May 2016 | KITSCH/SNITCH
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I was lucky enough to be sent a HoMedics Duo Pro IPL Professional Hair Reduction and Skin Rejuvenation System for review and I wanted to tell you all about it. Mind you, I have only had this system for around a month so I don't have any crazy amazing results to share, but I think I might do a follow up post in a few months time where I use this weekly on one leg and not the other to see the results. If you would like to see a follow up post like that then let me know in the comments!
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The Duo Pro system serves two purposes. The first is the Intense Pulse Light (IPL) feature which prevents the regrowth of hair over time and is a long term hair reduction method. The second is a skin rejuvenation system which stimulated the production of collagen in the skin which over time reduces wrinkles and makes the skin appear brighter and smoother.

The way you switch between each feature is by changing the cartridges. The two cartridges that are yellow are for the IPL and the one that has a blue and orange colour to it is for the skin rejuvenation. There is an in depth instruction manual which explains how to use each feature.

Being such high tech device this pack isn't cheap and it retails for around the $500 in Australia. However you do get a 120 day money back guarantee and you also get a 2 year warranty. The cartridges also last up to 300,000 pulses but they are also replaceable. You can buy the replacement cartridges at the HoMedics website and you can also buy the packs at The Shaver Shop or Myer.


 
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This pack contains:

  • The device and powder cord
  • Instruction booklet
  • Three cartridges - one for IPL on the body, one for IPL on the face and one for skin rejuvenation
  • Goggles
I did a below talking about the HoMedics Duo Pro and demonstrating how to use it. Once again, I don't have any crazy before and after photos to show you since I have only been using it for a few weeks but I will definitely do a follow up post.
 


So far I haven't had any issues with the device but I do recommend reading the instructions thoroughly before you start to use it. The pulses don't hurt but they do feel a little warm and I have heard that you can hear a bit of a zap sound as well.

My biggest negative about this device (which is not a huge negative) is that it does take some time to use (if you are efficient you can do a whole leg in about 15min) and you also need to use it on clean shaved skin (no moisturiser or deodorant) so I do struggle finding the perfect window of opportunity to use this. Of course when you look at the time comparison to a salon IPL treatment, this doesn't take much longer as the salon visits can take up to 40min (plus the time it takes to get there, wait for your session, and get home) also you do need to have clean and shaven skin for the session. I recommend setting aside time to use the Duo Pro and treat it like a weekly salon visit.

I mainly recommend this to people who find themselves spending a lot of money each year on hair removal or to people who hair removal in comfort of their own home. 

Have you used this system? What were your thoughts?
 

 
Note: this product was sent to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion

HoMedics Duo Pro

May 31, 2016

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I was lucky enough to be sent a HoMedics Duo Pro IPL Professional Hair Reduction and Skin Rejuvenation System for review and I wanted to tell you all about it. Mind you, I have only had this system for around a month so I don't have any crazy amazing results to share, but I think I might do a follow up post in a few months time where I use this weekly on one leg and not the other to see the results. If you would like to see a follow up post like that then let me know in the comments!
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The Duo Pro system serves two purposes. The first is the Intense Pulse Light (IPL) feature which prevents the regrowth of hair over time and is a long term hair reduction method. The second is a skin rejuvenation system which stimulated the production of collagen in the skin which over time reduces wrinkles and makes the skin appear brighter and smoother.

The way you switch between each feature is by changing the cartridges. The two cartridges that are yellow are for the IPL and the one that has a blue and orange colour to it is for the skin rejuvenation. There is an in depth instruction manual which explains how to use each feature.

Being such high tech device this pack isn't cheap and it retails for around the $500 in Australia. However you do get a 120 day money back guarantee and you also get a 2 year warranty. The cartridges also last up to 300,000 pulses but they are also replaceable. You can buy the replacement cartridges at the HoMedics website and you can also buy the packs at The Shaver Shop or Myer.


