Wednesday, 16 December 2015

7 Skins Youth skincare review

I was recently contacted by 7 Skins Youth to see if I would be interested in trialing some of their skin care range. When I jumped on their website, I learnt that they were all about natural ingredients and avoiding nasty chemicals. As I do really enjoy organic and natural products, I was very keen to try out their products.

So let's get straight into it...

Detox Tea $18.95
Acne Serum $18.95
Rose Otto Face Mist $15.95
Zappin Zeolite Acne Mask $15.95

I received a range of products including a skin detox tea, acne serum, rose mist spray and an acne mask. On first impressions, I was impressed by the simplicity of the packaging. I also had a browse of prices on their website and they are very affordable. Already off to a good start!

Now the next thing I wanted to address are the ingredients - are they actually natural, as they claim to be?

 Let's have a look.

So this is what we have in the detox tea. Whenever I see the words detox, it makes me nervous. Most detox teas contain laxatives such as senna. I certainly did not want that effect from a tea. But this is designed for skin cleansing/purifying so I was hoping it didn't give me tummy problems. I was pleased to see that this tea is 100% certified organic and is indeed all natural! On their website, you can read some detailed information about the role of the ingredients, but in a quick summary, these ingredients work together to detox and cleanse the liver to improve skin health.

Ok, but what does it taste like?

I found it to be a very light flavour. A slight hint of lemon and I could only just detect the licorice root. I have been swapping my evening black tea for this and I think by reducing my caffeine intake, its been helping me sleep a bit better. It's hard to say whether this helped my skin because I didn't really notice any changes, but improved sleep quality is always a good thing!

Now this is the acne serum. Again, a very impressive list (what is watermelon seed oil? cool!) with overall benefits including anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects, balancing of sebum production and helping skin repair. I found this to be slightly heavier than rose hip oil, so a little goes a long way. The idea is to use it on problem areas, but it can be used all over. As it is a little on the heavy side, I chose to apply it twice daily on my temples - I don't know why, but I've always got little bumps around that area and thats where I get blind pimples too. It has a strong scent which to me mostly smells like the lavender oil. It is easy to massage into the skin, but it does take some time to absorb, so sometimes I skip this in the morning because I don't want oils eating through my foundation. That aside, I think this is a very handy little product to have in your skin care arsenal. I have found less bumps and also less blind pimples. Yay!

This is the rose face mist. Obviously, the main ingredient is rose, and it does indeed smell quite rosey. Here is a list of included benefits listed on the back. It can be used in a few different ways, including as a cleanser, toner, or just a general refreshing spray. I like to use this after taking off my makeup on a hot day and spraying my face as a way to cool down, but also treat my skin. I have never been interested in toning sprays/mists but now I'm thinking they're pretty nifty to have around.

Lastly, the acne mask. The ingredients in this include zeolite and french green clay which cleanse, purify, refines pores as well as a whole other list of benefits. The idea is to add a bit of water to a teaspoon of the mask, form a smooth paste and apply to the face, allowing to dry, before washing off. It can also be used as an exfoliant, or a spot treatment, but I did not try either of these methods. I found the mask to try quite quickly and it made my skin feel very refreshed a smooth. I definitely enjoyed using this, which is not surprisingly, because it is a 7 Skins best seller! Also, their website claims you can use the leftovers to sell as zoo poo. Love it!

And that brings me to the end of my review. Overall, I think these are fantastic products and would be great for someone who is looking for an affordable and natural skincare range. I think the price point would make it a great option for teenagers who are exporing skincare options. If I had to pick a favourite product out of the ones I trialed, I would say the mist based on its versatility and how refreshing it feels on the skin.

Have you tried any products from the 7 Skins range?

*products were sent for consideration and have been reviewed in accordance with my disclosure policy

Sunday, 1 November 2015

iHerb haul - October

Hi everyone! If you've never heard of, get onto their site ASAP! For those of you who do know about it, you'll know that it can become quite addictive - bargains left, right and centre and so many random things to buy. Not only that, their shipping is super fast. I ordered on a Monday night and I had my order my Thursday! I went online as I heard they had 20% off Real Techniques brushes at the time but I ended up purchasing a few extra things as well...

