Review: Violet Box May 2015

This month’s box arrived a week into June. I had a to take a second thought about whether it was a May or June box but then realised Violet Boxes always arrive at the end of the month and not the beginning! They did explain on their Facebook page that the delay was due to Violet Box waiting for an item to arrive to their warehouse. Unfortunately, that product (an eye cream) still hasn’t arrived so they decided to send out the May Violet Box without causing even further delays.

Let’s get straight into it…

Violet Box May 2015

Violet Box May 2015

Mitsura Kabuki Brush $14.95
I actually have a number of kabuki brushes in my brush collection but have no idea what to use them for… This one by Mitsura is densely packed with synthetic bristles and feel very soft on the skin.

Soak Skin Booster Body Lotion ~$1.50/25ml ($29.95/500ml)
This body lotion contains chia seeds! I thought chia seeds was to only be consumed but I guess it has other properties like boosting the skin’s barrier function to help your skin look its best. It has a very light oatmeal, citrus scent and is absorbed immediately into the skin leaving no greasy feeling behind!

Hair & Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment $19.95
I absolutely love hair treatments. I use them in place of conditioner. This Hair & Me Hair Rejuvenation Treatment is an oil-based hair treatment containing oils such as coconut and jojoba to help repair, moisturise and strengthen your hair. I very rarely use oils in my hair as a treatment as it gets ridiculously messy but this seems to have taken out that mess factor so I have no excuses now! It smells very coconutty (yum!) and has a thick creamy texture. This was supposed to be in the April Violet Box but it didn’t arrive to their warehouse in time.

Urban Skincare Co. Backstreet Collection Infuse Body Balm ~$4.53/35ml ($12.95/100ml
Last month, we received the Daily Hand and Body Cleanser. This month is a body moisturiser. This has a strong lemongrass scent (not one of my faves!) but again, like the Soak Skin Booster Body Lotion, it is absorbed into the skin easily and leaves behind no greasy residue.

Meraki by Design Body Scrub $? ($15.95/220g)
A vegan-friendly body scrub, I received this in Blue Vanilla Berry. Body scrubs are having their moment now and I’m still put off by the mess and time factor. I’ll pack this into my travel bag and use it when I’m on holidays. Body scrubs are supposed to be quite good at minimising the appearances of cellulite, stretch marks, spider veins etc and meant to help soothe the skin. The Meraki by Design Body Scrubs are made from raw sugar and oils.

Overall, this month’s box was much better than April’s Violet Box.  The inclusion of two body moisturisers is a bit annoying but they will get used and plus, we’re in Winter now so who doesn’t need body moisturisers?

As always, the value of the box exceeds the monthly subscription fee and Violet Box has again delivered some great products from new brands.

Subscription boxes are available from $22.95/month. For more information on Violet Box, check out their website here.

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: Imperial Leather Body Wash

I received these in a thoughtful pamper pack nearly a year ago and I only just realised that I hadn’t written a review about these!

I am a bit of a body wash junkie hence why these have lasted nearly a year. After someone entered my bathroom, they said to me “You must have every brand under the sun for bath products” and I’m not even going to deny it. I like to mix and match my body washes depending on the weather, my mood etc

Imperial Leather Body Washes

Imperial Leather Body Washes

Imperial Leather added a range of body washes and hand scents to their already amazing body wash range with a focus on scent. Scent is a funny thing. It has a way of affecting our moods through its association with certain experiences and events. Whenever I am travelling, I love to buy a perfume at my destination and use it whilst I’m there. This way, whenever I am back home and I spray that scent, I am reminded of my holiday. This is why Imperial Leather Master Perfumers were given the task to create new and exciting scents for the range based on Imperial Leather’s classic five fragrance families. I was kindly sent two bottles, No. 37 – Flirtatious and the limited edition Blue Lagoon.

