Hourglass Palettes

Let’s just say I was enabled by every Beauty Blogger and YouTuber out there to purchase the Hourglass Palettes.  I headed to Mecca Cosmetica and eagerly swatched the test palettes and couldn’t wait to get my own boxes home.  The packaging of these pallets is exquisite – with the unique Hourglass contouring of the palette and the fantastic mirror.

Ambient Lighting Palette

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What was appealing to me about this palette was the highlighter, bronzer and powder blur for imperfections – everything a girl needs in one convenient palette (and as mentioned above, with a decent mirror).

 

Ambient Lighting Blush Palette

Let’s just say upfront, I’m not the biggest user of blush – bronzer yes, but blush not so much due to my sensitive and redness included skin.  However the palette was just so gorgeous that I couldn’t resist – especially Mood Exposure (thank you Kristin Gehem!)  I was slightly concerned with the Incandescent Electra Shade but thought that I would give it a go on a night out on the town with my friends.  The Luminous Flush shade is so just pink and girly that who wouldn’t want it as an option?

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I love both of these palettes and I have been really enjoying them since I got back from my trip.

What’s your favourite Hourglass palette?

Make Up Brush Haul – USA April 2015

I was excited to visit Ulta when I was in Las Vegas to stock up on the new release Real Techniques Brushes – Bold Metals Collection.  I can’t wait to try these brushes as I am a real fan of Sam and Nic and I have several of the  brushes and they are part of my every day make up routine.

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100 – Arched Powder – “the domed cut sweeps perfectly across the face for flawless application of pressed or loose powders”

101 – Triangle Foundation – “flat edge covers large areas of the face and angled edges contour around eyes and nose”

201 – Pointed Crease – “densely packed, tapered bristles apply eye shadow for a smokey effect”

300 – Tapered Blush – “specially-designed tip highlights and sculpts across cheeks for seamless finish”

 

I also picked up some Eco Tools and a Flower brush from Walmart.  I think Eco Tools have a great range of well priced brushes as well.  The Flower brush is the first I have tried from this range but the eye shadow brush caught my eye and I wanted to add it to my collection.

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EcoTools Skin Perfecting – use with BB/CC Creams

EcoTools Correcting Concealer – beautifully soft for spot coverage

Flower Ultimate Eye Shadow Brush

 

I’ll report back on my thoughts – and hopefully some will pop up in some monthly favourites in the future!

PP

April 2015 Favourites

I thought I would get back on track with my blogging schedule and post my favourite products for April.  As I have spent the last few weeks travelling overseas and then quickly back into a very busy work schedule, it has all been about minimalist products that do a great job every time.

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Maybelline Color Tattoo Bad To The Bronze

I haven’t used this for a long time and was worried that it had dried out too much for me to use – but it was fine with a Real Techniques eye shadow brush.  This colour is such a good everyday choice and can be built up for quite a dramatic evening look.  I used this a couple of times when I was away and have reached for it more since I have been home to get me through some long days at work.

 

NARS Duo – Orgasm Blush & Laguna Bronzer

This miniature travel duo is fantastic and all you need when you are on the road.  These cult status products deliver for an everyday look or for a full face special event look. If you haven’ tried either of these products this mini duo from Sephora is an excellent way to test them out and add them to your collection.

 

Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

This was amazing during my holiday.  It just supported my skin through the long haul flights and the change in temperatures.  I had a travel size that was fantastic and I took the opportunity to purchase a full size in Sephora to take advantage of the cost difference from the US to Australia.

 

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Bumble & Bumble Grooming Creme

Love this product and the fact that it comes in this travel size.  It helped me through the humidity of Singapore and the heat of southern California.  Applying it to damp hair it seals the hair cuticle and makes it easier to style and ‘groom’ into place.

 

Josie Maran Argan Black Oil Mascara

I’ve mentioned this before.  I was nicely surprised by the formulation of this mascara and it creates a nice every day look and doesn’t irritate the eyes.  I will repurchase once I get through the other mascaras that I have waiting patiently to try.

 

 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

Airplane travel brings with it dehydrated skin and lips.  This is the only lip treatment that works for me. This pot travels everywhere with me and it just works. Love it.