Real Techniques Duo-Fiber Collection (limited edition) US$16
Thayers Rose Petal Witch Hazel US$8.60
Heather's Tummy Care Peppermint Oil capsules US$10.22

Real Technique Brushes
I have been wanting to invest in a contour brush and RT is my go-to brand when I need new brushes. And the place to buy them from is iherb, as their prices are usually much better than what you'll see at Priceline. I haven't used this yet but I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

Thayers Witch Hazel
I've never been one to use toner - I'm lazy and in the past, toners have always dried out my skin and made it feel tight. I read some rave reviews on Makeup Alley and that's why it ended up in my cart. So far, so good! It is very gentle and not at all drying on the skin. In fact, I even forgot to moisturise afterwards one night because my skin felt refreshed and soft. It does smell fairly strongly of rose petals but I think it smells pleasant. If you've had issues with toners causing dryness, I'd give this one a go - it's alcohol free and the rose petals are said to be moisturising.

Heather's Tummy Care
If you're an unfortunate soul like myself who suffers with IBS, you'll know how annoying it can be. I've had quite bad bloating and cramps lately so I thought I would try this. Peppermint oil is an anti-spasmodic which reduces muscle spasms and cramping. This also contains a few additional soothing ingredients such as ginger and fennel oil. I haven't tried this yet because I've had heartburn intermittently for a few days, but I am hoping this will help my tummy. 

St. Dalfour Organic Strawberry Rose Tea US $3.32
The Seaweed Bath Co. Foot Butter US $4.99
Cococare Cocoa Butter Lip Balm US $1.50

St. Dalfour tea
I love tea! Especially rosey flavoured ones. Strawberries are my favourite fruit, so of course I had to try this. It is delicious, and organic too! 

The Seaweed Bath Co. Foot Butter
What an interesting concept - it looks like one of those solid deodorant sticks. This is actually really handy because you don't have to use your hands in the process - just rub all over! It smells like a mix of cocoa butter with peppermint. I have been using this after my night time shower and then popping socks on before jumping into bed. Pretty pleased with it so far.

Cococare Lip Butter
I bought this because I wanted to make my cart up to $40 to get free shipping. Nothing particularly special, it is fairly moisturing, smells okay and that's about it. 

So that was my haul for this month. 
Are you an iherb fan? I'd love to hear about your experiences! 

Friday, 16 October 2015

Sukin super greens

Hands up who loves Sukin? I certainly do. Not only are their products organic, they're also priced very well. So when their new super greens range came out, I was pretty keen to try out some of their new products.

Facial Recovery Serum
Detoxifying Clay Masque
Detoxifying Facial Scrub

If you know me in real life, you'll know that I'm always eating kale in my lunch but I don't actually enjoy it that much. Its good for you, so many nutrients etc...I try and be good to my body, even if I don't like what I'm eating all the time!

So if you're anything like me, this is a perfect compromise. It incorporates the essential nutrients from ingredients such as kale, chlorella, jojoba, spirulina and rose hip (just to name a few) in a way that works really well (and means I don't have to eat kale). 

The first one of these I purchased was the scrub. It is fairly creamy and has a few beads in it, certainly not as abrasive as some of the harsher scrubs out there (St Ives, I'm looking at you) but still works a treat. It smells great too, like pineapples! I use this twice a week.

The serum was next, after I read rave reviews about it. It comes in a pump and I use about 1-2 pumps for my face. It's very liquid-y and light weight, with a refreshing scent. It absorbs super quickly, in fact, by the time I've moved on to the other side of my face, its already absorbed. This is perfect as I am usually too lazy to wait much longer before moving onto the rest of my routine.

And last of all was the masque. I am a big fan of the other Sukin clay masque so I had to try this. It's a very smooth clay and works just as well as the other masque. And it smells lovely too. 

So far, I think this range is excellent for the wannabe greenie who wants to benefit from superfoods in a way that is more pleasant than consuming them! Have you tried this range? Let me know your thoughts!

