December 2013 | KITSCH/SNITCH

I was debating whether or not I should do a favourites post this month, as I am planning on doing a top 13 products of 2013 post early next week (after a bit more deliberating). I decided that I really wanted to mention a few of the products I have been loving in the last few weeks, as they are pretty uncharacteristic of what I have been wearing over the last few months.

This month has been really long for me! I finished placement (which felt like I was there for a year, but it was only 3 weeks) and since finishing placement I have been running around catching up with friends and getting Christmas organised. Over the last few months I have generally been wearing really warm and summery makeup - bronze/gold toned eyeshadows, bronzer etc. But for some reason I have completely changed my taste in makeup over the last two weeks. Even though it is actually Summer here in Australia, and the weather has been really warm, I have been wearing sparkly cool toned eyeshadows with liquid liner, a pink cheek (no bronzer) and just a lip balm... which is pretty much the type of makeup that I like wearing in winter (maybe it's some weird Christmas spirit thing). My favourites this month is all the products that I have been wearing on a daily basis over the last two weeks, and also a few Lush Christmas limited edition products that I adore.

Lush Celebrate Body Lotion: I am so upset that this is a Christmas limited edition product (and it has been sold out at Lush stores). This is a very thick body butter type moisturiser that contains orange oil, lime oil, cocoa butter, almond oil, and cognac oil. This smells like a zesty fruit cocktail. This is really thick and greasy so I only use it on my legs, but it smells and feels really nice. Luckily this contains heaps of product and you only need to use a little at a time, so hopefully this will last me a while. Damn you limited edition products!

Smashbox Cream Liner in Putty: This is a cream liner, but it's really shit as a liner! I bought this on ebay for around $17 with the intention to use it as a brow product, and it's turned out to be one of my favourite products to fill in my brows. I have had this for quite some time now, but I recently hit pan and for some reason that has encouraged me to use it more often. It is a cream product but it is a really nice grey toned brown and I just find this is really quick to apply but it gives a bolder brow than a powder and a softer look than a brow pencil. You can't buy these in Australia (and if you did it would be $35+) so I might need to track it down another one on ebay.

Stila Custom Color Blush in Self Adjusting Pink: This is one of my all time favourite blushes ever! I use this a lot in winter when I love wearing cool toned pink blushes. This gives a really pretty flush to your cheeks, but it is really bright so you need to be light handed when applying it! This has been working well with the cooler more taupe/mauve shades of eyeshadow that I have been wearing this month. See swatch later in this post.

Bobbi Brown Caviar and Oyster Palette: My friend bought this for me as an early Christmas present and I have been wearing it for the last few weeks. I would love to review it, but it's a limited edition palette that is no longer available (my friend works for Estee Lauder so she has access to all this fun stuff at the corporate store). This has eight cool toned nudes (some glitters, some mattes, some satin shades) and it also has a really sparkly highlighter/blush under the eyeshadows. I have been using the sparkly taupe brown shade (second from the left on the top row - see swatch later in this post) often with the matte taupe shade below it as a crease shade. This makes a really nice nude but sparkly eye and then I use liquid eye liner over the top. The sparkly shades aren't very pigmented, but when you pack it on its really pretty. I never thought cool toned shades suits my colouring, but this palette looks lovely and has changed my view of (some) cool toned shades.

Smashbox Eyeshadow Palette in Flash: I included the Sparks palette in my November Favourites post which is a warm version of this palette. I was giving away one of these cooler more purple and taupe toned Flash palettes as part of my Christmas giveaway, and when I was in Kit Cosmetics the other day I decided to pick one up for myself since I love the quality of the Sparks palette and I am starting to like cooler toned shades and I really don't own many. I love this Flash palette as much as I love the Sparks palette! The quality is awesome (and I don't have to wear a primer with them!) and this palette contains glittery shades, matte shades and shimmer shades and I can comfortably do a lot of different looks using just this palette (which is quite rare for a small palette). I have mainly been using the two mid-toned glittery shades (see swatches later in this post), much like I have been using the Bobbi Brown sparkly shade. If I can find the blue/taupe version of this eyeshadow palette I might need to buy it to complete the set :P

OPI Can't Find My Czechbook: I normally buy more pastel blue nail polishes, but my boyfriend bough this and I love it! It is a beautiful mid-toned bright aqua shade and I think he picked this because this is pretty close to my all time favourite colour.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light: I don't know why I haven't mentioned this concealer on my blog before! It is a pigmented creamy concealer that I can use under my eyes or to cover blemishes. I reach for this really often and I thought that its about time I give it the credit it deserves. I also love the doe foot applicator. If you want a really good all-round affordable concealer, this one is great!

Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Vow: Since I have been wearing a sparkly pink/mauve/taupe eye and winged liquid liner, I have also been using a nude pencil on my waterline. This is the liner I have been reaching for, and this is the perfect shade of nude liner for my skin tone. See swatch below and review here.

Eye of Horus Liquid Define Eyeliner: I almost forgot about this eyeliner! I have had this for a while but have only recently rediscovered it this month. This is one of those felt tip liners that are really quick and simple to use. The difference with this one is that it actually doesn't budge once its set. I often find that liquid liners start to run if your eyes water (which mine do when I'm really tired or when I am out in the wind - which happens quite often, strangely enough), but this one stays looking perfect. I have been wearing this most days. See review and swatches here.

Lanolips Lip Ointment in the shade Rhubarb: I love this lip balm, it is thick, not sticky, it smells almost like caramel, and it has a very soft pink shade to it. Since I have been going quite bold with my eyeliner and cheeks, I have been reaching for this often and it does not leave my handbag! This also has an SPF of 15 which is great for summer! See swatch below.

Lush Rose Jam Body Wash: I am not the biggest fan of rose scents, but I adore the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner and this is the body wash with the same scent. Sadly this is another Christmas limited edition (I picked up two large bottles) and I love using it because it has a sweet rose scent with a hint of lemon and it reminds me of the body conditioner (yes I am obsessed with that body conditioner!)

Illamasqua Vow liner, Eye of Horus liner, Bobbi Brown shadow, Smashbox shimmery taupe shadow, Smashbox sparkly mauve shadow, Lanolips Rhubarb lip balm, Stila blush

Above are pretty much a sense of the shades that I have been wearing this month.

Those are my favourite beauty products for this month! Let me know what your favourites were, and also let me know what your favourite products for 2013 were!

