Sunday, 22 October 2017

SPOTLIGHT: October Empties & Giveaway!...

Another mammoth Empties post, but there's a reward at the end if you make it that far ha ha  Again I did SO well, and the numbers were boosted by hair care and home fragrance items that somehow or other I often forget to include. But I'm getting myself into the habit of pausing for two seconds before I toss anything in the bin just for a mental check as to whether it's a candidate for this monthly series. There's also a soap wrapper in the pic below, and I'll hang onto these from now on - I can't take a picture of a used-up soap now can I lol? I'm introducing something new this time too - I've decided that every month I will give away one of the products that I finished and absolutely adored, and that way I can share the love with one of you treasures, so keep reading to the bottom of the post to find out what it is!...


Body Products

Dermaveen Shower & Bath Oil (500ml, RRP $17.99)
Already raved about this wonder-product HERE ...
Repurchase?
Can't live without it ...

Harvest Garden Lavender & Patchouli with Zeolite Clay Soap (130gm, RRP $7.50)
I'm declaring these to be my favourite soap bars of all time! Wow, that's pretty impressive seeing as I've tried and loved quite a few, but none can really compare to this brand. They are SO creamy, so NON-DRYING (my go-to for shaving), and the fragrance lasts to the last sliver - for me that enduring scent quality is the thing that sets them apart from all the others. When I have one of these bars on my vanity or in my shower, I can smell it even before I pick it up, and this Lavender & Patchouli combo shares top spot on my love-list along with the +Rose Geranium one. Mind you I haven't tried the whole range yet, but I have at least eight of these bars scattered amongst my socks & undies drawers, and I even have a couple at the bottom of my dirty linen basket! By the time I get to use them, they've hardened a bit more and one cake will last a good 6 months. They use 100% natural ingredients, and they're riddled with essential oils ...
Repurchase?
Forever ...

Jessica Mauboy Be Beautiful Luxe Shower Gel (100ml)
This came in a gift set with the EDT fragrance (reviewed HERE). Love the scent but I found this formula to be a bit drying, and it needed several squirts of the Dermaveen Oil to make it usable for me this past cold weather season ...
Repurchase?
No - anyways it isn't available separately that I know of...

Original Source Sweet Apple & Vanilla Shower Milk (250ml, RRP $4)
Lovingly reviewed HERE ...
Repurchase?
Yes but not till next Autumn - for me this is a cool weather scented body wash ...

Skin Doctors Younger Hands (75ml, RRP $34.95)
Was disappointed with this hand cream - oh it's lovely, very hydrating and non-greasy, but I was kinda hoping that for the price I would see my hands looking "...10 years younger in 6 weeks" as advertised. Sadly it didn't happen, but then again my hands are pretty far gone. I've tried numerous products to lighten my age spots but they don't work, well at least not to the extent that I'm after...
Repurchase?
Nope - for now, I'll stick with a hand cream that keeps my paws super moisturised, and I don't need to spend $35 for that...


Hair Care

Kevin Murphy Shimmer.Shine (100ml, RRP $42.95)
I've mentioned before my dilemma in trying to find a substitute for Reference of Sweden Shine Spray, and this is it. My hairdresser put me onto it and I'm thrilled. It's not the same delivery method but gives me a similar result - a non-aerosol spray that contains vitamins and essential oils, and teeny little particles of gold shimmery bits, the combination of which gives my hair a glisten and gleam without weighing it down, or any oily residue. There are two bonuses in that the bottle is clear so I can see how much is left, and it's cruelty-free ...
Repurchase?
Yes ma'am - I don't let the level go below half-way before I buy another ...

muk. deep muk Ultra Soft Conditioner (300ml, RRP $24.95)
Embarassed to say this has been at the back of my cupboard for four years since I won it in the beautyheaven Blogstar competition! The reason why it stayed so long in the dark is buried somewhere in my befuddled brain, but even after all this time it was 100% viable, and a true joy to experience the unbelievably soft tresses it gave me. Exquisitely refreshing fragrance, boy do I feel stupid ...
Repurchase?
Absolutely, but only if I stop using Kerasilk ...

