Review: Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range

Bioderma is an independent French dermalogical laboratory whose skincare products are among the most frequently recommended by dermatologists and makeup artists alike.

Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range 5865538763

Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range 5865538763

I first heard of Bioderma and its amazing micellar water, Crealine (now Sensibio) H2O, when I attended a workshop held by Rae Morris. After getting my hands on a bottle, my makeup game has changed.  It is a cult product and one which I believe is worthy of all the hype surrounding it.

Bioderma now has a few different ranges aimed at different skin types. Today, I will be reviewing the Sebium range which has been specifically formulated for combination to oily skin and skin prone to acne.

PRODUCT RANGE

Sebium H2O – 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

A micellar solution, just like the popular (and original) Crealine counterpart, it uses micelles to cleanse and remove make up. It is soap- and alcohol-free.

Sebium H2O - 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

Sebium H2O – 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

Like I mentioned above, Bioderma’s micellar water is a holy grail product for me.  It looks, feels and even smells like water but it isn’t water! It removes make up really well (even waterproof products) and doesn’t leave an oily film on my face. There is no scent, no heavy feeling or tightness after using the micellar water.

It comes like a flip top bottle and you just squeeze out how much you need onto a round make up pad. This can be a bit inconveniencing especially when you can’t control exactly how much you need. But you can grab a pump bottle from Priceline to solve this (Model Co does a great one for only $5.95).

Sebium Foaming Gel – 200ml $24.95

This is a foaming cleanser for those that would like to be safe and cleanse after removing their make up with the Sebium H2O. Despite being called a gel, it is not as thick as your typical gel cleansers. It does foam up a little but not like a super foam ball on your face or anything. I didn’t feel any tightness on my skin after using it and didn’t detect a scent with this cleanser. This cleanser is also soap- and alcohol-free, making it compatible with all skin types.

Sebium Foaming Gel - 200ml $24.95

Sebium Foaming Gel – 200ml $24.95

It comes in a pump bottle and the blue colouring is from the combination of zinc and copper sulfates. I find that one pump is more than enough to cleanse a full face.

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant – 100ml $24.95

This exfoliating gel contains tiny microbeads, probably the same size as sand grains, and works really well at providing a deep clean of the pores. Bioderma recommends using this one or twice a week to help prepare your skin for your skincare routine.

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant - 100ml $24.95

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant – 100ml $24.95

I used this about three times a week and because the exfoliating beads are quite small, it didn’t irritate my skin. Despite it being a gel, I found that it wasn’t as thick in consistency.

After reading the press release, I realised it could be used as an exfoliating cleanser. Silly me had been using it as a separate exfoliator to the cleanser above meaning I had been double (actually, triple! if you count the H2o as a cleanser too) cleansing my skin. And yet, my skin wasn’t “over processed” at all. It was not irritated by the increased cleansing.

The Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant comes in a squeeze tube bottle which is quite normal for facial exfoliants (correct me if I’m wrong?). I have no issues with this except I just have to be slightly careful when dispensing the product.

Sebium Pore Refiner – 30ml $30.95

This is a moisturiser targeted at those with oily skin, or skin that is prone to acne. It mattifies, refines and smoothes the skin and makes one hell of a make up base.

I like to apply this to areas where I normally get oil during the day – namely the T-Zone – and this ensures minimal oiliness during the day. Yes! A product that does what it says.

The moisturiser is absorbed quickly, and being mattifying in nature, does not leave a trace behind on your face. It’s got a very light texture and didn’t feel heavy on my skin.

This comes in a thin squeeze tube, twist lid with a small nozzle making it a bit easier to dispense the moisturiser. Its packaging is pretty much identical to the Sebium Global (discussed below) with its point of difference being a thin silver band around the top of the lid.

Sebium Global - 30ml $25.95; Sebium Pore Refiner - 30ml $30.95

Sebium Global – 30ml $25.95; Sebium Pore Refiner – 30ml $30.95

It is lightly scented but is a fresh scent that reminds me of cucumbers. I didn’t really notice a difference in my pores but I definitely noticed that it kept my skin matte for much longer!

Sebium Global – 30ml $25.95

This daily facial moisturiser is formulated for skin that is prone to acne – which is not my skin type at all. However, it worked really well with my skin. My skin was left feeling clear and very minimal spots were seen on the surface.

