Friday, 29 June 2012

Adore Beauty Super Serum Sampler

Adore Beauty has recently launched their Super Serum Sampler containing six deluxe sized serums and treatments from SK-II, Lancôme, Trilogy, Ole Henriksen, Alpha-H and Subtle Energies. For as little as $29 (and valued at over $100), this is a wonderful opportunity to road-test luxury and high-end serums which everyone has been raving about before you commit to purchase the full size product! As a bonus, the Serum Sampler also contains a code which entitles you to 10% off the price of any of the full-priced serums included. Stock is limited and is only available while stocks last! Visit the Adore Beauty site here to see more details. 

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence 30ml
‘Containing more than 90% Pitera, the much loved SK-II Facial Treatment Essence miracle water is a mist-have for healthy, radiant skin. It helps maintain the skin's natural renewal cycle to its optimum condition to allow skin nourishment. It also works to balance the skin's pH and sebum secretion, so oily and dry areas are properly moisturised.’

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is one of my favourite products which I have been using continuously for the past few months. This cute and generous deluxe sized sample will be kept for travel. SK-II Facial Treatment Essence is a unique product in the SK-II line as this product is not like your typical serum nor toner. Facial Treatment Essence is like miracle water which you gentle pat onto the skin prior to application of your usual serum and moisturiser. The additional step of application ensures that the entire surface of the skin is thoroughly nourished and moisturised and leaves my skin feeling revitalised and refreshed. At first I felt like this step was unecessary and it kinda felt just like water, however, after continual usage for a couple of weeks my skin texture and appearance seemed to have improved! This micracle water has become one of my addictions, it's no wonder everyone who has used Facial Treatment Essence has nothing but amazing things to say about it!

Lancôme Genifique Youth Activator 7ml
'Youth is in your genes. Reactivate it. Inspired by gene science, Genifique is the first Lancôme skincare that revives genes' activity and stimulates the production of youth proteins. In just 7 days, your skin is visibly rejuvenated: cushiony soft and velvety to the touch. Skin's tone is astonishingly even; its texture dramatically refined. Drop by drop, skin is breathtakingly radiant, as if lit from within.'

Lancôme Genifique Youth Activator serum is a lovely serum which is housed in an opaque dropper bottle. Just a few drops of the serum is enough for one application for the face. The serum is extremely lightweight and absorbs incredibly fast once massaged onto the skin. My skin feels very smooth and supple and it's great that this serum leaves a nice matte finish. There is no distinct scent, so for those with sensitive noses, this would be great for you. 

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster 7ml
'Like a daily vitamin for your face, this high powered vitamin C complex helps smooth out lines and wrinkles and prevents further damage. Loaded with antioxidants to fight off environmental aggressors and moisture-binding ingredients to keep your skin nourished and protected, this aromatic serum is absorbed instantly and penetrates to the deeper layers of the skin to provide longer term results.'

Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster is packed full of vitamins and antioxidants to give the skin a healthy boost. The texture is relatively viscous and thick, however, it surprisingly absorbs quickly and my skin feels very comfortable. I love the citrusy scent and the fact that it contains rosehip extract which aims to repair and strengthen the skin texture.

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ 2.5ml
'From natural skincare experts Trilogy, Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ combines nature's most powerful skin restoring properties in a unique and advanced formulation. Certified organic, 100% natural and great for all skin types, this red berry seed oil blend provides daily antioxidant protection with intensive nourishment to replenish softness and elasticity for healthier, younger looking skin.'

Trilogy Rosehip Oil Antioxidant+ is 100% natural and is formulated with Rosapene which helps to restore and protect the skin. In addition red berry seed oil blend, the formula also consists of antioxidants Lycopene from Tomato and Phytosterol from Acai to protect the skin from premature aging. This rosehip oil makes my skin feel nourished and has great healing properties which seems to improve the texture and appearance of my skin.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Prep and Prime 10ml
'This multi-action, water-based fluid leaves skin plumped and luminous, to provide the perfect canvas for makeup application. The unique mattifying formulation instantly absorbs into the skin, working at a cellular level to refine pores and dissolve cell build-up on the surface layer of the skin. Contains no filter ingredients with a 93% pure formulation, made up of rich botanical extracts teamed with hard working Glycolic Acid to ensure the overall appearance of the complexion is enhanced.'

