29 September 2014

Empties - September 2014

It's nearly at the end of the month, which means it's Empties time! It also means that there are 13 more Fridays till Christmas... but who's counting.

I was quite worried that I wouldn't have any products for this empties post about a week ago. However, my empties pile of products seemed to have accumulated rapidly over the past few days. Annoyingly, it is still accumulating after taking pictures for this post. I'll just have to cheat and leave the newly emptied products for next month. 

1. Nivea Visage Young Wash Off Effective Cleansing Gel
Not a fan of this cleansing gel. It stung my face when used with my Clarisonic Aria. It was a tolerable (but still uncomfortable) sting, and that was why I stuck it out and finished this cleansing gel, as I hate wasting products. It did get the job done, as my face felt clean. However, this will not be repurchased because the sting I get from using this is so not worth it.

2. Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel
I've featured this cleansing gel in my daytime skincare routine (read here). It's a good cleanser that doesn't strip your skin of natural oils. However, I just wished that it lathers! I may repurchase this in the future.

3. Clinique for men Face Scrub
My holy grail scrub. I've raved about this scrub numerously. I probably wouldn't recommend it to those with sensitive skin, as it is on the abrasive side. However, it makes my skin feel so refreshed (thanks to the menthol ingredient), clean and smooth! Have already repurchased, and will continue repurchasing.

4. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence
I've been using this as a toner, and have featured this in both my daytime and nighttime skincare routine (read here and here). To get the most out of this product, I do not use a cotton pad but rather pour some out on my palms and then pat it onto my skin. Unfortunately, I have not experienced or seen enough benefits for me to want to fork out ridiculous amounts of money again.

5. KATE Mineral UV gel base
This primer is meant to moisturise dry skin, act as a sunscreen and covers/blur pores. It comes out white but blends into my skin easily without adding any whiteness to it like how some sunscreens can. I'm a bit on the fence with this primer, as it reacts with some of my foundations and I end up having little balls of foundation/primer on my face when I try to blend my foundations in with my fingertips. Furthermore, I don't think much of it's "moisturizing" properties, as it did not help with my dry skin around my nose and cheeks after using Retin-A. 

6. Australis See Ya Later Nail Polish Remover
A cheap and effective nail polish remover that does the job. I've featured this nail polish remover in a few empties posts, so I won't go on any further. But this is definitely a product I'd repurchase.

7. Agave Healing Oil Treatment
I really do not know why the squeezey pipette rubber thing has patches of white on it. Anyway, this is a good oil treatment that helped with frizzyness. It added some moisture into my dry damaged locks (although they could definitely do with more moisture), smells fantastic and works well on both wet and dry hair. It's a product I probably would repurchase if it was more available in Australia (this was purchased from Sephora USA).

8. Essential Nuance Airy Hair Mask
LOVE this hair mask. It smells fantastic and leaves my hair feeling so soft and detangled! Would definitely repurchase.

9. Canmake Gokunobi Mascara
This is one of those fibre mascaras. As expected, its a fantastic mascara for lengthening. Unfortunately, it has dried up and I end up with flakes of mascara bits everywhere everytime I pull the wand out. Would consider repurchasing this mascara.

10. Collection 2000 Skylash Mascara Waterproof
This is also another great lengthening mascara from UK. It's not too dry neither is it too wet. It's a great mascara that I wish was available in Australia!

11. Majolica Majorca Lash Expander Frame
For some strange reason, I've got two of this mascaras opened. It's unique in the sense that it has a double-sided brush - one side is flat and the other side is rounded. It also has fibres in it, making it a fantastic lengthening mascara. It is a bit on the wetter side, but is fantastic when it dries out a little. 

12. Etude House Lash Perm Primer
Not the best lash primer I've used. It does lengthen a little but I wish it had more to offer in the voluminising department. It also doesn't help with holding curls. Would not repurchase.

13. Bifesta Tightening Cleansing Sheet
Although I didn't see any "tightening" effects of this cleansing sheet (but then again I don't particularly need any tightening at the current time), this worked as a fantastic makeup removing wipe. The only thing that it wouldn't remove easily was waterproof mascara. My skin felt so clean after using this wipe, that I reckon I could have gone straight to bed if I didn't have the habit of taking a shower before bed. This is definitely a product I'd repurchase if it was available in Australia (I purchased this in Singapore).

