October 2013 | KITSCH/SNITCH

Another month, another favourites post. I have been loving quite a few things this month so I was looking forward to writing this post.

Urban Decay Naked Basics: This is a surprising addition to my favourites this month. I bought this months ago and even though I did like it (see my review here), I didn't use it much because most of the shades are very light, and I don't tend to wear a lot of light shades on my eyes. I have started using Naked 2 all over the lid, Faint in the crease, and then one of the three light shades as a highlight... this creates a really nice easy work look and I have been using it most days this month.

Photo taken from my original review

Mecca Cosmetica Nail Polish in Vogue Sorbet: I got this nail polish in the October Vogue magazine and I love it! This is the perfect Spring/Summer shade as it is a bright pastel pink. The formula is really nice too. I think this was limited edition for the magazine and I wish I bought a back up!

Napoleon Cream Blush: I also got this in a magazine this month! This is from the October In Style magazine (see my magazine freebies post) and it came with a mascara, lip gloss and this cream blush. I don't like the mascara, I'm not a big fan of lip gloss, but I loved this cream blush. It is a great nude pink shade, and unlike some cream blushes, this doesn't disrupt your makeup when you are applying it. See swatch later in this post.

DKNY Be Delicious (Red Delicious): I have always loved this perfume, its fresh, sweet, fruity, but not sickly sweet. I have had this bottle for about a year and a half and I finished it last week. When I went to replace it I bought the DKNY Red Delicious and it is similar to the one I had, but it is less fresh and slightly more musky. I am pretty sad to say bye to this perfume as clearly it has been reformulated and it isn't as good as the one that I originally had.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask: I have oily combination skin, but I have realised that the more hydrated I keep my skin, the less oily it is. I find that I don't have too much time to sit around with a mask on, which is why this is a perfect product. I use this 2-3 times a week and all I do is apply it instead of a night moisturiser and then I wash it off it the morning. This applies like a moisturiser but it leaves your skin a tiny bit tacky, so if you touch your face you can tell that something is sitting on your skin. I find that you can also feel it on your skin the next morning, so you can tell that it has lasted on your skin all night. It also smells amazing, like tropical passion fruit and mango juice.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer: I bought this for $5 from a bargain bin from Priceline, and I am hoping that they are just repackaging this and not getting rid of it altogether because I love this primer. This works really well with the Covergirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation, and I find that I don't need to repowder during the day, and I don't need to worry about makeup wearing off or slipping around my t-zone. This is one of the most effective mattifying primers I have ever used.


Crown Brush C250-0: This is such a tiny brush, and I have been loving using this to apply my MAC Blacktracks gel liner. I am used to using a bigger brush when I apply liner, and when I first apply the liner, it looks fine, but if I need to thicken the liner to even out the eyes (which I often have to do), my liner can end up looking too thick. This tiny brush does take longer to apply liner, but it allows you to draw a really small line, so if you need to thicken it, it doesn't look to thick... I hope that makes sense! Anyway I have been using this when I have been going out to an event and I want perfect liner.

Happy Skincare Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm: I have been wanting to try a cleansing balm for ages and I received this mini size in this months Bellabox (see post here). It took me a while to figure out how to add it into my skincare routine. I don't like using this at night because I don't think it removes all of my makeup, but I love using this in the morning. I warm this in my hands, rub it into my dry face and then I wipe it off with a cotton pad with toner on it. This makes my skin really nice and smooth, and I even bought the full size... so keep an eye out for a full review. Oh and this smells like watermelon juice mmm.

Model Rock Lashes #241 and Duo Dark Toned Lash Glue: I am a moron when it comes to false lashes, I hate applying them, they are uncomfortable, and they look a bit OTT on me. I bought a few of these Model Rock Lashes at IMATS for under $4 each and I love them! They have a clear band that is very thin and flexible and I like to cut them in half to make two sets of half lashes. I have found these really easy to use and using half lashes makes them look less fake and they are also really comfortable to wear. I also love using these with the Duo Dark Toned Lash Glue because I don't have to worry about hiding the glue line. So the moral to this story is, if you hate wearing lashes, just cut them in half and use them as half lashes on the outer corner of your eye.

Duo Dark Toned Lash Glue, Napoleon Cream Blush

So that's it! What is your beauty favourite for October?

October 2013 Favourites

October 31, 2013


Another month, another favourites post. I have been loving quite a few things this month so I was looking forward to writing this post.

Urban Decay Naked Basics: This is a surprising addition to my favourites this month. I bought this months ago and even though I did like it (see my review here), I didn't use it much because most of the shades are very light, and I don't tend to wear a lot of light shades on my eyes. I have started using Naked 2 all over the lid, Faint in the crease, and then one of the three light shades as a highlight... this creates a really nice easy work look and I have been using it most days this month.

Photo taken from my original review

Mecca Cosmetica Nail Polish in Vogue Sorbet: I got this nail polish in the October Vogue magazine and I love it! This is the perfect Spring/Summer shade as it is a bright pastel pink. The formula is really nice too. I think this was limited edition for the magazine and I wish I bought a back up!