Alpha-H Liquid Gold Prep and Prime is part of a three-step Skin Perfecting System. Alpha-H Liquid Gold Prep and Prime softens and moisturises the skin while simultaneously boost skin resilience. It also claims to improve the appearance of fine lines and large pores. So many great benefits from one little pot of gold! This precious formula of 'Liquid Gold' contains Glycolic Acid, Chamomile, Cucumber and Thyme and is suitable for skin showing signs of hyperpigmentation, sun damage and loss of elasticity. The great thing about this product is that it is free from detergents, parabens, kojic acid, hydroquinone, artificial fragrances and colors. 

Subtle Energies Facial Blend 10ml
'Used in some of the world's most prestigious spas, Subtle Energies Facial Blend is an exquisite aromatic that gives a youthful glow, providing rejuvenation and hydration to dry and normal skin types. This precious blend is unique in its aroma with the skin nurturing essential oils of mogra, sandalwood and Indian rose together blended in a base oil of jojoba and the fortifying oil of ashwagandha, revitalising the appearance of damaged skin and helping to reduce the signs of ageing.'

I love the sound of an aromatic blend which helps to provide skin with a youthful glow and rejuvenate the skin! Subtle Energies Facial Blend is a new brand to me and it was an absolute pleasure to try a generous sample of this. The blend contains an exquisite concoction of essential oils of Mogra, Sandalwood and Indian Rose in a base oil of Jojoba and Ashwagandha. This moisturising oil is very hydrating and the scent is quite delightful! I love how it makes my skin feel soothed and nourished when I apply this before bedtime.

 The Adore Beauty Super Serum Sampler is only available for a limited time only, so what are you waiting for?! I highly recommend this serum sampler set as the sizes are so generous and you can really get a good feel of the six different skincare serums. Shipping costs for orders made via Adore Beauty costs $5.95 for standard postage or $9.95 for express postage plus you will receive two satchet samples with every order and a mini sweet treat!

Which skin care serums are you currently raving about?

xx Rose

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

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Re-Opening: L'Occitane Boutique at MacArthur Central, Brisbane

L'Occitane at MacArthur Central (Brisbane) is now fully refurbished and will be re-opening their doors on Friday 29th June 2012 (pencil this date in your diaries!). To celebrate their re-opening L'Occitane will be hosting a number of fabulous giveaways and offers in-store!


xx Rose

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Review: NVEY ECO Hydrating Lip Lustre in Lolita and Ruby

NVEY ECO is an organic-certified, Australian made and owned makeup brand which formulate their products using the most natural and organic ingredients to look after our skin and the environment. This is the first time I have tried NVEY ECO makeup. I was sent two shades of the Hydrating Lip Lustre, namely Lolita and Ruby, and I have to say, despite being different shades, these two lip lustres are somewhat unique in texture and finish. The packaging of NVEY ECO Hydrating Lip Lustre is housed in a long cylindrical tube, similar to that of MAC Lipglass/Dazzleglass, however with a rubber-feel lid is similar to NARS packaging. The applicator is a partially slanted sponge tip which makes the Hydrating Lip Lustre glide on smoothly and evenly.

NVEY ECO Hydrating Lip Lustre is a creamy,  nourishing and hydrating lip lustre which is not sticky or scented. My lips look very smooth and supple and feel very comfortable wearing this lip lustre as it applies on very thin and not thick at all. The pigmentation depends on the shade name as I found the shade Lolita (pink peach) glides on sheer, whereas Ruby (cranberry) is very pigmented with subtle miniscule shimmers. Both shades are pretty on the lips as it gives a nice sheen to the lips. Lolita adds a hint of coral to my lips and is great to wear during the cooler season to keep the lips hydrated as the formula contains vitamin E. Ruby appears more dramatic and pigmented on my lips and is great to wear in the evening to add a pop of vibrant magenta with beautiful shimmers which do not look over the top (OTT). 

NVEY ECO makeup is FREE from talc, parabens, sodium laureth sulphate (SLS), propylene glycol, ingredients derived from genitically modified crops (GMO), mineral/petroleum oils and nanotechnology-based ingredients. NVEY ECO do not test on animals.

