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November 21, 2014

Giveaway: Christmas Paypal Blogger Collaboration



Christmas is a season of giving and, as I'm sure you will have noticed if you are a regular reader, it is definitely one of my favourite holidays. With Christmas just around the corner, I’m teaming up with my blogger friends to bring you a giveaway where you can win AUD$200 cash (payment made via paypal).

Rules:
1. Open internationally.
2. Must be 18 or older to enter.
3. Must have paypal account or provide bank details if in Australia.
4. No giveaway blogs/accounts.
5. Disqualification WILL occur if you enter false details two or more times.
6. Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.
7. We reserve the right to modify anything about this giveaway.
8. Follow to then unfollow after the giveaway results in you being disqualified from future giveaways.
9. Giveaway ends 21 December 2014 at 12AM AEDT. 


The following beautiful ladies are involved in this
- Abigail from The Shrinking Wallet
- Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty
- Kat from Kitsch Snitch
- Natalia from Glossy Confidential
- Nalini from The Made Up Maiden
- Ash from The Beauty Collection

A huge thank you to Abigail for organising this amazing giveaway. 

Goodluck!

#FoundationFriday | Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation w/ Comfort Serum*

If you have been around for a while now you may have noticed that Rimmel London recently reformulated and repackaged their Lasting Finish Foundation in the recent months. I didn't really try the old formula (I think I owned it briefly but it was the wrong colour so I passed it on) however they've recently relaunched the Lasting Finish line as two foundations, the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR Foundation with Comfort Serum* and the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR Nude Foundation*. 

I was sent both recently and, of course, I have been putting them to the test. Today I'm here to tell you what I think of the Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25 HR Foundation with Comfort Serum*. 

November 19, 2014

BLOG SALE: LIVE NOW

Hi, everyone

I just wanted to let you all know that my beauty blog sale has finally gone live. Yay! You can check out what I'm selling by clicking here but you can also access it at any time by clicking on the 'Blog Sale' tab on the top of any Born to Buy blog page. 

I will be adding a few other pieces over the weekend so be sure to check back! 

Happy shopping! 

November 18, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | My Beauty Gift Picks

When I was working on my Holiday Gift Guide for Women I had to keep reminding myself that not all women are as obsessed with beauty as I am or, at the very least, not every gift giver wants to gift the gift of beauty. With that in mind, I've decided to create a separate gift guide of my top picks this holiday season!

I'm not going to talk to you about the products, purely because so many of them speak for themselves, but I have already reviewed a few so I'll be sure to link anything I've written!

November 17, 2014

Too Faced Sugar and Spice Set Review and Swatches

After picking up one too many bits during the recent Sephora VIB sale, I vowed that I absolutely was not going to pick up any more Christmas sets when they finally hit Australian shores. After a particularly long day last Monday, however, I decided to browse my local Myer to realise that all of the holiday sets were released at Kit. Eeep!

I settled on the Too Faced Sugar and Spice Set, a set that contains a palette of 12 eyeshadows, deluxe sized sample of their Better Than Sex Mascara and a super cute gold cosmetics bag. I have been using almost daily since, so I thought I'd share my thoughts whilst it was still available!

November 13, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Women

Today I'm here with another gift guide. This time I have eight different gift ideas for females though, not males. For the next week or so, every second post will be a holiday gift guide. I've actually somehow managed to already have done almost all of my Christmas shopping, something I'm quite proud of, and I've managed to find a few cool bits that I thought some of my readers might like to know about also!

My last gift guide was all about gift guides for the men in our lives, possibly the people I find the most difficult to buy for! You can check out that post here

November 12, 2014

NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette Review and Swatches

NARS has released a cheek palette every holiday season for the past few years and, though I have always wanted to pick them up, not even I have been able to justify the purchase when it contained at least one, it not two, NARS powders I already owned. I can't remember where I first saw this year's palette offering from NARS, the Virtual Domination Cheek Palette (Instagram, perhaps..), but I fell in love with it, especially when I did more research and found out what the palette contained. 

I picked up the NARS Virtual Domination Cheek Palette as soon as it launched on Sephora's site as I was so scared about it selling out. I've had it for almost two weeks now and I wanted to get this review up as soon as possible so you can still pick it up! 

November 11, 2014

Holiday Gift Guide 2014 | Men

I'm super excited for today's post as it marks the beginning of yet another blog series, my Holiday Gift Guides for 2014. For the next week or so, every second post will be a holiday gift guide. I've actually somehow managed to already have done almost all of my Christmas shopping, something I'm quite proud of, and I've managed to find a few cool bits that I thought some of my readers might like to know about also!

Much like last year, I thought I'd start my holiday gift guide off with some of the most difficult people to buy, the men in our lives. Whether I'm related to them or not, I find guys incredibly difficult to buy for so I think any help in that area is always much appreciated!


November 10, 2014

Shu Uemura Art of Hair Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Conditioner* Review

When I have been sent a product to review I generally won't put it to the test until I've photographed it. After all, I figure the least I can do after I've been gifted a product is photograph it in its best condition. Anyway, my point is I was really excited when I opened my mail a while ago to find the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Conditioner* waiting for me so I decided I'd give it one shot, take it straight out of my shower and photograph. Sounds easy, no? Fast forward about two months and I have honestly been loving the Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Conditioner* so much that I could not bear to take it out of my shower in case I forgot to put it back in. 

