June 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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I have been having quite a bad skincare month, so when I was given the opportunity from Beauty Directory to review a PuraSonic as part of their Expert Panel, I jumped on the opportunity.

If you a beauty blogger, I highly recommend checking out Beauty Directory for information about events being held and also details of some beauty PR companies.

This is the PuraSonic Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush Classic in the colour Lovely Lilac. The PuraSonic is a facial cleansing device that uses sonic technology remove dirt, oil and make-up and claims to be 9x more effective than manual cleansing.

These sonic facial cleansing devises have become very popular in the last couple of years (with the most well known one being the Clarisonic) and they have been given rave reviews for their ability to unclog pores, reduce breakouts, reduce the size of pores and create an overall smoother complexion. After I give the basic information about the features and what the pack includes I will let you know my final thoughts.

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These come in a few different shades and retail for $99 in Australia. You can also get the Neo version which retails for $49.95. You can buy these from the PuraSonic website.

The features include:
3 Speeds
Built in 1 minute t-zone timer
Fully rechargeable
100% waterproof

The pack includes:
PuraSonic Facial Cleansing Device
Gentle brush head for sensitive skin
Everyday brush head for normal skin
Waterproof stand
Magna-Link charger
USB cord
100V-240V Power pack
Instruction manual


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Review: I loved this! I thought it was so easy to use, you literally press the button to turn it on and then you choose your setting by pressing the smaller top button (the default setting is low). You can see from the photos above that the green light is on with the low setting, the yellow is on with the medium setting and the red is on with the high setting.

There is also a built-in 1-minute T-zone timer that indicates when you should move on to the next area of your face. The recommendation is 20 seconds for your forehead, 20 seconds for your chin area and 10 seconds for each cheek. I often ignore the timer and I just use this however I want to, but its nice to have the option.

This claims to have one charge lasting over a month, but I personally found that the charge lasts about a fortnight... but maybe I use it longer than I am supposed to. I just got into the habit of putting this on the charger at the end of the week.

I have used a sonic cleansing brush before so I was familiar with the results I would see, and it was actually pretty good timing because I received this while I was struggling with some break outs. I found that this did reduce my break outs (not completely, but noticeably), it did reduce the look of pores and improved the smoothness of my skin. Do I think that this was an amazing improvement? No, but I do still think it is worth while including in my skincare routine and I personally just love using it at the end of the day knowing that it thoroughly removes all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling a lot cleaner than with manual washing. For that reason alone I will continue to use it.

I mainly only used this I the shower at night time and I used it with both gel and cream cleansers. I actually loved pairing this with a cream cleanser (my favourite being the Antipodes Grace Cream Cleanser). Normally cream cleansers don't remove all of my makeup and grime, but paired with the PuraSonic I found that it removed all the dirt and oils while also being very gentle on my skin.

My only one complaint is that you can't charge the PuraSonic while its on the stand... but that's a minor pet peeve.

Comparison to the Clarisonic: I thought I would start by saying that I used to own a Clarisonic Mia until it broke just after a year, so I can quite confidently give my thoughts compared to the Clarisionic. The first thing that I think is really important to note is that it gives the same result but is a lot cheaper than the Clarisonic (which retail from $150-$285). The Clarisonic that has similar features to this Classic PuraSonic Cleansing brush retails for $245 in Australia... which is a HUGE difference in the price. The Purasonic also comes with more inclusions, such as the stand and an additional brush head. The brush heads are also a lot cheaper with the PuraSonics retailing for $19.95 and the Clarisonic brush heads for $35, which doesn't sound like a huge difference but it becomes quite a large expense if you need to repurchase them every few months. Both brands have 4 different types of brush heads for different skin types.

Overall I really love the PuraSonic, and having had experiences with the Clarisonic I can comfortably say that I the results are the same but the PuraSonic gives you a lot more bang for your buck!

Have you tried any sonic cleansing brush? What were your thoughts?

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PuraSonic Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush review

June 26, 2015

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I have been having quite a bad skincare month, so when I was given the opportunity from Beauty Directory to review a PuraSonic as part of their Expert Panel, I jumped on the opportunity.

If you a beauty blogger, I highly recommend checking out Beauty Directory for information about events being held and also details of some beauty PR companies.

This is the PuraSonic Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush Classic in the colour Lovely Lilac. The PuraSonic is a facial cleansing device that uses sonic technology remove dirt, oil and make-up and claims to be 9x more effective than manual cleansing.

These sonic facial cleansing devises have become very popular in the last couple of years (with the most well known one being the Clarisonic) and they have been given rave reviews for their ability to unclog pores, reduce breakouts, reduce the size of pores and create an overall smoother complexion. After I give the basic information about the features and what the pack includes I will let you know my final thoughts.

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These come in a few different shades and retail for $99 in Australia. You can also get the Neo version which retails for $49.95. You can buy these from the PuraSonic website.

The features include:
3 Speeds
Built in 1 minute t-zone timer
Fully rechargeable
100% waterproof

The pack includes:
PuraSonic Facial Cleansing Device
Gentle brush head for sensitive skin
Everyday brush head for normal skin
Waterproof stand
Magna-Link charger
USB cord
100V-240V Power pack
Instruction manual


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Review: I loved this! I thought it was so easy to use, you literally press the button to turn it on and then you choose your setting by pressing the smaller top button (the default setting is low). You can see from the photos above that the green light is on with the low setting, the yellow is on with the medium setting and the red is on with the high setting.

There is also a built-in 1-minute T-zone timer that indicates when you should move on to the next area of your face. The recommendation is 20 seconds for your forehead, 20 seconds for your chin area and 10 seconds for each cheek. I often ignore the timer and I just use this however I want to, but its nice to have the option.

This claims to have one charge lasting over a month, but I personally found that the charge lasts about a fortnight... but maybe I use it longer than I am supposed to. I just got into the habit of putting this on the charger at the end of the week.

I have used a sonic cleansing brush before so I was familiar with the results I would see, and it was actually pretty good timing because I received this while I was struggling with some break outs. I found that this did reduce my break outs (not completely, but noticeably), it did reduce the look of pores and improved the smoothness of my skin. Do I think that this was an amazing improvement? No, but I do still think it is worth while including in my skincare routine and I personally just love using it at the end of the day knowing that it thoroughly removes all of my makeup and leaves my skin feeling a lot cleaner than with manual washing. For that reason alone I will continue to use it.

I mainly only used this I the shower at night time and I used it with both gel and cream cleansers. I actually loved pairing this with a cream cleanser (my favourite being the Antipodes Grace Cream Cleanser). Normally cream cleansers don't remove all of my makeup and grime, but paired with the PuraSonic I found that it removed all the dirt and oils while also being very gentle on my skin.

My only one complaint is that you can't charge the PuraSonic while its on the stand... but that's a minor pet peeve.

Comparison to the Clarisonic: I thought I would start by saying that I used to own a Clarisonic Mia until it broke just after a year, so I can quite confidently give my thoughts compared to the Clarisionic. The first thing that I think is really important to note is that it gives the same result but is a lot cheaper than the Clarisonic (which retail from $150-$285). The Clarisonic that has similar features to this Classic PuraSonic Cleansing brush retails for $245 in Australia... which is a HUGE difference in the price. The Purasonic also comes with more inclusions, such as the stand and an additional brush head. The brush heads are also a lot cheaper with the PuraSonics retailing for $19.95 and the Clarisonic brush heads for $35, which doesn't sound like a huge difference but it becomes quite a large expense if you need to repurchase them every few months. Both brands have 4 different types of brush heads for different skin types.

Overall I really love the PuraSonic, and having had experiences with the Clarisonic I can comfortably say that I the results are the same but the PuraSonic gives you a lot more bang for your buck!

Have you tried any sonic cleansing brush? What were your thoughts?

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I was lucky enough to be given the new Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio for my birthday from the lovely Claire from Ms This N That Blog (thanks so much Claire x).

Even though I love contouring and highlighting, I still consider myself a bit of a noob at it and I have never really attempted a seriously chiseled contoured look or ever dabbled with cream contour products (I have always seen them as more of a professional product to use). I was so excited to use these contour sticks as a way to take my contouring to the next level... and this is what I thought!

