Gigi Hadid x Maybelline Collection

Hi guys!

Today I will be reviewing the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline Collection that launched in Australia earlier this December. This launch has been highly anticipated since Gigi released her products in the US. I went down to my local Priceline and bought some bits and pieces to try out. Now the full collection includes the Jetsetter palette, multiple eye shadow palettes, lipliners, lipsticks, eyeliners, mascaras, tinted primers and strobe creams, but today, I will be reviewing only the lipsticks, eyeliners and strobe creams.

First, lets talk about the lipsticks. There are 6 different lipstick shades in this collection – 3 for the West Coast and 3 for the East Coast. Having a tanned complexion means that the nude shades from the East Coast collection didn’t suit my skin tone at all, so I didn’t even bother buying any of those because they were simply too light for my skin (except for the shade Erin, which straight up didn’t appeal to me). However, I did buy all 3 of the beautiful matte red shades from the West Coast collection and they are INCREDIBLE. They are so, so good, I cannot rave about how much I love these lipsticks! They are so pigmented, they are opaque and look great on the lips. They are a comfortable matte finish without being drying and the staying power is excellent. I think Maybelline and Gigi hit the nail on the head with the formula of these lipsticks. I like that she came out with 3 different reds because you’re sure to find something you love with these options. My favourite is Lani – a deep blue toned red.

Next, let’s talk about the eyeliners. So I picked up the liquid eyeliner and the gel eyeliner in black. Firstly, the liquid eyeliner was a HUGE miss for me, which sucks because I really thought I was going to love it. I had a few issues with it – namely the liner itself just wasn’t as opaque and black as I usually prefer/some of Maybelline’s liquid liners. Secondly, and this is the big one, I had a weird allergic reaction to it! This was so crazy and scary for me because I do not have sensitive skin and I’m not allergic to anything (that I know of). My skin is very tolerant and doesn’t react easily, but something in this product made my eyelids swell up, so I had to remove it straight away. I don’t know if this has happened to anyone else, but I’m steering clear of this liner for those reasons.

Top: Liquid Liner – multiple coats needed to achieve this degree of black. Bottom – gel liner, one swipe.

The gel liner however, I LOVE. It is possibly the creamiest, softest gel liner I have ever used in my life. It goes on so smoothly onto the eyes and it doesn’t budge once set. I love this stuff, it is awesome!

Next up, let’s talk about their strobe cream. There are two shades available, however I only bought the gold one, as pink highlighters don’t flatter my skin tone. This highlighter is a beautiful deep golden colour which looks great on my skin. My only issue with it is how subtle it is as a highlighter, you really need to build it up to get any reflectivity at all. Maybe that’s the look that Maybelline was going for, but I usually prefer my highlighters to be more high impact. However, I still enjoy using this in the summer because its lightweight and does give a nice hint of shimmer in the sunlight. I find the best way to apply this is with a duo-fibre brush to the cheekbones and I often go over it with a similar gold toned highlighter to intensify it. This product isn’t bad per se, but it didn’t blow my socks off. I think girls who like a subtle everyday highlight or who like to layer cream and powder highlights will like this one.

Beautiful packaging
Gel like formula. The liquid strobe illuminator in Gold

So those are my thoughts on parts of the Gigi Hadid x Maybelline Collection! I think the only things I would recommend to everyone and their mums are their lipsticks and the gel liner. The formula is spot on for both. Let me know if you guys have tried anything from the collection and what your thoughts were on all the products!



Mano xx


Revlon PhotoReady Concealer

Hi all,

Today I am back with a review of the Revlon PhotoReady Concealer!

Recently, I was at Chemist Warehouse and I noticed that Revlon was 50% off. Now, I usually don’t even look at Revlon products because in Australia I find them to be overpriced and a bit boring – both formula wise and packaging wise. Nothing really stands out for me and compared to other products on the market, they haven’t ever really caught my eye. But because it was 50% off, I thought I’d at least have a look.