 
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This pack contains:

  • The device and powder cord
  • Instruction booklet
  • Three cartridges - one for IPL on the body, one for IPL on the face and one for skin rejuvenation
  • Goggles
I did a below talking about the HoMedics Duo Pro and demonstrating how to use it. Once again, I don't have any crazy before and after photos to show you since I have only been using it for a few weeks but I will definitely do a follow up post.
 


So far I haven't had any issues with the device but I do recommend reading the instructions thoroughly before you start to use it. The pulses don't hurt but they do feel a little warm and I have heard that you can hear a bit of a zap sound as well.

My biggest negative about this device (which is not a huge negative) is that it does take some time to use (if you are efficient you can do a whole leg in about 15min) and you also need to use it on clean shaved skin (no moisturiser or deodorant) so I do struggle finding the perfect window of opportunity to use this. Of course when you look at the time comparison to a salon IPL treatment, this doesn't take much longer as the salon visits can take up to 40min (plus the time it takes to get there, wait for your session, and get home) also you do need to have clean and shaven skin for the session. I recommend setting aside time to use the Duo Pro and treat it like a weekly salon visit.

I mainly recommend this to people who find themselves spending a lot of money each year on hair removal or to people who hair removal in comfort of their own home. 

Have you used this system? What were your thoughts?
 

 
Note: this product was sent to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion
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Over the last few years I have used primers on and off because I knew I was supposed to. It has only been this year that I have really found some primers that I have been reaching for because they actually add something beneficial to my makeup routine.

These are my top 5 primers.

This is mainly designed for two skin concerns - oil control and smoothing the skin. There are many other types of primers on the market (illuminating, hydrating, colour correction etc) but my skin type is combination oily and makeup can easy break down on my skin and as I have been getting older I have noticed that often makeup sits in my pores.

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The two mattifying primers that I have been really enjoying are the Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer ($58 for 30ml) and the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($55 for 40ml). Both of these primers are quite thick and are great for applying to the areas of your face that get quite oily during the day (for me it's my t-zone). Since these are a thick primer I do recommend warming them up in your fingers before applying, blending them in quite quickly before they set (especially the Becca one) and also only apply it to the areas of your face that need it as this is not the type of primer that you should apply all over your face. These primers set and almost act like an oil absorbing glue which prevents the look of oily makeup, helps hold your makeup in place, and prevents your makeup from breaking down during the day (my biggest makeup pet peeve). These can also be applied in combination with other primers, so if you have dehydrated skin but an oily t-zone then apply a hydrating primer all over your face and then target the mattifying ones in the areas that become oily.

My recommendation of the two is the Becca primer as its better value for money and it makes my makeup last a little longer than the MUFE one, however the MUFE one is a lot easier to apply and to blend so it works better on larger areas.

Then we have the primers that are mainly designed to fill in pores and smooth the skin. I also find that the three that I mention here also work well at slightly prolonging the wear of your makeup which is always an added bonus! The first primer in this category I tried and loved was Benefit Porefessional Primer ($53 for 22ml) which is a silicone primer that glides over the skin, filling in pores and making the skin look flawless. I have heard that some people find this primer too heavy and can cause them to break out (maybe get a sample from Benefit before you buy) but I really enjoy this primer. The second is a newer one on the market and it is the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer ($48 for 30ml). This primer reminds me a lot of the Benefit Porefessional but it feels lighter on the skin and it contains better skincare ingredients. Both of these primers are oil free and are great for makeup free days when you want your skin to look blurred and slightly less oily. Lastly is the Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer ($70 for 22ml) which is also a pore blurring primer, but it also helps hydrate the skin. I think this is a beautiful primer for people who want a slight burring effect, some oil control, but also wants to maintain hydration and a luminous finish to the skin.

Out of the three blurring primers I would recommend the Elizabeth Arden one over the Benefit as it is more cost effective but also has the added skincare benefits. I would also recommend the Dermalogica one to people who are happy to splurge on their primers and want added hydration in the cooler months.

