November Favourites

Hey, guys! This week I thought that I’d do my first ever favourites post. These are my favourite things ever to read/watch on blogs and YouTube so I figured that I may as well do one of my own

Alrighty so here we go; (featuring my lounge floor) these are my favourites this month:

Saucebox Etude Palette
Words literally can’t express my love for this palette. I put off purchasing it for so long, before I finally gave in and bought it online. Holy crap I love it so much. The colours that you get are all matte and all amazing. There are cool tones and warm tones and they’re all just amazing. I use this palette to create an “everyday” kind of smokey-ish look (is that a thing? It is now) and I love it. I was worried initially that I would end up with a lot of fallout but the palette is just perfection, and the shadows you get are huge. No regrets whatsoever with this

L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation
This foundation is my go-to at the moment (I use the shade N1 if anyone is curious). I find it to be the most lightweight foundation ever and it’s just so nice on my skin. As you guys have probably noticed. I have very light skin that is also extremely sensitive and dry, so for me, it’s a constant battle to find face products that both match me, are comfortable and don’t give me a rash-type situation going on all over my face. The struggle is real. Anyway, this foundation doesn’t dry my face out, it gives me a nice medium-ish coverage which is what I like for a normal day and it lasts all day. My average work day is 8 hours and it does fine so I love, love, love this

Stila One Step Correct
For those of you who don’t know, this is a primer that has green, peach and lavender tones to it. This primer has saved my life. I have quite red cheeks that tend to shine through my foundation, but the green in this helps to diminish that and hide it a little bit so I don’t look eternally sunburnt. There isn’t much else to say about this. It’s just a fantastic primer that I love

MAC Pro Longwear Concealer
Funny story about this product (not really), I used to have it and it was my holy grail concealer and it gave me life. I bought this in Australia initially so it cost me quite a bit ($36AUD I believe) and then it went missing. Literally my worst nightmare. I refused to repurchase it, though, because I held out hope that I’d find it eventually, but nope. Forever gone, so I repurchased it and had it shipped to me from the US. I’m sure everyone has heard the entire world rave about this concealer. It’s got great coverage, minimal creasing on me (Although I set my undereye area) and it primes my eyes perfectly for eyeshadow. I use the shade NC15

NYX Mosaic Powder – 01 Highlighter
This highlighter replaced my MAC Mineralise Skin Finish (Lightscapade) as my all time favourite. The colour of it is phenomenal and it just gives my cheekbones and cupids bow the most beautiful glow. The only negative I have about this product is the smell. It literally smells like wax to me, which I hate, but because I love the finish of it so much, I can get past it

Jordana Blush Powder – 18 Touch Of Pink
This blush is a kind of coral colour with a slight pink undertone. I originally hated this blush because I thought that the colour would look dreadful on me and I couldn’t understand why anyone would wear a coral coloured blush. I was so wrong. It looks fantastic on the cheeks, just giving a really natural kind of flush. Absolutely gorgeous and I am in love

MAC Lipstick – Lickable (Cremesheen)
This lipstick is a kind of deep pink colour that has tiny reflects in it, so basically it’s fabulous. I wore this to work one day and got complimented on it several times, by both visiting families and the other Nurses I was working with. I now wear this quite often and have had several other people compliment me on it. It’s very moisturising and it lasts a decent amount of time (I touched up twice during my shift at work)

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
This mascara gives me life. I’ve never had a mascara that I absolutely loved before, it was more like “Eh, this one looks okay, I’ll buy this one this month” and then I just didn’t really care. But this mascara gives me length, volume and separation without clumping (Well, okay it clumps sometimes when I put too much on, oops) and it costs almost nothing from beautyjoint

Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – Intense Black
This eyeliner is the reason I can have winged liner. It’s so easy to apply and it’s so dark and amazing. I literally cannot fault this eyeliner, it lasts all day and I’ve never had a problem with it smudging, transferring or cracking on me, regardless of whether I use a primer or not

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit
I love this palette, but I only really use two of the shades which are Vanilla and Banana which I use to set underneath my eyes after concealer. I occasionally use Fawn to contour, but I’m not a big lover of contouring so I don’t use it all that much. What I can say for all six shades is that they’re all creamy and blendable and this kit would work on anyone due to how versatile the colours are

MAC Fluidline Brow Gelcreme – Dirty Blonde
This product is so easy to use and I absolutely love the way that I’m able to do my brows now. Never have I spent less time on them and had them look so nice

Lush Lip Scrub – Mint Julips
This thing right here has saved my lips, to be honest. There isn’t much to say about it except that everyone should get this exfoliating goodness as soon as possible

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
I use this to take my makeup off at the end of the day and I think it’s safe to say that my makeup removal wipes have officially been replaced. I heard a lot of people say that this was a dupe for Bioderma but since I’ve never used Bioderma, I can’t confirm that. All I know is it takes my makeup off very quickly without irritating my skin or causing irritation to my eyes and it’s my new favourite skincare product

Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment
This product is so amazing and it helps my hair to grow. That’s literally all I can say about this! Since using it I’ve noticed my hair is a lot more healthy and it’s grown quite a bit over the last few months and it smells like coconuts!

