IMATS haul

(Sorry for the various lightings throughout the pictures. The sun was playing hide and seek.)

I attended IMATS this year as part of the Australian Beauty Bloggers Weekend. It was my first time attending IMATS and despite the amazingness of the show, I am undecided as to whether I will attend next year. I am not a big fan of crowds and IMATS was just PACKED with people. Hands were flying, trying to grab onto anything and everything.


My first purchase was at the Inglot stand which was INSANE.

Inglot madness

Inglot haul

It was so overcrowded and Inglot didn’t have a very organised system. I was lucky I had my wonderful friends (Michelle, Anita, Tara, Angela and Angie) to help me decide on which shadows to get.

Swatching at Inglot

Seeing as I have never tried Inglot before, I thought it be best I stick with the 4 pan palette and just get 4 shadows to try. I made it my mission not to get any neutrals as I’ve got a truckload of neutrals to play with at home. It didn’t help with Anita grabbing some of the most gorgeous neutrals I’ve ever laid eyes on! After 15 minutes or so of swatching, I decided on: DS 504, AMC Shine 15, Pearl 452 and Pearl 446. I paid $28 for the 4 shadows (works out to be $7 each) and then $6 for the 4 pan.

This was handy. A pull-back sticker type for the shadows. Easy to remove the shadow from the packaging.

Top: (L) Pearl 452, (R) Pearl 446/ Bottom: (L) D.S 504, (R) AMC Shine 15

After I had made my first purchase from Inglot, I went to the neighbouring stall and got two pairs of false lashes whilst waiting for the other ladies to finish their palettes 🙂

Girlee Cosmetics stand

I got these from Girlee Cosmetics – 2 for $10.

Girlee Cosmetics haul

Whilst we were waiting for some of the girls to get served, which felt like FOREVER, some other ABBW attendees came past and informed us of the bargains at Illamasqua so that was our next stop.

Chaos at the Illamasqua stand

There was a very limited range available and a lot of the good stuff were already sold out. However, me being me, did not want to walk away empty handed from Illamasqua because the prices were amazing.

Illamasqua haul

I got Libido cream blush for $15!! and Petulant intense lipgloss for $10. Bargain or what? I’ve got 2 other Illamasqua cream blushes so I know I won’t be disappointed. They’re amazing – blendable, pigmented without being overbearing and long lasting staying power.

Libido cream blush and Petulant intense lipgloss

I also got my hands on a Make Up For Ever aqua cream ($25).

Make Up For Ever stand

Make Up For Ever HD foundations

We were at PM Studio and found that the prices were a bit more wallet friendly than the actual Make Up For Ever stand and there wasn’t such a huge crowd 🙂

Make Up For Ever haul

After some ooh-ing and aah-ing, I settled on #18, a lilac mauve shade. I’ve never tried them before so I’m looking forward to having a play.

Make Up For Ever aqua cream #18

Whilst we were walking around IMATS, I made sure to keep an eye out for traincases. I’ve been looking at train cases for a while now but the freight costs made me avoid purchasing them online. I found a lovely one at The Make-up Foundation. It was selling for a ‘special show price’ of $75 so I grabbed one. It was so heavy lugging it from the convention centre to my car which was like a 5 minute walk LOL Big thanks to Angie for helping me lug it 🙂

The Make-up Foundation train case 02

It comes with six trays in total, three on each side. It’s also got a deep bottom section. Comes with 2 keys and a strap in case you (or .. I) want to carry it around 🙂

The Make-up Foundation train case 02

My two last stops were for BRUSHES! That’s what I really came to IMATS for 😛 Made my first stop at Royal and Lagnickel.

Royal and Langnickel - organised chaos


Royal and Langnickle haul

– Small stippler c255 $7
– Angle fluff c505 $5
– Taklon pointed lip c656 $3
– Large smudger c445 $5
– Foundation c200 $10

Just wanted to say how much I LOVED Royal and Langnickel’s system. You grabbed the baskets at one end and make your way to the other then pay! So simple and effective.

My last stop was of course at Crown Brush which was packed even more than Inglot was! So many people. I did manage to get some brushes after some pushing and shoving (it helps to be small sometimes).

