Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Marie Claire The Parcel - Spring Edition 2016

The Spring Edition of the Parcel landed on my doorstep yesterday and as usual it was stacked full of products.  This is by far my favourite beauty subscription service and is now the only one I'm subscribed to.

Here's what was inside:

Marie Claire The Parcel Spring Edition 2016

Marie Claire The Parcel Spring Edition 2016

St Tropez Classic Bronzing Mousse and Applicator Mitt
I love the St Tropez tanning products - they always produce such a natural colour and I was glad they included the tanning mitt - definitely a must for application.

C-LAB & CO Coffee & Coconut Scrub
I haven't heard of this brand before but I love these type of body scrubs - excited to try this out.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask
This is a small sample of a mask - I'm not sure that I'll try this as it might be too 'purifying' for my dry skin.

MOR Mon Amie Adele Luminous Body Milk
This smells really light and refreshing and is in a spray form making it super easy to just spray on, rub in and go.  

Narciso Rodriguez Eau de Toilette
This is a 4ml sample

Sunsense Sensitive Invisible SPF50
Another little sample - good size to throw in the handbag and I'm sure will come in handy in Summer.

Nude by Nature Natural Mineral Cover
I was excited to see this as I really like this product but unfortunately the shade is Medium and is way too dark for me.

Essano Argan Oil of Morocco Duo Pack 
2x 50ml bottles of Shampoo and Conditioner.  I like to keep these aside for future holidays as they're the perfect size for travelling with.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi Purpose Dry Oil
This is a 10ml trial size bottle of absolute liquid gold.  One of my favourite body oils.  Love this!

Maybelline New York The Nudes Palette
This is probably the star product out of the whole box.  A full size palette of 12 nude eyeshadows.

Overall this is another box that I'm really happy with.  I think this box is great value for money with a good mix of products I already know and love and some new brands and products to try out.  The Parcel costs $25 per box and comes out four times a year (seasonally).

You can find out more info at

Kayte xx

Monday, September 19, 2016

Review: Poni Cosmetics The White Knight Mascara

I've been raving about this mascara in just about every post these last couple of months so I thought it was about time I gave it it's own review.  The Poni Cosmetics White Knight mascara became my new holy grail mascara the very first time I used it.  It's the very first tubular mascara I've ever tried and when it came with Zoe Foster Blake's endorsement... well that was the only encouragement I needed to give it a try.

What Poni Cosmetics say about The White Knight Mascara:

"It truly is the ultimate mascara! This tubular mascara has a list of features and benefits as long as your arm. No Panda eyes ever - guaranteed, Water resistant, doesn't run, smudge or transfer onto the skin, even in humid weather, great for sensitive eyes, simply slides off using just water in the shower, build able and safe to use with lash extensions, contains 3 powerful growth ingredients and has a dual functioning brush - volume and length. The perfect mascara for any one, of any age."

For those of you who don't know about tubular mascara, they're not too much different to regular mascaras in their application and look but on the lash they kind of wrap around each lash individually like a tube.  You can't really tell when you're applying it - in fact the only way I can tell is when I'm removing it.  This is the easiest mascara in the world to remove as it doesn't require any special cleanser just some warm water and swipe away.  You'll see the mascara come off in little tubes or lines on your makeup pad.  

The White Knight mascara is in your basic mascara packaging but the brush is actually two brushes in one.  You have two choices Volume or Length - they're the exact same brush except when you unscrew the wand from the top (Length) end it scrapes off excess product similar to wringing out a mop.  When you unscrew from the volume end it leaves that excess product on hence giving you more product and more volume.

The White Knight mascara gives me length, curl and volume all in one tube.  It applies easily and removes like a dream.  But the very best part of this mascara and why I love it so so much is that IT DOESN'T SMUDGE.  EVER.  In hot weather, cold weather, rainy weather, gone are the days of panda eyes and my mascara dotting under my eyebrows when I look up.

In summary; Volume, Length, Curl, No smudge. Amazing!! RRP $30

Kayte xx

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products

I love finding out what people's holy grail beauty products are so when I saw Jaclyn Hill make the Ride or Die Tag YouTube video I just knew I had to do it too.  Obviously I don't make YouTube videos but I thought I'd do a blog post all the same.  The rules are simple: List your ride or die cosmetic product from each category (foundation, blush, mascara, lip products etc).  If you could only take ONE from each category to a desert island, which would you choose?

