Friday, 11 April 2014

NEW ELES Cosmetics Berry Crush Collection

ELES Cosmetics is an Australian mineral makeup brand and their products are formulated using the finest micronised minerals, antioxidants and nutrients (including Ginseng, Aloe and Chamomile) to help protect, correct and nourish skin. ELES Cosmetic products are formulated to 'naturally relax, refresh and rejuvenate the skin' and to 'complement today's modern woman'. I love cosmetic brands who take into consideration the natural beauty of skin and the importance of protecting skin from premature aging. ELES Cosmetics are free from nasty chemicals and pore-clogging ingredients to ensure the skin can breathe naturally while wearing a veil of cosmetics.

ELES Cosmetics Berry Brush Collection
The latest collection to arrive at ELES Cosmetics is the Berry Crush Collection (click here to view the entire Berry Crush Collection) to complement the Autumn season with bronze hues and accents of berry shades! I was recently sent some lovely eye and cheek makeup products from the ELES Berry Crush Collection to trial and these included the following: ELES Brow Sculpt, ELES Powder Liner Pencil in Copper and ELES Mineral Blush in Mixed Berries.

ELES Cosmetics Brow Sculpt in Brunette
The ELES Brow Sculpt (A$55/1.4g) is available in 3 shades (Blonde, Auburn and Brunette) and features a brow shadow (on the left) and brow sculpt wax (on the right) to allow you to fill in and set your brows for flawless, defined and perfectly shaped brows. It is best to use a small angled brush to gentle fill in the brows, from the centre outwards, followed by a thin coating of wax to set and define the shape of the brows. The high pigmentation of the shadow and wax means that you need to use a light hand before building up the intensity, just to avoid over-doing your brows. I always aim for a natural look to my brows, so it is important to carefully and gently fill-in the brows. I love this shade in Brunette as it does work well to provide natural looking brows and helps to cover any imperfections. This is a staple product in my beauty bag and I cannot leave the house without using it to perfect the shape and colour of my brows!

ELES Powder Liner Pencil (A$43.25) is available in 4 shades (Tornado, Copper, Fog and Twilight), where the shade Copper is the latest addition to this range. This Powder Liner Pencil applies on like a dream as the pencil feels as a soft as applying powder and glides on effortlessly without pulling or tugging the skin, thanks to the ingredient Candelilla Wax which allows soft and supple application. I've been using the shade Copper as an eye liner to line the edge of my eye lid to define the eyes whilst providing a soft powdery metallic finish. The shade doesn't smudge easily and stays put during the day. The formula of this Powder Liner Pencil contains Titanium Dioxide, which is a natural mineral for protection and longevity. This Powder Liner Pencil is a dual ended eye liner pencil, so on the other end there is a smudger which you could use to achieve a soft and sultry look to the eyes.

ELES Mineral Blush (A$39.50/4g) is an amazingly highly pigmented blush that I first encounted 2 years ago when the only shade in the line was Rose Marble (reviewed here). I am thankful that my prayers have been answered, because there are now three shades (Rose Marble, Coral Sun and Mixed Berries) of available, Mixed Berries being the latest shade to the line! Mixed Berries is a gorgeous plum/rose shade which suits warm skin tones the best. I have fair skin, so this shade works best when I use a light hand to achieve a natural flush of plum to my cheeks. The satin-like finish is very naturally looking and makes my complexion look healthy and glow-y! This mineral blusher contains Vitamins A, E and C to condition and nourish the skin. What's not to love about this gorgeous blusher!!??

If you are a virgin to ELES Cosmetics products I would highly recommend you check out their products online (here). ELES Cosmetics products are so gentle to the skin and their range of shades are quite beautiful. The site offers free shipping, so you only pay for the products you buy!

For ELES Cosmetics stockists, please click here.

What are your thoughts on the new ELES Berry Crush Collection?

xx Rose

Products were provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with ELES Mineral Makeup and did not receive remuneration to post this product review.

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

NEW The Jojoba Company EE Cream

The Jojoba Company is a Australian skin/body care brand which uses 100% pure natural Jojoba Oil as the core ingredient in their products to help moisturise and nourish the skin. What I love about this Aussie brand is that their products are completely free from harmful ingredients such as: detergents, chemicals, parabens, artificial fragrances, colours, PEGs, mineral oil and sodium lauryl sulphate. Additionally, The Jojoba Company do not test on animals. 

