Wednesday, 25 April 2018

REVIEW: Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks...

In my post last Saturday, I had a bit of a whinge about matte lip products, but I should perhaps clarify that I have the most trouble with dehydrating matte LIQUIDS. There are some regular bullet lipsticks that are matte-ish and yet hydrating and totally wearable, like these Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipsticks - ever so comfy on my parched pout, they have a slight sheen, they're long-lasting and the range has some gorgeous colours ...



This first one is called Kitty Purry, and it's such a lovely soft muted pink - it's actually the perfect match for a polo sweater I have in my winter wardrobe, so it'll be making several appearances in the coming cooler weather ...



My favourite of the four, this is Catoure - I'd call this a mauve, but some would say it's a nude. Whatever it is, I adore it, and it's quite unique in my collection ...


Here we have Crimson Cat - a bold but not out-there cool red that's going to brighten those dull dreary days ...


And this last one is Maroon Meow - a deep purple-red that I'd classify as a berry, a blackberry in fact! It's a shade that will be adorning my pucker a lot as it doesn't bleed into the lines around my mouth, something that annoys the hell out of me with darker shades from some other brands ...


Ingredients include shea, avocado and aloe butters which explains why it's so comfortable to wear. They have a slightly sweetish scent, not at all strong, almost like vanilla...


There are 11 shades in the range - RRP is $17.95, but they're often on special at Priceline or Chemist Warehouse for half that. Absolutely love the formula, well done Katy Perry ...

Have you found a matte lipstick that's comfortable to wear?  Oh do tell, please!

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Monday, 23 April 2018

REVIEW: MAC Bold & Bad Lash Mascara - Glosscar Winner!...

Another of the gems that came my way at the recent Beautyheaven Glosscar Awards Marketplace Member Event. This MAC Bold & Bad Lash Mascara is a stunner in all departments - from the outrageously fabulous packaging to the two lash-lushing formulas in the dual-brush compartments...


Oh how gorgeous it is from the get-go! The main fat silver tube is covered in embossed graffiti made of a velour material - so funky, and to touch it is to love it lol  There are two tubes with two different brushes and two different types of mascara. Unscrewing the black section reveals a solid stem with a generous and tapered brush - the product is the blackest black and designed to lengthen and bulk up the top lashes. I didn't find it did much for my length, but it coats effortlessly and sure makes my spindly lashes stand out without any hint of clumping - the brush separates the lashes brilliantly...


Under the red cap is a teeny weeny wand - honestly, the smallest and finest mascara brush I've ever seen, and it coats every lower lash you possess, even the invisible ones you didn't know you had ♥ The formula is different in that it is smudgeproof (bonus!) and for someone who blinks constantly, I'm very happy to report that it passed the kats under-eye-smudge-smear-flake test with flying colours...


I apply two coats from the red on the lower lashes and one coat of the black on the top. I then curl the top lashes and apply another coat of the black, and finish with a topcoat of smudgeproof - all set for the day, and yet it comes off with micellar water...

It's no wonder that it has, in fact, won a beautyheaven Glosscar Award 2018 for the best new mascara!


Thanks beautyheaven, and congratulations to MAC on this innovative mascara in a way WAY over-saturated market - a bold breath of fresh air! RRP is $42 - double what I usually spend, but if it's ever on special, I'm in ...

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Saturday, 21 April 2018

REVIEW: Nutrimetics nc Hydra Brilliance Lipsticks...

Call me old-fashioned, but I'm so over this matte lipstick trend. Give me any kind of lip product - liquid, balm, bullet, wand, crayon - anything, so long as it doesn't wither my lips stat, or glue them together in the first few minutes after applying. Of course, non-matte lipsticks are still being made by most companies, so it's not like I'm panicking or anything, it's just, well, I've decided to not invest in any more lip shrivellers. Despite promises of pucker comfort, most of the time I'm bitterly disappointed with the formulations, even from my fave brands, so I'm officially getting off the matte bus. There I've said it! Which brings me to my latest pout purchase Nutrimetics, nc Hydra Brilliance Lipsticks. They're strictly a BM (Before Matte) style - creamy to the last molecule, not too waxy, not too slick, subtle sheen, dense pigmentation, bold colour. In short, my kind of lipstick ...

