Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Boxing Day Sales 2013...part 2

When I went shopping on 26/12 it was way too busy to browse properly...so I had to go again.
My first stop was Chemist Warehouse. The had 50% off Maybelline, Rimmel and Revlon

 I got Kate Moss for Rimmel matte lipstick in 107 - deep burgundy red,
Maybelline Master Liner in Brown (I had this one before and it was pretty good, plus I find brown liners are more flattering for me than black ones).
Nivea Facial Cleansing wipes, my staple...and...
Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple

 ...the most flattering sheer red even I can pull off (thanks to Laura)

A lot of beauty bloggers been writing about Lush sale. I wasn't a frequent Lush shopper but discovered few amazing goodies on Lush sale.

 Rose Jam Shower Gel is a clear winner! It is one of the most gorgeously scented body products I've come accross...smells like Turkish Delight and Berries. Get it while you can, it is a LE product.
I also got couple of bath bombs, orange soap and in-shower body butter (which I tried today and really liked it)...everything was 1/2 price.

I love rare and niche perfumes and been lusting over Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo range...I found Bergamotto di Calabria, Cipresso di Toscana and Fico di Almafi on sale for $49 each at David Jones. I got all three :) They are well-composed sheer summer scents inspired by places in Italy <3

My last stop was L'Occitane. I missed out on Fleur D'Or and Acacia pack last time so I was happy to find out that it was re-stocked. Plus I picked up Cedre and Oranger soap because I love that scent but don't want to commit yet to a full bottle.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Boxing Day 2013

This morning Brisbane CBD appeared to be deceivingly sleepy and empty. We found parking straight away and went for a relaxing stroll through empty streets. It was nice until we reached the mall. It was crazy busy and several shops even had lines going out the door. I couldn't handle endless lines and crowds so I just went to few shops and got things I had my eye on for sometime.

My first stop was L'Occitane. I love their products and perfumes so I knew I would walk out with a thing or two. I ended up getting....

1. Delice Des Fleurs EDT 75ml...$29, reduced from $58
Smells like sugared violets and roses. The sugar is quite dry and powdery as opposed to being sticky so you end up with gourmand fragrance lingering on your skin. I am not a huge fan of sweet scents because most of them smell too cheap or suffocating but this one is very very yum and pleasant. I am in love with very French frosted bottle too.

2. Eau Captivante Cologne 50 ml...$28, reduced from $40
Very refreshing herbal citrus scent. Initially you get a big burst of lime but then it settles to a bergamot and mint middle notes. I think it is perfect for current Brisbane weather. It doesn't have good staying power but I don't mind spraying it on myself several times per day.

3. Rose Champs Solid Perfume...$9.60, reduced from $16.00
I find most L'Occitane Rose scents or too strong for my liking. This one is much nicer and fresher than the rest. The rose is still quite prominent but it is blended with grass and citrus making the scent more modern and refreshing. I got a small solid perfume because I don't want to be committed to a whole bottle of this scent.

My next stop was Priceline and they had 40% off skincare so I got...

4. Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream pack...$14.99, reduced from $24.99
I gave eight hour cream to my mum and kept the lip balm.

5. Bioderma Solution Micellaire 250ml...$17.99, reduced from $39.99
Micellar Solution became a must-have in my skincare routine. I much prefer it to make-up removers as I find them too oily and some toners which can be harsh and drying. It looks like water and feels like water, but it removes make-up as well as good quality make-up remover. My first one was from Vichy but unfortunately I haven't seen it in Australia yet. Bioderma was one of the first brands to release it and it supposed to be very good.

6. Garnier Body Tonic Sugar Scrub...$7.20, reduced from $11.99
This is my 4th tube of this stuff, I always seem to come back to Garnier Body scrub. I mainly use it before applying self-tanners. Lots of other body scrubs seems to have oily or cream base and while they leave your skin nicely moisturised after use they can interfere with self-tanners. This one has a soapy base so it doesn't leave a residue on your skin plus the particle size is perfect and it leaves your skin smooth and clean. Plus I can't get enough of yummy citrus scent.

What did you ended up getting?

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Clinique's one day offer

I just opened my inbox and saw that Clinique is offering this miniature GWP with any purchase
I got their new Intense Quickliner in Sable to try and got free shipping too!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Perfumes under $30...my top 10 picks!

Festive season is a great time to buy yourself or someone a new perfume. So many retailers are offering high-end perfumes at heavily discounted prices. I still think Chemist Warehouse has one of the widest ranges at cheapest prices. Plus they will only charge $2 for shipping untill 08/12! BTW I am not sponsored by them, just wanted to spread the word because the offers are too good :)

So here are my top picks

1. Versace Yellow Diamond (link)
Sparkly fruity-citrus scent that is quite light so perfect for summer or work

2. Bvlgari Omnia Green Jade (link)
Gorgeous light fresh green scent, probably my favourite out of the lot. It is subtle but has good lasting power.

3. Ralph by Ralph Lauren (link)
Very playful and fruity scent, reminds me of my teenage years. Will make a nice present for someone in their late teens - early 20's

4. DKNY Red Delicious (link)
This perfume smells like apples and red berries (it is similar to the original but a bit warmer and sweeter). It has good lasting power and silliage.

5. Elizabeth Arden Green Tea (link)
I always seem to have Green Tea in my collection. It smells like sweetened tea and lemons, very refreshing and perfect fro summer! It doesn't last very long but generous bottle makes up for it.

6. YSL Baby Doll (link)
This was one of the first perfumes I got myself (I was about 17 at a time).  It is very gentle but easily recognisable. It smells like roses and sweet berries to me.

7. Champ-Elysees by Guerlain (link)
I can't believe this gorgeous classic scent is selling for only $29.95! It is a strong floral scent so it may not appeal for under 20's but I would definitely get this one for my mum.

8. BVLGARI Rose Essentielle (link)
Beautiful and delicate rose scent. To me it smells very "French" and pretty. The rose in it is not overpowering plus they added some citrus to the mix to make it fresher.

9. Lovery by Sarah Jessica Parker (link)
Gorgeous, sexy and feminine scent (it reminds me of Narcisso Rodrigues for her, but a little bit sweeter). It has a good combination of musk, florals and spices in it.

 10. BVLGARI Mon Jasmin Noir (link)
Beautiful white floral scent with a hint of sweetness. I think it will appeal to a lot of people because it so well composed.