Archive for February, 2010

February 28, 2010

Autumn/Winter Wardrobe

Autumn is fast approaching, and although the temperature gage insists on hovering around “incinerate” I am looking towards the cooler months and thinking about where I want to go with my wardrobe this year. I think that by now I have a fairly firm grasp on my own personal style. I know what suits my body type, and try to buy pieces that I will actually wear, rather than things that will sit in my closet for a few months before being given way. So here is the general outline of what I have/want for Autumn/Winter 2010 –

Tops
** sheer black / print / floral blouses (will look to buy 2 new blouses this season)
* black cashmere v-neck sweater
** black cashmere cardigan (x2)
* black studded silk tank
black silk/jersey tee
elizabeth and james black satin blouse

Bottoms
** black pencil skirts (will need to purchase 2 new skirts for work)
black cigarette style pants
** dark denim jeans (will need 1-2 new pairs)

Dresses
* asos dark purple/floral print dress [ordered]
basque dark green/black peacock print dress
black/grey polka dot print babydoll dress
ann taylor black dress w. rosette shoulders

Outerwear
* black long length blazer
* black leather jacket
black tie-waist trench

Accessories
* cashmere tube scarf
house of harlow peacock ring
* oversized ray ban wayfarers
* oversized black leather handbag
3.1 phillip lim black patent clutch
vintage peacock clutch
* oversized black leather clutch
mimco black embellished hair piece
diamond stud earrings
tiffany & co initial necklace
* black pearl earrings

Shoes
* lanvin black leather ballet flats
country road black leather ballet flats
black patent ankle boots
wittner flat black leather boots
wittner black patent pointed flats
chanel burgundy round toe heels

All items that have an asterix next to them are things I’ll need to find & purchase. I probably won’t manage to get everything that I want, but hopefully I’ll find some really beautiful pieces this season. As for hair and makeup, I’m finding this picture of Miranda Kerr to be a source of inspiration –

As I do at the start of every season, I will be cleaning out my wardrobe tomorrow and sorting out the “do not want” the “maybe want” and the “must keep” clothes from spring/summer, looking through my stored autumn/winter wardrobe and figuring out what I can make work during the transitional stage between seasons… Do you do re-organise your wardrobe at the start of the new season?
February 28, 2010

Skin MD Natural Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Tiffany, who is the winner of our Skin MD Natural Shielding Lotion Giveaway! I will be contacting you via email for your postal details. Thanks to everyone who entered our competitions recently. Stay tuned for more in the future!
February 27, 2010

Shopping Diary 27/02/2010

In my hungover and hazy state this morning I placed an order at Asos.com and officially blew the budget. I am on a personal no-buy challenge now until March 27th! This means no shopping for anything for myself, and doing my best to spend as little as possible. (this means 1 coffee a day at work, eek the horror!) I may have also made a couple of sneaky purchases at Adore Beauty and the shops yesterday… All things I’ve wanted for a while though! Of course that makes it okay.

I also bought a beautiful watercolour print chiffon blouse from Australian label Basque, Pantene 3 Minute Miracle (3 pack) and three nailpolishes from Mecca Cosmetica (Rosaline, Perdita and Violenta). All shopped out for a while I think!
February 23, 2010

Product Review: Dermalogica Skin Kit (Normal/Oily)

Flashback to 2008: My skin was HORRIBLE. Nothing I used seemed to help with my skin problems. I was red, blotchy and breaking out. I did a lot of research and tried a few different skin care brands that had received good reviews, but still nothing seemed to work. And then I stumbled across Dermalogica. Dermalogica has been the one brand that I have ever stuck with for more than a year, and will continue to do so in the years to come. I was lucky enough to discover that I lived near a skin care centre that do professional Dermalogica Skin Mapping. This is a process where they remove your makeup, sit you down under intense lighting and examine your skin. The skin care specialist was then able to tailor a skin care regime specifically for my skin, and gave me a list of alternative Dermalogica products that I could work into my routine. If you are able to find a skin care centre near you that offers this free service, be sure to book in! If this is not available to you, fear not because Dermalogica offers starter kits for each skin type or skin concern that you might have. I was lucky enough to be sent the Normal/Oily skin kit from the amazing online beauty store Adore Beauty to trial and review. The skin care kits contain a month’s worth of product so that you are able to properly try them out and see what the products do for your skin. (I would say that there is more than a month’s worth of some of the products though, the skin prep scrub and the cleanser will last me longer than that, I am sure)

This review is a little different than my others, I have opted out of the “what is not so great about this product” part of the review because frankly, I have never had any problems with any of the Dermalogica range.

Special Cleansing Gel

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is a soap-free botanical blend of Quillaja Saponaria (a type of tree bark) and calming Lavender that foams away impurities without leaving the skin feeling tight or dry, while super-soothing Balm Mint helps calm sensitivity.”

This cleanser has been my “HG” cleanser since the very first time I used it. It’s one of those amazing cleansers – sensitive skinned girls, you will love this – that does not make my skin turn bright red after using it. It’s gentle but effective and my skin always feels really clean after using it. Clean but not in that tight ‘squeaky’ sort of way. It foams up really easily, and is fragrance free (a bonus for me). The Special Cleansing Gel has really helped to clear up the blemishes that were popping up on my skin, and taken a way the majority of the redness that I used to suffer from. Love it. Will repurchase until the end of time! (too dramatic…?)

Skin Prep Scrub

A skin-polishing scrub exfoliant with natural Corn Cob Meal that leaves the skin with a smooth, healthy complexion. Removes clogging surface debris, allowing for optimum treatment absorption. Gently polishes skin, leaving it feeling healthy, smooth and supple. Plant extracts soothe skin and help combat over-stimulation.”

