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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