August 2013 | KITSCH/SNITCH


Hey everyone! I thought I would just share a collaborative giveaway that I am a part of. This is collaborative giveaway that I am doing with some lovely Aussie YouTubers. Watch the video above to see the details (and also a tag that all the girls are doing) and the details are also listed below!

There will only be one lucky winner.

Prizes are:
  • The Sigma Mr Bunny black essential brush kit
  • Lorac Pro Palette 
  • Nars Super Orgasm Blush
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle
  • MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick
  • Saucebox Midnight Blossoms Eyeshadow Palette.

RULES:

1. Must be a subscriber to my channel and you must subscribe to the other girls as well to enter the giveaway:

Melinda – www.youtube.com/melindaINT
Krystal – https://www.youtube.com/user/KrysTOOLL
Hannah – http://www.youtube.com/user/Littlemissartsie
Livia – http://www.youtube.com/atthereadytv
Talia – Www.youtube.com/user/2bfem
Michelle – www.youtube.com/user/lipstickrepublic
Natasha – www.youtube.com/tashmakeupreviews
Ashleigh – http://youtube.com/user/ozproductjunkie
Kat – www.youtube.com/Kitschsnitch

2. Follow us all on instagram

Melinda – www.instagram.com/melindaINT
Krystal – http://instagram.com/krystaljohnston
Livia - http://instagram.com/livwell2
Michelle – www.instagram.com/LipstickRepublic
Natasha – www.instagram.com/natashabrewer
Ashleigh – www.instagram.com/ozproductjunkie
Kat – www.instagram.com/Kitschsnitch

3. Must be 18 years or over to enter. Must have parent's permission if underage.

4. Let me know what your favourite products are or what you would like to try in the comments section of the YouTube video.

5. Winner will be chosen through random.org

6. Giveaway will end on the 27th of Sept 2013 12am (EST in Australia)

7. Giveaway is open internationally as well. So go go go!

Good luck everyone!

***CLOSED*** Makeup Collaboration & International Giveaway

August 30, 2013



Hey everyone! I thought I would just share a collaborative giveaway that I am a part of. This is collaborative giveaway that I am doing with some lovely Aussie YouTubers. Watch the video above to see the details (and also a tag that all the girls are doing) and the details are also listed below!

There will only be one lucky winner.

Prizes are:
  • The Sigma Mr Bunny black essential brush kit
  • Lorac Pro Palette 
  • Nars Super Orgasm Blush
  • MAC Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle
  • MAC Ruby Woo Lipstick
  • Saucebox Midnight Blossoms Eyeshadow Palette.

RULES:

1. Must be a subscriber to my channel and you must subscribe to the other girls as well to enter the giveaway:

Melinda – www.youtube.com/melindaINT
Krystal – https://www.youtube.com/user/KrysTOOLL
Hannah – http://www.youtube.com/user/Littlemissartsie
Livia – http://www.youtube.com/atthereadytv
Talia – Www.youtube.com/user/2bfem
Michelle – www.youtube.com/user/lipstickrepublic
Natasha – www.youtube.com/tashmakeupreviews
Ashleigh – http://youtube.com/user/ozproductjunkie
Kat – www.youtube.com/Kitschsnitch

2. Follow us all on instagram

Melinda – www.instagram.com/melindaINT
Krystal – http://instagram.com/krystaljohnston
Livia - http://instagram.com/livwell2
Michelle – www.instagram.com/LipstickRepublic
Natasha – www.instagram.com/natashabrewer
Ashleigh – www.instagram.com/ozproductjunkie
Kat – www.instagram.com/Kitschsnitch

3. Must be 18 years or over to enter. Must have parent's permission if underage.

4. Let me know what your favourite products are or what you would like to try in the comments section of the YouTube video.

5. Winner will be chosen through random.org

6. Giveaway will end on the 27th of Sept 2013 12am (EST in Australia)

7. Giveaway is open internationally as well. So go go go!

Good luck everyone!

I have only recently been introduced to Youngblood makeup in the last couple of months, and I am really enjoying the products I have tired so far. Youngblood is a mineral cosmetic company, and normally I am not overly fussed about whether my makeup in mineral or not, but if I can find good products that are supposedly good for my skin, then why not embrace them! The only problem with mineral products is that they are often quite expensive, and Youngblood is no exception. This Mineral Radiance product costs $75.95, and I was given it by Michelle from Lipstick Republic. If you are interested in checking out Youngblood products, then check out Lipstick Republic, and use the discount code "RepublicVIBs" for a further 10% off your order.

Like I said, this range isn't cheap, but if you wanted to take care of your skin, or you have skin sensitives to other makeup, then it may be worth while investing in some Youngblood products.


So this is the Mineral Radiance in Sundance. According to the Youngblood website this is:

"A multi-dimensional bronzer containing four shades. Use together for a soft, peachy all over glow or use each shade separately for bronzing, contouring, highlighting or even eyeshadow."

I like to use a blush brush and use this as a shimmery bronze brush, or I like to take a smaller brush and use the lighter shades as a highlight. I have also started using these as eye shadows. This actually makes a really nice nude eyeshadow palette as it has two mid toned shades, a light highlight shade, and a darker matte shade that is great for a crease shade.


The swatches above are the four individual shades. The first is the lightest of the outside ring, the second is the mid shade from the outside ring, the third shade is the middle circle, and the last is the bronze dark shade from the outer ring. Below is the shades all mixed together.


Overall, I think this is a really nice versatile product. If you were away for a weekend and didn't want to pack many products, you could easily use this as a eye shadow palette, a highlighter, a shimmery bronzer, or all over your face to create a nice glow.

Here is a photo of me using this Mineral Radiance for eye shadows and for a blush.


Youngblood Sundance Mineral Radiance review and swatches

August 27, 2013


I have only recently been introduced to Youngblood makeup in the last couple of months, and I am really enjoying the products I have tired so far. Youngblood is a mineral cosmetic company, and normally I am not overly fussed about whether my makeup in mineral or not, but if I can find good products that are supposedly good for my skin, then why not embrace them! The only problem with mineral products is that they are often quite expensive, and Youngblood is no exception. This Mineral Radiance product costs $75.95, and I was given it by Michelle from Lipstick Republic. If you are interested in checking out Youngblood products, then check out Lipstick Republic, and use the discount code "RepublicVIBs" for a further 10% off your order.

Like I said, this range isn't cheap, but if you wanted to take care of your skin, or you have skin sensitives to other makeup, then it may be worth while investing in some Youngblood products.


So this is the Mineral Radiance in Sundance. According to the Youngblood website this is:

"A multi-dimensional bronzer containing four shades. Use together for a soft, peachy all over glow or use each shade separately for bronzing, contouring, highlighting or even eyeshadow."

I like to use a blush brush and use this as a shimmery bronze brush, or I like to take a smaller brush and use the lighter shades as a highlight. I have also started using these as eye shadows. This actually makes a really nice nude eyeshadow palette as it has two mid toned shades, a light highlight shade, and a darker matte shade that is great for a crease shade.


The swatches above are the four individual shades. The first is the lightest of the outside ring, the second is the mid shade from the outside ring, the third shade is the middle circle, and the last is the bronze dark shade from the outer ring. Below is the shades all mixed together.


Overall, I think this is a really nice versatile product. If you were away for a weekend and didn't want to pack many products, you could easily use this as a eye shadow palette, a highlighter, a shimmery bronzer, or all over your face to create a nice glow.

Here is a photo of me using this Mineral Radiance for eye shadows and for a blush.



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I thought I would just highlight the new 40% off sale that Priceline is starting tomorrow. It is 40% off all haircare products for two days only. So if you are in need of any haircare, then check it out!

Gotta love the Priceline sales that they have been doing lately!

Priceline Haircare Sale!

August 26, 2013


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I thought I would just highlight the new 40% off sale that Priceline is starting tomorrow. It is 40% off all haircare products for two days only. So if you are in need of any haircare, then check it out!

Gotta love the Priceline sales that they have been doing lately!


I just wanted to let you guys know that I uploaded a video of the foundations and BB creams that I like to use for my oily combination skin.



The products mentioned are:

Foundations for Oily and Combination Skin

August 25, 2013


I just wanted to let you guys know that I uploaded a video of the foundations and BB creams that I like to use for my oily combination skin.



The products mentioned are:

Woot woot! Lust Have It time of the month!

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/

Here is my opening video if you are interested:


I thought I would show you all of the information cards that I got in the box... because there were quite a few! I loved that this contained a Revlon Nearly Naked card with small samples so you can find your shade... more makeup companies should give out these cards!



Below is the information card, so if you want any details of each product, and also retail prices, then click the photo for bigger image!

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Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator shade 200 Pink Light - full size: I was super happy to see this in this in this months box... not only is it a new Revlon product (supposedly this is an old product that has been rereleased), but it is also something that I would be interested in buying. This is a liquid illuminator which you can use as an illuminating primer, mix it in with your foundation, or you can use it as a cream highlighter. The swatches of this are below, I had to take these in artificial light. 


La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water - 50g travel size: I don't use these thermal spray type products very often, but this one does claim to do a list of wonderous things. This is supposed to protect your skin, help with aging and also act as an anti-oxidant. I really should figure out how incorporate this into my skincare routine. This travel size retails for $8.95.

La Roche- Posay Lipikar Baume AP - 15ml sample: This is a thick moisturiser that is designed to relieve very dry skin, and is supposed to provide 24-hour anti-itching action. I get dry itchy patches of skin on my back so I am very curious about this. So far I have used this twice and it is does absorb very well and it feels nourishing.

Lush Vanishing Cream - 10g sample: Who doesn't love Lush? I am very interested in trying this face moisturiser, and it contains 10g of product which should last quite a while. This one is designed for oily and acne prone skin... there were two other moisturiser samples that you could have got in this box.

KMS California Free Shade Conditioner - sample: This range of shampoo and conditioner is designed to be used to increase manageability and pliability for preparation for heat styling. Meh.

