Review: Lush Toothy Tabs

Lush Toothy Tabs are solid toothpastes. Whaaaat? Yep. Solid, powdered toothpaste! The Toothy Tabs contain no synthetic preservatives, and are made from kaolin clay, baking soda and essential oils.

Lush Toothy Tabs used to come in a box which made them look like mints. They recently underwent a makeover and now come in a flip top bottle. The original Toothy Tab is Dirty but during the makeover, Lush also added an additional six flavours to the line: Sparkle, Miles of Smiles, Boom, Bling, Oral Pleasure and Limelight.

Lush Toothy Tabs

Lush Toothy Tabs

I received the Toothy Tabs in Dirty, Bling! and Oral Pleasure. Dirty contains spearmint and neroli essential oils; Bling! Toothy Tabs are dusted with edible gold luster and has refreshing citrus flavor from Brazilian orange oil and frankincense oil; and Oral Pleasure has a fruity flavour thanks to the passion fruit, and electric daisies.

My favourite is the Oral Pleasure. It takes a while to get used to the flavour but once you do, my god. It tastes so much better than normal toothpaste.

To use these Toothy Tabs, you just pop one in your mouth, nibble it then brush. I was pleasantly surprised at how well it foamed up. Each bottle contains about 120 tabs.

These are super travel-friendly and definitely something I bring along with me on my quick trips back home. It will also make a welcome addition to the international holidays because it doesn’t count towards the carry-on liquid allowance!

One thing to note is that the Lush Toothy Tabs do not contain fluoride and for those who do not get fluoride from other sources (mouthwash, tap water etc), then you won’t be able to use these 100% of the time.

These retail for $10.95AUD and you can grab the Toothy Tabs at any Lush store or online.

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Sephora Brands Showcase 2016

I was very fortunate to get an invitation to the Sephora brands showcase where brand representatives from the likes of Givenchy, IT Cosmetics, Kat von D, Tarte, Ole Henriksen etc walked me through launches and products for the next 6 months.

Keep reading and take a virtual walk-through with me as I show you some new products! Just a warning that this a very picture heavy post!

My first stop was Ouai Haircare which was recently launched in Sephora stores. It’s created by the Kardashians’ hair stylist, Jen Atkins, and smells amazing. The products are all about creating easy, chic hairstyles that anyone can achieve.

Ouai

Ouai

I then moved onto Commodity. Firstly, how modern and aesthetically pleasing is the packaging?

Commodity

Commodity

The fragrances can be used on their own or mixed and matched to create a uniquely “you” scent. The white collection includes scents that are light and airy. The black collection includes scents that are more complex, intense and moody.
My favourite scent was Rain. It is a very light floral and smelt fresh and refreshing.

Tarte

Tarte

Tarte…oh my heart. Tarte will be releasing their Naughty Nudes collection in the next few months. The collection will include 5 nude-toned lip paints, Exposed highlighter, Lippie Lingeries (I think 6?), and 4 complimenting blushes. My pick would be the Exposed highlighter. It is pigmented and gives a very nice glow that is not too in your face. It would make a great everyday highlighter.

Tarte

Tarte

After the Tarte stand, I made my way over to Kat von D who will be releasing the Lock It cream concealers in 22 different shades as well as one white shade. You will definitely find a shade to suit you! The concealers are really creamy and opaque – a little will go a long way with this concealer. The applicator is teardrop shaped allowing for precise application and control.

Kat von D

Kat von D

Kat von D will also be releasing a translucent powder, which is so finely milled that when I went to dip my finger in, it kind of just sunk in!

Kat von D

Kat von D

Next stop was the Algenist booth. I met Sonya, the director of international sales, who demonstrated the PERFECT Clarifying Pore Corrector Mask on my hand. It is a professional-grade mask combining alguronic acid and sulfur to absorb excess oil, reduce the appearance of pores and leave skin feeling plump and soft! Does that not sound amazing? It does everything I look for in a facial mask.

Algenist

Algenist

Walking away with smooth hands, I stopped at The CLEAN Perfume booth, which is all about fragrances embodying simple and unpretentious scents like Fresh Laundry, Ultimate Warm Cotton and Summer Linen. The brand focuses on everyday scents that bring happy, warm, fuzzy feelings. The packaging is clean and simple and is eco-friendly! It is made from recyclable materials, is able to be recycled, the ink used is water-based and non-toxic, the alcohol is also non-toxic, corn-derived and aloe vera based, and even the cellophane packaging is corn-derived and compostable. My favourite scent was Rain. It smelt light and fresh – just the way I like it.

