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Julieal

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Overall rating:
4.0/5
16th June, 2017 at 12:21 am
Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Nail Polish Review
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Good non chip polish

I've been trialling Chai on Life and Red-y to Glow, the amazing top coat and also a gentle Sally Hansen oil. These have been great to trial because I really enjoy having statement nails but often have problems with my nails becoming brittle and the polish chipping off too easily. Well those aren't worries with these new Sally Hansen polishes. My nails have been slowly growing out healthier and less brittle after just two weeks use (2 applications of colour with a few days of just the oil between).

The colours are cute with Chai on Life being a very neutral beige tone, great for the office, and Red-y to Glow being a bright red that builds into a deep dark red with increasing layers of polish. The formulas are a bit strong scented, but not as chemically smelling as other polishes I've tried. It's also quite a thin formula, going on in very light layers. This means that I end up applying 3 thin layers instead of the recommended 2, just to built the colour I like, and I find if I apply the polish thicker it takes a long time to dry.

The shape of the brushes are amazing, only needing 2 swipes at my bigger nails and only one for my pinkies. The bristles are of sturdy material so they don't bend all over the place. However, given the wide end, the wand is quite wide also and I keep worrying about getting it back into the bottle without permanently bending the bristles out of place, or accidentally knocking the bottle over when not holding it.

This polish doesn't chip for days!!! I've had supposedly great polish before, chip resistant and all that jazz, but none have actually walked the walk. These do. Each application it's taken around 4 days before the first chip. On maybe the 3rd day the polish does recede from the tips of my nails slightly, but nothing noticeable by the casual observer.

Tips: Use thinner layers of polish, they dry faster. Then do 3 rather than 2 layers of colour.

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Awesome review -I want this product now !!

Overall rating:
5.0/5
16th June, 2017 at 7:36 pm
Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Nail Polish Review
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Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Nail Polish Review

Oil - Nice consistency. As per instructions I applied on the cuticles as well as nails every day for a week and massaged them. After just a day I could feel a difference on my nails. They were looking healthier. After a week the nails were a nice pink with a healthy glow. I have a problem with my cuticles with the skin peeling off. While I was rubbing the oil, I had no more issues with skin peeling. But a day after I stopped applying the oil the skin started peeling off again.

Top Coat - It did what a top coat is supposed to do. Couldn't make out the difference between this top coat and the others I normally use. It worked and I would use it again.

Nail Polish - I got a couple of other friends to try the two shades along with me. They found the pink too thick but loved the silver. I liked both shades. Both lasted around 10 days with the top coat on.

Primrose & Proper - A nice shade for day time. Nice consistency. What I liked about it was, having an olive coloured skin, not every matt pink looks good on me. But this one did.

Therapewter - A nice shade for day and night. I loved this colour. Silver is my weakness and this one is just awesome. Both a single or double shades look good. I will definitely be buying this.

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Thanks for a great review, I am really tempted to give this range a go.

These sound worth using -Thank you for your review

Overall rating:
5.0/5
20th May, 2017 at 9:19 pm
Essano Body Wash Review
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bliss, bliss, BLISS

I was very fortunate to be selected to trial this beautiful shower gel (thanks BR!!!) Essano products have been really growing on me and this is another great product.

I Love the big 445ml bottle, its dark brown and looks like those old medicine bottles (or is it just me?) it has a plain and easy to read label. I love how this has a pump top lid, so easy in the shower with slippery hands no need to shake, squeeze and bash the other end of the bottle to get the product out. The scent I received is ‘bliss’- and yes it really is.

The clear shower gel has a thickish consistency and lathers up nicely on my shower puff. As soon as I pump 4-5 pumps out I get a real paw paw fruity kick, (it also has coconut and frangipani) its sweet, it’s fruity and it’s perfectly balanced and seriously I wanted to drink it.

I smoosh it round and round my body wishing the scent was just a tad stronger like it was when it first comes out of the bottle. I love how this makes my skin feel after I wash the suds away, clean and refreshed without feeling stripped- great for us dry skinned lasses.

Since its winter I have been a big sook and won’t moisturise after my night time shower cold lotion on warm body aint my idea of ‘unwinding and relaxing’ anyway… I can wake up in the morning and my skin isn’t too bad, it’s not itchy or looks scaly. So I think I will carry on being a bit lazy through winter.

I will be definitely repurchasing this it smells amazing leaves me feeling clean and fresh, and lets me be lazy. I also love how Essano products are cruelty free and contain natural ingredients. Another reason to love this product.

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love the review and will be looking to purchase -Thanks

I want to buy this so much. Even more now :)

Great review Bex :)

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2.7/5
4th March, 2016 at 9:47 am
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara
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Wand Fail!

I bought a tube of Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara as I'd heard so many good things about it; so many people were raving about it, that it was their Holy Grail mascara, that it was the best mascara ever, etc., so I just had to see if it was really worth the hype.  

The sleek black tube looks very elegant with the gold writing and the Eye of Horus logo on the lid. The mascara wand is fairly long, with an hourglass shaped brush and short, stiff bristles.

