Archive for January, 2010

January 29, 2010

Style Inspiration – Kate Bosworth

Hello, perfection!

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January 29, 2010

Product Review: Beauty Blender

Now, you can have the best foundation in the world. The one that matches your skin tone perfectly, lasts all day long and doesn’t smear off onto your clothes. But it’s just not going to work for you unless you have the perfect applicator. So let me introduce you to the Beauty Blender. I was honestly skeptical about this product before purchasing, would I really need to spend that much on what is essentially a makeup sponge? I have used different forms of foundation applicators in the past – fingertips, latex sponges, foundation brushes – but I can honestly say I will never look back after using the Beauty Blender.

What is great about this product…

The Beauty Blender is the only foundation applicator I have used that creates a flawless, seamless finish. The sponge does not soak up the product, so it’s able to distribute it evenly against your skin. You simply dampen the sponge, dip it in your foundation and bounce it against your skin to apply your makeup. I use it for both foundation, and creme blush. Another great thing about the Beauty Blender is that it is recyclable. When your sponge has reached the end of it’s life, simply send it to the address listed on the Beauty Blender website, and feel a little bit better about what you’re doing for the environment. Oh, and it’s pink. And we love pink things.

What is not so great about this product…

Well, I would have to say the price is a little steep. $29.95 AUD for a foundation applicator? But then again, I have spent more than that on makeup brushes before. I’m also not a huge fan of the blender pedestal. It’s basically just a round plastic stand for you to set the blender in to dry. It doesn’t really fit in with the decor of the bathroom, so I hide mine in the cupboard, lol. You also need to purchase the Beauty Blender cleanser to make sure your BB is kept in tip top shape. This is an additional cost, but I do admit that it’s fun to use. You pump the sponge onto the top of the cleanser to distribute it, and rub all of the yucky product out of the sponge. See? Fun.

Beauty Blender is available for Australian purchase through Nouveau Visage , international customers will need to check out the Beauty Blender website for further information on stockists.

January 29, 2010

Mood Inspiration – Anna Paquin

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January 28, 2010

KOSMEA – Q&A

I was lucky enough to be sent some amazing products from Kosmea this week, to trial and review. I will be posting about these products sometime next week after I’ve had a good chance to test them out and see what I think. In the meantime, I was able to participate in a Question & Answer session with a representative from KOSMEA.

Organic Rosehip Oil is the central product in the Kosmea range. Can you tell us a little bit about what Rosehip Oil is, and what are the benefits of using it on your skin?

KOSMEA Skin Clinic™ Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil is naturally very similar to the skin’s own lipids, giving skin an instant radiance and delivering long-term skin-boosting benefits. Rose hips are processed into oil using a super-critical extraction process that uses the entire fruit, capturing all its vital anti-ageing ingredients and accounting for the rich, gold colour of the oil. It is the skin of the fruit that contains the high lycopene antioxidant content.

Rose Hip Oil is rich in essential fatty acids, Vitamin A, lycopene and carotenoids, working in synergy to bring the skin back to balance, improving collagen and elastin condition, resulting in firmer, younger looking skin. Rose Hip Oil will also assist in the healing of acne and scarring, help treat dry and sensitive skin, reduce skin pigmentation, soothe cradle cap and nappy rash and may help reduce the appearance of stretchmarks.

What are some of the more popular products within the Kosmea range?

KOSMEA Skin Clinic™ Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil is a best seller and is like a ‘multi-vitamin’ for the skin. Another really popular product is KOSMEA Moisturising Lotion SPF 30+, an amazing light weight sunscreen that uses ‘encapsulated technology’ to ‘wrap’ the active sunscreen ingredients in a microscopic beeswax bubble. This prevents the chemicals being absorbed into the bloodstream and provides broad spectrum protection from the sun while delivering the moisture the skin needs for health and vitality. It is the perfect base under make-up and never has the heavy ‘greasy’ feeling that many sunscreens have.

The Eighth Natural Wonder Revitalising Facial Serum is a breakthrough product from Kosmea – can you tell us a little bit about this product, and what it does?

KOSMEA Eighth Natural Wonder Revitalising Facial Serum contains the breakthrough ingredient Myoxinol®. Derived from the hibiscus seed, this incredible natural ingredient is proven in scientific studies to reduce wrinkles by inhibiting the muscle cell contractions that cause wrinkles, it is also a natural antioxidant, protecting the skin from mechanical and biological stress. It reinforces the skin’s natural defence against the damaging effects of free radicals that accelerate biological aging.

