Sunday, 5 July 2020

SPOTLIGHT: Favourite May & June 2020 LOTD's...

If you follow my Instagram account, you would have noticed that instead of the regular five-days-a-week appearances, my LOTD uploads are somewhat sporadic and erratic. Due to COVID, I'm only heading into the office every second week, and while I'm still wearing makeup just about every day, I'm saving my dress-ups (and consequently my LOTD pics) for those days when I go to the workplace. Consequently, I've not had many lip love photos to choose from, but below are what I put together from the May & June limited assortment...

Collage of May/June 2020 favourite lip colours

What's been interesting is that my lipstick application skills soon deteriorate if I don't keep up the practice, so some of these are a bit lopsided - anyways the colours and textures are what count, right?

Colourpop DM, NYX Shady & Revlon Coy


1. Colourpop Ultra Metallic Lip - DM. A regular, I trot this out when I'm wearing golden browns from my wardrobe. In July last year, I said it was too drying and was going to toss it, but in the end, I couldn't bear to do it as I've nothing else quite like it, and I solved the problem by applying a thin layer of balm underneath ...
2. NYX SlipTease Lip Lacquer - Shady. You'll see these fairly often as they are totally fabulous - full review of the majority of the shades is HERE. Still can't believe I picked these up for $7 each from Priceline ...
3. Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm - Coy. I've had this for ages and I'm bamboozled as to why I've never worn it. Lost in a sea of lip products, I'm delighted I singled it out. It's gorgeous - creamy, moist, wears pretty well, super convenient being in crayon form, and I just adore the colour ...


Antipodes South Pacific Coral, Maybelline Rose Rush & Seraphine Cherry Cream


4. Antipodes - South Pacific Coral. Received this in a surprise gift from the brand, and I wear it fairly regularly. It's actually a lot brighter in the tube but I'm experimenting with different lip liners underneath to see if I can get it to really pop. Fabulous formula, sooooo comfortable ...
5. Maybelline Color Sensational Rebel Bloom - Rose Rush. Seems to be only available on eBay now - such an unusual and pretty orangey-pinky-red. I'll keep wearing it though in the hope that MNY changes their mind and brings it back - LOVE IT! ...
6. Seraphine Botanicals Vegan Berry Tint - Cherry Cream.  Three years old and still going strong. Supremely comfortable with brilliant coverage and wears well. Although it does get a little dry after a few hours, reapplication is smooth and makes it all creamy again ...


Maybelline Pioneer, Avon Mark Berry Cute & IBY Beauty Mardi Gras

7. Maybelline Superstay Matte Ink - Pioneer. How about that red hey? These liquid lippies are astonishingly good - methinks I need a few more in my kit. Their lasting power is amazing, and the comfort-factor is way up there ...
8. Avon Mark Lipstick - Berry Cute.  Love the name, the colour, the formula - I think this is appearance #4 in my faves posts, will definitely be a fifth ...
9. IBY Beauty High Intensity Lipstick - Mardi Gras. I keep this for the shade - it has a very high blue content which makes it just the right colour for several outfits. It's a little drier than other formulas, but my obsession with matching is stronger than my desire for comfort lol ...

Would any of these suit you?

Take care of you, and keep your loved ones safe,
kats xxx

Sunday, 28 June 2020

REVIEW: Sarah Jessica Parker SJP EDP...

As mentioned in a previous post, my collection has expanded (oops!) through various avenues, but I bought Sarah Jessica Parker's Stash myself, and without testing it first. I was actually after the 30ml bottle from Chemist Warehouse as it was only $9.99 (only a few dollars more than a roller-ball, which is how I normally test fragrances) and the reviews were amazing, but my local store was out of stock of that size, so I bit the bullet and took a chance on the 100ml for $29.99 which was all they had on the shelf. Well, as it turned out, fate was guiding me to yet another blissful aromatic experience - it was love at first spritz, and if I'd only been able to get hold of the 30ml, I would have raced back to get my hands on the bigger size anyway. Oh boy, this is a beauty, and for that price, it's my bargain blind-buy of the year! ...

