ORLY Sugar High Nail Polish Collection* Review

ORLY sugar high nail polishes in Sweet Dreams, Candy Shop and Plum Sugar.

ORLY Sugar High Collection nail polishes in Sweet Dreams, Candy Shop and Plum Sugar.

Purple is my favourite colour so I was delighted to receive three ORLY nail polishes from the Sugar High collection in delightful purple hues.

According to the press release, this collection is designed to “spark a candy-coated nostalgia of the sweet treats of childhood” and I completely agree!  For me, these shades conjure-up memories of cupcake icing, lollipops and bubblegum!

All three shades are super shiny, which perfectly compliments the collection’s sugar-sweet image.  I found that each polish required two coats.

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ORLY nail polish in Sweet Dreams

ORLY nail polish in Candy Shop.

ORLY nail polish in Candy Shop.

ORLY nail polish in Plum Sugar.

ORLY nail polish in Plum Sugar.

I was pleased to discover that ORLY nail polishes are very long lasting.  Manicures usually chip after two days for me, but I got five days of wear out of these shades!

ORLY nail polishes retail for $18.95 each in Australia and can be found at selected pharmacies and salons, as well as online at http://www.orlybeauty.com.au.


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Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour Review*

It’s winter here in Australia; and in Melbourne we’re having a particularly chilly one!  When everything from the fashion to the weather is dreary and grey, a statement lip is always a mood-booster.  It was perfect timing when I received the NEW Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour in Rosewood to review.

A swatch of Laura Mercier Paint Wash Lip Colour in Rosewood.

A swatch of Laura Mercier Paint Wash Lip Colour in Rosewood.

When I swatch Rosewood on my arm, it is a super pigmented burgundy-brown shade and on my lips (which are quite pink naturally) it looks like a burgundy-nude.  I am obsessed with this colour!  It gives an instantly glam feel to any winter outfit

The formula is super creamy and hydrating (perfect for winter) and stains the lips slightly.  I love that the finish isn’t too glossy or too matte, but a lovely combination of both (demi-matte.)  It’s very comfortable to wear.

What’s really unique about this liquid lip colour is the applicator.  It’s a small paddle brush with a hollow part for the product to sit in.  The tip of the brush is flat and can be used to line your lips before painting them.  This two-step process helps me ensure that I don’t get any gloss on my chin (which I’m usually very good at doing!)

Rosewood up-close.

Rosewood up-close.

The Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colours come in a range of fabulous shades and I’d love to invest in some more.

Laura Mercier Paint Wash Liquid Lip Colour is available at Laura Mercier David Jones counters, David Jones online and Adore Beauty online.

What’s your go-to winter liquid lip colour?

Can't go wrong with a great lip colour and a cosy knit!

Can’t go wrong with a great lip colour and a cosy knit!


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Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion* Review

Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion

Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion

Vaseline is one of those brands that seems to have been around forever in its trademark jar (over 140 years according to their website – wow!)

Lately, Vaseline has been branching out and launching more speciality products to target a range of skin concerns.  Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion* is Vaseline’s first anti-aging body lotion.

Full of powerful ingredients including AHAs, pro-retional and vitamin B3, Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion* promises to provide your skin with 10 healthy characteristics including:

  1. Reduced Wrinkles
  2. Firm feeling skin
  3. Even skintone
  4. Hydrated skin
  5. Reduced dark marks
  6. More supple skin
  7. Refined skin texture
  8. Radiant skin
  9. Soft, smooth skin
  10. Youthful looking skin

As regular readers would know, I’m in my 20s and probably too young to use a lot of anti-aging products.  Before you tsk tsk, I have very dry skin (thanks genetics!) so anti-aging products are often the only ones that give my skin the intensive hydration it needs.

Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion* is a dense cream without being to greasy.  The texture reminds me of some body balms I’ve used.

The cream is slightly pink (a cute detail which matches the pink bottle) and has a light floral scent.  Fortunately, the scent is light enough to not clash with any perfumes I might be wearing.

Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion* absorbs into the skin quickly and gives it a very faint (but lovely) glow.  The biggest improvements I have noticed in my skin since using it are reduced redness, a more-even skintone and increased hydration.

Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion* is incredibly good quality for a ‘drugstore’ body moisturiser and I would definitely purchase it.

Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion* retails for just Aus$7.58 for 225ml, Aus$11.57 for 400ml and Aus$16.31 for 750ml.  It is available at many supermarkets, chemists and department stores, as well as online at http://www.vaseline.com.au 

Have you tried Vaseline Healthy Radiance Ultimate 10 Lotion*?  Comment below and let me know your thoughts.


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Coast to Coast* Review

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I love using natural products wherever possible so I jumped at the chance to try out a couple of products from Coast To Coast.

Coast To Coast is a skin and body care brand, which gathers inspiration from the beauty of native Australian plants.

Coast To Coast products are divided into three different categories to target particular skin concerns.  The categories are Coastal (hydration for dry and sensitive skin), Rainforest (balance for combination skin) and Outback (illumination for dehydrated and dull skin.)

As I have dry skin, I was sent the Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser from the Coastal range to trial and review.  I was also sent the Replenishing Body Scrub from the Outback body care range.

Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser (RRP Aus$19.95)

I usually don’t use foaming cleansers because they usually dry out my skin even more so, but the Coast To Coast Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser wasn’t drying at all and it left my skin feeling soft.  However, in order to get the squeaky-clean feeling I like from my cleanser, I needed to double cleanse.  Three cleanses removes a full-face of make-up.

Coast To Coast Ultra Gentle Foaming Cleanser has a fresh, relaxing scent. The aroma of Bergamot is the strongest note to me and it reminds me of walking into Endota Spa.

A little bit goes a long way with this cleanser, a 20 cent coin-sized amount of product is enough for my face and neck.

I think $19.95 is a good price for a cleanser of this quality and I would probably purchase it.

Replenishing Body Exfoliant (RRP Aus$24.95)

I love a good body scrub for keeping my dry skin smooth, especially before a spray tan.  Plum is a main ingredient in the Replenishing Body Exfoliant and it gives it a stunning marsala red colour and sweet (but not sickly) scent.

The exfoliating particles in this scrub are super-fine and it reminds me of microdermabrasion scrubs I have tried.  The label tells me that the exfoliating particles are actually ground walnut shells, which is a great alternative to plastic micro-beads!  Unfortunately, this does mean that people with nut allergies can’t use it.

My only qualm with this product is that it is super runny, so a tube isn’t ideal packaging for it.  Whenever I squeeze the tube, way too much product comes out and often splashes off my loofah and all over my shower.  I think the consistency of this scrub would be much better suited to a bottle with a pump.

I think this scrub would be great for people with sensitive skin as it isn’t harsh.  I don’t have any redness or flakiness when I use this scrub, just delightfully smooth skin.


I love the idea behind Coast To Coast skin and body care and the products are great.

Coast To Coast products are stocked at selected David Jones, Emporium in Melbourne, Sephora in Sydney and online at http://coasttocoastaustralia.com.au

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Sally Hansen Miracle Gel New Shades* Review

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The latest Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Shades (from left to right) Spice Age, Mad Woman, Game of Chromes, Hunger Flames and Creme de la Creme. Image: Coty Inc.

If you’re a lover of the DIY manicure, I’m sure you’re aware that Sally Hansen Miracle Gel took the beauty world by storm last year.

Promising the long-lasting finish of shellac without the need for UV lamp or salon visit, the Miracle Gel system has the potential to save you time and money.  There are over 20 shades, plus the Miracle Gel Top Coat, now available.

The latest additions to the stunning variety of Miracle Gel shades available in Australia are: Crème de la Crème, Game of Chromes, Spice Age, Mad Woman and Hunger Flames.  These rich metallic shades are perfect for making an a statement in the Australian winter.

Just in case you haven’t heard of Miracle Gel before, here’s how it works according to the press release:

“HOW TO USE:

Start with clean dry nails – no base coat needed.

