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Hey guys, long time no speak. By now you would have realised that I have taken a break from blogging... I just don't have enough time in the day. I will be popping back in here and there to write about things that inspire me. 

Today I am talking about my experience getting Dysport (a muscle relaxant injectable similar to Botox... but a different brand) at the Total Face Group

I went to the Collins Street Total Face Group clinic (check out the other locations here) and saw the lovely Jane. I must admit that I am very reserved when it comes to treatments like injectables, and I find it very hard trusting people with my face - I am either concerned that they don't understand what I want, they will try to up-sell me something I don't need, or they won't be professional or good at their job. Jane was amazing! I love her! She is friendly, professional, and she understood exactly what I wanted to achieve and the best way to get those results in the most natural way. I really wanted to lose the lines in my forehead but wanted to maintain some brow movement so I didn't stop looking like myself - and she totally understood my concerns. Even though I will keep going back to Jane, I know that all of the staff at the Total Face Group clinics are highly trained and aim to provide the best treatment that will make you turn heads for the right reason... and not the wrong reason.

Hailey and I did a vlog about our experience at the Total Face Group on the Beauty News channel. Check it out below.  


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I ended up having cosmetics injectables in my frown lines and around my eyes and you can see the before and after photos below. 

I personally am in love with the results. I have a very expressive brow and tend to have quite large expression lines in my forehead that have been getting worse with age. I was surprised that with only a few injections, almost all of my lines disappeared, yet I still had movement in my brows (which was what I was worried I would lose). It also looked so natural that no one knew I had anything done unless I told them - and then they wanted to know more details. The procedure itself was very quick and quite pain free (the injections felt like a small sting that only lasted a second). There was no down time and there was only a pin prick sized bruise that lasted maybe a couple of days. I saw results starting within the first few days and maximised over the next few weeks. 

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The results typically last around 4 months and I did start seeing them diminish around the 3 month mark with pretty much all of the movement come back after 6 months. If you want to maintain the results you will need to book in every 4 months or so. I have booked in again because I think the procedure is completely worth the money and I noticed that I have saved a lot of money on expensive eye creams and serums and I have now simplified my skincare routine. 

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Total Face Group also provide procedures like fillers, microdermabrasion, peels, treatment of scars and acne, hair removal, tattoo removal Cool Sculpting, skin analysis and more. They also stock some great skincare ranges like Obagi.

If you are interested in getting any cosmetic procedure but have been a little unsure, I highly recommend Total Face Group (especially Jane at the Collins Street clinic) because I had a great experience and I felt very comfortable and understood.

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Note: I was given a discount to share my results from the procedure, but I will definitely keep going back there because I had such a great experience. 


Total Face Group - my experience getting cosmetic injectables

May 15, 2017

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Hey guys, long time no speak. By now you would have realised that I have taken a break from blogging... I just don't have enough time in the day. I will be popping back in here and there to write about things that inspire me. 

Today I am talking about my experience getting Dysport (a muscle relaxant injectable similar to Botox... but a different brand) at the Total Face Group

I went to the Collins Street Total Face Group clinic (check out the other locations here) and saw the lovely Jane. I must admit that I am very reserved when it comes to treatments like injectables, and I find it very hard trusting people with my face - I am either concerned that they don't understand what I want, they will try to up-sell me something I don't need, or they won't be professional or good at their job. Jane was amazing! I love her! She is friendly, professional, and she understood exactly what I wanted to achieve and the best way to get those results in the most natural way. I really wanted to lose the lines in my forehead but wanted to maintain some brow movement so I didn't stop looking like myself - and she totally understood my concerns. Even though I will keep going back to Jane, I know that all of the staff at the Total Face Group clinics are highly trained and aim to provide the best treatment that will make you turn heads for the right reason... and not the wrong reason.

Hailey and I did a vlog about our experience at the Total Face Group on the Beauty News channel. Check it out below.  


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I ended up having cosmetics injectables in my frown lines and around my eyes and you can see the before and after photos below. 