Flirtatious is “A dark and enticing fusion of red pomegranate and velvety rose, enhanced by dashes of aromatic patchouli, jasmine, spiced cedar and a lingering trace of black vanilla.” It has a slightly musky scent due to the rose but once lathered, it lightens up as the pomegranate comes through. I like to use this on colder days or when I’m feeling slightly down.

Blue Lagoon has “[a] gentle blend of guava, peach nectar, hibiscus and champaca scents, further enhanced by dashes of blonde wood and musk notes.” This one is light and fruity and I love this on summery days as it just brings me back to my holidays in Hawaii. So tropical and luxurious!

In terms of packaging, they come in huge 500ml bottles with a lid that you press down on one side to open. I do prefer pumps as they’re so much easier to just leave on the caddy or shelf. With this type of packaging, you need to actually tip the bottle upside down to get some product out. The consistency is a slightly creamy liquid that pours slowly out of the bottle. I usually just give it a quick squeeze to dispense the body wash quicker. The body wash lathers up nicely and leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturised. I dispense a 50 cent sized amount of product and this is more than enough for my whole body. The scents are not overpowering but does little just a tiny bit after my showers.

Imperial Leather has always offered value for money products and this is no exception. The scents are so luxurious and the size is huge and the best part is they retail for about $7 at Coles, Woolworths, pharmacies and independent retailers. There’s about 9 different scents in their permanent range and I hope they re-release Blue Lagoon in time for Summer!

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Review: Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

I was very lucky to be offered a 4 week series of intensive facial treatments by Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa in Paddington. Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa is a relaxing oasis right on Oxford Street, Paddington. Once you step into the salon, you would never guess that it’s on a busy main road.

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

The spa is stocked with Aveda products from hair to skincare to makeup. When you first arrive, you’re greeted by a friendly staff member and they get you to fill in an elemental nature questionnaire whilst sipping on your complimentary tea.This elemental questionnaire helps your beauty therapist figure out the appropriate scents and products to use on you for that specific appointment. This is because some days, you may be feeling more stressed than other days etc.

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

There are 4 treatment rooms out the back and it’s so quiet and dimly lit, you really do forget you’re in Paddington! Each room is slightly different to each other in terms of layout.

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

My beauty therapist for the 4 weeks was Brittany and she is one of the most knowledgeable therapists I’ve ever come across. She was very patient with me, she knew her stuff, and was able to answer all my questions concerning my skin. You can definitely tell that Brittany loves her job and is very passionate about what she does. She was very attentive and took great care in ensuring I was comfortable and had a great experience.

Facial #1

This initial consultation took 60 minutes and after analysing my skin, Brittany recommended the Perfecting Plant Peel, an intensive deep exfoliation equivalent to a 30% glycolic peel designed to renew the skin’s complexion. Immediately after, my skin felt smooth and refreshed.

My skin did not react ideally to this treatment as my skin become much more oilier during the week. I noted this and informed Brittany at my next appointment.

Facials #2, #3 and #4

After informing Brittany of how my skin reacted to the Perfecting Plant Peel, she suggested we go to the Botanical Resurfacing facial, a natural and innovative alternative to micro-dermabrasion.

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Brittany buffed off the bamboo extract and placed a warm towel over me for a minute, as soon as the towel was removed, it felt like new skin resurfacing!

Afterwards, my skin was just glowing. My pores appeared smaller and the very few fine lines I had didn’t appear so noticeable. The oil control was also much better with the Botanical Resurfacing facial.

We continued with the Botanical Resurfacing facial for my 3rd and 4th facials as the results were amazing. My skin looked flawless, glowing and refreshed. I managed to go without a base face product for most of the week.

I have to add, the whole process of getting a facial was so relaxing and calming, I can’t believe it took me this long!

Basically, when you get to the treatment room, the beauty therapist leaves you alone for a few minutes so you can get undressed and into their very comfy bath robe.

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

When she re-enters, you’re treated to a very nice foot massage. At this stage, you’re also asked to smell 3 different scents and to choose one which you like best. I think I opted for the ‘grounding’ scent most.

The next part is my favourite part – you take the robe off (beauty therapist hides behind a towel), jump onto the bed and the towel is placed on top of you. THEN, you get wrapped up like a caterpillar about to turn into a butterfly in a snug cocoon-like shape with some heavy duty blankets.

Whilst the facial treatment is doing its thing, you receive a nice foot massage and on one occasion, I received a head massage with a hair oil treatment which left my hair feeling SO SO soft!

During all this, you do get a whiff of the scent you chose at the beginning which is meant to calm and relax you.

My favourite thing about my weekly facials was the fact that each facial was customised to how I was feeling each appointment and Brittany took great care to ensure that I left the salon feeling relaxed and great.

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Prior to my intensive weekly facials, I did not think much of salon facials. I thought that I was already doing enough with my weekly facials at home. However, after seeing the results, my mind has definitely been changed.

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa, Paddington

The pricing tier goes like this: 30 minutes ($85), 60 minutes ($130) and 90 minutes ($130). For most of my appointments, they went for about 30 minutes.

For more information about this oasis in Paddington, check out their website. Details about available packages are also listed on the website.

Mineral Lifestyle Hair Spa is located at 17 Oxford St, Paddington. You can contact them on: (02) 9360 7311 and I highly recommend requesting Brittany as your beauty therapist!

 

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Review: Puretopia Sensitive Care Gentle Cleansing Hair & Scalp Shampoo

I have mild psoriasis on my scalp and have been using my trust Neutrogena T Gel shampoo for over 2 years now but it does have a fragrance that gets some getting used to. When I saw that Puretopia also has a shampoo for sensitive and irritated scalp, I decided to try it hoping it may rival my trusty Neutrogena T Gel shampoo.

Puretopia Sensitive Care Gentle Cleansing Hair & Scalp Shampoo ($10.99)

Puretopia Sensitive Care Gentle Cleansing Hair & Scalp Shampoo ($10.99)

Puretopia Sensitive Care Gentle Cleansing Hair and Scalp ($10.99) shampoo says

The combination of moisturising botanical cleansers, oat and wheat proteins in a fragrance free formula works to gently cleanse both the hair and scalp that is irritated and sensitive. The result will be soft manageable hair and a soothed scalp.

The first thing I noticed was how much the consistency of the shampoo looked like glue! I was hesitant at this point to wash my hair with this as I was picturing my hair becoming stuck with glue everywhere. Anyway, I pushed on and lathered it into my hair. Now, the shampoo spreads easily but does not lather up. This wasn’t an issue for me (but may be for you?) as I always shampoo my hair twice before conditioning. Without conditioning, my hair did feel clean but also very knotty. You definitely need to follow up with a conditioner or hair treatment. Afterwards, my hair felt soft and clean, and my scalp was not irritated or made any worse by the shampoo. True to its word, there is no discernible smell, just a very clinical, botanical scent which, I am assuming, is derived from the “botanical cleansers, oat and wheat proteins”.

Price-wise, it is a bit expensive compared to regular supermarket brands but when compared with premium haircare bands, the price is reasonable. As for whether it replaces my HG shampoo, not necessarily. Both are similar in price and I will be alternating between my Neutrogena T Gel and this Puretopia one as it’s very hard to find a scalp treatment shampoo that works!

You can purchase Puretopia products including this shampoo from Priceline and selected pharmacies nationwide. To find the nearest one to you, check out their stockist locator here.

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Review: Designer Brands CC Creme

Designer Brands CC Creme ($14.99)

Designer Brands CC Creme ($14.99)

Prior to receiving this Designer Brands CC Creme in my mailbox, I had never tried a CC cream before. I only dabbled with BB creams briefly as I was so overwhelmed and actually came across one I liked on my first few tries.

This Designer Brands CC Creme promises a number of things – minimise the appearance of uneven skin tone, pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles and brighten dull, tired skin.

And after using it over the course of 3 months, I can definitely agree with the above.

