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2016 Stocktake Sales| EOFY Sales - Find Makeup Bargains + A Little Fashion

31 May 2016
Mid year is here, tax time is looming, stores want your money and you want a bargain. What a wonderful world we live in. Check out the retailers below and see if you can grab yourself something you've had your eye on.

David Jones


David Jones has HUGE sales going on (banner is clickable), you'll find fashion, homewares, stuff for the kids and also the man in your life but the real good stuff will be found in the beauty section.

You'll find 30-50% off fragrances from brands including Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Narciso Rodriguez, Viktor & Rolf just to name a few (no seriously, there are a lot more!). The fragrance category doesn't stop there though, you'll also find home based fragrance brands like In Essence, Mor and The Aromatherapy Co. (25% off).

If makeup and beauty is your thing then you're probably going to want to keep an eye out for brands like Lancome, The Balm, Shu Uemura, Elizabeth Arden, Revlon, Natio Burt's Bees, Red Earth, OPI, Antipodes and Blinc (ranging from 25-30% off all/selected products), these brands don't even touch the sides of what's available to be honest, I just have to wrap it up and move on or I'll be here all night!


Myer is doing the same thing (banner is also clickable), HUGE sales which I don't want to have to type out yet again but go get yo'self a discounted Clarisonic!

If fashion is more your thing then don't skip over these retailers!



Bras N Things will hook you up with up to 50% off selected styles

Jay Jays


Jay Jays and Just Jeans are both offering up to 50% off selected items

Just Jeans



Jacqui E


If you're in to a more classic look Jacqui.E and Portmans have a wide variety of items on sale, some heavily discounted

Just Group


And for the young at heart (or just young!) Dotti has a pretty decent 50% off sale running

Dotti -Just Group



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..

Too Faced - Sweet Peach Palette | Review & Swatches


So the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette has finally hit Australian shores and, of course, I picked one up to add to the collection.



GIVEAWAY CAN BE FOUND HERE


The Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette retails for $72AUD (originally quoted at $78AUD but our dollar picked up a little and Mecca dropped their prices). The palette sells on Mecca.com.au and also in Mecca Maxima stores but it looks to be sold out near and far. The Sweet Peach palette was originally marketed as a limited edition palette but co-founder of Too Faced, Jerrod Blandino, has since stated that this palette will make a come back. No word on whether it will be permanent or not (likely will be) but I did hear that a Christmas 2016 re-release is possible.


This particular palette tips it's hat to old school Too Faced palettes by sticking with the tin packaging and magnetic closure but appears to be moving in a different direction to the Chocolate Bar palettes, omitting the two large pans and replacing them with two small pans each, resulting in a well balanced 18 pan palette.

This particular palette also smells of peaches and it is obvious before it even comes out of the packaging, offering a soft sweetness that is unmistakably peachy. The scent however doesn't smell like an actual peach, it's more perfume-y in nature with a hint of floral, I find it quite pleasant and the one thing about this palette that I adore.


Before I get on to the shadows I just want to say it wouldn't be a Too Faced Palette without a look leaflet.. But I wish they would just leave these out, I feel obligated to hold on to them because I own the palette and always keep the original packaging. They annoy the shit out of me.


Looking at the shades it screams earthy tones to me and I always tried to ignore this, looking at photos of it while waiting for it's arrival in Australia I would push the fact that this was very brown, natural and Autumn looking deep down in to the depths of my brain and refuse to believe that a peach palette would appear to be lacking so much peach.

But lacking peach it is. Brown it is. Earthy it is. Don't try to kid yourself, accept it and perhaps you won't be as disappointed as I was.


Shades in the first row. L-R

White Peach - Matte white, swatched twice to show pigmentation, not all that impressive.

Luscious - Looks quite taupe in the pan but swatches with a hint of pink, nice formula and pigmentation.

Just Peachy - Blush pink with a gold sheen, absolutely gorgeous but pigmentation is rubbish and I had to swatch it twice just for that small amount of pay off.

Bless Her Heart - Dirty green, pigmentation is ok.

Tempting - Black with a gold reflect, great formula and pigmentation, can stain the skin though.

Charmed I'm Sure - Another matte with not super impressive pigmentation, it does build well though.


Nectar - Shimmery yellow, looks better as a highlight than it does on the eyes.

Cobbler - Golden bronze with nice pigmentation and a slight rosy tint.

