July 2013 | KITSCH/SNITCH


It's about time I review this wonderful wonderful product! 

I want to start by saying that I hate sunscreen! I have never liked wearing sunscreen, and I normally only wear it when I go to the beach or go to a music festival. Sunscreen makes my skin really greasy, I look horrible, and I start breaking out. 

I discovered this Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector SPF 30+ UVA and UVB a few years ago when I was working outdoors and I was getting sunburnt if I didn't reapply sunscreen at least 4 times during the day. I decided to buy this as a desperate measure, and I found that I only had to apply this in the morning and I didn't get burnt all day! When I was working outdoors I never really wore makeup, so I never knew how this worked with foundation. When I stopped working outdoors, I put this away and only brought it out for the beach/music festival occasions.

On a whim I decided to this Invisible Zinc Skin Protector under my foundation one day... and I was amazed to realise that this didn't leave my skin feeling greasy or clogged, instead it didn't have any effect on the appearance of my skin or makeup at all!... and no break outs! Since realising this, I have been adding this to my daily skin routine. I apply my rosehip oil, my moisturiser, the Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector (sometimes over the moisturiser, sometimes mixed with the moisturiser), and then my makeup.


So I am sure that all of you are aware of the benefits of a sunscreen (prevents aging etc), but this is a mineral sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB, and also acts as an anti-pollution film. This is also cruelty free and Australian made.

This contains 50ml of product, and it's not cheap... you can get it from Priceline for $37.99 or from Chemist Warehouse for $29.99. I must say, you only need a very small amount, and this tube will easily last me 6+ months.


This has a pump dispenser and I only use about half a pump for one application.

The photos below show how this sunscreen blends into the skin. I find that if you apply a lot, then it can leave a temporary white cast, but it does generally blend in very well. This is a very light weight sunscreen, and even though it will leave your skin with a slight sheen, once you apply makeup and powder etc, you can't notice that you are wearing sunscreen at all.


Overall I adore this sunscreen, it is officially the only sunscreen that I can work in my daily routine without any hassle. I now wear this every day, I even use this if my moisturiser contains SPF, and I feel as though I am doing something good for my skin whenever I apply it. This is definitely worth the $30 price tag!

Do you apply sunscreen everyday?

I heart Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector

July 30, 2013



It's about time I review this wonderful wonderful product! 

I want to start by saying that I hate sunscreen! I have never liked wearing sunscreen, and I normally only wear it when I go to the beach or go to a music festival. Sunscreen makes my skin really greasy, I look horrible, and I start breaking out. 

I discovered this Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector SPF 30+ UVA and UVB a few years ago when I was working outdoors and I was getting sunburnt if I didn't reapply sunscreen at least 4 times during the day. I decided to buy this as a desperate measure, and I found that I only had to apply this in the morning and I didn't get burnt all day! When I was working outdoors I never really wore makeup, so I never knew how this worked with foundation. When I stopped working outdoors, I put this away and only brought it out for the beach/music festival occasions.

On a whim I decided to this Invisible Zinc Skin Protector under my foundation one day... and I was amazed to realise that this didn't leave my skin feeling greasy or clogged, instead it didn't have any effect on the appearance of my skin or makeup at all!... and no break outs! Since realising this, I have been adding this to my daily skin routine. I apply my rosehip oil, my moisturiser, the Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector (sometimes over the moisturiser, sometimes mixed with the moisturiser), and then my makeup.


So I am sure that all of you are aware of the benefits of a sunscreen (prevents aging etc), but this is a mineral sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB, and also acts as an anti-pollution film. This is also cruelty free and Australian made.

This contains 50ml of product, and it's not cheap... you can get it from Priceline for $37.99 or from Chemist Warehouse for $29.99. I must say, you only need a very small amount, and this tube will easily last me 6+ months.


This has a pump dispenser and I only use about half a pump for one application.

The photos below show how this sunscreen blends into the skin. I find that if you apply a lot, then it can leave a temporary white cast, but it does generally blend in very well. This is a very light weight sunscreen, and even though it will leave your skin with a slight sheen, once you apply makeup and powder etc, you can't notice that you are wearing sunscreen at all.


Overall I adore this sunscreen, it is officially the only sunscreen that I can work in my daily routine without any hassle. I now wear this every day, I even use this if my moisturiser contains SPF, and I feel as though I am doing something good for my skin whenever I apply it. This is definitely worth the $30 price tag!

Do you apply sunscreen everyday?

Another month has nearly finished, and unlike most months this year, July has really dragged for me... so much so that I really had to think hard about what products I loved this month. I am sure I missed out of some products, and I even forgot to include a fail, but it's just been one of those months!

I filmed my July favourites and the video is below, but if you are more of a blog reader, then I have also included a summary of each product and also swatches!


Girlz Only Dry Shampoo for Dark and Deep Brown Hair: I haven't strayed from Batiste for a very long time (mainly because I keep getting cans of it in beauty subscription boxes), but I decided to try the Girlz Only dry shampoo when I saw that they released a brown version, because I am sick of having to brush out white powder from my hair. This dry shampoo doesn't deposit any colour into your hair, but the brown tint does cancel out the whiteness of the powder. This isn't as powdery as Batiste, which I like because I think that Batiste is too powdery, but if you have very dirty hair then this doesn't work as well as Batiste. I tend to use this to help refresh my hair and also to add a bit of volume, and it works really well because if you apply a small amount to the roots then you really don't even need to brush this out. I think this is a great bargain for only $2, but if you wanted to use dry shampoo as a way to avoid washing dirty hair, then this doesn't work all that well, but it does help to keep second day hair looking fresher. See my review here


