04 October 2016

Empties: August & September 2016

I accumulated a heap of emptied products whilst I've been MIA. As I've forgotten which was finished in August / September, I thought I'd just lump them all in one (long) post.

02 October 2016

My Double Bunion Correction Surgery

WARNING: Wordy post with pictures you may never be able to un-see ahead.
As mentioned in my previous posts and on my social media accounts, I recently had surgery to correct my bunions on both feet. Before I go on about my experience, I'll give you a bit of background information about my bunions.

30 September 2016

Review: Lush Haircare

I have reviews of some (fairly) new Lush haircare products to share! These products are meant to quench thirsty, dry hair and add some weight.

28 September 2016

Another US Haul

My gorgeous husband went to the states for work during my birthday, and came home bearing gifts to make up for it. My birthday was at the beginning of August. I wasn't kidding when I said I have a backlog of posts.

25 September 2016

Review: Richard Ward Keratin Sleek Shampoo & Conditioner

Have you heard of Richard Ward? Neither have I until I was sent a media release. He's the guy who is responsible for Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton's gorgeous locks! His other clients include Lily Allen, Nicole Kidman and Liz Hurley. Since reading the media release, I have extremely high hopes for his products.

24 September 2016

Review: Lush Atomic Tooth Powder

I've got another quick Lush "review" today for you! This one is on the Atomic Tooth Powder.

23 September 2016

Empties: July 2016

The title is not a mistake. I have some serious backlog of posts to write up with pictures I took a while ago. 

22 September 2016

Review: Lush Toothy Tabs

I'm back after a really long break. I've just had bunion removal surgery and have found some free spare time between getting waited on hand and foot to blog! Without further ado, this is a long overdue review of Lush's Toothy Tabs.

Lush created Toothy Tabs as a solution to traditional toothpaste tube waste. Toothy Tabs are solid self-preserving toothpastes, and are packaged in 100% recycled and recyclable bottles. They are also really travel friendly!

There are currently 9 unique flavours, 3 of which I have. Using a toothy tab is... interesting. You place one between your front teeth, crunch it into bits, brush your teeth with a dampen toothbrush (works with an electric one too).

As the name suggests, limelight has a lime and lemon flavour with baobab fruit powder, and creates a fizzing, sherbet-like experience.

Oral pleasure has an interesting floral taste - a mix of rose oil, electric daises, and passionfruit.

Miles of smiles is minty, and is my favourite out of the three. There's nothing better than fresh minty breath. 

Toothy tabs take a while to get used to. I find that they don't foam up as much as regular toothpaste, and Miles of Smiles is not as minty. The fizzing of the sodium bi-carbonate (which is a common ingredient in all toothy tabs) in your mouth is also quite a strange feeling, and is another thing that you need time to get used to.

Although I think this is a brilliant idea and is a great alternative to good ole toothpaste, I don't think I'm ready to make a permanent switch to Toothy Tabs. I like the foam and strong minty breath that a regular toothpaste can provide too much to say goodbye.

Have you tried Lush's Toothy Tabs?
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These products were kindly provided for my consideration. All opinions expressed are my own.

26 June 2016

Review: Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant

I'm desperately trying to catch up on PR products received. So a heads up on an influx of products that were provided to me for review purposes. As always, these are my honest opinions, and some products which may work well for me, may not be as effective for you and vice versa.

Today, I am reviewing the Dermalogica Gentle Cream Exfoliant. I was first introduced to this exfoliant quite a few months ago, when Dermalogica had a pop up stall at Sydney Westfield. They were doing free face mapping, and I was recommended the gentle cream exfoliant to try for my oily-combo-acne-prone skin. 

13 June 2016

The Parcel - Winter 2016

I received my last subscription of The Parcel last weekend (had a yearly subscription), and was so disappointed with the box, I was not motivated to blog about it. In my opinion, I thought the box contained a lot of products that were not at all "luxurious".

