Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer

So I’ve been MIA, once again. But I'm back! Over the summer I did buy some make up but not as much as I normally would. I think over the past year I saved a lot of money compared to the previous year as I would just splurge all the time with make up, so now I’ve behaved with that and this collective haul I’ve gathered up over summer will depict the damage I made over the span of 3 months or so?

But today, I'll start off with a Benefit primer I purchased during my trip to Melbourne. 

So I got from Benefit is a primer and I’ve been on the hunt for a new primer since I’ve ran out of my previous primer. I got the Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer and I did love it at first but after a while I found it made my foundation really patchy and it was horrible.

It's the first long lasting primer from Benefit and I was excited to try it out. It says that 'Flawless works overtime! Our instant PRO-long primer acts like a magnet to lock on your foundation for 15 fresh & flawless hours. This invisible stick primer glides directly onto skin for optimal wear and a natural-looking finish.' Magnet part, yes but in terms of the way it settles.... No.

My foundation just didn't sit well and my face just looked really dirty? It was so texturised by the primer that it didn't look smooth. Compared to liquid / cream primers this sucks... I'm so disappointed that a high end product like this failed on me. There was many times I had to wash off my foundation cause it looked so bad. The product sets really quickly because it’s like a glue stick – but for your face. 

Don’t get me wrong, the product itself doesn't budge but - I hate the fact that it sets way too quickly on my face. I've tried applying the primer on one area then applying foundation right after and all but it’s a bit challenging to make it all work seamlessly. 

I’m gonna try and work with it cause I did spend $27 (Originally is $47 -I had a voucher for Myer so I got it for cheaper) and considering the fact that many people adore the primer, I don’t want it to go to waste. For $47, you're better off getting a different primer - I would not recommend this after my horrible experience. 

Love, J 

Beauty Favourites of 2013

Hi All! Happy 2014 and also it's my first post on this blog - this year! Hurrah! It's been a while and to be honest I've been lazy with blogging - so I'm gonna try and keep up since I do have some spare time right now.

Anyways... this will be a quick and sweet post! I've complied a bunch of beauty products in which I deemed to be my beauty favourites of 2013. I've seen many other bloggers who have done this post or in a video form, so... I thought I'd share my own version!

Pictured from Left To Right:

  • Real Technique's Stippling Brush (Review Here)
  • Rimmel Scandaleyes in 006 Paranoid Purple, 008 Blackmail, 002 Bulletproof Beige (Upcoming Review Soon!)
  • YSL Glossy Stain in No 7 (Review Here
  • L'Oreal Glossy Stain in 186 Berry Persistant 
  • Rimmel Stay Matte Translucent Powder (Review Here)
  • Australis 10 Hour Waterproof Eyeliner in Bombtastic Bronze (Review Here
  • Dollywink Liquid Eyeliner in Black (Review Here)
  • Benefit Stay Flawless 15 Hour Primer (Upcoming Review Soon!)
  • NYX Soft Matte Lip Creme in Abu Dubai
  • Australis Velourlips Matte Lip Cream in NY-CEE
  • MAC Fix + Mini (Review Here

Most of them I've done individual reviews for in the past and some I will post a review up real soon! 

What are some of your top beauty favourites of 2013 and also what are your favourites from this lot!? I would love to know! 

Love, J. 

Organic Goodies for Summer Loving Skin with Kalastyle & Weleda

I love anything organic, from food to cosmetics particularly. The fact that nothing was harmed during the process or that it's taken straight from natures source - as well as supporting local farmers is something that is always rewarding to know. You know what goes into the products, and also there's no nasties that could potentially harm or irritate you.

Anyways, today I'll be showcasing two organic products which I received. One is from Weleda and the other is from Kalastyle.

Firstly, I have here, the Kalastyle Swedish Dream Seaweed Soap. I gotta say it has the most adorablest packaging and makes an awesome gift by itself or an addition to gifts. Perfect for this Holiday.

I love how the scent is quite reminiscent of the Dove Body Soaps. Though similarly when I was using this in the shower it felt like it too.

Yet, it has that extra property of Seaweed which primarily I didn't really notice any exfoliating action going on... Yet, after the shower my skin felt super refreshed and also super smooth - especially hours later after showering.

This soap contains an active marine algae extracted from selected seaweed acts as a protective moisturizer and nutrient for the skin. The removal of dead surface cells allows the soap to prepare the skin to be moisturized while showering. It is claimed that it is a gentle clarifier, removing impurities, leaving the skin ultra fresh and clean. Also, it's exclusively sold at Kalastyle.

