Tuesday, November 26, 2013

October Empties

I'm extremely late with this post as October has well and truly ended and we're nearing the end of another month.  I thought I'd share with you the products I used up in October anyway as I managed to finish off a few different products...

Hapuna Shampoo & Conditioner
I really loved this volumizing set - you can read my full review here 

Polished London Dry Shampoo
Another one I've reviewed before so won't bore you with a repeat.  Full review found here.

Cedel Blow Dry Faster
This is a great heat protectant spray that really does speed up the blow-drying time.  Will definitely pick this up again.

Lux Body Wash
I stocked up on a few of these a while ago as I adore the scent and I thought they were limited edition.  Looks like they're here to stay.  For about $5 this body wash really is so lovely and smells divine.

Akin Invigorating Body Scrub
A great body scrub that has really fine 'scrubby bits' haha.  Has an interesting scent and I really enjoyed using it as a body exfoliator.

Taylor Swift Wonderstuck Perfume
I really liked this sweet as lollies fragrance.  I find it lasted quite well on the skin.

Akin Brightening & Whitening Eye Day Gel
I prefer a cream over a gel when it comes to eyecream so this wasn't my favourite product.  It was nice and refreshing to use in the mornings but it's very light and not hydrating enough for my dry skin.

Akin Rosehip Oil
A great rosehip oil - great as a night serum under moisturiser or on it's own.

Carmex Lip Balm
Standard lip balm but is great for really dry chapped lips.  I usually apply a thicker balm like this at night before I go to sleep.  It's so nice to wake up with soft hydrated lips.

Kayte xx

Sunday, November 24, 2013

My Bellabox arrived this month, a little later than usual but I had been informed about the delay so I wasn't worried.  The theme this month was Refreshing Beauty and I received 6 products in my box...

Bellabox Pout Pencil in Coral Me Maybe
Looks like Bellabox have bought some mass branded products to put their brand on which I don't have an issue with.  I do have an issue with faulty products though and the whole lipstick falls out as soon as you open it.  I've checked the Bellabox facebook page and everyone's having the same problem.  Bellabox are offering to replace them but to be honest I don't think this product is going to compare with anything I'm currently using so I won't bother.  This is also in no way Coral and definitely Red!

Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Makeup Corrector Pen
I love this and can't wait to use it.  I imagine it would come in very handy when I'm practising liquid eyeliner!

Indio SOS Gel
I've tried an exfoliator from this brand before and loved it so I'm glad to see another product to try out.  This sounds like it would be great on some sun-kissed skin this summer!

Wilde Organics E'lustrious Shea
This is a cute little tin of Shea & Coconut Oil pressed into a moisturizing cream.  This is definitely the kind of product I love to try out.

PureTan PureBronze Light-Medium Lotion
Even though I'm starting to get over-run with self tanners and Summer hasn't even started yet I do like the sound of this.  It promises a natural colour that's tinted and develops in an hour.  Perfect for those mornings when we decide to go out on the boat and I've forgotten to tan!

Caron Bump Eraser Medi Paste - Bonus Sample
I actually have the full size of this as ingrowns are something I suffer from.  A nice little sample to be included, will keep it for when I'm traveling next.

Even though I wasn't impressed with the makeup product included in this box I love everything else and for the $15 I paid I still think it's great value.

For more info or to sign up head to www.bellabox.com.au

Kayte xx

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Polished London Dry Shampoo - Cornwall Coconut

I'm a huge fan of Dry Shampoo so when I was asked to review the new Dry Shampoo from Polished London I was more than happy to try it out.

Polished London Dry Shampoo in Cornwall Coconut* is your typical spray in dry shampoo designed to soak up excess oil in the roots to leave your hair feeling clean without having to re-wash your hair.  Perfect for the day after you've washed your hair or prolonging professional blow drys, you simply hold the can approximately 30cms from your head and spray through sections of your roots.  You can brush it through or just rough it up with your hands like I do.  Just as the name states this dry shampoo has a coconut scent which is one of my all-time favourites.

Overall I was impressed with this dry shampoo, it soaks up oil in my roots perfectly and has a lovely scent.   I did find it slightly lighter than my usual brand Batiste and therefore needed to use a little bit more than I normally would but in saying that it didn't leave any powdery residue in my hair and is a product I will continue to use.

