October 2014 Favourites

31 Oct

Wow!  I realised I have been loving a whole range of products this month – some old favourites have reappeared and some new products have quickly made the list.  On a separate note – where has the year gone?  Can you believe it’s October?

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Chanel Rouge Allure Lip Gloss – Merveille #69

What girl doesn’t like a bit of luxury in her handbag?  I picked this up when I was last in Hawaii and it’s my go to lip colour for high profile work events and special occasions.  I wore it to the Spring Racing Carnival and it’s just a pleasure to wear and to apply and of course to carry the glam Chanel packaging around in your purse!  I get compliments every time I wear it – so what’s not to like.  The formula is second to none and sits nicely on the lips and has good staying power.  I love this shade and want to invest in others!

The Body Shop Almond Nail & Cuticle Oil

This is a great little product that every girl should have in her handbag and desk drawer and on her night stand.  Instantly nourishing, it brings your cuticles back to life and then maintains them!  Love the smell and the easy application.  Nice one – Body Shop!

Hard Candy So Baked Bronzer – Tiki #129

Another USA purchase  from the drugstore and I am surprised at how much I love this product – especially in Spring and Summer.  It just seems to add enough of a glow to my face for the work week and then I can build it up on weekends when I am out and about.  Love this and the size means it’s no doubt going to last forever!

MAC Eyeshadow – Shroom

Another post about this eyeshadow shade – but what can I say.  It’s such a beauty bag staple product.  It’s my go to colour – my I don’t have to think about it colour.  Love this – on it’s own or in combination with so many of my other favourite shades.

Essie Masterplan

The more I wear this shade from Essie, the more I enjoy it.  For me, this shade also transitions nicely between seasons and is still working well into Spring.  I have no doubt that I will start to break out the coral colours – pinks, nudes and even reds for summer, but for the moment, I’m still really enjoying this shade which looks best for me on my short square nails.

 De Lorenzo Elements Vapour MistHair Spray

I love this hair spray because of the smell and the flexible hold.  I need a bit of help everyday to keep my bangs under control and this works for me.  It’s a medium hold spray that contains ‘certified organic lime fruit oil’ – I love this brand!

Clinique Cleansing Milk

I started reusing this cleanser for the days when I have a full face of makeup.  It gives a great thorough soothing cleanse which I then follow up with a face wipe. A solid performer but a little expensive.

Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Corrector Pen

A lifesaver in your handbag to clean up under eye fall out throughout the day or night.  I always carry this with me for touch ups and for any eye make up emergencies.  A great drug store product in an easy applicator pen.

Eco Tool Concealer Airbrush

I’m a big fan of the Real Technique brushes, so I wasn’t expecting much from this other drugstore offering.  But, WOW – wasn’t I just nicely surprised.  It is the best under eye concealer brush I have used and I can’t recommend it strongly enough.  It’s great to cover up blemishes as well.

Burberry Sheer Concealer

After my Clinique All About Eyes Concealer finally ran out…..I was able to break out this little wonder product!  I have had it in my possession for a few months but I was determined to finish the Clinique product before I opened this one.  And boy. was it worth the wait.  Very impressive.  Great coverage and consistency. Burberry luxury in a click pen!  Bliss

Josie Maran Argan Infinity Intensive Creamy Oil

I was a very happy person when Josie Maran products launched in Kit Cosmetics here in Australia and so I made a very hasty visit to Sydney Myer.  I purchased both the Hand Cream and the Infinity Cream and I loved the later so much that with only one a week of purchase it has already made by favourites!  Great for hands, nails, cuticles, elbows and anywhere on the body that you feel like needs an urgent moisture hit!

Natio Face Mist

My holy grail is the Clinique Moisture Surge Face Mist but I do like to mix it up occasionally with a spay of this Natio product.  It’s more than half the price of the Clinique spray but has a stronger scent which I find I have to be in the mood for. Still, it does the job and refreshes/tones my face and so it’s a nice one to have in my beauty cupboard

Downton Abbey

Love this – express from the UK!  It feels like forever to get to the new episode each week – I just want to know what happens!  I love the costumes, the characters, the sets…..next time I am in the UK I definitely want to visit the castle.