Napoleon Cream Blush: I also got this in a magazine this month! This is from the October In Style magazine (see my magazine freebies post) and it came with a mascara, lip gloss and this cream blush. I don't like the mascara, I'm not a big fan of lip gloss, but I loved this cream blush. It is a great nude pink shade, and unlike some cream blushes, this doesn't disrupt your makeup when you are applying it. See swatch later in this post.

DKNY Be Delicious (Red Delicious): I have always loved this perfume, its fresh, sweet, fruity, but not sickly sweet. I have had this bottle for about a year and a half and I finished it last week. When I went to replace it I bought the DKNY Red Delicious and it is similar to the one I had, but it is less fresh and slightly more musky. I am pretty sad to say bye to this perfume as clearly it has been reformulated and it isn't as good as the one that I originally had.

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask: I have oily combination skin, but I have realised that the more hydrated I keep my skin, the less oily it is. I find that I don't have too much time to sit around with a mask on, which is why this is a perfect product. I use this 2-3 times a week and all I do is apply it instead of a night moisturiser and then I wash it off it the morning. This applies like a moisturiser but it leaves your skin a tiny bit tacky, so if you touch your face you can tell that something is sitting on your skin. I find that you can also feel it on your skin the next morning, so you can tell that it has lasted on your skin all night. It also smells amazing, like tropical passion fruit and mango juice.

L'Oreal Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer: I bought this for $5 from a bargain bin from Priceline, and I am hoping that they are just repackaging this and not getting rid of it altogether because I love this primer. This works really well with the Covergirl Stay Fabulous 3 in 1 foundation, and I find that I don't need to repowder during the day, and I don't need to worry about makeup wearing off or slipping around my t-zone. This is one of the most effective mattifying primers I have ever used.


Crown Brush C250-0: This is such a tiny brush, and I have been loving using this to apply my MAC Blacktracks gel liner. I am used to using a bigger brush when I apply liner, and when I first apply the liner, it looks fine, but if I need to thicken the liner to even out the eyes (which I often have to do), my liner can end up looking too thick. This tiny brush does take longer to apply liner, but it allows you to draw a really small line, so if you need to thicken it, it doesn't look to thick... I hope that makes sense! Anyway I have been using this when I have been going out to an event and I want perfect liner.

Happy Skincare Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm: I have been wanting to try a cleansing balm for ages and I received this mini size in this months Bellabox (see post here). It took me a while to figure out how to add it into my skincare routine. I don't like using this at night because I don't think it removes all of my makeup, but I love using this in the morning. I warm this in my hands, rub it into my dry face and then I wipe it off with a cotton pad with toner on it. This makes my skin really nice and smooth, and I even bought the full size... so keep an eye out for a full review. Oh and this smells like watermelon juice mmm.

Model Rock Lashes #241 and Duo Dark Toned Lash Glue: I am a moron when it comes to false lashes, I hate applying them, they are uncomfortable, and they look a bit OTT on me. I bought a few of these Model Rock Lashes at IMATS for under $4 each and I love them! They have a clear band that is very thin and flexible and I like to cut them in half to make two sets of half lashes. I have found these really easy to use and using half lashes makes them look less fake and they are also really comfortable to wear. I also love using these with the Duo Dark Toned Lash Glue because I don't have to worry about hiding the glue line. So the moral to this story is, if you hate wearing lashes, just cut them in half and use them as half lashes on the outer corner of your eye.

Duo Dark Toned Lash Glue, Napoleon Cream Blush

So that's it! What is your beauty favourite for October?

Finally I am getting around to swatching my Inglot palettes! I bought these from IMATS (see my haul here) and they were 30% off the retail price. I was meaning to do this post ages ago, and I had taken photos of the palettes looking all new and untouched, but I accidentally deleted the photos :(

So anyway, this is a quick review and swatches of the shades that I got... there are so many shades of eyeshadow to choose from, but I tried to make a coppery palette and a gold/bronze palette. I also aimed to mainly get midtoned shades as I tend to wear mostly midtoned shades, and I find that I have a lot of palettes that contain really light or really dark shades.

Each of the 5 square Freedom Palettes cost $14, and each eyeshadow costs $10 in Australia.


I love the magnetic clasp! The magnets are really strong so you won't find the lids just falling off in your bag (if you were ever to bring this in your bag). You can also take the lid and clip it behind the palette while using it, and I even clip my two palettes together for easy storage!

All of these shadows (both shimmery and matte shades) are great quality. They are pigmented and buttery smooth. I can't fault their shadows at all, so this is more of a colour swatch blog post.

l-r: 606, 605, 421, 357, 337

Look how pretty the colours are! Both of my palettes contain shimmery shades and then one or two matte crease/eyebrow shades. The only mistake that I made with this palette is that the last matte shade is far too light for the coppery shades that I chose to go with it. If I ever make another palette, I might take the last shade our and replace it with a darker matte brown or a more red toned brown.

