It has been ages since I last posted to Beauty in the Sky and that’s because I’ve been embarking on new adventures as well as organising a lot of aspects of my life. I was offered a job with a major airline and I’m currently about a third of the way through ground school so study has taken over my life while I learn new procedures and new aircraft, I’m very excited to have gained this position and am determined to excel in this role.
I also had my braces removed and I’m loving my new smile, I’m so pleased with how my teeth turned out and I have some before and after pictures that my dentist sent me. It is a bit of an intense close up of my mouth since they use these plastic gadgets to hold your lips out the way but I’m sure you can all handle the gumminess!
I also purchased a car since now that I have this job it became very apparent that I can’t rely on public transport. I was lucky enough to find a great little car a green Toyota Echo that I’ve christened Betty.
Products I’m absolutely obsessed with at the moment:
Dermalogica Multi-vitamin Serum – I received this at an event, the first I’ve been to since moving to Melbourne and I’m amazed at the results. My skin feels firmer, fresher, brighter – all of that good stuff. I’ve just about finished the tube and so I made sure to quickly re-purchase another one, I also got the Skin Perfect Primer to try so I could take advantage of the current Willow gift with purchase going on at Dermalogica. I’ll be writing a more in depth review of this particular product in due course but with how busy I’ve been lately I don’t know when I’ll be able to finish it.
Adderton Mineral Foundation – I received this at Beauty Blogger’s Utopia last year and it has become my go to face powder since I love the airbrushed finish it gives my skin while taking away shine. The shade I received is probably a little too fair for me right now but in winter it will match perfectly.
Clinique Lash Power Mascara – I honestly didn’t think much of this mascara at first but now I’m obsessed, it’s a tubing formula so very long lasting and perfect for contact lens wearers. The brush is slim and elegant with quite short bristles that combs through lashes beautifully without any clumps. While it doesn’t give huge volume or length it stays put so well that I’m very happy to keep using this mascara for a long time before switching out to something else.
Brauers Lip Shimmers – These cute little tubes of moisturising paw paw lip balms give the moisturising and smoothing effects of paw paw while also giving me a little bit of colour.
Michel Mercier Detangling Hairbrush – I am obsessed with this hairbrush, I honestly didn’t think it would work at all since it has much shorter bristles than I’m used to but it works beautifully at detangling my long, wavy and often unruly hair. This can be purchased from Priceline for $19.99 and come in three variants for thick, normal or fine hair.
That’s it from me at the moment until I can manage some time to blog in between all of my study, I’ve been feeling very left out of all the amazing blogger events going on around Melbourne since they’ve all seemed to coincide with work so I’ve really missed catching up with all the gorgeous Melbourne girls. Once training is complete I’ll be able to have some semblance of a social life again!
I’m really excited to announce that Valley Girl have started selling sheet masks in their stores, available in packs of three for $6.95 and sourced from Korea. I took some on the road with me on a work trip and they were ideal to put moisture back into skin that has been dehydrated from constant flying. They come in the cutest packaging and are extremely good value for money.
For good quality, nourishing and pampering sheet masks then these are well worth a look!
*Products provided for review consideration in accordance with this Beauty in the Sky’s Disclosure Policy.
The Body Shop create some of the most beautifully scented bath and body products and I was lucky enough to be invited to trial the latest limited edition collection – Vineyard Peach. The range contains a body butter, body wash, body scrub and a body lotion which carry the most beautifully authentic scent of lush ripe peaches.
The body lotion and body wash are the more light weight products in the range and the body scrub and body butter are more heavily scented. I love the way my whole bathroom is filled with the scent of peaches after using these products.
The range is limited edition so do snap it up if you’re a fan of peach scents, I made sure to go in and purchase a couple of back ups of the body butter!
Available from The Body Shop.
I’ve been sitting on this post since the end of December, apologies for getting out so late since we’re almost into February but I’ve had a busy time of it over the Christmas and New Year period and I’m just trying to get myself back into the habit of regular blog posting again.
Innoxa Exhilarate Body Lotion (350ml) – I can’t say I’m a fan of the Innoxa scent and this lotion wasn’t the easiest to rub in however it moisturised adequately and the packaging was beautiful.