That's it for this month's empties! You may have noticed that I haven't featured my Bath & Body Works shower gel. I actually didn't finish any before taking these pictures. Annoyingly, I finished it this morning, so it will be added to October's empties pile.

What have you finished this month?

26 September 2014

Collection: MAC Powders

This is my third and most likely the last instalment of my MAC collection series. In case you missed the first two instalments, click here for my lipstick collection and here for my blush collection (which I still have a lot left for sale). I don't have anymore large collections of MAC makeup, besides the occasional eye brow pencil or foundation. Let me know if you would like to see the odds and ends of my MAC collection!

Being a huge fan of mineralize blushes, it's no surprise that I am absolutely in love with the mineralize skinfinish range as well.

Adored is a gorgeous peach/pink/coral with a light beige shimmer. I can't believe that I've only ever swatched it and it's still sitting in it's box!

Refined is slightly more golden/beige than Adored, and has a slight peachy tone.

Medium Plus works as a great setting powder. It is a natural-matte finish and has light coverage. For reference, the last time I checked my MAC shade was NC25.

Soft and Gentle is described as a "gilded peach bronze". It is definitely worth the hype! It's a fantastic highlighter that gives you an amazing glow without making you look like a disco ball.

MAC Bronzing Powder in Golden
Ok I'm going to have to admit here that I can't remember the last time I used this MAC bronzing powder in Golden. But I obviously really liked it considering I purchased and started using my backup. I think I was keeping the almost-used-up one for Back to Mac. Mac Bronzing Powder in Golden is described as "Muted golden tan-beige with golden shimmer". 

MAC Blot Powder Pressed in Medium
Like the bronzing powder above, I used to use the MAC Blot Powder Pressed in Medium religiously. So much as that I repurchased. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I stopped using it! There isn't much colour to this blot powder - i.e. coverage is light. However, it did a great job keeping me shine free.
MAC Monogram SheerSpark Powder in Personal Touch
MAC Monogram SheerSpark Powder in Personal Touch was obviously purchased for its packaging. I don't actually think this has been used! So I'm going to describe this by looking at the pan, it's a champagne/beige base with pink, purple and blue sparkles! Let me know if you'd like this in your MAC collection, as it's just sitting in it's original box in my drawer, neglected like all my other blushes.

L-R: Adored // Refined // Soft and Gentle // Medium Plus // Bronzing Powder in Golden

And that concludes my MAC collection series, unless you'd like to see my odds and ends MAC collection. Please let me know in the comments!

To read my other MAC collection posts:
MAC Collection - Part I Lipstick
MAC Collection - Part II Blushes

24 September 2014

Collection: MAC Blushes

For part I of my MAC collection, which features all the MAC lipsticks I own (which isn't all that many really compared to others I've seen) please read my previous post (click here). As mentioned in my MAC lipstick collection post, I was asked to do a general makeup collection post a while ago and never knew how to go about doing it, until the idea of starting off with my MAC collection was born.

From the title of the post, I guess you'd know what this collection consists of - blushes.

It wasn't until I put all my MAC blushes together before I realised exactly how many of them I have... and don't use. After some contemplation, I'm ready to let go of the majority of these blushes. It's just such a waste of them to sit in my drawers without being used for extended periods of time! They need good homes!

Mineralize formula blushes are one of my favourites, as I find they have extremely great colour pay-off and they are very long-wearing. They are slightly more expensive than powder blushes or pro longwear ones.

Gentle Mineralize Blush^ is a gorgeous plummy pink colour with a hint of a gold shimmer.

When mixed, Buddy Up Mineralize Blush^ comes up on my skin as coral peachy pink with a slight shimmer.

Unfortunately, Legendary Powder Blush^ blends into my skin far too well - either that or I need to layer it on a bit more, but I don't normally have time for this. It is meant to be a "pale soft coral", and may perhaps be more suitable for someone with a slightly darker skintone.

Improvise Mineralize Blush is a soft peachy shade with a luminous gold sheen. It works well as a highlight.

L-R: Gentle Mineralize Blush // Buddy Up Mineralize Blush // Legendary Powder Blush (Satin) // Improvise Mineralize Blush

Despite being a "sheertone" blush, Peachykeen has fantastic colour payoff. It is a peachy pink colour with a slight shimmer. I don't expect this one to sell due to its condition. I had an annoying oil buildup on the top layer of the blush, which prevented my brush from picking up the colour, so I had to scrap the buildup off with a clean knife.

