Face Favourites: Crayon Lipsticks

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One product that I've always kept close to my heart is the classic sheer lipstick. I have thin lips and I find that darker colours make them seem even smaller and thinner so I tend to stay away from the darker, matte lipsticks and more towards satin finishes and sheer washes of colour on the lips. I also suffer from some serious chapped lips, year round and whilst there are some great bullet options I can wear, unless I'm having a good lip day, I often have to forgo the wonder of liquid lipsticks.

Enter the crayon lipstick!

I'm pretty sure I got sucked in immediately with an "emergency" purchase one day at Priceline, thinking it was a tinted balm but realising after application that it was so much more than that. Now I pick up crayon and pencil style lipsticks whenever I can! I find that the drug store brands seem to make some of the best of the bunch, which means I stock up on all different types whenever there's a sale and I don't feel so guilty, because they're cheap but good quality!

Although these formulations aren't ridiculously long lasting, they're easy to apply and with the majority of them, the colours are sheer enough for me not to worry too much about requiring a mirror or being 100% precise. The perfect makeup product for a day where you might be eating, drinking or kissing, because the product doesn't build up like a bullet or liquid lipstick can, it doesn't look awful after several re-applications.

My current favourites and what I'm throwing in my bag every day are the L'Oreal Infallible Sexy Balm in Can't Sit with Us and Clueless. The names made me laugh when I saw them in Priceline and I had to pick them up because after I swatched them, I was in love! These are followed up closely by the Revlon ColourBurst Balms which come in satin, gloss or matte formulas with enough colours to suit even the pickiest of makeup lovers.

So if you're looking for an easy peasy fun pop of colour for your lips that isn't super matte or drying - I'd definitely recommend picking up a lipstick crayon or two!

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Ride or Die: My Daily Face

Ride or Die | My Daily Face Products | thethirtyblog.com

I am a firm believer that a woman needs not only a go to outfit but a go to look as well, because I definitely don't want to have to get up at 5am when I can get an extra 40 minutes to sleep in and still look good!

Over the last few years, I've definitely bought a lot of makeup products and most of it is definitely work appropriate because I didn't want to spend dollars on products that I couldn't use every day but over the last two months or so, I've spent a lot of time working out what works best for me, what isn't hard to apply quickly and importantly, what lasts through 8-12 hours of my working day, the full commute and all.

Perfect Base | My Ride or Die Daily Makeup Products | thethirtyblog.com

Base Products

Urban Decay Optical Illusion Complexion Primer - $55 - This is a new product for me but a really good primer for my skin in the winter time when I don't have to worry as much about my makeup melting off. I received it in a recent Mecca Beauty Loop box and I will be buying a full sized version when I run out of this.

It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream - $58 - Sephora claims this is full coverage but I disagree. I find that it's the perfect medium coverage for me, enough to cover up some redness on my nasal area and chin but not so much coverage that I look like I'm wearing a mask. It doesn't feel heavy and the colour match isn't too bad considering their appalling colour selection.

BareMinerals bareSkin Serum Concealer - $30 -  This product is my holy grail mid range under eye concealer! Considering that I'm quite oily skinned, I do get dry under eyes and unfortunately, my mature skin is definitely showing in the under eye area. This concealer is pigmented enough to cover my dark circles and tired looking eyes but thin enough to not crease during the day. I don't apply this in the triangle placement for illumination but only use a very small amount in the inner corners and spread it underneath, usually with a beauty blender.

Nars Soft Matte Complete Concealer - $44 - I use this thicker concealer to spot conceal several spots on my face, such as a broken blood vessel under my eye and a big flat mole on the side of my face as well as the perma-red-angry spots on the side of my nose when I don't wear my glasses. This is absolutely a no go for me as an under eye concealer but it's a perfect colour match otherwise and takes seconds to blend in with a finger.

By Terry Hyaluronic Hydra Powder - $78 - This one is probably one of my most expensive beauty buys ever but I absolutely do not regret it. Not only does it set my base nicely but it provides a little bit of a pore filling effect which I can always use! I apply with the Wayne Goss Air Brush in the t-zone area only.

