Thursday, 25 May 2017

BRAND FOCUS: NATURA SIBERICA LUXE BODY + HAIR CARE


I love using natural and organic products on my hair and body.  I love feeling the goodness, the smells and of course seeing and feeling the results. And the packaging, it's so pretty!  I'm a sucker for beautiful prints, especially packaging for beauty products. It definitely pretties up the bathroom! I was kindly sent several products to try and here are my thoughts.

Natura Siberica range focuses on using unique natural and organic Wild Harvested herbs and flowers sourced from Siberia. Their main ingredient that gives their products a unique smell is the Oblepikha berry plant, also know as the Altai Sea Buckthorn. They contain an exceptional natural source of vitamins A , E and C. Excellent for your skin and overall well-being.

Wild Harvested Siberian is known to treat ageing skin, reducing wrinkles and enhance firmness. The salts are free from SLS, SLES, GMO plants, mineral oils, PEG, parabens and glycol.

LIFESTYLE BEAUTY: CARING FOR MY FAMILY WITH QV SKINCARE


Growing up with three sisters, mum did her best ensuring that whatever products she used on our body was kind to our skin and gentle, especially that one of my sisters and myself suffered from mild eczema. 

Fast forward to today and I'm doing the exact same thing for my family. We are fortunate that we have endless choices of brands to choose from and it takes trial and error until you find the right brand and products for you.  It's simple products need to work with our skin not against us.

I choose QV. I have been using it since my son was born 10 years ago. My son suffers from a mild form of eczema which I've been able to maintain by using products that have been dermatologically tested and are pH balance, fragrance and colour free.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

REVIEW: MATT MATT MATT LONG-LASTING LIPGLOSSES BY ESSENCE COSMETICS


Essence Cosmetics have released a range of 'matt matt matt' long-lasting lipglosses. From nudes to brights, these creamy matte formula's are on trend and give luxe brands a run for their money. There's nothing better than scoring a budget lipstick and wowing your friends when you tell them.

Matt matt matt lipglosses are a mousse texture with a velvety matte finish. They are all extremely pigmented, have staying power, and are definitely value for money.


These lipglosses are very lightweight and comfortable on the lips. I was extremely amazed by their creaminess and not overly drying formula as matte lipglosses can feel dry after sometime.  They have a sweet scented formula, I can't pinpoint the exact scent but it reminds me of caramel.


I'm loving their fun names (L to R) - Ready, Set, Impress!, Girl Of Today, Beauty-Approved! and  La Vie Est Belle.


The applicator works great, it's the perfect size, quite stiff and it houses just enough product to cover your lips.


Essence matt matt matt lip glosses retails for $4.95 each. They 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.



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Tuesday, 9 May 2017

REVIEW: GRANTS OF AUSTRALIA NATURAL TOOTHPASTE FOR KIDS

Image source - Grants of Australia

We always want what's best for our kids especially when it comes to personal care, so it makes sense to make sure that whatever we give our children to use that it is safe to use.


Teeth brushing is an important and essential part of his daily routine and when they get to a certain age, I can't always be by their side to ensure that they aren't eating the toothpaste in the process. That is why it is important to me that my son uses products that are natural and do not contain any nasty chemical ingredients.

Grants Toothpaste was established in 1984 and is an Australian family company that provides is an 'all natural' oral care brand. They are certified Australian made and owned. Their Cruelty-Free range utilises all-natural ingredients and does not contain sugar, SLS, colours, parabens or fluoride, instead using a Calcium Carbonate base in Certified Vegan formulas. 


What is also important that children enjoy the flavour, this makes brushing teeth less of a chore and more of fun routine.



Grants of Australia Kids Natural Toothpaste is safe to use for all ages. They are available nationally in selected health stores or online at grantsofaustralia.com.au, nourishedlife.com.au and floraandfauna.com.au.




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Sunday, 7 May 2017

REVIEW: CERTIFIED NATURAL TINTED LIP BALMS BY WELEDA


Weleda have added to their extensive range, three new tinted lip balms.  We love our lip balms, we usually have around 6-8 floating around the home and car that we use at any one time.

