July 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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Rarely do I feel the need to run out and buy a new foundation (probably because I am still trying to use up my foundation graveyard), however when I saw that the new L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation was released I had to try it! The main reason I had to track this down was because it claims to have 24 hour wear and a matte finish and it has been receiving pretty good reviews from US bloggers and vloggers.

Before you continue reading my review I do want to mention that I have oily combination skin, which means that I do look for a matte finish to my foundation (which will inevitably end up "dewy" after a few hours) and long wearing is a must because I wear makeup for at least 12 hours a day and I often struggle with makeup breakdown in my t-zone. I want to say from the very beginning that if you don't like a matte finish or you have dry skin then don't event consider getting this! I do have some strong opinions on this foundation (both good points and bad points) so keep reading if you want to see what I think of this foundation.

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I bought this from Target when they were having 30% off, but you can buy it from any place that sells L'Oreal (Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Myer, Kmart etc etc). They have also released an Infallible Matte Priming Base.

This retails for $29.95 full priced (same price for the primer) which is definitely towards the higher end of a drugstore foundation. One positive is that this does contain 35ml of product compared to a standard 30ml.

I bought the shade 20 Sand which suits my skin really well, but there are only 6 shades in the range (compared to the US that has 12 shades).

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This foundation claims to have a matte finish, be lightweight, non-cakey, last 24 hours, have a medium texture, high coverage and provide shine control.

We'll see how these claims hold up!

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Before I talk about the actual product, I wanted to mention that I love the packaging! It is in a really small squeezy tube with a very fine applicator which allows for minimal mess and a lot of control over how much you dispense. I also love all of the details on the label as it shows all of the information in a very clear way and it would be very helpful when deciding which L'Oreal foundation would suit your needs.
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In the above photo you can see me without foundation and me with one layer of the foundation (no powder, no primer). You can see that it does have a matte finish, it does cover a lot of redness and uneven skin tone and the colour match is great.

One thing that I have noticed about this foundation is that it is a lot thicker and more mousey than a regular liquid foundation. It applies a really nice thin layer that feels very lightweight and quickly dries to a matte powdery finish that doesn't look cakey (I will come back to this powdery finish soon). This also blends onto the skin beautifully and doesn't streak at all.

So it does tick most of the boxed with the claims, however I definitely doesn't provide a full coverage... I would say its a medium coverage that is slightly buildable. Also I  haven't tested this for 24 hour (I have maybe worn it for 14-15 hours at the longest) but I do think it lasts a long time on the skin but it wears off a little patchy.

Pros: What I love about this foundation is that it definitely delivers on the matte claims. This is a very matte foundation and would suit people who have normal-oily skin. It also has a powder finish that means that you really don't need to set this foundation with a powder, and it is the only foundation that I have used that I can confidently wear without setting. This also lasts comfortably a whole working day for me (and beyond with a touch up). Even though the coverage isn't full, I think this is a really nice amount of coverage for a daily basis as it evens out the skin tone and can still look quite natural. This is also really lightweight, comfortable to wear and easy to apply.

Cons: My biggest con about this foundation is that it transfers. In the past week or two of using this there have been a couple of occasions where I have hugged someone when saying hello and my foundation has transferred onto their clothes which has been super embarrassing! I think the reason for this is that powder finish. My only other personal con is that it wears off around my nose, but I have learned that if I apply a waterproof concealer on my nose after I apply this then it all tends to stay in place all day. Some other general cons would be the shade range and that this is very drying and will cling to dry patches.

Overall as a daily foundation I love this! It is comfortable to wear and I know that once I have applied it then I don't really need to touch it up, repowder it or worry about it for the rest of the day. Although, I am very cautious of the transferring so I won't wear this to social events where I know I might be hugging people or wearing nice clothes that I don't want makeup to be transferred onto. I have been reaching for this foundation a lot lately and has become my go to work foundation. Even though there are other foundations that I love and that do last a longer without wearing off (eg Revlon Colorstay), I would still reach for this Infallible Mattifying Foundation on a daily basis because it is a lot lighter and more comfortable than any other long wearing foundations I have tried.

If you have oily skin or like a matte finish then I highly recommend trying this foundation out, but if you have dry skin/dry patches or dislike a matte powdery finish then I don't even entertain the idea of trying this foundation.

Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

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L'Oreal Paris Infallible 24H-Matte Mattifying Foundation review - shade 20 Sand

July 29, 2015

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Rarely do I feel the need to run out and buy a new foundation (probably because I am still trying to use up my foundation graveyard), however when I saw that the new L'Oreal Infallible 24H-Matte Foundation was released I had to try it! The main reason I had to track this down was because it claims to have 24 hour wear and a matte finish and it has been receiving pretty good reviews from US bloggers and vloggers.

Before you continue reading my review I do want to mention that I have oily combination skin, which means that I do look for a matte finish to my foundation (which will inevitably end up "dewy" after a few hours) and long wearing is a must because I wear makeup for at least 12 hours a day and I often struggle with makeup breakdown in my t-zone. I want to say from the very beginning that if you don't like a matte finish or you have dry skin then don't event consider getting this! I do have some strong opinions on this foundation (both good points and bad points) so keep reading if you want to see what I think of this foundation.

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I bought this from Target when they were having 30% off, but you can buy it from any place that sells L'Oreal (Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Myer, Kmart etc etc). They have also released an Infallible Matte Priming Base.

This retails for $29.95 full priced (same price for the primer) which is definitely towards the higher end of a drugstore foundation. One positive is that this does contain 35ml of product compared to a standard 30ml.

I bought the shade 20 Sand which suits my skin really well, but there are only 6 shades in the range (compared to the US that has 12 shades).

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This foundation claims to have a matte finish, be lightweight, non-cakey, last 24 hours, have a medium texture, high coverage and provide shine control.

We'll see how these claims hold up!

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Before I talk about the actual product, I wanted to mention that I love the packaging! It is in a really small squeezy tube with a very fine applicator which allows for minimal mess and a lot of control over how much you dispense. I also love all of the details on the label as it shows all of the information in a very clear way and it would be very helpful when deciding which L'Oreal foundation would suit your needs.
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In the above photo you can see me without foundation and me with one layer of the foundation (no powder, no primer). You can see that it does have a matte finish, it does cover a lot of redness and uneven skin tone and the colour match is great.

One thing that I have noticed about this foundation is that it is a lot thicker and more mousey than a regular liquid foundation. It applies a really nice thin layer that feels very lightweight and quickly dries to a matte powdery finish that doesn't look cakey (I will come back to this powdery finish soon). This also blends onto the skin beautifully and doesn't streak at all.

So it does tick most of the boxed with the claims, however I definitely doesn't provide a full coverage... I would say its a medium coverage that is slightly buildable. Also I  haven't tested this for 24 hour (I have maybe worn it for 14-15 hours at the longest) but I do think it lasts a long time on the skin but it wears off a little patchy.

Pros: What I love about this foundation is that it definitely delivers on the matte claims. This is a very matte foundation and would suit people who have normal-oily skin. It also has a powder finish that means that you really don't need to set this foundation with a powder, and it is the only foundation that I have used that I can confidently wear without setting. This also lasts comfortably a whole working day for me (and beyond with a touch up). Even though the coverage isn't full, I think this is a really nice amount of coverage for a daily basis as it evens out the skin tone and can still look quite natural. This is also really lightweight, comfortable to wear and easy to apply.

Cons: My biggest con about this foundation is that it transfers. In the past week or two of using this there have been a couple of occasions where I have hugged someone when saying hello and my foundation has transferred onto their clothes which has been super embarrassing! I think the reason for this is that powder finish. My only other personal con is that it wears off around my nose, but I have learned that if I apply a waterproof concealer on my nose after I apply this then it all tends to stay in place all day. Some other general cons would be the shade range and that this is very drying and will cling to dry patches.

Overall as a daily foundation I love this! It is comfortable to wear and I know that once I have applied it then I don't really need to touch it up, repowder it or worry about it for the rest of the day. Although, I am very cautious of the transferring so I won't wear this to social events where I know I might be hugging people or wearing nice clothes that I don't want makeup to be transferred onto. I have been reaching for this foundation a lot lately and has become my go to work foundation. Even though there are other foundations that I love and that do last a longer without wearing off (eg Revlon Colorstay), I would still reach for this Infallible Mattifying Foundation on a daily basis because it is a lot lighter and more comfortable than any other long wearing foundations I have tried.

If you have oily skin or like a matte finish then I highly recommend trying this foundation out, but if you have dry skin/dry patches or dislike a matte powdery finish then I don't even entertain the idea of trying this foundation.

Have you tried it? What are your thoughts?

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Before I start talking about this Charcoal range from Bioré I thought I would give you a bit of background on my skin and what I look for in skincare products.

Historically I have always had oily and acne prone skin and as I age my skin has become less acne prone (just the occasional spot) but it has maintained its oiliness and I also have to deal with the appearance of pores. I am a bit funny with skincare because I believe in spending money on key products (serums, eye creams, moisturisers etc) but when it comes to basic skincare (cleansers, exfoliants, soaps) then I am all for trying more affordable options.

I have used Bioré products on and off for years (mainly one of their gel cleansers and their pore strips) and I was super excited to be given the opportunity to trial their Charcoal range. Not only have I been a fan of Bioré in the past, but charcoal sounds awesome because a) it's black and looks badass and b) because charcoal is supposed to help draw out more dirt and impurities from the skin.

