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BellaBox September Edition: Spring Party Essentials!

1 Oct

Hello my lovely readers!

With a giant leap into the new season of spring, Bellabox has delivered a GIANT box this month – and definitely impressed me!
Just LOOK AT THE SIZE OF THAT SUBSCRIPTION!

Bellabox September Issue

Bellabox September Issue

Giant. I know.

This month’s theme of Spring Party Essentials is written all over the selection of products they’ve included.
I can’t wait to try a couple of these products out.

Cleo Magazine: September Issue

First of all, they included the September issue of the Cleo magazine!
That’s already half of the cost of the box right there. And with Emma Watson’s gorgeous face on the cover, I’m already loving this month’s subscription.

Which leads me to a little bit of a tangent – don’t you think Emma Watson’s eye make up is amazing???
I’m thinking… tutorial. Thoughts?

Emma Watson Cleo Cover

Emma Watson Cleo Cover

I may just butcher the look with that make up on my face. I’m definitely far from looking like Emma Watson.
But it’ll be fun nonetheless!
Let me know in the comments below if you want me to go ahead with it, or if you have any other suggestions. And keep your eyes peeled for this YouTube video!

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Masque

It’s like as if they read my mind. I’m suffering from a giant outbreak of blemishes at the moment, and I’m willing to try ANYTHING to get these nasties healed.

Last time I tried one of these Montagne masks though, I walked away after application and came back to the bathroom mirror to find myself looking like I stepped out of a wax museum…
That was a little creepy. But it felt pretty nice. So I guess it redeemed itself.

Let’s see how this one goes!

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps

I’m normally not a fan of nail stickers. In fact I haven’t tried any before. The idea of using nail stickers rather than the traditional method of ‘paint & dry’ is a little daunting.

“What? There’s a new way of doing things?”

“What? I have to learn how to apply it?”

“How about if I cut myself – I assume there will be some sort of cutting tool involved in application…”

“It’s too much effort.”

Of course, based on the above thought processes you can obviously tell I haven’t even bothered to look into how to apply them.
So really. I don’t know how hard or easy it is in comparison to just painting my nails the normal way.

But this may be the first!
The pattern of these nail stickers are so fun, I’m actually quite tempted to find some time to sit down and figure out how to get that off the plastic backing and onto my nails.

Hmm… now to actually get around to DOING it.
I’ll let you know how I go 😛

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes

Ohhhh these look nice!

They’re definitely a little out of my comfort zone. I normally going for natural looking lashes.
These still look quite natural but criss-crossed in a fun design. I’m looking forward to trying this one out!

I hope they don’t come across as very plastic-wax-looking though. I’m not normally a fan of “barbie doll” make up.

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions

Another great little product that fits straight into the “Spring Fling Party” theme.

These will definitely come in handy for killer heels – literally. And the best thing about it is these things aren’t cheap. So this + the magazine already redeems my $15 that I spent on the box this month.

Good job, Bellabox!

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil

This is one that I’m not sure about.

I’ve heard a lot of great things about the ASAP line and I personally am currently using a night moisturiser which I think is alright, though a little on the thick side.

After giving this mineral pencil a bit of a swatch, the supposed “brown” colour actually comes off as a light black shade. And the consistency being nicely dry but not very pigmented.

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil Swatch

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil Swatch

I’ll need to try this out a couple of times before I make a decision, but the biggest let down so far is the colouring of the swatch not quite matching the “brown” suggestion that it’s supposed to be.

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

SCHICK Hydro Silk Razor

Another great – and pricey product that was included in the box was this razor.

YAY! Who doesn’t need razors. No one.

Everyone. Should. Have. A. Razor.

Razors are something that I don’t normally splurge with, thinking that a 2 blade disposable version is equally sufficient…
But it’s great to have this in the box because I’ve been meaning to try out these fancier razors to see whether it’s worth the extra dollars that shops are attempting to charge them for.

Hmmm… and will it make my skin silky like those examples they show in commercials??
I’ll just have to wait and see!

