December 2012 | KITSCH/SNITCH

A few days ago I wrote a post about things that I bought in the Boxing Day sales (see post here). I mentioned that I went to Lush and bought a bunch of things on sale, and one of the things I bought was this Christmas Candy Box, which was on sale for $17.47 (normally $34.95). Even though these are probably sold out in store now, I thought I would review it because I am sure you can still find some of these products still available. I also love the gift box that it comes in, I am currently using this as my Lush storage box.

So as the name suggests, this contains products that smells like candy... mmm candy!


So this box contains:

Rock Star Soap 60g - You can get this soap all year round, but I think its normally in the block form, and not in the star shape. This soap is supposed to smell like vanilla, but to me it smells more like sweet musk. I like this scent, but I'm glad its just a little bar because I can imagine getting sick of this scent after a while. This retails for $6.95 for 100g

Butterball Bath Ballistic - This is another product that isn't limited edition. I have tried this before and it smells amazing in the bath! It smells like vanilla and musk, and contains chips of cocoa butter which makes your skin feel really smooth and hydrated afterwards. It is also a more natural coloured bath bomb, which can appeal to people who don't like having neon baths. These retail for $5.50 each.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel 100g - I love this stuff, my sister got me into this body wash a few years ago, and I look forward to Christmas time each year so I can get another bottle. I also bought a second 100ml bottle of this. This smells exactly like banana lollies, and I know it is probably too sweet for a lot of peoples taste, but I think its epic. The great thing about this body wash is that it also leaves you smelling great after the shower. This retails for $8.95 for a 100g bottle.

Popcorn Lip Scrub 25g - I was so excited to find this box because I really wanted this lip scrub and it was sold out in all of the Lush stores that I checked out. It's also limited edition so it won't be available for a while. This smells like caramel and contains sugar and salt, so when you exfoliate your lips and lick it off (which is what the directions tell you to do), it tastes sweet and salty, so you can kind of understand where the popcorn concept came from. There are a couple other lip scrubs permanently available, and they retail for $9.95

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar 100g - This is another limited Christmas product. This smells really sweet, and very similar to the Snow Fairy Shower Gel. I don't often use bubble products when I have a bath, so I am glad this was included, as I wouldn't have bothered to try it otherwise. I am assuming that this is designed to be broken up for multiple uses. There are other bubble bars in the lush permanent range, and they sell for $10.50 per 100g


Overall, I think this is an awesome box and suits me perfectly! If I saw this available in the store again I would definitely buy another box!

What are your favourite Lush products?

Also check out my current giveaway!


Lush Christmas Candy Box!

December 31, 2012


A few days ago I wrote a post about things that I bought in the Boxing Day sales (see post here). I mentioned that I went to Lush and bought a bunch of things on sale, and one of the things I bought was this Christmas Candy Box, which was on sale for $17.47 (normally $34.95). Even though these are probably sold out in store now, I thought I would review it because I am sure you can still find some of these products still available. I also love the gift box that it comes in, I am currently using this as my Lush storage box.

So as the name suggests, this contains products that smells like candy... mmm candy!


So this box contains:

Rock Star Soap 60g - You can get this soap all year round, but I think its normally in the block form, and not in the star shape. This soap is supposed to smell like vanilla, but to me it smells more like sweet musk. I like this scent, but I'm glad its just a little bar because I can imagine getting sick of this scent after a while. This retails for $6.95 for 100g

Butterball Bath Ballistic - This is another product that isn't limited edition. I have tried this before and it smells amazing in the bath! It smells like vanilla and musk, and contains chips of cocoa butter which makes your skin feel really smooth and hydrated afterwards. It is also a more natural coloured bath bomb, which can appeal to people who don't like having neon baths. These retail for $5.50 each.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel 100g - I love this stuff, my sister got me into this body wash a few years ago, and I look forward to Christmas time each year so I can get another bottle. I also bought a second 100ml bottle of this. This smells exactly like banana lollies, and I know it is probably too sweet for a lot of peoples taste, but I think its epic. The great thing about this body wash is that it also leaves you smelling great after the shower. This retails for $8.95 for a 100g bottle.

Popcorn Lip Scrub 25g - I was so excited to find this box because I really wanted this lip scrub and it was sold out in all of the Lush stores that I checked out. It's also limited edition so it won't be available for a while. This smells like caramel and contains sugar and salt, so when you exfoliate your lips and lick it off (which is what the directions tell you to do), it tastes sweet and salty, so you can kind of understand where the popcorn concept came from. There are a couple other lip scrubs permanently available, and they retail for $9.95

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar 100g - This is another limited Christmas product. This smells really sweet, and very similar to the Snow Fairy Shower Gel. I don't often use bubble products when I have a bath, so I am glad this was included, as I wouldn't have bothered to try it otherwise. I am assuming that this is designed to be broken up for multiple uses. There are other bubble bars in the lush permanent range, and they sell for $10.50 per 100g


Overall, I think this is an awesome box and suits me perfectly! If I saw this available in the store again I would definitely buy another box!

What are your favourite Lush products?

Also check out my current giveaway!



I just wanted to give all you Aussie fashion and beauty lovers a heads up that there will be a new subscription box being released in 2013! I was emailed by Kath Perkins, who is the director of the new subscrpition box called Her Fashion Box, and she informed me that she will soon send me a discount code to give my readers, which allows you to get a discount on your first box (yay!). I will keep you updated when I hear more.

So you might be wondering how this will be any different from the other subscription boxes around? The thing that I find very interesting thing about this box is that it's a fashion box, so each month it will contain a fashion item as well as five beauty products. According to my research, this box will cost $49.95, which is significantly higher than other beauty boxes, but if you are into fashion and you want some of the latest fashion pieces, then this could be a really fun way to keep your wardrobe updated. I was snooping around their facebook page, and I saw a photo of jewlery, handbags, belts and sunglasses... which got me very curious about this new subscription box!


I will defintely keep you guys posted when I hear more about it's release and the discount code, but if you wanted to find out more, then check out their facebook page or www.herfashionbox.com where you can register your email address for updates.

Her Fashion Box: The new fashion and beauty box launching in 2013!


I just wanted to give all you Aussie fashion and beauty lovers a heads up that there will be a new subscription box being released in 2013! I was emailed by Kath Perkins, who is the director of the new subscrpition box called Her Fashion Box, and she informed me that she will soon send me a discount code to give my readers, which allows you to get a discount on your first box (yay!). I will keep you updated when I hear more.

So you might be wondering how this will be any different from the other subscription boxes around? The thing that I find very interesting thing about this box is that it's a fashion box, so each month it will contain a fashion item as well as five beauty products. According to my research, this box will cost $49.95, which is significantly higher than other beauty boxes, but if you are into fashion and you want some of the latest fashion pieces, then this could be a really fun way to keep your wardrobe updated. I was snooping around their facebook page, and I saw a photo of jewlery, handbags, belts and sunglasses... which got me very curious about this new subscription box!


