Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Makeup brushes and sponge cleaner from Daiso

Trying to clean your makeup brushes and you just can't get them clean enough? I had the same problem a few months ago and went looking for a affordable way to clean my brushes. I usually use baby shampoo and conditioner to clean them but they were still not clean enough.

Introducing to you the most affordable makeup brush and sponge cleaner from Daiso and its only $2.80aud. 
This stuff works amazingly. It cleans all my makeup brushes and sponges well even the ones with stubborn makeup stains. It comes out as a clear liquid much like dishwashing liquid and is fragrance free. Just swirl your brush in the liquid and rinse under water and you will see all the makeup rinse right out of your brush.

 Its definitely worth a try and so affordable. Sold at any Daiso store for $2.80aud.

 Who has tried this? Do you like anything else from Daiso stores?

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Rimmel London Super Curler 24HR mascara review

Mascara is something that I love to wear everyday. It opens up my eyes and makes me look 'put together'. Rimmel now have a new mascara the Super Curler 24HR mascara which comes in the beautiful purple and gold packaging.

Rimmel says: Mascara and Lash Curler in One, Formula with Lash Curling Power, Instant 90° Curve, Curl holds 24HR, Buildable Volume

Sounds great right? And it is!! I love this mascara. It really does curl the lash, gives me definition,  stays on all day and is easy to take off.

The brush is a typical mascara brush that makes it easy to coat all the lashes. The formula is black and adds volume and length to the lashes as well as giving them a curl. To apply it is best to coat the lashes on top first and then from underneath. It stays on all day and was easy to remove with a makeup remover.

I definitely love the Rimmel London Super Curler 24HR mascara, it does everything I want it to and is great for everyday use, keeps the lashes curled which is great for when I wear my glasses. This is my new favourite mascara now!

Have you tried this mascara?

Friday, October 30, 2015

Most used beauty products of the month - October 2015

Another month has past us! It is time for the most used or favourites beauty products of the month post. These I have been loving and would consider products I will be repurchasing over and over.
Revlon lipstick - I love the Revlon lipsticks they are such good quality and affordable. If your looking for a perfect purple shade it is this one number 660 berry haute, a beautiful lilac shade.

Savvy by DB blush - This blush is in shade cherry and is the most pigmented blush I have seen that you can get for under $5. It is a beautiful brown/deep pink shade and you really need the smallest amount.

Rimmel Wake Me Up mascara - This mascara has a cucumber smell that is so nice. You can only smell it when you open the tube and does not linger. This mascara is marketed to giving you the wake up look, which it does by making your lashes look lengthened. It is a great mascara.

Covergirl 3 in 1 foundation - This is definitely a great foundation. I have fair skin and this would have been better in the shade 805 but they discontinued it. So shade 810 is not too bad but can oxidise when my skin is feeling oily. Otherwise this is a great full coverage foundation that claims to be a primer, concealer and foundation all in one. It does apply easily on the skin and lasts all day.

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind concealer - This is a beautiful concealer that matches my skintone well and applies smoothly and blends out beautifully. Great for that extra coverage under the eyes, doesn't crease on me and lasts all day.

 That's it for this month, these are definitely all my favourites and products I will love for a long time. The are all affordable and available pretty much anywhere, supermarkets and department stores.

 What product is your favourite?


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tips and Tricks for beautiful skincare

Want some skincare advice? Recently I received some interesting tips and tricks from Olay skincare specialist David Khoo on how to achieve the best beautiful skin this summer. Here is what he says:

What causes skin to age? 
“There are two main causes of skin ageing – intrinsic and extrinsic. Intrinsic ageing has to do with our genetic lottery, the way our wrinkles form as our skin ages is inherited from our mothers. However, extrinsic ageing factors accelerate this process. For example, UV damage causes wrinkles, uneven texture and dark spots to form more quickly. In fact, UV damage alone is responsible for up to 80% of how our skin looks as we age”.

How do I get even, glowing skin that can allow me to go makeup-free for summer?
Make good skincare a twice daily habit and don’t wait till summer is here. Even the best skincare products take time to work (and you should be a little sceptical about products that promise dramatic results in 7 days or less), 2-4 weeks is a reasonable time to expect to see results.

Introducing an exfoliating cleanser into your routine will help remove dead skin cells to reveal smoother, brighter skin.  Look for a gentle cleanser, such as the Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cleanser(a) that won’t strip your skin and couple it with a moisturiser that contains Niacinamide and NAG (n-acetyl glucosamine)(b) to nourish your skin and reduce hyperpigmentation for a more even complexion. Layer a good sunscreen over this, even during the cooler months, and your skin will be at its peak for the summer.

How can I ensure my skincare is working for me?
A sound regimen starts with cleansing, to prepare the skin to absorb nourishment. Then it progresses from the lightest formulations to the heaviest. Moisturisers are best applied last as their thicker formula helps to seal in the ingredients from the lighter formulations.

To supercharge the benefits of your skincare regimen, the new Olay Regenerist Miracle Boost Youth Pre-Essence(c) is designed to be the first product you apply after cleansing. It absorbs quickly to jumpstart skin renewal. Studies have shown that the Pre-Esssence is an excellent complement to the Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Cream(d), increasing the absorption of actives like Niacinamide.

How do I keep my skin hydrated in the warm weather without my makeup sliding off my face?
“A hydrating skincare product doesn’t have to be greasy and in fact, well-hydrated skin can help makeup adhere better! Skincare ingredients such as Hyaluronic Acid are exceptionally hydrating and can be used in a lightweight formula that doesn’t leave a heavy feeling on your skin. The Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting UV Cream SPF30(e) is formulated with Hyaluronic Acid to hydrate and plump skin, while protecting from UVA/UVB rays.

