Saturday, 1 December 2018

SPOTLIGHT: Favourite October 2018 LOTD's...

Here we go with another month of pout paint pics, and you can always count on me for a variety of shades, formulas and price points. Those three factors are why I am so loopy for lippie - any gal will always be able to find something that's flattering to their complexion, comfortable to wear, and within their budget...


...plus I never ever underestimate the power of a new lipstick to lift my spirits ... 


1. ModelCo Luxcreme Long Wear Lipstick - Sienna. Don't you just LOVE it when magazines have a free lipstick stuck on the cover? Thanks to Coles & Womens Weekly for this pretty nude that wears well, and is actually quite comfortable for a long-laster ...
2. Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick - Abstract Orange.  Aptly named as it's hardly what I'd call an orange, more of a terracotta or bricky red, but I love these in-between shades. Been a big fan of Revlon for many years, and I can't see that changing any time soon ...
3. Seraphine Botanicals Quince & Crimson Lip & Cheek Crayon. Soft velvety feel on the lips, lasts for hours and hours, vegan, glorious colour but quite sheer - the blotchy bits in the photo are my freckles showing through as I didn't use a lipliner underneath, still love it though ...



4. Hikari Lip Crayon - Armour. This is absolutely gorgeous, I wore it again just the other day and it survived breakfast. Courtesy of a Lip Monthly bag, I have a few of these crayons from this brand and they are all stunners ...
5. Antipodes Natural Lipstick - Hungry Like the Wolf.  Oh, oh, oh, so much to love in these lippies, chockablock with goodness - this was a gift from the gorgeous Marisa Robinson a few years ago, I'm not even sure they make it any more, but holey guacemoley, what a red this is ...
6. Essence Adventure Awaits Metallic Lipstick - Kisses From The Orient. I'm a huge fan of Essence lipsticks, BUT, this is a limited edition and we all know what that means - buy it while you can (and if you can find it). I nabbed a couple because it's the perfect Christmas lipstick - the metallic content is gold, and it glistens and gleams with all the bedazzlement of the festive season ...



7. Maybelline ColorDrama Intense Velvet Lip Pencil - Pink So Chic. I'm still in awe of this range - fabulous colours and formula, and still available for $9.95. No liner required, lightweight, comfortable, the dedicated post I wrote in April 2015 when they first came out is HERE ...
8. Essence Adventure Awaits Metallic Lipstick - Kisses from Asia. The partner in the Limited Edition set - not quite as jaw-dropping as the Orient one, but still a beauty, and oh how I love the pink + gold metallic combo (but weird that the case is orange). I bought a spare 'cos I have nothing else like this ...
9. MBA Cosmetics - Lovespell. These MBA lipsticks just keep on keeping on - at least 3 years old and no degradation of the product. What a pretty girly pink hey ...



10. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate - #20. Another gem I can't get enough of. Some bright pinks are just too lollyish or what I call "Barbie Pink", but this darling has both oomph and class, and the formula is a dream ...
11. Revlon Matte Balm - Passionate. Adore this shade, and it's so smooth and velvety - I have one other from this set, and I should buy more as I'm mad keen on the convenience of crayons, and especially if they're as lip friendly as this ...
12. MBA Cosmetics - Stargazer. If you want purple, head to MBA Cosmetics - this fave has appeared many times in these posts, and will for a while yet ...

What's your go-to lip colour?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Thursday, 29 November 2018

Arden Beauty EDP by Elizabeth Arden...

When I recently bought a bottle of Green Tea Scent Spray, I didn't realise it would be the start of a whole Elizabeth Arden fragrance exploration. Till then I'd only tried (and loved) True Love 3 years ago, and I guess as usual I was distracted by the plethora of perfumes on the market and didn't get around to sampling any more. But with quite a few from the range seemingly discounted to (in most cases) half price in the last month, it was the perfect opportunity to investigate more from this house. And after reading an online description of Arden Beauty followed by a quick spritz in Chemist Warehouse, I just had to add her to my collection ...


The bottle is quite plain, but there's a classic elegance to its simplicity, with the only adornment being the frosted gold name band at the top and a translucent red cap. You'll probably need to decant this one as it's 100mls and the flacon is thick, solid and heavy. The glass is colourless and the liquid inside is tinted with the merest hint of gold...


The fragrance is quite the stunner - light and crisp but with an air of sophistication, definite but not overpowering, and reasonably long-lasting (+4 hours). To me it conjures up autumn - when the mornings and evenings are starting to chill off, the leaves are turning amber and gold, and you can almost smell the moist earth in the air. On the other hand, I'm loving it right now in the spring, and I'm certain its freshness will carry me through hotter days as well. Created in 2002, it's usually classified as a green floral, and I almost concur, although I would start the description with "spicy" or maybe even label it as a "green floriental" as it has an eastern edge to it, an unmistakable tang, possibly from the inclusion of ginger and rhubarb. I've also seen it described as a woody oriental, but hey, we all know how subjective and personal perfume is. There's also iris and bergamot, orchid and lily, and the base is a blend of my all-time loves - musk, amber and sandalwood...


