29 December 2015

MAC HOLIDAY COLLECTION 2015

Who doesn’t love MAC! And their special holiday gift sets are always incredible. This year, MAC has a holiday collection called Enchanted Eve, which includes countless products including this Eye bag, which is also available in several colour combinations, including this one in Neutral.

 
 
Enchanted Eve Eye Bag in Neutral
 
 
The kit includes;
 
Painterly Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Nude Beige
  • False Lashes False Mascara in Black
  • Dip Down Fluidline in Deep Dark Flat Brown
  • Double ended fluff brush/eye liner brush
  • Cosmetic bag
 
Often gift sets contain products in shades that you’d never use, but because this kit consists of neutral shades, every single one will be on high rotation in my collection.
  
This is the first time I’ve ever used a MAC mascara, but it really does make the lashes appear very long and spidery, almost as if you’re wearing false lashes, hence the very appropriate name ‘False Lashes Mascara’.
  
I’m always using a liquid eye liner but usually in a pen format, so I’m not used to a pot and brush, so that taken a bit of getting used to, but I’m slowly getting there, and the included brush that has a eyeliner brush in one end and eye shadow brush in the other, certainly make it a lot easier, even for novices like me.
  
The Painterly Pro Longwear Pain Pot in the shade nude beige is such a great base shade for the eye line, and I love how easy it glides on, and stays put all day without sliding or settling into creases. I don’t recall ever using up an eye shadow, but this shade is one of those great core shades that I’ll be looking for a new one very soon.
 
Finally the products come packaged in a cute black cosmetic clutch that is perfect for popping into the handbag.
  
A great selection of product retailing for use RRP $89, and available from MAC counters.
 
 
Magic of the Night Holiday Collection
  
In addition to the sets, MAC has also released a number of individual products from a collection called Magic of the Night Holiday Collection. This collection includes among others a selection of Colourdrenched Pigments for eyes, in shades such as Night Thrill (gold shimmer), Ascent of Glamour (cobalt violet blue), Tonight’s the Night (deep blackened teal), Moon is Blue (royal blue) and No Taboos (blackened blue). These shades are extremely pigmented, so you can achieve that intense look perfect for night time, or you can of course blend them for a more subtle look for daytime wear as well. RRP: $42.
 
 
  
Colourdrenched Pigment in Ascent of Glamour and
Retro Matte Lipstick in All Fired Up
 
 
The Magic of the Night Holiday Collection also includes a range of lipsticks, including Please Me (matte muted rosy tinted pink), All Fired Up (retro matte bright fuchsia), Evening Rendezvous (matte deep reddish purple) and Dark Side (amplified deep burgundy), which retails for RRP: $40 each.
  
I’ve been using the All Fired Up, which is such a gorgeous shade, perfect for a night up, or brightening up your face when you’re a little tired, or simply putting a little oomph to an otherwise simple makeup look.
 
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28 December 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: BATISTE DRY SHAMPOO

Having long and thick hair, washing it and drying it takes forever, and add to that a baby as well as an over-active toddler running around between your legs, and I have days that I rely on a good dry shampoo. Here are my thoughts on some newly launched varieties from Batiste; 






What They Say:

Batiste Dry Shampoo In Neon Lights with Pomegranate & Jasmine is a volumising dry shampoo formula with a fresh fragrance. It revitalises greasy and lifeless hair and creates texture and extra body between washes. The light spray absorbs oil at the root and brushes out to leave fresh-scented hair. Simply spray on and brush through. RRP: $9.95 (200ml)

Batiste Strength & Shine Dry Shampoo is a dry shampoo that instantly refreshes hair between washes. It also helps to strengthen hair while restoring shine. It contains L-arginine, an amino acid to stimulate hair follicles. To use, hold can 30cm away from hair, then evenly spray through roots and lengths. Style as usual. RRP: $12.95 (200ml)

Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL is a light, volumising dry shampoo formula with a fresh fragrance. It revitalises greasy and lifeless hair and creates texture and extra body between washes. The light spray absorbs oil at the root and brushes out to leave fresh-scented hair. Simply spray on and brush through. RRP: $12.95 (200ml), $19.95 (400ml)

Batiste Dry Shampoo is available from Priceline, Coles and selected Pharmacies


What I Say:

A few years ago I would never have thought of using Dry Shampoo. I simply washed my hair every couple of days, and then prayed that it wouldn’t start looking too greasy before the next hair wash. But then I had shoulder surgery and washing my hair simply became difficult, and not to mention quite painful for a while, so I started using – and relying on dry shampoo.

It is the perfect product to use in between hair washes, as it is so quick and convenient to use. It not only absorbs any excess oils from your scalp, it also leaves you hair looking and smelling fresh, and with the added bonus of giving your hair extra volume!

Batiste Dry Shampoo has recently launched some new products including;


 




The Batiste Dry Shampoo In Neon Lights with Pomegranate & Jasmine. This dry shampoo has to be my favourite. IT has such a beautiful fresh fruity fragrance from the added pomegranate and jasmine that it immediately feels like you’ve washed your hair.

Next is the Batiste Dry Shampoo in Strength & Shine, which is no ordinary dry shampoo. It not only helps clean your hair between hair washes, and add volume and restore the hair’ natural shine, it also helps strengthen the hair as it has been enriched with contains L-arginine, an amino acid to stimulate hair follicles. I’m yet to see my feel my hair getting stronger, but the way I see it, it can only benefit your hair that it cares for it at the same time! It has a fresh scent that you’ll never get tired off!

