Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Review: The Jojoba Company Mask and Facial Exfoliant *

New facial products are always exciting, particularly when trying something from a company that I'm unfamiliar with! I was given the chance to try some products from the Jojoba Company recently, and after putting them through the paces for a few weeks, I'm quite excited to finally tell you all about them!

I was sent the jojoba bead and bamboo facial exfoliant, as well as the skin refining and brightening face mask to try. These two come in matte red 80 ml flip lid tubes, making it really easy to get the product out without making a mess, as these both have quite a thick consistency. 

The exfoliant is suitable for all skin types and is meant to also be good for sensitive skin. As someone with really normal skin, aside from a few old scars, I can't vouch for this, but it certainly didn't negatively impact my skin at all.

This is packed to the brim with:
- Australian Jojoba (which is a shrub, for those who are wondering), which contains antioxidants, Vitamins A, D & E 
- Bamboo 
- Shea Butter 
- Witch Hazel 
- Vitamin E 
- Ivory Clay 
- Salicyclic acid 
- Jojoba Bead 

This has a number of different applications. Firstly, you can use it as an exfoliating scrub, as stated in the name. Place a small amount into the palm of your hand, then, using circular motions, apply it to your skin. The scrub has a nice amount of grittiness to it, and it has a lovely and light floral scent. It's not a harsh exfoliant, and my skin certainly feels smoother after using it. 

The second use is to apply it on your skin as you would a mask, leaving it for ten to fifteen minutes prior to washing it off. There is a moderate amount of tingling that makes you feel like it's working, and when it's washed off, the skin does feel softer.

This tube retails for $39.95 - a bargain for a two in one! This has slowly and steadily made it's way onto my favourites list for August.

The skin refining and brightening face mask is meant to even skin tone and reduce the appearance of pigmentation. Again, this is for all skin types.

This contains:
- Australian Jojoba, which contains antioxidant, Vitamins A, D & E
- Daisy Flowers
- Bearberry (how cute is that name?)
- Roasted Coffee Oil
- Vitamin A
- Kakadu Plum
- Kaolin

This has a slightly stronger, but similarly sweet scent. You're meant to spread a thick layer of this all over your face, wait for ten minutes, then wash it off. Unlike other clay masks, this doesn't harden and freeze your face. Instead, this gets absorbed into the skin, so what you're left with is an almost too-thick layer of lotion on your face. 

While it's meant to fade age spots and freckles, I haven't noticed much difference in my skin, but I do like the way my skin feels after using this. There is a small amount of tingling as it stays on your face, but nothing harsh. This retails for $49.95. This mask would be ideal for those seeking a clay mask that feels reasonably gentle on the skin.

One of the best things about this brand is that they are cruelty free! Not only that, they also don't have parabens, animal derivatives or sulphates in their products, making it good for your soul, as well as your skin. For more information on the Jojoba Company and their products, dart over to their website

Have you tried anything from them before? What would you like to try by them?

*These products were kindly sent to me for my consideration.

Monday, 18 August 2014

July Binned Things 2014!

Every time I gather up my empties for the month, I feel a pang of pity for my husband. After all, he barely has any space for his things, yet my stuff continues to multiply. Once that moment of guilt passes, I feel incredibly lucky, because he's a very understanding man!

I didn't finish a lot of things this month, but it's certainly not bad effort!

1) Wotnot Facial Wipes - I couldn't love these enough! This is an incredible staple - I just love it!
Repurchase? Always, for the foreseeable future

2) Eco Care Facial Wipes - See full review here
Repurchase? Yes

3) Yes to Grapefruit Exfoliating Facial Towelettes - I found this to be a little harsh on my skin and that it left my skin feeling a little tingly. 
Repurchase? No

4) Natio Body Creme - I got this in  DJ beauty bag, and while I liked the texture and didn't mind the scent, I didn't find this to be more extraordinary than any other body lotion.
Repurchase? Maybe

5) Vaseline Total Moisture Dry Skin Lotion - A great staple lotion!
Repurchase? Yes

6) Clarins Beauty Flash Balm - I've been using this as a face mask recently, and it's been a real treat for my skin! I feel like this really does give me a perkier look. 
Repurchase? Yes

7) Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Nourishing Moisturiser - Really liked using this! It's part of their cruelty free line and it has quite a strong scent, so I wouldn't recommend this for those who don't like scented products.
Repurchase? Yes

8) Swisspers Cotton Tips - An excellent staple - not too thin and not uncomfortable to use.
Repurchase? Already done!