In terms of coverage, it is not super heavy at all. In fact, it provides very sheer coverage. This may not be suited to your needs but for me, it was perfect. I have broken capillaries on my cheeks and some redness around my nose and the Designer Brands CC Creme provided just enough coverage so that the redness was covered without being too heavy on my face. It definitely felt light and would be great to wear in summer, as it contains SPF15. The consistency is not too water, or too thick. One pump was more than enough to cover my face and was easily buffed in.

Designer Brands CC Creme ($14.99)

Designer Brands CC Creme ($14.99)

I have used this for over three months now, and always reach for it when I just need to even out my skin tone without looking too made up. It makes for a great “natural” make up base.

The Designer Brands CC Creme comes in two shades – Light Medium and Medium Dark, and the shade I received, Medium Dark makes for great match. Not too light, or too dark, but just the right balance to brighten up my skin.

And a quick mention of the packaging. It’s very lightweight, handles clumsiness well and looks sleek!

The shade range is limited, so if you can find a match and are looking for natural coverage, have a look at this Designer Brands CC Creme. For your local stockist, call 1300 765 332 or check out their online store locator.

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Review: Innoxa Full Colour Lip Creams in Citrus Cake and Lovable Lilac

Innoxa Full Colour Lip Cream in Citrus Cake and Lovable Lilac ($14.95)

Innoxa Full Colour Lip Cream in Citrus Cake and Lovable Lilac ($14.95)

These sleek, frosted tubes of pigmented lip colour is a new offering by Innoxa promising

A luxurious non-drying lip colour that combines the texture of a lipstick with the shine finish of a gloss! The weightless formula leaves lips looking rich in colour and feeling refreshed upon application. 

As you can see, the frosted tubes and printed brand name gives these Full Colour Lip Creams a sleek look. They come with a doe foot applicator for easy precise application. These are available in six different shades and I was sent Citrus Cake and Lovable Lilac. Citrus Cake is a pigmented orange red. Lovable Lilac is a soft purple-pink which leans neutral-warm on me.

Innoxa Full Colour Lip Cream in Lovable Lilac and Citrus Cake ($14.95)

Innoxa Full Colour Lip Cream in Lovable Lilac and Citrus Cake ($14.95)

In terms of colour payoff, Citrus Cake applied with more pigmentation compared with Lovable Lilac which was a bit more sheer but was able to build up the intensity with ease. Both are creamy and have a glossy finish. Both did leave a very light stain after the gloss faded away. They felt comfortable on my lips and the gloss finish was not too sticky.

Innoxa Full Colour Lip Cream in Lovable Lilac ($14.95)

Innoxa Full Colour Lip Cream in Lovable Lilac ($14.95)

In terms of wear time, they lasted about 2 hours without eating or drinking happening. This is as expected for glosses for me.

Innoxa Full Colour Lip Cream in Citrus Cake ($14.95)

Innoxa Full Colour Lip Cream in Citrus Cake ($14.95)

Available in six different shades, you can grab the Innoxa Full Colour Lip Creams ($14.95) online, at selected Myer, Priceline and pharmacies 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: Violet Box April 2015

Violet Box April 2015

Violet Box April 2015

Lonvitalite C2 Collagen Protein Wrinkle Removing Mask $9.95
As you all know by now, I LOVE face masks and this promises to smooth out lines, reinforce skin growth & enhance skin moisture.

Tini Beauty Eye Shadow (Pearl Fizz) by Rob Scheppy $16
Firstly, this is not the first time I have received an eyeshadow (or powder product) from Violet Box that has shattered in transit. This annoys me as I feel like these fragile products should be packaged just a little bit better. If I was a paying subscriber I would be very annoyed as shattered products = wasted time trying to put them back together or wasted money because I’d probably just throw it out as I can’t be bothered putting it back.

Pearl Fizz is a warm toned light champagne shade. It looks like it would have been a nice brow bone or all over lid shade. But I’m honestly too lazy to put it back together so I’m just going to bin it.

