30 September 2013

Review: Neutrogena Naturals lip balm, purifying pore scrub, fresh cleansing and makeup remover.

I was sent a few products from the new Neutrogena Naturals range quite a while ago, and thought it was about time I did a review on them. The products I received were the lip balm, fresh cleansing + makeup remover, and purifying pore scrub.
L-R: Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm; Fresh Cleansing + makeup remover; purifying pore scrub
The Neutrogena Naturals range is described as an "ecologically friendly skincare product range that harness the power of naturally derived ingredients and bionutrients to deliver safe and effective results. Neutrogena Naturals embraces the heritage of the core brand and upholds the promise of “gentle, effective and clinically-proven” while fulfilling consumer desires for efficacious naturally derived products." 

Most importantly, Neutrogena Naturals is free from sulfates, parabens, and dyes.

Neutrogena Naturals Lip Balm is made of 100% naturally derived ingredients (beeswax, jojoba seed oil, sesame seed oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, shea butter, and cocoa seed butter). The bionutrient omega fatty acid (aka olive oil) nourishes dry lips, making them look healthy.

My thoughts:
I love that this lip balm has a pepperminty smell. It reminds me of Christmas (candy canes). I also love that it feels so moisturizing from the first swipe, without making my lips feel super oily/greasy. I have to admit that I haven't been using this religiously, so I can't really comment on the long term effects of this lip balm. However, for the price ($4.99), I think it's a great deal for a product that works (at least in the short term). It's a great lip balm to use under a drying lipstick.

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Pore Scrub retails for $14.99. It has 94% naturally derived ingredients from coconut, guar bean, willow bark and jojoba oil. The willowbark is a natural slicylic acid that helps remove dirt, oil and makeup. It also contains beads to help gently scrub away impurities. This pore scrubs washes away dull dead skin cells, detoxifying pores. It is suitable for acne-prone skin.

My thoughts:
Unfortunately, this product is a bit of a dud for me. Although it smells really nice, it does nothing for my skin. The scrub is far too gentle for my liking, and it doesn't feel like it's does anything for my skin. I've actually been quite tempted to use it with my Clarisonic because this scrub isn't very gritty at all, but I decided against it because it does have the slightest amounts of grit. If you have super sensitive skin, then this scrub is probably for you. Other than that, I probably wouldn't recommend this to anyone who is looking for a gritty scrub.
Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing + Makeup Remover retails for $14.99. It is made up of 86% naturally derived ingredients, which include coconut, Peruvian tara seed and guar bean. The Peruvian Tara Seed is rich in vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin E and complex sugars, which leaves skin soft and rinses clean. It cleans skin and removes makeup in one-step without stripping skin’s natural moisture (developed for fragile skin around the eyes).

My thoughts: 
I really like this cleanser! The smell of this reminds me of fresh apples for some strange reason. It is a really refreshing scent. It does not strip my face of natural oils - i.e. my skin doesn't feel tight after use. 
I have tried the makeup-remover properties of this cleanser once, and whilst it did a surprisingly good job at removing all of my face makeup, it didn't do too well with removing waterproof mascara and eyeliner. After using it to remove my makeup, I felt the need to re-wash my face again, as it just didn't feel clean (but maybe that might all just be in my head). I would not use this again as a makeup-remover cleanser, but it's a great everyday cleanser (after your makeup has been removed). The only thing that I wish this cleanser had is menthol. That's probably the only thing that my all time favourite cleanser, Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser, has over this Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleanser.

Have you tried any of these products before? What are your thoughts?

These products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

27 September 2013

A very belated blogiversary giveaway

My blog is exactly 1 year and 5 months old, and I thought today would be an excellent day to FINALLY have that giveaway I've been promising since my blog turned one.

There will be two prizes up for grabs, with a possible third depending on whether or not I can afford shipping, as I may be in a whole lot of debt soon - the fiance and I are looking at houses, which means a massive mortgage.

Out of curiosity, what do you think about giveaways where the winner has to pay for postage? I've seen a giveaway or two where that's one of the conditions, and whilst I can see the reason behind it, but it's just a bit ... unheard of? I can't seem to think of the right word to describe it.

