Dafni Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush

I asked Santa to leave this under the Christmas Tree and he did! I have used this Dafni Hair Straightening Ceramic Brush several times and I just love it!

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It’s easy to use and is a real help to straighten my bangs in the morning as well as give an all-over complete straighten after washing and blow drying. I find it easier and more convenient than my straighteners because I think the hair brush motion is more natural and something I have done since I was a little girl. I ask feel that it takes me less time to straighten my hair.  Having said that straighteners are still the preferred tool if I want to create some waves or curls in my hair.

 

I would strongly recommend trying this product. It is currently retailing from the Shaver Shop in Australia for $299

 PP

January 2016 Favourites

One month down. 11 to go….

Half the month I spent on holidays and the rest of the month saw me back at work grinding through the 9-5 treadmill.  It’s a relatively short list because it has been quite a relaxed month.  So let’s get started!

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L’Occitane Lip Balm

This was a new find which was courtesy of my L’Occitane Beauty Christmas Advent Calendar.  I was very impressed by this little sample tube and slapped it on my lips continuously during my vacation.  I will definitely repurchase a full size tube.

Chanel Coco Noir Perfume

Back to one of my classic favourites this month.  Given it’s my birthday month, I always associate my birthday with Chanel perfumes because my Mum & Dad have purchased these little bottles of indulgence over the years as gifts.  This is my favourite scent of the range and I love this beautiful black bottle.

NARS Multiple – Copacabana

Strobing or highlighting – which ever buzz word it is today it doesn’t really matter because I love using this cream highlighter in summer.  A little goes a long way and it seems to some how perk me up and help me face the day ahead!

Clinique Eye Cream

Love this gel cream – it soothes and hydrates.  I like to put it on in the morning in preparation for my makeup routine and it helps to ensure my under eye area is moisturised and ready for concealer and highlighting.

Kerastase Discipline Hair Mask

Any pots of Kerastase are liquid gold in my opinion but this has to be one of my favourites – everything about it, from the scent to the way it applies to the hair and instantly calms it down and leaves you with smooth and protected hair strands.  My hair is probably the longest I have ever had it and so it really does need me to invest time and quality product to keep it in good condition.

 

Other Favourites this month:

*The Grinder  – a new TV series starring Rob Lowe.  Nothing else needs to be said – it’s Rob Lowe people!!!

*Nigella Lawson – really enjoyed listening to the Queen of the Kitchen in Sydney this month.  Her advice to the women in the room was “Just do it now” – from that annoying email sitting in your inbox that you don’t want to deal with to big picture things like travel and new business opportunities.

*Australian Open Tennis – I really enjoyed watching the tennis this year and hope to plan a trip down to the Open next January.

 

Did you kick of the New Year in Style?

 

PP

 

 

 

Clinique Supermoisture Foundation

My skin has been very dry and stressed lately (partly because of work and lack of commitment to my skincare regime) and so I thought that my summer holidays was the perfect time to give my skin a break from full coverage makeup and go with a lighter option when required.

I was eager to try this foundation as I am such a fan of the Clinique Moisture Surge skin care products.

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This is a nice light coverage foundation – perfect for the weekend and summer holidays.  It has light reflecting particles that help give the skin a dewy look. It doesn’t contain SPF – which I am a fan of because SPF tends to break my skin out.  I use my Real Techniques Stippling Brush to apply a pea size amount to my entire face and then I use my Real Techniques Beauty Sponge to blend it and then that’s my summer foundation complete!

It’s especially nice to use when I have used my Clinique Moisture Surge face cream and eye cream as the base for the foundation.

Have you tried this foundation from Clinique?

PP

 

2016: I choose happiness

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If I’m being honest, I haven’t been leading the happy life that I should be.  And I need to.  Because I am very blessed and I need to celebrate it and embrace it.  I have a loving partner and family, a lovely home and a well paying job.  I just haven’t been loving myself as much as I should and it has started to show.

My health is suffering – I am overweight, suffering from bad skin and gingivitis.  I really feel like I am at a crossroads – both in terms of my health, lifestyle and career.  My clothes are all too tight and rather than exercising I have just been buying larger and larger sizes.  I can’t look very long at myself in the mirror and I don’t (will not) take photos of me or look at them.

It’s been a gradual slip into this present state of poor health but I have been aware of it occurring over the last few months but choosing the easier path to ignore rather than to deal with it. Surprisingly, no amount of new beauty products or shoes has fixed the problem.  Instead my unhappiness has continued to be masked by material objects.

So what do I need to do? Live more.  Move more.  Worry less. Write down some short term and long term life goals and start working towards them.

