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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:
3.0/5
14th June, 2016 at 8:36 pm
Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening & Tone Correcting Serum
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Antipodes Apostle Skin Brightening & Tone ...

I was excited to try this serum, I really enjoy the results I have had in the past. I decided to try Antipodes as it is a New Zealand made brand and is ethical. The serum comes in a 30 ml glass bottle with an eye dropper for ease of application. It has a nice label, pale in colour with black writing stating the all important information that you need to know.

I followed the suggestion to apply liberally to face, neck and decollatage morning and evening. I followed this routine morning and evening but unfortunately by the time I had finished the bottle I had not noticed any difference in my skin tone, no brightening or no less of a dull look .

The serum itself is one of Antipodes water based serums. This is the first time I have ever used a water based serum and I did enjoy using it. It absorbed really well and left absolutely no residue. It is an unusual colour, it has an ingredient from pinot noir grapes so it is sort of a murky pale reddish colour, hard to describe. Despite the colour it smells pleasent.

There is a lot to like about this serum, but for me it just didnt live up to its said purpose.

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I have missed you Maree, hope you are all good. The range is pretty pricey, a little does go a long way though. :]

I'd love to try it Kim but the price makes me gulp - maybe it's too much if the product isn't fabulous. I love the Antipodes products I've tried so far tho...

Overall rating:
5.0/5
22nd November, 2015 at 5:00 pm
Etude House Good-bye Pore-ever Pore Primer Essence Review
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A fantastic wee product

I first got into Korean makeup and skincare around 3 years ago and this was one of the first products I ever purchased. I have since used up a whole tube and am half way through a second.

Packaging: The plastic tube is nice and sturdy with some flexibility to it, allowing product to easily be squeezed out. The cap screws on tightly which I appreciate and the little nozzle lets out a small stream of primer. My one gripe with this is that the product seems to squirt out far too easily, you're best to keep the tube stored upside down so that it doesn't drizzle out when you open the lid. I personally think a pump would be the most suitable type of packaging for this product, simply because it's too thin in consistency for the squeeze tube.

Product: For me the product absolutely makes up for the few issues I have with the packaging. The primer is a consistency not unlike that of thin custard, it's also a pale yellow in colour. It's not sticky but does have some tack to it, I've found that the best way to apply is by gently smoothing it over areas and then patting it in. If you try to rub this primer in it becomes thicker and leaves a sort of film on the skin, so pat don't rub and then let it fully sink in before applying your foundation. I like the texture of this much more than other primers of this type. I know people compare this to the Benefit Porefessional but I think they're nothing alike. I hated the Porefessional, it was greasy feeling due to too much silicone and it didn't control my oil at all. This on the other hand just feels like a thicker lotion and doesn't have near as much silicone in it as the Porefessional does. It has a sort of lotion type scent to it, it's not unpleasant and you can't smell it once applied.

Performance: I love this for my oily skin, it softens the look of dilated pores around my t-zone and it definitely helps smooth out slight textural issues. As for oil control this does really well, I would say it definitely prolongs my foundation wear by a good couple of hours which is huge for me because usually nothing can last more than a few hours on my oil slick skin. I pair it with my favourite foundations/BB creams and don't have an issue with incompatibility or the product breaking up. It makes my foundation adhere better, last longer and I can also use this with powder foundations which is a huge bonus! It works just as well as it does with liquid and it means I don't need a separate primer.

Overall: If you have oily skin or even combination skin, then I highly suggest you try this out. It's a beautiful product and the price is too good to not give it a go. I will probably continue to replace this over the years as I'm really happy with how it performs and how it wears with my current foundations.

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I just saw this online...sounds like a must have

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5.0/5
8th January, 2016 at 7:36 pm
Freeman Pineapple Facial Mask Review
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Holy Grail - An absolute staple in my skincare

Freeman Pineapple Facial Mask....where have you been all my life?

I picked up one of the little sachets of this at Farmers in October last year, not knowing what to expect but hoping for something great. I was not disappointed.