I will defintely keep you guys posted when I hear more about it's release and the discount code, but if you wanted to find out more, then check out their facebook page or www.herfashionbox.com where you can register your email address for updates.


I have been thinking about this post for a while now, and I have decided that for my top 2012 beauty products I will pick my one favourite products for a few categories. My categories are: lip product, makeup base product, eye product, cheek product, nail product, beauty tool, skincare product, hair product, and perfume.  I cheated a little bit because sometimes I mention my favourite and then my runner up product... and I also mentioned three skincare products.



Lip Products

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - without a doubt this product has been my go to lip product this year. I bought a bunch of these early in the year from ebay when they were released in the US, and they have since been released in Australia for around $18-$19 each. I think $18 is quite a lot of money for a Revlon balm, but you can often get them on sale, and they are worth getting! They are the most comfortable low maintenance lip product! They apply like a balm which lasts a good couple of hours, and then the stain can last up to around 6 hours depending on which shade you use. I have seven shades of these, and I can't recommend them more!
See my two reviews and swatches of these balm stains here: review 1, review 2

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: As a runner up I need to mention OCC Lip Tars! I bought a bunch of these early last year, and the messiness of them put me off using them often. I have since bought a few with the new packaging and they are SO much cleaner to use. Lip Tars require a bit of effort to apply, but once it is on then they last a long time and they look amazing. This is my going out lip product, whereas the Revlon Balm Stains are more day to day products.
If you are interesting in winning a Lip Tar, I am giving one away as part of my latest giveaway!
See reviews and swatches of these Lip Tars here: review 1, review 2

Makeup Base Product

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector for Oily to Combination Skin: I like the idea of high end makeup, but in reality if I can find a good makeup product for less money, I will much prefer to use the cheaper product. BB creams have never been good idea for my skin, because with my oily combination skin I end up looking like an oil spill at the end of the day. I decided to give this BB cream a go, and I am in love! It gives great foundation-like coverage which can be built up with second layer, and it controls my oiliness all day, and I don't need to touch up with powder. In addition to this, most foundations, even high end foundations, tend to gather towards my nose and t-zone, making my makeup look gross and patchy after a few hours (even with primer), but this BB cream doesn't do that! The only negatives about this product is that it only comes in two shades (but you can get one of each and mix, which is what I often do), it is very runny, and it can look streaky unless you buff it in really well! This costs under $13 for 40ml, which is great value, and you can also often find it in sale.
See review of this BB cream here.



Eye Products

SauceBox Creme de la Creme eye shadow palette - Ok so I only got this a week or so ago, but it is a stand out palette! I love the colours (except maybe the grey, only because I don't suit grey eyeshadow) and the quality of these shadows are amazing! I bought this on sale for $30, and it is worth every cent. I don't know why people spend so much money on an individual MAC shadow, when you can get a palette like this for a similar price. The only problem with this palette is that the shadows are very soft and can create fall out, also I find that because the black is SO pigmented, if you get some on your hand and you don't notice it, it can smear everywhere because a little goes a long way and a speck and make a big mess.
See review and swatches of this palette here

MAC Fluidline - As a runner up, I have to mention the MAC Fluidline gel liners! These are my go to products for a bold liner or a winged liner. They are easy to use, last forever, and look amazing! These cost $32 in Australia, but I think they are the best valued MAC products around. 
See review and swatches here.

Cheek Products

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose - This is another product that is pretty new to my collection, but it is a really beautiful shade and a great quality blush. The shade is a very natural pink and is perfect for a natural flush to the cheeks. The blush is really smooth consistency, really nicely pigmented, and smells like lollies! What I liked most about this blush is that it works with most makeup looks and is one of those blushes that you will never get sick of using. 
See review of this blush here.

Stila Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Pink - This is my runner up blush is this Stila blush, I haven't been wearing this too much lately, but I wore it so much in the colder months, where I was slightly more pale and loved blue based pink blushes. It looks scary in the pan, but creates a really pretty bold, but not clowny, pink cheek. This claims to "self-adjust" to your skin tone, which I don't believe, but it is a must have for blush lovers. This is the only blush that I have been stopped and complimented on, and two of my best friends even bought this blush after my recommendation. This costs around $30 in Australia, but I bought it for around $20 on ASOS months ago, you can get it online at any site that sells Stila. I haven't yet done a review on this product, but I will make sure I write one soon.


Nail Product

Bourjois 10 Days No Chips Nail Polish: You can tell I like these, because I pretty much have them in each shade. I did buy a lot of these when Priceline had a $10 off Bourjois sale, so I did get most of these really cheap... but even if I didn't buy these on sale, I would be more than happy to spend the $14 that these sell for. These nail polishes don't last 10 days, but they do easily last you around 5 days, which is a perfect nail polish for people who do their nails on the weekend and want them to last the whole working week. I also use this polish when I am doing nail art and I want the look to last a long time. There are some other brands that last this well, but they often cost $20+, so I think this is the most affordable long wearing nail polish that I have ever used. The only problem with this range is that there are limited shades, and they don't stock crazier colours like blues or even oranges!

Beauty Tools

Real Techniques Brushes: I bought the whole range of Real Techniques brushes in July (see post here) and they have been my most used brushes since! I only included a few brushes in the photo above because these are my favourites of the range. My favourites include: the Kabuki Brush for face powder, the Blush Brush for blush, the Stippling Brush for foundation, the Base Shadow Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, and Domed Shadow Brush for eyeshadow. I really like these brushes because they are super soft, make applying makeup really easy, and are easier to clean than other brushes. I would recommend buying these off iherb.com since they are much cheaper online than in store. 

Note: My Clarisonic Mia would probably have also made it into my Beauty Tools favourites if I hadn't received it four days ago... maybe it will make my list next year. See review of the Clarisonic here.


