Thursday, 12 June 2014

Haul: Nude By Nature 40% Off Sale




If you follow me on Facebook, which you can here, you'll know that I shared that Nude By Nature were having a huge sale last week.

I couldn't help myself and ended up ordering some 40% off goodies.



Bright, Nude & Cheeky Complexion Collection (gift box)

I had wanted this gift box way back at Christmas, but never ended up buying it.... until now. 


The box includes... 

Limited Edition Lemon Sugar Lip Scrub
Limited Edition Cream Blush
Airbrush Mineral Primer
Natural Mineral Cover
Mineral Bronzer
Mineral Finishing Veil
Mineral Lip Gloss in "Sultry"
Kabuki Brush


There are 3 boxes available (light, light/medium and medium) and I bought the "light" box. 

I'm really excited to try the sugar lip scrub, the cream blush, bronzer and the lip gloss.

The box contains $120 worth of products and retails for $49.95, but it cost me $29.97 on sale. 


Lemon Sugar Lip Scrub 

In winter my lips seem to get a lot drier and become flaky, so I ordered one of these. It looks quite small (8.5gm), but hopefully you only need a small amount.  

It retails for $9.95, but it cost me $5.97 on sale.



Mineral Brush

This brush feels so incredibly soft. It's perfect for applying the Mineral Foundation Powder and the Mineral Veil. It had been on my wishlist for a while, so I'm excited I've finally bought it.

It retails for $14.95, but it cost me $8.97 on sale.




Mineral Lip Gloss in "Flirty"

I've previously used the NBN lip glosses when they were first released many years ago and loved them. They're really glossy, moisturising and so affordable.

It retails for $9.95, but it cost me $5.97 on sale. 


Because I spent over $50 ($50.88), there was also free shipping for my order. I ordered on Sunday the 1st of June and it came on Tuesday 10th of June (which included a public holiday the day before). I was really happy with the shipping. It came packaged very safely and carefully.  

I've recently fallen back in love with NBN, especially their mineral foundation powder, and I can't wait to try out all of the products. 

Did you buy anything from their sale? If not, what would have you bought?
Amy, XO

PS Priceline have NBN 30% off today until Wednesday the 18th June. 

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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Reviewed: Napoleon Perdis "Stroke Of Genius Liquid Cashmere Foundation SPF 20"



Napoleon Perdis was the first high end foundation that I ever bought ("China Doll" was my first NP foundation), so I've always had a soft spot for them. 

They recently released a new foundation called "Stroke Of Genius Liquid Cashmere Foundation" and I was excited to be sent one in "Look 1." 


The foundation packaging is gorgeous. The black with gold looks classic and lovely.  

But once you open the lid, it's not like your usual foundation. 


It comes with a built in foundation brush. I'm a big make up brush lover and have quite high standards so I was really impressed with just how soft the brush felt. 


To keep the foundation from spilling, you can twist the part under the in built brush to be "on" or "off."

Having this makes it great for travelling as you're not having to worry about lids falling off or make up spilling out. 



The foundation is quite thick. It's a medium coverage foundation that's buildable. I've layered and had more coverage where I need it and it doesn't feel heavy.

Because I'm a bit of a crazy person about germs, I've skipped using the built in brush (it also makes it look a lot cleaner). Instead I squeeze out a little bit and use another brush to apply it.


The first time I applied this, I used a buffing brush... which was a HUGE mistake. This isn't a foundation that you want to buff in.

I found that it was looking cakey and wearing patchy, so on my lunch break I went into a Napoleon store to get some advice from the staff there.

The girl there was lovely and removed my make up and went through how she applied it.

Instead of using a buffing brush or circular movements, she pats it on the skin. It takes a bit longer, but the finish was amazing.

Since using this method I've had no issues at all. I get a gorgeous finish and it lasts all day.  



I use a flat paddle foundation brush to apply it. I either use my Napoleon foundation brush (this one came in one of their Christmas brush packs a few years ago) or my Furless flat foundation brush. When I went instore she used this one on me.

I've really loved using this. It's a higher coverage foundation than what I've currently been using (perfect for concealing my annoying pigmentation) and turns into a powder finish. It reminds me quite a lot of China Doll... which is why I love it! I've used it with and without powder and have found it works the same. 


It has a matte effect, so it's perfect for winter or for those that date dewy skin.

I use this more for work and stick with a BB cream when I'm just running errands on my days off.

I like that this has SPF20. I always use sunscreen, but it's nice to have the extra protection. 

This retails for $60 for 30ml. Because it's a thicker consistency, I've found I don't need to use much so it will last for a few months. There are 5 shades available. 

David Jones has a GWP currently (until June 22nd) where you get a 7 piece set when you spend $79 or more. See here for details. 

What was your first high end foundation?
Amy, XO


PS The Napoleon Creative Team are doing an Australian tour in June for Myer where they'll share their tips and tricks. Find out more here. Sadly I won't be going as I can't get time off work to attend the one event in Adelaide :( 

But I've been to their workshop before and it was fantastic!! I learnt so much. 

