The Pink Powderfuff

Saturday, 29 October 2011

My Favourites Things!

Colour: Pink
Season: Winter
Food: Japanese (or anything that ends in ese really)
Handbag: Louis Vuitton
Jewellery: Tiffany & Co
Fragrance: Jo Malone Blue Agava and Cacao and Jo Malone Vanilla and Rosewater

Makeup Favourites:

Foundation: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Concealer
Powder: Stila Sheer Pressed Powder
Brow Products: Smashbox Brow Tech and M.A.C Brow Pencil in Fling
Eye Shadow Base: Urban Decay Primer Potion and M.A.C Paint Pots
Eye Shadows: Too Faced, M.A.C, Urban Decay or Napolean Perdis
Eye Liner: Laura Mercier Black/Gold and Urban Decay 24/7 Liners
Mascara: Chanel Intimable and Benefit Bad Gal Mascaras
Bronzer: Nars Laguna and Chanel Soleil de Chanel Cream Bronzer
Cream Blush: Becca Lip and Cheek Creme in Rosebud
Powder Blush: M.A.C Pink Swoon or Nars Orgasm
Lip Liner: M.A.C Life's a Breeze
Lipstick: Nars Roman Holiday
Lip Gloss: Nars Turkish Delight

Skin Care Favourites:

Cleansing Oil: Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil
Cleanser: Audra James Botanicals Cleansing Balm
Toner: Audra James Botanicals Rose, French Lavender and Rose Geranium Mist
Eye Cream: Lydia Jordane Eye Lifting Cream
Moisturiser: Creme De La Mer
Exfoliant: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub
Masks: Alpha-H Liquid Gold Mask, Alpha-H Purifying Clay Mask and Thalgo Moisture Quenching Mask
Serums: Audra James Skin Elixir, Lancome Genifique and Biotherm Super Serum


Note: I am not sponsored by any of the above mentioned brands. All opinions are my own.

October Favourite Makeup Products

Here are my favourite and most used makeup items for the month of October.


1. Jimmy Choo EDP - Not exactly a makeup item but this has been my most worn fragrance for October. It's so pretty and light. I think this will be a most worn for sometime to come.

2. Stila Sheer Pressed Powder in Light - This is so light weight and practically invisible. It buffs into the skin beautifully and barely looks like you are wearing powder.

3. M.A.C 116 Blush Brush - This is a smaller version of the M.A.C 129 Blush Brush. I use it to apply powder blush as its smaller head gives a more precise application.

4. Sigma F82 Round Top Kabuki Brush - This dense brush is perfect for applying foundation or cream blush. Because of the synthetic fibers in the brush it doesn't suck up product like a natural fiber brush would.

5. NYX Powder Blush in Angel - In my opinion NYX Powder Blushes are the best value blushes on the market. They are less than $12 here in Australia but way less if you choose to bring them from the United States. The blushes are super pigmented and have long staying power. Angel is a cool soft pale pink. It is my perfect shade.

6. VOV Cosmetics Blush in No 26 - I found this blush at a little Asian store in Hobart. It was $7 and is a gorgeous medium pink colour with a hint of shimmer. I expected it to be chalky but was pleasantly surprised by the quality of it. VOV is a Korean company.

7. Nars Cream Blush in Enchanted - A gorgeous cream peach coloured blush with gold shimmer. I much prefer this shade compared to Nars's Penny Lane.

8. Nars Powder Blush in Sex Appeal - This powder blush is great for anyone out there with super pale skin like mine. It is such a lovely delicate peach shade and looks so pretty on my cheeks. I do advise using a peach cream blush under this in order to make the colour pop.

9. Jemma Kidd Light As Air Foundation in Ultra Light - One of my favourite foundations. It provides a medium coverage but feels so light on the skin it doesn't feel like you are wearing foundation.

10. Laura Mercier Eye Liner in Black/Gold - This is my very favourite eye liner ever. It comes out as an antique gold colour and is the perfect liner to compliment my brown eyes.

11. M.A.C Paint Pot in Nubile - This is a limited edition Paint Pot from the Posh Paradise Collection. It is very similar to M.A.C's Painterly but has a little more of a peach undertone to it. It is such a versatile colour and would suit everyone. It is ideal for use as an eye shadow base.

12. M.A.C Paint Pot In Treasure Hunt - This is another limited edition Paint Pot from M.A.C's Posh Paradise Collection. It is a gorgeous gold shade that looks amazing on its own or can be used as a base for eye shadow.

13. Too Faced Naked Eye Palette - For those of you that have used Too Faced Eye Shadows in the past you will know how amazing the consistency of the shadows are. They feel like velvet they are so soft to apply. Every shadow in this Naked Eye Palette is just divine. Expect to see this in a lot of makeup favourites to come.

14. Urban Decay Naked Palette - By now you would be starting to realise that I love to rock a neutral eye. I wear other colours as well but nothing suits me like a neutral eye shadow. The Naked Palette is the best invention since sliced toast for people who love neutrals. The only negative thing I have to say about this is that the shimmery colours do tend to have a little bit of fall out which can be annoying.

15. Nars The Multiple in Copacabana - I use this as a highlight on the cheek and brown bones. A beautiful champagne colour that can be used on the lips, cheeks or lids.

16. Nars The Multiple in Riviera - A pink shade that I use as a cream blush although as with all Nars Multiples it can be used on the lips, lids or cheeks.

17. Benefit Dallas - I have had this for years and I use it every single time I do my makeup and still haven't hit pan! It can be used as a blush or a bronzer. It is a gorgeous warm brown with shimmer.

18. Laura Mercier Secret Concealer in 1 - The best under eye concealer I have ever used. It is so creamy and easy to work with (I do want to try the Bobbi Brown one next). It covers Dark Circles remarkably well.

19. Napolean Perdis Colour Disks in Bronze Age, Molton Chocolate, Copper Topper and Leather & Lace - Beautiful neutral shades of brown. These are extra large sized eye shadows with amazing pigmentation. They are so soft and easy to blend.

20. Christian Dior Addict Lipstick in Vintage - A neutral shade of brown that would suit every skin tone. These lipsticks are buttery soft and glossy.

21. Christian Dior Addict Listick in Siguliere - My perfect shade of glossy pink.

22. Nars Lipstick in Roman Holiday - Possibly my favourite shade of lipstick in the entire world. A gorgeous vibrant pink that wakes my face up and provides a very nice slathering of colour to my lips.

23. Chanel Coco Shine Lipstick in Chance - If you haven't already read it, go and check out my review on this lipstick. A gorgeous glossy sheer pink. It is so 'me' I could wet myself!

24. M.A.C Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks - A pretty sparkly baby pink gloss that I go to whenever I am in a hurry and don't have time to think about my lips. Looks gorgeous over any lipstick.

25. Lush Celebrate Lip Balm - This is so moisturising and yummy tasting. I was so hungry the other day I ate some and it was good! Lol! It is perfect for creating a nude lip! This would make a fabulous Christmas Pressie for any girly girls you might know who love pink and nude shades.

26. Benefit Ooh La Lift - My secret weapon against puffy eyes. This potion somehow makes bags disappear. Just a tiny amount is required and within seconds bags have shrank and all but disappeared.

Friday, 28 October 2011

Audra James Botanicals Review

Since I started my blog I have been showing you little hauls from Audra James Botanicals which I have purchased. I have been using Audra's products for well over a month now so I feel I can adequately review them for you.


Skin Cleansing Balm - This soft wax balm contains key ingredients of Argan Oil, Rosehip Oil, Coconut Oil, Sunflower Oil, Jojoba Oil, Natural Beeswax, Vitamin E, French Lavender, Mandarin, Roman Camomile and Essential Oils.

A very small amount of this gorgeous smelling balm goes a very long way. It melts into the skin like butter and feels lovely and comforting as you massage it into the skin. It is designed to be used once or twice a week as a deep cleanser. The balm has a thick rich texture that feels like pure luxury as you work it into your skin. The balm comes with a muslin cloth to remove it from the face. After use my skin feels incredibly soft, clean and hydrated.

I have used some ridiculously expensive cleansers in my time, some of them have been lovely but nothing compares to this amazing Skin Cleansing Balm by Audra James Botanicals. I love this so much I have already purchased another one ready to use once my current one is gone. I am not even a quarter through my current one and I have used it quite a few times. I really mean it when I say a little goes a very long way.

A 60g jar of Audra James Botanicals Skin Cleansing Balm costs $38 or you can purchase a 100g Jar for $58. I highly recommend this product to anyone wanting a luxurious deep cleanser to use a couple of times a week. I have never used anything quite like it.

Rose, French Lavender and Rose Geranium Facial Mist - This floral water mist smells absolutely divine. It is designed to be used after cleansing as a toner or it can be used for a freshen up during the day. It can be applied using a cotton pad or simply spritzed as a mist onto the face.

