Monday, 8 September 2014

Haul + First Impressions

Hi guys! I have been really busy lately at uni and with a pile of things to do, what do I do? Procrastinate at the shops of course!!! This is my little haul and my first impressions of the products I have used so far.


The reason I went to the shops was that Nyx was 30% off and I'm never one to say no to a bargain. I brought the Love in Paris 'Merci Beaucoup' eyeshadow palette. This palette comes with nine eyeshadows. The three shadows I have used so far are: the bottom left and the two shadows to the right in the top row. These are decent quality for the price. Th bottom left shadow makes a beautiful inner highlight. It's shimmery but not too crazy. They are not super pigmented and don't last for a super long time BUT I haven't tried them with a primer yet. 

I also got the 'Terra Cotta' powder blush which is a natural tan with shimmer. I plan on using this for a natural blush / bronzer / highlighter look. I have another, more pink, powder blush from Nyx and love  it. 

I also discovered a new section in the beauty department at Target...a shelve full of mini-sized Nivea products, 2 for $5 or 1 for $3. I love the idea of mini-sized products because they are cheaper, I get to try lots of new products and as a beauty blogger it means I can get through them quicker and review them for you without having a million products open at the same time. 


I picked up the Nivea 'In Shower Rich Body Lotion' because I've heard good and bad things about it and the 'Rich Nourishing Body Lotion' because Nivea is well known for body lotions. I've used the body lotion already as both a body lotion and a hand cream. It is great as a hand cream because it literally sinks in immediately. As a body lotion is does a good job at moisturising my skin and sinks in quickly. I have only used the 'In Shower Rich Body Lotion' one time and don't feel like I have decided if I like it yet. I'll get back to you!

Thanks for reading,
cheers :)




Thursday, 4 September 2014

Products that smell amazing...

Are you a sucker for products that smell amazing? I am!!! Don't get me wrong, quality, packaging and price are all important factors but, in my book, a product gets bonus points for smelling delightful.


I'm going to start with a type of product that you wouldn't expect to smell good...nail polish. Revlon has a range of nail polishes that have different scents. Their 'Parfumerie' collection of nail polishes have three different types of scent: sweets & spices, freshes and fruits & florals. I have four polishes from this collection and all of them are consistently good quality. My favourite is the 'Apricot Nectar' polish that smells unbelievably delicious (plus it lasts for over a day). 'Apricot Nectar' smells quite sweet and fruity. Kind of like peach lollies? To read my full review of 'Apricot Nectar' click here.

The lipsticks from She are some of the best smelling lipsticks out there in my opinion! They have a very rich, luxurious aromatherapy oil scent that is really unique for a lipstick that only costs $14.95! If you want to read more about these lipsticks click here. 

These lip glosses get a lot of rave reviews in the blogosphere but I'm just going to mention them anyway! What am I talking about? The Nyx Butter Glosses of course. These are some of the best lip glosses ever. They smell like cupcakes or cake mixture, are super duper moisturising and give your lips a nice touch of colour. Perfect for the winter time when your lips are dry and chapped but you still want some colour on your lips!

Another lip product that smells amazing and does amazing stuff is the Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid with Lemon Oil. This smells like "real" lemonade, not the cheap stuff, and works fabulously to keep your lips hydrated.

I am a bit of a hand cream fiend but I think I might have found my favourite hand cream ever?! What hand cream am I talking about? The L'Occitane 20% Shea Butter Hand Cream for dry skin. I know most of the products I have talked about smell like food but I promise this one doesn't. Unless you like eating baby powder??? This is a very luxurious hand cream with a subtle scent that is hard to put your finger on but to me it smells like baby powder, but in the best way possible!

I would love to know what your favourite smelling product is...?





Sunday, 31 August 2014

Nyx 30% off at Target - Wishlist

Hi guys!!! This is going to be a super quick post because I have an assignment due tomorrow and it still needs A LOT of work :/ I know I haven't been around much on the blog but hopefully once I regain my control over uni I'll be more consistent...hahaha

Anyway whilst I was procrastinating I saw that Target has 30% off Nyx for the next couple of days. Which got me thinking about things I want to buy from Nyx...Nyx is a brand I really love and usually their products are of good quality. So with 30% off you can't do much wrong. 


Nyx Wishlist





How beautiful are those eyeshadow palettes?! I already have one blush from Nyx and I have literally worn it everyday for the past month (or two). Another product of theirs I love are the Butter Glosses. One of the best glosses I have ever tried - not sticky, very moisturising, nice pigmentation, plus they smell amazing. If you haven't tried them you should!

