Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Preparing for Summer with Cocoa Brown

With a couple more days until Summer officially begins in Australia it is the perfect time to start preparing for the warmer months. Not only will it mean that you can leave the house without a trillion layers - yippee - but for the first time in a long time skin will be shown.

Whether you gravitate towards dresses and skirts or shorts, it is important to make sure those legs are looking good. Cocoa Brown by Marissa Carter is a popular tanning brand in the UK. Not only do they have 1 hour self-tanner but they also have a range of skincare designed to keep your tan and skin looking the best. Begin preparing for summer with their Tough Stuff 3 in 1 Body Scrub* which is designed to remove the stubborn left-over tan you can't get rid off, exfoliates and prepares your skin for the new tan. This is a very dense exfoliator that feels quite tough. It spreads easily in the shower, lathers up to give you good coverage, and leaves your skin feeling fresh. I also love the fact that despite being a body exfoliator  it comes in a tube. Nice and simple! I've used exfoliators in tubs before and it is a nightmare. You can buy Tough Stuff for $15.95.

I adore the Chocolate Whip* which is a oil-free body moisturiser with Vitamin E & Panthenol. You can use this before you tan, as a normal everyday body moisturiser (even if you don't have a tan on) and to prolong your tan and help your tan to fade nice and evenly. It is very light-weight and sinks in super quickly which is fantastic! It feels instantly moisturising and this feeling lasts all day. A lot of body moisturisers are too thick, heavy and slow to absorb to use as a hand cream but not the Chocolate Whip! I adore using this as a hand cream because it literally sinks into your skin within seconds leaving no residue behind. A word of warning though...it doesn't smell like chocolate! Instead it smells like cocoa and gardenia, absolutely divine...just not like chocolate!

*Products provided for review. 100% honest opinions.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

October Beauty Favourites / First Impressions

Before I get into the nitty gritty details I want to make a disclaimer - yes these are "beauty favourites" but unlike most of my monthly favourite posts, these products are all quite new to me. So are these tried and tested? No. But at the moment I am loving them...stay tuned for more details review posts once I have worn them for more than 3-4 weeks. 

So let's get into it! A couple of weeks ago I left the house with zero make-up on. It was fine, it was a quick trip out of the house. Wait a second, no it wasn't! I had to go to work too. Luckily I ran into a Priceline grabbed a foundation and lipgloss. The lipgloss was over-priced and not that great. Thankfully the foundation, Rimmel London's Lasting Finish 25hr Comfort Serum, was super impressive. At this point in time I'm not 100% sure about the claim that it lasts 25 hours but the coverage is really nice, it is very easy to apply and it looks and feels amazing on the skin. It also has SPF20 which is useful. 

Moxie's lipstick in 'Get Ready' was an impulse purchase but definitely not a waste of money - especially since the tube clicks up and down - so much fun but completely besides the point! 'Get Ready' is a super juicy pink berry. The formula is creamy and quite opaque. Lasting power is pretty good too :) A perfect lipstick for the summer.

Have you smelt Nivea's Vitamin Shake in 'Cranberry & Raspberry'? If you haven't, you NEED to!!! It smells like raspberry/strawberry milkshake. The formula is creamy and sitting on the fence between thick and lightweight, and of course moisturising. I love Nivea lip balms, definitely worth trying if you haven't before.

Finally, one product that I have used consistency for over a month is Essano's Rosehip Regenerating Facial Moisturiser. This is a mini tube that I got in an Essano kit but I will most definitely be purchasing the full size tube. It is a really decent moisturiser, not too heavy but provides a good level of moisture without interfering with make-up. It sinks into the skin quickly too which is great!

Monday, 28 September 2015

4 Spring-like Beauty Products

Spring is here, the sun is starting to shine and you can now brave the outdoors without wearing a zillion layers. Well at least some of the time... To celebrate I wanted to write a blog post about some products that are perfect for this time of year. It's still too cold to break out the summer dresses but we can get into the spring mood with our make-up at least! Step one, think pink. Step two, step outside and soak up the sunshine.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in 'Magnolia'

This is a peachy pink that I think is perfect for any occasion. It's a good alternative for a nude or 'my lips but better shade'. I have been reaching for the lipstick a lot lately: it's a fun colour,  isn't as boring as a nude and looks great all the time. The pigmentation is pretty good, the formula is lightweight and super creamy and the lasting power is the typical 1-2 hours. It is really comfortable and feels moisturising. It also smells really nice and sweet.

Maybelline 'Pink Me Up' Lipstick

'Pink Me Up' is a deep warm-toned pink that sits on the line between a 'bold lip' and a 'not so bold' lip - which I love because I don't like wearing bold lips. They look great on other people...just not me! This a gorgeous pink shade that I fell in love with the first time I wore it. It would be great for an evening out or with a natural smokey eye. Maybelline's lipstick formula is becoming one of my favourites and is definitely worth checking out.

Revlon Ultra HD Lip Lacquer in 'Petalite'

A new addition to Revlon's product line are these 'Ultra HD Lip Lacquers'. Expect a full review on my blog soon but meanwhile I will focus on this pretty shade called 'Petalite'. 'Petalite' is a pretty pale pink with gold shimmer. It's a pretty standard gloss - doesn't stick around for ages and isn't super pigmented BUT it is one of those glosses that you can just whack on and you're ready to go. A good shade to reach for when you want a natural looking pink lip.

OPI Nailpolish in 'Hands Off My Kielbasa'

I know this whole post has been brainwashing you to "think pink" but this nail polish leans more towards the orange-y coral side of things. But because it screams "spring" to me it had to be included. This is a super pretty peachy polish with shimmer. I feel like the polish is glowing from within - does that make sense? Gorgeous!!! It's currently on my nails and it's soooooooo pretty and really shimmery! Did I use the word 'pretty' too much whilst describing this polish?

Monday, 31 August 2015

August Favourites

This month I have tried to mix up the products a bit and I have some new favourite products - yay!!!