Since my purchase, I've been poking around and can't see it on the EA website, and one fragrance site actually listed it as "discontinued" - if that's the case it's such a shame after all these years, and especially as this beauty and I have only just been introduced. Needless to say, I'll be hoofing it back to Chemist Warehouse and grabbing another bottle ($14.99) in case it will soon be gone forever ...

Do you have a favourite Elizabeth Arden fragrance?

Take care of you,
kats xxx

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

SPOTLIGHT: October 2018 Empties & Giveaway!...

Late again, but that seems to be the way with my Empties posts, so I'll just get on with all the amazing things I finished off in October - only one dud lol!...



Body

Coffee Bar Vanilla Latte Body Exfoliator (60g, $5.99)
Hmmm - have you ever wondered what it would be like to rub your skin with a cheese grater? Not something I'd thought about, but I reckon this bar does an admirable impression. I was not prepared for how painful this would be - I mean, there's no warning on the pack to say "can be used as a torture device".  I'm joking of course, but if you have sensitive skin, don't even go there. It's not technically an empty as I still use it occasionally on my heels, but only if I'm feeling particularly brave...
Repurchase?
One word, two letters - N O !!!

Ecostore Vanilla & Coconut Body Wash (400ml, $8.99 from Woolworths)
Had another rave about this on Sunday in my SLS-Free post ...
Repurchase?
Always! ...

Natural Secrets Goatsmilk Moisturising Shower Gel (500ml, $11.99)
A full and glowing review of this skin soothing wonder HERE. It's also SLS-free ...
Repurchase?
Absolutely, just have to finish off something else to make room lol ...

Thankyou Botanical Patchouli & Vanilla Hand Wash (500ml, $7.50)
Love this for the cold months as it's quite a warming earthy scent, and it's terrific value - the bottle lasts and lasts ...
Repurchase?
Definitely, but not till next autumn - I've already bought the Lemon Myrtle one for summer ...


Face

Alpha-H Liquid Gold (100ml, $59.95)
This was a 200ml bottle I bought on special last year. About 6 months ago I switched from using it every night to once per week because my skin seemed to have become used to it. But after reducing the frequency, I'm back to seeing the usual and wonderfully dramatic results, as well as experiencing the comforting tingle of this ahh-mazing skin resurfacer ...
Repurchase?
I still have a 100ml bottle in reserve, but once that's done and dusted, definitely ...

DB Pore Minimising Primer (25ml, $14.99)
Interestingly I stopped using primer earlier in the year as I was mixing together my CC cream and foundation (50/50) and didn't seem to need anything to prep my skin other than moisturiser. But, I was recently gifted with some Nude by Nature Mineral Cover, and it looked terrible on my face UNTIL I dug into my drawer and found this neglected tube. It's actually a brilliant primer and certainly fills in the pores so that the powder foundation sits magnificently, and lasts all day. It's a mousse consistency, oil & talc free, vegan and not tested on animals - WINNER! ...
Repurchase?
Till the cows come home ...

Grahams Natural Organic Lip Balm - Raspberry (4.25g, $7.95)
Sometimes I wonder why on earth I bother with any other lip balm when this is my favourite, and the most effective ...
Repurchase?
Just placed an order this weekend for four more tubes ...

L'Oreal Age Perfect Golden Age Rosy Re-Densifying Day Cream SPF15 (50ml, $38.95)
The Beautyheaven Trial Team has been the source of pretty much all the L'Oreal skincare I've tried - my 5-star review of this particular flavour is fourth from the bottom HERE. My blog review of the earlier version minus the SPF15 is HERE. If I wasn't so fickle with face products I'd probably keep buying L'Oreal stuff as it's always excellent, and my face has loved every variety I've been lucky enough to trial. But as mentioned last month, I'm torn as to which set I should use as they treat different concerns. I guess I'm waiting for them to bring out a 60+ radiance-enhancing, pigmentation reducing, pore-refining, wrinkle erasing, neck and chin lifting, combination skin formula - ha ha! ...
Repurchase?
Gee...probably ...

L'Oreal Age Perfect Intensive Re-Nourish Extraordinary Repairing Serum (30ml, $36.95)
Another one I trialled for bh (4th from the top HERE) - loved it SO MUCH I bought a second bottle because the results were SO GOOD in the firming and texture refining department. I've only stopped using it because I have a drawer stacked with other serums that I simply must use up or they'll expire ...
Repurchase?
Once I've gone through a couple of others, without a doubt! ...

Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence (40ml, RRP $39.99)
One of the few products that I use every single day, and will do so forever - this is the bomb for youthful radiance, and to improve the effectiveness of whatever serum I'm using ... 
Repurchase?
Whenever it's on special, I have three spares in my drawer ...

Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream (120ml, $19.95)
Sukin can do little wrong in my book, and this night cream is excellent but nowhere near rich enough for my winter skin needs, so I switched to something more potent in May - this is fine for me in the warmer weather & it's a lovely cream in a huge jar, but to be honest, I need something with major anti-ageing additives. And because of my usual dilemma of up to five opened moisturisers on my bench at any one time, I used it up on my body so it wouldn't be wasted, which was a brilliant idea as it was a totally divine all over moisturising experience for the better part of 2 weeks! ...
Repurchase?
No, but only because I need more high tech help than this can provide ...


Face Masks

Dr.Lewinn's Ultra R4 Lift & Firm Collagen Firming Face Mask ($9.95)
Mmmm nice one -  all in one piece, but there's a split along the cheek line so you can stretch and reposition the lower half to get the best fit. It's one of those jelly types, very cooling & refreshing, left my skin beautifully smooth and slightly pumped. Didn't notice much firming but I did look all glowy afterwards ...
Repurchase?
Will do, but will probably wait till it's on special ...


Garnier SkinActive Hydra Bomb Eye Tissue Mask ($3.99)
Very flimsy under eye patches (in the pic below) - this was not a good test as they moved around underneath the clay mask I stuck on over the top, so I'll reserve judgement till the next time I try them. They were lovely and cooling though, just not sure if they're any good for eye bags ...
Repurchase?
Perhaps ...

Skin Physics Instant Lift V-Shape Vitality Mask (RRP $14.99)
Love these, used two this month ...
Repurchase?
Priceline had them on special so I stocked up ...

Skin Republic Green Tea Mud Sheet Mask (18g, RRP $12.99)
Went on about these back in July - I think this is my #1 favourite mask  ...
Repurchase?
Finally nabbed a few on special ...



LonVitalite C7 Collagen & Gold Lip Mask (Box of 6, RRP $35)
Have reported on these before - brilliant! ...
Repurchase?
You betcha ...

Skin Republic 24K Gold Aquagel Under Eye Patch (2 pairs, RRP $12.99)
Adore! ...
Repurchase?
Got some on special! ...

Skin Republic Pink Clay Mud Sheet Mask (18g, RRP $12.99)
I think I'm keeping Skin Republic in business - if they make a record profit this year it will be because of me ...
Repurchase?
Ooh yes ...



Overnighters:

Purederm Ginkgo Eye Puffiness Minimizing Patches (2 pairs, RRP $3)
Went through three packs of these ...
Repurchase?
Every other week ...


Hair

Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Iced Platinum Anti-Yellow Toner (100ml, RRP $16.95)
Haven't found anything better than this as yet for maintaining my ashy tones - going through a tube every month ... 
Repurchase?
Yes indeedy ...


Home

Models Prefer Scented Reed Diffuser Sampler - London (Box of 5, RRP $30)
Covered the background of this last month - lovely scent combination of rose, tangerine & musk, and a cute little Big Ben charm around the neck ... 
Repurchase?
Maybe - I prefer the Paris scent overall, but this is nice for the cooler months ...


Makeup

IT Cosmetics Full Coverage Anti-Aging Waterproof Concealer - Light (8ml, $38)
I bought this two years ago (review HERE), but it was way too light and I ordered the medium which is perfect. So it's been languishing in my makeup drawer for all that time, but I couldn't bear to throw it out - turns out that was wise as it was just the thing for my ghoulish Halloween complexion in the pic below. I mashed up an old green eyeshadow and blended it with the entire tube of concealer, and then plastered it all over my face and down my neck for an instant Morticia Adams/Angelica Houston! ...
Repurchase?
Not the light one - medium is the right shade for me ...



Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer - Blonde (RRP $13.95)
Reviewed HERE, my go-to brow product ...
Repurchase?
Forever ...

Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner (RRP $15.95)
The only lower lashliner I use ...
Repurchase?
I go through one of these every three months ...

NYX Ombre Blush - Mauve Me (8g, $17.95)
My favourite blush of all time - this is my second pan, and like the first one, I've gone through it in 12 months because it's the most beautiful shade that perfectly matches my skin tone. There's a picture of it in my review HERE ...
Repurchase?
I bought a spare about 6 months ago, and I'm so glad I did because it's no longer listed on their website, or available in Priceline, which probably means it's been discontinued - WAAAHHHHHHHHHH! ...

Giveaway!


  • Skin Physics 24K Gold Aquagel Under Eye Patches
  • Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence
  • Grahams Natural Organic Lip Balm - Raspberry
  • DB Pore Minimising Primer
  • BotanicES Body Crème - 100ml

All products were purchased by me, the total value is around $100, and this giveaway is open to...
Australian Residents Only! 
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    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Sunday, 25 November 2018

    REVIEW: SLS-Free Body Washes...


