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Blogmas - Happy New Year!!

31 December 2014
By the time you are reading this I will be off on a little New Years adventure with my closest friends, it'll be a very short break, I have to get back to work on Sunday, but it is a much needed break and I plan on making the most of it.


Blogmas - WTF Wednesday Nadu Skin The First Love Pack

I received these masks in Memebox OMG #4 (Unboxing) and essentially what they are is a pair of his and hers private part masks.

Don't worry, you won't be seeing any lady bits or other junk in this post.

Blogmas - Empty! December 2014

30 December 2014
Another month is done and dusted which means it's time for the Empties, I'm always quite impressed at the amount of products that I manage to use up and since it's the last Empties post for the year I'm going to do a little large tally and let you all know how many products I used up through the whole of 2014.

Blogmas - Memebox Superbox #78 Dirty Gal

29 December 2014
My most recent Memebox (and what I suspect will be the end of my Memespree, not because I'm over it but because I have an excess of stuff and box releases have really slowed down recently, for now my interest is in the Global boxes) is based on an idea from one of their customers, it's full of weird and wonderful textures and messy products!


Blogmas - Sasa, BNK & Memebox Haul

You all know that I'm a Memebox addict, the service has introduced me to Korean cosmetics and helped me to learn about brands and products and how they differ from what we can find on our own shores.

I took the plunge and made my first purchase(s) of Korean products recently, I had an idea of what I wanted more of and products that I wanted to try for the first time so I hit up sasa.com and beautynetkorea.com with a little something extra from Memebox.

Blogmas - Colour B4 Hair Colour Remover (Extra Formula)*

28 December 2014
I'm sure you all know by now that I'm a blonde and I like to play with pastel colours in my hair, what you may not know is that blondes who use colours like this in their hair, even when they are pastels and only semi-permanent (wash out over short period) they can stain the hair leaving a very undesireable tint.



Blogmas - Memebox Super Luckybox #11

27 December 2014
I purchased the Super Luckybox #11 thinking it would be full of awesome products, I should have shot myself in the foot because I think it might have been a better option..


Blogmas - Boxing Day Haul

So I did brave the Boxing Day sales today but I cheated and went to my local David Jones, it's a little one in Malvern that was quite busy but still easy enough to shop in without wanting to roll up in a ball and cry.

I went there looking for a Michael Kors bag, they were all ugly and not what I would consider heavily discounted so I'll make a trip to DFO sometime next year.

I didn't spend much but I'm actually really pleased with my purchases so while I sit here with my wheel of Triple Cream Brie and tray of crackers I'm going to chit chat all my excitement out.

And yes, I'm going to eat the whole wheel of brie in one sitting.


Blogmas - Memebox Special #63 Skincare Elixir

26 December 2014
I love me a good serum so when the Skincare Elixir box was released it was obviously going to be mine. Who knew that Memebox would be able to fuck it up so royally (actually quite a few people know but I'm not going to get in to that). Technically an elixir is an oral medicine and I wasn't actually expecting to find anything like that in the box, I expected serums and ampoules though and they aren't kickin' it with their mates in this box, it's just a bit mish-mashy.

Blogmas - Memebox Special #67 Blackout

25 December 2014
Memebox Blackout box is supposed to bring a little extra black to your world, there are a lot of great black products out there (I've tried a few myself) so I had high hopes for this box, high hopes that could fall a long, fast drop to the ground.

Blogmas - Christmas Eve Tradition: Secret Santa.

So the day has come for the ritual opening of the Secret Santa gifts. When these arrive in the post I always have an internal battle, it goes something like this:
Verbal me: "Ohhhhhhh things in a parcel!!"
Internal me: 'Open it'
Verbal me: "I have to put this under the tree for Christmas Eve"
Internal me: 'Open it, do it now'
Verbal me: "...I wonder what's in it.."
Internal me: 'It feels like [insert any number of random objects here], it should be opened now'
Verbal me: "I have to wait, it's tradition"
Internal me: 'No, you should open it'
I then place it with the other gifts and every day I look at the parcels and go through the same good vs evil struggle until Christmas Eve rolls around and I tear them open like Cookie Monster with a packet of choc chips.

