30 October 2013

Pissed off at the world... well, just two companies in particular

This is going to be a rant post (i.e. long and wordy). I just HAVE to get it off my chest at how ridiculous the situation that I'm in is. Also, in case you're wondering, the two companies I'm referring to in the blog title are none other than Australia Post and Clarisonic Australia.

If you have been following me on twitter, you may have seen what my dead Clarisonic Mia looks like on the inside. If you haven't, here are a few pictures.




As you can see, my Mia is rusty on the inside. The Clarisonic US team was rather helpful and did admit that this should not have happen considering the Clarisonic unit is meant to be waterproof. Since the Clarisonic US team is in US, they could not help me other than get the Australian team to get into contact with me... except the Australian team did not. I had to call them up about twice to find out what I was meant to do with this rusty and dead Clarisonic Mia.

Eventually, they gave me a reply paid address and told me to put it in a box with the charger and a copy of the receipt (which I didn't have) and send it off. Since I didn't have a receipt, they settled for a credit card statement. Since I purchased this from Sephora back in 2011, as well as a gazillion other things, the amount in the credit card statement didn't even match with the RRP of a Clarisonic Mia. But whatever floats their boat, right? They also told me to purchase a prepaid satchel and put the box in there for tracking purposes.

Since I was not able to go to the post office, dad went for me. I forgot (and I frankly didn't want to) to tell him to put it in a prepaid satchel because it's just ludicrous. Why should australia post get to charge twice to send a parcel?! This was two weeks ago.

Yesterday, I contacted Clarisonic Australia and asked if they've had a chance to look at the Mia. I was told that they have not received it yet. This is such a classic case of Murphy's Law. Being a hothead, I was seriously pissed off, and decided to take this up with australia post on twitter.

This is the conversation...
Me: is there a way to track a parcel that was sent via reply paid?
Auspost: Depends if the sender have sent it with a tracking number. Have you confirmed if there is a tracking number? -Pris :)
Me: I'm the sender. I got my dad to post it as I have to work. The post office guy just took it and didn't give a receipt and this was two weeks ago and the receiver has not received it yet
Auspost: I'm afraid that Reply Paid is not a trackable service by itself sorry. It will have been delivered as addressed. Alice
Me: does that mean that I should've purchased a prepaid satchel and put the reply paid address on it?
Auspost: Only if you wanted to be able to track it as the Reply Paid address covers the cost of regular postage. Sorry. Alice
Me: the thing I find ridiculous is if I were to post a parcel via regular post, I get a tracking number. So why the discrimination for reply paid?
Auspost: Reply paid is usually sent en masse where a company only pays for items that get returned, assigned tracking are not feasable - Jon
Me: yes but don't you think you're ripping customers off by asking them to purchase a prepaid envelope AND use a reply paid address as you'll be able to charge the company as well as the consumer? I think this is ludicrous! perhaps a more ideal solution is to introduce a small fee for tracking number for reply paid items
Auspost: I understand where you're coming from. What postcode was it sent from and going to? I'll check the time frame. -Pris
Me: from 2216 to 3004
Auspost: In future you can always purchase a signature on delivery and that will give you a tracking number -Pris
Me: I wish someone told me this earlier. All I got was that the only option for tracking was to purchase a prepaid satchel

I wasn't too happy with what the reply from Jon, so I decided to call up Auspost and have a rant. I felt slightly better after having a chat with a guy from Auspost, although I'm still annoyed that they've lost my parcel (or are taking bloody ages to send a parcel from Sydney to Melbourne) and that the only solution they have for tracking is to purchase a bloody prepaid satchel (I'm not entirely convinced by Pris' suggestion that I can purchase a signature on delivery for reply paid, as that would have been the first suggestion instead of the stupid prepaid satchel one because I think signature on delivery would be cheaper).

Anyway, I sent a suggestion in to Auspost via email for individuals, such as myself, to purchase just a tracking number like in the past with registered post. Hopefully, Auspost not only introduces a tracking system for reply paid but doesn't decide to charge individuals a fortune.

