Being a beauty blogger and obsessive quite a lot of new products grace my desk from week to week. I thought I would share with you a couple of new and noteworthy products currently at On A Beauty Bender HQ.
I was generously gifted a stunning package from Sisley Paris containing an Express Flower Gel Mask and 3 Phyto-Eye Twists. I haven’t had much experience with this particular brand, so I am looking forward to giving these products a try. The packaging is classy and elegant, and immediately caught my eye. The Express Flower masks boasts a high concentration of hydrating ingredients such as lily, iris and sesame extracts. It also claims to fight any traces of fatigue and stress in three minutes and leaves the skin brighter, glowing and radiant. I am really looking forward to using this beautiful product in my next pamper session. Stay tuned for a review. The Phyto-Eye twists are long-lasting, water-proof eye-shadow pencils full of active botanicals. The pencils are beautifully packaged with zebra print gracing the tubes. The pencil itself is mechanical and is a great size making it easy to grip and use. The formula is smooth and velvety and glides on with ease. They blend amazingly and seriously last forever. I first swatched them on my hand and carried on with my daily chores – washing up, vacuuming etc and I noticed the swatches were still intact on my hand while I was cooking dinner several hours later. I have worn these a couple of times and really love them. They are perfect for a swipe of colour for an easy make up look. Sisley Paris are sold exclusively in David Jones stores.
Lottie London is a beauty accessories brand that has recently been released in Australia and will be sold exclusively at Target. I adore the beautiful bright colours and they stand out in my current brush collection. The brushes themselves are really soft and pick up product easily. They are dense and fluffy and enable a perfect application of eyesahdows and foundation. Lottie London is vegan and cruelty free and really great value for money. If you are after an affordable and effective brush Lottie London is a great place to start.
I was lucky enough to pick up The Estee Lauder new Flawless Start primer from the Beauty HeavenBeautorium. I am so so so glad that I used my points to purchase this – It is amazing. It applies so smoothly, instantly covers pores and creates the perfect canvas for makeup. My foundation glides on and lasts all day without any shine, my skin is brightened and hydrated. This little guy is a winner.
I picked up Mario Badescu drying cream from Mecca recently as I have notices an increase of blackheads on my nose (Yuck!) and nasty hormonal breakouts. I have read really impressive reviews on this treatment cream and thought I would give it a go. Stay tuned for a review in a couple of weeks time.
Touch in Sol is a brand that I have really been enjoying lately. It has sparked my interest in Korean cosmetics. I own quite a few of their primers and so far love them all. The No Poreblem primer is so lovely. It feels so soft on the skin and really disguises pores and evens out skin tone. I have only used this bad boy once or twice but I already know it is going to be a frequently used product. I have also tried the Dark Out primers. These primers are coloured and are used for specific skin complaints. Purple covers dark spots, Green covers redness and the Peach disguises gray skin tones. These little tubes are really beautiful primers and are right on trend at the moment. Colour correcting is a great way of creating a flawless base. Stay tuned for a brand spotlight on Touch In Sol shortly.
Have you come across any new exciting products?
*Although some of these products were kindly gifted to me for consideration all opinions are 100% honest. I only include products that I believe are worthy of a mention.
Happy ANZAC day to my fellow Aussies and Kiwis 🙂
For those who don’t know, on April 25th Australia and New Zealand commemorate the anniversary of the ANZAC(Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) entry into World War 1. We remember the brave soliders that fought in Galilpoli and recognise all the men and women who have served for both of our wonderful countires. To me it is a day of reflection, gratitude and in the true Aussie way, a couple of drinks.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them. “
Lest We Forget
As you may know I am am passionate about using local brands, so I thought this might be a good oppurtunity to showcase a couple of my favourite brands.
Face Of Australia is a innovative, affordable brand that is known for its quality and comprehensive range. I have used many of their products over the years and there are a few that really stand out. I love the Glamazon contour kit, the contour colour is cool toned but not gray. It applies nicely and blends out well. The highlight is soft and great for an understated look. The packaging is cute and great for travelling. At first it was released as a limited edition, but it is now apart of their regular line. I also really enjoy FOA’s loose translucent powder, it is a great afforadable option for ‘baking‘ and to set your base. Primers are also really good value for money, I really like both the Face Base and High Definition primers. Many bloggers have even stated that the Face Base is a dupe for Napoleon Perdis Auto-Pilot, contating exactly the same ingredients but for a fraction of the price. I’ll let you be the judge.
