Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Review: Rimmel Mascara - Idol Eyes by Kate Moss


Before I even start my review, I just wanted to express my joy for Birdman winning best picture and best director at the Academy Awards. This movie was nothing like how I imagined a superhero movie to be. If you haven't seen Birdman already, I suggest you to do so!












Rimmel rolled out the first ever mascara made by global supermodel Kate Moss. I've thoroughly enjoyed Kate Moss' previous lipstick collection so I was excited to try her mascara!

Product Claim

- Broken heart shaped brush designed to reach lashes of all sizes
- Carbon black formula, providing dramatic volume and intense lash effect
- No clumps
- Volumise with one stroke

Shade: 004 Eye Rock Jet Black
Size:  12ml
Price: $16.95 AUD

Ingredients (Thanks to Priceline.com.au)

AQUA/WATER/EAU, SYNTHETIC WAX, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PARAFFIN, PVP, COPERNICIA CERIFERA CERA/COPERNICIA CERIFERA (CARNAUBA) WAX/ CIRE DE CARNAUBA, CERA ALBA/BEESWAX/CIRE D’ABEILLE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, POLYSORBATE 20, POLYESTER-5, STEARIC ACID, RICINUS COMMUNIS (CASTOR) SEED OIL, AMMONIUM ACRYLATES COPOLYMER, PANTHENOL, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HYDROXYETHYLCELLULOSE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, TALC, GLYCERETH-18 ETHYLHEXANOATE, GLYCERETH-18, PEG-26- PPG-30 PHOSPHATE, ASCORBYL GLUCOSIDE, CALCIUM ALUMINUM BOROSILICATE, GOSSYPIUM HERBACEUM (COTTON) POWDER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROLYZED WOOL, SERICA POWDER/ SILK POWDER/POUDRE DE SOIE, RETINYL PALMITATE, HDI/TRIMETHYLOL HEXYLLACTONE CROSSPOLYMER, ACRYLATES/CARBAMATE COPOLYMER, HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OIL, PHENOXYETHANOL, SILICA, GLYCERIN, HYDROGENATED OLIVE OIL, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) FRUIT OIL, ETHYLENE/ METHACRYLATE COPOLYMER, COLLAGEN, PRUNUS ARMENIACA (APRICOT) KERNEL OIL, COLLOIDAL GOLD, SACCHAROMYCES/ PLATINUM FERMENT, SACCHAROMYCES/SILVER FERMENT, CERAMIDE 2, HYDROLYZED KERATIN, OLEA EUROPAEA (OLIVE) OIL UNSAPONIFIABLES, SODIUM SULFATE, TOCOPHEROL, ISOPROPYL TITANIUM TRIISOSTEARATE, PHALAENOPSIS LOBBI EXTRACT, POTASSIUM SORBATE, BAMBUSA ARUNDINACEA LEAF EXTRACT, SODIUM BENZOATE, CHLORPHENESIN, SORBIC ACID, [MAY CONTAIN/PEUT CONTENIR/+/-:IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), D&C BLACK NO. 2 (CI 77266)].


Curled Lashes

 Mascara on top lashes

10 mins later, mascara applied on bottom lashes


My Verdict
  • I quite liked the broken heart shaped brush much better than the usual gigantic brushes from drug store brands. The brush was able to reach all lashes, big and small.
  • The formula will eventually smudge if you have watery eyes, it is not waterproof. However, you can easily remove the mascara by rinsing under warm water.
  • Unfortunately, the formula is not quite designed for straight lashes, the mascara weighed my lashes down and my cur was immediately eliminated after application. Miraculously, a fraction of the curl re-appeared after 10 mins. 
  • No clumps, however I can see how this formula may clump after 2-3 months of use. At the moment, I'm able to brush out any wet clumps with no issues.
  • This mascara is quite similar when compared to Rimmel's Wonderfull Mascara. Not a bad mascara to keep in your stash for everyday use.
Which Rimmel Mascaras have you tried?


Disclosure: This product was provided for my consideration, all opinions are my own. 


Friday, February 20, 2015

Lust Have It January 2015



Lust Have It! is finally here! The delay in this pack angered quite a few people. In a work environment, I focus on being punctual, getting things done correctly and to the best of my ability. Since I am so laid back, I didn't mind my pack being 20 days late, as long as I get my pack and it's of quality!
Before I even start... I am thoroughly impressed with this month's pack.