    It's been an age since I did a multi-body-wash post, and given I've decided to NOT buy any more that contain Sodium Lauryl Sulphate (SLS), I figured it was a good time to let you know which ones I've found and loved (so far) that are SLS-free. There are heaps of others out there of course and I've barely scratched the surface of shower products that are minus this dodgy ingredient, but below are nine that are currently in my caddy(s) which I can highly recommend, and would most definitely repurchase as they are non-drying, pleasantly fragranced, reasonably readily available, and don't break the bank ...


    I've already raved about the majority of these in earlier (either dedicated or Empties) posts, but there's a couple of newbies which I'm excited about too, so here we go, from left to right ...

    Sukin For Men Body Wash - (500ml, $13.95)


    I scored this for free from the beautyheaven Rewards Room, and it's delish! The scent is a combination of mandarin, lime & cinnamon oils which is fabulously refreshing, and also in the mix is aloe, jojoba, baobab, pepper & sesame oils. I really like the chubby squat bottle, and the bubbles are creamy, super concentrated, and even put a little moisture back into my skin ...


    SheaMoisture African Black Soap Soothing Body Wash - (384ml, $24.95)


    Reviewed last month (and more from the range) HERE. Absolutely crazy about this body wash - available from Priceline or the SheaMoisture website (HERE), and a reminder that there's a 30% discount code if you enter KATS at the checkout ...


    Dove Deep Moisture Shower Foam - (400ml, $9.00)


    Oh yay, at last, Dove has created a body wash that's sulfate-free! This shower foam has the classic Dove fragrance which I find so refreshing and zingy-clean, the suds are amazingly thick and rich, and two pumps will deliver a hefty hit of skin softening lather to deep clean your entire bod ...


    Natures Commonscents Natural Goats Milk Body Wash - (500ml, $8.00)


    Another beauty that's awesome value - there's a $4 discount voucher HERE for Woolworths which makes it half price! VERY subtle baby powderish fragrance, also contains vitamin E, and it's an Aussie brand that doesn't test on animals. This and their oatmeal scrub are ALWAYS in my shower - it's such a massive bottle with an indestructible pump, and so skin-loving and hydrating ...


    Grahams Natural Body Wash with Cucumber & Aloe Vera - (250ml, $15.95)


    Huge fan of the brand (which is now available from Chemist Warehouse), and I did a full review of this fabulous body wash back in February (HERE). Bliss if you have dry, sensitive or troubled skin and an absolute pleasure in the warmer months when the herbal green tea fragrance will give you an uplifting shower experience. Incidentally, it's on special at the moment (until 26th November) from their website for the ridiculous price of $4.95 - I've ordered several! ...


    OGX Extra Hydrating Radiant Glow Argan Oil of Morocco Body Wash - (577ml, $17.99)


    I had no idea that OGX made body washes & lotions as well as hair products, but I discovered this tucked away on a side wall in Priceline a few months ago. The most expensive body wash in this bunch, but well worth it for the moisture it feeds into your skin while it cleanses. There are a few other varieties in the range, and I'll be reviewing the Tsubaki Blossom (divine!) one in my November Empties post. This one is delightfully (and delicately) fragranced, and the bubbles are endless - currently half price at Priceline, but who knows for how long ...


    Ecostore Vanilla & Coconut Body Wash - (400ml, $8.99)


    I think this is my 5th bottle of this wonderful body wash. The best (all natural) vanilla & coconut scented product my nose has had the pleasure to detect. Totally non-drying, ingredients include harakeke, a medicinal plant that's used to treat boils and burns. Love that this range is available from Woolworths, and it's cruelty-free. I also use their hand wash, which smells just as yummy ...


    Thankyou Botanical Lemon Myrtle & Goat's Milk Body Wash - (500ml, $7.99)


    Another one that I've bought numerous times from the supermarket, and raved about in several  Empties posts - my favourite scent from this brand, it's SO lusciously lemony I could just sniff it all day long, and it comes in a hand wash too! The soothing and softening formula also contains aloe & chamomile, and this company is doing wonderful things for people in need ...


    Marc Anthony Renewing Macadamia Oil Body Wash - (500ml, $12.99)


    Another gem I spotted in Priceline, there are four flavours in this range, and I chose this one because it was labelled "extra nourishing", and it sure is. There's Tahitian vanilla, hibiscus & green tea along with macadamia oil & Vitamin E, and while the packaging is meh, what's inside is a subtle delight for the senses, as well as a treat for dry skin - definitely a keeper ...

    Well lovelies, that's a wrap for the time being - hope this information is helpful to those of you whose skin objects to SLS ...

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx