Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara

16 Dec

My holy-grail mascara is Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Brown.  I love this formula – it never disappoints and the brown colour is great for everyday and then totally buildable for special occasions.

I have been trying some other mascaras recently just to test the market and to try some new brands and formulas.  I thought the Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara would have been a winner – given it’s a sister brand to my holygrail.  Unfortunately, I have been a little disappointed.  It’s a very wet mascara formula and it’s very clumpy which I personally find doesn’t work well with the shape of the brush.  I have been fighting with it for the last two weeks and to be perfectly honest, I think that I will be putting it my empties pile before I finish it as it’s just too much hard work when I am trying to get out the door in the morning to work.  I’ve got the new Josie Maran Mascara to try out and of course, I have my back up supplies of Hypnose in my beauty cupboard.

Have you ever been disappointed by one of your favourite brands?

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Tweezerman Set

10 Dec

Everybody raves about these tweezers on beauty blogs and You Tube but do you really have to pay this much for a good tweezer? Yes. Yes you do.  These will change your life.  I parted with the cash when I was in Sephora on one of my first trips to the US and I haven’t looked back.  I’ve even converted my Mum!

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I have these everywhere – in my desk drawer at work, in my beauty bag, in my bathroom…..these are a necessity.  When I buy a new set or upgrade I also love the choice of colours and patterns – everything about  Tweezerman sets are fantastic.

 

These are my new purchase – and I love them!

 

Have you tried them?  Have they changed your beauty life and regime?

PP

November 2014 Favourites

7 Dec

November –   Thank goodness!  It’s been a busy busy year and I’m so very glad that the end is in sight.  November is always a busy month at work and just generally in life but I definitely wanted to find the time to share with you what I have enjoyed.  So let’s get started!

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Urban Decay Naked Palette

The original.  It just never disappoints. It doesn’t matter what day of the week it is I feel like I can always open up this palette and find inspiration and end up with an eye look that is just right for the occasion.  I have enough eye shadows so I am resisting the urge to buy any of the other Naked palettes. Well, I could put them on my Christmas Wish List I suppose and see if Santa delivers…..

Nuxe Reve de Miel

I’ve been having a bit of a lip issue.  They have been dry and cracked and dry and did I mention cracked.  None of the usual products have been able to help for more than a few hours so I decided to purchase this Nuxe Lip Balm and give it a go.  I’m so very glad that I did.  All of the You Tubers and Bloggers who have recommended it are right – it’s pretty much the best treatment out there.  It’s very matte but at the same time soothing and the results are almost instant.  I like that it’s made of honey and precious oils – exactly what my poor cracked and dry lips needed! I feel like I have finally broke the back of the lip issue/crisis…..bring on the bold Christmas/New Year lip colours!

De Lorenzo Ends

What can I say.  De Lorenzo is always in my bathroom and this is one of my favourite products.  I just towel dry and then run a small drop of this through the mid lengths to end of my hair and either dry naturally or with heat.  Love this leave in finishing cream as it provides nourishment to the ends

Clinique All About Eyes Rich Eye Cream

Needed some help around the eye area this month due to the late nights and heavy workload.  Time and again I always return to this eye cream – it refreshes the eye area and makes it feel comfortable.  Hopefully it’s having some long term effect on the skin as well.

Natio Top & Base Coat

This is a great drug store product.  I really enjoy using it as a base and top coat and even as a clear varnish on it’s on.  It really helps to prep the nails before the colour and then seal it in. Love it and very economical.

Josie Maran  Argan Love Your Lips Hydrating Lipstick

I was so excited to try these and I picked up two shades when I visited Kit Cosmetics in the Myer Sydney store.  These are beautiful lipsticks – infused with Argan oil and they sit and stay nicely on the lips.  Given my lip issues this month, I have really enjoyed the additional hydration these lipsticks provided – another winner from the Josie Maran range! I love both shades: Berry Bliss is a gorgeous berry colour which I wear for work functions and special occasions.  Happy Honey is a gorgeous nude shade which I am very glad to find as I struggle to wear nudes well and so this is a nice addition to my beauty bag!