The guy from Auspost that I had a chat with also clarified that my parcel will not disappear. It'll either go to the sender (i.e. Clarisonic Australia), come back to me (since I wrote a return to sender address on the box) or will go to their lost and found centre, where they can search for it once a description is given.

If you're wondering why I'm annoyed with Clarisonic Australia... I'm still not over the fact that they can't do a simple battery replacement or have a recycling program. I'm also less than impressed that I had to call them up TWICE because I was sick of waiting weeks for them to contact me.

Hopefully Clarisonic Australia will redeem themselves, as I've sent them an email asking them to notify me once the parcel has been received on their end.

So that's my rant (hopefully for a while). Has anyone/company got under your skin lately?

29 October 2013

Lust Have It - October 2013

I finally received my Lust Have It box yesterday. It's so disappointing and frankly, really ridiculous, how late Lust Have It sends out their monthly boxes. Fortunately, the contents of the box isn't as ridiculous and disappointing as Lust Have It's time management skills.


The packaging is new, but it's still a box. I have far too many Lust Have It boxes, and I'm running out of things to put in them. I also feel guilty for throwing them in the recycling bin.... #firstworldproblems

Also included but not pictured were three coupons - one for wine, another for theiconic.com.au, and the last was for LeTan.

1. LeTan Wash Off Bronze - 40g (RRP: $14.99 for 100ml)
"Offering a bronze tan for the entire body in a matter of minutes, this streak free product is revolutionary and makes tanning super easy. Simply spray on before you walk out the door and wash off when you return. Truly the ultimate 'risk' and 'fuss free' temporary tanning product that dries in 60 seconds."

I used to hate receiving tanning products until I started working full time and had no time to get any colour in my skin. I've been using St Tropez Gradual Tan Firming Plus and have started to get into fake tan. However, I'm not sure about a "wash off" tanning product. As you may know, I am quite a lazy person and do not have time nor motivation to have to spray my body everyday.

2. Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Purely Natural Refreshing Toner - full size (RRP: $21.70 for 148ml)
"Based on plant ingredients, this product hydrates and restores the skin. Its potent antioxidants build collagen and reduce signs of aging."

This toner is so interesting. Firstly, the claim on the bottle, which says "Ideal for Baby Too!". Pardon my ignorance, as I'm not a mother but when did people start using toners on babies? :-s Also, the consistency of this toner is strange. I haven't quite made my mind whether it's a good strange or a bad one. It's thicker than the average toner. It's almost like a serum. However, it feels really moisturizing, which I guess is fantastic for those with dry/dehydrated skin.

3. Paula's Choice Oil Blotting Papers (RRP: $10.50 for 100 sheets)
"These handy, discrete papers absorb excess surface oil and leave your skin smooth and matte without disturbing your makeup. Simply press them against shiny areas and the oil is immediately absorbed."

I'm not sure if there are 100 sheets in that packet there, but there's quite a fair few. I use oil blotting papers often as I have annoyingly oily skin, so I'm sure these will come in handy sometime in the near future.

4. INIKA Vegan Lip Whip in berry - full size (RRP: $25 for 8ml)
"This Vegan Lip Whip is perfect for creating luscious polished lips the natural way. The creamy formula glides on smoothly while delivering a whip of essential nutrients to keep your lips soft and moisturized."

Another unusual product. It doesn't feel sticky on my lips but it tastes funny. I want to say it's got a bit of a citrusy taste (weird, right?) and it also has cosmetic-y/chemically taste. Although vibrant in the picture, it's not really. Pictures are deceiving. It's a berry red-pink colour (I'm also horrible at describing colours), with a hint of shimmer. A wearable shade, if the taste doesn't put me off completely.

5. Klorane Shampoo with Nettle - 25ml (RRP: $25 for 110ml)
"KLORANE botanical shampoo is formulated with nettle extract. It deeply cleanses oily hair, helping it feel lighter and less greasy for longer. This hypoallergic formulation is excellent for those who find their hair gets greasy within hours of washing it or have fine hair."

