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On a trip to the pharmacy this morning for medication for a teenager who is suffering from the Worst Cold Ever I spotted a stand of cosmetics which was new to me.
The brand is SAX Cosmetics, and a quick Google search reveals that they are an Australian company – their website can be found here. In fact they are the same Australian company who make MIKI nails polishes, and The Body Collection body care range.
The SAX makeup range consists of the standard lipsticks, glosses, eye pencils, shadow pallettes, foundations, blushers, bronzers and concealers; and prices are very reasonable with most products being under $20.
Of course as a beauty blogger it would have been remiss of me to come home without something from the range, so
I picked up a Creme Eye Definer in charcoal for $16.90.
This is a wind-up style eyeliner, but be aware it’s not retractable. So don’t be winding the whole thing all the way out – it won’t go back in! And then there will be tears.
The other end of the eyeliner is a densely packed foam rubber smudger with a wedge shaped tip. Frnakly this isn’t much chop – it rubbed off more than it smudged.
The eyeliner itself, as its name would suggest, has a lovely cremey consistency and goes on smoothly. I do have an issue with the name though – to me this shade is lighter in colour than I would imagine a charcoal to be. Which is actually fine by me, it’s this mid-grey that made me want to buy it because I don’t have any other colour similar in my (vast) makeup collection.
Here it is swatched on my arm; on the left drawn on in two or three swipes and on the right drawn on and then smudged.
I do love this colour. What I couldn’t get the pictures to show was that in certain lights there is an almost denim blue tint to it. I can see me getting a lot of wear out of this.
Despite its cremey texture this eyeliner seems to be pretty budge-proof after it has dried.
Finally, here it is applied quickly under my lower lashline and lightly smudged. I’m not wearing any other makeup in these photos. And my eyebrows need plucking. Please ignore them.
All in all I’m pleased with my purchase – good quality for a good price.
Has anybody else tried products from the SAX range? What did you think of them?
Here, the Queen of Blending makes beautifully lined eyes with a white eyeliner that she makes herself. She uses a MAC liquid medium, but I’ve made my own liquid colour using a Napolean Perdis primer. So you could experiment with also sorts of mediums and colours.
Here’s my friend Siobhan before going to a party as Maria Callas…but which one is she? Ok, so my ugly curtains are a dead give away. Siobhan is on the left.
Me and Siobhan played around for ages – thanks for your patience Siobhan. First, we did hair. The key was using a tail comb for a perfect middle-part. We used mousse and back-combing to maintain some volume (so not slick and flat on head). And Siobhan’s hair is actually too short to make a big bun at the back so we improvised with a rolled up pantyhose leg (pictured) I made a little pony tail at the nape of her neck, wrapped the pantyhose around (like it was a scrunchy) and then pinned hair in the ponytail back around the pantyhose so you couldn’t see the pantyhose at all.
Then we clipped in the big fake flower.
Make-up was basically loads of black liquid eyeliner, bold red lippie, loads of blush for cheek bones, heavy brows, and of course attitood, hehe.
I’d also like to add, that the amazing Siobhan made her own dress for the party – a beautiful red satin number that you can just see in the first pic above.
A while ago at Make Up/Over Monday, we decided that we’d set ourselves the challenge of looking different. What this translated to was that Rachel who normally doesn’t wear much makeup at all got the full on loads of bright eyeshadow ala me, and since I normally do my makeup very loose and smudgey, Amy applied mine neat and straight out of Making Faces by Kevyn Aucoin, in the style of “Temptress”, modeled on Barbara Streisand. It was a learning experience for everyone involved!
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