Sunday, 3 December 2017

Christmas Giveaway #1!

Ho ho ho - it's that time of year again! Been saving this one up for a few months - first giveaway of the festive season is the Liptember Beauty Box. If you missed out on one of these fabulous collections of everyday essentials, now is your chance. It's a beaut cause, and one I support every year, so here we go...



There are 36 different health and beauty items in the box - below is the brochure that's inside detailing the contents...

Some of the colours may vary, and the prize box is sealed so I can't take a photo, but below are the contents of my pack to give you an idea of the sheer VOLUME of products - shampoo, vitamins, nail polish, lip balm, serum, cleanser, fragrance, you name it, it's in there!...

It weighs a ton, so this giveaway is open to Australian Residents Only! I'll have a few more lighter-weight giveaways this month, so International followers hang in there, you won't miss out  The box is valued at $356 (and by the way, it's still available from the Liptember website HERE)...

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, 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

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Woo hoo! - random.org has chosen the beautiful Ange L. as the winner.  
Congratulations gorgeous! 
Ange please respond to the email I've sent you by
Wednesday 13th December to claim your prize :-)
Edit: Ange has claimed her prize 
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Best of luck to all who enter!



Take care of you,


kats xxx

Sunday, 26 November 2017

REVIEW: Beauty by Nicholas Foundation No More...

Time to review some of the goodies from the Beautyheaven Turns 10 birthday loot bag - so many amazing products, it will probably take me a whole 12 months! So without further ado, I'm starting with the fabulous AA (anti-ageing) Cream from Beauty by Nicholas - Foundation No More...

Wowee, what a gem! I chose the Medium colour for my free gift from the party, and I'm loving it so much, I swapped some of my points in beautorium for another tube so I have a spare. It's a very VERY close second to IT Cosmetics CC Cream, but it only gets pipped at the post because the SPF content is 30+, whereas the IT Cosmetics one is 50+. Mind you the Foundation No More scores a heap of bonus points because a) it's currently $20 cheaper, and b) it's readily available from Priceline (and the Beauty by Nicholas Aussie website) - availability is a major factor for me as I've been waitlisted for the IT CC Cream for over 3 months on Sephora, and only just snapped it up a couple of days ago, and it's already out of stock again. How crazy is that? Annoying too, but hey it's so darn popular. Anyway, apart from what I've mentioned above, there's very little difference between the two products, BUT the Nicholas AA Cream has certain features which I actually prefer, and that's why it's now a staple in my kit. So let's get on with all you need to know, and why I love it ...


In the pic on the left you can see my freckly hand, and on the right is after blending a squiddly squirt of Foundation No More with my usual dome brush. Coverage isn't complete, but I think you'll agree it's pretty darn good. Both photos were taken in natural light - the pigmented spots are blended in, the colour is natural, and the finish is a soft sheen. It has an almost mousse-like consistency when applying, it's light, doesn't crack or sink into my lines, and transfer is non-existent once it dries...


And here's a pic of my freckled spider-veined au-naturel face transformed by my usual work makeup routine, with Foundation No More as my base. Sure I've used a wee bit of concealer under my eyes and around my nose, but the coverage is fabulous. My freckles aren't entirely hidden, but the end result is natural and glowy and stays put for the whole day ... 

Here's the blurb that's on the box, and the list of ingredients...


And hooray, it's an Aussie owned brand that doesn't test on animals ...


I use one full pump for my face and neck and then dispense a tiny bit more onto the back of my hand for extra coverage on my trouble spots. It blends beautifully and makes my skin look SO good. At this stage, it's available in 3 shades - light, medium & tan, and according to their website, it "Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by up to 63% after just 28 days of usage". Can't wait for that!...


Overall it's a winner for my mature skin - love the formula, the texture, the finish, and how it dramatically improves the look of my complexion without making it look like I've plastered on a mask. Beautyheaven lists the price at $49.99, but the product website and Priceline have it listed as $39.99 - I'm not sure if this is a "special" price, but now is sure a good time to try/buy. Thanks again to beautyheaven and Beauty by Nicholas for the opportunity to experience something that I have a feeling will eventually replace all the other foundations in my kit - whoa! ...

Have you tried this product? Would you rather use an AA, BB or CC cream than a foundation?

Take care of you,
kats xxx