I’ve recently heard some terrible news about some people I know and to be honest this was a little bit of a reality check for me.  All we have is here and now – you don’t know what is behind the next corner for you or your loved ones….and so it’s time to be happy, now.

 

PP

Best in Beauty 2015

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Thank you for politely ignoring the absence of September, October and November Favourites…..but fear not, I’ve got quite the list for the 2015 Best in Beauty favourites so let’s get on with it!  One of the best things about 2015 has been the availability of brands in Australia thanks to Mecca and also of course the launch of Sephora.

Primer: Clairns Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch

I deviated briefly in early 2015 with the Laura Mercier Primer but quickly returned to my trusted holy grail face primer.  I seriously don’t think this gets enough love on blogs and You Tube so a big shout out to Clairns for this little pot of wonderful!

Foundation: Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

I don’t really know what to do as Laura Mercier have STOPPED making this foundation (!!) and it has been replaced by two others…..I’ve stocked up on several tubes of this but my supply will eventually run out and then I will have to find another true love.   This product never lets me down – I can apply a light coverage or build it up to get me through long days at work.

Concealer – Cover Up: Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer

Covers the pesky spots that break out from time to time in one easy application.  Blends nicely and sets easily with any fine grain foundation powder over the top.  I will never be without this product.

Concealer – Under Eyes: Bobbi Brown Corrector

This salmon coloured cult beauty favourite does exactly what everyone says it does – covers up under eye darkness.  It’s a must have to get through every season.  If you don’t own it – you should.

Concealer – Brightening: Josie Maran Argan Concealer Crayon

Infused with Argan Oil, this lovely crayon brightens the face and blends easily.  It’s a soft beautiful formulation and I’m onto my third one of these after first purchasing when I was in Sephora in the USA.

Eyeshadow Primer: NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

I’ve moved on from Urban Decay Primer Potion to NARS and I have to say I am rather impressed by this little white tube of goodness.  Now that the humidity has hit Sydney, it’s time to get real about the need to ensure this morning’s face lasts past lunch time and this has helped immensely.  I’ve recently repurchased from MECCA.

Eyeshadow Pallette: Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette

If I am being totally honest, this is the ONLY shadow palette I need in my life.  The matte colours get you from day to night effortlessly and it’s in a gorgeous travel size package that has an excellent mirror.  What else do you need?

Eyeshadow Cream: Laura Mercier Caviar Stick

Well, sometimes you need a Laura Mercier Caviar Stick Eye Colour!  I especially love the shade Rose Gold.  Conveniently packaged in a stick, this colour gives you some bang for your buck with a smooth creamy formulation and good staying power.  On it’s own or blended with other colours this produces a lovely eye look every time.

Eyeshadow Single: Burberry Sheer Eye Shadow Rosewood No 09

A little pot of Burberry luxury!  I have had this little eyeshadow single for a few years now – purchasing it while on a shopping trip to Harrods.  If I could only ever own one eyeshadow single it would be this one!

Mascara: Clinique High Impact Mascara

So another surprise then?  Let’s just say I haven’t abandoned my Lancome Hypnose Mascara but I have rediscovered this little Clinique wonder product via a Gift with Purchase (sneaky marketing people!).  It just never lets you down and provides excellent coverage and is gentle on the eyes.  Available in Black or Brown – this has been a regular in 2015.

Powder: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette – Bronzer, Highlight and Powder

Yes – I bought into the hype (and there was and continues to be so much talk around these powders and palettes) but it did not disappoint.  Conveniently packaged – this little trio is all you need for your bronzer, highlighter and face setting powder.  Hundreds of words have been written about this so there is nothing really worth left to say.  It seems like a large investment at the time, but when you use it every day – it’s definitely worth it.

Tool: Eco Tools Complexion Collection Skin Perfecting Brush

I have the full set of the Real Techniques brushes and some of the new Bold Metals collection as well.  But my go to make up brush of 2015 was undoubtedly this foundation brush from Eco Tools.  A bargain drug store buy – I have a spare and another extra just in case.  It never lets me down and I also have been enjoying the Correcting Concealer Brusy from the range as well.

Lipstick: Bobbi Brown Lip Colour ‘Beige’

Creamy but semi matte this is a great formulation and a great shade that can be casual or special depending on the occasion.  I haven’t had a Bobbi Brown lipstick in my collection before so was happy to discover it in 2015 and have used it regularly in my beauty rotation.

Lip Crayon: NARS Satin Lip Pencil

You thought I would say Clinique didn’t you?  Well they are definitely up there on my favourite list but I was happy to find that I loved this new product in late 2015 and felt it was worthy of making the list this year.  I especially love the colour ‘Club Mix’ so I think that helps – but the formula and lasting power are also worth the price tag.

