Thursday, 31 January 2013

TalkBack Thursday: #28DBC

The 28 Day Blog Challenge starts tomorrow! For more information on the original challenge click here.  I have taken it one step further by challenging myself to also blog everyday in February. So below I have provided a draft timetable of the list of blogposts that I will be doing. This is a draft so things can chop and change depending on how I go. I'd love any suggestions and requests on what blogposts should be featured in the next 28 days!

1. February Wishlist - List of new products on my radar! [video]
2. January Favourites [video]
3. Review | Giorgio Armani Lasting Silk Foundation [video]
4. Tutorial | Valentine's Day - Cute [video]
5. TightAss Tuesday - Beauty deals every Tuesday
6. Tutorial | Valentine's Day - Natural: Day (work) to Night [video]
7. TalkBack Thursday - Your Valentine's Day plans
8. Tutorial | Valentine's Day - Sexy Smokey Eye [video]
9. Review | Lush Fresh Farmacy Cleanser [video]
10. Showdown | Lancome Bi-Facil vs. Maybelline Express Care [video]
11. Review | Lush Skincare & Routine
12. TightAss Tuesday - Beauty deals every Tuesday
13. Review | Nivea Pure & Natural Range [video]
14. TalkBack Thursday - ?
15. Review | Lush Haircare & Routine [video]
16. ?
17. Review | MUA Eyeshadow Palettes & Swatches [video]
18. No Mirror Makeup Tag [video]
19. TightAss Tuesday - Beauty deals every Tuesday
20. A-Z Beauty Tag [video]
21. TalkBack Thursday - ?
22. Tutorial | Young Carrie (The Carrie Diaries) - Everyday "No Makeup" Makeup for School [video]
23. ?
24. ?
25. ?
26. TightAss Tuesday - Beauty deals every Tuesday
27. Collective February Haul
28. TalkBack Thursday - ?

Those ??? need to be filled so I'd love some suggestions! xx 
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HAUL | Lush Haircare, Proactiv, Chemist Warehouse

What'd I say?
I Love Juicy Shampoo 500g | $30.95
Veganese Conditioner 500g | $33.95
Big Solid Conditioner | $11.95 per 100g
Roots Hair Treatment 225g | $18.95
No Drought Dry Shampoo 115g | $13.50
Seaspray 100g | $12.50
Tea Tree Toner Tab | $2.50
Tea Tree Water 250g | $20.95
Cosmetic Warrior 75g | $15.95
Proactiv Dry Skin Pack - Cleanse, Tone, Repair, Green Tea Moisturiser, Deep Cleansing Wash, Clarifying Night Cream | $129
Deep Cleansing Wash 60mL | GWP
Cleansing Body Bar | GWP
Blemish Control Stick | GWP
Enya Sorbelene Cream 1L | $2.99
Maybelline Color Tattoos - Too Cool, Audacious Asphalt | $6

What are your favourite anti-acne and hair care products? 
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Tuesday, 29 January 2013

TightAss Tuesday: 29/01/13

Beauty deals you need to know about every Tuesday (:

(Priceline) Almay - GWP - Spend $39 receive Gift valued at $65.85
(Priceline) Formula 10.0.6 LE Duo Kits - $12.99
(Priceline) Covergirl Clump Crusher - $10
(Priceline) L'Oreal - GWP - Spend $29 receive L'Oreal Primer valued at $29.95
(Priceline) Models Prefer - 3 for $20
(Priceline) Models Prefer Skincare - 50% OFF
(Priceline) Palmer's Skincare - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
(Priceline) Rimmel - GWP - Spend $20 receive Gift valued at $38.85

BIG W 31/01/13 - 13/02/13
Bio-Oil 60mL - $2.83 OFF - $10
Olay Total Effects - $5 OFF - $21.96
Palmers Stretch Mark Cream 250mL - $3.44 OFF - $12
Redwin Sorbolene Lotion 2L - $2 OFF - $6.24
Vaseline - $2 OFF


