Archive | November, 2011

Winners of the Vaseline Giveaway

30 Nov

Oh yes, that too… but another round of Congratulations goes to these lovely ladies for scoring themselves a HUGE pump bottle of the new Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF 15. Score! That’ll keep you going for Summer.

So without further ado, I am pleased to announce that the 5 winners are:

1. Joanne (mumwiththree)

2. Kerry Santillo

3. Tegan (Tegania’s Thoughts)

4. Julie  (MemybestandI)

5. Michelle Vamvas

Congratulations ladies! And Thank you so much everyone for entering.

If you are one of the lucky winners, I will be emailing you soon so that you can give me your postal details. If I don’t hear back from one of the winners within the week, I’ll be drawing another random winner.

My Haute BFF’s Giveaway!

15 Nov

Did you know there’s another Haute lady in town? She’s my long lost beauty BFF, the gorgeous Annica from Haute & Stylish.

And she’s VERY VERY generous (not to mention has VERY good taste!) with her giveaways. I mean would you look at what she’s giving away for her 150 Follower Competition…

WIN a $200 Alannah Hill Gift Voucher and an YSL Rouge Volupte in “Fetish Pink”

If you like my blog, then you will love hers. Head over to her blog HERE and enter quick sticks. Closes 25th November 2011.

Vaseline Skin Saver Squads hit Brisbane – Giveaway CLOSED

14 Nov

Don’t tell me you haven’t heard about the new Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF 15 all over the radio and television. I know my ears pricked up when I heard the words ‘body lotion’ and ‘SPF’ in the same sentence… “by jingo”, I thought “about time!”. I am such a sun-safe snob, I baulk at the thought of intentionally sun baking, and will roll my eyes at girls that intentionally sizzle themselves like sausages on a BBQ in the hot Australian sun. I will not hold back in telling someone “they’re a bloody idiot” for frying themselves and will make it my mission to drill the fact into people’s heads that SUN DAMAGE IS IRREVERSIBLE!

So I was quite happy to see that somebody had taken the initiative (that being Vaseline) to incorporate an SPF into an everyday body lotion that will make it easier for Australian women to protect themselves from incidental sun exposure everyday.

Introducing Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF 15, a light, quick absorbing moisturising body lotion enriched with moisturising Aloe Vera, blocking more than 93% of UVA & UVB and leaving skin silky smooth and hydrated. HALLELUJAH!

This Wednesday, the 16th November, the Vaseline Skin Saver squads will blitz King George Square in Brisbane to help protect women and their skin this summer. The very buff all male squad will be out in force with umbrellas and bottles of Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF 15 to equip women with the tools needed to fight incidental sun exposure. They won’t just be handing out samples, but full size 200ml bottles!!! It might seem a little extreme, but as much as a short walk from the train to work is enough to cause incidental sun exposure. What’s more, in summer UVB rays can cause a fair-skinned person to burn in as little as 15 minutes, with initial UVA damage occurring well within this time frame.

WHAT: Vaseline “skin saver” squads

WHEN: Wednesday 16th of November – Brisbane / Thursday 17th of November – Sydney / Friday 18th of November – Melbourne

TIME: 11.00am – 2.00pm

LOCATION: Brisbane – King George Square/ Sydney – Wynyard Park / Melbourne – Southern Cross Station

COST: Free!

Vaseline Ambassador, Kate Ritchie, feels it’s time to stop neglecting our bodies:

“These days we are so skin aware and conscientious when it comes to caring for the skin on ourface but often forget about protecting the rest of our body with SPF. Even just a few minutes in the sun can start to dry and damage your skin and that’s why a body lotion with SPF protection is an absolute daily essential and just quietly, what’s also essential is that you check out the good looking Vaseline ‘skin saver’ squads in their green shorts!”

