Trying Australis Cosmetics Eyeshadows For The First Time|Metal & Matte Eyeshadow Palette Review|Life Of Dahlia

Hey Beauty and Makeup Lovers, I’m back with a mini review on the Australis Cosmetics ‘Metal & Matte Eyeshadow Palette. If you are an Aussie chances are that you have used products from Australis before, I’m sure like me many of their products have been a staple in many other peoples makeup kits over the years.

Australis if you didn’t know are quite a well-known brand here in Australia (assuming some of you who are reading this may not actually be from Oz), they are an affordable cosmetic brand that you can be found stocked at your local Priceline, Big W, etc. I personally have been using their products off and on since my teens, but this is my first time trying one of their eyeshadow palettes. I’ve had their cream shadows in the past but this is the first time I have picked up one of their eyeshadow palettes.

I decided to pick this up after hearing good things about their ‘Neutralize Nude‘ limited edition palette, which contains 20 eyeshadows in various nude tones in both matte & shimmer formulas. I had been umming and erring about that one but when I saw the ‘Metal & Matte palette I thought I would enjoy it more so that’s why I went for that one instead.

The ‘Metal & Matte palette contains 12 (net wt: 9g/0.32 oz) eyeshadows in both matte & shimmer formulas similar to the ‘Neutralize Nude‘ palette but includes a range of nudes, golds and deep berry shades.

What I Love

Packaging

First off the lettering on the packaging looks really cool and speaks to my inner rock chic, but the packaging its self is nothing special it’s just a simple plastic packaging with a black base and clear top. And as I’m writing this I have discovered that the eyeshadows actually have names which are available on the back of the packaging, I seriously rarely look at the back of packaging I’m sure I’m not the only one, it would have been great if they could have had maybe a cardboard packaging and printed the names below the shadows or something like that so that its easier to read them.

But I mean if your just the average makeup user it probably doesn’t matter anyway.

Colours

I really love the colour scheme even though it’s definitely something I’ve seen before and I probably have something similar in my collection but I think it looks quite versatile with some lighter nudes and golds as well as some deeper burgundy and plum shades. The colours in the palette I think would create some awesome smokey grungy looks with a pop of beautiful metallics.

Cruelty-Free & Vegan-Friendly

Not only are Australis Cruelty-Free and Accredited by Choose Cruelty-Free but they have many Vegan-Friendly products, including the ‘Neutralize Nude‘ & ‘Metal & Matte‘. If you are interested in finding out more about their Vegan-Friendly products you can find a full list of them here.

My Thoughts On The Eyeshadow Formulas

Metallic Shimmers

I think the metallic shimmers look beautiful both in the pan and on the lid, they remind me of the Australis’s ‘Metallix Cream Eyeshadows’ I’m not a huge fan of those they are just too much for me and with my eye shape they don’t really work but the ones in this palette work fine on me so far.

Once on the lid, I think they look beautiful, the pigmentation is quite nice as well as the colour range but it does take some effort to apply. I found that I needed to take quite a lot on a flat packing brush to get them to transfer nicely on to the lid and then I needed to dip back in multiple times. I think they work easier by using your finger, this isn’t a huge bother but I do prefer to use a brush to apply eyeshadow its less messy and I can be more precise.

I accidentally swatched groupie twice opps.

Mattes

I feel like the shade range of the Matte eyeshadows looks pretty good, it includes a white, light brown, beige, medium brown, berry and deep plum, to match with the colours of the metallics, However, I just thought the formula was okay. The pigmentation is pretty average, and some of the shadows took quite a bit of time to build up. I felt like they kind of end up looking a bit muddied together if your not careful, but for $20 I didn’t have high expectations, I think these are still workable but the shimmer are definitely the heroes in this palette.

Eye Looks

Look 1

What I used to create this look:

Base: eyeshadow primer (I used Nutrimetics Eyeshadow Primer but you can use whatever you have) set with an eyeshadow close to my skin colour.

Eyeshadow : I used the shade ‘Mosh‘ in the crease as a transition, I then went in with ‘Entourage’ to deepen up the crease a little bit. I went in with ‘After Party’ on my outer corner and swept it into my crease just a little bit, I used ‘Flame’ on the inner portion of my lid using a brush but then went in with my finger to give it an extra pop.

I used ‘After Party‘ again but on the lower lash line with a small pencil brush and added ‘Spotlight‘ on the inner corner.

