Sunday, 2 August 2015

A collection of oils...

You'd have to be living under a rock if you didn't realise how much of a big deal beauty oils are. But how do certain brands justify charging criminal amounts for their oils? I've come to realise that it's all about the basics - cut out the fragrance, the fancy packaging and only stick to the actual ingredient you need - the oil itself.

Lately I've purchased a few natural and organic oils for beauty related purposes, and its actually quite easy to find brands that won't charge you a killing for it. The website iherb.com has enabled me to do so. I've included links to products where possible.

Here's a look at my current collection...

L-R
Rosehip Seed Oil
Peppermint Oil
Coconut Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Almond Oil
Jojoba Oil

Rosehip Oil
I'm sure you've all heard about the benefits of rosehip oil for skin. So I won't elaborate too much here. I was previously using the Sukin RHO which was great, but this one is 99% RHO and works just as well. And seeing as it only cost me $7, I'd say thats a win!

Peppermint Oil
After watching a Farah Dhukai video about oils to help with hair growth (sadly I have a few areas that are thinning!), I had to give this a go. Peppermint oil stimulates blood flow to hair follicles to improve hair growth and the general health of your hair. It is very strong, so it needs to be diluted in a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil. I've been using a few drops added to a tablespoon or two of a carrier oil and massaging it into my scalp once a week. Its only early days so I haven't noticed any results yet but my hair is always shiny after use. It works out to be pretty economical as you only need a small amount, and the bottle I bought cost $6. Just a friendly warning though - make sure you wash it out really well! Otherwise you'll still be smelling minty the next day...

Coconut Oil
Again, this is another oil that probably doesn't need too much introduction. I have been using this for years as a pre-wash hair treatment and it always helps to bring shine back to my hair! I bought this from the health/organic/gluten free section of Coles.

Tea Tree Oil
So I had my tragus pierced a few months ago, and after having the bar changed, it formed a weird fluid filled bubble. Apparently this is very common with cartilage piercings, and a girl I work with suggested tea tree oil to help dry it out. I've been using it once a day after a saline cleanse and it has shrunk considerably in the past 7-10 days. I'd say in another week it won't even be visible anymore. I purchased this from work, but TTO can easily be found at most pharmacies.

Sweet Almond Oil
This was another oil I bought after watching the Farah Dhukai video. She recommends this as the carrier oil for peppermint oil. I don't really find it much different to coconut oil, and it probably isn't to be honest. But hey, for $4 I'm not complaining!

Jojoba Oil
I purchased this as I've read that it's good for skin. I'm actually a little too scared to try it because the bottle I have is 100%! I've been using it in my hair when its dry to give it some extra shine and thats been working pretty good. I'll have to work up the courage to try it as a moisturiser though.

And that is my current collection! I'm curious to try argan oil and avocado oil next. If you've got any suggestions, leave a comment below!

What sorts of oils do you have in your collection?

Friday, 24 July 2015

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyes Palette Review

I'm stuck in that terrible habit of buying palettes that are more or less identical to the ones I already own. I absolutely cannot resist a gold, coppery, shimmery pallette! One of my more recent purchases has made me realise, however, that sometimes this is not such a bad thing. This palette is an absolute 10/10 and so worth the money...



For starters, this is very compact, making it ideal for travel. The cute tin is about the size of my hand. Oh yeah, its a tin!! Super cute!


Check out these gorgeous shades. Swatches to follow.


On the left I have swatched the three shades along the left column - Heaven, Silk Teddy and Nudie. I don't really use these much, but silk teddy is a very pretty pink shimmer that really brightens up my eyes when I use it as the main lid colour. I have left these swatches on to use as a 'baseline' for the shades on the right. The swatches on the far right correspond to the two shades next to Heaven - Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso. Both are fairly matte shades that swatch well. I haven't really touched Cashmere Bunny, but Sexpresso makes a good crease shade. 


Now we have Push Up and Erotica. Push Up is a beautiful copper tone and one of the main shades that drew me into the palette. Erotica is a glitter bomb of a shade, which I find a little hard to blend. 


And now we have Honey Pot and Chocolate Martini. I really like both of these shades, and Honey Pot is a second favourite after Push up. 

