Scrub-a-dub-dub

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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.

SUGAR SCRUBS

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Ishka Sugar Scrub (AU$ 19.95)

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.

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Sugar Baby – Raw Sugar and Coconut Scrub (AU$ 14.95)

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.

COFFEE SCRUBS

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Frank – Coffee Scrub (AU$ 14.95)

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.

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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.

SALT SCRUBS

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Norwex – Olive Oil Salt Scrub (AU$ 41.95)

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.

*Norwex can only be bought through a consultant

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Lush – Rub Rub Rub (AU$ 14.95)

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.

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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.

Noteworthy

Other noteworthy scrubs that I really enjoy that aren’t currently in my collection include – Humble Bean Coffee Scrub, MOR Marshmallow Crystal Body Scrub, The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub, Soap and Glory Breakfast Scrub and Soap and Glory Flake Away Spa Body Polish.

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,

Camille x

 

*Although some of these products were kindly sent for reviewing purposes all opinions are 100% honest.

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Top 5 Palettes

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Hello beautiful people,
Who doesn’t love an eyeshadow palette? I probably like them a little too much – on last count I have 29, with another one on the way (Too Faced Sweet Peach, eeek!).  Hope my mum isn’t reading this :|. Granted, I have been collecting them for many years.  Anyway, as much as I don’t like to play favourites with my children there are certainly some palettes I use more than others. I’ve narrowed my favourites down to 5, and trust me, that was a challenge in itself.

Proceed with caution – I will say buttery, blend, pigmented and colours a lot – Don’t say I didn’t warn you, haha.

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Lorac – Pro Palette (AU$ 79)

I wish I could include all my Lorac eyeshadow palettes in this list as the quality is second to none. But that wouldn’t be fair, would it? So, I have chosen the most versatile of my collection. I have had the Original Lorac Pro or over two years, it was my first big high-end beauty buy.  I am still as in love with it today as I was when I first used it. As a relative newbie to make-up back then, the idea of 8 matte shades with 8 matching shimmers made it easy for me to know which colours were best to use together. As my confidence and skills improved this palette remained a staple item in my collection. The colours are so beautiful and rich. The set out of the pans is probably my favourite overall – It is just so aesthetically pleasing. The colours blend like a dream and are just to velvety soft. This guy is a great palette to take travelling as it covers all bases, lasts forever and is so easy to use.

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Zoeva – Cocoa Blend (AU$ 38)

Holy shitballs, this palette is just incredible. Considering the price* I was expecting the colours to be a little chalky, with not a whole lot of colour pay-off, but man was I wrong. First of all this palette looks like an expensive box of chocolates, it always feels a little bit special when I use it. It’s slim, sleek and sturdy with very generous pan sizes. There is a great mix of colours, both shimmer and matte, ranging from creams and golds, warm neutrals to dark vampy shades. The colours are buttery and pigmented, they are easy to blend and really long wearing. Cocoa Blend is generally the palette I take travelling, with such a mix of colours the combinations are limitless; It is as easy to create a dark smokey eye as it is to create something really natural.  Dare I say it, this little guy could very well be my number 1.

  *It is worth noting that I purchased this palette from the now defunct Luxola for around $20

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Lime Crime – Venus Palette (US$ 32)

When I first saw the release of Venus, I didn’t think it was that exciting. A couple of reds, browns and pinks, what a strange combination of colours. However, after becoming more comfortable with make-up and learning what colours worked for me, this was a palette that I could really see myself using. I purchased this beautiful palette from Urban Outfitters about 18 months or so ago and I am so glad I did. What I first thought were a couple of miss-matched boring shades turned out to be really diverse colours. Deep and rich earthy colours that really suit my blue eyes, two multi-dimensional highlight colours, a perfect transitional beige and a dark brown to add depth.  The colours are soft and smooth and so very pigmented. They way they blend into each other still surprises me with every use. The packaging is adorable and full of character. This unusual mix of colours and aesthetics works perfectly, winning itself a place in my top 5 favourite palettes.

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Kat Von D – Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette (AU$ 64)

I have only had this palette for a month or so, but it was love at first sight. I find that most all-matte palettes can be a little boring and lack-lustre, but this bad boy is breaking all the rules. I have never come across such pigmented, buttey colours that apply and blend so well. The packaging is sleek and sturdy and the pan size is huge. The colour selection is great, with quads of cool, neutral and warm tones. I find myself constantly picking up Shade and Light and using the shades as transition colours whilst using other palettes. It is an absolute make-up collection staple. You can find more thoughts on this palette here.

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Morphe – 35O Palette (AU$ 45)

Last but certainly not least is the mother of all warm toned palettes – the 35O, cue angelic singing. This huge palette contains 35 high-quality and high-pigmented shades. It does look a little daunting at first glance, all those bright orange shades can seem a bit gawdy – but trust me they aren’t in the slightest. The mattes are soft with a decent amount of colour pay off, but what sets this palette apart are those shimmers. Oh my goodness, they are insane. They are so buttery and so so so pigmented and don’t lose any of there glorious-ness when applied to the lid. I haven’t even used fix+ with these because I’m afraid it would be just too overwhelming, haha. Every single colour in this palette can be used with ease. There is not one colour that doesn’t get a work out. The palette is so versatile, such high-quality and is crazy value for money (if you can find it in stock). If you get the opportunity to add Morphe 35O to your collection, just do it…. that is if you are obsessed with warm tones, like me.

