Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Budget Beauty Buy - Suvana - Certified Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm

Suvana - Certified Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm - $7.99/25g

I've been trying to write this post since this time last night and I keep getting so distracted! Any way, this is probably my most favourite beauty product at the moment! I got this in the Priceline Skincare Goodie Bag and didn't really use it until I got sick a little while ago. I had this awful snotty, blocked, drippy nose that is still lingering!! I was constantly blowing my nose and obviously this seriously dried it out. Mouth breathing, caused by blocked nose, also made my lips dry out. Insert unimpressed face. I wanted something to soothe the areas and moisturise it and protect it a little, that wasn't too expensive because, let's face it, most of it would end up on a tissue when I had to blow my nose 0.5 seconds later! I remembered getting this in the goodie bag and so got it out.

I have used the Lucas' PawPaw Ointment in the past and I know a lot of people swear by it but it actually contains petroleum jelly and that's a big fat no for me. I don't agree with using it, especially when I can inevitably ingest it! This does not contain any of that and does contain 100% natural ingredients with 98.1% certified organic ingredients, yay! And rumour has it that the packaging is eco friendly too!

I know that in terms of a lip balm it is a little on the pricey side, but it is under $10,  quite a large tube and I love it so freaking much! It's a great natural product that really works. It barely smells or tastes of anything and I do not like honey so I'd be the first to complain if it was strongly scented but it's so mild that I don't mind it. I have literally carried this around everywhere with me lately and I absolutely love it!!



The texture of it is a balm, and pretty thick. Although it's thick it does sink in relatively fast, not instantly and it does take a little while, but it definitely doesn't sit uncomfortably on the lips or skin. It is shiny though, so i don't really recommend applying to areas other than the lips if you are going out in public!

Suvana are a natural, cruelty free Australian brand. I know you get this balm from Priceline and some health food stores.

Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Budget Beauty Buy: e.l.f. Studio - Concealer in Ivory

e.l.f. studio - Concealer in Ivory - $8.00

I've been trying to give this a good and proper chance. I struggle with concealers. I have bad spots and very pale skin. I've been trying to find an alternative to the Collection Concealer as you can't get it in Australia. Since I have loved everything I've tried from e.l.f. so far, I was hoping to get some good results from this. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan! 

My main issue is that this is just a bit too dark and a bit too orange for me. I also don't find it great for counteracting the redness of my spots, I would think that's because it's quite orange toned. Maybe if you had darker skin than I do you might have better luck. To it's defence, if I use it under my foundation it gives decent coverage, however I don't find it a great product for me. 

Thanks for reading! 



Sunday, 22 June 2014

My 21st Birthday.


So, I was thinking today that I would make a birthday wish list as it's my birthday in a week. But I sat down to compile the list, and although I could think about a few bits and bobs that it would be nice to own, none of it was really what I wanted. So many people that I love and care for are so far away and that really sucks. But I want focus on those who are here.

So, what I want for my birthday, is just to have a good time with everyone! I know this is a cheesy and pointless post, but I feel like we put a lot of emphasis on presents and things and having a huge celebration. Don't get me wrong, I still love all of that, but I feel like what matters to me this year is just having the right people around me.

Thanks for reading!

Friday, 20 June 2014

Priceline Skincare Haul + Free Goodie Bag!

So, if you know me in real life, at this moment you'll be saying to yourself "Nicky! But you're always complaining about how poor you are, why you do dis?" Bare with me. I know what I'm doing. 


So, I got this email from Priceline about this free gift. I love freebies and can't resist any kind of sale, so combining them is just too dangerous. The deal is that if you spend over $65 on products from certain brands you get this goodie bag. I bought the hair care version of this about six months ago and thought it was really cool but I skipped the make up one they did more recently, just because it looked full of things I wasn't too fussed about trying and $65 on makeup is kind of a lot in the drugstore. $65 on skincare (even with a discount) isn't that hard.

So this is what I bought..


Rimmel - Wake Me Up Concealer in Ivory (not part of promo, just essential, also it's on sale!) - $11.96 (RRP $14.95)
Simple Radiance Brightening Eye Cream Mango Goodness (I couldn't find this on the website!) - $15.19
Sanctuary - Brightening Facial Radiance Exfoliator - $15.99 (RRP $19.99)
Sanctuary - Deep Cleanse Facial 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask - $15.99 (RRP $19.99)
Yes to Tomatoes - Skin Clearing Facial Mask- $19.19 (RRP $23.99)

Total: $78.32

Yes, you're right, I spent too much, but look at what I got in the goodie bag..
(and keeping your skin nice is a necessity right?)


Yup, that's a sneak peak in the bag. SO MUCH STUFF!


So, despite the effort, I'm going to list all these for you. These are pretty much all on sale, but I'm going to list the full price so that you can see the full value of this bag.