Finally, the Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume is now also available in a huge 400ml can, double the size of the standard sized can, which is perfect if you use it all the time. The dry shampoo not only helps keep your hair clean and free from oily roots, it also keeps it smelling fresh thanks to the fresh scent, as well as it helps add even extra volume to limp hair.

Common for all the Batiste Dry Shampoos is that they are so simple and easy to use, you simply shake the can, before spraying the dry shampoo into the roots of your hair. You then massage it with your fingers before brushing through and style as usual!

So whether you’re for a fruity scent, extra volume or extra strength and shine, these Batiste Dry Shampoos are a must-have in every bathroom!

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21 December 2015

CLARINS DOUBLE SERUM COMPLETE AGE CONCENTRATE

Being a beauty blogger means that I am lucky to get to try more skincare products than most - and this means that I usually have something lined up to try next, and alas, I don't often purchase any products, unless there is something I really really love. One of those products that I've repurchased is the Clarins Double Serum Complete Age Concentrate;






What They Say:
Powered by 20 pure plant extracts and potent, high-tech molecules—Double Serum’s innovative, dual chamber system combines two age-defying formulas into one groundbreaking serum that reactivates skin’s vital functions. The result: firmer skin, reduced wrinkles, a more even skin tone and less visible pores in just 4 weeks".

RRP: $90.00 (30ml) – Available from department stores, select pharmacies

What I Say:
Having ageing skin with beginning lines, wrinkles, dullness and pigmentation, I am always on the lookout for a great product to help delay these signs. And a couple of pregnancies haven't exactly helped either.

Clarins claims that the serum can:
1. Can boost hydration by + 75%* up to four hours after application, delaying the appearance of wrinkles and maintaining skin’s softness and comfort.

2. Can increase the speed at which nutrients penetrate the skin’s cells, restoring suppleness.
3. Can improve cell oxygenation, so that skin regains radiance.

4. Can stimulate the activity of two genes involved in skin protection, to protect against premature ageing.
5. Can regenerate the skin by boosting the production of collagen and glycosaminoglycan’s, so that skin maintains its firm, smooth, dense appearance.





The core ingredient in the Clarins Double serum contains is cangzhu extract, which has been specifically developed for Clarins. It stimulates G protein, a key protein of cell membranes, which amplifies the message, sent to cells by the formula’s active ingredients. Cangzhu extract thus helps to boost significantly the efficacy of the other 20 powerful plant extracts contained in Double Serum.

The serum also contains burdock extract, organic marshmallow extract and katafray bark extract help the stimulation of the skin’s natural moisturising factors and help with moisture retention in the dermis and epidermis. It also contains kiwi fruit extracts, organic perilla oil and organic macadamia oil, work to improve cell nutrition and the reinforcement of the lipidic cement.

To oxygenate the skin, the ingredients used are maritime pine extract, organic rosehip oil and arnica extract target improved cell oxygenation, while organic green tea extract, pistachio tree extract, organic quinoa extract and oxydendron extract, have been included to work on the neutralisation of free radicals and the reinforcement of the skin barrier. And finally, organic green banana extract, lemon thyme extract, unsaponifiables of avocado and hop extract, Phytosphingosine, organic oat sugars, survixyl IS™ and bocoa, have been added to preserve epidermal renewal potential, by reinforcing the dermal network fibres and surface tightening.
The Double Serum seems a little oilier and greasier than most other serums that I have previously tried, and with my combination skin, it is thus too heavy for me during the day under makeup, so consequently I just use it at night under my night cream.

The serum is very concentrated, just two small pumps is more than sufficient. I simply pump the serum into the palm of my hand and mix the two serums well. Clarins has developed a special technique for applying their products , and do recommend that the serum is applied this way in order for the product to work properly. After the product has been warmed by your fingertips and palms of hands, press hands onto the face and neck to allow the product to sink in. You can see the full application guides here.
And the next morning I wake to soft, smooth radiant skin. My skin is simply so thoroughly moisturised that it is glowing, - and without feeling greasy. In fact, after having used the serum for several weeks, I actually find that the serum as helped control and balance the oil production in my skin, so it no longer feels as oily and pores in the t-zone area seems to have reduced in size.
And what is even better, my skin tone seems more even, and some old acne scars seems to have softened too, as have the fine lines around the eye area and on my forehead are less noticeable. I am so impressed, and consequently why this is one of the skincare products that I have repurchased.

The unique pump bottle is separated into two vials, one that Hydric system, and the other the Lipidic system. These two separate phases, presented in side-by-side vials, enable the otherwise impossible combination of water and oil soluble ingredients with no risk of incompatibility or instability, and without recourse to emulsifiers.




The serum has a lovely natural scent, which I really like, although this scent does fade quickly once absorbed into the skin.
 
This serum is perfect for use during winter and if you have drier skin. While I do have combination skin, I have been using it for the 4.5 months I was in hospital with our son, which did help combat the horrid dry air from the constantly running air conditioners. A definite winner, wont be the last time I purchase this serum!
 
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18 December 2015

LANCOME ABSOLUE PRECIOUS CELLS WHITE AURA MIRACLE ILLUMINATING FINISHER FROM ACTIVESKIN

Some time you come across a beauty product that’s completely out of this world, and one of those is the Lancôme Absolue Precious Cells White Aura Miracle Illuminating Finisher, which is available from ActiveSkin





“This cream has been developed by Lancôme after 20 years of research on skin stem cells, cells are gifted with an ability to restore and maintain youthfulness, Lancôme has created Aura Miracle Illuminating Finisher, which is the last step in your skincare routine, and which has been specifically developed to sublimate skin’s radiance. The white rose extract is for the first time associated ti Pro-Xylane, in a luminous and sublimating fluid, to deliver instant results and a skin that looks smoothed out, re-texturised, for a perfect luminous and velvety finish. Skin is gifted with an aura of light!”