Lets begin with a new foundation that I tried for the first time this month and now rate very highly - Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation in '115 Ivory'. I haven't had the best of luck with Maybelline foundations but during the 50% off sale this foundation came down to the $10 mark so I figured I might as well give it a shot. This foundation surprised me, it is really really really good. I will be posting a full review of this foundation soon but here are they key points. Pros: Very liquid-y formula, medium buildable coverage, easy to apply, doesn't cling to my dry patches. Cons: Not super long lasting, no pump in the package :(

Another Maybelline product - Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. I wrote up a full review of this mascara the other day, click here to check it out. Overall this is a great mascara if you like a mascara that has a very wet formula and if you want your lashes to look bold and fanned out.

Onto the lip products...because we all know I am a lipstick/lipbalm/lipgloss addict!

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in 'Magnolia' is a lipstick that I have been wearing in anticipation of spring. To me this shade screams out "spring is coming". The formula is really nice and creamy but feels lightweight at the same time. The pigmentation is decent - not super opaque but by no means sheer. I don't think this lipstick lasts that long - a little over an hour before it begins to fade.

Nyx Butter Gloss in 'Angel Food Cake' is a yummy smelling lip gloss that is not sticky and has great pigmentation. 'Angel Food Cake' is a gorgeous deep "my lips but better" shade with undertones of dusty pink and mauve. Well at least I think thats how you would describe it? I have been loving this gloss as it doesn't dry your lips out which is perfect because my lips are dry at the moment (thanks winter).

And now for one random non-beauty favourite :)

Silver 'Bead and Tassel Bracelet' from Seed - I only picked this up the other day but I am obsessed with it. Especially when I wear it with another bracelet I have from Bevilles (the second one in the picture).

What have you been loving this August?

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

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara Review

A couple of weeks ago I picked up a new Maybelline mascara, the 'Lash Sensational' Mascara in the pretty metallic pink tube. You've probably seen it...it's been everywhere lately. 

Let's begin by having a look at some of the things Maybelline claim about this mascara:

  • It's their first patented fanning brush. 
  • 10 layers of bristles to cover all your lashes.
  • Gives you a full fan effect. 
  • The "inner curve" of the brush is for the roots of your lashes and the longer brushes are to fan our your lashes. 
I have never seen a mascara brush like this one before, it has a small line of bristles and then the rest of the brush is filled with larger bristles. The brush itself is quite large and is slightly curved. The concept of the inner curve and the outer curve (is that what you would call it?) isn't some gimmick - I can clearly see what they are talking about. But that isn't to say that you pick this brush up and instantly know what to do with it (or maybe you do and it's just me?). Overall though I do like the brush and the inner curve definitely helps to to get into the roots of your lashes and the larger section of the brush does fan out your lashes.  

I definitely love how this mascara looks on my lashes. It lengthens them, gives them volume and curls them up and out, like a fan, easily. Plus it holds the curl pretty well too! My lashes normally look pretty ordinary but with this mascara I feel like they look awesome :) 

The one thing that stops me from saying "this mascara is amazing" is the formula of it. It is an extremely wet mascara and couple that with the fact that the wand holds an excess of mascara, it can get messy. I find myself scraping off heaps of mascara on the side of the tube before actually applying it. 

Overall this is a really good mascara and, if you don't mind a mascara that is quite wet, you will probably love it. I really adore the effect this mascara has on my lashes, and the brush is decent, but I do wish the formula wasn't as wet. 

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

July Favourites

A couple of days late but here we go...these were the beauty products that I loved in July. Geez, that made it sound like I don't like them anymore! For the record...I still love these products :)

Nyx Butter Gloss ' Angel Food Cake'

I've always been a fan of the butter glosses from Nyx and I now love them even more after discovering this shade. Unlike previous shades, 'angel food cake' is less milky and the colour is a lot more intense. Plus there is always that delightful cake scent.

Mac 'Syrup' Lipstick

I don't have a huge collection of Mac lipsticks but despite that this has been the lipstick I have been reaching for pretty much everyday. If it is a "lipstick day" 99% of the time it is a Syrup day. I don't hear a lot of people raving about this shade but next time you walk past the Mac counter I highly recommend you give it a swatch. It is a very versatile pink shade. Love it!!!

Rimmel London Oh My Gloss 'Snog'

Surprise surprise, another "my lips but better" shade!!! This is your typical lip gloss but with extra shine - the colour sticks around for a decent amount of time and the shine lasts and lasts and lasts. If you want to know more check out the review I posted a little while ago: http://theblogforbeautifulliving.blogspot.com.au/2015/07/rimmel-london-oh-my-gloss-snog-review.html 

Maybelline Colour Show Crayon Kohl Liner

This pencil eye-liner has really impressed me. Less creamy than say a Rimmel London Kohl, but I actually find it a little easier to apply. I am a novice when it comes to eye-liner but because this one is quite dry I find myself making fewer mistakes when applying it. It lasts well and doesn't flake off if you accidentally fall asleep in front of the TV watching the Tour de France. A random July favourite, non-beauty related, would have to be watching the Tour de France! Love it!!!

Too Faced Shadow Insurance 

For the longest time I dismissed eye primers. Shouldn't an eyeshadow be able to stick around all day without a primer? Well maybe it is because my eyeshadow application skills are shocking and I typically buy relatively cheap shadows...but I have a lot of shadows that are lucky to pass the 5 hour mark. Anyway long story cut short...kinda...this eye primer is amazing. It makes eyeshadows that typically last 2-3 hours last over eight hours easily. I highly recommend this eye primer, it's great :)

What products stole your heart in July? I'd love to know!!!

Monday, 27 July 2015

Rimmel London Oh My Gloss 'Snog' Review

Rimmel London have added a new range of lip glosses to their range that are worth looking at. I have been wearing the shade 'snog' for the past couple of weeks and really like it!!! It has been my go-to lipgloss.

