Monday, 21 August 2017

Alpha H Travel Sized Pack

I recently had a very nice surprise in the mail. TVSN sent me some goodies, including a travel sized skincare set from Alpha H. There are 4 products that came in a cute little mesh bag.

Instead of reviewing all of the products in separate blog posts, I thought I would quickly run through each product in the one post.

I'll start with the Triple Action Cleaner. This is a gel cleanser formulated with cucumber, aloe vera and thyme. A mix of antibacterial, yet hydrating ingredients to balance oily skin. I don't really suffer oily skin, but I found this cleanser was gentle enough on my combination skin. Not stripping my drier areas, whilst removing excess oil from my t-zone. I have been trying to avoid gel cleansers, but this 1 is nice to use in the mornings.

The Micro Cleanse Super Scrub contains not only 12% Glycolic Acid, but additional Jojoba beads to add to that exfoliation experience. Both chemical and physical exfoliants working to rid your skin of unwanted debris and skin cells, providing smooth, healthier looking skin. The Jojoba beads are so gentle when massaged across the skin. I like to leave the scrub on the face for a few minutes to let the Glycolic Acid to do its thing.

Balancing and Pore Refining Mask contains lavander for its antibacterial properties, white clay to unclog pores, zinc oxide for healing and Vitamin A, an ingredient that I love. The mask is lavender heavy in scent, which I like for its calming properties. It is quite thick, but easy to apply. I do find that the mask does set and is drying, like move and it will crack drying. Once removed, my skin is clean and feels so soft. My skin looks radiant after use.

Not only does the Balancing Moisturiser and Gentle Exfoliant contain goodies such as Hyaluronic Acid, green tea, aloe vera and Vitamin E, but also has 10% Glycolic Acid. This moisturiser is hydrating and antiaging,  exfoliating the skin, yet gentle enough to use everyday. I have been enjoying this light moisturiser, it has a menthol scent and an invigorating cooling sensation. My skin feels sufficiently hydrated. 

Friday, 18 August 2017

BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes 2

Back in February I showed you the original Foil Eyes palette. I really love the palette and when the Foil Eyes 2 palette was released I had to have it! Of course, now there's a Tropicana version which I'm sure I'll end up buying also.

Taken from BH Cosmetics- "This must-have second edition features more vivid jewel tones, richer neutrals and more icy options- all with the same buttery feel and molten metal finish."

This palette gives me another collection of 28 gorgeous metallic shades. I love vibrant pops of colour for lids, especially foiled and this palette certainly provides that. I'll go right ahead and show you some swatches.

I must say that the 4th row is not my favourite, not because of poor quality, but I'm not a fan of silvers and greys. The rest, however. I love!

 Look 1

 Look 2

 Look 3

Look 4

As you can imagine, so many more looks could be created with this palette.

Thanks for reading xx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wishlist 2017 #1

I can't believe this will be my first wishlist post for 2017. Oh well, better late than never, right? No surprise, I am lusting after a few eye shadow palettes.

Photo credit- Morphe

Since the sneak peeks of the Morphe Jaclyn Hill Palette were being released I knew I had to have it. Then when it was available for sale, I promptly went to the Morphe website to buy it and quickly changed my mind when postage was going to be $62 US. No way was I paying that. Fingers crossed Beauty Bay will end up selling this palette.

Photo credit- ColourPop Cosmetics

Photo credit- ColourPop Cosmetics

The ColourPop Yes Please and Fem Rosa eye shadow palettes I've been wanting for so long now, but every time I go to buy them, 1 or both of them is sold out. I don't want to have to make 2 separate purchases for them, but it's getting frustrating.
Photo credit-Deciem

The Ordinary has such a huge following, and it's no wonder with the products not only having fantastic ingredients, but at a fraction of the price of competitor's products. Their foundation is one of the products that I would like to try. Will have to wait until I finish some of my other foundations first.
Photo credit- Dose of Colors

Dose of Colors is a brand that until recently just had not been on my radar. However, with the release of popular YouTubers' Desi Perkins and Katy of Lustrelux collection of products, I am definitely interested! The collection was available for purchase on the 14th of this month and everything was sold out so quickly. Probably a good thing, because I wanted everything. Not because of the faces behind the collection, whose accounts I do happen to follow, but the lipsticks, gloss, highlighters and especially the eye shadow palette all look so gorgeous! I'm not one to buy something just because of the endorsement celebrity or creator. The collection will be restocked next month. Hmmm, it would make a great Christmas present for myself!

