Wednesday, 27 May 2015

April Binned Things 2015

It's time to take out the trash - literally! Last month, I finished quite a lot of products, and now, you get to see them!

1) Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser - A decent face wash from their cruelty free line. I liked how it felt on my skin.
Repurchase? Maybe

2) Puretopia Deep Cleansing Clay Mask - A decent mask that didn't result in much tingling on my face.
Repurchase? Maybe

3) RPR Treatment Leave-In Moisuriser - Not bad, but did weigh my hair down just a teeny bit.
Repurchase? No

4) Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser - If you're after a foamy cleanser, then this is one for you. It's not particularly exciting, but does the job.
Repurchase? No

5) Etude House Deep Moisturising Hydrogel Mask - Liked this! I found that it really did help my skin feel more moisturised.
Repurchase? Yup!

6) Dove Anti-perspirant Deodorant - I feel like I run through a can of this every month!
Repurchase? Yes

7) The Jojoba Company Jojoba Oil - Took me ages to finish this large bottle! Full review here.
Repurchase? Yes

8) Cedel Scented Hairspray in Coconut Bay - I enjoyed using this, and while not a huge fan of coconut, didn't mind the scent.
Repurchase? Likely

9) Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser in Cocoa Glow - Spray and go? Easy peasy! I liked this for the convenience and the non-stickiness of it.
Repurchase? Yes!

10 Dr Lewinn's Advanced Eye Cream - Really pretty eye cream! When you look into the jar, it looks like flecks of gold floating in a sea of pearl coloured gel. I found my under eye bags to look less like check in and more like carry on.
Repurchase? Likely

11) Sanctuary Spa Pore Refining Toner - I found this to be refreshing, but I didn't think it did heaps for my skin.
Repurchase? Maybe

12) Lonvitalite 24K Active Gold Eye Mask - I like the 24K range by Lonvitalite! A very decent eye mask.
Repurchase? Yes

13) Sasatinnie Platinum White Truffle Brightening Silky Mask - While fun, like all face masks, I didn't think this brightened up my skin any.
Repurchase? No

14) Etude House Green Tea Face Mask - If you like green tea, you'll love this! This was very soothing and refreshing at the same time.
Repurchase? Already have

15) Woolworths Cotton Balls - My staple for removing nail polish. 
Repurchase? Definitely

16) Benefit Stay Don't Stray - Didn't like this one much. I did when I first opened it, because it worked well as an eye primer, but it wasn't a great concealer, and went bad after about 6 months. Perhaps I got a dud?
Repurchase? Unlikely.

17) Sun FX Body Polish - A pretty good body polish! I liked the size of the granules.
Repurchase? Maybe

18) Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Black - While the product was good initially, this dried too quickly for my liking, making it impossible to use.
Repurchase? No

19) Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eyeshadow in Pink - As above.
Repurchase? No

20) Marc Jacobs Magic Marc'er in Black - Blackest black there is! I'm already onto my second one of this.
Repurchase? Already done!

21) Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz - A decent product that is easy to transport and has a spoolie on the end. However, it does slip a little on certain base products.
Repurchase? Yes

22) Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask - If you love Hydraluron, then you'll love this! 
Repurchase? Yes!

23) Essence Lash Princess Mascara - A great budget mascara from Essence! Considering that their other mascaras haven't been great for me, it's nice that this one really did work.

24) Lonvitalite Crystal Whitening and Moisturising Hand Mask - It's a little too cumbersome to use often. Moisturised, but that's it.
Repurchase? Unlikely

25) Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask - Needs to be a staple! Love this!

In the travel/sample sizes, I enjoyed using the Uskincare foot pumice, Guerlain eye cream and L'Occitane shampoo.

What did you finish last month? Any that you were happy to see the end of?

Monday, 25 May 2015

Review: Stila Eyes Are The Window Shadow Palette in Spirit

There is nothing quite like cracking into fresh makeup. That first swipe, the first mark... Who doesn't love that?

Despite my vast makeup collection, I had to have one of the Stila palettes from the Eyes Are The Window collection. This particular palette has a range of colours, and bear the names Spirit, Soul, Body and Mind. I have so many nude shades that picking a palette was difficult, but this one jumped out at me, and it is now nestled safely in my perspex drawer!

