Lust Have It Box August

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Hello Lovelies!

I have to say that I am actually impressed with the Lust Have It Box for this month! Well last month’s really since I got these really late! It’s a bit like the beauty goddess knew what I was missing! Ok slight exaggeration, but I am still happy with it all. Especially since this month is the “birthday box” and August is my birthday month so hooray!

Ok, lets get down to business! ( To defeat the huns…. anyone else? No just me? ok..)

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BioElixia BodyShaper Stretch Mark Diminishing Cream (RRP: $39/125ml)

“Improve the visible appearance of stretchmark’s, skin texture and discoloration with the feeling of enhanced skin smoothness and softness” 

This is a full sized product and I know it is not perhaps the most exciting thing to receive.   However I am looking forward to trying it out (and hopefully getting rid of a few stretch marks….) and seeing how it compares to Bio Oil. Which is much cheaper and works quite well.

 

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Eleven Australia Miracle Hair Treatment (RRP: $24.95/125ml)

Another full sized product so can’t complain about that. I have a bit of a thing for hair treatments at the moment, so I am looking forward to trying this out. Especially since I have just dramatically changed the colour of my hair, so it is in need of a little extra love.

To me this sounds a lot like the Moroccan Oil type products that are so readily available now for hair. It is meant to add shine, smoothness and softness as well as strengthening hair and preventing spilt ends. I do love my Moroccan Oil, so I will be interested to see if this is as good or better.

 

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Essenzza Fuss Free Naturals Facial Cleansing Wipes (RRP:$6.95)

I have seen these cleansing wipes around and I do really like the almost retro design of the packaging. This is another full sized product with a bonus travel size pack. I have run out of cleansing wipes, so it’s great to have some new ones to try out.

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Bioderma Crealine H2O (RRP:$29.99/250ml)

“A micellar solution that cleanses impurites and removes makeup while respecting the skin’s natural balance”

I have seen this particular product on a few blogs so I am looking forward to trying it out. I did like the Garnier Micellar Water, so hopefully this will be as good or better. This is only a 20ml sample size.

 

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Mask Eyeshadow Brush Pro-Liner (RRP: $28.95)

Not going to say no to an eyeshadow brush! It seems like a reasonable brush too. However my Body Shop brush is still my favourite! It just seems to be the right size.

There were also a few vouchers included with this months box. I will be honest and say I probably won’t use most of them, but the QuickFlix voucher will definitely get some use.

 

That’s all for this month! I don’t think it is a bad bunch of samples to be honest and quite a few full sized samples. I will write proper reviews as I finish each product.

 

Hope you are having an amazing day!!

 

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Too Faced Shadow Insurence Review

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Hello Lovelies 🙂

A little look at some eye products this week! I bought this when I got the Too Faced Eye Shadow Pallete so it makes sense to me to review this in the same week.

I was a little skeptical of this product at first. When the girl at the counter was telling me about it all I could really think was “Really? Seems a bit over the top to have primer for your eye shadow….” oh how wrong I was.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eye Shadow Primer ($26.95) is now a make up staple for me. It is Too Faced’s best selling product and after using it for awhile now, I can see why.

Show Insurance basically creates a barrier between your skin (and the natural oils your skin produces)  and your eye shadow. It also evens out skin tone. It stops the eye shadow from fading, stops that thing that happens with eyeliner (you know how it ends up under your brow/top of your eye lid? or is that just me?), stops creasing and smudging.

A little goes a long way too. You only need a tiny bit of product and you can cover both eye lids. It is a creamy constancy and beige in colour. However it does dry translucent and doesn’t take long to dry.

I really love the fact that when I use this, my eyeliner stays put! Doesn’t matter what brand either. My eye shadow lasts all day and still looks good at the end of the work day. It is easy to blend any shades over the top of this product as well.

If this isn’t in your make up kit you need to add it to your collection!! I might be late on this band wagon, but I am so glad that I got on when I did!! This is a fantastic primer!

Have you used this? What did you think?

Have an amazing week!

 

 

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Too Faced A’ La Mode Eye Shadow Collection Review

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Hello Lovelies,

My apologies for the lack of post lately. Work has been hectic and then I was sick for most of last week. Which was definitely not fun. I’m back now though and ready to give my review of these lovely eye shadows!

This is really my first purchase from Too Faced and I wasn’t sure what to expect. Especially since I have always bought eye shadows from drugstore brands like Maybelline and Revlon etc. I mean how different can they be? I’m still not sure if I can answer that question, but I do love this collection of eye shadows.

