31 January, 2015

Admiring: Chanel Jardin de Chanel Blush Camelia Rose

This is not going to be a review post! For once I'm allowing myself the luxury of just, you know, oohing and aahing over something for a little while.  Besides I think this blush is pretty well sold out everywhere by now...

I wasn't even seriously planning to buy Chanel's Jardin de Chanel Blush in Camelia Rose until I spotted it as I walked past the Chanel boutique on a random Sunday shopping trip.  Even then I still wasn't going to buy it until my husband said, "Just go into the shop". Oh no...you know where this is going... I went in, swatched it and it was so smooth under my fingertips. Then the SA asked would I like to try it on my cheeks? Of course the two shades melded together to create the perfect spring rose pink on my face and then she tells me this is the last one they have in stock.  Limited Edition...Last one in stock...Beautiful *sigh*...and gone forever if I don't swoop now!

So, here I am $95 poorer but happier...and isn't this damn thing just too pretty to use? I will use it eventually but I've taken a whole lot of pictures first...

Have you been in this situation? Did you buy or walk away?

28 January, 2015

OPI: Blush Hour

I came across OPI's Blush Hour at a 50% off sale last month and I scored a bargain with this one!

From the Spotlight on Glitter collection released in 2014 this polish is a dimensional mix of multi-sized hex and round pink and silver glitter in a sheer pink jelly base.  Now the best bit is this is a one-coater when used for layering! I applied it over Australis bethatgirl (featured in my last nail polish post here) and ended up with a dense coverage normally only achieved after 2-3 coats.  All I had to do was add a single layer of topcoat to seal the deal.  And the result?  In my opinion this one is just freaking gorgeous!



Until my next glitter fix!

25 January, 2015

Video Post: Lip Product Addict Tag

Just letting you know that last week Ling and I quietly uploaded our first video in several months. To dust off those cobwebs - and being the lipstick addicts we are - we started off with the Lip Product Addict Tag!

Here are the all important questions:
1. Favorite balm/treatment?
2. Best eye-catching red?
3. Best luxury & best drugstore?
4. Best MAC lipstick?
5. The most disappointing?
6. Liner - yes or no?
7. Best gloss?
8. Something extra!  

We never take ourselves too seriously so if you want a bit of a light-hearted take on lip products then watch the video below... 

Products mentioned:
1. Hourglass Lip Treatment Oil, Lush Santa Baby
2. MAC Lady Danger, Tom Ford Cherry Lush
3. Tom Ford and Rimmel (with an honourable mention for Maybelline)
4. MAC Rebel, MAC Girl About Town
5. Maybelline Color Sensational Pop Sticks, L'Oreal Shine Caresse, Revlon Lip Butters, Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
6. Wet n Wild lip liner (666 Brandy Wine)
7. Chanel Glossimer, Lime Crime
8. Liquid matte lipsticks (Hourglass Opaque Rouge, Stila Stay All Day), YSL Rouge Pur Couture (No. 52 Rosy Coral), Kevyn Aucoin

Of course we tag anyone who wants to play along!

Until next time...

23 January, 2015

Australis: bethatgirl

The nail polish I'm featuring today has gone straight to the top of my favourites list because - this is a rarity - I've worn it more than once this summer on my fingers AND toes!!!
I've found Australis nail polishes to be either hit or miss in the past so I've tended to overlook them unless they were on sale and so that's how I came to buy bethatgirl.  Bethatgirl is a neon purple cream from their Limited Edition range and it delivers in colour punch and coverage.  Two coats glided on and with the customary topcoat wear time has been easily a week on my fingernails and 3 weeks on my tootsies!  It's all about the colour of course, and being a neon it was a complete diva to photograph colour true but this is the most gloriously vibrant pink-purple in real life.  I think it will translate well for the change of season too.
Bethatgirl is still available on the Australis Cosmetics website here.
Until next time!

21 January, 2015

Online shopping at Natural Supply Co

It's my first haul post of the year -  and it's all for the purposes of blogging research you know! Yes, seriously!