The products I have been trying over the last few weeks are the Self-Heating One Minute Mask, the Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar, the Charcoal Pore Minimiser, the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser and the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. Now lets talk about them in more detail.

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The Self-Heating One Minute Mask contains 4 single use sachets and $7.99 from Priceline. You use it by wetting your clean face and then you massage the mask onto your face for a minute. The water will activate the mask and it will start to heating it up. The heating is pretty cool but also fleeting, it probably lasts for a few seconds and then the reaction has ended. Nevertheless this is a very quick way to purify your pores. I didn't notice a great difference in my skin using this mask, but I will keep using it and see how it goes after a few applications.

Lets not beat around the bush, my favourite product in the range is the Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar. Generally soap is soap and there aren't enough brands provide decent soaps to help purify the body. This soap is amazing! It is black (which means my boyfriend is willing to use it), it smells minty and it contains exfoliating particles. This is a pleasure to use and I feel as though I am getting a good clean instead of just rubbing a nice smelling bar of bubbles on my skin. I love the exfoliating particles because they are gentle enough to use everyday, but also effective. I also love the minty scent... it just feels so fresh and clean. I tend to get break outs on my shoulders when I have been working out or when the weather is warm... this is my new go to soap to help clarify my skin. This retails for $4.99 from Priceline and I am going to go buy a few backups this week!

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One product that I am on the fence about is the Charcoal Pore Minimiser. This an exfolinat that is designed to minimise pores. I haven't been using this for long enough to know if it indeed does that, but I do know that I personally prefer an exfoliant with a bit more grit to it, and I wasn't a big fan of the old school toothpaste packaging, it doesn't provide for enough control and I found that I always dispensed too much product. Other than that it's not a bad product, but it has potential to be better. This retails for $10.99 for 92ml from Priceline.

I also love the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser which is similar to an old Biore cleanser that I used to love. This foams up well, cleanses the skin well, isn't too harsh, it definitely draws out impurities and dirt and it gives you a minty tingle which I love! I wouldn't recommend this to people with super dry or sensitive skin, but I think it is fab! This contains 200ml and retails for $10.99 from Priceline.

Lastly I also love the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips! I am a fan of pore strips in general (who doesn't like pulling it off and seeing all the gunk that has been pulled out?!), but these are on the next level. I don't know if I'm just mesmerised by the jet black strips that remind me of Batman, but I do think that these work better than normal pore strips. They tend to dry a little firmer and are that little bit more effective. Has anyone else tried them and think that? This comes with 6 strips and retails for $7.29 from Priceline. Since these aren't the cheapest pore strips I would keep an eye out for sales and stock up.

Overall I think this is a great range. These charcoal products help purify the skin and I think most skin types will get along with them. They are affordable and effective and I don't see the point in spending heaps of money on cleansers and soaps when you can get products like these. I highly recommend the soap (which will no doubt become my holy grail soap), the cleanser and the pore strips.

You buy Biore from Priceline, Target, Chemist Warehouse, Big W, My Chemist, Woolworths and Coles.

Have you tried this range? What are your thoughts?

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Bioré Charcoal skincare range

July 27, 2015

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Before I start talking about this Charcoal range from Bioré I thought I would give you a bit of background on my skin and what I look for in skincare products.

Historically I have always had oily and acne prone skin and as I age my skin has become less acne prone (just the occasional spot) but it has maintained its oiliness and I also have to deal with the appearance of pores. I am a bit funny with skincare because I believe in spending money on key products (serums, eye creams, moisturisers etc) but when it comes to basic skincare (cleansers, exfoliants, soaps) then I am all for trying more affordable options.

I have used Bioré products on and off for years (mainly one of their gel cleansers and their pore strips) and I was super excited to be given the opportunity to trial their Charcoal range. Not only have I been a fan of Bioré in the past, but charcoal sounds awesome because a) it's black and looks badass and b) because charcoal is supposed to help draw out more dirt and impurities from the skin.

The products I have been trying over the last few weeks are the Self-Heating One Minute Mask, the Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar, the Charcoal Pore Minimiser, the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser and the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips. Now lets talk about them in more detail.

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The Self-Heating One Minute Mask contains 4 single use sachets and $7.99 from Priceline. You use it by wetting your clean face and then you massage the mask onto your face for a minute. The water will activate the mask and it will start to heating it up. The heating is pretty cool but also fleeting, it probably lasts for a few seconds and then the reaction has ended. Nevertheless this is a very quick way to purify your pores. I didn't notice a great difference in my skin using this mask, but I will keep using it and see how it goes after a few applications.

Lets not beat around the bush, my favourite product in the range is the Pore Penetrating Charcoal Bar. Generally soap is soap and there aren't enough brands provide decent soaps to help purify the body. This soap is amazing! It is black (which means my boyfriend is willing to use it), it smells minty and it contains exfoliating particles. This is a pleasure to use and I feel as though I am getting a good clean instead of just rubbing a nice smelling bar of bubbles on my skin. I love the exfoliating particles because they are gentle enough to use everyday, but also effective. I also love the minty scent... it just feels so fresh and clean. I tend to get break outs on my shoulders when I have been working out or when the weather is warm... this is my new go to soap to help clarify my skin. This retails for $4.99 from Priceline and I am going to go buy a few backups this week!

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One product that I am on the fence about is the Charcoal Pore Minimiser. This an exfolinat that is designed to minimise pores. I haven't been using this for long enough to know if it indeed does that, but I do know that I personally prefer an exfoliant with a bit more grit to it, and I wasn't a big fan of the old school toothpaste packaging, it doesn't provide for enough control and I found that I always dispensed too much product. Other than that it's not a bad product, but it has potential to be better. This retails for $10.99 for 92ml from Priceline.

I also love the Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser which is similar to an old Biore cleanser that I used to love. This foams up well, cleanses the skin well, isn't too harsh, it definitely draws out impurities and dirt and it gives you a minty tingle which I love! I wouldn't recommend this to people with super dry or sensitive skin, but I think it is fab! This contains 200ml and retails for $10.99 from Priceline.

Lastly I also love the Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips! I am a fan of pore strips in general (who doesn't like pulling it off and seeing all the gunk that has been pulled out?!), but these are on the next level. I don't know if I'm just mesmerised by the jet black strips that remind me of Batman, but I do think that these work better than normal pore strips. They tend to dry a little firmer and are that little bit more effective. Has anyone else tried them and think that? This comes with 6 strips and retails for $7.29 from Priceline. Since these aren't the cheapest pore strips I would keep an eye out for sales and stock up.

Overall I think this is a great range. These charcoal products help purify the skin and I think most skin types will get along with them. They are affordable and effective and I don't see the point in spending heaps of money on cleansers and soaps when you can get products like these. I highly recommend the soap (which will no doubt become my holy grail soap), the cleanser and the pore strips.

You buy Biore from Priceline, Target, Chemist Warehouse, Big W, My Chemist, Woolworths and Coles.

Have you tried this range? What are your thoughts?

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It's that time where we go though my secret stash of rubbish and see what products I have used up recently! Here are my empties from June/July 2015

If you can't be bothered reading about my empties I also did a video here:



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Lets start with makeup. I have been doing a makeup diet since the start of the year so I have been targeting products to primarily use until they are used up. Because of this makeup diet I have significantly more makeup in my empties than I usually have.

Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Pink Luster: I actually really enjoyed this lip gloss! It lasted a good few hours on the lips, gave a nice natural pink hint and also a nice amount of shine. This was the lip product that I would reach for when I wanted an easy but flattering lip product at work. I would definitely repurchase this if I was looking for a new lip gloss (which I'm not... I have heaps!). This retails for $23 in Australia so it's not super cheap, but its really nice and I wore it heaps. I also love the berry shade in the range.
Repurchase - yes

Benefit Brow Zings in Light: BAH! I just realised that I didn't take photos with the products open. Ah well, you can use your imagination. This is a brow kit that contains a tinted wax, a powder, two mini brushes and tweezers. I loved this brow kit and Light worked on my medium - dark brows really well. I had this kit forever (like 4 years) and I originally mainly used the tinted wax to do my brows, but as that got a little funky over the years (I hit pan on it but didn't bother to finish up the wax) so I focused on using up the brow powder and I became obsessed with it. It was the perfect light brown ashy shade that I could use every day for a neat but not overly bold brow. Not a cheap kit, but its worth the money!
Repurchase - yes

Too Faced Mocha Mi Amore: This is an old blush that is no longer available, but it was a nice rosy toned bronze blush that you could use as a sculpting blush (aka a blush that can define your cheeks like a contour). I did enjoy using it and would look at repurchasing something of a similar shade.
Repurchase - I would repurchase something similar yes

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Marry Up: Holy cow I was obsessed with this! It is one of the only cream eye shadows that I have ever used up and I was so sad to see it go. It was a beautiful mid toned bronze that I literally wore every day to work. Not only was the colour and pigmentation fantastic, but this was the only cream shadow that didn't crease on me without needing to prime or set it with a powder. It was amazing. Sadly this shade has been discontinued but I am keen to try other shades from the range.
Repurchase - definitely if they still had the shade.