Step 1: Shake gently and apply 2-3 coats of Miracle Gel colour depending on your desired coverage.

Step 2: Apply Miracle Gel Top Coat & let the curing activate by itself in natural light – no LED lamp needed!”

I was sent Spice Age and Hunger Flames to trial and review.  I already owned the Miracle Gel Top Coat.

Spice Age

Me wearing Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Spice Age.

Spice Age is a beautiful metallic grey-plum colour that changes in the light.  In some lights, it looks very purple.  In other lights, it looks like the perfect dupe for OPI’s My Private Jet (a sparkly charcoal shade.)  A pinkish-gold glitter gives this polish a beautiful sheen. I found I needed two coats of the colour nail polish to really get the coverage I wanted.

Me wearing Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Hunger Flames.

Me wearing Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Hunger Flames.

Hunger Flames is a super-shiny fuchsia shade that could brighten up even the dreariest Melbourne morning.  It’s super pigmented and I only needed one coat of the colour polish to create the look pictured above – woo hoo! This nail polish definitely lived-up to the promise of lasting for days and days.

Just like the salon versions of shellac that require UV, I think that Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is quite sensitive to water. If you want to get maximum wear out of your DIY Miracle Gel mani, make sure you wear gloves during housework or gardening.

I love the pampering experience of a salon manicure and I used to be a total shellac addict.  Unfortunately, salon shellac weakened my nails over time and I’m a bit paranoid about the long-term effects of UV lamps.  I’m now saving shellac manicures for special occasions and I think I’ll be giving myself the DIY experience with Miracle Gel for everyday glam for now on.

Only one question remains…which shade should I buy next?

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polishes are $16.95 each and are available in Australia at Priceline, Priceline Pharmacies, Target, Terry White Chemists, Chemist Warehouse and independent pharmacies. Call 1800 812 663  or visit http://www.sallyhansen.com to find your nearest stockist.  

*Sally Hansen Miracle Gel nail polishes in Spice Age and Hunger Flames were provided for my consideration. This has not influenced my views in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.  Please refer to my PR and Disclosure Statement for more information.

Happy UD Day!

The calm before the storm.

The calm before the storm.

The day is finally here ladies (and make-up loving men)!

The Urban Decay cosmetics collection has been unveiled on Australian shelves for the first time at Mecca Maxima!

I was one of many crazy make-up lovers who flocked to their local Mecca Maxima (Westfield Fountain Gate, for me) at 7am(!) to cue-up for two hours to get early bird access to all the Urban Decay goodies.  My beautiful blogger friend Melissa Bubbles joined me.

The line at 7am.

The line at 7am.

At 8.55am, the winner of the door prize was announced and we were assured that there were plenty of Naked Urban Decay goodies for all of us.  At 9am, the moment finally arrived for the doors to open!  A Westfield security guard let us into the store in groups of ten at a time.

The line at Mecca Maxima Fountain Gate at 9am.

The line at Mecca Maxima Fountain Gate at 9am.

The girls at Mecca Maxima Fountain Gate were kind enough to keep the crowds company until 9am and offered us complimentary water bottles and muesli bars.

My original plan was to only buy the Naked 3 Palette, which I’d been admiring online for years, but once I saw the products in person, I wanted to buy almost everything!

The Naked Palette stand

The Naked Palette stand.

The Urban Decay stand.

Crowds at the Urban Decay stand.

As well as buying the Naked 3 Palette, I also invested in a Naked Skin Foundation and the Shadow Box Palette.

My Urban Decay haul.

My Urban Decay haul.

For being one of the first 100 people through the door this morning, I also received a cute Urban Decay make-up bag with samples of: Naked lipgloss, Perversion mascara, 24/7 Glide-on eyeliner and various base products.

Inside the free gift bag for the first 100 shoppers.

Inside the free gift bag for the first 100 shoppers.

Can’t wait to have a play with these products and share the looks I create with them and product reviews with you all!