If you're looking for a well rounded neutral palette with a mix of mattes, shimmer and glitter - this will do the job just fine! I bought this off Beauty Bay for about $45 and I feel that this is excellent value for the quality and longevity of the shadows. 

Do you own this palette? Or would you be interested in it?

Monday, 29 June 2015

Lust Have It! June edition

The only reedeeming thing about Monday's is that we get mail again! I had a great mail day today, including the LHI June* edition. (I'm not sure whether we call it a box or a bag now!)

Let's see what was inside...


Judging by the info card, it looks like a pretty strong box. Maybe not as great as the May box (which I didn't post about in case you were wondering, I got a little bit too busy) but there are still some decent selections in here.

 Teeez Trend Cosmetics Lipstick in 'Classy Caramel'
Chapstick Hydration Lock Dual Action

Teeez Trend Lipstick RRP $32
How crazy is the packaging? It looks like there is a party on the lipstick case. I haven't tried anything from this brand yet but it looks interesting. I'm intrigued that it costs $32, that is almost as expensive as a MAC lipstick but not quite as pretty looking. Either way, the colour is pretty nice so I'll give it a go eventually.

Chapstick Hydration Lock RRP $4.99
I've never really been a fan of Chapstick products, but these days they're rolling out so many new and innovative products that it's hard to dismiss them. I am interested in the two-step formula and will give this a go overnight to test its hydration ability.

The Cosmetic Kitchen Body Scrub
The Cosmetic Kitchen Foot Mask
NAK Thermal Shield Protective Sealant 

The Cosmetic Kitchen Body Scrub (RRP $29.95) and Foot Mask (RRP $24.95)
We have seen this brand pop up a few times in previous LHI boxes. The blushes that I've received in the past have been lovely and I do use them a fair bit. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of scrubs that come in a packet because I find them messy but my winter scales are probably begging me to try these anyway. The foot mask also sounds like a good idea for winter. 

NAK Thermal Shield $25.95
I have a NAK Argan oil hair spray and I absolutely love it, so I'm sure this offering from NAK will be just as good. I've been using the same heat protectant (Tresemme) for years so it will be good to try something different and slightly more upmarket for a change!

Overall I think this is a very good box with products that I'll definitely use.

What did you think of the June box?

Sunday, 21 June 2015

Birthday

So a couple of weeks ago I turned 23! And I thought maybe I should do a quick post about it. I had to work on the day, seeing as it was a Wednesday, but when I got to work, there was a surprise waiting for me in the lunch room....

How cute!

After work, a few friends dropped in to say hello and I scored some lovely gifts including some Dusk candles and wine. My parents gave me some diamond earrings

A gift from my parents

My lovely boyfriend rocked up with a big bouquet of flowers.



What other gifts did he give me? Keep reading....

He told me that I had to wait until Friday night for my present. From Wednesday to Friday felt like the longest time ever! Turns out that he booked us in for a fancy restaurant in town near the water. It was amazing, the food was fantastic and everything was perfect. 

Now as for the present...


He presented me with a...pineapple? Yep.

But what was inside? It was full of lollies.

Is that all?

Nope. Right at the very bottom of the pineapple, I found this...


Yes. That's a diamond ring!

But don't get too excited, its not an engagement ring! I do love the ring and I've gotten so many compliments on it. I think I'm a very lucky girl and hopefully one day I'll get an engagement ring to wear with this one :)


Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Rave review: Hurraw lip balms

So I've recently been on bit of an iherb.com splurge and found some new brands that I've been loving. To be more specific, I've fallen in love with the Hurraw! lip balm range. Their lip balms are organic and vegan and also just pretty damn awesome. They have so many different flavours and I'm on a mission to collect them all and spread the word. Here are the ones I've stocked up on so far...

L-R
Moon Balm - blue chamomile vanilla
Green Tea
Coffee Bean
Grapefruit
Earl Grey

How awesome are these flavours? I've certainly never come across an earl grey scented lip balm before. The scents are quiet subtle but I really like them. Now, more about the balms. So I'm going to steal an excerpt off the Hurraw website because I think it explains them pretty well...

'Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting'

Yep. They apply very smoothly; I'd say they are the smoothest balms I've tried. They're also not overly heavy or sticky and have a thinner consistency than other lip balms like Chapstick or the Nivea balms. Some say that this makes them disappear faster but I apply them overnight and I've still got a decent amount on my lips in the morning. 