Again, like the Sebium Pore Refiner, this moisturiser was absorbed very quikcly into the skin, left no residual film, and it felt like I was wearing nothing on my face.

OVERALL

I really enjoyed using this skincare range and I felt that all the products worked together really well to produce results! After trialling this range, I was able to walk out of the house with no base make up on and my skin looked radiant, smooth and semi-flawless. I definitely recommend this skincare range to those with oily to combination skin. The Sebium Pore Refiner is definitely a stand out product for me in terms of its mattifying properties.

PURCHASE

You can find Bioderma products in selected independent pharmacies, Terry White Chemists, Priceline Pharmacies and stores nationally.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review: ECO Vitamin E & Flower Serum

Face serums. Never used to be a big fan of them. Why? Simply because I was lazy and did not want to add more steps into my night time routine. However, after reading and learning about the benefits of various face oils (rosehip oil, anyone?) I decided to jump on the bandwagon too. And I’m never looking back!

ECO Aroma Vitamin E & Flower Serum ($18)

ECO Aroma Vitamin E & Flower Serum ($18)

ECO Aroma is an Australian based company and produces a range of natural products ranging from baby skincare to home fragrances to skincare.

I chose to review the Vitamin E & Flower Serum from ECO Aroma and I must say, I am so glad I did.

The Vitamin E & Flower Serum is marketed as

The perfect treatment for skins suffering from fine lines, wrinkles, sensitivity, redness, dehydration and pigmentation. Contains wheatgerm and vitamin e for its moisturising properties for antioxidant protection. Neroli essential helps to regenerate skin cells and reduce pigmentation while lavender helps to calm and soothe the skin.

It comes in a 15ml pump bottle. I found that one pump was enough for full face coverage plus neck. It is absorbed easily and doesn’t leave a super oily film all over your face. You’re not left with oil remnants on your pillowcases and sheets. It really feels like nothing and your skin feels really plump. It does have a scent (that doesn’t really linger) but seeing as I am bad at scents, here’s the ingredients list for you {I’m assuming the scent is lavender} -

di-alpha-tocopheryl acetate (vitamin e) oil, oenothero biennis (evening primrose) oil, neroli oil, citrus uranium amara flower (bitter orange) oil, lavendula angustifolia flower (lavender true) oil

As for results, I had constant comments about how nice my skin looked, what was I doing different, something about my skin looks different (in a good way) and I really attribute it to this amazing Vitamin E & Flower Serum.

When I stopped using it, my skin became irritable and dry with flakes appearing around the nose. Definitely going back to using the ECO Vitamin E & Flower Serum.

You can check out and purchase their whole range of organic and natural skincare on their website. The Vitamin E & Flower Serum is $18AUD, which I consider to be quite reasonable compared to other serums on the market.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

A Gentleman’s Review: Uppercut Deluxe Pomade and Matt Clay

Sometimes, we receive some great press releases in our inboxes and have to turn them down as the products are aimed at a male audience. Luckily, I have now managed to recruit a male guinea pig!

Introducing A Gentleman’s Review – a new feature on Beauty Snippets featuring my fellow male blogger whom we shall call Mr. L.

Uppercut Deluxe takes on an old-school, timeless 1950s barbershop style approach when it comes to male grooming. With their line focused on mainly male hair products, Uppercut Deluxe has now ventured into skincare with their first skincare product, the Uppercut Deluxe Face Wash.

For his inaugural post on Beauty Snippets, Mr. L will be reviewing the Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay & Pomade in this post, and the Uppercut Face Wash in a future post.

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Uppercut Deluxe

Uppercut Deluxe Face Wash ($20), Pomade ($24) and Matt Clay ($24)

In the ring to be reviewed today are two products from Uppercut Deluxe. In the Red Corner, we have Uppercut Deluxe Pomade: A water based pomade with medium shine and a strong hold. In the Blue Corner, we have the Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay: A wax designed for shorter hair that has a dry matte finish.

The big question is how these products fare in the ring when pit against established journeymen like Kevin Murphy’s Rough Rider matte clay or the classic pomades like DAX Wave and Groom?

Okay enough with the boxing references already.

The last few years have really marked a revolution in men’s style and grooming. Increasingly I’m seeing a wider range of products on the shelves, and let’s face it, most guys will pick up their personal products from the aisles of Woolies and Coles.

