Wednesday, March 22, 2017

It's that time of the year again when Priceline holds a two-day sale with 40% off all cosmetics.  I like to stock up on items I love during the sale but this time I already had enough back-ups.  I almost wasn't even going to go in-store and check it out but I caved and went anyway haha.  

I kept a good handle on myself and only left the store with 5 items.  Pretty restrained for me!

Here's what I picked up today in the Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Sale:


Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Sale Haul
My Priceline 40% off Sale minihaul

I haven't tried any of these products before but the Maybelline Color Jolt ($8.97) and the Essence Make me Brow ($3.06) come highly recommended so I'm looking forward to trying those out.  The Models Prefer Airburshing Buffing Brush ($11.39) is incredibly soft and I'm interested to see how it performs.  I'm very particular about the brushes I use and to be honest it's not very often that I try new ones as I stick with what I know so I'll see how this goes.  The Models Prefer Mineral Powder Soft Touch ($10.19)  is in the shade Radiant Bronze and for someone pale like me who doesn't usually use bronzer this seemed like a good product to start with as it seems quite light.  The Models Prefer Soft Touch Powders are supposedly dupes for the Hourglass Ambient Powders.  And a simple Essence Eyebrow Pencil to try out too ($1.83).  *All prices are the sale prices in AUD

And now onto my recommendations:

Base Product Recommendations - Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Sale
  

Face Products

If you can get your hands on the new Essence Glitter in the Air Collection I am loving the blush and shimmer drops.  I can't get over how cheap these products are even at full price so you'll be winning big time to get them at 40%.  The Maybelline Fit Me Dewy & Smooth Foundation & Concealer are my favourite drugstore base products - they both give medium to full coverage that lasts really well.  I always have backups of these as my under-eyes fear running out of the concealer! The NYX Powder in Taupe is the perfect contouring shade for fair skinned girls like myself.  It's a perfect neutral shade that isn't too dark and blends easily.

Lipstick Recommendations - Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Sale


Lip Products

My all time favourite lip product is the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain in Honey as it is my perfect 'my lips but better' shade and applies so easily that I don't even need a mirror.  I keep a spare of this in my bag and my car so I'm never caught out.  I have about 10 shades of the Revlon Colorburst Balm Stain as the formula is just so dreamy.  NYX make great lip products too and I'm a fan of the Liquid Suede formula - this shade is the only one in the range that really suits me but there's a lot to choose from including some crazy ones so well worth checking out if you're a fan of a matte liquid lip.  The NYX Butter Gloss is fantastic creamy gloss that gives a hint of colour and isn't too sticky, another product I have a few different shades of.  The Rimmel The Only 1 Lipstick* is another great all-rounder, I have the shade Mauve-ment which is another great natural all-rounder shade.  And last but not least the Maybelline Baby Lips Balms.  These are super super cheap and so handy to have around when your lips are dry but you still need some colour.  I try to always keep a lip balm handy as I have chronic dry lips!


Well, I'm sure I could be here all day making recommendations on products you can pick up at the Priceline 40% off Sale but I'll leave it there for today.  If you end up shopping the sale I'd love to know what you picked up - feel free to comment in the section below and tag me on Instagram @imminentbeauty.

The Priceline sale is on from Wednesday 22nd March to midnight Thursday 23rd March 2017 in-store and online.

Happy Shopping!!

Kayte


*Everything here was purchased myself except for the Rimmel lipstick which was sent to me for consideration.  As per normal my views and opinions are my own.  Honesty always.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017



Kylie Cosmetics Smile Lip Kit - Review & Swatches

I purchased my first Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit about a year ago in the shade Posie K.  I lean towards natural colours when it comes to my lips and Posie K was just too dark for me and I never wore it.  I liked the formula and that it lasted so well but I was on the hunt for a pink toned natural shade and nothing in the range really spoke out to me.  That was until I managed to get my hands on the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in the shade Smile.

The Kylie Cosmetics Smile Lip Kit was a collaboration with a company called Smile Train which is an international children's charity providing surgery for children with cleft lips and palates.  In my opinion, this is a great charity for Kylie Cosmetics to link up with and I think it's great that with her success she is giving back to the community. 


