September 2013 | KITSCH/SNITCH


If you hate reading about subscription box openings, then you will be hating my blog lately! Don't worry, I promise that this will be the last one for another month!

I was contacted by the people at Wantable and they asked me if I wanted to receive a free Wantable box... to which I thought "pffft, of course!" I did a video opening of it here if you want to see me talking about the products and also trying a couple of the products on.


Wantable is a makeup subscription box that is based in the US, and they also have an accessory box and an intimates box that are available monthly. The makeup box retails for $40 a month for a one off box, or $36 a month if you are subscribed. Since I live all the way in Australia, shipping is an additional $9. They say that each box is valued at over $80, and that's with US retail prices!

So sure, this box is more expensive than the other Australian subscription boxes on the market (although it isn't much more expensive than Her Fashion Box), but I think their service is fabulous and I am definitely thinking of letting my other annual subscriptions lapse and just sign up to this one. The reason why I say that is because they offer a service that I don't believe any Australian subscription box can afford to offer (even if they charged over $50 per month). I thought that I would also note that I received this on the same day as my September Bellabox, and earlier than my September Lust Have It box


You start by filling out an in depth quiz about which general makeup items you love, like or dislike. Then the quiz takes you through each type of makeup and asks specific details about each product. So take blush for example: it would ask you if you love, like or dislike blush and then it will ask you more specific question like what you think of natural blushes, bright blushes, powder blushes, cream blushes, stains and so forth and so forth. This builds your preference profile by saying which items you love, which items you like, and which items you dislike and then it also knows what specifically you love, like and dislike about each product.

It sounds like a long process, but its quite fun!

When you get your box, you will receive an invoice type piece of paper which shows each item they sent you, a little description of the product and also the price. It also shows you preferences in the top corner of the piece of paper. Here were my preferences:


You will see that the products I said I love are in pink, the products that I said I like are in blue, and it says that I will never receive the products that I listed as dislike (I said I dislike lip gloss, textured nail polish and a few other things). This means that they guarantee that you won't get products that you have said that you don't like! GENIUS!

They also have a returns policy if you don't like your box! Again, it's genius!

Keep this list in mind because you will notice that I have only received products on my love list! If of course you want to change your preferences, you can do that by signing into the website.


So these are the products I got in my box. You will also notice that I got 5 full sized makeup items and one sample... that's a good ratio of full size to samples!

Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Supreme: This is a sample of two cream shadows. I haven't tried these yet but the colours are quite nice, one is a peach and one is a green.


Cailyn Pressed Bronzing Powder in 01 Peach Pink: This isn't really a bronzer, it's definitely more of a light pink blush or a pink highlighter. It is very pretty nonetheless and I applied it in my opening video and I really like the effect it gave to the cheekbones. This reminds me of a pink version of The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer as it is very buttery soft and pigmented. Very happy with this highlighter because I don't have a highlighter this shade in my collection, and the only reason why I listed highlighters as a "like" and not a "love" was because I have quite a few of them and I didn't want to get a highlighter that is too similar to one I already have. This retails in the US for $30. See a swatch later in this post.


Color Club In True Fashion Polish in Style Icon: This is the first of two nail polishes that I received in this box. This is a classic dark wine red shade and I think this is the type of shade that everyone needs in their collection. I can't wait to try it. This retails in the US for $8.

Besame Cosmetics Lipstick in Exotic Pink: Holy moly! I am infatuated with this lipstick! Not only does it come in a cute little bag and pretty gold packaging that is supposed to be reminiscent of the 1940's old Hollywood glamour, but the formula is to die for! This is super pigmented, it lasts hours and hours, it has a semi-matte finish but doesn't try out my lips, and the colour is gorgeous. This is my favourite lipstick of the moment! The only thing I don't like is the weird square shape of the actual lipstick, but I can deal with that. This retails for $22 in the US and I must track more of these down! See a swatch later in the post, and watch the video to see it on my lips.


Michael Marcus Brow Pencil in Brunette: I listed eyebrow products as a love because I can't leave home without doing my eyebrows. This is a smooth and easy to apply pencil, but it isn't super pigmented which allows you to apply it lightly for a more natural eyebrow look. I usually use powder for my brows, but I am liking this pencil. I have swatched this below, and this retails for $24.


l - r: Cailin Pressed Bronzing Powder, Besame Cosmetics Lipstick, Michael Marcus Brow Pencil

Laqa & Co Nail Polish in Greedy Guts: I have heard of this brand but have never tried it. I love this shade! It is a bright pink based red and I can imagine getting a lot of wear out of this in the warmer weather. Love it! This retails for $11 in the US.



So that's my box! Overall I received some great products! I adore the lipstick, I love the highlighter, and I can't wait to wear the nail polishes because I love both shades. Adding up the retail prices of these items, this box is worth $95! And I have no doubt that if you were to buy similar products in Australia you will be paying a lot more than $95!

This is clearly a great value box, and if you are sick of the Australian subscription boxes that always give you hand cream samples and shampoo sachets that you don't want, then this may be a great option for you. The fact that they listen to your preferences really impresses me and it's the think that makes me want to sign up!

If you are interested in checking the Wantable box out, you can subscribe here.

September Wantable Box

September 29, 2013



If you hate reading about subscription box openings, then you will be hating my blog lately! Don't worry, I promise that this will be the last one for another month!

I was contacted by the people at Wantable and they asked me if I wanted to receive a free Wantable box... to which I thought "pffft, of course!" I did a video opening of it here if you want to see me talking about the products and also trying a couple of the products on.