'Snog' is your typical  'my lips but better shade' with extra shine. If you like berry shades with a brown/pink undertone you will love this shade. The colour, although very pigmented and buildable when first applied, doesn't last for that long - it begins to fade after approximately 1 hour. The shine stays around for a lot longer though! Colour-wise, my camera refused to get the colour right. In the picture above the colour is washed out. If you look in the reflection, that is a bit more accurate...

One of the reasons why I have been wearing this lipgloss a lot lately is because it is great for hiding chapped and dry lips. It doesn't dry out your lips and all that shine disguises yucky winter lips. Talking about winter...I cannot wait for spring!

Overall, this is a really great basic lipgloss. It gives you nice colour, heaps of shine, has a sweet smell and doesn't dry out your lips. Everything you want from a lipgloss. 

Friday, 3 July 2015

Maybelline Color Drama Lipstick Pencils Review

Today I am reviewing the Maybelline Color Drama Lipsticks, the lipstick pencils that were launched earlier this year, and have stolen my life. When these were first released they didn't even register on my radar. Why? 1. They were too pigmented (I know I sound crazy but I cannot pull off a bold lip) 2. You had to sharpen them. But when I saw them on sale I figured I might as well give them a try. Their normal retail price is $9.95 so on sale they are ultra cheap. But for that tiny price you get an amazing product!

I have two shades, 'Minimalist' which is a medium-toned pink with silver shimmer and 'Nude Perfection' which is a warm-toned brown nude. Both shades are incredibly pigmented. The formula isn't necessarily moisturising but they are not drying either. Pretty good for a long-lasting lip product! They feel really creamy when you apply them. In terms of lasting power, I was super impressed. At the one hour mark it looks freshly applied and it is only once you go past the 2 hour mark that the colour begins to fade. They wear off evenly, don't smear and are easy to apply. Both shades are very pigmented and I think people who love a bold lip will love these pencils. If you are not a fan of a bold lip I think that 'Minimalist' is worth looking at.

I like everything about these pencils except for the fact that you have to sharpen them...but I have sharpened mine and it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be.  When you first buy them the pencil is nicely shaped but with continual use (and sharpening) this shape disappears.

I really love these pencils and would definitely recommend you try them out. They come in a number of a gorgeous shades and are great quality and value.

Thursday, 25 June 2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Review - Greyfitti

A couple of months ago I raved on and on about the 'Dig Fig' shade from Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel collection of nail polishes. Today I am going to tell you all about another polish from the collection, the shade 'Greyfitti'. 'Greyfitti' is a beautiful pale grey. Whilst it has slight undertones of blue you definitely don't look at the polish and think it is blue...it is grey.

My proper camera is out of action so I apologise for this substandard photo. The polish looks way more amazing in real life...trust me!

The formula of this nail polish is a little thin and streaky on the first coat but all is resolved once you do your second coat. The formula itself was very easy to work with and apply. After applying those two coats I waited a couple of minutes and then applied the special top coat.......and then after that I put on my usual Insta-Dri Sally Hansen top coat. The extra top coat is not necessary though. These miracle gel polishes last really well and endure a lot! I can get easily a week out of these nail polishes before any noticeable wear starts appearing. Typically I only get 2-3 days out of a manicure.

I completely adore this nail polish and highly recommend it. It is a very versatile colour, has a great formula and lasts well. 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

May Beauty Favourites

Skipping the obligatory "oh my god where did the month go?" and getting right into which beauty products stole my heart in May...

I am going to begin with Innoxa Pure Silk Skin Primer - this primer has the ability to turn a train wreck of a foundation into a really decent foundation I happily reach for. I don't want you to think that the Maybelline 'Better Skin' foundation is terrible, because it isn't, but I have difficulty applying it on my temperamental skin. My skin is oily one minute and dry the next...Anyway if I apply the Innoxa primer first and then apply the Maybelline 'Better Skin' foundation, I get a result I really like. It makes the foundation easier to apply, plus once it is on, it makes it look a lot better too.

Next up is the Maybelline Colour Drama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil in 'Minimalist' - This is one of the most pigmented and long lasting lip products I have ever tried. 'Minimalist' is a very pretty pink with silver shimmer running through it. Expect a full review in the coming days :)

OPI Nail Envy (Sensitive & Peeling) - This is the first OPI nail product I have ever tried and I am smitten. I really do feel like it stops my nails from peeling and strengthens them. The formula is thin, dries quickly and applies easily. Make sure you get the sensitive version though as it does not contain formaldehyde.

While we are talking about nails I am going to give a quick shout out to Revlon's Bordeaux nail polish - this is a stunning deep burgundy jelly polish. I have blabbed about this before on the blog so will keep this short...but I love this polish!

Now onto two products that have pretty much achieved the 'holy grail' status...

Maybelline Baby Lips - I am addicted to these lip balms. I picked up few in My Chemist Warehouse's 50% off sale. One of the new ones I picked up was 'Lychee Addict'. It isn't my favourite "flavour" but it is doing my lips wonders, as do all of the original Baby Lips (although the tinted ones don't seem to be as moisturising).

When I first started this blog years and years ago Kiehl's Ultimate Strength Hand Salve was a staple. It is quite pricey ($24AUD) so I haven't repurchased it until this week and it is safe to say I have fallen back into love with it all over again. If you super dry hands definitely give this hand cream a try!

And that reminds me...May marks the third year this blog has been running. It all began in May 2012!!! Can you believe it???! I would like to say a big thank you to anybody who has ever read the blog, followed or left a comment :)

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

April Beauty Favourites

My favourites for April are an unusual bunch - I have been trying lots of different brands and products recently. You will also notice a couple of old favourited (e.g., Nivea lip balm & Garner moisturiser). 

Syrup - Mac 'Lustre' Lipstick

A couple of months ago I brought my first Mac lipstick, less than one week later I felt compelled to buy another. And that is the story of how this lipstick ended up in my lipstick collection. 'Syrup' is a lovely natural looking pink lipsick. Being a very versatile colour, I find that this has been the lipstick I have reached the most for in the past month.