I'm not a huge avid soap fan but this soap is something I enjoyed using but being a body wash gal - I might pass.

The next awesome thing I have to showcase is this Weleda Wild Rose Body Oil

Weleda products are 100% certified natural products that have been made with Biodynamic and organic ingredients - so you know they're good for your skin.

The thing with Wild Rose is that it's really good for a pampering body treat. It's rich in nourishing unsaturated fatty acids from the wild rose and rosehip, with protecting oils of the jojoba and revitalising sweet almond oil.

And after the first use I felt my skin was really supple and my skin was really radiant. Not the type where it's slick and shiny. But the type where the oil sits nicely and gleams through. Also, the delicate scent of wild rose oil also is a nice floral touch to the product.

A bit of TMI but I shaved my legs prior to Stereosonic (which was nearly 2 weeks ago) and after shaving I applied this Wild Rose Body Oil on my legs and honestly, I think I've only applied the oil twice to my legs... anyways, after (and my legs are usually dry as the desert) weeks later (2 weeks now) my legs are still super moisturised, so moisturised that last Friday night when I went to my friend's 21st, my legs were shining on the photo... (yes weird but true!) Not only is it awesome for my super dry legs but also, I use it around parts of my body where my skin is super dry and works like a charm.

Both products work like a charm but I would highly give the Wild Rose Body Oil a try. At $29.95 / 100mls - It's worth every penny and I'm planning to grab a bottle after I finish up this one! The Seaweed Soap is so so for me but coming in at $6.95, I think it's an awesome stocking filler or nice addition to any present.

Links to the respective products are in italics and also, don't forget to check out other products from both sites.

Let me know if you've tried these products or even so if you would love to try them and what do you think! I would love to hear from you, comment down below (I read all comments!)

Love, J 

*Disclaimer: This product was kindly sent by a PR. All of the companies mentioned were mentioned on my behalf and I was not compensated to mention the my opinions and thoughts are mine and are unbiased. For more information please see my Disclosure Policy. 

My Top 5 Things on my Christmas Wishlist!

I'm back! Yes, I'm Uni Free on a three month Summer Break and also I'm hoping I can squeeze in some blog posts for you guys to read because I've been here and there and then disappearing again!

Anyways, I thought I'll compile what I've had my eyes on and I guess you can say this is my Christmas Wishlist. Not much beauty yet, there some are just things I've had my heart on for a while... so take a peek!

Do let me know what's on your wishlist and if you have any items on my wishlist that you've been eyeing too!

1. Lorac Pro Palette - $42 (US without Shipping)

I've been contemplating but I think I've finally given in. I have tried this palette a number of times off friends and family who own it and fell in love with it instantly! Let's just say... I want to replaced my Urban Decay Naked2 Palette for this number. But... unfortunately it's impossible to grab hold off - internationally as it's either Sold Out or Not Available to ship to Australia. *biggest sad face ever*

2. Benefit Cosmetics - Let's Glow, Lovely! Gift Set - $50 (from their Intl. Website)

I've been wanting to try Benefit's Dandelion and Hervana Blush for quite sometime (pictured is Dandelion) but the fact that I already own two Mac Blushes which is more than enough for me (cause I got a rid of a whole bunch of make up), the fact that it's both a blush and highlighter intrigues me. Let alone, everything else in the gift set entices me to try them all out especially Watts Up and the They're Real Mascara.

This is perfect to gift for Christmas I would say, comes in a cute gift box and also the sizes of the items are decent. For $50 that's heaps awesome - just remember to purchase via the website (for those who are in Australia) as opposed to buying it instore at Myer/David Jones as it's a little bit more pricer in store.

3. Tiffany and Co Necklace - Double Heart Pendant in Blue ($170) / Heart Tag with Key Pendant ($240)

I've probably been eyeing a T&Co necklace for the longest time but never really gotten around to it... It's just something I want. :) For Christmas or regardless the occasion, I want you - around my neck. LOL

4. Pandora Snowflake Pendant - $59AU

I haven't bought or received any new charms on my pandora since my birthday so I thought I could add this little number to my highly acquainted Pandora bracelet which is almost filled up! I love snowflakes and star shapes and this is the perfect charm for this Season - despite it being uberly hot in Australia during Christmas.

