Friday, 19 September 2014

Pevonia Guest Post: Spring Clean Your Beauty Routine!



Hi beauties,

Today I'm bringing you a special post that I wrote for the Pevonia blog (you can read their blog here). 

I hope that you enjoy reading it! 


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Spring clothes have started to enter your local Westfield stores and you know what that means....

Exposed arms and legs!

I'm not sure about you, but this strikes fear in me. Over winter, I've been a bit lazy with body beauty related tasks. In summer I use an exfoliating glove, a body wash and a body moisturiser every day. But in winter I'm too busy enjoying the warm water that I seem to skip most of these steps… because who wants to be standing in the cold applying moisturiser head to toe!

With the warmer weather just around the corner, I'm forced to take drastic action. 

Step 1: Shed my scaly skin

The best way to get smooth skin is by either using an exfoliating product or exfoliating glove/dry body brush. I prefer to use a glove as it's cheap, easy to use and I can clean it easily.

Otherwise I love grainy exfoliators, especially for the soles of my feet. 

Step 2: Put The Moisture Back Into It

Oils are great for moisturising your skin, especially when you apply it to damp (not wet) skin. Until recently, I was put off by oils. Back 10 years ago when I first heard about body oils, they were heavy, sticky and took ages to dry. But now body oils aren't heavy or sticky. A lot of brands also have them in a spray formula which makes them not only feel lighter on the skin but it also makes it much more fuss free. 

I've recently been using the Pevonia “Dry Oil Body Moisturiser” and have been so impressed. Because it's in a spray bottle, I can target places where I need more moisture (like my chest, arms and legs).

It's a light moisturiser that doesn't leave my skin oily or greasy. If you're wanting to give the illusion of skinnier legs, apply a little bit extra down the middle of your legs. It's the body version of highlighting powder!

I also love to apply this onto my feet and then wear my socks to bed. I wake up with smooth, soft and silky feet.

It does have a soft scent. It's not too over powering so I can still wear my perfume. It contains Aloe Oil, Macadamia Nut Oil, Chamomile and Lavender Oil. It both moisturises and calms my skin.

Step 3: Disguise My Imperfections

There are a few ways you can do this. One of my least favourite body parts are my arms. I suffer from Keratosis Pilaris, otherwise known as "chicken skin." It means that my arms have small bumps on them, as well as the area being pinky/red. 

They're inflammed clogged pores and sadly there's no cure. But there are ways of reducing and hiding them. Exfoliating is the best way. Using a body wash or lotion that contains AHAs or BHAs helps to gentle exfoliate the skin. If your facial cleanser contains salicylic acid in it, you can also use this on your arms. Pevonia have their “Preserve Body Moisturiser” which contains AHAs, which can be applied to the arms. 

When it comes to exfoliating the area, always be gentle. You can't "scrub it away." 

I also find that tanning my skin helps to both reduce the redness of the area as well as hiding them. 

Step 4: Wear your outfit!

With the 3 steps above, you'll be ready for your favourite summer dress, sandals or strapless top!


Amy, XO

*I was kindly sent the Pevonia Moisturiser for this post. All thoughts and views are completely my own, and are always 100% honest. See my disclosure policy here.
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Beauty On A Budget: NP Set Duo Packs



When you're on a budget, it can be difficult to get good products at an affordable price. 

Here enters NP Set by Napoleon Perdis. NP Set is like Napoleon's little sister. It still has great quality, but at a smaller price tag. 

This month they released 4 of these fantastic duo packs which range from $10-$25. You'll need to get in quick before they sell out as these make great, inexpensive Christmas gifts.... yes, I just used the "C" word!! 


The least expensive pack (it's only $10) is this lipgloss and nail polish set. The nail polish is a gorgeous pastel pink that's fantastic for spring. The lipgloss is a very sheer, but glossy, light pink colour. It feels so moisturising and lasts for about 2 or so hours before I need to reapply it. 

I couldn't find these on the NP website individually. 


I was really excited to see this pack as it has an eye primer in it. An affordable eye primer (that actually works) is hard to find. It also comes with a mascara. For only $15, it's fantastic value. 

If you were to buy these individually it would be $39.00.


This setting powder and highlighter duo is my favourite out of all the packs. While the Shimmer Highlight Duo is meant for your cheeks, I've been OBSESSED with it as a cream eyeshadow. I apply a brown/taupe colour first and then I use my Rae Morris Creme Shadow Shader (brush 8.5) to apply the cream highlighter.