Australis Pressed Powder in 'Natural'

I have only recently started experimenting with pressed powders. So far I am absolutely loving this one from Australis. The colour is a great match to my pale skin, it noticeably prolongs the wear of my foundation and is easy to apply. When I'm in a rush or having a lazy day this works well over BB cream. Otherwise I just wear it over my foundation. Definitely worth checking out!

Nivea Pure and Natural 'Olive and Lemon' Lip Balm + Garnier Moisture Match Moisturiser

I have grouped these two products together because I know I have raved about them before on the blog. These products are amazing and if you haven't tried them yet, you should! Enough said?

OPI 'Big Apple Red' Nail Polish

As somebody with a beauty blog and an addiction to buying nail polish, it is very rare that I re-apply the same polish more than once in a month. However, in April I re-applied this stunning red from OPI 3 times! Yes you read that right...3 times! It is easily a one-coater, has a great formula and wears quite well, even without topcoat.

Nyx Love in Paris 'Merci Beaucoup' Eyeshadow Palette

In the past I haven't loved this longevity of the shadows in this palette. However, I have started wearing them with a primer and now find myself reaching for this palette all the time. There is a really nice selection of colours in this palette, regardless of whether you want a neutral eye or something more interesting.

The swatch on the far left is Mac's 'Syrup'. The three shadows are the ones I use the most from the Nyx palette. Apologies for the extremely messy swactch! 

Thanks for reading & have a great day! 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

My Winter Fashion Heroes

The cold weather has arrived so it is time to embrace thick and chunky knitwear, stylish coats, scarfs and boots. Despite always whinging about the cold weather, I love wearing winter clothes. In my book, the statement coat always wins over a cute sun dress. I have started buying a couple of new pieces for my "winter wardrobe" and stalking eBay (I must admit that having extra eBay coupons makes eBay so much more addictive).

Jumpers are my "hero" pieces during the winter months. When I'm hanging around the house I usually just have a long sleeve t-shirt on underneath a dorky old hoody. Do I really want to admit that? Please tell me I'm not the only one!!! But whenever you need to throw something on and head out, having a couple of jumpers you love and know are warm and flattering can be a lifesaver. My current favourite is this Esprit jumper in a mix of black and white. It goes with everything, is flattering and most importantly it keeps me warm. It was $99.95 but I got it on sale for $37.00. Bargain!!!

I also love dressing for winter because I get to wear boots! I am a huge fan of boots and wear them every single day. They are so versatile, are weather savvy and always look great. My all-time favourite leather boots are these ones from Aldo. They are great quality and have worn really well. They go with everything; from tights and a dress or skirt, to jeans and a coat. Plus you can wear them wherever and whenever. Dream boots right there, I tell ya! I also have to give a shoutout to the handbags Aldo sells. Not only are their shoes gorgeous but their handbags are stunning and always on-trend.

*Sponsored post

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Priceline 40% off Haul

So if you live in Australia, are a make-up addict and/or a shopaholic and don't live in a cave you would know this already...Priceline had their 40% off all cosmetics sale this Tuesday and Wednesday. The aisles of Priceline became packed with people, products flew off the shelves and bank accounts wept. I picked up quite a few goodies and am really excited to give them a go! 

Apologies for the disgusting photos, winter is coming and the light is fading. It was overcast and dark all day :( It was one of those days where it feels like you have no "daytime". Anyway let's discuss some of the products I picked up. The first thing I saw when I walked into Priceline was a huge new stand of the brand new Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks. I was super excited to see them and so happy they were in stores for the 40% off sale because they normally retail at $23.95, which is pretty expensive for a "drugstore" lipstick. I tried to be sensible and picked up one shade, 'Magnolia'. My first impression of the lipstick is that it is very lovely. It smells really nice and has decent lasting power. It also does not dry your lips out.

Speaking of new products, I picked up a Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush in 'Pink Rose'. These were launched ages ago in America and I have been waiting patiently for them to arrive in Australia. I think this will be a very pretty pink blush. It comes in quite a sturdy compact with a mirror and a little brush. 

I saw this eyeshadow palette from Models Prefer and for a mere $6 I could not say no! The 12 shadows come in a tin and a double-ended brush is included. Reminds you of a high-end eyeshadow palette, yeah? 

I picked up a pressed powder from Australis. I know that a lot of Aussie beauty bloggers /youtubers rave about a powder from Australis but I'm not sure if it is this one or the other one...if you know, please do let me know :) I also picked up  Revlon Colourstay foundation. My holy grail foundation is the colorstay whipped cream that comes in a jar but I decided to try out the liquid version which seems to get a lot of love. The Essence Maximum Definition Volume mascara was a re-purchase. And at the very end near the register I spotted this limited edition tin of Lanolips which was a bargain. The products included in the tin are valued at $27. It was originally being sold for $20 and I got it for $10. I love a bargain :) 

I hope you enjoyed this haul. What did you pick up from Priceline? Also, which products would you like to see reviewed first on the blog?

Thanks for reading!!! Cheers :)

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Sale : Recommendations

If you don't know already, Priceline is having their 40% off cosmetics sale on the 24th of March and the 25th of March. So I thought it might be a good idea if I tell you about the products I love, which you can buy from Priceline. Also, being a make-up addict I would love to hear your Priceline recommendations!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Essie All Tied Up Nail Polish Review

Today I have a nail polish swatch and review for you, and that nail polish is 'All Tied Up' from Essie. 'All Tied Up' is a rosy pink with brown undertones and very subtle gold shimmer. The shimmer looks pretty in the bottle however it isn't very noticeable on the nail. You definitely need a topcoat with this nail polish to make the subtle shimmer pop a little.

The formula of this nail polish is superb - you can easily get away with one coat. Combined with a new wider brush, the formula is non-streaky and dries quickly.

