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)

Blog Sale 29/01/2011

Hi guys! I am once again in my “purge purge purge” cycle of life, where everything that has not seen much love or was just plain wrong for me gets sold or given away to a more loving home. I’m constantly trying to change my attitude towards ‘belongings’ and material objects, and for the most part live with a simple and “less is more” attitude, but sometimes I realise that I just have way too much stuff. Like today. So here is my solution: blog sale! I know you guys share my love of beauty products, so I hope there is something in my collection that will catch your eye.

Please note: None of the items I have put up for sale were sent for me by PR companies. These are all items that I paid for myself, or received in some kind of swap.

As always before I get started posting the items up for sale, I’ll mention a few ‘rules’ –

01: Each sale is final. I will not accept any returned goods, so please ask me questions on items that you are interested before offering to buy them.

02: I will ship interstate and internationally if anyone from overseas is interested in buying any items listed. (Australian shipping: $4 for 1 item $6 for 2-5 items and $10 for 5 or more items – if you’re really feeling generous. International shipping: $10 for 1-5 items $15 for 5 or more items)

03: All payments to be made by Pay Pal please, and in Australian dollars.

04: I will post the items within 3 days of payment being completed (not pending) via Pay Pal.

05: The sale will work on a first come-first served basis. Please email me regarding items that you are interested in purchasing. If you have any questions about products, I will hold that particular item for you until you make a decision.

06: All items are genuine, and I will give honest descriptions about the usage of items, and how much product is left etc.

Hopefully that covers everything! Now, on to the sale…

Stila Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15 30ml #1 $10 (worn once, swatched once)
E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whip in Lilac Petal $3 (worn once)

E.L.F. Cream Blush in Flirt $5 (worn once)
E.L.F. Cream Blush in Heartbreaker $5 (swatched once)

MAC Mineralize Blush in Pet Me $25 (worn a couple of times)
MAC Powder Blush in Instant Chic $25 (worn a couple of times)

E.L.F. Natural Radiance Blusher in Shy $3 (swatched once)
E.L.F. Blush in Tickled Pink $5 (swatched once)

E.L.F. All Over Colour Stick $4 (swatched once)
Becca Cream Blush in Wild Orchid $10 (worn a couple of times)

Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in Petal $15 (worn a couple of times)

Stila Eye Shadow Trio in Anya $15 (swatched once)

Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust Eyeshadow in #7 $15 (worn a few times)
Napoleon Perdis Loose Dust Eyeshadow in #36 $15 (worn a few times)

MAC Eyeshadow in Gleam $15 (worn a few times)
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk $5 (worn once)

The Makeup Store Eyeliner in Liquid $5 (worn once)
The Makeup Store Eyeliner in Czar $5 (worn twice)

Stila Lipstick in Natasha $10 (worn once)
Givenchy Rouge Interdit Lipstick in Pretty Rose $20 (worn a couple of times)

E.L.F. Super Glossy Lip Shine in Pink Kiss $3 (worn once)
E.L.F. Super Glossy Lip Shine in Watermelon $3 (swatched once)

Stila Lip Glaze in Kitten $15 (swatched once)
NYX Round Lipgloss in Ballerina Pink $5 (worn a couple of times)

Maybelline Lip Gloss in Fierce Fuchsia $5 (swatched once)
Lanolips in Rose $5 (worn a couple of times)

Goal #5 Progress

The fifth goal in my 101 things to do in 1001 days project is to read all of the books on the Time Magazine Top 100 Books list. I’ve been working on this list for a little while now, but have fallen by the wayside a little bit in choosing these books when deciding what to read next. I’ve gone through the list and bolded the titles that I’ve already read. I’m going to try to work some of the unread titles into my upcoming reading list so that I can catch up…

    The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow
    All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren
    American Pastoral by Philip Roth
    An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser
    Animal Farm by George Orwell
    Appointment in Samarra by John O’Hara
    Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret by Judy Blume
    The Assistant by Bernard Malamud
    At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien
    Atonement by Ian McEwan
    Beloved by Toni Morrison
    The Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood
    The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler
    The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy
    Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
    The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
    Call It Sleep by Henry Roth
    Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
    The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
    The Confessions of Nat Turner by William Styron
    The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen
    The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
    A Dance to the Music of Time by Anthony Powell
    The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West
    Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
    A Death in the Family by James Agee
    The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen
    Deliverance by James Dickey
    Dog Soldiers by Robert Stone
    Falconer by John Cheever
    The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
    The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing
    Go Tell it on the Mountain by James Baldwin
    Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
    Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
    The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
    The Heart is A Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers
    The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
    Herzog by Saul Bellow
    Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
    A House for Mr. Biswas by V.S. Naipaul
    I, Claudius by Robert Graves
    Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Light in August by William Faulkner
    The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
    Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
    Lord of the Flies by William Golding
    The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
    Loving by Henry Green
    Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
    The Man Who Loved Children by Christina Stead
    Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie
    Money by Martin Amis
    The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
    Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
    Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
    Native Son by Richard Wright
    Neuromancer by William Gibson
    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    1984 by George Orwell
    On the Road by Jack Kerouac
    One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
    The Painted Bird by Jerzy Kosinski
    Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
    A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
    Play It As It Lays by Joan Didion
    Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth
    Possession by A.S. Byatt
    The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene
    The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark
    Rabbit, Run by John Updike
    Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
    The Recognitions by William Gaddis
    Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett
    Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates
    The Sheltering Sky by Paul Bowles
    Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    The Sot-Weed Factor by John Barth
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    The Sportswriter by Richard Ford
    The Spy Who Came in From the Cold by John le Carre
    The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
    Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
    To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller
    Ubik by Philip K. Dick
    Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
    Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry
    Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
    White Noise by Don DeLillo
    White Teeth by Zadie Smith
    Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

How many of these books have you read? Any suggestions as to which I should start with first?

Australia Day

Photography by Dave Catley

I live in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. The beach pictured above is 15 minutes away from my house. I often stop and think about how beautiful this country is, and how lucky I am. I hope I never take it for granted. As with a lot of places, Australia has darkness in it’s history, but that discussion is for another time and another place. Today I am reflecting on the strength and beauty of my country and the people who reside here. We are celebrating the multiculturalism of our society with a street party BBQ this afternoon, where everyone is bringing a dish to represent their culture and heritage. Happy Australia Day to my fellow Aussies – we truly are the lucky ones.