Tuesday, 30 September 2014

SEPTEMBER PICKS 2014

✎ Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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What a month here at More Than Adored! I'm so very excited about our relaunch that will be happening very soon (ekkk!) but for now here are my top beauty picks for the month of September. 

We'll start with skincare because I've been dying to mention the Stewart & Claire Coconut with Mango Butter Lip Balm* all month but I just haven't had the right feature to include it in! You all know I've extremely loyal to my Lanolips Ointments and they're pretty much all I use but sometimes I do want something a little lighter, that is still moisturising, particularly during the day. This is the answer! It's made with all organic products and is so so so moisturising without feeling thick on the lips. Amorganica stock a huge range of different flavours so definitely check them out! My skin has finally came back to normal land after months of being crazy (I spoke about the briefly here) but I can honestly accredit that partly to the QV Gentle Cleanser*. This is another product I've been waiting to talk about because it's been a really fantastic basic cleanser for me to use. I generally use this in the mornings or if I haven't been wearing any make up throughout the day. It's light, soap free, moisturising and really cleanses the skin without stripping it at all. It's one of those products I've become quite reliant on. 

Onto the make up bits and I quickly need to shout out the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation which I've gone back to after some bad experiences with other foundations not lasting all day and leaving me looking like an oily mess. This just works and although I'm really not impressed with the colour range it is a fantastic long-lasting foundation. I won't say too much about the L'oreal Extradonaire in Rose Melody* because I did a full post on it here but it's pretty much the only lip colour I've been wearing. A product I wasn't sure I'd love is the Napoleon Perdis Contour Palette* but that contour shade is absolute perfection and it's one I'd definitely recommend it for lighter skin tones. I feel as though lately I haven't had much luck with liquid liners until the Gorgeous Cosmetics iLine Pen* came into my life. It's so super thin yet flexible but not too flexible so it really is fantastic for getting a fine line along the lashes. 

Last of all my tan this month has been hugely credited to the amazing St.Tropez Self Tan Express* which is new out in Australia this month. You may remember that I really didn't get on with the original mousse from St.Tropez so I had my reservations when trying this however I'm really impressed and I do think it's worth the money. It's super easy to apply and you can wait either 1 hour for a light tan, 2 for a medium and 3 for a dark colour so it's great for those of us who don't like sleeping in fake tan. What sets it apart from other quick developing tans is how it lasts on the skin. I find this lasts at least 5 days without any sort of upkeep! 

What products have you been enjoying this month?! 

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*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

5 SPRING LIP COLOURS TO TRY

✎ Thursday, 25 September 2014
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Where I am in the world the weather is in full spring mode although I am slightly disappointed to be putting away the gorgeous deep vampy shade I'm so excited to bring out the vivid coral hues for the warmer months. 

Mac Impassioned 
When narrowing down my top 5 this was a this always a definite to include in this post because the colour is beautiful. The bright pink is especially unique because although it does have that hint of warmth coral it is still a very 'pink' lipstick. I like lipsticks that make you think ooo is it a pink is it a coral and this does that. It is an amplified formula which means it's extremely opaque and pigmented but it still is creamy to apply with a slightly glossy finish. 

Napoleon Perdis Mattestastic Lipstick in 'Lucille'* 
This one is a newer one too my collection but I adore the soft coral hue this gives the lips. It is a matte lipstick but it's still really creamy to apply and doesn't tug on the lips. I don't like lipsticks that don't have a point to them as I find them really hard to apply straight from the bullet and get a crisp line so that is a major con for me. I adore the formulation of these, they're really long lasting and comfortable to wear so I'd recommend checking out the range. 

Gorgeous Cosmetics Lipstick in Quinn*
This swatch does not do this lipstick justice because on the lips it's such a beautiful intense, orange red shade. I particularly love patting this one down and having it as a matte finish but it does have quite a glossy look when applied. 

Savvy Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in Maui 
This is such an interesting colour because it's so neon and bright but somehow it has a milky tone to the colour. Regardless this is such a pretty coral that does have slight shimmer through it in the bullet but that's virtually undetectable on the lips. The formulation of these is so lovely, creamy to apply but a matte finish however I do feel like these are the most drying from my picks today. 