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Monday, 9 June 2014

Decoding The Label: Lanolin


While you may have heard of it, you might not know how it's made....

It's a fatty substance that's naturally found on sheep's wool. It acts as a waterproof raincoat for sheep and protects them from the elements. 

Because it's used from an animal by-product, it's not suitable for vegans. The sheep isn't harmed in the removal of the lanolin, so some cruelty free beauties will still use products that contain it.  

Lanolin is used in a lot of beauty products as a base for ointments and creams. You're most likely to find it in shampoos, body lotions, make up removers and lipstick.... most likely you have it somewhere on you now! 

It's popular to use in beauty products because it moisturises your body, hair and lips amazingly. It holds 400 times its weight in water. 

Hopefully this bit of information will help you decoding your cosmetics labels!
Amy, XO


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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Collective Haul featuring Clinique, Antipodes, Revlon, Rimmel, Ulta 3 and more



May was a very expensive month. There were some great new releases, like the Maybelline Color Elixir's, and some fantastic GWP deals on at David Jones and Priceline.

Here's what I picked up in May...


Ulta3 "Light Candy," Lipstick "Sweet Currant" Lipstick
and "Blackberry Tart" nail polish 

Chemist

This is from a chemist near work. I'm not sure the name, but I do know they stock Ulta3 :)


I originally went in to buy the "Blackberry Tart" nail polish after seeing it on a blog, but then saw that they had a buy 2 lipsticks and get a nail polish for free.

Because I can't resist a BOGOF deal, I ended up getting a light frosted pink and a berry lipstick, along with the blackberry nail polish. 


Ulta3 is already so affordable, but with this BOGOF offer, the 3 items were $5.90!


Coles

I recently finished my Bioderma and was needing a new micellar water. I saw that Coles had 50% off selected Garnier products and I ended up picking this up. It seems that people either think it's better than Bioderma or doesn't stand up to it (even though it's a lot cheaper).

Personally I don't see a lot of difference. I do find that the Bioderma works a bit better, but at the end of the day they both remove make up. 



Priceline

Last month Priceline had an Antipodes GWP. I adore Antipodes products and picked up the Aura Manuka Honey Mask. I've never used it before and can't wait to see the results. With any Antipodes purchase you got the Joyful Hand & Body cream for free. It smells divine!! I'm going to use it as a body moisturiser since I have quite a few hand creams already.

I also picked up another of the Savvy by DB High Shine Lip Lacquers, this time in "Bright Lights." It's a gorgeous orange colour. I've previously reviewed some of the other colours here

A new brand to Priceline is Manuka Doctor. They have a few different lines in their range for different skin types/concerns. I ended up picking up the Lip Enhancer. It helps to plump your lips. 



Mecca 

Speaking of lips I also picked up the Mecca Cosmetica Lip De Luscious Night Lip Conditioner.

This retails for $32 for 10gm (ouuch!!) and contains shea butter and vitamin E. There is the Day version available, but that contains SPF25. I bought it because it's supposed to give you hydrated, smoother and plumper lips. I'm loving it (it was in my May favourites here) and will buy another one when I've finished this. 


While I love this, I won't get the day version because it's in a tub and it's not great to use when you're on the go (ughhh dirty hands and lipbalm isn't nice at all). I'll stick to my tube lipbalms!




Chemist Warehouse

CW have 50% off their beauty brands, so I picked up 2 Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks in "As You Want Victoria" and "Sloane's Plum." 

Revlon is also 50% off so I got the Colorburst Matte Balm in "Shameless." Shamless is a gorgeous purple. It's a colour that I'm not sure if I'll use a lot, so I'm glad I picked this up on sale. 

I also picked up the Goat Soap with Manuka Honey and the Goat Soap with Oatmeal as they had them on special. These are so moisturising and great to use. Another boring beauty item I bought was a Dove deodorant.  



Clinique

This is a purchase that I actually backed out of, then caved in days later.

David Jones had this Clinique GWP last month and  I went into a store on my lunch break knowing that I wanted to get the make up removing balm, but I ended up talking myself out of it.

Days later I went back as I knew I needed to buy a cleansing oil/balm very soon anyway, so I might as well pick up the GWP now.

I also picked up their City Block Sheer sunscreen. I have finished my beloved Pevonia sunscreen, so I picked this up to qualify for the GWP. I really like it, but it doesn't compare to the awesomeness that's my Pevonia sunscreen!


I really love Clinique's GWPs. They do a great mixture of skincare and make up. There's 4 skincare items and 3 make up products in this bag. 

And that's my May collective haul.

WOW it's quite shocking how much I've picked up without really realising. Picking up a lipstick or 3 on your lunch break really adds up at the end of the week! 

Did you do a lot of damage in May?
Amy, XO


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Tuesday, 3 June 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things... May 2014



In May I started using quite a few new products... and also have said goodbye to a few favourites, which you'll see later in my empties. Here's what I've loved in the month of May.



