I’ve been pretty quiet on the blogging front of late, not for lack of content since I have loads of drafts sitting waiting for photos and tweaking but just through lack of time. I’m constantly away of trips for work and will go for long periods without access to internet then when I’m home from trips I’m tired and lack any motivation to sit and work on the computer. I’m also moving house yet again just over two years after moving from Perth to Melbourne I am moving back to Perth so my days off are currently tied up with making quick flights over to Perth to take stuff across.
Blog posts are more than likely going to continue to be very sporadic but here is a little teaser of what I’ve been trialling and loving lately:
The Enjo Body Care range has taken over my shower and while I’m still getting used to going without soaps and doing the water only thing I’m loving the philosophy and environmental friendliness of these products.
Charlotte Tilbury Makeup – I went on holidays to London in May and paid a visit to the Charlotte Tilbury counter at Selfridges while I was there. I had a great experience and bought quite a few things that have become staples in my makeup bag.
Karen Murrell Lipsticks – These gorgeous lipsticks come out of New Zealand and promise all natural ingredients that nourish lips while being long lasting.
I can’t wait to share my product reviews with you all and hope that you all bear with me while I make another cross country move that in the long run will give me more free time and space to work on my website.
You don’t need to spend a fortune to find good quality colour cosmetics these days, if you are willing to compromise on fancy packaging there are so many options available these days. One such brand is Boe Beauty available from Big W which has quite a large selection of products available for $2 each. I was invited to sample some products from the range and I’m pleased to say that this brand will not disappoint.
The lip products a lot of fun to review, it’s great to see such an accessible brand marketing lip creams and lip crayons which are all the rage at the moment.
Coral Kisses Lipstick – The packaging of this is somewhat similar to that of BYS in that it does feel cheap although I thought it felt more sturdy than its BYS counterpart. This glides on beautifully and contains a little bit of shimmer, it has a very subtle vanilla scent. There’s no way you’d ever think you were wearing a $2 lipstick!
Peach Bellini Lip Gloss – A glittery pale peach lipgloss in a tube, not really my cup of tea but definitely would suit teen girls who want something subtle yet with a little sparkle.
Blush Pink Matte Lip Cream – This doesn’t dry matte as the name would have you believe, it has a little bit of shine without having the wet look and sticky feel of a gloss.
Better Bare Jumbo Lips – This wind up lip pencils reminds me a lot of those by Face of Australia, it was a lot more pigmented than I was expecting from such a budget brand. It applied smoothly and while not the most long lasting it was extremely comfortable to wear and easy to apply.
I’ll be doing a separate post on the powder products and nail polish I received at a later date.
*Products provided for review in accordance with this sites disclosure policy.
I had my February Lust Have it! and Violet Boxes all ready to photograph and blog about then I got called out for a two day trip with work so I’ve been a little slow to get this review posted.
- Red Carpet Kolour – This contained a couple of sachets of the medium body glow, a luminous body lotion that is supposed to stay put and not transfer onto clothes. It’s meant to provide coverage for imperfections such as pigmentations, veins, cellulite and stretch marks, age spots and wrinkles. I had though that this was a self tanner at first however it is not so I can see myself trying this on my legs next time I’m wearing a cute dress.
- Nuxe Creme Nirvanesque (15ml) – This is a First Expression Lines Cream designed to de-stress and relax expression lines.
- Be a Bombshell “The One Stick” (Full Size $21) – An all-in-one multiple stick designed to be applied to eyelids, cheeks or lips. The shade I was given is called Girl Crush a shimmering pink champagne.
- Wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes (5 pack) – This is the first facial wipe with 100% natural with certified organic ingredients.
- Aphelia Oasis Acne Solution (2ml) – This is a vial of herbal acne solution that doesn’t contain any Benzoyl Peroxide or Salicylic Acid.
- Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon (Full sizw $19) – I received the shade Some Beach a shimmering coral pink. This doesn’t apply very pigmented however it can be built up for a more solid colour.
My favourite part about Violet Boxes is the fact that they always include some full-size makeup products, I’ll be trying everything in this months box.
You can subscribe to Violet Box by following the link.
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- Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive Skin (7ml) – This product is designed to exfoliate, refine and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, lighten hyperpigmentaion and deliver a spa grade exfoliation.
- The Cosmetic Kitchen Eyeshadow ($22.50) – I received the shade Gold Leaf, a pure mineral eyeshadow that can be used either dry or damp. Certified cruelty free and vegan.
- The Cosmetic Kitchen ($22.50) – Full size powder brush, this was extremely disappointing as the brush handle came out of the ferule the moment I removed it from it’s packaging. The brush head itself is beautiful and soft so I may attempt to glue the brush back together and use it as an on the go travel brush.
- Vaseline Ultimate 10 Anti-Aging Body Lotion (25ml) -
- Clairol Professional Colour Radiance Shampoo (50ml) -
- Clairol Professional Expand Volume Mousse (50ml) -
- Hand Spa Bijoux Hand Wipe ($1.50) – This is a natural cotton, non-woven fabric wipe infused with organic fulvic acid, hyaluronic acid, royal jelly, glycerin and soy bean extract designed to deeply nourish and moisturise your hands.
There were a couple of extra items in the box this month, a voucher for a free Harvest Box with the purchase of one $7.95 Harvest Box and a 10ml bottle of S0…? Sinful Eau De Toilette. Absolutely love the perfume, perfect for travel and has the sweetness of a Victoria’s Secret fragrance which I’m loving throwing on for work lately.
Lust Have It! costs $19.95 a month, and you can sign up here. Don’t forget you can also get $5 off your first box by using codeword: SKY
The Benefit She’s so Jetset palette was released in the holiday season last year and ever since I saw the gorgeous retro flight attendant illustrations on the packaging I’d been wanting to get my hands on this kit. I was putting together a rather large order from the Benefit website when I impulsively decided to add this palette to my order:
15ml The Porefessional – I’ve heard so many good things about this primer and receiving this miniature version in this kit is a great way of testing it out without having to commit to purchasing the full size.
Eyeshadows in Champagne Please, Gold Card, Pretty in Mink and Elegant Espresso – The four eyeshadows in neutral shimmery tones are smooth and pigmented, these are perfect for everyday wear and the colours I just can’t seem to get enough of when combined in a palette.
First Class Face Powder – This is a pretty cheek duo featuring a pale pink highlighter colour and peachy pink blush colour that seems like a paler version of coralista.
Life on the A-List Lip gloss – I’m not a huge fan of pale pink lipglosses but this a glowy shimmer to it, it’s not too sticky and a nice fruity scent.
They’re Real Mascara – I’ve been dying to try this mascara after hearing so many positive reviews about it for so long and so I’m really happy this miniature version was included in the kit. I find this gives me long, thick luscious lashes but it makes my eyes a little bit itchy and irritated. Every time I wear this mascara I end up regretting it due to the irritation but it makes my lashes look so damn good I keep going back for more.
This is a beautiful set however it is not the most practical size to tote around, I like that all of the products can be removed from the box so that it can be used later on to hold knick knacks and jewellery. The powder products can probably be depotted very easily from the cardboard base so maybe I’ll attempt that in future if I get a freestyle palette to keep them in.
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