Personally, I don't like the shape of the wand and find it really difficult to do the lashes in the inner corners of my eyes.  I end up either sticking the wand in my eye or else I get mascara on my eyelid just above my lash line (or both, wand in eye and mascara on eyelid)!  The consistency and formula of the mascara is nothing spectacular either.  Yes, it coats individual lashes well but takes a few coats (5 or 6) to actually lengthen lashes and make them look good but 9 times out of 10 I still end up with mascara above my lash line, on my eyelid! I don't have this problem with other mascara brands or wands.  

One good thing about this mascara is that it doesn't clump.  Other than that, I feel that this an average mascara that has been seriously over-hyped.  Its highly unlikely that I'll be recommending it and definitely won't be purchasing it again. 

Tips: Wash your old mascara wand from a different brand and swap it out for the one in this tube.

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Good tip thank you

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5.0/5
23rd June, 2013 at 4:22 pm
MAC Twig Lipstick Review
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Amaze colour

I love this lippy, use it at any opportunity I get! It lasts on your lips too so you don't have to constantly top up!

Tips: Apply a slightly thicker layer for a darker colour, also once a week give your lips a good exfoliation for a smooth application of any lipstick :)

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lip scrub -I have never done that but makes sense

Thanks for the tip, just went and brought myself a lip scrub from lush :D

Overall rating:
4.3/5
24th June, 2013 at 5:01 pm
MAC Twig Lipstick Review
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Smooth, Strong... Satin.

Unfortunately, this isn't really my colour; but in saying, that I have a couple of colours similar to this in a more glossy finish. So if you, like me, have dupes for this colour you may need a good excuse to purchase this product.

Luckily, I have some excuses: - The colour is a muted-brown rose, and the colour pay-off is marvellous! - The satin finish means it's highly pigmented, as a lipstick should be, but remains smooth not dry or chalky. - It's long lasting! ... and that's what we really want from a quality lipstick.

While the colour may not be for me, I highly recommend M.A.C's Satin lipstick formula and trust that the quality remains whatever colour you choose.

Tips: The colour is quite 'serious looking'. A lighter lip-liner will tone down the colour; add clear gloss to make a more casual look.

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good tip -I love the colour

great colour!

I had a smiliar outcome!

Thanks for the great lippy tip!

Overall rating:
5.0/5
30th April, 2017 at 2:52 pm
A'kin Brightening Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C Review
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lovin' this

I have been using this for about two weeks now and I am very pleased with the results. At first I wasnt very hopeful about any change but now the change in my skin is very apparent. My skin tone has evened out and I have even noticed that when applying my makeup it seems to apply smoothly and I have even stopped using a primer now as well. Usually I am not the greatest fan of oily products because they seem to sit on top of my skin but this gets absorbed very quickly. I really enjoy the fragrance of this product as well. it is very muted which i like, not a fan of strong smelling products that go on my face The only thing I don't like about this is the dropper applicator, I find it too messy and hard to apply without it dripping down my face. I really like this product and will definitely be adding it to my daily skin routine.

My mother (who is in her 60's) has also been using it and she has noticed a difference in her skin as well. she said her skin feels softer and she has also noticed her skin tone has evened out some.

Update: I have also noticed that the few scars i have on my face from having picked or squeezed pimples have slightly faded now which is so amazing! When I put on a full face of make up they are invisible now which makes me feel so much better. I am absolutely in love with product

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good review and really helpful as I have an older skin so this sounds worth trying

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5.0/5
24th April, 2017 at 4:27 pm
Goodness Break-up Make-up Balm Review
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Fabulous natural product

So I'm the type of person when I get home and go to take my make up off, I usually A: grab a wet wipe and quickly rub it over my face or B: leave my make up and sleep in it. Hello panda eyes. But then this wee gem got sent to me and hello fresh face in the morning smelling oh so yummy! I love this product and really takes the stress of getting your make up off away. I dread putting on make up simply because it's a pain to get off but this product made it so easy to wipe off with a warm damp cloth. It's not greasy and doesn't leave your face dry so it's like a moisturiser as well!! Can't recommend it enough! It even got my tricky eyeliner off which is usually impossible.. my face felt clean and lush after using it and it smells divine!!

Tips: Rub all over your face and leave for a minute or two so it can really get in there and do its thing!

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This sounds like a must buy -Your review is really helpful thank you

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5.0/5
14th March, 2017 at 12:19 am
Sub 24 Cleanser, Scrub and Moisturiser regime Reviews
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Gentle yet effective skincare

My skin type – I am 23 and my skin seems to be stuck halfway between that of a teenager and an adult (yay combination skin). My forehead and cheeks often feel tight and dry, while my nose and forehead produce enough oil to fry a bucket of chicken (obviously not really… but you get the idea). My skin is not overly sensitive, but some products do feel stingy.

