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About Me Hello lovelies! My name is Monique, and I'm a student at the University of Otago. Makeup and beauty are two simple things which bring me heaps of joy - I love trying new products, reviewing products, and chatting about all things beauty!

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Overall rating:
3.7/5
19th November, 2017 at 7:45 pm
Mmm...That's Nice Sweet Orange and Clove Body Care Trio Review
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Delicious But Not Lasting

I was so impressed when I saw the packaging for this trio. The native bird artwork is eye catching and looks great in my bathroom (shower gel) and with my other beauty products.

The shower gel is silky and luxurious. I have used it head to toe! The scent is delicious but definitely doesn't last after you finish your shower. I also found that when I used it with my exfoliator glove it didn't lather as well as other soaps I have used.

The moisturiser also smells super scrumptious. It is quite a light moisturiser so wouldn't suit skin that needs plenty of deep moisture. I used it on my arms and legs mostly just to layer on the orange and clove scent.

Finally, the perfume. Again, the packaging is stunning - both the bottle itself and the cardboard tube it comes enclosed in. The scent has orange as the top note, with clove as a warm spice base note. Because the top notes are citrus but the base notes have warmth, I feel the fragrance would suit both summer and winter. I would happily buy this scent in a candle!

The roll-on bottle doesn't allow much of the oil-based perfume to come into contact with your skin. I found I had to roll it over my skin several times to get a good distribution of scent.

The fragrance only lasted an hour or so, which was disappointing because I absolutely love the smell of it! At least the bottle is small so I kept it with me in the car or my handbag to apply during the day.

If you have a friend that likes this type of scent, this trio would make a lovely inexpensive gift. I will definitely use up all the products, but because the scent pay-off isn't that strong I probably won't purchase again.

Tips: I kept the perfume in my handbag and reapplied throughout the day.

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Thanks for the review, sounds like a really nice set!

I can't wait to read the reviews for the other scents.

It sounds lovely. I do think though, you could get a good gift set of perfume for nigh-on $60 that lasts longer do you think?

Overall rating:
1.7/5
19th September, 2017 at 11:52 am
Goodness Break-up Make-up Balm Review
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30% positive 70% negative

Received this as part of the recent Beauty Vault. I was so excited as I heard/seen people rave about it online. However I was underwhelmed.

This product comes in a little tin like pottle with a screw top lid. Aesthetically it looks really nice. Smells wonderful, organic like it is made with all natural ingredients. I like it, not overpowering.

Having since used it on a regular basis in the evening, I find I don't like scraping the product out with my nails. I have them semi long and the product gets underneath my nail I just don't like it.

Using the recommended amount (a finger nail size) I found it would wash off most of my make up not all of it (mascara). It was also really greasy, which I wasn't expecting. Didn't appreciate that. I found the product wouldn't come off no matter how much I washed my face and ended up using a facial scrub to remove the product completely. I found it annoying that I would have to have a second step in my make up removal process when I have used make up removal wipes, micellar water and they remove it all first time.

This probably seems mostly negative but it had some cool points. I thought it was so cool when it melted down in my hand, how clever is that changing substance. Also since there is 80ml of product I feel like this product will last me atleast 6 months if not longer. Being vegan ticks a big box, I love that in a product.

Overall, it's a shame I generally don't like it. It's not quick, it is greasy and does not remove all sorts of make up. This was a miss for me.

Tips: Does not remove easily, a facial scrub helps a lot to get this product off your face.

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I considered it but, i'll be honest I am lazy. I don't want to do any more steps than I have to. I just like a product to go on and come off with no hassles

Have you tried using a warm, damp face cloth to wipe the product off with? That's what I use and it works great!

Overall rating:
4.0/5
18th August, 2017 at 9:23 am
Lime Crime Diamond Crushers Review
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Not bad for a lip topper

These are basically low stick glosses that are jammed packed with chunky glitter, a must for a 90's throw back, but the packaging and sheer shininess of them are just alluring, so shiny.

