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Makeup Haul – Essence, Models Prefer & Chi Chi


Hi Guys,

Just thought I’d share a quick haul with you of some products I have picked up lately.

– Essence silky touch blush in Autumn Peach
– Essence Be Loud Collection blush in Apricot
– Essence Blush up powder blush in Pinky Flow
– Essence beach cruisers collection blush in Summer Break
(Can you tell I went a little Essence blush crazy!!??)
-Essence Maximum definition volume mascara
– Essence beach cruisers collection waterproof liquid eyeliners in Sun, Fun & Copper and Keep Calm and go to the Beach!
– Modelsprefer Mineral Powder Soft Touch powder in Soft Focus
– Chi Chi mineral eyeshadow in Don’t Stop Believin

Let me know if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts are or if you have picked up anything lately you would recommend I try.
If you would like me to do swatches or reviews on any of these products please let me know in the comments.

Disclaimer: all products were purchased by me using my own money. This is not a sponsored post.


Priceline Haul – Santurary Spa, Essence, Savvy, Rimmel London + More


Hello Lovelies!

I recently picked up a few items from Priceline and though I would do a haul to show you what I purchased. If you would like a review on any of these products then please let me know in the comments below.

– Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser in Cocoa Glow

– Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover

– Essence I Love Extreme Volume Mascara

– Essence Lipstick in Dare to Be Nude

– Essence Lipliner in In The Nude

– Savvy Ultra Matte Colour in Lights…Camera

-Sanctuary Spa Thermal Face Scrub

– Antipodes Skin Brightening Serum

– Essence Glitter Polish

Trashy Tuesday – Week One – Product Empties

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Hi Guys!

Welcome to the first week of “Trashy Tuesday’s”! If you are familiar with my previous “Product Empties” posts, well these are going to be the same thing really, I have just renamed it! If you missed my post last week explaining, I have decided to do a blog post every Tuesday called Trashy Tuesday where I will do mini reviews on products I have used up and let you know if I would repurchase them or not.

So here are my thoughts on the following products that I have used up recently;

Joico K-Pak Reconstruct Conditioner –

This is a massive bottle of condition, a whole litre and it took me forever to use up! This range is designed to repair damaged hair and I used to love this conditioner and the shampoo that goes with it, so much so that I have a gallon sized bottle of the shampoo! When I first tried this line I absolutely loved it and it worked really well in my hair but I find my hair gets used to products and would get used to this range really quickly and it wouldn’t do much for my hair after about a weeks’ worth of use.I also since found other shampoos and conditioners that I found work better for my hair so it became like a chore to try and use this up. The bottle kept filling up with water in my shower for some reason even though the pump was screwed on tight so heaps of it actually got wasted as I was tipping the water out before using it each time. This is a really nice conditioner and it works well but I just had too much of it and got sick of it so I probably won’t purchase it again at least not for a long time. I am still working my way through the massive gallon bottle of shampoo and I think it will take me years to use up!

Arbonne RE9 Restorative Day Crème SPF 15 –

This is about my third bottle of this moisturiser and I really like it. It is a really nice, very moisturising day crème. I find this to be very hydrating but not greasy on my oily skin which is something I really love about it. It is all natural which is what I look for in my skin care and I would definitely repurchase this again.

Essence Lash & Brow Gel Mascara –

This is my favourite brow gel and I have featured it in many empties before as well. It’s very affordable and does the job pretty well, not much more to say about it – it’s just great! I have already repurchased this and always have backups waiting in my collection.

Gillette Sensitive Skin Shave Foam –

This product is ok, it’s not my favourite for shaving as I much prefer shave gels but it did the job. It doesn’t really have a scent, it’s just a basic inexpensive shave gel and I will probably repurchase in the future again.

Crystal Body Deodorant Stick –

I have spoken about this product before in a products I don’t enjoy blog post where I spoke about how I just don’t get this product. It is a crystal stick deodorant that you are supposed to dampen with water and then rub on your underarms. I didn’t find this did anything and was a very strange product. I have tried to use it a few times now and just don’t like it so I’m going to get rid of it even though it’s still full because it’s just sitting there wasting space. I obviously would not repurchase this product.

Arbonne Aromassentials Unwind Rejuvenating Body Mist –

This body spray smells like lavender, ylang ylang and chamomile and has a very soothing relaxing scent. I spray this on my pillow and body at night time to help me relax and get to sleep. I really like this product and have already repurchase it.

