Friday, May 22, 2015

ghd V Gold Max Kit Review

Hi lovelies! Today I want to share with you my review of the ghd V Gold Max Kit which includes a ghd paddle brush, iconic ghd style heat protect spray and two sectioning clips for RRP of $269 (the usual price of the styler alone). I decided to trial this product on my mum's hair as she has very thick, very curly (at the roots) hair and thought she was a very suitable candidate. A few details about the straightener; it heats up ridiculously fast (i'd say about 5 seconds and I couldn't touch the plate any longer). It has a really sleek designs and makes it very easy to use with the swivel cord at the base. I did not use the heat protector spray on my mum's hair, but I did use the brush and clips to section the hair whilst straightening. One thing I did notice was that I had to go over the same section of hair a few times if that section had a few grey hairs in it (I guess grey hairs are a bit stubborn), so I grabbed any obvious individual grey hairs and straightened them. I think this straightener definitely lives up to the hype and gives you a gorgeous shiny glow to your hair in the end! ghd is available from ghd-approved salons or at www.ghdhair.com  Here's some pictures to compare. Thanks a lot for reading!

Before & After
Before & After
Before & After

How gorgeous does my mum's hair look?! So shiny!
 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

OPI - 2015 Soft Shades Collection

Hi everyone! Today I have the new OPI 2015 Softshades Collection to share with you. This collection consists of 6 colours; 2 sheer cremes/jellys, 1 shimmer, 1 metallic and 2 glitters. They are all beautifully soft and feminine shades, which makes this a perfect wedding collection in my eyes! All swatches shown are 2 coats with no topcoat and all applied relatively well. I had a few issues with some of the brushes (perhaps a faulty batch) and some nails looked a bit streaky in result. Other than that issue I have been loving wearing nude shades in autumn/winter as I feel it just refreshes your look. Let's jump right into the colours!

Chiffon My Mind - A beautiful milky white with a hint of blue shimmers. (Note the ring finger looking streaky due to the brush).

Make Light Of The Situation - A sheer glitter with duo-chromatic glitter and blue shimmer.

Petal Soft - A sheer mix of super small white glitters, small pink glitters and large flower glitters. This polish did not requite any fishing for the flower glitters which was amazing! I do really like this glitter as it's very unique but I find it almost too young for me.

 Act Your Beige - A super sheer light beige jelly creme.


Put It In Neutral - A darker beige/pink jelly. This colour clashed with my skintone and made my nails look like they were a bit sore and red.

This Silver's Mine - A pearlescent green based metallic silver. This leaves visible line strokes on your nails.

All these colours are really pretty and complement each other really well. They aren't colours I usually gravitate to when choosing what colour to wear next, but they are timeless classics. Thanks for reading.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Laura Mercier Lip Product Review

Hi guys! I hope you are doing well. Today I have 3 new lip products by Laura Mercier to share with you; 2 Lip Glaces (RRP $30.00) and 1 Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour (RRP $35.00) both available from David Jones nationally. I'm a huge fan of Laura Mercier, every product being consistently good and today's products are no exception!

To be honest, I'm not a huge fan of lipglosses/glaces in general but I gave these a Lip Glaces a try anyway! They were really moisturising and applied very smoothly onto the lips. They had a sheer/medium opacity but gave a really nice tint to the lips - nothing too dramatic, so perfect for everyday wear. I really loved the scent of them! The shades shown below are: Pink Pop; a beautiful light pink with subtle shimmers through it, and Orchid; a stunning dark wine/berry colour.



Pink Pop
Orchid
I was very intruiged by the Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour, hoping it would be somewhat similar to liquid lipsticks that dry to a matte finish. It didn't try completely to a matte, i'd say more semi-matte but I really loved wearing this product. I was pleasantly surprised that the shade I wore (Rosewood; a beautiful brown/mauve colour - similar to Kylie Jenner's famous lip colour!) suited me so well! I wore this product all night where I went out for dinner, ate lots of food and even had gelato afterwards, and this baby stayed put! I highly recommend this lip product to anyone wanting to try something that has great opacity, as well as being very hydrating to your lips. Can't wait to wear this more and now i'm convinced I need more colours!


And me being a big poser wearing Rosewood. . but hey at least my lips look good don't you think?!

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you try/have tried any of these lip products!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Mother's Day Gift Guide 2015

Hi everyone! Mother's day is just over a week away now so I thought I would share some of my favourite products for my mum this year! You can't go wrong with beauty products for Mother's day so let's take a look at the products!

