26 June, 2011

Top 10 Award!

 I received this award from Tara of  keeping up with me.  Tara is another lovely Australian beauty blogger,  whose reviews are informative and include lots of product pictures and swatches.  I've only discovered Tara's blog fairly recently but I now check in regularly.  Thanks for the award Tara!

As per the rules of accepting this award I need to list my 10 favourite beauty products.  I thought long and hard to come up with my current 'desert island' beauty needs so here they are in no particular order - I've included nail products in my list of course! 

Here's my personal Top 10:

1) Nail polish shade for fingers: China Glaze - For Audrey.  I was lemming this shade for such a long time and fell in love with it on first wear because it is such a cheerful shade on my fingers.  Also, the China Glaze formula is fabulously smooth and glossy on application and long wearing too.

 2) Nail polish shade for toes: OPI - It's All Greek to Me.  This is a great hot pink shimmer for summer toes.  It's been a standard pedicure shade of mine for several summers.  With a single coat of top coat this pedicure lasts up to a month.

3) Top Coat:  Sally Hansen Mega Shine.  This top coat dries quickly and gives a gorgeous glassy finish to my manicure.  I've been using OPI's RapiDry lately but I'm coming back to this old faithful favourite of mine.

4) Hand cream:  L'Occitane Shea Butter hand cream.  A little luxury for my hands, this is a very rich and moisturising formula, with a beautiful scent.  This keeps my hardworking hands soft and doesn't aggravate my eczema.

5) Body lotion:  Palmers Skin Smoothing Lotion with Alpha/Beta Hydroxy & Shea butter.  This moisturises my skin with its Vitamin E & Shea butter, and exfoliates with its Alpha/Beta Hydroxy acids to keep my keratosis (goose-flesh) under control.  It has a nice fresh fragrance too.

6) Facial sunscreen:  Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Daily Face Sunscreen Lotion (SPF 30).  This is a daily must for my face because I'm wary of sun damage.  The formula is oil-free so it's lovely and light on my skin.  I apply it over my moisturiser and it absorbs quickly and easily into my skin.  It doesn't irritate my skin and provides a smooth base for makeup and/or powder. 

7) Makeup remover:  L'Oreal Gentle Makeup Remover for Eyes & Lips.  This removes even waterproof makeup and doesn't cost big bucks.  I've been using this for years.

8) Mascara:  Lancome Definicils Mascara - Black.  I just love the brush on this mascara.  It gets in close to the roots to define my lashes easily.   An everyday staple for daytime wear, this mascara doesn't flake or run.

9) Eyeshadow:  MAC - Vex.  A gorgeous shimmery duocrome taupe, which can be worn with other accent shades or as a wash all over the lid.

10) Lipstick:  Tom Ford - True Coral.  Wearing this colour I honestly don't need to wear any other makeup!  Expensive but understandably so given the premium ingredients, and oh so creamy on my lips. 

I could (should) nominate 10 of you to take up this tag but as I nominated a number of bloggers just a week ago I don't want to pester anyone. Instead I nominate anyone who wants to take this up!   I'd love to read about your favourite products
That's all for now.

Vita :)


  1. Congrats on the award!

    I've recently discovered Sally Hansen Mega Shine, and found its amazing <3

  2. @reeree - Megashine is amazing and less exxy than the OPI.

  3. Great top 10! :) & Congrats dear

    I love that blue shade!!!

  4. Hi Vita!
    Thanks so much for your kind words. I feel the same about you and your blog. I think we have a great sense of friendship within the Australian blogging community.
    I am dying to try the Tom Ford lipstick. It is definitely on the wishlist.
    Are you on twitter?? You should join and chat to all the other bloggers- we have SO many bloggers on twitter. It is great for netwoeking.

  5. Thanks Tara! I'm not on twitter yet but I'll get my husband the IT guru to sort that out. I think that would be a great idea. :)


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