Their tinted lip balms come in three scents - Berry Red, Nude and Rose.  Certified by NATRUE and suitable for Vegans, they contain fair trade natural ingredients that are obtained from around the world like Olive Oil from Spain, Shea Butter from Burkina Faso, Rose Extract from Turkey and Sunflower Seed Wax from Hungary.

REVIEW: VIVA ANTI-AGEING SONIC FACIAL CLEANSER BY PURASONIC


I remember the very first facial cleansing system I purchased was battery operated from Neutrogena. You had to attach pads to the velcro. Who remembers these! These were harsh on the skin, stripping all the oils away.  That was 10 years ago.


Since then there has been so many different cleansing systems on the market but only a few stand out. I have used around 4 different systems and have to say this is my favourite thus far. It's small and compact, gentle on the skin and easy to pack when travelling. 

PuraSonic ViVA is a daily facial cleansing system. It works similar to an electric toothbrush, with it's oscillating brush head cleansing and gently exfoliating the skin. It gives you a cleaner, smoother experience without stripping natural oils or irritating the skin.

The PuraSonic ViVA kit includes - a sonic facial cleanser, a gentle brush head, charging dock and USB cord, USB wall charger and user manual.


As cleansing our face is the most important step in our daily skincare routine, it is extremely important to ensure that all makeup, dirt and sebum is removed properly as this leads to congested skin, break-outs and a dullness complexion.

We can look in the mirror and think that we have washed our faces properly but what the eyes can't see is what could be the root of most skin problems.


This powerful cleansing device utilises sonic frequency to cleanse your skin in just 60 seconds and gentle enough for everyday use. It effectively removes dirt and impurities that are otherwise left behind by manual cleansing.

The ViVA's oscillations work within the skin's natural elasticity, gently massaging pores back and forth to help dislodge trapped make-up, dirt and debris.


How to Use
The ViVA is waterproof, so it's safe to use in the shower.  It is pre-programmed to offer a one minute cleansing program that consists of 20 seconds on the forehead, 20 seconds on the nose/chin and 10 seconds on each cheek.

The ViVA will briefly pause to indicate when it is time to move to the next position on your face, how smart is that!  It will then switch off when the minute is up.


For effective cleaning wet the brush head and your skin with warm water and then apply the cleanser on the brush head. Make sure you do not press the brush too hard against your skin as this will limit motion effectiveness.


There are two speeds. Use the right button with two arrows to change the sonic action of the brush head to your desired speed. It is recommended to start on the 'Gentle' setting for the first week. Once you are confident using your device and your skin has become used to using the sonic cleansing action, you can increase the speed to 'deep cleanse' mode and you can then graduate to a firmer brush head.


The brush head is simple to remove. Firmly grab the brush head under the base and lift it up from one side and it will click off. It is recommended that brush heads be replaced every three months.

Brush heads retail for $9.95 each, and there are three types - Gentle, Everyday and Deep Cleanse.

Image source - Brandpoint


The ViVA comes in three colours - Midnight, Rosa & Satin. It retails for $69 and are available to purchase online at www.purabeaute.com.au. For stockists call (07) 5564 6767 or visit their website at www.purabeaute.com.au.


This product was not provided for editorial review

Thursday, 20 April 2017

REVIEW: RIMMEL LONDON SCANDAL’EYES + BROW THIS WAY NEW RELEASES


Rimmel London have released some excited new products featuring eyes and brows! From reformulating Brow this Way to revolutionising Scandal'Eyes Bold Liner with a precise ball-tip applicator, it's no wonder there is so much excited in the air.  I want to share these three products I received to review.


Brow This Way with Argan Oil Brow Gel - RRP $12.95
I love brow gels especially when they work a dream. I have thick coarse eyebrow hairs and they need to be tamed, but some brow gels can be too sticky or thick and separate the hairs giving it the obvious gel look.



WHATS NEW!
Infused with Argan Oil, it made sense to add it to brow products since it's commonly found in haircare products. Perfect for taming those unruly rebellious hairs with a natural result.

I love the new formula and brush. The brush applicator is slightly different from the original one. It has a more tapered shape making it easier to tame and shape brows. My brow holds nicely without looking spiky and separated. Only takes a few seconds to dry.


