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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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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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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Social Media Tips & Tricks - My Top 6 Apps For Editing Photos For Instagram | Life Of Dahlia

Social Media Tips & Tricks – My Top 6 Apps For Editing Photos For Instagram | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, today I’m sharing with you some of my favourite apps for scheduling and editing photos for Instagram. I was really inspired to try some new apps after watching Atleeey’s video on her How I Edit My Instagram Stories! , which you should go check out, she uses some really fun apps.

I’m including some of my favourites that I discovered from watching her video in today’s post as well as some others that I’ve discovered over the last few months and I’m really enjoying.

Apps for Editing & Scheduling Your Instagram

Scheduling & Instastories Apps

I bet most people didn’t know these kinds of apps existed well they actually do but unlike on your facebook page where you can schedule your posts prior and they go up by themselves, these work a little different or at least the one I have tried.

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Plann

(free with monthly paid options for extra features)

Plann allows you to play with your Instagram feeds, set a reminder to post and pre-write your captions, it also has basic editing features as well that allow you to transform, add filters, do basic adjustments, add stickers and text to your images.

When you go to share it simply takes you to the add photo feature of your Instagram page which you are logged into and copies your caption so you can streamline to post your photo.

This app has lots of features including preparing your instastories (which has the same editing features as the main feed), set up a posting strategy, view your best performing posts and find the best performing hashtags (you can also set templates for your favourite of best-performing hashtags.)

This app is free which includes basic features, but you have the option to subscribe to get extra features. There are different levels depending on what your needs are and the first option starts at under or around $10 a month.

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Unfold

(free with paid add-on’s)

Unfold is a great app this is one of the great apps I discovered from watching Atleeey’s video. This app allows you to pre-design your Instagram stories, you can feature photos or video which is great and all you have to do is pick from a template, add in your media and text and your all good to go.

It’s great for designing one page or a whole series of posts, at the end when you are ready to save you have the option of previewing and then saving one page or the whole story.

This app is free but has a few add-ons for additional templates, I love the basic ones that come free with the app or the film add-on templates that include polaroids and filmstrip style templates.

Apps for Editing Your Photos

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Facetune

(Free with ads)

Facetune is a great app for doing photoshop style editing on your device, you can really get in there and clean the photo up, well as best as you can on your phone anyway. It has features like smoothing out the skin, sharpening particular areas of your photo, removing red-eye and unwanted blemishes as well as defocusing the background just to name a few.

The only downside to this app is that it contains ads with no option to remove by a paid option at least as far as I can tell.

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Filterloop

(Free with ads & paid options)

Filterloop was also one I discovered from watching Atleeey’s video, This has a load of cool options like adding chroming effects to your images as well as tonnes of filters and textures. I think this is actually one of my favourite apps now I just love how I can add different filters and textures to my photos to give it that analogue look.

This app actually is available in two options, free with ads (fiterloop) & a paid option (filterloop pro) which has no ads. One thing to keep in mind also is that it does require downloading some of the filter and texture sets once you have downloaded the initial app, whether its the free or paid option. You can also download additional filters and textures through the store some are free and some have a cost associated with them.

Filterloop Pro Cost Under $3

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Afterlight

(free with in-app purchase options)

Afterlight is another great editing app, I found out about Afterlight through Kimberly Margarita’s IGTV Video on how she edits her photos. This one is free and gives you options to do basic editing adjustments like brightness, contrast, sharpening etc, as well as adding filters & textures. You can also crop and add frames to your images.

You can add additional frames and textures for a couple of dollars, I don’t believe this app has ads but I could be wrong.)

Quotes & Adding Text

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Wordswag

(Paid)

Wordswag is a really great app for adding text to your images, this again was also one of the apps featured in Atleeey’s video. I love this app for adding a watermark to my photos or creating quote images for my social media pages.

This app allows you to use stock images or use your own, you can crop for different ratios and select from font templates. Once you are in the app and ready to add your text you can type in your own or use one of the quote templates. You can also use the different font styles like I said as well as change the colour of your text and add a filter over your background images.

This is a really awesome app if you love sharing quotes with your branding style, You can even add your logo at the end or layer different text if you just want to type it in.

if you are really picky about what file type you like to use in the more button on your main screen you can pick from jpeg or png.