5. Michael Kors Large Selma Saffiano Satchel - $358 (US)

I'm hoping I can get this in a Navy Blue or a Creamy Ivory Colour... something that's like comparable to the colour of Ice Coffee (yes, what a description). I could really use a nice decent handbag for everyday use. That is all... oh and it's not to in your face as well.

That sums up pretty much the things that are on my wishlist, I'm pretty sure there's a few more bits and bobs of other things I've been eyeing on but I've just narrowed it down to the top 5. I will be back real soon and keep your eyes posted!

Love, J 

Summer Favourites

Yes, it's summer! And I've been waiting all year for summer... despite the fact that I'm kind of missing the winter chill but nevertheless, this means.. trips to the beach, endless days of sunshine (of course!), ice cold drinks and most importantly slapping on that sunscreen!

So... since summer in Sydney is getting pretty humid and sticky. Make up wise, I've been keeping it minimal and natural.. as usual! Here are a few things I use / carry along with me on the regular.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush
Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in 6.5 
Mac Fix+ (Travel Size)
Korres Lip Butter in Mango 
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Cream 12 Hour Primer 
Midnight Fantasy Atomiser 
Girlz Only Dry Shampoo in Dawn 'til Dusk 

First off, the Real Technique's Stippling Brush - I've been eyeing this brush for way too long and then, suddenly I took the pledge and just purchased the damn thing. I previously had a Royal and Langnickel Stippling brush and let me just say... every time I would apply foundation, there was ALWAYS and I mean ALWAYS a fiber of hair stuck on my face. Needless to say, I got this brush and it blends effortlessly and I adore it. Best $10 spent. Legit. 

MAC Fix +, I don't think anything really compares to MAC Fix+ (well from what I own). I would love to get my hands on the UD Skindinavia Face Setting Spray (despite similar properties, after trialing it) but I can justify paying $40-50? (From what I remember) so... Mac Fix+ (given that 100mls is only $26) and pretty much does the job for me - I'm set. I purchased this 30ml travel size spray of the Fix+ for $15 and it's the cutest bottle and super handy to travel with. I bring it with me everywhere and spritz for an instant refresh or even so to get that powdery factor off my face after setting it. 

Girlz Only Dry Shampoo, don't let the really tacky name fool you. (Yeah the name... it's so childish - Hahaha) This shampoo is amazinggggggg and at $2 a pop I love it more than the Batiste Dry Shampoo (which retails for $9.99). For me, it doesn't leave an obvious powdery residue and it's doesn't hurt the wallet either! It comes in 3 varieties. I've gone through many cans and it's refreshes my second day old hair and smells wonderful. 

Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation, what I love about this foundation is that - it literally lasts all day and makes my face flawless. A little goes a long way, that being said - I only apply a pea size amount for my entire face. I haven't given it much love lately as I've been using my Tarte BB Cream (pictured below) - since it's a 2 in 1 primer thing-ma-bob. But, for those special occasions or when I need some extra coverage - this is what I'll reach out for. It retails for $40 something (I don't remember) but if you're in the market for an awesome foundation I would highly recommend checking this one out. 

Tarte BB Cream (12 Hour Primer), This item was a mission to get my hands on - I had to order it on eBay as Tarte does not ship internationally and also Mail Forwarding Services from the US just made it a little bit more pricier than what I wanted to pay. That being said, I'm so thankful I got my hands on this and I love this BB cream to bits! Let me just say kudos to Tarte, cause they're probably my favourite cosmetic brand on the market. Anyways, this BB cream literally stays on all day and has the bonus SPF 30 factor. Also when paired with the Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation it works WONDERS. Enough said. I think I need to stock up on this. 

Korres Lip Butter in Mango, I've had this little number for a while and I still have not used it up. I love this Lip Butter and it's the best lip balm I've ever tried. It's super quenching and moisturising and I can say - whatever the weather it's perfect to give your dry lips some instant hydration and a little tint to make your lips come to life. Best $10 I've ever spent. 

Last but not least, is my Perfume Atomiser (I didn't take a picture, but it's included in the above photo with all the other products). I got this little Atomiser when I purchased the Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy Gift Pack a while back and I've been refilling the Atomiser with various perfumes. 

At the moment it's filled with Midnight Fantasy but a while back I've been filling it up with Still by Jennifer Lopez (which I got to say has to be my signature scent) I've received so many compliments from people and I think it's the perfect fragrance. 