Rose, French Lavender and Rose Geranium Facial Mist is available in 100ml spray pump bottles for $28. I wish I could buy this in a larger bottle because the way I am going through it I will be out of it very quickly. I think I will ask Audra if she can make me a bigger bottle. Rose and Mandarin scented Facial Mist is also available.

Argan Oil - A lot of hair products are marketed as being derived from Moroccan Argan Trees but you would be surprised to know that many of them contain only tiny amounts of actual Argan Oil and the rest is made up of all sorts of nasty ingredients. Audra James's Argan Oil is pure organic Argan Oil.

Audra James's Argan oil is a multipurpose product that can be used on the hair, skin and nails. I had a couple of drops of Rose Geranium Essential Oil added to mine as I just adore the scent. I was initially concerned that my skin would look greasy after using this even though I only use it in the evenings. It also took me a while to get my head around the fact that I could use this on my hair as well as my skin.

It is little wonder Argan Oil is known as "Liquid Gold". Audra James's Argan Oil is the most amazingly versatile oil I have ever encountered. My skin drinks it up like nobodies business and there is no residue left on my face whatsoever. All that I am left with is the most amazingly soft, comforted and supple skin. My hair also loves it. I can honestly say I am obsessed with my Rose Geranium scented Argan Oil.

Audra's Argan Oil is available in 30ml bottles for $28 or a 50ml bottles for $42.

Skin Elixir in Boost - My Skin Elixir by Audra James included ingredients such as Organic Argan Oil, Organic Rosehip Oil, Organic Camellia Oil, Calendula Infused Oil, Bulgarian Rose Essential Oil, Jojoba Infused Camomile, Evening Primrose Oil and Vitamin E.

The Skin Elixir can be used in a variety of ways. It can be used on its own as an overnight treatment, mixed with your favourite moisturiser or used as a quick boost prior to showering. The steam from the shower helps the oils to penetrate deeper into the skin.

My skin is loving Skin Elixir. It absorbs into my skin instantly and makes it feel extremely soft, calm, hydrated and rejuvenated. I have been using it alone as an overnight treatment. I am noticing my skin is maintaining more consistent levels of hydration and looks glowing in the morning when I wake up. This is better than any serum I have purchased from a department store. Slowly I am learning that Mother Nature's ingredients are far better for my skin than anything else I have ever used.

Audra James Botanicals have four types of Skin Elixir's available in Boost, Calm, Balance and Bespoke. Mine was ordered in Boost but Audra customised it to suit my concerns by adding a few different ingredients to address occasional redness on my cheeks. Skin Elixir is available in 30ml bottles and costs $45.

Skin Cleansing System - This is a gorgeous oil based cream cleanser infused with de-congesting and purifying essential oils. It is designed for all skin types and comes with a muslin cloth to remove the product. It is formulated to re-balance skin and is extremely gentle but effective.

I use the Skin Cleansing System every morning and evening. It has a thick rich texture that smooths easily over the skin. Only a small amount is required. It smells amazing and I am really enjoying using it on my face. It leaves my skin feeling clean and not at all dry or tight. I would recommend this product to anyone who enjoys using cream cleansers. It is also fine for people with oily skin.

Skin Cleansing Oil - A gorgeous natural and organic blend of pure plant oils infused with an essential oil formula. This oil is designed to cleanse skin without drying it out. Ingredients include: Jojoba Oil, Sunflower, Grapeseed, Castor Oil, Vitamin E, Lavender, Geranium and Mandarin.

I am really enjoying using this oil. It is great at removing my makeup or even just using alone at night to get my daily layer of sunscreen off my face. It leaves my skin soft and not feeling at all tight and dry. As with all Audra James products it smells incredible. It's a great product that is suitable for all skin types including oily. It dissolves all dirt and makeup leaving me with a clean face ready for bed. Skin Cleansing Oil comes in 100ml bottles and costs $34.

The fabulous thing about Audra James Botanicals is the personal attention to detail every single client receives. Audra is a renowned Aromatherapist and she goes out of her way to custom blend her products specifically for each individual client. Each client receives a questionnaire, via email, containing questions about their skin type and any particular concerns they may have about their skin. She then works her magic and adds essential oils to your products to address your skin type and concerns.

Audra makes everything from scratch when she receives your order. Nothing sits on the shelf waiting to be sold. You can be assured of the freshness of Audra's products. Products typically take 4-5 days to be formulated. This is due to the care Audra takes to make sure her formulations are blended exactly right. You really are getting a premium quality product when you buy from this lady.

Audra also includes a wealth of information about her products with every order. She will include information sheets telling the client of every ingredient in their products and also which essential oils she has included and what those oils will address. The information sheets also state exactly how to use your products.

The great thing is some of Audra's products are multipurpose and can be used in a variety of ways. Audra also provides a follow up service where you can contact her if you need advice or help with anything. It's like having your own Beauty Therapist at your fingertips.

I am thrilled with the results I am getting from using Audra James Botanicals products. I am using her range exclusively at the moment and my skin has never looked or felt better. I highly recommend these products to anyone interested in trying them especially people who are interested in natural products with essential oils. If you are lucky enough to live in her area Audra also does facials and aromatherapy workshops.

To view all of Audra James Botanicals Products visit www.audrajames.com


Note: I am not sponsored by Audra James Botanicals. All products were purchased by me. All reviews are entirely my own based on my experiences using the products.

Thursday, 27 October 2011

My Perfume Evolution

If you don't know me personally something you may not know about me is that I collect perfume. I have hundreds upon hundreds of fragrances.

My passion for perfume began when I was a little girl of around 6 years old. My Grandmother, a very stylish woman for the time, would have bottles of Estee Lauder's Youth Dew and Chanel No 5 sitting on her dresser. The bottles looked so pretty and I loved to stand there and look at them. I would sometimes sneak a spritz thinking nobody would notice not realising that I would stink to high heaven with those heady fragrances on my skin.

When I was eight or nine I remember getting my first perfume. It was Avon's Little Blossom collection. I thought I was so grown up with my matching lip balm. I think I went through the entire bottle in two days because naturally all my dolls and teddy bears had to have some Little Blossom Perfume to, it was only fair to share the love!

By the age of 13 I had graduated to the big time and started wearing The Body Shop's White Musk Perfume Oil. I was in High School and became very conscious of my sense of smell. This is largely because there were a few girls at my school who smelled like they hadn't bathed after weeing their pants three months ago! I tried to help them by spraying them madly with Impulse Deodorant but that didn't seem to mask the stench for long. Throughout High School I collected just about every single Perfume Oil The Body Shop ever released. The girls at school always told me how good I smelled and that is something I regard as a very high compliment to this day. It is something I take a lot of personal pride in.

When I turned 18 I had a fancy Birthday Dinner and all of my Aunts and Uncles gave me money and gift cards. I was stoked because this meant I had enough money to go and buy perfume from the big department stores. I remember like it was only yesterday buying Calvin Klein Eternity, Calvin Klein One and Elizabeth Arden's Red Door. Looking back on it now I can't for the life of me understand why I picked such shocking fragrances but at the time I loved them so much. I had them proudly displayed on my dresser.

By my mid to late twenties my passion for perfume had turned into a full on obsession. Every single cent I had went on perfume. I would have gone without food in order to buy perfume. My Mum told me I was demented but I just kept on buying fragrance after fragrance.

My scent tastes have evolved so much over the years. I have always loved sweet scents. When Britney Spears released Fantasy I got the 100ml bottle and I flaunted it every single day. Now Fantasy gives me an headache and it's just too sickly sweet for my liking. Lolita Lempicka have never done a fragrance I haven't liked. I have them all and I love them. I am also quite partial to a nice floral. Stella McCartney is and always will be one of my favourite perfumes. These days, I'm now in my 30's, I also love a great clean and crisp scent. Something that smells like clean cotton or linen.

My fragrance choices vary upon the season. In Summer I prefer lighter cleaner scents and in Winter I like stronger more heady scents. My current favourite perfumes are Jo Malone's Vanilla and Rosewater and Blue Agava and Cacao and another favourite is Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle. I still keep a bottle of Estee Lauder's Youth Dew in my collection even though I never wear it I like to spray it sometimes because it takes me back to being that little girl in front of my Grandmother's dresser where my love affair with perfume first began.


(Pictured Above: One of my dressers totally over loaded with perfume. That is just a fraction of my collection. I have cabinets and wardrobes full of fragrances).

Fragrance Facts: Yes fragrance does go off! I will never get through my entire collection and every few months I go through it all and if a bottle has gone off I either throw it away or if it's a bottle like Chanel I will just put it back away and keep it for decorative purposes.