SJP Stash bottle on a gold mesh mat surrounded by a sparkly black choker

My fave scents for the cooler weather are warm spicy orientals, and this one hits the mark - a bullseye in fact. It's vastly different from the other SJP scents I have, and I'm delighted that she has included a winner from this genre in her lineup.  It was released in 2016 but I obviously missed it - still I'm making up for lost time by spraying this every other day, it's that good ...

SJP Stash bottle, box and drawstring bag

The presentation is a delight. A glossy black box with the name embossed on a diagonal strip that's been made to appear like a fabric label. At first, I thought the box was damaged (it was sealed in cellophane), but it turns out that the attention to detail is astonishing - the edges of the "label" have been made to look slightly frayed, like it really is made of fabric! Inside the box, the bottle is encased in the cutest black grosgrain bag with the name in sparkly gold, and an equally sparkly gold drawstring. The bottle itself is quite simple and solid, with the same diagonal black label (Johnny Walker?) and around the neck is a leathery cord with a little gold "SJP" button attached. I can't believe it was only $30! ...

SJP Stash bottle and drawstring bag

The fragrance is pretty close to being a masterpiece - leaning towards a masculine style, it's aromatic, woody, earthy, leathery and spicy, and the colour of dark rum. One of the most distinctive and standout fragrances I've come across from the celebrity world, this is an absolute gem. Lasts for hours and hours (let's say around 8). I spray it on before bed and I'm still floating on its heavenly cloud the next morning, and yet it isn't what I would call intrusive. The drydown is just as sassy and magnetic as the initial spray, but it mellows into something even more stunning, something that should cost a helluva lot more. There's only one fruit ingredient - grapefruit, but to my nose it's more like fig, which gives it a slight gourmand character. The rest is spice-heaven - black pepper, cedar, ginger lily, pistachio, olibanum (frankincense), vetiver, massoia wood (slightly coconutty) and musk. I'm totally besotted ...

SJP Stash bottle, box and drawstring bag

Some folks have labelled this "bohemian" or "too hippy for the office" but I beg to differ. It's sensual and a tad provocative, but not enough for me to NOT wear it to work. I'd wear it anywhere, anytime, but probably limit it (if I can) to the cooler weather. Adore! ...

 Have you tried Stash yet? Are spicy orientals your fragrance thing?

Take care of you, and keep safe,
kats xxx

Sunday, 14 June 2020

REVIEW: Elizabeth Taylor Passion EDT...

One of my perfume passions is Elizabeth Taylor's Violet Eyes - I've adored it for years but it's a challenge to find it anywhere in stock. So I decided to revisit some others from her collection that I'd dismissed many years ago, and I was both pleasantly surprised & delighted to find that my tastes have changed. And while nothing can replace the one I absolutely adore, her Passion EDT has scored a place up near the top of my list ...

Elizabeth Taylor's Passion bottle, box and a heart-shaped diamond

I admit than when I first sampled it (probably 20 years ago) my first reaction was "old lady perfume", which is why I've avoided it till now. But senses change over time, as do chemical reactions on the skin, and having scored a miniature in a boxed set, I sprayed a teeny bit on my wrist and was like, wow! It really is SO beautiful - woody and powdery with Liz's trademark gardenia content, and more than a dash of spice and incense. Rich and sensual, it's amazingly potent for an EDT - actually has more lasting power than some of my far more expensive EDP's! ...

 Passion bottle,diamante bracelet and a heart-shaped diamond necklace

Not a fragrance if you prefer to blend in, this is a powerhouse oriental for the woman that has no fear of being noticed. There are more than 20 different notes in this elixir - the main ones I can detect are gardenia, bergamot, sandalwood, patchouli, jasmine, cedar, rose, leather, musk, vanilla, incense and sandalwood, and they all blend magically into an elegant and alluring fragrance that is as unforgettable as Elizabeth herself. It's the first one she created and was released in 1988 - now that's what I call staying power ...

 Passion bottle,box & diamante bracelet

I'm in two minds about the packaging though - on the one hand, the bottle is a gorgeous deep purple art-deco style with a diamond shape embossed in the middle (no surprises there) however the cap is cheap and tacky looking and doesn't do justice to the rest of the presentation. But, given the beauty of what's inside, all is forgiven ...