It's feminine, chic and also as a touch of that light floral scent which is flirty? Hahaha. (Trying my best to describe the scent). I don't know why, but I've always gravitated towards Celebrity perfumes (despite them being awesomely affordable) they always have this fruity and floral scent which I always get drawn upon. 

Anyways, that concludes my Summer Favourites. Let me know in the comments below what your summer favourites are! I'm curious to know what they are :) 

Til Next Time!
Love, J. 

The 'Alternate' Clarisonic - Olay Regenerist Cleansing System

When it comes to exfoliating my face, I could say I tend to get really lazy... and my track record on exfoliating isn't the best despite the fact that you should be exfoliating once a week.

BUT having a motorised cleansing brush makes exfoliating a little less boring and also a little more exciting and weirdly it's something I'm looking forward to adding to my non-existent skin care routine and by non-existant I mean, I just cleanse my face in the shower... yeah, talk about lazy.

The fact that you're getting a deep clean and getting into places on your face where a manual brush can't reach seems way more convincing than just using a buffer sponge/manual brush.

Like many girls, I've been eyeing the Clarisonic Cleansing Brush for a while now but I couldn't really justify if investing around $150~ (depending on the model - which can go up to $300!) and if it is worth the spend. I know people out there who swear by it and some say that it didn't do any wonders to their skin - hence why I haven't purchased one myself.

Luckily, I was given the opportunity to try out Olay's Regenerist Cleansing System which is the 'poor girls version' of the Clarisonic and put it to the test to see if it really made a difference.

This cleansing system includes the 'The Beauty Device' aka the motorised brush, a pair of AA batteries (Yes, batteries included!) and also the brush head which 'acts like tiny hands and fingers'. Also enclosed with the system is a generous sized sample of their 'Skin Perfecting Cleanser'. 

The sample is pretty redundant for me since I don't really need the anti-aging properties - so I passed on that. Instead I used my Clinique Liquid Facial Soap since I use that stuff quite regularly, along with my miscellaneous bundle of exfoliators I have from both Clinique and Neutrogena in my bathroom.

My skin isn't really problematic in general but I do get the occasional zits and blemishes along with the whole list of blackheads, pores etc. Despite my skin needs, it's the perfect time to put the brush to the test and also get a routine going. If you're wondering, I currently have Dry Combination skin.

I wish I could compare this to the Clarisonic but sadly I don't own one, so I'm just gonna go with my instincts and also on what my thoughts are on this brush.

The brush itself is pretty average, nothing special. The system itself is waterproof which is always a plus. I tried this on my face a couple of times already and I could say I've instantly noticed that my face feels so much more polished and smoothed out. But I wouldn't say the brush is a versatile brush as it may irritate those with sensitive skin.

It's recommended that you approximately use the brush for a minute which is more than sufficient to get that deep clean. The cleansing brush itself, reminds me much of a giant toothbrush. Don't get me wrong the bristles are super soft and the brush head is really gentle against the skin. But... I would limit this to either once every one to two weeks if you have super sensitive skin like me.

In terms of speed, the device itself has two speeds (slow and fast) which is easily interchangeable by just alternating between the two buttons. Great for where you want to focus on problematic areas and can get right into the crevasses to get rid of all those blackheads and what not.

The downside, you have to keep purchasing/replacing batteries which is a nuisance. Also, I wish there was a case to cover up the brush and the brush to me could've been more unique it terms of the design of the brush like having a combination of bristles or something? I'm just saying.

As for the design, I'm not really a fan of the way the brush is designed as the brush head sticks out and I find that it's kind of bulky?

Other than that, I felt like the system is pretty good for the price you pay so I'm pretty content for what the product is offering. I would definitely say it's a step up from your traditional sponge/manual brush and if you're in the market for a cleansing brush / Clarisonic alternative.

Deep cleansing is something I don't really do that often (yes I am ashamed!) and I think i'm going to get into the habit a bit more with this brush.

If you're interested, do check it out in store - I believe Priceline and leading retailers like Big W, Target etc. carries this cleansing system. So check it out!

Love, J 

*Disclaimer: This product was kindly sent by a PR. All of the companies mentioned were mentioned on my behalf and I was not compensated to mention the my opinions and thoughts are mine and are unbiased. For more information please see my Disclosure Policy. 

A Powerful Trio - Clinique Power Lashes Trio.