Rubbing your wrists together after you apply perfume will bruise the notes of your fragrance and it won't last as long as it would had you left it to develop on your skin.

The best selling fragrance in the world is still Chanel No 5 by Chanel.

My current favourite perfume for Spring is Christian Dior's Miss Dior Cherie Blooming Bouquet.



Note: I am not sponsored by any of the above mentioned companies. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Napolean Perdis Colour Disc Eye Shadows

The other day on my little journey through Hobart I stopped by my Beauty Therapists to get a little bit of a brow tidy. The lovely Ella had the most beautiful combination of eye shadows on and I decided to ask what they were.

It turns out Ella was wearing a couple of Napolean Perdis Colour Disk Shades. Of course when I went to purchase these shades the salon was out of stock so I went to another makeup store and purchased a couple of shades and then came home and ordered the shades Ella was wearing online.

I got a call today to say the Salon had got new stock and the shadows I had wanted were there if I still wanted them. I decided to take them even though I had ordered them online because I am going to do a pretty awesome giveaway involving some gorgeous makeup in the near future and I am going to include them in that.

I have quite a few Napolean Perdis colour disk eye shadows. I personally love these. The pigmentation of them is great and the shadows are beautiful to work with. They are very easy to blend and look gorgeous on the eyes.

Here is a pic of two shades I have picked up. I will do another post on the other two once I have collected them from the Post Office.



(Pictured Above Left to Right: Napolean Perdis Colour Disks in Molton Chocolate and Bronze Age).

Bronze Age is a cool toned bronze shade with a shimmer finish. Molton Chocolate is a rich dark chocolate brown with silver glitter reflects in it. These shadows are so soft and velvety. They are a dream to blend and retail here in Australia for $29 each. They are huge in size compared to a M.A.C shadow and come in a clear compact case with a built in mirror.

It's a big statement to make but I would go as far to say that I like the Napolean Perdis Colour Disk shadows more than my M.A.C eye shadows.

I absolutely love a neutral eye, pink lip and cheek look on myself. I have way too many neutral eye shadows but I just can't stop buying them. Neutral shades are just so easy to pop on without having to give too much thought to your makeup look and neutral colours go with everything.

I give these Napolean Perdis Colour Disks a big thumbs up. They represent great value for money and have a large range of colours to choose from.

Napolean Perdis products can be purchased online at www.napoleanperdis.com or from www.adorebeauty.com.au


Note: I am not sponsored by Napolean Perdis Cosmetics. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Win a Woodwick Trilogy Candle

I am excited to announce my next giveaway!

How would you like to win a beautiful Woodwick Trilogy Candle in one of my favourite scents Clothesline Fresh? This contains three layers of gorgeous scents including Linen, Cotton Flower and Cashmere.



It is so much fun giving away my favourite things. It kind of makes me feel like Oprah (lol in my dreams).

The Rules:

1. To be eligible you must be a subscriber to my blog.

2. Leave a comment below telling me what your favourite scented candle is?

3. Competition is open from today Wednesday October 26th 2011 and closes on Friday November 4th 2011 at 5pm Hobart Time.

4. Competition is open to Australian and International Subscribers.

5. Winner will be decided by random selection. The Pink Powderpuff's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Good Luck and don't forget to leave your comment below telling me what your favourite scented candle is!

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector - B.B Cream



My good friend Luisa told me I needed to get some of this Garnier B.B inspired cream in my life. When Luisa recommends something I sit up and take notice because she is quite the beauty product expert. Her tastes are very refined and she is very particular about what she will and won't use on her amazing skin. In her 40's she looks nowhere near her age. She has a wealth of knowledge on ingredients and their benefits for the skin. She admitted she didn't have great expectations for the Garnier B.B Cream but was amazed by how lovely it is when she used it.

Yesterday I purchased this from Big W for the bargain price of $13. I spend more than that on a magazine and drink from the supermarket. It comes in two shades of Light and Medium. It has the benefits of skin care and a tinted moisturiser or makeup base.

I will review this product once I have had a chance to road test it!

Garnier Miracle Skin Perfector is available from everywhere Garnier is sold.


Note: I am not sponsored by Garnier. This product was purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Lush Haul

Yesterday I popped into to Lush again because I wanted to get my hands on the Limited Edition Halloween products. I am a sucker for Limited Edition products and I get quite anxious about missing out on them. I was really glad that my Lush store still had everything I wanted available.



Here is what I purchased:

1. Twilight Shower Gel - A limited edition Halloween Shower Gel. Contains lavender, ylang ylang and tonka absolute. I am not usually a lavender scent person but there is something soothing about this shower gel and it will be lovely to use before bed in the evenings ($9.95 for 100g Bottle).

2. Ghost Shower Gel - A limited edition Halloween Shower Gel. I have actually had this one before in previous years. This gel is infused with rose and dove orchid. It smells like lilies ($9.95 for 100g Bottle).

3. Snow Fairy Shower Gel - I got more of this limited edition Christmas Shower Gel. It is one of my favourite scents ever so I can never have too much of this ($9.95 for 100g Bottle).

4. Dirty Shower Gel - A spearmint scented shower gel designed for men. However as with all Lush products there are no definite rules and I thought this one would be a great pick me up on mornings I need a little kick start to get going ($8.95 for 100g Bottle).

5. 2 x Lady Catrina Soaps - A limited edition Halloween Soap. Lime and neroli scented this is a gorgeous smelling soap. I liked it so much last year I purchased enough of it to last me until this year ($6.25 per 100g).

6. Northern Lights Soap - This limited edition Christmas pine and lime scented soap smells so uplifting and delicious ($6.90 for 100g).

7. Angels Delight - Again I purchased more of this soap as I just adore it's sweet fruity scent ($6.90 for 100g).

8. Aqua Marina Cleanser - I am not usually a fan of Lush skin care but this cleanser is so calming I decided to pick one up. Wrapped in seaweed and containing kaolin this is really great if you suffer from a bit if redness or have upset skin. I remembering using this after being a little sun burned once and it was great ($15.95 for 100g).

9. Snow Globe Soap - Another of Lush's limited edition Christmas Soaps. I loved this one last year and regretted not buying more. It contains such an uplifting scent of lemongrass and lemon myrtle. Bliss!

All products are available from Lush Stores or online in Australia from www.lush.com.au

Something else I have noted is that different countries have some products which differ from the products we have here in Australia for occasions such as Halloween.


Note: I am not sponsored by Lush. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Audra James Botanicals Haul

A few weeks ago I posted a haul of skin care by Audra James Botanicals. I have received another order:


(Pictured Left to Right: Skin Elixir, Skin Cleansing Oil and Skin Cleansing Balm)

I will be doing a full review and current skin care routine post soon so if you would like to know more about this brand and its products stay tuned!

Note: I am not sponsored by Audra James Botanicals. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Pink Powderpuff Ramble

Hi Guys,
I have been missing in action for a few days due to a few computer issues after my little girl puppy Molly decided to vomit over my keyboard. No biggie except my computer is a laptop! Anyway I have had my computer fixed and I'm back.



Molly


Banjo

I have some hauls coming up for you tomorrow. I am also really looking forward to sharing an interview I am doing with a totally awesome Makeup Artist with you. I think it's also time for another giveaway!

There's lots coming up here on The Pink Powder Puff so watch this space!

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Monthly Subscription Boxes

Recently the deluxe sample boxes of luxury skin care and cosmetics modelled on the uber successful American Birchbox have flooded the market here in Australia. Not surprisingly I have subscribed to all of them! First there was Lust Have It, then came along Beauty Box, next was Bellabox and just on Friday I subscribed to I Love This Box which is launching its first box in November.

Either I am totally insane or just a huge beauty junkie to subscribe to all of these boxes. I told my girlfriends I am going to unsubscribe from two of them once I decide which two are the best for me and which I want to stay subscribed to. It may take me a while to decide (think forever). You see clever marketing and my intense desire to want to stay in the loop is what makes me want to stay subscribed to all four. If I cancel a subscription and then I miss out on something I really wanted to try I will be crushed. I try to justify my reasoning for having all of these subscriptions by saying that I don't buy every magazine on the market anymore and therefore I am saving well over $150 a month. These subscriptions are only costing me $60 a month and the valuable knowledge I am aquiring on beauty products is very educational and is sure to enrich my life beyond measure. Furthermore most of the boxes contain way more than $15 in products.




So what do I think of each company so far -

Lust Have It - I am really happy with Lust Have It so far. Their customer service is fantastic. They let me know when my payment has been approved each month. They send me notification when my box has left in the post and they provide regular updates on what new brand partners are joing their company. Based here in Tasmania (where I am from), I love that I get my box before all of my mainland Australia counterparts.

