Friday, 14 June 2019

May 2019 Empties & Giveaway!...

This may well be my biggest empties post yet! I mentioned in my April article that I was "over" having multiple opened skincare products on my bench, so I'm in the middle of a blitz clearing everything that's part-used. While there are only two "old" creams here (eye & day moisturiser), the big win was actually the shower stall where I managed to clear several hair products and face scrubs that I've had in rotation for many months. Feels SO GOOD I can assure you! ...

May 2019 Empties

Body

La Roche-Posay Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil (400ml, RRP $33.95)
This 100ml sample tube came in a beauty box a long long time ago - having only recently experienced its wondrous moisturising powers in the shower, I was feeling quite silly for keeping it in the drawer for so long. But then I read the label and saw the SLS content, and now I'm in a quandary because my skin sure seems to love this slightly foaming cleanser ...
Repurchase?
Despite it being such a lovely product, probably not...

Reach Dentotape (20m, RRP $2.99)
I keep forgetting to hang onto this container to include it in my empties. After this post, it will appear in the Regulars section as I go through at least one pack a month flossing after every meal. This is a can't-live-without, the ONLY floss worth buying in my book! I have a mixture of wide and tight gaps between my teeth, and this tape is the only one that works for every instance, doesn't fray, and doesn't hurt my gums. Being extra wide, it lifts out even the minutest chunks of debris and those hard to shift berry seeds. The crazy thing is that I can only buy it at Chemist Warehouse, so I usually pick up in-store or order online at least five packs at a time ...
Repurchase?
For as long as I have teeth! ...

SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash (384ml, RRP $24.95)
So softening, so moisturising, so beneficial for dry skin. My review is HERE ...
Repurchase?
Most definitely - a reminder that if you enter the "KATS" code at the checkout, you get 30% off! ...

Skin Physics Advance Superlift Caviar Age-Recovery Hand & Nail Renewal Cream SPF15 (75ml, RRP $39.99)
Hand cream is another I'll be putting into focus over the next few months as I'm notorious for having anything up to 10 "in progress" tubes lying around the house, office, handbag, car. But it will be a big challenge to clear those as I fell so deeply in love with this hand cream that came my way at the beautyheaven Glosscars event back in March. At $40 for 75ml, it's what I would call expensive, but I'm prepared to pay that much for my next tube because I consider it a treatment product. If the ingredients list sequence is anything to go by, I don't think there's much caviar content, but the formula is certainly a winner for hands of advanced age like mine. The cream is quite runny, but sure packs a punch as far as moisturising potency is concerned, together with delivering tangible results in spot lightening, wrinkle reduction, nail strengthening and overall skin plumping. It has a faint fresh scent and absorbs lightning fast, leaving no greasy residue. The only thing I don't like is the tube, which is flat and unstable when stood on end - it topples over when the cat sneezes in another part of the house, but I can live with that because it's so good ...
Repurchase?
I certainly will, just as soon as I finish off my MASSIVE tube of L'Occitane, that was also gifted by beautyheaven ...

Regulars
Johnson's Baby Cotton Buds (Box of 60, RRP $2.99)
White Glo Charcoal Total Mouth Detox Whitening Mouthwash (500ml, RRP $6.99)


Face

BotanicES Eye Creme (15ml, RRP $40)
My review of this fab eye cream is HERE. I've been somewhat unfaithful to it over the last 18 months in that I've been trying quite a few others that came my way as gifts, freebies or trials, and am currently stuck on a retinol one, but I'll get back to this darling for the summer, which is when the consistency and moisturising power are perfect for my peepers ...
Repurchase?
Yep ...

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub (100g, RRP $11.99)
Love this scrub, and especially its invigoratingly fresh scent, which wakes me up nicely on these cold dark mornings. Gentle yet effective for keeping my pores goop-free ...
Repurchase?
Already have ...