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Other Face Products

Two Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil Bronzer - $44 - When the Mecca consultant handed me the Milk Chocolate shade, I thought she was mad and that it would never show up on my skin. What a complete doofus I was, because this is absolutely the best winter bronzer shade for me! I apply with a big fluffy brush over the high points of my cheeks and temples as well as down the neck. I probably do go a bit overboard with the old bronzer brush but hey, you only live once right?

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush (Dollface) - $38 - My first ever Sephora purchase, which I waited for a month to have shipped from the US and to be honest, I just picked this because I liked the pink colour! I don't think I even looked at swatches online. I don't regret it though because it's just pigmented enough to pick up a light dusting and pop on the apples of my cheeks for a nice winter flush.

Ride or Die Face Products | thethirtyblog.com

Eye & Lip Products

Maybelline Colour Tattoo Cream Eye Shadow - $9 - I must admit, I can't be bothered faffing around with blending numerous powder eyeshadows in the mornings before work so this part is probably the biggest time saver for me. I have a few different shades that I choose from and I just pat across the lid and just above the crease with my fingers. I like that I can build this up if I want a more dramatic look.

ModelCo Lashxtend Lengthening Tubular Mascara - $22 - I love a good tubing mascara and this one, when it's on sale is a complete bargain! I don't get thick huge spider lashes with this mascara and it gives me enough oomph to define my eyes without being overdramatic. Although, I do love a lashy look when I have more time to perfect it!

Benefit Goof Proof Eyebrow Pencil - $42 - The only brow pencil I can use without making me look like I've drawn sharpie brows! I like the diamond shaped tip, rather than the thin pencil type tip just to fill in my brows in a few swipes.

Benefit Gimme Brow Eyebrow Gel - $39 - When I'm feeling really lazy, I just run this through my brows but usually, I use this to set the pencil work I've done with my darling Goof Proof. I like this one a lot but I probably will substitute this out with the NYX Brow Mascara once I've finished this pot due to the price.

L'Oreal Paris Infallible Sexy Balm - $14.95 - I have this in Clueless and Can't Sit with Us and these new lip balms are just perfect for the quick swipe of colour that might not last all day, but the swipe of colour I know I can re-apply regularly without needing to look in a mirror or worrying about that gross residue that sometimes comes along when re-applying liquid lipsticks.


So that's my face done in about fifteen minutes! It might seem like a bit but now I've got the routine down pat, I've turned in to a bit of a makeup speed demon!

Do you have a "daily face" or do you prefer a new look each day? Let me know in the comments!

Empties: May 2017

I have been keeping my empty product bottles in one of my desk drawers since January, because I had planned to start this blog much earlier in the year. Since the drawer was starting to get pretty full and I have plans to overhaul my entire beauty space set up, I figured I better get this post up nice and early. Plus, these posts are pretty much my favourite to read and watch on YouTube!

SKINCARE

Banila Co. Clean It Zero Resveratrol - my favourite balm cleanser, great for removing hard core makeup. Smells like heaven and isn't super expensive. It can be hard to find but now I've discovered that W Cosmetics has online shopping, I don't think I'll be switching my first cleanser any time soon.

Pixi Skintreats Hydrating Milky Serum - I wanted to love this. I might have loved it more if the dropper wasn't so finicky. Also I hate not being able to tell how much is left in a bottle. It does what it says on the bottle and does provide some extra hydration but given that I'd have to ship this from the UK as it's not available on ASOS, I won't be re-purchasing this.

Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men Shave Gel - I got this through a friend who is an Arbonne rep but I'm not affiliated with them in any way. It's a perfectly fine shaving gel but for the price you pay you could buy 20 perfectly fine Gillette shaving gels from Coles or Woolworths. I won't link this product as you can't buy it unless you have a distributor and they have also reformulated this product.

HAIRCARE

OGX Ever Straightening + Brazilian Keratin Therapy Shampoo - I bought this and the matching conditioner during one of Priceline's 40% off haircare sales. I really liked this particular shampoo and found that I did see a reduction in the amount of frizz when I blow-dried my hair and when I left it to air dry. I'd like to try a few more OGX shampoo and conditioners before I re-buy this. I'm still using up the conditioner with another OGX shampoo, but I think you do need to keep them in their matching pairs for the most effective results

NAK Ultimate Treatment 30 Second Repair Hair Mask - Recommended by my hairdresser who is a great lover of the entire NAK range. I started using this instead of conditioner, also on the recommendation of my hairdresser and I did see a huge difference in the state of my hair, especially the bleached and heat damaged ends. I'm 50/50 on purchasing this again and if I did, I'd probably only use as a fortnightly treatment mask now that I no longer bleach my hair.

