Saturday, 29 November 2014

Lust Have It! November 2014

I received the November edition* of LHI on the 25th of November. Not only are LHI improving their product inclusions, they're managing to step up their game entirely by ensuring that boxes are arriving within the specified month! Well, hopefully everyone else receives their box within November...

If you were impressed with last month, I think you will also love this months contents...




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The Cosmetic Kitchen Pressed Mineral Blush in Sherbert
Natralus Paw Paw Pure Gel
So Susan Water Based Luminizer 

The Cosmetic Kitchen Pressed Mineral Blush RRP $34.95
Oh heck yes, I love blush! Who doesn't? I really like their loose powder blush that we received a few months ago and use it a fair bit. I'm not so sure this colour will show up on my complexion, though. I'm still excited to give it a go!

Natralus Paw Paw Pure Gel RRP $6.15
This sounds like it might be better than Lucas' version of paw paw? I'm sure this product will come in handy at some point.

So Susan Water Based Luminizer RRP $35
I think this product excited me the most out of the lot. It is absolutely gorgeous (swatches below)!

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Swatch of Cosmetic Kitchen Blush in 'Sherbert'
Swatch of So Susan Luminizer

Both gorgeous, right? The luminizer is so sparkly in the sunlight. It reminds me a bit of my all time fave illuminator, the Nude by Nature highlighter, except a bit more sparkly. I think it would suit night time wear, it might be too sparkly for wearing out in the sun. 

Essenzza Natural Japanese Silk Facial Treatment Masks
Aveda Color Conserve

Essenzza Treatment Masks RRP $4.95 each
I've never gotten into silk/cloth masks, but these have got me intrigued. The citrus and pineapple sounds delicious...almost like a cocktail! I have already used a face mask today, so this will have to wait for another day.

Aveda Color Conserve RRP $49.95 for 100g

Aveda...again. I'm a little over seeing Aveda! Anyway, I am getting my balayage redone in a few days so this will probably come in handy.

Overall, I think this box is great and I'm quite excited about the cheek products. What did you think of this months box?

*product was provided for consideration and has been reviewed in accordance with my disclosure policy. 

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Joli Natural Skin Care review

Hi everyone! Today I'm reviewing some skin care products* by Joli Natural - an Australian owned, natural and vegan skin care company. Joli products are hand made with natural ingredients such as essential oils, to maximise the benefits for your skin. Sounds cool, right? I'm always interested in trying out more natural skin care products because reading all those articles about how everyday chemicals (like SLS) can lead to cancer creeps me out! Anyway, let's have a look at the products I have been trialing over the last month.

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Fluffy Lime Eye Cream
Light Moisturiser with neroli and ylang ylang
Whipped Cream Moisturiser
Soothing Salve (sample)

These are the products I've received and I'm going to discuss the first three in a bit more depth. My first impressions from the packaging were great - I enjoy the simplistic packaging as it makes it feel 'homemade'. 


Both the rich cream and the facial moisturiser have been incorporated into my daily routine. I use the moisturiser in the morning after cleansing and before makeup, and the rich cream is applied after cleansing at night. 

The facial moisturiser has the consistency of a light lotion and it absorbs quite quickly with no greasy residue. This is perfect because I'm not a fan of moisturisers that leave a film behind because it shows through foundation. This is great at hydrating my skin without making me feel sticky/greasy and my makeup sits well over freshly hydrated skin! I normally don't moisturise my neck/decollete (did I spell that right?) because I don't like it feeling sticky, but since using this, I have been!

As for the smell, I'm not sure how to describe it but it reminds me of lavender. The smell is quite mild and doesn't linger. 

Ingredients: pure water, almond oil, emulsifying wax, rosehip oil, cypress essential oil, chamomile extract, vitamin e, pro vitamin b5, citrus seed extract, natural preservative. 

As you can see, this moisturiser is packed full of goodness. I'm sure you will identify a few skin care favourites in there such as rosehip oil and Vitamin E (well these are some of my faves anyway) and not only are these ingredients good for moisturising, they're great for reducing scarring/dark marks. This is good for me because I've got some hyperpigmentation marks left over from evil blind pimples. Hopefully these will fade over time with the help of this moisturiser! 


Now let's talk about the rich cream. Out of all the products I received, this one was easily my favourite! I love the consistency of it, its just like whipped cream and feels so light to apply over my skin. It sinks in quickly also, which I love. I used to skip night cream more often than not because I hated going to bed with a greasy feeling face. This cream is super hydrating with a light texture so its perfect for me. It also smells delish - like jasmine flowers.

Ingredients: pure aqua, sweet almond oil, shea nut butter, cocoa butter, emulsifying wax, stearic acid, essential oil or fragrance, citrus seed extract, natural preservative.

Some more hydration favourites in here - shea butter and cocoa butter! I absolutely love using these products on my body so it seems fair to use them on my face.


First of all - this smells like lime sorbet! This cream, like the others, also has a light texture. It indeed does feel 'fluffy' and very airy. Does that make sense? Again, hydration meets a non-greasy texture. I don't use this every day as I'm usually in a hurry in the mornings, but when I do, I find that my dark circles appear less evident and more plump. I'm not a fan of under eye concealer so this is a good alternative. 