This shampoo smells like mint. :-\ It's also not the right shampoo for my hair type (dry, dandruff-prone, chemically-damaged), but I'm sure it'll come in handy when traveling since it's in a tiny bottle, and I need to conserve luggage space for my shopping.

6. Femme Fatale Mineral Based Eye Shadow in The Masquerade - 0.60g (RRP: $3.10 for 10ml)
"Most noted for 'duochrome' and velvet-smooth finishes, this artisan crafted mineral based eye shadow uses a variety of raw and synthetic ingredients that are blended to create highly pigmented colours that are long lasting."

I LOVE Femme Fatale Cosmetics!!! Especially her nail polishes! This is a gorgeous eyeshadow shade, which I'm sure I'll make use of... one day.

Unfortunately, my swatch pic is rather crap, but at least it'll give you some kind of idea what "The Masquerade" looks like. It's a duochrome lavender gray, and it's extremely pigmented.

So that's it for my Lust Have It box this month. It's not a fantastic box, but it's not a crap box either. I think it's passable for $19.95 a month. If you'd like to order your first box, use the code "WALLET" to get $5, making it $14.95 for the first month.

What did you think of the products Lust Have It has put together this month?

28 October 2013

The Beauty Blogger Tag

I was tagged by Sophie from Born To Buy to do this Beauty Blogger Tag. I thought this tag had some... unusual questions, so here we go...


Rules:
  1. State that the tag was created by The Beau Bow 
  2. Tag as many beauty bloggers as you would like 
  3. Title this post the 'Beauty Blogger Tag' 

Questions & Answers:
  1. Name a beauty routine you barely do.
  2. Makeup routine - contour and highlight, although I'd love to do it and the effect it gives, I just don't have the time.
    Skincare routine - anything to do with eye creams/serums, as I don't find the need for them and I'm lazy.

  3. Is washing your brushes something that you regularly do?
  4. Unfortunately not. I do not use any cream products (except foundation, and I use my fingers for that), so I don't really feel the need to wash them as often as I should. I do give them a good spot clean every so often, using a brush cleaner (I'm currently using the one from Estee Lauder, and it's pretty darn good!).

  5. How long do you last with chipped nail varnish?
  6. I don't normally leave it long enough for my nail varnish to get chipped. But if it does, I will last a maximum of 24 hours before I HAVE to remove it and repaint.

  7. How often do you put off buying/replacing a beauty item or nail polish, even if you need it? 
  8. This is the possible the most "unusual" question you can ask a beauty blogger. How can ANYONE put off shopping?! In case you're wondering, my answer is NEVER (unless I'm REALLY poor, but if I need it, I'll find a way).

  9. What is your worst beauty habit? 
  10. Besides the eye cream/serum thing, and the washing of makeup brushes, I'd have to say popping pimples, and for some strange reason, they seem to be erupting more frequently than usual.

  11. Name something non-beauty related that you tend to put off all the time.
  12. Definitely cleaning. I'd love to "put off" having to go work all the time though.

  13. When going out somewhere do you leave getting ready until the last minute or not? 
  14. If I'm going to work, it's normally as soon as I get out of bed, which can also be seen as at "the last minute", considering I rush through it because I've gotten out of bed too late. If I'm getting ready for a party or a special event, I tend to get ready a few hours before hand, especially if I'm feeling adventurous and want to test my eyeshadow application skills out.

  15. Can you commit to spending bans?
  16. Only if the spending ban lasts for 8 hours (i.e. when I'm sleeping).

  17.  How organised is your make up and nail polish collection? 
  18. At the moment, my nail polish collection is in boxes since we're moving. My makeup collection is semi-organized. I'd love for it to be more organised. I really want one of those acrylic makeup boxes!

