27 March, 2015

Gone fishin'...


(My boys goofing around on the beach at sunset last year)
 Actually the husband, son and I are off on another little break seeking some sun and sand up north in sunny Queensland!
If I can - wifi and time permitting - I'll try and get some posts out over the next few weeks.  If not, normal posting will resume after the 11th of April.
See you soon!

Island Girl Nail Color: Island Paradise

I'm way behind in my nail swatch posts so here's another summer swatch although we're well into autumn down here!
Island Paradise from US brand Island Girl is a magenta purple cream and just so damn pretty without being cutesy. I was pretty much obsessed with it over summer so it made it onto my toes as well as fingertips and I look forward to wearing it again when spring comes around.  In terms of application this was average - in all fairness this is an inexpensive polish - and care is needed for even coverage.  Still the result is worth it for the colour alone! This is two coats with top coat.



This makes me dream of another trip to Hawaii...

Until next time!

25 March, 2015

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser Dry Skin Repair (Priceline Beauty Click favourites)

Question:  Do you diligently moisturise your body every morning?
Do you decide you can't spare the precious early morning minutes struggling with products that can be messy or take determined massaging to absorb so you leave such pampering until the weekend?  
Given I'm always in a rush during the week I most definitely fell into the latter category! That's why I was pleasantly surprised by Vaseline's Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser and why it's the second product I'm featuring in my Priceline Beauty Click favourites series.
Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser, infused with "pure oat extract...moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds to help heal dry skin" in a most convenient compressed air spray delivery method.

My impressions:
As I'm used to sticking my fingers into pots of rich body butters, squeezing lotion bottles or using body oils this way of moisturising my body was a bit liberating for little old me.  The twist-lock nozzle delivers a continuous fine spray of light lotion that - yes - can be sprayed upside down so it makes getting to awkward areas like the back of my legs, or my actual back for that matter, simple rather than resorting to contortionist moves. 
The lotion is very light so it rubs in instantly - seconds as opposed to minutes - and doesn't feel greasy in the slightest while the 'Dry Skin Repair' formula does a pretty respectable job of moisturising most of my body in a single application.  I do find problematic extra dry areas like elbows and knees may need a more concentrated moisturiser but overall this spray has been great for time-poor me as I have no excuse for heading out the door with scaly skin! 

Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Sorbitan, Isostearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Avena Sativa (oat) Straw Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Disostearate, Tapioca Starch, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta, Propylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract, Lactic Acid
Have you tried this product?

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

24 March, 2015

She Aromatherapy Nail Varnish: Pink Diamonds

Rose gold was a big trend in beauty and accessories over the last couple of years and I still love it.  Cue Pink Diamonds from She Aromatherapy's All That Sparkles collection!
Pink Diamonds is another quite simple but high impact, dense micro-glitter polish from this 'mystery' All That Sparkles collection (see my first swatch, Lustrous Pearls here) and is a soft rose gold on the nails.  As per usual this is two coats sealed with a top coat.
I've been enjoying wearing these micro-glitter polishes because they have all the sparkle without the stubborn removal.
Until my next post!

22 March, 2015

Review: Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet Matte Liquid Lip Colours

As I have a self-confessed craze for matte lips at the moment I was pleased to have a few of Rimmel's Apocalips Lip Velvet Mattes come my way for review.  I'm growing quite a little collection of liquid matte lipsticks and as we head into the cooler months down here I've been leaning that way more and more especially as I favour a clean-edged highly pigmented lip look in winter.
So what do Rimmel promise with their Apocalips Lip Velvet lippies?
• Weightless liquid colour with a velvety smooth finish
• Earth-shattering intense colour stays true for up to 8 hours
• Moisturizing formula instantly increases lip moisture by 31%*

I received 3 of the 4 shades in the range for review.  From left to right above and swatched below these are:  Atomic Rose, Meteoric Matte, and Burning Lava:

I agree with the weightless, velvety smooth finish colour claims as these shades all apply smoothly in a single coat and sit very comfortably on my lips.  There's that slightly velvety feel but no dryness and I'd almost have to check in the mirror to see the colour's still on.  There is no patchiness on application so one dip of the doe-foot wand is enough to coat the lips with 100% opaque colour.
The colours didn't quite last the claimed 8 hours as they do start to fade on the inside of my lips due to doing the usual things like drinking coffee etc. (and some do this more obviously than others) so I would reapply after about 4 to 5 hours to touch up where the colour needed refreshing.  Still, I didn't experience any caking or build up on reapplication so that wasn't a deal breaker at all. 
With regards to moisture, while these lip colours look matte they actually don't dry down 100% so they don't dry out my lips either and I can wear them on consecutive days without feeling like they're sucking the life out of my them!
There's another issue I want to address and that is the smell/taste.  I've been asked by several of you out there in social media land as to whether these smell as weird as the original Apocalips lip colours and after comparing I find these new Lip Velvets are slightly sweet scented and have no discernible taste although I'd still suggest you swatch in store if you are sensitive to scented lip products. 
And now for some lip swatches and my thoughts on the individual shades. 

