Friday, 29 April 2016

CELEBRATE MOTHERS DAY WITH THE BODY SHOP BRITISH ROSE RANGE

A picture of the Body Shop British Rose Collection

Celebrate this Mother’s Day with The Body Shop’s NEW British Rose range 

The range launches in conjunction with The Body Shop's 40th Anniversary and it was only natural for them to celebrate with bespoke blooms. The roses used in the British Rose range is grown specially for The Body Shop at an environmental award-winning farm in the heart of the English countryside. The roses are hand-picked, air-dried and infused on-site into fresh mountain water. This careful extraction process is what gives the range the most exceptional quality rose essence.

When I smell roses it reminds me of my gran. It's such a vintage scent and The Body Shop have given the rose scent a very modern take. It's fresh and light, along with its modernised and sexy packaging, The Body Shop have resurrected an old time favourite.


A picture of the Body Shop British Rose makeup Collection

The Body Shop have also released a beauty collection in the British Rose range.  From colourful stains for lips and cheeks to an eye & cheek palette to get you looking bloomin’ fabulous!


The full range includes:

British Rose Bowl $49.95
British Rose Treats Cube $14.95
Body Wash $10.95
Petal-Soft Bath Foam $19.95
Petal-Soft Hand Cream $17.95
Eau de Toilette $24.95
Exfoliating Soap $6.95
Exfoliating Gel Body Scrub $29.95
Instant Glow Body Essence $29.95
Instant Glow Body Butter $24.95
Eye and Cheek Palette $44.95
Nail Colour $9.95


Thursday, 28 April 2016

MOTHERS DAY GIFT IDEAS UNDER $100



Each year it gets harder and harder picking gifts for Mothers Day.  I know whenever I ask mum what she wants she always responds with "nothing I have everything"!  But there is always something she needs but forgets that she needs it!

These days if you want something you just go out and buy it.  So how can you make mums day special?

By sussing out what she needs and having a good look around her home and jot down ideas for example;

Kettle or toaster seems a little worse for wear, even though it still works.  Are her hair styling tools vintage?  Does she need a new hair brush? Maybe running low on her fave fragrance or maybe she's always fiddling with her undies as its a little loose about the bum.

Mother's Day gifting is huge and there are no boundaries on how much you are willing to spend.

Below are some gift ideas that retail under $100.  These gifts would truly make her day special.


Wahl Supadryer 1800 Ionic Hair Dryer 

A picture of Wahl Supadryer Hair Dryer

This Supadryer is a 1800w hair dryer with ionic technology for super shine hair. Features an ergonomic design and super fast drying results.

Comes with two years manufacturers warranty and retails for $89.95 and is available online at ww.ry.com.au


The Body Shop British Rose Collection


A picture of the body shop british rose collection
Everything’s coming up roses with The Body Shop's new British Rose range, a brilliantly British interpretation of a timeless icon of femininity. Grown for The Body Shop at an environmental award-winning farm in the heart of the English countryside, our roses are hand-picked, air-dried and infused on-site into fresh mountain water. This careful extraction process is what gives us the most exceptional quality rose essence for our products.

Prices retail from $6.95 to $49.95.  Check your local Body Shop store to custom make your own beauty hamper for mum.


Remington Shine Revival Hair Dryer 

a picture of a Remington revival shine hairdryer


A 2300-watt hairdryer with a salon professional AC motor. Noise level is the same as the WAHL and weight is roughly the same as well. Included in this pack is round brush, sectioning clips, Osmo Berber Oil Shampoo (50ml), Osmo Berber Oil Mask (50ml), and a beauty pouch.

Comes with a three year warranty and retails for $69.95. Available at participating retailers: Good Guys, Myer, Shaver Shop, Betta Stores, Harvey Norman, & Target.



Purasonic Facial Cleansing Brush

A picture of a Purasonic facial cleansing brush


The PuraSonic is a deep cleansing device to give you that deep thorough cleanse to achieve flawless skin. It is gentle enough for everyday use. Suitable for all age and skin types.

