What’s On My Nails Wednesdays: China Glaze Mediterranean Charm and Inglot 202

China Glaze Mediterranean Charm nail polish

China Glaze Mediterranean Charm nail polish

China Glaze Mediterranean Charm is mix of a muted hot pink, mixed with a bit of coral and a hint of red. The added coral and red makes it a nice warm hot pink instead of the usual cool hot pinks. I never have any issues with China Glaze polishes and this is no exception. Smooth and easy application.

China Glaze Mediterranean Charm and Inglot 202

China Glaze Mediterranean Charm and Inglot 202

I did 2 coats because I was feeling patient that day. This was a difficult shade to capture and whilst the picture of the bottle might look slightly blue, rest assured that the shade in the bottle is as close to real life as I could get it.

Inglot 202 is a polish I purchased last year when I was in Malaysia. It’s one of the nice flakie polishes from Inglot.

Inglot 202

Inglot 202

Inglot 202 has green, red, orange flakies in a clear base and one coat is more than enough to get full coverage on your nails as the flakies are densely packed into the bottle. I didn’t get much of the green on my nails and this may be due to my choice of a base colour.

China Glaze Mediterranean Charm and Inglot 202

China Glaze Mediterranean Charm and Inglot 202

What’s On My Nails Wednesdays: Revlon Scandalous and Revlon Knockout

I purchased these two Revlon polishes on my trip to Hawaii a year ago and never got the chance to bring them out to play…until now!

Revlon Knockout nail polish

Revlon Knockout nail polish

Revlon Knockout is a nice glossy black. I was able to get it opaque in just one coat and you all know how much I love one coat wonders!

Revlon Knockout nail polish swatch

Revlon Knockout nail polish swatch

I then topped it off with Revlon Scandalous aka Facets of Fuchsia which is a medium size hex and fine purple glitter polish suspended in a black semi-jelly base.

Revlon Scandalous nail polish

Revlon Scandalous nail polish

The base colour is quite sheer thus it’s a topper polish and not a stand alone one IMO. I’ve tried it on its own and took more work and patience than was worth it so pairing it over a black base was the solution and time-saver.

Revlon Scandalous nail polish swatch

Revlon Scandalous nail polish swatch

Review: Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms

A while back, I received 3 of Covergirl’s new LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms and after trialling them over the busy holiday period, I thought it was about time for a review.

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm - Plum Twist, Coral Twist, Cocoa Twist

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm - Plum Twist, Coral Twist, Cocoa Twist

These Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms are similar in packaging to that of Clinique’s Chubby Sticks and Revlon’s Colorburst Balm Stains – fat crayons!

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm - Cocoa Twist, Plum Twist, Coral Twist

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm - Cocoa Twist, Plum Twist, Coral Twist

It looks like fat pencil and can be twisted up for more product. The lid of each shade is representative of the shade inside. Not an exact match but it gives you an idea.

I received 3 shades – Coral Twist, Cocoa Twist and Plum Twist.

Coral Twist – leaning more pink than orange, great for brightening up your complexion and can easily be built up

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm swatch - Coral Twist

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm swatch - Coral Twist

Cocoa Twist – a MLBB shade, would describe it as a honey-brown shade, not too nude, great for everyday wear

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm swatch - Cocoa Twist

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm swatch - Cocoa Twist

Plum Twist- perfect shade for Autumn, it’s a nice vampy, slightly cool, berry shade

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm swatch - Plum Twist

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm swatch - Plum Twist

And swatches on my arm of all 3 shades – this is just one swipe each…

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm swatches - Cocoa Twist, Plum Twist, Coral Twist

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balm swatches - Cocoa Twist, Plum Twist, Coral Twist

My favourite shade out of the 3 is Coral Twist – I actually lost the one I received from the PR company so went out and purchased the same shade. That’s how much I love it!

These glide on easily, don’t tug at your lips and the coverage is sheer but can be built up. They’re glossy and even though they’re not the most moisturising product on the market, they aren’t exactly the most drying either.

Do make sure you prep your lips if you plan on wearing the brighter shades as I find that they do tend to cling onto any dry patches.

In terms of staying power, due to its gloss finish and balm-y nature, I get about an hour wear – that’s if I’m not consuming any food or drinks. However, if I do eat or drink something, either it comes off completely or leaves a very faint pink stain.