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You can buy this kit in Australia at the Mecca website or in store at Mecca Maxima or Kit Cosmetics.

It retails for $59 and in the kit you get three contour sticks, a sharpener and a face chat which shows how to contour and highlight for different face shapes.

This chart would be very handy for people who are new to contouring. I also love that this comes with a sharpener designed for these sticks. I am often reluctant to buy large pencil type products if they require sharpening because I am always concerned that I won't have a sharpener to fit them. No need to worry now!

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The Highlight shade is a light yellow toned cream shade, the Bronze is a toffee mid toned brown, and the Contour is a more cool toned chocolate brown shade.

All of the shades have a matte finish, are very creamy and pigmented and blend really well into the skin. These also layer very well so I find that it is easiest to start with a small amount and build up the product rather than trying to apply a lot at once.

I generally blend these out with a buffing brush, but if you apply a small amount at a time then you can use any fluffy brush to blend the product. You can also use your fingers to blend these out, and I find that fingers work well for tapping in the highlighter shade.

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This is my first experience with contouring and highlighting with a cream product, and I have actually really been enjoying the results. What I have noticed is that the contour look really natural while giving the face a lot more depth and dimension. Previously whenever I tried to create a strong contour I felt like it looked horrible and unnatural, but these cream sticks look really flattering and natural, even when you apply a strong contour.

Check out my first attempt at using these here:



In the video above I applied the product over my already powered base and found that by heavily buffing in the product it lifted some of my foundation. I find that it's definitely much easier to apply these before you powder/set your foundation and a softer buffing motion prevents the foundation too much. I also like powdering after I have applied these which helps set the cream product and last all day. If you wanted an even more extreme contoured look you could apply a powder contour/bronzer/highlight over the top of the cream product.

The only con that I have about the Smashbox Contour Sticks is that the Highlighter stick would be too dark for a lot of fair-light skin tones. I can just use this as a highlight, but it looks barely noticeable on my light skin tone. If you have skin lighter than mine then you might find that this doesn't give any highlighted effect to your skin. One improvement to this kit would to make the highlighter slightly lighter.

Overall I love the effect that these give and I have been reaching for them when I want my makeup to look amazing, but naturally and effortlessly amazing. I do find myself mainly reaching for either the Contour shade or the Bronzer (I rarely use them both in one look) and if I could buy these sticks individually then I can see myself repurchasing the Contour shade time and time again.

If you wanted to dabble in cream contour and highlight products then I highly recommend these Smashbox Contour Sticks because they are easy to use and give great results.

What do you think of these? Have you tried cream contour and highlight products?

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Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio - review and swatches

June 23, 2015

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I was lucky enough to be given the new Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Stick Trio for my birthday from the lovely Claire from Ms This N That Blog (thanks so much Claire x).

Even though I love contouring and highlighting, I still consider myself a bit of a noob at it and I have never really attempted a seriously chiseled contoured look or ever dabbled with cream contour products (I have always seen them as more of a professional product to use). I was so excited to use these contour sticks as a way to take my contouring to the next level... and this is what I thought!

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You can buy this kit in Australia at the Mecca website or in store at Mecca Maxima or Kit Cosmetics.

It retails for $59 and in the kit you get three contour sticks, a sharpener and a face chat which shows how to contour and highlight for different face shapes.

This chart would be very handy for people who are new to contouring. I also love that this comes with a sharpener designed for these sticks. I am often reluctant to buy large pencil type products if they require sharpening because I am always concerned that I won't have a sharpener to fit them. No need to worry now!

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The Highlight shade is a light yellow toned cream shade, the Bronze is a toffee mid toned brown, and the Contour is a more cool toned chocolate brown shade.

All of the shades have a matte finish, are very creamy and pigmented and blend really well into the skin. These also layer very well so I find that it is easiest to start with a small amount and build up the product rather than trying to apply a lot at once.

I generally blend these out with a buffing brush, but if you apply a small amount at a time then you can use any fluffy brush to blend the product. You can also use your fingers to blend these out, and I find that fingers work well for tapping in the highlighter shade.

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This is my first experience with contouring and highlighting with a cream product, and I have actually really been enjoying the results. What I have noticed is that the contour look really natural while giving the face a lot more depth and dimension. Previously whenever I tried to create a strong contour I felt like it looked horrible and unnatural, but these cream sticks look really flattering and natural, even when you apply a strong contour.

Check out my first attempt at using these here:



In the video above I applied the product over my already powered base and found that by heavily buffing in the product it lifted some of my foundation. I find that it's definitely much easier to apply these before you powder/set your foundation and a softer buffing motion prevents the foundation too much. I also like powdering after I have applied these which helps set the cream product and last all day. If you wanted an even more extreme contoured look you could apply a powder contour/bronzer/highlight over the top of the cream product.

The only con that I have about the Smashbox Contour Sticks is that the Highlighter stick would be too dark for a lot of fair-light skin tones. I can just use this as a highlight, but it looks barely noticeable on my light skin tone. If you have skin lighter than mine then you might find that this doesn't give any highlighted effect to your skin. One improvement to this kit would to make the highlighter slightly lighter.

Overall I love the effect that these give and I have been reaching for them when I want my makeup to look amazing, but naturally and effortlessly amazing. I do find myself mainly reaching for either the Contour shade or the Bronzer (I rarely use them both in one look) and if I could buy these sticks individually then I can see myself repurchasing the Contour shade time and time again.

If you wanted to dabble in cream contour and highlight products then I highly recommend these Smashbox Contour Sticks because they are easy to use and give great results.

What do you think of these? Have you tried cream contour and highlight products?

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This has been a review that I have been meaning to do for ages! I am clearly behind with blogging :P

I mentioned this Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette in my May favourites... so finally here is the full review and swatches (along with the Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara). I was sent these for review, but I have been trying them for the past few weeks and have a pretty solid opinion on each product.

You can buy both of these products from the Paula's Choice website. Right now they have free shipping on the website, so if you are interested in Paula's Choice products then right now is a great time to order.

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Lets start with the Blush It On Contour Palette which you can find on the Paula's Choice website for $55 full priced. This contains a highlighter, a bronzer and four blushes which totals 18g of product all together.

The palette is a very simple grey cardboard palette that is quite sleek and travel friendly, but the design is a little boring and basic and can be easily overlooked if you saw it in store. This isn't the most luxurious packaging.

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The palette contains one highlighter, one bronzer and four blushes. Each pan contains 3g of product.

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Top row: Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony. Bottom row: Bronze, Dusty Rose, Soft Mauve
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l-r: Pearl, Bronze, Delicate Coral, Dusty Rose, Peony, Soft Mauve

Pearl - This is the highlighter shade and it looks quite boring in the pan, but it is beautiful on the skin It is pigmented and has a very finely milled sheen that doesn't look at all chunky and glittery. The shade is a pinky white highlighter and the name pearl suits it perfectly. This is my favourite product (or highlight... get it, get it?) of the palette. This rivals some of my favourite high end highlighters and is perfect for fair skin or winter looks.

Bronze - This is the bronzer/contour shade and I also love this. It applies smoothly, is nicely pigmented, and has a matte/possinly slightly satin finish that works as both a contour and a overall bronzer. The shade is a nice bronze brown that almost has a red undertone that doesn't look too orange on the skin.

Delicate Coral - This is my favourite blush of the four. This has a matte/slightly satin finish and is a lovely bright orange coral shade. This is very similar to Tom Ford Blush in Flush but this is a more wearable version because of the matte finish. This is very pigmented to a light application gives a healthy flush to the cheeks.

Dusty Rose - This is a similar shade to Delicate Coral but it is softer and has a slightly pinker tone. This also has the same matte finish as Delicate Coral but I find that this doesn't apply as evenly and it doesn't brighten up the face as much as the coral.

Peony - This is very similar to Dusty Rose, but it is a more pink toned version. This is nice, but it is the least pigmented of the four shades and probably the most common and dupe-able blush shade.

Soft Mauve - This is a nicely pigmented burgundy mauve. This would suit darker skin tones but you need to be careful when applying it because even though it has nice pigmentation, it can apply patchy if you apply too much at once.

