January 2014 | KITSCH/SNITCH

I was out shopping with the lovely Mishelle from Mishelle's Sleepy Time while she was in Melbourne last weekend, and while we were in MAC I had to check out the new Huggable Lipcolours. I believe that these are limited edition... but I really hope they become permanent!

This is what the MAC website says about these new lip products:

"A new high-shine formula featuring an array of creamy emollients, providing a lasting, glossy finish that leaves lips smooth and sculpted. A unique gel base allows each shade to smooth effortlessly onto the skin, with a feather-light finish giving immediate moisture, lasting up to six hours"

Check out the drool worthy image from the MAC website...


These come in a range of 12 shades that include a few dark/berry/red shades, a few nudes, some pinks, and coral/orange shades. I went for the shade Commotion, which is describes as a deep cool plum. This is the darkest of the range, and I was tossing up between this shade or a mid toned coral, but I thought I wanted to try a dark shade to easily test out the longevity of this lip product... and well, go big or go home!

These retail for $40, so they are a pricey item. The normal MAC lipsticks in Australia are $36, so they are only $4 more, but they are starting to sneak into the YSL/Chanel price range.


One thing that is instantly noticeable is that these have different packaging to the normal MAC lipsticks. These are made of an entirely metal tube that that a flat top (instead of that tapered tip). I love the weight of these lipsticks, they feel heavier and better quality, and I think the packaging is a lot nicer and classier than the normal MAC "black plastic space tampon" (that's the only way I knew how to describe it). See the comparison of the packaging below.







You will also notice that the shape of the lipstick bullet are different. The normal MAC lipsticks have that typical tapered lipstick tip (even though the example above has worn down a bit), whereas the Huggable Lipcolour has a flat top and when wound down it sits flush with the tube.

The Huggable Lipcolours do cost $4 more, but they contain 3.2g of product compared to the normal lipsticks that contain 3g (is 0.2g worth $4? who knows!). The Huggable Lipcolours also smell different to the normal vanilla MAC scent. They have a slightly more subtle and possibly fruity scent (I am really bad with scents).

For all of the people who might be curious, below is a photo of how much product you get (that's after 3 uses), and also the list of ingredients.


I don't mean to kiss MAC's arse, but I am loving this formula! It is a pigmented semi-opaque colour with a high gloss finish that eventually turns into a stain and does last up to 6 hours (well this shade does anyway).

Since this doesn't have an opaque white base to the shade, you can apply it lightly or heavily (see swatches below - top is applied heavily and the bottom is one swipe)


You can see that this is a gorgeous high gloss dark cool toned magenta shade. I had these swatches on my arm for around 5 minutes and that was enough time for them to start staining...


Here is a lip swatch. I am normally a matte finish gal, but I think this formula has won me over and I am singing the praises of a high gloss lip. Previously I hate glosses because they are tacky and wear off quickly, but this lipcolour lasts for hours, keeps this high gloss finish for around 2 hours, and is not at all sticky. It is also very pigmented and even to apply and I have received compliments on my lip colour every time I wear this!


I first wore this shade to work and I decided to document the wearing off process on Instagram (what else do you have to do when you're at work :P)


On first application: High gloss and even pigmentation, very easy to apply.



After 2 hours: Colour still very bold. No patchiness or clinging to dry patches, still has some shine and feels like a lip balm - still very comfortable.


4.5 hour mark: Not feeling dry, but the balm feeling has worn off. Some wearing starting to show around the inner part of my lips. The colour has turned into a stain and still looks quite vibrant. You could very easily get away with applying a balm/gloss at this point, and rock a softer magenta shade for another hour or more.

Overall I LOVE this formula! Like I said before, it is so easy to apply, there is no unevenness or clinging to dry patches. It provides a high gloss lip for over 2 hours and then feels like a comfortable balm for another couple of hours. After the 4 hour mark is where this mainly looks like a stain, but it fades off very evenly, so at all stages of wear this still looks really nice. It was probably the 6 hour mark (and after eating/drinking etc) when the stain completely wore off. I am the type of person who HATES reapplying lipstick often so I am completely and utterly excited about this new formula.

Even though these are $40 a pop, and even though I know I bought one of the darkest shades which may have increased the wear time, I do want to go back to MAC and buy a couple more of these. I also love the packaging! I think it is a really refreshing change, and it makes this new lipstick feel a little more special than other MAC lipsticks (which are still pretty special).

MAC Huggable Lipcolour in Commotion - review and swatches

January 30, 2014


I was out shopping with the lovely Mishelle from Mishelle's Sleepy Time while she was in Melbourne last weekend, and while we were in MAC I had to check out the new Huggable Lipcolours. I believe that these are limited edition... but I really hope they become permanent!

This is what the MAC website says about these new lip products:

"A new high-shine formula featuring an array of creamy emollients, providing a lasting, glossy finish that leaves lips smooth and sculpted. A unique gel base allows each shade to smooth effortlessly onto the skin, with a feather-light finish giving immediate moisture, lasting up to six hours"

Check out the drool worthy image from the MAC website...


These come in a range of 12 shades that include a few dark/berry/red shades, a few nudes, some pinks, and coral/orange shades. I went for the shade Commotion, which is describes as a deep cool plum. This is the darkest of the range, and I was tossing up between this shade or a mid toned coral, but I thought I wanted to try a dark shade to easily test out the longevity of this lip product... and well, go big or go home!

These retail for $40, so they are a pricey item. The normal MAC lipsticks in Australia are $36, so they are only $4 more, but they are starting to sneak into the YSL/Chanel price range.


One thing that is instantly noticeable is that these have different packaging to the normal MAC lipsticks. These are made of an entirely metal tube that that a flat top (instead of that tapered tip). I love the weight of these lipsticks, they feel heavier and better quality, and I think the packaging is a lot nicer and classier than the normal MAC "black plastic space tampon" (that's the only way I knew how to describe it). See the comparison of the packaging below.







You will also notice that the shape of the lipstick bullet are different. The normal MAC lipsticks have that typical tapered lipstick tip (even though the example above has worn down a bit), whereas the Huggable Lipcolour has a flat top and when wound down it sits flush with the tube.

The Huggable Lipcolours do cost $4 more, but they contain 3.2g of product compared to the normal lipsticks that contain 3g (is 0.2g worth $4? who knows!). The Huggable Lipcolours also smell different to the normal vanilla MAC scent. They have a slightly more subtle and possibly fruity scent (I am really bad with scents).

For all of the people who might be curious, below is a photo of how much product you get (that's after 3 uses), and also the list of ingredients.