The shades in my copper palette are:

606 Pearl: Metallic gold copper
605 Pearl: Metallic copper
421 Pearl: Metallic warm brown
357 Matte: Warm toned mid brown
337 Matte: Warm toned light brown

l-r: 11, 404, 406, 21, 342

I love this palette! I don't like super frosty light shades, so I am glad that the lightest shade is light, but not frosty. All of the shades work really well together.

The shades in my gold/bronze shade are:

11 Shine: Light gold slight duo chrome pink, very similar to Benefit Sippin N Dippin or MAC Rubenesque paint pot
404 Pearl: Metallic old gold
406 Pearl: Metallic gold bronze
21 Shine: Dark bronze with some glitter
342 Matte: Cool toned matte brown

So that's it! Those are my Inglot shadows so far. I am sure that this will spark a collection of Inglot eyeshadows!

My Inglot eyeshadow palettes

October 28, 2013


Finally I am getting around to swatching my Inglot palettes! I bought these from IMATS (see my haul here) and they were 30% off the retail price. I was meaning to do this post ages ago, and I had taken photos of the palettes looking all new and untouched, but I accidentally deleted the photos :(

So anyway, this is a quick review and swatches of the shades that I got... there are so many shades of eyeshadow to choose from, but I tried to make a coppery palette and a gold/bronze palette. I also aimed to mainly get midtoned shades as I tend to wear mostly midtoned shades, and I find that I have a lot of palettes that contain really light or really dark shades.

Each of the 5 square Freedom Palettes cost $14, and each eyeshadow costs $10 in Australia.


I love the magnetic clasp! The magnets are really strong so you won't find the lids just falling off in your bag (if you were ever to bring this in your bag). You can also take the lid and clip it behind the palette while using it, and I even clip my two palettes together for easy storage!

All of these shadows (both shimmery and matte shades) are great quality. They are pigmented and buttery smooth. I can't fault their shadows at all, so this is more of a colour swatch blog post.

l-r: 606, 605, 421, 357, 337

Look how pretty the colours are! Both of my palettes contain shimmery shades and then one or two matte crease/eyebrow shades. The only mistake that I made with this palette is that the last matte shade is far too light for the coppery shades that I chose to go with it. If I ever make another palette, I might take the last shade our and replace it with a darker matte brown or a more red toned brown.

The shades in my copper palette are:

606 Pearl: Metallic gold copper
605 Pearl: Metallic copper
421 Pearl: Metallic warm brown
357 Matte: Warm toned mid brown
337 Matte: Warm toned light brown

l-r: 11, 404, 406, 21, 342

I love this palette! I don't like super frosty light shades, so I am glad that the lightest shade is light, but not frosty. All of the shades work really well together.

The shades in my gold/bronze shade are:

11 Shine: Light gold slight duo chrome pink, very similar to Benefit Sippin N Dippin or MAC Rubenesque paint pot
404 Pearl: Metallic old gold
406 Pearl: Metallic gold bronze
21 Shine: Dark bronze with some glitter
342 Matte: Cool toned matte brown

So that's it! Those are my Inglot shadows so far. I am sure that this will spark a collection of Inglot eyeshadows!

I mentioned last week that I went to a Vogue event that was about Spring/Summer makeup trends (see post here). I was told yesterday that someone saw of me on the Vogue site (which made me laugh) so I thought I would share them. If you wanted to check out all of the photos from the event, you can see them at the Australian Vogue website.

Vogue event at the Langham in Melbourne


I mentioned last week that I went to a Vogue event that was about Spring/Summer makeup trends (see post here). I was told yesterday that someone saw of me on the Vogue site (which made me laugh) so I thought I would share them. If you wanted to check out all of the photos from the event, you can see them at the Australian Vogue website.


So after receiving a really impressing Wantable box last month (see post here), I caved and subscribed :P 

This is a US subscription box that ships to the US, Canada and Australia... so finally this is a subscription box post that might be interesting to a wider group of readers!

This isn't cheap, it retails for $40 for a one off box or $36 for a monthly subscription. They also charge shipping of $9 to Australia. The good thing about this box is that they claim to contain $80 of value in each box (and that is US prices) and you get to customise your box by saying which items you love, like, and dislike... and they will never send you a product that you list as dislike. See my first Wantable post for more detail about this process.

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


I received 5 full size products and one sample in my box this month.

Michael Marcus Polish in Paint The Town Red - retail price $15: This is a strange shaped nail polish, and the shade is pretty but its a typical pink toned red and I received a very similar shade of nail polish in my last box. Nevertheless, I have heard that this is a great quality nail polish.

Be A Bombshell Blush in Blind Date - retail price $16: I love blush, and I have never tried this brand before but I have seen their blushes reviewed on blogs. I love this shade, it is a very pretty pigmented coral shade with a slight shimmer (see swatch below). This is what I wanted NARS Orgasm to be like, but Orgasm isn't as pigmented as this blush.

Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Luxe Eyebrow in Cocoa - retail price $22: This is probably the one thing in the box that I am a little underwhelmed about. The product itself if quite good, it is a nice dry gel product that is quite cool toned (perfect for brows), but I think what lets it down in the bulky cheap unnecessary packaging. The packaging contains a flimsy angle brush (that I probably won't ever use) and I would have preferred to just have the gel in a small good quality jar. See swatch of the brow gel below. 

Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in Nior Red - retail price $22: I received a pink version of this lipstick in my last box and I adore it! The formula is creamy, has a semi matte finish, and lasts for hours. I have looked for these in Australia and they are much more expensive than $22 (more like $40+) so I was super happy to see another one of these lipsticks. This shade is a little intimidating, it is a very very dark berry red, which is similar to a lipstick version of the OCC Lip Tar in Black Dalia. I do love these kinds of shades, and I will wear it, but unlike the pink I received last month, this won't be an everyday shade. See a one swipe swatch below and also a lip swatch.



Japonesque Travel Smudger Brush - retail price $14.50: I am not a big fan of travel size brushes because I keep my brushes in various mugs, and I find brushes with short handles get lost amongst the others. Other than that, this brush looks really nice, I love the shape of it... it will be perfect for applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line and also smudging out eyeliner.

Skiin Soothing and Smoothing Eye Cream Sample: I have never heard of this skincare brand, but I am big into eye creams lately, so I am keen to try this out.

So that's it! Adding up the retail prices of these items, this box is worth $89.50!
If you are interested in checking the Wantable box out, you can subscribe here.

October Wantable box

October 26, 2013



So after receiving a really impressing Wantable box last month (see post here), I caved and subscribed :P 

This is a US subscription box that ships to the US, Canada and Australia... so finally this is a subscription box post that might be interesting to a wider group of readers!

This isn't cheap, it retails for $40 for a one off box or $36 for a monthly subscription. They also charge shipping of $9 to Australia. The good thing about this box is that they claim to contain $80 of value in each box (and that is US prices) and you get to customise your box by saying which items you love, like, and dislike... and they will never send you a product that you list as dislike. See my first Wantable post for more detail about this process.

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


I received 5 full size products and one sample in my box this month.

Michael Marcus Polish in Paint The Town Red - retail price $15: This is a strange shaped nail polish, and the shade is pretty but its a typical pink toned red and I received a very similar shade of nail polish in my last box. Nevertheless, I have heard that this is a great quality nail polish.

Be A Bombshell Blush in Blind Date - retail price $16: I love blush, and I have never tried this brand before but I have seen their blushes reviewed on blogs. I love this shade, it is a very pretty pigmented coral shade with a slight shimmer (see swatch below). This is what I wanted NARS Orgasm to be like, but Orgasm isn't as pigmented as this blush.

Cailyn Cosmetics Gel Luxe Eyebrow in Cocoa - retail price $22: This is probably the one thing in the box that I am a little underwhelmed about. The product itself if quite good, it is a nice dry gel product that is quite cool toned (perfect for brows), but I think what lets it down in the bulky cheap unnecessary packaging. The packaging contains a flimsy angle brush (that I probably won't ever use) and I would have preferred to just have the gel in a small good quality jar. See swatch of the brow gel below. 

Besame Cosmetics Classic Color Lipstick in Nior Red - retail price $22: I received a pink version of this lipstick in my last box and I adore it! The formula is creamy, has a semi matte finish, and lasts for hours. I have looked for these in Australia and they are much more expensive than $22 (more like $40+) so I was super happy to see another one of these lipsticks. This shade is a little intimidating, it is a very very dark berry red, which is similar to a lipstick version of the OCC Lip Tar in Black Dalia. I do love these kinds of shades, and I will wear it, but unlike the pink I received last month, this won't be an everyday shade. See a one swipe swatch below and also a lip swatch.



Japonesque Travel Smudger Brush - retail price $14.50: I am not a big fan of travel size brushes because I keep my brushes in various mugs, and I find brushes with short handles get lost amongst the others. Other than that, this brush looks really nice, I love the shape of it... it will be perfect for applying eyeshadow to the lower lash line and also smudging out eyeliner.

Skiin Soothing and Smoothing Eye Cream Sample: I have never heard of this skincare brand, but I am big into eye creams lately, so I am keen to try this out.

So that's it! Adding up the retail prices of these items, this box is worth $89.50!
If you are interested in checking the Wantable box out, you can subscribe here.

Another month, another Lust Have It box. This is an Australian beauty subscription box that costs $19.95 per month and you can join up here. Use the code "kitsch" for $5 off your first box

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This months box contained quite a lot of cards - most were discount cards (for wine, The Iconic, and also Le Tan products) and then there were two information cards for two of the products contained in this months box.

The theme of this box was Spring Racing Carnival, which is very appropriate for this time of the year. This months box contains two full size products and four decent sized samples.


