Saturday, February 25, 2012

Vidal Sassoon Wave Magic and Saturday Night Nails

Yay, it's Friday!

Despite miserable weather I am still pretty excited about Saturday night. We got invited to a house-warming party.
Tonight I've styled my hair using my favorite hair curler - Vidal Sassoon Wave Magic.
It is very easy to use, I get great results every time and it only takes me 15 minutes to do my hair.
I start with dry hair (I use dry shampoo if I don't have time to wash my hair). Then I mist my hair with heat protectant. I section my hair and work my way from neck to top section. I curl away from my face and leave approx 5 cm from the roots when I do top sections. At the end I use hair spray to set it, let it cool (it also sets the curls), then shake my hair and separate it with fingers. VoilĂ !
I had my hair done last week at Oscar Oscar City salon and I am extremely happy with their work. It was my first visit there and I will definitely come back. They listened to me, corrected my previous hair dresser work and finally gave me what I have been asking for for the last 18 months.

I like new nail polish trend when you paint your ring finger with different nail polish. I have read somewhere that it supposed to bring you good luck! I think it looks very good, it lets you wear very different accent shade or nail art without making your manicure look OTT. I am wearing OPI Elephantastc Pink and Essie Merino Cool with Essence Make it Golden glitter top coat.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Garnier B.B Cream - Miracle Skin Perfector

Couple of days ago I received Garnier B.B cream samples. I wanted to try B.B cream for quite sometime now since people are raving about it on forums. However I was worried that it might be too heavy for my combination skin.
Garnier claims that this product has 5 instant benefits
1. HYDRATES for 24hrs
Microencapsulation of Lipidure and Hyaluronic acid doubles the water held in the skin for long-lasting hydrating care.
2. EVENS tone
Mineral Pigments melt instantly, evening out the complexion for flawless looking skin without the heaviness of foundation.
3. CORRECTS blemishes
Instantly smoothes the skin’s micro-surface for a natural coverage.
4. BOOSTS healthy glow
The antioxidant properties of Vitamin C boost the radiance and natural glow of the skin.
5. UV protection
SPF 15 UV filters block out the sun’s damaging rays.

The texture of this B.B was very similar to tinted moisturiser - very light and hydrating. I am not a big fan of tinted moisturisers because they don't give me enough coverage and don't even out my skin tone. However this product gave me light to medium coverage. I could even get away with using it instead of foundation.
I really liked the fresh fruity-floral scent. It was very pleasant and light, it disappeared after 30 minutes or so. It gave my skin nice dewy finish. Here is my left and right hand side-by-side so you can see the difference (left one has B.B cream).

I got this sample in light and it is a pretty good match for my light to medium NC25 skin tone. However I think it won't suit girls with very light skin or pink undertones as it is quite warm.

I finished my morning by having a fruit smoothie :)

I've blended frozen blueberries and raspberries, apple and cranberry juice together. It was very delicious and perfect for hot weather!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

"Bellabox" February 2012 edition

Bellabox was the last Beauty Box I received this month.
It was waiting for me this afternoon in my mail box. Like other two boxes it had Valentine's Day/Love theme.
It had really nice scent and it was quite light compared to other boxes. I instantly liked what I saw when I opened it.

Sasy n Savy hand creme 5 ml ($1.50)
Very handy size to carry in a small hand bag. It has very generic yet pleasant scent. It absorbs straight away and makes my skin feel velvety...Big plus!
Sanctrum Body Soothe body lotion 30 ml ($2.55)
Beautifully scented organic body lotion. It has very light texture, just as I like it! I can actually see myself buying this product, it feels great, smells great and good for my skin.
Emergin-C Vitamin C + retinol face mask ($4.50)
I prefer face masks that come in individual or small doses as opposed to big tubes and tubs. Can't wait to try it, apparently it is going to give me a glowing complexion!
Star & Rose confetti soap roses ($2.16)
It is a dry sheets of soap that shaped like roses. It looks very pretty and smells lovely. However I don't think it is very practical. Plus it won't look as pretty just after few uses.
B by Bloom eye shadow duo in Taj Mahal ($9.95)
My absolute favorite in this box! I love pretty shimmery pink and bright purple with pink pearl through it.

This is my attempt to swatch these gorgeous colours in poor lighting. I am wearing OPI "I Pink I Love You" on my nails.

The box also also had two chocolate hearts which I really enjoyed :)
I really like the content of this box! It let me try new brands and products I normally wouldn't buy myself!
I like this one more than January edition

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

"ILoveThisBox" February 2012 edition

Happy Valentines Day!

Today I've received "ILoveThisBox" in the mail. Just in time for V-Day :)

I love how they co-ordinated colours in this box :) Also four out of five products are full-size!

The Aromatherapy Co. Rose and Patchouli shower gel, 200 ml RRP $13.95
It has very pleasant sweet smell and contains essential oils of Rose, Patchouli and Ylang Ylang (I think I can smell the last one the most) plus extract of Manuka Honey.

Keratinology by Sunsilk Overnight Treatment, 100 ml RRP $13.95
I don't normally use supermarket hair care product but this one is quite nice. It has pleasant yet subtle scent and feels quite light. I love the pump bottle too!