What are you currently lusting after? 

Monday, 14 August 2017

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil

I bought this Simple Hydrating Cleansing oil, actually 3 of them during a sale that Chemist Warehouse was having some time ago. Now I had been content using a mix of coconut and olive oil as a makeup remover, but I'd read such good things about this cleansing oil and I really wanted to try it for myself. Of course a 50% off sale at Chemist Warehouse at an already affordable price had me quick to order.

Taken from Simple Skincare- "...our rinse off cleansing oil is made with 100%  pure grapeseed oil, which is light in texture and infused with skin loving ingredients such as vitamins A and E that leaves all skin types thoroughly cleansed, instantly hydrated and soft."

The cleansing oil comes in a 125 ml plastic bottle with flip-top lid dispenser. I love the green theme on the packaging. The oil has a fresh slightly herbal scent. Being mostly grapeseed oil, this product is an oil of thin consistency.

To apply, I simply massage a small amount into my skin, adding a little more when cleansing my eye makeup. It is such a light weight oil, yet melts away makeup with ease. Being an emulsifying oil a little water can be added which turns the cleansing oil into a creamy lather, ensuring that the face is sufficiently cleansed.

I use a wet face washer to remove the oil, which is much less effort than removing the thicker oils that I am used to. Although not needed, I do finish with my regular creamy cleanser.

I love that the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil gently removes makeup while managing to also nourish the skin. I'm going to have to try skipping the second cleanse, because I really like the way my skin feels after using this cleanser.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Makeup Look Featuring ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip in Hack

If you read the post on my lipstick collection, you would notice that of all the lip products I own, lip glosses are a minority. I prefer a longer lasting lip product. However, out of curiosity I decided to try the ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lip.

Today I will be showing you the shade Hack, which is from the Amanda Steele collaboration.

The lip gloss come in a typical gloss tube complete with doe foot applicator. The formula is really nice to wear on the lips. It's not sticky or tacky, but feels smooth and moisturising. Wear time is fairly average, but that was to be expected.

The shade of Hack is a sheer peachy nude with golden shimmer. It's such a lovely colour that I find quite flattering on the lips..

For a product that I don't often reach for, I really like the ColourPop Ultra Glossy Lips


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

Pan That Palette Update #3

I feel like I have been trying to finish this palette forever, probably because it has been that long, lol. I wouldn't say I am disheartened about still trying to be done with the 88 Warm palette, but it would be nice to play with some other eye shadows that have no other purpose for months now but to sit collecting dust. It actually does sound like I'm disheartened, doesn't it? lol

Ok, so last update I had finished 5 eye shadows and had 4 eye shadows that I had hit pan on.

Unfortunately I have only finished 1 eye shadow since June. Although that is disappointing, I have a couple more eye shadows that I am very close to finishing. 

I am now left with 32 eye shadows to go. Thankfully, there's still some nice lid shades to choose from, it just takes longer to get through them.

Here's to a better result next update!

Monday, 7 August 2017

Optically Glasses

When Optically Australia approached me to promote their online company, at first I was hesitant to accept. I was very grateful for being considered, but prescription glasses is not a subject that I've ever blogged about. On further consideration, I decided that their service and product might interest some of my Aussie glasses wearing readers.

I am required to wear prescription glasses for reading. Just because they're necessary, it doesn't mean they can't look good, too.

Being able to order glasses online is so convenient. You simply choose a frame of your liking, and send a copy of your prescription (I photographed my prescription on my phone, then sent it in an email).

There are so many designs to choose from, starting from as low as $19 to the prestigious designer glasses. You can even get your hands on prescription sunglasses.

No need to be concerned whether the frame will suit. Optically has cleverly included a function on their website where you can use a photo of yourself and "try" the glasses on. I spent quite some time and had a lot of fun using this function as I browsed through the women's glasses. There are just so many frames to choose from that every taste is catered for. If you still can't decide, there is even an option to trial 4 frames at home. How great is that!