I don't mean to kiss MAC's arse, but I am loving this formula! It is a pigmented semi-opaque colour with a high gloss finish that eventually turns into a stain and does last up to 6 hours (well this shade does anyway).

Since this doesn't have an opaque white base to the shade, you can apply it lightly or heavily (see swatches below - top is applied heavily and the bottom is one swipe)


You can see that this is a gorgeous high gloss dark cool toned magenta shade. I had these swatches on my arm for around 5 minutes and that was enough time for them to start staining...


Here is a lip swatch. I am normally a matte finish gal, but I think this formula has won me over and I am singing the praises of a high gloss lip. Previously I hate glosses because they are tacky and wear off quickly, but this lipcolour lasts for hours, keeps this high gloss finish for around 2 hours, and is not at all sticky. It is also very pigmented and even to apply and I have received compliments on my lip colour every time I wear this!


I first wore this shade to work and I decided to document the wearing off process on Instagram (what else do you have to do when you're at work :P)


On first application: High gloss and even pigmentation, very easy to apply.



After 2 hours: Colour still very bold. No patchiness or clinging to dry patches, still has some shine and feels like a lip balm - still very comfortable.


4.5 hour mark: Not feeling dry, but the balm feeling has worn off. Some wearing starting to show around the inner part of my lips. The colour has turned into a stain and still looks quite vibrant. You could very easily get away with applying a balm/gloss at this point, and rock a softer magenta shade for another hour or more.

Overall I LOVE this formula! Like I said before, it is so easy to apply, there is no unevenness or clinging to dry patches. It provides a high gloss lip for over 2 hours and then feels like a comfortable balm for another couple of hours. After the 4 hour mark is where this mainly looks like a stain, but it fades off very evenly, so at all stages of wear this still looks really nice. It was probably the 6 hour mark (and after eating/drinking etc) when the stain completely wore off. I am the type of person who HATES reapplying lipstick often so I am completely and utterly excited about this new formula.

Even though these are $40 a pop, and even though I know I bought one of the darkest shades which may have increased the wear time, I do want to go back to MAC and buy a couple more of these. I also love the packaging! I think it is a really refreshing change, and it makes this new lipstick feel a little more special than other MAC lipsticks (which are still pretty special).







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Hey everyone! Some of you may remember that I did a post last week about the sneak peek product that will be featured in the January FAB box. The sneak peek product was the Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet that retails for $24, and I figured that I may as well try this FAB box for $35 - since I knew that I was receiving a product that I have been wanting to buy for a little while now.

If you aren't aware what the FAB box is, it is the Lust Have It Fashion and Beauty box... which is very similar to the Her Fashion Box that is the only other fashion and beauty box on the Australian market (that I know of anyway). This box retails for $35 (compared to the $19.95 Lust Have It Beauty Box) but they claim that each box retails for over $100. If you want to find out more, then check out the FAB box website here.

I did an opening of this box below



Front of the info card
Click for a larger image

So above is the information card, and you can see that all of the beauty products are full sized products (yay) and they retail for over $70 in total. There are also three accessories (a bracelet, earrings, and stacking rings) which total over $40... so this box does retail over $100 as promised.


Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet: YAY! Finally a subscription box has included a product that is actually really exciting! Other subscription boxes should take note and realise that including a cult product like this is exactly the way to get people excited about subscription boxes! I have the two red Velvetine shades and I was super excited about trying this pink one.


Below is the swatch on my lips. It is a dark bold pink that is a super pigmented liquid lipstick that dries matte. Having the red ones, I know that the Velvetines have a long wear time, but after a few hours and eating, they start to wear off on the inside of your lips and they can be difficult to reapply. Besides that these are great if you love a bright matte lip.


Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in the shade Medium: I received this in my December Lust Have It box (see review here) so I will probably give this one away to a friend. I don't resent LHI for putting this in their December box and then again in the FAB January box, because it is a product that a lot of people would like and I am sure that there aren't many people who are signed up to both boxes.

SunSense Sport Cream SPF 30+: This is a huge sunscreen! It's been super hot here in Australia so I am sure that this will come in handy. It is SPF 30+ UVA and UVB protection and it is water resistant for up to 4 hours, so this will be perfect for the beach! ...now I just need to start going to the beach.

Le Tan Le Tan in Le Can: I have received this before in a box and I wasn't a huge fan of it. It is a spray bronzer that doesn't apply all that evenly, so instead of spraying it onto your legs, it's best to spray it into a tanning mitt and to apply it that way (which makes me wonder what the point of the spray is!). I prefer tinted self tanning products so the tan lasts longer, but I suppose this is good for a quick last minute bronze and would suit people who don't like self tanning products. I will probably give this to a friend as well because I won't be using it any time soon.

Edit: after writing this, I realised that I previously received the wash off version... which I thought was rubbish. This one is actually a fake tan, and I will definitely give it a try!

LHI Accessories - Gold Love Bracelet, Candy Coloured Chandelier Earrings, Delicate Stacking Rings: As the "fashion" part of the box, there are three jewelry items from the LHI line. I believe that after these have been featured in a box they end up popping up in the LHI online store, so if you like any of them then you can find them there.
  • There is a gold bracelet that has a heart on it, which is the type of jewelry that most girls will be happy to wear, I personally will only wear it mixed with other bracelets and bangles because it's not really my thing on its own.
  • There was also a pair of colourful earings, these come in 4 different colour combinations (see the info card for all four colours). This is more my style, but having short hair I don't really like the look of dangly style earrings. If these were studs I would be all over them, but as they are I might pass them onto a friend.
  • Lastly there are three stacking rings, and I really like these! They are quite small but they have that adjustable part of the ring so you can stretch them. I like the look of them stacked, and I also like the look of them as above the knuckle rings if you don't want to adjust them. 


So that's my FAB box for January. If I wasn't subscribed to the beauty LHI box, I would consider staying subscribed to this FAB box, but I think having both boxes is a bit of an overkill. I also prefer the beauty aspect of the box instead of the accessory part, so for now I will stick with the beauty box, but if I see any exciting sneak peeks I wouldn't hesitate to sign up again!

What did you think of this box?

January FAB Box

January 29, 2014


Hey everyone! Some of you may remember that I did a post last week about the sneak peek product that will be featured in the January FAB box. The sneak peek product was the Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet that retails for $24, and I figured that I may as well try this FAB box for $35 - since I knew that I was receiving a product that I have been wanting to buy for a little while now.

If you aren't aware what the FAB box is, it is the Lust Have It Fashion and Beauty box... which is very similar to the Her Fashion Box that is the only other fashion and beauty box on the Australian market (that I know of anyway). This box retails for $35 (compared to the $19.95 Lust Have It Beauty Box) but they claim that each box retails for over $100. If you want to find out more, then check out the FAB box website here.

