November 2015 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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I can't believe it's December! DECEMBER! (well, technically tomorrow is December - calm your farm Kat)

Ah well, that means looking back on all the products I loved in November.

Since I was on holidays at the start of November I will mention a couple of products that I used every day on holidays (and didn't get sick of) and the products I loved playing around with when I got back.

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Okay, there are two stand out products that I took on holidays with me and used every day for two weeks straight without getting sick of them (and have used them many times since getting back). The first is MAC Eyeshadow in Tempting. I have this shade in a quad but you can buy it individually and it's a permanent shade. It is a lustre finish and is described as a "sinfully rich cocoa" but I think its more of a deep golden bronze with a shimmery finish. This is the perfect bronze because it's not too warm, not too cool, not too red, not too gold.... it's just perfect! I apply this all over the lid and the lower lash line and blend it out with a matte caramel shade for a quick and beautiful look. This would make blue eyes pop but it also really warms up brown eyes. See swatch below.

The second product I rediscovered my love for while overseas is the Sleek Blush in Rose Gold. Not only is this a super cheap blush ($7 on the Sleek website) but it is amazing! The pigmentation is crazy amazing but it also blends really nicely. The base colour is a coral pink and then it has a strong yellow gold sheen which gives it almost a duo-chrome flash. You can apply this for a subtle shimmer pink cheek or you can build it up for more of a peachy pink flush with a strong gold flash. This acts as a blush and a gold highlighter in one which is really handy.

Then for a couple of new makeup products that I have been trialing.

Firstly is a highlight that I think will be making an appearance in a lot of peoples favourites post this month - MAC's limited edition Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Oh, Darling (full review here). This sold out really quickly and is on many people's wish list... and I understand why! It is a beautiful bold gold highlight and it gives the most amazing metallic sheen to the skin. If you did miss out on this highlighter, I did a post on dupes for Oh, Darling - check it out here.

The lip product that impressed me was the Sephora Color Lip Last Lipstick in 16 Orange Rocks which I bought in Singapore. Not only is the colour a bright orange toned red (my personal favourite shade) but once this sets it lasts hours and hours and hours. I apply this at 8am and it only starts to wear off at 3 or 4pm in the afternoon! It also has a lovely matte finish but doesn't feel uncomfortable.
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MAC Tempting, Sleek Rose Gold, MAC Oh, Darling, Sephora 16 Orange Rocks
My fragrance pick of the month is the Molton Brown fragrance in Re-Charge Black Pepper. I normally don't reach for spicy fragrances but I have a soft spot for peppery scents so I wanted to give it a go. This fragrance starts very peppery and harsh but settles to a soft spicy scent that is beautiful and sophisticated and it lasts all day on the skin. I mentioned this in a gift guide recently because it would make a perfect Christmas present for either men or women. There are 8 scents in this collection and can be found at David Jones for $88 each.

The Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo saved my hair this month. I have been trialing a new product (don't worry, I will review it soon) and it left sooo much excess product in my hair and left my hair feeling heavy and greasy. I tried to wash it out with a normal shampoo but it didn't budge, the only thing that restored my hair to a soft weightless volumised clean feel was this shampoo. This is a great clarifying shampoo and it is best used as a second shampoo step because it doesn't lather very well on dirty hair. Highly recommend!

The nail polish that I loved this month is the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Geo Mint-rick. This is a fun, bright, minty teal shade and the formula is nicely pigmented and lasts a nearly a week with minimal wear. I am on the fence about this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel formula as I find the formula varies dramatically between the shades (see what I mean here) but this shade is really lovely both in formula and shade.

The fake tan that I have been loving recently is the Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel Self Tan. This tan is a runny gel that contains a lot of gold shimmer (see what it looks like in this post) that gives a lovely sheen to the skin and it develops into a soft tan. This is best used during the day (theres no real point putting shimmer on when you are going to bed) but the best thing about it is that it dries within a matter of seconds! This smells of alcohol to start out with but then develops to almost a maple syrup scent. This is a really fast and simple to apply and I can comfortably apply this in the morning and know that I won't smell like fake tan or turn patchy during the day.

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Last, but not least is the Paula's Choice 4 Mattes & A Glam Eyeshadow Palette. I was send this for review and I am in love with it! If I am not wearing MAC Tempting, I am wearing this. Normally I only use matte eyeshadows in the crease or the brow bone because I find that pigmented matte eyeshadows can often apply very patchy. These mattes have totally changed my mind! They are soft, buttery, nicely pigmented and blend amazingly. Funnily enough these don't swatch with the finger very well, but they apply beautifully with a brush. The matte shades are standard every day nude and brown shades and the glam shade is a sparkly pinky purple shade. I personally would use this more if the glam shade was a gold/bronze/copper/olive, but the formula is lovely. I have been using the matte shades on the lid and the glam shade on the lower lash line and it is guaranteed to give me a good makeup day! And here is the icing on the cake... this palette is only $40! I wish they had more shades available! I would love to see a larger palette with maybe 8 mattes (including some warm rusty shades) and maybe 4 glam shades - it would be a dream palette! Check out the Paula's Choice website for stockists.

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That's it folks! Let me know what your favourite products of November were!

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November 2015 Favourites!

November 30, 2015

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I can't believe it's December! DECEMBER! (well, technically tomorrow is December - calm your farm Kat)

Ah well, that means looking back on all the products I loved in November.

Since I was on holidays at the start of November I will mention a couple of products that I used every day on holidays (and didn't get sick of) and the products I loved playing around with when I got back.

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Okay, there are two stand out products that I took on holidays with me and used every day for two weeks straight without getting sick of them (and have used them many times since getting back). The first is MAC Eyeshadow in Tempting. I have this shade in a quad but you can buy it individually and it's a permanent shade. It is a lustre finish and is described as a "sinfully rich cocoa" but I think its more of a deep golden bronze with a shimmery finish. This is the perfect bronze because it's not too warm, not too cool, not too red, not too gold.... it's just perfect! I apply this all over the lid and the lower lash line and blend it out with a matte caramel shade for a quick and beautiful look. This would make blue eyes pop but it also really warms up brown eyes. See swatch below.