Look 2

What I used to create this look:

Base: Eyeshadow primer (I used Nutrimetics Eyeshadow Primer but you can use whatever you have) set with an ‘White Noise’.

Eyeshadow: I used ‘Groupie‘ as a transition shade in my crease and then I went in with ‘Entourage‘ in the crease and outer corner. I used ‘Glam’ on the inner portion of my lid and ‘Flame‘ on the outer portion.

I finished it of by using ‘Entourage‘ on the lower lash line with a pencil brush and added a mix of ‘Backstage’‘Spotlight‘ as an inner corner highlight.

Look 3

I wanted to include a smokey look using the red shades in this palette.

Base: Eyeshadow primer (I used Nutrimetics Eyeshadow Primer but you can use whatever you have) set with an ‘White Noise’.

Eyeshadow: I used ‘Mosh’ as a transition shade and then went straight in with the metallics which I then smoked out with the mattes. I used ‘Rockstar‘ on the inner portion of my lid and then went in with ‘Notorious’ on the outer portion. I smoked these out using a combo of ‘Encore’ and ‘After Party.’

I smoked out the lower lash line using ‘After Party‘ and a clean blending brush , I added ‘Spotlight‘ again for an inner corner highlight.


I hope you all enjoyed this post, I want to know…

What are your go to Australis Products? Let me know in the comments

See you all in my next blog post, I hope you all have a lovely day or evening (whatever time you are reading this.)

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Getting Creative: Fantasy Self-Portrait & Makeup

Hey Everyone, Yesterday I felt in the mood to do something creative, If you didn’t know photography has been a love and hobby of mine for a very long time. One of my dreams has alway been to mix my love of makeup, fantasy and photography together to create something magical. A few years ago I did that through my self-portraits which I found a great way to express myself and my feelings through creating.

Untitled by Erin Applebee

I haven’t done this in a long time because I just had no inspiration or I did and didn’t know what to do with it. This was also at around the time that I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and I was just feeling tired and like my brain couldn’t formulate ideas into something that I could work with. I still feel that way and that’s why I haven’t done any in so long because I haven’t had the energy to do it.

Untitled by Erin Applebee

The way I create my self-portraits is often very time consuming, coming up with ideas, putting together an outfit, doing makeup and that’s all before I take a picture. From there I will set up my background, lights, camera, etc, then start taking pictures. I usually take quite a few with posing and then If I want to composite I will take some of my dress or skirt in various movements on a slow shutter to composite in later.

Then I have to edit it all together which can take anywhere from an hour to several. You can see why its been a while it takes up alot of time.

Untitled by Erin Applebee

Anyway, yesterday I actually had a stroke of inspiration and decided to sit down do my makeup and set up to take some photos for the image I had in my mind.

My makeup was inspired by makeup artist Kimberley Margarita, I find her work really inspiring she is incredibly talented and I love her aesthetic.

Makeup for Untitled by Erin Applebee
Makeup For Untitled by Erin Applebee

My concept was a darker version of a previous artwork ‘The Painted Lady‘ that I had done a couple of years ago but also mixed with the concept of one of my very first self-portraits ‘Strangeness & Charm‘.

The Story Teller Collection – The Painted Lady

The Painted Lady by Erin Applebee
The Painted Lady by Erin Applebee

Strangness & Charm

Strangness & Charm By Erin Applebee

This was one of my very first self-portraits so its not great but I wanted to share it anyway, you can check out my original Inspiration for Strangeness & Charm on my old Photography Blog. I wanted to take some of my original ideas and turn them into something new.

Here are some closeups of the makeup. I was really inspired by Kimberley Margarita‘s makeup looks, I really love the way she uses colour and that’s what I was inspired by. I wanted to grunge mine up a bit because I like that painterly look and because my makeup skills aren’t anywhere nearly as good as hers.

Makeup for Untitled by Erin Applebee

Makeup Details

Base: White Cream Paint set with a translucent powder

Contour & Eyes: Morphe 35B eyeshadow palette

Eyes: Specter from the Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow palette

Liner: Schwing Black Liquid Liner by The Balm

Lashes: BYS Cosmetics

Brows: Burgundy Gel Liner from Inglot

Highlight: Pink Duo-chrome Highlighter

Lips: NYX Liquid Suede in Cherry Skies

Image Editing Details

I used Adobe Lightroom CC & Photoshop CC to edit my image.

