Reader Discount:

If you’ve not heard of Echolife, head over and check out their online store. I hadn’t heard of them before today, but after perusing their site for a good half hour this morning I discovered that they stock some great Australian natural and organic brands. Just the thing for those like me who are leaning towards a more natural way of living as of late. As a little treat, Echolife have offered a $5 discount on all orders made my The Belle Lumiere readers for the entire year. All you have to do is enter the code the belle lumiere at checkout, and the $5 will be deducted from your total. Easy as pie! While you’re there, feel free to pick me up a tube of the Wotnot Baby Lotion, ta.

Oh look, another vent…

I’ll try not to make too much of a habit of posting my rants on this site, but as this rant was site-related I figured it wouldn’t be too out of place. Plagiarism is an issue I’ve not had to deal with in the past and it’s definitely not something I ever thought I would have to deal with, but here we are. Yesterday evening, a lovely reader left a comment on my post from back in March 2010 reviewing the Jurlique Rosewater Mist letting me know that a blatant rip off of my review had been posted over at 2Threads, under the name Gaia Gardiner. I was sure there must have been some mix up, so I headed over to 2Threads to check it out, and sure enough there are some obvious similiarities between the posts.

At first I wasn’t sure how to feel about this. Flattered? Annoyed? Upset? In the end I was just confused. Is it really that hard to whip up a simple beauty review? Did Gaia love my writing that much that she wanted to claim the review as her own? I sincerely doubt it. After all, it is just a beauty review and really nothing special at that. After thinking about it for a little while I emailed 2Threads and asked them to remove the review from their site. Then I waited. And waited. After hearing nothing all day and the review still sitting on the site (now with some commentary at the bottom – thanks guys), I emailed them again and explained that if the review was not removed I would contact their host server to remove the post. I’ve still not heard anything from any of the people at 2Threads and the review is still up on their site. I’ll wait a couple of days before contacting their site host, and hope for the best. Thank you to everyone who supported me throughout today, in particular the dear SassiSam and Patty Huntington who both made their voices well and truly heard.

Note: 2Threads have sinced removed the review, and emailed me an explanation and apology.

Project 10 Pan Update / January Empties

Finished up in January:

01: Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Seasilk Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner (travel sized)
02: L’Oreal Preference High Shine Colour Conditioner
03: Lancome Hypnose Mascara
04: NARS Sheer Matte Foundation in Siberia / Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory

I put the two foundations together and counted them as one product because neither of the bottles had a lot of product remaining in them, and I felt guilty counting them separately. I’ve not been 100% dedicated to the cause this month either, and I sneakily bought myself a bottle of Kosmea Rosehip Oil, Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel and MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Porcelain Pink from Jess’ Blog Sale. Now watch me justify… I had completely run out of the Kosmea Rosehip Oil, and as it is one of my HG products, I needed it back in my routine asap. The cleanser was purchased because I will run out of the current cleanser that I’m using in a week or so and don’t want to have to wait for my new cleanser to be shipped here – pre-emptive strike. And as for the MAC… Well no money was exchanged as Jess also wanted some things from my blog sale, so really it’s a swap and not a purchase and therefore doesn’t count! Hooray! Bring on February.

Product Review: Napoleon Perdis Pore Minimizer and Mattifier

I think 2011 must be the year that I embrace primers, because for the second time this year I’ve found a priming product that I actually like. The first was the L’Oreal Smoothing Resurfacing Primer and the second is my new priming companion, the Napoleon Perdis Pore Minimizer and Mattifier. I don’t have the best history with Napoleon priming products, as their general Auto Pilot Primer did not agree with my skin at all and broke me out. The Pore Minimizer and Mattifier doesn’t seem to have any of the negative side effects of the Auto Pilot Primer though, and thankfully my skin hasn’t reacted badly to it at all. I have to admit, the first time I used the product I was a little taken aback at the colour/consistency of it…

I was a bit worried about how brown the primer looked at first, but thankfully the dark brown colour of the product blends out to be unnoticeable under foundation after application. Now, I’ll get real here for a minute because what I’ve learned over the years is that it’s basically impossible to completely hide my pores. It’s also practically impossible for me to “minimize” them in any way. But they can be slightly hidden. The Napoleon Perdis Pore Minimizer and Mattifier acts as a barrier between my skin and my foundation, and creates a lovely little protective layer that helps my pores from being too visible. The effect lasts for a few hours at a time, which makes it a great product to use at night if I’m heading out somewhere like dinner or the movies where I know I won’t need to check or reapply my makeup after a few hours. (Keep in mind that I have oily/combination skin, which would be an issue that contributes to the product’s lasting power.) Napoleon Perdis himself suggests using the product over makeup when needed. “Don’t tissue oils away. Just apply Pore Minimizer and Mattifier throughout the day.” The Napoleon Perdis Pore Minimizer and Mattifier retails for $65 and is available for purchase from Napoleon Concept Stores, David Jones and pharmacies and salons throughout Australia. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)

Product Review: Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue

As I mentioned in a previous post, my first exposure to the Alterna hair care brand was via Kate Bosworth and her recommendation of the Caviar range. (Unfortunately this was in an InStyle article, and not over weekend girly brunch…) I was sent the Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Post Party Hair Rehab set for trial and review, and my favourite product from the set has to be the Overnight Hair Rescue. The product has a gel like consistancy that spreads easily through the hair and doesn’t leave it feeling heavy or weighed down. It also smells really nice, and has a subtle citrus fragrance to it. To use the overnight hair rescue you dispense a small amount (roughly the size of a 10c piece) into your hands, rub them together and then distribute evenly throughout your hair – paying special attention to the dry and damaged ends. Leave it in overnight, and wash it out in the morning. Voila! Glossy, treated hair. I love how unfussy this product is, and how easy it is for me to treat my hair overnight without having to apply a product during my shower and wait for it to sink in without the water running (there is a water shortage you know) before washing it out. I would definitely repurchase this product again in the future. (Though I can tell the tube is going to last quite a while, as I only need one pump per use – and my hair is relatively long.) The Alterna range is free of Parabens, Mineral Oil, Phthalates, Gluten and Petrolatum. The Alterna Caviar Overnight Hair Rescue retails for for $48.60 AUD and is available for purchase at high end boutiques and salons. For stockist information check the website. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review)