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Marie Claire - The Parcel | Winter Edit | June 2016

29 June 2016
So many subscription boxes.


This one is the Marie Claire The Parcel Winter Edit, I'm not really fawning over the contents of this box, I am simply subscribed to too many of them.




Garnier Wake Up Cream - Full Size 50ml, RRP $19.99
Night cream containing rice-micro peptides.

Nivea Sensitive Caring Micellar Water - Full Size 200ml, RRP $9.97
Micellar water, we all know what it is.

Garnier BB Cream Miracle Skin Perfector - Sample Size 1.5ml, Approx Value $0.41
Some rubbish BB cream.

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer - Full Size 90ml, RRP $ 16.99
This is supposed to help your hair to 'build immunity to frizz'. Sounds like bullshit to me.

The Body Shop Drops of Youth Concentrate - Sample Size 7ml, Approx Value $9.79
Plant stem cells to make you age slower.



Rituals Cosmetics Fortune Oil - Sample Size 20ml, Approx Value $1.80
An oil that foams!?!?! I'm really excited to try this.

MOR Rosa Noir Hand & Body Milk - Sample Size 50ml, Approx Value $3.99
Hand and body lotion that smells nice.

Colgate Optic White High Impact White - Sample Size 21g, Approx Value $2.46
Tooth paste that takes a long time to whiten your teeth.

Burt's Bees Tinted Lipbalm in Red Dahlia - Full Size 4.25g, RRP $12.95
Red tinted lipbalm.

Klorane Shampoo with Quinine & B Vitamins - Sample Size 25ml, Approx Value $1.30
Smelly shampoo that supposed to strengthen and increase thickness of the hair.

Total value of contents: $79.65

The contents are a little boring, I'm only excited about the Rituals Oil, other products are functional but don't induce any excitement

Marie Claire's The Parcel is a quarterly subscription service, a seasonal subscription (pay as you go) will set you back $25AUD per box or you can sign up for a whole year and pay in advance which will cost you $99AUD ($24.75 per box) and for those who are curious and want just one, you'll be paying $29.95AUD for the box. If you want to subscribe you'll also need to go on a waiting list because these boxes are popular and they keep the service under control so they can provide quality over quantity. Find out more 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..

Smashbox - Double Exposure Palette

28 June 2016

So you guys should probably know by now that I have a problem with palettes, I just can't resist them and I guess I'm a bit of a sucker when it comes to buying palettes within a collection.

I reviewed the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette (Review) back in 2014 and when I saw that the Smashbox Double Exposure Palette had been released I snapped it up, hoping for improved performance of the formulas.


Inside the palette you'll find 14 shades, seven shimmers, four satins and three mattes, and a double ended brush.



Smashbox promote their Exposure palettes as shadows that can be used wet and dry, simply using a damp brush changes the way the colour translates on the eyes, they also claim that the pans will 'never glaze over and will always dry like new'.

Let's start by saying this 'never glaze over' claim is simply not true, you guys will be able to see in the video, just with swatching and the testing phase I experienced glazing, they do come back over time if you use a stiff brush to attempt picking up product but it's important to note that if you plan to use this palette wet then you need to be prepared to remedy possible glazing issues.

The brush that it contains isn't anything to get excited about, double ended shader and angled shader that looks like it was supposed to be used for blending but is useless.

The colour selection is quite pink and mauve, then you have a token black and brown. You'll also find a blue which just looks so out of place in my opinion and the fact that the shade doesn't perform well just makes it feel like they put it in there to fill a blank space. As in; 'No one wears blue eyeshadow any more so what does it matter!?!' How wrong they are.

Before I get on to swatches I want to talk quickly about the packaging. It's the same size as the Full Exposure palette, sturdy cardboard (lacking the rubberised finish) with a strong magnetic closure, the mirror is the same size and you will still be required to support it yourself as the lid isn't hinged.





So as you can see the way each shade performs wet and dry varies widely, some are nice some are rubbish, it's worth noting that I swatched each shade only once and when applying them wet I used a brush dampened with water. To be honest the only shade that I think benefits from being applied wet is Midnight, it brings out the blue highlights beautifully but realistically it would only work well in a very dark smokey eye, patted over the eyelid and then smoked out with another shade in the crease.

Overall I think this is a pretty crappy palette, I won't risk purchasing another Smashbox eyeshadow palette, they just don't have good formulas.