Wantable is a makeup subscription box that is based in the US, and they also have an accessory box and an intimates box that are available monthly. The makeup box retails for $40 a month for a one off box, or $36 a month if you are subscribed. Since I live all the way in Australia, shipping is an additional $9. They say that each box is valued at over $80, and that's with US retail prices!

So sure, this box is more expensive than the other Australian subscription boxes on the market (although it isn't much more expensive than Her Fashion Box), but I think their service is fabulous and I am definitely thinking of letting my other annual subscriptions lapse and just sign up to this one. The reason why I say that is because they offer a service that I don't believe any Australian subscription box can afford to offer (even if they charged over $50 per month). I thought that I would also note that I received this on the same day as my September Bellabox, and earlier than my September Lust Have It box


You start by filling out an in depth quiz about which general makeup items you love, like or dislike. Then the quiz takes you through each type of makeup and asks specific details about each product. So take blush for example: it would ask you if you love, like or dislike blush and then it will ask you more specific question like what you think of natural blushes, bright blushes, powder blushes, cream blushes, stains and so forth and so forth. This builds your preference profile by saying which items you love, which items you like, and which items you dislike and then it also knows what specifically you love, like and dislike about each product.

It sounds like a long process, but its quite fun!

When you get your box, you will receive an invoice type piece of paper which shows each item they sent you, a little description of the product and also the price. It also shows you preferences in the top corner of the piece of paper. Here were my preferences:


You will see that the products I said I love are in pink, the products that I said I like are in blue, and it says that I will never receive the products that I listed as dislike (I said I dislike lip gloss, textured nail polish and a few other things). This means that they guarantee that you won't get products that you have said that you don't like! GENIUS!

They also have a returns policy if you don't like your box! Again, it's genius!

Keep this list in mind because you will notice that I have only received products on my love list! If of course you want to change your preferences, you can do that by signing into the website.


So these are the products I got in my box. You will also notice that I got 5 full sized makeup items and one sample... that's a good ratio of full size to samples!

Lise Watier Ombre Souffle Supreme: This is a sample of two cream shadows. I haven't tried these yet but the colours are quite nice, one is a peach and one is a green.


Cailyn Pressed Bronzing Powder in 01 Peach Pink: This isn't really a bronzer, it's definitely more of a light pink blush or a pink highlighter. It is very pretty nonetheless and I applied it in my opening video and I really like the effect it gave to the cheekbones. This reminds me of a pink version of The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer as it is very buttery soft and pigmented. Very happy with this highlighter because I don't have a highlighter this shade in my collection, and the only reason why I listed highlighters as a "like" and not a "love" was because I have quite a few of them and I didn't want to get a highlighter that is too similar to one I already have. This retails in the US for $30. See a swatch later in this post.


Color Club In True Fashion Polish in Style Icon: This is the first of two nail polishes that I received in this box. This is a classic dark wine red shade and I think this is the type of shade that everyone needs in their collection. I can't wait to try it. This retails in the US for $8.

Besame Cosmetics Lipstick in Exotic Pink: Holy moly! I am infatuated with this lipstick! Not only does it come in a cute little bag and pretty gold packaging that is supposed to be reminiscent of the 1940's old Hollywood glamour, but the formula is to die for! This is super pigmented, it lasts hours and hours, it has a semi-matte finish but doesn't try out my lips, and the colour is gorgeous. This is my favourite lipstick of the moment! The only thing I don't like is the weird square shape of the actual lipstick, but I can deal with that. This retails for $22 in the US and I must track more of these down! See a swatch later in the post, and watch the video to see it on my lips.


Michael Marcus Brow Pencil in Brunette: I listed eyebrow products as a love because I can't leave home without doing my eyebrows. This is a smooth and easy to apply pencil, but it isn't super pigmented which allows you to apply it lightly for a more natural eyebrow look. I usually use powder for my brows, but I am liking this pencil. I have swatched this below, and this retails for $24.


l - r: Cailin Pressed Bronzing Powder, Besame Cosmetics Lipstick, Michael Marcus Brow Pencil

Laqa & Co Nail Polish in Greedy Guts: I have heard of this brand but have never tried it. I love this shade! It is a bright pink based red and I can imagine getting a lot of wear out of this in the warmer weather. Love it! This retails for $11 in the US.



So that's my box! Overall I received some great products! I adore the lipstick, I love the highlighter, and I can't wait to wear the nail polishes because I love both shades. Adding up the retail prices of these items, this box is worth $95! And I have no doubt that if you were to buy similar products in Australia you will be paying a lot more than $95!

This is clearly a great value box, and if you are sick of the Australian subscription boxes that always give you hand cream samples and shampoo sachets that you don't want, then this may be a great option for you. The fact that they listen to your preferences really impresses me and it's the think that makes me want to sign up!

If you are interested in checking the Wantable box out, you can subscribe here.


My blog will be bombarded with subscription boxes because I have received 3 boxes in the last 2 days! I showed the September Bellabox yesterday and I will be showing whats in my Wantable box tomorrow, but today is Lust Have It (LHI).

For those who don't know how LHI boxes work, they cost $19.95 a month and they are supposed to contain over $60 worth of products each month. You can sign up here, and use the discount code "KITSCH" to get $5 off your first box.

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So the information card is above, it shows the details of each product and also the retail price of the full size product.


So here are the products.There were quite a lot of things in this months box, so it is pretty good value for money but I am not sure if it is over $60 value as claimed.

Lust Have It Synthetic Precision Pencil Brush: Brushes are always handy to have, and this would be good for applying concealer, lipstick or to apply eyeshadow on your lower lash line. This is supposed to be a LHI brand of brush, but it feels very similar to Crown brushes.