In recent years, probably due to the hipster revolution and current trends, men are spending a lot more time grooming themselves.

Gone are the boring waxes and gels of yesteryear. Enter pomade!

Pomades allow you to style your hair and restyle accordingly; they’re high shine and are generally great for the parted/slick looks that are in style today.

Suffice to say, I was excited to see Uppercut products around Sydney and even more excited when asked if I wanted to review the Deluxe Pomade.

THE TIN

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade ($24)

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade ($24)

The tin in your standard metallic twist top. The design has an old school feel which I loved. These tins definitely catch your eye.

THE TEXTURE

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade ($24)

Uppercut Deluxe Pomade ($24)

The texture reminds me of a thickened gel. It’s not sticky and easily washed out of my hands. It is lightly scented and reminds me of vanilla. It’s not offensive at all and I’d describe it as pleasant. Compared to the DAX W&G, it is a clear winner.

THE HOLD

It’s always a catch 22 when using water based pomades. You can’t expect the high shine, soft touch and strong holds that the oil based pomades like DAX W&G offer, however you do get strong holds, light shine and of course it washes out faster.

I was generally disappointed by Baxters Hard Water Pomade and had low expectations of this water based pomade. I was pleased when upon first application I was able to style my hair quickly and the hold was firm. I found that Uppercut’s product is heavier than Baxters but lighter than the DAX pomade.

Using the Uppercut Deluxe Pomade, my hair stayed in place throughout the day and I didn’t get any of those annoying flyaways that I experienced with the Baxter products.

Overall I’d give this products hold an 8/10

DOES IT WASH OUT?

While some products leave your hair dull and lifeless after you wash it out, I didn’t experience this at all with the Uppercut pomade.

Nobody wants to buy a specialised shampoo just to wash a product out (are you reading this DAX?) and as I mentioned earlier, this product washes out easily and left my hair feeling great afterwards.

Ease of washing out 10/10!

CONCLUSION

If you’re looking for products that is great for longer styles and provides superior hold but still give you comfort and a textured look, this product is for you. Do not confuse this product with a gel, it won’t leave your hair stiff as a board or dry.

For those people looking for pomade that isn’t greasy and doesn’t break the bank, the Uppercut Deluxe Pomade is for you.

Next is the Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay!

I’ve used a few different matte clay products in the past, most notably the Gatsby range of products as well as the Kevin Murphy waxes that were introduced to me by my previous hairdresser. Like a lot of guys, I rarely deviate from what I feel works for me.

I will say this product taught me the importance of reading instructions.

THE TIN

Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay ($24)

Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay ($24)

As with above, the Matt Clay follows the same formula as the Pomade. Same old school feel. Loved it.

THE TEXTURE

Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay ($24)

Uppercut Deluxe Matt Clay ($24)

This stuff is dense and thick. Heavy. As soon as I got a wad of it on my finger I was confident that it would hold. It’s also quite oily and doesn’t wash off your hands easily. More on this to come.

THE HOLD

Here is where reading the instructions count. I didn’t read the instructions and applied it to wet hair. This isn’t really advisable. On wet hair, the heavy product doesn’t really apply well, it spreads unevenly and you get those undesirable fly-aways.

Upon reading the instructions and finding out it’s meant to be applied to dry hair – this changed the game.

The product gave me a nice strong but not hard hold. There were no fly aways and most importantly it gave me a matte look.

DOES IT WASH OUT?

As the product is oily and heavy by nature my instincts told me this wouldn’t wash out easily. It’s not annoyingly hard (like oil based pomades are) but it did require a couple shampoo’s. This needs to be noted if you have a sensitive scalp or don’t like over treating your hair.

CONCLUSION

I liked this product. I even travelled with it when I went to Melbourne for a bucks night – that’s a big deal if you’re the only hair product I’m bringing with me on a trip away.

If you’re looking for a strong hold that will give you the ability to restyle through the day where you won’t have to worry about it drying up or losing its hold if it rains – this product is for you.

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Uppercut Deluxe hair styling products can be purchased from Ry, from Uppercut Deluxe’s online storeor from selected stockists around Sydney (General Pants, Culture Kings, Incu or hipster barber shops etc). Both products are $24 each. The price point is average taking into account that Uppercut Deluxe is not your typical run of the mill supermarket brand and is available at specialised shops or hairdressers etc

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Christmas Gifts Under $50 For Her

With the silly season slowly creeping up on us (22 sleeps left!), here are my picks from the abundance of Christmas gift sets etc that won’t cost you more than a fiddy dollar bill ( cos times are tough, yo!) for the females in your life.