The second product I rediscovered my love for while overseas is the Sleek Blush in Rose Gold. Not only is this a super cheap blush ($7 on the Sleek website) but it is amazing! The pigmentation is crazy amazing but it also blends really nicely. The base colour is a coral pink and then it has a strong yellow gold sheen which gives it almost a duo-chrome flash. You can apply this for a subtle shimmer pink cheek or you can build it up for more of a peachy pink flush with a strong gold flash. This acts as a blush and a gold highlighter in one which is really handy.

Then for a couple of new makeup products that I have been trialing.

Firstly is a highlight that I think will be making an appearance in a lot of peoples favourites post this month - MAC's limited edition Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Oh, Darling (full review here). This sold out really quickly and is on many people's wish list... and I understand why! It is a beautiful bold gold highlight and it gives the most amazing metallic sheen to the skin. If you did miss out on this highlighter, I did a post on dupes for Oh, Darling - check it out here.

The lip product that impressed me was the Sephora Color Lip Last Lipstick in 16 Orange Rocks which I bought in Singapore. Not only is the colour a bright orange toned red (my personal favourite shade) but once this sets it lasts hours and hours and hours. I apply this at 8am and it only starts to wear off at 3 or 4pm in the afternoon! It also has a lovely matte finish but doesn't feel uncomfortable.
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MAC Tempting, Sleek Rose Gold, MAC Oh, Darling, Sephora 16 Orange Rocks
My fragrance pick of the month is the Molton Brown fragrance in Re-Charge Black Pepper. I normally don't reach for spicy fragrances but I have a soft spot for peppery scents so I wanted to give it a go. This fragrance starts very peppery and harsh but settles to a soft spicy scent that is beautiful and sophisticated and it lasts all day on the skin. I mentioned this in a gift guide recently because it would make a perfect Christmas present for either men or women. There are 8 scents in this collection and can be found at David Jones for $88 each.

The Lush Big Sea Salt Shampoo saved my hair this month. I have been trialing a new product (don't worry, I will review it soon) and it left sooo much excess product in my hair and left my hair feeling heavy and greasy. I tried to wash it out with a normal shampoo but it didn't budge, the only thing that restored my hair to a soft weightless volumised clean feel was this shampoo. This is a great clarifying shampoo and it is best used as a second shampoo step because it doesn't lather very well on dirty hair. Highly recommend!

The nail polish that I loved this month is the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Geo Mint-rick. This is a fun, bright, minty teal shade and the formula is nicely pigmented and lasts a nearly a week with minimal wear. I am on the fence about this Sally Hansen Miracle Gel formula as I find the formula varies dramatically between the shades (see what I mean here) but this shade is really lovely both in formula and shade.

The fake tan that I have been loving recently is the Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel Self Tan. This tan is a runny gel that contains a lot of gold shimmer (see what it looks like in this post) that gives a lovely sheen to the skin and it develops into a soft tan. This is best used during the day (theres no real point putting shimmer on when you are going to bed) but the best thing about it is that it dries within a matter of seconds! This smells of alcohol to start out with but then develops to almost a maple syrup scent. This is a really fast and simple to apply and I can comfortably apply this in the morning and know that I won't smell like fake tan or turn patchy during the day.

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Last, but not least is the Paula's Choice 4 Mattes & A Glam Eyeshadow Palette. I was send this for review and I am in love with it! If I am not wearing MAC Tempting, I am wearing this. Normally I only use matte eyeshadows in the crease or the brow bone because I find that pigmented matte eyeshadows can often apply very patchy. These mattes have totally changed my mind! They are soft, buttery, nicely pigmented and blend amazingly. Funnily enough these don't swatch with the finger very well, but they apply beautifully with a brush. The matte shades are standard every day nude and brown shades and the glam shade is a sparkly pinky purple shade. I personally would use this more if the glam shade was a gold/bronze/copper/olive, but the formula is lovely. I have been using the matte shades on the lid and the glam shade on the lower lash line and it is guaranteed to give me a good makeup day! And here is the icing on the cake... this palette is only $40! I wish they had more shades available! I would love to see a larger palette with maybe 8 mattes (including some warm rusty shades) and maybe 4 glam shades - it would be a dream palette! Check out the Paula's Choice website for stockists.

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That's it folks! Let me know what your favourite products of November were!

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Happy Monday! I thought I would start the week with a super quick dupe post. I have noticed that 2015 is the year of hyped up gold highlighter releases and clearly I have fallen for the hype for a lot of them.

Since the limited edition MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Oh, Darling sold out so quickly, and is in crazy high demand, I thought I would do a dupe post.

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l-r MAC Oh, Darling, Laura Geller Gilded Honey, Becca Champagne Pop, ABH So Hollywood

All of the highlighters swatched above have a very similar gold champagne shade and would be hard to distinguish when applied. MAC Oh, Darling is the most true gold and darkest of the four shades, it also very highlight metallic finish and is my favourite of the four shades. Laura Geller Gilded Honey is the most similar in colour and finish but I find that the amount of product you get and the quality and design of the packaging is very disappointing, but at least it is a permanent product. Becca Champagne Pop is lighter and more champagne coloured and looks less metallic and more powdery on the skin and can emphasise pores and imperfections more than the other three listed. Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood has a similar metallic finish as Oh, Darling but it is a lot lighter in colour.

I have done reviews of all of these highlighters so you can check out more information in the links below:
MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Oh, Darling
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood

Even though I love MAC's Oh, Darling, if you missed out on it and own one of more of the other highlighters listed, you aren't missing out on much.