Karpati Bio Intelligent Bio-Cellulose Sensitive Mask: There wasn't anything on this card about this mask so I don't know much about it. It is a cloth mask though and I will definitely give it a go.

Wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes - 5 wipes: I haven't used this brand of makeup wipes, but I have seen them do the rounds in subscription boxes. I am keen to try them out.

L'Oreal Base Magique Primer - 5ml sample: I got this sample in last months Bellabox (along with the TOM tampon pack) so I wasn't too excited to see this. I know it's not LHIs fault, but it would be good if they could check what the competition is giving out. Nevertheless, I like this primer and I think it works quite well.

Baji Kakadu Plum Antioxidant Formula Facial Scrub: I wasn't sure if this was a full size product or not, and looking at the card it just says to refer to the LUSTRE magazine for product information... well I looked up LUSTRE magazine, which is LHIs online magazine, and I couldn't find any information on this product. The magazine is 80-odd pages long so I might have missed it. I did see that on the Baji website that the 79ml tube of this retails for $19.99, so maybe this 40ml tub is a travel size? The active ingredients in this include Natural Alpha Hydroxy acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Bamboo powder, Vitamin A, Green Tea, Vitamin E and C. I am really interested in using this, but it doesn't smell too nice :P

TOM Organic Regular Tampons - 2 pack: I also got this in last months Bellabox. I haven't used the last ones yet so I don't know what they are like but I do like the idea of organic cotton etc.

Monteil Paris Le Nouveau Parfum - 2ml sample: This is a nice soft floral perfume that most people would find quite wearable. This is going straight in my handbag.

L'Oreal Infallible Make-up Liquid Foundation - 1ml sample in the shade 140 Golden Beige: I haven't tried this foundation yet so I am keen to try it out. I am sure I can squeeze one or two uses out of this sample.

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover - 29ml mini size: This is a great sized makeup remover for traveling, so I might hold onto it for whenever I go away next. This is one of those makeup removers that have half oil and half water that you shake before you use, yet this says its oil free... hmmm strange. I love makeup removers that contain oil so I will probably get along well with this.

GKMBJ Soothing and Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner - 30g samples: I got these in a LHI box at the end of last year, so this is a repeat product. I really liked the shampoo and conditioner when I used them the first time, but I hated the packaging because the hard plastic makes it hard to get all of the product out. Good product though.

Overall this is a pretty good box. It contained quite a lot of products (even though there weren't many full sized items). I was only a bit underwhelmed because I had received the tampons and primer in last months Bellabox (not that I blame LHI for that) and because I had received the shampoo and conditioner samples in a previous box as well. If I hadn't tried these products before I would have been pretty chuffed with this box.

Keep an eye out for my Wantable box opening!

Lust Have It September 2013 Box

September 26, 2013


My blog will be bombarded with subscription boxes because I have received 3 boxes in the last 2 days! I showed the September Bellabox yesterday and I will be showing whats in my Wantable box tomorrow, but today is Lust Have It (LHI).

For those who don't know how LHI boxes work, they cost $19.95 a month and they are supposed to contain over $60 worth of products each month. You can sign up here, and use the discount code "KITSCH" to get $5 off your first box.

Click for larger photo
So the information card is above, it shows the details of each product and also the retail price of the full size product.


So here are the products.There were quite a lot of things in this months box, so it is pretty good value for money but I am not sure if it is over $60 value as claimed.

Lust Have It Synthetic Precision Pencil Brush: Brushes are always handy to have, and this would be good for applying concealer, lipstick or to apply eyeshadow on your lower lash line. This is supposed to be a LHI brand of brush, but it feels very similar to Crown brushes.

Karpati Bio Intelligent Bio-Cellulose Sensitive Mask: There wasn't anything on this card about this mask so I don't know much about it. It is a cloth mask though and I will definitely give it a go.

Wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes - 5 wipes: I haven't used this brand of makeup wipes, but I have seen them do the rounds in subscription boxes. I am keen to try them out.

L'Oreal Base Magique Primer - 5ml sample: I got this sample in last months Bellabox (along with the TOM tampon pack) so I wasn't too excited to see this. I know it's not LHIs fault, but it would be good if they could check what the competition is giving out. Nevertheless, I like this primer and I think it works quite well.

Baji Kakadu Plum Antioxidant Formula Facial Scrub: I wasn't sure if this was a full size product or not, and looking at the card it just says to refer to the LUSTRE magazine for product information... well I looked up LUSTRE magazine, which is LHIs online magazine, and I couldn't find any information on this product. The magazine is 80-odd pages long so I might have missed it. I did see that on the Baji website that the 79ml tube of this retails for $19.99, so maybe this 40ml tub is a travel size? The active ingredients in this include Natural Alpha Hydroxy acid, Beta Hydroxy Acid, Bamboo powder, Vitamin A, Green Tea, Vitamin E and C. I am really interested in using this, but it doesn't smell too nice :P

TOM Organic Regular Tampons - 2 pack: I also got this in last months Bellabox. I haven't used the last ones yet so I don't know what they are like but I do like the idea of organic cotton etc.

Monteil Paris Le Nouveau Parfum - 2ml sample: This is a nice soft floral perfume that most people would find quite wearable. This is going straight in my handbag.

L'Oreal Infallible Make-up Liquid Foundation - 1ml sample in the shade 140 Golden Beige: I haven't tried this foundation yet so I am keen to try it out. I am sure I can squeeze one or two uses out of this sample.

Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover - 29ml mini size: This is a great sized makeup remover for traveling, so I might hold onto it for whenever I go away next. This is one of those makeup removers that have half oil and half water that you shake before you use, yet this says its oil free... hmmm strange. I love makeup removers that contain oil so I will probably get along well with this.

GKMBJ Soothing and Nourishing Shampoo and Conditioner - 30g samples: I got these in a LHI box at the end of last year, so this is a repeat product. I really liked the shampoo and conditioner when I used them the first time, but I hated the packaging because the hard plastic makes it hard to get all of the product out. Good product though.

Overall this is a pretty good box. It contained quite a lot of products (even though there weren't many full sized items). I was only a bit underwhelmed because I had received the tampons and primer in last months Bellabox (not that I blame LHI for that) and because I had received the shampoo and conditioner samples in a previous box as well. If I hadn't tried these products before I would have been pretty chuffed with this box.

Keep an eye out for my Wantable box opening!


It's Bellabox time of the month, and this months box was so packed that it was packed in a postage bag instead of being packed in the normal Bellabox. Spoiler! This is a SUPER good value box, so I thought I should remind people now that Bellabox is a monthly subscription box that costs only $15 a month. If you want to join up, then join up here.


To begin with, the first things that came out of the postage bag was a Cleo magazine (yay!) and a Schick Hydro Silk Razor! Both of these combined retail for $16.94.

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Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions 2 pack: In addition to the magazine and the razor, this is the third full size product. This contains 2 pairs and these are gel cushions that you insert into your shoes to make them more comfortable. The best thing about this is that you can wash them and reuse them!

Maicare Glam Eyes Kelly Lashes: I have used these before, and I quite like them. If you look after them you can get quite a few wears out of them. What I like doing with these lashes (and any lashes really) is to cut these in half and use them as half lashes. This also contains a little tube of lash glue.

ASAP Pure Mineral Lip Pencil: This is yet another full size product! I don't use lip pencils often and I haven't used this yet, so I can't really say whether this is a great one or not. It is a great pinky coral shade that I could wear with many shades of lipstick. This is also a mineral product which is a plus and it retails for $20. See the swatch below.


Elegant Touch Envy Wraps: Confession time, I have never used nail wraps. I am super excited to use these, and I think this will look great as a feature nail. I will probably do a post about how I get along with these.


Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Pac Masque - Sample size: This is the only product that isn't full sized this month. This is a mud mask is a kelp and seaweed mask and I am keen to try it!

Garnier Ambere Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray: This is the last product of the box, and it is yet another full size product! Since Spring has hit, I have gone a bit nuts with the fake tan, so this is right up my alley. I have never tried a spray on tan, but I love the concept of a streak free and hands free tan.

Over all this is an amazing box! Doing a quick calculation of the prices of these products, this box is worth over $80 and cost only $15! This is probably one of the best subscription boxes I have ever received, and I am sure this box will make a lot of people want to sign up to Bellabox! Good work Bellabox, I love this months box

To sign up to Bellabox, visit their site here 

See my unboxing video here:



September 2013 Bellabox

September 25, 2013


It's Bellabox time of the month, and this months box was so packed that it was packed in a postage bag instead of being packed in the normal Bellabox. Spoiler! This is a SUPER good value box, so I thought I should remind people now that Bellabox is a monthly subscription box that costs only $15 a month. If you want to join up, then join up here.


To begin with, the first things that came out of the postage bag was a Cleo magazine (yay!) and a Schick Hydro Silk Razor! Both of these combined retail for $16.94.

Click for larger image

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions 2 pack: In addition to the magazine and the razor, this is the third full size product. This contains 2 pairs and these are gel cushions that you insert into your shoes to make them more comfortable. The best thing about this is that you can wash them and reuse them!

Maicare Glam Eyes Kelly Lashes: I have used these before, and I quite like them. If you look after them you can get quite a few wears out of them. What I like doing with these lashes (and any lashes really) is to cut these in half and use them as half lashes. This also contains a little tube of lash glue.

ASAP Pure Mineral Lip Pencil: This is yet another full size product! I don't use lip pencils often and I haven't used this yet, so I can't really say whether this is a great one or not. It is a great pinky coral shade that I could wear with many shades of lipstick. This is also a mineral product which is a plus and it retails for $20. See the swatch below.


Elegant Touch Envy Wraps: Confession time, I have never used nail wraps. I am super excited to use these, and I think this will look great as a feature nail. I will probably do a post about how I get along with these.


Montagne Jeunesse Dead Sea Mud Pac Masque - Sample size: This is the only product that isn't full sized this month. This is a mud mask is a kelp and seaweed mask and I am keen to try it!

Garnier Ambere Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray: This is the last product of the box, and it is yet another full size product! Since Spring has hit, I have gone a bit nuts with the fake tan, so this is right up my alley. I have never tried a spray on tan, but I love the concept of a streak free and hands free tan.

Over all this is an amazing box! Doing a quick calculation of the prices of these products, this box is worth over $80 and cost only $15! This is probably one of the best subscription boxes I have ever received, and I am sure this box will make a lot of people want to sign up to Bellabox! Good work Bellabox, I love this months box

To sign up to Bellabox, visit their site here 

See my unboxing video here:





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And the winners are...

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I did a post yesterday talking about how I went to IMATS over the weekend in Sydney. I mentioned in that post that I ended up buying a lot more things than I planned to. I told myself that I will buy one Inglot Freedom System with 5 eyeshadows and I'll buy an Embryolisse moisturiser... well, I ended up getting a few more things :P

I am planning on reviewing most of these products over the next few weeks so I will only mention what I bought, but if you want to see a review about any of these products, then I will gladly review them sooner!



