Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Lust Have It! - October 2013

I have been clicking into every review I can find on the October box for the past few days. I was super excited about Inika being in the box. After reviewing a few variations, I told myself that I would be content with whichever variation I receive, they all looked so good!!

I was thrilled to see my box at the doorstep when I came home! The new box design is gorgeous, I think I like it better because the other boxes kinda fell apart as soon as they arrived.

Sorry the pictures are a big blurry, the sun wasn't up when i got home :(




Inika Vegan Lip Whip  in Berry
$25 
FULL SIZE

The most anticipated product, I have been longing to try Inika products for a very long time. I'm so glad this was included in the box. The scent is very light and a little citrus-y. This gloss is vegan, halal and cruelty free ^_^


Klorane Shampoo
$25 for 110ml
Received 25ml 

I don't really use conditioner, so I'm happy to see shampoo only! :)
This shampoo is formulated with nettle extract. My hair gets a bit greasy after a day or two post wash, so this will come in handy!



Femme Fatale Mineral Based Blush in Aspect
$8.25 for 10mls
Sample Size

A pretty decent sample, according to the product card, this blush is highly pigmented. The other alternative was eyeshadow, I am really happy I got the blush because I'm blush crazy!


Paula's Choice Moisturiser
$29.50
FULL SIZE

This is from their earth sourced collection, the moisturiser is light and rich in antioxidant. Woohoo! I use a LOT of moisturiser! Also ideal for babies. The other alternatives were toner and cleansing gel.



Paula's Choice Oil Blotting Papers
$10.50 for 100 sheets.
Sample Size

I'm not sure how many sheets i received, looks about 15-20.  Another product I would definitely use, I carry blotting paper around during summer and when I am in an air conditioned environment - even though i have dry skin, I tend to get a little oily in the T-zone within the specified environment.



Le Tan Wash off 
$14.99 for 100g
Received 40g

This is probably the only product I wouldn't normally use in the box, I'll try to find a time to use it. I've been using Le Tan and Model Co tanning products, but never tried wash-off. 







This box was an absolutely winner, I absolutely loved it!!!
I was thoroughly impressed with LHI's September box, this one blew my mind!
Can't wait to see what's in for November ^_^

What did you think?

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Tutorial: Dare to Wear Blue

I feel that blue is rather incompatible with olive skin, it's one of those colours I can never really pull off.

However, my make up kit is some how overloaded with random blue eye colours... time to put them to good use!


Products used
  • Flat eyeliner brush from Brigitte's Boutique
  • Pencil brush from brigitte's Boutique
  • Shsieido cream eye colour in BL711
  • Estee Lauder Microscopic Mascara
  • Shiseido Curler


I think the key with this look is to blend the crap out of the blue so it looks like it merges into the mid section of your lashes. 

I find this look quite wearable.






I've been a frequently viewer of Celly's tutorials she always pair an eye tutorial with a lip colour or gloss. I thought it was a brilliant idea! ^_^


Here I used a random Sugar Baby lip gloss




Are you a blue person?

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Product Empties October 2013

I finally have enough used products to post up an empties. I literally use my makeup and skincare at snail pace. I'll probably wait till next year for my next lot of empties!

I collect all my empties in a little basket




1. Pinetarsol Approx $20AUD - I use this for my dermatitis, it's been alright but exceeding my price range a little. So I switched to Dermaveen to see how that is. Repurchase? No

2. Cyber Colors Gentle Makeup Remover Approx $3AUD - Bought this from Hong Kong, LOVE this stuff. The quality is as good as Lancome's makeup remover. Takes off my stubborn waterproof shiseido mascara. Repurchase? Would like to but can't find this brand in Oz

3. Burts Bees Anti Blemish Solutions Cleanser Approx $13AUD - I quite liked the citrus scent. This didn't really help with the acne I had when I was a little bit younger. Repurchase? No

4. Batiste Dry Shampoo (Sample) - I used this when I didn't have time to wash my hair. It did an OK job, but I feel like this product is a bit of an excess to my collection. I don't find it completely necessary. Repurchase? No





5. Kevin Murphy Conditioner - To be honest, I can't even remember whether I liked this or not. You really can't tell with these little satchel hair products

6. Emergin C Earth Hydrating Phytelene Cream - This was quite nice for my dry skin. The cheapie cream rubs off my face after application.

