Tuesday, 27 December 2016

13 SIMPLE TIPS FOR AMAZING SKIN





As we get older, our maintenance regime needs to be stepped up a notch to keep our skin in amazing shape.  I have put together some of my favourite go-to products from the last three months.


FACE

#1
When applying sunscreen, don't forget your ears, neck and décolleté (upper chest area). These areas are often neglected and can show premature ageing.


Sunday, 18 December 2016

REVIEW: GENIE BEAUTY - MILLION DOLLAR LASH KIT AND SUPERGLIDE GEL EYELINER

 

A few years back I heard about the GENIE brand from my sister whilst she lived in the US.  She used to rave about the Instant Line Smoother that she purchased from the shopping network QVC.  Having bought me one as well and posted it to me, I never ended up receiving the product (damn the postal service). 

A few months back I discovered that the Genie brand was now available in Oz (woop woop) on Australia's leading shopping channel TVSN.

Fortunately for me, I was sent a couple of their products for consideration and couldn't wait to try and review these.


Monday, 12 December 2016

REVIEW: RIMMEL MAGNIFY'EYES CONTOURING PALETTE


Rimmel London have launched another must-have product, the Magnif’Eyes Eyeshadow Palette, an eight-pan all-in-one pressed eyeshadow, liner and highlighter kit.

With two on-trend shade combos to choose from - Keep Calm & Wear Gold and Grunge Glamour, you can achieve a look to suit every occasion.

I currently have in my sweet little hands the Keep Calm & Wear Gold!

Thursday, 8 December 2016

CHRISTMAS STOCKING FILLER GIFT IDEAS



Christmas has creeped up again at the speed of light. As much as I love shopping it is also the most stressful time as well. 

So as I write my list, I find it a challenge to come up with the perfect gift for everyone. The older they get the hard it becomes, so I have put together my Christmas Guide to for you, so hoping one or two of the ideas might be what you’ve been hunting for.

Lets start with beauty. I'd say that the easiest person to buy gifts for is one that loves makeup and beauty. My girlfriends, I would say are the easiest to buy as most of them are mums and they tend not to buy much makeup and this is when I enjoy shopping by helping them build their makeup collection.

Below are my picks of gifts that are versatile for everyone.  Either a necessity or a luxury.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

EVENT: BOBBI BROWN MAKEUP MASTERCLASS WITH AMY CONWAY WITH SWATCHES

Image Courtesy of Bobbi Brown

I  recently attended the Bobbi Brown Makeup Masterclass featuring special guest, International PRO Artist Amy Conway.  The workshops were held in Myer and David Jones Sydney and went for two hours.


An intimate group of eight, Amy demonstrated on her model, simple techniques to achieve a flawless look .  With a large selection of products to play with we also had our own dedicated MUA to assist us with any questions and applications.

Friday, 2 December 2016

EVENT: KRYOLAN OPENS FIRST SYDNEY CONCEPT STORE

Image Courtesy of 360PR

I recently attended the opening of Kryolan’s First Sydney Concept Store, located on the iconic Oxford Street strip.  A mecca heaven for MUAs and beauty enthusiasts.  Showcasing hundreds of products, their shelves, counters and stands were all stocked with widest range of colours I have ever seen.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

BRAND FOCUS: ESSENCE MAKEUP - SPRING/SUMMER 2016/2017 COLLECTION


 Essence have released their Spring/Summer 2016/2017 collection, bringing a fantastic lineup of products that are on-trend and very affordable.  I've swatched a bunch of products to see how they fair in terms of colour.


FACE



Light Up Face Luminzer Palette
Strobing definitely your thing?  Apply on the cheekbones, bridge of the nose and below the lips.


These three highlighting powders with light-reflecting pigments accentuate the features with a light pearl, giving you an intense shimmer or golden glow finish.  The powder is soft and creamy and glides on easily.  Pigments are soft but are easily buildable.  Colours seen above have been swatched left to right from the palette.