Sportsgirl nail polish in the shade Glitter Envy: I love this polish! It is a turquoise glitter shade that is jam packed full of glitter, and you get an opaque covering with three thin coats or two thick coats of this polish. This isn't the best quality polish, but I find that with a top coat I can get 5-7 days of wear before I have to face the daunting task of removing it. I would say that I wore this for about two and a half to three weeks in total in July. This is also the type of polish that gets a lot of compliments. See my review here

l-r: MAC Lady Danger, Guerlain 16 Orange Brulee

MAC Lady Danger lipstick: I have wanted this lipstick for ages, and I finally bought it on the MAC website. This is a pro colour, which means you can't buy it from the Myer/David Jones counters, you can only get them from the pro stores or online, but this is available permanently. This is a lovely bright orangy red shade and has a matte finish. I am in love with this shade, it is my perfect red lip shade. See review here

Guerlain lipstick in 16 Orange Brulee: This is a really old lipstick that my Mum gave me, and I started wearing it to work. What I love about this is that it is a nice muted orangy work appropriate red, and it lasts so well! I apply this in the morning and it lasts until I eat my lunch, then I reapply it after lunch and it lasts until I get home.

Top: Guerlain 16 Orange Brulee. Bottom: MAC Lady Danger
l-r: Illamasqua Naked Rose, NARS Luster

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose: Since I have been wearing a bold lip to work, I have been needing to tone down the blush. I have been wearing mainly one of two blushes each day and the first one that I have been wearing is Naked Rose. This is an all time favourite blush for me, it is matte, it gives a natural pink flush to the cheeks and I have been wearing it a lot with a red lip and a nude eye, or a smokey eye and a nude lip. See review here.

NARS blush in Luster: This is the first time this blush has make it into my favourites. I bought this in Japan in May, and it took me a month or two to really appreciate it. What I love about this blush is that it is very close to my natural colouring, so instead of adding a new colour to my face, it just adds a lot of dimension. I wear this when I am wearing a bold eye and a bold lip and I don't want to add a bold cheek. This adds a bit of natural colour to my cheeks, adds a slight contour, and also a nice gold sheen. This is the closest product I have to a blush, contour and highlighter all in one.

Top: NARS Luster. Bottom Illamasqua Naked Rose
Top: Mirenesse in Saphire Blue. Bottom: Rimmel in Deep Blue

Mirenesse Tight Liner Hydra Gel Liner in Saphire Blue: I won this in a pack about a year ago, and I never really wore it until recently. For some reason I have been wearing a blue liner or blue smokey eye a lot this month, and if I ever do a blue winged liner I use this I am not a Mirenesse fan, but I do love this shade, and it is not a bad liner.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal liners in 006 Deep Blue: I love this range of liners, and this has been a shade that I previously haven't used too often. I have been using this lately to achieve a blue smokey eye, or I use it just on the waterline to create a blue lower lash line effect. This is a great blue because it is dark enough to work as a bold liner, and it is not too bright so it is quite wearable. It also works well on the waterline, it doesn't budge once it has set, but it is creamy enough to easily blend when it is first applied. See my review here.

Top: Mirenesse in Saphire Blue. Bottom: Rimmel in Deep Blue

So that's it! This July has been pretty uneventful, but hopefully I will have more goodies to show you in August. What were your fabourite beauty products of July?

July 2013 Favourites

July 28, 2013


Another month has nearly finished, and unlike most months this year, July has really dragged for me... so much so that I really had to think hard about what products I loved this month. I am sure I missed out of some products, and I even forgot to include a fail, but it's just been one of those months!

I filmed my July favourites and the video is below, but if you are more of a blog reader, then I have also included a summary of each product and also swatches!


Girlz Only Dry Shampoo for Dark and Deep Brown Hair: I haven't strayed from Batiste for a very long time (mainly because I keep getting cans of it in beauty subscription boxes), but I decided to try the Girlz Only dry shampoo when I saw that they released a brown version, because I am sick of having to brush out white powder from my hair. This dry shampoo doesn't deposit any colour into your hair, but the brown tint does cancel out the whiteness of the powder. This isn't as powdery as Batiste, which I like because I think that Batiste is too powdery, but if you have very dirty hair then this doesn't work as well as Batiste. I tend to use this to help refresh my hair and also to add a bit of volume, and it works really well because if you apply a small amount to the roots then you really don't even need to brush this out. I think this is a great bargain for only $2, but if you wanted to use dry shampoo as a way to avoid washing dirty hair, then this doesn't work all that well, but it does help to keep second day hair looking fresher. See my review here


Sportsgirl nail polish in the shade Glitter Envy: I love this polish! It is a turquoise glitter shade that is jam packed full of glitter, and you get an opaque covering with three thin coats or two thick coats of this polish. This isn't the best quality polish, but I find that with a top coat I can get 5-7 days of wear before I have to face the daunting task of removing it. I would say that I wore this for about two and a half to three weeks in total in July. This is also the type of polish that gets a lot of compliments. See my review here

l-r: MAC Lady Danger, Guerlain 16 Orange Brulee

MAC Lady Danger lipstick: I have wanted this lipstick for ages, and I finally bought it on the MAC website. This is a pro colour, which means you can't buy it from the Myer/David Jones counters, you can only get them from the pro stores or online, but this is available permanently. This is a lovely bright orangy red shade and has a matte finish. I am in love with this shade, it is my perfect red lip shade. See review here

Guerlain lipstick in 16 Orange Brulee: This is a really old lipstick that my Mum gave me, and I started wearing it to work. What I love about this is that it is a nice muted orangy work appropriate red, and it lasts so well! I apply this in the morning and it lasts until I eat my lunch, then I reapply it after lunch and it lasts until I get home.

