Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Maybelline Express Remover Pot

In my recent haul I picked up the Maybelline Express Remover pot at MyChemist during their 50% off Maybelline sale, which I believe is still on! I picked it up for $4.97.
If you know me, I am the most laziest person you will ever meet. When I paint my nails, they do not come off after until I feel like a new colour or have the verge to take it off which can be a few weeks or even months... so when I heard about nail polish remover pots I had always wanted to get my hands on one, it was just a product that was made perfectly for me!

Using the nail polish remover pot is so simple and easy. All you do is dip your finger in the sponge soaked with polish remover inside, turn your finger and take it out and obviously close the lid when you're done.
Before I owned this, I did have second thoughts, because a sponge soaked with polish remover that is supposedly the most amazing product made?! Sounds too good to be true right? But it really is amazing!
The only thing that put me off trying this out was that I thought the polish would get stuck to the sponge after each use, so a build-up of polish would cover the sponge and be unusable. But no, I am wrong, it hasn't done anything like that..yet (so i think, haha!) 

The sponge is literally soaked with polish remover so I find that if you press onto the sponge, it does go over your fingers and nails. But it isnt necessary to even press onto the sponge while you are twisting your finger, you really just dip and turn and youre done. The texture of the sponge works well to grab onto the polish and remove it.

Polish: Chi Chi Polish in Social Butterfly

I was using the nail polish on my ring finger that ended up getting ruined during a night-time manicure.

Dip & Twist
I find that I have to either dip my finger in for a few seconds and twist about 2-3 times for the polish to remove or to either twist the finger until I feel like the polish is removed which may be up to 10 seconds. 
The remover claims to "Remove nail polish in 1 dip" which I guess is true since you do leave your nail in the pot until you feel like the nail polish is gone, but there can be an occasion when a very small spot of polish hasn't been entirely removed so a second dip can happen.
But that doesnt really bother me since it is a lot quicker than using a cotton round/balls and a separate polish remover.

Final Result!
The nail polish remover doesnt contain any acetone which is different since I always use nail polish removes with acetones since they do the job well, but seeing as this is acetone free and does an amazing job at removing polish quickly and effectively, it's just one of those products that I will always be using. It will without a doubt replace the manual method of removing polish!
I find that this doesnt dry my nails out and leaves it like how a nail should be feeling. 
I really recommend picking this up now during the 50% off Maybelline sales at MyChemist! I will 100% buy this again when I use this pot up!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Instagram Magnet Giveaway WINNER!

Thanks to everyone who entered the Sticky9 Giveaway!
I have randomly chosen the winner via Rafflecopter.
And the lucky winner is

Tasha from Shiwashiful!

I will be sending your email to the Sticky9 staff and they should be contacting you soon on how you'll be getting your magnets! :D

And just so you guys know, my blog will be celebrating its 2 year anniversary in 4 days so I will be definitely be doing a giveaway since I never got the change to do one last year.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Long Time No Haul!

It's probably been around a year since my last haul! 
Entering VCE and also getting a job has probably been one of the reasons why I haven't bought many stuff all at once in a long long time.
I found a beanie and a scarf online which I just had to buy so I decided to go out and get them, but considering that I went out to shop, I couldnt resist some sales that I went past.

Nivea Irresistibly Smooth Body Lotion || $3.50 || 
Purchased this at Big W when I was trying to find the cotton buds. The sales tag stood out in the corner of my eye and considering that it was previously $6.50, I just had to get it. Also perfect timing since the colder weather is starting to come to Melbourne.

Nivea In-Shower Skin Conditioner || $4.75 ||
Also bought this in Big W, this exploded in a lot of peoples blogs, with some great reviews and some bad. nevertheless I just really wanted to try it after seeing some amazing reviews on it.

Simple Eye Makeup Remover || $6.99 ||
2 of my current makeup removers are starting to run low so I had to stock up so I bought this makeup remover at MyChemist. It was the cheapest one that was on sale.

Dove Go Fresh Face Cleanser || $3 ||
I'm assuming that this is a new Dove product since I havent seen this on the selves before. There were 4 different ones from the same range but one of them was fully sold out and this was the second most sold out, hence why I chose this one. I got this at Big W as well.

Maybelline Express Remover Pot || $4.97 ||
MyChemist is currently having a 50% off Maybelline sale, so I took advantage of the sale to buy the famous nail polish remover pot that has recently been sold in Australia! To be honest I wouldn't of bought it for the normal price of $9.95 so it was perfect timing.

Chi Chi Nail Polish in Social Butterfly || $5 ||
I have seriously missed walking into the beauty section of Target, with all the reduced makeup they sell. I was browsing through the Chi Chi products and found this gorgeous purple brown reduced to $5.

Chi Chi Nail Polish in Get Out Of My Head || $1 ||
This was right next to the other polish I got it only for $1, it was the last one. Sadly when I got home, I found out that the polish was all gloopy and thick, nearly unusable. But I did add some nail polish thinner and it is somewhat manageable to use it for nail art but not for a full set of nails. 

Daiso Cotton Swab Refills 400pc x 2 || $5.60 ||
I usually buy my cotton buds at target in the 400pc but I just couldnt find it at all in my local Big W so I bought it at Daiso as a last resort. And yellow is my favourite colour so I just had to get it!

Adnohr Ear Care Antiseptic Spray || $6.81 ||
I actually got my second ear piercing done so I needed a antiseptic spray and the place I got it done sold it for $15.99 which was just not in my budget so I hopped down to MyChemist to get one, it was originally around $8-$9 but my friends sister who works at MyChemist gave me a 20% discount.

Daiso Oil Blotting Paper || $2.80 ||
Probably the only oil blotting paper that I use, it's cheap, effective and gets the job done.

Bardot Knotted Tassel Scarf || $29.95 ||
This was the only reason why I went shopping, to buy this scarf and a beanie. I have Ski camp in a few months time so I needed a thick, long scarf so I can deal with the cold. This scarf is super long and reached my toes if I dont wrap it around. It wraps around twice and is the warmest thing ever!
[Can get it online here]

Mr Fox Beanie || $16.99 ||
When I was searching online for scarfs, I went onto Glassons and found this Fox Beanie! I guess it is a lot cuter on the Glassons website but it is still the most adorable beanie I have ever seen before.
[Can get it online here]

Second Ear Lobe Piercing || $24.95 ||
I randomly got my second ear piercing done by impulse. I didnt plan on getting it done during my shopping spree but it was time to get my seconds done, I was planning on doing them last holidays but I just never got around to doing them. I got them done at Beauty Essentials and I just love it! I will probably get my third done probably next year or next few holidays.

Which product should I review next?!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser

I personally think a good face routine is what will make your skin look and feel better. If you're suffering from the dreaded pimples and blemishes or if your face is just an oil factory, a good cleanser can help.
I have oily + combo skin and I get small pimples around my forehead and nose if I dont wash my face so a cleaner is a compulsory part of my morning+night routine.
I purchased the Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser at my Woolworths on sale for $9.79 (and no I did not use my staff discount sadly). I was tossing between other cleansers but I decided to pick this one since it has been a long time since I've used a cream cleanser.

The only time that I've ever tried a Neutrogena cleanser before was when I tried out their free mini samples that they gave away on their facebook, and only one of the samples impressed me because of the grapefruit scent, other than that I wasnt "wowed" nor did I despise the products. I am a big fan of their sunscreens though!
I just dont get pulled in by their packaging as much, they just look too plain and average for my liking, though this cleanser is stored in a big pastel orange squeeze tube which is part of their Deep Clean range.

This cleanser does contain an amount of 200g which I am sure it will last months and you only need a pea size and a half amount for your entire face, any less, it doesnt cover your face and any more than that, it feels like you used too much cleanser. Sadly I still havent mastered the perfect amount since I am always either putting too much or too little. 
When you apply it on your face it doesnt foam up, which did bother me cause I love the feeling of having a cleaner that foams up and lathers well, but this is literally like a cream that cleanses. But what I love about this cleanser is the feeling you get when you wash it off, it is so refreshing! It's a perfect wake up call when I wake up and my face is just covered in oil... it washes the oil, leaves my face super clean and refreshed.

I usually wash my face in the morning and at night when Im either showering or getting ready for bed.
It hasnt broken me out and just works so well. I highly recommend this cleanser if youre looking for a new one to try.

Have you tried any of the Neutrogena cleansers?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Instagram Magnets || Sticky9 GIVEAWAY!

I live in a small spaced house which actually doesn't have a kitchen. And it may seem like a bad thing but it does have it's perks. Now you may be thinking, why are you talking about this when clearly the title is about magnets?!
Well my desk (where I store all my makeup and everything) is placed right next to the fridge. So there is no hassle of walking far just to get food, and the side of the fridge is kind of like my little inspiration/picture board where I stick pictures, memos and all that jazz.
So I was contacted to try out the instagram magnets from Sticky9! And the thought of having actual picture magnets on the fridge rather than separate magnets sticking pictures on the fridge looks a lot more appealing.
If you have no idea what Sticky9 is, it is basically a website that's known for selling magnets with your own Instagram pictures on them, so you can put them on the fridge or whiteboard. They also sell phone cases (iphone & samsung galaxy) and ipad cases, where you can also put your Instagram photos on.

They offer their classic magnets with 2 sizes of medium ($15.99) and large ($21.99) and also a jigsaw magnet which is just one photo separated into 9 pieces ($15.99).
I chose the medium size with photos that meant something to me like events, memories, friends and... food.
I received the magnets in the mail around 2 weeks and a few days from ordering them. They packed it in a sturdy cd mailer so it arrived safe and sound.

