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Winter Favourites 2014

A month into Spring and I thought I’d compile a list of my Winter essentials and favourites which has seen me through another Winter. Good for me to refer back to for future reference, ya know? And because I’m a lagger.

Winter Favourites

Winter Favourites

Footcare 100% Pure Lambswool Insoles ($5.29 –  Priceline, Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Big W)*

This Winter, I found that even though I was living in boots and thick socks, my feet were still left freezing! Was it a ridiculously cold Winter this year? Anyway, thank goodness for these 100% pure lambswool insoles. These made sure my feet were warm and snuggly even on the coldest of Winter nights.

Pedi-Sox* ($7-11USD – Pedi-Sox)

Winter means dry skin and cold feet! So what do you do when you need to have a pedicure? Pedi-Sox! These are toeless pedicure socks you slip on before you paint the toes, but after you apply your moisturiser so it can soak in and you’re left with soft feet! I don’t know what I did before I had these! They are awesome – your toes are still nicely painted during Winter but they’re not freezing whilst drying!

They say you could use these at nail salons as well and just wear them out once your nails are painted – I haven’t tried this yet. They have so many different designs as well so I’m sure you will find a design to suit your taste.

Quick Fix Facials* ($8.95 – Woolworths)

Quick Fix Facials offer three wonder masks aimed at combating everyday skin issues. Leave each mask on for about 10-15 minutes and then wipe away with a damp cloth for radiant skin.

Mega Moisture Gel Mask
Targeted at thirsty, parched dry skin, this mask left my skin feeling hydrated and soft on those really pesky Winter days where no amount of moisturiser was going to hide those dry flakes.

Anti-Blemish Mud Mask
Mud masks are one of my favourite kinds of face masks. Mud masks, and in particular this one, targets common skincare concerns such as excess oil and blemishes and they work great for my skin type – combinational. Skin was left glowy and clean.

Exfoliating Scrub Mask
Whenever my skin feels like it is clogged, I go straight to this mask. It’s got pink rose clay which helps to really cleanse your skin and decongest the troublesome skin.

Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter ($16.50 – Lush)

As soon as the weather cools, my cuticles go cray cray. Lemony Flutter is my HG. After one application overnight, my cuticles are tamed and look much more socially acceptable. The price may seem steep but seriously, a little goes a long way. Plus you can also use it on your heels, elbows and even toes. Multi-purpose product, I like. Only con is that it solidifies when it’s cold so it’s a bit hard to apply when the nights are freezing!

Soap & Glory Hand Food ($5-$11 – Mecca Cosmetica)

My hands are generally quite dry and wrinkly – like a senior’s hands haha They’re even worse in Winter! So I’m constantly carrying around hand cream. This Winter, my favourite was the Soap & Glory Hand Food. I picked this up in Malaysia last year and only opened it this year #hoarderproblems It’s non-greasy and smells like marshmallows and kept the wrinkles at bay.

AV Lip Balms* ($13.59 for lip balm tube; $22.68 for lip balm pot)

An interesting fact I never knew – 90% of all adults will have been exposed to the herpes simplex virus by the time they’re 40-50 years old. So pretty much, I’ll just assume nearly everyone has the virus. AV Lip Balms are antiviral lip balms containing the Melissa essential oil (10%, strongest concentration possible without the burning sensation), which is known to reduce cold sores and its breakouts, and in some rare cases, even kill the virus.

So there’s this oil that can prevent cold sores and yet why is it not widely available in a lot of products? Well, it is because the average price of the oil is about $15 per gram!

Kylie from AV Lip Balms has come up with a natural lip balm containing the Melissa oil to keep chapped lips and cold sore breakouts at bay.

I love love this lip balm. Winter always, and I mean always, mean dry chapped lips for me. The AV Lip Balm contains moisturising ingredients such as cocoa butter, coconut oil and beeswax which means my lips are always in tip top condition. It keeps the dry lips at bay but also, at the same time, keeping the cold sore virus at bay too. Best of both worlds.

Lush Lip Scrubs ($9.95 – Lush)

Nothing quite like a Lush lip scrub to keep your lips soft and kissable. So quick and easy to use too – simply rub the exfoliating castor sugar over your lips and wipe off, or if you’re lazy, lick it off! It works immediately and all three flavours I have all taste amazing 😛

Lanolips 101 Ointment* ($17.95 – Lanolips)

Once I exfoliate my lips, I like to follow up with a heavy duty lip balm. My go to is Lanolips 101 Ointment – my favourite multitasker! I actually had this on me at all times as I love using it as cuticle cream and around the nose when it was chaffed from all the sniffling.