I also did a video where I went through each of these primers and explained why I loved them. Feel free to check that out here.

 
Note: some of these products were sent to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion

My current top 5 primers

May 27, 2016

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Over the last few years I have used primers on and off because I knew I was supposed to. It has only been this year that I have really found some primers that I have been reaching for because they actually add something beneficial to my makeup routine.

These are my top 5 primers.

This is mainly designed for two skin concerns - oil control and smoothing the skin. There are many other types of primers on the market (illuminating, hydrating, colour correction etc) but my skin type is combination oily and makeup can easy break down on my skin and as I have been getting older I have noticed that often makeup sits in my pores.

IMG_4323


The two mattifying primers that I have been really enjoying are the Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer ($58 for 30ml) and the Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector ($55 for 40ml). Both of these primers are quite thick and are great for applying to the areas of your face that get quite oily during the day (for me it's my t-zone). Since these are a thick primer I do recommend warming them up in your fingers before applying, blending them in quite quickly before they set (especially the Becca one) and also only apply it to the areas of your face that need it as this is not the type of primer that you should apply all over your face. These primers set and almost act like an oil absorbing glue which prevents the look of oily makeup, helps hold your makeup in place, and prevents your makeup from breaking down during the day (my biggest makeup pet peeve). These can also be applied in combination with other primers, so if you have dehydrated skin but an oily t-zone then apply a hydrating primer all over your face and then target the mattifying ones in the areas that become oily.

My recommendation of the two is the Becca primer as its better value for money and it makes my makeup last a little longer than the MUFE one, however the MUFE one is a lot easier to apply and to blend so it works better on larger areas.

Then we have the primers that are mainly designed to fill in pores and smooth the skin. I also find that the three that I mention here also work well at slightly prolonging the wear of your makeup which is always an added bonus! The first primer in this category I tried and loved was Benefit Porefessional Primer ($53 for 22ml) which is a silicone primer that glides over the skin, filling in pores and making the skin look flawless. I have heard that some people find this primer too heavy and can cause them to break out (maybe get a sample from Benefit before you buy) but I really enjoy this primer. The second is a newer one on the market and it is the Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer ($48 for 30ml). This primer reminds me a lot of the Benefit Porefessional but it feels lighter on the skin and it contains better skincare ingredients. Both of these primers are oil free and are great for makeup free days when you want your skin to look blurred and slightly less oily. Lastly is the Dermalogica Hydrablur Primer ($70 for 22ml) which is also a pore blurring primer, but it also helps hydrate the skin. I think this is a beautiful primer for people who want a slight burring effect, some oil control, but also wants to maintain hydration and a luminous finish to the skin.

Out of the three blurring primers I would recommend the Elizabeth Arden one over the Benefit as it is more cost effective but also has the added skincare benefits. I would also recommend the Dermalogica one to people who are happy to splurge on their primers and want added hydration in the cooler months.

I also did a video where I went through each of these primers and explained why I loved them. Feel free to check that out here.

 
Note: some of these products were sent to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion
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To celebrate the launch and expansion of Beauty News we are giving away a Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette!

If you aren't familiar with what Beauty News is, where you been?! Hailey from Just Buy The Makeup (Blog/YouTube) and I have teamed up to create videos discussing everything new in makeup and beauty, we have created a new home for Beauty News (YouTube), giving it it's own channel and also set up a Facebook group

So if you want a chance to win your own brand new, shiny Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. Some entries are mandatory, the rest are optional for extra entries.

