Thursday, 2 October 2014

SIGMA STEADY GLOW COLLECTION

✎ Thursday, 2 October 2014
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L-R Ambrosia, Ravishing, Midsummer, Gilded, Lush
L-R Unclouded, Final Touch, Polished

L-R Superb, Brilliant, Sultry


Top-Bottom, Skinny Dip, Vivid, Dazzling, Steady Glow, Chill Out
It's not often I get super excited about a collection of brands but when I saw the Sigma Steady Glow Collection I was pretty impressed. The colour theme throughout the collection just had me hooked, the soft colours and intense shimmers were calling my name. 

Let's start off the showstoppers of the collections which have to to be the loose shimmers. I know I go on and on about how I'm not a fan of loose products but I don't mind so much when the products are as high of a quality as these. Every colour from the nude shade called Ravishing to Gilded an intense gold shade are just a delight to work with. Whether they are used wet or dry they're just dreamy to work with and the end result is just beautiful. The three nude liners included in the collection are fantastic for carving out your brows or just wearing on the water line from day to day. I don't think that they're as creamy as other ones on the market but they do stay put through the day. Final Touch is my most used as it's the perfect peach colour for my skin tone. 

Cream shadows can be pretty hit and miss with me because I have oily eyelids, some just don't hold up long enough for me to bother with applying. Despite that I was excited to try the shimmer creams because the three colours they released are beautiful. These are fairly creamy so if you have oily eyelids you're going to have to set them with a shadow otherwise they will crease but it's so worth it because the shades are beautiful. 

You all know I was super impressed with the Warm Neutrals palette I purchased from Rouche Boutique earlier this year so I keen to see what the palette was like from this collection and it really didn't disappoint at all. It includes some really interesting shades like Sensational which is the matte mustard colour and other shades like Healthy which can look almost wet on the eye because of the intensity of the shade. This palette is beautiful just like my Warm Neutrals each shade is pigmented, smooth and easy to blend. I have to say Sigma shadows are probably my most used shadows of 2014 and easily one of my favourite discoveries! I'd highly recommend checking out this palette if you're looking for something new. There is so many gorgeous shades a good mixture of mattes and shimmers in there. 

Getting away from eyes and I was really interested by the Lip Vex shades included in the collection. I'm slowly becoming more of a lipgloss gal so I was open to trying these more then I would've been two years ago. Although there is an odd shade called Dazzling which is essentially a weird, intense shimmer shade I do love the colour range and formulation. They are slightly tacky on the lips but I almost prefer to feel that with a gloss because it means it's going to last.

Overall I adore this collection and I think it's the perfect range to buy a few things from for the warmer months. Don't forget to enter 'MORETHANADORED' at the checkout over at Rouche Boutique for a 10% discount on any purchase - yay! Let me know whether you'd like to see swatches of any of the products and I'll do a separate post on those bits. 

Have you tried any Sigma make up?


*provided for my consideration - honesty as always! 

