Monday, October 20, 2014

Memebox Winners!

A big thank you to everyone who entered.

Congrats to the following winners!

I'm trying to find out shipping protocol for Meme box, I shall have another Meme box giveaway towards the end of the month. Stay tuned.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Review: Meme Box #32 OMG 2 + GIVEAWAY!!




I cannot express my recent collaboration with Meme Box. I've seen so many reviews and rants via the blogsphere I couldn't wait to get my hands on one! I am completely flabbergasted by the amount of full size products in this both. This kinda put the our national boxes to shame.. I love my makeup, but I use more skincare than I do makeup, needless to say, I was extremely pleased with this box.


Lets get started, this box is all about FUNKY TRENDS!



Priori Aroma Moisture Gel Most 100ml
FULL SIZE
$24

This product contains bee venom, propolis, sophora roots, balloon flower roots and multi EX magnotics. Well, that's a mouthful! Apparently it'll help to treat your skin and fight blemishes (what I need at the moment!!).  


Ladykin Vanpir Dark Repair Cream 50ml
FULL SIZE
$50

Is "Vanpir" an actual word or does just sound like "Vampire"??  
Claims to restore and brighten skin (very vamp like - no?) It also has anti aging properties to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. Yes yes yes and yes!! I have so many freckles on my cheeks and nose, you can probably play line the dots. This will definitely come in handy.

Seatree Syn-Ake Essence 45ml
FULL SIZE
$20  

Contains youth preserving ingredients, such as Syn Ake peptides (similar composition to snake venom and hyaluronic acid). I've noticed that insect and reptile venom/juices are highly regarded in Korean skincare. I got a friend who has been trying the snail cream and achieved excellent results. I'm curious.
 

Haruen Dorothy Haruen - S1ea
FULL SIZE
$26

Volcanic rock rollerball that absorbs excess oil, grease, blackheads and acne inducers. Made from 100% volcanic rock. Apparently you'll achieve a matified look by rolling the ball on your face. I get oily around my T-zones, especially on my nose when I am in the office (the air con really brings out the oil). So I might pop this in my bag. You can roll this on your face before and after makeup. 
 
 Milky Dress Bohr-effect carboxy Gel 1set
FULL SIZE
$24
A 2-step mask that will deep cleanse and extract pore clogging bacteria, firms and tightens sagging skin. Wooohooo, this is perfect for me. My pores are uncontrollably large due to previous breakouts and my non-disciplined hands. I hated pimples and my mission was to squeeze them all. Not so appealing now. Hopefully this will be effective!



Cristallin Cellulose Mask 28g x2
FULL SIZE
$10

This mask is desgined to improve skin's clarity and elasticity, the "Jelly like" texture will "feel like an octopus wrapped around your face" - that was on the product card. HAHA! OH... I don't know whether it's a good thing or not, I don't really want to know what it's like to have an octopus on my face! Two masks for $10 is a little bit hefty.  



OK! SO! I have a GIVEAWAY for you guys! :)

1 x Winner will recive $30 in Meme points (equivalent to a free $23 Box + free Shipping)
2 x Runner up will receive 7 Meme points (equivalent to 1x free standard shipping)

OPEN INTERNATIONAL

Edit: New meme box members only, sorry they had it in tiny writing in disclaimers.
No duplicate accounts. you must also sign up to their newsletter


Saturday, October 11, 2014

I.C.O.N CURE for a Cause Campaign

October is our National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I appreciate the fact that we host public awareness campaigns to focus on those who are affected within our society. Working in the health industry requires me to connect with an array of wondering people with different abilities, strengths and needs. Public awareness provides the opportunity to rid stigma, promote social acceptance and consequently, engage devoted scientists and medical practitioners to research and structure interventions.
 
I.C.O.N (see my introduction/review post) launched their "CURE for a Cause" campaign and raised thousands of dollars by their hosting annual 5k run. The success and the possibility of this campaign is empowered and reinforced by the participation of those like you and I.



Don't worry, this particular cause does not require you to switch from heels to runners. For us beauty buffs, I.C.O.N has launched their CURE range and CURE for a Cause gift box containing two replenishing sprays 60ml and 250ml. Every purchase will guarantee a donation to cancer research.




