[Review] Essence of Jasmine Soy Candles

Hi everyone!

My last post on this blog was almost SIX MONTHS ago which is ridiculously long but I do have a good reason. If you’re following me on social media you’ll know that I got married in December🙂 It’s been super amazing so far but also extremely busy. With full time work, part time studying and newly married life, it really has been hard to fit time for blogging in.

Today I’m reviewing some of my favorite candles, purchased from a local flea market. I absolutely ADORE candles and am always looking to add new scents and brands to my collection. Essence of Jasmine are a Perth based company that sell soy candles, melts, luxury soaps and other beauty products.

Essence of Jasmine candles

Essence of Jasmine candles

Essence of Jasmine candles

Essence of Jasmine candles

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Product description from the EOJ website:

The Essence of Jasmine  Soy Candle Collection will beautifully fill any room with long lasting aroma, and with many fragrances to choose from we are sure you will find a favourite.

All our Soy Candles & Melts are hand poured using 100% soy plant wax & blended with premium fragrance oils to provide the maximum scent throw possible.

Our lovely hand made  collection of candles not only look great but are a natural Australian made product.

I purchased candles in the scents below:

  • Tropical paradise
  • Vanilla slice
  • Blueberry muffin

These candles are gorgeous, and don’t need to be lit to enjoy the beautiful fragrances. From the three candles I picked up, blueberry muffin has the strongest scent. Vanilla Slice is more subtle, but still has a decent scent throw. Tropical paradise is also a really strong scent, and reminds me of being on an island holiday.

The candles have an added benefit of being a skin moisturizer. When lit, the candle forms a melted wax pool. This wax can then be applied to the skin. Be careful that the wax is not too hot though! I have only tried using this on my hands – it’s not greasy but is a bit rich and heavy so I would probably not consider using it on my face.

The candles are $20 and can be purchased from the EOJ website. I have had a really good experience with the candles, so will be buying their soaps next🙂

Fatima xx

 

 

[Review] M.N Me Now Generation Long Lasting Lip Gloss

Hi everyone!

This week I’m reviewing the M.N Me Now Generation Long Lasting Lip Glosses* , obtained from Born Pretty Store. If you haven’t heard of them before, they are like the beauty equivalent of eBay and stock everything from makeup, jewelry and makeup holders to stationery, clothing and mobile phone accessories. I was contacted by the store to review some of their products and had the hardest time choosing what I wanted! Everything looked so good and the price tags were amazing🙂 I do love my higher end brands for makeup but don’t mind trying out drugstore brands which are often just as good.

Two of the products I chose as part of my order were the liquid lip glosses. Although they are called lip glosses, they dry to a matte finish and are essentially liquid lipsticks. I picked up two shades, #3 and #36 which retail for around $2 each.

M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS”

M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS”

M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS”

M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 36 (top) and Shade 3 (bottom)

Shipping from Born Pretty Store is free (yay!) and my order reached me in just under two weeks. I wasn’t expecting a lot from a $2 lip gloss but these were surprisingly good! As with all liquid lipsticks, you need to prep your lips and make sure that there are no flakes. I usually apply a thick layer of lip balm to get my lips smooth, wipe the balm off then apply liquid or matte lipsticks.

Both liquids were easy to apply, I applied one layer and then waited a few minutes for it to dry. Once they were set, they stayed in place through the day, even through eating and drinking. They are slightly drying (as are all liquid lipsticks!), but I didn’t notice any flaking through the day. Shade 36 (the fuschia pink shade) was a lot more comfortable to wear than shade 3, it wasn’t as thick and was very pigmented.

The only negative point about this product is that they remained tacky through the day, you can’t smack your lips together or it will totally kill the matte finish and feel terrible.

Swatches: M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 36

Swatches: M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 36

Swatches: M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 36

Swatches: M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 36

M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 3

M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 3

Swatches: M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 3

Swatches: M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS” : Shade 3

Swatches: M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS”

Swatches: M.N ME NOW GENERATION-II “LONG LASTING LIP GLOSS”

Overall, I think that these are good value for value. They’re not as good as my Sephora liquid lipsticks, but they do the job. For $2, you get to choose from 36 colors and you’re getting a long lasting lippy with good pigmentation. I would suggest buying a few and trying them first to see if you like them. Another thing to note is that all shades are not created equally. The pigmentation, finish and comfort vary depending on the shade.

Hope you guys enjoyed the review🙂 You can purchase these lipsticks from Born Pretty Store for $2 with free worldwide shipping. You can also use a 10% off coupon code PADG10 which will work on all full priced items.

Thanks for reading and hope everyone is having an amazing weekend ♥

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*Product featured in this post was kindly provided for consideration. As with all my posts, the review is 100% honest and of my own personal opinion. For more information, visit my disclosure policy.

[Mini Review] Benefit They’re Real Liner & Mascara

Hi everyone,

When I first started blogging two years ago, the Benefit They’re Real mascara was EVERYWHERE. I was dying to try it but $36 was more than what I was used to paying for a mascara. Lucky for me, I was able to get samples of both the push up liner and the mascara.

