Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Collective Haul - Makeup and Skincare

Hello everyone! I am finally back on the blogging world and this time around I plan to be a little more regimented in my blog post releases. I hope you have all been well and as this is my first post in 2016: Happy New Year, and Welcome to A Girl's Guide To Makeup v 2.0.

I've been doing a bit of shopping over Christmas and New Year and I have a few things that I am excited to show you!

First up - Skincare

My fellow Australians : PRICELINE SALE!! Oh my. Lets get this post going shall we...

I recently finished my 500 mL bottle of Bioderma Sensibio H2O. My holy grail. My precious! I have strayed to other brands (Simple and La-Roche Posay) and this is hands down my favourite! If you would like me to do an in-depth comparison, let me know in the comments below :)

Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme. This has both glycolic and lactic acid in it, so I am imagining that it will sting a little on first usage. I'm currently using up my sample of Sunday Riley Good Genes (which is horrendously pricey) so when that runs out, I will be using these pads.

Nuxe Reve de Miel was recommended by Lisa Eldridge in her Favourite French Pharmacie Products video and when I saw it, I got so excited I almost bought two! Don't worry, I came to my senses :P

My colleague recommended that I try Rosehip oil to combat the signs of aging. I am excited to try this but I am sliiiiightly worried that it will make my skin congested. If you have tried this product please let me know. Apparently, this is the rosehip oil that is used by the Duchess of Cambridge... if its good enough for the Duchess, it's good enough for me!

Bioderma Hydrabio Legere was also a Lisa Eldridge recommendation and I am SO GLAD I picked this up. It has a pump, a locking mechanism for the pump and a cap. Seriously! Tick, tick, and tick. The packaging is SAH good for a pharmacy brand and at 40% off - this deal really can't be beat.

I tried the moisturiser today and it was lovely. I can't believe I have never tried this before! Bonus - this product is non-comedogenic. I suffer from teenage and adult acne and have oily skin so for someone like me, this is perfect!

Last but not least, I got myself some sunscreen! The boyfie LOVES to go to the beach and we go through our stash so quickly.


Shu Uemura Shu:Palette. If you have followed me for some time, you will know that Shu Uemura is one of my original loves and remains one of my favourite brands. I missed the Maison Kitsune release last year because I found it to be TOO colourful (as much as I like to think myself adventurous, I am not!). When I saw this palette I couldn't resist!

The only item I picked up in the Christmas 2015 release is the Guerlain Palette Ors Et Merveilles. It is an eye and blush palette with both eye and blush applicators. I can't wait to try this and show you :)

What palettes and/or skincare items have you picked up recently? Let me know in the comments below.

Lots of Love,

Cindy xx

Friday, 1 May 2015

Crushing on: Shu Uemura Metal:ink Eyeliners


Its been a while since I have blogged about beauty. To be perfectly honest, nothing has caught my make-up saturated world until the release of Shu Uemura Metal:ink Eyeliners!

All I could think of when I saw them in store was that I must have them all... I think it is time for me to purchase a select few and report back to you once I road test them.

As a side note, I have recently updated my blog sale to offer FREE SHIPPING on all orders.

I need to downsize and clear out what I dont use anymore. Help me free up some space, ladies!


Sunday, 23 November 2014

New Blog Site

As you may have noticed, I have taken an extended hiatus from the blogging world. This is due to personal circumstances and also finding that my interest in makeup has waned.

I hope you have had a great time reading my thoughts, and I would like to invite you to follow my new blog - Cindy's Societal. I will be blogging about great places to visit/eat at/hang out in the greater Perth area as well as blogs about lifestyle, health and beauty!

A Girl's Guide to Makeup will continue to be live for blog sales and whatnot.

Stay tuned and please follow my new blog! :)


Sunday, 27 April 2014

Additional Items for my Blog Sale!

I have some exciting news to share with you all! I have begin a massive cull of my collection in order to pare down and streamline. All I have at the moment are lists of the item sorted by brands - please email me personally if you are really interested in purchasing at

LMdB (prices 50-65 AUD, usage is brand new to lightly tested for most):
Oscar de La Renta
City Girl
Modernist Merlot
Chinoiserie Azure
Blush Kaleidoscope
Bauhaus Eye
Bauhaus Lip
Enchantment Lip
Les Artistes Lip
Autumn Embers Lip
Red Rapture Lip
Aurora Lip
Pallid Incandescents
Violaceous Splendour
Golden Transcendence Lip
On the Coast 

Part 1
Part 2
09 Usumoegi Tested 1x In Box 50 AUD
Face Colour Palette EX-02 BNIB 65 AUD
Ex 11 Sumiredama BNIB 55 AUD
Ex 13 Ginsudama BNIB 55 AUD
Ex 15 Hanazuki BNIB 55 AUD