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MAC Oh, Darling DUPES

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Happy Monday! I thought I would start the week with a super quick dupe post. I have noticed that 2015 is the year of hyped up gold highlighter releases and clearly I have fallen for the hype for a lot of them.

Since the limited edition MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Oh, Darling sold out so quickly, and is in crazy high demand, I thought I would do a dupe post.

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l-r MAC Oh, Darling, Laura Geller Gilded Honey, Becca Champagne Pop, ABH So Hollywood

All of the highlighters swatched above have a very similar gold champagne shade and would be hard to distinguish when applied. MAC Oh, Darling is the most true gold and darkest of the four shades, it also very highlight metallic finish and is my favourite of the four shades. Laura Geller Gilded Honey is the most similar in colour and finish but I find that the amount of product you get and the quality and design of the packaging is very disappointing, but at least it is a permanent product. Becca Champagne Pop is lighter and more champagne coloured and looks less metallic and more powdery on the skin and can emphasise pores and imperfections more than the other three listed. Anastasia Beverly Hills So Hollywood has a similar metallic finish as Oh, Darling but it is a lot lighter in colour.

I have done reviews of all of these highlighters so you can check out more information in the links below:
MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish in Oh, Darling
Laura Geller Baked Gelato Swirl Illuminator in Gilded Honey
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Champagne Pop
Anastasia Beverly Hills Illuminator in So Hollywood

Even though I love MAC's Oh, Darling, if you missed out on it and own one of more of the other highlighters listed, you aren't missing out on much.

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In the last couple of weeks I have stumbled upon a few new gold coloured products (maybe because summer is a couple of days away) so I thought I would randomly include them all in a special gold themed new products post.

Hylamide Photography Foundation in Golden Tan
Hylamide has recently been released in Australia (available at Priceline) and the range contains both finishing products and skin boosting products. At Priceline you can get the Photography Foundation in two shades (Translucent and Golden Tan) but also comes in Dark Tan on the Hylamide website. You might be thinking "how does something that's translucent act as a foundation?". Well, I would consider this more as a primer rather than a foundation, and it is designed to diffuse light to create a more flawless appearance to the skin. This is also supposed to help your skin look more blurred in photos because the camera can't focus on things like pores and fine lines. I need to test this out more to see if it makes a noticeable difference (if you want to see a post with photo comparisons then let me know in the comments) but I like to add it into my foundation to give my foundation more of a glow. This Golden Tan version does look quite extreme as it is a gold liquid, but once you blend it into the skin it adds a subtle golden glow. The Translucent retails for $30 and the Golden Tan retails for $38

Jergens Natural Glow Color Primer In Shower Scrub
I lover Jergens! Their moisturisers and gradual tanners are the bomb. They recently released a three products into the Natural Glow range to help get a perfect fake tan. The first step is the Color Primer, which is a scrub to remove any dead skin cells and to prepare the skin for the tan The second step is the Tanning Mousse (light or dark). The third step is the Tan Extender which is a moisturiser to help maintain an even tan for up to 7 days (aka to stop it from flaking off). I am featuring the Color Primer in this post because it is a beautiful golden shimmery gel with a lot of brown scrubbing particles. What I love about this scrub is that it doesn't leave the skin moisturised or oily so the fake tan adheres to the skin really evenly and nicely. If you want to see more about the three products then I am more than happy to do a full review... in hind sight this random gold post isn't making much sense :P
The Jergens Natural Glow products can be bought from Priceline

Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel
Ah-ha this was the reason I thought about this post in the first place. I decided to try this new self tanner by Trilogy and when I squeezed some into my hand I was shocked (and amazed) by the gold sparkles in this product. This is a light tanner that doesn't give a super dark bold tan on first application (which I kinda like because that tends to lead to streaks and patchiness), but what I love about it is that it's a gel product with gold shimmer and it adds a hint of instant colour and a sheen to the skin... which will be pointless if you are applying this before bed, but it looks great otherwise. This develops into a faint tan and I haven't had any issues with streakiness. When you first apply this it has a strong alcohol scent which fades to a maple syrup scant and it never develops to a strong fake tan scent. Since this is a runny gel formula and it contains a lot of alcohol, this does dry very very fast and you don't feel sticky and gross at all! This is the perfect day time tanning product because it looks great on the skin, it smells nice, and it is dry within a minute of applying.
You can get this from the Trilogy website where it retails for $18.95.

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Going Gold - new product releases

November 28, 2015

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In the last couple of weeks I have stumbled upon a few new gold coloured products (maybe because summer is a couple of days away) so I thought I would randomly include them all in a special gold themed new products post.

Hylamide Photography Foundation in Golden Tan
Hylamide has recently been released in Australia (available at Priceline) and the range contains both finishing products and skin boosting products. At Priceline you can get the Photography Foundation in two shades (Translucent and Golden Tan) but also comes in Dark Tan on the Hylamide website. You might be thinking "how does something that's translucent act as a foundation?". Well, I would consider this more as a primer rather than a foundation, and it is designed to diffuse light to create a more flawless appearance to the skin. This is also supposed to help your skin look more blurred in photos because the camera can't focus on things like pores and fine lines. I need to test this out more to see if it makes a noticeable difference (if you want to see a post with photo comparisons then let me know in the comments) but I like to add it into my foundation to give my foundation more of a glow. This Golden Tan version does look quite extreme as it is a gold liquid, but once you blend it into the skin it adds a subtle golden glow. The Translucent retails for $30 and the Golden Tan retails for $38

Jergens Natural Glow Color Primer In Shower Scrub
I lover Jergens! Their moisturisers and gradual tanners are the bomb. They recently released a three products into the Natural Glow range to help get a perfect fake tan. The first step is the Color Primer, which is a scrub to remove any dead skin cells and to prepare the skin for the tan The second step is the Tanning Mousse (light or dark). The third step is the Tan Extender which is a moisturiser to help maintain an even tan for up to 7 days (aka to stop it from flaking off). I am featuring the Color Primer in this post because it is a beautiful golden shimmery gel with a lot of brown scrubbing particles. What I love about this scrub is that it doesn't leave the skin moisturised or oily so the fake tan adheres to the skin really evenly and nicely. If you want to see more about the three products then I am more than happy to do a full review... in hind sight this random gold post isn't making much sense :P
The Jergens Natural Glow products can be bought from Priceline