Flatlay of Passion bottle & diamante bracelet

Being an EDT, I expected it to be relatively weak but the initial spritz is quite strong - while the dry down is far softer, I still recommend caution with the application. I pretty much doused myself in it on the first day and regretted it later as too much of anything (even fabulous fragrance) is just plain waste, and I never want to run out of this stunner ...

Flatlay of Passion bottle, box, heart-shaped necklace & diamante bracelet

Passion is a warm and embracing floral oriental EDT that encapsulates all the fire and softness that is womanhood, and I'm staggered that it lasts all day - no kidding lovelies, this puts many other fragrances to shame, it's as enduring as the legend herself. And the price is crazy - at the moment the 74ml bottle is on special at Chemist Warehouse for $30! There's no doubt about it - I'm passionate about Passion ...

Are you a fan of any of Elizabeth Taylor's perfumes? Do you enjoy oriental fragrances?

Take care of you, and keep safe,
kats xxx

Monday, 8 June 2020

May 2020 Empties & Giveaway!...

Well, I think you can see from the picture what I've been working on the most during the last month of isolation lol - yes the old eye bags are starting to get the better of me so I've upped the frequency of the overnight eye patches to see if I can slow down the deterioration. They are helping quite a bit with the puffiness, and with the recent half-price sales of the Skin Republic range at Woolies & Coles, I think I can maintain the treatment for another month to see if a daily application is worth the expense. As for the rest of the May Empties, there are quite a few new discoveries in this bunch, although it's just my luck that some have been discontinued. All the same, here we go ... 


Body

Method Pink Grapefruit Naturally Derived Hand Wash - (354ml, RRP $5)
Fell in love with the colour and the scent of this hand wash - I SO have a thing about pink grapefruit, and this mix also includes blood orange and cassis. A truly lovely product that's gentle on the skin and looks so pretty on the vanity. Triclosan-free, biodegradable and not tested on animals, it has only one little flaw - the container becomes unstable once you get down to the last few centimetres ...
Repurchase?
Not yet - I may just buy the refill pouch and refill another less wobbly container ...

SheaMoisture Manuka Honey & Mafura Oil Intensive Hydration Body Wash - (384ml, RRP $10)
This came with one of my regular Shea Moisture orders - they had a deal at the checkout where I was able to select a free product, and this was what I went for. So glad I did because it's brilliant, and I've since ordered another. It's one of their Limited Editions, but one I hope will be available for a while. Super enriching, it's perfect for dry winter skin, and also contains African Rock Fig & Baobab Oil. Has a deliciously sweet honey-ish scent with a hint of fig, yum! ...
Repurchase?
Sure did ...

Regulars
Oral-B 3D White Luxe Glamorous White Toothpaste (96g, RRP $9.49)
Reach Dentotape (20m, RRP $2.99)
SheaMoisture Raw Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash (384ml, RRP $24.95)
White Glo Charcoal Total Mouth Detox Whitening Mouthwash (500ml, RRP $6.99)


Face


MIÓD Skincare Balancing Face Oil  (30ml, RRP $45)
This partly used sample bottle has been on my bench for almost 3 years - embarrassing, and I didn't realise it had been that long until I looked it up on my blog to find out where it came from. It was the March 2017 edition of the Good Green Box, a subscription service that sadly is no more. Smells so incredibly DIVINE, I'm at a loss as to why I started using it and then stopped. But kudos to this brand as the product is just as delicious and stable, even after all this time, and leaves my skin feeling fabulously soothed, radiant and replenished. It's formulated especially for oily/combo skin - lightweight, and it absorbs magically. This is really something special ...
Repurchase?
I reckon so ...

Neutrogena HydroBoost Night Concentrate  (50g, RRP $26.99)
Bought this to try as I love the sheet masks in this range. Not so fussed on this - it was fine for the summer, but I didn't find it anywhere near moisturising enough for these cooler months. So pretty to look at though and it smells, hmmm, ok - it has little blue beads suspended in the gel, but I found they didn't always dissolve and stayed on my skin surface, which was a tad annoying. I think in general I'm not a fan of these new gel moisturisers - I don't like the sticky feeling they leave behind, I prefer the slip & slide of a standard formula ...
Repurchase?
I think not ...

