Archive | February 2014

Product Empties/Products I’ve Used Up – Would I Re-purchase?

All Empties

 

Hey guys!

I have recently used up a whole bunch of products and through I would share my thoughts on them! Personally I love reading blog posts and watching YouTube videos on products other people have used up and hearing mini reviews on them as if someone has used up an entire product they have a good idea of how the product works and what they like/don’t like about it.

So keep reading on if you want to know how I liked these products!

 Batiste

Batiste Dry Shampoo 150ml –

So if you’re a beauty lover and ready blogs and/or watch beauty videos on YouTube then I’m sure you have already heard about this dry shampoo a hundred times! This one is the 150ml bottle in original, they do have various scents which I have tried most of them as well as ones specifically for blonde or brown hair which I have not tried.

Now I have a love/hate relationship with this dry shampoo…

So if you don’t know what a dry shampoo is, basically it is like a powder that usually comes in an aerosol can (sometimes in just a bottle but I don’t like those because its messy) and it is used to soak up an excess oils in the hair to make it look clean again and also can be used to give the hair a little volume. This dry shampoo does exactly that, it makes my hair look and feel clean again without making it gunky and gives the roots a nice little lift of volume.

The powder comes out white so can give your hair a white cast if not rubbed in properly or if you have really dark hair (in which case you should probably try the dark hair one). I personally like the slight white cast and am not too fussy with rubbing it in entirely because I do colour my hair blonde so I find this helps with making the roots look lighter to match the lengths of my hair especially when I have a little re-growth.

My hate with this dry shampoo is that it has really irritated my scalp and I have had dermatitis on my scalp ever since I started using it. I am now trying a world of different treatments to try and get rid of the dermatitis including prescriptions from the doctor. A family member has also had the same issue since starting to use it. My hair dresser said it’s likely from the alcohol contained in the product which would be drying out my scalp.

I used to wash my hair every single day because I couldn’t stand the slightest amount of grease in my hair and of course this was very damaging for my hair. The only way I was able to train myself onto only washing my hair every 3 or so days wash with the use of dry shampoo in between, so it’s kind of a catch twenty two, damaged hair from washing it every day or damaged scalp from the dry shampoo…so annoying!!

I am currently trying a different dry shampoo and my hair dresser also suggested to try baby powder instead so Ill trial those and see if I can find anything that works as good as this dry shampoo at cutting the grease without the damage to my scalp. I have already re-purchased back-ups of this dry shampoo but will hold off on trying them for the moment until I sort out my scalp issues. Despite the issues it causes me, I love it so much I will probably continue to re-purchase it and use it…silly I know!

 Epsom Salts

Faulding Epsom Salts Magnesium Sulphate 375g –

 Ok so Epsom salts are not really a beauty product but they are kind of part of my beauty routine so I thought I would include them. Epsom salts are supposed to be really good for detoxifying the body and for relaxing sore muscles, and this is exactly what I use them for! I will always continue to re-purchase this product and keep it on hand.

I like to put around a cup full into my bath water and then soak for at least 20 minutes so help relax sore tired muscles and I find it really works. I highly suggest trying this in your bath if you have issued with sore muscles or just to help with detoxing the body, works a treat!

 Essence Brow Gel

Essence Clear Brow Gel 9ml –

I love this brow gel! It’s from the brand Essence which is a German brand that can be found at Target and Priceline. This is a great affordable every day brow gel. I think it only costs around $4.00 or less and it’s great for brushing through your brows to help hold them in place all day.

As you can see there is still some left in this tube but near the end it gets very gunky from the brow powder getting on the wand and mixing with the gel and do it doesn’t apply as nicely so it’s time to toss it. I have re-purchased this many times and I also always have at least 1-2 backups on hand.

 Gillette Shave Foam

Gillette Shave Foam in Lemon/Lime –

I have purchased this shave foam a few times, mainly just because it’s cheap and is one of the only ones available at my small local store. It’s not a bad shave foam but it’s nothing to write home about either. It does have a slight citrus fragrance but still just smells like regular shave foam and works just like a regular shave foam and is not very moisturising.

I really don’t have much to say about this product, I’m still trying to find the perfect shave foam/gel. Would I repurchase it? … I guess if I was desperately in need of some and had to go to my local store with its limited options then yes, would I go out of my way to get it again? Definitely not.

 Goldwell Toner

Goldwell Colorance Soft Colour 10-P Pearl Blonde 100g –

Ok so this is a toner I use every 2-3 weeks to brighten the blonde in my hair and get rid of the brassy tones…and I love it!

My hair dresser used this on me one day to tone me hair and then gave me the rest of the bottle to take home because I was complaining that I couldn’t find a toner I liked and that most purple shampoos I had tried didn’t do much for removing the brassiness from my hair. This is a foam that you put all over wet hair after shampooing it and leave on for 5-20 minutes depending on the results you want, I leave mine on for about 15 minutes.