December 2013 Favourites

December 28, 2013


I was debating whether or not I should do a favourites post this month, as I am planning on doing a top 13 products of 2013 post early next week (after a bit more deliberating). I decided that I really wanted to mention a few of the products I have been loving in the last few weeks, as they are pretty uncharacteristic of what I have been wearing over the last few months.

This month has been really long for me! I finished placement (which felt like I was there for a year, but it was only 3 weeks) and since finishing placement I have been running around catching up with friends and getting Christmas organised. Over the last few months I have generally been wearing really warm and summery makeup - bronze/gold toned eyeshadows, bronzer etc. But for some reason I have completely changed my taste in makeup over the last two weeks. Even though it is actually Summer here in Australia, and the weather has been really warm, I have been wearing sparkly cool toned eyeshadows with liquid liner, a pink cheek (no bronzer) and just a lip balm... which is pretty much the type of makeup that I like wearing in winter (maybe it's some weird Christmas spirit thing). My favourites this month is all the products that I have been wearing on a daily basis over the last two weeks, and also a few Lush Christmas limited edition products that I adore.

Lush Celebrate Body Lotion: I am so upset that this is a Christmas limited edition product (and it has been sold out at Lush stores). This is a very thick body butter type moisturiser that contains orange oil, lime oil, cocoa butter, almond oil, and cognac oil. This smells like a zesty fruit cocktail. This is really thick and greasy so I only use it on my legs, but it smells and feels really nice. Luckily this contains heaps of product and you only need to use a little at a time, so hopefully this will last me a while. Damn you limited edition products!

Smashbox Cream Liner in Putty: This is a cream liner, but it's really shit as a liner! I bought this on ebay for around $17 with the intention to use it as a brow product, and it's turned out to be one of my favourite products to fill in my brows. I have had this for quite some time now, but I recently hit pan and for some reason that has encouraged me to use it more often. It is a cream product but it is a really nice grey toned brown and I just find this is really quick to apply but it gives a bolder brow than a powder and a softer look than a brow pencil. You can't buy these in Australia (and if you did it would be $35+) so I might need to track it down another one on ebay.

Stila Custom Color Blush in Self Adjusting Pink: This is one of my all time favourite blushes ever! I use this a lot in winter when I love wearing cool toned pink blushes. This gives a really pretty flush to your cheeks, but it is really bright so you need to be light handed when applying it! This has been working well with the cooler more taupe/mauve shades of eyeshadow that I have been wearing this month. See swatch later in this post.

Bobbi Brown Caviar and Oyster Palette: My friend bought this for me as an early Christmas present and I have been wearing it for the last few weeks. I would love to review it, but it's a limited edition palette that is no longer available (my friend works for Estee Lauder so she has access to all this fun stuff at the corporate store). This has eight cool toned nudes (some glitters, some mattes, some satin shades) and it also has a really sparkly highlighter/blush under the eyeshadows. I have been using the sparkly taupe brown shade (second from the left on the top row - see swatch later in this post) often with the matte taupe shade below it as a crease shade. This makes a really nice nude but sparkly eye and then I use liquid eye liner over the top. The sparkly shades aren't very pigmented, but when you pack it on its really pretty. I never thought cool toned shades suits my colouring, but this palette looks lovely and has changed my view of (some) cool toned shades.

Smashbox Eyeshadow Palette in Flash: I included the Sparks palette in my November Favourites post which is a warm version of this palette. I was giving away one of these cooler more purple and taupe toned Flash palettes as part of my Christmas giveaway, and when I was in Kit Cosmetics the other day I decided to pick one up for myself since I love the quality of the Sparks palette and I am starting to like cooler toned shades and I really don't own many. I love this Flash palette as much as I love the Sparks palette! The quality is awesome (and I don't have to wear a primer with them!) and this palette contains glittery shades, matte shades and shimmer shades and I can comfortably do a lot of different looks using just this palette (which is quite rare for a small palette). I have mainly been using the two mid-toned glittery shades (see swatches later in this post), much like I have been using the Bobbi Brown sparkly shade. If I can find the blue/taupe version of this eyeshadow palette I might need to buy it to complete the set :P

OPI Can't Find My Czechbook: I normally buy more pastel blue nail polishes, but my boyfriend bough this and I love it! It is a beautiful mid-toned bright aqua shade and I think he picked this because this is pretty close to my all time favourite colour.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Light: I don't know why I haven't mentioned this concealer on my blog before! It is a pigmented creamy concealer that I can use under my eyes or to cover blemishes. I reach for this really often and I thought that its about time I give it the credit it deserves. I also love the doe foot applicator. If you want a really good all-round affordable concealer, this one is great!

Illamasqua Medium Pencil in Vow: Since I have been wearing a sparkly pink/mauve/taupe eye and winged liquid liner, I have also been using a nude pencil on my waterline. This is the liner I have been reaching for, and this is the perfect shade of nude liner for my skin tone. See swatch below and review here.

Eye of Horus Liquid Define Eyeliner: I almost forgot about this eyeliner! I have had this for a while but have only recently rediscovered it this month. This is one of those felt tip liners that are really quick and simple to use. The difference with this one is that it actually doesn't budge once its set. I often find that liquid liners start to run if your eyes water (which mine do when I'm really tired or when I am out in the wind - which happens quite often, strangely enough), but this one stays looking perfect. I have been wearing this most days. See review and swatches here.

Lanolips Lip Ointment in the shade Rhubarb: I love this lip balm, it is thick, not sticky, it smells almost like caramel, and it has a very soft pink shade to it. Since I have been going quite bold with my eyeliner and cheeks, I have been reaching for this often and it does not leave my handbag! This also has an SPF of 15 which is great for summer! See swatch below.

Lush Rose Jam Body Wash: I am not the biggest fan of rose scents, but I adore the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner and this is the body wash with the same scent. Sadly this is another Christmas limited edition (I picked up two large bottles) and I love using it because it has a sweet rose scent with a hint of lemon and it reminds me of the body conditioner (yes I am obsessed with that body conditioner!)

Illamasqua Vow liner, Eye of Horus liner, Bobbi Brown shadow, Smashbox shimmery taupe shadow, Smashbox sparkly mauve shadow, Lanolips Rhubarb lip balm, Stila blush

Above are pretty much a sense of the shades that I have been wearing this month.

Those are my favourite beauty products for this month! Let me know what your favourites were, and also let me know what your favourite products for 2013 were!

