Friday, March 27, 2015

My Latest Sephora Haul

This latest haul from Sephora was again care of my great personal shopper, aka. my hubby. Today was his last day working virtually across the road from the store (sob!) which means I won't have such easy access to this wonderful place anymore.

After a couple of days of deciding I gave him my wishlist and sent him on his way and this is what he ended up bringing home:


1) Cowshed Grumpy Cow Uplifting Bath & Shower Gel - This wasn't on my list but when I'd mentioned to him how much I loved the Lazy Cow one he got me last time he decided to get this one for me to try as well. And no, I couldn't be angry with him for getting Grumpy Cow this time as it pretty much fits how I feel these days being five months pregnant and totally over the whole thing already.

2) Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince - This was something I was really excited about as I've heard so many good things about these pencils. I originally had two different shades on my list but apparently they were both out of stock (Typical!) so hubby took it upon himself to choose this one as being the closest to one of the others I'd chosen. Quince is such a bright, rich magenta shade that I'm still working up the courage to try applying it to my lips as yet but will most likely put up a review once I do.

3) Becca The One Perfecting Brush - Hold on while I take a moment to actually think about how much I just spent on one makeup brush! This was a bit of an impulse addition to my list and I guess I was almost secretly hoping deep down that they would be out of stock so that I wouldn't have to feel guilty about buying one. But, low and behold they had plenty of stock and now I am the proud owner of one of these beauties. I don't know why I had to have one but I just did and I can't wait to see if it is worth all the hype.

4) Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Fearless - This was on my list and the exact shade I wanted too! I am probably the only beauty lover in Australia that did not already own one of these puppies so I can now breath a big sigh of relief.



I did have a couple of other items on my list that apparently weren't in stock or just weren't stocked in the Australian store (bummer!) so I will have to keep these on my wishlist for the future.

Due to the fact that hubby spent so much he also got given a couple of free gifts at the checkout which was a nice little surprise. These were an Ole Henriksen 3 Little Wonders Mini Collection which consists of a Truth Serum Collagen Booster, an Invigorating Night Treatment and a Sheer Transformation moisturiser plus a small sample of the Balenciaga B. fragrance.

I haven't ever tried either of these before so was quite happy to get them as samples.


So, that was my latest (and quite possibly last) haul from Sephora. One day I might be able to ditch my son and my work and take a trip down into Sydney myself to go through there but I won't hold my breath!

Have you tried any of these products? What other things should I have had on my wishlist instead?

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Michelle xx

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Cherry Brown Natural Lipstick in Hot Pink






I received this lipstick as part of a Nature's Beauty Bag a while ago and have recently started wearing it on a regular basis.

Cherry Brown make natural lipsticks and natural mineral cosmetics in the Huon Valley, Tasmania, Australia. According to their website, everything is made from only the best natural ingredients including extra-virgin oils and mineral colours.  All products are free from chemicals, animal products and synthetic dyes. No palm oil is used in any of our products and they are all suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Here is some information on their Natural Lipstick range:


'Our lipsticks are super moisturising and are made with pure ingredients like apricot kernel oil and extra virgin macadamia nut oil. 

Our lipsticks are free from:
  • Animal testing
  • Petroleum products
  • Palm oil in any of its forms
  • Animal Ingredients
  • Chemical additives
  • Preservatives
  • Synthetic dyes and colours
  • Micronised ingredients
  • Nanoparticles



 


The shade I received was Hot Pink and it is definitely true to its name. This shade is not for the faint of heart as it is such a vibrant, hot pink on the lips with cool undertones.

'Cherry Brown Natural Lipstick in Hot Pink - Natural light'
 
'Cherry Brown Natural Lipstick in Hot Pink - With flash'
Surprisingly I've been getting quite a bit of wear out of this lipstick even though it is so bright, mainly because I have been a bit lazy lately with the rest of my face makeup so putting on some bright lips seems to make me feel put together even when the rest of my makeup is quite bland.


This lipstick can be worn quite sheer with just one swipe or it can be built up to be a beautiful vibrant pink on the lips with a few coats. It's quite moisturising on the lips and doesn't feel dry at all as it wears off. I usually get around 3-4 hours of wear from it under normal circumstances before needing to touch it up.

What I also love about this lipstick is that it doesn't really have any noticeable taste as far as I can tell and no scent either which is always a big winner with me.

