Monday, 19 June 2017

REVIEW: BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION AND CONCEALER


Bourjois have relaunched their iconic foundation with fresh packaging and new formula. Retaining it's creamy texture and natural uniform finish, it now contains a combination of vitamins C, E and B5 to help make your complexion look healthier, more radiant and appear less tired.

The Healthy Mix range are game changers in the drugstore makeup department. These light-medium-buildable coverage, even out skin tone and brighten complexions, while providing a vitamin-rich fruit therapy formula. It has a dewy finish, leaving skin feeling amazing.  Its thin consistency allows easy blending to the point it becomes undetectable on the skin.


Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation has a fresh and fruity scent which disappears almost immediately once applied. Usually foundation alone is not sufficient for my face as I do have redness on my cheeks, chin and between the brows. This is where using the concealer comes in. But this foundation covers at least 50% of my redness reducing it quite dramatically. The consistency is perfect allowing for easy blending making it a perfect foundation for everyday wear. It is very moisturising and doesn't sit into pores or fine lines.


Comes in six shades - Light Vanilla, Vanilla, Light Beige, Beige, Dark Beige, Light Bronze. Retails for $29.

The Healthy Mix Concealer formula has the same fresh fruity fragrance as the foundation. Comes with a super soft flocked applicator wand for easy application. Contains ingredients to help revive the radiance of the eye contour - spherical powders to blur, smooth and leave a silky finish, light-reflecting pigments for immediate radiance and a flawless finish. Erases any evidence of dark circles, puffy eyes and sleepless nights!


I love my concealers, it is one if my must-haves in my makeup kit.  I use concealer every day. The coverage is really good. It has a light weight creamy consistency and super easy to blend. It leaves the eye area a lot more brighter and fresher, covering up any evidence of fatigue.  There is no need for my green or purple eye primer when using this concealer.  This is also perfect for covering up spots, scars and any other imperfections.   


Comes in three  shades - Light, Medium, Dark. Retails for $20.


Have you tried the Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue concealer? What are your thoughts on it?



Bourjois Healthy Mix Anti-Fatigue Foundation and Concealer are available from selected pharmacies and priceline stores.  Check out their facebook page www.facebook.com/BourjoisAU.





Samples were provided for editorial consideration

Sunday, 18 June 2017

SPOTLIGHT: COVER FX CUSTOM ENHANCER DROPS REVIEW + SWATCHES


CoverFX new Custom Cover Drops is a game changer is the current market of highlighters. A liquid formula that can be used alone or added to your existing products - primer, concealer, foundation or moisturiser to achieve a highlighting, strobing, or bronzing effect.


Housed in a glass dropper-style container, the Custom Cover Drops has a blend of silicones to allow for easy blending with other products. It consistency and texture is extremely light and thin, allowing for a seamless and flawless finish. They contain pure pigment which means a tiny drop gives off an insane level of shine and colour.


The Rose Gold is a warm, pearlescent pink bronze, The Blossom is a soft pearlescent pink and Halo is a holographic multi-dimensional with a colour hue of blue.

L-R: Rose Gold, Blossom, Halo

The Custom Enhancer Drops quality is amazing. They are super versatile and can be used to enhance other areas of the face as well.  Try dabbing a little on the eyelid or under the brow. It give the eyes a gorgeous sparkle.

At a different dimension by applying to your lips.  Wear over a matte lipstick.  Use a lip brush to apply.  It instantly transforms the lipstick to a metallic matte finish.


CoverFX Custom Enhancer Drops are available at Sephora Australia. There are a total of 6 shades to choose from.  For more information check out their website www.coverfx.com.





Samples received at a CoverFX event

Thursday, 15 June 2017

REVIEW: NUTRIMETICS PROFESSIONAL FLAWLESS AIR SERUM FOUNDATION


Serum Foundations are currently trending in the beauty world and are the perfect product for the ‘no make-up make-up look’. Nutrimetics have released a market game changer with this muli-tasking serum foundation that has been designed to not only cover imperfections but also work to even skin tone and provide the amazing skincare benefits of an anti-ageing serum.

The Professional Flawless Air Serum Foundation formula is a serum based and contains a Marine Algae Extract which helps reactivate the metabolism of ageing cells and promote firmer skin, for a more youthful appearance. It also contains SPF 15 to protect against future ageing from the sun.


