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Priceline HAUL! (40% Off Cosmetics)

26 May

Hi again guys!

So recently Priceline did a 40% off all cosmetics sale, causing me to plunge myself into the closest store and buy everything that was sitting on the shelves!
Okay that’s a little exaggerated. But I did end up getting quite a few items – most of which were things that I was previously eye-ing, waiting for the purrrr-fect opportunity to jump on to.

On top of that, I purchased over a certain amount of money, making my transaction eligible for a complimentary tote filled with $220 worth of goodies!
Hence why you’ll find a whole lot of products down below.

First off we have the products that I purchased with my own hard earned cash $$.

Australis Make Up Finishing Spritz

Australis Make Up Finishing Spritz

Australis Make Up Finishing Spritz

This was a surprise for me when I spotted it in the Australis shelves. I’ve been hearing so much about the Urban Decay De-Slick Spray and how it’s helped keep make up on those that have really oily skin.
I’ve been wanting to try it, but it hasn’t been a priority and breaking the bank for a finishing spritz doesn’t really ring the emergency bell.

So when I saw this sitting on the shelves I was instantly intrigued!

I can’t wait to try it – it’s supposed to set make up for all day wear so it’ll be perfect for lengthier days that don’t allow much time for touch ups and big occasions like weddings etc.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat

I really needed a new nail top coat since I’m running out of my existing one. But I had to find something that was quick drying (considering my impatience once the job is done).

Sally Hansen is a company dedicated to nail polish. They produce a small range of other beauty products, but their polishes are priority.
So hopefully the quality of this Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat is great and really does set any nail colour in 30 seconds!

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Smooth & Strong Base Coat

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Smooth & Strong Base Coat

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure Smooth & Strong Base Coat

Again because I am running out of a base coat, I wanted to try something new and reliable that’ll keep my nails protected whilst testing other not-so-reliable nail polish brands.
With Sally Hansen being a dedicated polish company, I knew that picking a base coat of their range will be a good choice!

This particular one is supposed to fill any ridges and imperfections on the nail surface to create a smoother base before colour application.
AND it’s supposed to be keeping the nails strong whilst you torture it with lack of sunlight and artificial substances in polish form…

Therefore I just had to get it… šŸ™‚

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in 675 Mermaid’s Tale & L’Oreal Color Riche in 305 Dating Coral

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in 675 Mermaid's Tale & L'Oreal Color Riche in 305 Dating Coral

Sally Hansen Salon Manicure in 675 Mermaid’s Tale & L’Oreal Color Riche in 305 Dating Coral

So I’m evidently in a nail polish phase right now – I picked up this really cute Sally Hansen glitter polish that’s a essentially a sheer royal blue with green and blue glitter particles.
The L’Oreal polish is also a sheer coral colour that’s really bright and fun.

A couple things to note: I’ve tried out these two polishes already and the brush for the Sally Hansen polish is amazing! It’s a flat brush with very controlled bristles so I perfectly coats the area which you want to cover (and not get everywhere). The L’Oreal brush on the other hand is less notable with a traditional round brush that makes it a little difficult to paint perfectly within the lines.
This L’Oreal brush in particular is not as good as other round brushes I’ve tried – the bristles flare out a lot more than others and the level of control you can have is relatively low. You’ll need to get that cue tip ready to clean up the mess you’ve left behind with this polish.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude

Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl in Nude

I don’t quite remember who suggested this – I follow too many beauty guru’s on YouTube. But I’m pretty sure this has become a cult product!

I’ve been suffering with a harsh white eyeliner for way too long. When trying to open up the eyes to make them look wider and more prominent (especially against dark eye make up), it’s great to place a light coloured liner in the waterline.
In the “old days” white liner would’ve sufficed. But heading to a new age of fresh beauty tips and tricks, it’s realised that white liner now creates a distinct harsh effect that makes on-lookers double take to see why your eye make up looks a little odd.