This sounds pretty magical, doesn’t it. In short, basically a cream that helps work on the skin’s dark spots, for a more even skin tone, all while smoothing out the skin and giving it a nice luminous and soft finish.

Sometimes big words like that, are just that. Nothing but marketing fluff. And I should know, with my Post Grad in Marketing- but I have to say that I am nothing short of impressed.

Admitted, my skin is particularly dull and tired looking at the moment as months of poor sleep and immense stress has certainly taken its toll and is clearly showing. But regardless, this cream does instantly blur any uneven skin tone and pigmentation and make the skin look so radiant with this lit-from-within glow. Almost like you’ve just had the best beauty sleep of your life – and as if that’s going to happen for me the next decade with a baby and a toddler!! But the effects are not just instant, the cream also moisturises the skin around the clock, and offers long-term anti-ageing and whitening benefits. I’ve only used the cream a short period, so I cannot vouch for the long-term benefits, but what I can say is that I’m so loving how it instantly makes my skin feel and look.

The cream is used on top of your other serums and moisturisers, and it is silky soft and instantly absorbs into the skin. And you can simply leave it at that for that natural fresh looking glow, or you can of course apply your makeup as per usual, and then the makeup applies to smoothly, so it works perfectly as a primer too! And before I forget, it also has the most divine scent

Now, as you’d probably guessed, it sadly doesn’t come cheap. It has an RRP of $185 (30ml), and is available from ActiveSkin here.
Worth the hefty price tag – again, at this point I cannot comment on the long-term which is obviously why you’d purchase such an expensive cream. But given the research that has gone into this cream, and how incredible and glowing it instantly makes the skin feel and look, it is simply so luxurious, that I have no doubt that it will also deliver permanent results with ongoing use.






So if you like me want to look like you’ve had a good night’s sleep or want to look extra luminous and glowing for a special occasion, such as weddings, Xmas and New Year’s parties, or simply just want to spoil yourself, then this Absolue Precious Cells White Aura Miracle Illuminating Finisher from Lancôme is definitely recommended.
About ActiveSkin – if you are not familiar with ActiveSkin, they are an online beauty store stocking over 5000 products. They have a low shipping rate of $6.95, but do offer free shipping when you spend over $95. You can also shop with ActiveSkin confidence as they not only match a competitor’s price, they will beat their prices by 10% of the difference. They also have a cool rewards system where you accumulate points which can be redeemed against future purchases. And if you need a little help selecting products, you can always just give them a call and a Qualified Skin Expert is there to give you advice.

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16 December 2015

XMAS GIFT IDEA:BOBBI BEIGE GOLD LONG-WEAR EYE KIT FROM ADORE BEAUTY

Next in line of Xmas gift ideas is this Beige Gold Long-Wear Eye Kit from Bobbi Brown available from Adore Beauty.




The kit contains five products and a sachet sample which includes;
 
  • Long-Wear Cream Shadow Stick in Beige Gold (0.9g)
  • Smokey Eye Mascara in Black (3ml)
  • Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner (3g)
  • Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush
  • Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover (30ml)
  • Hydrating Eye Cream Sachet (1.5g)

Personally I’m very excited about this kit. I LOVE Bobbi Brown products, and being on the run with a baby and a toddler means that I’ve hardly got any time for myself to get ready, so I rely on products which are quick and easy to use. Hence I was particularly excited about the Eye Shadow Stick. And it has been love at first sight, as this super wearable beige gold stick with just a touch of shimmer is perfect for a simple and natural every day wear, but it is also super easy and so quick to apply and stays put all day. And I love that you can build up the colour so to make it more intense if you like. I’d definitely consider purchasing more of these!
 
 
 
 
 
  
I also use a liquid eye liner every day, but usually in a pen form, so not so used to a pot and a brush, but once I got the hang of it, this little pot of eye liner is pretty amazing too, and as the name suggests stays put all day long. The shade Espresso Ink is a very dark brown that is again very wearable for everyday casual wear as it is not quite as ‘harsh’ as a black eyeliner, whilst still being a solid dark shade.
 
The Eye Liner Brush is obviously a necessary tool for a pot of eye liner, and the quality is second to none. I would have preferred the tip of the brush to be slightly thinner so I could draw a finer line, but then again, it may just be me totally inexperienced with applying eye liner this way!
  
Next up is the mascara, which as I expected is pretty good. It has a large soft brush that makes it easy to coat every single lash, making them both longer and giving them lots of volume at the same time. One thing that I also love is that it is immediately usable without clumping or dispensing too much mascara – don’t you just hate it when new mascaras do that! And it also feels super gentle on the lashes and doesn’t irritate my otherwise sensitive eyes.
  
Also included is a small bottle of the Instant Long-Wear Makeup Remover. And this is pretty effective, removing all traces of the makeup instantly without the need to drag or pull at the sensitive eye area. It is a little greasy, but I feel that’s standard for makeup removers targeted at long-wearing and waterproof makeup, but as I always use a treatment cleanser after I’ve removed my makeup that removes any greasy residue afterwards anyway.
 
Finally, the kit also included a small sachet sample of the Hydrating Eye Cream. My immediate verdict is that it is a very nice and effective cream, but being such a small sample, it is obviously difficult to speak of the long-term results. But certainly I do like and could consider purchasing again.
  