My biggest problem with these is that they break VERY easily. When I went to use Plum Twist, I was shocked to find that it had already broken away from the base. After several uses, Coral Twist did the same thing. I would understand if I had twisted the product up really high but I hadn’t.

Another con would be packaging-wise, the product names are only available on the plastic wrapping and once that’s removed, there’s only numbers on the bottom of the crayons. This is a minor issue but something that bothers me because I don’t remember numbers as easily as I remember names!

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms

Covergirl LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms

These are available at number of stockists like Priceline, Target, Big W, selected chemists and pharmacies etc nationwide for $12.95AUD. For stockists, call 1800 181 040.

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Review: Gwen Stefani for OPI

I received two shades from the limited edition Gwen Stefani for OPI collection and colour me impressed.

Push and Shove – This comes in a ‘Duet Pack’, with the other polish being a mini 3.75ml Lay Down That Base polish. Push and Shove is a silver metallic chrome, with a mirrored chrome finish.

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove

When it dries, it looks like I had just stuck foils onto my nails. Looks awesome.

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove

Application – bit difficult. I am not well versed in applying nail polish so brush strokes were visible, even after two coats. I’ve seen swatches where you can hardly see the brush strokes. OPI included instructions on the Duet Pack – apply a thin coat of Lay Down That Base. When it is completely dried, apply 2 thin coats of Push and Shove. Do not apply a top coat.

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove

There is even a warning of its bad wear time – “Like all limited engagement events, Push and Shove is inteded for One Night Only wear”. So my wear? About a day before it became a big ol’ chipped mess!

OPI Push and Shove

OPI Push and Shove

Over and Over A-Gwen – Comes in a boxed set and includes Swarovski elements studs and crystals for some rockin’ nail art. Over and Over A-Gwen is touted as the signature shade of Gwen Stefani, reminiscent of her signature red lips.

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

The included studs and crystals come in a few different shapes and sizes as well as OPI nail glue – everything you need to create some nail art. There is also an included pamphlet with some ideas to get you started.

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

Application – Over and Over A-Gwen is a true red creme polish, opaque in 2 coats. I liked the consistency of this as well because it wasn’t too thin nor too thick.

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

In terms of creating some nail art, this was my first ever attempt and it was very hard! I have very short nail beds so I couldn’t really use the black diamond stud as yet so opted for something simpler. I followed the instructions in the pamphlet but didn’t have tweezers on hand so struggled a little.  I found that the studs stayed on much better when glue was applied directly onto the nail as opposed to applying it to the studs themselves. I think it turned out ok for my first time…

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

OPI Over and Over A-Gwen

This collection is available now from David Jones, Myer and selected salons nationally. There are 5 other shades in the collection, with different finishes (semi-matte, creme gloss, glitter). Over and Over A-Gwen, sold only in a boxed set with the Swarovski elements, is $24.95AUD and the other 6 polishes are $19.95AUD.

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Review: Essenzza Fuss Free Facials Natural Japanese Silk Treatment Masks

I am a face mask addict. I love all face masks – clay masks, sheet masks – you name it, I love it!

I was offered the chance to trial these new Essenzza Fuss Free Facials Natural Japanese Silk Treatment Masks (what a mouthful .. will be referring to them as Essenzza face masks in this review) and without even really digesting the press release, I said yes because the pop art packaging caught my eye first haha

Essenzza Fuss Free Natural Japanese Silk Facial Treatment Masks

Essenzza Fuss Free Natural Japanese Silk Facial Treatment Masks

Essenzza face masks contain natural active ingredients such as oat seed extract and hyaluronic acid. They’re made from high quality Japanese silk masks, promising to cover and cling onto every inch of your skin.

My favourite thing about sheet masks is that they are so easy to use – just remove the mask from the satchet and apply to your face.

In terms of application and ease of use, I have to say it was a bit tricky the first time! This is because there are actually 3 layers to the mask to help protect the delicate sheet mask. Despite reading the instructions on the back of the box, I still got it wrong the first time!

Peel away outer protective white shiny layer and discard

Apply remaining two layers to face – white silk layer to face, blue layer away from face

Separate and gently peel blue layer away from silk layer

Time to relax – leave mask on for at least 20 minutes

Remove silk mask and discard. Allow formulation to dry for silk, smooth skin

Essenzza Fuss Free Natural Japanese Silk Facial Treatment Masks

Essenzza Fuss Free Natural Japanese Silk Facial Treatment Masks

I found the fit was really good for my mouth and eyes. I was able to apply the mask and because the mask is sticky, I could walk around the house without having to worry about the mask falling off.

