Friday, 31 October 2014

SOTD- Oscar de la Renta "So de la Renta"

Have you bought something based on a name? That's what happened with my purchase of "So de la Renta". I wanted an Oscar de la Renta product in my collection. It helped that it was a steal at Chemist Warehouse. Yeah, I often buy my perfumes there.

"So de la Renta" has top notes of clementine, kiwi, gardenia, freesia, mango, watermelon and cardamon. Middle notes are peony, tuberose, jasmine sambac, lotus and narcissus. Base notes are plum, musk and vanilla.

Upon first spray, this perfume is like a bouquet of flowers. I find the fruit notes to be more subtle than the florals, noticeable, but not enough to deem this fragrance fruity.

After dry down, the scent develops a warmth, when the vanilla and musk becomes more apparent,  This is my favourite turning point of this perfume, unfortunately, that's when it begins to disappear from my skin. Thankfully, I can prolong the gorgeous tuberose, musky and rich sweetness by spraying on my clothes. This is where I get longevity. 

Oh, and the bottle is pretty cute, too!

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Halloween Nails

I wasn't sure that I was going to get a nail look done in time for today, but I did manage a simple Halloween look.

I wanted to go for some fun colours, so used Kleancolour Neon Green, with Ulta3 Burnt Orange sponged lightly over the top. Ghoulish green and pumpkin orange seemed like a good combination. My favourite black, Orly Liquid Vinyl was the polish choice I made to stamp on the spider web design to finish my nail look.

Have you created any looks for Halloween? If so, please link your post in the comments, I'd love to check it out! :)

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Ciencia8- Collagen8

I recently reviewed Arestaline8, a product from the Ciencia8 range. I went into a little more detail on the range in that review. But, what I had forgotten to add is that the spa that treats customers with this range, no longer offers injectibles, as the customers simply do not find them necessary when using Ciencia8 in their skincare routine. Pretty amazing, huh?

Another product that I am using from the range is Collagen8. 

With a focus on hydration this serum is packed full of anti-ageing ingredients. As the name suggests, the natural collagen of the skin is maintained at a visible and invisible level. 

The serum comes in a double barrel chamber, as the ingredients in each don't live well together, but are great on the skin once applied.

The serum is gel like in consistency. One pump from each chamber in the palm of my hand is enough for face, neck and even hands. It just smooths over my skin with ease. It does become a little tacky to the touch as it dries, but I don't have a problem applying Arestaline8 straight after, as the Ciencia8 range is designed to work synergistically together. 

After a few weeks of use, I am in love with this luxe serum. I love how much firmer my skin seems to becoming. My skin hasn't looked so clear and dewy in some time. I'm hoping that with further use I can say goodbye to sallow skin. 

Yes, I did say further use, I'm planning to continue purchasing. Well, as long as my budget can allow. It ain't cheap, but it certainly is quality. We'll see how long it takes for me to get bored, in need to try something new, lol.

Do you have a skincare item that you can't live without? If so, what is it?

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Palette Appreciation- BH Cosmetics "Eyes On The 80s"

As mentioned in a previous post, I won a prize from the lovely Kat which featured an eye shadow palette with many beautiful bright colours. 

Eyes on the 80s is available from very affordable online store, BH Cosmetics. Their regular prices are very reasonable, but there is always a sale that can be taken advantage of. I have found that the products that I have purchased have been of rather decent quality. I am always tempted by their new releases.

Anyway, how about some swatches??

I like that there's some neutrals included in this palette. These swatches were done on bare skin, with my fingers. A couple of the shadows needed a couple of swipes, but most of them are quite pigmented.

It was so hard to decide on my first colour combo. I had so many ideas running through my head. and couldn't wait to start creating! 

My first look I opted for a simple one. I was going shopping, so didn't want to go crazy just yet, lol.

 An outing to the movies, I went for this smoky brown look.

 I love pinks!

Oh, and purple, too!

Getting more adventurous, lol.

Last pic, I promise! 

I really enjoyed using this palette. You can see that it's possible to go from a simple look, to a bright, colourful look. 

There are so so many colour combinations possible with BH Cosmetics "Eye on the 80s" palette. I did find that the bright matte shades apply better with my finger than a brush, not a problem when getting such wonderful colour pay off.

Thanks so much for reading this post despite the many, many photos of my eyes! :)

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Simple NOTD Sunday- Mirenesse Bullet Proof "Burlesque Strip"

If sexy was a colour, it would have to be red, right? Red lips to lingerie and today I have for you, red nails.