I haven't really delved into the world of Covergirl, or Olay for that matter, but since Covergirl released the Stay Fabulous foundation (which I ADORE) I have been keen to give more of their products a try! A few months ago I decided to buy this Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer in the shade 215 Light Medium. This retails for $17.95 in Australia, but I did manage to buy it when it was 40% off at Priceline. This also contains 9g of product, which is quite a lot of product for a standard concealer. I really didn't need a new concealer, but I had heard really good things about this particular one, and I was quite intrigued by the Covergirl and Olay combination. There are also a couple of foundations and I believe a powder in this Covergirl and Olay range. 



Essentially this is a concealer in a pot that has a swirl of moisturiser running through it. The only shades available are Light and Light Medium. I am really glad that I bought the Light Medium shade because when the moisturiser mixes with the concealer it tends to lighten the shade more than what you see in the pan. This shade would suit people with who use beige toned foundation shades, but if you are a more fair or ivory then you may want to buy the Light shade. Sadly this does not have an option for people who have darker skin toned, but people who are more tanned should be able to use this Light Medium shade as a more brightening under eye concealer. 

I like the packaging of this product. I know that a lot of people don't like the messiness of a pot, but I think it works really well and the pot itself is quite sturdy. I also think the swirl of moisturiser makes this look really cool in the clear plastic packaging.


This concealer is very creamy and I was quite impressed with the pigmentation. This is creamy enough to blend out if you prefer a sheer coverage, but you can also easily build it up for a higher coverage. Because of the moisturiser swirl, this doesn't tend to look dry or cakey when applied (even applied heavily) and it is quite hydrating. Having quite oily skin I do find that I need to set this with powder to make sure it lasts all day, and I wouldn't attempt to use this over blemishes, or anywhere other than under my eyes, because it isn't dry enough to sufficiently cover blemishes and stay put all day.

BRACE YOURSELF FOR A CREEPY PHOTO...


BAM! Excuse my staring eyes, but on the left I have the concealer on, and on the right I don't. I don't have many issues with bags or darkness under my eyes, but you can see that the concealer does make my under eye area look quite a lot brighter, and hopefully you can see that this does blend really well into the skin. I apply this with my fingers by tapping it under my eye and then I set it with powder. I find that this does last on me all day and I don't have any issues with it settling into fine lines.

Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer in the shade 215 Light Medium

December 27, 2013


I haven't really delved into the world of Covergirl, or Olay for that matter, but since Covergirl released the Stay Fabulous foundation (which I ADORE) I have been keen to give more of their products a try! A few months ago I decided to buy this Covergirl and Olay Simply Ageless Eye Concealer in the shade 215 Light Medium. This retails for $17.95 in Australia, but I did manage to buy it when it was 40% off at Priceline. This also contains 9g of product, which is quite a lot of product for a standard concealer. I really didn't need a new concealer, but I had heard really good things about this particular one, and I was quite intrigued by the Covergirl and Olay combination. There are also a couple of foundations and I believe a powder in this Covergirl and Olay range. 



Essentially this is a concealer in a pot that has a swirl of moisturiser running through it. The only shades available are Light and Light Medium. I am really glad that I bought the Light Medium shade because when the moisturiser mixes with the concealer it tends to lighten the shade more than what you see in the pan. This shade would suit people with who use beige toned foundation shades, but if you are a more fair or ivory then you may want to buy the Light shade. Sadly this does not have an option for people who have darker skin toned, but people who are more tanned should be able to use this Light Medium shade as a more brightening under eye concealer. 

I like the packaging of this product. I know that a lot of people don't like the messiness of a pot, but I think it works really well and the pot itself is quite sturdy. I also think the swirl of moisturiser makes this look really cool in the clear plastic packaging.


This concealer is very creamy and I was quite impressed with the pigmentation. This is creamy enough to blend out if you prefer a sheer coverage, but you can also easily build it up for a higher coverage. Because of the moisturiser swirl, this doesn't tend to look dry or cakey when applied (even applied heavily) and it is quite hydrating. Having quite oily skin I do find that I need to set this with powder to make sure it lasts all day, and I wouldn't attempt to use this over blemishes, or anywhere other than under my eyes, because it isn't dry enough to sufficiently cover blemishes and stay put all day.

BRACE YOURSELF FOR A CREEPY PHOTO...


BAM! Excuse my staring eyes, but on the left I have the concealer on, and on the right I don't. I don't have many issues with bags or darkness under my eyes, but you can see that the concealer does make my under eye area look quite a lot brighter, and hopefully you can see that this does blend really well into the skin. I apply this with my fingers by tapping it under my eye and then I set it with powder. I find that this does last on me all day and I don't have any issues with it settling into fine lines.

Hey guys, I just wanted to do a quick post to say Merry Christmas to all my followers who celebrate Christmas. I am in the middle of 3 days of seeing family and over eating (and then shopping woo!), so I haven't had a chance to write a proper blog post over the past few days!

I thought I would just let you know that I did two Christmas/Summer collab videos with Melissa Bubbles the other day, so you can check out the I Summer Tag on my channel here, and the I Holidays Tag on Mel's channel here.

I hope you are having a great Christmas xoxox

Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013


Hey guys, I just wanted to do a quick post to say Merry Christmas to all my followers who celebrate Christmas. I am in the middle of 3 days of seeing family and over eating (and then shopping woo!), so I haven't had a chance to write a proper blog post over the past few days!

I thought I would just let you know that I did two Christmas/Summer collab videos with Melissa Bubbles the other day, so you can check out the I Summer Tag on my channel here, and the I Holidays Tag on Mel's channel here.

I hope you are having a great Christmas xoxox

It's Lust Have It time of the month, and I am sure everyone is expecting big things from their subscription boxes since it is December. I must admit, LHI did ship pretty early this month and it arrived the same day as my Violet box (see review here) and I think it was about a day or so after Bellabox was delivered to people.

For anyone who isn't aware what LHI is, 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


So above is the card with all the information, you can click on it for a larger image if you want to see the details of each product. Lust Have It also wish us all the best for the festive season! Thanks Lust Have It! Also doesn't the girl on the left look Fran Drescher from The Nanny?


So these are the products, there are two full size items, three decent samples and one sachet sample. This also seems to be a skincare heavy box this month.

