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?


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?



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.



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!



L’Occitane Almond Shower Gel

4 Nov

I’ve looked at this inshore and online many times but I haven’t purchased.  Then I was enabled by Jodi from Goo Roo Beauty who mentioned this in one of her videos.  So when I did one of my Fresh Fragrances and Cosmetics Australia online orders, I decided to take the plunge.  And I am so very glad that I did!!



As you know my skin is super sensitive and I tend to migrate towards fragrance free skin care products because of my sensitivities and my allergies.  So a little of this product goes a long way – but I really do love the luxurious shower experience! It has a gorgeous spa like fragrance and is really relaxing.  I like to use this shower gel before bed – it’s a great base for my skin care regime.


Have you tried it? What other L’Occitane products do you recommend?


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?


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?





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.



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?




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