This post is long overdue but as they say, it’s better late than never! It has been a few months since my Melbourne trip and I’m only posting this now. I apologise for the delay but as you may know, I did a bit of shopping while I was over there.
I didn’t think I went too crazy but I got a fair bit of makeup, mostly drugstore though. Priceline was my favourite shop ever and I wish we have it here in NZ.
If you want to see all the beauty products I got during my trip, click below.
I absolutely love the Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder and the Blemish Buster Primer. I both featured them in my September Favourites post so I won’t go on about them too much but they’re great products.
As for the Mix It Foundation, this didn’t really work for me. I gave it to my sister as she has dry skin while I have oily skin. This foundation just didn’t sit well on my skin, didn’t last long and didn’t do much for me. I have the Velourlips in shades ny-cee (red) and shang-hi! (purple). I like these because they last a while on my lips. However, they’re really drying.
I’ve seen/heard mixed reviews of the AC ON TOUR contour and highlighting kit. I’ve only used it about three times since getting it as I forget I have it so I don’t have a proper review of it yet. Some of the shades are a bit dark and orangey for my skin though.
I forgot to add in the photo above but I also bought the Australis CC Foundation. However, the packaging teared at the top on the flight home so I couldn’t squeeze the tube any more. I’ve used it a couple of times but it didn’t work well on my oily skin either even though it’s meant to control oil and is a matte finish. My face gets oily quickly whenever I used it.
I was excited to see NYX cosmetics in Melbourne. We don’t have NYX in stores here and I found the brand in Target. I want some of the lip products but unfortunately the two Target stores I went to were all sold out of the famous lip creams. I got two setting sprays and a few blushes instead.
I gave the Dewy Finish setting spray and one of the baked blush to my sister. I was left with the Matte Finish setting spray, Baked Blush in BBL11 Chiffon and Powder Blush in PB02 Dusty Rose. I really like both NYX blushes. The baked blush has shimmer so it can also be used as a highlighter.
I also picked up two things from Essence. I love Essence cosmetics and although we can get it in NZ, my nearest Farmers are usually out of stock. I’ve been trying to get a hold of this Blush Up! ombre blush in heat wave so I didn’t hesitate buying it over there. I also wanted to try the All About Matt powder and it’s okay. It’s not the best powder especially for oily skin. It keeps my face matte when I put it on but it doesn’t last very long.
I am big lipstick lover so I was surprised I only picked up one lipstick while I was away and this is my first Chi Chi cosmetics product. Chi Chi was on sale when I was there so got the Viva La Diva Velvet Lipstick in Runway Red. It is a great bright pinky-red shade. I love the bright packaging of Chi Chi lipsticks. I also really love the smell. This lipstick smells fruity or almost candy/lolly-like when you put it on. I want to try more of their lipsticks because I’m impressed.
At the airport, I grabbed the MAC Strobe Cream. I’ve been wanting to try this for ages. I hate the hard bottle but this also appeared in my September Favourites.
I’ve been using the eye cream. However, I haven’t seen a big difference because I don’t have lines or wrinkles on my eyes as of yet (fingers crossed I won’t have them for a long time) but I do like it. As for the dry shampoo, I really liked it at first and the scent is great but I don’t think it’s any better than Batiste. I actually prefer Batiste because I can see it working straight away.
Besides makeup, I also got a few fragrances:
I don’t know where else you can get Philosophy in NZ but I found a section in Duty Free and I got this Amazing Grace fragrance. I know a lot of people like this scent and it’s a good every day perfume for me.
What I didn’t expect was Zara though. I went a bit crazy on their perfumes because they’re amazing! I got a few sets which were so inexpensive I couldn’t help it. These were the cause of my back pain during shopping but it was worth it because I love them.
The Zara Collection & Sport is a set of men’s perfume which I gave to my dad. I gave one set to my sister too and I was left with two sets in the black box on the left and the smaller set in the bottom centre.
I have a perfume collection post coming soon so I won’t go into detail but if you’re in Zara and want a new fragrance, go check it out. The small set was AUS$19 and the bigger sets were AUS$29 and they have two perfumes in each box. It’s pretty good value and great for gifts.
That’s all I have for today but I have another Melbourne haul to come which is more on the fashion side.
I hope you enjoyed this post. I did have a week break from blogging last week but I’m back again. I just needed some time to relax so I took time off. I have a lot of posts coming up though so keep coming back for more.