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QV Skincare - Body Cleansers & Moisturisers Overview*

27 July 2016

I was recently invited to an event for QV Skincare to announce their Brand Ambassador, Kate Ritchie.

While enjoying a delicious breakfast we were educated by Dr. Hope Dinh from Hope Dermatology (website) in South Melbourne about the importance of ensuring our skincare routine is suited to our particular skin type, concerns and needs.

One of Dr. Dinh's main points was to use products 'that assist the skin to retain moisture and suit the needs of the individual, even if the skin doesn't feel dry or itchy it may not be performing at its best' Dr. Dinh followed up by saying 'Good skincare doesn't need to be expensive or complicated'.

For me personally I enjoy an intricate face care routine, I love to play with new products, I enjoy swapping out serums for oils when the seasons change but when it comes to the skin on my body I'm pretty much a wash and moisturise kind of girl, regardless of the time of year I use the same sort of thing and I definitely notice that the skin on my body doesn't always respond well to my routine.

With winter here in Melbourne the skin on my body is having a hard time, it's often dry and itchy so I use heavy creams to hydrate it but then I have issues with the creams being too heavy and causing breakouts on my shoulders or back so after finding a bunch of body products in the goody bag provided for us at the event I have put them to the test and here to report my findings.

All of the products listed here contain glycerine which is a fantastic humectant which attracts water and holds it in the skin, effectively hydrating and maintaining hydration in the skin.


QV Skin Lotion - A light moisturiser, ideal for preventing and soothing dry skin with 5% glycerin.
This cream has a medium viscosity and smooths over the skin easily, it doesn't take too long to absorb but leaves a slight film on the skin due to the glycerine, the film it leaves isn't sticky or slick so getting dressed after applying it it's a problem but you still have the benefit of extended hydration, have been loving this as a daily moisturiser.


QV Cream - Highly concentrated, replenishes and relieves dry areas, 10% glycerin.
This is the thicker cream of the two but also has good slip so it smooths over the skin easily without having to put in a lot of effort to disperse it properly. It also leaves a film but again, it's not sticky or slick. I've been using this after showing for deep hydration and also reapplying daily to my elbows and knees for extra hydration in those areas since they are particularly dry at this time of year.

QV Wash - Formulated for dry and tight skin. Soap free, lightly foaming and moisturising. 10% Glycerin.
This has a lovely soft foam that helps the skin to feel clean but also doesn't leave you with a tight uncomfortable feeling after getting out of the shower.

QV Gentle Wash - Formulated for dry and tight skin. Soap free, maintains hydration during cleansing. 15% Glycerin.
I didn't expect this cleanser to foam so when I first used it I was blown away by the soft little bubbles that built up on my skin, it might seem silly but for me I love a good foam when I'm cleaning my body, this not only left me feeling clean but I left the shower feeling comfortable and not rushing for a moisturiser.


QV Intensive Moisturising Cleanser - Formulated for extremely dry skin. Soap free, enriched with moisturisers, leaves a protective film on the skin. 60% Glycerin. 
This really surprised me, it has a really luxurious feeling low foam that I adore but totally wasn't expecting, I started using this to clean my feet since I have dyshidrotic eczema and if I'm not careful to use a gentle cleanser it can cause my skin to be quite uncomfortable. With my most recent showers I find myself reaching for this as an all over body wash, it leaves my skin feeling clean but also soft and hydrated, the description mentions it leaves a protective film on the skin but I don't even notice it which is awesome as I'm really not a fan or feeling greasy or oily after washing my body.

My mum recently had a reaction to some medication which left her with dry, flaky skin which she said felt prickly and a little bit like her skin was burnt, I instructed her to use QV Intensive Moisturising Cleanser along with the QV cream but after she got out of the shower she was yelling at me how her skin already felt better and the prickling sensation and burning wasn't as severe. The Intensive Moisturising Cleanser and QV Cream helped her to manage her discomfort while her skin recovered from the reaction.


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..

Just Buy The Makeup 1K YouTube Giveaway!

22 July 2016

Finally the 1K giveaway is here! Let's not fuck around, on to the prizes.



For my fellow Aussie viewers I have a small selection of some recent releases.



