I have successfully unpacked my bookshelf, lounge room, bathroom and kitchen... But my makeup collection is still in boxes :(
Friday, November 30, 2012
I have successfully moved into my new house, but sadly we won't have Internet connection until Wednesday. So I will be taking a short break from blogging. I might sneak to the library to do a blog post in a few days. I will definitely reply to comments etc because I can do that with my phone :)
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
As part of those Black Friday sales, Lipstick Republic had 20% off their website. I was so tempted to place a huge order, but I am moving house tomorrow and moving is quite expensive, so I decided to only order two things. Anyway I placed an order for these two Lip Tars that I have been wanting for a while, and I knew I was cutting it fine with shipping, but as per usual, Lipstick Republic shipped this super quickly and it arrived on Tuesday. If you wanted to order from Lipstick Republic, they sell Lip Tars for the same price as they are sold in the US ($16), shipping was $6.60, and if you want 10% off your purchase then use the code RepublicVIBs. Lipstick Republic is my new favourite website for OCC, Lime Crime and Butter London purchases!
If you wanted to see a more in depth review about the lip tar formula or if you wanted to see my other lip tars that I have, then check out my lip tar collection post.
Look how pretty the packaging is, and it came with a few extra goodies; a Lime Crime eyeshadow primer sample and a NYX Auto Eye Pencil... I love these pencils that you don't have to sharpen. I forgot to take a photo of the pencil swatch, but I might insert that soon. This also came with a little travel OCC lip brush, which actually works perfectly when applying the lip tars!
So these are the two shades. Interlace is described on the OCC website as being "palest peach" and Radiate is described as "true neon red". I love a bright lip, so Radiate stood out to me when I was looking up swatches, but instead of being a neon red, I think it is more of a vibrant neon coral... it definitely has orange-pink undertones. I bought Interlace because I wanted to mix it with my other lip tars to lighten some shades. I normally hate really pale lips because they look really bad on me, but I was actually impressed with how well I could work this colour! This is officially the only super pale nude that looks ok on me, I was super happy that I chose this shade.
These are also the new packaging, which is so much better than the older lipgloss style applicators.
|Interlace and Radiate|
As you can see from the swatches above, Interlace is a true nude and Radiate is a very vibrant neon red colour.
Interlace really does blank out my lips, but for some reason it doesn't make me look dead (YAY). You will need to exfoliate your lips for this one, because the colour can show up dry patches. This shade does last a decent length of time, maybe a few hours (even with eating and drinking), but it doesn't fade as nicely as the darker shades because you start seeing the darker natural shade of your lips coming through the inside of your lips. I am still very impressed at how nice this does look on the lips, as I bought it purely for mixing.
Now this is my kind of lip colour! It is so bright and so beautiful, and fades down to a dark coral stain. I tried this on yesterday a couple hours before I went to work, and it still looked perfect by the time I needed to go to work, so I ended up putting some gloss on it and trying to sheer it down because I don't think such bright lips would suit my work place. Even sheered down, this colour lasted as a stain for the majority of my 8 hour shift, which included dinner and a few cups of tea... I also got a few compliments from coworkers about my lip colour! This is an amazing colour, I highly recommend it! This is definitely going to be my go to Summer shade for a long lasting that is low maintenance and definitely gets attention.
Over all I am super happy with my new lip tar purchases, and even though I love my other ones, I think these two shades are up there in my favourite shades. I also think the new packaging is so much cleaner than the older packaging, which was quite messy and was the reason why I didn't wear these as much as I should!
Laura Mercier Mineral Pressed Powder in Tender Rose - I am going to miss this powder, it was a little light got me, but it gave great coverage. I would recommend this, and I would repurchase it eventually, but it's a pretty pricey powder ($65ish) and I don't know if I will splurge on it any time soon.
L'Oreal Lumino Contrast Thermo Protective Xyclose - I find commenting on heat protectants quite hard to do, because you don't really see any noticeable results, it's more about prevention. This was a half fluid half oil type product that you shake up. I have since started using another heat protector and I have notcied that this newer one dispurses a much more even mist, whereas this L'Oreal one had more of a spray that leaves patches of your hair quite wet. On that alone, I probably wouldn't repurchase.
