Friday, 3 October 2014

Aesop Resurrection Hand Balm

I should know by now that I cannot just 'walk into Aesop'. I have to buy from there - I don't care what, I just need everything. The last totally un-justifiable purchase was the Resurrection Hand Balm, which really, I needed like three months ago when my hands suffered terribly from the cold, dry weather and an unexpected allergic reaction. I didn't get it then, but I figured I should probably purchase it now, for 'next time'.

I don't really get dry hands, thankfully. It never hurts to look after them though, and I have no complaints slathering this on every night before bed. As per every damn Aesop product, this smells amazing. It's a really lovely mix of Lavender and Mandarin, and just that nice, earthy, natural smell. As someone who does not like the smell of Lavender, I am absolutely on board with this. Thumbs up from the Smell-a-phobe.

It also sinks in so well - it doesn't leave any greasy feeling which makes it great for on-the-go people or even just to have sitting on your computer desk at work. I generally just keep mine by my bedside though as I've never really felt the need to use this any other time, and it's just a nice little routine for me before bed.

It goes without saying also, that Aesop just have a knack for really well designed packaging. It's so nice and simple and doesn't scream 'commercial', and the little graphics nerd in me just loves that. Who doesn't love pulling out a product from their handbag and watching peoples eyes light up with a little 'oooh!'. I know I do!

What's your favourite Aesop product? Go on, enable me.

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Highlighting Powder

Meet Mary-Lou, my new best friend. She's my shimmery gal pal, and I'm so happy we've found each other. I don't think I need anything more in my life!


In all seriousness though, I can't believe how long it's taken me to finally buy this little beauty - it's stunning. I'd been researching into highlighters for a little, particularly after stumbling upon this Queen of Highlighter, who is responsible for this. She will probably never tell anyone her secret, and who can blame her? (Side note: go follow her Instagram account so you can see her work all of the time - amazing, amazing makeup artist.)

I already owned MAC's Mineralise Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, but it wasn't working for me how I wanted it to - I wanted something really finely milled, that practically went on like a cream. I wanted my highlighter to mimic dewy skin, and this is exactly what Mary-Lou does.

This is very finely pigmented, so a little goes a long way. I picked it up for $34.95 from David Jones, and am really very surprised at how good the quality is for such a low price. I've been applying this with the Zoeva Luxe Sheer Cheek brush and then going over with my fingers if I want a little more definition. I've even been going right up to my eyebrow bone, and adding just enough product to give a nice glow, it's so versatile.

I've been adding this to my makeup routine almost every day, I'm so in love! It makes my makeup look fresh and dewy and lightens it up a little, and lately my skin has needed that little glow!

I've still been interesting in testing out a few other illuminating products (the Josie Maran Illuminizer, oh my God) but for now - this is my absolute favourite purchase of the YEAR. There you go.

Friday, 19 September 2014

Byredo Parfums 'Tree House' Candle

I could not tell you exactly how long I've wanted this candle - but it's been years. I spotted it the first time I ever walked into a Mecca Cosmetica, which I'm sure was around three years ago now. I remember picking it up, and thinking 'Wow, this is different.'

At the time, I had never really smelt a high end candle - perhaps Ecoya and Glasshouse were about as high end as I ever got, but those fragrances never really captured me. It wasn't until I picked up this candle that I realised that I was definitely more into those earthy scents as opposed to floral. I couldn't stop sniffing it in store, and I remember walking away so disheartened because there was no way I could afford to spend $95 on ONE candle.

Years later, after the beauty blogging community pulled me in, I also discovered Diptyque candles, and on one very spendy day decided to just squeeze my eyes shut and hand my credit card over as I paid $78 for a Diptyque candle - I didn't tell anybody in real life for the longest time, thinking they would think I was a silly girl for spending that much money on a candle.

Here I am now, though - sitting and staring at my nearly finished Diptyque candle, and wondering what I'm going to do when I can't fill my room with it's amazing fragrance anymore (duh, buy another). Byredo popped into my head suddenly, and literally the next day I was in the city, grubby little hands outstretched as the lady hands me the candle I have been wanting for years. It was really like a romance movie - it was very intense for me.