9) Nude by Nature Mineral Primer - I liked this primer to begin with, but I started getting over it about 2/3rd of the way down. It's ok, just not spectacular.
Repurchase? No

10) Bomb Cosmetics French Kiss Clay Mask - Beautiful! See full review here.
Repurchase? Yes

11) Puretopia Whisk Away Creamy Face Cleanser - Love this cleanser! See full review here.
Repurchase? YES!

12) Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair Conditioner - Lovely amber scent that left my hair soft to touch.
Repurchase? Yes

13) Schwarzkopf Essence Ultime Omega Repair Shampoo - Great accompanying shampoo!
Repurchase? Yes

14) Tommy Girl Jeans - This perfume was getting a little old! A citrusy scent that was great for the gym, but I got sick of it about halfway through!
Repurchase? No

15) Indeed Labs Pepta-Bright - See full review here
Repurchase? Yes

16) Woolworths Makeup Removal Pads - Best pads for makeup removal!
Repurchase? Yes

17) Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask - Love this super moisturising mask! Indeed Labs does an amazing selection of dermatological products. If you haven't checked out their range yet, you should!
Repurchase? Yes

18) Etude House I Need You, Yoghurt! Mask - A bit of a fun mask by Etude House! It's really got a yoghurty texture to it.
Repurchase? Yes

19) Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser - Said to be a dupe for Benefit's Porefessional, it's not as good as the Benefit version, but it certainly is a decent primer.
Repurchase? Maybe

20) Ocean;s Essence Eye Cream - I wasn't expecting to like this, but I really did! It was quite moisturising for the skin under my eyes.
Repurchase? Yes

21) John Frieda Conditioner 3 - Originally marketed to be the finishing conditioner for their home dye kits, it's so popular it's now a standalone conditioner. I enjoyed using this on my hair - it left it feeling silky.
Repurchase? Yes

22) Aveeno Positively Radiant Eye Illuminator - I found this to be tricky to use! It's meant to be squeezed out through the brush end, then painted on, but there's always way more product! 
Repurchase? No

23) Swisse Hand Cream - Got this in a beauty box, and while it's not a bad hand cream, it's a little thin. It does have a great citrusy scent to it, though. 
Repurchase? No

Stand out products from the samples include the Hot Mama! Blush by The Balm and the Pure Marajucu Oil by Tarte. 

Certainly not as large a lot of finished products as previous months, but not a bad effort for the month of July!

What did you get around to going through in the last month?

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Review: Revlon Gel Envy Nail Polish *

Colours, colours, colours! It's no secret that I love a fresh manicure, and I love shiny, and this particular nail polish range combines both of them together! Revlon recently came out with their Gel Envy range, which is meant to give you all the shine of a gel manicure without the lamp or fuss. 

I was lucky enough to be picked as part of the trial team on Beauty Heaven and while I was hoping for a colour I'd wear, I wasn't expecting ALL of the colours from the range! 

So how does this work, exactly? The colour coat is meant to be both a base and a colour coat, which means that you don't need to have a base coat for it at all. You then seal it all in with their Diamond Top Coat, and presto!

What are their colours, you ask? Scroll on down and feast your eyes on these little beauties!