Overall the blushes are nice but they all have the same finish so there isn't much versatility. I would have loved to see one or two of them with some shimmer or sheen. Also, even though the shades do look very different in the pan, they can look quite similar when applied. I LOVE the Delicate Coral shade as it is quite unique and very flattering and brightening on the skin. I rarely reach for the other shades because they don't apply as evenly and they aren't anything too unique. The highlighter is perfect and it is my favourite part of this palette, and also love the bronzer as both a contour and bronzer.

My biggest problem with this palette is that the ratio of bronzer and highlighter to blush is really off. I would prefer this palette if the bronzer was double the size and there was less blush. By the time I have used up the bronzer and highlighter I will still have barely made a dent in the blushes. I do still reach for this palette often, but it is mainly for the highlighter, bronzer and Delicate Coral shade.

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Next is the Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara which retails for $21 at the Paula's Choice website. I was actually impressed with the price of the Paula's Choice mascaras, they in the same price range as drug store mascaras which makes them very affordable!

As you can see the brush for this mascara has plastic bristles that tapers in at the end.

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Above is a photo of my no makeup eye and the bottom is one coat of the mascara.

There are some pros and cons about this mascara. Firstly, the pros. This mascara does a great job at lengthening lashes and adding volume. It also lasts all day without any flaking or smudging (if you have super oily lids then it may smudge, I don't have super oily lids so I can't tell).

The cons are that this doesn't separate or hold a curl very well. I also find that if you try to build this up then the lashes clumps together really badly and you end up looking like you have 4 really long thick lashes.

I have actually really started liking this mascara after I figured out the best way to use it (which essentially is by applying one layer and not trying to build it up). This is definitely not the best mascara I have ever used, but I am starting to dig the really long spiky looking lashes (as strange as that sounds) as it gives a really pretty and feminine look paired with a simple eye and a winged liner.

So those are my thoughts on some of the makeup from Paula's Choice. Have you used any? What are your thoughts?

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Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette and Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara - review and swatches

June 22, 2015

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This has been a review that I have been meaning to do for ages! I am clearly behind with blogging :P

I mentioned this Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette in my May favourites... so finally here is the full review and swatches (along with the Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara). I was sent these for review, but I have been trying them for the past few weeks and have a pretty solid opinion on each product.

You can buy both of these products from the Paula's Choice website. Right now they have free shipping on the website, so if you are interested in Paula's Choice products then right now is a great time to order.

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Lets start with the Blush It On Contour Palette which you can find on the Paula's Choice website for $55 full priced. This contains a highlighter, a bronzer and four blushes which totals 18g of product all together.

The palette is a very simple grey cardboard palette that is quite sleek and travel friendly, but the design is a little boring and basic and can be easily overlooked if you saw it in store. This isn't the most luxurious packaging.

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The palette contains one highlighter, one bronzer and four blushes. Each pan contains 3g of product.

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Top row: Pearl, Delicate Coral, Peony. Bottom row: Bronze, Dusty Rose, Soft Mauve
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l-r: Pearl, Bronze, Delicate Coral, Dusty Rose, Peony, Soft Mauve

Pearl - This is the highlighter shade and it looks quite boring in the pan, but it is beautiful on the skin It is pigmented and has a very finely milled sheen that doesn't look at all chunky and glittery. The shade is a pinky white highlighter and the name pearl suits it perfectly. This is my favourite product (or highlight... get it, get it?) of the palette. This rivals some of my favourite high end highlighters and is perfect for fair skin or winter looks.

Bronze - This is the bronzer/contour shade and I also love this. It applies smoothly, is nicely pigmented, and has a matte/possinly slightly satin finish that works as both a contour and a overall bronzer. The shade is a nice bronze brown that almost has a red undertone that doesn't look too orange on the skin.

Delicate Coral - This is my favourite blush of the four. This has a matte/slightly satin finish and is a lovely bright orange coral shade. This is very similar to Tom Ford Blush in Flush but this is a more wearable version because of the matte finish. This is very pigmented to a light application gives a healthy flush to the cheeks.

Dusty Rose - This is a similar shade to Delicate Coral but it is softer and has a slightly pinker tone. This also has the same matte finish as Delicate Coral but I find that this doesn't apply as evenly and it doesn't brighten up the face as much as the coral.

Peony - This is very similar to Dusty Rose, but it is a more pink toned version. This is nice, but it is the least pigmented of the four shades and probably the most common and dupe-able blush shade.

Soft Mauve - This is a nicely pigmented burgundy mauve. This would suit darker skin tones but you need to be careful when applying it because even though it has nice pigmentation, it can apply patchy if you apply too much at once.

Overall the blushes are nice but they all have the same finish so there isn't much versatility. I would have loved to see one or two of them with some shimmer or sheen. Also, even though the shades do look very different in the pan, they can look quite similar when applied. I LOVE the Delicate Coral shade as it is quite unique and very flattering and brightening on the skin. I rarely reach for the other shades because they don't apply as evenly and they aren't anything too unique. The highlighter is perfect and it is my favourite part of this palette, and also love the bronzer as both a contour and bronzer.

My biggest problem with this palette is that the ratio of bronzer and highlighter to blush is really off. I would prefer this palette if the bronzer was double the size and there was less blush. By the time I have used up the bronzer and highlighter I will still have barely made a dent in the blushes. I do still reach for this palette often, but it is mainly for the highlighter, bronzer and Delicate Coral shade.

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Next is the Illicit Lash Maximum Impact Mascara which retails for $21 at the Paula's Choice website. I was actually impressed with the price of the Paula's Choice mascaras, they in the same price range as drug store mascaras which makes them very affordable!

As you can see the brush for this mascara has plastic bristles that tapers in at the end.

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Above is a photo of my no makeup eye and the bottom is one coat of the mascara.

There are some pros and cons about this mascara. Firstly, the pros. This mascara does a great job at lengthening lashes and adding volume. It also lasts all day without any flaking or smudging (if you have super oily lids then it may smudge, I don't have super oily lids so I can't tell).

The cons are that this doesn't separate or hold a curl very well. I also find that if you try to build this up then the lashes clumps together really badly and you end up looking like you have 4 really long thick lashes.

I have actually really started liking this mascara after I figured out the best way to use it (which essentially is by applying one layer and not trying to build it up). This is definitely not the best mascara I have ever used, but I am starting to dig the really long spiky looking lashes (as strange as that sounds) as it gives a really pretty and feminine look paired with a simple eye and a winged liner.

So those are my thoughts on some of the makeup from Paula's Choice. Have you used any? What are your thoughts?

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Lush have released a bunch of new massage bars and I was lucky enough to be send a couple to sample.

The new ones released are:
Percup - A rich and aromatic bar, loaded with caffeine and coffee beans
From Dusk Till Dawn - A bar full of stimulating and sensual oils. Containing a blend of Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange.
Dirty - Spearmint and chocolate for an indulgent and refreshing massage.
Yes Yes Yes - A jasmine fragranced bar.
Pearl - A sweet, floral and fruity bar with rose, argan oil and sago bubbles.
Shades of Earl Grey - Sophisticated lemon oil and earl grey massage bar.
Tender is the Night - A massage bar filled with Shea butter, Murumu butter and Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute.

Each of these retail at Lush between $12.50 and $14.95.

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The two that I have been trialing is From Dusk Till Dawn and Yes Yes Yes. I am obsessed with the From Dusk Till Dawn massage bar because it has a beautiful zesty citrus scent that I adore and could smell all day. The Yes Yes Yes is a little too floral for me, but if you like the scent of white flowers then you will love this.

You can use this as a massage bar (obviously). These bars are quite firm but they melt with the warmth of your body heat and form a great oil for a massage. I am personally not a huge massage person, but these are nice to use on your hands or your feet after a long day or even a hard gym session. I also have started using a light layer as a body butter. They do apply a little greasy, but a light layer works really well at keeping your legs and arms moisturised in the cold winter months... and the scent makes you smell amazing.

I am really looking forward to checking out the coffee one, the rose scented one (fingers crossed it smells like Ro's Argan Body Conditioner) and the earl grey one... mmmmmmmmm they sound amazing!