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Bronzer Spray

And last but not least, we have a nice full-size can of self tanner.

I personally do not self tan. There are so many things that can go wrong in the process – horror stories of fake tan staining white clothes even though it’s been days after application, and orange hands and excessive “colour” to the point of “orang-outang”. Plus, I’m happy with my current colouring.

But this is a great product that they’ve tossed into the box because it fits the theme to a T and is a full size product, which makes it worth the $15 if it hasn’t proved itself already.

All in all, super great box this month with a whole lot of goodies and a nice little change with the magazine thrown in.
I was getting bored of the Swisse protein bars that they kept tossing in as a bonus.

After a bit of a slump throughout the middle of the year, Bellabox has definitely picked it up. So I’m looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us this Christmas.

If you’re looking to try their competitor though – Lust Have It, I have a coupon code below that’ll get you $5 off your first box. So check that out if you’re interested!

For now though, have a great spring (or whatever season you have at the moment) and I’ll chat to you soon!

Lovelove,

Rean.

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REVIEW: Lust Have It – August 2013 Edition! [Celebration]

6 Sep

Hello hello!
So before I start, I did get this box sent to me.
I am NOT subscribed to LHI (that’s Lust Have It for anyone who couldn’t guess…), but these are all my honest opinions about the box – FO SHO.

Looking at the contents of this box, I’m definitely impressed by the products that were sent through.
In comparison to the June box that I also received from LHI, this is a much better edition – I’m glad they sent me this and showed me that June was most likely just a bit of a miss.

The theme this month is also ‘Celebration’, but judging by the items included in the box, there doesn’t seem to be a real connection…
Pretty random I reckon.

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 200 Pink Light

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 200 Pink Light

Revlon PhotoReady Skinlights Face Illuminator in 200 Pink Light

First things first – YAY for full size products!

This came in the box in its original 30ml form – the same as if you’d bought it from a store.
So that’s a giant plus for this edition.

Illuminators are great – they fit majority of skin types and can be used all year round. But since we’re heading into summer here in Australia, it’s definitely a great little plus to have!
On top of that, I personally love Revlon cosmetics. Especially the PhotoReady line, so that’s another tick in the right boxes for me.
But I must say, I did a bit of a swatch on the back of my hand, and I wasn’t overly impressed.

The product is a rosy pink – something you’d expect from the name “pink light”. It has visible silver glitter particles, rather than a pearlescent glow that help catch the light.

When applied, the texture is quite light – which is nice. And when indoors, you can barely see that it’s on your skin.
The moment you try and step outdoors though, you may… just feel like Edward Cullen.

I’m hoping that it could be a bit of a heavy swatch that’s caused all this reflection.
I’ll need to try it out a little more to see how it goes. But overall, it’s great to see a full-size product and Revlon at that.

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup

Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup

Another Revlon sample has been thrown into the box. This time the newly released Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation!

This has been released for about a year in the States already, and our US sisters have been raving about this product whilst we turned green with envy.
But ever since it’s hit the shelves here down-under, I’ve been keen to try it out.
So it was a great surprise to find it in this box!

Another great move by Lust Have It: they included samples of 4 different shades (there are 12 available), so anyone who received the box will be able to either find their matching colour or mix a couple of the colours together to test out the foundation first.
Great work! Looking forward to try it.

KMS California Free Shape Shampoo and Conditioner

KMS California Free Shape Shampoo And Conditioner

KMS California Free Shape Shampoo And Conditioner

So it appears that something is missing.

The description card included in the box seems to suggest that both the KMS Shampoo and KMS Conditioner will be available in the box.
But. I only got a shampoo sample…

The actual product sounds pretty promising.
It’s supposed to prep your hair for styling and can help keep the style in place for longer.

It would be great to see whether this works. I’d be the ultimate test with my dead straight hair.
Not even perms keep it curly…

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

KMS California Free Shape Hot Flex Spray

This also looks quite promising – a spray to protect and help keep styling in place whilst still letting hair stay flexible rather than crunchy.
Well that’s what the description is saying anyway.

