Collective Makeup Haul + Mecca Beauty Loop Box | Life Of Dahlia

Collective Makeup Haul + Mecca Beauty Loop Box | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, I can’t remember if I mentioned in a previous post that I decided to stop my low buy, well sort of anyway. It wasn’t going as well as I’d hoped, and I was making myself feel really bad every-time I purchased literally anything so I actually decided to stop my low buy.

I’m still focusing on being mindful when I’m purchasing things, but I’m also trying to be kinder to myself and not make myself feel guilty when I do purchase something.

I think it been a long time since I’ve done a haul type post, I remember doing them years ago. It’s not something I can see myself doing lots of especially when I’m trying to be more mindful with my purchasing, but they are always fun.

In this post, I’m going to be sharing with you a few makeup items I recently purchased, I picked up some with the latest Mecca Beauty Loop Box and the others from a few other places.

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Mecca Haul + Beauty Loop Box

Mecca Beauty Loop Level 1 Box

Starting with my Mecca Beauty Loop box, I was happy to receive four items, three of which are Cruelty-free, which is great. If you didn’t know Nars is no longer CF which is quite disappointing.

In my level 1 beauty loop box I received a sample of the Josie Maran ‘100% Pure Argan Oil’ (I also currently have a sample of this in my sample project pan, I can’t wait to try it out), the Ren ‘Perfect Canvas Skin Enhancing Prime Serum’, the Toofaced ‘Hangover 3-In-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray’ as well as the Nars ‘Velvet Matte Lip Pencil’ in ‘Let’s Go Crazy’.

I’ll be popping these in my sample bag for my sample project pan, I’m excited to try some of these out. As for the Nars lipstick, I will probably keep it, If the shades not for me I may pass it on.

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Mecca Haul

Now to what I purchased from Mecca, I always order my beauty loop boxes from the website mainly because there isn’t one super close to me, the only downside is that I actually have to order something from the website. Because of this I usually try and time my purchase around this time, if possible, that way I can take advantage of my beauty loop benefits.

Mecca recently had a few items on sale which is actually quite unusual, but I scrolled through and found a couple of items that I thought I might like. I certainly don’t need more lipsticks but I’m always interested in trying new formulas so I picked up a couple of Urban Decay ‘Vice Liquid lipsticks’ (in ‘backtalk’ & ‘Time’) and one from the ‘Kristen Leanne’ Collection(bun buns).

I also picked up the Toofaced ‘Lifes A Festival’ eyeshadow palette, I remember talking about this in a new products post and I think I was unsure or not interested at the time, I guess I changed my mind.

I’ve played with it a little bit and I quite like the colours, I think I’ll be pulling this out during the warmer months because it has some beautiful brights and duo-chromes in it. I think this will look nice paired with the Sweet Peach palette.

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Chi Chi Cosmetics

 

Target recently had a sale on Chi Chi Cosmetics, I wasn’t actually looking to pick anything up but I saw a couple of things that interested me. Not pictured but I picked up their ‘CC Cream‘ which I’ve been trying out, I don’t mind it so far I might actually do a wear test featuring this product.

I am really wary of purchasing stuff like this basically because most BB and CC creams don’t have the best shade ranges especially for people at the fairer end of the spectrum. And I’m sure people with deeper skin probably have the same issue.

I also picked up a couple of lip kits they had, each one came with a lipliner, lipstick and gloss. I think these were limited edition packs I’m not sure but I can’t wait to try them out I think I should start doing lipstick reviews, I have enough.

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BH Cosmetics

I’m new to trying BH Cosmetics, I recently decided to purchase the Zodiac eyeshadow palette from Glamraider.com.au. I’m very excited to try this out and I have my eye on a couple more of their eyeshadow palettes. The ‘Galaxy Chic’ & ‘Aurora Lights’ palette.

When it comes to eyeshadow I’m very picky but its something I don’t mind buying more than other makeup items because it will typically last longer than other makeup products especially powder formulas.

This will also be my first time trying a baked formula so I’m really excited.

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Morphe

If you’re really into makeup and the beauty community you will probably have heard of Morphe before. This is my first ever Morphe purchase and I’m really excited to try the ‘Dare to create’ 39a and the 35b palettes, these were both ones I had heard really great things about.