Reference of Sweden Repair Shampoo Sulfate Free REF.551 (750ml, RRP $58)
This was and probably still is my #1 shampoo, but I've stopped using it as I've switched to the Goldwell Kerasilk range to maintain the benefits of my Keratin treatment, and to take advantage of the post-treatment guarantee which requires me to use their products. But if I ever stop having the Kerasilk anti-frizz thingy done, I would go back to this brand in a heartbeat. Absolutely RAVED about it HERE ...
Repurchase?
Without a doubt, but only for the reasons mentioned above ...

Skincare

Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum (30ml, RRP $48.99)
Waxed lyrical about this back in JUNE, and it's still holding the #1 face serum spot in my beauty book. Absolutely adore it ...
Repurchase?
That'll be a yes - I have five other serums to try, but once I get through a couple of them, it will hopefully be on special again ...

Antipodes Worship Skin Defence Antioxidant Serum (10ml, RRP $?)
Can't for the life of me remember how I came by this - mine was a 10ml (sample) bottle so I didn't buy it, but hey who cares! Loved it, absorbs in a flash, hydrates beautifully, but I didn't enjoy the experience as much as the Hosanna one as it has a different fragrance. All the same, I reckon this brand is acing the serum market...
Repurchase?
Probably not, my heart belongs to Hosanna...

BotanicES Eye Crème  (15ml, RRP $40)
This is one of my regulars - at my age it's not quite potent enough to get me through the Winter quarter when I need oodles more moisture, but this was left over from the end of Autumn, and I've started using it again now that the humidity is returning. Been loving the whole range for around 18 months now (review HERE) and can't imagine NOT having it on my bench. It lasts forever, and definitely firms the eye area ...
Repurchase?
Affirmative - never without this or the Face Crème ...

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (combo to oily skin)  (400ml, RRP $14.95)
Reviewed HERE, I prefer the pink one in this range...
Repurchase?
No - it's ok but a little drying for my mature age skin ...

Indeed Labs Snoxin (30ml, RRP $39.95)
The problem with being a blogger is that by being "involved" in the industry, there are so many tempting skincare products to try, and I personally find it hard to stick to any one brand - of course there are a few that are regulars in my kit, and there are others I intend to be regulars, but then I find something else that shows a tad more promise. This baby definitely has potential - I noticed some plumping of my skin overall, and the deep furrows between my brows seemed shallower. It only lasted me a month, so to be fair I'm adding it to my list to test over a longer period, like three months, just to see what it can do, and at $40 that's certainly doable. Felt fabulous as I applied it on my face, and there's no discernible fragrance. Unlike other serums it doesn't provide any surface hydration - it's more about the underlying structure, but there's a definite smoothing effect. Hmmmm, more later ...
Repurchase?
Yes - this is definitely worth some extended experimentation ...

Sukin Hydrating Mist Toner (125ml, RRP $9.95)
This little bottle of refreshment has just recently won it's second beautyheaven Best in Beauty award, and I can understand why. The formula is soothing, cooling, includes chamomile & rosewater, smells absolutely delicious, and with Summer fast approaching, it's the perfect pick-me-up after a long hot day. I've had this bottle for a few years, and it's lasted this long because I've kept it as a treat for stinking hot days - I spray it on after my nighttime skincare routine, and go to bed feeling fresh and becalmed. Overall I find Sukin products to be brilliant - they don't contain any yucky chemicals, nor do they test on animals ...
Repurchase?
You bet ...

Face Masks

Baroness Arbutin Mask Sheet (RRP $3.95)
For some reason I didn't take a photo of this one, actually I think it was during the week so that would explain why. Like all Korean masks, it was a very pleasant experience, but nothing special. Supposed to lighten spots reduce fine lines and even out skin tone, and maybe it will if I use a few more...
Repurchase?
I'm definitely into products that will help fade my freckles, so maybe...

Eaoron Instant Whitening Face Mask (Box of 5, RRP $29)
Ok so I did four of these every Sunday for a month to see if my uneven skin tone would improve, and delighted to say it did. Slight fading of my freckles in that they're not so pronounced - I reckon if I'd continued on with another two months, I'd definitely see some major benefits. Trouble is there are so many others I want to try lol ...
Repurchase?
I still have some left, so I'd say in a few months' time, yes ...