I.C.O.N CURE replenishing spray conditions and restores dry and stressed hair by utilising renewable resources and the ecology of raw ingredients. I love the concept of the of the replenishing spray and how parallels as a metaphoric tie to the CURE for a Cause campaign  by emphasising on it's renewal and restoring properties. I would like to harness this opportunity to galvanise individuals to participate in this campaign - whether it's purchasing a CURE for a Cause product or simply by passing on the word, we are making our own contributions to raise awareness.

Product and Application (Quick video!)



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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Lust Have It! - September 2014

Finally. I received my package today and we are about to hit mid October. My biggest pet peeve is being late, my job involves a lot of meetings and appointments. One thing I can tell you is that I am never late. I'll start palpitating with 10 mins to go.

Anyway, lets get on with this.

I didn't get an information card this month (first time this has happened).




Glam Manicare Express 3 in 1
 FULL SIZE
This is a nail art pen, I'm guessing that I can use one side to paint my nails and the other side to apply the little glitter circles. I've been practising painting my nails with a steady hand, I think I might be brave enough to try this.
 

Urban Skincare Co Repair Body Balm
 
I have never heard of this brand before, but it's Australian Designed and Owned - always a plus! I get dry hands and legs no matter what season we are in. This will definitely come in good use. At 35ml, I can't tell you if this is full size or not.


The Cosmetic Kitchen Macadamia Wax Creme Highlighter

We've received quite a few products from The Cosmetic Kitchen in the past few months. I really like how their products are vegan and cruelty free. Most of all, they are local at downtown Newtown. Now.. since I don't have my product card, can someone please tell me whether this is a face highlighter/gloss or multiuse product?

 

ModelCo Lip Lacquer in Morocco
 FULL SIZE
I picked my shade in Morocco, two shades darker than my natural lip colour. This is a great everyday work lacquer. I'm not too fond of ModelCo products due to their poor quality - dry lipsticks, sticky glosses and cakey foundations. I really like this shade so I'll give it a try, hopefully, better than some of their other products. 

Uriage Cleansing Gel sample

I go through cleansers like no body's business, this is a great addition!



Model Co Samples
 

UrbanSkincareCo voucher - feel free to use this code. 
 


Overall, I thought this month's content was fair. I'm eager to try the highlighter and lip lacquer. However, nothing really stood out for me to the point where I want jump with joy - and I am easily excited.

What are your thoughts on September's box?

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Empties: September 2014




Nothing equates to the feeling of tossing used beauty products to make room for MORE!
I've been putting my dollar away for a hopeful splurge at the end of the year.


Daisy by Marc Jacobs
I never thought this day would come. I finished the first perfume I purchased, this baby lasted for 5 strong years.

Dove Body Wash
Just another body wash - nothing special.

Sukin Rosehip Oil
This rosehip oil is quite effective, however, I can't stand the scent. It smells like old cooking oil. I wish tried out a tester before I bought 2 bottles... Ah well, one down, one to go. My personal recommendation is A'kin rosehip oil.

Revlon Age Defying Concealer - Discontinued
Another product I've been using for dragon years. I loved this little pot of creamy concealer, the consistency was perfect. The product itself was quite hydrating.


I've been trying hard to reduce my sample stash - some honorable mentions...

Natio Pure Mineral Skin Perfecting BB Cream - Hands down, the best BB cream I've tried so far. Super light weight, great coverage, long lasting and hydrating.

I'd recommend you to give Rimmel BB Cream  a miss. It smelt like chemicals and it would some how congregate around dry patches after a long day of wear.


 I've had Bonne Bell's eyeshadow palette and Stila brush (from Stila's smudge pot) since I was in high school, time to meet the bin!


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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mary Kay's New Summer Shades Review - Lipsticks, Glosses and Cream Shadows!


Mary Kay launched some fresh summer shades this August and I was lucky enough to receive some goodies to try out. With the Australian summer literally just around the corner, these colours will definitely brighten your day. Once thing for sure, the colour orange is in this season.. and pineapples, did everyone see all the paper pineapples hanging from the ceiling at Myer and printed on tops?


