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Priceline 40% off skincare, suncare and tanning sale recommendations

Hellllooooo internet world.

Long time no blog. Very long time. Apologies. Life got in the way and didn’t have time to blog.

Well, never fear. I am back! And for my first post back, I thought I’d write about something easy. Priceline currently has their infamous 40% off sale. The sale applies to all skincare, suncare and tanning products until Friday.

Not like you all need help when it comes to sales but these are my picks – especially if you have dehydrated combination skin like me!

Priceline 40% off skincare, suncare and tanning sale recommendations

Priceline 40% off skincare, suncare and tanning sale recommendations

Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum $29.39

This is a water-based serum so it’s absorbed instantly into your skin without leaving it feeling tacky. I like using this under my moisturiser to give it an extra moisturising boost. This is my third bottle and has become one of my holy grails.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel $14.99

I grabbed this during the last skincare sale because dehydrated skin = oily skin as the skin is trying to compensate and I needed a moisturiser that was light and non-greasy. This contains hyaluronic acid which, from my very basic understanding, holds a lot of moisture. This has a nice aquatic scent and again, is very light and absorbed quickly into my skin. I can definitely tell a difference when I apply this moisturiser. Throughout the day, my skin looks hydrated and fresh.

La Roche Posay Thermal Water $14.99

With dehydrated skin comes flaky skin. This spray helps to prep my skin for makeup and finishes it off nicely to ensure my skin isn’t flaking and no cakey makeup here.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly $23.99

Another one containing hyaluronic acid. This is used when I want to take a break from the Antipodes Hosanna serum. One pump of this is enough for my whole face and neck. I let it sit for a minute or two then apply the Neutrogena moisturiser. Again, it is very lightweight and you can’t feel it on your skin.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Plus $17.99

Even though this is recommended for acne-prone skin, I use this sparingly as I have really congested pores. It’s a thin consistency and a little goes a long way.

Antipodes Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip $17.39

This is my favourite night time oil. It’s not too greasy (no marks on the pillow!), and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the night. It has a non-offensive scent and brightens up the complexion immensely.

Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips $4.37

Cos pore strips. Nuff said. These are the charcoal ones so you can see the results even better!

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution $19.19

I remember hearing about this holy grail from Rae Morris at a blog even back in 2011. Six years later and I am still using it. It is seriously one of the best products ever. One of my desert island products. Whenever I am feeling lazy, I use this to remove my makeup and it works a treat. It’s like using water! So good for sensitive skin and doesn’t dry out my skin any further.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask: Detoxifying and Brightening Clay Mask $11.99

I’m sure you have seen these all over the internet and the hype is well deserved. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and pores don’t appear as obvious.

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask with Natural Charcoal $4.79

I purchased this based off a recommendation from a friend. Most face masks you’re supposed to leave on for about 10-15 minutes. If you’re short on time but need so quick deep cleaning, use this! After a minute, it starts to warm up on your face and when you wash it off, you get smooth clean skin.

So those are my tried and trusted products from Priceline. I went ahead and purchased some newbies today and will update at the next Priceline skincare sale :)

Happy shopping! X

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.

The product/s marked with * 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.

What’s In My Travel Bag – Hong Kong and Singapore Version

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts. I went on a whirlwind trip to Singapore and Hong Kong for 10 days and didn’t have time to schedule posts! But now I’m back :)

I love seeing what skincare, beauty, cosmetic products people take with them on their holidays. This was what I brought with me:

In my carry-on:

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Lanolips – couldn’t find my 101 Ointment in time for this trip, so I opted for the lip balm to prevent my lips from drying out.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream – this is a super intensive hand cream that’s great to combat the dryness that comes with the recycled airplane air. It gets absorbed quickly into my skin and doesn’t leave a greasy mess behind.
Sheet Mask – we all know how drying the air can be on the plane so a face mask always helps to keep my face hydrated. I like to travel with a sheet mask (or two if it’s a long haul flight) and put it on once I get settled in.
Dermalogica Ultrasoothing Eye Serum – once I remove the sheet mask, I apply some eye cream and moisturise and off to sleep I go! Right before landing, I’ll apply a bit more to brighten up my eyes.
Kora Organics Energising Citrus Mist – whenever my skin is feeling a bit dry and tight, I’ll spray this mist. It’s refreshing and brightens up my skin instantly.
Eyedrops – the dry air irritates my eyes so eye drops are an essential!
Hand sanitiser – cos germs everywhere.