Unlike the shampoo sample though, this actually looks like a decent size that’ll last a couple of uses to really test out the product.
The shampoo sample on the other hand looks like it’ll only last half a wash.
I don’t really like sachets…

Sinful Colors Nail Enamel

Sinful Colors Nail Enamel

Sinful Colors Nail Enamel

Oh! I’m definitely looking forward to this one!
I’ve heard quite positive feedback from fellow YouTube Gurus, and apparently (according to the description card) it’s long wearing and chip resistant – musts in nail enamel.

I’m quite rough with my nails though. Polishes can last only 2-3 days on my manicures.
So it’ll be good to see whether this is really that ‘long-wearing’ and ‘chip resistant’!

On top of that since it’s a lovely bright pink, I’m loving the colour.

Lush Gorgeous Cream

Lush Gorgeous Cream

Lush Gorgeous Cream

Besides the fact that I can’t open the sample packaging, I’m really excited about trying this product.
Not sure whether I can access it to try it though.

This cream comes in a little black tub, in Lush’s signature black containers and looks to last for 1-2 applications.

Lush is known for their fragrant and natural products. Even if it’s not the best day moisturiser, it’ll be great just based on smell; I’m sure!

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water

Last but not least, Lust Have It has tossed in a couple of very VERY exciting products.

La Roche Posay has taken Australia by STORM!
Everyone is raving about their products right now and all the reviews I have come by are especially loving the Effaclar Duo – a light moisturiser for problem skin.

Even though LHI didn’t include this product in this month’s box, they have included a sample of the Eau Thermale – a thermal spring water that’s soothes sensitive skin and helps with anti-aging.
According to the pamphlet, you can use this as a refresher throughout the day or spray a little after your daily cleanser to tackle the beast of time!

Say what? I’m a little busy showering myself with this thermal mist at the moment.
This post will have to wait till I’m finished making my complexion baby smooth.

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP

La Roche Posay Lipikar Baume AP

Okay maybe I haven’t reverted back to having my past toddler skin yet, but this second La Roche Posay product is too exciting to ignore.

This is supposed to be a lipid-replenishing body balm that offers “24 hours of anti-scratching efficacy”.
It’s used to treat eczema or super dry skin with shea butter to smooth the surface and provide comfort whilst Niacinamide relieves itchiness.

This would be great for the summer time when eczema flares up for me – usually in the areas where sweat accumulates; like the back of my knees or inside my elbows.
But for any ladies out there who have dry skin, not only on your face; this would be great to soothe the irritation.

Overall this month’s box was quite exciting!
There are quite a few items that I’d really love to try and hopefully you’ll see some reviews coming up, or mentions in my favourites! *fingers crossed*

Regarding value, I’m personally still not convinced that this edition or the subscription in general is worth $20.
Especially since there is a cheaper option on the market.

The Revlon PhotoReady Illuminator being a full-size, makes up for the price of the box already, But I find that inconsistency tends to be an issue with this subscription.

Based on the June edition, I would not have subscribed. Simple as that.
But this month’s box is steering my impressions in a good direction. I guess I’ll need to sit back and see if it’s worth the money after a couple more months.

If you are interested though, you can always just sign up to a 1-month subscription and use the coupon code “REAN” to get $5 off your first box.

You may like the box for yourself!

For now though, I bid my adieu!

Lovelove,

Rean.

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REVIEW: Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser SPF15

24 Apr

Time for another review!

Next on the chopping block is Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser with SPF 15 (UVA/UVB sunscreen).
This was given to me in a pack of 3 – so I have plenty of product to try!

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser with SPF 15

Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturiser with SPF 15

I heard about this before actually receiving the product, due to the claimed properties of evening out skin tone.
A friend of mine uses it religiously and has found nothing better than this to fight her hyper-pigmentation caused by the occasional blemish.

Looking for a more hydrating moisturiser than the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel that I’ve been using lately, I thought I’d better give this one a shot!

