Monday, September 15, 2014

Manicure Monday: Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color - Rose Poudre

Happy Monday, y'all!

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend.

To kick off the week I thought I would show you a polish formula I was intrigued by after reading Sarah's rave reviews over on her blog More Than Adored. The Maybelline Super Stay Gel Nail Color range is a super-affordable collection of polishes that claims to last 7 days on the nails. I will be putting the formula to the test and giving you my thoughts in an upcoming review.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fresh Fragrances & Cosmetics Celebrates 10 Years

Fresh Fragrances & Cosmetics are celebrating their 10th anniversary this month and to celebrate they have released a limited edition Beauty Essentials Box. I was kindly sent a box to trial for myself and I couldn't have been more excited. While some of the brands and products I have tried previously (BECCA and Trilogy), the rest were new to me and I was very eager to try them out!

Macadamia Natural Oil No Tangle Brush Set: This set consists of a Pre-Style Brush, a Deep Repair Masque and a Healing Oil Treatment. I have heard many great reviews of this range so I am very keen to try them for myself. I'm particularly interested in seeing how this brush fares against my beloved Tangle Teezer. 
Trilogy Certified Organic Rosehip Oil: This is a favourite of mine that I'm glad to have a backup of. There's a reason why this product is so popular. It's incredibly hydrating and just leaves my skin feeling smooth and healthy. 
Bare Escentuals BareMinerals Flawless Definition Volumizing Mascara in Black: I'm a mascara fiend, so I'm always looking for great new formulas on the market, especially if they guarantee lots of volume! 
Super By Dr. Nicholas Perricone Sweet Clean Face & Eye Cleanser: I've been intrigued by this brand for a long time, but have never managed to try any of the products. The frosted glass bottle is gorgeous and quite luxe, hopefully the cleanser is as good as the packaging! 
John Masters Organics Lavender Hydrating Mist For Skin & Hair: This is another brand I've never tried before but I love facial mists so I'm excited to give this a go. I think this will be especially nice on hot summer nights. 
Becca Beach Tint Water Resistant Colour For Cheeks & Lips in Strawberry: I've tried the Beach Tints before and they are a great product so I'm thrilled to add this shade to my makeup collection. This is definitely a true strawberry colour in that it's very red-toned. I think I'll probably stick to using this on my lips as I think it will make my cheeks look quite ruddy though I will give it a shot. 

The Beauty Essentials Box is available for a limited time for the great price of $99, considering the total recommended retail price for these products is $195!

The best part is, if there is a particular product you're not interested in or already have, you can remove it from the order and reduce the total cost of the box. I think this is a great idea as it means consumers will be able to get what they really want without having to pay for things they don't.

Fresh benefits :

  • For every dollar spent you will earn one Qantas Frequent Flyer point.
  • Loyalty Club points program = great promotions and discounts.
  • Free worldwide shipping.

I can't wait to start using these new goodies and I may have to place another Fresh order soon, their website is so tempting!

* This is not a sponsored post, though I was kindly gifted the Beauty Essentials Box for editorial consideration. 

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

What I've Been Loving Lately #3

As much as I've been dreading the heat of Summer, it's been so nice having Spring weather in Sydney of late (minus the days we've had nothing but rain!). With the change of seasons, I generally like to mix up my beauty routine by buying a few new bits or at least go through my existing collection and pick out some products that have been neglected for far too long.

This What I've Been Loving Lately post is mostly made up of new additions to my ever-expanding beauty collection, but there's a couple of items I've rediscovered and I'm absolutely loving them!

Batiste Dry Shampoo in Cherry: RRP $9.99

First up, let's talk about dry shampoo. Most of us have tried Batiste Dry Shampoo before. It is a great budget-friendly option to hide oily locks in between washes and to add a bit of oomph to fine hair. I've tried just about every version of this product available and reluctantly picked up the cherry scent as I was desperately in need of a hair freshen-up en route to an event. I am very surprised to say it's now my favourite scent from the whole Batiste range! Let me backtrack a bit by saying how much I hate 'cherry' scented or flavoured beauty products, food, drinks etc. Artificial cherry makes me want to hurl and I'm very sensitive to the smell and taste. If you can't imagine exactly what I'm talking about, think cherry cola, cherry vodka or the scent of the Australis Go Long Longwear lipsticks (such a shame about the scent because the lipsticks are otherwise great!). I personally love this sweet offering and will continue to repurchase this scent over the others available. 

