Product Review: Benefit “Love It Up” Set

In case you were wondering, Valentine’s Day is coming up soon… Yep, that gloriously cheesy and often depressing hallmark holiday that I love so much (not as much as Christmas though). To celebrate, Benefit is releasing “Love It Up”, which is a limited edition collectible set of their Lookin’ To Rock Rita eau de toilette & a complementing silk scented body lotion. The packaging is absolutely amazing, and when I received the package in the mail the scent of the products had permeated all of the packaging making everything smell absolutely delicious. How gorgeous is the box that it comes in?

I think the packaging alone would be impressive as a present, is that weird? (don’t answer that.) The fragrance is not something I would have chosen for myself, it’s very ‘green’ and fruity though and is a lovely scent for summer. It warms up after the initial application like most fragrances, and grows muskier throughout the day and I like the scent most after a couple of hours of wearing it. The scent doesn’t have incredible staying power, it’s more of a weekend sort of fragrance for me, with a couple of sprays lasting for around 5 hours before the scent wears off. Wearing it in combination with the body lotion helps the scent maintain it’s strength for a lot longer, but I would only suggest doing this if you absolutely love the smell as it is very strong and could be overpowering. The Benefit “Love It Up” set is due for release on January 29th 2011, and retails for $59.00 AUD. Check your local Benefit counter for the set, or call (02) 8353 5000 for stockist information. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)

Product Review: MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush

As you can probably tell by the picture above, I have used my MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush to near death. This was the first MAC product that I ever purchased, and has been my go-to blush from the very first day I received it. The blushcreme applies evenly and has great staying power. I think the shade is gorgeous on pale skin, when blended it shows up as a beautiful dusky pink shade on a fair complexion. (apologies for how grubby the compact is, I think my overuse of the product has beaten it to death)

Looking at the swatch it seems to show up similar to the NARS Penny Lane Cream Blush, which I’ve tried in the past and didn’t like. In reality it shows up very different on the skin. The MAC blush is more of a dusty pink rose colour than a muddy brown pink like the NARS. I absolutely love this blush, and can definitely see myself repurchasing it in the future. It retails for $40 AUD on the Australian MAC website. (note: apparently this is a discontinued line, so stock up while you can!)

Product Review: Neutrogena Oil-Free Face Wash (pink grapefruit)

After my giant bottle of Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel ran out, I decided I wanted to try out a more ‘cheap and cheerful’ cleanser option instead of forking out the $70 for my holy grail of cleansers. (which I will be repurchasing again in the future despite the hefty price tag, don’t get me wrong – I love the stuff) As I’d had success with Neutrogena in the past, I decided to give the new Pink Grapefruit cleanser a try as I’d seen it mentioned in quite a few beauty blogger haul posts at the start of summer. At first I loved the smell, it’s punchy and fruity and is the perfect pick me up in the morning. It does get overwhelming after a while though, and after a few weeks of use it’s starting to smell more sickly-sweet than delightful. As a cleanser, it works well for my skin and the only complaint I have is that it is slightly too drying for me. It has kept breakouts at bay though, which is really all I look for in a cleanser. I won’t be repurchasing in the future, because I discovered (via a comment left on my blog, so thank you to the courteous reader who let me know) that Neutrogena’s parent company Johnson&Johnson partake in animal testing on their products. If you do still wish to purchase the product, the Oil-Free Face Wash (Pink Grapefruit) retails for $14.99 AUD and can be purchased from leading supermarkets and pharmacies throughout the country.

A small rant…

I was debating with myself whether or not to post this on here, and as I realised that I personally would appreciate it if another beauty blogger had posted it for me to read, I decided to post it. Tonight I discovered that a lot of products I have been using were made by companies that either test on animals, or are owned by a parent company that partakes in animal testing on their products. As an animal lover I felt sick to realise this, and also stupid for not bothering to do my research earlier. There are many arguments that could be made against me being upset about animal testing on my beauty products. Yes I eat meat, but I am doing everything I can to convert to a pescetarian diet. No, I am not a vegan and I am ashamed to admit that do not see myself ever having the strength of character to become one. So do I have a right to be upset about this? I don’t really know. What I do know is that I do believe in making changes where you can for the better of yourself and the better of your environment and I do not believe that in this day and age animal testing is necessary within the beauty industry. If you see any reviews posted on this site of products made by any of the brands listed here – please know that they were items that I had either already purchased, or were sent to me for review before I discovered that they were on the list. I hope that you understand that I am not trying to force my beliefs on my readers: no judgement, no right or wrong as to what other people choose for themselves, I just wanted to put this out there for those who were interested in reading that list and making an informed decision as to what products they were using/buying.

Product Review: Sebastian Professional Hydre Shampoo & Conditioner

I have been using the Sebastian Professional Hydre Shampoo and Conditioner for a few weeks now, and it’s become a firm favourite in my hair care routine for summer. The range is pitched as being a post-celebration hair saviour, and it’s definitely helped me nurse my hair back to health after the hectic Christmas/New Year period. I’ve seen less fly-aways and a noticable difference in the general frizzy state of my hair post my straightening/blowdrying/curling/overstyling period during the holidays. The products do not have any particular scent, other than that “freshly washed hair” scent that I absolutely adore. The only thing I don’t really like about the products is the packaging. I know it sounds silly, but I don’t like that the bottles are two different colours, and the black container seemed to get very dirty (even in the shower) really quickly. Having said that I really like the blue and black writing on the white bottle, which appeals to my pathetically superficial side. The Sebastian Hydre Shampoo and Conditioner retail for $68 AUD within the “Sebastian Professional Thirst Quencher Pack” which also contains the Taming Elixir. For stockist information, contact 1300 728 333. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)