Op Shop Costume Ball and Updates

Hi guys!

I hope you are getting back into the groove of things after a nice Easter long weekend :) I went for a little road trip down south of Western Australia over Easter, to a beautiful coastal town called Esperance. Because Esperance is so far away (900+km from Perth), we also stopped over at the not-so-nearby Albany (four hours drive away!) for a day so that our drive back up will not be too torturous. It still took us about 5 hours of nonstop driving over 400+km to get back to Perth, but the entire trip was so worth it! <3

Anyhoo, getting back to work on yesterday was so difficult – I think my brain only came back from Esperance today. I did post up some photos of the trip so if you’re interested to have a look you can hop over to my Instagram @hunnybunnysoph :)

So a couple of weeks back I went to an Op Shop Costume Ball, and I thought it would be something interesting to share! Basically because this is a charity ball, attendees are encouraged to pick out an outfit from the op shops and wear them to the ball. You could go in a crazy outfit or pick out pieces of clothing and do a mix-and-match (or mismatch) as long as they’re from the op shop.

Guess what I went as?

Op Shop Ball costume

To be honest I didn’t know what this costume was, it just looked like something from a Disney movie so I thought it would be a really fun to wear this. I did get quite a few comments saying I looked like a Disney princess, not bad for $12! :D

If you guys remember my review of the CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow here, I shared an eye make up look featuring the two products. That was actually taken half-way through my make up for this ball, so now I’m sharing the full make up look.

For the steps to the eye makeup, here it is! I used my Urban Decay Primer Potion on my eyelids before putting on the eyeshadows.

Naked Palette Eye Make up

From the Naked Palette: Sin, Naked and Buck. Eyeliner: CLIO Waterproof Pen Liner in Kill Black

As you already know, the next step was applying the CLIO Gelpresso Waterproof Shadow in Beer Pong on my lower lash line. I finished the eye make up with my KATE Volume Gel Mascara on my eyelashes.

I tried to take another selfie for a close up of my make up. Pardon the terrible lighting!

Finished make up look

All ready for the ball!

For my cheeks, I used my 3CE Face Blush in Love Filter to achieve a natural flushed look. For my lips, I used the Sephora Collection Rouge Cream Lipstick in Valentine 09. I won’t go in depth about this lipstick as I will be doing a review of it soon. All I can say is that I’m loving it heaps!

I’m not very creative when it comes to hairdos, so I did a french braid and pinned up the flyaway hair with some bobby pins. I pretty much braid my hair every time I need to get dressed up for some reason, I’m terrible with curling and making pretty upstyle dos :(

So that’s it for my Op Shop Ball make up and outfit share. I’m hoping to do more MOTD posts after settling into my new place (I’m moving house next weekend :O) but until then, I should be posting up a couple of reviews, favourites and maaaaybe a haul? Lol I really need some help for this shopping problem of mine ><

Tell me, do you guys go op shopping much?

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Review: Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer

Hi everyone!

Today I’m going to do a review of the second product in this series, and it’s the Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer.

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer

I have had this primer for almost a year and hadn’t used it often until late last year.  This was my first primer product and the girl at the Too Faced counter introduced me to this when I was just gawking at their beautifully packaged make up products.

As indicated on the packaging, “Use alone for the look of flawless skin or under bronzer and makeup for a perfect finish“. I did a little research and found that it contained the following ingredients:

1. Mulberry Extract & Arctostaphylos UVA URSI: Protect, brighten and lighten skin for a renewed freshness and soothing effect.

2. Retinyl Palmitate & Cyclodextrin with CAVAMAX Retinol: Restores moisture, elasticity and suppleness with a powerful combination of anti-wrinkle, youth enhancing, skincare ingredients.

3. Camellia Oil & Vitamin A: Essence of the white tea plant and the free radical fighting vitamins are nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Skin looks firmer, brighter and more resilient, even up close.

This is also vegan-friendly and paraben-free. Sounds good doesn’t it?

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Face Primer

The primer is a nude beige colour and does not have a sheen at all. It is meant to blend right into your skin on application so it makes it perfect for all skin tones :)

I applied some on the back of my hand and it really becomes invisible on my skin after blending. It is not very obvious in the picture but it did make my skin look slightly smoother and covered some pores. This is a silicon-based primer that is slightly creamy in texture which makes it go on smoothly on the face.

I use this every morning and because of it’s slightly creamy texture it makes it easy to spread the product across the face. My skin is not that great and this primer alone was not enough to cover the blemishes on my face so I have never used it alone. If you have generally clear skin, this would be a great product to wear on days you wish to have light makeup on.