What is your favourite Nyx product?


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Rimmel London Rita Ora - Do Not Disturb Nail Polish Review

A couple of weeks ago the Rita Ora collection from Rimmel London was launched in Australia. The collection is comprised of 12 nail polishes and 5 lip crayons. Today I am reviewing one of the nail polishes from the collection, 'Do Not Disturb'. 'Do Not Disturb' is a gorgeous vibrant teal with a cream finish. 


The formula of this polish was really good. I did two coats to get complete opaqueness but you could nearly get away with one coat. It wasn't streaky, was easy to apply and dried quickly. It also lasted really well without chipping. To be honest it was a week or two ago that I had this on my nails so I cannot remember precisely how long it lasted...but I remember it lasted longer than most nail polishes. BUT and there is sadly a "but" here...this polish stained my nails really badly. I always wear base coat and have never had a polish stain my nails before. But when I was taking this polish off I discovered that it had stained my nails. Plus, as I was wiping it off it smeared onto my skin and I couldn't get it off. 


So I loved the colour of this polish but without figuring out to stop it from staining my nails I wouldn't want to wear it too often. 

Thanks for reading, cheers :)

Friday, 15 August 2014

Lips of the week #2

I love lip products and recently have been mixing up the lip products I have been using a lot! They are easy to love too...they are usually foolproof, quick and simple to wear, can transform your look and in most cases it is hard to find a bad one.


The first lip product I have been reaching for a lot in the past couple of weeks is the lipstick in 'Hush' by omSHE. Not only does this lipstick smell divine and come in a beautiful gold tube (I'm a sucker for pretty packaging) but it is the most gorgeous natural pinky nude. Definitely more pink than nude, which is exactly what I like! If you haven't tried the omSHE brand before I highly recommend you do, they have lovely lipsticks and a good range of nail polishes that are 3-free.


Next up, an old product that I dug out from my stash - the Covergirl lip perfection jumbo gloss balm in '275'. This was my go-to lip product last year but I hadn't worn it in a while and I honestly do not know why. A MLBB shade that is perfect for this time of year. For a product that labels itself a gloss balm, this gives good pigmentation, has a nice creamy formula and decent lasting power.


Another old favourite of mine, the Nyx Butter Gloss in 'Creme Brulee', has been the lip product I reach for when I don't really know what to put on my lips. It gives my lips a milky pink tinge, moisturises them like crazy and smells like cupcakes...yummy!

It's winter so I have been stacking on the lip balms! A recent purchase of mine, the Lanolips 'Lemonaid Lip Aid with Lemon Oil', has won a place in my heart. It smells like lemonade, feels really smooth, lightweight and kind of liquid-y. When the Maybelline Baby Lips first launched I didn't get the hype but all this time later I have finally been converted. The 'Mango Pie' Maybelline Baby Lips has been kicking around my desk, handbag, pocket...pretty much everywhere all the time. It actually is a really good lip balm. Not exactly breaking news is it?! And finally, after a lot of debating I picked up the Nuxe Reve de Niel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm. I have read a billion amazing reviews on this lip balm and despite it coming in a pot (ew germs!) it seriously is amazing. I put this on my lips before going to sleep and it is still on my lips after eating breakfast. Impressive stuff! I'll write up a full review of this soon.

Thanks for reading and have a great day!!! :)

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Empties #3

Hi guys! It has been a couple of months since I last did an "empties" post so I thought it was time.


Natural Instinct Hand Wash*: This was a really lovely hand wash. It smellt amazing, felt really soft and moisturising and lathered up nicely. I adored how this product left my hands feeling nourished and it's scent but I can't remember it claiming to be "antibacterial"? Would I re-purchase? Absolutely, but if it isn't anti-bacterial I would only use it in the laundry.



Aveeno Intense Relief Hand Cream: Guys, you wouldn't believe how relieved I am to finally feature this tube of hand cream in an empties post! It is kind of ridiculous but it makes me sooo happy because this tube took over 2 years to use. This was a really nice hand cream perfect for people who wash their hands a lot as it left a glove-like feeling, even after hand washing! This was the hand cream I turned to in the cooler months when my hands are especially dry. However you only need to use a little bit so it will take you a while to work your way through the tube! I would repurchase this product but I'm in no hurry.

Palmolive Raspberry Hand Sanitiser: These Palmolive hand sanitisers were recently launched in Australia and I have quickly become addicted to the raspberry one. Actually, to be honest I haven't even tried the other scent because I love the raspberry one so much. Not much to say really except that it smells better than most other hand sanitisers. Would I repurchase? Already have!