Nude liner though works a treat as it also opens up the eyes and creates contrast against dark eye make up, but is obviously less detectable as it’s… nude.

I’ve tested out this Rimmel Waterproof Kohl, just to see what the hype was all about.
It glides on well, applies like a charm and stays put in that moist eye area to continuously create magic!

Definite thumbs up for me. I’ve jumped on the bandwagon.

L’Oreal Telescopic Liquid Eyeliner in Black

L'Oreal Telescopic Liquid Eyeliner in Black

L’Oreal Telescopic Liquid Eyeliner in Black

I’m running out of a black eye liner so I thought I’d pick up something different that I haven’t tried yet.

The telescopic range has been raved about a lot lately – especially the mascara. It’s supposed to be great for lengthening but not suitable if you want volumised lashes.
Either way though, having not tried anything from the range before, I thought I might just give the liquid eyeliner a chance.

It’s usually pretty expensive, but with the 40% discount there was no chance for a second thought before I grabbed it off the shelf and tossed it in amongst the mountain of products already sitting in my carry basket.

Natio Brow Kit

Natio Brow Kit

Natio Brow Kit

Okay this definitely looks like a winner.
I have pretty thick eyebrows that don’t need much help getting by, so I’ve just been putting up with a brown eyeliner pencil with the help of a spare spoolie.

When I noticed this all-in-one kit though, I got so excited a glow startedĀ emanatingĀ from the product.

Not only does it come with two shades of brown eyebrow powder and a setting eyebrow gel, it’s accompanied by 3 travel size tools as well!
The powders for a first is not only great shades for my dark brown/black hair, the powder itself is a much better alternative to my harsh eyeliner pencil.

The clear eyebrow gel setter is also perfect for those special occasions were complete grooming is necessary.

And last but not excitingly least, the 3 travel sized tools: a spoolie, a dual ended small angle brush for both colours and a tiny set of tweezers. It just made my day.

This is a perfect little kit for those who are starting out and don’t have much to work with – and all within an afforable price range too!

The only thing I will note is the lack of colour range.
From what I could see, this was the only colour palette that was available, so it’ll definitely not be suitable for those who have fair blonde hair or red heads.
Other than that though… GO NATIO!

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector

Another great product from Australis!

This is a 4-in-1 conceal corrector palette that contains shades of green (forĀ redness), purple (for dark circles and pigmentation) and two skin-tone colours (for general concealing).

I have only seen such palettes at Napoleon Perdis and Make Up Forever, but nothing amongst drugstore brands like Australis!
This is a second impressive product!

Maybelline Color Sensation in 515 Coral Crush

Maybelline Color Sensation in 515 Coral Crush

Maybelline Color Sensation in 515 Coral Crush

And last but not least, I purchased a new lipstick!

These Maybelline Color Sensation lip sticks aren’t particularly long lasting, but it’s moisturising and a little more sheer than other lip sticks making it more balm-like than other lipsticks.

This particular colour has been calling out to me since I tried out the range months ago! This beautiful coral red is perfect for any warmer toned make up look and outfits and it’ll perfectly fit amongst the red, orange or pink colour palettes! Definitely a great all-rounder lip colour.

FREEbies…!

Now on to the freebies that I received.
Because I spent $60 amongst various brands (including Rimmel and Sally Hansen), I was not only eligible for the 40% cosmetics discount, I also received a complimentary tote bag filled with goodies!

It was all packed into the leopard print bag below that is not only a great size, but has no branding located on the outside of the bag – which means it won’t look like a freebie! PERFECT!

Complimentary Tote

Complimentary Tote

Ecotools Loufa

Ecotools Loufa

Ecotools Loufa

The first thing out of the bag was this great big EcoTools Loufa.
It’s quite dense and soft in comparison to other loufas I’ve had in the past, so this is definitely a nice little addition to the collection.

EcoTools also holds a place in my heart – I’ve previously blogged about loving their blush brush. It’s environmentally friendly and soft and great to use.

