Friday, 31 January 2014

LUSH Valentines Day Giveaway


To show a little love to all my followers and viewers this Valentines Day, I've teamed up with NJT Blogger by doing a Valentines Day giveaway with some of the gorgeous limited edition LUSH products!

One lucky winner will be receiving a package from the Valentines Day collection exclusively available at LUSH for a limited time only!

Prize Pack Includes (as featured above):
•Prince Charming Shower Gel 250ml
•Love Locket Bath Bomb
•The Kiss Lip Gloss
•Close To Me Massage Bar
•Neon Love Soap
•Sexy Fun Times Gift Box  (includes Tender Is The Night Massage Bar & Pink FUN)

To enter simply fill in the entry form below.

Please ensure you read the Terms and Conditions of giveaway within the entry form below.

•For an extra entry, follow @njtblogger and @chanelkxo on Instagram share the above photo with the hashtag #BEMINENJXO

**This is only open to Australian Residents ONLY sorry**

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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

KEEN SKIN - Coffee Soap Scrub Review

Wake your skin up with a bar full of goodness. this soap scrub is perfect for giving a soft, firm, healthy glow.

Keen currently launched their online website, and I was lucky enough to help them promote their brand. If you're unsure what Keen is, ill quickly run you through it. Keen Skin is targeting customers through their online Instagram site, selling their coffee soap scrub. It's very different to many of the other coffee scrubs on the market. Having their scrub in a soap / bar form allows us them to add many different essential and healthy ingredients for the skin that you could not include in a regular scrubs! The process is also a lot more difficult. It takes 3 hours to create 1 loaf, then a further 24 hours to set and cut. Then another 24 hours to cure, only to be ready for us!

ON SALE: $14.95

I have came across many coffee scrubs before and can honestly say Keen is so much easier to use. I got faster results, didn't have to spend extra time in the shower, and it was less messy! Keen Coffee Soap Scrub comes in a bar filled with healthy ingredients that help restore moisture, get rid of skin problems, leaves the skin feeling super soft and smooth and also leaves a light, pleasant scent.

With a coffee soap scrub it's super super easy to hold in the palm of your hands and start scrubbing in circular motions. The exfoliation beards are bigger and harder, which deeply exfoliates the skin giving it more of an affect. Upon opening the package, I smelt the coffee scent straight away, it was quite strong, but definitely smelt delicious, I started to crave coffee but what I really wanted to do was jump straight into the shower an scrub.

Quite simple to use - take Keen into the shower with you and start scrubbing. Had the water slightly running, then started rubbing in circular motions - targeting areas and all over my body until lather. I noticed instantly the exfoliation beards ( little black dots) that were deeply exfoliating the skin. It helped remove any dead skin. The caffeine in the coffee provides a tightening effect. (Which I felt on my arms, thighs and face)

Coffee Soap Scrub Benefits:
- Improves skin tone
- Moisturising
- Removes dead skin
- Improves cellulite appearance
- Improves stretch marks appearance
- Tightens and firm
- Perfect for before applying fake tan
- Improves blood flow under skin and much much more!

I used the soap every second day, I did notice how hydrated my skin was. The scrub sinked in deeply, leaving my skin conditioned, moisturized, smooth and soft. There was improvements of skin tone, and my skin felt tighter. I was also amazed about how clean and exfoliated my skin was. The soap did leave a light coffee scent, which was quite pleasant :)

I would definitely recommend this soap scrub for anyone who's seeking a deep cleanse, wanting to help restore their skin appearance, who fake tans regularly and of course anyone who just likes to scrub their body.

Monday, 27 January 2014

INDEED LABS: Pepta Bright - FADE TO BRIGHT - Review.

Take your skin from lackluster to luminous with the latest breakthrough from Indeed LaboratoriesTM. Introducing pepta-bright, the most advanced skin brightening treatment, designed to restore your skin’s natural luminosity. With consistent use, skin appears clearer and more radiant than ever before. Indeed Laboratories know that dullness, discolouration and dark spots. To combat this, Indeed created a formula maximising the potential of seven powerful actives to brighten the skin whilst !

