Stuff I’ve been loving – June Edition

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Welcome to stuff I’ve been loving June Edition!! I’ve been trialing and loving so many products in June, it’s unbelievable. Some of the products featured on this month’s stuff I’ve been loving are old favourites whereas some are new. Grab a cup of tea and something to eat, this is going to be a long post. Lets get started!

stuff I've been loving june edition

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Serum* – I’ve been using this serum for all of June and I must say for a serum that is under $50 this one wins hands down. It keeps my face soft and smooth throughout the night. The serum has a light floral fragrance but fades after a few minutes. In terms of firmness and lines, I haven’t noticed much difference yet and to be honest I didn’t expect it to. These things take a while to correct.

Lancome Bi Facil Eye Make-Up Remover – I received this deluxe sample from my mum a few months ago. I decided to take this on my trip to Taiwan… let me just say this is ah-mazing. It removes waterproof eyeliner sooo well. I don’t use mascara so I can’t tell you how well that comes off. I just soak my cotton pad and press it against my eye. One swipe is all it takes to remove most of my eye makeup.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Swivel Stick* – There are so many uses for this product. I use it on my nose, lips, nails, knees and elbows. There was one night I was sitting in front of the tv, I just used this as a lip balm and noticed my cuticles were quite dry. So I massaged some around my nails and the next day I noticed it wasn’t as dry anymore. Can you believe this multi purpose product is only $3.99 at Chemist Warehouse?

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+ Extreme Fluid** – A while back I was chatting to a work colleague and she was speaking highly of this sunscreen. She said her dermalogist recommended it to her for sensitive skin. So I went out and got myself a bottle and never looked back. It’s a light texture and doesn’t clog pores or irritate the skin. I use this everyday under my makeup and it has not caused any problems for me. It’s fragrance free and offers a very high sun protection. When I was typing this post up, I realised I actually forgot to take a close up photo of this (sorry!).

stuff I've been loving june edition

Earrings – Since everyone has been loving the rose gold trend, I have decided to follow and bought these rose gold petite cube earrings. I got these from Taiwan for like a few dollars. They are so light, it feels as though you are wearing nothing and they are perfect for work. I did have to coat the back with nail polish because my ears are allergic to anything that is not gold.

Sasatinnie Rosehip Oil Face Mask – If you saw my Taiwan haul post last month, you would have seen I bought a bunch of face masks. I bought 3 boxes of this mask. It was so cheap too, I think it was just under $10AUD per box. Each box contains 10 masks which is equivalent to $1 a mask. This $1 mask does a better job than some of those $20 masks I’ve tried. I wake up with amazingly smooth skin every time I use this.

100% Pure Pot Rouge Blush in Posey* – Don’t let this little jar fool you! I realised after using it that there is so much pigment, a little goes a long way. I’ve been using it about 3 times a week and it has not left a dent in the jar. This blush gives the face a natural flush of colour. Posey is a nice colour that would suit most skin tones. I used my fingers to apply this blush and it is quite blendable. I would suggest to use less and build up as you goes.

Colour Theory Nail Polish in Rose Gold* – My current favourite nail polish this month! You can read all about it on my Monday Mani here.

Colour Theory All Eye Need Palette* – I’m such a badie, I also forgot to take a close up photo!  For a palette that is $10, this is pretty good quality. The All Eye Need contains 5 colours – 4 metallic and 1 slightly shimmery. This little palette can create basic looks and even the smokey eye. Great for travelling if you don’t plan on using much makeup. These eyeshadows can lasts all day on me with a primer underneath.

Tony Moly Petite Bunny Gloss Bar – I bought this from the Tony Moly store in Taiwan. The shade name was attached to the barcode sticker and I ripped it off without realising so I have no idea what shade this is. The Gloss Bar is in between a lip gloss and lipstick. It leaves a beautiful pop of colour and shine. The packaging is also so unbelievable cute, the lid has bunny ears and face. My only regret is not buying more…

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Circa Home Scented Soy Candle in Pear & Lime* – I was raving about this candle in my weekly round up post. I find that candles create a warm and homey atmosphere. Circa Home describes the scent as invigorating blend of zesty Mexican Lime, Anjou Pear, warm Vanilla and Sandalwood. Honestly speaking I’m really bad at describing scents but I can tell you this smells sweet and delicious. The packaging is simple yet elegant. The wooden lid and frosted glass can be re-used after you’re done with the candle.

Jane Iredale Pommist Hydration Spray** – Pommist is a facial spray packed of powerful antioxidants and UV protector. The main ingredients of this fantastic spray is pomegranate extract, white tea leaf extract and rosemary leaf extract. All these three combined will help hydrate and protect the skin. The sprayer is very fine so you won’t expect your face to be drenched in mist. The scent is fruity and is on the stronger side. For people who don’t like scented products, you may find this too much for you. I on the other hand love the scent and keep spraying all over my face like a drug. Another benefit of this product is that it can be used over makeup. Sometimes if I over powder my face, I spray a little Pommist over it and it transform my cakey face into a dewy one.

What are some of your favourite products?

Products marked with * have been provided for consideration and products with ** I have since repurchased or purchased it myself to begin with.