It effectively removes dirt and excess makeup that you wouldn’t remove by the use of a cleanser and cotton pad alone. It's waterproof and can be used in the shower or bathtub. 

The PuraSonic comes in a variety of colours, including Arctic White, Lovely Lilac, Perfectly Pink and Zesty Yellow. Mum will love you for it.

The PuraSonic retails for $99.  For stockists call (07) 5564 6767 or visit www.purasonic.com.au.



Luxe Candles


Spoil mum with an extensive collection of candles available.  From small single wick to a humongous candle with 3 wicks.  Glasshouse and Jo Malone are just a couple brands that produce exquisite candles that every mum would love.

Prices retail from $18.95 onwards.
For Glasshouse stockists check out www.glasshousefragrances.com.
For Jo Malone stockists check out www.jomalone.com.au


High Tea

Image source - Dilmah high tea experience

If experiences are her thing why not treat mum to a High Tea or scrumptious lunch.  

Captain Cook Cruises are doing a Mothers Day High Tea and Mothers Day Lunch on board cruising around the Sydney Harbour.  An added bonus, kids eat free!  Check out www.captaincook.com.au for more information.

The Langham is known for their decadent High Teas and are quite exy but it is definitely worth the experience. With tickets priced at $179 each person, price is not for the faint hearted! For more info phone Sydney (02) 9256 2222 and Melbourne (03) 8696 8888.

For a more affordable High Tea try the QVB Tea Rooms, they are elegantly decorated and the experience is just as pleasant. For more info phone 9283 7279.


Tuesday, 26 April 2016

REVIEW: CHOOSING THE RIGHT HAIR DRYER


Buying a hairdryer is just as much of a task as finding the right sanitary pad or tampon.  Different brands, functions and colours but only dearer.

There are so many colours and types of hairdryers that it can become daunting so research is really important. Set yourself a budget and then research the brands and types for that budget.

To make things easier I have picked two hairdryers that retail for under $100 to help you understand what you get for your money.  I have also researched hairdryers retailed over $100 and personally I don't see the need to spend that much on a product that basically does a similar thing.  


Wahl Supadryer 1800 Ionic Hair Dryer


WAHL have been around forever and have been manufacturing hairstyling and grooming products since 1919. Their  tools are always beautifully designed, never compromising quality, form or function.

This Supadryer is a 1800w hair dryer with ionic technology for super shine hair. Features an ergonomic design and super fast drying results.

This vibrant purple colour will certainly brighten up the bathroom.  I love it especially against my all white bathroom. A medium sized hair dryer, it's noise level is quite good comparing to others on the market.  It isn't as heavy as some and my arms didn't get tired whilst blow drying my hair. 

Attachments included is the nozzle pictured as well as a diffuser. They are easy to attach and detach.


Functions are simple.  It includes an ion button.  so, what does this do?


Ionic dryers help water evaporate faster from the hair, resulting in shorter dry time which does less damage to the hair.  This is beneficial if you do not use heat protecting products otherwise a hairdryer without Ion function is just as good but make sure you use heat protecting products before you do so.

Comes with two years manufacturers warranty.

WAHL is retails for $89.95 and is available online at www.ry.com.au



Remington Shine Revival


Did you know that Remington started off making products like firearms, sewing machines and farm implements? I know, freaky eh.  It seems so random that they started creating personal care products in the 1930s, how innovative!

The Remington Shine Revival Hairdryer has Triple Infusion Technology which combines Keratin, Argan and Ceramic to ensure your hair is kept strong, healthy and shiny whilst styling.  It has been designed with ultra-silent technology and includes six switch combinations including a cool shot. It has a removable filter, professional concentrator and hang loop.

Remington Shine Revival Hair Dryer is a 2300-watt hairdryer with a salon professional AC motor.   Noise level is the same as the WAHL and weight is roughly the same as well.

Included in this pack is round brush, sectioning clips, 


Osmo Berber Oil Shampoo (50ml), Osmo Berber Oil Mask (50ml), and a beauty pouch.  There is no diffuser.



Comes with a three year warranty.