  19. What is the longest time you have gone without writing a blog post?
  20. I'm not sure, but I haven't been writing as often as I should. I've just been so busy with helping the fiance renovate his place (there goes my weekend) and work (there goes my week days). Been having a hard time trying to find time fitting blogging into my schedule.
I tag:
Mandy from Make Me Up Mandy
Loz from Polish and Patterns
Louise from Vanity Corner

and whoever else would like to do this tag. Please feel free to leave the link to your tag in the comments.

27 October 2013

Winner of my Tangle Teezer giveaway is...


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congratulations Winda! I will be sending you an email as soon as I finish writing this. Please respond within 48 hours to claim your prize.

Please don't be dishearten if you didn't win this time around, as I currently have another giveaway running! It ends in about four days, and there's two prizes up for grabs.
 
EDIT: I'm aware that the winning entry is #1025, and there are 827 entries. This is due to a fair amount of cheaters whose entries I had to delete.

22 October 2013

Wantable - October 2013

My Wantable box came a tat late this month, although not as late as Lust Have It despite it being an Australian beauty subscription box. I think it's quite appalling that a beauty subscription box that is tailored to your preferences and based in the US manages to send the personalised box all the way across the world before an Australian company can send a NON-personalised box domestically.
/endrant

Wantable is currently available to residents in USA, Canada and Australia. A monthly subscription will set you back USD$36 a month with the option to cancel anytime or skip a month. Shipping is free for residents in USA, USD$5 for Canadians, and USD$9 for Australians.

Besides the makeup box (which is the one I'm subscribed to), there's an accessories box, intimates box and a limited edition Halloween box. I can't say much about the other three boxes, as I've never purchased them but I love the makeup version, as everything is full-sized and most, if not all, are products that I would use, thanks to the rather thorough quiz that I filled out so that Wantable knows what to include in my box each month.

I received five full-sized products this month and a sample (or two) eyeshadow.

 "An exceptionally light creamy mousse texture, combined with the antioxidant, anti-aging properties of our exclusive Labrador Tea extract. Easily applied with the fingertips, its long-lasting formula gives the eyelids an iridescent look." 

I received the peach shade and the grey/silver shade (vert enchante). I have yet to use these samples, but I will...one day...

Be A Bombshell Blush in Glowing Goddess - RRP: USD$16.00
"This peachy keen blush with a bit of shimmer is sure to perk you up this Spring!"

I was impressed with this blush (swatches below). It's a gorgeous peachy shade with the tiniest hint of shimmer. It's quite pigmented and really easy to blend. This is easily my favouritest product in this month's Wantable box.

Michael Marcus Eye Liner in Prism - RRP: USD$16.00
"We utilize Japanese Wax (plant based) to create a pencil that glides on effortlessly with stunning colour."

I was so excited to try this pencil when I first took it out of the box. It's a brownish grey with gold glitter. Unfortunately, I wasn't impressed when I tried it out. It's not as pigmented as I'd have liked it to be (see swatch below), and the colour isn't as great as it looks on the pencil. When I try to darken the line, clumps form (although that might be due to me pressing the pencil a tat too hard, resulting in the pencil breaking). Furthermore, it's hard to create a thin line (I may be a bit spoilt after using liquid eyeliner for so long).

Beauty For Real The Perfect Pencil in Nude - RRP: USD$14.00
"The only lip pencil you'll ever need to define and enhance your lips. It is a true lip tone, which works with all lip gloss shades and on all skin tones, taking the guesswork out of choosing the correct colour. Just apply prior to gloss application."

This is possibly the first lip pencil I own, so I don't know what to expect from lip pencils. It feels creamy, and doesn't tug the skin/lip. Pigmentation isn't great, but it's easily buildable. It's also a great shade that I'm comfortable wearing (see swatch below).

Swatches (L-R): Be A Bombshell Blush in Glowing Goddess; Michael Marcus Eyeliner in Prism; Beauty For Real The Perfect Pencil in Nude
Manna Kadar Extreme Curl Mascara - RRP: USD$19.00
"This mascara has an intense curling lash effect with a cutting edge technology brush tip to create the most luxurious lashes yet!"