In a nutshell, Eighth Natural Wonder boots the skins natural defences against wrinkles and aging while enhancing the skin’s condition and boosting natural radiance. According to top international make-up artist Nicola Burford it also makes the perfect make-up base for HDTV, adding a healthy glow to skin without the shine of traditional moisturisers.

Kosmea is an Australian company – are your products available to international customers? If so, where are they available for purchase?

KOSMEA is available to purchase online at www.kosmea.com.au and KOSMEA are happy to ship internationally. KOSMEA is also distributed in the US, Canada and the UK.

You can read about the history of KOSMEA or do some browsing or shopping over at their website. From what I’ve seen of these products so far, I love them. I look forward to posting the reviews soon!

January 27, 2010

Beauty Cupboard List

As I am in my ‘traditional way of doing things’ phase right now, and am focusing on buying and replacing items that are tried and true in my Beauty Cupboard, I figured I would write a list to keep track of the items that I love, and that I consider to be my “holy grails”. I often go to re-purchase something down the track, and forget what the specific product was called, or what shade I used. Hopefully this will stop that from happening in the future!

Makeup
Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Givenchy Skin Tonic Stretch Cream in Lift Dragee
Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturiser in Bare
NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Mont Blanc
Benefit Erase Paste in Light
YSL Touche Eclat in #1
Becca Lip and Cheek Creme in Rosebud
By Terry Rose De Rose Liquid Blush in Fresh Rose
Chanel Irreelle Blush in Tea Rose
Estee Lauder Blush in Peach Nuance
Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Noir
Givenchy Magic Khol in Black
Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Black
YSL Faux Cils Mascara in Black
Shiseido Silky Eye Duo in Taffeta Taupe
NARS Eyeshadow Duo in Alhambra
Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in Champagne
Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust in #36 Champagne
NARS Lipgloss in Chihuahua
Lancome Juicy Tube in Melon
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Seductive Rose
Mecca Cosmetica Nail Polish in ‘Jessica’
[need] Mecca Cosmetica Nail Polish in ‘Rosaline’
Chanel / Napoleon Perdis Makeup Brushes
Beauty Blender Sponge
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Skincare
Dermalogica Precleanse
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel
Dermalogica Soothing Protection Spray
Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
KORA Skincare Balancing Rose Mist
Dermalogica Active Moist Moisturiser
Ultraceuticals Ultra Moisturiser Cream
Trilogy Organic Rosehip Oil
MD Skincare Alpha/Beta Daily Face Peel
Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Dermalogica Skin Refining Mask
This Works Tired Eye Serum
Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Lucas Paw Paw Ointment
La Mer The Lipbalm

Body Products
MOR Marshmallow Body Creme
Glasshouse Fragrances Body Lotion in Montego Bay
Bath + Body Works Body Lotion in Warm Vanilla Sugar
La Source Hand Therapy
Grown Vanilla & Orange Peel Hand Cream
Moo Goo Milk Wash
Shu Uemura Pleasure of Japanese Bath in Sakura
Givenchy Glow To Wear
Renee Satin Body Shimmer Spray
Allure by Chanel EDP
Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel EDP
Burberry Brit EDP

Haircare
Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo
Unico Intensive Shampoo
Unico Intensive Conditioner

Terax Crema Conditioner
Kerastase Oleo Relax
Pantene 3 Minute Miracle
Bumble & Bumble Spray De Mode
Frederic Fekkai Shine Mist
Frederic Fekkai Sheer Glossing Creme
Frederic Fekkai Classic Brush
GHD Salon Styler
[need] Parlux Hairdryer
[need] MyCurl
Evo End Doctor

I am still on the lookout for some great products… If any of my fellow fair-skinned girls out there could recommend a great translucent face powder, I would be forever grateful!

January 27, 2010

Oh, Anthropologie

I was lucky enough to get a change to browse through and shop at Anthropologie during my trip to the US last year, but I was shocked and dismayed on my return to realise that they do not ship to Australia! I can sneak around this though, as my beautiful Swedish friend Andrea has offered to be an in-between postal service for me, as they DO ship to Sweden! Lucky lucky lucky! Here are the items I am eyeing off at the moment…

So many pretty things! I can’t take it!