Giorgio Armani Perfume – Si
This perfume has taken over all of my other perfumes that I own. It’s a kind of sweeti-ish, floral-ish, amazing scent that I can’t get enough of. It’s the only perfume I wear anymore and I get complimented all the time by people at work, family and friends

So that’s all of my favourites for this month, I hope you guys enjoyed reading about them!
Feel free to give me any constructive criticism if you feel like there’s something I’m doing wrong, and feel free to request different posts
Thanks for reading

As usual, all products were purchased by me with my own money and all opinions are my own
Until next time!
Much love, Caitlin xo


Online Haul Including MAC, Chi Chi, Saucebox, Melt + Swatches!

Hey guys!
So I recently watched a video on YouTube by an Australian YouTuber named “KatieBambrickBeauty” and she did this massive haul of American makeup that she used a shipping service to get to her (You can find her here). Anyway, I got into contact with her and asked which shipping service she used, how much it cost, etc. She responded and told me that she used the service so I decided that maybe I should do this because I’ve looked into it before but I’ve always been nervous about using a shipping service when nobody that I knew had ever used it. I made my order using their BuyForMe service and just had to wait. The wait time from he time I placed my orders and the time it arrived to me was only about two weeks, which is insanely fast! From the time I got the shipping notification, it was only 4 days. 4 days is so so so fast. I’m used to waiting at least 10 days for things from America, but this was just so fast it was insane
Anyway, enough babbling from me, I’m about to show you what I bought!



So here is everything that I bought. Some of it I purchased straight from their websites and didn’t use the shipping service because they had international shipping anyway, and Chi Chi is an Australian brand anyway, so that would have been pointless


These are the products that I haven’t swatched.. Because I don’t think that I can. So there’s the Stila One Step Correct Primer, MAC Gel Fluidline in Dirty Blonde, MAC Prep and Prime Fix+ and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC15
I love all of these products, but the Fluidline is slightly too warm for me, but I still use it because I love the consistency and it makes my eyebrows such a nice shape


This is the swatches of my Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit. As you can (not) see, the highlight shades pretty much just blend win with my skin, but that’s okay because the lightest colour, slightly mixed with the yellow colour makes a great undereye setting powder. All the shades are really creamy and blendable, although I’ve used the highlight shades more than the contour shades

This is the Saucebox Etude palette and I bought it because of NikkieTutorials on YouTube, and holy wow, it is so amazing. The colours are so creamy and blendable hnnnnng. Can’t even deal. If you don’t have this palette, you should get it, like, now. I bought this off the Lipstick Republic website (I don’t remember how much I paid). I haven’t had much of a chance to play with this but I love it so much and it’s so pretty

Stila Stay All Day Eyeliner. This eyeliner gives me life. I couldn’t do a decent winged eyeliner to save my life before this. It’s a felt tip pen form and it’s so pigmented and so dark. I get so many compliments on my eyeliner when I have it on and I’ve convinced several people to buy this and every one of them has loved it as much as I do. I bought this off the BeautyBay website

These are the Chi Chi Viva La Diva Lipsticks. I am so in love. I already owned one that I purchased several months ago in store (Target I believe) so that I knew if they were worth buying, and holy crap are they ever! My love of Red lipstick shows, but as you guys will see in my next few lipstick swatches, I’m really loving my pinks lately. This is probably because it’s spring in Australia right now, and I don’t think I could rock a red lip at work, I might get some strange looks! Anyway, these lipsticks are so pigmented and creamy and they don’t feather on me, which I honestly have some trouble with a lot of lipsticks. Anyone who lives in Australia should definitely try these out!

Ohh the pretty MAC lipsticks. In love. I think everyone knows all about MAC lipsticks so I’ll keep this short. They’re amazing

Again from Lipstick Republic, I decided to buy some Bite Beaut. Because they’re a bit on the pricey side, I only got two but I’m already planning to get more. The shades are so wearable and I get complimented at work by the other girls and I’m forever being asked what I’m wearing. They’re so easy to apply and they last on me a really long time (And I do a lot of talking at work) I’ve used Velvet more than Amarone, but I love them both equally, how could you not love these colours?

Next I bought some OCC Lip Tars (Lipstick Republic). The colour of these is phenomenal, and you only have to use the tiniest drop and it’ll cover my entire lips. They’re very smooth and creamy/. The only issue I have is that they bleed a bit on me, but I expect that if I line my lips first then this will stop that. I apologise for the crappy lighting in the swatch picture, I have no idea what happened

Last but certainly not least, I picked up Melt Cosmetic’s 6six6 and (wait for it) DARK ROOM! I didn’t realise this was limited edition until after I’d purchased mine (And Vanessa’s to save on postage – winning!) but I did know that it would sell out super fast. The pictures truly don’t give either of these colours justice. They’re so dark and vampy and amazing, and I cannot wait to try them out

So that concludes my haul for today! Can you tell I love lipstick?
I’m thinking of doing a lip swatch post, but I’m not sure yet (I would’ve done it to include pictures for this, but my lips have been horrific lately and my skin looks terrible from an allergic reaction I had to a skin product I used last week -shudders-)

As usual, all opinions are my own and I purchased all of these with my own money
You can find us on Instagram at ‘itscaitessa’
All shadows swatched without Primer and photos taken with Canon EOS 1100D camera in natural lighting and some were taken with flash because the lighting was being annoying today so I apologise for that!

You can find Lipstick Republic here
You can find Melt Cosmetics here
You can find Chi Chi here
You can find Beauty Bay here

Thank you so much for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo

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

eft to right: Sunny day, Fuschia, Paradise, Highlighter, Blue Marine
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