Wednesday, July 31, 2013


I'm always on the lookout for a great cleanser.  One that removes all of my makeup but isn't too harsh on my normal to dry skin.  I detest cleansers that strip my skin and leave my skin feel extremely tight and often irritated.  These appealed to me because they promised to leave my skin feeling soft and smooth and hey who doesn't love an all-in-one product.

There are 28 self-foaming pads in this tub.  The pads are dual sided - one side is smooth for using on more sensitive areas (lips, eyes etc) and the other side is textured to give the face a gentle exfoliation.

What they say:
"Positively Radiant Daily Cleansing Pads help improve skin tone, texture, and clarity to reveal brighter, more radiant skin.  These dual-textured cleansing pads, moistened with foaming skin-conditioning cleansers and natural soy extracts, leave your skin soft, smooth and even-looking."


I have been using these pads at night to remove my makeup and cleanse my face, I think they would be a little unnecessary to use in the morning and I much prefer to just use a gentle cleansing milk in the mornings.  They are self-foaming so as soon as you start moving it over your face it foams up.  I like to rinse out the pad with warm water once I'm finished and use it to rinse the cleanser off my face.  The pad is very thick and can be wrung out in the water and still not break or disintegrate.  The only negative thing I have to say about these pads is even though it recommends to use the smooth side on your eyes, when I did this my eyes begun to sting quite badly and I had to rinse them out with cold water.  I would NOT recommend using these on your eyes at all.  Apart from this I love using them, they leave my skin feeling clean and fresh and even when using the exfoliating side my skin doesn't feel at all tight or dry.  

This has been a welcome addition to my night-time skincare routine and I highly recommend them.  I purchased mine from iherb for around $8 but they can also be purchased from Priceline and other chemists where they stock Aveeno.

Kayte x


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Monday, July 29, 2013

Another month, another beauty box.  This one comes direct from USA and constantly provides amazing value.  My favourite part of the Lipfactory subscription box is it's always jam packed full of makeup. To date I've never received a sample shampoo, conditioner or body wash.  It really is incomparable to what's available here in Australia.

Anyways I know you all just wanna know what's inside this month's box:

Lipfactory July 2013

7 full size items +  1 bonus product + 1 sample

9 Items in total really is crazy especially considering this  box cost me around $33AUD including delivery.


Let's get into the details...

Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil
  Kur Nourishing Cuticle Oil by Londontown
Where do I start with this one - It smells amazing, similar to the relaxing scent always found in day spas.  It has a brush attached to the lid but there is also a mini dropper that you can use instead.  The oil is quite a bit thicker than the Manicare Cuticle Oil I'm currently using and feels lovely and hydrating on my cracked cuticles.


La Splash Eyeshadow Duo
LaSplash Smoky Eye Shadow Duo in Heavy Metal
One half shimmery silver and the other is a matte black.  On swatching they seem very pigmented, I can't wait to try these out on my eyes.  This photo doesn't do any justice at all to the colours.


Belleme Cosmetics Eyeliner & 29 Cosmetics Lip Pencil

Belleme Cosmetics - Don't Smudge Eye Liner in Black
A crayon black eyeliner with a very thin lead.  Will definitely be awesome for lining the lash line.

29 Cosmetics - Line Maker Lip Pencil in Cork It
A dark nude coloured lip liner


LaSplash Nail Polish & Sample Moisturiser

 LaSplash Nail Polish in Blowfish
A bright yellow nail polish that I will definitely never wear.

Sample Product - PureCeuticals Clarifying Creme
I'm not a fan of sachet samples but I'm sure one day I will use this moisturiser.


NCLA Nail Wrap

 NCLA Nail Wrap - It Don't Matter
I would never have bought these for myself but I'm definitely going to give them a try - probably only for a feature nail.  There are two sheets and a nail file included.


Blender Sponge

Blender Sponge
I have the original beauty blender and I've heard the knock off's aren't the best but I'm still really intrigued to try it and see how it compares.  An awesome inclusion in the box in my opinion.