RRP: $34.99

Indeed Labs  is the international company behind accessible wonder products nanoblur, hyrdaluron, eysilix, snoxin which are affordable, non- surgical ways for consumers to improve their appearance for a fraction of the price. Indeed Laboratories objective is to eliminate marketing hype and costs from skin treatments and deliver real results as cost effectively as possible. Products use high concentrations of the rarest and most effective actives from clinical labs in Switzerland, Spain, France and and US.

The cream-serum formula is a feather-light yet rich in texture, making it the perfect base for moisturiser or even used before your makeup. When using this product daily, this breakthrough serum stimulates cells turnover while maintaining hydration. While using it for the last 3 weeks, the results in my skin feel nourished and smooth to touch. Has helped reduce the appearance of uneven skin tone, and a clear complexion.

I did notice that before my skin got lighter, it did however go fairly dark (around my eyes). I'm very unsure if this happens to others that are using it. But I'm just glad it didn't leave me with dark circles. It did however clear them up and made them somehow became lighter than before. Now this was the moment that I wished I took before and after shoots. I'm so hopeless when it comes to that. Ill definitely keep using this product, and do a update with process photos.

Pepta-bright is a safe and effective way to address pigmentation concerns, and is free from Hydroquinone, Kojic Acid, Parabens and Mercury. In regulating the skin’s natural pigmentation process, pepta-bright is able to reduce the size and intensity of dark spots, while discouraging any further spots from forming. Extraordinary Sepiwhite, brightens skin while Chromabright works to get the signs of photo-aging. 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Palmer's Post Summer Skin Care Recipe

Palmer's Post Summer Skin Care Recipe will keep your skin looking summerlicious even after the season is over. Rehydrate your skin, maintain your golden glow.

Cleanse and moisturise in one easy step with Palmer's Indulgent Coconut Body Wash, a formula that is free of sulphates, parabens and phthalates. Containing pure Coconut Oil in combination with gentle cleansing and emollient rich moisturising ingredients to hydrate and indulgently pamper your skin.

Give yourself a moisture surge with the award winning cult product. The thick, creamy formula will leave your skin deeply hydrated. This luxuriously rich, all-over body lotion is the secret to sexy skin as it softens, smooths and tones. Cocoa Butter enriched with Vitamin E is as an advanced moisturiser that  relieves dry skin.
Also helps smooth and blend unattractive marks and scars. Melts at body temperature. Leaves no greasy after feel.

3. Palmer's Instant Bronze RRP: $9.39

With just a touch of self tanner, Palmer's Natural Bronze creates a delicate, sun-kissed, summer glow within a few days, while deeply moisturising your skin. It's also the perfect way to maintain a light tan all year long.This creamy, moisturising lotion with a special combination of Cocoa Butter and Vitamin E keeps your skin beautiful and healthy looking.
A multi-functional formula that targets discolouration and spots whilst providing natural pigment-perfecting coverage and SPF 15 protection. This all-in-one beauty balm replaces the need for multiple products by targeting discolouration and preventing hyperpigmentation from recurring, protecting against and preventing sun damage, providing lightweight coverage to conceal imperfections, instantly improving radiance and reducing redness. Skin is beautifully luminous, naturally more even toned and younger looking. Formulated with our Tone Enhancing Complex & Mineral Pigment, to even skin tone, renew radiance and leave skin with a flawless finish.

Available in 2 different shades: Fair/Light and Medium/Dark.

All products are available to purchase at

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

How To: Sanitize Your Make-Up

when it comes to sharing cosmetics, trying them in stores and also buying second hand cosmetics, it's always important to sanitize your products, check for expiration dates and also question yourself before purchasing cube full of formula.

Today, I'm going to talk about sanitizing and expiration dates. This will be a "go-to-guideline" to keep in mind when sharing and selling your pre-loved products

When it comes to hygiene, everyone is quite different - some will be alright sharing products with their friends and don't mind selling them, but then there's people like me - who stand clear from using anything that's touched someone else's skin. I've always been very good at makeup hygiene, and it's super important to know about it. This is help recuse break outs and nasty pink eye!