I was so excited to try these out I broke the blogger's rule of slicking them on before I photographed them, but you can still see that the bullet is majestically curved. The silver packaging is ritzy and modern, and the cap closure has an innovation which I reckon is awesome - there's obviously magnets involved because as soon as the lid is almost on, it snaps into place all on its own, and conversely requires a wee bit of effort to de-cap. Love it!

These were on special (usually the only time I buy Nutrimetics products), and I was intrigued enough to dish out $22.90 (RRP $30) to see if this amazing skincare company could put together a great lippie, and they can! Below is Garnet (122C) - a beautifully soft but intense red that will be getting regular workouts during Autumn/Winter...


And this is Orchid (115C) - such a gorgeous purply pink/pinky purple that looks particularly fab with the navy and teal elements in my wardrobe...


They're long wearing, dermatologically tested, no fragrance, and the blurb says they're enriched with Vitamin C & E and "Aquatic Herbs" - no information as to what they are but the ingredients list includes salicornia herbacea. There are 20 shades to choose from (HERE) and I love that on their website, the range is grouped into warm and cool hues...

Nutrimetics is against animal testing, and there's a 60-day money back guarantee. In summary, LOVE! 

What's your verdict on the matte vs regular lippie debate?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Sunday, 15 April 2018

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Nutrimetics Sweet Pea Posy Fragrance Diffuser...

My passion for colour and fragrance is pretty much limitless, so when I find something that combines the two (especially purple!), I'm literally in heaven. So I did a little happy dance when I spotted this Nutrimetics Sweet Pea Posy Fragrance Diffuser.  It's just the most gorgeous home accessory I've seen in a while, smells divine, so practical and clever, AND it's so beautifully presented ...


Most fragrance diffusers use a reed delivery system, but this one has a fabric flower with a wick attached which you sit on/in the open bottle, and the fragrant oil travels up into the petals. They gradually take on the soft violet hue of the liquid, and you're left with a very compact and stunning little posy whose delicate scent permeates the surrounding area ♥ Mine hasn't coloured up yet - takes about 7 days, and I'm so looking forward to the lilac end result. The bottle is heavy and square, so there's barely any risk of it toppling over. It's just the perfect thing to have on your bedside table hey!...


The fragrance is a combination of various flowers - I can't identify anything in particular, but from the name I'm guessing that sweet pea is one of them (lol!), and possibly lilac & violets too. It's a lovely and balanced floral combination, actually one I would dab behind my ears if it was available as an EDP, not fake in any way or overly sweet, and it honestly smells like you have a bunch of spring blooms in the room ♥ RRP is $40, but it's on special at the moment for $30. According to the box, the liquid should last around 4 weeks, but I intend to hang onto the container and fill it with something else (maybe lavender oil?) because I just adore the look of it, plus I don't have to flip any sticks over to maintain the scented radiation...


MOTHER'S DAY GIVEAWAY!

I reckon it's the perfect Mother's Day gift, and so I'm giving one away to one of you lovelies to gift to your precious Mum on her big day (or keep for yourself!) ...


And because Mum's are so special, I'm also including this boxed travel-size Nutrimetics Apricot Luxuries Collection containing...
  • 50ml Nutrimoist Moisturising Creme
  • 50ml Apricot Body Dew
  • 50ml Loofah Shower Gel
  • Shower Puff

Total prize value is $80, all products were purchased by me, and because of the weight and liquid content, I'll have to restrict this giveaway to...

AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS ONLY

Here's how to enter...
  1. Leave a blog post comment on this page that answers the question inside the Rafflecopter (please note: if you don't leave a comment on this page, you won't be included in the draw!)
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  3. Follow my blog one way or another from the many choices listed
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    This giveaway is now closed - check back later tonight to see who won!

    Woo hoo! - random.org has chosen the beautiful Tigerlily as the winner.  
    Congratulations gorgeous! 
    Tigerlily please respond to the email I've sent you by
    Wednesday 25th April to claim your prize :-)
    Edit: Tigerlily has claimed her prize 

    Thanks for entering lovelies - there'll be another giveaway soon!
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    I'm repeating that you MUST leave a comment on this page to be included in the draw - in previous giveaways, some lovelies have been entering via the Rafflecopter, but not commenting so PLEASE comment below so that I don't have to disqualify you ...

