Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Violet Box (May 2014)

I was so excited that my May Violetbox arrived at my doorstep the other day! This month's Violetbox is larger than usual, so I was curious to know what was inside that may be taking up all the space in the box. Inside my box there was a postcard which gave a sneak peek into the June Violetbox. It looks like the June Violetbox will hold a sample (or even full size) product of the ghd Straight & Tame Cream, I like the sound of that! 

My May Violetbox contained a whole variety of lip, eye, hair and skin care products from new and known brands. The products I received were insanely generous as I received 4 full size products: LUSH Popcorn Lip Scrub, Teeez Trend Cosmetics Lipstick, Chella Highlighter Pencil and Timeless Truth Facial Mask, and 3 samples.

I was super excited when I saw a full size Eve's Ready To Wear Lipstick (A$32/3.5g) by Teeez Trend Cosmetics. I was first introduced to this European brand when I received a full size nail polish in my April Violetbox. The lipstick shade I received is called Tempting Pink which is a gorgeous creamy pink shade that would suit every skin tone. The subtle scent is reminiscent of butterscotch and the packaging of the lipstick is very fashionable and trendy!

One of my favourite skin care brands is LUSH, so I was thrilled to receive a full size pot of the Popcorn Lip Scrub (A$9.95/25g)! This lip scrub smells so delicious, brilliantly exfoliates the area around my lips and hydrated my lips, thanks to the core ingredients of Coconut Oil, sugar and a buttery caramel ingredient! I've heard so much about these lip scrubs that I'm glad that I've finally put this product on a test drive! 

Chella is a completely new brand to me, so I was intrigued about their skin care range and eye and brow collection. Chella was established in California and they do not test on animals. I received a full size product of Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil (A$22/1.4g), which is a multi-purpose makeup product that has 10 uses! You could use this highlighter to brighten and widen the eyes by applying across the brow bone, waterline and inner corners of the eyes. Additionally, you could use this highlighter pencil to conceal small blemishes and red spots or even to highlight parts of the face (for example, the nose). The Chella Ivory Lace Highlighter Pencil is only available in one shade and suitable for those who have light skin tones.

I love finding time to pamper myself (who doesn't?!) so this Timeless Truth Miracle Rejuvenation Mask (A$7/mask) will be put to good use! I also received two NUXE satchet samples of Huile Prodigieuse (an oil to nourish either the face, body or hair) and Creme Merveillance (a moisturier for normal to dry skin types to reduce the appearance of expression lines).

Goldwell StyleSign Sleek Perfection Thermal Spray Serum (A$24.95/100ml) is the perfect size for my travel bag! I always use heat styling products to style my hair, so this little beauty is just what my hair needs!

I am super pleased with the products in my May Violetbox! I love receiving a combination of makeup, hair care and skin care products, which is what Violetbox consistently does! I will definitely enjoy playing with my new beauty goodies this month and I look forward to the June Violetbox! 
Violet box subscriptions cost A$22.95/month, A$66/3 months, A$130/6 months or A$250/year and you will receive a surprise Violet Box containing 4-6 beauty treats (full/sample size) at your door step every month. For more information on Violet Box, please click here

Which products in the May Violetbox are you most intrigued about?
What did you receive in your May Violetbox?

xx Rose

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

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Sally Hansen Triple Shine in #200 Pixie Slicks

Sally Hansen Triple Shine in #200 Pixie Slicks (A$9.95/10ml) is a gorgeous creamy neon pink that will surely make people's heads turn! I wore this shade whilst shopping with my girls during the weekend and you won't believe how many people turned their heads as I walked past! The shade Pixie Slicks is on the sheer side of the spectrum and does require two to three coats to achieve full opacity. These brand new Triple Shine nail polishes are housed in a smaller bottle containing 10ml compared to the Complete Salon Manicure range which houses 14.7ml. Despite the large discrepancy in size, the pricing is still quite affordable for the amount you receive. Although Pixie Slicks is relatively bright and beautifully attractive, the new Triple Shine formula Sally Hansen recently launched gives a my nails and super glossy and glass-like finish! I am in love with this new formula and can't wait to add more shades to my collection!

Have you tried any shades from the new Sally Hansen Triple Shine nail polish range?

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

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish Collection

Sally Hansen has recently launched the new and sexy Triple Shine nail polish (A$9.95/10ml) range which is available in 29 luscious shades! The new Triple Shine formula boasts a glossy shine and smooth colour application! Keep your eyes peeled on some nail swatches that I will be posting up in the next few days!

Priceline is currently offering a 3 for 2 offer on the entire range of Sally Hansen products (excludes Airbrush Legs) until Wednesday 28th May, so why not grab yourself some Triple Shine nail polishes to experiment with!

xx Rose

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

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Ultraceuticals Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum

I'm no stranger to Ultraceutical skin care products as the formulations, creams and serums produced by Ultraceuticals are compatible with my combination skin type. The brand Ultraceuticals was established in 1998 and is Australian made and owned thanks to the ingenious group of chemists who were lead by founder and CEO of Ultraceuticals, Dr Geoffrey Heber.  Ultraceutical skin care products are made from superior ingredients which aim to reduce and prevent major skin concerns, such as pigmentation, acne and ageing. 