PRICELINE 31/01/13 - 11/02/13
Cosmo Beauty Book out Feb 4th 
1000 Hour - 20% OFF
A'kin - 3 for 2
Alchemy - 20% OFF
Almay - GWP - Spend $39 receive Gift valued at $65.85
Ardell - Buy 2 Save 20%
Artiste - Buy 2 Save 25%
Australis - $3 OFF
Aveeno - 20% OFF
Avene - Buy 2 Save 20%
Banana Boat - 20% OFF
Batiste - 20% OFF
Bio-Oil 20% OFF - GWP Beach Towel
Biore - 15% OFF - GWP valued $19.99
Botani - 20% OFF
Burt's Bees - 3 for 2
Broadway Nails - 25% OFF
Cetaphil - 20% OFF
Clearasil - 20% OFF
Covergirl Clump Crusher - $10
David Babaii - 20% OFF
Dove - 20% OFF
Dr Lewinn's 20% OFF
Ecotools - 20% OFF
Ego QV - 20% OFF
Eylure - Buy 2 Save 25%
Formula 10.0.6 LE Duo Kits - $12.99
Garnier - 20% OFF
Hello Kitty - 3 for 2
Hollywood - 20% OFF
Indeed Laboratories - $29.99
Invisible Zinc - 20% OFF
Kiss Nails - 25% OFF
L'Oreal - GWP - Spend $29 receive L'Oreal Primer valued at $29.95
L'Oreal Skincare - $19.99
Manicare Glam - 3 for 2
Max Factor - $10 OFF
Maybelline - 15% OFF
ModelCo - GWP - Spend $35 receive ModelCo Gradual Tan valued at $16.99
Models Prefer - 3 for $20
Models Prefer Hairbrush - 3 for 2
Models Prefer Skincare - 50% OFF
Nailene - 20% OFF
Natural Glamour Mineral Foundation - $5 OFF
Neutrogena - 20% OFF
Nivea - 25% OFF
Nude by Nature - 25% OFF
Olay Regenerist - 20% OFF
Organix - 20% OFF
Palmer's Skincare - Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
Pantene - 50% OFF
Real Techniques - 20% OFF [review]
Revitanail - 20% OFF
Revlon - GWP - Spend $30 receive Gift valued at $37
Revlon Beauty Tools - Buy 2 Save 30%
Rimmel - GWP - Spend $20 receive Gift valued at $38.85
Sally Hansen - 3 for 2
Sanctuary - 20% OFF
Savvy - GWP - Spend $10 receive Savvy Concealer valued at $3.99
Scunci - 15% OFF
Simple - 20% OFF
Skin Clarity - 3 for 2
Skin Doctors - 3 for 2
Skin Physics - 20% OFF
St Tropez - GWP St Tropez Applicator Mitt valued at $11.99
Sukin - 20% OFF
Tresemme - 50% OFF
Trilogy - 3 for 2
Sunsense - 20% OFF
Vaseline - 20% OFF
Wakame Nature's - 30% OFF
Yes To - 20% OFF

TARGET 31/01/13 - 06/02/13
Cosmetic tools, nail care & hair accessories (exc. Luminail) - 25% OFF
Fragrances - 20% OFF
Gillette & Schick disposable shabing - 30% OFF
Haircare - 30% OFF
L'Oreal skincare & foundation - 30% OFF
Sally Hansen - 25% OFF
Toiletry value packs - 25% OFF

What other retailers would you guys like to see? 
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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

TightAss Tuesday

Beauty deals you need to know about every Tuesday (:

Covergirl Clump Crusher - $10 - SAVE $6.72 (BIG W)
Garnier BB Cream - 35% OFF - $8.99 (CHEMIST WAREHOUSE)
Maybelline - 50% OFF (CHEMIST WAREHOUSE)
Olay Complete Care Touch of Foundation Moisturiser - 30% OFF - $9.99 (CHEMIST WAREHOUSE)
Sally Hansen - 50% OFF (CHEMIST WAREHOUSE)
Nivea Creme - 65% OFF - GWP receive FREE 30mL (CHEMIST WAREHOUSE)
Nude for Nature - GWP - Purchase any Foundation & receive FREE Tinted Moisturiser (PRICELINE)

BIG W 23/01/13 - 29/01/13
Covergirl Clump Crusher - $10 - SAVE $6.72
Garnier BB Cream - $10 - SAVE $3.42
L'Oreal - $8 OFF Foundation
L'Oreal - $5 OFF Mascaras
Maybelline - $4 OFF
Olay - $4 OFF Complete & Cleanser range

CHEMIST WAREHOUSE 11/01/13 - 27/01/13
Aveeno Daily Moisturising Body Wash & Lotion - 20% OFF
Garnier BB Cream - 35% OFF - $8.99
Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear - $19.99 - SAVE $9.00 30% OFF
Maybelline - 50% OFF
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Deep Moisture Oil - 35% OFF
Nivea Creme - 65% OFF - GWP receive FREE 30mL
Olay Complete Care Touch of Foundation Moisturiser - 30% OFF
Pond's Rejuveness Anti Wrinkle Cream - 25% OFF
Revlon - 50% OFF
Rimmel - 50% OFF
Sally Hansen - 50% OFF
Sukin Certified Organic Rosehip Oil - 20% OFF - GWP receive FREE Foaming Facial Cleanser
Swisspers Facial Cleansing Wipes - 30% OFF