Recently Morphe started pulling out of their Australian stockist which was disheartening but that was for a reason the recently launched their Australian & NZ website, which is where I picked these babies up.

I was looking at getting the new Jaclyn Hill bundle but after hearing that they didn’t live up to expectations, I think these two have very similar colours between them and the bundle palettes so I’m glad I went with these. I still have to try them out so I’ll get back to you in a review later on about my thoughts on them.


Have you picked up anything new recently? or have you tried out any of the mentioned products? let me know

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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 ‘Mecca Haul’ recently or 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.

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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.

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Whats on my Sephora wish list – Splurge or Purge | Life Of Dahlia

Its been a while now since I shared by Mecca Wishlist so I thought I would share my Sephora Wishlist, I’m going to go through my wishlist and tell you what I’m going to keep on there and what I’m going to remove. I have quite a bit on my wishlist so I’ll try to make each product explanation short.

Sephora Wishlist

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills – MoonChild Glow Kit $72 Purge
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Sugar Glow Kit $72 Purge

The ‘Moonchild‘ glow kit was the one I was originally interested in but it wasn’t available for the longest time and the ‘Aurora‘ glow kit became available before they released the ‘Moonchild’ on the Sephora Aus website so I purchased that because it was really similar. I’ve had this on my wishlist since it went up because I’ve wanted it for so long but I feel like its got some really similar shades to the ‘Aurora‘ so I really don’t need two that similar.

The ‘Sugar‘ glow kit was a holiday 2017 release and while I love the colours and have heard good things about the four pan glow kits I feel like I have stuff similar to this in my collection already so I’m going to purge on this as well and remove both of these from my list.

Fenty Beauty – Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation in shade 110 cool – light  $50 & Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Primer Soft Matte $46 Purge

I was really interested in the Fenty Beauty ‘Pro Filt’r‘ foundations because of the shade range but I’ve heard so many mixed reviews on them, I’ve heard that they can oxidize which isn’t great when you really fair like me and I’ve heard that they don’t always play well with other primers and that you have to apply them a certain way so I’m going to purge this from my list.

Huda Beauty – Obsession Eyeshadow Palette – Mauve $48 Purge
Huda Beauty – Obsession Eyeshadow Palette – Electric $48 Purge
Huda Beauty – Desert Dusk Eyeshadow Palette $95 Splurge

I’ve heard good things about all these palettes but I feel like I could find dupes for the ‘Obsessions‘ palettes probably in my own collection or cheaper like the Nyx vivid brights palette would be good for a brights palette.

I’m really drawn to the ‘Desert Dusk‘ palette and I’ve heard pretty good things about it but the price is a bit crazy so I would get this if I could get it on sale, so for now, this will remain on my list.

Note – Not sure on This Brands CF Status

 

 

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Marc Jacobs Beauty – Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in 42 Blacquer $36

I’m on the fence about whether I would purchase this because I love this eyeliner, I’ve had a couple of mini’s that I got using my Sephora perk points so I’ve tried it enough to know I like it but it’s $36 I just don’t know if I could justify purchasing it at that price. I’m leaving it for now, I have plenty of other eyeliners so that’s why I’m not sure. If I could get another mini with my points I would do that.

Tarte – Scrub Clean Travel Set $18
Tarte – Pamper & Prep Makeup Ready Set $24
Tarte – Top #shelfie Essentials Best Of Skincare Set $47

I’m still undecided whether I’m going to purchase more things from Tarte but I’m really interested in some of their skincare sets. I feel like they have some great travel sized sets that would be a great way to try something without committing to a full sized. I’m going to keep these on my list for now and may purchase in the future.

Tarte- Deep Dive Cleansing Gel 50ml (Travel Size)$18
Tarte – Brighter Days 15ml (Travel Size) $18 or 50 ml $50

I have a mini of the ‘Brighter Days’ Illuminizing moisturizer and I really like it I would purchase this again or go for a full size. Some of the stuff from the ‘Rainforest of the Sea‘ collection really interests me so I may purchase some in the future.


If you have made it this far thanks for sticking with me I know I had a lot on my list. What’s on your Sephora Wishlist? Have you tried any of the things on my list? Would you recommend any of them? Leave a comment below.

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Disclaimer – Images and Information sourced from the Sephora Australia website, Images in this post copyrighted to original owners. Cover image by Me. 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.