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kim_rose

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About Me Hi, I am mum to 3 amazing kids and have the best husband ever. I work in pharmacy and love anything about make up and skin care. I love meeting people and Beauty Review is my addiction.

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Overall rating:
5.0/5
10th June, 2017 at 5:26 pm
The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer Review
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The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer - Review

I had been eyeing this gorgeous highlight up for a while at my local pharmacy, and one day I decided to just bite the bullet and buy it and I can say I am NOT disappointed! This is easily one of the best highlighters I have ever purchased.

First off I'll start with the packaging - this comes in a cute little compact, which has a very retro design to it. I personally love the packaging, but it might not be everyone's cup of tea. When you open the compact, there's a handy mirror inside, and the highlighter itself comes in a huge pan. When I first swatched it, I was in love! One swipe for a gorgeous glow with a buttery soft formula. There's not much fallout so you're not wasting any product, but you do still have to be careful not to pick too much product up or else you'll look like the tin man. The colour of this highlight is also gorgeous - a honey golden colour, but not too dark on my pale skin, it would definitely suit me all year round. I do also think this would look gorgeous on tanned/olive skin.

To sum it up, I definitely agree with all the hype surrounding this product. It's an essential - and though it's not the cheapest highlight it certainly rivals some more high-end highlights (such as MAC, JSC etc). The amount of product you get for the price is a huge WIN for me - I've had this for about 3 months and haven't even made a dent. I don't think I'll ever have to repurchase, but I definitely would!

Tips: Use a very light hand, a little goes a VERY long way!

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Great review! Sounds amazing

Overall rating:
4.0/5
6th June, 2017 at 8:51 pm
Essence Superfine Eyeliner Pen Review
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Amazing!

I love most Essence products, and this is definitely a favourite. I prefer liners with a thin tip so it is easy to create a sharp wing and this is perfect!

It's very pigmented and easy to use, and lasts a long time on the eyes. However the reason I gave this 4 stars is because it dries out pretty quickly. It would be great if it lasted longer, but for the price I can get past that.

Overall this is a great liner, and would be great for someone just starting out with liquid liner.

Tips: Store it upside down so the product is always at the tip

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Essence products are such great value and the quality is good as well.

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5.0/5
4th June, 2017 at 7:46 pm
Maybelline Makeup Remover Eyes and Lips Review
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Eye & Lip make-up remover

Maybelline Make-up Remover Eye & Lip is an oil-free, fragrance free, opthalmologically and dermatologically tested make-up remover that is safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

The duo-phase blue and white liquid easily removes stubborn make-up, including long-wear, waterproof or water-resistant formulas, like Bobbi Brown Gel Liner, Benefit's Push-up Liner and Maybelline's Superstay lipsticks.

Best of all, there's no greasy residue, no stinging and no blurry vision. It's affordable and the conveniently sized 70ml clear plastic bottle has a secure screw top lid which is perfect for travelling, as it doesn't leak or take up too much space, and it's easy to see how much is left in the bottle.

I have repurchased this product many times, and will continue repurchasing, as it's effective, affordable and doesn't leave me with blurry vision like other make-up removers tend to.

Tips: To remove non-transfer, smudge-proof make-up, shake the bottle well and wet a cotton pad. Hold the wet cotton pad against your closed eye (or lips) for 30 seconds to soften the make-up before gently wiping it off. You'll wipe your eyes less often, so there's less chance of tugging at the delicate skin around your eyes. Rinse with warm water once done.

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Thank you.

Thats a great tip Silvene, also a great review

Overall rating:
4.7/5
22nd February, 2017 at 2:03 pm
Revlon Colorstay Foundation - Combination/Oily Review
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Worth my $40 all day everyday!

I found this last year in the local chemist. I asked the retail assistant for her advice on a good coverage foundation for combination skin. I wanted something light weight but still able to hide all my imperfections whilst still looking natural. After noting all my desires she quickly pointed me in the direction of Revlon Colour-Stay. She gave me a small pot of three colours to use so I could find the perfect or closest match. I ended up going with medium beige. After trying them all I found that I have been using a shade or two lighter in every foundation which is why people comment that I look pale. Ah-ha moment!

The price at first made me hold my breath when I swiped my card but it was what I had to do to get my much needed foundation. The bottle is a little less pretty than I am used to with my foundations. But as they say you can't judge a book by its cover. It's what is on the inside that counts. It is cylindrical and simple yet chic.

