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Happy Hauling: April/May ’14

Hello one and all, I hope you are all having an awesome week.  In today’s post I thought i’d share with this haul that I’ve been doing over the past couple months, as I’m someone who tends to just buy bits and pieces and then before I know it a small mound suddenly appears on my make-up table. So, here goes:

First up is this stick foundation from the ”Fit Me” (AUD $15.95) range by Maybelline in shade 120. It gives a matte coverage, while the anti-shine powder core it gives a powder like finish.

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Second is Lady Danger (AUD $36) Matte Lipstick by MAC. As I have quite a few shiny finish red lipsticks, I thought I’d take a leap of faith (cause I’m so brave right? :D) and try out a matte finish version.

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Third is another MAC lipstick in ”Sunny Seoul”(AUD $36). I never really go for coral-toned lipsticks but for some reason, I’ve been in a ”think outside the box” kind of phase, so I went ahead and got it, and Seoul is one of my favourite cities in the world so clearly I’m not biased here ^^.

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Next up is a liquid eyeliner felt pen from Loreal. As I’ve never tried drugstore eyeliners, I thought I’d start with a Loreal one, and so far it’s been performing pretty well. plus it is smiliar to the Lancome Art Liner eyeliner pen. Also it was 40% at Priceline a couple weeks ago, (whoo hoo for sales) so I bought it.

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This next product is a blush from Topshop. Yes I bought make-up from there. First time for everything. The colour is in “Dream Phone” (AUD $15) which is similar in colour to MAC’s ”Fever”/”Breezy” blush.

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Next is a new product I’m about to try out, which is this ”Nuance Airy” hair treatment cream mask ($23 AUD) by Japanese brand Essential, which is designed to help with damaged hair and give it a bit more volume. I’ve seen BubzBeauty give this product a positive review on one of her vlogs on YouTube some time ago, as well as seeing it featured in quite a few Japanese fashion magazines (I just get them to look at the pictures) so I thought I would give it a try. Plus the fruity scent is quite lovely as well. I will be doing a review on this in the future, once I start using this on a regular basis.

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Lastly is the Face It Baked Shimmer Blusher ($32 AUD) from the Face Shop. If you are after dupe to the Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick blush, this quite a good copy of it. It’s not as pigmented and strong as the Bobbi Brown one, however it still gives a hint of shimmer and colour to the cheeks. Great for the warm summer months.

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And that’s pretty much it. I hope this post was informative in some way. Till next time, see you in my next post ^^

 

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Make Up: The Decadent and the Dupe

Hello one and all, and welcome to my decadent v dupe post. Here, I thought I’d post makeup items for those who are on a bit of a tight budget, and you are looking for a dupe of your favourite high-end products. So this list (hopefully?) will help you decide….however, if you are still left undecided….I apologize in advance.

 

Decadent: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact

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Dupe: Face Shop Baked Shimmer Blush

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Decadent: Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick

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Dupe: Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Stick

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Decadent: MAC Blush ”Fever”

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Dupe: Topshop Blush ”Dream Phone”

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Decadent: Urban Decay Naked Palette

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Dupe: NYX Nude on Nude Palette

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Decadent: Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

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Dupe: Physicians Formula Classic Nude Palette

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Decadent: Urban Decay Naked Basics

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Dupe: Sonia Kashuk Eye Couture Eye Palette in Eye on Neutral

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Decadent: Lancome Art Liner Pen

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Dupe: Loreal Eyeliner Pen

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And that’s all I have for today’s post. I hope this helped you out in some way or form, again, if you were left confused or undecided…my apologies lol….but I hope you enjoyed this post nonetheless. I will be doing more of these in the future so do keep an eye out for them. Till next time, I will see you all in my next post ^^.

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Review: Lancome Hydra Zen Neocalm Moisturiser

Hello, Hello fabulous people, I hope you are having a fabulous week/day wherever you are.

So, today’s post is all about the Lancome Hydra Zen Neocalm Moisturiser (tounge tie much?) ($80 AUD Approx). Now, If you’re anything like me, and your skin tends to dry up frequently (especially during winter), then you probably prefer your moisturisers to do what they’re meant to do. Moisturise. This cream from Lancome does that quite well. It is both a multi relief and anti-stress moisturising cream, meaning it just helps to keep your skin happy and moisturised.

The big plus I like about this cream is that it’s fragrance free, so for all you sensitive skin people, you might like this one. In terms of longevity, I myself have been using this for about 3 and bit months and I’m just about to run out, which is not too bad considering I use it every day. The packaging is a little heavy as it’s in a glass jar with a screw on lid, so I wouldn’t recommend taking this with you on your next vacation, so I would recommend putting some of the product into a small jar or sample bottle and use that instead. This product was a bit of a splurge for me, but I must admit it does make good eye candy on ones vanity table.

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Hope you enjoyed this review and that you found it helpful in someway. Till next time, I’ll see you in my next post ^^.

