Tuesday, September 29, 2015

I've been trying out a few products from Physicians Formula lately and this pressed CC powder has been impressing me.  The 'CC' in this range refers to Colour Correction + Care and claims to correct skin imperfections.  

Physicians Formula says it best themselves...

"Physicians Formula Super CC Colour-Correction + Care Powder is a pressed powder that corrects most skin imperfections. It helps to cover age spots, dark circles, blemishes, dullness, uneven skin tone, redness, discolouration, signs of fatigue, fine lines and wrinkles. The formula is lightweight and longwearing." 

For me this powder does do most of those things.  I would say the coverage was medium to full when worn over foundation and light to medium when worn on it's own.  I like that I can wear it either way making it perfect for both the working week and the weekends when I can't be bothered doing a full face of makeup.  The little pigments of colour you can see in the compact blend in seamlessly with the rest of the powder to create a nice neutral toned finish with no hint of cake-face to be seen.

This retails for $27.95 and can be found at most Priceline stores.

Kayte xx

P.S Stay tuned if you'd like to win some Physicians Formula products for yourself...

*This product was provided to me for editorial consideration however that has not affected my review in any way.  For more deets click on the disclosure tab x

Thursday, September 24, 2015

This season The Parcel is celebrating Marie Claire's 20th Anniversary with a special edition box.  The following 8 items were jam packed into the box:

John Frieda Frizz Ease Smooth Start Hydrating Shampoo & Conditioner
At 250ml in each, these were by far the largest items in the box and products I haven't tried before although I've seen the range around a lot.  I look forward to trying these out.

MOR Hand & Body Milk - Rosa Noir
Containing shea butter and macadamia oil this sounds divine.

Redwin Coconut Balm
Is this the new Paw Paw Ointment?  I'm not really sure about this product - you'd think by the name that it would primarily be coconut oil which is a product well known for its hydrating properties but the ingredient list shows its first ingredients are castor oil and vegetable oil.  I'll give it a try but I think I'd rather just use Coconut Oil.

St Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan
This is the product I was most excited to see in the box as I'd seen it advertised recently as a new release.  A tan you can apply and wash off after 3 minutes in the shower? Sounds like a dream come true!

Loreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick - Matte - Ouhlala
A gorgeous matte hot pink shade to celebrate Loreal's 30th birthday.

Clinique Custom Repair Serum
It's been a long time since I've used any Clinique skincare so I was pleasantly surprised to find this in here and I'm always keen to find a good serum.  Look forward to trying this out and hopefully seeing some good results.

Estee Lauder Modern Muse Le Rouge
A small vial of perfume that unfortunately is not a scent I'll be wearing anytime soon.  I'm shit at describing scents so I won't bother and perfumes are hugely personal things anyway that change from person to person so best just to try it for yourself next time you see a tester in store.

That's all for this seasons 'The Parcel' by Marie Claire.  Again I was really happy with what was in the box and I think Marie Claire continue to nail the beauty subscription box concept with ease.  Other companies should take notes.  You can sign up or find out more info at www.theparcel.com.au  

Kayte xx

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I'm not gonna lie, I've lost a lot of sleep this winter for one reason or another.  So now, not only do I have dry scaly winter skin to deal with I also have dark circles under my eyes and that constant grey look to my skin.  I was keeping up with my good skincare and drinking lots of water but... I just needed something else.

The little beauty that I'm going to introduce you to today is my latest secret weapon.

Physicians Formula Nude Wear Nude Glow Touch of Glow!  Firstly what the eff is up with that name - Imma just call it Touch of Glow from now on.  Basically Touch of Glow is a concealer and highlighter in one.  It's a little contradictory from the get go because a concealer is usually used to hide things and a highlighter to make something more pronounced but stick with me here... this product is not for concealing blemishes. 

Here's what Physicians Formula had to say about the product:

" a perfecting, all-in-one miracle tool for the ultimate touch of radiance with each stroke.  It provides a weightless and ultra-hydrating concealer+highlighter+all-over touch up tool in a flow-through brush applicator with an airy cream formula that glides on and blends effortlessly to correct the appearance of dark circles, fine lines, shadows and signs of fatigue for a beautiful, glowing bare skin effect."

For me this is the perfect under eye concealer.  It applies really easily - just twist the bottom once and product comes out - I use about three strokes under each eye and blend with my finger tip.  The product has what I'd call a medium coverage, blends easily, is hydrating and sits really well under the eye.  It has the perfect amount of "glow" to it so you don't end up looking like a shiny disco ball while still covering dark circles and not settling in fine lines. I definitely wouldn't be using this as an all over touch up tool as they suggest but for me it's the perfect under-eye pick me up and I'm addicted!

The RRP is $22.95 and can be found at most Priceline stores.

Kayte xx

Thursday, September 17, 2015

One hundred percent this is by far the best NAKED release from Urban Decay.  I have the 1, 3 and Basics 2 and as much as I love each of those in their individual way this palette is the most usable for me.  The palette contains four shimmer shades, four satin shades and four matte shades and I would say they all tend to be more neutral to cool toned rather than warm.  I don't suit warmer shades which is probably why I'm so in love with this palette.  There's such a good range of both light and dark shades as well as the three different finishes making it so versatile.  Each shade is pigmented and buttery with minimal fallout making them a dream to apply and blend.