Oxy Daily Body Wash - I bought this body wash a couple of months into Spring, because I found the change of seasons caused my skin to become quite problematic. This is an oil control body wash for males (clearly I am not a male), and I found that if you consistently used this then it did make my skin better, but after I stopped using it consistently my skin had its good days and its bad days... so the moral to the story is that if you use this, then use it consistently. I would repurchase if I am having a bad skin week.
Herbal Essences Drama Clean Clarifying Shamopoo and Balancing Conditioner - This was one of my fist non-salon shampoo and conditioner that I had used in quite a while, and I was pretty impressed. It smelt nice and the clarifying shampoo did make my hair feel really clean and lightweight. I would repurchase this in the future.
Instant Rockstar Kiss the Sky Rock Harder Hairspray - I got this from Hairhouse Warehouse as some bonus gift because I spent over a certain amount. It was ok, I never noticed the name of this hairspray, its a bit wanky... and I probably won't repurchase it for the name alone. It did last me forever, and did work pretty well. I recall it smelling strangely of alcohol, like a vodka drink, but I suppose that fits in well with the name. The nozel did get blocked over time, but it was easy to unblock. Would I repurchase? Maybe. I just quickly looked up this product, and it has changed the packaging, and it costs around $15 which isn't too bad for this hairspray.
Colgate Total Mint Waxed Dental Floss - After seeing the dentist recently I have become a flossing Nazi, and I had this dental floss kicking around my bathroom for ages, and I didn't use it much. This is a pretty standard dental floss, and I have repurchased it.
Garnier Deogerant Invisi Mineral 48 Hour Max Protection - This is a pretty good deodorant, it definitely does not last 48 hours, but I like the smell, it sprays well, and it doesn't leave white marks. Would repurchase
Dr Hauschka Cleasing Milk sample - I am not a fan of cleansing milks, and this one didn't impress me, which was a little disappointing because I know this brand isn't cheap. This may suit people who have super sensitive skin and needs a really gentile cleanser. I would not purhcase the full size.
Say It With Scent Frangipani Hand and Body Lotion sample - I got this in a Lust Have It box and I was a bit bummed that I didn't get the vanilla or green tea one because I hate super floral scents. This was not the most impressive body lotion, it was a bit too runny for my liking, so I wouldn't purchase this.
Kiehl's Aloe Vera Biodegradable Liquid Body Cleanser sample - I used this maybe three days ago and I am struggling to remember it... thats not the best sign. It did smell nice and fresh, almost like toothpaste, which I did like. I also like that it is biodegradable, and I would consider buying it depending on how much it costs... I can't even find this on the Kiehl's website, so I doubt whether I can buy it!
Dr Lewinn's Refining Toner - I did really like this toner, and it was the first alcohol free toner that I enjoyed using. I bought this in a bargain bin, and when I looked at how much it normally cost (I recall that it was over $35), I am skeptical about whether it is worth that price. I will shop around and if I can't find a toner for cheaper than I will buy this again.
Garnier Ultra Lift SPF15 Moisturiser - I have bought this three or so times in the past, and it is a good moisturiser for its price. I tend to fall back on this when I need a day time moisturiser with SPF and I can't be bothered spending too much money. It smells nice, is thick and moisurising enough, does not leave me feeling greasy. I would no doubt repurchase this eventually.
Pure Fiji Body Butter in Starfruit sample - This was a decent body butter, and it was a good size for a sample, you could definitely get a few uses out if it. It smells like tropical juice, which is nice, but can be too strong for me at times. If you love tropial smelling body lotion, then try this... but I am more of a vanilla gal.
Bioderma Sebium H2O sample - Hmmm Bioderma is so hyped up, so I was hoping to love this. I frequently used this since getting it in the Bellabox this month, but I'm not impressed enough to want to spend the money on the full size. I definitely think the Garnier Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Waterproof Face and Eye Makeup Remover is better and cheaper.
