Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Review: wotnot Natural Organic Facial Wipes



For a long time you could only buy the wotnot facial wipes online. But you can now find them in Priceline for $7.99 or with the travel case (like shown above) for $9.99. While it is very pricey for make-up wipes, personally I think it is so worth it. If in doubt wait for the 40% off skincare sale.

Some important things to note, these wipes are:
  • "Certified organic pink grapefruit and petitgrain
  • Certified organic papaya (pawapaw)
  • Certified organic rosehip
  • 100% natural and biodegradable fibre
  • Free from alcohol and artificial perfumes
  • Free from parabens and petrochemicals
  • Ideal for sensitive skin"
The wipes are large, moist and very refreshing. They have an earthy type smell which is not off putting...I swear. So don't be afraid if you're sensitive to smells.

Not only are these wipes made up of amazing ingredients but they do the job and do it well. I wear light to medium make-up on my face and more medium-heavy eye make-up. And I find that these wipes remove about 95% of my make-up using only one wipe. I've tried a few wipes before and none have performed like these. 

I love that there is an option to buy it with a travel case it's just added way to make sure the wipes stay moist and it also has a mirror at the bottom as an added bonus. Overall I would highly highly recommend these wipes.

Pros:
- Organic, no nasty chemicals
- Biodegradable
- Remove make-up well
- Doesn't leave an oily residue

Cons:
- More expensive than most wipes 

Rating: 5/5

Where to buy:

Price:
$7.99 >


What are your favourite facial wipes?


Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Haul: Gerard Cosmetics


In early March I came across a promotion for Gerard Cosmetics which included 2 lip glosses for $20 since I've been wanting to try these products for a while I decided to give their products a try. While I was on the site I checked out the sale section and there was a lipstick and lip gloss combo which was also $20. So I thought perfect... 4 lip products for $40 plus free shipping. In Australian dollars it cost approximately $54. 




The colours I bought were;

1. Lipstick in Nude

2. Lip glosses in Nude (light pink nude), Deduction (dark and vampy) and Salmon (peachy orange) 


My order came in less then 2 weeks, which was amazing. I couldn't believe how quick it came. However when I received my order I noticed something odd about the lip gloss in Seduction. It looked almost as if the tube was half empty. So I sent an email about my concerns and they responded to me within a day. And this was their response.

"Hi love,
We are so sorry this has happened :( Please provide me with your order number so I can send out a new lipgloss to you. Also please let me know what color lipgloss that is.
Thank you for your patience!
Alexis"

A few days later I got a confirmation stating that a new one was on its way. This order took a little longer to arrive but nonetheless it came. And it was as pretty as a picture. When I opened it I was amazed the way it came. One top of that it came with a personalised note and a pen. Will never say no to a pen especially one this cute looking. If this isn't customer service I don't know what is.


So if you are wanting to give these products a try I would HIGHLY recommend this company. Big thumbs up!!!!!

Check out their facebook site as well because they usually have promotions going on. 

What have you bought online recently?



Monday, March 16, 2015

Comparison: Artiste vs MAC Brush Cleaner



General Information

Mac Brush Cleanser 
Price: $20
Weight: 235 mL 
Where to buy: Myer, David Jones, MAC stores and their website

Artiste Brush Cleaner
Price: $14.95
Weight: 100 mL
Where to buy: Priceline


Packaging

Both brush cleansers come in a plastic bottle with screw top lid, the Artiste cleanser however has a spray top making easier to use. The MAC brush cleanser on the other hand has a cap similar to those on shampoo bottles. Meaning you'll need either cup, bowl or the sink to be able to clean your brushes.



Whereas with the Artiste cleanser you can just spray it directly onto your brushes. So I just transferred my MAC cleanser into a spray bottle to make it user friendly. 

Scent

The Artiste brush cleanser has a very very strong perfumed alcohol smell. Which makes sense because the ingredients are made up of alcohol and perfume (I would describe it as quite sweet). For me personally I have no issues with it but for those who are sensitive to smells it may be an issue. 

On the other hand the MAC cleanser gives off very little scent if any. 