The Jojoba Company recently released the first ever EE cream, a.k.a. Jojoba Bead & Bamboo Facial Exfoliant (A$39.95/80ml), which aims to deeply cleanse, renew and rebalance skin. I was super excited when I was offered the opportunity to trial this face care product, since it could be used as either an exfoliant or a luxurious face mask that you could leave on for 10-15 min for a more intense treatment! My skin is always in need of a pamper, so this EE Cream arrived at a perfect time!

The core ingredients of this wonder EE Cream include Pure Australian Jojoba (provides antioxidants and Vitamins A, D and E), Ivory Clay and Shea Butter to hydrate, Bamboo extract to exfoliate, Witch Hazel to calm and tone, Salicylic Acid (natural Beta Hydroxy Acid) to prevent blemishes and Jojoba Bead to nourish and exfoliate skin. This EE Cream is ideal for both normal and sensitive skin types.

I've been using this EE Cream once every third day (recommended usage is 1-3 times per week) and have been trialling this product as an exfoliant and face mask. As an exfoliant I only end up using a small pearl sized amount and gently massage the cream in circular motions to my forehead, cheeks (inner cheeks and sides of my nose) and chin area. The consistency of the EE Cream is just about right to gently spread across my skin and the Jojoba Beads are well dispersed. The scent of this EE Cream reminds me of oranges and Kaolin clay. In fact, this EE Cream does contain Kaolin as the second core ingredient (after Aqua) and Orange Peel Oil also forms a part of this lovely cream. The cream feels very gentle and I could feel the beads against my skin which work well to buff away dead skin cells to reveal smoother and softer skin. My skin feels relaxed, nourished and well hydrated, I'm so glad this EE Cream doesn't dry my skin out!

When using this EE Cream as a face mask (~10min), the Kaolin clay component of this EE Cream does help to draw out impurities deep inside my pores. While rinsing my skin with lukewarm water, the Jojoba Beads assist in gently buffing any residual impurities on my skin. I love the dual action of this cream as a face mask followed by an exfoliator as the cream was so gentle and soothing to use. It really does feel like I'm getting a thorough cleanse each time I use this EE Cream!

All in all, I prefer to alternate the use this EE Cream as an exfoliant and face mask. I've been using this EE Cream as a face mask once a week and every other time I've been using this as an exfoliant. If you have sensitive skin, then I would happily recommend this EE Cream as the beads are far from being abrasive and the nourishing ingredients help to soothe, hydrate and ease my skin. 

The Jojoba Company EE Cream is available at selected pharmacies nationwide and online here.

What are your thoughts on the new EE Cream? 
Have you tried any products from The Jojoba Company?
xx Rose


Product was provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with The Jojoba Company and did not receive remuneration to post this product review. 

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Violet Box (March 2014)

One thing I look forward to each month is my Violet Box subscription! I wonder what exciting goodies are inside!

A sneak peak into the April Violet Box reveals a new brand collaboration called Teeez Trend Cosmetics. Teeez Trend Cosmetics launched in 2004 in the Netherlands and it's exciting to see their products becoming available here in Australia! I'm already looking forward to the April Violet Box!

Mirenesse Velvet Lip Lift Moisture Shine in shade #47 (A$39.95, 1.5g sample received) - This highly pigmented shade of coral features a microcollagen instant lip plumper, and long term anti-ageing lip treatment. The scent reminds me of butterscotch, which is quite nice for a lip gloss! This mini lip gloss is just perfect for my handbag!

 Sinful Colors Nail Polish in shade Gogo Girl (A$4.95/15ml, full size received) - I received the same shade in my September 2013 Violet Box, so this one will go to my sister, she loves anything red!

Starlooks Gen Pencil in shade Amethyst (A$19.50, full size received) - These Gem Eye Pencils are highly metallic and instantly brightens the eyes when applied to the inner corners of the eyes! The shade Amethyst is a pretty lilac shade with high metallic shine. I'm quite surprised how pigmented and soft these pencils apply.

Love Those Lashes New Silk Strip Lashes (A$14.95, full set received) - These fluttery lashes are made from silk and look beautiful and natural! I love that these lashes are natural-looking and that they don't look too dramatic. These would be perfect to wear for high tea! 

Acorelle Skincare Serm (A$58/30ml, 2ml sample received) - This serum is a powerful anti-oxidant which helps to nourish ageing skin.