Remington Shine Revival retails for $69.95 and is available at participating retailers: Good Guys, Myer, Shaver Shop, Betta Stores, Harvey Norman, & Target.

Both hairdryers had a quality sturdy feel to it. Make sure before you buy a hairdryer you handle it and see if you like the way it feels in your hands. Also check out the attachments and make sure they are what you want.  

What hairdryer do you use? Are you brand loyal or are your styling tools all different brands?

Saturday, 23 April 2016

THE ULTIMATE BEAUTY TOOL KITS FROM REMINGTON FOR MOTHERS DAY

Stuck on what to give mum this Mother's Day?  All mum's need an the ultimate hair styling beauty tool to get her looking fab in minutes.  Mums already have enough to deal with in the morning without having to also deal with their hair.

Here are some ideas to get you sorted this Mother's Day.


Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish Conical Tong

Simultaneously styling and nourishing hair, this time saving styling duo features advanced ceramic coating infused with Keratin and Argan Oil to achieve beautifully strong, healthy and lustrous locks.

The Keratin helps to  restore, repair and enhance the shine of hair while Argan Oil nourishes the hair as well as reducing frizz.




Remington Silk Italia

Given Italy’s reputation for superior engineering craftsmanship and durability, Remington is excited to introduce the NEW Silk Italia Dryer, with a powerful 2300W Italian AC motor.

Combining silk ceramic with real silk proteins and conditioning ionic technologies, the Silk Italia releases 90% more ions to ensure hair is frizz free and silky smooth after every blow dry.



Remington Shine Revival Dryer

This Shine Revival Dryer combines triple infusion technology – Keratin, Argan and Ceramic – for superior style and care. Achieve strong, healthy and shiny hair with this powerful 2300W, Salon Professional dryer.

Packaged along with the essential styling tools for a perfect blow out, Mum will enjoy a professional quality round brush, Osmo Berber Oil Shampoo and Mask, Sectioning Clips and a beauty pouch for safe keeping.





Remington Shine Revival Straightener 

The Shine Revival Straightener’s advanced ceramic plates are infused with Moroccan Argan Oil micro-conditioners. 

One of the very few on straighteners that can be used on damp hair, with its steam hydration vents allowing moisture to lock in whilst drying hair and straightening simultaneously.

This neat hair straightener comes packaged with a complimentary vent brush and a chic heatproof storage pouch for safe travels.






PRICES
Remington Keratin & Argan Oil Nourish CI53W1AU – RRP $39.95

Remington Silk Italia AC1000AU – RRP $99.95

Remington Shine Revival Dryer AC4001AU – RRP $69.95

Remington Shine Revival Straightener S7200GAU– RRP $49.95


All Remington products come with either a two-year, three-year or five year manufactures warranty and are available from all leading electrical retailers. For further stockist information, please phone 1800 623 118.


Have you got your Mother's Day gift sorted?




Products were provided for my consideration

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

REVIEW: WINTER PREP FOR FEET WITH 1000 HOUR SOFTSOLE EXPRESS EXFOLIATING FOOT PEEL

With Winter looming we tend to hibernate our bodies in thick, warm and cuddly clothes and huddle around an oil heater. Our skins become drier as we neglect parts of our body until Spring comes around the corner and then we end up doing intense exfoliation to get our bodies to be bikini ready for summer.

If we all did a little maintenance during Winter our body will look and feel better by the time the warmer months arrive.

1000 Hour™ Softsole is a safe & effective at home treatment to exfoliate your feet. Softsole softens calluses and cracked heels and removes hardened skin from your feet.   It's so easy to use and requires very little effort.  No need to leave the home and battle the cold weather to head to your beauty salon.

A picture of exfoliating foot peel

My first impressions of 1000 Hour Softsole Express Exfoliating Foot Peel, less packaging than other brands.  It's compact and barely takes up space in the bathroom if you want to buy a few and store.

If you have never used one before, OMG where have you been?  Foot peels are ah-mazing.  Gone are the days that I would spend $60-$90 for a pedi that included a half-hearted exfoliation and callus removal process.


Remove the booties from the packaging, this is what they look like. Adhesives are included to help you secure the wrap around your ankle.  Cut along the dotted line, slip on your feet and voila.