So let's get down to the basics:

  • Mascara
  • Concealer's
  • Lip Glosses
  • Everything else that comes in a tube with a wand applicator.
There's honestly no point in sanitizing mascara, it already has an expiration date - which is three months from opening. Also once you share that, there's no way of sanitizing it. It's now been contaminated. So make sure you have disposable wands in your makeup kit, that way you don't have to share and you can keep using your mascara for the full 3 months and never pump your wands. Doing so pushes air into the tube which promotes rapid bacteria growth.

Same goes with lip gloss, concealers and every other cosmetics that's in a liquid formula in a tube. Once that wand applicator goes back into the tube, its classed as contaminated. There is no way of cleaning inside the tube.

  • Pressed Powders
  • Powder Foundations
  • Blushes 
  • Eye shadows
  • Bronzers
These products are super easy to clean, you can purchase sanitized makeup wipes that can quickly and safely clean your powders without any dramas. You can only use a tissue and lightly pat the top layer on the powder, this will help remove any oils that have came off your fingers / makeup brushes. Another way to sanitize them is using a cotton ball or spritz the top of your powders with the spray bottle of alcohol and set aside to dry.

  • Eye Pencils
  • Lip Pencils
  • Eye Brow Pencils
easiest way to clean these pencils, is to clean the entire product. Using a alcohol spray - spray the outside of the pencil, the top then wipe lightly with a paper towel. Also spray the sharpener and the cap (if there's one) Sharpening the pencil is also an option, that way you have a fresh tip.
  • Mousses
  • Creams
  • Gel
These items are a bit tricker. you  might want to actually scrape off the top portion and as long as it doesn't look mixed and dipped through the bottom, the bottom portion are pretty much safe.

  • Lip Sticks
Lipstick is one of the easiest items to sanitize.Using the paper towel, gently wipe the tip of the lip stick getting rid of any residue that may sit on top. Fully extend the lipstick and dunk into a cup of rubbing alcohol. At this point you can set the lip stick aside to dry while you clean the cap.
  • Brushes
Its definitely a job that needs to be done, must clean your brushes so bacteria and other offenders don't block up the pores or make break outs. It's basic hygiene! For brushes that are used daily ( without sharing) I suggested cleaning at least once a week. If you share your brushes, do not use them until you've washed them. By doing so - your brushes won't have the other persons oils and bacteria getting transferred on your skin.

Monday, 13 January 2014


If you're obsessed with Real Techniques just as much as me, then you'll be super excited to know Real Techniques has launched four new brushes. Now these products aren't available in Australia just yet, but if you're planning on buying from their American site, ill have links below. :)

Go mobile with their new retractable design.
The firm, full brush provides a smooth application for all-day perfection.
This brush is the key for creating a natural finish by expertly blending bronzer or finishing powder.
Expertly blend bronzer or finishing powder. Load up the brush, pop the lid on and go!

With a new retractable design
An essential on-the-go tool that evenly applies powders, bronzers or blush.
For perfect cheekbones: Use with bronzer or highlighter to define and contour the hollows of the cheeks. Use with blush to fill out the apples of the cheeks

Features a high-tech silicone tip
This brush is the ultimate tool for smooth, precise application of liquid or cream eyeliner.
Applying eyeliner is now easier than ever
Provides a smooth application of product without pulling or tugging the skin.

Go mobile with their new retractable design.
Apply your lipstick, lip gloss or stain with perfect precision even when you’re on the go.
Line + Define to create the perfect lip. 
This brush features an ultra-firm tapered tip that applies color smoothly and expertly lines the contours of the lip for added definition.
Ultra-firm tapered tip applies colour smoothly and expertly lines the lips for added definition.