It will help to give a more ashy tone to the hair and remove any brassy/orange tones. I use bore water where I live and I find it’s quite harsh on my hair colour and turns the blonde brassy very quickly. I hate this because I like a quite ashy tone to my hair so I need to tone it every couple of weeks or so to keep the colour how I like it.

This is the best product I have tried for this purpose, it doesn’t dry out my hair or irritate my scalp and my hair dresser said I would get around 4-5 uses from the bottle (I have an insane amount of hair!) but I managed to get around 8-9 uses out of it and I used to lather it on! Obviously if you have a normal amount of hair you will get more uses out of it. I’m not sure what stores stock this as I purchased it from my local beauty supply store where I get an industry discount but I think you can get Goldwell from some salons and most hair supply stores.

I have already re-purchased this product and will continue to re-purchase it. Love it!

 Lush Rub Rub Rub

 LUSH Rub Rub Rub Shower Scrub 330g –

This is one of my all time Holy Grail products that I can’t live without! I absolutely love this stuff! This is an exfoliating sea salt scrub from LUSH for the body and I have not found another body scrub that makes me skin as soft as this one. It comes in one of their standard black pots that you can return 5 of to get a free face mask when they are empty so I’ll be saving this to do exactly that with once I have 5!

The product itself is a bright blue colour and it has a really nice fresh ocean type scent to it. It’s made from sea salt that has been ground up which I like because it means it doesn’t feel too harsh on the skin like some chunkier scrubs.

You basically get into the bath or shower and get your skin wet (you can use it on dry skin but will be harsher) and rub this all over anywhere on your body you want to exfoliate, concentrating on drier areas such as feet, elbows and knees and then rinse it off.

This product will leave your skin feeling so baby soft and smooth, it is amazing! Have re-purchased several times and will continue to re-purchase this product, go get you some!

 Lush Shower Jelly

LUSH Whoosh Shower Jelly –

This is another product from LUSH that I have used up and will be keeping the pot to take back for recycling for my free mask.

This product was not one of my favourites. It’s basically a body wash in jelly form, when I seen it at LUSH it really intrigued me and I had to try it. It had a nice scent to it, very fresh and a little citrus like. What I didn’t like about this product was the texture, it is as the name implies, jelly! So of course when you’re trying to wash your body wish this in the shower it is so hard to hold onto and just slides out of your hands down the drain hole all the time and you end up losing half of it!

I have heard something about freezing it and then using it like a bar of soap but honestly that’s too much effort for me, I just want a nice body wash that I can leave in my shower and use easily that smells nice and does the job.

This product was just too much work for me and I don’t think I would re-purchase it again.

 MAC Fix Plus

M.A.C Fix Plus –

 This is an iconic product and I’m sure you have all heard of it before. This is basically glorified water in a bottle that costs around $27 in Australia that can be used for a variety of different purposes. This water contains certain minerals in it and it smells quite nice and fresh.

Some of the uses for this product include;

–          Use before makeup to hydrate skin

–          Refresh skin and makeup throughout the day

–          If you have over done it with your makeup and it looks a little cakey you can spritz some of this on to make your look more natural

–          Spray pigments and glitters to help them adhere to the brush and lid better

–          Spray in the hair for moisture and shine

The list could go on…

I mostly use this product to spray on if my makeup looks cakey or to spray my brush with before applying pigments to help them adhere and to give a foiled effect. I have tried it for all of the above purposes and it works well. Whilst I do think this product is insanely over priced for what it is I do really like to have it on hand and I have already re-purchased another one.

I will be keeping the empty bottle for M.A.C’s recycling program which is where you can return any 6 empty packages in exchange for a lipstick.

 Michael Todd Cranberry Antiox Toner

Michael Todd Cranberry Antiox Hydrating Anti-Aging Toner 250ml –

I love this toner! Michael Todd uses natural organic ingredients in their products which I really like so I have tried quite a few products from their line and this is one of my favourites. This is a hydrating toner but I find I can still use it when my skin is being oilier and it is made from cranberries so it has a really nice fresh cranberry fragrance to it.

I don’t really have much to say about this product other than it is a great toner and I have re-purchased it many times and will continue to re-purchase it.

 Michael Todd Scrub

Michael Todd Tropical Fruit Enzyme Exfoliating Scrub 100g –

I have another Michael Todd product that I have used up and this one is another Holy Grail product of mine!

This is a gently exfoliating scrub for the face that can be used for all skin types and it is amazing! It smells like tropical fruit but not in a obnoxious way, its very light and fresh and I absolutely love the scent! This scrub is so gently I can use it every day if I want to but mostly I just use it around 3-4 times per week. I find the best way to use this scrub is to gently rub my face with it and then leave it on for a couple of minutes and then rinse it off, I find I get the best results doing it this way.

