October 2015 | Alexis Adrienne

20.10.15

Review & Product Spotlight: Essence The Gel Nail Polish Top Coat

Hey everyone,

I realized recently that I'm not super loyal when it comes to top coats (except for Rica Glossy Glam for glitter, of course!) and I tend to use whatever's closest/hasn't thickened into a gloopy mess. However, the one top coat I've been consistently using because it's bloody AWESOME and cheap to boot is Essence Gel Nail Polish Top coat.
I grabbed this + the base coat in the system when I was in Australia for $5.10 each from Priceline. While the base coat was a sad let down, the top coat is frankly really impressive. It's not a true 'gel polish' (I wish companies would stop doing this tbh but I digress), but it's a really great high-shine, quick dry top coat. I've used it for pretty much every single manicure I've done since I bought it. It's self-leveling, and doesn't smudge my nail art. The only thing I don't like about this product is that I can't gauge how much product I have left due to the chrome bottle. Other than that, I fully recommend this to anyone looking for a great top coat on a budget!

Essence is available at selected Farmers nationwide (NZ), or Priceline (AU).

Lexie xx

13.10.15

Swatch & Review: Too Faced Natural Matte Palette

Hi everyone,

On my recent trip to the Gold Coast I was lucky enough to stop by a Myer and pick up this gorgeous little palette from Too Faced. It was so hard to choose between this and the Natural Eyes palette, but I don't regret grabbing this one bit.
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The shadows come in a metal casing with a magnetic closure. One of the things I love about this palette is that it comes with a handy little guide to just three of the infinite looks you can create with it. I'm honestly still quite inexperienced when it comes to eyeshadow, so I've definitely made good use of it.

All of the shadows are super pigmented, buttery, and easy to blend - I'm so impressed with this palette, it's such a massive step up from the w7 palettes I was using before. 
From left to right: Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, Lace Teddy, Strapless, Risqué, Nudie, Honey Butter, and the top swatch is Chocolate Cookie. 

I would definitely recommend this palette to anyone looking for a staple, everyday matte palette in their collection! Have you tried Too Faced eyeshadows before?

Too Faced is available from Mecca Maxima and Kit (inside Myer) for AU $53.

Lexie xx

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