Friday, 20 January 2017

REVIEW: Selena Gomez EDP...

As you may have gathered, I'm indulging in some Celebrity Fragrance exploration of late, and this one by Selena Gomez was both a delightful surprise, AND a massive disappointment. The fragrance is gorgeous and I love it, but the presentation - well let's just say it leaves a lot to be desired! I should tell you that the sample bottle on display in Priceline was just that - the bottle. The sales assistant took the pretty box to the counter, I paid for it, and then headed home...


Imagine my shock when I unwrapped the contents, and discovered, this...this kitschy tacky cap on the top! Honestly it looks like a left over from a fun fair, or one of those party supplies stores - what was she thinking?????


As  you can see in the pic below, the bottle itself is the epitome of elegance - to me it looks like an exquisite evening gown, the draping effect of the glass folds encapsulating the finest work of an haute couture artisan. Positively breathtaking, so why on earth would Ms. Gomez (or her marketing team) absolutely TRASH the effect with such a ridiculous cap? It's beyond me. I swear ANY other lid on this bottle would allow its magnificence to shine, and I'll prove it to you...


Here it is with the top from my Vera Wang Lovestruck bottle - fabulously girly, and a magical fashion statement...


And here's my personal fave - this is the lid from a scented candle. Gives it a fun and delightfully oriental character, don't you think?...

And below she's crowned with the cap from the only other far-less-than-beautiful perfume bottle in my collection - Beyonce's Rise. Even this spiky monstrosity takes on a majestic air when partnered with the graceful flacon...

Considering how beautiful just about every other bottle put out by a celeb is, I think this is a perfect example of what NOT to do in the design world. Anyways, now that I've got that less than flattering rant off my chest, let me tell you about the fragrance itself...

This is a very sweet and tropical gourmand fruit floral - that's a mouthful indeed, or should I say a nose-full lol. Starts with the juiciest ripe raspberries, peach and orange, softens down to fragrant purple freesias with a touch of musk and dewberry, and finishes with vanilla, amber, chocolate and coconut. Is your mouth watering? Apparently she held a competition on her website where her fans could vote for their favourite ingredients, and this is the result...

If you're not keen on sweet-as perfumes, then leave this one alone. I adore it, mainly because every time I spritz, my nose picks up a different ingredient emphasis, so in fact I never know how it's going to turn out - depends on the air temperature, humidity, my mood, and obviously my skin chemistry at the time. Fascinating - girly and sophisticated, fresh and seductive, fun and flirty. Another reason I'm attracted to it is because I've never smelt it on anyone else, but then maybe I just can't identify it due to its whirlwind of flavours. Definitely improves as the minutes go by, takes about half an hour for all the notes to eventually unite, and that's when I love it the most...

From memory I paid around $25 for the 50ml bottle - pretty good value, and it lasts up to 5 hours on my bod. Rest assured after this photo shoot, I hid the cap in a very dark and obscure place, and I expect to only come across it again the next time I move ha ha...

What do you think - is it just me or do you agree that the cap and bottle combo is a total mismatch?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

SPOTLIGHT: December Empties!...

Considering the house was in a state of total chaos for several weeks, I'm kinda proud of myself for finishing these, but more so for not losing track of them in the move lol! I did my utmost to afford myself some "me" time in between packing and unpacking, hence the three masks (and what a treat they were), but let's get on with it...

Cenovis Chewable Sugarless C 500mg (300 tablets, RRP $16.95)
As mentioned in a previous empties post, I just buy whichever brand is on special whenever I run out - they all taste the same to me, and providing they're sugarless, I'm easy ...
Repurchase?
Sure ...


Nivea Free Time Shower Cream (250ml, RRP $2.99)
This was an interesting one. Always happy with Nivea shower products as they're so incredibly moisturising. I enjoyed this particular fragrance (Star Fruit + Aloe Vera) - quite tangy and sharp, but very refreshing. Found this at Chemist Warehouse, but haven't seen it since ...
Repurchase?
I have a few others to get through, but I would buy it again if  it was available, mainly for the skin softening properties ...


