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. 

Thursday, 27 February 2014

NEW Katy Perry Killer Queen Oh So Sheer EDP

I've never tried any of Katy Perry's signature perfumes, though I must say the bottle of Killer Queen Oh So Sheer (A$49.99/100ml) is quite appealing! I love how the diamond shaped bottle of Oh So Sheer fits perfectly in the palm of my hand and that the luxurious gold cap and pink accent look striking on my dresser. Oh So Sheer includes top notes of Forrest Fruits, Mulberry, Blackcurrant and Plum, middle notes of Freesia, Jasmine, Frangipani and Celosia, and finally base notes of Caramel, Praline, Cashmere Wood and Patchouli. The berries are quite prominent which makes Oh So Sheer a very fruity scent with hints of floral and sweet notes. I love the fruity scent of Oh So Sheer as the berries do make this fragrance smell quite fresh, uplifting and clean. The scent isn't too overpowering and has low sillage, so it's a very wearable fragrance if you enjoy fruity notes that provide an overall subtle scent. I would definitely recommend this fragrance if you love a concoction of fruity, fresh and floral scents, though it's a shame that the lasting power is poor (approx. 2 to 3 hours). I've been reaching out for this fragrance more and more and have been spritzing this scent to my neck, hair and wrists, so it won't be long until I finish this lovely bottle of Oh So Sheer!

Have you explored Katy Perry's line of fragrances?
What do you think of Oh So Sheer? 

xx Rose

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

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

NEW COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencils

COVERGIRL Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Ashen Glow Flame (L) and Silver Flame (R).
The latest addition to the COVERGIRL cosmetic line is the fierce and exotic Flamed Out Shadow Pencils (A$9.95), which help to heat up your look for any hot occasion! COVERGIRL P!NK is the gorgeous gal who has been rocking these fabulous new Flamed Out Shadow Pencils. These Flamed Out Shadow Pencils are available in 6 beautiful shades. 

Covergirl P!NK - ''I like my makeup to be colourful, smokey, sexy and the new Flamed Out Collection from COVERGIRL is all those things ... The Shadow Pencils complement each other to make a dramatic statement - perfect for the kind of looks I like to wear on stage! Hot enough for you?''

I have with me two shades of the Flamed Out Shadow Pencils to review and swatch:
#335 Ashen Glow Flame - a metallic light gold
#300 Silver Flame - a metallic gunmetal grey

I love how chunky these shadow pencils are as they make application so quick and easy! Once applied to the eye lids, I could feel a nice cooling sensation which makes these shadow pencils feel like an eye gel! 

The texture of the shadow pencils is very creamy and smooth despite the high intensity of metallic finish they provide. These pencils glide on oh soo smoothly and effortlessly along my eye lid, I was amazed as to how easy it was use. The pigmentation is quite buildable, however, the longevity was just mediocre. I've had to apply an eye primer to prolong the lasting power of these shadow pencils. 

These pencils are so versatile as they could be used as an eye liner or shadow. You could even apply these pencils to the inner corners of the eye, depending on the shade of course! The shade Silver Flame works beautifully when applied to the inner corners of the eyes to give a little spark and pop to a smokey eye look. Both of these metallic shades also complement one another to create a goddess eye look!

Have you tried COVERGIRL'S new Flamed Out Shadow Pencils?
Do you love wearing metallic eye colours?

xx Rose

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

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

NEW Olay Fresh Effects 'Shine, Shine Go Away' and 'Bead Me Up'

Olay have unveiled their brand new range of skin care called Olay Fresh Effects, which is targeted to those aged between 18 and 30. Olay Fresh Effects skin care range aims to keep skin looking and feeling fresh 24/7. The main components of this fun and vibrant new skin care range includes citrus extracts to awaken and refresh tired skin and also flower essences to hydrate and nourish the skin. I love the look of this fun, bright and fresh new range as this is the first time Olay have formulated skin care products for young skin. 

Olay Fresh Effects Shine, Shine Go Away Cleanser
Shine, Shine Go Away (A$14.49/150ml) is a shine minimizing cleanser which helps to purify the skin the same way a facial mask draws impurities from the outer-most layer of the skin. The formula contains kaolin clay, a common ingredient found in facial masks, which helps to draw impurities deep within pores and ensure the skin stays shine-free during the day. Basically, this cleanser works like a facial mask but it's to be used as a facial cleanser. 

The lightweight formula is oil-free and feels gentle against my skin. I find the colour of the formula quite intriguing, as I've never come across a cleanser which is metallic grey in colour. The colour doesn't bother me at all, as the formula worked well to gently cleanse my combination/oily skin. The formula does lather up quite nicely and doesn't strip away the essential oils on my skin. My skin feels refreshed, hydrated and squeaky clean!

Olay Fresh Effects Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser
Bead Me Up Exfoliating Cleanser (A$14.49/150ml) which contains exfoliating micro-beads to help refresh and revitalise the skin. The exfoliating beads are so gentle to my skin that my skin can tolerate the exfoliating action of the beads when used on a daily basis. The formula actually lather up slightly to thoroughly lift away impurities caught deep within the pores and skin and leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft to touch. I really enjoyed using this exfoliator and it worked like a dream and didn't irritate my skin.

Have you used Olay skin care products in the past?
What are your thoughts on Olay's new skin care range targeted towards young skin?

xx Rose

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

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Sukin Purifying Body Scrub

Sukin products always deliver with positive results and the latest product by Sukin that has left a smile to my dial is the Purifying Body Scrub (A$21.9 /200ml). Sukin Purifying Body Scrub is sulphate and paraben free and is formulated with micro particles of bamboo extract and ground walnut shells to purify the skin and aloe vera, chamomile, rose hip, jojoba and sesame to hydrate the skin. I am amazed at the list of luxuriously hydrating ingredients formulated within this body scrub as the formula works magnificently to moisturise and hydrate dry areas of my body. I've been using this body scrub twice a week by just massaging a generous amount to damp skin and then finish off by rinsing with lukewarm water. I absolutely love the scent of this body scrub as it reminds me of almond filled croissants! The granules are relatively fine and they work well to slough away dry and rough skin, particularly around the elbows and knees. My skin feels beautifully polished and it does leave a subtle sweet scent after application! This body was so easy to apply to deliver beautifully smooth and soft looking skin!

Have you used Sukin body products in the past?
Which Sukin products do you love?

xx Rose

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