The Smashbox Double Exposure palette retails for $62AUD and is available online at Mecca and in Mecca Maxima stores. They also have a smaller version containing 8 shades that retails for $35AUD.

Tried any Smashbox shadows? 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..





Maslow & Co - June 2016 | West Coast USA

27 June 2016

The next Maslow & Co box has arrived and it's a beauty! The theme for this box is West Coast USA and the team at Maslow & Co did a brilliant job pulling this together. A small but super handy change (for reviewers) is that they have included the sample value in the info booklet, going forward I will be using these values since samples are always worth more than just a simple weight to dollar calculation, I typically use this method to value samples because it's impossible for me to accurately value packaging, now that the sample values are clearly listed we can get a more accurate idea of what the box is worth. Thank you so much Maslow & Co, you made my job easier.




Pixi Glow Tonic - Sample Size 100ml, Value $25.00
This is the Maslow Maven gift for this edit, to qualify for the Maslow Maven gift you have to review your box contents and refer a friend, this item was missing from my box when I filmed my unboxing but the team at Maslow & Co were on the ball, they had sent me an email days before the box arrived letting me know that they had shipped it separately due to a problem with my Maven status being listed incorrectly. I love how on the ball Maslow is, they go to lengths to ensure that everything is perfect with the boxes and when it's not they fix it without batting an eyelid. That is good customer service right there.

Reverie Milk Anti Frizz Leave In Nourishing Treatment - Sample Size 30ml, Value $23.00
Leave in hair treatment containing 16 essential oils and proteins. The packaging is to die for!

Earth's Nectar Mint Leaves Scalp Oil - Sample Size 30ml, Value $13.00
A hair oil aimed at all hair types, can be used in the ends and lengths on dry, damaged or frizzy hair, on the scalp to encourage hair strength and growth and also to combat a dry scalp or dandruff. This contains Sweet Almond oil and Jojoba oil for hair health and Rosemary oil to promote scalp health and growth. Very excited to try this, I often use Rosemary oil to encourage hair growth and it's a go to product when I'm not trialling other hair growth products.


Fig & Yarrow Clay Mask in Black - Full Size 34g, Value $32.00
This is a powder face mask that you mix with your choice of liquid carrier, some suggestions are green tea, honey or yoghurt. The black mask is aimed at treating oily or blemished skin. Other variants found in boxes are Red, White or Green.

Fig & Yarrow Complexion Water in Rose/Sandalwood/Neroli - Sample Size 30ml, Value $24.85
Bit of an all in one spritz, skin soother for after sun exposure, gentle toner or makeup refresher. Recommended for use after the clay mask included in the box.

Milani Baked Blush in Corallina - Full Size 3.5g, Value $15.95
So exciting to see a Milani product in the box! Ok so it's considered a very affordable brand in the states but in Australia this brand is hard to come by, if you want it you have to buy online and you run the risk of ending up with a colour that's not quite what you were looking for. Stoked to have this!

Marula Foaming Cleansing Oil - Sample Size 30ml, Value $13.00
A FOAMING CLEANSING OIL. Enough said.

Value of box contents: $146.80AUD

Love this box, everything in here excites me and Maslow & Co continue to be my favourite subscription box to date.

To find out more about Maslow & Co you can check out their website here.

What do you think of the West Coast USA Maslow & Co box?

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..

Priceline Skincare Goody Bag - June 2016

23 June 2016

The 2016 Priceline Skincare Goody Bag has arrived, this year you need to spend $69 or more across participating brands to qualify for your free bag of goodies!



Participating brands include:

  • Alpha Keri
  • L'Oreal Skin Expert
  • Antipodes
  • Manuka Doctor
  • Goodness
  • Neutrogena
  • Dr. Lewinn's
  • 7th Heaven

  • Biore
  • Model Co.
  • Bondi Sands
  • Olay
  • Burt's Bees
  • Nip + Fab
  • La Roche-Posay
  • Thursday Plantation

  • Essano
  • Sukin
  • Garnier
  • Klara
  • Nivea
  • Cetaphil
  • Swisspers
  • Montagne Jeunesse
Qualifying products from these brands include skincare, suncare and tanning products, makeup and haircare from these brands does not count towards your qualifying spend.


The bag has such potential this year, I'm digging the classic houndstooth pattern but they ruined it with the yellow detailing.

You'll also find a large black synthetic zip up bag, use it for makeup, skincare, other junk.. Whatever tickles your fancy along with a little coin purse or wrist clutch which is totally usable and I will keep!


Alright enough yapping, on to the products!