I just love the classic red of Mirenesse Bullet Proof Nail Lacquer in "Burlesque Strip". The shade really makes a statement on the nails, even short stumpy ones like mine :)

Friday, 24 October 2014

SOTD- Alkemia Perfumes "Les Mysteres"

Have you ever tried a perfume that you were not overly keen on, only to try it again at another point in time to have your opinion change? Well, this was the case when I applied indie perfume (available from Etsy) Alkemia Perfumes "Les Mysteres".

Described as "an opulent, resinous blend of aged frankincense, black figs, labdanum, dark amber, Russian tea, swirled in a trio of sensual musks."

My first impression of this fragrance was that is was too dark and woodsy. Yes, there was a sweetness offered by the fig note, but not enough to balance the bitterness. I put the sample away. That was then..

Months later, I decided to give it another chance. You see, if you haven't tried perfume oils, sometimes they can mellow over time. 

Yep, it is still quite dark, but more in a velvety sensual way. The bitterness disappears shortly after application, to reveal a syrupy, incensy fragrance that still retains it's woodsiness. It is beautifully balanced. 

I do like it, love it? No, I don't feel the need for a full size, but it is a well blended and complex perfume.

Thursday, 23 October 2014

FOTD Featuring Mirenesse

I created a full faced look using Mirenesse cosmetics. Normally I wouldn't intentionally choose to use a certain brand, but this look was different. It is actually an entry into an Instagram competition. $250 worth of Mirenesse products on offer for posting a photo of yourself wearing Mirenesse makeup. I thought that I could share this look with you, too :)

Finding enough products for a full makeup was easy. I had been a VIP member for some time, as well as subscribed to the makeup Glamm Box.

Whipped Moisture Fill primer
Skin Clone Mineral Foundation in Mocha
Power Touch Beauty Pen concealer
Marble Mineral Blush in Paros Pink

Superlong Wear Gel in Cosmopolitan on my lids
Superlong Wear Gel in Black to line
Secret Weapon Super Long Mascara
24 Hr Lift and Shape Brow Mascara

Auto Lip Liner in Coco
Lip Bomb Lacquer Stain Shade 29

If you'd like to visit me on Instagram, clicking on the symbol at the top right corner will get you there. Oh, and to enter the comp yourself, here's Mirenesse Instagram page :)

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

NOTD- Mixing Nail Polish Finishes

I was wanting to create some nail art, but what?? Well, I was already happy with my base colour that I was wearing, so I decided that I wouldn't remove it, but use it. Which also meant no base colour drying time, yay!

 The polish I had already applied was Ulta3 "Triple Threat"

 Wanting a textured polish, I chose to use LA Girl Sand Blast "Glissand"

 One nail at a time, before the Sand Blast polish dried, I used a cuticle stick to create some simple lines.

I wasn't overly keen on the mess I made of the pinky nail, but other than that, I liked the overall effect. 


Sunday, 19 October 2014

Ciencia8- Arestaline8

The brand, Ciencia8 had been on my radar for some time, thanks to demonstrations and rave reviews on TVSN. The Ciensia8 team are determined to always provide users with the latest in advanced skincare technology. This is possible thanks to extensive research and state of the art innovation in active ingredients by Lipotec in Spain.

Arestaline8 is one of the most popular moisturisers in the range. It contains no less than 6 peptides, with a delivery system developed to ensure that ingredients enter into the lower level of the skin. This product is specially formulated to provide hydration to the skin, plumping out lines and wrinkles.

The 50ml plastic jar is airless, thus protecting all active ingredients. Under the lid is a surface, that once is depressed, provides a metered dose of product. I find that  there is enough to moisturize not only my face, neck and decolletage, but I use any left over on my hands as well. I don't want to waste any!

 The cream appears rather rich, however my skin absorbs the moisturizer quite quickly, It smooths over my skin, feeling beautiful and hydrating, without leaving sticky residue.

It is important to note, when using it on the face, you can apply everywhere, but not the eye lids. The ingredients used in the formula act to relax the skin, therefore will make hooded eyes one wants that, right?? :)

I am really enjoying using Arestaline8. I've used the product for almost a month, and can say that I am rather happy. My skin doesn't only feel soft and smooth, but somehow tighter. My lines are still visible around my eyes, but I am seeing a reduction in their depth. I am noticing my pigmentation a lot more, I know that sounds like a bad thing. However, what it does mean, is my skin is clearing up more, I've noticed that I haven't been breaking out as much, and the blemishes I do have are disappearing rather quickly.

I am going to use another jar, yes I have a back-up, and if the results continue, I will certainly be sticking with this product. Wow, I can't believe I just said that! Normally I want to try something new after finishing a jar.

The only draw back with using Arestaline8, it is not a budget friendly product. It is available at website, Dermaspa,  However, I would recommend checking in on TVSN. When Ciencia8 is having an event on the channel, there's always good deals, my advice would be to stock up!