Once you have put the wraps on, cover your feet with a pair of socks that way you can walk around if you need to and it prevents from any product leakage.   Leave the wraps on for 90 minutes and then rinse.

For best results it's always better to do when you've had a shower and your feet are nice and soft. This will make the product work deeper giving you a better result.

This simple pedicure treatment removes rough skin after one application and hardened skin begins to peel after 3-7 days, revealing softer skin in just two weeks.  Peeling for me started on the 4th day. It's different for everyone.

I loved the peeling process, it reminds me of the school days when I used to roll glue on my hands, wait for it to dry and then peel it off. I know, the feet are different, it's gross but totally worth it.

It's affordable, easy and effective.  Designed for the perfect do-it-yourself pamper pedicure. 

Softsole Express is available at Priceline stores nationwide and online at www.1000hour.com.au for an RRP $8.99.

Monday, 18 April 2016

REVIEW: REAL TECHNIQUES BRUSH CLEANSING SYSTEM


Now if they haven't excited us enough with their amaze balls Real Techniques Bold Metals Collection™ brushes, they have now released the next big thing in brush cleaning.

The Real Techniques Makeup Brush Cleansing system compliments the sleek high-end bold Metals brush range, by working to clean the brushes, returning them to a soft, luxurious, fresh new feel.


Makeup Brush Cleanser


The new Makeup Brush Cleanser is designed for deep cleaning, with the cleansing power of a concentrate. The laboratory proven formula works to effectively remove the makeup you can see and even impurities you can’t see, for a new brush clean.

Containing no alcohol or phthalates and dermatologically tested for gentleness, the Makeup Brush Cleanser is quick and easy to use, simply apply and rinse. What’s more is it’s safe to use on all Real Techniques Brushes.

The gel is clear in colour and has a thick consistency with a subtle pleasant fragrance.




Brush Cleansing Palette






Great application starts with a clean brush. When used with the Makeup Brush Cleanser the new Brush Cleansing Palette helps sweep away makeup, oil and impurities from bristles to give a truer, more consistent application.

Made from high performance grade silicon, lightweight and ergonomically designed to fit comfortably in your hand. The exclusive multi-textured surfaces, work to gently move between the bristles for an enhanced deep cleansing.

The Makeup Brush Cleaner fits comfortable in your hand so there is no mess or wobbly accidents when cleaning brushes.


There are three sections on the palette.  Small dots are for small brushes, crosses are for medium size brushes and the large dots are for large brushes.


All you need is a 5 cent coin size of the cleanser and warm water.  Swirl brush into the gel and water across the various surfaces until the brush is clean.  Rinse bristles thoroughly.  Be careful not to immerse the base of the bristles. Squeeze out the excess water and rest your brushes across a surface of the tool to air dry.


For more info and how-to video on cleaning brushes head to www.realtechniques.com.au.

The Real Techniques Makeup Brush Cleanser is available for an RRP $17.99 and Brush Cleansing Palette an RRP $34.95. Available online now at www.realtechniques.com.au and www.chemcorp.com.au.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

CELEBRATE MOTHERS DAY WITH FABY & A GIVEAWAY


Spoil mum on Mothers Day with an exclusive MUM-UR-FABY-LOUS pamper gift pack from FABY Nails.

Finding the right gift for mum can be tricky, so don’t deviate from her favourite pamper items. This stylish manicure DIY pack from FABY features two of her favourite lacquer shades combined with FABY’s fast drying Top Coat.

Ideal for mothers who like to spend time on their nails, MUM-UR-FABY-LOUS comes complete with a desirable creamy nude, Why Don’t You Speak by FABY (15ml), and a rich crimson red lacquer, Promise on the Bridge of Sighs by FABY (15ml).



This cute lacquer plus top coat combo is stylishly packed in a shimmery gold cosmetic bag.

FABY is recognised throughout Europe as one of most progressive professional nail care brands, and it is made without all the nasty chemicals. FABY is Cruelty Free and the BIG 5 FREE - made without DBP (Dibutyl Phthalate), Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin and Camphor.