Okay, so being serious, one of the highlights of my blogging experience over the past year has been getting to know and review products from smaller, independent beauty brands I may not have otherwise come across. More recently that has extended to local online businesses in the beauty and lifestyle industry and this post is about my online shopping experiences (and picks) from the Natural Supply Co site.

Natural Supply Co is a Melbourne based company established late in 2014 by close friends (and genuinely lovely ladies from my dealings with them) Celeste and Catherine who wanted to make it easier for customers to find "...natural (yet delightful!) beauty, skincare and lifestyle products, along with meaningful information, in one place."  All of the brands available on the site focus on natural ingredients, are cruelty free and are environmentally friendly in their manufacturing and packaging.

 After only a few months the site's brand listing has grown to a total of 37 local and international brands (and counting it appears as it was 35 only a few weeks ago) including Badger, Bite Beauty, Grown Alchemist, O&M Original Mineral Haircare, and Shore Soap Co.
 I've actually shopped the site twice now, initially before Christmas and just a week ago so this is a combined haul post...
My online shopping experience:
I found the site easy to navigate either searching by brand (by clicking on brand logo's on the main brand page) or by product in the dropdown category listings.  Apart from looking at a few specific brands I had in mind I found it just as easy to scroll through product categories to explore the range.  I like how each brand has an introductory 'Who Why What' page so I could read all about them before I made brand selections and link back to the 'Shop' page. 
On both occasions the products were promptly dispatched within 24 hours and delivered within 48 hours.  As you can see above the packing is in keeping with the company's environmentally conscious philosophy, using unbleached paper rather than plastic or foam padding and everything is prettily hand wrapped and ready for gifting if I'd wanted to gift it to someone other than myself!
So here's what I chose.  It was a balanced mix of necessities and pretties I think...
December's haul
Salus Eucalyptus & Rosemary Purifying Body Scrub - I always have a body scrub in the shower for regular exfoliation and I wanted to try this luxury home spa version.
Yard Skincare Balmoral Bliss Bloss - This crazy sounding product is one of an irresistible range of natural lip balm/gloss hybrids referred to as 'Bloss' and come in 7 shades.  Balmoral Bliss Bloss is a sheer candy pink, smells like chocolate mint and glides like butter on the lips - yum!
Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream (Crianza) - Another matte liquid lipstick to add to my collection and another Bite Beauty product to try.  Crianza is a dark pink-red or red-pink depending on how you see it.

January's haul
O&M Maintain the Mane Mini Set - My hairdresser uses O&M products on my tresses so I bought this travel-size pack ready for my next trip coming up in a few months.  I like being prepared ahead of time obviously!

Love Soap Organic Lavender and Meadowfoam Hand Wash - I bought this child-friendly moisturising hand wash for my own sensitive hands and got it straight into action in my bathroom to wash my hands without stripping them of moisture. 
Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub -  Confession:  this will be the first time I've tried a lip scrub!
Kester Black Nail Polish (Sky) and O&M/Kester Black Limited Edition Nail Polish (Conquer Blonde) - This will be my first time trying these 5-Free Australian made (Melbourne made actually, so very local!) nail polishes.
 I'm slowly working my way through these products so let me know what you'd like to see reviewed first!
Australian readers:  If you want to check out Natural Supply Co for yourself shop the site here.


18 January, 2015

Orly: Red Carpet

I'm still playing catch up around here so that will explain why I'm posting my Christmas Day manicure in the middle of January!
I'm a bit of a traditionalist when it comes to Christmas beauty and so I'd always planned to go with a red (or gold, or green!) polish.  Red Carpet is one of the Orly polishes I chose at the Salon Melbourne event last year and it's a cherry red jelly with a subtle glitter sparkle. I'll tell you right now these pictures will not do justice to this little gem because it actually sparkles madly in the right light! This is two coats, finished with a single coat of top coat.

What did you choose for your Christmas mani?

