September 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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Hey kids! Today I am sharing with you a few hair products from the brand Pure Hair Food that I have been trying and loving lately. I was sent these for review, but as per usual, I will give a completely honest review.

Pure Hair Food is an Australian brand of hair care that includes a few shampoos and conditioners (moisture range, volume range, and a clarifying shampoo) and various hair treatments/styling products. Each of the products are Australian made, made from natural ingredients and are cruelty free (the products that don't contain beeswax are also vegan).

I have been trying the Moisture Shampoo, Moisture Conditioner and Styling Anti-Frizz Treatment from the range and overall I am pretty impressed. I started using these products when my hair was in a pretty gross state (I have no idea what was up with it but it was feeling really dry but limp and weighed down) and these products were really effective at making my hair feel healthier.

All of the products that I used were sulphate, paraben and sodium chloride free, vegan friendly and cruelty free, and also colour safe. The shampoo contain Moroccan argan oil, Australian aloe vera, pro-vitamin B5 and Australian wheat protein as its main ingredients. The conditioner contains Moroccan argan oil, Australian sweet almond oil, African shea butter and Australian wheat protein as the main ingredients. Lastly the hair treatment contains Australian macadamia oil, Australian aloe vera and Australian sunflower oil as the main ingredients (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi).
Check out the photo below for all the ingredients and details.

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Ok time for my thoughts. I have been really enjoying these products as a bit of a hair detox, my hair has definitely been playing up and it has been in need of products like this. Being sulphate free the shampoo doesn't lather too well (sulphates help products foam up so often sulphate free products don't feel very satisfying to use), but it's still nice to use and they definitely make my hair feel clean, lightweight, hydrated and healthy. The anti-frizz treatment is a great product because it is more of a cream, instead of an oil, and it helps tame frizz without weighing down my hair... it also makes my hair smell like bubblegum and I would use it solely for that purpose.

I really like the packaging. I like the brown basic (almost old school medicinal looking) plastic bottles with the white pumps and the cleanly designed labels. The printing looks a little smudged but I think it gives a more local and small company vibe which I think has is charm. The company is also based in Montmorency which I get a bit of a kick out of because I grew up in Eltham which is right down the road. I just feel like this is a brand that I really get behind.

My only downside is that the bottles are pretty small (shampoos and conditioners are 250ml and the treatment is 125ml) and each of the products retail for $28.90. I do think this is a reasonable price for the products if you are into the whole cruelty free, locally made, natural ingredients philosophy, but if you don't really care about all of that then these might not be cost effective enough for you. Each to their own.

If you want to check out the whole range and learn more about Pure Hair Food, then check out their website for all the details! - http://www.purehairfood.com.au/

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Pure Hair Food - mini brand review

September 25, 2015

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Hey kids! Today I am sharing with you a few hair products from the brand Pure Hair Food that I have been trying and loving lately. I was sent these for review, but as per usual, I will give a completely honest review.

Pure Hair Food is an Australian brand of hair care that includes a few shampoos and conditioners (moisture range, volume range, and a clarifying shampoo) and various hair treatments/styling products. Each of the products are Australian made, made from natural ingredients and are cruelty free (the products that don't contain beeswax are also vegan).

I have been trying the Moisture Shampoo, Moisture Conditioner and Styling Anti-Frizz Treatment from the range and overall I am pretty impressed. I started using these products when my hair was in a pretty gross state (I have no idea what was up with it but it was feeling really dry but limp and weighed down) and these products were really effective at making my hair feel healthier.

All of the products that I used were sulphate, paraben and sodium chloride free, vegan friendly and cruelty free, and also colour safe. The shampoo contain Moroccan argan oil, Australian aloe vera, pro-vitamin B5 and Australian wheat protein as its main ingredients. The conditioner contains Moroccan argan oil, Australian sweet almond oil, African shea butter and Australian wheat protein as the main ingredients. Lastly the hair treatment contains Australian macadamia oil, Australian aloe vera and Australian sunflower oil as the main ingredients (Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi).
Check out the photo below for all the ingredients and details.

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Ok time for my thoughts. I have been really enjoying these products as a bit of a hair detox, my hair has definitely been playing up and it has been in need of products like this. Being sulphate free the shampoo doesn't lather too well (sulphates help products foam up so often sulphate free products don't feel very satisfying to use), but it's still nice to use and they definitely make my hair feel clean, lightweight, hydrated and healthy. The anti-frizz treatment is a great product because it is more of a cream, instead of an oil, and it helps tame frizz without weighing down my hair... it also makes my hair smell like bubblegum and I would use it solely for that purpose.

I really like the packaging. I like the brown basic (almost old school medicinal looking) plastic bottles with the white pumps and the cleanly designed labels. The printing looks a little smudged but I think it gives a more local and small company vibe which I think has is charm. The company is also based in Montmorency which I get a bit of a kick out of because I grew up in Eltham which is right down the road. I just feel like this is a brand that I really get behind.

My only downside is that the bottles are pretty small (shampoos and conditioners are 250ml and the treatment is 125ml) and each of the products retail for $28.90. I do think this is a reasonable price for the products if you are into the whole cruelty free, locally made, natural ingredients philosophy, but if you don't really care about all of that then these might not be cost effective enough for you. Each to their own.

If you want to check out the whole range and learn more about Pure Hair Food, then check out their website for all the details! - http://www.purehairfood.com.au/

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Hello friends! Today on the blog is a quick look at the new OPI Venice Collection that has come out for Fall/Winter 2015. In Australia autumn and winter has come and gone (thankfully) but this pack might interest those people who are going into autumn/fall and also for people who like some classic nail polish shades.

This Venice Collection contains 12 full sized polishes and a pack of four mini polishes. This pack retails in Australia for $24.95 and you can get it at places like Myer. I personally love these kits because I rarely finish a whole nail polish, and if you try a mini that you love then you can invest in the full size. My only issue with the minis is that they don't have the shade names on the bottles... so take a photo of the box before you throw it out so you can remember the shade names.

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A Great Opera-tunity - “Aria” ready to wear this gorgeous melon?
This is a cream finish and it is a very interesting shade that boarders the fine line between nude and peach. When I wore this I kept changing my mind from thinking it looks fantastic to thinking it looks odd. I think that confusion makes this a really interesting shade and so far its my favourite shade in the range. The formula is very pigmented but it applies streaky so you do need 2-3 coats for an even application.

Worth a Pretty Penne - Flaunt your fashion “cents” in this shimmery copper.
I normally don't like shimmery or metallic shades but this one is the exception. In some lights this looks nude, in other lights it looks rose gold or even bronze. I think this a very elegant shade and it is a nice alternative to a nude. It would look great with a tan. This applies evenly but requires two coats for an even application. I am wearing two coats in the photo below.

Amore at the Grand Canal - Let the romance flow in this ravishing red.
I haven't used this polish yet so I can't comment on the formula, but the shade is a classic red that doesn't lean to warm or two cool. This is a staple in any nail polish collection.

My Gondola or Yours - Let’s cruise the canals in this luscious black.
Similar to Amore at the Grand Canal, I haven't used this shade yet, but a bold black is also a staple in any nail polish collection.