 Natraganics Avado Organic Avocado Oil
$15.99
FULL SIZE

 My sun spots and freckles are running wild, this is absolutely perfect. Even though I can never part from my high end products, I've become a lot more health conscious this year, certified organic is right up my alley.

 Urban Skincare Co Infuse Body Balm
SAMPLE SIZE

I enjoyed my last Urban Skincare Co body product, so I'm quite pleased to see this again :)

 Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Mudcake
$24.95
FULL SIZE

I fell in love with Marsk after my initial encounter with their Rich List eye shadow in one of the previous LHI packs.  I am THRILLED to see TWO Marks products :) We had the option to pick a shade; Mudcake orVanilla Frosting. I forgot to pick... but thankful that got the shade I wanted.


Marsk Certified Organic Eyeliner in Pitch Black
$33.50

I recently ceased mascara use and jumped back onto the black eyeliner wagon. The liners I am using are not certified organic, I have no idea what I am putting on my eyes but I get random itchy bumps here and there. I can't wait to give this a go and see how it works on my skin!

 Colour by TBN
$2.50
FULL SIZE

I love neon colours. I'm a little disappointed that the purple is not exactly... neon. I'm hoping that it'll look different on my nails.

 BONUS PRODUCT: Designer Brand Chubby Lipstick Crayon 
$7.99
FULL SIZE

This was our bonus product from LHI as a way of saying sorry for the delay. This is my first Chubby Lipstick Crayon!! Very exciting. I adore the shade, a very wearable pink. I'm looking forward to trying this!




This is the third time I received a Hello Fresh voucher... I might consider giving it a go this time.

Overall... I absolutely loved this month's pack, it's high quality, excellent value for money and filled with a lovely range of products. More Kudos for all the certified organic products :) Great work LHI! Looking forward to my Feb pack!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Enter Hair 2 Go's Muk Deep Muk Pack Giveaway!

Happy weekend everyone! Just wanted to share this wonderful giveaway!


Hair 2 Go is giving away a Muk Deep Muk Pack (full sized Deep Muk Ultra Soft Shampoo 300ml, Deep Muk Ultra Soft Conditioner 300ml and Deep Muk 1 Minute Ultra Soft Treatment 200ml). Valued at $71 via their weekly giveaway on social media and their online store.

You'll have till Monday night (9/2) to submit your entries, don't miss out :)

Enter Here:

 http://www.hair2go.com.au/giveaway/

Mobile friendly link:

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Sunday, February 1, 2015

Yoga with Benefit Cosmetics @ Sydney Tower

Early Thursday morning, I dragged my zombified  body out of bed at 5am to attend a free event held by Benefit Australia.

Ideally, I would like to sleep in till 8am everyday but some thing's got to give, it goes without saying that attending Benefit's Yoga session was highly prioritised, more so than sleep. I was paranoid that my friend and I wouldn't be the first 30 to enter the session, as a result, we boarded the train with other sleepy souls and arrived in the heart of Sydney at 6:30am,

We were instantly awaken after seeing the breath-taking views! 

Photo by Benefit Cosmetics Australia

As a partial office worker, back pain and discomfort is no stranger to me. A good 60 mins stretch/yoga session before work really made a difference. I felt relaxed (a little sleepy to begin with) and surprisingly energetic for the rest of the day.

Other than a couple of giveaways via blogspot/instagram, I have never been fortunate enough to win lucky draws. So it must've been my lucky day, I walked away with a lovely Benefit prize pack :)

Photo by Benefit Cosmetics Australia
Photo by Benefit Cosmetics Australia

Apart from the awesome yoga and amazing views, everyone went home with some generous memorabilia from Benefit Cosmetics. Everyone received a Benefit singlet, beach towel, water bottle, visor and some They're Real samples!

Below is a picture of my amazing prize pack- all full size products :) YAY! I'm so excited to try everything. To date, I've only tried They're Real Mascara and it is among my favourites.

- Majorette Blush
- Hoola Bronzer
- They're Real Mascara
- The Poreferssional primer
- The Porefessional agent zero shine


Below is a picture of the sample pack that we all received :)


Sunday, January 25, 2015

Japanese Makeup


It's been close to a year since my Japan holiday, I've been meaning to make this post for a very long time! Due to the kawaii and kitsch nature of Japanese make up, I instantly fell in love and brought home a small haul.


