Tuesday, 29 July 2014

July Favourites

I have lots of favourite products to share with you this month. I think a combination of a short break from uni and a pinch of bravery resulted in me shopping my stash and falling in love with some products I haven't used much in the past. I have a feeling this is going to be long post so settle in, grab a cuppa and don't forget to let me know what you have loved this month!!!

 In general I have been loving wearing blush. I didn't use to wear blush but now I find myself wearing blush every day. The two blushes I have been reaching for the most this month are Nyx's Blush in 'Mocha' and The Balm's Instain Blush in 'Argyle'. 'Mocha' is lovely warm pink that looks natural and is very buildable. I haven't worn 'Argyle' as much as 'Mocha' but it has still been loved. 'Argyle' is a very pigmented matte pink blush.

My holy grail foundation, the foundation I have repurchased a million times (okay maybe not a million but you get the idea) is the Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Makeup in the shade 'Natural Beige'. Besides being a perfect colour match for my pale winter skin it lasts for hours and hours and hours and hides my massive pores and red skin. I have been experimenting with other foundations lately which only makes me love this foundation even more. Especially the colour match. 

Another face product I have been loving is Maybelline's Dream Pure BB Cream in 'light'. For an easy make-up day I put on some primer, some of this bb cream and some blush and I'm ready to rush out the door. It is the only BB cream I have found that gives reasonable coverage, minimises my pores, hides my redness and hydrates my skin. 

To moisturise my skin during these cold winter months and keep those dreaded dry patches away I have been loving the Boots Laboratories Optiva Comforting Day Cream*. This is quite a thick and luxurious feeling cream.  With SPF 15, free from parabens and a hypoallergenic formula this is a really good moisturiser. I really love this moisturiser but only for days when I don't need my make-up to last an extremely long time. I find that if wear this moisturiser underneath my make-up, by the end of the day I  find my face to be quite oily/greasy. 

After hearing every blogger and their dog rave about the L'oreal Infallible eye shadows I finally picked one up! We don't seem to have the full range of colours here in Australia (nothing unusual about that...grrr) but I did pick up 'Forever Pink' which is a gorgeous pink shadow. I swipe this across my lid and hey presto I'm done. Whilst we are talking about the eyes I also want to quickly (because I know this post is ridiculously long) mention a mascara I have been loving - Rimmel London Lash Acceleration Endless Mascara.

On my nails I have been absolutely loving red and berry shades. Two of my favourite polishes have been 'Hot Fever' from Kit Cosmetics and 'Bordeaux' from Revlon. 'Hot Fever' is a gorgeous hybrid of a deep hot pink and deep red berry colour. Absolutely gorgeous! I recently reviewed Bordeaux (click here for the review) which is a burgundy with a crelly formula. Absolutely stunning :) 
A product I reviewed recently was the Natural Instinct Hand & Nail Cream* which is a lovely hand cream. It leaves your hands feeling really soft and smooth and since using it I have noticed that the condition of the skin around my nails and my cuticles have drastically improved. I slather it on before going to bed as I find that it does have a tendency to leave a slight residue on your hands if you apply too much, something I always do! To see my full review on this hand cream click here.

And finally, a random favourite for the month has been the Palmolive Raspberry Hand Sanitiser. This smells delicious which is unusual for a hand sanitiser. It's been living in my handbag all month! 

So those were my favourites for the month of July. I would love to know what products won your heart this month. Thanks for reading, cheers :)

Sunday, 27 July 2014

Natural Instinct Hand & Nail Cream Review

We are well and truly in the midst of winter at the moment so I have been slathering on the moisturiser, lip balm and hand cream. I was sent the Natural Instinct Hand & Nail Cream* a couple of months ago and since then it has became part of my evening routine. The Natural Hand & Nail Cream* comes in a 125ml squeeze tube with a hinged lid and has an earthy aromatherapy scent, which I find very relaxing in the evening. Like all Natural Instinct products it's a vegan product, not tested on animals, pH balanced, made in Australia and free from 400 potentially nasty chemicals (parabens, sulphates, petrochemicals...etc).