Trilogy Instant Bronzing Gel
Ah-ha this was the reason I thought about this post in the first place. I decided to try this new self tanner by Trilogy and when I squeezed some into my hand I was shocked (and amazed) by the gold sparkles in this product. This is a light tanner that doesn't give a super dark bold tan on first application (which I kinda like because that tends to lead to streaks and patchiness), but what I love about it is that it's a gel product with gold shimmer and it adds a hint of instant colour and a sheen to the skin... which will be pointless if you are applying this before bed, but it looks great otherwise. This develops into a faint tan and I haven't had any issues with streakiness. When you first apply this it has a strong alcohol scent which fades to a maple syrup scant and it never develops to a strong fake tan scent. Since this is a runny gel formula and it contains a lot of alcohol, this does dry very very fast and you don't feel sticky and gross at all! This is the perfect day time tanning product because it looks great on the skin, it smells nice, and it is dry within a minute of applying.
You can get this from the Trilogy website where it retails for $18.95.

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Over the past few months I have been send quite a few Pixi products to trial so I thought I will do a bit of a brand focus. I know, I know... Pixi is very hard to get a hold on in Australia, but you can buy all their products from the Pixi website and shipping is reasonably priced. If you are in the UK then you can easily get a hold of Pixi products, and if you are in the US they have recently launched in Target.

Before I start talking about each product I wanted to mention how cute the packaging is! The permanent range has all mint and gold packaging with hints of baby pink - a whole bathroom full of these products would look amazing! The dark red and gold palette is part of the current Christmas collection.

Let's start with their skincare first. Pixi has a range of cleansers, toners, masks, serums, moisturisers, mists etc etc so there is a lot of skincare to choose from. I have a mini of the cult classic, the Pixi Glow Tonic which is an alcohol free toner that contains 5% glycolic acid, which also acts as a chemical exfoliant and aloe vera to help soothe the skin. I normally don't use toners because I don't think they do much for my skin, if you are like me and you want a toner that has active results then this is a great one to try. The exfoliating properties definitely helps the skin glow without being harsh and causing irritation. I also have the Pixi Rose Oil Blend which is a mix of sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils which helps leave the skin hydrated and smooth. This is a little thicker than many oils on the market so I tend to use this only at night.


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l-r Brightening Peach, Adaptable Beige, Natural Contour Powder, Glowtion Day Dew, SlateGrey

Onto some makeup! I have the Concealing Concentrates in Brightening Peach and Adaptable Beige. These are creamy and pigmented concealers that contain rose hip extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The peach shade is very pink toned and has a dewy hydrating formula - this would be great as a colour corrector for people who have darkness around their eyes. The beige shade is a lot more orange toned and has a matte long lasting waterproof finish. I think the way that this is designed to be used is to use the peach to correct any darkness and then to cover the peach with the beige. I prefer the beige because I don't personally have much darkness around my eyes and all I look for is some coverage with a long lasting finish.

Then onto my most used product of the bunch - the Natural Contour Powder in Shape & Shadow. This is also a new product and I love it! This is a matte contour powder that is a perfect cool toned brown that would suit fair skin when applied lightly, but can be built up to suit deeper skin tones. My only issue with this product is that it is a little powdery and it is very pigmented. Once you realise that you need to start with a light hand and build up, you will love this product. I wouldn't use this as a bronzer all over the face because it could look a little muddy, but for a universal contour powder it's great!

I probably should have mentioned the Glowtion Day Dew in the skincare part of this post, but it deserved a swatch so it's in the makeup section! This is a radiance-boosting moisturiser, but I prefer to mix it with a foundation to add a slight luminosity or to use it as an illuminating primer. The sheen that this gives to the skin is beautiful but it's not for the faint hearted (which is why I wouldn't use it on it's own). The sheen this gives is actually quite pink toned so it is very brightening and beautiful.

I have one of the Endless Silky Eye Pens in the new shade Slate Grey which is a deep charcoal grey with a slight shimmer. This is a very creamy liner that lasts on the eyes all day and also works well in the waterline. There are 14 shades in the eyeliners.

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Last but not least is the limited edition Natural Contour Kit from the new Christmas range. This palette contains 4 face powders and 8 eye shadows. The four face powders are a blush, a matte highlighter/setting powder, a contour shade and a frosty silver pink highlighter. I love the blush which is beautifully pigmented, blendable, and is a nice nude peach shade with a slight sheen. I also love the contour shade which is similar to the Natural Contour Powder but is a little rosier in colour. I personally find the highlighter shade a little frosty for me and would have liked to see it as an eye shadow colour instead of the highlight shade, but the highlighter would suit very fair skinned people and would look lovely as an eye shadow. Then we have two large shimmery eye shadows (swatched in the top photo above) and six matte (or almost matte) warm neutral eye shadow shades. I love using both of these shimmery shades as a face highlighter and the matte shades are really lovely wearable colours - I even use the lightest matte brown as a brow shade. What I love most about this palette is that you can easily get a whole face look using this one palette and the quality is really nice. My only negatives is that I would have loved the highlighter to be swapped with one of the shimmery eye shadow shades because the highlighter will appear too frosty on many skin tones. Also the formula is quite powdery so if you are used to swirling your brush in a plan the you will create a lot of mess.

Check out http://www.pixibeauty.co.uk/ for more from the Pixi range.

Have you tried anything from Pixi? What is your favourite product?