10 June 2016

Review: MooGoo Soothing MSM Cream

I don't know about you but I can't help myself when it comes to hot showers in winter. As a result, I get the dreaded winter itch - i.e. super itchy skin, which sometimes keeps me up at night. I have tried so many different lotions, body butters and oils, and none of them completely kept the itch away (that sounded so wrong...), until I tried this soothing MSM cream by MooGoo.

05 June 2016

Empties: April & May 2016

I decided to combine April and May's empties into one post because I didn't have much to show for April. I had about 3 empties in April, and the rest of these products were from May! It's just crazy how inconsistently I finish products.

15 May 2016

US Haul - Sephora, MAC, Tarte & Stila

I recently did a US haul (thankfully before the Aussie dollar went down the shitter). I shopped from MAC, Tarte, Stila and Sephora via Comgateway.

On a side note, I really need to re-adjust my camera settings - I can't seem to get a clear picture when I've got multiple items to focus on! My apologies for the semi blurry picture(s).

08 May 2016

Review: PuraBeaute (PuraSonic)

I have been neglecting my blog lately, and feeling extremely guilty. I just haven't been able to get motivated to sit down and blog, however, I'm trying to make up for it with this photo-heavy review of the PuraBeaute (formerly known as PuraSonic).

21 April 2016

Brand Focus: Boots Laboratories Optiva

L-R: Skin Balancing Cleanser, Radiance Refresh Tonic, Aqua-Capture Serum, Radiance Boosting Eye Balm, Daily Protection Cream, Nourishing Night Cream
I recently took the Optiva two week challenge to combat winter skincare woes (i.e. dry skin).

Optiva is a range by Boots Laboratories from the UK, which claims to provide healthier skin in just two weeks by strengthening the skin's moisture barrier, thereby preventing dehydration, discomfort and dullness.

Optiva is also meant to be suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin, thanks to its hypoallergenic and paraben free formula.

09 April 2016

Eyelash Extensions Experience

I had eyelash extensions done recently (as well as chopped a few inches off my hair, but this blog post isn't about that), and thought I'd share my semi-traumatic experience and lessons learnt.

31 March 2016

Empties: March 2016

Hope you've had a good Easter!

This month's empties is only a small one compared to previous months.

27 March 2016

Review: Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate

Happy Easter! Today I'm reviewing the Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation Concentrate, which I feel is an extremely underrated foundation. I have been using this foundation for the past 4-6 weeks, initially starting with samples from Sephora before splurging $79.

16 March 2016

Just Because Instagram Giveaway

I've been meaning to do a giveaway for a while now. I'm calling it the "Just Because Giveaway" because I haven't really got a reason besides showing my appreciation to my followers. Unfortunately, I'm a bit broke what with a massive million dollar house build coming up, so this giveaway is for Australian residents only (unless you are happy to pay for postage).
The giveaway prize consists of:
NYX colour mascaras in , Rimmel Kate Moss Lipsticks in 40, 42, 43, 48, Rimmel Super Curler 24HR mascara, Eye of Horus Copper Sphinx Liquid Metals, Too Faced Melted Kisses & Sweet Cheeks (Melted Lipstick in Nude & Love Flush Blush in Love Hangover), Gilded Cage Lipstick in 117, and a Benefit All Time Prime set
Some of these items are dupes that I have received and thought I'd give them away, and others were purchased by me.
If you would like to enter my giveaway, please follow me on instagram and repost the picture below using the hashtag #swjustbecause by 11.59pm AEST, 2 April 2016.
No giveaway accounts and you can enter once a week. Please ensure that your account is set to public at the end of the giveaway, so that I can see your entries and contact you if you've won.

Remember you have got to be in it to win it!
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12 March 2016

The Parcel - Autumn 2016

I always look forward to the beginning of each season, as that is when a new edition of "The Parcel" is released. The Parcel is a luxury quarterly subscription box containing deluxe samples and new releases. It is my favourite beauty subscription box, as their customer service and box contents are normally excellent and value for money compared to other boxes.