Overall, there was a great mix of cosmetics and skincare products in this months Violet Box, however, I was a tad disappointed to receive another Sinful Colors Nail Polish in the same shade. My favourite products are the mini Mirenesse Velvet Lip Lift Moisture Shine and the Love Those Lashes Silk Strip Lashes!

What did you receive in your March Violet Box? 

xx Rose


Products were provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with Violet Box and did not receive remuneration to post this product review. 

Thursday, 3 April 2014

NEW Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush

Recently, I incorporated the new Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush (A$11.95) into my skincare routine and I haven't looked back! The Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush comes with super soft Nylon bristles which help to gently exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This cleansing brush is a fantastic and affordable alternative to popular Clarisonic or Philips VisaPure (reviewed here) cleansing brushes. To use the Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush, simply wet the bristles in lukewarm water, squeeze a decent sized amount of cleansing product directly onto the bristles and then gentle exfoliate and cleanse the skin in small circular motions. I love that you could control the circular motion of the brush against your skin and that you could concentrate on applying more pressure to areas in need of exfoliation, for example the T-zone. The bristles are incredibly soft and gentle, leaving me with beautiful results! My skin looks and feels squeaky clean! The brush comes with a long handle, so you could comfortably hold the brush and control the brushing pressure/speed. The brush also comes with a plastic cap to maintain the cleanliness of the bristles. I absolutely love using brush and would highly recommend this! The Manicare Facial Cleansing Brush is so affordable, so definitely give this nifty brush a go!

Have you used a manual cleansing brush before?

xx Rose

Product was provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with Manicare and did not receive remuneration to post this product review. 

Monday, 31 March 2014

Indola Innova Wonder Blow-Dry Spray

My hair can become a huge mess if I don't take good care of it. My hair is quite thick, long and sadly, damaged and dry due to the constant use of hair styling tools and a hairdryer. Those days of having wondrous naturally wavy and silky hair is no more... Methods to retain the moisture and lustre in my hair include using a conditioner after applying shampoo and also a hair treatment product applied every 3-4 days. When heat-styling my hair I always opt for my GHD Heat Protect Spray (reviewed here) to ensure my hair doesn't go frizzy and dry. Each of these methods help to maintain the goodness in my hair, however, it wasn't until a product by Indola Innova called Wonder Blow-Dry (A$17.95/200ml) that came along and left me completed amazed! Indola Innova Wonder Blow-Dry is a multipurpose spray which you spritz and then comb into freshly washed hair before blow drying to accelerate the time it takes to dry your hair. Just a few sprays to the mid-lengths of the hair and away you go with your hairdryer! Indola Innova Wonder Blow-Dry Spray offers 10 benefits in one bottle:

1) Instantly faster blow-drying
2) Smoothes & de-tangles
3) Vital heat protection
4) Maintains essential moisture
5) Boosts body & bounce
6) Intensifies shine
7) Banishes frizz
8) Lighter hold
9) No residues
10) Results that last

Frankly speaking, this Wonder Blow-Dry spray actually does speed up the drying process of my thick and long hair which is amazing! However, I suspect this is due to the alcohol component in this spray, which is the second major ingredient in this spray after Aqua (water). The alcohol component seems quite prominent in this spray, because I could sense the smell of alcohol after spritzing my hair. Despite this, I was surprised that it didn't strip away the moisture in my hair. It usually takes 20 minutes (on low speed) to blow-dry my hair, however, after spritzing Wonder Blow-Dry onto my hair, it only takes around 12 minutes to reach the same results. My hair felt lightweight and there was no frizz visible! I'm quite happy with the results as this Wonder Blow-Dry spray does speed up drying and leaves my hair looking naturally dry and feeling silky soft.

Indola Innova Wonder Blow-Dry is available online at the My Haircare website here

Have you tried any hair products which reduces the time required to dry your hair?

xx Rose
Product was provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with Indola Innova and did not receive remuneration to post this product review. 

Saturday, 22 March 2014

NEW Beyoncé RISE EDP fragrance + GIVEAWAY!

Beyoncé recently launched her fabulously luxurious new fragrance called RISE Eau de Parfum (A$49/50ml, A$69/100ml), which is a seductive and captivating scent that encapsulates her rising achievement as an iconic singer!

Beyoncé - “The spirit of RISE encourages women to be all that we are.”

In partnership with film director Jake Nava, Beyoncé appears as a stunning and sexy woman to represent her new fragrance with an inspiring message.

