Jessie Kathleen


The Balm: Mary-Lou Manizer

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I have been putting off buying this for ages. I don't know why, I heard SO many good things about it, I kept putting it in my Amazon cart, then never going to checkout. After Nikkie Tutorials mentioned it in a tutorial, and she raved about how highlight-y it actually was, I finally ordered it. As many of you would be aware, make up is damn expensive here in Australia. Some brands are literally double the price. MAC lipsticks? $16usd vs $36aud. I know, right?! Insane. Luckily, some brands try and keep their pricing as similar to the US pricing, taking into consideration taxes, gst, and exchange rate. I picked this up from Amazon for $21.84, and shipping was about $6, but I had ordered something else as well. This usually retails for $34.95aud. You can order a lot of The Balm products from Amazon cheaper than you can buy them here, which is amazing!

I really like the packaging, it is super cute, sturdy, and has a mirror inside. It is a lovely golden colour, and it is really, really shimmery. I have ordered a bunch of Real Techniques brushes, and there is one in the order which I am excited to use with this. At the moment, I use a Real Techniques contour brush to apply my highlighter. When I get my order in, I will be sure to do a Real Techniques post, I absolutely adore their brushes! I order them off a site called iHerb, where if you spend over $40 you get free shipping, plus a 5% discount. How awesome is that? And the brushes are waaaay cheaper than in Priceline. 

I like to apply highlighter just under the arch of my eyebrows, on the tops of my cheekbones, sweeping up towards my temple, down the bridge of my nose, on the tip of my nose, and a little smidgen on my cupids bow. As this particular highlighter is so shimmery, you don't need a lot, unless you're going for a glowing unicorn look, then you do what you need to do. 

I have been wearing this every day since I got it. I absolutely love it! The colour is perfect, there is so much product in the pan. It makes you look fresh-faced and glowy even though it is only 6am. I will definitely repurchase this when I run out. I highly recommend it!

Jessie x


This post is not sponsored, all opinions are my own. 

ColourPop Super shock Eye Shadows!

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If you're a YouTube / Instagram addict like myself, chances are you would have seen everyone talking about ColourPop. There are a lot of brands out there, that seem to go viral across the two social media sites, but I always wonder their legitimacy as it seems every time someone talks about them, they always have a discount code. Are these products actually any good? Or is someone just talking about them for a sponsorship deal?

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette Review

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Apologies for the late post, I was trying to get this up earlier, but encountered some technical difficulties *shakes fist at Windows*

I picked up the Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette from Sephora last July. I was initially looking at purchasing the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, but was switched into this by one of the sales assistants. As I tend to use darker colours than lighter shades, this palette seemed to be better suited. It has a total of 12 shades, consisting of 3 base colours, and 9 main colours. They are pretty large sizes as well. I really like the packaging, it is actually metallic on some parts, but due to the flash on the camera, you cannot see it. It is all cardboard, but quite sturdy, and has a metallic close. It has a generous sized mirror on the inside, and I like how it continue the theme of the packaging inside. Some palettes you get and its just plain and boring once you open it up. 

When I first got this home and used it, I wasn't exactly impressed. I just couldn't get the colours to work how I wanted them to. So I put it away and never really touched it again, until I dragged it out for a blog post. Now I love the palette, there are so many different colour combinations you can do, I think Kat Von D has really planned out this palette well, the more I look at it, the more ways I think how I can create looks with it. 

Front of palette.

Front of palette.

The top row of the base colours are (left to right)

  • Lifelike- a nude, matte finish colour. Really great for all over the eyelids to neutralise any redness. 
  • Lunar Lights - a silvery metallic base, but I also like to use this in the inner corner. It isn't heavily pigmented
  • Lucid - A pink base with silver glitter throughout. 

All three of these colours are easy to apply, and went on fairly opaque. My favourite as a base is definitely Lifelike.