Blogmas - Pre-Christmas Haul

24 December 2014
Every year I make plans to go to the Boxing Day sales and every year, a few days before Christmas I chicken out and do my little shopping spree pre-Christmas.

I did the same this year and now I present you with my Pre-Christmas Haul.

My intention wasn't to spend a lot of money and I was mainly hunting for basics (most of which I got) but as with any shopping trip that involves me and my mum, other goodies were purchased.

ENABLERS! ENABLERS EVERYWHERE!!!!

Blogmas - WTF Wednesday TonyMoly Mr. Smile Patch.

I was pretty excited when I received the TonyMoly Mr. Smile Patch in a recent Memebox, over the last few years I've noticed smile lines developing on my face and I don't really like them.


Blogmas - Memebox Superbox #74 Memebox Empties

23 December 2014
Memebox Empties is supposed to consist of all products that Memeaddicts have used up and loved, Facebook users were asked the question and this box was the result of their answers. I can't recall if these products were truly listed by people as empty and much loved because it's been months since that post went up on Facebook and I can't even remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

 

Blogmas - Dermalogica Age Smart Skinperfect Primer SPF 30.

I don't use primers often but I buy a lot of them, it's one of those things that clients want to talk about endlessly, along with contouring (thanks Kim K), because they seem to promote this idea of perfection, ie; if I use a primer my skin will look flawless!

Blogmas - Memebox Special #66 Petite Treasures

22 December 2014
Petite Treasures is all about great miniature beauty products and I just couldn't resist, I'm a bit smitten with cute little Korean products and since I'm still learning about brands and not completely ready to do my own Korean shopping with products like this I happily purchased the box.


Blogmas - Battle Of The BB Creams: Maybelline | Revlon | Lancome

Can you believe I'm doing a post like this? Alphabet creams piss me off.


I'm putting that aside though because I've ended up with a few that I wanted to try out, I don't give a shit if they are meant to be 'good' for my skin, I'll let my skin care take care of that, what I wanted to know is if any of them would give the coverage that I like but not feel as heavy as a foundation. I wanted to know if they were able to be applied with my fingers on lazy days or suitable for hot days when the last thing I want to do is apply a full face of makeup.

Blogmas - [Aldi] Polished Brands Solid Perfume Trio

21 December 2014
A few days ago I picked up the Lacura Barely There Eyeshadow Palette from Aldi and while I was there I also grabbed a Polished Brands Solid Perfume Trio because I actually have a bit of a thing for solid perfumes, it's not the kind of thing you see very often and when they are released they are usually from very prestigious brands and they cost a small fortune.


Blogmas - Memebox Special #53 Wine & Cheese Cosmetics

20 December 2014
Ahhh the Wine & Cheese box, this was delayed, and delayed and delayed some more due to one of the products not arriving from the supplier, in the end the product never made it in the box and those effected received 12 points in their account and a courtesy item from Memebox.


Blogmas - Smashbox Full Exposure Palette.

I had to have this palette, it was one that I'd not heard great things about but there were no shits to be given, it was pretty and I just wanted it.


Blogmas - Lacura Barely There Eyeshadow Palette

19 December 2014
I spotted this palette 2 weeks ago in Aldi, it almost made it to the checkout but it was a tight week so I put it back, today (yesterday when you are reading this) I was in Aldi again and saw a lone palette sitting amongst some other beauty items and I decided it was meant to be.

Blogmas - Memebox Global #17

18 December 2014
Memebox Globals are my favourite boxes, they contain a great combination of products and I look forward to them every month, if you think you would like to try out Memebox but have a hard time deciding on which box to buy a Global would be my recommendation.

