Tuesday, September 30, 2014

THEPARCEL


Introducing...

A Brand NEW Aussie Beauty Box!


~ THE PARCEL ~

                                  By Marie Claire! 


Marie Claire magazine has been around since 1937 and is having no problems
keeping up with the latest fashion, trends, style & diverse range of insatiable
reading! So it is only natural this iconic publication would evolve by introducing
a product it's readers would naturally love just as much as the mag - 
A beauty box of course!


This very first edition, which can be purchased for $25 per quarter, 
$90 for a year or $149 per year plus a 12 month subscription
 to Marie Claire mag which delivers you a generous vast, variety of well known brands
and most loved and lusted after products which feature on many of our
shopping, wish and must have lists. So to be able to simply order these all
wrapped up in a box and delivered FREE to our doors each month is a luxurious
treat every woman wants and deserves! :)


Let's get nosey now and take a good look inside this awesome box of treasures...


OPI Nail Lacquer in 'HEY BABY'
(From the Gwen Stefani range!)
(Full Size)
15ml
This bold magenta pink shade is so perfect for Spring and I know I'll be
wearing this to death over the next few months at least! 

REVLON Colorstay Moisture Stain
#015 'Barcelona Nights'
(Full Size)
8.0ml
With what seems like thousands of different lip products
on the market, obviously I haven't tried anywhere near all of them.
This one included! I love the unique rectangular cube like shape to it.
It is the kind of product which would be easy to stack and store as my
collection would grow. This shade is also completely stunning and
I'm looking forward to this for Spring to brighten up my look!

BENEFIT They're Real NEW Push-Up Liner
(Sample Size)
0.10g
I've heard SO much about this product, so I am dyiiiiing to try it out
and discover all the hype behind it.

BENEFIT They're Real Beyond Mascara
(Sample Size)
30g
I have used this mascara before, so I can confidently recommend it
without hesitation & am super happy to have a back up of it now!

LANCOME Visionnaire
Advanced Skin Corrector
(Sample Size) 
7ml
Any product which helps to refine and correct the appearance
of wrinkles, pores and uneven skin texture wins points with me!

L'OREAL Paris
Elnett Satin Absolute Extreme Hold Hair Spray
(Purse Size)
75ml
I just adore L'Oreal products in general, especially their hair
range. I have not tried this hair spray before so looking forward to it.
I KNOW my hair is going to need it with all this humidity around already!

BONUS ITEMS!

PANTENE Pro-V
Daily Moisture Renewal Shampoo & Conditioner
(Sample Size)
40ml each
I recently reviewed these and really enjoyed them.
So another back up of a product I love.
Great bonus!

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Monday, September 29, 2014

LUKBEAUTIFOOD


~ lük beautifood ~


Lip Nourish Lipstick
In
Vanilla & Cinnamon

Review!



Created & founded by the gorgeous Cindy Lukin, the brand lük beautifood
 includes not only this delicious, smooth and nourishing 100%
natural Lip Nourish food makeup.
(Also available in six other creative flavours/shade combos as seen in the swatches below)
This innovative and modern company also stock a variety of mascaras, eyeliners &
eyeliner pencils, eyeshadow, lip glosses, lip & cheek stains, both powder
 & liquid foundations, concealer, eyebrow powder, even nail polish!
The list goes on!


Not only that, lük beautifood have just recently introduced their
 1 Day Juice Cleanse which includes a FREE lip nourish!
So if you're wanting to kick off spring healthy and refreshed
this could be a great way to start! Includes a total of 5 juices - one
being a milk which of course is no ordinary boring milk drink.
(Personally I find cows milk gives me stomach cramps)
This milk contains a mix of almonds, cardamom, cinnamon, dates,
water, nutmeg, sea salt & vanilla bean!

You can find out more about what lük beautifood has to offer on their website!
http://www.lukbeautifood.com


Back to the Lip Nourish!! Pictured above, is the lesser pigmented shade of all the flavours.
Yet the shade does in no way diminish the scent nor quality of the product!
I am obsessed with Vanilla and Cinnamon as it is a scent I grew up with. We always had it
in the house and regularly used it in cooking. So this flavour combo attracted me straight away
and smelling them for the first time mixed together bought back memories of my sister & I
making sugar and cinnamon sandwiches together after school when we were little.