Did you brave the crowds this morning?  I’d love to see your hauls!

Salon Melbourne 2015: Recap and Haul

Glamour on the Main Stage.As I mentioned in my last post, Salon Melbourne is the most renowned hair and beauty expo in Victoria.  An annual event since 2010, Salon Melbourne is a must on the calendars of many beauty industry professionals and students.

I was very fortunate to attend Salon Melbourne on Sunday 1st March as a Media Representative and I was absolutely blown away by the sheer volume of amazing deals, exciting new retailers and amazing talent on display.

Crowds flocked to grab a bargain at Scotty's Make-up & Beauty.

Crowds flocked to grab a bargain at Scotty’s Make-up & Beauty.

Salon Melbourne is any shopper’s dream, almost every store offered discounts for buying multiple products and everything was at trade prices.  If beauty is your business, stocking-up at Salon Melbourne could result in massive savings.

Party bags for grown-ups at the Orly stand.

Party bags for grown-ups at the Orly stand.

Many exhibitors offered the chance to try before you buy, which I think is very important.  It was also nice to see beauty professionals who usually pamper others every day, treating themselves to a manicure or a mini makeover at some stalls (as pictured below.)

Manicures at the BioSculpture stand.

Manicures at the BioSculpture stand.

Makeovers at the Young Blood cosmetics stand.

Makeovers at the Young Blood cosmetics stand.

Throughout the day there were demonstrations and style shows on the Main and Launchpad stages.  Both areas were set-up beautifully and the audience seating areas were stylish, yet comfortable.  I watched in awe as beauty professionals showcased their creative and intricate work.

Educational demonstrations at the Launchpad Stage.

Educational demonstrations at the Launchpad Stage.

Andrea Taylor from Mediterranean Tan and Gina Liano.

Andrea Taylor from Mediterranean Tan and Gina Liano on the Main Stage.

As a shameless reality TV fan, one of the Main Stage highlights for me was an appearance by Gina Liano, star of The Real Housewives of Melbourne.  Liano spoke as part of the ‘Nothing Less Than Glamorous – Learn How to Build a Glamorous Life’ session, hosted by Andrea Taylor (CEO of Mediterranean Tan.)  When she’s not sharing her social life on Real Housewives of Melbourne, Liano works as a barrister and she is not afraid to bring a little glamour into the courtroom.

“You’ve been a girl longer than you’ve been anything else so never lose your femininity,” Liano said.

Liano also explained the importance of beauty professionals protecting themselves legally and warning your clients of any risks associated with treatments.

“If you hold up yourself as a professional, make sure you are,” Liano advised.

Myself with Gina Liano after her presentation.

Myself with Gina Liano after her presentation.

I didn’t plan to purchase much at Salon Melbourne, but with all the special offers available, I just couldn’t help myself!  I splurged a little on make-up, nail polishes and beauty tools.  Many of these products are difficult to find in stores, so having all brands in the one place was very convenient.

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Limecrime lipsticks: Countessa Flourescent, D’Lilac and Great Pink Planet.

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RCMA No Colour Translucent powder and Ben Nye Concealer Wheel from Scotty’s Make-up & Beauty.

Brush cleaning glove and make-up sponges from Girlee Cosmetics.

Brush cleaning glove and make-up sponges from Girlee Cosmetics.

Orly Base and Top-Coat Nail Polish.

Orly Topcoat and Basecoat Nail Polish.

Free samples that were handed out at various stores: Snob Girls Hair Multivitamin, two sachets of Embryolisse Laboratories Hydrating Cream and Poni Cosmetics clear lipgloss.

Free samples that were handed out at various stalls: Snob Girls Hair Multivitamin, two sachets of Embryolisse Laboratories Hydrating Cream and Poni Cosmetics clear lipgloss.

In conclusion, I had a wonderful time at Salon Melbourne and I would definitely love to attend again in 2016.  If you’re in the beauty industry and you’re interested in attending or exhibiting at the next Salon Melbourne visit http://www.salonmelbourne.com.au, for more information.