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

NEW IN SEPTEMBER 2014

✎ Wednesday, 1 October 2014
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September has seen some amazing launches both in the pharmacies and in the department stores. Here are our thoughts on the latest beauty launches. 
It wasn't a huge month for make up but what has released has been really fantastic. The first thing I want to talk about is the new TruBlend line from Covergirl. There is a foundation, powder and concealer and what shocked me about this line is how amazing the colour range is compared to the Outlast Stay Fabolous - why?!!? Regardless I think my favourites are the powder and concealer because both are easy to work with. I'm still trying out the foundation but I feel as though it's not going to be as long lasting as I would like so my fingers are crossed that I find a combination I enjoy. Another base product I'm still figuring out is the Australis Mix It Colour Correcting Foundation. This is very thick on the skin so a little goes a long way and I'm still playing around with how to apply it to avoid caking but it's a fantastic medium coverage foundation - definitely not one for dry skin girls. Australis also listened to everyones cries for more Velourlip shades and they released Ho-Chee-Min, Hon-O-Loo-Loo, Lun-Dun, Mil-A-No and Mi-A-Mee. I'm yet to try them all on my lips but I do really like the shades, a full review and swatch post of those in coming up this month. Another lip release that I love is the new Lanolip Frutties that come in Peach, Apple and Strawberry. These are just another outstanding addition to the Lanolips line. My favourite is Peach. Rimmel have also released an innovative mascara called the Wonder-Full Mascara which contains argan oil. I think it's a bit gimmicky honestly because although it does contain argan oil it still isn't a natural product so there will still be the regular ingredients of a mascara in there but in saying that I do enjoy the formulation for everyday. It gives the lashes more length than volume and separates well.
There hasn't been too many new hair releases this month but the ones that have came out are fantastic. The Natural World Moroccan Argan Oil Moisture Repair Duo is a fantastic set for dry hair girls. They are super moisturising without leaving any sort of residue throughout the hair. These are stocked exclusive by The Beauty Office. Another moisturising hair product I've been loving is the Kevin Murphy Angel Masque which is actually the first Kevin Murphy haircare product I've tried. I love the packaging and the mask is amazing. It's super hydrating, detangles and leaves my hair feeling silky and smooth. A new styling powder comes from Eleven with their I Want Body Volume Powder. I'm a regular user of volume powders and I do really enjoy this one. It doesn't give you too much hold but I like that you're able to brush it out and restyle it. 
My favourite fragrance release for this month is the new Beyonce Heat it's very floral but still sexy and I've been carrying it around in my handbag this month. The new Prada Candy is very floral as well but still has a tiny bit of sweetness to it. I'm not sure it's a 'wow' perfume for me but I do really like it. A body mist I've been enjoying is the Laura Mercier Verbena Infusion Mist which is a dry oil that has the most lovely fresh scent. I like using this straight out of the shower along with the gel body creme for a long-lasting fresh scent. 
The main release for the skincare section is the Crop Skincare Line which hit the shelves this month. I'm a huge fan of this line because it's super affordable, 95% naturally derived, Australian made and has absolutely no nasties so it's fantastic for those who want to use those type of products on a budget. My pick from the bunch is the Double Sided Facial Wipes which have a bit of texture on one side that really helps remove make up but I also love the cleanser. All the oils (there is an argan, rose hip and macadamia) are marketed as a multi use products which is completely on point. Enough gushing about that line, Cetaphil have came out with a Suntivity SPF 30+ for very sensitive skin that is also friendly for oily skin girls. I'm not a huge fan of the texture, it feels very much like sunscreen, however it's great under make up and I have no complaints about the performance. The last skincare release is the John Plunkett Multi Vitamin Moisturiser which has been reformulated. This is a very basic moisturiser with no frills, contains a bunch of vitamins that'll help reduce dark spots and has no nasties in. I've only been using this one the past week but so far so good - I'll update you on whether it helps with my hyper pigmentation in the future. 
For body there has been some really cool concepts hitting the shelves. My favourite has to be the Sanctuary Spa 4 Day Moisture Body Oil Spray. If you're anything like me you hear the word oil and instantly think it's going to take ages to sink in and is going to leave a film on the skin but this does exactly the opposite. It's very light and dries extremely quickly. I'm unsure about the 4 day moisture claim but I do like the product. Another unique products comes from Laura Mercier with the Gel Body Moisture in Verbena Infusion. The scent is quite fresh which is lovely for this time of year and the consitency is a gel formulation which means you still get a good hit of moisture without it being heavy or greasy. A new bath release comes from Aveda with their Shampure Calming Aromatic Oil. The scent is so glorious and just applying it to my skin makes me excited to bathe in it as soon as I get the chance. The Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream is another new product I've been loving. It contains lanolin and aloe meaning the scent is fresh, moisturising but fast-absorbing yay! Le Tan have released the Dark Bronze Shade to their Wash Off line in the form of a lotion and spray. I've spoken about the Wash Off line before - I love it and the new shade is fantastic - less orangey more bronze. Yesterday I spoke about the new St.Tropez Self Tan Express which I've been aboustely loving and is pretty much my exclusive tan of the moment. 
There were some products that just didn't work for me. The Crop Daily Facial Moisturiser is great from days where you aren't wearing make up but I found this made me more oily throughout the day so I wouldn't recommend this for anyone with combination/oily skin. Another moisturising product that just didn't work for me was the Suntivity 50+ SPF for Face & Body. Although this claims to be suitable for the body and face it really isn't, it made me break out like crazy so I'll be reserving it for the body only from now one. One I love but I'm still mastering is the St.Tropex Luxe Dry Oil because it's so different when applying it. I tried it twice with a tanning mitt and I found I had to use alot of the product because it just seeped into the glove. I also found it a bit hard to apply evenly because of the oil consistency but I'm going to try it again without the glove and do a full review Sunday so keep your eyes peeled for that. Benefit have released their Benebalms and I was sure that these were going to be amazing however realistically their just a Maybelline Baby Lips in adorable packaging. They aren't bad products but for the RRP I think that you're better off going to Priceline and purchasing a tinted balm. 

