Thursday, 30 December 2010

December Empties


Estee Lauder Idealist - I love this serum. It makes my skin look so smooth, I'll definitely be buying it again.

Clarins One Step Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser - This is okay but I wouldn't buy it again. It's too harsh for a cleanser and not scrubby enough for a scrub. I've used two tubes of this and it's just meh.


Ardell Brow Sculpting Gel - My favourite brow gel. It's cheap and I buy it over and over again.

wotnot Facial Wipes - The best facial wipes I've ever used, will definitely be buying more of these. wotnot are sending me 8 packets of wipes for a blog giveaway, so keep your eye out early next year for the comp.

Eminence Organic Lemon Cleanser - This was nice, but as there was only enough for one use I can't say if I'd repurchase it again or not. It smells lovely!

MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Treatment Masque - I won't buy this again. It's expensive and doesn't do anything that a $20 mask doesn't do. I find that it can also be quite irritating on my skin. 


Ojon Hydrating Thickening Conditioner - Smells lovely but I didn't notice any thickening. If it was cheaper I might buy it but as it's expensive I won't bother (especially since Living Proof is coming out with a thickening range soon!)

Subtle Energies Saffron and Frankincense Facial Scrub - This smells gorgeous and was gentle yet effective. I'd be very interested in trying the full size.


Subtle energies Juhi Replenishing Milk Cleanser - This smells gorgeous too. it was gentle and yet cleansed well. I'd like to buy the full size to try it out.

Kosmea Purifying Cream Cleanser - This cleanser worked well, but I didn't like the scent so probably wouldn't purchase the full size. 

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Amazing Priceline Specials

Priceline are having a great sale at the moment. They have 50% of Bourjois and Physician's Formula and selected Revlon and L'oreal products for $6.95 and $6.99 respectively. They also have an offer of a free Revlon mascara with any foundation purchased and this includes the $6.95 foundations!
I headed in there yesterday and got:
Revlon ColourStay Velvet Creme foundation for $6.95
Revlon DoubleTwist mascara for $0
L'oreal Colour Appeal Trio for $6.99
Nivea Extra Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover for $6.00


All up I spent $19.94, what a bargain!

Monday, 27 December 2010

Motives by Loren Ridinger

I  recently spent a lovely afternoon getting a custom mineral consultation with Judy from Motives by Loren Ridinger. Before Judy contacted me I'd never heard of MbLR. I looked at their website and found that the prices are very reasonable. What really interested me is that they will custom blend a foundation, blush and bronzer for you. Other than Prescriptives, I've never heard of a company who does that. 

Here's how it works. The consultant comes to your house and custom blends foundation, blush and bronzer for you, as you watch. How amazing is that! You get to decide on the finish you want (matte, shimmer or just a little bit of shimmer) for all of the products, and how dark you want your bronzer to be. All of the products are blended to your exact specifications, so you get exactly what you want. They can also blend a lip plumper for you. Their lip plumper is clear, and they can add pigments to it so that you have the exact colour that you want. Amazing isn't it?


And you know what's even better? The products are really cheap! High quality products at a cheap price, what more could you ask for?You'd imagine that a custom foundation would cost a lot, but it only costs $33 (AUD)!
 Travel foundation brush and regular foundation brush.
 Concealers. Judy used one of the concealers on me, it was lovely and didn't crease.
 The brush set.
 Judy's kit (and my toes). I wanted to keep it! (The kit that is, not my toes).
Lip products. Clockwise from left is the lip pumice, Vitamin C lip treatment, hydrating lip balm and the pink balm is the 40FY lip treatment that I need!
Lip plumper and glosses. The clear gloss is the lip plumper that you can have tinted to the colour that you want. The lip glosses smell like cake and the lip plumper smells like cinnamon.
 Lolita lipstick.
 Swatches of the glosses and lip plumper.
 Pink sand lipstick, a gorgeous colour that I want to buy.
 Cream eye shadows. I loved these, the colours are beautiful.

 A super cheap palette for $18 (unfilled).
 This palette only costs $15 (unfilled).
 Skin care. I love this little travel set. It's only $42 and the products felt lovely on my skin.
 The powders that are used to custom mix foundation, blush and bronzer.
 Clockwise from left is my finished foundation, bronzer and blush colours after they've been custom blended.
Finished blush.

 Bronzer before being mixed.
  Finished bronzer after being mixed.
 Base foundation colour.
 Second foundation colour.
 Base, second and shimmer foundation colours.
 


Foundation with a little bit of pink added in.