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Even though this set isn't really suited for the warmer weather that we are about to encounter in Australia, it's a great pack to invest in if you don't have many nail polishes and are looking for some classic shades. The red and black are classic chic shades and the nude/peach and metallic coppery nude and beautiful every day shades.

What are your thoughts on this collection? Will you be buying any of the shades?

x Kat

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This product was sent for review, but my opinions are completely honest.

OPI Venice Collection

September 24, 2015


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Hello friends! Today on the blog is a quick look at the new OPI Venice Collection that has come out for Fall/Winter 2015. In Australia autumn and winter has come and gone (thankfully) but this pack might interest those people who are going into autumn/fall and also for people who like some classic nail polish shades.

This Venice Collection contains 12 full sized polishes and a pack of four mini polishes. This pack retails in Australia for $24.95 and you can get it at places like Myer. I personally love these kits because I rarely finish a whole nail polish, and if you try a mini that you love then you can invest in the full size. My only issue with the minis is that they don't have the shade names on the bottles... so take a photo of the box before you throw it out so you can remember the shade names.

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A Great Opera-tunity - “Aria” ready to wear this gorgeous melon?
This is a cream finish and it is a very interesting shade that boarders the fine line between nude and peach. When I wore this I kept changing my mind from thinking it looks fantastic to thinking it looks odd. I think that confusion makes this a really interesting shade and so far its my favourite shade in the range. The formula is very pigmented but it applies streaky so you do need 2-3 coats for an even application.

Worth a Pretty Penne - Flaunt your fashion “cents” in this shimmery copper.
I normally don't like shimmery or metallic shades but this one is the exception. In some lights this looks nude, in other lights it looks rose gold or even bronze. I think this a very elegant shade and it is a nice alternative to a nude. It would look great with a tan. This applies evenly but requires two coats for an even application. I am wearing two coats in the photo below.

Amore at the Grand Canal - Let the romance flow in this ravishing red.
I haven't used this polish yet so I can't comment on the formula, but the shade is a classic red that doesn't lean to warm or two cool. This is a staple in any nail polish collection.

My Gondola or Yours - Let’s cruise the canals in this luscious black.
Similar to Amore at the Grand Canal, I haven't used this shade yet, but a bold black is also a staple in any nail polish collection.

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Even though this set isn't really suited for the warmer weather that we are about to encounter in Australia, it's a great pack to invest in if you don't have many nail polishes and are looking for some classic shades. The red and black are classic chic shades and the nude/peach and metallic coppery nude and beautiful every day shades.

What are your thoughts on this collection? Will you be buying any of the shades?

x Kat

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Brows have been one of my most important steps of my makeup routine for years now and I am really excited to see more affordable options coming out at the drugstore. Rimmel London has brought out a new Brow This Way range which contains Brow Sculpting Kits and three tinted Brow Styling Gels. I was sent these for review and, after using them for the past few weeks, I am ready to give my thoughts!

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l-r: medium brown wax and powder, dark brown wax and power

Lets start with the Brow Sculpting Kits. I have the shades Medium Brown and Dark Brown. These retail for $12.95 each and contain 3.3g of product each. They also come with a mini spooley and a double ended angle brush. The packaging is very basic and doesn't contain a mirror, but they are very small, sleek and travel friendly.

The benefit of having a wax and powder duo is that if you need to fill in large areas of your brows or you need to extend your brows (unfortunately I need to do both), generally you will need a wax to help the powder stick to the areas that don't have much hair. If you apply a wax first then it gives the powder something to adhere to and it also can help tame the brow hairs. I generally use these types of kits by first applying the wax and then applying the powder on top, but you could do it the other way around, mix the two together or use them individually.

The wax is very pigmented and the colour is nice and cool toned. The only downside for me is that the wax is too wet and slippery to really hold the brows in place, but it does provide a great base for powder to adhere to. Some brow waxes are dry enough to be used on their own without needing to be set with the powder, but this one stays quite tacky and does require setting with the powder to stay in place. The powder itself is a little too warm toned for my liking so I prefer to use the wax to fill in my brows and then apply a small amount of the powder just to set the wax. Since both wax and powder (in both kits) are quite pigmented then using them together can look darker than what you might originally expect. I would like to see this kit with a cooler toned powder and maybe lighter shades as well.

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t-b: Dark Brown, Medium Brown and Blonde
The Sculpting Brow Gels in the range include Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown. Each of these retail for $12.95 and contain 8.8g of product. Firstly, I love the colours of these, they are all quite cool or green toned which makes for great brow colours. The Blonde shade is particularly great as often drugstore blonde brow products tend to look quite orange. The pigmentation is also really nice and it definitely helps fill in your brows. The spooley applicator could be smaller, but the tapered tip means that you can get a quite precise application. My main negative is that the gel doesn't hold your brows in place. So if you have long unruly brow hairs like me, then this will add colour but won't hold them in place.

Overall I really don't mind these products, they are definitely something that I am happy to use and if you are on a budget then they are a decent option. I am probably most impressed with the brow gels because the shades are really great and wearable, which is pretty rare for products that are in this price range. If you have brow hairs that generally stay in place but might require little bit of colour, then I would recommend trying the tinted brow gels, but if you want some more precise sculpting of your brows then try the wax and powder kits... just be careful because the powers do look quite warm.

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These products were sent for review, but my reviews are my honest opinion.

Rimmel London Brow This Way - review and swatches

September 22, 2015

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Brows have been one of my most important steps of my makeup routine for years now and I am really excited to see more affordable options coming out at the drugstore. Rimmel London has brought out a new Brow This Way range which contains Brow Sculpting Kits and three tinted Brow Styling Gels. I was sent these for review and, after using them for the past few weeks, I am ready to give my thoughts!

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l-r: medium brown wax and powder, dark brown wax and power

Lets start with the Brow Sculpting Kits. I have the shades Medium Brown and Dark Brown. These retail for $12.95 each and contain 3.3g of product each. They also come with a mini spooley and a double ended angle brush. The packaging is very basic and doesn't contain a mirror, but they are very small, sleek and travel friendly.

The benefit of having a wax and powder duo is that if you need to fill in large areas of your brows or you need to extend your brows (unfortunately I need to do both), generally you will need a wax to help the powder stick to the areas that don't have much hair. If you apply a wax first then it gives the powder something to adhere to and it also can help tame the brow hairs. I generally use these types of kits by first applying the wax and then applying the powder on top, but you could do it the other way around, mix the two together or use them individually.

The wax is very pigmented and the colour is nice and cool toned. The only downside for me is that the wax is too wet and slippery to really hold the brows in place, but it does provide a great base for powder to adhere to. Some brow waxes are dry enough to be used on their own without needing to be set with the powder, but this one stays quite tacky and does require setting with the powder to stay in place. The powder itself is a little too warm toned for my liking so I prefer to use the wax to fill in my brows and then apply a small amount of the powder just to set the wax. Since both wax and powder (in both kits) are quite pigmented then using them together can look darker than what you might originally expect. I would like to see this kit with a cooler toned powder and maybe lighter shades as well.