SunSense Anti-Ageing Face SPF 30+ - full size: This is probably the thing that was most exciting when I opened this box. I have been using sunscreen on my face every day for over 6 months now, so I love to try out new face moisturisers. This one is SPF 30+ UVA and UVB protection, it is also anti-aging, contains AHAs, and is oil free. I have only used this once and it seemed ok, I just wasn't a fan of the smell, it smelt like PVA glue that has a weird tangy scent to it. This product alone pays for the box, so if I can get over the scent I will be a happy camper!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in the shade Medium - full size: I have two of the oily versions of this bb cream so I won't open this, I might pass it on to a friend. Great addition to the box though, I am sure this would make a lot of people happy.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in the shade Medium - 1ml sample: This is a tiny sample, but at least it will give you one try. I have this bb cream, and it is great for oil control, I just don't use it too much because I prefer bases with more coverage.

Uriage Aquaprecis Refreshing Gel-Cream - 15ml sample: For a product that normally contains 40ml and is valued at $49.95, a 15ml sample is huge! I have been using this for two days now and I haven't noticed a significant difference in how hydrated my skin in, but I do enjoy using this as a day moisturiser. This comes out like a white cream but when you apply it, it feels like a cooling gel. This is quite thin, which is why I like to use it during the day, and it is a great product to use on hot days.

Clairol Visible Repair Intensive Mask - 30ml sample: Some people received this hair mask and others received a Colour Radiance version. This is a hair mask that is designed to deeply nourish, strengthen damaged hair and create shine. I haven't used this yet, but hopefully I like it because the full size is really affordable - $13.95 for 200ml. This deluxe sample will also last me quite a few uses.

Pelactiv Hydrating Cream Cleanser - 30m; sample: Some people received this cleanser and others received the gentle foaming cleanser. I personally would have preferred the gentle foaming cleanser because it is designed for oily and sensitive skin that is prone to break outs (my skin is oily and prone to breakouts). This hydrating cream cleanser contains antioxidants and green tea extracts. I have used it once and it did seem quite nice, but I find that these don't take off makeup so I can only use them in the morning after I wake up.

So that's my December LHI box, I think it's a great value box and if you are going to use the sunscreen and the bb cream, then the value of just those two products alone have nearly doubled the price of the box. I can imagine that people who aren't into skincare would hate this months box, but I personally love it!

Lust Have It Box December 2013

December 21, 2013


It's Lust Have It time of the month, and I am sure everyone is expecting big things from their subscription boxes since it is December. I must admit, LHI did ship pretty early this month and it arrived the same day as my Violet box (see review here) and I think it was about a day or so after Bellabox was delivered to people.

For anyone who isn't aware what LHI is, 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


So above is the card with all the information, you can click on it for a larger image if you want to see the details of each product. Lust Have It also wish us all the best for the festive season! Thanks Lust Have It! Also doesn't the girl on the left look Fran Drescher from The Nanny?


So these are the products, there are two full size items, three decent samples and one sachet sample. This also seems to be a skincare heavy box this month.

SunSense Anti-Ageing Face SPF 30+ - full size: This is probably the thing that was most exciting when I opened this box. I have been using sunscreen on my face every day for over 6 months now, so I love to try out new face moisturisers. This one is SPF 30+ UVA and UVB protection, it is also anti-aging, contains AHAs, and is oil free. I have only used this once and it seemed ok, I just wasn't a fan of the smell, it smelt like PVA glue that has a weird tangy scent to it. This product alone pays for the box, so if I can get over the scent I will be a happy camper!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in the shade Medium - full size: I have two of the oily versions of this bb cream so I won't open this, I might pass it on to a friend. Great addition to the box though, I am sure this would make a lot of people happy.

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in the shade Medium - 1ml sample: This is a tiny sample, but at least it will give you one try. I have this bb cream, and it is great for oil control, I just don't use it too much because I prefer bases with more coverage.

Uriage Aquaprecis Refreshing Gel-Cream - 15ml sample: For a product that normally contains 40ml and is valued at $49.95, a 15ml sample is huge! I have been using this for two days now and I haven't noticed a significant difference in how hydrated my skin in, but I do enjoy using this as a day moisturiser. This comes out like a white cream but when you apply it, it feels like a cooling gel. This is quite thin, which is why I like to use it during the day, and it is a great product to use on hot days.

Clairol Visible Repair Intensive Mask - 30ml sample: Some people received this hair mask and others received a Colour Radiance version. This is a hair mask that is designed to deeply nourish, strengthen damaged hair and create shine. I haven't used this yet, but hopefully I like it because the full size is really affordable - $13.95 for 200ml. This deluxe sample will also last me quite a few uses.

Pelactiv Hydrating Cream Cleanser - 30m; sample: Some people received this cleanser and others received the gentle foaming cleanser. I personally would have preferred the gentle foaming cleanser because it is designed for oily and sensitive skin that is prone to break outs (my skin is oily and prone to breakouts). This hydrating cream cleanser contains antioxidants and green tea extracts. I have used it once and it did seem quite nice, but I find that these don't take off makeup so I can only use them in the morning after I wake up.

So that's my December LHI box, I think it's a great value box and if you are going to use the sunscreen and the bb cream, then the value of just those two products alone have nearly doubled the price of the box. I can imagine that people who aren't into skincare would hate this months box, but I personally love it!

This is the December Violet box, and this is my second Violet box that I have received (see my first review here). This retails for $22.95 per month, but you can get $10 off your first box by using the discount code VIOLETBOX10. You can sign up here.



Besides the festive candy cane, there are three full sized products in this box and two samples. This also came with $30 gift card to Hello Fresh, which is a recipe/food delivery service.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed hand cream - full size: This is a full size hand cream that retails for $10. I love these sized hand creams for my hand bag, and I have tired Crabtree and Evelyn hand creams before and have really enjoyed using them. This has a really strong herbal scent, and I think this is supposed to smell like pomegranate oil (which is very different to fresh pomegranate). This isn't too greasy but it is quite thick and moisturising. Is it just me or does the label look like its upside down? Also the packaging is plastic but it looks like metal, I like this because I find the metal containers can crack and hand cream can come out... even though metal containers feel more luxurious.


Jelly Pong Pong Wide Awake Palette - full size: This is a really strange product. I have never used a Jelly Pong Pong product before, and probably isn't the best introduction to the brand. On a side note, I decided to look up the brands website and to learn a little bit more about the brand. This is what the founder says about the name:

"Jelly Pong Pong…a name which will always be strange to many, was born from the notion of wanting to invoke the eccentricity that is innate in all of us. The fascination & awe that we arouse simply by being different and perfectly unique."

...all I can think of when I hear the name Jelly Pong Pong is stinky jelly.