The finished foundation after being mixed.
If you're interested in Motives by Loren Ridinger products or would like a custom mineral foundation you can contact Judy on 0411 490 339 or by email at judy.foley@iinet.net.au. Alternatively, you can contact Judy by clicking here.

Friday, 24 December 2010

Products I repurchased in 2010

Like most beauty bloggers, I try a lot of different products. It's very rare for me to repurchase anything, so when I do repurchase something it has to be an amazing product. I've reviewed all of these products, so won't go into depth, but here's a list of the products that I repurchased at least once this year:

The Face Shop Blemish Balm - Makes my skin look flawless and if I'm having breakouts it clears them up quickly.


Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Sunscreen - A non irritating, non greasy sunscreen that I can use on my face every day without developing sensitivity. Doesn't sting my eyes either.


Palmer's Gentle Daily Cleanser - Gentle, cleanses well and costs under $10.


John Masters Organics Lip Calm - One of the nicest lip balms I've ever used.


Ardell Clear Brow Gel - My favorite brow gel. I've gone through so many tubes of this.


Living Proof No Frizz Shampoo, Conditioner and Styling Cream - Amazing products that work really well!



Shizen Lip Balm - Another of my favorite lip balms.


Corrynne's Fuller's Earth Face Wash - I love this clay cleanser. It gives a great deep cleanse but is gentle enough to use every day.


Moo Goo Oil Cleansing Method - Smells amazing, easily dissolves all my make-up, including eye make-up, and doesn't make my face resemble an oil slick.


Dove deodorant - An all time favorite, they don't irritate my sensitive pits and they're on sale regularly.


Crazy Rumors lip balms - The best flavoured lip balms!


Carmex - The balm I use when my lips are sore and chapped, it heals them within a day.




Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Pantene Night Miracle:It will happen overnight!



Pantene's slogan has always been "it won't happen overnight but it will happen", however they need to change that now, because with their Night Miracle treatment it does happen overnight.

Here's what Pantene has to say about Night Miracle: Repairs hair damage while you sleep. Wake up to the miracle of smooth and strengthened hair. Thanks to our specially formulated lightweight crème serum, you can now repair dry and damaged hair while you sleep. Works to: penetrate deep into the core of the hair to provide continuous repair for 8 hours, smooth the roughened surface of each follicle.

As this is a treatment product I was concerned that it would be too heavy for my fine hair, however after using it I found that it didn't weigh my hair down at all and I didn't end up with greasy hair the next day. To use I apply two pumps through my hair at night and the next morning I wake up with soft, hydrated hair. It's not as hydrating as a deep conditioner but it is a great weekly treatment to help keep my hair in good condition.


After my wedding my hair was a dry, tangled mess as it's not used to so much heat styling and teasing. The solution was simple. I used Night Miracle every night for a week and at the end of the week my hair was back to normal. 


Would I buy this again? Yes, it's a great, effective treatment.


Ingredients: water, dimethicone, stearamidopropyl dimethylamine, cetyl alcohol, hydroxyethylcellulose, quaternium-18, benzyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, stearyl alcohol, peg-2m, methylparaben, propylparaben, cetearyl alcohol, fragrance, glyceryl stearate, oleyl alcohol, polysorbate 60, lysine hci, citric acid, edta, panthenol, panthenyl ethyl ether, histidine. 



Monday, 20 December 2010

Hit and Misses of 2010

Hits:

Australis Mineral Inject Lipgloss - One of my favorite lip glosses ever and so cheap!


Designer Brands Mango Body Butter - Just like The Body Shop version but $10 cheaper. 


Palmer's Gentle Daily Cleanser - A gentle, effective cleanser that costs under $10.

Living Proof No Frizz range - Natural, sulfate free and effective.

Essie Nail Polishes - Finally a nail polish that lasts more than three days without chipping.

Clarins tinted moisturiser - Keeps my skin hydrated and yet oil free at the same time, makes my skin look smooth and even toned.

John Masters Organics lip calm lip balm - One of the nicest lip balms I've ever used.

The Face Shop Blemish Balm - Clears up my skin and gives me flawless looking skin.

Estee Lauder Idealist - I love the way this makes my skin feel smooth and my pores look smaller.


Misses:


Nivea Energy Fresh deodorant - I may as well not have used any deodorant, this was totally ineffective. 


Maybelline Dream Mousse concealer - Crease city!


Dove Minimising deodorant spray - I love the smell of this (I had Wild Rose), but every time I used it I had white balls all over the floor and all under my arms. 


Max Factor Masterpiece Glide and Define eyeliner - I love the applicator but every one that I purchased and tested had dried out. 