 The Good Wife

One of the best shows on TV and things are getting interesting this season with Alicia running for the State’s Attorney’s Office!  It’s not the same without Will but I have been loving the story lines for Cary.

 

What did you love this October?

PP

 

 

 

Australis Conceal Correct 4 in 1 palette

18 Oct

Don’t you love it when you stumble across a fantastic drug store find?!  I picked this product up one day as I was browsing through the drugstore and I didn’t have any expectations about it.  I thought it was a nice cute compact that included a green and purple base to cover up pimples and unforgiving dark under eye circles, as well as two yellow concealer shades. An added bonus was the cute mirror.  I can’t believe how much this product exceeded my expectation and I have reached for it every single day and I carry it with me in my handbag to work! photo   I love the purple for under my eyes – I put it on after I have primed with my Clarins Instant Smooth.  The two concealer colours are excellent – used individually or blended together as required.  The green is a good diffuser for when pesky pimples raise their heads and need to be camouflaged! Well done Australis!  A home-grown beauty product that is just outstanding!!!   PP

Clinique Moisture Surge Gift Pack

11 Oct

I’m a fan of the Clinique Moisture Surge range.  I have loved the gel moisturiser for a few years now and as Clinique has expanded the range, I have also grown to love the face spray and eye cream.  I was very happy a few weeks ago when I stumbled across this gift pack from Fresh Fragrances and Cosmetics, because not only was I able to restock the moisturiser and the face spray, but I was able to get my hands on a new product that I haven’t tried before – the refreshing eye gel.

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As summer quickly approaches here in Sydney, I’m hoping that this new eye gel will become a quick favourite in my skin care regime – I’ll keep you posted.

 

Have you found a gift pack lately that you have enjoyed?

 

PP

Maybelline Expertwear Quads – Fail

9 Oct

I don’t really like posting about disappointing products so I don’t do it very often.  But I thought that was worth a mention as I had rather high expectation of these new eyeshadow quads from Maybelline.

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I liked the idea of these quads – the shades and the compact nature of the packaging I thought would be a great option for my office makeup bag. I got 04Q Charcoal Smokes and 10Q Mocha Motion.  Both have beautiful everyday shades that either individually or used together should make for some lovely classic make up looks.  But these shades barely last an hour and the colour pay off of some of the shades is very unimpressive.

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I don’t like to think of myself as a make up snob, but I have to say the enjoyment and results that I get from using my MAC and Burberry eyeshadows is my preference.

 

Have you tried these Maybelline quads?  Did they work for you?

 

PP

September 2014 Favourites

6 Oct

Apologies for being MIA…..it’s just that time of year.  Work is busy.  Life is busy. Then I had the flu and have been running two weeks behind ever since.  But don’t worry, I’m back with the things that I have been loving lately – just in time for September favourites!

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De Lorenzo Dry Shampoo

I have a confession to make.  I have only started to use dry shampoo in the last 12 months.  I don’t know where I have been and what I have been doing…..I’ve always had long thick wavy hair – so why didn’t I know about this product which means I don’t have to wash my hair as often?! Seriously.  Anyway it doesn’t matter because not only have I started using it but I have also found my holy grail product…..and it’s in my favourite hair care range of all time – De Lorenzo!  It doesn’t have an over-bearing smell and it sucks up the grease immediately and is a real saver for those days when you fall out of bed with 30 minutes to get ready to get to work.  I love this product. Love it.  I just ordered another 2 back ups!  Looking forward to using this in summer as well!

Bed Head Shampoo & Conditioner

I’ve always looked at this range and never picked it up and then finally I purchased and I am so glad that I did.  My hair just responds so well to this lovely combination.  I love the funky packaging and copy – the product range has a fun philosophy that doesn’t normally appeal to me but the product has definitely impressed me.  My thick dry hair has responded well and I will definitely repurchase.

Josie Maran Oil – Original and Light

I love this oil and I was overjoyed when Mecca Cosmetica announced that they would be stocking Josie Maran products!  I also can not wait until Sephora opens in Sydney in December as then I will have two options! I’m very impressed by the Light version and I think it will be my go-to product for summer.  It just sinks into the skin and my skin appears brighter and smoother.  Love this product range!

NARS Laguna Bronzer

Again I was late the party on this one as my holy grail is my beautiful Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer but I have to say – I am converted.  I find the little NARS duo palette that I picked up in Sephora in the USA really cute and of course super handy to have in my beauty bag as it has the blush option as well.  A big shout out to all of the beauty guru enablers out there – I’ve permantely joined the party!

Australis 4-1 Palette

What a cute, compact and essential little drugstore find from one of my much loved Aussie beauty brands!!! The purple corrects under my eyes and takes away the dark circles.  The green hides some pesky pimples that have dogged my life the last few months because of illness, stress and bad lifestyle choices.  The two shades of concealer work well alone or mixed together to get the job done.  All in a cute compact with a mirror for an amazing price!  Well done Australis!  Proud of you!

Nivea Pure & Natural Olive and Lemon

In an attempt to avoid germs I have gone OTT with hand sanitizer, wipes and have had a preference for beauty products that don’t necessarily require fingers to apply.  In terms of lip products this has of course meant a leaning towards stick balms as opposed to pots.  Enter Nivea Pure & Natural Olive and Lemon.  It’s just divine. And it’s a drugstore product.  Only problem is, this flavour is a little hard to get your hands on – most drugstores seem to only have one or two on the Nivea stand compared to several numbers of the other versions. Get in quick so you don’t miss out!

Orange is the New Black

Where have I been? Living under a bus?  This is compulsive binge TV viewing people!  Download it now and get up to speed. I just caught up reading the August edition of Elle Magazine Australia and I didn’t realise that the show is based on a real life person……it certainly gives it another dimension.  It’s so nice to see a great tv show full of women! Orange really is the new black.

Downton Abbey
I’m so glad this is back! I love this show……It’s just outstanding writing and the cast is also second to none.

 

What did you enjoy in September?

PP

The Weekend Substitutes

9 Jun

You all know I have my holy-grail favourite products.  But for some strange reason, this long weekend seemed to be as good a time as any to stray from the favourites to some new products which have been taking up space in my bathroom.

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Natio Refreshing Face Mist
I love my Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray but I don’t love the price. so I thought I would give this a go, it’s a fraction of the price of my fav and lately Natio has been hitting it out of the park for me with nail polishes and lip crayons. So do I love it? No but I do like it. The problem for me is the fragrance – my favourite one doesn’t have one and this does. But it’s one I can live with – although I won’t use this at night time before I go to bed.

 

Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes (Zinc & Chamomile Goodness)

I’m not going to repeat myself again about how my Simple Wipes are my HOLY GRAIL facial wipes.  I’m just going to tell you that I wanted to try these because I didn’t wear makeup this weekend (shock horror!) and I wanted to give my skin a break and some good cleansing and moisturising.  These were fantastic.  They have “spot fighting ingredients” and “antibacterial goodness” which helped to tame my skin this weekend and prep it for the week ahead.  Another excellent Simple Skincare product…….you need this in your life.

 

OGX Hydrating Macadamia Oil Intense Moisture Mask

It’s finally winter in Sydney which unfortunately just means more dry skin and dry hair.  I love my Kerastase Hair Masques but again, I don’t love the price so I do try to limit these to my pampering sessions rather than regular washes.  So I picked this up at the supermarket – because you can’t go wrong with Macadamia Oil.  I wasn’t disappointed.  A lovely fragrance and a lovely light weight yet nourishing feel – this left my hair tamed and silky smooth.  Winner.

 

Natio Shea Butter Lip Balm

I try to rotate my lip balm on the weekend and I always leave the Natio Lip Balm in my casual handbag for the weekend. It’s a great drugstore alternative to the high end version and if you are ever on holiday or stuck without a lip balm you should definitely try this. It has aloe vera and vitamin E so it’s a natural easy product. It’s a good substitute for my Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Lip Balm but it will never replace it.

 

Did you stray from your favourite products this weekend?  Did you find any new favourites?

PP

 

April & May 2014 Favourites

1 Jun

So obviously, I missed my April favourites post…..but don’t worry I’ve combined April and May and I am even early for a change!!

I’ve been super busy the last two months and so I have just been using my ‘old faithful’ products that are consistently in my beauty bag.  This is fine of course – except when you want to write an interesting blog post for your monthly favourites……but don’t worry, I did enjoy a couple of things that are not usually in my general routine of beauty products.  It’s a short list – but still worth a quick read.