I personally am in love with the results. I have a very expressive brow and tend to have quite large expression lines in my forehead that have been getting worse with age. I was surprised that with only a few injections, almost all of my lines disappeared, yet I still had movement in my brows (which was what I was worried I would lose). It also looked so natural that no one knew I had anything done unless I told them - and then they wanted to know more details. The procedure itself was very quick and quite pain free (the injections felt like a small sting that only lasted a second). There was no down time and there was only a pin prick sized bruise that lasted maybe a couple of days. I saw results starting within the first few days and maximised over the next few weeks. 

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The results typically last around 4 months and I did start seeing them diminish around the 3 month mark with pretty much all of the movement come back after 6 months. If you want to maintain the results you will need to book in every 4 months or so. I have booked in again because I think the procedure is completely worth the money and I noticed that I have saved a lot of money on expensive eye creams and serums and I have now simplified my skincare routine. 

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Total Face Group also provide procedures like fillers, microdermabrasion, peels, treatment of scars and acne, hair removal, tattoo removal Cool Sculpting, skin analysis and more. They also stock some great skincare ranges like Obagi.

If you are interested in getting any cosmetic procedure but have been a little unsure, I highly recommend Total Face Group (especially Jane at the Collins Street clinic) because I had a great experience and I felt very comfortable and understood.

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Note: I was given a discount to share my results from the procedure, but I will definitely keep going back there because I had such a great experience. 


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Hello dear blog readers (if there any of you left?). I know I have been very MIA on my blog this year - the Beauty News channel is booming and takes up a lot of time and energy so I feel like maintaining blogging is spreading me thinner and thinner, but I am sure I will get used to it and finally have everything balanced out soon enough. Bare with me, I will make an effort to keep my blog active but I am taking having a bit of a break and having a rethink about what direction I want to take with my blog. I am thinking more lifestyle could be fun as I have had it up to here *gestures to my eyebrows* with reviewing makeup on my channel and then regurgitating the same information in a blog post. Anyway, watch this space to see what I decide to do... in the mean time lets regurgitate what I have already said in a YouTube video.

Ok so I was super happy to see the tail end of February... nothing personal Feb, I just had a really boring makeup month and s-t-ruggled coming up with content for my channel (and evidently my blog). I think Feb was the first month in years where I didn't buy any new makeup or beauty product! It wasn't an intentional thing, I just wasn't inspired by any of the new releases AND I am in the process of spending a lot of money on a tattoo and holiday... so there's that.

So the products I have been loving are a bit lack lustre, but lets give them some light anyway. Firstly, I have been loving the Daiso Tube Squeezer! This handy contraption helps squeeze out your toothpaste (or any tube product) but that's not why I like it... I like it because it has a little suction cup and a little hook that allows you to hang up your product in your shower or on your mirror and then easy remove it and hang it up again... genius!

Then the two products that have come in handy for post tattoo care are the Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel and Bepanthen Antiseptic Cream. When looking after a fresh tattoo you need to clean it well with gentle product and the Bioderma one is great as it's free from fragrances and soap and works a treat on raw sensitive skin. Bepanthen has been fab at keeping my tattoo moisturised, it is sticky as hell but it last for around 12 hours on the skin and the antiseptic properties help at preventing any infection. Woo.

Some warm weather favourites are the Cancer Council Hand Cream SPF 30 and the Braun Silk Epil 9. The hand cream is a really fresh scented hand cream that has SPF 30 but doesn't feel greasy on the skin - perfect for the warmer months, or just to prevent any signs of aging. I can also thank the Braun Epilator for saving me from having to shave my legs every other day... I am currently on week 2 without needing to shave. Epilators aren't the most comfortable things in the world (after all, they pluck out your hairs one by one) BUT they work super well and they are less messy than waxing and you don't need to grow out your hairs to use it (unlike waxing). Check out my Cancer Council review here.