Neutrogena HydroBoost Water Gel Cleanser  (145ml, RRP $15.99)
I've actually had this on the bench for over a year but didn't finish it off till now as I was so enamoured with their Pink Grapefruit Oil-Free Acne Wash throughout the hot season. Doesn't take up much space on the bench, nice fresh scent, highly effective on waterproof makeup, but didn't notice any benefit in the hydration department ...
Repurchase?
Maybe, but not till the weather warms up ...

Nivea 3-in-1 Urban Skin Detox Clay Wash  (150ml, RRP $9.99)
Love this - used it as a scrub as I also have the separate 1 Minute Mask in the same range. Green tea, black rice & kaolin clay - a great combo for my skin, gentle enough to use every day as the consistency is more like a polish, and I would except I get bored using the same thing too often. Leaves my face feeling soft and smooth, adore the clean fresh fragrance ...
Repurchase?
Yes, it's been replaced already ...

Olay Regenerist Whip UV Cream SPF 30  (50g, RRP $48.99)
My new #1 day-cream - I've always loved the Regenerist range, and I'm thrilled that they've introduced this Whip version with SPF 30. Used this all throughout the summer without any greasies emerging during the day. The scent is so lovely - fresh & invigorating and a pleasure to experience every time. Kicking myself a bit as I bought this and the Luminous one during the same bargain sale, so I need to use up that one next, but it doesn't have the same scent although it's supposed to minimise pores. Either way, I'm pretty impressed with Olay, just wish their jars were recyclable ...
Repurchase?
Absolutely ...

Regulars
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover (112ml, RRP $10.89) 
Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence (40ml, RRP $39.99) 
Swisspers Make-up Pads (Pack of 80, RRP $3.79)

Face Masks


Anko (Kmart) Evening Primrose Botanical Eye Mask (2 pairs, RRP $3)
I did a rave review of the Raspberry Leaf variety last month, and haven't been able to buy them since - totally sold out! Fortunately, I bought these a few months ago, but I haven't seen them since either - I think COVID has a lot to do with their lack of availability in that they are made in China, and I reckon every second gal who's working from home has bought up the supply. They're terrific, cheap as chips, and if you ever see them on the racks, buy lots ...
Repurchase?
Would if I could ...


Anko (Kmart) Red Ginseng Botanical Eye Mask (2 pairs, RRP $3)
Ditto the above ...
Repurchase?
Ditto the above ...

Andalou CannaCell Glow Mask (50g, RRP $22.99)
This came my way via the beautyheaven Natural Beauty Event late last year - gave it 5 gold stars, and having finished the jar, still feel it deserves each and every one of them. My first experience with an enzyme mask - interesting green jelly with an unusual but pleasant botanical fragrance, and even more interesting stinging sensation when applied, though not to the point of being uncomfortable. I was expecting my face to be a slightly irritated pink when I washed off the cream, but it just looked more glowy and healthy than usual ...
Repurchase?
Definitely - I have four opened masks on the vanity at the mo' but will buy a jar once I finish one of them ...

Regulars
Skin Republic 24K Gold Aquagel Under Eye Patch (2 pairs, RRP $12.99)
Skin Republic Collagen Hydrogel Under Eye Patch (3 pairs, RRP $9.99)
Skin Republic Retinol Hydrogel Under Eye Patch (3 pairs, RRP $9.99)


Hair

mydentity demi-permanent Hair Colour - Silver Smoke (58g, RRP $28.95)
At last I've found a silvery grey hair colour that doesn't contain any yellow and doesn't fade to reveal golden highlights. It's been quite a struggle but I found this on the MyHairCare&Beauty website - one of those places that sell salon products. It costs twice as much as supermarket hair colour but when I want something really bad, I'll pay for it. This demi I used with 30 vol developer and it barely faded in 6 weeks - amazing! The only problem is it doesn't cover my white hair all that well so I'll be buying the permanent one next time ...
Repurchase?
You betcha ...

Regulars
Goldwell Kerasilk Control Shampoo (250ml, RRP $35.95)


Makeup


Australis Full On Foundation SPF30 - Natural Fawn (15g, RRP $18)
I have to stop buying foundation when it's on sale, and when I already have a stack to use up. This one was under $10 from the Australis website, and by the time I opened it and discovered how brilliant it was, there were none left because, again, it's been discontinued. The most amazing full coverage foundation stick that was a perfect skin tone match, didn't cake or crease, and it had SPF30. Why oh why did Australis stop making it? I even used a brush to poke down into the wind-up tube to get the last of it out. Sob! ...
Repurchase?
Not available any more ...