Pinch O' Peach is another sheertone blush. It is a discontinued one, and I think MAC has changed it's formula over the course of manufacturing this blush, as I have another one of these (just in pan form, read further down below) and this one is cooler than the other. It is a cool matte pink colour.

Desert Rose^ is described as a "soft reddish-burgundy" by MAC. It is a warm rosy matte shade with great colour payoff.

Pinch Me is brand new, which is why I didn't swatch it. It is a rosy coral shade.

L-R: Peachykeen Sheertone Shimmer // Pinch O' Peach Sheertone // Desert Rose Powder Blush (Matte)

All four blushes above are mineralized blushes. I told you they're my favourite!

Warm Soul is my favourite MAC blush. As such, I probably won't be letting go of this one. It is such an interesting blush. It looks quite bronzey in the pan, and even on my arm (see below), but for some strange reason, it leans a little more pink on my cheeks. Love it!

Utterly Game is a peachy shade with a satin finish.

Early Morning is a coral blush with a very slight shimmer/sheen.

Giggly is a duo tone blush with a love heart imprint. It is described by a "light pink with pearly plum heart". This blush hasn't been used much, as it's just too cute. Make anything with a love heart on it, and you can pretty much guarantee I'll buy it. 

L-R (Mineralize Blush): Warm Soul // Utterly Game // Early Morning // Giggly

Joyous is a bright peachy pink shade with a slight sheen.

Rosy Outlook is a semi-matte blush that is described as a "light yellow pink".

Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush Duo is from the Rihanna collection released last year. The bronzer is a yellow-toned medium tan, and the blush is a coral-pink with a slight sheen.

Summer Rose Beauty Powder^ is another one of those blushes purchased because of its packaging. I love the rose imprint, and as such as been rarely used to preserve the rose design. It is a cool pink and because it is a "beauty powder", it is on the subtle side. I did a heavy swatch below so that the colour is more evident.

L-R: Summer Rose Beauty Powder // Joyous Beauty Powder Blush // Rosy Outlook Pro Longwear Blush // Hibiscus Kiss Powder Blush - Bronzer & Blush

As mentioned above, the "Pinch O Peach"^ pan is slightly warmer than the other one that I have. 

Fleur Power is a bright coral pink shade that is apparently a satin finish. It looks more of a matte finish in my opinion.

Accentuate and Sculpt aren't blushes and they aren't for sale. But I thought I'd include them here since I've stuck them in my palette (which I realise is missing the insert). Accentuate is a pale beige shaping powder, and Sculpt is a sculpting powder that is described as a soft taupe matte.

L-R: "Pinch O' Peach" // Fleur Power // Accentuate // Sculpt
Whilst I absolutely love my MAC blushes collection, I think it's time to let these babies go. I sincerely hope to find new homes for them, where they will be loved and used more frequently.

After much deliberation, I've decided to have a standard price and a discount for multiple purchases despite some blushes being worth more than others (e.g. mineralize blushes retails for more than powder blushes).

1 blush = AUD $20 + postage
2 blushes = AUD $36 + postage
3 blushes = AUD $50 + postage

If you would like more than 3, we can discuss prices.

Please send me an email (shrinkingwallet@hotmail.com) advising which blushes you'd like and your postal address. An extra fee will be added should you wish to pay via paypal to cover fees incurred unless the payment is gifted, and you're absorbing the paypal fees.

^These products have been sold.

22 September 2014

Collection: MAC Lipstick

I've been asked to share my makeup collection a while ago, and I honestly did not know where to start. My makeup collection consists of quite a variety of brands, and not to sound like I'm bragging, but it is also too large to just do it in a handful of posts without overloading each posts with photos. Furthermore, about 60-70% of my makeup are unused, as I like finishing a product before opening a new one to keep everything as fresh as possible.

I was staring at my lipstick storage box thing (I use this lipstick tower from The Makeup Box Shop - click here), and noticed that I have a handful of MAC lipsticks that I could blog about without it being excessively long. I then noticed that I have quite a number of MAC blushes and powders that I can also blog about. Bam! The idea of a MAC collection series post was born!

Without further ado, this is my humble MAC lipstick collection. 

The majority of the MAC lipsticks I own are purchased from duty free (especially in other countries such as Singapore and USA) because it's far cheaper there than it is in Australia.