 

Clinique Superbalm Moisturising Gloss – 02 Raspberry

I’ve included some more glosses in my makeup bag lately to mix things up a bit and also given the small travel size these were great to take with me overseas.  This colour is a little more brighter than what I normally go for and to be honest that was the appeal.  I loved wearing this in the evening when I was on holiday and has also been great for day to night work functions.

 

Benefit Hoola Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Was nicely surprised by this one.  Love the colour and the consistency and have been enjoying a return to gloss lately.

 

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Invite Concentrated Vitamin E Cream

I’ve had some pimple issues as well as some scarring on my hands from some kitchen burns and this is what I turn to.  It always seems to help my skin renew and brightens dark spots and scars.

 

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion – Honey Indulging

With the change in season, comes the annual hunt to maintain body moisture and I find that this product helps me with that.  I continue to be on a really honey scented kick at the moment so this fits in really well for my evening shower routine. Need to repurchase another one!

 

Sephora Seamless Hair Ties

I got sucked into these at the checkout aisle at Sephora.  But I have to say, I do like these for nightime and have taken to wearing these in my hair to go to bed.  I purchased them in the pink tone knowing that I wouldn’t be using them for work.

 

fresh Brown Sugar eau de parfum

I picked this up in Singapore in the handbag size and I continue to love the refreshing scent.  I keep this in my handbag and spritz at work when I have to go from office to work function. I might have to purchase the full size when this runs out……

 

Mad Men

It’s all coming to an end…..and it’s been interesting so far with lot’s of debate about how it will all end.  Will miss the characters, the fashion, the history…..it’s definitely going to be one to re-watch in years to come.

 

The Americans

This is the best show on TV and it frustrates me that it hasn’t won the awards that it so deserves.  The finale of Season 3 was amazing and has set up Season 4 perfectly – and I can’t wait.

 

What did you love in April?

PP

Where have I been?

Hello!  Remember me? Sorry about being absent – but things have been extremely busy since I got back from Singapore.

 

If you follow me on Twitter and Instagram you will have also realised that I have recently been travelling overseas again – this time to Canada and the US.  I’ve got some blog posts planned in the coming days to share with you my travel experiences and shopping hauls.

 

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Singapore February 2015

It was the standard quick business trip to Singapore but with an added long weekend with Mr PP thrown in.  We had a lovely relaxing time.  We arrived late on the Friday night and thankfully fell into bed at our luxury secluded hotel.  Saturday morning was a day of adventure – straight to Marina Bay Sands for a look around the Casino and the hotel/shops, followed by a delightful couple of hours exploring Gardens by the Bay.

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Then it was off to Raffles Hotel for the traditional Singapore Sling – which was very refreshing given the heat and humidity.  China Town was in preparation to welcome the Chinese New Year and the markets were crowded.  Orchard Road was just its usual beautiful self later into the evening.

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The hotel was a little out of the way, but a very relaxing oasis to enjoy some quiet time.

 

Two highlights of the trip was definitely the Singapore Turf Club and the Singapore Zoo Breakfast with the Orangutans Experience.  We were very well looked after in the Owners Lounge thanks to our reciprocal ATC membership.  I even backed a winner!  The Orangutans were so beautiful and it was a real treat to get so close and have some photos taken.  I could have stayed and watched them for hours!!

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All good things come to an end and the work side of things wasn’t too bad.  I met some nice people and got the business done.  Then it was back to Sydney on a full QANTAS flight and then back to the office.

I would recommend Singapore to anyone who wanted a relaxing long weekend!

PP

Baby Body Washes

OK – it’s no secret that I have very sensitive skin – so I am always looking for calming options for my shower.

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Simple Baby All-In-One Wash

So I was very happy to stumble across this baby body wash in my local drugstore and was eager to try it for myself!  As you know, I am a big supporter of the Simple brand in general so I was sure that I wasn’t going to be disappointed.

As expected, it’s a lovely refreshing but not drying body wash that is excellent for my sensitive skin.  It lathers up nicely on the loofah and leaves a fresh clean scent on the skin.  Obviously, its extremely gentle and doesn’t cause any skin inflammation or reaction. The bottle advises it contains “camomile and lavender oil”. A definite repurchase for me.

 

Eco Store Baby Body Wash

Given the success of using a baby shower wash, I thought that I would also try the Eco Store version.  It claims that it contains “No Nasty Chemicals” and so I was also interested to see if I would also like this wash.  It does have a stronger fragrance than the Simple wash, but it’s still a nice refreshing option for the shower and doesn’t cause me any skin irritations.