Kosmea Rose Hip Oil sample - I love love love this, and my boyfriend and I are currenly loving our 10ml bottle of this. I will have this in my bathroom forever, I can't praise it more. So yes, I will repurchase this. (see review here)
Korres Provitamin B5 and Rice Bran Mascara - This started off being an meh mascara, but I did end up liking it. It was far too natural looking at the start, but I think after a few uses it did start to thicken up. I mainly used this on my lashes to separate them, and then I would put another mascara over the top to thicken them up more. I did end up loving this combination, but I don't think it's worth the money by itself. I did get two of these in two Korres kits (see review here), so I have another one to use, but I will unlikely go out of my way to buy it as I like more oomph to my lashes, but this will work if you like a natural look.
Rexona Anti Perspirant Calming Deodorant - Generally deodorant is deodorant for me, but I didn't like this. I did like the smell, but I found it to be quite weak and I did get a little smelly by the end of the day. This might be good if you have sensitive skin and need a calming deodorant, but I could use bleach on my underarms without much fuss. I would not repurchase.
Korres Quercetin and Oak Antiageing and Antiwrinkle Face Serum - I didn't like this serum, I found it did nothing for my skin, and it stung my eyes... It's also far too overpriced if you don't get it on sale. I ended up using this on my body to use it up, I am ashamed to admit that, but at least I didn't waste it. I got this in a pack (see review here) with the eyecream and I would not repuchase either product.
Korres Quercetin and Oak Antiageing and Antiwrinkle Light Texture - Unlike the serum or eye cream, this wasn't too bad. I loved the smell and it did feel nice, but I didn't understand the point of it. It was almost like a light moisturiser that you could use during the day but it had no SPF, and it wasn't thick enough for a night cream. This just hung around my bathroom until I started using it under my day cream, just to use it up. I think this would work on people with really oily skin who need a super light moisturiser, and for people who don't like SPF. Would not repurchase, but it is the best of this range that I have tried so far.
Korres Quercetin and Oak Antiageing and Antiwrinkle Eye Cream - Out of the three Korres products, this was the worst! It is an eye cream, but if you put it anywhere close to your eyes it stings. You would literally need to apply it to the top of your cheeks to avoid it making your eyes sting. I ended up mixing this with my night cream to use it up. Would never recommend this, and would never repurchase. Worst eye cream ever!
Matrix Design Pulse Mix in Shine Brillian Serum - I loved the smell of this hair serum, it smells like a watermelon lip balm that I used to have as a kid. This sample also lasted me probably a good 6-7 applications. I wasn't the biggest fan of this because I did find that because it is a shine serum, it does weigh my hair down, which is a thing I tend to avoid. It's not for me, but I can imagine a lot of other people liking it.
That's it for November empties! Have you used any of the products that I mentioned?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I have lately been loving the nice weather in Melbourne, and I have been taking all of my photos outside, but last night a thunderstorm started and hasn't stopped, and my street looks like a river... so I am stuck inside today until it's time to go to work.
I decided to do a "whats in my makeup bag" post, because I am moving house in the next few days and I have packed up most of my makeup, so I am relying on the makeup in my makeup bag for both everyday makeup and work makeup. This doesn't contain my brushes, since I haven't packed my brushed away yet.
The gold makeup bag that I am using is the one I got from the Bourjois gift with purchase from earlier in the month (see gift here). I really like this makeup bag because its not too big, but big enough to hold a decent amount of makeup.
Eye/eye brow products:
- Laura Mercier eye shadow in Caramel (see review here) - I love this as a subtle crease colour
- MAC Mineralise Eye Shadows in Twilight Falls and Daylight (see review here) - I am loving this combination for an all over eye look.
- MUA eye shadow in the shade 19 Matte (see review here) - this is a great crease/lash line/eyebrow colour
- Smashbox Cream Eye Liner in Putty (see review here) - this is my favourite brow product
- Lime Crime Candy Eyed Eyeshadow Primer sample - I got this sample free with a Lipstick Republic order. It is a great makeup bag size.
