Valentine’s Date Night Makeup: Soft Halo/Spotlight Eyes

Jumping on the commercial bandwagon that is Valentine’s Day, I have created a subtle soft halo or spotlight eye look which is a technique that strategically places a lighter eyeshadow in the centre portion of the eye, sandwiched between a darker colour on the inner and outer third of the eye. This is a great technique for making the eyes appear more round and larger because the focus falls on the centre of the eye. In this tutorial, I’ve used…

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer Review by Facemadeup.com

Tape Shape Contour Concealer Review & Swatches

SHOP THIS POST Finally, finally, FINALLY managed to get my hands on the Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer after being out of stock consistently for absolute months since it’s launch last year. It’s not like I live anywhere remotely near an ULTA store so I’ve had to stalk the Tarte website sporadically (but have never been quite fast enough – you snooze, you lose right?).  If there was ever a product I’ve…

Hill Inlet, White Haven Beach, Great Barrier Reef

Hamilton Island – Where to Stay, Places to Eat and Things to Do!

Hamilton Island is the largest inhabited island of the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland, Australia, and is where my boyfriend and I decided to spend Christmas and New Years. After almost two weeks on the island, with our stay split between two resorts, I thought I would put together my recommendations in terms of where to stay, where to go/eat and things to do if you’re planning a trip to Hamilton…

My Top 5 Favourite Luxury Nude Lipsticks (Medium/South-East Asian Skin, NC25-40)

My Top 5 Favourite Luxury Nude Lipsticks (Med/Asian Skin, NC25-40)

Happy new year everyone! To kick off 2017, I thought I would share with you my current top 5 favourite luxury nude lipsticks. Some of these are ‘oldies but goodies’ but others are brand new discoveries to me this year. If you’re broke from Christmas, like the rest of us, and are looking for more budget friendly nude lip options, then check out my Favourite Drugstore Nude Lipsticks and Lip…

Qualia, Hamilton Island Review

Qualia, Hamilton Island – Review

Qualia, which translates as a collection of deeper sensory experiences in Latin, is a collection of secluded, luxury pavilions perched on the northern-most tip of Hamilton Island. Each pavilion, through its clever design, achieves a unique sense of space and fluidity whilst conveying openness and harmony. Despite its location on the most inhabited island in the Whitsundays, once you pass through the gates of Qualia (yes, there is literally a…

Glam Makeup Look - Anastasia Beverly Hills' Master Palette by Mario by Facemadeup.com

Glam Birthday Makeup Look – ABH Master Palette by Mario

Following on from my review of the limited edition (Sorry. Although funnily enough, they did bring it back for Cyber Monday) Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Master Palette by Mario, I have created a tutorial to show you the product in action. This was actually the look I wore on my birthday when I went out for a celebratory lunch (which involved an unexpected trip on a seaplane!) and as I am…

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario Review & Swatches by Facemadeup.com

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario Review & Swatches

I almost didn’t get this palette and, quite frankly, I don’t have too many kind words to say about Anastasia Beverly Hills’ customer service but I’m not going to dwell on that today. The important thing is that I DID get my hands on the much coveted, Master Palette by Mario from Anastasia Beverly Hills. And, of course, I have created a video to share with you my thoughts on…

Best Fall & WInter Lipsticks by Facemadeup.com

My Top Lipstick Picks for Fall & Winter (Asian Skin Tone/MAC NC25-NC40)

Winter is coming! (it really is, although it’ll be summer in the southern hemisphere woop woop). As we are fast approaching the final season of the year , where the days are short and the nights long, and like with our wardrobe, many of us will change up our lip colour to reflect the long, dark, gloomy days. For some unspoken reason, we tend to go from light and brighter…

Mac Liptensity Review by Facemadeup.com

Mac Liptensity Liptsick Review – The Nudes (Doe & Smoked Almond)

So not long after I declared the Nars Audacious Liptsticks (here) the best formulation I have ever tried, Mac only goes and releases a formula that gives the Audacious collection a run for it’s money. Now I mentioned in my Sephora & Nordstrom Birthday Haul that when the Mac Liptensity Lipsticks launched, I didn’t really give two hoots. I mean come on, how many collections does Mac release in a year? Far…