The bottom row of colours are (left to right)

  • Hybrid Moments - A deep metallic burgundy, almost a very deep brown colour on the skin. Colour goes on fairly well, you don't have to apply too much to your brush.
  • Mezzanine - A pinky purple, glitter metallic, has really good colour pay off.
  • Transition - A very metallic dusty pink, with hints of silver. This is very opaque.
  • Glasswing - A matte, tan colour. This works well as a base with the purple/pinks of the palette.
  • Melancholia - Metallic silver, glitter. Really good colour pay off with this. It works well in the inner corners of the eye. Or on the centre of the eyelid.
  • Black Milk - A matte white/grey colour. You could also use this as a base colour with the blue colours of the palette. 
  • Graphic Nature - Metallic charcoal, shows up darker than on the palette, but has a very intense colour pay off. Almost has a hint of blue when applied to the eyelids. 
  • Entombed - Metallic royal blue. This is probably the worst colour in the palette, which is a shame as it looks fantastic in the pan. I have used it several times on my eyelids, and I just cannot seem to get the colour to transfer onto the brush, even swatching it on my arm was tough.
  • Tornay - Matte shade, super dark navy blue, more of a blue black colour, leaning closer to black. 

Here are all the colours as seen in the palette swatched on my arm. I did not use an eyeshadow base for these swatches. 

Top row L-R- Lifelike, Lunar Lights, & Lucid. Bottom Row L-R- Hybrid Moments, Mezzanine, Transition, Glasswing, Melancholia, Black Milk, Graphic Nature, Entombed, & Tornay. 

Top row L-R- Lifelike, Lunar Lights, & Lucid. Bottom Row L-R- Hybrid Moments, Mezzanine, Transition, Glasswing, Melancholia, Black Milk, Graphic Nature, Entombed, & Tornay. 

Unfortunately my camera didn't pick up how blue this eye shadow actually looked, but to do this I used a MAC 217 blending brush (seriously, you need that brush in your life), Lifelike as a base colour, followed by Entombed over the lid, which came out really patchy and barely any colour, so I gave up and ended up using Graphic Nature over the lid, which did show up more slate/blue in colour, with Tornay in the outer corner blended in, and then a mixture of Melancholia & Lunar Lights in the inner corner. I paired it with Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Sabbath on the lower waterline (cannot see in picture) and Benefit Bad Gal Lash. After using the palette more, the colour pay off has increased. I'm not sure whether there was something on top of the eye shadows to protect them during shipping, but after swatching them with my finger, the colours come off way more on the brush, but I have to be careful not to swipe too hard with my brush, or the shadow really powders up. I find if I gently tap my brush back onto the palette, I have the right amount. 

Using Entombed (which I then gave up on), Graphic Nature, Tornay, & Melancholia with Lunar Lights. 

Using Entombed (which I then gave up on), Graphic Nature, Tornay, & Melancholia with Lunar Lights. 

My favourite colours to use in the palette are actually the left side. I find I can create a really gorgeous eye look using Hybrid Moments, Mezzanine, & Transition. I put Mezzanine all over the lid, Hybrid Moments on the outer corner and bring it up gently into the crease, and Transition on the inner corner to give it some sparkle. 

I did purchase this from Sephora in the USA, however I do know that Sephora Aus stocks Kat Von D, so I am sure you can get this palette from there. (I wish they would open their online store already!) From a forum I read, you can buy it at Sephora Aus for $65. I purchased this for US$46 + taxes. With our current exchange rate, it actually comes to pretty much on par with the US pricing. Which is very surprising for makeup here in Australia.  I have also seen it on eBay & Amazon (with sellers that ship to Australia). Or if you have a US postal forwarding service, (Australia Post have just set one up which I am interested in) you could just go on a Sephora spree and order all of the things. 

*EDIT* I have found an Amazon seller that ships to Australia. I found it by simply google searching Kat Von D Chrysalis Australia. But a direct link click here and I also discovered they sell basically the whole range of Kat Von D products! You can see it all here. Their rating is above 90% as well. I think I might order the Tattoo Liner! Please note, the shipping is pretty expensive, and the prices are listed in USD. However, on checkout, I usually place my order in USD rather than letting Amazon convert it to AUD, as their exchange rate is pretty bad! I don't get charged any fees using USD on my credit card luckily. But your best bet for picking up a Kat Von D beauty product is getting it from Sephora Sydney. Next time one of my friends goes there I am totally giving them a shopping list! Fingers crossed they open some more locations ASAP!

Considering that you can purchased the Urban Decay Naked palettes from Mecca Cosmetica for $78, I really think this palette is good value for money. And only one colour in the palette which I cannot seem to make friends with, so if anyone has this palette, and has been able to make Entombed work, please let me know, and tell me your secrets! 

What is your favourite eyeshadow palette? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading! 