- Maybelline Volum' Express Mascara The Falsies Flared Mascara (see review here)
- Revlon Glow Luscious Mascara - I am not sure what I think about this mascara yet, to get a bold lash look I tend to use both of these mascaras
- Contour Clubbing Waterproof liner in the shade 41 Black Party (see swatch here) - this is a decent waterproof liner, a makeup bag staple
- Sportsgirl To The Point liquid liner (see swatch here) - this is an easy no fuss way of getting a liquid eyeliner look
- Smashbox Artificial Light Luminizing Powder - the perfect inner corner highlight product
- Burt's Bees Beeswax Lip Balm (see quick review here) - this my favourite lip balm of the moment
- Shiseido Lipstick mini in the shade BE208 (see swatch here) - I thought I had to include a lipstick in my makeup bag, and this is a very wearable and a very travel friendly lipstick. Honestly I didn't need to include this because I have at least a dozen lip products floating around my handbag :P
- Benefit Pore Professional Primer sample - I haven't used this too much yet, but it is a great makeup bag sized primer
- Garnier Oily Combination Skin BB Cream in Light (see review here) - this is my favourite foundation to wear on a daily basis
- Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in the shade 52 - I tend to wear this when I want a little more coverage than the BB Cream, often I will mix the two.
- MUA Pressed Powder in Shade 1 (see review here) - I love this powder, it gives decent coverage, gets rid of oil, and is super cheap!
- Maybelline Dream Lumi Touch Highlighting Concealer in the shade 002 Nude (see review here) - this is a great under eye concealer!
- MAC Harmony Blush - I don't contour on a daily basis, but its nice to include a contour product just in case
- Jordana Blush in Sandalwood (see review here) - I adore this blush for a really natural peach cheek.
- Mirenesse Cheeky Blush in shade 2 Russian Rose - I got this blush sample with a Mirenesse order, and it is so small that it works really well in a makeup bag.
- Bourjois Délice de Soleil Bronzng Powder in 14 Olive/Tanned Skin (see swatch here) - not only is this a good bronzer, but the mirror is perfect for putting on your makeup on the go... see photos below to see how the mirror works!
The epic thing about this bronzers packaging is that the mirror swivels. Originally I didn't see the point of it, but now I do, and I love it. So you can open the mirror, swivel it around to the point where the mirror is now backwards... and then close it with the mirror on the outside. Wa-la, you can use the mirror without having the packaging open, without the brush falling out, and without you getting powder everywhere! This is the perfect travel companion.
Monday, November 26, 2012
Time to pay homage to one of MACs best products, their Fluidlines! This is just a quick review of the three that I currently have. Of course I have the most well known shade Blacktrack, I also have Avenue and Macroviolet. In Australia these cost $32 each, and I must admit, these are probably the best value MAC product available. They are cheaper than a MAC lipstick or an eyeshadow, I can guarantee that you will get more use out of it, and it will last you aaages! Since these are gel products, you can run the risk of these drying out, but if you keep the lids on tight and keep them out of the sun then they can last you years. I also heard that its good to store gel products upside down which keeps the top from drying out. I have had both my Blacktrack and Macroviolet for well over a year, and they are still in perfect condition.
These gel liners contains 3g of product, and you need to apply these with a brush - I generally use the MAC 209 brush. These apply very smoothly, and once these set, they are smudge proof. They aren't waterproof, so they are easy to remove with makeup remover. These also work well on your waterline, but I don't use them on my waterline often because I find applying liner to my waterline with a brush tickles far too much, so I prefer to use a pencil.
I love the packaging of these! They come in heavily little sleek looking glass jars, which feel super expensive and good quality. If it weren't for the Back To MAC recycle program, I would probably keep these little jars when I am finished with them.
So the three shades I have are:
Blacktrack: this is the most popular shade, as it is the matte black of the range. It is super easy to apply, and this liner is very pigmented and dries pretty quickly. This is a staple in any makeup collection.
Avenue: I think this might have been a limited edition, as I can't find this on the MAC website. This is a black brown with gold shimmer. I love this colour because I love the look of brown liner, but I find that if you want to create that bold liner look, you need to use a very dark brown, and this one is perfect! The shimmer is quite noticeable, so I make sure I wear this with a more matte eyeshadow look. This is a really pigmented, and applies really easily.
Macroviolet: I got this in one of those limited edition tartan collection packs, but this Fluidline is part of the permanent collection. This is my least used of the three, as I don't tend to wear purple eyeliner often. I also find that it is the least pigmented of the three, and you do need to apply a thick coat, or two coats, to make this look really bold. I decided to wear this shade today to demonstrate how it looks on the eye.
After doing this review, I really want to run out and buy more of these! Do you have any MAC Fluidlines? Which are your favouries and which would you recommend?
