Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Review ♡ The Jojoba Company Skincare

I apologise for my massive blogging hiatus over the Christmas season, but I am back today - and hopefully I'll be able to get into some sort of blogging schedule.

Today's post is a review on two products from The Jojoba Company. They are the 100% Natural Australian Jojoba, and the Hydrating Day Cream. Ever since hearing Shannon from Shaaanxo raving about The Jojoba Company, I've wanted to test out their skincare range. After trying out these two products, I now understand what all the fuss is about!

Before I get into the individual products, I just wanted to talk a bit about the brand in general. The Jojoba Company is a natural brand, which focuses on creating skincare based on pure golden jojoba. Their skin care products are free from mineral oils, parabens, artificial fragrances and colours, and contain no animal derivatives. They are also gluten and dairy free, and suitable for vegans.

Each product is packaged in a frosted glass bottle, with a pump on the top. The packaging feels luxurious and looks gorgeous sitting on top of your vanity, and the pump makes it so easy to dispense the right amount of product.

The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Jojoba* is as the name may suggest, pure jojoba oil. This stuff is absolutely fantastic. I apply this under my moisturiser at night whenever my skin is feeling dry and dull, and use it as a makeup remover for long wearing lip products such as the Australis Velourlips or Rimmel Provocalips. This oil breaks down makeup so easily, whilst moisturising the skin at the same time. When I use this all over my face, I wake up in the morning with supple, hydrated and glowing skin. For someone who has dry to normal skin like me, and often suffers from dry patches, this is a miracle product! I own the 85ml size, which retails for $29.95 AUD.

The Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream* is a lovely, lightweight daytime moisturiser. This moisturiser is packed full of wonderful ingredients such as green tea and olive leaf extracts, Siberian ginseng, natural silk peptides, pomegranate, beta glucan, and of course, jojoba oil. I may only recognise a handful of these ingredients, but I can tell that they all work together wonderfully to create a light, yet potent moisturiser. This provides the perfect amount of hydration, without feeling greasy and causing your makeup to slide off your face! It does not include any SPF though, so when using this you must remember to add sun protection. I have the 85ml size, which retails for $52.95 AUD.

Eila xo

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Products marked with a * were provided for consideration, but as per usual, all opinions & thoughts are my own. 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Review & Swatches ♡ Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Lip Colour*

Hello my loves! Long time, no post!

Today's review is on a range of new lip products from Rimmel! They have recently released their Provocalips 16HR Lip Colours*. They are a two-step lip colour, with a coloured lip stain on one end, and a clear glossy top coat on the other.

They claim that "The intense, vibrant colour lasts for up to 16 hours – it’s kiss-proof, food-proof and transfer-proof, only coming off when you want it to. The non-drying, lightweight formula is ultra-comfortable to wear. Lips feel smooth and moisturised.”

The Rimmel Provocalips are packaged in a thin, plastic tube. There is a coloured end, a black section in the middle, and the other side has a white barrel with coloured lip prints. I’m not a huge fan of the lip prints, but I like how slim the packaging is.

There are 8 shades to choose from, which are all quite different from each other. The shades are #110 Dare to Pink (light peach), #200 I’ll Call You (medium rosy pink), #230 Kiss Fatal (deep almost metallic berry), #310 Little Minx (bright fuchsia), #500 Kiss Me You Fool (true red), #550 Play with Fire (dark red), #730 Make Your Move (darker peachy nude), and #700 Skinny Dipping (nude beige). 

Skinny Dipping | Make Your Move | Dare to Pink | I'll Call You |
 Little Minx | Kiss Me You Fool | Play with Fire | Kiss Fatal

To ensure an even colour distribution and finish, I apply the lip colour, and leave it to dry. I either apply just one coat, or apply a few coats for a richer pigmentation. After leaving it to set, I then apply the clear glossy top coat. The top coat can be reapplied throughout the day for more moisture and added shine.

Moving onto the formula, the coloured end is pigmented, and has a lovely thin consistency. As with most long wearing lip products, the Provocalips feel quite grippy on the lips. The texture is smooth and not flaky, and it only feels tacky prior to the topcoat being added. It isn't the most comfortable lip product I own, but for a long lasting product, it has quite a nice formula. They have a light, pleasant scent, which isn't overpowering.

