LISTERINE TOTAL CARE I have always grown up being quite aware of my oral health and taken good care of my teeth. I’ve not ever had a filling and would like it to stay that way. I am not actually a big fan of using mouth wash. I find them too strong and overpowering, and this one is no exception. This product is actually one of the strongest in terms of flavour I have ever used, however I use it becaues the benefits far out weigh the pungent flavour. With 6 big benefits in one including – killing germs, reducing plaque, freshening breath, protects gums, prevents tartar build up and strengthens teeth. It is hard to say no and I cannot deny my mouth needs this and since I am now well beyond the 21st Day Challenge from when I first began using this product, I can safely say my mouth looks, feels and smells a lot more clean and healthy. About a month ago I took my 4 and 2 yr old for their very first dental check up and also booked myself in for a check and clean since I hadn’t been in more than 5 years! Happy to report all is good and I am still cavity free! Yay! NIVEA CREAM I feel like I have been using this classic Nivea Cream since I started using skincare products. I am pretty sure the first time I used this product I was actually ‘borrowing’ it from my sister! This product is the perfect all rounder must have for every person, male and female! It comes in a variety of sizes, so you can have a larger size at home for daily use as well as smaller travel and purse size options available. At the moment I just have this cute little sample pot which I received after applying for a sample. The cream is thick and white and is great for dry and sensitive skin. Even safe enough to use on children and babies skin which has been great over the past 5 years with my two rascals. Can be used all over the body as both a facial and/or body cream. Currently on special at Priceline for $6.64 (200ml)
I have been using this for a few months now and love that it is unisex and my hubby can also enjoy it! The clear glass bottle is so simplistic and minimal and matches any space I store it. The scent is very gender neutral, appealing to both men and women. I usually go for the sweet, floral and girlie scents, however this isn’t any of those things yet doesn’t smell at all masculine either. This is a really fresh and clean scent that doesn’t over power your nose. I have found the fragrance to last throughout the day and can smell it lingering on my skin if I smell my arm. 🙂 This would make a great gift for those who have everything or are difficult to buy for as it would suit just about everyone! Contains top notes of wasabi, mandarin & violet leaf. Middles notes of wet cobblestones, concrete accords, orris root & rose absolute and base notes of vetiver, sandalwood & incense. PRIMAL EARTH MOISTURISER WITH SPF There has just been something in the air lately that has been attracting me to products from New Zealand, (see my NZ skincare routine here!) and this being one of them! My husband visited NZ for a few months before we met and has always raved about how beautiful a place it is, so I wasn’t surprised to find the Primal Earth range of men’s products on his side of the bathroom. Being a naturally curious beauty nut who will try just about anything I had to see if it was any good, as I usually do with any new product I see in the bathroom. I am gonna try it – mine or not! haha! This moisturiser is thick and white and contains an SPF 15 which you can’t even tell is there when you apply it. There is no greasy feel or sunscreen type smell. The smell is actually very natural and uplifting. I really like this one!! Contains Aloe Vera, Green Tea & Harakeke. Available to purchase from Woolworths. COLGATE OPTIC WHITENING PEN This product actually comes in a set with the Colgate Optic White toothbrush but I have to say I only bought it mainly for the whitening pen! I have a bit of an obsession with whitening my teeth as a frequent coffee drinker (more for the buzz and to stay awake and alert than the taste) my teeth have suffered for it and definitely have had whiter, brighter days! The pen is so easy to use, you just twist the bottom around until it clicks a few time and you will see the product begin to ooze out the top. Apply this to your teeth and you’re good to go! I have been applying this right before I go to bed so my tongue doesn’t get busy wondering around my mouth and removing the product. I want it to work with maximum results so I let it sit overnight. I started to see results after about a week and have kept on using it! NIVEA FOR MEN SENSITIVE POST SHAVE BALM With all of the hype around this product recently of course I had to give it a go to see for myself what all the fuss was about. Funnily enough my husband already had and uses this product so it was easy for me to ‘borrow’ it! For women it is said this product makes for a killer makeup primer. I have tried quite a number of different primers and have found pros and cons in each of them, however never actually finding a holy grail I would keep on re-purchasing. So I have been buying and trying out new ones all the time. This product does have a bit of an aroma to it. It is quite pleasant though and not as strong as you might expect a men’s facial product to be. Usually they seem to have a much stronger scent then women’s products in my opinion. After applying the skin feels smooth and dry surprisingly and immediately ready for makeup which stays matte and shine free throughout the day! Gotta love that!
