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.

***

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.

***

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.

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: Suigo Ultimate Control Shampoo & Conditioner

Image from http://paperdollsdiary.com/

Suigo Volume Control Shampoo & Conditioner

Because I am a bad beauty blogger, I didn’t get any pictures of the shampoo and conditioner before I went ahead and used and finished them. Sorry. So, here’s a nice picture from Paper Doll Diaries.

Quickly, Suigo

is a natural based product, with targeted ingredients collected by advanced methods.  It is aimed at targeting and solving various hair and scalp problems. Suigo products are available at professional hair and beauty salons only. Their exclusive salon formulation helps create our philosophy of Beautiful Hair, Beautiful Life.

The shampoo and conditioner has a thicker consistency than my usual products. They kind of look like condensed milk. The result is that my overprocessed hair feels naturally soft and smooth, with a slight level up of volume! I don’t know how else to describe it but there’s a lovely natural bounce in my hair as a result of using the shampoo and conditioner. After using the shampoo, there is no residue but there’s no super squeaky clean feeling either which means your hair hasn’t been stripped of its natural oils. The conditioner works well as it’s like an intensive treatment. This means that I don’t have to follow up with a hair treatment on my over processed hair.

The products are slightly more expensive than supermarket brands but considering the fact that the ingredients are 100% natural, I find that paying a bit more isn’t a big deal.

The prices are as follows for the shampoo and conditioner: $22.60 (260ml), $31.50 (680ml), $38 (1litre) and are available at selected salons.

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: Rimmel Provocalips

Rimmel Provocalips

Rimmel Provocalips

Not so new to the Australian beauty market are these Rimmel Provocalips 16 Hour Kiss Proof Lip Colour, offering 8 shades which claim to be

Kiss proof , transfer proof, food proof, high impact endless color. No tight feeling or dry lips. Lips feel smooth and moisturized all day long.

Ok. So when I first received these, there were no instructions to be seen – apart from “Step 1″ and “Step 2″ on the product! So trial and error and reading other bloggers’ reviews, I concluded that you should let the colour (step 1) dry first before applying the top coat.

Details first. As you can see, on one end is the lip colour, and the opposite end contains the top coat. The consistency of the lip colour is quite thin and runny. The top coat is designed to lock in the lip colour and applies like a clear gloss. Both applicators are doe foot applicators so application is a breeze. Due to the colour drying very quick, you do need to work carefully and quickly.

Rimmel Provocalips

Rimmel Provocalips

The big question, I think, is how do they feel once applied? Surprisingly, very comfortable! The colour on its own can be a bit sticky which is why you need the clear top coat which adds some moisture.

As for their 16 hour kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof claims? Well. I couldn’t really test it for 16 hours but I did for 10 hours (which is long-wearing enough for me!).

Close up, application starts looking a bit dry and manky. At the 10 hour mark, it wore off from the middle of my lips. However, the colour is still there and from afar, it doesn’t look that bad! But of course, close up, it does not look that pretty.

And now onto the swatches -

110 Dare to Pink – a milky pink
200 I’ll Call You – medium pink mauve
310 Little Minxk – fuchsia pink
230 Kiss Fatal – plum

Arm swatch - 110 Dare To Pink, 200 I'll Call You, 310 Little Minx, 230 Kiss Fatal

Arm swatch – 110 Dare To Pink, 200 I’ll Call You, 310 Little Minx, 230 Kiss Fatal

500 Kiss Me You Fool – fire engine red
550 Play With Fire – ox blood red
700 Skinny Dipping – brown-based nude
730 Make Your Move – rosy brown nude

Arm Swatch - 500 Kiss Me You Fool, 550 Play With Fire, 700 Skinny Dipping, 730 Make Your Move

Arm Swatch – 500 Kiss Me You Fool, 550 Play With Fire, 700 Skinny Dipping, 730 Make Your Move

My favourite shades are I’ll Call You, Little Minx and Make Your Move.

In terms of removal, you do need an oil-based makeup remover to easily wipe the colour off. I just used baby oil and they came off easily.

You can check these out at your local Priceline, Coles, Big W, Chemist Warehouse and Woolworths and they retail for $17.95AUD.