 

Monday Mani featuring Nature Republic in 16

This week’s Monday Mani is a nail polish by Nature Republic in 16. I’m not too sure on the shade name, the sticky label at the back is written in Korean. After researching this polish on google, turns out this is actually a gel nail polish. Nature Republic is a South Korean cosmetic brand. My friend recently came back from Hawaii and bought this for me as a gift. There were a few stores in Taiwan but I didn’t get a chance to go in so I’m pretty chuffed my bud brought this back for me.

Here’s a bit about Nature Republic and I took this off the Visit Korea website:

Nature Republic is a cosmetic brand that focuses on promoting a healthy lifestyle to modern customers through its natural cosmetics. It offers diverse products ranging from skin care to body and hair care. All products contain natural ingredients.

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The consistency of this gel polish is not too thin or thick, pretty much the same consistency as a normal nail polish. The only difference is once it’s applied, it looks ultra shiny. You don’t need a UV lamp with this gel polish which is awesome. Might I add it also dries really quickly too. I applied two coats and it was fully dried within 20 mins.

This pink shade looks really lovely on. I can tell you the photo below doesn’t do it any justice. After 5 days, the polish started chipping slightly but still very wearable.
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Here I’ve used one coat of Orly Bonder, two coats of Nature Republic in 16 and one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Flash top coat. Overall, I have really enjoyed using this polish. The formula, wear and consistency was great.

What’s your favourite nail polish colour?

Natural Instinct Skincare Review + Giveaway

Happy Monday folks! In today’s post, I’ll be talking about a new range of skincare goodies Natural Instinct released last month and plus a sneaky giveaway at the end of this post.

Are you looking for a skincare that is vegan, not tested on animals, pH balanced and made in Australia? Well good news for you, Natural Instinct does just that! With over a decade of experience, Natural Instinct is an Australian made natural skincare and haircare brand. Ingredients are carefully selected to ensure they are truly natural, that’s their commitment to you.

Natural Instinct beauty products are free from petrochemicals, mineral oils, PEGs, artificial fragrances, sulphates, parabens, silicones, synthetic fragrances, petroleum-based cleansers or emulsifers, and over 400 potentially harmful ingredients.

They are healthier for you, but what’s more is they are also enviromentally friendly too!
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I’ve tried most of the products but not all and here are my thoughts on the products I did manage to try:

Foaming & Cream Cleanser – Foaming cleanser contains Kakadu Plum, Goji Berry and vitamin E. While the cream cleanser is enriched with Rosehip oil, kakadu Plum and Ylang Ylang to improve the skin. Both these cleansers are gentle enough to use on my skin and doesn’t dry it out. I use the foaming cleanser as a secondary cleanser after I’ve removed my makeup with an oil cleanser.

Facial Wipes – These wipes are 100% biodegradable cleansing wipes which aims to dissolve traces of dirt, oil and makeup. Facial wipes have been dermatologist and allergy tested and should suit people with sensitive skin. I’ve only used these wipes a total of 3 times on a face full of makeup. Most of the facial wipes that I used before have never removed every single trace of makeup and this one is no different. This wipe did remove majority of my makeup so I’m pretty pleased with it.

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Restoring Night Cream – The restoring night cream contains Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Rosehip Oil and Kakadu Plum to improve skin elasticity and smoothness. It’s good to see this moisturiser contains Shea butter which is known for its ultra nourishing benefits to combat dry skin. This night cream is perfect for winter as it keeps your face hydrated for up to 12hours, leaving your skin feeling nourished and hydrated.

Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil – If you haven’t tried rosehip oil, where have you been? This stuff is magical, it’s my winter saviour. So much goodness packed into one small bottle. The Natural Instinct Rosehip Oil is the ultimate anti-aging fighter, loaded with Antioxidants, Omega Oils and Vitamins.

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Now onto the GIVEAWAY!!

In collaboration with Natural Instinct & Beauty and Things, we will be giving away two winter pamper packs.

Each pack contains:

  • The Natural Instinct face care range in a beautifully presented box
    • Foaming Cleanser
    • Cream Cleanser
    • Facial Scrub
    • Facial Wipes
    • Nourishing Moisturiser
    • Restoring Night Cream
    • Rejuvenating Rosehip Oil
  • A box of T2 Ruby Red Rosehip Tea
  • A T2 tea cup

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To win this fabulous prize, all you have to do is tell me in 25 words or less “What’s the one product you can’t live without in winter?”

Terms & Conditions - click here
  • Open to Australian Residents Only
  • Must comment on this blog post
  • One entry per household
  • If you are under 18yrs old, please make sure you get your parents permission
  • No serial compers
  • Winner will be chosen by me and an email will be sent to the winner
  • Winner must respond within 2 days or a new winner is selected
  • Giveaway ends on the 6th of July at 5pm Melbourne time
  • Winner will be announced on this post on the 8th of July – please check back
  • Postal details will be passed onto a PR representative who will then mail out the prizes.
  • Beauty & Things will not be held responsible for lost or damaged mail
  • Beauty & Things reserve the right to change the terms of this giveaway at any time

Good luck my dear readers :)

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