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  Holiday makeup and haircare advice please :-) Lisa-Lou 20 18 Sep 2018 9:38pm
  Toothbrushes You Can Recycle (BR-ish) itsclearascrystal 18 18 Sep 2018 9:37am
  DISO the Garnier Micellar Gel Wash trudijoy 15 18 Sep 2018 8:26pm
  Electric/Battery Powered Toothbrushes - Hit me with your recommendations x Mumof3Munchkins 8 17 Sep 2018 6:28pm
  What's Some of the Best GWPs You've Scored? tannygirl 5 18 Sep 2018 6:18pm
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  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
 
  Mumof3Munchkins
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Love Love Love your post Silvene - Happy 4th BR Anniversary hun xx

And I agree with everything you say. I love that you can do just that - go away for awhile (sometimes life gets hectic) and then come back and pick off where you left off.

I have made some really good friendships on here (some are on here still some are sadly not) but without BR I would never have come into contact with them. Many I am friends with on Facebook so I'm able to keep in contact with them that way too.

So yes, a big massive THANK YOU BR BABES XXXX
  trudijoy
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thanks Sophia - super handy! I've looked in legit all the Countdowns and New Worlds and Farmers etc in Botany, Pakuranga, Mount Wellington, Stonefields, Meadowbank, Mission Bay etc lol
  Lisa-Lou
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Happy 4 year anniversary Silvene! I agree this is a fantastic community and a great way to connect with like minded ladies.
  tannygirl
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Happy aniversary Silvene.
  tannygirl
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    I agree Tabi, I was utterly grateful for those delays.  

    Another GWP that was so stoked to score was earlier this year around Valentine's Day Sephora was doing a GWP of a box full of minis and one fullsized product if you spent about 180 bucks. Either the Makeup Junkie or Skincare Lovers box.

     Luckily I had my eye on the Zoeva Rose Gold Volume 1 set and the Fenty Baby Bomb set which totalled the ammount to reach the threshold to qualify and I scored the Makeup Junkie Box. I got everything the same except I didn't get the Burberry primer. I would've gone for the Skincare Lovers the following week but I was strapped for cash and it sold out pretty quick. 
  Julieal
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Totally agree  you have said is all -congrats for your anniversary too . we often forget to be grateful and appreciative to others XX
  Silvene
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It's my 4-year BR anniversary today, and I'd just like to send out a huge thank you to everyone who works behind the scenes at Beauty Review, for creating such a fabulous website.  

When I joined 4 years ago, I never thought I'd still be a member this far down the line.  My initial reason for signing up was that I'd just moved to NZ, I had no friends or family living here (other than my husband), and all the beauty brands, shops, and way of life was so different from what I was used to.  I was feeling lonely and overwhelmed and needed a "beauty base" to do some research.  Over the years, BR has helped me reach out to others (via the forum) when I needed beauty related advice, and sometimes non-beauty related help, too! 

I never really thought I'd connect with any of the ladies on here on a personal level, or even become a contributing member, or feel like I "know" some of you on the forum.  Yet, even thought I've never met any of you in person (I may have walked passed one or two of you in a mall and wondered if it was you, though), some of the ladies on the forum have become sort of like those friends you have but never see ... you know, the ones who live far away.  You miss them when you don't hear from them (when they don't post on the forum or Photo Wall for a while), and you're happy to see them when they're back.  Some disappear completely and are never heard from again, while others pop back up years later and carry on like they were never gone.

What I'm really trying to say is thank you.  Thank you to the BR Team, and to those few members who have helped make this site what it is.  It's not just a beauty site for doing research, writing reviews (and getting points) and shopping in a vault; it's also place I like to visit if I'm feeling a little lonely or homesick ... A cup of coffee and a catch-up read through the forum posts I've missed since I last logged on is almost as good as having coffee and snippets of beauty 'gossip' with old "friends".  