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Real Techniques Stippling Brush
I’ve been a long time supporter of the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush as it works so well with the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation. But when I started using the L’Oreal True Match Foundation I realised that the formula and consistency of the makeup required a different tool. The Stippling Brush gives a lovely light air brush effect and helps the makeup to melt into the skin and gives me that ‘my skin but better’ look.

L’Oreal True Match Foundation
As you know, the L’Oreal True Match Mineral Foundation is my holy grail foundation so I was eager to try this liquid foundation version – especially given the positive reviews on blogs and You Tube with comparisons to one of the Giorgio Armani foundations. I was not disappointed. Light, fragrance free easily applied and absorbed into the skin, a great colour match for me….it was wins all around! I love this foundation – nice and light for summer and totally buildable for the winter months and for special occasions.

Milk Face Wipes
Ok – it seems from this blog post that I have strayed away from some holy grail products and been unfaithful. I promise that this is not the case – I have just been trying to incorporate a few new things into my regime. I was interested to try this new range developed by Olympic swimmer Michael Kim and his wife Lindy so I thought I would start with the face wipes. They are a great size and have a really excellent exfoliating side which I enjoy using every 3 days or so in my routine. My Mum recently tried one when she visited and really liked them so I added a pack to her Mother’s Day present.

Josie Maran Argan Lip Treatment
I love using this at night. I love the cute little pot on my bedside table. It’s a very smooth silky treatment and a little goes a long way. Another beautiful product from Josie’s range which I am excited about being able to purchase locally when Sephora opens in Sydney later this year.

Macadamia Shampoo and Conditioner
It was time to try something different when my Redken All Soft Shampoo and Conditioner was all used up. I saw this range and thought I would give it a go and of course I love it. It does almost a better job than the Redken (although I still love the Redken All Soft Oil) so perhaps that is a little harsh. The bottles are a funky shape and it has a very pleasant fragrance.

Clinique Moisture Surge Face Spray
I’m lazy. I admit it. So I don’t know why face mists took me so long to find and appreciate. I spritz this on my face when I wake up. I spritz it again after I take a shower and on days when I am at home going make up free and even when I am at work and I want to refresh my makeup. I love this but it’s so expensive…. but I don’t care.

Revitanail 3D Top Coat

Wow……I haven’t really been involved in the gel nail fad but when I read a magazine article about them and they profiled some options – including this readily accessible option from the drug store…..well I couldn’t help myself.  It definitely adds shine, has good staying power and basically I think it’s great and suits my needs, so I won’t be purchasing a high-end version.  It takes a little bit of strength it remove it  – but all in all I love it.

Sally Hansen Complete Salan Manicure Nail Polish- Temptation

This shade is totally out of my comfort zone and I really don’t know what came over me when I purchased it – apart from the fact I have been seeing this coral colour everywhere and have been really enjoying it.  Family and friends were a little shocked to see it on my nails (and then I added the 3D Top Coat to really make it pop!) but it’s nice to have a little fun every now and then.  I removed it when I had some high profile events and returned to the usual soft pink professional manicure – but it was a fun weekend colour.

Essie – Master Plan

My nail polish fad continued.  I saw this advertised in a magazine and then I had to have it.  Then when I painted my nails I realised by I liked it so much….it is very similar to Nails Inc Porchester Square. Anyhow, it’s a great Essie formulae and lasted well with my Natio Top Coat.  Have you tried any of the new season Essie polishes.

 

Elle Australia – May 2014

I’ve been a fan of this magazine since it launched.  It makes a nice change from the rest of the glossies – some intelligent articles mixed of course with the latest fashion and beauty advice.  I particularly enjoyed

 

Nashville – Season 2

I love Nashville the city and I love this tv series just as much.  Great music and characters who you care about…..it’s been picked up again for another season!  Excellent.  I can continue to admire Connie Britton’s hair!

 

The Americans – Season 2

This is hands down the best show on TV at the moment. It’s got so many twists and turns, excellent acting and is a great flashback to the 1980s. I’m very happy that it got picked up again for Semester 3.

So that’s what I loved in April and May……what about you?? Monthly favourites is definitely one of my favourite blog posts and videos to watch….so looking forward to hearing all about everyone’s favourites this month!

PP

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