Benefit Goodies A Go-Go

Benefit Goodies A Go-Go

Benefit Goodies A Go-Go

Benefit Goodies A Go-Go is a limited edition Christmas pack containing a complete eye kit. The kit is made up of: longwear powder shadow in call my buff, thanks a latte, gilt-y pleasure and kiss me I’m tipsy, stay don’t stray mini in light/medium and they’re real! mini.

RRP: $43.00 (AU)

Clinique Chubby Colour

Clinique Chubby Colour

Clinique Chubby Colour

Clinique Chubby Colour is a set containing Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Mega Melon and Super Strawberry and Chubby Stick Intense in Broadest Berry and Curviest Caramel. Valued at $55.

RRP: $42.00 (AU)

Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tins

Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tins

Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tins

Crabtree & Evelyn Ornament Tins are limited-edition tins for Christmas. The tins house two Hand Therapy creams of the same fragrance. Creams are infused with macadamia nut oil and shea butter to nourish the hands. Choose from fragrances Pomegranate, Argan & Grapeseed; Citron, Honey & Corriander and Avocado, Olive & Basil.

RRP: $19.00 (AU)

Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candles Trio

Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Christmas Collection Miniature Candle Trio is a trio of three candles: Night Before Christmas (60g), White Christmas (60g) and Winter Wonderland (60g). The New York-inspired packaging is designed by fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

RRP: $44.95 (AU)

Glasshouse Destination Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Destination Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Destination Collection Miniature Candle Trio

Glasshouse Destination Collection Miniature Candle Trio is a trio of three candles: Cuba (60g), Amalfi Coast (60g) and Montego Bay (60g). The New York-inspired packaging is designed by fashion illustrator Megan Hess.

RRP: $44.95 (AU)

Lip Smacker Disney Frozen Fun Photo Frame

Lip Smacker Disney Frozen Fun Photo Frame

Lip Smacker Disney Frozen Fun Photo Frame

Lip Smacker Disney Frozen Fun Photo Frame is a photo frame that features Frozen character lip balms. Flavours include: Kristoff ice Pop, Anna Strawberry Shake, Elsa & Anna Chilled Cranberry Grape, Elsa Cool Vanilla Mint, Olaf Coconut Snowball, and Sven Berry Slush.

Exclusive to Target.

RRP: $15.99 (AU)

Lush Elves Workshop

Lush Elves Workshop

Lush Elves Workshop

Lush Elves Workshop is a Christmas gift set containing Ocean Salt Face and Body Scrub (75g), Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner (45g), Sympathy for the Skin Body Lotion (45g) and Olive Branch Shower Gel (100g).

RRP: $32.50 (AU)

Review: Lite Luxe, Double Bay

On Tuesday, I was very lucky to head to Lite Luxe in Double Bay for a complimentary Express Skin Rejuvenation treatment using their state of the art technology, the Healite II.

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The treatment is non-invasive and maximises facial rejuvenation by stimulating collagen production, leaving you with younger looking skin. Best bit is that it takes a maximum of 15 minutes for the treatment so it’s a great and quick pick me up!

Lite Luxe, Double Bay

Lite Luxe, Double Bay

I would describe the treatment as like turning your face to the sunlight. It feels really nice and comforting. The treatment is not uncomfortable nor do you ever feel a burning sensation. It just feels nice! And you end up kind of zoning out during the treatment.

Ready to receive my treatment

Ready to receive my treatment

The salon is a small space but Lite Luxe has made use of the space very well with cocoon-like pods. I don’t know how else to describe it!

Lite Luxe, Double Bay

Lite Luxe, Double Bay

With my face makeup removed, I was all ready to go. Jody placed some cotton pads on my eyes and then some goggles went over the top. Jody explained that even though the light does not damage your eyes, the flashing of the light during the treatment is not conducive to relaxing. Makes sense!

Jody offered me a hand massage whilst I was receiving the treatment and of course I said yes! Lucky I did because she gives the BEST hand massages. I felt very relaxed and did end up zoning out a bit.