I have yet to give this mascara a whirl but I'm looking forward to it, as mascaras is a crucial part of my everyday makeup routine (Damn you, short and stubby lashes!!!).

Cailyn Cosmetics Pink Kabuki Brush - RRP: USD$15.00
"With a full head of luxuriously soft man-made fiber, this dense kabuki brush is the perfect shape for powder application, buffing, and blending."

I've only used this brush this morning to apply loose powder over the top of my foundation and I have to say I'm impressed. It's a very dense and soft brush (which is what a kabuki brush should be). There was also no annoying fall-out, and I love the colour!

That's it for my Wantable box. If you'd like to subscribe, you can do so here.

Are you currently subscribed to Wantable? What are your thoughts?

15 October 2013

Review: ELES Spring Look - Sixties Vibe

I received the most beautifully packed PR product in the mail last week from ELES that I had to take a billion pictures (and somehow sift through them and pick the best ones). Check it out...

I thought they were real flowers arranged so beautifully, until I opened up the box and it was a head garland. Very spring-esque (is that even a word? No? Well, it is now!)

Not only did Kanya from ELES beautifully arranged the head garland, she also packed the box full of makeup AND a pair of ASOS sunglasses (although those aren't really my style, but its the thought that counts!).

Kanya sent me the entire ELES Spring Look - Sixties Vibe collection, which consists of a blush, two eyeshadow, dimensional cake liner, mineral blush, lipstick, and brow blender.

 The eyeshadow quad is called Debutante, and it contains four pearlescent shades. They are quite pigmented with very little to no fallout. I've somehow managed to do a look with the four shades...

I did this by placing shade 2 all over the lids, and then used shade 1 on the outer corners and blended it using a windscreen wiper motion along the creaseline. I then used shade 3 over the top of the outer corners to build up the colour and blended, and then applied shade 4 over the top and blended again.

This eyeshadow quad retails for $99.00 and can be purchased here.

This cake liner is called Plum Crazy and retails for $39.00. I've been stupidly thinking that this is another eyeshadow compact, and was using the left side of the compact as eyeshadow. I wasn't impressed, as there was hardly any pigment (see swatch below). It wasn't until I started typing this that I realised it's meant to be used as an eyeliner (using a wet eyeliner brush to pick up some colour). Oops! I liked the sparkly shade on the right when swatched though!

I think it'd be more pigmented when a wet eyeliner brush is used. Will give it a go tomorrow when I put my face on for work.

This Dimensional Cake Liner can be purchased here.

The ELES Micro Bubble Lipstick that I received was in the shade "Nude". It's surprisingly quite moisturizing, and isn't as scary as it looks! It's a bit browner than it is showing in the photo above, and it's a true brownish nude on my lips, but after I use my favourite lipgloss (Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Babydoll), it looks really good (face of the day photo below).

The Micro Bubble lipstick gets its name because of the micro-bubble spheres in the formula that continually releases lip conditioners, whilst helping to set lip colour. I think that's a pretty nifty and unique feature, and I will be looking at getting another couple of tubes of this lipstick because of its moisturizing formula. A Micro Bubble Lipstick retails for $39.50 and can be purchased here.

This mineral blush is called Coral Sun, and it's my favourite item out of the entire Sixties Vibe collection. It's so so so gorgeous (see swatch below), and pigmented enough not to have to keep swirling my brush into the pan but enough to not look like a clown. It lasts all day as well!


 It has easily become one of my favourite blushes, and I've found myself reaching for this blush since the first time I used it. It's love at first use! This blush retails for $39.50 and can be purchased here


Last but not least, the ELES BrowBlender. I received this in the shade "Dark Taupe", which is perfect for me. It comes in two other shades - "Blond" and "Soft Taupe". This BrowBlender is really amazing. Its so soft on the skin, and its also surprisingly pigmented. It somehow feels really different to my other eyebrow pencils. I have yet to decide if this is my favourite because although it's really pigmented and soft, it's harder to get a thin, natural looking line (especially at the tail of the brows) after using the pencil a few times, as it gets blunt. Nevertheless, I really like this pencil and the spoolie at the end is an added bonus.

