Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas: MOR Marshmallow Stars Eau De Parfum Set (Under $50)

Last weekend Myer had 20% off Christmas Packs (only on selected brands) so I headed in on my lunch break and picked up this amazing one from the brand MOR.

MOR do amazing products, that feel luxurious but have a good price tag. 

The gift pack I bought is the "Marshmallow Stars Eau De Parfum Set." I've been a HUGE fan of the Marshmallow range for years and have tried their soap, body lotion, petite candle and perfume oil. It's a scent that is light but lasts for hours. I can't stop smelling my wrists when I've applied the perfume oil. 

I ADORE the packaging. I always find cardboard packaging a waste as I will 99% of the time throw it out, so I love that this gift set came in a tin. I love the design of the tin, that I'm almost tempted to get another one!! I'm wanting to actually take off the lid and use it to store my make up brushes in (which is why I want another tin!). 

I actually bought a "faulty" pack as it contains 2 hand and body milks instead of a hand and body milk and a hand and body wash. I don't have the receipt... or the patience to deal with the Christmas rush, so I won't be taking it back to exchange.   

The pack is worth $56.95, so you're not saving a lot by getting this gift pack, but the perfume is worth $49.95 by itself, so you really get the lotion (50ml) and wash (50ml) for free as well as the beautiful packaging. With the 20% off sale, I paid $39.96 for the set!

MOR have some wonderful gift sets this year that start from as little as $12.95 and goes up to $79.95. 

Here are some of my favourite ones...

Lucky Star $12.95

Contains either a Blood Orange Hand Cream or Lychee Flower Hand Cream in a Bon Bon. This is a perfect Kris Kringle gift, especially if you only have a small budget. And it's already packaged, so you don't need wrapping. 

Shining Duo in Marshmallow $24.95

You'll notice MOR released a LOT of packs in the Marshmallow fragrance... and that's because it's amazing. 

This pack has a Marshmallow soapette (60gm) and a Marshmallow hand cream (50ml). It comes packaged in this cute midnight blue cosmetics purse.  

Wish Upon A Star Deluxe Soy Candle $59.95

If I could wish upon a star, then I'd wish for this! This soy candle has notes of strawberry, pineapple, mango, lily and vanilla. It smells INCREDIBLE and has gorgeous rose gold packing.

It contains a cotton wick (lead free) and burns for 60 hours. Santa if you're reading this, I'm hoping that this candle is waiting under my Christmas tree next Thursday!

Marshmallow Diamond $79.95

I was actually tossing up between this pack and the pack I ended up buying. I really wanted this one (due to the fact that the robe is sooooo soft and luxurious and I need a new one), but I''m supposed to be saving!! So I went the cheaper option. 

It contains the 100ml perfume along with the robe. 

And there are my favourites from this years MOR Christmas releases!!

They have some amazing gift packs available this year and you can see the rest here. As it's so close to Xmas, head into David Jones or Myer to pick up one.

Are you as obsessed with the Marshmallow scent as I am? Or do you prefer another MOR scent?
Amy, XO

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas: Jurlique Aromatic Rose Duo (Under $60)

Every year Jurlique release amazing gift packs. They have a huge variety for different ages, skin types and budgets. 

The gift packs give you the best value for money, so they're great if you're either wanting to buy something for someone else or for yourself!

One of my favourite packs this year is the Aromatic Rose Duo. This pack doesn't contain skincare, so it's a perfect pressie when you're not quite sure what their skin is like.  

It contains a "Rose Hand Cream" and "Essence Of Rose Roll-On Fragrance Oil." The hand cream is HUGE (125ml) and will last you a lifetime. 

While some rose scents can smell nanna-ish and fake, this rose scent smells like a fresh bouquet of roses.  

What I love about these, is the fact that they're perfect for a handbag. The Roll-On Fragrance Oil is especially fantastic if you travel and don't want to take a full size fragrance. 

The duo is $59, with $85 value. It also comes beautifully packaged. Jurlique also offers complimentary gift wrapping.  

There is also a limited edition Rose Body Oil (RRP $79) that would work beautifully with this. 

If you're wanting to put your own touch into a gift, head into a Jurlique store or stockist and create your own gift pack!

My favourite Jurlique products include the Jasmine Body Care Lotion, Purely Age-Defying Nourishing Cleansing Oil (reviewed here), Rosewater Balancing Mist and the Daily Exfoliating Cream. 

You can purchase Jurlique from their stores (here), Myer, David Jones, selected pharmacies and online here

Are you a fan of perfume for Christmas or do you find that it can be difficult to buy for someone else?
Amy, XO

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Sunday, 14 December 2014

Beauty On A Budget: Chi Chi Make Up Blending Sponge ($5.95ea)

Recently Chi Chi released 4 new beauty sponges. At only $5.95 each, I couldn't wait to get my hands on them.

When I went into Myer on Monday, there were only 2 of them sitting on the stand, so I picked up both. 

The orange sponge is an hourglass shape with a flat top on one side. The pink sponge is an hourglass shape with a pointed top. 

What I love about the packaging is that it tells you EVERYTHING that you need to know about how to use it. No matter if you've used a thousand beauty sponges before, or if this is your first one, the packaging tells you the best way to use it. 

This non-latex sponge is to be used damp. I like to wash the sponge the night before and let it airdry. I find that it still has enough dampness to work properly, and this way I can wash it after every use and still have it ready for the next day. 

I first took a photo of both of them out of the box. They look on the smaller size. 

