Tuesday, 25 December 2012

O Christmas Tree


I would just like to wish you all a very... 

Merry Christmas! 

I hope that your day was filled with love and cheer and that you got to spend it with those closest to you. 

I thought I would leave you with some pictures of christmas trees I have encountered in our celebrations! 

At the in-laws.
Presents under our tree. 

My parents house.

In-law grandparents.
Hope you enjoyed these pictures and have a lovely rest of Christmas! 

Monday, 24 December 2012

Christmas Shopping (For Myself)

Hey all, 

Firstly, Merry Christmas Eve! I am up doing last minute Christmas activities (and waiting to open presents) - so I thought I would write a little post. 

Every year around Christmas, I usually do a little shop for myself. I adore buying gifts for other people and it would be hard to find a centimetre of space under my tree - but I can't forget about myself. In the spirit of giving, I am giving myself some gifts! 

I wonder what Santa would have to say about that...

The Mini-Haul 

Colgate MaxWhite One Ice - The ads got to me. I don't have terribly yellow teeth, but they could always be whiter! I hope this one works...

St Ives Naturally Indulgent Body Lotion in Coconut Milk & Orchid Extract - I've tried a different version of this moisturiser before and loved it! Pretty good value for the size as well. 

Lush Lemony Flutter - The best cuticle butter/treatment I have tried. I ran out a little while ago and my nails have been suffering without it! 

Mario Badescu Seaweed Cleansing Lotion - Thought I would give this a try as my skin has been causing a bit of trouble lately. Was recommend to me by my no#1 Mecca gal. 

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser - As above. 

Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel - My favourite cleanser. Keeps my skin looking healthy and glowing. 

Colgate Tartar Control Floss - This is my favourite tooth floss (exciting, I know...). I don't know how well it controls tartar - but I don't seem to have any, so kudos there! 

Soap & Glory Hand Food - It is the most astonishing hand cream ever! I always have spares as I find life very difficult without it! 

Did you buy yourself anything this festive season? If so, link me! 

Merry Christmas Everyone! xx 

Monday, 17 December 2012

LonVitalité Professional Face Masks

Hey all,

I have been on a face mask kick lately and have been trying them left, right and centre. I feel as though they help maintain my skin's wellbeing and keep it looking fresh and clear. They also make me feel pampered - so why not?! 

LonVitalité was lovely enough to send me a pack of wonderful face mask varieties and I have tried and loved ALL of them.

The masks are all cloth masks, so involve minimal mess! 

The Masks 

24K Active Gold Yulan Oil 

- This mask has a cooling feeling a few seconds after you put it on your skin.
- Moisturising and nourishing.
- Promotes micro circulation and skin regeneration.

This mask was my favourite in the pack. It reduced redness and evened out my skin tone after one use and is definitely something I will be purchasing as a part of my weekly skin routine. 

C1 Whitening, Moisturising and Pigment Taming

- Vitamin C to inhibit melanin production. 
- Moisturising.
- Can reduce skin damage caused by UVA & UVB exposure. 
- Strengthens blood circulation in the face. 
- Boosts skin metabolism. 

This mask brightened my entire complexion and created more radiant looking skin. I love the fact that it can reduce skin damage caused by the sun - definitely something we need here in Australia. 

C2 Collagen Protein Wrinkle Removing & Moisturising Face Mask

- Accelerates skin metabolism and skin growth. 
- Smooths fine lines. 
- Recovers balance between skin oil and moisture. 
- 100% natural collagen protein. 
- Contains Hyaluronic acid. 

This mask smoothed out the fine lines on my forehead, I only have a few though. It also reduced the appearance of the blemishes I had. It's is also worth mentioning that my skin felt a lot more balanced over the next few days and I did not have to oil blot at all! 

C3 Collagen Firming & Wrinkle Removing Red Wine Face Mask 

- Improve skin luster and promote the regeneration of damaged cells.
- Soothes from over-exposure to the sun and calms sun burn. 
- 300% water absorption  
- Firms the skin.  

My skin was more taut than usual. It also calmed down redness and seemed to fade hyper-pigmentation. It was also very moisturising! 

C4 Coconut Milk Hydrating & Nourishing Face Mask

- Strengthens the underlying layers of skin. 
- Highly moisturising.
- Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin. 
- Prevents drying, sagging and age spots. 
- Smoothes out fine lines. 
- Assists with acne by helping dissolve obstructions. 

