Saturday, 22 November 2014

Budget Buys: Beauty Essentials by Priceline Limited Edition

Who here is an avid reader of the Priceline catalogue? You know I'm not the only one who looks forward to it every other Thursday!

While I realise it doesn't help curb my spending (yes, yes, yes, I know), it does give me something to look forward to, and really, if something in the world makes you that happy, why should you stop doing it? 

I was really excited to spot a special little something from them, however, in a recent catalogue. Priceline's own line, Beauty Essentials, with an already established skincare line, came out with some make up that was advertised with one of my favourite phrases - Limited Edition!

So, with that in mind, I raced around to a couple of different stores to pick up a few products from this line. I found that each place had a slightly different variation, and it took me about four visits to find what I wanted. 

From what I could tell, visiting the different stores, this line is made up of:
- Volumising mascara
- Nail polish remover pot
- 10 shade natural eye shadow palette 
- 10 shade smoky eye shadow palette
- Brow pencil
- Liquid eye liner
- Nail polish in eight shades
- Black eye liner pencils
- Lip gloss in four shades
- Lip stick in four shades 
- Felt eye liner pen

Did I mention that it's only $3 per item? That's right - the price point of these items is $3! 

I was so excited about them, I just had to pick some items up, and here's what I managed to achieve for a face of the day.

The lipstick is really quite pigmented (I'm wearing Coral in this picture), the felt liner pen is decent and would be ideal for first time users, and while I was hoping the brow pencil would be good, sadly, it's a little too soft for my liking. The mascara is actually pretty decent, made even better by the fact that it's so affordable!

My favourite piece, however, would be the eye shadow palette - 10 shades for $3? What a crazy bargain! And it has very usable colours too.

Will you be looking to pick any of these items up? What are you most interested in?

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Ulta3 Advent Calendar


So, I've been a little be naughty, as I've been shopping again (just a little, not much, but still...), so I thought that instead of waiting for Santa to rock up with my present this year, I'd beat him to the punch and get my own! 

I spotted this gorgeous Ulta3 advent calendar on Instagram a couple of days ago and I used their store locator via Facebook to look up where I could get my hands on their Christmas limited edition products - as easy as that AND I didn't have to hit a number of different stores and face disappointment!

This contains twenty four little nail polishes and little doors, so that you can open one each day as part of your countdown to Christmas. They are smaller than the usual bottles of nail polishes, but no less cute!

I was really stoked when I found this, and I just HAD to pick up another one for a spontaneous giveaway!

This little giveaway is only on Instagram, so make sure you enter it!

Are you getting yourself an advent calendar? Which one are you looking at getting?

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

High Tea at Boise, East Village, NYC

So, I know this is a little late, given that I was in the States in September/October, but I liked it so much, I thought it would practically be criminal if I didn't broadcast this little gem on the blog!

The boy and I headed to Boise in the East Village as part of a belated wedding present from my oldest sister, who is located in New York. She wanted to take us out somewhere that we'd like, and given the range of choices, we picked Boise as they had the best times available - which resulted in us have the best time there!

We were shown to a neat little table, all set up for three. Once seated, we could take full stock of what the inside looked like. 

There was a display case stuffed with cakes, pastries and macaroons, all of which were most appetizing! 

What was more impressive, however (and yes, I can hear you say - more impressive than that case of yummies? What madness!), was the sheer number of gold jars they had containing all the different types of teas lining the walls.

Even though there was only one person manning the place, she did a marvellous job and without breaking a sweat! We were presented with our menus shortly after sitting down, and asked to pick a tea each.

Given my penchant for herbal teas during high tea, I couldn't go past Respite - a blend of chamomile and lavender - and it was delicious!

The teas were served in these little teapots - simple and minimalistic.

This little jug was a bit of a revelation! When I asked for honey, I was given this jug with a spring loaded lever that allowed me to pour as much honey as I wanted - cute and practical! Why aren't more places using them?

The food portions were actually ridiculous, as in, ridiculously HUGE! With our tea and glasses of champagne, we were served three types of savoury food, scones with cream and jam, cakes in different flavours (I really liked the green tea one), delicious macaroons (we had to pick two flavours each, and I picked a maple bacon one and it was gorgeous!) AND to top it off, we also had to pick a pastry!

I picked the eclair (it's a childhood favourite of mine), my sister got the Earl Grey cake, and I made Mr Prince get that giant macaroon pictured above.

While the decor was a little plain, the food was divine and plentiful, and the service was delightful. It's hard to fault Boise - it's just too good!

