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The Urban Rituelle Valentine’s Day Giveaway winner is…

The lovely Jade from Jade Musing! (Jade was #16 and picked via Congratulations on your win!

I will get in contact with you via twitter, and Urban Rituelle will be notified today.

In the unlikely event that I can’t contact the winner, a new winner will be drawn in 3 days time.

Posted by on Feb 14th, 2011 in Uncategorized | 196comments

Saturday Skin Care: Korres Milk Proteins 3 in 1 cleansing emulsion

Korres milk proetines 3 in cleansing emulsionWhen I ordered my Clarisonic Mia from I also picked up a bottle of the Korres Milk Proteins 3 in 1 cleaning emulsion  because of all the rave reviews I’ve read on blogs and
I’ve never had much luck with cream cleansers in the past-they never seemed to leave my face very clean. I’m glad I tried this product though because I absolutely adore it.
Description from Sephora website:
“This 3-in-1 cleansing, toning, and eye make-up removing emulsion is ideal for very dry skin and for those who wish to avoid cleansing with water. It instantly cleanses the skin of impurities, leaving it soft, and clean – never dry”
I got it from for 21USD.

My impressions:

I don’t ask much from my cleansers, or expect things like anti aging miracles . I just want them to do a good job of cleaning without using harsh surfactants (like sodium laureth sulfate) that would irritate and dry out my skin. I also want my cleansers to be be free of potentially toxic ingredients where possible (parabens, pthalates, petrochemicals etc).
This Korres cleanser ticks all the boxes and more. My skin not only feels very clean, but actually hydrated and velvety after cleansing.

It is a cross between and cream cleanser and a cleansing milk in terms of consistency, and completely scent free. I recommend this to anyone with dry to normal, combination, or sensitive skin.

Korres milk proteins 3in1 cleaning emulsion

+ Cleans my skin effectively but without stripping the skin.

+ Skin feels lovely and soft after each use.
+ reasonably good makeup remover (removes liquid eye liner but still struggles a bit with waterproof mascara)

+  free from Sulfates, pthalates, petrochemicals, and synthetic fragrances.
+ can be used as a cleanser without need for water for extremely sensitive skin (I still like to rinse off with warm water, it just seems so much cleaner)

– Sucky packaging. Why not put a cap that clicks open rather than one that you have screw off and inevitably drop?

Would I repurchase? Oh hells yes! I won’t buy it in Australia though because of the exorbitant prices, but next time I make a Skincare store purchase I will pick up another bottle or two.

INGREDIENTS : Aqua (Water), Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Oil, Squalane, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Macadamia Ternifolia Oil, Dicaprylyl Ether, Pentylene Glycol, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Olivoyl Hydrolysed Wheat Protein, Sucrose Stearate, Lactose, Whey Protein, Arginine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Ascorbic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Citric Acid, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Isohexadecane, Methylparaben, PEG- 8, Polysorbate-80, Propylparaben, Tocopherol, Sodium Acrylate/ Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Sodium Gluconate.

Posted by on Feb 4th, 2011 in Uncategorized | 225comments

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 | 219comments

Blog Link Love

The Beauty Bite has me giddy over Bare Escentuals bareMinerals Giddy Pink Blush.

Lilit from Makeup and Macaroons shares her OCC Lip Tar loot and has me lusting after Memento

XOVINTAGELOVE swatches her MAC Pigments. How gorgeous is Antique Green?

Jade from Jade Musing does a fierce bright yellow 80s look inspired by Pixiwoo.

Emily from Emily’s Anthology swatches her NYX jumbo eye pencils and shares her gorgeous blue eyeliner FOTD.

Tara from Keeping Up With Me reviews the Dermadoctor Tease Zone Oil Control Gel.

Stacey from Pop! Makeup does a pretty NYXy FOTD. I must have Pumpkin Pie!

Dani from Call It Beauty does another amazing EOTD, inspired by Nicole Scherzinger. I wish I could pull off dramatic eyes like her.. sigh.

Dee from Miss Prissypants swatches her impressive NYX eye shadow collection. I can’t wait for the lipstick swatches!

Lexi from The Former Girl At Bar makes over her little cuz!

Heather from Coloruza shows us how to glam it up with UD Naked Palette.

Musing On Beauty reviews the LipFusion InFatuation Lipglosses and gives them a thumbs up!

Visionary Beauty reviews the D&G Smooth Eye Colour Quad in Fabulous

Tiffany from Will Work For Makeup reviews Bare Minerals Well Rested under eye brightening powder for all the nocturnal creatures out there.

Posted by on Jan 20th, 2011 in Uncategorized | 229comments

Beautiful and Stylish Blogger Awards

The amazing Jade from Jade Musing kindly awarded me the Beautiful and Stylish Blogger Award (thank you lovely!), so it’s my turn to pass this award to 10 bloggers.

1. Lexi from The Former Girl at Bar for having great taste in makeup and cocktails, as well as possibly the best eyebrows in the world.

2. Shahadakarim from Adventures in Makeup for being a great makeup artist and having a breathtaking makeup collection.

3. Olga from MakeupAcademia for her great reviews and FOTDs.

4. Musing on Beauty for educating yours truly with detailed skin care reviews and great taste in makeup.

5. Visionary Beauty for high end beauty reviews and swatches. I’m totally addicted to her blog.

6. Tiffany from Will Work For Makeup for her beautiful FOTDs and lipstick challenges.

7. Kate from City Girl Diaries for having a great fashion blog.

8. Dani from Call It Beauty for her stunning EOTDs and fashion posts.

9. “Of Faces and Fingers” for teaching me everything I know about different skin tones, and her amazing nail and makeup swatches.

10. Adam from “The Male Umbrella” for being the most stylish guy I know. And also just for being awesome.

Posted by on Jan 12th, 2011 in Uncategorized | 202comments

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