On the lips they are not too fussy to wear but are very sheer, I found that wearing a lipstick or lip liner under them so you have a base to build on is great if you want a true duo chrome lustre to your lips it is a fun product, and even wore alone as a gloss it adds a little sparkle to your look. Total fun, no seriousness about it, which I love, makeup being fun!

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Not really but I am a bit of a junkie so didn't pay much attention to the price, to be honest, was just in a buy stuff mood.

They look and sound fab = but $35? gulp....do you think they're worth that much?

They are available from Cosmic both instore and online

Thanks for the review. These look so pretty!!

Where did you purchase yours from Priestess? Great review.

Overall rating:
2.0/5
18th August, 2017 at 9:32 am
Schwarzkopf Beology Aqua Mist Review
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Not for me

I received the spray as part of a review panel for the entire range. I have a crazy amount of hair - it's not thick, just an incredible amount on my head! I also have a penchant for changing hair colour on a regular basis which this means my hair is pretty dry. I have always found sprays to be pretty hit and miss so was excited to try this one.

I absolutely adore the packaging of this product, the green and gold is quite eye catching and with the natural deep sea extracts is quite fitting. The spray bottle is easy to use; I like that the cap is coloured so it doesn’t get lost like clear ones! As I mentioned I have a heap of hair so needed quite a few sprays to cover the lengths. I found it quite awkward to use with my just-below-shoulder length hair. I didn’t want to spray my entire head, so it was tricky to try and get good coverage but only on the length. This would be a lot easier with longer hair.

I wasn’t impressed with the product. I didn’t feel the spray actually did anything for my hair, and in fact found it made my hair feel quite heavy. After trying this a couple of times I’ve given up and passed it over to my daughter to see what she thinks.

Tips: I wouldn't recommend it for shorter hair

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I found the exact same thing with this product! It didn't seem to have any positive effects at all.

Overall rating:
3.7/5
4th June, 2017 at 3:49 pm
Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Top Coat Review
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So close!

I love almost everything about this top coat!

The bottle is nice and solid, it is attractive with a pretty metallic gold lid. It matches the polishes and the cuticle oil, I have to agree with the reviewer below that it can be tricky to tell the cuticle oil and top coat apart because the labels are so subtle! .

The brush is flat and wide, it holds a good amount of product and it easy to apply an even coat.

The formula is a good thickness, not gluggy at all, it glides on. It does smell quite strongly but a pretty standard top coat scent. It finishes off with a nice glossy sheen. The top coat extends the wear of the polish, I trialed one hand with top coat and the other without, the hand with the top coat had no sign of chipping at 7 days, the other hand the polish was starting to chip around the cuticles at 5 days.

My issue with this product is that unfortunately it can lift off polish when you apply it. Even after waiting for the colour to be touch dry if you try to apply one stroke and then go over it slightly the colour lifts. Such a pain! It isn't drastic and I will still use it but I have other brands I prefer and it doesn't live up to the fantastic colour polish!

Tips: Don't apply too much and only apply one stroke over each area or the colour lifts.

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I had the issue with polish removal too :(

Overall rating:
2.0/5
6th June, 2017 at 12:18 pm
Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Top Coat Review
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Sally Hansen Top Coat

I really wanted to like this product. Nice and largeish square bottle, awesome flat brush that makes polish application a breeze. The only issue is that it removes polish! I thought i was seeing things, or that i had somehow done something wrong. (Although in my defense, i have been applying nail polish for a VERY long time lol). I don't use a top coat usually so am not sure if this is normal or not but for this reason, i would not recommend this product.

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I found the exact same thing! Such a shame.

Overall rating:
2.7/5
26th May, 2017 at 2:19 pm
Simple Kind to Skin Moisturising Facial Wash Review
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Too Simple

When I received this product it had a bit of tape over the lid which made me wonder if it was meant to be there or if it was just put on for postage.

Nothing on the packaging really stood out to me so if it was on the shelf I don't think I would have picked it from the rest of the products.