I wear this with my ModelCo Mineral Powder Foundation and my make up stays fresh for most part of the day. At around 5-6 hours you can see some fading of my make up but it is still visible on my face. My face also does not look oily at the end of the work day, although I’m not sure if it’s entirely due to the primer or combined effects of the primer and my mineral powder.

So what do I think of it?

Wearing this underneath my foundation indeed makes my face look more flawless and I am very satisfied with how long it locks my makeup on for. Personally, after using this I realised that I don’t really like how silicon-based primers feel on my skin, but I could overlook that seeing what this product could do for me.

This primer comes in a 28g or 1 oz tube and retails at about A$38, so it isn’t exactly cheap for the amount of product you get. I only have experience with two primers so far, the other one being my Laura Mercier Foundation Primer so I can’t say the Too Faced Primer is my favourite primer in the world.

As to whether I will repurchase after it finishes, I probably will not for the time being as I would like to try out other primers on the market. I am most likely staying away from silicon-based primers but if one day I find that cream primers do not work well on my skin, I might return to this Too Faced Primer. If you are used to silicon-based primers then I would think this is a good product to try out.

Rating: 4/5

Thanks for reading my review! Have you tried this or the other Too Faced Primers before? What do you think of them? Please leave a comment below, I’d love to know what you think :)

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Review: ModelCo Mineral Powder Foundation

Hi guys!

It’s been a while since I did a product review. There are a series of products I will be writing up reviews for as shown in the picture below, and today I will start with something I bought recently – the ModelCo Mineral Powder Foundation.

Prior to this I have never used mineral powder foundation my whole life, despite reading all the rave reviews about BareMinerals and the benefits of mineral make up. I’ve always wanted to try them out but something that keeps holding me back is how messy mineral powder foundation in general seems to be. I have a bit of an OCD and my room is carpeted so I’d hate to get any powder onto it ><

So I was online shopping one day and saw that this mineral powder from ModelCo is on sale and thought it might be good for me to give it a go. If I like using mineral powder foundation then I will get one from a better brand such as Nude by Nature or BareMinerals.

This is what the product claims to offer:

The ModelCo Mineral Powder only comes in two shade options: 01 Nude and 02 Medium Beige. That’s not a very wide range of shades to select from, given how diverse the Australian population is. I chose the shade 01 Nude.

My order came with a free mini Kabuki brush which is meant to retail at A$12 on its own. The normal retail price of the mineral powder foundation alone is A$26 on the ModelCo website. I think I got mine for A$15.

ModelCo Mineral Powder Foundation

ModelCo Mineral Powder Foundation and the mini kabuki brush

The mineral powder came in a clear plastic container with a plastic cap which you are supposed to tap the powder into before application. I was kind of expecting the cap to have perforations like the BareMinerals Original Foundation but was a little disappointed it wasn’t the case. Knowing the clumsy me, what if I lost control of my container and half of mineral powder came out and spilled all over!? But so far I haven’t had any mishaps so it’s good :)

ModelCo Mineral Powder Foundation

The back of the packaging

The back of the packaging has instructions on how to apply mineral powder foundation. It was not until about two weeks of using this that I discovered the instructions the back! Before that I had to search Youtube videos on how to apply mineral powder foundation. What a noob I am ><

I use the free mini kabuki brush for applying my mineral powder foundation, and found that it was quite scratchy at the start. But after washing my brush the first time, the hairs on the brush became so soft and now it feels great to apply my mineral powder foundation. However if you already have a kabuki brush you love using for putting on mineral powder, I would strongly encourage you to stick to that.

The mineral powder foundation is very lightweight and the shade is not too light on my skin tone (phew!). I would say its coverage is light and could be built up to a medium coverage. The above before photo was taken after I applied primer. I did not have concealer on in both photos. As you can see, it covers up the redness and some blemishes on my face.

So what do I think of it?

This product has delivered what it claims to offer: it evened out my skin tone and provided decent coverage with a matte finish. I have rather sensitive skin and have not had any problems with this so I would say they are right about this being ideal for people with sensitive skin.

I use this for my everyday office make up and it has decent lasting power. My make up usually starts to fade after about 2pm. If you are one who wears make up daily and likes to have it light and natural, or wants to give mineral make up a go without breaking the bank, this is a good product for an introduction to mineral makeup.

As to whether I will repurchase this product after it finishes, I probably will not buy it at the full retail price, given the limited shades available. This has eased me well into the world of mineral make up, but I would like to try the other mineral make up options before deciding which is my holy grail product.

Rating: 3.5/5

Thanks for reading my review! Have you tried this product before? What do you think of it? Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts.

Happy hump day everyone~

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