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Vault December 2017
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siouxsannah

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Overall rating:
4.7/5
24th September, 2017 at 11:58 pm
A'kin Brightening Rosehip Oil with Vitamin C Review
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Rosehip, Macadamia & Vitamin C

My experience of A'kin is that they make quality skincare products, and this oil is no different. I was lucky enough to be able to get this face oil from the Beauty Vault that Beauty Review hold for its members several times a year.

The oil comes packaged in an attractive cream and maroon cardboard box with the main ingredients of rosehip oil, macadamia oil, and vitamin C listed on the front. This oil claims to help with sun damage, pigmentation and skin tone.

The oil itself is in a brown glass 20ml bottle with a dropper. The dropper is very easy to use. Rather than the end pointing straight down, the bottom is angled slightly to make it easier to apply the oil to your face. The oil is yellow, and has a mild smell, like olive oil.

It is recommend that you use it twice a day, ideally before moisturiser. I have been applying this once a day, at nighttime, and before my night cream. I apply four drops to my face each time. The oil feels lovely on my skin and is absorbed well. My skin feels very soft and moisturised after applying it.

I have some pigmentation on my forehead and cheek, which has improved slightly over the past two weeks I have been using this oil. I hope to see a continued improvement.

Tips: Apply after cleansing and before moisturising.

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Thank you MareeB!

Great review. I liked it too.

Overall rating:
4.0/5
15th July, 2017 at 10:47 pm
The Balm Brow Pow Review
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Pigmented brow powder

Having been impressed by other The Balm products that I have purchased, I decided to give their Brow Pow a go when I found it on sale. I am quite fair, so I purchased the Brow Pow in Blonde.

As always, The Balm have quirky, 50s retro packaging. The Brow Pow comes in a small cardboard flip palette with a matching cardboard sleeve. The palette has a small mirror. The brow powder itself is the size of a small pot of eyeshadow. It does not come with a brush.

Before using the Brow Pow I had been using a light brown eyebrow pencil with a wax ingredient on my brows . Using the brow powder is a bit more fiddly as I cannot apply it directly like with a pencil, but must apply it with a brush, like eyeshadow for the brows.

It is quite pigmented. You do not need to apply a lot of colour in order to see the effect. Just a little makes my brows noticeably darker, and the Blonde shade is ashy enough to look natural.

It stays on well and lasts all day. My only reservations are that the product is quite small for the price, especially since it does not come with a brush. I am not sure yet if I would purchase it again unless it was on sale.

Tips: The powder does not hold the brows in place, so you will still need a clear wax or gel over the top to stop the hairs from straying.

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Thank you MareeB!

I was wondering how this would work! great review Siouxsannah :)

Overall rating:
5.0/5
28th May, 2017 at 10:10 pm
Schwarzkopf Colour Specialist Review
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Excellent value for money

I was lucky enough to be chosen to trial this new hair colour product by Schwarzkopf. The shade I trialed is 10.1: Cool ultra light blonde.

My hair is naturally light brown to dark blonde. It is very fine, but there is a lot of it. It is straight, and currently falls to just past my shoulders. I have been lightening my hair to blonde for the last few years. I have a cool-toned skin, so I prefer cool, ashy shades of blonde.

This hair colour comes with the standard gloves, colour creme, developer, and conditioner. However, it also comes with 2 bonus products: anti-breakage serum, and another packet of conditioner called the "repair reviver" which is to be applied to the hair after 3 weeks.

The instructions for hair colouring follow the standard mixing in of the colour creme with the developer, but with the added step of putting in the anti-breakage serum. The instructions were clear, and the dye was easy to apply to my hair with the applicator bottle. I found that the dye did not smell very strong. Other dyes I have used have a very strong chemical smell, but this had barely any discernible scent, which is great.

I mentioned that I have a lot of hair, and it hangs just past my shoulders. There was enough hair colour to sufficiently cover all of my hair comfortably, so I did not need to worry about needing another packet.

The hair colour was easy to wash out, and the "after colouring repair sealer" was easy to apply. The instructions even say that you can use the repair sealer for more than 1 application if your hair is short enough.

After rinsing, I dried my hair as usual with a combination of the hairdryer, and air drying. My hair has come out a very even shade of ashy blonde, and it feels beautifully soft and conditioned. I am very pleased with how it looks. I think I have found my new go-to at home hair colour!

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Thanks MareeB!

Great review siouxsannah.

Overall rating:
4.7/5
2nd June, 2016 at 6:48 pm
Mellow Liquid Lip Paint in Puerto Rico Review
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Um hello, where have you been all my life?!

Thank you BR for the opportunity to grab this during the vault, I had been eyeing these lip paints since before they even launched so I am stoked to get my hands on one!

Packaging: Clear acrylic tube with a gold lid and gold lettering. The quality is lovely, it doesn't feel cheap and light in your hands, it has a bit of weight to it. The stopper is brilliant too, sometimes I find that liquid lipstick stoppers are too big and let through a lot of product but this one is perfect (and it doesn't get messy!) I appreciate the fact that they've labelled the name on the bottom of the tube as it's discrete and doesn't take away from the look of the lipstick.