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t-b: Dark Brown, Medium Brown and Blonde
The Sculpting Brow Gels in the range include Blonde, Medium Brown and Dark Brown. Each of these retail for $12.95 and contain 8.8g of product. Firstly, I love the colours of these, they are all quite cool or green toned which makes for great brow colours. The Blonde shade is particularly great as often drugstore blonde brow products tend to look quite orange. The pigmentation is also really nice and it definitely helps fill in your brows. The spooley applicator could be smaller, but the tapered tip means that you can get a quite precise application. My main negative is that the gel doesn't hold your brows in place. So if you have long unruly brow hairs like me, then this will add colour but won't hold them in place.

Overall I really don't mind these products, they are definitely something that I am happy to use and if you are on a budget then they are a decent option. I am probably most impressed with the brow gels because the shades are really great and wearable, which is pretty rare for products that are in this price range. If you have brow hairs that generally stay in place but might require little bit of colour, then I would recommend trying the tinted brow gels, but if you want some more precise sculpting of your brows then try the wax and powder kits... just be careful because the powers do look quite warm.

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The internet was a buzz with rave reviews of the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey... and as I am currently obsessed with highlighters I had to check it out for myself.

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Some basic information: I bought this from Beauty Bay where I paid AU$37.70 with free shipping. Shipping took about two weeks to arrive. I have ordered off Beauty Bay many times and do recommend the site. This was probably the longest I had to wait for an item to arrive to me in Melbourne.

This shade is no longer available on the site (I'm sure it will come back in stock soon) but the other shade Ballerina which is more of a pink champagne shade is in stock and retails for $38.50.

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For the price of this, I was a little disappointed in the packaging and size. The packaging is just a basic plastic compact with a clear domed lid, no mirror, and it doesn't feel all that sturdy or special.

This contains a puny 4.5g of product and I really should have taken a photo of this compared to other highlighters to show how small it really is (see my instagram photo of me holding it below as a reference) . In comparison a MAC Mineralized Skin Finish contains 10g of product and The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer contains 8.5g of product. Now The Balm's Mary-Lou is one of my favourite highlighters and it costs less than this highlighter, contains nearly double the amount of product, and I like it more.

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I think the thing that made people go crazy for this highlighter is the swirl...



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...the swirl

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....THE SWIRL!
...the swirl design is pretty cool.

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The product itself is ok. Being a baked highlighter, the product is quite firm and a little dry. It definitely doesn't have the buttery feel that Mary-Lou or one of the Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors have.

The colour is a lot more yellow gold than I expected, and even though it is lovely on the skin, it wouldn't work for people who have very fair skin. This looks a lot more yellow gold in the watches and tends to apply in a more golden champagne colour. I have a skintone that matches foundations that have names like "beige" and "nude" and this works alright on me, but I think it would look better with a bit of a tan. This also applies a little sparkly/uneven instead of a smooth even sheen.

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If you are very fair, if gold doesn't suit you or you don't like obvious sparkly highlighters then definitely steer clear of this highlighter. If you have light/medium or have deeper skin tones, if gold tones suit you and you don't mind a glittery highlighter then you might like this.

I personally don't think this is worth the $38 that they are asking... it doesn't contain much product and I find myself reaching for other highlighters over it. Its nice, it looks pretty in the pan, but is it worth the money and the hassle of tracking it down? Nope. I might change my tune when summer comes around and I want a really gold highlighter, but after a few wears of this, I'm not in love.

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Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey: review and swatches

September 17, 2015

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The internet was a buzz with rave reviews of the Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey... and as I am currently obsessed with highlighters I had to check it out for myself.

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Some basic information: I bought this from Beauty Bay where I paid AU$37.70 with free shipping. Shipping took about two weeks to arrive. I have ordered off Beauty Bay many times and do recommend the site. This was probably the longest I had to wait for an item to arrive to me in Melbourne.

This shade is no longer available on the site (I'm sure it will come back in stock soon) but the other shade Ballerina which is more of a pink champagne shade is in stock and retails for $38.50.

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For the price of this, I was a little disappointed in the packaging and size. The packaging is just a basic plastic compact with a clear domed lid, no mirror, and it doesn't feel all that sturdy or special.

This contains a puny 4.5g of product and I really should have taken a photo of this compared to other highlighters to show how small it really is (see my instagram photo of me holding it below as a reference) . In comparison a MAC Mineralized Skin Finish contains 10g of product and The Balm's Mary-Lou Manizer contains 8.5g of product. Now The Balm's Mary-Lou is one of my favourite highlighters and it costs less than this highlighter, contains nearly double the amount of product, and I like it more.

honey
https://instagram.com/kitschsnitch/
I think the thing that made people go crazy for this highlighter is the swirl...



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...the swirl

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....THE SWIRL!
...the swirl design is pretty cool.

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The product itself is ok. Being a baked highlighter, the product is quite firm and a little dry. It definitely doesn't have the buttery feel that Mary-Lou or one of the Becca Pressed Shimmering Skin Perfectors have.

The colour is a lot more yellow gold than I expected, and even though it is lovely on the skin, it wouldn't work for people who have very fair skin. This looks a lot more yellow gold in the watches and tends to apply in a more golden champagne colour. I have a skintone that matches foundations that have names like "beige" and "nude" and this works alright on me, but I think it would look better with a bit of a tan. This also applies a little sparkly/uneven instead of a smooth even sheen.

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If you are very fair, if gold doesn't suit you or you don't like obvious sparkly highlighters then definitely steer clear of this highlighter. If you have light/medium or have deeper skin tones, if gold tones suit you and you don't mind a glittery highlighter then you might like this.

I personally don't think this is worth the $38 that they are asking... it doesn't contain much product and I find myself reaching for other highlighters over it. Its nice, it looks pretty in the pan, but is it worth the money and the hassle of tracking it down? Nope. I might change my tune when summer comes around and I want a really gold highlighter, but after a few wears of this, I'm not in love.

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I recently bought a new nail polish from Kester Black and realised that a post dedicated purely to Kester Black is a VERY overdue.

I first bought Kester Black nail polish a couple of years ago and it has quickly become my favourite brand of nail polish. Not only are they vegan, cruelty free, five free (meaning it contains no Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor), but the shades available and formula are phenomenal. If I could design a nail polish brand, this is pretty much exactly what I would want my brand to be like! Another bonus is that Kester Black is a Melbourne based company (Melbourne pride!).

Anna Ross (creator of Kester Black) and Chelsea Bagan (from Trophy Wife) also joined forces to print The Hand Book: A Guide to Nail Art which retails for $20 and is a fantastic source of nail art inspiration, or even just a great coffee table book for any beauty lover.

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Here is my little collection of Kester Black polishes. Each polish retails for $20 but the colours are out of this world and the formula is fantastic. I much prefer to invest in a Kester Black polish than an OPI polish because the quality is far superior in my opinion. All of the shades are available from the Kester Black online store, or you can check out their stockist page to see where you can buy them in store.

The shades that I have are (l-r) Prenup, Monarch (my newest acquisition), Acid, Sugar Daddy, Bougainvillea (my favourite purple of all time), Nude, Laguna, Silver Birch and Alimony.