Anyway, onto the prizes!

If you've been following me for a while, you would know that I have a slightly unhealthy obsession with nail polishes, so to share my passion for nail polishes, I present...

A WHOLE HEAP OF THEM!!! I had a "rainbow" theme in mind, but I'm missing a few colours... :(
  • OPI nail strips in Nice Tux
  • Essence "Me and My Ice cream" polishes - Icylicious; Ben & Cherries; Ice, Ice, Baby; Always in My Mint
  • NARS Super Orgasm
  • Nails Inc in Oxford
  • Maybelline Color Show in Downtown Brown
  • Darling in Call Me Maybe
  • Chick in Biker Chick
  • Revlon Matte Suede in Emerald City
Please note that due to shipping restrictions of flammable goods, this nail polish prize pack is only for Australian residents.

For the second prize pack, it's a mix of skincare and cosmetics...
  • Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner in Pewter
  • Essence Get Big Lashes waterproof mascara
  • LORAC Couture Shine lip gloss in Trend Setter
  • Clinique 7 day scrub cream (travel sized)
  • Lancome Hydrazen Neocalm (50ml)
  • Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radian Shimmer Touch in Shimmering Sand
  • Jelly Ping Pong Lip Blush Moisturizing lip stain in Cranberry
  • Maybeline Baby Lips Color Lip Balm in Pink Lolita
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo in Tenacious Teal
  • Bourjois Blush in Rose Coup de Foudre
  • Lancome L'Absolu Nu lipstick in 104 Corail Feutre
  • Revlon Lip Butter in Brown Sugar
  • Sephora makeup bag
 This second prize pack is open internationally.

The Rules:
  • Nail polish pack is only for Australian residents, prize pack 2 with a mix of cosmetics and skincare is for everyone.
  • Must be 18 or older to enter. If you are under 18 years of age, please get permission from your parent(s), as I will need your postal address if you're chosen as a winner.
  • No giveaway blogs.
  • Please enter the correct details in the rafflecopter form below carefully. Disqualification may occur if you enter false details two or more times.
  • Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner will be chosen.
  • I will not be held accountable for any custom/import fees or taxes that may incur. Neither will I be accountable if anything breaks. However, I will try my best to ensure there is enough padding.
  • I will not be held accountable if the item gets lost in the mail.
  • I reserve the right to modify anything about this giveaway. 
  • Follow to then unfollow after the giveaway results in you being disqualified from further giveaways. 
  • Giveaway ends on the 1st November 2013 at 12AM AEST.
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Don't forget to enter my Tangle Teezer giveaway!!

25 September 2013

Review: Katy Perry Killer Queen

I was sent a bottle of Katy Perry's new perfume called Killer Queen. It has been out in Australia since the 1st of September, and after a couple of weeks of using this perfume, I'm in love...ish.

The first thing that I love (but semi-dislike at the same time) is the bottle of this perfume. I love that it's so gorgeous and unique, but it has to be laid on it's side, which takes up a fair bit of room compared to a perfume bottle that stands upright. I wish this perfume came with a stand.

 Apparently, this bottle was inspired by a queen's scepter. The jewel shaped bottle and the royal red and gold shades portray sexy sophistication and lawless luxury.

I also love the detailed lid with a crest on the top, and I think it really suits the name of the perfume. The crest is meant to capture Katy Perry's playful essence - regal cats, a music chef, hearts and dagger.

I absolutely love the smell of this perfume, and since I'm absolutely rubbish at describing fragrances, here are the top, middle and base notes:

Top Notes: Wild Berry, Dark Plum & Bergamot
Middle Notes: Red Velvet Flower, Natural Jasmine Sambac & Rainbow Plumeria
Base Notes: Cashmeran, Natural Patchouli Heart & Liquid Praline

It smells really feminine but slightly masculine at the same time. It's not terribly sweet either (baring in mind I LOVE sweet scents, so my definition of sweet may differ from yours).