Shanghai Suzy Miss Christina NEON GUAVA
Say hello to my new best friend. This is from the latest range from Shanghai Suzy and it's such a me colour. A bright intense pink colour with a slight coral hue to it. It looks amazing with just a flick of liner. 

What are your favourite brights from the warmer months?

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*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

WOMF #19 FIRST IMPRESSIONS

✎ Wednesday, 24 September 2014
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Usually this series is reserved for showing products I've actually been loving the past week and although there is a fair share of those type of products in this post I thought it'd be fun to throw in some initial thoughts on some products I've just started trying. The first being the John Plunkett Instant Primer* which in is very similar in texture to the Benefit Porefessional, very silicone based and very smoothing. These type of products seem to be very on trend with numerous brands releasing their own version, my fingers are crossed the wear of this is beautiful. I applied the new Australis Mix It Colour Correcting Foundation in Natural Tan* all over and I was so shock on how dark this particular shade is but luckily I have some fake tan left on my skin so blending down my neck did the trick. This initially felt pretty thick on my skin but I did accidentally apply alot so I think I need to master the amount I put on. It really smoothed out the skin well though. I did added a little of the L'oreal Infallible Concealer which is my favourite for blemishes and pigmentations at the moment. I set it with the Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder which I've been using as my setting powder the past two weeks and I'm thoroughly enjoying how it feels my skin feeling silky smooth. 

Onto my eyes and I've been playing around with the new Sigma collection thanks to Rouche Boutique (full review on collection coming soon). The Sigma Brilliant & Spellbinding Palette* is all I used on the eyes. I used the shades solstice, healthy all over the lid and then applied a tiny bit of balmy through the crease then deepening it with fey. I really adore the Sigma shadow formulations and this palette is stunning. I then added the Sigma Final Touch Inner Rim Brightener* which is the perfect nude shade for my complexion in the water line and a few coats of the Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara*

For finishing touches I filled in my eyebrows with the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow which has literally changed my eyebrow life. I admit I need to book in to get them cleaned up but this makes filling in my eyebrows a dream. I decided to add a little blush and highlight from Napoleon Perdis Contour Palette*. I was blown away with the pigmentation of these powder products! I then applied the Mary Kay Lipstick Sassy Fuchsia* all over the lips. This was super hard to apply directly from the bullet because of the shape of lipstick so that was a little disappointing. On the lips it is super comfortable and creamy though!

Let me know if you'd like to see a review or more information on any of the products and I'll get working on that :) 

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*provided for my consideration - honesty as always! 


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A WORD ON SPONSORED CONTENT

✎ Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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This post was meant to go live about a week ago but I've been struggling alot with writing down how I actually feel and being happy with my words. Like it or not, sponsored content is a big part of the blogging world and I don't think it should be seen as a negative thing. Blogging is hard work and for very little benefit of the blogger (at least in beginning) so I don't think that it's fair to write a person or a blog off purely because they're working with new brands for monetary benefits. Of course, if it takes over the soul of the blog or sponsorship is irrelevant to the blog it is distasteful. 

Now alot of you know I've recently made the decision to leave university and continue with a part time position (which I love) instead of seeking full time employment. This means I'm lucky enough to have 3-4 days out of the week where I'm working from home on More Than Adored. I live off a very minimal wage but for now I'm really happy exploring where More Than Adored is heading and I'm excited to see the relaunch and expand. I'm very fortunate to be able to be doing this and if I didn't have such a supportive boyfriend it probably wouldn't be possible. I'm not living off blogging but any sort of post done for monetary benefit either goes towards a) paying the bills as I live out of home  b) buying new products to feature or c) new equipment to improve my photography. I've put together a few dot points so we're all on the same page for future sponsored posts you'll see on More Than Adored. This way you'll all know what to expect in the future! 

LIMITS 
I have a limit of 4 sponsored posts per month which equates to 1 per week (I've only ever done 3 here on More Than Adored ever) which I think is reasonable considering I'm posting once per day and soon to be twice daily. I do think it's important to have some sort of a limit on the amount of sponsored posts you do because otherwise you run the risk of losing your blog amongst all the sponsorship. 

TRANSPARENCY 
I will always ensure that it's super obvious at the beginning of the post as well as at the end that it was a sponsored post. I will never ever do sponsored work without telling you guys. We're a community and I like being on the same page as you all, I like you knowing what's going on and contributing to More Than Adored so it's always going to be distinctly pointed out when it is a sponsored post. 