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Look how beautiful Monarch is! This applies smoothly and only requires two coats for an opaque finish. This photo is after a few days wear (with a top coat).

Have you tried Kester Black? What are your thoughts on the brand?

x Kat

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Kester Black

September 16, 2015

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I recently bought a new nail polish from Kester Black and realised that a post dedicated purely to Kester Black is a VERY overdue.

I first bought Kester Black nail polish a couple of years ago and it has quickly become my favourite brand of nail polish. Not only are they vegan, cruelty free, five free (meaning it contains no Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin or Camphor), but the shades available and formula are phenomenal. If I could design a nail polish brand, this is pretty much exactly what I would want my brand to be like! Another bonus is that Kester Black is a Melbourne based company (Melbourne pride!).

Anna Ross (creator of Kester Black) and Chelsea Bagan (from Trophy Wife) also joined forces to print The Hand Book: A Guide to Nail Art which retails for $20 and is a fantastic source of nail art inspiration, or even just a great coffee table book for any beauty lover.

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Here is my little collection of Kester Black polishes. Each polish retails for $20 but the colours are out of this world and the formula is fantastic. I much prefer to invest in a Kester Black polish than an OPI polish because the quality is far superior in my opinion. All of the shades are available from the Kester Black online store, or you can check out their stockist page to see where you can buy them in store.

The shades that I have are (l-r) Prenup, Monarch (my newest acquisition), Acid, Sugar Daddy, Bougainvillea (my favourite purple of all time), Nude, Laguna, Silver Birch and Alimony.

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Look how beautiful Monarch is! This applies smoothly and only requires two coats for an opaque finish. This photo is after a few days wear (with a top coat).

Have you tried Kester Black? What are your thoughts on the brand?

x Kat

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Hey lovelies! The sun is out, it's finally spring in Australia and I thought I would do a quick outfit of the day with a few clothing and accessory items that I have been loving lately!

This is just a basic look with a super comfy baggy t-shirt, some basic black skinny jeans, mint nails and shoes and some wooden accessories.

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One think that is a complete must for me in the warmer weather is a good quality baggy t-shirt. These look fantastic with jeans and high wasited skirts and shorts. They are also really light and comfortable for when the weather becomes really hot. This t-shirt is by Rag & Bone from Tuchuzy. 

The jeans I am wearing are the High Waisted Super Skinny Jeans in Black by Jeans West. My bag is the Doctor Doctor Bag from Gorman and my sunglasses are the Ray Ban Medium Aviators in blue (which are my favourite sunglasses of all time!). If you want to see close up photos of my Jord watch, I did do a full blog post here.

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I am wearing my new accessory obsession, it's the Sarah And Sebastian Silver Line Ring, also from Tuchuzy. The necklace is the Owl Necklace from Luyi and Bubs, and on my nails I am wearing the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in 340 Mint Sorbet which is the PERFECT spring nail shade.

And then lastly, I am wearing my Kathryn Wilson Laurel Jazz shoes in mint... and yes, my name is Kathryn Wilson so to find a shoe designer with my name is amazing!

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Thanks to my lovely photographer Kylie for helping me out with this post :)

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Casual spring outfit of the day

September 11, 2015

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Hey lovelies! The sun is out, it's finally spring in Australia and I thought I would do a quick outfit of the day with a few clothing and accessory items that I have been loving lately!

This is just a basic look with a super comfy baggy t-shirt, some basic black skinny jeans, mint nails and shoes and some wooden accessories.

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One think that is a complete must for me in the warmer weather is a good quality baggy t-shirt. These look fantastic with jeans and high wasited skirts and shorts. They are also really light and comfortable for when the weather becomes really hot. This t-shirt is by Rag & Bone from Tuchuzy. 

The jeans I am wearing are the High Waisted Super Skinny Jeans in Black by Jeans West. My bag is the Doctor Doctor Bag from Gorman and my sunglasses are the Ray Ban Medium Aviators in blue (which are my favourite sunglasses of all time!). If you want to see close up photos of my Jord watch, I did do a full blog post here.

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I am wearing my new accessory obsession, it's the Sarah And Sebastian Silver Line Ring, also from Tuchuzy. The necklace is the Owl Necklace from Luyi and Bubs, and on my nails I am wearing the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in 340 Mint Sorbet which is the PERFECT spring nail shade.

And then lastly, I am wearing my Kathryn Wilson Laurel Jazz shoes in mint... and yes, my name is Kathryn Wilson so to find a shoe designer with my name is amazing!

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Thanks to my lovely photographer Kylie for helping me out with this post :)

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About a month ago (I am clearly very behind with blogging) MAC released a few new matte lipstick shades to their permanent range. If you know me or read my blog you will know that one of my favourite types of lipsticks are MAC lipsticks, specifically their matte formula. A couple of the new lipsticks are based on popular lip liner shades, and the one shade that caught my eye (and many other peoples eye) is the shade Whirl.

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Since this is a permanent lipstick it comes in the regular MAC packaging and retails in Australia for $36. This shade is described as a "dirty rose" but it is definitely a deep rosy brown. The formula is beautiful, most of MAC's matte lipsticks have a creamy formula that is very pigmented, lasts for hours and doesn't dry out the lips, and this shade is no different. I

I mainly wanted to pick up this shade because I have loved Velvet Teddy for around 5 years now! Velvet Teddy became a huge cult favourite after the whole Kylie Jenner 90s lip trend happened, but I can wear my makeup hipster title proudly and say that I has this shade years before most people knew it existed. Whirl is compared a lot to Velvet Teddy but is seen as being a darker version... so I thought I would do a quick comparison.

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Above are swatches of MAC's Velvet Teddy (top) and Whirl (bottom). Now I want to mention straight away that I think Whirl looks a lot darker swatched and applied than it does in the bullet and it also looks a lot more... well brown!

Both lipsticks have the same finish, pigmentation and creamy application and both are a rosy brown nude shade. I'm sure you can see that Velvet Teddy is a lot more peachy nude and mid toned whereas Whirl is a lot darker and instead of looking nude it definitely leans more burgundy brown. Whirl wears on the lips for a good 4+ hours.

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I love the formula of both of these lipsticks and both shades are really beautiful. I do think Velvet Teddy is a lot more wearable and would suit 90% of people whereas you need to be a little more daring to wear Whirl because it can look just like a dark brown on the lips, which a lot of people won't be comfortable wearing. If this colour wasn't on trend at the moment, I can imagine a lot of people giving this colour a miss. Below is an instagram photo of me wearing Whirl and you can see how brown it can appear. Even though I do like it, I honestly haven't been reaching for it too often... maybe I will wait until next autumn to wear it more.

If you are currently in a country that has just gone into autumn/fall then this would be a great deep nude-ish lip alternative to a berry for a dark red.

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Mac Whirl Lipstick - review, swatches and comparison to Velvet Teddy

September 9, 2015

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About a month ago (I am clearly very behind with blogging) MAC released a few new matte lipstick shades to their permanent range. If you know me or read my blog you will know that one of my favourite types of lipsticks are MAC lipsticks, specifically their matte formula. A couple of the new lipsticks are based on popular lip liner shades, and the one shade that caught my eye (and many other peoples eye) is the shade Whirl.