Jojoba Skin Refining & Brightening Face Mask  (3ml sample)
This was free with a bottle of their oil - lovely mask, the colour of oatmeal, smells organic and earthy, and you only leave it on for max 10 minutes before rinsing. Nice enough but not sure I'd spend $50 on a full-sized tube - I think there are other brands that work just as well for a fraction of that price...
Repurchase?
I doubt it...

Petitfee Black Pearl & Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch (60 pieces, RRP $13.17)
My only real dud last month. Ordered from iHerb, this was a small jar containing 60 gold coloured plasticcy patches swimming in a sea of hydrating serum. Sounds pretty good right? So I tried them a few times and after removing the patches, I had NO eye bags and NO wrinkles under my eyes...whoa!!!!...for 30 seconds, and then they all came back. Sob. And then the next time I went to use them, the serum had all evaporated and the patches were just sticky - no idea what happened to the fluid as I made sure I screwed the lid back on securely. Anyways, they didn't cost much so I tossed them...
Repurchase?
Not a chance...

Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch (3 pairs, RRP $9.99)
6 pairs again this month ...
Repurchase?
Another "forever" product ...

Makeup

Chi Chi Stay On Lip Liner - Lady in Red (RRP $9.95)
The wind up kind and very long wearing, but also a bit drying on my parched pout - this shade is a fabulous to-die-for fire engine red ...
Repurchase?
Maybe - there are others out there that are more moisturising, but this red is something else ...

Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil - Emerald Tabula (12g, RRP $30)
My numero uno eye pencils, have reviewed them numerous times (in depth one HERE) ...
Repurchase?
You betcha - another one of my can't-live-withouts ...


Home Fragrance

Sohum Amber Noir Reed Diffuser (175ml, RRP $39.95)
This was the closest thing I could find to the Urban Rituelle Romance one below - similar but with Patchouli & Rose instead of Musk. I didn't twig at the time of purchase, but there's a major design flaw - the bottle is tall so it topples over easily, and the neck is so narrow that the reeds all stick together, and therefore the scent doesn't permeate as well as it could...
Repurchase?
Naaaa, I'll look for another brand that understands how these things work...

Urban Rituelle Reed Diffuser - Romance (190ml)
Didn't put the price as this particular fragrance has been discontinued - can't for the life of me figure out why, it was divine. Amber & Musk, two scents so dear to my heart. Boo hoo! ...
Repurchase?
Can't...sigh......


Holey guacemoley I'm exhausted, that's it for the Empties!!!!!

And if you made it this far you deserve something, so now for the Giveaway! I've chosen the Harvest Garden soaps (plus lip balms) as my top pick for last month, and added a little Lovisa Swarovski jewellery set as a sweetener...


The 5 x Harvest Garden soaps are...
  • Activated Charcoal
  • Rosemary & Tea Tree with Comfrey
  • Rose Geranium, Patchouli & Lavender with Australian Red Clay (personal fave)
  • Rose Geranium with Australian Pink Clay
  • Lemongrass, Olive Leaf Extract & Ground Flaxweed with Turmeric
The 4 x Harvest Garden 100% natural soothing lip balms are in the following flavours...
  • Orange, Ginger & Turmeric
  • Tinted Rose & Pomegranate
  • Pink Grapefruit & Passionflower (personal fave)
  • Peppermint & Matcha
The Lovisa Star jewellery set is made with Swarovski crystals, and consists of...
  • 3 x rings - 1 star design, and 2 with a single crystal, size M-L
  • 1 x Star Necklace, 45cm chain
  • Pair of Star Stud Earrings
And here's a closeup of the jewellery, so pretty and sparkly...


Total prize value is approx. A$130, all items were purchased by me, and because the soaps are heavy, this giveaway is open to
Australian Residents Only!

Here's how to enter...
  1. Leave a blog post comment on this page as to why you'd like to win all these goodies (please note: if you don't leave a comment, you won't be included in the draw)
  2. Leave your email address inside the Rafflecopter so I can contact you if you win
  3. Follow my blog one way or another from the many choices listed
  4. Only one entry per person, please read the T's & C's inside the Rafflecopter
Best of luck to all who enter!

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Beautyheaven Turns 10!...