And I couldn’t agree more! If you are around King George Square on Wednesday, head down there over lunch time and get snapped with one of the hunky (shirtless I may add) skin saver boys and grab yourself a bottle of the new Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF 15. Your skin will thank you for it! All attendees in Brisbane will also receive a voucher for a $2 coffee from Bleeding Heart Café on Ann St, which is a not for profit organisation which puts every dollar you spend back into the community. DOUBLE WIN!

If you can’t make it down on the day to see the Vaseline “Skin Saver” Squad, do not fret! Hip & Haute is giving you lovely readers a chance to win one of 5 x 375ml bottles of the Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF 15.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED.

To enter, complete each of the following steps:

1. Follow Hip & Haute on both Twitter and Facebook

2. Tweet the following: Win the new Vaseline Aloe Fresh Lotion with SPF 15 thanks to @hipandhaute and the Vaseline Skin Saver squad http://wp.me/p1aiuj-oG #skinsavers

3. Comment on this post when you are done and let me know your Twitter name, Facebook name and email address so I can contact you if you win.

Giveaway is open to Australian residents only and ends Monday 28 November, 6pm EST (Brisbane time). Winners will be contacted by email. If a winner doesn’t give me their details within a week, another winner will be drawn.

Review: Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser

6 Nov

Recently I was given the chance to review the Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser for BellaSugar’s Sugar Spotlight. Personally I am not a huge fan of tinted moisturisers, BUT I am a fan of the new Positively Radiant range from Aveeno after using their cleanser for the past couple of months, which was much needed to bring my skin back from the flaky and desolate state it was in. So I was quite intrigued with the chance to try the Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser.

First thing that brought a smile to my dial was the fact that this tinted moisturiser was broad spectrum, protecting the face from harmful UVB and UVA rays. I am astounded by how many products don’t offer broad spectrum protection, which is so important. So BRAVO Aveeno! I love that it’s SPF 15, but I saw that in the USA the Aveeno Positively Radiant Tinted Moisturiser comes in an SPF 30? This would be more ideal for Australian conditions. I love that it’s also oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, so it’s great for all skin types.

I can’t really comment on the effectiveness of the Active Naturals Total Soy Complex to even skin tone and texture, I believe this would be more evident after an extended period of use. However the natural light-reflecting minerals it contains were great at giving a radiant glow to the face. So I guess you can fake it till you make it.

The texture was great, not too thick or runny, except I was very disappointed to find that it didn’t blend on my skin that well and seemed to “ball up”; when trying to apply with a brush, it seemed to cling to the brush and not transfer onto my skin.

My other dislike was the sheerness of the tint. Now I know it specifies sheer tint (I used the fair to light colour), however by the time I vigorously blended this into my skin (to try stop the product from balling up and sitting on top of my skin), it seemed to be all rubbed off and I was left with hardly any coverage. I had to set it with a translucent powder to give it a more matte finish and to also to soften the look of my pores. Because it doesn’t provide coverage, I had to use concealer as well. I guess this would be a great product for younger, more “perfect” skin. Great for teens to wear to school to protect the skin from sun damage (wish I had thought about this earlier, doh).

Overall, I loved the new packaging. The twist lock pump-top is great for girls who need to throw this in their overnight or gym bag and makes it that much more user-friendly. I think the only change I would make to improve this product would be to improve the formula so that it blends and melds with the skin, and maybe that would increase the chance of more coverage. I like that it is light, it just needs to take that step up from leaving my face looking naked (because really, I need a lot more to fake the ‘barely there’ look). Thanks Aveeno and BellaSugar for giving me the chance to trial this tinted moisturiser. I’m a huge fan of the positively radiant cleanser and continue to use it daily after months of use (which says a lot for a beauty blogger with products coming out her wazoo).

Invisible from the sun

1 Nov

Summer is right around the corner, and we need to start getting prepared. Yes I know you are all worried about getting your figure ready for summer, but you know what’s more important than that? Protecting your skin from the harmful sun. All the hard work and expensive products you’ve put into/onto your face over the cooler months to get your pigmentation under control is all going to be a big fat waste of time if you don’t put into place protective measures over Spring/Summer. And we all know what this means… yep, slip, slop, slap.