Camouflage 2in1 Make-up & Concealer
The texture is creamy, providing a long-lasting, high coverage to hide all skin imperfections and provides a matt and flawless finish.

Colour - Ivory Beige

The colour is a light pale for my skin but this is not an issue if you are wearing under your foundation.  The texture has a medium consistency and blends in nicely.

Satin Touch Blush
This powder blush is soft and silky, instantly provides the cheeks with fresh colour of coral with alight pearl effect.

Colour - Coral

The pigment is medium.  It's not too light and not to heavy.  It is buildable depending much you want to apply. Blush comes in three colours, Coral Rosewood and Bronzer.



EYES



The eye collection consists of two new mascaras, eyeliner pen and waterproof eye pencil.

The False Lashes Mascara - Dramatic Volume Unlimited
The conic shape of the fibre brush creates dramatic volume for a gorgeous false lash effect.

Rock 'n Doll Crazy XXXL Volume Mascara
The slightly curved fibre brush provides breathtaking volume. It reaches each individual lash to ensure an eye opening effect.

Extreme Lasting Eye Pencil
The pencil is super silky and soft when applying, making it easy to apply with barely any pressure.

Colour - Rockin' taupe

 It is really pigmented and has  a metallic effect and becomes budge-proof in less than a minute.  Comes in 6 gorgeous colours.

Rock'n'Doll Duo Stylist Eyeliner Pen
Dramatic or creative? You choose. The ball-shaped tip of the eyeliner pen makes it easy to create lines or dots.  The tip is soft so don't apply pressure when using. 






LIPS



Matt Matt Matt Lipgloss
The lipgloss has a creamy mousse texture and is highly pigmented.  Provides long-lasting coverage  with velvety-matt finish.  Comes in five shades.

Colours - La Vie Est Belle & Girl of Today


Matt Matt Matt Lipstick
The lipstick has a light, creamy texture with great pigment.  Dab on for a stain or apply for a bold matt finish. Comes in seven shades.

Colours - Purple Power & Perfect Match



NAILS



The Gel Nail Polish
This gel nail polish formula provides nails with an incredibly long-lasting manicure and an amazing gel shine. the innovative colour technology offers intensive colour combined with perfect coverage.

Shade - Pretty Cool Life

Essence Cosmetics are available at all Target and Priceline stores.  To find out more about the brand or pick up some tips & tricks visit their website here.

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

REVIEW: ALPHA-H GENTLE DAILY EXFOLIANT


My first encounter with Alpha-H was with Liquid Gold. I used the Liquid gold on my arms where I had pigment and scarring from Keratosis Pilaris to fade the marks and loved the results. So when I was offered to trial the Gentle Daily Exfoliant, I promptly replied, yes please!

Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant is a zero-abrasion micro-exfoliating treatment. It lifts away dead, dull and tired skin cells ensuring a smooth fresh canvas each and every day. Suitable for all skin types and is free of synthetic and artificial ingredients.

REVIEW: RIMMEL FRESHER SKIN FOUNDATION


I love makeup, but tend to keep my foundation to a minimum during the working week as foundation can at times feel heavy and bothersome, especially in the warmer weather and the fact that it's on my face for at least 10 hours of a day.  

I was super excited when Rimmel finally released a product that is lightweight, breathable, ideal for combination/normal skin and wearable all day long, and an added bonus has SPF15 protection.

My first impressions of the Fresher Skin Foundation is that it smells amazing.  It's fresh scent is due to the Aloe and Chamomile extracts.

Tuesday, 29 November 2016

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL: A LUSH HOLIDAY/CHRISTMAS 2016


Christmas shopping could be either a stressful time of the year or a fun one.  Shopping at Lush I would say is the latter. Walking into their store is like a candy shop for the body, the colourful displays and gift boxes on show melt away any anxiety you have about Christmas.  Lucky for me my sisters and family love Lush, so it makes my Christmas shopping so much easier.