Ingredients List:
Ricinus Communis (Organic Castor) Seed Oil*, Polyglyceryl-5 Laurate (Vegetable Oil Origin), Copernicia Cerifera (Organic Carnauba) Wax*, Cera Alba (Organic Beeswax)*, Organic Citrus Sinensis*, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Salicylic Acid (and) Sorbic Acid, Glycerin. May Contain +/-: CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77492, CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77019 (Mica), CI 77742, CI 77007. *Certified Organic Ingredient

NVEY ECO Hydrating Lip Lustre is available in ten shades (Nude, Cristal, Flirt, Lolita, Oasis, Berry Delight, Barely There, Amour Rose, Seduce Me and Ruby/Temptress) and retails for A$29.95/8g. NVEY ECO is currently only available online (click here)

Which lip products do you use to add a hint of colour and hydration to the lips?

xx Rose

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

Saturday, 16 June 2012

My Quest for Soft Fluttery Lashes

My line up of mascaras
My quest to achieve soft and fluttery natural looking lashes has opened doors to a range of drugstore to high-end beauty brands. I love wearing mascara to enhance my lashes, however, one thing I dislike about mascara is the difficulty in removing them. I tend to lose my lashes every time I try to remove mascara and so I only wear mascara occasionally during the week. My ideal mascara would have the ability of effectively separate my lashes whilst providing longer and fully defined lashes. The following is a review of my experience with a range of mascaras that are either new to the market or are long-time favourites:

Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara
Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara in Noir (A$55/6g): To achieve fluttery, soft and natural looking lashes with elongation and definition, Chanel Inimitable Mascara is my pick, hands down! The sleek tube with a narrow brush head applicator evenly separates and coats the lashes without any clumping what-so-ever. The mascara holds the curl and dries quickly, so I don’t end up with residual mascara below my eyes. Given that this mascara is not waterproof I am utterly amazed that it does not smudge at all. Chanel Inimitable mascara lasts all day and is very easy to remove under warm water. I highly recommend this mascara if you’re looking for naturally fluttery lashes.

Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara
Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara (A$52/6.5ml): Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara is the first scented mascara I have ever used. The relatively soft scent of roses is a really nice characteristic of this mascara. I was a little weary about using this mascara as I have sensitive eyes, which sometimes go watery when applying particular mascaras, however, I took the plunge to test this mascara and I am happy that my eyes did not irritate. The brush applicator is in the shape of a cone and this makes application easy and ensures every single lash is nicely coated. Hypnose Doll Eyes mascara adds a good amount of length to my lashes and provides a clump-free result with no panda eyes, however, it just doesn’t hold the curl as long as Chanel Inimitable.  Hence, I always apply as little as possible so I don’t weigh my lashes. Overall, I really like the effect of Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes Mascara as it opens up my eyes and my lashes look very natural.

Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara
Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening mascara (A$48/6ml): BobbiBrown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening mascara worked very well to create great coverage to provide thicker and longer lashes. I am really mesmerised as to how well this mascara separates my lashes whilst thickening each lash nicely from root to tip without looking clumpy or uneven. It doesn’t give me extremely dramatic lashes, however, it does do a great job in providing long lasting flirty fluttery lashes.

Clinique High Lengths Mascara
Clinique High Lengths Mascara (A$38/7ml): Clinique High Lengths mascara comes in a white tube and the brush applicator is a curved bright green comb. I like the fact that the comb always picks up sufficient product for application. The comb works magnificently well to separate each lash and coat each lash to create a soft and natural effects to the lashes. My lashes do appear beautifully longer and I really love the flutteryness of my long lashes. No clumping and no smudges! Clinique High Lengths mascara is a great mascara for everyday wear and the separating ability of the comb works a charm! 