Evelyn Iona Natural and Organic Concealer (Flawless) $24.99
I’m  a bit unsure about this; it contains a lot of “oil” ingredients – coconut, jojoba and vitamin e. It has a lot of “slip” to it so I really am interested in trying this to see how long it’ll last!

Urban Skincare Co. Daily Hand & Body Cleanser ~$1.89 ($26.95/500ml)
Described as an alternative to soap, this hand & body cleanser smells like oranges & is supposed to be gentle enough to remove everyday dirt & grime without remove the lipid barrier.

Lipsi Cosmetics Aphrodite Powder ~$7.24 ($38/21g)
A finishing powder that absorbs excess oil. Ever since I returned from my holiday in the USA, my skin has gone oil crazy! So again, I am interested in trying this and seeing how well it can control the oil situation on my face.

Transformulas Eye Lifting Gel $49
Transformulas FaceContour & Tightening Creme $59
Satchet samples? Really? For what these products promise, I don’t think satchet samples would be enough to see results. One of the satchets just fills like it’s full of air. I have used other Transformulas products before and they have yielded good results so fingers crossed?

This month’s box was slightly disappointing. I understand there were some issues regarding a product but it just felt like the box was packed in a huge rush. Broken products, missing product card. Just not on the ball there, Violet Box. I think this may be the first box where it’s mostly made up of samples and deluxe samples with only one full size product (the eyeshadow) but even with the full size product, I can’t even use it because it’s shattered!

In terms of value, April’s box was very disappointing for me. This is the first box where I have been left disappointed. The broken eyeshadow detracts from the value of the box as I cannot use it, The lack of sizes noted on the samples mean that even just a generous estimate, the value of the box is close to or just a bit more than the monthly subscription fee.

Subscription boxes are available from $22.95/month. For more information on Violet Box, check out their website here.

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Last Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2015

If you’re a last minute person like me, here are some last minute Mother’s Day gifts I’m sure your mum would love! Whenever I post these guides, I always keep my mum in mind. She is the most difficult person to buy for! If my sister & I ask her if there’s anything she has her eye on, she would always say no. She is the most selfless person I know & she is so independent – if she likes anything, she’ll just buy it herself.

With that in mind, I am sure these gifts will please even the most difficult of mums to buy for!

Glasshouse Candles
Each year, Glasshouse & McGrath’s Foundation release a limited edition Birds of a Feather scent for Mother’s Day. This year, it’s Pink Sorbet, described as a blend of grapefruit, watermelon & lemon. It also comes in a neon pink jar and would make a great storage container once you’ve used the candle. The price is slightly higher than the regular range ($42.95 v $39.95) but 5% of the the RRP (minus GST) will be donated to the McGrath’s Foundation. With the price tag, they are a slight splurge & definitely something my mum wouldn’t buy for herself.

Glasshouse Birds of a Feather Candle

Glasshouse Birds of a Feather Candle

If Pink Sorbet doesn’t float your boat, Glasshouse also has other amazing scents available in their range with my personal favourites being Tahaa, Rio De Janeiro & Montego Bay.

You can purchase Glasshouse candles online, or for local stockists, click here.

LUSH*
LUSH has released a number of great limited edition products & gift sets for Mother’s Day. Some of these include:

LUSH Limited Edition Mother's Day products

Yummy Mummy body conditioner – $32.50/500g
A strawberry scented cocoa butter, great for the upcoming winter. It’s heavy duty enough to combat dry skin & smells delicious!

Yummy Mummy Shower Gel – $9.95/100g; $16.95/250g; $29.95/500g
This purple shower gel contains silver lustre & smells like flowers. It contains seaweed extract to leave skin soft & lathers up nicely.

Rose Bombshell Bath Bomb – $6.25
This gorgeous smelling bath bomb is a beautiful blend of soya milk powder, rosewood & Turkish oils which ensures that when mum gets out of the bath, she’ll have the softest skin.