The Essenzza face masks come in 3 varieties – Anti-ageing and antioxidant, moisturise and smooth, and cleanse and exfoliate. Each variety contains different main ingredients to target various areas of skin concerns.

I found that the masks all performed similarly – they all left my skin feeling moisturised, nourished and plump.

Each mask also left behind a layer of moisture which took a while to dry before I could apply my face creams. There was also a substantial amount of serum left behind in the satchet so I ended up using it to moisturise my neck and arms.

You can pick these up for $14.95AUD/3pack from leading pharmacies (I’ve seen them at my local Priceline..) and online at EssenzzaHealth

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Make The Perfect Bun With Scunci Bun Maker

I have always envied girls who always seemed to have the perfect bun on their head. Now, with Scunci, us mere mortals can also have the perfect bun with their Bun Maker.

First, what comes in the box – bun foam, No Damage elastic and 4xhair pins.

Scunci Bun Maker

Scunci Bun Maker $9.95

*Note – I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to use the pins that came in the pack so resorted to Scunci Bobby Pins from their value pack (90pcs for $6.95)*

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Scuni 90pc Bobby Pins Value Pack $6.95 {image from Scunci website}

To demonstrate just how simple this is, I tried this on my sister who has (slightly longer) shoulder-length hair and has never been able to put her hair into a nice and perfect bun.This was done in 3 simple steps! THREE! I know..

PS My first ever pictorial…kind of.

Scunci Bun Maker Pictorial

Scunci Bun Maker Pictorial

1. Gather hair into a ponytail

2. Pull ponytail through hole in bun maker and slide it up to the ponytail base.

3. Spread hair over bun maker. Secure with bobby pins.

This was done in about 2 minutes – a rough job hence a rough looking bun but…it’s a bun! On my sister’s head! For the first time! Winning!

Scunci Bun Maker

Scunci Bun Maker $9.95

Scunci Bun Maker

Scunci Bun Maker $9.95

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Run to your nearest David Jones, Target, Priceline, or Big W and drop $9.95AUD on this shiz.

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Review: Violet Box March 2014

This month’s Violet Box didn’t arrive until towards the end of March which is probably the latest I’ve ever received a Violet Box.

Violet Box March 2014

Violet Box March 2014

Let’s get straight into it -

Love Those Lashes Silk Strip Lashes in The Jade $14.95
I have only started getting into false lashes and these will make a welcome addition to my collection. They look great to wear for a night out. I have not had the chance to try these yet so cannot comment on them much. It does come with its own adhesive so I will see whether the adhesive glue works the same or better than the Ardell ones. My case was actually broken when the Violet Box arrived which is a shame.

Love Those Lashes Strip Lashes in The Jade

Love Those Lashes Strip Lashes in The Jade

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Amethyst $19.50
Usually comes in 6 different shades, the options for this month’s Violet Box was between Topaz or Amethyst. Amethyst is a metallic lilac shade. It glides on very easy and looks great. I cannot comment on wear time etc because I haven’t had the chance to wear it out either…

Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Gogo Girl $4.95
I have already received this shade in September’s Violet Box..it makes for a nice red and goes on easy.

Acorelle Skincare Night Cream ~$1.98/2ml ($49.50/50ml)
In January’s Violet Box, subscribers received a sample of Acorelle’s fragrances and this month, it’s a selection from their skincare range. I received the night cream which has a very strong herbal scent.

Mireness Velvet Lip Moisture Shine in 47 Sweet Tart ~$13.32/1.5g ($39.95/4.5g)
This is a mini version of what Mirenesse claims is an “award winning” lip product. This lip gloss is a lip plumper and the shade I received is slightly coral/peachy shade with gold microshimmer and smells like chocolate. The applicator is a a flattened wand and swatched really smoothly and was very pigmented.

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Amethyst and Mirenesse Velvet Lip Moisture Shine in Sweet Tart

Starlooks Gem Pencil in Amethyst and Mirenesse Velvet Lip Moisture Shine in Sweet Tart

This month’s box was slightly underwhelming. The only item that really piqued my interest were the lashes. Sure, the value of the items far exceeded the value of the monthly subscription fee but for some reason, I just didn’t feel ‘wow’-d!

