Urban Rituelle Valentine’s Day Giveaway!

My Funny Valentine’s Day is just around the corner! To celebrate I have decided to host a special Valentine’s giveaway featuring Urban Rituelle products.

Karen from Urban Rituelle has kindly donated three products, which she has hand picked from the new Flourish Organic range. I have asked her to include the lemongrass Botanical Body Scrub because this product was what got me hooked on Urban Rituelle in the first place (you can see my review click here )

The Loot:

travel size 20 ml / RRP $5.95
 This all natural, skin nurturing hand cream is ideal for restoring dry skin & conditioning split cuticles. Blended with certified organic ingredients of Aloe Vera*, Sweet Almond Oil* & Jojoba Oil* to leave skin nourished & luxuriously smooth, while certified organic oils including Olive*, Avocado* & Rosehip* help to regenerate skin & protect against the elements. Also formulated with skin softening Shea Butter and Vitamin A to ensure your hands are smoother and nails healthier.

400 gm RRP $34.95

This natural, skin softening scrub gently polishes away dead skin cells, promoting smooth, glowing skin. Carefully blended with certified organic ingredients including Avocado oil* to nourish, Jojoba Oil* to soften & soothe plus Grape Seed Oil* for skin renewal. Also includes certified organic Safflower Seed Oil* to firm & tone, Coconut Oil* to pamper & protect as well as Chamomile Flower Extract* to heal.


300 ml / RRP $24.95

A natural, skin conditioning Hand & Body Wash formulated with Certified Organic Aloe Vera* & Ginseng* to revitalise & nourish, as well as certified organic Calendula* to soothe & gently cleanse. Australian Desert Lime Extract will refresh & hydrate, while Vitamin A helps to rejuvenate skin. .

How to enter:

1. You must be a public follower of this blog through GFC.

2. For one entry, leave a comment below on what your ideal Valentine’s day would be like. Make sure you include your email address so I can contact you if you win.

3. For one extra entry follow me on twitter @Jfunnyvalentine and tweet about this giveaway.

4. For another extra entry put a link to the giveaway on your sidebar or blog post (please include the link to this in your comment below) 


– Open to Australian residents only (sorry to my lovely international readers, the package is just too heavy!)

-the giveaway closes 12 midnight on Valentine’s Day Feb 14th 2011

– giveaway winner will be announced the day after on Feb 15th 2011.


Posted by on Jan 31st, 2011 in Uncategorized | 202comments

Saturday Skin Care: Kosmea Daily Facial Exfoliant

Kosmea kindly sent me this product to try a few weeks ago, which was very exciting for me because I have loved Kosmea products for a long time. Their Rose Hip Oil is worth it’s weight in gold and is a cult favourite here in Australia.

Description from the Kosmea website:
An instant effect face-recharger! Lifts off dirt, make-up and dead skin cells to reveal a more radiant you.

This deep cleansing scrub gently exfoliates the skin with a combination of crushed rose hips and soothing chamomile flowers. Working together, these two ingredients refine and polish the skin without stripping it of its protective barrier. Organic rose hip oil, rice flour and shea butter ensure that skin is left moisturised and nourished. The result is a radiant looking complexion with that all-important healthy glow.

Rich in kaolin clay, Daily Facial Exfoliant also doubles as a detoxifying facial treatment mask when left on the skin for 10 minutes or more.  

Price: 39.95 for 125g/4.41oz
Availability: online at http://www.kosmea.com/, David Jones. For other stockists check website.
I’ve been using this exfoliant for the past couple of weeks now on a daily basis (I would consider this as a mildly exfoliating face wash more than a traditional exfoliant that you would use twice a week). It has a creamy base with crushed rose hips and camomile flowers acting as the mild exfoliating particles. After the first use, my skin felt lovely and soft. A week later and my skin is looking and feeling quite good- skin tone more even, pores less visible, and there is that lovely glow.                  
 The one drawback about this product that is hard to ignore is the smell. It has a very strong herbal scent which reminds me of the chinese medicine I unhappily consumed as a child. I would recommend that those with sensitive noses check this out in person before purchasing.
At the end of the day, I still think that pure, effective ingredients are more important than the scent of a product.


+ leaves skin super soft after use. I keep getting tempted to touch my face and make cooing sounds.
+ improves texture and look of skin.

+ It’s like a face wash, exfoliant, and mask combined which is great when you’re travelling because you won’t have to pack three products.

+ No parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, petrochemicals. not tested on animals.


– the smell. This is my main issue with the product.

