June 2012 | KITSCH/SNITCH


New blush time! My boyfriend surprised me with this blush yesterday. I'm loving blue based pinks for winter so I was very happy with this present. The blush contains 6 grams of product and is a satin finish. In the pan this colour looks like a magenta, but I used it today and its like a nice bright plum on the cheeks. It's quite a pigmented colour, and when I first put it on I put too much on and had to mute it down with some powder. The trick with this blush is to start with a light hand. It is easy to blend though and has a nice slight shimmer to it. 



Swatch without flash
The blush blended, and more heavily swatched


Swatch with flash

As you can see from the swatch with the flash, there is a slight shimmer to the blush. It gives a nice glow to the cheeks without being too glittery. I haven't seen much about this colour blush previously, but I am looking forward to having more of a play with it.

MAC Overdyed Satin Powder Blush: review and swatches

June 30, 2012



New blush time! My boyfriend surprised me with this blush yesterday. I'm loving blue based pinks for winter so I was very happy with this present. The blush contains 6 grams of product and is a satin finish. In the pan this colour looks like a magenta, but I used it today and its like a nice bright plum on the cheeks. It's quite a pigmented colour, and when I first put it on I put too much on and had to mute it down with some powder. The trick with this blush is to start with a light hand. It is easy to blend though and has a nice slight shimmer to it. 



Swatch without flash
The blush blended, and more heavily swatched


Swatch with flash

As you can see from the swatch with the flash, there is a slight shimmer to the blush. It gives a nice glow to the cheeks without being too glittery. I haven't seen much about this colour blush previously, but I am looking forward to having more of a play with it.

I bought a new jacket today at Sportsgirl today and couldn't walk past the nail polish section. The gold glitter one is called All That Glitters, the orange/coral with gold micro glitter is Phoenix, and the pastel orange is Whoa Nelly.
All That Glitters and Phoenix were $7.95 each and Whoa Nelly was on sale for $2.95.


This is the look I did with Phoenix and All That Glitters over the top of two of the nails. I used two coats of Phoenix and two coats of All That Glitters over the top. I really like how the gold glitter pieces are quite large and sparse, it's a bit different from the normal glitter and can be a little more subtle if you use one coat.


This look is quite summery for the middle of winter, but hey, it's a bit of fun!

New Nail It nail polish from Sportsgirl

June 29, 2012


I bought a new jacket today at Sportsgirl today and couldn't walk past the nail polish section. The gold glitter one is called All That Glitters, the orange/coral with gold micro glitter is Phoenix, and the pastel orange is Whoa Nelly.
All That Glitters and Phoenix were $7.95 each and Whoa Nelly was on sale for $2.95.


This is the look I did with Phoenix and All That Glitters over the top of two of the nails. I used two coats of Phoenix and two coats of All That Glitters over the top. I really like how the gold glitter pieces are quite large and sparse, it's a bit different from the normal glitter and can be a little more subtle if you use one coat.


This look is quite summery for the middle of winter, but hey, it's a bit of fun!
2012 has been my year of the blushes. I have bought so many new ones, and I just placed an order on the Sleek website to order a few more. Everyone reviews this Lace Blush By 3 palette, which is why I hadn't reviewed it previously, but because I ordered two more Blush By 3, I thought I would do a quick review of the Lace Blush By 3 palette that I already have.

The Lace palette contains three blushes: Crochet, Guipure, and Chantilly. I got this palette from ebay a few months ago and I believe it cost around $12 for the palette, which I was very happy about, especially since this Lace palette has been out of stock on the sleek site for a little while now.

This is the typical Sleek packaging. Its a bit messy because I have been using this palette for a while

As you can see from the back of the packaging, there is 20g of product. The orange colour is Crochet, the shimmery pink/gold is Guipure, and the coral red colour is Chantily, and the swatches of these colours are below.

Without Flash:
Left to right Crochet, Guipure, and Chantily

With Flash
Left to right Crochet, Guipure, and Chantily

This palette is super pigmented, and the colours can be built up stronger than in the swatches above. Both Crochet and Chantily are matte colours, which are awesome but they may be a little powdery on darker skin tones. The Guipure is a pink blush with heaps of gold shimmer, and is very very similar to Sleek's popular Rose Gold blush. My favourite of the colours is the orange one, and I like to blend this with Guipure as well to give a little shimmer on the top of the cheek instead of a highlight. That is what I have done in the picture below


This palette does look brighter in real life than it does on the sleek website.  My only issue with this palette (which is not much of an issue), is that the middle pink/gold colour identical/almost identical to Sleek's Rose Gold blush that I already had. Some people say that the Guipure colour is more peach, and that the Rose Gold is more pink, but I'm skeptical so I decided to do a comparison myself.

Comparison between Guipure and Rose Gold

This is the packaging for the Rose Gold Blush. It is a mini version of the Blush By 3 packaging

Below is a comparison of what the two colours looks like in the pan. As you can see, the single blush is slighly larger than the one in the palette. The Rose Gold contains 8 grams of product, whereas the trio contain approximately 6.66 grams each blush. I personally think the colours in the pan look the same. If I am clutching at straws, I might say the Rose Gold is a little more peachy?


Here are the blushes swatched. Guipure is on the left and Rose Gold is on the right

Without flash

With flash:

Hmmmm... what do you guys think? I don't really see any difference. My recommendation is that if you have the Lace palette, you do not need to buy Rose Gold. If you have Rose Gold but you love the orange and the red that come with this palette, go ahead and buy it, but just be aware that you're not getting three brand new colours. Even if there is a slight difference between Guipure and Rose Gold, it's not noticeable enough to need to have both.

Edit: I did a quick search for peoples swatches of these two blushes, and some do look different and and others don't. It seems like they look different when people are comparing Guipure with a heavily used Rose Gold. My theory is that maybe there is a newer formula of Rose Gold, and if you have bought Rose Gold recently (like me) then it's pretty much the same as Guipure, whereas older versions of Rose Gold are much more pink than Guipure.