I think I mentioned in a previous post that I was tossing up between this one and the natural eye one they do. The A La Mode inspired by the French Riviera is a limited edition. The packaging is tin and nice and solid. I don’t feel super confident travelling with it, although it hasn’t come under on me yet. The magnets that hold the lid together just don’t feel as strong as they could be.

I really like the warmer tones and the pops of bright colour to choose from. The eye shadow is a lovely fine powder consistency and easy to blend. As you can see below, there are three “looks” however I find that the colours mix and match really beautifully. The collection comes with an instruction booklet (for those of you who are as clueless as I am!) which is helpful, although I find I don’t tend to use it.

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I tend to use the Classic and Day colours the most, with Riviera (which I generally use as a base), Cannes and Jardin being my favourites. I like to use La Croisette in the corners of my eyes just to brighten them a bit. I do like how you can build the colour so that you can have a softer look for day time or work. If I can’t be bothered with eyeliner Soleil or Cote d’ Azur are great for day or De La Me’ for a more dramatic/smoky eye look. You can  of course use the colours on their own as well.

I did try to get some swatches, but they are a bit hard to see on my pale skin! I will try and add some later.

I really love these colours and I have been having a lot of fun playing around with them. I also like that I can wear them day to day. They wear really well too. I have been using a primer underneath and I find that they will last the day this way. I tend to like gold, peachy and copper tones so this suits me perfectly.

I am really super happy with this purchase and cannot wait until I can afford another collection like this (still lusting after Urban Decay 3!!). I would definitely recommend Too Faced eye shadows and will definitely looking to add more to my make up collection.

Hope you are having an amazing day!!

 

 

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lush Christmas in July Haul!!

 

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Hello Lovelies 🙂

Yes I managed to get my hands on some Lush Christmas in July goodies!!! Yay!!! (not yay for my husband). There was definitely a lot of “Just take my money!!!” going on! I am most excited to get my hands on Rose Jam Shower Gel. Have to say, these things sold fast! No surprise, but after hesitating with online, I’m glad I went into Lush before work and they had almost old out of Rose Jam and Snow Fairy! At 10:30AM!!! Crazy.

So here it is. My Lush Christmas in July Haul.

Shower Gels and Body Lotions.

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Rose Jam Shower Gel (RRP: $16.50/250g)

The one item I really wanted (and everybody else!). I actually got two of these, just to make sure it would last. I love rose scents, so this was a no brainer for me. I love using it with my Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (which I still have, despite buying in March) as the scent is the same. Nice Rose scent with that Lemon cutting through it, so it’s more fresh than sweet. I just wish the larger size had been available. The Rose Bubbleron also carries this scent. So nice. Love.

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Snow Fairy Shower Gel (RRP: 16.50/250g)

This has a very fun sweet scent. Also another popular one, obviously, although I prefer the Rose Jam to this for everyday use. A fun scent with a little glitter to get your shimmer on.

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Celebrate Body Lotion (RRP $28.95/225g)

I love the smell of this! It’s a beautiful orange zesty, summer smell. It reminds me of a cocktail kind of thing. The lotion itself is nice and much like Charity Pot in consistency. It is quite a powerful scent, though not overbearing. It leaves my skin feeling really nice and smooth as well. My only real problem with it is that I can’t wear it with Rose Jam! You really need to decide one or the other. Having said that, it pairs perfectly with my Soap & Glory Sugar Rush Body Wash. I wish it was summer, because I feel this really is a summer product. Not that it being winter has stopped me using it!

 

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Angel’s Delight Soap (RRP: $5.90/100g)

Ok, my piece doesn’t look as pretty as on the website, but it does smell good. It reminds me of Lush’s Miranda soap. I’m yet to use this and I would have loved to get a bit more colour through it. Maybe next time.

Bath Ballistics and Bubble Bars.

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Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic (RRP: $7.50)

The bath bomb I was most excited about. I really can’t wait to use this one. It is quite large in size compared to the others and I really like the scent. Another fresh orange, lime and cognac scent. There is gold dust is on the outside as well. Is it worth it? Review to come.

 

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Luxury Lush Pud Bath Ballistic (RRP: $6.75)

This definitely smells like Christmas, although it has the famous Twilight scent. Which is a warm comfy smell to me, though I have never used Twilight. Mine’s a little worse for wear, but it is still in one piece.