TARGET 24/01/13 - 30/01/13
25% OFF the following brands
Aveeno / Banana Boat / Bio-Oil / Biore / Cancer Council / Chi Chi / Clean & Clear / Clearasil / Covergirl / Fing'rs / Garnier / Gillette / Johnson's / Lady Jayne / Le Tan / L'Oreal / Manicare / Max Factor / Maybelline / ModelCo / Nailene / Neutrogena / Nivea / NP Set / Nude by Nature / Olay / Oral-B / Palmer's / Pantene Pro V / Redwin / Revlon / Rimmel / Sally Hansen / Schick / Schwarzkopf / Scunci / Simple / QVS

PRICELINE 17/01/13 - 28/01/13
Australis - GWP - Purchase any Face product & receive FREE Double Decker Eyeshadow
Aveeno - 20% OFF
Billi Goat - 20% OFF
Bourjois - 20% OFF Face & Eye
Covergirl - 30% OFF Eye & Lip
Dermaveen - 20% OFF
Dove - 20% OFF Women's Skincare
Dr Lewinn's - Buy 2 for 25% OFF
Garnier - 20% OFF Clean Sensitive, Clean Detox & Pure Active range
Hello Kitty - 30% OFF
Innoxa - 3 for 2
Johnson's - $4 OFF Triple Pack Wipes
Kenkay - 15% OFF
Klorane - GWP - Purchase Dry Shampoo 150mL & receive FREE 50mL Dry Shampoo
Maybelline - 3 for 2 
L'Oreal - 20% OFF Eye & Lip
Le Tan - GWP - Spend $25 & receive FREE Clutch
MaxFactor - $7 OFF Face & Nail except Max Colour effect Mini Nail Enamel
Models Prefer - 20% OFF  
Montagne Jeunesse - 20% OFF
Natio - GWP - Spend $30 & receive FREE Cooler Bag
Nivea - 3 for 2
Nude for Nature - GWP - Purchase any Foundation & receive FREE Tinted Moisturiser
Olay - 20% OFF Total Effects range
Revlon - $10 OFF PhotoReady range
Rimmel - 25% OFF
Skin Doctors - 20% OFF - GWP - Spend $35 & receive FREE Gamma Hydroxy
Sukin - 20% OFF 1L Jumbo Packs
Swippers - 15% OFF Skincare range
Trilogy - 15% OFF
Witch - 25% OFF 
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Haul | Budget Beauty - Rimmel, Maybelline, Revlon @ Chemist Warehouse

please click on the image to watch the video (:

** 50% OFF Rimmel, Maybelline, Revlon until 27 Jan 2013 @ Chemist Warehouse **
Note: All prices stated are 50% OFF rrp.

What'd I say?
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliners {reviewed} | $5
- Bronze, Taupe, Black
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation | $10
- 103 True Ivory
Rimmel I Love Fruities Lasting Finish Nail Polish | $3
- 025 Strawberry Fizz
Rimmel I Love Lasting Finish Nail Polish | $3
- 035 Wine Not
Rimmel 60 Seconds Nail Polish | $4
- 500 Caramel Cupcake
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Foundation - Normal/Dry Skin | $17.50
- 180 Sand Beige
Revlon ColorStay Whipped Cream Foundation | $17.50
- 220 Nude
- 200 Sand Beige
Revlon PhotoReady Foundation | $18.50
- 003 Shell
Revlon PhotoReady Powder | $17.50
- 020 Light/Medium
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer | $13.50
- 100 Bronzed & Chic
Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain | $9
- 030 Smitten
- 025 Sweetheart
Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - Creme Finish | $11
- 440 Cherries in the Snow
- 435 Love that Pink
- 423 Pink Velvet
- 668 Primrose
Maybelline Baby Lips | $2
- Mango Pie
- Glow Baby Pink
- Glow Pink Blast
Maybelline Color Tatoo 24hr Eyeshadow | $6
- Back to the Bronze
- Pomegranate Punk
- Painted Purple
Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliners | $8.50
- 950 Blackest Black
- 956 Eggplant
Maybeline Express Care Eye & Lip Makeup Remover | $4.50
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Primer | $8
Maybelline Dream Smooth Primer | $8
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Treatment Makeup | $12.50
- 190 Nude
Maybelline  Fit Me Concealer | $7.50
- 10 Light
Maybelline Fit Me Powder | $7.50
- 120 Classic Ivory