Sephora.com & Nordstrom Haul by Facemadeup.com

Sephora.com & Nordstrom Birthday Haul – November 2016

I finally, FINALLY got my hands back on the ABH Master Palette by Mario. I say ‘back on’ due to the fact that I had originally ordered it online but due to some ‘technicalities’, they rejected my order after the palette had sold out. To say I was distraught was an understatement (first world problems, I know). Luckily I managed to get my cousin to order it for me from…

The best Japanese drugstore/highstreet Mascaras by facemadeup.com

Battle of the Best Japanese Drugstore/Highstreet Mascaras

There are rumours in the beauty sphere that Japanese mascaras are some of the best in the world. Now I’m not one to believe everything I read or hear about, although I was certainly intrigued. Being an asian woman, I have been blessed with short, fine, sparse and deadly straight lashes that seem to defy gravity. Lucky me. My Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers will forever remain a staple in my makeup bag and…

Nars Audacious Lipstick Review & Swatches by Facemadeup.com

Nars Audacious Lipsticks Review – The Best Lipstick Formulation Ever?

Nars Audacious Lipsticks L-R: Barabara, Anita, Anna, Apoline, & Audrey The Nars Audacious lipstick is the best lipstick formulation I have ever tried. Yes it’s a big claim and I urge all those who have not tried it to do so with haste. Launched two years ago, Nars introduced the Audacious collection into the market with a 40-strong shade line up: 30 permanent and 10 exclusives. They have just launched…

Fall Inspired Makeup - New Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation (Demo & Review)

Fall Inspired Makeup feat. Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation (Demo & Review)

In this fall/autumn inspired makeup tutorial, I’m giving the new Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation a test run and sharing with you my first impressions. I am also trying for the first time, the new Makeup Geek eyeshadows from the fall 2016 collection plus the new Colourpop Ultra Satin Lip in the shade Barracuda (also incidentally from their new fall collection). There’s been a lot of rave reviews surrounding the…

Colourpop Haul Including NEW Fall 2016 Collection

Colourpop Haul Including NEW Fall 2016 Collection Products

A couple of weeks ago an email landed in my inbox from Colourpop notifying me of it’s limited time offer of free international delivery. The cost of delivery from the USA to Australia is normally the equivalent to the cost of 3-4 products so before I could read the email in it’s entirety, I had already clicked through to their site. A haul was about to go down big time!  …

NEW Makeup Geek Fall 2016 Eyeshadows - Review & Swatches by Facemadeup.com

NEW Makeup Geek Fall 2016 Eyeshadows – Review & Swatches

Makeup Geek has recently released yet another batch of foiled and signature eyeshadows to coincide with the turn of the season. Being fall/autumn, the colour palette is dominantly warm which of course had me and my knickers in a twist because I absolutely love warm shades. Of the 18 new additions, I picked up more than half; all of the signature shades and two of the foiled. Below you’ll be able…

Fall/Autumn Look - Glamourous Smokey Burgundy Eyes by Facemadeup.com

Fall/Autumn Look – Glamourous Smokey Burgundy Eyes

So Fall/Autumn (delete as appropriate) is officially here (not in the southern hemisphere. Here it is Spring!) and the colour palette has quickly gone from fresh and light to dark and sultry. As my first fall-inspired look, I decided to go for a colour totally outside of my comfort zone yet still strangely somewhat wearable. Burgundy, a reddish brown, is definitely not a shade I would rock on an everyday…

Classic Brown Smokey Eye Tutorial by Face Made Up

Classic Brown Smokey Eyes Tutorial feat. Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

In this tutorial, I show you how easy it is to achieve a classic, brown smokey eye. Featuring affordable eyeshadows from the brand Makeup Geek, I have gone for a neutral brown shade selection. If you want more of a warm, brown smokey eyes, which would look incredible on those with lighter eyes such as blues and greens, then opt for warm, rustier shades of browns which are red or…