Blogmas - [Memebox] Primary Raw Do You Original Soy Milk Facial Cream + DIY Soy Candle*

When my last Memebox for review was delivered I thought it contained two boxes as the package was similar to those that held two Memeboxes but when I opened it up I was greeted with a stand alone moisturiser to review and a bonus DIY soy candle to have a play with, you guys know how keen I am on Korean moisturisers and candles in general so you can probably imagine I squealed like a little girl when I opened that box.

Blogmas - WTF Wednesday Mumur Air Waterdrop Cooling Hand Cream

17 December 2014
This was not the planned product for this WTF Wednesday post but I've just come home from my last day at my second job for the year and I need something easy to write about because my brain is ready to switch off for the night, since I'm currently really excited about this product it's going to be easy for me to write about.

 

Blogmas - Memebox Special #52 WTF: Wonderful Treasure Finds

16 December 2014
When I saw that Memebox had released a box called WTF I was so excited, I was hoping for an amped up OMG but it turned out to be an acronym for Wonderful Treasure Finds... I still had to buy it.


Blogmas - Glasshouse Miniature Candle Trio Destination Collection

Yes, it's more mini candles.


Blogmas - Too Faced La Belle Carousel

15 December 2014
Can we just take a moment to appreciate how damn cute this packaging is..

Blogmas - Memebox Superbox #71 My Cute Wishlist 4

14 December 2014
The Memebox My Cute Wishlist series are supposed to feature the cutest of cute products, some of them have flopped but for me they have been ok, not all of the products have been cute by my standards but most of the products have been useful things that I will use. This box is one of those for me but I do have some gripes so lets get on to that bit..

Blogmas - Come Play With Me: Underneath The Mistletoe

I totally missed the last Come Play With Me round so when I was asked if I would be willing to come up with the next theme I couldn't say no.. Also it's Christmas and you guys know I'm all about promoting this time of year.

I opted to go for a simple, romantic look, something you might do for a Christmas-y date night.

 

Blogmas - Saturday Sample bareMinerals 5 In 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow SPF15

13 December 2014
I received a sample of the bareMinerals 5 In 1 BB Advanced Performance Cream Eyeshadow SPF15 in my July 2014 Mecca Beauty Loop Box (unboxing) and while the sample is a good generous (and cute) size, I really felt like the product was stupid and gimmicky.


Blogmas - Memebox Princess Edition #1 Snow White*

12 December 2014
I was fortunate enough to receive another Memebox for review recently, whenever the DHL man shows up with a package I wasn't expecting it's a very exciting moment, those few seconds that it takes me to cut open the package and pull out the pink box takes me back to childhood memories of opening mystery Christmas and Birthday presents, it's one of the best feelings in the world.

Oh to be a little kid again..

Blogmas - Tocca Meet The Girls Fragrance Collection.

2013 was the year that I discovered Tocca and when they released the Meet The Girls Fragrance Collection last Christmas I lusted over it so badly but I simply couldn't afford it, I  promised myself that I would buy it this year if it was released.


Blogmas - Too Faced Sugar & Spice Palette

11 December 2014
Sugar & Spice - That's what pretty girls are made of according to Too Faced and I'd have to agree.

Too faced has released some gorgeous Christmas palettes this year and I have two to show you, today I'm going to be swatching the Sugar & Spice Palette.


Blogmas - Memebox Special #56 K-Style 4

10 December 2014
Time for another K-Style unboxing, this is the 4th in the series and I have to admit that it's the worst I've received.


Blogmas - WTF Wednesday Etude House Ice Shot Cool Band Freeze Foam

The Etude House Ice Shot range has been on my radar for quite a while and I figured it was time to stop wondering about products and just dive right in and try them for myself, I opted for the Cool Band Freeze Foam first because this shit is just weird and I simply had to own it.


