Monday, 24 March 2014

Rimmel - 9 in 1 BB Cream

Rimmel - 9 in 1 BB Cream in Light - $12.95/30mls

Hellllooooo!!! How are we?

I bought this BB Cream a while ago thinking it would be nice to have something a little lighter to wear day to day instead of a full foundation. I haven't tried a lot of BB (or CC)  Creams as I have pretty bad skin and worried that it wouldn't give me a decent coverage. I gave this one a go because I like Rimmel products and it is on the cheaper side, so why not?

I now love it!! I am tempted to try some other brands, but I know I like this one and old habits (and sometimes new ones) die hard. This BB Cream gives me a good coverage and whatever it doesn't cover is easily covered by concealer. It isn't perfect, it's hot in Australia and therefore I sweat, a lot. Gross. It doesn't stay all day in this heat but I use the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in translucent over the top and it lasts pretty well, that also takes away any excess shine as this is fairly dewy.

Rimmel - 9 in 1 BB Cream in Light - $12.95/30mls

The formula is pretty similar to most light foundations in terms of thickness. It's not at all runny and you don't need a huge amount to cover the face. I haven't really noticed a change in my skin but it claims to; prime, moisturise, minimise pores, conceal, cover, smooth, mattify, brighten and protect. It also has SPF 25 which I like in my day to day make up.

I decided to do a review after I realised I had repurchased this about 4 or 5 times not. It's great for easy day to day wear an easy to keep in the handbag for quick touch ups. I really recommend this if you're looking for an everyday medium coverage foundation!

Thanks for reading!!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Warehouse, Oh, How I Want Thee!

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Click the image to enter the competition! and to check out the clothing, of course! 

Warehouse have launched the coolest competition where you can win a "Selfie Box" which includes a Polaroid Camera and beauty based goodies!! To celebrate, and to spread the joy I have decided to post about three of their pieces that I would love to add to my wardrobe. You're not allowed to enter the competition though because that means less chance of me winning.. ;)

Right - Patent Pelment Skirt, Middle - Geo Cropped Boxy Shirt, Right - Premium Lace Pac a Mac

I chose these three items (not only because I can predict they'd be pretty cute together with a big tote bag, jewellery and a pair of cute little heels, or trainers) but because they are such good items that would go with so much of my wardrobe. I have a pretty basic wardrobe at the moment, which is fantastic as everything pretty much goes with everything, but it is pretty casual and plain.

 I feel the Patent Pelmet Skirt ($75) would be amazing partnered with plain loose singlets or cute strappy tops, or even crop tees. I feel like it's such a versatile piece that can be dressed up or dressed down. I can see myself wearing it to uni, bars, dinners, shopping, everywhere!! I want it!!

The Geo Cropped Boxy Shirt ($58) is just so cute, so different and something which would work amazing, again, dressed up or down. It would look fantastic with my high waisted jeans, or with the Patent Pelmet skirt. The pattern is just gorgeous.

It has been so hot in Australia, I have not adjusted to moving back, please somebody take me back to England! However much I love the cold and however how slowly it's coming, winter is coming, and I'm afraid I am very ill prepared for it this year. I have no umbrella and no winter coat. The Premium Lace Pac a Mac ($91) would be amazing for the in between season for when it's not cold but it is rainy. I can see myself getting loads of use out of this. It doesn't help that it's so pretty either. As winter isn't that cold here in Perth, I feel as though I could wear this through the winter season with a chunky, warm sweater underneath. Therefore, versatile!!

Warehouse has soooooo many pieces that I'm in love with but I decided to limit this post to only three, otherwise I would be here for days. I picked these three based on just how much use I can picture myself getting out of these and how versatile I predict they are. I'm such a broke girl these days, but these pieces are fairly affordable and I'm sure I'll get my moneys worth, so I might just go ahead and treat myself.

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Lush - Santa's Lip Scrub and Santa Baby Lip Tint

Lush - Santa's Lip Scrub and Santa Baby Lip Tint
Hello, Hello!