What's on my face?
Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream - 21
Everyday Mineral Jojoba Base - Sand
Urbaan Decay Primer Potion
MUA Eyeshadow Palette - Heaven and Earth
Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner - Bronze
- Real Techniques Detailer Brush
- Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
L'oreal Waterproof VOluminous Carbon Black
Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Revlon PhotoReady Bronzer - 100 Bronzed and Chic
- Real Techniques Contour Brush
MUA Blush - Shade 2
NYX Mosaic Powder - 01 Highlighter
- Real Techniques Expert Face Brush
MUA Intense Kisses Lipgloss - Sealed with a Kiss

All products were purchased by yours truly (: 
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Thursday, 17 January 2013

TalkBack Thursday: 28 Day Blog Challenge

(because I don't have the answers to everything)

Every Thursday I'm going to ask you lovely viewers a question. There may also be a chance to win something [:

I heard about the 28 Day Blog Challenge from Tea with Mia and I thought it was a great idea. It was originally a challenge hosted by Katy Widrick to do something positive for your blog everyday in February. It's the shortest month of the year but taking a small step everyday can have a big impact.

Mia decided to take it one step further by challenging herself to blog everyday in February. I thought this was a great idea so I'm going to do it as well (:

I'd love to know if you have ever participated in any similar challenges and how you went with it. It doesn't have to be about beauty or blogging, just a challenge that you set yourself to do everyday whether it be to drink eight glasses of water everyday or to exercise everyday (I know I have set myself that challenge many times and never had much luck unfortunately.) If you have done something similar, such as challenge yourself to blog everyday or to vlog everyday I want to know about it too ! (I know some YouTubers did "Vlogmas" where they vlogged everyday in December.)

If you're a blogger or are thinking of starting a blog, click here to learn more about the challenge and participate! Good luck (: xx

P.S. Don't forget to hashtag anything relating to the 28 Day Blog Challenge with #28BDC !

Thursday, 10 January 2013

TalkBack Thursday: DIYs + Suga Scrub

(because I don't have the answers to everything)

Every Thursday I'm going to ask you lovely viewers a question. There may also be a chance to win something [:

I have been very into DIYs lately. Everything from crafts to skincare to home decor, you name it. I have always been quite crafty and enjoy making this with my hands such as quilling, cross-stitching, knitting, etc. but I haven't had much time lately to participate in these fun activities. Instead, I have turned to DIY skincare which is a bit more productive and it's good to know exactly what ingredients you are putting onto your skin. So, I instagrammed/twittered this picture today - the only two ingredients you'll need for an amazing DIY homemade body scrub - oil + sugar!

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I use a mixture of extra virgin olive oil, grape seed oil and sunflower oil; sometimes using one, two or all three of the oils I have on hand. Other oils you can use are almond oil, extra virgin coconut oil and vegetable oil, but basically any oil that you have in your kitchen will do. I'm still experimenting with the  mixture to see if any one or combination of the oils provide more moisture for the skin, so I'll keep you updated.

I use brown sugar as it's gentle enough to be used on sensitive skin. Feel free to use regular white sugar, table salt or even sea salt for a more abrasive scrub. For a foot scrub, I would recommend using sea salt to really work the thicker skin on your soles.

I use a ratio of 1.5:1 oil to sugar as I do like my body scrubs a bit more oily, feel free to play with the ratio and be aware that this can vary from 1:1 to 2:1 just depending on the abrasive ingredient you use and how oily or 'scrubby' you prefer it to be.

1. I mix this concoction once a week to keep the ingredients fresh, but I would say it probably won't have trouble staying good for at least a month. Because I make such a small quantity at a time (only 9 tablespoons of oil to 6 of sugar) I just keep it in a ziplock sandwich bag. It's easier to mix as well - hold the opening closed/zipped and shake like a maraca.. to mix the sugar with the oil. As it's only for personal use, I'm not too fussed about appearances but if you're making it for someone else, just store it in a small glass jar, pop on a label and a ribbon and voila - amazing homemade gift. P.S. I do this about 2/3 times a week and my mixture will last at least a week.
2. Take a warm shower or bath. Scoop some product into your palm, not too much because it will just go flying everywhere and start rubbing on your skin. As a general rule - be gentle. I like to start on my knees for no particular reason. Then I move in small circular motions down towards my feet and then up onto my thighs, switch legs, both ass cheeks, torso, left elbow and arm, right elbow and arm - you get the gist. Finally I take some mixture and add some sea salt (that's when I remember to bring some into the bathroom with me) and do a bit of a foot scrub. PLEASE hold onto something for this! Or just sit on the floor when you're doing it. I know someone your talented folks are amazingly coordinated, unlike myself, but body scrub + tile floor/bath tub + one foot off the ground is a recipe for disaster. Just be careful.
3. Finally rinse off - and while you're doing that rinse the bath tub too and the handles and anything else you've touched. Unless your roommate likes having their balance tested on an oily surface when they get into the shower, this is just a considerate thing to do. I generally do a quick rinse because I like the 'oily' / moisturised feeling on my skin and it give a kind of glowing effect as well, like you just used one of Lush's massage bars. Bonus, no need to moisturise with a body lotion/butter. But if you don't like the feeling or you prefer to use a moisturiser with a nicer scent, then rinse a bit more thoroughly. Don't forget when you're drying yourself to just pat dry with the towel.