Aaaanyway, this is supposed to be a palette that contains a brightening cream, a concealer and eyebrow sculpting powders. I have only swatched these so I can't comment on how good the highlighting cream or the concealer is yet, but I have swatched them (see blow) and they do seem like they are quite low coverage. The thing that concerns me the most about this palette (besides that it is supposed to be worth $32) is the fact that the "brow sculpting" products are shimmery and really weird shades. I probably won't ever use these as brow products, but I will edit in what I think of the highlighting cream and concealer as soon as I use them.


Sweetpea & Fay Cosmetics pigment in UFO Sightings - Full size: This wasn't on the information card, instead it said that I was supposed to get a liquid lipstick. The thing that is a little annoying about this is that the Violet Box Facebook page showed a sneak peak of the liquid lipstick, and that was the motivating factor that made me sign up to this box.


Nevertheless I got this pigment which is a nice mauve shade that has a lot of sparkle to it. See swatch below.


Evo The Therapist Calming Shampoo and Conditioner - 50ml samples each: I have tried a few Evo samples and I really do like them. I just used these, and they made my hair feel really soft and lightweight. They also smell like salon hair products, which I also like. I can't help but giggle when I see the word therapist... does anyone else read it as the-rapist? (not that I condone raping).

So that's it! I am a little on the fence about what I think about this months Violet box. Should I stay subscribed for another month? Let me know what you think!

December Violet Box

December 20, 2013


This is the December Violet box, and this is my second Violet box that I have received (see my first review here). This retails for $22.95 per month, but you can get $10 off your first box by using the discount code VIOLETBOX10. You can sign up here.



Besides the festive candy cane, there are three full sized products in this box and two samples. This also came with $30 gift card to Hello Fresh, which is a recipe/food delivery service.

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Argan & Grapeseed hand cream - full size: This is a full size hand cream that retails for $10. I love these sized hand creams for my hand bag, and I have tired Crabtree and Evelyn hand creams before and have really enjoyed using them. This has a really strong herbal scent, and I think this is supposed to smell like pomegranate oil (which is very different to fresh pomegranate). This isn't too greasy but it is quite thick and moisturising. Is it just me or does the label look like its upside down? Also the packaging is plastic but it looks like metal, I like this because I find the metal containers can crack and hand cream can come out... even though metal containers feel more luxurious.


Jelly Pong Pong Wide Awake Palette - full size: This is a really strange product. I have never used a Jelly Pong Pong product before, and probably isn't the best introduction to the brand. On a side note, I decided to look up the brands website and to learn a little bit more about the brand. This is what the founder says about the name:

"Jelly Pong Pong…a name which will always be strange to many, was born from the notion of wanting to invoke the eccentricity that is innate in all of us. The fascination & awe that we arouse simply by being different and perfectly unique."

...all I can think of when I hear the name Jelly Pong Pong is stinky jelly.

Aaaanyway, this is supposed to be a palette that contains a brightening cream, a concealer and eyebrow sculpting powders. I have only swatched these so I can't comment on how good the highlighting cream or the concealer is yet, but I have swatched them (see blow) and they do seem like they are quite low coverage. The thing that concerns me the most about this palette (besides that it is supposed to be worth $32) is the fact that the "brow sculpting" products are shimmery and really weird shades. I probably won't ever use these as brow products, but I will edit in what I think of the highlighting cream and concealer as soon as I use them.


Sweetpea & Fay Cosmetics pigment in UFO Sightings - Full size: This wasn't on the information card, instead it said that I was supposed to get a liquid lipstick. The thing that is a little annoying about this is that the Violet Box Facebook page showed a sneak peak of the liquid lipstick, and that was the motivating factor that made me sign up to this box.


Nevertheless I got this pigment which is a nice mauve shade that has a lot of sparkle to it. See swatch below.


Evo The Therapist Calming Shampoo and Conditioner - 50ml samples each: I have tried a few Evo samples and I really do like them. I just used these, and they made my hair feel really soft and lightweight. They also smell like salon hair products, which I also like. I can't help but giggle when I see the word therapist... does anyone else read it as the-rapist? (not that I condone raping).

So that's it! I am a little on the fence about what I think about this months Violet box. Should I stay subscribed for another month? Let me know what you think!

I can finally announce the winners for each of my prizes...


And the winner of the Smashbox Wonder Vision Eye Set in Sparks is... STEPHANIE VELJANOVSKA!





The winner of the Smashbox Wonder Vision Eye Set in Flash is... LAURA JONES!


Lastly, the winner of the OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar in New Wave is... KATYVISSER

I have tried to contact each of you, so please send me your postal address to kitschsnitch@gmail.com so I can send out the prizes. If I don't hear from you within 48 hours, I will redraw the prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered. Let me know what prizes you would like to win for my next giveaway!

Christmas Giveaway Winners!


I can finally announce the winners for each of my prizes...


And the winner of the Smashbox Wonder Vision Eye Set in Sparks is... STEPHANIE VELJANOVSKA!





The winner of the Smashbox Wonder Vision Eye Set in Flash is... LAURA JONES!


Lastly, the winner of the OCC Stained Gloss Lip Tar in New Wave is... KATYVISSER

I have tried to contact each of you, so please send me your postal address to kitschsnitch@gmail.com so I can send out the prizes. If I don't hear from you within 48 hours, I will redraw the prize!

Thanks to everyone who entered. Let me know what prizes you would like to win for my next giveaway!

It's Chritsmas time, and what I get most excited about is the Lush limited edition Christmas range! I honestly think Lush have outdone themselves this year, they have a ridiculous amount of gift boxes available and they are all colourful and magical looking. Above is a photo of just a portion of the floor to ceiling gift boxes available at Lush on Swanston Street in Melbourne. 

I always look forward to the Lush Christmas range, and last year I went nuts on all the body washes and soaps, so much so that I am just finishing up the products I bought a year ago!


These are the products that I have so far (I can imagine getting more before they sell out). Some of these are products that I got from the Lush Blogger event, and others are products that I have bought.

Celebrate Body Lotion: This, along with the Rose Jam Shower Gel, is my FAVOURITE Lush Christmas product this year. This isn't cheap, its $28.95 for 225ml of body lotion, but it's a large amount of body lotion, and it is so good that I have seen it sold out at a few Lush stores. This smells very zesty and contains orange oil, lime oil, cocoa butter, almond oil, and cognac oil. This smells to me like some delicious citrus coctail and I love it! It is the perfect Summer scent. The product itself is very thick and is quite tacky, but you only need to apply the smallest amount of product, especially if you apply this while you are still a little damp from the shower. Highly recommend this if you love thick body lotions and citrus scents. I use this only on my legs since this is very thick!

