Monday, October 28, 2013

Bellabox October 2013

Yes, I've signed up to Bellabox again. It was fun to receive a parcel filled with new products to try. I eventually unsubscribed because some boxes contained a lot of products I simply wouldn't use.

This edition of Bellabox is their 2nd anniversary addition so I knew it would be good. Plus L'Occitane (one of my favorite skincare brands) joined them!

 Here is what I got in my box:

1. Alfaparf Diamond Shampoo 60 ml and Conditioner 50 ml (value $11.60)
Illiminating shampoo for normal hair that is free from Sulphates, Parabens, Parrafins, Mineral Oil, Coloring and Allergens. Comes is very generous trial size.

2. L'Occitane Shea Butter Hand Cream 10 ml (value $2.60)
I've tried this hand cream before and it is one of the best. Good handbag size.

4. Bioderma Sebum Exfoliating Gel 15 ml (value $3.75)
I've heard a lot of good things about Bioderma and been recently obsessing over French skincare as I find it suits my European skin well. Plus I'm sure I'll need it during summer because I tend to get more breakouts.

5. Beyonce Heat 2ml sample (value $1)
Comes in cool dab-on sample vial and was wrapped like a candy. It smells nice - fruity opening (mainly peach) with sweet musky middle notes. Not something I would rush out to buy but I'll still wear it.

6. Jacqueline Burchell Nail Enamel duo (value $17.95)

 Cure small nail polished packed with small and large glitter particles. I would be keen to layer then over other colours.

7. Maybelline BB cream sample.
Haven't had good luck with BB creams so I will be keen to tryi this one.

Total value - approx. $37...not bad for $15 membership.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Recent Purchases

Rapid change of seasons made me realise that I need (or rather want) to get few things.
I was in Singapore couple of months ago where I discovered Acqua Di Parma Blu Mediterraneo range

 I sprayed Arancia di Capri on my wrist and couldn't stop sniffing it throughout the day. I was exploring the city so I didn't end up going back to buy it. I like to wear my fragrances for couple of hours anyway because some of them can go from nice to nasty on my skin.

Couple of week I saw Acqua di Parma at Queen's Plaza David Jones and couldn't resist getting Arancia di Capri. I love all of them and it was hard to choose but I couldn't resist sweet citrus scent of Arancia.

It is describes as "Sunny as this radiant and relaxing fragrance. Its soothing notes of perfume produce a deep sensation of harmony, as when contemplating Capri’s idyllic landscape. Top notes bring us juicy freshness of orange, Sicilian mandarin, bergamot and luminous, bitter grapefruit. A heart is composed of petit grain and cardamom, while a base carries notes of caramel and musk"

 I also got Acqua Noble Iris 7.5 ml roll-on as a gift. It is a citrus floral scent which is also great for spring/summer.

I am going camping soon so I needed a long sleeve yet light top in case it gets cooler at night.

To my delight Country Road outlet had this one for $14.90 (due to tiny hole) down from $59.95

I also got this Country Road dress for the upcoming friend's wedding
I got it from eBay for $80 (sold at CR for $149.95)

Sunday, October 06, 2013

September Empties

As you can see September was a very "productive" months for me. I managed to use 11 items and freed some much needed space.

1. Nivea Exfoliating Wipes

 They rubbery texture that supposed to exfoliate but unfortunately they don't remove make-up well. Won't buy them again.

2. KMS Moist Repair Conditioner

 One of the best conditioners I've tried. Could easily rival some hair masks on the market. It made my hair very soft and smelled very nice. Will buy it again once I finish the lot I currently have.

3. David Jones Body Wash for Men with Pepper and Cashmere

 I got it in previous DJ "sampler tote". I actually likes this product, it didn't irritate or dry out my and had pleasant spicy scent. Not sure if I get it again as there are a lot of good body washes within similar price range.

4. Formula 10.0.6 Purifying Face Wipes
 Very generic wipes, didn't remove make-up as well as I would like them to. Won't get them again.

5. Guerlain Parure Extreme Foundation
 I had this foundation for over 6 months and did a review on it few months ago. It is a gorgeous product and one of the best true long-lasting foudations I've tried so I will definitely buy it again even though it is on expensive side.

6. L'Occitane Verbena Body Wash
 I got a small 50 ml sample and kept it in my gym bag. I love using it after workout because it makes me feel energised and fresh. I would make it my regular summer shower gel if it wasn't so expensive.

7. Nivea Daily Essentials Wipes
 I've been buying them for year. They are one of the most effective facial wipes I've tried so far. I do believe however that the old version was a bit better.

8. Clarins Toner with Iris (normal/combination skin)
 I took a small 50ml bottle with me while I was travelling so I still had some when I returned. It is a good alcohol-free toner that won't burn or irritate skin yet it helped to keep it clear. Will definitely get it again.

9. Wella SP Hydrate mask
 I think this is my 3rd or 4th tub. I love this stuff, it hydrates my hair well and keeps it in decent condition.

10. Clarins Multi-Active Night Cream
I really don't understand why some companies re-formulate good product. I used the original Multi-Active "prevention plus" night creme couple of years ago and loved it to bits. I got a smaller tube in GWP and was a bit disappointed. It didn't break me out and still moisturised well, but it lacked the original luxurious floral scent and wasn't as velvety.
11. L'Oreal Hydrafresh Body Milk Spray
I found this one in my stash so I hate to think how old it was. However it was still new and came in hygienic bottle so I used it up (plus it retained its gorgeous scent). I love using a moisturisers in a spray bottle, it is very quick and easy to apply plus they tend to absorb easily being lighter in texture. Unfortunately several companies discontinued their spray moisturisers for some unknown to me reason.  L'Oreal also used to make Oleonergy Satin Body oil which was the most gorgeous body oil I have ever tried.