Yojiya
Yojiya was founded in 1904, Yojiya is known for it's quality and craftsmanship. As a result, the brand quickly spread across Japan. Their beauty products are designed to enhance natural beauty. Their top selling product is Aburatorigami - blotting paper.

I purchased who products, which I thought were unique and would assist me in my travels.
Face powder paper to the left, there were three shades; clear, natural and pink. I purchased mine in Natural. These are so efficient, each sheet is covered with finely milled powder.  To the right, we have portable soap, there are 20 sheets of dry soap in the packet.

Make sure you check out Yojiya's Cafe if you are ever in Kyoto.



Dolly Wink

One thing I dare say is that Dolly Wink's mascara definitely lives up to it's expectations, easily one of the best waterproof mascaras I've ever used. Can't say the same about the liquid eyeliner to the right. I forgot to include my Dolly Wink highlighter pencil + sharpener, but I'll have a review post up soon :)


Sana - Pore Putty

Pore Putty is one of the makeup line within Japanese beauty giant, Sana. Pore Putty is designed to smooth out pores and rough skin. The two products I purchased goes hand in hand, base and powder! Since I don't read Japanese, I had a lot of trouble picking the right product. I've been using the BB Cream as a primer as coverage is minimal.


Canmake
Canmake founded in 1986. The brand expanded across Asian countries and was endorsed across demographics due to their cute packaging, diverse colour schemes and natural ingredients to suit sensitive skin. The bush is beautiful with great colour pay off, the concealer to the far right is not too bad. The eyeshadow palette is a little disappointing with poor pigmentation (see review here)

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Farewell 2014

If you've been following my blog for the last few years, you'll know that I make a badly filmed video compilations summarising elements of my life within the year. It's mainly to help me look back in nostalgia and gasp "I feel old". The video is little bit long this year.. sorry!

Earlier this year, I traveled to Japan and China to tour and visit family, my grandmother passed away a few months after I came home, that was a dark moment for our family - I'm glad I took footage of her exercising and being happy.

You'll also see a footage of my extremely fit grandfather twirling a... dragon!?

You'll also see a couple of events I attended and places I went to, including my liberation from being incarcerated at university day, Fort Denison and Sculpture by the Sea

I paired the video with a few of my most listened to songs that helped me get through the year. It's a little bit different to my usual indie/alternative/60-70s music, potentially some new music for you as well!

A full list of the songs and artists:

Ninja Re Bang Bang - Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Super Pretty Naughty - Buck 65
Coffee - Aesop Rock
Don't - Ed Sheeran
Seventeen - Ladytron
Alright - Lim Kim

I hope everyone had a brilliant 2014 - I feel that I am more in touch with my fellow bloggers/instagramers.. people whom I have never met in real life than my small speck of friends. I really appreciate the sense of "being" you guys had provided for me, and hopefully many more years to come. I hope everyone will be showered in beauty products in 2015 ;)


Thursday, December 25, 2014

Lust Have It! December 2014 - Merry Christmas!

 Merry Christmas everyone :)

This year went so fast, worked finished off yesterday, I am now on my 1.5 week break. I thought I'd transition into the holidays by enjoying a Thai massage after work. I went to Lux Thai Massage on Kent St, Sydney. I came to the realisation that I'm not cut out to be elbowed, I am very boney my scapular is prominently visible in a spaghetti string singlet top, I felt like I was being butchered with repetitive elbow diggings into my back. She also kept massaging my butt, that was a little weird. I swear that I will steer away from Thai massages from now on, it's some muscle spraining-bone breaking pain. My upper traps muscles are swollen, sore and tender. I felt like I willingly paid someone to beat me up before Christmas.

Aside from the physical trauma, I was in awe that my LHI pack arrived before Christmas, good work guys :)


 The Cosmetic Kitchen Raw Chocolate Clay Mask
Not sure if this is full size or not?
50g for $24.95

As I have mentioned in previous posts, I love love love seeing The Cosmetic Kitchen products in LHI. TCK is 100% Australian owned, made, vegan and not tested on animals. That ticks all my boxes. They have a shop in Newtown which you guys should definitely check out if you're in town. Initially I thought we got sent some hot chocolate mix for December. I was almost tempted to drink this until I saw Pink Australian Clay in the Ingredients. You're meant to mix a teaspoon of the mask mix with olive oil, water and avocado. Personally, I love my avocado so much that I feel like it's a waste if it's not going in my belly. I'd be more than happy to have the mask on my face while I eat an avo.

