Archive | April, 2012

Wake Up & Glow!

26 Apr

If you didn’t know, I started a new job about 7 months ago… a FULL on job. It’s fast paced with long hours and sometimes I find myself up at the crack of dawn and need to make myself presentable for the 10-12 hours ahead, without the aid of my beloved 8-hours beauty sleep.

Thank heavens for the new Wake Me Up Foundation from Rimmel London, a liquid foundation that instantly re-awakens skin with a healthy, radiant looking glow,whilst also helping to minimise signs of premature ageing. No matter how little hours sleep I had last night, this anti-fatigue foundation immediately helps to eliminate visible signs of tiredness. I should know… it’s been my saviour many a time.

The other reason I love this foundation is because it’s a multi-tasking beauty product, as the foundation is also imparted with illuminating particles. When I only have 15 mins to get my face on in the morning, this foundation is all I need to look “alive” with its radiance pearls to help illuminate skin with a gorgeous, healthy-looking glow. And not an oil slick kind of glow… no no no. It’s a natural ‘I look this good when I wake up’ kind of glow. I sometimes I even wear this foundation without powder over the top to take advantage of the dewy glow (SHOCK HORROR!), and I’ve never looked in the mirror and thought, ewwww look at that oily t-zone.

The foundation’s light, smooth texture glides on easily to give a 100% pore-less coverage with an even, flawless, natural-looking finish, not mask-like. Effortlessly easy to blend and immediately moisturises so skin feels hydrated all day, Wake Me Up also feels so lightweight and comfortable that I don’t even notice I’m wearing it.

But wait! There’s more… the high-tech formulation features peptides, which helps increase skin elasticity, so it can recover and bounce back more quickly. As a result, my skin looks more radiant and fresh. Finally (and most importantly), Wake Me Up Foundation is the first Rimmel foundation to contain an SPF 15 to help protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays. BIG TICK!

There are 5 shades in the range, and I found that I matched well to 103 True Ivory AND 303 True Nude, which is a little bit darker but would be a summer colour for me. The glass bottle is a little bit on the risky side (as in slip and smash risk :P), but it gives it a luxurious feel, and with the added advantage of a pump top (my fave) I am very very impressed with the overall packaging and performance of this product.

Wake Me Up Foundation is AU $19.95 and available now from from David Jones, Kmart, Target, Coles, Big W, Woolworths, Chemist Warehouse, Priceline, Priceline pharmacy and selected pharmacies nationally. For stockists please call 1800 812 663.

I was kindly sent these products for consideration, as per my disclosure statement, this did not influence my opinion in any way and all reviews are of my own honest opinion.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects for Easter

17 Apr

Before Easter, I was sent some of the NEW Sally Hansen SALON EFFECTS Easter edition nail strips to try out. I have tried “nail strips” before with not much to say. They were okay, but they didn’t last past day 2 without chipping.

However I have not had the chance to try the Sally Hansen SALON EFFECTS until now… Sally Hansen’s revolutionary nail design product SALON EFFECTS introduces new designs to celebrate Easter. These 5 Easter themed looks for your nails, are easy to achieve at home and offer incredible, ten-day staying power.


I received the cute and chirpy Not A Peep, along with Pink a Dot and All A Flutter, but Not A Peep was chosen for the honour of my “Easter Mani” on the Easter long weekend just past. And boy was it KAH-UTEEEE!!! Check ’em…


I was due for the removal of my CND Shellac so after the tedious task of removing my shellac, I got to work on applying the nail polish strips… which surprisingly were very easy to do once you get a hang of it. They were the easiest strips I’ve ever tried to apply so far and fit my nail shape perfectly as you can see in the above photo.

The prep of your nails is the most important.

  • Start with clean dry nails
  • Push back cuticles with wooden stick (supplied)
  • Shape free edge of nail with hot pink side of file (supplied)
  • Gently smooth nail bed with white side of file (supplied)
  • Give nails a good once over with nail polish remover (preferably containing acetone) to remove any excess dirt and oil. This is extreeeemmmely important as it helps the nail strips last longer as it ensures there is no trace of oils or residue on the nail bed that may ultimately cause the nail strips to lift off the nail.

Follow the instructions on the leaflet contained in the pack and hey presto! Nail art in minutes that would take ages in a salon.

Each Salon Effects™ Easter kit includes 16 nail polish strips, a cuticle stick, mini file/buffer and instructions for easy, at-home application – everything you need for fun themed nails. When you’re ready to change your nail strips, simply swipe nails with your favourite Sally Hansen polish remover for an instantly clean slate.

Because Salon Effects is made from real nail polish, be sure to use all strips immediately upon opening otherwise they will dry out.

My mani lasted 7 days and still looked as perfect as day 1. If I hadn’t taken them off to do my shellac again, I would confidently say that they would have lasted well over 10 days! So very impressed!

Recommended Retail Price: $14.95

Sally Hansen Easter Salon Effects are available 1st March 2012 from Priceline, Priceline Pharmacy, Target, David Jones and selected pharmacies nationally for a limited time only. For stockists please call 1800 812 663.

I was kindly sent these products for consideration, 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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