The consistency of the cream is quite thick and absorbs into the skin quickly leaving your hands feeling super soft and smooth. When applied to the super dry, chapped, skin between my fingers and especially around my thumb, it gets rids of the awful sore red skin and injects much needed moisture into the skin. I sometimes find that I am left with a slightly oily residue on my hands after applying this which is why I prefer to use it before going to bed. If you don't put too much on you shouldn't be left with that oily feeling though. I always seem to put way too much hand cream on. Unlike some other hand creams I feel like this one does actually moisturise my hands for a long period of time and has good lasting power. It has also improved the condition of my cuticles and the skin around my nails, something I don't notice with most other hand creams. When I wake up in the morning my hands still feel moisturised but not oily. Nothing beats a lovely luxurious and thick hand cream before going to bed, especially when it smells this good!

*I received this product for review purposes. This review is 100% honest and completely my own opinion.

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Top 5 Drugstore Wishlist

I found myself bored, restless and procrastinating earlier today so I decided to have a look at the Priceline website. Silly me! Now that I know they have some good sales on and some new products I am procrastinating about going to Priceline. Really, I should be studying so I don't have a stressful weekend of catching up with everything. Hahaha :) So without further ado here is the top 5 products I want to buy from Priceline...

Top 5 Drugstore Wishlist

I haven't heard anything about the L'oreal Colour Riche Eyeshadow Primer Crayon so I don't know if it would be any good but it sounds amazing. Just swipe on your primer in one simple step. Do you know anything about it, maybe I have just been living in a cave?

Next up on the wish list is the Pure Magic Primer from omSHE. This is a product I have heard people raving about. An alternative to the Benefit Porefessional primer that is a lot cheaper but apparently just as good. omSHE is a brand I absolutely adore, their lipsticks are beautiful. 

Another Aussie product, Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid  is more of a repurchase as I threw my old lanolips out because it started smelling funky. I believe they also have new packaging now with a better applicator which will definitely be a plus. 

I seem to be running out of all my nail polish treatments at the same time! My favourite base coat died last week and my currently bottle of Insta-Dri from Sally Hansen is nearly empty and very goopy. With 50% off Sally Hansen products it seems like a good time to replenish my base and top coats. 

And because I can't say no to a new product I want to pick up the Maybelline Matte Maker Mattifying Powder. I'm thinking this could be along the lines of Rimmel London's Stay Matte. Would anybody want to see a comparison post of those two products? 

Cheers :)

Monday, 21 July 2014

Natural Instinct Cream Cleanser Review

I'm reviewing the Natural Instinct Cream Cleanser today. This product was kindly sent to me for review but, as always, this review is 100% honest. If I don't like a product I don't bother  using it. However, I have been really enjoying using the Natural Instinct Cream Cleanser and have been using it for over month now.

 It is a very gentle cleanser that feels really creamy and lathers up nicely. It has a very subtle scent - a little bit 'earthy' - which I can only smell if I have the product on my hand and I directly sniff my hand. As we are in the middle of winter my skin can feel quite dry but this cleanser hasn't dried out my skin at all, my face feels clean but not tight after using it. I haven't experienced any breaking out whilst using this product and my skin has been in great condition. 

There is nothing I can complain about in regards to the packaging. It is very sensible - a squeeze tube with a hinged lid. I absolutely hate products that have lids that unscrew because I always end up dropping them, so I love that this has a lid with a hinge. The simple things in life, hey?

I really value products that are free from nasty chemicals and always read the ingredient lists of products before purchasing. Natural Instinct is amazing chemical-wise as their products are free from sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, PEGs, artificial fragrances, artificial colours, preservatives, animal derivatives, PABA, DTA, mineral oils AND over 400 ingredients that are potentially harmful to us and our environment.

Natural Instinct's Cream Cleanser is a lovely gentle cleanser that easily cleans your face without drying it out, is free from a very long list of nasty chemicals and is a bargain at  $10.29 for a 125ml tube. But at the moment Priceline has 25% off so this comes down to $7.71. I'm definitely going to be buying myself another tube of this next time I'm at the shops!!!

Thanks for reading and have a great day :)

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

New Products in July

I've spotted a heap of new products at the shops lately so thought I would share my discoveries with you!

1. Sally Hansen 'Color Frenzy' Limited Edition Nail Polish Collection
2. Face of Australia 'Dark Side' Limited Edition Nail Polish Collection
3. Nyx Turn the Cheek Palette
4. Essence Dark Romance Trend Edition
5. Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation & Concealer
6. Maybelline Street Artists Topcoat Nail Polishes
7. Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
8. Garnier Moisture Match Creams

That is a long list of new goodies so there is no time for rambling. Lets get into it!

