Blackmilk Clothing Labyrinth 2.0 Collection | Life of Dahlia

BlackMilk Clothing Labyrinth 2.0 Collection Review | Life of Dahlia

Hey everyone, I’m very excited about sharing this post with you,  if you have been reading my blog for a while you might remember that I posted about the Labyrinth Collection from Blackmilk Clothing last year, about a month ago they released a second collection called Labyrinth 2.0.

I picked up a couple of things because I’m absolutely obsessed with the movie and I’ve been wanting to get some nice leggings, this time I decided to picked up a couple of pairs of leggings, in the styles, ‘Turn Back‘ and ‘Within You‘.

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Turn Back Leggings

‘Turn back‘ features a scene from the start of the movie where Jareth first takes Sarah to his world, the image is of the view over to the labyrinth with the 13-hour clock and a fairy on the back leg.

I decided to get playful with my fashion images because the artist in me just can’t do something basic, I wanted to add in subtle elements to connect to the movie, in ‘Turn Back’ I added in a clock overlay to symbolize the clock from the movie.

I absolutely love this style, the colours are stunning and the imagery is really cool, I also love the subtle elements like to 13-hour clock on the hip and the fairy on the back of the left leg. This is probably one of my favourite prints they have included in these collections.

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Within You Leggings

Within You‘ features the stair scene inspired by the works of M.C Escher. This print is really cool it not only features the stairs but also has Jareth, Sarah and Toby on the print.

This has to be one of my favourite scenes from the movie and I love that now I wear it on my body.

I wanted to add a really awesome background reminiscent of the M.C Escher print but due to copyright, I decided not to, instead I went with a bubble which is inspired by the crystal balls in the movie. I downloaded the photoshop brush from Brusheezy, just in case your interested.

Blackmilk has the most amazing pieces and the quality of their products is great, I’m not big on purchasing brand new clothing because I don’t want to contribute to landfill or other impacts it can have on the environment, the only times I will purchase is when I know a piece will be in my wardrobe for years to come or its something really special.

Blackmilk for me fits into this category because they create such high-quality unique pieces I know that I will have this in my wardrobe for many years to come, so I don’t mind splurging occasionally on their pieces.


I hope you enjoyed this post, is anyone else a huge labyrinth fan like me? What’s your favourite scene from the movie?

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Credits – Bubble Photoshop Brushes by Brusheezy

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Smashbox Cosmetics & Vladamua Petal Metal Highlighters Review | Life Of Dahlia

Makeup: Smashbox Cosmetics & Vlada Petal Metal Highlighter Review | Life Of Dahlia

Hey guys, I’m so excited to share this review with you, today I will be reviewing the Smashbox Cosmetics & Vlada Petal Metal Highlighters in ‘Gilded Rose‘ and ‘Prismatic Petal’. (I apologise I know I review a lot of limited edition products and I promise that is not on purpose it’s by pure accident, I just love reviewing new items that come into my collection and for some reason, there are a lot of limited edition products that I have been purchasing of late. I promise that I will start reviewing some more permanent products very soon.)

About This Makeup Collection

I was super excited for this collection, I’ve been a fan of Vlada’s for some time, If you saw my ‘My Favourite Beauty Instagram Accounts To Follow’ post you will probably already know that.

She has created this beautiful rose gold inspired collection with Smashbox Cosmetics. If your not sure who ‘Vlada Haggerty’ is she is makeup artist & Instagram star otherwise known as @vladamua, she also works alongside Smashbox as their “lip editor-in-chief”. The inspiration for this collection was her signature rose gold colour which we have seen her use many times before.

First Impressions of The VladaMua Collection

First off, I have to say these are seriously the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen, the packaging is absolutely stunning, ‘Gilded Rose‘ comes in a 3D Rose embossed packaging and ‘Prismatic Petal‘ has a classic Vlada lip art picture on it featuring a rose gold rose, both feature rose gold plastic packaging. I have to say while I love her lip art and want to buy her art prints, but I do actually prefer the 3D Rose packaging.

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Petal Metal Highlighters

The highlighters were formulated with a gel-powder formula so that they sit on the skin in a more flattering way, each product features a clear base formula that allows for the best possible reflection of light on the skin while not emphasizing any uneven skin texture. They can be used on either the face or eyes making them multipurpose products.

