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  DISO the Garnier Micellar Gel Wash trudijoy 17 19 Sep 2018 9:11am
  What's Some of the Best GWPs You've Scored? tannygirl 10 19 Sep 2018 11:47pm
  I just couldn't help myself AboutFace 6 20 Sep 2018 12:01pm
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  MissDilly
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I've got the whole fruit salad of the hair food now thanks to Countdown's special last week - too good a deal and I love them all.
  Macs
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For me , It had to be the Loreal Laser 3 x skin care system. My partner spent a fair bit on it for me. It didnt work at all for me. 

Ive not found my Holy grail skincare system yet. 
  Shana_Banana84
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I'm not sure if it would be considered expensive but to me it's a save save save brand.  I have tried a fair few Trilogy skincare products and to be honest there has only been ONE that I was slightly impressed by.  I try to avoid Trilogy now because the disappointment is far too common.  It just goes to show you, expensive products don't always guarantee quality.
 
  KiwiLass
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It's only expensive skincare that I've been dissapointed by. The Ordinary has to be some of the cheapest skincare I've used, and makes the biggest difference. Whereas some expensive serums, eyecreams, moisturisers, in the high-end, pricey range, have made no noticeable difference.
Make-up (unfortunately - my poor credit card) really does tend to improve with price (not always - there is some great cheap stuff in the Elf range, Cover Girl etc).
But sadly, after buying many cheap highlighters and wasting my money, nothing actually compares to Becca. Likewise, Benefit Mascara really is the best (for me at least), and I've found eyeshadow quality to be way better in the high end range. I wish it weren't so, as once you've had that quality it's hard to go back.
  KiwiLass
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I spent $350 at Sephora while on holiday. Ouch. But I realyl love everything I bought.....so many favourites! e.g. the Huda eyeshadow pallet (amazing, and so long-lasting), GlamGlow mask, Benefit foundation and mascara, among other goodies....
  KiwiLass
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I just got back from a month away in some very hot and humid places (includign Hong Kong) and I have very fine, fizz prone, bleached blonde hair. I found the De Lorenzo Instant Restructurant spray reccommended by my hairdresser to be really good. Likewise Angel en Provence hair conditioning treatments.
I didn't go makeup-free (and literally spent all my spending money at various Sephoras....). But being really prone to sun spots, this year I was vigilent about using a good vitamin c serum morning and night (Mad Hippie one is great, from iherb - it absorbs quickly). I then used an SPF 50 lightweight face cream (Neutrogena I think) or [color=#000000]Heimish, Artless, Glow Base, SPF 50+/PA+++ followed by Benefit's Be Happy SPF 25 foundation.
And Benefit mascara, Huda eyeshadow on top of a base (Huda LASTS seriously well!).
Also, an SPF lip balm is a must - I used Blistex Deep Renewal.
However, if I was having a beach day, then it was just sunscreen all the way, applied regularly.
And a hat - always a hat and sunnies.[/color]
 
  KiwiLass
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I trialled the banana one too - so good!
  Macs
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Happy Anniversary. 

I’m in love with your nail looks on the wall. I admire your nails . I wish I had nails like that . 

 Read some wonderful reviews from you over the years . Look forward to many more to come . Congrats :)
  Macs
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The only gift with purchase I got was the free Beauty Box. I can’t think of nothing else that came close to that yet.
  Macs
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I saw that special but talked myself out of it because have plenty of hair products at the moment.
  Helibabi
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I topped up too but had to go to the next town overs countdown to get it. It’s ok because I had to drop something at our lawyers though so not a trip just for the hair food but it was a good excuse.. but it’s so worth it I got 2. I’m obsessed with it. 
  kim_rose
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I read the reviews and they sound amazing. Now is a good time to grab a couple to try. Such a great special.
  AboutFace
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Garnier Fructis Hair Food!

Well after being fortunate to trial the delicious Banana mask, Countdown have them on special and I just couldn't resist at half price. So I have purchased the Goji and the Macadamia and they smell absolutely yummy. Such a bargain ;-)
  tannygirl
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     I agree Trudi, if the GWP isn't something I'm going to use or almost all items I'm going to use I don't bother going for it.


      Another one I really liked was when Farmers had a deal where if you spent 50 bucks on Mac lipstick you got a full-sized free lipstick from the two options they had. I already had my eye on one of their Mac Liptensity lipsticks but was waiting till there was a good deal to get it. I needed more corally shades in my collection so See Sheer was right up my alley. I ended up getting two Mac lipsticks for 35 bucks since I used a Farmer's gift card which was a really good deal. 
  worldofsooziewong
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The toothpaste has been out a couple of months now I think.
  trudijoy
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personally I'm a bit over GWPs because they tend to be things that don't strictly suit me, BUT when it's something you can choose, like with Sephora points etc then that's pretty cool :)
  tannygirl
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    Yes. Oh another one was earlier this year when Farmers was having a deal where you bought two of certain luxury products and you got a 5-6 piece GWP of deluxe minis from luxury brands. I was already planning to buy some Mac Fix+ since I wanted to see how it was as a setting spray and also that fancy thing you see when people spritz their brush and foil their eyeshadows, I wanted that to be me.

