Sunday, February 7, 2016

January 2016 Lust Have It Review!

Hi lovelies!

It's been some time since I've been able to share a LHI review, what with being away and everything, so I'm actually happy to be getting back to it! It's quite the little treat to have a mystery bag of beauty goodies arriving every month, and I've fallen in love with some new favourites this way.

The January box arrived in a pretty pink mesh travel bag, as always. Here's what I received:

UNANI Micellar Water (full sized)

HIKARI lip crayon in Amour (full sized)

HIKARI blush in Sunkissed (full sized)

SKINYOGA Almond Orange face scrub (deluxe sample)

SKINYOGA Sandalwood Saffron face mask (deluxe sample)

There was also an ORCHID from Paradise Cherry Blossom hand cream, which was supposed to have been in the December box but was sent in this box instead.

January 2016 Lust Have It Box.

Keep reading after the jump!

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment Review!

Hi lovelies,

As some of you may know, I'm part of the BeautyDirectory Expert Panel of Bloggers, and I am occasionally fortunate enough to trial products as part of my involvement. The latest product was the revamped Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment, which I was excited about as I adore all things nails! This treatment is enriched with avocado oil, sea salt, pomegranate extract and calcium, to protect and nourish nails.

Sally Hansen Complete Care 7-in-1 Nail Treatment.

 My nails are pretty healthy, as you can see here, but I occasionally experience splitting/breakage. The Sally Hansen 7-in-1 treatment sounds impressive because it presents the solution to dryness, dullness, ridges, breakage and peeling (or all of them)! It vows to restore dry, brittle nails, making them brighter, shinier, stronger, more moisturised and fills in ridges, with visible differences after just three days of use. Best of all, it can be used as a base coat and top coat with your choice of polish, though you can, of course, just choose to wear it on naked nails. Sounds pretty good, doesn't it?

Keep reading after the jump!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Maybelline Color Blur by Lip Studio Cream Matte Pencil & Smudger Review & Swatches.

Hi lovelies!

I was fortunate enough to be invited to a Maybelline pre-release event last year in December, but unfortunately, was unable to attend as I was away. I was pleasantly surprised to find a surprise parcel on my return, however, as they were kind enough to send me a fantastic goodie bag with a sampling of new release items since I had missed the event! It was makeup heaven just opening that bag and looking at everything!

Isn't that a gorgeous assortment of goodies?! I'll be reviewing items over the next week or so, so be sure to leave a note in the comments if there's something in particular you want to see reviewed ASAP! The first thing to catch my eye were the lipsticks, and I was especially intrigued by the Maybelline Color Blur by Lip Studio Cream Matte Pencils, which is why they're the first items to be reviewed!

The Color Blur Pencil is a dual-ended slim stick, with a thin, wind-up lip pencil at one end, and a softly pointed rubber smudger on the other end. What I found to be a little surprising is that the wind-up mechanism is actually located on the smudger end, not the lipstick end as you'd expect. 

Keep reading after the jump!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Clinique Pop Lip Colour & Primer - Party Pop Review + Swatches!

Hi lovelies!

If, like me, you suffer from dry lips, you will absolutely love the lipsticks from the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer range! The lipsticks are amazing, smooth, weightless and creamy, providing intense colour without stripping moisture. The range promises to keep lips comfortably moisturised for up to 8 hours, and that's something I can attest to, as it feels like you're only wearing a lip balm on your lips. You know that feeling when you can comfortably rub your lips together? That's definitely achievable while wearing these lipsticks.

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Party Pop.
Keep reading after the jump!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow Review + Swatches (Bella Rouge, Bella Navy, Bella Emerald, Bella Gold and Bella Copper)!

Hi lovelies!

Woohoo for the first post of 2016! Where does the time fly?!

I've been dithering over which topic to post about first, as I'm brimming with beautiful products to tell you about, but I decided to just dive in and write about one of the products I've been loving of late, the Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadows! Whew, that was quite a mouthful, wasn't it?

