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Empty! January 2014.

31 January 2014
Another month, another bag of trash! Let's take a lookie loo at what's going in the bin today!

 

January Lovers

30 January 2014
So this is my first favourites post, I'm not really sure how to go about this, I only browse through favourite posts personally because I find they enable me horribly and my ever growing list of stuff that I need to buy gets seriously out of control, anyway that's beside the point, lets look at the stuff that was blowing my mind this month.

Makeup


Foundation: Giorgio Armani Designer Lift. I Saturday Sampled this and my opinion hasn't changed, it's amazing. Having said that I swatched some foundations in Priceline recently and I think I have to give some of them a go, they looked impressive.

Mascara: Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill and Benefit They're Real. I can't choose, they are both awesome.

Lips: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain. Ahh I love these! My particular fave at the moment is 005 Crush. I aim to own these in every colour.

Eyes: Naked Palette. I keep having these thoughts of purchasing #2 & 3 but every time I open my original one I feel like nothing can top it.
Benefit Cabana Glama Eye Shadow Trio (pictured below top right). Awesome quality and a set I find myself reaching for quite often.


Bronzer: SugarBaby Shimmering Bronzer and Benefit Hoola. Hoola is my go to for contouring and the SugarBaby bronzer is great for dusting over my cheek bones on a no makeup day.


Concealer: Benefit Boi-ing in 02. This stuff and my skin get on like a freakin' house on fire. As you can see I'm due for a new one.

Hair


I have a shit tonne of hair products on the go at the moment but some I've only started using recently so I'm still getting a feel for them.

The Tangle Teezer Salon Elite is ah-may-zing, I can't even tell you how much love I have for this brush, review coming next week.

L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil has been impressing me but I think I found something a little better suited to my hair, never the less this is still pretty damn good and it's something I'm often using.

This one is a bit pricey but the L'Oreal Professional Expert Silver Shampoo is really floating my boat by keeping my silver bits silver.

Not pictured is Melrose Organic Coconut Oil Butter, so amazing for a deep conditioning and repairing hair mask, I use it about twice a week, applying generously the night before I wash my hair and just leave it in overnight. Probably the main reason my hair is still doing ok and not snapping off all over the place.

Skin Care


I'm still love, love, loving my Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream and Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+, you can read a full write up here. I really need to find something new for the day time because I'm not really impressed with anything I'm currently using.


When it comes to cleansing I'm having a lot of fun, the Puretopia Whisk Away Cleanser is a great all rounder, review coming next week. My exfoliators of choice are Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and Clearasil Rapid Action Deep Pore Scrub, both great but if I were asked to wish for a never ending supply of just one the Dermalogica would win.


Nails


I have a deadly obsession with glitter polishes right now, OPI Liquid Sand in Jinx is probably my favourite thing in the whole wide world right now, closely followed by Sally Hansen Gem Crush in Big Money.

Aaaaand the best top coat of all time goes to Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. Amazeballs.

Tools


Fave brushes go to Real Techniques Buffing and Contouring Brushes, Manicare Angled Brush, my new Eco Tools Brow and Lash Comb because it's the only one I own that doesn't have teeth missing from the lash comb and last but certainly not least, Illamasqua Angled Face Brush which by the way, is a damn nice 'does-it-all' brush.


I'm also currently obsessed with my own personal use Zpalettes, Although I didn't have a whole lot of stuff that needed depotting, it was nice to be able to put them all together and I did make quite a bit more room for new things, because you know, I really needed the encouragement to buy more stuff.


Finally, the Daiso Detergent For Puff & Sponge, this stuff is really pretty cool, it cleans so well but rinses away so easily, love it, if you see it in your local Daiso don't be scared to buy a few.

What were your fave this month? Go on, ENABLE ME!! I'm gonna buy stuff anyway, they may as well come with recommendations!!

If any Beauty Bloggers are reading this I'd love some tips on a better layout for these types of posts!


All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. 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.

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Schwarzkopf - Live Colour Silver Toner.

28 January 2014
Blondes will know the importance of toning, for me it is absolutely critical that I tone my hair on a regular basis as my colour is still in transition and it's quite easy for my hair to show yellow and orange tones.


Nails For Australia Day!