What are your favourite releases from the month of September? 

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*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

SEPTEMBER PICKS 2014

✎ Tuesday, 30 September 2014
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What a month here at More Than Adored! I'm so very excited about our relaunch that will be happening very soon (ekkk!) but for now here are my top beauty picks for the month of September. 

We'll start with skincare because I've been dying to mention the Stewart & Claire Coconut with Mango Butter Lip Balm* all month but I just haven't had the right feature to include it in! You all know I've extremely loyal to my Lanolips Ointments and they're pretty much all I use but sometimes I do want something a little lighter, that is still moisturising, particularly during the day. This is the answer! It's made with all organic products and is so so so moisturising without feeling thick on the lips. Amorganica stock a huge range of different flavours so definitely check them out! My skin has finally came back to normal land after months of being crazy (I spoke about the briefly here) but I can honestly accredit that partly to the QV Gentle Cleanser*. This is another product I've been waiting to talk about because it's been a really fantastic basic cleanser for me to use. I generally use this in the mornings or if I haven't been wearing any make up throughout the day. It's light, soap free, moisturising and really cleanses the skin without stripping it at all. It's one of those products I've become quite reliant on. 

Onto the make up bits and I quickly need to shout out the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation which I've gone back to after some bad experiences with other foundations not lasting all day and leaving me looking like an oily mess. This just works and although I'm really not impressed with the colour range it is a fantastic long-lasting foundation. I won't say too much about the L'oreal Extradonaire in Rose Melody* because I did a full post on it here but it's pretty much the only lip colour I've been wearing. A product I wasn't sure I'd love is the Napoleon Perdis Contour Palette* but that contour shade is absolute perfection and it's one I'd definitely recommend it for lighter skin tones. I feel as though lately I haven't had much luck with liquid liners until the Gorgeous Cosmetics iLine Pen* came into my life. It's so super thin yet flexible but not too flexible so it really is fantastic for getting a fine line along the lashes. 

Last of all my tan this month has been hugely credited to the amazing St.Tropez Self Tan Express* which is new out in Australia this month. You may remember that I really didn't get on with the original mousse from St.Tropez so I had my reservations when trying this however I'm really impressed and I do think it's worth the money. It's super easy to apply and you can wait either 1 hour for a light tan, 2 for a medium and 3 for a dark colour so it's great for those of us who don't like sleeping in fake tan. What sets it apart from other quick developing tans is how it lasts on the skin. I find this lasts at least 5 days without any sort of upkeep! 

What products have you been enjoying this month?! 

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*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Thursday, 25 September 2014

5 SPRING LIP COLOURS TO TRY

✎ Thursday, 25 September 2014
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Where I am in the world the weather is in full spring mode although I am slightly disappointed to be putting away the gorgeous deep vampy shade I'm so excited to bring out the vivid coral hues for the warmer months. 

Mac Impassioned 
When narrowing down my top 5 this was a this always a definite to include in this post because the colour is beautiful. The bright pink is especially unique because although it does have that hint of warmth coral it is still a very 'pink' lipstick. I like lipsticks that make you think ooo is it a pink is it a coral and this does that. It is an amplified formula which means it's extremely opaque and pigmented but it still is creamy to apply with a slightly glossy finish. 

Napoleon Perdis Mattestastic Lipstick in 'Lucille'* 
This one is a newer one too my collection but I adore the soft coral hue this gives the lips. It is a matte lipstick but it's still really creamy to apply and doesn't tug on the lips. I don't like lipsticks that don't have a point to them as I find them really hard to apply straight from the bullet and get a crisp line so that is a major con for me. I adore the formulation of these, they're really long lasting and comfortable to wear so I'd recommend checking out the range. 

Gorgeous Cosmetics Lipstick in Quinn*
This swatch does not do this lipstick justice because on the lips it's such a beautiful intense, orange red shade. I particularly love patting this one down and having it as a matte finish but it does have quite a glossy look when applied. 

Savvy Long Lasting Matte Lipstick in Maui 
This is such an interesting colour because it's so neon and bright but somehow it has a milky tone to the colour. Regardless this is such a pretty coral that does have slight shimmer through it in the bullet but that's virtually undetectable on the lips. The formulation of these is so lovely, creamy to apply but a matte finish however I do feel like these are the most drying from my picks today. 

