Shisedo x Sailor Moon

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Before leaving for Japan, I had heard about this collaboration and so made sure to keep an eye out for it. I also just wanted to pick up more Sailor Moon themed makeup in general.

Luckily enough, I found the collection, and even better I got to purchase it duty free! Because I got it duty free though, I have only recently been able to open these up and touch everything.

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First up in the Skin Sensor, now, I will be honest, I’m pretty sure that this is a primer of some kind, I can’t read foundation anywhere on the packaging, and even then the product is very thin and doesn’t provide any coverage. I will be interested to try this out because it felt amazing on the back of my hand. There is a scent but it is subtle and not offensive at all.

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Ah, my favourite piece of the collaboration, I mean look at that beautiful packaging! I cannot begin to describe how thankful I am that I found this collection and picked it up! Inside is a powder that I think will be a little too dark for me (there were only two shades to pick from) but that is ok. Once summer comes around I should be able to use it. You can’t see it in this photo, and I tried photographing it but, on the mirrored section there is pink writing that reminds owners that this indeed a part of the Sailor Moon collection and I am glad they included that. The compact is sturdy and the mirror in the lid is amazing, I am torn between wanting to take it with me everything and leaving it at home so it never gets damaged.

If you get the chance to get this collection and you are a huge Sailor Moon Fan I say do it! I have no regrets and I am so thankful that I was there and had the chance to bring these products home with me.

I will keep you updated when I finally get the chance to try the primer!

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First Ever Dior Haul

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Because my birthday and Christmas are close to each other, I tend to collect a few gift cards. Normally I just buy something I have been lusting after, or make the cards work to get lots of little things. This time though, I decided to be a bit more adventurous. I wanted to get something that I would never even LOOK at if I did not have the gift cards, and that of course, is a high end brand like Dior. I have heard so many things about Dior that I knew I could not really make a bad choice.

While I knew I would not make a bad choice, I also knew that I did not want to spend too much, seeing as these are products that I normally do not even think about buying (Spoilers, I totally fail at this). I will admit that the woman at the counter sort of suckered me into getting more products, but I do not hold that against her because I regret nothing and she was the nicest sales assistant that I have ever come across!

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Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 002 ($95)

I don’t have many highlighters in my collection and so I decided to add another one! I also knew that picking up a highlighter would mean that I would have this in my collection for a long time! Which is always desired when you spend so much on a product. I swatched this and instantly fell in love! The powder is stupidly soft and leaves such a beautiful sheen to the skin. The Air Luminizers are not your ‘blinding, shine to the gods’ type of highlighter, which I am actually thankful for, as there are times where I don’t want something that in your face. One thing I have noticed though is that I will need to use a synthetic hair brush as my Nude by Nature brushes have a hard time picking up the product.

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Dior Addict Lip Glow 006 ($49)

I had no intention of picking up a lip product, but I was convinced to do so to get the items you will see in the picture below. I have never tried a lip product as expensive as this before. But DAM! I put this on my lips for the first time today and OMG I get the why people love products like this. I have honestly never had something so nice on my lips. I could easily see myself getting the other two shades in this range. The colour you see is a subtle berry on the lips and I could not be happier with this shade. It is going to be perfect on days were I want a little colour on my lips. Thankfully, you don’t need a lot of this to get the pigment, here’s hoping the Lip Glow lasts me a long time!

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Gift with Purchase (spend $120)

The reason I bought the lip product was to get this beautiful gift set. I did not plan to spend so much in my first shop, BUT I have no regrets as this gives me a chance to try more Dior products. I sadly wont be using the skin care products or the perfume for a while, as I plan to use them on my up-coming holiday. That red lipstick though, oooh boy I am excited to start using that! I am also in LOVE with the bag, my first every experience with a Dior bag. I had never even touched one, and now I can see why people love them. I get the Estee Lauder gift bags all the time, but this is hands down the nicest makeup bag I now own. I never want to lose this and I never want it to get dirty!

The woman at the counter let me know that these gift bags happen twice a year and are unadvertised, so do not be afraid to ask when they are having a gift with purchase. Because if you are new to Dior like I was, get a gift gives you more bang for your $$$.

I was so thankful to the sales assistant as she also gave myself and Pastels Sparkles a whole heap of perfume samples! So now I am truly set for skin care and perfumes while on holiday!

Please leave me a comment below on which high end brands you want to try! Or even which are your favourite products so I can keep an eye out in the future.

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Sephora and Mecca Maxima Haul March 2016!

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As you might have seen, I recently posted a Sephora & Mecca Maxima Wishlist! and this is the follow up post to that! I mentioned in that post that I would be in Sydney and was hopefully going to pick up some of those items! Well I’m here to report that I DID pick up some, while there were others that I did not! To repeat the same order I will start of with my Sephora haul and then move onto Mecca Maxima!