The only con I have is that it doesn't seem to last on me. It fades about 2-3 hours after I spray it on myself, and then completely fades about an hour after, which is such a shame. Other than that, I think it's such an amazing perfume. I will have to purchase a perfume atomiser so I can respray it during the day. It has definitely become one of my favourite perfumes.

The Katy Perry Killer Queen Eau de Parfum retails for:
  • $69 for 100ml
  • $49 for 50ml
  • $39 for 30ml

This product was kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

24 September 2013

Lust Have It - September 2013

 I received my Lust Have It box today, and apparently this is the last month that we will be getting the "old" packaging. I'm curious to find out what the "new" packaging will entail. I'm hoping it'll be similar to the bags we used to get before these "collectible" boxes.

This month, there were a whole heap of products in my box. I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it all.
Contents of September Lust Have It

1. WOTNOT Natural Organic Facial Wipes - 5 wipes (RRP: $7.95 for 25 wipes)
"The formula is enriched with all natural ingredients including Australian certified organic aloe vera to lubricate and repair, certified organic sweet almond oil to restore lost moisture and clam itch and inflammation, and certified organic rosehip oil for skin regeneration and moisture re-balancing."

I love WOTNOT facial wipes, and since I use makeup removing wipes everyday, as the first step in night time skin care, these will definitely get used.

2. Mary Kay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover - 29ml (RRP: $22 for 110ml)
"Gently removes eye makeup, including waterproof mascara, without tugging or pulling delicate skin in the eye area. Formula does not leave skin feeling dry. The mini is great for travel and small enough to tuck in your handbags."

I'm relatively new to Mary Kay products - I've only ever tried the Microdermabrasion Kit, which is quite harsh but good nonetheless, so I was quite happy to see a Mary Kay product in this month's box. I gave it a go today when I came back from work, as my makeup remover wipe (Johnson's daily essentials) is rubbish at removing my waterproof mascara. I can't say I'm too impressed, as it did take a while to remove all my mascara and eyeliner.

3. L'Oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer - 5ml (RRP: $29.95 for 15ml)
"L'Oreal Base Magique transforming smoothing primer instantly minimises pores and creates an even surface, so that you get a more flawless make-up result that lasts."

I remember trying a sample of this a while ago, and thought that it was ok. I think the main reason why I didn't bother picking up a full size version of this primer is because it comes in a jar. I can't seem to think of a valid reason for putting a primer in a jar. It's just too impractical and unhygienic.

4. L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream in Medium - 1.0ml (RRP:$26.95 for 30ml)
"A breakthrough in BB technology. Micro-pigment capsules that transform and self-adjust to match your skin tone for the perfect nude look. This 5 in 1 BB Cream not only offers a flawless ultra-light coverage but also enhances natural complexion, even skin tone and provides your skin 24 hour hydration and SPF12 protection."

First of all, I would NOT classify this as a deluxe sample (FYI - Lust Have It claims that samples sent are deluxe, and if you are lucky, a full sized). Secondly, sachet... need I say more? Thirdly, I'm pretty sure this is not a match for my skintone, as I remember testing this out in Priceline, and I was a light. However, I'm not blaming Lust Have It for this, as I reckon it'll be nearly impossible to get everyone's shade right. I'll most likely throw this in one of my (very near) future giveaways.

5. Bioderma Sebium AKN - 5ml (RRP: $24.95 for 30ml)
"Bioderma Sebium AKN preserves sebum quality, preventing deterioration and thickening, thus effectively reducing the appearance and development of imperfections."

 Hmm... I'm pretty sure I've received this before in a box and it didn't work too well with my skin (read here). So this might also end up in a giveaway.

 6. Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel - 10ml (RRP: $29.95 for 500ml)

"Formulated with non-irritant substances, this gel cleanses gently and reduces sebum secretion whilst purifying the epidermis."

I'm not sure if I should be receiving this, as in the information card, it says "Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel OR Biodemra Sebium AKN". Regardless, here are my thoughts as I've received this in a prior beauty box and have used it - It's an ok product. I would use this sample, but it's not amazing enough for me to want to go out and purchase the full-size.