Clean

Clean

I also did a quick stop at Edible Beauty – a brand that produces skincare products which are actually edible. I was lucky to be educated by the brand founder, Anna Mitsios. She explained to me the idea behind the brand and how to use each product. There are four core products and they are numbered in the order you’re supposed to use them. In addition to the core four, there are also additional products you can add to your skincare routine. Simple, and the packaging is made from Miron Violet Glass to prevent any visible light passing through to protect the properties and active ingredients in the products.

Edible Beauty - Gold Eye Cream

Edible Beauty – Gold Eye Cream

After grabbing a quick bite, I headed to the Sephora booth. The stand out for me were release of new shades to the existing lipstick line. Sephora is also releasing cushion glow creams and matte lip creams!

Sephora

Sephora

The lip creams go on sheer but are very buildable and the shades are very soft pink, nude shades.

I headed over to the IT Cosmetics stand after I spied a new eye product. I already love their Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer so the new addition of the Bye Bye Under Eye Illumination has me excited. It provides full coverage but at the same time, some highlighting as well.

 

Becca Cosmetics. No description necessary. Unfortunately, the palettes have sold out and I was not quick enough to get my hands on it. If you can find it somewhere without having to pay with your organs, I recommend it. The powders are finely milled, pigmented and shades are stunning!

Becca Cosmetics

Becca Cosmetics

Caolion, a Korean beauty brand making their mark in Sephora, is all about skincare and attacking those pesky pores! It is also the first natural skincare brand from Korea. What intrigued me were their duo packs. There are three different packs depending on your skincare concern and their aim is to detox, restore and enhance your skin. I can’t wait to use their products as I do have large pores and am always looking to minimise their appearance.

Caolion

Caudalie

Caudalie also had a booth and I was very excited to see that they are coming to Sephora Australia. Caudalie is a natural French skincare brand with a focus on the antioxidant powers of grapevines and grape Polyphenols. The products all contain a grapes or grapevine as an ingredient and these come from Caudalie’s own vineyard in Bordeaux, France. I was very lucky to receive two of their cult products to try – the beauty elixir and the radiance serum. Cannot wait!

Caudalie

Caudalie

I also did a quick stop at CoverFX and had a play with the new liquid highlighters. I think the pictures and video speak for themselves.

CoverFX

CoverFX

CoverFX

CoverFX

I spoke to Karyssa, retail education and artistry executive at Make Up For Ever who told me that they will be overhauling some product lines. This includes releasing 46 brand new shades to their Artist Rouge range. She told me that brands are constantly revising their products and formulas to ensure they stay at the top of their makeup game. Another new release will be the Water Blend Face and Body foundation which feels super light, applies like a dream and doesn’t feel or look cakey.

Make Up For Ever

Make Up For Ever

A Taiwanese skincare brand, For Beloved One, has a range focusing solely in dry skin, with the main ingredient being hyaluronic acid which has amazing water holding properties. Ever since my move to Melbourne, my skin has been so dry and flaky due to the dry air and cold. I am definitely looking forward to seeing this range in store to treat my skin.

For Beloved One

For Beloved One

Other noticeable brands and news:
Marc Jacobs – there will be a holiday release of 5 mini lipsticks in varying shades plus a metallic pink clutch. New Air Blushes are being released in September.

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Givenchy – new Le Prisme Visage will be released next month. New lipsticks are also being released with packaging made from genuine leather. This nude blush leather is what I am waiting for. So girly, so pretty!

Givenchy

Givenchy

Givenchy

Givenchy

July 2016 Empties

Yay, more empties! I moved my whole beauty stash down with me to Melbourne and made it a goal to come back with half of it. Going through these empties will definitely help with that goal!

Without further ado…

July 2016 empties

July 2016 empties

Batiste Dry Shampoo – I already have a few back ups ready to go. This is my HG dry shampoo. It is effective and nothing else compares! I’ve recommended this to anyone who will listen.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea body butter (review)* – I was using this on and off over the last year (lol) but really amped it up during this Winter as my skin got ridiculously dry.