Do you use any of the above products? Are there any you would been keen to try?
*Some products were kindly sent to me for consideration/review
*All photographs are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own
~ PRICELINE MAKE-UP BAG ~ Gift With – (Out?) Purchase!
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So, here is the story… basically I explain it all in my un-bagging video above however I will also give you a bit of a run down here. So you are probably wondering why I have titled this as a ‘Gift With – (Out?) Purchase!’ ?? Well let me explain. It is all innocent I swear!
So nearing toward the end or it may have actually been the very last day of this promotion in store. My husband, kids and I were out on the weekend getting some groceries and a few other odds and ends around our local little shopping centre, and as you do when you just want to get home late on a Sunday arvo with the kids beginning to get tired and cranky we decided to split up. My son (2yrs) and I went to Coles and the hubby and my daughter (4yrs) went to Priceline for totally unrelated fun makeup things! So basically my husband saw the gift bag sitting on the shelf, had a look at it and decided on impulse to surprise me with it. Then had second thoughts and wanted me to be able to come in and pick out the products I wanted just in case he picked some things I already had or didn’t like. So after speaking to the lady in the store, she explained it was their last bag and that he could just take it as they were about to close and were apparently just trying to get rid of it! 0_o Yippeeeee! Thank you lady from Priceline! You just made one very tired and worn out mummy very, very happy!! 🙂
Each year the gift bags that Priceline offer differ slightly. You can check out last year’s makeup gift
with purchase bag here. This years bag is about the same size as last years and like last years bag, it
is a lovely girlie pink colour with roses and a gold zip. I really like it, however last years still remains
I had heard about philosophy as a brand and their products quite a bit over the past few years and as a beauty blogger have read a lot of reviews and heard a lot of positive thoughts and opinions about their products. However never got around to trying them as I usually just stick to the cheaper brands within my strict budget. However since having the opportunity to test out the new Ultimate Miracle Worker skincare range over the past 3 weeks with Beautyheaven I can see why these products have a premium price tag! The quality, results and luxury elegance of each specially formulated jar is extremely rich and worth every single application!
The day cream which contains an SPF 15 is gorgeously scented lightly with only the tiniest hint of an SPF related smell. It is white in appearance and medium thick. I found the multi-rejuvenating cream easy to quickly work into my skin each morning before applying makeup a minute or two after. This absorbs right in and doesn’t leave my skin feeling as though the product is just sitting on the surface. It gives more of a softer feeling and healthy fresh, youthful glow.
The 60ml silver glass jar has a black screw top lid which is easy to open and closes securely. I have found the product has remained fresh and unchanged in colour or appearance and consistency over the trial period with the scent remaining the same.
In terms of seeing results of firmer skin, reduced pore size, more hydrated skin and fewer wrinkles. I can say my ‘normal’ skin does seem to be firmer and definitely more hydrated. I can feel a difference in the softness around my cheeks and neck. Overall my skin is looking and behaving amazing well since the beginning of using this product with zero pimples and blackheads which usually pop up every now and again on my skin. So I am thinking my pores may be slightly reduced in size aiding in the zero acne issue! I am 32 and don’t have many winkles thankfully. Just a few small crows feet on the corner of my eyes. These seem to be reduced quite a bit as I have been using this product in conjunction with the Ultimate Miracle Worker Eye. (RRP $88.00)
Overall would highly recommend this product, brand and product range. It has worked for me!
Using philosophy’s Ultimate Miracle Worker Eye along with the Ultimate Miracle Worker Day with SPF and Worker Night from the same range I have come to really enjoy and appreciate the results of using an eye cream in my skincare routine again as I have not done this is quite some time!
This 15ml round silver glass jar appears as a mini version of it’s big sister the Ultimate Miracle Worker Day Cream. The cream however has a slightly more of an off white, cream tint to it that the whiter Day Cream. This has all you could ask for in a eye cream. From patented Bi-Retinol and Iris plant extracts to rejuvenate the skin on the surface. To the classic Caffeine and Vitamin C to aid in the skin’s puffiness and dark circles under the eyes.
The cream is much the same consistency as the day cream being medium thick and absorbing in the same amount of time. (1-2 minutes max!)
