My Picks For The Priceline 40% Off Skincare Sale (Wednesday 27th And Thursday 28th January 2016)

Tuesday, 26 January 2016


I love to stock up when Priceline has their 40% off skincare sale (like this previous haul last year) and this year is no exception!

Last time they had their sale I posted this, where I suggested a lot of awesome products. And many of them I still adore and use, so check it out for recommendations. 

But in the last 6 months since I wrote that post, I've found some amazing new products that I wanted to recommend to you for the sale on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th of January.



Cleanser

It's always great to pick up cleansers as it's one of my most used beauty products. I'm currently using the Trilogy Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream* as my skin is leaning towards the dry side. I use this day and night. 

Over the last 6 months, the "drugstore" has killed it with oil cleansers. The Palmer's Ultra Gentle Facial Cleansing Oil is an amazing oil cleanser that is so good that it made it into my Best Discoveries of 2015 post (here). It's a super affordable cleanser that's under $15 and has that beautiful Palmer's scent. It's good for all skin types, even oily skin as it rinses off easily. I use this most nights as I can use it without needing a wash cloth and it removes quickly. 

Another great oil cleanser is the new Swisse Moringa Cleansing Oil. This one I'd suggest for normal to dry skin, as it does feel heavier and is a little bit harder to remove. I use a wash cloth to help remove the oil but I can still feel a bit on my skin, so it's important to follow up with your normal cleanser to remove all of the oil. 

If you prefer a cleansing balm then you need to pick up the Trilogy Make Up Be Gone Cleansing Balm.* While I adore this, I don't use it as often as the Palmer's oil cleanser because it's a bit thicker and I need a wash cloth to remove it. I like to reach for it when I've got fuller coverage on. 



Toner And Exfoliator

I first started using skincare in the 90s when your routine was only a 3 step system, so I NEVER skip using a toner. I prefer a mist over one you apply with a cotton pad. The only exception is the Bioderma Hydrabio Tonique Moisturising Toning Lotion* (not pictured) because it's such an amazing toner.

Two toning mists that I've repurchased time and time again are the ModelCo Replenishing Rose Mist Facial Mist and the Avene Thermal Spring Water (not pictured). They're both so refreshing and easy to use. 

A new one that I've recently fallen in love with is the Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner. I received a deluxe sample in the latest Marie Claire The Parcel beauty box and instantly went out and bought it after using it. It feels so incredibly refreshing on my skin. 

If you're looking for a toner that smells amazing, then the Trilogy Hydrating Mist Toner* is fantastic. It's main ingredient is rose water, so you know that it has to smell sweet. It's alcohol free and really refreshes your skin. It reminds me of the Jurlique mists, so if you like them pick this up as it's half the price even before the 40% off!

I prefer a grainy exfoliator and have been enjoying the Palmer's Exfoliating Facial Scrub. I use it 2-3 times a week and it leaves my skin feeling so soft. 



Serum

If you've never used a serum then the ModelCo Instant Miracle Booster or the L'Oreal Skin Perfection Serum are great ones to start off with. They're both what I would call an all rounder as they help to brighten the skin and make you glow.

I've only just started using the Hylamide Booster C25 this month but I already adore it. It's a vitamin C serum that has a strange consistency. It almost feels like a lightweight, watery oil. It sinks into the skin quickly and works well underneath my serum (I'm currently using the ModelCo serum) and moisturiser.

One of my stand out products of 2015 was the Trilogy Botanic Lightening Treatment. It's an amazing serum that really helped to reduce some of my pigmentation. It has a lightweight formula that's perfect for all skin types. 

If you can be bothered adding in another step, then the Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence is amazing. You apply it after a toner and before a serum. It helps to boost your serum. It's on the pricier side ($39.95) so I'd pick this up on sale. I'm currently on my 2nd bottle. 


Masks

I adore using sheet masks, but find them sometimes difficult to fit into my day as they work best when you have them on for 20-ish minutes. I've been using the Nuxe White Brightening Perfecting Mask* and I adore them. They're a tissue sheet mask that always leaves my skin feeling soft and looking glowy. The Indeed Laboratories Hydraluron Moisture Boosting Mask is another sheet mask that leaves my skin feeling plump, glowy and radiant. 

If you're looking for an inexpensive mask, then the single sachets from Montagne Jeunesse (not pictured) are fantastic. They've got so many different ones available for every skin type and concern.  