I used the Topaz Labs Glow, Impressions & Texture Effects Photoshop Plugin’s to create a glowy painterly look.

For colour I used a combination of Photoshop Curves & Actions (Midsummer’s Dream & Twilight) by Fine Art Actions.


I may add some smoke action in the bottom of this image but for now I really love the way it looks. It was nice to spend my day doing this and it reminds me of why I love it so much, I love telling stories and doing that in a visual way like this.

What is your favourite way to be creative? let me know I alway love seeing how other people love to express their creative side.

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Palette of the Month Morphe Brushes 39A Dare To Create Artistry Eye Shadow Palette Review | Life Of Dahlia

Palette Of The Month – Morphe 39A Dare To Create Artistry Eyeshadow Palette Review + Looks | Life Of Dahlia

Hi Makeup Lovers, I’m back with another ‘Palette of the Month‘ review, If you have read my post from last months review you will know that I have been playing with the Morphe ’39A Dare to Create Artistry’ palette. I know that Morphe is a brand people either love or don’t love and I have to admit most of their palettes are a pass for me because they often have way too many similar shades but this palette really stood out to me because I thought it just had a very unique colour scheme.

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When I saw this featured on some of my favourite influencers channels I straight away looked into whether Morphe were cruelty-free or not. I never mentioned this but last year I decided that I wanted to start transitioning to cruelty-free makeup and beauty products, so it’s important to me to look into a brand’s cruelty-free status. While Morphe does not have a certification, Cruelty-Free Kitty has information on Morphe’s status which confirmed that they are currently cruelty-free and do not sell in China and do not have a parent company that they are under.

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The Warm Tones

I purchased my palette through Morphe’s Australian site, which went live a few months ago, this is a great thing for Aussies because before that you either had to purchase through the .com site or through a reseller, who would often only have a small selection of their products.

Now I’m going to get on with my review of this palette and let you know what I loved and what I thought could be improved or changed.

My Thoughts On The Morphe 39A Eyeshadow Palette.

What I Liked About It.

I loved the range of colours and finishes in this palette, I loved the blues, greens and the warmer tones on the top right-hand corner. I’ve quite enjoyed playing with these types of colours in the palette it had been lots of fun and I’ve been able to create quite a few really interesting looks.

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The Cool Tones

I found the eyeshadows had nice pigmentation and most of them blended quite nice. Most of the mattes were quite easy to work with and the shimmers looked nice when applied. I tried applying them both dry, wet and with glitter glue, I personally found they worked better wet or with a glitter glue, but that’s something I’m okay with because I’m used to doing this anyway. They do work okay dry but I feel like they look better wet or with glitter glue, I think they just pack a bigger punch that way.

While this eyeshadow palette has a lot of bold pops of colour I feel like they can be used to create either bold or toned down looks. I also think its great that they have different transition shades as well to suit different looks or different skin tones I think that pretty cool but I’m not sure they needed to be huge pans, that’s just my thoughts though.

What I Didn’t Like or I Would Change About This Palette.

Okay so there is a lot that I like about this palette but there are some things that could be improved or changed, some of the things I am going to mention are not a total deal breaker for me at all but I will mention them anyway.

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The Browns: Not Swatched is Exposed & Muse (which is a Black) Because I Forgot

I think that this palette has way too many browns, but as far as I know, that’s typical of Morphe, for some reason they think you need like a dozen or so browns with slightly different undertones. I think some of the variations are great like warmer browns to go with the warmer tones, a greener toned one for the greens and a cooler toned for the blues but the rest are not necessary (I feel like four in the top left corner looked way to similar. Stroke, Frame, Mass, Cut Crease.) I feel like they could have added some purples or orange or yellows or just something else in that top left-hand corner.

I also would have loved to have seen some lighter tones in here as well like a basic cream but that’s not that necessary I’m sure most of us have one if we need one. Also, something for the inner corner or brow bone would have been great, like maybe some duo-chromes with a pink shift to go with the red tones, a blue shift to go with the blues and a green shift for the greens, etc.

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The Transition Shades

I found a bit of staining particularly with the red toned shades, but that’s not a deal breaker for me I’ve had that happen with plenty of other eyeshadows and it doesn’t bother me because its only temporary. I just wanted to mention that in case that’s something that bothers other people.