We do have a few rules though:
  1. After the winner is drawn the notification email will be sent out, please try to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn. If for any reason you know you will not be able to respond to correspondence on the competition close date (out of town, scheduled maintenance of internet, whatever) please just shoot either of us an email so we know, we will be more accommodating for situations like this.
  2. Competition is open World Wide
  3. You must be 18 or over or have your parents permission to enter, if you win we will need your postal address, so make sure it's ok with Mum or Dad first.
  4. All entries will be checked and verified, anyone found to be doing anything dodgy will be disqualified.
  5. Please be aware that the email will be sent to the address that was use to sign in to the Rafflecopter widget, we highly recommend using your main email address to avoid disappointment. Please know that your information is safe with us and we would never sell or use your email address for personal gain
  6. Prizes will be shipped to your nominated postal address at our own cost

Entries close midnight 9th June 2016 but please check the Rafflecopter widget as time zones vary.

GOOD LUCK!





BEAUTY NEWS GIVEAWAY! - Win a Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

May 25, 2016

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To celebrate the launch and expansion of Beauty News we are giving away a Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette!

If you aren't familiar with what Beauty News is, where you been?! Hailey from Just Buy The Makeup (Blog/YouTube) and I have teamed up to create videos discussing everything new in makeup and beauty, we have created a new home for Beauty News (YouTube), giving it it's own channel and also set up a Facebook group

So if you want a chance to win your own brand new, shiny Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. Some entries are mandatory, the rest are optional for extra entries.

We do have a few rules though:
  1. After the winner is drawn the notification email will be sent out, please try to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn. If for any reason you know you will not be able to respond to correspondence on the competition close date (out of town, scheduled maintenance of internet, whatever) please just shoot either of us an email so we know, we will be more accommodating for situations like this.
  2. Competition is open World Wide
  3. You must be 18 or over or have your parents permission to enter, if you win we will need your postal address, so make sure it's ok with Mum or Dad first.
  4. All entries will be checked and verified, anyone found to be doing anything dodgy will be disqualified.
  5. Please be aware that the email will be sent to the address that was use to sign in to the Rafflecopter widget, we highly recommend using your main email address to avoid disappointment. Please know that your information is safe with us and we would never sell or use your email address for personal gain
  6. Prizes will be shipped to your nominated postal address at our own cost

Entries close midnight 9th June 2016 but please check the Rafflecopter widget as time zones vary.

GOOD LUCK!





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I have been wanting to try a brush cleaning mitt/glove/palette/tool for such a long time now (along with the majority of people, I HATE cleaning my brushes). When I was asked to review the new Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette, I had to try it! The Brush Cleansing Gel was also released at the same time as this palette.

You can buy Real Techniques products in Priceline in Australia, but I am not sure if they have been released in stores just yet. The mitt retails on the Australian Real Techniques online store for AU$34.95 (and the cleansing gel is AU$17.99) BUT like all Real Techniques products you can buy these significantly cheaper from international stores like iHerb where the mitt retails for AU$20.99 and the gel is AU$12.59. I am not here to tell you where to buy your products, but I am here to give you all the information and options.

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Onto the product! This comes in a see though plastic packaging, which is very similar to the Real Techniques brushes. This also comes with two samples of the brush cleansing gel... and to be 100% honest with you, I used one of these sachets and I was very unimpressed. I used it on a blush brush that I had only used once and it didn't even remove the tinge of pink that was on the brush.

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The mitt itself is pretty cool. It is a pearlised pink design which you comfortably slip over your hand. This is made from performance-grade silicon so it feels like a flexible rubber that is easy to clean. You can also see that it has three different textures on the palette which is designed to give your brushes a deeper clean. I am actually not sure which texture is supposed to work best for each brush, but I gather the smaller brushes go with the smaller texture and the bigger brushes with the bigger texture... and maybe the super dirty foundation brushes are to be used on the more dense cross shapes? I honestly just rub my brush over the whole thing just in case.

The Real Techniques site claims that this improves brush cleaning by 55% and I think that's probably pretty accurate. It helps, but it doesn't make a world of difference. The best thing about this is that it protects your hands. I normally rub the wet soapy brush on the palm of my hand when washing my brushes and it often leaves my hand feeling quite sore (after washing dozens of brushes) and this definitely prevents that. I did find myself taking this off my hand and placing in it in the sink because I felt like I still needed both hands to thoroughly rinse the soap and makeup from the brushes. I would love to see a mat version of this that can be easily placed in the sink (I believe Sigma has a similar product).

