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    Friday, November 2, 2012

    Will Be Posting Again Soon!

    So I haven't really made a post lately because I've only been properly using Mary Kay products and trying out new Mary Kay products since becoming a beauty consultant for them, but that's okay because I just bought some new make up / beauty products that I will be blogging about soon, including the ELF Disney Villain make up kit in Malificent and Ciate velvet nail polish.
    I just want to have a good wear of the products before making any review-type claims on them!

    Tuesday, July 31, 2012

    The Most Pretty Things Ever!

    Just wanted to make a blog post a little astray from the normal beauty topics that I post about, (although pretty things are 'beauty'-related, aren't they?) to mention my best friend's new Etsy shop, http://www.etsy.com/shop/sarahtwohands !

    Sarah, the owner of Sarah Two Hands is a pretty little lady who lives in Melbourne, Australia and now makes things! With her very own hands! Some of the things she makes could go on your very own hands!

    She even takes the description photos with the backdrop being fruit. How sweet is she?! Below are a few of her creations, just click on them to go to that page of her shop.

    I don't even like Harry Potter but that ring is mighty pretty.

    Anyway, so I just wanted to let everyone know how wonderful Sarah is and show everyone how talented she is.

    Friday, July 27, 2012

    Lush Review: Angels On Bare Skin

    Today I will be reviewing a product I'm a little bit in love with! That product is the Lush Cleanser, named Angels On Bare Skin. This cleanser is grrrrreat for putting moisture back into the skin and yet still cleaning the skin of impurities. This is one of Lush's vegan friendly products so it's great for everyone!

    The product is "based on a simple medieval recipe", it's also a mild exfoliant, which I believe has helped with the flakiness of my skin and overall helped with reduction of redness. Angels On Bare Skin has two main ingredients, lavender and ground almond, the almond for gentle exfoliation and lavender (both oil and fresh leaves) for moisture, there are also a bunch of other glorious ingredients but those are the main two. You can really see the little bits of lavender inside! The product is thick and needs to have water added to it for use, which is good because it means the product lasts a good 3-4 months (just as recommended) when using it daily.

    The product is pretty easy to use, which I'll show with my handsies just below.

    Step 1:
    Grab a pea-sized amount in the palm of your hand;

    Step 2:
    Using your other hand, cup a handful of water and pour it into the palm containing the product. Massage water into product until you get a thick, almost-watery texture;

    Step 3:
    Rub your hands together, completely covering both hands;

    Step 4:
    Rub it all on your face for as long as you want! Then rinse it off (which gets a little messy).

    All squeaky clean!

    The only "downfall", I suppose, is that these cleansers have life time of 3-4 months, so they have a sticker on them stating the day they're made, and after a maximum of 4 months it's no good!

    Because of this, I took about half of my jar and put it in a container for my mama bear to use, thinking I wouldn't really be going through it all that quickly, as I only use this maybe once every 2-3 days (mostly due to laziness because it's something you have to be over the sink the whole time to use and it gets a little messy). It's not a downfall at all if you have no problem using this daily, or sharing just as I did. Plus, my mama appreciated it and she uses it often.

    In conclusion, it's definitely a product I would buy again at a very inexpensive $15.95 AU, the product is lovely, refreshing, moisturising and definitely a good overall cleanser.

    Friday, July 20, 2012

    Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Serum and Primer Review.

    The other day I went into David Jones to the Napoleon Perdis counter to spend an hour with a make up artist as per an offer that the David Jones Napoleon Perdis counter have, which is to have a make up look taught to you by a professional make up artist, for the deposit of $100 AU, and then after the session you get to choose $100 of products to take home with you. The make up artist I spoke to created a look on my face, not a particular look of any kind, but just to teach me a few tips and tricks to make up application and the "Napoleon Perdis secrets", for example, putting mascara on first so as to define and frame the face shape and then working around that (except I'd still rather continue to put on my mascara last).

    The first two products the make up artist put on my face were from the Auto Pilot range, which were the Napoleon Complex Skin Renewal Serum and the Pre-Foundation Skin Primer shown respectively below.

    The serum comes with 40ml of product for a quite pricey $79. And the primer comes with 50ml for $55.
    The serum, a thin, clear almost watery gel-like texture,

    and the primer also watery, however this time a bit thicker and white;

    The serum is described as being an anti-aging product to assist with dehydrated skin and skin trauma, it also advises that it is suitable for all skin types and thankfully is paraben free. I have been using the serum now on a daily basis (twice a day, in the morning and before bed) for a bit over a week now and I can already see very big results. I have been suffering with itchy, dry, flaky eczema around my mouth for over a year and this serum has shown distinctive results. My face also feels much more hydrated, though I still do have "dry" skin.