The range of brand partners associated with Lust Have It includes:

O.P.I
Kerastase Paris
Burt's Bees
Dermalogica
Lancome
Nougat London
Naked Tan
Mirenesse
Urban Rituelle
Lash Republic
Bio Effect
Pure Fiji
I Love My Muff
Taut
Laura Mercier
Lush
Limelily
Decleor
MD Formulations
Roc
Nude By Nature

I can see myself staying subscribed to Lust Have It. I have really enjoyed all of my boxes so far and can't wait to see what is coming up in the November edition.

Lust Have It Subscriptions cost $14.95 a month and you can cancel anytime. www.lusthaveit.com.au

Beauty Box - Last week subscribers were notified firstly via Facebook that Beauty Box has now joined forces with Glossybox and will be known as Glossybox from now on. This collaboration is to enhance the Beauty Box experience and make a wider range of global brands available to subscribers.

The initial gripe I had with Beauty Box was that they would not ship to Tasmania because they would not break aviation laws and post dangerous goods such as nail polish and fragrance samples to Tasmania. This was totally ridiculous to me because I order goods from mainland Australia on a weekly basis including fragrance and nail polish and have no issue getting them deliverd safely and legally. It just requires goods to be sent via surface mail and takes a couple of extra days to arrive.

I wanted to be subscribed to Beauty Box so badly that I decided to get my box shipped to a friends Mum's house in mainland Australia every month and then get him to send it to me (via surface mail) from there. If that is not commitment to a cause people I don't know what is. The things I will do in the name of beauty research should not be taken lightly!

To furthermore to add to my unrest Beauty Box processed my payment for the November box last Sunday. On Thursday they announced on Facebook, prior to notifying their subscribers, that if we wanted to receive Glossybox we had to subscribe to that company because Beauty Box no longer existed. It was terribly confusing for many subscribers.

In my humble opinion the company took subscribers money for a product they had no intention of supplying. Beauty Box have since said that any payments that have been taken for Beauty Box will be converted to glossy dots (a rewards system that Glossybox have) sometime in November and would entitle subscribers to a free Glossybox upon redemption of the glossy dots. This sounds reasonable and I have subscribed to Glossy Box because they appear to have some great brands on board.

I can only hope that Glossybox is so good that it voids my mistrust issues and makes me completely inspired to continue my subscription. Also It would appear that Glossybox unlike Beauty Box are going to be shipping to Tasmania which will save me a lot of inconvenience getting it shipped elsewhere.

I have received the first two Beauty Boxes which contained some great products and some not so great products in my opinion. I had very mixed feelings about them. However in fairness with any beauty samples type subscription you are not always going to like everything in your box every month.

Beauty Box contacted subscribers to let them know when their payments had been processed.

Glossybox have the following brand partners:

Auscreen
Australis
Bio Oil
Biotherm
Bobbi Brown
Calvin Klein
Clinique
Essie
Garnier
Illamasqua
John Frieda
Jurlique
Marc Jacobs
Playboy
Sally Hansen
Shiseido
Shu Uemura
Thalgo
Yves Saint Laurent


I wish Beauty Box in patnership with the new Glossybox smooth sailing and all the best for the future and I look forward to receiving my very first Glossybox in November.

Glossybox subscriptions cost $14.95 per month and you can cancel at anytime. www.glossybox.com.au

Bellabox - I received the very 1st Bellabox on Thursday. The company are very good at communicating with their subscribers about when their box has left for its destination and when payments have been received.

I was thrilled with the first Bellabox. I loved the packaging and the variety of products included. I think this has been my favourite box out of all the boxes I have received from all the subscriptions so far. I can't wait to receive Novembers Bellabox. If it is as good as the first one I received I can see myself being subscribed for a long time to come.

Bella Box Brand Partners include:

A'Kin
Alpha-H
Gantineau
Napolean Perdis
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics
One Skin System
Orofluido
Pandapen
Pangea Organics
Phytomer
Twist Band
Wine Wipes
Kosmea
Savoir Faire

Bellabox subscriptions cost $14.95 per month and can be canceled at any time. www.bellabox.com.au

I Love This Box - I signed up for this subscription on Friday night. I am excited to receive the first one in November. They have some amazing brand partners including:

Nvey Eco
Decleor
Ahava
Revlon
Elizabeth Arden
Benefit
Elixir
Smashbox
Lancome
Bobbi Brown
Chanel
Soy Lites
Skinscience
Catrice

I Love This Box subscriptions cost $14.95 per month and you can cancel anytime. www.ilovethisbox.com.au

Let me now in the comments below if you have any box subscriptions and if so which ones and what you think of them so far.

Note: I am not sponsored or associated with any of the above mentioned companies or brands. All subsciptions were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

The Very 1st Bellabox

Last week I received the very first Bellabox.


Here is what it contained:


1. Napolean Perdis Autopilot Pre-Foundation Primer 15ml - I have used this before and really like it.

2. Akin Lavender, Geranium and Jojoba Hand And Nail Cream 30ml - This is a very strongly scented hand cream that I have also tried before but I really like it.

3. Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant 2 x 5g Sachets - I am really excited to try this out as Alpha-H is one of my favourite skin care brands and I haven't tried this before.

4. Savoir Faire Lipstick in Miss You - This for me was the best thing in the Bellabox. The packaging is amazing. It comes in a magnetic box which you can use as a lipstick case. The silver metal case of the lipstick itself is gorgeous and the pale peach shade Miss You is perfect for my colouring. Valued at $48 this is a major score!! The colour is just beautiful.




5. One Skin System Daily Hydrate 10ml - This is a rather cute concept as the product comes in a click pen packaging. It is a day cream designed to hydrate, nourish, enrich and protect. I used this last night and it felt amazing on my skin. I think I love it already.

6. Wine Wipes - Removes red wine stains from your mouth and teeth. Hmm quite a novel idea this one. I wonder if it will remove the orange diet cordial stain from around my mouth! Lol. Will try and get back to you.

To subscribe to Bellabox it costs $14.95 per month and you can cancel anytime. www.bellabox.com.au

Note: I am not sponsored by Bellabox or any of the above mentioned companies. My Bellabox subscription was purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Saturday, 22 October 2011

Empties for the month so far!

As someone who has more beauty loot that you can poke a stick at I wanted to prove to my doubters that I do in fact use things up. I admit some of these products are mini sized but hey I used them so that still counts right?



It kind of makes me excited that I have used up all this stuff. Does that mean I can now go and buy more?

In case you are interested here is what I have used up and some thoughts on the products:

Perfumatory Cotton Candy Lane Shower Scene - A gorgeous multi purpose product that can be used as a shampoo, body wash or bubble bath. My favourite scent from the entire range I used this as a shower gel. It contains no sulphates or parabens etc. It works up into a lovely lather and smells incredible just like cotton candy. It costs $9.95 for 113g bottle.

Perfumatory will soon be changing back to its old name Make Me Smooth. This is due to the owner Nancy moving back to Canada from Australia and having a client base that wanted her to go back to the companys original name. I highly recommend her products and shipping even from Canada is relatively fast and affordable. It does take Perfumatory a couple of weeks to process your orders because everything is made fresh just for you. The beauty of this is once you find your favourite scent you can have anything you want in that scent from perfume, body lotion to shower gel. www.perfumatory.com

NAK Repl-ends Spray - A leave in moisturising spray for the hair. I always have some of this handy. I pop a leave in spray into my hair everytime I wash it (usually daily) to help add vital moisture and protection. This is a great weightless detangler which provides UV and heat styling protecton using NAK's famed Bio-Marine Complex.

You will see a lot of NAK products pop up in my empties because I love the brand and have been using it for a few years now. I purchased this spray from a wholesaler for around $9 for 100ml. It is also available in a 250ml bottle.

NAK Aqua Fortifying Mask - I am obsessed with this mask and am never without it. It is specifically designed for those with fine hair. I use it two or three times a week in place of my normal conditioner. It leaves my hair incredibly soft and shiny. I highly recommend this mask for people with fine hair that want to give their hair a treat. A gorgeous product. This cost around $13 from a wholesaler for 150ml tube of product. You can buy N.A.K products from professional hair salons or online at www.catwalk.com.au

M.A.C Brush Cleanser - A simple yet effective makeup brush cleanser. I like to use this to clean all my makeup brushes prior to cleansing them with baby shampoo. The only thing I don't like about this is the packaging. It would be so much easier to have a spray bottle. I empty mine into a spray bottle which makes it far easier to apply to your brushes. This retails at M.A.C Counters for $20 for 235ml or can be purchased at M.A.C online www.maccosmetics.com.au

L'Occitane Almond Exfoliating Delicious Paste - A lovely natural exfoliant to use in the bath or shower. It contains crushed almonds and sugar crystals to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin. This is quite an expensive product at $54.95 for 200ml but it is a lovely treat if you feel like splurging. Available at L'Occitane stores or online at www.adorebeauty.com.au

M.A.C Pro Eye Makeup Remover - I recently repurchased this and I have no idea why! It is a good eye makeup remover and does the job but I have used better ones that are less expensive than the $35 I paid for this one. I think I had a brain freeze because I needed to purchase more M.A.C Brush Cleanser and for some reason ended up with this again and no brush cleanser.