So overall this isn't a bad product. I will continue to use it to wash my brushes but I won't be jumping up and down with joy saying that it has made my brush cleaning experience 100x easier or better... 1.55x better and easier is what it claims, and I completely agree with it. If you have a lot of brushes to clean and find that cleaning your brushes can hurt your hand then it is worth getting. I would recommend getting it cheaper on iHerb though and I would skip on the cleansing gel.

 
Note: this was sent to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette

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I have been wanting to try a brush cleaning mitt/glove/palette/tool for such a long time now (along with the majority of people, I HATE cleaning my brushes). When I was asked to review the new Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette, I had to try it! The Brush Cleansing Gel was also released at the same time as this palette.

You can buy Real Techniques products in Priceline in Australia, but I am not sure if they have been released in stores just yet. The mitt retails on the Australian Real Techniques online store for AU$34.95 (and the cleansing gel is AU$17.99) BUT like all Real Techniques products you can buy these significantly cheaper from international stores like iHerb where the mitt retails for AU$20.99 and the gel is AU$12.59. I am not here to tell you where to buy your products, but I am here to give you all the information and options.

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Onto the product! This comes in a see though plastic packaging, which is very similar to the Real Techniques brushes. This also comes with two samples of the brush cleansing gel... and to be 100% honest with you, I used one of these sachets and I was very unimpressed. I used it on a blush brush that I had only used once and it didn't even remove the tinge of pink that was on the brush.

IMG_3740
IMG_3745

The mitt itself is pretty cool. It is a pearlised pink design which you comfortably slip over your hand. This is made from performance-grade silicon so it feels like a flexible rubber that is easy to clean. You can also see that it has three different textures on the palette which is designed to give your brushes a deeper clean. I am actually not sure which texture is supposed to work best for each brush, but I gather the smaller brushes go with the smaller texture and the bigger brushes with the bigger texture... and maybe the super dirty foundation brushes are to be used on the more dense cross shapes? I honestly just rub my brush over the whole thing just in case.

The Real Techniques site claims that this improves brush cleaning by 55% and I think that's probably pretty accurate. It helps, but it doesn't make a world of difference. The best thing about this is that it protects your hands. I normally rub the wet soapy brush on the palm of my hand when washing my brushes and it often leaves my hand feeling quite sore (after washing dozens of brushes) and this definitely prevents that. I did find myself taking this off my hand and placing in it in the sink because I felt like I still needed both hands to thoroughly rinse the soap and makeup from the brushes. I would love to see a mat version of this that can be easily placed in the sink (I believe Sigma has a similar product).

So overall this isn't a bad product. I will continue to use it to wash my brushes but I won't be jumping up and down with joy saying that it has made my brush cleaning experience 100x easier or better... 1.55x better and easier is what it claims, and I completely agree with it. If you have a lot of brushes to clean and find that cleaning your brushes can hurt your hand then it is worth getting. I would recommend getting it cheaper on iHerb though and I would skip on the cleansing gel.

 
Note: this was sent to me as a press sample. My review is 100% my own opinion
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Welcome to BEAUTY NEWS May 2016 Part 2.
 
We have been busy this month! We have launched the BEAUTY NEWS Facebook page and we have given BEAUTY NEWS it's own channel!
 
Check out the latest video here and all of the photos shown in the video are below!

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BEAUTY NEWS May 2016 part 2

May 24, 2016

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Welcome to BEAUTY NEWS May 2016 Part 2.
 
We have been busy this month! We have launched the BEAUTY NEWS Facebook page and we have given BEAUTY NEWS it's own channel!
 
Check out the latest video here and all of the photos shown in the video are below!

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