It's lightweight, long-lasting formula is smudge-proof and fade-proof, perfect for all-day regardless of weather. Comes in three shades - Blonde, Mid Brown, Dark Brown and transparent gel.



Scandal'Eyes Bold Flick Liner - RRP $13.95
This waterproof liner comes with a ball tip applicator. It's long-lasting and fade-proof, staying on the eyes for more than 24 hours without smudging.


First impressions - surprised at the shape and round ball-like tip. This one took a bit of getting used to. I wasn't sure how to use the liner with the ball tip and whether it would be easier or more difficult to apply. I was able to achieve a nice graphic line using just one swipe. It was so easy. I love the feel of this liner because it helps to draw the line much easier that a normal liner.


It is formulated with rich black pigments, with maximum colour intensity and a high-shine glossy finish.



Scandal'Eyes Reloaded Waterproof Mascara - RRP $17.95
I love Rimmel mascaras.  I think I own the entire range.  This one is no exception.  One coat is enough to give me lush long lashes without the over applied look. 


Perfect for those hot and humid days when half my makeup falls off!  If you want to go for an afternoon dip and you don't want to come out of the water with your mascara half way down your face, this is the mascara to wear.  It is waterproof with no smudge or flaking and comes off easily with waterproof makeup remover.

The brush head has a tapered design to allow each lash to be coated evenly, giving the volume our eyes need to stand out.


It was so easy to complete to apply the liner.  Images below show all three items used. I used Brow This Way in Clear.  I know I need to tidy up the brow area!


The eye liner was super easy and for me that's a huge plus as I tend to avoid applying liquid liner due to my disaster history in applying.   The mascara has two coats and there is no clumping.


Overall, I am pretty impressed with these new releases.  What's your favourite favourite Rimmel product?


Rimmel London is available at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Target, Kmart, Big W, selected pharmacies, Coles and Woolworths. For more information visit Rimmel's website here.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

REVIEW: ULTA3 LOVED CHEEK PALETTE



Ulta3 have released a special Collection Edition of products specially for mum this Mothers Day.

Whether you want to throw in some extra goodies or get mum the entire collection, either way mum will definitely have a smile with these gorgeous pieces.

On the other hand it doesn't have to be Mother's Day to add these value for money makeup items to your collection.  The nail colours are so versatile and the eye shadow colour combinations are endless.

I have in my hands the LOVED Cheek Palette


This palette features a banana powder, blush and contouring powder. This slim-line compact contains a mirror inside the compact and large, brush friendly pans, perfect for bigger contouring brushes or blush applicators.


The texture of the powders are soft and silky with barely any fallout.  The colour glides on smoothly and blends really well.  The pigment is quite good and is buildable which is fab as it leaves very little room for the over contoured look.


The colour on the left is the banana powder.  It's perfect to eliminate dark circles as well as highlighting.   The middle shade is the blush and the the dark shade on the right is the contouring shade. 


On every Ulta3 palette there is always a detailed diagram and instructions on how to use their palettes.  This is perfect for me as I constantly need to follow pictures as well as instructions when applying makeup. 


Ulta3 Mother's Day Collection are all priced under $15.00.  To find a Ulta3 stockist click here, alternatively you can purchase from their website www.ulta3.com.au.




Product was sent for editorial consideration

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

REVIEW: SUNCARE WITH ELLA BACHÉ FEATURING FACESAVER + SPORTSBLOC ACTIVE 50+


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 and the one item that is mandatory in a skincare regime is sunblock. And it shouldn't be seasonal either.

How many of you would pack away your sunscreen now that Winter is approaching? I know there are many who do because I was one of them! Many consumers relate Summer to sunburn but forget the sun doesn't change its harmful rays of UVA and UVB each season. Sun exposure is sun exposure. It is still harmful between the hours of 12 and 3. A dedicated face sunscreen should be an essential part of your skincare regime all year round.  The sun's UV rays will always win.

Monday, 10 April 2017

NEW RELEASE: ESSENCE MAKE-UP CONCEALERS & HIGHLIGHTER PICKS FOR AUTUMN/WINTER


The Autumn/Winter Essence Make-up collection has been released and here a few products to look out for. 