After running the orange one under water, you can see that it gets bigger. I found that it took about 30 seconds for it to expand. 

The sponge is very easy to use and the grooves of the sponge help to get into spots like the curves of your nose and around your jawline. 

This would be a fantastic sponge to use if you like contouring with liquids. 

I've only used it with a light coverage foundation (Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation) so I can't comment on how it performs with thicker/heavier formulas. I did try to build up some coverage on my cheeks and it worked well.

I've used both and probably prefer the orange sponge as it has a flat side near the tip. It reminds me of a mix between the Real Techniques sponge and this one from Natio. 

At only $5.95, these sponges are amazing. I now need to get my hands on the other two sponges. You can see all four styles here

I think they're only available online from Chi Chi and also available at Myer instore.

Will you be picking up one?

Amy, XO

PS I can't compare it to the Beauty Blender as I don't own one, but would love to hear from you if you've tried them both!

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Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Gift Ideas: Lush "Little Ro's Flowers Gift" (under $60)

When it comes to buying gifts, sometimes it can be difficult if the person has allergies or is vegan/vegetarian. It makes food related pressies difficult. And it can also make skincare and make up purchases difficult too!

Lush is one of my favourite places to buy eco friendly, vegan and vegetarian Xmas purchases. Their products are "naked" (free of unnecessary packaging), their ingredients are sourced ethically and they they don't work with businesses that do animal testing (eg they won't purchase ingredients from a company that does animal testing).  

Every year they release a fantastic range of limited edition Xmas products (including their famous "Snow Fairy" shower gel) and some wonderful pre-packaged gifts that range from $11.95 all the way up to $185.00.

What's wonderful about the gifts is the fact that they're already packaged beautifully, so you don't have to worry about making sure that you have wrapping paper/bows/sticky tape!

One of my favourite gifts this year is the "Little Ro's Flowers Gift." It contains 6 products in a beautiful floral box. The pack contains... 

Ro's Argan Body Conditioner (45g) 

Rose Jam Shower Gel (100g) 
Vanilla Deelite Body Lotion (100g)
Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie (45g) 
Gorgeous Moisturiser (10g) 
Honey I Washed the Kids Soap (120g) 

The Rose Jam Shower Gel is a limited edition product, but all of the other items are available always, so if you get addicted to it you don't have to wait until next Xmas to get more!

The Rose Jam Shower smells beautiful. The scent lasts for quite a while on the skin. I like to either use this in the shower or use it as a hand wash. All of Lush's shower gels are multi purpose. I've had a friend that used to add a small amount of Snow Fairy into her washing machine to make her clothes smell nice. I've Snow Fairy and also their shampoo "I Love Juicy" as an environmentally friendly floor cleaner (the citrus ingredients cuts through grease quickly). 

Shower products
Left to right: Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie, Rose Jam Shower Gel and Honey I Washed The Kids Soap

Body Moisturisers
Left to right: Vanilla Dee-Lite Body Lotion and Ro's Argan Body Conditioner Skin Conditioner

Facial Moisturiser
Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser

What's great about this gift is the fact that it's all shower and body products, so it doesn't matter if the person does or doesn't have a bath in their home. 

There is also a great mix of products. Some people prefer thicker moisturisers (like Ro's Argan Body Conditioner), while others like a lightweight body lotion (like Vanilla Dee-Lite). You can use the products all year round depending on the season and what your body needs. 

This gift pack costs $57.50.

You can see all the Christmas packs and limited edition products here.

If you have a boyfriend/hubby/brother/father that is hopeless at gift giving, then send him into Lush as the staff there will be able to point him in the right direction! 

Do you have any friends or family members that are Lush addicts?
Amy, XO
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Wednesday, 10 December 2014

First Impressions: Max Factor Colour Elixir Gloss

Max Factor has really stepped up their game in the last year. Before then I hardly heard about their products from bloggers, but lately so many bloggers have been raving about their mascaras, lip products and CC Cream. 

Their most recent release is their Colour Elixir Gloss. There are 5 colours available and I was sent 4 of them to trial.   

I've always had a soft spot for lipglosses as they're easy to use and low maintenance. 

The packaging on these are sleek. It has a doe foot applicator for quick and easy application on the go. 

Top to bottom: 
Lustrous Sand
Luxurious Berry
Enchanting Coral
Polished Fuchsia

The above picture is just one swatch. You can tell that, even though they're lip glosses, they're quite pigmented. 

I found it was a bit hard to build up the colour with a second swatch. 

Lustrous sand is quite beige on my arm, but swatched on my lips it doesn't really show up. I have quite pigmented lips and this just made them look shiny and glossy. I'm actually glad that it isn't too pigmented as beige looks awful on my lips since my natural colour is more on the pink side. 

The other colours showed up better on my lips. I love all 3 colours and have been wearing them daily for the last month. There is just enough colour to give some brightness to my face but it's a lot less upkeep than a lipstick.

I love the fact that I can also have these on my lips for a couple of hours without needing to touch up or apply a lip balm. These are really hydrating and are perfect for anyone with lips that get dry easily. 

They retail for $19.95, but Max Factor is often on sale at Priceline so keep an eye out to get them at a cheaper price.

Have you been impressed with any Max Factor products lately?
Amy, XO

PS I just bought Liz Kelsh's new book from Target on Monday. She's the head make up artist for Max Factor. The photography is amazing and I can't wait to try out her looks. Here's the book if you're a make up book lover like I am :)

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