7. Baji Super-Nutri Eye Rescue Cream - full size (RRP: $35 for 15ml)
"Baji Rescue Eye Serum is a newly designed, ultra light weight, fast absorbing, intensive formula. A dispense of only a tiny drop is needed for maximum effectiveness for your skins overall health. This unique combination of ingredients helps deliver an incredible group of antioxidants. The Super Nutrient ingredients helpfight against wrinkles, black circles and puffiness around the eyes. A blend of Hyaluronic Acid as the ultimate hydrator, combined with Green Coffee Extract offers superior antioxidant properties proven to reduce hyper pigmentation. Gota Kola to help reduce puffiness, and Siberian Ginseng Which offers natures alternative to Botox ."

I feel like this is such a waste for me. I've been trying to use up my eye cream samples that I've received in previous boxes, but I keep forgetting, as I'm not used to it, and don't feel the need for them (and before you start, yes I know prevention is better than cure...). Not too sure what to do with this yet.

8. Lust Have It Synthetic Precision Pencil Brush (RRP: $15)

 "This synthetic precision pencil brush is perfect for cream or powder-eyeshadow application."

I really NEED to start using eyeshadow more often... This brush feels really soft and dense, which I think will be perfect for a blending to create a smokey eye. 
9. TOM Organic Regular Tampons - x2 (RRP: $7.99 for a pack of 16)
"TOM's range of feminine hygiene produts are made using the purest organic cotton on earth; breathable, comfortable, hypoallergic. TOM offers reliable, chemical free protection and peace of mind."

This is a bonus product. I don't tend to use tampons, because I'm chicken sh*t when it comes to TSS. So I'm going to be the best sister in the world and give this to my sister for her birthday this coming weekend :D :P

I love that Lust Have It have included a sneak peek for next month's box and I'm excited to see what Inika product I'll get, despite not being familiar with the brand at all.

Overall, I'm on the fence. I don't love this box, neither do I hate it. There are products that I'd use, and there are some that I know that I won't for sure.

If you'd like to subscribe to Lust Have It, don't forget to use the code "WALLET" to get $5 off your first box.

What did you get in your Lust Have It box? What are your thoughts?

Also, don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a Tangle Teezer.

EDIT: In regards to the L'Oreal Nude Magique BB Cream, Lust Have It has responded on Facebook "Sometimes we will provide 2 smaller samples from a brand instead of one deluxe sized sample as we did this month. We hope you don't mind an additional sachet if it means more products to try x"

23 September 2013

Giveaway: Tangle Teezer

Since writing the Battles of the Brushes post (read here), I thought I'd do a giveaway for a Tangle Teezer. I wanted this giveaway to be more instagram based, so the only mandatory thing you have to do is follow me on Instagram. I will be having another giveaway that is more twitter based.

The Tangle Teezer will be purchased from ASOS and will be sent directly to the winner, so please make sure your country of residence is one that ASOS ships to. For the list of countries, and delivery times, click here.

The winner of this giveaway will be able to choose their preferred colour, and they can only have a Tangle Teezer Professional Detangling Brush (see here for the options). This does NOT include the compact styler.

Other rules:
  • You must be 18 years or older to enter. If you are under 18 years of age, please get permission from your parent(s), as I will need your postal address if you're chosen as a winner.
  • No giveaway blogs please. 
  • Winner must respond within 48 hours or a new winner
  • Please enter the correct details in the rafflecopter form below carefully. Disqualification may occur if you enter false details two or more times.
  • I will not be held accountable for any custom/import fees or taxes that may incur.
  • I will not be held accountable if the item gets lost in the mail.
  • I reserve the right to modify anything about this giveaway.
  • Giveaway ends 26th October 2013 12am AEST.