Guided Rose‘ features a reflective champagne-gold pearl, while ‘Prismatic Petal’ features a “soft, medium copper base with a stronger, orange undertone with pink-to-violet shifting sparkle and pearl.“- Temptalia

Both are stunning on the skin and I love using ‘Prismatic Petal’ on the eyes as an eyeshadow it looks amazing, I love the dimension of this shade it has a beautiful shift with specks of glitter which make it just as stunning on the eyes and as a highlight.

Guided Rose‘ Looks more natural on the skin and is less glittery and just adds more of a nice sheen to the skin, I think both of these are super flattering and seeing as they are a clear base formula would look beautiful on any skin tone. I’m going to insert the marketing swatches because I feel like they will give a good indication on what it looks like on multiple skin tones, unfortunately, I am unable to swatch it on skin tones other than my own.

I still feel like these swatches just don’t do these justice because of the shift they both have, they look rather flat but I will be inserting photos using them on my own face as well so that you can see how they look when are applied to the skin.

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Rose Gold Inspired Makeup Look

For this makeup look, I used some shades from the new Kat Von D Beauty 10th Anniversary eyeshadow palette (I’ll be doing a review on this very soon) and then I did a cut crease using some concealer which I then placed ‘Prismatic Petal’ over the top.

I used ‘Gilded Rose‘ as my highlight as well as on my inner corner and brow bone. I’m not sure how much you can see but ‘Guilded Rose’ just gives a beautiful natural sheen to the skin.

I love including detail shots, in these shots you can really see the multi-dimension of ‘Prismatic Petal‘, It’s just really beautiful. I used it on the lid as well as on the lower lash line for some extra sparkle. I added a copper winged liner to finish of the look.

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I added a rosy copper lip using Nyx Cosmic Metals Lip Cream in ‘CMLC08 Speed Of Light‘, I was really inspired by Vlada’s classic rose gold drippy lip.


Final Thoughts

This is really a beautiful collection and while these were expensive and definitely more than I would normally spend on highlighters I have no regrets whatever. People obviously love these as much as me because I think they sold out pretty quick, other products from this collection may still be available through Mecca, the Smash Box Website or other retailers.

I had so much fun reviewing these and creating this rose gold inspired makeup look, I’m really looking forward to creating more reviews for you guys. Next month maybe a little eyeshadow palette heavy and I apologise in advance for that but if you haven’t figured it out by now that’s one of my favourite things to collect.

Go check out my Poll to let me know what kinds of posts you might be interested in.

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Credits – Prismatic Petal description by Temptalia, Swatch Images by Smashbox Cosmetics.

Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored and doesn’t contain any affiliate links, links included are for reference only in case your interest in purchasing the reviewed product.

IMSTYLEWIGS Wig Haul | Life Of Dahlia

IMSTYLEWIGS Wig Haul | Life Of Dahlia

Update: Hey guys I just wanted to let you guys know that since posting this the brand has increased their prices, I’m really annoyed as they were affordable and are now just as expensive as everywhere else.


Hey guys, If you have been following me for a while you will have noticed that I occasionally use wigs in my photos, I love being able to change up the colour of my hair and to pair different wigs with different looks. I’ve been looking to upgrade some of my wigs to some nicer lace front wigs, but often I find that they are just ridiculously expensive, that was until I discovered Imstylewigs via Instagram.

I was really surprised to find some decent lace front wigs on their site for well under $100 which is fantastic because I just don’t want to spend that much on one wig. So far I’ve ordered four wigs and I’m amazed by the quality, the fibers are fine & smooth and it has a nice amount of fibers on each wig that I feel like I’m wearing my own hair and not a wig. I feel like they aren’t overly shiny either which helps create the illusion that I’m not wearing a wig.

I’m still figuring out how to blend it to look natural in the front but I will often wear a headband or beany to help disguise it. I also love that I get two wig caps and some adhesive strips with each wig though I’m still figuring out how to use the adhesive strips.

I’m including pictures of each wig below so that you can see how beautiful they are and I’ll include some to show you the without any accessories as well as styled.

I’m wanting to practice and showcase more creative looks both here on my blog but also on my social media so wigs come in handy for changing things up a bit.

Style – #3200 Long Straight Orange Lace Front Wig 24 Inches

I love the colour of this wig because it reminds me of the orange I had my hair last year, The length is a lot longer than I’ve ever had my hair grown naturally, it makes me feel like a mermaid with how long it is.