This app is a paid app it will only set you back between $5-8 (Aus) dollars.


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Credits – Screencaptures from Unfold Wordswag, Afterlight, Filterloop, Facetune & Plann.

I found out about Wordswag , Unfold & Filterloop from Atleeey’s HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM STORIES! | FAVORITE EDITING APPS video.

I found out about Afterlight through Kimberly Margarita’s IGTV Video on how she edits her photos.

Original Cover Photo by Freepik.com, edited for cover by me

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Shopping My Makeup Collection - Palette Of The Month - Toofaced Cosmetics Chocolate Bon Bon's Eyeshadow Palette + 4 Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Shopping My Makeup Collection – Palette Of The Month – Toofaced Cosmetics Chocolate Bon Bon’s Eyeshadow Palette + 4 Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Hey beauty lovers, I can’t believe its almost the end of the month already, September has gone so fast, I’m already starting to think about October’s posts. But, today I’m here to chat with you about my ‘Palette of the Month’ for September, which was the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ eyeshadow palette.

I’ve had this palette for a couple of years now, so It may not be in its best quality because of its age, I just wanted to note this before going on with my review. If you’re a Toofaced Cosmetics fan you will probably know that the chocolate bar palettes are some of their best and most loved products. The Bon Bons palette is cooler toned than the Original Chocolate Bar palette which I feel is more neutral.

Related Article – Too Faced Cosmetics “Smelly” Palettes Showdown Review

What’s included in the ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ palette.

This palette includes three possible matte transition shades which is great, my personal favourite is ‘Almond Truffle’, but there is also ‘Mocha‘ which is a muted medium brown and also a cool toned taupe called ‘Pecan Praline‘. From appearance, it looks like this has three deeping shades ‘Bordeaux’ which is a red-brown matte, ‘Malted’ which is a chocolate brown matte with glitter (but it doesn’t really show up when you are applying it) & ‘Dark Truffle‘ which is actually a satin but you could use this to deepen thing up if you wish.

There are five shimmer shades in this palette ‘Satin Sheets’ which is a pink with champagne/golden shift but looks more champagne in the pan, ‘Cotton Candy‘ which is a light pink with a sliver frost, ‘Cafe’ Au Lait‘ which is a taupe brown with a metallic finish & also one of my favourites,‘Sprinkles’ which is a peachy-pink with a gold reflect, and ‘Molasses Chip’ which is coppery bronze.

There are also what I would call pops of colour in this palette, ‘Totally Fetch’ which is a bright fuchsia pink with shimmer, ‘Earl Grey’ which is a blackened teal with a satin shimmer and ‘Black Currant’ which is Deep Plum shade with a frost finish.

This palette also includes a massive pan of a cream matte shade called ‘Divinity’ and ‘Cashew Chew’ which is described as a muted light peachy pink with a satin shimmer though I would have to disagree with that to me I can’t see any shimmer in it and I would say it looked more like a muted light warm taupe shade, but that’s just my opinion.

For more detailed descriptions check out Temptalia’s review, she goes into a lot of detail about shade descriptions and dupes for shades.

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What are my thoughts on the ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ Eyeshadow Palette?

Okay so now its time to get down to the nitty-gritty of how I feel about this palette, I’m just jumping right in. I think this palette has some great things going for it but it definitely has its flaws and I’ll get into that in a second.

When I first started playing with this palette for this review I was thinking about what made me buy this and I honestly think its the pops of pink which is super interesting because back then I never wore pink eyeshadow, like ever so it’s interesting that that’s what drew me in. I also think the cocoa smell had a lot to do with it as well I’m not going to lie its huge factor of why I purchase these palettes that smell every time I open the palette is amazing.

I think this palette has a great variety of shades to work with but I do think there are a some redundant shades in here, for example I think I used ‘Cashew Chew’ once, Its really light and very sheer other than using all over the lid before applying other shadows on top I don’t know why its in the palette. I guess it could also be used as a brow highlight or on the inner corner but I honestly feel like they could have added something different in there instead because it just doesn’t really show up very well, I tried to build it up but it left much to be desired.