Skincare Products

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: I have three stand out skincare products that I have started using, and I think they have made a world of difference to my skin. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is definitely one of those three products, I adore it! Whenever I have problem skin, this spot treatment will pretty much clear it up over one night... sometimes two nights if my skin is horrible. Previously I had to battle with other spot products for a week or more until it cleared up! When I first bought this, I started by using it nightly, and now I only need to use it occasionally because my skin is so much better. This is also a very gentle spot treatment and unlike every other spot treatments I have used, this doesn't make my skin dry out at all, so it can easily be used nightly. I will always have this in my bathroom, it is a holy grail item! I bought this for $27 in Myer, but you can buy it slightly cheaper online. 
See my full review on this spot treatment here.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rose Hip Oil: This is a marvelous product, and I thank Lust Have It for including it in their October box because otherwise I wouldn't have discovered this. Pretty much from the first night I used this, I noticed a difference in my skin. My skin was clearer, I no longer break out like crazy during "that time of the month", any red scars left from spots have cleared up, I also find that my combination to oily skin is more controlled, and it is the closest I have had to normal skin in my whole adult life. I use this at night under my moisturiser, and it has replaced the serums that I used to use.  This is another product that I will use forever and, along with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, it has changed my problem skin to easily managed skin. You can buy this from http://www.kosmea.com.au or they stock it at some David Jones stores and select pharmacies, check the Kosmea website for where you can buy it.
See my rave review of this oil here.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Fresh: The two above products are my ultimate favourite skincare products of 2012, and this cleansing oil is my runner up. I bought this in May off strawberrynet.com and it was on sale for $78, normally they are closer to $110 for the big bottle in Myer or David Jones. This pink "Fresh" version is more suited for oily skin, but there are three or four other types to choose from, so you can find one that matches your skin type. What I love about this product is that it literally melts off your makeup and leaves your skin feeling really clean but also hydrated. You apply this to dry skin and then add water to wash it off, and once the water mixes with the oil, the oil emulsifies and washes off really easily without leaving any residue. This feels luxurious to use, and a big bottle will last you for a whole year.

Perfume

Mac Jacobs DOT: I rarely look forward to new releases of perfumes, but I think I received a sample of this in a Lust Have It box and I was in love and had to get it! Luckily my boyfriend bought it for me when I finished my last exam. This is a sweet scented perfume, but it's still fresh and subtle, and doesn't smell anything like a cheap sweet perfumes that people often imagine when they think of sweet perfumes. If you like sweet perfumes, but you don't want smell like a teenager at work, then try this!
See my review of this perfume here.

Hair Care Product

Batiste Dry Shampoo: I am not a big hair product fanatic and I am definitely low maintenance with my hair, which is why I don't feature too many hair products on this blog. One product that I will jump to repurchase if I use it up is dry shampoo. I love dry shampoo because I like to wash my hair every 2 or so days, and dry shampoo gets rid of the oily limp feeling of unwashed hair. Batiste is my brand of choice because it is affordable and does the job.

Now that you have seen my favourites, what are your favourite products of 2012? Feel free to copy this format and do a post yourself if you have a blog!

I attempted to turn this into a tag, so I will tag a few people, but I follow hundreds of blogs, so if I don't tag you then please feel free to do the tag yourself, and paste the link in the comments box below!

I tag:
Sammi from Materialgurl88
Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty
Clarie from Sailor Klerr
Becky from Sirvinya.com
Hannah from Midnight Violets
Mishelle from Mishelle's Sleepy Time
Lena from sleep and water 

Also remember to check out my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway!

Favourite beauty products of 2012 TAG

December 29, 2012


I have been thinking about this post for a while now, and I have decided that for my top 2012 beauty products I will pick my one favourite products for a few categories. My categories are: lip product, makeup base product, eye product, cheek product, nail product, beauty tool, skincare product, hair product, and perfume.  I cheated a little bit because sometimes I mention my favourite and then my runner up product... and I also mentioned three skincare products.



Lip Products

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain - without a doubt this product has been my go to lip product this year. I bought a bunch of these early in the year from ebay when they were released in the US, and they have since been released in Australia for around $18-$19 each. I think $18 is quite a lot of money for a Revlon balm, but you can often get them on sale, and they are worth getting! They are the most comfortable low maintenance lip product! They apply like a balm which lasts a good couple of hours, and then the stain can last up to around 6 hours depending on which shade you use. I have seven shades of these, and I can't recommend them more!
See my two reviews and swatches of these balm stains here: review 1, review 2

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar: As a runner up I need to mention OCC Lip Tars! I bought a bunch of these early last year, and the messiness of them put me off using them often. I have since bought a few with the new packaging and they are SO much cleaner to use. Lip Tars require a bit of effort to apply, but once it is on then they last a long time and they look amazing. This is my going out lip product, whereas the Revlon Balm Stains are more day to day products.
If you are interesting in winning a Lip Tar, I am giving one away as part of my latest giveaway!
See reviews and swatches of these Lip Tars here: review 1, review 2

Makeup Base Product

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector for Oily to Combination Skin: I like the idea of high end makeup, but in reality if I can find a good makeup product for less money, I will much prefer to use the cheaper product. BB creams have never been good idea for my skin, because with my oily combination skin I end up looking like an oil spill at the end of the day. I decided to give this BB cream a go, and I am in love! It gives great foundation-like coverage which can be built up with second layer, and it controls my oiliness all day, and I don't need to touch up with powder. In addition to this, most foundations, even high end foundations, tend to gather towards my nose and t-zone, making my makeup look gross and patchy after a few hours (even with primer), but this BB cream doesn't do that! The only negatives about this product is that it only comes in two shades (but you can get one of each and mix, which is what I often do), it is very runny, and it can look streaky unless you buff it in really well! This costs under $13 for 40ml, which is great value, and you can also often find it in sale.
See review of this BB cream here.



Eye Products

SauceBox Creme de la Creme eye shadow palette - Ok so I only got this a week or so ago, but it is a stand out palette! I love the colours (except maybe the grey, only because I don't suit grey eyeshadow) and the quality of these shadows are amazing! I bought this on sale for $30, and it is worth every cent. I don't know why people spend so much money on an individual MAC shadow, when you can get a palette like this for a similar price. The only problem with this palette is that the shadows are very soft and can create fall out, also I find that because the black is SO pigmented, if you get some on your hand and you don't notice it, it can smear everywhere because a little goes a long way and a speck and make a big mess.
See review and swatches of this palette here

MAC Fluidline - As a runner up, I have to mention the MAC Fluidline gel liners! These are my go to products for a bold liner or a winged liner. They are easy to use, last forever, and look amazing! These cost $32 in Australia, but I think they are the best valued MAC products around. 
See review and swatches here.

Cheek Products

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose - This is another product that is pretty new to my collection, but it is a really beautiful shade and a great quality blush. The shade is a very natural pink and is perfect for a natural flush to the cheeks. The blush is really smooth consistency, really nicely pigmented, and smells like lollies! What I liked most about this blush is that it works with most makeup looks and is one of those blushes that you will never get sick of using. 
See review of this blush here.

Stila Custom Color Blush in Self-Adjusting Pink - This is my runner up blush is this Stila blush, I haven't been wearing this too much lately, but I wore it so much in the colder months, where I was slightly more pale and loved blue based pink blushes. It looks scary in the pan, but creates a really pretty bold, but not clowny, pink cheek. This claims to "self-adjust" to your skin tone, which I don't believe, but it is a must have for blush lovers. This is the only blush that I have been stopped and complimented on, and two of my best friends even bought this blush after my recommendation. This costs around $30 in Australia, but I bought it for around $20 on ASOS months ago, you can get it online at any site that sells Stila. I haven't yet done a review on this product, but I will make sure I write one soon.