Illamasqua Matte Primer: This is another product that I think has been discontinued or reformulated. I didn't like this primer, it didn't keep me matte at all and made little to no difference to my makeup. I just used it to use it up.
Repurchase - no

Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder in Deep Natural: These are always in my empties because they are one of my top setting powders. This is quite pigmented so be careful with it if you don't want to look cakey... but I love it! I have probably two of these as back ups!
Repurchase - already have!

Revlon Colorstay Whipped - I love the original liquid version of the Colorstay but I couldn't get on board with this whipped version. It doesn't seem to set and stay as well as the liquid version so I really only used it to use it up. This would suit people with drier skin. Also you get less product so I used it up pretty quickly. The packaging is very bulky but I am going to keep the tub for when I want to mix foundations.
Repurchase - no

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Kosmea Skin Clinic Rosehip Oil: I haven't been using as much rosehip oil as I used to (I used to use it every night and now I might use it once a week), but I really love Kosmea's rosehip oil. I think I have used up like 4-5 bottles of this stuff but I am in the mood for trying different brands so I won't repurchase this just yet. Tip - buy this at Chemist Warehouse because they often have it on sale.
Repurchase - yes

Milk and Co Face Cleanser: This is the second one of these cleansers that I have used. It is a nice gentle gel cleanser that makes your skin feel very fresh and clean without being stripped of all its oils. I would repurchase this down the track.
Repurchase - yes

Rexona Motion Sense Shower Fresh and Nivea Stress Protect: I thought I would quickly mention the deodorants that I used up. These are pretty standard ones for me and I have repurchased them many times.
Repurchase - yes

Coles Make-Up Removal Pads: I have used these many times and they are pretty good and super cheap.
Repurchase - yes

NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm: I love this lip balm and have already repurchased it. It's not cheap (around $20) but it lasted me a year of using this at night. The best night lip treatment! I did a full review here.
Repurchase - already have

Lush Whoosh Shower Jelly: I did not like this! It smells amazing but it is a very wobbly jelly that is super hard to use as a shower gel. It doesn't dissolve or break apart very well so its very hard to smoosh into a loofah and it doesn't lather very well on its own. However it does lather well in hair... that's all I will say about it haha.
Repurchase - no

Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream: This was a great simple gentle moisturiser. I found myself reaching for it often along with the serum and they were just really pleasant to use. They are designed for sensitive and dehydrated skin. It isn't cheap (around $40) so I would recommend getting this on sale. I did a review of the range here.
Repurchase - yes

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner: I love this stuff! It is the best body conditioner out there, it smells amazing, and I use it sparingly as a luxurious treat (I would use this every day if it wasn't so expensive). I did a full review here.
Repurchase - definitely!

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Suigo Volume Control Absolute Volume Keratin Volumiser Treatment: I really like Suigo as a haircare brand in general, and this hair mask was nice to smooth my hair, but I don't think it volumised as much as it claimed to. I would definitely use it again, but I wouldn't rush out to buy it.
Repurchase - maybe

Seven Wonders Moroccan Aran Oil Dry Shampoo: I didn't mind this dry shampoo and if you have really dry damaged hair then you might want to try it because it contains good oils for your hair. It did provide a white cast, which isn't the end of the world, but I prefer brown tinted dry shampoos.
Repurchase - no

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: Speaking of which, this is my preferred dry shampoo! It does a decent job, is brown toned so I don't have to worry about brushing it out, and it costs less than $5. I currently have 3 or 4 of these floating around my house and work bag.
Repurchase - already have!

Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Keratin Care Conditioner: I really liked this range! It cleaned my hair well, made it soft and provided volume! The only downside was that I used up the conditioner way before the shampoo which always annoys me... I am still using up the shampoo.
Repurchase - yes

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour: I rarely dye my hair but when I do I use this range. The foam makes it so much easier to dye your hair at home without dripping it everywhere!
Repurchase - yes

So those are my empties! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them?

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June/July 2015 Empties!

July 23, 2015

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It's that time where we go though my secret stash of rubbish and see what products I have used up recently! Here are my empties from June/July 2015

If you can't be bothered reading about my empties I also did a video here:



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Lets start with makeup. I have been doing a makeup diet since the start of the year so I have been targeting products to primarily use until they are used up. Because of this makeup diet I have significantly more makeup in my empties than I usually have.

Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Pink Luster: I actually really enjoyed this lip gloss! It lasted a good few hours on the lips, gave a nice natural pink hint and also a nice amount of shine. This was the lip product that I would reach for when I wanted an easy but flattering lip product at work. I would definitely repurchase this if I was looking for a new lip gloss (which I'm not... I have heaps!). This retails for $23 in Australia so it's not super cheap, but its really nice and I wore it heaps. I also love the berry shade in the range.
Repurchase - yes

Benefit Brow Zings in Light: BAH! I just realised that I didn't take photos with the products open. Ah well, you can use your imagination. This is a brow kit that contains a tinted wax, a powder, two mini brushes and tweezers. I loved this brow kit and Light worked on my medium - dark brows really well. I had this kit forever (like 4 years) and I originally mainly used the tinted wax to do my brows, but as that got a little funky over the years (I hit pan on it but didn't bother to finish up the wax) so I focused on using up the brow powder and I became obsessed with it. It was the perfect light brown ashy shade that I could use every day for a neat but not overly bold brow. Not a cheap kit, but its worth the money!
Repurchase - yes

Too Faced Mocha Mi Amore: This is an old blush that is no longer available, but it was a nice rosy toned bronze blush that you could use as a sculpting blush (aka a blush that can define your cheeks like a contour). I did enjoy using it and would look at repurchasing something of a similar shade.
Repurchase - I would repurchase something similar yes

Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner in Marry Up: Holy cow I was obsessed with this! It is one of the only cream eye shadows that I have ever used up and I was so sad to see it go. It was a beautiful mid toned bronze that I literally wore every day to work. Not only was the colour and pigmentation fantastic, but this was the only cream shadow that didn't crease on me without needing to prime or set it with a powder. It was amazing. Sadly this shade has been discontinued but I am keen to try other shades from the range.
Repurchase - definitely if they still had the shade.

Illamasqua Matte Primer: This is another product that I think has been discontinued or reformulated. I didn't like this primer, it didn't keep me matte at all and made little to no difference to my makeup. I just used it to use it up.
Repurchase - no

Australis Fresh and Flawless Powder in Deep Natural: These are always in my empties because they are one of my top setting powders. This is quite pigmented so be careful with it if you don't want to look cakey... but I love it! I have probably two of these as back ups!
Repurchase - already have!

Revlon Colorstay Whipped - I love the original liquid version of the Colorstay but I couldn't get on board with this whipped version. It doesn't seem to set and stay as well as the liquid version so I really only used it to use it up. This would suit people with drier skin. Also you get less product so I used it up pretty quickly. The packaging is very bulky but I am going to keep the tub for when I want to mix foundations.
Repurchase - no

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Kosmea Skin Clinic Rosehip Oil: I haven't been using as much rosehip oil as I used to (I used to use it every night and now I might use it once a week), but I really love Kosmea's rosehip oil. I think I have used up like 4-5 bottles of this stuff but I am in the mood for trying different brands so I won't repurchase this just yet. Tip - buy this at Chemist Warehouse because they often have it on sale.
Repurchase - yes

Milk and Co Face Cleanser: This is the second one of these cleansers that I have used. It is a nice gentle gel cleanser that makes your skin feel very fresh and clean without being stripped of all its oils. I would repurchase this down the track.
Repurchase - yes

Rexona Motion Sense Shower Fresh and Nivea Stress Protect: I thought I would quickly mention the deodorants that I used up. These are pretty standard ones for me and I have repurchased them many times.
Repurchase - yes

Coles Make-Up Removal Pads: I have used these many times and they are pretty good and super cheap.
Repurchase - yes

NUXE Reve De Miel Lip Balm: I love this lip balm and have already repurchased it. It's not cheap (around $20) but it lasted me a year of using this at night. The best night lip treatment! I did a full review here.
Repurchase - already have

Lush Whoosh Shower Jelly: I did not like this! It smells amazing but it is a very wobbly jelly that is super hard to use as a shower gel. It doesn't dissolve or break apart very well so its very hard to smoosh into a loofah and it doesn't lather very well on its own. However it does lather well in hair... that's all I will say about it haha.
Repurchase - no

Bioderma Hydrabio Rich Cream: This was a great simple gentle moisturiser. I found myself reaching for it often along with the serum and they were just really pleasant to use. They are designed for sensitive and dehydrated skin. It isn't cheap (around $40) so I would recommend getting this on sale. I did a review of the range here.
Repurchase - yes

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner: I love this stuff! It is the best body conditioner out there, it smells amazing, and I use it sparingly as a luxurious treat (I would use this every day if it wasn't so expensive). I did a full review here.
Repurchase - definitely!

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Suigo Volume Control Absolute Volume Keratin Volumiser Treatment: I really like Suigo as a haircare brand in general, and this hair mask was nice to smooth my hair, but I don't think it volumised as much as it claimed to. I would definitely use it again, but I wouldn't rush out to buy it.
Repurchase - maybe

Seven Wonders Moroccan Aran Oil Dry Shampoo: I didn't mind this dry shampoo and if you have really dry damaged hair then you might want to try it because it contains good oils for your hair. It did provide a white cast, which isn't the end of the world, but I prefer brown tinted dry shampoos.
Repurchase - no

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Blighty Brunette: Speaking of which, this is my preferred dry shampoo! It does a decent job, is brown toned so I don't have to worry about brushing it out, and it costs less than $5. I currently have 3 or 4 of these floating around my house and work bag.
Repurchase - already have!

