Saturday, November 7, 2015

October Favourites

Hi everyone! How are you on this dreary Saturday? I've had a busy week working, and finishing up at work to start my new job on Monday! Exciting times ahead. Today I want to share with you a few favourites of mine that I gathered in my first month living here in London. So let's jump right in!

Garnier Ultimate Blends Shampoo (RRP £2.79 from Boots) - This shampoo was bought on a whim because my old shampoo was making my hair greasy with residue and flat looking. Oh boy did I choose a winner. This smells SO good! It is literally like lathering liquid chocolate into your hair - with a hint of coconut. If there's one shampoo you try next - make it this one! Besides the irresistable smell, it cleans my hair really well and makes it look so shiny and gives it lots of volume too. Win!

Simply Kind To Skin Purifying Cleansing Lotion (RRP £3.29 from Boots) - This is obviously not a brand new product to the market, it's been available for as long as I can remember but I was just never drawn to try it. I'm really glad I did. I was in desperate need of a gentle skin cleanser because I was getting some sort of skin allergy/rash on my chin area (just below my lip) and it was so raw and red and looked a bit suspicious (lol) but it was because I was using a very abrasive facial scrub daily. Yep, i'm one of those people who feel like their face isn't cleaned unless i'm scratching it off. This cleanser alleviated my allergy within a week and my skin has been so soft and flawless since using it! The only negative is the bottle design. I have to shake the bottle so much to get product out when i'm more than halfway down. Boo!

Mavala Active Hand Gel (RRP £16.85 online here) - A gel hand cream that refreshes and moisturises. I was skeptical on this product because i'm so used to using creamy hand creams, but as this is a gel it dries super quick - which I love (and I know my mum would love too). At first it's really wet and slimy, like a gel, but after a few minutes it will completely dry and leave a slight stickiness to your hands but after about 5 minutes that sticky residue also disappears! Try using it before bed - I guarantee your hands will feel like a baby's bottom.

Mavala Mavapen Nutritive Oil For Cuticles (RRP £10.40 online here ) - A cuticle oil pen - every nail lover should have one (or two) in every bag they use! I'd rather have one in every bag I use so I don't have to remember to put it in (and risk forgetting it). This is like a felt-tip pen and doesn't over disperse product - making it very cost-effective by lasting longer! It gives great hydration to my cuticles too.

Mavala Mava-White Optical Nail Whitener (RRP £11 online here) - My favourite product from the lot, a nail whitener. It dramatically transforms your nails into a beautiful, natural, healthy looking nail! I'm assuming 90% of my readers will have slightly yellow/stained nails from all the nail polish they use - and i'm no exception either! Look how amazing the results are. It dries to a natural semi-matte finish and dries really fast. Perfect when you're too lazy to paint your nails with colour but want them to look presentable and polished. 

There you have it guys! My monthly favourites! I am loving trying out all the new products here in the UK. Are there any products in particular you think I should try out? Let me know! Have a great weekend!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Mandara Spa Collection

Hi guys! Today I have some bath and body products to share with you from a brand that's new to me called Mandara Spa, inspired by the spa rituals of Bali, Hawaii, Thailand and the Maldives. I have 3 products from the Bali Santi collection, and two creams from their body butter line. I'm in love with the vibrant packaging and the scent in all these products are amazing. It's a fragrant mix of coconut, sweet almond and spice (a bit like cinnamon and sandalwood combined). Mandara Spa is available online here. Let's take a look at the products shall we?!

How cute are my Moroccan inspired candle holders from Tiger!
On the far left we have the Bali Santi Blooming Bath & Shower Oil (RRP £7) - this product is my favourite from the group as I adore oils to cleanse and clean with. It is super nourishing and makes your skin feel incredibly soft afterwards.
Bali Santi Nurturing Body Milk (RRP £5) - This lightweight, but deep moisturising body milk is super creamy and absorbs into the skin very quickly. It does leave a slight stickiness to the skin, but makes you smell divine.
Bali Santi Smoothing Body Polish (RRP £8) - This body polish is almost like a thick moisturiser/yoghurt but with very gentle micro beads to softly and effectively remove dead skin cells. I use this almost daily on my chest, shoulders, outer thighs and butt! Your skin will feel so smooth!
Foot Butter (RRP £4.50) - The skin on my feet are the driest areas on my body so I was in definite need of some TLC there. I've been using this religiously for the past week before bed each night, applying socks afterwards to hold the moisture in and the appearance has dramatically improved! I also really love the smell, kind of like the ocean with citrus and coconut! It is super light weight and absorbs really quickly.
Hand Butter (RRP £4.50) - This hand butter is amazing. It is so rich and thick and is enriched with shea butter so it smells incredible. Not much else I can say on this product, other than it does the job of moisturising and hydrating my hands very well.

