Introducing I Love This Box!


I Love This Box

I Love This Box


We’ve been spoilt for choice here in Australia with all the deluxe samples subscription services popping up lately. There’s The Beauty Box, Bellabox (which I reviewed here), Glossybox, and others that are on their way. I was lucky enough to be sent the November box from I Love This Box to review.

I Love This Box is partnered with a great selection of niche, high end, and ‘natural’ brands which makes the subscription service very attractive. If you like surprises, like trying new things, and enjoy getting ‘presents’ in the mail then I Love This Box is worth a try!


Price: $14.95 per month, $164 per year (one month free).

Brands: Nvey Eco, Caudalie, Keratinology, Chanel, Smashbox, Lancome, Essie, Pod, AHAVA, Elizabeth Arden, Revlon, Elixir, Decleor, Skinscience, Soy Lites.


I Love This Box

I Love This Box


I Love This Box November

– Keratinology by Sunsilk Salon Perfection Shampoo and Conditioner

– NVEY ECO’s Taupe #172 Eyeshadow

– POD Liquid Tan Gradual Tanning Face Serum

– Caudalie skin care samples: Premières vendanges moisturizing cream, Anti-wrinkle serum,  Anti-wrinkle ultra-nourishing cream.

– Essie mini nail polish

My favourite products in the November box are the Nvey Eco eyeshadow (because you can never have enough taupes) and the mini nail polish. I haven’t yet tried the other products yet, and to be honest I won’t be using the face tanner because I prefer the look of fair skin.

I Love This Box

I Love This Box


disclosure: This box was sent by PR for editorial consideration.

Posted by on Nov 30th, 2011 in Reviews | 18comments


Peony, Taupe, Sheer Nude, Plum Spice – SAX lippies swatched and reviewed

There’s been a lot of buzz in the blogosphere about the Australian drug store brand SAX cosmetics in the last 12 months, and I’ve been dying to try their lip products since reading Tine’s rave review of the SAX lip gloss in Coral (a drugstore product that could pass for Chanel? Yes please!).

I was fortunate enough to be contacted by their PR rep about trialing some of their lip products a couple of months back.

Prices:  $12.95 AU RRP for lip gloss  , $14.95 AU RPP for lipsticks

Availability: Selected pharmacies in  Australia and New Zealand – check for stockists.

SAX lip glosses in Taupe and Peony


SAX Peony lip gloss (top), SAX Taupe lip gloss (bottom)

SAX Peony lip gloss (top), SAX Taupe lip gloss (bottom)

SAX Taupe lipgloss

This is my favourite out of the four, and something that has become somewhat of a handbag staple lately.

SAX Taupe lipgloss is a gorgeous deepened rosy caramel with incredible pigmentation (medium to full coverage) and lasting power (about 2hrs which is way above average for a gloss on me). Taupe is one of those lippies that look amazing with anything from smokey eyes to no-makeup makeup looks.

It also wears very comfortably on the lips- cushiony, moisturising, and non sticky.

Only thing I don’t like about this otherwise stellar product is the strong vanilla batter scent, which is a little too sickly sweet for my liking – thankfully the scent fades quickly.

SAX Taupe lip gloss lip swatch

SAX Taupe lip gloss lip swatch

SAX Peony lipgloss

Peony is a pale, cool toned doll pink that is a favourite amongst quite a number of bloggers.

I’ve never been able to pull off cool toned pale pinks (they always make me look like a zombie, or a hooker, or in the worst case scenario- a zombie hooker) so I found Peony didn’t suit me. It does, however, look amazing on Stef (see her lip swatch here) .

It is a little sheerer than SAX Taupe lip gloss (sheer to medium pigmentation), and has the same lovely texture, great lasting power, and scent.

SAX Peony lip gloss lip swatch

SAX Peony lip gloss lip swatch


Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Nov 29th, 2011 in Drugstore, Lip Gloss, Lipstick | 7comments


Healthy Summer 2011/2012: part 3


So it’s about 3 weeks into Healthy Summer, and apart from some minor hiccups (ahem trip to Sydney) things are going really well I think. I feel fantastic- I’m eating clean, loving exercise, and seeing (a hint of) abs for the first time in forever!