     Luckily Mac Fix+ was one of the products so I bought a couple bottles to qualify, plus I timed my purchase to when they were having double points on beauty so I got like 160 points. 

   The giftset was a deluxe minis of the Estee Lauder Mascara, as well as decent sized sample pot of EL eyecream, Clinique Moisture Surge Hydrating Concentrate, Bobbi Brown moisturizer, a sample perfume mini of Jo Malone cologne and a lipstick card with samples of 3 Mac lipsticks. 

    It was an excellent GWP. 
  trudijoy
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that's lovely, Silvene - happy 4 years! My 4 years was in January and likewise, some of the true, real connections I've made here are very dear to me.

I love that we have a place where the binding thread is beauty, but we're from all walks of life.
  trudijoy
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nope def don't mean that. I have zero bottles because it's nowhere to be found lol.

I have one similar bottle (Micellar Foaming Wash not Micellar Gel wash) that I got in Hawaii and thats it!
  tabucutie
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Happy anniversary Silvene!!
  tabucutie
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That is awesome. Mini things are so cute, seems very worthwhile to me and a great way to try other products. I don't really shop at department stores or chemists so never get the little freebies. Maybe I should in future. I'm looking forward to the Mecca opening in Queen Street, i'd like to have a look around in there.
  tabucutie
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I've not seen it in the Countdown I always shop in. Has he Eco store toothpaste been a recent addition?
  Sophia
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Oh you mean "G3UBBSNM"
Got 3 Unopened Bottles But Still Need More

That's me and the Maybelline make up remover. My husband makes me buy 3 at a time now so I don't run out and drag him round every store looking for it
 
  kim_rose
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I had a wee spend up at Sephora when I was on the Gold Coast, actually I visited the store 3 times ans then my daughter brought me some birthday goodies from the states for my birthday so, I am not having to spend anything much at the moment.

Hope everyone is feeling better and in recovery mode. Summer is coming
  siouxsannah
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Happy anniversary Silvene!
  worldofsooziewong
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It would be a bit cooler. You're best looking up average temperatures for where you want to go. The temperature in the North and South are very different and Da Lat is in the mountains so that's different again. 
  Lisa-Lou
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Oh yea i was thinking somewhere else, we were looking last night and it was only an hour if i remember correctly. Unfortunately my mate works at sea for 4-5 weeks so we are not too flexible about when we can go. What would feb/march be like?
  worldofsooziewong
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Hoi An is really close and to Da Nang, definitely not a four hour drive. April will be hot! 
  Lisa-Lou
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Hmmm yea we were deciding whether to go to Hoi An, only 4 hour drive, we are going march/april. Seems ages away but I am excited.
  trudijoy
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I use them sometimes over the Akl summer - I’ll go restock in daiso at some stage lol
  worldofsooziewong
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What time of year are you going, Lisa-Lou? 
  worldofsooziewong
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I've been to all those places. It's over ten years since I went to Da Nang. There used to be nothing there at all, you just went there to get to Hoi An. A friend went recently and i didn't even recognise it from her photos. Definitely go to Hoi An, it's one of my favourite places. 

Trudi, I still have a huge stash of oil blotting papers. Stocked up on them when I left Japan and I've barely needed them since lol. 
  trudijoy
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And I love snapping the foldable ones open Haha. Got taught it in some manner of class in Japan and never lost the skill ;)

Exciting! I’m 99% sure I’m off to asia next year too, but not Vietnam :)
  Lisa-Lou
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Lol we shall choose wisely Soozie :-) I will definitely be getting a fan, I think they are so pretty too.
  trudijoy
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‘Desperately in search of’

Yes, I’m dramatic lol
  Sophia
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Silly question- what does DISO mean?