Clearasil Daily Clear Superfruits Refreshing Scrub (150ml, RRP $10.99)
Lovely scrub, I reviewed it in full HERE. To this day I'm still amazed that Clearasil products work so well on my ancient face, without any irritation. I've enjoyed many tubes of this scrub, but I'm bored with the raspberry/cranberry fragrance now, and won't buy it again for a while. But it works really well ...
Repurchase?
Yes, but not in the immediate future...


Skin Republic Anti-Aging Hand Repair (18g, RRP $7.99)
Great idea, but not quite as exciting as I'd hoped. The gloves are ridiculously large, so big I wondered if they'd stay on while I rested - they did, but I don't understand why they need to be yeti-sized. The serum inside them was highly effective, but not as nourishing or rich as I'd hoped - I'd prefer something less runny, something that I could massage in afterwards rather than pat, but hey that's just me. My hands absolutely LOVED the treatment - ingredients include marine collagen, shea butter, vitamin E & 7 plant extracts. You leave them on for 20 minutes, but I had an afternoon nap of around 2 hours while wearing mine ...
Repurchase?
Probably, but I'll have a look around to see what other brands are available - so far I've only found them online ...


Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch (3 pairs, 18g, RRP $9.99)
Totally in love with these thingies - they're quite firm so they stay put reasonably well without flapping around, and there are 3 pairs in the pack. Didn't do much for my baggies, but my under eye area was supremely hydrated, and the skin looked far less crepey afterwards. I reckon I need one pack per week for the rest of the year lol! Contains collagen, green tea, aloe vera & vitamins A & E. These were gifted to me at the Bloggers United AU event ...
Repurchase?
Already have - I sleep in these, although they've usually fallen off by morning ...


Skin Republic Brightening Vitamin C Face Mask Sheet (25ml, RRP $7.99)
This refreshing sheet mask came in the November Marie Claire Ageless Parcel pack - loved my first go, so much so I bought a stack more. This is a great excuse to take some time out because you really need to lie down once you've applied the sheet. Supposed to even out skin tone by reducing age spots - I didn't notice any improvement in that department, but it's early days yet, and I plan on treating myself to one of these each week. Gave my skin a lovely boost of hydration, and it's mess-free. I'm keen to try the bubbling charcoal one, but so far I haven't found anywhere that stocks it ...
Repurchase?
Several already, including some of the other varieties ...


Sukin Energising Coffee & Coconut Body Scrub (50ml sample, 125ml, RRP $14.95)
Another product that came in the November Marie Claire Ageless Parcel. I'm not a regular user of body scrubs, so I can't compare this to any other brand. But from a new-comer's point of view, it smelt nice and I like all the natural ingredients, but I found it really scratchy (yikes!), and the consistency was a bit too watery. I reckon I'd prefer something with a bit more substance, and granules that aren't so hard. Maybe I'm a sugar scrub kinda gal?
Repurchase?
No - I'll probably explore other brands of body scrubs in due course, but I don't think this is the one for me...


Rimmel Exaggerate Full Colour Lip Liner - Eastend Snob (0.25g, RRP $12.95)
Really like these lipliners - this one is a twist up variety, creamy and smooth, great pigmentation. I think I have all six of the colours it comes in. If you're after a good quality nudey lip liner, then this is the go ...
Repurchase?
You bet - actually took the old one with me to make sure I bought the right replacement ...


L'Oreal Age Perfect Golden Age Re-Densifying Day Cream (50ml, RRP $36.95)
Oooh yes, just published my review of this beauty HERE. Love the whole range actually, so much so I'm giving away a set so I can share the lurve ...
Repurchase?
Already have - bought it 2 weeks into the trial because I was so impressed ...


Simple Kind to Skin Micellar Cleansing Water (200ml, RRP $9.99)
Reviewed HERE as part of my Micellar Magic series. I have SO many bottles of micellar water in the cupboard, so I was thrilled to actually get to the bottom of this one!...
Repurchase?
Probably not - it's nice, effective for what I want to do with it, good price, but nothing startling, and well, there's so many others out there that have the edge...


it Cosmetics Color Correcting Full Coverage CC+ Cream (32ml, RRP $58.00)
Major rave about it HERE. Will NEVER be without this wonder cream ...
Repurchase?
Already have, and about to order a spare ...


