make a difference to your overall look at the end. 

I am very impressed with Australis of late and will be absolutely continuing to use their high quality products. 

Buy them here: http://www.australiscosmetics.com.au/

MaSucree's Favourites from 2014

MaSucree’s Favourites from 2014

Good Morning,
Its back to work for me this week. So I thought I would do something a little different for today’s post. This post is all about my favourite cosmetics from 2014. The products aren’t necessaryily new in 2014, but products I used and enjoyed the most last year.

So lets see what made my favourites.

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