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The battle of the hair brushes - Michel Mercier VS Tangle Teezer

This is a post I've been meaning to write for quite a while now, especially after acquiring the Michel Mercier hair brush for fine hair. Prior to purchasing the Michel Mercier hair brush, I've had quite a number of Tangle Teezers (three to be exact) - two regular and one compact style, and have been so happy and impressed with all of them. However, I wanted to get the Michel Mercier one after hearing rave reviews on them, and I was curious to see how it comes to the Tangle Teezer, as they are both really similar products with similar claims.

Michel Mercier Brush for Fine Hair; Tangle Teezer Compact Styler; Tangle Teezer Original
Coincidentally, all three brushes that I have on hand are pink. FYI, the other tangle teezer at the fiance's is purple, so I can assure you that I don't have an obsession with pink brushes (ok... maybe I do have a SLIGHT obsession).

Please don't mind the white "hair" and bent bristles on the pink full sized Tangle Teezer. I use it for my dogs, and mum rested a baby car seat on it... =|

Michel Mercier claims (taken from their website here):
  • Breakthrough Technology
  • Easy Combing
  • Fast Detangling
  • No More Painful Brushing
  • Much Less Hair Fall

Tangle Teezer claims (taken from Look Fantastic here):
  • Ideal for all hair types and recommended for fragile or colour-treated hair, hair extensions, weaves and children's fine tangle-prone hair
  • Gentle, effortless detangling for both wet and dry hair
  • Pain-free detangling

My thoughts:
I have extremely tangley hair, and have found that the Tangle Teezer was pain free. My dog, Snowy, who is a Maltese x Shih Tsu has been leaving at Mike's and does not get a regular brushing, resulting in tangled fur. Snowy absolutely hates getting brushed when his fur is matted and tangled (I don't blame him), but he doesn't seem to mind when I use the Tangle Teezer Original on him. In fact, he seems to enjoy it, as it almost feels like a massage on his skin.

The Michel Mercier brush on the other hand, was not entirely pain free, especially for super-tangley hair. Although, it does feel a lot nice to hold, as it has a handle. However, having said that, it's not as travel friendly as the Tangle Teezers, as they are more compact.

I also love that the Tangle Teezer comes in a travel friendly form (aka Compact Styler), as it has a "cap" that protects the bristles when you are travelling. I've taken it to Europe and Singapore and it's still in one piece (well, two pieces if you count the cap).

Overall, I prefer the Tangle Teezer over Michel Mercier's brush, as it's truly pain-free. The only times when I reach for the Michel Mercier brush is when I can't find my Tangle Teezer. :-/ I should probably purchase a spare...

Have you tried the Tangle Teezer or the Michel Mercier brush yet? What are your thoughts?

22 September 2013

IMATS Sydney 2013

I went to IMATS on Saturday and it was such an experience to say the least. I bought way too much (more details on the haul further down), and even surprised myself with the amount of patience I had, waiting in massive queues.

IMATS haul
I was given a press pass to IMATS, for which I'm truly grateful, and I even met up with the gorgeous Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty!

Check out my press pass!
Although I got in at around 8.30am, there were massive crowds forming around the MAC Pro and Inglot stalls. So I went to Hakuhodo and went brush shopping. I had previously written a brush wishlist on my iPad, so I just showed the shop assistant my iPad, and he went around finding the brushes on my list.

Beautiful display of brushes at Hakuhodo
I had about 8 brushes on my list, but had to narrow it down to 4, as they were so expensive. Having said that, they're extremely soft and dense, so I can see why they are priced the way they are.

Hakuhodo: J5529 ($16); BJ142 ($18); J5529 ($35); BJ214 ($44)
These four brushes ended up costing me a total of $113.00!  The most expensive brushes I own to date.

I then decided to brave the crowds at Inglot, as I really wanted an Inglot palette and could not resist after seeing the beautiful display of blushes and eyeshadows....
and nail polishes....
 To order, everyone was given an order sheet, where you ticked what kind of palette you wanted, and wrote down the shade number of what eyeshadows/blushes you would like. You then handed the form in, with your name on it. The sales assistants then ran around to collect your order and then the wait begins, as your little bag of goodness lines up for the registers. I swear I was waiting for a good 30 minutes before my name was called. I was quite surprised at how much patience I had waiting, as although it sounded like it was quite organise at Inglot, it wasn't... at least at the checkouts. There were a handful of times when one or two of the checkout ladies took bags from the end of the queue, which annoyed me. Other than that, the service at Inglot was pretty good, considering I managed to add a nail polish after my order was complete - one of the sales assistant painstakingly went through the bags to find out which was mine to put the nail polish in (although she was quite lucky and found it after a few goes).

