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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

In-Home Massage Soothe App Review

Have you had a professional massage in your own home? It was a concept I thought was reserved for rich housewives and high-flying executives. To my surprise, however, massage is no longer a luxury as it’s becoming an essential part of self-care. Hunching over computers and mobile devices, less daily movement and exercise …. our bodies are suffering. Massage is one of the easiest ways to reduce pain and stress from mounting up in our body, but with busier lives comes less time for self care.

I’ve always dreamt of having a massage therapist come to me, and I’ve looked into it many times over the last few years. I tried to find a reliable and certified massage therapist who offered in-home massage and didn’t charge a crazy price but that always seemed to be just out of reach. Then, I heard that Soothe had launched in Australia. An app that turns massage into an on-demand service. Will my Soothe app review reveal an answer to my prayers? Read on to find out! Continue Reading

Priceline Cosmetics Sale 2017

A Priceline cosmetics sale is just what the doctor ordered before the Holiday season madness. This month, Priceline is giving you 50% off all cosmetics and makeup. You heard correctly, 50% off! You could buy all your holiday and christmas gifts at 50% off and use the rest of your budget to treat yourself. Read on to get my shopping tips, product recommendations and all the nitty-gritty details. Continue Reading

Cyber Week 2017 Sales Guide

Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week are upon us. The great news is that this sales celebration has gone global! Of course, I wish all you beautiful people located in the United States of America a great thanksgiving holiday, but let’s get down to business.

I know you want all the sales and promo codes to shop up a storm, right? I polled you on Twitter, I quizzed you on Instagram, and you said that this blog post is what you want. This is your ULTIMATE one-stop Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Cyber Week sales guide for the best beauty, fashion and lifestyle offers. This list will be updated DAILY as new offers are announced. No other publisher offers a list as comprehensive as this one.  Continue Reading

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