Neutrogena Deep Clean Revitalising Pink Grapefruit Daily Scrub (100g, RRP $13.99)
Was listed as one of my empties last April, but it's SO good, I'm adding it again. Adore the fragrance, love the consistency, delighted with what it does for my skin ...
Repurchase?
Absolutely! ...

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Monday, 16 January 2017

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: L'Oreal Age Perfect - Golden Age...

Happy 2017 lovelies! At last I have my new blog HQ set up, and with the relocation impacting the plans for my usual November and Christmas giveaways, I'm celebrating my first post for the new year with some goodies for you. Back in September last year, beautyheaven invited me to trial the new Age Perfect Golden Age skin care range from L'Oreal, and I absolutely loved it. I was so impressed with the presentation, quality and benefits, I just had to post a review here, and give you the opportunity to try these lovely products for yourself, or if you're a young'un, nab a set for your Mum or Grandma. It's the first time I've ever seen a range specifically created for 60+ gals, and I'm delighted that L'Oreal acknowledges that us seniors still need and want to look after our skin with the best possible (and affordable) products ...
The packaging is gorgeous - all pastel pink and gold, very feminine and all the containers look ultra-luxurious on my vanity. There are three products in the range - Radiance-Activating Serum, Rosy Re-Densifying Day Cream and Rich Re-Densifying Night Cream (wish there was an eye cream - hint, hint L'Oreal!)...
The serum is a favourite of mine, and in fact I'm still using the same lightweight plastic bottle from the trial - there's about one third left after four months of daily use, so for $39.95, it's excellent value. Under the screw cap there's no dropper, just a hole - when you tip the bottle upside down, one drop of serum is dispensed with each tap. I've been using two or three drops because I don't like to be mean with my face products, plus I always include my neck and chest in my routine. The serum is light, spreads easily, and feels a bit sticky before it completely absorbs, but once it sinks in, you're left with soft, hydrated and refreshed skin that glows with a youthful radiance. There are tiny little golden flecks and micro pearls suspended in the pale pink liquid to provide some subtle and shimmery illumination to one's features, and it has a very delicate rose fragrance...
The day cream lasted a good three months - especially formulated for mature and often dull skin, ingredients include neo-calcium (for strengthening and plumping), and imperial peony extract and iris flower (to rehydrate and give a hint of natural colour). It's the prettiest peachy pink shade which isn't actually visible on the skin once you massage it in, but it sure enhances the glow that's already started happening with the serum...
There's no SPF included so you'll need a sunscreen, but you won't need much else - this cream gave my skin such a moisture boost and healthy radiance, there were days when I seriously considered not wearing foundation - whoa! I especially love that it's light and yet so enriching - it leaves a faint sheen on my skin, but the residue is not the least bit greasy, and I find it to be the perfect makeup base. Ever so lightly scented, it won't interfere with your perfume...
I still have some of the night cream left in the jar because I've been trialing the Revitalift Laser X3 cream for the last five weeks (that's a whole other story of complexion rejuvenation!), but I'll be returning to it shortly as it just so perfectly hydrates my skin overnight....
Quite a bit more dense than the day cream, it has an almost waxy consistency. While it doesn't absorb completely, it's not greasy or heavy, and there's no oil slick on my T-zone the next morning. When I use this night cream, I wake up looking refreshed, my skin is plump and refined, and my complexion doesn't have that awful "flattened" appearance that creeps in as the years go by...
So loving this range, and I'm giving away a set to one of my followers. I bought it at Coles at a time when someone screwed up - it seems that whoever was stocking the shelves was advised that this was a discontinued range rather than a brand new one, and all three were marked as "Clearance" with a crazily low price tag (back to normal price the following week). Being the opportunistic blogger that I am (always on the lookout for a bargain) how could I resist?...
To enter, just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter section below, and leave a comment as to why you'd like to win. Because of the weight of the items (the jars are glass), this giveaway is open to Australian Residents Only. And in case you're planning to give the skin care to a relly, I'm also including the pretty knot earrings and bracelet pictured below for you - they're from Colette and were purchased by me at one of their sales ...


Best of luck to all who enter!

Take care of you,
kats xxx

P.S. Linking to Ingrid's Monday Makeup Madness Linkup Party, which I believe is resuming as a weekly feature starting today ...