Milani Cosmetics Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow.
What exactly IS a gel powder, you ask? According to the Milani website, it's thus named because the eyeshadow formula starts off as a gel that is then transformed by a 'special process' into a powder eyeshadow. It's quite a unique formula as it feels quite dry and powdery to the touch, yet applies beautifully to the eyelid without much fallout. It's incredibly pigmented, smooth and buttery! The formula is also designed to be used wet or dry, and applied either with your fingertips or with a brush. I'm generally not a fan of applying my eye makeup with my fingers (unless I'm using a cream shadow, that is) but I actually do like using my finger tips with these for a more subtle wash of colour, and a brush for when I'm after a more intense look!

Keep reading after the jump!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

JORD Fieldcrest Watch in Maple Review!

Hi lovelies,

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by the lovely people at JORD to ask if I was interested in receiving one of their beautiful hand-crafted watches for consideration. Now, I'd been stalking following them over on Instagram for a while now, so naturally, my answer was a resounding YES, PLEASE! Quite frankly, I'm surprised they didn't hear my scream of enthusiasm all the way over in the U.S.! I picked the Fieldcrest watch in Maple because the classic, yet stylish design really appealed to me and the blond shade of the wood is versatile enough to go with most outfits.

In case you aren't familiar with JORD, they're based in the U.S. and have a range of beautiful wood watches, all made from sustainably sourced wood. These aren't just eye-catching, statement timepieces, but they are also incredibly light and comfortable to wear, particularly when it comes to the larger designs. The only drawback is that the wood grain does require a little more care with handling than your standard plastic and metal, so I wouldn't take this to the gym or the beach. The watches are considered to be splash-proof, but it's best to reduce exposure to water as it could affect the internal mechanical movement as well as the wood strap. Maintenance of the delicate wood grain is best achieved with rubbing the strap with some lemon or orange oil applied to a soft cotton cloth. The FAQ section on the JORD website also advises that wood can develop a natural patina over time, so you can choose to coat it with beeswax, butcher block oil or walnut oil to maintain the original finish.

Free international delivery is included in the price of the watch, and it took less than a week for the watch to reach me in Melbourne, which I found quite impressive. The watch was wrapped around a soft cushion and packaged in a beautiful wood grained slide-top box, as you can see in the photo below. Each watch is usually personally pre-sized according to the measurement chart on the website, however I measured mine a little too snugly, so the included extra links were something I was grateful to receive. I simply took it to a jeweler and asked them to increase the size by one extra link. There was also a warranty card included.

As you can see, the wooden theme is carried through the entire package with a little tag also made of wood attached! I quite like that added detail, it adds a lovely touch.

The stainless-steel butterfly clasp is quite sturdy, and most importantly, it's easy enough to manage single handed. You simply fold the wood together over the clasp and press down to snap it shut, and there are two push buttons on each side of the clasp that you push to release when you wish to take the watch off.

Here are some details on the watch as taken from the website. You can also visit their FAQ section for more information.

scratch-resistant mineral glass
deployment buckle with push buttons
case width: 39mm
case thickness: 11mm
lug ends: 49mm
band thickness: 20mm
band length: 195mm

I'm someone who loves wearing watches, and this has rapidly become a favourite in my collection! I love how lightweight and comfortable it is to wear, especially in the warmer months, and the unique wood finish has gotten me lots of compliments every time I've worn it!

Don't you think this watch is gorgeous, beauties? I've already got my eye on the Maple and Rose Gold watch from the Sidney series, it's such a stunning watch! Which one takes your fancy? You can view the whole range here.

It's almost Christmas, so if you've forgotten someone important, this might be a great way to make up for it!

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Much love,

Note: This product was kindly provided for editorial consideration. This has not affected my opinion in any way. For more information, please refer to my Disclosure Policy.

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