Le Tan Wash Off Bronze 40ml sample: This is a very good size sample and it is very appropriate for the Spring Racing theme. This is a spray on tan that is supposed to be streak free, easy to apply, and dries in 60 seconds. The colour is a decent bronze shade and, as far as I can tell, this does not contain shimmer (see swatch below). When I was swatching this I did realise that if you don't shake this well enough, it does tend to leave drops on your skin... so I sense that getting this to apply nice and evenly will take some practice.
UPDATE: Ok I tried to use this yesterday and maaaan it was a pain in the arse. It is pretty dark so I ended up with patches of overly bronzed skin. I ended up having to use a tanning mitt to blend it in. I think if you wanted crazy dark legs then this might be good, but if you want a light spray of it, it won't work. Oh and I did experience a few drips of it on my legs, which also needed to be blended. 

Smitten Cosmetics Whipped Tinted Mousse Moisturiser in the shade Cappuccino sample (not sure the size): I want to say first off that I thought the shade "cappuccino" would be quite dark, but this ended up being quite perfect for my skin tone (see swatch below). I love the feel and finish of this - it is a mousse that is easy to apply and sets quite demi-matte. But there are a few things that I didn't like, firstly it smells quite odd, secondly it tends to look quite yellow after a few hours (I am assuming that it oxidises), and lastly I find that it starts to break down by the end of the day and it starts to look quite patchy. So on first impression, I would use this if I knew I wasn't wearing my makeup for very long, but this isn't great for a working day.

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Lemon Cream - Full size: I love pigments (even though I rarely reach for them on a daily basis). This is a nice light yellow gold shimmery shade, that is quite sheer but buildable. I will most likely use this as an inner corner highlight shade for when I am doing gold or bronze eye makeup. See swatch below.


Paula's Choice Oil Blotting Papers: This is a sample pack, but I am unsure how many sheets it contains. The full size contains 100 sheets, so if I like these a full pack should last me a long time. I like the concept of oil absorbing sheets that claim to keep you matte without disturbing your makeup, but I haven't used oil blotting sheets since I was 16 (I am just too addicted to powder these days). I do have issues with oily t-zone so I will give these a go and see if I like them.

Evo Ritual Salvation Care Shampoo and Conditioner - 50ml samples: These contain a decent amount of product and should last a few uses. I will use these tomorrow and let you guys know what I think!
UPDATE: These are quite nice, they have a fruity scent and they added quite a lot of volume to my hair. 

Princess Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Mask - full size: This is the last full size product and it is a cloth mask that retails for $25. This is designed for dehydrated skin and it is supposed to mimic the hyaluronic acid that is naturally found in your body and it is supposed to reduce wrinkles and help elasticity... we will see!



So that's it! What did you think of this months LHI box?
Check back tomorrow for my Wantable box blog post!

Lust Have It box October 2013

October 25, 2013


Another month, another Lust Have It box. This is an Australian beauty subscription box that costs $19.95 per month and you can join up here. Use the code "kitsch" for $5 off your first box

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This months box contained quite a lot of cards - most were discount cards (for wine, The Iconic, and also Le Tan products) and then there were two information cards for two of the products contained in this months box.

The theme of this box was Spring Racing Carnival, which is very appropriate for this time of the year. This months box contains two full size products and four decent sized samples.


Le Tan Wash Off Bronze 40ml sample: This is a very good size sample and it is very appropriate for the Spring Racing theme. This is a spray on tan that is supposed to be streak free, easy to apply, and dries in 60 seconds. The colour is a decent bronze shade and, as far as I can tell, this does not contain shimmer (see swatch below). When I was swatching this I did realise that if you don't shake this well enough, it does tend to leave drops on your skin... so I sense that getting this to apply nice and evenly will take some practice.
UPDATE: Ok I tried to use this yesterday and maaaan it was a pain in the arse. It is pretty dark so I ended up with patches of overly bronzed skin. I ended up having to use a tanning mitt to blend it in. I think if you wanted crazy dark legs then this might be good, but if you want a light spray of it, it won't work. Oh and I did experience a few drips of it on my legs, which also needed to be blended. 

Smitten Cosmetics Whipped Tinted Mousse Moisturiser in the shade Cappuccino sample (not sure the size): I want to say first off that I thought the shade "cappuccino" would be quite dark, but this ended up being quite perfect for my skin tone (see swatch below). I love the feel and finish of this - it is a mousse that is easy to apply and sets quite demi-matte. But there are a few things that I didn't like, firstly it smells quite odd, secondly it tends to look quite yellow after a few hours (I am assuming that it oxidises), and lastly I find that it starts to break down by the end of the day and it starts to look quite patchy. So on first impression, I would use this if I knew I wasn't wearing my makeup for very long, but this isn't great for a working day.

Inika Mineral Eyeshadow in Lemon Cream - Full size: I love pigments (even though I rarely reach for them on a daily basis). This is a nice light yellow gold shimmery shade, that is quite sheer but buildable. I will most likely use this as an inner corner highlight shade for when I am doing gold or bronze eye makeup. See swatch below.