Goldwell Kerasilk Ultra Rich Keratin Care Conditioner: I really liked this range! It cleaned my hair well, made it soft and provided volume! The only downside was that I used up the conditioner way before the shampoo which always annoys me... I am still using up the shampoo.
Repurchase - yes

John Frieda Precision Foam Colour: I rarely dye my hair but when I do I use this range. The foam makes it so much easier to dye your hair at home without dripping it everywhere!
Repurchase - yes

So those are my empties! Have you tried any of these products? What are your thoughts on them?

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I am always excited when new products are launched but I was particularly excited to receive these new Clarins products for review because a) they look divine, b) they are innovative new products (in my opinion), c) I haven't use many Clarins products before and d) the lip oils haven't even been released yet! Yeee!

The new products from Clarins are the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Body and the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 01 Honey and 02 Raspberry (limited edition).

You can buy Clarins in store from Myer or David Jones.

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The Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Body was released on 6 July 2015 and is a follow up to the award winning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Face. This is a little gorgeous vile of amber liquid that you add into your regular body lotion to turn it into a gradual tan. It contains 30ml of product and retails for $42 in Australia. This bottle does look small but you use 4-6 drops per application so it should last a long time and work out to be pretty good value.

I love this concept because I often have a body lotion that I love that either doesn't come in a self tanning version, or I don't like the tanning version... or sometimes I would like to add an extra boost to my gradual tanner! This little magical vile fixes that problem and also has gorgeous packaging that I would be proud to display in any bathroom!

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The directions are very simple, you dispense some of your regular body lotion into your hand and then dispense 4-6 drops of the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster into the lotion, mix it together and then apply it to you body. The way the product dispenses is also very smart. You can see in the photo below that there is a very small opening at the top, but the liquid doesn't drop or pour out of it automatically, instead you need to press on the bottom of the packaging and it dispenses one drop at a time. This allows for greater accuracy and less mess.

I have been using this over the last couple of weeks and have noticed that this is definitely more of a gradual tan instead of being a very dark instant tan. The tan looks very natural, very even, and has very minimal scent. This is a great option for someone who loves a light gradual tan, but doesn't want to compromise the quality of their body lotion that they use on a daily basis. If you are looking for a stronger tan you could also apply this into a gradual tanner to add an extra tanning boost.

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Now for the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 01 Honey and 02 Raspberry that are launching in Australia on 10 August 2015. These contain 7g of product each and will be retailing for $33.

Before I say anything further I want to make a public service announcement to say that 02 Raspberry is a limited edition oil. If you were considering getting a lip oil and you like any berry scent then I highly recommend you jumping on this before it's gone because it smells amazing!

The formula of these lip oils are less like a thin slippery oil (which is what I was expecting) and more like a very thick gloss with a high shine finish and the moisturising properties of an oil. As they are quite thick, they have a slight sticky feel on the lip but they provide hours and hours of hydration and they leave your lips feeling amazing. The only thing that is stopping me from using these as my night lip treatment is that they are very glossy and may transfer onto sheets (maybe that's just my paranoia)... also I may as well use them during the day when people can see my epically plump and glossy lips.

Before I talk about each shade individually, I thought I should mention that the packaging of these oils is beautiful. They come in a clear plastic squared tube with a gold lid and lettering. Even though these are made of plastic, they look like glass but aren't as heavy or as fragile as glass. You can see the colour of the oil though the packaging so you can easily see which one you are reaching for and how much you have left. The applicator is very strange and can take a little while to get used to. It is a very large, almost spoon shaped, doe foot applicator that deposits the perfect amount of product onto the lips, but can feel a little clumsy on the first few applications using this.

Oh! One last quick note about the packaging - since you can see the product through the tube, if you start applying this over other lip products the oil can start looking a little Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (aka funky) after a while. If I am going to apply this over a coloured lip product I will apply the oil with my finger instead of the applicator.


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top - 01 Honey
bottom - 02 Raspberry
You can see from the lip swatches above that both of the oils are very glossy and give a very plump and hydrated look to the lips. You will also notice that even though one oil looks very yellow and the other looks very dark pink in the bottles, they look quite similar on the lips... there is only a hint of yellow with shade 01 and shade 02 has a very very slight pink tint (you can see the colour difference in the arm swatches below).
The main difference in the shades is that scent. 01 Honey has a sweet, almost floral rosy, scent to it that reminds me a lot a vanilla Turkish delight. This scent is quite unique but isn't offensive. 02 Raspberry has a delicious raspberry jelly or cordial scent to it that I love! 
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Those are my thoughts on the new products launching from Clarins. What are your thoughts? Will you be checking any of these out?

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NEW Clarins Launches: Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster and Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils

July 22, 2015

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I am always excited when new products are launched but I was particularly excited to receive these new Clarins products for review because a) they look divine, b) they are innovative new products (in my opinion), c) I haven't use many Clarins products before and d) the lip oils haven't even been released yet! Yeee!

The new products from Clarins are the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Body and the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 01 Honey and 02 Raspberry (limited edition).

You can buy Clarins in store from Myer or David Jones.

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The Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Body was released on 6 July 2015 and is a follow up to the award winning Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster Face. This is a little gorgeous vile of amber liquid that you add into your regular body lotion to turn it into a gradual tan. It contains 30ml of product and retails for $42 in Australia. This bottle does look small but you use 4-6 drops per application so it should last a long time and work out to be pretty good value.

I love this concept because I often have a body lotion that I love that either doesn't come in a self tanning version, or I don't like the tanning version... or sometimes I would like to add an extra boost to my gradual tanner! This little magical vile fixes that problem and also has gorgeous packaging that I would be proud to display in any bathroom!

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The directions are very simple, you dispense some of your regular body lotion into your hand and then dispense 4-6 drops of the Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster into the lotion, mix it together and then apply it to you body. The way the product dispenses is also very smart. You can see in the photo below that there is a very small opening at the top, but the liquid doesn't drop or pour out of it automatically, instead you need to press on the bottom of the packaging and it dispenses one drop at a time. This allows for greater accuracy and less mess.

I have been using this over the last couple of weeks and have noticed that this is definitely more of a gradual tan instead of being a very dark instant tan. The tan looks very natural, very even, and has very minimal scent. This is a great option for someone who loves a light gradual tan, but doesn't want to compromise the quality of their body lotion that they use on a daily basis. If you are looking for a stronger tan you could also apply this into a gradual tanner to add an extra tanning boost.

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Now for the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in 01 Honey and 02 Raspberry that are launching in Australia on 10 August 2015. These contain 7g of product each and will be retailing for $33.

Before I say anything further I want to make a public service announcement to say that 02 Raspberry is a limited edition oil. If you were considering getting a lip oil and you like any berry scent then I highly recommend you jumping on this before it's gone because it smells amazing!

The formula of these lip oils are less like a thin slippery oil (which is what I was expecting) and more like a very thick gloss with a high shine finish and the moisturising properties of an oil. As they are quite thick, they have a slight sticky feel on the lip but they provide hours and hours of hydration and they leave your lips feeling amazing. The only thing that is stopping me from using these as my night lip treatment is that they are very glossy and may transfer onto sheets (maybe that's just my paranoia)... also I may as well use them during the day when people can see my epically plump and glossy lips.

Before I talk about each shade individually, I thought I should mention that the packaging of these oils is beautiful. They come in a clear plastic squared tube with a gold lid and lettering. Even though these are made of plastic, they look like glass but aren't as heavy or as fragile as glass. You can see the colour of the oil though the packaging so you can easily see which one you are reaching for and how much you have left. The applicator is very strange and can take a little while to get used to. It is a very large, almost spoon shaped, doe foot applicator that deposits the perfect amount of product onto the lips, but can feel a little clumsy on the first few applications using this.

Oh! One last quick note about the packaging - since you can see the product through the tube, if you start applying this over other lip products the oil can start looking a little Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch (aka funky) after a while. If I am going to apply this over a coloured lip product I will apply the oil with my finger instead of the applicator.


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top - 01 Honey
bottom - 02 Raspberry
You can see from the lip swatches above that both of the oils are very glossy and give a very plump and hydrated look to the lips. You will also notice that even though one oil looks very yellow and the other looks very dark pink in the bottles, they look quite similar on the lips... there is only a hint of yellow with shade 01 and shade 02 has a very very slight pink tint (you can see the colour difference in the arm swatches below).
The main difference in the shades is that scent. 01 Honey has a sweet, almost floral rosy, scent to it that reminds me a lot a vanilla Turkish delight. This scent is quite unique but isn't offensive. 02 Raspberry has a delicious raspberry jelly or cordial scent to it that I love! 
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Those are my thoughts on the new products launching from Clarins. What are your thoughts? Will you be checking any of these out?

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Hey lovelies! It is smack bang in the middle of winter at the moment and it is super super cold! I thought it's the perfect time to quickly mention some of my tip winter lip colours.

For me winter is the time of the year to reach for the mauve nudes, cool toned reds and berry shades. These shades tend to suit a range of skin tones but I think they look best on natural/non-tanned skin. They also compliment the darker and heavier clothing and fashion that we tend to wear more of in winter. I love using these shades as a bold statement lip paired with a simple base (no bronzer, very little contour/blush) and a very simple nude eye and black winged liner.

