Tuesday, January 3, 2017

My Favourites for December 2016

Beauty Favourites December 2016

Well can you believe that the official "silly season" has been and gone for another year?  I absolutely adore the whole Christmas and New Years season and to be honest I like to stretch the season out for most of January too.  That will be especially easy this year as I'm taking a trip alone (no husband, no baby) to New Zealand to visit my best friend.  To say I'm excited is a huge understatement.

Anyways I've kept it simple for my December Favourites and can you believe there is not one makeup product in there.  First up is the amazing Aromatherapy Associates Instant Wellbeing set that was an early Christmas present from one of my best friends.  I've been lusting after this brand for ages so as soon as I started unwrapping this I was squealing with excitement.  This set is absolutely divine.  It has two rollerball oils - Revive Morning to assist with energy and alertness in the morning and Deep Relax to help you relax and go to sleep at nighttime.  I'm completely obsessed with both of these, they smell absolutely incredible and better than that they actually work!

The Barebabe mask was a sneaky internet buy when I saw lots of people on instagram use it and I didn't regret my purchase.  I'm going to be posting a full review on this mask shortly but it's the perfect mask for summer and gives instant results.  The Mario Badescu Facial Spray is another summer essential for keeping skin hydrated, fresh and as a bonus it helps keep your makeup on for longer. 

The Christophe Robin Hair Mask came in my Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar and it wowed me.  It's a rinse out mask and as someone who has long hair with dry ends this is an absolute saviour.  It made my hair so soft and so much more manageable and I'm going to be very sad when this is all gone.  The Ouai Wave Spray came as a gift at a recent Sephora event and is another product that smells amazing.  The scent actually lasts all day in your hair which I really loved but best of all this gave me lovely soft waves with no crunch and is perfect for days when I just can't be bothered drying and straightening my hair.

Well that's all for this month, I hope you've all had an enjoyable Christmas and New Years.

Kayte xx

*The Ouai was a sample from a recent Sephora event.  The rest of the products were purchased by me.  Honesty always.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 - Days 22-25

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 Days 22-24
Well here we are finally at the end of the Christmas season and I thought I better wrap up the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar.  If you want to see what was in Days 1-7 click here and if you want to see what was in Days 8-14 and 15-21 click here.

Days 22-24 of the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 were...

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 Days 22-24

Ole Henriksen is another brand I haven't tried before but I'm not a huge fan of face wipes.  I'll definitely try them out and see what they're like.  The Molton Brown body wash is a product I have tried before and am happy to receive again.  I like keeping body washes like this for when I travel as they are a good size but nice and lightweight.  I was really happy to see the inclusion of an eyeshadow brush behind Day 24 and I can't wait to try it out.  The brush looks soft and dense so will be interesting to see how it goes as we can purchase this brand here in Australia at Priceline. 

And of course I won't keep rambling forever, I'll get on with it and let you know what was the last and final product of the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar for 2016.....

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 Illamasqua Palette Day 25

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 Illamasqua Palette Day 25

The Illamasqua Eye Shadow Palette is exclusive to the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar so can't be purchased anywhere which is pretty exciting.  I do love it and think it's the perfect ending to a fantastic box of beauty products however it is a little too warm toned for me.  I think I'll keep this and add it to a giveaway I'll be doing in the not too distant future.

I'd love to know what you thought of the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016.  Will you think about purchasing next year?  I have been really impressed and I definitely think that the value is well over the $120 (AUD) I paid for it.

Hope you had a fantastic Christmas.

Kayte xx

Monday, December 26, 2016

The Best Boxing Day Beauty Sales - 2016

Beauty Boxing Day Sales

If by any chance you have a few dollars left over after Christmas there's no better way to spend them than hitting the Boxing Day sales.  I thought I'd save you the trouble of your own research and let you know the best beauty sales going around in-store and online.  

Keep an eye on this post because I will be updating this when I find more sales.

