Face of Australia Screen Siren Nail Polish: Review and Swatches

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From left: Some Like It Hot, Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, Isn’t It Delicious, Monroe, Travilla, Bombshell, Platinum 

This is probably one of my favourite Face Of Australia nail polish collections to date: the collection is inspired by Marilyn Monroe, and the names of the polishes take after significant parts of her career and personal life. I’m really digging opaque nude cremes lately, and the collection has 4 of them- with some fun brights thrown in. For those who like matte finishes on their nails, there is also a matte top coat in the collection (Platinum). Matte nails look terrible on me, sadly. 

My two must have picks from this collection are Travilla (opaque pale-milk-coffee nude – index finger on image below), and Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend (hot pink pigmented jelly- see swatches below). Travilla is the PERFECT autumn nail colour, my new ‘little black dress’ for nails lately. ‘Diamonds’ is a rare example of a fuschia that looks good on me- I think it’s the slightly translucent quality that makes it a bit special. These two have the best formula of the bunch with quick drying, smooth application, and good chip resistance. The formula of these are better than many of my OPIs and Essies.

Shades that didn’t work for me were the bright tangerine ‘Some Like It Hot’ (I adore the colour, but the product was so gluggy and I couldn’t for the life of me get an even application- was it just my bottle? I hope so); and ‘Monroe’ (index finger in the swatch below- the shade blended into my skin tone too much, giving me mannequin hands. Would probably work with darker skinned folk)

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Index finger: Monroe, middle finger: Bombshell, index finger: Travilla, Pinky: No Angel 

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Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

Availability: Priceline, Big W and fashionaddict.com.au.

Price: $4.95 AUD

Note: these products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more info see my editorial policy in the PR tab. 

Posted by on Apr 7th, 2014 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches, Uncategorized | 1 comment

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Perfume lust list: Weekend Scents

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These are the scents that I’ve really been enjoying (mostly in the form of decants, until I can decide on which full bottles I want out of the 20 or so perfumes I’ve been lusting over). To me, these particular scents bring to mind a long weekend away.

Byredo Inflorescence EDP

Top notes: Rose and pink freesia

Middle notes: Magnolia and lily of the valley

base notes: Jasmine

Byredo Bal D’Afrique EDP

Top notes: Bergamot, amalfi lemon, african orange flower, blackcurrant

Middle notes: Jasmine, violet, cyclamen

Base notes: Amber, musk, vetiver, Virginia cedar.

Hermes: Jour D’Hermes

Top notes: lemon, grapefuit, and watery notes

Middle notes: gardenia, sweet pea, white flowers, green notes

Base notes: wood and musk

Hermes Un Jardin Apres La Mousson 

Ginger, cardamom, coriander, pepper and vetiver

Elie Saab L’Eau Couture EDT

Top notes: green almond

Middle notes: orange blossom

Base notes: vanilla

Posted by on Apr 6th, 2014 in Fragrance | 0 comments.


Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme: Review

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme lavender

 

Aveda says…
Aveda Stress-Fix™ Body Creme is a luxurious, ultra-rich all-over moisturiser, with our proven Stress-Fix™ aroma that helps relieves feelings of stress, while drenching and protecting skin with intense hydrators that work their magic for a full 24 hours.

An infusion of French-sourced essences of certified organic calming lavender, mood-boosting lavandin and uplifting clary sage harvested from small organic farms and formulated using the science of aromaology and the power of essential oils. Certified organic shea butter to replenish skin’s protective moisture barrier, certified organic sunflower oil to help skin retain its own moisture and a unique blend of sustainably harvested sea algae to deeply moisturise skin.

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I’m a fan of Aveda hair styling products (see here, and here), but this is the first time I’ve tried Aveda’s skin care line.

I’ve been trialling the new Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme for the past month or so, and I’m really enjoying it. It has a thick, body butter consistency and a rich formula- but it sinks right into the skin without leaving a greasy or sticky residue. It leaves my skin feeling deeply hydrated. One of my pet peeves is a moisturizer is neither hydrating, nor easily absorbed (otherwise known as a waste of time). The Stress-Fix body cream is probably best used in winter for normal skin types, but for dry skinned folk like myself I think it can be used pretty well throughout the year.

I can’t say I really understand the difference between aromaology (trademarked by Aveda), and aromatherapy- but the combination of lavender and clary sage essential oils makes the product smell wonderfully wholesome- in an indulgent health spa kind of way.   I do find it a very relaxing scent, which makes the after shower ritual of massaging body cream into the skin a thoroughly enjoyable one.

It is pricey for a body cream, but if you’re looking to treat yourself over the coming cooler months you should check this one out.

Price: $59/200mL

Availability: Aveda counters and spas, or www.aveda.com.au

 Note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration. For more details see editorial policy on the PR policies tab. 

Posted by on Apr 4th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

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Beauty Blog Link Love: 29/03/14

Jenny reviews the NARS Eye Paints in Mozambique and Iskandar on My Funny Valentine.

Love the Urban Decay Electric Palette but need vegan dupes? Check out Phyrra’s UD Electric Palette Dupe List.

Over at theNotice, Rae has a warning about a fraudulent online shop that sells cosmetic supplies… but doesn’t always ship them. If you live in Canada or the US, consider yourself warned!

Love cream blush? Then you should check out Musicalhouses’ MUFE HD Second Skin Cream Blush swatches!

At Musing on Beauty, Mariella revisits some old favorites: Barry M. Dazzle Dusts. Go down the memory lane with her!

Spring is finally here and FabDiva20 has got some Spring related goodies from NARS Final Cut Collection! Check out her NARS Final Cut Collection Haul!

Are you short on time yet you still want a high-end, results-oriented, and spa-like treat for your skin? See why Pammy Blogs Beauty loves reaching for these Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads from Radical Skincare. From the effervescent feel to the amazing results, these are totally worth checking out!

Jenn from Spiced Beauty shares her L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacquer 1-2-3 manicureexperience! What do you think?

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed takes MAC Studio Sculpt Mascara for a spin – check out her swatches and see if a comb really does make a better brush!

Beauty Reflections is in love with Lancome Lip Lover Rose Ballet #313! It’s her favourite long-wearing gloss ever!

Whether you’re feeling an understated nail or something outrageously sparkly, Makeup Morsels’ latest lacquer discoveries have you covered for the weekend.

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