Hair

bHave Rescue Intense Shampoo* & Conditioner*

Of course it can't be a favourites post without mentioning my beloved bHave duo. 

I've always struggled with wavy, frizzy hair. But since using this duo I can wash my hair, let it air dry and still have soft, smooth hair!! It's also completely changed the health of my hair. It's my holy grail shampoo and conditioner. 

I've previously reviewed this here

theBalm En Root Pre-Styling Conditioning Spray*

While theBalm are known for their make up, I don't hear much about their hair products. Which is a shame, as I'm obsessed with this leave in conditioner.


It feels light on the hair and leaves it feeling soft and hydrated. It also smells INCREDIBLE!!! 

John Frieda Nourishing Oil Elixir* 

This has been a late inclusion, but it's so amazing that I just couldn't not rave about it.

I love that it's a lightweight oil, that still provides a lot of hydration. It also leaves my hair feeling so soft, smooth and silky. A pump of this in my hair, followed by a quick brush and it looks like I've put in so much effort.

I've previously reviewed this here.




Skincare

Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Night Lip Treatment

This has a ouch-worthy pricetag of $32.00 and after a couple of uses I thought "NOOOOO I could have bought something better."


But then it happened... I fell in love!

It has a gorgeous candy scent. It has an almost thick oily feel. I apply this overnight and my lips feel so soft and hydrated the next day. After using it for the last 3 weeks, I'm hooked. I'm wanting to pick up the Kissable Lips Smoothing Lip Exfoliant next!

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Make Up Remover* (not pictured)

This is my second bottle and I actually love it more now than I did before. 

I'm trying to use up the many many products that I have and remembered that I had this. I love the pump applicator as it makes it so much easier to use and less messy.

It removes my make up quickly and easily and leaves my skin feeling so soft and smooth. I'll most likely purchase this again, although first I need to use up my other oil cleansers first!

I've previously reviewed this here


Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser*

Biore do great, affordable cleansers and this new release is awesome. Even though it contains charcoal, which helps to absorb excess oil, it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry or tight. 

I've previously reviewed this here.

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask*

I'm fantastic when it comes to never sleeping in make up and I religiously use sunscreen everyday... but when it comes to using masks I'm hopeless.

But even I can use this for one minute, once a week! 


It heats up and helps to purify your skin and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. 

I've previously reviewed this here.

Boots Laboratories Optiva Radiance Refresh Tonic*
I normally love a spray toner, but lately have really loved this liquid toner. I apply this with a make up pad and it leaves my skin feeling refreshed. 

Boots Optiva is currently on sale at Amcal until the 8th of June, and this toner is only $9 for 150ml. 

DMK Super Bright*

I'm turning 30 in September and I'm really focusing on sorting out my skin so I have sparkling skin in my 30s. 

Pigmentation is my biggest issue and I've been using this mask every night to help reduce the signs of pigmentation and sun damage.

DMK is a paramedical skincare range. I'm also using 2 other DMK products currently (the Deep Pore Pure Cleanser and Solar Damage Gel) and they're brilliant. They're kind and gentle on the skin, but you get great results.

I'm wanting to get the Direct Delivery Vitamin C Serum and the Herb & Mineral Mist, but I need to wait for pay day as they're on the pricey side.

SkinCeuticals Advanced Pigment Corrector*


This is a cream that I apply after my serum. It helps to repair any pigmentation and uneven-ness, but it also helps to prevent future damage.

As with all pigmentation products, you HAVE to apply sunscreen otherwise all of your hard work will be for nothing. 


I've heard amazing things about the C E Ferulic serum (this one) and have heard the serum and corrector work amazingly together.  

Just like with DMK, this brand is on the higher end price wise. But I haven't read a bad review about either brand. You're paying for quality ingredients and real results. 

Nivea Lipbalms

I have 4 different Nivea lipbalms that I'm currently using. I use the Milk & Honey and the Olive & Lemon* balms when I have dry lips and the Soft Rose or the Fruity Shine (Peach)* when I'm wanting more of a glossy look.

The Peach lipbalm is AMAZING. It smells beautiful (like the Peach Spritz drink) and gives a hint of colour and gloss.

I love that they're inexpensive (I bought the Milk & Honey and the Soft Rose at Coles on Saturday on sale 2 for $6) but still work fantastically.


Make Up

Maybelline Color Elixir Liquid Color Balms

I've been really loving the new Maybelline Color Elixir Liquid Color Balms.

I have 3 colours and love how glossy and long lasting they are. They're exclusive to Priceline currently. I'm wanting to pick up some more colours, but I'm waiting for them to be on special as they're $17.95 each here in Australia. 

I've previously reviewed them here

And those have been my most reached for products. There hasn't been a lot, but they have been consistently in my beauty rotation. 

Is there anything that you've been loving?
Amy, XO

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