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Veet hair removal review

Today I'm reviewing some Veet products, just in time for summer. I'm the kind of person who uses a variety of hair removal products including razors, an epilator and depilatory creams. So when I was offered to trial some hair removal creams, I couldn't say no!

Veet Spray On Hair Removal Cream for Sensitive Skin
Veet Hair Removal Cream with Grape Seed Oil

So my first memory about depilatory creams is from my early teen years - I remember that they smelt really bad, stung a little and didn't really work all that well. Luckily times have changed! 

First I'll discuss the spray on...I really like the idea, it makes it much quicker to apply the cream and means you don't have to worry about spreading it evenly too much. Sadly, I find that it is difficult to use because the spray top requires a lot of pressure to dispense the cream! However in saying that, it does work really well. It only took 5 minutes to remove finer hairs (on my knees, where I don't like to shave) and I used the pictured spatula (which came with both products) to scrape it away. It makes cleaning a whole lot easier!

As for the cream in the tube, I definitely preferred this one. Easy squeezy and it actually smells nice too. It is a lightweight cream that spreads easily. And did I mention it doesn't stink? Again it only took about 5 minutes to remove hairs.

The end result, after washing the area - soft, hair free skin. No redness or irritation! Excellent!

So a few tips regarding these products - 5-10 mins is all you need; 10 minutes to coarser hair but don't leave it any longer as it may cause irritation. As always, good to do a patch test first (I never do but you should!). 

Have you tried these products? What were your thoughts? x

*products were provided for consideration and have been reviewed in accordance with my disclosure policy

Thursday, 8 October 2015

FOTD: A spring wedding

Spring is here, and we all know what that seasons! I had the pleasure of attending of attending a wedding for my two friends from high school. It feels like only yesterday we were in year 7 talking about how gross boys were. How times change!

Anyway, here is what went on my face...I kept it pretty simple because it was a fairly casual wedding.

Stila 'In the Light' palette
Mary Lou Manizer
MAC 'Girl About Town'
Sleek 'Pomegranate' blush
Face of Australia liquid liner

I also wore a pair of Manicare glam lashes - super comfortable, easy to reply and they were the perfect style for a wedding without being too OTT!

Thanks for reading. Until next time xx

Sunday, 27 September 2015

Sunsilk Co-Creations Addictive Brilliant Shine review

Sunsilk Co-Creations Addictive Brilliant Shine shampoo and conditioner*...phew, what a mouthful!

So I have been sent these goodies to trial. These days, I am not really one to sway towards supermarket brand shampoos as I find it too drying/stripping on my balayage. However, this shampoo and conditioner have exceeded my expectations and I'm actually pretty impressed with them. 

For starters, the bottles are great. I find them really easy to use and they're massive too! The shampoo and conditioner both smell pretty similar - I can't quite describe it but to me it smells like delicious berries. The smell is quite strong and is still noticeable the next morning for me. The shampoo is not overly stripping but still cleanses well. As for the conditioner, I was really surprised at how soft, hydrated and silky my hair was afterwards. I have been using these for the past month (alternating with my colour shampoo/conditioner) and so far I'm happy with how they are working for me.

In conclusion, these are a great option if you're looking for something that smells amazing, is hydrating and won't break the budget! I'm glad that I was sent these as I've never really been particularly interested in Sunsilk, but these have certainly changed my mind.

Have you tried this range?

*product was sent for consideration

Sunday, 2 August 2015

A collection of oils...

You'd have to be living under a rock if you didn't realise how much of a big deal beauty oils are. But how do certain brands justify charging criminal amounts for their oils? I've come to realise that it's all about the basics - cut out the fragrance, the fancy packaging and only stick to the actual ingredient you need - the oil itself.

Lately I've purchased a few natural and organic oils for beauty related purposes, and its actually quite easy to find brands that won't charge you a killing for it. The website has enabled me to do so. I've included links to products where possible.

Here's a look at my current collection...