My favourite beauty website, beautyheaven, is 10 years old this year, and I was blessed with an invitation to their birthday celebration at The Ivy Sunroom in Sydney yesterday. What a wonderful time was had by all - seriously, my face was aching from smiling so much lol!  And by the time I got home, my arms were aching from the weight of all the fabulous beauty products they and their sponsors so kindly gifted to us. This will be a long, loving and picture-heavy post, so grab a cuppa and let's get started ...


The venue was perfect - located in the heart of Sydney, beautifully appointed, delicious and innovative catering, helpful and efficient staff, couldn't wish for anything better. It was champagne on arrival, which was 10am, but I didn't let the early hour stop me from getting into instant party mode. We were ushered into the media room for a welcome speech by several of the bh staffers (and MD) and viewed a delightful video that captured the essence and evolution of beautyheaven over the years. I don't know the numbers but I'd say at least 100 guests, and the space around the atrrium was set up with a huge refreshment bar (most important!), and 8 beauty "stations" manned by sponsors & their staff. We had been given wristbands when we arrived that included a random group number, and after finding our fellow "groupies" we were joined by a bh staffer and guided to each of the product stations in a sequence, sort of a moving beauty feast. My group was led by the stunningly gorgeous Bree Macgugan (pictured below left) - what a wonderfully warm and vivacious lady she is, thanks for the love Bree! ...


Also pictured above are Vanessa Rossini & the MD Michelle Blancato - what I wouldn't give to have a boss of her calibre, a truly lovely lady with an amazing energy field around her, and a genuine passion for what she does. These three beautiful women were actually having their official photo taken, but it was an opportunity too good for this pushy blogger to miss, and I thank you all for being so gracious considering we'd only just met!  I was also super happy to meet and chat with darling Debbie Black, but in all the excitement, forgot to grab her for a snap! ...

Of course catching up with the other bh staffers and members was a MASSIVE part of the day, and the most common sound you could hear at any point in time was "Oh my gosh, you're ...!!!" as we finally put a real face to the avatar, and in some cases matched them up to an Instagram handle. Was delighted to meet the effervescent mum-to-be Ying (aka Ellyloves) below ...


My group's first station was Beauty by Nicholas - had not heard of this brand before, but if their products live up to their claims, I reckon you'll be reading all about them on my blog going forward. This is a range of serious skincare for folks who are serious about results (count me in!), and they don't test on animals ....


The presentation was super impressive and we were able to choose our shade of Foundation No More, a multi-purpose cream that does everything, and that I think is going to become a staple in my kit. Will review ASAP, along with their Eye Alchemy (goody bag inclusion) which I can't WAIT to try out ...


Next stop was the Fun Factory/We-Vibe Fun Room - a long table loaded with all sorts of strange looking devices for personal pleasure seekers! I won't go into too much detail here, but we were able to ask questions about their purpose and the best way to use them, and received some very interesting answers lol. It was all a bit of a giggle, but the products themselves are beautifully made, that bold pink one top right reminded me of a Smurf!...


And here are the contents of our Svakom goody bag...

We moved onto the Nutrimetics station, and learned about several of their amazing skincare ranges - Ultra Care Platinum (untried so far) & their classic Nutrich-Rich (know and love!) ....


I was excited to see this brand at the party as I used their products decades ago, and have only recently joined up again as a home buyer, so to receive all the fabulous lotions and potions below for free was a bonus I wasn't expecting - so generous! Plus they included their latest release - Lip Polish, which is certainly going to get a work out on my pucker ...


Another gorgeous face I was super happy to see was Laura (aka thelifeoflaura) - this beauty came all the way from Canberra for the event. Now that's what I call a megawatt smile! ...



We then had about 45 minutes of consuming the most stunningly presented munchies, followed by coffee or tea, after which we headed to the MAC station. While we were waiting for the previous group to finish, I leapt at the opportunity to capture the gorgeous gal Lily aka LilyNotLouise. We were able to select any colour from their Retro Matte Liquid Lipcolour range, and have it expertly applied by one of the consultants - I had to decline as I'm still recovering from a cold sore that reared its ugly head a few days ago, but thoroughly enjoyed seeing the lips of the other lovelies transformed with this wondrous formula. We each received one in the bh goody bag (pic further down) ...


Station #5 on my circuit was Clinique, and a colour match of their new Even Better Glow Foundation. Being such a dull day, the lighting wasn't the best for such an endeavour, but my lovely consultant used her phone light to try and get the best match - for me it was Stone, which is a warm neutral...


