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 comgateway.com 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!

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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
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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

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

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Makeup Geek Shadow Swatches

So since I did my Coastal Scents Hot Pots swatches, I figured that I may as well do my Makeup Geek collection, too!
First up I’d like to say that I genuinely love these shadows, however, there are some that I’m not 100% happy with, but that’s only about 3 of my shadows out of my collection of 35. I don’t regret purchasing these shadows at all, and I’ll probably buy more (lets be real for a second, I won’t stop until I have the entire line).
So anyway, here’s my MUG collection!

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Similar to my Coastal Scents collection, I have my shadows organised into two different palettes, one neutral, one colourful.
Most of my neutrals are absolutely beautiful (can you tell which ones are my favourite?) BUT there are a couple that are a tiny bit hit and miss for me, and those are Corrupt and Mocha.

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Corrupt is so so SO pigmented, it’s as black as a Demon’s eyes from Supernatural, but to me it feels slightly, I don’t know, chunky? And there’s a fair amount of fallout (But you kind expect that from a black, right?) I generally use this to set my gel eyeliner in place, or use it as a smokey eyeliner when I don’t want a shard winged liner and it’s worked great for both those.Mocha… This just doesn’t work for me. As you can see in the swatch, it’s very sheer. Did I get a dodgy one? I feel like I’m the only one who has this shadow that’s so sheer. I feel like it could work really well on someone who has a darker skin tone as a transition shade, but it’s still far too dark for someone who’s pretty much the colour of paper

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These colours I can’t fault. As you can see, Vanilla Bean is the closest to my colouring than any of the others I have, and so it makes a really nice all-over-the-eyelid colour when I just want something subtle (realistically I’ll usually go for Bling or Shimma Shimma because SHIMMER)
Some of these colours (Homecoming and Beaches and Cream) I haven’t used on my eyes as of yet, and I’m not sure why, but I think both colours are beautiful and they feel super creamy and the pigmentation is amazing

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Shimma Shimma makes my little heart sing. Like look at it. How can you not be in love with it. Such sparkle!
All of these colours are so pigmented, creamy and blendable. I personally use a little bit of Ice Queen as an inner corner highlight and it works for me (again, if you’re darker than me it might look a bit too stark)

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And here we have my colourful shadows (Thanks, Captain Obvious!) I feel like I have a LOT of Purples and Pinks, but what can I say? I’m a sucker for the pretty

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Bitten and Burlesque are two colours that give me life. Bitten is a matte finish and Burlesque has shimmer in it and is a fair bit darker, but I love these colours so much! I usually wear one of these paired with Shimma Shimma (Shimma Shimma on the first two thirds of the lid and Bitten or Burlesque in the outer corner) and in my opinion, it’s a perfect look for Autumn, with a nice big winged liner

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I’m not sure why Mango Tango did that in the swatch, maybe there was as mall wet patch on my arm from my makeup wipes? Not sure, but I love most of these colours, but I honestly can’t see myself really using Peacock unless I was using it to create a look for a costume party or something, and this one is slightly dry compared to the other shadows, but it’s still decent

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Just some casual goosbumps, it’s fine. Similar to Peacock, I can’t really see myself using Shimmermint on my eyes, but Mermaid I would probably use as a pop of colour on the lower lash line. I feel like I could probably do a Mermaid type look using all three shadows but I’m probably not brave enough

Anyway, all of these colour just make me fangirl (Yes, over eyeshadows) and I just want to sit at home all day and experiment. Sadly, I have a job that forces me away from my collection that doesn’t really allow me to experiment all that much (I lean towards my neutrals for a normal day)

As usual, all opinions are my own and I purchased all of these with my own money (much to my partner’s dismay)
You can find us on Instagram at ‘itscaitessa’
All shadows swatched without Primer and photos taken with Canon EOS 1100D camera in natural lighting