L-R: Unknown // Unknown // Creme Cup // Runway Hit // Sweet Creation
The first two unknown lipsticks were purchased from allcosmeticswholesale.com, the labels at the bottom were removed. The second unknown colour looked a lot more natural in their picture and I was quite disappointed when I first saw the colour as it's definitely not something I'd wear. Will someone please take this off my hands and buy this for AUD$5 (plus postage) - lipstick has only been swatched? Both unknown lipsticks look like they're from the cremesheen range.

Creme Cup is also from the cremesheen range. It's a really fantastic nude pink colour that would look good on most skin tones.

Runway Hit is a light nude matte from the Retro Matte Collection last year. I'm not the biggest fan of matte lipsticks, as they feel too drying on my lips. To combat this problem, I found that layering it over a lip balm helps.

Sweet Creation is from the Huggable Lipcolour collection late last year. It is a peachy cream shade that is Asia exclusive. I had my brother pick this up for me from duty free on the way back from Singapore.

L-R: Unknown // Unknown // Creme Cup // Runway Hit // Sweet Creation

L-R: Lovelorn // Patisserie // Plink! // Flamingo
All four lipsticks are from the lustre range. I guess judging from the amount of lustre lipsticks I have out of my MAC lipstick collection, you can accurately assume that lustre is my favourite finish (closely followed by cremesheen - I just need to purchase more of them).

Lovelorn is a medium toned blue pink lip shade that looks natural. As with all lustre finishes, Lovelorn is a demi-sheer lip colour.

Patisserie is a natural nude lipstick that leans a little more brown than pink. It's definitely the truest my-lips-but-better shade in my MAC collection.

Plink! is described by MAC as a "yellowed seashell pink". It is quite sheer and if you have pigmented lips, this may not show up on your lips.

Flamingo is one of my favourite MAC lipsticks. It's a pink coral colour that looks scary in the tube but looks natural on the lips. It's a great everyday shade.

L-R: Lovelorn // Patisserie // Plink! // Flamingo
That's all I've got for MAC lipsticks (for now). If you would like to purchase the dark unknown shade, please send me an email! Stay tune for the next MAC collection blog post, which I'm hoping to publish later this week, as I am also looking to sell some of my MAC blushes!

What is your favourite lipstick?

21 September 2014

Verite Haul

As mentioned in my previous post on the No Makeup Makeup superbox from Memebox (read here), I've been wanting to try a Korean Cushion foundation for quite a few months before giving in and purchasing the Verite one on eBay. There are quite a number of cushion foundations available in the Asian market, and after doing some research, I have found the Verite one to be the most suitable for my oily skin type.

I do not normally share my haul if I only purchased one product. However, I thought this particular purchase warrants one, considering the amount of freebies I received.

The Verite Cushion foundation comes with a refill. As with most Korean base products, there is a grand total of 2 shades available - 21 and 23. I picked shade 21, and it is a bit too light for my skintone. For reference, I am usually around MAC NC 25, and shade 21 is probably a shade or two too light. But nothing a good bronzer can't fix. I won't go on too much about this foundation, as I am planning on doing a proper review

The freebies received with my order are:
Verite Shiny Rouge Multi Lip Gloss - 4.5g
Verite Deep Cleansing Water - 50ml
Verite Moisture Cleansing Foam - 50ml
Verite UV Sunblock Pact - 12g
Verite Nourishing Skin Perfector - 50ml (not pictured)

I paid $43.84 as I had a $5.15 voucher for the lot, which I think is a bargain!

Unfortunately, the eBay seller has changed the "freebies"/gift set, and I do not think it is as good of a value then what I received (see here). However, I think it's still a fantastic buy if you're looking to try a cushion foundation, considering the amount of freebies you get.

13 September 2014

Memebox - Superbox #44 No Makeup Makeup

This is my third Memebox, and I'm quite frankly impressed with the whole concept of it! If you don't know what Memebox is, it is a one box beauty subscription box with products from Korea, and each box has a theme. For more information, please read the review of my first Memebox - My Cute Wishlist (read here) or check out Memebox's website (click here).

As the title says, this box is all about achieving the no makeup look. This box is a superbox, so all six products in this box are full sized. It was USD$35.99, but using my $15 coupon, I only paid $20.99 including shipping.