I really like the longevity of these lip colours! They are probably the most long lasting lip products I own! They're so long lasting that they're actually a mission to remove at the end of the night! That's why I haven't included lip swatches, I don't think my lips would survive having to apply and remove all 8 of these in a short amount of time. The photo below shows the swatches after being scrubbed at with a makeup remover wipe.

The Rimmel Provocalips retail for $17.95 each, and can be purchased from Priceline, Chemist Warehouse, Kmart, Target, Big W, etc.

Overall, I'm really impressed by these! They have amazing longevity, and great pigmentation. I probably won't be using these everyday, since I prefer a more moisturising wash of colour for daily wear, but I think they're fabulous for events where you need your lip product to stay on for hours!

Eila xo

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Products marked with a * were provided for consideration, but as per usual, all opinions & thoughts are my own. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Review & Swatches ♡ Chi Chi Glamorous Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

Hello my loves.

Today's review is on my current holy-grail eyeshadow palette. It is the Chi Chi Glamorous Nudes Eyeshadow Palette. This palette is often said to be a dupe for the Urban Decay Naked Palette, but as I do not own that palette, I cannot compare them. What I can say though, is that this is an incredible palette!

This palette comes with 12 neutral shades, two of which are matte, whilst the rest are shimmery. The formula of these shadows is incredible, as they are all buttery smooth, pigmented, and lack fallout. These eyeshadows last all day long on my eyelids, without creasing.

The packaging of the palette isn't the best, but I do not find it to be overly flimsy or cheap looking. The eyeshadows are housed in a plastic packaging, with a black base and a clear lid. The palette also comes with two dual ended sponge tip applicators.

The Chi Chi Glamorous Nudes Palette contains 16g of product, and is manufactured in China. Chi Chi is a cruelty free company, and therefore this product is not tested on animals.

The following photos have been taken in natural lighting, with two swipes of eyeshadow, and without primer.

This palette can be purchased from Myer or Target stores in Australia for $22.95. Any international customers can purchase it off the Chi Chi website, but I will warn you that the postage fees will influence the overall price.

In conclusion, I am a huge fan of this eyeshadow palette. I use it almost every single day, and I think that for the price, the quality of the eyeshadows is impeccable! I would recommend this palette to anyone.

Eila xo

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Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Products marked with a * were provided for consideration, but as per usual, all opinions & thoughts are my own. 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

What's In My Shower ♡

For today's post, I decided to show you guys what's in my shower. I thought it would be a little more practical and less creepy to share my products through a blog post, rather than actually filming a video in my dimly lit bathroom.

Starting off with body washes, I'm currently alternating between the Lush Happy Hippy Shower Gel, and the Lush Sweetie Pie Jelly. The Happy Hippy Shower Gel has a strong grapefruit scent, which I am not a huge fan of, but I do find it to be very practical for cleansing my skin and also for shaving. On the other hand, the Sweetie Pie Jelly has a delicious blackberry scent, but is less practical, with a thick jelly consistency. 

My favourite body scrub at the moment, is the Sanctuary Spa Body Scrub. It gently exfoliates my skin, and leaves it feeling soft and velvety smooth. If i'm being completely honest with you, the next product is one that I often forget to use. The Nivea In-Shower Rich Body Lotion Skin Conditioner is a moisturising product that is designed to be used whilst showering. I am often too lazy to use it, and i'm also not too keen on the slippery residue that it leaves.  

Another shower essential is the Gilette Venus Embrace Razor. I'm not too picky when it comes to razors, but I do like that this one has five blades, and gives a very close shave. 

For haircare products, at the moment I am switching between the TRESemmé Keratin Infusing Shampoo and Conditioner, and the Unico Formulations Volumising Shampoo and Conditioner*. I like to regularly switch up my shampoo and conditioner. If my hair is feeling dry and unmanageable, I like to use the TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Collection, as I find that it does an amazing job at making my hair feel silky smooth and nourished. If my hair is looking flat and limp, I like to use the Unico Formulations Volumising range, as it gives my hair extra volume, and since they are clarifying products, they also help to remove product build up in my hair. 