I did an opening of this box below



Front of the info card
Click for a larger image

So above is the information card, and you can see that all of the beauty products are full sized products (yay) and they retail for over $70 in total. There are also three accessories (a bracelet, earrings, and stacking rings) which total over $40... so this box does retail over $100 as promised.


Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet: YAY! Finally a subscription box has included a product that is actually really exciting! Other subscription boxes should take note and realise that including a cult product like this is exactly the way to get people excited about subscription boxes! I have the two red Velvetine shades and I was super excited about trying this pink one.


Below is the swatch on my lips. It is a dark bold pink that is a super pigmented liquid lipstick that dries matte. Having the red ones, I know that the Velvetines have a long wear time, but after a few hours and eating, they start to wear off on the inside of your lips and they can be difficult to reapply. Besides that these are great if you love a bright matte lip.


Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream in the shade Medium: I received this in my December Lust Have It box (see review here) so I will probably give this one away to a friend. I don't resent LHI for putting this in their December box and then again in the FAB January box, because it is a product that a lot of people would like and I am sure that there aren't many people who are signed up to both boxes.

SunSense Sport Cream SPF 30+: This is a huge sunscreen! It's been super hot here in Australia so I am sure that this will come in handy. It is SPF 30+ UVA and UVB protection and it is water resistant for up to 4 hours, so this will be perfect for the beach! ...now I just need to start going to the beach.

Le Tan Le Tan in Le Can: I have received this before in a box and I wasn't a huge fan of it. It is a spray bronzer that doesn't apply all that evenly, so instead of spraying it onto your legs, it's best to spray it into a tanning mitt and to apply it that way (which makes me wonder what the point of the spray is!). I prefer tinted self tanning products so the tan lasts longer, but I suppose this is good for a quick last minute bronze and would suit people who don't like self tanning products. I will probably give this to a friend as well because I won't be using it any time soon.

Edit: after writing this, I realised that I previously received the wash off version... which I thought was rubbish. This one is actually a fake tan, and I will definitely give it a try!

LHI Accessories - Gold Love Bracelet, Candy Coloured Chandelier Earrings, Delicate Stacking Rings: As the "fashion" part of the box, there are three jewelry items from the LHI line. I believe that after these have been featured in a box they end up popping up in the LHI online store, so if you like any of them then you can find them there.
  • There is a gold bracelet that has a heart on it, which is the type of jewelry that most girls will be happy to wear, I personally will only wear it mixed with other bracelets and bangles because it's not really my thing on its own.
  • There was also a pair of colourful earings, these come in 4 different colour combinations (see the info card for all four colours). This is more my style, but having short hair I don't really like the look of dangly style earrings. If these were studs I would be all over them, but as they are I might pass them onto a friend.
  • Lastly there are three stacking rings, and I really like these! They are quite small but they have that adjustable part of the ring so you can stretch them. I like the look of them stacked, and I also like the look of them as above the knuckle rings if you don't want to adjust them. 


So that's my FAB box for January. If I wasn't subscribed to the beauty LHI box, I would consider staying subscribed to this FAB box, but I think having both boxes is a bit of an overkill. I also prefer the beauty aspect of the box instead of the accessory part, so for now I will stick with the beauty box, but if I see any exciting sneak peeks I wouldn't hesitate to sign up again!

What did you think of this box?


On instagram a few weeks ago, the lovely Miss Pearl from the Miss Pearl Store posted a photo of this makeup remover and asked for bloggers to contact her if they wanted to try it. Well, I wanted to try it so of course I emailed her. So for full disclosure, I wanted to say up front that I was sent this (along with a lip balm that I may review in the next few days), but I promise that my review is 100% my honest opinion.

If you haven't heard of the Miss Pearl Store, it is an Australian store that sells natural and good for the planet products. Some of the brands stocked include Priti NYC nail polishes (I love the look of the Black Moon Pansies polish), Scotch Naturals nail polish (I have never heard of this brand before but I pretty much want every single shade they have to offer - amazing brights, pastels and nudes), Manic Panic hair dye, Crazy Rumours lip balms (which have some amazing scents like spiced chai, french vanilla, mint chocolate, orange clove etc), and other interesting natural brands.  

The Miss Pearl Store also stocks skincare from SW Basics of Brooklyn, which is a brand that makes skincare out of a minimal amount of good quality ingredients. The product I am reviewing today is the SW Basics of Brooklyn Makeup Remover, and this product contains only 3 ingredients! If you love your skincare to be completely natural and no chemicals, then this look into this brand! This retails for $18 and contains 59ml of product. This range also has a body oil, a cleanser, a cream, an exfoliant, a toner, a body scrub, and lip balms.

Shipping from The Miss Pearl Store is a flat rate of $7 within Australia or $15 worldwide, and you can use the discount code "teamkat" for 10% off your order!


Before I start my review, I wanted to point out that I am loving the packaging from this brand. Sure, it's not the most functional (and I will get to that later on), but I love the look of it. Aesthetically, I adore the basic glass bottle with the almost modern take on a 19th century label design, and if I had a fancy house with a guest bedroom, I would buy this whole range just to make my bathroom look amazing.

If you are the type of person who loves removing makeup with an oil then keep reading because this product will be right up you alley. If you are the kind of person who hates buying makeup removers that are half oil/half liquid, because you hate the oiliness... then this review is probably not for you. I fall into the former category, and I only buy makeup removers that contain oil to remove my eye makeup, and I love using cleansing oils all over my face. This product only contains organic sweet almond oil, organic olive oil, and organic jojoba oil and this product barely has any scent to it.

The directions say to "apply with cotton", so when I first started using this I would hold a cotton pad over the top of the bottle and tip it upside-down to get a small amount on the cotton pad and I would repeat this a couple of times. This method would remove eye makeup very well, but I felt that without the liquid that other makeup removers contain, the cotton pad would absorb a lot of the oil and the cotton pad would become very dry.

Since I didn't want to pour too much of the oil on the pad each time I used it (I don't want to waste my precious 59ml), I started pouring a small amount of the oil onto my finger tips instead, and rubbed it directly only my eyes. I found this method worked beautifully! This oil removes every last scrap of mascara (even better than Shu Uemura cleansing oil) and then I would cleanse my face as normal and it would remove all of the excess oil.

This claims to double as a light moisturiser so I decided to give this a shot. I applied a small amount into my hands and applied this to my face. Even though I probably wouldn't use this as a moisturiser on a daily basis, I did find that this oil sinks into the skin very nicely without making me feel super greasy!