Elizabeth Arden Red Door 10 ml EDT spray. RRP ~$15
I love Red Door's new bottle, I love how it is a purse spray, I love the fact that they have included a generous sample of EDT! One thing that I don't love is the actual scent of Red Door EDT. Was never a fan and I don't like when people around me wear it. It is very heavy scent and IMO should be reserved for evening wear only. Will be giving this one away.

Rimmel Kiss & Stay Lipgloss, 8 ml, RRP $14.95
I got it in shade 110 First Kiss. One side is pretty rose pink with shimmer and the other is clear cool pink with silver microglitter

Heart Print Nail File RRP $4.95
I prefer this type if nail files. Cushioned files don't last very long, however they are quite gentle on my nails.

Another great selection of beauty products from ILoveThisBox! You can view January edition here

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Movies and Dessert

I love cooking when I can find time for it. Passion fruits are in season and I had six of them sitting in my fruit basket (FMIL grows them in her garden). I mainly use passion fruits as a topping for Pavlova and similar desserts. This time I have decided to try something different and came across this video by Gordon Ramsay

I think he is a great chef and explains everything well!
It was the first time I've made soufflé and it turned out great!
It didn't rise as much as his but I think it is due to the fact that I've used wider ramekins.
I felt like having a quiet Saturday night at home so I finally watched Water for Elephants.

I must say I really enjoyed this movie. Reese Witherspoon looked stunning! I think she is getting more and more attractive with age. Her portrayal of the character was excellent.

Robert Pattinson's play was also captivating, I am glad he is trying different roles. To top everything Christoph Waltz was brilliant as a villain.

After I finished watching the DVD I was flicking through channels and came across 1968 cult classic - Rosemary's Baby (on ABC2). I never saw that movie before so it was very exciting to finally watch it.

The American Film Institute ranked the film 9th in their 100 Years…100 Thrills list. I didn't not find it scary at all. However I really enjoyed cinematography, 60's era feel, story line and Mia Farrow!

Isn't she gorgeous?!

Friday, February 10, 2012

"Glossybox" February 2012 edition

This is my first out of three beauty boxes this month. The only "exiting" thing that suppose to happen in February is Valentines Day so I have a feeling that all of my Beauty Boxes will have a similar theme.

This is my first Glossybox. Some people got very generous samples last month (like full size of Estee Lauder serum worth $170) so naturally I was very tempted to try this beauty subscription as well.

Like my other boxes it came in very nice packaging

...and I couldn't wait to open it :)

It had five beauty samples

1. Bobbi Brown Mascara 3 ml (~$24)
Good size, big enough to try it properly. Should last me for few weeks or so. It has one of those new type plastic brushes with slightly curved ends that suppose to coat each individual lash.

2. Jane Iredale Tantasia face and body Self Tanner 5 ml (~$9)
This golden self-tanner smells delicious, like cola mixed with tropical fruits. Possibly the best smelling fake tan I have ever come across. However I don't think I am prepared to pay $54 for 124 ml tube. I don't this it is big enough to be used all over, but I can use it on my face a few times.

3. Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash 60 ml (~$5)
I do get occasional break outs and wanted to try Proactiv for a while now. However I found those kiosks and advertised subscriptions too intimidating. I simply don't want to commit to skincare subscription or end up with a lot of product I don't really need. So this is a great way for me to try Proactiv. It works well for one of my friends.

4. Star and Rose Emergency Nail Files
These will go straight into my handbag! I will definitely use them and I think they are very cute

I am wearing OPI "Midnight in Moscow" nail polish today, my favourite dark nail polish ATM!

5. Polished London Nail Enamel ($7.99)
Apparently they have it in pink or red this month. I got it in hot pink, YAY! I am happy about it as I already have way too many red shades.

They have also included Valentine's Day inspired candy which was partially eaten while writing this blog entry :)

Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ode to Water

One of my New Years resolutions was drinking more water. Before I didn't drink enough. It is not that I didn't like water I just forgot to drink sufficient amount.
Since I started drinking plenty if water I have noticed fair few positive effects from it
- I don't get as many headaches
- My mouth always feels fresh
- My skin is more clear
- My internal functions are much...better...
- My stomach is flatter and I don't feel as bloated
- I don't get hungry as much in between meals
- It doesn't cost me anything

My work can be extremely busy and sometimes I don't even get short breaks to have a glass of water. I figured out how to incorporate 6-8 glasses of water into my daily routine:
- 1 glass when I wake up
- 1 around morning tea
- 2 around lunch time, 1 at the beginning, 1 with food or at the end
- 1 at 3 pm
- 1 when I finish work
- 1 before dinner and 1 after or with dinner

I also carry a stainless steel bottle in my gym bag and refill it with fresh water when I exercise or go for long walks.

Speaking of water...My favourite aquatic fragrance is L'Eau par Kenzo. It is very clean, fresh and timeless. It suits my body chemistry perfectly and great for work as I work with many people and understand that some can be very sensitive to strong scents. It lasts all day too!
I adore this ^ old Kenzo Ad!

However I prefer their current bottle design.

P.S Did you ended up drinking some water after reading my post? :)