Overall, I think this is a really good Makeup Kit from Bobbi Brown – I really enjoy every single product, and I know they will quickly become everyday favourites. I really love the eye shadow stick, which is probably the stand-out product for me, but I am quickly warming to the eye liner pot, and the mascara you can only love too. The only think that I feel would have been an ideal inclusion into the kit as well would have been an eyeliner pencil for the waterline, but then, I have heaps of those already.
  
So all around a fantastic makeup kit, for a classic everyday neutral look, and the perfect way to get introduced to the makeup from Bobbi Brown.
 
The Beige Gold Long-Wear Eye Kit from Bobbi Brown sells at RRP; RRP: $55 from Adore Beauty.
 
 

About Adore Beauty – if you are not familiar with Adore Beauty, they are an online store for hair and beauty products stocking over 10.000-plus beauty products. They always include two free samples with any order over $50, and have free shipping too, regardless of how small your order. So make sure to check them out now. 

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15 December 2015

XMAS GIFT IDEA: NAPOLEON PERDIS LOVE IT SHINE COLLECTION FROM RY

In keeping with the Xmas theme, today I’d like to show you a fabulous gift idea from Napoleon Perdis, the Love It Shine Collection which is available from the online store RY.
This collection kit contains three light-harnessing products to help get your skin looking glowing and bright in no time, absolutely perfect for the festive season. The three products are;  
  • Love Shine Highlight and Bronzing Powder (15g)
  • Loose Eye Dust Star Love (108g)
  • Deluxe Magnif-Eyes Black Mascara (3ml)
The Love Shine Highlight and Bronzing Powder looks pretty with its two tones and embossed ribbon design, and its combination of the two shades. The bronze shade has just the right shade for my skin tone, and is perfect for both all-over use, but also to use to sculpt the face, while the pale pink slightly shimmery highlight shade is perfect for adding light on the brow bone, and on top of the cheek bones.
The Loose Eye Dust Star Love is a loose pigmented powder, and while I am not normally a huge fan of loose pigment, for the pure reason that I find it messy and I end up with it everywhere, this little pot is different as it has a little in-built dispenser that dispenses just the right amount each time, you simply give it a light shake before opening it. The shade Star Love is a golden shimmery shade that is perfect as base eye shadow and it can be used both dry and wet, while you get a more intense look when used with a damp brush. However, it can also be used as a shimmering highligher your cheeks or anywhere else you like on your body, even on your lips by adding a clear gloss on top!

Finally, the Deluxe Magnif-Eyes Black Mascara is a deluxe sized mascara that is super-charged with collagen, triglyceride, polymers and soft waxes to help strengthen the eye lashes, all while lifting and lengthening them and giving them volume. And as it is free from fragrances it is also super gentle and perfect for even the most sensitive eyes like mine!
This gift set containing two full sized products and one deluxe sized, is fantastic value with an RRP of $85.

Available from RY

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14 December 2015

JURLIQUE XMAS GIFT IDEAS

Up next are some Xmas gift ideas and stocking stuffers from the cult Australian organic skincare brand Jurlique.





Rosewater Balancing Mist ($35/50ml)

This mist is so light and refreshing on the skin, yet it is so light that it is perfect for even combination and oily skin like mine. It contains precious rose essential oil with antioxidant properties that helps improve skin tone and moisture levels and balance out the skin. If furthermore also contains marshmallow and aloe to help add hydration to the surface of the skin to make it feel hydrated, soothed, refreshed and dewy. It can be misted into hands and pressed onto the skin, or simply misted directly onto the face. I also like using it on top of my makeup to set it in the morning, as well as refresh it during the day. And I think it’s probably unnecessary to say this, but it naturally has the most divine scent of roses. Available from
Jurlique here






Hydra Gloss with Nutri-Oil Complex in I’m Blushing or I’m Neutral (RRP: $22/10ml, each)

Another option is the Hydra Gloss Gel Balm for the lips which are deeply nourishing on the lips thanks to safflower oil, jojoba seed oil and extracts of birch, black elder, licorice root, and Nutri-Oil complex rich in vitamin E, which combined help condition and soften your lip, so they are perfect to protect dry and chapped lips too. And I really love the cooling feeling they leave on the lips, and the subtle scent of peppermint. But that’s not all, they also give the lips long-wearing instant glossy shine, and a gorgeous hint of sheer colour, in either pale pink with the I’m Blushing or pale apricot with the I’m Neutral. And those little tubes are pretty cute too! Availa
ble from Julique here

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13 December 2015

XMAS GIFT IDEA: EVO TEASE THE SEASON CARE PACK FROM RY

Next up in the series about Xmas gift ideas is this gorgeous gift box Tease The Season Care Pack – Love is in the hair - from EVO which is available from the Online store RY.





The beautiful red and white themed gift box contains shampoo, conditioner for coloured hair in need of repair and colour fade protection as well as a stunning timber paddle brush.

The shampoo, ritual salvation care shampoo (300ml), is a treatment shampoo that gently cleanses and repairs hair, while helping to protect hair colour thanks to conditioning agents and proteins. As EVO says “Your hair is your friend, treat it right and you’ll be on your way to mastering your destiny and becoming that person you always dreamed of being…”







The ritual salvation care conditioner (300ml) is a thick conditioner that instantly helps to repair and smooth the hair, giving dry and damaged, and chemically treated hair some much needed strength, moisture and shine. As EVO says “…Your hair is like a lover, ignore it and it will run off, shag your best friend and be sewing alfafa sprouts into your new leather couch before you’ve had time to take your house key back.”