Nivea Cellular Anti-Age Day Cream SPF15 (50ml, RRP $27.99)
This was left over from last September when I was sent the revamped (Hyaluron) version to trial for beautyheaven. After that, I shifted to a retinol range, and then the Elasticity & Re-Densifying Day Cream arrived for trial (again from bh), so this one has been languishing on my bench with about one third left in the jar. Didn't want to toss it though as it's excellent ...
Repurchase?
It's not available any more, the new Hyaluron version is even better...

Nutrimetics Honey & Almond Scrub (125ml, RRP $40)
Actually covered my first tube of this (in many years) last month, so I may have to shift it to the Regulars section next time around. I powered through this second one in six weeks, that's how often I use it ...
Repurchase?
Yes, love it! ...

Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Detoxifying Pore Scrub (150ml, RRP $14.99)
Another scrub that I absolutely adored. I bought it purely because it was on special, and I've decided it'll be a regular in my skin care kit from now on. Smells divine and it's gentle enough to use every other day - the exfoliant is silica. My only beef with this is the packaging - the red colouring of the label starts to wear off after a while, and it took a few "what the hell is that?" episodes before I figured out where the little red flakes on my face were coming from! ...
Repurchase?
Yes indeedy ...

St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub (150ml, RRP $9.99)
My shower caddy is never without this - it's my deep dive super clean mega scrub that I use once a week to really pare back the dead surface cells. Love the apricot scent, and even though it's the strongest scrub in my kit, it never ever causes any irritation. Been using it for years, and will continue to do so for as long as they make it ...
Repurchase?
Forever ...

Regulars
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover (112ml, RRP $10.89)
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Anti-Ageing Moisturiser with Accelerated Retinol SA & SPF 15 (29ml, RRP $39.99)
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Serum with Accelerated Retinol SA (29ml, RRP $42.99)
Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence (40ml, RRP $39.99)


Face Masks

Skin Republic Pink Clay Mud Sheet Mask (18g, RRP $12.99)
With the regularity of their appearances in these posts, it's safe to say that Skin Republic masks are very dear to my heart, and whenever they're on special, I stock up. This Pink Clay Mud one has been featured several times because it has so much going for it - full coverage, great fit, mess-free, deep cleansing, and it tightens pores. The only drawback is the price - but if you're like me, you'll hunker down until there's a deal at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Woolworths etc ...
Repurchase?
That'll be a yes ...

Skin Republic Pink Clay Mud Mask

Skin Republic Seaweed Hydrogel Mask (18g, RRP $12.99)
It's hard to beat hydrogel masks for a hydration boost. As effective at calming redness and infusing moisture as the Green Tea one, this one doesn't have quite as much chill so it's a more comfortable one for winter. They're both terrific, and my preference is always for a two-piece as they fit heaps better, and seem to be less likely to fall off ...
Repurchase?
Affirmative ...

Skin Republic Seaweed Hydrogel Mask

Regulars
Purederm Ginkgo Eye Puffiness Minimizing Patches (2 pairs, RRP $3)


Fragrance

Vera Wang Princess Revolution EDT (50ml, RRP $49)
I reviewed this lovingly HERE. It's taken me three years to get through this totally gorgeous bottle of edgy deliciousness, but that's not surprising given I have so many others on my shelf (oops!). Sadly I can't find this anywhere except on eBay, so I guess I'll have to replace it with one of the many others in the Princess series ...
Repurchase?
Would if I could ...

Vera Wang Princess Revolution


Hair

Goldwell Kerasilk Control Shampoo (250ml, RRP $35.95)
Oddly enough, this is the first appearance of this brilliant shampoo on my blog, which is puzzling since I've been using it for years. A free bottle is included with every Kerasilk treatment (usually every three months) and then I only have to buy one more bottle to tide me over till the next session. Oddly enough it contains SLS (I've only just spotted it on the label - quelle horreur!) and yet it doesn't have any negative effects on either my hair or scalp. It has a lovely fresh scent and keeps my tresses glossy and in tip-top de-frizzed shape ...
Repurchase?
Despite the SLS content, always ...