Sleek Blush By 3: review and swatches. Comparison between Rose Gold and Guipure

2012 has been my year of the blushes. I have bought so many new ones, and I just placed an order on the Sleek website to order a few more. Everyone reviews this Lace Blush By 3 palette, which is why I hadn't reviewed it previously, but because I ordered two more Blush By 3, I thought I would do a quick review of the Lace Blush By 3 palette that I already have.

The Lace palette contains three blushes: Crochet, Guipure, and Chantilly. I got this palette from ebay a few months ago and I believe it cost around $12 for the palette, which I was very happy about, especially since this Lace palette has been out of stock on the sleek site for a little while now.

This is the typical Sleek packaging. Its a bit messy because I have been using this palette for a while

As you can see from the back of the packaging, there is 20g of product. The orange colour is Crochet, the shimmery pink/gold is Guipure, and the coral red colour is Chantily, and the swatches of these colours are below.

Without Flash:
Left to right Crochet, Guipure, and Chantily

With Flash
Left to right Crochet, Guipure, and Chantily

This palette is super pigmented, and the colours can be built up stronger than in the swatches above. Both Crochet and Chantily are matte colours, which are awesome but they may be a little powdery on darker skin tones. The Guipure is a pink blush with heaps of gold shimmer, and is very very similar to Sleek's popular Rose Gold blush. My favourite of the colours is the orange one, and I like to blend this with Guipure as well to give a little shimmer on the top of the cheek instead of a highlight. That is what I have done in the picture below


This palette does look brighter in real life than it does on the sleek website.  My only issue with this palette (which is not much of an issue), is that the middle pink/gold colour identical/almost identical to Sleek's Rose Gold blush that I already had. Some people say that the Guipure colour is more peach, and that the Rose Gold is more pink, but I'm skeptical so I decided to do a comparison myself.

Comparison between Guipure and Rose Gold

This is the packaging for the Rose Gold Blush. It is a mini version of the Blush By 3 packaging

Below is a comparison of what the two colours looks like in the pan. As you can see, the single blush is slighly larger than the one in the palette. The Rose Gold contains 8 grams of product, whereas the trio contain approximately 6.66 grams each blush. I personally think the colours in the pan look the same. If I am clutching at straws, I might say the Rose Gold is a little more peachy?


Here are the blushes swatched. Guipure is on the left and Rose Gold is on the right

Without flash

With flash:

Hmmmm... what do you guys think? I don't really see any difference. My recommendation is that if you have the Lace palette, you do not need to buy Rose Gold. If you have Rose Gold but you love the orange and the red that come with this palette, go ahead and buy it, but just be aware that you're not getting three brand new colours. Even if there is a slight difference between Guipure and Rose Gold, it's not noticeable enough to need to have both.

Edit: I did a quick search for peoples swatches of these two blushes, and some do look different and and others don't. It seems like they look different when people are comparing Guipure with a heavily used Rose Gold. My theory is that maybe there is a newer formula of Rose Gold, and if you have bought Rose Gold recently (like me) then it's pretty much the same as Guipure, whereas older versions of Rose Gold are much more pink than Guipure.

This blog post is a bit of a review, but it's mainly a post asking for tips and recommendations. I got this Soap & Body Glow Lotion over a year ago, I think it was for a late Christmas gift or a birthday present, anyway I have had it for ages and I have used it maybe half a dozen times. I saw this on my desk today and thought that this one of those products that I should really use more of. So I decided to do a quick post on it to ask if anyone has any tips of the best way to use this.


This is the bottle it comes in, it's a completely clear container so you can see the product. It also has a pump applicator.


So the directions are in the photo above, and the only way I have used it in the last is on my legs. Sadly it's winter so I won't get much use out of it that way at the moment. I was thinking of using it mixed with my foundation to give a nice glow to my face, but my only concern is that it has a really strong smell that lasts a long time. The smell is nice, it's the typical warm sweet soapy smell that they usually use for their products, but I'm not sure if I want this on my face all day. I could use this as a fragrance as this suggests, but I'm not sure if I like the look of a shimmery neck,  that kind of reminds me of being 16.

Swatches

The last photo is the product blended and and dried. It is a nice soft subtle pinky silver shimmer. It is too subtle to use as an actual shimmer, but it is perfect to brighten up larger areas. Does anyone else use this product? I feel like it's going to waste just sitting on my desk.

Soap and Glory Glow Lotion

June 28, 2012

This blog post is a bit of a review, but it's mainly a post asking for tips and recommendations. I got this Soap & Body Glow Lotion over a year ago, I think it was for a late Christmas gift or a birthday present, anyway I have had it for ages and I have used it maybe half a dozen times. I saw this on my desk today and thought that this one of those products that I should really use more of. So I decided to do a quick post on it to ask if anyone has any tips of the best way to use this.


This is the bottle it comes in, it's a completely clear container so you can see the product. It also has a pump applicator.


So the directions are in the photo above, and the only way I have used it in the last is on my legs. Sadly it's winter so I won't get much use out of it that way at the moment. I was thinking of using it mixed with my foundation to give a nice glow to my face, but my only concern is that it has a really strong smell that lasts a long time. The smell is nice, it's the typical warm sweet soapy smell that they usually use for their products, but I'm not sure if I want this on my face all day. I could use this as a fragrance as this suggests, but I'm not sure if I like the look of a shimmery neck,  that kind of reminds me of being 16.

Swatches

The last photo is the product blended and and dried. It is a nice soft subtle pinky silver shimmer. It is too subtle to use as an actual shimmer, but it is perfect to brighten up larger areas. Does anyone else use this product? I feel like it's going to waste just sitting on my desk.