Paula's Choice Oil Blotting Papers: This is a sample pack, but I am unsure how many sheets it contains. The full size contains 100 sheets, so if I like these a full pack should last me a long time. I like the concept of oil absorbing sheets that claim to keep you matte without disturbing your makeup, but I haven't used oil blotting sheets since I was 16 (I am just too addicted to powder these days). I do have issues with oily t-zone so I will give these a go and see if I like them.

Evo Ritual Salvation Care Shampoo and Conditioner - 50ml samples: These contain a decent amount of product and should last a few uses. I will use these tomorrow and let you guys know what I think!
UPDATE: These are quite nice, they have a fruity scent and they added quite a lot of volume to my hair. 

Princess Skincare Hyaluronic Acid Mask - full size: This is the last full size product and it is a cloth mask that retails for $25. This is designed for dehydrated skin and it is supposed to mimic the hyaluronic acid that is naturally found in your body and it is supposed to reduce wrinkles and help elasticity... we will see!



So that's it! What did you think of this months LHI box?
Check back tomorrow for my Wantable box blog post!

I bought this Rachel K Neutral CC Cream from the Lust Have It shop a little while ago and I had a look at their shop today and I couldn't find it...

...good story bro!

Anyway, you can get these on ebay for around $35 and this comes in Neutral (pink tube) and in Original (black tube). There are only two shades of this, the Neutral is more neutral toned (duh!) and is a bit darker than the Original - which is very light and pink toned.


This is a Korean CC cream, which are supposed to be a lot better than the Western BB/CC creams available. This claims to be a 10 in 1 product which contains SPF, is moisturising, brightening, anti-wrinkle, collagen enriched, smudge proof, water proof etc etc.


I mainly wanted to try this because it is supposed to be good for people who have oilier skin and find Western BB/CC Creams too oily. This doesn't provide oil control, but it doesn't get super greasy looking like other BB/CC creams on the market.

As far a CC creams go, this is a great product: it does provide a good amount of coverage for a CC cream and I love the neutral tone, but my only issue is that it is so light that I can't use it on it's own - I either need to use it as a brightening base, or I need to mix it with a darker foundation to make it work... possibly I can get away with it in the middle of Winter. If you have very yellow toned skin, this may look ashy on you.

I would recommend this to people who are wanting to try Korean BB/CC creams, who want a semi-matte to slightly dewy finish, and who have light skin with neutral undertones. If you have very light skin then you may want to try the Original version.

Rachel K Mineral Color Control Neutral CC Cream Blemish Balm - review and swatches

October 23, 2013


I bought this Rachel K Neutral CC Cream from the Lust Have It shop a little while ago and I had a look at their shop today and I couldn't find it...

...good story bro!

Anyway, you can get these on ebay for around $35 and this comes in Neutral (pink tube) and in Original (black tube). There are only two shades of this, the Neutral is more neutral toned (duh!) and is a bit darker than the Original - which is very light and pink toned.


This is a Korean CC cream, which are supposed to be a lot better than the Western BB/CC creams available. This claims to be a 10 in 1 product which contains SPF, is moisturising, brightening, anti-wrinkle, collagen enriched, smudge proof, water proof etc etc.


I mainly wanted to try this because it is supposed to be good for people who have oilier skin and find Western BB/CC Creams too oily. This doesn't provide oil control, but it doesn't get super greasy looking like other BB/CC creams on the market.

As far a CC creams go, this is a great product: it does provide a good amount of coverage for a CC cream and I love the neutral tone, but my only issue is that it is so light that I can't use it on it's own - I either need to use it as a brightening base, or I need to mix it with a darker foundation to make it work... possibly I can get away with it in the middle of Winter. If you have very yellow toned skin, this may look ashy on you.

I would recommend this to people who are wanting to try Korean BB/CC creams, who want a semi-matte to slightly dewy finish, and who have light skin with neutral undertones. If you have very light skin then you may want to try the Original version.
View from the Langham hotel

Hey everyone, I am just doing a quick post to share some photos I took from a Vogue event I went to last week. The event had a demonstration from Mecca Cosmetica makeup artists showing 4 Spring/Summer makeup trends.


So according to Sigourney Cantelo who is the beauty editor at Vogue, the top Spring/Summer makeup trends are:
  1. Contoured skin
  2. Statement bright orange lip
  3. Soft contoured eyes
  4. Metallic foiled eyes

I had a great night thanks to Vogue! The Langham is beautiful, the food was delicious, and I met some really nice people!

What do you think of Vogue's Spring/Summer makeup trends prediction?

Vogue Spring/Summer Makeup Trends

October 21, 2013

View from the Langham hotel

Hey everyone, I am just doing a quick post to share some photos I took from a Vogue event I went to last week. The event had a demonstration from Mecca Cosmetica makeup artists showing 4 Spring/Summer makeup trends.


So according to Sigourney Cantelo who is the beauty editor at Vogue, the top Spring/Summer makeup trends are:
  1. Contoured skin
  2. Statement bright orange lip
  3. Soft contoured eyes
  4. Metallic foiled eyes

I had a great night thanks to Vogue! The Langham is beautiful, the food was delicious, and I met some really nice people!

