Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Maybelline Baby Lips // TightAss Tuesday #1

Welcome to TightAss Tuesday!  Every Tuesday (hopefully) I'll do a post on my favourite product under $5. I'll make sure your last fiver gets put to good use (: 

Today is a super duper bonus 5 IN 1 post on my favourite lip balms, Maybelline Baby Lips. So, let's go through some of my Baby Lips collection and the different types that are out there now.

From left to right:
1. Baby Lips Original - Berry  SPF20 (Asia & Oceania)
I have one in every 'flavour', they're just hanging out in a handbag somewhere.. They're all the same: super moisturising, nicely scented, completely clear but gives a slight shine - best drugstore lip balm.
$3.95 for 4g

2. Baby Lips Original - Pink Punch SPF20 (USA)
I have this pink one and the purple one. I'm wearing the pink one at the bottom (fish lips!) and it's the left swatch on my hand. They're not as moisturising as the colourless ones but they don't dry out my lips or make them peel either. They're actually quite pigmented and give a really nice shine. The purple one is not very pigmented i.e. it does not make your lips look purple, just gives a nice shine.
US$2.97 for 4.4g

3. & 4. Baby Lips Glow Pink Blast & Baby Pink 
No SPF with these, not sure why. The balm is supposed to have a slight pink tint which isn't coming up on the photo. Despite this tint, the balm is completely clear, if you're wearing a pink lipstick, it will bring out the 'pinkness' a little bit more and add some shine. It's still moisturising however without the SPF you might as well go with the original.
$3.95 for 4g

5. Baby Lips Colour - Berry Crush SPF16
These are most similar to the USA Baby Lips in that they do have some colour - swatched at the bottom on the right. Unfortunately, this particular one does dry out my lips (although it still lives in my bag and I use it everyday on the tram cos it's quick and easy..)
$3.95 for 4g

Do the Maybelline Baby Lips deserve your last fiver? Let me know! If you can suggest a great find under five leave me a comment below! xx

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Teas // Talkback Thursday #1

TalkBack Thursday is back and today we're talking about teas. I personally love teas and I have to have my English Breaksfast tea every morning or else I literally can't function. I never understood why some people 'couldn't live' without coffee. I used to always think "it's just a beverage how can it have such a hold on your life.." until I became addicted to tea and now everyone knows that if I don't have my cup of English Breakfast or Melbourne Breakfast or some sort of tea in the morning, I get very cranky and irritated at the strike of 11'o clock. So this is my current tea collection and I have a few more left in Sydney which I'll also talk about.

I'd love to know if you're a tea or coffee person (or both)! My boss is Italian and he keeps trying to convert me to drinking coffee.. It's not that I don't like coffee but I don't drink milk.. and if you've ever tried coffee with soy or even rice milk it's really not the best.. so I end up getting a long black and because there's no milk, there's nothing really to hide behind so it has to be really good quality coffee. And you're just never sure if you're going to get good coffee or not..so long story short, I stick to tea.

peachsbeauty - Tea Collection
My Tea Collection (:

|| Tea Tonic - Oriental Twist
This is one of the two I picked up from the Sydney Easter Show, they usually have a stand at the Woolworth's Dome every year. This tea tastes so good I even got my bf hooked onto it and it's a blend of Lychee, Jasmine and Green tea. Tea Tonic is great and I would recommend all their teas, depending on your taste preference.
This is the only one I picked up and while it's not the best tasting it does have a blend of Red Clover, Nettle, Dandelion Leaf, Calendula & Burdock which is supposed to give you a luminous glow. It doesn't taste bad by any means and I still drink it alone although they say you can add lemon if desired.
|| Lipton Green Tea
Not much to say, just your generic green tea. I wouldn't really recommend unless you're not able to access anything else.
This is a great twist on your traditional English Breakfast tea. I like to treat myself on weekends to a cup of this in the morning. The vanilla and honey infused black tea has a really warm flavour and I drink it with a little rice milk.
|| T2 Sleep Tight
I sometimes have trouble sleeping so I thought I'd give this tea a go. It's lemony with rose, lavender and jasmine which is the perfect combination to calm and soothe.While I can't say that it necessarily knocks me out, it's definitely a great way to end the day.
|| T2 Lemongrass & Ginger
This is a 'spicy' tea and I love it when I'm feeling under the weather. I know traditional ginger tea is very good for your health (my mum used to always make me drink it when I had the flu or had been caught out in the rain.. she added rock sugar to make it taste a bit more pleasant). T2 have added lemongrass to balance out the ginger.
|| T2 White Jasmine
This was one of my first teas from T2 and I was drawn in by the fragrance - I love jasmine anything. I will always come back to this tea as it has a special place in my heart.
|| T2 Gorgeous Geisha
I would describe this tea as fun. It's infused with strawberry and cream, like candy in your green tea and great to drink if you need to inject a bit of fun or interest to your day. It's not too sweet or sickening at all, just a hint of strawberry flavour.
|| T2 Orange Pecko
Haven't actually tried this yet because it was a sample a got by joining the Tea Society. From what I've read, it's in the black tea family with a hint of sugar cane and sweet sultanas.
|| Kirkland Green Tea (from Costco)
This tastes exactly like Japanese Matcha Green Tea, the kind that you get at sushi places. I even made green tea ice cream with this and while I didn't get the texture quite perfect (it was my first try at home made ice cream.. and without a machine too!) everyone still loved the taste and it was polished off within days.
|| Dilmah Ceylon Tea
Dilmah makes the best teas that are readily available and because it is so affordable, I have a cup of this with a little rice milk every morning without fail. I alternative between Ceylon and English Breakfast.
|| Nerada Tea
I got this 10 pack from a showbag at the Easter show and I have yet to try it. I have tried Nerada Orgnics Herbal Infusions and they were nice.
|| Diplomat Chamomile Tea (from Aldi)
Super affordable simple chamomile tea, great for evenings to calm and relax. Perfect for everyday use (whereas I like to save T2 Sleep Tight for when I need extra relaxation after a stressful day).
|| Diplomat English Breakfast Tea (from Aldi)
Picked this up in a pinch when I ran out of my Dilmah. Can't really compare but for the price, really can't say anything bad about it.

So that's my tea collection! I hope you'll try out some of my favourites and let me know what you thought. I'd love hear your tea (or coffee) suggestions and try out some new tastes.


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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Empties / Hits & Misses #1

I'm so excited to be blogging and filming again! So my first comeback video is going to be my April Empties. If you're not sure what Empties videos are, I basically go through my 'trash' (don't worry, it's separate from my actual trash can :p) and let you guys know what I've used up, what I thought and whether I would repurchase. Hope you enjoy!

I'd love to know what products you've finished up lately and whether or not you would repurchase :)

Products mentioned:
Prince Shower Gel from Aldi (nay)
Colgate MaxWhite One Mouthwash (nay)
Colgate MaxWhite One Toothpaste (nay)
Australis Makeup Finishing Spritz (yay)
Nivea Pure Invisible Anti-Persperant Deodorant (nay)
Batiste Original Dry Shampoo (meh)
Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer SPF55 (yay)
Palmolive Naturals Long & Shine Shampoo (meh)
Dove Go Fresh Body Lotion (nay)
Max Factor False Lash Effect Waterproof in Black (holy grail)
Daiso High Curling Mascara (yay)
L'Oreal Voluminous Carbon Black Waterproof (yay)
AMPM Skin Ecological Complex (...)
Avado Sensitives Organic Gel Exfoliant (nay)
Physician's Formula Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Pressed Powder, Translucent Fair Organics (meh)
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock SPF15 (yay)


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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Welcome to the new blog!

If you're reading this it it means I have finally launched my new blog! (And by new blog I mean there's now a huge ass picture of my face up the top..) This is super exciting for me as I really wanted a fresh start and a set day that would be my blogiversary.. And what better day than the 1st of May which also happens to be the day after my birthday (:

You may have noticed that my old posts are no longer available and that's because I felt like a lot of them weren't up to the standards that I'd hope for in this new blog. Also, keeping with the fresh start feel, I have a lot of new ideas and weekly series topics that I want to blog about which will hopefully keep me on a tighter schedule. So, before I get onto my first official beauty post I would just like to say a massive THANK YOU to all my readers and friends in the beauty blogging community! Thanks to my followers who have remained from my old blog, thanks to my new followers who have found me one way or another and thanks to those who just occasionally drop by. Thank you everybody! I hope you'll join me on this life journey and before I get too sappy:

To find out more about moi, please check out the 'about me' tab above.

Much love,

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