Jessie Kathleen

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!

Matte Lip Creams Part One: Australis Velourlips

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Lip creams, they're all the rage these days. Every brand under the sun is coming out with new ranges, new colours, new formulas. I have had the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams, & the Australis Velourlips Matte Cream for a while now. I fell in love with how easy they are to apply, I can get a more precise line over using a traditional lipstick bullet, and they tend to last a while on the lips as most formulas tend to dry or set. 

In the next two posts I am going to show you my collection of NYX & Australis lip creams, along with swatches on my lips, and mini reviews about each colour. Enjoy!

 Australis Velour Lips & NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

Australis Velour Lips & NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams

Let's start with Australis. The Velourlips have been out for a while now, initially it was three* colours. They have now expanded their range to a total of 15 colours! I have two of the original colours, MA-LI-BOO and TOK-I-O. They are extremely pigmented colours. They also smell like a sweet, delicious, candy filled party. 

 From left to right: MA-LI-BOO, SHANG-HI, & TOK-I-O

From left to right: MA-LI-BOO, SHANG-HI, & TOK-I-O

First colour is MA-LI-BOO, it is a super hot pink, almost fluorescent. It goes on a little patchy at first, so it is a good idea to do two coats, but don't wait till the first coat is dry, otherwise I find it starts to tug at the colour, and kind of peel it off. I do love this colour, but I find that this colour can be a little drying, so it is definitely a good idea to put on some lip balm first. I really love this colour, but the texture once dry can be a little uncomfortable. It almost dries a little sticky, so don't rub your lips together, or I noticed it kind of starts to ball up and come off. I wouldn't recommend putting this on before you are going out to eat. This is a colour that you wear out to town, or a party. Or, you could just rock it every day. Just be sure to keep a mirror & the lip colour in your bag.

Next colour is SHANG-HI. I bought this colour recently at the last 40% off Make-up sale at Priceline. I was a little concerned about getting another Velourlips, as the last two colours I bought, I found the texture to be a little off. I don't know whether Australis changed the formula since the initial launch, or whether it is because this colour isn't a bright fluoro colour, but the formula and texture of SHANG-HI is awesome. It really dries to a velour/suede finish, still has a slightly sticky feel, but I ate with this colour on, and it more-so faded, rather than ball up. Whatever they did with this colour, the formula rocks! This colour is still bright, but has an element of class to it. You could wear this to a fancy party/dinner and not feel like everyone is staring at your lips. I really like this colour a lot! 

Last colour I have from Australis is TOK-I-O. This colour reminds me of the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory movie where Violet Beauregard turns into a blueberry. I bought this one at the same time as MA-LI-BOO, so it still has more of a stickier finish, once again, I wouldn't recommend wearing this to somewhere you will be eating. This colour was a little thinner as well on first application, and I found myself touching up spots where you could still see some of my natural lip colour. This is a very bright colour, but I love it! It is a much richer colour than LimeCrime Airborn Unicorn, I find that colour more pastely. This colour is the most dry out of the three. 

 MA-LI-BOO, SHANG-HI, & TO-KI-O 

MA-LI-BOO, SHANG-HI, & TO-KI-O 

You can pick up the Australis Velourlip Matte Creams from your local Priceline, or direct from Australis via their website. I know K-Mart has recently started selling Australis, but I am not sure if they're stocking these. Let me know in the comments if they are! These retail at $9.95 for 10ml. i do find the staying power of the Velourlips is longer than the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cremes, possibly because the formula is thicker than NYX and seems more pigmented. Overall I really like the Velourlips, and next time Priceline have a sale, I think I will pick up a few more 'natural' colours. 

Part Two of my Matte Lip Cream collection will be up soon, be sure to check back for it! 

Jessie x

 


Australis Haul! Feat. the new Metallix eyeshadows!

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Sitting at home, bored, recovering from surgery, with your laptop to keep you company, can sometimes lead you into trouble. Like ordering make up online. Whoops. 

I saw on Instagram a post from Australis about their new Metallix eye shadow range, which I had been meaning to pick up from Priceline for ages. I had just ordered the ColourPop shadows, and I am still waiting for them to arrive, due to a shipping error where they ended up in Brazil.. :\ But the good folks at ColourPop have resent my order, and I am waiting for it to arrive any day now! Be sure to keep an eye out on the blog for that! 

Grab yourself a cup of tea, and get comfy, this post is a long one!

I managed to order all 6 colours in the Metallix range, I went to the Priceline website to compare, and they only had 3 colours available. I ended up picking out two lipsticks, a Colour Inject Moisturising Minerals, and a Cray for Colour lip crayon. 

First let's get into the eye shadows. There has been a lot of talk about these in the Australian beauty community. Australis hyped them up prior to launch on their Instagram page, and it worked! I needed to get my hands on these, but every time I went to Priceline, I could never get them. 

There are six colours in the range; Guns and Rose Petals, Pearl Jammin', Gold Gaga, Jay Zed, Lana Del Grey, & Plum Diddy. You can tell where they got their inspiration from..

  With flash on. You can see how metallic these shadows really are. They have a real foil finish.

With flash on. You can see how metallic these shadows really are. They have a real foil finish.

  Without flash, natural daylight. 

Without flash, natural daylight. 

