Archive for the ‘Fragrances’ Category

Christmas Gift Guide: Sephora

With only 3 more sleeps until Christmas, and 2 days left to do any last minute shopping, here is a quick round up of some great beauty gifts available from Sephora this year.

Sephora collection

Sephora collection

Sephora collection

  • Konjac duo $20 – looking like a strange kitchen sponge, konjac sponges gently cleanse and exfoliate your skin making them ideal for those with super sensitive skin. The white sponge has lycopene to renew and protect the skin from environmental damage; the grey sponge has charcoal to draw out toxins from your skin and absorb oil.
  • The Bath Party mini bath pearls $10 – packaged in a cute pyramid ornament, these bath pearls melt into the water and fills the room with a cotton flower scent.
  • Moisturising Hand Cream (Cotton Flower) $10 – hand creams are always a great stocking stuffer! A girl can never have too many hand creams. This one from Sephora is easily absorbed and keeps your cuticles and hands hydrated thanks to the shea butter.

The Original Makeup Eraser $20

A non-distinct cloth that claims to remove ALL of your makeup with JUST water?? What is this sorcery?! I was sceptical at first until a brand representative showed me and I saw it with my own two eyes.

This is the best makeup remover for all lazy girls. I love using this after a night out because it means I don’t need do the whole double cleanse, and eye makeup remover

June Jacobs

June Jacobs available at Sephora

June Jacobs available at Sephora

  • Lip Renewal $32 – this lip balm is petroleum free, natural, infused with cocoa butter, shea butter and vitamin E to ensure your lips stay hydrated and soft. It smells gently of citrus fruits and feel pleasant on the lips.
  • Neroli Hydrating Mist $50 – Face mists have become my new favourite product. I used to think I didn’t need them but I started using the Avene one and consider me converted. This one by June Jacobs contains antioxidants and the neroli gives you a nice freshen up throughout the day.

Estelle & Thild

Estelle & Thild at Sephora

Estelle & Thild at Sephora

  • Deep Cleansing Detox Mask $58 -Seriously cannot go wrong with face masks. This one from Estelle & Thild is clay-based and works well at cleaning out the pores, and detoxify the skin. This is a great mask for this with oily/combination skin. Most clay masks set but this one does not set completely and remains slightly creamy which means it is easier to remove.
  • Age Control Serum $107 – enriched with marine micro algae which works to reduce the signs of ageing, and provide instant hydration and plumping. I love that this serum is absorbed quickly into my skin and the next morning, my skin looks flawless and less irritated looking.
  • Sparkling Citrus Bloom Hand Soap $32 – A bright citrus scent to awaken the senses, I love this! Find some hand soaps too drying for my hands but this does the job and keeps my hands moisturised.

IT Cosmetics

ITCosmetics at Sephora

ITCosmetics at Sephora

  • Je Ne Sai Quoi Your Complexion Perfection palette $62 – comes with four talc-free powders, blush, bronzer, highlighter and pressed powder, to ensure a flawless face wherever you are. These powders are all you need when you’re on the go, or travelling often. The pans are large enough for a powder brush to pick up the product. One caveat is that the shades may be a little light for those with tanned skin like me but fair skinned ladies should have no problems with the pigmentation.
  • Je Ne Sai Quoi Your Perfect Pink Duo $34 – a moisturising long lasting lip balm that works with your natural lip colour to give you a flush of pink. The lip gloss is great for a top coat if you want to go from day to night. Long time readers will know my hatred for glosses because they’re so sticky but this is not sticky at all and actually lasts a while.

Clarity

Clarity at Sephora

Clarity at Sephora

    • OxyMud Cacao Duo Cleanse and Renewal mask – a clay mask that looks and smells like melted chocolate thanks to the cacao. This mask feels like a mousse when applied but once applied, it takes about 10-15 minutes for it to foam up.
Clarity OxyMud Cacao Duo Cleanse and Renewal Mask

Clarity OxyMud Cacao Duo Cleanse and Renewal Mask

  • Diamond Glow Overnight Masque – the mask contains shea butter and olive oil which helps to nourish and moisturise your skin; diamond powder to really penetrate your pores, clean and brighten your skin. Overnight masks are my new favourites because they’re so hydrating and work so well. I always wake up with soft bouncy skin!

Clean

Clean Reserve Travel Spray Layering Collection

Clean Reserve Travel Spray Layering Collection

The Reserve Travel Spray Layering Set contains six travel sized scents which are designed to be worn alone or layered with each other. My favourite scents are Rain and Velvet Flora. This makes a great gift for the jet setter in your life, or maybe she’s a bit fickle when it comes to scents? Perfect.

So there you have it – a quick round up of some great Christmas gifts available at Sephora for y0ur last minute Christmas rush.

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.

My Summer 2016 Essentials

My Summer Essentials

My Summer Essentials

With the weather warming up, and Summer just around the corner, I have compiled this guide of beauty products to get your body ready for Summer!