My main issue with this product is the way you dispense the product. You screw off the lid and just pour a small amount out (which can be easier said than done). Like I said earlier, this packaging looks amazing, but for a product that you don't want to waste (let's face it, it's not a large bottle!) and for a product that can potentially get very messy if you spill it, then this isn't the best way to dispense it. If this bottle had a pump (or an old school dropper to fit with the theme of the packaging) then I would highly recommend this oil as a makeup remover. As it is, I totally recommend the product but it comes with a "use at your own risk, and don't buy this if you hate not having a pump" warning.

Edit: I have been informed that you can buy pumps separately from the SW Basics website, however I can't seem to see one that fits this particular product.

I am really looking forward to trying more products from this SW Basics of Brooklyn, I love the design of the products and I love the philosophy behind the brand. Also check out the Miss Pearl Store, there are some great natural brands to check out... and don't forget to use "teamkat" to get 10% off your order!

SW Basics Of Brooklyn Makeup Remover review

January 27, 2014


On instagram a few weeks ago, the lovely Miss Pearl from the Miss Pearl Store posted a photo of this makeup remover and asked for bloggers to contact her if they wanted to try it. Well, I wanted to try it so of course I emailed her. So for full disclosure, I wanted to say up front that I was sent this (along with a lip balm that I may review in the next few days), but I promise that my review is 100% my honest opinion.

If you haven't heard of the Miss Pearl Store, it is an Australian store that sells natural and good for the planet products. Some of the brands stocked include Priti NYC nail polishes (I love the look of the Black Moon Pansies polish), Scotch Naturals nail polish (I have never heard of this brand before but I pretty much want every single shade they have to offer - amazing brights, pastels and nudes), Manic Panic hair dye, Crazy Rumours lip balms (which have some amazing scents like spiced chai, french vanilla, mint chocolate, orange clove etc), and other interesting natural brands.  

The Miss Pearl Store also stocks skincare from SW Basics of Brooklyn, which is a brand that makes skincare out of a minimal amount of good quality ingredients. The product I am reviewing today is the SW Basics of Brooklyn Makeup Remover, and this product contains only 3 ingredients! If you love your skincare to be completely natural and no chemicals, then this look into this brand! This retails for $18 and contains 59ml of product. This range also has a body oil, a cleanser, a cream, an exfoliant, a toner, a body scrub, and lip balms.

Shipping from The Miss Pearl Store is a flat rate of $7 within Australia or $15 worldwide, and you can use the discount code "teamkat" for 10% off your order!


Before I start my review, I wanted to point out that I am loving the packaging from this brand. Sure, it's not the most functional (and I will get to that later on), but I love the look of it. Aesthetically, I adore the basic glass bottle with the almost modern take on a 19th century label design, and if I had a fancy house with a guest bedroom, I would buy this whole range just to make my bathroom look amazing.

If you are the type of person who loves removing makeup with an oil then keep reading because this product will be right up you alley. If you are the kind of person who hates buying makeup removers that are half oil/half liquid, because you hate the oiliness... then this review is probably not for you. I fall into the former category, and I only buy makeup removers that contain oil to remove my eye makeup, and I love using cleansing oils all over my face. This product only contains organic sweet almond oil, organic olive oil, and organic jojoba oil and this product barely has any scent to it.

The directions say to "apply with cotton", so when I first started using this I would hold a cotton pad over the top of the bottle and tip it upside-down to get a small amount on the cotton pad and I would repeat this a couple of times. This method would remove eye makeup very well, but I felt that without the liquid that other makeup removers contain, the cotton pad would absorb a lot of the oil and the cotton pad would become very dry.

Since I didn't want to pour too much of the oil on the pad each time I used it (I don't want to waste my precious 59ml), I started pouring a small amount of the oil onto my finger tips instead, and rubbed it directly only my eyes. I found this method worked beautifully! This oil removes every last scrap of mascara (even better than Shu Uemura cleansing oil) and then I would cleanse my face as normal and it would remove all of the excess oil.

This claims to double as a light moisturiser so I decided to give this a shot. I applied a small amount into my hands and applied this to my face. Even though I probably wouldn't use this as a moisturiser on a daily basis, I did find that this oil sinks into the skin very nicely without making me feel super greasy!


My main issue with this product is the way you dispense the product. You screw off the lid and just pour a small amount out (which can be easier said than done). Like I said earlier, this packaging looks amazing, but for a product that you don't want to waste (let's face it, it's not a large bottle!) and for a product that can potentially get very messy if you spill it, then this isn't the best way to dispense it. If this bottle had a pump (or an old school dropper to fit with the theme of the packaging) then I would highly recommend this oil as a makeup remover. As it is, I totally recommend the product but it comes with a "use at your own risk, and don't buy this if you hate not having a pump" warning.

Edit: I have been informed that you can buy pumps separately from the SW Basics website, however I can't seem to see one that fits this particular product.

I am really looking forward to trying more products from this SW Basics of Brooklyn, I love the design of the products and I love the philosophy behind the brand. Also check out the Miss Pearl Store, there are some great natural brands to check out... and don't forget to use "teamkat" to get 10% off your order!

Just a quick post... I took these photos and put them on my instagram account the other day and some people found the swatches really interesting. I didn't want to do a full review of these palettes, because they were in limited edition Christmas packs and they aren't for sale anymore. If you were keen on picking one of these up you are able to get them on eBay (that's where I bought the Cosmic palette). These are the photos I put up on Instagram. Enjoy!


Sparks palette

(top to bottom)
Cocoa - matte chocolate brown
Bronze - warm brown with gold shimmer
Coral - coral with gold shimmer
Gold - metallic warm gold
Peach - light pink with
Nude - nude matte



Flash palette

(top to bottom)
Plum - matte dark purple
Slate - shimmery slate grey
Purple Shimmer - pinky mauve sparkles
Taupe - metallic silvery taupe
Ballet Pink - matte baby pink
Pink Shell - light pink with iridescent purple



Cosmic palette

(top to bottom)
Sapphire - black matte base with dark blue sparkles
Smoke - matte dark grey
Aqua - metallic aqua
Luster - mid toned matte taupe
Silver - metallic silvery-nude (lighter and more warm toned than Taupe in the Flash palette)
Sand Stone - matte cream

The stand out shades of these palettes are the mattes, metallics, and sparkly shades. They are buttery soft and beautiful to use. If you can get your hands on these palettes, I would recommend you getting one!