All I Need Concealer Palette
This is a colour correcting concealer palette offering five different colours. It is light weight and handy, making it very travel-friendly.


Don't judge the colours too soon. If you find that the colours are not suitable for your skin, they can be easily blended together to suit your own skin tone.

The pink and yellow will counteract purple tones - perfect for reducing dark circles under the eyes. The green concealer will neutralise the redness and the light and dark beige shades have a mattifying effect.


The consistency is creamy, powder-finish texture is easy to apply and blend. It is an overall good palette to have.



Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder
The design on the packaging is pretty. I like the transparent packaging and that you can see the product. 



The bronzer is embossed with a gorgeous pattern, with the matt bronzer on the outside and lighter shimmery shade in the core.


The case is transparent but not very sturdy. As you can see the hinge is already broken. It's a pity because the product is really nice.   The pigment is really pretty starting off really subtle and is buildable to a shade you are happy with. 


Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer
This concealer comes in a tube with an applicator, just the way I like my concealers.  It is easy to apply and I can target the areas I want covered.  I am not fond of squeeze tube concealers, I find them messy and easy to over apply.


The Camouflage concealer is just that, it camouflages and does a pretty good job at it. It is long-lasting and highly pigmented. The texture is smooth  It's liquid-creamy texture covers-up dark circles under the eyes and other skin imperfections. 



Essence offers quality products at affordable prices with their extensive range of makeup always being on-trend as well as their foundation and concealer ranges offering excellent coverage, it is a brand that I will always look out for when shopping for beauty.





Prices
Camouflage Full Coverage Concealer RRP $5.10
Luminous Matt Bronzing Powder RRP $6.15
All I Need Concealer Palette RRP $7.15


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.




Products were sent for editorial consideration

Friday, 31 March 2017

REVIEW: AMIE NATURAL SKINCARE FEAT. NEW LEAF DEEP PORE EXFOLIATING POLISH + PETAL PERFECT MICELLAR WATER


Amie is a natural skincare hailed from Britain which recently launched in Australia. Containing 8 beauty essentials to achieve healthy and beautiful skin.  Perfect for all skin types, regardless of age.

Amie's skincare products contain natural plant and botanical extracts and are pH balanced, making it ideal for all skin types, especially sensitive skin. The entire line is free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, or animal extracts. It is also dermatologically tested and cruelty free.

I am excited to share my thoughts on two products from their range, the Micellar Water and Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

BRAND FOCUS: PLATINUM BEAUTY MAKEUP BRUSHES + BLENDING SPONGES


Woolworth's Supermarkets beauty isle is looking a whole lot prettier with a new makeup brush range being added.  Designed by makeup artists, the new Platinum makeup brushes balance control and comfort and with its sleek design, gun-metal grey and silver handles, these will definitely dress up any beauty pod. 

Platinum Beauty has also come together with Oz Beauty Expert, Bonnie Gillies, to create a range of online tutorials of  how-to videos for each brush with detailed demonstrations.  Perfect for any beginner or the makeup enthusiast!

Monday, 27 March 2017

BRAND FOCUS: SCHWARZKOPF OMEGAPLEX FIBRE THERAPY HAIR-CARE RANGE


I recently attended a briefing session for Schwarzkopf at one of Sydney's fabulous warehouse salon in Surry Hills. The brand recently launched a new hair care range featuring Fibre Therapy with Omegaplex.  

Friday, 24 March 2017

BRAND FOCUS: MODERE COLOUR MAKEUP - AN ORGANIC & NATURAL CHOICE


Last month I attended an intimate lunch for an Australian natural beauty brand, Modere.  Modere's philosophy is simple, powerful and honest.

..."Makeup that works with your skin’s own tone and highlights so your natural beauty can shine through, that feels good to wear and allows your skin to breathe.

Colour that’s clean and safe, with BPA free packaging, natural mineral pigments and certified organic botanicals and without potentially harmful ingredients, animal products or animal testing. 

No masks. No façade. Just a radiant and authentic beauty that comes from within."

Today, consumers are becoming more educated and aware of the effects of our carbon footprint on the environment as well as being more skin conscious. So it's only fitting for a brand like Modere to have a place in our market that represents natural products for the home, body and face as well as being kind to the environment.