What do you think of Vogue's Spring/Summer makeup trends prediction?

This is a really quick post just showing some makeup freebies that you can get with this months In Style magazine and Vogue magazine.

I am not a big fan of buying magazines, but I managed to get a free Vogue when I went to a Vogue event last week (which I will post about soon) and I couldn't pass up the In Style magazine that has three full size Napoleon Perdis products as a gift. 


In the In Style magazine you get a peachy nude lip gloss, a mascara and a nude pink cream blush. What I find a little annoying about these products is that they aren't part of the permanent Napoleon range, so it makes me wonder whether they mass produce cheaper versions of their products just to give away in magazines. This claims to be a value of $82. These products don't have fancy names or shades, they are just "Mascara", "Lip Gloss" and "Cream Blush". After saying all of that, I do really like the cream blush, it is really easy to apply and it is a really pretty colour.

Top: Cream Blush, Bottom: Lip Gloss

With this months Vogue you get a mini Mecca Cosmetica nail polish in the shade Vogue Sorbet. This is a really pretty bright pastel pink and the formula is also pretty good. I am loving this shade and I highly recommend getting the magazine for this polish. I think this is a limited edition shade as I can't find it on the Mecca Cosmetica site.

So those are a few goodies that you might want to check out if you love freebies with magazines!

Magazine makeup freebies

October 20, 2013


This is a really quick post just showing some makeup freebies that you can get with this months In Style magazine and Vogue magazine.

I am not a big fan of buying magazines, but I managed to get a free Vogue when I went to a Vogue event last week (which I will post about soon) and I couldn't pass up the In Style magazine that has three full size Napoleon Perdis products as a gift. 


In the In Style magazine you get a peachy nude lip gloss, a mascara and a nude pink cream blush. What I find a little annoying about these products is that they aren't part of the permanent Napoleon range, so it makes me wonder whether they mass produce cheaper versions of their products just to give away in magazines. This claims to be a value of $82. These products don't have fancy names or shades, they are just "Mascara", "Lip Gloss" and "Cream Blush". After saying all of that, I do really like the cream blush, it is really easy to apply and it is a really pretty colour.

Top: Cream Blush, Bottom: Lip Gloss

With this months Vogue you get a mini Mecca Cosmetica nail polish in the shade Vogue Sorbet. This is a really pretty bright pastel pink and the formula is also pretty good. I am loving this shade and I highly recommend getting the magazine for this polish. I think this is a limited edition shade as I can't find it on the Mecca Cosmetica site.

So those are a few goodies that you might want to check out if you love freebies with magazines!

It's Bellabox's 2nd birthday and to celebrate, they have released a box in colaboration with theyallhateus.com. I believe that is a fashion blog/website... I am not very savvy with the fashions.

Aaaanyway in case you didn't already know... Bellabox is a monthly subscription box that costs only $15 a month. If you want to join up, then join up here.

This will be my last box for a little while since I am pretty broke (doing a full time unpaid traineeship is starting to take its toll) and can't afford to stay subscribed to too many beauty boxes. To be completely honest, I would prefer to keep Bellabox and to give Lust Have It the flick, but I am half way through my LHI annual subscription, so Bellabox will have to go. I will no doubt subscribe for the odd box every now and then.

Onto the box...

Click for larger image
So above is the information card that explains each product and mentions the price of the full size product. Click the picture for a larger image.


So these are the products...

Beyonce Heat 2ml sample: I have a love hate relationship with celebrity fragrances. They often smell quite similar to each other, and they don't last long on the skin, but they are cheap and I often like the sweet scents. When you first put this on, it smells like a typical strong perfume scent that you might remember your mum or grandmother using. Once it settles into your skin it starts smelling softer, warmer, and more like vanilla and musk. I don't love this, but I am happy to wear it and it doesn't clash with my scent or give me a headache.

This also has a really weird dispenser, it isn't a spray bottle, instead it has 5 small holes and you tap it on your wrist and it distributes a small amount of perfume... handy!


Happy Skincare Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm - 20ml sample: I have never really tried a cleansing balm, but I love using oils to remove my makeup, so I have wanted to try a cleansing balm for ages. To apply this you take a small amount and warm it between your fingers, massage it into your skin and then wipe/wash off. I love the concept, but I generally wash my face in the shower at night so I find this difficult to incorporate into my skincare routine. I really want to start getting in the habit of using cleansing balms because I know that they are better for your skin and they are quite hydrating etc. This one is really nice, it looks a little lumpy but the lumps seem to be particles of moisturiser that melt when they become warm. This also smells amazing when you rub it into your face, it has a herbal lemon oil type scent. I really like this and would consider buying a full size, but I will have to see over the next few days whether I can work this into my skincare routine... I still think this feels strange because it's like rubbing Vaseline onto you face. 