The only hard decisions to make is which gift sets to buy!  There are so much on offer to suit everyone's budget with products starting from $6. There are a large assortment of gift packs with pre-selected items and already gift wrapped for the time poor peeps and with packs starting from $13.95 you'll finish your shopping in no time.

Friday, 25 November 2016

BRAND FOCUS: ULTA3 CHRISTMAS COLLECTION



Christmas is getting closer and it's time to think about Christmas gifts, whether it be for someone else, or let's be honest, for yourself! Ulta3, have released a range of exciting Limited Edition Christmas Kits to make present buying a little bit easier, especially if you have a makeup/nail polish loving friend or family member!

Ulta3 have taken a different approach this year with their Christmas Gift sets, catering for occasions other than Christmas. Here are two sets currently available.

Sunday, 20 November 2016

REVIEW: ELLA BACHE RADIANCE FOAMING CLEANSER


I love Ella Bache products, I have had at least one product from their range in my skincare regime for at least three years and I would have to say it has never disappointed.

A skincare regime is vitally important to start as soon as you can in life, with our harsh damaging rays and environmental factors our skin ageing process is accelerated at high speed if no skincare plan is in place. The first product you need to start with is a good cleanser. If you skin isn’t cleansed properly any residue of oils and dirt will clog the pores and not allow your skincare do it’s work.

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

REVIEW: RIMMEL SCANDALEYES RELOADED MASCARA & EYELINER


Rimmel have smashed it again with their latest releases - Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara and Eyeliner collection.  They know how to bring all the cool girls into the yard!


Scandaleyes Reloaded Mascara
I own around 15 mascara's and out of those I actively use 9 of them. Ranging from different colours to black and subtle to dramatic lash effect. I do discard my mascaras every 6-8 weeks, I guess more so because I get so many and for me to provide an honest and detailed review I need to be using the mascara on a regular basis.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

REVIEW: REAL TECHNIQUES BY SAM & NIC COLLECTION


Real Techniques have been hitting the mark on releasing hugely successful brush set combinations as well as sponge sets. Their current collection - By Sam & Nick is a more affordable collection in their extensive brushes range.

Here are two sets that I will be reviewing - Releasing Ultimate Base Set & Eyes & Miracle Mini eraser Sponge set.


Sunday, 13 November 2016

BRAND FOCUS: SUN BUM THE SMELL OF SUMMER


Sun Bum products smell like summer. That deliciously tropical sunscreen coconut smell reminds me of holidays and being by the beach.  Sun Bum is a lifestyle brand of sun protection formula's for the outdoors enthusiast. Created in 2010 they have a large array of UVA/UVB sunscreens products.

Recently joining the Priceline family, their extensive range consists of lotions, sprays, sticks, tinted moisturisers and five flavoured lip balms, with SPF choices ranging from 15 to 70. Sun Bum also have a range for the kids called Baby Bum!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

BRAND FOCUS: DERMAVEEN FOR SENSITIVE SKIN - NATURAL OATMEAL SKINCARE RANGE


DermaVeen have been around for over 20 years and have provided Aussie families with a comprehensive skincare range that is gentle enough to be used on infants and effective enough to clinically benefit dry, itchy or sensitive skin conditions in adults and elderly.

Each DermaVeen product is formulated with the brand philosophy to proactively care for all skin types with nature’s super food for sensitive skin.

All DermaVeen products are made with Colloidal Oatmeal, is pH balanced, hypoallergenic and free of lanolin, parabens, artificial dyes, fragrances and alcohol.  they are also all fragrance and colour free.  I have three products here that my family and I roadtested and here is my review.

Saturday, 29 October 2016

BRAND FOCUS: THE BEAUTY EXCHANGE MAGNETIC MAKEUP BRUSHES

Image source TBX

The Beauty Exchange, aka TBX, is a Melbourne based brand that has created a collection of functional beauty tools that inspire an exciting, fashion-forward lifestyle. Their online store is equipped with a fabulous range of makeup brushes, hair styling, manicure tools and much more. 