Sikkim Girls Body Lotion: This is a thinner body lotion, and is one that I can use on my arms and the rest of my body without feeling sticky (unlike Celebrate). It smells like the Gorilla perfume, but if you don't know what that smells like, it contains "jasmine flowers infused with vanilla pods and Darjeeling tea... creamy butters and hemp oil... Tuberose, Jasmine and Frangipani essential oils". I find this scent really difficult to describe but it has a very earthy scent. This is a really nice luxurious body lotion that would suit people who prefer a lighter lotion.

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar: I clearly haven't used this yet, but it is a bubble bar which you break some off and crumble it into your bath to create bubbles. This smells like Snow Fairy, which is a very sweet fruity sugary scent. I find that this scent smells a little like banana lollies. Retails for $6.50.

Cinders Bath Ballistic: This has cinnamon oil and orange oil and smells very spicy. It also has pop rocks (or popping candy) which is designed to create a crackle while it dissolves, which is supposed to emulate a crackling fire. I can't wait for a nice cold day so I can run a warm bath and use this. Retails for $5.25.

Update: I used this bath ballistic today and it does smell really nice, like a warm cinnamon. It also made my skin really soft. I didn't notice any crackling though. It was a strange colour because it turned the bath a really dark yellow colour... almost like dehydrated wee (yes I went there!), and it made me realise that this would appeal to people who like peeing in the bath without other people knowing. If that's you, then stock up!

Snow Fairy Shower Gel: If you like super sickly sweet scents, then you will probably like this body wash. It has a sweet sugary fruity scent, just like the Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, and this is a very famous lush shower gel. I bought a few of these last year and so I am not desperate to buy too many this year (I think I only recently used up my last one), but if you love sweet scents it is worth while getting your hands on. This comes in three sizes. 

Rose Jam Shower Gel: I had to buy this in the largest bottle because I love it so much. Funnily enough I don't generally love rose scents, but this is the same scent as the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (which is one of my favourite body products at the moment - see review here), and because it reminds me of that body conditioner, I love it! I was under the impression that this was just a new product, and I am sad to see that it is a limited edition... I will have to stock up. This just smells like rose desserts... its delicious. You can buy this in a small, medium or large bottle.

Snow Globe Soap: One of my favourite Lush products are their soaps. This is one of my favourite scents because it is a zesty lemon myrtle, grapefruit, and lemongrass scent. If you know me, lemongrass is one of my favourite scents for skincare, so I went mad on this soap and bought a huge chunk. This is also a great refreshing soap for the warm weather here in Australia. Retails for $5.90 per 100g.

Lord of Misrule Bath Ballistic: This bath ballistic sounds amazing, it contains fair trade vanilla, spicy black pepper oil and patchouli... mmmm. This also supposedly contains popping candy and it turns a wine colour in the bath. Retails for $5.50


Santa Baby Lush Tint: I have tried the Lush Tints before and this is by far the most pigmented one (see photo below). This smells like cola and provides the nicest bright classic red colour to the lips. You tap this on lightly to create a stain or you can build it up to create a full on bright matte lip (which is what I love about this product). One warning is that because this does apply quite matte, it does cling to dry patches, so you will need to make sure you exfoliate your lips before you apply it, or apply it over a lip balm. This isn't drying to the lips though. This retails for $9.95.


Santa's Lip Scrub: Speaking of exfoliating your lips, Lush has brought out a new Christmas lip scrub that is designed to be paired with the Santa Baby Lip Tint. This is the Santa's Lip Scrub and like the lip tint, this also smells like cola. It also contains small dissolvable hearts. This retails for $9.95


So that's it! These are my picks of the Lush Christmas range! What have you been looking forward to trying from the Lush Christmas range?

Lush Christmas Favourites


It's Chritsmas time, and what I get most excited about is the Lush limited edition Christmas range! I honestly think Lush have outdone themselves this year, they have a ridiculous amount of gift boxes available and they are all colourful and magical looking. Above is a photo of just a portion of the floor to ceiling gift boxes available at Lush on Swanston Street in Melbourne. 

I always look forward to the Lush Christmas range, and last year I went nuts on all the body washes and soaps, so much so that I am just finishing up the products I bought a year ago!


These are the products that I have so far (I can imagine getting more before they sell out). Some of these are products that I got from the Lush Blogger event, and others are products that I have bought.

Celebrate Body Lotion: This, along with the Rose Jam Shower Gel, is my FAVOURITE Lush Christmas product this year. This isn't cheap, its $28.95 for 225ml of body lotion, but it's a large amount of body lotion, and it is so good that I have seen it sold out at a few Lush stores. This smells very zesty and contains orange oil, lime oil, cocoa butter, almond oil, and cognac oil. This smells to me like some delicious citrus coctail and I love it! It is the perfect Summer scent. The product itself is very thick and is quite tacky, but you only need to apply the smallest amount of product, especially if you apply this while you are still a little damp from the shower. Highly recommend this if you love thick body lotions and citrus scents. I use this only on my legs since this is very thick!

Sikkim Girls Body Lotion: This is a thinner body lotion, and is one that I can use on my arms and the rest of my body without feeling sticky (unlike Celebrate). It smells like the Gorilla perfume, but if you don't know what that smells like, it contains "jasmine flowers infused with vanilla pods and Darjeeling tea... creamy butters and hemp oil... Tuberose, Jasmine and Frangipani essential oils". I find this scent really difficult to describe but it has a very earthy scent. This is a really nice luxurious body lotion that would suit people who prefer a lighter lotion.

Candy Mountain Bubble Bar: I clearly haven't used this yet, but it is a bubble bar which you break some off and crumble it into your bath to create bubbles. This smells like Snow Fairy, which is a very sweet fruity sugary scent. I find that this scent smells a little like banana lollies. Retails for $6.50.

Cinders Bath Ballistic: This has cinnamon oil and orange oil and smells very spicy. It also has pop rocks (or popping candy) which is designed to create a crackle while it dissolves, which is supposed to emulate a crackling fire. I can't wait for a nice cold day so I can run a warm bath and use this. Retails for $5.25.