Mother Superior Bubble Bar $9.95
Smells like cherry blossoms, this cute bubble bar bubbles up well & has a refreshing ocean-like scent. Great for mum to take a relaxing bubble bath!

Hand Creams
My mum is addicted to hand creams. She goes through them like crazy so I always like to ensure that she has a never ending supply of hand creams. Lanolips has 3 hand creams available:

Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream

Lanolips Antibacterial Hand Cream

Antibacterial Hand Cream ($15.95/50ml) – this hand cream is great for everyday cleanliness as it works as both a hand sanitiser, instantly killing 99.9% of germs but with added hydration with the aloe vera & lanolin meaning no dry hands no matter how many times this hand cream is applied.

Lanolips Intense Hand Balm

Lanolips Intense Hand Balm

Intense Hand Balm ($15.95/50ml) – as its name suggests, this is more of a heavy duty hand cream if extreme dryness is a concern.

Lanolips Everyday Hand Balm

Lanolips Everyday Hand Balm

Everyday Hand Balm ($22.95/50ml)  - a great everyday hand cream aimed at maintaining everyday softness.

Lanolips products are available online, Priceline, David Jones, Terry White chemists, & Mecca.

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set

Molton Brown Beautiful Hands Gift Set

For a beautiful hand cream gift set, you can’t go past the beautiful packaging of Molton Brown. This year’s limited edition gift set, Beautiful Hands ($45), contains 3 beautiful scented hand creams – orange & bergamot, gingerlily, & rhubarb & rose. You can purchase the trio online, and at Myer and David Jones.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea range*

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Butter

The Body Shop products make great gifts, but I thought I’d focus on the new Fuji Green Tea range. The range is infused with green tea leaves from the Mount Fuji region, for healthier, smoother & softer skin. With Winter coming up, the body butter ($23.95/200ml) would make a great gift. I love The Body Shop’s body butters as they don’t feel too heavy once applied but they do provide long-lasting moisture protection.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub

The body scrub ($29.95/250ml) would also make a great gift (maybe create your own gift pack?!) with Winter coming up. The body scrub contains little microbeads for gentle all over body exfoliation and smells very refreshing!

If creating your own gift packs doesn’t appeal to you, The Body Shop has got your back. There are 3 pre-made gift packs ranging from $13.95 – $84.95.

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 March 2015

March’s box contained some pretty cool products which I am looking forward to trying.

Violet Box March 2015

Violet Box March 2015

Biology Equilibrium Body Lotion No. 304 $8.70/30ml ($29/100ml)
This body moisturiser promises to bring your body’s moisture levels back into balance using natural ingredients. It has a very organic, natural scent and the lemongrass scent, which isn’t my favourite of scents, is not too strong though it does linger. Not too sure if I’ll be using this as I don’t like lemongrass.

Bioderma Sebium Foaming Gel $1.50/15ml ($24.95/250ml)
I currently use a full size version of this foaming gel and have posted my thoughts on it here.

Doucce Mineral Matte Lipstick $29.95

Doucce Mineral Matte Lipstick in 903 $29.95

Doucce Mineral Matte Lipstick in 903 $29.95

First, I absolutely love the packaging. It reminds me of Guerlain’s heavy duty and sleek packaging but without the weight! I received this in shade 903 – a dusty rose shade that I normally gravitate towards if I’m feeling a natural lip. Props for having SPF 10 infused as well – any sunscreen protection is better than no sunscreen protection!

Doucce Lip Definer $29.95

Doucce Lip Definer in 456 $29.95

Doucce Lip Definer in 456 $29.95

I’ve only recently started using lip liners and I am glad that this comes in a shade that matches the lipstick. It takes the hard work out of guessing! This is in shade 456 and the Doucce lip definers claim to give a velvet matte finish and be waterproof.