14 January, 2015

Review: SODA & Co Sugar Scrub and Lip Balm

I was excited when natural body care brand SODA & Co contacted me to review their products because I'm slightly obsessed with body scrubs and lip balms and these really looked - well honestly - FUN!

 SODA & Co is another local brand, (very local because they're based in Melbourne!) and it came as no surprise to me to learn that their philosophy does focus on a fun approach to natural body products.  In their own words:  "..being natural doesn't have to mean bland or boring. At SODA & Co colour is everything. Our products are a reflection of all things good for you whilst being fun and upbeat." 

SODA & Co products are not tested on animals, are rich in natural plant-based ingredients and are free from any of the following:

Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Ammonium Laureth Sulfate
Tree Nut or Peanut Oils
Synthetic fragrances
Mineral oils or

SODA & Co  Sugar Scrub
These very appealing and cheerfully packaged body scrubs are described as "All Natural, Mouth Watering Gentle Exfoliating & Moisturising" and come in 3 fragrances not at all surprisingly described as uplifting: Mint Burst, Orange Splash and Pink Lemonade. They're enriched with moisturising ingredients including Cocoa Butter, Jojoba and Vitamin E promising to invigorate and soften the skin and claim to be gentle enough to be used everyday if you like to wake up your skin with a good scrub!
My impressions:
I received Mint Burst (a mint candy scent which reminds me of Mentos candies if you know what I'm talking about) and Orange Splash and I dipped into Orange Splash first. I found the slightly sweet, zesty natural orange oil scent definitely uplifting without being too cloying or overpowering in any way.  And the scrub itself?  I only needed to scoop out small amounts of this sugar granule scrub and rub onto my damp skin for seriously the scrubbiest scrub experience ever! Moisturising scrubs can often get the balance wrong and skimp on the actual scrubbing granules themselves meaning you have to scrub like crazy to get any kind of result but as you can see in the picture above this dense mix is all about the scrub!
Do I sound just a little excited? I can't help it because I was in scrub heaven as this did a fantastic job of exfoliating my skin without stinging or scratching, and because it's a sugar scrub it didn't leave any gritty granules in the shower after rinsing either - always a plus.  The natural oils remain on the skin after rinsing off the scrub and I don't need to moisturise at all afterwards. This is a 2-in-1 exfoliating and moisturising scrub indeed!  
Ingredients listing for Orange Splash Sugar Scrub:
Sucrose, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Chloride (Australian Sea Salt), Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Vanilla Planifolia Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil.
SODA & Co Sugar Scrubs are $26.95 AUD each for 225g of product.
 SODA & Co Lip Balm
These little pots of balm come in 4 flavours:  Mint Burst, Orange Splash, Pink Lemonade and Natural Cocoa.  The key ingredients are Sunflower Seed Oil, Cocoa Butter, Jojoba and Vitamin E to soften and nourish the lips.
My impressions:
Packaging considerations first - I like the little tin with the nifty screw top lid because it's just so handy to carry around in my purse or pocket with no fear of any mess. The 2 flavours I've received - Natural Cocoa and Orange Splash - smell natural, and very much deliciously edible which makes sense because they are made from recognizable, edible ingredients (see the Orange Splash ingredients listing below). 
The balm is a solid texture that melts just enough with a swirl of the fingertips to apply onto my lips and doesn't feel sticky, greasy or waxy at all, just buttery smooth enough to make my lips feel soft and give them a subtle sheen.  I'm quite addicted to reapplying these balms because they are positively yummy and appeal to my fun side - they bring back all kinds of good memories of flavoured balms I loved as a little girl and what could be wrong with that?  Speaking of which, I think these would make great gifts for those little aspiring beauty buffs out there too :)
Ingredients listing for Orange Splash Lip Balm:
Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Citrus Reticulata (Mandarin) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Oil, Tocopherol (Vitamin E).

SODA & Co lip balms are $8.95 AUD each for 10g of product.
You can purchase online from the Soda & Co website here.  Free shipping is available to Australia for orders over $25 and New Zealand for orders over $50.
 (These products were provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)

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