Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Go-To Skincare Properly Clean {Review}

Seriously, Zoe Foster Blake's skincare range is the Seriously. Last week I brought you Exceptionoil, which really is exceptional, and now I bring you one of the greatest cleansers to ever grace my face. Punny and rhyming in the one sentence, everyone give me a high five!

Properly Clean is a mousse cleanser, which smells deliciously citrusy and feels lovely and refreshing on your skin. It doesn't dry out your skin post cleansing or feel harsh, to even the most sensitive of skins (me!). Most importantly, it does a damn fine job of cleansing your skin! Properly Clean doesn't lie, I have found that it really does properly clean (I had to, I am on a roll today). I tend to slather my face in rosehip oil, sunscreen, foundation and powder most days, and Properly Clean easily cuts through. I often still use my Bioderma Crealine to remove the majority of my makeup first, so that Properly Clean doesn't have such a tough time, but if I forget to and I have already jumped in the shower, Properly Clean will happily do it's job and remove all of my makeup.

Such a little trouper. You're awesome, Properly Clean.

Have you tried the Go-To Skincare range? What products are you loving so far? x

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Friday, April 4, 2014

Go-To Skincare Exceptionoil {Review}

What do you do when you favourite beauty writer, author and blogger releases their own skincare line? Well. Firstly - freak out with excitement. Secondly - stalk her beauty blog for when the promised pre-sale is released. Thirdly - BUY! You can call me crazy, I will allow it, just this once.

ExceptionOil was one of the products that I purchased in the pre-sale, and the very first one that I cracked open. So naturally, it gets first write up on the blog.

Exceptionoil is your go-to, do-all oil (see what I did there?). Anywhere that your skin needs a little bit of extra love, Exceptionoil will help you out. Containing Monoi De Tahiti, Sweet Almond Oil, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba Oil, Jojoba Butter, Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E) and Hemp Seed Oil, it can moisturise the hell out of your skin. Plus, it also contains Mango Butter, Rosehip Oil, Vitamin E (both have a double effect here) and Rosemary Seed Extract to provide an injection of anti-oxidants, important for healing and protecting your skin. Evening Primrose Oil, Karanja Oil and Calendula are added because of their anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and eczema healing properties. Exceptionoil is a pretty powerful little coral tube!

When you look at the list, you can also notice the absence of quite a few common skincare ingredients, ones that my skin and my ethics hate. The absence of petrochemicals (including mineral oil), sulfates, and silicones ensured that I wouldn't regret my purchase, because these are all ingredients that my very sensitive skin reacts to. Plus, the absence of palm oil is an ethical decision, and one that I strongly agree with. So, ingredients wise, you could say I am very impressed.

So, has it worked so far? Well, over the course of the last two weeks, I have been using Exceptionoil on my decolletage nightly before bed. Despite the fact I wear sunscreen daily, the skin there always looks a little worse for wear (Queensland sun damage from my very young years, before I became a teenager and sunscreen addict). It is a perfect testing zone for a skincare product so powerful, and Exceptionoil hasn't disappointed. My decolletage is so soft, the skin looks renewed and I haven't been waking up with cleavage wrinkles over the last few days. Previously, despite the fact I have been following the Zoe Foster skincare commandment of using my face cream on my decolletage every night for years, the boob wrinkles had remained. Until now, and the awesome moisturising properties of Exceptionoil.

Finally, thanks to the Monoi De Tahiti it smells freaking amazing.  Plus, the coral packaging and witty comments are adorable.

Just like I knew I would be, I am in love.

Go-To Skincare Exceptionoil $49.95 AUD. Solely purchased online, but there is international shipping as well!

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

BYS Longwear Lipstick in Blushed and Matte Lipstick in Tango {Swatch}

Lipstick is one of the easiest ways to change up your makeup look. Whether you choose to go for a nice bright pop of colour, or an understated neutral, there are thousands of options. And thousands of beautiful colours, of which I must say I have collected a fair few! The best thing though, is when you can play around with colours that are cheap! BYS is a pretty good brand for the price, the perfect brand to play with colours to see which ones are your favourite before you commit to more expensive brands.

BYS Longwear Lipstick in Blushed: is a nice rose toned pink. It is a soft lipstick, which feels nice and light on the lips. It's a nice, work appropriate colour.

BYS Matte Lipstick in Tango: for something a bit brighter, how about a nice slightly orange red? Being a matte lipstick this one feels slightly drier on the lips, but it is still not thick or very dry, like some other matte lipsticks can be.

You always need a silly selfie at the end of a swatch post, don't you? x

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Monday, March 31, 2014

April Wishlist

I am going to be one of those horrible people, but - I can't believe tomorrow is April! Are you planning on playing a prank in your household? I don't think I am clever enough to come up with anything, but if you have plans I would love to hear them!

Oh well, here are some things I am currently coveting for April.

BEPART Studio Silver Disc Necklace

It's just so pretty!

Loeffler Randall Agenda Bag

I really like how different this is. That there is leather, a different pattern, plus a shoulder strap.
Catbear Pot from Mirubrugman

I mean, come on. Isn't this adorable?!
Magical Thinking Geo Pendant from Urban Outfitters

I can't wait til the one day in the far future when I have enough money to buy a house, and then I can decorate it how I please. 

Madewell Transport Tote 

Absolutely wanting this. I want it so, so badly. So badly. It's so big, it would be so useful...I don't really need to keep selling it to myself though, because I just really want it!

What is currently on your wish list? I can always do with some more things to covet!

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Toni & Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray {Review}

It's been hair products week on TT this week. Which is hilarious if you live along most of the east coast of Australia, because all we have had is rain. So. Much. Rain. Although, now that I look back on it, it was raining when I last wrote about sea salt spray too. Weird!

Strange brain waves aside, this sea salt spray is fast becoming a favourite. It creates the most amazing curls in my hair. Messy, beachy curls, which are strong and defined. I simply give my hair a good spray, and scrunch with my finger tips to help create curls and hold.

It also doesn't weigh my hair down,  or feel sticky or crunchy in my hair. The curls will last a few hours, so I wouldn't expect days of delightful texture like you can get with the VO5 Instant Oomph powder, but you sacrifice lasting time for hair which feels lovely and soft to the touch.

Finally, it smells amazing. If you are a lover of a good fragrance in a beauty product, I am sure you will like this one. It smells like a soft, sophisticated expensive perfume. The best part is, for half an hour to an hour after spraying (before the fragrance dissipates), whenever you move your head you get a lovely whiff of fragrance. For those that are worried about strong fragrances, the fragrance in the Toni and Guy Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray isn't strong or headache inducing. It is lovely and soft, and provides this delicate, sophisticated scent to your hair. I love it.

What are your favourite sea salt sprays? Recommend others (and links if you have reviewed them) in the comments below! I would love to have a read.

*This product was provided for review in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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Thursday, March 27, 2014

VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder {Review}

Magic dust is one of my favourite beauty products. That sounds a little suss, but let me assure you that it isn't. What I mean by 'magic dust' is hair powder/hair dust, which is a styling tool to give your hair grit, sexiness and volume. I have reviewed some other 'magic dusts' here, but today I have a new hair powder to play with - VO5 Give Me Texture Instant Oomph Powder.

Hair powder/magic dust is extremely easy to use. All you need to do is lift up the top layer of your hair, sprinkle some dust on to the under layer at the roots of your hair, rub it in, and watch the volume appear. The under layer of your hair may feel a little knotty, but that it is due to the stickiness of most of the hair powders.

Specifically, VO5 Instant Oomph Powder is pretty sticky, which can feel a little unpleasant if you have to scratch your head. The upside to that is that it holds volume all day and into the next day. Seriously, this hair powder is like the superman of hair powders.

Plus, it smells like bubblegum. It's delicious.And it will be going in my regular hair rotation.

*This product was provided for review in accordance with my disclosure policy.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Indola Innova Wonder Blow Dry {Review}

Oh, hair. Some people just seem to have such lovely, mermaid-y hair. It seems to hang so lovely, no matter what they do. Not me, I have thick, wavy hair but it always seems to look a little wrong. So, I chopped it off about two years ago. Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that it still doesn't need a little help from styling products if I am going out!

Blow drying my hair - even though it is short - is a bit of a pain. It just takes so long, because of the thickness. I know that I fair few of you also have this problem! Well, Indola Innova Wonder Blow Dry is supposed to help with that, as well as a bunch of other things. Ten other things, to quote the packaging. It is a heat protector, blow dry speeder-up-er, de-frizzer, and shine intensify-er. So, does it really do all of these things? 

To test the claims, I have blow dried my hair with this product a couple of times. First, I do have to concede that it does speed up my blow dry (point/claim 1 on the packaging). To make it fair, I blow dried my hair from quite wet (just out of the shower, towel dry and bam!), and it took between 6-9 minutes to blow dry my hair, depending on whether I would let myself get away with still having ever so slightly damp ends. When I normally blow dry, I let my hair air dry first, get ready, do my makeup, do anything else, and then do my hair right at the end to speed up the process, and it usually takes about 6 minutes anyway. So, does it speed up your blow drying? Yep!

De-frizz and smoothing wise (point 2 and 7), it certainly helped keep my hair smooth and frizz free, but because my hair is quite healthy it doesn't really get frizzy anyways. I would read a review from someone with quite frizzy or curly hair if that is your main problem. I had the same problem with being able to review the shine factor (point 6). My hair is already quite shiny despite being blonde (generally blonde doesn't have much shine, it is to do with how the light passes through the strands), although the shine can get dulled after heat styling. I did notice that my hair maintained it's shine, so I would suggest that the product adds a light shine to your hair. Nothing too crazy, but a light, healthy shine.

Point 4 is a little hard to measure so I will leave that one be at the moment.

I love that this product also contains heat protectant (point 3), it is so helpful to be able to have multi tasking beauty products. It had a light hold, which I found didn't weigh down my hair, and certainly didn't weigh down the bounce blow drying brings, so I would also concede that points 5 and 8 are also true.

Point 9 - no residues. Brushing through my hair later in the day or the next day certainly doesn't leave a crunchy hair sprayed feeling. Point 10 - results that last. Well, being the lazy blow drier that I am, I don't bother putting too much effort into styling with a barrell brush to create bounce, so it is something I can't measure properly. I will say that because the product is so light my second day hair is not greasy or heavy, which is a plus.

So, what is the conclusion from all of that? Despite the fact that some of the claims are very similar, and one could argue the same (smoothness and frizz-free, 'lighter hold' and 'no residues', anyone), I feel like this spray is a pretty useful little multi-tasker. It is certainly one for the time poor and bathroom space poor among us!

*This product was provided for consideration my PR, in accordance with my disclosure policy. 

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