TBX offers exceptional quality beauty tools at affordable prices as well looking stylish on the dresser.

With my makeup box on my dresser and all the drawers neatly organised, the one area I seemed to have neglected was my makeup brushes. They are all bunched up in two cylinders.

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

EVENT: BOBBI BROWN WINE & CHOCOLATE HOLIDAY & CHRISTMAS COLLECTION

I recently attended the Bobbi Brown's Wine and Chocolate Showcase, which was held at J&M Bar in Sydney.



Bobbi Brown holiday 2016 collection was inspired by two of Bobbi’s guilty pleasures, dark chocolate and red wine.

Display stations were scattered around the bar for us to play with the products, I love these types of showings because not only you get to see the collections before they are released but you also get to touch and feel the products.

I lusted over every single piece and as you can see from the photos you will understand why!

Sunday, 23 October 2016

REVIEW: ULTA3 TRIBAL TALK MATTE LIP COLLECTION


Long wearing lip creams are all the rage now and Ulta3 have embraced this with their latest collection 'Tribal Talk'.  These tropical shades are inspired by the contrasting colours of the jungle .

This collection is the new go-to-look for Spring/Summer and the perfect way to switch up your beauty style. The collection consists of five UltaMatte Longwear Lip Creams with 5 lip liners to match.  I have three lip creams and four lip pencils to swatch and tell you my thoughts.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

SCENTS OF SPRING: THE FRAGRANCE EDIT


With Spring in the air, it’s time to do the switcheroo, packing away the Winter fragrances and bringing out the fresh, light floral and citrus scents.

With many designers going back to their roots and adding a unique twist to their existing scents or reintroducing a classic, here are my Spring picks of fragrances.


Tuesday, 18 October 2016

REVIEW: BOURJOIS PUSH UP BLACK SERUM MASCARA

We know Bourjois do some of the best affordable mascaras in the business especially when it comes to their mascara tubes, I love the shape of them. I've pretty much tried the entire range as well as other brands over the years and I do have my favourites.



Sunday, 16 October 2016

REVIEW: WHITE GLO DIAMOND SERIES ADVANCED TEETH WHITENING SYSTEM


Teeth whitening has been on the market now for some time now and are becoming more effective and less abrasive, as breakthrough technology assists in achieving whiter teeth with minimal side effects.

My partner and I been using teeth whitening toothpaste for several years and I'm always scouring the dental hygiene section in supermarkets for the latest products to try.  Hubby is a heavy smoker and coffee drinker and moi coffee and tea drinker, so it is extremely important to me and my family that our teeth are healthy, clean and white.

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

MY TOP SKIN HEALTH TIP FOR PREVENTING PREMATURE AGEING

I was recently contacted and asked if I would like to take part in Ego's Skin Health Tips campaign, by providing a top tip that I would like to share with consumers.

I have loads of tips but I picked my most important tip to be shared with everyone.

I believe I have pretty good skin for my age and it's all down to my dedicated beauty regime that I have in place which I started in my early 20s and my one must-have product in that regime is sunblock.

What's the point of spending loads of money on an anti-ageing skincare if you are outdoors without protection. The majority of damage is caused by the harmful rays and without protecting our skin, the damage can be irreversible.

I've seen people on the beach applying sunscreen so fast that it looks like they are slapping their face and arms! Take the time to apply as doing it so vigorously you'll end up missing parts of your face and body. It only takes that little unprotected spot for the damage to start or even skin cancer to develop.

Sunday, 9 October 2016

REVIEW: CELEBRATING 15 YEARS OF RIMMEL LONDON AND KATE MOSS

Kate Moss and Rimmel London have released their latest collaboration celebrating Kate's 15 year relationship with the brand. The collection comes in the prettiest, most lust-worthy rose gold tubes.


