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The Beauty Vault - April
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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
7th October, 2016 at 9:45 pm
Nail Juice Golden Scrub - Skin Smoother Review
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Nail Juice Golden Scrub - Skin Smoother

Having terrible cuticles that are always dry I was super happy to be able to trail this product. The Nail Juice Golden scrub comes in a cute little tin keeping the product well contained. It smells absolutely amazing with a lovely caramel scent and smells good enough to eat! The consistency is smooth but contains sugar and poppy seeds which help to exfoliate and smooth the skin around the cuticles. Since using this product I have noticed my cuticles are so much smoother and are not so dry and peeling like they often are. Overall really like this product and recommend.

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Great review, I need this!

Overall rating:
5.0/5
7th October, 2016 at 10:50 pm
Manicare Dual Cosmetic Pencil Sharpener Review
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Sharpens those pencils

Does they job. I like that it catches the shavings so there is no mess. Also, the sharpener has stayed sharp so far which is nice. It seems like it will last. Solid sharpener overall

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I have been looking for a good sharpener, will have to look out for this one.

Overall rating:
4.7/5
9th September, 2014 at 2:35 pm
Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Holiday Gift Set
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Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Colour Gift Set

I was super lucky to receive this in the last beauty vault (thanks BR!) and my overall impression (now that I've made a good go of trying out everything) is that this is a really great little kit (and good value!), although not all colours will be for everyone.

Beautiful colour palette:

Eyeshadows: I really enjoyed these (glisten, the gold colour, is my favourite!) although they weren't the most pigmented I've tried. When I got this set I was really excited for Mediterranean (the blue shadow), however I probably get the least use out of this one because of how sheer the colour is. The colour is *slightly* buildable, you just need to be prepared to work at it.

Blush: I love this blush, and actually already owned the full size. Really pretty colour (a nice pinky apricot colour that I think would work for most people) with nice pigmentation and a bit of shimmer through it. The only thing I would say is that it didn't quite fit my blush brush, so you might need to get a bit creative on the brush you use with this one.

Shimmer powder: This is super shimmery, so not for those who aren't a fan of a bit of glitter, but overall a really nice highlighter.

Kabuki brush: This is one of the main reasons I went for this set in the beauty vault, and I wasn't disappointed! This brush is one of the softest brushes I've felt, and is so nice to use. I'm currently using this for powder but because it has an angle to it, it would make a nice blush brush too.

Lipsticks: Peony (the pinker one) is my favourite (really pretty colour with a nice shimmer through it), as amethyst is a little too on the brown side for my personal taste. I've passed this on to my mum, who loves it! The formula of both of these is really nice and hydrating, which is great. Love the gold metal packaging of these lipsticks, too - so pretty!

Lip gloss: This is a pretty gloss, and works well with the peony lipstick shade. Smells amazing, and is a nice, smooth and not-too-sticky formula.

Lip pencil: This pencil had a really nice, creamy formula but isn't a colour I would ever really wear. Goes nicely with the amethyst lipstick, though, so mum got that one too!

Mascara: This is a really nice mascara if you're wanting nice natural lashes that don't look too dramatic. Really nice and black, the only downside was that it was so tiny! Good for travelling, though.

Red door EDT: The last item in here was a tiny cute little bottle of the red door EDT which came packaged in the most adorable little red door glass bottle. I didn't think that I was going to be a huge fan of this fragrance because it's always seemed a bit of a nana perfume to me, but it was surprisingly nice and is going in my travel bag!

Evening bag: All the products came packaged in a cute little silver sparkly evening bag. This didn't feel like the best quality in the world, but was a nice way for the products to come packaged together

Tips: The eyeshadows aren't the most pigmented, but I found they work much better if you use them with a decent eyeshadow primer.

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What a super review!

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5.0/5
21st September, 2016 at 4:45 pm
Real Techniques Your Finish/Perfected, Blush Brush Review
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Great for blush, highlighter, and contour

Love this brush so much! Bought this off iherb so it wasn't very expensive. This picks up powder really well and I usually tap it once to drop excess powder. I then sweep it over my cheeks and it looks super natural and light. It's comfortable to hold and feels very soft on my face. This is perfectly shaped to follow the contours of my face. This is very well made and doesn't lose hairs when I wash it, and is made of synthetic bristles so no animals harmed! I'm slowly building my brush collection and real techniques definitely have the quality of more expensive brushes but at an affordable price!

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I will have to look out for one of these

Overall rating:
4.0/5
7th October, 2016 at 12:59 pm
Essence The Gel Nail Polish Review
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A good cheap nail polish

I like these nail polishes because I don't like to invest a lot of money in my nails but I still like them to look put together. These polishes tend to last a few days on me before they start to chip which I like. The brush is my favourite part of it because it's so thick and can cover a large area of my nail so I feel like I get an even coverage in a short amount of time. They're super affordable and available at my local Farmers store which I appreciate.

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kim i buy mine at Farmers Manukau, or at Pricewise in NZ

Which Farmers stores do you shop at?

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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!

Overall rating:
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