Sinful Color Professional nail polish in Gogo Girl - full size: This is a nice red nail polish. I have just applied it and it seems to apply quite easily. I don't know how long this will last without chipping, but the shade is nice.

KMS California Add Volume Volumising Spray - 30ml sample/travel size: I love trying new volumising products, as I have pretty thin and flat hair. This sample is huge too, so I know this will last me a month or more! Will keep you posted on how I go with this.

Overall, I am really happy with this box. If you get Lust Have It, let me know if you got the same box or a different one... and let me know what you thought of these products!

Lust Have It box August 2013

August 23, 2013


Woot woot! Lust Have It time of the month!

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/

Here is my opening video if you are interested:


I thought I would show you all of the information cards that I got in the box... because there were quite a few! I loved that this contained a Revlon Nearly Naked card with small samples so you can find your shade... more makeup companies should give out these cards!



Below is the information card, so if you want any details of each product, and also retail prices, then click the photo for bigger image!

Click for a larger photo

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator shade 200 Pink Light - full size: I was super happy to see this in this in this months box... not only is it a new Revlon product (supposedly this is an old product that has been rereleased), but it is also something that I would be interested in buying. This is a liquid illuminator which you can use as an illuminating primer, mix it in with your foundation, or you can use it as a cream highlighter. The swatches of this are below, I had to take these in artificial light. 


La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water - 50g travel size: I don't use these thermal spray type products very often, but this one does claim to do a list of wonderous things. This is supposed to protect your skin, help with aging and also act as an anti-oxidant. I really should figure out how incorporate this into my skincare routine. This travel size retails for $8.95.

La Roche- Posay Lipikar Baume AP - 15ml sample: This is a thick moisturiser that is designed to relieve very dry skin, and is supposed to provide 24-hour anti-itching action. I get dry itchy patches of skin on my back so I am very curious about this. So far I have used this twice and it is does absorb very well and it feels nourishing.

Lush Vanishing Cream - 10g sample: Who doesn't love Lush? I am very interested in trying this face moisturiser, and it contains 10g of product which should last quite a while. This one is designed for oily and acne prone skin... there were two other moisturiser samples that you could have got in this box.

KMS California Free Shade Conditioner - sample: This range of shampoo and conditioner is designed to be used to increase manageability and pliability for preparation for heat styling. Meh.

Sinful Color Professional nail polish in Gogo Girl - full size: This is a nice red nail polish. I have just applied it and it seems to apply quite easily. I don't know how long this will last without chipping, but the shade is nice.

KMS California Add Volume Volumising Spray - 30ml sample/travel size: I love trying new volumising products, as I have pretty thin and flat hair. This sample is huge too, so I know this will last me a month or more! Will keep you posted on how I go with this.

Overall, I am really happy with this box. If you get Lust Have It, let me know if you got the same box or a different one... and let me know what you thought of these products!

I was tagged to do "The Skincare Tag" by the lovely Sophie from Born to Buy, check out her skincare tag post here.
Describe your skincare routine in five words..
Extensive but enjoyable, spot control.

What's your skin type?
Oily combination, spot prone, trying to prevent aging!

What's your favourite skincare product?
The product that I look forward to applying most each morning/night is a rosehip oil or a good serum. My favourite rosehip oil is the one by Kosmea, and I am currently using the Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+] serum which is really nice (but expensive). They feel quite luxurious and are really nice to apply. These aren't my most needed skincare products however, I think I could live without a serum/oil but I can't live without a good cleanser and moisturiser. 

Top blemish zapper? 
This is a no brainer for me... the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is like a gift from the gods.

Face wipes, yay or nay? 
Nay, I only use them to keep my hands clean when I am doing my makeup.

Toner, yay or nay? 
Yay, but I am pretty slack with toner... it is the one thing that I always have on my sink but I don't use every day.

High end skincare or high end makeup?
I guess high end makeup, mainly because I feel that my high end makeup is more special than my high end skincare. I also think there is a big difference between cheap makeup and high end makeup, whereas the distinction isn't as obvious with skincare.

What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?
I don't know... I guess I have tried some weird masks, like the ones where you have to mix the powder with water and it creates a concrete like mask on your face where you have to peel it off... I don't understand those masks!

You're in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item - what is it?
Probably the Caudelie Beauty Elixir because I have heard so much hype about it. My other answer would have been La Roche-Posay, but you can now easily get that at Priceline these days.

Tell us your top skincare tip.
My skincare tip is mainly for people who have oily combination skin like me. The tip is to embrace oils, because the more good oils you put on the skin, the less your skin will produce bad oils!

I tag:
Talia from Glossy Confidential 
Kate from The Minted Beauty
Melissa from Bubbles On: Beauty, Fashion and Life
Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty
Nalini from The Made Up Maiden
 
...and whoever else wants to do it! Leave your post in the comments section so I can read it :) 

The Skincare TAG

August 21, 2013


I was tagged to do "The Skincare Tag" by the lovely Sophie from Born to Buy, check out her skincare tag post here.
Describe your skincare routine in five words..
Extensive but enjoyable, spot control.

What's your skin type?
Oily combination, spot prone, trying to prevent aging!

What's your favourite skincare product?
The product that I look forward to applying most each morning/night is a rosehip oil or a good serum. My favourite rosehip oil is the one by Kosmea, and I am currently using the Estee Lauder Perfectionist [CP+] serum which is really nice (but expensive). They feel quite luxurious and are really nice to apply. These aren't my most needed skincare products however, I think I could live without a serum/oil but I can't live without a good cleanser and moisturiser. 

Top blemish zapper? 
This is a no brainer for me... the Mario Badescu Drying Lotion is like a gift from the gods.

Face wipes, yay or nay? 
Nay, I only use them to keep my hands clean when I am doing my makeup.

Toner, yay or nay? 
Yay, but I am pretty slack with toner... it is the one thing that I always have on my sink but I don't use every day.

High end skincare or high end makeup?
I guess high end makeup, mainly because I feel that my high end makeup is more special than my high end skincare. I also think there is a big difference between cheap makeup and high end makeup, whereas the distinction isn't as obvious with skincare.

What's the most unusual skincare product you've tried?
I don't know... I guess I have tried some weird masks, like the ones where you have to mix the powder with water and it creates a concrete like mask on your face where you have to peel it off... I don't understand those masks!

You're in a French pharmacy and can only pick one item - what is it?
Probably the Caudelie Beauty Elixir because I have heard so much hype about it. My other answer would have been La Roche-Posay, but you can now easily get that at Priceline these days.

Tell us your top skincare tip.
My skincare tip is mainly for people who have oily combination skin like me. The tip is to embrace oils, because the more good oils you put on the skin, the less your skin will produce bad oils!

I tag:
Talia from Glossy Confidential 
Kate from The Minted Beauty
Melissa from Bubbles On: Beauty, Fashion and Life
Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty
Nalini from The Made Up Maiden
 
...and whoever else wants to do it! Leave your post in the comments section so I can read it :) 


I received my August Bellabox today! The box was sitting on my doorstep when I got home from work, and it felt like a pretty heavy box this month... lets see whats inside!

Bellabox is a beauty subscription box that costs $15 a month, and you can sign up here.

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The theme of this month is "Get Active!"... which is a nice reminder that I haven't exercised since starting my new job... almost 6 weeks ago eeek! I need to do something about that asap! All the price information and descriptions of the products are on the card above, and click on it to see a larger image.


Banana Boat Mineral Protect Sensitive SPF 30+ Sunscreen - full size: This is the first full size product of the box. I really like the idea of a sensitive mineral sunscreen, and I totally get the "get active" connection. I don't use body sunscreen regularly, but this will come in handy for summer.

Ultraceuticals Ultra CC Cream Mineral Tint SPF 30 - 5ml sample: CC creams and BB creams are all the rage these days, and even though I prefer to wear a medium coverage foundation on a daily basis, I do love light weight foundations - so if I can find a better alternative to a foundation, I will jump on it! This is a brightening and protecting CC cream and I can't wait to give it a go. A 5ml sample is also a pretty good size, I will definitely get a few wears out of this little tube. This is in the shade medium and I have included swatches later in this post.

Maybelline New York Dream Pure BB Cream for Oily Skin - full size: This is quite funny that they included this in the box, not only did I buy this exact BB Cream last week (same shade and everything) but I was considering going back to Priceline and buying a backup while it was still on sale! I have been using this for the past few days, and it is a nice BB cream, it applies easily, it smooths over pores, and it has good oil control. My only issues with it is that it is both light in colour and light in coverage. I need to use a medium in this BB cream (I am normally a light), but the light in this range will suit people with ivory skin... it is way too light for me. So if you have skin darker than mine then you may struggle using this. If it is too light for you, then just use it as a brightening primer, since it does smooth pores and it provides oil control. The swatches of this BB cream are below. This is also light in coverage, and it difficult to build up, so it is a nice BB cream for when you want light coverage, but it if you want to use this instead of your normal foundation, you may want to use quite a bit of concealer with it.

l-r Maybelline BB Cream in Medium, Ultraceuticals Ultra CC Cream in Medium
l-r Maybelline BB Cream in Medium, Ultraceuticals Ultra CC Cream in Medium

L'Oreal Base Magique Primer - 5ml sample: I was really happy to see this, I love sampling primers because primers are pretty expensive, and I hate buying a full size and not liking it. This is a large sample too, its 5ml and the full size is 15ml, so this sample will last a few weeks and is worth around $10! This is supposed to smooth pores, help makeup last longer, and absorb oil! This sounds perfect for me. I am wearing this today, so I will see how it goes. If I love this, I will buy it because I am in the market for a good primer!

Tom Organic Tampons - 2 pack: This is a natural and organic version of a tampon. I never really thought that I needed organic tampons, but I guess its a good idea, and there is definitely a market for it. I don't know why tampons are named Tom, but hey, I can run with it (EDIT TOM stands for "time of the month", smart!)