I also found that the eyeshadows did crease throughout the day even with a sticky base like glitter glue but I didn’t notice any fading at all, so that’s a plus.

I noticed a bit of fall out with some of the deeper colours, particularly the blues and I found the green matte’s finicky to work with some time I had no problems and other times they just blended away and were super patchy. 

One last thing I thought could have been improved upon is that this palette comes with a plastic sheet with the names printed on it, I, to be honest, haven’t even paid attention to it, I was like what they have names? The packaging has plenty of room for the names to be printed on under the pans I think this would have been great to see or just don’t name them at all.

Final Thoughts

I thought this palette has some very unique shades in it, I kept being drawn to using some of the blues and the green they just spoke to me, but that red shimmer is also beautiful however I felt like I had to dip in multiple times and use a damp brush get it to apply nicely. I already have dips in the pan because of this.

I thought that this palette had a nice range of mattes to shimmer ratio and I loved that they added in a brown with different undertones to go with the different colours.

I loved that they included different transition shades, I thought that it was a great way to make this palette more inclusive or at least that was my thoughts on why they were in there I could be wrong about that. Being on the fairer end of the spectrum I’m not sure what these would look like on darker skin tones.

While I found that the shadows did crease throughout the day even with a glitter glue for the shimmers or just a sticky base, I found they had great lasting power I didn’t notice too much fading even after wearing it for hours.

I only noticed fall out on some of the darker shades, even during the day, something that I haven’t experienced too much with other palettes that I have tried (I mean other palettes not necessarily Morphe as this is my first palette from them). If this is something that bothers you just keep that in mind.

Makeup Looks

I was hoping to include four eye looks using this eyeshadow palette but unfortunately, I’m dealing with allergies at the moment because its spring and my eyes are watering like crazy. I’m having a hard time applying eyeshadow in certain areas so if it looks patchy on the outer corner of my eyes its because of that and not the product. I’m not as happy with these eye looks as I would like but because of allergies, there isn’t much I can do.

I was also hoping to film each look but I was just getting frustrated when trying to apply it on both eyes it just looked horrible so I decided to scratch that idea and just post the pictures. Once my allergies settle down maybe I’ll try and film some more videos.

I didn’t touch up any of these photos or do much editing at all because my photoshop is being silly, normally I would clean things up like stray eyebrow hairs, etc; so apologies if they look a bit rough.

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Look 1

For Look 1 I played with some of the warmer tones in this palette.

Base: I used an eyeshadow primer and set it with a powder similar to my skin tone.

Eyeshadows: I used ‘Bare‘ as my transition shade, then went in with ‘Vivid‘ and ‘Vibrant‘ in the crease and outer corner. I then darkened the outer corner with ‘Passion‘ and ‘Forever‘. On the lid, I used ‘Spark‘.

For the lower lash line I went in with ‘Forever‘ and smoked out with ‘Vivid‘. For the inner corner I had to use a shade not in this palette because they have no light shimmery shades, I used a rose gold shimmery highlighter.

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Palette of the Month Morphe Brushes 39A Dare To Create Artistry Eye Shadow Palette Review | Life Of Dahlia

Look 2

This looked didn’t turn out anywhere near as nice as I wanted I found it hard to get eyeshadow to stick to my outer corner.

Base: Again I used an eyeshadow primer that I set with a powder similar to my skin tone.

Eyeshadows: I went in with ‘Canvas‘ & ‘Sunder’ as my transition, I then dipped into ‘Cat Eye‘ to deepen up the crease, and I then added ‘Slice’ to deepen the crease even further and continued it into the outer corner. I added ‘Pine’ all over the lid and blended into the browns, but I had trouble it looked very patchy, so for the lid, I used ‘So Glam‘ one of my favourite shades in this palette and I used a shimmery green from another palette for the inner corner.

For the lower lash line, I used ‘Pine‘ again and ‘Slice‘ towards the lash line on the outer corner.

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Look 3

For look 3 I went for some mermaid vibes with some of the blues in this palette, I’ve done this look a couple of times and I love it.

Base: Like before I used and eyeshadow primer that I set with a powder similar to my skin tone.

Eyeshadows: I did use a transition though it’s not noticeable in the final look, I used ‘Bare’ one of my favourites in this palette. I then went in with ‘Indigo’ and created a defined look bringing it a fair way up my eye and then into the outer corner. This is an okay shadow but it can be a bit patchy and requires a fair bit of building.