So that sums up my first Trashy Tuesday, I hope you guys enjoyed this post. Let me know in the comments what you have used up recently.

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.

Priceline Haul – Essence and Australis


Hi Guys!

I have a small Priceline haul to share with you guys today. I recently popped into Priceline and found some really cool looking items that I can’t wait to play around with. Most of the items are from Essence with the exception of one brow product from Australis which looks like it may be a dupe for the new Benefit Gimme Brow. If you would like to see a review on any of these products then please let me know in the comments below.

Here is a list of what I got;

– Essence I (Heart) Extreme Crazy Volume Mascara

– Essence Maximum Definition Volume Mascara

– Essence Eyeshadow in Fox in the Box

– Essence Eyeshadow in Peach Beach

– Essence Lash and Brow Gel Mascara

– Essence Quick Dry Topcoat

– Australis Tint My Brow in Blonde

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and what your thoughts on them are.

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.

June 2014 Favourites

All Products

Hello lovelies!

I can’t believe another month has passed and we are now half way through 2014! Being the end of another month it is time for me to share with you all what I have been loving for the past month so let’s get into it. I know that normally in winter people go for a paler look and darker lips and eye looks but despite the freezing weather I have been loving a really bronzed look the last few weeks so you will a lot of bronze coloured products in this month’s favourites. I probably look very out of place wearing extremely summer friendly makeup whilst walking around rugged up and shivering but oh well it’s just what I have been liking lately.

M.A.C Minerlize Blush in Warm Soul –

The first product I have been loving this month is Warm Soul from MAC. This is a really pretty shimmery bronze blush with hints of rose in it. It looks so pretty on the skin and blends beautifully and has been going really well with my bronzed looks I have been loving.

M.A.C Bronzing Powder in Refined Golden –

I got this bronzer as part of the Alluring Aquatics collection but it is available in their permanent range. When it first arrived I wasn’t sure I would like it because it is quite orange toned and has a lot of gold shimmer in it but with a tan it looks really pretty.

Makeup Geek Eyeshadows in Cocoa Bear, Crème Brulee and Bling –

I have been loving these eye shadows in conjunction with the gold base and shadow that I will talk about below to create a really beautiful warm golden eye. I use Crème Brulee in the crease, the gold shadows below on the lid, Cocoa Bear in the outer v and on lower last line and Bling on the brow bone. It is such a beautiful eye look and really makes my blue eyes pop.

Bath and Body Works Candle in Coconut Leaves –

I am obsessed with this scent! It smells like a tropical heaven to me and I find it so relaxing. The notes in this candle are tangerine, papaya and coconut and it smells so delicious! I have been making my own candles lately as I want to go into business selling them and one of my supplies has found a duplicate for this scent in a fragrance oil so I can try and make my own candles that smell like this. I am so excited to try it out!

Arbonne RE9 Firming Body Cream –

I love using this firming cream on my neck and décolletage as that area along with your hands and the parts of your body that show age first so it is important to look after them. This body cream has a really nice light fresh scent and is made from all natural ingredients. I don’t have any wrinkles or anything like that yet so I can’t really tell if it helps with those issues but it feels and smells really nice and I am hoping it is helping to prevent wrinkles and ages skin.

Essence Fix & Matte Translucent Loose Powder –

I have loved this powder for a long time now, it is so finely milled and I use it every day for setting my under eye concealer but have recently been also using it all over my face and I love it! It keeps me matte for hours and because it is so finely milled it doesn’t look cakey. This powder is really inexpensive so I would really recommend checking it out if you are after a new powder. Because it is translucent all skin tones can use it.

Eyeko Skinny Mini Liquid Eyeliner in Black –

This is a sample size that I got for free from beautybay.com when I placed my last order and I have been really loving it this month. The pen has a really fine tip which makes it very easy to get a precise line and the liner is super black and lasts all day long without any smudging at all. I love it!

Maybelline Color Tattoo in 45 Bold Gold and LÓreal Paris Color Infallible Eyeshadow in 027 Goldmine –

As I spoke about before I have been loving using these two in conjunction with the Makeup Geek shadows above to create a really beautiful warm golden eye. I place the color tattoo down first as a base to make the shadow last longer and to make the eye shadow on top pop more. I then place the L’Oreal eye shadow on top and the combination creates the most beautiful gold shade ever!