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New Lush massage bars

June 21, 2015

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Lush have released a bunch of new massage bars and I was lucky enough to be send a couple to sample.

The new ones released are:
Percup - A rich and aromatic bar, loaded with caffeine and coffee beans
From Dusk Till Dawn - A bar full of stimulating and sensual oils. Containing a blend of Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange.
Dirty - Spearmint and chocolate for an indulgent and refreshing massage.
Yes Yes Yes - A jasmine fragranced bar.
Pearl - A sweet, floral and fruity bar with rose, argan oil and sago bubbles.
Shades of Earl Grey - Sophisticated lemon oil and earl grey massage bar.
Tender is the Night - A massage bar filled with Shea butter, Murumu butter and Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute.

Each of these retail at Lush between $12.50 and $14.95.

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The two that I have been trialing is From Dusk Till Dawn and Yes Yes Yes. I am obsessed with the From Dusk Till Dawn massage bar because it has a beautiful zesty citrus scent that I adore and could smell all day. The Yes Yes Yes is a little too floral for me, but if you like the scent of white flowers then you will love this.

You can use this as a massage bar (obviously). These bars are quite firm but they melt with the warmth of your body heat and form a great oil for a massage. I am personally not a huge massage person, but these are nice to use on your hands or your feet after a long day or even a hard gym session. I also have started using a light layer as a body butter. They do apply a little greasy, but a light layer works really well at keeping your legs and arms moisturised in the cold winter months... and the scent makes you smell amazing.

I am really looking forward to checking out the coffee one, the rose scented one (fingers crossed it smells like Ro's Argan Body Conditioner) and the earl grey one... mmmmmmmmm they sound amazing!

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ALL HAIL THE WET BRUSH!

There are so many detangling brushes on the market these days, but I have found a new love... The Wet Brush!

I was sent this for review, and I am so glad I was because I adore it!

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This is The Wet Brush in the shade Cool Tones Blue and you can buy it for $14.95 from i-glamour.com. This comes in a variety of shades but I love this metallic turquoise blue shade from the Cool Tones range.

This is essentially a brush that works really well at detangling hair and you can use it on wet hair without breaking or damaging your hair. This is also amazing at making your hair look really smooth and shiny.

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The brush itself looks like a standard paddle brush, but where I suspect that this works well at detangling is with the really flexible bristles.

This concept is very similar to a Tangle Teezer, but there are three reasons why I think The Wet Brush wins over the Tangle Teezer: Firstly, this has a handle, so it is a lot more comfortable to hold and control. Secondly because this has the little ball things on the end of the bristles that actually create a massaging effect on the scalp instead of a scratching feeling (which the Tangle Teezer gives). Lastly is because in Australia it's around half the price of a Tangle Teezer!

I have quite wavy hair with fine stands but a lot of it, which is a bad combination that results in very messy and tangled hair. This brush is a miracle and not only does it effectively and efficiently brush my hair, but it is the first brush that actually makes my hair look shiny.

I never expected to appreciate a brush as much as I appreciate The Wet Brush. If you have issues with detangling hair, or you have tried brushes like Tangle Teezer and like the concept but found them awkward to use, then try The Wet Brush, you will thank me for it!

Enjoy!

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The Wet Brush review

June 16, 2015

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ALL HAIL THE WET BRUSH!

There are so many detangling brushes on the market these days, but I have found a new love... The Wet Brush!

I was sent this for review, and I am so glad I was because I adore it!

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This is The Wet Brush in the shade Cool Tones Blue and you can buy it for $14.95 from i-glamour.com. This comes in a variety of shades but I love this metallic turquoise blue shade from the Cool Tones range.

This is essentially a brush that works really well at detangling hair and you can use it on wet hair without breaking or damaging your hair. This is also amazing at making your hair look really smooth and shiny.

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The brush itself looks like a standard paddle brush, but where I suspect that this works well at detangling is with the really flexible bristles.

This concept is very similar to a Tangle Teezer, but there are three reasons why I think The Wet Brush wins over the Tangle Teezer: Firstly, this has a handle, so it is a lot more comfortable to hold and control. Secondly because this has the little ball things on the end of the bristles that actually create a massaging effect on the scalp instead of a scratching feeling (which the Tangle Teezer gives). Lastly is because in Australia it's around half the price of a Tangle Teezer!

I have quite wavy hair with fine stands but a lot of it, which is a bad combination that results in very messy and tangled hair. This brush is a miracle and not only does it effectively and efficiently brush my hair, but it is the first brush that actually makes my hair look shiny.

I never expected to appreciate a brush as much as I appreciate The Wet Brush. If you have issues with detangling hair, or you have tried brushes like Tangle Teezer and like the concept but found them awkward to use, then try The Wet Brush, you will thank me for it!

Enjoy!

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Klara Cosmetics is an Australian brand that's known for their makeup products (especially their Kiss Proof Lipstick), but I have a feeling that they will soon be known for their new skincare product the Reset Gel.

I was send this for review but if you wanted to buy it then you can check it out at the Klara Cosmetics website where it retails for $34.95 or you can contact their stockists to see when it will be available in store (note: Klara Cosmetics is also sold at some Coles stores).

UPDATE: I also saw these in Priceline the other day :)

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So what is this Reset Gel? Well it claims to do the following:

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This is described on the Klara Cosmetic website as follows:

"Meet Reset! The new groundbreaking gel innovation formulated to mimic an instant microdermabrasion in a bottle. The unique formula contains French Honey. Bamboo and Olive Extract. Reset exfoliates your skin, unblocks and tighten pores and diminishes the appearance of fine lines instantly!

Reset gives your skin a new surface that is radiant, smooth, renewed and ready for any subsequent applications including makeup or skin care. Suitable for face and body, Used behind the scenes in Australian fashion runways and premier events, this celebrity secret is now available for you."

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The packaging looks like this mysterious scifi space-aged black and silver pill shaded container, but in reality its just a light plastic container with a pump applicator. The pump dispenses a small amount of product and I find that I need two pumps for my entire face. I find that this is best to apply at a small area at a time.

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The product itself is really intriguing. It is a gel that you apply to clean dry skin (so apply this after you have cleansed and dried your face and before any serum or moisturiser) and after a few seconds of working the gel into your skin you will notice that these little balled up chunky things form. This is due to the chemical reaction that helps shed dead skin cells and creates a very effective gentle exfoliating effect. Once this has occurred you either wipe it off or wash it off and then continue with the rest of your skincare and/or makeup routine.

The thing that is very interesting about this is that when you hear of a chemical reaction you might instantly think that this will hurt or sting, but it just feels like you are working in a gel that just turns into water. This is designed to be used 3 times a week.

After using this for two weeks I can definitely say that this is a great product to use if you want smoother skin with without any harsh abrasive products. Have I noticed the other claims such as evening skin tone, correcting blemishes, tightening pores and reducing fine lines? No, but I have only been using this for a couple of weeks. I have been using this in the mornings before I apply my skincare and makeup on those days where I feel like skin is a little dull and uneven, and this Reset Gel helps create a nice smooth canvas for applying makeup.

I know that this isn't the first "peeling gel", so it's definitely not something just Klara Cosmetics came up with themselves (they are especially popular in South Korea and Japan) BUT this is the first I have heard of it in Australia and it's also quite affordable.

I would recommend this to people who want an exfoliating effect without the abrasive effect.

What do you think of this Reset Gel? Would you try it?

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Klara Cosmetics Reset Gel - review and demonstration

June 12, 2015

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Klara Cosmetics is an Australian brand that's known for their makeup products (especially their Kiss Proof Lipstick), but I have a feeling that they will soon be known for their new skincare product the Reset Gel.

I was send this for review but if you wanted to buy it then you can check it out at the Klara Cosmetics website where it retails for $34.95 or you can contact their stockists to see when it will be available in store (note: Klara Cosmetics is also sold at some Coles stores).

UPDATE: I also saw these in Priceline the other day :)

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So what is this Reset Gel? Well it claims to do the following:

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This is described on the Klara Cosmetic website as follows:

"Meet Reset! The new groundbreaking gel innovation formulated to mimic an instant microdermabrasion in a bottle. The unique formula contains French Honey. Bamboo and Olive Extract. Reset exfoliates your skin, unblocks and tighten pores and diminishes the appearance of fine lines instantly!