Smashbox Wondervision palettes - Sparks, Flash and Cosmic

January 23, 2014


Just a quick post... I took these photos and put them on my instagram account the other day and some people found the swatches really interesting. I didn't want to do a full review of these palettes, because they were in limited edition Christmas packs and they aren't for sale anymore. If you were keen on picking one of these up you are able to get them on eBay (that's where I bought the Cosmic palette). These are the photos I put up on Instagram. Enjoy!


Sparks palette

(top to bottom)
Cocoa - matte chocolate brown
Bronze - warm brown with gold shimmer
Coral - coral with gold shimmer
Gold - metallic warm gold
Peach - light pink with
Nude - nude matte



Flash palette

(top to bottom)
Plum - matte dark purple
Slate - shimmery slate grey
Purple Shimmer - pinky mauve sparkles
Taupe - metallic silvery taupe
Ballet Pink - matte baby pink
Pink Shell - light pink with iridescent purple



Cosmic palette

(top to bottom)
Sapphire - black matte base with dark blue sparkles
Smoke - matte dark grey
Aqua - metallic aqua
Luster - mid toned matte taupe
Silver - metallic silvery-nude (lighter and more warm toned than Taupe in the Flash palette)
Sand Stone - matte cream

The stand out shades of these palettes are the mattes, metallics, and sparkly shades. They are buttery soft and beautiful to use. If you can get your hands on these palettes, I would recommend you getting one!




Just a quick video on how I do my eyeshadow. Hopefully this will help people who don't know how to use more than one eyeshadow in a look.

Eyeshadow tips for newbs

January 21, 2014





Just a quick video on how I do my eyeshadow. Hopefully this will help people who don't know how to use more than one eyeshadow in a look.

If you read my blog you will know that I am either wearing a bold lipstick or a plain lip balm... there seems to be no in between. This post today is a review of the newest lip balm that I have in my collection, and I have been loving wearing it on a daily basis and especially before I go to bed.

I received this from Lookfantastic.com which is a British site that sells a huge range of makeup (including Stila at a much cheaper price than what we buy it for in Australia, and Urban Decay that is pretty much impossible to buy in Australia), haircare, skincare etc. and has free worldwide shipping!

This Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips retails on the Lookfantastic site for £11.50... which seems like a lot of money for a lip balm (that's around $22). But this lip balm contains 15g of product, which is nearly 3 times the amount of the infamous Korres Lip Butters (which retail for $18 in Australia). I believe you can also find this lip balm in Mecca Cosmetica, but it retails for $28.


This is supposed to be a cult multipurpose balm that was originally designed as a nipple balm for breastfeeding women. I guess they now market it mainly as a lip gloss, but the information on the Lookfantastic site says:

"Ideal for dry cuticles, dry skin patches, burns and abrasions, severely chapped lips, sore nipples, split ends, eczema, babies’ bottoms, and much more, it's an essential amongst top celebrity make-up artists. Used behind the scenes for extra long lasting lip gloss, eyelids, cheek bones, neatening eyebrows and basic skin emergencies, it's completely tasteless, odourless and fragrance free."

So if you want a heavy duty lip balm that does all of the above, then this is a good one to try. This has no scent or taste, and even though I do prefer a nice scent, I know a lot of people hate unnecessary perfumes added to their skincare.

I thought this didn't have the ingredients list on the tube, but I realised that it does (right near the barcode in the photo above) and it only contains one ingredient - medical grade lanolin. If you hate products that contain dozens of ingredients and chemicals, then this would be a great lip balm for you. But for people who don't know what lanolin is, it is a product that comes from sheep wool so this wouldn't be suitable for vegans. Lanolin is known to hold 200% its weight in moisture.


The product is very thick and the amount in the photo above would be enough for 2-3 lip applications. You can see in the swatch below that this does have a slightly yellow tint, but this doesn't look yellow on the lips. You can also see how shiny this applies. It has no scent, no taste, is super thick, but the balm doesn't feel at all sticky on the lips.


This is the perfect balm for someone who wants a very thick hydrating balm that doesn't contain any added nasty ingredients, doesn't feel sticky or uncomfortable on the lips, can be applied over lipsticks to add some shine, and can be used as a multi-purpose balm. After saying all of that, I mainly only use this on my lips before I go to bed.

Has anyone else tried this balm? I am surprised I haven't seen it around the blogging community!

Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips

January 20, 2014


If you read my blog you will know that I am either wearing a bold lipstick or a plain lip balm... there seems to be no in between. This post today is a review of the newest lip balm that I have in my collection, and I have been loving wearing it on a daily basis and especially before I go to bed.

I received this from Lookfantastic.com which is a British site that sells a huge range of makeup (including Stila at a much cheaper price than what we buy it for in Australia, and Urban Decay that is pretty much impossible to buy in Australia), haircare, skincare etc. and has free worldwide shipping!

This Dr Lipp Original Nipple Balm for Lips retails on the Lookfantastic site for £11.50... which seems like a lot of money for a lip balm (that's around $22). But this lip balm contains 15g of product, which is nearly 3 times the amount of the infamous Korres Lip Butters (which retail for $18 in Australia). I believe you can also find this lip balm in Mecca Cosmetica, but it retails for $28.


This is supposed to be a cult multipurpose balm that was originally designed as a nipple balm for breastfeeding women. I guess they now market it mainly as a lip gloss, but the information on the Lookfantastic site says:

"Ideal for dry cuticles, dry skin patches, burns and abrasions, severely chapped lips, sore nipples, split ends, eczema, babies’ bottoms, and much more, it's an essential amongst top celebrity make-up artists. Used behind the scenes for extra long lasting lip gloss, eyelids, cheek bones, neatening eyebrows and basic skin emergencies, it's completely tasteless, odourless and fragrance free."

So if you want a heavy duty lip balm that does all of the above, then this is a good one to try. This has no scent or taste, and even though I do prefer a nice scent, I know a lot of people hate unnecessary perfumes added to their skincare.

I thought this didn't have the ingredients list on the tube, but I realised that it does (right near the barcode in the photo above) and it only contains one ingredient - medical grade lanolin. If you hate products that contain dozens of ingredients and chemicals, then this would be a great lip balm for you. But for people who don't know what lanolin is, it is a product that comes from sheep wool so this wouldn't be suitable for vegans. Lanolin is known to hold 200% its weight in moisture.


The product is very thick and the amount in the photo above would be enough for 2-3 lip applications. You can see in the swatch below that this does have a slightly yellow tint, but this doesn't look yellow on the lips. You can also see how shiny this applies. It has no scent, no taste, is super thick, but the balm doesn't feel at all sticky on the lips.