Look 1:  Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Almond Truffle(transition), Mocha(crease & to blend out lower lash line), Malted (deepen up outer corner, crease & lower lash line), Cafe’ Au Lait (inner part of my lid, inner corner, brow bone highlight)


Things I love about this palette

I love that they have included a huge pan of a base shade (Divinity) But that would only work for someone with a lighter skin tone, I do think that having a huge pan of this type of matte shade is great though because I’m sure like me, most people with lighter skin tones would get a lot of use out of an eyeshadow like this.

While ‘Satin Sheets’ is a gorgeous shade I would have loved if they had added two eyeshadows in this space instead of one huge pan, that would have been great, but the large pan does have a great purpose too because this shade makes a beautiful face highlight as well so smaller pans would make this harder so its not all bad.

Look 2: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Almond Truffle (transition), Black Currant (outer corner, in the crease & lower lash line), Totally Fetch (outer part of the lid and blended into blackcurrant), Cotton Candy (inner portion of the lid & blended into  Totally Fetch) and Sprinkles (inner corner.)


‘Cafe’ Au Lait‘ has to be one of my favourite shades in this palette, it’s a taupe brown metallic which I honestly wouldn’t have thought when I purchased this that a colour like this would end up being my most loved shade in this palette.

My next most loved shimmer or metallic shade in this palette would have to be ‘Molasses Chip’ which is a gorgeous coppery bronze bordering on vintage gold/bronze kind of shade, its just stunning and I think would look beautiful on anyone.

‘Almond Truffle‘ is probably my favourite transition shade, but ‘Mocha’ & ‘Pecan Praline‘ are fantastic as well. I love pairing ‘Mocha’ with ‘Bordeaux’ to deepen it just is a great combo especially if I say put ‘Molasses Chip’ on my lid.

look 3: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Mocha (transition), Bordeaux (crease to deepen), Malted (crease & outer corner to deepen even more), Dark Truffle (deepen the outer corner more & lower lash line), Molasses Chip (center to inner part of the lid) & Satin Sheets (inner corner & brow bone highlight.)


Shades I wanted to love

I know I only mentioned a few of the eyeshadows in the previous section and that’s not to say I didn’t love the other shades it’s more than some I wanted to love and some that I’m more impartial about.

Interestingly enough those pops of pinks I mentioned earlier that I came to the conclusion that they were what drew me to this palette are not my faves, I could work with them but ‘Totally Fetch‘ has always given me trouble, its a very dry formula for something that’s supposed to be a shimmer, It takes a lot to build up and just looks average overall. I tried my best to work with this shade I scraped the top layer of to see if I could get a better pay off (because like I said my palette is a bit older), but that didn’t really help much, I was expecting this to look much brighter than it did.

‘Cotton Candy’ is a nice shade and looks nice with ‘Totally Fetch’ or another pink toned eyeshadow, but I just don’t reach for it, I want to love it but I just don’t know if it doesn’t look good on me or what. I think I prefer ‘Sprinkles’ to ‘Cotton Candy‘ which has a beautiful shift to it and looks great on the inner corner or on the lid.

look 4: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Earl Grey (all over the lid & lower lash line), Pecan Praline (transition and to blend out Earl Grey) & Cafe Au Lait (inner corner and brow bone highlight.)


Black Currant’ I used this shade a couple of times when I did a look with ‘Cotton Candy’ &‘Totally Fetch’ in the outer corner and lower lash line, this was another shade that I think is just okay, its also very dry like ‘Totally Fetch’, I tried it once all over the lid but I just didn’t love the way it looked.

‘Earl Grey’ I used a few times as an all over lid colour and blended it out with ‘Pecan Praline’ which didn’t look too bad but it doesn’t look as teal on the lid as in the pan, it more looks like a charcoal or deep grey-black colour. It’s also a really dry formula as well, so I found that this and ‘Black Currant’ had a bit of fall out on my face.

Final Thoughts

I think this palette has some great shades, there are quite a few gems in here but there are also some shades that I think could have been much nicer, mainly the ones I just mentioned. I wish that that ‘Totally Fetch’, ‘Earl Grey’ and  ‘Black Currant’ had a less dry formula it makes them hard to work with.

