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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

(Mini) ELF Haul!

 
So this is a rather sad haul, not only is it a relatively small haul, it is also my last from USA Shopping Affair :(

This means that I will no longer be able to buy from America, that is until I can find another service that will allow me to buy from America (sneaky me!)

It appears that the company has gone bust, and will no longer operate.
Boo!

And just as I get into MAC and want to purchase from MAC America :(

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The first two things I got were the new Prism Eyeshadow pallets, which are a cream to powder formulation.
I got Smoke and Sunset
Smoke


Sunset

They feel really nice and are easily blend-able :D

I also got a 10 pack of the new Make Up Remover Exfoliating Cleansing Clothes.

I'm obsessed with wipes, and since they were having half off, I thought why not :D

NOTE: the exfoliating side seems a bit rough, but for USD$1.50 (sale price), I'm not too worried :)
NOTE: They were insanely good to wipe of the above swatches and just my hands in general :D

The second last item is the new HD Lifting Concealer in Balancing, which is a light purple colour, meant to conceal the dark circles under the eyes.

 
 

Lastly I got the ELF Brightening Eye Colour quad in 2007 Drama
Not too exciting, this was thrown in for free when I referred three email addresses :P
I'll chuck this in my "to sell" baskets for eBay x


So that's everything!
Hope you enjoyed reading my post.

Also, does anyone know of a reputable website I can use to buy from America online?
I know it's bad but everything in Australia is ridiculously expensive.
Even ELF is at least twice as much as America :/

With love,

Rik xx

Bellabox | September 2013

So this month has been a bit crazy for me!
Went to imats for the first time (post/haul will be up soon!) and received four beauty boxes this month, I have way too many blogs I need to. Write and haven't found time to write up/post :(

But without further ado, here is my post for Bellabox for September!

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This month was a jaw dropper! Bellabox seems to kick Lust Have Its bootay most months, and this month was no exception!

I believe his month was a collaboration with Cleo magazine, which is why we were given a Cleo magazine with our box!
It also might be why we received the box a little late this month (boo!)

This month we didn't receive the normal Bellabox outer box, as there was so much stuff only about two of the things were packaged in the actual Bellabox and the rest were in a bubble wrap bag, I guess this was also to accommodate the larger package due to the Cleo magazine.

For those not familiar with Bellabox, or are thinking of joining, it is a monthly beauty subscription service costing $15 per month, and you normally get 5 deluxe samples of beauty and skincare items, but some months you can get up to 8, and there's usually a surprise full sized item :D

If you would like to join, you can join here xo

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Anyway, enough talking!
Let's get into it:
 
 


 
 
Super exciting pieces of paper!


Montagne Jeunesse Blemish Mud Mask RRP $3.99 10ml
We received this brand in Junes box, whichever as also insanely packed!
I don't mind receiving this again as it's a different mask.
This is also the only item that isn't full sized :O
Sample sized received: 5g ~ $2

Elegant Touch Envy Wraps - Bling Candy Drops RRP $8.99
I'm so happy I got these! Others got a tie die patterned one, but I'm more likely to wear these ones :D
I just wish I had more places to wear them :(
Damn you hospitality.
Full Sized Received

Schick Hydro Silk Razor RRP $9.99
Not sure how I feel about getting this one as I'm one of those weirdos that uses men's razors.
Women's razors just don't do it as well :/
Regardless, this seems pretty cool! And I'll be happy to give it a go :D
Full Sized (1 razor and one cartridge received) received
Among the usual jargon we usually receive in our boxes, we also got a coupon for 25% off the refill cartridge, which I think is pretty neat :D

Manicare Glam Kelly Lashes RRP $11.95
As I mentioned in a previous post, I am actually allergic to most glues and usually only brave lashes when needed, so I'm a bit wary of using these.
They do however look nice, but I'm not sure what I want to do with these ATM.
Full Sizes Received.

Footcare Gel Ball of Foot Cushions RRP $8.99
These seem oddly named, but definitely needed! Thanks Bellabox :D
Full sized received.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Natural Brozner Spray RRP $14.95
This is probably the only thing from the box I won't be using, as I don't really tan and I have a heap of tanning stuff from ModelCo I need to get through if I do happen to tan.
I will be putting this on my eBay store here.
Full Sized Received.