Shanghai Suzy Miss Christina NEON GUAVA
Say hello to my new best friend. This is from the latest range from Shanghai Suzy and it's such a me colour. A bright intense pink colour with a slight coral hue to it. It looks amazing with just a flick of liner. 

What are your favourite brights from the warmer months?

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*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

WOMF #19 FIRST IMPRESSIONS

✎ Wednesday, 24 September 2014
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Usually this series is reserved for showing products I've actually been loving the past week and although there is a fair share of those type of products in this post I thought it'd be fun to throw in some initial thoughts on some products I've just started trying. The first being the John Plunkett Instant Primer* which in is very similar in texture to the Benefit Porefessional, very silicone based and very smoothing. These type of products seem to be very on trend with numerous brands releasing their own version, my fingers are crossed the wear of this is beautiful. I applied the new Australis Mix It Colour Correcting Foundation in Natural Tan* all over and I was so shock on how dark this particular shade is but luckily I have some fake tan left on my skin so blending down my neck did the trick. This initially felt pretty thick on my skin but I did accidentally apply alot so I think I need to master the amount I put on. It really smoothed out the skin well though. I did added a little of the L'oreal Infallible Concealer which is my favourite for blemishes and pigmentations at the moment. I set it with the Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder which I've been using as my setting powder the past two weeks and I'm thoroughly enjoying how it feels my skin feeling silky smooth. 

Onto my eyes and I've been playing around with the new Sigma collection thanks to Rouche Boutique (full review on collection coming soon). The Sigma Brilliant & Spellbinding Palette* is all I used on the eyes. I used the shades solstice, healthy all over the lid and then applied a tiny bit of balmy through the crease then deepening it with fey. I really adore the Sigma shadow formulations and this palette is stunning. I then added the Sigma Final Touch Inner Rim Brightener* which is the perfect nude shade for my complexion in the water line and a few coats of the Laura Mercier Long Lash Mascara*

For finishing touches I filled in my eyebrows with the Makeup Forever Aqua Brow which has literally changed my eyebrow life. I admit I need to book in to get them cleaned up but this makes filling in my eyebrows a dream. I decided to add a little blush and highlight from Napoleon Perdis Contour Palette*. I was blown away with the pigmentation of these powder products! I then applied the Mary Kay Lipstick Sassy Fuchsia* all over the lips. This was super hard to apply directly from the bullet because of the shape of lipstick so that was a little disappointing. On the lips it is super comfortable and creamy though!

Let me know if you'd like to see a review or more information on any of the products and I'll get working on that :) 

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*provided for my consideration - honesty as always! 


Tuesday, 23 September 2014

A WORD ON SPONSORED CONTENT

✎ Tuesday, 23 September 2014
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This post was meant to go live about a week ago but I've been struggling alot with writing down how I actually feel and being happy with my words. Like it or not, sponsored content is a big part of the blogging world and I don't think it should be seen as a negative thing. Blogging is hard work and for very little benefit of the blogger (at least in beginning) so I don't think that it's fair to write a person or a blog off purely because they're working with new brands for monetary benefits. Of course, if it takes over the soul of the blog or sponsorship is irrelevant to the blog it is distasteful. 

Now alot of you know I've recently made the decision to leave university and continue with a part time position (which I love) instead of seeking full time employment. This means I'm lucky enough to have 3-4 days out of the week where I'm working from home on More Than Adored. I live off a very minimal wage but for now I'm really happy exploring where More Than Adored is heading and I'm excited to see the relaunch and expand. I'm very fortunate to be able to be doing this and if I didn't have such a supportive boyfriend it probably wouldn't be possible. I'm not living off blogging but any sort of post done for monetary benefit either goes towards a) paying the bills as I live out of home  b) buying new products to feature or c) new equipment to improve my photography. I've put together a few dot points so we're all on the same page for future sponsored posts you'll see on More Than Adored. This way you'll all know what to expect in the future! 

LIMITS 
I have a limit of 4 sponsored posts per month which equates to 1 per week (I've only ever done 3 here on More Than Adored ever) which I think is reasonable considering I'm posting once per day and soon to be twice daily. I do think it's important to have some sort of a limit on the amount of sponsored posts you do because otherwise you run the risk of losing your blog amongst all the sponsorship. 

TRANSPARENCY 
I will always ensure that it's super obvious at the beginning of the post as well as at the end that it was a sponsored post. I will never ever do sponsored work without telling you guys. We're a community and I like being on the same page as you all, I like you knowing what's going on and contributing to More Than Adored so it's always going to be distinctly pointed out when it is a sponsored post. 