If you have never checked out anything by this Australian brand I definitely recommend having a look at their website. They have a few different shades in their lipstick range as well as other products such as mineral makeup and eye makeup. I'm always on the hunt for a good Aussie brand and get very excited when I come across a new one.

Has anyone else ever tried any products from Cherry Brown before?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Michelle xx

Thursday, March 5, 2015

February 2015 Favourites


So, I've only really gotten back into caring about what products I was using in the past month because prior to that when I was in the worst of my morning sickness and exhaustion period I really didn't care about anything!

During February I found that I was gravitating the most towards all of the following products:

* The Body Shop Shea Body Butter - Now I have an ever growing belly I've been slathering this stuff on every day to make sure I don't get any stretch marks again throughout this pregnancy. I managed to be lucky enough to not get any last time so fingers crossed!
* Cowshed Lazy Cow Soothing Bath & Shower Gel - Hubby was kind enough to buy this for me one day from Sephora on one of his lunchtime walks (he works just around the corner so lucky me!) and when he saw that it contained essential oils of jasmine, chamomile and sandalwood he thought it would be a good thing to try and calm me down at night when I wasn't feeling so good. The scent is very strong and took a little getting used to but I am totally in love with it now.
* Maybelline Dream Pure BB Cream - This has been hands down my most favourite BB Cream of all time so far. It goes on nice and smooth and the coverage is great. It's also quite matte too which I really like and it makes a great base for those days when I just can't be bothered wearing foundation but want my skin to look more even.
* Kosmea Australia Replenishing Moisture Cream - I have been using this of a morning as I find the Rose scent soothing. It's a lovely, light cream that makes my skin feel nice and moisturised for the day. 
 

* Sephora Contour Eye Pencil in Black Lace - Hubby scored again by taking another trip to Sephora and buying me one of their 'Best of' gift sets which contained around 8 of their best selling products. This eye pencil was in it and I have used it exclusively ever since, mainly because it is waterproof and therefore does not budge for at least 8 hours on me which is a pretty big event considering I have the worst hooded eyes in history and am usually lucky if an eye pencil stays put for up to two hours.
* Sephora Nail Lacquer in Pole Dance - This was another product in the 'Best of' set and I have worn it exclusively on my toes for over six weeks now and am a bit obsessed with it. It's such a gorgeous, deep, burgundy red that looks really elegant in my opinion. It wears pretty well too and takes quite a long time before it starts to chip.
* Sephora Hydrating Powder Blush in Romantic Rose - Yep, another goody from the 'Best of' set that I have developed a deep love for. It's such a flattering, natural pink shade that is so easy to apply and blend out and it has helped me on many days to not look like the zombie that I really felt like.
* Beesline Beeswax Jelly - I have been using this on my lips at night before going to bed and love how soft they feel in the morning when I wake up. It's got no scent that I can identify which has been great on my worst sick days and I've also found it great for any dry eczema patches that pop up now and then.
* Benefit Lolli Tint - I have been using this stain on my lips prior to applying any lipstick or gloss as it means I am left with a nice pink stained lip at the end of the day. I'm not really a huge fan of using it as a cheek stain as I find it a bit too fiddly to blend out before it sets but it's definitely a winner for the lips.
* Bourjois Volume Glamour Max Mascara in Noir Max - This is a great mascara for lengthening and thickening the lashes and I have been using it every day lately.
* Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer - I don't think I really need to say very much about this concealer as every man and his dog probably knows about it already. All I'll say is that it has been my saviour on many mornings when my poor under eyes were not looking so fresh and is a product that I would hate to live without.
* Ulta3 Colour Me Pretty Lipstick Crayon in Pretty Nude - So here is yet another lipstick crayon product on the market and one that I've really grown fond of. It doesn't have any taste or scent at all and is nice and smooth to apply. It gives quite a good colour payoff and leaves a lovely glossy shine on the lips. Nude lips have been my favourite lately as they make me feel put together without having to make too much of an effort with the rest of my makeup.

So those were my favourite products over February.

I'd love to know what products you've been enjoying over the past month or so?

Have a great week.

Michelle xx

Monday, February 23, 2015

My Favourite Online Shopping Websites

We all love a bit of online retail therapy right? Well, ever since having my first son and realising that going shopping just isn't as easy (or enjoyable) as it used to be with a small baby/toddler in tow, I've become a huge fan of online shopping.