Inglot nail polish, eyeshadow 402, eyeshadow 311, eyeshadow 431, eyeshadow rainbow in 118, eyeshadow in 123

I purchased the Inglot Nail Enamel in 166 ($11), Freedom Palette [5] ($10), Eyeshadow in 402 ($7), Eyeshadow in 311 ($7), Eyeshadow in 431 ($7), Eyeshadow rainbow in 118 ($9), and Eyeshadow in 123 ($9). This purchase totaled $60.

I then went to the Ben Nye/Scotty's Makeup & Beauty store to get the Ben Nye Banana Powder for $12. The queue wasn't as crazy as Inglot, but there was no order whatsoever, and I was standing there for quite a while trying to get the attention of one of the sales assistants. I also scored a sample of Ben Nye's F/X Creme Color in Dark Crimson!

I wondered off to find some Make Up For Ever, as my sister wanted the HD Concealer after hearing me rave about it. The queue there was similar to Ben Nye's, but I don't think I was waiting as long. I picked up the concealer for my sister, and the Super Matte Loose Powder for $27 (retails for USD$28 on Sephora)!

I then stumbled across a stall called "The Make-Up Foundation", and was really impressed with how they have managed the crowd. Everyone had to line up to pay (or order what they wanted).

I picked up a bottle of Brush Cleaner & Conditioner Spray ($7.75) and a pack of 25 disposable mascara wands ($2.20). I also picked up a few clear makeup bags, one of which will be appearing in a giveaway soon.

I HAD to take a picture of the crazy Lime Crime booth...

It was this crazy at the MAC Pro booth when I arrived at IMATS! But when I was about to leave IMATS, they have managed to turn the crazy mass of people into an extremely long, orderly line. So kudos to MAC!

However, I couldn't leave without picking up MORE brushes...
I picked up 5 brushes from the Bdellium Tools store - face 990 ($15), eyes 776 ($7), eyes 942 ($10), eyes 766 ($6), and eyes 778 ($8). You may notice that I have bought a crap load of eye brushes, as I'm hoping these will give me the inspiration and motivation to learn the art of eyeshadow application.

The service at Bdellium Tools was pretty good. I didn't have to wait long at all. However, I feel a bit ripped off, as some of the brushes I purchased are (slightly) cheaper on iherb.com (Use code CEW675 to get $10.00 off your first iHerb purchase).

By this time, my arm was aching from carrying a bag full of amazing purchases, so I thought it was time to go before my arm falls off. I walked past the Mac Pro booth (again), and saw this amazing body/makeup art that was still in progress...
I wish I had that person's makeup skills... I'd even be happy with just a smidgeon of her talent!

And just at the entrance (on the outside) of IMATS...

 I want a batman costume now... :-/

19 September 2013

RIP Clarisonic Mia

I'm dedicating this post to my Clarisonic Mia, which has unfortunately died at a young age of 2 years (rounding up...). I bought my Mia sometime in October-November 2011, when I was taken to L.A. for my 21st birthday by my fiance.

It's been a sad week, as I didn't realize she died till about 3-4 days later when she wouldn't start up even after charging for 3 days straight. She had a solid green/yellow light when "charging", which usually means she's fully charged. I sent a tweet to Clarisonic about this, and they gave me an Australian number to call and told me to keep them informed (which I did... more on that later). I called up the number, and was told that she can't be fixed. The guy on the phone said that it sounds like the battery has gone cactus and it can't be fixed. The only solution is to get a new one. I asked if Clarisonic had a recycling program and was told they had none, which I think is quite sad and a waste. I also asked how long do Clarisonic Mias normally last, and he couldn't give me an answer. The last question I asked him was if he knew what kind of battery Clarisonic Mias use, as my fiance aka Mr Fix-It, wanted a go at reviving my Mia. The guy said that once the Clarisonic Mia is taken apart, the waterproof seal will be broken and it can't be used in the shower, which I think is such a waste.