ASAP Pure Mineral Eye Pencil - Brown
I don't have many brown eyeliners, so this could be a nice change.
I don't seem a bit hard at first, but does soften up a bit when using.
It doesn't look brown though, it's more of a charcoal grey.
Full Sized Received

Bonus Item: Cleo Magazine RRP $6.95
I do like getting Cleo every now and then! It's a good read, we did also get an email regarding a special offer on an annual subscription and a free Kora by Miranda Kerr gift set.
Unfortunately I'm a bit poor ATM so I won't be getting it. :(

Total Value: $83.82

So this months box was crazy good value!
I loved nearly everything in is months box, and look forward to next months!

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Also, I'm selling a heap of make up items on eBay.
just trying to recuperate some funds after my super fun times in Sydney at IMATS. :P



With love,

Rik xx

Lust Have It | September 2013 (x 3?)

So this was an interesting month for me, I went to IMATs for the first time, (it was AMAZING), and managed to receive four beauty boxes...?

I went downstairs to check my mail (as per usual) and saw that I had two boxes waiting for me on the stairs, this confused me a little as I had received one last week and although I had used the coupon code (MISSYOU09) to get a second box at half price, I didn't expect a third box?

As I was writing this up, I had received an email from Stef, and it turns out that I had three monthly boxes going, but I appear to have only paid for the two?
I'm still confused but will just be getting the one box from now on, as well as my Eco Box.

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For those that aren't familiar with Lust Have It, it is a monthly beauty subscription that costs $19.95c a month and you get about $50-60 worth of goodies per month, unless it's a really good month, as I've gotten boxes with $100 worth of goodies not including coupons.

This month I managed to receive not one, not two, but three boxes. And I'm still not 100% sure as to why, but I think it might have something to do with my annual subscription starting too early, my normal monthly sub (which I'm attempting to end) and an offer I took up of getting a second box for $9.95c.

I've contacted Lust Have It to see what happened but for now I'm happy to received a few extra goodies :D

In all boxes we received a teaser for next months box, which we will be all receiving a Full Sized Inika Cosmetic.
I don't know much about that particular brand but I hear it's all organic and vegan friendly and all that awesome sauce.
 
 
Box 1


Super exciting pieces of paper!

 



Box 1:

WotNot Natural Organic Facial Wipes RRP $7.95 for a pack of 25
I was super excited to receive these as I have seen these in boxes before and always wanted to try them!
They feel really moisturising on the face and have a light scent, which is good for those (like me) that are sensitive to smells.
Sample sized received: 5 wipes ~ $1.59

Mary Kay Oil Free Make Up Remover RRP $22 110ml
I'm not sure how I feel about receiving Mary Kay in my beauty box as it's one of those mail order brands that just aren't that exciting :/.
It smells ok, but I'm concerned with when you shake it up (it's a dual formula remover) that it doesn't quite separate back very well and looks like an oil spill?
Odd way to describe it, but regardless, looking forward to trying it.
Sample sized received: 29ml ~ $5.78

L'oreal Base Magique Primer RRP $29.95 15ml
I was excited to receive this in a Bellabox last month as loreal is fairly expensive for a drug store brand, and as annoyed as I was receiving a repeat product in a rival box, I'm more than happy to have a second one (and now I have four :P)
Sample Size Received: 5ml ~ $9.98

Loreal Infallible Make Up Liquid Foundation RRP $35.95 30ml
Again, happy to receive loreal, but this is a sachet.
I'm not sure what they expect us to get out of a single use sachet.
Sample Size Received: 1ml ~ $1.19
Death to sachets.