24 January 2014
Ok I admit it, I'm one of those patriotic weirdos who runs around with an Australian flag, bikini, hat, shorts, thongs and nails on Australia Day, what can I say? I really love this country! (Secretly it's more that I love our flag and green and gold really suit me, it's the only day I can get away with wearing all this stuff without looking like a nutcase).

So every year I do something special with my nails for Australia Day, it's usually pretty involved and annoys me so much that by the time I'm finished I vow that I won't bother doing this shit again, one year later I'm back to doing some elaborate nail art and the cycle continues.

So today I'm going to show you what I've chosen this year and tell you all the new swear words I made up while trying to finish this (I won't actually be telling you any of the new swear words, they really aren't blog appropriate).

Tools:



  • Acetone.
  • Fast drying top coat.
  • Clear polish.
  • Dark blue polish.
  • White polish.
  • Yellow polish.
  • Green polish.
  • Rhinestones.
  • Sponge.
  • Red nail art tape.
  • Cutting tool - Scissors are safer.
  • Wax pencil.
  • Short bristled nail art brush.
  • Tweezers.
  • Patience (not shown).



First up apply a white base, if your colours are highly pigmented then you can skip this step but I'd still recommend using a white base where you will be placing your Union Jack, applying small amounts of blue is easier than trying to get opaque and even white stripes over the nails.

I chose to start with my yellow and green gradient nails because they are so easy, when these were done I cleaned up around my nails using my short bristle nail art brush and acetone then applied a couple of coats of Seche Vite because it's amazing.

Then I started on my Union Jack. This is where the creation of new swear word kept me sane. I started off by creating little triangles with my blue polish and nail art brush and allowing that to dry. I then took my red nail art tape and measured and cut my pieces, I positioned them with my tweezers, the whole time cursing this crap and when I finally had the last piece in place I applied two coats of Seche Vite while warning the nail that if it chipped or broke before Australia Day I would chop it off.

On the second hand I painted the accent nail blue and applied rhinestones in a rough shape of the Southern Cross, I used my wax pencil to pick up the rhinestones and dip them in clear polish, using something that doesn't dry too quickly gives you a bit of leeway if you happen to get it in the wrong spot, the rhinestones can be pushed around until positioned correctly. I didn't photograph any of this because it's too damn hard to work the camera when you have wet nails and fiddly bits going on, even with the timer function which does help for shots like the one below I was quite frankly in a violent mood by this point and didn't want to risk taking it out on the camera. After applying a thick coat of Seche Vite to my Southern Cross nail I breathed a sigh of relief and am now really happy with the results.

I swear I'll never do it again though (until next year).



Are you excited for Australia Day!?!

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. 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.

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Saturday Sample.

22 January 2014
There is a little back story behind this sample, in December I received this. Now it turns out that my skin reacted badly to it and on some advice of a lovely AlphaH rep I stopped using it and passed it on to my mum. Now the lovely AlphaH rep not only gave me some good advice but she sent me a little package of skincare samples and amongst them was the AlphaH Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera.



This product is "A gentle creamy lotion which removes all traces of face and eye makeup while balancing the skin". 
AlphaH claim "A creamy three-in-one cleanser rich in Vitamin E and Aloe Vera which completely removes all face and eye make-up whilst helping to correct the skin’s natural pH balance: Effectively replacing the need for an eye make-up remover, face wash and toner. For all skin types."

The consistency of the product is a medium thick cream, the directions say to apply to damp skin which does work best, I've tried applying to dry skin because I'm a rebel like that but really damp skin works best.


I find it does a pretty decent job of removing makeup but a double cleanse is still necessary, it's not harsh enough to strip everything in one go, especially water resistant/proof makeup. Don't let me mislead you here, it certainly does a good job at removing makeup and it does it gently while leaving your skin feeling hydrated but I still think a double cleanse is crucial and if I'm wearing waterproof mascara, which is quite rare for me I find I do have to help the product along with a little massage to get it all off. I've been using this with a konjac sponge and the results are really nice but it can also be removed by rinsing with water or even better, a warm face washer.

The scent of the product is only describable as 'face cream smell'. I'm sorry, I know that's a crap description but it is the only thing my brain tells me when I smell it.