Today I have with me one of Ultraceutical's most popular skin care treatments known as Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum, which helps to plump and refine skin. The Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum is also available in the Mild and Concentrate variants which contain moderate and the highest level of Ultra-RETI long-life pure retinol microparticles, respectively, which helps to support skin collagen and elastin production. Retinol is also known as Vitamin A or Retin A and is also known to aid in the reversal of DNA damage. I have with me the Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum which lies between the Mild and Concentrate variant and contains a high level of Ultra-RETI which aims to significantly plump and refine skin.

The Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum not only features pure retinol as the star ingredient, but also peptides, Vitamin C and the enzyme bromelain which all work together to improve skin clarity, texture, hyperpigmentation and blemishes. The serum contains a complex mixture of calming ingredients, so this serum is suitable for all skin types. 

It is strongly recommended that you introduce this serum gradually into the skin before using it as a daily treatment, since this powerful concoction becomes effective after your skin adapts to the concentration level of these star ingredients.

I've been trialling the Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum for almost 10 weeks and my skin has only reacted positively since the first application. I initially used this serum 2-3 times per week for a whole month, before I incorporated this serum into my skin care regime as a daily treatment. The Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum has an expiry of 6 months after the first use, so a full sized bottle containing 30ml of product is sufficient to ensure the treatment will last through the duration of it's shelf life. Just a small pearl-sized amount of the opaque off-white/pale yellow serum or one full pump of the Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum is sufficient to apply across the face and neck. 

The Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum does have quite a subtle scent which is neither pleasant nor unpleasant. Thankfully the scent dissipates after a short while. The Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum penetrates the skin quite effectively and immediately hydrates and nourishes the skin. My skin appears matte and there were no greasy films or residues after gently pressing the serum into my skin. Generally, I would gently press skin care products onto my skin to encourage penetration of the product and to also avoid stretching the delicate skin to maintain it's youthful appearance.

The Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum feels lovely on my skin and leaves my skin feeling almost as silky and soft like a baby's bottom! The hydration this serum provides is adequate, so despite this, it is important to always moisturise the skin after applying serum. I've used different moisturisers in conjunction with this serum and my skin did not feel irritated at all. Instead, my skin appears to look brighter, more plump and well hydrated. Small skin blemishes around my chin area seems to slowly disappear and the condition of my skin is looking a lot more healthy and plump! I really enjoyed using the Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum and incorporating this serum into my skin care regime as it not only helped to improve the texture and appearance of my skin, but it also provided my skin with vitamin A and C, and emzymes to help regulate the production of my skins collagen and elastin.

Ultraceuticals is available at leading skin clinics and David Jones stores nationally. Please click here for stockists.

Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum Mild- visibly plumps and refines skin (A$98/30ml)
Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum- significantly plumps and refines skin (A$118/30ml)
Ultra A Skin Perfecting Serum Concentrate- dramatically plumps and refines skin (A$138/30ml)

Which serums work effectively for your skin?
Have you tried any products from Ultraceuticals 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 Ultraceuticals and did not receive remuneration to post this product review.

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

OPI Muppets Most Wanted Nail Polish Collection

The latest news from OPI headquarters is the launch of the Muppets Most Wanted Collection, which coincides with Disney's 'Muppets Most Wanted' movie! The Muppets Most Wanted Collection by OPI brings you soft and dazzling shades that deliver an animated finish to your paws! There are 8 shades in the OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection, which launched in Australia and the types of nail formulas include the following: soft pastels, shattered glitters and chrome finishes.

Today I have 2 of the 3 glitter nail polishes from the collection to share with you and these are 'Muppets World Tour' and 'Gaining Mole-mentum'! These two shades are my personal favourites from the entire collection as these glitters make my nails look so glamorous and clinquant! 

OPI Muppets World Tour (L) and Gaining Mole-mentum (R).

OPI Muppets World Tour is packed full of micro white and silver glitters of different size with prominent azure blue and pastel pink glitters. This glitter nail polish reminds me of snow falling gracefully from the sky! The glitters are plentiful and abundant that you only need two coats to almost conceal the nail bed. The base of Muppets World Tour is transparent, so this shade would provide a stunning finish as a top coat over pastel shades of either pink or purple.

OPI Gaining Mole-Mentum is made up of a burst of light pink and gold shattered glitters, which looks just like shards of multi-coloured glass. I love the effect of Gaining Mole-mentum as each glitter appears to be unique, which looks quite mesmerising! I've applied Gaining Mole-mentum as a top coat on my ring finger nail over a shade of metallic gold nail polish (see photo below). Gaining Mole-mentum looks just as good on it's own compared to using this as a top coat nail polish!

Overall, Muppets World Tour and Gaining Mole-mentum are super pretty and unique glitter nail polishes which can be versatile in terms of its use as a top or individual coat. If I was to choose between the two shades, then it would be Gaining Mole-mentum, as the chunky shattered glitters give dimension to my nails!

