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FOA Cosmetics Tinted Moisturiser Review

One of my long-time favourite Australian brands is Face of Australia. I’ve been using their products for years and they used to be a strong, reliable producer of certified cruelty-free cosmetic products. However, things have changed dramatically in the past couple years and it has saddened me. They ditched the cruelty-free certification (which makes their status a mystery as you are purely taking them on their word), promotion of new releases has been silent and their website is in desperate need of a makeover. Despite my own little pet peeves I feel going on, I can’t help but been drawn to their products when I do see them. For that reason, I will continue to review their cosmetics for now.

One of their more recent releases were an updated line of Tinted Moisturisers, now with SPF50+ as opposed to their earlier SPF30+ product. I’m not keen on tinted moisturisers generally because the tints are usually too dark for my skin or they appear muddy. I wanted to try the Face of Australia Tinted Moisturiser anyway as the appeal of an SPF50 was strong for me. Would this one be any different? Could this be the tinted moisturiser game changer?  Continue Reading

Online Shopping Tips and Tricks

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Amongst my friends and loved ones I’m known as ‘the’ savviest online shopper. I know where the best deals are, which stores will ship internationally, how to save money and when’s the best time to shop. The truth is that the only reason I’m a savvy online shopper is because I use a bunch of tools to make the process easy, and with the busiest shopping time of the year now in full swing I thought it would be nice if I share my secrets with you.

Knowledge is power and I’m passing on the baton for you to now be the savvy online shopper with these tools. Go forth and use wisely (which of course means to buy all the pretty things!!).  Continue Reading

L'Oréal Paris Nude Magique Blur Cream

Blur creams exploded on to the Australian beauty market this year but they’ve actually been a commonly used cosmetic for many years, most of which we know by another name ….. makeup primer. Blur creams harness the power of silicone, most commonly in the form of dimethicone. It’s the same ingredient you’ll find in some of the most popular makeup primers available today but it wasn’t until recent years that cosmetic companies noticed an appeal in packaging up the “new” technology and selling it under it’s own name. Possibly the most famous of these primers would be Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer, some actually call it the original blur cream.

The naming of it “blur” cream relates to the ‘blurring’ effect visible on the skin when silicone is applied. It’s promise to blur the appearance if fine lines, large pores and other skin imperfections similar to that of photoshopping an image. L’Oréal Paris say that their Nude Magique Blur Cream, which comes in two shade varieties, can be used alone or under makeup as a primer. Will it deliver on the blurring promises? I reveal my thoughts in this review. Continue Reading

YSL Beauty Couture Palette 2 Fauves

The latest eyeshadow additions to the designer beauty and makeup line by Yves Saint Laurent is the Couture Palettes. Available in 11 colour variations, each palette contains a base shade, a highlighter shade and 3 signature colours to use as you wish. Wear them all, or wear just 3.

I have been playing with Couture Palette #2 Fauve which includes darkened neutral shades. I have created a look using all 5 shades and my review tells you if you should fork out the cash for this smoky, neutral palette.  Continue Reading

L’Oréal Paris Color Riche Le Smoky Pencil Eyeliner

Brown eyeliner is one of my essential day-to-day makeup items. Having fair, olive skin, green/hazel eyes and brown hair means I can get away with most coloured eyeliners but I prefer a dark brown worn along my top lash line to give my lashes a thicker, fuller look. During the day I like a pencil eyeliner that has lots of pigment, in a creamy formula that can be smudged before it sets in place. L’Oreal Paris’ Colour Riche Le Smokey is one of the brands best selling eyeliners so I put it to the test to see if it can meet my needs.

This eyeliner comes in a variety of colours including black, grey, violet and the one I’m reviewing for you, 204 Brown Fusion.  Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser

Face cleansers are seen as quite an underrated product in terms of our overall skincare needs, but they’re actually really important. The correct cleanser for your skin should remove dirt, debris and build-up that otherwise gets in the way of your other skincare products delivering their best results. A vast majority of skin issues can be activated simply by using the wrong cleanser. When it comes to anti-aging, it’s essential to not use a face cleanser that is drying or stripping. Hydration is key, and that’s one of the major claims behind the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser.

As I continue my fight against aging and dry skin I’ve tested the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser. Is it worth the price tag? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

Female Hair Loss Before and After

Female hair loss and hair thinning are a growing sector within the beauty market. I used to think female hair loss was a beauty issue and as such could be treated with beauty products. Self-inflicted hair loss is my most common concern. I blamed my tight braids, hair irons and chemical damage. However, the fact remains that the leading causes for female hair loss are health related.

When my normal amount of hair fall dramatically increased, with noticeable receding of my hairline, I panicked. I didn’t know where to begin with treating it but I couldn’t understand why it was happening. I’d stop styling my hair in tight do’s, I rarely heat style and I haven’t dyed my hair in almost 2 years. I ruled out self-inflicted hair loss so I went straight to my GP (doctor) to ask for advice. It turns out that my female hair loss was completely reversible for less than $20!  Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Trefiel Lace Face Mask, Moisturising sheet mask skincare.

If you follow beauty on Instagram it’s highly likely you’ve seen the Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask. They look like a piece of black lace, often seen adorning the faces of cute beauty influencers. What they actually are is a range of sheet masks. Really pretty sheet masks.

The Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask is available in four formulations – Moisturising, Brightening, Repairing and Toning. Trefiel initially launched with just the Moisturising mask but later rebranded and added 3 more masks to the line-up. I chose to review their original Moisturising Face Mask.  Continue Reading

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