Maybelline Dream Liquid Mousse - Sand Beige (30ml, RRP $22.95)
I found this stuck down the back of one of my stash drawers - I think it's been there for a few years as I don't remember buying it, and the range has been discontinued. This is the problem when you have too many stash drawers! But I DO remember that I loved it, and considering it was unopened I decided to use it up. So glad I did because this is the perfect shade for me, and I love the formula - excellent coverage without looking gluggy or mask-like. Over the years I've been enamoured with just about any MNY foundation that has "Dream" in the name (and there's been quite a few) and this was no exception. Currently using their Dream Urban Cover foundation, so the love affair continues ...
Repurchase?
Not available any more ...

Maybelline Face Studio Prime Pore Minimising Primer (30ml, RRP $17.95)
This was on special from somewhere, but it's still available lol! Almost the same mousse formula/texture/finish as my fave DB Cosmetics one. Fills in the gigantic pores on my nose and an overall terrific mattifying primer. Creates a silky smooth base for foundation, and I apply it on the days I don't wear any makeup as it cuts the shine and makes my skin look better than it is ...
Repurchase?
Yes - this is a great alternative if my fave isn't available ...

Regulars
BYS Highlighting Palette (5 pans + brush, RRP $14.95)
RapidLash Eyelash Enhancing Serum (3ml, RRP $69)


Giveaway


This month I have a special "restriction-lifting" pack to celebrate the return to the workplace and a bit more socialising, but always with caution hey...



  • Essence Hey Cheeks Blush, Bronzer & Highlighter Palette
  • Nutrimetics Nourishing Lip Oil
  • Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Violet
  • Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Frosted Grape
  • Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Aztec Bronze
  • Nutrimetics Silk Creme Lipstick - Scarlet
  • Synergie Skin Sanitiser Spray for hands & surfaces

Here are the lipstick colours...


And here's what's inside the Essence palette (it has a clear plastic protective cover that's reflecting the light, which is why the pans look a bit wonky)


All items were purchased by me and the approximate value is $200.  The giveaway is open to...

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Take care of you, and keep safe
kats xxx

Sunday, 31 May 2020

REVIEW: Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP...

So here we are in June already, and it suddenly hit me that I haven't done a fragrance review on the old blogaroo so far this year - wtf? I've a bit of catching up to do as I've added a few to my collection in 2020 (some bought, some gifted), so I'll start with this beauty, Yves Saint Laurent Black Opium EDP. Scored this intoxicating elixir last birthday, put it away for the Summer, and I've only just started wearing it now that the weather has cooled down. Strictly an under 20 degrees Celcius perfume (well for me anyway), this darling scores 10/10 for wow factor & 11/10 for presentation. People in the know talk about fragrance DNA and that often flankers have a similar base, but this is a whole new beast ...
Black Opium bottle & box on silver sequinned background

Same bottle shape as the original, but coated in a glossy black roughened texture (some say "sequinned", I say more like stone). The overall look is stunning, though nowhere near as photogenic camera-wise. I struggled for hours to find a background and lighting that would show off its beauty adequately, but I'm reasonably happy with the end result, and after all, it's what it looks & feels like in-person, and what's inside that counts hey  The liquid itself is a soft blush gold that ties in with the box trim beautifully, a detail that is appreciated by this matchaholic lol. When sprayed onto a tissue it is the palest pink (important for those who spray their clothes) but dries to almost invisible...

Black Opium bottle on black sequinned background

But enough about the packaging, let's get onto the juice, and what a juice it is. Top notes are advertised as pink pepper, orange blossom & pear, but I get vanilla spiced with a sprinkling of coffee from the get-go. It only takes a few minutes for a cloud of jasmine to explode, and that just about wipes out the coffee on my skin. There's the merest hint of liquorice, and as the minutes tick by, the patchouli waves hello and that plus the cedar takes the edge off the sweetness of the vanilla, almost like it's been toasted. Fascinating. Every now and then I catch a little whisp of fruit (it's pear but I can't tell) but overall, it's pretty much an earthy, spiced floral vanilla ...
Black Opium bottle & black sequinned choker on silver sequinned background

It doesn't last as long as I'd hoped (only a few hours) and it stays quite close to the body, but that makes it a lot more office-friendly. There are tons of fragrances out there with a strong vanilla element so competition is fierce, but Black Opium has a slightly more sophisticated and mature edge than the ones I have, so she's high on my list of faves. My heart still belongs to the original formula though ...