Kylie Cosmetics Smile Lip Kit - Review & Swatches


I would describe the shade Smile as a pale dusty pink and true to the Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit style this is an opaque matte formula.  The lip kit comes with a lip liner and a matte liquid lipstick.  The liner is the game changer in the Lip Kits, being incredibly pigmented while remaining soft and buttery to apply.  I love to use the liner under lots of different lipsticks and it definitely helps to keep my lippy on for longer than normal.  Both the lip liner and the matte liquid lipstick smell really sweet.  I like the scent and I find that it disappears quite quickly but those sensitive to scents may disagree.


Kylie Cosmetics Smile Lip Kit - Back of Box

The Kylie Cosmetics Smile Lip Kit has quickly become one of my everyday favourite lip colours.  I can apply this in the morning and it still looks amazing by the afternoon.  I suffer from dry flaky lips a lot but as long as I use a lip scrub and my lips aren't in bad condition I can use this product and not end up a dry peeling mess.  With any matte lipstick you will need to take care of your lips before and after application and I always recommend a good lip scrub and lip balm after wearing this for the day. I haven't found there to be any patchiness to this colour when I wear it and as long as I avoid eating anything oily this colour lasts the best part of the day on me which is great because I'm not one for doing touch-ups.  Following on from my oily comment, you will want to use an oil cleanser or even some straight coconut oil to get this off your lips evenly when you are ready to remove it. 


Kylie Cosmetics Smile Lip Kit Swatches


There has been some confusion as to whether this shade is limited edition or not as all advertising for the product said that it was limited edition but Kylie Jenner personally said that it wasn't and wanted to make as much money as she could for the Smile Train charity.  The shade is currently not listed on the Kylie Cosmetics website but I would keep an eye out for it as I'm certain she'll bring it back at some stage.

Be warned that there are many Kylie Cosmetics fakes out there on the market so I would recommend that you only buy Kylie Cosmetics products direct from her website at www.kyliecosmetics.com

Kayte xx 

P.S Don't forget to get yourself in the draw to win a Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette - click here for all the details x

*DISCLAIMER:  Purchased this one myself and as always opinions are my own

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Review & Swatches
On Tuesday I was blogging about how to get perfectly glowing skin this season using some amazing new skincare but today we get to discuss the real GLOW!  I was so excited when I saw the preview for the Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Palette that I signed up straight away to be notified when it was released.  Of course within minutes of receiving that email it was in my cart and I was checking out with no regrets. 

Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Review & Swatches

The Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Palette comes in three shades; Pink, Gold and Peach and each shade weighs 7g each.  Just for reference the Becca Champagne Pop Pressed Highlighter by itself only weighs approximately 5g so this is incredible value for money here with about 21grams of product for around the same price.

Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Review & Swatches

The Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Palette swatches incredibly well although it's always hard to catch the shimmer quality on camera.  The pigment is amazing and the powders feel incredibly buttery and soft.  They all apply like a dream to the skin but be warned you only need a light hand with these or you'll end up looking like disco ball the first time you use these (which is fine if that's your thing). Each shade has a colour shifting glow to it which I think is just beautiful and lasted well throughout the day with no reapplication needed.


Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Review & Swatches
Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Palette - Left to Right: Pink, Gold, Peach
The Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Palette came well packaged with bubble wrap and a box and the palette itself was just packaged in a clear plastic casing.  The packaging of the actual palette is a thick holographic cardboard and is actually a really thick palette.  Almost the same thickness as the Velvetine box making it a lot bigger than I had thought it would be.  It does not have a mirror and it closes with hidden magnets.


Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Swatches
L-R - Pink, Gold, Peach

I placed my order on Tuesday 7th March and I received it from the US the following Tuesday so it took 7 days to get here which is pretty standard in my opinion!  The palette retails for $38USD + $10.95USD Shipping Fee which worked out to be around $65AUD.  I also received a free Velvetine in Prairie which is stunning but I'll review that separately later on.


Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Swatches
L-R Peach, Gold, Pink

 The first shade (Pink) is probably my favourite so far but each colour is truly stunning.  I am so impressed with these highlighters.  I wondered if they were going to be a bit chalky, but honestly there is absolutely no chalkiness at all to these shades. I am completely in love with the Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Palette and they are by far the best highlighters I currently own.  I finally found something that beats the Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Face Palette!!

The Limecrime Hi-Lite Opals Palette is certified cruelty free and vegan and is available permanently from www.limecrime.com.

I'd love to hear what you think of these highlighters - feel free to comment down below.  Also don't forget to get yourself in the draw to win a Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette - click here to get all the info!

Kayte xx

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Luxe Skincare: Alpha H, Mirenesse, Elemis, Medik8, Payot

 Another season is upon us and as the weather starts to change and gradually get colder it's a great time to revisit your current skincare regime and make some changes.  I have normal to dry skin but I definitely find that during the Autumn/Winter months my skin leans more towards the dry side.  Even if your skin is on the oilier or combination side I still think you should be looking at adding in some skin type specific hydration into your routine.  Ry.com.au have recently introduced a new category of skincare known as the Luxe Range and have been kind enough to send me a few goodies to try.  In today's post I'm going to show you my updated skincare routine and some of the new products I'm trying out to get perfectly glowing skin this season.

Luxe Skincare Cleansers, Mirenesse Pebblesonic Day Cleanser, Alpha H, Dermalogica

Cleansing & Exfoliating

I always use a cleansing oil first to dissolve and remove all of my makeup.  You don't have to buy a specific cleansing oil, you can always just use some coconut or olive oil, just make sure you follow up with another cleanser.   I've been trying out the Mirenesse Pebblesonic Skin Clearing Facial Beauty Device which comes with a Day & Night Cleanser.  The night cleanser is a little too harsh for my dry skin and would be more suited to an oilier skin type but the morning cleanser is really lovely.  It has a cooling effect to it and leaves your skin feeling and looking bright and clean but not at all tight and dry.  I've only used the Mirenesse Pebblesonic Beauty Device* a couple of times so can't really comment too much on the effectiveness but it is basically a silicone device with a vibration technology that helps to remove dirt, makeup, dead skin cells and also stimulates blood flow through the skin.  The silicone tips are super soft and are thin on one side for your face and thicker on the other side so you can also use it on your body.

I exfoliate 2-3 times a week both with a chemical exfoliant and a manual exfoliant (definitely not at the same time though).  Alpha H Liquid Gold is my holy grail chemical exfoliant that I've been using and loving for years.  Alpha H Liquid Gold is a Glycolic Acid formulation that feels a lot like a liquid toner.  This is applied onto freshly cleansed skin at night-time with nothing over the top.  I use this about twice a week and without fail wake up to glowy, refreshed skin every time.

For manual exfoliation I can't go past a good gritty scrub.  The Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant (not part of the Luxe range) is a rice based powder that becomes a gritty paste when you add water.  It leaves my skin feeling so clean and fresh but is gentle enough to be used every day.  It does have Salicyclic Acid in it too so because I use the Alpha H Liquid Gold I only use this 2-3 times a week and never on the same day I use the Alpha H.  There is such a thing as exfoliating too much!

Luxe Skincare Masks & Treatments, Payot, Elemis, Pelactiv, Medik8, Mirenesse

Moisturising

Obviously, as someone with dry skin, this is most definitely my favourite part of the routine.  I'm all about hydration but I hate the feeling of stickiness or heaviness that a lot of moisturisers for dry skin feel like so I'm pretty fussy about the moisturisers I use.  I've just started using the Pelactiv Hydra Daily Defense* and it's so lovely and lightweight but still leaves my skin feeling so soft and hydrated.  Simple yet effective, exactly what I'm looking for!  I'm currently using this day and night but I'd love to try out the night cream in the same range just for that extra hydration boost at night.  The Payot Brume Eclat Anti-Pollution Revivifing Mist* is an awesome addition to your winter skincare regime by adding an extra boost in hydration.  This is a great multi task spray that can be used as a toner, a pick me up during the day or a makeup setting spray.  Whichever way you use it this alcohol free spray will refresh and hydrate your skin for that extra glow factor.