Bath and Body Works Sweet Pea Anti-Bacterial hand gel – one of my favourites and always gets comments whenever I use it in the office. I stocked up on a few of these when I was last in the States and stocked up some more when I passed the Sydney domestic airport store! The scent reminds me of Gobstoppers – very sweet and floral.

Crabtree & Evelyn Somerset Meadow hand cream – a fruity-floral scent infused with shea butter and macadamia nut oil to keep my hands moisturised without being greasy. I love Crabtree & Evelyn for hand creams because they’re absorbed quickly, keeps my hands soft and have a wide range of scents.

Jo Malone English Pear and Freesia mini candle* – this was the perfect Autumn scent to burn. It’s a warming, hearty mix of pear, white freesias, amber and patchouli. Sure, the price tag makes you gawk a little but it burns flawlessly and the fills the room up with a lovely scent. The packaging is very aesthetically please as well – clean and simple that would not look out of place no matter where you display it.

TN Dickinson’s With Hazel – another HG for my oily skin. I use this as a toner after cleansing to control the oil production on my t-zone. Works well for me for years and when I forget to buy a back up, I can definitely notice a difference in my skin.

Review: Keeko Oil

Oil pulling is an ancient practice going back about 3,000 years. Our mouths harbour bacteria, fungi, and viruses. These germs cause oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth decay. Oil pulling involves swishing coconut oil in your mouth for about 15 minutes, spit it out and then brush as usual.

There are many benefits to oil pulling such as white teeth, banishing bad breath, preventing cavities, improved immunity and strengthened gums and jaw. Why this method works is because coconut oil is antimicrobial and is an effective fighter against the tooth decay causing bacteria.

I tried oil pulling once but I was not a fan of scooping solid coconut oil into my mouth and swishing it til it melted. Sensitive gag reflexes meant I was constantly gagging for the whole 15 minutes!

Keeko Oil is an Australian brand which has formulated blend of three delicious cold pressed coconut and essential organic oils to make oil pulling easy and mainstream.

Keeko Oil

Keeko Oil

I trialled the Citrus Burst flavour and I am a convert. Keeko Oil makes the oil pulling method so enjoyable and easy. Each sachet is 1 tablespoon – the recommended amount for oil pulling; and the flavours mean no more gagging. Citrus Burst is a delicious mix of lemon, lime and pink grapefruit. The sachets are portable too making them ideal for travel. The coconut oil does solidify in cold weather but you can rub the satchet between your hands to warm it up, or like me, run it under warm water.

After trying the method over the last two weeks, I can definitely say my teeth appear brighter and after each swishing session, my teeth are feeling cleaner and smoother. I am an avid coffee and tea drinker so my teeth aren’t as white as I would like them. However, oil pulling has made them whiter! I wish I had thought to take before and after pictures but I’ve found some reviews on the interwebs – one and two. I’ve always avoided chemical teeth whitening as I was scared it would wear down the teeth enamel in result in (even more) sensitivity. But this. THIS. is au naturel!

Sure, you can just oil pull with plain ol’ coconut oil, but if you’re anything like me and can’t stand the smell and/or taste of coconut oil, give these a try. Keeko Oil has mad the process much more enjoyable for me and I will keep on going with this as the results have been surprising.

You can purchase Keeko Oil from their website – here –  and come in three different flavours, Morning Mint, Citrus Burst, and Sweet Sensation. A two week pack costs $38.95.

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Brand Focus: Nudestix

Nudestix

Nudestix

Nudestix is a brand that is all about multi-tasking, easy to use products. Their brand motto is #gonudebutbetter.

I have been so lucky to have met the face behind the brand twice now and each time, I am just in awe at how passionate and involved Taylor and Ally are with Nudestix.

I was first introducted to Nudestix last year at a Sephora brands showcase. I walked away with 4 different shades of their Metallic Eye Color Pencils and a Brow Stylus.

Nudestix is all about the makeup pencils. It is legit makeup pencil errthang! Sure, makeup brands were all about the lip crayons a year ago but Nudestix has stepped it up and they have not only the eye and lip pencils we usually see but also, a skincare pencil range. Wut? Yep. There’s a Sculpting Pencil, which is dual-ended to contour and highlight with, and a Skin Pencil range one for blurring, cleaning up, mattify and moisturise.

They all come in a sleek black metal tin with an accompanying mirror on the inside of the lid and their own sharpener. This makes them very travel friendly as you can pack all the pencils you need just in one tin!

