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 fa├žade. 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.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

NEW RELEASES: MAYBELLINE NEW YORK MAKEUP PREVIEW FOR 2017


Maybelline New York are launching so many exciting products this year it's hard not to get excited.

Last month I attended a Maybelline event where media and influencers were given a preview of the products that are coming out in the first half of 2017, and they all look amazing!

This invite only event was held at the Beta Bar in Sydney, with fabulous food and drinks flowing throughout the evening as well as makeup stations with MUAs on hand for touch-ups using Maybelline's latest products.

Monday, 13 March 2017

REVIEW: ULTRACEUTICALS RVR90 SKINCARE CHALLENGE - A CRUELTY FREE COMPANY


Late last year, I attended an Ultraceuticals event with special guest Ultraceuticals founder and director Dr Geoffrey Heber. We were given an insight into the brand and the reason and science behind it's development.


About the Brand
Ultraceuticals is a high-end cosmeceutical line. Being 100% Australian owned and made means it is easier to quality control the ingredients used in their products as well as using high levels of active ingredients to provide the most effective products available without the need of a prescription.

Ultraceuticals products do not contain harsh chemicals, like propylene glycol, parabens, synthetic dyes or synthetic fragrances. They are also 100% Cruelty Free, meaning they do not test on animals! They believe that we can all achieve healthy radiant skin but it can only be done if we use effective skincare that is suitable for our needs.

So, they created the RVR90 Challenge. RVR90 stands for Real Visible Results in 90 days. Ultraceuticals believe that using their at home products in addition to regular treatments you can see real results in 90 days. 

Friday, 10 March 2017

BRAND FOCUS: THE BALM APPETIT + HIGHLITE 'N CON TOUR PALETTES

Image Source: theBalm

theBalm have some of the prettiest palettes I have seen. Their quality also doesn't go unnoticed!  They are so pigmented, soft and blend beautifully.  theBalm Cosmetics entire range consists of makeup, skin care, hair care and nail polish. All theBalm's products are paraben and cruelty-free.

All their palette colours have been carefully selected to complement each other.  The palette colours all work well together and rarely is one colour used more than another. The packaging is so unique that the brand is easily recognised anywhere by the old skool collage of images.

I want to share with you two of my faves along with some colour swatches.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

14 WAYS TO ACHIEVE THICKER, LONGER, SEXIER LASHES



Falsies, tinted, implants are some ways to give you that thick, longer, sexier lashes.  But are all these really good for your lashes?  I want to share tips and tricks on how to give you thicker and longer lashes without tints, falsies or implants.


# 1 

Lash Fertiliser
Did you know that applying Vaseline to eyelashes can make your lashes grow longer?  Vaseline, also known as petroleum jelly, works well as a moisturiser and has also been used in cosmetics and natural hair care for decades.  Castor oil is another product that can promote healthy strong lashes. Use a disposable mascara wand to apply.

Image source: wikihow

Vaseline is also excellent for conditioning and moisturising your lashes that are dry and brittle. Yes, lashes can become dry. Have you ever seen white at the tips of eyelashes?

Vaseline not your thing? You can try some of these home remedies that may promote lash growth.
  • Soak lemon peel in a jar containing olive oil for several days. Carefully apply this mixture to your eyelashes. Lemon is mild natural antiseptic which promote growth of fuller eyelashes.
  • Chilled Green Tea - Prepare green tea without adding sugar or other ingredients to it. Use cotton ball to apply the coll, unsweetened green tea on your lashes. Use the cotton balls to carefully swipe against the lash line. This helps to stimulate the lash growth and maintain its health.
  • Eyelid Massage - Massaging your eyelids promote blood flow thereby stimulate your lashes. This prevents their fall out and breakages. Rubbing your eyelids help to grow longer and stronger lashes.


#2

Try a Growth Serum
Some people swear by hair growth serums for lashes. I know I used a hair growth serum on my eyebrows when I wanted them to grow back thick.  I had them thin for so many years and my chances of them returning back to their former glory were slim.  My brows took just over a year to return almost as full as they once were, with a few sparse areas than didn't grow back.


The same serum can be used for lashes.  I went through a period of my lashes falling out. I found brow serum just as effective on my lashes.


# 3

Eyelash Comb
One way to make your eyelashes look longer and fuller is by using an eyelash comb. Comb your lashes before using an eyelash curler and after applying mascara.  This will help rid of any clumps as well as spread the lashes out.


Otherwise disposable mascara wands are just as good.




#4

Eyelash Curler
A quick and not so easy way to help your lashes look longer and fuller is using an eyelash curler. I personally do not have the knack in using one.  I have tried so many times and have failed miserably, pinching my eyelids and pulling out lashes in the process. 