Overview – All come in light pink packaging, which I liked enough to put on display in my bathroom. The scrub and the moisturiser come in 75ml tubes, while the cleanser is in a 100ml tube. These products are made in NZ, contain natural ingredients, and are not tested on animals. On their website they have outlined the reasons for using certain ingredients, and it is clear to see a lot of thought went into this skincare range. These products don’t contain fragrance, but they do have lime essential oil which gives them a lovely, fresh citrusy smell. The moisturiser also has orange essential oil added to it. Since using these products my skin looks healthier and more radiant. I occasionally get the odd pimple, yet I haven’t had a single one it the last three weeks. The areas of my face that get dry no longer feel so tight, and I don’t seem to get as oily as I used to. Overall, I think this is an excellent result!

Cleanser – This is a light creamy cleanser. It has an oily feel to it, but not in a bad way. I prefer oil based cleansers as I feel they do a better job of cleaning. It almost seemed to melt into my face when I used it. It was super gentle and never stung my skin. The website states this cleanser ‘thoroughly removes makeup’, but unfortunately it didn’t work on my caked up face. It would only smear my makeup around. However I found that it gave my pores a good clean, which I think is the most important thing.

Scrub – Prior to using this scrub I used a different one that was quite harsh (it almost felt like I was scrubbing my face with tiny jagged rocks!). So when I began to use this scrub, it felt like little angels were cleaning my face! It is the gentlest scrub I have ever used, that still effectively exfoliated my skin. The magic ingredient is the jojoba wax beads. They are super tiny balls that don’t irritate or scratch the skin. I spent a good few minutes massaging my face with this scrub when I first received it. It’s just that good!

Moisturiser – The moisturiser is probably my fave out of these three products (close second is the scrub). It is light and absorbs into my skin very quickly. My face has become more balanced since using it. My forehead feels moisturised and my nose doesn’t feel the need to produce quite so much oil. The only gripe I have is that after three weeks of use my 75ml tube is not far off running out. I feel that the cleanser and moisturiser should both come in 100ml tubes as they are used twice a day. It makes sense for the scrub to be in a smaller tube since it is only used 1-2 times per week.

Tips: I hope to purchase these products again when I run out. Each individual product is approximately $30 and you can buy them in packs which makes them cheaper. They are certainly pricier than my usual $10 supermarket cleanser, so as a poor student I may need to start saving now. However good skin is worth it!

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Thanks Julieal :)

good review -well done

Overall rating:
4.7/5
10th March, 2017 at 2:12 pm
Sub 24 Cleanser, Scrub and Moisturiser regime Reviews
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Love love love!

Just as an introduction to my situation before I write this review: I have very sensitive skin. Especially in terms of scrubs I've gone years without finding one that was right for me. And that is why I am so happy about this trio!

Each of the 3 tubes is a pretty pink, with a sturdy cap on the base. The design is very elegant yet modern. I do find myself reading each tube to figure out what I need because they are quite similar. All three product have similar botanical scents which are quite subtle and I find very lovely. Closer to the smell of fresh greenery rather than floral tones.

The cleanser: as an oil based cream the cleanser spreads over your skin very smoothly and feels great as you massage it in. Although I don't find this cleanser works well for removing stubborn make up, it does work on most of my lipsticks. What makes this cleanser so amazing is that it doesn't dry out your skin!!! My face is left feeling clean and extremely smooth after using it. I have never used an oil-based cleanser before, so this was a new experience! Before using the cleanser it helps to shake it a bit to avoid the oil separating from the cream. Other than that, the difference an oil based cleanser I have found is the higher level of moisture that’s locked into your skin post-wash - if you suffer from dry skin I'd suggest this cleanser for you.

The scrub: oh my goodness, yes!! I am confident in all of these products, but of the three the scrub is the one I am absolutely 100% going to be purchasing again. The Jojoba Wax beads in this scrub feel almost like fine sand grains, the level of exfoliation can be built up be using more in a specific area, a level of control that I really like (rather than just having to deal with harsh exfoliation on those pesky sensitive patches). After my first use of the scrub I did have a small breakout the next day, but it cleared quickly and hasn't occurred with following uses.

The moisturiser: So lovely! I am really liking the natural scent of these products. This moisturiser is quite a thick cream, and on application it almost melts onto your skin. It doesn't completely sink in like other creams, instead it feels like there is a shield of natural oils which protects your skin from the environment. A new sensation for me, given I usually use very light hypoallergenic creams which sink in quite fast. I once again however am converted. With this moisturiser I feel confident throughout the day that my skin will hold up against the wind and the cold.

The big picture: Healthy skin while using natural ingredients, and with the products being made right at good ol' NZ. Since using this skin care regime I haven't had any issues with dryness or allergic reactions. Any blemishes are smaller than they used to be and clear much faster. In summary: I am in love with this trio.

Tips: Shake the cleanser before use. Also not a tip but a bonus: being able to wash your face with warm water and not having to worry about drying out! Using cold water in the morning can help wake yourself up, but that's not really my cup of tea. Cleanse comfortably I say!

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Thanks Julieal and MareeB! I was worried it'd be too long but didn't want to sacrifice any of the details. But I see that most people felt the same way :) a product worth writing about!

Really good review and products sound really good

Fab review Jess :)

It really is Macs! I think I enjoy these products so much because using them feels more like pampering yourself than a chore :)

Sounds lovely