I know I have posted about Mimco before, I mentioned a bag that I bought on ebay, and a wallet I got for sale, but I love Mimco. I got an email the other day saying that I had $30 of Mimco credit expiring in a week, so I decided to head down to Mimco with my friend Erin (hi Erin xx) to have a look at what they have in store. I have been wanting new sunglasses for a while now, so when I found these babies on sale from $249 to $59 I thought they have to come home with me! With my $30 discount I bought these for $29.


These come in a really sturdy case, which is pretty bulky, but luckily I have pretty big hand bags. I find the message inside the case a little creepy.

I really like the shape of these glasses, they look pretty unique. If cats eye sunglasses and Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses had babies, this is what I think they would look like. They also have some nice detail on the sides of the glasses.


Mid-week Mimco splurge

June 27, 2012


I know I have posted about Mimco before, I mentioned a bag that I bought on ebay, and a wallet I got for sale, but I love Mimco. I got an email the other day saying that I had $30 of Mimco credit expiring in a week, so I decided to head down to Mimco with my friend Erin (hi Erin xx) to have a look at what they have in store. I have been wanting new sunglasses for a while now, so when I found these babies on sale from $249 to $59 I thought they have to come home with me! With my $30 discount I bought these for $29.


These come in a really sturdy case, which is pretty bulky, but luckily I have pretty big hand bags. I find the message inside the case a little creepy.

I really like the shape of these glasses, they look pretty unique. If cats eye sunglasses and Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses had babies, this is what I think they would look like. They also have some nice detail on the sides of the glasses.



I bought these lip balms early in the month, and I had really high hopes for them. I have heard so many people talking about them, and I have seen so many people using them. I don't know if I just made bad choices for me, or of these are just bad lip balms in general. I wish they had testers where I bought these, because I wouldn't have bought them. I remember disliking them from the moment I opened them.

Ok so I bought these as part of a buy two and get the third one free, so I decided to give them a go because they are normally pretty expensive for just lip balms, these retail for $6.95 in Australia.
The three I bought were the Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passionfruit, the Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry, and the Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

Left to right: Passionfruit, Acai Berry, and Pimegranate Oil. 

Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passionfruit:
This lip balm smells nice, but it is probably the worst formula out of the three. I thought this would be great to carry around in my bag and use during the day, but it's quite a thin formula and it goes on white! Who in their right mind would want their lips looking dead like that (see swatch below). I am determined to use this this lip balm up, so I have been wearing it to bed, which defeats the purpose of the SPF. Sure this eventually blends in, but I would not feel confident putting this on in public or at work.


This lip balm reminds me of the original Lush lip balm formula, the one that was in the coloured plastic container with the lid that would pop off. That lip balm also really thin and left your lips white, but that was in the late 90s, and Lush has improved immensely since then. I just don't understand why such a crappy lip balm is still around, not impressed Burt's Bees! I do not recommend this lip balm at all!

Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry:
Ok so this is the only smart choice I made. It's smells strongly like berry lollies and tastes sweet. It is a good formula, it's pretty thick but not sticky at all, and it's clear on the lips. It's not the best lip balm I have ever used, but out of these three, it is the shining glory. I am happy to carry this with me in my hand bag. If anyone was thinking of getting one of these three, but this one!


Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
Where do I start? This probably has the best and most replenishing formula of the three, and it goes on completely clear, but I hate the smell! I could handle this if the smell went away, but it just lingers. I personally love pomegranate, but I guess pomegranate oil is a lot different to the pomegranate fruit. To me, this smells more of a burnt chilli herbal berry. If I had the chance to smell this in the shop, I would thrown it back on the shelf. It's a shame because this is a great gloss if you can get over the smell. I think the smell comes from some of the oils that they have put in the balm, such as rosemary oil and cinnamon oil. I looked this up on Makeup Alley and I noticed that about half the people love it and half the people hate it purely because of the smell.
This is a great formula but I recommend that you try before you buy, because it doesn't sit well with everybody, and I would not repurchase!

If anyone disagrees, I would love to hear what you think!

My first disappointing product review: Burt's Bees Lip Balms


I bought these lip balms early in the month, and I had really high hopes for them. I have heard so many people talking about them, and I have seen so many people using them. I don't know if I just made bad choices for me, or of these are just bad lip balms in general. I wish they had testers where I bought these, because I wouldn't have bought them. I remember disliking them from the moment I opened them.

Ok so I bought these as part of a buy two and get the third one free, so I decided to give them a go because they are normally pretty expensive for just lip balms, these retail for $6.95 in Australia.
The three I bought were the Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passionfruit, the Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry, and the Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil

Left to right: Passionfruit, Acai Berry, and Pimegranate Oil. 

Sun Protecting Lip Balm with Passionfruit:
This lip balm smells nice, but it is probably the worst formula out of the three. I thought this would be great to carry around in my bag and use during the day, but it's quite a thin formula and it goes on white! Who in their right mind would want their lips looking dead like that (see swatch below). I am determined to use this this lip balm up, so I have been wearing it to bed, which defeats the purpose of the SPF. Sure this eventually blends in, but I would not feel confident putting this on in public or at work.


This lip balm reminds me of the original Lush lip balm formula, the one that was in the coloured plastic container with the lid that would pop off. That lip balm also really thin and left your lips white, but that was in the late 90s, and Lush has improved immensely since then. I just don't understand why such a crappy lip balm is still around, not impressed Burt's Bees! I do not recommend this lip balm at all!

Rejuvenating Lip Balm with Acai Berry:
Ok so this is the only smart choice I made. It's smells strongly like berry lollies and tastes sweet. It is a good formula, it's pretty thick but not sticky at all, and it's clear on the lips. It's not the best lip balm I have ever used, but out of these three, it is the shining glory. I am happy to carry this with me in my hand bag. If anyone was thinking of getting one of these three, but this one!


Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
Where do I start? This probably has the best and most replenishing formula of the three, and it goes on completely clear, but I hate the smell! I could handle this if the smell went away, but it just lingers. I personally love pomegranate, but I guess pomegranate oil is a lot different to the pomegranate fruit. To me, this smells more of a burnt chilli herbal berry. If I had the chance to smell this in the shop, I would thrown it back on the shelf. It's a shame because this is a great gloss if you can get over the smell. I think the smell comes from some of the oils that they have put in the balm, such as rosemary oil and cinnamon oil. I looked this up on Makeup Alley and I noticed that about half the people love it and half the people hate it purely because of the smell.
This is a great formula but I recommend that you try before you buy, because it doesn't sit well with everybody, and I would not repurchase!

If anyone disagrees, I would love to hear what you think!
My skin is combination to oily, and after being a pimply teenager, I became quite religious about my skin routine. My normal routine isn't heavily focused on products for oily skin, because oily skin products tend to dry out my skin. However, I have mentioned some products targeted at oily skin/pimples at the end of this post. I am always looking for better products, and that is partly why I am doing this post, I would love for people to comment and give me any recommendations on good products that I can start trying.

Morning routine


My morning routine is pretty simple, I guess its hard to be motivated to spend a lot of time on your skin routine when you also have to do your makeup.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser
I am currently using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser, I do really like this cleanser, it has a nice fresh smell to it (that is even boyfriend approved), and it makes my skin feel really soft. It is also oil-free, hypoallergenic and soap free, which is great for oily skin! My only problem with this that it doesn't really foam, so to make it foamier I generally need to use 3-4 pumps. Luckily this contains 200mL, and this bottle has lasted me nearly 6 months, even with using 3-4 pumps each time I use this. I think this cleanser costs around $10-11.

Dr Lewinn's Private Formula Refining Toner
So this is a really random purchase, I never think of buying Dr Lewinn's products, they are quite expensive and remind me of something an old lady will use. I was previously using Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal toner, which was the first alcohol free toner I have used (I have been using alcohol based toners for 10 years), it cost me $28 and I didn't like it, it felt like I was just using green water. So when I was coming to the end of the bottle, I was walking past a chemist and saw this Dr Lewinn's alcohol free toner in the bargain bin for $11 (down from $35), I bought it because I knew I didn't want to repurchase the Kiehl's one, and I wanted give alcohol free toner another go. I'm really glad I bought this, unlike the Kiehl's one, I feel like this is cleaning my skin, which makes me want to use it. It also sort of smells like baby powder, which I like. This toner even encouraged me to buy more Dr Lewinn products.

Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging Anti-wrinkle for oily skin
This is a random purchase, because it was on sale for $13, and is normally sold in Australia for $64.95 (its not worth that amount!). I usually use this under the moisturiser or as the moisturiser if I know I won't be spending much time outside and won't need the SPF. It's supposed to be age reversing and also an oil control treatment. I do love the smell, it's a sweet almost herbal smell that reminds me of something from my childhood. I would repurchase this product for $13, but it's not worth the $64.95 that its sold for at Kit Cosmetics.

Garnier Ultra Lift SPF 15 Day Cream
I bought this the other day to replace the Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 moisturiser, which I did enjoy using but felt like I needed a change. I'm not a big fan of spending too much money on day time moisturisers, and my main requirement is for it it contain SPF. I have used this before, and really like the smell, it also isn't too oily. This cost just under $11 from Priceline. I would love to hear recommendations on good moisturisers that contain SPF.


Night routine


This is where my routine starts looking a little obsessive. But I thought I would start by saying that I don't generally use all these products all together. For example I may use the Shu Uemura instead of a cleaner and a makeup remover.


Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Gentle Makeup Remover
This stuff is pretty good. This is my second bottle, so I would repurchase. It is alcohol free and contains a makeup removal oil (blue layer) and cleansing water (clear layer) which you shake together before you use. I used to use this as a whole face makeup remover until I bought Shu Uemura cleansing oil. These days I might use this on my eyes before using the Shu Uemura cleaning oil if I have been wearing heavy makeup. This is mainly because the Shu Uemura cleansing oil will spread the eye make up all over your face if you don't remove some of it beforehand. I would recommend this makeup remover, it is very gentle and I have had no problems with it irritating my eyes. This contains 200mL of product and costs between $10-$12, and you can get it anywhere.


Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Fresh
I love love love this stuff. I honestly feel like this product makes my life better. I use this EVERY NIGHT without fail. This was featured in my May Favourites post, and if I could, I would featured it my favourites every month.

If I'm not wearing much make up then this is my make up remover and my cleanser. This does remove makeup beautifully and better than any product I have used previously, but I will sometimes use the Garnier makeup remover on my eyes first so I don't smear so much eye makeup all over my face while using this oil. I can't praise this cleansing oil enough, it smells fresh, it feels silky, and I almost think this has trained my skin to produce oil at a better rate. I used to use a cleaner which would dry out my skin and make my face feeling tight and then my skin would over produce oil to compensate. This no loner happens. This oil does not leave your face feeling oily, and the oil emulsifies with water so it is easy to wash away. I do still sometimes use a cleaner to help wash this off, but I don's think its needed.
This product contains 450mL of product, and I bought it from http://au.strawberrynet.com/skincare/shu-uemura/. I did get it when it was on sale so it cost less than $80. It is pretty pricey, but I use one pump a night and I think it will almost last a year. There are many different types to choose from, but I chose the Fresh one because it is designed for oily skin, and is supposed to help fight break outs.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser 
See the day routine for more about this cleanser. I only use this occasionally after using the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, generally the oil is enough of a cleanser on its own.


Dr Lewinn's Private Formula Refining Toner
See the day routine for more about this toner. I use this toner after I have used the cleansing oil/cleanser.

Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging Anti-wrinkle for oily skin
See the day routine for more about this moisturiser. I have started wearing this at night since I ran out of serum. I used to use the Biotherm Skin Vivo Serum which had great effects, but I used it for about a year and I wanted to try something new. I wanted to try Aplha H Liquid Gold, but it was sold out, so I waited for it to be back in stock and now I am waiting patiently for mine to arrive in the mail. In the mean time I have been using this instead of a serum.

Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream 
This is for normal skin, and smells strongly like lavender (not my favourite scent). It is pretty pricy, with the 60mL jar being $45, and the 120mL jar being $61. It is a great night cream though, its quite thick and hydrating and has a lot of herbal ingredients to help nourish your skin. I do love the glass jar packaging, it looks really nice sitting next to my sink. I can imagine a bathroom full of these products would look very impressive. I know it's not super hygienic dipping your fingers in a jar, but this doesn't bother me so much because I generally have clean hands when I am using this.  This does make my skin feel very hydrated, but it is a bit of a luxury spending this much on a moisturiser. I was first given this as a gift, but I have repurchased since.


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex
This is an old product, and I believe the updated version is Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex. Both products contain 15mL and costs $95. I got this as a gift, and I have been using this for nearly a year because I don't tend to use it every night. It's a nice enough product, but I don't have eye wrinkles yet and I have only been using this as a preventative measure. I honestly don't think it does too much for me. The morning after using it, my eye area does feel smooth, but this seems to disappear as soon as I wash my face. So in my opinion, it makes your eye area smooth when you are wearing it, but doesn't have any long term effects.
I would not repurchase this product at the moment, but in a few years when I really need eye cream, I may have a different opinion on this. Does anyone have any recommendations for good eye creams?

Other skin care


These are skin products that I don't use daily. I did state that I have combination to oily skin, and I also tend to occasionally have break outs. My normal skin routine isn't too focused on oily skin products, and this is because I find that my skin isn't super oily, so oily products can dry out my skin. These are products that help combat oily skin when I am having a particularly bad skin day.

St Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub
This is an oil free scrub designed to clear up blemishes, it is $150mL and costs around $12. I love this, and I use it 2-3 times a week. I like my facial scrubs to feel like they are exfoliating, and this one does. It contains finely grained granules, but because is it so densely packed full of the granules, it exfoliates really well. It is more gentle than the apricot scrub by St Ives. The smell is great, it's a fruity sweet green tea, almost a green tea/green apple mix. My boyfriend also borrows this from me and he really likes it too. I would repurchase, and I think this is my third tube of this in a row. When I finish this, I might try something new, but I will always come back to this. Highly recommended

Formula 10.0.6 No Time To Shine Oil-Absorbing Mud Mask
I don't really like this mask, it smells nice, but it stings when you use it. I have had this for a long time and I rarely use it. I think it cost around $10 - $15. I might pull it out when I am having an oily skin week, but I'm not a big fan. Any recommendations for good oil controlling masks?

Lush Grease Lightning
I like this spot treatment, it costs $13.50 from Lush. It's a pretty gentle spot treatment that smells like tea tree, it's not a cream, it's more like a watery gel. I use this when I start to see some early signs of break outs and it does help prevent them without drying out your skin. However if I have heavier break outs this doesn't work. I don't really like the pump packaging, I find mine gets blocked all the time and I often have to take the lip off and pour some onto my finger. I would recommend this if you want a natural spot treatment, but it's only effective on light or early break outs.

OXY 5 Vanishing Pimple Medication Cream
This is the next step up from the Lush Grease Lightning. This my go to spot treatment for bad breakouts. It works miracles, but be careful, after one use it will dry out the surrounding skin area. I use this only in severe circumstances. I wish I knew about this in highschool! Highly recommend if you need a serious spot treatment. It costs $14.95 and can be bought at chemists, I got mine at Chemist Warehouse.

Does anyone have any recommendations for day moisturisers, toners, eye creams etc? Or does anyone use any of the products I have listed?
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My daily skin routine

June 25, 2012

My skin is combination to oily, and after being a pimply teenager, I became quite religious about my skin routine. My normal routine isn't heavily focused on products for oily skin, because oily skin products tend to dry out my skin. However, I have mentioned some products targeted at oily skin/pimples at the end of this post. I am always looking for better products, and that is partly why I am doing this post, I would love for people to comment and give me any recommendations on good products that I can start trying.

Morning routine


My morning routine is pretty simple, I guess its hard to be motivated to spend a lot of time on your skin routine when you also have to do your makeup.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser
I am currently using the Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser, I do really like this cleanser, it has a nice fresh smell to it (that is even boyfriend approved), and it makes my skin feel really soft. It is also oil-free, hypoallergenic and soap free, which is great for oily skin! My only problem with this that it doesn't really foam, so to make it foamier I generally need to use 3-4 pumps. Luckily this contains 200mL, and this bottle has lasted me nearly 6 months, even with using 3-4 pumps each time I use this. I think this cleanser costs around $10-11.

Dr Lewinn's Private Formula Refining Toner
So this is a really random purchase, I never think of buying Dr Lewinn's products, they are quite expensive and remind me of something an old lady will use. I was previously using Kiehl's Cucumber Herbal toner, which was the first alcohol free toner I have used (I have been using alcohol based toners for 10 years), it cost me $28 and I didn't like it, it felt like I was just using green water. So when I was coming to the end of the bottle, I was walking past a chemist and saw this Dr Lewinn's alcohol free toner in the bargain bin for $11 (down from $35), I bought it because I knew I didn't want to repurchase the Kiehl's one, and I wanted give alcohol free toner another go. I'm really glad I bought this, unlike the Kiehl's one, I feel like this is cleaning my skin, which makes me want to use it. It also sort of smells like baby powder, which I like. This toner even encouraged me to buy more Dr Lewinn products.

Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging Anti-wrinkle for oily skin
This is a random purchase, because it was on sale for $13, and is normally sold in Australia for $64.95 (its not worth that amount!). I usually use this under the moisturiser or as the moisturiser if I know I won't be spending much time outside and won't need the SPF. It's supposed to be age reversing and also an oil control treatment. I do love the smell, it's a sweet almost herbal smell that reminds me of something from my childhood. I would repurchase this product for $13, but it's not worth the $64.95 that its sold for at Kit Cosmetics.

Garnier Ultra Lift SPF 15 Day Cream
I bought this the other day to replace the Aveeno Positively Radiant SPF 15 moisturiser, which I did enjoy using but felt like I needed a change. I'm not a big fan of spending too much money on day time moisturisers, and my main requirement is for it it contain SPF. I have used this before, and really like the smell, it also isn't too oily. This cost just under $11 from Priceline. I would love to hear recommendations on good moisturisers that contain SPF.


Night routine


This is where my routine starts looking a little obsessive. But I thought I would start by saying that I don't generally use all these products all together. For example I may use the Shu Uemura instead of a cleaner and a makeup remover.


Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Gentle Makeup Remover
This stuff is pretty good. This is my second bottle, so I would repurchase. It is alcohol free and contains a makeup removal oil (blue layer) and cleansing water (clear layer) which you shake together before you use. I used to use this as a whole face makeup remover until I bought Shu Uemura cleansing oil. These days I might use this on my eyes before using the Shu Uemura cleaning oil if I have been wearing heavy makeup. This is mainly because the Shu Uemura cleansing oil will spread the eye make up all over your face if you don't remove some of it beforehand. I would recommend this makeup remover, it is very gentle and I have had no problems with it irritating my eyes. This contains 200mL of product and costs between $10-$12, and you can get it anywhere.


Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Fresh
I love love love this stuff. I honestly feel like this product makes my life better. I use this EVERY NIGHT without fail. This was featured in my May Favourites post, and if I could, I would featured it my favourites every month.

If I'm not wearing much make up then this is my make up remover and my cleanser. This does remove makeup beautifully and better than any product I have used previously, but I will sometimes use the Garnier makeup remover on my eyes first so I don't smear so much eye makeup all over my face while using this oil. I can't praise this cleansing oil enough, it smells fresh, it feels silky, and I almost think this has trained my skin to produce oil at a better rate. I used to use a cleaner which would dry out my skin and make my face feeling tight and then my skin would over produce oil to compensate. This no loner happens. This oil does not leave your face feeling oily, and the oil emulsifies with water so it is easy to wash away. I do still sometimes use a cleaner to help wash this off, but I don's think its needed.
This product contains 450mL of product, and I bought it from http://au.strawberrynet.com/skincare/shu-uemura/. I did get it when it was on sale so it cost less than $80. It is pretty pricey, but I use one pump a night and I think it will almost last a year. There are many different types to choose from, but I chose the Fresh one because it is designed for oily skin, and is supposed to help fight break outs.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser 
See the day routine for more about this cleanser. I only use this occasionally after using the Shu Uemura cleansing oil, generally the oil is enough of a cleanser on its own.


Dr Lewinn's Private Formula Refining Toner
See the day routine for more about this toner. I use this toner after I have used the cleansing oil/cleanser.

Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging Anti-wrinkle for oily skin
See the day routine for more about this moisturiser. I have started wearing this at night since I ran out of serum. I used to use the Biotherm Skin Vivo Serum which had great effects, but I used it for about a year and I wanted to try something new. I wanted to try Aplha H Liquid Gold, but it was sold out, so I waited for it to be back in stock and now I am waiting patiently for mine to arrive in the mail. In the mean time I have been using this instead of a serum.

Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream 
This is for normal skin, and smells strongly like lavender (not my favourite scent). It is pretty pricy, with the 60mL jar being $45, and the 120mL jar being $61. It is a great night cream though, its quite thick and hydrating and has a lot of herbal ingredients to help nourish your skin. I do love the glass jar packaging, it looks really nice sitting next to my sink. I can imagine a bathroom full of these products would look very impressive. I know it's not super hygienic dipping your fingers in a jar, but this doesn't bother me so much because I generally have clean hands when I am using this.  This does make my skin feel very hydrated, but it is a bit of a luxury spending this much on a moisturiser. I was first given this as a gift, but I have repurchased since.


Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Recovery Complex
This is an old product, and I believe the updated version is Advanced Night Repair Eye Synchronized Complex. Both products contain 15mL and costs $95. I got this as a gift, and I have been using this for nearly a year because I don't tend to use it every night. It's a nice enough product, but I don't have eye wrinkles yet and I have only been using this as a preventative measure. I honestly don't think it does too much for me. The morning after using it, my eye area does feel smooth, but this seems to disappear as soon as I wash my face. So in my opinion, it makes your eye area smooth when you are wearing it, but doesn't have any long term effects.
I would not repurchase this product at the moment, but in a few years when I really need eye cream, I may have a different opinion on this. Does anyone have any recommendations for good eye creams?

Other skin care


These are skin products that I don't use daily. I did state that I have combination to oily skin, and I also tend to occasionally have break outs. My normal skin routine isn't too focused on oily skin products, and this is because I find that my skin isn't super oily, so oily products can dry out my skin. These are products that help combat oily skin when I am having a particularly bad skin day.

St Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub
This is an oil free scrub designed to clear up blemishes, it is $150mL and costs around $12. I love this, and I use it 2-3 times a week. I like my facial scrubs to feel like they are exfoliating, and this one does. It contains finely grained granules, but because is it so densely packed full of the granules, it exfoliates really well. It is more gentle than the apricot scrub by St Ives. The smell is great, it's a fruity sweet green tea, almost a green tea/green apple mix. My boyfriend also borrows this from me and he really likes it too. I would repurchase, and I think this is my third tube of this in a row. When I finish this, I might try something new, but I will always come back to this. Highly recommended

Formula 10.0.6 No Time To Shine Oil-Absorbing Mud Mask
I don't really like this mask, it smells nice, but it stings when you use it. I have had this for a long time and I rarely use it. I think it cost around $10 - $15. I might pull it out when I am having an oily skin week, but I'm not a big fan. Any recommendations for good oil controlling masks?

