03 July, 2015

June's farewelled products

I'm actually reasonably on schedule with posting this time but I'll keep it short and sweet nonetheless...

Skin care

64) Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (400ml) - Here I am finishing off my second bottle. I'm trying another brand at the moment but this is still a favourite for a refreshing (and inexpensive) fuss-free cleanse.

65) Kirkland Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes (30 towelettes) - Hallelujah! I'm relieved to have finished my last pack of these wipes. There'll be no repurchasing of these!

66) La Clinica Gly C Refine Gentle Moisture Night Cream 5% (50ml/1.76 fl.oz)* - Be warned, the glycolic acid means this stuff tingles initially as it gets to work but the sensation goes away after a few minutes and there's no scary redness, just moisturised skin that feels super soft the next morning.

67) NIVEA Vanilla & Macadamia Lip Butter (19ml) - I was using this as an overnight lip treatment and the addictive scent meant I used way too much and used it up ridiculously quickly! 

Hand and body care

68) OPI Expert Touch Lacquer Remover (120ml/4 fl.oz) - A regular inclusion in my empties and I have a few more bottles in my cupboard...

69) NIVEA Silk Touch Anti-perspirant Deodorant (50ml)* - Very gentle, yet also very effective. I just wish the bottle was a little larger. See my full review here.

70) Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser (250ml) - This is the non-drying soap free cleanser I turn to in the cooler, drier months when my skin needs a little extra TLC.

71) NIVEA In-Shower Body Lotion Cocoa Indulging (250ml)* - This in-shower rinse-off body lotion is body moisturiser's answer to hair conditioner.  I loved it and went out and bought a bigger bottle after I finished this.  See my full review here.

Hair care

72) John Frieda Luxurious Volume Root Booster Blow Dry Lotion (6.0 fl.oz/177 ml) - I didn't love this as much as I expected to.  The pump doesn't dispense the product finely enough and it doesn't provide as soft, touchable volume as other products I've tried.  I won't be repurchasing.


73) SilkyGirl Magic BB Cream (01 Natural) - One of the best BB creams I've tried in a perfectly matched shade for my warm toned, yet pale skin! There's an upcoming trip to Singapore on the cards too...

74) Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick (166 Temptation) - This has long been my favourite red lipstick from the drugstore and when I say a long time, I mean it because this tube lasted a good 2 to 3 years!

75) Chanel Le Volume De Chanel Mascara (10 Black) - This was gifted to me by the husband and I used it for way longer than I should because, well, I know it's expensive, and also because I loved it - I get what all the fuss is about! To recap my earlier and unchanged thoughts:  I love the soft, rubbery brush, the creamy formula, the instant volume and the softness of my lashes.

76) Rimmel Wonder'full Waterproof Mascara (001 Black) - Now this one underwhelmed me.  No volume, but more of a tint for my lashes and it still managed to leave little clumps!


77) Diptyque Florabellio EDT (2ml/0.06 fl.oz) - I haven't endured a scent so unsuitable to my taste for a long time as I couldn't get past the sharp bitterness of it.  If you're curious this is what Fragrantica.com has to say about the notes:   "Florabellio opens with refreshing salty breezes of sea air mixed with sea fennel. After the aromatic opening, which cools down and provides a characteristic blend of salt of the sea and the aromatic scent of fennel, the focus lies on the floral heart, intertwining apple blossom petals and osmanthus blossom, which thanks to its characteristically sweet scent reminds us of apricots. An unusual twist in the base notes is added by roasted coffee beans combined with roasted sesame seeds, leaving a seductive trail after the sweet flowers." 

And the rest...

Yes, like a lot of blogger friends I know, I'm making an effort to get through my samples too.  I'm not going to clog up this space with sample reviews but if you are interested to see more about these you can check out my #useupthosefreakinsamples updates (as inspired by Monika) on Instagram.

That's it for another month!

30 June, 2015

Sephora: Summer In Bangkok

Now for something I dug out from the depths of my collection...

Summer In Bangkok is from Sephora's old nail polish line and this bottle was actually gifted to me by a travelling friend a few years ago.  I won't bore you with application because this is discontinued but will tell you the obvious:  It's a gloriously summery aquatic shade of shimmery turquoise and was a bit of fun to wear as a winter option.  As you can see below I chose a gloriously sunny winter's day to wear it too!

Full sun


Until next time!

29 June, 2015

Physiogel Calming Relief Cream (Priceline Beauty Click favourites)

Dry, sensitive, itchy skin isn't a pretty topic but if you suffer from it - as I do particularly in the colder, drier months when my dermatitis and dry, itchy skin flare up - then you might be interested to read on...

I was introduced to Physiogel Calming Relief Cream in a Priceline Beauty Click review box and I didn't know what to expect from it because I had not even heard of the Physiogel range before.