The Skin Prep Scrub is the only manual scrub that I have ever used that does not leave my skin a lovely shade of “painful red”. Which is surprising because the grains are quite large, and you can really feel the scrubbing action when using it. I love the way that my skin looks the day after using this product. It literally glows. I love it, and I’m certain that I will repurchase this once I’ve run out of the trial size.

Multi-Active Toner

Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner is an ultra-light facial spritz that refreshes and hydrates the skin while smoothing the surface. Helps condition skin to prepare for proper moisture absorption.”

My favourite thing about this toner is the gentle tingling sensation that it leaves on my skin. I also like the fact that despite my clumsiness and ability to somehow get any product I use on my face IN MY EYES it doesn’t sting or aggravate in any way. It leaves my skin feeling cool, refreshed and ready for my moisturiser. It has a very faint smell, but it’s nothing offensive (and is surprisingly hard to describe). The bottle seems to last forever too, despite the fact that I am quite generous with the product, and use it every day.

Active Moist

The Dermalogica Active Moist is a lightweight, oil-free moisturiser which absorbs without a trace. A clever invisible barrier is created, to avoid pesky moisture loss. Silk Proteins are combined with extracts of Burdock, Sage and Cucumber to calm and hydrate the skin.”

Yet another of my “HG” products. Dermalogica Active Moist is the best moisturiser that I’ve ever used. I find it to be rich and nourishing enough to use at night, but light enough to be worn during the day without it feeling too heavy on my skin. It is not greasy at all, and sinks really easily into skin. I use this in the mornings and my skin feels soft and supple throughout the day. (why yes, I did just touch my cheek to confirm…!)

Climate Control Lip Treatment

The Climate Control Lip Treatment is a life saver for me when I travel. It’s small enough to be carried around with you wherever you’re going (including on international flights), and packs a heavy moisturising punch right where you need it… On your lips. It is fragrance free, and sinks straight into lips to provide moisture, and protection from the elements. Great for anyone who works in an air conditioned office (like myself) and finds that their lips dry out during the day.

Sample: Precleanse – Hello, most amazing product ever. I love Dermalogica Precleanse. I am actually at the point now where I can’t wash my face at night without using it, because my routine never feels complete! It is an oil cleanser that is a pre-cleansing step to do before using your actual skin cleanser. (hence the name precleanse, ha.) You rub the oil onto dry skin, dampen hands, rub your hands over your face to active the product (it will turn into a white film on your skin) and then rinse off. The Precleanse is really great in helping remove sunscreen or makeup before getting down to the nitty gritty cleansing stage.

Sample: Skin Refining Mask – This mask is a lifesaver. I always have a second tube stored away in my cupboard incase I run out! I use this mask in skin emergencies, it never fails to clear things up for me. It is really gentle (another product from the range that does not aggravate my skin in any way) and leaves my skin glowing after use.

I would recommend Dermalogica products to anyone considering trying a new skin care brand. So please head on over and check out the Dermalogica product range available from Adore Beauty. (Adore Beauty ship to all locations within Australia & most of their products can also be shipped internationally.) What are you waiting for? GO NOW!

February 22, 2010

Product Review: Benefit Stay Don’t Stray

As luck would have it after recently reigniting my love affair with eyeshadow, I was lucky enough to receive a tube of the new Benefit product “Stay Don’t Stray” to trial and review for Sassi Sam! Benefit Stay Don’t Stray is a 360 degree primer designed to make your concealer and eyeshadow last longer and prevent the dreaded effect of creased eyeshadow. You simply dab 3 tiny dots of the product under your eyes and on your eyelids, blend, wait for it to set and carry on with your makeup application as usual. Stay Don’t Stray is a lightweight fluid that blends easily into your skin and comes in a “universally flattering nude shade”.

Full Disclosure: I was only able to use the product on my eyelids (not under my eyes) as the formula was too dark for my complexion (I am extremely fair, so this would not be the case for most people.)

What is great about this product…

It works! I have only ever used one eye primer product in the past, which was a cream based formula and I wasn’t that happy with it. I much prefer the liquid formula of the Benefit Stay Don’t Stray. The product itself is simple to use, easy to apply and sets quickly. I tried this out with my weakest eyeshadow (as far as staying power goes), and was pleasantly surprised when I got home after a 9 hour work day to see my shadow still in place and crease free. Another good thing about the product is that the tiniest amount goes a long way. Which makes Benefit Stay Don’t Stray great as far as value for money goes. I can imagine that the tube will last quite a long time, considering how much of the product you need to use with each application. I will definitely be repurchasing this when the tube eventually runs out!

What is not so great about this product…

It’s not so much a problem as something you need to be cautious of, and that is the packaging is very sensitive. If you’re too heavy handed with the dispenser you will end up with more product than you’re going to use, which can be wasteful. Also, if you’re a super-fair lady like myself the product might be a touch too dark for your complexion.

Benefit Stay Don’t Stray retails for $45 AUD and is available for online purchase from Adore Beauty.

February 21, 2010

Shopping Diary 21/02/2010

Hello Sunday afternoon impulse buy… I stocked up on a few beauty cupboard staples, and blew the budget a little. But oh well, I am happy now, and glad to have a few old favourites back in the cupboard!

YSL Touche Eclat #1

Dermalogica Precleanse

Chanel Precision Radiance Revealing Serum

Kerastase Nutritive Bain Satin 1 Shampoo

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