O&M Original Detox Shampoo (350ml, RRP $32.95)
This was recommended by my hairdresser as I use quite a few styling products to achieve my latest messy look (lol!), and it works a treat as a clarifier - doesn't strip away the necessary oils nor any colourant. Being SLS-free it takes a bit of doing to get the first wash to foam up but after that no problem. What I'm not so keen on is the strong peppermint content, which I enjoy in toothpaste, mouthwash, Minties and chewing gum, but as a rule, not anywhere else ...
Repurchase?
No - I've since found something even more effective with a fragrance that I love...

Paul Mitchell Awapuhi Wild Ginger Keratin Cream Rinse (250ml, RRP $34.95)
This bottle was left over from the time when I was unable to buy the Goldwell Kerasilk Control Conditioner, and if I ever have that problem again, this is the conditioner I would purchase in a heartbeat as a replacement. It's truly fabulous - leaves my hair SO SOFT it doesn't even feel like hair ha ha! ...
Repurchase?
Absolutely, but only if I can't find my Kerasilk fave ...

Schwarzkopf OSIS+ Sparkler Shine Spray (300ml, RRP $27.95)
Discovered this during my ongoing search for a shine spray that doesn't weigh my hair down or build up after multiple uses. Well, this one (recommended by a Priceattack assistant) is pretty darn near perfect - unbelievable mirror shine, plus de-frizzing and conditioning. It does build up a little if you use it in the same quantity as hairspray but applied as recommended in short bursts, it's the ultimate gloss and makes even grey hair look fabulously healthy and vibrant ...
Repurchase?
You betcha ...

Regulars
Scott Cornwall Colour Restore Iced Platinum Anti-Yellow Toner (100ml, RRP $16.95)


Makeup

Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation - Beige (30ml, RRP $29)
Awesome foundation - the perfect colour match for my skin tone. Medium coverage with a soft dewy finish, I mix it most days (on the back of my hand) 50/50 with am SPF50 CC cream for a tad more density and protection. But it works brilliantly on its own as well, lasts a good 12 hours, more in the cooler weather when I don't sweat so much ...
Repurchase?
Definitely - as soon as I finish a couple of others ...

DB Cosmetics Flawless All in One Foundation Stick - True Beige (15g, RRP $14.99)
I always prefer to have at least one stick foundation in my kit at all times - reminds me of my drama school days and the pro makeup stash underneath the stage that we were able to raid whenever there was a performance. This one from DB is excellent for the price - it's quite creamy and provides full coverage if you need it, has a slightly dewy finish (that I set with a translucent powder,) lasts well throughout the day, and True Beige is a great match for me. I also use this with a cotton bud to clean up mascara or eye shadow specks around my eyes even when I'm using other foundations ...
Repurchase?
I was supposed to wait until I cleared some of the backlogs, but I bought another one today ...

Regulars
Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner (RRP $15.95)
Maybelline Total Temptation Brow Definer (RRP $13.95)
Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara (RRP $19.95)


Giveaway!

As usual, I've bundled up some of this month's faves and added a cute Lovisa boxed jewellery set 

Giveaway prize

Here's a closeup of the necklace and earrings - they're so sparkly!

Lovisa Jewellery set
  • Lovisa Owl Necklace & Earring Set
  • Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara
  • Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Cooling Gel Scrub
  • Olay Regenerist Advanced Anti-Aging Detoxifying Pore Scrub
  • Reach Dentotape
  • Skin Republic Pink Clay Mud Sheet Mask
  • Skin Republic Seaweed Hydrogel Mask
  • St. Ives Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub
All items were purchased by me and the total prize value is approx $100. The giveaway is open to...
Australian Residents Only! 
Here's how to enter...
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    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Friday, 7 June 2019

    SPOTLIGHT: Favourite April 2019 LOTD's...

    This April LOTD's post was supposed to go up in May, and being so late, I considered combining these 12 darlings with this month's selection. But there were just too many gorgeous shades to cull, so another lippie post will be coming your way hot on the heels of this one ...