Is Black Opium in your collection, or do you prefer the original?

Take care of you, and keep safe,
kats xxx

Sunday, 24 May 2020

REVIEW: Weleda Creamy Body Wash...

If you've been here before you'll be aware that I have a thing about hydrating body washes, and ones that don't contain SLS. It's not that I'm allergic to SLS (fortunately) but ever since I committed to not using any shower products that included this suss ingredient, my bod skin has been a helluva lot smoother and softer, and the little flaky and slightly crusty bits on my arms have disappeared completely. Consequently, I'm forever in search mode for body washes and gels that can maintain the progress I've made, as well as put some moisture back into my skin while I shower (I'm SO lazy with body lotion), in the cooler weather especially. So after falling head over heels for both versions of Skin Food, I decided to give the Weleda Creamy Body Wash a shot to see if it was worthy of joining my collection ...

Weleda Pomegranate & Citrus body washes on a towel with spiky plants

I'm also a scentophile - one of those folks who absolutely MUST have a delicious scent to accompany every step of my body and beauty regime, and Weleda has fabulous fragrances in spades. If you're scent-sensitive though, keep reading as I have something for you too ...

Weleda Citrus Creamy Body Wash

Weleda Citrus Creamy Body wash pictured with a lemon & a lime

I had my fingers crossed that this would have the same refreshing and uplifting lemon fragrance as the Skin Food and can confirm that it does. Oh bliss, oh joy! I usually park my citrusy shower products in the cooler weather, but I'm making an exception for this one as it is just that - exceptional! The formula is as advertised - creamy, and with the inclusion of organic sesame oil (second highest content after water), deliciously hydrating and leaves my skin soft, supple and lightly fragranced. All the cleansing ingredients in this product are plant-based, in fact, the entire formula is 100% natural. It doesn't lather up as much as some others, but the bubbles are super creamy and there is heaps of slip - my washcloth effortlessly glides over my skin with only a very small quantity. LOVE! ...

Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body Wash

Weleda Pomegranate Creamy Body wash pictured with orange/red autumn leaves

I was expecting this to have a pomegranate scent, but OMG it's something else again - a mix of vanilla, blood orange and sandalwood. It's fantastic! Fruity yes, but also sensual and spicy - I would wear it as a perfume if it was available. I find this formula is slightly more enriching and hydrating than the citrus one - as well as pomegranate seed oil, it has sesame, sunflower and macadamia seed oils, and actually the range is aimed at preventing premature ageing of the skin. Same creamy texture and low lather. LOVE LOVE! ...

Weleda Almond Sensitive Skin Body Wash

Weleda Almond Sensitive Body wash pictured with pale pink petals

Even though I don't have what I would classify as sensitive skin, I bought this one as I find most products designed for skins that irritate easily are invariably super gentle, highly nourishing and contain very little or no scent. Hmm, I think I just described this little darling. The main ingredient is sweet almond oil (also contains shea butter), and while fragrance is listed (from natural essential oils) it's so faint I can barely detect it, even in the heat of the shower. But if I rub a little under my nose I can just make out...almonds. I'll be mixing this with a little of the Pomegranate Body Oil (that I just ordered lol!) to stop me getting bored, but that's just me and my passion for scented products ... 

All 3 Weleda body washes pictured on large green leaves

So there you are lovelies - delighted to have these join my cold-weather collection, and I'll be exploring more from this brand. The Creamy Body Wash also comes in Lavender, Evening Primrose, Wild Rose and Sea Buckthorn varieties, most with matching bath milk, body lotion and hand cream. I bought mine from Nourished Life, but you can also purchase from the Weleda website.  RRP is $19.95 for 200ml - more expensive than supermarket brands, but they are highly concentrated so less is needed, they're free from the usual bad boys, contain 100% certified natural ingredients, and not tested on animals ...