I'll keep looking for it, and the stuff that makes Shaza's boyfriend delicious haha

 
  trudijoy
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It’s REALLY common in Asia to carry oil blotting paper, a face cloth and a fan. I’d also recommend all those things. The blotting paper works incredibly well at de-sweating your face lol
  worldofsooziewong
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Choose those overnight boat trips wisely though. Another one of my travel horror stories involves a boat on Halong Bay. Or 'Cape Fear' as we ended up calling it lol. 
  Lisa-Lou
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Yay im feeling a bit better with all the great advice thanks ladies! Trudi I am going to buy the products you said lol I will copy you :-) Haha Soozie I knew you would have been! We are doing Ho Chi Minh, Da Lat, Da Nang, Nha Trang, and back to Ho Chi Minh, please excuse my spelling and wherever else we decide to go on the way. I was a bit worried I would look like a sweaty drowned rat so I want to be prepared.
  MAGPIEFI
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I was there for a month 

Halong Bay is worth doing a boat cruise 
and if you stay overnight on the boat it's amazing  
so much to do and try, so worth doing the tunnels and markets 
it's a beautiful place
Shorts or a dress a messy bun sunblock with a tint lip balm and a mist spray 
a good hat 
oh you'll enjoy 

 
  worldofsooziewong
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All good advice from Trudi. I've been to Vietnam four times. Three of those times I travelled from Hanoi in the North to Ho Chi Minh City in the South. It does get humid, depending on the time of year. It can also be surprisingly cold at other times of year in parts of the country. 

I dont bother much with makeup at all when I'm travelling in hot, humid countries. I start of with good intentions and then can't be bothered. My trips tend to involve lots of early mornings and long bus/train journeys lol. My hair is short and I pretty much gave up on even washing it in Cuba due to the awful shower situation where there was either no water/no hot water/taking your life into your own hands even getting into the shower lol. 
  trudijoy
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Straighteners are often dual voltage so COULD be okay but yeah def check that.

In summer I use neutrogena beach mist over my makeup and it sets it a bit but mostly protects my face. I also love glamglow ‘glowsetter’ - the mini is about $25, smells amazing and works to refresh your face as well - I flew with this to Hawaii and carried it around and it was awesome . I’d also take a small spray bottle of something like the Mario Badescu rosewater aloe and herb toner, which I keep chilled and is amazing on overheated skin and as a quick morning refresh.
  Lisa-Lou
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Thanks Trudi some great advice. I purchased a plug that I can use in Vietnam lol I thought I could just plug my straightener in. I better check that, I don't want unnecessary items.
I usually wear bb or light foundation and mascara so hoping to stick to that and not look a hot mess. Ive never used a setting spray, what do you recommend?
  trudijoy
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I’ve not been to Vietnam butttt...

(assuming you’re going in summer)

i dont go totally makeupless in asia in the heat, I opt for tinted spf lotion and mattifyong powder, waterproof eyeliner/mascara and tinted lipgloss. I def do my ‘set with spf spray’ trick too. Your hair straightener may not work - diff plugs and currents. I actually own a Japanese dryer and straightener as that worked out just as cheap and easy. I often just braid my hair of pop it up during the day but at night it’s cooler and nice to do your hair and face if you’re going out. Def take some oil or something for your hair, mine gets hella fluffy. 

I aleays take a glad bag of minis on the plane - lotion, a small eyeliner, mini mascara, lipgloss,  small pack of baby wipes, vial of micellar  water, hand sanitizer etc etc. plane bathrooms suck and that water isn’t something I want in or on my face. You can’t take anything over 100 ml and some airlines you can get a few toiletries in flight if you need them.

take tampons and antiperspirant, and your own supply of toothpaste  
  Lisa-Lou
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Awesome thanks! What parts did you go to? Do you have a favourite? We are doing the South.
  MAGPIEFI
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Hi 
Its hot not so humid as you think 
My hair can't stand humidity and I had no problem with frizz while over their 
even in Halong Bay 
no hair friz at all 
I did mascara a bb cream with sunblock :)
hope that helps 
  Lisa-Lou
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Hi ladies. So I am heading to Vietnam for a 2 week holiday next year and wanting some advice please. I know it is hot and humid, do you ladies just go makeup free or can recommend something for a light base that won't melt? Is it worth even taking my hair straightener or easier to do a messy bun to fight the frizz. Anyone been to Vietnam? (Soozie and Trudi I'm looking at you) lol. Also when packing do you take toiletries on the plane or in your suitcase? Thanks in advance!
  tannygirl
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    Last year around Black Friday on the official Origins website they were doing a 25% off  + a special where if you spent a certain ammount you got 12 deluxe minis package. I really had my eye on the spf eye cream so it worked out wonderfully. Well, one of the minis, a toner had a high alcohol content and couldn't be shipped here so the team at Youshop had to bin it but other than that I got the equivalent of a 12 days of Christmas calendar. Pic is on the photowall.
  MareeB
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Aww congratulations Silvene!
  Head Pixie
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Nawwwww, Silvene!!! You've given us a wicked case of the heart eyes - thank you!!! Day. Made.

Thanks for being so fab! X
 

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