    Best of luck to all who enter!

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Sunday, 8 April 2018

    REVIEW: Schwarzkopf Colour Specialist Supreme-Care Colour Creme...

    Back in February, I discovered this ever so gentle home hair colouring kit through a Trial Team invitation from beatyheaven. Somehow I'd never spotted this Schwarzkopf Colour Specialist Supreme-Care Colour Creme, probably because to date I've only found it at Priceline, and I usually buy my hair dye from the supermarket. Anyways, I was so excited about the concept of the Omegaplex Anti-breakage Technology that I bought a box even before the trial began, and as you can see, I've used it quite a few times since, and I'm thrilled with the results...


    All but one box in the photo above is 8.1 Cool Light Blonde, and it's pretty obvious in the pic below that my hair didn't turn out like the shade on the pack...thankfully! In fact, I'm ecstatic - it finished up being super cool and ashy (which is what I was after), but darker than I planned (the photo is with a flash so it looks lighter than reality), no doubt because my hair is so porous from a lifetime of home colouring/streaking. So I've bought the 10.1 Cool Ultra Light Blonde (top right) to see if that's more like the light ash blonde hue I'm aiming for, and I'll report the shade results at a later date. I'm pretty hopeful though, and despite it being such a pale colour, they still promise 100% grey coverage. Actually, I usually buy two shades once I'm set on a colour path, one darker one lighter, and alternate between the two to minimise build-up ...


    Below is what's included in the pack - the usual tube of colourant, developer, gloves and instructions,  and there's also a blister pack of anti-breakage serum that you mix into the other contents of the bottle, plus two sachets of conditioning creams. No.2 (black) is a "repair sealer" that you leave on for 2 minutes after rinsing, but I have to say that even before I applied it, my hair felt as soft as silk with no tangles - amazing! Sachet No. 3 (silver) is what they call a "repair reviver" and you apply that 3 weeks after the initial colouring to maintain the glossy condition (and colour) of your tresses. My hair is short and I found there was enough for two applications, so I've been combing it through my hair weekly (I colour the white roots every fortnight), and it's stayed soft and manageable with lots of shine. Incidentally, there's barely any of the usual ammonia smell during the dyeing process ...


    On the back of the box is an explanation of how the "micro-bonds protection" process works, and work it sure does! ...


    In summary, it's the best, kindest and most loving home hair dye kit I've tried in over 40 years (!), and it's the one I'll be using going forward. At $18.99, the price is quite a bit more than I've been used to paying but so worth it for the way less damage it does to my hair. Thanks a bunch beautyheaven for introducing me to this brilliant box of mane colouring benefits! ...

    Do you dye your hair at home?

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Saturday, 7 April 2018

    REVIEW: Nutrimetics Mysterious Aqua EDT...

    It's a bit late in the season to be reviewing a hot weather EDT, but I only scored this a few weeks back, and I've been so enjoying a new fragrance to keep me cool and fresh during this odd extended Sydney Summer (that's not a complaint by the way - I'm a warm weather lover ♥)...



    Mysterious Aqua EDT by Nutrimetics was a blind-buy and one I gave myself a pat on the back for NOT resisting the 60% off sale price! The blurb says it's a combination of floral hibiscus, pineapple and sea salt, and while my nose can't tag any of those individual ingredients, it's been tingling with delight at the end result - a flower fresh concoction with a tropical zing that's been lifting my spirits high above the steamy humidity. While the bottle isn't what I'd call a stunner, the deep cyan colour is a standout on my perfume shelf, and it sure does have some seriously sensual womanly curves...


    Being an EDT it doesn't hang around for more than an hour or so, but when I'm melting and want a cooling hit to clear the steamy cobwebs, intensity or longevity is not on my list anyway, and this aqua beauty just hits the spot. Having said that I don't think I love it enough to pay the full RRP of $38 for another 50ml, - but like a lot of online beauty companies, the trick is to wait till there are sales, and this was well worth the $16.90 I paid for it...

    Do you ever blind-buy fragrance? Were they winners or losers?

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Friday, 30 March 2018

    REVIEW: essano Rosehip Clarifying Clay Masque...