Nail Product

Bourjois 10 Days No Chips Nail Polish: You can tell I like these, because I pretty much have them in each shade. I did buy a lot of these when Priceline had a $10 off Bourjois sale, so I did get most of these really cheap... but even if I didn't buy these on sale, I would be more than happy to spend the $14 that these sell for. These nail polishes don't last 10 days, but they do easily last you around 5 days, which is a perfect nail polish for people who do their nails on the weekend and want them to last the whole working week. I also use this polish when I am doing nail art and I want the look to last a long time. There are some other brands that last this well, but they often cost $20+, so I think this is the most affordable long wearing nail polish that I have ever used. The only problem with this range is that there are limited shades, and they don't stock crazier colours like blues or even oranges!

Beauty Tools

Real Techniques Brushes: I bought the whole range of Real Techniques brushes in July (see post here) and they have been my most used brushes since! I only included a few brushes in the photo above because these are my favourites of the range. My favourites include: the Kabuki Brush for face powder, the Blush Brush for blush, the Stippling Brush for foundation, the Base Shadow Brush, Deluxe Crease Brush, and Domed Shadow Brush for eyeshadow. I really like these brushes because they are super soft, make applying makeup really easy, and are easier to clean than other brushes. I would recommend buying these off iherb.com since they are much cheaper online than in store. 

Note: My Clarisonic Mia would probably have also made it into my Beauty Tools favourites if I hadn't received it four days ago... maybe it will make my list next year. See review of the Clarisonic here.


Skincare Products

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: I have three stand out skincare products that I have started using, and I think they have made a world of difference to my skin. The Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is definitely one of those three products, I adore it! Whenever I have problem skin, this spot treatment will pretty much clear it up over one night... sometimes two nights if my skin is horrible. Previously I had to battle with other spot products for a week or more until it cleared up! When I first bought this, I started by using it nightly, and now I only need to use it occasionally because my skin is so much better. This is also a very gentle spot treatment and unlike every other spot treatments I have used, this doesn't make my skin dry out at all, so it can easily be used nightly. I will always have this in my bathroom, it is a holy grail item! I bought this for $27 in Myer, but you can buy it slightly cheaper online. 
See my full review on this spot treatment here.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Rose Hip Oil: This is a marvelous product, and I thank Lust Have It for including it in their October box because otherwise I wouldn't have discovered this. Pretty much from the first night I used this, I noticed a difference in my skin. My skin was clearer, I no longer break out like crazy during "that time of the month", any red scars left from spots have cleared up, I also find that my combination to oily skin is more controlled, and it is the closest I have had to normal skin in my whole adult life. I use this at night under my moisturiser, and it has replaced the serums that I used to use.  This is another product that I will use forever and, along with the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, it has changed my problem skin to easily managed skin. You can buy this from http://www.kosmea.com.au or they stock it at some David Jones stores and select pharmacies, check the Kosmea website for where you can buy it.
See my rave review of this oil here.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil in Fresh: The two above products are my ultimate favourite skincare products of 2012, and this cleansing oil is my runner up. I bought this in May off strawberrynet.com and it was on sale for $78, normally they are closer to $110 for the big bottle in Myer or David Jones. This pink "Fresh" version is more suited for oily skin, but there are three or four other types to choose from, so you can find one that matches your skin type. What I love about this product is that it literally melts off your makeup and leaves your skin feeling really clean but also hydrated. You apply this to dry skin and then add water to wash it off, and once the water mixes with the oil, the oil emulsifies and washes off really easily without leaving any residue. This feels luxurious to use, and a big bottle will last you for a whole year.

Perfume

Mac Jacobs DOT: I rarely look forward to new releases of perfumes, but I think I received a sample of this in a Lust Have It box and I was in love and had to get it! Luckily my boyfriend bought it for me when I finished my last exam. This is a sweet scented perfume, but it's still fresh and subtle, and doesn't smell anything like a cheap sweet perfumes that people often imagine when they think of sweet perfumes. If you like sweet perfumes, but you don't want smell like a teenager at work, then try this!
See my review of this perfume here.

Hair Care Product

Batiste Dry Shampoo: I am not a big hair product fanatic and I am definitely low maintenance with my hair, which is why I don't feature too many hair products on this blog. One product that I will jump to repurchase if I use it up is dry shampoo. I love dry shampoo because I like to wash my hair every 2 or so days, and dry shampoo gets rid of the oily limp feeling of unwashed hair. Batiste is my brand of choice because it is affordable and does the job.

Now that you have seen my favourites, what are your favourite products of 2012? Feel free to copy this format and do a post yourself if you have a blog!

I attempted to turn this into a tag, so I will tag a few people, but I follow hundreds of blogs, so if I don't tag you then please feel free to do the tag yourself, and paste the link in the comments box below!

I tag:
Sammi from Materialgurl88
Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty
Clarie from Sailor Klerr
Becky from Sirvinya.com
Hannah from Midnight Violets
Mishelle from Mishelle's Sleepy Time
Lena from sleep and water 

Also remember to check out my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway!


Just giving the Aussies a heads up that the January edition of In Style magazine comes with a bonus Napoleon Perdis Ah-Mazing! Lash Black Mascara valued at $28. So for the cost of the magazine, which is $8.95, you get a magazine and a mascara... which is a great deal! I haven't get opened this mascara because I currently have three open, but I will review it as soon as I do open it. You can see what the wand looks like in the photo below.


Thanks for reading, and don't forget to enter my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway!

January In Style magazine with bonus Napoleon Perdis Ah-Mazing! Lash Black Mascara

December 27, 2012


Just giving the Aussies a heads up that the January edition of In Style magazine comes with a bonus Napoleon Perdis Ah-Mazing! Lash Black Mascara valued at $28. So for the cost of the magazine, which is $8.95, you get a magazine and a mascara... which is a great deal! I haven't get opened this mascara because I currently have three open, but I will review it as soon as I do open it. You can see what the wand looks like in the photo below.


Thanks for reading, and don't forget to enter my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway!

I went to the city today with the goal to check out the Lush sales. Lush is having 50% off all the Chritsmas stock, and some other selected stock - which includes their Emotional Brilliance makeup range! While I was browsing the shops I also found a jacket that I fell in love with at Sportsgirl, and I decided to pick up a couple of new Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliners.


Ok so I went a bit crazy at Lush, but hey I ended up spending around $70 and I got a mountain of stuff!