The foundation itself is very smooth and creamy. It comes out of the pump bottle very easily,with no clogging. I use a brush to apply to my face in dabs then use my beauty blender to give it a flawless look and no streaks.

The foundation blends almost effortlessly. I find that I use far less product than most other foundations because a small bit goes along way. Especially when using a blender. The coverage is exactly as promised. It is medium to full which is what I was after. The best part is it feels as though I have no makeup on, it's just that lightweight.

The true test will be if it lasts a full day in summer when I am walking around and sweating alot. I am pleasantly surprised by just how longwearing this foundation is. Although it has some wear, especially on my cheeks and forehead; it is for the most part in tact. I am impressed. Who knew a brand like Revlon could outlast other higher end brands like this and give better coverage to boot. The combination type foundation is perfect for my dry and oily patches skin. It doesn't make me look like an oil slick but still gives me a glow so my dry parts don't stick out. Gimmie moooore!

Tips: Use a primer to give it a flawless base

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So glad you love it too Kim :D

I agree with all that you say Shana, I use this foundation a lot and love it.

Overall rating:
4.0/5
24th October, 2016 at 1:58 pm
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara
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Lash Love

I ordered through EOH when they were having a special too good to refuse and ended up buying two of these bad boys! The website was easy to navigate and the process was made easy.

EOH do their packaging well. The black and gold is very on trend, and I love it! The mascara comes in a rectangular box, which gives you details of the product. The mascara cylinder itself is basic black with the EOH gold logo and emblem. It is easy to hold as it has a tapered bottom.

The first time I tried this mascara I was very iffy about the wand, it was rubber and small - everything I go against when choosing a mascara.

Now I have been using lash growth serum for awhile so I have long, but still not thick lashes.

Prior to application I curl my lashes (like I do with any mascara) I find application to be easy as it separates lashes with no clumps. The amount of product on the wand is just right to cover my lashes, top and bottom and it gives me the dark black lashes I want. The only negative about this product is that it doesn't make my lashes look thicker (which to be honest it doesn't claim to do so that's ok!)

It lasts me all day with no flaking or wearing. It doesn't smudge at all, but it isn't waterproof so bare this in mind.

Removal takes a little longer than some mascaras I've had in the past (depending what you are using) You can still use face wipes, micellar water, makeup oils and it will come off just be gentle.

If you are looking for a mascara to provide longer lashes with volume you should try this. I would purchase this again if it was part of another special deal as I love that it is 'mainly' natural ingredients <3

Tips: EOH are releasing a new mascara soon called 'Bio lash lift' which doesn't feature any beeswaxes if you are looking for a 100% vegan option.

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Thanks kim_rose :) This has been my go-to mascara for ages now. Keep your eye on their site, they are bound to have a special coming up!

Mrsrosie, thanks for a great review, I will be waiting for a sale to try this one.

Overall rating:
3.7/5
28th February, 2017 at 6:10 pm
Eye of Horus Goddess Mascara
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EOH NaturalBasedIngredients Mascara 4 Natural Look

I have seen so much hype about this mascara. Eye of Horus produces my current fave brand of eye pencils so I wanted to try the mascara as well. I bought it in a goddess package which worked out to be more products for less than buying each one individually. The black tube holds 8g of product and that you can stand up on your dresser or beauty table if you want. The applicator is a rubber one that is sort shaped like an hourglass. I do like that the ingredients list isn't long - water, acrylates copolymer, beeswax, carnauba wax, stearic acid, rice bran wax, candelilla wax, glyceryl stearate, PVP, moringa seed oil, caprylyl glycol, phenoxyethanol, hexylene glycol, chlorphenesin, CI 77266 (nano). So although the list isn't completely natural or organic it isn't a long list and is pretty free of nasties. When I use this I get a natural look, not vavoom lashes or really long ones. It could be because I have really stumpy and sparse lashes but I've seen people with better longer and fuller lashes than me use this and come out with natural looking lashes, so I do have reason to believe this is the mascara. As far as staying put this does smudge on me especially on my lower lashes, but then everything smudges on me even smudge-proof eye makeup. I haven't seen any lash growth as a result of using this either, but I would imagine that this is much more gentle on your lashes than some other brands and so if your lashes get a lot of wear and tear being weighed down by other formulas that dry them out the oils in this probably condition them and the ingredients in this mascara are easier on your lashes. This is also a good mascara if you have sensitive skin or eyes. One funny thing I noticed on the box is that it says that once it's open it's good for 6 months, which I am not completely sure about because you're supposed to toss out mascara 4 months after you open and use it. I do like it as a more holistic mascara that I like to believe is conditioning my lashes and free of nasties but other than that I think there are other mascara for about the same price or cheaper that give more volume. So not sure if I will repurchase or not.