* all these prices are in US dollars, prices have came from Real Techniques website. *

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Puretopia Eye Rescue Refresh & Detoxifying Massage Roller

Puff and tried eyes are never a good look for anyone. No matter what you do. Early starts, long days. It shouldn't stop us girls from looking our best. So I was very excited to discover and also have the chance to review Puretopia's Eye Rescue. 

Eye Rescue Refreshing & Detoxifying Massging Roller
RRP: $19.95 AUS

If you haven't noticed from my last couple of posts, I'm a girl that suffers from dark circles, puffiness and just looking plain tried in the face. As I work in retail, I'm always searching for products that can help keep my face looking fresh, healthy and to maintain my appearance. As customers are looking at my face 24/7. It's important that I have my fresh face on.

Over the past couple of weeks, I've been using Puretopia's Eye Rescue Refresh and Detoxifying Massage Roller. I've been applying it morning and night. I ensure I have a clean, washed face before applying, so the product can set into the skin without getting blocked by oils, makeup or whatever else. The product has a stainless steel massaging rollerball which glides into your eye smoothly and easily, giving a cooling effect and moisturises your eyes as well. The natural actives in the active peptide complex work to help reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles, while vitamin C and cornflower adds clarity and brightness evening out skin tone. This is reinforced with vitamin E and shea to soothe and add moisture. 

I have noticed some changes under my eyes, it's helped reduced those nasty dark circles, it's lighted the skin and also stopped the puffiness. It's left it feeling soft, smooth and looking fresh. I also noticed that its gotten rid of some lines I had on the corners of my eyes, it's smoothed them right back. It's small enough to put into your purse, it's truly a lifesaver and worth every penny.

* this product was sent to me to review, I was not paid to leave a positive review, all words are honest, photos have been taken by myself unless credited. *

Friday, 10 January 2014

LUSH - Valentine's Day Collection Range 2014

Friday, February 14th 2014

This time of year again, where we spend huge amount of dollars on roses, chocolates, teddy bears on the special person in our life's. this year instead of buying all that stuff, treat your loved one with products from LUSH's Valentines Day Collection Range. All these products will be hitting the stores and online on January 30th 2014 !  These pieces are available for a limited time, and will be selling out FAST! So make sure you're ready to snap up these goodies before they're sold out.

Get in the mood for love with this collection of new creations especially for Valentine’s Day!

NEW! Love Locket bath bomb ($8.95) ... Unlock pure luxury The Love Locket was inspired by the kind of heart-shaped locket you wear as a necklace, perhaps with a secret photograph of a loved one inside. Like any love locket, you need to unlock the bath bomb to reveal the secret hidden within. Crack your locket in half, to unveil the hidden heart in the centre.

The outside of the locket is full of paper hearts that will float out onto the surface of the water, while the hidden heart inside is laden with agar hearts to create a spectacular bath time display. Use each half and the inner heart individually (so three baths in total), or throw it all in the bath tub at once for a really decadent bath, enough to get any heart aflutter. The brand new fragrance is made from some of our most luxurious essential oils: Fairtrade vanilla absolute, neroli oil and jasmine absolute are blended to create a sweet, sensual and uplifting indulgent bath time. (Vegan)

NEW! Neon Love soap ($6.95 per 100g) ... Fresh and fruity
Inspired by 12 Months of Neon Love, a collaboration between artists Victoria Lucas and Richard William Wheater, beginning on Valentine’s Day 2011 and ending on Valentine’s Day 2012. The art featured lyrics from well-known love songs, in huge neon writing!
This huge heart shaped soap, emblazoned with the word ‘Love’, is scented with a brand new fragrance of bergamot, rosewood and cinnamon leaf oil and packed full of fresh ingredients, such as fresh figs, passion fruit juice and soya yoghurt to nourish and soften the skin. Hiding inside are plenty of little white hearts to ensure every slice looks as beautiful and romantic as it smells. (Vegan)

The rosewood oil used in this soap comes from a project set up with funding from the Sustainable Lush Fund (S-Lush), where 2% of our annual buying spend is invested back into initiatives. With money from S-Lush, we bought the rights to a 6,000 hectare forest concession deep in the Amazon, to stop loggers from further deforestation. Working with local communities, we found the land to be full of rosewood trees and over the past few years we’ve worked with the locals on the ground there to set up a sustainable supply of rosewood oil, with their own distillation machinery to enable them to produce the oil on site. So far we’ve received over 100 kilos of rosewood oil from this source.