Now that I’m doing so much more cooking, and minimal meals out / takeaway, I’ve (re)discovered that I actually really enjoy cooking. There’s a sense of pride when you create meals that you take pleasure in eating- from the simplest of salads, to more complex meals.

These are some of the clean eats I’ve had the past week and a half:


I’ve realised these last few weeks just how important a low GI breakfasts is to how I feel the entire day. If I don’t look after myself at breakfast, my energy levels are noticably lower and I’m starving by mid morning.

I’ve been having either bircher muesli topped with Jalna probiotic yogurt, cooked oats with milk and honey, or baked beans toasted sandwiches.


– Stir fried Barramundi and spring onions, with ridiculous amounts of garlic and fresh red chilis.  I have this with a small serving of brown rice.

– Chicken skinless ‘lovely legs’ and hard boiled eggs stewed in soy sauce, chicken stock, and five spice powder (star anise, cinammon, fennel seeds, Cloves, black pepper). I normally brown the chicken and hard boiled egg on the pan with lots of garlic, and then have it on low simmer for 3hours minimum. I have this with brown rice.

– Ma Po Tofu: silken tofu with garlic, minced pork, chinese chili black bean sauce, soy sauce, chopped spring onions, finely chopped chinese mushrooms, lots of fresh chopped chili, and a dash of sesame oil.  Served with brown rice. Traditionally this is quite a greasy affair, but I make it with less than a tblspn of EVOO for two serves.

portion control can be a bit tough with these meals, but it has to be done!

Ma Po Tofu. image from for those that haven't heard of this Northern Chinese dish . The version I make has a drier texture, more spring onions, more chopped chili, and mushrooms.


keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Nov 27th, 2011 in lifestyle and health | 6comments


Inglot IMATS palette and how to depot Inglot shadows with a magnet


I’ve finally gotten around to swatching the Inglot shadows I purchased at IMATS. If you haven’t tried Inglot yet, I would highly recommend that you give them a go- the quality and colour range in the eyeshadows in knock your socks off.



matte 329- matte dark brown

DS 500 –  sparkly gunmetal

matte 335 – terracotta

matte 346- matte lilac

matte 368- matte apricot


keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Nov 25th, 2011 in Eye shadow, Inglot, Swatches | 19comments

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‘My Perfect Scarlet’ custom OCC lip tar mix and FOTD

'My Perfect Scarlet' custom OCC lip tar mix and FOTD

'My Perfect Scarlet' custom OCC lip tar mix and makeup look


I mixed ‘My Perfect Scarlet’ quite awhile ago (around the same time that I mixed the deep blackberry shade ‘Black Cherry‘) and the post has been languishing in my drafts for over a month.

Ah well, better late than never! (hmm I’ve been saying that a lot lately).

I do have a good reason for being so behind on all my posting this last month- I’ve been studying like a madwoman for the final written exam of the Ocular Therapeutics post grad course that I’m doing. I thought doing Optometry was tough when I was an undergrad – I had no idea how seriously draining post grad course work + full time work + blogging was going to be. I guess I shouldn’t complain- one of my colleagues working in our practice is also doing the course with me, and he is a new father.

Now that I’ve finished my exam, I’m looking forward to having time to mix some more custom Lip Tar colours. I’m also really excited about my new empty twist up brush lipgloss containers from (you know, like Stila Lip Glazes) that I can package my custom Lip Tars in.

'My Perfect Scarlet' custom OCC lip tar mix and FOTD

'My Perfect Scarlet' custom OCC lip tar mix and makeup look

I always find red lip colours extremely difficult to photograph accurately. My Perfect Scarlet, for example, looks nothing like a ‘scarlet’ in these photos- but  you’ll just have to take my word for it that in real life, it’s a darker red than it appears here. Like a blood red.

keep reading after the jump!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger... Posted by on Nov 23rd, 2011 in FOTD, OCC cosmetics, Uncategorized | 15comments

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