Sanctuary Spa - White Lily & Damask Rose Body Scrub (RRP $14.99) and Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Wash (RRP $14.99. My love for Sanctuary spa is quite obvious, reviewing many of their products and loving every single product so much, every time. So it's no surprise that I would choose to include this brand as one of the top brands I recommend as a gift for my mum! Firstly I have to tell you how utterly and irresistibly amazing the White Lily & Damask Rose Body Scrub smells - I literally want the scent made into a perfume as it's just SO divine! Aside from the beautiful scent, it performs really well too. The scrub is very gentle but effectively smooths and softens skin. I personally love using it on my decolletage. I feel so feminine after using it! The Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Wash is also another favourite, having a really beautiful citrus scent that's not too overpowering. It leaves your skin feeling super hydrated and moisturised. Sanctuary Spa is available from Priceline stores nationally and online at www.sanctuaryspaaustralia.com.au


Molton Brown - Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Bath & Shower Gel (RRP $39.00) and Gingerlilly Hand Cream (RRP $15.00). Molton Brown is a brand that's still quite new to me - only ever trying a candle previously but have been so impressed with the brand and it's beautiful packaging. It oozes luxury and I know my mum will love these two items. The bath gel smells insanely good and makes lots of bubbles (very important)! It has a really relaxing aroma and keeps the skin super soft. The handcream helps to restore your skin's moisture and keeps your skin soft and replenished too. These two products are a perfect combo on a dreary, rainy day! Molton Brown is available from Myer and David Jones nationally.

One product that I am an advocate for, is oil. I love oil as a step in my skincare regime because it keeps my skin moisturised and nourished like no other product. I love to use it to cleanse my skin, to moisturise my skin, and on my hair and body. I've been using facial oils for over 7 years now and I'm very confident that when i'm older, my skin will be looking just as good as my mum's (finger's crossed anyway). She has such amazing skin, hardly any fine lines or dark spots. My mum has raised me and showed me the importance of moisturising and wearing sunscreen and it's a trait I'm so thankful for. 

Physicians Formula - Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil (RRP $25.95, available at selected Priceline stores nationally), is a beautiful, light-weight oil. It's viscosity is a little bit drier to rosehip oil so I use a few more drops than usual, but since using this my skin has been glowing. I highly recommend Argan Oil as it can be used not only on your face, but also on your hair and body.



And lastly, if you want to go all out, spoil her with a beautiful ghd V Gold Max Kit which includes a ghd paddle brush, iconic ghd style heat protect spray and two sectioning clips for RRP of $269 (the usual price of the styler alone)! This pack is the ultimate Mother's day gift - making it easy for your Mum to have a good hair day, everyday! I trialled this product on my mum's very thick, curly to the root hair and was very impressed with the results (review up in the next week or so!).



Good luck with any last minute Mother's day shopping, I hope I gave some good ideas!

Friday, April 24, 2015

My Mum Reviews The Weleda Evening Primrose Range

Hi guys! I hope you have had a great week so far! Mine has been very busy and has gone so quick which is always a good thing! Today I am sharing with you a special post. As a pre-mother's day gift, Weleda kindly sent my mum a few products from their new Evening Primrose range in exchange for her honest opinion and review on them! So let's jump right in to the review. I had my mum trial these products for 2-2.5 weeks and tell me what she liked and didn't like about these products. Let's jump right in to the products. Weleda products can be found from selected health stores, pharmacies, David Jones and weleda.com.au.


Revitalising Body Wash (RRP $18.95):
It claims to gently cleanse the skin, while leaving your skin feeling refreshed and replenished as the Omega 6 fatty acids from the Evening Primrose oil stimulates the skin and protects it from dryness and damage.
Did this body wash cleanse your skin well? Yes
Did you feel your skin was not dry after using it? It was normal

Any other comments? It smells too medicinal


Age Revitalising Hand Cream (RRP $17.95):
This product claims that Evening Primrose oil smooths rough patches, macadamia nut oil adds a protective layer on top of the skin to lock in hydration and Centella asiatica stimulates natural collagen synthesis. It also claims to promote cell growth and reduce deep lines, leaving hands soft.
Did this product smooth out any rough skin patches? Yes, overnight.

Did you notice a decrease in deep lines? No

Were your hands noticeably softer after using? Yes, but a little too oily.


Age Revitalising Day Cream (RRP $43.95):
This product boasts that macadamia nut oil helps to smooth and hydrate skin, while evening primrose oil and Centella asiatica extract boosts collagen production, for an even, more firm complexion. Deep lines are reduced and facial contour are more defined.
Did this product hydrate your skin? Yes
Does your skin look more even and firm? Yes
Have you noticed a reduction in any lines? No - she doesn't have any (great genes)

Overall comment: They all had a medicinal smell to them which was a bit off-putting to use. The hand cream would of been easier to use if it had a flip lid, which would make it easier to dispense. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

OPI - 2015 Hawaii Collection

Hi guys! Today I have 6 colours from the new OPI Spring 2015 Hawaii Collection to share with you. This collection contains 7 cremes, 4 shimmers and 1 glitter. All swatches show 2 coats and no topcoat. OPI retails for $19.99 and is available from Myer and David Jones nationally. Let's jump right in!


