Sunday, 28 May 2017

EVENT: L'OREAL PARIS COLORISTA HAIR COLOUR LAUNCH


I recently attended the launch for L'oreal's Colorista Innovative Hair Colour Launch which was held at Studio Neon in Redfern.  The creative space was lit in fluoro lighting and by the entrance an artist was painting an enormous canvas which was cool as hell.  On the other end of the floor were beauty stations and a DJ.

It was intriguing watching the artist working with minimal lighting.  

EVENT: ELIZABETH ARDEN 2017 BEAUTY INNOVATIONS PREVIEW


I recently attended an intimate gathering for the Elizabeth Arden's 2017 Beauty Innovations preview which was held at Saint Cloche Art Gallery in Paddington, Sydney.

The location was perfect, with stunning art backdrops complementing the beauty displays around the gallery as well as breathtaking flower arrangements.  Elizabeth Arden's beauty innovations launch featured the Tropical Escape Colour,Eyes Wide Open and the White Tea collection.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

BRAND FOCUS: ECOTOOLS MAKEUP BRUSHES + BLENDING SPONGES - THE MODERN ECO COLLECTION


Ecotools are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year and decided to give their branding a complete makeover in the process.  

The entire collection has evolved based on the wants and needs of today's women and features a brand new logo, new product innovation as well as impressive responsible packaging.  The Ecotools range is made from recycled, natural and sustainable materials, thus making the entire process from start to finish environmentally friendly.

Ecotools makeup brushes have also been redesigned - featuring tapered light-weight brush handles, (made from renewable bamboo) and modern gunmetal ferrules with bristles that are in a beautiful ombre shades of brown.

Wednesday, 24 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.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

BRAND FOCUS: QV SKINCARE RANGE - KIDS FACE + BODY


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.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

EVENT: ECOTOOLS BREAKFAST FEATURING MODERN ECO COLLECTION


Ecotools recently celebrated their brand new range of makeup tools over breakfast at Nour restaurant in Surry Hills.

We were treated to an array of delectable shared plates of delicious foods which included manush bread, Beirut rolls, fatush, rice almond pudding and fresh fruit salads.

Whilst we sipped on our coffees and devoured the yummy food, special guest Emily Banks, a natural health and beauty specialist, talked through the benefits of using natural products when it comes to makeup, finishing with a live demonstration using the new brushes.

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.

Monday, 1 May 2017

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.


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