I then added the shade ‘Colour’ on my lid, which is a greeny blue with a black base and the added ‘Tailor‘ on my inner corner. For the lower lash line, I used ‘Indigo‘ and blended it with a clean tapered brush.

Next Palette Of The Month

TooFaced Cosmetics ‘Sweet Peach’ & ‘Life’s A Festival’ Palette’s

For November I’m actually going to be doing a double post with back to back reviews of the Toofaced CosmeticsSweet Peach‘ & ‘Life’s A Festival‘ Eyeshadow Palettes. I decided to do this because I felt like the ‘Life’s A Festival‘ palette would be harder to work with because it only has a couple of matte shades and consists mainly of shimmers. So I decided to include the ‘Sweet Peach‘ Palette because it has a variety of finishes and tones, I thought these two palettes would work great together.

I’m not sure whether I will do a couple of weeks with each or mainly use together, maybe a bit of both. I just want to make sure I get to use all the shades in the ‘Sweet Peach‘ palette as well to give a decent review.

I have reviewed the ‘Sweet Peach‘ before, I think I currently have it drafted because for some reason my pictures stopped working, If I get that sorted out I will re-post it. It will be interesting to see if my thoughts have changed or if they are still the same.

I’m really excited to start playing with these during November, I’m finding myself being drawn to more spring summer shades and I think these are perfect for this time of year.


Thank you for checking out my review, I really enjoyed playing with this palette during October, and I already know that this has definitely become a favourite of mine.

Until next time,

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Health Update

Hey everyone, I just wanted to let you know why over the next few months you may only be seeing the occasional post or video. If you have been around for a while you may know that I suffer from anxiety, depression and fibromyalgia as well as IBS. 

My anxiety has been horrible this year really up and down, its gotten to the point where I can have small triggers cause me to have a full on panic attack. My anxiety can trigger a whole lot of things with my health, it can cause depression, or more physical symptoms like chronic fatigue, joint & muscle pain or reflux, and IBS symptoms. I’m not going into detail because I don’t feel like you need to know the nitty-gritty. 

I recently started seeing a new psychologist so hopefully, that will help me deal with some issues and get to a more healthy place. At the moment I’m literally just taking it day by day. 

I have decided to just take things slow and not put pressure on myself to post. I’m even taking time out of social media because I was spending ridiculous amounts of time on there and found it was triggering my anxiety. I need to just take some time for my health.

I will probably still be posting on my blog occassional and maybe a video or two but like I said I’m just taking things easy.

Thank you to everyone who continues to follow me and read my blog, I’m really grateful, you have no idea how much it means to me. I hope that you will stick around and continue this journey with me.

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Halloween – My Favourite Scary & Halloween Movies | Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, as you know October is the spooky season so it’s the perfect time to watch your favourite scary and Halloween movies, today I wanted to share with you some of my favourites.

My Favourite Halloween Movies

  • Hocus Pocus.
  • Nightmare before Christmas.
  • Corpse Bride.
  • Beetle Juice.
  • Ghost Busters.
  • The Frighteners.
  • Dark Shadows.
  • Edward Scissorhands.
  • Harry Potter (any movie)
  • House on the Haunted Hill (original with Vincent Price.)
  • The Craft.
  • The Addams Family.
  • Casper.
  • Casper Meets Wendy.
  • Sleepy Hollow.
  • The Sixth Sense.
  • House of Wax (original with Vincent Price.)
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
  • Tales of Terror (with Vincent Price.)
  • The Raven (with Vincent Price.)
  • The Comedy of Terrors (with Vincent Price.)
  • The Abominable Dr. Phibes (with Vincent Price.)
  • Frankenstein. (original with Boris Karloff.)
  • Frankenstein’s Bride.
  • The Mummy (original with Boris Karloff.)
  • The Mummy (with ‎Brendan Fraser.)
  • The Invisible Man

  • Dracula (With Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves.)
  • Practical Magic
  • ET
  • The Haunted Mansion
  • League of extraordinary gentlemen

What’s you favourite Halloween movie?

I might just have to pick out some of the ones from this list to watch this month because why not, October means its totally acceptable for spooky attire and to watch some of your favourite Halloween movies.

I hope this post inspires you to watch some of your favourite spooky movies.

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