Aphelia Oasis Hebal Acne Solution - 2ml sample: I don't know too much about this, but I love natural acne remedies because I do still suffer from spots even as an adult. I will try this and get back to you guys about it.

Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser - 5ml sample: I haven't used this yet, but I will add in a little review as soon as I do. This is a small tube, so I think this will last me only 2-3 washes.

Overall, I love this box! I think it is completely suited to me and my problem skin! I also love the two full size products. I will use every product in this box! I love it, great box!

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!


August Bellabox 2013

August 20, 2013


I received my August Bellabox today! The box was sitting on my doorstep when I got home from work, and it felt like a pretty heavy box this month... lets see whats inside!

Bellabox is a beauty subscription box that costs $15 a month, and you can sign up here.

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The theme of this month is "Get Active!"... which is a nice reminder that I haven't exercised since starting my new job... almost 6 weeks ago eeek! I need to do something about that asap! All the price information and descriptions of the products are on the card above, and click on it to see a larger image.


Banana Boat Mineral Protect Sensitive SPF 30+ Sunscreen - full size: This is the first full size product of the box. I really like the idea of a sensitive mineral sunscreen, and I totally get the "get active" connection. I don't use body sunscreen regularly, but this will come in handy for summer.

Ultraceuticals Ultra CC Cream Mineral Tint SPF 30 - 5ml sample: CC creams and BB creams are all the rage these days, and even though I prefer to wear a medium coverage foundation on a daily basis, I do love light weight foundations - so if I can find a better alternative to a foundation, I will jump on it! This is a brightening and protecting CC cream and I can't wait to give it a go. A 5ml sample is also a pretty good size, I will definitely get a few wears out of this little tube. This is in the shade medium and I have included swatches later in this post.

Maybelline New York Dream Pure BB Cream for Oily Skin - full size: This is quite funny that they included this in the box, not only did I buy this exact BB Cream last week (same shade and everything) but I was considering going back to Priceline and buying a backup while it was still on sale! I have been using this for the past few days, and it is a nice BB cream, it applies easily, it smooths over pores, and it has good oil control. My only issues with it is that it is both light in colour and light in coverage. I need to use a medium in this BB cream (I am normally a light), but the light in this range will suit people with ivory skin... it is way too light for me. So if you have skin darker than mine then you may struggle using this. If it is too light for you, then just use it as a brightening primer, since it does smooth pores and it provides oil control. The swatches of this BB cream are below. This is also light in coverage, and it difficult to build up, so it is a nice BB cream for when you want light coverage, but it if you want to use this instead of your normal foundation, you may want to use quite a bit of concealer with it.

l-r Maybelline BB Cream in Medium, Ultraceuticals Ultra CC Cream in Medium
l-r Maybelline BB Cream in Medium, Ultraceuticals Ultra CC Cream in Medium

L'Oreal Base Magique Primer - 5ml sample: I was really happy to see this, I love sampling primers because primers are pretty expensive, and I hate buying a full size and not liking it. This is a large sample too, its 5ml and the full size is 15ml, so this sample will last a few weeks and is worth around $10! This is supposed to smooth pores, help makeup last longer, and absorb oil! This sounds perfect for me. I am wearing this today, so I will see how it goes. If I love this, I will buy it because I am in the market for a good primer!

Tom Organic Tampons - 2 pack: This is a natural and organic version of a tampon. I never really thought that I needed organic tampons, but I guess its a good idea, and there is definitely a market for it. I don't know why tampons are named Tom, but hey, I can run with it (EDIT TOM stands for "time of the month", smart!)

Aphelia Oasis Hebal Acne Solution - 2ml sample: I don't know too much about this, but I love natural acne remedies because I do still suffer from spots even as an adult. I will try this and get back to you guys about it.

Pevonia Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser - 5ml sample: I haven't used this yet, but I will add in a little review as soon as I do. This is a small tube, so I think this will last me only 2-3 washes.

Overall, I love this box! I think it is completely suited to me and my problem skin! I also love the two full size products. I will use every product in this box! I love it, great box!

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!



Last week I bought my first ever The Balm products. I have been wanting to buy the Mary-Lou Manizer for a while, so when I saw that David Jones was having a The Balm gift with purchase, I jumped at the opportunity to buy the Mary-Lou Manizer. The gift with purchase was a free Shady Lady palette (either Vol 2 or 3) if you spend over $27.95 in one transaction (see post about the deal here). So I forked out the $34.95 for the Mary-Lou Manizer and I got a Shady Lady Vol 2 palette (valued at $49.95) for free. I have been using both of these products for over a week now so I am finally getting around to reviewing them.


I will start with the Shady Lady Vol 2 palette. Like I said before, this retails for $49.95 in Australia and you can buy it at David Jones.


This palette contains nine eye shadows, and the five darkest shades are supposed to double as an eyeliner. All of these eye shadows are shimmery. Each shade has a "shady" word followed by a lady's name... I like that this fits with the theme of the palette, but the shades are hard and too long to bother remembering.

The packaging of this palette is ok, it contains a good sized mirror, the packaging is cardboard with a magnetic closure, it is light weight and pretty sturdy. I am not a big fan of the graphic on the front, I really think they could have made it look a little more appealing.


As a whole, the shadows in this palette are really nice quality, they are soft, pigmented and are a pleasure to use. There are a couple of exceptions though (mainly the two darkest shades). I do make it a habit to always wear a primer with eye shadows, and even though most of theses shades apply nice and smoothly and are pigmented, they will crease if you don't use a primer. I used the Lime Crime eyeshadow primer for the swatches below.

Top row: Court In The Act Courtney, Feisty Felicia, and Insane Jane

The top line of shadows contains two dark sparkly shades and one taupe shade.

Court In The Act Courtney is a dark brown shadow with coppery gold sparkles. This is one of the least pigmented shadows of the palette. It is one of those shadows that has an almost matte base but contains a lot of glitter. This is a nice concept, but the base isn't pigmented enough to make this impressive. The main redeemable quality of this shadow is that it can be built up, so I like use this as a sheer crease colour, and I also like to build it up as an outer v shade. The swatches are over an eyeshadow primer, and these two first shadows really do need a primer to get a decent colour pay off.

Feisty Felicia has a very similar formula to Court In The Act Courtney, but it is more of a black eggplant shade. This also contains glitter, but the glitter is a silvery purple shade and is finer than the first shade. I also use this for a crease/outer v colour. If you build this up enough, it could make a very pretty liner. These two shades are the only shades of the palette that really do need an eye primer to help the colour pay off.

Insane Jane is a mid toned taupe that has a metallic finish. This is one of my two favourite shades in this palette. This shade would suit most people, it is easy to apply and has great colour pay off. I use this as an all over lid colour.

Middle row: Bossy Bobbi, Makeout Mary, Just This Once Jamie

The middle line contains the more colourful shades.

Bossy Bobbi is a mid toned blue that has a metallic finish. This is a nice shade of blue, you could easily wear this with taupes or browns to create a more wearable look.

Makeout Mary is an olive green that has an almost old gold sheen to it. I can imagine wearing this with a gold or bronze eye look.

Just This Once Jamie is a mauve shade that has some silver shimmer to it. When applied this looks quite pink. This isn't as opaque as the other shades on this line, and can be applied quite sheerly.

Bottom row: Mischievois Marissa, Tempting Tara, Devilish Danielle
Mischievous Marissa is a coppery peachy-orange shade that has a metallic finish. Along with the Insane Jane from the top line, this is my favourite shade. It is a nice all over lid colour that adds a nice pop of colour to your eyes. This is also one of the shades that has the best colour pay off.

Tempting Tara is a shimmery white shade, and although this is a good quality shadow, I can't see myself getting much use out of this shade... it is far to frosty. 

Devilish Danielle is a champagne peachy shade that works well as a highlight shade. This is also a really nice quality shade.


Onto the Mary-Lou Manizer. The Balm website states that this is can use to highlight your face, as an eye shadow (a really giant 8.5g eye shadow), or with a big fluffy brush to add a glow to your face. I have only used this as a highlighter and an inner corner highlight, I think that this will be too pigmented to apply all over my face.

I really like the packaging of this product, the graphic on the front is cute, the packaging is thin and sturdy, and you get a good sized mirror in it.


This is a nice light gold champagne colour which I can imagine would suit a lot of skin tones. It is dangerously pigmented though, and you only need to tap your brush in this very lightly otherwise you can apply way too much product and can be left looking too shimmery. If you like a subtle natural highlighter then I do not recommend this product... but if you like a really highlighted look, then this is for you.

Mary-Lou Manizer heavily swatched and blended out

Overall, I am really happy with my purchases from The Balm. Even though I like both of these products and I have been wearing them often since buying them, I don't think I would have forked out the full price for these if there wasn't a gift with purchase. My main reason for saying that is because the palette isn't as wearable as I would have liked, and because the highlighter is so extreme, that once the novelty wears off, I will probably only reach for it when I am going out at night.

Have you tried these products? What do you think of them?

The Balm Shady Lady Vol 2 palette and Mary-Lou Manizer review and swatches

August 18, 2013


Last week I bought my first ever The Balm products. I have been wanting to buy the Mary-Lou Manizer for a while, so when I saw that David Jones was having a The Balm gift with purchase, I jumped at the opportunity to buy the Mary-Lou Manizer. The gift with purchase was a free Shady Lady palette (either Vol 2 or 3) if you spend over $27.95 in one transaction (see post about the deal here). So I forked out the $34.95 for the Mary-Lou Manizer and I got a Shady Lady Vol 2 palette (valued at $49.95) for free. I have been using both of these products for over a week now so I am finally getting around to reviewing them.


I will start with the Shady Lady Vol 2 palette. Like I said before, this retails for $49.95 in Australia and you can buy it at David Jones.


This palette contains nine eye shadows, and the five darkest shades are supposed to double as an eyeliner. All of these eye shadows are shimmery. Each shade has a "shady" word followed by a lady's name... I like that this fits with the theme of the palette, but the shades are hard and too long to bother remembering.