The fragrance RISE is housed in a sophisticated glass bottle with a luxe gold topper which symbolise the 'rise' of Beyoncé's career and girl power! The scent RISE is a concoction of woody, musk and floral notes. RISE contains top notes of Apricot, Basil and Bergamot, middle notes of Freesia, Jasmine Sambac and Orchid, and base notes of Vetiver extract, Woodsy Notes, Musk and Cashmere Wood. The combination of these luxurious extracts brings out the scent of Orchids which is quite prominent with distinct scents of the woody notes. RISE is a pleasant feminine, sensual, warm and enveloping fragrance which isn't overpowering as I had anticipated. The scent is quite light, however, sufficient to last a few hours and to become noticeable during the day. The longevity is around 3 hours and sillage is quite moderate.

Thanks to Coty PR, I have 1 bottle of Beyoncé's RISE EDP to give away to one lucky reader! If you would like to win your very own bottle of RISE of even win a bottle for your Mum for Mother's Day, please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Good luck!!

Are you a fan of Beyoncé's line up of fragrances? 
What do you think of the fragrance RISE

xx Rose

Products were provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with Coty PR/ Beyoncé fragrances and  did not receive remuneration to post these product reviews. 

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

NEW Gwen Stefani for OPI Rock Starlets Mini Nail Lacquer Set

Gwen Stefani for OPI Rock Starlets mini nail lacquer set
 Once I heard news about the new collaboration between Gwen Stefani and OPI, I felt super super SUPER excited!! The gorgeous fashion and music icon Gwen Stefani alongside OPI released a set of limited edition OPI shades that I have fallen in love with!!

L-R: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby and 4 In the Morning.

The Gwen Stefani for OPI Rock Starlets mini nail lacquer set (A$24.95) includes two creme gloss and two semi-matte satin finish nail lacquers that are limited edition OPI shades.

Hey Baby - a vibrant and fun Barbie pink shade with creme gloss finish. Hey Baby is a dupable pink shade, though it sure does fit in very well as being a part of Gwen Stefani's hot nail lacquer shades! The formula is incredibly creamy, silky smooth and highly pigmented. I applied two coats to achieve a completely opaque finish.

1 Coat of 'I Sing in Color'
2 Coats of 'I Sing in Color'
I Sing in Color - a seductive and deep blackberry shade. The creme gloss finish gives an overall look of perfection to the nails! The plummy red hue is noticeable around the edges of the nails and you could tell the difference in opacity between 1 and 2 coats.

Love.Angel.Music.Baby. - OMG! This shade completely blew my mind away! Love.Angel.Music.Baby. features a luscious gold semi-matte satin finish. This. is. an. unbelievably. stunning. shade! The micro shimmers give my nails a glamorous and luxurious look that would definitely turn heads! The semi-matte finish looks beautiful and unique!

Wet finish look before the formula starts to dry
After a few seconds the formula dries to a beautiful matte finish.
4 In the Morning - an incredibly dramatic and unique shade of charcoal with silver micro-shimmers. I'm not a huge fan of dark nail colours, however, this shade is no exception!! No top coat is required after applying 4 In the Morning, because this shade dries within a few seconds to reveal a beautiful semi-matte satin finish.
Gwen Stefani for OPI Rock Starlets mini nail lacquer set is definitely a true hit! I absolutely love the unique creme gloss and semi-matte satin formulas of these nail lacquers! I would highly recommend trying out these shades for yourself as the quality is just as good as the finish and shades of nail lacquers in this set! Gwen Stefani, YOU ROCK!!

What do you think of the new Gwen Stefani for OPI nail collection?

xx Rose

Products were provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with OPI and  did not receive remuneration to post these product reviews. 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Marc Jacobs Honey

I love Marc Jacobs fragrances as the designs of his line of fragrances can create a beautiful and colourful garden of florals and friendly bugs! One of the latest fragrances by Marc Jacobs is Honey (A$75/30ml, A$120/50ml, A$160/100ml), which is housed in the cutest bottle ever!! I absolutely adore the butterfly/bee pearl design and the cute white spots across the entire bottle! I anticipated a dominating sweet honey scent, however, I was completely wrong! The top notes of Honey includes Pear, Punch and Mandarin Orange, with middle notes of Peach, Orange Blossom and honeysuckle and base notes of Vanilla, Honey and Woodsy Notes. Honey is lovely light floral scent with very minimal notes of fruits and sweet scents, which makes the overall scent quite misleading considering the fragrance is named Honey. Even though the longevity and sillage is a little below average, this feminine and youthful scent won't stop me from spritzing a couple of times during the day!