Jessie x

Matte Lip Creams Part Two: NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

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Welcome back for Part Two of my Matte Lip Cream collection! I hope you have all been enjoying your long weekend! This post I will be showing you my NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme collection. Currently I have 5 of the range, which consists of 23 colours in total. I really want them all, but I have been struggling to find them all. Well at least find them all and be able to get them shipped to Australia.

I purchased my first NYX lip cream online from a site called All Cosmetics Wholesale (I actually purchased a bit of a NYX haul), I will talk about them more later on. I ordered Istanbul, and when I first got it, I was a bit confused about the whole lip cream thing. (Don't ask me why). I thought that the colour was too pale at first, and never really touched it for a while. I believe I got this around a year and a half - two years ago. After reading some more about the Soft Matte Lip Creams online, I decided to give it another go. I realised I loved the colour, and couldn't wait to get more! Around the beginning of last year, Target Australis introduced NYX to selected stores. I was super excited to stock up! But of course, being in Australia, the pricing for NYX was more than double what it costs in the USA. When I got to the US last June, I made sure to find some NYX and stock up! What I didn't realise is that it was pretty hard to find NYX in most of the places I went, and I had most of my luck in Chicago at Nordstrom Rack, and at an Ulta just outside of Chicago on the way to Joliet. The rest of the colours I have were purchased at Target when they had a 30% off sale, and another from ACW. 

ISTANBUL. This colour is almost empty I wear it that much. This is a staple in my handbag. Being a lighter colour, it is a little thinner than the rest, and the only gripe I have with it, is that sometimes it can show the imperfections/dry skin on my lips. Nothing a good exfoliant and lip balm wont solve though. It's definitely a light pink shade. 

MILAN. This is a deeper colour than Istanbul. You don't have to layer this colour as much, and I find it lasts a fair while on the lips. It's more of a dusty pink colour. 

ANTWERP. This is a little more rose pink, with the slightest hint of watermelon? That's what I get out of it, maybe it's the way it shows up on my lips. This colour is a little more subtle than Milan, but it's a very nice everyday shade. 

SAN PAULO. A rich pink, I'm not sure how to describe it, I am not very good with describing colours ha ha. It's a bit bolder than some of the others, and I tend to wear this one at night time. The colour pay off is quite rich with this one. 

ADDIS ABABA. This is getting empty as well. The packaging indicates that this is a super hot pink, although when you put it on, it really isn't (well compared to MA-LI-BOO by Australis). I find I have to layer this colour a little bit, and it is probably the only one I have issues with fading slightly uneven across the lips. I tend to wear a lip balm under this colour. 

Istanbul, Milan, Antwerp, San Paulo, Addis Ababa. 

Istanbul, Milan, Antwerp, San Paulo, Addis Ababa. 

The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are just that, they are very soft, easy to apply, and when the fade off they don't leave a splotchy mess over your lips. They don't have any scent to them, so it's good for those with allergies or sensitive skin/nostrils!  I find the applicator sponge very easy to work with as it is small, so it is helpful in creating an even outline. The texture isn't drying, but it isn't moisturising either. I usually put a light coat of lip balm on first, or lately I have been using Avon Beyond Colour Plumping Lip Conditioner. I find that just helps to even out any fine lines, and make your lips appear smoother and fuller. 

You can purchase these from Target, in store or online for $12.95. I just checked their online store and they have 9 colours available. In store they usually have the same amount of colour options, but I find most of the time the NYX racks are completely mauled, everything has been opened, used, in the wrong spot, leaked everywhere. So I much prefer to buy them online so I know someone hasn't decided to see what it looks like on themselves. 

A great website is All Cosmetics Wholesale they don't always have every colour available, but they have a massive range of all NYX products. They sell in USD, so the matte lip creams are $6, and their international shipping costs are very reasonable. They actually have a huge range of brands and products, and quite often discontinued colours available. I have purchased from them several times, and everything has come in great condition, and has been authentic. I have even bought two MAC eye shadows from there, and I have inspected them against my MAC shadows I bought at David Jones, and they look identical. 

Another site I believe I bought from was Crush Cosmetics. Their site is down at the moment for maintenance, so I can't check it unfortunately. From memory their pricing isnt quite USD but isn't quite AUD. I did find that they had some colours that ACW didn't and vice versa. 

Hope you enjoyed part two of the Matte Lip Cream posts!

Jessie x

P.S. What are some of your favourite brands and colours? I really want to try the Anastasia Beverly Hills colours, and the Jeffree Star lip creams! Let me know in the comments!