Simple packaging but i don't find the key things stand out enough.

I squeezed out the clear gel and followed the instructions on the back of the bottle how ever it seemed to take a lot to get any kind of foam going when it does say foaming on the bottle.

Even though the product says soap free I felt like I was just washing my face with soap.

It did remove my makeup that I had on and my skin was clean however it felt dry and not moisturised so I felt I needed to apply another product to moisturise my skin

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I had the same issue with making the gel foam up! Really annoying.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
15th December, 2016 at 7:46 am
Lush Sultana of Soap Review
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Short but Sweet

Last Christmas my partner spoiled me with a Lush gift box called Sugar Sugar. I Only just pulled it out a couple of weeks ago. I still have one soap left over from my Boxing Day Haul. My haul lasted me a year . I'm hoping to do the same this year.

This soap was different to all my other soaps I've purchased from Lush it seemed to be softer. My Soap was round with a pretty motive on the edges of it. Inside of it you can see grainy bits of Sultana running through it. Like all Lush soaps the smell of it is amazing in my shower. I thought I would smell fruits of Sultana but instead it's a strong floral with a mild zing of spice.

With application it glides on creamy . I had no big bits at all in my soap. This scent lingers on my body for hours after a shower. Unfortunately it discintergrated fast in my shower. It didn't last over a weeks use. This may be due to the wet condition it was sitting it. I like that it didn't leave any soap residue in my shower.

I'm a huge fan of Lush soaps. The quality of them is worth the price. I would repurchase this because I did enjoy the scent and consistency. I just wish it lasted a bit longer.

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I definately need to invest in a soap holder . I do love this soap.

That sucks that it didn't last long for you! I've also found that Lush products disintegrate much faster when kept in the wet.

Overall rating:
4.3/5
22nd November, 2016 at 11:25 am
Essence The Gel Nail Polish Review
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Surprisingly Good

These polishes are great for the price range. I pick them up at Farmers for around $3.50 which as far as I know is the only place you can get them in New Zealand.

They come in a really wide variety of colours and I am slowly making my way into owning them all. The bottle is fairly small but the brush is nice and wide. The polish itself is a bit thicker than regular polish but still goes on smooth and the wide brush makes it easy to apply. I need two coats of this with most colours but some of the lighter shades only need one. I use this along with the gel base coat and top coat that Essence sells but I think any base/top coat would do and is necessary. It also dries quite a bit faster than a regular polish which is super nice.

This lasts a good 4 or 5 days without any chipping for me. Some of the shades last a bit longer than others but I think that's pretty standard for most polishes. Sometimes I just touch up where it's chipped and it lasts me a couple of days longer. It's very easy to take off with regular nail polish once you want to remove the colour.

The only downside with this product that I've found is that once the bottles are opened it tends to start to dry up and thicken after 3 or 4 months. Maybe this is why the bottle is a bit smaller. It might make a difference if they are stored in the fridge but I haven't tried that.

Overall, this product is a great buy!

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Thanks for the review, these sound great! The essence range is so affordable + nice

Overall rating:
1.3/5
19th March, 2017 at 10:04 pm
Freeman Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay Mask Review
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Painfully ineffective

I was lucky enough to snag this in the beauty vault, and was very excited to try a peel away mask. I have acne-prone, blemished, and combo (leaning towards oily) skin.

This comes in cheap, unimpressive packaging, and the product itself smells - and not in a good way! It smells of plastic and latex, and is a bright orange, thick gloopy consistency.

It makes a huge mess going on, and drips as it dries. It dries relatively well, but when it comes to peeling off, it definitely hurts - and yet it doesn't pull out any of the gunk that I wanted it to pull out. It was painful, and just seemed to strip away the moisture on my face. It didn't leave my skin feeling fresher, or cleaner, or radiant. My skin was left feeling a bit refreshed, but wasn't raw. It didn't work particularly well and I wouldn't reuse.

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Yikes - thanks for the review! Definitely won't be trying out this product :P