Candied Peach - Bright matte peach with fluorescent pink glitter, rubbish pigmentation, swatched multiple times to show the shade properly.

Bellini - Gorgeous dusty rose with a soft gold shift, swatches well but doesn't translate as nicely on the eyes.

Peach Pit - Blackened plum, pigmentation is quite nice but plum tones don't translate as nicely on the eyes.

Delectable - Matte dark purple, swatched twice to show colour since pigmentation is quite bad but can be built up on the eyes fairly easy.


Peaches & Cream - Matte cream with a hint of orange that helps it to lean towards the peach spectrum, decent pigmentation.

Georgia - Looks ever so slightly greige in the palette but swatches more on the pink side, rubbish pigmentation, had to swatch multiple times.

Caramelized - Beautiful golden bronze with great pigmentation.

Puree - Mid toned matte brown, pigmentation is quite nice.

Summer Yum - This is a bit like a brick red, pigmentation is pretty crap but it does build.

Talk Derby To Me - Looks like a blackened purple in the pan but swatches more like a matte black with bright pinky purple glitter. Pigmentation is rubbish.

I was hoping for something different with this palette but after playing with the shades it's typical Too Faced Chocolate Bar style. If I looked at these swatches without knowing what palette it came from I would confidently guess Too Faced because the formulas, tones and shades are just so typical.

If you absolutely adore Too Faced Chocolate Bar/Bon Bons palettes then you will probably love this but if you consider them just ok then expect to feel the same way about this. They haven't reinvented the wheel, they are just pumping out the same thing with a different scent.

Did you purchase the Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette? If so let me know your thoughts in the comments!




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..

Look Fantastic Beauty Box - April 2016

27 May 2016
The Look Fantastic April Blooms Box has arrived (weeks ago) and I'm finally getting around to posting about it (because I'm lazy/busy/tired/sometimes can't be bothered).




This box 5 deluxe samples and a full size item, there was also an energy/health bar in there which I ate after filming, I'd only eat it again if I was starving.


Elemis British Botanical Hand & Nail Butter - Sample size 20ml, approx value $7.16
A shea butter based hand cream containing lavender & chamomile to calm and geranium & palmarosa to promote happiness and well being.

Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask - Sample size 29ml, approx value $7.31 
A hair repair treatment that is full of oils and vitamins that is aimed at treating and softening damaged hair.

Balance Me Super Toning Body Polish - Sample size 50ml, approx value $11.94
Ground walnut in a cream base designed to promote smooth and glowing skin.


Rituals Miracle Hand Scrub - Full size 75ml, RRP$ 22.89
A hand scrub designed to hydrate dry and damaged hands.

Bloom and Blossom Bath and Shower Gel - Sample size 50ml, approx value $7.63
Paraben, sulphate and synthetic fragrance free body wash containing vitamin E and cucumber to nourish skin.

Tanworx Tan Maintainer - Sample size 60ml, approx value $14.92
A body moisturiser designed to hydrate skin and prep the skin for fake tan application.

Approximate value of box: $71.85

To find out more about the Look Fantastic Beauty Box check out their website here.

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..

Beauty News Launch - Giveaway! | Win a Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette

25 May 2016


To celebrate the launch and expansion of Beauty News we are giving away a Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette!



If you aren't familiar with what Beauty News is, Honey Child where you been? Kat from Kitsch Snitch (Blog | YouTube) and I have teamed up to create videos discussing everything new in makeup and beauty, we have created a new home for Beauty News (YouTube), giving it it's own channel and also set up a Facebook group!

So if you want a chance to win your own brand new, shiny Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. Some entries are mandatory, the rest are optional for extra entries.

We do have a few rules though:
  • Competition is open World Wide
  • You must be 18 or over or have your parents permission to enter, if you win we will need your postal address, so make sure it's ok with Mum or Dad first.
  • All entries will be checked and verified, anyone found to be doing anything dodgy will be disqualified.
  • After the winner is drawn the notification email will be sent out, please try to respond within 24 hours or another winner will be drawn. If for any reason you know you will not be able to respond to correspondence on the competition close date (out of town, scheduled maintenance of internet, whatever) please just shoot either of us an email so we know, we will be more accommodating for situations like this.
  • Please be aware that the email will be sent to the address that was use to sign in to the Rafflecopter widget, we highly recommend using your main email address to avoid disappointment. Please know that your information is safe with us and we would never sell or use your email address for personal gain
  • Prizes will be shipped to your nominated postal address at our own cost.
  • Entries close midnight 9th June 2016 but please check the Rafflecopter widget as time zones vary.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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..