CROP Pure Argan Oil*: RRP $18

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have spotted this brand in one of my photos. I was kindly sent the entire CROP product range to trial and I have to say, I am really excited about it. Not only are the products made from 95% naturally derived ingredients but the range is also cruelty-free. If that's not enough to interest you, how about the fact that the range will be easily accessible in Coles stores across Australia and at a purse-friendly price point?

The first product I've started using is their Pure Argan Oil, a product which can be used on the face, body, hair and nails. I've been using it at night as a moisturising treatment for my face. I really love how lightweight it is and how it hydrates my skin but doesn't leave it feeling greasy. I can't wait to tell you more about the rest of the CROP range! In the meantime, you can check out their website here.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Radiant Magenta: RRP $46

My love for Hourglass Cosmetics continues to grow each day with every product I try. I picked up this blush the same week they launched here in Australia purely based on the hype this range had received overseas. After the initial excitement wore off, this blush went into one of my makeup drawers and was quickly forgotten until I pulled it out again a couple of weeks ago and truly fell in love. Previously retailing for a painful $50, Mecca has since reduced the price to $46. Still not cheap, but what do you expect when the packaging is so divine?

Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Golden Girl*: RRP $51

I'm a big fan of most of the Jane Iredale products I've tried in the past, namely their Smooth Affair Facial Primer & Brightener which I featured here. I was sent this eye shadow trio to trial and I have to admit I wasn't expecting much but I am really enjoying using this. It is absolutely perfect for popping in my everyday makeup bag as it's tiny but the neutral shades are perfect for any occasion. Yes, the price tag does seem a bit extreme, but if you are looking for a product that is vegan (this shade in particular is vegan, though some are not), sensitivity-tested and high quality, you needn't look further.

Be Enlightened Triple Scented Hand Cream in Vanilla:

I picked up this hand cream at the recent Spa & Beauty Expo in Sydney where it was being sold for $20. I can't seem to find the RRP anywhere online though I would imagine this would come in at under $30. Not only is this hand cream luxuriously thick and decadent, it's vanilla scent is absolutely to die for. It smells a bit like Betty Crocker cake frosting, to the point that I have to stop myself from tasting it! The one thing I would change about this cream is the packaging. The lid screws off instead of being a flip top which drives me a little crazy.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal: RRP $66

I have wanted to add some more Becca products to my professional makeup kit for a long time and have always heard such great things about their Shimmering Skin Perfectors. I picked up Opal at the Spa & Beauty Expo and it's quickly become my new favourite highlighter. So much so, it's residing in my personal makeup bag instead of my kit! Again, this is a super expensive product, but I like to think about the cost per wear rationalisation. Honestly, this will last forever.

Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet: RRP $24

This is yet another Spa & Beauty Expo purchase! After picking up Lime Crime's Velvetine in Red Velvet at last year's IMATS, I couldn't resist snapping up Pink Velvet for the bargain price of $14 at the expo! Velvetines are essentially a liquid lipstick/stain hybrid that dry completely matte and do.not.budge. I've now got my eye on Utopia and Wicked, so I'm hoping they will be in stock at this year's IMATS.

Illamasqua Powder Blush in Naked Rose*: RRP $35

I've always thought Illamasqua's blushes, both cream and powder, are some of the best out there. I have a nice little collection that I adore and know I can rely on for high-pigment, long-wearing colour. Naked Rose is a beautiful dusty pink that is perfect to wear with just about any makeup look. I've been loving it as an everyday blush as it doesn't compete with anything else I'm wearing. Gorgeous.

Covergirl Bombshell Volume Mascara*: RRP $11.99

If you've read my post on my top 5 mascaras, you'll know Covergirl makes my favourite of all time. When I was sent their latest offering to try I was intrigued to say the least. While it doesn't quite beat my beloved Lash Blast Volume, it does a great job of beefing up my lashes and leaving me with a flirty flutter.

Whew! That was a long post. My fingers are tired from typing so I'll leave it there. 