Saturday, 18 December 2010

This weeks mail

I've had the most amazing mail this week, it's been very exciting.
Edge fake nails, these glow under black light, how cool! Nail Rock designer nail wraps, Nivea Q10 tinted moisturiser, Revlon false eyelashes, Bliss eye masks, Beaute Pacific eye gel, O&M goodies.

Softlips organic range. I'm really excited that this range is now available in Australia. 

Bathing Beauty gooodies.

Mary Kay samples.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Santorini Sun Sunless Tanning Lotion


Being a fake tan klutz I'm scared of fake tanning. No matter how careful I am it either goes on all patchy or I have an allergic reaction and end up with dry, flaky skin. So when I received Santorini Sun to trial I was a little scared. Thankfully the weather was still cool when I first started testing it out, so I knew that I could wear jeans if I made a huge mess. Amazingly I haven't made a huge mess. I thought that my first test was a total fail but even that turned out well, which proves that Santorini Sun is klutz proof.

Santorini Sun is unique in that it is applied after moisturiser. However, a word of warning, don't do what I did on my first application and apply it immediately after moisturiser. Allow the moisturiser a few minutes to sink in and then apply. It comes in a spray bottle for easy application and is tinted so that you can see where you've applied the product.

After I apply this the tan develops over a few hours. Somehow every time I've used this my tan has come out looking natural and even, which continues to amaze me as I usually end up with splotches all over the place. Being very pale I love how natural looking and subtle Santorini Sun is. I apply it lightly over a few days to build up to the colour that I want. If you are more confident with fake tans you could apply the colour more heavily and only need one application.


Santorini Sun says: Santorini Sun is an innovative self tan lotion the gives that luscious just returned from the Greek islands sun kissed glow. Santorini Sun self tan lotion is a safe alternative to the exposure of harmful UV rays. This instant self tanner is designed for those who settle for nothing but the deepest and darkest tan attainable without the sun.Our most popular formula fades slowly and we believe is the longest lasting self tan lotion on the market.Our breakthrough organic formula gives you a glowing bronzed glamour.
Our award winning formula uses: No mineral oil or lanolin, no parabens or PABA, no petro-chemicals or artificial colors, no sodium lauryl sulfate or formaldehyde and is non- comedogenic.

Santorini Sun can be purchased online from Diva Society by clicking here.

I've taken a before photo to show how white my legs are and will be posting after photos next week when I manage to get a decent shot. 

Would I buy this? Yes, it's a lovely, easy to use product.

Active ingredients: DHA (derived from sugar beet), erthrulose (extends the life of your tan), allantoin (healing, soothing, and anti-irritating properties), aloe vera gel (a superb hydrator for dry skin), cecropia obtusa bark extract (an innovative local slimming and anti-cellulite ingredient, helps minimise fine lines and wrinkles), green tea extract (very soothing and moisturinzing, powerful antioxidant).

Monday, 13 December 2010

New products I discovered in 2010

I always love reading the end of year wrap up posts that people do, so this year I thought I'd do a few of my own. I'm starting off with some of the new products that I discovered in 2010. They aren't all new as in just released, but they are all new to me.


Designer Brands Mango Body Butter - This is just like The Body Shop version but a lot cheaper.

Palmer's Gentle Daily Cleanser  - An effective, gentle cleanser that costs under $10.

Living Proof No Frizz range - An amazing anti frizz range that works.

Bare Minerals Matte -Revived my love for mineral foundation.


Essie nail polishes - Finally I have found a nail polish that lasts for days without chipping or flaking.


For Goodness Grape lip balms - Yum!


In Essence Tahitian Monoi body lotion - I love In Essence products. Their Tahitian Monoi body lotion smells beautiful and is really hydrating.


OP Therapy Sea Mineral body wash - Got rid of my annoying eczema in a few days.


Urban Decay Primer Potion - I was so excited to finally be able to try this, now I know what all the fuss is about.


Garnier Anti Dark Circles Roll On concealer - Comes in a great little tube, is easy to apply and hides my circles well.


Soap and Glory Sexy Motherpucker lip gloss - How can I not love a lip gloss that smells like chocolate?




Bobbi Brown concealer  - Out of all the concealers I've tried (and I've tried heaps), this is the most effective one. It hides my dark circles with minimal creasing.

wotnot facial wipes - They call these a facial in a wipe and they're right. I didn't realise how truly amazing these were until I finished my packet and started using a different brand. I used the other brand for a few days then went back to wotnot.





Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Wondercap


Every now and again product comes along that makes me wonder why someone hadn't thought of it earlier. That's what I thought when I received the Wondercap to trial.
The Wondercap is a hat that you heat up to intensify the effects of deep conditioning treatments. You can also use it cold to relieve a headache. I especially love that you can use it cold, I know when I've got a headache there's nothing better than the feeling of something cool to help ease the pain.

Here's how it works. To get the Wondercap ready you heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Then you wash and towel dry your hair, comb a conditioning treatment through, put on a plastic shower cap that comes with the Wondercap, then put the Wondercap on for three minutes. After the three minutes is up you take off the Wondercap and rinse your hair and that's it. Easy!

I've been using this for a month now and have already noticed a difference in the condition of my hair.

You can purchase Wondercap for $39.95 (AUD).

Monday, 6 December 2010

wotnot Facial Wipes


I was recently given the opportunity to test and review wotnot facial wipes. Not being a huge fan of facial wipes I wasn't expecting a lot, but I have to say, these wipes are amazing! they easily remove all my make-up and leave my skin feeling soft, clean and moisturised. I've been using these at night time and haven't had to use any moisturiser or serum afterwards. 


The wipe is made from all natural cloth which is very soft and they are also large, a lot larger than the average sized facial wipe. This makes them really easy to use. I can use one wipe to clean my entire face, neck and chest. Since I've been using my wotnot wipes I've found that the condition of my skin has improved, it's looking fresher and more radiant. As these are the only thing I've changed in my skin care routine, they must be responsible for my healthy, glowing skin.  


wotnot says: wotnot facial wipes for sensitive skin contain Australian certified organic aloe vera, jojoba, sweet almond and rosehip oil to gently cleanse and hydrate even the most delicate skin. The cloth used in wotnot facial wipes does not contain any synthetic material, it is 100% natural and feels beautifully soft and pampering on your skin. we know what not to put in, so our wipes are free from chlorine, sulphates, petrochemicals, parabens, caustics, glycols and artificial fragrances. wotnot facial wipes are so natural your skin will love them as much as you do.

wotnot wipes contain certified organic aloe vera, rose hip, sweet almond and jojoba oil and are 100% natural and biodegradable. They are also fragrance free.

Will I buy these again? Yes, they're amazing.

Ingredients: purified water, caprylic/capric triglyceride, certified organic jojoba oil, glycerine, cetearyl alcohol, certified organic aloe vera, certified organic sweet almond oil, certified organic rosehip oil, tocopherol acetate, potassium sorbate, lactic acid, cetearyl glucoside, sodium hydroxymethylglycinate. 

Friday, 3 December 2010

Beauty Confessions

This post is inspired by the Beauty Confessions post that I read on Hannah's blog Counter Obsession. After I read it I started to think about the beauty products that I don't own and things I don't do. So here's my list:


I don’t own Nars Orgasm. I know they say this is a blush that suits everyone, but I don’t like it. Peach colours just don't suit me and I really don’t see what all the fuss is about.

YSL Touche Eclat. I’ve tried it so many times and don’t like it at all. There are a lot of similar products that are a lot cheaper (and I don't like any of them either).

I don't curl my lashes, I just can’t be bothered and my lashes curl up anyhow, so what’s the point?

I don’t use lip liner. I have a few but never use them.

I have never used false eye lashes and wouldn't even know how to apply them. I've had a make-up artist use them on me twice, but that's it.

I rarely paint my finger nails. I do every now and again, but I'm too lazy to paint them regularly, even though I love the way painted finger nails look.

And my last confession, I wear the same make-up to work every day, the only thing I change is my foundation.  

Thursday, 2 December 2010

MAC Syrup Lipstick Swatches

I just remembered that I promised Pop! Make-Up that I'd post swatches of MAC Syrup lipstick, so here they are:





Wednesday, 1 December 2010

My Top Ten Favorite Lip Balms

After reading the Top Ten Favorite Makeup Posts on The Belle Lumiere and Miss Prissypants blogs, and doing my own post, I thought I'd continue with a few other Top Ten lists.
My Top Ten favorite lip balms are:

Shizen
John Masters Organics Lip Calm
Burt's Bees Nourishing Balm with Mango Butter
Lanolips Lemonaid Lip Aid
Ganache for Lips
YSL balm. Only the clear balm is available in Australia but you can buy the coloured versions overseas still.
Carmex
Crazy Rumors 
Lip Smackers
My Lip Stuff

I love all of these balms and other than Lemonaid  I've bought them over and over again. All of the flavours I've tried have been amazing. I'm planning on getting a back-up of Lemonaid as it's limited edition.