So I bought:
  • 2x Inglot Freedom Palettes with 5 eyeshadows in each - I originally wanted to make a bronze palette, but then I decided to go back and make a gold palette as well.
  • Ben Nye Essentials Eye Shadow Palette
  • Ben Nye Banana Powder (small)
  • Ben Nye FX Creme Colours in Dry Blood and Burnt Coral (multi purpose cream products) - I got these for free
  • Ben Nye Concealer/foundation samples - these were also free
  • 3x Model Rock Lashes
  • Dark Toned Duo Glue
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre 75ml
  • A bunch of Crown brushes - I know these are some of the cheapest brushes that were available at IMATS, but am not too fussy with the quality of my brushes :P
  • Eve Pearl Eyebrow Groomer - which I need to figure out how to use this!

So that's it! I bought a lot more things than I expected! I will probably also film a haul video with swatches and first impressions as soon as I have used a few of these products!

IMATS HAUL

September 23, 2013


I did a post yesterday talking about how I went to IMATS over the weekend in Sydney. I mentioned in that post that I ended up buying a lot more things than I planned to. I told myself that I will buy one Inglot Freedom System with 5 eyeshadows and I'll buy an Embryolisse moisturiser... well, I ended up getting a few more things :P

I am planning on reviewing most of these products over the next few weeks so I will only mention what I bought, but if you want to see a review about any of these products, then I will gladly review them sooner!



So I bought:
  • 2x Inglot Freedom Palettes with 5 eyeshadows in each - I originally wanted to make a bronze palette, but then I decided to go back and make a gold palette as well.
  • Ben Nye Essentials Eye Shadow Palette
  • Ben Nye Banana Powder (small)
  • Ben Nye FX Creme Colours in Dry Blood and Burnt Coral (multi purpose cream products) - I got these for free
  • Ben Nye Concealer/foundation samples - these were also free
  • 3x Model Rock Lashes
  • Dark Toned Duo Glue
  • Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre 75ml
  • A bunch of Crown brushes - I know these are some of the cheapest brushes that were available at IMATS, but am not too fussy with the quality of my brushes :P
  • Eve Pearl Eyebrow Groomer - which I need to figure out how to use this!

So that's it! I bought a lot more things than I expected! I will probably also film a haul video with swatches and first impressions as soon as I have used a few of these products!

I went to IMATS for the first time this weekend! I ended up buying a lot more products than I planned to, but I will do a haul post on that as soon as I unpack and take photos of all the goodies. I thought I would share some photos I took at IMATS (and in Sydney).


So if you aren't familiar with IMATS, it's a makeup trade show so it's similar to the Good Food and Wine Show, but with makeup related products on sale and also scheduled demonstrations and shows. I mainly went there to catch up with some fellow beauty enthusiasts and of course to shop :P


This is literally the only photo I got with some fellow beauty bloggers/Youtubers, but I did meet some lovely people this weekend :)

And I spend the rest of the time eating, relaxing in Hyde Park in the sun, and at the rooftop spa and pool of the hotel... what a difficult life!


Anyway, I will share my IMATS haul very soon, so keep an eye out for that!

IMATS!

September 22, 2013


I went to IMATS for the first time this weekend! I ended up buying a lot more products than I planned to, but I will do a haul post on that as soon as I unpack and take photos of all the goodies. I thought I would share some photos I took at IMATS (and in Sydney).


So if you aren't familiar with IMATS, it's a makeup trade show so it's similar to the Good Food and Wine Show, but with makeup related products on sale and also scheduled demonstrations and shows. I mainly went there to catch up with some fellow beauty enthusiasts and of course to shop :P


This is literally the only photo I got with some fellow beauty bloggers/Youtubers, but I did meet some lovely people this weekend :)

And I spend the rest of the time eating, relaxing in Hyde Park in the sun, and at the rooftop spa and pool of the hotel... what a difficult life!


Anyway, I will share my IMATS haul very soon, so keep an eye out for that!

I decided to film a video about my top products under $15. I have watches so many top 10 products under $10 and it's really annoying because most products mentioned (mainly in the Australian videos) are products that people bought on sale for under $10. Sure, you bought them for $10, but they don't retail for $10!

I decided to modify this and make it top 15 products under $15, mainly because it is really really hard to find decent products that retail for under $10 in Australia (unless they are on sale), but there are plenty of good products that retail for under $15. So these are my top products that you can always get for under $15, and if they are on sale you can often get them for under $10.

Feel free to do this tag yourself and either link your post or your video below and I would love to see what your favourite products under $15 are. 


Products mentioned:
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free - buy at Priceline
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - buy at Priceline
Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder  - buy at Priceline
Sleek Contour Kit - buy at Lipstick Republic or Sleek
Sleek Blush By 3 - buy at Lipstick Republic or Sleek
Jordana Powder Blush - buy at Jordana or Beauty Joint
Jordana Eye Primer - buy at Jordana or Beauty Joint
Maybelline Color Tattoo - buy at Priceline
Sleek I-Divine Eye Shadow Palette - buy at Lipstick Republic or Sleek
Jordana Single Eyeshadow - buy at Jordana or Beauty Joint
Jordana Brow Powder - buy at Jordana or Beauty Joint
OCC Loose Colour Concentrates - buy at Lipstick Republic
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick - buy at Priceline
Innoxa Lipsticks - buy at Priceline
Sportsgirl Pout About It Lipstick - buy at Sporsgirl
Face Of Australia Lip Definer - buy at Priceline

Top 15 Products Under $15

September 17, 2013


I decided to film a video about my top products under $15. I have watches so many top 10 products under $10 and it's really annoying because most products mentioned (mainly in the Australian videos) are products that people bought on sale for under $10. Sure, you bought them for $10, but they don't retail for $10!

