Saturday, 30 July 2016

EVENT: ANTIPODES MANUKA HONEY SKINCARE PREVIEW

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Media were invited and treated to a sit-down breakfast that included fruit platters, pastries, and petite servings of eggs benedict and smoked salmon. Barista-brewed tea and coffee were also on offer.  The set out was so pretty, with floral arrangements throughout the venue.






Antipodes global brand trainer Deborah Sampson took us through their latest development and addition to their ever growing range.  The Skin Brightening Duo, an eye cream and day moisturiser that embrace the antibacterial properties of manuka honey. 


With natural ingredients like Persian silk flower, peony, and the innovative (and sustainable) bee venom, it's no wonder there is a lot of excitement around this launch.  The products were shown around the table and they smelt absolutely divine. I wanted the moisturiser tub under my nose and just sniff it.

After the presentation and breakfast was over we were free to explore the rest of the range that Antipodes has to offer. 






I am happy to report that we all were gifted the Antipodes Manuka Honey Duo to try.  A review on these products will be up soon.



Antipodes products are available at all Priceline stores as well as on their website.

Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Day Cream 60ml - $59.95
Manuka Honey Skin-Brightening Eye Cream - $54.95



I attended as a media guest at this event

Thursday, 28 July 2016

REVIEW: HASK MONOI COCONUT OIL HAIRCARE RANGE


I open the bottle and one sniff transported me to a far away exotic island, sun glistening on the skin, then a gush of wind wakes me up and I realise I'm on my balcony in the middle of winter examining my products to write this review. I grabbed my cup of coffee for that instant warmth.

Hask offers a wide collection of hair care products that feature exotic oils and ingredients from all around the world. Argan Oil, Macadamia Oil and Monoi Oil just to name a few.  They are free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, gluten, alcohol, and artificial colours.


What is Manoi Oil?
Similar to the benefits of coconut oil, Monoi penetrates deep into the hair shaft, helping the cuticles lay flat and stay smooth, resulting in smoother and shinier hair. It also prevents the loss of protein which in turn helps stop breakage, allowing your hair to grow longer, stronger, and healthier. Monoi oil also contains vitamin E which helps hair’s elasticity and overall strength.

As part of the Monoi Oil collection, I received the Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shampoo, Nourishing Conditioner and Nourishing Shine Hair Oil.





Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Shampoo

This shampoo aims to moisturise and revitalise hair that has been damaged by styling tools, colour and/or environmental factors. Infused with Monoi oil, Tahitian gardenias and coconut oil, it will gently cleanses as well as a treat your locks leaving them refreshed and revived.




I've always stayed away from hair products with coconut oil as they tend to be heavy and weigh my hair down but was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't so with this product. Obviously the ingredients is well balanced to not make hair heavy.

I trialled this shampoo for two weeks. It's consistency is thick with an opalescence appearance. Fragrance is divine without it being overpowering. A 50c coin amount was sufficient for my hair length (LOB). My hair felt extremely moisturised and soft after washing and smelt delicious.



Monoi Coconut Oil Nourishing Conditioner

This conditioner is designed to hydrate, strengthen and protect the hair against further damage. Mid lengths to the ends of my hair is quite dry due to colouring and straightening so this is where I concentrated on when applying the conditioner.



The conditioner has a thick but smooth consistency. I worked it through my hair, detangling almost immediately. For best results Hask recommends to leave this product on the hair for at least 1-2 minutes prior to rinsing.

The only downside to soft silky hair is my hair band kept slipping out! I had no fly-aways nor experienced any static hair.


Nourishing shine hair oil

This lightweight, instantly absorbing oil provides beautiful shine with no oily residue. Helps to hydrate and strengthen, leaving all hair types nourished, moisturised and revived.



Ideal for all hair types. bit hesitant to use this as oils tend to weigh my hair down but you've gotta try everything right?

I am happy to report that my hair did not feel weighed down nor went flat. The oil, regardless of it's thickness worked wonderfully through my hair leaving it silky smooth and shiny, not an oily shiny but a healthy type of shine.


Prices
Nourishing Shampoo 355ml - $14.99
Nourishing Conditioner 355ml - $14.99
Nourishing shine hair oil 59ml - $14.99
Nourishing shine hair oil - 18ml - $4.99


The Hask Manoi Coconut range is available at Priceline, Kmart, selected pharmacies, health food stores, supermarkets and online www.keysun.com.au.  Alternatively call 1800 791 381 to find a store near you.








Products were included in goodie bag from BeautyDirectory Network Influencers event

NEW RELEASE: M.A.C COSMETICS STAR TREK COLLECTION


Last week I attend a special screening of Star Trek Beyond courtesy of M.A.C Cosmetics.  I have to say it was my first viewing of Star Trek and I surprisingly liked it!

M.A.C will be releasing a collection of makeup inspired by Star Trek. The 25-piece collection is made up of lip, eye, face and nail products. 


The range is designed to honour the many women of the television and film series on what will be the 50th anniversary of Star Trek's small-screen debut. The collection's launch is also well timed to come after the late-July release of the next instalment in the movie franchise, Star Trek Beyond.

I was very happy with the collection I received.  The packaging is amazing.