Chemist Warehouse
50% off Maybelline, Loreal, Revlon, Rimmel, Nude by Nature & Sally Hansen

50% off St Tropez, Maxfactor Mascaras
40% off Revlon, Loreal Skincare, Fudge Haircare
(Sale 26/12/16-31/12/16)

15% off sitewide (excluding gift sets & Absolue Range)
Free Shipping on all Australian orders
30% of all Gift Sets (excluding Absolue)

50% off all lush limited edition Christmas items including Gift Packs

30% off Dermalogica
28% off ASAP, Becca, Alpha H, Nak, Matrix
A further 10% off until Dec 28th (Use Code RYBOXING)

Princess Polly
Up to 70% off - Some Jeffree Star items are under $20

20% off sitewide and Free Shipping on orders over $50

Big W
50% off Revlon, Nude by Nature, Australis, Barry M, Bio Oil, Garnier, Biore & Jergens
40% off Loreal skincare, Aveeno, Johnson's Wipes
30% off Face of Australia, Olay, Simple, Burts Bees, Neutrogena, 1000 hour lashes and Ecotools
(Sale 26/12/16-4/01/17)

Check out the Mecca sale section for selected half price gift sets and other sale items.  There's a couple of Too Faced and Josie Maran sets that are great value!

Happy Shopping!!

Kayte x

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 - Days 8-21

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016
Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016

This is the second installment of the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016.  To see what was in the first seven days of this advent calendar click here.

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 - Days 8-14
Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 - Days 8-14

Days 8-14 of the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar were mainly a mix of skincare and haircare with the Ardell Lashes being the only 'makeup' product.  All of these products were brand new to me which is exciting and by far the most appealing thing was the Foreo Luna Play which retails at Sephora Australia for $59.  The Foreo Luna Play is a battery operated silicon cleansing brush that sends pulsations to the skin to give a more effective clean.  It also came with a trial size cleanser so that's why there is 8 products here and not 7.  I'm also pretty excited to try out the Origins moisturiser and the REN night cream.

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 - Days 15-21
Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 - Days 15-21

Days 15 to 21 of the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar has a few brands I haven't heard of before like balance me, Codage and bellapierre.  I absolutely love the Nuxe oil but haven't tried this gold shimmery one so I'm saving this for either Christmas Day or New Years Even when I'll be sporting a spray tan.  The Dermalogica exfoliator is an old favourite that I havn't purchased for a long time so I'll get good use out of that and the Redken Conditioning Treatment sounds like it'll be amazing. 

Over all I think there are some fantastic products in here and again a good mix of makeup, skincare and haircare.  I love that all the brands are on the higher end and are all decent sizes making it a really valuable and worth-while investment.  So far there is not one product that I won't use.

As mentioned in my previous blog post the cost of this was around $120 once converted to Australian dollars (from Pounds) with a value of over $500 (AUD).  If you want to keep up to date on the advent calendar follow me on instagram (@imminentbeauty) where I post each product every day.  I'll also be putting up a blog post next week with the remaining few products including the big number 25!

I hope you have an awesome Christmas and get to spend it with great people.

Kayte xx

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Top Ten Beauty Products of 2016

Title of Top Ten Beauty Products of 2016 Blog Post

As someone who is utterly obsessed with makeup and all beauty products in general you would think this would be an easy post for me to write.  But the truth is that I love so many products and it's hard to narrow down my Top Ten for a whole year and I had to truly think about the products that I've been using over and over again and that I truly love.  Obviously there are a lot more products that I love that aren't going to feature in this Top Ten post but these are the ones that made the final cut.  

I will also add that these products are not necessarily products that have been released in 2016 nor are they necessarily products that were new to me in 2016 although most of them are.  These are the actual Top Ten Beauty Products I just couldn't put down this year!

Let's go!

Top Ten Beauty Products of 2016

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette
I'm going to start with the most obvious one here because people went crazy for this when it came out this year.  The beautiful gold and white packaging houses three blushers and 2 amazing highlighters.  You can read my full review of it here but just know it was worth every cent of the $89 it cost.