Top: Guerlain 16 Orange Brulee. Bottom: MAC Lady Danger
l-r: Illamasqua Naked Rose, NARS Luster

Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose: Since I have been wearing a bold lip to work, I have been needing to tone down the blush. I have been wearing mainly one of two blushes each day and the first one that I have been wearing is Naked Rose. This is an all time favourite blush for me, it is matte, it gives a natural pink flush to the cheeks and I have been wearing it a lot with a red lip and a nude eye, or a smokey eye and a nude lip. See review here.

NARS blush in Luster: This is the first time this blush has make it into my favourites. I bought this in Japan in May, and it took me a month or two to really appreciate it. What I love about this blush is that it is very close to my natural colouring, so instead of adding a new colour to my face, it just adds a lot of dimension. I wear this when I am wearing a bold eye and a bold lip and I don't want to add a bold cheek. This adds a bit of natural colour to my cheeks, adds a slight contour, and also a nice gold sheen. This is the closest product I have to a blush, contour and highlighter all in one.

Top: NARS Luster. Bottom Illamasqua Naked Rose
Top: Mirenesse in Saphire Blue. Bottom: Rimmel in Deep Blue

Mirenesse Tight Liner Hydra Gel Liner in Saphire Blue: I won this in a pack about a year ago, and I never really wore it until recently. For some reason I have been wearing a blue liner or blue smokey eye a lot this month, and if I ever do a blue winged liner I use this I am not a Mirenesse fan, but I do love this shade, and it is not a bad liner.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal liners in 006 Deep Blue: I love this range of liners, and this has been a shade that I previously haven't used too often. I have been using this lately to achieve a blue smokey eye, or I use it just on the waterline to create a blue lower lash line effect. This is a great blue because it is dark enough to work as a bold liner, and it is not too bright so it is quite wearable. It also works well on the waterline, it doesn't budge once it has set, but it is creamy enough to easily blend when it is first applied. See my review here.

Top: Mirenesse in Saphire Blue. Bottom: Rimmel in Deep Blue

So that's it! This July has been pretty uneventful, but hopefully I will have more goodies to show you in August. What were your fabourite beauty products of July?

It's July Lust Have It time of the month, and I am sorry if these photos aren't the best quality, I have started a new job and I can either take these photos when the sun is going down, or I can wait until the weekend - I would prefer to get this post up ASAP!

Lust Have It is an Australian beauty subscription box which costs $19.95 per month. If you are thinking of signing up, then use the discount code "kitsch" for $5 off your first order. You can sign up at http://www.lusthaveit.com.au/

I also did an opening video for this box:



The loose theme of this box is lustre vibrant beauty... these are supposed to be products that keep you looking vibrant on the inside and out. You can see a close up of the information card that was included in the box. This card contains information about each product and their full size retail value.


I think Lust Have It were listening to feedback from last month (where they didn't have any full size items in the June box), and they have compensated by including 8 products, 5 of them being full size items.


Health Essentials zNano Active Gold Eye Patches anti wrinkle (one pair): These are weird golden jelly patches that you stick under your eyes and leave for 20-30 min. I don't know how well they worked (I used them last night) but they did create a nice cooling feel under my eyes. These are stored in liquid so they are quite wet when you apply them. These were fun to use, but I will have to see if I notice any great effect before I buy a pack of 10 pairs. 




Nude By Nature Natural Tinted Mineral Moisturiser with Sunscreen - full size: When I first saw this, I thought this was just a moisturiser, but it's not, it's a tinted moisturiser. Being an oily skinned gal, I tend to steer clear of tinted moisturisers but I like that this can be used as a primer or base to your foundation. Normally I am not a big fan of Nude By Nature, but I will give this a go as a base to my makeup. I will have to take swatch photos soon.

Schwarzkopf Extra Care Volume Powder - full size: I love volumising powders, but I haven't yet tried this particular one yet. On a quick side note, have you ever tried to spell Schwarzkopf? It is a hard brand name to spell! This is the type of volume powder where you sprinkle it into your hair and then to rub it in and it creates a lot of volume. I find I often do this on second day hair or if I am going out and want more volumised hair.

Swisse Hand Cream with vitamin F & Pomegranate 100ml sampple: This is one of my favourite hand creams ever, so I am really glad I got this. It smells nice and lemongrassy, and it is thick but is not at all greasy. I have bought this hand cream before and I am super happy to have this sample for my handbag.

California Mango and Jojoba Body Lotion - full size: This is advertised as being one of the most popular products in the beauty industry... but I have never heard of it! It doubles as a hand cream and a body lotion, and it smells like mango - real mango, not artificial mango. Since I don't really need any hand creams, I might use this on my legs and arms as a body lotion.

Knotties by Condition Culture Hair Ties - two tied: I don't have long hair so I can't use these, but I am sure they will come in handy to a lot of people. I will give mine to a friend.

Colorsmash by Condition Culture Hair Shadow - full size: I was a but skeptical about this hair chalking product... but after looking at the website (see website here), I watched the video and it actually looks like its quite easy to use and quite fun! I got a dark brick red shade (Sangria) but I kinda wish I got some crazy magenta shade or something like that, because I don't see brick red as being all that fun. Nevertheless, this is a really intriguing product!