Rosehip Seed Oil
Peppermint Oil
Coconut Oil
Tea Tree Oil
Almond Oil
Jojoba Oil

Rosehip Oil
I'm sure you've all heard about the benefits of rosehip oil for skin. So I won't elaborate too much here. I was previously using the Sukin RHO which was great, but this one is 99% RHO and works just as well. And seeing as it only cost me $7, I'd say thats a win!

Peppermint Oil
After watching a Farah Dhukai video about oils to help with hair growth (sadly I have a few areas that are thinning!), I had to give this a go. Peppermint oil stimulates blood flow to hair follicles to improve hair growth and the general health of your hair. It is very strong, so it needs to be diluted in a carrier oil, such as coconut or almond oil. I've been using a few drops added to a tablespoon or two of a carrier oil and massaging it into my scalp once a week. Its only early days so I haven't noticed any results yet but my hair is always shiny after use. It works out to be pretty economical as you only need a small amount, and the bottle I bought cost $6. Just a friendly warning though - make sure you wash it out really well! Otherwise you'll still be smelling minty the next day...

Coconut Oil
Again, this is another oil that probably doesn't need too much introduction. I have been using this for years as a pre-wash hair treatment and it always helps to bring shine back to my hair! I bought this from the health/organic/gluten free section of Coles.

Tea Tree Oil
So I had my tragus pierced a few months ago, and after having the bar changed, it formed a weird fluid filled bubble. Apparently this is very common with cartilage piercings, and a girl I work with suggested tea tree oil to help dry it out. I've been using it once a day after a saline cleanse and it has shrunk considerably in the past 7-10 days. I'd say in another week it won't even be visible anymore. I purchased this from work, but TTO can easily be found at most pharmacies.

Sweet Almond Oil
This was another oil I bought after watching the Farah Dhukai video. She recommends this as the carrier oil for peppermint oil. I don't really find it much different to coconut oil, and it probably isn't to be honest. But hey, for $4 I'm not complaining!

Jojoba Oil
I purchased this as I've read that it's good for skin. I'm actually a little too scared to try it because the bottle I have is 100%! I've been using it in my hair when its dry to give it some extra shine and thats been working pretty good. I'll have to work up the courage to try it as a moisturiser though.

And that is my current collection! I'm curious to try argan oil and avocado oil next. If you've got any suggestions, leave a comment below!

What sorts of oils do you have in your collection?

Friday, 24 July 2015

Too Faced Natural Eyes Neutral Eyes Palette Review

I'm stuck in that terrible habit of buying palettes that are more or less identical to the ones I already own. I absolutely cannot resist a gold, coppery, shimmery pallette! One of my more recent purchases has made me realise, however, that sometimes this is not such a bad thing. This palette is an absolute 10/10 and so worth the money...

For starters, this is very compact, making it ideal for travel. The cute tin is about the size of my hand. Oh yeah, its a tin!! Super cute!

Check out these gorgeous shades. Swatches to follow.

On the left I have swatched the three shades along the left column - Heaven, Silk Teddy and Nudie. I don't really use these much, but silk teddy is a very pretty pink shimmer that really brightens up my eyes when I use it as the main lid colour. I have left these swatches on to use as a 'baseline' for the shades on the right. The swatches on the far right correspond to the two shades next to Heaven - Cashmere Bunny and Sexpresso. Both are fairly matte shades that swatch well. I haven't really touched Cashmere Bunny, but Sexpresso makes a good crease shade. 

Now we have Push Up and Erotica. Push Up is a beautiful copper tone and one of the main shades that drew me into the palette. Erotica is a glitter bomb of a shade, which I find a little hard to blend. 

And now we have Honey Pot and Chocolate Martini. I really like both of these shades, and Honey Pot is a second favourite after Push up. 

If you're looking for a well rounded neutral palette with a mix of mattes, shimmer and glitter - this will do the job just fine! I bought this off Beauty Bay for about $45 and I feel that this is excellent value for the quality and longevity of the shadows. 

Do you own this palette? Or would you be interested in it?