 

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Bombardino Bath Ballistic (RRP: $5.50)

How cute is this little guy? Huh? Pretty cute. Smells amazing. It is meant to have a lemon cheesecake kind of scent, but it reminds me more of Honey I washed the Kids. Either way I could just about eat it!!. It does have cocoa butter, to soften the skin, and vanilla as well as the lemon oil.

 

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Candy Mountain Bubble Bar (RRP:$6.50)

This reminds me of scenery in those old Christmas movies (with the stop motion puppets? Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer in particular.) although it reminds my husband of Wreck It Ralph. Either way, I’m guessing this is how those places smell. Sweet. This is the same scent as Snow Fairy. You can’t really see it in my photo, but it does have glitter all through it as well. Not a bad size and you could get a few uses out of it.

 

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Christmas Eve Bubble Bar (RRP: $6.50)

With jasmine and ylang ylang, this is meant to be a nice relaxing bubble bar. It is meant to be a crescent moon in the night sky. I like the look of it and the smell. Makes me wish it was Christmas Eve! Coz I would love to be sitting in a bath with a glass of wine and this bubble bar! Review to come.

 

I didn’t get either of the Shower Jellies or the Maple Lip Balm as neither of these really appealed to me. I have heard that some new Christmas items will be out this year, so I am excited to see what is new and different.

 

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Aqua Mirabilies Body Butter (RRP: $13.95)

Ok so not a Christmas item, but I tried this out in store and loved how smooth my skin felt. I bought one as a gift and one for myself.  I’ll let you know how it goes.

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and I will review items soon. Let me know if there is anything particular you want me to review or have tried yourself.

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

M.A.C Lipstick Review

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Hello Lovelies!!

As I said in my previous post, this is my first M.A.C Lipstick purchase. Can I just say now how impressed I am? Why did this take me so long? I’ve read the reviews and the raves and it seems any beauty blogger worth her salt has a least one MAC product.

So it took me awhile to actually pick a colour. I usually go for a “my lip colour but better” rose tone or a coral colour. But I was feeling daring and went pretty bold (for me). I have been wanting to try bold red lips and I think I just found my dream colour!

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M.A.C Matte Lipstick in “Ruby Woo’ (RRP:$36). Where have you been all my life? But seriously, this is a great red colour and I think would suit a lot of people. You can just wear a hint of colour or really build it to stand out. It has a nice cherry red to it and I really like the matte look. Makes it perfect for a dressed up/office day wear or heading out on the town.

It has really great staying power too. This is what really impressed me. The no marks on my wine glass test. Wearing it through the day I only really had to re-apply once. It did stand up to some food, although not deep fried Vietnamese, but it definitely lasted much longer and better than any other lippies I have owned.

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I know I look a bit serious! But that is how the colour looks. Loving it! The formula is nice too. Not drying in anyway.

Would I repurchase? Hell yes! In fact I will be looking to expand my M.A.C collection!

How about you guys? Do you have a favorite M.A.C Lipstick? Or something else you thing is better? I would love to hear from you!

 

Xx.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Weekend In Melbourne Part 2

Hello Lovelies 🙂

So now for the second part of my stay in Melbourne. After a nice sleep in and a bit of a house hunt, it was time for lunch at one of my favourite hole in the wall places.

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MissChu in Exhibition Street, which has delish (and cheap) Vietnamese food. The menu is like an old school tuck shop order form, where you tick the boxes next to your food choice. In the evenings it can get pretty busy, but is much quieter at lunch time on the weekend. I love the dumplings and pork buns. Service is pretty quick and you can get quite a feast for two without spending too much. A great place for a quick bite before heading to Her Majesty’s Theatre.

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The main reason we were here! To see Les Miserables. This version of the show did not disappoint! The lighting and staging effects were really fantastic! Simon Gleeson is amazing as Jean Valjean. His range vocally is truly breath taking. Hayden Tee (Javert) and Kerrie Ann Greenland (Eponine) were also standouts. The Innkeeper (Trevor Ashley) and his wife (Laura Mulcahy) were funny as always, though I still love Sasha Barron Cohen and Helen Bonhom Carter for these roles. It really is a very talented cast.

A few things I didn’t love was that the tempo for some of the songs was sped up slightly in this version and it felt rushed. I never really like Cosette in any Les Mis production, but that doesn’t mean Emily Langridge didn’t give a great performance. I just find her a bit bland and sappy. Marius (Euan Doidge) isn’t really a fav either, but Empty Chairs and Empty Tables is a powerful song. Oh and they need to shoot that annoying cockney child much earlier! Not a reflection of the Melbourne show, he is just a really annoying character in all versions of Les Mis. Seriously, it’s all I can do to not cheer when he does die (Hooray!).