Sunday, November 25, 2012
I ordered a few things from Femme Fatale Cosmetics a little while ago (see haul here), and when I was on the Femme Fatale website I noticed that they send out a press kit for bloggers. I ended up applying for a press kit and I received three sample eye shadows and some information about Femme Fatale.
Femme Fatale Cosmetics is an Australian brand that specialise in hand blended mineral loose eye shadows, loose blushes/highlighters, and they also have an epic range of really unique and beautiful nail polishes. Femme Fatale provide great quality cosmetics at a very affordable prices, and they also have eye shadow sets, blush sets, and nail polish sets at discounted prices, and a lot of their products are vegan friendly. There are over 75 shades of eye shadows available, and you can choose to buy them in sample sizes, mini sizes or full sizes. I love the ability to buy products in sample sizes - you can easily try a whole range of shades and buy the larger sizes of the ones you use the most. Samples are $1.10 each and contain quite a lot of product (you will be able to see the amount later in this post).
Ok so in the press kit you get three samples of eye shadows, which are chosen at random. I was lucky to get quite wearable shades. The shades I got are Cosmic Powder, Enchanted, and Illusions.
The two above photos are of Cosmic Power, the top swatch is swatched wet - the perks of using mineral pigments is that you can apply it wet for a stronger application. The bottom swatch is the shadow applied dry. The fist photo shows the shimmer in the light, and the bottom photo is titled away from the light, which allows you to see the base colour. I did this will all three shadows.
The Femme Fatale website describes this shade as a delicate rose peach with violet duochrome. I agree with the violet duochrome, but I would describe the base as being more of a warm yellow. The shimmer in the swatches looks more pink than violet, but in real life it has a stunning bluey-purple shimmer.
I poured my samples into little containers, and you can see form the photo above, that you get quite a lot of product, definitely enough for a few uses. If you were interested in getting some of these samples, I would recommend that you have little jars to pour them into, only because the bags can get a bit messy.
Have you tried anything by Femme Fatale Cosmetics, or are you thinking of trying anything from them?
Pink sparkly nail look using Bourois 10 Days No Chips polish in the shade 14 and Karpati Dito Nail Lacquer in the shade Pretty In Pink
As per usual, I tend to take time out on a Sunday to do my nails. I wanted to use a long lasting nail polish because I am moving house this week, and the longer lasting the nail polish is, the better. My favourite long lasting polish is the Bourjois 10 Days No Chips polish, so I decided to use shade 14 which is a nice muted nude pink. After I put two coats of polish, I decided to add a bit of sparkle, and I didn't want something too obvious, so I decided to use the Karpati Dito nail polish in the shade Pretty In Pink. Originally I was only going to do a few feature nails, but because I liked the look so much I decided to put the glitter polish on all of my nails. The over all effect reminds me of what I would have loved to have worn when I was a little kid... princess nails!
So I used a Cutex base coat, two coats of the Bourjois 10 Day No Chips polish in shade 14, and then two coats of Karpati Dito Nail Lacquer in Pretty In Pink.
This is what the layered effect ends up being. It is a nice light pink nail with gorgeous fine pink and gold glitter. If you want to see what this glitter polish looks like on its own, then check out my review here.
So this was my original idea, where I was only going to put the glitter on two nails, but I liked the look so much that I wanted it on all of my nails. I decided to include this photo so you can see what the Bourjois nail polish looks like without the glitter on top.
I am glad I discovered this combination of nail polishes, and I am sure I this will be a go to nail combination when I want a more subtle shimmery nail look! Have you discovered any nail combinations that you love?
Friday, November 23, 2012
Nearly two weeks ago I wrote a review of the Adorn samples that I received after using my Lust Have It voucher at their online store, and unfortunately I wasn't too happy with the samples (see original review here). The post caused a bit of commotion, with a lot of people agreeing with my review, and a lot of people disagreeing. I was contacted by Briony, who is the Director of Adorn, saying that the samples I received weren't up to scratch and she wanted to send me out new samples. I was very reluctant to accept, mainly because I didn't really want to try the cream products again, but I asked Briony what products she would recommend I try, and she sent me out these!