    The first of quite a few reviews I'll be doing of the delish products we were so kindly gifted at the recent Glosscar Awards Marketplace Member Event, and I'm delighted to declare that the essano Rosehip Clarifying Clay Masque is a beauty - I've used it twice already, and so looking forward to the next time I can give my skin a dose of goodness from this little pot of pretty pinkness ...


    Inside the 100g plastic jar is the usual lift-off insert to keep the contents fresh and stop it drying out. The pastel pink paste has a beautiful and natural rose fragrance, the consistency is smooth and creamy, and it's super easy to spread a thin layer all over, avoiding the eye area of course. I often include my neck and chest area when I'm using cream masks, especially in the warmer weather when I'm not wearing so many clothes, and this masque is perfect as it's so pale, and won't stain my clothing if I'm a bit over-zealous with my application...


    Ingredients include bentonite clay (2nd highest content after water), rosehip seed oil, aloe vera and shea butter, so it's no wonder my skin feels so deeply cleansed, soft and hydrated afterwards. I'm really quite impressed with essano products in general - they're a New Zealand company that promise to exclude parabens and chemical sulphates, and 99% of the ingredients are naturally derived...


    I also love that as it dries (10-15 minutes), my face doesn't feel like it's going to crack in two - sure there's a tightening sensation, but nothing extreme, and the paste rinses of easily with a damp cloth...


    Absolutely LOVE this masque, and will be using it at least twice weekly as part of my skin-care routine - I've already noticed a reduction in the pore congestion I'm prone to around my nose and chin. At $16.99 and available from Priceline and some supermarkets, it's a fabulous beauty bargain. And apart from all the skin benefits, I'm looking forward to making a habit of some extra me-time, and thoroughly enjoying the whole rose-scented experience ...

    Thank you beautyheaven and essano - I didn't even know this existed, but I'm certain it's going to become one of my can't-live-withouts!...

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Sunday, 25 March 2018

    Beautyheaven Glosscar Awards Marketplace Member Event...

    Yesterday I had the absolute pleasure of attending one of the Beautyheaven Glosscar Awards Marketplace Member Event sessions at bh headquarters in the Sydney CBD ♥ The Beautyheaven Glosscar Awards are an annual affair, and members can vote for their favourite beauty products released in the previous 12 months. This Marketplace Event was a fabulous opportunity to learn about and experience some of the amazing products nominated this year, from MAC, Estee Lauder, Bobbi Brown, Beauty by Nicholas, L'Occitane, Essano & Proactiv ...

    Image courtesy of beautyheaven.com

    While we were only there for an hour, we were provided with some delicious refreshments, and there was time to take in everything on display, as well as catch up with some long-time member friends and the bh Team of lovelies. After missing out on a pic with the gorgeous Debbie Black from beautyheaven at the 10th Birthday Party Event last October, I made sure to hijack her this time around - she's a total doll! ...


    There were seven beauty stations to visit, manned either by bh staff or sponsor representatives, and we were able to sample the products, ask questions, and were generously gifted with items from every stand. I've been a fan of the Beauty by Nicholas brand ever since discovering them at the previous bh event I attended last year and chose the only product from their range that I hadn't tried before - Omega Hydroxy Night Rejuvenation ...




    I left it too late to take a photo of the Bobbi Brown stand before it was swamped (lol!), but all 20 colours of their Crushed Lip Colour lipsticks were on display and available to swatch, and you can imagine all us girls went to town on that opportunity! ... 


    I chose the shade Watermelon, a stunning red with lots of pink, or is it pink with lots of red? Either way the formula is a wonder combination of long-lasting pigments and a matte finish that's comfortable to wear ...

    At the Essano station, we learned about their Rosehip Clarifying Clay Masque, which I tried last night and it's brilliant! Delectable rose fragrance, the prettiest soft pink colour, and it left my skin glowing and deeply cleansed. Also gifted was their Clear Complexion Detoxifying Serum, which I also included in my Saturday night beauty routine, and will continue to use to help control my oily-T zone ...



    The Estee Lauder experts were on hand to colour match us with their new Double Wear Nude Water Fresh Makeup which includes SPF 25. They used one of those nifty electronic gadgets that they hold against areas of the face and neck in order to find the perfect match. We were gifted with a full-sized bottle of this delightful foundation, and my match was Ivory Beige 3N1, which I'll be road-testing tomorrow ...