First up, I will be discussing the Magentic Eye Color Pencils ($35AUD)  – I have this in the shades: Angel, Spirit, Moon, Lilith, Gilt and Spirit.

Nudestix magnetic eye pencils in Moon, Angel, Lilith, Gilt, Spirit; eye pencil in Bronze

Nudestix magnetic eye pencils in Moon, Angel, Lilith, Gilt, Spirit; eye pencil in Bronze

I generally have oily lids and usually don’t go without an eyelid primer. However, one day, I forgot my trusty eyelid primer and only had these on me. I applied it anyway and 10 hours later, my lids are still looking fresh AF. There was no creasing to be seen! This is exciting news for my oily lids and is a testament as to how long wearing the Magnetic Eye Color Pencils are.

The Magnetic Eye Color Pencils glide on so easily so you can be sure there is no eyelid tugging happening. In addition to this, the colour payoff is even and intense.

I also have the Eye Pencil ($34AUD) in Bronze. This is not as long-lasting as the Magentic Eye Color Pencils above nor is it as intense. This gives me a smooth, satin finish and comes with a smudger, so is my go-to for a quick smokey eye.

Nudestix magnetic eye pencil swatches: Moon, Angel, Lilith, Gilt, Spirit and eye pencil in Bronze

Nudestix magnetic eye pencil swatches: Moon, Angel, Lilith, Gilt, Spirit and eye pencil in Bronze

Moving onto the Brow Stylus ($34AUD) – this is a waterproof, 2-in-1, triangled tip eyebrow pencil. I received the shade Brown but found there was too much of a red undertone for me to pull it off. Shade aside, it was very easy to use. It glides on easily and the triangled tip definitely helped in creating hair-like strokes. The gel on the other end is also coloured and the size is perfect for brushing those brow hairs into place.

Nudestix eyebrow stylus pencil and gel in brown

Nudestix eyebrow stylus pencil and gel in brown

Ahh, now my favourites – the Intense Matte Lip + Cheek Pencils ($39AUD). I have this in Royal, a neutral red and Belle, a perfect mix of pink and brown.

Nudestix intense matte lip and cheek pencil swatches: Belle and Royal

Nudestix intense matte lip and cheek pencil swatches: Belle and Royal

These are touted to be waterproof, kiss-proof and non-feathering for up to 6 hours. Despite being a matte finish, these are very soft, creamy and not drying at all. You can use this to colour in your lips and swipe onto your apples and blend for some quick cheek colour.

Nudestix intense matte lip and cheek pencils in Royal and Belle

Nudestix intense matte lip and cheek pencils in Royal and Belle

Last, but not least, their Blur ($38AUD) pencil. This is an instant line and pore filler to Give the appearance of smooth and flawless skin. I like to use this on my lips before applying matte lipsticks so they don’t settle into any fine lines.

Nudestix Skin Pencil in Blur

Nudestix Skin Pencil in Blur

So there you have it – a quick introduction to Nudestix and my favourite products from them. You can purchase them from Sephora, in store and online.

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Review: Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting Kit

Designed by Kate Moss, the Sculpting & Highlighting kit is one of the recent offerings from the Rimmel brand. It contains three complimentary shades designed to highlight, sculpt and define (blush). From the Rimmel London website, only one shade seems to be available in Australia – Coral Glow – but from various overseas beauty blogs, I can see that it is available in 3 different shades overseas.

Packaging…ok, it looks like nothing special, being plastic and all, but the rose gold makes for a nice touch.

Rimmel Kate Moss Sculpting & Highlighting Kit ($16.95)

Rimmel Kate Moss Sculpting & Highlighting Kit ($16.95)

Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting kit ($16.95)

Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting kit ($16.95)

For my medium to olive skintone, this Coral Glow is quite complimentary. The highlight shade is a soft beige-champagne with subtle shimmer. The contour/bronzer shade is quite warm with gold shimmer but it’s not too chunky so works well as a contour or bronzer. The blush is a soft peachy-pink coral which gives my tanned skin a slight hint of colour.

Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting kit ($16.95)

Rimmel Kate Sculpting & Highlighting kit ($16.95)

This palette is more suited to fair to medium skin but it does give me a nice natural look for everyday use. A bit of a warning though – when I am picking up the product with my blush, there’s some fallout. You can actually see a bit of the powdery-ness (not a word but you know….) in the swatch pic above with the bronzer/contour shade. Not too much but definitely something to be aware of. In terms of lasting power, the blush disappears throughout the day but the bronzer/contour shade lasted a full day of wear – same with the highlighter.