The Sally Hansen 'Color Frenzy' collection of nail polish consists of 6 glitter toppers in clear bases.

'Red, White & Hue' consists of red, white and blue hexagon glitters in a clear base. 

Fruit Spritz has medium sized hexagonal glitters in pastel green, yellow, pink and orange that are matte, as well as some holographic silver glitters.

Spark & Pepper silver holographic shredded glitter and black and white matte hexagonal glitters. 

Sea Salt has silver holographic shredded glitter, fine gold glitter and small matte blue and green hexagonal glitters. 

Candy Drops has different sized matte pink and silver holographic hexagonal glitters.

The final polish from this collection is called Splattered. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get a photo of this one but is comprised of different sized matte pink and black hexagonal glitters, red bar glitters and gold shredded glitters.

Face of Australia also has a limited edition collection of polishes out at the moment. Called 'Dark Side', it is inspired by villains. I have 'Voldemort' and 'Maleficent' from this collection and love them. Voldemort is my favourite out of the two polishes I own from this collection because not only is a reference to Harry Potter (Harry Potter fan here!) but the matte glitters are very dense and easy to apply. Sadly I only got one good photo of 4 of the polishes. Sorry! You can see the full collection here: http://www.faceofaustralia.com.au/products/limited-editions/dark-side-nail-enamel.aspx

The polishes in the collection are called: Darth Vader, Voldemort, Mystique, Wicked Witch of The West, Maleficent, Jafar, Magneto and Ursula.

There is also a palette from Nyx called 'Turn the Cheek"

Essence has a new trend edition on the shelves at the moment called "Dark Romance'.

At the Maybelline stand there were lots of new products! Is it only me or is Maybelline releasing some pretty awesome products this year? New on the shelves are the Superstay Better Skin Foundation and the Superstay Better Skin concealer. The foundation costs $21.95 and the concealer costs $14.95. The premise behind this foundation and concealer is that it is going to reduce redness in the skin, clear imperfections and hydrate the skin as it contains actyl-c formula (derivative of vitamin c), magnesium, zinc, copper ad vitamin B5+. I have read some really good reviews on it and can see myself purchasing this in the near future.

Maybelline has finally released their Street Artist collection of glitter toppers in Australia. To be honest I think I would have been a bit more excited if they did it last year. The polishes look good but I already have a lot of glitter toppers I barely use!

The Color Tattoo Pure Pigment Eye shadows are also gracing our shelves now! They cost $11.95 and come in 6 colours.

And finally, in the skincare aisle of Priceline my eyes landed on the Garnier Moisture Match moisturisers. At $9.99 there are four different types: mattifying fresh cream, illuminating light lotion, light softening cream and ultra-hydrating rich cream.

Phew! That is a lot of new products :) This is a ridiculously long post so I'm going to shut up now. I hope you enjoyed this post. Cheers :)

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Face of the day #1

Yesterday morning I was in the mood for doing something a bit different with my make-up for the day.

As I was in the mood for experimentation I decided to use a combination of primer and bb cream, something I don' think I have done before. The primer I used was Revlon's Photoready Perfecting Primer. I haven't used this primer much so I don't really have a strong opinion of it (yet). But I do like how it feels on the skin. Wanting something foolproof (because I was doing my make-up in a rush and in bad lighting) and natural I used my Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream in 'light'. This is the only bb cream I have ever loved using and will definitely repurchase it. I then used my holy grail blush, the Rimmel London Match Perfection Blush in 'light/medium'. Sadly I think this has recently been discontinued?! I've been on the hunt for a back-up but I can't find them anywhere! What I love about this blush is that it is foolproof, easily build-able and gives a lovely natural look.

On my eyes I used #2 from the Chi Chi Nudes Palette which is a pearl pinky nude. I don't have the Naked Palette but I believe this is similar to UD's 'Sin' colour. I also used my Rimmel London 'Endless Lash Accelerator' Mascara. This mascara makes my lashes look amazingly long and the brush is really good - very thin and long. 

On the lips I wore Maybelline Baby Lips and Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Honey'. 

I was really happy with how this look came together which was nice as I often feel disgruntled with how things turn out! Usually things look better in my head than they do in real life. 

