March 2014 Favourites

5 Apr

Where did March go? Days are just going by so quickly.  I have to be honest.  I didn’t have a lot of beauty favourites this month as I was very busy and was all about no fuss and easy in terms of both skincare and beauty.



QV Cream

My hands have been very dry and these is excellent because it’s a thicker cream than I normally use and has no fragrance and easily absorbs into the skin. It’s specifically for dry skin so it’s been a real help in the last few weeks.


L’Oreal hair mix glam definition

I love this.  It keeps my bangs under control and a little goes a very long way.  I haven’t seen it around lately so I am hoping that it is still part of the permanent collection.  The pot is a great size to throw in my make up bag and for weekends away.


Becca  Eye Tint

This was part of a Becca gift pack I purchased many months ago.  It’s a quick and easy water resistant colour which is totally buildable so it takes you from office to evening very easily.


Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Night Treatment Gel.

Yep – it’s been one of those months.  This is helpful although it’s best to get in early before things turn messy and it works more effectively.


Clairns Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector 03

I didn’t love these at first but I stuck with them and now at least one of the shades is permanently in my rotation and one has a home in my office desk drawer.  I was applying them to thickly in the first instance, so now I use with a lighter hand/touch and they work better for me.


So a rather simple fuss free months of favourites.  Hopefully things won’t be so busy in April and I can play with some more of my collection and recent skin care purchases!






Clairns Instant Beauty Kit

7 Mar

So I was supposed to be on a “no buy” for a few weeks (months?!) but I saw this Clairns gift set at my local chemist and I couldn’t resist!  Why?  Well because it contains my favourite under eye primer – Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch – of which I always need a back up of in my beauty bag and some extra Clairns goodies that I wanted to try!


Firstly, a full size of the Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector in 06.  Anna from Vivianna Does Makeup raves about these lip products constantly and I have had a few samples that I have tried of this and really enjoyed.

Secondly, the Instant Light Brush On Perfector in 02 which is the Clairns version of the YSL Touch Eclait.  So I can’t wait to try it.  Clairns says it “captures, diffuses and magnifies light for maximum radiance.”  Who doesn’t need a bit of that in their life?!

Finally, the Instant Smooth Line Correcting Concentrate.  Clairns says “A high precision correcting serum that smoothes away lines, wrinkles, and imperfections” – so I am eager to try this as well.

All of these came in a cute red little cosmetic pouch – and a beauty lover can never have too many of those can they?

What have you been enjoying from Clairns recently?


February 2014 Favourites

2 Mar

A quick post is a good post right?  Well a quick month is also a good month……I was back to work and the time just flew by.

Only a small handful of favourites – but these are all things that were on permanent rotation in February!



I loved using everyday the Simple Eye Makeup Remover Wipes.  So soft and gentle and I find them very hydrating and the mascara comes off easily.  As the theme for the month appeared to be “Quick and Easy” – these helped me to get the mascara off in no time every evening.

What no fuss but a bit of luxury – that’s Bobbi Brown for you.  I love this gorgeous highlighting powder!  Brightening Finishing Powder in Brightening Nudes – The colours swirled together make for a beautiful highlighting nude glow. I wore this all month for a quick, simple yet polished look for the office.

A great powder needs a great brush and I love the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush.  It is so soft and helps you build up the coverage as you need to.  Every girl needs this in her beauty bag.

My hair has been dry and damaged and just weeks away from a much needed cut and colour so I returned to my trusty De Lorenzo The Ends treatment.  I apply on towel dried hair and it helps to detangle and seal before I blow dry.  As with all De Lorenzo products – I love the natural ingredients and smell.  Yummy!

Finally, I have been loving my Endota Spa Organic Skincare Skin Drink Bush Honey & Macadamia.  I originally purchased it for a face cream but I don’t overly like it for my face and so it is now the most expensive hand cream I have ever owned!!!  Having said that though – it’s done wonders for my dry hands.  I’m not as vigilant when it comes to moisturising my hands and this month I’ve paid the price for it but this product has been a fantastic rescue remedy.

Well that’s it – short and sweet but some great products nonetheless.

What did you love using for the shortest month of the year?!!


January 2014 Favourites

16 Feb

Hello 2014! Here are my January Favourites!

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Clinique Moisture Surge Face Mist

I’ve had samples of this in my cupboard and it has taken a hot humid Sydney summer combined with misbehaving skin for me to break this out and use it….and boy was I nicely surprised.  I have used this everyday as a way to hydrate and calm my sensitive skin (I’ve had it all this month – blotchy, red, irritated and acne skin).  I like to use it when I get out of the shower and before I put on my under-eye serum and moisturiser or oil.  Love love love this product – and I want to try some other face mists as well.  I’ve also used it at the office in the afternoon to freshen up my makeup (anything to try and make it last through these hot humid Sydney summer days) and it works fantastically as a makeup setting spray as well!

