Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Face of Australia Lasting Looks Lip Creme in Berry Long Time {Swatch}

Since purchase, this has become a new favourite lipstick colour. It's just a lovely versatile pink, perfect for both Autumn and Spring, bright or muted depending on how you apply it. Load up the colour for a big bright impact, gently dab it on for something a little more understated. Face of Australia Lasting Looks Lip Creme in Berry Long Time feels very soft and creamy to apply, and dries down without drying out your lips, due to the added Jojoba Oil. The colour is quite long lasting, and will last a few hours unless you eat! The creamy texture is a joy to reapply, so I don't mind reapplying after meals. Finally, they have a lovely soft vanilla scent. It definitely deserves the constant handbag real estate it is currently taking up!

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Monday, April 21, 2014

Australis Tint My Brow Brow Tint {Review}

When it comes to brows, defined but with a minimum of effort is my favourite. When I bought 'Tint my Brow' from Australis in the 40% off Priceline sale a couple of months ago, I didn't actually know what it was, or what it did. I simply picked it up on impulse, and threw it in my basket. I am so pleased to say that my impulse purchase paid off, because this is my absolute new favourite eyebrow product. Don't you love it when stuff just works?

Australis Tint My Brow is packaged in a simple little plastic tube. Once you unscrew the top you find a mascara wand covered in the brow tint product, which you simply comb through your brows to quickly define and tint. Really, it couldn't be easier to use.

In terms of colour, I am using Tint my Brow in Blonde, and it is quite dark. I love the dark, defined brows that it gives me, plus the colour will last without smudging of fading (quite literally) all day. Blonde is the lightest colour however, so those of you who are very fair might find it a little too dark for your colouring.

I also really love the neat, combed brow effect from the mascara wand. For a product so simple to use, to get such dark, defined, neat brows that last all day is awesome. I would caution you to watch out when you are applying though, apply too much product and your eyebrows feel caked on and a little unnatural! Strange feeling, but not the most desirable.

Finally, Australis Tint my Brow was the winner in the Beauty Heaven Glosscars 2014, where the Beauty Heaven community picks their favourite products of the year. It is a bit of a favourite product around Australia, and rightly so. Is it a favourite of yours?

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Go-To Skincare Lips! {Review}

When Zoe Foster Blake mentioned she had created a lip balm in her new skincare range, I knew that I had to have it. The ultimate lip balm connoisseur, creating her own - it was bound to be perfect. And it is.

Lips! is a lovely light lip balm, encased in a super cute, coral squeezy tube. It contains Ultra Medical Grade Lanolin (like my favourite balm, Lanolips), but then ups the moisturising anti with added shea butter, apricot kernal oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E, Jojoba Oil and Avocado Oil.  Evening primrose oil and calendula oil are also added for their anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Beeswax is added to provide a barrier to your lips, and help lock the moisture in. Finally, it contains pomegranate oil, which is full of anti-oxidants, but also just provides the yummy fruity flavour and scent Lips! has. Winter doesn't stand a chance.

Lips! is a lot lighter feeling on the than lanolips, despite the high content of lanolin. It also gives you lips a nice, light sheen, but with a nice slippery finish that your hair can't get stuck in. That might sound silly, but wait til your wear sticky lip balm on a windy day!

Most importantly, in my opinion, Lips! doesn't make your lips feel drier throughout the day, which is a sneaky trick some lip balm manufacturers use, to assist you to use up their product faster. Lips! has no sneakery about it, just good lip healing and moisturising. Thank you Lips!

Have you tried any of the Go-To Skincare Range? What have you thought so far? x

Go-To Skincare is available solely online from the Go-To Skincare website, but there is international shipping! Lips! is AUD $14.95.

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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

Go-To Skincare is available solely online from the Go-To Skincare website. You will find that Properly Clean is AUD $29.95, and they ship internationally! 

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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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