  • Swisspers Rosehip Rejuvenating Facial Wipes pack of 25 OR Scented Facial Wipes OR Cucumber Facial Wipes
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser 125ml
  • Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleansing Wipes pack of 25
  • Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Daily Cleansing Pads 5 pack OR Dragons Blood Serum
  • Burt's Bees Natural Flavour Acai Lip Balm OR Coconut & Pear Lip Balm 4.25g
  • Rosehip by Essano Gentle Cleansing Facial Wipes pack of 20



  • Bondi Sands Reusable Self Tanning Mitt
  • Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen Spray 155g
  • Model Co Instant Hydro-Glow Miracle Mask OR Klara Dragons Blood Face Mask OR Alpha Keri Anti Cellulite Sugar Scrub 225ml OR Alpha Keri Cellulite Body Butter 200ml OR Natural Instinct Daily Moisturiser 125ml
  • La Roche-Posay Thermal Spring Water 50g
  • Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water 125ml
  • Manuka Doctor Api Treatment Pack (Includes Api Refine Target Wrinkle Filler 3ml, Api Nourish Rejuvenating Facial Mask 7ml & Api Clear Skin Serum 5ml)


  • Alpha Keri Body Slimfit Bust Lift and Firm Cream 200ml OR Stretch Mark Reductor + Slimming Serum
  • L'Oreal Gentle Eyes & Lips Express Make-up Remover 125ml
  • Biore Blemish Clearing Scrub 127ml OR Charcoal Pore Minimiser 92ml
  • Antipodes Hosanna H20 Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum 10ml
  • Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Face Cream 65g OR Nurture Oil 60ml
  • Dr LeWinn's Eternal Youth Day & Night Cream 15g
  • Montagne Jeunesse/7th Heaven Passion Peel Off Masque 5g OR Mud Blemish Masque
  • Olay Total Effects Foaming Cleanser 100g


  • Sukin Super Greens Nutrient Rich Facial Moisturiser 125ml
  • Nivea Essential Care Lip Balm 4.8g OR Lip Repair and Protection OR Hydro Care OR Fruity Shine OR Sun Protect
  • Egyptian Magic All Purpose Cream 3ml
  • Goodness Chia Seed Oil 20ml


You'll also find an info slip for Egyptian Magic and a $3 off coupon for anything from the Biore skincare range.

These bags will be available from 23rd June 2016 to 5th July 2016 or while stocks last, you can find the bags in store or online. For more information visit Priceline.com 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..

Urban Decay - Afterglow 8 Hour Highlighter

22 June 2016

Urban Decay's new Afterglow 8 Hour Powder Highlights finally hit our shores and the hype behind these was real. Popular YouTubers received them and promptly raved about how amazing they are.


When I went to pick these up I was completely torn, these didn't look all that special when I was swatching them in store but the hype had me in pieces, I needed them. I needed them because everyone said they were amazing. I opted to purchase Aura and Fireball since Sin felt way too run of the mill and boring. As I left Mecca I was having major regret for not buying the whole set, I was actually worried that after using them I would realise that the hype was real and I'd made a mistake.
Turns out the regret I had was spending $84AUD on two basic highlights. The packaging on these highlights looks great when the compact is closed but once you open them they look and feel really cheap, the plastic mesh on the inside is designed to allow you to see the colour of the shade in the pan, this works when you have brilliant lighting but in a normal situation, applying my makeup at my desk with natural lighting I can barely tell the difference between Aura and Fireball, I have taken to storing them upside down in my makeup drawers so I can easily see which is which. The fact that the plastic mesh on the inside is imperfect and not well aligned shits me off, it looks rushed, it looks like the company making the packaging didn't give a shit and Urban Decay let it slide because they just wanted to get the product out.

When it comes to the highlight formula they are nice and soft without being powdery, they go on the skin smoothly, blend well and layer like a dream, you will never get a metallic highlight with Aura and Fireball but you can build up the colour intensity, they can be applied wet if that's the kind of thing you like and they don't show up bad skin texture.


These highlights are really nothing special, Aura is just a frosty pink while Fireball has a peach tone that pops with a pink shift but it really just looks like nothing on the skin or a bright pink shimmer depending on how the light is catching it. Personally I think they are pretty but damned expensive for what they are.

I like these highlights but I don't $42AUD like them, they are pretty, apply well and wear for a long time but they just don't grab me as a favourite. If you love a subtle highlight that can be built up and you have the money to burn, go ahead, you probably won't be disappointed but if you're on the fence I would highly suggest having these applied in Mecca and wearing them for a little while before committing to the purchase.