Charming palette BNIB 50 AUD
Eclosion Us version palette BNIP 45 AUD
Mystere us version palette BNIP 45 AUD
Variation au version palette used once 35 aud
Harmonie du soir palette BNIB 50 AUD
Stupendous palette 95% 35 AUD 
Soho de Chanel blush 95% 35 AUD
Epatant Illusion d ombré 95% 20 AUD
Abstraction illusion d ombré 95% 20 AUD 
Illusoire illusion d ombré BNIB 25 AUD
Bronze rose bronzer BNIP 40 AUD
Bronze coral bronzer BNIP 40 AUD
Sable Rose bronzer BNIP 40 AUD
Sable Beige bronzer BNIP 40 AUD 

Tom Ford:
Lavender Lust quad 95% 45 AUD
translucent Pink pressed powder BNIP 50 AUD

Shu Uemura (vintage):
Midnight Winter Sakura palette 90% 15 AUD
Secret Luscious Rose palette 90% 15 AUD
Adorned Marguerite palette 90% 15 AUD
Fleur de Source palette 90% 15 AUD
Bundle discount: Get all four for 50AUD!!
Domestic Shipping:
Free standard shipping over 150 AUD, Free express shipping over 200 AUD for Australian customers. 
International Shipping:
Standard International Shipping is capped at 15 AUD, I offer a free upgrade to Registered Mail for purchases over 200 AUD.

Please allow three business days for me to pack and send. I have a 9-5 job and don't always have the time to run to the PO :)

Happy Shopping!!

xo Cindy

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

End of Year Giveaway - Winner has been Announced and Notified!!

As promised, I am posting a giveaway to thank all my wonderful followers for your support :)

The prizes:
1. Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire So Crazy! Perfumed Shimmer Powder
2. Chanel Limited Edition Le Vernis in Magic
3. Dior Addict Extreme in 536 Lucky (Sample size)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Good luck and enjoy!

xoxo Cindy

Merry Christmas to You!

Hello everyone, merry christmas to all who are celebrating this festive holiday today.

I just wanted to give a quick update on my blogsale, I think I have purged most of my items currently sitting sad and unused. I hope that you guys have a look and browse and find something that you will enjoy. More will be added if, and when, I find things I no longer use.

I will be posting a giveaway soon to welcome 2014. Please stay tuned for that as well!!

xoxo Cindy

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Holiday Collections 2013 - Hits and Misses

Its that time of the year again- the weather is warming up here in Australia and you can bet that we will have to put up with an unbearably hot 42 deg C on Christmas day! Honestly, if it wasn't for the Turkey and Trifle that we get on Christmas Lunch, you'd never know we are in the middle of this festive season.

Makeup. Yes! I'm back lovelies, and I have a lot to share with you! I have been lucky enough to be sent away on a work assignment to the US and that means that I had access to ALL THE BRANDS at a much affordable price. Yippee! As you know, I do love holiday collections the most and I am going to share my thoughts on what I did purchase and maybe this will help someone out there make a decision.

Lets start with the misses shall we?
Completely underwhelming. This was a huge disappointment for me - I will be getting rid of that quint palette ASAP. The nail polish (Rouge Rubis) is excellent but one polish does not make a collection. The blush is so yawn as is the rest of the collection.

Ditto. What is with the really boring colours? Nothing I haven't seen before and I was very disappointed with the quality of the eyeshadows.

Luckily for me, there were far more hits this round than there are misses!
Love this collection. The packaging and the theme is superb and so exciting from Guerlain. I especially love the body and hair perfumed spray. If I had to pick one item from this collection, this would be it.

Shu Uemura
Shu Uemura never disappoints me when it comes to their holiday collections. The new silk smooth eyeshadows are super soft and very buttery; which was why the palettes came to me in less than perfect condition. However, nothing a few drops of rubbing alcohol can't fix. I highly recommend the Heart-Full Pink Parallel palette (I think? anyway, the pink palette!)

Le Metier de Beaute
Le Metier de Beaute knocked it out of the park with the release of three new kaleidoscopes; La Strada Eye Kaleidoscope, The Total Look Face Kaleidoscope, and Cheeky Chic Blush Kaleidoscope. Personally, I do not care for Cheeky Chic - however you MUST at least play with the Total Look face kaleidoscope. I mean, that baby is of superb quality and I can not recommend it enough to you guys. My second pick would be the new Hydra Creme lipstick in Cardinale - what a gorgeous bright pink!

The Guy Bourdin collection is so sublime, I want to cry. No, really. I do.
The must have item from this collection would be the Fling Lip Kit. I mean, that makeup case alone is worth the price of the set in my opinion. It is so... aargh perfect! Then there is the limited edition blush palette in One Night Stand and Cinematic Lipsticks (in particular, Last Tango, my personal favourite).

Hope you have enjoyed my post. Do tell us what you purchased recently - I love hearing from you!
I will be updating my blog sale page for my end of year makeup clean out. Please stay tuned if you are interested - it will be posted this weekend ;)

xx Cindy