Some other random favourites are:
The Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub - this was a limited edition Valentines Day lip scrub and even though it worked great at exfolating the lips, lets face it, I love it because it tastes so nice! Check out my Lush Valentines Day post here
The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette has been the palette I have been reaching for when I want to add a pop of colour to my boring project pan makeup. I forgot how nice the Zovea eyeshadow quality is and the cranberry shade has been a great addition to my boring brown looks.
The Rimmel Magnifeyes in 002 Kissed By A Rose Golden and 003 Queens Of The Bronze Age are two cream shadow sticks that I have been liking for quite some time now but they don't quite make it into the favourites pile each month. These are surprisingly great if you want just a quick wash of colour on your lids and they last really well. They are also great as an eyeshadow base.
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Green Berry is not a surprise, this was my favourite nail polish of 2016 and here it is again in a favourites. It is the perfect bright green that isn't too dark, isn't too pastel and is the best pop of colour for the warmer months. It would also look great with a tan... not that I have one :P
If you want to see me talk about these products in case you can't be bothered reading - check out my video below!


Ok! So thats my regurgitating for another month. I am looking forward to creating different from my channel very soon!

Much love x Kat


Note: some of these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion. No one gives a damn that I am writing this post, these are genuinely my favourites of Feb!

February 2017 Beauty Favourites!

March 3, 2017

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Hello dear blog readers (if there any of you left?). I know I have been very MIA on my blog this year - the Beauty News channel is booming and takes up a lot of time and energy so I feel like maintaining blogging is spreading me thinner and thinner, but I am sure I will get used to it and finally have everything balanced out soon enough. Bare with me, I will make an effort to keep my blog active but I am taking having a bit of a break and having a rethink about what direction I want to take with my blog. I am thinking more lifestyle could be fun as I have had it up to here *gestures to my eyebrows* with reviewing makeup on my channel and then regurgitating the same information in a blog post. Anyway, watch this space to see what I decide to do... in the mean time lets regurgitate what I have already said in a YouTube video.

Ok so I was super happy to see the tail end of February... nothing personal Feb, I just had a really boring makeup month and s-t-ruggled coming up with content for my channel (and evidently my blog). I think Feb was the first month in years where I didn't buy any new makeup or beauty product! It wasn't an intentional thing, I just wasn't inspired by any of the new releases AND I am in the process of spending a lot of money on a tattoo and holiday... so there's that.

So the products I have been loving are a bit lack lustre, but lets give them some light anyway. Firstly, I have been loving the Daiso Tube Squeezer! This handy contraption helps squeeze out your toothpaste (or any tube product) but that's not why I like it... I like it because it has a little suction cup and a little hook that allows you to hang up your product in your shower or on your mirror and then easy remove it and hang it up again... genius!

Then the two products that have come in handy for post tattoo care are the Bioderma Atoderm PP Ultra Rich Foaming Gel and Bepanthen Antiseptic Cream. When looking after a fresh tattoo you need to clean it well with gentle product and the Bioderma one is great as it's free from fragrances and soap and works a treat on raw sensitive skin. Bepanthen has been fab at keeping my tattoo moisturised, it is sticky as hell but it last for around 12 hours on the skin and the antiseptic properties help at preventing any infection. Woo.

Some warm weather favourites are the Cancer Council Hand Cream SPF 30 and the Braun Silk Epil 9. The hand cream is a really fresh scented hand cream that has SPF 30 but doesn't feel greasy on the skin - perfect for the warmer months, or just to prevent any signs of aging. I can also thank the Braun Epilator for saving me from having to shave my legs every other day... I am currently on week 2 without needing to shave. Epilators aren't the most comfortable things in the world (after all, they pluck out your hairs one by one) BUT they work super well and they are less messy than waxing and you don't need to grow out your hairs to use it (unlike waxing). Check out my Cancer Council review here.

Some other random favourites are:
The Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub - this was a limited edition Valentines Day lip scrub and even though it worked great at exfolating the lips, lets face it, I love it because it tastes so nice! Check out my Lush Valentines Day post here
The Zoeva Cocoa Blend Palette has been the palette I have been reaching for when I want to add a pop of colour to my boring project pan makeup. I forgot how nice the Zovea eyeshadow quality is and the cranberry shade has been a great addition to my boring brown looks.
The Rimmel Magnifeyes in 002 Kissed By A Rose Golden and 003 Queens Of The Bronze Age are two cream shadow sticks that I have been liking for quite some time now but they don't quite make it into the favourites pile each month. These are surprisingly great if you want just a quick wash of colour on your lids and they last really well. They are also great as an eyeshadow base.
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Green Berry is not a surprise, this was my favourite nail polish of 2016 and here it is again in a favourites. It is the perfect bright green that isn't too dark, isn't too pastel and is the best pop of colour for the warmer months. It would also look great with a tan... not that I have one :P
If you want to see me talk about these products in case you can't be bothered reading - check out my video below!