    Given we've hit winter, let's start with the ones that look like they're chock-full of Vitamin C ...


    1. NYX Cosmic Metals Lip Cream - Speed of Light. Being a limited edition, and only available now on Amazon and eBay, I should really stop teasing you with pics of this beauty. On the other hand, I keep hoping that if there are still current mentions on the web of how FANTASTIC this range was, NYX might reconsider and bring it back ...
    2. Innoxa Summer Matte - Tangerine. A fabulously citrus orange hey - this one I've had for ages, and it's still a regular in my repertoire because non-streaky lipsticks in this shade are rare, thank you Innoxa! ...
    3. Bourjois Rouge Velvet The Lipstick - Brownette. Brown lippies that are rich and lush are also few and far between, but fortunately, Bourjois appreciates the desire some of us gals have for something as warm and toasty as this earthy babe ...



    4. Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Chilli. One of the most comfortable formulas in my experience, I reviewed these HERE and loved them so much I bought the three above, plus a couple more in the plums and pinks section below. All very similar sassy shades, but sufficiently different for someone who appreciates the tint variations. Chilli is bright and bold and leaning towards the warmer orangey spectrum ...
    5. Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Scarlet. Scarlet is blood red - no mistaking it's bold and potent haemoglobin content, Dracula would be drooling over this ...
    6. Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Rhubarb. A challenge for both my camera to capture and your monitor to display, this one is softer and more subtle IRL than the other two reds, with a couple of drops of pink added to make it a tad less scary if reds have you thinking twice. I think you'll agree though that all three are stunners ... 



    7. Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Plum. Be still my beating heart - there are moments like this when I think plum is my absolute favourite lippie shade ...
    8. Chi Chi Viva La Viva Lipstick - Lady Bump. Oh, joy of joys, even though I've had this for yonks, their website still has it listed - one of the most divine plum/berry lipsticks to ever grace the cosmetic shelves, awesome price and moisture-rich formula. Wear this if you want to slay, and I mean no prisoners lol ...
    9. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate - 30. Another one that could sway me away from all the other hues if it wasn't for my rainbow wardrobe. Kate knows her berries, and this is super sweet, succulent and juicy fruit all the way ...



    10. NYX Intense Butter Lip Gloss - Spice Cake. And then, of course, there is Spice Cake, which makes me yearn not for cake, but a strudel with cream cheese and blackberries. I swear when I wear this I'm salivating all day, but I don't need to lick my lips as this gloss keeps them super soft and supple between meals ...
    11. Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Violet. The perfect transition shade if you've grown weary of pink but you're not quite ready to take the plunge into the berry deep-end. In case you hadn't noticed, I'm madly in love with this new Nutrimetics range ...
    12. Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate - 20. One decibel away from Barbie-land, this always lifts my spirits and I can laugh at whatever challenges life throws at me. Kate also knows her pinks ...

    Any faves here? Have a brilliant long weekend lovelies!

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Wednesday, 5 June 2019

    REVIEW: Eaoron Makeup Remover Balm...

    Every change of season, I have my fingers crossed that I'll stumble upon a new gem to add to my skincare arsenal, and although winter only started a few days ago, I've already found my latest cold weather jewel - Eaoron Makeup Remover Balm. I actually spotted it in Chemist Warehouse a few weeks ago (on spesh for $19.99), but only used it for the first time on Saturday. It literally dissolves all makeup (including the long-wear and waterproof kind) in seconds and leaves the skin deep cleansed, silky soft and amply nourished - in short, it's simply beautiful ...


    It's the solid type (a traveller's delight) that melts as soon as you rub a little between your palms, and is made from Shea Butter and 10 Aussie essential oils including Jojoba, Sunflower, Tea Tree, Rose, Macadamia, Lavender, Eucalyptus and Lemon Peel. There's barely any scent, no added fragrance and the box blurb advises it's suitable for those with sensitive skin. The packaging is simplistic yet très elegant - a sturdy plastic tub with a keep-fresh insert under the lid, and a spatula to hygienically scoop out the creamy coloured contents ...