This palette contains 12 shades in a sturdy (and shiny) rose gold case with their brand stamped on the front of it. There is a decent sized mirror on the inside, and the shades that are within range from pink to rose, with a couple of blue and brown hues thrown in.

From left to right: Kitten; Puppy; Pigalle; Oasis; Jezebel; Barefoot; Wheat; Golightly; Espresso; Chinois; Slate; Pewter

Sadly, this palette only contains 2 matte shades, which means that the majority of the colours are shimmery ones. These eye shadows are quite smooth and easy enough to blend, but not as madly pigmented as some of my other palettes. This palette doesn't have ridiculous amounts of fall out too, which gets another tick from me.

I do like the versatility of the palette, in that there is quite a mix of warm and cool shades, which means that I can really play around with the colours and get a variety of looks from this palette. 

From left to right: Kitten; Puppy; Pigalle; Oasis; Jezebel; Barefoot; Wheat; Golightly; Espresso; Chinois; Slate; Pewter

However hard I tried, I just couldn't get it to focus! Hopefully, this give you some idea of what they shades kinda swatch like. Jezebel, which is rose goldy, is probably my most often reached for shade - not really me, but love it so much!

Have you checked this palette range out? Which one would you add to your collection?

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Review: Ulta3 Liquid Lip Paint

 Sleek; Radiant; Beaming

Ulta3, what would I do without you? Probably have more pocket change! These babies came out a while back, and they are still available on the Ulta3 stands. I clocked around 9 shades the last time I had a look and let me tell you, it was very difficult picking the ones I wanted, but I did eventually manage to narrow it down to 3 out of the 9.

These come in a clear case with a black top and a spongy doe foot applicator.

Beaming is a baby pink, while Radiant is a bright red, and Sleek is a brown red. The swatches are from going over my arm twice. 

It doesn't have much of a scent, which is good. These aren't overly sticky, and have great pigmentation and shine, despite the price tag, which goes to show that you don't have to spend a million bucks to look it! The one thing that does set it back a little is that the application can be a little streaky, but if it's used for some shine on top of some lipstick, then this is perfect. 

Have you tried them yet? Are you interested in giving them a go?

Thursday, 21 May 2015

(Re)Launch: Charles Worthington Hair Products *

Last week, I had the chance to go to a very lovely launch at the Langham Hotel here in Sydney for Charles Worthington products. Some may remember that they were once stocked here (the little takeaways, anyone?), and they are now back and better than ever! 

As part of the launch, I received a number of products from their Style Setter line and I just had to put them to the test straightaway! Keep in mind that this is only a small portion of their full range - boggles the mind a little bit, huh?

As a little special something, my other half, Mr Prince, thought he'd give us his two cents worth on one of the products. Read on through to see his spin on things!

1) Intense Rescue Melting Balm - This is a solid product that goes liquidy when warmed up in your hands, like coconut oil. You're meant to put this in the hair for 20 minutes, prior to a normal shampoo and condition of the tresses, which is great as a time saver, because I can have a face mask going at the same time. Preserve the skin and the hair without needing to stand around in the cold bathroom for 20 minutes while waiting for my hair mask to kick in? Winning!

2) Styling Wax -
Hers: This is a pliant and soft styling wax that my other half has been trying out. What I love about it is that it doesn't leave the hands feeling greasy and has enough hold that it will keep the shape and style of your hair.

His: Before reading this review, you should probably know that I'm far from an expert on hair products or hair styling. I do not have a fashionable hair cut, and could not tell you the first thing about how those guys in 1D get their hair to look like that. The extent of my hair styling generally involves rubbing a bit of product between my hands, then working it through my damp hair.

That said, my hair is very thick and Temporary Princess tells me that it makes me look like a Chia Pet when left to it's own devices, so I do have some experience with 'bad hair days'. As such, my goal with hair products i simply to tame the woolly beast into something neat and controlled with a bit of texture, so this will be the benchmark for my review.

Packaging - Simple, stylish and sufficiently gender neutral that I can keep it with my stuff, not hers.

Fragrance - A bit more feminine than some other waxes/styling products that are probably marketed specifically towards men, but I really like it nd it's not too strong once it's actually in your hair.