At first, this moisturiser gave me pretty bad breakouts.
It was made worse by my monthlies arriving just in time to greet the effects of this new moisturiser, but the sudden change in products definitely brought blemishes to my skin.

Because of it’s thick creamy texture, I was a little wary when applying to a blemished face – I tried to smooth on the lightest layer and concentrate it ONLY IF there was a significant dry patch.
This seemed to help reduce flaring.

Once my skin started to accept this moisturiser though, I found that it’s not too bad of a product!

The consistency is thick and creamy – obviously much heavier than the Clinique Moisturising Gel that I used beforehand.
But this in turn provided hydration, which is what my skin lacked after I tried to only feed it gel moisturisers.

There is no scent, so that’s great for any sensitive noses out there.
And the moisturiser isn’t greasy or unpleasant to any degree. Just thick.

After using up about half the bottle, I’ve noticed that my hyper-pigmentation has reduced.
The spots are slightly lighter than they were before and my skin has smoothed out.

Lines and dullness has faded away from the lack of hydration, and one great thing to note: my skin isn’t producing as much oils throughout the day. So I’m saved from having a constant shine on my T-Zone.

With oily skin, I was worried that this moisturiser wouldn’t be right for me. But it’s in fact improved the balance of oils in my skin by providing that hydration I always starved it from – thinking it was the right thing to do for oily skin types.
I would suggests any other like-faced readers out there to try a lotion or cream moisturiser if they’re having the same problems. It definitely helped me from wasting a whole lot of blotting paper throughout the day.

In saying all these positive points though, I must admit that this moisturiser still didn’t provide the same level of results with evening my skin tone as the L’Oreal Paris Youth Code Lumiere Serum I reviewed a few months ago.
That product was definitely a holy grail. It evened out majority of my hyper-pigmentation in such a short amount of time, I was getting compliments on how great my skin was looking!

If you’re only having small amounts of pigmentation or uneven skin tone though, this is a great option.
It doubles as your daily moisturiser so you’re cutting out that extra step, and it’s quite affordable at your local Priceline or drugstore.

Overall, I’m giving it a 7/10.
It’s a pretty good moisturiser with the added benefit of evening skin tones. The bottle has a great pump that’s always handy, and a locking device inbuilt so any travelling won’t result in a layer of moisturiser at the bottom of your bag.

Give it a try ladies and gents. This might be what you’ve been looking for all this time.
My tip though is just to give it some time. It’s not quite the miracle that’ll give you results with the first couple of weeks of use.

Lovelove,

Rean.

REVIEW: Nivea Visage Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

18 Apr

Hi guys,

I finally have another review up! This time it’s on the Nivea Visage Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream that everyone’s been raving about.

Nivea Visage Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Nivea Visage Q10plus Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream

Being 23, I’m starting to be more aware that the good condition of my skin will not last.
I’m ageing and I will eventually start seeing wrinkles around my eyes.
But since I’m already caring for my skin with cleansers and moisturisers, I thought “Why not start tackling these impending wrinkles before they appear?”.

That’s how my little journey on finding the best eye creams began.

For someone in their early 20s, I’m not looking for an eye cream that will fight the deepest of damage around my eyes.
I only have a couple of lines from dry skin around the eye area, as well as a slight dark circles.

I was researching online and this eye cream kept popping up with amazing reviews and raves! So I thought I’d give it a try.

The consistency is like any other moisturiser and there’s no scent involved – so it’s great for anyone who has a sensitive nose.
It’s not greasy or unpleasant – so that’s another plus.

The packaging itself is quite simple and good to use.
There’s a nozzle at the end of the tube that allows just the right amount of cream to be produced, without drowning the tip of your finger with product when you try to squeeze some out. So that’s a third plus.

But I think that’s all the pros that I’ve found from this eye cream.

Maybe it’s because I don’t have wrinkles around the eye area yet – this might not be the cream for me.
But when I was reading reviews, this product seemed to have more advantages like tackling dry skin and being an all-round good “preventer” of problems.