I love how the highlighter gives a plain, matte eyeshadow some sparkle. I'm hoping to do some swatches later this week of this over some shadows so I can show you how gorgeous it looks.


I already own the other shimmer Highlight Duo that's in "Peach/Pink" and now am tempted to try it over some eyeshadows.

If you were to buy these individually it would be $53.00. 


This is the most expensive pack and it's only $25 for a serum and eyeliner. 

I've previously used the eyeliner in brown and it's soooo soft. I actually used it as a brow product because I found it soft and easy to use. I haven't used the NP Set serum before. 

If you were to buy these individually it would be $53.00. 

I think one pack which would have made a great addition to the set is a lipstick and lipliner pack.

You can purchase NP Set online here or find your local stockist here

Which is your favourite pack? Have you started buying Xmas pressies yet?
Amy, XO

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Reviewed: Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss



Mary Kay recently released a range of new products and these 4 gorgeous lip glosses were apart of the launch along with their cream eye shadows, which I've reviewed here

The four colours are...

Pink Luster (pink with some sparkle)
Berry Tart (berry/mauve)
Mango Tango (tangerine)
Rock And Red (strawberry red)

I used to be a strictly lip gloss girl, but lately I've skipped them in favour of lipsticks. But that's about to change.

When I first tried these, it was love a first use. 



The lipgloss has a doe foot applicator which is easy to use. 


While lipglosses usually have a light pigment, I found that these pack a huge punch, especially Mango Tango and Rock And Red. I was actually expecting it to be sheerer and was so surprised when I applied Rock And Red onto my lips for the first time. It's very vibrant, especially for a lipgloss.

The above photo is one swatch onto my skin.
 

Then I applied another layer...


As you can see, it's easy to build up the drama with just with one extra swipe of the applicator. 

Berry Tart is perfect for anyone that wants to get into purples, but is cautious about pulling it off. You can build up the colour to be more vibrant until you feel comfortable switching to a purple lipstick.

My favourite colours are Rock And Red and Mango Tango. Rock And Red is a gorgeous strawberry red. It's very vibrant and is a great spring/summer alternative to a red lipstick.

I've always loved tangerine colours on others, but being pale it never seemed to suit me... until now. Because it's a lipgloss, it doesn't give my lips a block colour. Instead my naturally pigmented lips create a base where it looks a bit more red based on my lips, rather than orange. It ends up meshing really nicely.

With these, I get between 2-4 hours of application and colour. Once I get to the 4 hour mark, I need to reapply as I've normally lost the colour from talking/eating/drinking. 


What I love about these is the fact that it's not goopy or heavy on my lips. It feels so comfortable and really hydrates my lips, so I don't need to apply a lip balm over the top in the 2-4 hours of wear. 

If you do build them up so they're extremely vibrant, you may want to use a clear lip liner to make sure it doesn't move outside your lip liner. Innoxa, Models Prefer and Mary Kay all do great invisible lip liners. 

These retail for $23.00 here in Australia or $26.00 in NZ. While they're a bit more expensive than my other lip glosses, they out perform them in every way!

They have 4 existing lipglosses in the range, which you can see here.


Do you prefer a lipgloss or lipstick?
Amy, XO

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

New Products I'm Trialling: September 2014 + Would you be interested in seeing FOTD posts?



Being out of the blogging game meant that there were many missed opportunities to blog about some amazing products that I've bought or was sent by PR companies.

Some of these products have been out for a while, while others have only been released in the last month. 

To make up for missing out, I'm using September as a fun trial month where every day there will be something new to try. 


Today I'm trialling the new Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation, theBalm Instain blush, and Covergirl Bombshell ShineShadow. While tomorrow I'll be testing out one of the Colour Theory Duo eyeshadows along with the Natio Blush & Bronze Palette, Max Factor Xperience Sheer Gloss Balm and Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara. 

Would you like to see Face Of The Day posts featured regularly on the blog? Let me know in the comments :)

Here's what will be on my face, hair and body this month...