Now I hear you all groaning from here. “Blerghhh sunscreen is so sticky and smelly”, “Erghh how am I supposed to look stylish whilst trying to be sun safe”, “How am I supposed to wear sunscreen EVERYYYY day???”. Well I have some style tips and products that will set you up for summer and have you looking your stylish sun-safe best in time for those hot weekends ahead!

Going to the beach doesn’t have to be all garish rash shirts and fluro zinc… grap yourself a floppy wide-brimmed hat (from the Surf shops or somewhere like Sunburn) and a pair of stylish oversized sunnies, like the gorgeous House of Harlow Chelsea sunglasses (pictured below) to protect yourself from the sun. Also remember to take a clip/barrette like the Mimco one pictured below to whip your hair up into a stylish low bun so that you aren’t caught out with scraggly surf hair after your swim.

My pick for the best protective skin care in Summer (or anytime) would be the great products from Invisible Zinc. Doubling as a high performance sunscreen and moisturiser, Invisible Zinc offers a diverse range of products to help relieve your skin from daily obstacles such as dry flaky skin, dark spots and sun damage. The secret is Invisible Zinc’s chemical free formula, designed to protect you against harmful UVA and UVB rays whilst providing powerful antioxidants to make your skin look radiant and flawless.

The stand out product for me is the INVISIBLE ZINC UV Silk Shield Foundation (15g RRP AU$42) which is a hybrid of a SPF 30+ chemical free sunscreen and stick foundation. In fact, if you were none the wiser, you could be tricked into thinking this is just a stick foundation! No stickiness, no obvious sunscreen smell, no shine, and best of all… HEAPS of coverage. Like I said, this performs exactly like a full coverage cream to powder foundation stick. I love that this is a skin care, sun protection and makeup product all-in-one! It sure does come in handy when you have minimal time to get ready in the morning, as it cuts out so many extra steps. So how does it wear you ask? GREAT! This lasts all day on me (8hrs) and I have oily skin. It covers pigmentation and imperfections and I find it hardly needs a powder. Just swipe and rub in with you fingers. It glides smoothly onto the skin (like SILK!) and provides a luminous, fresh skin finish. The shade I have (medium) is a great match too. The shade variety is very limited though, so that might be a problem for some. I advise you test swatch them first, Myer and David Jones usually have testers out for this.

The other product I have been trialling is the INVISIBLE ZINC Staying Powder (12g RRP AU$38.00) which is a no-colour, setting powder  specially designed  to set and fix the IZ Tinted Daywear Anti-Ageing Moisturising Sunscreen (which needs a setting powder) and give a perfect natural finish. The product says it should melt into the skin and be invisible, sadly, for me this product kind of sits in my pores and is quite visible. It could just happen over the top of the UV Silk Shield Foundation, as it was designed to set the Tinted Daywear sunscreen, so I’m only using it when I’m wearing the tinted sunscreen (which it behaves much better with) for trips to the beach, gardening etc. The tinted daywear is much more like a sunscreen, and is a bit oilier than the Silk Shield Foundation and has less coverage.

Dab on some INVISIBLE ZINC Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm (12g RRP AU$18.00) and waterproof mascara, and you are ready to go.

Stockists include Myer, David Jones, Adore Beauty, Priceline and selected premium pharmacies.  For stockist details please call 1300 738 850 or visit www.invisiblezinc.com

INVISIBLE ZINC® IS AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED USING PATENTED AUSTRALIAN SUNSCREEN TECHNOLOGY.

[Image Source: adorebeauty.com.au  beautyheaven.com.au ]

The UV Silk Shield Foundation and the Invisible Staying Powder were provided for review. As per my disclosure statement, this did not influence my opinion in any way and all reviews are of my own honest opinion.
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