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Face of Australia (FoA) mini haul!

Well peeps I thought I might be able to handle 3 blog posts in one evening (as I have a lot I want to write about! :)) but I think 2 is my limit LOL (overambitious me huh?!).

Back onto the topic of beauty…. 🙂

As of Thursday last week a local discount department store (Big W) slashed $3 AUD off of ALL of Face of Australias products that they stock… I think tomorrow may be the last day of this sale. (If you’re wondering “hey why didn’t Sarah tell me about this?!” I did – on my Twitter and Facebook accounts for the blog – visit my Contact page to find the details for these if you haven’t signed up already! 😉 ).

To date I’ve found Face of Australia‘s stuff to be very good and good value for money; I’ve already reviewed their primer here and have also tried and loved their liquid eyeliner (first bought it a couple of years ago and when needing to repurchase keep going back to it!). So when I saw this sale come up I thought I’d treat myself (not that I need much convincing to go shopping!)…. 🙂

Here is what I bought….

I got all of the above for UNDER AUD $12 (ohhh yeah I was excited about this! :)).

The Nail Polish Remover: acetone free is a good product. I’ve used this one before in the past and particularly like the soft vanilla fragrance it leaves on your nails, rather than that harsh chemically odour you get with most other nail polish removers on the market. I’d give this one the following Beautiful Rating: quality 5/5, value 5/5 (hell it was <$1 how can one go wrong?! :))

The Lip Quench SPF 30+ moisturising lipstick is a real treat. I’ve seen that many other bloggers are talking about the Lychee Crush shade but that doesn’t suit my skin tone, so I picked out a nude shade instead (Nude Satin). Applies well and I love the fact it’s SPF 30+, but staying power is not great. I’m also not particularly fond of the frangrance but I love the colour! On the 3 occasions I’ve worn it so far I’ve had to reapply it many many times throughout the working day or evening out. The Nude Lip Definer pencil I bought to go with it performs fairly well but is quite a dry formula. I would buy the Lip Quench again ($5.84 AUD usually $8.84 AUD at my local Big W) but not the lip liner ($3.something AUD usually $6.??). Lip Quench – Beautiful Rating – quality 4/5 (love the SPF and the colour), value 4/5. Lip Definer – quality 3/5, value 3/5 – found this product pretty average.

Some swatches of the lippie etc…

natural lighting & no flash - top the liner, bottom lipstick

liner + lippie, natural light no flash (hmm didn't line my bottom lip well here!)

natural light, flash

I then went back the next day (LOL huh?!) to pick up some more of the lipstick in Malibu Barbie (how awesome is that name for a lippie?! :)) and Power Surge. Sorry guys took these two pics in a hurry but they give you a good idea of how lovely and bright these two are (both pics with flash, taken at night):

L: Malibu Barbie. R: Power Surge

top lip: MB, bottom: PS

I would give these two shades the same rating as I did the Nude Satin. 🙂 Of the three I think Malibu Barbie is my favourite, which is interesting as usually bright pinks are not my preferred lipstick colour!


Oops…Can’t believe I forgot to mention this earlier! I was lucky to have the opportunity to catch up with other Adelaide based beauty bloggers on Saturday. 🙂 We had dinner at Wasai which is a pretty nice Japanese restaurant, however the service wasn’t so good! (Even delivery of our bill was slow…)

Fellow blogging attendees included:

… and last but not least a special mention to Celeste of Becoming Beautiful who had organised the event but unfortunately couldn’t make it in the end due to illness!

Nice to see everyone on Saturday and look forward to the next meet up! 🙂

Roxette LIVE :)

Heeeeeyyyy! 🙂 How is everyone’s week going so far? I hope to upload a few posts tonight but I think I may have overestimated what I’ll be able to manage as I’m pretty tired… As I was up late last night at the Roxette concert!

Roxette, as many of you know, are a Swedish pop group who were big in the 1980s and early-mid 1990s. (They have actually released albums since and their latest album, Charm School, was released last year. Another album is reportedly due out at the end of next month, Travelling.) As a kid I grew up listening to a lot of their music and was excited to hear they are doing a world tour after all these years, and visiting my home city! Australia is the first stop on their tour and you can read more about the cities they will be visiting on the tour here:

The concert was absolutely EXCELLENT!!!!! I actually think that they sound better live than they do on their CDs. It was a fun night and they played a huge range of songs, including some of their most famous such as “The Look” and “Listen to Your Heart”. If Roxette are visiting your city I strongly recommend going to their concert! 🙂

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a lot of photos (long story!) but here are few from the night 🙂 …

outside the venue...

opening act, 1927 (80s Australian rock band who I hadn't heard of before, but they were really good on the night!)

Marie! 🙂

Has anyone else seen Roxette in concert? What did you think of them? 🙂 Whilst it was great I think David Bowie’s concert here in Adelaide a few years ago remains my #1 concert experience!


February 2012




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