 

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Empties: Spring/Summer Edition 2014

Hello, Hello everyone, welcome to my first post of 2014. Due to a pretty hectic couple months which was predominantly spent working during the busy Christmas period, I now finally have time to get back to posting more on my blog ^^. *insert cheery music here*.

So, onwards with this empties post for the  Spring/Summer months.

First up, is a regular favourite of mine, which is the Rexona deodorant for Sensitive skin ($5 AUD). I really like this deodorant alot because despite the fact that it contains 0% alcohol and has a low fragrance, it manages to keep the sweatiness of my armpits (admit it we all have sweaty armpits) to a minimum, especially during the stinking hot summer days down in the land of Oz, this deodorant is a lifesaver.

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However,  before and after sweaty workouts at the gym I use the Rexona Women’s Clinical Protection Deodorant ($5-$6 AUD). It’s pretty effective in keeping me fresh without stinking up as I gradually turn into a sweaty mess after about 2 hours. Plus it also pretty economical, as despite the fact I was using it everyday, it lasted me about 5-6 months, as you only need a little bit, because it goes a long way, plus it has a nice fresh type of scent to it  so if you find yourself working up a sweat and that hot guy in the gym is standing near you, you might go bright red in the face but you will still smell fresh ^^.

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Thirdly is the Hydrating Water Toner from Skin79 ($25 AUD), which is a Korean cosmetics company, mostly well known for their BB Creams. So I have to say I was pretty surprised to find they also made skincare as well, so when I tried this toner out, it wasn’t too bad. According to the bottle it is meant to be more of a hydrating type of toner, to help keep the pH levels of the face at a neutral level. I have to say it did a pretty good job, especially during Summer, as it kept most of oiliness at bay, however I wouldn’t really suggest using this during Winter, as it may dry your skin out a little. But overall, a pretty decent toner, plus as it’s a pump design, you can control how much or how little you want to use.

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Next is a product from Nature republic; the Collagen Dream 70 Moisturizing cream ($30-$35 AUD approx). This moisturizer is pretty much the same as the other moisturizer (which comes in a tall glass bottle: I may have mentioned this in my Winters empties post) however it is a little more rich, which is ideal for those with dry skin. The scent is exactly the same as well, though it just feels a little more luxurious when applied to the face.

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This next product is a moisturizer from IPKN, part of the Blossom Range ($25-$29 AUD). From memory, this product comes in two different colours. One set has beige/pearly coloured lids, and the other range has pink lids. The one shown below is part of the pink coloured range, which is for those with dry to very dry skin. In terms of consistency, the cream is naturally going to be a little thick,  however it kept my skin moisturized, however I found that when summer came around it made my skin a little more oily, but by then I had pretty much finished this product so it didn’t bother me too much. I would highly recommend this for those with dry-very dry skin, especially during the Winter months.

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Last and certainly not least is this lovely perfume; Love Struck by Vera Wang ($49 AUD). I’ve been using this pretty much as my everyday fragrance as it’s not too overpowering, but the nice floral scent still lingers nicely for pretty much most of the day. The only annoying thing about this perfume is the lid which is kind of awkward to remove and can take up a bit of space on ones vanity table, however if you like fresh, floral based and clean fragrances, or you just love any fragrance by Vera Wang, this might be the fragrance for you.

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And that’s this edition’s empties ^^. I hope you all enjoyed reading this post, and that you found it helpful or informative in someway or another. In the meantime, I will see you all in the next post ^^.

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Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Greetings everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely week wherever you are.  As suggested by the title, today’s post will be about the new Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation (AUD $25.95).

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Firstly, I’ll start with the foundation itself. In terms of consistency, it’s has that nice balance between being not too thick and not too runny, which is great for those who like to use their foundation sparingly, or prefer to build up their coverage bit by bit, which is a big plus with this foundation. As for finish, if you are after the ”barely there” look, then this may be the foundation for you, as it will give your skin a nice not too matte but not too dewy appearance.

If you have normal/combination/dry skin, this will be a great foundation for you, however those with very oily skin should probably avoid this as it does oxidize a little over time which may cause the foundation to separate and go all over the place. if you have oily skin however, just make sure you powder/blot when needed and everything should stay as is.

The downside with this foundation however is that it is a screw turn lid design, and not a pump (I’m assuming Revlon probably do this to keep the price point low??) which means you will have to keep an eye on how much you use, otherwise it may end up leading to unexpected wastage. Other than that, if you’re looking for a decent affordable foundation that has build-able coverage. This foundation is available in 16 shades ranging from fair to quite dark which I found pretty surprising as I never see cheaper end foundation companies make colours suited for those with darker skin.

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I hope you all enjoyed this review and found it helpful in some way. Over all I found this foundation to be pretty good, and being a fan of the ”barely there” look myself, this was a great choice for me. In the meantime, I will see you all in my next post ^^. Have a great week everyone.