Me with the lovely Jody {still looking so dazed after my treatment}

Me with the lovely Jody {still looking so dazed after my treatment}

The results afterwards speaks for themselves I think. I left Lite Luxe with plump and glowing skin. Two days later, I am still reaping the benefits as I have gone without wearing my usual BB cream. Not only that but like soaking up some sun, it was a mood booster. I felt relaxed, chilled and happy!

Results {this was after the treatment, only mascara on}

Results {this was after the treatment, only mascara on}

A single treatment costs $50 whilst a package of 10 treatments cost $450. Lite Luxe is located at Shop 13, 20-26 Cross St, Double Bay. To book in your express skin rejuvenation treatment, call (02) 9363 9991.

The service reviewed in this post was provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

#30blush – Week 1 Recap

Whilst browsing Instagram, I came across a “challenge” that was set by Bloomin Beauty (@bloominbeauty on Instagram) and Techno Cupcake (@technocupcake on Instgram) where for a whole 30 days, you’ll use a different blush each day and then do a recap at the end.

Now, I tend to always opt for the same products everyday. The “you never fail me” products. Yes, we all have them! And I tend to neglect a lot of my other makeup. So when I saw that Emma (@emmabovary on Instagram) and Vita (@makingupvita on Instagram) were taking part, I joined in too. And cos blush fiend.

This is my week 1 recap, complete with swatches!

 

theBalm Frat Boy

theBalm Frat Boy

The Balm Frat Boy – one of my HGs. It gives me the most perfect amount of pink flush with a bit of coral. Just perfect.

MAC Secret beauty powder blush

MAC Secret beauty powder blush

MAC Secret beauty powder blush (limited edition) – A flattering shade of plum/mauve on my olive tanned skin.

Pout Berry Babe blush

Pout Berry Babe

Pout Berry Babe (discontinued) – A bright Barbie hot pink. All that is needed is a light swirl of a stippling brush.

Tarte Tipsy

Tarte Tipsy

Tarte Tipsy – Matte coral blush. Definitely one that is right up my alley. Very flattering on my skintone especially in Summer.

MAC Cantaloupe

MAC Cantaloupe

MAC Cantaloupe – As if you can’t tell already but I love peachy coral blushes and MAC Cantaloupe is no exception.

NARS Luster

NARS Luster

NARS Luster – Yes, continuing on with my favourite shade of blush. NARS Luster is a glowy apricot. Just so glowy.

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut – I don’t own many ‘nude’ blushes. I tend to opt for some colour on my cheeks. But sometimes, you just want some subtle definition and glow.

And some quick and dirty swatches of them all to show you (well, justify to myself) that all my blushes are different. Swatches are in order of listing above :)

#30blush week 1 swatches - theBalm Frat Boy, MAC Secret, Pout Berry Babe, Tarte Tipsy, MAC Cantaloupe, NARS Luster, Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

#30blush week 1 swatches – theBalm Frat Boy, MAC Secret, Pout Berry Babe, Tarte Tipsy, MAC Cantaloupe, NARS Luster, Laura Mercier Crushed Hazelnut

Priceline Sale Planning

So if you haven’t already seen it all over social media, Priceline’s epic 40% off cosmetics sale is on tomorrow and Wednesday.

With the sale being so close to Christmas, I suggest picking up some gifts for that make up fiend in your life. Also a good time to stock up on essentials or pick up any products you’ve been wanting to try.

On my hit list tomorrow (not that I should be shopping seeing as my USA trip is 9 weeks away…)

Maybelline Electro Pop Baby Lips – going to check these out and see if I like them when swatched
Maybelline Colour Sensational Bold Matte lipstick – cos FOMO..
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer – I’ve read this is an ok dupe for my NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer so I’m going to try it out
Savvy by DB Ultra Matte – because Lilit makes them look amazing
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel – received some for review (which is coming soon) and long story short – LOVE EM!

What’s on your list?

Review: Violet Box October 2014

Violet Box October 2014

Violet Box October 2014

Another month and another Violet Box. I received this yesterday so it’s a regular thing for these boxes to arrive towards the last week of the month. Still something that annoys me a little.

Anyway, moving on. October’s Violet Box seemed to focus on lips as there were 3 full size lip products included.

Violet Box October 2014

Violet Box October 2014

Violet Box October 2014 – this is what was included:

WOTNOT Facial Wipes for Oily/Sensitive Skin $1.95/5 pack ($7.95/25 pack)
Facial wipes are always welcome! They’re so handy to have around when I’m feeling lazy or after a big night out.