Lush Grease Lightning
I like this spot treatment, it costs $13.50 from Lush. It's a pretty gentle spot treatment that smells like tea tree, it's not a cream, it's more like a watery gel. I use this when I start to see some early signs of break outs and it does help prevent them without drying out your skin. However if I have heavier break outs this doesn't work. I don't really like the pump packaging, I find mine gets blocked all the time and I often have to take the lip off and pour some onto my finger. I would recommend this if you want a natural spot treatment, but it's only effective on light or early break outs.

OXY 5 Vanishing Pimple Medication Cream
This is the next step up from the Lush Grease Lightning. This my go to spot treatment for bad breakouts. It works miracles, but be careful, after one use it will dry out the surrounding skin area. I use this only in severe circumstances. I wish I knew about this in highschool! Highly recommend if you need a serious spot treatment. It costs $14.95 and can be bought at chemists, I got mine at Chemist Warehouse.

Does anyone have any recommendations for day moisturisers, toners, eye creams etc? Or does anyone use any of the products I have listed?
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If you are a female in Australia, I'm sure you have a few of these nail polishes floating around. This is the nail polish from Sportsgirl, which I suppose is like the Australian version of Top Shop. This isn't the best quality nail polish around, but I love these! Sportsgirl bring out about a dozen new colours every season, so there are always fun new colours to choose from. They also aren't too expensive, I think they retail for $7.95, but you can always find some older season colours on sale for as little as $2. This brand of nail polish makes up the bulk of my nail polish collection, and I rarely wear anything else.


I decided to do my nails with these colours today. From left to right: Lipstick, Fruit Tingle, Rockmelon, Party Pink, and French.

So all I did was paint each nail a different colour, starting from the darkest colour and finishing with the lightest colour. I used two coats on each nail, except for Fruit Tingle where I needed three coats.


What do you guys think?
xx

Pink nails using Nail It! nail polish from Sportsgirl

June 24, 2012


If you are a female in Australia, I'm sure you have a few of these nail polishes floating around. This is the nail polish from Sportsgirl, which I suppose is like the Australian version of Top Shop. This isn't the best quality nail polish around, but I love these! Sportsgirl bring out about a dozen new colours every season, so there are always fun new colours to choose from. They also aren't too expensive, I think they retail for $7.95, but you can always find some older season colours on sale for as little as $2. This brand of nail polish makes up the bulk of my nail polish collection, and I rarely wear anything else.


I decided to do my nails with these colours today. From left to right: Lipstick, Fruit Tingle, Rockmelon, Party Pink, and French.

So all I did was paint each nail a different colour, starting from the darkest colour and finishing with the lightest colour. I used two coats on each nail, except for Fruit Tingle where I needed three coats.


What do you guys think?
xx

I got some Korres Mango Butter Lipsticks in the mail the other day, and I refused to wear them until I did a blog review on them. I was tempted to buy bright corals and oranges, but I don't have many nude/work appropriate colours so I bought 13 Natrual Pink, and 33 Nude. The concepts of these lipsticks are that they have a sheer colour, have a high shine, are highly moisturising because they contain mango butter, and are SPF 10.  I bought these for $15 each at Strawberrynet but you can also get them in Australia at Kit Cosmetics for $35.99.


My first impression of these are that they feel like a better quality version of Revlon's lip butters. The main difference between the two products are:

Korres Mango Butter Lipstick
  • Slight fruity scent
  • Have no shimmer
  • SPF 10
  • Contains 3.5g/ 0.12Oz of product
  • Better quality packaging
  • Colour range of approximately 12
  • Costs $35.99 in stores in Australia (or $15 online)
Revlon Lip Butter
  • No scent
  • Has a lot of shimmer
  • No SPF
  • Contains 2.55g/0.09Oz of product
  • Fun packaging, but slightly bulkier
  • 20 different colours
  • Costs $21.95 in stores in Australia
Korres lipsticks are much more expensive in stores, but can be bought for nearly $7 cheaper than Revlon lip butters online. I would much prefer to use the Korres liptsicks, they smell nice, don't have any shimmer, and contain nearly 1 gram more product than the lip butters. Another huge difference is that the Korres lipsticks are much smoother than lip butters. I never thought the lip butters were sticky, but when I compared the two, I was surprised to notice that lip butters were significantly stickier than the Korres lipstick. I would only recommend lip butters if you love a lot of shimmer (but even then, some of the Korres lipsticks contain shimmer).


The packaging is different for the two lipsticks I bought, I believe the white is the newer packaging and the brown is the old packaging. The containers are nice and heavy and feel like they are good quality. They also make a nice click sound when you close them

Swatches of 33 Nude and 13 Natural Pink. Left photo is without flash, right photo is with flash


As you can see from the photo with flash, these lipsticks have a high shine, and they are also quite sheer. I am loving the nude colour, I think it is the perfect nude for me. The pink looks brighter than I expected, but it is still a very wearable colour.

Swatch of 33 Nude without flash
Swatch of 33 Nude with flash

This is a very sheer nude, but is my new "my lips but better" lipstick. My lips are quite naturally dark, so normally nudes make me look a little dead. I was happy to see that the sheerness of this colour prevented that dead look. Yay I have finally found a wearable nude! Also my lips have been horribly dry lately, but this lipstick actually makes them look like they are good condition.

Swatch of 13 Natural Pink without flash
Swatch of 13 Natural Pink with flash

I'm not normally a pink lipstick kind of gal, but I really wanted a nice muted pink colour to wear to work. The photo without flash is a truer representation of what this pink looks like in real life.
  