Texture - Smooth and firm in the container, which gives it a nice feel, but does require a bit of a deliberate dig with our finger to get it started, not because it's too solid, but it's just really smooth and springy - you'll know what I mean when you try it. Once in your hand, it has a creamy smoothness and is not too sticky or greasy like some other products, it feels much more like  face cream than a hair wax. The downside to this is that it feels like it disappears as you rub your hands together, whereas some other products almost seem to expand. Strangely, this didn't mean that I needed to use more to get a good results.

Function - Easy to style my desired look. Holds well for the whole day as long as you don't rub it. Has a softer texture compared to the shiny, crunchy feel you get with some products.

The verdict - Good results! I will definitely use my current tub to empty and would be happy to purchase it for future use.

2) Salt Spray - I think I'm in love. I honestly never thought that salt sprays would do much for my Asian hair (read: straight, straight, ever so straight), until this. This is meant to help create that 'mussed hair, don't care' look, and boy, does it! Just spray it on all over, scrunch the hair, then layer on some hair spray to give it a bit of extra hold.

The upside is that it doesn't feel sticky or get particularly clumpy, just lots and lots of body and volume! This really lets me do that 'rolled out of bed and here I am woke up like this' hair - I officially love this stuff!

3) Long Lasting Max Hold Hairspray - Lives up to the name! If you're off to a wedding/formal/sky driving (although I've never tested this one), this is likely going to be the grip you're looking for.

4) Instant Root Concealer - I received this in Dark Blonde and Brown, and I think it actually comes in four shades, including a light blonde! Rumoured to have one of these flying off the shelves every minute in the UK, I can certainly see why! It's great for those time in between dyes when you have an event, or when you're low on time or in need of a quick touch up. I tested this out on one of my willing participants, and here are the results:

Totally undoctored photos! As you can see, the grey disappeared in a flash - easy peasy! A big thanks to my friend who let me experiment on her hair!

Tip? Make sure you have something covering your clothes or shoulders, or you might find some of this on your top. Also, style your hair BEFORE you put this on!

5) Dry Shampoo - Another easy product to use! I don't get any white cast with this one, and it helps absorb the extra oils the roots. What I also like about it is that while it does feel powdery, like dry shampoos do, it's not as powdery as some others can be.

6) Brush Out Strong Hold Hairspray - This is my favourite product from the whole range! Created so that you can go from one hairstyle to another, yet have them hold how you'd like them to! Just brush it out and presto! Your hairstyle will go from formed to relaxed, and you can restyle it. For me, I like that this holds my curls when I do them, and it doesn't feel crunchy.

The entire line is colour coded and scented, with the different ranges all having bearing different fragrances. Style Setter smells of green apple blossom daisy, violet, white cedar and musk - excellent for both genders! Bonus? The scent of it makes me want to tousle my locks all the time, because every time I move, I can smell it!

Charles Worthington relaunched in Priceline last Thursday! Make sure you check out the entire range, and keep an eye out for their takeaways - they are still part of the range!

What's your biggest hair concern? What range are you most interested it?

* These products were provided for my consideration, but my opinions are my own

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Lust Have It March 2015 Review!

First things first - check out my new layout! I had a ton of help from one of the most competent people I know for techie stuff and random things, Miss SV. Thanks again, it's gorgeous!

Two months late, Lust Have It finally arrived - worth the wait? Have a look at what they delivered for the month of March. As it came without an info card, I won't be tallying up the cost of this pack.

1) Lonvitalite C3 Red Wine Collagen Firming and Moisturising Facial Mask - Yes! One of my favourite masks by Lonvitalite and an absolute winner! Great to see it in this pack!

 2 and 3) Appelles Blackseed Shampoo and Tamanu Conditioner - I've used these products before, and enjoyed them, so it's not a bad thing to get them again.

4) Model Co BB Cream in Medium - We were given the choice to pick our desired colour (thank goodness!) and I managed to get it in on time! As someone who now uses a base, I'm happy with this addition. I will also say that while I haven't had the most luck with Model Co makeup products, I have really liked their skincare range.

5) Urban Skincare Co Daily Body Cleanser - I received a tube of this a while back, and haven't had the chance to use it yet, so I'm looking forward to giving this a go on my next trip away.