What's your favourite Weleda product?

Take care of you, and keep safe,
kats xxx

Sunday, 17 May 2020

April 2020 Empties & Giveaway!...

What a revealing month for Empties April was! With the rather sudden reduction in the volume of what I went through, it's pretty obvious that I use quite a lot of products for presenting myself to the outside world, and working from home combined with only venturing to the shops one day per week sure made a significant difference. I also decided to give my hair a break from any major colouring attempts and bought half a dozen newsboy caps instead lol. Still, there's a couple of interesting skincare items in this lot, so on with the reviews ...

Every product I finished in April 2020

Body

Black Chicken Remedies Axilla Deodorant Paste (15g, RRP $7.95)
Rated this #3 in my Top 6 Aluminium-free Deodorants (review HERE), and the only reason it won 3rd prize is because I have to use my fingers to apply it. Other than that little fussy-folly of mine, this stuff is legendary ...
Repurchase?
If they made it in a stick form, you betcha ...


KOi Relaxing Body Wash - Jasmine & Sandalwood (500ml, RRP $8)
Beautifully fragranced, natural ingredients, great price, SLS & cruelty-free - a truly lovely body wash available from supermarkets, but just not quite enough hydrating power to meet my new baseline requirements ...
Repurchase?
Maybe next Summer ...

Schmidt's Bergamot + Lime Natural Deodorant (75g, RRP $13.99)
Schmidt's deodorants are my current #1 in the aluminium-free range, and I'm crazy about the Charcoal & Magnesium, Cedarwood & Juniper & Lavender & Sage varieties, but not this one. It works brilliantly and has a lovely zesty fragrance, but the little lumps in it (I think it's baking soda) are way too hard and scratchy - so much so I found this quite painful to apply. I bought it on special at Priceline so it may have been old stock and dried out, but I won't get it again just in case that's the way it is - it's just too harsh for my pits...
Repurchase?
No...

Regulars
Reach Dentotape (20m, RRP $2.99)
White Glo Charcoal Total Mouth Detox Whitening Mouthwash (500ml, RRP $6.99)

Face

Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (50ml, RRP $205)
One of the ritzy-ditzy products in the 2019 lookfantastic Advent Calendar, and one I was super excited to try, especially given the rave reviews and hefty price tag. Well now, I'm a little puzzled as I really didn't find it fabulous at all. Mind you I only used it at night. On the plus side, it's a lovely textured cream, very light, and the tiniest amount spreads so easily and absorbs well, but I didn't find it the least bit special - there were no obvious improvements in my fine lines, moisture levels or elasticity. The fragrance was disappointingly bleah - like an old-fashioned el-cheapo cold-cream, but not even as pleasant as that. Marketed as "a revolutionary anti-aging product", sorry folks it didn't work for me...
Repurchase?
No way...

Indeed Labs Snoxin Facial Line & Wrinkle Fighting Serum (30ml, RRP ?)
This has been in my stockpile drawer for longer than I can remember (like maybe 2 years), and I probably shouldn't review it at all as it's no longer for sale (there is a new version Snoxin II). But the seal was intact so I decided not to toss it. Actually, a lovely and amazingly slippery serum which left my skin feeling so silky smooth, but there were no obvious improvements. The box said "4 x better than $500+ serums" - maybe mine was old and had lost its potency, but I can't discount how fabulous it made my skin feel, and would definitely try the new version ...
Repurchase?
Snoxin II, yes ...

Liar Wrinkle Cheater Eye Roller Serum (12ml, RRP $39.95)
This came in the July 2019 Bellabox, and because it has a metal roller ball, I put it away till the warmer weather as it felt so cold on my face. Silly me - it's SO good! The best roller-ball eye serum I've ever tried - I don't know how or why, but unlike every other eye cream with this kind of dispenser, the Liar ball never EVER drags on my delicate skin. On first application, there is an immediate tightening sensation, and my eyes look refreshed and feel perfectly hydrated. No improvement to my eye bags, but my crow's feet are less deep and the under-eye area especially has lost that crepey withered look - 100% natural ingredients too ...
Repurchase?
Ooh yes ...