The packaging of this palette is ok, it contains a good sized mirror, the packaging is cardboard with a magnetic closure, it is light weight and pretty sturdy. I am not a big fan of the graphic on the front, I really think they could have made it look a little more appealing.


As a whole, the shadows in this palette are really nice quality, they are soft, pigmented and are a pleasure to use. There are a couple of exceptions though (mainly the two darkest shades). I do make it a habit to always wear a primer with eye shadows, and even though most of theses shades apply nice and smoothly and are pigmented, they will crease if you don't use a primer. I used the Lime Crime eyeshadow primer for the swatches below.

Top row: Court In The Act Courtney, Feisty Felicia, and Insane Jane

The top line of shadows contains two dark sparkly shades and one taupe shade.

Court In The Act Courtney is a dark brown shadow with coppery gold sparkles. This is one of the least pigmented shadows of the palette. It is one of those shadows that has an almost matte base but contains a lot of glitter. This is a nice concept, but the base isn't pigmented enough to make this impressive. The main redeemable quality of this shadow is that it can be built up, so I like use this as a sheer crease colour, and I also like to build it up as an outer v shade. The swatches are over an eyeshadow primer, and these two first shadows really do need a primer to get a decent colour pay off.

Feisty Felicia has a very similar formula to Court In The Act Courtney, but it is more of a black eggplant shade. This also contains glitter, but the glitter is a silvery purple shade and is finer than the first shade. I also use this for a crease/outer v colour. If you build this up enough, it could make a very pretty liner. These two shades are the only shades of the palette that really do need an eye primer to help the colour pay off.

Insane Jane is a mid toned taupe that has a metallic finish. This is one of my two favourite shades in this palette. This shade would suit most people, it is easy to apply and has great colour pay off. I use this as an all over lid colour.

Middle row: Bossy Bobbi, Makeout Mary, Just This Once Jamie

The middle line contains the more colourful shades.

Bossy Bobbi is a mid toned blue that has a metallic finish. This is a nice shade of blue, you could easily wear this with taupes or browns to create a more wearable look.

Makeout Mary is an olive green that has an almost old gold sheen to it. I can imagine wearing this with a gold or bronze eye look.

Just This Once Jamie is a mauve shade that has some silver shimmer to it. When applied this looks quite pink. This isn't as opaque as the other shades on this line, and can be applied quite sheerly.

Bottom row: Mischievois Marissa, Tempting Tara, Devilish Danielle
Mischievous Marissa is a coppery peachy-orange shade that has a metallic finish. Along with the Insane Jane from the top line, this is my favourite shade. It is a nice all over lid colour that adds a nice pop of colour to your eyes. This is also one of the shades that has the best colour pay off.

Tempting Tara is a shimmery white shade, and although this is a good quality shadow, I can't see myself getting much use out of this shade... it is far to frosty. 

Devilish Danielle is a champagne peachy shade that works well as a highlight shade. This is also a really nice quality shade.


Onto the Mary-Lou Manizer. The Balm website states that this is can use to highlight your face, as an eye shadow (a really giant 8.5g eye shadow), or with a big fluffy brush to add a glow to your face. I have only used this as a highlighter and an inner corner highlight, I think that this will be too pigmented to apply all over my face.

I really like the packaging of this product, the graphic on the front is cute, the packaging is thin and sturdy, and you get a good sized mirror in it.


This is a nice light gold champagne colour which I can imagine would suit a lot of skin tones. It is dangerously pigmented though, and you only need to tap your brush in this very lightly otherwise you can apply way too much product and can be left looking too shimmery. If you like a subtle natural highlighter then I do not recommend this product... but if you like a really highlighted look, then this is for you.

Mary-Lou Manizer heavily swatched and blended out

Overall, I am really happy with my purchases from The Balm. Even though I like both of these products and I have been wearing them often since buying them, I don't think I would have forked out the full price for these if there wasn't a gift with purchase. My main reason for saying that is because the palette isn't as wearable as I would have liked, and because the highlighter is so extreme, that once the novelty wears off, I will probably only reach for it when I am going out at night.

Have you tried these products? What do you think of them?


I had a bit of a brain wave the other day... I was thinking of doing a video/blog post talking about all the foundations and bb creams that I like using for oily/combination skin. If you have oily/combination skin, you will know that finding a foundation that will keep you oil free, and will last you a whole working day without getting patchy, is pretty hard to find. Over the last couple of years I have fine tuned my foundation collection to a stage where I am pretty happy with most foundations that I own, so I thought it would be a good idea to write about my collection.

I was about to gather my foundations and start taking photos when I decided that it's probably better to start with my favourite skincare for oily/combination skin... after all, if you can get your skin to a more manageable stage (reducing spots and excessive oiliness) then you will have a much better time finding foundation that works for you. So, after a long winded introduction, this post is about the skincare that I use to help combat my oily/combination and spot prone skin.

I did a video talking about this, but I am including a bit more information in this blog post


I will start with the cleansers...

Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil - One key to keeping your skin spot free, is to make sure to remove all of your makeup. I like to use a cleansing oil to melt off my makeup, and then I follow up with a gel cleanser for a double cleanse. There are a few cleansing oils on the market, but I personally love these ones by Shu Uemura. The one I have is the original formula, but when I bought my first bottle of cleansing oil I was worried that it would make my skin feel oily, so I started with the pink bottle which is the Fresh formula. The Fresh one is a thinner oil that is supposed to help keep pores clarified. I personally like both of these formulas and would recommend either one. The large 450ml bottles aren't cheap, they retail for $96, but one bottle will easily last me almost a year. You can also buy smaller 150ml bottles which retail for $36, so they are a more affordable if you wanted to try it out before you committed to a large bottle.

Nivea Visage Pure Effect Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub - This is a cleanser that I have been loving using lately. It is a really pleasantly scented gel cleanser that contains some exfoliating beads. Even though it is quite clarifying, it is also quite gentle on my skin. Back in the day, I used to love using products that stripped my skin of oils, but I realised that by stripping you skin, your skin starts over producing oil to compensate... so it is important to use relatively gentle cleansers and to follow it up with a good oil and/or moisturiser. This cleanser retails for $6.99 from Chemist Warehouse and $9.99 from Priceline, so it is a really affordable cleanser if you don't have much money to spend on skincare. See my full review here.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar: This is another basic gel cleanser. It is designed to purify oily skin and it's designed for sensitive skin, so it won't be too harsh and won't strip your skin of it's oils. I bought this cleanser because I have been using the moisturiser from the same range (which I will mention later in this post) and I thought it might be good to use the two together. I find that this Effaclar is really effective and I love using it with my Clarisonic. I bought this from Priceline for $19.95.

Clarisonic Mia: I have been pretty slack at using my Clarisonic for the past few months (possibly because I need to buy a new brush head), but it is a great way to keep your pores clear. Some people say that when they start using a Clarisonic their skin purges and breaks out (luckily this didn't happen to me), but in the long run a Clarisonic helps keep your skin clean, helps reduce your spots, and also makes your skin look smoother. See review here.


St Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub: I adore this scrub, it really is my favourite exfoliant of all time! I think this is my 6th or 7th tube, and whenever I try another exfoliant I always come back to this one. Not only does it smell great and have a really good consistency, but it contains salicylic acid which helps prevent/clear up spots. The consistency of this scrub is like no other, it is a dense paste of very fine exfoliating particles that is effective, but not too harsh. This retails for $9.99 at Priceline. See full review here.

Michael Todd True Organics Organic Lemon AHA + DMAE Toner: Ok, I am not a huge toner person... I have a very extensive skincare routine but this is the one step that I often leave out. I used to love using alcohol based toners, but when I found out that alcohol dries out and damages your skin, I switched to alcohol free toners, and the toning experience has never been the same since. This Michael Todd toner is ok, but I struggle finding alcohol free toners that I actually like and want to use. Toning is important because it helps remove any residue from cleansing, and it helps tighten pores, so I guess the take home message is that you should tone with alcohol free toner. Also if you have a good recommendation for a great alcohol free toner, then let me know! This retails for $18 from the Michael Todd website.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil: This the first of my holy trinity of skincare products. My holy trinity of skincare products are the three products that I honesty always have to have in my bathroom at all times. These are the three products that I have noticed a real difference in my skin, and the difference was pretty much noticed over night or after a few days. I love this rose hip oil, and at any time I will have a few back ups of these under my sink. I apply this after I cleanse (and tone) and then I apply my moisturiser on top of it. I find that this does a few things for my skin; it tricks my skin into thinking that it is already oily, so it doesn't produce as much oil as normal, this has consequently reduced the amount of spots I get - from one or two a day to one or two a week, and it helps reduce any acne scarring. This also has great benefits with hydration and anti-aging. I love this Kosmea brand in particular, and it used to be hard to get, but you can now get them in Chemist Warehouse for $21.99 for 20ml or $38.99 for 42ml.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: The second of the holy trinity is this drying lotion. I use this whenever I do have a spot and I want to nip it in the bud. This magical product gets rid of most spots overnight, or bad spots in two nights. This also never dries or burns my skin, so it is gentle to use as often as you need. This is by far the best spot treatment I have ever used. Please note that this doens't work on cystic acne, but Mario Badescu has other products that would suit cystic acne. This retails for $26.95 from Kit Cosmetics. See my full review here.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: This is the last of the trio. Effaclar Duo is a thin moisturiser that acts to unclog pores and to get rid of imperfections. I first started using this a few months ago when I was having a good skin week, and I didn't see any difference at first, but it was only around a month later when I realised that my good skin week turned into a good skin month, and so forth and so forth. I use this moisturiser during the day, since I prefer thicker more hydrating moisturisers at night, but you can use this night and day if you are trying to clear up problem skin, or once a day to maintain your skin. This isn't a nice luxurious moisturiser, but it does keep your skin nice and clear from all types of acne, including cystic acne. I buy this from Priceline for $25.99.