Health Essentials Maqui Berry Active - 6g sachet: This is a bit of a bonus product. It is a powder that you add to smoothies or juice or water and it is supposed to be full of antioxidants. I go through health kick phases, and I'm not in one at the moment so I will try this, but if I like it, I probably won't buy it until I am in a healthy mood :P

Overall, I was pretty happy with this months box! It has definitely been the best LHI box out of the last few months. Let me know what you guys think of this box, did you get anything different?

Lust Have It July 2013 box

July 23, 2013


It's July Lust Have It time of the month, and I am sorry if these photos aren't the best quality, I have started a new job and I can either take these photos when the sun is going down, or I can wait until the weekend - I would prefer to get this post up ASAP!

Lust Have It is an Australian beauty subscription box which costs $19.95 per month. If you are thinking of signing up, then use the discount code "kitsch" for $5 off your first order. You can sign up at http://www.lusthaveit.com.au/

I also did an opening video for this box:



The loose theme of this box is lustre vibrant beauty... these are supposed to be products that keep you looking vibrant on the inside and out. You can see a close up of the information card that was included in the box. This card contains information about each product and their full size retail value.


I think Lust Have It were listening to feedback from last month (where they didn't have any full size items in the June box), and they have compensated by including 8 products, 5 of them being full size items.


Health Essentials zNano Active Gold Eye Patches anti wrinkle (one pair): These are weird golden jelly patches that you stick under your eyes and leave for 20-30 min. I don't know how well they worked (I used them last night) but they did create a nice cooling feel under my eyes. These are stored in liquid so they are quite wet when you apply them. These were fun to use, but I will have to see if I notice any great effect before I buy a pack of 10 pairs. 




Nude By Nature Natural Tinted Mineral Moisturiser with Sunscreen - full size: When I first saw this, I thought this was just a moisturiser, but it's not, it's a tinted moisturiser. Being an oily skinned gal, I tend to steer clear of tinted moisturisers but I like that this can be used as a primer or base to your foundation. Normally I am not a big fan of Nude By Nature, but I will give this a go as a base to my makeup. I will have to take swatch photos soon.

Schwarzkopf Extra Care Volume Powder - full size: I love volumising powders, but I haven't yet tried this particular one yet. On a quick side note, have you ever tried to spell Schwarzkopf? It is a hard brand name to spell! This is the type of volume powder where you sprinkle it into your hair and then to rub it in and it creates a lot of volume. I find I often do this on second day hair or if I am going out and want more volumised hair.

Swisse Hand Cream with vitamin F & Pomegranate 100ml sampple: This is one of my favourite hand creams ever, so I am really glad I got this. It smells nice and lemongrassy, and it is thick but is not at all greasy. I have bought this hand cream before and I am super happy to have this sample for my handbag.

California Mango and Jojoba Body Lotion - full size: This is advertised as being one of the most popular products in the beauty industry... but I have never heard of it! It doubles as a hand cream and a body lotion, and it smells like mango - real mango, not artificial mango. Since I don't really need any hand creams, I might use this on my legs and arms as a body lotion.

Knotties by Condition Culture Hair Ties - two tied: I don't have long hair so I can't use these, but I am sure they will come in handy to a lot of people. I will give mine to a friend.

Colorsmash by Condition Culture Hair Shadow - full size: I was a but skeptical about this hair chalking product... but after looking at the website (see website here), I watched the video and it actually looks like its quite easy to use and quite fun! I got a dark brick red shade (Sangria) but I kinda wish I got some crazy magenta shade or something like that, because I don't see brick red as being all that fun. Nevertheless, this is a really intriguing product!

Health Essentials Maqui Berry Active - 6g sachet: This is a bit of a bonus product. It is a powder that you add to smoothies or juice or water and it is supposed to be full of antioxidants. I go through health kick phases, and I'm not in one at the moment so I will try this, but if I like it, I probably won't buy it until I am in a healthy mood :P

Overall, I was pretty happy with this months box! It has definitely been the best LHI box out of the last few months. Let me know what you guys think of this box, did you get anything different?

Ok, call me a snob, but I have resisted getting a Girlz Only dry shampoo for months and months just because a full size can costs $2 from Target - and I was convinced that the quality would be crap. I decided to give it a go and fork out the whole $2 when I saw that they now have a version for dark brown hair. I must say, this stuff is pretty damn good! It's not the greatest dry shampoo in the world, but it does the job and it doesn't deposit a lot of white powder that leaves your hair with a grey tint. I also like the scent! It smells a lot less aerosol scented than Batiste does.

I haven't yet used the Batiste dry shampoo for medium brown hair (which costs $12.99), but I have used many bottles of the uncoloured Batiste dry shampoos (which cost $9.99). I decided to do a bit of a comparison with the uncoloured Batiste dry shampoo that I currently have under my sink.

l-r: Girlz Only Dark and Deep Brown Dry Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo

To "swatch" these, I just sprayed some of the product onto my arm. You can see that the Girlz Only dry shampoo does have a brown hint to it, but if you apply too much then it will have a very slight white cast. You will also see that it isn't as powdery or dry as the Batiste dry shampoo.



I applied a concentrated amount into my hair so you can see what each of these products look like in the hair (without brushing it out). You can see that the Batiste dry shampoo deposits a lot of white powder, whereas the Girlz Only dry shampoo doesn't look as white or as powdery.

Even though the Girlz Only one doesn't deposit as much product as the Batiste one, I really don't have a problem with this. In my opinion the Batiste one deposits too much powder and it can often be too hard to brush it out. The Girlz Only dry shampoo does help to absorb oil and adds a bit of extra volume, without being too high maintenance. I also find that if I apply a small amount on my roots, I don't even have to brush it out... you really can't notice that it's there, which is perfect for when you are in a rush.