    Balms and oils are my go-to once the temperature drops, mainly because they actually feel warm when they touch the skin - unlike gels and creams which have a cooling effect, and the chill can be a bit of a shock when the temperature gauge hits single figures. I just massage the balm all over my face and neck, and then wipe off with a soft cloth and warm water - the washcloth rinses clean too so there's no residue makeup stain ...


    While I still love the Nutrimetics and Clinique balms I've tried, this one scored bonus beauty points for being far more accessible as well as affordable, although I had to ask for it at CW as it wasn't on display after my first purchase...

    I've yet to explore most of the other products from the brand, but the Eaoron sheet masks are excellent quality and value, and this balm has certainly earned a place on my bench ...

    What's your fave winter face cleanser?

    Take care of you,
    kats xxx

    Sunday, 26 May 2019

    REVIEW: Nutrimetics Mineral Clay Masque...

    If you've been here before or follow my Instagram account (@katshepsutt), you'll know that I'm pretty mad keen on simple home face treatments - sheet masks in particular for my Sunday treat, and there's usually quite a few descriptions and pics in my Empties posts every month. But I've also been reaping the benefits of a mid-week cream masque - the combination of the two different styles is keeping my complexion fresh, clear and hydrated. Interestingly I haven't reviewed many cream-style masques over the years mainly because I find a pot or tube will last me 12 months or more, and so I don't tend to buy/try many in case they go off or dry up.  My latest discovery though deserves its own page 'cos it's just so darn good - Nutrimetics Mineral Clay Masque with Apricot Extract & Soybean Oil ...


    Clay masques are my absolute favourite for deep cleansing & pore refining - there's something about the kaolin and bentonite that draws out the goop from any clogged pores, which always look a bit smaller afterwards (bonus!). I've been using this one religiously every week for around two months, and my complexion is certainly the better for it - more refined, refreshed and becalmed. The cream is a pale caramel colour - far less frightening if you're spotted mid-treatment, and while the consistency is thick and rich, it spreads effortlessly. The scent is very faint, earthy and organic, and there's no added fragrance listed in the ingredients ...


    Apart from water, the formula contains kaolin, zinc oxide, bentonite, glycerin, burdock, verbena & apricot extract, and soybean oil - some of these inclusions are known to assist with troubled skin, whether it be dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema or acne, none of which I'm blessed to NOT be dealing with, but I sometimes experience dry patches or flaky areas, all of which have vanished since I started including this baby in my regime ...


    Below you can see the density and skin flattering colour of the cream on the left - the pic on the right was taken after 30 minutes, almost completely dry, and you can probably guess why I didn't photograph this on my face lol! After rinsing with a soft cloth and warm water, my skin is ridiculously soft, deeply cleansed, and even more ready to absorb the rest of my skin care products ...


    The packaging is the simple and elegant standard presentation from Nutrimetics - a tube with a flip top cap, which I far prefer to a jar for both ease of dispensing, as well as protection from contamination, and reduced chances of the product drying out ...


    The tube is 125ml and the RRP is $40 - as with all my Nutrimetics product purchases, I picked this up on special for almost half that. I was so impressed after the first couple of uses, I ordered another one stat, and I'm giving it away to one of you lovelies who'd like to try it ...

    The giveaway is open to...
    Australian Residents Only! 
    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 on this page, you won't be included in the draw!) If you're unable to leave a comment for technical reasons, please email your answer to katshepsutt(at)gmail.com.
    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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      Woo hoo! - random.org has chosen the beautiful Annamaree as the winner.  
      Congratulations gorgeous! 
      Annamaree please respond to the email I've sent you by midnight
      Wednesday 5th June to claim your prize :-)
      Edit: Annamaree has claimed her prize 
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      Best of luck to all who enter!

      Take care of you,
      kats xxx