Both products smell absolutely divine, and from the very first wash, I’ve loved these products, as they leave my long hair feeling soft and looking so healthy and shiny. And you can only love the gorgeous scent that lingers behind for hours after I’ve washed it.

As EVO puts it, these products will ‘bring your mane back from the brink and put the love where it belongs.

The gift set also comes with the EVO pete ionic paddle brush, which is a natural rubber, soft cushion pad brush that gently brushes the hair. It the pins are ball-tipped so its gentle on the scalp, and it helps reduce frizz too, while the timber shaft is made from wood from well-managed forests.

This is an absolutely stunning gift set of exceptional value, selling at just $56.90 (valued at $96.86)


In my opinion you don’t even have to wrap it (YAY!), as the actual gift box is just so gorgeous too – and it would also be such a shame to hide EVO’s iconic good humour, which not only are printed on the bottles, but also on the outside of the box : EVO care – Love is in the hair. It’s time. Spread that Christmas cheer. Let humanity know “yes… you’re loved!” It’s a powerful thing. We know… We’ve mastered the Love. After all, you can’t spell ‘love’ without e, v, and o in each and every pack we’ve whispered “I love you”, closed it gently and let the evo tenderise.


Available from RY

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12 December 2015

XMAS GIFT IDEA: MOLTON BROWN EAU DE TOILETTE COLLECTION

Today I’d like to tell you about a brand new Eau de Toilette Collection available from the British cult brand Molton Brown. The fragrances have been made with rare ingredients sourced from across the world, and made in collaboration with some of the world’s most famous perfumers.






There are 8 different scents, which include everything from woody, citrus, floral and oriental, with the names;
 

  • Heavenly Gingerlily
  • Bushukan
  • Orange & Bergamot
  • Ylang-Ylang
  • Re-charge Black Pepper
  • Fiery Pink Pepper
  • Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea
  • Mesmerising Oudh Accord and Gold

I tried the scent called Bushukan which is made with a combination of black and pink pepper in the top note. Also added are petitgrain, lemon, cardamom and rosemary. The scent has been made in collaboration with Nathalie Koobus, Perfumer at Fragrances Essentielles.

This scent manages to be both spicy and fresh at the same time, something you rarely come across, but it is beautiful combination, something that will still work during the warmer months, where I would otherwise just prefer a lighter scent.

The fragrance lasts fairly well on the skin also considering it is ‘just’ an eau de toilette, so while it does fade during the day, I can still detect it at night.

The scents come in classic round bottles with silver lids, and gorgeous colourful boxes. They retail for $89 each for 50ml and are available from David Jones.

As for me, I’ve l ready got my eyes on the Orange & Bergamot, Fiery Pink Pepper and Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea….How amazing would they all look lined up on the bathroom shelf..

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11 December 2015

XMAS GIFT IDEA: REAL TECHNIQUES DELUXE GIFT SET

Next in line of Xmas gift ideas is this Deluxe Gift Set Real Techniques. Sometimes buying makeup for a female can be a tricky thing, unless you’ve been told exactly what to get, including the shade – but enter makeup brushes and it is completely different. A well applied makeup requires good makeup brushes, and you can never have too many of those. And in terms of quality and value for money, you just cannot go past Real Techniques who have brought out this limited edition Deluxe gift set.  
 


 
 
I’ve already got a few other Real Techniques Brushes that I have had for quite some time, and in spite of having been washed countless times, they are still perfect condition and look as good as new. And if you’re a makeup junkie like me, you’ll no doubt have come across the amazing brushes from Real Techniques which are such great quality, look great with their different coloured shafts, and in my opinion, also well priced. And with this gift set it is even better value..
 
The deluxe set includes all the essential makeup brushes that you could need, including; 
 
  • Multi task brush
  • Tapered foundation brush
  • Angled highlighter brush
  • Base shadow brush
  • Fine liner brush
  • Glam-to-go clutch
 
 
The Multi Task brush is as the name suggests a large rounded brush which is perfect for powder, blush or bronzer, while the Tapered Foundation Brush has a dense tapered edge for the perfect and flawless application of your foundation. The Angled Highlighter Brush makes it easy to contour the cheeks. The Base Shadow Brush is a large eye shadow brush that is perfect for covering your lid smoothly and evenly with base colour, while the Fine Liner Brush is perfect for those pots of cream eyeliner.




 
 
The Tapered foundation brush, Angled highlighter brush are exclusive brushes you’ll only find in this gift set – and the same with the stylish cream coloured Glam-to-go envelope clutch that is also included with the gift set. This clutch is perfect for storing your brushes, use as a travel case for your brushes, or even a little clutch for going out.
 
The Real Techniques Deluxe Gift Set retails at $79.99 and is available from Priceline and The Beauty Office
 
   
* Some products may have been kindly provided for consideration, and have reviewed in accordance with my Disclosure Policy.
 
 

 
 
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10 December 2015

XMAS GIFT IDEA: TOMY MILES FROM TOMORROW LAND TOYS

A little while ago Disney Junior launched the movie Miles from Tomorrowland, which is a series about a boy called Miles, and his adventures as a space cadet travelling through outer space discovering galaxies filled with aliens and high-tech gadgets. His mission is to go boldly where no seven-year old has gone before.







To coincide with the launch, TOMY has launched a matching toy line, allowing children to recreate episodes and become a part of the story. My little boy was lucky to be sent a selection of the toys, and here are our thoughts.