For more information on Boise, I'd highly recommend heading to their website.

Overall, I would rate this:


Sunday, 16 November 2014

Blogiversary Giveaway Part 2 Winner Announcement!

Happy Sunday, everyone!
I'm happy to announce the winner of my giveaway to be:


The winner has been contacted. Thanks for entering the competition, everybody! I do have one more giveaway coming up (it might be the last one of the year), so keep your eye on Instagram, lovelies!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Review: Murchison-Hume + 10% off code to Miss Pearl Store! *

I know that there are tons of people who would like to know what the alternatives are for cleansing products that are gentle on the environment and cruelty free, but don't find these products to be easy to source.

While I might not be the most domestically inclined person I know, I do happen to be the one responsible for all the cleaning at home (LOVE doing the laundry, really!), and as such, I should take better care when it comes to exposing myself to the toxins in my cleaning cabinet.

In step this little set by Murchison-Hume! The first question is - what exactly is Murchison-Hume and why on earth are these bottles so cute? Murchison-Hume is a company set up by a husband and wife team originally in Sydney, before they moved back to the States. 

The goal of the company was to create cleaning products that would be safe on animals, people and the environment, and this was brought on by their son's allergy to common household cleaners.

The bottles are a gorgeous dark brown with plain labels that have a very pretty illustration on the front. These bottles were inspired by old fashioned apothecary bottles and while these aren't made out of glass, they are certainly just as charming! 

So what exactly is in the travel kit?

The bag butler is meant to clean and condition your bags. This is silicone free and it's pretty easy to use. Just pop it on some clean cloth, then rub it into your leather bag before wiping it dry. I've tested this out on a pair of shoes and a bag so far, and from what I can see, it did a good job cleaning it - particularly my shoes, but those were definitely grimy! 

This travel safe friendly spray may be my favourite out of all of them! It has a great misting nozzle, and leaves the slightly hint of a scent behind. I find this comparable to other surface sprays that I use, and I'd be happy to purchase this again!

This everything soap is something that you can apparently use for EVERYTHING (ie. hair, skin, clothes), as the name would suggest. I have, so far, used it on my hands and it's worked as you'd expect soap to, but I haven't been game enough to try it out on laundry yet. That said, I'll be travelling to South East Asia next year, and I will definitely be needing to do some washing on the go, so this will likely be heading out with me then!

This has a gentle formula that doesn't seem to strip you of oils, making it feel all dry, and I can see why it's meant to be useful for everything. 

This little spray bottle of garment groom is meant to be a stain remover and fabric freshener all in one. I haven't had the need for a strain remover yet (which, honestly, is unbelievable, given that I'm super clumsy!), but as a fabric freshener, I found this to be a little mild.

These bottles are so cute, and I'll be honest - cleaning leather feels like a little less of a chore now, given that this kit is super pretty, and gentle on me! Non-toxic and non-flammable and good for the earth? That's definitely winning!

This particular travel friendly set retails for $34.95, and you'll get 100ml of these four different products scented with Australian White Grapefruit - subtle, but just citrusy enough for that just cleaned feeling! I believe the larger sizes come in a different scent (fig?) as well.

Miss Pearl Store specialises in some really excellent eco-friendly, cruelty free and often vegan brands that can be a little harder to source AND she offers free shipping! If you're interested in trying Murchison-Hume, or indeed, anything that you can find on Miss Pearl Store, now's the time! 

Until the 30th of November, you can use the code 'Leah' to get 10% off your purchases. I have made a couple of purchases from them before, and I can definitely recommend the O&M Seven Day Miracle hair masque.

Is this something you'd be interested in using? Which one would you go for? 

* These products were kindly provided for my consideration. 

Thursday, 13 November 2014

October Her Fashion Box Review!

I love getting the mail and quite honestly, who wouldn't, if you were getting yummy boxes of deliciousness in the form of a Her Fashion Box subscription?

Every now and then, a real beauty of a box would crop up and while I thought that was last month's, the had to go and prove me wrong by coming out with October's!

First things first, yes, they're late again, which isn't great, but this box has been totally worth the wait! For those interested, I have a subscription to the feminine box, the other two options being trendy and classic, all of which cost $39.95 per month. Here's everything in it!

1) Dhalia Bag - This bag! Not only is it the cutest light pink, but it is a great size and has an adorable clasp! The only way I could hate this would be if it fell apart after one use.

