review, pics & swatches: nars sheer glow foundation in #stromboli

For darker tanned, olive and Asian complexions with golden yellow undertones” – if this is not a direct message to me from NARS, then I don’t know what is. I swatched this foundation in store, liked it, bought it and I’ve been using it for a few months now.
Time to review!

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review, pics & swatches: nars sheer glow foundation in #stromboli

*review & pics: griffin+row – cleanse and exfoliate skin cleanser cream and natural exfoliant cloth

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I came across Griffin+Row some years ago when I didn’t know the difference between concealer and corrector. It is a home-grown Aussie brand that focuses on skin care that is designed to be as natural as possible. When G+R reached out to me to see if I’d like to try some of their products, I immediately leaned towards the cleanser because I was looking for something non-drying as we slowly shook off winter’s chill. Enter Cleanse and Exfoliate, the cream cleanser and matching exfoliating cloth from G+R.

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*review & pics: griffin+row – cleanse and exfoliate skin cleanser cream and natural exfoliant cloth

review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua cream compact makeup in #50 beige

chanel vitalumiere aqua cream compact (BA50)
chanel vitalumiere aqua compact

If you’ve read my post on the liquid version of this foundation, you’ll know I’m a fan. A couple of years ago, I was travelling a fair bit for work so I wanted a purse friendly version. A quick trip to Myer and I walked away with this baby. I’m nearing the end of the compact so this one is from the stash.

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review, pics & swatches: chanel vitalumière aqua cream compact makeup in #50 beige

review & pics: dyson supersonic hairdryer (pic heavy)

You’re judging me right now and that’s ok. I would too if you told me you paid ten times more than is reasonably acceptable for a hair dryer. But the arrival of the Dyson Supersonic is kind of a big deal; ‘it is the hair dryer rethought’ almost like the second coming of a messiah, the birth of a creature into whose creation many thousands of hours of research, millions of dollars and hundreds of yards of human hair were sacrificed.
Which brings with it tremendous anticipation and expectation. I bit the bullet after months of contemplation and saving (and some generous birthday money) and got me this shiny new toy. If you’re wondering if you should too, grab a cuppa and keep reading after the jump.

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review & pics: dyson supersonic hairdryer (pic heavy)

review, pics & swatches: nars radiant creamy concealer in #ginger / medium 2

nars radiant creamy concealer
nars radiant creamy concealer

My eye sockets have a natural tendency to be dark. No matter how much I sleep, hydrate or religiously apply cucumber slices, without concealer, I look like I need more (I don’t actually do the last one but it illustrates the point). In fact, sometimes, even with concealer, I look exhausted because of the dark circles.

I am forever looking for a concealer that is not only the right shade (hello, difficult if you’re a person of colour) but is blendable and stays in place. I can’t deal with thick pastes that are like cold peanut butter being smeared on dry toast.

The NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer has had rave reviews by nearly every blogger and their dog so natch, I had to give it a whirl.

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review, pics & swatches: nars radiant creamy concealer in #ginger / medium 2

review & pics: la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

la roche posay effaclar duo [+]
la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

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review & pics: la roche posay effaclar duo [+]

review & pics: aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste

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aesop facial purifying exfoliant paste

Aesop is an Australian production that has been around for nearly three decades. It boasts high-grade, potent ingredients that are both safe and effective.

I’ve walked past many an Aesop boutique and liberally used some of their hand balms from the tester bottles. I have combination skin that handles exfoliation well but with winter approaching, and the recent disposal of my microbead cleansers, I thought I might do something different with my skin without drying it out. A trip to Myer ensued and here we are.

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review & pics: aesop purifying facial exfoliant paste