L'Oreal Pure Clay Exfoliating Scrub (150ml, RRP $14.99)
Absolutely LOVE the smell of this scrub and how it leaves my skin so soft and de-flaked without being harsh, although I wouldn't use it on my old skin more than once a week. It's messy (like the charcoal one) so best used in the shower, but it's a great product and a great price. No less than three clays plus red algae ...
Repurchase?
Yes ma'am ...


Nivea Q10 Power Anti-Wrinkle Replenishing Day Cream for 60+ Skin (50ml, RRP $23.99)
Trialled this for beautyheaven throughout the summer, I gave it 5 stars - my review is 4th from the bottom of the page HERE. Needs a light hand with the quantity or else there's a high probability of T-zone shine, but overall I loved it. So often the creams made for us oldies are way too rich for my skin and I end up with clogged pores, but not with this darling. The fragrance is fresh and delightful, and the price is surprisingly low, just wish it was 30+ SPF ...
Repurchase?
Sure will ...

Regulars
Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Make-up Remover (112ml, RRP $10.89) 
Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence (40ml, RRP $39.99) 

Face Masks

Kmart Raspberry Leaf Botanical Eye Mask (2 pairs, RRP $3)
My latest passion in the eye patch arena. These are as cheaps as chips, supremely comfortable, and surprisingly effective - they're the jelly type, almost invisible on the skin, and they slide down if you're standing up, but I wear them to bed. And at $1.50 a pop, I can afford them every night! These ones are for firming, and they also come in Red Ginseng for brightening, and Evening Primrose for hydrating ...
Repurchase?
Silly question lol ...

Regulars
Skin Republic Retinol Hydrogel Under Eye Patch (3 pairs, RRP $9.99)

Fragrance

Sarah Jessica Parker  Lovely EDP (30ml, RRP $9.99)
One of my faves, and the 30ml bottle is the perfect handbag size as well as being totally affordable - lovingly reviewed HERE ...
Repurchase?
Already have ...

Paco Rabanne Lady Million EDP (30ml, RRP $81)
The cutest little sample size, I forget how this came into my hands, but I'm glad it did as I sampled it years ago (when I was a different person ha ha) and didn't think much of it. Have definitely changed my mind about it, but maybe not quite enough to spend $80. Woodsy white flowers with a touch of orange and a base of patchouli. Quite the seductress, but I have caught a drift of it on quite a few gals, and that always puts me off a bit. Still, I might relent ...
Repurchase?
Maybe ...

Regulars

Hair

Kérastase Paris Densifique Densimorphose Treatment Mousse (150ml, RRP $48)
My stylist recommended this for my new spikey haircut, which needs some lift and has a tendency to reveal my scalp in places (and consequently my white roots if I've been slack), so I needed something to create a bit more fullness, and this is it. It doesn't make my hair all goopy and really fluffs it out without adding to the frizz. It's my first ever Kérastase product, and I'm already on my second can ...
Repurchase?
Affirmative ...

Regulars
Salon Professional Supplies Creme Peroxide 5 vol (200ml, RRP $5.95)
Salon Professional Supplies Pro-Colour - Violet Toner (100ml, RRP $14.95)
Schwarzkopf Live Colour Pastels - Cool Grey (RRP $5.49)

Makeup
Regulars
Australis HD Translucent Loose Setting Powder (RRP $16.95)
Eye of Horus Charcoal Obsidian Goddess Pencil (1.2g, RRP $30)
Maybelline Volume Express The Falsies Waterproof Mascara (RRP $19.95)

Giveaway
This month's giveaway prize

Ok, so this month we have up for grabs...
  • Sarah Jessica Parker Lovely EDP 30ml
  • Nourished Life Antibacterial Hand Sanitiser 125ml
  • Shea Moisture African Black Soap Bamboo Charcoal Body Scrub
  • Lacura Cherish Luxury Hand Cream with Peony Flower & Mandarin Oil Extract
  • Peppermint Grove Patchouli & Bergamot Soy Candle 60g
  • Colette Teardrop Diamante Stud Earring & Ring Set (Medium)

All items were purchased by me and the approximate value is $65.  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.
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  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  - check back later tonight to find out who won!

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    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 midnight
    Wednesday 27th May 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, and keep safe,
    kats xxx