These candles may be a little on the pricey side, but I now understand why - these beautiful, hand crafted and unique scents are something else. They have so much hard work behind them in order to create these magnificent scents, so unique and so special - I'll happily hand my credit card over for something I know is a little different, and a little special. Not to mention - the burn rates are pretty amazing. I've had that Diptyque candle for over a year now, and it's only on it's last legs now, after burning it several nights a week.

I've gotten a little distracted here - I'm meant to be describing this amazing candle, but I've gone off on a bit of a tangent. I think it's just important to realise why certain candles cost a lot more - and my novel esque review right here should tell you everything you need to know.

To cut a long story short - I'm extremely happy with my new purchase. It smells so divine, I can't stop sticking my nose in it every time I walk past. The smell literally lingers, which is one of my favourite things about this candle. I can walk into the room when I haven't burnt it for days and I can still smell it, which is a sign of quality perfume, if you ask me!

If you're ever near a Mecca Cosmetica - or your local Byredo stockist - I highly recommend giving these bad boys a sniff, they're absolutely luxe and that packaging is just...on point.


Monday, 15 September 2014

A Few New Things - Emma Hardie & Korres Fig Shower Gel

A couple of weeks ago, Feel Unique had a 25% off sale going on selected skincare, and as I'd been eyeing up the Emma Hardie Amazing Face Natural Lift and Sculpt Moringa Cleansing Balm (yikes, I'm referring to it as 'EH Cleansing Balm from now on, okay?) for a long time now, I thought this was a good opportunity to finally pick it up and see what all the fuss was about!

I also decided to pick up a bottle of the Korres Fig Shower Gel, which was also on sale at the time and came in a double pack - for the same price as one! I can't remember where I got the sample from, but I had tried this shower gel a few weeks back and decided I loved the scent. It's very natural, and earthy and a nice change from the usual shower gel scents I'd used previously. It seems I have a bit of a thing for fig-y scents!

Anyway, regarding Emma Hardie. The internet's favourite cleansing balm.

I don't really love it, to be honest.

I feel like I may get a few shocked responses and WHY? WHAT'S WRONG WITH YOU? I'm expecting it, it's okay. Go ahead. Get it out of your system.

But here's why:

That scent, I don't like it. I'm so sensitive to smells, and this one just seems to really get to me. Everyone raves about it, and honestly it's not the usual scent to accompany beauty products, which is a nice change. Unfortunately though, it bothers me so much. Even after I moisturise, I can still smell it all night on my skin, and it puts me off using it again. Me and my damn nose, so picky.

Second, I don't love the way it feels necessarily. I like the idea of a balm, and you'll know I love my Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm, but this one seems a little different - I think it may be that it turns into more of a cleansing oil when warmed up on your skin, rather than a 'balm'. I realise some people really love this, so it's not criticism, I just personally don't love how it feels. I also feel like it may be a bit too rich for me, especially for daily use. I haven't had any negative reactions from it, but it is a very heavy, very rich product and I noticed after a few days of using it consecutively, my skin started feeling a bit on the oily side, and not as fresh as it normally feels after a clean.

It's not that I dislike this product, I'm just very underwhelmed by it. I still much prefer the Clinique Cleansing Balm, as I feel it gives me a much fresher, and cleaner result. I also am still in love with the way the Clinique Balm feels when massaged into my face - soo luxe.
I'm going to continue alternating between the Emma Hardie and Clinique cleansing balms, as I hate wasting product (especially since EH was so expensive) and it honestly still does a very good job. I'm a bit fussy with these kinds of things, so I'm well aware this is a somewhat surprising review. Not everyone's cup of tea, I guess!

I feel like if you have a tendency towards dry skin, this would be an amazing cleanser. It certainly does not strip your skin, it leaves you with very soft, hydrated skin which feels lovely, but also does a great job of removing makeup. It's also great around eyes, and at removing eye makeup (especially waterproof mascara, which is great!).
Overall, it's a lovely cleanser, but I can't justify that price tag for me, personally. I will use it up, but unfortunately will not be repurchasing.