This BrowBlender retails for $42 and can be purchased here.

This is my face of the day... In fact, it's my face of everyday. I don't tend to switch-up my makeup (with the exception for blush and foundation). I'm using the BrowBlender, blush, lipstick, and eyeshadow quad in this photo. Although for the lips, I've used Carmex Moisture Plus in pink as a base, followed by a light swipe of the Micro-Bubble lipstick in nude, and then topped off with a good, healthy layer of Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Baby Doll, which makes my lips look a lot pinkier than what it would have with just the Micro-Bubble lipstick.

Please check out the ELES website here - They have a special offer on at the moment, where you get a FREE Micro-Bubble lipstick of your choice with the purchase of the pro lip primer SPF15 (purchase here)! Plus, it's free shipping with every order!

Have you tried ELES cosmetics before? What are your thoughts?

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

10 October 2013

One of the best presents in the world and a sneak peek into my makeup collection...

I was given one of the best handmade presents in the entire world recently from my fiance's friend. My fiance (Mike) has been helping his mate, Haj, with building a CNC machine, which is basically a cutting machine.

Haj kindly built me a ginormous makeup box. I initially wanted one that will fit in one of Mike's cubby hole wardrobe shelves, so I gave him dimensions for that... except Mike is selling his property, but I'm sure I'll be able to fit this in our new home. The dimensions of this amazing box are40cm wide, 30cm deep and 30cm high.
 

Haj got the CNC machine to cut everything out, including the stay rod (see picture below) and my name! I love the white shell-fan background that he used (the design was not cut using the CNC machine though).

He used a top quality paint (forgot the brand, sorry!) as well. There's about 8 coats of paint there! The quality of this box is superb! It's so sturdy that I can see this lasting me a lifetime. 


In case you didn't know what a stay rod was, it's that thing on the left side of the box, which connects from the side of the box to the lid. You can actually lock it, so that the lid stays open. I can't believe he made that thing!

It has a flip top lid with a mirror on the inside, and a really deep compartment. It fits a 16.5cm tall bottle of Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion with no troubles at all!


The bottom drawer is quite shallow compared to the top compartment. It's dimensions are 9cm high, 37.5cm wide, and 27cm deep.

After a few days of procrastinating and trying to figure out where to place this box, I finally managed to find the perfect spot and (almost) filled it up!
I filled it up with my skincare, (the majority) of my foundations and primers, mascaras, eyebrow pencils, favourite palettes and blushes.

In the top compartment, I've placed two boxes. In one of the boxes (on the left), there's my opened foundations, primers and setting powders. At the back of that box, I managed to fit in some skincare products that I don't use everyday (such as pimple busting products, and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrate, which you're meant to use consistently for a few months and then stop for a few months before continuing again.

In the second box (on the right) lives most of my unused/brand new foundations and powders. I've also stuck two travel sized bottles of eye makeup remover, as I couldn't decide where to put them. I also placed my Lush Gorgeous deluxe sample size on top of one of my powders. In front of that box, I've put my more frequently used skincare (from left to right) - Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion, SKII Facial Treatment Essence, theBalm Vanilla oil-absorbing face moisturizer, Skindinavia No More Shine Makeup Finish mist, and No7 Eye Makeup Remover.

In the drawer below lives my favourite (and only) face palettes (eyeshadow palettes live in a different set of drawers). I have my Guerlain Meteorites palette (which I have yet to open, it's far too precious), LORAC Pro to go, MAC palette, and Inglot freedome palette.

I have my eyebrow pencils, favourite eyeliner at the moment (travel sized Kat Von D tattoo liner in trooper), and Benefit eye bright in the middle of the drawer.

On the right side of the drawer, I have two bellaboxes that I used as containers/tubs. The one at the back of the drawer contains all my opened mascara (I have a heap of new ones in a separate set of drawers... I'm a bit of a mascara junkie). In the other box, I have my favourite blushes, most of which are MAC (I'm also a bit of a blush junkie).