Pineapples Have Peelings Too - A yellow shimmery frost polish with multi-coloured hex glitters through it. I dislike this polish. . a lot. This colour really just does not work for me. Sorry OPI! Besides the terrible colour concoction, the formula was easy to apply and the glitter didn't need fishing.


Lost My Bikini In Molokini -  A dusty medium purple. This colour reminded my partner of Cadbury chocolates - and I can sort of see that too, just a tad darker. Perfect formula.

Suzi Shops & Island Hops - A beautiful light pink creme, very soft and feminine. Nothing we haven't seen before! Perfect formula also.

Just Lanai-Ing Around - A dark rose pink with silver micro shimmer through it. This was one of my favourites from the collection and had a beautiful shimmer in the sunlight. It also had a perfect formula.

Go With The Lava Flow - A pink/red/orange shimmer. I like the idea of this polish, to depict the hot flowing lava, but it doesn't really stand out for me. 

This Colour's Making Waves - This is my favourite from the collection, and I'm sure a lot of other people's favourite too. This blue/green shimmery foil was stunning and had micro pink glitter through it that sparkle perfectly in the sun. This was a little streaky when applying but was easy to work with. 

Which colour is your favourite? Thanks a lot for reading!


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Current Favourites

Hi guys! Today I have a new Current Favourites post to share with you. It has been a while since I last posted one so let's jump right in!

Trilogy - Everything balm. The name of this balm is very relevant as I use this for everything. Lip balm, hand cream, foot cream/heel balm, cuticle moisturiser, eyebrow tamer, eyelid glosser, to treat my mild dermatitis on 1 finger (which has completely healed!), on pimples, on my elbows and knees when they look super dry and sometimes on the ends of my hair. Sometimes the man will let me put this through his moustache to tame them! I love the multi-use of this product but for me, it is the best lip balm I've tried! Great job Trilogy! (RRP $18.99, available from Priceline and selected pharmacies nationwide).




So…? Eternal is a scent containing top notes of pink pepper and a hint of lemon and clementine, which lead into middle notes of orchid, pink peony and violet. Encapsulated with amber, vanilla and sandalwood. I love how small and slender this perfume is - perfect for throwing in your handbag or gym bag on the go! I spritz it all over like crazy as it's super fresh and light! (RRP $14.95 for 30ml, available from Priceline, Big W, Target and selected pharmacies nationwide).


Kevin.Murphy - Young Again Collection. I love Kevin.Murphy. Is there more I need to say? Their products are consistently of such high standards and deliver excellent results, everytime. My hair has never felt softer, looked shinier or younger, and has never finished air drying with a beautiful natural wave to it until using this trio! Oh, also this product smells like vanilla cupcake frosting with hints of salted caramel too! Heaven if you ask me! I highly recommend Kevin.Murphy to anyone who wants to indulge their hair with some TLC. (RRP $36.95, $37.95 and 49.95, respectively from the image below. Kevin.Murphy is available from www.kevinmurphy.com.au or call 1800 104 204 for stockists)


Puretopia -Essential Facial Serum, Face Scrub and Body Polish. I have been loving testing these products out. The face scrub effectively removes any makeup and dead skin cells to reveal smooth, glowing skin. It has small microbeads in it that gently exfoliate your skin. After exfoliating my face, I then move on to using the Body Polish which is a much coarser exfoliant to really help get dead skin cells off and get your skin glowing. I love this body polish as it leaves my skin feeling super soft and the smell reminds me of coke bottles (the gummy lollies)! It's really risky having such delicious food-smelling beauty products in your shower - it just makes me crave sugar afterwards lol. After my shower, I gently massage the facial serum all over my face in circular motions. It is the coolest product with the tip having 3 small metal roller balls all over it to promote circulation in your face (which can help your skin heal quicker from blemishes, scars or uneven skintone). My hormones have been out of balance lately and these 3 products have helped my skin get back on track much quicker! (RRP $19.95, $9.95, and $14.95 respectively. Available from Terry White, Priceline, and Big W).


Innoxa - Full Colour Lip Cream. These beauties are full colour lipstick and gloss in 1 that contain antioxidants to help keep your lips feeling moisturised. It is not sticky at all and the colour pay off is so intense! I'm loving these darker colours for the cooler months. The colours here are Wine & Dine; a beautiful brown toned vampy red and Red Rose; a stunning bright red with slight brown undertones. (RRP $14.95, available on counters from the 24th of April from Myer, Priceline and selected pharmacies nationally).



Wine & Dine
Red Rose

Thanks so much for reading and let me know if you have tried any of these products or what your current favourites are! Speak to you all soon!