Savvy Make Up Remover Wipes

Savvy Make Up Remover Wipes

Savvy Make Up Remover Wipes

Having cracked into this packet already… I can confirm that these aren’t the best remover wipes on the market.

They get the job done – don’t get me wrong. But when trying to take all this make up off, it’s best if the wipe doesn’t expand and rip into smaller pieces…

Manicare Cuticle Therapy Nourishing Polish

Manicure Cuticle Therapy Polish

Manicure Cuticle Therapy Polish

This sounds like a good product.
Not only do I have a good impression of Manicure products (since it’s been on the Australian market for as long as I can remember), it’s always good to take care of your cuticles so you can achieve the best looking manicure possible.

I’ve suffered from horrible cuticles that don’t team well with what I call my “man-hands”.
Only recently though did I start using cuticle oil (also from Manicare but not this particular product), and it’s improved the skin GREATLY!

They used to peel and look completely horrible even with a fresh coat of polish. But now – even without pushing them back, they look perfectly fine hanging out with my latest nail colour.

Nude by Nature Undercover Airbrush Mineral Primer

Nude By Nature Undercover Airbrush Mineral Primer

Nude By Nature Undercover Airbrush Mineral Primer

UM… So I know Nude by Nature is the bomb here in Australia. And plenty of people have raved about it non-stop.
But… *confession* I have never used anything from the brand before…

Okay now now! Don’t start moving that mouse to the ‘x’ button on your browser!
There’s no need for negativity just because I am still comparable to a new born baby with Nude by Nature products.
I’ve just never had the urge to step towards that section of Priceline and pick something up!

With saying that, I’m quite excited to try out this primer because I have the most ridiculously oily skin available to (wo)man-kind, and a primer will help me keep my face on throughout the day.

Only problem. I did do a little swatch when I dug through these goodies and noticed some sparkle in the product.
So lets just hope that this product doesn’t make me shine like the sun (or Edward Cullen) whilst sporting a nice slick gleam of oil over my face.

That’s the last thing I need.

Press & Go and Kiss False Nails

Press & Go and Kiss False Nails

Press & Go and Kiss False Nails

Okay… I’m all about a nice manicure, but I’m definitely steering clear from these. I don’t even know where they areĀ any more!
They only lasted the time it took to take this photo before I tossed it into the back of one of my “never-go-there” drawers.

As I am completely professional though, I will tell you that there is adhesive included in these packs.

The Kiss Everlasting French has a small glue included in the packet whilst the Press & Go actually has a sticker surface on the underside of each acrylic nail, allowing you to simply “press & go”!

But enough said.

It’s still going to the dungeon and never seeing daylight again.

Australis Paparazzi Perfect Concealer

Australis Paparazzi Perfect Concealer

Australis Paparazzi Perfect Concealer

I hadn’t really heard much about the Australis Paparazzi range before getting all these products in this haul. So I’m not sure how I feel about having this.

But I guess, it’s something else to try. And if it turns out to be a good product than I would’ve found an affordable,Ā drug storeĀ option! So… yes. Can’t wait to try it!

ModelsPrefer Brow Highlighter

Models Prefer Brow Highlighter

Models Prefer Brow Highlighter

This looks pretty nice. I currently only have eye shadows that I use as brow highlighters, so it’ll be good to see whether this pencil version compares against to what I have.

I must say though, this product comes up as a pearlescent glow – which is something I don’t normally like. And whilst swatching, it did drag a bit against my skin, so it’ll need some warming up before being applied to the delicate eye area.

But we’ll see how we go šŸ™‚

Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Mascara in 51 Noir Black

Bourjois Volume Glamour Max in 51 Noir Black

Bourjois Volume Glamour Max in 51 Noir Black

OKAY. On to the exciting stuff! I cannot wait to try this!

I love Bourjois mascaras. They are SOOOOOO volumising, it’s CRAZY.
I have no idea why YouTube hasn’t hyped over these mascaras even more because it’s seriously waterproof, va-va-voom lash creators!