Doucce Lip Definer in 456 & Mineral Matte Lipstick in 903

Doucce Lip Definer in 456 & Mineral Matte Lipstick in 903

Lonvitalite C8 Collagen Crystal Eye Mask $5.33 (32/6 pk)
I love using eye masks like these because you get instant results! These eye masks will help to brighten your eyes and remove the appearance of dark circles and fine lines.

Month after month, Violet Box continues to introduce new brands to me and ensure the value of the products included far outweigh the subscription fee. I think this is very impressive in itself especially having been around for over a year now and still managing to achieve this monthly.

Subscription boxes are available from $22.95/month. For more information on Violet Box, check out their website here.

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: Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Range

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.

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I’ve been using a variety of Schwarzkopf products since I was in high school (Their Osis Thrill Fibre Gum is an excellent all round hair product) so when I was asked to review their revamped 3D range, I jumped at the chance.

“the Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN range was the first brand engineered specifically for men, tackling the three key dimensions of masculine hair care: strengthening hair, refreshing the scalp, and activating the roots. The revitalised [3D]MEN range is available across all Australian retail outlets from March 2015.”

The two products I received are the Strong Hold Gel and the Texture Clay.

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel and Texture Clay

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel and Texture Clay

 

[3D]Men Texture Clay

Schwarzkopf Professional Texture Clay

Schwarzkopf Professional Texture Clay

 

The Texture

Schwarzkopf Professional Texture Clay

Schwarzkopf Professional Texture Clay

 

The texture was a smooth, light paste, unlike other matt finish waxes I’ve used before. My first instinct was that this product would be excellent for people with light, soft hair. When I washed it out of my hands, it felt slick and slightly greasy but came off without any soap. This is always a plus! I can’t imagine what products are doing to your hair when you can’t even get if off your skin!

The Hold

Do as I say and not as I do! I normally apply my hair products to damp hair. This is because my hair naturally sticks up, it’s hard, dry, coarse and very thick. I went about my daily routine when I found that this product simply didn’t hold my hair like my other products normally do. Like most guys, I applied more. And more. Then realised it wasn’t working. Upon reading the instructions (oh wow! Instructions!) I discovered this product is for DRY HAIR (duh).

When applied to dry hair, this product shines (not literally as it’s a matt product), the hold was light but managed to keep everything in place. The look (as it states) is a dry matt finish however upon playing with the amount of dampness in my hair I was also able to achieve a semi slick look (just had to apply a little more product).

The hold isn’t rock solid and that’s great if that’s the type of hold you’re looking for.

Does it wash out?

Easy. As I anticipated when washing it off my hands, this product gave me no dramas and didn’t require a double wash.

Conclusion

Although not suited to my hair type, this product would be excellent for those of you who have lighter, thinner hair or hair that isn’t as coarse. Overall it’s great, the scent is subtle and barely noticeable and it washes out easily.

 

[3D]Men Strong Hold Gel

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel

 

It’s been a while since I’ve used a gel. Mainly because I’ve changed my style however I do know what I look for when applying a gel and had a few things in mind when trying this out.

The Texture

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel

Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN Strong Hold Gel

 

This product is a semi thick consistency, but not like the cheaper tubs of gel you find in the supermarket. The product was clear (see above) and there was no presence of bubbles like you see in other gels. It isn’t overly sticky and washed off my hands with ease.

The Hold

Unlike some gels which are thick and goopy, this gel felt light without being sticky. Although I had trouble with the loose fly-aways on my hair part, the parts that were down, once set, stayed that way for the duration of the day. The hold was hard but not uncomfortable like some gels. I definitely had the confidence that my hairstyle would be consistent through the day.

Does it wash out?

I never really have issues with gels washing out, often they’re water based and this is not different. It washed out easily.

Conclusion

If you’re into a wetter look and don’t mind having your hair slightly harder and not pliable, this gel is for you. There was next to no scent once applied and I had no issues with the hold.

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The Schwarzkopf Professional [3D]MEN range consists of six care and three styling products catering for all hair types. All products retail for $22.95 and for stockists, call 1800 251 887.

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