Archive for September, 2012

September 29th, 2012

Project 100 Pan (part 2)

06: True Blue Spa Shea Cashmere Hand Cream – I loved the way this hand cream made my skin feel but the smell became way too overpowering for me about half way through the tube. I won’t be repurchasing this.

07: The Face Shop Real Nature Rice Mask – This was quite a soothing sheet mask and I really liked the way it made my skin feel. I don’t know that I would actively source this particular mask out again in the future, but I did enjoy using it.

08: Burt’s Bees Herbal Blemish Stick – I loathe the smell of licorice so this was a real burden to apply to my face at night as the smell really lingered. As much as I love this product for what it does, I don’t think I’ll repurchase it because of my issues with the scent.

09: The Face Shop Herb Day Cotton Face Wipes – God this packet of wipes lasted a LIFETIME. I don’t like using scented wipes in general because I feel like they aggravate my skin, and these ones in particular seemed to break me out quite a bit. I think I used about half of this packet for removing swatches from my hands/arms because I was too afraid to use them on my face.

10: OP Therapy Summer Glow Pineapple & Papaya Sea Salt Scrub – I hated this product. I thought it would smell nice and fruity because of the product name but it had a really odd, stale scent to it. I didn’t find it easy to use in the shower because the oil in the product seemed to cling to my skin and was impossible to rinse off. I definitely won’t be buying this again.

September 29th, 2012

Urban Rituelle Pamper Party

Do you have friends? If yes, good for you! Urban Rituelle are giving you the change to win 1 of 5 pamper parties for you and five of your best friends, worth over $1100. Each winner will receive a deluxe hamper full of indulgent goodies for a pamper party event for friends; including Urban Rituelle products, gourmet drinks, and nibbles. To be in the running, simply upload a 30-60 second video to YouTube telling Urban Rituelle why you would love to be showered in the very latest Urban Rituelle products. Register your entry via the Pamper Party Competition tab on the Urban Rituelle Facebook page and the 5 videos that display the most creativity, fun and passion will be crowned the winners. The competition will run from September 26th to midnight on October 23rd, and is open to Australian residents only. For terms and conditions please see here. To invite me to your party if you win, click here.
September 24th, 2012

Product Review: Bloom Sheer Colour Cream in Coy

I spotted this blush about a year ago in the Bloom section of my local David Jones store and it was love at first sight. For some reason I didn’t get around to purchasing it until earlier this year, but I dug it out of my collection a couple of weeks ago and I’ve been using it every day since. First things first: this product smells like lavender. Once you apply it to your skin the smell goes away, but for those that aren’t a fan of lavender scented things I thought I’d better mention that up front. This is probably one of the most user-friendly cream blushes I’ve ever tried, it’s not too heavily pigmented and the cream itself is lightweight making it a breeze to blend into the skin. The shade Coy works wonderfully on fair skin, I’ve been wearing this layered under MAC’s Instant Chic powder blush during the week or just on it’s own over some tinted foundation for a low-key fresh faced look on the weekends. The Bloom Sheer Colour Cream retails for $24 AUD and can be purchased online from the Bloom website.
September 23rd, 2012

Current Skin Care Routine

My face has finally settled down after it’s typical ‘oh god a new season, time to freak out!’ episode, and I’m really happy with my skin care routine at the moment so I thought it would be a good time to share it with you all.

Cetaphil Gentle Cream Cleanser – I slather this over my face and wipe it off it with cotton pads to remove my makeup before hopping in the shower at night and properly cleansing with the Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel.

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel – I’ve mentioned this quite a few times before, and it’s really the only cleanser that I use. I now buy the giant pump top bottles because they last a longer than the smaller bottles (obviously) and the packaging makes it so much easier to use when I’m in the shower. I only ever cleanse my face at night, so I use this in my shower in the evening.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – I’ve really cut back on the amount that I exfoliate my face and my skin seems to be thanking me for it. This is my holy grail facial exfoliant and I use it once or twice a week in the morning or evening – depending on when I feel that I need it most.

Echolife Lavender Face Mist – This is such a gentle and soothing face spray, I think I’m going to cry real tears when I run out of it. I use this every time I get out of the shower before putting on my serum/moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturiser SPF 15 – This is my favourite warm weather daily face moisturiser and I wear it every day.

Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil – I use this at night after I’ve spritzed my face with the Echolife Lavender Mist. I pat a couple of drops of the oil into my skin and let it sit for a couple of minutes before applying my moisturiser.

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Creme – I use this as a day time moisturiser in the cooler months of the year, but when it gets too hot to have anything heavy on my face I stick to using it as a night cream only. I layer this over the Weleda Almond Oil in the evening and I swear to god it is the most soothing and nourishing combination that I’ve ever come across.

