22/06/2016

MAC Fashion Pack Lipstick in 'Stylist's Tip' Review + FOTD

MAC fashion pack lipstick review

I might as well call this post 'How to endure a sick day' coz seriously I'm so over being sick and pitying myself. Well actually sick days are pretty cool..no one comes near you (Flu fear!), you spend the entire day with yourself. It's like a dream come true but it also brings weird symptoms with it. You are jealous of anyone that's healthy & roaming around you, you have zero energy to do blogging and your eyes strain at even the faintest sight of a cellphone. So you have pretty much nothing to do except stare at the ceiling (drugged). Man its depressing! And I've had bountiful of such days this month.
But what better than a MAC delivery of their new limited edition collection to spruce up the mood. Trust me, makeup makes everything better! Off I go to wash my face and adorn myself. Whoaa! I feel way better now. Hey thanks MAC! (and Warehouse NZ for stocking such fluffy & cute Pj's). True Story btw :p

MAC fashion pack collection review

This new limited edition collection from MAC is called 'Fashion Pack' and it hits NZ stores on July 4th, 2016. Its a collection of bold shades, worthy of the fashion forward ladies that grace the front rows at any fashion show. I was sent two lipsticks from this collection - Stylist's Tip (A deep violet, Amplified finish) and Pressed & Ready (A whitened nude, Lusture finish) . As you can guess the nude shade is so not for me. I'm NC 32-ish and this makes me look sick. However, It looks like a great shade for cool toned porcelain skin. I say maybe!

16/06/2016

Savar Instant Boost Multi Toner Review!

Savar Instant Boost multi toner review

I've already written about this in my Savar Skincare Review post but this facial mist is so amazing I wanted to do a full review of it (before I run out of it and forget how amazing this feels on my skin). Hands down the best hydrating mist I have ever used and believe me I've used a good number of them (See footnote). This guy is the bomb!

Savar multi toner review

I've had friends hooked on it and they all have amazing things to say about it! You see a toner is a mythical creature..you never see it working..you never see it making a difference to your face..You just BELIEVE it works. That it's somehow balancing your skin's pH and making it healthier. So when you find a toner that actually works and you SEE it works..its a revelation. It seriously is!

Savar's Multi Toner* is 100% natural & is enriched with New Zealand Marshmallow extract which I just googled (Is that a word?) is actually a real plant that has been in use since centuries. They extract sap out of its roots, which is then used in cosmetics to hydrate and balance skin.
The toner also has White Tea extract which as you can guess is chock full of anti-oxidants aka Anti-aging! Add Aloe Vera, Rose Water, Glycerin, Camellia & Hibiscus extract to the mix and you have a magic potion.

09/06/2016

Weleda Arnica Sports Shower Gel Review

Weleda Arnica Sports Shower Gel Review

We are a bit of Arnica fans at my place. I've been buying Arnica in various forms off iHerb.com for years now. It's certainly a wonder herb! I almost always reach for it whenever there's a weary or aching muscle. I guess I'll be a nightmare when I'm old coz everyday I have something new going on with my body. One day it's back pain, the next day stiff neck and oh those annoying shin splints after a good run. Arnica rub, gel or massage oil to the rescue every damn time.

Weleda has recently come out with their new Sports range and the key ingredient is my love- 100% Organic Arnica Extract!

Weleda Arnica shower gel review

You must be wondering what is this stuff she's on about? Ok. Arnica is a medicinal herb that's been around for centuries. Its a part of sunflower family and its pretty yellow flowers are used to extract oil. This oil has the power to sink in and target inflammation before it becomes a pain in your arse. It's known to act fast on bruises, swelling and all that muscly stuff. Pretty potent!
I already own the Massage Oil from this range which is amazeballs- soothing, warming and effective. Highly recommended!

26/05/2016

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review!

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Count on me to review something after its long gone and discontinued. Well thank the heavens this time it isn't coz I've had this review in my drafts for about 2 years now and Garnier is still going strong with this one. Heck they've just released a new version for combination/oily skin.

I've never used the holy grail of all Micellar waters, the legendary Bioderma Sensibio so I'm not gonna pretend to be a know-all but I can surely compare it against my other makeup removers though.

Garnier Micellar Water Review

Micellar Water seems to be the all new rage but in reality they've been around for ages. French women have been enjoying them for yonks. I'm so glad the drugstore brands have finally joined the bandwagon! Hooray for us cheapos :) They look like water, they feel like water, they don't smell and no irritation either. Magic indeed!

This is my second bottle of Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water so you can trust me on this one. I've repurchased it so there must be something worthwhile.

11/05/2016

iHerb.com Haul - May 2016

best skincare buys from iherb

You know I'm a massive iHerb.com fan. It's my favorite website for skincare and supplement needs. I have to make 2-3 orders an year to cover all my supplies. Not to forget it's a makeup brush heaven! You wouldn't find Real Technique brushes cheaper than these guys anywhere in NZ.
I recently made a huge order when they had 20% off  some beauty brands. I've been pleasantly surprised by their shipping once again. If you ever buy from them..choose DHL option. It works out cheaper with bulk orders, is fully tracked and you have the order at  your doorstep in 3-4 days all the way from States. I ordered Friday evening 3 pm and it arrived Tuesday morning 9 am. How cool is that? If you're looking to save some money on your first order, use my Affiliate/Discount code PGF661 for $$ off.