The key piece of the toy line is without a doubt the Stellosphere (RRP: 79.95). This spaceship is absolutely huge, and it is the home to Miles and his family. It can split into three smaller ships, which can be used individually but which also can be put together to form a huge playset. When you open up the playset, a command centre is revealed where Miles and his family can receive new missions, and it also has lots of other cool features such as lights, sounds and phrases from the show, and when you put Miles or any of the other figures (which can be purchased individually) into the changing chamber they glows.







There are also six different Basic figures available to collect, which includes Galactic Miles, Superstellar Miles, Merc, Pipp, Loretta and Phoebe (RRP: 10.95 each).










Finally, the Scout Rover (RRP: $22.99) is buggy that Miles and his dad, Leo uses when they are on a mission and need to conquer the rocky terrain. The vehicle comes with the Leo Figure, and it has room for two figures. It has push-down projectile launchers, but can also be connected to the Vehicle Rocket System from the Stellosphere, to activate lights and sounds.

 

 




At 2.5 years old, my little boy is slightly younger than the recommended age group for this toy, but I don’t find it is an issue, as he is generally playing with toys above his age. And he absolutely adores this spaceship, and all the figures that comes with it, - the Stellosphere is simply the perfect version of a dolls house for a boy, and it allows him to use his imagination and role play at a completely new level, also thanks to the sheer size and all the features, with the lights and phrases. The Scout Rover and all the figures help make the playset even more fun to play with.

These toys may not be the cheapest around, but my little boy has already spent countless hours playing with them, and he keeps getting back to them again and again, while he often tires of other and more simple toys a lot quicker. When we go for long drives, I always tell him to pack his little backpack with toys, and he often wants to take the Stellosphere with him, although unfortunately it is a little too big for him to sit with in his car seat – but it goes to show that it truly has become a favourite toy – so if you’ve got a little boy, I’d highly recommend that you check out this Miles from Tomorrowland range.


The toys are available from Toys R Us, Target, Big W, Myer and ToyWorld.

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9 December 2015

SMIGGLE XMAS GIFT IDEAS

Next up in the Xmas Gift Ideas, we’ve come up with some great and fun ideas for the kids (or those young at heart) from Smiggle. Smiggle is always bursting with cute, fun and functional things, here are just a couple..






Wow Double Decker Lunchbox

This cool lunchbox has two tiers of storage, so that you can separate the different items, and for instance carry biscuits or snacks in the smaller top part and sandwich and drink in the lower part. It has a carry handle and label for your name, and comes in a range of cool colours, suitable for both boys and girls RRP: $24.95


Wow Wallet
This wallet has a Velcro fastening so it is easy for small fingers to open and close. It also has room for 6 cards for those all important credit cards (or be it store membership cards!!),as well as one transparent slot for a photo. It also has a zipped compartment for coins and also a zipped compartment for notes. The perfect little wallet for little ones! Available in a range of colours to suit both boys and girls. RRP: $12.95

Mini Shake & Whirl Light
This battery operated light is the coolest thing ever. It is filled with water and glitter, and when you give it a gentle shake, you can see all the glitter change under a light glow. Very cool addition to any kids room. Again available in a range of colours for both boys and girls. RRP: $14.95

Balloon Kit
This fun kit allows you to make your own balloon models. It includes with step by step instructions for 6 different balloon creations, and also includes pump, 30 mixed balloons and 2 sheets of decorative stickers. The perfect activity for all kids, (and adults!) on a rainy day! RRP: $19.95


Alphabet Keyring
This keyring has such a cool design and colour, and the having your own ‘personalised’ keyring, makes it a breeze to find your keys amongst those of the rest of the family. RRP: $6.95


But these are just a few of the products available from the huge Smiggle range that also includes backpacks, pencil cases, pens, notebooks, and other activity products, so make sure to check them out now Instore or at the Smiggle website


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XMAS GIFT IDEA FROM RY: DERMALOGICA ACTIVE MOIST SKINCARE KIT

Next in line of Xmas gift ideas is this amazing limited gift set from Dermalogica, which is available from RY. It contains a full sized, 100ml tube, of the Active Moist moisturiser, a product that I’ve loved for a very long time. In a way it is a bit of a basic moisturiser, but I use it over a targeted serum, and the moisturiser is so light weight and also oil-free so it is perfect for my combo skin, especially during the summer months when my skin tends to become even greasier. It also helps balance the skin without leaving it feeling or looking greasy while still giving it all the moisture it needs.






The kit also contains a deluxe sample size, 30ml of the Dermal Clay Cleanser, which is a deep cleansing cleanser that contains Bentonite and Kaolin clay to purify oily skin and remove excess oil and sebum while also refining the skin texture. It is perfect for using with the third and final product in the kit, the limited edition Facial Cleansing Mitt which is a soft plastic mitt that works in unison with the cleanser to gently slough off dead skin cells for a more superior and deep cleanser of the skin.







The Dermalogica Active Moist Kit is available from Ry for the fantastic price of $55.77, which considering a 50ml tube of the Active Moist sells for $43.68, is exceptional value when you get a 100ml moisturiser, which will last you forever and ever, as well as the two bonus products thrown in as well. And let me tell you, if you like me struggle with skin that is forever shining during the summer months and always prone to breakouts, then this kit is perfect for you.


Available from RY

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8 December 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: BHAVE TRAVEL IN STYLE + GIVEAWAY

Continuing the Xmas gift ideas here are one of my absolute favourite ones for the hair, The Travel in Style Travel pack from bhave. And if you’re regularly checking in at the Beauty and Lifestyle Hunter, you should be more than aware that I’ve got a deep found love for the products from bhave, which are without a doubt the hair products which have made the biggest difference to the health of my hair.