Another thing to note about these balms is that they're oval shaped, as you might be able to tell from the lids. I actually think this is really cool, but not everyone may agree with me. 

Overall, I've really enjoyed these lip balms and seeing as they're only around the $4-5 mark on iherb, I'm planning on buying a few more!

Have you tried this brand of lip balm or would you be interested in giving them a go? If so, follow this link to have a look. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Foundation rotation

I can't explain why, but lately I've had a fascination for foundation. I want to try them all. But now I have something like 7 or 8 foundations, I only have one face, is this really necessary?! Anyways, I've been leaning towards a few lately so I'll give you a bit of a rundown...

L-R
Maybelline Super Stay Foundation
Rimmel 25 Hour  Lasting Finish
L'Oreal True Match
Rimmel Match Perfection

Maybelline Super Stay
So this one is the newest to my collection because apparently I could not resist the recent 50% off sale at Chemist Warehouse. I bought this 'blindly' - what I mean by that is that I didn't do any research on it or look at any reviews of it beforehand. But luckily, I'm liking it so far. Some have said that it's a cheaper version of Revlon Colorstay and I think for the most part I do agree. It applies very well and doesn't feel overly cakey. It probably doesn't have quite as much coverage as Colorstay though, but I'm okay with that. It still is medium-full coverage with good lasting power, although I get a bit shiny by the end of the day. I'd rate it an 8/10.

Rimmel Lasting Finish
Alright, where do I start? I really want to love this. I'm trying so hard. But you know what they say, you can't force love. I read so many great reviews (especially on Beauty Heaven) and I was like omg I need this foundation. I just don't get excited about it. It feels very thick and it takes me time to apply and blend it because of how thick it is. The coverage is medium-full, but its kind of...flat. I find it boring, if that even makes sense. It makes my face feel tacky for a while after applying. It's also not particularly buildable as I did notice caking at the end of the day on the areas I tried to cover more. Funnily enough, I actually think it looks better at the end of the day (when its not cakey) when its had some time to wear into my skin. So maybe if I wanted this to look good, I'd put it on and go for a run? Hmm. I'll use it up, but I doubt I'll repurchase. 5/10

L'Oreal True Match
This is my favourite foundation right now. I bought it because I know Lauren Curtis raves about it, and shes always got a flawless base. It dries to a semi-matte powder finish, but the thing I love most about it is how light weight it feels, how easily it applies and that it's buildable! I haven't worn this for photos yet so I'm not sure how the SPF holds up under flash photography, but other than that, I'd rate it as a 10. 

Rimmel Match Perfection
I've had this for some time, but I find myself reaching for it on my days off when I want a fresh look without too much makeup. It's light coverage which gives a really natural glow. Initially when I got this foundation, I didn't like it but now its one of my favourites. The only downside to it is that it doesn't have the best wear time, so for that I rate it a 9/10.

Do you have any of these foundations and if so, what are your thoughts on them? I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments below. 

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Update on my life!

Alright, so I have taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging. It was unintentional but now I've found myself wanting to get back into it. I feel like I should update everyone with what I've been up to so without further ado...

I finished uni at the end of last year, and after spending a week on the gold coast with my best friends to celebrate, I went straight into full time work. I started 3 days before Christmas so you can imagine how hectic everything was! I've been working full time as an intern pharmacist and while it hasn't always been smooth sailing, so far its been going well. The hard thing about being an intern is that I still have to sit registration exams later in the year to become a fully registered pharmacist! It certainly has been a change adjusting to full time work....I find myself missing uni quite a bit!

Here are some happy snaps from my graduation....



My work life aside, I've been quite busy being a social butterfly. There seems to be an endless stream of birthdays and other social gatherings which keep me busy. A lot of that has to do with my boyfriend, who is always keen for a good time! Some of you may remember, about this time last year, when I was sharing snippets of our relationship while it was still blossoming. I'm happy to say that we've almost hit our one year anniversary! I honestly couldn't be happier and I think I'm the luckiest girl around to have scored myself such an amazing man. 

Cue couple photos...

 Pharmacy graduation ball 2014

 Graduation 2015

Lovedale Long Lunch 2015


Other than that, I haven't got much else to say. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and please share your news with me in the comments below! Hope to catch up with you all via blog posts :)


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