Here's the link to my previous iHerb orders if you keen to explore- iHerb Haul Nov 2014, iHerb Haul March 2015, iHerb Haul September 2015.

Here's what I ordered this time -

1. Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Sunscreen SPF55 ($18.23 for 112g) - This one is a repeat buy like many others to follow. It's my favorite broad spectrum Sunscreen. Aveeno makes this one for babies so it's gentle and effective. It does take time to absorb in and its not the prettiest under makeup either (hello disco ball!) but its great on it's own and looks very healthy in photos too. I've never got a tan on my face since using this. I am going to continue using it as its recommended by my laser technician and serves me well too. 

weleda arnica massage oil review

2. Weleda Arnica Massage Oil ($25.88 for 100 ml) - I won't bore you with my sob story of how I suffer from back pain and haven't done a hard core workout since this ordeal began many months ago. I am now constantly in a look out for alternative ways to manage this pain and massage definitely tops the list! We are a family of Arnica fans from everything to Arnica rubs and oils. So trying out this Weleda Massage Oil next was a very natural thing to do. So far I like it! It smells amazing - Lavender and Rosemary. It's a lil warming and absorbs fast too. Not to forget that its 100% natural like other Weleda products. I'm also trying out the Shower Gel from his range courtesy Bare PR. More on that later.

04/05/2016

MAC Lipstick in 'Twig' Review

MAC Lipstick in Twig Review

Best MAC lipstick for indian skin

Forget about finding your signature red, the whole world is looking for THE n*de that compliments their skin color. I have had mine sorted since ages. This was my first n*de & I stopped right there. I never had to purchase an awful lot of them to find a shade that is MLBB (My lips but better), flattering, demure & yet a statement in itself. a shade that oozes Kim K vibes. That lady must own every n*de imaginable.

28/04/2016

Indian Bridal Makeup- My first ever!

Indian Bridal Makeup

Indian bride makeup

Remember I was trialing makeup on friends & family last year before my trip to India? I wanted to practice getting used to other people's face. Its quite a different feeling than doing your own makeup. Try it once..its quite an interesting thing!
I also happened to try makeup on a friend of mine, Miss S. Remember that post? It was her first time with a full face of makeup. She loved it so much that she asked me to do a similar look at her wedding in India. We happened to travel to India together so shopped duty free for all my personal favorites that I could use on her. She is now a proud owner of a very practical makeup kit!
I like to play safe with makeup during weddings, specially on someone else's face, sticking to similar base but changing eye makeup, lip color and such. I'd rather use my face for creativity at this stage!

26/04/2016

Forest Essentials Floral Makeup Remover Review

Forest Essentials Makeup Remover Review

Shayoni from Sweet & Bitter Blog is one of my favorite bloggers. Like me she's a natural skincare junkie. Actually I believe she surpasses me. So when she recommends I try a certain all natural floral makeup remover, I trust her blindly and I am indeed not disappointed.

Forest Essentials Makeup Remover india

Forest Essentials Floral Makeup Remover is one of the best makeup removers .I've tried and surprisingly its all natural- Jojoba Oil, Oilve Oil, Sunflower Seed Oil, Wheat Germ Oil, Jasmine Flower Oil, Rose flower extract , Vitamin E and that is all. The Jasmine scent is simply divine.

03/04/2016

Collection Cosmetics Long Lasting Color Lipstick in 'Cupcake Pink' Review

Collection Cosmetics lasting Colour Lipstick Review

I believe everyone has that one brand they keep hearing about when they watch Youtube tutorials by beauties overseas. For me it was Collection Cosmetics. Kaushal from Kaushal Beauty always used their Crushed Walnut single eyeshadow to contour. She was literally obsessed with it. And then it was their lasting perfection concealer. Who's who of Youtube went crazy for it. The same boat LA Girl Concealers are in right now!

Collection cosmetics NZ

So when Collection Cosmetics reached our shores, New Zealand didn't feel like such an isolated island anymore. I have to admit I had never heard much about their lipsticks so I was actually pretty pleased when I got sent two of their new season lip colors - Cupcake Pink and Fig Delight.

17/03/2016

Savar Skincare! One Brand Love

Savar Skincare Review

I've never done such a post before..going all out to dedicate a post to a single brand but believe me I just couldn't hold it in any longer. Everytime I put on Savar's Skincare, I can't help being floored  by them. Never before has a skincare brand impressed me so much, product after product.

Savar is premium natural NZ brand that offers luxury Skincare, Haircare and Spa Products.
I have tried a good few products from Savar's range and each of them has been stellar. I've already written at length how much I adore their Haircare and the Rosehip Oil Brightening Serum. I still stand behind both these products 100%, months after using them. I've pretty much run out of both of these but would purchase them in a heartbeat. That shampoo gives life to my hair!

I haven't introduced you to other products from them that I've been using for the past 4 months. Here's a quick few words about each

Savar Skincare Face Pack review

Before my holiday last November, Savar kindly sent me their Face Pack kit ($139 NZD). Its a 5 pack kit containing a Toner, Exfoliator, Face Wash and Lip Balm, all of them packed neatly in a custom made sturdy blue travel bag, that I obviously took with me during travels. The products were pretty big for travelling so I transferred them to smaller containers, even the spray toner! And what I delight they were to use back at home. A whiff of NZ with me all the time.

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