All Or Nothing; Beginner's Luck, Cardshark; Lady Luck; Hot Hand

Pocket Aces; Jackpot; Casino Lights; In The Money; High Stakes

Dealer's Choice; All In; Full House; Sky's The Limit; Royal Flush

Up The Ante; Winning Streak; Showtime; Wild Card; High Roller

Hold 'Em; Ace Of Spades; Sure Thing; Blackjack; Double Down

Checkmate; Queen Of Hearts; Joker's Wild; Roulette Rush; Long Shot

As you might have noticed it by now, the names all have a bit of a gambling theme, and are called really cute things, like,"Queen of Hearts" or "All In". There is a total of 30 colours, and they range from metallic to shimmery to just plain old shiny and gorgeous.

So what's the verdict? I love the shine, and I love the lack of fuss, but sadly, I found this to chip easily on me, not having the wear time I would have liked. On the upside, these dry really quickly, between 3 to 5 minutes and there isn't the need for a base coat, it's really quite straightforward. The brushes are also a little odd, in that it's a bit of a double brush, so it picks up a lot of product in one go. 

I don't mind the chipping much as I always have to take the colour off before heading back to work, so it's not a big deal for me, but I can see how this might not be the best for someone else. That said, keep in mind that every product is different with each individual. 

A couple of tips - I highly suggest buffing your nails prior to using this to make removal much easier. That said, it might actually be the easiest nail polish to remove - ever! Also, make sure that you really scrape the sides of the bottle first to prevent too much polish from being picked up.

These babies retail for $16.95 for a bottle of 11.7ml of product, but Target is currently running a 2 for $20 deal, so if you're interested, run, don't walk! 

Are you interested in trying this range? What's your favourite colour out of the 30?

*These products were kindly provided for my consideration by Beauty Heaven

Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Review: NYX Butt Naked Turn The Other Cheek Palette

The palette obsession continues! I actually bought this at Target prior to acquiring the original palette from them. I wasn't terribly impressed by this initially, but that has changed a little, and I'll get to that in a moment.

Much like the preceding model to this (see full review here), it comes with a total of 15 eye shadow shades, 4 blushes, and 3 highlighters, which is a little different compared to the original in that the first version has a bronzer and 2 highlighters instead. 2 of the blush shades are quite sparkly, and the eye shadow colours quite similar, with 8 matte shades and 7 shimmery ones again.

As with the first palette, you slide the bottom layer out to gain access to the cheek products.

There is some fall out, but not enough to put me off this palette. The one down side of this set is that the blushes are just a little bit smaller than I would have appreciated.

If asked which one I would be more keen on, while I prefer the rose gold type hues that come in this particular set, I oddly enough find it the original palette more flexible for looks. 

What didn't I like about this palette originally, you ask? When I first started using this, I was on a short trip with my other half in Melbourne, and I was using my travel brushes. I found it incredibly hard to pick up ANY powder at all on those brushes, and it felt like I was scraping it every time I wanted to put any colour on my skin.

Despite this disappointment,  I ended up trying it again using my normal brushes, and this made an incredible amount of difference. However, again with the previous set, this also doesn't blend quite as superbly as I'd prefer it to.

Overall, not an absolute must have, but a nice one to keep in your collection, nevertheless.

Are you interested in this palette? Would you rather than the original one or this set?

Sunday, 10 August 2014

UK Makeup Haul featuring Sleek, MUA and Barry M

One of my nearest and dearest went to Europe recently, and when she asked if there was anything I wanted from that region, and I practically hugged her for this chance to get my little paws on some beautiful products I'd been eyeing off!

She ended up bringing these lovely little goodies back for me (love you, Miss LR!), and I've been a busy little bee, trying to work my way through them.

From Sleek, I picked Oh So Special, which has a lot of lovely colours that can carry me from day to night. Of course, I picked colours that I already have tons of in my collection, but at least I know they are colours I'll wear!

She also picked up a Blush by Three for me in Lace. I'm crazy about the colour in the middle, and while I haven't used either of the other colours yet, I'm not certain how I really feel about them. Only one way to find out!

Hot on the heels of my contouring and highlighting fetish, this little Face Form in Fair is something that I lusted over for about 3 months, and I finally got it! It's so pretty, and there is not a hint of shimmer in the bronzer. This will be gorgeous to use!