I got:
  • Twilight Shower Gel 250ml - $7.47
  • Dirty Springwash Shower Gel 250ml - $7.47
  • Snow Fairy Shower Gel 100ml - $4.47
  • North Pole Soap 300g - $8.85
  • Snow Globe Soap 376g - $11.09
  • Mr Punch Soap 148g - $4.37
  • Feeling Younger Skin Tint - $9.97
  • 2x The Melting Snowman Bath Melt - $2.47 each
  • The Christmas Candy Box - $17.47
I think I definitely stocked up for at least a good 6 months! I will review the Christmas Candy Box soon, so I won't go into what it contains just yet :)


I have been wanting to try the nude Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal liner since it was released, but when I have previously looked for it, it was sold out. These were on sale for $6.96 each, I think the full price is $9.95. I bought this is nude and taupe as they are quite unique colours, and I bought both of these with the intention to wear them on the waterline. I will review these soon!


And last but not least, I saw this baby in Sportsgirl and I had to have it! I have a brown jacket in this style and I love it, and I thought this pattern was really cute and suprisingly wearable. This was on sale for $69.95, from $129.95! They also have matching shorts in this print, which are also really cute, but I don't think I would wear them as much as the jacket so I didn't get them.

if you wanted to see an indepth review about any of the products I bought, just let me know!
Did you buy anything from the Boxing day sales?

Also remember to check out my giveaway!

Boxing day sales haul - Lush, Sportsgirl and Rimmel


I went to the city today with the goal to check out the Lush sales. Lush is having 50% off all the Chritsmas stock, and some other selected stock - which includes their Emotional Brilliance makeup range! While I was browsing the shops I also found a jacket that I fell in love with at Sportsgirl, and I decided to pick up a couple of new Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Eyeliners.


Ok so I went a bit crazy at Lush, but hey I ended up spending around $70 and I got a mountain of stuff!

I got:
  • Twilight Shower Gel 250ml - $7.47
  • Dirty Springwash Shower Gel 250ml - $7.47
  • Snow Fairy Shower Gel 100ml - $4.47
  • North Pole Soap 300g - $8.85
  • Snow Globe Soap 376g - $11.09
  • Mr Punch Soap 148g - $4.37
  • Feeling Younger Skin Tint - $9.97
  • 2x The Melting Snowman Bath Melt - $2.47 each
  • The Christmas Candy Box - $17.47
I think I definitely stocked up for at least a good 6 months! I will review the Christmas Candy Box soon, so I won't go into what it contains just yet :)


I have been wanting to try the nude Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal liner since it was released, but when I have previously looked for it, it was sold out. These were on sale for $6.96 each, I think the full price is $9.95. I bought this is nude and taupe as they are quite unique colours, and I bought both of these with the intention to wear them on the waterline. I will review these soon!


And last but not least, I saw this baby in Sportsgirl and I had to have it! I have a brown jacket in this style and I love it, and I thought this pattern was really cute and suprisingly wearable. This was on sale for $69.95, from $129.95! They also have matching shorts in this print, which are also really cute, but I don't think I would wear them as much as the jacket so I didn't get them.

if you wanted to see an indepth review about any of the products I bought, just let me know!
Did you buy anything from the Boxing day sales?

Also remember to check out my giveaway!

Yesterday I posted about my new morning skin routine (see post here), today I will be posting about my new night skin routine. I was lucky enough to receive a Clarasonic Mia from my parent for Christmas yesterday... I have been wanting one of these for aaages. Sadly the Mia 2 is not yet available in Australia, so the Mia will have to do. This retails for about $150 from Myer or David Jones. This is my first impressions post on the Clarisonic Mia.


So pretty much the Clarisonic is a little like an electric toothbrush for you face. It has brush head that vibrates to deep clean and to gently exfoliate your face. This is supposed to make your skin feel smoother and pores appear smaller. You can get four types of brush heads (normal, sensitive, delicate, and deep pore cleansing) and the one that this comes with is the white head which is the sensitive brush. The brushes are designed to be used for 3-4 months and then replaced.


This pack comes with a Clarisonic Mia, a gentle hydro cleanser, a power charger, and a user guide. You can use pretty much any cleansing products with the Mia, but I do like that it comes with a small tube of the Clarisonic brand cleanser.


The charger is pretty nifty, it magnetically attaches to the base of the handle, so you don't have to plug anything into the Clarisonic. When you first charge this, the Clarisonic will pulse for a good 30min or so, I think this is the period where the battery is too flat for you to actually use the Clarisonic. Once the Clarisonic is fully charged, it will last for around 20 minutes before needing to charge it again. The manual recommends that you only need to use this on your forehead for 20 seconds, each cheek for 10 seconds, and the chin/nose area for 20 seconds... so all up you only need to use this for around a minute. This is waterproof, so you can use this in the shower. Since this can't be used on your eye area, then I use makeup remover to remove my eye makeup before I use the Clarisonic.

After using this one time, I instantly felt that my skin was amazingly smooth, it also removes your foundation thoroughly. I am very impressed with the Clarisonic Mia, it is a really simple way to get amazing skin, and I am happy that I have noticed a difference straight away. I have heard that after a week or so of use, people can start to break out, which is your skin purging the toxins or something. I am hoping that it doesn't happen to me, but if it does, as least I know it will only be temporary.

So far I am very impressed with the Clarisonic Mia, and I am so happy I finally got my hands on one. If you are into skin care, then I would recommend spending the $150 on this product, it will make your skin feel and look amazing, and your foundation look nicer on your skin!

Remember to check out my latest giveaway here!

My first impressions of the Clarisonic Mia

December 26, 2012


Yesterday I posted about my new morning skin routine (see post here), today I will be posting about my new night skin routine. I was lucky enough to receive a Clarasonic Mia from my parent for Christmas yesterday... I have been wanting one of these for aaages. Sadly the Mia 2 is not yet available in Australia, so the Mia will have to do. This retails for about $150 from Myer or David Jones. This is my first impressions post on the Clarisonic Mia.


So pretty much the Clarisonic is a little like an electric toothbrush for you face. It has brush head that vibrates to deep clean and to gently exfoliate your face. This is supposed to make your skin feel smoother and pores appear smaller. You can get four types of brush heads (normal, sensitive, delicate, and deep pore cleansing) and the one that this comes with is the white head which is the sensitive brush. The brushes are designed to be used for 3-4 months and then replaced.


This pack comes with a Clarisonic Mia, a gentle hydro cleanser, a power charger, and a user guide. You can use pretty much any cleansing products with the Mia, but I do like that it comes with a small tube of the Clarisonic brand cleanser.


The charger is pretty nifty, it magnetically attaches to the base of the handle, so you don't have to plug anything into the Clarisonic. When you first charge this, the Clarisonic will pulse for a good 30min or so, I think this is the period where the battery is too flat for you to actually use the Clarisonic. Once the Clarisonic is fully charged, it will last for around 20 minutes before needing to charge it again. The manual recommends that you only need to use this on your forehead for 20 seconds, each cheek for 10 seconds, and the chin/nose area for 20 seconds... so all up you only need to use this for around a minute. This is waterproof, so you can use this in the shower. Since this can't be used on your eye area, then I use makeup remover to remove my eye makeup before I use the Clarisonic.