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Mini brand focus - Pixi

November 26, 2015

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Over the past few months I have been send quite a few Pixi products to trial so I thought I will do a bit of a brand focus. I know, I know... Pixi is very hard to get a hold on in Australia, but you can buy all their products from the Pixi website and shipping is reasonably priced. If you are in the UK then you can easily get a hold of Pixi products, and if you are in the US they have recently launched in Target.

Before I start talking about each product I wanted to mention how cute the packaging is! The permanent range has all mint and gold packaging with hints of baby pink - a whole bathroom full of these products would look amazing! The dark red and gold palette is part of the current Christmas collection.

Let's start with their skincare first. Pixi has a range of cleansers, toners, masks, serums, moisturisers, mists etc etc so there is a lot of skincare to choose from. I have a mini of the cult classic, the Pixi Glow Tonic which is an alcohol free toner that contains 5% glycolic acid, which also acts as a chemical exfoliant and aloe vera to help soothe the skin. I normally don't use toners because I don't think they do much for my skin, if you are like me and you want a toner that has active results then this is a great one to try. The exfoliating properties definitely helps the skin glow without being harsh and causing irritation. I also have the Pixi Rose Oil Blend which is a mix of sweet almond, rosehip, jojoba, pomegranate seed, and rose geranium oils which helps leave the skin hydrated and smooth. This is a little thicker than many oils on the market so I tend to use this only at night.


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l-r Brightening Peach, Adaptable Beige, Natural Contour Powder, Glowtion Day Dew, SlateGrey

Onto some makeup! I have the Concealing Concentrates in Brightening Peach and Adaptable Beige. These are creamy and pigmented concealers that contain rose hip extract, Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin E. The peach shade is very pink toned and has a dewy hydrating formula - this would be great as a colour corrector for people who have darkness around their eyes. The beige shade is a lot more orange toned and has a matte long lasting waterproof finish. I think the way that this is designed to be used is to use the peach to correct any darkness and then to cover the peach with the beige. I prefer the beige because I don't personally have much darkness around my eyes and all I look for is some coverage with a long lasting finish.

Then onto my most used product of the bunch - the Natural Contour Powder in Shape & Shadow. This is also a new product and I love it! This is a matte contour powder that is a perfect cool toned brown that would suit fair skin when applied lightly, but can be built up to suit deeper skin tones. My only issue with this product is that it is a little powdery and it is very pigmented. Once you realise that you need to start with a light hand and build up, you will love this product. I wouldn't use this as a bronzer all over the face because it could look a little muddy, but for a universal contour powder it's great!

I probably should have mentioned the Glowtion Day Dew in the skincare part of this post, but it deserved a swatch so it's in the makeup section! This is a radiance-boosting moisturiser, but I prefer to mix it with a foundation to add a slight luminosity or to use it as an illuminating primer. The sheen that this gives to the skin is beautiful but it's not for the faint hearted (which is why I wouldn't use it on it's own). The sheen this gives is actually quite pink toned so it is very brightening and beautiful.

I have one of the Endless Silky Eye Pens in the new shade Slate Grey which is a deep charcoal grey with a slight shimmer. This is a very creamy liner that lasts on the eyes all day and also works well in the waterline. There are 14 shades in the eyeliners.

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Last but not least is the limited edition Natural Contour Kit from the new Christmas range. This palette contains 4 face powders and 8 eye shadows. The four face powders are a blush, a matte highlighter/setting powder, a contour shade and a frosty silver pink highlighter. I love the blush which is beautifully pigmented, blendable, and is a nice nude peach shade with a slight sheen. I also love the contour shade which is similar to the Natural Contour Powder but is a little rosier in colour. I personally find the highlighter shade a little frosty for me and would have liked to see it as an eye shadow colour instead of the highlight shade, but the highlighter would suit very fair skinned people and would look lovely as an eye shadow. Then we have two large shimmery eye shadows (swatched in the top photo above) and six matte (or almost matte) warm neutral eye shadow shades. I love using both of these shimmery shades as a face highlighter and the matte shades are really lovely wearable colours - I even use the lightest matte brown as a brow shade. What I love most about this palette is that you can easily get a whole face look using this one palette and the quality is really nice. My only negatives is that I would have loved the highlighter to be swapped with one of the shimmery eye shadow shades because the highlighter will appear too frosty on many skin tones. Also the formula is quite powdery so if you are used to swirling your brush in a plan the you will create a lot of mess.

Check out http://www.pixibeauty.co.uk/ for more from the Pixi range.

Have you tried anything from Pixi? What is your favourite product?

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It's a month away from Christmas (wtf?!) and admittedly I have done virtually none of my Christmas shopping, BUT I have a bunch of great gift suggestions and I will be posting a few Christmas gift idea posts in the next few weeks.

I thought I would start with scented products because scented products are always a great option for someone who has everything. I know I can always appreciate a beautiful candle or perfume.

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Let's start with Tanda candles. This is a really fun range of soy wood wick candles that are hand poured in Melbourne, and I am particularly excited about the designs of these candles and also the various containers they come in (check out the concrete candles - I'm dead! I want one of each scent!). I have the large candle in Tahitian Lime & Coconut which retails for $44 and is a permanent candle. There are 10 scents in the permanent range and you can buy them in four sizes (small, medium, large and luxury triple wick) and in different types of jars (regular glass jars, concrete jars, amber apothecary jars and porcelain paper cups). There are also really fun limited edition collections which include Christmas candles and also a cities collection which have scents inspired by different cities (and of course I want the Melbourne one).

Next soy candle offering is from Urban Rituelle, which is also an Australian brand that has a huge range of different scented candles and body products categorised in collections (I also have the fragrance in Cotton Candy from the Sweet Treats collection and even though it is super sickly sweet, it is a-mazing!). The 2015 Christmas collection contains two scents - Fresh Fig & Sugar Plum and Warm Cinnamon & Cranberry - and they have released large soy candles, small soy candles (which is what I have), soaps, and travel set gift packs. These candles have beautiful sweet warm scents that really sum up Christmas and would make perfect stocking stuffers or Kris Kringle presents. These small candles retail for $17.95 each and my personal favourite is the Warm Cinnamon & Cranberry.