    Below you can see a picture of my skin before I started using the serum, the eczema is very noticeable, very red and very flaky.

    And this is a picture of my bare face from this morning (the colouring of the photos differ as they were taken at different times in the day), a bit over a week after using the serum. Although you can still see a bit of scarring still from the eczema, and it's a little pigmented, it's not as red, there are much less flakes, and it has reduced greatly.

    I really do love this product and I'm glad I purchased it, it has done wonders for me so far. I'm not sure how long it will last as I do use about two pumps per use, so I guess I'll update on that when it runs out.

    And as for the primer, the primer is a great product, it very much firms the skin, especially when used in conjunction with the serum. The primer instantly reduces redness and gives a very good base for any foundation. Only a pea sized amount is needed the whole face and jaw line, so I can see it lasting quite a while.

    Overall I can see a great improvement in the lasting time of my make up and the quality of my skin, so yes I would recommend these to anyone looking for those kind of results, and I very well will repurchase both of these products once they run out.

    It's been another week and the skin around my mouth has cleared up even more!

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Rimmel Glam Eyes "Day 2 Night" Mascara Review

    So today I am giving my first proper review, with detailed pictures and descriptions. I'm not doing this review because I'm completely in love with the product, or even because I hate the product. I am doing this review because I find it to be pretty mediocre and I have seen mixed opinions on this.

    Firstly I would just like to say that the product has a great concept, it would great for those who don't really have much money to spend on different types of mascara for different looks (e.g. volumising, lengthening, both, etc), however for me it doesn't work as well as I had hoped, which isn't too much of a problem I don't have a problem with having several different types of mascaras.

    I received this package from Priceline in a promotional gift bag valued at over $200, for spending $60 in one transaction (easy!), it came in the shade 003, Extreme Black, if I were to have picked this up myself no doubt I would have picked up the same shade as I love to have the blackest eyelashes as possible. This product retails at $16.95 in Australia which is fairly decent compared to most drug store mascaras. It contains 9.5ml of product which is still good for the price.

    Firstly, this is a picture of just my eyes, I have absolutely no make up on my face, and my eye lashes are not curled.

    This picture depicts the same as above, however this time my eyelashes are curled, showing a big difference in my lashes. I have very stubborn lashes though, and I had to curl each set of eyelashes a few times to get them to hold the curl.

    Now, onto the lengthening wand. This wand has very thin, spaced out bristles. It gets just enough product on the wand to coat the lashes without clumping.

    So here's a picture after using two coats of the lengthening part of the mascara. My mascara has no clumps whatsoever, however it has definitely lowered the curl in my lashes, which may be because my lashes are so stubborn, or it could just be the wand in itself. The eye on the left is the only one with mascara.

    And now onto the volumising wand! As you can see the wand gets a lot of product onto it and has lots of bristles close together.

    Again, the curl in my lash is lowered further, as you can see on the eye on the left, and the lashes are kind of... not clumped, but coated in together, so yes the lashes are volumised, but you appear to have less lashes.

    Over all I would not repurchase this product and I probably wouldn't have purchased it in the first place as 2-in-1 products generally don't interest me. I'm sure it would be a great product for those who want to save money as the price is pretty decent and you can get two different looks out of this mascara. This product may work well with a mascara primer, however I like the products I buy to be of value without needing to do too much preparation, and to be slightly enhanced with the extra work.

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    New Job As A Beauty Consultant!

    I have very recently scored myself a new job as a Mary Kay beauty consultant. There are many benefits that come with this, and learning all about the products are a lot of fun! I don't know all that much yet, I have finished my ESRS (Essential Steps to Reach Success) training but haven't properly started my own business yet, however I'm looking forward to getting all of the eye shadows.

    Mary Kay has a gorgeous range of eye shadows from shimmer to matte, I've yet to try them but they're rectangular in shape, as shown below. How pretty is 'Honey Spice'?!

    note: they are not the only shadows MK carries.

    These eye shadows would fit perfectly in a Z-palette, which I have been very interested in trying and reviewing! I'm particularly interested in checking out the quality of the eye shadows, so I'll post a review on each separately once I have had a good dig at them.

    Mary Kay doesn't carry any large palettes, only small compacts which perfectly fit three eye shadows and one blush, I imagine the Z-palette would be an excellent way of carrying many around at a time, and with them being rectangular in shape, they will fit nice and snug with our any gaps.

    Friday, June 22, 2012

    Get Ready With Me!

    Took me a while to get another video up but here it is, without any words! Just an average 'get ready with me' to start the day!