Review: Hourglass Ambient lighting powder and blush

I received these for my birthday a few months ago and it has just taken me forever and a half to finally put out this review. I had never really heard much about Hourglass but after reading Tine’s post on a model’s prefer dupe of Hourglass’s Mood Light I knew I had to try the model’s prefer version. After all, $66 is quite a bit to plonk down on a finishing powder without really knowing what it actually does. Intrigued I bought the model’s prefer dupe in photo ready (which, was the dupe for Mood Light) and while the powder was hard and talc scented, on application it looked fabulous. Of course it wore off in a few hours and the effect was gone but I now know what I am missing out on and it just made me desire the Hourglass Mood Light ambient powder even more.

I pined for this – you don’t understand how much. I would go into Mecca and swatch all the powders and admire the luxe packaging which was so unlike the cheap plastic feel of the Model’s prefer dupe version. Let me put this out there – there is nothing wrong with using and purchasing a dupe, in fact I whole heartedly encourage you to purchase dupes of your most lusted after products to see if you truly love it enough to splash out hard earned money on the luxe version.

So many times I wanted to buy it but it was always frustratingly out of stock. In the end I asked my friends (bless their souls) to get these for my birthday.
Anyway, that was the short version of how I came to know of this and came to fall deeply in love with it. On to the review!
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Review: Missha Closing Cover Liquid Concealer no.23

I had recently run out of my usual The Face Shop Concealer and when I went onto the newly revamped RRS website, I was gutted to find out that they weren’t selling it anymore. In my sadness I ended up not buying any concealers but after seeing a post by Ryan showing the new Missha concealer I decided to give it a try since RRS was carrying the new range. For a few dollars (less than $5USD I believe) I decided that it wasn’t too pricey to try blind.

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Review: Smashbox Full Exposure palette

I first saw this beauty in a friend’s beauty area and the moment I swatched it I realised I had to have it. There was no way around that. Unfortunately, living in Australia I get to pay this thing called the ‘Australia Tax’ whereby everything (I mean everything) gets a 50-100% price inflation. Why? I don’t know. Maybe it’s because we live in the biggest hole in the Southern hemisphere and it’s a pain to ship anything here.
Fortune shone upon me though, as my parents were soon to depart for a very long, very expensive and very exciting Europe trip. I managed to get my mum to snag me the Full Exposure palette while she was in London for £38? I can’t quite remember the exact price but I think it was close to that price. Since she was a visitor she also managed to get 20% off VAT and the whole thing ended up to be somewhere around AUD$56 – a whole $10-$15 cheaper than if I bought it here. That, is what we refer to fondly as the ‘Australia Tax’. /backstory
Any how! Let’s keep this rolling – on to the review!
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Haulin’ from RoseRose Shop

Whee! I normally don’t do haul posts but since I had just made a large haul I decided to share the love! Today I bring you a RoseRose Shop haul complete with mini-review/impressions of each product. This will be a long post, so for those who’re curious stick around or if you’re not so curious feel free to wait for the full review of the products!
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