Ok! So thats my regurgitating for another month. I am looking forward to creating different from my channel very soon!

Much love x Kat


Note: some of these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion. No one gives a damn that I am writing this post, these are genuinely my favourites of Feb!
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Hey crew, if you have been reading my blog or watching my channel for the past year or so you would know that some of my all time favourite lipsticks that were released in 2016 were the Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks (see review here). Now Rimmel are back with a matte version *GASP* and I was lucky enough to be sent the whole range to review. The Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipsticks claim to be comfortable, long lasting and have bold colour with a matte finish. These retail for $15.95 each and you can buy them from Priceline.
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Ok let's start with the basics. There are nine shades in the range and the shades go from nudes to pinks, to reds, a purple and a chocolate brown. At first I thought this range was pretty comprehensive but after wearing them all I am missing some warmer shades - peach, orange, orange toned red. Being a person who suits oranges and orange toned reds I don't have many shades that I am really drawn to in this collection.

The packaging is very similar the original packaging (see below), they both have the exact same shape and show a band of plastic that represents the shade inside, but instead of being glossy and black it has a red and more matte finish. To be honest I don't love the new packaging, the plastic it feels quite lightweight, cheap and stiff to close.

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You can see from the photos above (who am I kidding, they are screenshots from my video review because I forgot to take swatch photos), you can see that the shades are quite opaque, they look nice and bold on the lips... but they aren't super matte. Much like the original The Only 1 lipsticks, these do apply quite thin and almost glossy and then settle to a more set formula. When they set on the lips they look a lot more matte.

Check my video out below if you want to see how each shade applies




That setting formula is what I loved about the original lipsticks but it's the downfall of these. The original glossy lipsticks needed to set and become a little sticky to last a long time on the lips, but when you take that same formula and add a more powdery matte finish then these can settle to be a bit chunky... sticky + powdery = gloopy. That's what I dislike about these lipsticks the most and what really let me down. They are comfortable, easy to apply, have a strong sweet scent (like the original ones - some love it, some hate it), are quite affordable, BUT they start looking chunky after a couple of hours of wear. Matte lipstick formulas are naturally longer lasting lipsticks and didn't benefit at all from being mixed with this The Only 1 setting formula.

So overall I wasn't in love with these and I think my love for the original formula really made me have high hopes... and a greater disappointment. I do think the best performing shades are the reds because they tend to almost stain the lips and wear off looking a lot more even than some of the other shades. I also love the addition of the brown nude and the chocolate brown as they are generally quite flattering as nudes on various skintones. So would I recommend these? Probably not, they are definitely wearable but they aren't anything that I would reach for - I would much prefer to recommend the original The Only 1 Lipsticks, and that's a big claim coming from a matte lip lover.

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Note: this product was given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion


NEW Rimmel The Only 1 MATTE Lipsticks

March 2, 2017

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Hey crew, if you have been reading my blog or watching my channel for the past year or so you would know that some of my all time favourite lipsticks that were released in 2016 were the Rimmel The Only 1 Lipsticks (see review here). Now Rimmel are back with a matte version *GASP* and I was lucky enough to be sent the whole range to review. The Rimmel Only 1 Matte Lipsticks claim to be comfortable, long lasting and have bold colour with a matte finish. These retail for $15.95 each and you can buy them from Priceline.
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Ok let's start with the basics. There are nine shades in the range and the shades go from nudes to pinks, to reds, a purple and a chocolate brown. At first I thought this range was pretty comprehensive but after wearing them all I am missing some warmer shades - peach, orange, orange toned red. Being a person who suits oranges and orange toned reds I don't have many shades that I am really drawn to in this collection.