I also think they could have done without ‘Cashew Chew’ and put something else in there, I also think they probably didn’t need to have both ‘Cotton Candy‘ & ‘Sprinkles‘ while the finish is somewhat different they still look really similar. I wish ‘Dark Truffle‘ was a matte finish because I feel like this desperately needs a really deep brown, ‘Malted‘ just isn’t deep enough for me personally.

Saying all that I would recommend this palette because I think it has some gems in there and for me there really only a few eyeshadow shades that I think are average. I think this has some great wearable cool tones and overall most of the eyeshadows are really nice and easy to work with.

Have you tried the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ palette? What are your thoughts? Did you love it or hate it? let me know in the comments.


October ‘Palette of the Month’ is…

The Morphe ’39a Dare To Create Artistry’ eyeshadow palette.

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Next month I decided to actually go with something new to my collection, the Morphe Brushes ’39a Dare To Create Artistry’ eyeshadow palette. At the end of June or was it July I can’t remember which but I do remember saying at that time I was happy with my collection, that was at the time, but in the last couple of months I’ve seen quite a few things that have really inspired me so I decided to pick some up, including this beauty.

I originally saw this used by Atleeeey she is one of my favourite creators to watch on youtube especially for tutorials her creativity when it comes to makeup is amazing, if you’re looking for makeup look inspiration I would go check her out (she’s not a cf creator so keep that in mind & if you see her use something, do your own research on its status).

Now for those that don’t know Morphe states on their website that they are cruelty-free & it is also confirmed by Cruelty-free Kitty which is one of a few places I go to check out information on brands cruelty-free status. Morphe do not have a cruelty-free certification (PETA, leaping bunny, etc) at this time and their brand isn’t entirely vegan, They probably use carmine in some of their eyeshadows and they do have animal hair brushes (as well as synthetic brushes) so its up to you whether you want to purchase from them.

I do have some thoughts on their brushes I may decide to do a post on a brush set I picked up in the near future, I haven’t decided yet.

I’m really excited to use this palette for the next month some of those shades are really calling to me. Its actually spring here in Australia, I wouldn’t say this is a spring palette at all it’s more jewel tones to me which are an autumn-winter thing right but I’m dying to play with it. I was actually thinking about using the Toofaced ‘Lifes A Festival’ palette but I decided not to do two Toofaced reviews in a row, but you bet I’ll be bringing that and the ‘Sweet Peach‘ out sometime in the next few months, they will look amazing for summer vibes. Not that I really care about pairing colours with seasons I just do whatever I want but you know we will just go with that.

So keep an eye out on my Instagram & Facebook over the next month I will for sure be featuring some looks using this beautiful eyeshadow palette.


If you got this far congratulation and thank you for reading my post I hope you enjoyed my review and I can’t wait to see you in my next post.

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Testing Andalou Naturals – Age-Defying Skincare Essentials | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Beauty Lovers, today I’m sharing a skincare post all about Andalou Naturals ‘Age-Defying Skincare Essentials’ pack.

I picked this up a few months ago to test out once I had finished up a few other skincare products. This brand is actually fairly new to Australia, I picked this trial set up after seeing them advertised in one of Priceline Australia‘s catalogues. I love natural based skincare and Its great to see Priceline stocking more cruelty-free brands.

I love when brands have trial sets I think they are a great way to test out products before committing to the full-sized versions of products. If its something you enjoyed and didn’t have any reactions to then you can go ahead and pick up the full-sized products.

I decided to go ahead and pick up the ‘Age-defying’ set, I’m in my 30’s now and that means I really need to start using anti-ageing products to keep my skin nice and youthful. This set is good for people with dry skin, dull & flaky skin or has premature ageing with fine lines and wrinkles.

While I do have combo skin with oiliness in certain areas I do have drier skin in the winter time so I thought that this would be an interesting one to try out.

About Andalou Naturals

“The natural products industry embraces innovation and creativity, while entrepreneurship offers women a level playing field to succeed. For Andalou Naturals, my goal was to create an empowerment brand with a mission to influence an industry to do better, while creating a sustainable source of revenue for social responsibility.” 

– Stacey Kelly Egide, Founder & CEO – sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

I love what this brand is about they create non-gmo products to empower women and want to better the planet by using sustainable resources and creating innovative products through plant science. Find out all about their standards here.