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Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Dry Rose - This a really beautiful nude pinky plum that would suit most people. In one layer it's not completely opaque so your natural lip comes through a rosy plum hue. However you can build this up to look more or a darker dusty plum. This the type of lipstick that you can throw on and not worry about it wearing off unevenly or looking too unnatural. I believe these lipsticks retail in Australia for around $35 from David Jones.

Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lipstick in Rosewood - This is an amazing liquid lipstick! It is more brown than the previous shade, and it is more opaque and bold. The finish is similar to a regular cream finish lipstick (not too matte, not too shiny, no shimmer) but it does settle to more of a matte finish after a few hours wear. This is a really pretty rosy mauve version of the mid toned nude lip trend. These retail in Australia for $35 from David Jones.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita - If you are looking for a true blue toned red then look no further than Rita by NARS. All of the Audacious lipsticks have an amazing creamy and highly pigmented finish, and this particular shade is that perfect bright blue toned red shade that is a must for winter. NARS Audacious Lipsticks retail for $47 in Australia from Mecca.

NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick in Snow White - If you are looking for something a little more deeper and glossier (and much more affordable) then check out NYX Snow White. This is a keep cool toned dark cherry red that gives a slightly glossy finish on the lips. You can buy this from Target in Australia for $8.95.

Arbonne Glossed Over Lip Gloss in Hyacinth - This is a great addition to any cool toned lip collection. It is a very shiny and long wearing berry lip gloss that gives the lips a beautiful berry tint or layers well over a red/berry lipstick to add a bit more depth and shine. This also has very fine shimmer that adds an extra level of shine to the lips. This retails in Australia for $37 from Arbonne.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva - If you want a true dark berry lip then MAC's Diva delivers a matte wine shade that would suit any skin tone. You could also dab this lightly onto the lips to create a berry tint. This retails for $36 in Australia at MAC Cosmetics.


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What is your favourite lip colour for winter?

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Top Winter Lip Colours

July 21, 2015

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Hey lovelies! It is smack bang in the middle of winter at the moment and it is super super cold! I thought it's the perfect time to quickly mention some of my tip winter lip colours.

For me winter is the time of the year to reach for the mauve nudes, cool toned reds and berry shades. These shades tend to suit a range of skin tones but I think they look best on natural/non-tanned skin. They also compliment the darker and heavier clothing and fashion that we tend to wear more of in winter. I love using these shades as a bold statement lip paired with a simple base (no bronzer, very little contour/blush) and a very simple nude eye and black winged liner.

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Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Dry Rose - This a really beautiful nude pinky plum that would suit most people. In one layer it's not completely opaque so your natural lip comes through a rosy plum hue. However you can build this up to look more or a darker dusty plum. This the type of lipstick that you can throw on and not worry about it wearing off unevenly or looking too unnatural. I believe these lipsticks retail in Australia for around $35 from David Jones.

Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lipstick in Rosewood - This is an amazing liquid lipstick! It is more brown than the previous shade, and it is more opaque and bold. The finish is similar to a regular cream finish lipstick (not too matte, not too shiny, no shimmer) but it does settle to more of a matte finish after a few hours wear. This is a really pretty rosy mauve version of the mid toned nude lip trend. These retail in Australia for $35 from David Jones.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Rita - If you are looking for a true blue toned red then look no further than Rita by NARS. All of the Audacious lipsticks have an amazing creamy and highly pigmented finish, and this particular shade is that perfect bright blue toned red shade that is a must for winter. NARS Audacious Lipsticks retail for $47 in Australia from Mecca.

NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick in Snow White - If you are looking for something a little more deeper and glossier (and much more affordable) then check out NYX Snow White. This is a keep cool toned dark cherry red that gives a slightly glossy finish on the lips. You can buy this from Target in Australia for $8.95.

Arbonne Glossed Over Lip Gloss in Hyacinth - This is a great addition to any cool toned lip collection. It is a very shiny and long wearing berry lip gloss that gives the lips a beautiful berry tint or layers well over a red/berry lipstick to add a bit more depth and shine. This also has very fine shimmer that adds an extra level of shine to the lips. This retails in Australia for $37 from Arbonne.

MAC Matte Lipstick in Diva - If you want a true dark berry lip then MAC's Diva delivers a matte wine shade that would suit any skin tone. You could also dab this lightly onto the lips to create a berry tint. This retails for $36 in Australia at MAC Cosmetics.


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What is your favourite lip colour for winter?

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Hey lovelies! I was contacted to trial and review the service of FreshFlowers.com.au and of course I jumped at the offer because I am obsessed with having plants and flowers in my house!

I'll quickly start with the service and a bit about the website and then I will talk about what I got delivered and my overall thoughts.

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You can order via the website or call 13 37 37 to place an order and they deliver flowers to to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. You can also arrange for same day delivery for these major cities, as long as you order before 2pm on a weekday or 10am on a Saturday (they don't deliver on Sundays and public holidays). You can also nominate what day you want it delivered if you didn't want same day delivery. Do note that the flowers will be delivered up until 5:00pm to business addresses and 7:00pm to residential addresses, and mine arrived at around 4-5pm.

Most flowers fall within the $50-70 price range, but there are a few cheaper options and more extravagant options. Standard delivery is an additional $10.

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Since I was given the opportunity to order for myself, I decided to choose the Florist Pick Phalaenopsis Orchid which retails for $49.95 and comes in a white ceramic pot. You can also choose the plain white or the plain purple orchids, but I liked the idea of letting the florist pick the colour to add a bit of surprise. I ended up getting send some beautiful white and purple orchids.

When you are ordering the flowers you also have a box to enter in what you want typed on the card... and I decided to have a little fun with it.

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Overall I am very happy with my new hall table flowers and am impressed with how easy this whole process was and I would definitely recommend the service if you wanted to send someone flowers as a gift (or of course send yourself a gift). This is the type of website that I would recommend to bookmark for those occasional where you need a good quality last minute gift idea! I might keep the details on the fridge in case my boyfriend every needs inspiration!

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FreshFlowers.com.au Review

July 15, 2015

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Hey lovelies! I was contacted to trial and review the service of FreshFlowers.com.au and of course I jumped at the offer because I am obsessed with having plants and flowers in my house!

I'll quickly start with the service and a bit about the website and then I will talk about what I got delivered and my overall thoughts.

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You can order via the website or call 13 37 37 to place an order and they deliver flowers to to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. You can also arrange for same day delivery for these major cities, as long as you order before 2pm on a weekday or 10am on a Saturday (they don't deliver on Sundays and public holidays). You can also nominate what day you want it delivered if you didn't want same day delivery. Do note that the flowers will be delivered up until 5:00pm to business addresses and 7:00pm to residential addresses, and mine arrived at around 4-5pm.

Most flowers fall within the $50-70 price range, but there are a few cheaper options and more extravagant options. Standard delivery is an additional $10.

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Since I was given the opportunity to order for myself, I decided to choose the Florist Pick Phalaenopsis Orchid which retails for $49.95 and comes in a white ceramic pot. You can also choose the plain white or the plain purple orchids, but I liked the idea of letting the florist pick the colour to add a bit of surprise. I ended up getting send some beautiful white and purple orchids.

When you are ordering the flowers you also have a box to enter in what you want typed on the card... and I decided to have a little fun with it.

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Overall I am very happy with my new hall table flowers and am impressed with how easy this whole process was and I would definitely recommend the service if you wanted to send someone flowers as a gift (or of course send yourself a gift). This is the type of website that I would recommend to bookmark for those occasional where you need a good quality last minute gift idea! I might keep the details on the fridge in case my boyfriend every needs inspiration!

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Eye Of Horus is an Australian brand that I have been keeping an eye on for a few years now. I tried their mascara and liquid eyeliner a few years ago now and really loved them. Since then they have expanded their range to include eye shadows, coloured liners and also a range of brow products. 

A few weeks ago they were having 20% off and I decided to place a small order from their website.

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I decided to order the Serpentine Sultry Goddess Pencil which is a dark olive pencil with gold sparkle and two Brow Define pencils in Dynasty (medium) and Nile (medium to dark). There are 10 shades of the pencil liners in the range and three shades of the Brow Define pencils. I decide to pick up two of the brow pencils because I wasn't sure which shade would suit me. 

The eyeliner pencils retail for $30 full priced and the brow pencils retail for $25 each. 

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The Serpentine Sultry Goddess Pencil contains 1.3 grams of product has a rubber smudger on the back of the pencil. This is a very pigmented, long lasting and waterproof pencil. This is perfect for applying to the lash line or smudging out for a smokey eye (they claim to take 40 seconds to set so you have a bit of time to work with it). The shade is a lot more blackened and a lot less green and metallic than what I was expecting (see swatches below). I do think this is a pretty colour and it would work well to accentuate brown eyes. This also isn't joking when it says that it is water and budge proof! Once this liner sets it is almost impossible to remove (without makeup remover), which ensures all day wear. My biggest issue with this pencil is that it isn't creamy enough to easily apply to the waterline or the tightline. If you really wanted to make this work on the waterline then you can attempt to dry the waterline with a cotton bud or layer the liner to it build up, but I think it the best way to apply it is if you warm up the tip on back of your hand before applying it. I rarely reach for this pencil for the waterline because I have a lot of other pencils that apply a lot more easily. Considering the price and the fact that I mainly bought this to apply to the waterline, I find this pencil a little disappointing. I think the longevity of this pencil is outstanding and if you are looking for a pencil liner that will last all day (even on the oiliest lids) then I highly recommend this range, however if you are like me and mainly use pencils on the waterline then this liner isn't worth the investment. 