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Lastly we have the Molton Brown fragrances which have recently been released. When I think of Molton Brown I think of really unique and sophisticated scent combinations - and these fragrances are no different! There are eight scents available and they have been based on some of Molton Brown's most popular body collections. I have Re-Charge Black Pepper which is a very unisex scent that is spicy, woody and citrusy and starts out very peppery but settles to a beautiful warm scent that lasts all day. I can get a little headachy from very heavy scents, but this one is so perfect and I cant get enough of it. These scents retail for $88 for 50ml so if you are like me and you struggle to spend $40 on a beautifully scented shower product that is going to disappear down the drain, then I highly recommend investing in the fragrances! These are available online or at David Jones. These are also perfect for a gift because the boxes look so classy.

What scented product is on your Christmas wish list this year?

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Christmas gift ideas - scents

November 25, 2015

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It's a month away from Christmas (wtf?!) and admittedly I have done virtually none of my Christmas shopping, BUT I have a bunch of great gift suggestions and I will be posting a few Christmas gift idea posts in the next few weeks.

I thought I would start with scented products because scented products are always a great option for someone who has everything. I know I can always appreciate a beautiful candle or perfume.

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Let's start with Tanda candles. This is a really fun range of soy wood wick candles that are hand poured in Melbourne, and I am particularly excited about the designs of these candles and also the various containers they come in (check out the concrete candles - I'm dead! I want one of each scent!). I have the large candle in Tahitian Lime & Coconut which retails for $44 and is a permanent candle. There are 10 scents in the permanent range and you can buy them in four sizes (small, medium, large and luxury triple wick) and in different types of jars (regular glass jars, concrete jars, amber apothecary jars and porcelain paper cups). There are also really fun limited edition collections which include Christmas candles and also a cities collection which have scents inspired by different cities (and of course I want the Melbourne one).

Next soy candle offering is from Urban Rituelle, which is also an Australian brand that has a huge range of different scented candles and body products categorised in collections (I also have the fragrance in Cotton Candy from the Sweet Treats collection and even though it is super sickly sweet, it is a-mazing!). The 2015 Christmas collection contains two scents - Fresh Fig & Sugar Plum and Warm Cinnamon & Cranberry - and they have released large soy candles, small soy candles (which is what I have), soaps, and travel set gift packs. These candles have beautiful sweet warm scents that really sum up Christmas and would make perfect stocking stuffers or Kris Kringle presents. These small candles retail for $17.95 each and my personal favourite is the Warm Cinnamon & Cranberry.

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Lastly we have the Molton Brown fragrances which have recently been released. When I think of Molton Brown I think of really unique and sophisticated scent combinations - and these fragrances are no different! There are eight scents available and they have been based on some of Molton Brown's most popular body collections. I have Re-Charge Black Pepper which is a very unisex scent that is spicy, woody and citrusy and starts out very peppery but settles to a beautiful warm scent that lasts all day. I can get a little headachy from very heavy scents, but this one is so perfect and I cant get enough of it. These scents retail for $88 for 50ml so if you are like me and you struggle to spend $40 on a beautifully scented shower product that is going to disappear down the drain, then I highly recommend investing in the fragrances! These are available online or at David Jones. These are also perfect for a gift because the boxes look so classy.

What scented product is on your Christmas wish list this year?

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Before I start getting into Christmas gift ideas, I thought I would do a quick post on some products that I am starting to incorporate into my life for a healthier new year. Of course I am hoping the new year will hold more energy, more exercising, healthier eating, drinking more water and weight loss... but hey, at least I can start somewhere!

Firstly I have started taking a couple of supplements. The first is the new Blackmores Insolar which contains a high dose of nicotinamide, which is a form of vitamin B3, and supports skin health and DNA repair. Nicotinamide also helps with cellular energy production and helps the body to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats. I have no idea what effects this will have as I have only been using them for a week but I love that you only need to take one a day with food and then you are good to go (I can't stand vitamins that require you to take them three times a day!). This 60 tablet bottle retails for $15.99 at all pharmacies and supermarkets that sell Blackmores. Also on a random side note, if you own Blackmores shares at the moment, I am super jelly!

Then I was lucky enough to receive two Fountain supplements at a blogger event last week and I love them! They have a range of 10 supplements available for a wide variety of health and skin benefits. They are in a liquid form so they are designed to be mixed with water (or juice) so they are absorbed by the body quickly and they are also delicious! I have two that are flavoured ginger and apple and I add two teaspoons of one into a bottle of water in the morning and drink it while I am driving to work. The two I have are The Hyaluronic Molecule ($68) which is designed to make your skin hydrated and plump and I also have The Phyto-Collagen Molecule ($77) which supplements your own collagen and support new collagen formation to keep you looking youthful. Now, these are not cheap, and I don't know what obvious effects these will have, but they taste great and encourage me to drink more water!  You can order these at the Fountain website which has free shipping and the supplements range from $48 to $136.

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Lastly is a healthy food subscription box that I was sent to review - but I subscribe to in the new year. This is the GoodnessMe Box which is an Australian subscription box that costs $25 a month (or cheaper when you buy a membership) and each month you get sent a whole variety of healthy goodies. This also contains a healthy recipe card each month which relates to some of the products in the box. So far I am loving all the products I have tried so far and I am currently sipping on the organic coffee. They also have a sugar free gift box for $60.

If you want to see all the products in the box, I did an opening video HERE.

Those are some healthy habits that I am starting to sneak into my life before the crazy holiday season starts. What are some of your healthy tips for the new year?

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A healthy start to 2016

November 24, 2015

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Before I start getting into Christmas gift ideas, I thought I would do a quick post on some products that I am starting to incorporate into my life for a healthier new year. Of course I am hoping the new year will hold more energy, more exercising, healthier eating, drinking more water and weight loss... but hey, at least I can start somewhere!