At the moment, Coral Glow seems to be the only shade available in Australia. Here’s hoping the other two shades will arrive on our shores soon!

You can pick this up for $16.95 at Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Target, Kmart, BIG W, selected pharmacies and selected Coles and Woolworths.

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Review: Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance mascara and Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

About a month ago, I was very lucky to be invited to the launch of Elizabeth Arden’s Grand Entrance mascara and the Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer and Grand Entrance Mascara

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer and Grand Entrance Mascara

The Grand Entrance mascara delivers an 80% increase in lash length and volume and a whopping 162% increase in curl. This newbie from Elizabeth Arden is glossy, long-wearing and water-resistant.
The 3-in-1 triangular brush is quite different to my usual mascara brushes but this technology means my lashes are individually coated and separated without clumping and flaking.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

I have trialed this mascara for the last month and I definitely see such a huge difference. My lashes are longer, darker and the mascara holds a curl very well. At the end of the day, my lashes are still curled! This is no easy feat with my stubborn, straight lashes. I like using this mascara for everyday – it provides me with the lengthening and darkness I look for in an everyday mascara without giving me spider lashes. Once applied, I can go about my day without worrying about it flaking or smudging.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara - before

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara – before

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara - after

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara – after

The Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara is available in two shades – Stunning Black and Stunning Brown. You can grab this at all Elizabeth Arden counters – to find your nearest stockist, you can contact 1800 015 500. Available in .3oz, this will set you back $42.00AUD.

Until recently, I never used a primer under my make up. However, I have learnt the error of my ways and will never skip a primer again. I actually have a post coming up about my favourite primers – stay tuned.

The Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer is a silky, lightweight primer that is perfect for all skin tones. The Flawless Start Perfecting Primer smoothes any uneven skin texture, and minimises the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles. This is all thanks to the triple blurring complex with light-diffusing technology. The primer is oil-free and non-comedogenic. Whilst it is silcone-based, the Flawless Start Perfecting Primer leaves my skin with a smooth finish and imparts a very nice glow.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer

When it comes out of the tube, its beige in colour with a peachy-pink tint but once applied and blended, there’s no distinct colour. The texture is like a mousse but blends easily enough and really turns my skin into the perfect canvas. I have also used the primer on its own as well on my “no makeup” makeup days. It smoothes out my skin whilst controlling my oil skin throughout the day.

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer - texture

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer – texture

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer - completely blended in

Elizabeth Arden Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer – completely blended in

After a full day of wear, my makeup is still in tact with minimal oil on my T-zone. I had no need to do my usual touch-ups through the day. Winner winner, chicken dinner!

Again, this is now available at all Elizabeth Arden counters for $48AUD/30ml.

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Review: Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Butters in Coconut, Honey and Vanilla, and Strawberry

Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Butter $5.75

Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Butter $5.75

A few months ago, I was very lucky to receive a lovely package from Natralus containing their new Paw Paw Lip Butters in three flavours – coconut, honey and vanilla, and strawberry.

As the weather changes, my flaky and dry lips are in need of some pampering. These Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Butters contain ingredients such as shea butter and vitamin E to ensure smooth, protect and restore your lips. In addition, these lip butters contain 51mg per gram of Australian organic Papaya!

Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Butter $5.75

Natralus Natural Paw Paw Lip Butter $5.75

The lip butters go on smoothly and smell great! There’s no stickiness, just lightweight shine. It does apply thickly but  this does mean that the product will last a long time on you lips. The Natural Paw Paw Lip Butters are naturally free from petrochemicals, petroleum jelly, parabens, silicones, mineral oil, and colour – which is great news as you don’t want to be putting chemicals on your lips. I apply this prior to applying my lipstick, before bed at night, and on no make up days.

I actually gave one to my mother as she loves applying paw paw ointment on her chapped lips and these are much better than the chemical-laden paw paw ointment she was using :)

These come in 10g tubes for only $5.75 from your local Woolworths or selected pharmacies.

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April 2016 Empties

I have always wanted to do monthly posts – favourites, empties etc but I can never commit. I always forget to keep my empties so that I can blog about them; I am too fickle to really have monthly favourites but I am going to try.