I came across this concealer called the Revlon PhotoReady Concealer. Now usually, I would go running in the other direction at the first sight of this. Why? Because it’s a stick concealer. Yep, a stick concealer, and no, this isn’t 1998. Stick products (for some reason) have made a huge comeback this year with more and more companies making them creamier and more flawless than that horrible 90s trend. Whilst I can’t say I’m on board with this comeback in any way, I thought I would keep an open mind with this particular concealer. What really sold it to me was not only that it was 50% off, but also the fact that famous YouTuber Tati Westbrook had once mentioned that this concealer was a favourite of hers. I love Tati and I watch her videos all the time so I thought I would give this concealer a go whilst it was 50% off.


So I bought the shade medium and I have been trying it out over the last week or so and I can’t say I love it (sorry Tati!). Let me summarise what I like and don’t like about it:


  • Creamy formula
  • Not too thick
  • Glides on and blends out easily
  • Convenient packaging


  • The formula is creamy and thick, which made me expect that the coverage would be medium to full. Instead, it is a sheer to light coverage on me and I find that it hardly covers any of my dark circles! It does very little to actually conceal anything. I find my Fit Me concealer by Maybelline to do a much better job at covering dark circles than this.
  • Can look cakey after prolonged wear. Settles into fine lines easily.
  • Is obvious that you are wearing makeup.
  • Limited colour selection (at least in Australia). There are only 3 shades – light, light-medium and medium. Does not cater for darker skin tones in AUS.


SWATCH: Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in the shade Medium. Left side is blended out and right is a unblended.


Overall, this concealer was a miss for me and I will not be repurchasing. It may be better suited to girls starting out with makeup because it is light coverage, easy to apply and shouldn’t be an issue on young girls with no fine lines under the eyes.


Mano xx


Hi all! Today I thought I would do a little review on some ColourPop products!

ColourPop is widely know across the US for being a source of affordable yet incredible makeup products. In Australia, it’s not so commonly known of. Whilst you’ll find that some people know of the brand, very few people have actually tried their products. As a beauty junkie myself, I have had my eye on ColourPop for the longest time, but I could never justify paying ridiculous shipping prices in order to try their products. But thankfully, ColourPop had a few deals towards the end of this year – including free international shipping! Naturally, I placed an order… and turns out, I LOVE their products! So today I thought I would share some of the products I bought and my thoughts on them.

ColourPop Eyeshadows

First, let’s talk about their eyeshadows. Their eyeshadows are truly an incredible formula and I have never seen anything like them before. They are creamy and almost bouncy to the touch, they apply like a cream eyeshadow and yet they dry down to a powder finish. Once they dry, let me tell you – they do not budge. I have rubbed my eye multiple times and NOTHING transferred onto my hand! It is truly an amazing formula, with a large variety of shades. They retail for $5 USD each, which is a steal for the quality of product you get.


  • Pigmented
  • Smooth, buttery feel
  • Creamy on application, but dries to a powder finish
  • Easy to apply
  • Great colour selection
  • Excellent price point


  • Difficult to apply with a brush. I would not recommend applying these shadows with an eyeshadow brush. They are meant to be applied with your finger and using a brush does not pick up anywhere near the same amount of pigment/product.
  • Difficult to blend out. I like to use these colours solely on the lid. I will tend to put a powder eyeshadow in the crease with a brush and then apply a ColourPop shadow to the lid. I find that these shadows do not blend out into the crease nicely simply because they don’t work well with brushes and you can’t exactly use your finger to blend out a shadow into the crease.

Overall, these shadows are a big hit for me.



SWATCHES: Left to right – Wattles, Bubbly, Cricket, Nillionaire, Amaze, Sequin and Get Lucky

Ultra Matte Lip

I only bought one of their Ultra Matte Lips because I wasn’t a huge fan of the shade range for my skin tone. For reference, I have a medium/tan/olive complexion with pigmented lips and I find that a lot of their lip colours are suited to girls with paler complexions. Nevertheless, I tried their Ultra Matte Lip in the shade More Better, which is described as a deep wine. I think the formula is pretty good considering the price point. It doesn’t dry out my lips too much, but it does transfer a bit and is not as long wearing as my holy grail liquid lipstick by LA Splash.


  • Pigmented
  • Good formula considering the price – not too drying


  • Transfers whilst eating and drinking a bit
  • Difficult to apply darker colours with the doe foot applicator – you basically HAVE to get a lip liner to match any darker colours or your lips will look like a hot mess. A lip liner also helps stop feathering.