The Body Shop Jolly Orange Body Butter: This was from Christmas a couple of years ago. I liked the scent but I don't really love The Body Shop Body Butters. They don't sink in instantly and can leave a residue behind. Would I repurchase? Probably not.

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel: How many of these have I featured in my empties posts? I started using this product 7 years ago when I was in high school and had horrible pimples. It saved me from those pimples and I have praising it since. But this year I have started swapping out all of my skincare for products without parabens so sadly I won't be repurchasing this one (well maybe one back-up!) but would 100% recommend it if you don't care about parabens.

Bloom Aromatherapy Lip Balm: This has been lurking around in my drawer for years and years and years. I don't think I have even used it for five or so years. It is well and truly expired and I'm chucking it out. Would I repurchase? I can't remember enough about it to say! I'm going to hazard a guess and say no.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Polish: This is a quick drying top coat. I haven't quite finished this bottle up because it has gone a bit gloopy but I really love the product. I have already repurchased.

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength: Two!!! Yes I had two of these lurking in my drawer. Both have gone thick and gloopy. That tends to happen to these once you get to the bottom quarter. Nontheless I like these and have already repurchased.



Nivea Invisible Black & White Deodorant: This is what I usually use. It works. What else can I say? Would I repurchase? Already have.

Nivea Stress Protect Deodorant: I occasionally suffer from asthma. Both mornings after using this aerosol I noticed myself feeling a bit asthma-y. I would't use this product again for that reason alone.

Dove Pink Deodorant: Another deodorant. At this point I would like to point out that these were collected over months and months :p I can't remember much about it. Would I repurchase? I can't remember anything about it but yes.


And finally lets take a moment to commiserate. Benefit's So Hooked on Carmella is the only perfume in my entire life that I have loved. I used this every day for an entire day until it ran out. And then they discontinued it! :'( I am absolutely devastated about this. It's not discontinued overseas (yet) and am very tempted to try and get a stockpile shipped to me. Would I repurchase? Yes, by the litre!!! Hahaha :)


Thanks for reading :)



Monday, 11 August 2014

Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Review

I don't talk about mascara much on the blog. Probably because I have only recently fallen completely in love with mascara. Seriously, how could I not know the magical powers of mascara? Anyway,  I have been using the Physician's Formula Organic Wear Mascara for a good two years and don't get me wrong, I love the fact that it is free from nasty chemicals. But...it is pretty expensive and Priceline had 50% off Rimmel. I use to use a Rimmel mascara years ago so decided to pick up the Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara for the awesome price of $8.97. I have heard good things about this mascara in the blogger universe so I decided to give it a shot. One stroke of this mascara on my pretty ordinary lashes and I was sold.


These are my lashes before applying the mascara. I had no idea what I was doing with these photos...apologies!

 These are my lashes with one coat of the mascara.

                                      

This mascara claims to wrap and extend every single lash, condition your lashes and make your lashes look 90% longer. I have it in 'Black'. It also comes in 'Brown' and 'Extreme Black'. I haven't noticed any smudging of the mascara and the wand is quite thin and long. This makes it quite quick to apply.

Do I think it makes my lashes look longer? Absolutely! I'm not sure if the photographs capture it but I really do think this makes my lashes look super long. Which is fab because I have really short lashes.

Does it extend and wrap around every single? I think it does. I have zero skill when it comes to applying mascara and am lucky if I don't stab myself in my eye with the mascara wand! Yet I don't think there are any lashes that are not completely covered with mascara.

Does it condition your lashes? I honestly can't say whether it does or not because I'm not sure how to tell if it has. I definitely haven't noticed it having a negative effect on the health of my lashes.

Please let me know what your favourite mascara is and if you know of any good ones that are free from nasty chemicals :) Cheers!

Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Moisturiser Edit

Brilliant skincare is hard to find. I have no trouble finding ordinary skincare - products that work and do the job relatively well - but it takes a lot for me to fall in love with a skin care product. Whats more, my skin is always changing so a product that works for me in April might not do much good in January. Plus what works for me might not work for you. Oh boy!!! Skincare is a minefield of dilemmas but some some products are worth their weight in gold. Today I want to share with you the moisturisers I have been loving and have made a little moisturiser guide for you :)


My holy grail moisturiser is the Mario Badescu 'Buttermilk Moisturiser'. I started using this seven years ago when I was in high school and had terrible pimples and oily skin. I have lost count of how many bottles I have gone through of this moisturiser. This moisturiser is very lightweight and a little goes far. It sinks in instantly (seriously), leaves your skin feeling supple, moisturised and soft. My skin is often quite red and whenever my skin feels irritated or I have some pesky pimples or that dreadful dry patchy skin you get after a pimple, I apply this and my skin is immediately soothed. As this moisturiser absorbs instantly, doesn't leave any residue on your skin and is lightweight, in my opinion it is my perfect moisturiser all year throughout. It doesn't interfere with any make-up you wear apply on top of it and if you are looking for a moisturiser for all situations this is the one I recommend. You get 59ml and you can buy this for $28.95 from Kit Cosmetics and Mecca. 