I decided to modify this and make it top 15 products under $15, mainly because it is really really hard to find decent products that retail for under $10 in Australia (unless they are on sale), but there are plenty of good products that retail for under $15. So these are my top products that you can always get for under $15, and if they are on sale you can often get them for under $10.

Feel free to do this tag yourself and either link your post or your video below and I would love to see what your favourite products under $15 are. 


Products mentioned:
Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector BB Cream Oil-Free - buy at Priceline
Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder - buy at Priceline
Australis Fresh & Flawless Pressed Powder  - buy at Priceline
Sleek Contour Kit - buy at Lipstick Republic or Sleek
Sleek Blush By 3 - buy at Lipstick Republic or Sleek
Jordana Powder Blush - buy at Jordana or Beauty Joint
Jordana Eye Primer - buy at Jordana or Beauty Joint
Maybelline Color Tattoo - buy at Priceline
Sleek I-Divine Eye Shadow Palette - buy at Lipstick Republic or Sleek
Jordana Single Eyeshadow - buy at Jordana or Beauty Joint
Jordana Brow Powder - buy at Jordana or Beauty Joint
OCC Loose Colour Concentrates - buy at Lipstick Republic
Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick - buy at Priceline
Innoxa Lipsticks - buy at Priceline
Sportsgirl Pout About It Lipstick - buy at Sporsgirl
Face Of Australia Lip Definer - buy at Priceline

This is a very quick review of a product that I bought the other day and that I need to share with you guys! I have heard about the Daiso sponge detergent for quite some time and I have always been putting off getting it until I finish the large bottle of baby shampoo that I have sitting around... well I caved and bought it even though I haven't finished the baby shampoo.

This is designed to clean makeup sponges, so this would work really well on dense beauty blender type sponges, and it also works amazingly well on brushes. Like everything in the Daiso store, this only costs $2.80. It only contain 80ml of product, so if you don't have to keep making trips to Daiso, then you may want to buy a couple bottles at a time.


So this is a thin liquid that cleans brushes like a dream! Usually with very dirty brushes, or with foundation soaked brushes, I need to clean my brushes 2-3 times before they are completely clean, but this detergent washes them so effectively that I only need to wash them once. I also normally need to use a lot of baby shampoo, but I only need a few drops of this detergent to start lifting the makeup from deep in the bristles. This product doesn't foam a lot, so don't feel like you need to keep applying more product until it foams. This has cut down on brush cleaning time and has made a long and annoying process turn into a quick and quite an enjoyable process.

I have since done a bit of research on this detergent, and there are quite a few people who think it's great for sponges and synthetic brushes, but think it is too harsh on natural fiber brushes. So if you have a full set of Hakuhodo brushes then I would invest in a more expensive and gentle brush cleaner, but if you have synthetic brushes, or you struggle getting your beauty blender clean, then I highly recommend this detergent from Daiso.

Oh I thought I should add that you get this near the makeup section, it is right near the beauty sponges. There are quite a lot of beauty sponges there, so once you spot them you will find this easily! Daiso can be very hard to navigate :)

HG PRODUCT! Daiso Detergent for Puff and Sponge

September 15, 2013


This is a very quick review of a product that I bought the other day and that I need to share with you guys! I have heard about the Daiso sponge detergent for quite some time and I have always been putting off getting it until I finish the large bottle of baby shampoo that I have sitting around... well I caved and bought it even though I haven't finished the baby shampoo.

This is designed to clean makeup sponges, so this would work really well on dense beauty blender type sponges, and it also works amazingly well on brushes. Like everything in the Daiso store, this only costs $2.80. It only contain 80ml of product, so if you don't have to keep making trips to Daiso, then you may want to buy a couple bottles at a time.


So this is a thin liquid that cleans brushes like a dream! Usually with very dirty brushes, or with foundation soaked brushes, I need to clean my brushes 2-3 times before they are completely clean, but this detergent washes them so effectively that I only need to wash them once. I also normally need to use a lot of baby shampoo, but I only need a few drops of this detergent to start lifting the makeup from deep in the bristles. This product doesn't foam a lot, so don't feel like you need to keep applying more product until it foams. This has cut down on brush cleaning time and has made a long and annoying process turn into a quick and quite an enjoyable process.

I have since done a bit of research on this detergent, and there are quite a few people who think it's great for sponges and synthetic brushes, but think it is too harsh on natural fiber brushes. So if you have a full set of Hakuhodo brushes then I would invest in a more expensive and gentle brush cleaner, but if you have synthetic brushes, or you struggle getting your beauty blender clean, then I highly recommend this detergent from Daiso.

Oh I thought I should add that you get this near the makeup section, it is right near the beauty sponges. There are quite a lot of beauty sponges there, so once you spot them you will find this easily! Daiso can be very hard to navigate :)

I love playing with nail art, but since I have been working around 6 days a week, I find it really hard to set aside the time to play with nail art. I went to Daiso the other day and picked up some nail stickers so I decided to do a cute nail look using them today. The best thing about nail stickers is that they are so easy to use!


If you don't know what Daiso is, it is a Japanese store which sells everything for $2.80. I went in there to buy brush cleaner (which I will review soon), and I saw a whole rack of nail stickers! Who can pass up nail stickers for $2.80 each? I ended up picking up two sheets, one that had cats and other small stickers, and one that had jewels.