Now that I have mentioned what skincare I use to keep my skin oil free and spot free, I thought I would mention two sunscreens that I can use on a daily basis that don't make me greasy or break out.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid: I only bought this recently so I haven't used it over a long period of time, but this is a thin suncreen lotion that is SPF 50+, protects from UVA and UVB and is suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies. I apply this over my moisturiser and under my makeup, and I find it to be very lightweight and you can't notice you are wearing it. This retails for $25.99 from Priceline.

Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector: This is my favourite sunscreen, it is SPF 30+, protects from UVA and UVB, contains no chemicals, acts as a moisturiser, and a barrier for allergies. I love this one the most because I have been wearing this every day for a few month with no issues. This applies really easily, like a moisturiser, and like the Extreme Fluid, I apply this on top of my daily moisturiser and under my makeup. This has never broken me out, and I have never been sunburnt when I have worn this sunscreen. This retails for $29.99 from Chemist Warehouse, but one tube will last 6 months to a year of daily use on your face and neck. See full review here.

That post ended up much longer than I expected! I hope that someone can take something away from this post, because I know that oily skin is a battle, but there are some good products out there that can really help.

If you have tried any of these products, I would love to know what you thought of them. Also if you have any suggestions for products that I should try, then leave a comment below!

Skincare I use to help with my oily/combination and spot prone skin

August 14, 2013


I had a bit of a brain wave the other day... I was thinking of doing a video/blog post talking about all the foundations and bb creams that I like using for oily/combination skin. If you have oily/combination skin, you will know that finding a foundation that will keep you oil free, and will last you a whole working day without getting patchy, is pretty hard to find. Over the last couple of years I have fine tuned my foundation collection to a stage where I am pretty happy with most foundations that I own, so I thought it would be a good idea to write about my collection.

I was about to gather my foundations and start taking photos when I decided that it's probably better to start with my favourite skincare for oily/combination skin... after all, if you can get your skin to a more manageable stage (reducing spots and excessive oiliness) then you will have a much better time finding foundation that works for you. So, after a long winded introduction, this post is about the skincare that I use to help combat my oily/combination and spot prone skin.

I did a video talking about this, but I am including a bit more information in this blog post


I will start with the cleansers...

Shu Uemura High Performance Balancing Cleansing Oil - One key to keeping your skin spot free, is to make sure to remove all of your makeup. I like to use a cleansing oil to melt off my makeup, and then I follow up with a gel cleanser for a double cleanse. There are a few cleansing oils on the market, but I personally love these ones by Shu Uemura. The one I have is the original formula, but when I bought my first bottle of cleansing oil I was worried that it would make my skin feel oily, so I started with the pink bottle which is the Fresh formula. The Fresh one is a thinner oil that is supposed to help keep pores clarified. I personally like both of these formulas and would recommend either one. The large 450ml bottles aren't cheap, they retail for $96, but one bottle will easily last me almost a year. You can also buy smaller 150ml bottles which retail for $36, so they are a more affordable if you wanted to try it out before you committed to a large bottle.

Nivea Visage Pure Effect Clean Deeper Daily Wash Scrub - This is a cleanser that I have been loving using lately. It is a really pleasantly scented gel cleanser that contains some exfoliating beads. Even though it is quite clarifying, it is also quite gentle on my skin. Back in the day, I used to love using products that stripped my skin of oils, but I realised that by stripping you skin, your skin starts over producing oil to compensate... so it is important to use relatively gentle cleansers and to follow it up with a good oil and/or moisturiser. This cleanser retails for $6.99 from Chemist Warehouse and $9.99 from Priceline, so it is a really affordable cleanser if you don't have much money to spend on skincare. See my full review here.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar: This is another basic gel cleanser. It is designed to purify oily skin and it's designed for sensitive skin, so it won't be too harsh and won't strip your skin of it's oils. I bought this cleanser because I have been using the moisturiser from the same range (which I will mention later in this post) and I thought it might be good to use the two together. I find that this Effaclar is really effective and I love using it with my Clarisonic. I bought this from Priceline for $19.95.

Clarisonic Mia: I have been pretty slack at using my Clarisonic for the past few months (possibly because I need to buy a new brush head), but it is a great way to keep your pores clear. Some people say that when they start using a Clarisonic their skin purges and breaks out (luckily this didn't happen to me), but in the long run a Clarisonic helps keep your skin clean, helps reduce your spots, and also makes your skin look smoother. See review here.


St Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub: I adore this scrub, it really is my favourite exfoliant of all time! I think this is my 6th or 7th tube, and whenever I try another exfoliant I always come back to this one. Not only does it smell great and have a really good consistency, but it contains salicylic acid which helps prevent/clear up spots. The consistency of this scrub is like no other, it is a dense paste of very fine exfoliating particles that is effective, but not too harsh. This retails for $9.99 at Priceline. See full review here.

Michael Todd True Organics Organic Lemon AHA + DMAE Toner: Ok, I am not a huge toner person... I have a very extensive skincare routine but this is the one step that I often leave out. I used to love using alcohol based toners, but when I found out that alcohol dries out and damages your skin, I switched to alcohol free toners, and the toning experience has never been the same since. This Michael Todd toner is ok, but I struggle finding alcohol free toners that I actually like and want to use. Toning is important because it helps remove any residue from cleansing, and it helps tighten pores, so I guess the take home message is that you should tone with alcohol free toner. Also if you have a good recommendation for a great alcohol free toner, then let me know! This retails for $18 from the Michael Todd website.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil: This the first of my holy trinity of skincare products. My holy trinity of skincare products are the three products that I honesty always have to have in my bathroom at all times. These are the three products that I have noticed a real difference in my skin, and the difference was pretty much noticed over night or after a few days. I love this rose hip oil, and at any time I will have a few back ups of these under my sink. I apply this after I cleanse (and tone) and then I apply my moisturiser on top of it. I find that this does a few things for my skin; it tricks my skin into thinking that it is already oily, so it doesn't produce as much oil as normal, this has consequently reduced the amount of spots I get - from one or two a day to one or two a week, and it helps reduce any acne scarring. This also has great benefits with hydration and anti-aging. I love this Kosmea brand in particular, and it used to be hard to get, but you can now get them in Chemist Warehouse for $21.99 for 20ml or $38.99 for 42ml.

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion: The second of the holy trinity is this drying lotion. I use this whenever I do have a spot and I want to nip it in the bud. This magical product gets rid of most spots overnight, or bad spots in two nights. This also never dries or burns my skin, so it is gentle to use as often as you need. This is by far the best spot treatment I have ever used. Please note that this doens't work on cystic acne, but Mario Badescu has other products that would suit cystic acne. This retails for $26.95 from Kit Cosmetics. See my full review here.

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Duo: This is the last of the trio. Effaclar Duo is a thin moisturiser that acts to unclog pores and to get rid of imperfections. I first started using this a few months ago when I was having a good skin week, and I didn't see any difference at first, but it was only around a month later when I realised that my good skin week turned into a good skin month, and so forth and so forth. I use this moisturiser during the day, since I prefer thicker more hydrating moisturisers at night, but you can use this night and day if you are trying to clear up problem skin, or once a day to maintain your skin. This isn't a nice luxurious moisturiser, but it does keep your skin nice and clear from all types of acne, including cystic acne. I buy this from Priceline for $25.99.


Now that I have mentioned what skincare I use to keep my skin oil free and spot free, I thought I would mention two sunscreens that I can use on a daily basis that don't make me greasy or break out.

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid: I only bought this recently so I haven't used it over a long period of time, but this is a thin suncreen lotion that is SPF 50+, protects from UVA and UVB and is suitable for people with sensitive skin or allergies. I apply this over my moisturiser and under my makeup, and I find it to be very lightweight and you can't notice you are wearing it. This retails for $25.99 from Priceline.

Invisible Zinc Environmental Skin Protector: This is my favourite sunscreen, it is SPF 30+, protects from UVA and UVB, contains no chemicals, acts as a moisturiser, and a barrier for allergies. I love this one the most because I have been wearing this every day for a few month with no issues. This applies really easily, like a moisturiser, and like the Extreme Fluid, I apply this on top of my daily moisturiser and under my makeup. This has never broken me out, and I have never been sunburnt when I have worn this sunscreen. This retails for $29.99 from Chemist Warehouse, but one tube will last 6 months to a year of daily use on your face and neck. See full review here.

That post ended up much longer than I expected! I hope that someone can take something away from this post, because I know that oily skin is a battle, but there are some good products out there that can really help.

If you have tried any of these products, I would love to know what you thought of them. Also if you have any suggestions for products that I should try, then leave a comment below!

Finally I am reviewing this foundation! I have had this foundation for maybe two months now. This is the new Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation that is designed to last all day. Even though this isn't specifically designed for oily skin, people who have oily skin will love this because it provides good coverage and it has a matte finish that doesn't turn greasy after a few hours of wear. I also have a huge issue with makeup around my t-zone slipping, so I often struggle finding foundations that don't become patchy at the end of the day... luckily this foundation doesn't do that!

This claims to be a foundation, a primer and a concealer... hence the 3 in 1

I bought this from Priceline when it was on sale (for around $13), but full price this costs only $19.95! It is so hard to find a decent foundation in Australia for under $20, so for that fact alone, this is an awesome foundation!


I bought mine in the shade Natural Beige, which is pretty much smack bang in the middle of the 6 shades that are available in Priceline. There are two roughly similar mid toned shades, and this is the more yellow toned of the two. One downside of this foundation is that the colour range is pretty poor in Australia, but I believe there are 14 shades available in the US, so surely if this becomes a popular foundation they will release more shades.