I then sent a tweet to Clarisonic (this was about 2 days ago now) telling them that Clarisonic Australia can't help, as expected (from the last time I contacted them about 6-10 months ago, as I noticed my Mia hasn't been lasting as long. It normally lasts 7-14 uses, but it was lasting about 1-5 uses before charging was required) and have yet to hear from them.

I'm thankful that I purchased my Clarisonic Aria before I learnt how long a Clarisonic Mia lasts (at least how long mine last) and the lack of support there is to replace the battery, because I'm not entirely sure if I'll be repurchasing one for a while. I think it's quite sad and annoying that there are no options to fix a Clarisonic Mia or even a recycling program of some sort.

Now that I'm done ranting about how environmentally unfriendly Clarisonic is (not to mention stupidly expensive for a product that barely lasted two years, bearing in mind that I haven't been using it everyday since getting the Aria)... RIP Clarisonic Mia. You will be missed.

EDIT: 20/09/13 -
Clarisonic replied to my tweet - "Like any electronic device, the life may vary. We've seen Mias lasting from 1.5-3 years."

To which I've replied - "that's quite a short life, considering the price. Plus there's no way of changing the battery, which is such a waste."

Clarisonic then said "Thank you for your feedback, we will be sure to pass it to our team."

16 September 2013

Review: MAC Eye Brows in Lingering and Spiked

Sorry it's been a while. I was offered two jobs late last week, and I spent all weekend thinking about which I should pick. It was hell trying to decide, as I'm such an indecisive person. But I've finally decided on the job, and I hope I've made the right decision.

Anyway, I thought I'd break the rather long blog "drought" with a review of one of my new favourite eye brow product - MAC Eye Brows. I was introduced to the MAC Eye Brows by Jenny of The Shopping Queen. Jenny gave me the shade "Lingering" as part of the swap we did a few months ago (read here and here). It was the perfect shade for me, as I had blonde highlights through my hair. However, when I went darker, I just thought that Lingering was just a tat too light. So I decided to purchase the next shade up, Spiked, when I did my US haul.

You may be wondering why I like the MAC Eye Brows so much to buy two. Well, let's start with the packaging. I love how sleek and thin the eye brows crayons are. I also love that you do not need to sharpen it, all you have to do is twist the end (the longish bit where the crayon comes out from). However, the only con is that if you twist out too much, you can't retract it (well, at least I haven't figured out how to). Having said that, it's quite hard to twist out too much, as the twisty end is a bit stiff and sometimes makes it a bit hard to twist, especially if you have wet hands or you have just put some cream on.

L-R: Lingering; Spiked
I also love the formula of these eye brows crayons. They are pigmented (for eye brow crayons), and are so easy to apply. There's no mess at all (unlike powders, especially loose ones). You don't have to worry about having to find a brush (or to wash one).

After "scrubbing" several times with a wet wipe - L-R: Lingering; Spiked
 They last all day on my brows. But I don't normally have a problem with my brows disappearing towards the end of the day. However, I was amazed at how hard I had to "scrub" my arm to get rid of the swatch. I ended up having to use some eye makeup remover to get rid of it all. Pretty darn impressive, if you ask me.

Left brow: Spiked; Right brow: Lingering

Lastly, I love how natural they look. I think I can pull of both shades of eye brows crayons, depending on the look I'm going for.

Overall, I think these MAC Eye Brows Crayons are amazing eye brow products. I would highly recommend them if you're looking for a great eye brow crayon.

Have you tried these MAC Eye Brows Crayons before? What is your favourite eye brow product?