The team at Optically are only too happy to assist, being available to contact by email or phone.

Through much deliberation, I chose the Jorgio Peer, a metal semi-rimmed pair of glasses.

They arrived in less than 2 weeks after measurements had been complete for progressive lenses. I was thrilled when I opened the classy looking burgundy and black soft touch case to reveal my new glasses. They are light-weight yet sturdy and well made. I am completely satisfied, but if I wasn't, Optically have a 100% quality guarantee where you can exchange them for free or get a full refund.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Simply Nails 2017 #4

A cold and rainy afternoon sounds like the perfect excuse for me to fill in some time by doing my nails. I wanted an ombre style mani, but using a brush instead of a sponge. I used a fine tipped nail art brush.

I used OPI Designer de Better for my base colour. It's a gorgeous champagne shade. 

On an old plastic drink cup lid I placed drops of Sally Hansen Life, a very yellow gold, Sally Hansen Antique Bronze and Sally Hansen Save The Date, a deep plum. 

Using a nail art brush, I dipped into each colour, starting from lightest to darkest, painting strokes of nail polish across my nail. I also added a star embellishment on my middle fingers. 

To finish off the nails I applied LA Colors Sassy Sparkle, holographic shimmer in a clear base, it's so pretty.

I think this look has a beachy vibe to it, I'd love to try blue and green to go with the yellow next time I try this technique.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

July Empties

Well, July is over which means here in Australia we are 2/3rds of the way through Winter. It can't be over quick enough for me, lol!

This month I have more decluttered products than actual empties! I'll still be showing you the empties first.

Skinn Enriched Softening Essence- This is a hydrating toning product. Instead of a cotton pad, I preferred to pat onto my skin after pouring a small amount into my hands, so that I get more product on my face.
Repurchase? Yes! I love this stuff!

Skinn Hylighten- This is an under eye roll-on for dark circles, which I certainly have.
Repurchase? I didn't notice any improvement. I have used it in the past, but received it again in a value pack. I wouldn't buy it on its own.

Skinn Hydro-Vital Eye Cream- The Hydro-Vital range is formulated to give maximum hydration to the skin. I don't have overly dry skin, but my under eye area is quite dehydrated.
Repurchase? I loved this cream for plumping my crows feet. I would buy again.

NIOD Sanskrit Saponins- This is a cleansing balm, but not for makeup removal, more of a cleansing mask.
Repurchase? I really liked how this product firmed my skin. It's not a product I need, though, especially for the higher price point of NIOD products.

Sierra Bees Organic Cocoa Butter Lip Balm- I bought this lip balm from IHerb in a pack of 5, I think. 
Repurchase? It was really cheap and a nice balm for day use. I like a thicker balm at night. I would buy again, but I have a few others to finish first.

Re EGF Repair Serum- This is a serum that has the feel of a facial oil, but absorbs quickly. It is formulated to encourage cell renewal.
Repurchase? I'm not sure where to even buy this serum, I bought it from an online discount store. It was nice and hydrating, but after using 2 bottles, it didn't do a lot to improve my skin.

Models Prefer Invisible Lip Liner- These liners having no colour means that they can be used with any lip colour. I also like that when I line just outside my natural lip line, my lip lines are less visible, because these liners can act as a primer.
Repurchase? I have a couple of others to use, but I would buy this Models Prefer one again.

I am decluttering the rest of the MBA Cosmetics lipstick samples. Unfortunately I've had them for way too long and being natural, they have gone bad. Such a shame because they are quite good.

I have 2 potted lipstick hybrids from House of Beauty, they are extremely pigmented glosses. These shades are so dark and can get a bit messy during application and wear, so I'm not going to keep persevering with them.

I am getting rid of the YBF Neutralizing Cream. I've been using it to colour correct my dark circles, but because the lid has broken off, the cream compact is getting a bit funky.

Lastly, I am decluttering the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Mascara that I have recently reviewed. It smudges on me, which is a definite deal breaker.

Thanks for reading xx