L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Colour in Romy - full size: These came out a few months ago and I was quite reluctant to fork out the $24 for one. I am super happy to see these in here so I can finally give it a go. I heard that these are a dupe for the YSL glossy stains, but I haven't tried them so I can't compare :P This is a very sheer gloss (see swatches below) and it contains a small amount of shimmer. This does stain, but because the shade is very light and sheer it really only makes your lips looks slightly more pink toned than normal. It also does last quite a while, but it does start feeling sticky after an hour or so. I don't know if I am sold on this product, but I think I would prefer it if it was a darker/brighter shade as this looks quite similar to a tinted balm on the lips.

Swatch
Stain after approx 2 minutes
Vaseline Ultimate 10 Essential - 25ml sample: This is supposedly the first body lotion that is designed to be anti-aging. I have never thought of needing to apply anti-aging body lotion, but I suppose it makes sense! I haven't tried this yet, but I like the idea. The full size is under $8, so if I like it I will totally buy the large size!

Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Reconstruction Shampoo and Mask: I tried these last night and I really like them! They smell really nice and make my hair feel really really smooth! I wish these were available in Priceline!

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream - 1ml sample: This is a very small piddly sample, but it's bonus so meh. I did get a full size of this in a past Bellabox, so I have tried this and I do like it for the oil control, but I find that the coverage is too light for my normal day to day foundation.

So that's it! What did you think of this months box?
If you want to join up, then join up here.

Bellabox 2nd Birthday Box - October 2013

October 18, 2013


It's Bellabox's 2nd birthday and to celebrate, they have released a box in colaboration with theyallhateus.com. I believe that is a fashion blog/website... I am not very savvy with the fashions.

Aaaanyway in case you didn't already know... Bellabox is a monthly subscription box that costs only $15 a month. If you want to join up, then join up here.

This will be my last box for a little while since I am pretty broke (doing a full time unpaid traineeship is starting to take its toll) and can't afford to stay subscribed to too many beauty boxes. To be completely honest, I would prefer to keep Bellabox and to give Lust Have It the flick, but I am half way through my LHI annual subscription, so Bellabox will have to go. I will no doubt subscribe for the odd box every now and then.

Onto the box...

Click for larger image
So above is the information card that explains each product and mentions the price of the full size product. Click the picture for a larger image.


So these are the products...

Beyonce Heat 2ml sample: I have a love hate relationship with celebrity fragrances. They often smell quite similar to each other, and they don't last long on the skin, but they are cheap and I often like the sweet scents. When you first put this on, it smells like a typical strong perfume scent that you might remember your mum or grandmother using. Once it settles into your skin it starts smelling softer, warmer, and more like vanilla and musk. I don't love this, but I am happy to wear it and it doesn't clash with my scent or give me a headache.

This also has a really weird dispenser, it isn't a spray bottle, instead it has 5 small holes and you tap it on your wrist and it distributes a small amount of perfume... handy!


Happy Skincare Cloud 9 Deep Cleansing Balm - 20ml sample: I have never really tried a cleansing balm, but I love using oils to remove my makeup, so I have wanted to try a cleansing balm for ages. To apply this you take a small amount and warm it between your fingers, massage it into your skin and then wipe/wash off. I love the concept, but I generally wash my face in the shower at night so I find this difficult to incorporate into my skincare routine. I really want to start getting in the habit of using cleansing balms because I know that they are better for your skin and they are quite hydrating etc. This one is really nice, it looks a little lumpy but the lumps seem to be particles of moisturiser that melt when they become warm. This also smells amazing when you rub it into your face, it has a herbal lemon oil type scent. I really like this and would consider buying a full size, but I will have to see over the next few days whether I can work this into my skincare routine... I still think this feels strange because it's like rubbing Vaseline onto you face. 


L'Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Colour in Romy - full size: These came out a few months ago and I was quite reluctant to fork out the $24 for one. I am super happy to see these in here so I can finally give it a go. I heard that these are a dupe for the YSL glossy stains, but I haven't tried them so I can't compare :P This is a very sheer gloss (see swatches below) and it contains a small amount of shimmer. This does stain, but because the shade is very light and sheer it really only makes your lips looks slightly more pink toned than normal. It also does last quite a while, but it does start feeling sticky after an hour or so. I don't know if I am sold on this product, but I think I would prefer it if it was a darker/brighter shade as this looks quite similar to a tinted balm on the lips.

Swatch
Stain after approx 2 minutes
Vaseline Ultimate 10 Essential - 25ml sample: This is supposedly the first body lotion that is designed to be anti-aging. I have never thought of needing to apply anti-aging body lotion, but I suppose it makes sense! I haven't tried this yet, but I like the idea. The full size is under $8, so if I like it I will totally buy the large size!

Alfaparf Semi Di Lino Reconstruction Shampoo and Mask: I tried these last night and I really like them! They smell really nice and make my hair feel really really smooth! I wish these were available in Priceline!

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream - 1ml sample: This is a very small piddly sample, but it's bonus so meh. I did get a full size of this in a past Bellabox, so I have tried this and I do like it for the oil control, but I find that the coverage is too light for my normal day to day foundation.

So that's it! What did you think of this months box?
If you want to join up, then join up here.

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