The nail polishes I used were Sally Hansen Triple Strong Nail Fortifier as a base coat, Revlon Nail Enamel in 250 Flirt as the base colour, Revlon Nail Enamel in 770 Heavenly for the glitter accent nail, Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat as the top coat after I applied the stickers, and China Glaze Fast Dry Quick Dry to help dry the whole thing.


So that's it! A fast way to get a cute nail look for when you don't have enough time for things like nail stamping and dotting tools! If you have a Daiso near you, check them out for their range of cheap nail stickers, and also their $2.80 brush cleaner.

Cute nail look using Daiso nail stickers

September 14, 2013


I love playing with nail art, but since I have been working around 6 days a week, I find it really hard to set aside the time to play with nail art. I went to Daiso the other day and picked up some nail stickers so I decided to do a cute nail look using them today. The best thing about nail stickers is that they are so easy to use!


If you don't know what Daiso is, it is a Japanese store which sells everything for $2.80. I went in there to buy brush cleaner (which I will review soon), and I saw a whole rack of nail stickers! Who can pass up nail stickers for $2.80 each? I ended up picking up two sheets, one that had cats and other small stickers, and one that had jewels.


The nail polishes I used were Sally Hansen Triple Strong Nail Fortifier as a base coat, Revlon Nail Enamel in 250 Flirt as the base colour, Revlon Nail Enamel in 770 Heavenly for the glitter accent nail, Sally Hansen Mega Shine Top Coat as the top coat after I applied the stickers, and China Glaze Fast Dry Quick Dry to help dry the whole thing.


So that's it! A fast way to get a cute nail look for when you don't have enough time for things like nail stamping and dotting tools! If you have a Daiso near you, check them out for their range of cheap nail stickers, and also their $2.80 brush cleaner.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lush Blogger Event in Melbourne last night. Even though I have had my blog for over a year, this was the first blogger event that I have been invited to!


The night started with a talk about the ethics behind the Lush brand and how they make all of their products in house, how they ensure that none of the ingredients come from places that test on animals, and how they try to sell as many products "naked" (without packaging) to reduce waste. We also learnt about the contribution Lush makes to charities and how they support farmers that grow products in a sustainable way.

My take home message is that whenever I buy a Lush product, I will feel like my money is being used to help the world!


We were then given a goodie bag filled with 6 of Lush's most popular products, and we were told a bit about each product and how to use them (see the products I got at the end of the post). 


After the speeches there were stations where we could test out products, get treatments done, skin consultations, facials etc. We were also given a sheet where we could list three additional products that we wanted to try, and then we got to take those products home too!


One of the most exciting parts of the night was when they showed us how to make the Angel's On Bare Skin Cleanser... and yes, we also got to take it home.

Stolen from Melissa Bubbles Instagram :P

And of course, one of the best parts of the night was meeting some lovely Melbourne beauty bloggers!


Onto the products that Lush were lovely enough to give me... and I was not expecting this at all so I was super excited to get home and try out all of these products (I may do a Lush haul video very soon). I have bought a lot of Lush products in the past but they have mainly been soaps, body washes and bath bombs, so I was really excited to try their top selling products and also some skincare that I have never used before.

The products that everyone received were:

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner: I tried this is the shower last night and I am in love with it! This smells amazing, almost like a rose custard scent, and it contains six conditioning butters. You apply this on your body after you have washed with soap/bodywash and then you rinse it off, and it keeps your skin feeling hydrated so you don't need to use a body moisturiser after you get out of the shower. So far, this is my favourite product that I have tried. 

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser: I wish I knew of this earlier because it is right up my alley! This is a thick almond oil based cleanser that you apply to dry skin, and it helps melt away makeup and lift and dissolve dirt. You can then wash it off or use a cotton pad with a toner to wipe away the excess. I used this to remove my makeup today after work and it works quite well.

Bubblegum Lip Scrub: I have the Popcorn version of this, so I am supporter of these lip scrubs. These lip scubs contain castor sugar and jojoba oil, and all you do is get some on your finger, rub it on your lips and then lick it off. The sugar rubs off any dry skin, and the oil helps your lips feel soft. This Bubblegum one smells like the Snow Fairy shower gel.

Honey I Washed The Kids Soap: Out of all of the Lush soaps this is my favourite scent... it smells like a soft honey caramel scent, and I can never get sick of smelling this. This also contains honey and bees wax so it is supposed to help soothe inflamed skin and relieve problems like eczema.

Sex Bomb Bath Ballistic: I have used a few Lush bath bombs, but I haven't used this one before. This is supposed to smell like jasmine and ylang ylang. I can't wait to try this!

Angels on Bare Skin Facial Cleanser: This is a clay cleaner that contains ground almonds which helps draw out impurities in the skin. This has quite a firm texture and you are supposed to take a small amount, mix it with water in your hand, and then cleanse your face. This has a lavender/herbal scent to it.

Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion: This is a light lotion that has a soft chamomile, rose, tea tree and lavender scent to it. This is supposed to be perfect for dry irritated skin.

Onto the additional products that I selected were:

Skin's Shangri La Facial Moisturiser: I decided to choose a moisturiser, because I haven't tried a Lush face moisturiser before. I was asking a lady about what would make a good night moisturiser, because even though I have oily skin I like to use heavy moisturisers at night. She recommended Skin's Shangri La. This has a strong scent that I can't put my finger on, it might be the wheatgrass and seaweed in it. I have only used this once, but it is nice and thick and sinks into my skin really nicely.

Ocean Salt Facial Scrub: I chose this because it is my sisters favourite Lush product (and she has tried them all!). This is like a cream cleanser that contains a lot of salt chunks that really exfoliate your skin. I adore the grapefruit scent of this.