I do have to mention that if you have really greasy hair, then this doesn't work as well as Batiste, but if you are only using this as a quick refresher, then this is really good!

Overall, I will stock up on this Girlz Only Dry Shampoo for Dark and Deep Brown Hair, because it is super cheap (only $2!!!), it does the job, and it is a much quicker and low maintenance dry shampoo than other products on the market. Since I like this product so much, I am even willing to overlook the fact that they spell Girls with a "z".

Budget Rave: Girlz Only Dry Shampoo for Dark and Deep Brown Hair

July 21, 2013


Ok, call me a snob, but I have resisted getting a Girlz Only dry shampoo for months and months just because a full size can costs $2 from Target - and I was convinced that the quality would be crap. I decided to give it a go and fork out the whole $2 when I saw that they now have a version for dark brown hair. I must say, this stuff is pretty damn good! It's not the greatest dry shampoo in the world, but it does the job and it doesn't deposit a lot of white powder that leaves your hair with a grey tint. I also like the scent! It smells a lot less aerosol scented than Batiste does.

I haven't yet used the Batiste dry shampoo for medium brown hair (which costs $12.99), but I have used many bottles of the uncoloured Batiste dry shampoos (which cost $9.99). I decided to do a bit of a comparison with the uncoloured Batiste dry shampoo that I currently have under my sink.

l-r: Girlz Only Dark and Deep Brown Dry Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo

To "swatch" these, I just sprayed some of the product onto my arm. You can see that the Girlz Only dry shampoo does have a brown hint to it, but if you apply too much then it will have a very slight white cast. You will also see that it isn't as powdery or dry as the Batiste dry shampoo.



I applied a concentrated amount into my hair so you can see what each of these products look like in the hair (without brushing it out). You can see that the Batiste dry shampoo deposits a lot of white powder, whereas the Girlz Only dry shampoo doesn't look as white or as powdery.

Even though the Girlz Only one doesn't deposit as much product as the Batiste one, I really don't have a problem with this. In my opinion the Batiste one deposits too much powder and it can often be too hard to brush it out. The Girlz Only dry shampoo does help to absorb oil and adds a bit of extra volume, without being too high maintenance. I also find that if I apply a small amount on my roots, I don't even have to brush it out... you really can't notice that it's there, which is perfect for when you are in a rush.

I do have to mention that if you have really greasy hair, then this doesn't work as well as Batiste, but if you are only using this as a quick refresher, then this is really good!

Overall, I will stock up on this Girlz Only Dry Shampoo for Dark and Deep Brown Hair, because it is super cheap (only $2!!!), it does the job, and it is a much quicker and low maintenance dry shampoo than other products on the market. Since I like this product so much, I am even willing to overlook the fact that they spell Girls with a "z".


Congratulations to my ICON India hair care pack winner! I have contacted Ashleigh, and her prize will be sent out shortly!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and I will have an international giveaway as soon as I reach the big 1000 followers! I would love to hear suggestions for what prize I should giveaway.

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ICON India giveaway winner!

July 17, 2013



Congratulations to my ICON India hair care pack winner! I have contacted Ashleigh, and her prize will be sent out shortly!

Thanks to everyone who entered, and I will have an international giveaway as soon as I reach the big 1000 followers! I would love to hear suggestions for what prize I should giveaway.

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I reviewed Revlon's Whimsical nail polish the other week (see review here), and I bagged it out a little bit because it is SO sheer. A lot of people left comments saying that it's more of a top coat and that I should layer it over another nail polish. Since I was reviewing the polish, I really wanted to wear it on it's own and didn't want to layer it, but now that I know how sheer it really is, I will only ever use it over a base. This is a quick follow up post about what Whimsical looks like layered over another polish.


For the look I used Re-Fresh Mint by China Glaze, since it is the closest shade that I have to the base colour of Whimsical.


This is what two coats of Whimsical looks over two coats of Re-Fresh Mint. It looks pretty, but you still really need four coats of polish to get a nice even effect (and an additional two coats if you want a base coat and a top coat). This is a really pretty, but I am still not impressed with Whimsical! I not only did I have to apply two coats over Re-Fresh Mint, but since there isn't much glitter in Whimsical, I also had to dot pieces of glitter on each nail to get an even spread of glitter over the nail. With the sparse amount of glitter in this polish, you would ideally need to apply three layer of Whimsical to get a nice glitter coating, but 7 layers of nail polish is metal in my opinion!

So am I converted, do I now love Whimsical? No.

I love the final look, but man this is a high maintenance nail polish! I bought Whimsical from Japan, but it has finally been released in Australia (...after how many years?!?), so if you want to buy this nail polish after my glowing reviews, then head down to your local Priceline or Chemist Warehouse to pick it up!

Nail look using China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint and Revlon Whimsical


I reviewed Revlon's Whimsical nail polish the other week (see review here), and I bagged it out a little bit because it is SO sheer. A lot of people left comments saying that it's more of a top coat and that I should layer it over another nail polish. Since I was reviewing the polish, I really wanted to wear it on it's own and didn't want to layer it, but now that I know how sheer it really is, I will only ever use it over a base. This is a quick follow up post about what Whimsical looks like layered over another polish.


For the look I used Re-Fresh Mint by China Glaze, since it is the closest shade that I have to the base colour of Whimsical.


This is what two coats of Whimsical looks over two coats of Re-Fresh Mint. It looks pretty, but you still really need four coats of polish to get a nice even effect (and an additional two coats if you want a base coat and a top coat). This is a really pretty, but I am still not impressed with Whimsical! I not only did I have to apply two coats over Re-Fresh Mint, but since there isn't much glitter in Whimsical, I also had to dot pieces of glitter on each nail to get an even spread of glitter over the nail. With the sparse amount of glitter in this polish, you would ideally need to apply three layer of Whimsical to get a nice glitter coating, but 7 layers of nail polish is metal in my opinion!