And now a question for you. I have never done a FOTD post before. I don't want to post photos of my face here on the blog. Would you prefer to see swatches on hands or cropped photos of my face? Cheers :)

Friday, 11 July 2014

July Beauty Haul

For the past couple of weeks I have been on holidays which means I have been catching up with friends, shopping and having lots of coffee and cake. When there is shopping there is bound to be a priceline haul (or three). These are the products I have accumulated from a couple of different visits to Priceline.

Polish-wise I got 'Bordeaux' (stunning burgundy cruelly) and 'Spun Sugar' (pewter silver metallic) from Revlon's Parfumerie collection and 'Maleficent' and 'Voldemort' from Face of Australia's limited edition 'Dark Side' collection. I've already painted my nails with all of these polishes and adored 'Bordeaux' and 'Voldemort'. I reviewed 'Bordeaux' here. 

During the exam period I picked up Natio's Shea Butter Lip Balm and really enjoyed it. So when I saw a stand of these NEW Tinted Lip Balms from Natio I decided to pick up two. 'Charm' which a MLBB shade and 'Smile' a sheer natural red. I also repurchased Face of Australia's Lip Crayon in 'Macaron'. I use to own this a few years ago but I can't find it and suspect I might have gotten thrown out accidentally. 

I also grabbed a real techniques foundation brush and a Rimmel London 'Lash Accelerator Endless' Mascara. 

And finally, a cult beauty product! I don't know how long the Nivea Creme in the blue tub has been around but it has been a long, long time. This was a complete impulse purchase that I totally didn't need it but oh well :) 

Thanks for reading,
cheers :)

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Revlon Parfumerie 'Bordeaux' Nail Polish Review

Even if you ignore the delicious scents, reliable quality and gorgeous bottles the Revlon Parfumerie polishes come in, this polish is stunning for the colour alone.

'Bordeaux' is a burgundy polish with a jelly/cream (cruelly) finish. The formula is thin, non-streaky but not runny and drying time was super quick. Two thin coats were all I needed to use. 

This Parfumerie polish doesn't really have a scent that I could notice. This was surprising because all of the other polishes I have from this collection have quite strong scents. 

Overall, I really love this polish. It is a stunning burgundy polish with a perfect formula. In the photos you might notice a bit of tip wear. Annoyingly, the new top coat I am trying out isn't that good and shrinked the polish and caused some cracking! 

Thanks for reading, 
cheers :)

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Face of Australia Dark Side Nail Polish Collection Review - Voldemort & Maleficent

Face of Australia have a new collection of polishes out called 'Dark Side' which include polishes called Voldemort, Maleficent, Ursula, The Wicked Witch, Darth Vader, Jafar and Mystiqueare. Being a huge fan of Harry Potter I had to pick up Voldemort (black and blue matte glitters) and I decided to also grab Maleficent as I thought a vampy purple might be fun for these cold winter days.

Maleficent is a very dark and vampy purple. I did two thick coats and in most lights the polish looks pretty black. I think if you only did one coat you might get more of the beautiful purple you see in the bottle. Nonetheless, the formula of the polish was good. Leaning towards the thicker side which is exactly what I like. Drying time was also pretty good considering my coats were ridiculously thick. It also dried to a very high shine. The only thing I didn't like about this polish was the brush. Comparing the brush from Maleficent to Voldemort (more on him later) the Maleficent brush is curved and twisted. I don't think it was designed like this and it made applying this polish quite tricky, and streaky for the first coat. Mine is probably just faulty and if you had a brush that wasn't faulty the polish would look a lot better. With my thick messy coats it ended up looking quite black and messy.

Voldemort is a mixture of black and blue matte glitters in a clear base and is an absolutely stunning glitter top coat. I can honestly say I no other polish in my collection like this one. Plus, unlike some glitter top coats this is quite dense. One coat gives you a complete covering of the fine glitters and then if you drag the excess polish off the brush you can easily get some of the larger glitters on your nails. No glitter placement required :) Drying time was really good and this polish was a breeze to apply. In the photos I didn't use a top coat over Voldemort. Voldemort is definitely by favourite out of the two polishes that I have from this collection <3

So in a nutshell, FOA has a new limited edition polish collection out at the moment inspired by evil villains. Maleficent is a very vampy purple polish with a good formula. Voldemort is a dense mix of blue and black matte glitters. You can grab these for $4.95 from Priceline, Big W and K-mart.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

June Favourites

With exams and the first part of my thesis due at the beginning of June, it was really only the last couple of weeks of June that saw me favouring products.