All these wigs have three clips inside to help keep it in place, two in the front and one in the back. I honestly wish there were three in the front because I feel like that would be better, especially because the one in the back is useless to me just because I have an undercut. I may move them to the front later.

Style – TEST5-DRBG Green Short Straight Lace Front Wig

I purchased this one because I wanted a shorter style, just in case I wanted to wear one out, the hairline may need some plucking because it’s quite dense and looks somewhat unnatural but the style is nice and I love the colour.

I love the feeling of these wigs the hairs feel so nice an silky, it feels like when I wash my hair and add in an oil or treatment after.

Out of all of these, I feel like this is the only one that might need some dry shampoo to lessen the unnatural shininess especially on the darker part of the wig.

Style – 3700# Long Wavy Purple Lace Front Wigs Cosplayer 24 Inches

I’ve always wanted purple hair so that’s what made me choose this style, this wig is really pretty and I love the curls because they are more loose and natural looking than some curled wigs.

I went with a warmer purple because I felt like it would be more flattering with my skin tone than a cooler toned purple, which I thought might make me look a bit drained out.

Style – Dark yellow synthetic lace front drag queen wigs [N2-3300]

I’m about to move on from having yellow in my hair, I need a change but I still love the way yellow looks on me which is why I purchased this wig so I could still be yellow occasionally.

This style is very similar to the orange wig and I honestly love this style because I’m not one to do much with my hair, while I love the way my hair looks curled I just don’t like the effort I have to put in because it takes too long to do. I usually would just have a straight style like this so I don’t mind it.

I also feel like this style is much easier to style, I can put braids in without wrecking any curls or worry about it getting tangled as much.


What wig brands have you tried? Have you tried Imstylewigs? What did you think about their wigs? let me know in the comments.

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P.S. What do you think about my new website, honestly I love it is just fits my personality really well, it may still need a few tweeks but I’m really happy with it.

Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored and doesn’t contain any affiliate links, links included are for reference only in case your interest in purchasing the reviewed product.

Chi Chi Cosmetics Pop Princess Eyeshadow Palette Review | Life Of Dahlia

Chi Chi Cosmetics – Pop Princess Palette Review | Life Of Dahlia

If you have been following me for a while you’ll probably know that Chi Chi Cosmetics is one of my favourite affordable cosmetic companies. Well, they have introduced a bunch of new palettes to their range and when I saw the Pastels in the Pop Princess Palette I knew I wanted it.

I’ve been wanting a pastel palette since Kat Von D brought out her Pastel Goth palette, I didn’t get that because honestly, I didn’t think I would use it enough to want to pay $60. So I’ve been waiting for a more affordable brand to come out with something similar.

When I first saw this I was more interested in the mattes than the shimmers but when I saw it in store I completely changed my mind. I love the colours of both the mattes and the shimmers, however, I do think that I would prefer a green matte instead of two purples.

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In this palette, you get some nice warm and cool tones, including a yellow (matte), gold (shimmer), Peach (matte & shimmer), Pinks (matte & shimmer), Lilac (matte & shimmer), Lavender (matte & shimmer), Blue (matte) and Green (shimmer.)

I’ve had fun playing around with these, the mattes especially, I’ve been really inspired to create some fun pastel looks. I do find that I need to build these up and the mattes especially work best on a white base.

The swatches above are all brush swatches but as you can see I did have to build them up to get a nice level of pigmentation, this works the same with application.

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I created this look using several of the eyeshadows in this palette. I started by applying Nyx Cosmetics jumbo pencil in milk and blended it out with my finger. I set the top portion of my with a white eyeshadow.

I then applied the matte pink (1) as a transition colour, I applied the Lavender (2) in the outer corner and in the crease and placed the Lilac (3) in the centre and inner portions of the lid. I applied some Too faced glitter glue and wet a flat brush with my setting spray and applied the Lilac (4) shimmer and Lavender (5) Shimmer on the lid over the mattes.

If you don’t own any glitter glue or setting spray just use water to dampen your brush before applying the shimmer eyeshadows, by wetting the brush it will help with applying the eyeshadow and giving it a more foiled look.

lastly, I applied the matte blue (6) in the inner corner and placed the Green (7) shimmer over the top.