The Travel In Style Kit contains the Rescue Shampoo and Conditioner (100ml each), and enriched with Replicine Functional Keratin, they help restore strength, shine, elasticity and shine to hair that has been damaged by chemical treatments and ongoing hair styling. And make to keep reading because you've got a chance to win a set of these goodies too!

The kit also contains the Rescue Riot Control Oil (15ml), which is a hair oil that contains certified organic Moroccan Oil and antioxidants to strengthen and nourish the hair while taming fly-aways and frizz and adding shine, all without leaving a heavy residue or the hair looking greasy. This stuff is pure magic!

It also contains the Deep Intense Conditioning Masque (35g), which is a thick masque that repairs and rebuilds hair that has been damaged from chemical treatments, heated appliances and over exposure to sun, chlorine and salt water from the inside out. It needs to be left in the hair for 5-10 before rinsing it out, but it is worth it as the hair is left so incredibly soft and healthy looking afterwards.

Finally, the kit also contains the Leave-In Crème (35g), which as the name suggests is a treatment that you do not need to rinse out. It is chock full of nutrients as well as raw natural keratin to repair, strengthen and nourish dry, damaged hair, and also protect the hair from daily damage from the sun!

The products come packaged in a stylish mesh toilet bag, that is not just perfect for your bhave products, but which can of course also be used afterwards for makeup etc.

The bhave Travel In Style Kit is a limited edition kit in the lead up to Xmas, and as it is fantastic value selling at RRP$51.95 (Valued At $69.99), you better hurry if you want to get your hands on one! Available from selected hair salons.
For my full reviews of these products and many others from the bhave product range, go to the Beauty & Lifestyle Hunter Product Directory


GIVEAWAY


And now on to the good news, bhave would like to give one luck Beauty and Lifestyle Hunter reader the chance to win a Travel in Style Kit – This giveaway will run on the Beauty and Lifestyle Hunter Instagram page only.

The giveaway is open to Australian residents only (sorry!). Entries start today 8th December and a winner will be picked at random on the 17th December. Winner will be contacted via Instagram, and will have two days to get back to me with their details, or a new winner will be drawn.
To enter follow the Beauty & Lifestyle Hunter and bhave Hair on Instagram, regram the image using the hashtag #blhbhavexmasgiveaway so we can see your entry, and remember to tag a friend as well so she can enter too (a requirement)!
Note that your Instagram account must not be set to private, and no giveaway accounts are eligible to enter. Good luck everyone!

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7 December 2015

PRODUCT REVIEW: LUST HAVE IT NOVEMBER 2015

The November Lust Have It Box actually arrived in the relevant month this time, which is always nice surprise, especially after frequent delays. This is what’s in this months’ box and my thoughts on it;







What They Say
Lust Have It boxes regularly contains products worth $60+ for only $19.95/month! Monthly box filled with 5 to 6 premium beauty samples. Delivered to your home or work each month for you to try.

RRP: Lust Have It Box (monthly) RRP: $19.95, Eco Box (quarterly) RRP: $29.95 – but if you use my unique code LIFESTYLE at the checkout on the Lush Have It website, you are eligible for $5 off your first box from Lust Have It, and at the same time you’ll also be supporting Beauty & Lifestyle Hunter, as I will get a few dollars too if someone subscribes using this code.

Available from Lust Have It



What I Say:

Like previous months, this months’ products arrived in a pink mesh bag. I do like these bags, as they are handy to store things in, however, I’m now starting to have that many of them that I’d love for LHI to introduce a new design soon.

These are the goodies included this month; 5 makeup products, a bonus product, and the remainder of the tea bags which were missing a few months ago!


Manna Kadar Lip Chubbie LipLocked Lippie Priming Wand – Full Size (RRP $24.00)
I have never heard of this brand before, and it always excites me coming across and trying new brands. This lippie contains built-in primer as well as vitamin A and E to help nourish the lips. It smells absolutely divine too. I received the colour Chubbie Amore which is a cool toned medium pink shade perfect for every day wear. I would have preferred a darker shade as I rarely wear lighter pink shades, but as love lip crayons I have no doubt it will be used. 


Evelyn Iona natural and organic concealer – Sample, 1.7g (RRP: $19.80/3g)
This concealer comes in a little sample pot and it contains vitamin E, cocoa seed butter, organic coconut, jojoba and castor seed oil, and claims to care for the skin whilst covering imperfections and giving the skin a dewy glow. Sadly not having perfect skin and always sleep deprived, I’m always looking for a good concealer so can’t wait to put it to the test.


Coral Colours Love Lips – full size ($6.99)

This is a tinted balm, and unfortunately it smells like coconut, I unfortunately as coconut is not a favourite scent of mine, but I’m sure others will absolutely love it. I got the shade Cotton Candy which is a pink shade, and considering it is a tinted balm, it is actually surprisingly pigmented. But again, sadly due to the coconut scent, I doubt I’ll be using it!


Garnier miracle day cream – 5ml sample (RRP $19.99/50ml)

I have heard about this cream a few times, but am yet to try it. It has big claims including anti-ageing benefits, as well as a self-adjusting technology that gives both instant and long term results, so I look forward to giving this one a go.


Ulta3 cream blush stick – full size ($6.95)

This is a cream blush stick which claims to be buildable and blendable colour. I love cream blushes and I am yet to try an Ulta3 product I didn’t find good value for money, so look forward to trying this one too. I got the colour Beach Bronze which the name suggests is a bronze shade, and in actual fact it looks more like a bronzing cream than an actual blush. I would have preferred a pink or apricot shade as I would no doubt have used it more, but then again, I’ve got heaps of other blushes in those shades, so it’s nice with a different one.