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Since this is a permanent lipstick it comes in the regular MAC packaging and retails in Australia for $36. This shade is described as a "dirty rose" but it is definitely a deep rosy brown. The formula is beautiful, most of MAC's matte lipsticks have a creamy formula that is very pigmented, lasts for hours and doesn't dry out the lips, and this shade is no different. I

I mainly wanted to pick up this shade because I have loved Velvet Teddy for around 5 years now! Velvet Teddy became a huge cult favourite after the whole Kylie Jenner 90s lip trend happened, but I can wear my makeup hipster title proudly and say that I has this shade years before most people knew it existed. Whirl is compared a lot to Velvet Teddy but is seen as being a darker version... so I thought I would do a quick comparison.

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Above are swatches of MAC's Velvet Teddy (top) and Whirl (bottom). Now I want to mention straight away that I think Whirl looks a lot darker swatched and applied than it does in the bullet and it also looks a lot more... well brown!

Both lipsticks have the same finish, pigmentation and creamy application and both are a rosy brown nude shade. I'm sure you can see that Velvet Teddy is a lot more peachy nude and mid toned whereas Whirl is a lot darker and instead of looking nude it definitely leans more burgundy brown. Whirl wears on the lips for a good 4+ hours.

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I love the formula of both of these lipsticks and both shades are really beautiful. I do think Velvet Teddy is a lot more wearable and would suit 90% of people whereas you need to be a little more daring to wear Whirl because it can look just like a dark brown on the lips, which a lot of people won't be comfortable wearing. If this colour wasn't on trend at the moment, I can imagine a lot of people giving this colour a miss. Below is an instagram photo of me wearing Whirl and you can see how brown it can appear. Even though I do like it, I honestly haven't been reaching for it too often... maybe I will wait until next autumn to wear it more.

If you are currently in a country that has just gone into autumn/fall then this would be a great deep nude-ish lip alternative to a berry for a dark red.

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It's now spring (hooray!) which means that warmer weather is on its way and soon we will be shedding the pants and stockings and the legs will come out! If you are like me, you have been in hibernation and have been a little lazy with the hair removal situation... here is a great pack to fix that. Here are my first impressions of the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit.

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Lets put it out there, if I can get away with shaving over waxing, I will choose shaving every time. However, in the warmer weather I can't stand having to shave my legs every day or every other day, so waxing becomes very very important if you want to stay prickle free.

Now, I have dabbled with home waxing numerous times in the past and I always find that I heat up the wax too much or not enough and the consistency is off and I end up making a lot of mess... AND over the last year I actually haven't had a microwave (it broke down and I never bothered replacing it) so I haven't been able to heat up wax at home... this is where the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit has come in handy!

This kit comes with everything you see in the photo above - a self heating device and its cap, a 50ml roll on wax refill, 12 non woven strips, 4 post depilatory wipes, an electrical cable and an instruction leaflet.

This kit retails for $39.95 from Priceline and the wax refills are $14.99.

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You simply insert the wax refill into the heating device, plug it in and wait 20-40min for it to warm up to the perfect temperature. I let it heat up for 40min because the weather is currently pretty cold and I have read reviews that if you only leave it for 20min then it doesn't apply as evenly (you might only need to heat it for 20min when the weather is a lot warmer).

You then apply the roller to you skin and the wax applies in a nice thin layer (you can apply another layer if it initially applies a little patchy). The most exciting thing to me was that the wax is bright pink! Now I can't tell you how much more fun this process is when the wax is pink... I am a sucker for things like that. The wax didn't feel too hot because it applies in a thin layer.

I found that this wax worked really well and I was quite surprised because my leg hairs weren't as long as they normally need to be when I have waxed them previouslu. I found that the wax did start to cool down after around 15min... so if you are waxing large areas then I would suggest to reheat this after 15-20min.

I only waxed from the knees down so I didn't use up the whole cartridge of wax, and I honestly don't know how many waxes one refill contains. Also note that this is the refill for arms and legs, they do have refills for underarms and bikini lines which have a smaller applicator.

There was one negative that I experienced with this system... and I think it might annoy me quite a lot down the track. I used about 6 or so fabric strips and I am used to being able to wash them and reuse them (as other pot waxes are water soluble), this wax is really really stubborn and almost has a waxy chewing gum consistency. To remove the excess off your legs you NEED to use the towelettes provided because the wax only dissolves with oil. This annoys me because with this type of wax you can't wash the fabric strips, which means if you use too many then you literally need to go buy backups. Also since the wax is so hard to remove, if you do get it on any fabric (I went to wipe my hands on a tea towel) it will be very difficult to remove. The only improvement I could suggest to this kit is that they make the wax water soluble.

I loved using this system, the process was a lot more mess free than any other at home wax kit I have used previously, it also was fun to use, very effective, and I loved the pink wax. The one downside is that you can't wash the fabric strips and I know for a fact that once I run out of strips I will either forget to buy more or resent having to buy more at an added cost. If you want a very simple no fuss at home waxing system, I do highly recommend trying this out!

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts?

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Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit

September 7, 2015

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It's now spring (hooray!) which means that warmer weather is on its way and soon we will be shedding the pants and stockings and the legs will come out! If you are like me, you have been in hibernation and have been a little lazy with the hair removal situation... here is a great pack to fix that. Here are my first impressions of the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit.

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Lets put it out there, if I can get away with shaving over waxing, I will choose shaving every time. However, in the warmer weather I can't stand having to shave my legs every day or every other day, so waxing becomes very very important if you want to stay prickle free.

Now, I have dabbled with home waxing numerous times in the past and I always find that I heat up the wax too much or not enough and the consistency is off and I end up making a lot of mess... AND over the last year I actually haven't had a microwave (it broke down and I never bothered replacing it) so I haven't been able to heat up wax at home... this is where the Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit has come in handy!

This kit comes with everything you see in the photo above - a self heating device and its cap, a 50ml roll on wax refill, 12 non woven strips, 4 post depilatory wipes, an electrical cable and an instruction leaflet.

This kit retails for $39.95 from Priceline and the wax refills are $14.99.

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You simply insert the wax refill into the heating device, plug it in and wait 20-40min for it to warm up to the perfect temperature. I let it heat up for 40min because the weather is currently pretty cold and I have read reviews that if you only leave it for 20min then it doesn't apply as evenly (you might only need to heat it for 20min when the weather is a lot warmer).

You then apply the roller to you skin and the wax applies in a nice thin layer (you can apply another layer if it initially applies a little patchy). The most exciting thing to me was that the wax is bright pink! Now I can't tell you how much more fun this process is when the wax is pink... I am a sucker for things like that. The wax didn't feel too hot because it applies in a thin layer.

I found that this wax worked really well and I was quite surprised because my leg hairs weren't as long as they normally need to be when I have waxed them previouslu. I found that the wax did start to cool down after around 15min... so if you are waxing large areas then I would suggest to reheat this after 15-20min.