The Brow Define pencils remind me a lot of the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencils, which is great because I bought these pencils knowing that my Anastasia Brow Wiz is almost out. The Eye Of Horus Brow Define pencils have very similar packaging, they have a similar spooley on the end, the thinness of brow pencil is very similar and the firmness and pigmentation is very similar. The main differences are that the Brow Define pencils are cheaper than the Brow Wiz ($25 vs $38 in Australia) and the Brow Wiz comes in a lot more shades. The Brow Wiz contains 0.085 grams of product but I can't seem to find how much the Brow Define contains. If these pencils contain the same or more product than the Brow Wiz then I am converted, if not then I may go back to my Brow Wiz in the future. 

Both the Dynasty and Nile shades are great brow shades as they are both cool toned browns. There isn't much difference in the shades though so I find that they are both interchangeable for me. As a reference, Nile (the darker of the two) looks very similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette. The benefit of these very fine brow pencils is that they can mimic hairs and they are really great at lining and defining the brows. I don't use these to fill in my whole brow (otherwise I would use half a pencil each time I fill in my brows), but I instead use these to tidy up my brows.

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top to bottom - Nile, Dynasty and Serpentine Sultry

Have you tried Eye Of Horus? What are your thoughts?

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Eye Of Horus mini haul - Serpentine Sultry Goddess Pencil and Brow Define Pencils in Dynasty and Nile

July 11, 2015

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Eye Of Horus is an Australian brand that I have been keeping an eye on for a few years now. I tried their mascara and liquid eyeliner a few years ago now and really loved them. Since then they have expanded their range to include eye shadows, coloured liners and also a range of brow products. 

A few weeks ago they were having 20% off and I decided to place a small order from their website.

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I decided to order the Serpentine Sultry Goddess Pencil which is a dark olive pencil with gold sparkle and two Brow Define pencils in Dynasty (medium) and Nile (medium to dark). There are 10 shades of the pencil liners in the range and three shades of the Brow Define pencils. I decide to pick up two of the brow pencils because I wasn't sure which shade would suit me. 

The eyeliner pencils retail for $30 full priced and the brow pencils retail for $25 each. 

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The Serpentine Sultry Goddess Pencil contains 1.3 grams of product has a rubber smudger on the back of the pencil. This is a very pigmented, long lasting and waterproof pencil. This is perfect for applying to the lash line or smudging out for a smokey eye (they claim to take 40 seconds to set so you have a bit of time to work with it). The shade is a lot more blackened and a lot less green and metallic than what I was expecting (see swatches below). I do think this is a pretty colour and it would work well to accentuate brown eyes. This also isn't joking when it says that it is water and budge proof! Once this liner sets it is almost impossible to remove (without makeup remover), which ensures all day wear. My biggest issue with this pencil is that it isn't creamy enough to easily apply to the waterline or the tightline. If you really wanted to make this work on the waterline then you can attempt to dry the waterline with a cotton bud or layer the liner to it build up, but I think it the best way to apply it is if you warm up the tip on back of your hand before applying it. I rarely reach for this pencil for the waterline because I have a lot of other pencils that apply a lot more easily. Considering the price and the fact that I mainly bought this to apply to the waterline, I find this pencil a little disappointing. I think the longevity of this pencil is outstanding and if you are looking for a pencil liner that will last all day (even on the oiliest lids) then I highly recommend this range, however if you are like me and mainly use pencils on the waterline then this liner isn't worth the investment. 

The Brow Define pencils remind me a lot of the Anastasia Brow Wiz pencils, which is great because I bought these pencils knowing that my Anastasia Brow Wiz is almost out. The Eye Of Horus Brow Define pencils have very similar packaging, they have a similar spooley on the end, the thinness of brow pencil is very similar and the firmness and pigmentation is very similar. The main differences are that the Brow Define pencils are cheaper than the Brow Wiz ($25 vs $38 in Australia) and the Brow Wiz comes in a lot more shades. The Brow Wiz contains 0.085 grams of product but I can't seem to find how much the Brow Define contains. If these pencils contain the same or more product than the Brow Wiz then I am converted, if not then I may go back to my Brow Wiz in the future. 

Both the Dynasty and Nile shades are great brow shades as they are both cool toned browns. There isn't much difference in the shades though so I find that they are both interchangeable for me. As a reference, Nile (the darker of the two) looks very similar to the Anastasia Brow Wiz in Brunette. The benefit of these very fine brow pencils is that they can mimic hairs and they are really great at lining and defining the brows. I don't use these to fill in my whole brow (otherwise I would use half a pencil each time I fill in my brows), but I instead use these to tidy up my brows.

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top to bottom - Nile, Dynasty and Serpentine Sultry

Have you tried Eye Of Horus? What are your thoughts?

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Hey lovelies! My good friend Simon from The Skincare Obsessive and I have decided to set aside Wednesday mornings for blogger catch ups in Melbourne.

If you are in Melbourne blogger/want to start blogging and you want to network or chat about any tips and tricks, we are more than happy to catch up for a coffee and a chat!




Just contact either one of us and we can organise a time and a place :)

Simon's details:
Blog: http://www.theskincareobsessive.blogspot.com.au/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChJ7bN9mYLni0v1y4nxk2Kg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimonProietto
Instagram: https://instagram.com/theskincareobsessive
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theskincareobsessive
Email: simonproietto@hotmail.com

Kat's details:
Blog: http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3833616
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/KitschSnitch
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kitschsnitch
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kitschsnitch
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kitschsnitchblog
Email: kitschsnitch@gmail.com

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BLOGGER NEWS with The Skincare Obsessive!

July 9, 2015

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Hey lovelies! My good friend Simon from The Skincare Obsessive and I have decided to set aside Wednesday mornings for blogger catch ups in Melbourne.

If you are in Melbourne blogger/want to start blogging and you want to network or chat about any tips and tricks, we are more than happy to catch up for a coffee and a chat!




Just contact either one of us and we can organise a time and a place :)

Simon's details:
Blog: http://www.theskincareobsessive.blogspot.com.au/
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UChJ7bN9mYLni0v1y4nxk2Kg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/SimonProietto
Instagram: https://instagram.com/theskincareobsessive
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theskincareobsessive
Email: simonproietto@hotmail.com

Kat's details:
Blog: http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/3833616
YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/KitschSnitch
Twitter: https://twitter.com/kitschsnitch
Instagram: http://instagram.com/kitschsnitch
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Kitschsnitchblog
Email: kitschsnitch@gmail.com

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I am going to admit that I have had these photos in a draft blog post for weeks and I totally forgot that I hadn't actually written the review! Whoops! Ah well, at least you know I have been trying these products for ages and can give a very informed review :P

I was sent all of these products for review (yes, the PR for Arbonne are very lovely to me!) but these reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

In my opinion Arbonne delivers wearable everyday products that contain high quality ingredients. The ingredients are derived from botanically based ingredients, and the products are cruelty free and vegan. Because they are very good quality products they do fall in the mid-range price range in the Australian market. I would recommend Arbonne to people who want basic high quality makeup and skincare. If you want to see more details about where you can buy any of these products or the list of ingredients, check out the Arbonne website.

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Lets start with the Arbonne Bronzer. This a powder bronzer that comes in one shade. It is quite a dark bronzer with red undertones and a gold sheen to it (see swatch below). When I first swatched this I thought it would only work to warm up the face, but I started using it as a contour and I think it does a great job! It is very pigmented but if you apply it lightly then it works well for light skin tones (maybe not for super fair skin tones) and can easily be build it up for medium to deeper skin tones. The shimmer adds more of a glow to the skin and doesn't make the skin look sparkly. This also applies and blends out evenly and wears all day. This is my current go to bronzer.

This bronzer retails $47 in Australia ($36 in the US) and contains 9.3g of product (for reference NARS Laguna contains 8g).

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Next is the Glosses Over Lip Glosses in the shades in Cosmos and Hyacinth. These are high shine lip glosses that contain plant extracts and peptides to leave your lips soft and plump. They come in 10 shades, contain 3.36ml of product and retail for $37 in Australia ($24 in the US). 

These come in nice clear tubes that have a plastic brush applicator. The applicator is probably the thing I like the least about this product, as these types of brushes have a tendency to fray if accidentally inserted in the tube the wrong way.