So there you have it – my Winter favourites for 2014! Let me know if there are other products I should be checking out for next Winter 😉

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 May 2014

Apologies (again!) for the late post. These Violet Boxes tend to arrive towards the end of the month and I’m currently in the midst of take-home exams frenzy so please forgive me!

May’s Violet Box arrived sometime towards the end of the month and was in a slightly bigger box than usual.

Violet Box May 2014

Violet Box May 2014

Lush Lip Scrub in Popcorn $9.95/25g (full size)
Another Lush lip scrub to add to my stash. Love these lip scrubs (I have one in Bubblegum and Santa); always nicely scented according to its name – this one, being popcorn, smells and kinda tastes like salted caramel popcorn. Fun part? It contains popping candy! These fun exfoliating lip scrubs are edible as well so all you have to do is scrub and buff the lip scrub onto your lips then lick off any excess.

Goldwell StyleSign Sleek Perfection $4.99 ($24.95/100ml)
Humidity resistant thermal spray? Yes please. It has a light fruity scent, which I am fond of, and doesn’t weigh my hair down.

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil $22
Similar to Benefit High Brow, this all in one pencil offers highlighting, concealing and brigtening for the eye area. It’s very creamy and blends easily. Only con is the shade, Ivory Lace, which I found way too light for my medium skintone.

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil

Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil

Teeez Cosmetics Eve’s Ready to Wear Lipstick in Tempting Pink $32

Teeez Cosmetics Eve's Ready to Wear Lipstick in Tempting Pink

Teeez Cosmetics Eve’s Ready to Wear Lipstick in Tempting Pink

Yep, another Teeez Cosmetics product – this time its a nice lipstick in the shade Tempting Pink – a very nice soft pink shade with what I would call a semi-satin finish. When first applied, it looks slightly frosty but give it 5 mins and the frosty finish goes away!

Teeez Cosmetics Eve's Ready to Wear Lipstick in Tempting Pink

Teeez Cosmetics Eve’s Ready to Wear Lipstick in Tempting Pink

It smells delicious – like the strawberry and cream lollies. Glides on smoothly and lasts me a few hours before it starts wearing off. Just reiterating my gripe – for the price tag, it’s the same cost as a MAC lipstick here, weighs half a gram more but I find the packaging so tacky which is such a shame because I think their quality is pretty good.

Swatch - Teeez Cosmetics Eve's Ready to Wear Lipstick in Tempting Pink & Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil

Swatch – Teeez Cosmetics Eve’s Ready to Wear Lipstick in Tempting Pink & Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil

Timeless Truth Miracle Rejuvenation Mask $7
Yay, another facial sheet mask to add to my collection. Timeless Truth masks have made an appearance before in Violet Boxes – see here. I love face masks and use them religiously. Subscribers received either this or the Herbal Rejuvenation Immortelle mask ($8). The Miracle Rejuvenation mask promises to reduce the apperance of fine lines, dark spots and wrinkles. Haven’t had the chance to try it out so cannot comment on its promises. Only thing is $7 for a face mask is slightly more than what I pay for my usual face masks.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse ~$1.60 (based on $28095/100ml; also available $24.95/50ml)
A luxe brand that I’ve heard great things about. This multipurpose oil is in a sample satchet (which I really hate – especially for products like this which seem to always find a way of spilling or seeping out). Despite my hatred for sample satchets, I am intrigued as to how this cult product will work on me 9even if it is only single use!)

Nuxe Creme Merveillance ~$2.60 ($64.95/50ml)
A “visible expression lines cream” – despite being in a satchet, you’d probably get at least 2-3 uses out of it.

Overall, this month’s Violet Box gets a thumbs up from me. I think it’s great that they included a variety products – hair, lips, face, body etc and ensures that there is at least one product every subscriber would be happy with. In terms of value, Violet Box never fails. This month’s box included four full size products (!) and three samples totalling a value of $80 which is well worth the monthly subscription fee. Violet Box has also managed to introduce new brands monthly which is a great feature of these monthly subscription boxes.

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.