Monday, 29 June 2015

Lust Have It! June edition

The only reedeeming thing about Monday's is that we get mail again! I had a great mail day today, including the LHI June* edition. (I'm not sure whether we call it a box or a bag now!)

Let's see what was inside...

Judging by the info card, it looks like a pretty strong box. Maybe not as great as the May box (which I didn't post about in case you were wondering, I got a little bit too busy) but there are still some decent selections in here.

 Teeez Trend Cosmetics Lipstick in 'Classy Caramel'
Chapstick Hydration Lock Dual Action

Teeez Trend Lipstick RRP $32
How crazy is the packaging? It looks like there is a party on the lipstick case. I haven't tried anything from this brand yet but it looks interesting. I'm intrigued that it costs $32, that is almost as expensive as a MAC lipstick but not quite as pretty looking. Either way, the colour is pretty nice so I'll give it a go eventually.

Chapstick Hydration Lock RRP $4.99
I've never really been a fan of Chapstick products, but these days they're rolling out so many new and innovative products that it's hard to dismiss them. I am interested in the two-step formula and will give this a go overnight to test its hydration ability.

The Cosmetic Kitchen Body Scrub
The Cosmetic Kitchen Foot Mask
NAK Thermal Shield Protective Sealant 

The Cosmetic Kitchen Body Scrub (RRP $29.95) and Foot Mask (RRP $24.95)
We have seen this brand pop up a few times in previous LHI boxes. The blushes that I've received in the past have been lovely and I do use them a fair bit. To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of scrubs that come in a packet because I find them messy but my winter scales are probably begging me to try these anyway. The foot mask also sounds like a good idea for winter. 

NAK Thermal Shield $25.95
I have a NAK Argan oil hair spray and I absolutely love it, so I'm sure this offering from NAK will be just as good. I've been using the same heat protectant (Tresemme) for years so it will be good to try something different and slightly more upmarket for a change!

Overall I think this is a very good box with products that I'll definitely use.

What did you think of the June box?

Sunday, 21 June 2015


So a couple of weeks ago I turned 23! And I thought maybe I should do a quick post about it. I had to work on the day, seeing as it was a Wednesday, but when I got to work, there was a surprise waiting for me in the lunch room....

How cute!

After work, a few friends dropped in to say hello and I scored some lovely gifts including some Dusk candles and wine. My parents gave me some diamond earrings

A gift from my parents

My lovely boyfriend rocked up with a big bouquet of flowers.

What other gifts did he give me? Keep reading....

He told me that I had to wait until Friday night for my present. From Wednesday to Friday felt like the longest time ever! Turns out that he booked us in for a fancy restaurant in town near the water. It was amazing, the food was fantastic and everything was perfect. 

Now as for the present...

He presented me with a...pineapple? Yep.

But what was inside? It was full of lollies.

Is that all?

Nope. Right at the very bottom of the pineapple, I found this...

Yes. That's a diamond ring!

But don't get too excited, its not an engagement ring! I do love the ring and I've gotten so many compliments on it. I think I'm a very lucky girl and hopefully one day I'll get an engagement ring to wear with this one :)

Thanks for reading xx

Monday, 8 June 2015

Rave review: Hurraw lip balms

So I've recently been on bit of an splurge and found some new brands that I've been loving. To be more specific, I've fallen in love with the Hurraw! lip balm range. Their lip balms are organic and vegan and also just pretty damn awesome. They have so many different flavours and I'm on a mission to collect them all and spread the word. Here are the ones I've stocked up on so far...

Moon Balm - blue chamomile vanilla
Green Tea
Coffee Bean
Earl Grey

How awesome are these flavours? I've certainly never come across an earl grey scented lip balm before. The scents are quiet subtle but I really like them. Now, more about the balms. So I'm going to steal an excerpt off the Hurraw website because I think it explains them pretty well...

'Super smooth, not draggy, not sticky, not sweet, not too glossy, not too smelly, never grainy, long lasting'

Yep. They apply very smoothly; I'd say they are the smoothest balms I've tried. They're also not overly heavy or sticky and have a thinner consistency than other lip balms like Chapstick or the Nivea balms. Some say that this makes them disappear faster but I apply them overnight and I've still got a decent amount on my lips in the morning. 