What is it?
  Physiogel Calming Relief Cream is a moisturising cream formulated to be used daily to soothe dry, irritated skin, is suitable for moisturising eczema, dermatitis and atopic prone skin (i.e. skin that is prone to allergic irritation), and is gentle enough to be used on children and babies.

How does it work?
The cream works to repair the moisture barrier of vulnerable skin (via "Physiogel Biomedic Technology"), and protect it from further aggravation from external irritants.  The formula is rich in lipids to soothe and provide long lasting moisture for irritated skin and free from fragrances, preservatives and colours.

My impressions:
As you can see above this is a thick cream so it's seriously heavy duty and rich.  I happened to be suffering with dermatitis on my hands (Yay!) and itchy skin on my hip (Double yay for winter skin afflictions!!) so I definitely had something to soothe when I started testing this cream.  Therefore I've used it as a hand cream and as a body moisturiser for my problem spots.

The cream feels quite cooling and soothing and while it is rich, it absorbs quite quickly into the skin, yet leaving a slight "barrier" on the skin - by that I don't mean greasy. It worked extremely well at soothing the dry skin itch on my hip and pretty much "cured" that affliction after a few days of twice daily application.  The cream didn't cure the atopic dermatitis on my hand - nothing does - but it soothed the itchiness and has softened my skin, preventing the dry, cracked skin that inevitably comes after a breakout.   The barrier protection prevents the skin on my hands from becoming too dry and vulnerable to irritation in the first place, and has lessened the frequency and severity of my dermatitis eruptions. My skin has been very thankful for Physiogel Calming Relief Cream this winter.


Sounds terribly sexy, no? However, if you suffer sensitive skin, this product is worth a try and a little goes a long way.  I've been using my 100ml tube very regularly and I can see this will easily last through the rest of winter and beyond.

Aqua, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Elaeis Guineensis Oil, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Squalane, Carbomer, Sodium Carbomer, Ceramide 3.

(This product was provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)

26 June, 2015

Ulta3: Orchid

It's one of those weird little 'themes' I've been unknowingly following - I've just realized that this is the third consecutive nail polish post featuring an Australian brand.  It's a happy accident so I'll just go with that - and maybe dig out another right after I write this post?! Who knows?? Anyway let me tell you about this polish before I get too sidetracked!

Orchid is one of the many polishes I have lurking around from Australian discount brand Ulta3, where you can still buy a bottle of nail polish for less than the price of a takeaway coffee.  Just choose your vice for the day - coffee or a new polish - or not choose and have both! Tangents...I'm going off on tangents today... Getting back to the point, Orchid is true to its name as it is a sumptuous looking polish, and quite an exotic shade of deep purple, with an underlying rich pink shimmer throughout.  Because this is such an inexpensive polish ($3 I think?) I did expect this to be sheer but two coats of colour were enough for full coverage, and I finished with the usual top coat.


Partial sunlight

Until next time, my nubbies and I bid you adieu!

23 June, 2015


I enjoy reading monthly/seasonal beauty favourites posts - I really love them! I've even considered getting my act together and posting my own monthly favourites. But then - I started pondering about what are my perennial - you know, recurring - favourites? In my fickle existence as a beauty consumer and blogger what are the things I loved enough to repurchase? Monthly favourites will come and go as the seasons change I guess but what are the makeup items I felt drawn to come back to?

So...I wrote a list of those things.  It's not a very long list and I'm not surprised at all, because as I just said, I am FICKLE.  And here they are laid out in that deliberately 'nonchalantly' messy manner in the picture below.  These are the things I've repurchased.  Now I'll share why - for me - each of these are worth going back for seconds (or thirds, or fourths?!) ...