Bonus Product: Carefree Ultra thins regular – Sample pack of 2 pads (RRP: $4.29)

I’m sorry to say that receiving these pads just doesn’t excite me. They may be really good pads, and I will make sure to try them out at some point, but pads are a necessity, just like toilet paper and dish washing detergent, so getting them is a little blah! I know it’s a bonus product so really shouldn’t complain!


So there you go, the contents in the November Lust Have It box. While it did contain both skin care, makeup ,the tea bags and the pads, it is unfortunately not as good a variety as previous months' boxes which have also including hair care and body care, but I do still like the there are a few different types of products.


In terms of value, there are three full sided products with a combined value of $38, as well as the two deluxe samples (concealer and cream), plus then the pads, and you really cannot add the tea bags into this equation as they should have been included in a previous box. So all in all, while you certainly get more value than what you pay for the box, it is just not as great a value as previous boxes, and personally unfortunately only the Manna Kadar Lip Chubbie really excites me!! But guess, when you look at it, even the lip chubbie is worth more than the actual box, and then really everything else is bonus, so you really cant complain too much, its just that previous boxes have been far better value, and have included, at least for me, more exciting products.

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5 December 2015

XMAS GIFT IDEA: CLINIQUE KICK UP THE VOLUME GIFT SET

My love affair with Clinique started many decades ago, where it was the first high end brand that I spend my hard earned and limited cash on. Since then, I’ve continued to love their products, and have many favourites amongst the huge product range – but a few times a year when the limited edition gift sets comes out, you can get some amazing value sets, including this Kick Up The Volume Gift set which is available exclusively from Sephora and Mecca.




The gift set includes a full size High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara, - and that’s one product from Clinique that I’m particularly fond of, as even with my sensitive eyes I’ve never had any issues with my eyes getting irritated using the mascaras. And they never to fail to impress either.

The kit also includes a full sized Cream Shaper Crayon for Eyes in black diamond which has a tiny hint or shimmer. This eye liner has such a lovely soft consistency that you do not drag or pull the sensitive eye area, yet it stays put all day without smudging or fading.


 




Finally, the kit also includes a deluxe sample size with 30ml of the Take the Day Off Makeup Remover which quickly and easily removes all makeup from eyes, lashes and lids, even waterproof and long wearing, all in just a swipe or two – no need to wake up in the morning with panda eyes.

The Kick Up the Volume Gift set is limited edition only available in the lead up to Xmas. It retails at the amazing price of $38, and as you’d normally pay the $38 for the mascara along and you hence get the eye liner and the makeup remover absolutely free, it couldn’t be better value!! Definitely a winner under the Xmas tree! 



Available from Clinique Online, and Sephora

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1 December 2015

XMAS 2015 GIFT IDEA: LIP SMACKER GIFT SETS

Less than 4 weeks until Xmas now – Yikes. Where did the year go!! I know, for my part, spending 4.5 months in hospital with our baby has certainly meant that the year has flown as we’ve basically missed spring.

This also means that unlike other years, I haven’t even started thinking about Xmas presents, and as our little baby still has next to no immune system following his bone marrow transplant, he is not allowed go to shopping centres as it is simply too crowed and too high infection risk for him. So I will need to do a large part of my shopping online, or duck out quickly over the coming weekends when hubby is home to get sorted, so need to do a lot of research beforehand from home to speed things up..

I’m sure there are others who are time poor, so over the coming weeks I’ll show you some great Xmas gift ideas suitable for the whole family, and all budgets.







First up are some cute little gift sets from Lip Smacker fantastic for young girls, or those young at heart..



The Lip Smacker Delicious Donut Cosmetic Clutch







This little clutch with a cute donut print includes 4 products; a clear Vanilla flavoured liquid lipgloss, two donut flavoured lip balms – one in Strawberry Glaze and one in Raspberry Jelly, and finally also some super cute press-on nails. Needless to say that the products smell so delicious that you almost want to eat them. And make sure too, that you don’t confuse the press-on nails inspired by donut icing and sprinkles with a donut!! RRP: $15.99 (Available from Big W)



Lip Smacker Frozen Bath and Body Bag


 





I think that there is no denying that the Disney movie Frozen has been the hit of the year amongst especially little girls – so they are also sure to love this cute little bag, which includes two bath and shower gels in the scents Cotton Candy and Wild Berry, perfect to use as both shower gels or as bubble bath, and used with the included pink shower pouf, it creates the softest foam. The kit also includes two lip balms in the scents Cool Vanilla Mint and Strawberry Shake, again smelling absolutely divine. And of course, the products features the favourite Frozen characters Elsa and Anna. RRP: $11.95 (Available from Target)



Lip Smacker Sweet Treats Cosmetic Collection




 


Finally, this Sweet Treats Cosmetic Collection includes 6 uber cool pieces; The press-on nails inspired by donut icing and sprinkles, the clear Vanilla flavoured liquid gloss, two donut flavoured lip balms in the flavours Strawberry Frosting and Confetti Sprinkles, A Berry Buttercream lipgloss pot in the shape of a cupcake as well as a nail file, all presented in the cutest and most adorable little toilet bag adored with donuts. How sweet! RRP: $19.99 (Available at Target) $19.99


So there you go –some sweet gift suggestions, that any little girl – or sweet tooth for that matter would adore! 

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