American Cream Double Strength Conditioner: I decided to try this because Kate Flint recommended it in one of her most recent YouTube videos, and this has the most delicious warm vanilla scent. I tried this last night, and it feels quite waxy when you apply it, but it does make my hair feel really smooth and soft. If you have limp hair this might weigh your hair down, but if you have frizzy/damaged hair then you would probably love this. 

So that's it! I had a great night - I now know much more about Lush as a company and their products,  I got to try new things and meet new people, and I also got to take home some crazy awesome products to try and to no doubt review! Thanks so much to Lush for putting this on, I am so impressed with how well they respect the blogging community, it's really lovely hearing that such a large company genuinely appreciates the little people :)

Yay for Lush!

Lush Melbourne Blogger Event

September 11, 2013


I was lucky enough to be invited to the Lush Blogger Event in Melbourne last night. Even though I have had my blog for over a year, this was the first blogger event that I have been invited to!


The night started with a talk about the ethics behind the Lush brand and how they make all of their products in house, how they ensure that none of the ingredients come from places that test on animals, and how they try to sell as many products "naked" (without packaging) to reduce waste. We also learnt about the contribution Lush makes to charities and how they support farmers that grow products in a sustainable way.

My take home message is that whenever I buy a Lush product, I will feel like my money is being used to help the world!


We were then given a goodie bag filled with 6 of Lush's most popular products, and we were told a bit about each product and how to use them (see the products I got at the end of the post). 


After the speeches there were stations where we could test out products, get treatments done, skin consultations, facials etc. We were also given a sheet where we could list three additional products that we wanted to try, and then we got to take those products home too!


One of the most exciting parts of the night was when they showed us how to make the Angel's On Bare Skin Cleanser... and yes, we also got to take it home.

Stolen from Melissa Bubbles Instagram :P

And of course, one of the best parts of the night was meeting some lovely Melbourne beauty bloggers!


Onto the products that Lush were lovely enough to give me... and I was not expecting this at all so I was super excited to get home and try out all of these products (I may do a Lush haul video very soon). I have bought a lot of Lush products in the past but they have mainly been soaps, body washes and bath bombs, so I was really excited to try their top selling products and also some skincare that I have never used before.

The products that everyone received were:

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner: I tried this is the shower last night and I am in love with it! This smells amazing, almost like a rose custard scent, and it contains six conditioning butters. You apply this on your body after you have washed with soap/bodywash and then you rinse it off, and it keeps your skin feeling hydrated so you don't need to use a body moisturiser after you get out of the shower. So far, this is my favourite product that I have tried. 

Ultrabland Facial Cleanser: I wish I knew of this earlier because it is right up my alley! This is a thick almond oil based cleanser that you apply to dry skin, and it helps melt away makeup and lift and dissolve dirt. You can then wash it off or use a cotton pad with a toner to wipe away the excess. I used this to remove my makeup today after work and it works quite well.

Bubblegum Lip Scrub: I have the Popcorn version of this, so I am supporter of these lip scrubs. These lip scubs contain castor sugar and jojoba oil, and all you do is get some on your finger, rub it on your lips and then lick it off. The sugar rubs off any dry skin, and the oil helps your lips feel soft. This Bubblegum one smells like the Snow Fairy shower gel.

Honey I Washed The Kids Soap: Out of all of the Lush soaps this is my favourite scent... it smells like a soft honey caramel scent, and I can never get sick of smelling this. This also contains honey and bees wax so it is supposed to help soothe inflamed skin and relieve problems like eczema.

Sex Bomb Bath Ballistic: I have used a few Lush bath bombs, but I haven't used this one before. This is supposed to smell like jasmine and ylang ylang. I can't wait to try this!

Angels on Bare Skin Facial Cleanser: This is a clay cleaner that contains ground almonds which helps draw out impurities in the skin. This has quite a firm texture and you are supposed to take a small amount, mix it with water in your hand, and then cleanse your face. This has a lavender/herbal scent to it.

Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion: This is a light lotion that has a soft chamomile, rose, tea tree and lavender scent to it. This is supposed to be perfect for dry irritated skin.

Onto the additional products that I selected were:

Skin's Shangri La Facial Moisturiser: I decided to choose a moisturiser, because I haven't tried a Lush face moisturiser before. I was asking a lady about what would make a good night moisturiser, because even though I have oily skin I like to use heavy moisturisers at night. She recommended Skin's Shangri La. This has a strong scent that I can't put my finger on, it might be the wheatgrass and seaweed in it. I have only used this once, but it is nice and thick and sinks into my skin really nicely.

Ocean Salt Facial Scrub: I chose this because it is my sisters favourite Lush product (and she has tried them all!). This is like a cream cleanser that contains a lot of salt chunks that really exfoliate your skin. I adore the grapefruit scent of this.

American Cream Double Strength Conditioner: I decided to try this because Kate Flint recommended it in one of her most recent YouTube videos, and this has the most delicious warm vanilla scent. I tried this last night, and it feels quite waxy when you apply it, but it does make my hair feel really smooth and soft. If you have limp hair this might weigh your hair down, but if you have frizzy/damaged hair then you would probably love this. 

So that's it! I had a great night - I now know much more about Lush as a company and their products,  I got to try new things and meet new people, and I also got to take home some crazy awesome products to try and to no doubt review! Thanks so much to Lush for putting this on, I am so impressed with how well they respect the blogging community, it's really lovely hearing that such a large company genuinely appreciates the little people :)

Yay for Lush!

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