Benefit They're Real review

Benefit They’re Real review

Benefit They’re Real mascara

What Benefit say:

They’re real! lengthens, curls, volumizes, lifts & separates. Our jet black, long-wearing formula won’t smudge or dry out. A specially designed brush reveals lashes you never knew you had!

There’s already thousands of reviews of this mascara but I thought that I’d throw in my two cents anyway. I was expecting a lot from this mascara, it’s considered somewhat of a cult product and is one of Benefit’s bestsellers. Here’s a quick run down of what I liked and didn’t like:

Pros

  • The wand does a great job of separating the lashes. It also gave my lashes awesome length. The little ball on the end helps get to the lashes right in the corners and is good for bottom lashes.
  • Very pigmented formula – gave me dark lashes
  • Easy to apply, did not end up going on my eye lids or smudging through the day

Cons

  • The wand takes some getting used to! It actually hurts using it for the first few times
  • The effort it takes (and the eye lashes I lose) removing this mascara
  • Gives “crispy” eye lashes which can sometimes flake at the end of the day

Overall, this is a good mascara but I’ve tried mascaras that are A LOT better from Covergirl and Maybelline. I like massive, thick lashes with lots of volumes but I didn’t really get the wow effect I was hoping for from this mascara.

Benefit They're Real mascara wand

Benefit They’re Real mascara wand

Benefit They're Real Push Up Liner

Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner

Benefit They’re Real liner

I don’t have a lot to say on the liner, it was crumbly and I found it extremely difficult to squeeze the product out of the tube. I ended up having to throw out the product without using it, not sure if this was due to the product being a sample size? Would love to know if anyone else had a different experience!

I love Benefit Cosmetics in general, and REALLY REALLY wanted to love these products but these two just did not agree with me. If you’ve tried these products, would love to know your thoughts!

Until next time🙂

Fatima

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Mecca// Myer Perth + Haul

Hi everyone!

Last week I was down at Myer Perth for the opening of the new Mecca counter. The open day promised lots of exciting prizes, including MECCA gift cards, deluxe samples, NARS lipsticks and Stila palettes. I got there at around two pm, and the line was CRAZY long. It was my first time shopping at Mecca, which is a bit embarrassing because I’m always buying makeup and beauty stuff!

The girls at Mecca were so lovely, my favorite part about the whole experience was that they were more than happy to give out samples. I always like testing out foundations before I buy it, but hate asking for samples because some assistants act like the samples are being paid out of their own salary. Or that I’m asking for too much by wanting to try a $60 foundation before I buy it.

Anyway back to Mecca! I was interested in the NARS sheer glow after reading so many rave reviews. I spoke to the assistant for a bit about the foundation, was color matched to the shade Syracuse and decided to go ahead and buy the foundation. I also asked for a sample of the Smashbox foundation and another NARS foundation. I was interested in trying the Too Faced Born This Way too but it hadn’t yet arrived in store.

NARS foundation in shade Syracuse + pump

NARS foundation in shade Syracuse + pump

Samples: NARS All Day Luminous & Smashbox Studio Skin foundation

Samples: NARS All Day Luminous & Smashbox Studio Skin foundation

Unfortunately by the time I waited in the queue and paid, they had run out of prizes which I was super gutted out. I did however get a Beauty Loop box which consisted of the items below:

  • Too Faced cocoa powder foundation sample
  • Too Faced shadow insurance sample
  • Ciate mini nail polish in Party Shoes
  • Ren Invisible Pores detox mask sample
MECCA beauty loop level 1

MECCA beauty loop level 1

Overall, I am super excited with the opening of Mecca in Myer. I pretty much felt like a kid in a candy store in there! This is also my first time trying NARS so I look forward to trying and reviewing the foundation soon🙂

Until next time

Fatima x

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[Empties] August to October 2015

Hi lovelies,

It’s been a few months since my last empties post so I have accumulated a fair bit of products since then that I can’t wait to share.

Full sized products

Full sized products

Full sized products

L’Oreal Ombre Kit (full review here)

This product is so easy to use, I actually used two boxes to get my desired color. I applied the first box for 40 minutes which is the maximum recommended time but it wasn’t as light as I wanted it to be. I bought the second box a few weeks later and reapplied it for another 40 minutes. It did dry my hair out which was to be expected, but it also came with an amazing shampoo/conditioner which helped repair my hair.

Repurchase? Yes, if I ever want to ombre my hair again.

L’Oreal Elvive Anti Breakage Repairing Shampoo

I really enjoyed using this shampoo, and felt that it did make my hair a bit softer and healthier.

Repurchase? No, I would like to try other brands first.

Byphasse Cotton Pads

I love these cotton pads sooo much, the price is really good and the quality is amazing. I tried looking for them in Chemist Warehouse the other week and couldn’t find it, and I also can’t find it on their website anymore. Note sure if they have stopped stocking the brand!

Repurchase: Yes, if I can find them again!

Rexona Classic Anti Antiperspirant deodorant

I don’t have too much to say on this product, I enjoy using it and it works for me.