Eco Sonya Foaming Body Wash $21.95 – buy
This foaming body wash is lemongrass and pink grapefruit scented, it is a great fruity and zesty body wash for summer days. If I forget to moisturise after my shower, my skin is still quite moisturised from the body wash itself.
Sanctuary Spa Green Lemon & Orange Blossom Body Scrub $14.99 – buy
Another zesty one but this has small granules for light body exfoliation – great for getting your body beach ready. The granules are not too big or rough making it really gentle for exfoliating the body and the scent is very fresh and calming!
Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser $9.99 – available at major supermarkets and pharmacies
I get lazy during the Summer to stand in the heat and moisturise. It’s just simply too hot and stuffy to be spending 10-15 minutes moisturising. Well, Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser to the rescue! It sprays on and covers your body in seconds, is absorbed quickly allowing you to get dressed almost immediately.
1000 Hour Softsole Express (not pictured) $8.99 – buy
A convenient and quick at home treatment to remove rough skin on your feet. It doesn’t require any scrubbing – you simply rinse your feet, apply the booties and soak for 90 minutes before washing it off. It peels the dead skin off your feet completely over 7 days. I was a bit hesitant using this not being sure whether it would work or not but it does work!
Beyonce Heat Kissed 50ml $49 – available at Priceline and Chemist Warehouse
A warm seductive scent with a hint of vanilla, and top notes of lychee and dragon fruit makes this my new favourite PM summer scent. It’s sweet to begin with but then the sandalwood and patchouli comes through and makes it a sultry scent.
Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black rollerball $32 – available at Sephora
To me, this is a sensual boozy vanilla scent. It goes so well with my skin chemistry and one I like to apply for those warm Summer evenings.
Natralus Paw Paw ointment $5.50-$14.95 – stockists
After the big fiasco involving Vaseline and Lucas Paw Paw ointment a few years back, I steered clear of basically all paw paw ointments. This one by Natralus is free from petroleum jelly and other petrochemicals, parabens and mineral oils. Its versatility has seen it make a permanent home in my handbag. For uses such as dry, cracked skin to sunburns and itchy skin, this has been a great quick fix for my heat rashes. It comes in a number of sizes – from a small 7g tube to a 75g tube.
Revo lip balms $4.99 – available at Priceline
Packaged like the infamous EOS balms, these Revo balms have been making a home in my handbag, car and desk. They come in a variety of colours matching to their respective scents – my favourite is the watermelon one. They’re moisturising and very easy to apply.
Gliders Non-Slip Sports Band Pony Tail Holders $4.49 – available at Priceline
Waterproof and great for those with an active lifestyle, these hair ties are a lifesaver. They do not budge! Great for when you’re swimming or hiking.
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: Balenciage Rosabotanica EDP

A slightly rosier take on Balenciaga’s original perfume, Florabotanica, this new addition, Rosabotanica, epitomises what a rose perfume should be, for me.

Balenciage Rosabotanica

Balenciage Rosabotanica (image from SarahWhat.com)

I usually go for sweet, fruity scents and yet something about Rosabotanica caught my attention. It is definitely one of those fragrances that you will need to try before you buy and definitely not one to purchase blindly as a gift as I feel that it is one of those scents that one either loves or hates.

At first, it smells like dewy grass and conjures up images of a fresh grass field in the morning. As it wears down, you can smell the rose but only slightly. It’s a great bright fragrance to wake you up on first spritz and then a rosy musk surrounds you as the day goes on.

I choose to wear this both day and night as it’s not too heavy for daytime wear but not too light either. I love that despite being a rose perfume, it’s not too powdery nor “grandma”-ish.

Top: Hyacinth, Fig Leaf, Petitgrain and Grapefruit
Heart: Pink Pepper, Cardamom and Rose
Base: White Woods and Amber

Available from David Jones and MYER stores nationally, prices are:  $125 (50ml), $155 (100ml) and the body lotion is $60 for 200ml.

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.

Six Summer Scents

Beauty Snippets' Top Six Summer Scents

Beauty Snippets' Top Six Summer Scents

Marc Jacobs Honey*

Most perfect scent for summer with notes of pear, orange and honey. It’s a sweet, sunny and bright scent for summer days.

One Direction Our Moment*

Yes…One Direction. I really like this musky fruity scent for PM wear. Not too heavy thanks to the florals (jasmine, frangipani, freesia) but ‘heavy’ enough for night time.

Ralph Lauren Ralph Rocks

This has been my quintessential summer scent over the years. Everything about it reminds me of summer. It starts off heavily with scents of citrus fruits but quickly dies down to a very creamy coconut scent. Love!

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue

When I am looking for a refreshing summer scent, I always opt for Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue which I wears well both during the day and night.

Calvin Klein CK Downtown*

This is a very floral, musky, woody scent which I find a teensy bit too heavy to wear during the day say, for brunch and soaking up some rays but I like to wear it in the evening.

Clarins Eau de Jardins*

Light, fresh Summer scent – previously reviewed here.

****

Obviously, you can tell I always go for the same kind of scents – fruity, sweet, floral..haha

What are your favourite Summer scents?

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.