Lippie Pencil

To match More Better, I decided to get the LBB Pencil and I have to say – this pencil is amazing. It is a beautiful lip liner, which matches More Better amazingly. The formula is creamy, soft, pigmented – you name it. I LOVE the quality of their lippie pencils and for $5 USD that is hard to beat! LOVE these, can’t say anything bad about them.

SWATCHES: Left – LBB pencil, Right – More Better Ultra Matte Lip

Lippie Stix

The final product I tried was the Lippie Stix in the Ultra Matte formula in the shade Brink. This is described as a terracotta rose. I have to say – I wasn’t THAT impressed with the formula or colour of this product. It was just okay, it didn’t blow me out of the water at all. The formula is fine, but nothing special. Just like any other matte lipstick really. I didn’t like the colour on myself either, which may be why I wasn’t such a big fan.


  • Is matte as name claims
  • Pigmented
  • Creamy, not drying
  • Innovative packaging


  • Nothing particularly impressive formula wise, but it should receive bonus points for being a creamy matte formula – not drying at all. For the price point, this is a good option if you want a matte lipstick, but keep in mind companies like Maybelline offer similar matte lipstick formulas.
  • Can exaggerate fine lines in the lips
SWATCH: one swipe of the Brink Ultra Matte Lippie Stix

ColourPop has some amazing products and with their price point, they are difficult to beat. I recommend their eyeshadows in particular to EVERYONE.


Mano xx


Best Facial Sunscreen

Hi all, I’ve got a review for you all today! Recently I ventured over to Mecca Cosmetica to buy some of their best selling sunscreen products. It’s summer in Australia and the sun is unforgiving here, so I thought I’d buy some good facial sunscreens to protect my skin from UV damage. I had heard good things about the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF 30+ cream, which is supposed to be non greasy, quickly absorbed and light on the skin. Because Mecca sells a small travel friendly size, I thought I’d give that a go first. It retails for $15 AUD for 30mL and $38 for 100mL.


After trying this sunscreen, I have to say it is THE BEST facial sunscreen I have ever come across. It blows everything else out of the water! It is beautifully scented, not heavy or greasy on the skin, it absorbs quickly into my skin and doesn’t leave me looking oily in the slightest and to top it all off – it works as a great make up base too! It has skin-loving ingredients which help treat the skin at the same time as protect it, which I love. Because I have oily skin, I was very sceptical about this product and that is also the reason I tend to shy away from putting sunscreen on my face – because it makes my face look SO greasy and it is so heavy on the skin.

The sunscreen is light enough that it doesn’t leave a white cast in photos or even in person. I LOVE this stuff and will definitely be repurchasing the larger tube once I’m done with my travel sized one. I should also mention that if you are very prone to burning, they also sell one that is SPF 50+, but I can’t say I’ve tried that one yet.

I like to wear this as my moisturiser because it has good ingredients that hydrate my skin, but also provides sun protection. As I do have oily skin, if I were to wear a separate moisturiser underneath it would just be too much on my skin and I would potentially become oily throughout the day.

Since using this on my skin over the past two weeks or so, I have noticed my skin feels SO much softer and smoother, which I didn’t expect from a sunscreen at all!


  • SPF 30+ with protection against UVA and UVB rays
  • Lightweight, non-greasy, quickly absorbed, doesn’t leave the face looking or feeling oily
  • Hydrating
  • No white cast
  • Contains hyaluronic acid, pomegranate extract and vitamin E
  • Works well on oily skin, would also be suited to dry or combination skin types.


  • None, really!

Whilst I was at Mecca Cosmetica, I also picked up the Mecca Cosmetica Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF 50+. This is basically liquid sunscreen in a spray bottle. Again, this comes in a travel friendly size and a larger size. I decided to try the travel size first, which I bought for $19 (20mL), but this also comes in a larger size which is $42 (120mL). Again, this product was a hit for me – I really love it. I hate having to apply such thick, greasy sunscreen when I go out in the sun (unless I’m at the beach, that’s all part of the experience). For everyday wear, I want something light and non-greasy, and this is it. I sprayed this onto my body and it covered a good amount of area with the spray applicator. I then just rubbed it into my skin and it soaked up within seconds. It doesn’t leave a white cast at all and has a pleasant scent. It does leave a small amount of what I would call a ‘natural sheen’ to the skin, it’s not greasy but it does leave what feels like a very thin layer of oil on the skin. However, considering it is SPF 50+ and in a spray form, I don’t mind this, as it is still SO much lighter and less greasy than normal sunscreen.


