Saturday, 24 November 2012

BYS Blusher in Coral

Hey all, 

BYS is a cheaper cosmetics brand that is often overlooked. Although their products are not always the best quality, they do produce some that are definitely worth a mention. Their blushers are definitely one of those products! 

What I Love
- Smooth and creamy. 
- Blends easily. 
- Highly pigmented. 
- BYS cosmetics are not tested on animals.
- Amazing price! 

What I Don't 
- Packaging tends to be flimsy. 
- Contains Mica, which may irritate the skin of some people. 

Price: $3.95

Where to Buy: K-Mart, Big W, Fashion Addict online and at some pharmacies.


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This blush is a gorgeous coral shade with a hint of shimmer. It's would especially compliment darker skin tones; but as it is not too overpowering - it should work for most. The ingredients tend to be 'cheaper' due to the cost, but I haven't had any problems with their products so far. If you do have sensitive skin, I definitely recommend that you have a look at the ingredients before purchasing. 

At $3.95 it's an absolute steal and I definitely recommend that you give it a try! BYS also has a great range of other shades to have a look at. 

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Stila Love at First Blush Palette

Hey all, 

What a horrid, rainy weekend it has been! It's been storming something awful here in Brisbane and I am not a fan of storms at all. Neither are the fur babies, so we've been snuggled up in bed with endless amounts of tea, TV shows and books this weekend. 

The worst thing about it? I have been having such a great time doing nothing and Monday has crept up on me. I have a major case of Sunday afternoon blues at the moment. 

Why can't I work from bed?! 

I did take some pictures of products this weekend (in the glimmers of sunshine), so I will have some reviews/swatches lined up this week. 

Stila Love at First Blush 

I've had this blush for a little while now, but it has been living in its box until recently. It is a limited edition blush, but you can find it on the internet as usual. 

What I Love 
- The imprint on the blush - hearts everywhere! I will be honest, this is the main reason I purchased it. 
- Highly pigmented. 
- Smooth and creamy. 
- No excessive fallout. 
- Can use the colours together or separately to achieve different effects. 

What I Don't 
- It is VERY shimmery, so use with caution. 

Price: I can't remember how much I paid, but it goes for around $20.00 on eBay. 


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Hope you have a great night! xx

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil

Hey all,

How have we been? We're nearly at the mid-week point, finally! This week has been very, very jam packed for me and I feel as though I have already worked 5 days. Being a social worker and working with teenage boys, I sometimes feel as though I have 20 children - who are all hormonal at exactly the same time. 

I also have a couple of crazy cats, who are chasing Christmas Beetles into the ground. Broken venetian glass? Oh well! 

It's all part of the fun!

Jurlique Skin Balancing Face Oil 

A long while ago (whilst I was whining about my skin) a friend recommend trying Rosehip Oil and it worked wonders! Before that, I would have never though about putting oil on my face - as I have combination skin. Since 'diving into' the face oil world, I can't help but be interested in almost every one I spot. There are many of them out there and each of them claim to do a range of wonderful things.

This one? Well, it's pretty damn good!

How to Use
Dispense 2-3 drops on a cotton pad and apply to cleansed, damp skin. Gently massage in until absorbed. 

I usually skin putting it on a cotton pad and apply it straight to my fingers. 

What I Love 
- The smell - it was the first thing I noticed about this product! 
- Not too greasy. 
- Sinks into the skin without leaving an oily residue. 
- Moisturises and helps control my t-zone. 
- A little goes a long way. 
- Packaging - sleek glass bottle and dropper top. 

What I Don't 
- The glass bottle is not suitable for the clumsy (me). 
- It is a bit pricey! 

Where to Buy: Jurlique, Myer

Price: $62.00

This is a great face oil for those with oilier skin. It doesn't "over moisturise" and actually helps to control oil levels. Jurlique puts out some amazing products and this is honestly one of my favourites.

Has it replaced my old-faithful Rosehip Oil?
Why, yes it has!

Hope you all have a great night! xx

* Product was provided for consideration. All opinions are my own. 

Friday, 9 November 2012

Current Issue: What Does Blogging Cost?

Hey all, 

This is a different kind of post, but something I thought I should talk about anyway! 

I came across a post on Blog Cat titled "The Cost of Blogging". It talks about how there is often pressure in the blogging world to have only the latest and best products, as well as having an expensive and never-ending collection. And how all of this becomes an 'expectation' of a good beauty blogger. 

What do I think? 

Yes, the pressure exists - of course it does. But, saying that, we are all grown ups here (well, most of us) and expectations shouldn't have to define what we do. Although I adore new collections and often pick up ones that catch my eye, I try to make blogging more about what I stumble upon and enjoy. If no one has heard about it before, no worries! If they take the time to have a look at my ramblings, maybe they will try it themselves.

I only blog about things that I want to write about, and I like to think that I only buy things that I want to buy. I couldn't be happier! 

Anyway, it was a good read and I suggest that you head over and have a look at it. I would love to hear all of your opinions as well! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Korres Botanically Coated Blush in Coral & Purple

Hey all, 

My Korres product discovery continues and I keep finding products that pleasantly surprise me. It always makes me happy when one brand can get so many things right across a range of products. 

Leaves the other, less consistent brands no excuse! 

What Korres Says 
Velvety blush powder particles coated with a rich botanical blend that offers a natural yet luminous colour. 

What I Love 
- It is definitely one of the MOST velvety blushes I have ever known. Feels so smooth and silky, even when swatched. 
- Well pigmented. 
- Luminous and natural finish - not matte, nor shiny. 
- Packed with natural ingredients.
- Doesn't contain mineral oils or propylene glycol. 
- Great price (especially when bought online). 
- Packaging - I'm a big fan of Korres simplistic approach to makeup. 

What I Don't 
- Pricier in Australia and you have to order online to get good prices. 
- Packaging always chips my nails, as it is ridiculously hard to open! 

Where to Buy: Mecca, eBay (I buy mine from Friviolity)

Price: Mecca - $49.95, eBay - $16.00


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Coral & Purple. 
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Although this blush doesn't pack as much pigment as, say, an Illamasqua blush; it gives you enough colour to brighten up your complexion. Definitely a winner for those looking for a more natural look and I recommend these two shades especially for those of you with darker skin!  

What are your favourite Korres products? 

Hope you all have a great night! xx