Review: Violet Box January 2015

If you’ve noticed, there was no review for December’s Violet Box cos I think it went for a walkabout during the holiday rush.

Violet Box January 2015

Violet Box January 2015

Appropriately themed “New year, new you” for the first box of 2015, the items included in January’s box:

Violet Box January 2015

Violet Box January 2015

Real Chemistry Luminous 3-Minute Peel $6.70/5ml ($67/50ml)
This is a protein peel promising “instantly smoother,  brighter and softer skin” . I find that you have to work quickly with these face peels as they tend to react pretty much instantly with the dead skin. I’m looking forward to trying this gel peeling mask!

Lonvitalite 24K Active Gold Yulan Eye Mask $5.19 ($25.95/5 pack)
Whenever my eyes feel swollen, I always love placing an eye mask on them. This one by Lonvitalite looks luxe and will be good to reduce the swelling.

The Cosmetic Kitchen Raw Chocolate Clay Mask $24.95/50g

The Cosmetic Kitchen Raw Chocolate Clay Mask $24.95/50g

The Cosmetic Kitchen Raw Chocolate Clay Mask $24.95/50g

This one looks interesting! Raw chocolate clay mask. As you all know by now, my favourite face masks are clay masks. This one by the Cosmetic Kitchen can be used as is – just add water and apply. Or there is a little receipt on the packet to make a radiant choc avocado mask. How interesting!

Emite Make Up Precision Eye Pencil $24.95
Received this in the shade Spir, an off-white shade which would be good for lining either the inner corner or bottom waterline to brighten up your eyes. The formula feels soft and didn’t require me to drag it onto my skin.

Mellow Cosmetic Blush $14
A simple name of “Pink”, this is a sheer but buildable pink blush with yellow undertones. It doesn’t have any shimmer or glitter but isn’t quite matte in finish. Something I would change would be the packaging. It was difficult enough to open the cardboard packaging and remove the blush but it was even harder to flip the lid!

I liked that for a “new year, new you” box, they included a variety of masks. Janauary’s Violet Box included 3 full sized products, 2 samples and 4 brands I hadn’t heard of.

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

Mellow Cosmetics Blush in Pink and Emite Make Up Precision Eye Pencil in Spir

Mellow Cosmetics Blush in Pink and Emite Make Up Precision Eye Pencil in Spir

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 toBeauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

 

Review: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Polishes

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes

I received these a while back and cannot believe I haven’t written about them yet. Spoiler alert: LOVE

Launched with 47 shades plus a top coat, the Miracle Gel polishes are a “up to 14 days” wear polish. All you need to do is apply 2 coats of colour – the instructions say don’t apply a base coat – let it dry, and then you apply the top coat. It involves minimal steps and no light needed. Removing it is just as easy – there’s no need for the whole “soak your hands in acetone” rubbish. Simply remove with a swipe of nail polish remover!

I got amazing wear time from the Miracle Gel polishes. At first, I wasn’t that impressed with them because it only lasted about a week for me and I usually get a week out of my professionally applied manicures anyway. However, after reading somewhere online that I should “cure” my manicure in sunlight, I got better results – 10 days! That’s unheard of for me because I am quite rough on my nails. Even after a week of wear, the shine is still there! However, when it chips, it chips bad. I also got “wear lines” – lines which appeared after about a week of wear where it appeared as though the polish was cracked.

The top coat comes in a black bottle and the only con I have about it is that when applying, there is some colour transfer.

