Saturday, October 27, 2012

Max The Unicorn is on Facebook!

OK, so le blog has been on Facebook for a little while, but now I've finally installed the social plug-in, (it's on the sidebar to the right, scroll down a bit) so you can just click 'Like' without even leaving the site! How excitement! It's taken me about a month to get around to installing it, so please let me know if there are problems.

Of course, if you want to go and have a gander, here's the link. I'm posting every blog post, plus extra goodies, such as celebrity news, competitions you can enter, pop-culture articles and other beautiful things that take my eye. 

Come forth, like, and join in the fun!

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Carmex Moisture Plus Ultra Hydrating Pink Lip Balm Review

I trialled this as part of a Beauty And Lace review group and loved it, so wanted to share my thoughts on this lovely product with you guys.

* contains Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Aloe
* SPF 15
* slant tip
* sheer pink tint

$8.99 (AUD)

Another great lip balm from Carmex! (See my review of the Original Flavour Carmex Moisturising Lip Balm here). I love the slanted tip, which makes application effortless. This baby glides on perfectly and feels fantastic on. There is a slight tingly sensation on the lips when you first apply it, much like you get with the Carmex Original pot of balm, but it's not unpleasant. This feeling fades away after a few minutes. My lips feel soft, hydrated and very moisturised after application, and I’ve found that this formula is quite long-wearing. I love that I’m not having to re-apply it every 10 minutes like some other lip balms.

The packaging is a small tube that can easily be thrown in my gym bag, makeup bag or in a side pocket of my handbag. The product is easily accessed by simply winding up from the base. I like that the lid shuts with a satisfying 'click' sound, so you know it’s secure and isn’t going to fall off and create an unholy mess in your handbag.

The shade looks quite dramatic in the tube, but wears as a subtle baby/soft pink that builds up slowly with more applications. The hand swatch below is after quite a few swipes; rest assured with only one swipe you get a very sheer pink hue. It’s very flattering; this is definitely something you could wear out. It’s not sticky or tacky like some lip glosses, instead providing a wearable, comfortable finish.

The ‘Ultra hydrating’ claim on the packaging is easily met. I’m really impressed by this pretty lip balm and would definitely purchase it in the future. Don't laugh but I spent ages trying to photograph my lips with this product on, and the below shot is the best of a bad lot. I just can't get the camera to focus in right when I'm taking a selfie. Sorry, guys!

**Disclaimer: This product was provided for review on Beauty And Lace. This review is my honest opinion.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Frog Pond Manicure!

This is a green mani with a shot of purple for good measure! Or because I didn't have five greens. I call it my Frog Pond Manicure! Behold the magnificence......

Products Used:
BYS in Hocus Pocus
Ulta3 in Mermaid Green
Ulta3 in Mojito
Revlon in Rock Star
Ulta3 in Lagoon
Max Factor Nailfinity Glossy Top Coat

Above photo:
Left to right - Ulta3 Lagoon on pinky, Revlon Rock Star on ring, Ulta3 Mojito on bird, Ulta3 Mermaid Green on pointer, BYS Hocus Pocus on thumb.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Get Clean, Naked and Balmy with My Top 5!

Nude up, beauties! I'm bringing Naked back! Take a walk down memory lane as I dust off Urban Decay's Naked Palette and rediscover its magnificence. The ORIGINAL release, not Take 2, either! And I guess I didn't really dust it off because the front is a tad crappy. Luckily the precious shadows housed within are well-preserved. Without further ado, I present My Current Top 5 Beauty Products! (in no particular order) ....

1. The Body Shop Sweet Lemon Shower Gel
I've finished the small one, so I've whipped out the 250ml so you can see how it looks. This gel is delightful! I love washing myself in lemony goodness; the fragrance is strong and invigorating and the formula works up to quite the impressive lather. I've been using Sweet Lemon Body Scrub then following up with this gel, and I tell ya, I smell like a Lemon Meringue Pie afterwards. WIN!

2. Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume
To say I was excited when I spotted this new product would be an understatement. You know I'm a dry shampoo junkie, right? And that I'm always looking for products to create volume in my fine locks? THIS COMBINES THE TWO. And I know dry shampoos by their very nature add volume, but THIS SAYS IT ON THE CAN! And it totally lives up to my high expectations. I would have to say this dry shampoo, out of the millions I've tried (slight exagerration), gives me the most volume. And yes, it also works in the 'soaking up oils and refreshing/cleaning my hair' department. It's really good. Go get it now.

3. Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair
This 'Synchronized Recovery Complex' (what the hell are they purporting to synchronize?) is pretty damn good. You only need a couple of drops from the little, err, dropper thing, on each cheek for the serum to cover your whole face. This leaves my skin soft and smooth and I've noticed my skin is generally clearer since I've been using it. Besides, I love products that work overnight. Sneaky side; I've worn it a few times during the day under moisturiser and it provides a decent base for makeup. Don't skip the moisturiser though, or you may have problems. As a general rule, night products should just be used at night, though. I was just rebelling :)

4. The Body Shop Candied Ginger Lip Balm
First of all, I bought this from a Body Shop store in Singapore half price, so I'm not sure that it's available in Australia. I probably shouldn't rub your face in it too much, then. But the texture of this balm is amazeballs. It's creamy and nourishing, with a lovely ginger fragrance that's subtle and comforting. I use this before bed to keep my lips from drying out overnight.

5. Urban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palette
You know when you find something you stopped using months ago, give it a whirl and then think 'why did I ever stop using this?'. Yeah, that. These earthy natural, bronze, brown, grey and black shades are gorgeous. Highly pigmented, with great staying power, these eyeshadows look great, blend well and compliment each other perfectly. Like just about every beauty freak, I Had To Have this when it first came out, and certainly paid a pretty (fucking enormous) penny for it. Funnily enough, I didn't end up getting the second Naked Palette. My favourite shades here are Naked, Sidecar, Buck, Smog and Toasted.

Disclaimer: I bought The Body Shop lip balm and shower gels, Batiste Dry Shampoo and the Urban Decay Naked Palette and won the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I was Sample Savvy in September!

Or 'I Was A September Sample Slut', whichever you prefer :) Samples are a great way to try a product before forking out for the full-size version. Somehow, I have built up quite a collection. I've been planning for some time to start ploughing through these sample sachets, but September is my busiest month, so I didn't finish as many as I would have liked. I still have a box full of sachets, so expect more empties in the future.

Break it dooooooooown .......

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Massage Lotion for Stretch Marks
Lovely chocolate-smelling lotion packed with Vitamin E, Collagen, Elastin and Shea Butter.

Dermalogica Clean Start Ready, Set, Scrub!
Quite enjoyed this scrub that claims to refine pores and fight breakouts. Great for teens.

Dermalogica Clean Start Welcome Matte spf15
This moisturiser really made a noticeable difference. Contains oil controllers. Very effective at minimising the shiny face I normally get after a few hours of makeup application.

Dermalogica Clean Start Bedtime for Breakouts
Didn't like the sticky formula so just used it on my chest instead of face. Wouldn't rave about.

Nivea Visage Young Daily Deep Cleansing Wash Scrub
More wash than scrub, doesn't contain enough scrubbing beads for my liking.

Dove Beauty Cream Bar
Cutest little mini soap bar ever! Feels luxurious, cleans effectively. Love!

Franc Essential Body Melt
Lovely, nourishing, moisturising cream for the body. Quite enjoyed this.

Biore Detoxify Daily Scrub
Didn't like the consistency of this oil-free scrub. Smells bad, too.

Nivea Expert Lift Day Cream
Satisfactory day cream, nothing mind-blowing. Would not purchase.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
Pleasant, light moisturiser. Feels great, leaves skin soft and supple.

Biore Pore Perfect Nose Strip
Fun to use. Easy to follow directions on back of sachet.

Head And Shoulders Ant-Dandruff Shampoo
Actually really impressed with the results. Hair looked good. Would buy this.

Formula 10.0.6 Down To The Pore Blackhead Banishing Pore Strips
Contains Tea Tree and Kaolin. Again, fun to use and good directions on back.

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