Bioderma Seblum Foaming Gel RRP $29.95 500ml
AND Bioderma Seblum AKN RRP $24.95 30ml
The information card says or, but I seemed to get both. Whew!
I love Bioderma, I'm nearly out of the sample sized moisturiser we get in the June Bellabox and I'm sad to see it go, so I'll be keen to try this new one :)
Sample Sizes Received: 10ml ~ $0.60 5ml ~ $0.83, respectively

Baji Skincare Range
I received the Super Nutri Rescue Eye Serum RRP $39.95 15ml
I'm easily amused by the packaging! It's so fancy :D
My friend who also received the baji serum says it was a bit fiddly and possibly faulty so that's a worry :/
Mine appears to work fine though.
Full Sized Received

Lust Have It! Synthetic Precision Pencil Brush RRP $15
This is cute! We received the Kabuki brush at the start of the year/end of last year, and this is just as soft!
I love synthetic brushes, they are more hygienic and of course cruelty free.
Full Sized Received (obviously :P)

Bonus: TOM Organic Regular Tampons RRP $7.99 for a pack of 16
This is an odd edition, as we had also received this in last months Bellabox.
Yeah, not much to say about it. Haha.
It's a good brand, I do like these tampons, and I very much prefer cotton over rayon (TMI?)
Sample Sized Received: 2 ~ .99c
(But shit, it was 99c!)
(Sorry not sorry)

Total Value: $75.91
 
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Box 2 and 3 (both identical):

2 x WotNot Natural Organic Facial Wipes RRP $7.95 25 Pack
Sample sized received: 5 wipes ~ $1.59 each

2 x Mary Kay Oil Free Make Up Remover RRP $22 110ml
Sample Size Received: 29ml ~ $5.78 each

2 x L'oreal Base Magique Primer RRP $29.95 15ml
Sample Size received: 5ml ~ $9.98 each

2 x L'oreal Nude Magique BB Cream RRP $26.95 30ml
Sample Sized Received: 1ml ~ 89c
Seriously, death to sachets.

Karpati Mask (Selection)
I received (four) of the Bio-Cellulose Anti-Age Mask RRP $240 for 6 Masks.
(According to the companies website)
I'm not sure I'm quite at that age to need anti ageing items but I suppose you can't never start too young ;)
As I received two boxes with the masks I have received four masks.
Sample Sizes received: 4 Masks ~ $160 :O

2 x GKMBJ One Minute Treatment RRP $26.95 200ml
I've received this brand before it haven't had the chance to use them yet, but this is a one minute treatment to repair damaged hair, this sounds exactly like what I need in my life.
Sample Sized Received: 30g ~ $4.05 each

2 x Lust Have It! Synthetic Precision Pencil Brush RRP $15 each
Full Sized Received

Bonus: 2 x TOM Organic Regular Tampons RRP $7.99 for a pack of 16
Sample Sized Received: 2 ~ .99c per 2 pack

Total value of both boxes: $236.56 (:O!!!)


So this month was a bit of a let down compared to Bellabox, but that was just with the first box I received, my 2nd and 3rd boxes definitely exceeded my expectations, $40 masks is crazy!


Let me know what you guys think!
I'm pretty happy with this months box, my friends are understandably jealous of my multiple boxes :P


With love,

Rik xx

Leibster Award / Tag


So this is exciting! I was nominated for the Liebster Award, which I'm not quite sure what it is exactly but it's a great way to discover new blogs with less than 200 followers.

I was nominated by the gorgeous Brodu-Soup, and I'm super excited to be a part of this tag :D

It will be a bit hard to do as my computer has gone Kaput with Ketut, so we shall see how I go using my handy dandy iPad :)

All thats needed to do is state 11 facts about myself, answer 11 questions from Brodie, create 11 questions of my own & then tag another 11 blogs!

I'm not sure if I know 11 other bloggers so I shall have to do some searching, I'm also not sure what the end result of this is? Is it there a prize?

My eleven facts about myself:

1. I turn 22 at the end of the year, and I definitely don't feel it.
I actually feel about 80 :(

2. I have a pet turtle, his names Axoloti and he's my world xo

3. I don't wear make up every day; if I cannot find the time in the morning, y'all can deal with my ugly.

4. I went to two different primary schools, 4 high schools and TAFE before finally starting Uni as a mature age student. It was an interesting journey, but a story for another time :)

5. I'm lactose intolerant, but I refuse to give up cheese and chocolate and sometimes yoghurt if I can't find alternatives. Milk however I cannot stomach. 