29 Cosmetics Lipstick in Stompin Grapes

Bonus Product - 29 Cosmetics Lipstick in Stompin Grapes
I have received this lipstick in a previous box but in a different colour.  If I remember correctly there was an email sent saying that they'd had a problem with a supplier and they couldn't include the product they planned to so they had to send a product we'd had before.  I like that they were completely honest about the issue and instead of just leaving it out and not saying anything (which they could totally have done and got away with) they included what they could and also made sure it was a different colour to last time.

If you want to know more about Lipfactory head over to their website www.lipfactoryinc.com - I promise you it's worth it and more!

What do you think of this beauty box?  Better than what's currently on offer in Australia?

Kayte xx

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Friday, July 26, 2013



I received this 30ml trial size Dr Lewinns Sensitive Cleansing Milk in June's Her Fashion Box and am pretty impressed with it.  As the name suggets the cleanser is designed for those with sensitive skin.  The ingredients include Sweet Almond Protein to nourish and Aloe and Orchid Extracts to sooth and soften while White Tea works as an anti-oxidant.

 Although my skin is not sensitive I still gave this cleanser a go and found it to be effective on my normal to dry skin.  It is quite a thick creamy lotion which feels deliciously smooth and soft on the skin.  When used at night I found it did take off most of my makeup but I would need to double-cleanse to get every last bit off.  I much prefer to use this lotion in the morning so it can gently cleanse away the night's sleepy residue and leave my skin feeling soft and refreshed and ready for my makeup.

One thing that I found surprising was that even though this lotion is designed for sensitive skin it does have quite a strong fragrance.  This didn't bother me at all as it smell's really good but I know that fragrance can be an irritant for those with sensitive skin.  This creamy cleanser is however free of parabens and sulphates.  

Overall I am really enjoying using this cleanser.  I only need a small amount each wash so I'm sure that even this little tube will last me a really long time.  I probably wouldn't recommend this if you have an oilier skin type but for normal/dry/sensitive skin I think this is a fabulous cleanser that you will really love.

Have you tried Dr LeWinns products before?  I'd love to hear what you think.

Kayte xx

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013


 



Recently I was contacted by Suigo to trial some haircare products.  I'd read a lot of good reviews about these products so I was excited to try them out. I received a 60ml Shampoo and Conditioner as well as a tub of a conditioning treatment all from the Ultimate Control Range*.

What they say:
The Ultimate range is a perfectly gentle, plant-infused range that cares for your hair. With special intensifying formula, this product can strengthen hair, helping to prevent breakage. Ideal for weak, dull and lifeless hair it will not overload it and will restore condition and elasticity. Ingredients; keratin, bean protein, Madagascar longoza and Sumac nut oil.
 

What I say:
Straight after using the Shampoo & Conditioner for the first time and while my hair was still wet I could tell how hydrating it was.  My hair already felt lovely and soft.  Once it was dry I could see it had given my hair a little bit more volume and my fine hair was lovely and soft and not weighed down at all.  With fine hair it's always hard to find the happy medium to keeping my hair hydrated but not heavy and weighed down with thick products and these products don't disappoint at all.  The hair treatment requires you to leave on for 20 minutes and apply heat and trust me taking the effort to do this provides amazing results.  My hair felt absolutely amazing after using this treatment

I'm being nitpicky now but there were a couple of downsides.  I found the Shampoo to have a very peculiar plasticy smell.  You can't smell it once you've rinsed it out but it does make me screw up my nose a little when I'm shampooing my hair.  The other thing I found strange is the writing on the back: does anyone else find the following sentence bizarre : "help prevent hair branched, mildly nourish scalp, strengthen hair radicle, recover hair elasticity and luster"
I mean call me dumb but what the heck is a hair radicle? The whole things just reads like a really bad google translate session.  Also there is no ingredient listing on the back.  They are trial sized however so maybe the full sized product has the ingredient listing.