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Andalou Naturals ‘Age-defying’ range

The ‘Age-defying’ range has ‘Resveratrol & CoQ10, super antioxidants that support skin wellbeing and essential building blocks to promote collagen & elastin for softer smoother appearance and youthful vitality.’ The basis of this range is the fruit stem cell complex, Resveratrol & CoQ10, ‘Resveratrol is often referred to as the ‘fountain of youth’ because it appears to be so effective at warding off many diseases associated with ageing‘ And ‘Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a basic substance that our bodies make naturally’ – source –Abeeco of New Zealand

Andalou Naturals derive their ingredients from plants, for example, Resveratrol in their products is derived from red grape skin and the Resveratrol Q10 is made from Resveratrol combined with Coenzyme Q10 which they derive from fermented vegetables.

I honestly find this stuff really fascinating, for Andalou’s full ingredients list you can find it on their website. The more I’ve been looking into this brand the more I love and want to support them, I think what they are doing is fantastic and I’m already wanting to try more of their products out.

Andalou Naturals is a “Non-GMO Project Verified and Gluten Free Verified, Certified Organic, Nature Derived, Vegan, Vegetarian, Sustainably Sourced and Fair Trade Ingredients, and Cruelty-Free” brand – sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

Products included in the ‘Age-defying’ Trial Set

  1. Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
  2. Bioactive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask
  3. Blossom + Leaf Toner Refresher
  4. Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream
  5. Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream

Product Descriptions

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Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

The Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk includes “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10, with skin-friendly probiotics blended with apricot and borage oils to gently loosen and remove make-up and impurities, rinsing away dull surface cells without drying for a fresh glow and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher

The Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher includes “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10, with aloe vera polysaccharides to instantly hydrate and replenish. It gently soothing irritation and balancing skin’s delicate pH as geranium and orange leaf uplift and tone for a natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

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BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask

The Bioactive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask includes “Fruit stem cells, resveratrol CoQ10, and bioactive 8 berry complex to help support dermal vitality while fruit juice enzymes gently dissolve and exfoliate dull, dry surface cells to reveal skin’s natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

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Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream

The Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream includes “Fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol CoQ10, super antioxidants, to help support dermal vitality as goji glycopeptides uplift tone and texture for velvety soft skin with the appearance of fewer fine lines and wrinkles and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced  from Andalou Naturals Website

Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream

The Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream includes “Fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol CoQ10, super antioxidants, to help boost dermal vitality as goji glycopeptides uplift tone and texture overnight for velvety soft skin with the appearance of fewer fine lines and wrinkles and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced  from Andalou Naturals Website

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My Thought On The Products

Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

I don’t mind this as an everyday cleanser but I got the impression from the description that it could be used to remove my makeup like a cleansing oil, it didn’t do that at all but as a regular cleanser, I thought it was nice.

I really enjoy my current go-to cleanser so I’m not sure I would grab the full size of this one.

Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher

I thought this was an okay toner it didn’t dry my skin out but the scent really bothered me it was quite strong and I think that’s what put me off finishing this all up. I don’t think this is something I would buy in the full-size.

BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask

I’ve tried this a few times and I quite like it, my skin feels fresh and rejuvenated, It definitely did what it claimed and I would actually consider purchasing the full-size of this once I’ve finished up some of my current face masks.

Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream

This was a nice daily moisturizer, it made my skin feel hydrated, I don’t know if I saw much of a difference as far as fine-lines and wrinkles but I definitely felt like this was a good hydrating moisturizer. I would consider picking this up in the future.

Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream

This one I’m actually not sure about, I liked it but I’ve been having some breakouts and I’m not sure if its been hormonal of if its because this contains Cocoa seed butter and that was the problem. I know ingredients like these can cause some people to break out so I’m on the fence about this one.


Have you tried Andalou Naturals? What are your thoughts and what would you recommend trying out? let me know in the comments.

I really enjoyed trying this out, I’m actually interested in trying out a couple of the products from this range that weren’t included in this pack the ‘Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum’ & the ‘Hyaluronic DMAE Lift & Firm Cream’, they both look really great and if they are anything like the few products I enjoyed in this pack I’m sure I’ll like them enough to consider adding into my regular skincare routine.

Aussies can pick up Andalou Naturals from Priceline Australia, online or instore.

Thank you for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed it.

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