 Are you a fan of Marc Jacobs fragrances?
Which bottles of Marc Jacobs perfumes do you love most?

xx Rose

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Peace, Love & Juicy Couture

The bohemian and hippy design of Peace, Love & Juicy Couture (A$99/50ml, A$145/100ml) says it all! Peace, Love & Juicy Couture is housed in a bulky heavy glass flacon with a cute turquoise beaded bracelet (with 3 pink tassels, a gold 'J' and silver heart with a peace sign pendent) embracing the neck of the flacon. The bracelet is just gorgeous and I guess most people would instantly recognise the origin of this fashion accessory once they lay eyes on it! Peace, Love & Juicy Couture is quite a youthful scent with top notes of Hyacinth, Amalfi Lemon, Cassis and Red Apple, middle notes of Jasmine, Honeysuckle, Lime Blossom, Magnolia and Red Poppy, and base notes of Patchouli, Orris Root and Musk. The scent of Hyacinth and Cassis are quite dominant with subtle hints of musk. I found that the floral, green and earthy composition of this scent is a tad too strong for my weak olfactory senses. Despite this, the lasting power and sillage are quite average as the scent does dissipate a short while after spritzing once or twice onto my neck. To me, Peace, Love & Juicy Couture is an acquired scent as the initial aroma after spritzing does jump off as being quite strong, but then after reaching out for this scent a few times down the track I've developed a liking for this unique earthy scent! 

Do you love Juicy Couture fragrances?

xx Rose

Friday, 28 February 2014

Violet Box (February 2014)

I was feeling excited that my Violet Box arrived last week when I was least expecting it! I've had such a busy week that I was surprised to receive my Violet Box in my mail box, waiting for me to reveal the surprises it holds. February is the month of love, so I was hoping that the theme of my February Violet Box would reflect around the notion of love!

February Violet Box

Wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes (A$7.95/25 wipes, 5 wipe pack received) - I am a huge fan or natural and organic skin care products, so I was really content to receive a pack of these Wotnot wipes! This sample pack would be great for traveling or even storing in my handbag for any emergencies.

Red Carpet Kontour (A$49.95/150 ml, 2 sachet samples in medium received) - RCK is an all-over body lotion which provides a glow finish to the skin. There are three shades available (light, medium and tan) to suit all skin tones. Not only does this body glow leave a beautiful gleam to the skin, it also aims to conceal imperfections such as stretch marks, cellulite, age spots and wrinkles.

Be a Bombshell 'The One Stick' in shade 'Girl Crush' (A$21/7.3g, full size received) and Lip Crayon in shade 'Some Beach' (A$19/2.5g, full size received) - These two full sized makeup products from Be a Bombshell are an interesting touch to this month's Violet Box! The One Stick came in a pink pearlescent shade which is quite versatile to apply to areas of the face where the light touches the skin. You could apply this product to the eyes, cheeks and even lips for a pop of colour and luminescent appeal! The Lip Crayon in 'Some Beach' is such a gorgeous coral shade! I love this bright summer shade and it's definitely a shade that I could wear everyday!

Nuxe Creme Nirvanesque (A$49.95/50ml, 15ml sample received) - Nuxe Creme Nirvanesque works to soothe, de-stress and relax expression lines. Although I am yet to see any signs of aging, I will definitely keep this somewhere for future use. This creme is actually composed of more than 80% of natural ingredients, so perfect for those who love natural and organic based cremes.

Aphelia Oasis Acne Solution (A$49/50ml, 2ml sample roller ball received) - This acne solution has come at a good time for me. I've had a couple of blemishes popping up these last few days, so I hope this acne solution helps to clear my skin from pimples and blemishes in no time! I like the idea of this vial possessing a roller ball head, which makes for easy and mess-free application.

The bright red heart-shaped lollipop was a nice touch to the February Violet Box! Overall, I was somewhat satisfied with this month's box as there was a nice selection of body, skin and makeup products that I would put to good use, aside from the Nuxe creme. There were a total of 4 samples sized products and 2 full sized products which will be fun to use when traveling during the upcoming weekend!

What did you receive in your February Violet Box?

xx Rose

Products were provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with Violet Box and  did not receive remuneration to post these product reviews.