Available from April 2016, $49.95 (valued at $65), in leading salons or on-line at www.faby.com.au

For your nearest FABY stockists contact Bright Beauty Solutions on 1800 720 807 or 02 9486 3694


GIVEAWAY

So now for the competition details.  The lovely peeps at Faby have kindly donated 3 gift sets for me to giveaway to my readers.

Two will be given via Instragram and one via here.  Its easy to enter just follow the instructions and good luck!



Terms & Conditions
To be in the running follow the instructions below;

1.  You must be a follower of my blog.  You can sign up here
2. For extra entries enter via Instagram.  My hand is @bennie_girl 
3.  Leave a comment below by answering a simple question in 25 words or less, 
      What's your favourite Faby colour? 
4.  Leave your email address with your answer, or email me your details, so I can contact you if you win.
5.  Please make sure you come back to see if you are a winner.
6.  Winners will have 7 days to respond otherwise I will redraw.

This competition is open to Australian Residents only. Competition Closes on the 8th May 2016. 
Winners will be notified by email and name posted on this blog within 7 days of the draw.



Friday, 15 April 2016

REVIEW: BRIGHTENING SKINCARE WITH ELEMIS AND ANTIPODES


Skin whitening and/or brightening products have been around for a long time and becoming more popular with the broader population as we are all discovering, the lighter the skin the younger we look!

If you’ve ever wondered about how to brighten skin, it’s important to understand that there are more uses for skin brightening products than just making your complexion lighter. Skin brightening products can reduce the appearance of age spots as well as skin pigmentation. 

During my pregnancy I developed hyper-pigmentation on my forehead and cheeks and have struggled finding products to fade them unless it was prescribed with intense chemical ingredients. I'm not sure why but it is quite common for women to develop hyper-pigmentation during pregnancy, so it's not just an ageing thing!


How Do They Work?
Everyone has some level of melanin in the skin. When you go out in the sun your skin produces more melanin to protect itself from the sun’s harmful rays. Also, as you age, concentrated spots of melanin can create age spots.

Skin brightening products can be a potential solution, because it works by inhibiting the production of melanin in skin cells. As you use skin brighteners, the amount of melanin in your skin will become reduced and your skin will look lighter, in the same way that a tan eventually fades.


What to Look for in a Skin Brightening Product
There are many different ingredients that have the ability to lighten skin, whether you want chemical based or natural based products, both types can provide the same result.

So whether you need to lighten freckles, hyper-pigmentation or age spots, skin brightening products do just that, giving you smoother, brighter skin and lessening dark spots caused by sun damage and scarring.

Here are two branded products that can assist you achieving the results.


Elemis White Brightening Even Tone Cleanser

A picture of Elemis White Brightening product

The White Brightening Even Tone Cleanser is a foaming cleanser that gently removes impurities, reduces excess oil and reveals a super-clean and mattified complexion. The unique ELEMIS Brightening Complex of Daisy, encapsulated Vitamin C, Sophora and Kiwi extracts target the appearance of skin discolouration and age spots. Skin is left smoother, brighter and naturally illuminated.

The product comes in a gorgeous powder blue metallic pump bottle. The packaging is clean and luxurious. Two pumps and the right amount of foaming cleanser is dispensed. With a little water and rub palms together to produce plentiful of creamy cleanser and then massage gently over wet skin. 



The White Brightening Even Tone Cleanser has a subtle scent that is quite pleasant.  Skin feels soft and soothed after cleansing.

Remember that brightening products work best when you use it as per instructions, including when they recommend it to be used in conjunction with other products. Also important to remember always use sunblock with any brightening products that you use.

Elemis has three products in the Brightening range.

From L to R - RRP Cleanser $95.00, Lotion $105, Serum $155



Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening Serum

A picture of antipodes apostle skin brightening serum


Here's a product that has intrigued me, a water-based corrective serum designed to treat hyper-pigmentation and restore skin tone.

Using Waiwera Artesian Water (WAI means ‘water’ in Māori, the language of the indigenous people of New Zealand and WERA means ‘hot’. Together, they make up WAIWERA). Apparently it's the oldest water in the world.