Lip Gloss: Laura Mercier Lip Glace

I’m not the biggest lip gloss fan in the world but I have enjoyed this product this year.  I ventured away from my usual berry tones and went for the lovely coral colour from Laura Mercier called ‘Nectar’.  It makes quite the impact statement when I wear it as it’s different to my usual go to shade selection.

Hand Cream: L’Occitane  Cherry Blossom Hand Cream

There were a number of these in the L’Occitane Advent Calendar and as a result I have rediscovered my love of this product.   The shea butter formulas are always reliable  and the Cherry Blossom Hand Cream is definitely my favourite.

Face Mask: Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask

I love the Moisture Surge range and this mask got me through some dry skin periods (including my trip to the USA earlier this year).  The tube makes it easy to travel with and is always a life saver over night or during the day as required.

Skin Care Regime: Sothys

I am continuing to have regular Sothys Facials and I use the skin care regime for sensitive skin at night time.  I especially love the Serum and Eye Cream. I don’t know why I waited so long to start having regular facials – but I’m on to a good thing now so I will stick to it!

Face Wipes: Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Wipes

Look away Caroline Hirons (I wish Caroline read my blog!) – but these are a life saver when you travel.  I have always been loyal to the Simple Face Wipes but these have taken over as my favourite ones.

Hair: Alterna Haircare Caviar Range

Terribly expensive and not that easy to find in Australia (except for a few online retailers), I discovered this range thanks to a recommendation from Fleur De Force and then I purchased a travel pack when I was in Canada from Sephora easier in the year.  It does everything is saids and my hair responded extremely well to the shampoo and conditioner plus the additional treatment products.  A splurge every now and then but my hair definitely thanks me.

Hair Spray: Delorenzo Vapour Mist

This holds without that heavy plastered feeling and it smells nice as well!  I’m extremely loyal to this brand of hair care and I will always have this hair spray in my bathroom – I really don’t think anything else compares.

Nail Polish: Essie “Waltz”

I’ve really got back into nail polishes this year – especially now that Essie is so easily accessible at every Priceline store.  I’ve enjoyed all the hyped up shades but have to say that I purchased Waltz for something different and it’s quickly become one of my go to shades.  It gives me a really polished/professional look for work – teamed with Natio’s Base and Top Coat – it looks lovely.

Fragrance: Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt

This little gem was quite the surprise for me this year….I didn’t think I would love this scent as much as I do. I couldn’t really work out from the early reviews what this smelt like exactly and I loved it straight away when I sprayed it at the David Jones counter. I quickly made my way through the first bottle and have already indulged in my second bottle which Santa gave me this year.  I love the candle too!

Extra – TV Favourites

I have not really been able to pull myself away from the TV in the last few weeks/months. It was a beautiful finale  for Downtown Abbey with the Christmas Special.  Like many others – I’m very sad that this is the end.  I’m trying to distract myself with Nashville and Scandal (and the Ladies of London!) but what works best is Australia’s version of Gogglebox TV – this is hands down the best show on TV!  The group of participants are just hilarious – a great way to wind down after work and get you through the week!  I can’t wait for the next seasons of House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, The Affair and Masters of Sex.

 

What a year – bring on 2016!!

 

PP

Lip Crayon Obsession

I have a problem.  All of these lip crayons live in my handbag.  I know that I only need one product at a time but it’s always good to have more than one option.

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I have to say – I think Clinique owns this category.  The formula is just right and the colour shades are just beautiful and there is something for every occasion.  I particularly love these two shades –  #02 whole lotta honey and #08 graped-up

The Clinique Baby Tint colour balm is a recent addition and is perfect to put on for everyday.

In addition this beautiful NARS Velvet Gloss Lipstick in #Club Mix has quickly become a favourite.  The creamy texture and the beautiful colour shade is just perfect for dinner dates and important events!

How many lip stick products do you carry?

 

PP

 

Christmas Beauty Advent Calendar 2015

I’m very jealous of some of the lovely British Beauty Advent Calendars that are available. I desperately want to get my hands on the Jo Malone one – but it looks unlikely again this year.  This new trend is slowly making it’s way to Australia with The Body Shop and L’Occitane making the products available this year.  I have decided to go with L’Occitan because I needed to make some other Christmas purchases in store.

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It’s beautifully packaged and of course smells wonderful before you even take it out of its beautiful packaging.

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It’s a nice mix of products as well as Christmas bits and pieces – like gift tags and stars!

How are you counting down to Christmas this year?

PP