This cream didn’t really do anything for me.
My dark circles are still evident – just as dark as they were before I started using this product.
My skin is still dry – the lines are still evident from the lack of hydration about my eyes.

Essentially the whole eye area is just about the same as it was before. And this is after using 3/4 of the tube. So I’ve given it sufficient time to shine.

It just didn’t work out for me.
Don’t get me wrong though. If you are looking for an eye cream to tackle wrinkles and crow’s feet, you might still want to give this one a go.
The price isn’t too bad at all, being a drugstore/high street purchase. And the product hasn’t reacted to my sensitive/acne-prone skin. Which is a extra tick to the pros.

If you are looking for an eye cream to target any other problems like dry skin, dark circles and prevention though, this product should be bumped downward in your list of “to try”.

I’ve come by other products that have worked well. One in particular was Clinique’s All About Eyes. That definitely blasted the dark circles out of my life, leaving me with nothing but a shadow of what I previously had to face when I looked in the mirror.
It will be something that I’d gladly revisit – I’m just shopping around to see whether there’s a cheaper alternative.

If you guys have any suggestions of eye creams that will help me with my problems of dry skin and dark circles around the eye area though, please drop a line and let me know 🙂 I’ll do a review on it and let you know how I go.

For now though…

Lovelove,

Rean.

February 2013 HITS AND MISSES!

14 Mar

Hi guys!

It’s a little late in the month of March to finally be putting this up online, but I wanted to share my 2 cents on my favourite and not so favourite products of February!
You might notice that this month I’ve titled my post “hits and misses” rather than “favourites”. Well… this is because a couple of make up items disappointed me THAT much that I needed to talk about them…

So keep on scrolling to see what they are!

Favourites:

EmerginC Earth Hydrating Phytelene Cream

EmerginC Earth Hydrating Phytelene Cream

EmerginC Earth Hydrating Phytelene Cream

I am LOVING this moisturiser! I have always stayed away from most hydrating moisturisers because I had the impression that they would make my oily skin break out. BUT. I have recently noticed that my skin was looking very tired. So after finding this in one of my Bellaboxes (November I think…), I decided to give it a go and WOW, the results were amazing!

My skin was looking much more plump and hydrated the next day. It gave me the boost I really needed and brightened my overall complexion, making me seem wide awake – even if I was asleep on my feet!

This is a miracle product people. *ahem* let me announce my FIRST HOLY GRAIL! So amazing that it’s hit the top of my charts and is being framed in 16K gold as we speak.

Clinique Even Skin Tone Moisturiser

Clinique Even Skin Tone Moisturizer SPF 20

Clinique Even Skin Tone Moisturizer SPF 20

Evidently I was experimenting with skin care during the month of February, and that didn’t bring the best of looks when break outs occurred. But my oh my I found another amazing moisturiser.

Whilst the EmerginC moisturiser was great for the occasional hydrating boosts, I didn’t want to have that as a daily treatment as at the end of the day it was for “dry” skin types. Excessive use could’ve created a great big mess with my oily skin (plus it’s super expensive – something like $109 for 50ml! So spacing out the use would be smart).

I found this tucked away in a Clinique gift pack I purchased online during Christmas and pulled it out to see what it could do for my skin. I suffer hyper pigmentation due to acne scarring, so the thought an “even skin tone” treatment was tempting. I had previously tried the Clinique Dark Spot Treatment Serum though and that didn’t do anything for my skin. So I was a little skeptical of this product.

But this moisturiser really does do the job! After all the break outs I’ve been experiencing last month, I was left with plenty of dark acne spots to experiment on. But after daily application of this moisturiser, my skin tone really has evened out and where there was redder patches of skin has now completely faded! I’m halfway through the jar so hopefully the results will continue by the end of it. But so far I am loving it!

