Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Burt's Bees Cranberry & Pomegranate Sugar Scrub

Hey all, 

I am often plagued with dry and flaky skin, so when I was sent this nifty lil' product I was over the moon. Although my skin has a lot more problems (of the flaky variety) in the colder months, I definitely still get a bout of dry skin here and there in summer. 

And who wants crocodile legs on display? 


What's In It? 
Cranberry seeds, pomegranate oil, natural sugar crystals and shea butter. 

How to Use
I scrub generous amounts in circular motions all over my body. 
Concentrate in particular on elbows, knees and any other areas that need a little more. 
Wash off! And be careful, it makes the shower quite slippery! 

What I Love 
- It exfoliates like a dream and leaves my skin feeling smooth. 
- Exfoliates without being too abrasive or damaging to the skin. 
- Conditions skin. 
- Natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals in sight. 
- Smells divine. 
- You get a lot of product, so it should last a while. 

What I Don't 
- Does leave a little residue, so you may want to use it at night to avoid oily feeling skin during the day. 

Where to Buy: One Floor, Myer, Priceline and certain pharmacies. 

Price: $29.95


I've been trying to get into more body scrubs/exfoliators and am glad that this one was brought to my attention. I adore more natural products, especially when they do exactly what they are supposed to - three cheers for Burt's Bees!

Have you tried any scrubs that are to die for? I would love to know! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

About One Floor: This product was sent to me by One Floor, found at onefloor.com.au. One floor stocks a range of beauty, hair and fragrance products and has a great range of natural and organic products in the mix. Best of all, it's a small QLD based business with a very friendly team - so head over and give them some support! 


Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Essence Get Big! Lashes

Hey all, 

Negative reviews are not my thing. In fact, negativity in general is not my thing. Saying that, I do believe that if I’m not impressed with a product I should share my opinion. Maybe it will save you some time and money or maybe it will send you off on a furious mission to prove me wrong. 

Either way. I am not a fan of this mascara. 


What I Don’t Like
- Claims to add volume, but didn’t add any for me. 
- Brush is too fat for my liking (don’t even think about doing the bottom lashes). 
- Starts flaking at the end of the day. 

What I Do 
- Adds some length to my lashes and lifts them up a bit.  
- Bargain, bargain! Essence products are ridiculously cheap! 

Where to Buy: Target & Priceline 

Price: $4.95


I think that Essence is a great brand, but even great brands have not-so-great products every once in a while. I have tried mascara’s from them before that I have absolutely loved  - see All Eyes on Me, but this is not one of them. Feel free to try it if you want though, it may just work for you! Mascara is a little like that. 

Hope you all have a great night! xx 

Monday, 22 October 2012

Korres Lip Butter in Plum

Hey all, 

I have jumped on the Korres bandwagon! After all the hype surrounding the lip butters, I decided I had to pick some up to try. 

This one is my favourite so far. 


What I Love
- Highly moisturising, without being sticky. 
- Smell amazing. 
- Gives a pop of colour to the lips. 
- I;m a big fan of simplistic packaging, and Korres has got that down to a fine art! 

What I Don't 
- I am not a fan of tubs that I have to put my fingers in. Germmmmms! 

Where to Buy: Mecca & Kit Cosmetics. 

Price: $18.95

Swatch 


Some have compared these to the Revlon Lip Butters. Although I don't think that they are quite as pigmented, they are much more moisturising and less pricey here in Australia. I think that they live up to their 'hype' and that all beauty lovers should give them a try.

I also have Pomegranate and am eyeing off Guava, Quince and Wild Rose at the moment.

Hope you all have a great night! xx


Illamasqua Blush in Allure - Generation Q

Hey all,

Ever since first trying products from the brand, Illamasqua has been up there on my list of favourites. This especially holds true now that they have permanently reduced their Australian prices (yippie for fairness)! 

I have been excited about many of their collections in the past, but none have ticked all my boxes the same way that Generation Q does. Promoting beauty and make-up as ageless and non-discriminatory and doing so with fabulous new shades? Three cheers from this blogger! 

So far, I have only picked up the Allure blush. I was hovering over the display and couldn't decide what else to get (as I couldn't buy it all, damn bills). Don't worry though, I am planning to run walk briskly to the shops and grab the Complement Palette, S.O.P.H.I.E Blush, Precision Ink in Wisdom and the Charisma Polish. Have any of you posted swatches for those?

To the blush!


The Shade 
A dusky rose shade, with slight pink shimmer. 


What I Love 
- Illamasqua qualiy - highly pigmented, blendable and long lasting. 
- Minimal pan fallout. 
- Gorgeous shade, works very well with my darker skin. 
- Has shimmer, but not so much that I turn into a disco ball. 
- I love Illamasqua packaging, simple and effective. 
- Loving the new reduced Australian prices! 

Where to Buy: Myer, Illamasqua Online 

Price: $28

Swatches 



I wasn't happy with how the colour was coming across in a lot of the pictures I took, so I am posting the two that best represent it.

Have you purchased anything from the Generation Q collection? Will you be?

Hope you all have a great night! xx


Saturday, 20 October 2012

Orofluido Beauty Elixir for Hair

Hey all, 

I am finally back to reviewing (and purchasing)! I was going to bring this review to you a while ago - but personal and technical problems have bombarded me over the past month. Anyway, it's here now! 

This product is one that I was excited to try for a long while. I had read reviews that said it was magic hair elixir, that did everything you could want it to. 

They weren't wrong. And I have to thank the lovely Mandy from One Floor for sending this baby to me, as it has completely changed my hair. 



What Orofluido Says 
"Orofluido is a beauty elixir for all hair types, with a pure luxuriance that envelops your hair."

I translate this to a more simple "It's great". 

Key Ingredients 
Argan, Cypress and Linseed Oils. 

What I Love 
- It gave me shinier, stronger hair within two weeks. 
- Reduced frizziness. 
- Doesn't leave hair feeling oily or weighed down - my main concern with hair oils. 
- Large amount of product, and you only use a little. It should last for a while! 
- Smells great!

What I Don't 
- A little on the pricier side, but I think that it is worth the investment. 

Where to Buy: One Floor

Price: $24.95 for 50mL

I have quite long hair that can sometimes lean towards the dry, brittle and frizzy side, especially if I have been overusing hot tools. This has done wonders for the appearance as well as the health of my hair. I have tried other hair oils in the past, such as Moroccan Argan Oil and Loreal Mythic Oil, but neither of them have produced the same results. 

I love it, it is highly likely that you will love it to. 

Try, try, try! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

*This product was provided for consideration. 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

The Past Month

Hi all, 

It has been a while! 

As most of you would have noticed, Marked Beauty blog has been quiet over the past month or so. 

My partner was in an accident and I went from being a social worker and part-time blogger, to being a full time nurse. Sadly, blogging had to be put on the back-burner for a little while. 

Although I wish I didn't have to vanish so abruptly, I am glad that I had time off to get back into the right headspace. After all, you wouldn't have wanted to read blogs about medication and hospital cafeteria food. 

My partner is now on the mend (without lasting damage, thankfully), I'm heading back to work in a few weeks and things in general are looking wonderful again. I feel as though it is the perfect time for me to come out of the dark! 

I have a lot of reviews, swatches and posts to get out there and they will start popping up tomorrow! 

Upcoming

- Orofluido
- Burt's Bees Sugar Scrub
- Korres galore 
and
- A handmade nail polish brand that has some fabulous glitter polishes. 


Thank you all for your understanding, and for not deserting me. I shall see a lot more of all of you from now on.