Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Silk Naturals

One of my fave indie brands is Silk Naturals, great service, reasonable prices and most of all fantastic products.
Owner, Karen Stark, created this successful business in 2006, specializing in organic makeup and skincare. Some of her skincare products are staples in my daily skincare routine. Aside from great products, there are also other incentives to purchasing from Silk Naturals, such as, a free product, generally an eye shadow, for orders over $10 before shipping, free eyeshadow of your choice for every $30 before shipping spent, plus points are earned with every order, that can be redeemed on further purchases. From time to time there are also some sales.

In my latest purchase I ordered AHA Toner, sample of Awesome Sauce, Super Defense Serum, Eye Lash Conditioning Gel, eye shadows- Jump, Kickstart and Naughty. Karen also included a sample of the eye shadow Grassroots Green and the gwp was Amplifying Lip Glaze in Dancing Shoes..



One of my skincare staples is the AHA toner. When I first began using this toner, I used to experience a slight tingle, now I don't experience that or redness. It rids my skin of any excess dirt or makeup not removed after cleansing. Being at a concentration of 8%, I think it's a good entry level AHA product.

Super Defence Serum is also a repurchase (for some reason it isn't currently listed on the site). I like this serum for it's Vitamin C content, being a crucial step in my skincare routine.

Eye Lash Conditioning Gel is a definite must-have item for me. Simply applying it morning and night to my lashes, I've noticed my lashes not only growing longer, but also new lashes are appearing. I'm loving this serum. It does take some time to see results, but is truly worth it!

I bought Awesome Sauce in sample form to give it a try..I have to admit that I have not used it as yet, but certainly want to trial it soon. It is full of anti aging goodies, all are listed on the site.

Amplifying Lip Glazes are a new formulation, and I'm so glad that it was a gwp, as it's a fantastic lip product. Due to it being a gwp, Dancing Shoes is not listed on the site, but I'm hoping that it becomes a permanent item.

Dancing Shoes is a beautiful dusty pink colour with plenty of sparkle. A slight minty tingle can be felt while wearing, which is the anti aging plumping ingredient in action.

Eye shadow Grassroots Green is a deep, almost metallic green when applied wet. When dry it is more of a shimmery grassy green.






When applied wet, Naughty is a wine colour, with pink sheen.






Kickstart is described on the site as a bronzed grey, I noticed when wet that it was like a steely metallic taupe, when dry, it had a slightly purple hue to it. This eye shadow has a shimmery finish.





Jump is in the new Eye Lights formulation. In my opinion, Eye Lights are at their best when applied wet, the colour goes from sheer to a more vibrant colour. This eye shadow is a neutral based purple. My photo does not do it justice, so I'll add a pic from the site instead.





I love the intensity of these shadows when applied over a primer. Dry they are quite sheer. To apply, I simply dab eye shadow onto my lids with an eye shadow brush over primer. The primer I am currently using is the Stick Em Eye Shadow Enhancer, primer and shadow glue in one.

If you are yet to make a Silk Naturals purchase, do yourself a favour, and place an order! :)

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Makeup Storage

Last, but certainly not least in this series of storage solutions, is an entry on how I store my makeup. Of all my collections, my makeup is my pride and joy. A couple of years ago, I was introduced to the world of mineral makeup, particularly from online indie companies. Being able to source makeup so cheaply enabled my collection to grow beyond my storage capacity. I went from storing mineral makeup purchases in a cardboard box :/ to purchasing a set of stationary draws. In no time, 5 drawers were not enough, so I continued to buy plastic drawers until I had enough storage for my obsession.



The display folder is where I store my eye shadow samples that come in baggies. My brushes, eye liners and mascaras are stored in cutlery holders.


In one set of plastic drawers are primers, lip balms, neutral shadows, orange/peach shadows and grey/silver shadows. In another set I have pinks, purples, blues and greens. Then in 3 drawer storers I have reds, olive greens, browns, golds, taupes and dark crease colours

Monday, 17 October 2011

Nail Polish Storage

Not that long ago, I used to store my nail products in a small basket, but as the occasional urge to purchase a colour here and there resulted in overflow of bottles, I decided I needed something more practical. I am a fan of those stationary draws (which will feature in my final entry in this series, makeup storage) but found that they were never deep enough for the polishes to stand up inside. Anyway, on one of my many trips to those $2 type stores, I come across a set of deep plastic draws. I snapped it up, knowing it was exactly what I was looking for.






On top there's 2 compartments, one that I store base/top coat products, the other one has a lid, inside I keep nail stamping tools and nail crystals.




In the first draw, I store nail art polishes.






In the following draws are where I keep my nail polishes.