This scrub leaves my skin feeling so baby soft and does not irritate it at all. I highly recommend this product! I have re-purchased it many times and will continue to re-purchase it, I can’t live without this!

 Moo Goo Conditioner

Moo Goo Cream Conditioner 500ml –

 I purchased this conditioner along with the matching shampoo from a health food store months ago when my hunt first started for the perfect natural shampoo and conditioner.

I have to say I really did not like this conditioner or the shampoo, I found their weighed my hair down and made my hair feel kind of dry and prone to knotting.

I did not actually use up either the shampoo or the conditioner. The shampoo is currently being used as a dog shampoo and the conditioner I tried to use to shave my legs with after I decided I couldn’t use it on my hair anymore but it even made my legs dry and irritated so I’ve decided to just toss the remains of it.

I was really disappointed by these products as they were quite pricey (I think around $17 per bottle) and I had high hopes as the lady at the store told me they were very popular. Unfortunately they just didn’t work for me and I will not be re-purchasing them in the future.

So that’s the end of my mini reviews on these products I have used up. I will continue to collect products I finish and will do another post soon of some different products once I have a few empties saved up!

I hope you enjoyed these mini reviews, let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts on them are, I’d love to hear from you.

Disclaimer:

All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own.

Lush Bath Bomb Tower – My Favourite Way To Store My Bath Bombs!

Stand 2

Hi Guys!

So I just wanted to do a quick post showing you how I store my bath bombs from LUSH.

Ok so first of all let’s address the fact that I clearly have an obsession with these bath bombs as you can see from the large number I have in the picture! What can I say? they are amazing! I love going to LUSH and I can never resist getting some of their bath products to add to my collection, everytime I decide to take some “me time” and relax in the bath rub I always add a bath bomb from LUSH. It just fills the whole room with whichever beautiful fragrance I have chosen and makes me feel so relaxed and the scent lingers for quite a while on the skin.

I love that LUSH use more natural ingredients in all of their products which is something I try to really look for in my beauty products where possible. Their bath products can be quite expensive, you can check out their prices on their website which I’ve linked below but I think they generally range from around $5-$9. I do sometimes cut mine in half or even thirds if they are really large ones so I can get multiple baths out of them.

http://www.lush.com.au/

Now onto what I use to store them! This is actually the cupcake stand that I used at my wedding and after my wedding I decided to recycle it to put my bath bombs on.

It is just an acrylic cupcake stand that I got off eBay, sorry I’m not sure who I purchased it from or how much it was as it was a while ago but if you search arcylic cupcake stand in eBay a heap should come up in different sizes. This is actually one of the 5 tier stands but I dont know where the top level has gone as we didnt use it on our wedding day as it was too small so I just use it as a four tier stand.

I find this is a great way to store my bath bombs as they are always on display, easy to find as they are all in the one place and it makes the room they are in always smell amazing! It does look better with a few less on it, as mine looks quite crowded at the moment. I used to lose my bath bombs when they were just stored in the paper bags they come in so I really love having them on display like this.

Let me know if you decide to try this out or if you have any other ideas for how you store your bath bombs!

Disclaimer:

All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own.

Lorac Unzipped Palette vs Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette – Comparison and Review

So there is a lot of hype at moment about both the Urban Decay Naked 3 and the Lorac Unzipped palettes as well as many people comparing the two and saying they are similar.

I recently purchased both of them and thought I would review them both and do a comparison with swatches showing the differences.

 The Lorac Unzipped palette retails for $40.00 USD (I had purchased and shipped over from America by a friend) and contains 10 shades. It comes in a pale yellow card board packaging with a magnetic closure and has mirror inside.

The shadows in this palette are quite warm pink, gold and bronze tones. These eye shadows are very pigmented and smooth and blend very nicely. This palette contains four matte shades and six shimmer shades.

Lorac Packaging

 Lorac Shadows

The Urban Decay Naked 3 palette retails for $52.00 USD (I purchased from www.tarazz.com and paid around $65 for it and then around $17 shipping, however this website no longer stocks Urban Decay) and contains 12 shades. This palette comes in a rose gold colour tin that had ridging on the top and a snap shut closure. This palette also comes with a mirror inside and a duel ended brush that has a blending brush on one side and a shader brush on the other side.

This palette contains more cool tones pink shades and some taupe shades. The shades in this palette are nicely pigmented and most of them a quite smooth, some are a little chunky which I’ll talk about below and I don’t find these shadows to have the same pigmentation as Urban Decay shadows normally do however they are still very good quality. This palette contains three matte shades and the rest are shimmery/glittery.