 

Do you use gentle baby products to calm your skin?

PP

 

Sothys Skincare & Facial

OK.  Here is the deal.  My skin has been very unhappy for a couple of months.  Tired, stressed, acne prone, dry, red and sore.  I’ve been very unhappy about it and extremely self-conscious.  Clearly my current skincare routine is not helping the situation.

When I went to see my Beautician for an eyebrow wax she commented on the state of my skin.  Having been a loyal client for over 10 years, she was trying to help me and gifted to me a full size Sothys Comfort Milk to help with the irritation.  She also recommended a SOS Facial using Sothys products.

When I returned to the Salon for my facial, my Beautician assured me that she would do nothing radical to my skin – rather focusing on soothing and nourishing my skin.  It was an hour and half of bliss – seriously.  My face was soothed and massaged and felt amazing – all of the Sothys products were fragrance free and designed specifically for sensitive skin.  My skin was double cleansed and two masks were applied as well as serum and cream – it was divine.   After the facial, my Beautician recommended that I cease using my ‘fruit salad’ skin care regime for a while and try to get my skin back on track.  So I purchased the Sothys Sensitive skincare range and promised to use it twice daily before my next scheduled facial in 5 weeks.

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Sothys Micellar Cleansing Water

In the same family as Bioderma, this is a nice fragrance free refreshing micellar cleansing water.  I’ll be honest – it takes a few attempts to remove all traces of waterproof mascara, but on the whole it does the job and gets your face ready for the rest of the skin care regime.

Sothys Comfort Cleansing Milk

A calming lotion cleanser that gently removes final traces of make up and the first layer of the dust, dirt and grime of 21st century living.  Again, it has a very calming effect on the skin and doesn’t feel like it is stripping my skin bare.

Sothys Comfort Lotion

This is a very gentle toner for the skin – which leaves it feeling cool and calmed.  I use it directly after the cleanser and pat it into my skin.

Sothys Soothing SOS Serum

This product is divine and my dry skin has been lapping it up and it feels very nourished after I use it. I let this sink in for a few minutes before applying the moisturiser.

Sothys Soothing Melting Fluid

My Beautician advised that I use the Melting Fluid as my moisturiser rather than the thicker cream option – given the state of my skin, and also given the heat and humidity of the Sydney Summer.  This is just beautiful to put on my face after the Serum and it absorbs easily and leaves my skin feeling soothed and hydrated.

Sothys Nutri-Soothing Mask

I use this once a week as a special treat to my skin – and it’s just as lovely as it was when my Beautician used this during my facial.  I use a clean foundation brush (that has never been used for Foundation) to paint this on and then I just relax.

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Sothys Desquacrem forte – Deep cleanser with gypsophila extract and salicylic acid

I haven’t used this product yet as my Beautician suggested that I wait a few months before I introduce this into my routine.  It is only supposed to be used once a week or so and shouldn’t be used when the skin is highly sensitised.  The box says ” A unique deep cleansing concept.  Spread a small amount on moist skin avoiding the eye contour area.  Emulsify with circular movements.  Leave on the skin to activate for 1-3 minutes then with wetted fingertips re-emulsify with lukewarm water, rinsing until product is thoroughly eliminated from the skin.”

 

Sothys Gommage Exfoliant – Biological Skin Peeling

I haven’t used this product yet because I am using the basic products for the first few weeks to get my skin back to it’s natural state and given this is a little more proactive in terms of product, my Beautician suggested that I wait a month or so before adding this into my regime.  The box says “Grain-free exfoliating cream with softening jasmine extract.  The complexion is clear and the skin is smooth and supple”

Sothys Sun Shield – Gel for face and body

I haven’t used this product either – I know that this probably horrifying to you all but SPF in general doesn’t agree with me, and so unless I am spending hours in the sun I don’t use it (SHOCK.HORROR).  But I will definitely be using this product when I need to – but given I am heading back to work on Monday I don’t think there will be much need for it apart from the weekends.

 

So that is my review of the Sothys products and I have to say I am very thankful to have found a product range and regime that has helped to calm and hydrate my sensitive skin in the last few weeks and that I hope will continue to work.

Have you ever tried Sothys products?  Have you ever purchased a line of products following an amazing facial and really enjoyed them?

 

PP