And in the bh goody bag I found this gifted beauty, Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm - woo hoo and thank you! ...


Next stop was Estée Lauder, and a colour matching session of their Double Wear Foundation. With my cool base and warm freckles, I'm a bit of a challenge to match, but they have this amazing gadget which they hold against various areas of the face & neck, and it recommends the best match. Mine was Pale Almond, but because it is somewhat paler than I'm used to, the consultant also gave me a sample of  Desert Beige, which is similar to what I've worn before. At the same time we were handed one of the new Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Powerfoil Masks - you know my love of sheet masks, so you can imagine that I was blissing out! And then in the bh bag, I found a sample of their Advance Night Repair Synchronized Complex II - talk about spoilt ...


The next station was Plunketts - they have a new treatment called Working Hands which I reckon will be appearing in numerous empties posts going forward. It had an instantly softening effect on my hand, and absorbed in a few seconds - that's my kind of hand cream! Chuffed to find a full-size tube in the bh goody bag, and during the presentation, we were given the Pure Vitamin E Oil and Collagen Lift Moisturiser. I'm so looking forward to trying all of these ...

Last stop on our beauty journey was Justice - the hair care range from Just Cuts salons, and they also have a web store. The Smooth & Groom product was demonstrated on a brave volunteer from the group - it's a hair moisturiser that doesn't create any weight or greasy feel, and can be applied several times per day. Sounds like something my bleached tresses are in dire need of. We were gifted with a bag containing the samples below, and because it was the last session of the day, we also received one of various full size products, mine was the Argan Oil ...


After all these station hops, we moved into the media room again for the presentation of some awards for the bh members who have been the most active participators in the site - heaps of congrats to Shop A Everyday, misfortunate8, Yohanna & iluvspring. These four gals received bags containing over $1000 worth of products! The presentation was followed by the cutting of the bh cake, and then we were offered one more glass of champagne and a yummo cup cake ...

What a glorious day  So after saying farewell to my bh mates, and a whole bunch of new found friends, I staggered home with bags and bags of loot. Below is everything else that was in the bh swag that I haven't already covered above...

Batiste Dry Shampoo and Hairspray, Lady Jayne Swirly Pins & a folding contraption from We-Vibe (I think it's a massager) 

Fabulous collection of Barry M products in a cute little cosmetic case - the lipstick is shade #167...

Elle Magazine...

Vonblu Lipstick (Riva) and MAC lipcolour (Dance With Me)...

Nads Ultimate Brow Shaping Kit, Nair Wax Strips, and 1000 Hour Lash & Brow Dye...


Manicare Eyeliner brush, Pearl Drops Charcoal Toothpaste, Ecotools Color Correcting Mini Blenders, Nature's Way Beauty Collagen Gummies, & Skinny Superfood Detox Greens & Berries...

Rosehip Plus Roll-On Rosehip Oil, SkinB5 Skin Purifying Mask, Natura Siberica Oblepikha Hand Cream, Bondi Sands Coconut Coffee Body Scrub (Bubblegum), Swisse Rosehip Facial Moisturiser, Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Facial Mask, and Swisse Deep Sea Hydrating Mist Toner


The warmth and friendliness between every one of the bh staff and their guests was palpable, and a joy to be a part of - it felt like home  It was actually a beautyheaven competition 4 years ago (Blogstar) that got me started on my little blogging adventure, and I credit them with igniting my passion for all things beauty-related. Truly I knew so little about skincare or makeup (let alone how to apply it) before I joined 9 years ago, and the combination of site information, opportunities to trial products way beyond my budget PLUS the loving feedback from the ultra-supportive Forum members, launched me on a path that I'm following to this very day, and will continue until my hands shake too much to apply my eyeliner in a straight line lol ...



Thank you beautyheaven for the opportunity to participate in this awesome event, many happy returns to you all, and congratulations on providing a beauty home-away-from-home for the last 10 years. In my book you are the best-in-beauty business the industry has to offer - long may you shine ...

Take care of you,
kats xxx



P.S. The stunning colour of the Say It With Polish enamel at the top of the page is called...Beauty Heaven ...