Do I need to change my skincare routine with the seasons?
Environmental conditions can affect the way your skin behaves and so it’s important to adapt your routine with each new season, just as you would with your clothing or diet. SPF protection is important year round, while summer calls for lighter formulations, ie. switching from a cream to a lotion and vice versa in winter.

 What is your best skincare advice?


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Lust Have It August beauty box review (and special offer!)

If you think receiving products on a monthly basis to try is a great idea, then you need to check out  beauty boxes! They are such a great concept and fun to receive. Today I am showing you the August Lust Have It beauty bag with the theme 'on the go'.  Usually the products come in a pink zip up bag, but this month it was a black one which I love. They are so handy for storing products and using them in your bag or suitcase!

I was really excited to see Kerastase products a luxury hair brand that I have never tried before. The first one was the Kerastase shampoo and the second is the Kerastase Masque. (deluxe samples)

Next is the Designer Brands Instant Nailpolish remover and primer which is full size. A cute, handy on the go nail remover.

Next is a brand I have never heard of the UB cosmetics tint stick (full size). It says that it is a long wearing 10 hours, lip tint that is anti-feathering wear. I like the sound of that!

Next is the OPRA lip liner (full size) in the colour 'Wine' a beautiful plumy brown colour - love lip liners so looking forward to trying this out.

Next is the White Glo toothpaste in a travel size - I always use whitening toothpastes and haven't tried this one yet.

The last product is a tea bag sample from 'Skin Magic Tea' always nice to try a different tea.

Definitely a great Lust Have It beauty bag this month!

I love receiving a beauty box every month it is so exciting to receive products to try and not knowing what you will get makes it extra special. It's a great treat or would make a lovely present for someone.

The Lust Have It boxes are delivered monthly for $19.95 and if you enter the code DANNII2 you can get $5 off your first box. Check out the Lust Have It website here


Check out other reviews I have done on Lust Have it boxes here  

What beauty boxes do you like?


Friday, October 2, 2015

Skin Doctors Supermoist Daily Facial Hydrating Cream SPF 50 REVIEW

Now that it is getting warmer in Australia it is a great time to try out new products for sun protection.  I am really pale and burn so easily so I am always on the lookout for products with SPF 50+.

Recently I tried the Skin Doctors Supermoist Daily Facial Hydrating Cream SPF 50 and I was very surprised at how well this works and highly recommend it. Yes I love it!`

SKIN DOCTORS SAYS: Skin Doctors Supermoist spf50 protects your skin from the damaging sun and maximises the results of your Skin Doctors Cosmeceuticals treatment. This lightweight moisturiser provides UVA/UVB SPF 50 protection. It helps prevent premature skin ageing and sunspots. This non greasy, broad spectrum formula is absorbed quickly into your skin, so your make up goes on easily. It will not clog pores.
Skin Doctors Supermoist spf50 provides high sun protection, acting as a shield to help protect the skin from sun damage. It has been tested and proven to meet the exacting standards for the harsh Australian environment. It helps prevent premature skin aging and sun spots

It is a soft cream texture that is easy to apply, absorbs into the skin and feels lightweight, yet provides great protection against the sun. I wear this alone on hot days when I don't want to wear makeup and I love it. It  just feels so comfortable on the skin which is what I love about it.

It also has great ingredients in it like Aloe Vera and antioxidants including, beta carotene, vitamin C and E that help keep the skin hydrated.

Skin Doctors products are sold at Priceline, Chemist Warehouse or online at www.ry.com.au

More information on Skin Doctors is available here on their website. 

Have you tried this product? What do you use for sunscreen protection?

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Book review: We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

It's time for a book review! We Never Asked for Wings is a book by the author Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a fiction book that brings you into the lives of a family that goes through many struggles, decisions and mistakes.
As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children — apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be.
Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love.

This book captivated my attention from the very beginning, seriously I could not put this book down! 

It starts by introducing us to the main character Letty -  a 33 year old woman who has two children that were raised pretty much by her parents who have now gone back to Mexico, leaving Letty on her own to raise her 15 year old son Alex and 6 year old daughter Luna. Letty is feeling inadequate but learns to get things together. This is when we start to learn about teenage pregnancy, bullying, illegal immigration and responsibility.

I was captivated by all the characters and loved learning all the bits and pieces about them. Letty finds it hard to keep up with her demanding six year old Luna and having to make ends meet, works in a job that is enough to earn money to support them. Her 15 year old son Alex is a smart kid who needs the chance to accelerate, so Letty breaks a few rules to get him into a good school. Alex finds his first love, but makes a decision that may be the biggest mistake he will ever do. Letty finds some new and old friends who support her and help her through.

The story alternates between Alex and Letty. Being that I am a mother and have a son who is a teenager also, I was able to understand and empathise with them both. Alex has a lot of responsibility which made me sad to see everything he had to deal with and Letty whom I didn't really connect with at the beginning, did make a turn for the better towards the middle of the story and you just feel compassion for her and for trying her best.

I honestly didn't want this book to end. I loved that it covered topics that everyday people face like poverty, immigration issues, education, housing and much more. It also highlights hope and that mistakes although can't be changed, can help you learn and take the courage to find a new path and future.

I definitely recommend 'We Never Asked for Wings' written so well by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

What book do you recommend reading next? What book have you read lately?


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