The Body Shop Dreams Unlimited Shower Gel - I recently purchased The Body Shop's Dreams Unlimited Perfume so I picked up the mini shower gel and body lotion to match. I am right into lovely clean and fresh scents for Spring and Summer. This shower gel reminds me a lot of The Body Shops discontinued scent Oceanus. It's a lovely clean and crisp scent. The shower gel works into a lovely lather and rinses leaving no residue. I think I will purchase a big bottle next. This was $4.95 for 60ml from The Body Shop.

Pure Fiji Coconut Milk Shower Gel - If you haven't tried Pure Fiji products you are missing out. The products are amazing and all made in Fiji using the most eco friendly methods available. I received this travel sized bottle with my Lust Have It subscription. It is very gentle on the skin and contains lots of lovely cold pressed oils. I am putting a big bottle of this on my wish list along with about 20 other things from the line! www.purefiji.com

Clarisonic Gentle Hydro Cleanser - I received this cleanser when I purchased my Clarsonic Mia. It is a non foaming gel cleanser. I didn't enjoy this cleanser as much as I had hoped. It just didn't leave my skin feeling as clean as most other cleansers do.

Alpha-H Harmony Infusion Moisturising Facial Spritz - This contains herbal extracts and other moisturising properties. It's gorgeous to use as a toner or as a facial freshening spritz during the day. I like to pop this in the fridge and then pop it in my bag on hot summer days. It really does provide my skin with a pick me up. The bottle contains 100ml of product and cost around $18. It can be purchased at www.adorebeauty.com.au

Dermalogica Precleanse - A lovely but highly scented cleansing oil for the face and eyes. Amazing for removing makeup and excess oil on the skin. Also great to use daily prior to your usual cleansing routine. The only thing I will say about this product is that it isn't great on my extremely sensitive eyes. The essential oils are just a little too strong for my eyes. If I just use it on my face the fragrance still upsets my eyes. However if you are not sensitive this is a beautiful product to try. The bottle contains 150mls of product and cost $65.50 and can be purchased anywhere Dermalogica is sold or online from www.adorebeauty.com

Note: I am not sponsored by any of the above mentioned companies. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Friday, 21 October 2011

Pure Shampoo and Conditioner Winner!

Congratulations to Lilbabybeetroot who has won the Pure Shampoo and Conditioner giveaway here on The Pink Powderpuff.

Thank you to everyone who entered. If you didn't win stay tuned as there will be lots more giveaways and competitions coming up very soon.

I plan on sharing the love and am working on some awesome products to giveaway to my subscribers over the coming weeks leading up to Christmas!

Love and Pink Powderpuff Hugs

Kxo

Biotherm White D-Tox B.B Cream Review

If you haven't heard of B.B cream you had better get used to the idea as they are about to flood the market here in Australia.

B.B Cream (Blemish Balm Cream) first appeared in Korea then Japan and then into the rest of Asia. They are massively popular in the Asian countries and it would now seem the rest of the world is following suit.

I decided when hearing of these B.B Creams that I wanted to try one. So after seeing that Biotherm had one I headed to my local Biotherm counter and purchased their White D-Tox B.B Cream.


At the time I purchased this B.B Cream I really had no idea what it was for. I had just seen many You Tubers raving about B.B Cream and decided I wanted one to see what all the fuss was about. My Biotherm Consultant gave me a brief education and whilst I don't have blemishes she said I would love it and to try it out.

The special thing about B.B Cream is that it doesn't just have one purpose. It can be used in a similar way to a tinted moisturiser or it can be used as a makeup base or primer. The Biotherm B.B Cream only comes in one shade but as I am a very pale faced lass I knew it would be fine for my skin tone.

B.B Creams are designed to be worn during the day and to make any skin transparent under any light. The Biotherm White D-Tox B.B Cream contains SPF25, is oil free and provides 24 hour hydration. It provides coverage against hyperpigmentation, redness and shine.

When I first applied my Biotherm White D-Tox B.B Cream I must say it was love! I could not believe that even just by applying it with my fingers the B.B Cream gave my skin a flawless appearance. My skin drank it up so quickly and felt like velvet when I touched it afterwards. The coverage is excellent and looks better on my skin than a lot of foundations I have tried.

The texture of the B.B Cream is a smooth liquid which can come out of the bottle very quickly so you need to be careful when dispensing it. It is extremely light weight so it doesn't feel like you have makeup caked on the skin.

I would recommend this product to anyone wanting to try it. I would say that people with darker skins should test it before deciding to purchase just to make sure it doesn't wash them out too much. However if you are applying foundation over the top it should be fine.

I will defintely repurchase this product once I have used up my current one. It is amazing and I can see myself using this for a very long time.

Biotherm White D-tox is available from Biotherm Counters and online from www.adorebeauty.com.au It costs $49 for 30ml of product.

Note: I am not sponsored by Biotherm and this product was purchased by me. All opinions are entirely my own.

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Sigma Synthetic HD Kabuki Brush Set Haul

I received the Sigma Synthetic Kabuki Brush Set that I ordered recently. This is my second set of these brushes. I liked them so much I decided to get another set.



I have a couple of complete sets of Sigma makeup brushes. They are outstanding value for money and are fantastic quality. I think they closely compare to M.A.C makeup brushes (I also have a set of those). The most beautiful aspect of the Sigma Brush Sets is you can get an entire set for under $100. All Sigma Brushes wash up beautifully and come up great wash after wash so they will last you a very long time provided you care for your brushes properly.

The Sigma Synthetic Kabuki Brush set contains 3 High Definition Synthetic Kabuki Brushes. The density of the hairs in these brushes is excellent. They are so dense and firm making for a very precise application.


(Pictured Above from Left to Right: Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki, Sigma F84 Angled Top Kabuki and Sigma F82 Flat Top Kabuki)

The set contains:

Sigma F82 Round Top Kabuki - This brush is designed for use with liquid and powder products particularly around the nose and eye area.

Sigma F8O Flat Top Kabuki - This brush is designed to be used with liquid, cream or powder products. I personally love this brush for applying pressed powder. It buffs powder in so well you can barely tell you are wearing any. It's also ideal for applying liquid foundation for a flawless finish although I personally prefer to use a stippling brush for this purpose.

Sigma F84 Angled Top Kabuki - This brush is specifically designed for applying cheek products in either powder, cream or liquid formulations. The angled head on the brush allows you to get a very sculpted and defined cheek which is hard to achieve with other brushes.

I highly recommend this brush kit for anyone wanting to add more brushes to their collection. If you are just starting out in makeup this wouldn't necessarily be the kit I would suggest you start with. A more basic set of brushes would probably suit you better. You could try something like the Face and Eyes Kit from Sigma which costs $49 and then maybe add the Kabuki set to your collection as you learn more about makeup application.

The Sigma High Definition Kabuki Brush Set retails for $56 from www.sigmabeauty.com

As an added bonus Sigma includes a free travel brush with every order. I received The Sigma E25 Mini Blending Brush which will be great for travel (which I will be doing a bit of over the next couple of months).


Note: I am not sponsored by Sigma Makeup. All products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

My 1st Ever Haus Of Gloi Haul

Less than 2 weeks ago I made my very first Haus of Gloi order after the company came highly recommended by my shopping enabler Gloss_Queen (www.beautifullyglossy.blogspot.com). You see the thing about Glossy is she is the most beautiful friend in the world but she can encourage and enable you to shop like there's no tomorrow. Thank heavens we don't live near each other because we would both be most certainly doomed for bankruptcy.

In the case of Haus Of Gloi I am so glad I took the plunge and ordered. When I received my 1st order yesterday it was just like Christmas.


(pictured above: Troika Body Emulsion, Litchi Milk Tea Soap, Litchi Milk Tea Soft Bubbling Scrub, Twice Is Nice Sugar Exfoliant, Satyr Body Emulsion, Twice Is Nice Soft Bubbling Scrub, Peaches and Cream Gumball Perfume Oil sample and Twice Is Nice Pumpkin Butter)

All products are available online from http://www.hausofgloi.com/ and are very reasonably priced. Shipping is a little more expensive depending on how much you buy.

I will do a more in depth review on any products anyone wants to know more about. Just leave a comment below.

All Haus Of Gloi Products are 100% Vegan. Every Order comes with a free perfume oil sample.