 

I wonder if my Too Faced Sweet Peach palette will knock any of these out of my top 5. I’ll have to wait and see. Do you agree with my picks? What would be in your top 5?

 

Until next time –

Love and Lipstick,

Camille x

* All products in this post were purchased with my own money.

March Favourites

Can you believe that it is April already? The months are just flying by. So let’s waste no time in diving into my favourite products last month..

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Kat Von D – Shade and Light Eye Contour Palette

Why did it take me so long to purchase this bad boy?! It is just something else. At first glance I fell in love; The packaging is sleek, sturdy and somehow sexy… if make up can even be sexy. The pans are generous and beautifully set out into tone coordinated quads. The colours are super pigmented, and so very buttery. Really blendable and buildable, this eyeshadow palette is just perfection. I try to use a different eyeshadow palette each day, but I have been reaching for this constantly. If this palette isn’t in your collection, you really need to take a long hard look at yourself 😉  This is my first purchase from Kat Von D Beauty range, and judging by the quality of this product I really need to get my grubby mitts on some more.

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Real-U 3 Step Skincare (Cleanse, Control and Hydrate)

Real-U has been an absolute god-send. I have oily, congested skin and suffer from blackheads and hormonal breakouts. Since using Real-U my skin has completely changed. My breakouts are minimal, my face feels smooth and fresh. I feel so much more confident going out without any make-up on, and trust me, that is a huge deal. You can read a detailed review of Real-U here.

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NYX Cosmetics – Intense Butter Gloss

It feels like I have been waiting for these to be released for ever.  As an avid user of the regular Butter Gloss, you could imagine my excitement when the intense version was announced. I picked up 4 colours from Target (Spice Cake, Tres Leches, Sorbet and Chocolate Crepe). They are the same creamy formula as the Butter Gloss, but pack a pigmented punch.  Stay tuned for a more detailed post about these guys.

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Rodial – Super Acids X-Treme Hangover Mask

Face masks are another of my vices. At any one time I probably have 4 or 5 on the go. I bought this guy a little while ago and have finally gotten around to using him. I have heard really good things about Rodial skincare and have been  interested in trying their products.  Rodial‘s Super Acid X-Treme Hangover Mask is a triple action resurfacing clay mask with hexapeptide, glycolic and fruit acids and probiotic technology. It claims to hide a multitude of sins (That is a big yes in my book). It smells super fruity and applies really easily. There is a slight cooling and tingling sensation while the mask dries, which feels really refreshing. My face is left feeling toned, moisturised and sparkling. I really like this mask, it is a pleasure to use and easy to take off. I am looking forward to being able to try more Rodial skincare.

Josie Maran – Argan Oil

I do love a multi-use product, but damn, this is fixes everything. I like spreading it through my hair to seal split ends and for a boost of moisture. Argan Oil is also great on the dry skin around my fingers, to seems to heal it up quick smart. I also add a few drops to brow pomades and eyeshadow cremes when they become a bit dry, and it makes them as good as new. But my favourite use is with make up. I add a few drops to my Beauty Blender while applying foundation and it spreads and blends perfectly. It adds a nice glow and I feel like it prolongs the longevity of my foundation. Most natural oils can be used the same way. Give it a go and see how you like it.

Maybelline – Eye Studio Colour Tattoo Leather Longwear Eyeshadow (Creamy Beige)

This little guy was an unplanned purchase. Although I do love the regular Colour Tattoo Eyeshadows, they’re not something that I reach for all the time.  I was doing my groceries in Woolworth’s a few weeks ago and found the Maybelline range on sale. So for $5 I thought why not?! I am so glad it picked it up. The leather range is a matte formula but with a bit of a sheen. The longevity of the Colour Tattoo cremes are crazy. They don’t crease on me like most eyeshadows and are great for an all over lid colour. They also make an excellent eyeshadow base, which is how I predominantly use mine. I haven’t seen many other colours in this range, but would definitely be interested in a cream and dark brown.

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White Glo – Diamond Series Advanced Teeth Whitening System

For as long as I can remember I have hated my teeth. It is that one thing about me that I would change if I had the opportunity. But within the last year or so, I have really started to embrace them. Plus gaps are apparently ‘in’. So I have been trialling different whitening products to make them look the best that they can. I have been using this system for the last week and I have already noticed a difference. The system is easy to use and comes with whitening tooth paste as well. I have even had a few comments on how white my teeth are looking . I am excited to see the results after using this system a little more.

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Lush – Colour Supplement (Dark Yellow)

I have had this little pot of magic for a while, but it always gets lost amongst my other foundations. But since my skin has been looking so great, I have been using lighter bases and this guy has been a winner. Made with beautiful natural ingredients like rice bran and soya oils. Not only does it work, but it is actually good for your skin. The Colour Supplement can be mixed with moisturiser, used on its own as a base or as a concealer. Even though the pot is particularly small, you only need a small amount to cover your whole face. The only thing I would suggest is using a powder of the top to set. If it is left unset, the foundation can be a little sticky.

 

Have you used any of these products? What were your March favourites.

Until next time..

Love and Lipstick,

Camille x

*Although some of these products were kindly sent for reviewing purposes, all opinions are honest and strictly mine.