Benefit It’s Potent Eye Cream – I really like this eye cream and I use it every morning and night, but I think that when I run out of this little deluxe sample jar I’m going to switch to the Kiehl’s Creamy Avocado eye cream instead.

The Body Shop Tea Tree Blemish Stick – Why do all spot treatments have to smell so flipping bad? I like this product, it does the job pretty well. I don’t break out that often so to be honest I’m not really that phased on what spot treatment I use.

September 20th, 2012

Spring Book Haul

September 20th, 2012

Yves St Laurent Touché Éclat & Le Teint Touché Éclat

Years ago when I first started to get interested in beauty products, YSL’s Touché Éclat was the very first high end makeup item that I purchased. Since then, I honestly can’t recall a time that I was without this little miracle in a tube. Apparently I’m not alone in my love for the Touché Éclat it as one tube is sold somewhere in the world every 10 seconds. I’ve kind of always known that I’m not alone in my adoration though, judging by the fact that my girlfriends fight over who gets to use it first when I dig it out of my bag for touch ups in the bathroom when we’re out on the town. It’s clearly a product that has well and truly earned it’s cult status

For me it is the perfect highlighter and I use it most often where I feel that I need it most – under my eyes. This is my personal preference for how to use it, but it is designed to be multi-purpose, and is also great for contouring the face, creating undertones on the skin and helping to disguise signs of fatigue. “The go-anywhere complexion highlighter adds an alluring halo-effect to contour volumes, highlight shadowy areas, create luminosity and achieve flawless perfection. Applied to the sides of the nose, corners of the mouth, along the middle forehead, bridge of the nose and upper cheekbones, Radiant Touch conceals the signs of fatigue and imbues instant radiance. Eyes are instantly refreshed with just a few touches to the eyelid, eyebrow arch and inner corner of the eye. With every brushstroke, the face is transformed with the power of light.”

Yves St Laurent have taken their Touché Éclat technology one step further in the form of their new foundation release ‘Le Teint Touché Éclat’. If you suffer from chronic dull face, or just prefer the look of a lightweight glowy foundation (like me) this could be the product for you. “The luxuriously unique formula targets shadowy areas and defines contours. Free of opaque powders that can create a ‘masked’ effect, Le Teint Touché Éclat is formulated with a soft focus gel to smooth away imperfections and accentuate natural facial features. Utlising the latest generation of fluid light concentrate, Le Teint Touché Éclat also forms a reflective film like an infinity of mirrors to maximise the potential power of light. The result? The complexion never looks artificial, shine is diffused, irregularities are concealed and skin imparts a natural-looking, sophisticated glow.” As I mentioned in a recent post, my game plan for summer this year is to ‘embrace the glow’ rather than fight it, which means I am on the hunt for a foundation that will give the right amount of overage without being too heavy or too greasy. The Le Teint Touché Éclat ticks all the right boxes and comes with the added benefit of having the typical fresh YSL foundation smell that brings back many a good memory for me.

Yves St Laurent’s Le Teint Touché Éclat foundation retails for $78 AUD and is available in 10 shades in Australia, and is available for purchase from MYER, David Jones and Mecca Maxima. If you would like the chance to win yourself a bottle of Le Teint Touché Éclat and a tube of Touché Éclat, head on over here and enter! You can also click here to download a voucher for a free sample. (note: products were provided for consideration for review)

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September 18th, 2012

Spring Polish Picks

As you can probably tell from the picture above, I have a rather particular palette when it comes to the nail polish colours that I wear in Spring. I opt for light pinks, peaches and purples with the occasional coral shade thrown in for good measure. I picked out my top five favourite nail polish shades for Spring to share with you, and they are: Bloom ‘Flamingo Sands’, Sephora by OPI ‘How Cute Is That?’, Sephora by OPI ‘Casting Call’, b Collection by Bloom ‘Seychelles’ and Essie ‘Nice Is Nice’.
September 16th, 2012

2012 50 Book Challenge Update #3

I’m a little bit behind in this challenge (9 books behind, according to good reads) but as the weather warms up I’ll hopefully be spending more time outside in the sun catching up on my reading. Since my last update, I’ve finished the following books:

The Enemy by Charlie Higgins – I picked this up purely because the story revolves around a zombie apocalypse, which turned out to be a mistake because I wasn’t that impressed by it. It’s a young adult novel and the characters in the story were just a bit to young for me to relate to.

The Ice Man (confessions of a mafia contract killer) by Philip Carlo – This was the latest choice for the book club that my close girlfriends and I have together, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I’ve never really been a fan of true crime stories but this was rather captivating. If you’re a fan of the Sopranos this book might interest you.

Insurgent by Veronica Roth – This is the second book in the Divergent series (trilogy?) and I enjoyed it just as much as the first. It’s a super easy read, but I found the dystopian storyline really interesting and the female protagonist was only mildly annoying which was a nice change.