Just check that brush – it’s huge and full. I already know I’m going to flutter my lashes a little bit extra when I have this mascara on.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Polish in 670 Midnight in NY

Sally Hansen in 670 Midnight in NY

Sally Hansen in 670 Midnight in NY

YAY! Another Sally Hansen polish! These are amazing!

The brushes are flat and so smooth during application. The quality of the polish itself is great.

I love the sparkles in this sheer black polish – it just glams up the usual plain black polish.

What more can I say? These are definitely great quality polishes with drug store prices.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch Illuminator in 001 Flush Of Pearl

Rimmel Wake Me Up Illuminator in 001 Flush of Pearl

Rimmel Wake Me Up Illuminator in 001 Flush of Pearl

Hmmmm….! I’m actually looking forward to trying this out!

This illuminator is from the Wake Me Up range, which holds a foundation that is now officially a cult product.

On the other hand though, this illuminator has glitter pigments in it – I’m not sure whether you can see it in my swatch, but it does give a sparkly glow.
And as someone who’s unfortunately sporting an oily skin type, sparkles is not always my first choice.

It will make my complexion more dewy and can therefore translate to super-mega-oily…

But you never know. That’s the rule of thumb, but it doesn’t apply to everything. There’s always exceptions.

Revlon Lip Butter in 085 Sugar Plum

Revlon Lip Butter in 085 Sugar Plum

Revlon Lip Butter in 085 Sugar Plum

Another lip butter! I already have a couple of colours from the range, and I’m loving the sheer wash of colours that this lip product gives.

With my super dry lips though, it does dry a bit against my lips and isn’t the best product when it comes to moisturising. But it’s definitely a great “lip tint” drug store option!

Natio Lip Colour in Flutter

Natio Lip Color in Flutter

Natio Lip Colour in Flutter

I LOVE lip products. I think I get most excited when shopping for these.

This colour looks like a nice deep red on the bullet, but after swatching, it’s more of a rusty red that might not suit everyone…

I might be reaching for it less, considering the brown undertones, but it’ll be great to add to the collection – I don’t normally buy lip products in this colour range!

Well that’s it guys!

Finally we have reached the end of the haul.

My GOSH that took awhile.

And I KNOW it’s been ages since I’ve blogged – I always have things that stop me when I’m on a roll!
But NO. That is no excuse. I willĀ persevereĀ and deliver consistently! … I hope.

For now though,

Lovelove.

Rean.

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April 2013 BELLABOX

21 Apr

Hey guys!

Here’s the April Bellabox šŸ™‚ (Sorry that it’s so close to the March Bellabox… Just wanted to post this whilst it’s relevant!).

See the opening of my Bellabox on Youtube!

This month’s theme is Innovative Beauty!

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

This month’s box is filled with things that I’m really excited about – a nice change to the last couple of month’s!

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

First off we have a product with the world’s longest name…!
This is essentially a face mask that’s supposed to draw out positively charged bacteria and impurities.

Positively charged… that’s new to me. I didn’t know there were positively or negatively charged particles!
Either way, I’m excited to try this simply because I’m looking for a good face mask. Hopefully this will help with my impurities and black heads!

Orofluido Hair Elixir

Orofluido Hair Elixir

Orofluido Hair Elixir

This elixir is apparently jam packed with argan, linseed and cyperus oil, giving your hair silkiness, lightness and shine! And apparently it’s supposed to work on any hair type in any condition.
This will be really good for my hair because I’ve been struggling with dry roots and a dry scalp.

I haven’t previously been too inclined towards using oils since I have oily hair and my skin is oily as well. But argan oil and all these other natural oils are the latest craze! It’s supposed to be really food for all skin and hair types and supposed to provide a nourishment. So… I’m EXCIIIITED!