First off, big fat oops on the blogging front. One blog post in the last month? Can everybody give me a slap on the wrist? I need another just because of the awful timing of this post! I know, it's March, way too late to be doing any thing Christmas related. However, I just had to share these two interrelated, not exclusive for use at Christmas, products. The cute story behind these is that Jamie paid attention to me going on about how I wanted these but didn't really want to spend any money with the amount I was spending already as it was Christmas. So he bought them online for me and had them delivered. Nawwww...

Lush - Santa's Lip Scrub
 I've been wanting to try out a Lush lip scrub for forever now and I was so excited to try this one out. The scent of this is meant to be cola and it does! Whenever I make someone smell this they can never work out the smell, as soon as you say it's cola, you see it click. It's a cinnamon and sweet smell and is just plain unusual. I like it!

Lush - Santa's Lip Scrub
The lip scrub itself is not too abrasive but definitely rids lips of any dead skin and leaves them baby soft. If you want to try a lip scrub, Lush have Bubblegum, Mint Julips and Popcorn in their normal range. They are all made from sugar and are vegan and edible. How cute are the little hearts in this one? 

To use you just put a small amount on your finger, rub over your lips and lick off! 

Lush - Santa Baby Lip Tint
So they call this a lip tint, it's more of a full blown lipstick. This is so bright and opaque! I love it but I do have to use a lip brush to apply neatly so although I was hoping it would be an amazing handbag staple just like my Whipstick Lip Balm is, but instead of being a sheer balm it would give me a little bit of colour. Although it might not be what I expected, I do still love it.

Lush - Santa Baby Lip Tint
The formula of Santa Baby is so creamy and soft that it is so lovely to apply, as long as you have a brush. Trying to apply this with your finger is messy! It needs some precision and care to use but the results are amazing. The best bit is that it acts as a balm too, my lips always feel so soft using this product. Again, they have a large range of lip balms and tints on the website as well. 

Sorry for posting products that aren't in stock at the moment. They do tend to repeat limited editions each holiday, so keep it on your Christmas wish list for this year! 

Thank you! 

Sunday, 16 February 2014

Garnier - Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer

Garnier - Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer in Light - $13.99

I received the Natural Bronzer in a Bella Box a little while ago. I tend to avoid Garnier because of my beliefs with testing on animals, but I thought I'd give this a go anyway. I've used it twice, the first time I used it really lightly and applied it in the shower cubicle, obviously with no water running. It gave me a glow but not a deep or very noticeable tan. The second time I went for a deeper tan. This was a bad idea. The spray nozzle is hard to control, counting seconds helps but you have to make sure you're not changing the pressure or counting faster/slower. My tan looked really streaky, a little orange and I ended up standing in tan and having horrible orange feet because of standing in the over spray. 

I would not buy this product purely because I don't agree with animal testing. I'm unsure whether Garnier test on animals directly but L'Oreal, their parent company does, and there is no mention on whether the ingredients they use have been tested on animals or not. If this doesn't concern you, this is a great product to use if you don't want a tan but want a bit of a light glow, unless you can master the spray nozzle, which I can't!! 

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

St, Tropez - Bronzing Lotion & Tan Application Mitt

St. Tropez - Bronzing Lotion 240ml - $59.95

"The St. Tropez salon inspired Self Tan Bronzing Lotion is especially designed to give users a rich, deep tan that won’t be matched by any other product.
This formula contains a number of features including Aloe Vera to ensure a long-lasting colour that is streak-free.
Infused with our Aromaguard technology that removes the tell-tale scent of a self-tan by a minimum of 70%, its non-greasy formula dries quickly, while looking and smelling great."

I personally LOVE this tan. St. Tropez have nailed it with this formula in my opinion and thanks very much to my sister for convincing me to try this out. She has used this for years and swears by it and I now completely understand. Application in pretty simple, pump it out and rub it out (doesn't that sound cheeky?!). It comes out very dark but spreads far. It hasn't streaked or gone patchy on me yet, but I do go to town on rubbing it in. 