As it does leave the small layer of oil on the skin, I don’t like this as much for my face. Having said that, when I’m at the beach or travelling in summer, I will likely spray this onto my face throughout the day to protect my skin because UV rays are what damage and age the skin the fastest. I’d rather look a bit shiny throughout the day (which can always be fixed with a bit of powder anyway) than look 10 years older than what I am.


  • Convenient spray bottle
  • SPF 50+
  • Lightweight
  • Clear, absorbs quickly
  • 4h water resistant


  • Leaves a very slight oily sheen to the skin (very minor)
  • Should not spray directly onto the face as it can easily get into your eyes/mouth


Overall, both these products are big hits for me! I had never tried anything by Mecca Cosmetica’s own brand before, but I have to say I am SO impressed by them! Well done Mecca!


Mano xx


NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer/Maybelline FitMe

Okay unpopular opinion coming up – brace yourselves – I am not a fan of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Before you shoot me down and hate me, let me explain why. I don’t hate everything about this concealer, just some things. Overall, I think I just have a love-hate relationship with this product.

Let’s start with the good. This concealer has been a cult favourite for such a long time now so naturally, I had to try it. My shade is Custard, although Ginger would probably be fine on my skin tone too. I think NARS offers a great shade range that is inclusive of nearly all skin tones, which is great. Custard is a beautiful shade itself.

The Maybelline FitMe Concealer and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

The concealer is pretty thick, but not too thick and goopy. It has a smooth finish and pretty good coverage, definitely buildable to full, but building it up does run the risk of it looking cakey. So what do I like this concealer for? Well because it has such good coverage and it blends out so well, I really like to use it to spot conceal any blemishes I have. It covers them well and doesn’t fade much throughout the day especially if I set the area. For spot concealing, it is my favourite and go to concealer – it covers EVERYTHING. The consistency is perfect for it and it ends up blending in so well it just looks like skin.

Okay, so now onto what I don’t like about this concealer. My only beef with this is that the formula is SO DRYING. I have oily skin, but my under eyes are unfortunately the slightest bit dry with texture and fine lines. I know, it sucks. Whilst the concealer does a good job at covering and dark circles – because the formula is so dry – it ends up look cakey, dry and it settles into fine lines causing them to be exaggerated, which makes me look so much older than I am. For this reason, I cannot stand putting it under my eyes!

So I guess I’m in the middle – I love it for spot concealing and I hate it as an under eye concealer.

Left: the NARS concealer in the shade Custard, Right: The Maybelline FitMe in the shade 20 Sand

A lot of people like to compare the Maybelline FitMe Concealer to the NARS one, but I personally think they’re pretty different. The formula is quite different – the NARS one is thick and dry, whereas the Maybelline one is thinner and more liquid-y I suppose. I like the Maybelline one because of this reason – it’s more hydrating under the eyes and that means it doesn’t settle into fine lines or make the under eyes look aged. However, it definitely has less coverage than the NARS concealer because of the difference in formula. The finish is similar, but overall less drying. Personally, I wouldn’t call these a dupe because the formula is so different. Having said that, I do love the Maybelline FitMe as a good everyday under eye concealer – it’s quick, easy to use, blends beautifully and seamlessly into the skin. I don’t really like this as a spot concealer though. My shade in this concealer is 20 Sand.