 1. drww. Power Lift Strong Cream - 50g (RRP: $60)
"Containing Omega 3.6.9, hyaluronic acid, and 5 different kinds of flower seed extracts, Drww's Power Lift Strong Cream works to treat skin darkening and wrinkles. The best part of this cream, however, is in its function as a makeup booster. It can also be applied in small amounts along the T-zone for highlighting your features before or after makeup. What's more, mix it in with a makeup base or a foundation and apply on your face for a naturally glowing and radiant complexion."

This cream smells like roses, which I currently have a rather strange obsession with. I've only applied it to the back of my hand, and it feels super hydrating. It also absorbs quickly and doesn't feel oily or greasy. However, I'm not sure about the "highlighting features" claim. The area where I've applied the cream on the back of my hand doesn't look any different to the rest of my skin.

2. Milky Dress Silky Velvet Primer - 30ml (RRP: $30)
"The Silky Velvet Primer works to make your skin soft and silky before application of base makeup. Made from "USDA" patented organic ingredients such as rhodiola rosea root extracts, damask rose extracts, and rosemary leaf extracts, this primer is gentle and adheres thinly and smoothly to the skin, filling in all the uneven skin texture and fine lines & wrinkles for a long-lasting, velvet-like skin condition."

Bearing in mind that I've just applied this to my face prior to writing this for the first time, I can't say that it minimizes pores by "filling in all the uneven skin texture", as I can still clearly see them. My skin does feel smooth though! As I always use primer underneath my makeup, this will definitely be used unless it breaks me out.

3. Missha The Style Perfect Concealer in Natural Beige - 3g (RRP: $4)
"The Style Perfect Concealer naturally covers up skin imperfections and dark circles and prevents skin tone from darkening throughout the day. The gentle formula soothes the skin yet at the same time strongly adheres to the skin for a long-lasting coverage."

This concealer shade is perfect for my skintone. I've used it a few times to cover up acne scars that peek through some lightweight foundations I've been using, and it has worked a treat. I usually prefer liquid concealers, but I don't mind this one, as it's creamy and applies like a dream.

4. ProYou Vita CC Lip Essence Red Rose - 15ml (RRP: $24)
"Enriched with vitamin E, shea butter, jojoba oil, and macadamia oil, this Lip Essence works to deeply moisturize dry, chapped lips and protect it from further dehydration by delivering nutrition from within. What makes this lip product so unique is that when applied, it'll alter its color according to individual's lip color and pH level. Thus, the Vita CC Lip Essence will not only moisturize and care for your lips but also add natural color and radiance at the same time!"

I've swatched this at least 10 times - on my lips, on a baby wet wipe, on the back of my hand, on a tissue, and I'm still skeptical about the whole "change of colour depending on your lip's colour and pH level" thing. However, I have to admit that this is the most unusual "lip essence" I've ever seen, mostly because of the way it's packaged.

It has this edge (see picture below), where you put your finger on to push the whole top down to release product before smearing it on your lips. It's something I've never seen before. I think it's a nifty idea to dispense liquid lip products without a doefoot application. I also think it's more hygienic since the applicator is plastic and can be wiped or even washed.

The product on both tissue and wet wipe comes up bright fuschia pink. Thankfully (since I'm conservative with my lip colours), it doesn't translate on the lips. It looks rather natural on the lips in that it has a very slight tint. Unfortunately, I didn't do a lip swatch, as it's so slight it's practically impossible to photograph. I did an arm swatch though - see further down. 

It is quite moisturizing like a lip balm, but isn't sticky at all unlike a lip gloss. I think it'll make a great lip product for under drying lipsticks.

 5. DD'ell Gel Color Pot in 08 Snowy White - 5.5g (RRP: $16)
"A whitening, anti-wrinkle, brightening and moisturizing facial essence. Now this Gel Color Pot is a real multi-player when it comes to featuring a natural, no-makeup look. It works as a light snowy-colored shadow and a highlighter all in one! Its texture is cushiony and creamy when applied, and the subtle pearls and sophisticated color formation brings out the best in your complexion."

The texture of this product is interesting. Granted, I've never tried any of the "cushion" products that seem to have hit the shelves of beauty stores - e.g. Maybelline bouncy blush. I can only imagine that this would feel similar to products similar to Maybelline's bounch blush. I'm not the biggest fan of this colour though. It's looks far too white on my skin to pass off as a natural highlighter (see swatch further down). It may make a good eyeshadow colour base though.