May the rest of your week be fabulous! x
  worldofsooziewong
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Countdown stock the Eco Store toothpaste and probably the toothbrushes too (I've not looked for the toothbrushes so can't be 100% sure on that one).
  tabucutie
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One that comes to mind is when I bought the BBBE Thanks For...box and got the BBBE You won't believe it's hair box free. I was so stoked, love those delas when you can justify the spend because you are getting more than your moneys worth.
  tabucutie
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That's so cool. I there was a New World closer to me. The nearest one is about20-30 min drive away. It would be easier if Pak N Save and Countdown stocked more Eco options. 
  MareeB
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I just bought a Moisture Mist brightening CC cream and got one free. That's awesome because I like it but it's pricey for a CC cream, so 2 for $40 - yahoo!
  tannygirl
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     I try to save money and put off buying things. But one of the most persuasive things invented to sell products and yes, even products we don't need or wouldn't otherwise buy or buy at that point in time consists of three words - Gift With Purchase!


       I have come across some incredible GWPs, it's hard to name the best one but I love the ones that include a fullsized product I wanted (or several :-p) or the equivalent of a subscription box.  It's hard to name the best one I have come across over the years and many, many beauty purchases I've made but here are a few of the stand outs. I'll probably remember more later.


       That time many years ago when I booked a $20 Trilogy facial at Farmers Westfield that was redeemable on products on the day. I loved the pampering and afterwards they had the rosehip oil with a sample tube of moisturizer, plus a special where if you bought two products you got a free toner.....Westfield was having that thing where if you got enough stamps on a card you could exchange it for a free travel sized Ecoya candle. So I ended up getting a free candle, toner, facial and mini moisturizer for around 60 bucks, which was sooo needed.

        Last year when Best Beauty Box Ever was doing the Top Rated 2 box and it kept getting delayed till there was the incredible GWP of It's All About You 2 with all the delayed orders. Gosh, that was an ahhhmazing GWP!


        Also loved the stocking stuffers last year. Loved the cruelty free one that I chose to get with the Cruelty Free box. That box was awesome.

        So what were some stand out GWPs that you have come across?
  shazatron101
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jumping in on your post here Trudi... if anyone finds Lynx Excite body wash please tell me where you found it! it's my favorite smell i buy for the man, i can't get enough of it!
  MareeB
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Thanks Derrick = it certainly sounds like it's worth a look!
  derrick
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I have used Oral B tooth brushes for over 10 years. I've had compliments from my dentist and I've noticed my teeth and gums are just healthier.

We recently upgraded to the Oral B Genius which has bluetooth connection to my phone and with the app we've managed to get our kids to brush every day and even get competitive over who's doing a better job. The app has made teeth brushing a fun time, instead of like pulling teeth! That and they're now brushing much better and have healthier mouths is awesome.

I travel and the charger built into the travel case is amazing - so much easier!

I tried the other brand but its weird buzzing was too much & I took it back - Oral b is so good, not sure why I changed.
  tannygirl
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     Oh I definitely have my eyes on some of those Christmas releases I have a feeling that once I hit Level 1. I'll be purchasing a gift card when I want to order in my Beauty Loop box and birthday gift since I'll be spending it on the Christmas releases. 
  itsclearascrystal
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I picked up a grin toothbrush at new world they also had another brand that did bamboo toothbrushes.
  itsclearascrystal
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I've been good this year at sticking to my beauty budget as I've been working my way through my overseas haul.

Well wishes.
  Julieal
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I have Braun Oral B and it is electric however if I go away I take a normal toothbrush . I did have a battery one but forever forgot to change batteries and always a hassle.
  trudijoy
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adding my well wishes for your friend, Lisa.

Mumofthree i ran a nationwide competition that ended on thursday, which was the day i was sickest. I had to keep going so the second i COULD stop i did. Can say that Thursday was NOT my best day ever productivity wise though, argh
  tabucutie
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That Ecostores toothpaste and toothbrushes. Is that only available at New World?
  tannygirl
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     I was in Ballantynes the other day and spritz one of the Jo Malone fragrances, it smelt nice but it faded in like 10 minutes. 
  Lisa-Lou
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Thanks for your well wishes ladies I appreciate it. She is healing well but unfortunately they found another one. We shall take it day by day and hope for the best xxx

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sarahellaoverton
Not so easy to use
I love Tailor products, so I was excited to try this one. However, I was disappointed. I found the product… more »