The packaging is very similar the original packaging (see below), they both have the exact same shape and show a band of plastic that represents the shade inside, but instead of being glossy and black it has a red and more matte finish. To be honest I don't love the new packaging, the plastic it feels quite lightweight, cheap and stiff to close.

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You can see from the photos above (who am I kidding, they are screenshots from my video review because I forgot to take swatch photos), you can see that the shades are quite opaque, they look nice and bold on the lips... but they aren't super matte. Much like the original The Only 1 lipsticks, these do apply quite thin and almost glossy and then settle to a more set formula. When they set on the lips they look a lot more matte.

Check my video out below if you want to see how each shade applies




That setting formula is what I loved about the original lipsticks but it's the downfall of these. The original glossy lipsticks needed to set and become a little sticky to last a long time on the lips, but when you take that same formula and add a more powdery matte finish then these can settle to be a bit chunky... sticky + powdery = gloopy. That's what I dislike about these lipsticks the most and what really let me down. They are comfortable, easy to apply, have a strong sweet scent (like the original ones - some love it, some hate it), are quite affordable, BUT they start looking chunky after a couple of hours of wear. Matte lipstick formulas are naturally longer lasting lipsticks and didn't benefit at all from being mixed with this The Only 1 setting formula.

So overall I wasn't in love with these and I think my love for the original formula really made me have high hopes... and a greater disappointment. I do think the best performing shades are the reds because they tend to almost stain the lips and wear off looking a lot more even than some of the other shades. I also love the addition of the brown nude and the chocolate brown as they are generally quite flattering as nudes on various skintones. So would I recommend these? Probably not, they are definitely wearable but they aren't anything that I would reach for - I would much prefer to recommend the original The Only 1 Lipsticks, and that's a big claim coming from a matte lip lover.

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Note: this product was given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion


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Happy Valentines Day everyone! Whether you celebrate Valentines Day or not, it is always a great excuse to treat yourself and pamper yourself... and Lush have a super fun Valentines Day collection this year to help you do both!

This years Lush Valentines Day collection includes four bath bombs (Cupid Bath Bomb, Lover Lamp Bath Bomb, Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb, Over and Over Bath Bomb), three bubble bars (Lovestruck Bubble Bar and the super cute Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar and Ladybird Bubble Bar pictured above), one bath melt (Two Hearts Bathing As One), a Prince Charming Shower Cream (because we can all use a Prince Charming on Valentines Day!), the Love You, Love You Lots Soap (pictured), The Love Spell Massage Bar, The Kiss Lip Gloss (pictured) and The Kiss Scrub (also pictured). There are also five gift packs ranging in price from $14.95 to $59.95.

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar is definitely one of the most fun looking items from the range. It is a bubble bar that has a light shimmery pink, blue and yellow spiral and creates the shape of a unicorn horn. The scent is a soft lavender and neroli and when you break off some of the bar and crumble it into the bath it creates a beautiful soft relaxing experience. For a slightly brighter bath experience you can use the Ladybird Bubble Bar which is in the shape of a cute ladybird (or ladybug) and contains sweet geranium oil and peppermint oil for a more invigorating bath.

Lush also have you covered in the lips department *wink wink* and they have brought out The Kiss Lip Scrub which contains salt and sugar to exfoliate your lips, cocoa butter to soften the lips and contains sweet almond and mandarin oils for a delicious sweet scent and taste. This scrub also has edible hearts which makes it very fitting for the Valentines Day theme. Out of all of these products this is definitely the one I keep reaching for because it is so effective and tasty... honestly, I just want to keep eating it! There is also a The Kiss Lip Gloss which, in my opinion, is a little strange. The website makes this look bright pink but it is actually more of a light opalescent pink which isn't the most flattering on the lips. I think mine may have separated when I left it in the hot car because it seems to have balls of butter that works amazingly at exfoliating the lips and then melts into a really comfortable lip butter... I don't know if that is supposed to be the case, but I love it anyway!

