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.
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.
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.)
The official new face of “Catwoman” in the new Batman franchise, Anne Hathaway was looking less than menacing at the 2011 Golden Globe Awards this week. As one of my porcelain skinned perfect-makeup idols, Anne did it again with this fresh faced and feminine look. Celebrity makeup artist Kate Lee created this look for Anne to compliment her Armani Prive gown. “Anne wore a nude rose sequin gown. The dress featured a strong shoulder, so I wanted to make sure the make up was approachable and feminine to allow the dress its full attention.” She used the following products to create the look: Chanel Sublimage Concentrate, NARS Oil Free Pro Prime, Chanel Vitalumiere Fluid Makeup, Kevyn Aucoin Sculpting Powder (in the shade medium), Chanel Fluid Iridescent Eyeshadow (in the shade sand), Chanel Inimitable Waterproof Mascara (in the shade noir), Chanel Hydramax and Active Lip Care, Chanel Rouge Coco Lip Colour in Mademoiselle, Chanel Coco Shine in Bel Ami and Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder. What do you think of Anne’s look? Do you think it compliments her neutral shade dress?
Despite not being a sexpot blonde myself, I think January Jones’ makeup at the 2011 Golden Globes is the look I am most likely to emulate. Her flawless skin, beautiful eyes (those lashes! that gold liner!) and glossy yet subtle red lips look amazing. Celebrity makeup artist Rachel Goodwin created the look using the following Chanel products: Sublimage Concentrate, Bronzing Makeup Base, Soft Touch Eyeshadow (in the shade liberty), Perfect Brows Palette, Inimitable Intense Mascara (in the shade noir) and Rouge Allure Extrait De Gloss (in the shade excess). What do you think of January’s look? Did it compliment or detract from her less than ladylike ensemble?