Reset gives your skin a new surface that is radiant, smooth, renewed and ready for any subsequent applications including makeup or skin care. Suitable for face and body, Used behind the scenes in Australian fashion runways and premier events, this celebrity secret is now available for you."

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The packaging looks like this mysterious scifi space-aged black and silver pill shaded container, but in reality its just a light plastic container with a pump applicator. The pump dispenses a small amount of product and I find that I need two pumps for my entire face. I find that this is best to apply at a small area at a time.

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The product itself is really intriguing. It is a gel that you apply to clean dry skin (so apply this after you have cleansed and dried your face and before any serum or moisturiser) and after a few seconds of working the gel into your skin you will notice that these little balled up chunky things form. This is due to the chemical reaction that helps shed dead skin cells and creates a very effective gentle exfoliating effect. Once this has occurred you either wipe it off or wash it off and then continue with the rest of your skincare and/or makeup routine.

The thing that is very interesting about this is that when you hear of a chemical reaction you might instantly think that this will hurt or sting, but it just feels like you are working in a gel that just turns into water. This is designed to be used 3 times a week.

After using this for two weeks I can definitely say that this is a great product to use if you want smoother skin with without any harsh abrasive products. Have I noticed the other claims such as evening skin tone, correcting blemishes, tightening pores and reducing fine lines? No, but I have only been using this for a couple of weeks. I have been using this in the mornings before I apply my skincare and makeup on those days where I feel like skin is a little dull and uneven, and this Reset Gel helps create a nice smooth canvas for applying makeup.

I know that this isn't the first "peeling gel", so it's definitely not something just Klara Cosmetics came up with themselves (they are especially popular in South Korea and Japan) BUT this is the first I have heard of it in Australia and it's also quite affordable.

I would recommend this to people who want an exfoliating effect without the abrasive effect.

What do you think of this Reset Gel? Would you try it?

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It's my favourite time of the months... my monthly favourites! May was my birthday month so I was lucky enough to receive some lovely gifts (and also buy myself some gifts). These are the beauty products that stood out as overall winners for the month.

The main skincare product that has really impressed me this month is the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Eye (I did a full review here). This is an amazing eye cream, and sure it cost $130 but it is SO worth the money. I am the type of person who buys and uses eye cream out of habit, but never really sees a difference... this one I saw a difference in one to two applications. This has made the fine dehydration lines around my eyes nearly completely disappear and it has left my under eye area feeling ridiculously smooth. I also use the smallest amount, so I am expecting this to last nearly 6 months with morning and night application. No longer will I waste $50-$60 on eye creams that make not visible difference.

The second skincare product that I have been really enjoying is body oils. The reason I love body oils over lotions is because they moisturise really well, which is perfect for the cooler weather, and they firm the skin and heal scars (and I have fallen over twice this month and have a couple of scars I want to heal :P). I am quite picky with body oils because I love the moisture and softness they give but some body oils are too greasy. I am still in love with the True Organics Dry Oil that I mentioned in my last favourites, but since I have already used half of that bottle, I have been searching for an alternative. The body oil that has made the cut this month is the Milk & Co Body Oil which sinks into the skin really nicely, but it is quite slippery so its best to apply a small amount. This has a very herbal lavender oil scent which is quite strong but I don't mind it (and that's coming from someone who gets headaches from strong lavender scents). My only issue with this is that the packaging is horrible and the tube is too hard to squeeze, but since looking at the Milk & Co website I have realised that they have changed it to a spray packaging.

A random tool favourite is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I have been getting back to applying foundation and powders with sponges, it gives such a quick and flawless application (and I have been speeding through my makeup application in the morning because it's so hard to get out of bed in the cold). I love the flat edge for applying foundation and the pointed tip for blending out under eye concealer. This is larger, has a better shape, and is much cheaper than the Beauty Blender. I have since ordered two more of these from iherb (which has 20% off Real Techniques until Wednesday).

The only nail polish that is worth a mention this month is the OCC Nail Lacquer in Radiate. You can only buy these in Australia from Lipstick Republic (not even the OCC website will ship these to Australia) and the shade range is fab. This colour is a neon red with orange undertones and I have worn it 3 weeks in May. I have been going against the trend on dark nails in winter and have been opting for the neon nails. This is my favourite red of the moment.

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top to bottom: NARS Rita, Bourjois 07 Fuchsia Perche, Rimmel 012 Bronze and 003 Brown

Onto lips! The two products that I have been loving in May are the NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Rita (see the amazing swatch above) which is a beautiful cool toned red, perfect for winter. I was given this for my birthday by the amazing Simon from The Skincare Obsessive (thanks hubby xxox). The formula of the NARS Audacious lipsticks are like no other and are completely worth the splurge. I have also been loving high shine lips this month and my top pick is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua in 07 Fuchsia Perche which is a very glossy dark watermelon pink (see my full review here).

I have been loving dark brown/bronze eye looks this month and I have been reaching for these Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners in 003 Brown and 012 Bronze to apply to my waterline pretty much every day. They are creamy and easy to apply, and they are pigmented and last all day. They are a less harsh version of putting black liner in your waterline.

I was also given the Bare Minerals The Happy Place Eyeshadow Quad for my birthday from my bestie Kylie. This is the perfect palette for autumn and warm brown/coppery looks. I won't go too much into this because I have a full review with swatches here.

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left to right: Arbonne Bronzer, Paula's Choice contour, blush and highlighter, Becca Opal
Onto face products! This month has been the month of loving contouring and highlighting. The first bronzing/contouring product that I have been loving is the Bronzer by Arbonne. On first impressions I didn't think this would be a product that I would like... it comes in one shade and is quite warm toned with gold shimmer. Strangely I have been reaching for this most days for the last couple of weeks just to warm up my face and as a light handed contour. Even with the gold shimmer this works really well as both a bronzer and contour (maybe in the warmer months with the sun shining this won't work as a contour, but for now I really like it). This is the type of product that can be sheered out or built up so the one shade can work all year round. This retails for $47, but you get a huge 9.3g of product

Next is a palette that I am yet to review on my blog, but it is coming up! I have been loving the highlighter, the contour colour and the bright coral blush from the Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette. The contour shade (Bronze) blends beautifully and is a really nice matte neutral shade, the blush (Delicate Coral) is a matte bright orange coral but a small amount gives the cheeks a really pretty flush, and the highlighter (Pearl) is AMAZING as it is a finely milled pink white shade that looks intense but isn't at all glittery. I will be reaching for this highlighter all of winter!

Last favourite is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. This is a beautifully intense a light gold bronze highlighter. This is more of an extreme summer highlighter, so I might put it away for a few months, but I thought it was worth a mention since I bought it this month. Check out my full review here.

Those are my top products of May. What was your favourite product of the month?

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May 2015 Favourites

June 9, 2015

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It's my favourite time of the months... my monthly favourites! May was my birthday month so I was lucky enough to receive some lovely gifts (and also buy myself some gifts). These are the beauty products that stood out as overall winners for the month.

The main skincare product that has really impressed me this month is the Perricone MD Cold Plasma Eye (I did a full review here). This is an amazing eye cream, and sure it cost $130 but it is SO worth the money. I am the type of person who buys and uses eye cream out of habit, but never really sees a difference... this one I saw a difference in one to two applications. This has made the fine dehydration lines around my eyes nearly completely disappear and it has left my under eye area feeling ridiculously smooth. I also use the smallest amount, so I am expecting this to last nearly 6 months with morning and night application. No longer will I waste $50-$60 on eye creams that make not visible difference.

The second skincare product that I have been really enjoying is body oils. The reason I love body oils over lotions is because they moisturise really well, which is perfect for the cooler weather, and they firm the skin and heal scars (and I have fallen over twice this month and have a couple of scars I want to heal :P). I am quite picky with body oils because I love the moisture and softness they give but some body oils are too greasy. I am still in love with the True Organics Dry Oil that I mentioned in my last favourites, but since I have already used half of that bottle, I have been searching for an alternative. The body oil that has made the cut this month is the Milk & Co Body Oil which sinks into the skin really nicely, but it is quite slippery so its best to apply a small amount. This has a very herbal lavender oil scent which is quite strong but I don't mind it (and that's coming from someone who gets headaches from strong lavender scents). My only issue with this is that the packaging is horrible and the tube is too hard to squeeze, but since looking at the Milk & Co website I have realised that they have changed it to a spray packaging.