I only waxed from the knees down so I didn't use up the whole cartridge of wax, and I honestly don't know how many waxes one refill contains. Also note that this is the refill for arms and legs, they do have refills for underarms and bikini lines which have a smaller applicator.

There was one negative that I experienced with this system... and I think it might annoy me quite a lot down the track. I used about 6 or so fabric strips and I am used to being able to wash them and reuse them (as other pot waxes are water soluble), this wax is really really stubborn and almost has a waxy chewing gum consistency. To remove the excess off your legs you NEED to use the towelettes provided because the wax only dissolves with oil. This annoys me because with this type of wax you can't wash the fabric strips, which means if you use too many then you literally need to go buy backups. Also since the wax is so hard to remove, if you do get it on any fabric (I went to wipe my hands on a tea towel) it will be very difficult to remove. The only improvement I could suggest to this kit is that they make the wax water soluble.

I loved using this system, the process was a lot more mess free than any other at home wax kit I have used previously, it also was fun to use, very effective, and I loved the pink wax. The one downside is that you can't wash the fabric strips and I know for a fact that once I run out of strips I will either forget to buy more or resent having to buy more at an added cost. If you want a very simple no fuss at home waxing system, I do highly recommend trying this out!

Have you tried this? What are your thoughts?

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I am excited to announce that I have teamed up with my wonderful friend Ken from The Pop Heir to host a giveaway!

The prize will be an Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (see my full review of it here) and all you need to do is be a subscriber of both our channels. You can gain more entries by following us on our social media platforms. Check out the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and for all the details.

This giveaway will be open for 2 weeks, will be open internationally and you will need parents/guardians permission to enter if you are under 18 years old.

Please note that this is a way to thank our followers and subscribers for being so supportive. If you follow us and then unfollow us after the giveaway you will be disqualified from all future giveaways.

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***CLOSED*** GIVEAWAY! Win an Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette!

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I am excited to announce that I have teamed up with my wonderful friend Ken from The Pop Heir to host a giveaway!

The prize will be an Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette (see my full review of it here) and all you need to do is be a subscriber of both our channels. You can gain more entries by following us on our social media platforms. Check out the Rafflecopter widget below to enter and for all the details.

This giveaway will be open for 2 weeks, will be open internationally and you will need parents/guardians permission to enter if you are under 18 years old.

Please note that this is a way to thank our followers and subscribers for being so supportive. If you follow us and then unfollow us after the giveaway you will be disqualified from all future giveaways.

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Hey lovelies!

The warmer weather is coming up in Australia (woo hoo!) and I thought I would dedicate a post to some SunSense products that I recently were sent for review.

This is a review/informative post because I have used the face products and lip balm for a few weeks, used one of the body sunscreens a couple of times and then there are a few products I haven't yet tried... but I thought I would give some basic information anyway.

There are a lot of different products available in the SunSense range, and they are all conveniently colour coded for different purposes - e.g. blue is sport, red is ultra, purple is sensitive, yellow is junior etc etc.

All of the sunscreens in the range are fragrance free, dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin. They also all contain Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) which helps to maintain normal skin barrier function, reduce inflammation, moisturise the skin, improve skin tone and texture and is beneficial to acne prone skin. All of the sunscreens are also UVA and UVB protection with SPF of 50 or 50+.

The products that I have are:

SunSense Clear Mist Cool and Dry ($17.99 for 200ml at Priceline): I am obsessed with this stuff! I hate body sunscreens because they are so sticky and gross... and yes, this does have that tackiness of a sunscreen once applied, BUT it applies as a fine mist spray that allows you to apply an even thin layer and you can easily apply this in hard to reach places. This is SPF 50 and is 3 hours water resistant. The only thing to note is that this is an alcohol based spray.

SunSense Clear Gel Cool and Dry (125ml): I haven't tried this yet but it is designed to be a quick drying gel that is easily spreadable and is SPF 50.

SunSense Sensitive Lotion (75ml for $11.49 from Priceline): A gentle sunscreen designed for people with sensitive skin. SPF 50+.

SunSense Ultra For The Family (200ml): SPF 50+ with 3 hours water resistance, easily applied and absorbed.

SunSense Lip Balm (15ml for $3 at Priceline): This has not found a permanent place in my car. I apply this every morning and I really love it. It is a thin formula that prevents dry lips, but it is the only SPF 50+ lip balm that I own... and its so cheap!

SunSense Sport (125ml for $9.99 at Priceline): This has SPF 50+, is 4 hours water resistant and is sweat and sand resistant.

Onto the ones that peak my interest the most... the face sunscreens.

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SunSense Anti-Aging Face (100ml for $20.99 at Priceline): This is a thin sunscreen that is SPF 50+, contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid), Vitamin E and Vitamin B3. AHA is an acid used in skincare to help reduce dead skin cells and it helps to smooth and firm the skin. This is a great everyday sunscreen that no only prevents aging from providing high protection, but the added ingredients help reduce aging that has already occurred. This is light weight and doesn't cause any breakouts.

SunSense Anti-Aging Face Matte Invisible Tint Finish (100ml $21.49 at Priceline): This is similar to the anti-aging one above as it is SPF 50+ and contains AHAs, Vitamin E and Vitamin B3, however this also has a matte finish and a tint to the product. This is the sunscreen that I have been using the most out of the range because I have slightly oily skin and really love the "matte" finish. This isn't so much matte on the skin, but it definitely doesn't look as shiny as other sunscreens. I also love the tint because it doesn't add coverage, but merely takes away the white cast. This is my personal pick of the sunscreens in this range.

SunSense Daily Face Invisible Tint Finish (75g for $14.99 at Priceline): This is also an SPF 50+ sunscreen with a matte finish and a tint, but this is more of a high SPF tinted moisturiser. This does work well, and would be great for people who love simple skincare routines, but I personally prefer a separate moisturiser and sunscreen.

Those are my thoughts on the SunSense range. I personally LOVE the Lip Balm, the Anti-Aging Face Matte Invisible Finish face sunscreen and the Clear Mist body sunscreen. There is literally something for everyone in the SunSense line and it is definitely worth while checking out for the warmer months coming up. Everything is SPF 50 and great value for money!

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September 4, 2015

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Hey lovelies!

The warmer weather is coming up in Australia (woo hoo!) and I thought I would dedicate a post to some SunSense products that I recently were sent for review.

This is a review/informative post because I have used the face products and lip balm for a few weeks, used one of the body sunscreens a couple of times and then there are a few products I haven't yet tried... but I thought I would give some basic information anyway.

There are a lot of different products available in the SunSense range, and they are all conveniently colour coded for different purposes - e.g. blue is sport, red is ultra, purple is sensitive, yellow is junior etc etc.

All of the sunscreens in the range are fragrance free, dermatologically tested and suitable for sensitive skin. They also all contain Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) which helps to maintain normal skin barrier function, reduce inflammation, moisturise the skin, improve skin tone and texture and is beneficial to acne prone skin. All of the sunscreens are also UVA and UVB protection with SPF of 50 or 50+.