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Here is an overview of all the items that I picked up! I am pretty proud of this haul as I was in and out in under 10 minutes! I didn’t get everything I wanted, because I honestly totally spaced even though I had a list! But thats alright.

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First off is the Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Eyeshadow Palette which is honestly the main item that I was going in for. My sister has the original Tartlette palette and she LOVES it and was telling me I had to try it! I am still getting used to matte shadows so I figured this would be better for me as there are a couple of shimmery shades in this palette! I am super excited to try this and to learn new skills and branch out of my comfort zone with my makeup looks. (Edit, I’ve tried this and I love it already.)

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Next is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks in L.U.V and Bauhaus. I picked these because we are going into the cooler months in Australia (about time) and so I knew I would get a lot of use out of these! I picked up L.U.V. because I am drawn more towards the colour purple recently. I LOVE Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Blow Pony and Jeffree Star Cosmetics – I’m Royalty so I knew that I would love this shade! I have yet to try this on but I am super excited to! Bauhaus I picked up because I do enjoy wearing dark pinks, but I figured this would be a shade that I could get away with wearing at work and such. I have tried this on and really liked how it looked! After trying these two I know that I will be picking up more in the future!

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I was super excited to finally be getting my hands on the Kat Von D Lock-it foundation because as I have mentioned I love full coverage foundation and that is exactly what this foundation is! I have already tested this a few times and I am in love with it. I am super excited as well because recently on Instagram Kat Von D announced that she would be releasing 13 new shades and one of them being white! This means that there is always a chance to get a closer colour match! I will be writing a review on this in the future I just know it! (new shades will be released around July.)

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To be straight out honest I did not mean to pick up the Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper because I was meant to get the Tattoo Liner in Trooper! While I was in Sephora there were people restocking and they didn’t really move out of the way when I made my way over so yea, I grabbed the first one I saw with ‘Trooper’ written on it. This is a felt tip liner which is something I actually don’t like, I even tried using it and found it was scratch-y so yea. I might save this for other looks that might come in the future.

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This was something that I picked up in the dreaded (and most exciting) isle before the cash register. This is the Tarte Smooth Operator Setting Powder and I picked this up because I have heard good things about this product! This only cost me $15 so I figured if I really didn’t like it I didn’t waste the money on a full size. I have only tried this once so I can’t comment on this just yet!

Next I was off to Mecca Maxima! (Not really I went here first but shhh) Again, I didn’t get everything on my list but I am not stressed by this. I picked up something I wasn’t expecting to, but I don’t mind!

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Here is my small Mecca Maxima Haul! I was in and out of the shop in about 5 minutes and I was pretty proud of that effort! I am glad that I got my two main items ❤

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The first item I’m going to talk about is the one I picked up on my way to the cash register and that is the Soap and Glory Hand Maid. I am a big supporter of using hand sanitiser before using your makeup or touching your face. So there is no such thing as too many hand sanitisers in my life. I picked this up because I know that I will one day get around to using it!

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This was a product that I knew I would not be leaving Sydney without. The Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Original has become my holy grail eyeshadow primer and I don’t think I could live without it anymore! I had a deluxe size that I had purchased while in America and I am just finishing it up now. There is sooooo much product in here so I know that I will get lots of use out of this! I have oily creasy eye lids that can be a real pain to put eyeshadow on. But with using this I can go all day without any problems and that is so important to me.

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This is the last item from my haul and its almost one of the most important! The Urban Decay De-Slick Makeup Setting Spray is something I knew I would be getting because I wanted a setting spray that I was used to and knew would last me a long time! I have used this in the past and really liked it, so that is why I picked it up again! I must say though that I think there is something wrong with my spritzer as it doesn’t spray out evenly. So I will have to figure out a way to try and fix it, if you have any ideas, please let me know!

That’s it guys! They are all the items that I picked up while in Sydney. I would have probably picked up more if I had more time to look around but oh well! It was probably a good thing I didn’t otherwise I might of spent money I didn’t really have!

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Sephora and Mecca Maxima!!

Well how are you all going? I am back from my little break and full of energy again! When I got to Sydney after being out at sea for 9 days I was more than ready to do a bit of shopping. And being near Sephora and Mecca Maxima only meant that my poor wallet would be feeling a LOT lighter afterwards.