Update: I used this bath ballistic today and it does smell really nice, like a warm cinnamon. It also made my skin really soft. I didn't notice any crackling though. It was a strange colour because it turned the bath a really dark yellow colour... almost like dehydrated wee (yes I went there!), and it made me realise that this would appeal to people who like peeing in the bath without other people knowing. If that's you, then stock up!

Snow Fairy Shower Gel: If you like super sickly sweet scents, then you will probably like this body wash. It has a sweet sugary fruity scent, just like the Candy Mountain Bubble Bar, and this is a very famous lush shower gel. I bought a few of these last year and so I am not desperate to buy too many this year (I think I only recently used up my last one), but if you love sweet scents it is worth while getting your hands on. This comes in three sizes. 

Rose Jam Shower Gel: I had to buy this in the largest bottle because I love it so much. Funnily enough I don't generally love rose scents, but this is the same scent as the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (which is one of my favourite body products at the moment - see review here), and because it reminds me of that body conditioner, I love it! I was under the impression that this was just a new product, and I am sad to see that it is a limited edition... I will have to stock up. This just smells like rose desserts... its delicious. You can buy this in a small, medium or large bottle.

Snow Globe Soap: One of my favourite Lush products are their soaps. This is one of my favourite scents because it is a zesty lemon myrtle, grapefruit, and lemongrass scent. If you know me, lemongrass is one of my favourite scents for skincare, so I went mad on this soap and bought a huge chunk. This is also a great refreshing soap for the warm weather here in Australia. Retails for $5.90 per 100g.

Lord of Misrule Bath Ballistic: This bath ballistic sounds amazing, it contains fair trade vanilla, spicy black pepper oil and patchouli... mmmm. This also supposedly contains popping candy and it turns a wine colour in the bath. Retails for $5.50


Santa Baby Lush Tint: I have tried the Lush Tints before and this is by far the most pigmented one (see photo below). This smells like cola and provides the nicest bright classic red colour to the lips. You tap this on lightly to create a stain or you can build it up to create a full on bright matte lip (which is what I love about this product). One warning is that because this does apply quite matte, it does cling to dry patches, so you will need to make sure you exfoliate your lips before you apply it, or apply it over a lip balm. This isn't drying to the lips though. This retails for $9.95.


Santa's Lip Scrub: Speaking of exfoliating your lips, Lush has brought out a new Christmas lip scrub that is designed to be paired with the Santa Baby Lip Tint. This is the Santa's Lip Scrub and like the lip tint, this also smells like cola. It also contains small dissolvable hearts. This retails for $9.95


So that's it! These are my picks of the Lush Christmas range! What have you been looking forward to trying from the Lush Christmas range?

I am very excited to share with you guys my new love, the Cold Chemistry Collection palette from Sugarpill. I decided to buy this because my favourite Aussie online makeup store Lipstick Republic have just started stocking Sugarpill, and although their other palettes all look lovely, I can't imagine myself getting use out of a palette that contains bright yellow, orange, red and purple etc. I decided to pick up the Cold Chemistry Collection because, even though these shades are still slightly out of my comfort zone, they are much more wearable than the other bright palettes. 

The Sugarpill palettes cost $34 each from Lipstick Republic, which is exactly the same price as what they retail for in the US! Each of these shades are also available individually from Lipstick Republic for $12 each


So this is what the palette looks like, it is a sleek sturdy cardboard palette that has a dark diamond shattered graphic design. On the back it has the awesome shade names - Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, Elemental Chaos and Subterranean, I really like it when companies take the time to come up with decent names for their eyeshadow shades. This also comes with a cardboard slip, which you can see below.


The inside of the palette has four good sized pans of eyeshadow. Each shadow contains 3.5g of product, which is huge compared to a MAC eyeshadow which contains 1.5g. The mirror in the lid isn't the largest mirror, but it looks like a shard which is a pretty cool detail.


The shades are super pigmented! I was very very impressed with the quality of these shadows, and even though these are shades that normally I find difficult to wear on a daily basis, the quality made me want to find a way to wear them often! These shades also have such great colour pay off that you don't need to wear a primer with them to get an intense look. When I tried these without a primer they did tend to crease after about 5 hours, but the creasing isn't too bad and the shades didn't lose any intensity.

swatches without primer

Soot and Stars: This is the most impressive colour of the four shades. This looks quite grey in the pan but it is very black when swatches. It is super pigmented, buttery smooth, and has really fine muli-coloured glitter in it. I have heaps of eyeshadows that are a black with glitter, but they usually apply quite plain and the sparkles don't show up on the eye, this one does show up and it is gorgeous!

Diamond Eyes: This is the sheerest of the four shades. You can apply it quite light to get a pearl sheen, or you can layer it to get a shimmery white pop. Normally I hate white frosty eyeshadows, but what I though was really nice about this shade was that it looks like it almost has a slight pinky duo chrome to it (it could be my eyes playing up), but I think it makes it slightly less frosty. This would work well as a shimmery highlight as well.

Elemental Chaos: This is a lovely mid toned purple shimmer that contains fine blue glitter particles. If it wasn't for the blue glitter I would say that this is a pretty basic purple shade that a lot of brands have come up with. This does have great pay off (especially for a purple shade), but it is possibly one of the shades where you may need to be careful of fall out.

Subterranean: I thought this would be one of my least used shades, but after using it I LOVE IT! It is a gorgeous blackened teal shimmer that is the perfect balance between green and blue. If you sheer this shade out you could easily wear it as a sheer everyday smokey green, but if you pack it on it makes the nicest bold smokey eye (see photos below). This shade and Soot and Stars are by far my favourites!

Overall I am very impressed with this palette, the quality it top notch, the shades aren't exactly unique, but they way they are formulated make them stand out as being shadows that you must own if you are into smokey eyes. I personally prefer neutrals and bronzes, but this has become my go to going out/special occasion smokey eye palette because it is amazing!

Below is the eye look that I did using Soot and Stars, Diamond Eyes and Subterranean. I did this look without any primer or any other eyeshadow. Love it!

So that's my review, please remember to enter my Christmas Giveaway as it closes at the end of this week!


Sugarpill Cold Chemistry Collection Palette

December 18, 2013


I am very excited to share with you guys my new love, the Cold Chemistry Collection palette from Sugarpill. I decided to buy this because my favourite Aussie online makeup store Lipstick Republic have just started stocking Sugarpill, and although their other palettes all look lovely, I can't imagine myself getting use out of a palette that contains bright yellow, orange, red and purple etc. I decided to pick up the Cold Chemistry Collection because, even though these shades are still slightly out of my comfort zone, they are much more wearable than the other bright palettes. 