The products that I have are:

SunSense Clear Mist Cool and Dry ($17.99 for 200ml at Priceline): I am obsessed with this stuff! I hate body sunscreens because they are so sticky and gross... and yes, this does have that tackiness of a sunscreen once applied, BUT it applies as a fine mist spray that allows you to apply an even thin layer and you can easily apply this in hard to reach places. This is SPF 50 and is 3 hours water resistant. The only thing to note is that this is an alcohol based spray.

SunSense Clear Gel Cool and Dry (125ml): I haven't tried this yet but it is designed to be a quick drying gel that is easily spreadable and is SPF 50.

SunSense Sensitive Lotion (75ml for $11.49 from Priceline): A gentle sunscreen designed for people with sensitive skin. SPF 50+.

SunSense Ultra For The Family (200ml): SPF 50+ with 3 hours water resistance, easily applied and absorbed.

SunSense Lip Balm (15ml for $3 at Priceline): This has not found a permanent place in my car. I apply this every morning and I really love it. It is a thin formula that prevents dry lips, but it is the only SPF 50+ lip balm that I own... and its so cheap!

SunSense Sport (125ml for $9.99 at Priceline): This has SPF 50+, is 4 hours water resistant and is sweat and sand resistant.

Onto the ones that peak my interest the most... the face sunscreens.

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SunSense Anti-Aging Face (100ml for $20.99 at Priceline): This is a thin sunscreen that is SPF 50+, contains AHAs (alpha hydroxy acid), Vitamin E and Vitamin B3. AHA is an acid used in skincare to help reduce dead skin cells and it helps to smooth and firm the skin. This is a great everyday sunscreen that no only prevents aging from providing high protection, but the added ingredients help reduce aging that has already occurred. This is light weight and doesn't cause any breakouts.

SunSense Anti-Aging Face Matte Invisible Tint Finish (100ml $21.49 at Priceline): This is similar to the anti-aging one above as it is SPF 50+ and contains AHAs, Vitamin E and Vitamin B3, however this also has a matte finish and a tint to the product. This is the sunscreen that I have been using the most out of the range because I have slightly oily skin and really love the "matte" finish. This isn't so much matte on the skin, but it definitely doesn't look as shiny as other sunscreens. I also love the tint because it doesn't add coverage, but merely takes away the white cast. This is my personal pick of the sunscreens in this range.

SunSense Daily Face Invisible Tint Finish (75g for $14.99 at Priceline): This is also an SPF 50+ sunscreen with a matte finish and a tint, but this is more of a high SPF tinted moisturiser. This does work well, and would be great for people who love simple skincare routines, but I personally prefer a separate moisturiser and sunscreen.

Those are my thoughts on the SunSense range. I personally LOVE the Lip Balm, the Anti-Aging Face Matte Invisible Finish face sunscreen and the Clear Mist body sunscreen. There is literally something for everyone in the SunSense line and it is definitely worth while checking out for the warmer months coming up. Everything is SPF 50 and great value for money!

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I love the start of the month! I always look forward to seeing peoples favourites posts and videos flood my computer... I honestly can't get enough of them. This is also the start of spring in Australia so I am so extremely excited for warmer weather, I have had enough of winter and I can't wait for warm sun and wearing shorts.

Aaaanyway... here are my favourite beauty products for August (and the end of winter *cheers*)... expect more peachy/bronzy/bright things for my next favourites.

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Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Gel: I have been trialling a lot of skincare throughout August and my favourite cleanser is this gel cleanser that I bought during the Priceline skincare sales (thanks Kate for the recommendation). This is a light gel that foams nicely, cleanses well without drying the skin, and smells delicious. This doesn't have any added perfumes but it has a really nice soft natural sweet scent... it's really hard to describe but it's a scent that makes me want to eat it. Great basic, affordable, gentle cleanser.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever: My favourite scent of the month is this new release from Marc Jacobs. It is a nice sweet, fresh and light scent that will be perfect for spring. This sort of reminds me of one of the Katy Perry Killer Queen scents but it lasts a lot longer on the skin. I did a full review here.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation: I have had this foundation for aaaages. I find that this is too dewy for me in the warmer weather so I really wanted to use it up while the weather is still cool. This would be great for normal skin but I find that this breaks down on my oily t-zone... BUT I have come to realise that this is an amazing mixing foundation! This is perfect to mix with the new L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation (review here) to remove some of the powdery dry finish and to prevent it from transferring. This is also great to mix with my Estee Lauder Double Wear which I also want to finish up. I find the Estee Lauder Double wear looks very cakey on me and can tend to break me out, but mixed with the True Match it works really well! I don't recommend this foundation on oily skin on its own, but it is great to mix!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette: I'm not going to harp on about this palette because I did a full blog review here, I did a first impressions video with comparisons to the other Naked Palettes here and I did a smoky eye look here... BUT I did want to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this palette. If you are a smoky eye lover then this is a must have palette! If you are like me, and you don't often rock a smoky eye but you just want it to complete your UD Naked collection, you will find that you can easily work it into your daily makeup look.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush: OMG this brush is life! The RT Bold Metals brushes launched this month (I did a full review here) and lets face it they aren't cheap! If I had to pick one brush that is worth the heft price tag (I still recommend waiting for a sale) it is the 300 Tapered Blush Brush. Mine is clearly dirty but I use one side to apply blush and the other side to apply highlighter. The tapered shape would also make this perfect for setting powder or applying contour. I am considering investing in a few of these so I can have one for blush, one for highlighter and one for contouring.

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The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer: This month has been the month of OTT highlighting for me. You can often see me on the weekend with a light base, mascara, brows and a shit tonne of highlighter. I think I am so desperate for sunny weather that I have been overcompensating with highlighter. The Mary-Lou isn't the only highlighter that I have been wearing (I have also been rocking MAC Soft and Gentle and Becca Opal) but this has been the main one I reach for. This is a beautiful bright light champagne gold shade that gives an intense highlight. This can look a little ashy on me in summer so I have been going crazy with it while I am still pale.

MAC Rebel Lipstick: This lipstick has been on my wish list for a long time and the only reason I took the plunge and bought it was because I wanted to order the new Whirl matte shade and wanted to qualify for free shipping (yep, I'm one of those people). I like Whirl (a review will be coming up soon) but I LOVE Rebel! This is a bright berry pink that looks darker in the tube than when applied. You can apply this lightly for a magenta toned stain or you can apply it heavily for a bright berry pop. I am kicking myself that I didn't buy this sooner as it is the most flattering berry shade (keep in mind that I love a bright lip). I will be rocking this with a tan because there is no way that I am putting this away until next winter.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: If a mascara was better than sex, it would be this one... and to be honest it is a lot more pleasurable than some of the sex I have had in my life. This is only a sample but I am in love with it! This makes me look like I have great lashes even though I have stumpy sparse straight lashes. Because this is so fantastic at creating length, volume and separation, I have been wearing this just with a wash of eye shadow and no liner... NO LINER! That is almost unheard of for me.

La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Melt In Cream SPF 50: I bought this in the Priceline skincare sales and it is a great every day sunscreen! Keep in mind that this is just a UVA protection sunscreen (so no UVB) so it won't protect you from burning if you are sitting in the sun, but it will protect you from the damage that causes aging. The reason it has made it into my favourites is because it is so light and comfortable to use! This is the sunscreen for people who cant stand the feel of sunscreen. Once the warmer weather hits this won't cut it as a sunscreen, but for every day going to work and back days it is fab!

