Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas: Natio Scented Candles (under $25.00)



In my last collective haul here, I mentioned that I think that Natio do some of the best candles around. 

They're soy based candles that are not only inexpensive ($25 for up to 60 hours burn time) but they have amazing scents that will fill up a room without overpowering it. 

They recently released 5 new scents in time for Christmas.


I picked up 2 of the new fragrances from Myer recently, Cottage Garden and Spring Orchid.

Cottage Garden has notes of rose, orange and lily of the valley while Spring Orchid has notes of lavender, lime, rose and sandlewood. 

Spring Orchid is a classic floral scent while Cottage Garden is floral with a fruity twist. They're both wonderful scents for spring/summer. 

The packaging is beautiful with colourful outer packaging. The candle is housed in glass with a lid. It looks much more luxe than it's $25 price tag. 

Both Priceline Pharmacy and selected Chemists have a Natio GWP currently (see here for details) so now is the perfect time to pick up something for someone else... and yourself! 

Are you a fan of either giving or receiving candles as presents?
Amy, XO

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Saturday, 25 October 2014

Beauty On A Budget: Australis AC/ME Eyeshadow in "Plum Diddy" And "Bronzonce"



If you're from Australia or read a lot of Australian beauty blogs then you would have heard about some of the great new products from Australis. A lot of beauties are hyping up the AC On Tour Contour & Highlighting Kit (seen here) as it's the drugstore/budget alternative to the Anastasia Contour Kit. There are 3 powder highlight colours and 3 powder contour colours. 

But for me the unsung hero has to be the AC/ME metallic foil finish eyeshadows. They're a cream shadow that has a similar texture to the Maybelline Bouncy Blush.

I bought these at the Priceline near my parents house when I was visiting. I was in a HUGE hurry and didn't get to swatch them so I picked up two of the colours based on the colour I could see in the packaging. 


"Plum Diddy" (top swatch) is a gorgeous plum with brown undertones. It has glitter in it, but it's not overpowering. 

I've found when I use this on my eyes, it becomes more chocolatey black the more layers that I do. 

"Bronzonce" is a stunning rose gold shadow that really lives up to the "foil" claim. 


The first day I wore them, I applied it with my Rae Morris Creme Shadow Shader (brush 8.5) instead of my fingers. I've found that the "Bronzonce" has more of a impact and I don't need to build it up as much as "Plum Diddy."

Because it's a "wet" formula, I ended up having my mascara smudge around my eyes. 

The next day that I used "Bronzonce," I set it with a powder eyeshadow. I used "Chopper" from the Naked 2 palette as they are very similar colours. I have also used "Half Baked" from the Naked 2 palette to set it too. This worked so much better and I didn't feel like my eyes were greasy or wet since the powder helped set it. If you have oily eyelids I would suggest setting these with either a eye primer or powder shadow. 

I haven't used a powder to set "Plum Diddy" as I need to go through my eyeshadows and find a similar colour to set it.

The final colour available is called "Jay Zed" which looks like a golden shade with a khaki undertone. I tried to buy it from Priceline yesterday, but the store near my work had 3 of them... which were all testers!! I'll try again on Monday to pick it up. 

At only $7.95 each, they're inexpensive enough to get all 3 colours!

Also available in the AC/ME range are 3 nail polishes (see here) and 3 Velourlips (see here). 

Have you been able to pick up any of the AC/ME products? I'm hoping to pick up the contour kit for a Christmas giveaway but am struggling to find it :(
Amy, XO

PS Both Priceline and Big W currently have a free clutch GWP when you spend $15 or more on Australis products. 

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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion "Cocoa Indulging" and "Honey Indulging" Review




I've mentioned countless times on the blog the Nivea In-Shower Body Lotions. I first reviewed it here and have bought so many of them in the last year that I actually can't remember how many bottles that I've bought. Whenever I see Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Coles or Woolworths have them on special, I always stock up. 

They have recently added 2 new additions to the family and I have to say that these are even better than the original versions!!

They have released a cocoa version and a honey version.

The biggest change with these is the added scent. The original ones had a slight scent, but it had more of a bland moisturiser scent. These reflect the cocoa or honey scent. 

Just like the original versions, you apply them while your skin is wet and then rinse off. They're so moisturising that you can skip moisturiser afterwards. 



My skin has been so dry lately so I still actually apply a moisturiser afterwards for added hydration. I was using the Garnier Intensive 7 Days Rich Repairing Lotion (as seen here in my dry skin post) but finished it and am now using the Nivea Pure & Natural Body Lotion.* Both the Nivea and Garnier body lotions layer well with the in-shower lotion. 

The only drawback from this is the fact that it's only available in a 250ml bottle, unlike the original version which are 400ml. I would love for them to be released in a larger bottle.

They retail for $6.50, but are regularly on sale so buy up when you see them on special.