– if you’re looking for a deep exfoliant that you would use 1-2x weekly this is not it.

note: this product was sent by PR for consideration.

Posted by on Jan 29th, 2011 in Skincare | 167comments

OCC Lip Tars in Melange and Clear: review, swatches, and a concoction!

from left: Vintage lip tar, Melange lip tar, Clear lip tar
from left: Vintage lip tar, Melange lip tar, Clear lip tar


Because I had so much fun playing mad scientist with Grandma and Vintage (to see the review and swatches click here) I couldn’t help but pick up a couple more OCC Lip Tars from Makeup and Glow. This time I got Melange and Clear.


The colour is described as a ‘neutral terracotta’ and does look like this on the swatches I have seen on other people. On me, however, it’s much lighter both on the skin swatch and on my lips (the colours in the photo are pretty true to life). I would describe it as a neutral peach nude with slight yellow/orange undertones.

 I can see young Bridget Bardot rocking this colour with lots of eye liner!


Wearing a thin layer of OCC lip tar in Melange on lips
Wearing a thin layer of OCC lip tar in Melange on lips

? Texture and pigmentation:

As with the other OCC lip tars I have tried, it is feather light on the lips, opaque coverage and extremely long lasting.
The one negative thing I have noticed with this (and Grandma) is that I get that awful Melange coloured dried dead skin ring where my lips meet after about 2hrs of wear (although I get around this by applying lip balm to that inner lip area every 30mins). This happens with most brightly coloured lipsticks but more so with the lip tars for some reason.
Still, Melange is my favourite colour so far.

lip swatch- OCC lip tar Melange
lip swatch- OCC lip tar Melange
Playing around with Melange and my Vintage lip tar, I came up with a mid toned dusty rose colour. For lack of a more imaginative name, let’s call it ‘Vint-Lange’ (laugh at this, and I will fight you)

Vintage, Vintage + Melange= 'Vint-Lange', Melange
swatched from left: Vintage, Vintage + Melange= ‘Vint-Lange’, Melange

1 part Vintage 2 parts Melange concoction = 'Vint-Lange'
1 part Vintage 2 parts Melange concoction = ‘Vint-Lange’

Me wearing ‘Vint-lange’ lip swatch

full face wearing 'Vint-Lange' on lips
full face wearing ‘Vint-Lange’ on lips
The Clear Lip Tar has the same base ingredients (castor seed oil, hemp oil, peppermint oil, vitamin E) as the others, just without pigment. It has a much thinner consistency and a glossy finish that stays glossy (unlike the coloured Lip Tars which apply glossy but dry to a satin finish). It is meant to be used to sheer out the other Lip Tars.
I find that it gives Lip Tars a high gloss transparent quality (the extent of this depending on how much you use) which can be quite pretty; however, the staying power of the product drops significantly once the Clear Lip Tar is mixed in with the regular ones.
I got my lip tars from http://www.makeupandglow.com.au/ for $16

For international orders check the Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics website www.occmakeup.com

Posted by on Jan 27th, 2011 in Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 281comments

NOTD: Borghese Mezzanotte Blue

Hello there!

I’m a big fan of dark vampy shades on my fingers, and I was searching for a good deep blue polish with no shimmer  and came across this colour..

Borghese Mezzanotte Blue nail swatch- please excuse the disgusting cuticles

Borghese Mezzanotte Blue nail swatch
It was exactly what I was looking for- an inky midnight blue. I found it a little hard to apply the colour evenly even with three coats but I’m not the best at nail polish application. It lasted a couple of days before minor chipping occurred.
Posted by on Jan 26th, 2011 in Nail Polish | 190comments

Worship Wednesdays (Australia Day edition): Rose Byrne

Happy Australia Day!

Rose Byrne has always been one of my favourite Aussie actresses.

Love those big melancholy eyes…

Rose Byrne at the Independant Spirit Awards 2009 in red lips and a white Calvin Klein dress
 I first saw her in the Aussie film ‘The Night We Called it a Day’ which is about the events surrounding Frank Sinatra’s tour of Australia. It also stars Portia De Rossi, Melanie Griffiths, Dennis Hopper, and the swoonworthy Joel Edgerton.
Rose Byrne in ‘A Night We Called it a Day’

Rose Byrne and Heath Ledger in ‘Two Hands’

Rose Byrne and Kirsten Dunst in Sofia Coppola film ‘Marie Antoinette’
So what are my aussie readers doing for ‘Straya day?
Posted by on Jan 25th, 2011 in Worship Wednesdays | 131comments

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