The first one I want to talk about is Guns and Rose Petals. It is a bit of a mixture of colours, some lights it looks like a pink champagne, then it can be a very silvery/rose gold. I found this colour to be a little patchier when applying versus the other shades, probably because it is the lightest of them all. I did also notice that after being on my arm for a few minutes, it almost dried to what resembled cracked dirt? Still a nice colour, but would be suitable for a base, or maybe the inner corner of the eye. 

  Guns and Rose Petals. Mind the finger smoosh, I got a bit to excited to wait for photos.. 

Guns and Rose Petals. Mind the finger smoosh, I got a bit to excited to wait for photos.. 

The second colour was Pearl Jammin'. This was much more of a goldy colour, and it went on more opaque than Guns and Rose Petals did. I didn't notice any drying with this colour. 

  Pearl Jammin'

Pearl Jammin'

Then we have Gold Gaga. This colour definitely had more of a copper tone to it, even slightly rose gold when applied, and once again was more opaque, with better colour pay off with the first initial swipe.

Getting into the darker colours, we have Jay Zed. This is definitely more of an bronze/olive colour, and this is where I started getting impressed with these shadows. From my initial look into the pot, I couldn't see myself wearing this colour, but once I had swatched it, I had a different opinion. This had great colour pay off, and only took one swipe on my arm.

  Jay Zed

Jay Zed

Lana Del Grey was the 5th eyeshadow I purchased. This is a totally different colour tone to the others. In some light it is a purpley/smokey grey, but then in other lights, it almost has a steel blue look to it. I really enjoyed this colour, and it went on quite opaque, with only one swipe. It definitely doesn't come out as dark as it looks in the container. 

  Lana Del Grey

Lana Del Grey

Last shadow was Plum Diddy. This colour when I initially opened up the delivery box was the one I thought that I wouldn't get much wear out of it. It is a chocolate/burgundy, very deep looking colour, and applies very evenly, with great colour pay off. It still would be the colour I reach for the least, but I want to give it a chance and try it out with some looks. 

  Plum Diddy

Plum Diddy

  L-R Guns and Rose Petals, Pearl Jammin', Gold Gaga, Jay Zed, Lana Del Grey, & Plum Diddy

L-R Guns and Rose Petals, Pearl Jammin', Gold Gaga, Jay Zed, Lana Del Grey, & Plum Diddy

After I removed the swatches from my arm using the Garnier Micellar Water, I was left with the remnants of a late 90's / early 2000's primary school disco. These shadows are glittery, and metallic (as the name suggests). So if sparkle is not your thing, maybe don't go for these bad boys. I think my favourite out of them all would have to be Gold Gaga, and Lana Del Grey. 

The consistency of these is not quite a cream, not quite a shadow, but somewhere in between. They're certainly not as sticky/dry as the Maybelline 24 hour colour tattoos are, I find those a little hard to work with. But I would definitely recommend applying these with your finger. If you aren't comfortable with that, you could use a synthetic flat brush to apply the shadows. The Australis website also says that these contain Vitamin E & Antioxidants to soften and hydrate the eyelids. Which would explain why they seemed a bit more pliable than the Maybelline range.  

All in all, I'm pretty impressed with them, and I am keen to try them out to see how long lasting they are on the eyes. 

Next up I got two lipsticks (I needed to make free shipping somehow.. ;)

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I got the Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral Lipstick in Flamenco, and the Cray for Colour Lip Gloss in Flamingo. Going with an F theme apparently. 

  Flamingo and Flamenco

Flamingo and Flamenco

The Colour Inject lipstick had good colour pay off, and is more of a semi-gloss finish. It wasn't drying, and didn't fall into the cracks in my lips which is good because they are SUPER dry at the moment. From the Australis website, it says that their Colour Inject Moisturising Mineral range contains Kakadu Plum, which is high in vitamin C, it also contains Jojoba Oil, Evening Primrose Oil, Avocado Oil, & Titanium Dioxide which acts as a UV filter. I did find the lipstick to be quite softening, and I have had it on now for about 3 hours, and my lips still feel quite soft.

  Australis Colour Inject lipstick in Flamenco

Australis Colour Inject lipstick in Flamenco

Secondly was the Cray for Colour lip gloss. Now, this is not a lip gloss. It is definitely more of a lip crayon with a semi gloss finish. It has a wind up bottom instead of sharpening it, and it is quite thin, but it did make outlining my lips quite easy. Australis says this lipstick contains Castor Seed oil, Lanolin, Aloe Extract, & Vitamins A,C,E. I didn't find this lipstick drying at all. 

While the colour isn't my usual colour, as I have olive skin, some paler pink lipsticks can wash me out a bit, looking at the photos, it doesn't look too strange. It was definitely a lot more sheer than the colour inject lipstick, so I did have to layer it a couple of times to get the right colour. I did find that this colour/formula tended to stick to the little dry bits on my lips more than the colour inject. So before you wear this, I would give your lips a light scrub with a toothbrush, or the Lush lip scrub. 

  Australis Cray for Colour in Flamingo

Australis Cray for Colour in Flamingo

I discovered that if you are new to the Australis website, you can sign up to their email list, and receive 25% off your first order! Plus side is that they pretty much have everything in stock that is sold out at Priceline. 

I am excited to give the eyeshadows a real road test! Has anyone got these? How are you finding them so far? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Jessie x