After using this one time, I instantly felt that my skin was amazingly smooth, it also removes your foundation thoroughly. I am very impressed with the Clarisonic Mia, it is a really simple way to get amazing skin, and I am happy that I have noticed a difference straight away. I have heard that after a week or so of use, people can start to break out, which is your skin purging the toxins or something. I am hoping that it doesn't happen to me, but if it does, as least I know it will only be temporary.

So far I am very impressed with the Clarisonic Mia, and I am so happy I finally got my hands on one. If you are into skin care, then I would recommend spending the $150 on this product, it will make your skin feel and look amazing, and your foundation look nicer on your skin!

Remember to check out my latest giveaway here!

I won this Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser kit from Jane's 50th post giveaway on her blog The Prime Of Miss Laura Jane. I was super happy to win this, because Liz Earle is very difficult to get in Australia... you can pretty much only get this on ebay.


Look what I received from Jane! It was wrapped like a cute Chritsmas present, and included the Liz Earle kit, a pack with a soap and a few sachets, and a lovely card.


This pack comes with two muslin cloths and a 100ml bottle of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. The bottle has a pump applicator, and one pump dispenses enough for one whole application.


This cleanser is a very thick cream cleanser which contains cocoa butter, chamomile, hops and eucalyptus. This is a two phase process, with phase one being the cleansing and phase two being the polishing. The information card below describes how you use this kit.


Essentially how this works is that you massage the cleanser into your dry skin, then you soak the muslin cloth in hot water and wring it out so it's damp, and then you wipe the cleanser off with the muslin cloth. After you have wiped the cleaner off then you rise your skin with cold water.

I originally thought this process would be really time consuming, but it actually only takes a couple of minutes. I originally used this at night and in the morning, but I really enjoy this process, and I want this bottle to last for as long as possible, so I have started only using this in the morning. I love using this is in the morning because I find that the eucalyptus in the cleanser is really invigorating and helps wakes me up. I really do love this process and it does feel like I am giving myself a really easy facial every morning, the cleanser feels invigorating, and then the hot cloth makes your face feel really clean, and then the cold water feels refreshing after the hot cloth. I normally don't like cream cleansers, but I am very impressed with this product, and my skin has been really soft and free of any break outs. 

I highly recommend this product if you love good quality skin care and a bit of pampering everyday! I know I will hunt this down on ebay once I have used it up.

Merry Christmas everyone, and please remember to check out my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway

My mini morning facial routine: Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser

December 25, 2012


I won this Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser kit from Jane's 50th post giveaway on her blog The Prime Of Miss Laura Jane. I was super happy to win this, because Liz Earle is very difficult to get in Australia... you can pretty much only get this on ebay.


Look what I received from Jane! It was wrapped like a cute Chritsmas present, and included the Liz Earle kit, a pack with a soap and a few sachets, and a lovely card.


This pack comes with two muslin cloths and a 100ml bottle of Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish. The bottle has a pump applicator, and one pump dispenses enough for one whole application.


This cleanser is a very thick cream cleanser which contains cocoa butter, chamomile, hops and eucalyptus. This is a two phase process, with phase one being the cleansing and phase two being the polishing. The information card below describes how you use this kit.


Essentially how this works is that you massage the cleanser into your dry skin, then you soak the muslin cloth in hot water and wring it out so it's damp, and then you wipe the cleanser off with the muslin cloth. After you have wiped the cleaner off then you rise your skin with cold water.

I originally thought this process would be really time consuming, but it actually only takes a couple of minutes. I originally used this at night and in the morning, but I really enjoy this process, and I want this bottle to last for as long as possible, so I have started only using this in the morning. I love using this is in the morning because I find that the eucalyptus in the cleanser is really invigorating and helps wakes me up. I really do love this process and it does feel like I am giving myself a really easy facial every morning, the cleanser feels invigorating, and then the hot cloth makes your face feel really clean, and then the cold water feels refreshing after the hot cloth. I normally don't like cream cleansers, but I am very impressed with this product, and my skin has been really soft and free of any break outs. 

I highly recommend this product if you love good quality skin care and a bit of pampering everyday! I know I will hunt this down on ebay once I have used it up.

Merry Christmas everyone, and please remember to check out my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway


I bought a couple of new nail stamping plates from ebay a few weeks ago for $4 each, I use one of the plates to do a candy nail look (see post here), and this was the second look that I was really excited to do.


I used Mirenesse Bullet Proof Nail Laquer in the shade Flapper Pash as a base colour... I originally wanted to use a blue base, but I also wanted this look to last a long time, and none of the blue polishes that I have are long wear nail polishes, so I went for this polish because I know it lasts a good 4-5 days with minimal chipping. Then I used the white and the black Konad polishes for the stamping, and the Konad stamping kit. The plate I used is not a Konad plate, but if you search ebay for "stamping plate QA40", it will come up.


So I use these two designs for this nail look. I first used the solid shape of the cat and stamped that on my nails in white, and over the top of that I stamped the shape below it in black.  I did this to my nail and ring finger on both of my hands.

This is a very easy way to make your nails look really cute - perfect for cat lovers!

If you want to see how this stamping works, then click here to see the post I did ages ago on nail stamping. Also remember to visit my 200 followers giveaway!

Kitty cat nail stamping look!

December 23, 2012


I bought a couple of new nail stamping plates from ebay a few weeks ago for $4 each, I use one of the plates to do a candy nail look (see post here), and this was the second look that I was really excited to do.


I used Mirenesse Bullet Proof Nail Laquer in the shade Flapper Pash as a base colour... I originally wanted to use a blue base, but I also wanted this look to last a long time, and none of the blue polishes that I have are long wear nail polishes, so I went for this polish because I know it lasts a good 4-5 days with minimal chipping. Then I used the white and the black Konad polishes for the stamping, and the Konad stamping kit. The plate I used is not a Konad plate, but if you search ebay for "stamping plate QA40", it will come up.


So I use these two designs for this nail look. I first used the solid shape of the cat and stamped that on my nails in white, and over the top of that I stamped the shape below it in black.  I did this to my nail and ring finger on both of my hands.

This is a very easy way to make your nails look really cute - perfect for cat lovers!

If you want to see how this stamping works, then click here to see the post I did ages ago on nail stamping. Also remember to visit my 200 followers giveaway!

The lovely Michelle from Lipstick Republic included this little gem in my last Lipstick Republic order (see post here), I have praised this company a lot in my posts because they stock products that are hard to get in Australia, they sell them for great prices (usually matching the US prices) and shipping is super fast... check out the website here and enter the code RepublicVIBs for a 10% discount.