I went to Sephora first, mainly because I wanted to check out what the store looked like compaired to the America. I am honestly dissapointed with what the store looks like. I was just expecting more really. I don’t know what else to say. The store itself wasn’t bad in the least.. just yea, I was expecting more haha! The store is over two levels with all the makeup on the lower level and skin care upstairs. I did find it a little weird and annoying that the cash registers were upstairs. Meaning you HAD to climb up if you wanted to buy something. I can understand that there isn’t much floor space downstairs but still. They did have the goodies by the cash registers though so I was really happy about that! There were some products that I wanted to pick up but were sold out (which didn’t suprise me) or my sister got the last one (lucky her haha). Overall I went in twice, once with just my sister and the second time to show Mum to give her context when I talk about stores and what not. The first time we went it wasn’t too busy and a nice experience, we could wonder around and not worry about bumping into other people too much. The second time though was not so fun, the store was flooded with people! I had thought that it might have cooled down being open for so many months, but nope! Still crazy as ever haha, that time we didn’t look around too much and just got what we wanted and left.

I asked about the rewards program and was upset but interested to hear that they wont be implimenting that until the end of the year, when the website is meant to launch. So that is something! I really hope that the rewards are actually worth it, else I will honestly just keep buying everything from Mecca, as I love the customer serive and the people that work there, and of course, the prices.

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This is an overvew of all of the products that I got from Sephora! Like I said, my wallet was feeling a lot lighter after this but it was tottaly worth it. Plus I knew I was going to be spending a fair amount here and so had saved some money in advance! I knew I was going to get mre Kat Von D and Anastasia products… Didn’t really expect it to be pretty much the only brands I got though! Oh well, I got some repurchases and of course a lot of new products that I am excited to try!

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This is something that I picked up right near the start. I have heard a lot about the Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipsticks and so I went over to them and swatched some. Not gonna lie, I was looking for a shade created in colab with an Instergramer that I really like. But they didn’t have it, so I moved onto a shade that I thought would be good from Spring/ Summer seeing as we are moving into these seasons! I decided on Sexer because it is a beautiful pink that you can do many different things with. Even though I am mainly a red lipstick person, I do love wearing a good pink, and I have no doubt that this is going to get a lot of use in the next few months! I also love the fact that Kat Von D’s logo is imprinted on the lipstick. It looks so beautiful and I am gonna be sad when I get down to it and start messing it up. But at least I have these great photos to look back on!

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Next up are these Metal Crush eye shadows, again by Kat Von D. I don’t know how new these are to the market, but in Sephora they had their own little area on the other side of the store from the main display. My sister and I lightly touched these and knew that a few shades would be coming home with us. The pan on these are large and I find that I really like this because it means I could use these products with larger brushes for more crazy looks (if I ever get the courage to do something like that) and so forth. The first shade I picked up was Synergy which is the pan on the right. Thunderstruck, the white shade, I picked up on my next visit because the day before my sister had gotten the last one! Thankfully they had heaps the next day so I scooped one up before they vanished again. These are SO buttery and I can’t wait to use them. I have been collecting more and more white/ lighter shadows because I love layering them over dark shadows to create a sheen. I am so excited to use these!!

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Now for a repurchase product! The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. I have bought this three times now! Although one time doesn’t really count as that was the Limmeted Edition version she released. My current Trooper hasn’t run out, but that doesn’t mean it cant run out soonish. So while I had the chance I picked it up. I love this liner so much and use it almost everyday. I can’t recommend this liner enough, its so easy to use and lasts all day! A new product is the Ink Liner in Neruda. I have never tried a white liner like this before so I am super excited. When I swatched this on the back of my hand, I pictured a dark look with stark white liner over top. I don’t know if I will ever be able to create that but we will wait and see. Both of these are so easy to use and I love them. Thankfully these weren’t much more expensive than they were in America! (But we have all seen the posts about how unconsistant the price differences have been).

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Next up is Anastasia Beverly Hills products. I decided that I wanted to try something new and move away from my AnastasiaBH Brow Wiz (review) also because my sister told me that the colour wasn’t really matching me anymore. Now that we are coming into the sunnier seasons, my hair lightens and so I agreed and went to get a lighter shade. Sadly taupe is the lightest shade of the brow wiz, but no matter! The Dipbrow Pomade has a lighter shade! Blonde is the shade that I picked up and it is a bit lighter which I am thankful for, my hair is bleached, yes, but this shade matches my natural hair colour a lot better! Now I just need a brush… Didn’t really think that one through! So if you have a hard won favourite please let me know! The second product I picked up is the Clear Brow Gel, thankfully I have used this before and know what I am getting into. I got this because I do also use the Benefit Gimme Brow but I thought the combination of the Pomade and Gimme brow might be a bit strong for me. So I figured that the Pomade and Brow gel should work well together! The first time I tried the Brow Gel was actually through a subscription service, which I no longer use, it was a lucky dip sort of thing as to who actually got a sample, and I was on of the lucky ducks that got one! So now after probably a year, I’m finally buying the full product haha!