Blogmas - Giveaway #5

9 December 2014
I like to save the best for last.

Blogmas - Circa Home Mini Christmas Candle Assortment

I adore good quality scented candles so it's really no surprise that I'm showing you this gorgeous little trio today.


Blogmas - Memebox Special #55 OMG 4

8 December 2014
I'm sure you all know by now how much I love my OMG boxes so it's probably no surprise that this unboxing is here, but I'm about to get a little crabby.. We have some more bad reviews coming.

Blogmas - Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette

I'm going to be pumping out a few palette swatching/reviews over the next week or so because there are a few available on the market at the moment (both new and old) that would make wonderful chrissy presents for yourself or other beauty lovers in your life.

But really I'm promoting spoiling ourselves here, we must love ourselves right?

Blogmas - Giveaway #4 - Closed

7 December 2014
It's time for another little Lush giveaway! I essentially picked out a bunch of things that I was lusting over but couldn't justify adding to my stash while it was so big, this gave me the opportunity to shop there without feeling guilty.

You're welcome.

Blogmas - MAC Objects Of Affection Silver + Blue Pigments + Glitter Set

MAC has some pretty damn nice Christmas Limited Edition items this year and when I was shopping for my Blogmas giveaway items I couldn't resist getting something for myself (ok I got a few things for myself but you'll see the other things in other posts).


Blogmas - Memebox: Special #54 Miracle Masks

6 December 2014
I was always a bit envious of the Memebox mask boxes, I always seemed to miss out on them so when Miracle Masks was released I jumped on it thinking it would be one of the best boxes I had received.

Blogmas - Saturday Sample: GlamGlow BrightMud Eye Treatment

I'll admit I have a bit of an obsession with GlamGlow products, I always pick them up and have a look/touch/sniff when I'm in a Mecca store but I haven't pulled the trigger on a purchase yet.

Blogmas - Giveaway #3 - Closed

5 December 2014
When I was making my merry little way to the MAC Pro store for the Christmas giveaway prizes I spotted a new Napoleon Perdis store on Chapel Street and although Napoleon isn't really a brand I gravitate to I had to have a little look inside.

Blogmas - Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush Wardrobe

I feel like there has been a bit of 'Hourglass Ambient Lighting Madness' going on, these products have so much hype behind them and they are presented so beautifully to consumers that they are really hard to resist, I was no exception.

 

Memebox - Superbox #70 Thumbs Up! Bloggers' Picks

4 December 2014
When Thumbs Up! Bloggers' Picks came up for sale on the Memebox website I knew I would want the box. Memebox had done a survey with Bloggers about which of the products in previous boxes had been their favourites and then they tossed in a spoiler for a product that was similar to something else I had tried recently but did nothing for my skin but I was curious if other brands did that type of product better, so of course I jumped on this one. I didn't participate in the survey because I didn't folllow Memebox on Facebook at the time.


Blogmas - The Stocking Stuffer Edition.

Ahh the good old Christmas stocking, I really think when done well these can be better than what sits under the tree.

I am the major pusher of Christmas stockings in my house, no one else really gets in to it but I haven't forgotten the magic of dumping out all those mini gifts on Christmas morning and when others start going through the goodies I hid in them you can see that they don't think it's such a bad idea after all.

Here are my stocking stuffer picks for the year, some are affordable and some, well, they will break the bank.

Under $10



1. The Body Shop Polar Bear Sponge $5.99 here
2. Burt's Bees A Bit of Burt's Bees Pack $9.95 here
3. The Body Shop Moringa Gift Cube $9.95 here
4. Lush Twilight Bathbomb $5.95 here
5. Arome Ambiance Soap Trio Stack Parisienne Rose $7.95 here
6. Lush Butter Bear Bathbomb $5.50 here


Under $20


1. Caudalie Winter Duo $15.00 here
2. Lanolips Limited Edition Ballerina Box $19.99 here
3. Kit Cosmetics Vanilla Milkshake Candle $19.95 here
4. The Body Shop Frosted Cranberry Teats Box $15.95 here
5. Molton Brown Frankincense and Allspice Festive Bauble $18.80 here
6. Philosophy Peppermint Stick Duo $20.00 here
7. Sohum Christmas Candleir $19.95 here
8. Loccitane Soap Trio $20.00 here
9. This Works Dream Team Set $19.00 here
10. Ciate Tree Trinket Nail Varnish in Glitterball $19.00 here


Who cares, I want it.