My technique for curling lashes is using my fingers.  I take my index finger and place it horizontally under my lashes and close my eyes so my lashes are curling upwards.  I hold this for at least 15 seconds and the heat from my finger curls my lashes.

Image source -  Wikihow

Alternatively,  if you find it difficult curl with your fingers, use a heated lash curler.


It's compact, safe and battery operated and very effective.


#5

Double Dipping 
A lot of people tend to double and triple dip their mascara wand in and out of the tube. This is not only bad for the mascara but there is also no benefit in doing so.  By double dipping, you are pushing air inside the tube which will expire your mascara quicker by drying it out.


The mascara tube usually accumulates excess mascara around the rim and dries up, clean off the excess so you don't have clumps attaching to the wand.



#6

Wiggle your Wand
For thicker and longer lashes, wiggle your wand.  Instead of making swift brushing movements upwards on the lashes which can cause clumping and an uneven application, by wiggling your wand results are so much better. 


 Mascara is applied evenly from root to tip, giving you a more professional finish.


#7


It's Not a Race
We are always in a hurry or too tired to have the patience to apply mascara slowly. However, quickly running a wand through your lashes will result in a messy or clumped look.


Take a few extra seconds when applying mascara.  Applying slowly, the end result will be much cleaner and softer, and your lashes will be coated evenly with none of them sticking together.


#8

Monogamy Doesn't Count
Loyalty to a brand no longer exists these days. With so many brands and varieties of mascaras on the market, it is hard to stick to just one brand.  What you use during the day may not be suitable for the evening.  Regardless of price, it's what works for you that is important, not price or brand.


I throwout my mascara every 3 to 5 months depending how often I use it.  I know the rule is every 6 weeks you must discard, but if you don't use it everyday and it has no clumps in it, I can't see why you can't use it longer. I own around 15 different mascaras and 10 of these do different things so I don't reach for all of them every day.  To prolong the life of your mascara, add a few drops of any generic eye drop, this will thin our the formula and dissolve any thick bits.


#9

The High Line
This technique has been used for decades. For a fuller looking lash line, use eye liner on the lash line. Whether you use a small amount of eye liner to smudge along your lash line or go for a more dramatic look with the winged look, using an eyeliner on your lash line will fill in any sparse gaps between the lashes.

Image source: Julep

Alternatively you could use an ultra-sharp soft, brown pencil, carefully fill-in your upper lash line - the result should be almost undetectable - just like the 'Wink'.


#10

DIY Lengthen Lashes Hacks
Primer
Applying an eyelash primer can make a huge difference in the appearance of your lashes! Primers look just like regular mascara, only they are a white, black or translucent liquid. Put on your lash primer before you put on your regular black mascara.


Powders
Baby powder is basically a thriftier version of eyelash primer. I've only recently picked up this trick from a friend.  Dip a disposable mascara want and gently comb over your lashes.  If you don't have baby powder, translucent powder works just as good.


Allow the particles to settle on the lashes before applying mascara. This will make the lashes appear even thicker and more noticeable.


#11

Break a Bad Habit
Going to bed without removing your mascara can cause your eyelashes to fall out overtime. Even though if you do so once or twice won't hurt you but don't make it a habit!



#12

Be Gentle
When washing your face, ensure you are always gentle when removing your makeup.  Don't go vigorously rubbing your eye area for the mascara or eye makeup to come on.  Patience and the right type of makeup remover will do the job.

Otherwise your lashes may fall off one by one, making your lash-line weaker each day.


#13

Healthy insides makes a healthy outside
Just like great skin and healthy hair, growing long, luscious eyelashes begins with your diet. Make sure you are getting plenty of vitamins and minerals in your diet, and, if not, then add in supplements, especially biotin.


Making your eyelashes look longer and fuller is easy and can be done at home. You don’t have to resort to expensive treatments like lash inserts or faux lashes.


#14

Tailor made
Prescribe your lashes with what they need. If it’s a combination of length and thickness, use a mascara designed specifically for each. For the most dramatic result, apply the lengthening product first, followed by the volumising mascara. If you’re after something more subtle, reverse the order.



What are your tricks to make your eyelashes look longer and fuller?



Monday, 6 March 2017

REVIEW: PHILOSOPHY - TAKE A DEEP BREATH OXYGENATING GEL CREAM + EYE GEL CREAM


Philosophy 'Take a Deep Breath' is a speciality skincare range within the Philosophy brand. This range aims to deliver more oxygen to the skin with exclusive Clean Air Technology - a patented blend of antioxidants and anti-pollutants to help neutralise damaging free radicals, leaving skin stronger and less sensitive.  It also reduces inflammation, tighten and balances pH levels in skin.

As oxygen is a vital source of energy, over time oxygen levels in our skin decreases due to environmental and lifestyle factors like pollution and stress. 