Ingredients: pure aqua, apricot kernel oil, jojoba oil, emulsifying wax, glycerine, vitamin E, lime essential oil, citrus seed extract, natural preservative. 

I do enjoy using apricot oil on my skin so I can understand how it benefits dark eye circles! 

I also received a sample of the soothing salve. It has a consistency similar to Vaseline (but much less thick/greasy) and in fact in the hotter weather I've found that it becomes more liquid. It has a mild herbal smell. The soothing salve is designed to help with skin irriations without clogging the skin. I've actually been using it on insect bites (apparently I'm a magnet for mossies and green ants these days) and it helps reduce the itch. 

Do I have anything negative to say? Not really, I'm pretty happy with everything! The only possible downside is that while these products are light/hydrating, I'm wondering if they would be hydrating enough to deal with my scaly winter skin. Only time will tell. So far so good! 

If I've caught your interest, it doesn't just end at skin care - Joli also have lip products (which I know we all love), bath goodies (choc orange truffle bath ball anyone?!) and even baby friendly items. 

Thanks for reading xx


*these products were provided for consideration and have been reviewed in accordance with my disclosure policy

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

October Empties

Hello everyone, and welcome to my empties for the month...

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Dove Purely Pampering Nourishing Body Wash in Shea Butter/Vanilla
Sally Hansen Nail Polish Remover
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polish
Ulta3 polish

Dove Body Wash
This was indeed quite nourishing for my skin and didn't leave it feeling dry (thanks to the shea butter) so I found it great to use through winter. The smell was fairly average though. I'd like to try out a different scent in this range.

Sally Hansen polish remover
This appears in my empties more often than not!

Garnier Cleansing Water
This stuff is cheap and awesome. I use this on a daily basis and it's super convenient. I do also have Bioderma but barely use it because its so expensive. This is so much cheaper so I have no hesitations in using it as much as I need to. I find it does sting my eyes a little bit while trying to remove mascara but nothing major - I've experienced a lot worse. Will definitely repurchase.

Sally Hansen Nail Polish
Not much to say here, old and gluggy. I've had it for about 5 years so its done well.

Ulta3 Polish
This colour is very pretty, but it went gluggy after a few months. I find my Ulta3 polishes thicken up within a year but you get what you pay for I guess. 

So thats my trash for the month. Nothing too exciting really. What have you been using up lately?

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Lust Have It! October 2014

Hello everyone! I disappeared for a while, but let me explain. Life is so hectic at the moment. I'm doing a four week block of placement at uni, so I'm doing 40 hours during the week + working on weekends as usual + trying to get prepared for end of year exams as my time at uni comes to an end. Oh, also I went through a few job interviews so I now have secured a full time job for next year! I also joined a gym, to add to my already exploding schedule. Hopefully things calm down soon...

Anyway, moving on, we have the Lust Have It! October edition*. It arrived a few days ago but I think it was worth the wait. The contents are quite good!

Lust Have It! contents


 Montague Jeunesse Clay Spa Mask
Colour by TBN Lipstick
Glamourflage Awesome Eve Eye Mask
Nuxe Huile Prodiguese 
Inika Black Kohl Pencil
So Susan Eyeshadow Palette

 Montague Jeunesse Clay Spa Mask RRP $5
I've never tried one of these but I see them around everywhere. Hopefully it will be good to try out.

Colour by TBN Lipstick RRP $2.50
I've seen a lot of reviews on these and they seem decent! I'm not too keen on the colour I got though...so I'm not sure I will use it. Does anyone in my area (Newcastle, NSW) know of any local stockists? 

Glamourflage Eye Mask RRP $7.95
Always handy to have! I finally have a day off so after this I might pop this on and have a nap....

Nuxe Huile Prodiguese RRP $24.95 for 50mL (10mL sample)
I'm excited about this - Nuxe is a raved about brand that I haven't tried because of their price. It's great to see a proper sample in here. 

Inika Black Kohl Pencil RRP $29.95
A girl can never have too many eye pencils. I've heard a lot of good things about this brand so I'm keen to give it a go. I generally prefer liquid liners but this is a great opportunity to try something new.

So Susan Eyeshadow Palette RRP $35
I've never heard of this brand. The colours in the palette I received are not ones that I use (I prefer neutrals) but I know that purples are supposed to look good with brown eyes so I'll have to give it a go!

Overall, I think this box/bag is awesome value. There are some great brands/products in here and I'm pleased to see several full sized items. 

What are your thoughts on this months LHI?

*product was provided for consideration and has been reviewed in accordance with my disclosure policy.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

The Waiting Game

Confession: I am a lip product hoarder. But it gets worse, I have so many that have never been used! How does this happen? I blame sales, my attraction to pretty colours and of course, my love of lipstick. Here's a peek at just a few of the ones that are sitting around, waiting for their turn...