UD Packaging

UD Shadows

 (All shadows are swatched and listed from left to right)

Lorac Unzipped Top Row – Undercover, Unbelievable, Unattainable, Unconditional, Unbridled

Undercover is not very pigmented

 Lorac Top Row

Lorac Unzipped Bottom Row – Undiscovered, Unreal, Uncensored, Unspoken, Untamed

 Lorac Bottom Row

Urban Decay Naked 3 – Strange, Dust, Burnout, Limit, Buzz, Trick

Strange is quite chalky, Dust and Buzz are very chunky and Trick does not apply very pigmented to the lids

 UD Top Row

Urban Decay Naked 3 – Nooner, Liar, Factory, Mugshot, Darkside, Blackheart

 UD Bottom Row

Overall I think both of these palettes are beautiful but I don’t think they are similar at all, I mean yes they both have rosy tones to them but the Lorac one is more warmed tone and has more golden/bronze and burgundy shades and the Urban Decay Naked is very cool toned and has more pale pinks and taupe shades.

They both are great in regards to quality however I do think the Lorac on is more pigmented and smoother and I do prefer the shades in the Lorac on over the Naked 3 as I have blue eyes and I find the warmer tones bring out the blue in them and also suit my skin tone better. For me personally I like the Lorac one way better than the Urban Decay one but I am glad I own both and due enjoy them both for different looks.

If you are tossing up which one to get I would recommend looking at the shades and deciding if you would prefer a more cool or warm toned palette depending on your skin tone, eye colour and general preference.

Disclaimer:

 All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own.

Rimmel London Scandal Eyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara First Impression/Review

Mascara

So I was recently in Chemist Warehouse and was drawn into this bright red packaging of this new mascara from Rimmel and couldn’t resist (the fact that it was on sale as an introductory offer also helped!) . This is the latest release in the mascara line from Rimmel London and it’s called the “Scandal Eyes – Rockin’ Curves” mascara.

As I already said I was drawn into the bright red packaging which has a black and red snakeskin pattern on the bottom part of the tube and a new type of wand that I have never seen before that I like to call the “worm wand”. Here is what Rimmel claim this mascara will do; “Say goodbye to quiet lashes! Our first broken heart-shaped brush creates a fringe of big, curvy, rockin’ lashes. This cleverly-shaped applicator twists and curves to hug the lash line; the thin tip grabs hard-to-reach inner lashes, while the amplified base pulses lashes with incredible volume and curve. Lashes are plumped and lifted in one clean stroke. No clumps!”

Mascara wand

This mascara is only available in one shade which is black and does not seem to come in a waterproof version which could be a walking away point for people who prefer to only wear waterproof mascara.

As you can see from the photos the packaging and wand for this mascara are huge! They say the “thin tip grabs hard-to-reach inner lashes”, well yes the tip is thinner than the rest of the wand but it is still nowhere near what I would call “thin”. I have small eyes and sparse medium length lashes so generally I prefer a smaller straight rubber bristled wand as I find it works much better for getting in close to my lashes at the root. I found with this mascara wand I ended up with mascara everywhere because the wand was so big compared to my eyes and I couldn’t get in close enough to my lash line to really wiggle the wand and create volume because I was at risk of poking myself in the eye with the massive wand if I got too close!

Mascara wand up close

Because of this I found I wasn’t able to get much volume from the mascara and it also didn’t provide any length therefore did not do a great deal for my lashes. It is a fairly dry formula of mascara and I can see it could get clumpy (which they claim it doesn’t) if too much is applied. It gave my lashes quite a spidery look to them so if you like that you may love this mascara but I personally prefer a wispier look.

Mascara on both eyes

This mascara did hold a curl quite well which is something I really look for in a mascara. I did find a few minor flakes on my cheeks from this mascara throughout the day but nothing major and it did not smudge at all which was a big positive. This mascara was also very easy to remove which is something I really loved about it, I can’t stand scrubbing at my eyes for ages at night to try and get a mascara off!

So to sum up the pros and cons;

Pros: –  

Holds a curl well –

Love the colour and pattern of the packaging –

Easy to remove –

Does not smudge

Cons: –  

Some flaking –

Packaging is very bulky –

Wand is too big to get in close to lashes –

Does not give much volume and length

Overall I would say this mascara is not my favourite and I probably wouldn’t re-purchase it given it did not do much for my lashes however if you like the larger brushes and a kind of spidery look to your lashes you may love this mascara. After all mascara is a very personal thing! I do often find that once a mascara dries out a bit after a week or two the formula can change and sometimes for the better so I am going to keep playing with this mascara and trying it out some more and I will keep you updated on my thoughts.

I hope you enjoyed this first impression/review and let me know in the comments if you have tried this mascara and what your thoughts are on it.

Disclaimer: All products mentioned in this post were purchased by me with my own money. I am not being paid or sponsored to do this review and all thoughts are my own.