Overall I absolutely adore this nail polish. Without a topcoat the polish looks a bit flat but ignoring that, I can easily imagine this polish becoming one of my all-time favourite nail polishes (a big thing for a nail polish addict to say!!!). The formula is great and the colour is great - a very versatile pinky nude that is chic and elegant. Appropriate for work and the weekend. 

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Empties #6

Today I've got a empties post for you! A chance to rummage through my rubbish and see what products I loved enough to use up completely and which products I didn't like enough to finish. What more could you want?! 

Face of Australia Acetone Free Nail Polish Remover - To be honest I don't remember a lot about this nail polish remover because I finished it up ages ago. From what I can remember it did the job and I liked the packaging, no special child lock mechanism. Is it only me or do those children safe mechanisms make bottles really hard to open? Would I repurchase? Absolutely!

Blistex Ultra Lip Balm SPF 30+ - This is one of those products I always pick up whenever I'm heading to the beach for a holiday. It is a decent lip balm but I buy really buy it for the SPF 30. These two tubes have been kicking around for a few years so I think it is time I throw them out. Would I repurchase? Probably.

Rimmel London Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara - This mascara really impressed me. It definitely made my lashes look longer, which is fabulous because I have really short lashes. The brush was also really good. I did a full review of this mascara, click here if you would like to read it. Would I repurchase? Yes.

Sally Hansen Diamond Shine Base & Top Coat - Does this feature in every "empties" post I do? I feel like it does!!! This is a really good base/top coat. Would I repurchase? Probably!

Chapstick - I cannot remember what the name of this lip balm was, I think it was green apple? I liked the smell of it but I didn't find the product to be moisturising. Would I repurchase? No (but it did smell nice!)

Haven Citrus Lime Lip Balm -  I don't remember much about this lip balm. To be honest I don't think it was particularly good, so I decided to throw it away. Would I repurchase? No.

Burts Bees Honey Lip Balm - This was a nice lip balm.  Would I repurchase? Maybe.

Sally Hansen Miracle Cure - I love Sally Hansen, I really do. Their nail polishes are amazing and I typically adore their treatments, base coats and top coats...but I had no luck with this particular treatment. Would I repurchase? No.

Essence Gel Look Top Coat - This has been lurking around in my nail polish drawer for a very long time and to be honest I simply never reach for it. It definitely made my nails look super shiny, so if you want super shiny nails this is a good product to pick up.  However I prefer top coats that make your nail polish dry super quickly because I am very clumsy and prone to messing up a wet manicure. Would I repurchase? No.

2 x mystery nail polishes -  These two nail polishes came in a cheap gift pack from the supermarket. I think I only brought the pack because I liked the make-up bag they came in? I don't think I will ever use them because their brushes are tiny so I am chucking them out.

Thanks for reading and have a great day :)

Saturday, 7 March 2015

Bedside Table Products

I keep some of my most loved products in my bedside table, and I suspect I'm not the only one. What can be better than grabbing for some of your most loved and luxurious products before going to sleep? Or maybe this is just the beauty blogger in me??? 

I always apply hand cream before sleeping and have a pile of hand creams in my bedside table. Some are small tubes of hand cream that I grab and throw into my handbag before leaving the house. Others are larger, more handbag unfriendly, tubes like the L'Occitane Shea Butter Handcream. This hand cream does come in a smaller handbag friendly version, but because I love it so much I opted for the bigger size! I want to call this hand cream your "basic luxurious hand cream" but I feel like that downplays how amazing this hand cream is, and how much I love it. This does everything you want a hand cream to do; it moisturises your hands, sinks in quickly, doesn't leave any residue and smells lovely (it's a subtle scent and I think 99.99% of people would like it.) 

That rather massive tub you see is the Jergen's Deep-Conditioning Shea Butter Rich Body Cream.  This is a lovely rich body cream that is absorbs quickly, doesn't leave any residue and is non-greasy and unlike most body creams I find that this product can double as a hand cream. I typically find body creams to be too thick and very slow to sink in but not this one - this one sinks in so quickly that you can easily use it as a hand cream. It is obviously also a really good body cream. It smells lovely. I am completely hopeless at describing scents but I would describe it as a warm scent and perhaps a bit nutty? 

A superstar lip balm that every beauty blogger and their dog raves about is the Nuxe Reve de Miel Baume Levres Ultra Nourishing Lip Balm. When my lips are extremely dry, chapped, or flaky I reach for this. This is a very luxurious lip balm that feels amazing on the lips and has a lovely matte formula. Before sleeping I will occasionally slather my lips with this and when I wake up it is like I have new lips! It's very long lasting. If you apply it before sleeping, when you wake up it will still be moisturising your lips. I love this balm however there is one thing I don't like about it...the tub packaging. I would never use when I was out and about, on public transport...etc. But it's fine if you just want to keep it at home. 

Now onto the lip balms! Nivea's 'Essential Care' lip balm is an old favourite. It is a very decent lip balm. However, even though I have been using it for over 10 years, I think Nivea's new release, the Olive and Lemon Pure & Natural Lip Balm, might be even better. It is amazing! I swear it helps to heal my chapped and flaky lips. 

A recent purchase is a Lipsmacker in Salted Caramel. This smells absolutely divine, exactly like salted caramel (funny that, hey?) without smelling too artificial. I am a huge lover of products scented like food, so relaxing and just pure happiness! 

Do you have any special products that you keep in/on your bedside table? 

Thanks for reading :) 

Friday, 27 February 2015

February Favourites

Today it is time for me to write one of my favourite type of posts...monthly favourites! So let's skip all the inevitable rambling about where the month disappeared to and get onto all the products that won over my heart this month.

I'm going to begin with Garnier's Moisture Match Start Afresh Moisturiser. Last month my skin was feeling dreadful. I put it down to a lack of a good moisturiser and, hey presto, once I started using this moisturiser my skin felt so much more hydrated. I love this moisturiser and definitely recommend it!