6 and 7) Uriage Hydra-Soothing Cream and Soothing Cleansing Water - Great little travel sizes for a long weekend, but not enough for a proper review, unfortunately! 

A pretty decent box overall with products that I will get use out of, but sadly, quite a few repeats for me. For someone new to LHI and beauty boxes on the whole, this is a great option. 

For $19.95 per month, you can get a monthly beauty box from Lust Have It. 

Have you received your box yet? Is this enough for you to stay as a member of LHI, even with their late deliveries?

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Review: Anatomicals Travel Pack

So, not that long ago, Target was doing a series of excellent sales, and I just happened to wander in - I know, surprise, surprise.

And, simply because I couldn't justify buying more skincare products, due to my overflowing cupboard under the bathroom basin, I thought I'd be a teensy bit naughty and pop a small purchase into my basket. Because, after all, how could you possibly argue with a 50% discount on something that's already affordable? 

I certainly couldn't, and that's how I ended up getting this cute little travel set by Anatomicals for only $5!

This lovely set contains four 30ml tubes with screw lids and comes in a see through-ish plastic case for ease of travel. It has the following:

The Buff Stuff Citrus Body Scrub - Love this so much I actually finished a full sized tube of this a while back. Just because you're on the road doesn't mean you don't have to or need to sacrifice exfoliating all the gross off! I'll be taking this little baby away with me the next time I need to hop on a plane! Or use it whenever. You know. Like, tonight.

New York, London, Paris And Foam Fashionably Fruity Body Cleanser - Yummo! The smell of this is tasty and very, very fruity, but doesn't linger.

Not Another Rough Day Please Vanilla Body Lotion - I won't lie, I ADORE vanilla. Frankly, it's offensive when people say that things are vanilla, because I love it! What's a little disappointing about this is that it's not a very strong scent, but the lotion lives up to the name otherwise, because it's a fairly thick formula.

Be Good With Your Hands In Bed Night Time Hand Cream - Yeowza! That's quite a claim! At the very least, I think this could make my hands a little less dry and not just at night. At this size, it would comfortably fit in my bag. I love the scent of this - it reminds me of aloe vera.

With names like these, not to mention such amazing scents, how could you go wrong? Anatomicals is stocked in Priceline and Target.

Have you tried anything from this range? What would you like to try from this range?

I'll end this post with a picture of my gorgeous cat who disrupted the photo session for these products, and so HAD to be featured, as he was so eager to be there!

Friday, 15 May 2015

Violet Box April 2015

Let me just state for the record that I got this little beauty last month, but didn't get around to reviewing it until now - sorry! 

For those who aren't aware, Violet Box is a monthly subscription box that costs $22.95 per pack and gets delivered straight to your doorstep.

Here's everything for this month's box! A couple of full size products and my favourite type - makeup!

Here's a breakdown of everything that's in the box!

1) Lonvitalite Collagen Firming and Moisturising Facial Mask - I've tried this one before and didn't mind it, but it's certainly not my favourite of their entire range, sadly.

2) Urban Skincare Co. Daily Hand and Body Cleanser - I love trying out new cleanser, so this is a great addition, not to mention that this is clearly travel friendly!

3 and 4) Transformulas FaceContour and Tightening Creme and Eyelifting Gel - I've tried samples of the eye gel previously, and it didn't thrill me, but I think eye cream is a little hard to assess with just a small sample size. Hopefully the other sachet would be a little more interesting!

5) Lipsi Cosmetics Aphrodite Powder - This sample is little, but that also makes it the best travel size! I can get behind products that are cruelty free! This is meant to be a finishing powder.

6) Evelyn Iona Natural and Organic Concealer - This looks like a great shade for under the eyes! I'm not sure what exactly makes it natural and organic, but that's definitely something to look into!

7) Tini Beauty Eye Shadow by Rob Scheppy (full size) - A beautiful pearl shadow that I'm looking forward to getting some use out of!

I love eye shadows, so this is a great box for me! The sachets don't look amazing, but there's also a very decent looking concealer, so this is fabulous overall! This comes to something over $33.

And that's all! What's your favourite bit when it comes to beauty boxes?