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Bloggiversary Giveaway - Skin Republic Packs!...

Didn't get to fit this 4th Bloggiversary Giveaway into September, but who cares hey. What's important is that the fun goes on, and there's a whole lot of fun in this prize bundle - a selection of Skin Republic Face Sheet Mask, Under Eye Patch & Treatment packs! Some of my absolute favourites here, including the latest 24K Gold Aquagel Under Eye Patches, which I tried out on Friday night, and instantly fell in love with their calming, soothing and hydrating power ...

Skin Republic masks are made in Korea and are not tested on animals. I've tried each and every one of these and can vouch that they are all fabulous for different reasons. I've been amassing this collection for months, picking up the varieties whenever and wherever they were on special so that I could give one of you lovelies a chance to discover why I'm crazy about this brand, and what they make. So what do you get if you win?
  • 1 x Gold Hydrogel Mask
  • 1 x Hyaluronic Acid + Collagen Face Mask Sheet
  • 1 x Detox Charcoal + 10-Superfood Formula Face Mask Sheet
  • 1 x Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheet
  • 1 x 24k Gold Aquagel Under Eye Patch (2 pairs)
  • 1 x Neck & Decolletage Repair 20 Minute Treatment
  • 2 x Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch (6 pairs in total)
  • 1 x Youthfoil Foil Face Mask Sheet
  • 1 x Hand Repair 20 Minute Treatment

Total prize value is approx. A$100, all packs were purchased by me, and this giveaway is open
INTERNATIONALLY!

Here's how to enter...
  1. Leave a blog post comment on this page as to why you'd like to win this set of amazing face, eye, hand and body masks (please note: if you don't leave a comment, you won't be included in the draw)
  2. Leave your email address inside the Rafflecopter so I can contact you if you win
  3. Follow my blog one way or another from the many choices listed
  4. Only one entry per person, please read the T's & C's inside the Rafflecopter

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This giveaway is now closed - winner will be announced shortly!
Woo hoo! - random.org has chosen the beautiful Michelle H. as the winner.  
Congratulations gorgeous! 
Michelle please respond to the email I've sent you by 
Tuesday 17th October to claim your prize :-)
Edit: Michelle has claimed her prize xxx
Thanks to everyone who entered - another giveaway will be starting soon! 
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Best of luck to all who enter!

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Monday, 2 October 2017

SPOTLIGHT: August Empties!...

Eeek! With all the Bloggiversary giveaways, I didn't get to post my August Empties, and September ones are in the box waiting their turn too, but first things first. Another big month - I decided to use up some small sample tubes that have been cluttering my drawers for some time, and I'm feeling good about clearing a wee bit more space. Due to my current passions though, I figure the face mask tally is always going to be reasonably high, as is the body washes. There's a few long-term makeup items in here as well, some of which I've highlighted previously in these posts, but as they're absolute FAVES, I'm compelled to include them yet again ha ha  ...


Body Products

Dove Gentle Exfoliating Nourishing Body Wash (375ml, RRP $7.36)
Love these Body Washes - they're so incredibly hydrating, including this one. Only a whisper of exfoliation so I'm more likely to categorise it as a body polish. Smells very similar to the rest of the range...
Repurchase?
Probably not - the Triple Moisturising one below is my favourite..

Dove Triple Moisturising Nourishing Body Wash (375ml, RRP $7.36)
Review HERE - Winter skin saviour! 
Repurchase?
Already have - this has become a can't-live-without ...

Lacura (Aldi) Detox Me Exfoliating Body Scrub (100g, RRP $4.99)
Nothing special although it smells incredible, but it's actually really annoying - it's pretty much dry coffee granules that don't hold together at all, which means that they flick all over the walls and make a HUGE mess of my shower stall when applied all over my bod. Ended up using it only below the knees to reduce the fallout...
Repurchase?
No...

Lush The Comforter Shower Cream (250g, RRP $19.95)
Bought this at the Bloggers United AU 2nd Birthday bash in March. Smells amazing (blackcurrant & vanilla), has delish skin softening qualities (Almond Oil) and what a pretty addition to my shower stall array ...
Repurchase?
Yes - it's one of the few Lush products that I don't need to see, touch and feel before buying, so I can order it online ...