Luckily my eyes only have a few little crows feet and don’t often get puffy unless I wake up in the morning after only a few hours sleep which does happen from time to time with 2 toddlers. I don’t have any dark circles so cannot comment on the effectiveness in that respect from this product. However my fine lines and overall eye area does appear much more as it did in my more youthful 20’s. My fine lines are reduced so I am hopeful with continued future consistent use and sensible sun exposure my crows feet may become a distant memory. One can hope! 🙂
Overall I am very happy with this product. As with only needing the tiniest amount (l only needed HALF a pea size amount) per application I feel like this product is going to last me quite some time and in that regard in conjunction with seeing some pretty amazing results since the beginning of use three weeks ago, I can see how this warrants the scary price tag! (RRP $75.00)
Using this product along with the other’s from the Ultimate Miracle Worker skincare range has been a lot of fun for me especially when it came to initially trying this Worker Night for the first time! philosophy have well thought out this product. Giving us a stronger unique night cream by combining the benefits of a rich night cream along with the anti ageing properties a facial serum gives.
To blend these two together philosophy gets us as consumers involved in the final process. In the box you find not only your 50ml black glass jar, additionally you will find a 10ml sealed packet of baby pink wet peals ready to be mixed in together with the small black spatula provided. This was one of my most favourite steps within the process of using this product.
Once mixed together the two ingredients blend together to form one power punching night cream! The pearls dissolve quite quickly and once done you can rest assured you are applying a fresh a batch of night cream as you’ll ever get!
The scent of this is only light and is almost identically smelling as the Ultimate Miracle Day and Eye creams. I was surprised to find unlike most night creams I have ever used, the consistency within this jar was nowhere as thick as I was expecting as I am so used to night creams being thick. However this was more runny, even more so than the Day and Eye cream from this range. I don’t believe this had anything negative to do with the formulation though as I have actually had amazing results using this whole trio of products.
I found this cream to absorb into my skin even more rapidly than the day and eye cream and felt the same soft, moisturised feeling left upon my skin. My skin is firmer, particularly round my eyes, neck and cheeks. Being in my early 30’s I know my youthful appearance is only going to last so long and the clock is ticking loud and fast! Since seeing such satisfying and rapid results with these products I can’t see myself turing back now and will continue to use these products to help maintain and improve my skin even further. (RRP $110.00)
Have you tried any products from the Philosophy range?
*These products were kindly sent to me for review for the Beautyheaven Trial Team
*All photographs & video are my own work & my opinions are all 100% honest & all my own
~ Rimmel London ~
Magnif’Eyes Shadow & Liner Pens!
I have recently been testing out two of these gorgeous shimmery brand new double ended eye shadow liners from Rimmel London in the shades ‘Back To Blacks’ & “Queens Of The Bronzed Age’ and I have been completely digging the easy to wear combo!
I have mainly been using the lighter shade of the bronzy brown all over my lid and lightly on my brow bone and then blending in the darker brown shade into my crease. These are so easy to blend that I have just been using my finger which I find with these in particular works much better than using a shadow brush as I normally would with any other eye shadow product, however since these are cream shadows and not powder this technique is easiest, quickest and I have found most effective.
Whilst the formula itself is quite soft, but they do blend beautifully together and these two which I have in particular look great together for both everyday wear as well as night when a bolder line is drawn and then smudged for a smokey effect. The duel end means one end is pointier than the other which makes for an easy thin or bold line.
The shades do have some shimmer in them which transfer onto the skin in a really pretty way without looking like too much glitter dust! I found they lasted for a good full day without creasing or fading.
These new Rimmel London Magnif’Eyes Double Ended Eyeshadow Pens also come in shades “Kissed By A Rose Gold” & “Dark Side Of Blue” and can be purchased from Priceline, Coles, K-Mart, Big W and Target as well as selected pharmacies here in Australia for current RRP $16.95ea.
Have you tried these shadow pens? Which shade are you most keen to try or which is your favourite?
*These products were kindly send to me for consideration/review
*All photographs, video & opinions are all 100% honest & all my own
~ RIMMEL LONDON ~
Match Perfection & Fix And Protect
I have been recently testing out this new foundation in both shades Ivory 100 & White Nude 102. Both very similar in terms of shade and both seem to suit my light slightly pale skin. The Ivory is slightly lighter and appears a little grey upon application, however soon seems to change once settled onto my skin and turns into a more natural looking shade close to my own skin colour. The White Nude is a shade or two darker, but still suitable for light skin tones and has more of a orange/yellow undertone about it. This too seems like a slightly different shade when first applied, however soon settles and changes to give me a natural slightly sun kissed glow. I found this foundation to give about a medium to full coverage on my skin. Was fairly impressed by this as you will see more clearly in my video below. These foundations are a pretty amazing combination whilst keeping the skin matte throughout the day and keeping the natural oily t-zone under control, this product you may be surprised to know contains an SPF 20! I am pretty sure this is the first foundation I have come across to contain SPF and still keep my skin matte throughout the day! Recently I put this foundation to the test and documented how it went on my skin throughout the day used in conjunction with the Rimmel London Fix & Protect Primer. Take a look as I check in with my camera throughout the day and find out my thoughts on the end result.
