Archive for June, 2011

June 30, 2011

One Night Only @ Adore Beauty

I try not to make a habit of posting a lot of press releases, but this one from Adore Beauty was too good to pass up. (And I’m sure by now you guys all know how much I love the ladies & gents over at Adore!) Anyhoo, be sure to head over to Adore Beauty on the 5th of July to spend up big and take part in this fun little event!
June 30, 2011

Product Review: Chanel Precision Eye Definer in Bonsai

This gem of an eyeliner went unused in my makeup collection for the longest time. Thankfully though, it’s now taken it’s rightful place in the top 3 favourite eyeliners in my collection. Eyeliners seem to last forever (I have never, ever finished an eyeliner) and I’ve had this one for around 5 years now and it’s still close to full size. The shade Bonsai is a gorgeous mossy green colour that really brings out some of the green elements in my eye colour, which is nice.

As you can see from the swatch above, it is heavily pigmented (the picture was taken after one swipe) and is smooth and easy to apply. The Chanel Precision Eyeliner also comes with a smudger at the opposite end to the pencil, but to be honest I never really use it because it’s really hard and not very easy to use on the gentle skin around the eye area. I’m not entirely sure how much the Chanel Precision Eyeliners retain for, your best bet is to check out your local Chanel counter to see if they have it in stock.
June 29, 2011

Product Review: The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner

For quite a while now, I’ve been stuck in my ways of using rosewater mist as the balancing agent between cleansing and moisturising. Recently though I decided to try out the Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner, because it seemed like it would be quite gentle and soothing on my recently troubled skin. Thankfully, it worked out to be just as gentle and calming as it sounds. I use this product by soaking a cotton bud in it and applying it to my skin straight after cleansing and it instantly settles down my skin and calms all redness. The toner has no scent to it, is alcohol free and is ideal for those of you like me with sensitive skin. It also doesn’t seem to break me out at all, which is a huge bonus. The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner retails for $17.95 AUD and can be purchased online from The Body Shop Australia’s online store.
June 28, 2011

Favourite Polishes: Winter

My polish preferences for the cold winter months tend to lean towards nice dark plum tones, deep burgundys, a simple soft pink or the occasional rock star black (in which case I am mocked at work for being a goth… “don’t talk to Jess, she’s a goth!”). In particular, these five shades are on high rotation on my nails this season – Mecca Cosmetica Audrey, Mecca Cosmetica Rosaline, OPI for Sephora Meet For Drinks, OPI for Sephora Brunette On The Internet & Face Of Australia Iron Ore.
June 27, 2011

The Makeup Box Shop Giveaway – CLOSED

Exciting news guys! The kind folk over at The Makeup Box Shop have teamed up with The Belle Lumiere to offer one lucky reader the chance to win one of their amazing acrylic makeup organisers (in case you’re wondering, mine is pictured above). All you have to do to be entered into the giveaway is leave a comment on this entry and let me know what your all time favourite beauty product is, simple as that! If you’d like a second entry in the giveaway, post about it on your blog or twitter and leave a link letting me know where you’ve posted about it. Be sure to include your email address so that I can contact you if you are the lucky winner. Please note that this giveaway is open to Australian residents only. I will draw the winner at random on Sunday 10th of July. Good luck everyone!
June 23, 2011

Product Review: Estee Lauder Blush in Peach Nuance

Despite the fact that it is sans packaging, this is THE prettiest peach blush I have ever come across. The OCD part of my personality hates the fact that I do not have a proper home for this gorgeous little blush, but such is life. The reason that it is sans packaging is because I fell in love with it after seeing it pictured in someone’s beauty stash pictures over at the Adore Forums, many moons ago. It then popped up in a swap thread so I jumped all over it as soon as I saw it. It’s been an ongoing love affair ever since it arrived. I’m not sure how it would translate on a darker skin tone, but on super fair skin the Peach Nuance blush is a gorgeous subtle peachy-coral. It’s one of my favourites for summer, but for some reason it’s been one of my most worn blushes this Winter too. There is also a Rose Nuance blush out there somewhere but I am struggling to hunt it down. If you see it anywhere please let me know! I’m also sorry to say that I’m not entirely sure where you can purchase the Peach Nuance blush from, (terrible blogging etiquette, I know) but it’s definitely worth the time to try and track one down if you so desire!