ModelCo Fibre Lash Brush on False Lashes
ModelCo Fibre Lash Brush on False Lashes (A$48): ModelCo Fibre Lash Brush on Flase Lashes Mascara is a dual end mascara with ‘black extension mascara’ in one end and ‘lash fibres’ on the other end. The ModelCo Lash Fibre mascara in the photo is a sample-sized version that I received as a gwp from a magazine. To apply, the extension mascara is used first so that the lash fibres adhere to the lashes and then a second coat of extension mascara goes on to give lashes extreme length and definition. I really love the look of my lashes and very surprised as to how long they look. ModelCo Lash Fibre mascara provides a dramatic intense look to the lashes and it doesn’t smudge at all! I highly recommend this mascara if you want dramatic lashes.

Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara
Physicians Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Jumbo Lash Mascara in shade Ultra Black Organics (A$24.95/7.5g)*: PhysiciansFormula Organic Wear mascara stands out very well among my long line of black tubed mascaras! The bright green leaf design of the mascara reflects on the fact that the formula is made using 100% natural ingredients. The mascara is formulated with OrganiSoy to moisturise and nourish the lashes and Eco-Olive to protect the lashes from the harsh environmental elements. The brush applicator of this mascara is really huge and does seem a little difficult to reach lashes in the corners of the eyes, however, the trick is to use the very tip of the brush to make application easy.  This mascara holds the curl very well and a few strokes to the lashes doesn't weight them down, however, I noticed this mascara does transfer slightly to the bottom of my eyes. Being non-waterproof, I guess this is expected anyway.

Overall, there are a few favourites of mine that I have mentioned and ultimately my ideal mascara is Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara for soft and naturally looking fluttery lashes and I have to give ModelCo Fibre Lash Brush on False Lashes as my go-to mascara for dramatic and intense looking lashes.

Which mascara is your holy grail?

xx Rose 

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

Thursday, 14 June 2012

NOTD: OPI Care to Danse? and Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous

OPI Care to Danse? and OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous (Irre-Swiss-Ables Collection) look like a perfect match on my nails! OPI Care to Danse? is a milky light pink/lilac which applies on very sheer and smooth. I had to apply a few coats of Care to Danse? just to get a decent opaque finish. To add a touch of winter's grey clouds, I applied OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous on my nail tips.

Here's a look at OPI Care to Danse?

What's on your nails at the moment?

xx Rose

Monday, 11 June 2012

GIVEAWAY: Dove Hair Treatment Packs

The change from Summer towards Winter means that our hair requires protection and nourishing treatments to ensure the cooler breeze and cold rain doesn't diminish the look of hair. To ensure your hair is in top notch this cooler season, I am giving away not 1, not 2 but 3 sets of Dove Hair Treatment packs, each containing two Dove Nutritive Therapy Nourishing Oil Care Treatments!! Thanks to Dove, you can win Dove's popular hair serum that I reviewed here and use one for yourself and either keep the second one as back up or give one to your bestie to try! 

Please note that I will check all entries once the competition has closed and will draw the first three valid entries using Rafflecopter.

This giveaway is open to Australian residents only. 
The three winners will be notified the day after the Giveaway closes. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours I will re-draw the winner.

Good Luck!

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Review: Physicians Formula Happy Booster

Physicians Formula has hit Priceline stores in Australia and they have released their brand new range of blush, powder and bronzers called 'Happy Booster Glow & Mood Booster'. These powders have been formulated to stimulate inner happiness and outer beauty with an absolutely cute and colourful heart design with a number of complementing shades to provide a cheerful pop of colour to the complexion. I love the concept of these powders and just looking at them makes me feel quite excited every time I use them, not that I don't get this same feeling with all my beauty products as I do have that sort of 'love' for all my 'good' beauty products. 

There are three different varieties, namely the Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush in Rose or Natural, Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder in Translucent or Beige and Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer in Light Bronzer or Bronzer. These powders are hypoallergenic paraben free non-comedogenic dermatologist approved for all skin types. Each powder has a delightful scent as they are all formulated with a blend of violet floral notes to add to the 'Happy Boosting' effect. Other interesting ingredients formulated in these powders to boost your mood include the following:

Happy Skin: A derivative of Arctic Rose and imitates the effect of endorphins, which gives a sense of wellness and pleasure.
Euphoryl: Rich in Omega-3 and known as an anti-depressant to promote happiness.
Murummuru Seed Butter and Theobroma Grandiflorum Seed Butter: Provides a silky smooth finish and leaving the skin to appear luminous. 