It comes in a luxurious glass bottle with a custom drop applicator. The consistency is quite thin, not like your typical liquid foundation. Upon first impressions I wouldn't think that this foundation would provide a medium buildable coverage but surprisingly it does. It applies easily and blends nicely giving me a seamless flawless finish. 


To apply, you need to shake the bottle well. Either drop onto the back of your hand and smooth onto face with fingertips, or use with the Professional Serum Foundation Brush, in an outward and downward strokes in a circular motion.

With the image below, the top half you can see the veins and marks on my arm and on the bottom half , my skin is even toned and smoother.  The Flawless Air foundation perfectly covers any imperfection without evidence of cover-up.


I roadtested this foundation over a three week period. I found that the optical diffusers minimised the appearance of my pores with the foundation sitting over them not in them. This foundation wore really well with no touch-ups required throughout the day. My skin didn't experience any dehydration, instead appeared fresh the entire day. I am super impressed by the quality and durability of this foundation. This product is definitely one to watch!

The serum foundation is available in 4 shades: cream, beige, camel, golden and is suitable for all skin types.

The Nutrimetics Professional Flawless Air Serum Foundation retails for $62.00.  For more information visit their website www.nutrimetics.com.au.




Sample was provided for editorial consideration.

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

NEW: ELIZABETH ARDEN TROPICAL ESCAPE + EYES WIDE OPEN SUMMER 2017 COLLECTIONS


Elizabeth Arden recently launched two Summer Collections – Tropical Escape and Eyes Wide Open Collections.

Beauty queen giant Elizabeth Arden has nailed it with their latest colours in their Eyes Wide Open collection. A bold eye look with dramatic lashes are so on trend.


As for their Tropical Escape Colour Collection, it's a bronzing goddess in the making! With their gorgeous collection of tinted lip oils and bronzing products.

Here's a preview of what's available in store.



Eyes Wide Open Collection

The Eyes Wide Open Collection features a collection of eyeshadow trio's, palette, mascara and brow gel.


Eyeshadow Trio's

L-R: Love of Grey, Something Blue, Bronzed to Be, Oh So Pink, Forever Plum

These compact eyeshadow trio's have been designed to complete your look, featuring an enhance shade that can be used as a base, a define shade for contouring and a highlight shade to brighten and open eyes.  

Texture is smooth, long-wearing and the formula crease-resistant. It's all thanks to the key ingredients used to create these beautiful eyeshadows.  Vitamin E to condition and nourish the lids, a blend of 4 silky, spherical ingredients that impart a bouncy, cream-like texture when applied on the lids, Retinyl Palmitate to create a smooth, blurring effect on fine lines and wrinkles on the lids and mica based pearls and titanium dioxide to help reflect and diffuse sparkle and create the multi-dimensional effect on the eyes.


My favourites is the Something Blue and Bronzed To Be.  These shades are flattering for every skin tone - from neutrals to bright blues, greens, pinks and purples in a variety of matte, shimmery and metallic finishes, perfect for day to evening.   It can be applied wet or dry depending on your desired level of colour intensity. 


The customisable Little Black Compact allows you to choose and combine eyeshadow trios creating your own personal look.  It's easy to chop and change your pans to suit your needs for the day.  No need to bulk up your makeup bag and perfect for travelling.

There are 10 palette trio's to choose from - RRP $28.00 ea.



Lasting Impression Mascara


The Lasting Impression Mascara, gives lashes added length and definition. I haven't been this impressed with a mascara since their release of Grand Entrance mascara!  Elizabeth Arden's innovative and buildable formula delivers exceptional length, separation and definition for super charged, glossy lashes and maximum eye impact all day long.


With their Ceramide technology, as well as avocado oil, olive oil and Vitamin C to condition, thicken, define and lengthen lashes, there is no need for falsies. Their unique brush with five iconic spheres grab, coat, extend and fan out lashes. The formula is smudge proof, clump- and flake-free. 

Comes in two colours - Lasting Black and Lasting Brown - RRP $42.00.



Statement Brow Gel


I love my brow gels. Brows are the most important element in framing the eyes and face. And if you have brows like me, you want a product that will tame them from rebelling.

Elizabeth Arden's Statement Brow Gel Shaper is an all-in-one tinted gel that not only grooms but tints defines, fills-in and conditions brow hairs for perfectly so there is no more bad brow days!  I usually fill in the spaces in my brow with a brow pencil and then apply a brow gel and find that my brows look more natural with this gel than the one I previously used. There is only one downside is that it can get tricky doing the ends of the brows as the wand bristles are a little to wide for that.


