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 like 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 were place onto my eyes. Jody explained that even though the light does not damage your eyes, the flashing of the light during 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.

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#30blush – Week 1 Recap

Whilst perusing Instagram, I came across a “challenge” that was set by Bloomin Beauty (@bloominbeauty on Instagram) and Techno Cupcake (@technocupcake on Instgram) whereby 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.

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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 ;)

The product/s marked with a * 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: Violet Box September 2014

Oops! Sorry for the late post. Like usual, I received the box towards the last week and a half of the month.

Violet Box September 2014

Violet Box September 2014

September’s box included

Violet Box September 2014

Violet Box September 2014

Scandalous Fabulously Flirty Dry Shampoo ($16.95)
I haven’t heard of this brand but I am looking forward to trialling the dry shampoo and see whether it beats my HG, Batiste.

Foltene Nail Treatment ($29.95)
August’s Violet Box included the Foltene Eyelash Treatment. The Nail Treatment promises to repair “dry, brittle dull nails that easily break” and can be used over nail polish. This is intriguing to me because whenever my nails need to be rescued, I rely on OPI Nail Envy which I use on my nails alone and never with polish.

Girlactik Eyeshadow ($23)
This is the second time I’ve received in a Violet Box that had a shattered eyeshadow. I think if Violet Box is going to include fragile products in their boxes, they should package them appropriately. The colour I received is Pink Ruffle. Apart from the fact that it’s shattered (and can probably be fixed), it’s not a shade I would normally reach for. My skin is too tanned to be able to pull it off IMO but I will try the shade once I get around to fixing it.

Girlactik Eyeshadow ($23)

Girlactik Eyeshadow ($23)

Starlooks Ultra Olive Gem Pencil ($21.50)
Received this in Amythest in the March Violet Box (and the price went up $2 in 7 months?). It has a metallic finish thanks to the micro-glitter and glides on very easily so definitely no pulling or tugging on the eyelids. Ultra Oliver is an olive-green shade that is slightly golden in some lights. Due to the micro-glitter, I would probably avoid this on my bottom lashline as it is quite sensitive.

Polished London Nail Enamel ($8)
Fast setting formula and claims to be chip resistant? Challenge accepted. I received the shade Big Ben, which is a slightly minty Tiffany blue.

Overall, the September Violet Box was just ok for me. There were no real standout products for me this month and it’s just disappointing that the eyeshadow shattered. Value-wise, yes, you are getting value for money but compared to the past boxes, I feel like this is one of the ‘not so great’ boxes.

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.

Review: Violet Box August 2014

Violet Box August 2014

Violet Box August 2014

August’s Violet Box arrived in the same packaging as last month – a slide out box – and this month, they changed up the colour of the tissue paper inside, stepping away from the usual purple to a hot pink. Pretty!

Violet Box August 2014

Violet Box August 2014

Evelyn Iona Lipgloss ($20.50)
I received this in the shade Lisa,  a mid-to-dark tone pink with gold microshimmer and a doe foot applicator. It has a vanilla scent but not as pleasant as the scent from MAC’s lip products. Pigmentation is good and stickiness is kept to a bare minimum. The product description lists the product as being all natural, certified organic and preservative free. I feel like this point needs to be made – it’s gluten free! Not being a celiac, I never thought about how things like cosmetics would affect such a lifestyle. However, fear not, this gloss is safe to ingest (cos we all know we ingest a high amount of lip products throughout our lives).

Evelyn Iona Lipgloss in Lise ($20.50)

Evelyn Iona Lipgloss in Lise ($20.50)

Foltene Eyelash Treatment ($20.95)
An eyelash and eyebrow treatment promising to restore dry, thin fragile lashes and promotes natural growth. Interesting product…I’ve always been curious about eyelash/eyebrow growth treatments but the thought of putting chemicals near my eyes scare me. I’m not too sure whether I will try this.

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad ($22)
Received this in New York City. The colours make for a nice coloured smoky eye. The colours are slightly cooler than what I would normally use but I will try and create a look. Pigmentation is nice.

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in New York City ($22)

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in New York City ($22)

Swatches show two swipes with no primer.

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in New York City ($22)

Be a Bombshell Eyeshadow Quad in New York City ($22)

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy ($18.95/0.6oz; $21.95/8oz)
I received this in the scent, Tuscan Honey and the first thing I noticed was the scent – a mix of honeycomb and amber. Second thing – the cute little rose on top of the lid. Talk about attention to detail. Cutest packaging I’ve ever seen. This will find a new home in my handbag. I tend to carry hand creams everywhere because my hands get so dry and wrinkly often.