Full Size Products:
Puretopia - Smooth & Renew Gentle Exfoliating Face Scrub - $9.99
People for Plants - Mist Toner - $19.99
Simple - Eye Make Up Corrector Pen - $11.99
Thursday Plantation - Macadamia Oil - $17.49
Bondi Sands - Everyday Face Gradual Tanning Milk - $19.99
Palmers - Intense Relief Concentrated Cream Hand & Body - $7.99
Derma Sukin - Daily Gentle Wash - $8.99
Hope's Relief - Goats Milk Soap - $6.95
Eau Thermale Avène - Thermal Spring Water - $9.99
Bioré - Steam Activated Cleanser - $10.99
Swisspers Naturals - Aloe Everything Balm - $9.99
ChapStick - True Shimmer Tropical (couldn't find this anywhere so took an average price) - $4.69
Dr. Lewinn's - Firming Eye Cream - $49.99
Burt's Bees - Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream - $14.99
Nivea - Hand Fluid Express Hydration - $3.50
Suvana Organic - Certified Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm - $7.99
Sanctuary - Body Scrub - $14.99
Essenza - Natural Facial Cleansing Wipes Green Tea + Vitamin C - $6.50(ish, this was hard to find!)
Yes to Carrots - Lip Butter in Berry - $5.99
be Clean - Gentle Eye Make-Up Remover - $4.99
Neutrogena Naturals - Purifying Facial Cleanser - $14.99
Models Prefer - Matte Black Kohl Pencil - $9.99

Total: $272.96

Obviously a rough total, but still pretty good for free!

Also you get a sample of the Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream (15ml), Swisspers Naturals Cucumber Cleansing Wipes (5 wipes), Makuna Doctor Skin Serum, Targeted Wrinkle Filler and Rejuvenating Face Mask (one use sachets), Palmer's Intensive Relief Moisturizing Lotion (one use sachet), Monagne Jeunesse Juiced Cucumber Peel Off Mask (one use sachet).

Obviously you get the big silver bag, not a fan, but hey it's free. You also get a little compact mirror and make up case. A bunch of brands have also got little coupons for a few dollars off their products too.


If you have a cat, the carry bag also doubles as a free cat toy. Mouse approves!

So, all in all, it can be tough to let yourself spend $65+ on skincare in one go (especially if you're on a budget) but with the insane amount of free, full sized products you get it's so worth it! When I first heard of the deal, I thought it would be full of cheap, chemical based, tested on animal brands, but I was pleasantly surprised! There are a lot of good, natural brands and quite a few things I've been wanting to try but haven't been able to justify. So I think it's definitely worth it. Go stock up on all your essentials and get a bunch of free stuff too! The deal ends on the 22nd according to the website or 30th according to the cardboard on my bag. Maybe just get in soon?

Thanks for reading!










Monday, 16 June 2014

Liebster Award Tag!



I have been nominated by the amazing Mia from HeyMez who is absolutely stunning and incredibly talented. Thank you so much!! It has been created to try and showcase new bloggers who have less than 200 followers!

The rules:
1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
2. Display the award on your blog
3. Answer 11 questions which provided to you by the person who nominated you
4. Provide 11 random facts about yourself
5. Nominate 5-11 blogs that you feel deserve the award (who has less than 200 followers)
6. Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer
7. List these rules in your post (you can copy and paste from here)
8. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (because they might not have ever heard of it)

So these are the questions Mia has asked me to answer...

1. Who inspires you?
Everyone. I try to find the good in everyone and I think no matter how much someone annoys me or irritates me, there's something in them that is amazing. I have no one in particular that inspires me, I just try to find inspiration in everyone. 

2. Foundation or concealer?
Foundation!! I can skip concealer if I'm in a rush. I also find most concealers a little dark for me, even the lightest of shades. 

3. Your favourite skincare product of all time?
Lush - Let the Good Times Roll! (disclaimer: this changes very regularly.)

4. Your favourite clothing store or online shop?
Tough! Probably Missguided or Asos.

5. What are your goals/dream in life?
My goal is just to be the most positive, happy and best person I can. I would love to be successful at whatever career I end up with.

6. If you could go anywhere in the world where would it be?
At the moment I'd really love to be back in Brighton. I miss it so much! But if I had to go somewhere new, I'd love to road trip around America.

7. What are your plans for the upcoming months?
Hopefully my fiancé will be here within the month. Other than that I need to plan our wedding and I'd love to do a make up course.

8. What made you create your blog?
I had been watching and reading Fleur De Force, Zoella, Tanya Burr, Lauren Curtis, all the big names and I just loved it! I found myself excited to sit down and read or watch their latest stuff. I also talk all the time about my latest beauty finds and thought this would be a great hobby to get into!

9. Favourite song of the month?
I'm loving Chandelier by Sia! 

10. Your biggest fear?
My biggest fear is to be alone and friendless. Also, birds.

11. Your biggest achievement in life?
This is a hard question! Probably moving to the UK on my own at 18. I'm proud that I did something so huge at such a young age. I think it really opened me up to new experiences and I met some of my favourite people over there.