Firstly I have started taking a couple of supplements. The first is the new Blackmores Insolar which contains a high dose of nicotinamide, which is a form of vitamin B3, and supports skin health and DNA repair. Nicotinamide also helps with cellular energy production and helps the body to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats. I have no idea what effects this will have as I have only been using them for a week but I love that you only need to take one a day with food and then you are good to go (I can't stand vitamins that require you to take them three times a day!). This 60 tablet bottle retails for $15.99 at all pharmacies and supermarkets that sell Blackmores. Also on a random side note, if you own Blackmores shares at the moment, I am super jelly!

Then I was lucky enough to receive two Fountain supplements at a blogger event last week and I love them! They have a range of 10 supplements available for a wide variety of health and skin benefits. They are in a liquid form so they are designed to be mixed with water (or juice) so they are absorbed by the body quickly and they are also delicious! I have two that are flavoured ginger and apple and I add two teaspoons of one into a bottle of water in the morning and drink it while I am driving to work. The two I have are The Hyaluronic Molecule ($68) which is designed to make your skin hydrated and plump and I also have The Phyto-Collagen Molecule ($77) which supplements your own collagen and support new collagen formation to keep you looking youthful. Now, these are not cheap, and I don't know what obvious effects these will have, but they taste great and encourage me to drink more water!  You can order these at the Fountain website which has free shipping and the supplements range from $48 to $136.

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Lastly is a healthy food subscription box that I was sent to review - but I subscribe to in the new year. This is the GoodnessMe Box which is an Australian subscription box that costs $25 a month (or cheaper when you buy a membership) and each month you get sent a whole variety of healthy goodies. This also contains a healthy recipe card each month which relates to some of the products in the box. So far I am loving all the products I have tried so far and I am currently sipping on the organic coffee. They also have a sugar free gift box for $60.

If you want to see all the products in the box, I did an opening video HERE.

Those are some healthy habits that I am starting to sneak into my life before the crazy holiday season starts. What are some of your healthy tips for the new year?

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I have had these photos on my computer for months and months (maybe even a year) and I am finally ready to review this product! This is the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Nude and you can buy it at Mecca Maxima for $30. I believe there are 18 shades in this range and this is probably the most brown toned nude of the bunch.

So you might be thinking "why did it take so long to review?" well when I first bought this I wore it in a video and it sort of bunched up on the inner rim on my lips and looked really weird (and of course I only noticed then while editing) so that put me off giving this product much of a chance. Recently I went on holidays and decided to bring this as my every day nude lipstick because, as I didn't love it, if it breaks or gets lost then I won't be too upset about it. While I was wearing this most days overseas my opinion of this changed and I started loving it!

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Lets talk quickly about the packaging. This is a squeezy tube that contains 12 ml of product and it has a soft felt like applicator that you squeeze the product out through (see photo above if I am not making any sense). I love that the plastic is the same colour as the lipstick- so if you have a few of these then its easy to find the shade you are looking for (plus it just looks cool). If you have trypophobia then you will hate the dispenser initially, but don't worry - after the first application it becomes completely covered in the lipstick. After a few applications this does look a but gross and messy but the applicator does a good job at applying a thin even layer of product to the lips.

The product is a thin liquid lipstick that is quite pigmented, has a normal creamy finish but dries down to more of a matte finish after a while and it lasts a good 4+ hours on the lips. My shade is a nude that matches my lips quite well so I can't tell if it becomes patchy and wears off unevenly, but it definitely lasts on the lips well and even lasts through eating and drinking. The scent is a sweet berry scent.


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Top - MAC Velvet Teddy
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I thought I should compare the shade to the ever so hyped (and personally loved) MAC Velvet Teddy. MAC is on the top and Too Faced Melted Nude is on the bottom. You can see that they are quite similar but Melted Nude is a lot more orange/peachy toned and it in thinner in consistency and therefore looks more like your natural lips rather than a creamy lipstick sitting on your lips. I love MAC Velvet Teddy and I wear it often, but I prefer Melted Nude for warmer weather because the slight peachy orange hint looks amazing with a tan or bronzed makeup and it is the perfect my lips but better shade for people who prefer mid toned nude shades with more of a brown/orange hint.

If you love mid toned peachy nude shades then get onto this shade! This will be a shade that I will wear constantly this summer paired with a gold highlighter. I put my initial bad impression down to applying it and then talking too much before letting it set completely, so definitely give it some time to set and it will last you hours of wear without any smearing, moving or causing any trouble!

Have you tired the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks? What are your thoughts?

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Review & comparison: Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Nude - compared to MAC Velvet Teddy

November 19, 2015

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I have had these photos on my computer for months and months (maybe even a year) and I am finally ready to review this product! This is the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Nude and you can buy it at Mecca Maxima for $30. I believe there are 18 shades in this range and this is probably the most brown toned nude of the bunch.

So you might be thinking "why did it take so long to review?" well when I first bought this I wore it in a video and it sort of bunched up on the inner rim on my lips and looked really weird (and of course I only noticed then while editing) so that put me off giving this product much of a chance. Recently I went on holidays and decided to bring this as my every day nude lipstick because, as I didn't love it, if it breaks or gets lost then I won't be too upset about it. While I was wearing this most days overseas my opinion of this changed and I started loving it!

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Lets talk quickly about the packaging. This is a squeezy tube that contains 12 ml of product and it has a soft felt like applicator that you squeeze the product out through (see photo above if I am not making any sense). I love that the plastic is the same colour as the lipstick- so if you have a few of these then its easy to find the shade you are looking for (plus it just looks cool). If you have trypophobia then you will hate the dispenser initially, but don't worry - after the first application it becomes completely covered in the lipstick. After a few applications this does look a but gross and messy but the applicator does a good job at applying a thin even layer of product to the lips.