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These were the two products that I picked up while on my way to the cash register. They were a bit expensive, but I wanted to try the lipstick (which cost $15, size reference picture below and the moisturizer was $20) The lipstick is Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in Envious. I use red lipstick all the time, and had been interested in this formula for a long time, so I thought this was a great chance to try this out. I do think it is expensive for what it is, but again I wanted to try it and thought why not. Plus if I don’t like it, I only wasted $15, not the $55 I think they are. I LOVE the packaging of this, mainly because its just so tiny and cute! The Day Wear moisturizer is what I use in the morning to start my day. I have been using this for years and honestly haven’t really tried anything else. My skin has never gotten mad at me because of this so I have stuck to it! The reason I got a small one is because I love using these for travel, and I am doing that a lot more lately, so they are handy. This size jar will last me about a month with daily use, night and day, so yea! Really handy for travel and that is why I picked one up!

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This is a reference of the size of the Estee Lauder lipstick, as I said it is TINY! But I love it so much, this is next to my dip brow. Again, this is why I’m a bit annoyed that the lipstick is $15 but oh well! If I love the lipstick I got a great product without having to try at full price!

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My last purchase from Sephora was the Beauty Blender, I have used one of these in the past and ended up giving it to my sister. But I felt that I hadn’t really given it a proper go, so while I had the chance I picked this up again to try. I don’t really know how this will go but I really do want to love it as much as every one else does.

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While in Myer about to get my brows done (and my lip it ended up being) the lady told me about the Limmited Edition They’re Real Mascara with Swarovski Crystals. I heard murmers of this and am now starting to get more and more info about it flood my emails and social media. I decided to get it because I am sadly not loving my current mascara as much and know that I do enjoy using the They’re Real Mascara. This packaing is slightly differnet to normal (besides the obvious) the packaging is matte black all over while the handle is still glossy and covered in stones.

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Here is a close up of the cap. The stones aren’t too far rasied which I am thankful for, otherwise I think it would make the brush uncomfortable to hold and use. I am so excited to use this again, and once finished, put it on display, maybe next to my Kat Von D LE Trooper liner. 🙂

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Now onto Mecca Maxima, which we had a little trouble finding as they are between stores at the moment, BUT we got there and of course had more fun shopping! Again there were two trips made, but the first trip was easily the most expensive. (Looking back at my photos and memory… I bought the Makeup Forever spray at Sephora… Sorry!!) I had a ball here and felt a bit at home because I know Mecca pretty well, as it’s one of my favourite stores in Adelaide! The ladies were so lovely and helpful! It was such a lovely experience shopping there!

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First off is a new bronzer, I haven’t bought a new bronzer in a very long time and so thought a mix up might be in order! I picked up the Too Faced Sun Bunny Bronzer on my sisters recommondation. She has the little book of bronzers and said that this would be something I would like if I wanted a shimmery bronzer. I have used this once so far and loved it! It blended out beautifully and didn’t look crazy on my face! I think I will probably be picking up more of these in the future haha!

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My second ever Soap and Glory Product. This is the famuos Hand Food hand cream and I was excctied to see it in a little basket so that I could give it a try! Another great thing was that this only cost $5 so I actually went back and got a few more haha opps! This is a great product and I can understnad why a lot of people like the brand. I don’t need a lot of this to completely cover my hands and wrists. I love the smell of this and am so glad that I got it. I think I will always have one in my collection somewhere from now on haha!

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Next up is something that I have wanted to try for a very long time but didn’t want to pay all that money for a mud mask. So when I saw this in a smaller jar and for not as much money ($25) I picked one up before I could change my mind. I am really looking forward to trying this and also really hoping that I don’t use it up too quickly. I really want this to last at least around 4 uses so I can hopefully make up my mind about whetether this is really worth all the hype. Again this was a product that I wanted to try without spending crazy amounts of money.

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Now for the product I got a bit confused with in where I actually bought it from. I did get this from Sephora in the isle near the cash register. I have again heard many things abut this and thought that I would give it a go. I also figured this would be good to take while traveling because it is a lot smaller than say the fix+ that I have which is the full size. I haven’t tried many Makeup Forever poducts so I am interested to see how this will go!

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Lastly is the Urban Decay De-Slick Setting Spray. I have been using the same sized bottle of the All-nighter and found that I really do enjoy this product. Mainly because of the spritzer and how the product sits on my skin. I wanted to try this version because I do have oily skin and struggle with it a little. I am probably not going to use this until I run out of the all-nighter, just because I don’t really like having lots of products on the go at once. Well these types of things anyway.

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To round everything out is the samples that I got from both Myer and Sephora. I haven’t really looked at these but I am interested to see how they go. I was glad to see some samples though, its always fun to try products for free~!

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