 6. Macqueen New York Mineral CC Cushion Cover SPF50++ PA+++ - 13g (RRP: $23)
"This popular Mineral CC Cushion is widely acknowledged for its high level of UV protection and moisture, effective and long-lasting coverage, and its non-sticky, silky after touch previously unfounded in any other CC or Air Cushions. Dab away with the Mineral CC Cushion to feature the ultimate no-makeup look, because it'll bring out the most natural and healthy looking glow on your face! Plus, the high concentrates of bamboo water deliver instant soothing and cooling effect, making it perfect to be used in the summer times."

I have yet to use this on my face, and although it looks quite dark, I'm hoping that it'd be a good shade for me, as it looks perfect when swatched on my arm. I've wanted to try these Korean Cushion foundations for the past few months, and I'm semi-disappointed that I received this AFTER purchasing a Verite one from ebay (will be doing a haul post soon, as it came with quite a number of extras). Regardless, I'm still excited to give this a go and compare the two.

Arm swatch - L-R: ProYou Vita CC Lip Essence // DD'ell Gel Color Pot in Snowy White // Macqueen New York Mineral CC Cushion Cover
Overall, I think this box is amazing. This is definitely my favourite out of the three boxes I've received thus far. I'm lucky to have received products that are suitable for my skintone, however, this may not be the case if you have porcelain or a darker skin tone. This is an obviously con for Memebox's makeup themed boxes, but I do believe that they do note this down in the description on their website for boxes where a foundation or concealer product is included. I think they usually only have one shade available, so do look out for the warning.

I've got another 5 boxes coming my way over the next two months, so I'm super excited to see what Memebox has got installed for me. I definitely think this is an amazing subscription service.

Have you purchased a Memebox before? Which one did you get? What are your thoughts?

10 September 2014

Review: Kerastase Elixir Ultime

Whilst I'd choose makeup over haircare if I had to pick one, I am quite disappointed in myself for not sharing a haircare product on this blog in what seems like forever. Despite being quiet in the haircare front, I do invest quite heavily on haircare products as I was definitely not "born with it". Well, maybe I was, but I've exposed my once healthy locks of hair to so much chemicals that I'm beginning to think that it will never recover. 

In case you've missed my face plastered on the top right hand side of this blog, I have long hair that almost reaches my waist. I also recently have had half a head of foils put in, as I'd love to go blonde one day and hope that my hair does not snap off. As such, I'm taking it easy and getting there gradually. I have dyed my hair countless amounts of time, going from red to purple to dark brown and lately, to blonde. Furthermore, I normally shower at night and hair dry my hair so that I don't get a wet pillow. I also have re-discovered my curling iron. So it's no wonder that my hair can look like a rat's nest when neglected.

I'm going to pat myself on the back for not neglecting my hair and religiously using Kerastase Elixir Ultime. Although, I should thank Kerastase for creating an amazing product because my hair actually feels and looks healthy despite all the torture I've subjected my hair to.

Kerastase Elxir Ultime is "the original indulgent, versatile beautifying oil enhanced with Oléo-Complexe Technology. This weightless formula is enriched with Camellia, Argan, Maize and  Pracaxi oils. Elixir Ultime leaves hair feeling soft, supple and radiant to touch." In other words, it's liquid gold!

There are two ways to use this amazing oil. The first is to apply a pump or two onto towel dried hair. The second is to use this as a pre-shampoo treatment. 

Using it on towel dried hair makes my hair feel so soft and manageable. I normally get frizzy hair, especially in the morning after brushing, but since using this, my hair has been amazingly sleek! Although, I must say that a trick I've learnt to twist your hair into a bun whilst you sleep certainly does help keep the frizz at bay in the morning. 

I have tried it on dry hair and I love that Kerastase Elixir Ultime does not weigh my hair down at all, and it absorbs relatively quickly, as I do not end up with oily, greasy hands after application. I also love the smell of this stuff! 

I was initially quite skeptical upon learning that this can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment, as it's just something I have never believed in. I also thought it'd be a waste, my reasoning was that all the goodness will be washed off when shampooing. I was wrong! My hair normally gets tangled after shampooing, and I have to rely heavily on a good conditioner to undo the damage and inject moisture back into my hair. However, after using Kerastase Elixir Ultime as a pre-shampoo treatment (I leave it on for at least 10 minutes), I was extremely surprised that my hair was not a tangled mess, but felt smooth and just plain awesome!

With silky, smooth locks, I can confidently say that Kerastase Elixir Ultime is an amazing hair product that has done wonders to my hair, and is worth every cent.