Tweezerman Leopard Slanted Tweezers –

Let me start by saying I have always hated plucking my eyebrows. I have always just used tweezes from beauty supply stores or Priceline and find it so painful and avoid doing it as much as possible (to the point of letting my eye brows become a disgrace from lack of care!). I have always heard people rave about Tweezerman tweezers but they are soo expensive I took me forever to take the leap and purchase them and I am so glad I finally did. These make plucking my brows a breeze, it doesn’t hurt at all and they are so sharp and slanted that they take out each hair so easily. I love these and wish I had purchased them years ago!

Arbonne Mineral Powder Foundation in Medium Beige and Tan –

I have been loving both of these for different areas, I use the Medium Beige all over my face on top of a CC cream or light foundation and then I use the Tan on my décolletage to give me a tanned look. These have a very slight shimmer in them that gives a really pretty healthy glow. They give a beautiful smooth natural finish and I have been really loving them especially in combination. It gives a lovely tanned glow using the Tan shade down my neck and chest, I highly recommend trying these out. They don’t give enough coverage for me personally alone on my face which is why I like to use a CC cream underneath and the combination gives perfect coverage without being cakey.

M.A.C Matte Lipstick in Enchanted One –

This lipstick is part of the Alluring Aquatic collection and I ummed and arrhed about getting it for ages before going ahead and including it in my order and I am so happy I did. It is a warm peachy/brown nude that I thought would be too dark for me but I actually really love it. The formula is so creamy for a matte and this shade is perfect for everyday and especially with the bronzed looks I have been going for, and who can resist that gorgeous packaging!

That sums up my favourites for this month. Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of these products and also what you have been loving this month, I would love to know.


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.


Product Empties/Products I Have Used Up – Would I Repurchase? #11


Almay TLC Foundation in Buff –

I quite liked this foundation when I first got it but then I stopped using it and now it has gone off so it is time to toss this one. This has about medium coverage and lasted pretty well throughout the day. I only really use my Arbonne Perfecting Liquid foundation now as it is my holy grail and I can’t find anything that competes with it so I probably wouldn’t repurchase this one.

Almay Line Smoothing Foundation in Buff –

As with the above foundation I used to quite like this one but I stopped using it and now it has gone off so time to get rid of it. This also had medium coverage and lasted quite well throughout the day. I did find this filled in my forehead lines quite well but it was a very sticky foundation so it was a pain to apply. I probably won’t repurchase this one either.

Ecopure Honey & Shea Lip Butter

I don’t know where I got this lip butter from but it was nothing special and I didn’t really use much of it and now it looks weird so I think it has gone off. The Nivea lip butters are my holy grail and I will continue to repurchase those so I wouldn’t repurchase this one.

I Love…Coconut & Cream Lip Butter –

I did like this lip butter when I first got it but then it got forgotten about in the back of my drawer and now has a slight chemical smell to it so I think it has gone off as well. This smelt exactly as the name implies, like coconut and cream and coconut is one of my favourite scents so I really liked this one. I would consider repurchasing this one.

Essence Stay All Day Long Lasting Eye Shadows –

These three eyeshadows from Essence are in a cream format but they are all very dry and patchy so I have never really worn them. One was so dry when I purchased it that the entire contents fell out of the pot when I opened it. I would recommend these and I definitely would purchase anymore. The consistency of these is so bad they are useless so they are going in the bin.

Arbonne RE9 Night Repair Crème –

I love this night cream, it is thick and moisturising without being too greasy and my skin is always smooth and hydrated when I wake up in the morning. It has a pleasant scent and I am already using another tub of this. I would repurchase it.

LUSH Turkish Delight Shower Smoothie Sample –

This is a thick consistency and is designed to be rubbed into your skin and then washed off whilst in the shower and it is supposed to be really hydrating. I did not like this product, I found it made my skin feel kind of sticky and tight and it was not that moisturising. I would not purchase the full size of this, it’s a weird product.

EOS Lip Balm in Pomegranate –

I purchased this off Ebay as we don’t have EOS in Australia and I wanted to try it out as I had heard a lot of hype about these lip balms. I later found out that there are a lot of fakes of these on eBay so I am not sure if mine was fake or not but I did not like it. It is just a waxy balm that does nothing for moisturising the lips and like the other lip balms above it now has a chemical smell to it so I am tossing it as I think it is off. I would not repurchase this.