06 March 2016

Review: Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair

Dermalogica's Overnight Retinol Repair is the latest addition to its AGE Smart range. It is formulated to accelerate skin renewal, reverse signs of photo-aging, improve skin tone and increase skin firmness.

28 February 2016

Empties: February 2016

It's nearly the end of February, and have decided to dig out all my empties for this month to do this post. I struggle to finish hair care products since only washing my hair every 3-4 days, so I was quite surprised to pull out 5 hair care products from my box of empties!

21 February 2016

Review: Staylean Tea

I've always been curious but wary about teas that claim to help with weight loss or detox. I've noticed more and more of these types of teas popping up on social media. Quite a number of them do have laxatives, which will obviously lead to "weight loss" temporarily. However, Staylean tea does not contain any laxatives. All ingredients used are 100% natural and organic.

14 February 2016

Review: Daiso Brush Cleaners

I've managed to find two different cleaners at Daiso. One's specifically for brushes and the other is for puff and sponge, but it's a cult favourite in the beauty community for brushes and beauty blenders. 

08 February 2016

Review: Frank Body Skin Care

I've been using the Frank Body Skin Care range for a while now and thought it was time to write a review! The Frank Body skin care range consists of three main products - a cleanser, scrub and moisturizer. They are made to be suitable for all skin types, however, I'm only able to comment on how these products have worked on my oily/combination skin.

26 January 2016

Australia Day Sales

I thought I'd list some Australia Day sales that are happening right now! Most of these sales end tonight at midnight, so hurry!
Adore Beauty - 10% off selected Aussie brands - Coupon: AUSSIE
(Cashback: 5.6% via cashrewards)

ASOS - 15% off - Coupon: SWEETMATE
(Cashback: 5.6% via cashrewards)

Australis - 50% off - Coupon: Ausday50

Booktopia - Free Shipping - Coupon: AUSTRALIA
(Cashback: 6% via cashrewards)

Coco Body - 15% off - Coupon: Australia

Lipstick Republic - 30% off - Coupon: AUSSIEDAY

Lorna Jane - 2 for $100 sport bras (selected styles)
(Cashback: 4% via cashrewards)

MAC Cosmetics AU - Free shipping - Coupon: AUSDAY2016

Made by Fressko - 15% off - Coupon: AUSTRALIADAY

Marks & Spencer - 20% off
(Cashback: 5.6% via cashrewards)

Puretan - 50% off - Discount will automatically apply at checkout

RY.com.au - 10% off selected Aussie brands - Coupon: LOVEAUS

Scensoy (candles) - 20% off - Coupon: AUSSIE

Sigma Beauty - Free Shipping on orders over USD$50 + Get $10 off Orders of $50 or more with coupon code GET10 / $25 off $100 with coupon code GET25 / Get $40 off $150 with coupon code GET40 till ~4pm EST
(Cashback: 5% via ebates)

The Iconic - Extra 20% off selected sales - Coupon: EXTRA20 
(Cashback: Up to 10% via cashrewards)

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24 January 2016

Empties: December 2015 & January 2016

Since I missed out on last month's empties post, I thought I'd do a combine post for December and January today, despite there being another week of January left.

For nearly two months worth of empties, I haven't finished many products. This probably had to do with me travelling and bringing travel-sized products instead of lugging around my full-sized ones.

12 January 2016

Sephora Australia Rant

I don't know what it is, but I'm extremely frustrated with Sephora Australia. It's been a while since I've been frustrated enough to want to rant about a company on my blog. I don't know if it's because I'm subconsciously expecting a higher level of service (after being in the states where customer service is impeccable and I'm still expecting a similar level of service in Australia).

I've been reading a lot about problems with Sephora Australia, from orders placed online being improperly packaged and arriving damaged to crazy tracking details to price discrepancies in the brick and mortar stores. I personally have not experienced receiving damaged items, but then again I have only placed one order (mask, eyelash primer and a lipstick) and if those items were damaged in transit, someone had to be having a terrible day. 