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: Bespoque

Launched in June 2014, Bespoque Skincare offers you the chance to create a completely customised facial cream for yourself. I mean, who knows your skin better than you?

Bespoque - Skincare designed by you

Bespoque – Skincare designed by you

The process itself is very simple. You can complete the questionnaire online or in store at a Terry White chemist on an interactive display. The questionnaire is very intuitive and asks all the important questions needed in order for you to create a moisturiser that is right for you.

Examples of questions asked: Do you want a fragranced moisturiser? What are your skincare concerns? What colour label do you want?

At the end of the questionnaire, your results are shown to you based on your answers and you have the option of adding or removing the features. It also tells you the cost of your moisturiser which can range from $36.95 to $69.95. Once your order is placed, if you’re at a Terry White chemist, behind the scenes, it’ll take about 5 minutes for them to blend and create your moisturiser. If you did it online, no worries. You can come and pick up your customised moisturiser at your earliest convenience.

Bespoque - Skincare designed by you

Bespoque – Skincare designed by you

The process for me was very simple and easy. I created a moisturiser that was light and hydrating, with a rainforest scent, aimed at reducing the redness in my cheeks and exfoliating skin cells.

As for use, well, how can I fault it? I was able to create something that was aimed at my current skincare concerns and it does what it says. My redness isn’t as obvious, my skin is hydrated, it gets absorbed quickly and it isn’t heavy on my skin.

I definitely recommend this to everyone but especially those with constant changing skincare concerns or those who cannot find a moisturiser that agrees with their skin and/or skincare routine.

To find out more and create your own, check out the website.

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: Colour By TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick range consists of 20 shades and retails for less than the price of a cup of coffee – $3.50! The lipsticks contains ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E to ensure your lips are kept moisturised.

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

The packaging is identical to the Revlon Lip Butters with each outer case reflecting the colour inside. This makes it easy for you to grab one without having to flip each one upside down to figure out which one is which. Plus no need to remember names ;) The lipstick cases are very lightweight. On the bottom of each lipstick is a sticker (again each sticker is reflective of each lipstick shade) with the name and number of the shade. The only con I have is that the lipsticks themselves seem to be quite soft as I have had one or two breaking at the base of the bullet already.

I was very lucky to receive a package containing 10 of the 20 lipsticks and have swatched them for you!

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick range

870 Our First Kiss – sheer dusty pink with a frosty finish

872 Pucker Up – bright watermelon-fuchsia

874 I Don’t Kiss & Tell – Barbie pink

875 Mwahh! – dark grape with a slight sheen

876 Lovers Smooch – deep fuchsia pink

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick RangeColour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

877 Lip Attitude – vampy purple-red

879 Hurry Up & Kiss Me – orange-based red; feels much softer and creamier than the others. Careful application required otherwise need a lip brush

881 Kiss & Make Up – orange with a slight coral undertone

886 A Kiss Is Still A Kiss – peachy nude

888 Pout Those Lips Girl – frosty sheer purple; my least favourite of them all. It went on really patchy and was so sheer.

The Colour by TBN Moisturising lipsticks are true to their name as they are very creamy with decent pigmentation and when I wore them over the course of a few hours, my lips did not feel dry or uncomfortable. Surprisingly, there’s no waxy crayon smell that usually comes with el-cheapo lipsticks!

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

Colour by TBN Moisturising Lipstick Range

For a list of your local stockists, head to the Total Beauty Network website or call 1300 765 332.

 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: NAT.Face Rebalance Clay Mask

My favourite facial masks are clay masks because I find that they work very well with my combination oil skin. So when I was offered the chance to review a product from a relatively new brand, NAT. Natural Skin and Body Essentials, I opted to trial the Rebalance Clay Mask.

NAT.Face Rebalance Clay Mask $25.20

NAT.Face Rebalance Clay Mask $25.20

NAT. Natural Skin and Body Essentials is a skincare brand offering a range of products for all skin types. The Rebalance range caters to combination oily skin which is perfect for me.