I am a lover of chemical exfoliation and have been for the past year, nothing has ever made my skin as good as AHAs and BHAs have. So when I saw this pineapple mask I knew I had to try it. The enzymes found in pineapples are a natural AHA and aid in the exfoliation of skin, they are mild but do an amazing job when paired with my other chemical exfoliants.

I used this for the first time straight after my 30 minute wait time was up with my previously applied AHA, I slapped on a layer and left it for 30 minutes to do it's thing. Half an hour later I rinsed my skin clean and could not believe how incredible my skin looked. I was fresh faced and glowing, my skin was bright and clear of most redness. The texture was smooth and supple and it just looked so radiant and healthy! I couldn't believe my eyes. And after each use since that first time I have not been disappointed by this mask.

First off, the packaging is great, the squeeze tube is sturdy with a good cap and the plastic nice and flexible which will allow you to get the last remaining product out at the end.

The product itself is a viscous gel that is not sticky in the slightest and has a pale yellow appearance. It has an extremely punchy tropical scent which I absolutely love but others may be put off by. The gel feels very cooling and is quite cold to the touch, it doesn't dry down at all but I feel as if some of it sinks in and/or evaporates. The product, despite its un-sticky texture, is quite difficult to rinse and requires a few splashes of water to get the gel moving but once rinsed there is no residue leftover.

Overall I absolutely adore this product and will continue to repurchase. It just makes my skin so lovely that I couldn't be without it now.

Tips: I've used this mask straight after washing my face and did not experience the same benefits as I did when using it after my two other chemical exfoliants. Your skin needs to be at a certain pH for it to work so I would not recommend this to people who don't use other BHAs and AHAs.

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Sounds amazing, your results sound awesome

@tannygirl I use the Stridex pads in the red box and I also use a Korean brand called Cosrx (:

May I ask what two other chemical exfoliants did you use prior to this masque?

It sounds pretty complicated. I've seen the Freemans brand floating around recently and I'd be keen to try at least one their products. This may not be the one!

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5.0/5
11th July, 2016 at 12:52 pm
Freeman Pineapple Facial Mask Review
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Ooh, Aah, Fruju Tropical Snow!

I walked into Farmers for a mask and the bright yellow sachet packets stood out for me, along with the pineapple title. I do like pineapple and as the sachets are only $3 I thought 'what do I have to lose!?' So I got one.

The first time I used it I wasn't overwhelmed, but I wasn't underwhelmed either. The mask is a pale yellow, with little bits of grit in it, and it gently exfoliates as you put it on. I always find it weird when there is a mask with grit, it confuses my brain as it seems more like it should be a face wash.

After I washed it off my face felt nice, and I knew I'd probably repurchase it at some point. However. Since I started using AHA's and BHA's at the advice of my skincare guru idomakeupnz, who suggested I use this after the acids, the effects of this mask is so much better! Some sorcery happens (see her review for a detailed explanation) after I use this with the acids and my face is 1000x softer and clearer. The redness in my skin is barely visible anymore, but that is a combined effort of the AHA and BHA with this, not just the mask itself.

The best thing about this mask is that it smells like a Fruju tropical snow ice block, and that one is a favorite in this house! After buying 4 sachets and using them all, I bought a tube which has lasted quite a while too. It's a delightful mask, perfect if you use AHA's and BHA's, perfect if you dont, and the smell alone makes me want to buy another tube!

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I want to try this!

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2.3/5
21st September, 2016 at 9:08 pm
Freeman Beauty Facial Peel-Off Mask Cucumber
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Not as "powerful" as I had hoped

This mask has a thick gel consistency and is easy to spread on the face. It has a fresh, clean scent.

Upon application it felt very cooling and refreshing. Application under the eyes burned slightly from the alcohol, but dissipated quickly.

It dried without tightness within about 10 minutes and I was able to work from my jawline to start peeling. The pulling effect was much more gentle than I had expected - I was preparing for my peach fuzz to be pulled out, but it was nowhere near strong enough to do that. My baby hairs around my hairline were also unaffected, and I guess your eyebrows would be fine if you were to accidentally get some on them.