Apart from those few things i thoroughly enjoyed using these products, my hair felt amazing after each use and the treatment made my hair look like I was fresh out of the salon.

If you want to know more about Suigo Haircare or find a local stockist head to www.suigoaustralia.com.au otherwise head to www.bellabox.com.au where the range can be purchased online.

Have you heard of these products before?  Love to know what you think?

Kayte x

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*These products were provided to me for my consideration but has in no way influenced my opinions - honesty always.

Monday, July 22, 2013


Last weekend my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to Brisbane.  I knew I was going away and I had a couple of extra days leave from work but I just had no idea where it was I was going to end up.  I had known about the trip for about 4 weeks and for most of it I was convinced we were going to Melbourne as I haven't yet been there and really want to go.  

The only place better than Melbourne was Brisbane!  My sister and her partner live there and even though my sister and I pretty much email and txt each other daily it just doesn't cut it.  Needless to say I was beside myself with excitement on the plane.  If you follow me on instagram you would have seen some of the pics and know that we went up to the Gold Coast and stayed in an apartment at the Hilton right in Surfers Paradise.  We enjoyed lovely dinners, lots of drinks but even more shopping.

Here's a rundown of what I bought and a very special something I got for my birthday.


Lush Haul
 Lush is one of those stores I just can't resist.  I picked up a tub of BIG shampoo, the Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter and two bubble bar's for the bath.  For some reason whenever I enter a Lush store I lose all sense of how much things cost.  I picked up a tub of shampoo for $26.95 - I mean seriously I don't think I've ever paid that much even for Salon shampoo.  I was a bit disappointed about that until I tried it - but I'll leave you hanging on that though as I'll be writing a full review soon.



Mecca Maxima - Soap & Glory
So for the last 3-4 years I've been living under a rock, well actually mainly just in Darwin.  Stores like Mecca, Kit Cosmetics & Mac just aren't up there and anytime I traveled interstate I just didn't get a chance to visit them.  So when I saw a Mecca store I threw all my shopping bags at my boyfriend and me and my sister hurried in.  There were so many things I'd only read about and never had the opportunity to look at but I was so pressed for time and I didn't know where to start.  I spent about 10 minutes looking at everything in the store and settled on just a couple of travel size Soap and Glory products that I've heard raved about so much.  I really can't wait to get back there and spend some time trying out some of the gorgeous makeup.


Daiso Haul
 
On our last day in Brisbane we made a special trip into the city so I could go to the Daiso store.  I have read many a blog about this wonderful store where everything costs $2.80 and I really really really wanted to get myself the brush cleanser that EVERYONE talks about!  Unfortunately it wasn't my day and they didn't have it in stock however I did pick up a couple of false eyelash sets, a brow liner (which I'm already really impressed with) and a few packs of sheet masks.


Naked Palette + Extras

And I saved the best to last - my amazing lovely beautiful sister got me the Urban Decay Naked Palette for my birthday.  It seems like EVERYBODY but me has this palette already and I can see why.  The pigmentation and quality of these eye-shadows really are amazing.  This palette really makes me want to get back into doing wedding makeup again.  It's just perfect!

My sister also gifted me some awesome candles and I picked up a new Mac eyeliner in Smolder (black) while I was there amongst an array of new clothes and shoes.  It was so nice to have somebody to shop with and to visit all the shops we don't have here in Adelaide.  I had the most amazing time, the weather was perfect and I spent the whole weekend with fantastic people.


View from the Hilton - Surfers Paradise


Kayte xx

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

This month's theme was Luxe Beauty Travel but if you're expecting a co-relation between the title and the products in the box I'm afraid I didn't find one other than everything was in travel size.
My Bellabox contained 8 items, 6 of which were beauty items and another 2 bonus products.

Yu-Be Moisturizing Skin Cream 
Apparently this is a cult Japanese product that has been selling for 50 years.  This is a thick glycerine based cream with a similar consistency to Vaseline.  I'll pop this into my handbag for dry skin emergencies.
 