Before I wrap this review up I want to discuss the similarities between Fireball and OC from the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Blush Palette. These shades are similar in the fact that they have a peach base and pink shift but looking at the swatches below you will see that Fireball is more apparent with it's highlighting abilities and the colours are slightly different.


The peach tones in OC are more apparent while the pink pops more in Fireball, when applied Fireball reflects more light but OC has a true colour shift, going from almost invisible depending on your skin tone to a magical soft pink glow.



Do you need both? Well if you don't already have OC you're shit out of luck because the palette was limited edition and it seems to be sold out Australia wide, if you do have it then I would say that I personally think OC is more interesting whereas Fireball pretty much just goes on pink with a peach hint, it's not doing anything magical.

The Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Highlights are available at Mecca.com or in Mecca Maxima stores.

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..

Bare Minerals - The Nature of Nudes Palette & Neutral Attraction Palette

21 June 2016

I'm going to try to keep this review short and sweet since I'm packing two palette reviews in to the one post.




Starting with The Nature of Nudes Palette we have something a little different from Bare Minerals with this one, typically their large palettes contain shadows and coloured face powders but this one is just shadows, I'm praying this is just a taste of the future for Bare Minerals and we will see more eye shadow only palettes in the future.


The packaging is firm cardboard with a magnetic closure, it's very slim and I imagine it would travel well. Inside there is a very slender mirror, and 14 eye shadows. The top row contains 7 warm shades while the bottom row contains 7 cool shadows.


The formula of the shades is very typical of Bare Minerals, while the mattes look like the leave a lot to be desired when swatched they perform quite differently on the eye, the pigmentation pops, they blend well, layer for more intensity and give you the opportunity to choose if you want a subtle look of if you want to take it up a notch.


The metallics continue to be the beautiful, buttery, intense shades we know and love, they glide on, when applied in a patting motion they are pigmented and bold and when blended they fade off in to a soft, smoked out shimmer. The Satins are a beautiful mixture of the mattes and metallics, offering a subtle sheen for those who like sparkle but don't feel the need to blind people with the brilliance of a metallic every single day.


The only problem shade in the palette is opulence, I feel that it doesn't translate to anything more than a subtle sparkle on the eye, it's a little difficult to build up so falls a little flat if you're trying to create a more bold look. Other shades that disappointed me just a little, but are still perfectly usable with a little extra work are Sonnet and Black Tie Optional, Sonnet appears to be a gorgeous khaki green with gold reflects but I feel it swatches more brown, nothing particularly wrong with the shade I just wish it was more true to the pan. Black Tie Optional is a very muted black, it almost looks grey on the eye unless it's built up with many layers.

This is definitely a lovely palette, if you're in to neutral shades and like the way both warm and cool eyeshadows look on your skin then it's definitely one to consider if you're in the market for a new palette.

The Neutral Attraction Palette is classic when it comes to the large Bare Minerals palette releases, it contains eyeshadows and coloured face powders.


Again the packaging is hard cardboard and is held closed by a magnet, the look guide for this palette is on a separate leaflet opposed to a transparent sticker over the mirror.


Inside you'll find 6 eyeshadows, all on the neutral scale, along with 4 coloured face powders; 2 blushes, a highlight or blush topper and a bronzer (which I was easily able to use as a contour).


All of the eyeshadows are perfect for a neutral eye, the two darker shades can be built up for a more intense look or to create a natural brown smokey eye.


The coloured face powders are really subtle, if you like your blush or bronzer to be super pigmented then you definitely won't feel the love with these. On the other hand, if you have a bit of a heavy hand and you like to be able to build your coloured base products up in layers to achieve your desired intensity then these powders will hit the mark, for someone who has a tendency to go mad with blush and look like a clown, powders like these are a bit of a god send.


Bare Minerals The Neutral Attraction Palette retails for $67.00AUD at Mecca.
Bare Minerals The Nature of Nudes Palette retails for $63.00AUD at Mecca. While this palette is currently unavailable online I have seen it in brick and mortar store recently.

What are your thoughts on these new Bare Minerals palettes?

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 - June 2016 | Part 2

17 June 2016


MAC








LIME CRIME




URBAN DECAY






COLOURPOP



ZOELLA


NYX




LORAC




NIKKI TUTORIALS

 JEFFREE STAR









BECCA X JACLYN HILL





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..