So am I converted, do I now love Whimsical? No.

I love the final look, but man this is a high maintenance nail polish! I bought Whimsical from Japan, but it has finally been released in Australia (...after how many years?!?), so if you want to buy this nail polish after my glowing reviews, then head down to your local Priceline or Chemist Warehouse to pick it up!

I have been so slack with reviews lately, which is shit of me because I have been using some really good products! One really affordable cleanser that I have been loving lately is the Nivea Visage Pure Effect Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub.


This is a cleanser that is designed for oily skin. It is a gel cleanser that contains a few exfoliating beads that are gentle enough for daily use, and it also contains Lactic Acid that is supposed to help clear pores. This doesn't foam up heaps, but it does have a really clean scent, it also cleans well without drying out my skin. I don't know how well this keeps pores clear, but I have had pretty good skin for the past few months, and I am sure that this has contributed. I also like the packaging, it's easy to dispense product, and it stands up with the dispenser facing down so it's easy to use this up to the very last drop.

Normally I am of the impression that skincare needs to be expensive for it to be good, but I really like this cleanser for a basic affordable everyday gel cleanser. This costs $9.99 full priced, and is often on sale (it's currently on sale at Priceline for $7.49)

Nivea Visage Pure Effect Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub review

July 15, 2013


I have been so slack with reviews lately, which is shit of me because I have been using some really good products! One really affordable cleanser that I have been loving lately is the Nivea Visage Pure Effect Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub.


This is a cleanser that is designed for oily skin. It is a gel cleanser that contains a few exfoliating beads that are gentle enough for daily use, and it also contains Lactic Acid that is supposed to help clear pores. This doesn't foam up heaps, but it does have a really clean scent, it also cleans well without drying out my skin. I don't know how well this keeps pores clear, but I have had pretty good skin for the past few months, and I am sure that this has contributed. I also like the packaging, it's easy to dispense product, and it stands up with the dispenser facing down so it's easy to use this up to the very last drop.

Normally I am of the impression that skincare needs to be expensive for it to be good, but I really like this cleanser for a basic affordable everyday gel cleanser. This costs $9.99 full priced, and is often on sale (it's currently on sale at Priceline for $7.49)

I thought I would do a quick post on a nail look that I have been loving lately. I posted the above photo on instagram the other day, and I love the effect! I can't wait to try this with different colours. This lined pattern looks quite complicated, but its actually pretty easy.


I used the following nail polishes to create this look:
  • Natio Nail Colour in Valentine
  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Re-Fresh Mint
  • Sportsgirl Nail It in Goddess


So what I did was paint my nails red with two coats of Valentine. I then painted a thick line in the center of my nail with Re-Fresh Mint. After the thick line dried, I painted a thinner line of Goddess in the middle of the nail. Bam! It's easy as that!

Whats your favourite nail design?

New favourite nail design

July 11, 2013


I thought I would do a quick post on a nail look that I have been loving lately. I posted the above photo on instagram the other day, and I love the effect! I can't wait to try this with different colours. This lined pattern looks quite complicated, but its actually pretty easy.


I used the following nail polishes to create this look:
  • Natio Nail Colour in Valentine
  • China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Re-Fresh Mint
  • Sportsgirl Nail It in Goddess


So what I did was paint my nails red with two coats of Valentine. I then painted a thick line in the center of my nail with Re-Fresh Mint. After the thick line dried, I painted a thinner line of Goddess in the middle of the nail. Bam! It's easy as that!

Whats your favourite nail design?

It's Bellabox time, and these were sent really early this month! Bellabox has been hitting it out of the park with their boxes lately, so I was really excited to see what they had in store for the July box. Bellabox is a beauty subscription box that costs $15 a month, and you can sign up here.

This month the box had a blue cardboard slip around it, which said that this month is presented by LUXE City Guides.


The card also highlights that this month has a travel theme to it.


These are all the products that I received, and below is the card that gives information about each product and also the retail price of the full size.

Click for larger photo

LUXE City Guide - full size item: In my box I got a LUXE guide to New York. This retails for $12.95 and is a fold out cardboard guide that gives information about shopping, dining, and lifestyle in New York. This is a nice little bonus, and I will keep in it my bookshelf in case I ever go to New York. I am curious as to whether other people got different city guides. 


Baby Foot - full size: This is a foot mask that helps exfoliate your feet. I used one of these last year (see my blog post on it), and I found that this worked really well, but it didn't remove all of the dead skin on my feet. This is the best time of the year to do it because your feet do peel for a few days, so its best to keep them covered! This retails for $29.95, which instantly makes this box great value.


Libra Hotties Heat Patch - 1 pack: Heat packs are actually really great inventions, and I first discovered them when I was in China for a month in the dead of winter. We used to buy heat packs and put them in our pockets/jackets to keep us warm in the -18 to -30 degree weather we were staying in. These would be great for period pain, which often comes with back pain, and these claim to last up to 8 hours... so they might even be handy on really cold nights in bed. I will keep this for my next period.


Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - 2 pack: I love pore strips, but I personally aren't the biggest fan of these Biore ones, but I know a lot of people love them. I love that this is a two pack because it allows you to use them for a few weeks and really see if you like them. Some people got Biore makeup remover wipes instead of the pore strips.