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products

Instead of rambling on about each product I'm just going to list my holy grail product under each category but if you want to know more about a particular product or why I love it feel free to leave me a comment below.

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products Base Products

Nivea Mens Sensitive Post Shave Balm

Estee Lauder Double Wear

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer

Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Powder

Benefit Hoola

Mac Mineralize Skin Finish in Blonde

Becca Champagne Pop 

The Jaclyn Hill Ride or Die Tag - My Holy Grail Beauty Products Lip and Eye Products

Poni Cosmetics The White Knight

Eye of Horus Smoky Eye Goddess Pencil

Anastasia Beverley Hills Dipbrow

Too Faced Chocolate Bon Bons

IT Cosmetics Your Lips But Better Waterproof Lip Liner Stain

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in Honey

NYX Butter Gloss

If you're a beauty blogger and you do this tag please feel free to leave me a link below to read.  For all other readers I'd love to know some of your holy grail products too.

Kayte xx

Monday, September 5, 2016

My Favourites for August 2016

August Favourites featuring Maybelline, Too Faced, Clinique and NYX

I've gone a little crazy recently buying new products and I think I'm going to have to impose some sort of shopping ban on myself to gain back some kind of control!  All of these favourites are products I've picked up in the last couple of months and have fallen instantly in love with.

August Favourites featuring Maybelline, Too Faced, Clinique and NYX

Maybelline Fit Me Dewy & Smooth Foundation (Normal to Dry)
I'm on a current search to find my holy grail foundation.  I'm looking for medium to full coverage that sits nicely on my dry prone skin.  It's a mission!!  This Maybelline foundation just about ticks all the boxes and if it just lasted a little longer on my skin it would definitely hit that holy grail status.  At this stage I'm calling it one of my top three foundations.  For someone with 15+ foundations in the drawer this is a big call.

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
I picked this up at the same time as the foundation and I love this just as much.  It's perfect for everything from under the eye to blemishes and anywhere else you just need that extra little bit of coverage.  It blends beautifully and once set with powder isn't going anywhere

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush in Something about Berry
I picked this up in my recent birthday haul from Mecca and it's another one that was love at first swatch.  It's highly pigmented with just the right amount of shimmer.  Love!

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum
I've spoken about this before but I was truly blown away by the actual results I could see on my skin when I used this product.  This is a trial sized version but I'll definitely be picking up a full size bottle shortly!

NYX Liquid Suede in Tea & Cookies
This is a cream lipstick that dries to a matte finish.  It lasts really well but doesn't dry out the lips like some matte lipsticks do.  I love the fact that I can wear this without feeling like I've got anything on my lips at all.  It's the perfect no-fuss lip product.  I'll definitely be picking up some more colours from this range.

Well that's the end of my Top 5 for August.  I'd love for you to comment and let me know one of your top products for last month.

Kayte xx

Monday, August 29, 2016

Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Eyeshadow Palette Review

Reviwe of the Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Eyeshadow Palette

I picked this beauty up in my latest haul from Mecca Maxima and I thought I'd let you know my thoughts around it.  

Packaging wise it's super slim and compact (about the size of a credit card), plastic and lightweight and has a small mirror in it making it the perfect eyeshadow palette to take away on holiday.  Shade wise I find there are a good mix of colours that could be used for both day and night looks.  

The shades are silver, peony, quartz, veiled, midnight, haze, copper and espresso and all eight shades are cool toned and can be used either wet or dry.

I wouldn't say I'm highly impressed with this palette.  The shadows are lacking in the pigmentation department and just don't pack a lot of punch on the eyes.  I guess I'm just looking for a little bit more colour pay-off than these are delivering.  Using the shadows wet does give more pigmentation but to be honest I find it a little finicky to have to wet a brush etc and blending becomes a bit of a drag when you use shadows wet so I'm not a big fan of that.

 If you're after muted tones of these colours well then maybe this palette is for you.  If not I'd save your money for something with better quality.

