Monday, July 28, 2014

OPI - Nordic Collection Review & Swatches

Hey everyone! Today I have the latest OPI Nordic collection to show you! I have 6 out of the 12 colours to show you today so let's jump right in! All photos are shown with 2 coats and no topcoat and applied effortlessly. OPI retails for $19.99 and is available at Myer (as of the 15th of August), David Jones (as of the 1st of August), online here and at selected salons nationally. Here's a quick look at the whole collection.


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Do You Have This Colour In Stock-Holm - A blue toned violet creme that is ridiculously hard to photograph. The first image is without the flash on but when I took a photo with the flash on it looked so inaccurate! It's a really lovely vibrant purple IRL.



Skating On Thin Ice-Land - A black cherry creme. A simple wintery shade with an amazing formula.


Suzi Has A Swede Tooth - A super girly pink creme.


My Dogsled Is A Hybrid - A sea foam green creme


Thank Glogg It's Friday - A really pretty magenta berry shimmer. The shimmer is not noticeable in the bottle but looks so well on your nails!


Viking In A Vinter Vonderland - Is the perfect dark purple ink creme colour. I love the name of this the best!

Will you be picking up any of the colours from this collection? Let me know what colours are your favourite!

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Makeup Review

Hey everyone! How are you going? Today I have some make up to show you from the brand Dusty Girls which is a natural mineral make up company that uses clay and minerals from the earth to improve skintone. It is farmed by the brand MooGoo, that also has many skincare products available for skin that is prone to problems or sensitive. I'm very intruiged by this make up line so let's have a look at the products I received!


Dusty Girls - Natural Mineral Foundation SPF15 in the shade "Fair Minerals with Sunset Tones" (RRP $29.00 available online here) and Kabuki Brush (RRP $12.50, available online here) - I was very excited to try a powder foundation as i've only had the chance to try liquids and find they can look very cakey and unnatural. When I first tried the powder foundation it was very subtle and needed a few layers for it to even out my skintone. I applied it using the super soft Kabuki brush which is the perfect size for the face. I wore the foundation all day and it stayed really well and didn't cause any breakouts! One thing I don't like about this product is, because of the SPF, when it photographs you can see a white cast on your face (see below). But this is a minor problem for me!
White cast most visible on cheeks and around nose area
Dusty Girls Natural Mineral Mascara in the shade "Night Fall (RRP $18.50, available online here) and Natural Mineral Lip Gloss in the shade "Sun Shower" (RRP $14.50, available online here). Ever since I ran out of my holy grail everyday mascara I was on the search for a new one, and now I have! This jet black mascara gives you beautiful, natural looking eyelashes but makes them look so much darker. It has a really nice formula and did not cause any irritations when using it! The mineral lip gloss in the shade sun shower is pretty much a clear gloss with a very subtle wash of coral that brightens up your lips. It is super moisturising for a gloss and will be perfect over matte lipsticks to give them a nice shiny finish!

Left Eye: No Mascara    Right Eye: 1 coat of Mascara
1 coat of gloss over bare lips
Have you tried this brand out? Let me know if you do and what your thoughts are of it! Thanks for reading and speak soon.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Pt. 2 - The Cremes

Hey everyone! Continuing on from Part 1 of the Sally Hansen Triple Shine polishes, today I have the cremes to show you! Each swatch shows 2 coats and no top coat. The formula on all of these were perfect and slightly thicker than normal. Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polishes retail for $9.95 can be found at Priceline, Kmart, Target, Coles, Woolworths and Chemist Warehouse nationally. Let's jump right in!

Dive In - A stunning aqua blue creme.



Lemon Shark - A bright yellow creme.

Pixie Slicks - A bright barbie pink creme.

Play Koi - A red toned orange creme.

Red Snapper - A classic medium red creme.

Reef-Raf - A medium pink rose creme.

Vanity Flare - A vibrantly rich purple creme.

Which colour is your favourite? I love Dive In the best! Thanks for reading!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Colour Theory - Beauty Theory Line

Hey guys! Today I have a few items by Colour Theory to show you from their new Beauty Theory Line! Today i'm focusing, in particular, on the hand and nail care essentials and there are some great items available! I love Colour Theory because they are super inexpensive and have great products! To try any of these products go to your nearest Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian Pharmacies nationally. Today I will be showing you 3 items; the Nail Polish Remover Pot (RRP $10), Crystal Nail File (RRP $12) and the Strengthener Polish (RRP $8)

The Nail Polish Remover Pot is filled with a sponge, soaked in acetone-free nail polish remover and works really well. It says on the pot to place finger in core of the foam and soak for 10 seconds. Brush nail against foam to exfoliate and remove polish. This little pot is seriously effective and works so well on regular nail polish. This doesn't remove glitter as well as regular polish though but for the price, this pot will last me ages! I'm also planning on resoaking the foam with remover once I notice it start to dry out or not remove polish as well. Love it!
The Nail Strengthener Polish is a standard base coat that helps to strengthen and protect your natural nails. I've been using this as a base coat underneath my manicures and it lasts pretty well - about 3 days with minimal chipping (but I usually change my manicures by day 2). I don't think it has strengthened my nails that much but my job is quite hand heavy (I use my fingers and nails a lot for so many things) but definitely less peeling!