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm
When I found this little hack all over youtube about using this mens after shave balm as a primer I thought there was no way it would be any good.  Wrong!  It's amazing.  By far the best primer I've ever used.  It leaves my skin super hydrated, smooth and definitely helps my makeup stay put.  I may smell slightly like a good looking man but hey those are the sacrifices we have to make sometimes ha!  Full review here.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade
Definitely not a 2016 release but this is the only eyebrow product I use religiously.  It does an amazing job of defining my brows while keeping them looking natural and a little bit goes a long way meaning this is going to last me a really long time.  Full review here.

Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Cover BB Cream
Another blogger recommended this to me and I picked it up on ebay for something crazy like $10.  It gives really good coverage whilst looking natural and has a matte finish.  It doesn't last as long as a normal foundation so will require touch-ups if you want to wear it all day long but on days where you're strapped for time while getting ready this is amazing!

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
The absolute best eye shadow primer I've ever tried.  Applying this before eye shadow makes a world of difference in your eye shadow showing true colour as well as lasting all day without creasing.

Top Ten Beauty Products of 2016

NYX Liquid Suede 
The matte liquid lipstick craze surged on in 2016 but I found most of them to be incredibly drying on my lips.  The NYX Liquid Suede is incredibly comfortable to wear while giving a matte finish.  There's heaps of colours to choose from and I find it's still best to apply a lip liner underneath to give a more even and longer wearing finish.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I've always been a massive fan of the Maybelline Age Rewind Concealer but I picked this one up this year to try something different and fell head over heels in love.  This creamy concealer works amazingly under the eyes to brighten and conceal as well as covering any blemishes that you may have.

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons Palette
I have to admit the love hearts in this palette make it look quite child-like but I absolutely love just about every shade in this palette.  It's felt like most of the palette releases this year have been warm toned which I can't wear so I was excited to find a cool toned eyeshadow palette and purchased it when Mecca finally opened in my town.  I'm still yet to use the bright pink colour but the rest are so pigmented and dreamy.  Love!

Poni Cosmetics The White Knight Mascara
This mascara changed my life this year.  I have long curly eye lashes which make me super prone to having mascara smudge marks under my eyebrows on a constant basis.  The White Knight Mascara however is a tubular mascara (read my full review here) and is absolutely NO SMUDGE.  It also comes off super easily with just warm water and a face towel.  Everyone needs this mascara in their lives.

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation
I have been on a quest this year to find my perfect foundation and about halfway through the year I finally found it.  This foundation gives me full coverage with a matte finish, lasts all day and doesn't look cakey.  You can read more about my foundation journey this year by clicking here.

I would love to know what your favourite product or products have been this year.  Feel free to comment below and it doesn't have to be a beauty product but you get double points if it is.  Thankyou to all who read my little blog for your support this year, I hope you all have an amazing Christmas and get to spend some quality time with family and friends and maybe get a little spoilt too.

Much Love, Kayte xx

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar 2016 - Days 1 - 7

beauty advent calendar
Pic Credit: Lookfantastic.com

beauty advent calendar
Pic Credit: Lookfantastic.com

I pre-ordered the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar sometime back in September and when it arrived in November it took all my self-control to not open any of it so I hid it in the back of my cupboard to try forget about it.  Now that December is well and truly upon us I'm so glad I waited to open it as it's such a cool surprise opening a window every day and the products truly have been awesome.

7 beauty products including Pixi Glow Tonic, Moroccanoil, Sleep Plus Spray, Rituals Body Balm and more

As you can see in the picture above the first seven days of the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar have been a good mix of skincare, bodycare, makeup and haircare.  The Moroccanoil and Sleep Plus spray were not new to me but the rest of the products were.  The Rituals body balm smells absolutely devine and I've been loving applying this before bed at night.  The two products I was most excited about were the Pixi Glow Tonic as I heard it's a great alternative to Alpha H Liquid Gold and also the Nudestix lippie as I've been wanting to try the brand for a long time.

So far the Look Fantastic Beauty Secret Advent Calendar has been amazing and I can't wait to see what's behind the remaining doors but especially Number 25, surely they'll save the best for last.  The cost of this was around $120 once converted to Australian dollars (from Pounds) with a value of over $500 (AUD). 