The vanilla isn't as dominating as the cinnamon, yet you can still smell it slightly and
taste it more when it is on your lips as it cuts through the intensity of the cinnamon.


As someone who has always grown up having pets and being around animals, naturally
I love them and am a big believer and in complete support of companies who find alternate
ways to test their products. I am also not much into eating meat or meat products.
Although I have not ruled them completely from my diet, I consume very little and try
to nourish my body with more natural plant based foods in replace of red and white meats
as I just in general do not crave the texture or taste. So the fact that Luk Beautifood is
completely vegetarian and vegan goes with everything I believe in and am looking for in not
only my food products, but beauty products as well!

The fact lük beautifood is created completely from food and natural ingredients
and not harsh chemicals and other long term nasty products just goes to show how
much this brand cares for it's consumers and not just how much is going into their back pocket!
I am impressed by a brand who can think forwardly into the future of the beauty world.
Delivering a range of quality products the majority of the population actually
want and are looking for! Who support using clean, natural and
 healthy products in and on their bodies.


This Lip Nourish contains;
 Vitamins A, C & E,
Antioxidants Omega 3+6
Essential Fatty Acids from Avocado
Sesame Seeds, Jojoba, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter
& more!

I would describe this product as a clear balm packaged like a lipstick.
It feels smooth as silk on my lips. Isn't at all sticky or grainy.
It makes my lips look natural, supple and moist - but not shiny or glossy.
The balm last all day with me just having to reapply after eating or drinking.
I have also found this to be the perfect product to help protect, hydrate and keep lips
form drying out over night, so wearing this to bed has been beneficial.
I have also tested wearing this on a windy day and the harsh wind doesn't cut through it!
I must remember to have this handy with me throughout these hot Spring & Summer
months to protect my lips when I am at the beach or down by the pool. :)


Delightfully packaged in matte, crisp white, gold and yellow with slightly raised grey
writing of the flavour on the side. This generous twist balm can be purchased for
RRP: $24.95 full size. Or to get an idea and sneak peak of their range of flavours
you can order one of their Lip Nourish Tasting Plates which let's you sample each of
the seven shades for just $3.00!
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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

NOTD


~ Nails Of The Day! ~

Featuring...

Essie in DJ Play That Song! 



I recently picked up this fun new shade for Spring for a bargain price
from GroceryRun for $4.50!

To achieve this solid colour I applied three coats plus a clear top coat
for a glossy lasting finish.

I then found some nail jewels I just had laying around which I'd never
touched or played with. So this was my first time experimenting!

Having done quite a few of these NOTD posts now, it has made
me realize just how much detail the camera clearly picks up when
photographing my nails. Every flaw which would normally go unnoticed
is magnified and stands out like crazy!

This gave me an idea...
 As you can see in the picture below, I have added
some gold glitter in a line using a clear polish as the 'glue'.
Everyone knows how small specs of glitter are. They're surprisingly
easy to work with. I just used the end of a thin makeup brush with the
tiniest (and I mean smaller than pin head!) drop of clear polish on the end
to help pick up each loose peice of glitter to then place onto my nail.
I do this immediently after applying a clear top coat so that the glitter sticks.


I am loving the result and am getting a glamorous Arabic feel about it.
I feel like the colours and textures used appear quite royal.
With the signature royal purple shade. The gold circle gold, kind of reminds
me of coins and the ruby squares make me think of precious jewels and gems.


I am thoroughly enjoying the experimentation with nail art at the moment,
and feel like I am improving each time I try something different.

Are you into nail art?
What are you hints & tips?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

MAX FACTOR


~ MAX FACTOR ~


Wild Eyeshadow Pencil

In Fierce Lime!

Also available in...
Caramel Rage, Untamed Pink, Savage Silver,
Ferocious White, Bold Sapphire, Brazen Gold & Blue Ice Fury.
Max factor is a brand that has been around for as long as I can remember
 and I feel like it doesn't get enough recognition that it deserves.
I have been wearing Max Factor makeup for more than 10 years
and I am always amazed and impressed at how innovative and clever
they are when it comes to new and exciting products they
 release to the beauty loving public.
I have had a great experience with my Wild Shadow Pencil and cannot flaw it!
It applies smoothly and with vibrant pigmentation without smudging or
having to pull at my eye to get it to blend and get an even distribution.
This is such a versatile product because it can be used as an eye shadow,
 gel liner and I even find it great to wear as a primer for eye shadow to
 give your desired shade an even brifghter and more definite colour.
It also helps to keep your shadow in place all day & night weather
wearing it on it's own or with a powder shadow on top.
Definitely an investment worth making to help build your make
up collection with quality, worthwhile products.
Up there with the best!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

VELVET


~ VELVET SKINCARE ~

Since 1900!