Treatments & Masks

While I'm all about using the basics for cleansing and moisturising, treatments are where the real magic happens with achieving perfectly glowing skin. Glycolic Acid, Vitamin C, Salicylic Acid, Antioxidants... there is no end to the amount of long worded confusing named treatments that can be applied to the skin.  Here's what I use:

I use an oil pretty much every day under my moisturiser.  I generally use Rosehip or Jojoba Oil, both are effective at giving my skin a much-needed hydration boost with a hit of antioxidants.  I've only been using the Medik8 Glow Facial Oil* for about a week but I'm already in love.  It's a very lightweight oil so I think those with oily and combination skin will love this too.  It sinks in very quickly to the skin and has a beautiful scent, which will be from the 12 essential oils that are blended into the oil.  The most exciting part of the Medik8 Glow Facial Oil is the Vitamin C as I haven't used a Vitamin C treatment before.  Vitamin C is an antioxidant and is supposed to be amazing for helping to reduce the signs of ageing.  Bring it on!

Masks are an easily forgotten but very important part of your skincare regime.  Once or twice a week applying a mask is a fantastic way to boost up your skin and deal with any specific problems you may be having.  There are so many different masks out there and they all do so many different things.  If you're struggling with pimples and congestion, look for a deep cleansing or purifying mask.  If your skin is dry, look for a hydrating and repairing mask.  If you have combination skin you may need to use a different mask on your t-zone to the rest of your face.   The Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask* is a beautiful clay based clarifying and soothing mask suitable for sensitive skin. The mask is a smooth cream that dries down similar to other clay masks I've used except this one doesn't make your face unmoveable or crack when you smile. I love that it has Lavender in it as this essential oil is well known for its relaxing and sleep assisting properties.  Applying this mask once a week at night before bed is a lovely addition to a relaxing night time routine and essential in achieving that extra glow factor.


As I mentioned before the team at RY have recently delved into the world of Luxe Skincare, some of which I have featured here today and they are now stocking this in their online shop making it more readily available to us here in Australia.  The Luxe Skincare category features the cream of the skincare crop with over 20 luxury skincare brands.  You can see the full range by clicking here.

RY have been kind enough to give me a discount code for all my readers to get 10% off the entire Luxe Skincare Range.  Use the code IMMI4RY at checkout to receive this discount (expires at the end of March 2017).  You can find out more about RY and their full range by heading to www.ry.com.au.

Kayte xx

P.S Don't forget to enter my giveaway to win a Zoeva Eyeshadow Palette - Click here to enter!


Disclaimer: Please note that while some of the products I have mentioned in this blog post were sent to me by RY (marked *), all opinions are my own and I have not been paid to write this blog post.  The 10% off discount code has been kindly provided by RY for you and I don't receive anything from it if you purchase or click on any links in this post.  I believe in honesty and transparency and am more than happy for you to email me if you have any questions regarding this.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Following on from my post last week detailing my Makeup & Bodycare Empties that had been accumulating for months, today brings my Skincare & Haircare trash.  I will follow on the same way as last week and list all the products with a brief thought and will link any relevant posts too.

Let's Go...

Skincare Empties
Skincare Empties

Skincare


St Ives Even & Bright Scrub - I still miss the original St Ives Scrubs but I always have one of these in the bathroom and use it 2-3 times a week.
Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser - love but I'm looking for a cheaper alternative
Alpha H Liquid Gold - Double Love - am never without this product
Jojoba Oil - love
Sanctuary Spa Ultimate Facial Cleansing Oil - love
Olay Regenerist Micro Scuplting Serum - didn't notice anything spectacular from using this product.  Probably won't repurchase
Loreal Age Perfect Day & Night Creams - Average - quite thick and doesn't sink into the skin easily
A'kin Rosehip Oil - love
Clinique Smart Night Cream - amazing - I'm using the serum at the moment too and both deliver immediate results.
Origins Ginzing Eye Cream - love
Clinique Moisture Surge Cream Sample - love