Would you be interested in purchasing a box like this? I'm trying to get Haj to make some acrylic makeup boxes, as I'd love to purchase some from him.

07 October 2013

Review: Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk UV Foundation

I've been on the hunt for the perfect foundation for my wedding. I got some samples of the Giorgia Armani Lasting Silk Foundation from David Jones before biting the bullet and purchasing a full size bottle. I thought I'd share why I decided to spend a crap load of money on this foundation.


The sales assistant (SA) from David Jones gave me shade #7 to try first, which is absolutely shocking. She couldn't be anymore far off (see swatches below). I then went back the next day, and she gave me an attitude when I asked for another sample, as #7 was way too dark and I could not use it at all. She eventually gave me shades 4.5 and 6.5 to try (didn't swatch #6.5, as I ran out of arm space).
 
The bottom half of the three swatches were done approximately 20 minutes before the top half, as I wanted to show how much the foundation oxidizes.


I was quite tempted to purchase shade 4.5, but I'm glad I didn't as it's just a smidgen too light for me. I did not purchase the Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation from David Jones for two reasons - I refuse to pay AUD$90 for a foundation, especially when it retails for USD$60 in the states. Also, the SA wasn't nice. I ended up purchasing it from strawberrynet when they had a 10% off all makeup sale.

So why did I spend stupid money on a foundation that has SPF (a no-no when it comes to photography, thus a no-no when it comes to weddings)?

Well, here is a list of reasons why I love this foundation:
  1. This foundation feels so ridiculously light on my skin. It doesn't feel like I'm wearing anything at all.
  2. It smells nice... and it doesn't smell as strong of perfume as Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua
  3. It has a pump (unlike Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua... I was using Chanel prior to Giorgio Armani)!
  4. It's so easy to blend (I use my fingers)
  5. It dries in about 5 minutes (depending on how thick of a layer you've slathered on your face), and the finish is satin-matte.
  6. It is water based (which explains why it feels so light), and hence great for oily skin.
  7. Hasn't broken me out.
It has a few cons, which I can overlook:
  1. It oxidizes, which is fine because it stops oxidizing after 20-30 minutes.
  2. Light to medium coverage - it doesn't cover all my acne scars and pimples, but that's what concealer is for.
  3. Expensive, but sometimes a girl needs to splurge and treat herself to something luxurious (it's cheaper than a LV bag... that's my excuse anyway).
  4. SPF, it's a pro as well as a con, but I'm putting it under "con" because I really wanted to use this as my wedding foundation. Although I've tested it on myself and taken selfies with flash, and there isn't much white cast, but I don't really want to risk it.
Pros have clearly outweigh the cons (at least it does in my opinion), and I've been using this foundation everyday since it came in the mail. No regrets spending stupid money on this foundation.

Have you tried this foundation before or spent stupid money on a foundation? Also, any recommendations for a wedding foundation?

05 October 2013

September Empties

It's time for another empties post! Some of the photos in this post was taken with my iPhone, as I left my camera memory card at the fiance's, so my apologies for that. Without waffling on about nothing, I'm going to jump straight into this post...

1. Aussie Moist 3 Minute Miracle Deeeeep Treatment
This conditioner is AMAZING. Definitely one of the best conditioners I've ever used. I would repurchase this in a heartbeat. I just wish that this was more readily available in Australia (it's so ironic that the brand name is called "Aussie", and it's not sold in Australia).


2. Natural Look Silver Screen Ice Blonde Shampoo and Conditioner
This silver screen duo is actually purple, and it's fantastic at getting rid of brassiness in blonde hair. The purple pigments in both the shampoo and conditioner are quite intense, so if you have platinum blonde hair, you may want to dilute this a bit with a normal shampoo/conditioner, as it may turn your hair purple. I did not have to dilute this because my hair was bleached from brown/black to blonde, and it gets so brassy easily. Anyway, this duo is absolutely fantastic, and I will repurchase this if I decide to keep my blonde ends (I'm thinking about dyeing it back to brown/black).