After I had peeled the whole mask off (mostly in one piece with a few tears), I found that the sebaceous filaments I had on my chin and nose were still there. I also felt that my face was a bit dry, and there were a few skin flakes around my mouth. There was also a slight residue from the bits that had not been peeled off, but that was easily removed with a cotton pad and some toner.

Overall my face did not feel much cleaner, but it was left nice and soft. After applying moisturiser my skin felt more comfortable.

I have normal/dry skin.

Tips: Peel upwards, starting at the jawline.

Use toner on a cotton pad to remove any residue.

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Great tips, thanks

Overall rating:
5.0/5
22nd February, 2015 at 12:09 pm
ColorPop Shaaanxo x ColourPop Review
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Amazing pigmentation!

I love the packaging of these shadows, they are all individual sleek white pots with a clear plastic top to view the shades.

This was the first ColourPop purchase I made and could not be happier! The texture of these shadows are out of this world, they are a creamy almost mousse like texture. So soft and buttery! I love that they are super pigmented and easy to blend, I prefer to apply with my fingers and buff out if required.

In this 'quad' there are two matte shades, and two glitter shades. My favourite is xo which is such a stunning versatile light colour. The colour that I was unsure about at first was Rebel which is a matte khaki green colour, but it is presently easy to incorporate into looks, it adds a touch of colour. Perfect for those who want to play around with colour but don't know where to begin. I love to use it for a smokey eye look.

The price is amazing, the only downside is the shipping can get a bit expensive as it is all calculated by weight.

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They sound amazing, on my must try list

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3.3/5
17th August, 2015 at 4:50 pm
L'Oreal Paris Nude Magique CC Cream – Anti-fatigue Review
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Seems to work so far

Wooo so on first inspection of this product im like omg its quite dark and runny anyway i take the chance and apply it. Its orange! My face is Orange!! But wait its changing.......... slowly but surely it blends nicely in and adapts to a more comfortable colour. Not to bad! After a few days of using it i feel that it is still a little dark for the time of the year (winter) and im sure it will be great come summer time with a little bronzer. Today though i decided to mix it a little with one of my too pale Loreal foundations and its perfect, its covered my scars and redness and with it also being a monday my weekend looks like it was a restful one so in my books im sold. Going to try the anti redness one thou im sure you cant go wrong with one of each in your kit.

Tips: A little goes a long way as the colour takes a bit to adjust so dont freak out straight away your only a ompaloompa for a short time :)

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I agree Pifithrin, I have useed this and didnt find it as orange

I found this one much less orange looking than the anti-redness one if that helps

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5.0/5
14th September, 2016 at 7:33 pm
Moisture Mist Beauty Cake Foundation Review
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Moisture Mist Beauty Cake Foundation

I was lucky enough to be chosen for a trial for this product.

I was excited to try this as I have seen it in store for many years and often wondered how it works.

To start with, what made this even more special is that the compact is a limited release, and who dosent want a limited release goodie? It is a beautiful looking compact, with a gorgeous bird on the lid.

The whole presentation is special and well thought out. It has very clear instructions on how to use it and get the best from your foundation.

The package contains a compact and a sponge, which comes with its own pouch to store it in.

The colour I chose is called Cafe Aulait, I did take a guess with this as I couldnt get to a store for a colour match, the swatch on the website was pretty great.

I started with my usual morning make up routine, cleanse in the shower then tone and then a serum. I apply a light day lotion and give it plenty of time to absorb then apply foundation.

To apply you need to wet the sponge and then pop some product onto it and then apply to your face. I found it went on nicely and evenly.

It did take a couple of days trying to get it right as I have not used this before, but once I got it, it was awesome! I actually love this make up and am extremely happy with the results.

Like with a lot of foundations you can have a light coverage or build it up for a richer coverage.

I love the fact that it lasts all day long and you have the ability to touch it up throughout the day, however I did not need to do this.

At the end of the day I removed this with ease with my usual make up remover.

I will purchase this foundation as it is everything I desire in one. The finish on my skin is smooth and flawless.