Haircare Empties
Haircare Empties

Hair Care


V05 Give Me Texture - this is like a dry shampoo and volumizer in one - absolutely love
De Lorenzo Nova Fusion Colour Care Shampoo - Cherry Red - amazing amazing amazing.  This is how I keep my red hair so bright between colouring.
Pureology Reviving Red Shampoo & Conditioner Samples - these did absolutely nothing for my hair
Batiste Dry Shampoo - this is one of about 20 bottles that I go through in a year haha
Bumble & Bumble Thickening Hairspray - it's okay but I probably won't repurchase.
Christophe Robin Hair Mask - I got this in my Look Fantastic Advent Calendar and it is one of the most amazing hair masks I've ever tried.  Unfortunately it's like $90 for a full size and I just can't justify it.
Redken All Soft Heavy Cream Mask - I've gone through heaps of these, it's an awesome mask that my dry hair drinks up easily and leaves my hair super soft and not weighed down.

And finally that concludes my massive pile of Empties that I can now thankfully put in the rubbish bin.  As I mentioned in my previous post I'm going to try to be better about these and post more regularly so there's only a few things at a time and I can write a little more about each product.


Kayte xx

Monday, March 6, 2017

Giveaway Zoeva Cool Spectrum Palette


I celebrated my four year blog anniversary in January but as I was away in NZ I couldn't get this giveaway up.  Now that I'm back let's get into it.  This giveaway is to celebrate that I've been blogging for 4 years (minus a little gap in the middle there where I had a baby and my life got twist turned upside down haha) and to thank you all for being loyal readers - some of you from the beginning like my Mum and Sister (ha) and some of you are new.

Giveaway Zoeva Cool Spectrum Palette


Everyone is welcome to enter - this giveaway is open internationally.  All you have to do to enter is fill out the Rafflecopter widget below and check the terms and conditions to make sure you're eligible.

Good Luck

Kayte xx


Friday, March 3, 2017

I had a massive pile of Empties that was getting completely out of hand so I've grouped them into four categories Makeup, Skincare, Bodycare and Haircare and will spread them over two blog posts so as not to bore you with a 400 page essay about my rubbish.  

Today is Makeup & Bodycare Products.  I won't go into detail about each product, I'll just list them all and if I've anything to say I'll write that next to it.  If you want to know more about a product feel free to ask in the comment section below or on Facebook or Instagram.

Makeup Empties
Makeup Empties

Makeup


Crop Natural Face Primer - chucking out didn't like it
Beauty Blender - attacked by dog
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion - love
Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm - love - full review here
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream - love
Poni Cosmetics The White Knight Mascara - love - full review here
Anastasia Beverly Hills  Brow Wiz - featured in my Top 5 Disappointing Products.
Australis Eye Pencil - super old so throwing away


Body Care Empties
Body Care Empties

Body Care


Nivea In Shower Rich Body Lotion - Love - Full Review Here
Tuscan Tan Full Self Tan Mousse - I did like this but unfortunately the pump stopped working so I can't use it anymore :(
Urban Rituelle Coconut & Honey Body Scrub - One of my favourite scents in the world but they've stopped making it.  Makes me so sad.
Hugo Boss Deep Red Perfume - long time love
Rituals Body Cleansing Oil - I can't remember where I got this sample from but it's a divine product.  Definitely need to find a full-size.
In Essence Lemongrass Essential Oil - love lemongrass and I went through this bottle in like a month and am already onto a new one.
Clarins Tonic Body Treatment Oil - Love but expensive
Elektra Magnesium Cream Samples - these were amazing on sunburn!  Like actually amazing!
Lush Snow Fairy Body Conditioner - another scent I absolutely love but unfortunately this body conditioner is weird.  It leaves a really weird feeling on the skin - definitely not like the Lush Argan Body Conditioner.  Bit disappointing.

So there's my trash for the last however long.  My goal is not let it build up so much again this year!

Kayte xx

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