 The Cosmetic Kitchen Raw Chocolate Bath Salts
200g Limited Edition Full Size
$18.50

 Another product that took me by surprise... did anyone else think this was a packet of cereal? These are bath salts, no, not Cathinone. Pop these in the bath for a festive detox! These bath salts are coated in raw cocao to provide high doses of antioxidant. Since I don't bathe and dislike prune fingers (Shame shame shame!).... I will be giving this to my boyfriend.

 Designer Brands Extend a Brow
Full Size
$12.99

I was excited to see this product in the pack, I am currently obsessed about having nicer brows and started using this product as soon as I saw it. I love that it adds a dash of colour to my brows, but the fibres are not very efficient. They don't stick onto my brows... they fall onto my lashes and later into my eyes. The fibres will go everywhere, I've been blocking fall outs by placing a business card under my brows during application. Model Co has a similar product, except it's in gel form.
 
 Inika Pure Primer
Deluxe 30ml samples
50ml for $60
Yes!!! Another Inika product :) I'm so happy! I don't prime... but I will now :P
Inika products are certified organic, I feel safe using their products. 

Lonvitalite Whitening Mask
Full Size 
$9.95
 
I still have a couple of Lonvitalite masks from my mother's day prize. I really like their masks, so I'm very happy to see this in the pack!
 
 
A top pack overall and a great way to kick off Christmas.  Great job ladies :) 
 
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Empties: December 2014

I can't believe it's so close to Christmas! We went to Carols in the Domain last night, had a great time as always!

Here's a compilation of products I used up in the past couple of months. As you all know, I'm a snail when it comes to finishing off products.




Avene Micellar Lotion : I honestly can't tell the difference between all these Micellar lotions - Bioderma or not, they all work the same for me. Great for removing minor grime, powder and left over foundation.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo - Gel based formula, quite hydrating. I used this as a night cream.

Lust Gorgeous Facial Moisturiser - This moisturiser was gorgeous indeed, I used it at night, unfortunately my skin is so dry I had to apply two layers of this moisturiser to ensure my skin remains hydrated. This would be excellent for oily skin - no grease.

Biore Eye Cream - Definitely not one of my favourite eye creams, it would roll off my skin if I accidentally rub my eyes during the night. I feel like this cream acted as a barrier rather than a product that would deeply hydrate my under eye area.


Shiseido Hydro Compact Foundation - Great foundation for dry skin, medium coverage. Which is probably why I have 2 more of these as back ups. Shiseido makes great foundations.


Shiseido perfect mascara full definition - I actually hated this mascara, the little fibres were meant to extend my lashes, but it would either fall into my eyes or onto my cheeks over time.This mascara did not hold curls and was quite useless for my wimpy lashes. The only pro I can think is that it can be easily washed off with warm water. I will be keeping the container for the next benefit's mascara swap ;)

Indio Serum - This is my first serum, I did wake up with more plump any dewy skin, I like having an undercoat before I apply my night cream as my skin is extremely dry and dehydrated. I will be using more serums, thanks Indio.

Ocean Essence crystal lip patch - This is a lip spa treatment to plump your lips. It didn't find it plumping per se but the tiny lines around my mouth disappeared a little.


Kuu Konjac Deep Cleansing sponge -  I used this little fella for about 3-4 months before it started disintegrating. I was able to use it with/without cleanser. I love that it is 100% natural, however I prefer something with more longevity. I'm currently using a different cleansing tool, which I'll show you guys in another post.

A lip tint product I received from one of the beauty boxes, it just wasn't for me and it's time to meet the bin.


The Face Shop Facial Mask, this is the thickest mask I've used, it recharged my skin like no other mask I've used to date. love it. Natio Mineral BB Cream, medium coverage and easy to apply, I mixed it up with Palmer's BB Cream, as Palmer's was a little too dark for me.. also lesser coverage. Revlon Nearly Naked sample was a bit of a failure for me, none of the shades matched my skintone, I did however manage to use up the samples by mixing everything together. Glacial Clay Spa, a clay facial sheet mask, this is not something I'd willingly use again, it's a mask soaked in watery clay and it got quite messy. I refer squeezing my clay masks out of a tube.



Here's a photo for all the Harry Potter fans out there, in celebration of Harry Potter's new home at Universal Studios Japan :)

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