This is a liquid foundation that has quite a thin consistency, but it is easy to blend. It provides a medium but buildable coverage. I only really apply this with my hands, but I think this would apply really well with a stippling brush or something that can help you really buff this product in. When I apply this with my hands, I only need to use one pump of this foundation to cover my face sufficiently. Even though this doesn't feel too tacky on the skin, I do also set this with a powder... I guess more out of habit than necessity, but if you have dry skin you would probably skip the powder. The finish is quite matte, but it doesn't look cakey or mask like, and after a few hours my skin has a natural dewy finish, rather than it's usual oily t-zone. This also has an SPF of 20, which is epic for a foundation.

One word of warning is that this does oxidise, which means that it does have the tendency to develop into a slightly darker shade over a few hours, so keep that in mind when you are choosing your shade. Also, since this is a cheaper foundation, it doesn't have the nicest scent, but it's nothing that lingers or bothers me.

Oh I thought I would mention that even though this claims to be a 3 in 1 product (primer/foundation/concealer), I do still use concealer with this. I am sure you can build this up to cover most flaws, but I prefer to apply a thin coat and to finish with concealer... I just find it more comfortable. I have tried this with and without primer, and I honestly think primer makes no difference to the longevity of this foundation... so I would confirm that this is a foundation and primer in one.

I love this foundation, it is not my perfect foundation, but it comes close - and for under $20 how can you complain!? This is what I was expecting the Revlon Colorstay for Oily and Combination skin or the Estee Lauder's Double Wear to be, but wasn't. The reason I like this more than the Double Wear is because I find Double Wear feels really tacky on my skin and looks more like a mask, and it often breaks me out. I also like this more than the Revlon Colorstay because I also find the Colorstay to be quite tacky, it smells really bad, it doesn't give as good coverage and it can be difficult to blend. This foundation doesn't feel tacky or uncomfortable to wear, and it hasn't broken me out yet. I would recommend this foundation over Double Wear or Colorstay any day!

Pros:
- Lasts all day without wearing off/becoming patchy
- Very affordable
- Good buildable medium coverage
- Matte finish which people with oily-combination skin will love
- SPF 20

Cons:
- Poor colour range
- The colour oxidises
- Not the best scent

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Also if you have oily or combination skin, what is your favourite foundation to use?

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 Foundation

August 8, 2013


Finally I am reviewing this foundation! I have had this foundation for maybe two months now. This is the new Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation that is designed to last all day. Even though this isn't specifically designed for oily skin, people who have oily skin will love this because it provides good coverage and it has a matte finish that doesn't turn greasy after a few hours of wear. I also have a huge issue with makeup around my t-zone slipping, so I often struggle finding foundations that don't become patchy at the end of the day... luckily this foundation doesn't do that!

This claims to be a foundation, a primer and a concealer... hence the 3 in 1

I bought this from Priceline when it was on sale (for around $13), but full price this costs only $19.95! It is so hard to find a decent foundation in Australia for under $20, so for that fact alone, this is an awesome foundation!


I bought mine in the shade Natural Beige, which is pretty much smack bang in the middle of the 6 shades that are available in Priceline. There are two roughly similar mid toned shades, and this is the more yellow toned of the two. One downside of this foundation is that the colour range is pretty poor in Australia, but I believe there are 14 shades available in the US, so surely if this becomes a popular foundation they will release more shades.


This is a liquid foundation that has quite a thin consistency, but it is easy to blend. It provides a medium but buildable coverage. I only really apply this with my hands, but I think this would apply really well with a stippling brush or something that can help you really buff this product in. When I apply this with my hands, I only need to use one pump of this foundation to cover my face sufficiently. Even though this doesn't feel too tacky on the skin, I do also set this with a powder... I guess more out of habit than necessity, but if you have dry skin you would probably skip the powder. The finish is quite matte, but it doesn't look cakey or mask like, and after a few hours my skin has a natural dewy finish, rather than it's usual oily t-zone. This also has an SPF of 20, which is epic for a foundation.

One word of warning is that this does oxidise, which means that it does have the tendency to develop into a slightly darker shade over a few hours, so keep that in mind when you are choosing your shade. Also, since this is a cheaper foundation, it doesn't have the nicest scent, but it's nothing that lingers or bothers me.

Oh I thought I would mention that even though this claims to be a 3 in 1 product (primer/foundation/concealer), I do still use concealer with this. I am sure you can build this up to cover most flaws, but I prefer to apply a thin coat and to finish with concealer... I just find it more comfortable. I have tried this with and without primer, and I honestly think primer makes no difference to the longevity of this foundation... so I would confirm that this is a foundation and primer in one.

I love this foundation, it is not my perfect foundation, but it comes close - and for under $20 how can you complain!? This is what I was expecting the Revlon Colorstay for Oily and Combination skin or the Estee Lauder's Double Wear to be, but wasn't. The reason I like this more than the Double Wear is because I find Double Wear feels really tacky on my skin and looks more like a mask, and it often breaks me out. I also like this more than the Revlon Colorstay because I also find the Colorstay to be quite tacky, it smells really bad, it doesn't give as good coverage and it can be difficult to blend. This foundation doesn't feel tacky or uncomfortable to wear, and it hasn't broken me out yet. I would recommend this foundation over Double Wear or Colorstay any day!

Pros:
- Lasts all day without wearing off/becoming patchy
- Very affordable
- Good buildable medium coverage
- Matte finish which people with oily-combination skin will love
- SPF 20

Cons:
- Poor colour range
- The colour oxidises
- Not the best scent

Have you tried this foundation? What did you think? Also if you have oily or combination skin, what is your favourite foundation to use?

I saw this being advertised on The Balm Australia's facebook page yesterday. I have had Mary-Lou Manizer on my wish list for a while now, so I couldn't get this deal out of my head! I think I even had a dream about it last night! I did a bit of research about both of these palettes this morning, and I decided that I have to go to David Jones in my lunch break!

So if you spend over $27.95 on any of The Balm's products and David Jones and you can get one of these palettes worth $49.95.


I ended up picking up the Mary-Lou Manizer and I got the Shady Lady Palette Volume 2. You only need to spend $27.95 to get this palette for free, but the highlighter was $34.95. Even though I honestly don't need these products, it was great value for $35!


I will do a full review of these products as soon as I have a chance to take some clear swatch photos!

Will you be checking out this deal?

David Jones The Balm gift with purchase

August 7, 2013


I saw this being advertised on The Balm Australia's facebook page yesterday. I have had Mary-Lou Manizer on my wish list for a while now, so I couldn't get this deal out of my head! I think I even had a dream about it last night! I did a bit of research about both of these palettes this morning, and I decided that I have to go to David Jones in my lunch break!

So if you spend over $27.95 on any of The Balm's products and David Jones and you can get one of these palettes worth $49.95.


I ended up picking up the Mary-Lou Manizer and I got the Shady Lady Palette Volume 2. You only need to spend $27.95 to get this palette for free, but the highlighter was $34.95. Even though I honestly don't need these products, it was great value for $35!


I will do a full review of these products as soon as I have a chance to take some clear swatch photos!

Will you be checking out this deal?

Another month, another empties post! As per usual, I have a lot of empties to mention so I have split this post into three parts. The first is mildly interesting products (aka skincare, makeup etc), and the second is boring essentials (aka toothpaste, deodorant etc.), and the third is samples. I also filmed a very long video about all of these products, so you can watch that below if it interests you. I will do a quick mini review of each product and I will mention whether or not I would repurchase it.




Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Classic Ivory: I used to use this foundation in high school. It is a mousse that provides light to medium light weight coverage and it provides a matte finish. This isn't the best or most long wearing foundation, but I find this to be a great foundation for when you don't want to cake on the makeup, and you are just hanging around the house. This is also good to mix in with liquid foundation to thicken the liquid foundation up. People with dry skin will find that this clings to dry patches, but I don't have dry skin so it works for me. Repurchase: Not just yet, but yes.

Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel: This was a basic gel face wash that was ok, but I much prefer the Nivea daily wash scrub (see review here) which is the same price. Repurchase: No

Natural Being Manuka Honey Night Cream for oily to normal skin: This is a moisturiser that I found at Priceline in the bargain bin for $2 (I bought two). In my opinion, this was too thin for a night moisturiser, so I used this as a body lotion. This was nice and light and not greasy, and if I found this on sale for $2 then I would buy it again, but I wouldn't buy this full price as I only used it as a body lotion. Repurchase: Probably not

Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Polish: I really did love this stuff, it smells super nice and I like anything that makes my whole bathroom smell amazing. The only problem I had with this scrub is that it's quite runny and you need to use quite a lot of product. This did turn into a nice milky moisturising liquid when it hit the hot water, which I also loved. I would buy this again, but I want to try the Breakfast Scrub from Soap and Glory before I buy this again, because the Breakfast Scrub is more dense. See my review here. Repurchase: Yes

Prestige Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in 22 Lightning: I can't believe I finished a green eyeliner! I must have had this eyeliner for years and years. This was ok, but if I were to buy a replacement green eyeliner, I would look at the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliners before I repurchased this Prestige one. Repurchase: No

Escada Marine Groove Bath and Shower Gel: If you love this Escada scent, then you will love this, but as a shower gel it was just ok. Repurchase: No

Urban Rituelle Organic Hand Cream: I did like this hand cream, it had a nice earthy vanilla scent and is nice and thick. This is pretty expensive though, I think its close to $20, so for the price alone I wouldn't buy this again. I ended up using this as a body butter because I have a lot of hand creams. Repurchase: No

Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Gentle Make-Up Remover: I love this makeup remover! I think this is like my fifth bottle, and I always find myself coming back to it. This has half oil and half liquid that you shake to mix together. The oil helps to remove makeup easily, but this is also really gentle on your eyes. I bought two different makeup removers, just to try new ones out, and I am already missing this one! See my review here. Repurchase: Yes

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine: I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this lip balm! I have a few Korres lip butters, and this is by far the best one. Unlike the other shades, this one doesn't have much colour to it, so I tend to use this before bed. It is the scent jasmine, but it smells more like a caramel or toffee mmmmm. This makes my lips feel amazing and I look forward to applying it each night. Repurchase: Already have.