To see why I love this, keep reading!

November 07, 2014

CHAT/UPDATE: Giveways, Christmas Gift Guides and Blog Sales

Hi everyone,

I really hope you're all doing well. I just wanted to check in today to let you guys know that I will be uploading a few exciting posts in the coming day/week. My 1 million page views (I still cannot believe it) giveaway has been promised to you a few times now, I know, but it definitely is coming. Every time I think I've acquired/bought everything I think of something else which stalls the launch date. This weekend I'm setting myself the absolutely overwhelming task of photographing everything so, at this stage, expect to see it launch sometime next week (subject to change). I am also really excited to be collaborating with a few blogging friends on another giveaway which will be launching in a few weeks. Get ready for the festive season, lovely people.

I've been wanting to know your stand on Christmas gift guides. Do you like them? Do you use them? Do you think they're a waste of time. At this point I'm thinking of doing two gift guides (him, her, under $20 and for the beauty lover) but I'd honestly love your feedback. Surprisingly, Christmas gift guides can be really time consuming and I don't want to put the time and effort in if it won't be of benefit to people. 

Lastly, I will be hosting a blog beauty sale very soon. As a beauty blogger and obsessor lover, I have managed to acquire a fair amount of beauty products, make up especially, and it's honestly just not feasible that I finish them all. Seriously, it just isn't possible and things are just going to waste. In the past I have considered hosting a sale like this but not wanted to part with any of my beauty bits but now I'm ready. At this point I am just thinking that I'll be selling some make up products, however I may throw some skin and haircare in once I have a little look in my back up drawer over the weekend. Of course, I won't be giving anything that can't be cleaned appropriately and so far I plan on featuring brands like YSL, NARS, the Balm, Benefit and Essence. That is not all, of course, but it's the products I can think of without even looking in my collection. I'm still working out a few details like where I'll be hosting the sale, which is proving to be a lot more complicated that I thought. I'm currently deciding between Facebook, my blog and my online store. If you have a preference, please let me know. Make things easier for me!

Other than that, things are pretty good for me. I've recently been made redundant at work which definitely isn't ideal but there's not much that can be done. Oh the joys of working in the community services sector. I will finish on Christmas Eve so please don't expect any massive hauls for a while. This lady needs to save, unfortunately. Also, one of my favourite people in the whole world gets back from 6 months overseas in just over a week and I could not be more excited. 

I think that's about all I have to update you all on today but, I have to say, I like the idea of these kinds of posts every now and then. I like being able to tell you guys what's going on in this crazy head of mine. For more of my bizarre thoughts, please follow my Facebook page. I really love sharing my random thoughts, links to things I love (so many Gilmore Girls buzz feed pages) and talk to you guys about anything and everything. Join the madness

What's going on for you at the moment? Now that you know about my life, I'd love to get little updates from you in return. 

Don't forget to let me know what you think about Christmas gift guides and the blog sale also! 

November 05, 2014

Shopping My Stash #1 ft. Too Faced, Stila, Tarte, Anastasia and Maybelline

Whether your collection is big or small, i's very easy to become stuck in a make up rut of sorts, reaching for that same products daily and rocking a very similar look everyday. Not only do I find myself losing my creativity for make up when get stuck in a routine but, of course, I'm not rotating the products in my collection like I should be. I'm making more of a conscious effort to mix up my daily rotation so I thought I'd show you what I've been playing with lately. 

November 04, 2014

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Dollface Review and Swatches

The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes were super hyped about last year. Everyone and their Mum seemed to have one, if not multiple, of these in their make up collection. I picked up the The Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in my first ever Sephora order (haul here), tried it once and, I'll admit, I was pretty disappointed. Not longer after, I threw this bad boy to the back of my blush drawer and forgot about it (#confessionsofabeautyholic). 

For some reason I pulled this out recently and, I have to tell you, I'm really diggin' it. Keep reading to find out why!

November 03, 2014

NEW(ish) RELEASE // Australis AC/ME Metallic Velourlips* with Swatches

Australis has recently released a new limited edition collection, AC/ME, inspired by all things rock 'n' roll. The range features Metallic Velourlips, Metallic Eyeshadows (an interesting cream/gel texture) and Metallic Nail Colours. I'm yet to review the whole range of Australis Velourlips but I wanted to share swatches of the AC/ME Metallic Velourlips with you all before they sell out. 

November 01, 2014

Rimmel London Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil* Review

Rimmel London's newest mascara offering, the Wonder'full Mascara with Argan Oil*, has been popping up everywhere in the beauty community lately. Claiming to be the first ever Rimmel mascara with Moroccan Argan Oil, this mascara is designed to combat clumps, provide A+ definition and condition the lashes. 

I've been putting this mascara to the test over the past few weeks, as you may have seen in my Urban Decay Subversion Eyelash Primer review, so keep reading to see my thoughts!

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