Santorini Intensive Cellulite Treatment (250ml) – I don’t believe that a cream can rid you of cellulite however I just enjoyed using this since it moisturised beautifully and the sweet orange oil scent it to die for.
The Body Shop Cranberry Joy Body Polish (200ml) - My boyfriend has to take the credit for using this, I only got sent this a few weeks ago and he’s churned through it at lightning speed! I’ll have to get hime some more since he likes it so much.
Biore Makeup Removing Wipes (25packet) – These had a lovely fresh scent and were very well saturated with makeup remover, I did find the wipes themselves a little thin but they work really well at removing makeup although heavy eye makeup was a little tougher to remove.
Swisspers Cotton Wipes (80packet) – I go through a tonne of cotton pads but I don’t really stick to any particular brand, I just buy whatever is available at the time.
Clinique High Impact Mascara – Have had this mascara for months and haven’t used it in a while so thought it was time to toss it out.
Maybelline The Falsies Volum’ Express Mascara Waterproof – I like this mascara but the brush is so weird looking and mine was looking mangled so I’ve decided to toss it.
Jack Black Lip Balm in Natural Mint and Shea Butter – Obsessed with Jack Black lip balms, I picked up some more from Addicted to Lipbalm which has sadly now closed down. I also finished a tube of Jack Black Lip Balm in Vanilla and Lavender.
Kosmea Purifying Cream Cleanser and Clarifying Facial Wash (20ml samples) – Have had these lurking around in my bathroom for a while and thought I’d better use them up, I love Kosmea products and these are lovely gentle cleansers.
Going into 2013 my goal is to try and use up products completely before moving onto something new, I also want to cut down on clutter in the bathroom and bedroom and try not to keep accumulating too many new products. However I have already been splurging on new products especially The Body Shop and Benefit but I’m justifying those purchases as having been Birthday gifts to myself!
The latest innovation in sun protection comes in the form of 50+ sunscreens that have recently been introduced onto the Australian market. Living with such harsh and hot weather makes wearing the strongest sun protection possible an absolute necessity. I was recently offered the chance to trial Ella Bache’s Great 50+Face Saver Active for the face and the Ella Bache Great 50+ Sportsbloc Active for the body.
Ella Baché’s SPF 50+ range from the leaders in advanced skincare not only provides balanced UVA/B broad spectrum but offers an exclusive super-fruit complex combined with moisturising and protective skincare benefits. The natural ingredients include pomegranate, cranberry, grape seed, lanolin, macadamia nut oil, squalane from olive oil and vitamin E delivering a valuable second line of defence by providing additional protection and moisturisation. SPF50+ provides the highest protection against UV induced premature ageing.
Over the weekend I was fortunate enough to spend a weekend out on Lake Eildon on a houseboat and spent loads of time swimming, tubing and laying on a lilo getting some sun. In amongst all the relaxing and activities my boyfriend and I made sure we applied plenty of 50+ sunscreen and we both had very different opinions of the product.
I was expecting something quite white and thick however the Ella Bache sunscreens are more of a thick gel like consistency, I found the product quite difficult to work into the skin and it has an extremely greasy texture, making it very difficult to wash off – this is good if you are swimming and in the water constantly but frustrating if you want to wash it off your hands. I found that even though it went on clear it seemed to turn slightly white on the skin once your skin was wet which was a little strange. I found it way too oily and greasy for my face and unfortunately my already oily to begin with skin freaked out and I broke out with a couple of pimples after the first day using these products but I’m glad to report that I didn’t get burnt at all. Unfortunately I won’t re-use this product because my skin reacted badly to the oily and greasy texture, something like Invisible Zinc agrees much better with my skin.
My boyfriend on the other hand really enjoyed the sunscreen, he’s not as fussy about texture and greasiness so for him it worked a treat. Not a single sunburn after three very hot days out and about in the sunshine so he would very gladly continue to keep using the products.
Great 50+Face Saver Active retails for $44 for a 130ml tube or $69 for a 375ml pump.
Great 50+ Sportsbloc Active retails for $44 for mls.
*Products provided for review consideration in accordance with this site’s Disclosure Policy.
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