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I forgot to add, to clean your sponge, I just used my make up brush cleaner, it worked a treat

Overall rating:
4.7/5
11th August, 2016 at 7:36 pm
Lakoko Review
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Lakoko Multipurpose Natural Balm

I was really happy to land a spot on the trial team for this balm. I haven't used many balms and being an all natural balm it was right up my alley. Lakoko comes in different sized jars, the size I was given for this trial was a 30ml jar. The balm comes in dark brown glass jars with white and light blue paper with the name and a bit of information about the balm. The jar looks nice on my beauty table. When I first opened the jar I wasn't a fan of the scent since it smells like lavender and I'm not into lavender, but now I detect for lime and orange notes at the end so the scent has grown on me a bit. I love that this balm is all natural - coconut oil, kukui nut oil, cera alba, white beeswax, vitamin E, lavender oil, and essential oils of cedarwood, mandarin and lime. Due to the high coconut oil content when my room is cold, the coconut oil is solid and the balm is difficult to get out of the pot and I really have to dig it in and then rub to get it on my skin. When my room is warm and I have had the heater on for awhile it it's soft and easy to spread on my skin.

The main use I had for this balm was my eczema patches on my hands. A flyer that was included in the parcel with the balm suggested using it to diminish ageing on the backs of your hands. I've been applying the balm at least twice a day to where my eczema is flaring up on my hands and while the bumps aren't gone yet my skin is definitely less itchy and the patches haven't spread. It definitely soothes the itching and helps to calm down the eczema. I don't think my hands look more youthful yet but they are more moisturized. The balm doesn't absorb and leaves a protective layer on my skin. The moisture stays on my hands even if I wash them but not through multiple hand washes. I definitely will keep using it as a treatment for my hands and eczema.

I have also applied very tiny bit of the balm to my dry ends. Since my hair is fine I was concerned that using this as a hair treatment would weigh down my hair and leave it greasy and limp, but instead it absorbed into my ends and made them less dry and frizzy. I didn't apply it to my lengths though just my ends.

I've also used this as a lip balm and it gives my lips enough moisture to last a couple hours. While it doesn't beat my favorite lip balms, it's worked better than some cheap chapsticks that left a waxy layer on my lips but didn't really sink in or moisturize. I'm not used to putting something lavender scented on my lips though as I'm used to my lip balms having more yummy scents. But it's nice to know that if I lost my lip balm that this could stand in for a few days until I was able to find out replace it. I don't know how quickly I'll use this jar of balm up but I definitely do like that it's all natural and it's multi-purpose. I definitely will be considering purchasing it when I run out.

Tips: If it's cold it's pretty solid so you'll need to rub it a bit to get some out. If you are going to use it for your hair use the tiniest amount rub in your palms to liquify it and apply it too the ends. Less is more when it comes to your hair. I can't talk for coarser thicker hair since my hair is quite fine, but if you apply too much and apply it every day it can build up and get a bit lanky. Luckily due the coconut oil it does shampoo out nicely and leave my ends soft. If you use this as a hand treatment keep it to the backs of your hands since it doesn't sink into your skin much or use it before bed.

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What a complete review, I enjoyed reading it.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
30th June, 2015 at 3:04 pm
Eye of Horus Goddess Pencil - Teal Malachite Review
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You always feel like a goddess

I have quote a few of the EOH liners. I love them all so much. The customer service is amazing! Love how all the products come beautifully wrapped as well.

So the teal has the 2 ends like the rest of the range. The smudger and the colour. The pencils are sleek looking. Gorgeous gold writing that matches the set.

The colour is mega oh my god!! Think teal, think sparkle, think metallic, think bang! It's so beautiful! In the light you can see fairy pieces of sparkle not big in your face bits. It's like it picks up the colour of your eyes. It changes in the light and with what colour you are wearing as well. It's just so beautiful.

So the actual pencil inside is soft. It glides on so easily. It's sharpens up well. It wont budge, it stays on all day once it has set. Yet it washes off at the end of the day.

Tips: Grab the EOH pencil sharpener at the same time. It's the best I have found to sharpen these

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That is a great tip about the sharpener, I was wondering about the best kind, thanks :}