The key ingredients is important in a brow gel as there is no room for error or bad formulation. The key to good brow gel is having ingredients like beeswax and carnauba to help define and hold brows in place, kaolin, a natural clay that give brows it's texture, mineral pigments and pearls to naturally fill brows and reflect light to create dimension, shea butter and rapeseed oil to moisturise and condition the brows and silk and panthenol to help nourish and condition the brow hair.

Comes in 4 colours - Blonde, Honey, Brown and Deep Brown - RRP $32.00.


Tropical Escape Collection

The Tropical Escape Collection features bronzing powder, body bronzing oil and sheer kiss lip oils.


Sheer Kiss Lip Oils

The Elizabeth Arden Tropical Escape Colour Collection is absolutely stunning. I haven't been this excited for a makeup release in a while and I am finding it hard to pick a favourite amongst the collection - with the FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder wins, just by a smidgen!


The Sheer Kiss Lip Oils are a creamy, lightweight moisturising tinted lip oil. I would say it's like a hydrating lip balm with a lip gloss pigment and shine. Containing precious oils and antioxidants to deliver hydration and anti-aging benefits, using a blend of coconut, avocado, tsubaki & meadowfoam oils as well as splianthes acmella flower extract.to keep lips hydrated and soft.

L-R: Purple Serenity, Pampering Pink, Coral Caress

I love the formula of these. They are a beautiful sheer, lightly pigmented lip oil. The packaging is compact and dispenses quite easily with just a soft squeeze.

They comes in six colours - Coral, Red, Pink, Watermelon, Purple and Neutral - RRP $34.


FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder


This FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder which features a four-in-one highlighter, contour, bronzer, and blush palette.

I love love love this bronzing palette. It's subtle and buildable. The texture is light and has a matte finish. You can achieve a naturally sculpted look and if you want a more defined look you can build. It comes with a half moon brush but I personally like using my own brushes, but the small compact one is perfect for the handbag for touch-ups


The highlighter offers a very subtle glow with a subtle matte finish, the blush add a nice peachy pink colour, the darker bronzing colour is perfect to define and sculpt the face and the light colour adds warmth to the outer frame of your face. Each of the 4 shades can be used individually or together.

The FourEver Bronze Bronzing Powder contains Silica, Mica and Sericite – microfine particles that diffuse light to blur fine lines and wrinkles, dry flo starch absorbs excess surface oils, hyaluronic acid  to keep skin hydrated, lecithin, an emulsifier to soften and smooth skin and vitamins C & E.

It comes in two shades - Medium an Deep, perfect for all skin tones - RRP $ 48.


Body Bronzing Oil


This is an beautiful bronzing oil that gives skin a nice and subtle glow. The formula is light and gives a warm golden shimmer. It is really flattering especially around the chest area. It isn't super shimmery and perfect for all skin tones. The scent is subtle and completely disappears after a few minutes.

The key ingredients are sunflower seed oil which maintains the skin’s barrier and decreases moisture loss, jojoba and macadamia oil to hydrate and soften the skin, meadowfoam seed oil to help balance skin’s oil levels for a smooth appearance, pomegranate seed oil, it soothes and protects and vitamin E to protect against environmental factors.

Elizabeth Arden have really exceeded expectations with these two collections.  Each piece is beautiful and suitable for every skin type and tone. Even though I have some favourites I would use every item in this collection.


These products are available at all Elizabeth Arden counters Australia wide.  For more information on their collections visit their website www.elizabetharden.com.au.

Monday, 12 June 2017

REVIEW: DR BRONNER'S PURE CASTILE SOAP BAR AND LIQUID SOAP


Dr Bronner's soaps are renowned for their quality, versatility and eco-friendliness. A family run business that started 150 years ago in Germany. Dr Bronner's outstanding achievements include pioneering USDA certified organic personal care products, to creating Fair Trade projects across the world that ensure fair and just treatment of farmers and workers, while devoting profits to worthwhile causes and charities worldwide.

Quality soapmaking consists of choosing the right proportions of the right oils. Coconut oil is very high lathering, but can be drying. Olive oil gives a really soft and luxuriant lather, but in small amounts. By using both coconut and olive oils in the right ratio, Dr. Bronner’s unsurpassed soaps offer the best of both worlds: high lather with superb softness on the skin.

To top it off, their soaps also contain hemp and jojoba oils, which mirror the natural oils in the skin’s sebum, thus imparting a wonderful after feel once the soaps are washed away.