  • ABH Modern Renaissance Palette
  • MAC Tendertalk Lip Balm in Pretty Me Up
  • Urban Decay Afterglow 8 Hour Highlight in Fireball

For any of my viewers living elsewhere in the world I picked out a selection of Aussie drugstore products.

  • Chi Chi Bronzer and Eyeshadow Palette Set
  • Chi Chi Highlighting and Contouring Palette
  • Australis blush duo, lipstick, lip gloss, powder and cream shadow
  • Models Prefer eyeshadow palette, Soft Touch Powder and highlighting palette
  • Luma Lip Stick
If you're wondering why one prize looks larger than the other it is simply because I was able to get a lot of the Australian drug store items on sale, I had a budget for each prize pack and this is what I managed to do with the moneys!

So if you want a chance to win a little haul of goodies simply use the Rafflecopter widget below. The only mandatory entry is that you are subscribed to me on YouTube, the rest are optional for extra entries.

There are a few rules though:
  • Competition is open World Wide, I will be drawing winners until I find one Australian winner and one International winner.
  • You must be 18 or over or have your parents permission to enter, if you win I 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.
  • Please be aware that the email will be sent to the address that was use to sign in to the Rafflecopter widget, I highly recommend using your main email address to avoid disappointment. Please know that your information is safe and I would never sell or use your email address for personal gain
  • Prizes will be shipped to your nominated postal address at my own cost.
  • Entries close midnight 1st August 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..

National Academy of Beauty - Rae Morris Workshops | Rae Morris - Makeup Masterclass Publication*

21 July 2016
The National Academy of Beauty is proud to announce they are running workshops in Brisbane and Melbourne featuring world famous Makeup Artist Rae Morris.


The classes range from one day intensive sessions to a five day workshop and cover many aspects of makeup artistry including, but not limited to. anti-ageing makeup and editorial makeup.


Classes vary in pricing from $50 to $2000 depending on their length and some include a take home goody bag.



After viewing the Academy grounds I can confidently say they are set up for some serious learning and skill building, the classrooms are beautifully lit with natural light, have gorgeous work stations and views of the city that will inspire you to get out there and leave your makeup mark on the world.


The National Academy of Makeup also offers nationally recognised beauty training with Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas and have 5 campuses across Victoria and Brisbane.


If you're not really one to attend a class, or perhaps time or money is a constraint for you but you would still like to be able to expand on your skills or learn from a pro like Rae Morris, it is worth mentioning that her latest publication, Makeup Masterclass is a wealth of information!


With straightforward information the book educates quickly, proving written directions along with visual information to assist in the process of understanding application techniques.


The book comes in a limited edition hard cover format which retails for $69.99 and is also available in digital format for iOS and Android on the iTunes store ($19.99), you can also download the Pocket Companion which gives you access to videos discussing makeup application techniques ($5.99)


For more information on Rae Morris Workshops at the National Academy of Beauty you can view their dedicated web page here. For more info on their nationally recognised qualification courses you can find more info regarding their Diploma of Beauty Therapy here and Diploma of Specialist Makeup Services here.


To purchase Rae Morris' Makeup Masterclass limited edition hardcover publication visit her website here. You can also purchase the digital publication of her book or the Pocket Companion from her website or search for them on iTunes.


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..

Mecca Beauty Loop Box - July 2016

20 July 2016

The new Mecca Beauty Loop boxes are out and this time they have a theme! Mecca have selected staff favourites to fill the boxes in relation to the Mecca Beauty Election for 2016.



I'm still a level 3, what can I say, Mecca sells a lot of stuff that I like!


Eyeko Skinny Eyeliner - Super excited to try this, I'm loving the simplicity of pen liners at the moment so this will go straight in to my daily use products.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF 15 - Awesome size sample but so sad because this breaks me out, will pass it on to Kat because I'm sure she will get use out of it.

Nars Liquid Laguna Bronzer - Very excited to try this, I'm a fan of Laguna in it's pressed powder form so I will certainly have a play with this, likely to be suitable for me at this time of year since my skin is more on the dry side and my skin responds best to liquid and cream products.

Skyn Iceland Hydro-Cool Firming Eye Gels - Another sample I'm excited to try, I'm always on the hunt for eye products that are effective for me so having the opportunity to try these out without buying blind is awesome.