The Crystal Nail File is the product I had the least luck with. At first it worked really well and filed my nails effortlessly and clean, but now, after using it for a few weeks I noticed the layer that files your nail has completely worn off and it just doesn't file my nails at all. Boo!

What products from the new Beauty Theory range will you try? Let me know!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tropical Gradient X

Hey everyone! I hope you had a really nice weekend! My boyfriend and  I celebrated our 6 year anniversary together at a beautiful one chef's hat restaurant! I was so spoilt with a gorgeous Micheal Kors handbag and i'm so in love with it! Anyway! Today I am showing you some nail art I did a few weeks ago. I did a simple gradient using all colours by Kester Black; Dragonfruit, Bougainvillea, Parrot and Laguna followed by 1 coat of G&G. Once dried I used my white Barry M Nail Art Pen to draw the lines. I stuffed up the pointer finger by doing the lines too thick but all in all I was really happy with these nails - they looked so striking in real life! What do you think of this nail art? Thanks for reading!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ELES Cosmetics - Winter Makeup Trends

Hey there! Today I have a post on some of the latest ELES Cosmetics from their Winter Make up trend which includes a lipgloss and a gorgeous coppery eyeliner, perfect for the colder months. I'll also be showing their dual action concealer and the small concealer brush too! All ELES Cosmetics can be found online here. Let's take a look! 

ELES Dual Action Concealer (shown in the shade light peach, RRP $37.50) and the Small Concealer Brush (RRP $15.00) go hand in hand with one of the best concealers i've ever used. It has amazing coverage, only needed literally a tiny drop to cover both under eye areas as well as any blemishes on your face, is thick, sets quickly and will not budge once it has. Did you know that the dual action concealer can last you up to a year? It is really great value! I'm still perfecting using a brush to apply my concealer but this brush makes it easy to cover the under eye area and get into the inner eye corner where it can be quite blue/green from veins. The bristles on the brush are extremely soft and it picks up the right amount of product. I've been loving this duo team ever since I tried it!


You can choose what coverage you'd like with this concealer, thick, or light.
Blends effortlessly without creasing
Next up is this gorgeous Super Gloss in the shade Pomegranate (RRP $33.75), a gorgeous bright pink that gives a hint of colour. It is enriched with vitain A & E to soothe dry lips. This gloss is not sticky but adds a natural colour to your lips as well as hydrating them. It is stunning, and smells like lollies!

Finally, the Powder Liner Pencil in the shade Copper (RRP $43.25), a beautiful pencil of metallic copper (I am absolutely obsessed with copper anything these days), it is a very creamy, smooth and rich colour that applies easily and does not require multiple strokes for colour payoff. The formula contains Titanium Dioxide, a natural mineral for protection and natural staying power and Candellila Wax which provides softness to the formula. I tested this out on my hand and it blends easily, smudges easily for that smokey eye look and retains its high colour all day. I can't wait to do an eye look with it this weekend!

ELES Cosmetics have once again proved why they are one of my favourite make up brands! I'm always so excited by their products and look forward to more in the future! Thanks for reading lovelies.

ELES Cosmetics is available in selected spas and salons nationally. To view their stockist page take a look at here” and the link to the ELES stockist page is; http://www.elescosmetics.com/boutique/stockists.php 
 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Battle of The Hand Creams

Hey everyone! Today I have a review of 2 new hand creams. One by the brand Dr. Lewinns and one by The Aromatherapy Co. I wanted to do a comparison review to see which one was more appealing to me! I hope you like this post.

Dr. Lewinn's - Hand & Nail Cream (RRP $ 19.95 for 100g, available from Priceline, Myer and selected pharmacies nationally) is a very light, fast absorbing protective barrier for the skin as well as nourishment and hydration for hands and nails. It contains Aloe Vera, Vitamin A, B and E that help to soother and protect your skin from dehydration and dryness. This hand cream smells like aloe vera and is super fresh and light weight. It absorbs quickly and leaves your skin feeling quite smooth and isn't greasy afterwards at all which is perfect for on the go. I really love the smell of this hand cream and it feels great on your skin too.

The Aromatherapy Co - Therapy Range Cocoa Vanilla & Cassia Hand Cream (RRP $17.95 for 75ml, available from David Jones nationally) is a very thick, heavy and nourishing hand cream infused with rosehip, sweet almond, carrot seed oils, pomegranate and cocoa vanilla and cassia oils to warm and stimulate the skin. The cassia oil helps cleanse and has antibacterial properties which help with skin rejuvenation. This cream is seriously thick and takes a little bit of working to fully absorb. It smells so so good of flowers and vanilla and makes your skin feel seriously soft. I usually apply this hand cream at night, just before I go to sleep and I wake up with super soft hands.


Bottom: Dr.Lewinns Top: Aromatherapy Co.
Both these hand creams have their own individual benefits but I love them both equally. Okay I lie, I love the Dr. Lewinn's one only slightly more because it absorbs faster (i'm impatient I guess), but they are both extremely great hand creams. I can't pick a favourite so i've decided I will use the Dr. Lewinn's hand cream during the day and the Aromatherapy Co one at night. . it's a win win! What's your favourite hand cream?