Collective haul, plus swatches!

   With the original “introduction” post out of the way, I thought that I’d make a post showing everything that I’ve been buying online or in store over the last few weeks or so that’s related to beauty products. There’s an assortment of brands, including NYX, MAC, The Balm and others. I hope you guys enjoy it!




Before I laid them all out like this, I didn’t realise how much I’d actually bought, and this is not including two other packages that I’m waiting on from BeautyJoint and OzSale, but I really wanted to post again so I figured that this would be enough for now.
Above is all the things I’ve purchased, some has been online, as I said above, and there are a couple of things (honestly, only about 3 or 4) that I went and bought in store.

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I purchased the Coastal Scents Revealed 2 palette off the Coastal Scents website after seeing a beauty blogger on YouTube use it as a dupe for the Naked 3 palette and I fell in love with the colours in this palette. Below, I’ve swatched each colour without a primer

This is the first row of the Revealed 2 Palette. The first two colours I had to swatch several times because they just didn’t want to show up, but this could because I have quite fair skin (MAC NC15 is what I’ve been matched to) and they were just too light for me! The rest of the colours show up really well, and they were reasonably creamy

This picture is (of course!) The second row of colours. All of these colours, as you can see, showed up quite well on my skin and felt creamy and have a reasonable amount of pigment. All in all, I quite like this palette and would definitely use it.

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Next, I bough Too Faced “The Return Of Sexy” palette off When I purchased this, I didn’t realise that all the shades were very shimmery, but I do like the colour selection that you get with it. IMG_0986


Again, it seems like the light colours don’t like my skin too much. Each colour has a decent amount of pigment, but I know that the gold colour (Second from the right, first picture) can be quite difficult to blend out and has some fallout. I can’t speak about the rest of the colours, but it could be very similar as they all have shimmer and some have medium sized glitters in them

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Next is the Classics palette by Chi Chi. I got this in store at Myer when they were offering a travel case free when you spend $50 or more, so of course, I bought this palette plus two other things to get to the $50 mark.

There’s actually 12 colours swatched, not 11, but the colour on the far right just doesn’t seem to show up at all, it does look very similar to my colouring though! I love the colours in this palette, there’s a mixture of matte, shimmer and satin finish and the pigmentation is quite good, however, I don’t know how much I like the formula. Some colours seem to be creamier than others, and there’s a couple that seem to be quite dry. I will definitely use this palette at some point, though, and see how the blending is!

Next is the two things I purchased alongside the Chi Chi palette, and one is the Chi Chi creamy matte liquid lipstick in Crazy In Love and the other is the Chi Chi dramatic lip lacquer in Valley DollIMG_0992
Both lip products are super pigmented and Crazy In Love is very creamy (as the name suggests). Valley Doll, being a lip lacquer, is slightly sticky, but not really enough to be a bother

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Next I have 5 different NYX lipsticks that I bought off Ozsale. (in order) I have a Rosebud (round lipstick), Pandora (round lipstick), Sparkling Orchid (diamond sparkle lipstick), Ruby (black label lipstick) and Earthy (black label lipstick)

watched on the back of my hand, in the same order as above. All the lipsticks are very creamy, and all are fairly pigmented. I haven’t had the chance to wear them properly yet, but I have enough experience with the round lipsticks to know that they generally don’t last a very long time as they tend to slide and transfer easily. I do really love them, though, and I just know to reapply often

More NYX products! Again, I got these from Ozsale. I purchased Sunny Day chrome eyeshadow, Fuschia chromatic pigment, Blue Marine eyeshadow, Paradise mosaic powder and Highlighter mosaic powder

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I haven’t used any of the eye products as yet, but I really love the colours that I got, Still unsure when I would use them, but I liked the colours too much to NOT purchase them. I have used Paradise and I use this as a blush on the apples of my cheeks. This is really pigmented, especially on me, so I have to be careful when applying because more than once I’ve had to break out my foundation brush again and blend, blend, blend. The highlighter is my current favourite highlighting powder, and I use it on the tops of my cheekbones, down the bridge of my nose and on the cupids bow and I just really love the way it looks.

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Next I have some MAC products. I bought these directly off but I don’t often buy MAC products, purely because they are very expensive in Australia compared to other countries and it’s hard to justify to myself why I need them. This time, I bought their satin lipstick in Snob and the mineralise skin finish in lightscapade

nob is my new favourite pinky lipstick. On my lips, it looks much paler than on the back of my hand, and I really love the way it looks on me. Lightscapade I use as a highlighter, the name way I use NYX Highlighter. I like this as it needs to be built up, but because I have light skin, I can pretty much just dust it on and I’m good to go

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Next is some products I purchased on asos, in store, etc. I got Makeup Academy Undress Your Skin Shimmer Highlighter, The Balm’s Cindy-Lou Manizer, The Balm’s DownBoy Blush and the Choose Chi Chi Natural Wall of Shimmer

Swatched on my hand, (Makeup Academy, Cindy-Lou Manizer, Wall of Shimmer, DownBoy) I feel like the shimmer highlighter has too much shimmer in it if that makes sense and the Cindy-Lou Manizer is a bit too warm for me. I do really like each product, particularly the blush as it’s kind of a dusty rose colour that goes well with my skin tone

I hope you guys all enjoyed this haul/mini review swatch post! If you did, please let me know in the comments or email us if you need to 🙂
Thanks for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo

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Disclaimer: All makeup was purchased by me with my own money and these are my honest opinions on them


Introducing us!

Basically, we’re two 20 year olds from Melbourne, Australia. Our names are Caitlin and Vanessa (hence the name; Caitessa)!
About Caitlin: I’m 20 years old, soon to be 21 and I work as a nurse in Aged Care at the moment and will be returning to University next year to study my Bachelor of Nursing. About 6 months ago, I started to really get into makeup and hair type things whereas prior to this, the most that I’d wear would be some black eyeliner, mascara and maybe some lipstick. I never knew how to use foundation, let alone blush or bronzer and don’t even ask me about my eyeshadow. I now proudly wear my makeup and practice different looks in my spare time, of course when I’m not playing Minecraft, reading a book or watching something!

About Vanessa: Similar to Caitlin, I’m 20 years old, and sooner to be 21. At the moment, I work part time as a Barista and as a cleaner, but I’ll be going to University next year to study interior design. Basically, green tea and tattoos are my life, along with TV shows, movies, Minecraft and makeup. I frequently quote things from my favourite things, and I’ll pretty much love you for eternity if you quote something I love or buy me chocolate milk.

This blog is going to include things like skincare, makeup, hauls, swatches, and maybe the occasional tutorial-type post. Neither of us are professional makeup artists and have pretty much taught ourselves what we know, with experimenting as well as watching tutorials online. This means that our knowledge is quite limited, and sometimes we’ll make mistakes. We wanted to start a blog together because we felt like people online could benefit from some of the things we have to offer, and we’ve had several people ask us if we have a blog.

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