La Fresh Waterproof Makeup Remover
A little sachet containing one wipe to remove makeup.  Another one to add to my makeup bag I keep in my handbag for emergencies.

 Janesce Softening Refresher Mist 
A combination of rosewater and organic rose oil which when sprayed onto the skin works to re-hydrate dry or dehydrated skin.  I'm not usually a fan of these types of products but this actually smells beautiful and does feel really nice on my skin.  There was also a sachet of softening wonder serum in the card which it says is an intensive hydration treatment for the eyes and face.
 
 Egyptian Magic All Purpose Skin Cream
I have wanted to try this product for a long time and even though it's in a sachet which is generally pretty annoying I'm still stoked to receive this.  This is probably the thing I was most excited about in this box.
 
Clear Scalp & Hair Shampoo & Conditioner
This is another product that I've wanted to try but never got around to buying.  I look forward to trying it out and seeing if it's as good as they say.
 
Modelco Cheek & Lip Tint
I'm pretty over receiving Modelco products in my beauty boxes and to be honest I haven't found any of their products that I've received to be anything worth raving about.  Will give this a try but I'm not holding my breath.

Bonus Item - Libra Hotties Heat Patch 
I really love the concept of this.  It's a heat patch that adheres to your body, thin enough to wear under your clothes and after heating up automatically it stays warm for approximately 5-8 hours. Can't wait to try this next time Aunt Flo comes to visit

 Bonus Item - Luxe City Guide - Bali
This is a little booklet that opens up to show you places to go in Bali.  There's no pictures so I didn't spend too long looking at it - I'm a simple creature after all.  I've been to Bali once before and absolutely loved it so I do hope that I get to go again.   I'll keep this little booklet as a 'just in case'.
 
Overall I'm very happy with this box.  Each beauty product is something I plan on using and the 2 bonus products were a nice touch.  Out of all the subscription boxes Bellabox still provides the best value for money in my opinion at just $15 a month including shipping (Australia only).
 
What did you think of this month's Bellabox?
 
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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Her Fashion Box really seem to get better every month and I'm excited to show you another great box this month.  An awesome mix of both fashion accessory and beauty items Her Fashion Box is an Australian subscription box service with a difference.  At $39.95 a month its a fair price hike from all the other subscription boxes but this is reflected in the items received.

Here's what I got this month:


The Beau Beret Beanie RRP $29.95
This white knitted beanie is so cute and I can't wait to wear this.  A perfect accessory for these cold winter days.

The Once Upon A Time Necklace RRP $19.95
So far I haven't received one necklace in a Her Fashion Box that I actually liked.  Until now.  I love this silver dual layered necklace and I popped it on as soon as I saw it.

Honey & Beau Printed Pouch
This cute little pouch can be used for a multitude of things.  I think this is really gorgeous but haven't decided what I'll do with it yet.


Beauty Products - Her Fashion Box July 2013
 

Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream - Medium RRP$15.95
It was nice to see a full sized beauty product but to be honest I won't be using this for a few reasons.  It isn't my shade, I have dry skin and after trying the original Maybelline BB Cream I'm just not a fan.  It's not a terrible product - it just didn't give me enough coverage.  I'll find someone to give this away to I'm sure. 

Pureology Shamp'Oil, Conditioner & Caring Oil
This is a brand I haven't seen before but I definitely can't wait to try it out.  Using an array of oils including coconut and jojoba for shine, softness, moisture and vitality each product is sulphate and silicone free and 100% vegan.  The Caring Oil can be used not only to restore damaged hair but also on the body as a moisturising oil.  Added bonus - they smell ah-mazing!

Her Fashion Box Glass Nail File
I received 2 of these as one was a thankyou for filling out the survey of the June box. Personally I think glass nail files are terrible and while these are very pretty I won't be using them at all unless someone can tell me some magic trick that makes them actually useable. 