Arbonne RE9 Smoothing Facial Cleanser –

I love this cleanser! It has a really nice light fresh fruit scent, it’s all natural and it removes my makeup really well and doesn’t sting my eyes. What more can I say? I love it and would definitely repurchase it again.


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.

May Blog-A-Thon Day Thirty One – May 2014 Favourites

Hi Guys!

We have made it to the last day of May Blog-A-Thon yay!!!! I have had a lot of fun challenging myself to upload a new post for every day in the month of May as hard as it was sometimes. I hope you all enjoyed it and I may do this kind of thing again some time in the future. I have never really had a set upload routine but before May I generally tried to post 3-4 times per week so normally every second day or so. I plan to go back to uploading around 3-4 posts per week for the foreseeable future. Now onto today’s post, I thought it was only fitting to upload my favourite products for this month on the final day of May Blog-A-Thon.

All favourites

I have not been wearing makeup everyday this month as I haven’t been working as many days and don’t tend to wear makeup if I am just sitting around the house blogging. So I don’t have a lot of makeup items this month and I also noticed that two of the items I have were actually in last month’s favourites…oops! Sorry about that, I didn’t realise until after I had chosen my products and taken and uploaded photos of them. I guess if I am featuring them in two months in a row you know I truly love them.

Ok let’s get onto the products,

face masks

Arbonne SeaSource Sea Mud Face & Body Mask –

This is one of the products that I featured last month and this really is one of my favourite masks. I won’t talk too much about ti given I already have before but it is just a really great mud mask that really helps to clean out my pores and clear my skin up.

nude lips

Nude Lips –

This month I have been really loving to wear a nude lip all the time which is so unlike me. I am usually the girl rocking bright purple lipstick at work! These four products I have been really loving to get the perfect nude lips this month.

–       Essence Metal Glam Lipgloss in Glam-Me

This was limited edition a couple of months ago so I am not sure if you get still get it but it is a really nice shimmery golden nude lip gloss that is a great topper for any of the following products.

–       Milani Colour Sensational Lipstick in Nude Crème

This is a really great pinky/beige nude lipstick that smells like watermelon!

–       Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencil in Madeira

This is another great pinky/beige nude that is a little paler than the Milani or Australis lipsticks and is so easy to just throw on and go. I absolutely love this lip pencil.

–       Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in Pa-Ree

I cannot wear this lip product alone, I hate the feeling of it as it feels kind of dry and sticky, it’s so weird! However I do love this lip product as a base to any lipstick or gloss as it is very long lasting and does not feel uncomfortable once it has something else on top of it.


Brittney Spears Island Fantasy Eau De Toilette –

I know its Autumn in Australia so I should be going for warmer scents but I love fresh summer scents all year round! This smells like a tropical beach holiday in a bottle! It’s very fresh and fruity and I absolutely love this scent.


Covergirl Clump Crusher Mascara –

I have been enjoying this mascara a lot this month and this is the second product to be featured in my favourites two months in a row. I do plan on doing a full review on it soon so I won’t talk too much about it but I do really like it.


Michael Todd True Organics Blue Green Algae Toner –

I hauled this product this month and so far I really like it. It has a very herbal/lavender scent so if you are sensitive to scents this may bother you even though the scent is from the natural products in it. I used to use the Michael Todd Cranberry toner and I have purchased another one of that to use next but I have been really liking this one to. The toner is refreshing but doesn’t dry my skin out.

body butter

Arbonne Ginger and Citrus Body Butter –

This body butter was a part of the limited edition holiday range last Christmas and I have been absolutely loving it recently. It has the best light and fresh scent that is very subtle and not offensive in any way. It is very moisturising and sinks into the skin quickly which I love.


Maybelline Fit Me Concealer in Sand –

I have had this concealer in my draw unopened for ages because I thought I had picked up the wrong shade and it would be too dark for me but I opened it this month and found I actually can use it. This is a light coverage concealer so even though it is a little dark it still works under my eyes and I usually put a highlighting concealer over the top anyways. It is smooth and creamy and blends in well. Not my favourite concealer due to the low coverage but I have still been enjoying it for a basic everyday concealer.

eye pencil

Jordanna 12 Hr Made to Last Eyeshadow pencil in Continuous Almond –

I have been using this as an eyeshadow base and it is amazing! It is smooth and creamy and covers and discolouration on my eye lids and my eye shadow doesn’t budge all day! I love this!

So that sums up my favourites for this month, let me know in the comments below what you have been loving this month.


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.