Note: I am not sponsored by Haus Of Gloi, all products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Chanel Chance Lipstick Review

I have been lusting over Chanel Coco Shine Lipstick in the shade Chance since I first saw it on a You Tube video a while ago. I don't know why I didn't get it sooner considering it's my perfect shade of pink.


(Pictured Above: Chanel Coco Shine Lipstick in Chance). The colour quality of the picture is actually very accurate and true to shade.

I finally purchased it on Sunday and I am so excited to tell you all that I am in love with it. It was worth every single penny I spent on it because it is the most beautiful lipstick on earth as far as I am concerned (well at least for this week or until I find something else that floats my boat more).

So what makes this lipstick so great you ask? Well the best thing about it is that it's a cross between a lipstick and a lip gloss. It has a gorgeous high shine and actually looks like you have a gloss on over the top when in fact you don't. You could of course pop a gloss on over the top if you wanted to. The texture of the gloss is so creamy and smooth, it glides across the lips like silk and feels so luxurious when applied. The Slimline Chanel case is also pretty awesome.

This lipstick costs $50 from Chanel Counters here in Australia. That is a pretty big spend on a lipstick. I am sure there are many dupes out there for this and I will certainly keep an eye out for one. However I don't regret this purchase at all and I would happily buy it again. Something has captivated me about the Coco Shine Lipsticks and I am sure there will be more shades added to my collection in the very near future.

I also love the name Chance. It reminds me of Chanel's Fragrance of the same name.

Note: I am not sponsored by Chanel. I purchased this product with my own money and all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Free Mirenesse Eye Shadow Trio?

When purchasing this weeks edition of Woman's Day Magazine at any Woolworths Store you will receive a free Mirenesse Pearl Crush Creaseless eye shadow trio. There are 6 different palettes on offer.

I usually don't like many of the cosmetics that come free on the front of magazines but occasionally there is a freebie worth getting. This Mirenesse eye shadow trio happens to be one of them. The pigmengation of these shadows is unbelievable and they are so soft and easy to blend. I chose the most neutral colours I could find.


I am so impressed with this free palette that I stole off the front of my Mum's Woman's Day Magazine that I have decided to go and get a couple of different coloured ones.

So if you are looking for an inexpensive way to get a great quality eye shadow palette pop into Woolworths or Safeway stores and get a copy of Woman's Day. The palette is valued at $29.95. Well worth buying the $5 magazine for.

Note: I am not sponsored by Woolworths/Safeway or Mirenesse Cosmetics. All opinions are my own.

Beauty Bay Haul

Yesterday I received an order I placed from a U.K company called Beauty Bay. So without further ado here is what I got in my package:


(Pictured Above: Urban Decay Naked Palette, Too Faced Naked Eye Palette and Jemma Kidd Makeup School Light As Air Foundation.

The Urban Decay Naked Palette and Jemma Kidd Makeup School Light As Air Foundation are both re-purchases for me. The Too Faced Naked Eye Palette is something new to play with.

I am going to do a comparison between the two naked palettes and review both in an upcoming post.

Here are some close up pics of each palette:





(Pictured Above: Urban Decay Naked Palette).



(Pictured Above: Too Faced Naked Eye Palette).


(Pictured Above: Too Faced Naked Eye Palette and Urban Decay Naked Palette).

Urban Decay Naked Palette cost $50.60, Too Faced Naked Eye Palette Cost $30.60 and Jemma Kidd Makeup School Light As Air Foundation cost $26.90. All purchased from www.beautybay.com

I have several other orders coming so stay tuned for them in future posts.

Note: I am not sponsored by any of the above mentioned brands. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

M.A.C, Chanel and Bloom Cosmetics Haul

I recently picked up a couple of things from Chanel, M.A.C and Bloom.


M.A.C Pro Eye Makeup Remover - I ran out of this and don't really know why I purchased again. I guess I just saw it there and thought 'I need another one'. It's not my favourite eye makeup remover but it does the job. It isn't cheap at $34 for 100ml. My favourite eye makeup remover is Clinique Take The Day Off. If you have a favourite eye makeup remover please let me know what it is in the comments below.

Chanel Lait Confort Creamy Cleansing Milk - A replacement for the one I recently finished. I'm not impressed that this has mineral oil in it but it does make my skin feel lovely and let's face it who doesn't want a bit of Chanel sitting in their bathroom! $58 here in Australia from Chanel counters.

Chanel Lotion Confort Silky Soothing Toner - Another replacement product here. This is alcohol free and I must say one of my favourite toners. It leaves my skin feeling so soft and comforted. This toner is $58 here in Australia and is available from Chanel Counters.

Bloom Boost Lip Balm Trio - I love Boost Juices so imagine my surprise when I found that Bloom Cosmetics have produced a range of lip balms in the flavours of Boost Juices. I was tempted to buy them all but thought I would see what they were like before I bought each one. I saw a little gift set containing 3 flavours for $14.95 so I picked that up. The flavours in my gift set were: Watermelon Crush (my favourite Boost juice), Tropical Storm and Mango Tango. My watermelon crush has already gone AWOL and for the life of me I can't find where I have put it. If I haven't found it again by Friday I will have to repurchase because it is absolutely phenomenal. It tastes exactly the same as Boost's Watermelon Crush. These balms are the best balms Bloom have ever produced in my opinion. They are so beautiful on the lips. I can't wait to go back and get the other flavours.

There are 5 flavours in the Bloom Boost Juice range including: Berry Bang, Watermelon Crush, Tropical Storm, Banana Buzz and Mango Tango.

The really cool thing about these balms is that they actually have Boost Juices in them. The boost juices are made and then popped in the blender with beeswax, jojoba seed oil and vitamin e. Bloom Boost Juice Lip Balms are $4.95 each and available everywhere Bloom is sold and at Myer Stores in Australia.

Chanel Coco Shine Lipstick in Chance - I am obsessed with this lipstick. Of course it is a beautiful shade of shiny pink. The thing I really love about Chanel's Coco Shine Lipsticks is that there is no need to apply a gloss over the top (of course you can if you so desire). I have deliberately not included a picture of this because I am going to do an in depth review on it very soon!

Coco Rouge Lipsticks are available at Chanel Counters in department stores here in Australia for $50 each.

Note: I am not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the above mentioned brands. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.

Monday, 17 October 2011

Lush Haul


Yesterday I popped into Lush because I knew they had their Christmas stock in. I have loved Lush for years now but up until almost 2 years ago we never had a Lush store in Hobart and I always had to order everything via mail order.

I remember visiting Melbourne (which I do relatively often) and finding Lush in Swanston Street for the first time. My clearest memory of the store is that I could smell it before I could see it.

When Lush arrived in Hobart it was Christmas time and I remember being the 1st customer there waiting for the doors to open. I looked like a nelly no friends standing in Murray Street waiting for the doors to open. In the end the staff came out and said ''we're so sorry but we won't be opening for a few hours as we are behind''. The look of utter disappointment on my face was enough to guilt them into letting me in to do my shopping. So here I was in Lush all by myself with a huge basket loading everything I could get my hands on into it.

I have always loved Lush at Christmas mainly because of Snow Fairy, the pink glittery shower gel they bring out every year. I always buy enough of it to last me all year until the next Christmas. If Lush ever discontinue Snow Fairy I will be sure to hold a massive protest on a global scale!

So yesterday I popped into Lush Hobart and purchased this:



A more up close and personal view of the products:


(Above Back Left to Right: Abombinaball Bath Ballistic, The Melting Snowman Bath Melt, Fizzbanger Bath Ballistic, Front Left To Right: So White Bath Ballistic, Rocketeer Bath Ballistic and Golden Wonder Bath Ballistic).


(Above: Snow Fairy Shower Gel, Oatfix Fresh Face Mask, Glogg Shower Gel, Ultrabalm, Celebrate Tinted Lip Balm and Snow Fairy Tinted Lip Balm).


(Above: Magic Wand Bubble Bar, Three Gold Rings Bubble Bar, Superstars Bubble Bar and 2 x Australian Igloo Sugar Scrubs).


(Above: Sugarbabe Sugar Scrub, Rockstar Soap, Summer Pudding Soap, Angel's Delight Soap, Summer Pudding Soap and Snowcake soap).

So there you have my Lush Haul. If there is anything anyone would like to know more about or me to do a review on please pop a question in the comments below and I will get back to you.

You can purchase Lush Products from Lush Stores or Online in Australia at www.lush.com.au You can also find prices of all the products here.

Note: I am not associated with or sponsored by Lush Cosmetics. All products were purchased by me.

Lip Balm

I have always been a fan of lip balm. I absolutely detest my lips being dry and cracked although regardless of how much lip balm I use it still seems to happen from time to time.