The Rebalance Clay Mask promises to

cleanse, purify and refine pores for combination to oily; uses natural clay to purify and refine the skin, 100% natural lemon essences works to brighten and deeply cleanse whilst Aloe Vera helps softens and sooth the skin

The clay mask is not too thick and spreads out really well on the skin. To be honest, for a clay mask, it is quite thin in consistency compared to my regular clay mask, Queen Helene Mint Julep.  There is no strong tingly sensation. The added aloe vera is very soothing especially when clay masks are known to force blemishes to the surface! There is no strong scent – although there is a slight citrus hint – and after use (and the following day), my skin is flawless. I don’t need to use a face oil like I usually do and my skin feels smooth and plump with very little oil compared to when I don’t use a clay face mask.

The product comes in your typical squeeze tube – my favourite for face masks as I find it hygienic and easy to use.

For your local stockist, check the link here. You can purchase a tube for $25.20.

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: Natralus Paw Paw Pure Spray Gel

Natralus Paw Paw Pure Spray Gel $12.75

Natralus Paw Paw Pure Spray Gel $12.75

Natralus is an Australian brand producing organic skincare, after sun care as well as household care products.

The Natralus Paw Paw Pure Spray Gel combines the soothing ingredients of aloe vera, vitamin e and paw paw to help soothe, rejuvenate and rehydrate irritated skin.

At first, I thought that I’d have no use for it as I rarely get sunburnt and  so there it sat on my shelf until I found a use for it.

I get “heat rashes” often especially during the Summer and when they appear, they itch like crazy.

So when I saw that this spray gel was suitable to use on rashes, I whipped it out and sprayed the heck out of my body. It was SO soothing. The “marks” didn’t go away but the itch did. I’m not sure why “gel” is in the product name as I found that it was more of a fine mist. It was absorbed quickly, not sticky on my skin and left no residue.

Basically, this stuff = godsend. It is ideal for use on skin that is so sensitive or raw that touching it would make it worse.

You can purchase this for $12.75/125ml from selected independent supermarkets, pharmacies, health food stores, petrol and convenience outlets and online: pharmacyonline.com.au, chemistdirect.com.au, naturalhealthorganics.com.au, organicsaustraliaonline.com.au. It also comes in a 200ml pump pack, and 30g and 75g tubes.

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 February 2015

This box made it with one day left of February. Talk about cutting it close!

This month’s box contained 5 products, 4 of which were full size products.

Violet Box February 2015

Violet Box February 2015

Natural World Moroccan Argan Oil ($5.99/25ml)
Remember when argan oil was all the rage? This is definitely going to be put to use once I use up my other hair oils. As my hair is quite damaged still from all the bleach, I love that using a hair oil helps my hair feel much softer and look a bit healthier.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser $11.74/30ml ($46.95/120ml)
I love exfoliating cleansers as I think it saves me a bit of time (and bathroom counter space). It has a fresh citrus scent and looks like a larger version of the Lush Lip Scrub. I’m a bit worried about the sugar granules but the packaging assures me that their “round-edged sugar crystals slough dead skin without tearing…” I’m definitely intrigued!

Emite Make Up BB Highlighting Pen $32
So a concealing jumbo pencil. I cannot wait to try this. If this works, I will be adding it to my make up bag for sure! Despite its name, the description tells me it’s a concealer pen. I got this in the shade Coco but I haven’t tried it yet to see whether the colour matches.

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Easy on the Eyes Pencil $26
Received this in Black de Luxe, a very deep black which goes on very easily. This is supposed to be waterproof and long lasting – something I always like in my eyeliners – so I cannot wait to try this.

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Easy on the Eyes Pencil $26 / Emite Make Up BB Highlighting Pen $32

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Easy on the Eyes Pencil $26 / Emite Make Up BB Highlighting Pen $32

Pretty Woman Magnetix Nail Polish $9.99
I received the shade Metallic Pink which . One thing that’s different about this magnetic polish is that there are 2 magnets included – one with a wavy design and one with straight lines. Another feature that stood out was the fact that the magnets are actually curved – for ease of use over the nails. Perfect!

Once again, Violet Box delivers! Constantly putting together monthly boxes with brands and products I haven’t heard of and with a value that far exceeds the monthly subscription price, I honestly think Violet Box is one of the better beauty subscription boxes out there.

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: 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 to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.