08 September 2013

Wantable - September 2013

I actually received my Wantable box early last week. If you don't know what Wantable is, it's a beauty subscription box (they also have jewellery and intimates boxes) that is completely tailored to your preferences. It's quite expensive at $36 plus $10 shipping to Australia, but it's so worth it considering there are 4-6 full sized products in each box plus they only send you items you love (according to a rather comprehensive survey you fill out prior to subscribing).

This is the second time I've received my box so early in the month, especially since it came from the states! Australian beauty boxes, you have absolutely NO excuse for sending boxes out late!

I received 5 full sized items in my box this month, as well as two makeup remover wipes (samples).

 1. Cailyn Cosmetics - Linefix Gel Pencil in Black - RRP: USD$17
"Creamy, highly pigmented gel eyeliner in a pencil form. Cailyn Line Fix Gel Pencils glide on smoothly and effortlessly, providing rich, vibrant color. The richly pigmented eyeliner blends easily and lasts long while keeping strong color intensity."

I have yet to swatch this, as I hate using new eyeliners or mascaras until I finish an old one. I love that I received a black one, as black eyeliners are a staple in my makeup collection and I use them practically everyday.

2. LAQA & Co. Nail Polish in Fancypants - RRP: USD$11.00
"This delightful nude polish is the perfect fall shade. Beautifully packaged in unique artwork from your designers, LAQA & Co. polishes are more than just cosmetics, they're little pieces of art. This polish is Three Free, Paraben Free, and Cruelty Free!"

I'm not going to lie and say I thought this was the most gorgeous colour in the world when I pulled it out of the box. In fact, I thought it was quite the opposite... until I swatched it today.

This polish looks different, depending on the light. Sometimes it looks more of a grey brown....

And other times, it has a green tinge to it (please excuse the lobster looking hands, I'd alter the colour, but I think the colour of the polish in the picture is accurate). I think it's a surprisingly great colour that suits my skintone. To top it off, I'm pretty darn sure I do not have a colour like this in my nail polish collection.

3. MiA BelleZZa Eyeshadow in Peach Puff - RRP: USD$16.00
"Amazing long-lasting color that never fades or creases. Fortified with vitamins. Use wet or dry to achieve the desired look. Blend together with other formulas of shadows to achieve creative dramatic looks."

I'm not a big eyeshadow user, but I think this would be great as a base, as it's quite a light, peachy pink colour.

4. WhipHand Cheek Flash in Biased - RRP: USD$18.00
"Cheek Flash is a high pigment loose blush for maximum impact."

I'm not a big fan of loose powders because I find them too messy. I'm on the fence with this product. Whilst the colour is nice and pigmented, the packaging is not the best. I like that there's a twisty thing (photo on the right) that can open up the packaging, exposing product or can shut it off completely so you don't get a heap of product everywhere when you open the cap after travelling with it. However, what you see above is what I saw when I twisted off the lid for the first time. There's already product all over the shop. I don't think this will be travelling anywhere with me.

5. Michael Marcus Lipstick in Dannette - RRP: USD$24.00
"Michael's unique lipstick formulation delivers a soft, creamy and long-wearing lipstick. Strong pigments offer staying power, while castor oil moisturizes the lips. A luxury blend of pigments with a creamy texture."

When I first opened this lipstick, I thought the colour was pretty but not for me. I originally wanted to include this in a giveaway, but it's a tat damaged. It looks like a manufacturing problem, as the lipstick does not sit in the middle of the holder, resulting in one side being "squished". I guess I'll have to use it and perhaps layer it with a coloured lipgloss.

 6. La Fresh Makeup Remover Wipes x2
"Is your makeup ready for take-off? Make it a smooth departure with these handy makeup removing wipes! This moisturizing formula with vitamin E dissolves makeup from eyes, lips, and face in a snap!"

 A nice bonus that will definitely be handy when I go travelling next.

Overall, I'm not as impressed with this box than I was with the other Wantable boxes I've received in the past. Having said that, it's still a good box, and definitely trumps the other beauty boxes in the Australian market. I will definitely continue purchasing Wantable for as long as I can afford it. If you would like to subscribe or learn more about Wantable, click here.