Clockwise from the top:
  • MAC Satin Lipstick (Rebel) - Rebel is the only MAC lipstick I've ever repurchased and it's all about that amazing vibrant pink-plum colour which inevitably pops up as a winter staple in my lipstick wardrobe - when I'm not reaching for a deep red that is!  As everyone will tell you, this looks a heck of a lot more scary in the tube than it does on the lips. Actually I don't find it scary on the lips at all because the bright pink undertone keeps this from being a complexion draining colour and it gives life to my pale face in winter. It's one of those shades I'll leave alone for a few months but every time I "rediscover" it, it's not for a one-off wear because I end up wearing it for several consecutive days afterwards! While it's not scary it does make for a statement lip, so if you're a little nervous about this one it also applies beautifully when blotted on the lips, for a flattering berry stain.
  • Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer - When I first starting using this I liked it...but then I grew to love it because it seems to work under everything! This primer glides across the skin and I only need half a pump to get enough to work the T-zone or a full pump to prime the whole face.  It tones down the redness, provides a silky base for my makeup and eliminates any dry patches, especially in winter.  It's a luxury product but I managed to make my first bottle last a year so I think I can budget for it.
  • Wet 'n' Wild Color Icon Trio (Walking On Eggshells) - I remember working so concertedly to finish my original trio during my 'Beauty Diet' last year and it was then I realized just how versatile this little palette was.  Walking On Eggshells is a very wearable warm trio of colours that all worked just as easily as standalones as they did worn together in different combinations. Besides that, the silky, shimmery (not frosty) finish on the shades is also something that I have a real weakness for - be reassured that I don't take the shimmer onto the brow bone though! These shades don't crease at all either and yes, they blend like no one's business.  I can't fault this at all and being a drugstore product it's a steal too, even at the higher price in Australia!
  • Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer - I know that I've repurchased this product more than a few times!  Even after straying to other similar products I've returned because this pen does it all for me: brightens, conceals and highlights at a fraction of the price I used to pay for my YSL Touche Eclat I was obssessed with years ago, and to be honest this little pen gives much better coverage.
  • Revlon Just Kissable Balm Stain (Honey) - I haven't quite finished my first crayon but I already have the backup waiting in the wings, and it's all about the colour again with this product.  Whereas MAC Rebel is a statement colour, Honey is the most easy and versatile colour for my lips and it seems to go with absolutely everything from bare to smokey eye looks so I have it lounging around in my bag ready for whenever it's needed. If a lip colour has to go everywhere with me I know it's a good one and a solid favourite!
Now for some nonchalant swatches of the eye and lip colours. From left to right:

Walking On Eggshells, Honey, Rebel

What makeup items have you repurchased?  Please share!

Until next time...

18 June, 2015

Natio: Indigo

The winter blues are having a definite influence in my manicure choices at the moment and probably explains why I've got another blue manicure to share.

Indigo is a cute little blue polish from leading Australian natural beauty brand Natio, whom you've probably seen me go on about here before. Natio is another local Melbourne based brand I love - as a matter of fact it's SO local, the factory warehouse is a mere few minutes drive from my house!  

Getting back on topic about the nail polish, Indigo looked a little bit on the shimmery side in the bottle but this barely translated onto the nail, so the effect is more that of a creme.  Was I disappointed? Just a little. Still, the colour itself is a wonderfully vibrant and youthful primary shade of blue.  Application was trouble-free and took the usual two coats of colour, finished with a top coat.

Apologies for the less than perfect pictures taken in fading daylight...

Until next time...

16 June, 2015

Review: Rimmel Oh My Gloss!

I haven't done a lip gloss post yet this year so it was timely that I received a trio of new glosses to review from Rimmel as part of their newly released Oh My Gloss! range.

These new glosses are formulated with Argan Oil and Vitamin E to soften the lips and promise to deliver "...up to 6 hours of colour, shine, comfort and moisture"  with no sticky feeling and "3-dimensional shine" due to Rimmel's "Gloss Lock technology".

There are 8 shades in the range covering the spectrum from clear natural through to almost neon brights.

My shade selections from left to right:  Glossaholic, Snog, Ooh La La

My impressions:
The flattened sponge tip applicator (not pictured) makes for easy and even glide-on application and the gloss formula has a somewhat 'thick' texture that makes my lips feel pillowy but not sticky in the slightest.  There is a hint of an unusual, almost plastic taste on application but that fortunately fades quickly so it didn't bother me.

These glosses are well pigmented and indeed very glossy but don't bleed which from my personal experience I find to be kind of amazing and so I'd recommend these for all ages.  They have great pigmentation and do last reasonably well too (brighter shades actually leave a hint of stain behind) although up to 6 hours is a bit of a stretch!  I tend to drink and eat at regular intervals throughout my busy day so I found I was topping up the gloss every hour or two - although I can see they'd last pretty well if I didn't, although that's not my style to starve for the sake of a lip product review! Lol! Sorry, being a bit silly on that point...

I really loved these as lipstick toppers too and thought this is where they put in a superstar performance.  When the gloss finally did wear off my lips, my lips felt moisturised rather than dehydrated - yes some lip glosses have left me feeling parched in the past.


So, my only criticisms are:  The 6 hour claim is somewhat of a stretch but no one expects that of a gloss anyway - do they?  Also, the initial taste may put some people off but I personally had no issue with it as it doesn't hang around for long at all.  Apart from that these are very comfortable, very glossy, and quite moisturising glosses that don't migrate on the lips!

Swatched on the back of my hand
(Glossaholic, Snog, Ooh La La):

And now for some lip swatches to see how they wear on my bare lips. My brows are a bit shaggy at the moment because I've been revisiting the au naturale look...



Ooh La La

Rimmel Oh My Gloss! are available at:
Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Big W, Woolworths, Coles, Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist,
Target and Kmart and various Independent Pharmacies.
RRP $13.95AUD

(This product was provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)

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