Ever since running out of my discontinued Nude by Nature Cleanser, i've been using the Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Facial Cleanser. This is a lovely gentle cleanser with a gel formula. I find that it does an amazing job of removing makeup and cleaning my face, whilst still remaining gentle. 
Another product can always be found in my shower, is the Simple Kind to Skin Smoothing Facial Scrub. This is an extremely gentle, yet effective scrub. I use this once a week to exfoliate my face, and it does an amazing job. It is definitely a must have for anyone who has sensitive skin.

I hope you guys have enjoyed having a snoop into my shower! What are your must-have shower products?

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Products marked with a * were provided for consideration, but as per usual, all opinions & thoughts are my own. 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

Top 5 Winter Skincare Picks

As we are currently in the midst of winter here in the Southern Hemisphere, I decided that I would share a few of my favourite skincare products with you. As the weather has gotten colder, my skin has started to dry out and become more sensitive. These are the products that I have been using recently to help combat the dryness of my skin.

Beauty Essentials Smooth Night Cream is a lovely rich, overnight moisturiser. It is enriched with Evening Primrose Oils and Wheat Germ. This night cream is fairly thick, and once applied, makes my skin feel extremely soft and nourished. When I wake up about 10+ hours after applying this and my rosehip oil, my skin still feels hydrated and smooth!

Bioré Nourish Moisture Lotion is my all time favourite day time moisturiser. This moisturiser is so lightweight, but still remains hydrating and nourishing. It gives my skin the most lovely glow, which is greatly appreciated due to the dryness of my skin. It also contains a SPF of 15, which helps to protect my skin from the sun - which is still around, even in winter!

ECO. Certified Organic Pure Rosehip Oil* has been helping to brighten and hydrate my skin. I mix this rosehip oil in with my moisturiser, and apply it at night time. Being rich in vitamin C and essential fatty acids, it has effective hydrating, healing and regenerating properties.

NAT. IBR Snowflake Eye Cream* is an eye cream that is enriched with 'IBR Snowflake'. I have been applying it morning and night. This eye cream is described as being a "botox alternative" treatment, and since i've started using it, I have noticed that my under eyes are much more hydrated and less puffy.

Nude by Nature Super Anti-Oxidant Foaming Cleanser (discontinued) is my current favourite cleanser. I regularly use the Bioré Combination Skin Cleanser, but I have found that it is too harsh for my skin during the colder months. I decided to give it this cleanser another go, and I have fallen in love with it! It is a gel formula, which foams up slightly, and gives my skin a deep cleanse, whilst remaining gentle on the skin. Unfortunately I have heard that this cleanser has been discontinued, so I am on the look out for a new gentle cleanser.

Those are my favourite products to combat dry skin in the winter months. If you have a similar skin type to me, i'd love to hear about your favourite products. A girl can never have too many skincare products, right?!

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Products marked with a * were provided for consideration, but as per usual, all opinions & thoughts are my own. All other products were purchased with my own money.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Review & Swatches ♡ Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer

Hello my loves!

Today's review is on the Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer. This was the first concealer that I ever purchased, when I was about 15 years old. Since i've been using this concealer for so long, I decided it was about time for me to post a review on it!

This concealer is said to last for 24 hours without transferring, whilst providing natural-looking coverage to help conceal undereye darkness, imperfections and flaws. 

The texture is very thick and creamy, and quite drying. I find it to be too heavy and prone to creasing if used on my under eye area, but I do like it for concealing face blemishes. The formula sets very fast, and I find it to be quite difficult to completely blend in.

This concealer is so pigmented, and has amazing coverage! Also, I do have to agree with it being long lasting. I never wear my makeup for 24 hours straight, so I can't test that claim, but I can say that it lasts all day long on my skin.

I'm not exactly impressed by the shade range of this concealer. There are only three shades available in Australia; Ivory, Cream, and Deep Beige. I own the shade Ivory, which is the perfect colour for extremely pale skin tones (like me!). I am so happy to find a concealer range that has such a pale shade, but unfortunately they only cater to pale to medium skin tones, so darker-skinned girls will have to miss out on this one.