Performance

I use both cleansers to spot clean my brushes to avoid colours from mixing and both do a very good job at getting my brushes clean. How I like to use it is by spraying the cleanser directly onto the brush with a paper towel underneath then wipe the brush on the towel in a circular motion. 

The most obvious difference I discovered was the drying time. The MAC cleanser takes about 2-5 minutes (depending on the brush size) to dry whereas the Artiste takes about 30 seconds to a minutes and a half. Which I would assume is due to the high content of alcohol.  

Overall

I like both but I think in terms of convenience and the drying time I prefer the Artiste but depending on what you prefer both options do a very similar job in cleaning your brushes.  


If you have any brush cleansers you prefer let us know.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Haul: Mecca

Honestly you're probably sick of seeing hauls on my blog right? But I just love hauls. 

First...story time. I seriously can't remember where I first saw it but when I did, I knew I had to have it. The colours were so beautiful, the packaging was so chic and the value for money was just too good. Plus with Mecca now trying to compete with Sephora (coming soon to Australia) I knew the Australian price would be somewhat reasonable. It is...wait for it...the Nars Virtual Domination Cheek palette. 

First I tried buying it off spacenk which is an England based company (if I'm not mistaken) but sadly they don't ship Nars products to Australia (what a bummer). Then I was looking up reviews to determine if this was something I really really really wanted. And so the obsession began. I sussed out when it was coming to Australia then stalked the Mecca page for about 4-5 days (not even gonna lie), it finally popped up and I added it straight to my cart, clicked buy, and so the waiting game began. I made the order on Monday and it arrived on Wednesday but because of the stupid backed up traffic (damn you Monash freeway) I didn't get home in time to sign for the package so I had to wait till the next day to pick it up.

I was so impatient I opened it in the car park and was pleseantly surprised by the way it came boxed. And so I thought to myself I have to blog this.



The "balloon thingies" on the side meant that the products were nicely secured. 


And the box inside the box was filled with a fair bit of tissue paper for extra cushioning I suppose. And the box itself is so pretty. 


Shipping is only free for orders over $75, and the palette was $86 so I thought in case it sells out in store, I'll play it safe and order it while I had the chance. You also get to choose 3 samples which is a nice added bonus. So overall I'm giving Mecca a big thumbs up for their service and gorgeous packaging. 

I just wanted to show a bit of love because more often then not people talk about their bad experience, which I respect because it helps people choose wisely. But once in a while it's nice to show some love. 

Thank you to everyone who reads my blog. I really appreciate it. Hope you're having an amazingly beautiful day. 


Share your experiences in the comments...positive or negative...we're here to help each other out. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Haul: Europe Trip - Germany and England

Now onto part 2 of my European haul.

My next stop was Germany. I didn't get much time to shop here however I did see a lot of cites. I went to Dusseldorf, Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne. It is a beautiful city lots of trees and scenery... if you're into that (which I am).  



Douglas

1. Lancome Visionnaire Advanced Multi-Correcting Cream (sample)

2. Misslyn Rich Colour Gloss in 25 Papaya Sorbet - €6.99 (approx. $10.98)


Last but not least was London. My God is this city amazing. It has a SPECTACULAR history and the shopping was A-MAZING. I will definitely be going back to London. 



Debenhams

3. Urban Decay Naked Palette - £37 (approx. $70.75)
I know it's bloody expensive. But I got this on my second last day. Plus with money to spare, and my lusting after this product I got it. And I don't regret it one bit. 


Topshop

4. Topshop Lip Bullet in Covet - £8 (approx. $15.29)


Boots

5. Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Almond (nude shade) - £3.99 (approx. $7.63)

6. Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Green Berry £1.99 (approx. $3.80)
They had an offer buy one get the second half off


Superdrug

7. Maybelline The Rocket Mascara - £7.99 (approx. $15.28) 




Duty Free at London Heathrow

8. MAC Eyeshadow in Woodwinked and Corduroy - £10.20 (approx. $19.50) 

9. MAC Lipstick in Razzledazzler and Rebel - £12.50 (approx. $23.90)

10. Dior Addict Fluid Stick in #338 Mirage - £22.10 (approx. $42.26)


And that's it. I know it's a lot. But a lot of these we don't get in Australia or they are cheaper over there so I thought why not...