KhairPep Transforme - Masque & Serum Review*

24 May 2016

Got damaged hair? This review is for you.

KhairPep Transforme is a new hair treatment that promises not only to repair the hair but to have a permanent effect. It is suitable for people with bleach or colour damages, heat damage and those who chemically alter their hair.



The story starts with Professor Artur Cavaco-Paulo who was working on preserving tapestries, he developed a long chain peptide that was able to penetrate into the cortex of the tapestry fibres and rebuild them from the inside. In 2006 Professor Cavaco-Paulo discovered that 23 amino acids could penetrate human hair and he went on to formulate the K18 Peptide which KhairPep is based around, this peptide can penetrate and permanently remain in the cortex of human hair, effectively making it a permanent solution to hair damage.

"The KhairPep formula shuttles proteins into the hair. The proteins recognise and interact with hair lipids, increasing the penetration. Once inside the hair the unique amino acid chain bonds with the hair protein replacing the broken bonds and like a nail between two junction, re-attaches the hair fibre adding strength and elasticity"



The product claims to:
  • Strengthen damaged hair
  • Increase hair elasticity
  • Make hair more manageable and shiny
  • Works in 2-4 applications
  • Will not rinse out next time you shampoo
After having one application done at the event I was sent home with strict instructions to use the product over my next three washes.

KhairPep Tranforme Serum is designed for fine hair, it's lightweight so it will help to body while the Masque is aimed at thicker hair or those with more severe damage.

Typically the products are used together, with the serum going in the roots of the hair and the masque being applied to the lengths and ends.

The products are applied to hair that has been shampooed but not conditioned and towel dried. I use 4 pumps of the serum in my roots, being sure to spray it evenly over the hair, I then use about a 5 cent piece amount of the masque, concentrating on the ends first and moving excess product through my lengths. The product should then sit for 4 minutes before you apply your preferred styling products and style as usual.


I tested this product out without using any other styling products because I wanted to know what it could do on it's own, I found after my second wash I was noticing a huge improvement of my hair and by the time my fourth treatment was complete I was blown away by how nice my hair felt, it wasn't snapping off when I brushed it, it was shiny, soft and manageable. It didn't look frizzy or dry and it no longer tangled in to knots that were difficult to brush out. My hair was healthy enough to use a curler or straightener on and they were right, after washing my hair and not using the treatment it still felt and looked beautiful.

It is recommended that follow up treatments are done every 3-4 washes to maintain the health of the hair and deal with external stresses like heat styling. 

KhairPep is a salon professional product so typically you would purchase the take home treatment from a hairdresser, I would recommend having the treatment done in a salon at least once to learn how to use it properly, if too much product is used your results aren't going to be quite as nice and you will be wasting expensive product.

If you're based in Melbourne the following salons provide the KhairPep treatment:

RAZOR DOLLS
85A Chapel Street WINDSOR
03 9510 1502

YAN RAFAEL HAIR & BEAUTY
231 Glen Huntly Road ELSTERNWICK
03 9523 5525

CINZE HAIRDRESSING
2/171 Greville Street PRAHRAN
03 9533 2577

If you aren't based in Melbourne but are interested in finding a local salon, head over to Luxury Beauty Concepts and shoot them a message, they will let you know your nearest salon or sell you the product direct if there are no salons local to you.

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..

Beauty News - May 2016 | Part 2


The latest episode of Beauty News is here and along with it come some changes! First off Beauty News has it's own channel! Head on over and sub if you are a fan of Beauty News because come the end of June these videos won't be posted on our individual channels.

We also have a Facebook group going where members are free to get involved with Beauty News, we would love you to come join us so we can get more insight in to what you think about upcoming releases!



Now on to the photos!

TOO FACED








BECCA X JACLYN HILL








JACLYN HILL COSMETICS


JEFFREE STAR





BENEFIT



LORAC



MAC










TARTE





TARTE X BUNNY (GRAV3YARD GIRL)


BACK TO TARTE


BACK TO BUNNY



ANASTASIA X MARIO


LANCOME


CHI CHI



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..