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy ($18.95/0.6oz; $21.95/8oz)

Camille Beckman Glycerine Hand Therapy ($18.95/0.6oz; $21.95/8oz)

Appelles Rosemary Body Bar ($5.95)
Appelles has been doing the rounds in a few beauty subscription boxes judging from my blog feed. This vegetable soap bar helps to gently cleanse your skin without stripping your skin and is good for stressed skin. It smells really nice and fresh, not too heavy on the rosemary! I’m usually a body wash girl so I’ll add to this to my bag of goodies to pass onto family and friends.

The August Violet Box is great value, with 4 full sized products, valued well over $50, and you’re paying less than half that for the box.

Being a beauty addict, I love the inclusion of the lipgloss and eyeshadow quad. The eyelash/eyebrow treatment, I feel, is a bit of a tricky one as you’ll have people divided whether or not they’ll try it. Apart from that, this month’s box is one of the better ones.

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.

Dream Week 2014

LGFB Dream Social

Look Good Feel Better is a public service program which aims to improve the self-esteem and quality of life of those undergoing cancer treatments. They do this through workshops that teach patients beauty techniques to help manage the changes to their skin, hair and appearance. Did you know that there will be 10, 000 cancer patients who will be attending these workshops this year?

Dream Week: 7 Days of Hope (31st August – 6 September) is LGFB’s annual fundraising and awareness campaign for LGFB’s workshops. This year, they have a couple of activities you can get involved in.

#7daysoflipstick – LGFB’s social media campaign to highlight the empowering role of makeup can play during cancer treatment; pledge to wear a bold or new lipstick everyday for the 7 days of Dream Week, snap a selfie and post it to your social media channels.

The Lipstick Effect – Purchase a lipstick or lipgloss from any brand at David Jones or Myer and $1 from every purchase will be donated to LGFB.

Pin It Loud and Proud – Purchase a branded Tree of Dreams pin for $5 from David Jones and Myer cosmetic counters, Terry White chemists and discount drug stores.

Dream Week Merchandise – During Dream Week, there will be a pop-up store at Westfield Sydney City selling beautifully designed carry bags, coin purses, makeup bags, bracelets, pins and umbrellas. There will also be two information posts at Westfield Bondi Junction and Chadstone in Melbourne where members of the public are encouraged to speak to the volunteers, make a donation or purchase a pin.

$7 for 7 Days of Hope – Make a direct $7 donation to help fund LGFB’s newest campaign – home-delivered Confidence Kits. This ‘workshop-in-a-box’ initiative aims to give a helping hand to women, men and teens who cannot attend a workshop for various reasons but this gives them the chance to still reap the benefits of LGFB’s program. Donations can be made here: www.mycause.com.au/events/7for7daysofhope

So there you have it. I encourage you all to take part in at least one of LGFB’s campaigns during Dream Week to help raise awareness and funds to this amazing program.

What’s On My Nails Wednesdays: OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

Slowly going through my Hawaii nail polish haul from last year. I always get distracted by new polishes that the ones from Hawaii fall by the wayside.

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours & China Glaze Electrify

This week, I felt like mixing things up a bit (LOL) and did a glitter accent nail. Yay, so creative. So today, I have for you, OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours and China Glaze Electrify.

OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours*, from the Euro Centrale collection, is a bright orange-red. I can imagine this to be a nice shade for the toes during Summer. It practically screams Summer! In the bottle, if you look really carefully, you can see flecks of gold shimmer. And just like in the bottle, you can only see the shimmer if you squint hard enough.

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Formula-wise, I found this to be a bit thicker than usual but not thick enough to be troublesome during application. I used two coats cos I’m a nail noob. I’m sure if you’re a nail painting pro, you could get away with one coat.

China Glaze Electrify is from the Hunger Games collection and it’s a glitter. Surprise, surprise. I’m almost definitely sure I hauled just glitter polishes back from Hawaii. Anyways, China Glaze Electrify. It’s a dense glitter polish, with small round gold and small red hex glitter suspended in a clear base. I’m showing you two coats with no base colour.

20140825_112635In hindsight, I think this makes a great Lunar New Year mani!

The product/s marked with a *  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.