I believe this brand has got to be one of Australia's best kept beauty secrets!
Why I have not heard more about this brand is a mystery, but having recently been
introduced to their soaps & hand wash, suitable for even the most sensitive of skin
types, it's left me thinking what an impressive company to still be going strong after
well over 100 years! Now that, is impressive!


Velvet Sorbolene Sensitive Hand Wash
This staple hand wash is soap free and pH balanced to keep
your hands from drying out whilst still keeping them clean and free
from germs. It feels nice to use and leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and
smooth.


Velvet Pure Soap
(4 Pack!)
Free from colours and harsh fragrances, these soaps are so gentle
they can be used by the whole family!
I appreciate this because it makes my life much easier with a husband and 2 kids!

Velvet Moisturising Beauty Bar
(4 Pack!)
Usually if my skin is looking on the dryer side, I will steer clear of soap and instead
lean toward a moisturing body wash. However, this Beauty Bar is fragrance free and
won't strip your skin or make the dryness any worse. 


Velvet Sorbolene for Sensitive Skin
(2 Pack!)
This soap is the perfect family staple.
It is gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, so it
works well for my whole family!

Velvet Goats Milk Beauty Bar
(2 Pack!)
Goats Milk, when it comes to beauty has lately become more and more popular.
And for good reason! This Beauty Bar not only cleansers gently, it also
removes all your make up & gently exfoliates the skin!
Any 2 or more in 1 product is a winner for me!
This one does a fab job too, leaving skin moisturised and nourished.


100% Australian Made, Owned & Operated,
this trusted brand has remained super affordable throughout the
years catering to it's many generations and no doubt will continue
 to do so for many more!
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Sunday, September 21, 2014

ESSIE


~ ESSIE NAIL POLISH ~

Where to buy it for a fraction of the RRP!


Ok, so anyone who knows me knows I am a bargain hunter, a deal maker,
a money saver, stint, stingy, tight... however you'd like to put it!

Truth is I just like to make the most of my hard earned dollar!
I work hard for it, so I'm not just going to burn it away paying more than I have to for anything!
I always always have some set aside for an emergency.
My kids come first! My (however short) life experience has taught me to make sure
 we'd be ok if shit were to one day hit the fan!

A major passion of mine is and has always been all about beauty.

Obviously!

I mean, this blog consists of about 80% beauty and about 20% other stuff I also love.

So when I recently noticed GroceryRun was holding one of their Freebie Fridays,
as they do every now and again, I was straight on that site frantically adding every freebie
I could find into my cart, along with the impossible to pass up 1 cent items and of course
their $4.50 ESSIE NAIL POLISH!!! WHAT?! Yep! Genuine Essie which normally
retails at around $16.95! (This price varies depending on where you shop).

DJ Play That Song (left) & Pink About It (right)

Nail polish is a major weakness of mine, with OPI topping my favourites list.
This however, is my first Essie purchase! I have been lusting over them for FOREVERRR,
but could never bring myself to splurge on them since it isn't exactly a product that I need.
I just want them all (like every single colour, because I'm greedy...) really, really bad!

Other beauty items I hauled...!
(Left to right)
Oral-B Toothbrush $0.00
Colgate Total Toothpaste 45g $0.01
Lady Jayne Hair Extention $0.00
Velvet Moisturising Goats Milk $0.01
Cameo Retractable Lip Brush $0.00
Manicare GlamNails Purple Pen $0.00

Not bad considering I also purchased a bunch of other stuff
and all up it ended up being under $10 + $9.95 for shipping.

Happy days!

If you haven't already, I suggest you sign up to GroceryRun's newsletter
and keeping your eye out for their Freebie Friday deals, they are awesome!