Indio Multi-V Serum

Indio Multi-V Serum

Indio Multi-V Serum

This serum is supposed to be packed with vitamins A, H & F to keep skin healthy, beautiful and strong. That’s the marketing grab anyway.
I on the other hand I am entranced by the little blue, pink and white balls mixed in the serum! Not sure what they’re for, but it looks really pretty against the clear serum and silver packaging!

I’m also pretty excited about trying this since I just finished my Clinique Pore Minimiser and was looking for another serum to try.

Avene Micellar Lotion

Avene Micellar Lotion

Avene Micellar Lotion

Miracle lotion alert! This Avene Micellar Lotion is supposed to be a 3-1 product: removes make-up, cleanses and tones all at the time whilst not even requiring water to wash the product off!

I’m not sure about the whole “no need to wash after using this product” scheme.
Personally, if I’m trying to take off my make up at the end of the day, I’m thinking that I’d need more than a cotton pad soaked with a lotion. With the residue of the day and left over make-up that’s not mopped up by this lotion, I would normally prefer to give my face a good rinse afterwards.

I’ll give this a go, but I’m not quite the believer at the moment…

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

With the increase of popularity with BB Creams in Asia, the western market is starting to bring out all sorts of versions of the BB Cream. Rimmel’s BB Cream has an SPF 25, containing 9 different skin properties to help smooth out the skin tone and impurities.

It doesn’t quite list what the 9 skin perfecting properties are, but this BB Cream is supposed to smooth, mattify, illuminate, brighten, minimise pores and protect with SPF.

It’ll be good to try this and compare it to the Asian BB Creams that I have tried, but I’m not sure about the colouring. It looks a little dark for my skin tone…

Lash Card

Lash Card

Lash Card

Now THIS is another product that I’m excited to try!
This has been on the market for awhile, but I haven’t gotten around to getting my hands on it.

Essentially it’s just a piece of cardboard that sits behind your upper or lower lashes to prevent the skin from being stained by the application of mascara.
This is great for anyone who has longer lashes or very curled lashes that might bend back and press onto the eye lid during mascara application.

I… do not have that problem. My lashes point STRAIGHT DOWN – it’s a miracle that eyelash curlers and waterproof mascara can hold onto any curl in my lashes.

I’m more excited to use this for my lower lashes though since when applying mascara, the product tends to get onto the skin beneath my eyes. The card has a small curve and large curve on both sides to fit either to top or bottom of your eye area.

The edges of the card can also help separate lashes and remove clumping from excess mascara!

It can also be a great shield of flaking mascara or any pigments dropping down to the cheek area when loose eye shadows are applied.

I’m evidently going to crack straight into these babies the moment I’m done blogging!

Eylure Naturalites Falsies

Eylure Naturalites

Eylure Naturalites

And last but not least, the April Bellabox had Eylure Naturalites falsies!
YAY! Yet another product that I’m super excited about!

These false lashes are great since they’ve got a nice natural look and volume – unlike some that are marketed as “natural” but looks more drag than anything else…

This set also comes with glue so it’ll be great for anyone that is just starting out on trying false lashes and haven’t got any materials to work with.

Just a note to those who are starting out with falsies: If you have dead set straight lashes like myself, you’ll want to give your lashes a good curl first before you apply any falsies. This will help your lashes curl similarly to the false ones and blend in a whole lot better šŸ™‚

That’s it for the April Bellabox!
Let me know what you guys got and whether you’re happy with your Bellaboxes!

For now though…

Lovelove,

Rean.

HAUL: Sasa + Priceline Goodies!

28 Oct
Hi guys!

I’ve recently run out of my Clinique Anti-Blemish face wash (yes I have an acne problem!), so when placing an order for a little more stock on this amazing product, I “conveniently” added a couple of extras.

Sasa + Priceline Haul

First off, lets start with Sasa. If you haven’t heard of Sasa before, it’s an online cosmetics and skincare store that stocks a whole range of brands from well known high end lines like Clinique and Mac, to Asian brands that are less known (in some countries). They ship internationally and do free shipping after a certain threshold! So check that out if you’re keen.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam

First off I purchased two of these Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foams. Can I just say that ever since I’ve been struggling with acne from around the age of 15 (I’m currently 22), I have never found a skin care system that could help me solve all my problems other than this Clinique Anti-Blemish range.