I remember being a little girl and getting lip smackers in my Christmas stocking. I though I'd struck gold when I pulled a couple of those out on Christmas morning. Back then the Lip Smackers were lipstick to me and I would stand in front of the bathroom mirror with my Mum, watching her applying her lipstick, and I would imitate her.

I remember being 13 and having my first ever trip to The Body Shop. The lip balms came in little glass jars with black lids back in the day (shame they don't still do that). The first flavour I ever got was kiwi fruit. I thought I was so sophisticated carting my lip balm around from The Body Shop in my pocket. I remember how devastated I was when that kiwi fruit lip balm fell into the toilet at school!

As I progressed through high school I went through phases of loving chapstick, Bonne Bell and Blistex amongst other balms.

A couple of years ago I purchased some Perfect Potion lip balms and they were the best lip balm I had ever used. I also stared using Carmex when my lips became very chapped. Carmex is brilliant and very cheap and cheerful but it does the job so well.

About 7 weeks ago my good friend Gloss_Queen, www.beautifullyglossy.blogspot.com , told me about this fantastic site called A2LB, www.addicted2lipbalm.com.au , Well this started a frenzy of ordering and sussing out the products and then e-mailing back and forth and ordering more. I never knew I could get so excited about lip balm until I discovered this site. It seriously has the most amazing array of lip balms you will ever find. Most of the brands I had never heard of.

My first order was for the six pack of EOS (Evolution Of Smooth) egg shaped balms that I had seen so many times on You Tube videos. I wanted them as much for the packaging as I did for the product.



(Above From Left to Right - Lemon Drop SPF15, Sweet Mint, Strawberry Smoothie, Medicated Tangerine, Summer Fruits and Honeysuckle Honeydew)

EOS Lip Balms are 100% natural and contain no petrolatum or parabens. They have really great ingredients such as Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil. These balms are so nourishing and hydrating. I adore them and highly recommend them. Every time I pull one out people ask me what it is. If you aren't a fan of the egg shaped packaging they also make a couple of stick balms in Pomegranate Raspberry, Sweet Mint and Vanilla (and yes I got those to). Priced at just $6.35 each and available from www.addicted2lipbalm.com.au

Next on my journey of lip balm discovery I found a brand called Crazy Rumors. The packaging was ridiculously cute and the flavours sounded to die for. Of course with names like Gumball and Banana Split I was going to order some.


(Above from Left To Right: Raspberry Sherbert, French Vanilla, Berry Bubble, Grape Bubble, Spiced Chai, Apple Spice, Limeade, Amaretto, Banana Split, Coffee Bean, Black Cherry and Bubble Gum).

Crazy Rumors ingredients include: Certified Organic Jojoba Oil, Certified Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Certified Organic Shea Butter, Candelilla Wax, Soy Wax, Natural & Organic Flavor Oils & or Pure Essential Oils, Vitamin E, Certified Organic Carnauba Wax & Natural Stevia.

The flavours in this range are seriously mind blowing. There really is a flavour for everyone. I intend to keep collecting until I have every single one. I'm good like that! If I love something, I keep going until I have every single one in the collection. My lips are in love with Crazy Rumors lip balms. They are so gorgeous and buttery and glide across the lips leaving them super soft and smooth. At just $5 each they are within everyone's reach. Crazy Rumors are available from www.addicted2lipbalm.com.au

My next lip balm rave is probably my very favourite brand out of all of my new found lip balm obsessions. Hurraw! Lip Balms are seriously rocking my world at the moment. They are the most beautiful lip balms I think I have ever used. They are smooth, creamy and decadent on the lips. They moisturise and keep lips so soft. I honestly can't rave enough about them. The really are so lovely and come in a large range of flavours.

Ingredient in Hurraw! Lip Balms Include: *Prunus dulcis (sweet almond) oil; ***Euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) wax; **Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, *Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil, **Theobroma cacao (cocoa) butter, *Ricinus communis (castor) oil, *Olea europaea (olive) oil, organic almond flavor; Tocopherols (vitamin e)

*cold pressed / organic **raw & organic ***wildcrafted

Hurraw Lip Balms are $4.95 each and are available at www.addicted2lipbalm.com.au


(Above from Left To Right: EOS Pomegranate Raspberry Smooth Stick Balm, Buddha Lychee Pomegranate Soy Lip Balm, Buddha Crushed Mint Pineapple Soy Lip Balm, Hurraw! Lime Lip Balm, Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm, Hurraw! Almond Lip Balm, Hurraw! Night Treatment Moon Balm, Hurraw! Chai Spice Lip Balm, Hurraw! Licorice Lip Balm, Hurraw! Vanilla Bean Lip Balm, Buddha Mandarin Orange Ginger Soy Lip Balm, Buddha Burnt Sugar Fig Soy Lip Balm and EOS Vanilla Smooth Stick Balm)

My Final Lip Balm love is Buddha Balms. These balms are made of soy and are just beautiful on the lips. They only come in four flavours so naturally I had to get them all. I highly recommend these balms for their lip hydrating benefits as well as the delicious flavours.

Ingredients in Buddha Balms include: Soybean Oil, Coconut Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Zinc Oxide.

Buddha Balms are available at www.addicted2lipbalm.com.au and are priced at $4.95 each.


Addicted2lipbalm give amazing customer service. All orders are dispatched within hours of the order being made (or the next business day if your order on the weekend or public holiday). If you spend $50 or more you also get free postage. I highly recommend this company to shop with if you are in Australia.

Note: I am not sponsored by Addicted2lipbalm or any of any of the above mentioned brands. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are completely my own.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Sunday Ramble

Hey Everyone,
Thank you so much for all your support. I can't believe my subscription numbers are now at 20 and I have been blogging for less than a week. Thank you so much for believing in me and being interested enough to follow me. It really means so much.

As an amateur blogger I really have no idea what I am doing. I am just a girl with a passion for beauty products. If something looks pretty, smells nice or involves looking after skin I am all over it.

I want to tell you all a little about myself. I am 33 years old and due to some rather horrid medical conditions I am currently stuck at home a lot of the time apart from keeping the medical profession employed with my frequent Specialist visits. I have also become blind in one eye recently which has taken some adjustment. I am also a diabetic. However in spite of all this I am passionate about life. I feel really blessed to be alive and to have amazing family and friends.

I have two purebred Maltese fur babies who recently turned 1. They are spoiled beyond belief but I wouldn't have it any other way. Banjo is my little boy named after the great Australian Poet Banjo Paterson and my little girl is Molly. Molly was going to be Matilda after Australia's unofficial anthem Waltzing Matilda but when the puppies were born I had an Aunt and Uncle who were terminally ill with cancer and they chose the name Molly. My Aunt and Uncle passed away before I brought the puppies home at 8 weeks and calling her Molly somehow keeps them close. Besides Molly really suits her. Banjo is placid and very serene, Molly is a real little diva and drama queen.

Last night I had a total of zero sleep. Banjo had a very bad tummy upset and being the sensitive little soul that he is required constant tummy rubs, cuddles and reassurance that everything was okay. I had organised a lunch, shopping and movie date with a girlfriend and I didn't want to let her down so seeing as Banjo was much better I went ahead and did that.

I am really glad I went out for the day even if I did look a little worse for ware. I ended up picking up a couple of things that I will share with you soon. I got a fairly significant haul from Lush, picked up some new lipstick and lip balm as well.

I had a yummy lunch at a local restaurant called Plum. Butternut pumpkin Gnocchi Salad which was delicious. To end of the day we went and saw the movie One Night In Paris. Very interesting movie!

Thanks so much for following and I look forward to blogging some more in the coming days.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

What's In My On The Go Makeup Bag?

One thing you should know about me is I love Louis Vuitton. I have quite a few pieces. At the moment I am toting my Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 Damier Ebene Canvas around that my Brother purchased for me at Macys New York Louis Vuitton Counter when he was in America last year. I love my Speedy 35 because I can stash a lot in it. I have a penchant to carry around everything but the kitchen sink with me.


Pictured Above - My Louis Vuitton Speedy 35 Damier Ebene Canvas.

What's In My On The Go Makeup Bag?

I love having a sticky beak in other peoples bags. My handbag is in a frightful state at the moment (think tissues everywhere) so that's for another day. However I though I would show you what I carry around with me in my little makeup bag in my handbag.


1. Australis Makeup Finishing Spritz - This is great to freshen up or cool down on a hot day. It also sets your makeup.

2. Jila Sugar Free Mints in Spearmint - Basically so I don't get bad breath.

3. Laura Mercier Creme Cheek Colour in Oleander - A gorgeous rose pink creamy cheek colour that blends effortlessly on the go.

4. Chanel Natural Finish Pressed Powder - A gorgeous pressed powder for touch ups when I'm out and about.

5. Burt's Bees Rejuvenating Lip Balm With Acai Berry - I love Burt's Bees Lip Balms and this one is so moisturising. The fact that it smells and tastes delicious is just an added bonus.