Have you tried Kerastase Elixir Ultime? What's your favourite hair oil?

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

05 September 2014

Yet another (mini) Sephora haul

It's no secret that I have a shopping problem. I did another (mini) Sephora haul. I also picked up clothes from Forever 21 and Victoria's Secret, which I probably will not blog about since I'm terrible at photographing clothes, and it's not all that exciting since they're mostly clothes for work.

The main reason why I did a Sephora haul was that I reeeeally wanted the new Yves Saint Laurent Fusion Ink Foundation. If you're following me on instagram, twitter or facebook, you'll know that HopShopGo aka Comgateway refused to ship the foundation as it's apparently flammable.

They advised that I should check their website for prohibited items before purchasing items to prevent this from happening again, or to send them an email to ensure that the items I want to purchase are not prohibited. I just thought that was absolutely ridiculous. A foundation... flammable? No where on their website states that a foundation is a prohibited item. Furthermore, they have forwarded foundations to me before. I ended up having to pay USD$5 in admin fees to get them to send the foundation back to Sephora. If you thought this is ridiculous, check out my haul.

The majority of my haul consists of samples and freebies, as the only other thing I purchased is Benefit's Gimme Brow (aka my HG brow product).

Sephora Fragrances, Kat Von D makeup removing wipes, YSL Fusion Ink samples
This is the reason why I'm absolutely furious with HopShopGo. So it's apparently NOT ok to forward a bottle of YSL Fusion Ink Foundation because it's flammable, but it's ok to forward samples of said foundation AND perfume? Doesn't make sense to me. 

I had a coupon code for this bag of goodies - it contains a Laura Mercier foundation primer, Dr Jart+ Water Fuse Beauty Balm, Benefit Watt's Up Highlighter, Blinc Mascara Amplified, Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm, Buxom mascara, Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 410 (Coral) Sample Card.

I redeemed 500 Sephora points for this Hourglass box of samples. I don't think it's worth the 500 points as the samples are tiny. The Hourglass sample set comes with Veil Mineral Primer, Lipstick in Grace, Mascara, Liquid Lipstick in Icon, and three sachets - Veil Fluid Makeup Oil Free in Nude, Immaculate Liquid Powder Foundation in Nude, Tinted Moisturizer in Ivory.

That's it for my amazingly tiny Sephora haul. I exercised a lot of self constraint when purchasing this haul, and am very disappointed that HopShopGo refused to ship my Fusion Ink Foundation. I wish I knew this before hand, as I would have gotten something else.

03 September 2014

Memebox Special #25 Traveller's Beauty Kit

Last week, I did a review of the Memebox Superbox #41 My Cute Wishlist (read here). As a quick introduction if you do not know what Memebox is, it is a Korean beauty subscription box. It is a one-box only subscription, and each box has its own theme. For more information, please check out my review of My Cute Wishlist (read here).

As you can probably accurately guess from the name of this Memebox's theme - Traveller's Beauty Kit, the products are (hopefully) going to be super handy when travelling.

1. T.P.O No-Wash Toner Sheet - 30ml - RRP: $7
"T.P.O's No-Wash Toner Sheet is a cleansing tissue which works to remove even the most stubborn makeup residues from your face without having to rinse off afterwards. This all-in-one cleansing tissue is the perfect beauty essential for when you need to quickly, easily yet thoroughly cleanse all unnecessary gunk out of your face."

This sounds like a fancy version of a make-up removing wipe. I'm seriously intrigued. Would this be thin like a tissue (as per the description) or would it be thicker like a good makeup removing wipe? I don't particularly want to open this up, as I don't want it drying out before I go travelling (God knows when that's going to happen... stupid mortgage!). Regardless, I'm sure I'll be able to find some use out of this!

2. Amini Traveller Kit - Moisturizing Body Cleanser & Moisturizing Body Emulsion - 30ml x 2 - RRP: $10
"Enriched with various organic extracts and natural essential oil, Amini's  popular Traveller Kit consists of a Moisturizing Body Cleanser for gently cleansing your body an a Moisturizing Body Emulsion for re-filling moisture deep down into your skin."

I'm absolutely terrible at describing scents despite having the nose of a beagle, but this Amini Traveller Kit smells a bit lemony. It's quite a subtle scent (sniffing from the bottle) if you don't like lemony smelling things. Luckily, if it's too overpowering, I have a husband who loves lemons. He eats it whole - skin and all. Yeah, I married a weirdo.