Some highlights as far as staging and lighting go were the way the set moved and created different scenes e.g.: Village, City, docks. The opening scene is really fantastic and so is Valjean moving through the sewer with the unconscious Marius. The way that Javert’s final scene is done is probably the best I have seen in a stage show.  If you get the chance to see this, absolutely do. It really was fantastic.

Naturally after show drinks happened. First stop was The European. Which has a very classy pub like feel. We had the most amazing tapas. It seriously just kept coming. Starting with bread,dip, deli meats and olives, then hot tapas – Calamari, Arancini Balls, prawns, oysters, chicken and more that I can’t remember. Yum. Followed by a delish dessert plate with tiramisu, cheese, crackers, fruit and truffles. All very good and quite filling.

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Topping off the evening with cocktails at the wonderful 1806. One of my favourite cocktail bars in the city. The cocktail list works it’s way through the ages from the 1650’s to the present day. There is plenty to choose from for Scotch and Whiskey lovers or any other spirit you would like. A good beer and wine selection is available as well, but really it’s all about the cocktails!!

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The bar is small, though there are a few levels, creating a very cozy atmosphere. Leather couches arranged in intimate groups and a few tables as well. It has a very 1920’s/prohibition feel to the décor. There is a bar snacks menu available. 1806 also run various cocktail classes through the year too.

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It is table service only, but the service is fantastic. If you are having trouble choosing a cocktail or want to try something new but not sure what, make sure you ask your waiter/ess. The staff at 1806 really know their stuff and the waitress we had did a great job of choosing cocktails for us. If you are after a cheap drink, this is not the place for you(Cocktails start at $18). However if you are looking for a great place to kick off the night or a special occasion then I highly recommend 1806. Great service, great drinks and fantastic atmosphere. A great way to end the night.

 

That’s all from me, I hope you enjoyed this post! have an amazing day!

 

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Beauty Haul!! Lush, Too Face, MAC and Benefit

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Hello Lovelies 🙂

Well as you know I had a bit of a mini break and of course I need to get a few things! Well any excuse really! I’m actually quite excited because I finally got to purchase a few products that I have been lusting over.

First up Lush…

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You all know how much I love Lush. Or at least you should by now! I have run out of moisturiser instead of getting my beloved Vanishing Cream (RRP: $39.95), I decided to try something slightly heavier for winter. Imperialis (RRP: $33.95).

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I did have to restrain myself, but I like to get a bath bomb or two to try when I visit. Thanks to Dr Icecream and The Oxford Owl for pointing out that the Amandopondo Bubble Bar (RRP: $8.50) has the same scent as the Mother’s Day Rose Bubble Bar, which I loved, so I got that as well. I have been dying to try out a bath melt as well so I went with Ceridwen’s Cauldron (RRP:$9.95).

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Amandopondo Bubble Bar

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Ceridwen’s Cauldron Bath Melt

Next stop was Kit Cosmetics as I have been eyeing off one of the Too Faced Eye Shadow Collections for a little while.

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I bought the Too Faced A La Mode Eyes Collection. Which is inspired by the French Riviera. I was trying to choose between this and the Natural Eyes pallet that I heard Essie Button rave about. I went with this one in the end because it is a limited editon and I like the colours better. A little more pop, plus some nice gold tones.

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I also bought the Too Faced Shadow Insurance (RRP:$26.99) eye shadow primer. Which I believe is their best selling product. So I really wanted to see what the hype is about.

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Because I am a sucker for deals, I bought this nail file block so that I could get the Kit: Blender Sponge for free.

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I haven’t used one of these before but I have heard lots of blogger raving about the Real Techniques one. I thought I might as well try the Kit: Cosmetics version.

 

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From Benefit Cosmetics I got their Porefessional Pro Balm. Which I got as a sample when I bought the They’re Real Liner a little while back. I liked how it made my skin look smoother and felt softer. Plus I have only really used drugstore primers so it’s nice to try a more high end product.

 

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My first MAC Lipstick! Oh the excitement! After seeing all the reviews, colours when Bloggers have used one in LOTD posts, I now get to find out what all the fuss is about. I will actually post a proper review soon. I went for quite a bold colour choice for me. This is a MAC matte lipstick in Ruby Woo.

 

Ok, that is all for today. Have you tried any of these products? If so what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Xx.