Applicator: This has a traditional doe foot applicator and it's nothing special but boy is it brilliant. It's not overly fluffy or fuzzy which I like because there's no chance of product smearing outside of the lines. It's small and quite hard which allows for perfect precision and picks up a good amount of product.

Formula: Let's get one thing straight, this is NOT a liquid to matte lipstick, it is a matte lip cream. It goes on beautifully, not too thick and not too liquidy, the consistency is just right. It's not fully opaque but it's not thin and watery either, two coats will get you the desired look. Once applied the lipstick is very creamy but has a soft satin feel, it's not so wet that you have to be afraid of it bleeding. As time goes by the product dries a bit and settles into a gorgeous velvet matte, it's not sticky or wet but you can still rub your lips together. This is not transfer proof! The formula is neither drying nor hydrating and it lasted well for 4 hours before I took it off.

Scent & Taste: There is a faint scent, it's lightly sweet but quite chemical, it does not linger once on the lips though. I didn't notice a taste at all but I try not to lick my lips when wearing lip products.

Shade: Puerto Rico is a gorgeous mid tone nude that leans on the cool to neutral side. It's quite taupey brown and is very flattering on my skin tone.

Overall: This was so super comfortable on the lips, it didn't accentuate dry patches or pull into any lines. It wore well, didn't make my lips feel parched and it didn't flake. I love the classy, simplistic packaging and the price is incredible for NZ. Definitely recommend.

Tips: As always, exfoliate and moisturise beforehand to prep the lips. Using a lip liner can help with crisper lines.

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Siouxsannah, if you pick any up I hope you love the formula as much as I do. It's really a beautiful lipstick!

Thank you for reviewing this. I have been mulling over the Mellow liquid lip paint ever since I discovered the brand through BR. I had been hoping someone would review this one from the Vault!

Overall rating:
5.0/5
29th May, 2016 at 5:54 pm
Essano Argan Oil Nourishing Conditioner Review
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Blessed by kittens =^.^=

Essano are one of my favourite brands because of the ingredients they use in their products. This conditioner is free from parabens, sulphates, and the dreaded preservative, methylisothiazolinone, which irritates my skin. It is also made in New Zealand and is not tested on animals. After using their skincare range I was very excited to learn that they were launching a hair care range.

The conditioner itself smells nice and mild. It is rich, and leaves my hair feeling lovely and conditioned. My hair is so soft after using this that it feels like it has been blessed by kittens.

Tips: You do not need to apply a large amount to get well-conditioned hair. My hair is below my shoulders and I find one palm size enough for my dry hair.

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You won't regret it!

I've been too busy sniffing it to use it since I received my bottle, maybe this week. It smells fantastic.

Overall rating:
5.0/5
24th January, 2016 at 7:31 pm
Brilliant Silver White Hair Toner Review
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It works!

Firstly, My natural hair colour is a dark blonde/light brown. I lighten it to a proper blonde. The shade I currently use is Schwarzkopf's Live: Sandy Blonde 9-60. I am cool toned, so I suit ashy blondes, rather than golden shades. The longer I go between dyeing my hair, the more golden it gets, so using a toner to combat the golden shades is a good idea.

Packaging: Brilliant Silver White comes in a small white box. Inside is the bottle of toner and instructions. The toner bottle looks very small, (15ml) but you don't have to use very much to get the desired effect, so it will last a lot longer than you think.

Process: I followed the guidelines for "Permanently Coloured Hair." The recommended dose was 10-20 drops per litre of warm water. I went with 15, which seemed like a good in-between amount.

I washed and conditioned my hair as per step one. Then I towel dried it. I then added 15 drops of the toner to 1 litre of warm water. Then I poured it over my hair by leaning over the shower. Afterwards I applied my hair oil, towel dried my hair some more, and then let my hair air dry for a while before using my hair drier.

Result: The product really does work. My hair was noticeably a much ashier shade. It has been about 3 weeks since I lightened my hair, and normally it would be looking more golden in colour about now.

Tips: Since the toner is a concentrate, it looks very purple when applied to the water. Do not worry, as it does not result in purple hair. Be careful of surfaces, as the instructions warn that some staining may occur, and it can be easy to splash it around.

Another thing to be careful of is that if your hair is quite dry, or porous, it may end up looking slightly blue in places. This happened to me the first time where some blue remained on the ends of my hair where it was drier and lighter than the rest of my hair. So if your hair is extremely lightened, or bleached, you may want to use fewer drops than the recommended amount. The second time I used the toner, the blue effect didn't happen, so it is worth persevering with the product and getting the balance right.

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Good idea!

Yes, it takes some practice to get it right. I mix it in an old yogurt container and slowly pour it over my hair. I wrap my hair in a white turbie towel afterwards and any residual product washes out of that in the washing machine.