Skincare

Bioderma Hydrabio Light Cream (40ml, RRP $40.99)
This was a 15ml sample tube that came in one of my Marie Claire Ageless parcels (incidentally I'm shattered this quarterly box has been discontinued, it was SO good). A lovely lightweight cream that's intensely hydrating, has a delightful and delicate fragrance, and is suitable for sensitive skin. Absorbs within a few seconds leaving the skin surface silky soft and smooth. You really can't go wrong with anything by Bioderma ...
Repurchase?
Maybe for next Winter...I have so many moisturisers stashed in my cupboard to try ...

Freeze 24.7 Anti-Aging Eye Serum (7ml, RRP US$56)
I forget how this came into my possession (a sub box?), but I sure didn't buy it, and with a US$56 price tag, that's a good thing. Have read mixed reviews of this product online - some gals say they would kill for it, while others (like me) experienced no change whatsoever in their issues (puffiness/dark circles/fine lines etc). It's a clear gel that doesn't hydrate at all, so you need an eye cream as well. There's definitely a tightening sensation as it dries, but for the outrageous cost of such a microscopic tube, I expected SOMETHING!...
Repurchase?
Hell no...

Innoxa Gentle Cleansing Gel (75ml, RRP $14.99)
Disappointed with this - didn't like the smell, and while it sure is gentle and it's a gel, I didn't find it all that effective at removing the layers of slap that I wear on weekdays. Absolutely amazing list of organic ingredients, but hey, if it doesn't work all that well AND I don't like the fragrance, forget it...
Repurchase?
Nope...

Mirenesse Youth Switch DNA Stem Cell Booster Eye Cream (10g, RRP $59.95)
Gosh I have so much Mirenesse skincare in my collection that has arrived via VIP packs, so it was time to test out another. They do make lovely products, and the online reviews of some of them are astounding - I just find most of them to be nothing special as far as targeting my particular advanced ageing skin concerns. This eye cream is super hydrating, the packaging is stunning, it has a nifty little paddle applicator (although I always use my pinky), but obviously I don't need DNA Stem Cells as I noticed no change in my crinkles. Mind you there was no further deterioration while I used it, but I'd rather spend my $60 on something that gives me visible results in a few weeks...
Repurchase?
No...

Nature's Care All Natural Paw Paw Lip Balm (10g, RRP $3.99)
Excellent lip balm, no better or worse than any of the other Paw Paw varieties out there for a similar price. Available from the supermarket, I find this type of liquid balm to be more hydrating than any stick variety, they're just not as convenient to apply. This is an Aussie brand ...
Repurchase?
Will probably buy another tube to keep next to the bed or in my handbag ...

NeoStrata Renewal Cream (30g, RRP $58.50)
I've tried quite a few NeoStrata creams now, and am suitably impressed with the quality, and their range is quite extensive. I reckon it's a case of finding the right product for the issues you're dealing with. I wanted this one to work on my skin texture and pore size - didn't notice any change, but it felt like it was doing something (tingling). According to their website, there was no pore size reduction observed until the product had been used for 3 months, so I probably need to line up a few tubes and actually stick with something for a while lol...
Repurchase?
Definitely, but not unless it's on special...

Neutrogena Hydro Boost (50g, RRP $24.99)
Another sample size, this one came with a beautyheaven beautorium order - loved it! Very pleasant fragrance, very hydrating, great for daytime as it absorbs COMPLETELY, I prefer something that leaves a trace for overnight, but this is a beaut day cream ...
Repurchase?
Yes, after clearing some of the aforementioned backlog ...

Nude by Nature Daily Cleanser (125ml, RRP $17.95)
The last appearance of this fab cleanser in these posts - so sad that Nude have discontinued their skin care range...
Repurchase?
Can't...sob...


Face Masks

7th Heaven Charcoal Masque (15g, RRP $4.99)
After falling head over heels for their Dead Sea Mud Pac, I was all set to be hooked on this charcoal one (considering I'm charcoal-obsessed), but to be honest...it scared me. It's an exfoliator as well - walnut shells, but it felt like coarse sand (or fine gravel), and after the first few finger swipes, I didn't dare massage it in. Maybe I got a dud batch with extra granules, but I would class this product under "dermabrasion" because it almost hurt when it came time to wash it off. I had to rub quite a bit and my face was bright pink for a while afterwards. Admittedly my skin felt fantastic after it calmed down, but I wasn't mentally prepared for this level of resurfacing from a face masque - yikes!...
Repurchase?
Seeing as it won a beauty award in 2016, I'm gonna give it another shot, but I'll brace myself first lol...