My nail polish collection ranges from high end, such as Zoya and OPI to cheapies from discount stores, I'm not fussy, I just like pretty colours, lol.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Storing Skincare

Instead of cluttering my small bathroom sink with skincare products, constantly fighting for space with other members' of the family's products, I decided that I wanted to create my own space for skincare. I had planned to purchase one of those shoe storers that hang on a door. Then I happened to come across a luggage hanger at an op shop, of all places, and of course, I thought that it would be a perfect storage solution for my skincare :)





I store day care in the compartment above the night care products. The only items of skincare I keep in the bathroom are cleansers and face masks. I find this convenient, easy access, as it is in my room, plus I can darken the room in the warmer months, so none of the products are in direct sunlight.

Just to show how many products fit in the pockets, here's my collection of skincare products.


It's not huge..but decent, me thinks :)

Friday, 14 October 2011

Storing My Scented Goodies

This is my first blog entry in a series that showcases how I store my beauty products. I'm beginning with perfumes, fulfilling a request made by the lovely Su, gorgeous friend, and writer of the blog, My Perfume Diaries. Perfumes being one of my latest online shopping obsessions, I wanted to find a way to store my perfume samples as they were beginning to pile up on my dresser. I finally decided on this easy-to-make storage solution.



I simply sewed elastic banding (me and sewing are not a good combination, so it has to be really simple for me to even attempt, lol) onto a large, fabric placemat. I sewed each elastic band with vertical lines 3cm apart, making it perfect sizing for samples. It's by no means perfect, but looks good hanging on my wall, showcasing my ever increasing collection of perfume oil samples.

For my full sizes and solid perfumes, I store them in a train case. The case has a few compartments, making it a very convenient storage solution.




Hmmm, so much space to fill in that case ;)

I also have a small case that I store perfumes that I'm yet to trial. Of course I sniff all scented goodies that come my way, but I like to give them at least a day of testing, just in case a perfume is not for me.





Stay tuned for my next blog entry on storage..Skincare :)

Monday, 10 October 2011

Elizabeth Arden Prevage Day and Night Moisturisers

I was lucky enough to receive 2 Elizabeth Arden products from the Prevage range, thanks to a beauty forum I am a member of, Beauty Heaven. It's been a long time since I have been excited by moisturisers, but from my experience, these certainly lived up to the hype.

My review of Prevage Day Ultra Protection Anti-aging Moisturiser with sunscreen:
Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Day Intensive Moisture Cream comes in the well recognized Prevage packaging. A gorgeous silver/chrome jar. It looks so stylish and prestige, I'm rather happy to have the Prevage products taking centre stage of my skincare collection, they just look so good! Ok, more describing, less drooling, lol.
To access the moisturiser, you simply take the cap off, which reveals a lid that opens 3/4s of the way. I appreciate that there's an applicator included, so you're not dipping fingers into the tub. It's not any ordinary plastic applicator, but a gorgeous metal one, just adds to the prestige of this product.
Now to the actual product. This moisturiser has so much to offer. The hero ingredient, idebenone, is a known powerful anti-oxidant, designed to fight free radicals that damage the skin. It is an intense, rich moisturiser, perfect for those wanting to protect skin from the signs of aging. What I love about this product, is that it has the best ingredient to prevent further damage to the skin..sunscreen, which is an absolute must for me. Satisfying me even further, is the fact that it is 30+.
This moisturiser is yellow in colour. It has quite a thick texture. The scent is quite subtle, and typical of the Prevage range.
Initially, I was concerned that the moisturiser would be too rich for my combo skin, but I had nothing to fear, I am happy to report that there were no breakouts caused by using this product. It was easy to smooth the day cream over my face and neck. Being an intense moisturiser, it did take quite some time for it to soak into my skin, without tackiness. But, when it did, my skin felt so smooth, and just glowed. It wasn't oily, like I expected, just felt beautifully hydrated. I found that the Prevage day moisturiser simplified my skincare routine. I simple cleansed, toned, used eye cream and moisturised. No need for the extra steps of a serum or sunscreen.
I haven't noticed any changes in my fine lines, not sure about my pigmentation at this stage, but what I am impressed with, is that in the short time that I've been using this lovely cream, my skin just glows, I haven't even bothered using foundation since using it. I'm sure that after giving this product more time, more results will be visible. The price is the only con, but not so much so that I took a star off the rating.