The lip collection was created in a special edition metallised rose gold bullet case, a favourite colour of Kate’s and making each lipstick a perfect collectors item.

This collection consists of six highly pigmented shades - three nudes, three reds, that lasts up to 8 hours. Formula infused with Black Diamonds, reflects light like never before.


The texture is smooth and creamy and has great staying power without drying out the lips, making it comfortable all day long. 



The Reds

#53 Retro Red - a sumptuous berry red that reflects the revamped ‘40s and ‘50s retro style that Kate adores


#51 Muse Red – evokes Kate’s effortless elegance on the red carpet


#52 Idol Red – a lush, vibrant red for a daring, cutting edge look


The reds swatched. Vibrant pigmented colours. My favourites are Idol Red and Retro Red.


The pigments are so amazing that even after wiping the lipstick off the pigment was still visible on the skin giving a stained look.  It's even nicer on the lips. I think it's sexy when the lips are stained.



The Nudes

#54 Rock N Roll Nude – a peach tinted neutral for party girls everywhere.


#55 My Nude – a beige nude shades for understated casual chic inspired by Kate’s everyday street look.



#56 Boho Nude – a warm caramelised nude that complements Kate’s laid back boho look.


The nudes swatched. Highly pigmented colours. My favourite is Rock'n'Roll Nude.


The nudes also pigmented well after being wiped off.  The colours lasts ages on the lips without drying them.


The Rimmel London x Kate Moss Lip Anniversary Lasting Finish Lipsticks retail for 13.95 each.

Rimmel London is available from Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Variety Stores, and Selected pharmacies, Coles and Woolworths.

To find out more info on Rimmel London, head over to their website here.



These products were sent to me for consideration

Friday, 30 September 2016

REVIEW: CURIOUS GRACE CERAMIC HAIR STYLING BRUSHES


Investing in quality hair products is only part of achieving and maintaining healthy hair. Having the right tools is what makes all the difference especially when styling.

I've never owned any fancy brushes and didn't realise how important having the right hair brush is for healthy hair and to achieve the style I want.  I solely relied on styling products, which at times, was hard work.  

Curious Grace offer a wide range of hair styling tools, brushes and fun hair accessories at an affordable price. As they are new to the haircare market and are made in Korea, I knew that there was something special about this brand and I was curious to know more! Lately I have been obsessed with anything that comes out of Korea, they are the leaders in beauty innovation and technology!


Within their collection there is a Ceramic Heat Styling Brushes range specifically for wet to dry hair. 

What makes these ceramic heat styling brushes unique is that the ceramic barrels on these brushes emit negative ions when heated, leaving hair looking shiny and frizz-free. They also contain nano-silver which means that it kills 99.99% of bacteria, keeping your scalp and hair free from nasties.


Ceramic Fixed Bristle Brush - Straightening and Curling


This is an large round brush. Something I am not used to using. It took a bit of time to get the hand of it. The cylinder has a hollow head with vents around the brush allowing for the decrease in drying time. It has polished bristles for a healthier scalp and is heat resistant. The durable nylon bristles are specifically for use with thermal styling products.  Retailing at $30.95, definitely a good investment.



Ceramic Boar & Nylon Brush - De-Frizzing & Quick Drying


Perfect for curly/frizzy/hard to manage hair. The brush is solid and lightweight. The bristles are 100% boar and Nylon.  Boar bristles are known to make hair shiny, and seal the cuticles making hair look healthier.   It's made with heat resistant and durable nylon bristles which is made specifically for thermal styling products. 


This brush is on point for my hair as I have thick frizzy wavy hair.  Retailing at $26.95, it's definitely affordable especially for the quality of the brush you're getting. 




Curious Grace is available from Hairhouse Warehouse or online at www.hairhousewarehouse.com.au
For your nearest stockist, please call (03) 9234 2200.

Brushes were provided for editorial consideration