It's so much easier these days to just sit at home at any time of the day or night and browse my favourite sites without having to constantly watch my son to make sure he's not touching/pulling/damaging everything in store or trying to run off and hide behind clothes racks or in a different aisle or annoying other shoppers (I think you get the gist?)

So, I have developed a list of my favourite websites that I often browse and buy from and I thought I would share this list with you all today.

1) Ebay - Ok, who doesn't love Ebay? It's is seriously the site I spend the biggest amount of time on for anything from office furniture, beauty items, gardening products, homewares, stationery, you name it, Ebay has it.

2) Etsy - I'm a relatively newcomer to this site and am still learning the best way to navigate around but once I am on there I can kiss at least an hour or so goodbye as there is just so much to look at from every corner of the world. Like Ebay you can buy practically anything and my favourite things so far have been some cute stationery/scrapbooking items and unique homewares.

3) Adore Beauty - I love this online beauty store and the fact that they have free shipping on all Australian orders. They do a lot of promotions and goodie bags as gifts with purchase that I am always a bit of a sucker for.

4) Kikki K - I am a major stationery addict and Kikki K just has some of the most delicious stuff around. I love to browse their online store whenever I am in the need for a new pretty for my desk and the fact that they offer free shipping for all orders over $50 is a winner too.

5) Fresh Fragrances & Cosmetics - Again this is another online beauty store that I regularly peruse whenever I am in need of a little fix. They also have a great loyalty program and offer free shipping on all orders.

6) Ozsale - This site is the reason that I have way too many shoes. The constant daily sales on practically anything are always so enticing and can range from clothing, footwear, stationery, pet products, homewares to kids products. Delivery is usually capped at $10 regardless of what you purchase.

7) Styletread -  What else can I say except shoes, shoes and more shoes!

8) Strawberrynet - This is a great website to get a lot of beauty products that aren't always stocked at my local shopping centre. Their prices are usually well discounted too and they also have a loyalty program that's a good bonus.

What are some of your favourite online stores? I'd love to know of any other gems that I may not have discovered yet.

Michelle xx

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Clinique Haul & GWP

So I am a self-confessed sucker for the Gift With Purchase, especially those that are usually run by Clinique so last week I couldn't help but give myself a little treat by purchasing something that I really did NEED (I truly did!) just so that I could get their latest GWP.

First up I decided to buy myself some of their Youth Surge Night Moisturiser as I had actually run out of my last night cream. I haven't tried this one before so I'm hoping for good things.

Also, because I placed my order online I was entitled to two little bonus extras with my order. I chose to get the mini-lipstick in Runway Coral and the Liquid Facial Soap.


The Runway Coral lipstick is a shade I have been wanting literally forever so I was so excited to be able to get the mini version as a bonus. It is such a pretty and flattering coral shade that I can tell I am going to get a lot of wear out of.


Now, on to the gift with purchase! Overall I am pretty happy with what was included in it this time around and will definitely be getting use out of everything.

The cosmetic bag is what really caught my eye at first. I just think that the love heart pattern is so sweet and cute and it's a nice size for overnight trips.
 
 The products included were as follows:
* Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser - 30 ml
* Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion - 30 ml
* Colour Compact with an Eyeshadow Duo in Strawberry Fudge plus a Blushing Blush Powder Blush in Bashful Blush.
* High Impact Curling Mascara mini in Black
* Chubby Stick Baby Tint mini in Poppin' Poppy
* Clinique Happy Heart Perfume Spray - 4 ml

The eyeshadow and blush compact is really cute and contains shades that will be great for everyday wear.

My only small disappointment is with the Chubby Stick Baby Tint as I hadn't tried one of these before and was really surprised at how little colour payoff you get with them. The shade in the GWP was Poppin' Poppy and it is practically a clear balm with the teeniest hint of a peachy shine. I tried really hard to photograph it below and had to wait until I could get a bit of sun shining directly onto the swatch before it would show up at all. Even then it's very hard to see anything except a bit of shine on my arm.


Overall though I am very happy with my little haul and can't wait to play with all the new goodies.

Is anyone else a sucker for the GWP like me? Are there any other good ones going on right now that I should (or probably shouldn't!) know about?

Have a great weekend!

Michelle xx 

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