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September 9, 2014

Product Review: Dove Pure Care Dry Oil

It’s been quite a while since something has come along that is good enough to be welcomed into my daily hair-care routine. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil has easily been my favourite product over the last few months, and I now use it in place of my all time favourite Kerastase Nectar Thermique (you guys know how much I L-O-V-E nectar thermique, so that should be an indication of how much I like this oil). It’s a medium-weight oil, so I tend to use one pump and distribute it evenly through the ends of my hair before blow drying. It does an amazing job at making my hair soft and shiny, helps reduce the frizz factor (even during the seemingly endless period of rainy days we’re experiencing lately), and smells divine (soft and sweet and slightly powdery). The scent doesn’t transfer to the hair once it’s dry so if you’re not a fan of fragranced products that linger, you’re in the clear. The price is reasonable in my opinion, as this will be a long-lasting product and will end up being great value for money if you use it as sparingly as I do. The Dove Pure Care Dry Oil retails for $19.99 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, and selected pharmacies throughout Australia (note: this product was provided for consideration for review).
March 29, 2014

Product Review: Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Care Pack

My skin has been moody lately, and I’m blaming it on the change of weather. I’ve had dry patches popping up on my forehead but the skin on my cheeks and nose seems to be staying as oily as always. My skin needed some heavy duty moisturizing, and I found it in the form of the Weleda Iris Hydrating Range. I’m a huge fan of the almond range from Weleda, so I was excited to try these products out. I expected the scent to be a heavy floral, but both the day and night cream have a light citrus-floral fragrance that I quite like. Now, despite my face being quite dehydrated, the day lotion is too much for me to wear during the daytime due to the jojoba oil content. Having said that, I feel like this lotion would be a Godsend for the truly dry skinned girls out there. I’ve been wearing both the day and night cream in the evening, and I love the luxurious feeling of applying the night cream after my Clarisonic. Both of the creams contain nourishing oils (day: jojoba, night: almond), with the night cream containing shea and cocoa butter for additional softness. If you’re in the market for a heady duty hydrating cream, either one or both of these are definitely worth checking out. The Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Care Pack retails for $49.90 AUD (currently $37.40 as the duo pack is 25% off until the end of march), and is available for purchase from Weleda online (please note: this product was sent for consideration for review). Additionally, in March/April you can save 25% when you purchase the One-Step Cleanser & Toner, and in April/May you can purchase the Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream and receive the Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream free.
March 19, 2014

Product Review: Subtle Energies Detox Body Scrub (+ Giveaway)

Winter is coming. THANK. GOODNESS. I love the colder months of the year, but I tend to fall victim to the weather and let my skin-prep upkeep fall by the wayside (mostly because I’m freezing cold and dying to get out of the shower as soon as I step in). This year I plan to make more of an effort to ensure my skin is freshly scrubbed and moisturised AT ALL TIMES where possible. The first product I’m trying out is the Subtle Energies Rasayana Detox Body Scrub. I love a gritty body scrub. I love the grit. This scrub has a very subtle grain to it, which works wonderfully on my sensitive skin. It’s suggested that you use the scrub once a week, which I do, and it’s enough to keep skin freshly buffed (and as an added bonus, the Rasayana Detox Body Scrub can be used on freshly waxed skin to help prevent ingrown hair). The scrub has a spicy herbal scent to it – which is not something I normally reach for, but it’s not unbearable. All of the elements come together to make this scrub really feel like a ‘spa’ product. The Subtle Energies Rasayana Detox Body Scrub retails for $39.50 AUD and is available for purchase from Subtle Energies.

To coincide with this review, Subtle Energies have been kind enough to offer one lucky reader a Rasayana pack. The pack includes the Rasayana Body Wash, Detox Scrub and Body Lotion and is valued at $119.50. To enter, simply visit the Subtle Energies website, sign up for their newsletter (at the bottom of the page), and let me know that you’ve done so. For an additional two entries, simply spread the word via social media and link me to your post. The giveaway will be drawn on April 19th, and please be aware that it is open to Australian residents only. Good luck!

March 13, 2014

Product Review: Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose

If I had to choose one lip product to use for the rest of my life, it would be this. This is the most moisturising lip product I own, and easily the most wearable. The Fresh Sugar tinted lip conditioners are my favourite lip product to chuck into my handbag on the go, because I know they’re a no-fuss product that I can apply without having to worry about how they’re going to look. I own quite a few of these in various shades, but Rose seems to suit me the best. All of the Fresh Sugar lip conditioners have a strong lemon scent, that at first I was a bit put off by but it’s grown on me over time. Now, as much as I love this product, it has one major flaw. Unfortunately, these balms are not designed to withstand an Australian summer. More than once I’ve opened up a tube and the stick has been so melted that it’s snapped off on my lips, which was not pleasant. The other downside to this product is that it’s not currently available for purchase in Australia, but thankfully there are ways around this. The Fresh Sugar Tinted Lip Conditioner in Rose retails for $22.50 USD and is available for purchase (via parcel forwarding) from Sephora.
January 21, 2014

Product Review: Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara

It takes a lot for me to stray from a makeup product that I have an established ‘holy grail’ for. In this case, mascara. I’ve been loyal to Lancome’s Hypnose mascara for a few years now, and it always feels like a huge waste of money to try anything new because nothing else ever seems to compare. This mascara was sent to me to try and I was in the mood for something different so I decided to give it a go. I’m so glad that I branched out and tried something new because I love this. My biggest problem with mascara is that nearly every product I’ve tried transfers onto my eyelids as soon as I apply it. This does not. Nor does it clump on my lashes, smudge, or flake throughout the day. It has a dry formula (which I personally like, because I feel that it helps build length without getting too gloopy), and a large brush that separates the lashes easily. The Max Factor False Lash Effect Mascara retails for $24.95 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline (note: product was sent for consideration for review).
November 28, 2013

Product Review: Arbonne Cream Concealer in Light

I’m sure many of my fellow pale-faced ladies would agree, finding a concealer to match a fair skintone can be a real pain in the butt. I use concealer for two things: to hide the genetic dark circles under my eyes, and to cover up any redness around my nose and chin. I get the occasional blemish, but it’s not something I deal with too often so I don’t really take that factor into consideration when looking for a concealer. I’ve been trying out the Arbonne cream concealer for a few weeks now, and it’s become an essential part of my daily makeup routine. It’s a slightly darker shade than I would normally opt for, but it works wonders to cover the dark circles under my eyes. It blends easily into my skin and stays put throughout the day. I also find all of the Arbonne packaging really attractive looking: bonus. The Arbonne Cream Concealer in Light retails for $33 AUD and is available for purchase from the Arbonne website (note: this product was sent for consideration for review).