Links To Other Places To Save You BIG $$$ on Your Essentials!
(Cos things like Nail Polish is definitely an essential....right? Of course!)
MYER
And who doesn't love FREE SHIPPING?!
STRAWBERRY.NET

Happy Shopping! :)

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

JURLIQUE



~ JURLIQUE ~

Herbal Recovery
Advanced Serum
Review!


Thanks to Beautyheaven & their wonderful Trial Team,
 a little while ago I took park in this very exciting product trial
with a very beautiful looking product from a very luxurious brand!
I absolutely adore Jurlique products and have previously
used their hand cream. So to try another of their
 products was quite fun and exciting!
First of all the bottle is adorable!
I love the floral, girliness about it and how it's a pearly
 white colour with the pump being clear, but illuminating
 at the same time! So pretty to look at!
Apart from the amazing things this serum has been doing
 for my skin, my stand out favourite quality about this
 product is the smell!!! Oh, my, god! It is AMAZING!
 I adore it! It is so pretty and reminds me of that pampering
scent you get after leaving a day spa that lingers on and
have people notice it as you walk by. It is quite a strong scent,
 but does fade a little as you go throughout your
day/night, not that you'd want it to!
The formula is of a white consistency that rubs in clear
 and soaks right into the skin instantly so you can immediently
 follow on with your regular moisturiser over the top.
I have found this serum to really help my skin with it's first
 signs of ageing. It has slightly dimmed the fine lines around my
 eyes which are my main concern without feeling tight or
uncomfortable on my skin. My skin seems to be smoother and
 overall more radiant looking and I think a little firmer too.
Thank you Jurlique!
So very happy with this product, the whole range of Jurlique
products look just divine and completely my style! I look forward
 to purchasing more from them in the future and highly
 recommend this serum as well as their hand cream which
also smells totally gorgeous as well to everyone!
Love it!


Has anyone tried their Rosewater Mist?
I'm dying to try it!

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NEARLY NAKED


~ REVLON ~

Nearly Naked Foundation

Review!


If you're after a super light weight, pretty good coverage foundation for the
 warmer Spring/Summer months ahead, then read on this one could be for you!


I have been so happy with this foundation, 
it is by far one of the best I've used in a while!
The formula glides on my skin so smoothly and is super easy to blend. 
It is a little on the runny side,
is doesn't have a pump so I tend to
pour a bit on the back 
of my hand and go from there.

Once you've applied it (you only need a thin layer) it just looks
like your own skin, only at it's best!
Similar to the effect a BB cream gives.
Amazing, 
because you can't even feel you're wearing any foundation.
 It is that light!
I love that it doesn't stay wet or look shiny on my skin so I don't need
 to use a powder over the top.
Long lasting, it keeps you looking fresh all day and stays put on your face.
No one would ever know you're wearing foundation,
but instead think you just have really amazing skin!
It evens out my skin tone perfectly and minimises my pores quite well.
I love the nice, sturdy, glass bottle. It is pretty, plain and clean.
I especially like that because it suits the name 'Nearly Naked'.
Clever! :)
There is only the slightest hint of a foundation/makeup
smell to this product, but nothing you notice once applied to your skin.
The SPF 20 factor is a great bonus and doesn't feel greasy in the slightest!
My shade to suit my light olive skin is in Shell 130 which is a perfect match!
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

DRLEWINNS


~ DR. LEWINNS ~

Ultra R4
Ultimate Lift Serum!

Review!


I have been using this for a few weeks now as part of the Trial Team 
on Beautyheaven and have loved using it overall, 
and I am especially impressed with the results it gives!
I am 30, so I have fine lines beginning to show on my face. 
Mainly the forehead, eyes and those smile lines from the end of my nose to the 
outer corners of my mouth are more propionate than I'd like.
I have always had amazing experience with serums in general as they work so well
 at improving my skins moisture levels and overall appearance. 
I find it does wonders at preventing and aiding in improving the skin from ageing.
 This serum in particular has been pretty amazing.
The bottle is quite large and is clean and sophisticated looking with the white, silver 
and accent deep red/maroon. The pump style is perfect because it gives you more control 
over how much product you want to dispense which also means less mess or wastage.
The formula is a clear gel type of liquid which has a slight feminine scent to it which I adore! 
It absorbs right into my skin which is important to me because I don't have a lot of time to
 waste waiting for products to sink in so I can get on with my routine.
Over the past few weeks, I have noticed my skin is firmer and less tired looking.
 I guess when your fine lines are reduced you look more alive! 
I found when applied, it feels quite cooling which is a really refreshing 
and yet relaxing feeling at the same time.
I look forward to continue using this in my skincare routine and would happily
 purchase this in the future and also consider other products in this range. :)

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Monday, September 15, 2014

SCHOLL


~ SCHOLL ~

Express Pedi
Electronic Foot File
Review!