The Sugarpill palettes cost $34 each from Lipstick Republic, which is exactly the same price as what they retail for in the US! Each of these shades are also available individually from Lipstick Republic for $12 each


So this is what the palette looks like, it is a sleek sturdy cardboard palette that has a dark diamond shattered graphic design. On the back it has the awesome shade names - Soot & Stars, Diamond Eyes, Elemental Chaos and Subterranean, I really like it when companies take the time to come up with decent names for their eyeshadow shades. This also comes with a cardboard slip, which you can see below.


The inside of the palette has four good sized pans of eyeshadow. Each shadow contains 3.5g of product, which is huge compared to a MAC eyeshadow which contains 1.5g. The mirror in the lid isn't the largest mirror, but it looks like a shard which is a pretty cool detail.


The shades are super pigmented! I was very very impressed with the quality of these shadows, and even though these are shades that normally I find difficult to wear on a daily basis, the quality made me want to find a way to wear them often! These shades also have such great colour pay off that you don't need to wear a primer with them to get an intense look. When I tried these without a primer they did tend to crease after about 5 hours, but the creasing isn't too bad and the shades didn't lose any intensity.

swatches without primer

Soot and Stars: This is the most impressive colour of the four shades. This looks quite grey in the pan but it is very black when swatches. It is super pigmented, buttery smooth, and has really fine muli-coloured glitter in it. I have heaps of eyeshadows that are a black with glitter, but they usually apply quite plain and the sparkles don't show up on the eye, this one does show up and it is gorgeous!

Diamond Eyes: This is the sheerest of the four shades. You can apply it quite light to get a pearl sheen, or you can layer it to get a shimmery white pop. Normally I hate white frosty eyeshadows, but what I though was really nice about this shade was that it looks like it almost has a slight pinky duo chrome to it (it could be my eyes playing up), but I think it makes it slightly less frosty. This would work well as a shimmery highlight as well.

Elemental Chaos: This is a lovely mid toned purple shimmer that contains fine blue glitter particles. If it wasn't for the blue glitter I would say that this is a pretty basic purple shade that a lot of brands have come up with. This does have great pay off (especially for a purple shade), but it is possibly one of the shades where you may need to be careful of fall out.

Subterranean: I thought this would be one of my least used shades, but after using it I LOVE IT! It is a gorgeous blackened teal shimmer that is the perfect balance between green and blue. If you sheer this shade out you could easily wear it as a sheer everyday smokey green, but if you pack it on it makes the nicest bold smokey eye (see photos below). This shade and Soot and Stars are by far my favourites!

Overall I am very impressed with this palette, the quality it top notch, the shades aren't exactly unique, but they way they are formulated make them stand out as being shadows that you must own if you are into smokey eyes. I personally prefer neutrals and bronzes, but this has become my go to going out/special occasion smokey eye palette because it is amazing!

Below is the eye look that I did using Soot and Stars, Diamond Eyes and Subterranean. I did this look without any primer or any other eyeshadow. Love it!

So that's my review, please remember to enter my Christmas Giveaway as it closes at the end of this week!



I had heard so many good things about the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, and a few months ago I was in Kit Cosmetics and I took the plunge and bought it. This retails for $34 at Kit Cosmetics.


I have oily combination skin, but I have realised over the years that the more hydrated I keep my skin, the less oil my skin produces. I also find that my skin can be quite dehydrated (note to self: drink more water!) and I can get the occasional dry patches. I am pretty bad at remembering to apply hydrating masks, so I thought this would be a great mask to have because you wear it overnight and you don't have to worry about wearing a mask for 10min and having to rinse it off (I know, that doesn't actually sound all that difficult to do, but I always forget!).


The packaging is pretty basic, it is in a bright green tube (easy to spot in your skincare cupboard) and the tube allows for easy dispensing without any mess. I also quite like the Origins logo and packaging design, it looks quite basic but doesn't seem cheap or nasty.


I apply this mask every other day instead of my night moisturiser. It applies like a moisturiser but instead of it sinking completely into your skin, it does leave a slight tackiness. This tacky feel isn't annoying and doesn't get on your pillows, but you can tell that there is something on your skin when you touch your face. I like the tackiness because it makes me feel as though the mask is still on my skin. This mask also smells amazing, it's strong fruity scent that I love! In the morning you can't feel it on your skin, but it does leave your skin feeling nice and plump and any dry spots are gone. I then wash this off when I am doing my usual morning cleanse.

If you are like me and you want to use a hydrating mask but you often forget to take the time out of your day to apply them, this is a great option because you apply it just like a night moisturiser.

Have you tried this mask? What did you think?

Also don't forget to enter my Christmas Giveaway which closes this week!

Origins Drink Up-Intensive Overnight Mask

December 17, 2013


I had heard so many good things about the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask, and a few months ago I was in Kit Cosmetics and I took the plunge and bought it. This retails for $34 at Kit Cosmetics.


I have oily combination skin, but I have realised over the years that the more hydrated I keep my skin, the less oil my skin produces. I also find that my skin can be quite dehydrated (note to self: drink more water!) and I can get the occasional dry patches. I am pretty bad at remembering to apply hydrating masks, so I thought this would be a great mask to have because you wear it overnight and you don't have to worry about wearing a mask for 10min and having to rinse it off (I know, that doesn't actually sound all that difficult to do, but I always forget!).


The packaging is pretty basic, it is in a bright green tube (easy to spot in your skincare cupboard) and the tube allows for easy dispensing without any mess. I also quite like the Origins logo and packaging design, it looks quite basic but doesn't seem cheap or nasty.


I apply this mask every other day instead of my night moisturiser. It applies like a moisturiser but instead of it sinking completely into your skin, it does leave a slight tackiness. This tacky feel isn't annoying and doesn't get on your pillows, but you can tell that there is something on your skin when you touch your face. I like the tackiness because it makes me feel as though the mask is still on my skin. This mask also smells amazing, it's strong fruity scent that I love! In the morning you can't feel it on your skin, but it does leave your skin feeling nice and plump and any dry spots are gone. I then wash this off when I am doing my usual morning cleanse.

If you are like me and you want to use a hydrating mask but you often forget to take the time out of your day to apply them, this is a great option because you apply it just like a night moisturiser.

Have you tried this mask? What did you think?

Also don't forget to enter my Christmas Giveaway which closes this week!

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