Atomic Rose
 The least favourite shade for me.  I found it looked a little aging and the colour actually faded to a strange whitish peach on the inside of my lips.

Meteoric Matte

This beautiful blue red is going to be my favourite this winter and I love how smooth it looks on my lips. 
Burning Lava
 A true red and another flatteringly smooth lip colour.  I suppose this is my 'other' favourite.
Overall I'm giving these lip colours a big thumbs up for long-lasting, non-drying lip colour. 
Rimmel Apocalips Lip Velvet Matte Liquid lip colours sell for $15.95AUD and are available at: 
Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Big W, Woolworths, Coles, Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist,
Target and Kmart and various Independent Pharmacies.
(This product was provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)

18 March, 2015

Rimmel Velvet Matte Nail Colours: Sumptuous Red and Midnight Kiss

Being mad for all things matte I rushed out and bought these new Rimmel Velvet Matte polishes as soon as I saw them on the stand - the colours, the velvet matte finish...What's not to love, right?  It turns out there was plenty on this occasion unfortunately but let's start with the good...
What's good?  The colours themselves are exactly what I'd choose to wear as a matte mani - Sumptuous Red (which is actually a deep plum) and Midnight Kiss (deep midnight blue) are beautiful in the bottle and do look lovely and velvety once on the nails.  On this occasion I couldn't decide which colour to wear first so I opted for both.
What's disappointing? A few things actually. Firstly, I had major issues colouring within the lines because the brushes were unevenly cut so I was just about holding my breath trying to control the colour placement. Yep, unless it was just me being unlucky scoring bad brushes I'm warning you to be prepared for clean up!  And...these polishes are a one-day wonder when it comes to durability.  I experienced chipping within 24 hours, and the matte finish started to wear off after a few days so it evolved into a semi shiny finish.  For that reason this polish is for special occasions only...
All swatches taken in indirect daylight:
Have you tried these? I'd be interested to hear other impressions on these polishes.

15 March, 2015

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster: Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition (Priceline Beauty Click favourites )

If you follow me on Instagram you might know that I was recently selected as an official #BeautyClick member reviewing products for leading Australian health and drugstore beauty chain Priceline!  I received a very generous boxful of products to test which has been keeping me quite busy and while I'm loving it I feel there are some products I've been reviewing I could say a lot more about (we have a character limit on the Priceline website which is good in its own way because I have to get straight to the point but sometimes I run out characters to say all that I need!)  Therefore I've decided to do a Beauty Click favourites series so I can put up more detailed reviews on the products that have really wowed me - starting with Physicians Formula Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition from their Bronze Booster range.

I'll remind you that 2015 has been the year of the bronzer for me as I pledged at the start of the year to show more love for the collection I have when THIS bronzer came along...

As their website says:  Physicians Formula Airbrushing Bronzing Veil Deluxe Edition "combines the best features of powder, baked and cream bronzers for the most stunning bronze..." and the "...luxurious, light bronze veil melts into skin providing an airbrushed lit-from-within glow that looks so natural it is virtually undetectable on the skin." 

Light to Medium

Ah yes it looks scarily pretty and - even worse - SO shimmery doesn't it!  Let's face it I probably took at least 20 pictures of this product before I dared disturb the surface and I think that a lot of the other Beauty Click reviewers were the same, being caught up in the superficial prettiness of it and suffering the apprehension of disturbing the perfectly sculpted, blingy, golden over sprayed surface.

Alright, admiration aside once I got past the insanely gold overspray I found a very wearable shade of warm bronze beneath.  The texture is indeed creamy to the touch and there is no powdery kick-up whatsoever when I pick up the product with my bronzer brush. 

It's warm toned so not really suited for contouring on my particular complexion but buffed into my temples and cheeks this gives me a very natural and surprisingly subtle warmth - I'm definitely not a bronzing expert but this product makes me feel confident with my application.  I think it's because this is a cream to powder texture that it's so forgiving and so easy to blend out and the subtle glow provides a lift to the complexion too without looking like a glitterbomb and is suitable for everyday wear - and I have been wearing it on an almost daily basis!

Swatched heavily on my arm below you can see the difference between the overspray on the left and the product beneath on the right:
So I say:  Don't be afraid of the overspray because this is a beautifully natural drugstore bronzer!
 (This  product was provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)
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