Here's my review of Prevage Night Anti-aging Restorative Cream:
After having great results with the Prevage serum, I was very excited to have the opportunity to trial Elizabeth Arden's Prevage Night Anti-Aging Restorative Cream. I must say, it did not disappoint!
The cream comes in the easily recognizable silver/chrome packaging. The finish looks so prestige, encasing an equally prestige product.
The moisturiser is dispersed in such a way that is quite unique to me. Under the cap is a rubber seal, on the seal there is a "bubble" that simply needs to be depressed to release cream from a small hole. This prevents the need for dipping fingers into the jar. The only problem I have with the packaging, aside from wondering how all the product can be accessed using this method, I don't like not being able to see just how much product I have left. I hate finishing a product without the chance to repurchase in time.
Now to the most important part-the actual product. The moisturiser is a yellow colour, has the typical Prevage scent, which I find is not strong, and disappears quickly after application. It is quite thick in texture, which I was worried could be a problem for my combo skin. To my delight, I did not experience any adverse problems such as redness, and worse, breakouts. A small amount easily covers face and neck, and is easily distributed over the skin. My experience resulted in the moisturiser taking some time to disappear into the skin, especially on my face, due to the rich nature. I did not mind so much, as this was the last step in my skincare routine, I loved the results, especially when I woke each morning with beautiful, hydrated skin, that seemed to glow, not from oiliness, but from within. I believe this is largely due to the well renown idebenone technology. Being a very powerful anti oxidant, it provides protection, and can reverse the signs of aging. My major concerns are pigmentation and I am seeing small lines appear. At this stage, I haven't noticed a major change, however, I really believe that with more time, I will see reduction in these skin concerns of mine.
To be honest, I can't remember the last time I was so excited about a moisturiser, my skin has become brighter, feels smooth and "plumper". It would be perfect for those with dry skin, but those who border on more oilier skin, don't pass this one up!


The day cream retails at $195 and the night cream is $215, yes, my jaw dropped when I discovered just how much they cost, too. The "problem" is that I'm not sure I want to live without this range, I might have to start a savings account just for Elizabeth Arden's Prevage range, my skin adores the products, and I think it's totally worth it! :)

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Heartsy

If you are open to being enabled, like to try out different indie sellers and love a bargain (seriously, who doesn't??) then Heartsy is the site for you..I know it is for me :)
Heartsy showcases many sellers predominately from Etsy, some from Artfire, selling products such as bath and beauty, jewellry, art, etc... These sellers, via Heartsy, offer vouchers. You simply purchase a voucher, which is a fraction of the price that your voucher covers, you are then given a code, and instructions on how to redeem the voucher at the selected store. Payments are accepted through Paypal.

I hope I haven't caused any confusion, it is all really simple to follow on the site.

Heartsy also offers a VIP program, which I may or may not be a member of ;) this is at a charge of $10 a month. In return, you receive an extra $10 credit on each voucher plus have the opportunity to take advantage of offers a day early. The money is direct debited from your paypal account, and can be cancelled at any time.

I can't recall any problems that I've had with any sellers (yes, there's been quite a few vouchers bought, lol), tho, it is a good idea to do a google search on sellers, just to make sure that they've had good feedback from buyers, plus if you're not from the US, it's important to check postage details, as some sellers don't do international postage. I've made that mistake before, however, I simply contacted Heartsy about this, and they were quick to refund my money, so their customer service is great.

I've come across some sellers that I will and have bought from again, these will be coming up in future reviews :)

Well, what are you waiting for, check Heartsy out!

Monday, 3 October 2011

HG Everything Balm: Coconut Oil

I've tried many balms over the years, and coconut oil is by far the best I've used. I can use it for almost EVERYTHING. I use it all over the body, for smooth hydrated skin. It gives much needed moisturising to my neck area, yet I can use it on my combo skin, without it being too oily.

I often use this magic oil on breakouts and cold sores with fantastic results. I normally get a horrid cold sore every couple of months, and haven't had one in such a long time. I usually dab some oil on the onset of a cold sore, when I get that itchy, tingling sensation, cold sore sufferers, I know you hear me!

It is a great lip balm, soaking in to give me smooth lips. 

I rub it into my hands, then any excess is rubbed into my cuticles. 

It makes a great oil treatment for the hair, I simply massage into my hair after towel drying, then shampoo after leaving it in overnight, resulting in smooth, shiny hair..plus it's great for the scalp, too. 

I even eat it, I use coconut oil instead of margarine on toast, yummm..besides, if Miranda Kerr does it, who am I to argue?? 

Why is coconut oil beneficial? Well, it contains antibacterial, anti inflammatory properties, it's also great for the immune system. It is a "good oil" cholesterol free.It doesn't effect the skin's pH level, contains vitamin E and antioxidants, thus being great for the skin.

I buy the Banaban Coconut Oil  from ebay. I buy 3 x 1 litre bottles at $46 plus $12 postage. May sound exxy, but it really does last a long time, and I don't need to worry about it going rancid because coconut oil can be used as a natural preservative.

Can you see why I love this oil so much? 

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Introduction:

I've been meaning to start a blog for a while now, it just seemed to be on my ever growing "to-do" list. I thought that there were so many blogs out there, who needs yet another one? But, I decided that this would be a great way to inventory my many beauty related products, including my thoughts on brands and their goodies..I wouldn't want to forget about a product that I love, and need to repurchase :)

My obsession is online shopping, most of which are from indie companies. They are often unique and WAY cheaper. I love the excitement of waiting for something, hopefully worthwhile, in the mail. I do like actual shopping, but really enjoy the bargain buys available online..besides, there's nothing better than shopping in pjs and having the convenience of doing it anytime you like :) I guess learning restraint will be my next goal...one day.

Now I have to decide what my first review will be, until then, I'll be searching some online stores..all in the name of research, of course ;) Bye for now..