I’ve also noticed that after using this moisturiser, my face hasn’t been as oily throughout the day. After about 5 hours with foundation, my face would become a slick of oil – enough for any make up to slide off. This moisturiser though must have restored the levels of hydration in my skin, making it produce less oils to compensate for my constant “oil-free” products. Amazing!

I love Clinique 🙂

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden

Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden

Now onto some eye products. We already all know who, what and how amazing Urban Decay Primer Potions are. If you don’t… then get yourself out from underneath that rock. Because this eye primer is amazing! It works especially well on oily lids (i.e. me), and even though it is high end and much more pricey than anything you might find in a Priceline/drug store, it is worth it.

With barely any product squeezed onto the smallest surface of your finger, you can effectively prime the whole of your lid and also your bottom lash line. But that’s not all! With the Primer Potion in Eden, the nude colour conceals any redness of the lid that isn’t covered when applying foundation. This gives the lid a really nice neutral base before shadow application, or even just evening out the skin tone under simple liner and mascara!

Random note: this is not a sponsored blog post. I’m just freaking out because all these products have made my wildest dreams come true…

Revlon Custom Eyes Shadow & Liner in Sweet Innocence

Revlon Custom Eyes Shadow & Liner in Sweet Innocence

Revlon Custom Eyes Shadow & Liner in Sweet Innocence

Okay I’m not crazy about this whole palette, but the 2nd shade from the left is perfect! Not sure what the name of this is – or whether you can get it individually…
I tried to find it at my local Priceline but it seems like it only comes in the palette.

This is the perfect peach/pink shade for blending. When you’re trying for a less dramatic look and want to simply blend out those first 2 colours without adding in anything too intense, this is the perfect shade.

Simply the best shadow to soften the edges – what more can I say??

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturising Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizer Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry

Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizer Lip Colour Balm in Chunky Cherry

Now for the lips. It’s not only Chunky Cherry that I love; this whole Chubby Stick range is amazing!

I’ve always had this unavoidable dry lip that nothing seemed to work on! It’s not excessively dry but I’d always been able to spot some peeling and cracked lips here and there – and when you’re trying to put on lip colour, it’s always a chore to make it look presentable!

Lip balm: check. Lip moisturisers: check. Exfoliators: check. Even Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment???: CHECK.

Everything I have tried so far does nothing. But these Chubby Sticks on the other hand have been god sent…
After one day of application, not only does it leave you with moisturised plump lips, you also have a really nice splash of sheer colour that show off your new lips.

Only problem is, it’s quite pricey…

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruitti

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruitti

Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Fruitti

Though this lip butter is a cult favourite, I don’t find it as great with moisturisation as the Clinique Chubby Sticks.
It’s nice and all – great packaging, price and a great range of colours. But I still prefer those Chubbys.

I must say though, I’m really warming to the shade Tutti Fruiti from this range. I find myself reaching for this shade every time I’m sporting a colour appropriate outfit.
And I really do love the packaging…

Misses:

Now for the disappointments that have cause this series to go from “Favourites” to “Hits and Misses”…

*Queue: disapproving silence*

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

Clinique Even Better Clinical Dark Spot Corrector

I had high hopes for this one. Clinique, my best friend in the world of beauty products had never let me down before.
Sure there were some moments when I though we had differences. Some products that didn’t work too well for my skin and complexion issues. But we were still the best of friends.

But oh how you have disappointed me so!

After ignoring a friend’s protests that this product did not work for her, I went ahead anyway and spent my life savings to get my hands on a bottle of these.
I hurriedly tore through my package when I saw it in the mail and my eyes lit up like stars in the night sky.

Halfway through the bottle I see no difference… Maybe it takes some time to kick in?

3/4 of the way through… still no difference. Maybe I have a dud bottle!

When I finished the whole bottle, my heart sank. Still no difference.

I have found the first major flaw from Clinique and am now recommending others to try anything else before this.
Try the L’Oreal Youth Code Luminosity Serum I reviewed on. Try the Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Moisturiser I wrote about earlier. Both worked amazing for me and surely will help anyone else who has the same problem of hyper-pigmentation. But save your dimes and save your pride by turning away from this product.