$35(AUD) from Mecca 

Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Eyeshadow Palette Review
Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Inside the Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Eyeshadow Palette
Inside the Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Eyeshadow Palette
Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Eyeshadow Palette Review
Back of the Smashbox Double Exposure Mini Eyeshadow Palette

Monday, August 15, 2016

5 Top Tips for Dry Skin this Winter

I suffer from dry skin and I'm sick of reading articles telling me that the only thing I need to do is drink 2 litres of water a day and my dry skin will be fixed.  Even though drinking 2 litres of water every day is an excellent thing to do it is just not simply the answer for dry skin,  Here are my top tips for keeping your dry skin tip top in Winter that do not include drinking more water.

Avoid Hot Showers
Having the water in your shower set too hot is a sure fire way to strip oils and dry out your skin.  Try turning down the heat in your shower a little and keep them to around 5 minutes where possible.  If your skin appears red following a bath or shower the water is too hot.

Never put your face directly under the shower stream
While we're on the subject of showering, never ever ever put your face directly under the shower stream.  It doesn't matter what skin type you have putting your face directly under the shower stream can cause all sorts of problems from broken capillaries to dry skin (even if your skin isn't dry in the first place).  Use a wash cloth or just cup the water from the shower in the palm of your hands and splash onto your face. 

Use Hydrating Sprays
Hydrating sprays are a great way to top up hydration during the day especially if you work in an air-conditioned office. They're a super quick easy way to get instant relief when you're skin is feeling dry and tight. My top pick is the Alpha H Moisture Boosting Facial Mist.

Use the right products
Everyone should be changing up their skincare at least twice a year no matter what your skin type.  In Winter you need to make sure your products are rich and hydrating and you may want to consider adding in a heavy duty serum.  My skincare routine goes like this: Cleanse, Tone, Serum, Oil and then Moisturise.

Add Oil
Following on from my previous suggestion if you suffer from dry skin you definitely need to incorporate an oil into your skincare routine.  I use Rosehip Oil at night and Jojoba Oil in the morning.  I find the Jojoba Oil a little lighter than the Rosehip and it sinks straight into my skin making my makeup application a breeze.  These oils are also great to use for any dry patches you get on your body and as a bonus cuticle oil.

So there are my top five tips for looking after your dry skin this Winter, I hope you found them helpful.  Thankfully our Winter is nearly over and in no time at all we'll be basking in the lovely warm Australian sun all over again :)

Kayte xx

Monday, August 8, 2016

My Favourites for July 2016

My top 5 beauty products for July 2016

July bought a range of new products to me as it was my birthday and I went on a little shopping spree.  It was hard to narrow it down to just five products but I managed ha!  This month's favourites feature four makeup products and one skincare.  This is mainly because I've fallen all sorts of head over heels for makeup again and I've being working on finding my perfect base.

My top 5 beauty products for July 2016

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Champagne Collection Face Palette 
Full review and swatches can be found here but basically this was a love at first sight palette.  I've been loving the Rose Spritz blush and the Champagne Pop highlighter. 

Clinique Smart Custom Repair Serum
I received this trial sized serum in a beauty box recently and was really surprised how quickly I saw results with my skin.  I used this morning and night and it lasted for around 2-3 weeks.  My skin was noticeably smoother and more even.  I've got a few other little samples to use up but I'll definitely be picking up a full size of this soon.

Poni Cosmetics The White Knight Mascara
Oh My God.  I need to do a full review of this mascara as it's become my holy grail and absolutely blown all other mascaras I've used out of the ball park.   This is a tubular mascara and the first one of it's kind that I've tried.  The very best part of this mascara is that it doesn't smudge, ever!  It also provides great volume and length and comes off like a breeze at the end of the day.

Physicians Formula Nude Glow Touch of Glow
Another one I've reviewed previously this has been great for brightening my under eyes and giving a dewy glowy finish to my base.

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Full Coverage Foundation
I picked this up in my never ending search for the perfect full coverage foundation for my dry skin and while it doesn't reach holy grail status it's definitely a current favourite.  It applies smoothly and does give a good medium to full coverage.  It lasts fairly well but I wouldn't say the full 12 hours as claimed.  

Love to know what products you've been loving lately.

Kayte xx