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 top - Hyacinth. bottom - Cosmos

The lip glosses themselves are really lovely looking on the lips. They provide a high shine and a nice strong (but not opaque) colour. They are quite thick and are a little sticky, but the stickiness allows them to last for hours on the lips. They also have a very strong sweet toffee apple bar scent, which I don't mind, but I can imagine that it will polarise people.
  • Hyacinth is the most beautiful slightly shimmery deep translucent wine red shade that I am obsessed with! This colour is perfection for the cooler months and the colour can be built up or sheered out. The bold colour might last for 1-2 hours without eating and then it fades to more of a berry stained balm look which is equally as pretty.  
  • Cosmos is more of a cream formula with no shimmer and a slightly more opaque finish. I also love this shade and it is the prettiest bright mid toned berry pink. This also lasts on the lips for hours but fades into more of a pink balm look after a couple of hours on the lips. The balm feel lasts a further few hours. 
Next is the Sheer Glow Highlighter, and interestingly enough this is the only highlighting product in the Arbonne range (well at least on the Australian site). I did swatch this in the photo earlier in this post, but all you can really see is that this is a lotion/primer like product that has a light pearl white shade to it. To be honest, I don't really understand this product. It has very little shimmer so it doesn't work successfully over foundation as a cream highlight, it doesn't show though as a illuminating primer or if you mix it with foundation... the only way I could get this to work for me was if I applied it onto bare skin where it did have a slight light defusing effect which made my skin look brighter. As I tend to wear foundation most days I never find myself reaching for this because it is was too subtle. This does have a lot of promise if they ramped up shimmer ten fold, but as it is it will only suit people who don't wear foundation or who want to apply this to their body for a very natural subtle glow. This contains 30ml and retails for $56 in Australia ($42 in the US) and this is the one product of the five that I would not recommend.

Lastly, Arbonne recently released the Liquid Sunshine Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for Face in Australia and this retails for $50 for 52g (36g in the US). I am an avid sunscreen enthusiast and I wear it every day without fail. This is a mineral sunscreen with SPF30, UVA/UVB protection and is water resistant for 80min. I quite like this sunscreen and have been wearing daily every since receiving it. The pros are that it doesn't make me greasy (and I do have oily combo skin), it doesn't disrupt my makeup, and it doesn't break me out. I do however find that this is a very thick sunscreen so it's best to apply a small amount on top of your moisturiser while your moisturiser is still a little wet. This will help blend the sunscreen into the face without needing to apply too much product. If you are interested in a good quality mineral sunscreen then you might want to look into this one. If you don't like thick suncreens, then give this a miss... but I can easily work it into my daily skincare routine without any issues.

Those are some of the products I have been using lately from Arbonne. I really do love all the products (the highlighter is the only exception), but my favourites are probably the bronzer and the Hyacinth lip gloss!

Have you tried any Arbonne products? What are your recommendations?

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Arbonne mini collective review - Bronzer, Glosses Over Lip Gloss, Sheer Glow Highlighter and Liquid Sunshine Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30

July 7, 2015

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I am going to admit that I have had these photos in a draft blog post for weeks and I totally forgot that I hadn't actually written the review! Whoops! Ah well, at least you know I have been trying these products for ages and can give a very informed review :P

I was sent all of these products for review (yes, the PR for Arbonne are very lovely to me!) but these reviews are 100% my honest opinion.

In my opinion Arbonne delivers wearable everyday products that contain high quality ingredients. The ingredients are derived from botanically based ingredients, and the products are cruelty free and vegan. Because they are very good quality products they do fall in the mid-range price range in the Australian market. I would recommend Arbonne to people who want basic high quality makeup and skincare. If you want to see more details about where you can buy any of these products or the list of ingredients, check out the Arbonne website.

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Lets start with the Arbonne Bronzer. This a powder bronzer that comes in one shade. It is quite a dark bronzer with red undertones and a gold sheen to it (see swatch below). When I first swatched this I thought it would only work to warm up the face, but I started using it as a contour and I think it does a great job! It is very pigmented but if you apply it lightly then it works well for light skin tones (maybe not for super fair skin tones) and can easily be build it up for medium to deeper skin tones. The shimmer adds more of a glow to the skin and doesn't make the skin look sparkly. This also applies and blends out evenly and wears all day. This is my current go to bronzer.

This bronzer retails $47 in Australia ($36 in the US) and contains 9.3g of product (for reference NARS Laguna contains 8g).

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Next is the Glosses Over Lip Glosses in the shades in Cosmos and Hyacinth. These are high shine lip glosses that contain plant extracts and peptides to leave your lips soft and plump. They come in 10 shades, contain 3.36ml of product and retail for $37 in Australia ($24 in the US). 

These come in nice clear tubes that have a plastic brush applicator. The applicator is probably the thing I like the least about this product, as these types of brushes have a tendency to fray if accidentally inserted in the tube the wrong way.

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 top - Hyacinth. bottom - Cosmos

The lip glosses themselves are really lovely looking on the lips. They provide a high shine and a nice strong (but not opaque) colour. They are quite thick and are a little sticky, but the stickiness allows them to last for hours on the lips. They also have a very strong sweet toffee apple bar scent, which I don't mind, but I can imagine that it will polarise people.
  • Hyacinth is the most beautiful slightly shimmery deep translucent wine red shade that I am obsessed with! This colour is perfection for the cooler months and the colour can be built up or sheered out. The bold colour might last for 1-2 hours without eating and then it fades to more of a berry stained balm look which is equally as pretty.  
  • Cosmos is more of a cream formula with no shimmer and a slightly more opaque finish. I also love this shade and it is the prettiest bright mid toned berry pink. This also lasts on the lips for hours but fades into more of a pink balm look after a couple of hours on the lips. The balm feel lasts a further few hours. 
Next is the Sheer Glow Highlighter, and interestingly enough this is the only highlighting product in the Arbonne range (well at least on the Australian site). I did swatch this in the photo earlier in this post, but all you can really see is that this is a lotion/primer like product that has a light pearl white shade to it. To be honest, I don't really understand this product. It has very little shimmer so it doesn't work successfully over foundation as a cream highlight, it doesn't show though as a illuminating primer or if you mix it with foundation... the only way I could get this to work for me was if I applied it onto bare skin where it did have a slight light defusing effect which made my skin look brighter. As I tend to wear foundation most days I never find myself reaching for this because it is was too subtle. This does have a lot of promise if they ramped up shimmer ten fold, but as it is it will only suit people who don't wear foundation or who want to apply this to their body for a very natural subtle glow. This contains 30ml and retails for $56 in Australia ($42 in the US) and this is the one product of the five that I would not recommend.

Lastly, Arbonne recently released the Liquid Sunshine Mineral Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 for Face in Australia and this retails for $50 for 52g (36g in the US). I am an avid sunscreen enthusiast and I wear it every day without fail. This is a mineral sunscreen with SPF30, UVA/UVB protection and is water resistant for 80min. I quite like this sunscreen and have been wearing daily every since receiving it. The pros are that it doesn't make me greasy (and I do have oily combo skin), it doesn't disrupt my makeup, and it doesn't break me out. I do however find that this is a very thick sunscreen so it's best to apply a small amount on top of your moisturiser while your moisturiser is still a little wet. This will help blend the sunscreen into the face without needing to apply too much product. If you are interested in a good quality mineral sunscreen then you might want to look into this one. If you don't like thick suncreens, then give this a miss... but I can easily work it into my daily skincare routine without any issues.

Those are some of the products I have been using lately from Arbonne. I really do love all the products (the highlighter is the only exception), but my favourites are probably the bronzer and the Hyacinth lip gloss!

Have you tried any Arbonne products? What are your recommendations?

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On a whim I decided to splurge and try out the Urban Decay Moondust Shadow in the shade Zodiac. These are highly sparkly shadows that contain "3D glitter". There are 8 shades available in Australia, but 15 shades in the US. You can buy these in Australia at Mecca Maxima or the Mecca website. These contain 1.5g of product and retail in Australia for $30 each and in the US for $20 each.

Urban Decay Moondust in Zodiac - review and swatches

July 6, 2015

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On a whim I decided to splurge and try out the Urban Decay Moondust Shadow in the shade Zodiac. These are highly sparkly shadows that contain "3D glitter". There are 8 shades available in Australia, but 15 shades in the US. You can buy these in Australia at Mecca Maxima or the Mecca website. These contain 1.5g of product and retail in Australia for $30 each and in the US for $20 each.
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Hey friends! How was your June? Personally I was not a fan of June, nothing great happened and it's been so cold! BUT July is a new month and hopefully it will be awesome! I do have a few favourite products to share (one I have forgotten to mention but hopefully I will remember for my July favourites).

Lets start with skincare and tools...

Arbonne Clear Control Clarifying Blemish Toner and Wash: I was send this whole range from Arbonne to trial and I have been really impressed with the gel cleanser and toner in particular. This range is designed to control breakouts and spots (which I annoyingly still get in my very late 20s), and even though I personally haven't seen any significant difference in my skin since using them, I have really enjoyed using them. I love that both these products were very effective at removing makeup and grime and left my skin feeling really fresh and clean. These contain salicylic acid and witch hazel, are alcohol free, don't dry out my skin, and smell minty. You can check out more details at the Arbonne website.

Wet Brush (in the colour Cool Tones Blue): My top tool of the month was definitely the Wet Brush! I hate brushing my hair because I have very wavy and tangly hair, but with the Wet Brush it literally only takes me a few seconds to brush out my tangles! I even preferred this over the Tangle Teezer because it has a handle (and not having a handle is my one pet peeve about the Tangle Teezer), it's half the price, and it doesn't feel as scratchy on the scalp as the Tangle Teezer. You can use this wet or dry and it detangled my hair really quickly! I did a full review here.