A random tool favourite is the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. I have been getting back to applying foundation and powders with sponges, it gives such a quick and flawless application (and I have been speeding through my makeup application in the morning because it's so hard to get out of bed in the cold). I love the flat edge for applying foundation and the pointed tip for blending out under eye concealer. This is larger, has a better shape, and is much cheaper than the Beauty Blender. I have since ordered two more of these from iherb (which has 20% off Real Techniques until Wednesday).

The only nail polish that is worth a mention this month is the OCC Nail Lacquer in Radiate. You can only buy these in Australia from Lipstick Republic (not even the OCC website will ship these to Australia) and the shade range is fab. This colour is a neon red with orange undertones and I have worn it 3 weeks in May. I have been going against the trend on dark nails in winter and have been opting for the neon nails. This is my favourite red of the moment.

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top to bottom: NARS Rita, Bourjois 07 Fuchsia Perche, Rimmel 012 Bronze and 003 Brown

Onto lips! The two products that I have been loving in May are the NARS Audacious Lipsticks in Rita (see the amazing swatch above) which is a beautiful cool toned red, perfect for winter. I was given this for my birthday by the amazing Simon from The Skincare Obsessive (thanks hubby xxox). The formula of the NARS Audacious lipsticks are like no other and are completely worth the splurge. I have also been loving high shine lips this month and my top pick is the Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua in 07 Fuchsia Perche which is a very glossy dark watermelon pink (see my full review here).

I have been loving dark brown/bronze eye looks this month and I have been reaching for these Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners in 003 Brown and 012 Bronze to apply to my waterline pretty much every day. They are creamy and easy to apply, and they are pigmented and last all day. They are a less harsh version of putting black liner in your waterline.

I was also given the Bare Minerals The Happy Place Eyeshadow Quad for my birthday from my bestie Kylie. This is the perfect palette for autumn and warm brown/coppery looks. I won't go too much into this because I have a full review with swatches here.

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left to right: Arbonne Bronzer, Paula's Choice contour, blush and highlighter, Becca Opal
Onto face products! This month has been the month of loving contouring and highlighting. The first bronzing/contouring product that I have been loving is the Bronzer by Arbonne. On first impressions I didn't think this would be a product that I would like... it comes in one shade and is quite warm toned with gold shimmer. Strangely I have been reaching for this most days for the last couple of weeks just to warm up my face and as a light handed contour. Even with the gold shimmer this works really well as both a bronzer and contour (maybe in the warmer months with the sun shining this won't work as a contour, but for now I really like it). This is the type of product that can be sheered out or built up so the one shade can work all year round. This retails for $47, but you get a huge 9.3g of product

Next is a palette that I am yet to review on my blog, but it is coming up! I have been loving the highlighter, the contour colour and the bright coral blush from the Paula's Choice Blush It On Contour Palette. The contour shade (Bronze) blends beautifully and is a really nice matte neutral shade, the blush (Delicate Coral) is a matte bright orange coral but a small amount gives the cheeks a really pretty flush, and the highlighter (Pearl) is AMAZING as it is a finely milled pink white shade that looks intense but isn't at all glittery. I will be reaching for this highlighter all of winter!

Last favourite is the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal. This is a beautifully intense a light gold bronze highlighter. This is more of an extreme summer highlighter, so I might put it away for a few months, but I thought it was worth a mention since I bought it this month. Check out my full review here.

Those are my top products of May. What was your favourite product of the month?

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Thank you to everyone who entered! I appreciate all the support and promise to do another giveaway soon.

The winners are...

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I have emailed both the main winner and the runner up so please check your email!

Thanks again, I love you all xoxox

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June 5, 2015

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Thank you to everyone who entered! I appreciate all the support and promise to do another giveaway soon.

The winners are...

a Rafflecopter giveaway
I have emailed both the main winner and the runner up so please check your email!

Thanks again, I love you all xoxox

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If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you would know that I was (and still am) OBSESSED with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, which are matte lip creams that are really comfortable and give a velvet finish to the lips (I have an initial review of them here, but have since acquired many more shades and should do an updated review). Well, when I saw that Bourjois released a glossy version, I had to try them!

These are the Bourjois Rouge Edition Aquas and they aren't yet released in Australia, but I bought them on sale at ASOS. Once these hit Australian stores they are likely to be $24 each but you can get them on ASOS for $17.50 each. These contain 7.7ml of product.

Update: you can now buy the range at Priceline.

There are 8 shades available, but only 7 shades are available on the ASOS website (which is annoying because the one that isn't available - 03 Brun ‘Croyable - was one of the shades I wanted). One criticism I have about these on first impression is that a lot of the shades look very similar. They seem to have 8 shades of pinky nudes and reds... and that's about it. I found myself searching for swatches online for what seemed like hours to narrow down the shades I wanted. I would have loved to see some corals/oranges/berries/browns just to break up the shade range.

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I ended up picking up the nude 01 Appechissant because I am not a huge fan of pink nudes, and this seemed to be the only peachy toned nude in the range. I also picked up both reds that they had to offer - 05 Red My Lips and 06 Feeling Reddy. I knew that both of these shades looked similar, but because the bright shades in the Rouge Edition Velvets were my most reached for shades and because I often wear red lips, I thought I should give them both a go. Lastly I picked up 07 Fuchsia Perche because the dark bright pink in the Rouge Edition Velvet is one of my favourite shades.

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Let's touch on packaging quickly. These are clear plastic squared off tubes that show the colour of the product and also have a corresponding shiny lid. These also have a doe foot applicator for easy application.

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I thought I would compare the Aqua packaging to the Velvet packaging briefly. You can see that the Aquas have a shiny lid and silver writing on the packaging, compared to the Velvets that have a plain plastic lid and black writing. The Aquas definitely give a shinier vibe, but other than that the packaging is the same.


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Onto the product. You can see from the swatches above that the formula is beautiful. The pigmentation is great, it applies evenly, and it does give a really pretty shine. What I love about these is that the shine isn't reliant on any shimmer in the product (which I don't like), these look like liquid lipsticks with a very wet gel finish.

These can be applied quite thin or built up for more colour payoff, I prefer to apply two thin coats to get a bold look on the lips (which is what I did in the lip swatches below). These look like they would be tacky and thick, but in fact they feel very wet and light on the lips and are not at all sticky. I did find that the high shine wore off at around the hour mark, but the colours wore well for 2-5 hours depending on the shade. I also found that these were very easy to reapply, they didn't build up the product unevenly, they didn't feel chunky and they didn't irritate my lips (some lip products tend to do that if I reapply throughout the day).

My one complaint about the Rouge Edition Velvets were the scent, and luckily it has been improved for the Aquas. These do still have an artificial almost plastic scent, but they also smell a little fruity (maybe like cherry) rather than the Velvets which I thought had a metallic blood scent.


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01 Appechissant: This is a lovely shade. It is a soft peachy nude that gives you lips a super shiny perfect appearance. If you wanted to have flawless nude lips, this is the shade to reach for. My only problem with this shade was that it didn't last for very long. The high shine finish with all of these shades wears off after around an hour or so and then the colour is left as more of a glossy stain, but because this light shade doesn't leave much colour behind and tends to wear off completely within a couple of hours. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful glossy nude for a "your lips, but amazing" look. Totally worth dealing with the reapplying.

05 Red My Lips: This is the "true red" of the bunch. Compared to Feeling Reddy this is slightly more pink toned, almost like a raspberry red, but to be honest, they both look quite similar. This applies evenly, smoothly, and lasts a good 3 hours before it wears off to more of a stain.

06 Feeling Reddy: The formula of this was very similar to Red My Lips, but it might be slightly more opaque. This has more of an orange tone to it, but it is still obviously a red shade. This also wore around 3 hours before I needed to reapply.