This is the perfect balm for someone who wants a very thick hydrating balm that doesn't contain any added nasty ingredients, doesn't feel sticky or uncomfortable on the lips, can be applied over lipsticks to add some shine, and can be used as a multi-purpose balm. After saying all of that, I mainly only use this on my lips before I go to bed.

Has anyone else tried this balm? I am surprised I haven't seen it around the blogging community!



Hey guys, I just wanted to alert all you Aussies to something that was just brought to my attention today. The lovely Talia from Glossy Confidential told me that she signed up to the Lust Have It FAB box because there will be a Lime Crime Pink Velvetine in it. Surely enough, I looked at my past emails and there it is! (ignore the both boxes for $49.95 offer - unless of course you want the December box too)

So if you are wanting to test out the FAB box for $35, then this is the month to try it! I asked on the Lust Have It facebook page and they said its not too late to sign up for the Jan box, so that's what I have done... and I knew there would be a few of you guys who would be interested in this too!

Here is where you can sign up!

UPDATE: Sorry guys, but this box has just sold out. I hope you were lucky enough to grab one before they sold out!

Lust Have It FAB box sneak peek



Hey guys, I just wanted to alert all you Aussies to something that was just brought to my attention today. The lovely Talia from Glossy Confidential told me that she signed up to the Lust Have It FAB box because there will be a Lime Crime Pink Velvetine in it. Surely enough, I looked at my past emails and there it is! (ignore the both boxes for $49.95 offer - unless of course you want the December box too)

So if you are wanting to test out the FAB box for $35, then this is the month to try it! I asked on the Lust Have It facebook page and they said its not too late to sign up for the Jan box, so that's what I have done... and I knew there would be a few of you guys who would be interested in this too!

Here is where you can sign up!

UPDATE: Sorry guys, but this box has just sold out. I hope you were lucky enough to grab one before they sold out!



I decided to resubscribe to Bellabox for a month so that I can use up some of my Bellabox points in the Bellabox store, and I was only able to use the points if I was a member. Just to clarify, I actually really like Bellabox, and I honestly think it's one of the best Australian subscription boxes available. I only cancelled my membership a few months ago because I needed a break from the numerous subscription boxes that I was receiving (and needed to save a bit of money).

If you aren't familiar with Bellabox, it is a monthly subscription box that costs $15 a month (cheaper if you order a 12 month subscription). If you want to check out more information about Bellabox, then you can visit their website here.

I did do an opening video/Bellabox haul which you can see here:



I was quite excited to get Bellabox again, especially after hearing great reviews about the December box, but my excitement immediately ceased when I saw the following sneak peek reveal from the Bellabox facebook page...


If you know me, you will know that I hate the brand Model Co. I have tried quite a few products including lipsticks, mascaras, lip glosses and blushes, and they are so cheap and nasty that I usually throw them out after a few uses because they are either bad quality of because they have broken. Model Co are also always in beauty boxes, which is really annoying because I don't know one person who actually wants to use their products.

Anyway... rant over. 

The box this month came in different packaging than what I am used to (see the first photos in this post). Previously it came in a turquoise postal packaging that contained a sturdy cardboard box. This month the postal packaging was the box, and the design was a simple cardboard with a dark blue Bellabox logo. Below is the information card contained in the box, which contains information regarding prices and where to buy the full size product.

Click for larger image


You can see from the photo above that I did indeed get the full size Model Co mascara, along with one other full size product, which is a paw paw lip balm. There were also five samples included in this months box. 

Model Co Fat Lash Volumising Mascara - full size: This claims to retail for $20 and the information card states that it is hydrating and lengthening. I love mascaras that have spiky rubber brushes, and when I first opened this and saw that it had a spiky brush (see photo below), I had a slight ray of hope that this mascara might not be completely crap. I have only used this mascara once and so far I haven't liked it. It smells strongly of alcohol (which I have never experienced with a mascara before), and it also reminds me a lot of the Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara which had a super chunky tube, a giant brush, but did close to nothing for my lashes... this too does nothing for my lashes. I might let this sit and dry out a little and I will give it another go in a few weeks, but I won't hold my breath, and life is too short to deal with crappy mascaras!


Palmolive Ayurituel Shower Gel - 50ml sample: I don't mind Palmolive shower gels, and it was probably good receiving this because it's not typically a scent that I would normally go for. This has a ginger and Indian sandalwood scent, and I don't mind it. I will keep this shower gel handy for next time I go away for a weekend because this is perfect for traveling!

Avene Smoothing Moisture Mask and Rich Hydrating Cream - 5ml samples each: Avene is another brand that pops up in beauty boxes often. This is a brand that is targeted to people with dry and sensitive skin. Even though I do get around to using the samples, because it's not targeted to my skin type (oily-combination and not at all sensitive), I am a but meh about the Avene range. The mask retails for over $40 and the moisturiser over $50 for a full size, so if you have dry or sensitive skin then this might be good to help you try before you buy.

Romy Body Lotion Eucalyptus and Lemongrass - 30ml sample: Onto a more positive product! I have never heard of the brand Romy but I love skincare that smell like lemongrass so I am very keen to try this. This is a thin body lotion that is quite refreshing (perfect for Summer) and it is chemical and paraben free etc. I love this scent as it contains lemongrass, lime oil and lemon oil... mmmm.

Brauer Paw Paw Lip Shimmer in Blush - full size: This is another brand that I have never heard of! This is a small tinted paw paw lip balm that has a very slight pink blush shade and some very fine pink shimmer particles. This doesn't have any scent to it, and it doesn't feel at all sticky on the lips. The shimmer in it is actually really pretty and creates a shine to the lips without looking glittery or feeling grainy. I am not a huge tinted lip balm person (prefer plain balm or a bright lip), but I am surprised that this is the first tinted paw paw ointment that I have seen. Check out the swatches below.



Banana Boat Every Day SPF30+ - 15ml sample: All I can say is that I wish this came in a tube instead of a sachet! I will probably use this next time I go to the beach or the pool.

That is my Bellabox for January. I don't think it was a particularly great box, mainly because I probably won't use the mascara and if you take that out of the equation, this box wasn't that great value. I most likely won't be getting the Feb box, but I do like Bellabox and will no doubt randomly resubscribe again down the track.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you though of this box!

January Bellabox 2014

January 19, 2014



I decided to resubscribe to Bellabox for a month so that I can use up some of my Bellabox points in the Bellabox store, and I was only able to use the points if I was a member. Just to clarify, I actually really like Bellabox, and I honestly think it's one of the best Australian subscription boxes available. I only cancelled my membership a few months ago because I needed a break from the numerous subscription boxes that I was receiving (and needed to save a bit of money).