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As with another Rimmel London primer I have used previously, with this product a little goes a long way and you really need to be careful not to apply too much or your face will become overly white and the product difficult to blend in. I found a small amount to do just fine and worked to create a smoother, less oily surface on my skin as a good base for my makeup.
The formula is white and quite a bit runny, similar to that of a sunscreen consistency without the smell! The scent is actually much more fragrant with a light floral scent to it which quickly disappears after application.
I found this primer kept my foundation firmly in place throughout the day and my skin hardly got oily at all after around 10 hours. I noticed a positive result as I am usually much more oily by the end of the day especially when wearing makeup.
I would still apply a powder over the top of this primer and foundation combo, however for the purpose of my first impressions video I skipped this step to see how it found fair without it.
Overall a good base for foundation. Not overly blurring or skin perfecting, but pretty good at keep the skin matte and holding the makeup in place for a good full day!
*All photographs & opinions are all 100% honest & all my own
~ Rimmel London ~
Sun Shimmer Instant Tan
BB Skin Perfecter
Medium Matte Review!
Recently I reviewed as similar new product also by Rimmel London which you can read all about here. This particular product however has been a great addition to my at home self tanning routine which I haven’t seemed to be able to stop doing since the beginning of Summer. This has been a bit of a bronzed obsessed holiday period for me and I have enjoyed every second of it!
One of my favourite things about the ever changing, growing and evolving products and innovations from the beauty industry is their ability to come up with product for not just one single purpose but several and in this case an impressive nine.
1. Softens Skin
2. Smooths Skin
4. Instant Tanning Results
5. Gives A Healthy Glow
6. Evens Skin Tone
7. Covers Skin
8. Protects Skin
9. Lasts Up To 24 Hours
This BB ‘wash off’ formula means I can experiment with as many layers of products as I want to determine the shade I am feeling that particular day and if it turns out too dark or not looking right I can just wash it right off and start over again instantly! No waiting around for days or up to a week for a dodgy tan application to fade here. Too often I find I haven’t exfoliated my skin enough and my fake tan can look much darker and a bit dirty on my knees and around certain areas on the tops of my feet. Definitely NOT a good look!
At just $13.95 this Sun Shimmer Instant Tan has barely any shimmer actually in it, yet it gives your skin a certain glow and the slimming illusion of the deep chocolate matte shade does a super job on my otherwise naturally not at all very toned thighs.
Available in both Medium Matte & Light Matte! (Shop Now!)
What are your thoughts on instant wash off fake tanning?
*This product was kindly sent to me for consideration/review
*All photographs & opinions are all 100% honest & all my own *Not sponsored!
~ MAX FACTOR ~
Velvet Volume False Lash Effect Mascara
I own a few other Max Factor makeup items in my collection and I have always wondered why I don’t hear as much of this brand as some others. I feel like Max Factor deserves a bit more recognition as their products are amazing!
I have really enjoyed incorporating this mascara into my everyday makeup routine along with others from the brand. Together they work well and I love the end result.
The sleek and posh black & gold tube is very classy and grown up looking as opposed to some other brightly coloured ones on the market. This makes me feel good to use for a change. I like the feeling!
The wand is easy to use and hold in my hand. I can apply steadily and coat every single lash, even those almost invisible ones on the inner corner on both the top & bottom.
My lashes are nothing to brag about so I loved having them given a nice amount of extra length and volume to make me appear more awake, alive and with the illusion of slightly bigger eyes. YAS!! 😀 (I have always envied Ashley Olsen’s doll like beautiful big eyes!) My eyes don’t look quite THAT amazing, but using this mascara has definitely helped!
No overpowering scent or anything which I like when it comes to mascaras because then I definitely know when they need to hit the bin as soon as I begin to feel that waft of product creep up my nose!
Overall, this mascara has been great and I have been using it everyday. For night to add a little more drama, I found applying a few extra coats made a bigger difference in making them appear to have that slight ‘False Lash Effect’.
I would recommend for both day & night for those who want a more grown up, classy looking mascara that is versatile in giving you a range of looks from office professional to let your hair down party animal depending on how many coats you apply. 🙂