Left to right: Sassy Fuchsia, Citrus Flirt, Tangerine Pop, Berry a La Mode

Product Name: Mary Kay True Dimension Lipsticks

Product Claim:

- Long lasting colours
- Moisturising and skin care benefits
- Provides contour to your lips in terms of fullness, plumpness and firmness
- 14 shades
- Fragrance free formula

Swatches:




Verdict:
  •  Moisturising. This lipstick is living up to it's expectations, once applied, my cracked lips felt smooth and plump, however, after approximately 1-2 hours, it will start dry out a little.. so make sure you apply generous coats of your favourite lip balm as a base.
  • Lasts for up to 5-6 hours. I do a lot of talking, eating and drinking at work, the colour started to fade at approximately 5-6 hours. A tint was still visible - I do however, prefer this to true colour.
  • Wearable colours. These lipsticks are pigmented, however the tangerines are not neon oranges and the pinks are not hot pinks (unlike the OCC Lip Tars, you'll need Napisan to get rid of that stain). This might be a con for some people, but I personally prefer subtle yet layer-able lipsticks
  • No fragrance, but there is a scent. The usual lipstick scent, but sweeter.

Product Name: Mary Kay Nourishine Plus Lip Gloss


Product claim:

- High shine and moisture
- 8 glossy shades
- Superlight, nourishing, non-sticky formula
- Contains complex of antioxidant-rich vitamins and plant dervied mineral to smooth, protect and condition lips

Swatches:






Verdict:
  • High shine. Evident from the swatches/applications, this again, be a pro to some and con to others.
  • Pigmented. Very pigmented glosses, more pigmented than the lipsticks I'd say. You can wear these colours on it's own without a lipstick undercoat coat.
  • Non-sticky. I hate sticky glosses, which is why I never go near Lancome's Juicy Tubes. These glosses are not sticky per say, but you will get the occasional hair sticking to your lips on a windy day.
  • Moisturising. If a gloss dries your lips, then it's probably a poor quality product. I am quite happy with the way this gloss sits on my lips.



Product Name: Mary Kay Cream Eye Colours

Product claim:

- Long wearing, lasts up to 10 hours
- Wear as a primer, under mineral eyeshadow or alone
- Fragrance free, suitable for sensitive skin
- Crease proof
- Waterproof
- Lightweight and can be layered
- Soft and creamy formula with a smooth texture that glides on easily
- Dries quickly and does not transfer.
- 4 shades

Swatches
 


Top: Violet Storm and Glacier Gray
Bottom: Coastal Blue and Glacier Gray

Verdict:
  • Lightweight and Easy to apply.  This doesn't drag on my lids like some of the cheaper cream shadows I've tried.
  • Long wearing and does not crease. This is long wearing alright... after a long day at work (say 9-10 hours) my cream shadow did not budge or crease. This lasts longer than Shiseido's cream shadows.
  • Waterproof. You won't be able to wash this off under lukewarm water like usual cream shadows, it was difficult to remove even with a cleansing wipes. You need a good strong makeup remover. This is great for people who are looking for long lasting wearable colours.
  • Wearable colours. I don't usually wear a lot of blues and greens on my lids, however these colours are quite subtle and wearable.
  • Fast Drying/Funny texture. This baby dries in an instant. I would probably recommend a brush for application so it doesn't stain your fingers. Once it's dries, it literally hugs your skin. The texture felt a little bit like... a light coat of paint? I love the long lasting effect and the anti crease technology, but I can't say I'm a big fan of the texture once it dries.

Above are some tools to go along with the MK products. The MK Brush is perfect for applying the cream shadows. It'll pick up the right amount of product and  provides precision when applying colour to your bottom lash lines. The MK Clear Lipliner is a great innovative liner designed to protect and prevent your lipsticks (especially the darker shades) from feathering or bleeding.

Which MK product caught your eyes?

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sealife + Fort Denison + Birthday (PIC HEAVY)

Even though it's almost been a month since my birthday, I've been posting up annual birthday posts to help my poor brain remember exactly what I did each year.

This year we went to Sealife and Fort Denison.

First off... some pictures I took from Sealife Aquarium, look at those jellyfish!


Below are two jellyfishes doing some X-rated baby making business, well, they've already made a lot of babies - see the little white dots? Yup, they're tiny jelly tots








There's me at the rock pool. And below, some tasty treats from Sealife. Battered calamari, fish and sweet potato chips.




*** Fort Denison ***

Basically a historical site with a nice restaurant over looking the harbour. You can reach Fort D by boat from Circular Quay.

Because I'm lazy and spent a good half of today typing reports, here's Port Denison in a nutshell thanks to Wikipedia

"Fort Denison is a former penal site and defensive facility occupying a small island located north-east of the Royal Botanic Gardens and about one kilometre east of the Opera House in Sydney Harbour, New South Wales, Australia."



















What did you do for your last birthday?


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