A product that is by no means a new love of mine, rather a love I have rediscovered, is Rimmel London's Stay Matte Pressed Powder in 'Silky Beige'. I think this powder is dearly loved by many bloggers and for good reason. I'm not a "powder" person and this is the only powder that has ever impressed me. In particular, this month I have been loving this powder in combination with the Physician's Formula CC cream. I wrote a post all about that, click here to read it.

All month I have been blown away by the Essence Maximum Definition Mascara. I'll be honest, I wasn't expecting to love it this much because it costs a mere $5.75 which is ridiculously cheap. But it is a really good mascara!!! The brush is great and even though it isn't a waterproof formula, it never smudges on me. A great everyday mascara, check it out!

Moving away from face products and onto the lips, I have two lip balms that I have been loving recently. Nivea recently launched their Pure and Natural 'Olive and Lemon' Lip Balm here in Australia (I think this was launched in America a year ago?). I feel like this lip balm actually moisturises and heals my lips. You would think all lip balms would do that, but no...I actually find a lot just dry my lips out unless I slather them in lip balm every 20 minutes. Am I the only one who thinks this? I have also been loving the 'Salted Caramel' Lipsmacker. After hearing that the company had been sold in the news I thought I would relive my childhood. It truly does smell like salted caramel, absolutely delicious! Plus it does moisturise my lips and is a decent lip balm - a yummy scent isn't everything!

This is where all orderliness goes out the window. We have a random nail polish and a body butter. Shall we talk about the nail polish first? 'Timbleberry' by Sinful Colours is a polish that I have had for a couple of years now and I haven't worn it for over a year :( With the crazy hot weather we were having I thought it was time to break it out. And I love it as much as I did when I first brought it. Timbleberry is a gorgeous (and very bright) coral pink. Great for the summer!

I have also been loving a new discovery, Jergen's Deep Conditioning Shea-Butter Rich Body Cream. This is a luxurious body cream that absorbs quickly, lasts a long time and isn't greasy. It also smells really nice. I'm not a huge body moisturiser person but what makes me love this so much is that it doubles for hand cream. Most body creams and body butters are way too thick and greasy for hand cream  but this truly sinks in quickly.

What were your favourite products for February?

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Products worthy of repurchasing

In my mind there are two types of beloved products. Products that you enjoy using and have nothing bad to say about and products that you repurchase immediately after running out of them (or perhaps even before you have ran out of the said product). Today I will be talking all about the products in my arsenal that I have repurchased.

Sally Hansen Diamond Strengthener - This is a reliable, albeit basic, strengthening base coat. Whilst strengthening your nails it also performs well as a base coat, preventing your nails from staining and making your polish last longer. It is also 3 free which Is something I value highly. I have lost count of how many times I have repurchased this.

Simple eye make up remover- I am currently on my second of this make up remover. This takes my mascara off easily no need to rub or scrub. I'm not going to spend much time talking about this product as I reviewed this product yesterday in a post.

Yes to cucumber gentle gel cleanser - this is my new favourite cleanser. I discovered it this winter and already I am on my second tube! This is a VERY gentle gel cleanser that lathers up really nicely and never dries my skin out. Since starting to use this I actually have difficulty remembering to moisturise my face. If you

Mario Badescu Buttermilk Moisturiser - In combination with their enzyme gel cleanser this moisturiser rescued me from a face full of pimples. I went from having really bad skin to getting compliments and people actually noticing how much better my skin was looking. I used these products everyday for over six years.

St Ives Green Tea Scrub - I feel like a broken record because I am forever raving about his scrub! But it really is THAT good. Not too harsh but not too gentle, this is a very good exfoliating cleaner. I use this approximately 2 times a week and find it works well at keeping dry skin and pimples away.

Maybelline Baby Lips - these lip balms received a lot of hype from bloggers when they were first launched. I initially didn't love them but a couple of years ago later and I am hooked. These are my go-to basic lip balm. I'm currently on my third tube of these. So far, my favourite "flavour" is energising orange.

Revlon Colorstay Whipped Creme Foundation - Another product I have raved about many timex before on the blog. This is the foundation I wear every day.With good lasting power, foolproof applicability, buildable coverage and the ability to blend over dry and oily skin makes it my favourite foundation.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Honey - providing long pasting colour in a "my lips but better" shade, this is a product I continually reach for!

There are also some products that I have repeatedly repurchased in the past. The products are:
- Nivea essential care lip balm
- Yes to Carrots melon lip balm
- Mario Badescu enzyme cleansing gel

I wanted to give these a shoutout too but I still really love them and will definitely be repurchasing them in the future.

I would love to know what products you love and repurchase!
Thanks for reading, cheers :)

Discovering: New TV Shows

Today I am kicking off a new weekly series, the 'Discovering' series. Each week there will be a different theme. In the coming weeks there will be posts on podcasts, day trips, and handbags for uni. If you have a suggestion please let me know and I would love to know what you think of this new series :) Anyway, back to what's hot on the box at the moment!

Broadchurch Season 2 

Last week season 2 of Broadchurch began. Having only seen the first two episodes (obviously) it seems a little preemptive to say this but...I think it is might be even better than season 1!!! You have only missed two episodes so if you loved season 1, tune into ABC on Sunday night at 8:30pm. You can catch-up with the first two episodes on ABC iview I dare say! I really enjoyed season 1, did you? If you have never heard of Broadcurch before, it is an English crime drama starring David Tennant and Olivia Colman. In season 1 we saw the effect that the murder of a young boy had on the community. In season 2 we continue to see the effects that the murder investigation had on the small community, and follow the trial of the accused murderer.  There is another new storyline being weaved into season 2 as well. I am absolutely dreadful at describing things so even if Broadchurch doesn't sound that great to you, it is probably just my inability to describe it properly. I love how they do things and go places with the show that other more generic crime dramas don't. I don't want to spoil anything though so that is all I am saying on the topic.