PHR Professional Haircare Recovery Leave-In Moisturiser ~$4.79/15ml ($39.95/125ml)
This hair moisturiser also works as a heat protector for your hair as well as an intense treatment for dry and dull hair.

Eslor Introductory Collection Envelopes
4 sample satchets of various skincare products from Eslor -

Eslor Introductory Collection Envelopes

Eslor Introductory Collection Envelopes

Eslor Soothing Refiner and Cleanser $3.08/5ml ($39.95/60ml)
Botanical Peeling Gel $4.16/5ml ($49.95/60ml)
Chlorophyll Lifting Mask $5/5ml ($49.95/50ml)
Firming Collagen Day Cream $8.5/5ml ($85/50ml)
Out of the above, I’m most interested in the Botanical Peeling Gel and the Chlorphyll Lifting Mask. The cleanser and day cream promises nothing life changing or radical.

Designer Brands Lip Pencil $4.99
I received this in Fuchsia Rose which is a pink-red liner. I can’t wait to use it with a lot of my bright pink and pink-red lipsticks and see how the colour matches.

Desginer Brands Lip Pencil in Fuchsia Rose $4.99

Desginer Brands Lip Pencil in Fuchsia Rose $4.99

Haughty Cosmetics – Pefect Finish Lipgloss $23
How gorgeous is the packaging? I love it and will definitely be having this out on display. I got this in the shade Give which is a ruby red shade with red microshimmer. It smells like caramel toffee and has a flat doe-foot applicator for precise application.

Haughty Cosmetics - Perfect Finish Lipgloss $23

Haughty Cosmetics – Perfect Finish Lipgloss $23

I also noticed on the box that 50% of the proceedings from lipglosses go to preventing domestic violence. Great initiative!

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Designer Brands Eternal Colour Lipstick $9.99
Despite its name, Rose Brown, there is only a slight hint of brown. The shade is a more natural rose colour, a very MLBB shade. I haven’t worn this yet but when swatching, it glides on beautifully – no tugging or pulling at all.

Desginer Brands Eternal Colour Lipstick in Rose Brown $9.99

Desginer Brands Eternal Colour Lipstick in Rose Brown $9.99

I am not sure if the shades of the lip products were planned but it made for a nice cohesive theme of a reddish lip shade. Would’ve made for a great Valentine’s Day box.

As a lip product addict, I love this month’s box. The only inclusion I didn’t really like are the Eslor skincare samples. Everything else – love!

For more information on Violet Box, check out their website here

Subscription boxes are available from $22.95/month.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Perfect Fishtail Plaits with Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

I must not be the only one who wears her long hair the same way day after day?!

I always see beautiful long hair styles floating around the net but I’ve always thrown them into the ‘too hard’ bucket.

Lo and behold, I received a press release for Scunci’s Crisscrosser tool in my inbox and I saw the opportunity to have a pretty and exciting hair style for once.

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

At first, it took some getting used to. Once you get the hang of it, it’s very quick and easy.

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

I took some dodgy pictures using my sister as a guinea pig for a quick tutorial.

1. Starting at the nape of the neck, divide the hair evenly into two and place each section through the side slots on the crisscrosser, positioning the waves behind your hair.

2. Using the thumb and forefinger, slide a small section of hair out from one opening, cross it over the front of the tool and place it into the opposite opening, moving it as deep into the opening as possible.

3. Repeat step 2, but take the section of hair from the other opening, cross it in front of the tool and move it deep into the new opening.

4. Alternate steps 2 and 3 down the entire length of hair, until a complete braid is formed. Secure braid with the provided scunci clear polybands.

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

What I figured out from going fishtail braid crazy for a week was

1. The thinner the sections are, the tighter the braid will be.

2. When moving the crisscrosser tool down the length of hair as you braid, don’t move it too far along.

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

Scunci Crisscrosser Tool

At only $9.95AUD, you, too, can get perfect plaits. Find Scunci at David Jones, Target, Priceline, or Big W.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Winter Favourites 2014

A month into Spring and I thought I’d compile a list of my Winter essentials and favourites which has seen me through another Winter. Good for me to refer back to for future reference, ya know? And because I’m a lagger.