I wanted to just quickly mention again that Adorn is an Australian company, that happens to be located a suburb or two away from where I live, but they also are all mineral products that are organic, suitable for vegans, and are free from all the bad toxins and palm oils. They also provide a colour matching service where you upload a photo and products are recommended to you, they also have a product refill program, and they sell samples for each of their products for $2.50 each so you can try before you buy. If any of this takes your fancy then check out their online store at adornmineralcosmetics.com.au.
This is how the products arrived, and I liked the small bags instead of the labels wrapped around the jars (you will know what I mean if you read the last review).
I was really happily surprised with the products too, clearly the powder products worked much better as samples than the cream products did. Even though I never doubted that the full size cream products were good products, I did think that the samples probably didn't do them justice. These powder products on the other hand, do sell the products really well, and I am heaps more inclined to buy the full sizes of these powder products after using these samples.
So I got two eye shadows in the shades Pink Pearl and Obsidian, a loose blush in Summer, a loose foundation in light-medium, and a lip gloss in Toffee which was a really nice surprise.
|Eye shadow in Pink Pearl and Obsidian, blush in Summer, foundation in Light-Medium, lip gloss in Toffee|
The stand outs of these samples are the eye shadows, they are stunning! They are really shimmery and really really pretty. I find that the best way to apply these is to pick up some product from the jar and then to swirl it around the lid to prevent any fall out. The Pink Pearl is a nude pink that contains fine mauvey purple microshimmer, and Obsidian is a taupey copper that looks like it contains fine multi-coloured microshimmer.
I was a little skeptical about the powder foundation, mainly because powder foundations rarely give enough coverage, and also looking at this in the jar, it had a slight shimmer to it. I wore this today and I was really impressed, it did cover a lot of my skin problems, and did not look shimmery - the shimmer may add a glow to the face, but it looked pretty normal on my skin. I applied this by tapping some of it into a bigger lid and applied it with a brush. See the FOTD photo at the end of this post to see what the coverage looks like.
The lip gloss was a nice surprise, and is perfect if you like a really shimmery lip. It was a bit dark and a bit too shimmery for me, but I love the look of it sheered down. The colour is a really nice rose pink, and contains heaps of fine glitter which is a tiny but gritty to start off with, but settles in and you don't notice it after a few minutes. This gloss is not at all sticky (yay!) and smells really interesting, it smells like really strong warm orange, and when I read that it contains orange peel oil it all made sense!
|Bold application of the gloss|
|Sheer application of the gloss|
So naturally I was curious about how these products applied, so this is my Adorn face of the day look. I used the foundation (without concealer or powder), the blush lightly, both of the eye shadows, and the lip gloss. The only things I added were mascara and eyebrow powder. I think this makes a really nice natural look.
It's Lust Have It time of the month, and I must hand it to the Lust Have It team, not only have they bounced back from some controversy last month, but they have also sent out the boxes much earlier than the have been in the previous months. Well done Lust Have It!
So the box came in one of the silver makeup bags, and the card this month says that they are phasing out these bags and introducing a different collectable packaging next month... hmmm I am intrigued.
This pack also contained a coupon for $50 off Orly Smartgels if you spend $200 on the website, and also a buy one get one free movie pass to see Liberal Arts the movie... I love seeing movies so I am very keen to use that! I believe this movie pass is only given to annual subscribers.
On to the box...
Ok so here is the card, and straight away you can see that there are two full sized products - one being a new release mascara (yay!) and the other being tweezers, and both of these combined are valued at $37.95, so this box is a very good deal!
Sasy n Savy Inspire Floral Spray - 30ml size
According to the information card, this is a new product, and is used to refesh your face and doubles as a light perfume. I don't have any sprays like this, but I will do doubt get some use out of this over Summer... I might also see if it works as a MAC Fix Plus type spray, because I have been meaning to try a setting type spray but haven't gotten around to buying one. On first impressions, this product does spray nice and evenly, and smells ok. It is a floral spray, and I am not the biggest fan or florals, but I don't mind this scent.
ModelCo Fibre Lashxtend Mascara - full size
This is a fun addition, after all, a girl can never have enough mascaras. I haven't tried a fiber mascara yet, and I am very interested in seeing how well it works. If this is good, then I will no doubt do a review and demonstration of this soon.