This product is going to suit people with dry, normal, mature or sensitive skin, if you're oily or some sort of combination of any of these skin types this will totally suit you too, since it's a perfect pre-cleanse product you can follow up with something a little 'harsher' I suppose (foaming things for those who love them). This product does not contain Alpha-Hydroxy Acid so it's great if your skin and that product don't get along or you just don't feel like you need it yet.


Now I'm going to be honest and tell you that there are some claims that I don't agree with and of course, this is just from my personal experience. I do not think this replaces a face wash and toner. I think it removes makeup quite well, it can be used a second time to remove any leftover makeup and for your final cleanse but it does not replace a toner, I strongly feel that a toner is still necessary depending on what your skin needs that day. I believe it can be a makeup remover and face wash in one, but it should still be used twice. I don't want to put any advice out there that I wouldn't use myself or give to a close loved one.

So, the big one: Would I buy it?
The sample I received was 5ml and I got 3 makeup removal cleanses with it (not double cleanses), the full size is 200ml so doing the math I would expect to get approximately 120 uses out of a bottle. At $42AUD a bottle that works out to approximately 35cents a wash and 4 months of use if used just once a day.
The value side of it works out ok in my books, the quality of the cleanser is really nice and I feel like I'm doing my skin a favor by using it.
So yes, I would totes buy this because it's good shit!

Have a favourite AlphaH product? Let me know what it is in the comments below!

All Products were purchased by myself and I'm in no way affiliated with any of the companies mentioned unless otherwise stated. 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.

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DIY(ish): Lipstick Palette.

Last year I had a client who was requesting a pink lip, she specifically said "No dark colours whatsoever!". Not a problem, pink is popular so I have quite a few. I went through every pink I owned, swatching them up my arm and opening the occasional lipstick that was clearly not pink; sometimes I have a hard time remembering what lipstick is what. She spots a lipstick I opened to check what it was and cries excitedly "That pink! That's the one I want, Ohh it's so divine!", I show her the colour again and swatch it on my arm to make sure we are on the same page. Turns out it's definitely what she wants but it's not pink.. It's a deep purple.

While I'm applying the colour I'm stressing a bit because it's clearly a dark colour and she said she "didn't want dark, never wore dark and wasn't about to start". The 'pink' suits her, she absolutely loves it. I don't have the heart to tell her it's not pink and it is certainly dark. She pays for the appointment, takes a few business cards and hugs me tightly. While I'm packing away 20 odd lipsticks and trying to wipe all the swatches off my arm I'm thinking there has to be an easier way..

Sally Hansen - Sugar Coat Textured Nail Colour

20 January 2014
My overall feeling about these types of textured polishes is that I don't like them, between OPI Liquid Sand in Vesper and these friggin' things I have seriously been turned off by textured nail polishes.

OPI - Liquid Sands.

19 January 2014
OPI released Liquid Sand polishes about 100 years ago but I'm not really one to jump on the 'OMG it's new and I must have it' bandwagon. Stuff goes on my list and I buy it when I'm ready, occasionally I will run out and buy the latest and greatest thing but quite often that ends badly so I've learnt to wait and see if the desire to buy that new lipstick that is just like a million other lipsticks already on the market goes away, months later when I'm reading/watching a don't believe the hype blog/video and I see the 'new and improved, life saving lipstick that will make you the most beautiful girl in the world' I feel awesome that I didn't cave and end up with another sub-par product that I didn't actually need.

WTF? Smith Street Market - Candy Love Body Lotion.

16 January 2014
This is not a review. Well I guess it kind of is, but it's more of a first impression of a product that made me say "what the actual fuck?" out loud while using it for the first time. I had no intentions of reviewing this when I picked it up, it was just super inexpensive and I thought it would smell nice, that's all. It wasn't until I started using it that I decided people needed to see this.


Layla - Bubbly Effect Nail Polish.

14 January 2014
Recently I drove past a trade beauty supply place in Melbourne that I'd never noticed before, they had been there for years apparently but had erected (heh) a new sign which caught my eye instantly, inside I found many goodies!

Saturday Sample.

11 January 2014
Clarins is a brand that always seems to impress me but I tend to forget this, so it's not often that I'm using one of their products in my routine.