We’re still friends Clinique, but from this moment they’ll be a constant shadow of doubt that I won’t be able to shake off.

Clinique Aromatics Elixir

Clinique Aromatics Elixir

Clinique Aromatics Elixir

Okay so maybe I was being a little dramatic just then. And maybe Clinique disappointed me more than once. But this might not be a disappointment for everyone – I’m just not someone who likes to smell like musk. Or a toilet.

I received a sample of this elixir along with all the other items I bought from Clinique over the holiday season, and was excited to try it on. But WOW, the moment I pumped a couple of sprays of this perfume, I felt like I was transported to the closest public restroom.

Nothing more to be said. It’s just sitting on my bathroom bench now, waiting to be picked up and tossed into the bin.

Another disappointment Clinique. But you never know, someone out there might be really into the wafts of fragrant public restrooms…

That’s all for my February favourites!
Hope you found a couple of things here interesting, and hopefully I motivated or deterred any choices that could’ve gone horribly wrong!

I was planning on putting together an empties post, but considering I only finished a couple of products, that would’ve made for boring news.

So follow me on any of the below fluttering social media sites (or all) if you wish to be flooded with interested pics and sound bites of my every day life!

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But for now…

Lovelove!

Rean

TALK ABOUT: Oz The Not So Great Or Powerful…

11 Mar

Hi guys!

I was out on the weekend and decided to watch a movie with a friend.
She was very keen on seeing Hansel and Gretal: Witch Hunters, but as I’m personally a scardy cat and can’t handle anything confronting, there was no way I was going to see a film rated ‘R’ for “strong amounts of violence and gore”…

So! We ended up seeing Oz The Great And Powerful.

I had high expectations for this. Okay maybe not sky high. It is about the Wizard of Oz after all. But considering the whole entertainment industry went insane over it and considering there are custom made Urban Decay palettes, I did think it was going to be a relatively good movie!

Urban Decay: Oz Palettes

Urban Decay: Oz Palettes

Apparently not.

Okay so it’s a prequel of The Wizard of Oz. It’s a fairytale. It’s adapted from a children’s bedtime story. But it was not a good enough movie for all the hype!
The acting was way too dramatic and the make up on all 3 witches were only mediocre.
Even kids movies are entertaining to some extent for the average adult. Oz The Great and Powerful though was a disappointment and a half.

FYI: my friend and I had our phones out halfway through the movie.
Yes it was that bad.

I must say though, the mise en scene of the film was quite impressive. Colours, location design, the display of Land of Oz wonders was very well executed. The story itself just lacked.

The make up:

Back to the hype of the film, I was expecting outstanding make up and costumes but everything seemed fairly mediocre to me.

Evanora (played by Rachel Weiz) didn’t have any looks worth noting.

Oz The Great And Powerful: Evanora

Oz The Great And Powerful: Evanora

Theodora (played by Mila Kunis) simply sporting a dark brown eye look before *SPOILER ALERT* she became green all over.

Oz The Great And Powerful: Theodora

Oz The Great And Powerful: Theodora

The only other character that had slightly notable make up was Glinda, the good witch (played by Michelle Williams).

Oz The Great And Powerful: Glinda

Oz The Great And Powerful: Glinda

She had a soft silver glittery eye that matched the silver dress she wore throughout the film.
There was this constant lone strand of hair that was sitting across her face all the time though, that was so annoying to see! No curl, no wave – it was sitting limp along her face, pulling away all the class that the rest of her exuded.

Initially I thought it could’ve been a sign of distress. Since she was going through a few hiccups throughout the movie. But NO! By the end of it, when the happy ending rolled around, that strand of hair was still there! No attractive.

Witch: Glinda. Horrible lone strand of hair!

Witch: Glinda. Horrible lone strand of hair!

This is a relatively good version of the strand of hair… but see what I mean?? What is that??

Deep breath. Life goes on.