If you aren't familiar with Bellabox, it is a monthly subscription box that costs $15 a month (cheaper if you order a 12 month subscription). If you want to check out more information about Bellabox, then you can visit their website here.

I did do an opening video/Bellabox haul which you can see here:



I was quite excited to get Bellabox again, especially after hearing great reviews about the December box, but my excitement immediately ceased when I saw the following sneak peek reveal from the Bellabox facebook page...


If you know me, you will know that I hate the brand Model Co. I have tried quite a few products including lipsticks, mascaras, lip glosses and blushes, and they are so cheap and nasty that I usually throw them out after a few uses because they are either bad quality of because they have broken. Model Co are also always in beauty boxes, which is really annoying because I don't know one person who actually wants to use their products.

Anyway... rant over. 

The box this month came in different packaging than what I am used to (see the first photos in this post). Previously it came in a turquoise postal packaging that contained a sturdy cardboard box. This month the postal packaging was the box, and the design was a simple cardboard with a dark blue Bellabox logo. Below is the information card contained in the box, which contains information regarding prices and where to buy the full size product.

Click for larger image


You can see from the photo above that I did indeed get the full size Model Co mascara, along with one other full size product, which is a paw paw lip balm. There were also five samples included in this months box. 

Model Co Fat Lash Volumising Mascara - full size: This claims to retail for $20 and the information card states that it is hydrating and lengthening. I love mascaras that have spiky rubber brushes, and when I first opened this and saw that it had a spiky brush (see photo below), I had a slight ray of hope that this mascara might not be completely crap. I have only used this mascara once and so far I haven't liked it. It smells strongly of alcohol (which I have never experienced with a mascara before), and it also reminds me a lot of the Rimmel Scandaleyes mascara which had a super chunky tube, a giant brush, but did close to nothing for my lashes... this too does nothing for my lashes. I might let this sit and dry out a little and I will give it another go in a few weeks, but I won't hold my breath, and life is too short to deal with crappy mascaras!


Palmolive Ayurituel Shower Gel - 50ml sample: I don't mind Palmolive shower gels, and it was probably good receiving this because it's not typically a scent that I would normally go for. This has a ginger and Indian sandalwood scent, and I don't mind it. I will keep this shower gel handy for next time I go away for a weekend because this is perfect for traveling!

Avene Smoothing Moisture Mask and Rich Hydrating Cream - 5ml samples each: Avene is another brand that pops up in beauty boxes often. This is a brand that is targeted to people with dry and sensitive skin. Even though I do get around to using the samples, because it's not targeted to my skin type (oily-combination and not at all sensitive), I am a but meh about the Avene range. The mask retails for over $40 and the moisturiser over $50 for a full size, so if you have dry or sensitive skin then this might be good to help you try before you buy.

Romy Body Lotion Eucalyptus and Lemongrass - 30ml sample: Onto a more positive product! I have never heard of the brand Romy but I love skincare that smell like lemongrass so I am very keen to try this. This is a thin body lotion that is quite refreshing (perfect for Summer) and it is chemical and paraben free etc. I love this scent as it contains lemongrass, lime oil and lemon oil... mmmm.

Brauer Paw Paw Lip Shimmer in Blush - full size: This is another brand that I have never heard of! This is a small tinted paw paw lip balm that has a very slight pink blush shade and some very fine pink shimmer particles. This doesn't have any scent to it, and it doesn't feel at all sticky on the lips. The shimmer in it is actually really pretty and creates a shine to the lips without looking glittery or feeling grainy. I am not a huge tinted lip balm person (prefer plain balm or a bright lip), but I am surprised that this is the first tinted paw paw ointment that I have seen. Check out the swatches below.



Banana Boat Every Day SPF30+ - 15ml sample: All I can say is that I wish this came in a tube instead of a sachet! I will probably use this next time I go to the beach or the pool.

That is my Bellabox for January. I don't think it was a particularly great box, mainly because I probably won't use the mascara and if you take that out of the equation, this box wasn't that great value. I most likely won't be getting the Feb box, but I do like Bellabox and will no doubt randomly resubscribe again down the track.

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you though of this box!


To finish off my numerous long winded posts (yay, finally some shorter reviews and swatches coming up), here is the beauty part of my boxing day haul. This isn't a huge haul, I really only hit the Lush 50% off sale, and I bought a couple of Lancome packs from Myer. Sadly all of the exciting Kit Cosmetics Christmas packs weren't on sale, and I think I missed most of the good other sales from places like Mecca Cosmetica.

I was debating whether or not to do a Boxing Day haul on my YouTube channel, showing these products and some of the clothes that I bought... but if I do that it will be later in the week. Let me know in the comments if anyone would actually want to see that!

We'll start with what I got from the Lush sales. When I was taking these photos my new kitten kept jumping into the frame, so the above photo features little Alphonse in the corner :P


So if anyone didn't know, starting on Boxing Day, Lush sells all of their Christmas limited edition products at 50% off. I tend to go a little crazy because I love their Christmas range and even though I buy products before Christmas, I love stocking up for a few months.


Luxury Lush Pad Bath Ballistic: In hindsight I should have bought a few of these. This is a new bath ballistic and it has the same scent of the Twilight shower gel which is a really nice soft lavender and ylang ylang. I normally hate lavender but I adored this shower gel and I was really upset that they didn't release it this Christmas (fingers crossed for Christmas 2014!). This was around $3.40 on sale.


Bombardino Bath Ballistic: These were so cute that I had to buy two! This is another new bath ballistic in the Christmas range.  This has a lemon cheesecake scent made up of lemon, cocoa butter and vanilla. On sale these were $2.75 each.

Rose Jam Shower Gel: I already bought one of these full priced, but I needed to get another. I love this sweet rose and lemon scent that smells the same as the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. This is a new shower gel, and I hope it's available again next Christmas. Hopefully my two large bottles of this lasts me a few months so I don't miss it too much! This also works well as a shampoo. On sale this was $14.97.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel: Buying a Snow Fairy shower gel is a tradition for many people (including me). If you love sweet candy scents then this is the one for you. It also has glitter in it, which actually just sits at the bottom, but it looks pretty. On sale this large bottle was $14.97.