Star & Rose Hologram Tweezers - full size
Once again, you can never have enough pairs of tweezers, especially cute ones! I really like the addition of this pair of tweezers, and I am looking forward to throwing out one of my old blunt pairs. Very cute, very practical!
Orly Flash Dry Drops - 5.3ml size
I must admit, I am very excited to try this, I am a huge nail polish fan, and I hate it when you mess up your nails because they take too long to dry! I have been wanting to try a nail drying product for a long time, and I can't wait to try this! Also 5.3ml is a really good sample size, no doubt I can get quite a lot of uses out of this.
GKMBJ Soothing and Nourishing Shampoo & Soothing Honey Moisturising Conditioner - 30g sizes
I have really short hair, so I do like getting these samples to try new shampoos and conditioners, otherwise it takes me ages to get through a full size and I rarely get to experiment with new hair products. These smell interesting, and it took me a while to put my finger on it, but it smells like perfume... like the perfume that my mum used to have when I was a kid. I will insert a review of these once I try them!
Overall, I really like this box, it definitely contains a lot of products that I have never tried, and I will no doubt get use out of everything in here! There is also a pretty good balance of products: hair products, face product/scent, makeup, nail product and a beauty tool! Really happy with this box!
As far as I am aware, there is one other box variation, and if you want to check out what was in that box then check out Jasmine's review here.
Have you got your November Lust Have It box? What do you think of the products, and did you get anything different to what I got?
Remember to check out my Lime Crime lipstick giveaway!
Thursday, November 22, 2012
Korres haul: Pomegranate Regimen Kit, Lip Butter Glaze Trio and Raspberry Antioxidant Liquid Lipstick Trio
About two weeks ago I did a post about a special that strawberrynet is having, which had a lot of Korres packs for sale (see post here). Well of course I ordered a few packs, and I thought I would do a quick haul post. So these are all from strawberrynet.com and the Pomegranate skincare kit was $11.50 and the two lip trios were $10... all of these packs are still available on sale at strawberrynet.
All of these products are travel sizes and these are designed for oil and combination skin.
This pack includes:
- Pomegranate Cream Gel 20ml/0.68oz
- Pomegranate Mask 20ml/0.68oz
- Pomegranate Scrub 20ml/0.68oz
- White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser 20ml/0.68oz
- Evening Primrose Eye Cream 10ml/0.34oz
I haven't used any of these products yet, but I might do a more in-depth review down the track.
So this pack contains three liquid lipsticks in the shades #13 Soft Pink, #56 Red, #28 Berry. These apply like lip glosses but are very pigmented and act as a lipstick. I am not sure how long these wear yet, but if you want a full review of these, as well as lip swatches then leave a comment below. On first impressions these apply really evenly, and a little product goes a long way. These are not at all sticky and smell sweet.
I think I was most excited to get this pack, as I am a huge fan of the Korres Lip Butters, with my favourite being the Jasmine. This comes with the shades Jasmine, Pomegranate, and Raspberry. I like the tube packaging more than the tubs, but these products are quite different from the original lip butters. The lip butters are slightly thicker in consistency and have less pigment than these glazes. Both of these are hydrating and last quite a long time on the lips.
The thing I like the least about these lip butter glazes is that they all smell like vanilla, and the name refers to the colour, not the scent. I much prefer the scent of the lip butters in the tub because they all smell different, and the jasmine scent is amazing. The thing I like most about these lip butter glazes, is that they are more pigmented than the butters, so they look nicer on the lips, and they are easier to apply. I am not sure if I prefer lip butter in the tub, or the lip butter glaze in the tube more... but I do miss the Jasmine scent.
|Pomegranate Lip Butter Glaze, Pomegranate Lip Butter|
Here is a quick comparison with the Pomegranate Lip Butter Glaze and the Pomegranate Lip Butter. you can see that the glaze is much more pigmented and coral toned, and the butter is heaps more sheer, and is more pink toned. I find that the added pigmentation makes the colour last longer and more evenly than the butter.
If you would like to see any in-depth reviews on these products then make sure to leave a comment below with what products you would like a review on. Also I bought a second Lip Butter Glaze trio pack for a possible future giveaway!