Lastly I have been testing out the Love You, Love You Lots Soap which contains rose oil, rose petals and rose syrup. If you like a sweeter modern rose scent (almost like Rose Jam Shower Gel or Ro's Argan Body Conditioner - I LOVE both of these products) then this is the soap for you. It is very soft but quite sweet rose fragrance and is a gorgeous addition to the Valentines Day range.

If you are looking for a last minute Valentines Day present or you just want to treat yourself, then check out the whole collection in store or online at Lush.com.au.


Note: this product was given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion

Valentines Day with Lush

February 13, 2017

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Happy Valentines Day everyone! Whether you celebrate Valentines Day or not, it is always a great excuse to treat yourself and pamper yourself... and Lush have a super fun Valentines Day collection this year to help you do both!

This years Lush Valentines Day collection includes four bath bombs (Cupid Bath Bomb, Lover Lamp Bath Bomb, Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb, Over and Over Bath Bomb), three bubble bars (Lovestruck Bubble Bar and the super cute Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar and Ladybird Bubble Bar pictured above), one bath melt (Two Hearts Bathing As One), a Prince Charming Shower Cream (because we can all use a Prince Charming on Valentines Day!), the Love You, Love You Lots Soap (pictured), The Love Spell Massage Bar, The Kiss Lip Gloss (pictured) and The Kiss Scrub (also pictured). There are also five gift packs ranging in price from $14.95 to $59.95.

Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar is definitely one of the most fun looking items from the range. It is a bubble bar that has a light shimmery pink, blue and yellow spiral and creates the shape of a unicorn horn. The scent is a soft lavender and neroli and when you break off some of the bar and crumble it into the bath it creates a beautiful soft relaxing experience. For a slightly brighter bath experience you can use the Ladybird Bubble Bar which is in the shape of a cute ladybird (or ladybug) and contains sweet geranium oil and peppermint oil for a more invigorating bath.

Lush also have you covered in the lips department *wink wink* and they have brought out The Kiss Lip Scrub which contains salt and sugar to exfoliate your lips, cocoa butter to soften the lips and contains sweet almond and mandarin oils for a delicious sweet scent and taste. This scrub also has edible hearts which makes it very fitting for the Valentines Day theme. Out of all of these products this is definitely the one I keep reaching for because it is so effective and tasty... honestly, I just want to keep eating it! There is also a The Kiss Lip Gloss which, in my opinion, is a little strange. The website makes this look bright pink but it is actually more of a light opalescent pink which isn't the most flattering on the lips. I think mine may have separated when I left it in the hot car because it seems to have balls of butter that works amazingly at exfoliating the lips and then melts into a really comfortable lip butter... I don't know if that is supposed to be the case, but I love it anyway!

Lastly I have been testing out the Love You, Love You Lots Soap which contains rose oil, rose petals and rose syrup. If you like a sweeter modern rose scent (almost like Rose Jam Shower Gel or Ro's Argan Body Conditioner - I LOVE both of these products) then this is the soap for you. It is very soft but quite sweet rose fragrance and is a gorgeous addition to the Valentines Day range.

If you are looking for a last minute Valentines Day present or you just want to treat yourself, then check out the whole collection in store or online at Lush.com.au.


Note: this product was given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion
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It is time for another favourites! I didn't think I loved many products this month but when I went back through the products that I have been reaching for often, I was actually quite surprised by how many great products I have been using.

If you want to see me talk more in depth about each product, I did film a January favourites and fails video which you can watch below. I will also link more in depth reviews if I have done them.


Lets start with skincare. I usually don't love face masks and always forget to use them, but there were two that I have tried this month that I keep going back to. The first is the L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Detoxifying and Brightening Charcoal Mask which is part of their new mask range that includes this charcoal mask, a green clay and a red clay - which are all designed to combat different skin concerns. These are also designed for multimasking (where you apply different masks to different parts of your face that have different skin concerns) and luckily they each retail for under $20 (and you can often find them on sale) so multimasking has become more affordable. I have all three masks and by far my favourite the black one that is designed to detoxify the skin and is suited for normal skin types. What I love about this mask is that it acts in a similar way to the Glam Glow Supermud Mask where it draws out the oils and gunk from your skin (see photo below), but this one is a fraction of the price!