Onto the product, so this is a Lime Crime Uniliner in the shade Citreuse, which is a neon yellow with a slight hint of green. I have been meaning to order some of these from the Lime Crime website, but I was quite reluctant because shipping from Lime Crime isn't cheap... Luckily I have found a local supplier! If you aren't in Australia then I would recommend you check these out at the Lime Crime website. These uniliners also comes in white, baby blue, royle blue, orange, fuschia, black, gold and silver and retail for $15.99 each.



As with all of Lime Crimes products, a lot of effort has been put into making the packaging amazingly cute. I was really impressed that they also went to the effort to even colour the inside of the box and it matches perfectly to this shade of liner.


This liner is significantly smaller than normal liquid liners (see first photo in this blog to see how it fits in my hand), but that doesn't bother me too much, because I can't imagine that these bright shades will be used on a daily basis, so a small tube will still last you a long time.


The applicator is a thin brush, which ensures that you can apply a nice thin line.

Swatch in direct sun light

Swatch in the shade

This is almost opaque in one stroke, but tends to thin out at the end of the brush stroke. I found when applying it, if you apply a few layers then it can start to crack, so I would recommend that you apply this in small strokes so you don't need to apply more than one layer. This also dries matte, and this paricular shade looks neon on the eye. I really like it!



And as per usual... please check out my current giveaway!

Lime Crime Uniliner in Citreuse - review and swatches

December 22, 2012


The lovely Michelle from Lipstick Republic included this little gem in my last Lipstick Republic order (see post here), I have praised this company a lot in my posts because they stock products that are hard to get in Australia, they sell them for great prices (usually matching the US prices) and shipping is super fast... check out the website here and enter the code RepublicVIBs for a 10% discount.

Onto the product, so this is a Lime Crime Uniliner in the shade Citreuse, which is a neon yellow with a slight hint of green. I have been meaning to order some of these from the Lime Crime website, but I was quite reluctant because shipping from Lime Crime isn't cheap... Luckily I have found a local supplier! If you aren't in Australia then I would recommend you check these out at the Lime Crime website. These uniliners also comes in white, baby blue, royle blue, orange, fuschia, black, gold and silver and retail for $15.99 each.



As with all of Lime Crimes products, a lot of effort has been put into making the packaging amazingly cute. I was really impressed that they also went to the effort to even colour the inside of the box and it matches perfectly to this shade of liner.


This liner is significantly smaller than normal liquid liners (see first photo in this blog to see how it fits in my hand), but that doesn't bother me too much, because I can't imagine that these bright shades will be used on a daily basis, so a small tube will still last you a long time.


The applicator is a thin brush, which ensures that you can apply a nice thin line.

Swatch in direct sun light

Swatch in the shade

This is almost opaque in one stroke, but tends to thin out at the end of the brush stroke. I found when applying it, if you apply a few layers then it can start to crack, so I would recommend that you apply this in small strokes so you don't need to apply more than one layer. This also dries matte, and this paricular shade looks neon on the eye. I really like it!



And as per usual... please check out my current giveaway!

Yay! Lust Have It time of the month! Instantly I felt that this was a pretty good box, it felt quite heavy and full of goodies!


So this month contains a hairspray sample, a full size face mist, a full size blush (or powder or eye shadow), a full size moisturiser worth a whopping $69, a couple of hand cream samples, a perfume sample, and a full size exfoliating glove. This is a great value box worth over $100... and it contains a candy cane!


Baji Face Mist - full size: If you love rose, you will love this rose and kakadu plum scent... I am not the biggest fan of rose but I think that the plum makes this slightly more fruity and helps it appeal to people like me. I am not a big user of face mists, but I like that this is also designed to be a toner, and I love toners... you can't go wrong with a multi-purpose product. After reading other peoples reviews on this box, I noticed that some people got Sandalwood face mist that is designed for oily skin... that one would have suited my skin more, but I am still happy with this hydrating one.



Everyday Minerals Cheek Disco Inferno Blush - full size: Even though I would have been happy with a powder or an eyeshadow, I am addicted to blushes, so I was very happy to see that I got the blush. This is a loose blush which can get messy, but the packaging is quite good and has a protector that twists around and stops the powder getting everywhere in the lid (see photo below)


When you look at the blush in the container it almost has a purple hint to it, but when you rub it into the skin it starts to develop to more of an orange/coral shade (see swatch below). I am really looking forward to giving this a go, I think it will be a great Summer shade. Also this contains 4.8g of product, which is a great sized blush!


Glasshouse Fragrances Hand Creme in Gardenia and Water Lily - two 5ml samples: I have a lot of hand cream on the go at the moment, so I probably won't use these just yet. I do like that they gave us two samples of different scents.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs - 1.2ml sample: I enjoy perfume samples when I actually like the perfume, and luckily I love Marc Jacobs perfumes. I was contemplating getting Daisy or Lola after Christmas, so I am looking forward to using this and seeing how much I like it. This smells quite floral, but light and fresh. This isn't described on the information card, but on the other side of the card it does mention that it was added in as a bonus sample.

Pelactiv Hydra Daily Defense - full size: This is a moisturiser that claims to strengthen the skin's natural defences to the environment. I am very curious to try this, because I have never heard of this brand and I want to know why it costs $69 for 50ml! I will give this a go for a week and no doubt review it soon.

Catwalk by Tigi Sessions Series Finishing Hairspray - 80ml sample: I love hair spray so I will definitely use this, I also like that it's a perfect hand bag size.

Lust Have It! Exfoliating Glove - full size: I love it when beauty boxes include beauty 'tools' as well as samples. This is a small bag made of course material and has an elasticated opening, and is designed to be used either wet or dry. I will use this and edit in how I got along with it.

Overall I am really happy with this box, there is not one item that I won't use and it is a pretty well rounded box containing skincare, makeup, hair products, body products, and a fragrance. If you want to check out more about Lust Have It, then check out their website.

Are you signed up to Lust Have It? Was your December box any different?

Also remember to check out my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway!

Lust Have It box December 2012

December 21, 2012


Yay! Lust Have It time of the month! Instantly I felt that this was a pretty good box, it felt quite heavy and full of goodies!


So this month contains a hairspray sample, a full size face mist, a full size blush (or powder or eye shadow), a full size moisturiser worth a whopping $69, a couple of hand cream samples, a perfume sample, and a full size exfoliating glove. This is a great value box worth over $100... and it contains a candy cane!