Antipodes is a beautiful organic brand inspired by the natural beauty of New Zealand. Sustainable ingredients, local production, avoiding synthetic preservaties and recyclable packaging make up the Antipodes ethos. Their packaging is just stunning and reflects the brands philosphy. I love so many of the products but I especially love Aura and Apostle. Apostle is a fruity skin-brightening serum, full of antioxidants targeting pigmentation and uneven skin tone. It smells delicious and is an absolute pleasure to use. Aura is one of my all-time favourites. It is a deeply hydrating facial mask full of remedial manuka honey. Know for its antibacterial propeties, manuka honey is great for soothing blemishes while drawing moisture to the skin’s surface. Full of natural vanilla and mandarin fragrances, it smells absolutely divine and will forever remain in my skincare routine.
Chi Chi explain that they are inspired by the vast range of rich colours featured across Australia – Think Uluru, The Great Barrier Reef, Sydney Harbour and our sprawling deserts. Their exstensive range is refreshing, innovative with high-quality products at afforadble prices. Chi Chi Cosmetics are also vegan and cruelty free. I have quite a collection of Chi Chi Cosmetics but I’ll highlight a few favourites. Eyeshadows are something that Chi Chi do really well, their palettes are buttery and pigmented, with a HUGE range of colours that would suit everyone’s tastes. I have about 5 palettes that I have condensed into a Z-palette for easy storage. Each palette has 12 shades and retails for $22.95 – Crazy value for money! Chi Chi foundations, BB creams, and CC creams are also winners. They contain beautiful ingredients and do exactly what they say they do. The BB and CC creams are light and easily worn but have a great amount of coverage. The Fabulous and Flawless foundation has incredible coverage and an even better finish. It is long lasting and doesn’t transfer. The shade range is also pretty exstensive and each shade is detailed on the box, right down to the coloured undertones. Chi Chi Cosmetics recently released brow range is unbelievable quality. I have reviewd their brow fibre gel here.
Designer Brands has really stepped into the spotlight in the last 18 months. They somewhat re-branded and released a whole line of new products, that are simple and practical. Featuring a large range of vegan and cruelty free cosmetics at afforable prices. Their foundations have gotten rave reivews, and are worthy of the hype. Catering to different wants and needs, DB cosmetics have a foundation that suits everybody – My personal fav is the 24-hour foundation. The coverage is high, but not cakey and super long lasting. I also really love their liquid illuminator in bronze. It’s a beautiful warm shimmer that is great for highlighting and perfect to layer under powder highlighters. Designer Brands has also recently released a brush range that looks great and has had exceptional reviews, I will be looking to pick these up soon.
Created by Australia’s sweetheart Zoe Foster-Blake, Go-To Skincare boasts natural, simplistic and cruelty free cosmetics. “The ingredients are pure but powerful; harnessing the benefits of nature to genuinely protect, nourish and strengthen the skin, ensuring it is healthy, happy and glowing.” The packaging is fresh and right on trend, matching the beautifully uncomplicated products. Exfoliating Swipeys are Go-To’s answer to the AHA chemical exfoliating craze. These little pads of magic instantly removes dead skin cells, refines the skin’s texture and minimises pores and lines; creating the perfect canvas for your serums and moisturisers. Go-To also kill it with their lip balm, Lips!. As a sufferer of chronically dry, cracked lips, this little peach tube of deliciousness sorts them out in no time. It soothes and moisturises while leaving behind a beautiful pomegranate scent.
Thin Lizzy – Available in Priceline and selected chemists
Thin Lizzy is a brand that was founded in New Zealand and has become pretty well known for their mineral makeup and 6 in 1 powder. I was first introduced to Thin Lizzy through daytime TV and I honestly thought it was a bit gimicky. A powder that has 6 uses? Surely it can’t be that much of a miracle product. However, my mum purchased it quite a few years ago now and I had a little play. I grew to really like it and used it a fair bit as a bronzer. Fast-forward to last year and I was kindly gifted a Thin Lizzy set and it became a well used product in my collection. I also really like the All-Day Flexi Mascara. It is a tube mascara that is perfect for daily use. It lengthens and seperates without any clumps and is so easy to remove. Thanks to the tube innovation, you can say goodbye to panda eyes. I also couldn’t write a post about Thin Lizzy without mentioning their concealer. The creme concealer is really full coverage, it’s water resistant and covers practically everything. It doesn’t budge or smudge and it actually feels quite light on the skin.