If you want to keep up to date on the advent calendar follow me on instagram (@imminentbeauty) where I'll be posting each product every day.

I hope you're enjoying this Christmas season as much as I am.

Kayte xx

*I purchased this with my own money.  Honesty always.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

My Favourite Full Coverage Foundations

Estee Lauder Double Wear, Maybelline Fit Me and Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation

I've been on the hunt for most of this year to find my perfect foundation.  I'm not asking for a lot just full coverage with a natural finish, doesn't look cakey, applies easily and lasts all day.  Surely that's not too much to ask ha.

I've lost count of the number of foundations that I've purchased this year in my quest to find "The One".  Not only did I purchase a lot, I also sampled a lot which is a much cheaper way to try things out but isn't always possible.  Some of the ones I tried but didn't love include Revlon Colourstay, Tarte Rainforest of the Sea, Makeup Forever HD Ultra, Too Faced Born This Way and many many more.  But we're not here to talk about the ones I didn't like.  I've found my favourites and I'll list them in order of preference and let you know my thoughts on each.
The best full coverage foundations Estee Lauder Double Wear Tarte Amazonian Clay and Maybelline Fit Me

Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Makeup

I had previously used this foundation a few years ago and couldn't remember why I stopped using it but this has become my trusty holy grail foundation this year.  I fell in love all over again as soon as I repurchased.  This foundation is a very liquid consistency and I find it applies best with fingers and then blended with a beauty blender.  I find using a buffing brush leaves my skin looking a little cakey but the moisture from the damp beauty blender not only helps even it out but gets rid of any excess.  Estee Lauder Double Wear has a matte finish however I still always apply powder over the top to set.  The foundation is water-resistant and lasts all day on me with only a few signs of wear showing around my nose or if it's been a particularly hot day.  Estee Lauder Double Wear comes in three tones (Cool, Warm and Neutral), 16 different shades and has an SPF 10.  RRP $50 Available in Australia from Myer, David Jones, Sephora, Adore Beauty and selected chemists.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation

This foundation has a much thicker consistency than the Estee Lauder Double Wear.  It applies like a thick cream and I find this one applies best with a buffing brush.  The Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation applies and blends very easily and I find it's necessary to set this with a powder just to make sure it doesn't smudge or transfer.  This foundation definitely gives a full coverage flawless finish but I find it doesn't last quite as long as the Estee Lauder Double Wear.  The Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation comes in three tones also (Cool, Warm and Neutral), 25 different shades and has no SPF making it great for nights out where there'll be flash photography. RRP $54 available in Australia from Sephora.

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth Foundation

I was so surprised and happy when I found an amazing full coverage foundation from a drug store. I've been a fan of Maybelline for years, especially their mascaras and cream eyeshadows but it had been a very long time since I'd tried out any of their foundations.  After reading a lot of positive reviews I decided to try it out for myself and was pleasantly surprised to find this is a great dupe for the Estee Lauder Double Wear but a heck of a lot cheaper.  This also has a very fluid consistency and applies best with fingers and then blended with a beauty blender.  The coverage is buildable and I always apply two layers to get the coverage I love.  The biggest difference between this and the Estee Lauder Double Wear is that this one has a dewy finish although as I said previously I always set my foundation with a powder which gives it a matte finish anyway.  The Maybelline Fit Me Foundation doesn't have the lasting power that the previous two foundations have but at such a cheap price I don't mind having to re-powder or touch-up during the day. This is available in 10 shades and has an SPF 18 making it a great everyday alternative. RRP $18.95 and is available from Priceline, Coles, Woolworths and most chemists.

I hope this helps you if you're on your own quest to find your perfect foundation.  All foundations obviously sit quite differently depending on your skin type and what may work for me may not work for you.  In any case I'd love to hear if you have any suggestions of your favourite foundations so feel free to leave a comment below.  I do feel like my quest for the perfect foundation may not ever be over haha.

Kayte xx 

*I purchased all of these foundations with my own money.