Tweezerman Tweezers

I never subscribed to this hype.  Really – why would you really need to pay $30+ for tweezers.  You don’t truly understand why you should spend this until you actually buy a set of these fantastic beauty tools and you use them.  And once you have them you will never ever go back to anything else.  Great for eyebrow plucking (and dare I say it – other stray facial hairs) as well!  Love the hot pink colour on this set as well.  Buy a set – it will change your life!

Garnier Deodrant

It’s Summer in Sydney.  Yuk!  Humidity is the killer so no surprise that this is a daily staple.  I love this one – I got in free in an event goodie bag and it was fantastic and I will definitely repurchase.

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Essie Ballet Slippers

I finally gave into the hype.  Especially now the Essie range is so easily available at Priceline.  Love this colour – find it works best with a base and top coat but a great polished professional look for work.

Revlon Lip StIN

This is a great colour base for my lips with great lasting power.  It’s got a unique smell but it’s rather refreshing.  Love this colour!

Chanel Gloss

I’m not really a gloss girl so I very nearly didn’t purchase this when I was in the US last year but so glad that I did.  This over the Revlon Lip Stain is my current favourite combination for my lips!

Laura Mercier Foundation

From the packaging, to the texture, to the fragrance to the finish – there is nothing that I don’t like about this liquid foundation.  As you know, I’ve been a mineral powder user for many years but this has helped add some coverage for my workday make up routine. I love this product.

L’Oreal Hair Wax

This stuff lasts for ages.  I’m only up to my second pot but I am pretty sure I have been using this for at least 5 years!  A little goes a very long way.  I use it to tame my bangs – it’s a daily must do in Sydney’s humid new year months.

Hard Candy Bronzer

I picked this up in the US when I was drug store shopping.  I love this bronzer.  It’s totally build able – its a bronzer/highlighter that is just right for the sumer months.

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It’s Summer.  Which means long hours of reading and relaxing.  These were my picks for January!

What did you enjoy in the first month of 2014?


Revlon Adore Set

26 Jan

I don’t need any lip products.  I’m drowning in them. I’ve purchased my share of these products and of course, a lot of extras have been added to my collection courtesy of gifts with purchase packs also.  I’m pretty sure that I will never run out of lip products in my life time.

All that being said, I was in Priceline recently and it was the very end of the After Christmas/New Year sales so I wasn’t expecting to find anything and then I saw this…..


It’s a Revlon Adore Set – 5 Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains.  The best part of the whole thing was that it was $19.97!!!  What a bargain – especially given how much these all retail for individually!  Sometimes, you just have to be lucky don’t you??

The colours are:

  • 020 Lovesick
  • 040 Rendezvous
  • 010 Darling
  • 015 Cherish
  • 055 Adore

They are a beautiful mix of pinks and corals and I think 055 may be my favourite as it’s a slightly more deeper berry and these are generally my go to shade!

Did you pick up anything exciting from Priceline recently – something that you weren’t necessarily looking for but found?


Jo Malone Christmas 2013

19 Jan

I couldn’t resist a “To Me, From Me” Christmas present under the tree this year and I decided to go with a lovely Christmas gift from Jo Malone.

I have never purchased anything from the line before so I thought that a Christmas Gift set was the best place to start.  For $40 it came beautifully wrapped from David Jones and included a .5FL OZ English Pear & Freesia Body Creme and a .3FL OZ Pomegrante Noir Cologne.


Both are heavily fragranced and so less is definitely more with these two products. I probably see the Creme as something I will use as hand creme (rather than all over) and the Cologne will definitely be great to get me through the long days at work (especially when we have events at night time).


Did you get anything from Jo Malone this Christmas?  What are your favourites?


Simple Wipes – 3 Step Wipe Process

14 Jan

Anyone would think that I was a Brand Ambassador for Simple but honestly I’m not.  I just know what I like and I’m happy to share my thoughts about it!


I’ve gone on and on about the Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes for long enough as you know.  It’s my daily face wipe – morning and night. I like the original fragrance free ones as they don’t upset my sensitive skin .

I recently however found the Simple Kind to Skin Exfoliating Facial Wipes in the supermarket and was rather excited.  I have used this once a week for the last few months and my skin is starting to see the benefits. A light exfoliating scrub wipe and my skin is looking and feeling clean and bright.

I am also enjoying the Simple Kind to Skin Eye Makeup Remover Pads.  These are gentle and help to get rid of the final traces of all makeup.

As always, I really hope that Simple will bring out more products to Australia.

Have you tried anything from the Simple range lately?



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