Repurchase? Yes.

The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Lotion

I was really sad to reach the end of this, because it was a limited edition range purchased from a few years back. The scent was gorgeous and was so strong that it lasted for hours after. It also did a really great job at moisturising my skin.

Repurchase? Yes, if this range ever makes a reappearance.

MAC lashes

These lashes were gorgeous but are really expensive, I only ended up with them because I got my makeup done at MAC a while back and they’re only allowed to use MAC lashes if you want falsies as part of your look.

Repurchase? No.

Samples

Samples

Samples

  •  L’Oreal Revitalift – I was part of the trial for this. It made my skin very soft and smooth, I may purchase the full size cream.
  • Garnier Fructis Full & Luscious– This shampoo smelled AMAZING like my sister kept asking me why I smelled of lollies after I used this. I may look at purchasing this in the future.
  • L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil masque- This made my hair feel really sleek and healthy, I picked up a full sized product as part of my recent Priceline Haul.
  • L’Oreal Everpure Sulfate-free color care system- I loved that it is sulfate free, however I couldn’t tell a difference after using it on my hair. Probably will not purchase.
  • Colgate Plax- Will purchase a full size.
  • Vagisil wipes- I received these from Beauty Heaven, I’ve never used it down there and don’t feel the need to so will not purchase.
  • The Body Shop Oils of Life– This felt lovely on the skin, I may look at purchasing this in the future.

That’s it for this month, can’t wait to see what everyone else has used up this month🙂 Have you tried any of the products mentioned?

Fatima x

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Priceline Haircare Haul

Hi everyone!🙂

I’ve been MIA for the past few weeks because of CPA exams but I’m done for the year now so hopefully that will mean a lot more time for blogging.

Priceline recently had a 50% off haircare sale so I used the opportunity to pick up on a few items. My hair has been really dry lately because of the ombre, and hasn’t been looking that healthy either. From the items below, I have only previously tried a sample of the L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil which I absolutely loved. I selected the items below because I liked the brands, will do a complete review once I have trialled them for long enough.

Priceline haircare haul

Priceline haircare haul

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L’oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil 100 mL $9.99
L’oreal Paris Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nutrition Balm Mask 300 mL $4.97
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Deep Nutrition Intensive Care Mask 250 mL $4.49
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Oil Elixir Conditioner 400 mL $1.75
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Oil Elixir Shampoo 400 mL $1.75
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Shampoo 400 mL $1.75
Schwarzkopf Extra Care Ultimate Repair Conditioner 400 mL $1.75

There was a whole lot of new brands that I would have also liked to try like the OGX , Tony & Guy and Alchemy ranges, however I’m still a bit undecided if the more expensive products deliver that much more on performance and quality.

On a side note, I have committed to slathering my hair with coconut oil for one night every week and so far it has been working so well!! It’s a great way to bring life back to damaged hair and I’m also hoping that it will make my hair grow back faster.

I’m super excited to have a play with these new hair bits and report back on the blog.

What have you purchased lately? Did you get any haircare things in the Priceline haircare sale?

[Review] MAC Ruby Woo

Hi everyone! I’m reviewing Ruby Woo by MAC today, a lipstick which doesn’t need an introduction because of it’s popularity in the beauty community. This is the red lipstick of all red lipsticks, I’ve heard it being described as a classic, a cult favorite, and the “red lipstick every woman needs to own”.

I was a bit undecided about buying this lipstick, because I don’t wear red lipstick that often. Did I really need to buy MAC if I was only going to wear it a few times in a year? I was also a little hesitant to buy it because there are a lot of reviews out there which talk about how drying this lipstick is.

Anyway I tested this out in David Jones, loved how it looked on and bought it immediately. Ladies, Ruby Woo is worth the hype ♥ I am in love with this lipstick, read on for my review.

MAC Ruby Woo: Very matte vivid blue red

MAC Ruby Woo: Very matte vivid blue red

MAC Ruby Woo review

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MAC describe Ruby Woo as a “very matte vivid blue red”. Ruby Woo is available in a retro matte finish, which makes it dry but also very long lasting. I usually apply lip balm before I do my base and eyes, then wipe the lip balm off and apply Ruby Woo to my prepped lips. The lipstick can drag if lips are not sufficiently moisturized before so it’s important to exfoliate and prep those lips!

The color of this lipstick is gorgeous, it’s bright and has the right tones which makes it wearable for all skin colors and undertones. It’s very pigmented, with one swipe giving enough coverage. I love how long lasting this lipstick is, it lasts a good 5-7 hours with eating and drinking and requires no touch ups. It also feels super comfortable on my lips once it’s applied, it doesn’t feel too drying and I haven’t noticed any flaking.

Swatched: MAC Ruby Woo on NC 42 skin

Swatched: MAC Ruby Woo on NC 42 skin

Overall, this lipstick is pretty amazing and I would definitely recommend it if you don’t already own it! It’s the kind of red lipstick that makes you feel powerful, strong and gorgeous. And who doesn’t want to feel like that?🙂

What is your favorite red lipstick? x