The next mask that I have been loving is the Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque which gives a nice tingle to the skin (which I love, and definitely does energise the skin) and also contains cranberry seeds which help exfoliate the skin when you wash it off! I love a product that works well and has a multi use purpose!

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Onto makeup! This month I have discovered a few base products that have worked their way into my daily routine. The first product is the NYX HD Finishing Powder in Translucent which is a white translucent power (best for fair to medium skin otherwise it will start looking ashy) which sets my makeup really nicely and helps it stay matte for longer, which is a blessing for someone who has oily skin and struggles with makeup breakdown in summer. The next is the Revlon Colorstay Stay Natural Foundation (my shade is 03 Nude) this is a great foundation for people who want their makeup to last but don't want a high coverage/heavy matte finish that comes with many long wear foundations. This foundation is medium coverage, feels quite natural, but also sets so it lasts well.

Onto highlighters! This has been the month of a few new additions to my highlighter collection. I bought three of the new MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes in Soft Frost, Beaming Blush and Show Gold, and I love them all for very different reasons (check out my review linked below for more detail and swatches). Then I stumbled across my first ever Colourpop highlighter while filming The Makeup Breakup Colourpop edition. The one that I have is the Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Might Be and I am obsessed! I originally thought that being a cream product these would be hard to use with a brush, but they are so pigmented that they apply super easily. This shade is really pretty for summer too because it has a tan base with a glowy champagne gold shimmer and it looks very intense but almost wet looking on the skin which is very beautiful.
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The lipsticks that have impressed me the much this month are by Elizabeth Arden and MAC. My most reached for nude is the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick in Daring Beige, which is a beautiful long wearing glossy liquid lipstick in a neutral (almost cool grey toned) nude that is quite unique but super flattering. Then the pop of colour that has impressed me the most is the MAC Viva Glam 2 Ariana Grande which is a matte lipstick that is the perfect mix between a bright pink and a purple. If you love a bright purple lip but find that they can almost be a bit intimidating in public then this is the perfect purple/pink lipstick for you! This is the best purple I have come across because it can look purple but can also look pink, so it creates a bright fun lip that is also quite wearable.

Onto a few random favourites. I tried my first Sigma brush set this month and I was pleasantly surprised! The quality is great and this Best of Sigma Set contains seven brushes that I can happily use in any makeup look. My pet peeve is brush sets that contain a few random brushes that you will never reach for. The Flat Kabuki brush is my favourite of the set because it blends foundation flawlessly and doesn't streak. I have been reaching for this over a sponge which is crazy and something I haven't done for years. I will definitely be buying more Sigma brushes soon!

Then I also bought the Kat Von D Metal Matte palette on whim while it was on sale for $48 (down from $95). Admittedly I don't reach for all the shades as I find black and white too harsh and cooler shades unflattering on me personally, but it has encouraged me to work in more purples and peaches into my everyday makeup look and I have been loving it! I also find the formula to be really soft, pigmented and easy to work with.
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Lastly my favourite nail polish of the month is the Maybelline Color Show Blushes Nudes Dusky Rose nail polish which is a very pretty nude pink mauve shade that is a little more unique than a basic nude or basic pink and it looks very pretty and elegant on the nails. I was also pleasantly surprised with the wear time and I can easy get a few full days without chipping (which is very rare for me).

Those are all the products I have been loving in January. 

I would love to know what products you have been loving last month!

x Kat

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Note: some of these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion




January 2017 Beauty Favourites

February 6, 2017

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It is time for another favourites! I didn't think I loved many products this month but when I went back through the products that I have been reaching for often, I was actually quite surprised by how many great products I have been using.

If you want to see me talk more in depth about each product, I did film a January favourites and fails video which you can watch below. I will also link more in depth reviews if I have done them.