Hope you enjoyed these couple of hauls. Let me know what you've purchased lately.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Haul: Europe Trip - France and Italy

I'm backkkkk...so not even going to lie I've been back for a couple of weeks. I've just been trying to settle in and unpack. So I'm going to start off with an easy (and my favourite) post. 

So first I went to Paris. Which was so beautiful (if you'd like me to put up some pictures let me know). 


Monoprix

Is equivalent to Kmart/Target/Big W combined with a supermarket.

1. Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss - €4.50 (approx. $7.04)
I know that it's expensive but it was on my last few days in Paris and I had some euros left over so I spent it. Plus I really wanted this particular shade since I first saw it on YouTube. 

2. Models Own Hypergel Polish in Cornflower Gleam - €5.99 (approx. $9.36)

3. La Roche-Posay Effaclar duo [+] - €11.50 (approx. $18.06)
This was on sale. I'm really sorry I didn't take a notice of the full price but I think it was around €16-18


À Vous de Plaire

4. Chanel Chance Eau Tendre EDT - €86.76 (approx. $135.64)

5. Versace Yellow Diamond EDT (Sample)

6. Versace Bright Crystal EDT (Sample) 


Then I was off to Italy. The food there is AMAZING, if you love pizza and ice cream. And let's be honest who doesn't?????



Kiko

7. Eyes Clics 101 - Free with my purchase
This is just an empty eyeshadow case to put the eyeshadow I bought in. They gave this to me for free which was AWESOME. Australia get onto that...or at least samples...

8. Eyeshadow in Infinity 213 - €4.90 (approx. $7.66)
This is similar to Inglot's freedom system

9. Extra Volume Lipgloss in 04 - €2.90 (approx. $4.53)

10. Sugar Mat Nail Lacquer in 15 - €1.90 (approx. $2.97)

Kiko is so affordable and there is so many things to choose from. I highly recommend it. I got these things in Florence but there were Kiko stores all over Europe. I saw one in France and London. 


There is a part 2 still to come so I hope you like hauls...

Monday, May 19, 2014

Review: Optiva Aqua-Capture Serum and Nourishing Night Cream

So firstly my skin type is dry/normal. I'm prone to hormonal breakouts. Every time I get a pimple it scars whether or not I've popped it (gross I know). So my main issue are my scars. But like I mentioned I do have somewhat dry skin and I really do feel like these have helped with my dry patches and preventing my skin from flaking. 



1. Optiva Aqua-Capture Serum 
30ml $24

"This super concentrated skin hydrating serum has a light formulation, which is easy to apply and works deep into the skin. The serum strengthens the skin barrier in just two weeks improving its tolerance for the long term. Specially formulated to offer an immediate comforting and calming effect. Apply after cleansing and before moisturising both morning and night. Clinically proven to reveal healthier skin in just two weeks."

Overall I think this is a really nice serum, but honestly I'm not really a serum girl and this product hasn't converted me. I feel like it's an unnecessary step. But if serums are your thing, this is a good one to try. It's very light, thin and spreads over the skin really well and sinks in really quickly. 

Rating: 3/5 (it is nice I just don't fancy serums)



2. Optiva Nourishing Night Cream
40ml $22

"A rich moisturising night cream that absorbs easily to help restore skin overnight. The rich, nourishing formula works whilst the skin is at rest to leave it feeling refreshed, soft and smooth. Nourishing Night Cream contains althaea officialis extract together with other moisturising ingredients to strengthen and nourish while you sleep."

I really really like this moisturiser it's thick and cooling when you first apply it. I love it. It sinks into the skin beautifully and I feel like it's made my skin slightly softer. I will say that when you first apply it there is a scent (which I find unnecessary in face creams) and it lingers until you finish rubbing it in. The scent is difficult to describe, it's just very perfumey.  

Rating: 4/5


The Boots Laboratories Optiva range is suitable for sensitive skin, is hypoallergenic and paraben free. 

Where to buy it? Amcal, Amcal Max and Guardian Pharmacies. Shop online at amcal.com.au


What skincare products have you tried lately?


*These products were sent to me for review. However all opinions are my own.