Saturday, 25 April 2015

Recent Buys: Too Faced and MAC

Oh Leah, you've been a bad girl... I'll say that ever since I got my first real paying job after leaving University, I've been fuelling my shopping obsession, moving from clothes to make up, back to clothes and then again to make up with full force.

But! Enough about me, what about the make up products? Well, for the make up addicts out there, you'd be very happy to now that I've been very busy shopping in duty free in the last month, and unfortunately for my husband, I don't think that will be stopping anytime soon. By that, I mean that my husband is slowly losing his war on my space occupying stuff, not that I'm using out mortgage to buy all these goodies - that's what separate bank accounts are for! I will say, however, that I've been incredibly restrained this round.

Without further ago, I'd like to introduce my new friends to all you lovelies out there. 

From the MAC Toledo range, I got this gorgeous red matte lipstick in Victoriana. How beautiful is this red? This is a rich, gorgeous true red, which is perfect for me.

I also got something else from the MAC Bao Bao Wan collection, which is the lustre lipstick in Romantic Breakdown. It's a creamy, somewhat sheer nude. I really love this shade on me, which is perfect for when I want a little something, but nothing obvious.

Not from duty free, but I recently bought the Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Ross and Rachel. This duo is actually pretty big, and the bronzer takes up most of the space. The blush is lovely, but looks a little unassuming and lost in this bronzer, which is actually quite shimmery.

And that's my new purchases! What have you bought recently? Are you buying for the season you're in?

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Binned Things March 2015

Empties! Fun every month. I just love watching it pile up every time I finish and product - such a sense of satisfaction!

Given that I was away for quite a bit of last month, I thought I did quite a good job of finishing stuff!

1) Essenzza Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes - Pineapple! Lovely tropical scent, and very decent wipes.
Repurchase? Yes

2) Wotnot Facial Wipes - Love them so much, there's another finished lot down below!
Repurchase? Yes!

3) Listerine Total Care Mouthwash - Essential staple!
Repurchase? Yuppers!

4) Vaseline Spray Moisturiser in Aloe Soothe - See here for full review.
Repurchase? Yes!

5) Vaseline Spray Moisturiser in Advanced Strength - See here for full review.
Repurchase? Prefer the above

6) Dove Clinical Protection Deodorant - Need this all the time!
Repurchase? Yes!

7) Etude House Heart Facial Mask - See here for full review.
Repurchase? Yes

8) David Jones Rosewater Day Cream - Lovely rose scented cream, but not amazing on the face. Great as a body lotion, though!
Repurchase? Maybe

9) Wotnot Facial Wipes - You're not see double, I did finish two packs last month!
Repurchase? Yes!

10) Puretopia Daily Face Moisturiser SPF 15 - I really enjoyed this face cream. Lovely pump bottle, nice consistency, with SPF 15. Would prefer a higher SPF, though.
Repurchase? Yes

11) Impulse Body Spray in Very Pink - So grapefruity! Love this spray bottle. 
Repurchase? Maybe

12) Dirty Works You Soft Touch Hand Cream - Great scent and nice texture!
Repurchase? Maybe

13) People For Plants Eye Cream - A pretty decent eye cream for the puffiness!
Repurchase? Yes

14) Biore Self-Heating One Minute Mask - Quick, easy, and works like a charm!
Repurchase? Yes, yes, yes!

15) Maybelline Babylips - LOVED this! Better than the Aussie version.
Repurchase? Yes!!!

16) L'Oreal Nail Polish in White Gold - Lovely textured nail polish and the most often trotted out gold. The last little bit just got too clumpy.
Repurchase? Yes

17) Be Felt Eye Liner Pen - Not bad, but dried out too quickly.
Repurchase? No

As for the sample sizes, I really, really enjoyed the Laura Mercier primer in radiance bronze. It complemented my naturally sun kissed skin during the Summer, and brightened the skin. I also liked the scent of the Soap & Glory shower gel.

Not bad work at all, if I do say so myself!

What's your most often finished product? Do you ever go from testers to full sized products?

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Review: Maybelline Dream Wonder Foundation *

Hello beauties! There is often nothing that makes my heart beat quite as fast as the following terms: sale, limited edition and new to beauty. Therefore, you can imagine how I felt when I realised that I was one of the lucky ones picked to trial the new Maybelline Dream Wonder foundation. 