Alpha H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum: I hated this stuff! It was full of alcohol and it stung my face. In addition to that, I didn't notice any positive difference to my skin, and it cost a bomb! I think this retails for around $75. If you are thinking of buying this, do yourself a favour and spend $20 on a large bottle of rosehip oil instead! Repurchase: Hell no!


Onto the boring things... these are the basic things that I repurchase over and over again, or they are just the products that no one cares too much about. I will make this brief!

Rexona Women Confidence Body Response Anti-Perspirant Deodorant: I used to use this back in the day, and for some reason I forgot all about it until recently! I really like this, it smells good and it works pretty well. Repruchase: Yes

Listerine Total Care Enamel Defence: I love Listerine, and although I don't know if this one is worth the extra money for the "extra care", I have repurchased this. Repurchase: Already have

Swisspers Naturals Cucumber Facial Cleansing Wipes 25 pack: I never use cleansing wipes, but I did love using these for cleaning my hands when I was doing my makeup. I have been using my hands to apply my foundation for the past few months, so these really come in handy. I loved the cucumber scent, but I will be buying some generic cheap ones for my hand cleaning purposes from now on. I might buy these if I go traveling. Repurchase: Maybe

Nivea Invisible For Black and White 48 Hour Anti-Perspirant: This was eh. I didn't think it was all that impressive, I didn't hate it. If I saw this on sale I would consider buying it again :P Repurchase: Maybe

Priceline Round Cotton Pads 100 pack: I always buy these because they are pretty cheap, and I have one of these packs left under my sink, but I found a two pack of 100 round cotton pads in Kmart for $2! So I might start switching to Kmart ones. Repurchase: Probably

Radox Hand Sanitizer Cucumber and Aloe: I bought this last year when I went to China, so clearly I don't use hand sanitisers all that much if this lasted me a year. I do like having these in my bag for when I have been eating and my hands are grubby, or if my hands are grubby from makeup swatching. I loved the scent of this, cucumber scented things are awesome. Repurchase: Yes.

Colgate Optic White: I buy this often, and I will buy this again, but I am using a different Colgate toothpaste at the moment. Since this is pretty pricey, I will only buy it on sale. Repuchase: Yes

Pink Tiger Gauze Wipes 200 pack: Gauze works really well to remove nail polish. I have used gauze before for this purpose, and I would use it again, but I think I would just go to a chemist and buy some cheap home brand gauze instead of seeking this Pink Tiger one out. Repurchase: No



Here are the samples/travel sized products I used up...

Natural Therapies zNano Active Gold Eye Patches 1 pair: The patches are made from a weird thin gold jelly type substance, and even though I did really like the cooling effect of the patches (which is probably more due to the fact that I was using them in winter), I probably won't seek these out to buy them again because I don't know if they did all that much for my eyes. Repurchase: No

ICON India Shampoo and Conditioner: I did enjoy using this shampoo and conditioner, not only did it made my hair feel very clean and volumised, but I loved the smell... and I am a sucker for a nice smelling product. This had a spicey musky scent that was really nice to use in cooler weather. Repurchase: Yes

GKMBJ Soothing and Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner: I don't remember why I loved these, but I instantly liked them. I would buy these if I stumbled across them when I was in need of a shampoo and conditioner. Repurchase: Yes

Dr Lewinns Balancing Foaming Cleanser: I thought I would hate this (because I generally hate Dr Lewinns), but I actually liked this! It is like a mix between a cream cleanser and a foaming gel... and it smells like lemon... and it was a grey purple colour! I would buy this if I was in need of a cleanser. Repurchase: Yes

Rachel K CC Cream in Neutral: I bought the tube of this before I got the samples. This has a nice natural semi-matte finish, which is great for people with oily skin. This is also a nice neutral shade, but it is slightly too light for me, so I sometimes use this as a primer. I will review this as soon as I really know how I feel about this. Repurchase: Not sure yet!

U Skin Solutions Clarifying Cleansing Gel: I love this stuff! It is a gel cleanser that smells like orange and it makes my skin feel really nice and clean. I attempted to buy this but accidentally bought the scrub instead. I will buy this soon! Repurchase: Yes

EmerginC Hyper-Vitalizer Cream and Vitamin C + Retinol Mask: I liked this mask, it was a thin clay type mask that dries quickly and is easy to use... but I have tried better masks. I don't remember what the cream was like :p Repurchase: No

Make Up For Ever High Definition Primer and Foundation, and Sens'eyes: I didn't really think too much of the primer or the makeup remover, but I did like the foundation! The foundation was also my perfect shade, but it didn't say what the shade name was! If I were to buy this, I would want this exact shade! The foundation gave good coverage and had a dewy finish, but with some powder it did look good all day. Repurchase: Maybe the foundation if I find out the shade name

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream: This was a nice balm type cream that smells like dirt. I did like it, but I have so many moisturising creams, so I don't want to spend $25 for a small tube of this just yet. This did work well on the dry patches on my back. Repurchase: Maybe in the future

Suigo Absolute Volume Keratin Volumiser Treatment: I don't use hair masks often, but this one was really nice and thick and nourishing. A few months ago I bought a Suigo shampoo and conditioner pack and it came with a large 500g tub of this, so I have repurchased it. Repurchase: Already have

So that's it! Now I can take all of these to the bin!

Have you used any of these products? What did you think of them?

July 2013 Empties

August 4, 2013


Another month, another empties post! As per usual, I have a lot of empties to mention so I have split this post into three parts. The first is mildly interesting products (aka skincare, makeup etc), and the second is boring essentials (aka toothpaste, deodorant etc.), and the third is samples. I also filmed a very long video about all of these products, so you can watch that below if it interests you. I will do a quick mini review of each product and I will mention whether or not I would repurchase it.




Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse in Classic Ivory: I used to use this foundation in high school. It is a mousse that provides light to medium light weight coverage and it provides a matte finish. This isn't the best or most long wearing foundation, but I find this to be a great foundation for when you don't want to cake on the makeup, and you are just hanging around the house. This is also good to mix in with liquid foundation to thicken the liquid foundation up. People with dry skin will find that this clings to dry patches, but I don't have dry skin so it works for me. Repurchase: Not just yet, but yes.

Nivea Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Wash Gel: This was a basic gel face wash that was ok, but I much prefer the Nivea daily wash scrub (see review here) which is the same price. Repurchase: No

Natural Being Manuka Honey Night Cream for oily to normal skin: This is a moisturiser that I found at Priceline in the bargain bin for $2 (I bought two). In my opinion, this was too thin for a night moisturiser, so I used this as a body lotion. This was nice and light and not greasy, and if I found this on sale for $2 then I would buy it again, but I wouldn't buy this full price as I only used it as a body lotion. Repurchase: Probably not

Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Polish: I really did love this stuff, it smells super nice and I like anything that makes my whole bathroom smell amazing. The only problem I had with this scrub is that it's quite runny and you need to use quite a lot of product. This did turn into a nice milky moisturising liquid when it hit the hot water, which I also loved. I would buy this again, but I want to try the Breakfast Scrub from Soap and Glory before I buy this again, because the Breakfast Scrub is more dense. See my review here. Repurchase: Yes

Prestige Waterproof Automatic Eyeliner in 22 Lightning: I can't believe I finished a green eyeliner! I must have had this eyeliner for years and years. This was ok, but if I were to buy a replacement green eyeliner, I would look at the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal eyeliners before I repurchased this Prestige one. Repurchase: No

Escada Marine Groove Bath and Shower Gel: If you love this Escada scent, then you will love this, but as a shower gel it was just ok. Repurchase: No

Urban Rituelle Organic Hand Cream: I did like this hand cream, it had a nice earthy vanilla scent and is nice and thick. This is pretty expensive though, I think its close to $20, so for the price alone I wouldn't buy this again. I ended up using this as a body butter because I have a lot of hand creams. Repurchase: No

Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Gentle Make-Up Remover: I love this makeup remover! I think this is like my fifth bottle, and I always find myself coming back to it. This has half oil and half liquid that you shake to mix together. The oil helps to remove makeup easily, but this is also really gentle on your eyes. I bought two different makeup removers, just to try new ones out, and I am already missing this one! See my review here. Repurchase: Yes

Korres Lip Butter in Jasmine: I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this lip balm! I have a few Korres lip butters, and this is by far the best one. Unlike the other shades, this one doesn't have much colour to it, so I tend to use this before bed. It is the scent jasmine, but it smells more like a caramel or toffee mmmmm. This makes my lips feel amazing and I look forward to applying it each night. Repurchase: Already have.

Alpha H Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum: I hated this stuff! It was full of alcohol and it stung my face. In addition to that, I didn't notice any positive difference to my skin, and it cost a bomb! I think this retails for around $75. If you are thinking of buying this, do yourself a favour and spend $20 on a large bottle of rosehip oil instead! Repurchase: Hell no!


Onto the boring things... these are the basic things that I repurchase over and over again, or they are just the products that no one cares too much about. I will make this brief!

Rexona Women Confidence Body Response Anti-Perspirant Deodorant: I used to use this back in the day, and for some reason I forgot all about it until recently! I really like this, it smells good and it works pretty well. Repruchase: Yes

Listerine Total Care Enamel Defence: I love Listerine, and although I don't know if this one is worth the extra money for the "extra care", I have repurchased this. Repurchase: Already have

Swisspers Naturals Cucumber Facial Cleansing Wipes 25 pack: I never use cleansing wipes, but I did love using these for cleaning my hands when I was doing my makeup. I have been using my hands to apply my foundation for the past few months, so these really come in handy. I loved the cucumber scent, but I will be buying some generic cheap ones for my hand cleaning purposes from now on. I might buy these if I go traveling. Repurchase: Maybe

Nivea Invisible For Black and White 48 Hour Anti-Perspirant: This was eh. I didn't think it was all that impressive, I didn't hate it. If I saw this on sale I would consider buying it again :P Repurchase: Maybe

Priceline Round Cotton Pads 100 pack: I always buy these because they are pretty cheap, and I have one of these packs left under my sink, but I found a two pack of 100 round cotton pads in Kmart for $2! So I might start switching to Kmart ones. Repurchase: Probably

Radox Hand Sanitizer Cucumber and Aloe: I bought this last year when I went to China, so clearly I don't use hand sanitisers all that much if this lasted me a year. I do like having these in my bag for when I have been eating and my hands are grubby, or if my hands are grubby from makeup swatching. I loved the scent of this, cucumber scented things are awesome. Repurchase: Yes.