It helps correct dull, blemished or uneven skin while restoring essential moisture.  Clinically proven that Vinanza performance plus (also know as kiwifruit skin) helps minimise facial redness and discolouration.

These are pretty big claims especially for a well trusted reputable brand, thus the reason why I'm intrigued.


My first impressions of the product is the scent is divine. It has a fruity smell but I cannot pinpoint the scent, it is something I have smelt before but I don't know where. It is quite pleasant and I can't help but sniff it!  The colour surprised me, it is a dark reddish brown which is a colour I don't normally relate to serums.

I trialled the product for almost three weeks. I started to use it everyday morning and night. 1-2 drops is enough for the entire face. 

Around the second week my skin became noticeable brighter and smoother. The pigmentation I have on the side of cheeks and forehead have started to fade. With continued use I believe it will finally be gone!  I'm really liking the texture of my skin as well, it feels soft and smooth.

Below are before and after shots of my skin.

Before using brightening products

After using brightening products

Overall Impression
I will continue to use the serum long term as I want to lighten the pigmentation on my skin and this will take time. I am however, extremely happy with the overall smoothness and appearance of my skin.  

To achieve optimum results when using any brightening products it is essential to have more than one beauty product that assists in brightening.  You don't need to buy the entire collection from the one brand, it is ok to mix and match and choose what is suitable for your needs.


Elemis White Brightening Even Tone Cleanser retails for $95.00.  Elemis products are available online at www.elemisaustralia.com.au and at selected spas.  Click here to find a stockist near you.

Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening Serum retails for $58.99.  Antipodes products are available at all Priceline stores as well as on their website.


These products were provided for my consideration

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

REVIEW: ELIZABETH ARDEN THE PERFECT PRIMER


Elizabeth Arden recently launched their Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer this year and I have to say I have never been a fan of primers until I tried this one.

Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer is oil-free and non-comedogenic. It features a triple blurring complex with light-diffusing technology, promising to create the perfect canvas and smooth uneven texture, diminish the appearance of fine lines, pores and wrinkles all while leaving your skin with a moisturised and radiant glow.



Key Ingredients

Triple Blurring Complex – a blend of soft focus, light-diffusing ingredients that work to instantly smooth and perfect the look of skin by minimising the appearance of pores, fine lines, and wrinkles, 

Time-Release Skin Balancing Technology – a unique complex of hyaluronic acid and botanical extracts fill lines and add moisture, while hollow silica beads help absorb oil for a shine-free look and all day comfort, and 

Longwear Polymers – a precise balance of emollients and special oils that adhere to the skin extending foundation and make-up wear.


Results?

The primer has a slight tint to it. I applied the primer all over my face. It has a soft silky texture just like other primers. Allow 10 seconds for the primer to set before applying your foundation.

After I applied my foundation, the redness on my nose and cheeks had softened to a soft healthy glow and my pores so refined that they were barely visible and the foundation finish looked amazing.


The texture and appearance improved dramatically. I would say it by far the most effective primer I have used. Even after a long day at work my appearance still looked fresh, flawless and no shiny t-zone.

In the image below I applied primer only to one side of my face and foundation all over.  I have not used any concealers or powders.  The results below are purely the primer and foundation.  The primer allowed the foundation to provide better coverage making my skin appear smoother.

Primer & foundation (left) - No primer & foundation (right)


From past experience of using primers I found that my make-up was more obvious and after time my lines on the forehead were more noticeable than without primer. So to achieve a more flawless look was a huge positive.

There are so many quality products available on the market but as you get older not everything is suitable for mature skin especially with primers.  I review and purchase a lot of products and this is the first time I have been happy with the results of a primer.

I always share my products with my friends and family to gain feedback on how the product works on different skin types and ages and this particular primer worked brilliant on the five people I tried it on and I normally don't get a consistent result when I use products on other people but I did with this one.


Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer retails for $48.00 (30ml).  It's available at Elizabeth Arden counters at Myer, David Jones and leading pharmacies.


This product was provided for my consideration