What I Bought At The Priceline Sale

priceline haul

Aussie ladies, in case you’ve been hiding under a rock, Priceline has been doing one of their infamous 40% off cosmetics sales and today is their last day so head there after work or alternatively, shop online ūüôā

Anyway, I braved the masses today and went into Priceline with Bunty in a pram { yes, I got plenty of death stares as I crashed into ankles ūüėõ } and here’s what I bought…


Australis Blackmail & Speck-tacular Crystal Colour Top Coat

holo flakie top coat from Australis, nail swatches

This is an exciting week ahead for me!!! ¬†My parents and my second sister are arriving on Thursday morning! ¬†YAY! ¬†Anyway, speaking of YAY! stuff, the Australis Powers-That-Be have been very kind and generous to me. ¬†They’ve been sending me surprise packages (*squee*) and inside one of them were two nail polishes – Australis Blackmail and Australis Speck-tacular Crystal Colour Top Coat – and a glittery bouncy ball which lights up when bounced.

flakie holo top coat in Australia

Even though my nail polish collection is expanding nicely, I haven’t actually got a pure black polish so I was happy to see Australis Blackmail – which applies beautifully with 2 coats for a nice creme finish. ¬†But it’s the Australis Speck-tacular Crystal Colour Top Coat which has got me drooling!!! ¬†I’m not a nail beauty blogger, but I’m told that it’s a “holo flakie”. ¬†I am guessing it means that it has holographic flakes…? ¬†It is stunning layered on top of the black.

Australis holo flakie top coat swatches

I’ve seen these Australis nail polishes in my local Priceline and they’re both under $10. ¬†Yay! ¬†Bargain!!

Many thanks to the Australis team for gifting me with these beauties. ¬†It’s lovely getting surprise packages…and I’ll show you more from them soon.

Are you a holo flakie fan?

Love Australis FOTD

Wowee!!! I’m back!!! ¬†Thanks for all the lovely supportive comments and tweets over the last few stressful days about server issues. ¬†As I mentioned before, I lost GAZILLIONS of unpublished posts which sucks…so I need to get a few days to organise myself but meanwhile, enjoy this FOTD with Australis products!

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Australis is another Australian drugstore make-up brand that I love.  You may remember I hauled a few things a while ago plus reviewed a couple of products before.  Well, at ABBW, Australis generously gifted us with more goodies to play with so I dug out all my Australis cosmetic products and created a FOTD Рaptly named Love Australis.

make-up stash

Australis Products Used & Mini Reviews


Australis Paparazzi Perfect HD Tinted Moisturiser in Medium-Dark РThis is the first tinted moisturiser I have ever used.  I was scared of them before because I was worried about shade match, but this one is perfect on me and creates a flawless finish.  LOVE!

Australis Liquid Concealer PenReviewed previously and it’s used up already!! ¬†On the hunt for a new concealer…

Australis Paparazzi Perfect HD Blush in Shoot To Thrill – Pink rosy cheeks, but nothing special.

Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz – Refreshing mist to finish off make-up and make it last all day.


Australis Eyeshadow Primer РUnfortunately, not one of my favourites because it is not quite UDPP (which you can win in my giveaway!) and it runs out pretty quickly.  I do like the pink packaging though.

Australis Paparazzi Perfect HD Eyeshadow in Snap Attack РAs you all know, I am a colour fan so the neutral shades here are a bit tame for me.  Nevertheless, I am learning to embrace my beige and browns these days.

Australis IntensifEYE Liquid Eyeliner – I reviewed it previously so check it out if you want a detailed review.

Australis Trial Team Mascara – As a trial team member, I got sent this mascara so I cannot say whether it’s part of their range which is being sold at the moment. ¬†But I liked how it separated and lengthened my lashes; but not enough oomph for my short stubby Asian lashes though.


Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lipstick in Jitterbug Р*squee*  This is totally the shade I wanted to buy when I did my Australis haul but they had ran out so I was delighted to see this in the ABBW goodie bag!  LOVE!

Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss in Bollywood РBeautiful as reviewed before.  LOVE!


Australis Nail Colour in Valentine РOne coat wonder!  LOVE!


Australis eyeshadow brushes which were a GWP

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Have you used Australis products before?  And most importantly, are you loving my FOTD?

Colour Blocking Make-Up Look

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Following on from the Cute Colour Block nails from Monday, today I give you colour blocking make-up which is a recent trend and I love it!  Loud, bold colours are right up my street.  And the best thing is that I can just slap on the one colour on the lid and another on the lower lash line.  No need for blending with base shades, accent colours and whatnot.


Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss – Bollywood & Disco – Review, Swatches & Giveaway

Phew! ¬†What a long blog post title!!! ¬†Anyway, I’m really excited today to introduce to you two luscious lip glosses from Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss range – Bollywood (which was purchased by yours truly) and Disco (which was sent for consideration).

Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss : Bollywood and Disco Swatches


Out of the two, Bollywood is my favourite.  It is a sheer red creme.  This is ideal for girls who are venturing into red lips for the first time but are worried about it being too full-on.  Putting this on instantly brightens up my face as it adds a nice splash of colour.


Disco is described as a sheer orange, almost clear finish. ¬†Confusing because I see no orange in it at all. ¬†To me, it’s more of a pastel pink and it’s definitely not clear on my lips! ¬†Ideal for all occasions. ¬†My Hubby likes it when I wear this.

Product Ingredients

I was really impressed with these Australis lip glosses not just because they looked great on my lips but also because of their nourishing ingredients.