I'll be sticking to the new formulas from now on, especially the honey one. While I like the cocoa version, the honey one was love at first use. 

Are you obsessed with the in-shower body lotions like I am? 
Amy, XO

PS Chemist Warehouse currently has them on special for $5.39 until Sunday 2nd of November.      

*I was kindly sent these for consideration. All thoughts and views are completely my own, and are always 100% honest. See my disclosure policy here.

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Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Pro's In The Know: Interview With PureTAN's Co-Founder Danielle Newton



Hi Lovelies,

I have a wonderful interview for you today that will give you tips and tricks to perfecting (and keeping) a great looking fake tan.

As someone who grew up in the late 90s - early 2000s, having sunkissed bronze skin was the in thing. Gisele Bundchen was the inspiration for a lot of my friends and she had gorgeous brown/bronze skin.

As someone who is deathly pale, I bought so many fake tanning products in the hope that I too would look like a gorgeous tanned beauty. Sadly back then the only tanning options were orange or dark orange. Also a lot of the formulas weren't what they are today and 99% of girls walked around with orange, patchy skin. 

Eventually I gave up and embraced my paleness. I do fake tan once or twice a year, but am still yet to find a tanner that looks natural on my pale skin. 


I was really excited to be able to e-interview Danielle, who's the co-founder of PureTAN. PureTAN is Australian made, free of mineral oil and is not tested on animals. 

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What are your tips for perfecting a fake tan?
Preparation is the key
Exfoliate prior to tanning for a super smooth base to work from. Take your time and apply with a mitt for an even streak free finish. I always start with the legs and work my way up, finishing with my face , hands, feet last- to avoid over tanning and a beautifully natural sunkissed glow.

Now that you have the perfect tan, how do you keep it looking great?

Moisturise daily, morning and night, using a hydrating product like Pure Moisture Coconut Body crème for intense hydration and to prolong the life of your tan.

Should you do hair removal before or after tanning?

Always shave or wax 24 hours prior to tanning to avoid clogged pores or irritation.


How do you fake tan those hard places, like hands and knees, without them being patchy?
Always use an application mitt, such as our PureTAN Pro self tan application mitt. It gives flawless results and smooths product over evenly. When applying tan to hands and knees always use less product. A great tip is to apply to the rest of the body first and apply to knees , hands and feet last with remaining product on mitt, to avoid "over tanning". Also wipe inside of palms with a baby wipe or damp cloth.

Do you prefer to use wash off bronzers or developers? What are the benefits to either of them?
Using a product that develops gives you lasting colour - usually 5-7 days, which is perfect if you're on holidays or time poor and don’t want to keep reapplying a product.  Wash off bronzers are a girls best friend for last minute tanning emergencies, touch ups, or when you’ve  had no time to tan. A perfect last minute party fix!

What are the best ways of removing a tan?
Use a body exfoliator and a buffing mitt or loofah in the shower. Using a body scrub such as Pure Moisture Coconut Body scrub on dry skin with a loofah or buffer removes excess tan. For super stubborn stains, lemon juice or bathroom cream cleanser secretly works!


Which is your favourite Pure Tan product?
The NEW One Hour Rapid tan is amazing‼ I'm a big fan of a one hour tan- it saves my sheets‼ My second favourite is our Pure moisture Body crème. Its creamy texture is enriched with Organic Coconut oil and smells divine‼ I'm coconut mad which is why I developed the range‼


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Hopefully you've learnt something like I have and will be rocking a perfect fake tan in no time!

What's your favourite brand of fake tanner? Have you used Pure Tan before?
Amy, XO

PS If you purchase off the PureTAN website (here), you can save 20% off your online order. A pop up will come up and you just enter your email address and they'll send you a coupon code. The 20% off offer has nothing to do with me or Bottled Beauty. I just saw it on their website and wanted to share it with you. 

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas: Batiste Christmas Pack (Under $10)




Can you believe that it's already nearly Christmas!!!

To stop you freaking out, I've got a Christmas gift pack that's under $10. It's perfect for those that are on a tight budget or need an inexpensive Kris Kringle. 


I picked up one of the new Batiste Christmas packs yesterday that I found in Priceline. 

This particular pack contained a Batiste XXL Volume Dry Shampoo (200ml) and a hair towel. The hair towel is a bit different than I was expecting. I was expecting a square microfibre towel. Instead it reminds me of a swimmers cap with a tail!!

There are four other packs available.

Mamba Dry Shampoo (200ml) and a hair towel

Mamba Dry Shampoo (200ml) with a shower cap
Cherry Dry Shampoo (200ml) with a shower cap

Wild Dry Shampoo (200ml) with a shower cap


 All of the packs retail for $9.95 and are so affordable that you should pick one up yourself too!! ;)

Have you started Christmas Shopping yet?
Amy, XO 

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