3. NoTS UV Protection Sun Cream SPF50+ PA+++ - 26g - RRP: $52 for 70g
"With a strong level of UV protection, this Sun Cream is gentle in its formula (free of mineral oil, talc, tar colouring, benzophenone-4, and artificial fragrance) and works not to only protect the skin but also to hydrate and smooth out the skin texture."

As I'm running out of my Clarins UV Plus SPF40, which I use underneath my makeup, I'm excited to see if this NoTS UV Protection is a suitable replacement. If it isn't, I'm sure it'll come in handy the next time I sit out in the sun and get skin cancer.

4. Pure Smile Hand Gel Maldives Dancing Waters - 30ml - RRP: $2
"Made from collagen extracts, jojoba extracts, and ascorbyl palmitate widely acknowledged for its moisture lock-in capability, Pure Smile's Hand Gel in Maldives Dancing Waters will hydrate, clean and refresh your easily-contaminated hands. It comes in a small, cute packaging and is easy to carry around wherever you go."

I'm not a big user of hand sanitizers. I prefer baby wipes, as I feel like it's more versatile - it gets rid of sticky gunk (please don't ask why I might have sticky gunk on my hands) a lot easier than a hand sanitizer. I guess I could use the hand sanitizer after wiping my hands with a baby wipe, but I tend to use baby wipes before I eat, and I don't particularly like adding another step to my hygiene routine before digging into my food. Nevertheless, I'm sure I can find a use for this or give it to someone who will use it.

5. Easydew EX Active Soothing Serum - 5ml - RRP: $83 for 30ml
"Easydrew EX's Active Soothing Serum is made from natural Swiss glacier water which works to cool and refresh dry, irritated skin and the monk's pepper berries complex works to soother and repair damaged skin."

I don't have dry, irritated skin thanks to the regular use of argan oil. So I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to use it, perhaps after I finish my bottle of argan oil? Either that or I might find a new owner for this serum.

6. Pure Smile Powder in refresh Sheets - 32ml - RRP: $1
"Refresh with Pure Smile's handy deodorant-functional sheets with a powder-infused formula that works to clean, refresh, and remove bad odour from sweaty areas of your body."

The instructions for this is "gently wipe a sheet over your underarms, neck, or wherever else you wish to freshen up". It's like a shower in a packet!!! It'd be fantastic for long flights, except I normally try to sleep through it all (yes, even 14 hour flights to Los Angeles), as I'm a terrible flier. Therefore, smelling bad or needing to freshen up is the least of my worries. But it'll still be nice to have for the off time that I actually enjoy flying and need to stop smelling like airplane food.

7. S&B Aqua Tint Orange - 3.2ml - RRP: $4
"This Aqua Tint is not your average cotton swab, because it combines the functions of a cotton swab and a lip tint in one sensational item! Simple twist one end of the cotton swab and you'll see how the liquid tint from inside slides down the other tip! This is the ultimate throw-away type of lip tint to carry around with you wherever you go."

If you've been reading my blog for a while (thank you for your support by the way), you'll know that I'm very conservative when it comes to lip colours. As such, this is unfortunately one of the "useless" products. It's a brilliant idea, but I wish I received a different colour. Will definitely have to find a new home for these cotton swabs/lip tints!

8. idee B Sweet Jelish Eyeliner in 02 Ultra Fine Pearl Black - 3g - RRP: $11
"An eyeliner and an eye shadow combined in one smart, easy-to-apply item, idee B's Sweet Jelish Eyeliner comes in three most popular eye makeup colours, and its softly gliding, cream gel texture makes it possible for makeup beginners to feature a finely defined and naturally blended look! Plus, it's totally waterproof and won't ever wear off from waters, tears, or sweat."

I don't particularly need another eyeliner, considering I have literally an Ikea Alex drawer full of them. So I think I'll have to find a new home for this eyeliner too.

This makeup bag is a bonus product. One can never have enough makeup bags!

This Traveller's Beauty Kit retailed for $26.99 (including shipping), as I had a $15 coupon, I only paid $11.99. I wouldn't be so impressed if I paid full price for this box, as I'd be doing extremely well if I used half of the products included. I guess I should be happy that I only paid $11.99 for the lot including shipping.

I hope you're not getting sick of my Memebox posts, as I have another one coming up shortly.