The product is a thin liquid lipstick that is quite pigmented, has a normal creamy finish but dries down to more of a matte finish after a while and it lasts a good 4+ hours on the lips. My shade is a nude that matches my lips quite well so I can't tell if it becomes patchy and wears off unevenly, but it definitely lasts on the lips well and even lasts through eating and drinking. The scent is a sweet berry scent.


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Top - MAC Velvet Teddy
Bottom - Too Faced Melted Nude

I thought I should compare the shade to the ever so hyped (and personally loved) MAC Velvet Teddy. MAC is on the top and Too Faced Melted Nude is on the bottom. You can see that they are quite similar but Melted Nude is a lot more orange/peachy toned and it in thinner in consistency and therefore looks more like your natural lips rather than a creamy lipstick sitting on your lips. I love MAC Velvet Teddy and I wear it often, but I prefer Melted Nude for warmer weather because the slight peachy orange hint looks amazing with a tan or bronzed makeup and it is the perfect my lips but better shade for people who prefer mid toned nude shades with more of a brown/orange hint.

If you love mid toned peachy nude shades then get onto this shade! This will be a shade that I will wear constantly this summer paired with a gold highlighter. I put my initial bad impression down to applying it and then talking too much before letting it set completely, so definitely give it some time to set and it will last you hours of wear without any smearing, moving or causing any trouble!

Have you tired the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipsticks? What are your thoughts?

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I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity by Irresistible Me to try their Sapphire 8 in 1 Complete Curler so I thought I would share my initial impressions. 

Review: Irresistible Me Sapphire 8 in 1 Complete Curler

November 16, 2015

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I was lucky enough to be given the opportunity by Irresistible Me to try their Sapphire 8 in 1 Complete Curler so I thought I would share my initial impressions. 

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You may (or may not) have noticed that I have been a little quiet on my blog lately. I have just got back from a holiday in Vietnam and I wasn't prepared enough to have blog posts prewritten for when I was away. Anywho if anyone wants to see a post about my holiday to Vietnam just let me know! ...for now let's talk about MAC.

MAC Cosmetics Magic Of The Night - Oh, Darling and Evening Rendezvous

November 14, 2015

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You may (or may not) have noticed that I have been a little quiet on my blog lately. I have just got back from a holiday in Vietnam and I wasn't prepared enough to have blog posts prewritten for when I was away. Anywho if anyone wants to see a post about my holiday to Vietnam just let me know! ...for now let's talk about MAC.
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I am currently in Vietnam (yep, writing a blog post late at night in bed) so my blog will be a little quiet over the next two weeks… but I thought I would make some time for my favourites of October! If you want to see any posts about my time in Vietnam just let me know!

October 2015 Favourites

November 5, 2015

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I am currently in Vietnam (yep, writing a blog post late at night in bed) so my blog will be a little quiet over the next two weeks… but I thought I would make some time for my favourites of October! If you want to see any posts about my time in Vietnam just let me know!

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Christmas time in the beauty community is always an exciting time of the year. One brand that consistently brings out amazing limited edition Christmas products is Lush.

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This delicious smelling box containing some of the latest Christmas released arrived on my doorstep last week.

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Wrapped in a gorgeous knot wrap are the Peeping Santa Bubble Bar which is a super cute sandwiched bubble bar that has a sweet cocoa butter, bergamot and floral geranium scent and forms bubbles when crumbled under running water. The Lord of Misrule Shower Gel has a warm herbal and sweet scent with peppercorn, patchouli and vanilla scents that creates a beautiful lather.  Santa's Belly Shower Jelly is a mulled wine and apple scented jelly that also contains silver stars. Shower Jellies are a little strange but I like to use mine by rubbing it into a shower puff or directly to the skin as a shower gel. You can also use this in your hair as a shampoo. Lastly is the Santa Fun. Fun is a dough like product that can be used as a soap, as a shower gel, as a shampoo or even a bubble bath. The thing that makes it fun is that you can mold it like playdough! This comes in all the colours you need to create your very own Fun Santa! You can also get this in Snowman Fun.

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Let's just take a minute to give the knot-warp some attention. This is a beautiful partridge in a pear tree inspired wrap can be used as a scarf, a head wrap, a bag decoration or to even wrap gifts. Also they are made out of recycles plastic bottles!

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Check in store at Lush for the Christmas brochure which shows all of the limited edition Christmas products they have brought out this year.

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Christmas with Lush

November 2, 2015

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Christmas time in the beauty community is always an exciting time of the year. One brand that consistently brings out amazing limited edition Christmas products is Lush.

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This delicious smelling box containing some of the latest Christmas released arrived on my doorstep last week.

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Wrapped in a gorgeous knot wrap are the Peeping Santa Bubble Bar which is a super cute sandwiched bubble bar that has a sweet cocoa butter, bergamot and floral geranium scent and forms bubbles when crumbled under running water. The Lord of Misrule Shower Gel has a warm herbal and sweet scent with peppercorn, patchouli and vanilla scents that creates a beautiful lather.  Santa's Belly Shower Jelly is a mulled wine and apple scented jelly that also contains silver stars. Shower Jellies are a little strange but I like to use mine by rubbing it into a shower puff or directly to the skin as a shower gel. You can also use this in your hair as a shampoo. Lastly is the Santa Fun. Fun is a dough like product that can be used as a soap, as a shower gel, as a shampoo or even a bubble bath. The thing that makes it fun is that you can mold it like playdough! This comes in all the colours you need to create your very own Fun Santa! You can also get this in Snowman Fun.

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using the Santa's Belly Shower Jelly in the shower
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Let's just take a minute to give the knot-warp some attention. This is a beautiful partridge in a pear tree inspired wrap can be used as a scarf, a head wrap, a bag decoration or to even wrap gifts. Also they are made out of recycles plastic bottles!

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Check in store at Lush for the Christmas brochure which shows all of the limited edition Christmas products they have brought out this year.

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