RELEVANCY 
Another thing I think is important - sponsored content needs to be relevant to the blog. I can't count the amount of times I've been offered to partnership with brands that just aren't a fit for More Than Adored. You'll never see anything that isn't relevant to the content that you see here on MTA. If it doesn't fit it doesn't happen - no matter the amount of money offered.  

SAMPLES ARE DIFFERENT
Receiving samples to me is like buying a product myself. You see press samples are a way for a brand to get free publicity through our websites and I treat samples as if I'd bought the product myself - I'm going to review it honestly. I'm not saying I'm not honest when I write sponsored posts because how I see it I'll never promote a product or service I don't 100% believe in but samples come with no obligation attached so I treat them as products I have purchased myself (of course I always mark them with * so you know what has been sent to me). 

I would love to hear your opinions in the comments! 


Monday, 22 September 2014

NEW SKINCARE ADDITIONS

✎ Monday, 22 September 2014
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I feel like I'm finally at peace with my skin after months of struggling with blemishes and breakouts (touchwood). I'm the type of person who is pretty hesitate with trying new products whilst my skin is misbehaving. It's not that I have sensitive skin, I think I'm just don't want to make anything worse... It's a 'just in case kinda thing'. Over the past month I've overhauled my routine to better suit my current skin concerns. 

GO-TO SKINCARE EXFOLIATING SWIPEYS* 
Available from Go-To Skincare $45.95
I have almost completely wiped out manual scrubs by accident but it's been an accidental godsend for my skin. Instead I've been opting for these wipes that are soaked in AHA's every second night and it's improved the texture of my skin an insane amount. Months after breakouts I struggle alot with pigmentation but slowly I'm seeing my skin look more even and brighter and I know these are one of the things that are contributing to that improvement. I'd happily purchase these again in the future. They're gentle but still get the job done. 

JURLIQUE NUTRI-DEFINE SUPERIOR RETEXTURISING FACIAL SERUM* 
Available from Jurlique RRP $145
On days where I'm not using my swipeys from Go-To I'm applying this serum from Jurlique. I think alternating between the two is what is really helping with my skins hyper pigmentation issues. What I like about this serums is that it's not full of any nasties at all. It contains ginseng root extract and liquorice root extract that help plump up the skin and give it radiance. When I use effective skin like Jurlique it really makes me wonder why I use any sort of skin that isn't natural, all their products are so stunning and work amazing! 

LA MAV PORE REFINING TONER* 
Available from One Store RRP $23.70 
Another natural product I've opted for over my Dermalogica Clear Start Toner is this one from La Mav. This is designed to help refine the pores and help the skin maintain the skin's natural pH balance so essentially it's going to help pores without stripping the skin - yay! I've been using this one for about two weeks and although I haven't noticed a huge difference in my pore size it is a gorgeous product to use. I would go as far to say it's the best toner I've used that is targeted towards us girls with combination oily skin and it's natural yay! 

EVOLVE GENTLE CLEANSING MELT* 
Available from Amorganica RRP $22.00 
This isn't a product that is targeted towards combination/oily skin, it's actually for normal/dry skins, but the best thing I've ever done is ignore (most) cleansers that are targeted towards my skin type. This product has changed the way I cleanse my skin and I'm so excited about it. Evolve Organic Beauty isn't a brand I'm super familiar with but if this product is any reflection to the quality of the line I want it all. The cleanser is a thick gel that I warm between my fingers then apply onto dry skin and it's the most amazing product to cleanse with. Afterwards my skin feels plump, cleansed and hydrated. If you're sick of cleansers stripping your skin and leaving your skin feeling tight then this is one to try! Note: I don't use this for make up removal but rather for actually cleansing the skin.  

MIOD EXTRA HYDRATING BALM* 
Available from Amorganica RRP $35.00 
Miod is another brand the lovely people over at Amorganica have introduced me too. Towards the beginning of the month I had a really bad few weeks of dry patches around my face and this is what transformed my skin back to normal. This isn't a moisturiser or lotion texture but instead it has that multi-purpose balm texture which usually I wouldn't dare apply all over my face but I was desperate. I'm so glad I took the plunge because it's made a HUGE difference to my skin and it is one of the most hydrating products I've ever used. 

What products are you enjoying at the moment?


*some of these products may have been sent to me for consideration.