I can't wait to get through these products - my body will be loving me (as well as my boyfriend) because it makes me feel so soft and smell magnificent! Have you tried any products from this brand? I'd love to know! Thanks a lot for reading and i'll see you all next time!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Subtle Halloween Bones Nail Art

Hi guys! Today I have some Halloween-y type nail art to share with you! This wasn't intended to look like bones but I guess it does in a way! It's a very simple look to achieve - all I used was a dotting tool to do random shapes! I used 2 coats of OPI - Black Onyx and used OPI - Alpine Snow for the white. It would of looked really cool with a matte topcoat too! Hope you are all having a great week so far!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

OPI - Venice Floral Nail Art

Hi guys! Sorry it's been so long - a lot has happened. I moved to London! I'm settling in nicely (although missing the heat terribly) and thought i'd share with you some nail art I did before I left Australia using 6 colours from the new OPI Venice collection. The base colour was 2 coats of OPI - My Gondola Or Yours, and then I used all the colours swatched in this post. Followed by 1 coat of Glisten & Glow. I hope you like this nail art and i'll see you all soon!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Estee Lauder Pure Colour Matte Envy - Furious (LE)

Hi guys!! Hope you are having a great week so far! Today I am sharing a new and Limited Edition Pure Colour Matte Envy shade by Estee Lauder to show you called Furious; an absolutely stunning medium coral-orange matte. I was really drawn to this colour everytime I walked past the Estee Lauder counter in Myer and knew I had to have it! It applies effortlessly, is super smooth and creamy and not drying at all. It is actually quite a neon colour against my olive skintone which I love! I applied 1 coat all over the lips. Pure Colour Envy Matte retails for $50 and is available from Myer and David Jones nationally, but be quick as this colour is limited!

Here's a sneaky snapchat selfie wearing Furious :)

Monday, September 21, 2015

Calvin Klein - Eternity Now EDP

Hi guys! Today I have the new Calvin Klein Eternity Now EDP for women to share with you! This gorgeous fragrance is the latest addition to the CK fragrance family for women and it is truly divine. At first scent, it is very fruity with top notes of nectarine, quince and lychee, with underlying notes of peony, peach blossom, neroli and musk. It is a stunning, feminine fragrance that would suit any age, and perfect for Spring/Summer! To be honest this does not last very long on me so I like to reapply twice a day (when I remember). Eternity Now retails for $89 (100ml) and is available from David Jones and Myer nationally. Have you had a smell of this fragrance? What do you think? Thanks for reading!

I've had this bottle for a week and look how much I've used already!?

Monday, September 14, 2015

OPI - Venice Collection 2015

Hey guys! Today I have 6 out of 15 shades to show you today from the new OPI Venice Collection 2015. I personally love the look of this collection because of the bright, pastel spring-like colours, but that is only because we are going into the warmer months here in Oz! All swatches show 2 coats with no topcoat. Here are my picks from the collection.

 Purple Palazzo Pants - A pastel lilac purple creme. This is a really beautiful simple colour.

My Gondola or Yours? - A super dark licorice black with very subtle shimmers. It's not quite a jet black, but has a bit of depth to it. It is very unique! 

Gelato On My Mind - A gorgeous pastel light blue creme. This colour seems to be a winner for a lot of people. It is very pretty but nothing special.

I Cannoli Wear OPI - An off grey/white creme. I adore this shade as it is very unique to anything I have in my collection!

Tiramisu For Two - A beige toned creme. To be honest, this doesn't look like anything special, but it is actually my favourite from the collection. It just matched my skintone so well! 

A Great Opera-tunity - A nude/peach creme. This is also another favourite of mine! 

So there are my picks from the Venice collection! Which shade are you eager to try out? Or are you a bit bored of this collection? Would love to know your thoughts! Thanks for reading.