Happy Skincare is a wonderful family owned Australian company, dedicated to creating natural and effective products. I first discovered Happy Skincare’s Cloud 9 cleansing balm in a Bellabox and instantly fell in love. Cloud 9 is a beautiful citus scented balm that removes all traces of make-up, cleanses and hydrates the skin. This little guy started my love affair with cleansing balms. I also really love their Tickled Pink Toner and Laugh Out Loud jojoba oil. Happy Skincare have a huge range of vegan and cruelty free products, they also offer a sample-pack to allow you to test out these beautiful cosmetics.
Eye Of Horus is a stunning egytian inspired cosmetics brand from Byron Bay. Boasting beautiful jewel and metallic tones, Eye Of Horus inspires to ‘awaken the goddess within’. This brand is also natural, vegan and cruelty free. My favourite products are definitely the Copper Sphinx liquid eyeliner – which is this crazy pigmented metaillic eyeliner that makes blue eyes pop, The Goddess Mascara – which is a perfect everyday mascara and the Isis Sun Goddess Shadow Palette – This palette has three super metallic and pigmeted warm toned shadows. This is definitely a glamorous brand that I hope to explore a little more.
Australis is another afforable brand that has really stepped up their game. Constantly releasing new and innovative products, keeping up with and compareable to the best international beauty brands. Velourlips are beautifully coloured and really long-lasting matte liquid lipsticks. Although they can be a little drying, the pigmentation and transfer-proof formula makes up for it. The Fresh and Flawless pressed powder is hyped by so many youtubers and bloggers. It is a simple powder, with a touch of coverage which is perfect for setting and touching up foundation. I have been buying this bad boy for years! Australis’ powder and contouring kits are also great quality and value for money. I especially love the banana powder and love that it is now available seperately.
Shanghai Suzy are stunning seasonal lippies that are creamy, pigmented and scented like lollies. The just released Autumn/Winter ’16 collection is full of beautiful muted pinks and lilacs, nudes and a couple of dark vampy shades. I want every single one of them. These lipsticks wear really well and feel very comfotable on the lips. They are winners.
Innoxa is a great Australian brand that has been around since 1920! Crazy, right? Innoxa is known for its classic simplistic range. Catering for all skin types and ages, Innoz has a great range of primers, foundations, skincare and coloured cosmetics. So far I have only tried the Renew Age Erase Serum Foundation, which I love. But I really want to try the BB cream and Pollution Protect Foundation. The Serum foundation is so complimentry, creating a soft-focus flawless finish. It’s long lasting, non-oxidising and transfer proof. The other stand-out of the the range has to be the Cover and Correct palette. They have absolutely hit the nail on the head with this one. The formula is so so so creamy and blends really well. My only con is that the concealer colours are a touch too dark, but other than that it is definitely something that belongs in your collection.
Hello beautiful people 🙂
If you are a follower of the blog you’d be aware that body scrubs are my thing. I love what they do, the feel of them and the spa-like experience they create in the bathroom. So I thought I’d take you through my current collection.
Ishka are such beautiful bohemian shops filled with colourful clothes, furniture, crystals and incense. They are right up my alley. There isn’t a huge rage of beauty products, but they do scrubs well – really well. Ishka Sugar Scrubs are full of natural, nourishing ingredients, vegan and Australian made. The sugar isn’t too large, making it fairly gentle. The oils moisturise the skin beautifully and the scent is just heavenly. It exfoliates all those flakey areas and is the perfect prep for fake tanning or removing tan. I am passionate about natural and Australian made products, so I generally pick this scrub over others. I recently wrote a review in an empties post, which can be found here. I have a brand new unopened packet of Ishka’s Coffee, Orange and Vanilla scrub in my bathroom – Can’t wait to give that a go. If it is anything like the Sugar scrub, it will be incredible.