3. Lush Snow Fairy
I'm jumping the gun a little here, as I had to pour Snow Fairy into an empty shower gel bottle because it takes up too much space in my shower caddy. I probably have about a third of Snow Fairy left in the other shower gel bottle, but I thought I'd include this in this empty post because I hate keeping empty bottles.

Snow Fairy smells really sweet, like a jar full of rock candy. I'm not the biggest fan of the smell and I'm not sure why, as I love sweet smelling shower gels. I did not find it particularly moisturizing nor drying. Therefore, I would not repurchase, as I much prefer my Bath & Body Works shower gels.

4. Essential Ultra Honey & Shea Butter Hair Mask
I love this hair mask. This is one of the best hair masks I've ever tried. It really detangles and leaves my hair feeling so soft. It's also quite affordable, at ~AUD$10.20 on sasa.com I would repurchase this.

5. Selsun Blue Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
I've blogged about this amazing shampoo here, and it has also appeared in an empties post here, so I won't rave about it again. I have already repurchased this :)

6. ICON India Shampoo and Conditioner
So glad to have finished these tubes of ICON India Shampoo and Conditioner. I've done a review of them here, and they just didn't work for me. I'm not a big fan of the smell, as it's far too spicy for my liking. I would not repurchase.

7. Maybelline The Colossal Volum' Express Mascara Waterproof in Black
This mascara has appeared in a couple of my empties post before (here and here). So it's no surprise that I love this mascara. It volumises my lashes really well without clumping, and it's also waterproof. I will definitely repurchase when I have used up my spares. :)

8. Etude House Oh~ m' Eye Lash Petticoat
This lash primer from Etude House is pretty good. It helps lengthen my lashes (which they definitely need), and volumises them slightly. I would probably repurchase.

9. Kate Somerville samples
I really wanted to find a skincare range (and I still am on the hunt) that will help eradicate the annoying shine that I normally get around midday. I went into Mecca Cosmetica, and was told to give Kate Somerville a try.

I was given the vitamin serum, detox cleanser, detox moisturizer and a scrub (which I've forgotten to include in this picture). Unfortunately, I didn't screw the cap on the serum properly when transporting from my fiance's to my parents and lost it all. I had only given it a go about twice before the incident and found it was ok, but I can't really comment as I haven't been able to trial it properly.

I didn't think much of the detox moisturizer, and when I used it up, I dug through my stash of samples and found the oil free moisturizer sachet. Unfortunately, I didn't think much of that one either (considering the price, I didn't think it was worth it).

The detox cleanser was quite nice. It didn't strip my skin of all natural oils - i.e. my skin didn't feel tight after cleansing. From memory, it had a bit of a citrusy smell, which is neither a good nor bad thing in my opinion. I probably wouldn't repurchase this either, as I much prefer my HG cleanser - Dermalogica Dermal Clay Cleanser.

The Kate Somerville Exfolikate scrub was pretty good. It was gritty, which I love in a scrub. I would probably repurchase this when I'm out of scrubs.

10. Dr Brandt BB Matte with Signature Shinerase for oily/combination skin sample
I only got two or three uses out of this, so I can't really go into too much detail about this product. However, I quite like this BB cream. I found that it really did help reduce shine (although not completely), and would most likely purchase the full size to give it a good go.

11. Fresh Sugar lipbalm (travel sized)
I can't believe I have finished my first ever lip product. This lip balm is AMAZING. It's so moisturizing and smells good. I have repurchased this already but in a different colour. I highly recommend Fresh Sugar Lipbalms!

12. Maybelline Baby Skin Pore Eraser
I've reviewed this primer here, and I think it's an amazing product that is comparable to Benefit's Porefessional. I would definitely repuchase this, and wish this was sold in Australia (this was purchased in Singapore).

That's it for September empties. What have you emptied out recently that you loved or hated?