MAKEUP

Stila One Step Correct Primer - I am so conflicted over this one. When I first bought it, I absolutely loved it but as I tried more primers focussed towards pore minimising and texture smoothing I slowly fell out of love with it. I found it was really good when my skin felt dry and dull and needed a pick me up or if I was using a high-coverage matte foundation like the Loreal Pro Matte foundation. I probably won't repurchase though as I prefer to use the Too Faced Hangover Rx Primer when I need a moisturising primer.

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Setting Spray - The ultimate holy grail product for oily or combination skin in my opinion. I have tried many other matte setting sprays and there is not one that compares to this. Without setting spray, I usually get around 3-4 hours wear out of a full face without the need to touch up, with this I get between 6-7. Absolute re-buy and the new packaging is so nice!

Mac Prep & Prime Fix + - I know many people wonder why I would use this if I'm already using De-Slick. I don't actually use it as the last product in my routine, I use it to fix my liquid foundation and powder coverage (including blush and contour) to take down the powdery look. Occasionally, I pop it in my makeup bag for work to use as a refresher during the day when it's not humid, although in Brisbane it's not often that's the case. This is another definite re-buy but as the weather is getting cooler and my face isn't so oily during the day, I will be able to manage without it until later in the year.

Clarins Ever Matte SPF15 Oil Free Skin Balancing Foundation (Wheat) - My first ever non drug store foundation and probably one of the best colour matches I've ever had in my life. This is quite possibly one of my holy grail foundations for the summer time, as it controls oil, minimises pores and has an added SPF. It's a nice medium coverage and doesn't appear flat on the face. I find that when I'm wearing it, it feels like I'm not wearing any makeup at all. Another re-buy that will wait until closer to summer.

Review: Emma Hardie Cleansing Balm

Emma Hardie Amazing Face Moringa Cleansing Balm Review

For the longest time, I'd been reading about this miracle cleansing balm on Caroline Hirons' blog and I was desperate to get my hands on it but not living in the UK any more meant that I didn't have quick and easy access to purchasing it so I actually ended up waiting until I could purchase it in London from Marks & Spencer when I went over in August last year.

I ended up waiting until to December to open it and it ran out in the second week of February. I think that I could have made it last longer however I tend to use a lot of product when I'm using a cleansing balm, so your mileage may vary on usage times. I was using the balm as a first cleanse of an evening as part of a double cleansing method.

As I travelled from London to Brisbane, the jar holding the balm did leak a little bit, even though it was kept in the box and wrapped until I arrived back in Brisbane.

I found that the balm was definitely more "delicate" than other balms I've used and melted really easily into an oil whilst it was still in the jar, which was understandable, as temperatures in my Brisbane based bathroom in summer can be uncomfortably hot during the day. If I repurchased this, which I probably wont and I'll explain why below, I'd probably keep it in a cooler place in my house.

The first time I opened the jar, I have to admit, I was a bit taken back by the fragrance. I'm sure a lot of people find it nice, but I found it overly strong. It's definitely not my favourite scent and I guess I'm used to unscented products these days and you can definitely tell there are some essential oils in there! The balm melted very easily in my hands and felt lovely on the skin, it washed off easily and even if I got a bit slack and didn't do a second cleanse I didn't feel like there was any oily residue left on my skin as long as I used a wash cloth and some warm water.

As mentioned earlier in the review, I probably won't purchase this product again. Initially, I hadn't taken the price in to much consideration, but given that it's almost $80, I felt that there were better options available that are easier to purchase and more importantly, get samples of to try out and whilst it was a perfectly good balm cleanser and removed my makeup with ease, I didn't feel like it did anything particularly special for my skin. I also think that it might be slightly too oily and designed for a more drier skin type than I have and the scent was really off-putting for me.

If you have dry, mature skin and don't mind scented products, I would recommend giving this a try although oily/combo skinned balm addicts should consider something else.

My rating: 3/5
Price: AU $79.95
Can be purchased at: TVSN