Kit  Blender Sphere

I’ve been keen to try one of these beauty blenders for awhile now after hearing and reading lot’s about them. I decided to get the Kit Beauty Blender because I saw it when I was in Myer Sydney and thought there was never a better of time to sample the beauty tool.  I love using it to set my concealer under my eyes.  I don’t think I’ll ever be a convert for the entire face application – I like my makeup brushes too much! – but I do really like it to set my foundation and concealer.  I’m going to purchase the Real Techniques version and do a comparison.

Burberry Body Fragrance

I hate to admit it but this perfume got pushed to the back of my cupboard while I spent most of winter and early spring indulging in my Jo Malone London Rain, Chanel Noir and Stella.  However I had a small bottle in my handbag and I pulled it out one day at work to freshen up before an event and I loved it again!  A little goes a long way but it reminds me of London and of course a little bit of luxury in the form of the Burberry brand.

Nivea In-Shower Body Moisturiser Skin Conditioner Pampering Honey

I have to say, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this.  But Nikki from Styling You has only had good things to say about it so I was happy to give it a go.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  I’m a lazy beauty addict so I was certainly happy to skip a step after showering if this worked.  And it does!  It doesn’t leave you feeling oily just very well hydrated and ready to step into your clothes and out the door.  I am a big fan of honey body products so this scent was the obvious choice for me.  Thanks Nikki and thanks Nivea!

Downton Abbey – Season 5

I love this show.  I couldn’t’ wait for Season 5 to start and then it ended – all over in just 8 episodes!!  I love the fashion, the sets, the characters and the story line all plotted against one of the most interesting times in history.  It’s a must see – and I can’t wait until the year gets wrapped in a beautiful Christmas episode.

Zeus Greek Street Food

I love reading about local restaurants on food blogs – especially Not Quite Nigella.  So I was very happy to try Zeus Greek Street Food in Drumoynne.  I love Greek food – it reminds me of when Mr PP and I went to Athens and then spent a few beautiful days on the island of Santorini.  This place doesn’t disappoint either – the food is simple yet amazing and the chocolate donuts are to die for!!

What did you love in November?

PP

 

100 Posts! Congratulations to me!!

29 Nov

Congratulations (swirl) si223dWow!  So happy that I’ve written and posted 100 blog posts!  I love my little blog – and while I don’t have a very large readership, I love that I can devote some of my relaxation time to writing about things that I love and sharing my thoughts with people who are interested to read them.

 

So, thank you for stopping by my blog!

 

Here’s to 100 more!

 

PP

Spring 2014 Perfumes

23 Nov

Spring.  The change in seasons means Spring Carnival, the onset of humidity in Sydney and hay fever.  It also means an update to the perfume rotation following the heavier winter scents.  So what have I been enjoying?

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Stella The bottle is half empty. That’s how much I love this perfume.  Summer, winter, autumn and spring.  When it runs out – I’ll be purchasing another. Love it!

Jo Malone London Rain I’ve blogged about this before.  I love this so much I have a spare bottle – given it is a limited release from Jo Malone.  It makes me think of London but it also reminds me of my Nana’s garden when I was growing up and it brings back a lot of lovely memories of my childhood and my Nan.

Dior Addict Eau Sensuelle This was a surprise find.  I had a Dior gift with purchase and a sample of this perfume was included.  I didn’t realise that I would fall in love with it.  I had the sample in my office desk drawer and then when it ran out I continued to reach for it and was disappointed when it wasn’t it there.  So I purchased it with one of my Fresh Fragrances and Cosmetics Australia orders.  Quoting the Sephora description:  “Addict Eau Sensuelle opens with an addictive bouquet of precious flowers. Sparkling rose, vibrant jasmine, lilac, and white musk evoke a natural, floral freshness that is both delicate and radiant.”  Given the reference to the bouquet of flowers, I think this is a fantastic fragrance for Spring!