Eaoron Instant Whitening Face Mask (Box of 5, RRP $29)
I enjoyed this so much the first few times, I bought another box (of 5), and embarked on a weekly session to see what would happen with repeated use - results will be revealed in my September empties post, coming soon! ...
Repurchase?
Sure did ...



Skin Republic Gold Hydrogel Mask (25g, RRP $12.99)
LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
Repurchase?
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!! ...



Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch (3 pairs, RRP $9.99)
LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ...
Repurchase?
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!!! ...

Skin Republic Spots & Blemish (25ml, RRP $7.99)
First tried it back in April, loved it, and it's another one that I plan on using repeatedly over a set period to see if there is any improvement in my pore size ...
Repurchase?
I already have 2 stashed away, and will buy 2 more so I can do my experiment ...


Makeup

Australis Ready Set Go Finishing Powder (?, RRP $13.95)
I use this every day, have done for years ...
Repurchase?
Always, and at least 2 spares in my drawer ...

Australis Stayput! Longwear Foundation (23ml, RRP $16.49)
Well this surprised the hell out of me - so cheap and SO good! Absolutely lasts all day, the colour match is fantastic, although I'm bummed that either the label has come off or it never had one, anyway I have no idea what shade I purchased, so I'll have to take the bottle with me to buy another one (there's still a teeny bit left). The pump works brilliantly, coverage is full without looking caked on, SPF 15, and it's not tested on animals. Winner! ...
Repurchase?
Promised myself I'd finish off at least 2 of the 14 (gahhhh!) I have in rotation at the moment, but I will certainly buy this again - it will be terrific for the warmer weather when I desperately need a longwear formula ...

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner (0.5g, RRP $15.95)
My precious, I use this EVERY TIME I do my eye makeup, it's goof-proof ..
Repurchase?
Forever ...

Maybelline Brow Satin - Dark Blonde (?, RRP $16.95)
My latest must-have brow product! I was perfectly happy with the ModelsPrefer crayon I was using, but I changed my hair colour slightly (amped up the ashy content to counteract the orangey tones it was developing) and consequently the usual brow pencil shade was too warm. So I bought several new products to try, all epic fails except for this one, and I was immediately hooked. It's the propelling kind, and it has one major flaw - if you wind it up more than a millimetre, it breaks off. Happened quite a few times before I twigged, and I went through the whole tube in less than 3 weeks. But I've got the hang of it now. Possibly the most realistic brow product I've ever used, the neutral tone is perfect for my new colouring. There's a spring-loaded smudger on the other end which also dispenses miniscule amounts of powder filler, but I never use it as it tends to flatten the hairs too much - instead I use a standard mascara brush to tidy up. Lasts all day ... 
Repurchase?
You betcha - bought several in fact from the Chemist Warehouse half-price sale, I reckon I have enough to keep me going for at least 6 months ...

NYX Ombre Blush - Mauve Me (8g, RRP $17.95)
Methinks this is my favourite blush EVER - the colour is just perfect for my skin tone, it's the only blush in my kit that makes me look like I'm genuinely blushing. By that I mean it looks real, and the fact that I used it up ENTIRELY over a period of 12 months says it all. I mean, I don't think I've EVER hit pan on a blush before ...
Repurchase?
Yessirreeee - bought another at the last Priceline half-price makeup sale ...


Fragrance

Versace Bright Crystal Absolu EDP (90ml, RRP $150)
For me Spring is just not Spring without this fragrance - I absolutely adore it, so crisp and fresh and feminine. Raved about it 3 years ago HERE, and it will always be in my collection. It's such a beautiful bottle, I've kept the gorgeous faceted lid to use as a paper weight ...
Repurchase?
Yes indeedy, plus I have a spare as I expect to go through the latest bottle within 6 months. Incidentally I have never paid full price for it, I usually buy it on spesh from feelingsexy ...


4th Bloggiversary Giveaway will be up soon, along with September empties!...

Take care of you,
kats xxx