Vitamin E: Powerful antioxidant, moisturises and enhances skin smoothness
UV filters: Absorb, reflect, scatter and block ultraviolet radiation
Peptides: Stimulate cells to produce collagen. Smoothing, defining and moisturising qualities
Kakadu plum: Contains vitamin C aiding in the formation of collagen. Soothing and antiseptic properties
Jojoba oil: moisturising and skin protecting
Evening primrose oil: rich in Omega 6, smoothing and moisturising
Avocado oil: emollient, smooth application
– Mica: provides a natural luminosity and soft silky feel
– Titanium dioxide: Good covering power and natural sun protection

For full ingredient list and more product information, please check Australis website.

What I Look For In A Lip Gloss

1. ¬†Affordability – let’s not wipe out all my savings with one beauty product please!
2.  Colour Рmust look good in the tube and must look good on my lips
3.  Non-sticky formula Рnothing annoys me more than sticky glosses which attract my hair
4.  Smell and taste РDespise overpowering or bad chemical smells and tastes
5.  Ease of application РI like doe foot applicators.  Finger dipping lip glosses are a big no-no for me.

Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss ticks all these boxes. ¬†The RRP is $11.95 so it won’t break the bank…if you only buy one…but you may be tempted to buy more than one as there are 10 sexy shades to choose from. ¬†I am happy with the non-sticky formula and the lychee flavour of the lip gloss makes me want to lick my lips!! ¬†The applicator is more big foot than doe foot but I’ll let that one go. ¬†But best of all, it actually makes my lips look good and feel good with its nourishing properties. ¬†A big win all around!

The only sad thing is that Australis is only available in Australia. ¬†A big BOO-HOO to any international readers….BUT before you run off crying, I have fantastic news for you all. ¬†The Australis Powers-That-Be have sponsored 8 The Best Beauty Blog readers to win an Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss. ¬†Yes, you read correctly – 8 readers get to win either Disco (as swatched above) or Jazz (sheer hot pink creme).

How To Enter The Giveaway – Open Internationally – THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED!!!

You must be a follower of this blog Рeither by GFC or RSS or via email (let me know which method in the comments).  Leave a comment and tell me anything random.  The 8 winners will be chosen by random and will be given either Disco or Jazz randomly.

Giveaway ends on 12th June 11.59pm EST and the 8 winners will be notified by email and you must respond within 48 hours with your postal details.

For additional entries (1 each)

Tweet :  Enter @xyling The Best Beauty Blog @LoveAustralis Lip Gloss giveaway now

Like The Best Beauty Blog Facebook page and post on the wall : “I want to win an Australis Colour Inject Mineral Lip Gloss”

Maximum entries is 3.

Feel free to post it on your sidebar or link it on a blog post. ¬†A million kisses if you do ūüėÄ

Good luck everyone!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

FOTD Challenge : Cleopatra

The lovely Sara-May has been doing a FOTD Challenge on her beauty blog and all of the looks she has created has been amazing. ¬†A number of other beauty bloggers have participated in this too. ¬†Today’s FOTD Challenge is Cleopatra – it was my suggestion so it is only right that I participate, although I did struggle with it. ¬†I kept jabbing my eye!!! ¬†I’ll never be a make-up artist but it’s still fun to play with make-up!

Here’s my take on Cleopatra :-

When I think of Cleopatra, I think of strong brows, bold eyes with thick black eyeliner, sculpted cheeks and red lips.


The eyelashes are from KKCenterHK – EYE’S CHIC 816 Bird Of Paradise Fake Eyelashes*^. ¬†The inner half is criss-cross and the outer half is outrageously long. ¬†They are pretty cool but not suitable for everyday use.

Products Used


FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Therapy Liquid Foundation in Beige*
Australis Liquid Concealer Pen
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Translucent Loose Powder *
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Pressed Bronzer*


NP Set Eye Primer
Etude House Eye Brow Kit
ZARA Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Esther’s Baby
MAC eye shadow in Trax Velvet
MUA Eye Shadow Shade 15
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Pressed Powder in Bronze*
FACE OF AUSTRALIA Opulent Eyes Sapphire Desire*
Rimmel London Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner Pencil
Naris Up Wink UpLasting Gel Liner
Australis IntensifEYE Liquid Eyeliner in Blackest Black*
Revlon Precision Lash Adhesive
EYE’S CHIC 816 Birds of Paradise Fake Eyelashes*


No7 Deeply Moisturising Lipcare
MUA Lipstick Shade 4

Products marked with * were provided for consideration.
^ denotes an affiliate link

Australis Liquid Concealer Pen

I was keen to try an affordable drugstore concealer and Australis Liquid Concealer Pen caught my eye.  After checking out the testers of the 4 shades РDark, Light Beige, Medium and Medium Dark РI decided Medium Dark was the closest match.

What Australis Say

Liquid concealer skin correcting formula lightens dark shadows, treats problem prone skin while diminishing the visible signs of ageing.

My Opinions

  • The clicky concealer brush pen reminds me of my YSL Touche Eclat days (those days are long gone as we are currently skint as a flint!)
  • The formula is a bit too thin and runny for my liking
  • Provides adequate coverage for the dark circles under my eyes
  • Claims to diminish visible signs of ageing – but I didn’t really notice that
  • Australis Liquid Concealer Pen gets a 7 out of 10 from The Best Beauty Blog

RRP : $12.95AUD
For more information, please visit the Australis website.

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