Another thing to note about these balms is that they're oval shaped, as you might be able to tell from the lids. I actually think this is really cool, but not everyone may agree with me. 

Overall, I've really enjoyed these lip balms and seeing as they're only around the $4-5 mark on iherb, I'm planning on buying a few more!

Have you tried this brand of lip balm or would you be interested in giving them a go? If so, follow this link to have a look. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Foundation rotation

I can't explain why, but lately I've had a fascination for foundation. I want to try them all. But now I have something like 7 or 8 foundations, I only have one face, is this really necessary?! Anyways, I've been leaning towards a few lately so I'll give you a bit of a rundown...

Maybelline Super Stay Foundation
Rimmel 25 Hour  Lasting Finish
L'Oreal True Match
Rimmel Match Perfection

Maybelline Super Stay
So this one is the newest to my collection because apparently I could not resist the recent 50% off sale at Chemist Warehouse. I bought this 'blindly' - what I mean by that is that I didn't do any research on it or look at any reviews of it beforehand. But luckily, I'm liking it so far. Some have said that it's a cheaper version of Revlon Colorstay and I think for the most part I do agree. It applies very well and doesn't feel overly cakey. It probably doesn't have quite as much coverage as Colorstay though, but I'm okay with that. It still is medium-full coverage with good lasting power, although I get a bit shiny by the end of the day. I'd rate it an 8/10.

Rimmel Lasting Finish
Alright, where do I start? I really want to love this. I'm trying so hard. But you know what they say, you can't force love. I read so many great reviews (especially on Beauty Heaven) and I was like omg I need this foundation. I just don't get excited about it. It feels very thick and it takes me time to apply and blend it because of how thick it is. The coverage is medium-full, but its kind of...flat. I find it boring, if that even makes sense. It makes my face feel tacky for a while after applying. It's also not particularly buildable as I did notice caking at the end of the day on the areas I tried to cover more. Funnily enough, I actually think it looks better at the end of the day (when its not cakey) when its had some time to wear into my skin. So maybe if I wanted this to look good, I'd put it on and go for a run? Hmm. I'll use it up, but I doubt I'll repurchase. 5/10

L'Oreal True Match
This is my favourite foundation right now. I bought it because I know Lauren Curtis raves about it, and shes always got a flawless base. It dries to a semi-matte powder finish, but the thing I love most about it is how light weight it feels, how easily it applies and that it's buildable! I haven't worn this for photos yet so I'm not sure how the SPF holds up under flash photography, but other than that, I'd rate it as a 10. 

Rimmel Match Perfection
I've had this for some time, but I find myself reaching for it on my days off when I want a fresh look without too much makeup. It's light coverage which gives a really natural glow. Initially when I got this foundation, I didn't like it but now its one of my favourites. The only downside to it is that it doesn't have the best wear time, so for that I rate it a 9/10.

Do you have any of these foundations and if so, what are your thoughts on them? I'd love to hear your feedback in the comments below. 

Saturday, 30 May 2015

Update on my life!

Alright, so I have taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging. It was unintentional but now I've found myself wanting to get back into it. I feel like I should update everyone with what I've been up to so without further ado...

I finished uni at the end of last year, and after spending a week on the gold coast with my best friends to celebrate, I went straight into full time work. I started 3 days before Christmas so you can imagine how hectic everything was! I've been working full time as an intern pharmacist and while it hasn't always been smooth sailing, so far its been going well. The hard thing about being an intern is that I still have to sit registration exams later in the year to become a fully registered pharmacist! It certainly has been a change adjusting to full time work....I find myself missing uni quite a bit!

Here are some happy snaps from my graduation....

My work life aside, I've been quite busy being a social butterfly. There seems to be an endless stream of birthdays and other social gatherings which keep me busy. A lot of that has to do with my boyfriend, who is always keen for a good time! Some of you may remember, about this time last year, when I was sharing snippets of our relationship while it was still blossoming. I'm happy to say that we've almost hit our one year anniversary! I honestly couldn't be happier and I think I'm the luckiest girl around to have scored myself such an amazing man. 