Comparison with Revlon Lip Butter

Just for a quick comparison here are swatches of Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in 33 Nude next to a swatch of of Revlon Lip Butter in 095 Creme Brulee


The first swatch is without flash and the second is with flash


The Korres swatch is the one on the left, and the lip butter is on the right. These isn't much of a difference in these swatches, except that you can see that Nude by Korres is a slightly pinkier colour, whereas the lip butter in Creme Brulee is more orange/brown. The photo with flash shows that the Korres lipstick is slightly more sheer and less shimmery.

Korres Lipstick 33 Nude (left) and Revlon Lip Butter in 095 Creme Brulee (right) without flash
  
Korres Lipstick 33 Nude (left) and Lip Butter in 095 Creme Brulee (right) with flash

The swatches on the lips show that the Revlon lip butter is a lot more shimmery than the Korres lipstick, it also highlights dry areas of the lips more. I am not a big fan of the amount of shimmer that the lip butters have, and is why I haven't jumped on the praising band wagon. I find the shimmer makes the lips look lighter and slightly more dead. I think overall the Korres lipstick makes the lips look healthier than the lip butter does.

I am glad I have found these Korres Mango Butter Lipsticks before I invested in more of the Lip Butters. Lip Butters aren't cheap in Australia, if they were as cheap as they were in America then I would get many more. These Korres lipsticks are significantly better quality, and are $7 cheaper than Lip Butters, so how can you go wrong?

See review of Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in shade 24 Purple here

Korres Mango Butter Lipsticks. Comparison with Revlon Lip Butters

June 22, 2012


I got some Korres Mango Butter Lipsticks in the mail the other day, and I refused to wear them until I did a blog review on them. I was tempted to buy bright corals and oranges, but I don't have many nude/work appropriate colours so I bought 13 Natrual Pink, and 33 Nude. The concepts of these lipsticks are that they have a sheer colour, have a high shine, are highly moisturising because they contain mango butter, and are SPF 10.  I bought these for $15 each at Strawberrynet but you can also get them in Australia at Kit Cosmetics for $35.99.


My first impression of these are that they feel like a better quality version of Revlon's lip butters. The main difference between the two products are:

Korres Mango Butter Lipstick
  • Slight fruity scent
  • Have no shimmer
  • SPF 10
  • Contains 3.5g/ 0.12Oz of product
  • Better quality packaging
  • Colour range of approximately 12
  • Costs $35.99 in stores in Australia (or $15 online)
Revlon Lip Butter
  • No scent
  • Has a lot of shimmer
  • No SPF
  • Contains 2.55g/0.09Oz of product
  • Fun packaging, but slightly bulkier
  • 20 different colours
  • Costs $21.95 in stores in Australia
Korres lipsticks are much more expensive in stores, but can be bought for nearly $7 cheaper than Revlon lip butters online. I would much prefer to use the Korres liptsicks, they smell nice, don't have any shimmer, and contain nearly 1 gram more product than the lip butters. Another huge difference is that the Korres lipsticks are much smoother than lip butters. I never thought the lip butters were sticky, but when I compared the two, I was surprised to notice that lip butters were significantly stickier than the Korres lipstick. I would only recommend lip butters if you love a lot of shimmer (but even then, some of the Korres lipsticks contain shimmer).


The packaging is different for the two lipsticks I bought, I believe the white is the newer packaging and the brown is the old packaging. The containers are nice and heavy and feel like they are good quality. They also make a nice click sound when you close them

Swatches of 33 Nude and 13 Natural Pink. Left photo is without flash, right photo is with flash


As you can see from the photo with flash, these lipsticks have a high shine, and they are also quite sheer. I am loving the nude colour, I think it is the perfect nude for me. The pink looks brighter than I expected, but it is still a very wearable colour.

Swatch of 33 Nude without flash
Swatch of 33 Nude with flash

This is a very sheer nude, but is my new "my lips but better" lipstick. My lips are quite naturally dark, so normally nudes make me look a little dead. I was happy to see that the sheerness of this colour prevented that dead look. Yay I have finally found a wearable nude! Also my lips have been horribly dry lately, but this lipstick actually makes them look like they are good condition.

Swatch of 13 Natural Pink without flash
Swatch of 13 Natural Pink with flash

I'm not normally a pink lipstick kind of gal, but I really wanted a nice muted pink colour to wear to work. The photo without flash is a truer representation of what this pink looks like in real life.
  

Comparison with Revlon Lip Butter

Just for a quick comparison here are swatches of Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in 33 Nude next to a swatch of of Revlon Lip Butter in 095 Creme Brulee


The first swatch is without flash and the second is with flash


The Korres swatch is the one on the left, and the lip butter is on the right. These isn't much of a difference in these swatches, except that you can see that Nude by Korres is a slightly pinkier colour, whereas the lip butter in Creme Brulee is more orange/brown. The photo with flash shows that the Korres lipstick is slightly more sheer and less shimmery.

Korres Lipstick 33 Nude (left) and Revlon Lip Butter in 095 Creme Brulee (right) without flash
  
Korres Lipstick 33 Nude (left) and Lip Butter in 095 Creme Brulee (right) with flash

The swatches on the lips show that the Revlon lip butter is a lot more shimmery than the Korres lipstick, it also highlights dry areas of the lips more. I am not a big fan of the amount of shimmer that the lip butters have, and is why I haven't jumped on the praising band wagon. I find the shimmer makes the lips look lighter and slightly more dead. I think overall the Korres lipstick makes the lips look healthier than the lip butter does.

I am glad I have found these Korres Mango Butter Lipsticks before I invested in more of the Lip Butters. Lip Butters aren't cheap in Australia, if they were as cheap as they were in America then I would get many more. These Korres lipsticks are significantly better quality, and are $7 cheaper than Lip Butters, so how can you go wrong?

See review of Korres Mango Butter Lipstick in shade 24 Purple here

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