2) Azure Scarf - This scarf is a little bit not quite what I'd necessarily reach for, but I like the challenges that HFB throws at me, and I can't wait to use that in an outfit!

3) omSHE Aromatherapy Baked Mineral Eye Shadow in Vamana - I love the trio of shades that I received, as their warm shades and they make me think if a Mediterranean Summer - baked to perfection!

4) Coral Colours Eye Pencil in Magnetic Midnight - I have only ever tried a brow pencil from coral colours before, and that didn't end so well, with it smudging and running a little throughout the day, so fingers crossed this is better!

5) Flawless Fusion Blending Sponge - The beauty sponge! Ahh..... So popular, so duplicated. I have a beauty blender, so I'm looking to see how they compare. This could be a more affordable alternative.

6) Eyelash Curler - I received something similar about a year or so ago from HFB, and I actually use it regularly, in addition to my other eyelash curler. It's quite decent, so I'm happy to get another one.

As a freebie, I got the Cedel scented hairspray in Oriental Blossom, which I just received recently in a different box. I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but my coconut version of this is running out soon, so I'll be able to crack into this then!

I'm so happy with this box, I don't think the November box could be any better!

Monday, 10 November 2014

September And October Binned Things - Bumper Edition!

Hello lovelies! I hope you all had a great weekend! I spent it with my friends going to a couple of events, and it was awesome! 

I also thought I'd blitz through all of the things I finished over the last couple of months. Not that many, given that I was on holidays, but I did get through a ton of samples!

1) Wotnot Facial Wipes - I love, love, love them, and they are now sold at Priceline, which means it's going to be easier to get them than ever! 
Repurchase? Heck yes!

2) Dr. Lewinn's Line Smoothing Complex S8 Hydrating Day Cream - Excellent lotion that lacked SPF, but with a great fresh scent! 
Repurchase? Yes

3) Dove Clinical Protection Anti-perspirant Deodorant - An excellent staple! I recently found out that one of my sisters used this as well! Great minds and all that, I suppose!
Repurchase? Always!

4) Etude House I Need You, Fig! Face Mask - See full review here.
Repurchase? Yes

5) Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion - Thick and creamy lotion with that cocoa butter scent? Yes, please! This is particularly awesome after shaving your legs, so that everything's all smooth, and you just end up smelling like an edible chocolate bar!
Repurchase? Yes

6) Dove Clear Touch Deodorant - Always need it! I use this in conjunction with my other deodorant.
Repurchase? Yes

7) Dove Damage Therapy Conditioner - A decent and creamy conditioner, but nothing amazing.
Repurchase? Maybe

8) Dove Damage Therapy Shampoo - Ditto for this as above.
Repurchase? Maybe

9) Sun FX Tan Extender - Meant to extend the longevity of your tan, I didn't need this but I received as part of a giveaway recently, and I used it as a normal body lotion. It's got a subtle, but sweet almond scent, and it's actually an excellent lotion.
Repurchase? Not necessary, but would use if out of lotion!

10 Woolworth's Make Up Remover Pads - Cheap and cheerful, these cotton pads make removing make up a breeze.
Repurchase? Already have a stash!

11) Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream - Great matte finish, easy to blend and gives you medium coverage! 
Repurchase? Yes

12) Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil - I liked this initially, but got over it after a while, because it took me ages to get through. This might be a titch too oily for some people.
Repurchase? No

13) Australian Bush Flower Essences Intensive Hand Cream - I got this in a beauty box, and it's quite a small tube, given that it's meant to be full sized. I didn't find this to blow me away.
Repurchase? No

14) Stila Lipglaze in Seashell - I remember a time when I was crazy about this stuff! Glosses tend to be less of a thing for me these days, however, but this was well loved. Shiny,but a little sticky.
Repurchase? Maybe

15) Milani Cosmetics Blush in Luminoso - Love this blush so much! I actually managed to finish it, and I've moved on to a couple of others in the range, but I'm looking to buy another one to add back to the collection.
Repurchase? Yes!

16) Designer Brands Paw Paw Plus Hand Cream - A surprisingly decent hand cream that I got in a beauty box, but I haven't been able to find this anywhere.
Repurchase? Yes

17) David Jones Honey and Milk Body Wash - A somewhat underwhelming body wash.
Repurchase? No

And here are the samples that I finished this month! Stand out products include the Origins Day Moisturiser, Dermalogica Thermal Face Scrub, Blinc Mascara and Too Faced Beauty Balm.

What did you finish last month? Any new holy grails? 

Also, have you entered my giveaway? If not, pop over here and have a look!