    Our lovely L'Occitane rep treated us to samples of the latest moisturisers, and we were so kindly gifted with their miraculous Shea Butter Intensive Hand Balm, and a bottle of Terre De Lumiere EDP. I'll be reviewing this separately, but let's just say that it's a crisp and spicy, sensual gourmand floral masterpiece! ...


    Here's bh's stunning and ever so friendly Steph at the MAC stand, where we were introduced to the Bold & Bad Lash mascara. Of course, I'll be doing an in-depth review in the weeks ahead, but if the contents are as magnificent as the packaging, I'll be happy as a clam! The spectacular silver, red and black tube has two brushes, one each for top and bottom, and the bottom lash formula is smudge-proof - we shall see! ...


    I've not tried any Proactiv products before - their speciality is troubled skin, and I only experience maybe one blemish in a year, but I am regularly dealing with blackheads on my nose, so I was delighted to have the opportunity to try their Blackhead Dissolving Gel. It's designed to shrink pores as well - my hooter has already had a treatment, and I'll report back to you soon. Incidentally, it smells divine ...



    How beaut it was to play catch up with some of the other bh members, so many of whom are fellow beauty bloggers, like these two babes - Leah from Temporary Princess, and Marisa from Marisa Robinson Makeup Artist ...



    And here's what was in my loot bag - I feel totally spoiled and so chuffed to have received so many delish products to try ...

     


    If you're not already a beautyheaven member, I can assure you the rewards are amazing, and if you join now and vote, you can be in the running for one of 10 prize packs valued at around $1,000. I've been lucky enough to win two of these mammoth prize boxes in my 9 years as a member so I won't be entering the comp, but I WILL be voting for my fave products before the closing date of this Thursday 29th March...

    Huge thankyous to the beautyheaven team (& sponsors) for this fun experience - you guys always put on the best show! ...

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Sunday, 18 March 2018

    SPOTLIGHT: February Empties + Giveaway!...

    We all know that February is a short month, but I didn't let that stop me powering through my usual truck-load of products - looking at this collective pic though, it seems that my sheet mask obsession is taking over lol! Actually, it's because I've been experimenting with "multi-masking" - applying up to four different masks concurrently on different areas. Well, why not I say? ALL my bits need work, so why only treat one section at a time, anyways here we go ...


    Body

    Compeed Blister Plasters (Box of 5, RRP $12.95)
    I have quite a few pairs of sandals that have a closed in heel & ankle strap - for the first couple of wears when they're new, I find they often rub on the back of my heel, creating painful blisters. BUT, if I put on one of these patches first, it never happens. They are AHH-mazing, and even if a blister has already started to form, sticking one of these over the top stops the blister from a) getting any bigger, b) allows the inflamed area to heal without any risk of infection ...
    Repurchase?
    Never without a pack of these in my handbag! 


    Natural Secrets Goatsmilk Moisturising Soap with Lemon Myrtle (100g, RRP $3.75)
    There are a few varieties of this soap, but the Lemon Myrtle one is my fave, with a lovely crisp and fresh scent. The fragrance is very delicate though and doesn't transfer to your skin, so if you are sensitive to scents you won't have a problem. I always have a cake of this on the vanity for those times when I want a real good lathering that won't dry out my hands ...
    Repurchase?
    This one was so kindly sent to me, but I've already bought another, it's so cheap hey ... 


    Nature's Way Beauty Collagen Gummies (Jar of 40, RRP $19.99)
    First discovered these in the beautyheaven 10th Birthday bag and it was love at first munch. I decided to keep buying them and give them at least 3 months to see if there was any change in my skin structure or texture. The result was a very slight firming around the jawline, but sadly not enough to be noticeable by anyone except me. Already I miss the taste though lol...
    Repurchase?
    No - the improvement was negligible, and not worth pursuing for just over $40 a month...


    Purederm Moisture & Nourishing Hand Mask (RRP $4)
    I haven't tried too many Hand Masks, but this one is the best so far. Very softening and hydrating, and while the gloves are voluminous enough to fit the Incredible Hulk, they at least stayed on my hands while I napped. The serum contains peach extract and shea butter ...
    Repurchase?
    Yes, I have a couple on my bench to get me through the dehydrating winter months ...