Lets start with skincare. I usually don't love face masks and always forget to use them, but there were two that I have tried this month that I keep going back to. The first is the L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask Detoxifying and Brightening Charcoal Mask which is part of their new mask range that includes this charcoal mask, a green clay and a red clay - which are all designed to combat different skin concerns. These are also designed for multimasking (where you apply different masks to different parts of your face that have different skin concerns) and luckily they each retail for under $20 (and you can often find them on sale) so multimasking has become more affordable. I have all three masks and by far my favourite the black one that is designed to detoxify the skin and is suited for normal skin types. What I love about this mask is that it acts in a similar way to the Glam Glow Supermud Mask where it draws out the oils and gunk from your skin (see photo below), but this one is a fraction of the price!

The next mask that I have been loving is the Kiehl's Turmeric and Cranberry Seed Energizing Radiance Masque which gives a nice tingle to the skin (which I love, and definitely does energise the skin) and also contains cranberry seeds which help exfoliate the skin when you wash it off! I love a product that works well and has a multi use purpose!

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Onto makeup! This month I have discovered a few base products that have worked their way into my daily routine. The first product is the NYX HD Finishing Powder in Translucent which is a white translucent power (best for fair to medium skin otherwise it will start looking ashy) which sets my makeup really nicely and helps it stay matte for longer, which is a blessing for someone who has oily skin and struggles with makeup breakdown in summer. The next is the Revlon Colorstay Stay Natural Foundation (my shade is 03 Nude) this is a great foundation for people who want their makeup to last but don't want a high coverage/heavy matte finish that comes with many long wear foundations. This foundation is medium coverage, feels quite natural, but also sets so it lasts well.

Onto highlighters! This has been the month of a few new additions to my highlighter collection. I bought three of the new MAC Extra Dimension Skinfinishes in Soft Frost, Beaming Blush and Show Gold, and I love them all for very different reasons (check out my review linked below for more detail and swatches). Then I stumbled across my first ever Colourpop highlighter while filming The Makeup Breakup Colourpop edition. The one that I have is the Colourpop Super Shock Cheek in Might Be and I am obsessed! I originally thought that being a cream product these would be hard to use with a brush, but they are so pigmented that they apply super easily. This shade is really pretty for summer too because it has a tan base with a glowy champagne gold shimmer and it looks very intense but almost wet looking on the skin which is very beautiful.
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The lipsticks that have impressed me the much this month are by Elizabeth Arden and MAC. My most reached for nude is the Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Bold Liquid Lipstick in Daring Beige, which is a beautiful long wearing glossy liquid lipstick in a neutral (almost cool grey toned) nude that is quite unique but super flattering. Then the pop of colour that has impressed me the most is the MAC Viva Glam 2 Ariana Grande which is a matte lipstick that is the perfect mix between a bright pink and a purple. If you love a bright purple lip but find that they can almost be a bit intimidating in public then this is the perfect purple/pink lipstick for you! This is the best purple I have come across because it can look purple but can also look pink, so it creates a bright fun lip that is also quite wearable.

Onto a few random favourites. I tried my first Sigma brush set this month and I was pleasantly surprised! The quality is great and this Best of Sigma Set contains seven brushes that I can happily use in any makeup look. My pet peeve is brush sets that contain a few random brushes that you will never reach for. The Flat Kabuki brush is my favourite of the set because it blends foundation flawlessly and doesn't streak. I have been reaching for this over a sponge which is crazy and something I haven't done for years. I will definitely be buying more Sigma brushes soon!

Then I also bought the Kat Von D Metal Matte palette on whim while it was on sale for $48 (down from $95). Admittedly I don't reach for all the shades as I find black and white too harsh and cooler shades unflattering on me personally, but it has encouraged me to work in more purples and peaches into my everyday makeup look and I have been loving it! I also find the formula to be really soft, pigmented and easy to work with.
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Lastly my favourite nail polish of the month is the Maybelline Color Show Blushes Nudes Dusky Rose nail polish which is a very pretty nude pink mauve shade that is a little more unique than a basic nude or basic pink and it looks very pretty and elegant on the nails. I was also pleasantly surprised with the wear time and I can easy get a few full days without chipping (which is very rare for me).

Those are all the products I have been loving in January. 

I would love to know what products you have been loving last month!

x Kat

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Note: some of these products were given to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion




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