NEW! Close To You massage bar ($8.95) ... Melt your heart
This smooshable massage bar was inspired by the humble jammy dodger. As you peek through the heart shaped hole on top of the bar you can see into the sumptuous white fondant centre.

Made with a luxurious blend of butters and oils, including cupuaçu butter, shea butter and olive oil, this rich bar shares the same delicious vanilla fragrance as in Rock Star soap and Creamy Candy bubble bar. Guaranteed to bring someone special Close to You! (Vegan)

NEW! Prince Charming shower gel ($8.95 for 100g/ $16.50 for 250g/ $26.50 for 500g) ... Happily ever after 
A shower gel made for princesses and for anyone who needs a Prince Charming in their life! This sweet-scented, neon pink shower gel is fit for royalty. Marshmallow root and Fair Trade vanilla pod decoction forms the base, giving a very soothing experience, boosted by nourishing almond oil and cleansing, cooling and astringent fresh pomegranate juice. Prince Charming has a new fragrance of organic sandalwood, geranium and grapefruit essential oils to sweep you off your feet and leave you skin silky soft and smelling lovely. (Vegan)

NEW! Tender is the Night massage bar ($10.50)... Soft and sensual Tender is the Night returns this year with a new look. Inspired by Blurs song Tender and 1920s author F. Scott Fitzgeralds novel of the same name, this sensual and sexy massage bar has swapped its soft centre for a solid blend of softening shea butter and murumuru butter, with a larger surface area and pink flower on top. This bar is cocoa butter free and contains an intoxicating blend of jasmine, ylang ylang and Fair Trade vanilla essential oils and absolutes. Tender is the Night massage bar will be joining the all year round range. (Vegan)

Gifts ...

NEW! Heart of Gold gift ($42.50) ...
A selection of pampering goodies for yourself or someone special.
Gift contents: French Kiss bubble bar, The Comforter bubble bar, Rock Star soap 100g, From Dusk til Dawn massage bar, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner 45g. (Vegan)

NEW! Sexy Fun Times gift ($18.95) ...
With a sexy massage bar and a piece of FUN, this gift equals sexy fun times!
Gift contents: Tender is the Night massage bar, Pink FUN 200g.

NEW! Be Mine gift ($23.50) ...
Three luxurious treats for the body; a scrubby soap, a sensual massage bar, plus our award-winning Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.
Gift contents: Porridge soap, Soft Coeur massage bar, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner 45g.

Returning Favourites ... 

The Kiss tinted lip balm ($9.95) ... Shine and allure
This preservative free tinted lip balm gives a touch of colour to the lips without needing a mirror. A delightfully whipped up mixture of luxury humectant butters such as Fair Trade shea and cupuacu, with a very tasty organic agave syrup to easily smooth into the skin leaving a high shine finish, boosted by PET free sparkles.
Organic mandarin and almond essential oils create an uplifting fragrance and moreish taste, making every kiss unforgettable. To give your lips a little something extra, we also added guarana seed powder, a natural lip plumper to make your pout irresistible. (Vegan)

These limited edition Valentines products will be available in LUSH stores nationwide, and online at LUSH.COM.AU from January 30th 2014.

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Trend Alert: All White.


If you hadn't noticed by now, that white is the hottest colour on trend, at this very moment. On trend this Summer is wearing white from head to toe. Since its such a fabulous colour, it's super easy to stand out with bold jewellery pieces. Don't blend in with everyone that's wearing prints, colour, black or monochromes, white is now! I know many aren't brave enough to wear white (blame that time of the month) but its truly sassy and ultra polished look. It’s a breath of fresh air!

So I encourage you to embrace the white trend as I will be and I hope you find some inspiration from the pics below.