Side note – I often have trouble getting eyeliners to apply properly on my waterline so apologies if it looks a bit crap.


I would definitely recommend this palette, I’ve loved playing with these fun colours. If you are interested in purchasing it, I do find it works best with a sticky white base (this will help the colours show up more) I recommend the Nyx jumbo pencil in milk this is what I like to use for making colourful eyeshadows stand out more.

For those of you who live in Australia, you can find Chi Chi Cosmetics in Myers, Target or via their Website.

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Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored in any way, I have bought these products with my own money and these views are my own. The links provided are for reference only.

DB Cosmetics – Holiday Collection| Life Of Dahlia

The Holiday season will soon be upon us, and for us beauty enthusiasts this means holiday collections are being released. So many pretties to choose from. With my first Holiday post, I wanted to share with you my thoughts on some of the items in the Designer Brands 2017 Holiday Collection. This is a great little affordable collection with a lot of items only retailing for $14.99, super affordable.

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Up In Lights – Highlighting Kit

The ‘Up In Lights’ Highlighting Kit is the outstanding product in this collection, I think it’s defiantly comparable to some of the high-end palettes out there. I have a couple in my collection including the ABH Aurora glow kit and I think these defiantly compares to those.

I was super impressed with these, I couldn’t believe how much glow I could get, I was defiantly not expecting it. I think these are amazing for their price point, they create a beautiful glow. I feel like these would suit many different people with different skin tones and even if you like a more subtle highlight than a blinding one I feel like you could both get that with these.

If I would recommend getting one thing from this collection I would recommend trying to get your hands on this one.

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All Eyes On You & Paparazzi Eyeshadow Palettes

As for the palettes I was excited to try these I thought they looked beautiful, I think it’s great that affordable brands are starting to put more into their packaging design. The packaging on these resembles that of high-end brand Too Faced Cosmetics, with tin packaging like on their ‘Chocolate Bar’ and ‘Sweet Peach’ palettes, even the layouts are similar. I really like this because it has nice hardy packaging that won’t break easily unlike most of the cheap plastic packaging you usually see from cheaper brands.

As for the actual eyeshadows themselves, they are nice for affordable palettes, but not great, the pigmentation is underwhelming but they are somewhat buildable.

I tend to have lower expectations when it comes to more affordable brands so I’m not totally disappointed if they aren’t fabulous. The shimmers are really nice actually and the mattes are blendable but I did have a bit of trouble with some of the shades just blending out completely and had to build up numerous times to get a nice opaque colour. There is also a bit of kick up in the pans because these are a very soft formula, so if that bothers you, you probably won’t like these.

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Each of these palettes have a nice range of colours, the ‘All Eyes On You’ has a range of different colours, from neutrals to oranges, to warm berries and a nice pop of green, so I feel that you could get a range of different looks with these. I used this to create my look in the photos above.

Paparazzi’ has more of a ‘Modern Renaissance’ vibe with a lot of darker warm tones; it has some neutrals, berries, burnt oranges and some golden shades. Though unlike ABH’S ‘Modern Renaissance’ it has a tone more shimmery shades with seven in total, these range from white, peach and golden shades to deep chocolate and a mauve/lilac shade. So you could get some nice looks with these.


So do I think these are worth it? For the price point, they are not bad. If you’re looking to try out some different colours but don’t want to spend a lot then yes they are. If you don’t like having to build up colour and spend time blending then I would give these a miss.

Overall I think that this is a good collection based on the items I purchased, though I think the Highlight Kit is the star of this Holiday collection, so If you wanted to get something from this collection then that would be my recommendation. The eyeshadow palettes are affordable and would make a nice gift maybe for someone starting out with makeup, especially the ‘All Eyes On You’ as it has a range of colours to play with or if you wanted to try out something different and didn’t want to spend a lot of money then these might be nice to start off with if your unsure.

Have you picked up anything from this Holiday collection? what were your thoughts? Are you planning on picking up anything this holiday season?

I hope you all have a great time this holiday season, P.s lookout soon for my review and look using the Kat Von D Beauty Saint & Sinner Palette.

Hugs & Kisses

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Fun Fact – Designer Brands are Cruelty-Free & Vegan, great to know if you’re a cruelty-free advocate.

Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored in any way, I have bought these products with my own money and these views are my own. The links provided are for reference only.