This scrub smells so delicious. Full of beautiful ingredients like Organic Coconut Oil, Himalayan Sea Salt and Raw sugar, this scrub removes those pesky dry patches and leaves skin nourished, soft and moisturised. The price point is great, especially for the quality of the product. Can we take a moment to talk about the packaging?! It is just so beautiful. The colours and the palm tree just screams tropical holidays, making me think of smooth tanned skin and a Pina Colada in hand… but really I’m in my cramped bathroom leaving sugar all over the floor, haha. That being said, it certainly creates a spa-like experience. You can find more thoughts about this product here.
Frank is the OG of coffee scrubs. But would you believe I only recently used it for the first time. Firstly the scent is incredible – completely orgasmic. The coffee and orange are really uplifting and energizing. The coffee granules are small and non-abrasive. Frank promises to reduces cellulite, stretch marks and scrub away pesky dry, flakey skin. The coffee scrub is also full of fair-traded, natural ingredients and 100% Australian owned and made (tick, tick and tick) My skin is left super smooth and soft, but my shower is left a little dirty. I love that it is gentle enough to use on my face and I feel as if it makes a difference. I really do love this scrub and have succumbed to the hype. If you have ever contemplated trying this scrub, do it! You wont regret it.
Lacura – Detox Me Exfoliating Body Scrub (AU$ 4.99)
I picked this up on a whim in Aldi, I have never used any of the Lacura products before but has always been intrigued. Detox Me contains ground Arabica coffee beans, walnut shell, B3 Vitamins, Macadamia and Almond oils. At first impression it smells really lovely, but seems really dry. However once applied to wet skin the oils are released from the coffee and it works its magic. My skin is suuuuper soft and no oily residue is left on the skin. I love that the scrub is packaged in a little bottle with a screw top lid which makes it really easy to store and use. I would recommend giving this little guy a go.
Norwex* is a brand that is committed to radically reducing chemicals in the home to promote health. I use Norwex products to clean my house without the use of chemicals, and it is something I am particularly passionate about. Not only do Norwex create amazing sustainable, natural cleaning products, they also have a beauty range. The Mediterranean Olive Oil Salt Scrub is an absolute winner. Made from 100% Dead Sea salt, which is high in minerals. It also contains organic olive oil and essential oils. The scrub contains no preservatives or perfumes . I would describe the scent as similar to lemon butter – It is full of citrus, but is somewhat creamy. The salt isn’t too large, so therefore isn’t too abrasive and the tub is full to the brim with olive oil. The Mediterranean Olive Oil Salt Scrub is probably the most heavy-duty scrub that I own, it is really great to use on hands and feet as well as the body. I would not recommend using this bad boy on your face. It is just heavenly to use, my skin is so super smooth and moisturised. I find with salt scrubs that they can sting slightly if your legs have been recently shaved, so I would advise against this. I use this scrub to remove fake tan, it is the best scrub I own for the job. The salt and oil are great at exfoliating and breaking down old tan. The tub is huge and lasts forever. I have been re-purchasing this scrub for the last 4 years.
Full of sea salt, lemon juice and a mimosa scent, Rub Rub Rub is an absolute pleasure for all the senses. The bright blue concoction is mineral rich and gentle on the skin. This scrub is a tropical island in a tub. I find Rub Rub Rub to be maybe a little too gentle, it doesn’t do a great job of removing tan and due to the salt and lemon juice it can be very drying which doesn’t suit tan-prep. That being said, I still really enjoy using it. My tub is kept in the shower and is gentle enough to be used daily for exfoliation and for that up-lifting scent.
Camille’s Coffee Scrub
Alternatively you can make your own scrub, which I often do when I run out.
I mix up Cacao, Coffee, Raw Sugar, Coconut Oil and a couple of drops of essential oil and you are on your way. Store in an airtight container in a cool dark place and it will be good for quite a few months. However, it will last longer if stored in the fridge. This is also a great gift idea. Store it in a cute jar, tie some ribbon around it and create your own label and you have a cute and thoughtful, handmade gift.
As you can see, I like different types of scrubs for different jobs. I will forever love the sensation of scrubs against my skin and will always be searching and trialling new ones, I just can’t get enough. Now after all that scrubbing, I better go clean the shower 😉
What are you favourite Scrubs? Which scrubs should make an appearance in my shower next?
Thanks for passing by,
*Although some of these products were kindly sent for reviewing purposes all opinions are 100% honest.