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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: September

Hello one and all, hope you are all doing super fabulous in your own awesome way. Today’s post is devoted to all things that are my favourite. Some items I have been a long time favourite, and some are just recent, so it’ll be a mixed bag of goodies; one of which will be non-beauty related, so here goes.

My first favourite is this Lancome Hydra Zen Neo Calm Moisturising Cream. I started using this during the middle of Winter to help stop my skin from getting too dry, and I must say it did one hell of a good job. The cream itself has almost no fragrance, similar to Clinique and their moisturisers, which means this can be used with any skin types, including sensitive. Despite this being a high-end product, a little really does go a long way, so this will last you a long time.

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Second is the Sunsilk co-creations Longer and Stronger Conditioner. This has been a long time favourite of mine which I have been using on and off for a few years now, especially since I want to grow my hair nice and long, and this conditioner has been a great help for that. So if you’re planning to grow your hair out, I would recommend trying this product out. Plus this conditioner smells like expensive candy….and who doesn’t want to have hair that smells like expensive candy?

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My next long time favourite is the Rexona (women’s….rancid chicken smelling deodorant is not my thing) long lasting protection deodorant for sensitive skin. I really like this deodorant because it helps keep my sweaty pits at bay thanks to my regular visits to the gym, and as it’s designed for sensitive skin, it keeps my pits nice and happy. That last bit was probably too much information but I’m just being honest here. In a nutshell, it’s a great deodorant that does what it says and also has a nice fresh scent without being overpowering.

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The next favourite item are the Ingrown Eliminating Pads from Bliss, which basically contains 50 thin pads each designed to be rubbed over areas where there is incoming stubble….even guys can use this on their beards apparently O.o. This product is best used in between shaving/waxing sessions. Overall, this product does work pretty well, and helped keep those pesky ingrown hairs at bay, however as it contains Salicylic and Glycolic acids, it may sting a little for some; those with sensitive skin should best avoid this as it may irritate.

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Second last on my favourites list, is actually a surprise  favourite which is the Ocean Salt Facial Scrub from Lush. Despite it being designed to be used on the face, I’ve actually been using it on my legs instead in between waxing sessions, and I’ve been really impressed by it as it not only keeps my skin feeling nice and smooth, but it also helps keep my ingrowns at bay. Even though vodka is one of the ingredients, it won’t make you intoxicated in any way (sorry kids :p). but it smells really nice and fresh thanks to the grapefruit  and lime ingredients while the coconut provides moisture for the skin. I will definitely be repurchasing again once this jar is finished.

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And that’s my favourites for the month of September. I hope you all enjoyed reading this post (yes I know it’s a late one and October is getting underway) and found it informative in some way. In the meantime, I will see you all in my next post.

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Empties: Autumn/Winter 12/13 Edition

Hello one and all, hope the week is treating you well wherever you are, and welcome to my Empties post for Autumn/Winter Seasons. Some these items I tend to use during the whole course of the year, however a majority of the items I’m going to mention in this post I use mostly during Autumn/Winter. So here goes.

Firstly is my Ginkgo facial cleanser ($25 AUD), which I know I have been going on about since the dawn of time, but I really do like this facial cleanser a lot. It does what I want it to do which is give me a nice squeaky clean face while keeping in a little bit of moisture.

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Second is the Laneige Toner. I really liked this toner alot as it never dried my skin out, yet managed to keep it nice and balanced. Such a pity about the slightly high price tag ($49 AUD) though for a toner which is the only thing that’s stopping me from repurchasing it again.

Next is the Nature Republic Collagen Dream Emulsion (the gold bottle). A very moisturising product indeed, and it really does leave your skin feeling nice and supple. The non-overpowering floral fragrance is also a lovely touch to this pretty luxurious looking cream. Ideal for those who have dry skin.

Thirdly, is the Pantene Colour Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner (RRP AUD $8.00 each). As someone who tends to dye my hair at least every 3-6 months or so, I tend to change shampoo brands every once in a while, so after my dove shampoo ran out, I thought I’d try out Pantene’s colour shampoos (plus they were half price at my local priceline at the time so I just had to get it ^^) and I have to say it’s not too bad. It keeps my hair happy and seems to keep the colour in place. Not a holy grail, but it’s great for those looking for an affordable option for shampoos.

Next up is the oh so lovely Dove moisturiser (RRP AUD $7). If you are after an affordable and effective moisturiser, this is a great option to consider. It’s moisturising, plus it also has UV and UVB protection which is great for all year round use. Great for all skin types.

And lastly but not least is the Herb Day Cleansing Tissue from the Face Shop (RRP AUD $11-$12). Great for all skin types, and removes make-up pretty effectively. The scent isn’t too overpowering either, which I appreciate as it won’t irritate my skin. The only downside is when you pull out a wipe, you might find another 2 or 3 will come out at the same time, however, you can just simply shove the excess back in and it will close effectively thanks to the sturdy plastic lid.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I will see you in the next one ^^.

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