This particular foundation comes in a 20 ml bottle with the oddest applicator, but I'll get into that a little bit later. The shade I received was the absolute best match for me (80 Medium Buff, if you're curious), and the formula is so light and fluid that blending is ridiculously easy for me! 

Don't be fooled by the size of the bottle. It may seem little, but you don't really need very much at all.

I place a few drops of the foundation from the tear drop applicator onto my fingertips, then I blend, blend and blend. It sinks into the skin, resulting in a soft velvety glowing finish. Make sure you shake it up first before applying it!

The applicator is my least favourite part of this. First off, you need to unscrew the cap, take out th applicator and shake a few drops onto your fingers. It can be quite fiddly, particularly with a glass bottle! This also means that you end up putting an applicator back into the bottle that might have touched bits of you - not as hygienic as a pump. 

You also end up getting bits of foundation outside the bottle, due to applying the base with your fingers, which wouldn't usually be an issue, except that you need to put the applicator back in and screw the top back on. This can sometimes be quite a slippery exercise, and I have almost dropped my bottle on the ground before!

That said, there are a lot of pros to this particular foundation. You can build this up, but one layer is more than enough for me. This also contains SPF 20, which makes it a little better than some of my other foundations. 

What I can't get enough off is the formula. It really is like nothing I've ever tried before, and is even lighter than some of my facial lotions. It honestly is almost like not wearing any base on the skin.

Overall, I find this to be an amazing foundation, being that it's light and thin, which means that it doesn't get cakey, but I'm not a huge fan of the bottle.

Have you tried this yet? Would you be interested in using that applicator?

* These products were kindly provided and that in no way influenced my opinion.

Saturday, 18 April 2015

Review: Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Shampoo and Conditioner *

I wash my hair generally fairly often, doing it approximately every two days, and depending on how ick it gets at work, sometimes daily for a few days. As such, I do tend to be quite conscious of the kind of shampoo and conditioner that I use, given that it can be a little drying with washing my hair that often. 

As part of Sunsilk's collaboration with different hair experts, they co-created this particular duo with Jamal Hammadi, who is a hair stylist to the stars, and is based in the US, and also happens to have his own line of hair products.

Both bottles are a pretty pink! How can you not like it?

The shampoo comes out almost clear, and is relatively thick. I know this sounds kinda crazy, but I do like my shampoos clear, if possible. It's almost as if it seems lighter on my hair and doesn't weigh it down.

The scent of this is what comes at you when you first flip the lid of this bottle. It's like being smacked in the face with berries, but obviously a lot more pleasant. It lathers up nicely, and it provides you with that nice clean feel.

The conditioner, like the shampoo, is also quite light. This one comes out a creamy white and just like the shampoo, also has a similar berry scent. It isn't a particularly rich conditioner, but it certainly does leave the strands feeling soft.

It's the shampoo on the left and the conditioner is on the right, The verdict? A excellent pairing, but it sadly doesn't increase the shininess of the tresses. Instead, it keeps my hair as regularly shiny as it usually is. That said, it cleans nicely without being harsh and stripping the oils from the scalp. Additionally, the scent is an absolute winner. Sadly, the scent doesn't hang around.

I am currently loving this duo, and will be finishing them off! 

Have you used any Sunsilk products recently? What's your favourite?

*These products were provided for my consideration, but my opinion is my own.

Thursday, 16 April 2015

Violet Box March 2015

Violet Box is one of the newer companies on the market when it comes to beauty boxes, but has been really pulling ahead of the pack with their products.

For $22.95 per month, Violet Box will deliver a beauty box straight to your doorstep, generally within the month it's mean to arrive.

Here's the kind of bang you'd get for your buck if you were subscribed to VB!

1) Lonvitalite C8 Collagen Crystal Eye Mask - Like this stuff, a excellent inclusion in the box.

2) John Plunkett's Aloe Vera 99% Pure Gel - I haven't tried this particular aloe gel before, but my mom always swears by aloe gel, so if I don't end up using it, I'll pass it to my mum. That said, I've almost used up my current tube of aloe vera gel, and this is only little, so it might make a good travel one.

3) Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel - While a common feature in beauty boxes, I haven't really had the chance to use them yet. Might have to toss this into the bag for the next weekend away!

4) Doucce Lip Definer in 462 (full size) - A nude lipliner is a must have in my collection, an absolute full sized bonus!

5) Doucce Mineral Matte Lipstick in 903 (full size) - A lovely nude shade, I'm hoping this little lippie becomes a common feature in my routine!

For a total of $69.53, with every item being something I'd use, Violet Box is going really well. I was going to consider renewing my subscription at the end of it's run, but I just found out recently that I was signed up for another year's worth of Bella Box packs by not replying within a short window (of a few days) of time while I was away. Ugh,,,

What are your thoughts regarding Violet Box? What is your favourite thing from the box?

Monday, 13 April 2015

Review: Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi and Fresh Step Spray *

I'll be honest. I have been guilty of neglecting my feet. It's always felt like a bit of work, and aside from putting foot cream on the soles every couple of days, I haven't done much for that part of my body.

Thankfully, there is now an easy solution to looking after the feet! 

At first glance, the Scholl Velvet Smooth Express Pedi can look a little intimidating, but thankfully, it's amazingly easy to use. It only has one speed and one switch, and all you need are 4 AA batteries and dry soles.

Just apply it to the sole, and watch little flecks of skin come off! You can literally see it working. Don't press too hard, though, as that can stop it from rotating.

It doesn't take off a lot of skin in one go, which means that you can easily fit this into your daily routine by doing small bits at a time. You can get replacement heads and it comes with a protective cover. Used regularly, the express pedi will be your feet's new best friend! This retails for $49.99.

Ok, so here's where we get a little intimate and I tell it like it is. I get sweaty feet. When I'm out and on the go, my feet are staying super warm and working hard. Too vivid an image? Sorry, but this will give you some idea of how squishy it can get and should also tell you that I need a little bit of help in keeping the feet happy.

Here's where the Scholl Fresh Step Anti-Perspirant steps in - see what I did there? Boasting 24 hour performance, this little baby is a life saver! Before putting your shoes on, spritz the soles of the feet and just between the toes, and you can confidently take your shoes off at the end of a long shift without cringing!

What I have found with this one is that it seems to leave more of a whitish cast than other brands, but it also doesn't have as much of a slippery feel when you walk without your shoes on just after spraying them. It also isn't as cold when you spray it on, which is great, because my feet are cold enough as it is! This goes for $10.99 for 98g.

Have you considered trying the express pedi? Do you need foot sprays to stay dry?

* These products were provided for my consideration, but in no way influenced my opinion.

Friday, 10 April 2015

Lust Have It FaB Box December 2014

Let's face it, there's late, and then there's LATE. Lust Have It's most recent offerings for their FaB (Fashion and Beauty) box may be excellent, but they are running about 4 months behind at the moment, and there is no chance now that they will actually catch up.

While I've enjoyed my subscription, I don't think I'll be reaching for a renewal in June.

Nevertheless, here's what I received in the December issue.

Not a bad selection at first glance. For those interested in subscribing, have a look at their website. It is approximately $35 per month, and is generally quite worth it.

1) Jelly Pong Pong Lip Blush (full size) - This is a really pretty red lip crayon! The perfect colour for me, and a welcome addition to my ever growing collection.

2) Curtis Collection by Victoria in Sunset (full size) - I got excited when I saw the Curtis Collection by Victoria. I've been lusting after one of their products ever since I saw a post on it by one of my favourite bloggers, and now I get to try one! This is a really bright shade, but one that I'm not shying away from!

3)  ELF Long Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Celebration - Silver and sparkly! I don't know if this is what I would wear, but I'm curious about the formula.

4) Stardust Double Crystal Bracelet - Pretty and shiny! However, this is a little not quite my style, but certainly very cute.

5) Stardust Crystal Bracelet - Again, as above, it's pretty, but I'll have to see how it goes with my outfits.

While it's really quite a decent box, I don't know if I can see past the whole running super late thing. I don't think it's really making up for their tardiness, which is a shame, given the quality of the box.

How do you feel about the box vs the timing? Are you currently subscribed to this box?