I trialled these products along with Philosophy's 'Purity Made Simple' foaming 3-in-1 cleansing gel. The Purity Cleansing Gel has been recommended to be used with the 'Take a Deep Breath' range purely due to it working well with the range. 


Take A Deep Breath Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream
This moisturiser has a pale green colour with a refreshing aloe vera scent. The texture is very lightweight, non-greasy and absorbs easily into skin. 



Along with aloe vera, ingredients like rosemary extract, orange peel extract, green tea, angelica archangelica root extract and arabica coffee, it produces a refreshing botanical+floral scent whilst diffuses energising oxygen to detoxify skin and support cell respiration.  


Take A Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream
This eye gel cream is white in colour with the subtlest of scent. The texture is lightweight. Formulated with the same clean air technology, delivering oxygen into the skin. I love the cooling sensation when applied. It feels extremely soothing on the skin.


With a blend of peptides, caffeine and botanical extracts it helps reduce puffiness and dark circles making eyes skin contour appear fresh and rested - resulting in a more fresh and youthful appearance.


Purity Made Simple Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel
Along with the 'Take a Deep Breath' range, I used this cleanser. Upon receiving these products, I was intrigued why Philosophy selected this cleanser for this range. After some research, it was clear that due to the ingredients and 'purity' of this cleanser it was most suited and complemented the range perfectly.


Some of the ingredients include meadowfoam seed oil - high content of antioxidants; rose extract and sage oil - for it's moisturising benefits; sandalwood oil - calms the skin; and urea - for additional hydration.

It's gentle for the eyes and is sensitive on the skin. It deep cleans skin by removing dirt, oil, impurities and all traces of makeup and eye makeup. Skin is left feeling refreshed with no tightness. Just the way I like it. 



Prices
Take A Deep Breath 
Oil-Free Oxygenating Gel Cream 60ml - RRP $50 
Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream 15ml - RRP $45
Purity
Foaming 3-in-1 Cleansing Gel 225ml - RRP $30



Philosophy is available at David Jones and Mecca Stores. 

Visit their website at www.philosophyskincare.com.au for more information and stockists.








Products were sent for editorial consideration

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

NEW RELEASES: HIGHLIGHTING PALETTES FEATURING SLEEK MAKEUP + THEBALM

Highlighting palettes are all the rage now and on average consumers own as least half a dozen varieties of highlight/contouring palette or sticks.  I know I have around a dozen of palettes alone!

Focusing on two palettes here - one is cream and the other is powder.  I personally prefer cream palettes but was pleasantly surprised how soft and workable the powder palette is.


Sleep Makeup Highlighting Palette -  Cleopatra's Kiss
Packaged in a splendid gold compact with a mirror and mini powder brush.


The palette includes two baked powders and two cream formula's, which can be used all over the face and body. The creams are perfect for a luminous glow with a more subtle highlighting effect, whilst the powders create a super metallic finish to skin.


These are stunning, I have only swiped the palette once for each colour.  The intensity yet subtle effects is amazing.

Sphinx - a bronzed gold shade powder.
Delta - a cream bronzed golden shade with micro bronze particles throughout.


Dynasty - a pale gold cream bronzer with golden shimmer.
Goddess - a light champagne powder.


These are amazingly pigmented and easy to blend out once applied to the skin. The shimmer is superfine and smooth allowing highlighting to be blended out flawlessly.

This palette retails for $24.95 and is available at Target.



Highlite 'N Con Tour - Highlight & Contour Palette
This palette is fun and colourful.  It features  4 highlight shades - two shimmer and two matte highlighters; 2 contour powders, one bronzer and one blush.


The packaging is fun and vibrant. Resembling a tour poster with tour dates! Inside is a mirror with brief description detailing each pan. The shadows are framed with a design resembling a sound mixing board, the pans are nice and large, perfect for brushes to pick up product.


The colours are named after sound waves - hertz and decibels.



Shimmer Highlighters - 64Hz and 125Hz
These highlighters have a luminous finish. The texture is smooth and shimmer subtle.  Perfect for that natural look and glow.


Matte Highlighters - 250Hz and 500Hz 
There highlighters are matte.  The text is smooth and the finish, a lovely healthy shine.


Contouring - 20dB and 10dB 
These colours are amazing on the skin.  They aren't too pigmented but are buildable and really easy to blend.  These can be used as a bronzer as well. 


Bronzer - 0dB 
This is the bronzing powder.  I actually like this shade more as a blush as it is a bit too peachy to be a bronzer for my skin.  

Blush - 3dB
This blush is like a raspberry pink with a nice sheen finish. The colour is gorgeous. 


This palette retails for $49.95 and is exclusive to David Jones.


To find out more about theBalm & Sleek Makeup visit their website. 



Products were sent as a gift.  Editorial was optional