Collection shown below
Eye shadow colours - Midnight & The Naked Time
Lipstick - LLAP
Lipgloss - Warp Speed Ahead
Nailpolish  - Holla-deck
Liquid Liner - Pure Show
Lashes - Wink of an Eye



Lipstick in LLAP

(L-R) The Naked Time & Midnight

The gold is stunning and quite flattering on the eyes. Due to my olive skin it was difficult to photograph the true colour.  The blue is deep and intense and is beautiful.



Liquid Liner in Pure Show

Lipglass in Warp Speed Ahead


Colour in Holla-Deck

I'm really looking forward to the release of the entire collection as I already have a few pieces I've got my eye on!

The Star Trek Collection will hit stores on September 1. Collection available at M.A.C stores and M.A.C counters in Myer.





Products were received at a media event I attended

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

REVIEW: TRANSFORMING BROWS WITH BENEFIT COSMETICS BROW COLLECTION











The new Benefit Brow Collection has just launched in Australia this month. Woop Woop!

This would have to be the most exciting review I have done to date. There hasn't been a brand on the market that has release such a vast collection of brow products.

I have strong prominent brows and they take a lot of work to maintain.  One wrong hair plucked and I'm up shit creek.

My beauty drawer was stocked to the top with every brow product available on the market.  From pencils to gels to wands to powder, I had them.   Did you pick up the word 'had'? 

The day I was introduced to the Benefit Brow Collection, I felt like my prayers had been answered.  I decluttered the 20+ products and replaced it with only 9 that I will ever need to achieve perfect brows.  

I have tried and tested each product.   It's extravagant luxe packaging oozes glamour. The silver prisms of each product is stunningly exciting and outshines every other product in my beauty cabinet.  Just how beauty products should look, special.

Below is my brow before any product application. Please excuse the red eyes, that's what happens when your on the computer all day long!




KA-BROW! Cream-Gel Brow Colour

I'm a gel kinda girl when it comes to doing my brows. The cream formulation allows for easy fills, sculpting and defining your brows without giving you the over-the-top brow look. Perfect for me as it allows me to fill in holes in my brows giving me the natural look. 



When you unscrew the pot, pop the brush out, flip it over, and stick it back in the lid. This allows you more control as you work with the brush.  



Ka Brow gives my brows more definition and colour.


Goof Proof Brow Pencil

True to its name, Goof Proof Brow Pencil is so easy you can create great brows with it. With it's diamond shape tip, it allows easy brow filling and shaping. It's buildable so very little room for error.


If you’re a novice in brows filling/shaping, then this is for you. An added bonus, the pencil is waterproof so your brows won't disappear if you take a dip in the ocean! There are six shades to choose from so there is a colour to suit all brows.


It was super easy to fill in the gaps, giving me a natural look.


Gimme Brow Volumising Fibre Gel

Gimme Brow is an existing product in the Benefit range and has had a revamp. Add volume to brows by adding tiny fibres that emulate hairs. It's highly pigmented but is buildable. Comes in three shades.



With a few strokes I was able to achieve a fuller brow.




Brow Zings Total Taming and Shaping Kit

Another existing product that has had a makeover. It is still as fab as the original. Comes in six different shades. The wax and powder combination helps it to last throughout the day.


Comes with two mini tools, a doubled ended brush with an angled brush to shape and define on one end and a normal brush to fill and set on the other and tweezers to pluck any stray hairs.



How cool is this brush!


I liked working with wax.  It is a first for me and I like how easy it was to apply.




3D Brow Tones Eyebrow Enhancer

This is a gel highlighter for your brows. I use this after I've applied Ka-Brow to give me a 3D dimension to my brows.


Here you can see that my brow has some highlights in it.



BROWVO! Conditioning Primer

It's food for your brows! Either you've over plucked over the years or just getting old, we all tend to lose the fullness of our brows. It contains keratin and soy proteins to help grow the brow hair over time. I use this on my tail ends where they have thinned out.



This gel applicator comes in a pen-shaped tube with a slanted rubber tip for easy application. Just one click will dispense enough product to coat both brows.


Ready, Set, Brow! Gel

This is a clear setting gel to keep your brows in place. Perfect for those makeup free days but you still want to tame those unruly brows.


I like the fullness of the brush, when applying, it does so evenly without congregating the hairs in clumps.




Precisely, My Brow Pencil

This ultra-fine pencil fills in the blanks with natural-looking, hair-like strokes. Comes in six shades.


I use this to fill in the gaps at the head of my brows. the tip is thin enough to precisely cover the small sections without it looking like I've done anything.





High Brow Glow

There are two High Brow items in the collection. The High Brow and High Brow Glow. I was only able to test the High Brow as I did not get the other one. As this also got a makeover, the new formula is creamier than its predecessor allowing for an easier glide under the arch of the brow.



Apply it directly under the line of your brow.



I have been able to overcome many obstacles when doing my brows.  I always thought it my lack of understanding and skill that I could never achieve what I had in mind of how my brows should be but it is actually having the right products that makes a huge difference on the outcome.

What's your favourite Benefit Brow product?


My review was based on my experience on the products and the brand had no influence in my review.