Now, it is probably really obvious that I adore the Buttermilk Moisturiser but unfortunately there is a but. Seven years ago things like parabens didn't concern me but they do now and I have been swapping out all of my skincare for products that are free from nasty chemicals. I have found some great lip balms, cleansers and body lotions without nasty chemicals but it has taken me a long time to find a moisturiser that I love.


The Boots Laboratories Optiva Comforting Day Cream* with SPF15 is a very thick and luxurious moisturiser. It is paraben free. Unlike the Mario Badescu one this one is thicker and less lightweight and spreadable. If you have super dry skin or irritated skin this is definitely the moisturiser you should reach for. However, unlike the Mario Badescu moisturiser, I do not recommend wearing make-up over the top of this one as I find that it leaves a residue on my skin that means that my make-up doesn't last as long and by the end of the day I feel oily in my T-zone. I love this moisturiser for days when I either don't need make-up or don't need my make-up to last for a long time. This also a great moisturiser for the evening. I highly recommend this moisturiser for anybody who needs an intensive moisturiser. You get 40ml in the tube and can buy this for $22 from your Amcal or Guardian pharmacy.

The Natural Instinct Daily Moisturiser* is a great moisturiser for those people who want a moisturiser that does everything. It's like the paraben free version of the Buttermilk Moisturiser. This one doesn't sink in quite as quickly as the Buttermilk Moisturiser but unlike the Optiva Comforting Day Cream it doesn't interfere with your make-up. It doesn't leave a residue on your skin and leaves your skin feeling really hydrated. Plus it is vegan free, pH balanced and free from a very long list of chemicals, including being free from parabens, sulphates and petrochemicals. I have really been enjoying wearing this moisturiser under my make-up.You get a 125ml in the tube and can buy this for $10.29 from Priceline.

So there you have it! From my collection of moisturisers, these are the ones I love and would recommend. What is your favourite moisturiser? 

Monday, 4 August 2014

Sally Hansen 'Bittersweet' Nail Polish Review + Nail Art

A couple of days ago I painted my nails with Sally Hansen's 'Bittersweet'. I wrote up a review of it but thanks to work, uni, winter rain and lack of light, photos didn't happen. Then today when the sun came out I realised my nails were too chipped to swatch. So I decided to do a bit of lazy nail-art.


'Bittersweet' is a dark brown polish that looks a lot darker on the nails compared to what it looks like in the bottle.


Drying time was pretty good with this polish considering my coats were quite thick...oops! The formula was non-streaky and quite thick which is something I normally like but I found that despite this colour being very dark I needed two coats. My first coat was pretty opaque but I felt like it looked patchy.....hence the second coat. I don't know if that makes any sense because how can it be opaque and patchy at the same time???


To hide a couple of chips I stuck on some french manicure tip guides from Essence and painted over the chips using Revlon's 'Fall Mood' nail polish. I thought this actually turned out pretty well and it was super quick. With a coat of Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri top coat this took no time to dry. Yipee :)




Sunday, 3 August 2014

NOTD - Sally Hansen Gunmetal Nail Polish Review

On my nails today is Sally Hansen's 'Gunmetal' nail polish from their Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear range. This is the first nail polish I have brought from this particular range however I am already a huge fan of Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure range of polishes. 'Gunmetal' is a combination of a denim blue colour and a grey gunmetal colour. This polish is very shimmery. I absolutely adore this colour.


The formula of 'Gunmetal' is quite thin. Two coats were necessary for opaque colour. I'm notoriously bad at applying nail polishes with thin formulas as I find my coats are way too thick. Nonetheless drying time was reasonable. Despite the thin formula the polish applied relatively easily. For a shimmer polish I didn't find the formula to be too streaky. I applied Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri as a top coat.

Depending on the light (as always) this polish can look really blue and then when the sun is hiding you can see more of the gunmetal grey colour. My new favourite polish?!



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 :)