I use coconut oil in cooking, on my hair and on my skin. I am definitely aware of the amazing properties it has, so was very excited for this mask. After use, my skin felt moisturised for days. It also reduced redness and smoothed out the surface of my skin. It smells great too!

Price: $29 for a box of 5 masks. 

I think that they are definitely worth the price!

Where to Buy: http://lonvitalite.com/shop/ 

I also have an eye mask and some hand masks to review, but they will get a post of their own!

Hope you have a great night! xx

* Products were provided for consideration. 

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Neutrogena Night Calming Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

Hey all, 

Proper makeup removal is what I believe keeps my skin clear and I usually break out when I have a 'lazy day'. To cleanse my skin, I usually begin with makeup wipes and follow this up with a cleanser and water. I have found that this is the best way for me to ensure that I have removed ALL traces of makeup! 

I also enjoy having them on hand when I am travelling and on days where I am too lazy to use a cleanser at all - it's better than nothing! 

I have been using wipes for many years and have had many favourites - with Simple being my go-to brand for a couple of years. I rarely changed it up, except when I absolutely had to (out of stock, emergencies etc). But, I had heard good things about the Neutrogena wipes and was in Priceline on a sale day! 

What I Love 
- Glide over skin very smoothly, without pulling or tugging. 
- Alcohol free. 
- Removes all traces of makeup - mascara and eyeliner included! 
- Usually only takes one wipe. 
- Love the scent - it helps me unwind at the end of the day. 
- Didn't cause any irritation. 
- I believe these have resulted in less break outs. 
- Purple packaging...

Where to Buy: Priceline, Big W and K-mart. 

Price: $7.99

They are supposed to cleanse and tone without the need for water. My skin never feels clean enough when doing this, but it might work out alright for others. 

I am definitely glad that I gave these a try and have already bought another two packs - just in case! 

Hope you all have a great night! xx

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

w7 Bronzing Pearls

Hey all,

Many people think that I don't need bronzer, as I have darker skin. But without it, I can sometimes end up looking like a dead fish - trust me!

I find that bronzer brightens up my complexion and helps even it out a bit as well. This bronzer is quite close to my natural skin tone, so it doesn't overpower. It is definitely perfect as a 'pick me up' product though!

w7 Bronzing Pearls 

What I Love 
- Subtle shade on my skin tone. 
- Applies smoothly and evenly. 
- Isn't overloaded with shimmer, but does have a brightening effect. 
- No-mess pearls! 
- Cheap! 

What I Don't 
- Made out of cheaper ingredients. I would check them before using if you have any sensitivities (it hasn't been a problem for me). 

Where to Buy: I got mine from Chemist Warehouse. 

Price: $4.95


As you can see, it's very similar to my skin tone - but brighter. 
A wonderful, simple bronzer - at a great price! It's not my HG bronzer, but it is a good basic that I tend to use often. I would recommend it to anyone who was looking to expand their collection and to those who are just starting out with bronzer.

Hope you have a great night! xx

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Urban Decay Naked Palette: I know, yet another review!

Hey all, 

Even though I use my Naked Palette almost everyday, I have never considered reviewing it or posting it on my blog. Let's face it, there are A LOT of reviews out there and I figured readers would just eye-roll at yet another post. 

But, as you can see - I caved. 

I decided to see how the photograph and swatches would photograph and it just escalated from there. It's a nifty little palette guys, don't hate on me! 

Naked Palette

A Closer Look at the Shades

What I Love 
- Amazing quality shadows: they are smooth, creamy and very blend-able. 
- Long lasting when used with a primer (haven't tried them without). 
- Great range of shades with a mix of matte and shimmer. 
- Not tested on animals. 
- The packaging is cool-beans. 

What I Don't
- Very hard to find in Australia - where are you Urban Decay? We're calling! 

Where to Buy: I grabbed mine off Beauty Bay.

Price: $55.20


Without Flash 

Virgin, Sin, Naked, Sidecar, Buck & Half Baked
Smog, Darkhorse, Toasted, Hustle, Creep & Gunmetal
With Flash

A bit of a pricey palette, but it is worth every cent! I use this baby almost every day and have never regretted purchasing it - not even once. 

Hope you all have a great night! xx