One of my best friends gave me a beautiful set of miniature Elizabeth Arden Perfumes. They are all lovely but I have been especially smitten with the perfume called 'Pretty'. I'm pretty useless at describing scents but if I had to try I would say it was floral and light.

Winter is well and truly here which means dry skin, ridiculously chapped lips and my pale skin is looking even more pale than usual! To combat dry skin I have been reaching for the Natural Instinct 'Hand &Nail Cream'* and using it every night before going to sleep. It is scented with pure essential oils which make it smell really relaxing and calming which I love in the evening. I'll be writing up a review of this in the near future.  For the chapped lips I have been using Maybelline's Baby Lips in 'Mango Pie' and Natio's 'Shea Butter Lip Balm'. Both balms are pretty decent and seem to be fighting my chapped lips. As a huge mango lover the 'Mango Pie' doesn't live up to my expectations of a delicious mango scented balm but nonetheless it keeps my lips moisturised.

In last month's favourites I exclaimed my love for the Maybelline Elixirs and I am still completely in love with them. I have the shades 'Caramel Infused', 'Nude Illusion' and 'Petal Plush' and I reach for them throughout the week. I have gotten so many compliments when wearing these and find that they are perfect to grab when rushing out the door and want something foolproof but still beautiful.

Thanks for reading and have a fabulous July!!!

*Product provided for review. Regardless of products being received for review I am 100% honest in my opinions.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Winter Stocktake

Hi guys! I'm back!!! Yay :) I haven't fallen off the blogging bandwagon (I promise). I'm in my 4th year of study at uni which is crazy and had two exams and the first part of my thesis to hand in this past week.

Anyway, since I haven't been able to blog for awhile let alone have the time to play with make-up properly I thought it would be a good idea to organise my make-up. For the last month or so I have just been throwing my make-up into the drawer. Which means it was a massive mess. I also have a very messy draw of back-up products and products I haven't used yet (mostly skincare).

In my "stocktake" I discovered some gems I had forgotten about and quite a few products I have never used...oops!

Let start with the products I have had for ages but haven't quite got around to using yet.

I brought the The Balm Instain Blush in 'Argyle' for myself a couple of months ago when it was my birthday. I had been contemplating buying it for a very long time and decided that a birthday was a good excuse! I still haven't worn it yet though. I'm not very good at applying blush so really only reach for it when I know I will have enough time to fix any disasters that happen (i.e., clown cheeks). Nonetheless, I still really love this and will use it soon!

A couple of months ago the blogging world was raving about the Rimmel London Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation so of course I felt the temptation to pick it up. Especially since I found it for $5. I'm always wary about trying new foundations though so this got lost in the pile of products I haven't used yet. I must give this a go though!!!

For Christmas I got the Too Faced All I want for Christmas Eyeshadow & Blush compact in the 'All I want for Christmas' kit. It comes with shimmery brown and cream eyeshadows and a peach blush. I have used the make-up bag and the lipstick that the kit came with but haven't used this compact yet. All the colours are very wearable though and very "me".

The Maybelline Designer Chocolates Eyeshadow Quad is another bargain I grabbed for $5 when K-Mart was having a clearance. I haven't used this eyeshadow yet either! It seems like there is a lot of neglected eye shadow in my life...I think the Chi Chi 'Nudes' eyeshade palette is to blame. Whenever I want to do some eye make-up I reach for it. And it always delivers, pretty sure it is foolproof.

Finally, this is probably the oldest product here. The Innoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer was again...on sale! I got it during one of Priceline's amazing 40% off cosmetics sales. Does anybody feel like testing out a new primer is like conducting an experiment? I do! And I am going to stick with that excuse!

I also re-organised the draw where I keep un-opened products, back-ups, the gazillion of make-up bags I buy because they are "soooooo pretty" and old wallets I don't want to throw out (is that weird?). I prefer this layout much more to what it looked like before. Everything is relatively neat and I can see what I have now. Hopefully this will mean I won't buy as much stuff. Hahaha!

Thanks for reading and I look forward to getting back onto the blogging bandwagon!
Cheers :)