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb - Sample
I've had a sample of this perfume before and loved it so will definitely use this up.  I would love to buy a bottle but at $99 just for a 30ml I just haven't brought myself to purchase it yet.


Her Fashion Box Magazine showing products and how to use them

 For the very first time I love every accessory that was included in the box and am happy with the beauty products also.  I love that this box is not only consistently better than other boxes but also the items are always of a high quality. 


What did you think of this month's Her Fashion Box?

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

That's right guys today's my birthday and to celebrate YOU'RE getting the presents!!

THE PRIZE

As the picture suggests this giveaway is open internationally and the prize pack has a few of my favourite things as well as some extras I think everyone will love.

The pack includes:

A'kin Rosehip Oil
The Balm - Time Balm Face Primer
Maybelline Full n Soft Mascara
Maybelline Baby Lips Pink Glow
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 'Darling'
Revlon Colorburst Lipgloss in Bordeaux
'29' Reserves Lipstick in 'Expressive Rose'
Maybelline Color Tattoo in 'Tough as Taupe'
e.l.f Mineral Foundation in Light
MUA Great Lips Lip Balm


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Friday, July 12, 2013






I managed to use up a whopping 14 samples in June which probably makes up for the few full sized products I finished.

Here's what they were with a few thoughts on each:




June Empties - Samples




Avene Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
I didn't like this at all.  It did a pretty pitiful job at getting my eye makeup off.  Would not purchase this product.

Avene Miceller Lotion
I don't really get the hype around these miceller lotions.  It did an okay job of removing my face makeup but not my eye makeup.  I much prefer to use a cleanser as I felt like i needed to rinse my face with water after using this product anyway.

Dermalogica Multi-Active Toner
I found this to have a strong alcoholic fragrance and it felt quite drying on my skin.  Probably more suited to someone with an oilier skin type.  I also didn't like the concept of spraying it straight on my face as I felt like it would be too strong to go near my eyes

Listerine Total Care Mouthwash
I got this as a free sample from PinchMe and really liked it.  A clean refreshing mouthwash that didn't make my tongue feel on fire.

Redken Diamond Oil Conditioner and Deep Facets
These came in one of my Her Fashion Boxes and while I did enjoy using them I just found them too heavy for my fine hair.

Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
This is one of those great all-purpose products.  It's designed to be worn as a primer under your makeup but can also be used as a moisturiser or my favourite way to use it is as a mask.  The trick with this product is to apply a thin layer by patting it onto the skin.  If you start rubbing it in like a moisturiser it will pill very quickly.  I like to apply a thick layer to my skin for 10-20 minutes and then rinse off - you could also leave it on overnight.  Leaves my skin feel soft, plump and hydrated.


June Empties - Samples

Elixia Daily Skin Smoothing Lotion
A nice thin lotion that was surprisingly hydrating.  Smells a lot like sunblock. I didn't notice any of the promised 'smoothing away of fine lines' but I would probably need to use it longer to see these benefits.

Jurlique Age-Defying Ultra Firm and Lift Cream
I enjoyed using this, especially as my skin is getting drier in winter but again I don't think I used it for long enough to see any of the promised benefits.

Benefit Porefessional Primer
The jury is still out on silicone based primers for me.  I'm just not sure that they're hydrating enough.  In saying that this is definitely one of the better ones I've tried.

Rachel K CC Cream - Original
The pink sachet of this is a better colour tone for me but this still matched me fine.  This CC cream provides really good coverage and applies semi-matte to the skin.  If I didn't already have a drawer full of foundations and BB creams I would buy this.

Emergin C Earth hydrating phytelene cream and hyper-vitalizer cream
I've lumped these two together because I found them to be very similar. Each sachet gave me around 3-4 applications and they felt lovely and hydrating on the skin.  I've read some good reviews on these products so I wouldn't mind doing some more research and picking something up in full size to really try it out properly

Emergin C multi-fuit cleanser
A lovely fruity creamy cleanser.  You apply to dry skin and massage in then introduce a little bit of water.  I enjoyed using this product - it did a great job of getting off my makeup too.