The packaging of these powders are innovative and so so so handy for travel. There is a compartment beneath the powder which stores a mini blush brush and an in-built mirror. In terms of the size of the blush brush, I very much prefer to use my own blush brush as the one provided isn't dense enough for my liking. Another thing to note is that the size of the Powder and Bronzer compacts are larger in size and quantity than the Blush compact. 

Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush (Rose): First of all, I really like the shade name of this blush! This blush has soft and medium pink hues with a hints of gold. The blush gives a lovely soft matte rosey finish to my cheeks which lasts from AM to PM and is very wearable for all skin tones. There is noticeable miniscule silver shimmers when looking at the blush compact, however, these shimmers disappear after a couple hours of wear. The blush gives an ethereal look to the complexion and brightens the face.

Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Powder (Translucent): This powder is more like a glow powder to ensure the skin looks naturally fresh and radiant. Don't be fooled by the name 'Translucent' as it has nothing to do with setting makeup like a translucent setting powder. This powder contains hearts of different hues of light beige and champagne to give an angelic pearlescent glow with slight shimmer to the cheeks. The shades complement very well and the pastel pink heart on the side makes this compact soo cute! I sometimes wear this powder over blush or just alone to add some glow that looks very natural, yet noticeably beautiful.

Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer (Bronzer): Now that summer is long gone, applying bronzer with a soft touch is the way to go to contour the face. This bronzer contains shimmery hues of brown and gold and with a light hand you could achieve a brilliant look for winter. I've always loved soft matte bronzers as it compliments my skin very well and those types of bronzers make it so easy to avoid that OTT look. Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Bronzer in the shade Bronzer is a little too dark for my light skintone, so I think the lighter shade ('Light Beige') would probably suit me better than the darker 'Bronzer' shade.

I love the whole concept of injecting ingredients which provide a happy boost to your mood, however, I didn't really feel any different in terms of my mood and happiness. I absolutely adore my makeup and love using the various beauty products I have and that's what really matters. All in all, the concept is fun and frivolous and the finish of each blush, powder and bronzer look incredibly beautiful against my skin. They are not highly pigmented, however, the blush provides a natural flush, the bronzer provides subtle contouring to the face and the translucent powder provides a beautiful natural glow and luminescence to the complexion. These powders are definitely worth looking into if you're looking for powders which brighten and provide radiance to the skins complexion.

Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush (Rose/Natural, 7g) retails for A$21.95 and the Powder (Translucent/Beige, 11g) and Bronzer (Light Bronzer/Bronzer, 11g) retails for A$29.95. Physicians Formula is available at selected Priceline stores nationwide.

Which Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting powder would you love to try?

xx Rose

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

Friday, 8 June 2012

WINNER ANNOUNCED: One Year Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

A huge thank you to everyone who participated in my recent One Year Anniversary Blog Giveaway! There were a total of 77 entries. I used Rafflecopter to pick a winner and lucky number 11 was chosen! 

Congratulations to Lisa from thebeautebuzz!

Stay tuned as I will be hosting another giveaway within the next few days!!

xx Rose

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Review: La Prairie Cellular Time Release Moisturiser (Intensive)

Originating in Switzerland, prestigious skincare brand La Prairie has been at the forefront of anti-aging cellular formulations for over 50 years. The cutting-edge science, development of anti-aging solutions and formulation of the works occur at the renowned Clinique La Prairie in Montreux, Switzerland.   

Heading towards the cooler wintry season, my combination/oily skin type begins to diverge from it’s normal state and become erratic, I sometimes find my skin loses the majority of its essential oils. Due to the cold and wind, my skin is beginning to turn dry and my skin feeling relatively dull. I fell like my skin is mimicking the depressive look of the grey skies.

To combat the harsh weather and restore and balance the essential oils to my skin, I have been using La Prairie Cellular Time Release Moisturiser Intensive. Cellular Time Release Moisturiser consists of ingredients such as Panax Ginseng extract which act as a ‘time delivery system’ to keep the skin hydrated and triple the moisture level whilst guard against moisture loss. The beauty of ginseng extracts is that they promote anti-aging skin treatment and stimulate the skin’s metabolism to regenerate due to the presence of phytonutrients, derived from ginseng. In essence, the cream also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles as well as help improve the skin’s vitality.