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel top coat

But after using it a few times, there hasn’t been any muddiness in the bottle. Unfortunately, it isn’t a quick drying top coat so you do have to sit still for at least 15-30 mins. At least it adds lots of shine to your mani like a good top coat should?*

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes: Birthday Suit, Pink Tank, Sugar Fix, Street Flair,  Greyfitti, Peach Malibu

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes: Birthday Suit, Pink Tank, Sugar Fix, Street Flair, Greyfitti, Peach Malibu

Left to right (2 coats): Birthday Suit*, Pink Tank*, Sugar Fix*, Street Flair*, Greyfitti*, and Peach Malibu

Birthday Suit - very light nude, appropriate for work/office
Pink Tank – one of my favourites and not just for the beautiful bright pink shade but the formula on this is perfect – not too runny, perfect creamy finish and opaque in 2 coats
Sugar Fix – a slightly dusty, milky, cornflower blue. The formula on this one was slightly thin so I cheated and used quite thick coats but other bloggers have done 4 thin coats
Street Flair – dusty purple
Greyfitti – medium grey
Peach Malibu – warm peach. I love this for when I’m sporting a tan (which is actually nearly all year round….haha)

I’m not sure if I would call these “gel” polishes per say, as the appearance, alone, did not look like salon gel polishes. I would actually call the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes as long-lasting polishes.

I have read mixed reviews about these polishes and for me, they work. I loved wearing these over the holiday season, where time was low but parties were high, so I was glad I had these. It was one less thing to worry about knowing that over 2 weeks of partying, my nails would still be looking fresh! And the good thing is the fact that you can remove them without having to soak your nails in acetone.

The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Colours and Top Coat ($16.95) are available from from PricelineChemist Warehouse and other Sally Hansen stockists.

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.

 

Christmas Looks #2 and #3

For look #2, I changed the lashes to something more “out there” using the Glameyes Manicare Sparkle Lashes, a limited edition release made with Swarovski elements*. I decided that if I was going to keep the rest of my make up “simple”, I may as well go all out with my lashes. Little effort for maximum impact!

Christmas Looks with Sorme Cosmetics

Christmas Looks with Sorme Cosmetics

I kept the same base and eyes from look #1 but just changed the lips to Sorme Confection lipstick*, a nude peach-pink, almost leaning towards coral, shade. The Sorme lipsticks feels light and hydrating on the lips and the shade makes your lips look so lush!

Christmas Look #2

Christmas Look #2

Look #3, I replaced the lipstick with Empress Lip Thick Gloss, a strawberry red shade*. The gloss claims to be a lip plumper as well but I didn’t notice any major lip plumping effect. I did appreciate that the gloss is not too sticky :)

Look #3

Look #3

And a close up of the eye look for all three looks:

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I love the effect of these lashes however they did feel slightly heavier than what I am used to. The Swarovski elements added a nice touch of glamour to such a simple look.

Sorme Cosmetics swatch - Confection lipstick, Empress lip thick gloss, Confection and Empress layered

Sorme Cosmetics swatch – Confection lipstick, Empress lip thick gloss, Confection and Empress layered

When you layer both the lipstick and lipgloss, you get a really nice light berry shade!

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.

Christmas Look #1 – Red Lips

When it comes to Christmas, my default look is always a red lip.

This look features a bright red lip with a very basic eye look. I will be posting look #2 soon which switches up the lip colour but still the same eye look.

Christmas Look #1

Christmas Look #1

Face products
- Sorme Fresh Start Oil-Free Under Foundation  Makeup Enhancer*
- Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Cream in Light/Medium* {this provides light coverage, perfect for the humid weather we had during Christmas day here. Covered the redness around my nose and cheeks well}
- Australis Cosmetics ACONTOUR palette to contour*
- MAC Instant Chic blush
- Sorme Cosmetics Shimmer Glow in Bronzed* {In Summer, I love the look of glowy cheeks and I achieved this effortlessly with Bronzed. Looks like chunky glitter in the tube but goes on to give a nice glow}

Eyes
- Physicians Formula Super BB All-in-1 Beauty Balm Concealer*
- Urban Decay Naked 1 palette {shades: Half-Baked, Smog, Darkhorse and Virgin}
- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
- Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner
- Model21 false lashes #04

Lips
- MAC Classic Dame mattene

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: 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