Whew, what a list - congrats if you've made it this far!!  Have you tried any of the products I mentioned above?  Love to hear your thoughts on them!

Kayte x

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dr LeWinns Skin Perfect Anti-aging Primer

For years I've been a huge fan and advocate of using primers.  Whenever people ask for my advice about foundations I always check first-off that they're using a primer.  Because of this I'm always on the lookout to try new primers and so was happy to see this one included in my June Her Fashion Box.  Dr Lewinns is a brand I've heard a lot about but I had never tried any of their skincare or makeup before this.

Dr Lewinns claim that this primer gives you instantly silky and smooth skin allowing makeup to glide over the skin and prepare the complexion for a long lasting base. Its lightweight formula contains Evermat™ technology to visibly reduce the appearance of pores and absorb excess oils, without over-drying. Skin is left clear, glowing and hydrated.

Personally I'm not a fan of silicone based primers so this hydrating creamy primer was well-received.  I do agree with the claims that it does give you silky smooth skin and I also find that my makeup still looks great at the end of a long day with not a hint of oily shine in sight.  The formula is lightweight however it still feels very hydrating on the skin.  Only a tiny bit of cream is needed as it does spread very easily onto the face.  I always wait about 30 seconds and then start applying my foundation.

Overall this primer is a welcome addition to my makeup routine and one I will definitely be picking up in full size when this runs out.

Do you use primers before foundation?

Kayte xx



Monday, July 8, 2013

Source: naturepacific.com
You may have heard me mention Coconut Oil previously on my blog and know that I'm a huge fan.  Coconut Oil is one of those amazing natural products that can just do so many things.  There are websites out there that list hundreds of benefits of coconut oil but today I thought I'd tell you the 9 things I love and use Coconut Oil for.

1.  Eye Makeup Remover
In the warmer summer months the coconut oil is liquid but when it's colder it hardens.  In winter I just run the jar under the hot tap till it melts a little, pour some onto a cotton pad, swipe a couple of times over my eyes and my makeup disappears.  It really is the best eye makeup remover I've tried.

2.  Pre Cleanse or Cleansing Oil
Following on from that, it's also perfect to use as a pre-cleanse or to remove your face makeup as well.  Again I just melt a little, pour into my hand and massage over my face.  Slowly I add a little warm water into it and keep masssaging and then just rinse it off with a warm face cloth.  If you have a drier skin type you could probably just leave this as is but oilier types would follow this up with a cleanser.

3.  Face Moisturiser 
Just like rosehip oil it's wonderfully hydrating and it keeps the skin's connective tissue strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles.  I use this often as a night treatment.

4.  Mouth Rinsing (Oil Pulling)
Now bear with me here because first off this is gonna sound crazy! Oilpulling is an ancient Ayurveda process, that helps the body in its healing process.  You don't have to specifically use coconut oil for this but basically what you do is put a tablespoon of melted oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20minutes.  I do this when I get up in the morning (not everyday - i'm lazy) and swish it around my mouth while I'm in the shower.  It does take a bit to get used to the feeling but you soon adjust.  The benefits of oil pulling are numerous but basically it works by pulling all the bacteria out of your teeth and gums which improves dental health but also works as a detox by ridding your body of toxins. I know you're skeptical I was too - but after 3 days of doing this my teeth were noticeably whiter - this alone was enough motivation for me to keep doing it.  If you're interested in this head over to www.oilpulling.com and read all about it.  It's fascinating.

5.  Face Mask
Mix a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil with a couple of tablespoons of honey - sit back and relax for 10 minutes - rinse off and bake in the glow :)

6.  Smoothies
Coconut oil is also renowned for boosting metabolism, aiding in weight loss, helping to stop sugar cravings, supporting immunity, helping to control diabetes, easing digestion... the list goes on.  I like to add a tablespoon to my smoothies, the best part is it tastes absolutely delicious.  I also use it for cooking but hey we're getting a little off topic :)

7.  Body Moisturiser
Applied after a warm shower the oil soaks straight into your skin and makes you feel like you've died and gone to heaven.  Amazing!