    Thankyou Botanical Geranium & Rosewood Body Wash (500ml, RRP $8)
    Full review HERE...
    Repurchase?
    While I enjoyed this variety, the Lemon Myrtle & Goat's Milk has won my heart ...


    Face

    A'kin Micellar Water (150ml, RRP $14.95)
    Mmm one of the loveliest micellar waters I've had the pleasure to use - effective, soothing and cooling with a subtle botanical fragrance, contains organic coconut water & green tea. But for the $$$, it would want to be lovely! When you compare it to Essano or Garnier, the quantity equivalent would be $40, putting it up there with Bioderma pricing ...
    Repurchase?
    I'll probably buy another bottle as a treat for myself now and then ...


    Beauty by Nicholas Eye Alchemy (15ml, RRP $49.99)
    In-depth review HERE ...
    Repurchase?
    Absolutely - haven't found anything better yet! ...


    Grown Alchemist Hydra-Repair Day Cream Camellia & Geranium (65ml, RRP $65)
    Came in a DJ's beauty bag from memory, beautiful BEAUTIFUL cream, exquisitely fragranced, amazingly hydrating. It's one of those rare products where water is not first on the ingredients list, instead there's Aloe Vera, followed by no less than eight botanical oils. No wonder it's pricey! It's actually so intense I was using it as a night cream, although it's surprisingly non-greasy. Certified organic ingredients, and not tested on animals. If you're into organic natural skin care, then this is the bomb ...
    Repurchase?
    Probably - I have a stack of other day creams in my drawer, which I need to work through before they go past their use-by date ...


    L'Oreal Pure Clay Exfoliating Scrub (150ml, RRP $15.95)
    Lovely gentle scrub that I would use every day if I wasn't the kind of gal who gets bored easily, but I am, and so I have a wide variety of scrubs because I don't want to tire of the ones I adore. Having said all that, this is a keeper - it smells so nice, and leaves my skin all smooth and flake-free ...
    Repurchase?
    Sure will, just as soon as I have some room in my shower caddy ha ha ...


    Sukin Oil Balancing Charcoal Purifying Gel Cleanser (125ml, RRP $12.95)
    Being a charcoal fiend, I just had to try this, and it's an equal favourite with  Graham's Natural cleanser (the range is now available at Chemist Warehouse BTW!). I'm particularly loving gel cleansers at the mo', and this Sukin one is a pleasure to use - takes off all my long-wear makeup, doesn't foam up too much, very subtle charcoaly sent, it's a very pale greyish colour which doesn't stain my washcloth, non-drying, and of course no harsh chemicals, and not tested on animals. Amazing value for such a quality product ...
    Repurchase?
    Done deal! ...


    Face Masks

    Garnier SkinActive Pure Charcoal Tissue Mask with Black Tea (RRP $4.95)
    Same great fit as the Black Algae one, but not as hydrating for my skin's needs
    Repurchase?
    No, the Black Algae one is best for moi...



    Lacura De-Stress Cloth Face Mask (RRP $2.99)
    Some Aldi products are so-so and others are brilliant - this is one of the brilliant ones, and if you ever see it on their specials tables in the centre of the store, then you can't go wrong for the price. Lashings of serum that penetrated my pores for a major moisture boost. It's a bit sticky afterwards until it dries/sinks in, but that doesn't bother me ...
    Repurchase?
    If I ever see it again, YES! ...


    LonVitalite C7 Collagen & Gold Lip Mask (Box of 6, RRP $35)
    Had to try these now didn't I (in the pic below) - totally in love with them, they work out at around $6 each, but well worth it if you have vertical lines above your mouth, the smoothing of them lasted till well into the wee hours, so these are the go for special occasions ...
    Repurchase?
    Absolutely - hoping that Adore Beauty has them on special soon! ...



    Mirenesse Power Lift Superstar Eye Sheet Mask (RRP $16)
    Was very happy to receive these in one of my bi-monthly VIP packs. Cooling, firming and hydrating, but the $16 price tag is over the top for what you get. I've had the same results from my $3 for 2 pairs Purederm ones below...
    Repurchase?
    No...