Santa's Grotto pack: All the Christmas packs are also on sale. This pack makes me look like I am bath ballistic crazy... but to be honest I don't often buy bath ballistics because they are pretty pricey and I don't often take baths... but I do like buying the odd one as a treat. I mainly bought this pack because I adored the packaging! I don't know what I will do with this knotty wrap thing, but I had to have it!. This contains the new Snowman bath ballistic which smells like vanilla and ylang ylang, the new Secret Santa bath ballistic which smells like sandalwood, lime, and floral oils, the Cinders bath ballistic that has a soft cinnamon and orange oil scent, and Father Christmas bath ballistic and this has a scent of mandarin oil, bergamot oil, and orange blossom. On sale this pack cost $13.75.


To be honest, I am still using some of the soaps that I bought last Boxing Day sales (yes, I bought a lot of soap last year), but I decided to try a couple of new ones.

Orange Jelly Soap: This is a pretty simple concept, it is a orange soap that smells like oranges and has preserved orange slices as decoration. If you like orange, you will like this soap!

Noriko Soap: This is a Japanese inspired soap that contains ingredients like tofu, sake and rice. It has a nice soft floral scent of rose and ylang ylang.


The only other beauty products I bought were two Lancome packs. These were good valued packs to begin with (I think for the price of the mascara you get the bonus products) but these two packs (along with heaps of other Lancome gift packs) were 30% off in Myer. I think I bought these packs for around $36 each. It still was a bit of a splurge, but I adore the Hypnose Star mascara and if I had used up all of my mascaras and was in the market for a really great mascara, I would be tempted to splurge and pay the full $52 to get this mascara.

The Hypnose Doll Eyes pack comes with a full size Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara, a mini Rouge In Love lipstick in 379 and a mini bottle of Tresor Midnight Rose perfume. The Hypnose Star pack comes with a 30ml Bi-facial Eye Makeup Remover, and a mini Noir Khol eyeliner.


I haven't actually used the eyeliner or lipstick yet, but I did manage to break the lipstick while swatching it (may have to depot it). The lipstick shade is a nice glossy berry shade and the eyeliner is very black. I love these packs for the mascaras alone, so these mini handbag friendly products were a bonus!

So that's all the beauty products I got from the Boxing Day sales. If you want to see a video with these products and the other clothes etc that I bought, let me know in the comments!

What was your best Boxing Day purchase?

Boxing Day beauty haul

January 14, 2014


To finish off my numerous long winded posts (yay, finally some shorter reviews and swatches coming up), here is the beauty part of my boxing day haul. This isn't a huge haul, I really only hit the Lush 50% off sale, and I bought a couple of Lancome packs from Myer. Sadly all of the exciting Kit Cosmetics Christmas packs weren't on sale, and I think I missed most of the good other sales from places like Mecca Cosmetica.

I was debating whether or not to do a Boxing Day haul on my YouTube channel, showing these products and some of the clothes that I bought... but if I do that it will be later in the week. Let me know in the comments if anyone would actually want to see that!

We'll start with what I got from the Lush sales. When I was taking these photos my new kitten kept jumping into the frame, so the above photo features little Alphonse in the corner :P


So if anyone didn't know, starting on Boxing Day, Lush sells all of their Christmas limited edition products at 50% off. I tend to go a little crazy because I love their Christmas range and even though I buy products before Christmas, I love stocking up for a few months.


Luxury Lush Pad Bath Ballistic: In hindsight I should have bought a few of these. This is a new bath ballistic and it has the same scent of the Twilight shower gel which is a really nice soft lavender and ylang ylang. I normally hate lavender but I adored this shower gel and I was really upset that they didn't release it this Christmas (fingers crossed for Christmas 2014!). This was around $3.40 on sale.


Bombardino Bath Ballistic: These were so cute that I had to buy two! This is another new bath ballistic in the Christmas range.  This has a lemon cheesecake scent made up of lemon, cocoa butter and vanilla. On sale these were $2.75 each.

Rose Jam Shower Gel: I already bought one of these full priced, but I needed to get another. I love this sweet rose and lemon scent that smells the same as the Ro's Argan Body Conditioner. This is a new shower gel, and I hope it's available again next Christmas. Hopefully my two large bottles of this lasts me a few months so I don't miss it too much! This also works well as a shampoo. On sale this was $14.97.

Snow Fairy Shower Gel: Buying a Snow Fairy shower gel is a tradition for many people (including me). If you love sweet candy scents then this is the one for you. It also has glitter in it, which actually just sits at the bottom, but it looks pretty. On sale this large bottle was $14.97.


Santa's Grotto pack: All the Christmas packs are also on sale. This pack makes me look like I am bath ballistic crazy... but to be honest I don't often buy bath ballistics because they are pretty pricey and I don't often take baths... but I do like buying the odd one as a treat. I mainly bought this pack because I adored the packaging! I don't know what I will do with this knotty wrap thing, but I had to have it!. This contains the new Snowman bath ballistic which smells like vanilla and ylang ylang, the new Secret Santa bath ballistic which smells like sandalwood, lime, and floral oils, the Cinders bath ballistic that has a soft cinnamon and orange oil scent, and Father Christmas bath ballistic and this has a scent of mandarin oil, bergamot oil, and orange blossom. On sale this pack cost $13.75.


To be honest, I am still using some of the soaps that I bought last Boxing Day sales (yes, I bought a lot of soap last year), but I decided to try a couple of new ones.

Orange Jelly Soap: This is a pretty simple concept, it is a orange soap that smells like oranges and has preserved orange slices as decoration. If you like orange, you will like this soap!

Noriko Soap: This is a Japanese inspired soap that contains ingredients like tofu, sake and rice. It has a nice soft floral scent of rose and ylang ylang.


The only other beauty products I bought were two Lancome packs. These were good valued packs to begin with (I think for the price of the mascara you get the bonus products) but these two packs (along with heaps of other Lancome gift packs) were 30% off in Myer. I think I bought these packs for around $36 each. It still was a bit of a splurge, but I adore the Hypnose Star mascara and if I had used up all of my mascaras and was in the market for a really great mascara, I would be tempted to splurge and pay the full $52 to get this mascara.

The Hypnose Doll Eyes pack comes with a full size Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara, a mini Rouge In Love lipstick in 379 and a mini bottle of Tresor Midnight Rose perfume. The Hypnose Star pack comes with a 30ml Bi-facial Eye Makeup Remover, and a mini Noir Khol eyeliner.


I haven't actually used the eyeliner or lipstick yet, but I did manage to break the lipstick while swatching it (may have to depot it). The lipstick shade is a nice glossy berry shade and the eyeliner is very black. I love these packs for the mascaras alone, so these mini handbag friendly products were a bonus!

So that's all the beauty products I got from the Boxing Day sales. If you want to see a video with these products and the other clothes etc that I bought, let me know in the comments!

What was your best Boxing Day purchase?

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