Tips: This is natural based mascara that is free of nasties and good for sensitive skin, however it also is a natural look type of mascara. So if you want more than just darker lashes or a bit more defined lashes, this isn't the mascara for you. If you do want to get this I find that the promotion packages containing a mascara has more products for the break down price. So if there's anything else you want to try or replace in your Eye of Horus stash, looking for promotion bundles on the website will help you get the mascara for less.

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Great review!! I've heard so much about this mascara :)

Such a detailed review Tannygirl, awesome!

Overall rating:
4.0/5
6th January, 2017 at 8:32 pm
Oasis Beauty BB Cream Review
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BB beauty

I tried this BB cream recently after is came in the box as a sample with another Oasis product.

It comes in a wee white tube with cute pink writing, and an easy screw top.

The product is a moderately thick cream. My colour was medium and the product is for sensitive skin. I don't have sensitive skin, but it didn't irritate anything in any case. And I have quite fair skin so usually go for beige products, so surprisingly this product in a medium wasn't too dark for me. It also has an SPF which I really like.

I've been applying it after my CC cream and it gives a nice, even coverage. I'd decided to give up on BB creams and stick with tinted moisturiser after a bad experience with another brand, but this BB cream has changed my mind. I find it applies evenly with a beauty blender and lasts all day. I'm really impressed with it.

$50 for 50ml seems a bit pricey, but then again it is a very good product, so in my estimation it is worth it. I do recommend it.

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Great review Maree, thank you :)

Overall rating:
4.7/5
29th April, 2017 at 5:23 pm
Wild Ferns Autumn Glow Day & Night Collection Review
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Made in NZ goodness

I was really excited to be picked to review this, albeit a wee bit skeptical. I have just changed up my skincare so wasn't sure I was up to the risk of new skincare, and the honey scent wasn't something I thought I would like. BUT thank goodness I tried, because actually I love these products.

Starting with my least fav, the replenishing day creme. The only reason I don't like this as a day cream is the fact it doesn't have sunscreen in it. As an incredibly pale gal that is a must for me. Otherwise this is a fab product. Quite light, sinks in well, great under makeup. No problems with my skin. Also as with all the products the honey scent is actually lovely. Light, sweet, and dissapears quickly.

The night creme is a wee bit thicker than the day cream as you would expect. But also lovely. My skin seemed to drink this up quickly, however it did appear to leave a bit of a residue that I could feel in the morning. Not a big deal for me.

The serum is lovely. Sinks in super fast, you don't need too much. My skin loved it and didn't have any issues with this either. I love the texture, super light.

Eye creme, love! Personally I love an eye cream with a thicker texture as it really feels luxurious around the eyes. I have only been using this at night as it is a bit too thick to wear under makeup.

I started using this set of products after some big flights back to NZ after a holiday. I had some crazy dry patches around my eyes and jaw line and they cleared them up quick smart. Really happy with the moisturising properties of these products and would recommend to anyone with dry skin.

I would have loved for this set to skip the day cream and add a cleanser. But really that is just my personal preference for products as I love trying out cleansers.

I think this set would make a fabulous Mother's Day present (don't forget that is around the corner)! Great to support NZ products, and also your skin will love you for it.

Tips: In particular I think this would be great for the dry skin babes out there.

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Such a great review Kirsty, I love these products.

Overall rating:
4.0/5
27th March, 2017 at 8:39 pm
Olay Regenerist Overnight Miracle Regime Review
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Olay Regenerist Overnight Miracle Regime

Again I was lucky enough to be picked for this great trial team. Thank you Beauty review, I really do appreciate your faith in me.

I will start with my favourite product, The Miricle Boost Youth Pre-Essence. This comes in a 40 ml red bottle with a very clever silver dispenser top. After cleansing and toning, you apply this slightly scented esscene, avoiding your eye area but including your neck. This feels light and fresh, and with the promise of penetrating 10 layers deep to provide 1.5 times of hydration, is it any wonder it is my favourite product.