8. Shaving Oil
I love to pour some of this onto my skin in the shower to shave my legs.  The shaver glides over my legs and leaves them shiny and hydrated.  No need to moisturize when I get out of the shower too so I'm saving time.

9.  Hair Oil
A tiny smidgen of this onto your hands and then smoothed onto your hair will give you shiny locks in an instant.  Can also be used as a hair treatment.


So there are 9 things that I do with Coconut oil but there are so many more.  The benefits really are amazing and you have to try it to see it.  There are many brands of coconut oil out there and I don't have a preference for any - just make sure it is virgin unrefined cold pressed coconut oil and you're away laughing.  I pick mine up from my local health food store but I believe that some Coles and Woolies stores are now stocking it so keep an eye out there.

Are you a fan of Coconut Oil? Did you know there were so many amazing uses for it?

Kayte x

 




Friday, July 5, 2013



Each month I love showing you what my favourite products were in the previous month.  It motivates me to use different things and might help introduce you to some new products :)

Here's what I loved in June:

Benefit Sexiest Nudes Ever Palette
You can read my full review here but basically this palette is amazing and pretty much all I've been using on my eyes since I got it.  There are so many looks that can be created with this one palette, its super pigmented and lasts all day and then some.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Balm in Crush
I picked this up from ebay a little while ago but this colour is now available here in Australia.  It's a lovely deep berry colour on its own but I love mixing a  little bit in with the honey shade to create a lighter berry look.  I am a huge fan of the formula of these lip stains and I pretty much wear them daily.

Benefit They're Real Mascara
I've started using this trial sized mascara and I love it.  It makes my already curly lashes thick and black - just how I like em.

Smiths Rosebud Salve
I picked this up from Adore Beauty this month and I've been using it at night to hydrate my lips while I'm sleeping.  It smells beautiful and I love waking up with plump hydrated lips.

Saucebox Eyeshadow in Caramella
I picked this up from Lipstick Republic recently and absolutely love using it as a contour colour in my eyelid crease.  It's a lovely dense pigmented shadow that doesn't create any fall out.  It's also a perfect neutral colour and doesn't have that orangy tone that some browns have.

Manicare Cuticle Therapy
Winter is having a red hot go at drying out not only the skin on my face but also my hands and nails.  I'm not a huge fan of hand cream so this cuticle oil has been perfect to drop onto my nails to try to fix them up.  

Wonderstruck by Taylor Swift 
A little beauty picked I up on sale from Priceline this month, a lovely softly sweet fragrance which lasts surprisingly longer than Taylor Swifts boyfriends.

Korres Lipbalm in Pomegranate
This was an ASOS purchase (who doesn't love free shipping) a little while ago.  I love tinted lipbalms as you get that hint of colour while also taking care of your lips.  This ones a winner in every aspect.

Physicians Formula Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Natural
I can't say much for its Mood Boosting abilities (it is winter after all) but it sure leaves a rosy pink hue to my cheeks

Hoola by Benefit
This is bronzing powder that I've been using as a soft contour just under my cheekbones.  It's quite a strong matte colour so for someone as pale as me it needs to be used with a very gentle hand.

What did you think of my favourites this month?  Do you share any of the same favourites?

Kayte x

Wednesday, July 3, 2013



Another month has flown by and I only managed to use up 6 things in the month of June but one was a makeup item so I think I get double points for that!

Lux Fine Fragrance Secret Bliss Body Wash
I adore this body wash - so much so that I have 4 back-ups sitting in the cupboard.  I'm scared it's limited edition ha.

Dove Minimising Deodorant
i didn't like the smell of this - far to overpowering just for a deodorant.  And as for minimising well God knows how you measure that but I didn't notice a thing.