This particular edit of the Mecca Beauty Loop boxes came with an info leaflet that showed a wide array of options you could find in your box, I really love that they did this and hope it returns in future boxes!



I'm loving the contents of the July 2016 Beauty Loop Box that I received, I can't even be mad that one of the products isn't suitable for me because the size of the sample is fantastic!

What did you find in your Beauty Loop 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..

Moxie Box Club - Australian Period Subscription Box

18 July 2016

Periods. They can be a pain in the.. um, abdomen. Not only can periods be physically painful but they often come with a lot of other 'painful' aspects.



Blood on your bed sheets
Blood on your underwear
Blood on your clothing
Blood on your clothing in public
Cleaning said blood
Shopping for period supplies
Putting up with the clown at Coles who thinks your shopping basket full of cake, pads and tampons is comical
Trying not to eat the whole cake
PMS
Idiots that try to dispute that PMS is a thing
Crying
Crying
Crying
Crying
Dealing with a heavy flow that has caught you by surprise and brought cramps along with it that are so painful they make you want to roll up in to a ball in the middle of Flinders Street Station while you're on your way to a date with a guy you're keen on, resulting in you crying, screaming out for the cake and becoming slightly violent towards anyone who walks in to your 'personal space'.

Give me a damn break.


I can't fix your cramps or give you a break from your period but I can introduce you to a period box subscription service that not only is fully customisable but with each box you buy you are helping out a young girl with her own period issues who may otherwise not have access to the 'luxury' that are pads and tampons.
I say luxury because we are taxed as if they are. Muppets.



The Moxie Box Club provides a home delivered box full of period supplies setting you back just $30AUD per box.

You get to customise your box fully, choosing from the full Moxie range, full list of available products is as follows:
  • Moxie Regular Tampons 16 pack (with tins)
  • Moxie Super Tampons 16 pack (with tins)
  • Moxie Organics Regular Tampons 16 pack (with tins)
  • Moxie Organics Super Tampons 16 pack (with tins)
  • Miss Moxie Tampons (Minis) 16 pack (with tin)
  • Moxie Sleepovers Overnight Pads 10 pack
  • Moxie Slenders Pad 12 pack (with tin)
  • Moxie Slenders Liners 24 pack (with tin)
  • Moxie Scanty Panty Liners 24 pack (with tin)
Other items you can choose from:
  • Moxie Nickers
  • Sweetspot Wipes 4 pack
  • Moxie Pads For Pads Bracelet

When you sign up to the Moxie Box Club you choose how frequently you want to get your box, monthly, bi-monthly or quarterly, you then choose the 5 items you wish to receive in your box, if you're just a pads girl then you can choose 5 packs of pads, if you've got a years supply of pads from that Priceline sale last month you can just choose tampons, if you need a little bit of everything then you go right ahead and choose a little bit of everything. If you're finding you could use a few extra pair of nickers you could fill your box with 5 pair!

You can swap out your products with each delivery, you simply have to go to your account, click on your name after you log in, view your box and update the package, you have the option to cancel at any time or change the frequency or how often you get a box.


You choose when the box is delivered and Moxie HQ will ensure it's delivered to you on time, it looks like the boxes are shipped out two weeks before your specified date so it's almost guaranteed to arrive on time, this also means any changes to your contents or subscription is required two weeks before your shipping/payment date.

Another awesome thing about the moxie box club is that for each box you purchase Moxie will donate the equivalent amount of locally made, reusable pads to Ugandan school girls through the program AFRIpads (more info).

After trying the service I don't see any reason not to keep the subscription, I buy Moxie products anyway, now they are delivered to my door when I need them and I don't have worry about restocking each month.

To find out more about the Moxie Box Club you can view 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 - July 2016 | Part 2

15 July 2016

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS













BOBBI BROWN



COLOURPOP








BECCA X JACLYN HILL






HOURGLASS




JEFFREE STAR





MAKEUP GEEK



AUSTRALIS






NYX



AUSTRALIS


REAL TECHNIQUES




W7




SUGARPILL



TATI / MORPHIE














KAT VON D




TRENDMOOD


JEFFREE STAR & STEPHANIE NICOLE




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..