6. Smashbox Lip Gloss in Snappy - A pretty petal pink shade.

7. M.A.C Lipglass in PRRR - A gorgeous peach shade.

8. Harlotte Lippie Pots in Bride's Nighty and Birthday Suit - These come in the most adorable tiny little compacts with built in mirrors.

9. M.A.C Lipstick in Myself - A nude shade with a lustre finish.

10. Dior Addict Lipstick in 465 Singulere - My current favourite lipstick. A bright vibrant bubblegum pink in the tube but it is quite sheer upon application so doesn't look as bright as it does in the tube.

11. Becca Roosebud Lip and Cheek Creme - A dual use product for cheeks and lips in the most beautiful deep rose pink shade.

12. Smashbox Mini Buki Brush - I got this for free with Smashbox Halo powder a while back. The quality isn't great and it sheds a lot. I have it in there in case of dire emergency.

13. Pur Flat Top Kabuki Brush - Just a great mini brush to apply powder with when I'm out.

14. Lush Charity Pot - These tiny little pots are available at Lush for just $2 with any purchase. All the proceeds go to charity and it can be used as a hand or body lotion.

15. Dettol Instant Hand Sanitiser - Because nobody likes germs!

16. The Body Shop Delipcious Tinted Lip Balm - Made with food grade ingredients this is a pretty pale pink tinted lip balm.

17. Nars Roman Holiday Lipstick - I adore the bright pink lipstick. I think I have around 7 of them.

18. M.A.C Dazzleglass in Baby Sparks - The perfect baby pink sparkly lip gloss. Dazzleglasses do tend to be a little stick though.

19. M.A.C Lip Pencil in Life's A Breeze - The perfect rose pink lip liner. This is no longer available and was a part of M.A.C's The Beach Collection.

20. Hurraw! Lip Balm in Licorice - Smells and tastes exactly like licorice. Hurraw! balms are brilliant. They are extremely moisturising and the flavours are phenomenal.

21. Clinique Chubby Stick in Whoppin' Watermelon - A lip liner and gloss in one. The chubby sticks are very sheer.

22. EOS Lipbalm in Strawberry Sorbet - I love these egg shaped balms. I have every flavour. Not only are they a good talking point but they are fantastic lip balms as well.



(Pictured Above: Christian Dior Addict Lipstick in Singuliere as requested by Gloss_Queen)

If there is anything else you would like to know more about don't hesitate to put a question in the comments and I will get back to you.

Scented Candles - How I Love Thee



I could literally talk about scented candles all day long. You could say I am obsessed with them. I am constantly trawling websites like a stalker looking for scented candles to buy. All the local boutiques in Hobart call me the candle lady!

I have hundreds of scented candles stacked in a floor to ceiling built in wardrobe. My Mother often looks at me in disgust when she sees me with another big bag loaded with scented candles. Although I have converted her and she now loves them to she thinks I should race to the nearest Psychiatrist to be diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder!

You could say I am a bit of a snob when it comes to candles. Quality is everything when it comes to forking out my cash. I can't be bothered with candles that don't throw well and believe me I have had plenty. I bet anyone who loves scented candles will tell you they have had some absolute duds! There's nothing more annoying than buying a candle with great expectations and then getting home to find it doesn't smell once it's been lit. You have to be careful because sometimes candles smell amazing in the shop but when you light them they end up scentless.

The best advice I can give about buying good quality scented candles is listen to people that know their candles. Bloggers, friends and family can save you a lot of expense and disappointment by recommending ranges of candles to try. Never and I mean never trust a sales assistant no matter how honest and genuine they seem. It's a tough economic time at the moment and people are desperate to make a sale.

It's really good if stores have a candle burning on the counter that way you can make up your own mind about scent throw and quality before making a purchase.

On You Tube you will hear most of the American Beauty Gurus raving about Bath and Body Works candles. Bath and Body Works do not ship to Australia but you can buy them through shopping services such as hopshopgo. This is a company that provides you with a US postal address and charges you a modest fee to do your shopping for you. They then forward your goods on to Australia when they arrive at your USA address (again you pay the postage).

After all the reviews on Bath and Body Works candles I decided to bite the bullet and make an order. I had to see what all the fuss was about. I ended up ordering around 20 large Bath and Body Works candles in one of their 2 for $20 sales. It ended up costing me more for the postage than the actual candles cost! It was worth it just to see what the candles were like.

Bath and Body Works candles are excellent value for money. They give a great scent throw and burn for up to 100 hours. I wouldn't by any means say they are the best candles you can buy and I personally have tried better but for the price they are amazing.






My Favourite brand of candles made here in Australia are Glasshouse. These triple scented double wicked candles are excellent value for money. They burn for approximately 80 to 100 hours and the company are constantly producing new scents. Priced at just $36.95 these candles are just gorgeous and of an extremely high quality comparable to the major league players in candle land such as Diptyque and Jo Malone. The throw is enough to fill very large rooms and drift around your home.

My favourite Glass house candle is Cradle Mountain (guava and sandalwood). I love guava but also felt a little loyalty towards the name because Cradle Mountain is actually in Tasmania where I live. I am disappointed that Glasshouse have changed the name from Cradle Mountain to Monte Carlo. I have no idea why any Australian company would change an Australian name like that!


Yankee Candles are very famous on a global scale. They are amazing and come in so many different scents it's almost too difficult to choose which ones to buy. I currently have Strawberry Butter Cream and Vanilla Cupcake on rotation and they smell sublime. The scent fills my entire bedroom and travels right throughout my house. Yankee candles are available in 3 different sizes and range in price here in Australia from $20 to $50. The large ones are the best value for money as they are huge and burn for up to 150 hours.




Voluspa Candles are amazing. Kim Kardashian recently gave all of her female wedding guests a custom made Voluspa Candle. Voluspa also make my favourite candle of all time Crisp Champagne. It seriously is the most amazing scent I have ever had the pleasure of sniffing. Voluspa candles come in a variety of different sizes and range from around $20 for a small one to $60 for one of the larger ones here in Australia.

I recently discovered a brand called Keystone Candles. They have the most amazing scent range including Red Velvet Cake, Sugar Cookie, Wedding Cake, Raspberry Lemonade and Chocolate Covered Cherries! I am such a sucker for foodie scents. These throw and amazing scent and I am obsessed with getting my hands on as many as possible. Keystone Candles come in 3 different sizes and start at $20 for the small ones, $35 for the medium ones and $45 for the large ones here in Australia.


As I said at the beginning of this post I could go on all day about scented candles. I will always be reviewing different ones here on The Pink Powderpuff as well as showing you my frequent candle hauls. I think it's time I gave up my information and shared with you my favourite brands of candles and where you can get them from here in Australia.

My Favourite Tred and Tested Brands
- Yankee, Voluspa, Keystone, Lily Flame, Dusk, Glasshouse, Woodwick, Jo Malone, Bridgewater, Salt City, Wicked Wix, Circa Home, Aquiesse, Jo Malone and Diptyque.

Where I Shop -

www.candleberries.com.au - Yankee, Aquiesse, Salt City, Woodwick, Lily Flame and Bridgewater. You actually have to phone your orders through to this company in Berry NSW. They have the most lovely helpful staff and provide free postage on any order over $70.

Candle Wick House - Wicked Wix, Salt City, Keystone and Lily Flame. This company provides very fast customer service although shipping does add up with the more you buy.

www.candelabra.com.au - Glasshouse, Circa Home, Wicked Wix, Woodwick, Lily Flame and Aquiesse. Excellent customer service again and flat rate postage of $5 no matter how much you buy. They have also just opened a brand new store in The Hunter Valley.

www.bathandbodyworks.com - Do not ship to Australia but can be accessed via sites and services such as Hopshopgo.

Jo Malone - www.jomalone.com.au Jo Malone candles are a little on the expensive side but they are a gorgeous treat!

Diptyque - Available at www.meccacosmetica.com.au Again a more expensive candle but totally worth the expense.

Voluspa - Available from www.saison.com.au - Excellent customer service and prompt postage. Every order receives a free gift and they have amazing sales. Saison are the Australian distributor of Voluspa Candles.

Candle Care Tips

Always keep your candle wicks trimmed to around 1cm in length.

If your candle starts to discharge black smoke, extinguish the flame and trim the wick.

Always remove wick clippings from the candle.

Candles have a memory so to get the most out of your candles on the first burn let the wax melt over the entire surface of the candle. Failure to do this will result in your candle getting a big hole down the middle and not burning for as long as it should.

If you have any left over wax in your candles scoop it out and use it as a melt in an oil burner.

Note: I am not associated with or sponsored by any of the candle companies or brands listed above. All products were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.