07 Fuchsia Perche: Last but definitely not least is the dark bright fuchsia shade. This shade is my favourite! This looks like a dark red pink on the lips, but I can assure you that it looks better in real life! This also lasts the longest on the lips. The high shine might wear off after an hour or so, but the colour lasts me until I eat lunch (so maybe 5 hours). Of course this does fade to more of a balmy stain, but the colour lasts a lot better than the other shades.

Overall I really love the look of these on the lips. They apply evenly, have great colour pay off (compare these swatches to the red Rimmel Oh My Gloss that I reviewed yesterday which I thought had quite poor colour pay off), they have a gorgeous finish, and the colour lasted reasonably well for a high shine product. These aren't 100% opaque, and instead look more like a translucent gel on the lips, but I think that it is beautiful.

My preference for lip products is still for long wearing matte products (especially for a long day at work), but I know that I will be reaching for these if I want my lips to look amazingly lush and kissable for a couple of hours. These would be perfect if you were going on a date and wanted to have lips that say "you know you want to kiss me, but you can't".

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Bourjois Rouge Edition Aqua review and swatches - 01 Appechissant, 05 Red My Lips, 06 Feeling Reddy and 07 Fuchsia Perche

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If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you would know that I was (and still am) OBSESSED with the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvets, which are matte lip creams that are really comfortable and give a velvet finish to the lips (I have an initial review of them here, but have since acquired many more shades and should do an updated review). Well, when I saw that Bourjois released a glossy version, I had to try them!

These are the Bourjois Rouge Edition Aquas and they aren't yet released in Australia, but I bought them on sale at ASOS. Once these hit Australian stores they are likely to be $24 each but you can get them on ASOS for $17.50 each. These contain 7.7ml of product.

Update: you can now buy the range at Priceline.

There are 8 shades available, but only 7 shades are available on the ASOS website (which is annoying because the one that isn't available - 03 Brun ‘Croyable - was one of the shades I wanted). One criticism I have about these on first impression is that a lot of the shades look very similar. They seem to have 8 shades of pinky nudes and reds... and that's about it. I found myself searching for swatches online for what seemed like hours to narrow down the shades I wanted. I would have loved to see some corals/oranges/berries/browns just to break up the shade range.

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I ended up picking up the nude 01 Appechissant because I am not a huge fan of pink nudes, and this seemed to be the only peachy toned nude in the range. I also picked up both reds that they had to offer - 05 Red My Lips and 06 Feeling Reddy. I knew that both of these shades looked similar, but because the bright shades in the Rouge Edition Velvets were my most reached for shades and because I often wear red lips, I thought I should give them both a go. Lastly I picked up 07 Fuchsia Perche because the dark bright pink in the Rouge Edition Velvet is one of my favourite shades.

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Let's touch on packaging quickly. These are clear plastic squared off tubes that show the colour of the product and also have a corresponding shiny lid. These also have a doe foot applicator for easy application.

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I thought I would compare the Aqua packaging to the Velvet packaging briefly. You can see that the Aquas have a shiny lid and silver writing on the packaging, compared to the Velvets that have a plain plastic lid and black writing. The Aquas definitely give a shinier vibe, but other than that the packaging is the same.


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l-r 01 Appechissant, 05 Red My Lips, 06 Feeling Reddy, 07 Fuchsia Perche

Onto the product. You can see from the swatches above that the formula is beautiful. The pigmentation is great, it applies evenly, and it does give a really pretty shine. What I love about these is that the shine isn't reliant on any shimmer in the product (which I don't like), these look like liquid lipsticks with a very wet gel finish.

These can be applied quite thin or built up for more colour payoff, I prefer to apply two thin coats to get a bold look on the lips (which is what I did in the lip swatches below). These look like they would be tacky and thick, but in fact they feel very wet and light on the lips and are not at all sticky. I did find that the high shine wore off at around the hour mark, but the colours wore well for 2-5 hours depending on the shade. I also found that these were very easy to reapply, they didn't build up the product unevenly, they didn't feel chunky and they didn't irritate my lips (some lip products tend to do that if I reapply throughout the day).

My one complaint about the Rouge Edition Velvets were the scent, and luckily it has been improved for the Aquas. These do still have an artificial almost plastic scent, but they also smell a little fruity (maybe like cherry) rather than the Velvets which I thought had a metallic blood scent.


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01 Appechissant: This is a lovely shade. It is a soft peachy nude that gives you lips a super shiny perfect appearance. If you wanted to have flawless nude lips, this is the shade to reach for. My only problem with this shade was that it didn't last for very long. The high shine finish with all of these shades wears off after around an hour or so and then the colour is left as more of a glossy stain, but because this light shade doesn't leave much colour behind and tends to wear off completely within a couple of hours. Nevertheless, this is a beautiful glossy nude for a "your lips, but amazing" look. Totally worth dealing with the reapplying.

05 Red My Lips: This is the "true red" of the bunch. Compared to Feeling Reddy this is slightly more pink toned, almost like a raspberry red, but to be honest, they both look quite similar. This applies evenly, smoothly, and lasts a good 3 hours before it wears off to more of a stain.

06 Feeling Reddy: The formula of this was very similar to Red My Lips, but it might be slightly more opaque. This has more of an orange tone to it, but it is still obviously a red shade. This also wore around 3 hours before I needed to reapply.

07 Fuchsia Perche: Last but definitely not least is the dark bright fuchsia shade. This shade is my favourite! This looks like a dark red pink on the lips, but I can assure you that it looks better in real life! This also lasts the longest on the lips. The high shine might wear off after an hour or so, but the colour lasts me until I eat lunch (so maybe 5 hours). Of course this does fade to more of a balmy stain, but the colour lasts a lot better than the other shades.

Overall I really love the look of these on the lips. They apply evenly, have great colour pay off (compare these swatches to the red Rimmel Oh My Gloss that I reviewed yesterday which I thought had quite poor colour pay off), they have a gorgeous finish, and the colour lasted reasonably well for a high shine product. These aren't 100% opaque, and instead look more like a translucent gel on the lips, but I think that it is beautiful.

My preference for lip products is still for long wearing matte products (especially for a long day at work), but I know that I will be reaching for these if I want my lips to look amazingly lush and kissable for a couple of hours. These would be perfect if you were going on a date and wanted to have lips that say "you know you want to kiss me, but you can't".

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I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of the newest Rimmel London offerings for review. These are the Oh My Gloss! lip glosses (does that remind anyone of Lumpy Space Princess?) which retail for $13.95 and contain 6.5ml of product. You can buy these from Priceline, Big W, Coles, Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse, and My Chemist in Australia.

These are designed to be a high shine gloss that gives 6 hours of colour, shine, comfort and moisture and they contain argan oil and vitamin e.

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Theses come in 8 shades (including a clear) and the two shades I have are 330 Snog and 520 Rebel Red. The one thing that I didn't like about the packaging is that the name of each shade is only on the sticker with the barcode and it's not on the actual packaging.

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The packaging is a clear plastic tube that has three sides like a triangular prism. The clear plastic makes it really easy to see the shade of the gloss and also how much is left in the tube. I particularly love the doe foot applicator that is longer and more flexible than a regular doe foot applicator. It is also tapered and quite thin at the end which helps with precises application.

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The product itself is quite thick but not sticky. This has a high shine appearance and feels very wet on the lips. I found that these did give a nice amount of colour to the lips, but the colour didn't last more than a couple of hours. These definitely don't last on the lips for 6 hours. The scent is a little strange too, it almost has an artificial body lotion scent to it.

Snog is a really lovely nude pink with a fine shimmer through it. The shimmer doesn't show up on the lips but it helps makes the gloss appear more shiny. This colour is very very similar to my natural lip color so I love using this as a "my lips but better" shade. I can see myself reaching for this while at work for a quick touch up, or for when I want a low maintenance makeup look.