7 and 8 (oops i wrote 9). Biore combination skin balancing cleanser - This dried the crap out of my skin. It made an alright body wash though.

9. Dissolving Whitening Strips - First time I used it, I didn't know I had to take the strips out after a while... I took for granted that dissolving strips are meant to dissolve in your mouth. Big mistake. It took me 15 minutes to remove all traces of dissolved goo from my teeth and gum. I used it correctly the second time. No real difference noticed.

10. L'occitane Sweet Peel Exfoliate - Pretty sure this product is discontinued. Such a shame. It's a brilliant scrub that will rid all traces of dead and scabby skin. It smells like apples


11. Skin Benefits Blemish Patches $2 - WORST patches I've ever used. The flimsy patches falls right off your skin.  I thought this would be comparable to the 3M blemish patches I got from hong kong (See My Old Youtube Review on 3M Blemish Patches Here). Stay away from this. Repurchase? No

12. Bioderma Cleanser - It worked like any other cleanser, dried my face out after use, so I had to moisturise right away. Repurchase? No

13. Bioderma Moisturiser - I hated this, you can gently rub the moisturiser off your face after application... like a doughy texture. something's not right.. Repurchase? No

14. Passion Peel Off Masks - An innovative idea. The mask was suppose to peel right off my face after it dries up for 10-15 mins. I was left with residue after peeling, so I had to wash my face anyway.  Repurchase? No


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Saturday, October 19, 2013

GIVEAWAY: $25 Menulog Voucher - Free Dinner Meal!



I reviewed Menulog (www.menulog.com.au), an innovative site to order takeaway (in or outside your local area) online! Click below to see what I ordered!

See Review Here

Enter for your chance to win $25 - equivalent to a free dinner - to spend on Menulog (you can use this voucher in any participating restaurants or takeaway joints that take vouchers on Menulog).

Australian Residents Only, sorry :( 

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WINNER for Paul Brown Argan Oil!

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Stay tuned for another giveaway tonight :)


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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Easy Eye Look: Soft Silver Eyes + Facebook

I wear boring taupe and browns Mon-Fri, so I thought I'd wear different colours every weekend.

A very simple look. Please excuse my wild fire brows - I've been very lazy.

1. Sweep silver shadow on top lid
2. Sweep taupe shadow under bottom lashes
3. Curl lashes
4. Mascara




Products used:

Manly 180 palette eye shadow 

Silver shadow                                                                                       Metallic taupe

 


Esteee Lauder Mascara                                                    Shiseido Lash Curler


                                           



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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Menulog Order Takeaway Online - Review

Menulog (www.menulog.com.au) emailed me a few days ago to check out their website. To be honest, I was REALLY excited, this is the first time a food-related company made contact with me. I am all about trying new food and finding new ways to discover food.

I had a browse and was intrigued. It's literally an interface where multiple restaurants and takeaway food stores can advertise their delivery and order services to selected areas of Australia. Menulog provides advantages for businesses to further reach consumers and in return, it gives consumers a wider variety of order and delivery options. The major delivery food chains have for some time, monopolized the food delivery market - this has taken away the survival of small businesses. Therefore, Menulog is fantastic for supporting local businesses and provide us with more options.

I can sit at home, browse through a list of the restaurants available, look at their menu options and place an order for pick-up or delivery.

Menulog was kind enough to throw in a voucher, and I decided to go with Tony's Pizza Pasta - a family run business.
http://www.menulog.com.au/tonys-pizza-pasta

My partner and I had a browse and decided to go with a large Avocado Prawn pizza ($19.90) and Italian Garden Salad ($6.50).