You can find Makeup Geek here

Thanks for reading!
Much love, Caitlin xo

Coastal Scents Hot Pots + Swatches

Well… It’s been over a month since my last post on here, but y’know how it is.
I thought that today I’d make a post on my Coastal Scents Hot Pots, mainly because when I was on the hunt for some reviews and swatches, I couldn’t find any! Anyway, I recently went onto their site and saw that they had their Hot Pots for 99 cents each! I was so amazed, but I was a tad iffy about it. Eyshadow pans for that cheap? And I couldn’t really find any reviews on them except to say that the quality was a bit ‘hit-and-miss’, but I ended being like “Meh, why not?!” and went for it!
Basically, I bought 56 shadows, because why not? So I now have two full 28 colour palettes full of these Hot Pots. I may or may not be a tiny bit obsessed with eyshadows…

Anyway, I thought that I’d post my photos of the swatches here and talk a little bit about some of the colours

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As you can see, this palette is pretty much my neutral palette. I love my neutrals, I always tend to use them so it just made sense to me to buy heaps of them

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I’m literally obsessing over the last three colours here, they’re so so pigmented and creamy and asdfghjkl
The only colour that I was a bit ‘meh’ about was Deep Cider which, as you can see, was a bit less pigmented than the other shadows, but not annoyingly so. I think it could be used as a nice crease colour because it’s so sheer, even though there’s some slight shimmer in it

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These colours were all great. I love the really shimmery shades, but that’s just me because sparkly things are my life. I’m a little bit of a magpie that way

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Vanilla Sky and Reef Sand are the most amazing colours. Vanilla sky kind of reminds me of Shimma Shimma by Makeup Geek, but I don’t have a picture of them side-by-side and I;ve never swatched them together so I can’t be 100%. Maybe I should do that…

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These are all fantastic colours as well, JUST LOOK AT THE PRETTY. Cloud White I’ve used to highlight my inner corner, because, as you can see, I’m fairly pale and normal highlight colours just don’t work very well, so I tend to use a white colour but with a light hand

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As you can see here, I bought a lot of colours. I generally don’t use many colours, unless I’m doing a pop of colour on my lower lash line, so I don’t know if I’ll even use half of these… But honestly, look at the sparkle. I couldn’t resist

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Deep Grape and Perfect Plum were the only colours that were a little dry in this palette, but they’re buildable and quite blendable so I’m not too worried
(So I came back to this post the day after posting because I realised that I’ve named the second shadow from the left wrong! It’s actually Regalia Purple)

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This picture isn’t great, so I apologise, because these colours are looking slightly more red in tone than they are. I have to say, I’m obsessed with Lava, I’ve used it several times with Peach Fuzz (Pictured below) to create a Halo Eye and I loooove it

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Love, love, love these colours! (Although I think Deep Eggplant isn’t an appropriate for a slightly shimmery navy blue eyeshadow) Peach fuzz is one of my new go-to shadows that I pop all over the lid for an everyday kind of look (particularly when working)

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Now these colours… I’m probably the least likely to wear these. I don’t even know why I bought CM03, the colour scares me quite a bit so I don’t actually think I’m going to be brave enough to wear it anywhere, but who knows? Maybe one day I’ll be rocking that orange erryday

When I was swatching all of these, I realised that I really didn’t buy all that many Matte shades, but oh well. I’m sure I have enough in my other palettes by Morphe, Makeup Geek, etc.
I hope you guys enjoy this post! I had fun making it, even though I had to use SO many facial wipes and had to scrub at my arms sometimes, it was still great

As usual, all opinions are my own and I purchased all of these with my own money (much to my partner’s dismay)
You can find us on Instagram at ‘itscaitessa’
All shadows swatched without Primer (I feel like you get a better idea that way) and photos taken with Canon EOS 1100D camera in natural lighting

You can find Coastal Scents here

Thanks 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!

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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

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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

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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 beautybay.com 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

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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.

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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!

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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)

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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

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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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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 maccosmetics.com.au 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

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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

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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

You can find us on instagram at itscaitessa

Chi Chi can be purchased at chichicosmetics.com
I buy higher end makeup at beautybay.com
MAC makeup can be found at maccosmetics.com.au

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