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Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 'Back to the Fuschia'
Essence Long Last Lipstick in 'Wear Berries!'
Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in 'Sloane's Plum'
Revlon Lip Butter in 'Sorbet'

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Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 'Whimsical'
Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in 'Ma-Li-Boo'
Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in 'Sultry'
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in 'Adorned'
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'Ole flamingo'

Sadly, that's not the end of it. Theres a few more lipsticks floating around waiting for love, but I think you get the idea! I suppose the main reasons for not having used these is the fact that I haven't had any 'bright lipstick' occasions to go to lately. I'm more inclined to have a few casual drinks at a bar than hit up the clubs, so a less dramatic lip usually is enough. Also, some of the formulations (such as the moisture ones) may not have the lasting power I desire to survive a night of drinks. And if I'm with the boyfriend, I avoid sticky or transferable glosses for obvious reasons. 

First world problems.

Do you find yourself in this situation too?

Friday, 19 September 2014

Winter Empties

What empties did I accumulate by the end of winter? Let's see...

Benefit They're Real Mascara (sample size)
The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel
Palmer's Olive Body Butter Tub
Lucas' Papaw Ointment
Dirty Works Coconut Body Btter
Nail Tek Foundation II
Sally Hansen Nail Polish Remover
Britney Spears Curious perfume mini size

Benefit They're Real Mascara
If you've seen some of my FOTD/FOTN posts, you'll see I use this a lot! I do love it, but I probably wouldn't actually buy it because it's kind of expensive. I've still got a few sample sizes floating around for now.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Gel
I love TBS, but this did nothing at all. I don't generally have much success with spot treatments so it was wishful thinking. Not repurchasing. Anyone have a recommendation for me?

Palmers Olive Body Butter
Omg. Love! This was sooo good for my skin and smelt amazing. Sadly, the tub version isn't available anymore, but I might try out the lotion form. 

Lucas' Papaw Ointment
One of those handy products to always have around. I do like it, but I think I might go for a petrochemical free alternative now.

Dirty Works Body Butter
Not empty, but I'm over it. I didn't find it to be very hydrating throughout winter and the smell is starting to bother me. 

Nail Tek Foundation II
This stuff is the best! It helps to keep my nails strong, and works an excellent base coat. I've been using it for years and swear by it. It still has a bit left in it but its gone gluggy. Already repurchased 2 bottles.

Sally Hansen Nail Polish Remover
You always see this in my empties! Still have a few bottles stocked up.

Britney Spears Curious perfume
This smells really nice but I probably wouldn't repurchase. I've got way too many other perfumes on the go at the moment. 

That's my empties collection for winter. What did you use up this winter?

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Winter Favourites

I've decided to dedicate a post to a few products that I adored and used a lot throughout winter. It's only a short list, but I really felt a strong appreciation for these products!

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy EDP Perfume
Rimmel Color Rush Balm in 'Keep Mauving'
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Smitten'
Essence Metal Glam Highlighter
Chanel Illusion D'Ombre Eyeshadow in '86 Ebloui'

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy
If you like sweet scents, this might be for you. I definitely love sweet fruity tones in a perfume. I'm not the best at describing how perfumes smell, so I'm borrowing a descrption from Frangrantica - ' gourmet floral fragrance, which opens with notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin. The heart encompasses a floral blend of honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine, while the base notes await us with a gourmet rhapsody of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and pralines'. I do get compliments when I wear it; my boyfriend likes it and my mum does too, she even wants to buy herself one. I have the 50mL size which I purchased from StrawberryNet. Very very good investment. 

Rimmel Color Rush Balm
I bought this a while ago, because I was excited to see Rimmel release their own range of balm stains. Little did I know at the time, I was about to fall in love. The pigmentation is great and it is super creamy to apply. It feels very moisturising, and I find the colour does last quite a while. It fades to a nice pretty pink. This is a very wearable shade that I've been wearing to work and for casual days out. I've been sussing out the other colours, but they haven't really struck my fancy. 

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain
Hands up who doesn't own one of these? C'mon, you totally have to get on the band wagon! These have a good name for a reason. Another great formula that doesn't feel drying on application with amazing pigmentation. This gorgeous berry-toned red colour lasts all night through dinner and many drinks, so I'm definitely impressed. It does sink into lip lines a little though, but I still love this immensely. For the past 2 months, I think I've worn this for every night out I've had, which is saying something. I have such a large lip product collection that I do like to rotate products usually. One point I will make though, is that my lips do feel rather dry the next day. The trade-off for long wear lip products, I guess. 

Essence Metal Glam Highlighter
I believe this is no longer available (however, I think Essence still has their 'Bloom Me Up' Collection still available which features a highlighter), sorry to get you excited! Anyway, this is very very similar to The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer. It's a less pigmented version of it, which sometimes can be good. I feel like with the upcoming hotter (sweaty!) months, I won't need as intense pigmentation so this will work well. I've been really enjoying the super subtle glow this gives. 

Chanel D'Ombre Illusion Eyeshadow
My eyeshadow collection has been very neglected as of late. However, I've been really enjoying the wine/berry tones lately so this has gotten some use. It applies quite sheer and comes out a little more woody coloured, but I love how subtle it is. I prefer this formula to the Maybelline Colour Tattoo's because its much lighter and easier to apply. 

So as you can tell, I'm quite attached to these products right now! Have you been loving these products too?
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