Baji Face Mist - full size: If you love rose, you will love this rose and kakadu plum scent... I am not the biggest fan of rose but I think that the plum makes this slightly more fruity and helps it appeal to people like me. I am not a big user of face mists, but I like that this is also designed to be a toner, and I love toners... you can't go wrong with a multi-purpose product. After reading other peoples reviews on this box, I noticed that some people got Sandalwood face mist that is designed for oily skin... that one would have suited my skin more, but I am still happy with this hydrating one.



Everyday Minerals Cheek Disco Inferno Blush - full size: Even though I would have been happy with a powder or an eyeshadow, I am addicted to blushes, so I was very happy to see that I got the blush. This is a loose blush which can get messy, but the packaging is quite good and has a protector that twists around and stops the powder getting everywhere in the lid (see photo below)


When you look at the blush in the container it almost has a purple hint to it, but when you rub it into the skin it starts to develop to more of an orange/coral shade (see swatch below). I am really looking forward to giving this a go, I think it will be a great Summer shade. Also this contains 4.8g of product, which is a great sized blush!


Glasshouse Fragrances Hand Creme in Gardenia and Water Lily - two 5ml samples: I have a lot of hand cream on the go at the moment, so I probably won't use these just yet. I do like that they gave us two samples of different scents.

Daisy by Marc Jacobs - 1.2ml sample: I enjoy perfume samples when I actually like the perfume, and luckily I love Marc Jacobs perfumes. I was contemplating getting Daisy or Lola after Christmas, so I am looking forward to using this and seeing how much I like it. This smells quite floral, but light and fresh. This isn't described on the information card, but on the other side of the card it does mention that it was added in as a bonus sample.

Pelactiv Hydra Daily Defense - full size: This is a moisturiser that claims to strengthen the skin's natural defences to the environment. I am very curious to try this, because I have never heard of this brand and I want to know why it costs $69 for 50ml! I will give this a go for a week and no doubt review it soon.

Catwalk by Tigi Sessions Series Finishing Hairspray - 80ml sample: I love hair spray so I will definitely use this, I also like that it's a perfect hand bag size.

Lust Have It! Exfoliating Glove - full size: I love it when beauty boxes include beauty 'tools' as well as samples. This is a small bag made of course material and has an elasticated opening, and is designed to be used either wet or dry. I will use this and edit in how I got along with it.

Overall I am really happy with this box, there is not one item that I won't use and it is a pretty well rounded box containing skincare, makeup, hair products, body products, and a fragrance. If you want to check out more about Lust Have It, then check out their website.

Are you signed up to Lust Have It? Was your December box any different?

Also remember to check out my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway!

I bought the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow and Powder Blusher in Naked Rose when there was a 20% off discount and free shipping if you spent £20 or something like that on the Illamasqua website. I recently bought a lipstick from the Illamasqua website and I wasn't too impressed (see review here), but I must say, I have scored a win with both of these products!

You can get these online, or of course now that Illamasqua has dropped their prices in Australia, I recommend you check these out in store!


The Powder Blusher is very impressive! It is the softest blush that I have ever felt, and it is a beautiful soft, slightly blue based, natural powder pink. This gives the cheeks such a natural flush, and I have used it almost every day since I have received it. Even though this blush is very light and natural, it also is very pigmented and you only need to touch your brush onto the pan to get enough product. One other thing that I love about this blush is that it smells like lollies! This may be my favourite blush of the year... I know it's a big claim, but its just so pretty!

Cream Pigment in Hollow and Powder Blusher in Naked Rose

I bought this Cream Pigment as a contour colour, but this can be used anywhere on the face or the eyes. It is a grey/brown putty colour, or "toffee" as the website says, and looks a little strange in the tub, but makes the most natural shadow colour on the skin... which is what a contour is supposed to do. I tend to apply this with my fingers, because I haven't yet found a brush that easily picks up this product, as it is a firm cream texture. I find that once I have blended it, it looks so natural, so no more orange stripes! I have even started using this to contour my nose, which I never did before because I found that the products I had looked a little strange. Because I do use my fingers, it is harder to get a strong cheek bone look, so until I find a good brush to use with this, I use it more as a natural contour shade.

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow, MAC Blush in Harmony, Sleek Contour Palette in Light

I thought I would show how different this shade is from other contour shades that I have. When I do contour, which isn't too often because I am pretty bad at contouring, I use MAC Harmony blush or Sleeks Contour Kit in Light... you can see from the swatches above how orange these two powders look compared to the Cream Pigment!

I love this shade, and the only thing that I am finding hard to get used to is the cream formula... This has still become my favourite contour product, but I would love Illamasqua to come out with a powder version of this shade.

Overall, I think I scored a win on both of these products, and I would highly recommend them!

Don't forget to check out my 200 followers/Christmas giveaway!

Illamasqua Naked Rose Powder Blusher and Hollow Cream Pigment review and swatches


I bought the Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow and Powder Blusher in Naked Rose when there was a 20% off discount and free shipping if you spent £20 or something like that on the Illamasqua website. I recently bought a lipstick from the Illamasqua website and I wasn't too impressed (see review here), but I must say, I have scored a win with both of these products!

You can get these online, or of course now that Illamasqua has dropped their prices in Australia, I recommend you check these out in store!


The Powder Blusher is very impressive! It is the softest blush that I have ever felt, and it is a beautiful soft, slightly blue based, natural powder pink. This gives the cheeks such a natural flush, and I have used it almost every day since I have received it. Even though this blush is very light and natural, it also is very pigmented and you only need to touch your brush onto the pan to get enough product. One other thing that I love about this blush is that it smells like lollies! This may be my favourite blush of the year... I know it's a big claim, but its just so pretty!

Cream Pigment in Hollow and Powder Blusher in Naked Rose

I bought this Cream Pigment as a contour colour, but this can be used anywhere on the face or the eyes. It is a grey/brown putty colour, or "toffee" as the website says, and looks a little strange in the tub, but makes the most natural shadow colour on the skin... which is what a contour is supposed to do. I tend to apply this with my fingers, because I haven't yet found a brush that easily picks up this product, as it is a firm cream texture. I find that once I have blended it, it looks so natural, so no more orange stripes! I have even started using this to contour my nose, which I never did before because I found that the products I had looked a little strange. Because I do use my fingers, it is harder to get a strong cheek bone look, so until I find a good brush to use with this, I use it more as a natural contour shade.

Illamasqua Cream Pigment in Hollow, MAC Blush in Harmony, Sleek Contour Palette in Light

I thought I would show how different this shade is from other contour shades that I have. When I do contour, which isn't too often because I am pretty bad at contouring, I use MAC Harmony blush or Sleeks Contour Kit in Light... you can see from the swatches above how orange these two powders look compared to the Cream Pigment!

I love this shade, and the only thing that I am finding hard to get used to is the cream formula... This has still become my favourite contour product, but I would love Illamasqua to come out with a powder version of this shade.

Overall, I think I scored a win on both of these products, and I would highly recommend them!

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