    Purederm Ginkgo Eye Puffiness Minimising Patches (2 pairs, RRP $3)
    Still raving about these ...
    Repurchase?
    Forever ...


    Sephora Rose Lip Mask (RRP $4)
    Already covered this in my November Empties post...
    Repurchase?
    I prefer the Shea Butter formula, so probably not...


    Skin Physics Instant Lift V-Shape Vitality Mask (RRP $14.99)
    Oh wow, if you have a sagging jawline or jowls, you need this. It's a two-part pack - top section contains a serum that you massage into the lower half of your face, and then stretch the "sling" to cradle the area, and hook it onto your ears. As you can see this is appearing in three of my pics because it's just sensational. I stocked up at the Priceline sale, and will do so again whenever it's on next! ...
    Repurchase?
    In a heartbeat, but I'm prepared to wait till it's on special ...


    Skin Physics Total 360 Eye Revive Mask (RRP $9.99)
    Another one to add to your Priceline Skincare sale next time around - hydrogel material that cools, hydrates and firms (pic above). Love how it covers the entire eye area - not quite as remarkable results as the aforementioned Instant Lift one, but still pretty darn good ...
    Repurchase?
    Yes, but probably only if it's on special ... 


    Fragrance

    Chi Chi Strawberry & Violet EDP (50ml, $19.95)
    Reviewed HERE - love this perfume, pure romance, sounds like it will be really sweet but the blend is perfection ...
    Repurchase?
    I can't really justify it right now as I have so many, but I know I'll miss it too much, and undoubtedly cave! ...



    Hair

    Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 (100ml, RRP $49.95)
    My hairdresser put me onto this after a bleaching disaster that fried some of the hair on my crown. I swear there is no damage that this BRILLIANT product can't repair. You wet your hair and apply it for at least 15 minutes (1 hour for me) before shampooing - it rebuilds the hair shaft, and transforms stretchy cotton-woolly strands into strong healthy ones. This is often on special at Adore Beauty which is where I bought my last batch ...
    Repurchase?
    For as long as I'm home-colouring my tresses, YES! ...


    Makeup

    Australis AC On Tour Contouring & Highlighting Kit - Cool Tone Cream (RRP $24.95)
    Have included this in empties posts before - it's the only kit I've come across (and I've tried HEAPS) that has one pan that's the perfect shade for contouring my nose ...
    Repurchase?
    Always, but I never pay full price for it ...


    Colourpop Creme Gel Liner - Over Board (RRP USD5)
    I'm a huge Colourpop fan, and their Creme Gel Liners are my 2nd favourite for the waterline because they're creamy, they last so well, and don't irritate my eyes. I have one major gripe though - the colour product of every single pencil or wind-up liner I have in my kit from this brand has broken off or become detached from the base. It either gets stuck in the lid or it falls on the floor. Major design flaw - grrrrrr...
    Repurchase?
    Despite my above wingeing, probably - this bronzey colour is just plain gorgeous and I'm pining for it already ...


    Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara (RRP $19.95)
    I go through one of these every three months - the only waterproof mascara for me ...
    Repurchase?
    It's a done deal ...


    GIVEAWAY!

    As usual, I've picked some faves from this month to giveaway to one of you lovelies ...

    • Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3
    • Sukin Oil Balancing Charcoal Purifying Gel Cleanser
    • Lacura De-Stress Cloth Face Mask
    • Purederm Moisture & Nourishing Hand Mask
    • Skin Physics Instant Lift V-Shape Vitality Mask

    All products were purchased by me, the total value is around $85, and this giveaway is open...
    Internationally!

    Here's how to enter...
    1. Leave a blog post comment on this page that answers the question inside the Rafflecopter (please note: if you don't leave a comment on this page, 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 - check back later tonight to see who won!

      a Rafflecopter giveaway
      Woo hoo! - random.org has chosen the beautiful Michelle F. as the winner.  
      Congratulations gorgeous! 
      Michelle please respond to the email I've sent you by
      Friday 30th March to claim your prize :-)
      Edit: Michelle has claimed her prize  
      Thanks for entering lovelies - there'll be another giveaway soon!
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      Best of luck to all who enter!

      Take care of you,
      kats xxx