1. Tocca Meet The Girls Fragrance Set $82.00 here
2. Clinique Party Lips and Nails $45.00 here
3. Mavala Snow Blossom 'Tis The Season $25.38 here
4. Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Palette $80.00 here
5. Diptyque Winter Candle Set $105.00 here
6. Juicy Couture Deluxe Mini Coffret $49.00 here
7. Jo Malone Cologne Collection $160.00 here
8. Hourglass Ambient Blush Wardrobe $76.00 here
9. Molton Brown 3 Kings Candles $95.00 here
10. Lipstick Queen Red Carpet Edit $84.60 here
11. Escentric Molecules Molecule 01 $78.00 here


Which of these stocking stuffers would you choose?

Links provided are for shopping examples only, I have personally purchased from some (not all) of these online stores but I highly recommend researching before buying. Items marked * were sent to me for trial and consideration, all other products were purchased by myself and I am in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. All opinions are my own and based on my personal experience. Integrity Always..

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Blogmas - Giveaway #2 - Closed

3 December 2014
Earlier this year I held a MAC giveaway for some of the Alluring Aquatic items and I asked those entering what sort of MAC items they would like to see in my next giveaway, blush was the most popular item followed by a few other suggestions but when I went in to MAC and saw the Christmas gift sets I literally said "fuck blush" and opted for pretty shiny things.

Edit - If you saw this post earlier today and it was all fucked up and you couldn't enter that's because I put all of my giveaways together at the same time and got my dates messed up, sorry!


Blogmas - WTF Wednesday: Pure Smile 3 Step Bust Pack

Throughout December I'm going to add a new post to my weekly routine called WTF Wednesday and all I hope to do is review weird products! If you have seen anything in one of my Memebox unboxings that you thought was weird please let me know and I'll do my best to review it for you.

 

Blogmas - Memebox Princess Edition #6 Cinderella

2 December 2014
Oh look, another pink box full of random goodies.


The Cinderella box wasn't my first pick from the Princess range but I opted to grab it for a free upgrade to express shipping. Turns out I'm pretty happy with the contents of this one.

Blogmas - Empty! November 2014

November wasn't really a month for finishing things, it was a month of opening new stuff, after finishing my Project Pan last month I was so excited to try some of the things in my stash but I did manage to finish off some things that had been haunting me for months.

Blogmas - Giveaway #1 - Closed

1 December 2014
I'm going to start off Blogmas with a small Lush giveaway, I actually have 2 small sets to giveaway but for ease I'm going to break them up.


Welcome To Blogmas!

I fucking love Christmas. The decorations, the songs, the smell of a fresh Christmas tree (I have been known to throw myself at them when we are passing any of our local fruit shops so I can stick my face in the stabby needles and get a good whiff) so bringing back Blogmas for 2014 was absolute top of the priority list.

Memebox - Princess Edition #4 The Little Mermaid.

27 November 2014
Yup, you guessed it. More Memeboxes.

Don't look so shocked.

Memebox - Superbox #53 My Honey Box*

24 November 2014
Memebox kindly sent me this box for review purposes.


I wasn't expecting this box so when the DHL man blocked me in my driveway when I was trying to go to that 40% off sale we were all so excited about I knew it was going to be a damn good day. I opened the box in the car because I couldn't contain myself and when I saw it was the My Honey Box I was blown away at how lucky I was.

Josie Maran - Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick.

17 November 2014
Mecca recently started stocking Josie Maran Cosmetics and the Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick caught my eye instantly.