What are your thoughts on these concealers? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Mano xx



Hi all! This is my first ever blog post! I thought I would start by talking about just a few things that I LOVE and have repurchased (or will repurchase) time and time again. Let’s get started:

The Clinique Liquid Facial Soap 

This is a face wash by Clinique, which comes in different ‘strengths’ for different skin types. I use the one for combination/oily skin and it works SO well. It is essentially just a clear liquid formula that you pump out and lather onto the face. It lathers well and washes all the oil and any residues off my face. It leaves my skin feeling clean and free of oil. As I do have oily skin, I am quite acne prone, but I find using this every morning and every night just clears up my skin so well by drying out any spots. It does leave my skin feeling tight and dry so I always make sure I moisturise with any regular facial moisturiser afterwards and that does the trick.

In Australia, this retails for $29.00 and can be found at lots of different stores such as Myer and David Jones who both have Clinique counters. I have gone through so many bottles of this and I don’t use anything else as my face wash. I 100% recommend this for acne prone or oily skin!

The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I use this product to remove any make up that I’m wearing and it does such a good job at removing it all! I take a cotton pad and soak it in the micellar water and then I use that to remove ALL my make up. I find this takes EVERYTHING off, even the most stubborn mascaras and eyeliners! For more stubborn make up I hold the damp cotton pad over the area (e.g. my eyes) for a few seconds before wiping it off and I find that makes it come off much better. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling oily and it doesn’t leave behind any residue, which I love about it. It is so gentle on the skin and honestly feels like I’m just using water on my skin. I think this product is well suited to sensitive skin especially. I have gone through about 3 bottles of this stuff and since I discovered this, I haven’t used any other make up remover. I have heard about other micellar waters such as the Bioderma one, but I find that one to be expensive and that it does the same job as the Garnier one. I LOVE this stuff and will repurchase time and time again.

This can be found at most pharmacies and supermarkets. It comes in two sizes – a large 400mL bottle which retails for $13.99 (although you can find it cheaper) and a smaller bottle, which is 125ml and this is $6.99. I recommend buying the smaller bottle and seeing if you like it before buying a big one.

The Urban Decay Original Primer Potion

I feel like everyone and their mum has heard about this primer. If you haven’t by some chance, let me give you the low down – this is an eyeshadow primer used to make your eyeshadow colours look more vibrant and last longer. In my opinion, it does both – very well. This is a creamy nude colour primer which you apply straight to the eyelid and blend out with your finger before applying eyeshadow. It really grabs onto the shadows and sticks them down so they wont budge all day! I have gone through about two of these and I currently have a back up in my make up drawer for when I run out of the one I’m using because they are a little harder to get your hands on in Australia!

This product can be found at Mecca in Australia and it comes in two sizes – $20 for 5.7g and $33 for 10g of product. I find that this lasts me AGES – I’m talking YEARS. So if you think the price is a bit much for an eyeshadow primer – remember that it is an investment and it will last a very long time because you really don’t need much at all.

The Australis Bright Eyes Under Eye Concealer

This is a new product that I have discovered at my local Priceline (pharmacy/drugstore) and I haven’t heard anyone talking about it yet – so I thought I’d jump in and shine some light on it. I believe this is a relatively new product and I bought it on a whim, but I’m so glad I did. The name suggests it is an under eye concealer, but I think it’s more of a corrector/brightener. This comes in a thin black tube with a pen tip like applicator and a button which dispenses the product into the brush head. It comes in two shades – musk (light pink) and banana (pale yellow). I personally have only tried the pink one and I have found that it does such a good job at brightening my under eyes and cancelling out blue discolouration. Whilst I do not suffer from eye bags, I do have very very thin skin around my eyes and very prominent veins, which causes my under eyes to often look blue and dark. This stuff is honestly amazing – it isn’t one of those bright orange correctors which just ends up blending in with your concealer (making that look orange) or just sitting there and peeping through so it’s super obvious that your under eyes are LITERALLY BRIGHT ORANGE. No, this is different. This is a pale pink colour which blends into the skin beautifully, cancelling out the discolouration and brightening the under eyes. This makes such a big difference, I cannot recommend it enough! It is easy to use and very affordable.

I found this at my local Priceline for $14.95 and it is definitely worth every cent. I haven’t finished my first tube yet, but I am close and when I do, I’ll be running back to the pharmacy to grab another one.

Annnnnd that’s it for my empties right now! I thought I would keep my first post short and simple 🙂 If there are any products that you’d like me to swatch/review then feel free to let me know in the comments!