RELEVANCY 
Another thing I think is important - sponsored content needs to be relevant to the blog. I can't count the amount of times I've been offered to partnership with brands that just aren't a fit for More Than Adored. You'll never see anything that isn't relevant to the content that you see here on MTA. If it doesn't fit it doesn't happen - no matter the amount of money offered.  

SAMPLES ARE DIFFERENT
Receiving samples to me is like buying a product myself. You see press samples are a way for a brand to get free publicity through our websites and I treat samples as if I'd bought the product myself - I'm going to review it honestly. I'm not saying I'm not honest when I write sponsored posts because how I see it I'll never promote a product or service I don't 100% believe in but samples come with no obligation attached so I treat them as products I have purchased myself (of course I always mark them with * so you know what has been sent to me). 

I would love to hear your opinions in the comments! 


Monday, 22 September 2014

NEW SKINCARE ADDITIONS

✎ Monday, 22 September 2014
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I feel like I'm finally at peace with my skin after months of struggling with blemishes and breakouts (touchwood). I'm the type of person who is pretty hesitate with trying new products whilst my skin is misbehaving. It's not that I have sensitive skin, I think I'm just don't want to make anything worse... It's a 'just in case kinda thing'. Over the past month I've overhauled my routine to better suit my current skin concerns. 

GO-TO SKINCARE EXFOLIATING SWIPEYS* 
Available from Go-To Skincare $45.95
I have almost completely wiped out manual scrubs by accident but it's been an accidental godsend for my skin. Instead I've been opting for these wipes that are soaked in AHA's every second night and it's improved the texture of my skin an insane amount. Months after breakouts I struggle alot with pigmentation but slowly I'm seeing my skin look more even and brighter and I know these are one of the things that are contributing to that improvement. I'd happily purchase these again in the future. They're gentle but still get the job done. 

JURLIQUE NUTRI-DEFINE SUPERIOR RETEXTURISING FACIAL SERUM* 
Available from Jurlique RRP $145
On days where I'm not using my swipeys from Go-To I'm applying this serum from Jurlique. I think alternating between the two is what is really helping with my skins hyper pigmentation issues. What I like about this serums is that it's not full of any nasties at all. It contains ginseng root extract and liquorice root extract that help plump up the skin and give it radiance. When I use effective skin like Jurlique it really makes me wonder why I use any sort of skin that isn't natural, all their products are so stunning and work amazing! 

LA MAV PORE REFINING TONER* 
Available from One Store RRP $23.70 
Another natural product I've opted for over my Dermalogica Clear Start Toner is this one from La Mav. This is designed to help refine the pores and help the skin maintain the skin's natural pH balance so essentially it's going to help pores without stripping the skin - yay! I've been using this one for about two weeks and although I haven't noticed a huge difference in my pore size it is a gorgeous product to use. I would go as far to say it's the best toner I've used that is targeted towards us girls with combination oily skin and it's natural yay! 

EVOLVE GENTLE CLEANSING MELT* 
Available from Amorganica RRP $22.00 
This isn't a product that is targeted towards combination/oily skin, it's actually for normal/dry skins, but the best thing I've ever done is ignore (most) cleansers that are targeted towards my skin type. This product has changed the way I cleanse my skin and I'm so excited about it. Evolve Organic Beauty isn't a brand I'm super familiar with but if this product is any reflection to the quality of the line I want it all. The cleanser is a thick gel that I warm between my fingers then apply onto dry skin and it's the most amazing product to cleanse with. Afterwards my skin feels plump, cleansed and hydrated. If you're sick of cleansers stripping your skin and leaving your skin feeling tight then this is one to try! Note: I don't use this for make up removal but rather for actually cleansing the skin.  

MIOD EXTRA HYDRATING BALM* 
Available from Amorganica RRP $35.00 
Miod is another brand the lovely people over at Amorganica have introduced me too. Towards the beginning of the month I had a really bad few weeks of dry patches around my face and this is what transformed my skin back to normal. This isn't a moisturiser or lotion texture but instead it has that multi-purpose balm texture which usually I wouldn't dare apply all over my face but I was desperate. I'm so glad I took the plunge because it's made a HUGE difference to my skin and it is one of the most hydrating products I've ever used. 