My skincare regime with Cellular Time Release Moisturiser involves application after cleansing and toning the skin. The cream can be used either day or night, I prefer to use it at night, although I do sometimes apply it in the morning. I only use a small pea-sized amount and apply it to my skin- avoiding the eye area. Cellular Time Release Moisturiser is a luxuriously rich, but lightweight cream which gives a relaxing cooling sensation to my skin once applied. The cream glides on smooth and absorbs within seconds of gently massaging it onto my skin- the cream leaves a matte finish to the skin. The lovely subtle floral scent is divine and doesn’t overpower my senses at all. The scent lingers and doesn’t seem to disappear until a little while later.

After application my skin feels smooth and supply and after a matter of days I am fascinated to see that my skin is looking so radiant! My skin’s moisture levels seemed perfectly balanced and I find my skin has a thirst for this luxuriously effective cream. I’m very pleased with this La Prairie Cellular Time Release Moisturiser Intensive and using small amounts is so effective that the cream in this jar will definitely last me a few months straight through winter to spring. The price tag is hefty, but the results are benefiting my skin which is exactly what I wanted! 

La Prairie Cellular Time Release Moisturiser Intensive retails for $230/30ml.

Which skincare products are your saviour when winter has arrived?

xx Rose

Product was given to me as a gift to celebrate La Prairie's birth into the Twittersphere, you can follow La Prairie Australia via Twitter here.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Dermalogica Dynamic Duo: Skin Hydrating/Refining Masque

Two award winning products by Dermalogica have been re-formulated with the addition of dynamic new botanical ingredients to enhance the effectiveness of Skin Hydrating Masque and Skin Refining Masque. Skin Hydrating Masque addresses dehydrated and moisture-lacking skin and Skin Refining Masque aims to reduce oiliness and refining the appearance of pores.

The new Skin Refining Masque formula consists of natural earth clays and minerals to absorb excess oil, and botanical extracts such as Eijitsu Rose and Lentil Seed reduce sebum production while simultaneously refine the skin texture and reducing pore size. In addition, purifying extracts in this new formula include Black Cumin Seed, Magnolia Bark Extract and Chaulmoogra Oil to soothe inflammation.

Skin Hydrating Masque is formulated with a unique cross-linked Hylauronic Acid to provide moisturisation to skin, boost moisture retention while Glasswort improves cellular lipid production. The presence of Tomato Seed Oil restores the protective barrier function and Lysine promotes plumper, suppler skin.

I was recommended the Skin Refining Masque* for my combination/oily skin type. Although my skin is dry in some areas, one of my main concerns is visible pores and congested skin, hence, Skin Refining Masque is more suited for me.

I’ve been using Skin Refining Masque once per week for the last three months to help clear up congested areas like my nose and cleanse blocked pores. To use Skin Refining Masque, I applied a thin layer of product to my skin, leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse with lukewarm water. Skin Refining Masque is a clay based masque consisting of Kaolin and Bentonite clays which have brilliant oil absorbing properties. Zinc Oxide is also formulated in the masque and I found it thoroughly drew out the impurities on my skin, clears and refines the skin surface. My skin feels smooth, purified and revived and I love how my pores look more refined. Skin Refining Masque not only refined my pores, but also balanced the oils of my skin. The changes to my skin were not too drastic, however, I have noticed that my skin condition is looking better after a few weeks of usage.

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Masque retails for A$61.50 / 75ml and Skin Refining Masque retails for A$59.00 / 75ml.