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell – I enjoyed this book and managed to get through it in a couple of days and now I’m curious to watch the film adaptation. It’s quite bleak, so if you’re in the mood for something depressing maybe check this out.

Post-Mortem by Patricia Cornwell – I was in the mood for a quick and easy read when I picked this out of the 3000 books on my kindle. I don’t normally read books like this but I liked it and I think I’ll be reading more from Patricia Cornwell in the future.

Four Past Midnight by Stephen King – I’ve never been a huge fan of short story collections and this was no exception. As with all of the Stephen King books I’ve read in the past, each story ended with a great big WTF and not in a good way.

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer – I picked up this book with no real expectations as to what it would be like, and I have to say it surprised me. This was one of those books that sits with you for a little while after you read it, and so much so for me that I watched the film adaptation a day after finishing the book because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. A very interesting (true) story.

Jaws by Peter Benchley – I liked this book but it deviated from the plot of the film quite a bit which I wasn’t expecting it to do. A fun read but not something I’d suggest picking up if you’re planning on going to the beach any time soon.

September 14th, 2012

Project 100 Pan

I’ve been fluffing about with challenges lately but I’ve decided to go all in with the ultimate beauty challenge: Project 100 Pan. Joining me in attempting this almighty feat are my fellow Perth beauty bloggers Anissa and Kimberley, so be sure to head on over to their blogs and cheer them on! My rules for this challenge are pretty simple, with the bottom line being no buying of any new beauty products. The only exceptions to this rule are what I consider to be ‘holy grail’ items, meaning products that I only ever use one particular brand/type of (ie: foundation, cleanser, mascara). Everything else is out of bounds until I’ve finished up 100 products. Oh, except for MAC’s Supercontinental blush. If I can track down that elusive white whale I’m allowing myself to buy it.

Oh look, I’ve already managed to finish up 5 products. Nice.

01: NP Set Calming Pre-Foundation Primer – This is the only primer I’ve ever managed to use consecutively without my skin breaking out. I’m planning on repurchasing this next autumn (I don’t generally wear primer in the warmer months of the year because I hate the feeling of having too much product on my face) but I’m fairly confident that I will have finished this challenge by then.

02: Boscia Green Tea Blotting Linens – These are my favourite blotting papers at the moment, but I’ve got two spare packets in my cupboard waiting to be opened so I’m still going to include these ones in the tally.

03: Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Creme – Again a holy grail product, and again one that I have a backup for. I’ve switched to the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15 for daytime use, but I’m still using the Ultra Facial Creme at night layered over the Weleda Soothing Almond Facial Lotion and oh lord is that a gentle juicy moisturizing treat for the skin.

04: AlchemicMuse Chiquita Soap – Scented soap bars seem like such a good idea at the time, but I just don’t love them. I never have and I doubt I ever will so I think it’s time I stop buying them. This was nice, it smelled like bananas which was something different for me.

05: Bath & Body Works Warm Vanilla Sugar Foaming Hand Soap – What can I say about hand soap? I tend to go through one of these a month, so I stock up during the sales throughout the year and usually have a few on hand (ha) at any given time. I currently have 4 spring/summer scented soaps sitting in my cupboard waiting to go so I’ll include this one in tally just because I can.

September 11th, 2012

Product Review: Mai Couture Vitamin C & E Blotting Paper

My skin is prone to oiliness, so I make sure that I always have blotting papers on hand. I learned a little while ago that when it comes to oily skin in hot weather, it’s best to try and embrace the glow rather than combat it with an excess of makeup and powder. I’ve used a variety of blotting sheets from different brands in the past, and the Mai Couture ones really do live up to their luxe name. To start with, the packaging is far more glamorous than any I’ve used in the past – the shiny gold card slip cover looks far more appealing than the beaten up cardboard envelopes that I’m used to. The Mai Couture blotting paper come in three different varieties, Blot and Bronze, Rejuvenate Oil Blotting Paper and Vitamin C & E Blotting Paper. “Mai Couture’s Vitamin C & E Oil Blotting Paper revitalizes dull skin and removes excess oils without drying out your skin. The ultra-absorbent paper with sheer powder removes excess oil without disturbing your makeup while leaving skin feeling fresh and revitalized to retain essential moisture.” Each pack comes with 100 sheets, and the paper is talc and paraben free. I’ve enjoyed using these and having tried so many brands in the past I can really tell when the quality is good and these are the best I’ve ever used. They absorb oil quickly without removing any of my makeup, and the paper is very soft gentle against my skin. If you’re willing to invest a little bit more money on something that you use every day, I would suggest checking these out. The Mai Couture Vitamin C & E Blotting Paper retails for $20 AUD and is available for purchase from Bathing Beauty. (note: product provided for consideration for review)