What products are you enjoying at the moment?


*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

THIS WEEK'S MORE THAN ADORED #12

✎ Saturday, 20 September 2014
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This week has been a big one for me. I'm super busy with planning my relaunch, which I know you're all sick of hearing about, and I'm super excited about some of the things I'm going to be doing. I digress. This week I've been really unhappy with my shampoo and conditioner duos. I finished up my beloved The Balm Colour Care duo and nothing is really doing it for me. I'm using the Paul Mitchell Lemon Sage Thickening Shampoo & Conditioner* which I do really like and they do give me more volume throughout my locks. The only downside is the conditioner doesn't detangle my ridiculously knotty hair as much as I would like but regardless a really fantastic duo for volume. 

I've been fake tanning again so I've been prepping my skin with the Soap & Glory Breakfast Scrub which is just incredible. I'm such a sucker for a nice scent! This smells so sweet and just yummy that I'd probably continue to repurchase just for that reason!!! It's doesn't remove fake tan well enough for my liking but it is fantastic for prepping the skin and doesn't leave any residue behind at all. 

Onto some make up and I'm completely obsessed with the Make Up Forever Aqua Brow* for my brows. I finally feel like I have a good reliable product to continually use. I'm still on the search for the perfect brow brush but I'm blown away by this product so I can't complain! For inner corner highlight I've been obsessed with the OCC Loose Colour Concentrate in Oberon because it's a loose shadow it gives so much dimension. I'm excited to try more colours from the OCC line because the intensity really is amazing - I buy mine from Lipstick Republic. Lastly is one of my beloved YSL Glossy Stains in 10. It's just that perfect red shade that I think would suit alot of people, this month it's available in all gold packaging and I was so tempted but I resisted (virtual high-5) but if you're a sucker for gold GET TO A YSL COUNTER NOW!! 

What have you been enjoying this week? 


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*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Friday, 19 September 2014

4 WAYS TO EFFECTIVELY REMOVE MAKE UP

✎ Friday, 19 September 2014
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When I look back over my make up removing journey I've come a long way. Back in the day removing my make up wasn't a priority but now I can't go a day without properly removing it before then going in with a cleanser. There are so many different ways of removing your make up but here are my favourite four and when I use them.

For everyday...

AN OIL
An oil is a fantastic way to do both eyes and face all in one go without having to go in with a dual phase or cream beforehand. I generally use just an oil for day-to-day make up because it's quick, easy and effective. I really have been enjoying this Jojoba Company 100% Natural Makeup Remover* because it's so gentle on skin but still breaks down the make up. It is a little thicker then other cleansing oils but I like prefer that because I find I use less. It's also on sale over on One Floor at the moment so perfect time to try an oil cleanser out if you've been curious :)

When you're wearing a sh*tload of make up...

DUAL PHASE
An absolute staple for all us girls that love the waterproof mascara! I wouldn't be able to function without a dual phase cleanser because I can't put down the waterproof mascara at the moment. This has a neat oil element that when shaken it creates a super strong make up remover. I pop a small amount on a cotton round a hold over my eye or lips for 5 seconds and then swipe the broken make up off. The Body Shop Camomile* one is my favourite from those I've tried because it's really gentle on my sensitive eyes. Like most dual phase solutions this does lead a residue behind so I only use this just before I cleanse my skin.

CREAM/GEL
I know alot of people adore creams for removing make up but it's honestly one of my least favourite ways. I find the texture a little to substantial to be using to rubbing into my eyes to remove make up but regardless of my preference it is very effective. The Benefit They're Real! is the best one I've tried as you only need a small amount of the product unlike other cheaper alternatives. Like the dual phase method this is great for waterproof make up too.

For when you're feeling naughty/lazy/PMSing/travelling/sleepy or all of the above... 

WIPES
Wipes are a bit controversial in the skincare world because most affordable ones are full of nasties like high amounts of alcohol so potentially they could be doing more harm then good. I tend to stick to really natural ones like these Eco Care Organic Apple with Honey because although they're are a little bit pricey they're full of all the right things. I've never found any wipes that effectively remove my waterproof mascara but when I'm feeling crappy or lazy I don't mind too much! I bought these from Miss Pearl Store as they're buy 2 get one free with free shipping!

What are your favourite ways to remove your make up?

*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.