I've never really ventured out or tried much of Clinique's make up line because first of all, I already have more than enough make up as it is and secondly, it never really appealed to me or my current needs. Recently I've been trying out this Clinique Power Lashes trio containing a selection of eye products from their acquainted range.

Enclosed in this cute mesh pouch is: an All About Eyes Gel Creme in 5mls, Cream Shaper for Eyes Crayon Eyeliner in 01 black diamond & Lash Power Mascara (Long-Wearing Formula) in 01 black onyx.

First off, the All About Eyes Gel Creme. This product isn't really something new to me, since I do own the All About Eyes Serum which I adore and use religiously. I get puffy eyes all the time so I was curious to see if the All About Eyes Gel Creme was any better.

This size of product I received is just around the size of a tealight candle, it's freaking adorable! The gel creme itself is very emollient and soaks into the skin quite quickly leaving the eye area moisturised and hydrated.

In terms of the anti-puffing properties, I couldn't really tell... I think the serum is a much better fit for me - since it does contain a roller ball with a cold compress to aid the puffiness, whilst this is just a gel creme.

It claims to reduce dark circles, which I can't really comment too much on cause I couldn't see much of a gradual difference. My dark circles aren't too bad or that prominent so I would say this would be aimed for those who have evidently visible dark circles as opposed to mine, since mines just a slight minor tinge of darkness. So I'll pass.

For the price you pay for the All About Eyes Gel Creme, (coming in at $58 for 15ml) it's really steep here in Australia but if you're interested I would say go to a Clinique counter and try it out for yourself. I think the travel size version (which is what I have here) always comes in a gift set to trial out, so if you're a Clinique regular - try it when you get your hands on it.

(All About Eyes Gel Creme, The Long-Wearing Mascara & Eyeliner)

As for the Cream Shaper Eye Crayon, I wasn't really expecting much for a pencil eyeliner since I'm not a huge fan of them in general cause I hate sharpening them and I'm a retractable eyeliner lover!

I wasn't really determined to see if this would 'Wow' me over or not. But surprisingly, giving the 'crayon' a test run I really quite like it! It's creamy (as claimed) so it glides on so effortlessly and it doesn't tug (a plus!) and also it actually stays put all day!

The crayon (or pencil) reminds me much of the Australis 10hr Waterproof Eyeliners. It has a slight tinge of sparkle in it, nothing too dramatic and it's not as hardcore dark. It's more of a shimmery grey eyeliner (reminds me of a Charcoal colour) than black which is pretty versatile I would say.

I used it on my waterline and also on my upper lash line and it was there ALL DAY. (Surprisingly, I didn't expect it to stay) I didn't even use a primer and I have oily lids so I was highly impressed!  I never really had any luck with pencil eyeliners so I'm highly impressed.

Moving along, what I was really excited to try out was the Clinique Lash Power (Long-Lasting) Mascara  despite using my beloved Diorshow Iconic and Tarte Lights Camera Lashes Mascaras (which are my favourites), I thought nothing would win me over but... I think the mascara probably might hit the mark and creeps it way into my favourites and make it to the 3rd spot.

I've been using it non-stop ever since I got the mascara and I've been using it over my other two. The thing that won me over was that IT ACTUALLY HOLDS THE CURL. *Bows down to the mascara gods* LOL! I love you.

Not only that, it stays put, separates my lashes nicely by coating them evenly and I don't think it smudges at all (or barely - didn't notice).

Mascara Comparison (Up: Clinique, Down: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes)

The brush is also nifty because it gets into all the lashes coating them generously and fanning them out with a nice natural look (so no volume there!). The staying power is amazing and removing it is bit of a mission as it clings so well onto the lashes.

Overall, I'm surprised! Out of the whole trio I would HIGHLY recommend the mascara especially if you have stick thin short lashes like me. I urge you to go have a try or even so, if you get the chance do obtain a travel size to try out.

If you're wondering, you can check out the following products on the Clinique AU website. This particular set I was given was a Harrods exclusive so if you're interested, you can purchase the trio here and Harrods does ship internationally!

Hope you've enjoyed this LENGTHY review and let me know in the comments below if you've tried anything that you've loved from Clinique's make up range and also if you personally use any of the products mentioned! I'm curious to know what your thoughts are :)

Love, J 

*Disclosure:These products were sent to me for review purposes. I've included original PR links (Harrods) and also links of my own. All my opinions are my own and are do not affect my thoughts. For more information please see my Disclosure Policy. 


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