Suigo Australia Honey Soap - full size: I actually have this soap in my shower at the moment! It is a translucent soap that has a honey comb pattern in it, and it has a nice soft honey scent. I don't mind this soap, it isn't super creamy but it does the job.

Model Co Cheek and Lip Tint in Rosy Red - 5ml sample: This is half the size of the full version, and I think this size is good enough for me! I find these liquid stains really hard to use, and if I love it then I will be happy to buy the full size, but this size will easily last a good year of moderately frequent use. This is a dark magenta berry shade, and when sheered out it looks like a nice pinky red flush. I haven't yet applied it to my face or lips, but I did take arm swatches below. This also smells really yummy, almost like grape jelly when you have first put the hot water in the jelly crystals. The smell does linger for aaages, which I like, but I know that some people will have a problem with.


Yu-Be Moisturising Cream - 3g sample: This is a tiny sample of a moisturising cream that has been popular in Japan for over 50 years. This is supposed to be applied to dry spots anywhere on your body and is supposed to be absorbed instantly. I will give this a go, because I get dry patches on my back in winter... but I can't see a 3g sample lasting too long!

La Fresh Eco-Beauty Wipe: 1 wipe: This is an instant body smoother wipe that contains peppermint and is 100% biodegradable. This is supposed to sooth dry and over-worked skin. I am not sure where to use this, but I love trying new wipes!

So that's it! This box is great value for money, and although this is not a conventional monthly box, I will make an effort to use everything in it... also people complain about always getting shampoo or body lotion samples, so this box definitely delivers some new and interesting products to try! If you want to join Bellabox, then you can join up here. I am currently uploading an opening video too, so stay tuned for that!

 

July Bellabox 2013

July 10, 2013


It's Bellabox time, and these were sent really early this month! Bellabox has been hitting it out of the park with their boxes lately, so I was really excited to see what they had in store for the July box. Bellabox is a beauty subscription box that costs $15 a month, and you can sign up here.

This month the box had a blue cardboard slip around it, which said that this month is presented by LUXE City Guides.


The card also highlights that this month has a travel theme to it.


These are all the products that I received, and below is the card that gives information about each product and also the retail price of the full size.

Click for larger photo

LUXE City Guide - full size item: In my box I got a LUXE guide to New York. This retails for $12.95 and is a fold out cardboard guide that gives information about shopping, dining, and lifestyle in New York. This is a nice little bonus, and I will keep in it my bookshelf in case I ever go to New York. I am curious as to whether other people got different city guides. 


Baby Foot - full size: This is a foot mask that helps exfoliate your feet. I used one of these last year (see my blog post on it), and I found that this worked really well, but it didn't remove all of the dead skin on my feet. This is the best time of the year to do it because your feet do peel for a few days, so its best to keep them covered! This retails for $29.95, which instantly makes this box great value.


Libra Hotties Heat Patch - 1 pack: Heat packs are actually really great inventions, and I first discovered them when I was in China for a month in the dead of winter. We used to buy heat packs and put them in our pockets/jackets to keep us warm in the -18 to -30 degree weather we were staying in. These would be great for period pain, which often comes with back pain, and these claim to last up to 8 hours... so they might even be handy on really cold nights in bed. I will keep this for my next period.


Biore Deep Cleansing Pore Strips - 2 pack: I love pore strips, but I personally aren't the biggest fan of these Biore ones, but I know a lot of people love them. I love that this is a two pack because it allows you to use them for a few weeks and really see if you like them. Some people got Biore makeup remover wipes instead of the pore strips.

Suigo Australia Honey Soap - full size: I actually have this soap in my shower at the moment! It is a translucent soap that has a honey comb pattern in it, and it has a nice soft honey scent. I don't mind this soap, it isn't super creamy but it does the job.

Model Co Cheek and Lip Tint in Rosy Red - 5ml sample: This is half the size of the full version, and I think this size is good enough for me! I find these liquid stains really hard to use, and if I love it then I will be happy to buy the full size, but this size will easily last a good year of moderately frequent use. This is a dark magenta berry shade, and when sheered out it looks like a nice pinky red flush. I haven't yet applied it to my face or lips, but I did take arm swatches below. This also smells really yummy, almost like grape jelly when you have first put the hot water in the jelly crystals. The smell does linger for aaages, which I like, but I know that some people will have a problem with.


Yu-Be Moisturising Cream - 3g sample: This is a tiny sample of a moisturising cream that has been popular in Japan for over 50 years. This is supposed to be applied to dry spots anywhere on your body and is supposed to be absorbed instantly. I will give this a go, because I get dry patches on my back in winter... but I can't see a 3g sample lasting too long!

La Fresh Eco-Beauty Wipe: 1 wipe: This is an instant body smoother wipe that contains peppermint and is 100% biodegradable. This is supposed to sooth dry and over-worked skin. I am not sure where to use this, but I love trying new wipes!

So that's it! This box is great value for money, and although this is not a conventional monthly box, I will make an effort to use everything in it... also people complain about always getting shampoo or body lotion samples, so this box definitely delivers some new and interesting products to try! If you want to join Bellabox, then you can join up here. I am currently uploading an opening video too, so stay tuned for that!

 

I filmed the 25 Random Questions Tag today. Check out my video below, and feel free to complete this tag and to leave me a link to your 25 Random Questions post/video in the comments below!


Questions
1. Do you have any pets?
2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
3. What's the weather like right now?
4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
5. What time did you wake up this morning?
6. When was the last time you showered?
7. What was the last movie you saw?
8. What does your last text message say?
9. What's your ringtone?
10. Have you ever been to a different country?
11. Do you like sushi?
12. Where do you buy your groceries?
13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
14. How many siblings do you have?
15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
18. Do you color your hair?
19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
20. When was the last time you cried?
21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
24. What is your eye color?
25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?