What I actually packed for 10 days in locations with high humidity. On holidays, I tend to wear as little makeup as possible as I like to use that time to go exploring!

Skincare:
Cleanser – Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel. I’ve used this before and I know it works well with my skin so packed a sample size one on the trip to use it up!
Exfoliator – Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. This is my HG exfoliator. It’s so gentle but works effectively.
Toner – Kora Organics Energising Citrus Mist. Multi-tasking :)
Moisturiser – Nivea Q10 Day Cream. My favourite everyday moisturiser which works well as a base as well.
Makeup remover – Bioderma Sebium Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution*. Again, another HG. My go-to makeup remover! Feels like water but removes EVERY trace of makeup.
Night cream – Nivea Q10 Night Cream. Not greasy, and wake up with soft and hydrated skin. Winning.
Eye cream – Dermalogica Ultrasoothing Eye Serum*. Gentle and keeps the eye area moisturised.
Serum – Hydraluron*. The different climate caused havoc with my skin for a bit and Hydraluron helped keep it moisturised and soft.

Cosmetics:
Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream* – I’ve used this so much and can’t believe I haven’t written a review on it yet. It’s one of my HG products because it provides medium coverage yet feels so light on the skin.
Australis ACONTOUR* – All about that contour game!
NARS Luster blush and theBalm Frat Boy – I opted for a dusty rose and peachy blush as they seem to be the most flattering on my skintone.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow – Again, another HG. Perfect brows that stay put in the humid!
NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer – Lack of sleep meant heavy eye bags and I knew that this NARS concealer had its work cut out. Did not disappoint!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eyeliner – Didn’t pack any eyeshadows with me so for some definition, I packed this. Long-lasting and does not smudge.
Benefit They’re Real mascara – Knowing that it was the Summer in Hong Kong and Singapore, I knew I had to pack some waterproof, hard to remove with water products to make it through the trip. This Benefit mascara is one of my favourites. It holds a curl well and even has its own remover.
Edward Bess Ultra Slick lipstick in Night Romance, Bite Beauty Sucre matte cream lip crayon and NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Dragon Girl – opted for one everyday, one for night and one which can multitask for any occasion.
Batiste Dry Shampoo – ok, so technically not a makeup product but a beauty product nonetheless and one I cannot live without!

 

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.

Review: Violet Box June 2014

Violet Box’s June 2014 box, aka the birthday box, did not arrive in a box per se but in a handy cosmetic case – which I was actually grateful for seeing as I now have 11 Violet Boxes just sitting on a shelf.

Spoiler alert but I loved this month’s box!

Violet Box June 2014

Violet Box June 2014

GHD Straight & Tame Cream $24
A cream aimed at taming frizzy hair – will definitely be trialling this ASAp. I like to blow dry my hair to get it dried much quicker. Some days, it’s nice and silky. Other days, it’s just a big ol’ ball of frizz.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner ~$15.47 ($30.95/30ml)
Silicon-based primer targetting combination to oily skin (sounds like mine!). I have a stack of Bioderma samples now but not complaining as they always come in handy when travelling.

Chella Brow Pencil $21.50
This was actually missing so no review sorry!

Strange Beautiful Nail Polish $22
Two shades in one – a nice orange-red and a pink-toned nude. Both shades are wearable and I think the colours are good together – one for when you’re feeling like a bright and the other for when you’re feeling more demure.

Appelles Blackseed Shampoo and Tamanu Conditioner ~$5.39 each ($18.95/150ml; $44.95/500ml)
Firstly, I think it’s a bit strange that it’s not a matching set. I like my shampoos and conditioners to match. Cute packaging and love that these deluxe samples have at least a week’s worth of hair washing in them!