Which masque are you using at the moment? Does your skin texture change with the season? Which other products do you look towards to accommodate your skin texture?

xx Rose

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

Monday, 4 June 2012

Napoleon Perdis GWP Online and In-Store

Source: Napoleon Perdis
Just a heads up about a new gwp offer at Napoleon Perdis. Napoleon Perdis is currently having a gwp offer online and in-store with the purchase of Complex Skin Renewal Serum (A$85.00) from 4 June 2012. The gift includes a gold passport holder, Mesmer-Eyes Mascara and Lip Service in Hush.


xx Rose

Saturday, 2 June 2012

Beat the Winter Blues: Hair Edition

It is officially winter and the beautiful blue skies and cooler breeze in Brisbane has changed dramatically to cloudy white skies with some strong breezes making its way through my long and thick hair. It has come to my attention that my colour-treated and regularly heat styled hair has changed from silky soft smooth hair to dry, parched and frizzy hair. To be honest, I haven’t really given my hair that extra TLC as I do with my skin- now is the time to really get stuck into it! I have accumulated a number of fantastic hair products over the last few weeks and I’d like to share with you the hair products I currently love.

Organix Instant Repair Cocoa butter Shampoo and Conditioner (A$15.99 each/385ml)*: I luurve chocolate (who doesn’t??) and I also luurve my Organix Instant Repair Cocoa butter Shampoo and Conditioner!! The Cocoa Butter scent of these Organix hair products is absolutely irresistible and divine- quite the sweet treat I am enjoying everyday, but for my hair! I enjoy indulging my senses with Organix Instant Repair Cocoa Butter whilst restoring the nutrients and repairing my hair with this deliciously scented shampoo and conditioner. The formula consists of silk proteins which penetrate, strengthen and nourish dry and damaged hair. There is also Amazonian Babassu Oil which revitalises hair and restores the natural elasticity of hair. To provide lasting lustre and shine to hair the formula also consists of Sesame Seed Oil to condition the hair. I have never been so impressed with shampoo and conditioner products until I had the chance of using Organix. Organix Instant Repair Cocoa Butter Shampoo and Conditioner. After a few weeks of use my hair feels very silky and soft to touch after blow-drying my hair. 

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (A$8.95/50ml and A$16.95/150ml): My all time favourite method to cleanse my hair is using Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. It comes in a sleek white can and makes my hair looking fresh and feeling revitalised. Using Klorane dry shampoo is a great way to remove grease and particles on the roots of my hair in a matter of seconds! Please see my full review here if you are interested.

Edward Beale Moroccan Gloss Pure Argan Oil Hair Spray Treatment Mist (125ml): I am no stranger to Argan Oil hair products, however when I came across Australian made and owned Edward Beale Moroccan Gloss, I was intrigued to see how this Pure Argan Oil in the form of a mist performs. The spray bottle is like no regular hair spray bottle as the nozzle is very firm and one steady spray of this mist gives off a cloud of fine particles evenly dispersed onto the hair. One spray is plenty to condition my ends and nourish my hair. The mist applied onto my hair feels very lightweight and my hair appears beautifully glossy (but not overly glossy) without a greasy feel. Edward Beale Moroccan Gloss is suitable for all hair types and is an excellent product to nourish the hair in the form of a hair spray.

Dove Therapy Nutritive Nourishing Oil Care Treatment serum (A$9.99/40ml)*: is a transparent oil which helps to eliminate frizz and help hydrate the hair. I use this serum during the mornings to protect and maintain my hair during the day. Core ingredients of the serum include coconut and sweet almond oil, which help to make my hair shine and feel silky smooth. The serum is housed in a very convenient plastic pump bottle with a cap and makes this product very convenient for travel. The serum is very lightweight and once applied, it soaks in quickly and my hair feels like I didn’t apply any product to my hair. My hair has become tangle-free, frizz-free, shiny and very well hydrated! I absolutely ADORE this product and highly recommend this! It's sooo affordable and provides amazing results for dry and dull hair.

ULittleBeauty Natural Shine Hair Serum (A$19.95/100ml): ULittleBeauty is an au naturel hair care product, which is formulated with natural ingredients such as Macadamia and Argan Oil to help bring back moisture loss and shine from dry and damaged hair. The serum appears milky white and has a very thin consistency, which makes it very easy to thoroughly moisturise the ends of my hair. The scent is am overwhelming scent of botanical extracts and dissipates after a short period of time. I have been using this serum as a night treatment for my hair and it works effectively to leave hair looking smooth and hydrated when I wake up in the morning.

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xx Rose

*Products were provided for consideration only. This review is 100% based on my own thoughts and opinions. I am not affiliated with Organix nor Dove and did not receive remuneration to post this product review.