Tony & Guy Matte Texture Dry Shampoo: I also bought these in the Priceline sales (yup, I am a savvy shopper). This is a great dry shampoo at degreasing your hair, adding texture and keeping you hair looking matte. This also doesn't leave a white cast (yay) unless you apply a crazy huge amount or if. The only negative is that it can make your hair feel a little gritty and powdery, but I guess that comes with the texturising territory. This is a great heavy duty texturising dry shampoo!

Deodorant life hack: OH I am so excited to share this trick with you! I read on the internet that you are supposed to apply deodorant at night instead of in the morning. I decided to give it a go and maaaan it works so well! I went from getting a little sweaty by midday, a bit stinky by the end of work, and extra stinky if I go out after work to maybe a little sweaty if I go out after work. There is no gross body odor scent anymore... not even after I go to the gym. This trick is magic! I apply roll on at night before I go to bed and I apply a spray deodorant before I get dressed in the morning, mainly because I feel weird not applying anything. Try this trick and let me know if it works for you!

That's it! Those are my favoruites for August!

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August 2015 Favourites

September 1, 2015

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I love the start of the month! I always look forward to seeing peoples favourites posts and videos flood my computer... I honestly can't get enough of them. This is also the start of spring in Australia so I am so extremely excited for warmer weather, I have had enough of winter and I can't wait for warm sun and wearing shorts.

Aaaanyway... here are my favourite beauty products for August (and the end of winter *cheers*)... expect more peachy/bronzy/bright things for my next favourites.

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Sukin Sensitive Cleansing Gel: I have been trialling a lot of skincare throughout August and my favourite cleanser is this gel cleanser that I bought during the Priceline skincare sales (thanks Kate for the recommendation). This is a light gel that foams nicely, cleanses well without drying the skin, and smells delicious. This doesn't have any added perfumes but it has a really nice soft natural sweet scent... it's really hard to describe but it's a scent that makes me want to eat it. Great basic, affordable, gentle cleanser.

Marc Jacobs Daisy Dream Forever: My favourite scent of the month is this new release from Marc Jacobs. It is a nice sweet, fresh and light scent that will be perfect for spring. This sort of reminds me of one of the Katy Perry Killer Queen scents but it lasts a lot longer on the skin. I did a full review here.

L'Oreal True Match Foundation: I have had this foundation for aaaages. I find that this is too dewy for me in the warmer weather so I really wanted to use it up while the weather is still cool. This would be great for normal skin but I find that this breaks down on my oily t-zone... BUT I have come to realise that this is an amazing mixing foundation! This is perfect to mix with the new L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation (review here) to remove some of the powdery dry finish and to prevent it from transferring. This is also great to mix with my Estee Lauder Double Wear which I also want to finish up. I find the Estee Lauder Double wear looks very cakey on me and can tend to break me out, but mixed with the True Match it works really well! I don't recommend this foundation on oily skin on its own, but it is great to mix!

Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette: I'm not going to harp on about this palette because I did a full blog review here, I did a first impressions video with comparisons to the other Naked Palettes here and I did a smoky eye look here... BUT I did want to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this palette. If you are a smoky eye lover then this is a must have palette! If you are like me, and you don't often rock a smoky eye but you just want it to complete your UD Naked collection, you will find that you can easily work it into your daily makeup look.

Real Techniques Bold Metals 300 Tapered Blush Brush: OMG this brush is life! The RT Bold Metals brushes launched this month (I did a full review here) and lets face it they aren't cheap! If I had to pick one brush that is worth the heft price tag (I still recommend waiting for a sale) it is the 300 Tapered Blush Brush. Mine is clearly dirty but I use one side to apply blush and the other side to apply highlighter. The tapered shape would also make this perfect for setting powder or applying contour. I am considering investing in a few of these so I can have one for blush, one for highlighter and one for contouring.

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The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer: This month has been the month of OTT highlighting for me. You can often see me on the weekend with a light base, mascara, brows and a shit tonne of highlighter. I think I am so desperate for sunny weather that I have been overcompensating with highlighter. The Mary-Lou isn't the only highlighter that I have been wearing (I have also been rocking MAC Soft and Gentle and Becca Opal) but this has been the main one I reach for. This is a beautiful bright light champagne gold shade that gives an intense highlight. This can look a little ashy on me in summer so I have been going crazy with it while I am still pale.

MAC Rebel Lipstick: This lipstick has been on my wish list for a long time and the only reason I took the plunge and bought it was because I wanted to order the new Whirl matte shade and wanted to qualify for free shipping (yep, I'm one of those people). I like Whirl (a review will be coming up soon) but I LOVE Rebel! This is a bright berry pink that looks darker in the tube than when applied. You can apply this lightly for a magenta toned stain or you can apply it heavily for a bright berry pop. I am kicking myself that I didn't buy this sooner as it is the most flattering berry shade (keep in mind that I love a bright lip). I will be rocking this with a tan because there is no way that I am putting this away until next winter.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara: If a mascara was better than sex, it would be this one... and to be honest it is a lot more pleasurable than some of the sex I have had in my life. This is only a sample but I am in love with it! This makes me look like I have great lashes even though I have stumpy sparse straight lashes. Because this is so fantastic at creating length, volume and separation, I have been wearing this just with a wash of eye shadow and no liner... NO LINER! That is almost unheard of for me.

La Roche-Posay Uvidea XL Melt In Cream SPF 50: I bought this in the Priceline skincare sales and it is a great every day sunscreen! Keep in mind that this is just a UVA protection sunscreen (so no UVB) so it won't protect you from burning if you are sitting in the sun, but it will protect you from the damage that causes aging. The reason it has made it into my favourites is because it is so light and comfortable to use! This is the sunscreen for people who cant stand the feel of sunscreen. Once the warmer weather hits this won't cut it as a sunscreen, but for every day going to work and back days it is fab!

Tony & Guy Matte Texture Dry Shampoo: I also bought these in the Priceline sales (yup, I am a savvy shopper). This is a great dry shampoo at degreasing your hair, adding texture and keeping you hair looking matte. This also doesn't leave a white cast (yay) unless you apply a crazy huge amount or if. The only negative is that it can make your hair feel a little gritty and powdery, but I guess that comes with the texturising territory. This is a great heavy duty texturising dry shampoo!

Deodorant life hack: OH I am so excited to share this trick with you! I read on the internet that you are supposed to apply deodorant at night instead of in the morning. I decided to give it a go and maaaan it works so well! I went from getting a little sweaty by midday, a bit stinky by the end of work, and extra stinky if I go out after work to maybe a little sweaty if I go out after work. There is no gross body odor scent anymore... not even after I go to the gym. This trick is magic! I apply roll on at night before I go to bed and I apply a spray deodorant before I get dressed in the morning, mainly because I feel weird not applying anything. Try this trick and let me know if it works for you!

That's it! Those are my favoruites for August!

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