The Polished London Dry Shampoo comes in 4 different types/scents and at only $4.95 is definitely a bargain.  These can be purchased at Priceline and selected pharmacies.

Are you a fan of dry shampoo?

Kayte xx

*This product was provided for my consideration but as always these are my honest thoughts and opinions and not influenced in anyway.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Better late than never right!  I picked up a few new things in October and a few of them became favourites.  Here's my Top Ten Beauty Products I loved in October...

NYX Blush in Summer Peach
These blushes are just as fantastic as everyone says they are.  They're so cheap so I wasn't expecting too much but they're awesomely pigmented and you only need a small amount swept across the cheeks.  Lovely summery colour too.

NYX Blush in Taupe
I have always used Benefit Hoola for contouring but with my fair skin I have to be very careful to not apply too much as it's very pigmented.  This matte contour colour is not as dark and is more neutral toned so I can go a bit heavier with it and I think it would be very hard to apply too much.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
I found this hiding in the back of my foundation drawer and started using it again.  I can't remember why I stopped using this as it gives a really awesome coverage without looking cakey.  My favourite way to apply is with my fingers as it helps the product warm up and sink into my skin.  If I use a brush or my beauty blender it just doesn't have the same finish.  I've nearly finished this and I can't decide wether to pick up another bottle or try something new.

Janesce Softening Refresher Spray
This came in a beauty box once upon a time and as the weather has warmed up I've been using this as a refresher during the day.  It has a lovely soft fragrance and feels lovely and hydrating on the skin.

MUA Power Pout in Broken Hearted
I'm a huge fan of the Revlon Balm Stains and this product is very similar.  The only difference is it has a slightly more dewy/shiny finish and doesn't quite last as long on the lips. Still a great product and I've been loving this colour.

NYX Butter Gloss in Creme Brulee
It's been a while since I wore lipgloss but these glosses are amazing.  Creme Bruless smell's delicious, just like you'd imagine and it's so soft and creamy on the lips.  It has some colour to it but not overpowering and is in no way sticky at all.  Will definitely be picking up some more of these now that NYX has landed in Target in Australia.

MUA Matte Pallette
I'm loving these Matte shades from MUA and with a primer underneath I have no problem with them lasting all day.  The MUA palettes are so cheap and while they could've added in some different colours I'm really enjoying using this.

MUA Undress Your Skin Highlighter
I much prefer powder highlighters over liquid/cream and applied over my blush this gives a perfect highlighting shimmer to my cheekboxes.  It's lovely and cool-toned too with no hints of gold so it works really well with my fair skin.

Furless Brushes x2 - Stippling & Contour
I picked up a set of Furless brushes a couple of months ago which I'm still set to review but these 2 brushes are my absolute favourite.  I use the stippling brush soley for my blusher everyday and the contour brush - yup you guessed it - to contour.  They're the perfect size and they pick up and apply product very easily and smoothly.  Definitely check Furless out if you're in the market for some new brushes.

And that wraps up my Favourites for October!

Kayte xx

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Some of you may have noticed that I've been absent from my blog over the last few weeks.  Unfortunately it's hard to write posts about beauty when life throws you an ugly curveball and three weeks ago we found out my Dad had a brain tumour.  
Within a matter of days we had flown home to Newcastle to be together as a family as the surgeons operated to remove the tumour.  We spent a lot of time just sitting and waiting anxiously and spending time with Dad when he was recovering in the hospital ward.  I never thought I'd ever get to know a hospital so well.  

The prognosis for my Dad isn't great and we don't know how long we have with him but we have him here today and that alone is worth celebrating.  Today he is strong, fit, healthy and most of all happy.  He has some minor speech difficulties but other than that he still remains my funny, courageous Dad telling us all that everything is 'good, really really good' and making sure that we're all okay.  He'll start radiation and chemo soon and we all remain positive that the side effects will be minor.

My Dad a week after surgery

It's taken me awhile to write this post because I know this is an ugly subject to write about on a beauty blog but this is me and over the next few months my posting may be sporadic on the blog as I'll be flying back home whenever I can.  My family has and always will be the most important thing to me and I remain grateful for the time I have had and do still have with my Dad.

Life is short, Break the Rules,
Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.
Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably
And never regret ANYTHING
That makes you smile
-Mark Twain

Thankyou to those who have sent messages of love and support, even when I haven't replied please know that I appreciate every single one of you.

Kayte xx