How to Get Away with Murder

Now onto some new television shows. How to get away with murder has started on chanel 7 and so far it has me hooked. Since the advertisements started for it months ago I thought I might like it. But I didn't realise it would be this unique. I feel like a lot of crime shows are identical but this one is quite unique and keeps you guessing, all the time. The show follows a criminal law professor / criminal defence lawyer and her law students. Together they build cases for their clients. Oh and did I forget to mention a group of her students have committed a murder and are trying to get away with it. We don't know yet who murdered who or what happened, but we are slowly learning about the murder through flashbacks. 


Another new show on our screens this February is Forever. The protagonist of the show is a New York medical examiner who is immortal. Forever includes the typical police procedural type of plots and also follows the protagonist as he tries to discover why he is immortal.

What television shows are you loving at the moment? I would love to know...I am a tv junkie!

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Face of the Day - Running Errands

I've been playing around with my daily make-up and have found a new combo of products that are perfect for those days when you are only running out for a couple of hours to do some errands. On the typical day I wear foundation, blush, mascara and some eyeshadow, but if I am only going out for a little while and it's nothing special (hello Safeway) I can't always be bothered with that.

I have large pores and my skin is always red so to hide all the redness I wear the Physician's Formula Organic Wear CC Colour + Correction Cream. It reduces my redness and gives me a light coverage of colour. On top of the cream I use Rimmel London's Stay Matte Pressed Powder. After that I usually wade through my pile of lip glosses and tinted lip balms and pick out a "my lips but better" shade or pale pink. It's ridiculously simple and great when you don't have much time / cannot be bothered applying make-up.

This combo of products doesn't necessarily last all day and it doesn't hide everything but nonetheless I like it. It's a very natural look and great for running errands. I'd love to know what your lazy day make-up routine is and also, if you use the Stay Matte powder, which brush do you use to apply it / how? Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, 13 February 2015

Summer Skincare Routine 2015

I think I have perfected my summer skincare routine. My skin was like a temperamental toddler in the beginning of summer, it probably also didn't help that we have had an unusually wacky summer. January was abnormally cold, usually it is abnormally hot...But finally I have a handful of products that I would like to praise. Thanks goes to the following products for keeping my skin well behaved and pimple free for the past couple of months:

Olay Complete Defence Daily UV Moisturising Lotion SPF 30+

If I am going to take a step out the front door I wear this moisturiser underneath my make-up. With SPF 30 it is great for the Australian summer. It sinks in nicely, doesn't leave any residue and doesn't interfere with my make-up. It is very lightweight and feels moisturising however I do feel like I need another moisturiser in my arsenal because this sometimes doesn't hydrate my dry skin enough. I definitely love this product though and will definitely repurchase it.

 Garnier Moisture Match Start Afresh Light Softening Cream 

This is the latest addition to my skincare routine and the product that I feel has really completed it. Before using this moisturiser my skin was misbehaving. Despite usually having oily / combination skin I felt like my skin was dry. It was tired and generally just not feeling or looking great. After using this moisturiser daily for 2-3 weeks my skin feels more hydrated. It sinks in quickly and I don't think it has been leaving any residue on my skin or interfering with my make-up, but it has been quite hot so it is difficult to tell when it feels like your make-up is literally going to melt off from the heat! So far I have been super impressed with this moisturiser and for a mere $10 it is definitely worth giving it a try. There is a number of different moisturisers in this range, depending on what your skin concern is, so there should be something for everybody. I'll post a full review of this product once I have worn it for a little longer.

Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser

If you have been reading my blog for awhile you will already know this...but I LOVE the 'Yes to' skincare range. I have tried several of their cleansers and the latest one is the 'daily cream facial cleanser'. This is a gentle cream cleanser that has been working great for me lately. I sound like a broken record, but again, I haven't had any breakouts while using this product and it has done a great job at controlling my skin. If you have very dry skin I'm not sure if this will be the best cleanser in the world for you but otherwise it's pretty good! 

Nivea Pure & Natural Olive and Lemon Lip Balm

This lip balm was launched ages ago in America and in the past month itfinally arrived on our shores here in Australia. I was super excited when I saw it and brought it immediately. I have had dry, chapped and generally flaky lips for ages. However since using this balm I have felt like my lips have been a lot smoother, less dry and less flaky. Yay! Is it only me or do you feel like a lot of lip balms either do nothing or dry your lips out? The scent of this lip balm is quite unusual and it doesn't disappear immediately after application which is good. I've been a long time fan of Nivea and I actually think this is my favourite Nivea lip balm. 

So these are the skincare products I have been loving lately. What products have you been loving this summer? 

Thanks for reading, 
cheers :)

Thursday, 5 February 2015

Models Prefer Moisture Lust Glossy Lip Tint Review - Candylicious

The Models Prefer Moisture Lust Glossy Lip Tint in the shade 'Candylicious' is a beautiful berry colour. The crayon itself has a wind-up mechanism which is great, no sharpening required, and the plastic packaging feels sturdy. My lips have been quite dry lately but when I apply this lip tint my lips feel moisturised. It is very comfortable to wear however I don't think it actually cures my dry lips. Whilst it feels moisturising while you wear it, after it has worn off your lips are returned to whatever state they were in originally.

For a "lip tint" the pigmentation of this crayon is impressive, it can be worn sheer but you can build the pigmentation up. Also, as indicated by the name "glossy lip tint", the finish is really nice and glossy. The wear time of this product is really good. After one hour it still looks freshly applied, and I find it lasts on my lips for 3 hours. Pretty good!

Overall I think this is a really good lip crayon; good lasting power, good pigmentation and is very comfortable on the lips.

Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Sally Hansen - Raisin the Bar: Swatch and Review

'Raisin the Bar' from Sally Hansen is a pinky plum colour with a metallic finish. As always with the Complete Salon Manicure collection, the brush was perfect. Nice and wide, and flat! The thin formula worked best when applied in thin coats. The polish is pretty opaque so you can get away with one coat easily. As with a lot of polishes with a metallic finish, you can sometimes see the brushstrokes, however I think with a topcoat it looks fine! (I'm using the Insta-Dri top coat from Sally Hansen).

Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Beauty Favourites

As the first month of 2015 bites the dust it is time to tell you about everything I loved in January.

I always make a trip to Lush after Christmas as they always reduce their limited edition Christmas products by 50%. This year I picked the Hot Toddy Shower Gel up and I love it! It has a cinnamon-y ginger scent that is really warm and quite strong. It lathers up nicely and leaves you feeling clean but not dry. I will definitely be buying the larger size of this shower gel next year, fingers crossed they release it again!

I have been wearing the Olay Complete UV Max Defence Lotion SPF 30 religiously, underneath my make up, for the past couple of months. A moisturiser with SPF is really important. It hasn't caused me to break out and it is a really decent moisturiser. Not the best but as it has the SPF that is fine with me. Also, it doesn't interfere with the wear of my makeup and doesn't leave any nasty residue. 

Marc Jacobs Dot has been my go to perfume of the month. I am useless at describing scents so I googled it and apparently it is floral and fruity. It isn't a super heavy or long lasting scent but nonetheless I love how this perfume smells. 

I have been using the Yes to Carrots Daily Cream Facial Cleanser for quite awhile now and I haven't had any pimples since beginning to use it. Not only has my skin been clear but it lathers up nicely and feels really gentle. It may not be the best for people with super dry skin though?

I hope you a fabulous February :)

Monday, 26 January 2015

My Favourite Australian Things

Happy Australia Day everybody! I'm going to share with you some of my favourite Australian things across a range of categories: beauty, fashion, and music.


One of my favourite clothing stores is Dotti. Founded in 1981 in Sydney, there are Dotti stores all over Australia and New Zealand. Some of my favourite and most worn clothes are from Dotti.

Top left: Feather printed maxi dress; brought over 3 years ago and I still wear this dress once a week during the summer months. I either wear it with flats during the day or if I'm heading into the city for dinner I often throw a blazer on and some heels. I think it is always important to have a piece of clothing you can rely on, wherever and whenever you are going. Perfect for those "I have nothing to wear" days.

Bottom left: Shift Dress; I love love love the print on this shift dress. It's great for summer days/nights with or without a blazer and is also a great option for those Melbourne, 4 seasons in 1 day, days - with tights and boots.

Bottom right: Palm Print Top; I picked this up for $10 (originally $50) and usually wear it with jeans and a blazer. Perfection?!

Mimco is one of my most recent obsessions. Their leather handbags are gorgeous and their accessories are addictive. Especially their pouches.

Peter Alexander make pyjamas, but not any ordinary pyjamas! I am a lover of prints and during their recent Boxing Day sales (which were amazing) I wanted to buy one of everything. Last winter they released a pair of pants covered in nail polish bottles - perfect for a nail polish blogger, hey?


My favourite Australian beauty brands are Face of Australia, OmShe, and Natio. Every year Face of Australia release a couple of limited edition collections of nail polish, which are always amazing. Their permanent line is also great. Their glossy lip crayons were the first lip crayons I ever tried and are still some of my favourites. Sure they don't last forever, but they are moisturising and their sheer pigmentation can be built up. omShe is an Aussie brand that uses natural ingredients and is one of my favourite Australian brands. Their nail polishes are 3-free and their lipsticks smell gorgeous and come in pretty golden tubes (I cannot resist gold packaging, please tell me I'm not the only one!!!). Natio  is a brand that I have started looking at recently. They use 100% pure essential oil blends. So far my favourite products from them are their  tinted lip balms.


One of my all-time favourite Australian bands is Savage Garden, and then when they split-up I became a fan of Darren Hayes when he went solo. One of my new discoveries is Busby Marou. Some of my favourite songs from their Farewell Fitzroy album are: 'My Second Mistake' and 'Luck'.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

Face of the day - trying out new products / first impressions

Today I decided to grab a handful of products I haven't used before, or items I have not used more than a handful of times. I started with Rimmel Londn Stay Matte Liquid Mousse Foundation. I purchased this product around this time last year but haven't used it before (at least I don't think I have. Maybe once before?). It was a really good colour match for my skin (200 soft beige) but I had difficulty applying it. I ended up putting my all-time favourite foundation over the top. I will have to experiment with this foundation a bit more before I make up my mind about it. I think I need to exfoliate before using the product again...

The second product I grabbed this morning was one I had never used before. It was the Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. I have never used a primer for my eyeshadow before and loved it! It claims to make your eyeshadow last for 24 hours. I definitely found it made my eyeshadow last longer but it didn't last 24 hours. After 8 hours the eye shadow had faded drastically. That could be due to the fact that I was using an eyeshadow that doesn't last that long on it's own...I used the Love in Paris 'Merci Beaucoup' eye shadow palette from Nyx.

The Love in Paris 'Merci Beaucoup' eye shadow palette contains 9 shadows (6 shimmery, 3 matte). I applied the matte brown all over my lid and then added some of the darkened bronze. I wore the apricot and burgundy pink shade yesterday, with no primer, and found the pigmentation to be lacking and wear-time wasn't brilliant. I am excited that the Too Faced primer made these shadows last longer because the colours in this palette are gorgeous <3

I tried Maybelline's Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes Mascara 'Very Black' (Waterproof) for the first time today and loved it. I have never used a mascara like this before. You get a large brush for your upper lashes and a little brush for your lower lashes. Genius idea! I found the mascara to apply well, even though I haven't 100% figured out how to use the brush perfectly yet, and it made my lashes long amazingly long. I didn't experience any smudging or flaking throughout the day. Very impressed indeed. However, it is the first time I've ever worn waterproof mascara and oh my goodness, it was impossible to remove! I definitely will never buy waterproof mascara again. But that is simply a personal preference and if this mascara continues to impress me I will buy this mascara again in the non-waterproof version.

On my lips I wore Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in 'Sunbaked' which isn't a new product, but a product I haven't worn for a very long time. I was actually surprised, the colour was a lot nicer than I remembered it. Definitely something that I will be reaching for more.

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