This is my current love, and boy is it! I love, love, love this beautiful blush by Sleek in Rose Gold. It is as it's name suggests, and so much better than I would have thought it would be. I've been using this every day for the last week, and I see no sign of this letting up!

As a stranger to Barry M makeup, I thought it was time to change all that! I now have the natural glow shadow and blush palette in my possession, and I look forward to trying out the colours!

This is my very first matte only palette, and has some lovely muted colours. I don't think I'm a huge fan of this packaging, however, so hopefully the shadows themselves are good.

Overall, I've been quite satisfied with my haul, and I'm slowly working my way through everything - it's just so exciting!

What would you ask for if your friend were going overseas? What's your favourite UK purchase?

Friday, 8 August 2014

7 Wonders of July 2014

The start of August means the last month of Winter, getting one step closer to warmth and also, narrowing down all the gorgeous things that I reached for in my stash of products during July.

1) Schwarzkopf Normal Balance Leave-In Treatment - I've been turning to oils in more recent days, but this lovely little wonder jumped to the front of the line recently when I got it at a Beauty Heaven event. This leave in conditioner adds a that little bit of extra smoothness to my hair, making it tangle free.

2) L'Oreal Infallible Stay Fresh Foundation - This foundation stands the test of time! After hours of wear, this foundation still looks very similar to it's starting point way at the beginning of the day. Just gorgeous. 

3) L'Oreal Infallible Powder Foundation - I love this powder! This is the perfect seal to create an amazingly flawless background for make up.

4) Burt's Bees Cuticle Cream - This is definitely more of a balm, and a lovely one at that! If you're into lemons and want hydrated cuticles, this product might be just the one to get you on track.

5) Face of Australia Screen Siren Nail Polish in Isn't It Delicious - A limited edition range based on Marilyn Monroe, this nail polish is just so bright and so upbeat, you can't help but be happy just looking at it! Perfect for perking up a sad, dark Winter's day.

6) Kate Somerville Exfolikate - This little mask is heaven sent! My sister first introduced me to this mask about 10 months ago, and what I really like about it is that you only have to have it on for 1.5 to 2 minutes and it really exfoliates!

7) ELF Mineral Infused Face Primer - This is a surprising little gem! This particular primer is excellent just under foundation and keeps things in place. This also has a silicone feel to it, making the skin smooth and easy for make up application. 

What's on your favourites list? Do you have anything that you keep returning to?

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Small Priceline Skincare Haul

Hello, gorgeous readers! I'm sure every man and his dog (not that they would care) heard about the Priceline 40% off skincare sale that happened last week, and while I needed to buy more skincare like I would have needed a hole in the head - seeing as I sometimes forget the simplest of things already, I think I might have one to begin with - I just HAD to go check it out!

I ended up standing in the aisles for 20 minutes, debating what I might have needed that I didn't already have a million of (more for my husband, mind you, sometimes I feel sorry for him when he tries to squeeze his one little pump bottle of Cetaphil in amongst my field of skincare products), and ended up picking up three, or rather, four items.

First off, I thought I'd get something from Formula 10.0.6, which is a brand that I've known forever, but never actually got anything from. I remember this brand from before they did an overhaul of the packaging, and this is so much cuter than what it used to look like! 

This little duo consisting of two full size products - a cleanser and a mud mask - both designed to give you brighter skin. And isn't that the cutest name for a mud mask? Pore Be Pure is exactly what I want them to be!

Anatomicals was the next brand I wanted to try, and from their range, I grabbed two items - a citrus body scrub called the buff stuff and a lilac scented body lotion, and they both smell divine! These little babies hit our shores not long ago, and I was getting sick (with ENVY) of all the Instagram pictures I was seeing of them, and as such, thought it was time to dip my toe into the pool.

I have already started using the body lotion, which is soft and lovely, and makes me want to try their other body lotions.

I'm really glad I picked up these products! Did anyone else participate during the sale period? Have you tried anything from either range?