The packaging of this concealer is nice, but nothing extravagant. It has a clear plastic bottle, with a white lid. The concealer is applied with a doe foot applicator. 

The Maybelline SuperStay 24hr Concealer is widely available in drugstores/chemists around Australia. It retails at $14.95 for 5.5ml of product.

Overall, I do enjoy using this concealer. I would recommend it to any fair-skinned beauties looking for a blemish or face concealer. It is intensely pigmented, has great coverage, and lasts all day long.

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money.

Saturday, 26 July 2014

OOTD & Review | ft. 6ks

Hello my loves!

Today I wanted to share a review & OOTD featuring clothes from the website 6ks. 6ks is a global online retailer for women's clothing. What I love most about this site, is the fact that they have affordable prices as well as global free shipping!

The first item I received, was a plain black chiffon blouse with gold metal collars. I think that this shirt is the perfect basic item, and I love the detailing on the collars. The only thing I would recommend, is to choose a larger size than normal. I got a size Medium, and I usually wear a ladies 8/10 AU. This shirt just fits, but it is slightly tight over the bust. If you have a larger chest area, I would definitely recommend going up a size.

I paired this shirt with a pair of high waisted dark wash denim jeans from the brand Country Denim, and my studded black boots from Therapy Shoes. I decided to spice up this outfit with a bright pink lipstick, the Essence Longlasting Lipstick in Colour Crush.

I have seen countless items of clothing across tumblr that feature this Alexander Wang inspired, 'Parental Advisory Explicit Content' logo. When I saw this t-shirt on 6ks, I knew that I needed it in my closet!

I styled this casual t-shirt with a pair of black ponti pants from the brand Billions & Trillionsand my studded black boots from Therapy Shoes, and my leather jacket from Ice Fashion. 

Overall, I am so impressed by the clothes I got from 6ks. They took just over 2 weeks to be delivered to Australia, which I find to be a decent shipping time. I will definitely be ordering off 6ks again, and I would recommend their company to anyone who is looking for cheap, yet fashionable clothes.

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Products marked with a * were provided for consideration, but as per usual, all opinions & thoughts are my own. All other products were purchased with my own money.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Review & Swatches ♡ Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Covers

Hello my loves!

Today's review is on a range of extremely affordable lipsticks, the Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Covers. This lipstick range contains 26 shades, which I find amazing for such a cheaply priced brand.

I own three of these beautiful lipsticks; Think Pink, Just Peachy, and Pinkerbell. Think Pink is a pretty pale pink, and is one of my all time favourite lipsticks! Just Peachy is a warm peachy shade, and Pinkerbell is a bright pink with yellow undertones, and has been compared to MAC's Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick. 

These lipsticks are described as having a "semi matte, creme finish", which I completely agree with! They provide a long wearing, matte formula, which contains no shimmer. I find that these lipsticks can be slightly drying on the lips, but they are much more comfortable if I apply a thin lip balm before lipstick application. Please note that lip balm application will make them appear less matte than they truly are.

The Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Covers have intense pigmentation, and are very long wearing. They claim that they last for 4 hours, but I would have to say that they can last even longer on me, as long as I don't eat or drink. Otherwise, they will start to fade after the 4 hour mark, and require retouching.

The packaging of these lipsticks is pretty average. The lipstick is stored in a black plastic case with a clear lid. My only complaint is that the bullet doesn't twist all the way down, so you have to be careful when recapping. Oh well, I can't exactly complain for such a cheap product. 

901B Think Pink | 903C Just Peachy | 968 Pinkerbell
Swatches were taken with three swipes of each lip butter.

These lipsticks can be purchased at most American drugstores, but unfortunately they can't be purchased in store in Australia. I bought mine off BeautyJoint for $2.75 USD each, here.

In conclusion, I am a massive fan of these Wet n Wild MegaLast Matte Lip Covers. I'm not usually a fan of matte lipsticks, but I really enjoy wearing these. They have incredible pigmentation, lasting power and a great formula, all for such an affordable price! I will definitely be purchasing more shades soon! 

Eila xo

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All products were purchased with my own money.