Chanel Noir I love most Chanel perfumes, but this one has become a firm favourite.  It always makes me feel like there is a little bit of luxury to enjoy. The little black bottle is just so chic.  My Mum gave this to me for birthday a couple of years ago and I still love wearing it – whatever the season!

Burberry Body Love this scent especially in winter.  It can start to feel a little much in the humid summer weather, but is still a wonderful transitional fragrance for Spring.  I love the luxury packaging that is different to all other bottles that I own.  I have a little travel size version in my make up bag that I carry with me in my handbag every day. Because it’s just a strong scent, if I need a touch up for an work event in the evening it still works over the top of a scent I sprayed in the morning.

What Spring scents have you been loving? PP

Face Wipes – A Beauty Bag Must Have!

14 Nov

Regular readers will know that I stand by my position: Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Facial Wipes are my holy grail face wipe.  And yes, I’m not perfect.  There are many nights when this is my (shock! horror!) only step in my makeup removal and face cleansing routine……..

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But I digress – back to the purpose of the post.  Simple Face Wipes will always be my favourite.  But I am always keen to give some other wipes a try so here are my thoughts…..

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Milk & Co Beauty Wipes – Extra Large Exfoliating and Cleansing Wipes

I love to support some Aussie brands and this is one of them.  These wipes for me are a bit of a treat each week – I use them when I need the heavy duty exfoliating (great double-sided texture) and to remove heavy makeup and city pollution and grime.  I don’t love the smell of these but the quality of the wipe and the way my skin feels after I use it makes up for them.  Definitely worth a try if you haven’t done so all ready.

 

QV Face Cleansing Wipes

The newest addition to my Face Wipe collection.  I don’t know why it has taken my so long to buy these and give these a try as I am a big fan of the QV cream and shower gels as all of the products are dermatologically tested and designed for sensitive skin.  These feel like they give a really good clean – I don’t like using them directly on my eyes (to remove any makeup) but these certainly freshen up the rest of my face.

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Simple Spotless Skin Quick Fix Cleansing Wipes

Yes – there are days when any additional help with pesky pimples and irritation is required.  These wipes contain “zinc and chamomille goodness” and the antibacterial nature is designed to help fix impurities and absorb excess oils and soothe. Again, Simple doesn’t disappoint.  These wipes do exactly what they promise to.

 

Simple Kind to Skin Exfoliating Facial Wipes

The upgrade to the original holy-grail product – as these also are double-sided with a cleansing and exfoliating actions.  Again – perfect for sensitive skin and gets the job done.

 

Josie Maran Bear Naked Wipes

I love Josie Maran products so was very eager to try these.  These are nice and refreshing and a good option for every now and then but given the cost (and the smell) these wouldn’t be my everyday choice but rather ones I would have in my travel carry on luggage or in my handbag for just in case.

 

 

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Ole Henriksen Truth To Go Wipes

This is the premium product.  Absolute luxury in a wipe and developing somewhat of a cult status amongst beauty bloggers and You Tubers.  Yes – luxury in a wipe!  Refreshing and soothing – I’m looking forward to easier access to all Ole Henriksen products when Sephora opens in Sydney next month!

What’s your face wipe of choice?

 

PP

Butter London Scrubbers

6 Nov

I found these quite by accident one day during my lunch hour at work – not ever having heard or read anything about them.  These are probably the best nail polish remover pads that I have tried!  I can’t recommend these enough – so quick and so convenient with a rather pleasant fragrance.  I have them in my office desk drawer and at home.

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They are the most moist nail polish remover pads that I have tried.  I’m not sure why I am so surprised – as Butter London is an excellent nail range – both in colour and in supporting care products (have you tried the top coat?!)

 

Tell me about one of your great beauty finds when you were least expecting it!

 

PP

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