I'd love to hear about your latest product loves and loathes. Leave them in the comments section below!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Manicure Monday: Orly Blend & Sally Hansen Fanta-Sea

There have been so many new releases in the nail polish world in recent months that I can't seem to keep up. I've got a huge backlog of polishes sitting on my desk waiting to be used and it's taking so long to get through them considering I can only wear polish on the weekend. The 6-shade Smokey Collection from ORLY is a relatively new release, I believe it came out in August. I was sent a few shades to try out and decided to go with the shade Blend* first.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Father's Day Gift Guide 2014

It's Father's Day this weekend in Australia and my lucky other half has been busy testing out some products that we both think would make great gifts for Dad.

The BF's pick of the bunch has to be the His Shave Set from Urban Rituelle. Not only is the packaging of this gift set divine, (probably something that appeals to me more than him!) the product inside is premium quality. Included in the set is a beautiful, lightly scented shave cream and a shaving brush. The BF really enjoys using these as part of his  shaving ritual and he has suffered far less nicks (if any) than usual. 
RRP: $45.00

Another great gift set is the L'Oreal Men Expert Hydra Sensitive pack. Featuring a Cleansing Cream, Shaving Gel and a Daily Moisturiser, this set would be perfect for those with more sensitive skin. 
RRP: $24.95

Clinique For Men have released some Essentials kits which feature four products including a face wash, face scrub, moisturising lotion and an anti-age eye cream. This would be an ideal kit for the dad who is new to the world of skincare and wants to start with some good quality basics.
RRP: $55.00

Remington's Hyperflex Contour Digital is a great gift for Dad as it's more than likely something he wouldn't buy for himself, but would love using. The BF has been testing this recently and loves the fact that it gives a close shave, can be used in the shower and charges really quickly. He said his skin doesn't feel irritated afterwards and he likes that it is easy to move around the face and neck. 
RRP $149.95

What will you be getting your Dad for Father's Day? 

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Manicure Monday: Essence Not Punky Nor Funky Swatch & Review

Essence Graffiti Topper in Not Punky Nor Funky

I was in my local Target store over the weekend and spotted the Essence stand which seemed to have been restocked as everything was in pristine condition. I noticed the Be Loud collection and I couldn't resist picking up a Graffiti Topper nail polish. 

I already had my nails painted with one of my go-to's, Lincoln Park After Dark from OPI and I decided to apply my new purchase Not Punky Nor Funky straight over the top.

The polish is made up of a clear base with lots of multi-coloured glitters of varying shapes and sizes. It surprisingly didn't require too much effort to get a good amount of glitter coverage, which is definitely a rarity in the world of glitter polishes!

As with all Essence products, this polish is a bargain at $2.95 and I recommend picking it up if you are a fan of glitters and happen to spot this at your Priceline or Target.

What are you wearing on your nails right now?

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Friday, August 29, 2014

The Look #5: Heroine Chic

It's been a while since my last 'The Look' post, so I thought it was about time I got my act together and produced one!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Mini Sportsgirl Haul

On Thursday night I took advantage of a little late night shopping on the way home from work. I stopped in to the Sportsgirl accessories store in the QVB as I had about 15 minutes until the next train home. Of course, I couldn't resist picking up a few items!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Manicure Monday: OPI Coca Cola Collection - Get Cherried Away

Just a short post for y'all today. I haven't had much time to paint my nails the last couple of months as where I'm currently working Monday-Friday I can't wear nail polish of any kind. Devastating, I know!

So with that being said, here is a mani I prepared earlier. It was a bit of a rush job unfortunately, but I was eager to see how this shade, Get Cherried Away from the recent OPI Coca Cola collection, looked on my nails.

I really like the colour of this polish. While it isn't particularly unique, it is such a pretty winter colour that I tend to find myself drawn to in the cooler months. The formula is consistent with most OPI creme polishes, smooth and opaque in two coats.

I picked up this shade in a set of minis from the Hair Expo a little while back for about $20 from memory. Though not as much of a steal, Adore Beauty is stocking the same mini set which features all nine shades of the collection as well as a mini top coat which retails for $39.95. You can purchase it here.

What have you been rocking on your nails lately?

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

What I've Been Loving Lately #2: Hair Products

Happy Saturday! 

Today in another instalment of What I've Been Loving Lately I'm sharing with you some of  the hair products I've been using and enjoying.

Sodashi Botanical Shampoo & Conditioner

I was recently sent some products from Sodashi to trial and I have to say, it was instant love. Not only is the range chemical-free and free of any synthetic preservatives or fragrances, the products are Australian-made and the brand doesn't test on animals. What more could you want?