Max Factor Colour Elixir Lipstick*
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet (2 are PR samples, 2 I bought with my own money)
Mary Kay Mary Kay Lip Liner*
ELES Pr Lip Primer*
Max Factor Xperience Sheer Gloss Balm*
Mary Kay True Dimensions Lipstick*
Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss*


Max Factor 2000 Calorie Waterproof Mascara*
Colour Theory Eyeshadow Duo*
Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments
Napoleon The One Concealer*
Covergirl Bombshell ShineShadow by LashBlast
Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner*


Mary Kay Highlighting Powder*
Mary Kay Bronzing Powder*
Natio Blush & Bronze Palette in "Rosy Glow"*
theBalm Instain*


Max Factor Skin Luminizer Foundation*


Rae Morris Brushes

Radiance Brush (no 27)
Square Kabuki (no 4)
Crème Shadow Shader (no 8.5)
Brow Brush (no 18)
Medium Oval Shadow (no 11)
Medium Point Shader (no 8)
Mineral Buffer (no 21)
The Rae Plate (magnetic plate)


Eleven Australia Keep My Colour Blonde Treatment*
Pevonia Dry Oil Body Moisturiser*
Eleven Australia Me All Over Hand & Body Wash*
Indeed Labs Exfoliator
Olay Luminous Tone Perfecting Treatment*
Olay Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream*
Burt's Bees Radiance Eye Cream*
Burt's Bees Radiance Serum*
Antipodes Kiwi Seed Oil Eye Cream 



Models Prefer Nude 10 Shades Eyeshadow Palette
Face Of Australia Dark Side Nail Polishes
Rimmel Colour Rush Long Lasting Intense Colour Balms*
Rimmel Rita Ora Collection Nail polishes*
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Wine Stock (480) with the Miracle Gel Top Coat

Is there anything in particular that you've loved and would recommend me try first? Or are there any products that you want to see a review on?
Amy, XO 

PS I hope this doesn't come across as a braging post!! I'd love to hear if you're interested in seeing a post like this monthly (normally there would be less products but since I'm 3 months behind on blogging there's a lot of products I haven't tried) or if you would prefer a post at the end of the month with the products that I've tried and my thoughts (both good or bad) on them.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

How To: Getting Rid Of Dry Skin



Dry skin can happen to everyone, but it starts to become a serious problem when the seasons change. It's now Spring in Australia and while our legs have been hidden for months, with the weather heating up the last thing we want to show off is scaly legs and arms.

Here are the products that I use to get rid of dry skin...



Nivea In-Shower Smooth Lotion Skin Conditioner

I've bought so many of these Nivea In-Shower body lotions since they were released. I always stock up on these when I see them on sale at Priceline or Coles.  

This version is my favourite as I find that it's not too heavy, but still offers enough moisture even if I use this and skip a moisturiser.

It's also fantastic for anyone that has extremely dry skin as you can use this in the shower and then follow up with your usual moisturiser. 

Nivea Pure & Natural Body Lotion*

It's for normal to dry skin, so it's great for layering (like with the Nivea In Shower Lotion) without leaving you sticky or it feeling heavy on your skin.

I love the new larger bottles that have a pump. It makes life easier than having to fiddle with a lid when your hands are greasy from a moisturiser!

This is probably my favourite moisturiser out of the Nivea range as it's light and has a gorgeous subtle plant based scent. 

Premium Spa Ultra Firming Body Balm* 

This contains certified organic jojoba oil, as well as shea butter and goji berry. The scent is slightly herbally, but in a subtle way. I also adore the Premium Spa Frangipani & Coconut SOS Moisture Balm for a sweeter scent. It's perfect for spring!! 

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Rich Repairing Lotion 

I think the claims of "hydration felt up to 7 days" is nonsense, but it's really moisturising and absorbs fast into your skin. It has a subtle smell that's more on the plant based side. 

I've been really impressed with this and it's the second bottle that I've bought. 

Natio Spa Coconut and Shea Body Butter* 

This moisturiser isn't thick and glugy like other body butters. It has a really smooth consistency.

There is also a Natio Spa Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion for those that prefer something a bit lighter. It has a pump, so it's great for those that don't like dealing with lids on tubs! Both the body lotion and the body butter contain certified organic coconut, shea butter and jojoba oil. 


Both of these are under $20, so it's an affordable option that feels luxurious. 

Another 2 products that I wanted to mention (but have used up and don't have images of) is the Dirty Works Coconut Body Butter. It has a light coconut fragrance. It feels heavier and thicker than the Natio Spa body butter, but still moisturises into the skin quickly and easily.   

The Boots Optiva Comforting Body Balm is another great body lotion. It sinks into the skin easily and quickly and is perfect all year round. It has great packaging and Amcal pharmacies often has this on sale!

What's your favourite body product to use when your skin is looking a bit scaly?
Amy, XO

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