HG. That’s what it is. This range is my HG and for anyone out there that has severe acne, I suggest you try this. I did not have much hope prior to finding Clinique. I had come to the conclusion that my skin was most likely going to have to break out every week or so and I’d have to live with it. Never did I know that I could end up with blemish free skin until I found you, Clinique. Hence I’m a major fan of the brand.

I’ve recently started trying the Liquid Facial Soap in 3 (oily) as I have a sample from a previous purchase and I was waiting for my Sasa package. I’m still within the testing phase so I’m unsure of how well it is performing in comparison, but so far it’s been alright. I’ve noticed that it’s brought forth a lot of smaller blemishes – like white heads all over my face. But hopefully this is onlyĀ occurringĀ to “cleanse” the skin of all these little fatty deposits before evolving to become baby smooth.

Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate

Within the past month, I’ve been more aware of the aging process (I know you might that ” But you’re only 22!”. Well it’s never too early I say.), so as a result I also picked up this Lancome Genifique Yeux Youth Activating Eye Concentrate to tackle prevention of wrinkles!

I’m not too sure why I chose this particular eye cream. Maybe because I haven’t had much past experience with Lancome and it seems to be Michelle Phan’s brand of choice (or potentially they’re the ones signing her, so she can’t NOT advertise it…). But hopefully when I start using it, I’ll find that it’s hydrating and works on dark circles – because that’s what I’m after at the moment.

That being the end of notable products from Sasa, lets start with Priceline!

I visited Priceline just a couple of days ago and saw a 20% off sale on all skincare and cosmetics! I’m not sure how long this sale is going for – apologies if it’s already over.

When I was there, I really wanted to find a loose mineral foundation powder to set my daily foundation and help tackle the midday oil sheen.

Physician’s Formula Talc-Free Mineral Wear Loose Powder

I’ve previously noticed the Physician’s Formula brand but never had much of an opportunity to try any of their products. After hearing good recommendations from other online gurus like Jen from frmheadtotoe though, I thought I’d try it out to see whether it would suit my skin.

I purchased this in Creamy Natural after testing the colour to my skin. The great thing about this product is that it comes with a small clip in powder brush. This is great for travel as you don’t need to bring full size brushes for application. But I’m currently in the middle of waiting on a set of Sigma brushes – I’ve heard of great things! So as that’s still sitting on the loading page, I can use this handy little addition in the meantime.

One thing I’m worried about with using loose foundation though is the potential for product to sit amongst the fine lines and pores on your face. I’ve had this happen before and rather than concealing anything, it enhanced those aspects.

It might require a combination of skin care and a good base before applying this loose powder, but I will definitely experiment and update you on my progress.

L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer

And last but not least, the product that I’m most excited about trying is this L’Oreal Paris Studio Secrets Anti-Shine Mattifying Primer (wow that was a mouth full). I have heard SO MUCH about this – the help it provides with oily skin and how it works as an amazing primer.

I noticed it looks different to those mentions on YouTube though. In these videos the primer seems to come in a sort of pot rather than a pump as you can see above. But this could potentially be a packaging difference due to region.

I think the pump would work a lot better. I would have a more consistent amount of product every time I use it, and it’s a lot moreĀ hygienicĀ than the “finger-in-pot” situation some gurus have. Hopefully I’ve purchased the right one though – I did match the names up to the mentions!

So that’s all the notables from my recent Sasa and Priceline haul. I did get a few more products but those were really to fill the basket a little at Sasa, so I could take advantage of the free delivery.

Obviously I suffer from a not-so-welcome shine, so if you have any suggestions to other products whether it be a foundation or primer that you’ve tried and haveĀ succeededĀ with, comment below and I’ll give it a go!

But for now, lovelove. Rean.

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