Caddy’s Cosmetic Pouch $26
Ok. This makeup bag is probably one of the best ones I’ve come across. It’s small enough not to be bulky and yet has so many different pouches and compartments. There’s even a section for 3 brushes! Definitely replacing my current makeup bag with this one.

Firstly, happy 1st birthday, Violet Box. It has been an amazing year with monthly boxes that are of outstanding value and products. I am astonished at how Violet Box continually sends out boxes with new brands and products. In the last 12 months, I have been introduced to at least one new brand each month!

This birthday “box” was no different. Including over $100 worth of products, with a good mix of skincare, haircare, nail polish is an amazing feat.

Here’s to another great year, Violet Box!

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

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.

Review: Violet Box April 2014

Violet Box April 2014

Violet Box April 2014

My Violet Box for April arrived towards the end of the month and this is what I received

Violet Box April 2014

Violet Box April 2014

 Villainess Dulces en Fuego Whipped! $? {sample size} ($15/170g)

Violet Box April 2014: Villainess Dulces en Fuego Whipped!

Violet Box April 2014: Villainess Dulces en Fuego Whipped!

I was first exposed to Villainess in the January 2014 Violet Box with a sample of their soap. This month, Violet Box included Villainess’ Whipped! Body Creme which is a thick and heavy body moisturiser, perfect for Winter. The ingredients of this creme are – bitter chocolate, vanilla, citrus, black pepper and nutmeg. To me, it has a slight nutty scent which isn’t too overwhelming upon smell but have not yet applied it to my body so I’m unsure if the scent lingers.

Bioderma Crealine H2O ~$1.60 ($19.95/100ml, $29.95/250ml, $39.95/500ml)
I based the sample value on the 500ml size…
Such a cute little bottle and one which I was happy to see. Bioderma’s H2O micellar solutions have raced to the top of my HG list and the small size makes it great for overnight stays or short overnight trips.
If you’ve been living under a rock, Crealine h2o is a gentle, fragrance-free micellear cleanser that removes makeup and cleanses your skin at the same time. It’s selling point, I believe, is that you can simply use this and there is no need to rinse. It’s also great for sensitive skin types.

Cedel Scented Hairspray $4.99
A new product from Cedel, I received the scented hairspray in Oriental Blossom (there are three scents available – Oriental Blossom, Raspberry Punch and Coconut Bay). I love the idea of scented hairsprays because normal hairsprays tend to make me nauseous. I don’t usually use hairsprays in my day-to-day hair styling but do use them for special occasions. Oriental Blossom has a very slight floral scent and even though there’s supposedly a slight touch of ginger, I couldn’t smell the ginger (thank goodness! I hate ginger lol!).

Be a Bombshell Eyeliner $19

Violet Box April 2014: Be a Bombshell Eyeliner in Midnight

Violet Box April 2014: Be a Bombshell Eyeliner in Midnight

We’ve received a number of Be a Bombshell products, with the brand making an appearance in the October 2013 and February 2014 boxes.
This month, it’s their eyeliner which looks like a fat texta with a slightly thick tip.

Violet Box April 2014: Be a Bombshell Eyeliner in Midnight

Violet Box April 2014: Be a Bombshell Eyeliner in Midnight

I received this in midnight, a navy blue with a slight purple touch. I haven’t had to chance to try this out yet. However, I will say that this eyeliner doesn’t budge! (Well, not easily anyways….) That swatched remained on my arm for hours!

Teeez Trend Cosmetics Chain of Stones Nail Lacquer in Melted Copper $15

Violet Box April 2014: Teeez Trend Cosmetics Chain of Stones Nail Lacquer in Melted Copper

Violet Box April 2014: Teeez Trend Cosmetics Chain of Stones Nail Lacquer in Melted Copper

When I first unboxed this, I literally gasped. I was so excited haha I love holo polishes and Melted Copper is a … copper with a bit of orange to it (lol duh) shade with a holographic finish.

So two sample size products and three full size products = thumbs up! Pretty much every product this month is useful to me and the value (worth at least $40) of this month’s box made it one of my favourite Violet Boxes to date.

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

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.