Anyhow, that’s my little rant.
Though Glinda’s make up was a little different to what you’d normally see, I don’t think anything in regards to costume and beauty was worth all the talk.

Sorry if you disagree but… I just didn’t get it.

Let’s hope my next cinematic experience is better than this one. But for now…

Lovelove,

Rean

REVIEW: Foundation/Concealer Update

21 Jan

Time for another review!

I’ve been recently buying a couple of new complexion related products – foundations, BB creams and concealers. There’s a couple that have struck me with either strong positive or negative thoughts. So please see below for an update on what I’ve found!

Revlon Colorstay: Fresh Beige

Revlon Colorstay: Fresh Beige

After hearing plenty of good reviews and raves about the Revlon Colorstay foundation, I decided to pick up a bottle at my local Target whilst it was on sale.

Though I bought the wrong colour – Fresh Beige is too light for my current tanned complexion, after using it for a long day it definitely did what it was made for! After a 19 hours, my foundation was still sitting strong on my face. I had blotted my face a couple of times and still there was no disturbance to the look and consistency of the formula. And considering it was a record breaking 45 degree heat in Sydney (that’s 113 Fahrenheit!), it didn’t budge at all!

The only problem I found was the lack of oil control. I have very oily skin especially around the T-Zone, and this foundation didn’t help to reduce that at all. I’ve yet to find a foundation that does control oil any better than my current products, so please do drop a suggestion if you know of one.
But nevertheless, Revlon Colorstay did exceed expectations with it’s staying power!

Another thing I noticed was the consistency. It’s quite a fluid liquid foundation rather than having a thicker formula, which was great to apply to the face. I find that when using a thicker formula with a stippling brush, the time it takes to blend in the foundation and make it flawless increases dramatically to the point of annoyance!

Revlon Colorstay was definitely fluid enough to make the application process very easy.

This foundation beats the current one I have been hanging onto – The Body Shop, Oil Free foundation.

The Body Shop: Oil Free Balancing Foundation in #2.

The Body Shop: Oil Free Balancing Foundation in #2.

Apologies for the messiness of the bottle in the image. This tube has been with me for awhile.

This foundation not only comes in a very thick formula, it settles into the lines of your skin throughout the day and does NOT help with oil control at all. Coverage isn’t bad and I would describe it as medium to full – same as the Revlon Colorstay foundation above. But it’s definitely a far cry from the results received from Revlon, considering the dear price.

I would not recommend this foundation at all unless you’d like to go for something that doesn’t work too well… but then you’ll be able to find plenty of those with a much lighter price tag.

Maybelline New York: Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Maybelline New York: Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer

Another complexion product I’ve recently picked up is the Maybelline New York: Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles Treatment Concealer. WOW. That was a mouthful.

I’ve heard SO MUCH about this concealer from Youtubers and through the great vine, so I had to try it when there was a sale at Priceline.

With sky high expectations, I sponged this product all along my dark eye circles hoping to find a miracle in a bottle. But what I experienced was an enhancement of my flaws!
My fine lines were much more obvious and my circles weren’t lighter at all. In fact the product made my lower eye area very cakey, causing more attention to be drawn than before!

I’m not sure why so many people love it – if there’s a specific way to use the product please let me know. It might be a case of a confused consumer. But by using it the only way I can figure out how, I don’t find good results at all.

It’s actually made it onto my “never ever ever getting back together” list – and I’m sure Taylor Swift will agree with me on this one!

I don’t know – try it if you guys want. It’s not very expensive so you won’t be losing out on much. But I definitely didn’t have a good experience with it. So I suggest giving this a go last if you can’t find anything else you’d like to test first.

Well that’s it for my complexion products update. I have purchased a few other things that fall into this category, but none of them have been notable enough to spend time writing a review on. Either that or I haven’t gotten around to trying it yet.

I will post any updates if any of the above opinions change.

And if you have any suggestions on oil controlling foundations or any comments about the products and reviews above, please drop in a line below and let me know you thoughts!

For now though…

Lovelove!

Rean.

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