I went through all the blogs I follow and found the 5 lovely blogs below that I nominate to answer my questions!
  1. Madeline - It's a Mads Mads World
  2. Jamee - Sailor Jamee
  3. Lola - Polka Dots and Whiskers
  4. Hann - The Adventures of Hann
  5. Bridget - Girl + Maritimes
So my questions for you guys are... 
  1. If you could only buy one make up brand for the rest of life, what would it be? 
  2. What is your favourite part of yourself? 
  3. Summer or Winter? 
  4. If you won an infinite, or extremely large amount of money, what would be the first thing you'd buy? 
  5. What is your favourite genre of movie? 
  6. Tea or coffee? 
  7. What makes you smile when you're feeling down?
  8. What is your favourite traditional food from the country you live in? 
  9. Do you read? If yes, what is your favourite book or series? 
  10. Night out or night in? 
  11. How addicted to social media are you? and what's your favourite platform? 
I hope you guys give this a go as it would be amazing to get you know you guys a little more, so leave me a comment below if you do! 

Thanks for reading! 

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Budget Beauty Buys: The Body Shop - Shea Body Butter

The Body Shop - Shea Body Butter - $9.95/50ml

So this barely makes it into the Budget Beauty Buy category, but I wanted to talk about it to you anyway! This was a gift from a lovely, lovely friend but I would happily buy this for myself. It is just such a handy product for the handbag and such an amazing moisturiser. How can you pass up such a cute little mini?


(This is a good time to mention that I'm like OCD with photographing my products before using them.)
If you struggle with dry, itchy hands, this packs a huge punch. The thick cream just absorbs into the skin and keeps them feeling nice for a really long time. I usually find applying hand creams annoying because I feel like I can't touch anything for about an hour. However, I've found with this that it does absorb fairly quick, not like instantly, but I really don't have wait that long after using to feel comfortable touching things agains. I also don't need to reapply that often. A lot of the time I feel like my hands need a few hand cream applications a day but with this, sometimes I even skip a day. Shock!

It is a little on the pricier side of a Budget Beauty Buy at just under my limit of $10 but it is worth it as it works amazingly well and 50ml is still a decent amount of product. This does come in the full size which is 200ml and $27.95. Both are available at The Body Shop online and in store.

The Body Shop as a brand is against cruelty to animals and don't test on animals and are really good at supporting good causes. They are owned by L'Oreal however, which sell products in China and therefore test on animals. Conflicting!!


Sunday, 8 June 2014

Organix - Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum

Organix - Nourishing Coconut Milk Anti-Breakage Serum - $17.99

Soo, I kinda forgot about this product. It sat at the back of my cupboard for ages. If you've read my blog for a while, you might have seen this post about my Organix Moroccan Argan Oil that I loooooveeeeeeeee. I bought the Coconut Milk out of pure curiosity. Partly because it looks like an oil but it's called milk. What even? Another because I like this brand and coconut oil is amazing.

On the front of the bottle reads "Indulge your senses with this exclusive blend of coconut milk to nourish your hair while ultra whipped egg white proteins add strength and elasticity, along with weightless coconut oils for hydration and balance." 

What I like about this is that it's very nourishing. I feel like it really softens my hair and makes it feel much healthier. I do find this heavier than the Moroccan Argan oil, so I don't like to use it too often. I tend to just use it when my hair is feeling really dry. Also, if my hair is feeling really bad, and I need to wash it, I'll use this as a sort of hair mask. I'll use a fair amount and really work it into the ends of my hair and sleep with it over night. If my hair doesn't need to be washed but I really want a boost, I do the same thing, just with a lot less product.

I'm really enjoying my rediscovery of this product. I don't love it like I do my Moroccan Argan Oil and I don't think I'd die if I could never use it again. It is a really nice product though and handy as a quick way to boost your hair back to a semblance of health. This does need to be used sparingly as it can make your hair look dirty and oily if over used. It does sink in, it just takes a while, which is why I recommend over night use.

The thing with Organix, they don't test on animals (woohoo) but they are misleading. Despite the name and the fact that they don't contain sulphates or parabens, they aren't actually certified organic. This means that they don't necessarily use organic or even natural ingredients. If that doesn't bother you too much this is fine. Also, the coconut products and egg whites listed on the front of the bottle only start to appear as the sixth ingredient on the ingredient list.

This is actually part of Woolworths 2 for $20 at the moment, but it's available at most places too, including my ever favourite Priceline. it is on the pricier side but a little goes a looonnng way and mine has lasted me forever.

Pros:

  • Very nourishing
  • Good for an occasional treatment
  • Cheaper than the Moroccan Argan Oil
  • No sulphates or parabens
Cons:
  • Odd ingredients
  • Heavy
  • Can look oily in hair 

All in all, I like it, but I don't love it. Handy, but not a must have. I feel like this product would work best on someone with quite course, thick, frizzy hair. I obviously haven't tested this theory out, but I think that due to it's heavy nature this might work better for them.

Thanks for reading!