Crown Brushes haul

At Crown Brush, I got:

– Pro spoolie c115
– Oval shadow ib108
– Tapered blush ib105
– Round crease ib116
– Round angle blender ib111

The disposable sponge tip applicators and other spoolie are for my mother 🙂

And now, as if this post isn’t ridiculously picture heavy already, I’ll be leaving you with some more pictures! 🙂

SFX makeup

More SFX makeup


Gifts from South Korea

Sorry for the lack of posts, my dear readers. I have had no motivation to blog at all. I’m unsure why. Maybe I’m just feeling uninspired.

To tide you all over, here are some pictures of my haul courtesy of my good friend, Sarah. She was in South Korea for a month, I think and she grabbed me some goodies! I love it when your friends know what you like 🙂

Snail Thereapy?? Hmmm!

I asked her to get me the Etude house lip tint …

…and she came back with not just the lip tint but a lifeitme supply of face masks and various samples. Love her 🙂

Face masks heaven

And some more..

Comment if you’ve had experiences with any of these brands because they’re all very foreign and new to me 🙂 So excited to try them!

Face of Australia – Molten Metallics

Last week, I took advantage of Priceline’s beauty sale. After seeing that many beauty bloggers raved about Face of Australia’s Molten Metallics nail polish, these were high on the want list.

Priceline is/was having a buy 2 get 1 free sale on some brands which included Face of Australia.

After umm-ing and aah-ing over which 3 shades to get, I finally decided on: Iron Ore, Flaming Lava and White Gold.

Iron Ore, Flaming Lava, White Gold

Where to buy
These are available from Priceline, K-Mart, Target, Big W etc for the bargain price of $4.95!

My EPIC Nail Polish Haul

As mentioned in my previous post, on the weekend, I made my way to my regular nail supply store to see what they had in stock and to my surprise, they had some great polishes in stock 🙂

After perusing the store for what seemed like forever, according to my boyfriend, I was pulled away and left with:

China Glaze Kaleidoscope Him Out
China Glaze QT
China Glaze TTYL
China Glaze DV8
China Glaze 2NITE
OPI Guy Meets Gal-veston
OPI DS Original
OPI DS Signature

I have now placed myself on a nail polish no buy as well as the continuing make up one lol.

So excited to wear all those holos!

Hair Haul

No make-up purchases – my no (more like low) buy is going strong!

As Lara says – this is the year of the hair.

I went to Priceline & got the Dove shampoo & conditioner. I saw on blushfully that they were on sale for $2.99 each so I thought why the heck not? 😛 Also grabbed the Batiste dry shampoo which was also on sale for $6.99. My hair gets so damn oily sometimes so I thought I might have a go at using dry shampoos.

Another Haul Brought To You By My BF :)

Every time my boyfriend heads overseas, he always comes back with presents for me 🙂 This year, he got me:

MAC 224 brush
MAC 116 brush
MAC Angel lipstick

Clean & Clear blotting sheets

Mentholatum Sunplay Moisture Milk sunscreen
Biore UV Face Milk sunscreen

(The one on the left was what he got me mistakenly lol.)

and the best one yet .. my first Chanel JC – Rose Tourbillon

The packaging is so luxe. The blush even has its own velvet pouch!

My Sigma Haul

I couldn’t resist Sigma any longer! Seeing as I’m on a no (or low) buy thanks to my project 10 pan, this haul wasn’t paid with my own money 🙂 It was my sister’s late Christmas present to me.

Prior to this order, I owned 2 Sigma brushes – the ss219 (e30 pencil brush) and the ss188 (f55 small duo fibre). I acquired these through swaps and blog sales etc and I was surprised at their quality!

I took advantage of their 10% off for Valentine’s Day and placed an order for:
e45 small tapered blending (ss226)
e40 tapered blending (ss224)
e60 large shader brush (ss252)
e30 pencil brush – yes, another one. I love this!

Shipping to Australia for the 4 brushes cost me $10.76 which I thought was reasonable. Shipping does depend on how many items you purchase though 🙂

I placed an order on the 15th, received confirmation a couple of minutes later and a “your order has shipped” email on the 17th. The Sigma brushes arrived on my door step on Monday (28th) afternoon. So expect them to take at least a week to arrive.

They arrived in a large box and the brushes were housed in a cute red drawstring bag.

Also included with the brushes I ordered was a freebie – a travel size e25 (ss217) – for ordering over $30! 🙂

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