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Ben Nye Creme Rouge Wheel

Do you love it when products serve a dual purpose?  Actually, there are a lot of things that can serve dual purposes.  For example, mascaras can be used as liquid eyeliner and vice versa, eyeshadows can be used as a contour, lipsticks can be used as blushes.  Well, today, I’ll be talking about Ben Nye Creme Rouge Wheel, a product that can be used as both a lip and cheek product.

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Anastasia Dipbrow Promade in Chocolate

Brows are the frame of your face.  It definitely gives something to my face since I literally have NO eyebrows!  Yes, I’m one of those lucky girls who do not have much hair.  The problem is… no eyebrows!

 

No eyebrow!  Please excuse the dry lips, I just woke up
No eyebrow! Please excuse the dry lips, I just woke up

 

Here’s where a good eyebrow product comes into play… I’ve been using the Benefit Brow Zings for a very long time now and now that it’s reaching the end of its very long life, time to try something new!

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Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum

One of the side effects from my acne medication is extremely dry and flaky skin.  To combat that, I decided to hunt around for a face cream/serum that had hydrulonic acid.  Hydrulonic acid has the ability to hold moisture.  This is great for my dehydrated skin. I could not find many products (available in Australia) that had this hydrulonic acid as the first/main ingredient.  One that did was Dermalogica’s Hydrating Skin Serum.

I did not see any notable difference to my skin in the first week of using it.  However, it was during the time when my skin was extremely dry and flaky from the medication.  I notice that the texture of this product is very smooth but can get just a touch slightly sticky.  I only notice the stickiness when my skin is extremely sensitive.  My skin had become extremely sensitive, especially with any change of weather and the medication, so it felt every tug and pull when applying the product (it actually hurt my skin).  If you have allergies, like I did, it is best not to use this product.  It stings like crazy (yes, I’m a little silly).

Now that my skin is all better, I feel that this product is great.  I only need to apply this one product for my skin to feel moisturized without it being too oily.  The product absorbs really quickly.

Picture time!

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum

Conclusion:

If you have dry/combination skin (maybe even oily skin), this probably would be good for you.  However, if you have allergic/sensitive skin, maybe stay away from this until your skin is all better.  This product is more on the pricey side.

Price:

AUD$77 for 30ml

Where to buy:

Dermalogica freestanding stores or online, David Jones (DJs has occasional sales, so best to wait if you’re looking for a bargain)

Have you used this product before?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Nail of the Day – OPI La Paz-itively Hot

Another Monday, another manicure.  It’s time to refresh my nails.  my last nail polish lasted about 2 weeks so now it’s time for a new colour.  For some reason I’m so used to seeing colour on my nails that not wearing any nail polish looks weird.

Today, I bring you OPI La Paz-itively Hot from the OPI Just Beachy Mini Nail Collection.  The colour is definitely a summer colour with it’s rich hot pink, with slightly blue-purple tones.  The polish is quite pigmented and gave a very rich colour.  Application was slightly harder due to its stickiness.  What you get with the 2nd coat is definitely the colour you see in the bottle.

Picture time!

OPI La Paz-itively Hot
1st coat application
OPI La Paz-itively Hot
2nd coat application

Conclusion:

It’s a really pigmented nail polish that gives a nice rich bright pink colour.  I’m loving the rich colour and it definitely gives me a summer vibe!

Price:

Just Beachy Miniature Collection for AUD$24.95

Where to buy:

Most nail salons or David Jones

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Shopping Haul: Recreate Yourself, ry.com.au

Time for some shopping!  I was gratefully given some store credit from Recreate Yourself, ry.com.au, an online store who sells hair and beauty products.

I’m surprised with the amount of different products on sale!  There are so many different brands from Dermalogica, Napolean Perdis, BabylissPro, Cloud 9, Redken, Pureology and the list goes on.  You can definitely “recreate yourself” with the amount of products on the website.  The website is extremely easy to navigate where you can either search by brands or by product type.  They are currently working on a point system which is great if you are a returning customer!  Also, I noticed that the pricing for majority of the products is cheaper than retail stores.   On top of that, you get 2 samples with every order.

As much as there are pros, there were a few downsides to my shopping experience (I might have just been a little bit unlucky).

  1. Free shipping.  To be eligible for standard domestic delivery, you do have to spend more than AUD$99.  There are other websites that have free domestic express shipping that don’t need you to spend that amount.
  2. The price comparison.  This website allows for price comparisons, however, when I did try, it was slightly difficult/tedious to get the price matched.  It took a week of back-and-forth emails to get them to price match and after all that, I have to call them if I want to add anything to my order!  Personally, it’s difficult for me to make calls during work hours and I am slightly frustrated after a week long of emails (just let me buy my stuff already!).
  3. Payment.  There are 2 payment methods: credit card and BPay.  Personally, I do not like to use my credit card, so I opted BPay (which is like a bill paying system through the bank).  After making my payment, I still got email reminders to pay for my product.  With the first reminder, I contacted the person who helped me with my order.  She mentioned that it will take 24 hours, even though I got the email more than 24 hours after payment.  Few days later, I received another reminder.  There were another few email exchanges and I had to show proof of payment.  After which, finally, they found my payment.  (I’ve been informed after going back to the company that Paypal is an alternative payment option)
  4. Point system.  You get 2 points for every dollar spent; to redeem, it is 200 point for $1.  I spent a little over $120 (inclusive of the store credit).  That means I get 60 points.  That’s not even close to $1 off my next purchase.

So, my order finally came through the post. Shopping haul!

RY shopping haul

RY shopping haul

RY shopping haul

I had a chance to go back to the company and they have gladly on-boarded my comments.  They are now working on the few hiccups I experienced when I was making my order and I’m pretty sure you won’t be experiencing the same thing I did. 🙂

Have you bought any hair/beauty products lately?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Disclaimer:

Store credit of AUD$50 was given to me.  The remainder of the amount above the store credit was topped up on my own.  This review is personally my own and is not biased in any way.