So that's as far as my beauty DIYs go. It is so easy, cheap, makes your skin feel amazing (bf approved) and I guarantee you will have everything you need. I have been doing a lot of research on recipe but have yet to put many into action..

I want to know all your DIY secrets! It can be crafty, beauty or home decor related - anything that can be handmade at home. Leave a comment with a link to a blogpost or video or simply just tell me in the comment itself.

Look forward to hearing all your wonderful ideas! xx 
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Friday, 4 January 2013

Holiday Hauling

If you follow my YouTube Channel [click me click me] you will know that I have been hauling A LOT lately. The holidays is great for the heart and soul and oh so bad for the hips and wallet. These are some hauls you may have missed if you don't follow me on YouTube (:

Summer Haul - Christmas Decor, Oils & Sunscreen - Dollar shop, Kmart, Chemist Warehouse

Pre-Christmas Haul - Skincare, Candles, Home, Shoes - The Body Shop, Dusk, Daiso, Payless Shoes

Black Friday Haul PT 1 - BeautyBay, iHerb, Sigma Beauty

Black Friday Haul PT 2 - Makeup Academy (MUA)

Post-Christmas Haul - Boxing Day Sales - Lush, David Jones, Rubi Shoes, Forcast 

 Leave a comment if you'd like to see reviews on anything xx

TalkBack Thursday: Spend or Save?

(because I don't have the answers to everything)

Every Thursday I'm going to ask you lovely viewers a question. There may also be a chance to win something [:

Happy New Year beautyloverrs! First TalkBack Thursday for 2013 (:

Q: Spend or save?

With a growing number of budget brands releasing drugstore/high-end equivalent products it should be harder to companies to justify their ridiculous markups for branding or packaging. Of course, we will still buy these high-end products because that's how marketing works but do we really need to if the generic stuff is the same 'stuff' with a different label?

Budget dupes are nothing new but I'm thinking of one store in particular who are really growing their range of products which look and sound similar to their branded equivalents: Aldi. (This is not an ad for them; they're just really good for recently graduated single-income households aka moi.)

They have everything from food to household stuff to express coffee machines, but I don't care about any of that. What I'm interested in is their hair/skincare and makeup range. To be honest, I have never tried their makeup as the testers are always broken or missing but I have tried their serums before upon the recommendation of the Beauty Advisers at my previous work and I was pleasantly surprised. I tried the blue hydrating one and it kept my skin moisturised without breaking me out! Which is perhaps the single most important thing when it comes to generic products.

Their eye creams have also been loved my mum and aunt. I'm using their coconut body wash at the moment and it smells like coconut without being overly sweet and artificial. My boyfriend loves their haircare but I refuse to stray from my Head & Shoulders however they have recently released some Moroccan Argan Oil products which somewhat resembles the Organix Moroccan Argan Oil range but at about a quarter of the price. This is something I definitely have to get my hands on and I'll keep you updated.

Another budget store that's making waves in my world is Daiso. (Also not an ad; just cute Japanese stuff for $2.80 really float my boat.) Apart from the fact that everything in there is absolutely adorable (if you're going to the Melbourne CBD store, you should probably allocate an hour of your time) their mascaras are absolutely AMAZING! They do exactly as they say (but nothing more) so the High Curling Mascara will curl like nothing else, won't budge but it's not waterproof so you can still take it off. The Fiber Mascara has visible fibers which really add length to your lashes, also won't budge and great for layering. Their eyeliners have good formula but the brushes take some time to get used to. Haven't tried their face makeup and their blushers and eyeshadows come in only very basic colours which I already have about a thousand of so I didn't pick up any but they'll probably be great for beginners.

Don't get me wrong, I still get sucked in by Kate Blanchett and SK-II, especially after watching the Hobbit and her ethereal skin but it's nice to know that if I ever get over my beauty snobbery, there are cheaper alternatives I can turn to.

So let me know, what products do you splurge on and what items you will always go generic for (if any)?

Look forward to hearing from you! 
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