The magnets have a matte texture so for those glossy-magnet-photo lovers out their, it may not be for you. But it does give a nice look to it all! 
It is seriously a really nice addition to add to a boring fridge.
There is really nothing bad to say, they're good quality magnets and the picture quality is the same as what you get from your Instagram pictures. 
Though the only downside for me is that if you want pictures that arent on your Instagram you cant get it unless you have it on your Instagram profile, so the only solution is to make a private instagram account which can be somewhat of a hassel. Especially if you want to get some magnets as a present for someone. (they offer gift certificates thankfully).
Also it saddens me that they dont offer phone cases for other phones besides the iphone and samsung galaxy, since I swapped my iphone for a HTC and I was crying on the inside for their cases!!

How it is on my fridge.

I do recommend visiting Sticky9 if you are interested in having Instagram magnets, they ship all over the world and offer free shipping. 
But luckily, Sticky9 was nice enough to let me host a giveaway to my readers to win their famous magnets! 
It is compulsory for you to have an Instagram account if you want to be in the running to win, since it needs to sync your instagram account to get the pictures.

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2: Comment below with your email and tell me what you would put on your magnets. eg food, beauty related pictures, family, friends etc.

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Real Techniques Silicone Liner Brush

Since I've been using MAC Fluidline as my goto eyeliner lately, I've been needing a change of liner brush. When I heard about the Real Techniques new silicone liner brush, I've just wanted to try it out!
I went on iHerb and bought the Real Techniques brush kits which I wont be doing a review on, since there are so many reviews on it, and lets face it.. there are all amazing brushes.

This costed $4.74 USD which is about $5-$5.50 AUD, how cheap is that?! I'm not sure if they sell this at Priceline since it is quite a new brush, but we all know the prices here are crazy compared with the UK and US.

The brush handle is like the other Real Technique eye brushes, a purple metal casing that surrounds two thirds of the brush whilst the other third is a matte black plastic on the ends, it just gives the brush a really sleek look.

The brush is just like a liquid eyeliner brush but instead of having bristles, its just silicone. The silicone is firmly stuck onto the barrel, while the tip is really flexible to apply eyeliner easily onto the lids. I also really love how the tip cant get ruined compared to bristled brushes so I can always create the perfect flick every single time. 
Really the only bad thing about this brush is how the gel liner dries quickly on the silicone so I have to keep going in the liner or I either have to pack on some more liner on the brush. But that doesnt really bother me that much since the final result of my eyeliner looks amazing when I use this.
Washing this brush is so much quicker too. I use the Daiso puff and sponge detergent to wash my bristled brushes but to wash this brush, you dont have to do the typical, scrubbing onto your palm, you have to put a teeny drop of the detergent and use your finger to scrub away the liner and it just flakes off. And to dry the brush, just use a paper towel and BAM your done, no drying time whatsoever.

I really recommend this brush for people who love the cat-wing or flicked eyeliner look. You seriously need this in your brush collection!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

Only just a few weeks ago, my favourite eyelash curler broke. It was one of the springy eyelash curlers that only requires you to press down you curl your lashes. (it was the Elite Models eyelash curler).
And since im one of those people that enjoy change, I rarely buy beauty products again when I run out or break it, even if they are my all time favourite products. So I thought this was the chance to try out another eyelash curler and what came to mind was the Shu Uemura Eyelash curler.

 Eyelash curlers are a big hit or miss when you get one, you need to find an eyelash curler that fits your eye shape, which is hard considering that everyone's eye shape is different so its a continuous quest to buy various eyelash curlers until you find the one that fits.
I feel like everyone in the beauty community has heard of the Shu Uemura eyelash curler and how it just fits their eyes so perfectly. But seeing as though lots of people raves about it, I thought why not just buy it and try it?!

I bought mine at Beauty Savvy for $27.50 with free shipping. It arrived in 3 days, safe and sound at my doorstep. 
To be honest, I feel like its just one of those typical eyelash curlers you can get anywhere except that the curler is flatter and suits most Asian eyes. The colour of the curler is slightly different too, from afar it looks silver but upclose its more of a slightly brass colour.

Elite Models Eyelash Curler || Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler
Compared with the Elite Models Eyelash Curler the Shu Uemura is a tad wider and a tad more curved which may be a perfect fit for most but as for me, sadly it just doesnt curl the ends of my eye very well.
It takes getting used to this curler until I can curl 70% of my lashes but no matter what I do, I just cant curl the lashes at the ends. The only method that works is to lift up the end of my browbone, but even that only curls the tip of the ends. 

Sadly this eyelash curler just does not work well with my eyes, I will still be using this until it breaks or until the pad  runs out, since I am definitely not going to waste the money spent on this.
I still have yet to try out Shiseidos Eyelash Curler and hopefully that works well.