In the evening I use the essence and the I use the Micro-Sculpting Cream for Night. This comes in a 50g red jar with a silver lid. The cream has a gel like texture to it. There is not a lot of fragrance, however there is a bit of an artifical smell to it, not strong but it would have been nicer to have more of a pleasent smell to it. With this product less is more! A very little goes a long way. It goes onto your skin easily and absorbs nicely. It does take a while to absorb so I changed my routine a bit and started earlier so this could absorb well into my skin and not on my pillow.

The third part of this lovely trio is the Micro-Sculpting Cream for Day. This is a different texture to the night as this is more of a cream. Again the fragrance is similar to the night, I feel there could be a bit more of a nicer smell. I found this to be quite a rich cream which might be a bit too rich for some skin types. While using this I tried not using a primer and this worked well for me.

Overall I found these products worked well together. I have noticed some small changes in my skins appearence which I am very happy with. Fine lines and even some that are not so fine are becoming less noticable. My skin has a beautiful softness to it as well.

Tips: As there is no sunscreen in the day cream it is advisable to use one. Keep products away from your eyes. Give the night cream plenty of time to absorb and do its awesome work for you.

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Thanks Maree, I really enjoyed this trial xx

Fabulous review Kim xxx

Overall rating:
4.7/5
10th January, 2017 at 9:02 pm
Dr Lewinns Reversaderm Complete System Review
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Dr.Lewinns Reversaderm Complete System

Firstly, thank you Beauty Review for allowing me to take part in this amazing trial. I adore skin care products and had a great time using and learning about this range.

Step one: Glycolic Clarifying Cleanser This comes in a 100ml white palstic bottle with a clear lid. It is a glossy finish which looks quite classy. There is a light fragrance which is like fruity, nice and not at all offensive or overpowering. To use this I pumped twice and there was enough soft white lotion to cleanse my whole face and neck. My skin was damp to start with and I rubbed in circular movements. The cleanser felt soft and I did not notice the slight tingling that some users have said occured. I used this morning and evening. I did remove my eye make up first as this is not suitable for your eye area. Step Two: Micro-Cellular Age Correcting Peel This clear liquid comes in a 50ml bottle with a pump applicator. I used two-three pumps for my face and neck. You leave this on for around 30 minutes every second evening. The first time i used this I wasnt sure what to expect. Being called a peel conjures up all sorts of things, however I was plesently surprised. It goes onto your skin so nicely and evenly and feels beautiful and no way do you feel your skin is being peeled off. I felt a slight tingle in the second week of use but it was not uncomfortable. Step Three; Tri-Collagen Accelerating Serum. This gorgeous serum comes in a stout little 30ml bottle with an eye dropper for a dispenser. I used this after I cleansed my face and neck, very lovely to use. It absorbed well and there was no shine or oily residue. I found this not to have much of a fragrance to speak of. It is rich and creamy, as you would exoect from a serum, very pleasent to use.

Step Four: Antioxident Regenerative Cream This is probably my favourite product in the range. It comes in a 50ml pot, which has a very unique delivery system. You press down on the top and the cream pops out of something that looks like a huge pore, very clever because no bacteria or dirt can get into your very expensive, beautiful cream. The fragance of this cream is divine. This cream absorbs beautifully and is non greasy. Your skin feels soft and smooth and looks fresh and amazing.

Step Five: Enzymatic Detoxifying Mask This mask you will use once each week. It comes in a 70ml tube and is a pale blueish colour. It goes onto your skin nicely and will dry in about 15-20 minutes. Afterwards you will rinse with warm water and be totally in awe as to how you skin is looking and feeling. It looks fresh and well...new.

Over the six week process my skin has started to look better and better. I was hoping to see a reduction in my age spots on my face but that didnt happen. What I did notice was clearer skin with more of an even skin tone. I am more than happy with these results and will continue to use the range. The cost is out of my budget to re purcahse again but I will remember this trial with fondness.

Tips: This has been an amazing experience using this great range of skin care products. I could not afford to purchase this range, so I am extra grateful for this opportunity.

I would have lovd to have seen an spf in this range, however it is not a huge issue. I am sure most of us now are in the habit of daily sunscreen application.

Keep these products away from your eye area as it is not designed for that region of your face.

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Thanks Maree, such lovely products to use

Awesome review Kim. It sounds amazing :)