There's also a 10% discount with your first order, so I pretty much got the delivery for free. (minimum order for Tony's Pizza Paste was $20)

I also received a loyalty credit of $2.93, the amount collates after each order.
The total amount can be used after my 9th order.



After I checked out, I received a confirmation screen.


It was SO easy to use, I didn't need to fill in a long sign up form. It's a great instant order site, if you are unable too get to the shops or just too tired to cook, this is perfect.

By ordering online I went into the draw of winning $2500 worth of Menulog voucher (close Oct 31st)!!!! *fingers crossed!*

Our meal arrived pipping hot in about 35 minutes. During that time, I was about to get my house cleaned and hair washed.


Avocado Prawn (L) - $19.90

Mushroom, Onion, Avocado, Capsicum, Prawns, Bocconcini, Cheese, Garlic with satay sauce.
It was delicious! I love avocados, but never thought they'd be nice on pizza.


Italian Garden Salad $6.50

Tomatoes, capsicum, olives, mushroom, lettuce, balsamic and olive oil. 


We heated up some home made garlic bread, dished up our pizza/salad and put on a nice flick to enjoy our evening!

I would recommend everyone to have Menulog saved as their favourites! Just in case you get a I-can't-be-bothered-lets-get-takeaway-but-I'm-too-tired-to-walk-or-make-a-phone-call-night, you can order takeaway online! This is also a great way to find and support local business.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My Month in Food - September 2013

 Where did September go?! Well, I've got these food pictures to remind me!

I haven't been eating out too much, so I'll start off with some home made food.


Below was our first attempt at cooking salmon from scratch with our own made up recipe, surprised that it actually turned out really nice. I'll call it Lily's Marinated Salmon :P  I'll put up the recipe up later.



Some vegetarian pasta. Zucchini, capsicum, cucumber, onions, garlic, asparagus (they took SO long to cook), snow peas, fresh tomatoes, canned tomatoes, olives, bolognese sauce, salt, cracked pepper



Burnt mashmallow under a tea light candle. ^_^
It was delicious, all gooey in the center.








Alright, now the restaurant/takeaway foods!



This is a Vietnamese Che, a drink we got from Cabramatta (they had a moon festival - lots of stalls, big crowds). I've never had anything like this, the variety of ingredients in this drink caught my eyes. 
There were some red bean, coconut milk, the transparent square things are lychee cubes, green stuff is pandan jelly, not sure what the yellow stringy things were.... I think the little red things down the bottom are preserved fruits. Topped off with shaved ice and PEANUTS!.... I know, right?! The peanuts were the best part of the drink. It was nice, but verrrry sweet. We couldn't finish it all.



Chanoma Cafe


Chanoma Cafe is our go-to place (See Previous Review).

We got one of our regulars - Matcha Shiratama Float $6.90
The little mochi balls were nice and chewy. One of my favourite drinks!


They have awesome flavoured chips - we got garlic and chilli chips. Quite spicy.


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Manmaruya Restaurant


I eat quite a bit of Japanese food. I appreciate the artistry in the bento boxes and sushi. Bento is an all time favourite; variety in one meal! Good Japanese restaurants always have well-cooked rice. If you can't cook a staple well, the whole dish kinda falls a part, especially when it comes to sushi.

This little gem at Campsie is one of my favourite place to go for lunch time bento. Where are you gonna find a bento like this for $10....????


I got the Kaarage Chicken Bento - $10

TOP L to R -

Tuna and cucumber sushi, marinated seaweed, salad,

Bottom L to R-

Kaarage chicken with Japanese mayo + a wedge of lemon
Pickled ginger I believe
Rice

+ bowl of miso soup.


My partner got the Teriyaki Salmon Bento - $14

TOP L to R

Tuna Sushi, Marinated seaweed, salad
BOTTOM L to R

Teriyaki Salmon, Picked ginger and rice
+ Miso Soup



Manmaruya Restaurant on Urbanspoon