PuraSonic (in the colour Lovely Lilac): I was sent this to review as part of the Beauty Directory Expert Panel and I love it! This is pretty much the same as a Clarisonic (I used to have a Clarisonic Mia before it broke), but it is heaps cheaper, has more features, comes with an extra brush head and a stand, and the charge lasts a lot longer. Sonic cleansing brushes help cleanse your skin better, clear out pores, minimise pores, improve skin texture and minimise breakouts. They are a great tool to have (especially if you wear a full face of makeup every day), but they are often super expensive. I highly recommend the PuraSonic and it's only $99. I did a full review here.

Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser: Leading on from the PuraSonic, I thought I would mention that my favourite cleanser to use with it is the Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser. This is my favourite cream cleanser I have ever used! Normally I find that cream cleansers don't remove oil and makeup very well and they tend to leave a film on the skin, this one doesn't do either of those things.  I using a cream cleanser with the PuraSonic feels a lot more gentle on the skin as the cream texture almost acts like a lubricant for the brush.

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Onto makeup...

Prestige Total Intensity Liner in Daring Green: I have been on the hunt for a pigmented, creamy, budge proof wearable green liner that I could use on my waterline to add a hint of colour to my normal nude eye look (and to enhance brown eyes). I was looking around Priceline and came across the Prestige stand and I fell in love with this Daring Green liner (see swatch in the next photo). It is a beautiful metallic forest green/olive shade that ticks all of the boxes I wanted - pigmented, creamy, waterproof. Because this is so creamy you can also blend this out on the lash line for a smokey eye and I have been finding myself using it a lot on the lower lash line. It was only $14.95 and they have a nice range of blues, greens and purple liners in this formula. I will definitely go back to pick up some more! Check them out at Priceline.

1000 Hour Lashes Xpress Lash-Gro Eyeliner in Black: On the top lash line I have been using this liquid liner all month. This is the only liner I have been using on the top lash line because it contains a lash serum that is designed to help your lashes grow! How amazing is that idea! So I have set myself a goal to use this liner for a couple of months and see if my lashes in fact grow. I have been wearing this every day (besides one or two no makeup days) and I have fallen in love with the formula! It is super black (see swatch below), is very matte, doesn't flake or wear off, is budge proof and looks flawless all day. The only negative is that the brush is quite thin and flimsy and can take some time to get used to. I do think my lashes are a little bit longer, but I will compare them in a month or so to the before photos I took.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm: I wanted to mention this lip balm because it is like my best friend! I use this as my night time lip balm (one tub lasted me a year) and when I had finished up my last tub I missed it so much that I had to get a new one straight away... even though I have hundreds of other lip balms that I need to use up. These now come in limited edition 20 year anniversary packaging so you can get them with a teal lid (like mine), a yellow lid or a pinky coral lid. If you want a good night time lip treatment, definitely check out Nuxe Reve De Miel... they are $19.95 but they last for ages, and they often go on sale at Priceline.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl: This is probably my all time favourite makeup product of the month! It is a liquid highlighter that gives the skin the most amazing wet shiny glow without looking over the top or glittery. The swatch above shows the colour when it hasn't been blended out but I will definitely do a full review with better photos shortly (I am tossing up whether to buy another shade before before I do a full review). You can apply this over foundation as a highlight or mix it in with foundation to add some illumination. The only downside is that it retails for $66 in Australia, but it contains 30ml and you use the tiniest amount each application... it will literally last years and years. It is DEFINITELY worth the splurge!

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Brick Wall and Pacific Blue (old formula): The two nail polishes I have been loving this month are Brick Wall, which is a dark buildable red - the more coats you apply the deeper and more berry it looks. It is just a great basic winter red. The second is Pacific Blue which is my favourite blue nail polish of all time as it is a perfect bright blue that also has a cornflower blue/purple hint to it. It is perfect! BUT sadly I have recently realised that it has been reformulated and what now is Pacific Blue is a shimmery darker translucent blue which is a huge shame! Shame on you Sally Hansen!

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That's what I have been loving in June. What was your favourite beauty product of the month?

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June Favourites 2015

July 2, 2015

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Hey friends! How was your June? Personally I was not a fan of June, nothing great happened and it's been so cold! BUT July is a new month and hopefully it will be awesome! I do have a few favourite products to share (one I have forgotten to mention but hopefully I will remember for my July favourites).

Lets start with skincare and tools...

Arbonne Clear Control Clarifying Blemish Toner and Wash: I was send this whole range from Arbonne to trial and I have been really impressed with the gel cleanser and toner in particular. This range is designed to control breakouts and spots (which I annoyingly still get in my very late 20s), and even though I personally haven't seen any significant difference in my skin since using them, I have really enjoyed using them. I love that both these products were very effective at removing makeup and grime and left my skin feeling really fresh and clean. These contain salicylic acid and witch hazel, are alcohol free, don't dry out my skin, and smell minty. You can check out more details at the Arbonne website.

Wet Brush (in the colour Cool Tones Blue): My top tool of the month was definitely the Wet Brush! I hate brushing my hair because I have very wavy and tangly hair, but with the Wet Brush it literally only takes me a few seconds to brush out my tangles! I even preferred this over the Tangle Teezer because it has a handle (and not having a handle is my one pet peeve about the Tangle Teezer), it's half the price, and it doesn't feel as scratchy on the scalp as the Tangle Teezer. You can use this wet or dry and it detangled my hair really quickly! I did a full review here.

PuraSonic (in the colour Lovely Lilac): I was sent this to review as part of the Beauty Directory Expert Panel and I love it! This is pretty much the same as a Clarisonic (I used to have a Clarisonic Mia before it broke), but it is heaps cheaper, has more features, comes with an extra brush head and a stand, and the charge lasts a lot longer. Sonic cleansing brushes help cleanse your skin better, clear out pores, minimise pores, improve skin texture and minimise breakouts. They are a great tool to have (especially if you wear a full face of makeup every day), but they are often super expensive. I highly recommend the PuraSonic and it's only $99. I did a full review here.

Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser: Leading on from the PuraSonic, I thought I would mention that my favourite cleanser to use with it is the Antipodes Grace Gentle Cream Cleanser. This is my favourite cream cleanser I have ever used! Normally I find that cream cleansers don't remove oil and makeup very well and they tend to leave a film on the skin, this one doesn't do either of those things.  I using a cream cleanser with the PuraSonic feels a lot more gentle on the skin as the cream texture almost acts like a lubricant for the brush.

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Onto makeup...

Prestige Total Intensity Liner in Daring Green: I have been on the hunt for a pigmented, creamy, budge proof wearable green liner that I could use on my waterline to add a hint of colour to my normal nude eye look (and to enhance brown eyes). I was looking around Priceline and came across the Prestige stand and I fell in love with this Daring Green liner (see swatch in the next photo). It is a beautiful metallic forest green/olive shade that ticks all of the boxes I wanted - pigmented, creamy, waterproof. Because this is so creamy you can also blend this out on the lash line for a smokey eye and I have been finding myself using it a lot on the lower lash line. It was only $14.95 and they have a nice range of blues, greens and purple liners in this formula. I will definitely go back to pick up some more! Check them out at Priceline.

1000 Hour Lashes Xpress Lash-Gro Eyeliner in Black: On the top lash line I have been using this liquid liner all month. This is the only liner I have been using on the top lash line because it contains a lash serum that is designed to help your lashes grow! How amazing is that idea! So I have set myself a goal to use this liner for a couple of months and see if my lashes in fact grow. I have been wearing this every day (besides one or two no makeup days) and I have fallen in love with the formula! It is super black (see swatch below), is very matte, doesn't flake or wear off, is budge proof and looks flawless all day. The only negative is that the brush is quite thin and flimsy and can take some time to get used to. I do think my lashes are a little bit longer, but I will compare them in a month or so to the before photos I took.

Nuxe Reve De Miel Lip Balm: I wanted to mention this lip balm because it is like my best friend! I use this as my night time lip balm (one tub lasted me a year) and when I had finished up my last tub I missed it so much that I had to get a new one straight away... even though I have hundreds of other lip balms that I need to use up. These now come in limited edition 20 year anniversary packaging so you can get them with a teal lid (like mine), a yellow lid or a pinky coral lid. If you want a good night time lip treatment, definitely check out Nuxe Reve De Miel... they are $19.95 but they last for ages, and they often go on sale at Priceline.

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Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl: This is probably my all time favourite makeup product of the month! It is a liquid highlighter that gives the skin the most amazing wet shiny glow without looking over the top or glittery. The swatch above shows the colour when it hasn't been blended out but I will definitely do a full review with better photos shortly (I am tossing up whether to buy another shade before before I do a full review). You can apply this over foundation as a highlight or mix it in with foundation to add some illumination. The only downside is that it retails for $66 in Australia, but it contains 30ml and you use the tiniest amount each application... it will literally last years and years. It is DEFINITELY worth the splurge!

Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in Brick Wall and Pacific Blue (old formula): The two nail polishes I have been loving this month are Brick Wall, which is a dark buildable red - the more coats you apply the deeper and more berry it looks. It is just a great basic winter red. The second is Pacific Blue which is my favourite blue nail polish of all time as it is a perfect bright blue that also has a cornflower blue/purple hint to it. It is perfect! BUT sadly I have recently realised that it has been reformulated and what now is Pacific Blue is a shimmery darker translucent blue which is a huge shame! Shame on you Sally Hansen!

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That's what I have been loving in June. What was your favourite beauty product of the month?

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