Rebel Red has the same shimmery and shiny finish as Snog, but I didn't love the colour as much as Snog. This is a nice blue toned berry red that gives a red jelly look on the lips. On first application this does look quite nice but the colour settles and fades very quickly and leaves a faint red hint to the lips... which I personally don't like the look of. I also found that if you applied more product then you would get more colour pay off, but after a little while most of the product would migrate to the rim of your lips and would give a very uneven appearance. If you liked a faint red hint to the lips then applying this as a light gloss would suit you, but it wasn't my cup of tea. I will definitely use this gloss to add a high shine finish to a red lipstick.

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Overall I think these are great value and give a really nice high shine look to the lips. I usually like long wearing matte lips, but for some reason I am loving high shine glossy lips lately and these are perfect. I LOVE Snog as it is really low maintenance, gives the lops a lovely healthy colour and shine and it wears off evenly. Rebel Red wasn't my thing, but if you like sheer red lips then you would love it, I personally just wish this was more pigmented. I am tempted to pick up the clear gloss to add a shine to any of my lipsticks.

Have you tried these? What did you think?

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Rimmel Oh My Gloss! Snog and Rebel Red - review and swatches

June 4, 2015

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I was lucky enough to be sent a couple of the newest Rimmel London offerings for review. These are the Oh My Gloss! lip glosses (does that remind anyone of Lumpy Space Princess?) which retail for $13.95 and contain 6.5ml of product. You can buy these from Priceline, Big W, Coles, Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse, and My Chemist in Australia.

These are designed to be a high shine gloss that gives 6 hours of colour, shine, comfort and moisture and they contain argan oil and vitamin e.

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Theses come in 8 shades (including a clear) and the two shades I have are 330 Snog and 520 Rebel Red. The one thing that I didn't like about the packaging is that the name of each shade is only on the sticker with the barcode and it's not on the actual packaging.

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The packaging is a clear plastic tube that has three sides like a triangular prism. The clear plastic makes it really easy to see the shade of the gloss and also how much is left in the tube. I particularly love the doe foot applicator that is longer and more flexible than a regular doe foot applicator. It is also tapered and quite thin at the end which helps with precises application.

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The product itself is quite thick but not sticky. This has a high shine appearance and feels very wet on the lips. I found that these did give a nice amount of colour to the lips, but the colour didn't last more than a couple of hours. These definitely don't last on the lips for 6 hours. The scent is a little strange too, it almost has an artificial body lotion scent to it.

Snog is a really lovely nude pink with a fine shimmer through it. The shimmer doesn't show up on the lips but it helps makes the gloss appear more shiny. This colour is very very similar to my natural lip color so I love using this as a "my lips but better" shade. I can see myself reaching for this while at work for a quick touch up, or for when I want a low maintenance makeup look.

Rebel Red has the same shimmery and shiny finish as Snog, but I didn't love the colour as much as Snog. This is a nice blue toned berry red that gives a red jelly look on the lips. On first application this does look quite nice but the colour settles and fades very quickly and leaves a faint red hint to the lips... which I personally don't like the look of. I also found that if you applied more product then you would get more colour pay off, but after a little while most of the product would migrate to the rim of your lips and would give a very uneven appearance. If you liked a faint red hint to the lips then applying this as a light gloss would suit you, but it wasn't my cup of tea. I will definitely use this gloss to add a high shine finish to a red lipstick.

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Overall I think these are great value and give a really nice high shine look to the lips. I usually like long wearing matte lips, but for some reason I am loving high shine glossy lips lately and these are perfect. I LOVE Snog as it is really low maintenance, gives the lops a lovely healthy colour and shine and it wears off evenly. Rebel Red wasn't my thing, but if you like sheer red lips then you would love it, I personally just wish this was more pigmented. I am tempted to pick up the clear gloss to add a shine to any of my lipsticks.

Have you tried these? What did you think?

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My search for a holy grail eye cream has ended!

I recently bought the Perricone MD Gold Plasma Eye from Mecca Cosmetica and I am obsessed. This retails for a whopping $130 for 15ml in Australia... but trust me, it's worth it!

This eye cream is designed to fix fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, loss of brightness, loss of firmness and loss of hydration. My main eye concerns is that I have started getting fine lines due to loss of hydration so I was excited to see how this was going to work for me.

I have been using this day and night on it's own, but I have also been told that you can use this as more of an eye serum underneath another eye cream if you want to. I occasionally do that (to help use up other eye creams) but I find that this is the only eye cream that I have been wanting to use lately.

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This product comes in a big box with all the information about the product (check the Mecca website for a list of the ingredients). Inside is a tiny thick frosted glass gar that feels very heavy and good quality. I accidentally dropped this on the bathroom tiles shortly after I had taken these photos and even though there is a crack in the glass, the packaging is still sturdy and is holding together (luckily). So please remember this is glass and be a lot more careful than I was with it.

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The formula is exactly what I look for in an eye cream. It is a thick cream, but you literally need the smallest amount (I barely touch my finger in the product) and it blends and absorbs into the skin very quickly. My biggest pet peeve with eye creams is when they require a lot of blending to absorb into the skin, luckily this one blends in almost instantly. It feels very light on the skin, so it's perfect for both day and night, and it almost has a gel soothing feel.

What I love about this product is that this gave me results in 1-2 applications. My biggest skincare concern these days (besides makeup slippage on my oily skin) is fine lines under my eyes from dehydration. The majority of those fine lines has disappeared in a couple of days and my eye area is absurdly smooth... almost as smooth as paper. I was sceptical whether this was worth the price tag, but I am in love with it! Also since I use a tiny amount, I am confident that this tub will last me probably close to 6 months of twice daily use.

The one downside of this product (besides the price) is that is does have a scent to it that may bother some people. I don't really notice it, but if you are very sensitive to scents then it may annoy you. I have played with other Perricone MD skincare in store and I can assure you that this doesn't smell anywhere as bad as the Blue Plasma products... those. are. horrible! This is definitely sometime that I can deal with and barely notice.

Have you found you holy grail eye cream? Also have you tried any Perricone MD products? What are your recommendations?

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Rave Review - Perricone MD Cold Plasma Eye

June 3, 2015

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My search for a holy grail eye cream has ended!

I recently bought the Perricone MD Gold Plasma Eye from Mecca Cosmetica and I am obsessed. This retails for a whopping $130 for 15ml in Australia... but trust me, it's worth it!

This eye cream is designed to fix fine lines, puffiness, dark circles, loss of brightness, loss of firmness and loss of hydration. My main eye concerns is that I have started getting fine lines due to loss of hydration so I was excited to see how this was going to work for me.

I have been using this day and night on it's own, but I have also been told that you can use this as more of an eye serum underneath another eye cream if you want to. I occasionally do that (to help use up other eye creams) but I find that this is the only eye cream that I have been wanting to use lately.

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This product comes in a big box with all the information about the product (check the Mecca website for a list of the ingredients). Inside is a tiny thick frosted glass gar that feels very heavy and good quality. I accidentally dropped this on the bathroom tiles shortly after I had taken these photos and even though there is a crack in the glass, the packaging is still sturdy and is holding together (luckily). So please remember this is glass and be a lot more careful than I was with it.

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The formula is exactly what I look for in an eye cream. It is a thick cream, but you literally need the smallest amount (I barely touch my finger in the product) and it blends and absorbs into the skin very quickly. My biggest pet peeve with eye creams is when they require a lot of blending to absorb into the skin, luckily this one blends in almost instantly. It feels very light on the skin, so it's perfect for both day and night, and it almost has a gel soothing feel.

What I love about this product is that this gave me results in 1-2 applications. My biggest skincare concern these days (besides makeup slippage on my oily skin) is fine lines under my eyes from dehydration. The majority of those fine lines has disappeared in a couple of days and my eye area is absurdly smooth... almost as smooth as paper. I was sceptical whether this was worth the price tag, but I am in love with it! Also since I use a tiny amount, I am confident that this tub will last me probably close to 6 months of twice daily use.

The one downside of this product (besides the price) is that is does have a scent to it that may bother some people. I don't really notice it, but if you are very sensitive to scents then it may annoy you. I have played with other Perricone MD skincare in store and I can assure you that this doesn't smell anywhere as bad as the Blue Plasma products... those. are. horrible! This is definitely sometime that I can deal with and barely notice.

Have you found you holy grail eye cream? Also have you tried any Perricone MD products? What are your recommendations?

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