Monday, 17 February 2014

Lust Have It January


My January Lust Have It box has finally arrived albeit in the middle of February, which is a bit disappointing. To their credit, Lust Have It did send an open letter to the community apologising for the delays in sending the January boxes out. Still, better late than never.
This month's box is a little bit of a mixed bag for me, as there are a couple products that I don't think will see a lot of use.

Evodia Lemon Sorbet Hand Cream

You can never have to many hand creams, and this one is going straight into my desk drawer at work. It smells zesty and refreshing, and absorbs easily without the greasy residue. Love it!

Model Co Shine Ultra Lipgloss

I like the idea of the inbuilt mirror for touch-ups while out and about, but my first impressions of the lip gloss itself were sticky and glittery. It's a shame because it's a great shade for me.

Invisible Zinc Tinted Daywear

I'm a huge fan of Invisible Zinc already, I often wear it under my everyday foundation. It's non-greasy, light, and sits well under makeup. However, the medium shade is way too dark for me!

Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes

These will be gone in a flash! Gentle alcohol and oil free wipes that remove every bit of makeup and don't leave a greasy residue. Perfect size for keeping in my handbag for freshening up after work or the gym.

Aveda Daily Moisturising Oil

Hair oil targeted to moisturise dry hair without weighing it down. I'm looking forward to trying this one out - the summer is doing my hair no favours at the moment!

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting AHA Gel (not pictured)

I was very excited to see this one in my box! I'm currently on the hunt for products to help fade acne scars, so this product is already getting a good test out hence it's absence from the photo. It works as an exfoliator, correcting sun damage and uneven skin tone.


Overall, this month's box hasn't blown me out of the water, although there are a few products that will definitely see some use. Looking forward to next month!
What are you thoughts on the January box?

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Lust Have It box: December!

My first ever Lust Have It box arrived this week! I've been looking forward to it coming because I'm fairly new to subscription beauty boxes, and I was so excited to finally get started! I must admit, I'm pretty pleased with the items I received in this box, and they'll be getting a lot of use over the holidays - I'm hoping that the next boxes are as good as this one.



Maybelline New York Dream Fresh BB Cream 
Full size - medium

I also received a sachet of the Maybelline BB Cream in the oil-free version. I've heard good things about this BB cream so I'm excited to try it, although the medium shade will probably be too dark for me which is a shame.


Pelactiv Hydrating Cream Cleanser


This detoxifying and moisturising cleanser contains green tea extract to reduce irritation. It seems perfect to use on my dry, sensitive skin!

Uriage Aquaprecis Refreshing Gel


This looks like a nice light moisturiser with a gel texture, perfect for daytime use. Probably geared more towards combination skin rather than my dry skin. I'll use this when I head to the gym when I prefer to use a lighter moisturiser.

Clairol Visible Repair Intensive Mask


A repairing and moisturising mask that also strengthens the hair. My hair is in need of some serious treatment, so this will get a lot of use from me!

Sunsense Anti-Ageing SPF30+
Full size

I know already that I'll be using this everyday! It's an amazing sunscreen that helps prevent premature ageing, is oil-free and non-comodegonic, and sits really well under makeup (I've used it before!)



Overall, I'm really pleased with everything I received and I'm looking forward to getting more in the future!

You can get $5 off your own subscription to Lust Have It by clicking the link in the sidebar, and using the code DOLCE

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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Blog Swap!

I recently took part in Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty's Halloween Blog Swap, and I was lucky enough to be partnered up with Sarah, a lovely blogger from Glasgow, Scotland. After talking through each others preferences, we decided on a $50AUD limit not including shipping. I was a bit worried about the limit because of the way things are priced in Australia, so I did quite a few calculations to fit in as many amazing products as I could for her. Check out Sarah's blog http://thosestarsthatshine.blogspot.co.uk/ to see how I went! 




MUA Undress Me Too Palette and Barry M Natural Glow Palette

MUA Undress Me Too Palette, Barry M Natural Glow Palette
These palettes look absolutely amazing! I love neutral shadows so I guarantee these will see quite a bit of use. I haven't had a chance to try all the shades yet, however I've been really impressed with the few I've tested out.
Barry M Natural Glow palette
Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light

Sleek Face Contour Kit in Light

I was so excited to open this one! After hearing the huge amount of hype from the blogger community about this, I'm keen to put it to the test.


Collection Eye Shadow Pencils in Vanilla Sky and Hot Chocolate

Collection Eye Shadow Pencils in Vanilla Sky and Hot Chocolate
I must admit, in the past I haven't used many shadow pencils but I have a feelings these will soon find their way into my everyday routine. Both are quite pigmented and easy to blend. These will be great to use as bases or swept over the entire eyelid when I'm in a hurry!


Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
This was another one that I was excited to open. I'm really keen to properly test it out, but from the one time I've used it so far I've been quite impressed - I can't believe how pigmented it is! Sarah also managed to get the perfect shade for me (light 2).


MUA red lipstick in Shade 13

MUA red lipstick in shade 13
You can never go wrong with a red lipstick, and it will never go astray in any makeup kit. A lovely universal red, I'm sure I'll be wearing this a lot!



I had the best time doing this blog swap. Picking things out for Sarah was such a fun experience, yet difficult to stop at just $50! Sarah was the best partner you could've asked for - cooperative and always easy to get in contact with, and took my requests/appearance information into account so I got the perfect products. Not to mention we would email each other for days just chatting about general stuff; just an all-round amazing blogger! (Hope to see you in Glasgow [or Sydney] soon!) 

Make sure you check out her blog at http://thosestarsthatshine.blogspot.co.uk/ and see what she got from me!

Reviews/swatches on all these products will be on the blog soon.

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Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Maybelline Colour Tattoos

The Maybelline Colour Tattoos have received quite a bit of hype from the blogger community, and are often labelled as cheaper versions of MAC paint pots. I haven't gotten on well with cream shadows in the past, so I haven't gone out of my way to try the colour tattoos until I saw them on sale for $7 and thought it might be worth giving them a go! I mostly go for neutral eye shadow shades, so I ended up going for Tough as Taupe and Barely Branded.

Tough as Taupe
Tough as Taupe is part of the original line up of colour tattoos. It is a matte taupe with grey/ slightly purple undertones. This is super pigmented, so much so that it is almost opaque. It feels quite thick on application and it drys quickly, so you need to be quite quick when blending. However, it well and truly sets right in place - I found it lasted all day for me without a primer and it was still hard to budge when removing my makeup! Makes for a great base for a dramatic smokey eye, or looks great on its own if you're in a rush.


Barely Branded
Barely Branded is part of the colour tattoo metal range. It is a neutral beige colour with a metallic, frosted shine. This shade is very versatile; I found it worked really well a general base colour. However, it was nowhere near as pigmented as Tough as Taupe. A little more easy to blend, it tended to crease as the day went on and it longevity wasn't as impressive. Although, I found using a bit of MAC Brule over the top helped it last longer.


Left: Barely Branded, Right: Tough as Taupe

Left: Tough as Taupe, Right: Barely Branded
Overall, the colour tattoos are quite versatile working as both bases and a quick wash of colour if you're on the go. They are fairly blendable and layer really well with other shadows, though they do dry quite quickly. Generally they are fairly long lasting, though people with oiler lids may need to use a primer to see it through the day - especially Barely Branded.

Do they live up to the hype? Yes!

What do you think about the Maybelline Colour Tattoos?

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Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion


The quintessential skincare brand Nivea have recently released a new addition to their body lotion range. Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion Skin Conditioner combines all the benefits of a body lotion with extra convenience. Essentially, this is my morning god-send!


I've been wanting to get my hands on this, and finally nabbed it in Priceline on sale. It comes in both normal and dry skin varieties, and I opted for the dry skin version. It's excellent value for money at $7.99 for 400ml - it's big!
The lotion is applied after using your normal body wash/scrub/gel like you would with a normal moisturiser. Obviously it doesn't foam up, so I found applying it with a normal bath sponge tricky; I preferred putting it on with my hands. It has the same scent as most of the Nivea body lotions which doesn't linger heavily afterwards, and is easily absorbed. 


The convenience of the lotion is what won me over completely. Aside from the fact it can be applied in the shower, it's also super easily absorbed which means no more standing around awkwardly for 10 minutes waiting for moisturiser to sink in! While I didn't find it overly moisturising and not as effective for keep dry skin at bay for an entire day, it did leave my skin feeling fairly soft. I still like to follow up with a heavier cream at night to keep flaky skin at bay.
Truly a product for that time-poor, I still think this will be a definite favourite for a long time to come!

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Sunday, 20 October 2013

Springtime Nails

Winter is officially over and spring is well and truly here. For me, that means fully embracing the entire colour spectrum. In terms of nail colour, my winter staples were dark plum colours mixed in with a few neutrals. For the warmer months, orange is my new obsession!



OPI Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It

I'm pretty sure I'll be wearing this right up until winter rolls around again! This is a super vibrant coral orange-red colour that would work well on all skin tones. For those that are pale-skinned like me and want to try an orange shade, this is perfect. It's an excellent blend of red and orange/coral, so it's vivid without looking too overpowering in contrast with the skin. As always, OPI polishes are pretty chip-resistant, long lasting, and super glossy. With a double coat and a top coat, my nails lasted about 2 weeks.


Indoor lighting


Natural lighting
Bring on Spring and Summer!

OPI Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It - $19.95 from David Jones and Myer

Do you have any suggestions for vibrant spring nail polishes? Love to hear them!


Don't forget to enter my giveaway here!

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