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Review: Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush

Having seen the hype around the Clarisonic and even the contemplating of purchasing one, I was very excited when I was given the opportunity to trial the Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush.

*Note – I received the European version which is slightly different to the Australian retail version so my review will be based on the model I received*

The Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush claims to be 10x more effective than hand cleansing – which, after use, can certainly agree with. It it waterproof, making it easy to use both in and out of the shower – I am lazy and like to think I am multitasking when I cleanse my face in the shower. There is only one setting, which I’m guessing is a gentle cleanse setting but I have read that the Australian version has two settings – gentle and deep cleansing. I would have liked to try the deep cleansing setting to see a difference but such is life…Another difference I’ve noticed is that the Australian version comes with two brush heads whereas the European version only comes with one.

What you get: Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush, charging stand, charger, 1 x brush head

What you get: Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush, charging stand, charger, 1 x brush head

Usage is very simple! For someone, like me, who has never used such a device before, a quick browse through the instruction manual was all that was needed. Cleansing your face with the Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush should take a minute – the brush has divided this minute into 3×20 seconds cycles, each separated by a very short pause. This is so you cleanse one cheek, then the other and finally onto the T-zone.

I have been using this with my Neutrogena Naturals cleansers (I alternate between both!). I wet the brush then one pump of the cleanser onto the brush head. The instruction manual states you can apply the cleanser onto your face first and then use the brush. I have used this both with a wet and dry face and the Neutrogena Naturals cleansers have always foamed well.

Because the Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush spins, the effect is similar to exfolating so I haven’t felt the need to use an exfoliating product afterwards.

As a result of using the Philips VisaPure Facial Cleansing Brush, my skin is left feeling ridiculously smooth and clean. At times, I have cleansed my face in the shower with my hands and then do another cleanse once I get out and I am shocked at the amount of makeup that is still left on my face. The brush head ends up being tinted a light pink due to the leftover blush!

An additional thing about this product is that it comes with its own stand making for easy and neat storage! The product requires a 6 hour charge which will provide you with 30 minutes of use…and seeing as you’re only using it for a minute each use time, so 2 minutes a day, one charge should last you about two weeks. It actually lasts me much longer because I use it every second day…cos I’m lazy haha

This product retails for $199AUD and replacement heads are $19.95, and are recommended to be changed every 3 months. These can be purchased at Myer and The Shaver Shop.

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Review: Violet Box February 2014

February’s Violet Box arrived early in the month and came with a cute love heart shaped lollipop to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

Violet Box February 2014

Violet Box February 2014

Red Carpet Kolour $49.95/150ml
At first, I thought this was a self-tanning product but upon reading the description, it is not. It is an illuminating all over body providing coverage for cellulite, stretch marks, age spots etc…sounds like a foundation but for your body. It comes in 3 different shades – light, medium and dark. The sample came in two small satchets, and if I were to use this all over my body, it’d be a one use item…

Nuxe Cream Nirvanesque ~$14.99; $49.95/50ml
A smoothing, destressing and relaxing cream for expression lines. It has a slightly thin consistency, easily spreadable…kind of like slightly melted butter. Leaves skin feeling really smooth and soft.

Be a Bombshell ‘The One’ Stick $21/7.3g
Same premise as NARS The Multiple, colour is similar to NARS Orgasm – pink/peach with gold shimmer. Great for highlighting!

Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush

Be a Bombshell The One Stick in Girl Crush

Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Some Beach $19/2.5g
Love, love lip crayons. This is a shimmery orange/coral. Glides on easily but has a slight frosty finish. Lasts about 4 hours before a need to reapply.

Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Some Beach

Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon in Some Beach

Be a Bombshell swatches - Lip Crayon in Some Beach & The One Stick in Girl Crush

Be a Bombshell swatches - Lip Crayon in Some Beach & The One Stick in Girl Crush

WotNot Natural Organic Facial Wipes $1.59; $7.95/25 wipes
Sample pack of 5 WotNot face wipes. I can always use face wipes, especially on lazy days when I cannot be bothered to do a full face makeup removal routine. Claims to remove waterproof mascara too. I haven’t had a chance to test these out yet so not sure about that claim haha

Aphelia Oasis Acne Solution $1.96; $49/50ml
I’ve been breaking out on my chin and forehead and I’m currently trialling this to see if it works. It has a strong herbal smell…kind of like the smell in those Chinese natural therapies shops..Rollerball sample…which I don’t think is quite hygenic?