Colgate Optic White: I buy this often, and I will buy this again, but I am using a different Colgate toothpaste at the moment. Since this is pretty pricey, I will only buy it on sale. Repuchase: Yes

Pink Tiger Gauze Wipes 200 pack: Gauze works really well to remove nail polish. I have used gauze before for this purpose, and I would use it again, but I think I would just go to a chemist and buy some cheap home brand gauze instead of seeking this Pink Tiger one out. Repurchase: No



Here are the samples/travel sized products I used up...

Natural Therapies zNano Active Gold Eye Patches 1 pair: The patches are made from a weird thin gold jelly type substance, and even though I did really like the cooling effect of the patches (which is probably more due to the fact that I was using them in winter), I probably won't seek these out to buy them again because I don't know if they did all that much for my eyes. Repurchase: No

ICON India Shampoo and Conditioner: I did enjoy using this shampoo and conditioner, not only did it made my hair feel very clean and volumised, but I loved the smell... and I am a sucker for a nice smelling product. This had a spicey musky scent that was really nice to use in cooler weather. Repurchase: Yes

GKMBJ Soothing and Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner: I don't remember why I loved these, but I instantly liked them. I would buy these if I stumbled across them when I was in need of a shampoo and conditioner. Repurchase: Yes

Dr Lewinns Balancing Foaming Cleanser: I thought I would hate this (because I generally hate Dr Lewinns), but I actually liked this! It is like a mix between a cream cleanser and a foaming gel... and it smells like lemon... and it was a grey purple colour! I would buy this if I was in need of a cleanser. Repurchase: Yes

Rachel K CC Cream in Neutral: I bought the tube of this before I got the samples. This has a nice natural semi-matte finish, which is great for people with oily skin. This is also a nice neutral shade, but it is slightly too light for me, so I sometimes use this as a primer. I will review this as soon as I really know how I feel about this. Repurchase: Not sure yet!

U Skin Solutions Clarifying Cleansing Gel: I love this stuff! It is a gel cleanser that smells like orange and it makes my skin feel really nice and clean. I attempted to buy this but accidentally bought the scrub instead. I will buy this soon! Repurchase: Yes

EmerginC Hyper-Vitalizer Cream and Vitamin C + Retinol Mask: I liked this mask, it was a thin clay type mask that dries quickly and is easy to use... but I have tried better masks. I don't remember what the cream was like :p Repurchase: No

Make Up For Ever High Definition Primer and Foundation, and Sens'eyes: I didn't really think too much of the primer or the makeup remover, but I did like the foundation! The foundation was also my perfect shade, but it didn't say what the shade name was! If I were to buy this, I would want this exact shade! The foundation gave good coverage and had a dewy finish, but with some powder it did look good all day. Repurchase: Maybe the foundation if I find out the shade name

Yu-Be Moisturising Skin Cream: This was a nice balm type cream that smells like dirt. I did like it, but I have so many moisturising creams, so I don't want to spend $25 for a small tube of this just yet. This did work well on the dry patches on my back. Repurchase: Maybe in the future

Suigo Absolute Volume Keratin Volumiser Treatment: I don't use hair masks often, but this one was really nice and thick and nourishing. A few months ago I bought a Suigo shampoo and conditioner pack and it came with a large 500g tub of this, so I have repurchased it. Repurchase: Already have

So that's it! Now I can take all of these to the bin!

Have you used any of these products? What did you think of them?

I have recently been on a foundation ban (I need to use some up before I buy anymore), but a few weeks ago I was at Priceline and there was a deal that if you buy the new Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation then you get a free Healthy Balance Unifying Powder. I had to take up this offer because I liked the old Healthy Balance foundation, and I love the powder! I have been using this for a few weeks now, and I have been really slack with reviews! I haven't even reviewed the new Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation, which has been my go to foundation for the past few months. I need to get my act together! Anyway, I thought I would start with reviewing this foundation, since I actually had blog photos on my computer (the Covergirl foundation photos might have to wait for the weekend).

Most people would have heard about the Healthy Mix foundation, and I actually finished a bottle of the original one a few months ago, but it has recently had a change of packaging and a change in the formula. The packaging does look a lot nicer, I especially love the glass bottle, and the new formula now comes with the title "Radiance Reveals" and is it a lot dewier than the original formula. I personally loved the original, more matte formula, but I know it didn't suit people who had drier skin.

This Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation contains 30ml of product and costs $32 at Priceline (the powder is valued at $20), and I believe this is supposed to come in 6 shades, although I don't think all stores stock all shades.


My perfect shade is shade 53, and I believe the shades range from 51 to 56. Like I already said, I love the new packaging! There is something about it that looks all nice and shiny, and I love the clear lid that shows off the pump. The old bottle did also have a pump, but this one just looks nicer!


From the photos above you can see how yellow toned this foundation is (and yes my inner arm is dead white compared to the rest of me). I don't think this is only characteristic of shade 53, but I believe the whole range is quite cool toned. I personally like this because my chest and neck are much more yellow toned than my face, so I normally use yellow toned base products to make my face match my body. This however won't work for people who prefer warmer pink toned foundations.

This foundation smells nice and fruity (just like the rest of the Healthy Mix foundations), and I know this may not work for everyone but the scent does disappear once you apply it. I use one pump and I apply this foundation with my hands... I'm in a bit of a hand applying phase, so I haven't actually yet applied it with a brush. This is a really nice consistency for a foundation, it is quite a thick liquid that is easy to blend into the skin. I find this gives a light to medium coverage and can be built up to a decent medium coverage foundation. This is significantly dewier than the original formula, which a lot of people will love, but I much prefer the original formula. I like this formula, but I do need to really heavily set it with powder, and I do need to repowder after around 4-5 hours. Other than that, this is a nice looking foundation.

In a nutshell, I love the new packaging, but I do prefer the older formula. This formula is workable if you have oily combination, like I do, but if you had really oily skin this would be a no go. If you have drier skin and you previously didn't like the dry finish of the old formula, then you may love this new "Radiance Reveal" formula.

Pros:
Smells nice
Gives a nice medium coverage
Dewier finish than the original formula (this may be a pro for some people)
Good packaging
Easy to apply
6 shades
All shades numbers are universal across the Bourjois range

Cons:
Much dewier than the original formula
Pretty pricey for a "drugstore" brand - $32
People may dislike the fruity scent
The whole range of shades are very yellow toned

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think of it compared to the original?

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation

August 1, 2013


I have recently been on a foundation ban (I need to use some up before I buy anymore), but a few weeks ago I was at Priceline and there was a deal that if you buy the new Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation then you get a free Healthy Balance Unifying Powder. I had to take up this offer because I liked the old Healthy Balance foundation, and I love the powder! I have been using this for a few weeks now, and I have been really slack with reviews! I haven't even reviewed the new Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation, which has been my go to foundation for the past few months. I need to get my act together! Anyway, I thought I would start with reviewing this foundation, since I actually had blog photos on my computer (the Covergirl foundation photos might have to wait for the weekend).

Most people would have heard about the Healthy Mix foundation, and I actually finished a bottle of the original one a few months ago, but it has recently had a change of packaging and a change in the formula. The packaging does look a lot nicer, I especially love the glass bottle, and the new formula now comes with the title "Radiance Reveals" and is it a lot dewier than the original formula. I personally loved the original, more matte formula, but I know it didn't suit people who had drier skin.

This Radiance Reveal Healthy Mix foundation contains 30ml of product and costs $32 at Priceline (the powder is valued at $20), and I believe this is supposed to come in 6 shades, although I don't think all stores stock all shades.


My perfect shade is shade 53, and I believe the shades range from 51 to 56. Like I already said, I love the new packaging! There is something about it that looks all nice and shiny, and I love the clear lid that shows off the pump. The old bottle did also have a pump, but this one just looks nicer!


From the photos above you can see how yellow toned this foundation is (and yes my inner arm is dead white compared to the rest of me). I don't think this is only characteristic of shade 53, but I believe the whole range is quite cool toned. I personally like this because my chest and neck are much more yellow toned than my face, so I normally use yellow toned base products to make my face match my body. This however won't work for people who prefer warmer pink toned foundations.

This foundation smells nice and fruity (just like the rest of the Healthy Mix foundations), and I know this may not work for everyone but the scent does disappear once you apply it. I use one pump and I apply this foundation with my hands... I'm in a bit of a hand applying phase, so I haven't actually yet applied it with a brush. This is a really nice consistency for a foundation, it is quite a thick liquid that is easy to blend into the skin. I find this gives a light to medium coverage and can be built up to a decent medium coverage foundation. This is significantly dewier than the original formula, which a lot of people will love, but I much prefer the original formula. I like this formula, but I do need to really heavily set it with powder, and I do need to repowder after around 4-5 hours. Other than that, this is a nice looking foundation.

In a nutshell, I love the new packaging, but I do prefer the older formula. This formula is workable if you have oily combination, like I do, but if you had really oily skin this would be a no go. If you have drier skin and you previously didn't like the dry finish of the old formula, then you may love this new "Radiance Reveal" formula.

Pros:
Smells nice
Gives a nice medium coverage
Dewier finish than the original formula (this may be a pro for some people)
Good packaging
Easy to apply
6 shades
All shades numbers are universal across the Bourjois range

Cons:
Much dewier than the original formula
Pretty pricey for a "drugstore" brand - $32
People may dislike the fruity scent
The whole range of shades are very yellow toned

Have you tried this foundation? What do you think of it compared to the original?

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