10 January 2016

US Beauty Haul

 I've been a bit slack lately with the blog. I just haven't been feeling motivated to do anything with it. I think I've lost my mojo somewhere between LA and Sydney. I'm hoping that blogging about my US beauty haul might bring my mojo back.

I wasn't tempted (much) with beauty purchases in the states, due to the appalling exchange rate. Working it back to AUD from USD and the inclusion of taxes makes quite a lot of products seem more appealing to purchase in Australia rather than USA. As such, most of the beauty products I purchased were sets that are Sephora US exclusive (i.e. not available in Australia).

I purchased the Smashbox LA Glow Prime/Bronze/Highlight set and Ole Henriksen Glow On The Go Trio when Sephora had their sale on sale promotion. The Smashbox set was USD$29 less 20% (plus tax) and the Ole Henriksen was USD$12 less 20% (plus tax).

I bought the Smashbox set purely for the primer water, after hearing so much about it. I also haven't really tried/own many Smashbox products, so I thought this set will try more products from Smashbox without costing a fortune.

 The Ole Henriksen set contains three sets of cleansing cloths. Each pack retails for $8 and contains 10 cleansing cloths. I was using the grease relief cleansing cloths whilst I was in LA and thought they were pretty average. It had a smooth side and an exfoliating side, a rather unique cleansing cloth. It was on the drier side and wasn't great at removing stubborn eye makeup easily. These packs are fantastic for short holidays though!

I saw the Beauty Sleep and Time to Prime Sephora Favorites set in Sephora Hollywood, and could not pass them up.

I also purchased the Origins set for USD$10 (plus tax) during their Black Friday sale (I had it shipped (along with other things) to my husband's cousin).

The Clarisonic Luxe Satin Precision brush and Boscia Black Charcoal Pore Perfection set were also USD$10 specials from Sephora's Black Friday sale.

I have always wanted a black eyelash curler. So when I spotted the Surratt Lash Curler, I was instantly attracted to it. I had a quick read of the Surratt Lash Curler reviews, before deciding to splurge and get one (costs USD$30 plus tax). I'm a bit disappointed with it and was contemplating taking it back but I'm hoping it'll grow on me. The curve of the curler is actually quite flat, so I'm unable to really get close to the roots of my outer lashes to curl them.

I spotted Benefit They're Real tinted primer at Sephora Hollywood, and wanted to give it a go (which I haven't done yet). It retails for USD$24 plus tax.

I had a USD$25 gift card for Sephora, which I believe was part of their Cyber Monday sale. After umming and ahhing about what to get, I finally settled on the Sephora Favorites Superstars set. I decided on this set because it's not only excellent value for money (I paid USD$50 plus tax after the gift card redemption), but I would actually use most, if not all, of these products.

I redeemed 500 points for this Bobbi Brown set, which contains a mini shadow stick, mini mascara mini eye cream and mini makeup remover.

This amazing makeup bag contained a whole heap of samples. I received this with one of my Sephora orders.

Another amazing bag of samples from Sephora.

Also not pictured from Sephora is a small bottle of Cinema Secrets brush cleaner. It's bloody amazing but it smells like chemicals (in a bad way). :(

I didn't purchase much from the drugstore. I got a full sized version of a Not Your Mothers dry shampoo after trialling and loving the travel sized one that I received in my Christmas advent swap.

I also spotted a new mascara from Maybelline and HAD to have it. It's The Falsies Push Up Drama mascara.

Lastly, I splurged on a Dior J'adore hair mist from Macy's. I try to wash my hair once every 3-4 days, and after the 2nd day, it doesn't smell all that great. Enter hair mist. This one smells amazing... like the original J'adore, which I've recently decided I MUST own. 

That's it for my US beauty haul. I'm kind of glad that the exchange rate was so poor, as that has definitely stopped me from going crazy in the states.
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