I'm terrible at swatches so I suggest heading over to Kitsch Snitch's blog (click here) as she has posted a really in depth review of the palette with awesome photos and swatches.

I purchased this from the Mecca website for $78 which works out to be about $6.50 per shade.  I don't know about you but I can justify buying twelve $6.50 eyeshadows haha.

Do you have any of the NAKED palettes?  I'd love to know which one is your favourite!

Kayte xx

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This review's a little belated as this product came out quite a while ago and to be honest these pictures have been sitting on my computer for months while I ummed and ahhed about bothering to even blog about it.  I figure I can't just tell you about all the good stuff though, gotta keep you informed about the shit stuff too.  

This product got so much hype as a dupe for Anastasia Beverly Hills' contour palette but I haven't tried her one so I can't compare at all.  I'll just tell you what I think about this one...

The three contouring shades at the bottom are like 3 different shades of mud.  I have quite fair skin so maybe it's just a case of them not being the right shade for me but you'd think at least one of them would suit.  I found they just made my face looked dirty and more than that they were really hard to blend.  The top middle shade which is a yellowy colour is the only shade from the palette I really used and I used it to set under my eyes - the shade was right and helped to hide my dark circles but every time I put my brush in this there was heaps of fall-out and the powder went everywhere.  The other two highlight shades were okay but nothing special.  I've chucked this whole palette in my free to a good home pile. Obviously there are people who rave about it, so probably a case of heading into a store and swatching it for yourself to see if it's a product that could work for you.

Kayte xx

Thursday, September 10, 2015

It's been awhile since I showed you the products I'd used up before I threw them in the bin.  I always find these posts sort of weird to do but I love reading them on other blogs coz they give you a good insight into what products people are actually using.  If you're anything like me, using a product till it's actually finished is no small feat and pretty much means it was good!

As per usual I'll tell you a little about each one...

Hapuna Argan Oil* - I originally blogged about this product two whole years ago (click here for the review) and it's taken me that long to use it up.  I only use a tiny amount on damp hair every time I wash my hair before blowdrying.  I love that this oil is lightweight and doesn't leave any sticky residue behind.  

Alpha H Micro Cleanse - love this exfoliating cleanser for giving you that deep clean feeling with an extra added tingle - that's the glycolic acid doing it's thing.  I'm a huge fan of Alpha H and I'll be re-purchasing this item when I finish my current exfoliator.

Sanctuary Spa Body Butter* - (Review can be found here) Loved this body butter for winter and smells divine - Win!

Hugo Boss Deep Red perfume - one of those scents that takes me back... one I just keep going back to.  Adding this to my Christmas wish list.

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel - adoooore this stuff.  Smells like a dream and leaves skin soft and clean.  This only comes out at Christmas so I can't wait to restock at the end of the year.

Clarins Relax Bath & Shower Gel - love this in a bath.  Has a real essential oil scent that truly does help you relax.

Nuxe Reve de Miel LipBalm - (full review here) holy grail lip balm - I had already repurchased before I completely ran out as I can't go a day without this stuff.

Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascara - another one I love.  Need another trip down to Sephora in Sydney to pick up a new tube.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Lip Stain in Honey - another one I've already repurchased.  Just a great everyday lipstick that lasts really well!

Nude by Nature Mineral Cover Loose Powder in Light - to be honest there was still some powder left in here but I hardly ever reach for it coz loose powders are just messier than regular pressed powders so I'm chucking it even though I did really like the finish it gives.  Won't be repurchasing.

And that's the end of this month's installment of my rubbish bin... Hope you enjoyed.

Kayte xx

*Products marked with an asterix are ones that were provided to me for review but that hasn't affected my opinion in any way.  All other products were purchased by me.  Further details can be found on the Disclosure tab.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

If you were to ask me what my favourite scent is, it would be a firm toss-up between vanilla and coconut. So when I first opened the sachet of Monoi Oil Nourishing Deep Conditioner I was already won over when the scent of coconut wafted up to my nose.  
This sachet of Deep Conditioner and tube of Nourishing Shine Oil each retail for $4.99 so for that price I wasn't expecting amazing results.  And let's be honest I didn't get 'amazing' results.  In saying that I am still pretty happy with the products; the mask is lightweight and leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny... similar to a good conditioner really.  The oil I've been using after every wash in damp hair before blow drying and again is lightweight and doesn't leave any oily residue in my hair.  I haven't noticed a lot more than that but honestly for $4.99 these products are great value.  I got about 3 masks out of the sachet and I have hair longer than my shoulders and I'm not even halfway through the oil after more than a month's use.  I think if your hair is in fairly good condition and you're looking for a really affordable maintenance product these are well worth trying out.

As I mentioned before RRP is $4.99 and the range can be found at Kmart.

Kayte xx

*These products were provided to me for the purpose of review but my review is my own opinion and hasn't been influenced in any way.  You can see more under the Disclosure Policy tab if you'd like x