This is a genius product my feet have been screaming out for for years! 
Over the past few years I have to admit the soles of my feet haven't
 exactly been getting the attention they need and deserve. 
The whole removing of dead skin off the bottom of my feet 
and toes, just seems like too much work! 
Regular filing takes forever and I have even tried one of those sharp
 skin removing blades as I had someone use one on me when 
I got a pedi done once and it seemed amazing but then,
 I found it really scary to use myself as I thought I'd end up 
cutting my foot off as the thought of using a sharp blade on 
my feet just didn't seem safe in the hands of a novice such as myself!
So! This little beauty is my answer! 
So easy, so quick and very safe to use! 
You just turn it on and let the electronic foot file do it all for you! 
I found this best to use once I've had a warm shower or
 bath when the soles of my feet are at their softest and 
the skin removes more easily and quickly.

This little electronic foot filer is battery operated and has 
a replacable spinning exfoliator that does a brilliant job at quickly 
and easily buffing away your excess dead, dry skin.

You get INSTANT results with this product!
 It is gentle enough not to be painful, in fact you barely feel anything 
at all, yet tough enough to leave your feet looking baby soft and new!
As soon as the spinning file hits my skin I instantly see the 
dead skin dusting away! It is amazing how fast it works!
 It only takes me about 20 minutes at most and I am done!
I try to use this a little almost every night just to make sure 
all the dead skin has been removed and then following it up 
with one of my many moisturisers before bed.
 I have noticed my feet only after a few days from first use to be so different! 
There was no longer hard, dead skin and my feet were so much smoother.
 Just how I always wanted them to be! 


I have been using this for months and haven't had to replace 
the batteries or the replaceable head once!
Using it at least a few times a week and still going strong!

Keeps dry and even cracked skin at bay.
A key investment for young, old, male or female who want to 
keep their feet looking and feeling their best.
I am so happy with this and now that I've tried it, I can't 
see myself being able to live without it! It's so good!!!
Highly recommend foot tool must have!

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

SCHICK


~ SCHICK ~

Hydro Silk Razor
Review!


Thanks to Beautyheaven & their wonderful Trial Team a little 
while ago, I was given the opportunity to trial and review this
 pretty awesome product. I figured I have mentioned this razor in
 almost all of my empties posts and raved about how great it is, 
but haven't actually done a review post on it! So here we go....!
Initially I used this razor on my left leg and continued to use my
 old razor on the right for about a week to really see 
the difference it made and boy did it ever!
I had totally forgotten how absolutely fabulous my legs can 
feel after shaving with such a high quality product like this one. 
Before I had been using a cheap brand because I just happened
 to have a bunch I found in my bathroom and wanted to use them up. 
In the end I feel just ended up chucking them out and sticking with the the Schick! 
The difference is quite big and surprised me!
My skin is so much smoother, softer and moisturised as well as the 
appearance being so much more attractive! I had forgotten what I was missing out on.
 Now I know it isn't my legs that are making me feel like they look
 a bit 'meh' but the razor I had been using! 
Nice to know I did actually have some ok looking pins underneath
 those sore, spiky, bumpy, ingrown hairs. 
Hello Spring! :D
I love the moisture strip on the razor and how it keeps your
 legs moisturised for up to 2 hours after shaving. I admit I top up 
the moisturising after that 2 hours is up anyway, especially at night
 as it is just a part of my routine and I find my skin loves me
 more in the morning if I do this. But is does feel amazing 
straight after you've hopped out of the shower.
The firm rubber grip handle is great because it doesn't slip 
and slide around in your hand, so it is nice and safe to use because
 you're unlikely to drop it. The little suction razor holder is 
very handy to store your razor on in the shower too. 
Very good thinking!
The blades stay nice and sharp even after a week of shaving with the same blade.
 It is still giving me the closest, smoothest shave and I am yet
 to nip or cut myself which is awesome!
Highly recommended product and I have continued to purchase since the trial.

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