Cue couple photos...

 Pharmacy graduation ball 2014

 Graduation 2015

Lovedale Long Lunch 2015

Other than that, I haven't got much else to say. I hope you guys enjoyed reading this post and please share your news with me in the comments below! Hope to catch up with you all via blog posts :)

Friday, 29 May 2015

Lust Have It! March 2015

Hello bloggers! I've been absent for a couple of months, but I've found myself wanting to return to the blogging world. After receiving the March LHI* box, I thought it would be the perfect excuse to make a come back. Keep your eyes peeled for an upcoming post with an update of my life!

Anyways, moving on, I'm sure most of you are aware that LHI have had some major delays with posting their boxes. Hopefully they are getting back on track now and I think with the items in the March box, they should be well on their way to getting back to normal,

So here we have it...

Model Co BB Cream in Light
Appelles Apothecary & Lab Blackseed Shampoo
Appelles Apothecary & Lab Tamanu Conditioner
Urban Skincare Co. Daily Body Cleanser

I didn't receive an info card this time, but I'll do my best...

Model Co. BB Cream
A full sized makeup product is a decent score. Sadly I doubt the light shade will suit me but I can pass this on to someone else. I'd be interested to hear reviews about it though.

Appelles Apothecary Shampoo and Conditioner
I'm intrigued by these two and they're a decent size so I should get a few washes out of them. I've heard good things about this brand so I'll definitely give them a go soon.

Urban Skincare Co. Cleanser
This is probably my favourite product from this box. Winter hasn't even truly hit but already my skin is so dry and itchy, despite moisturising, so I'm looking forward to how this might help my skin. Coriander oil sounds like a treat!

Lon Vitalite Coconut Milk mask
Uriage Cleansing Water and Soothing Hydra-cream samples

Lon Vitalite mask
Coconut milk sounds deliciously hydrating. I do enjoy using the occasional cloth mask and I am really keen to see how this helps my dry skin!

Uriage samples 
I've tried Uriage before and haven't been blown away, but I'll probably throw these products in an overnight bag because of their convenient travel size. 

What did you think about the March products? Do you think LHI have picked up their game?

If you're not already subscribed but would like to, feel free to use my discount code to receive $5 off your first box!

*product was provided for consideration and has been reviewed in accordance with my disclosure policy

Monday, 5 January 2015

Show me your pout

Happy New Year everyone! The past few weeks have probably been the most hectic of my life. I do plan on doing a post about 2014, but as a brief summary - I finished my Master's degree, I went on a week long holiday to celebrate, then started working full time the day after I got home. Oh, and then Christmas and New Year's celebrations, of course. Anyway, in the five short days of 2015, I've managed to acquire five new lip products already...

Maybelline Color Elixir in 'Raspberry Rhapsody'
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'Pink pong'
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in 'Nude-ist'
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in 'Flirtatious'
Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in 'Honey'

The Bourjois lippies above were bought off Asos, because they're $7-8 cheaper than Aussie RRP (big surprise there). I bought one of them a while back and used it for the first time on Christmas day when I attended a wedding reception - I fell in love! The colour (Ole Flamingo) was gorgeous, easy to apply and lasted all day through eating and drinking. So I picked up another two, one neutral shade and another bright shade. If you're curious, either wait til they're on sale or pick them up from Asos because they're quite pricey at full price. 

The other three I picked up from Chemist Warehouse, who are currently running one of their dangerous 50% off sales. I am a huge fan of the Revlon Colorburst range, so of course I had to add to my collection. Honey seems like a very popular neutral shade, so I'd like to wear it to work. As for the lacquer balm, I only have one of them currently, and while they're not long lasting, they're a great product while shine and aren't as drying as their staining friends. The Maybelline Color Elixir was a last minute buy - I don't really have anything purple in my collection and I've heard they're a good product so why not. I definitely would not buy these full price though, $17.95 is a little ridiculous. 

Have you been purchasing lots of makeup so far in 2015? 
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