25 Random Questions Tag

July 9, 2013


I filmed the 25 Random Questions Tag today. Check out my video below, and feel free to complete this tag and to leave me a link to your 25 Random Questions post/video in the comments below!


Questions
1. Do you have any pets?
2. Name 3 things that are physically close to you.
3. What's the weather like right now?
4. Do you drive? If so have you crashed?
5. What time did you wake up this morning?
6. When was the last time you showered?
7. What was the last movie you saw?
8. What does your last text message say?
9. What's your ringtone?
10. Have you ever been to a different country?
11. Do you like sushi?
12. Where do you buy your groceries?
13. Have you ever taken medication to help you fall asleep faster?
14. How many siblings do you have?
15. Do you have a desktop computer or a laptop?
16. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
17. Do you wear contacts or glasses?
18. Do you color your hair?
19. Tell me something you are planning to do today.
20. When was the last time you cried?
21. What is your perfect pizza topping?
22. Which do you prefer-hamburgers or cheeseburgers?
23. Have you ever had an all-nighter?
24. What is your eye color?
25. Can you taste the difference between Pepsi and Coke?

This is my new baby! I have been wanting the Lady Danger lipstick by MAC for around 18 months, and being a pro shade it can be quite hard to track down. After attempting once or twice, I ended up forgetting about it, and it was only when I was placing an order online for RiRi Boy (see review here) that I decided it would be a good opportunity to finally get Lady Danger. I am so glad that I did! This shade is my perfect red! You can buy all of MAC lipsticks (including pro shades and limited edition shades) on the MAC website and they retail in Australia for $36.


Lady Danger is a matte finish and it is described on the MAC site as being a "vivid bright coral-red". I think this is more of a bright orange toned red.


*Drools* I adore this lipstick! Not only is the shade an epic bombshell red shade, but the formula is the perfect matte formula. This lipstick is really creamy, is crazy pigmented, it doesn't drag on the lips, it doesn't cling to dry patches, and lasts a good 4+ hours with minimal eating and drinking (I can't go more than 4 hours without eating or drinking). I wore this out last night and I was pretty much drinking constantly and snacking, and it lasted a good 2-3 hours without needing touching up.

Putting aside the phenomenal colour, what I love so much about this lipstick is that it is a really comfortable matte. I never feel the need to apply a balm or gloss over this, and it is just so easy to apply. In the lip swatch above I didn't exfoliate or apply any balm before using this, it just glides over your lips covering all the flaws, it is a fool proof lipstick!



I decided to do a quick comparison with my favourite MAC lipstick shade, "Morange". I decided to compare these, because they are the two most well known orange toned shades from MAC.


You can see that compared to Morange, Lady Danger looks like a true red shade. Lady Danger is also more opaque and had a matte finish, whereas Morange has a slight sheen to it (since it is an amplified formula instead of a matte). Being a matte shade, Lady Danger also lasts slightly longer on the lips.

Overall, I adore Lady Danger... as much as I love Morange! I am also happy to see that Lady Danger is quite different to Morange, so you can own both without feeling like you have doubled up on the same shade. Lady Danger has reignited my love for MAC lipsticks, and I can't wait to buy more!

What are your favourite MAC lipstick shades?

Also check out the video of my current MAC lipstick collection here.

MAC Lady Danger lipstick - review, swacthes, and comparison with Morange

July 8, 2013


This is my new baby! I have been wanting the Lady Danger lipstick by MAC for around 18 months, and being a pro shade it can be quite hard to track down. After attempting once or twice, I ended up forgetting about it, and it was only when I was placing an order online for RiRi Boy (see review here) that I decided it would be a good opportunity to finally get Lady Danger. I am so glad that I did! This shade is my perfect red! You can buy all of MAC lipsticks (including pro shades and limited edition shades) on the MAC website and they retail in Australia for $36.


Lady Danger is a matte finish and it is described on the MAC site as being a "vivid bright coral-red". I think this is more of a bright orange toned red.


*Drools* I adore this lipstick! Not only is the shade an epic bombshell red shade, but the formula is the perfect matte formula. This lipstick is really creamy, is crazy pigmented, it doesn't drag on the lips, it doesn't cling to dry patches, and lasts a good 4+ hours with minimal eating and drinking (I can't go more than 4 hours without eating or drinking). I wore this out last night and I was pretty much drinking constantly and snacking, and it lasted a good 2-3 hours without needing touching up.

Putting aside the phenomenal colour, what I love so much about this lipstick is that it is a really comfortable matte. I never feel the need to apply a balm or gloss over this, and it is just so easy to apply. In the lip swatch above I didn't exfoliate or apply any balm before using this, it just glides over your lips covering all the flaws, it is a fool proof lipstick!



I decided to do a quick comparison with my favourite MAC lipstick shade, "Morange". I decided to compare these, because they are the two most well known orange toned shades from MAC.


You can see that compared to Morange, Lady Danger looks like a true red shade. Lady Danger is also more opaque and had a matte finish, whereas Morange has a slight sheen to it (since it is an amplified formula instead of a matte). Being a matte shade, Lady Danger also lasts slightly longer on the lips.

Overall, I adore Lady Danger... as much as I love Morange! I am also happy to see that Lady Danger is quite different to Morange, so you can own both without feeling like you have doubled up on the same shade. Lady Danger has reignited my love for MAC lipsticks, and I can't wait to buy more!

What are your favourite MAC lipstick shades?

Also check out the video of my current MAC lipstick collection here.

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