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.

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?



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.


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…’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!


Jo Malone London Rain Limited Edition Collection

10 May

When I was a little girl, my parents and I lived in the ground floor unit of an apartment building.  We had a lovely outdoor area and one of my earliest memories is of the beautiful wisteria that was outside near our outdoor furniture setting.  My other fond memory of wisteria is of my grandparent’s house as they had it growing all over their fence near the garage and was always the first thing you saw and smelt when you arrived at their house.  It’s funny what you remember isn’t  it, and especially when things are associated with beautiful childhood memories how you are drawn to certain things.

When I read about the new limited edition Jo Malone London Rain Collection and one of the fragrances was Wisteria and Violet, I knew that I would have to try it out.  I was already attracted to the purple packaging (my favourite in the collection) and then when I smelt it, it just took me straight back to my childhood and lot’s of happy memories.  So no surprise at all it has become my signature fragrance and I haven’t stopped wearing it since I purchased it.  It just makes me happy to wear it and I have received lot’s of lovely comments about the pretty fragrance.

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The Jo Malone website describes the cologne as ” A soft morning shower, soaking purple wisteria cascading over London stone walls.  Infused with the wet-petal scent of violets and water lily.  Rain-washed and intoxicating”

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I can’t stand the fact that it’s limited edition so I have already purchased a back up bottle….hopefully lot’s of other people will fall in love with the scent just as I have and it will be added to the permanent collection.

Did you purchase anything from the London Rain Collection?  What is your favourite?



Duchess of Cambridge Sunglasses – Givenchy

18 Apr

I’m as fascinated by Kate Middleton as the next girl.  Given I have no hope of ever being as slim and toned as she is, my only option is to copy her accessories.  So I started with her Givenchy sunglasses. I loved these when I first saw these on her when I was reading one of my favourite blogs  – What Kate Wore


So I purchased them online and waited for a few weeks because no surprise they were sold out!  I don’t know if they have made the trip to Sydney with her this week but I do love them and they make a nice change because they are not as big and over-sized as I usually wear but still classy and chic.




Has Kate inspired you to purchase something – fashion, beauty or accessory?  Let me know!



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?!!



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