6. I have the weirdest allergy in the world: I'm allergic to most if not all types of glue. 
Lash glue, and band aids especially. Also stickers and sticky tape but I don't tend to find myself sticking myself to things very often. 
I do however brave false lashes on (special) occasion and obviously I do use bandaids if I can't find an alternative.

7. I've lived in more suburbs of Melbourne than I can count, before moving to Echuca when I was 10, but I refuse to say "I'm from Echuca". 
I've also since moved about 3 times since 2011, not counting moving back to places (Uni/TAFE)
I just can't stay put.

8. My favourite number is 3, and I tend to do things in 3s. It's just a perfect number.

9. I even have three favourite colours: pink, lilac and orange.

10. I have two first names, my first name is American, my middle name is Gaeilge, and my last name is technically English, but I'm actually Of Irish/Australian origin (two facts in one) 

11. My current partner is my longest relationship of currently 2 years and 2 months, the longest before that was 4 months. 

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Eleven questions from Brodie:

1. Where did the inspiration for your blog name come from?

I did cover this in a recent post but I basically got the idea from a Queen song, and I also originally started a travel blog with a slighly longer title but never really posted so I ended up just ditching it.

It also pays tribute to my love of winged eyeliner.

2. If you could have any one person in the entire worlds closet and all of it's contents whose would it be & why?

Oh golly, my manager at one of my jobs is also a model and I feel weird for saying this but I love her wardrobe, and she's stunning! 

3. What's your favourite mascara?
Benefit - They're Real! 
I was legit asked if I had false lashes on while wearing it. Yeah buddy. Gonna repurchase that one!

4. Liquid or Pencil eye-liner?

Liquid! I can do a winged liner with a pencil but its just not as intense as liquid liner.
My HG is the ELF essential liquid liner, seriously, it's AUD$2, and it's amazing.

5. Where can you see yourself in 5 years time?

Hopefully finished Uni and out of McDonalds, I love my job, but it's not where I want to be.
Im studying marketing so hopefully something in that field, still figuring out exactly what I want to do.

6. What's your favourite childhood memory?

Trips to science works! Also going to see Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone, on the 9th of December 2001. I know this because I turned 10 on the 10th :P 

I was a bit of a nerdy child. Still am really. 

7. Signature Scent?

Taylor Swift - Wonderstruck or Echanted Wonderstruck <3

8. What is your favourite cruelty free brand?
Probably ELF and also ModelCo, but its really hard to know if I'm using 100% cruelty free products, especially within my budget.

9. What is your ideal night-in?

Eating Mi Goreng and watching YouTube in my pants. #Unilyf haha

10. Who is your favourite beauty-guru of all time?

I want to say Michelle Phan, but everyone says her, and I want to show some love for Australian beauty gurus and say MissTango2. 

She's gorgeous, she's so polite and professional in her videos, and she seems like she'd be a wonderful person off camera as she is on camera.

11. What's your favourite drug-store and high-end brand?

Drugstore: Maybelline. It was my first make up brand, at least from when I actually seriously started wearing it. 
High End: MAC, and I only just recently bought MAC too!
I'm so poor :(

My eleven questions:

1. Where did the name of your blog come from?
2. What three products can't you live without?
3. What is your No.1 holy grail product, and your worst, "product I regret buying" product.
4. Do you prefer high end or drug store more?
5. What was your most embarrassing make up fail?
6. First brand you ever used when you got into beauty/make up? 
7. Which beauty blogger would you most want to meet and hang out with?
8. What was the worst thing you ever received as a present (can be beauty related or just in general.)
9. What got you into make up/beauty?
10. High end or basic/budget friendly brushes/accessories? Eg. MAC vs ELF
11. Weirdest make up item you've ever found? Eg odd beauty tool.

As it is really hard to find new blogs, and I'm still only new, the 5 blogs I'm nominating are

Hey Landy: heylandy.blogspot.com.au
Sopphy: Sopphy.onimpression.com
A-la-foilee: a-la-Foilee.blogspot.com.au 
Kate Flint: themintedbeauty.com 
Luxuryonthelips.com

With love,
 
Rik xx