Akin Rosehip Oil
This is a Godsend in Winter! A perfectly lovely oil to hydrate and nourish your skin on a cold winter's night.  I also love to add a couple of drops into my body moisturiser and when in a pinch I have used it to remove my eye makeup.  I already have another bottle of this opened and ready to go.

Wet n Wild Eye Makeup Remover
If this looks full to you well it is.  I bought this from a blog sale and used it once.  I have no idea if this is a dud product or if it is actually supposed to smell like nail polish remover but this is the most awful product I have ever used.  Not only does it small like nail polish remover it feels like it on your eyes.  I spent a good 15 minutes rinsing my eyes out with cold water after using this and is going straight in the bin.  I wouldn't inflict this on my worst enemy.

Batiste Dry Shampoo
My holy grail product I can't live without.  This features in my empties post pretty much every month because I use it every second day to prolong washing my hair.  My roots are oily and this just soaks it all up and lets me get away for an extra day without washing my hair.

Australis Color Inject Mineral Lip Gloss in Burlesque
I love these lipglosses and this is actually my second tube of this colour, which says a lot of someone who owns a shitload of lipglosses.  This is a perfectly shiny non-sticky plum lipgloss which has a sweet fruity edible scent.

What did you think of this months Empties? Do you struggle to finish up products like me?

Kayte x

Monday, July 1, 2013






After receiving an invite from the lovely Susannah over at sparkle2day.com I headed to a Makeup Workshop with Besame Cosmetics hosted by Liquid Hair in Adelaide City.  There were four of us beauty bloggers in total and it was a fantastic night learning all about the Besame brand and playing with the makeup.
 


When we arrived we were greeted with champagne and macarons and shortly after we were taken through to be shown a presentation about the brand as well as watch a makeup artist use the products on a model.

Besame Cosmetics are a vintage inspired brand that use natural ingredients to provide high quality makeup.  The first thing that drew me to the products were the packaging.  Each item is so intricate in detail and you can really see the great quality - not a hint of plastic to be found.  The range consists of lipsticks, liners, powder foundation, lipbalm, rouge and a violet powder.  There are also two eyeshadows and a mascara in the range.  It's not a huge range but I can definitely see they've chosen quality over quantity.



I was so impressed by the pigmentation and quality of this brand that I purchased the following three products:

1.  Brightening Violet Powder - Suckered in by the gorgeous gold compact but held there by this fantastic translucent powder which has a hint of violet to brighten your complexion.  Can be worn over the whole face or to brighten dark circles under the eyes.  And when you run out you can just buy a refill - perfect!

2.  Crimson Creme Rouge - This product scared me to begin with but is actually a lovely blush or lip tint.  The best thing is you control how bright, light or dark it is depending on how you apply it.  This little tub is going to last me a life-time.

3.  Classic Colour Lipstick in Debutante Pink - Of course I couldn't go home without a lipstick and these semi-matte highly pigmented lipcolours were fab.  The only trouble was trying to decide which colour to pick but of course it's me we're talking about so I picked up a lovely shade of pink which is the perfect 'my lips but better'. 




Swatched above is the lipstick on the far left and then the rouge applied heavily in the middle and then applied lightly closest on the right.  As you can see it's a lovely colour that I think would suit most complexions.




The night was topped off when I won the above door prize; a Kenley Collins scarf and a Besame Lipstick in Kenley Red.

And here's a lovely photo of us courtesty of Susannah

L:R - Suzannah, Me, Shae, Sarah
From left to right we have Susannah from sparkle2day, Me, Shae from Gidget Cooper and Sarah from A Beautiful Story
 
Overall it was a fantastic night hosted by Liquid Hair.  Be sure to check out their website if you're in Adelaide because they host workshops quite regularly.  The event cost $30 but this was redeemable on product on the night which in my eyes makes it free :)

Love to know what you think of the products and if you've heard about Besame before?

Kayte x

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