Winter Favourites

Winter Favourites

Footcare 100% Pure Lambswool Insoles ($5.29 -  Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Big W)*

This Winter, I found that even though I was living in boots and thick socks, my feet were still left freezing! Was it a ridiculously cold Winter this year? Anyway, thank goodness for these 100% pure lambswool insoles. These made sure my feet were warm and snuggly even on the coldest of Winter nights.

Pedi-Sox* ($7-11USD – Pedi-Sox)

Winter means dry skin and cold feet! So what do you do when you need to have a pedicure? Pedi-Sox! These are toeless pedicure socks you slip on before you paint the toes, but after you apply your moisturiser so it can soak in and you’re left with soft feet! I don’t know what I did before I had these! They are awesome – your toes are still nicely painted during Winter but they’re not freezing whilst drying!

They say you could use these at nail salons as well and just wear them out once your nails are painted – I haven’t tried this yet. They have so many different designs as well so I’m sure you will find a design to suit your taste.

Quick Fix Facials* ($8.95 – Woolworths)

Quick Fix Facials offer three wonder masks aimed at combating everyday skin issues. Leave each mask on for about 10-15 minutes and then wipe away with a damp cloth for radiant skin.

Mega Moisture Gel Mask
Targeted at thirsty, parched dry skin, this mask left my skin feeling hydrated and soft on those really pesky Winter days where no amount of moisturiser was going to hide those dry flakes.

Anti-Blemish Mud Mask
Mud masks are one of my favourite kinds of face masks. Mud masks, and in particular this one, targets common skincare concerns such as excess oil and blemishes and they work great for my skin type – combinational. Skin was left glowy and clean.

Exfoliating Scrub Mask
Whenever my skin feels like it is clogged, I go straight to this mask. It’s got pink rose clay which helps to really cleanse your skin and decongest the troublesome skin.

Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter ($16.50 – Lush)

As soon as the weather cools, my cuticles go cray cray. Lemony Flutter is my HG. After one application overnight, my cuticles are tamed and look much more socially acceptable. The price may seem steep but seriously, a little goes a long way. Plus you can also use it on your heels, elbows and even toes. Multi-purpose product, I like. Only con is that it solidifies when it’s cold so it’s a bit hard to apply when the nights are freezing!

Soap & Glory Hand Food ($5-$11 – Mecca Cosmetica)

My hands are generally quite dry and wrinkly – like a senior’s hands haha They’re even worse in Winter! So I’m constantly carrying around hand cream. This Winter, my favourite was the Soap & Glory Hand Food. I picked this up in Malaysia last year and only opened it this year #hoarderproblems It’s non-greasy and smells like marshmallows and kept the wrinkles at bay.

AV Lip Balms* ($13.59 for lip balm tube; $22.68 for lip balm pot)

An interesting fact I never knew – 90% of all adults will have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus by the time they’re 40-50 years old. So pretty much, I’ll just assume nearly everyone has the virus. AV Lip Balms are antiviral lip balms containing the Melissa essential oil (10%, strongest concentration possible without the burning sensation), which is known to reduce cold sores and its breakouts, and in some rare cases, even kill the virus.

So there’s this oil that can prevent cold sores and yet why is it not widely available in a lot of products? Well, it is because the average price of the oil is about $15 per gram!

Kylie from AV Lip Balms has come up with a natural lip balm containing the Melissa oil to keep chapped lips and cold sore breakouts at bay.

I love love this lip balm. Winter always, and I mean always, mean dry chapped lips for me. The AV Lip Balm contains moisturising ingredients such as cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax which means my lips are always in tip top condition. It keeps the dry lips at bay but also, at the same time, keeping the cold sore virus at bay too. Best of both worlds.

Lush Lip Scrubs ($9.95 – Lush)

Nothing quite like a Lush lip scrub to keep your lips soft and kissable. So quick and easy to use too – simply rub the exfoliating castor sugar over your lips and wipe off, or if you’re lazy, lick it off! It works immediately and all three flavours I have all taste amazing :P

Lanolips 101 Ointment* ($17.95 – Lanolips)

Once I exfoliate my lips, I like to follow up with a heavy duty lip balm. My go to is Lanolips 101 Ointment – my favourite multitasker! I actually had this on me at all times as I love using it as cuticle cream and around the nose when it was chaffed from all the sniffling.

So there you have it – my Winter favourites for 2014! Let me know if there are other products I should be checking out for next Winter ;)

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