Clay based masks are fantastic for detoxing your skin and helping reduce congestion. If you have normal to dry skin then I'd suggest buying the Trilogy Mineral Radiance Mask.* Even those it's a clay based mask, it doesn't leave my skin feeling tight or dry. It contains sweet almond oil and rosehip oil to keep your skin hydrated. 

If you have normal to oily skin then the Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask is perfect for you. It contains kaolin and charcoal to help detoxify, while also using manuka honey which is a great antibacterial ingredient. 

The Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey Mask is a product that's a cult favourite among bloggers and is worth picking up as it's on the pricier side ($48.99).


Body and Lips 

Body products are included in the sale, so it's the perfect time to stock up on body wash and body moisturiser. I'm currently using the Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Souffle* and it's INCREDIBLE! I'll use it in the morning and even after my bedtime shower, my skin still feels hydrated and smooth. 

The PureTan Pure Moisture Coconut Body Creme is a pricey moisturiser that I always pick up at the 40% off sale. It smells amazing and is incredibly hydrating. 

Another product that I adore is the Antipodes Joyful Hand & Body Cream. It has a beautiful floral scent that stays all day on my skin. It's pricey, so I would only pick this up on sale. 

I'm obsessed with Lanolips (I've bought 4 already this year and it's not even the end of January) so I suggest buying one of each flavour!! They're amazing. 

And lastly I've been loving the La Roche-Posay Barrier Repairing Balm on my lips to keep them soft and smooth. 

What's on your wishlist for the Priceline skincare sale? If you've tried any of my recommendations, would you recommend them too?
Amy, XO 

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

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Reviewed: The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops

Friday, 22 January 2016


From the first time that I bought a foundation, I've had issues finding a colour match. A lot of the time, brands don't offer colours light enough for pale skin and for darker skin tones they don't offer a range of dark colours.

Some brands do have a white colour liquid pigment that you can use in your foundation (eg MAC and Illamasqua) but then you're having to spend $100+ just to get a foundation light enough (not to mention the mess factor of having to mix your colour every day). 

Luckily The Body Shop have released an affordable option for those of us that have pale skin. The Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops retail for $29.95 here in Australia. They're made for The Body Shop foundations, but I've been using it in 4 of my non Body Shop foundations.

I first tried it in my L'Oreal True Match Foundation. The shade I bought is on the yellow side and is slightly too dark for me. I normally add a drop to help lighten the foundation and also neutralise the yellow undertone.


I was a bit worried that it would change the formula of the foundation and impact the way it looks and feels but I haven't noticed that.

The drops are white with a slight pink undertone. I was slightly worried that it would make my pink based foundations look even pinker, but the white keeps it from being too pink.  


I've also used it with the Rimmel Match Perfecting Foundation. My shade is on the pink side and is nearly a perfect shade, but I just add in half a drop to make it a slightly bit lighter.

Another foundation that I've used it with was the Covergirl Ready Set Gorgeous Foundation. I haven't had any issues with the drops causing separation or it affecting the longevity of the foundation. 

I've applied half a drop and even 3 drops and have been so impressed with how effective it's been in changing a foundation from too dark to just perfect!

This is great for anyone that has trouble with finding a shade light enough or for someone who fake tans and needs a more affordable option than buying 2-3 different shades of the same foundation. 

I haven't tried the darker shade dropper (or obvious reasons) but I'd assume it would work just as well as the lightener.

The only complaint I have with this is the dropper. It's not the best as it doesn't suck up much of the formula. If it had a better dropper, it would be the perfect product.

Do you have issues finding the perfect foundation shade?
Amy, XO 

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The Best 16 New Discoveries of 2015

Thursday, 14 January 2016




Over the year, I try out a LOT of products. Some I immediately fall in love with and others have me happy to finish them! 

Here are my picks for the best products that I tried in 2015. Some of these were released in 2015, while others I only tried in 2015...

Reviewed: Remington Revitalise Facial Cleansing Brush

Tuesday, 12 January 2016



I seem to either use a facial cleansing brush constantly or not at all, there never seems to be an in-between. I've been using the Remington Revitalise Facial Cleansing Brush in the last few months of 2015 and after using it, it made me wonder why I ever stopped using one!!

Boxing Day Collective Haul featuring Urban Decay, Lipstick Republic and Soda & Co

Sunday, 10 January 2016




Here in Australia, Boxing Day is our "Black Friday." It's the day after Christmas Day and stores have massive sales to help get rid of any post Christmas stock. While it's been a huge event for our department stores for many years, online shopping has made grabbing a bargain much easier (with the added benefit of not having to battle people for the last gift box!).

This year I did my Boxing Day shopping all online. Here's what I ordered...

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