Overall, this month’s box contained products that I would definitely use and included 3 brands that I haven’t heard of. There was also 2 full size products which is worth nearly double the subscription price.

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Review: Violet Box December 2013 & January 2014

Going to have to combine my review of the last 2 Violet Boxes – December 2013 and January 2014.

Violet Box December 2013

Violet Box December 2013

December 2013

This was the Christmas Box and came with a purple candy cane – yum!

Violet Box December 2013

Violet Box December 2013

Crabtree & Evelyn Pomegranate Hand Therapy $10 (full size)
I can always use hand creams because I tend to have really wrinkly hands! I have hand creams everywhere – handbags, car, desk, uni bag etc

SweetPea & Fay J’Adore Les Levres “I Love Lips” in Papercut $12.99 (full size)
This is a brand that is new to me and a quick Google search tells me they’re an artisan cosmetics brand from the USA. This is a liquid lipstick and the shade I received is paper Cut, a dark pink with purple undertones. I’m looking forward to trying this out.

Jelly Pong Pong Wide Awake Palette $32 (full size)
There was a little note in the box stating that the palette had been damaged in transit and would be included in January’s box and ta-da! This looks like an awesome palette – it has a highlighter, concealer and eye brow sculptor all in one ready to create a bright-eyed look. However, my issue is with the eye brow sculptor…the shades are all shimmery! And the 3 shades for the eye brow sculptor are – brow-red, taupe-brown, and black-green….really? For eye brows?

Evo the Therapist Calming Shampoo and Conditioner  ~$4.99 each; $29.95/300ml
Another EVO shampoo and conditioner sample set to add to my ‘travelling products’ collection. This set is recommended for hair that is dry (tick!), frizzy (tick!), and colour-treated (tick!).

To make up for the missing Jelly Pong Pong Wide Awake Palette, the lovely team at Violet Box included SweetPea & Fay Mineral Eyeshadows in UFO Sightings (black purple with purple-red-blue shimmer) and Tom Foolery (a dark smokey purple); both full size worth $17 each.

For a Christmas box, I thought it was a bit better than usual. The only product I wouldn’t use would probably be the mineral eyeshadows. I liked the inclusion of the handcream and palette and thought 3-4 full size products made it a nice Christmas box.

January 2014

Wow, January’s box..when I first opened it, it had a distinctive scent. Read on to find out what the scent is…

Violet Box January 2014

Violet Box January 2014

So Susan Water-Based Pure Luminizer $49 (full size)
Another new brand to me. This is a liquid highlighter – yay! I love highlighters. It has no scent, very easy to spread and is a pearly-slightly off-white highlighter with fine gold shimmer.

So Susan Nail Lacquer in Pink Guava $10 (full size)
I received Pink Guava which is basically a hot Barbie pink. Nice lasting power and a one coat wonder..love it already! The bottle kind of reminds me of the Chanel polishes..the only con I have is that the brush is a little bit small so it was a bit difficult at first applying the polish.

So Susan Pink Grapefruit nail polish

So Susan Pink Grapefruit nail polish

LUSH Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser ~$16.65; $74.95/45g
A very citrus-y face moisturiser that feels light like mousse. Looking forward to trying this once my current moisturiser runs out.
Others may have been lucky and received the Dream Cream Body Lotion, a great product for those with eczema-prone or dry, irritated skin.

MOR Essentials Collection Hand Cream in Basil and Grape and Black Currant Iris ~$1.21; $14.95/80ml
More hand creams…only downside is that they’re in satchets. Good enough for maybe 1.5-2 applications?

Villainess Soaps in Dulces en Fuego $? (sample size; $8.50/99g)
This was what was giving off the distinctive smell. It smells strongly of black cracked pepper and cinnamon. I’m not really a big fan of the scent so I’ll probably give this sample away..

Acorelle Eau De Parfum in Terre de Cedre ~$2.10; $69.95/50ml
Acorelle is a French brand specialising in bringing to us hypoallergenic, organic fragrances using essential oils. Terre de Cedre is a slightly fresh, woody scent…smells like a forest. Not my usual scent but I don’t mind it.

Each month I am never left disappointed with Violet Box’s delivery. It has consistently introduced new brands to consumers as well as the value of each month’s box exceeding the monthly subscription fee – that me to makes it worth the money!

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