The Muppets Most Wanted Collection by OPI is available in selected Myer, David Jones stores and selected salons nationally from April 2014.

All shades, A$19.995/15ml
Mini pack, A$24.95/4x3.75ml (Miss Piggy's Big Number, I Love Applause, Kermit Me to Speak and Chillin' Like a Villain)
Full size duo pack, A$24.95 (Miss Piggy's Big Number + Muppets World Tour set and Kermit Me to Speak + Gaining Mole-mentum set)

Are you a fan of glitter nail polishes? 
What are your thoughts on the new Muppets Most Wanted Collection by OPI?

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 this product review. 

Lancôme GWP at Myer

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It's gift time at Lancôme in store at Myer and online at! When you spend A$75 or more on Lancôme products, receive your personalised 8-piece Paris by Night gift (valued at A$158). This Lancôme gift contains the following:
  • Juicy Tube
  • La vie est Belle EDP miniature 4ml
  • Choice of skincare cream from the Hydra Zen, Renergie or Visionaire range 15ml
  •  Visionnaire Serum 5ml
  • Genifique Youth Activator 7ml
  • Bi-Facil Eye Makeup Remover 30ml
  • Engergie de Vie - Dullness relief and energy recharge daily lotion 50ml  
  • Lancôme cosmetic bag

Offer is redeemable with
Gennifique + Visionnaire Perfect Partner 50ml set (A$235) and Gennifique + DreamTone Perfect Partner 50ml set (A$220), but not with any other sets. This Lancôme promotion is available until 1st June 2014, or while stocks last.


xx Rose 

Monday, 12 May 2014

Estee Lauder GWP Online

Estee Lauder are currently offering a superlicious 8-piece gift with purchase (valued over $180) when you spend A$70 or more online. The gift includes deluxe sample sized favourites including a mini nail lacquer, something I've never seen in past Estee Lauder GWP's. The contents of this GWP includes the following:
  • Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recover Complex II, 7ml
  • DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection Anti-oxidant Creme SPF15, 15ml
  • Pure Color Eyeshadow Quad, 0.35g ea
  • Sumptuous Extreme Mascara, 2.8ml
  • Pure Color Intense Kajal Eye Pencil, 1.11g
  • Pure Color Lipstick, 3.8g
  • Pure Color Nail Lacquer, 5ml
  • Estee Lauder Cosmetic Case 
Plus, you also have the opportunity to select 2 free samples upon checkout. Free standard shipping is also offered if you total purchase is A$100 or more. No offer code is required.

This Estee Lauder offer is available while stocks last. No offer code is required, quantities are limited.


xx Rose

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Clinique GWP at David Jones

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Clinique counters at David Jones are currently offering a luscious 8-piece gift with purchase containing 7 deluxe sample sized products in a cute Clinique cosmetic bag when you spend $60 or more on Clinique products at David Jones in-store and online.

The Clinique GWP includes the following:

Even Better Skin Tone Correcting Moisturizer SPF15, 15ml
Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector, 3ml
Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+, 30ml
Liquid Facial Soap Mild, 30ml
All About Shadow Duo in Uptown Downtown, 1.3g
Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry, 1.2g
High Impact Mascara in Black, 3.5ml
Clinique Cosmetic Bag

This offer is available at Clinique counters at David Jones until Sunday 18th May or while stocks last!


xx Rose

Tuesday, 6 May 2014


Revlon counters at Myer are currently holding a gorgeous 6-piece gift with purchase when you spend A$39.95 or more on Revlon products. The products in the gift includes three full sized products: PhotoReady BB Cream (light-medium, 30ml), ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow (Siren) and PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eyeliner +  Brightener, all packaged in a cute floral design cosmetic bag. What makes this beauty bundle even more enticing is that you have the opportunity to choose your shade of the NEW Revlon Colorburst Lip Balm (Matte or Lacquer Balm) and also the NEW Revlon Parfumerie Nail Enamel! This is such a fabulous offer that is not to be missed! 

This offer is valid at Revlon counters at Myer and is available while stocks last or until Saturday 17th May 2014. For further information, please click here.


xx Rose

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Priceline FREE Cosmetic Gift Bag offer!

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Have you heard the latest news from Priceline?? If you are a cosmetic junkie (like me ;) ) then head out to your nearest Priceline store and take advantage of their promo where you could bring home a humungous beauty bag filled with cosmetic products (valued at over A$220) for FREE when you spend A$60 or more on participating beauty brands! Participating brands include: Sally Hansen, Manicare, GlamEyes, Rimmel, Revlon, Maybelline, Fing'rs, Models Prefer, Nude by Nature, and many more. If you haven't gotten mum a gift for Mother's Day, this would be an amazing gift idea that she will surely love!

This offer is valid between Thursday 1st May until Sunday 11th May, or while stocks last! To view the Priceline catalogue, click here.

Which cosmetics products have you been lusting over recently?

xx Rose