Face of Australia Screen Siren Nail Polish: Review and Swatches


From left: Some Like It Hot, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, Isn’t It Delicious, Monroe, Travilla, Bombshell, Platinum 

This is probably one of my favourite Face Of Australia nail polish collections to date: the collection is inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and the names of the polishes take after significant parts of her career and personal life. I’m really digging opaque nude cremes lately, and the collection has 4 of them- with some fun brights thrown in. For those who like matte finishes on their nails, there is also a matte top coat in the collection (Platinum). Matte nails look terrible on me, sadly. 

My two must have picks from this collection are Travilla (opaque pale-milk-coffee nude – index finger on image below), and Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (hot pink pigmented jelly- see swatches below). Travilla is the PERFECT autumn nail colour, my new ‘little black dress’ for nails lately. ‘Diamonds’ is a rare example of a fuschia that looks good on me- I think it’s the slightly translucent quality that makes it a bit special. These two have the best formula of the bunch with quick drying, smooth application, and good chip resistance. The formula of these are better than many of my OPIs and Essies.

Shades that didn’t work for me were the bright tangerine ‘Some Like It Hot’ (I adore the colour, but the product was so gluggy and I couldn’t for the life of me get an even application- was it just my bottle? I hope so); and ‘Monroe’ (index finger in the swatch below- the shade blended into my skin tone too much, giving me mannequin hands. Would probably work with darker skinned folk)


Index finger: Monroe, middle finger: Bombshell, index finger: Travilla, Pinky: No Angel 



Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Availability: Priceline, Big W and fashionaddict.com.au.

Price: $4.95 AUD

Note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more info see my editorial policy in the PR tab. 

Posted by on Apr 7th, 2014 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches, Uncategorized | 285comments


Face of Australia Glossy Lip Crayons: Swatches and Review

Face of Australia Glossy Lip Crayons: Swatches

Swatches (left to right): Peach Parfait,Pie La Mode, Pecan Pie, Apple Crumble Raspberry Coulis, Jam Fancy, Berry Brulée


Just a quickie review and swatch post from yours truly.

These Glossy Lip Crayons are a reincarnation of their previous limited edition Sheer Gloss Lip Crayons. My favourites out of these are: Berry Brulée and Raspberry Coulis. The pigmentation varies from sheer (Peach Parfait, Jam Fancy) to quite pigmented (Berry Brulée, Pie La Mode) with corresponding wear time; the texture varies from a little dry (Peach Parfait, Jam Fancy) to creamy and comfortable (Berry Brulée, Raspberry Coulis, Pecan Pie).

Price: $4.95

Availability: Priceline, Big W, Kmart


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Posted by on Feb 18th, 2014 in Drugstore, Swatches | 537comments


Textured Nails: Face Of Australia Carnivale Collection

Textured Nails: Face Of Australia Carnivale Collection


I had my first ever textured nail polish experience when I received these Face of Australia Carnivale nail enamels. I’ve always been very conservative when it comes to nails- I’m a one tone cream or jelly finish girl (shimmer or glitter if I’m feeling super adventurous). So I haven’t really paid much attention to all these textured nail trends in the past 12 months- until now.

Oh my goodness these are so much fun. The glitter shades in particular look amazing (yes they do remind me of Venice), and I can’t stop touching my nails when I have these on. The matte ones remind me of concrete in texture- sherbert coloured concrete! Left to right, the shades pictured above are: Mango Slurpee, Ferris Wheel, Bird of Paradise, My Island Home. 

For the price point, the formulation is fantastic- they are super quick drying, apply evenly, opaque in 2 coats, and resists chipping for 3-4 days on me.

Textured Nails: Face Of Australia Carnivale Collection

Textured Nails: Face Of Australia Carnivale Collection

Textured Nails: Face Of Australia Carnivale Collection

“The collection features four gorgeous matte shades reminiscent of the beautiful colours found in the sky during a summer sunset. Four glistening glitter shades are inspired by the elaborate masks worn during the great Carnevales of Europe.”

“3 Free” – Toluene, Formaldehyde, Dibutyle Phthalate free.

Price: $5.95 RRP

Availability: Priceline, Kmart, Big W, www.fashionaddict.com.au 


note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more details on my editorial policy click on the PR tab.

Posted by on Oct 23rd, 2013 in Drugstore, Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches | 205comments


Mermaid Blue: Graphic Blue Eyeliner FOTD

turquoise graphic blue eyeliner makeup look

Turquoise/ Azure blue was always a colour that I considered just out of my makeup comfort zone. Whenever I think of bright blue eyeshadow, images of Malibu Barbie and the mother from Bewitched come to mind and scares me off.

A few weekends ago, I tried using the new Face Of Australia Budgeproof eyeshadow as a bold graphic liner- and I quite like how it turned out. No hint of barbie- just a simple, updated take on the cat’s eye.


FOTD: Illamasqua Naked Rose blush, Time Balm, NARS Bangkok, NARS Tzigane lipstick, Face Of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadow, David Babaii Boho Beach Spray


FOTD makeup breakdown:


– Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime

– Face Of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadow in Mermaid Blue* applied with a stiff brush in a thick line across the upper lid and flicked outwards. I used about 3 layers to get this level of intensity.

– MAC Blacktrack Fluidline pushed into the upper lashline and between lashes.


– Illamasqua Naked Rose blush on apples


– NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Bangkok

– NARS Tzigane lipstick applied above Bangkok.


David Babaii Boho Beach Spray* through mid lengths to ends and scrunched through for volume and texture. This stuff smells like summer in a bottle.


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Posted by on Aug 20th, 2013 in Drugstore, Eye shadow, FOTD, Hair, Illamasqua, NARS | 165comments

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Poison Ivy FOTD featuring Face Of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadow

Green and brown smoky eye nude lips FOTD


I’ve been having a great deal of fun playing with the new Face Of Australia Budge Proof Eyeshadows in the last few weeks. Poison Ivy (a pigmented forest green metallic) has become my favourite out of the four that I’ve tried- looks boring in the pot, but so striking on the eyes. You need to try this if you have brown or warmed toned eyes.

The formula is impressive for it’s ridiculously low price point – it applies smoothly without tugging, is longlasting, and you can layer for intensity without it cracking or balling up like other cream shadows can. See my previous review for more details, swatches, and product photos.

I will be posting FOTDs featuring some of the other shades in the collection over the next fortnight or so- watch this space!



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Posted by on Aug 7th, 2013 in Drugstore, Eye shadow, FOTD | 2comments

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