There isn't a strong "biscuit" smell but it does still have a distinct "fake tan" smell. I absolutely love the smell of fake tan though, so I don't mind either way. Being super pale I was a little worried about how the tan would turn out. I've applied pretty lightly the last few times and it has come out lovely and subtle with people questioning when I got a tan! This time (I am writing this post with a tan setting) I've applied it slightly darker but I have high hopes. I have not had any orange incidents. Hands and feet seem to fair pretty well. Typically dry areas like ankles, knees and elbows have always turned out fine but I am thorough with the exfoliating glove before tanning.

I tend to sleep with on (as recommended by my sister) but it is labelled as a four hour tan. So it's up to you as to how long you want to leave it on. Sleeping with it on makes it easier as far as I'm concerned as you don't have to wait for it to dry, or be wary of clothes you wear, or block out a large amount of time for your tan. I have done both ways, leaving it on for only four hours before rinsing and also sleeping with it on. I do prefer sleeping with it. However, I didn't notice a big difference in terms of colour. So far I have had no issues with staining of my sheets, but I do like to use old sheets just in case! 

St. Tropez - Tan Applicator Mitt - $11.95

"This soft spongy tan application mitt is perfect for evenly distributing your tanning lotion, gel or mousse onto the skin in order to get perfect streak-free results.

If you hate the usual hand staining that is associated with self tanning, this mitt will help you, its water-resistant barrier will ensure there is no staining to the palms."

I have used both the Tan Applicator Mitt and disposable gloves to apply the tan. My sister prefers the gloves as she thinks the mitt absorbs too much tan. I agree that it absorbs a decent amount of tan but I think the mitt makes the tan rub in and apply much, much easier. It's pretty expensive for what it is however, and after the second use, I went to rinse the mitt (the water might have been too warm) and it stuck to itself making it impossible to re use. Even though the mitt made my tan quicker and easier to apply, the price and durability of the mitt puts me off as well as how much tan the mitt absorbs. I think I will continue to use disposable gloves for now, but I'm open to any suggestions!! 

Thanks for reading! 

Sunday, 19 January 2014

NARS - Gaiety Blush

Hello Lovelies!

NARS - Gaeity Blush - $45

I hope your all having a fantastic weekend!! It's so hot here in Australia!

I got this blush from Mumma Bear for Christmas. I really love it! It's just a soft neon pink. It seems really, really scary in the pan, but it goes on really soft and build able. A soft hand is needed to apply however, so don't go overboard!

There is really not a whole lot to say about Gaeity but that I love it and it's fabulous! Highly recommended.

Thanks for reading!

P.S. Sorry for not including a photo of me wearing it. I know it's blogger sin! My skin has been horrendous!

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Aurora Spa Rituals - Vanilla & Honey Lip Moisturiser

Aurora Spa Rituals - Vanilla & Honey Lip Moisturiser - $25

Hello my lovely readers!

I was so excited to see this in my Bella Box last month as it seemed so full of potential. The website boasts "An ultra-intensive, delectable lip treatment to nourish and seal in moisture. Free from synthetic fragrance and colour." It's quite a thick consistency with a foggy transparent colour (if that makes any sense..). It does have a Vanilla & Honey taste/scent however it is quite strong and a little, dare I say it, play-dough tasting at first.

Aurora Spa Rituals - Vanilla & Honey Lip Moisturiser - $25

For $25 I'd love to say that it's amazing, and don't get me wrong, it's good but it lacks something. I don't find it completely rehydrating but I do find it helps significantly. I like this product, it does its job. My issue is that I expected more for the price. As it came in a Bella Box, I'm very glad to have it in my bag. But I'm not pleased by how thick the taste is (I know it sounds odd, but it's fitting), after a little bit of wear it calms down and I start to quite like it. If the price point doesn't bother you, get it! It's a good lip balm, it does rehydrate. I'm a fussy little munchkin and a bit of a stingy one at that, so I feel as if I'm not doing this product justice. All I can say is that it's great, but not amazing, blow your pants off, fantastic. But hey, it does what it says on the tin.

Thanks for reading!