Earlier in April, I finally graduated university and completed college. This meant I no longer needed my desk as a “study” desk and I was able to clean it out and convert it into sanctuary, that is, my makeup desk. It gave me so much pleasure to be able to display my makeup in all its glory. Anyhow, this meant I was able to see products, at a glance, that were close to empty and use them up for an empties post! Yay!

So what did I use up in the month of April?

April 2016 empties

April 2016 empties

Curash Fragrance Free baby wipes – these are my go to when I am lazy to remove my makeup. I have gone through about ten of these and always repurchase. This time, however, after cleaning out and reorganising my beauty stash, I didn’t repurchase the baby wipes as I had other facial cleansing wipes to use up.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy – a scent that has been in my stash for years. As I keep my fragrances away from sunlight, it kept really well. I saw that it had a bit left so committed myself to using it until it was finished. I loved this scent when I purchased it and still do – it’s a very fruity and sweet without being sickening. A scent from my teenage years, it was time to move on. Kind of symbolic that I finished this in the same month as completing another chapter in my life. I probably won’t repurchase as I have way too many perfumes go through and I tend to gravitate towards floral scents nowadays.

Britney Spears Curious – another purchase from  my teenage  years that was sent to the back shelf of my perfume stash. Wasn’t a favourite of mine so won’t be repurchasing.

Innoxa Anti-Ageing Makeup Setting Spray* – a setting spray formulated with skincare ingredients such as aloe vera and cucumber. I love the smell of this – vsry fresh and soothing. As I have an oily t-zone, makeuo setting sprays are a must. This kept my makeup on longer than usual and kept the oils at bay for longer. I’m uncertain if I will repurchase as I think I prefer my Urban Decay one over this as it keeps my makeup on until it’s time to remove.

Avene Gentle Toner – alcohol- and oil- free, this was ok. Didn’t notice any amazing changes in my skin so won’t repurchase as I use witch hazel for my toner and its cheaper and does the trick.

Bioderma Sebium H2O – Bioderma’s cleansing waters are my favourites. It has gained holy grail, desert island status. Sebium is the range designed for acne-prone and oily skin but does have a very light floral fragrance. If, like me, you don’t like the fragrance, do as I do and opt for the original fragrance-free bottle from the Sensibio range. I already have three backup bottles of these stashed away.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner – promises to tighten your pores and improve skin texture – not sure about that but it did provide a good base for my makeup and didn’t break me out. Undecided as to whether I will repurchase.

Mary Kay Signature Eye Primer – works just as well as my Urban Decay one but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Luckily, I still have an Urban Decay and Australis one to use up.

Smitten Cosmetics Whipped Foundation – not an empty but throwing it out. It came with my Violet Box and has separated in the tube so I was unable to use it :(

So there you have it! My first empties post and I hope it won’t be my last.

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Review: DARE Temporary Hair Colour

Whilst growing out my dyed blonde hair, I still had an itch to dye my hair. To scratch this itch, I got my hands on some DARE Temporary Hair Colours in Neon Sherbert and Forbidden Grape. I’ve always been quite responsible in dying my hair “normal”, work-appropriate colours but seeing as I will probably never dye my hair again, I wanted to try some crazy colours and these temporary ones by DARE was perfect for that occasion.

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The process was very easy – wash my hair, skip conditioner, dry my hair then apply and comb through. The instructions says to wait for 30 minutes, but just to be safe, I opted for 45 minutes. Once the process time was up, I just rinsed it with some warm water.

DARE Temporary Hair Colour in Forbidden Grape

DARE Temporary Hair Colour in Forbidden Grape

Forbidden Grape turned out very subtly in my hair even though my hair has been lightened by bleach. It was noticeable in the light but still quite dark in indirect lighting.

Neon Sherbet, however, turned out very well! I loved it. I enjoyed having pink hair for a while.

DARE Temporary Hair Colour in Neon Sherbet

DARE Temporary Hair Colour in Neon Sherbet

The colours slowly wash out – taking about 15 washes to completely leave your hair. A word of warning with Forbidden Grape, due to the purple tone, I think it overprocessed my blonde and I started getting hints of green slowly coming through. As I was just colouring my ends, each bottle gave me two uses!

If you’re looking for some fun colours for your hair that washes out, have a look at the DARE Temporary Hair Colour range. Each 150ml bottle is $19.95 at Hairhouse Warehouse.

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