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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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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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”To aim at the best and to remain essentially ourselves is one and the same thing” – Janet Erskine Stuart

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Review: Pantene Clinicare Micro Repair Shampoo+Conditioner

Hello one and all, I hope your week is going super awesome for you ^^.

So this is going to be just a quick review on the new-ish(??) Pantene Clinicare Micro Repair Shampoo and Conditioner . So after running out of my usual Dove Shampoo and Conditioner, I decided on my next visit to the hair care aisle of my local supermarket, to try out something different, and after about 10 minutes of looking at the endless array of pretty shampoo bottles, I decided to give the Pantene one a try as the last time I used this brand it always left my hair feeling like it had been coated in melted plastic. However I read somewhere that they had changed their formula, so i thought I’d give it a try.

The reason why I chose the the micro repair set is because I tend to put my hair through quite a lot (I know I’m not the only one here) such as blow drying, colouring, and constant straightening and curling, and I have to say, after using this for the past couple months, it actually does a pretty good job, plus it doesn’t leave my hair feeling like it just got dipped in nice smelling melted plastic. Instead it leaves my hair feeling pretty smooth, moisturised and clean which was a nice surprise. The fragrance is also not as obvious as the last time I used this brand which is great for me as it doesn’t leave my scalp feeling irritated.

Overall, it’s quite a good set, and it’s pretty affordable. I wouldn’t consider it a holy grail shampoo/conditioner personally, as I much prefer the Clear Shampoo range and Dove as they’re more effective for my hair, but if you are after something that’s a good alternative to the more higher end hair care brands for damaged hair, I’d definitely recommend this.

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