Category Archives: Beauty & makeUp

Who will win the gold medal? – Red or Yellow?

Welcome to Tuesday! 😉

I have this passion for painting my nails, which stems back to watching my older sister masterfully applying polish to her lovely nails when I was a girl.  I always admired how fabulous her nails were, and of course she was my older sister, who I always wanted to be like!

So, over the years I have tried hundreds of different brands of nail polish from non-brands to Chanel.. Not sure Coco was meant to do the dishes, as Chanel Nail polish never seemed to last that long before it started cracking!

Over the last year, I have fallen in love with the Sally Hanson Hard as Nails Extreme Wear, because their colours are fab and they seem to be the bench market for longivity!  I can usually get a week out of my nail colour.  Here is my latest purchase from their range!

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Sally Hanson Extreme Wear Nail Polish

Yesterday, I was at my local chemist picking up some tweezers, when I came upon this wall of colour – it was like Nail Polish Heaven.  It was a range from Designer Brand label TBN – The Beauty Network.  This range of products, which there are loads of including nail colours is built on the premise that their products are similar to the high end cosmetic brands but at a fraction of the price.

So, the nail polish cost me $2.50 – I could not believe it.  You can pay up to $35 for a nail polish.. and these were $2.50.  The sales lady trying trying to get me to buy 5 for $10 – CRAZY!!!  I had to try one, to see what it was like  – I chose yellow.

Colour by TBN – Yellow

So, today, I  decided that I would nail test this polish up against my current favourite Sally Hanson – which will be the control ( do you remember science – funny).  The Sally Hanson Extreme Nails can be purchased most places nail polish is bought.  I got this red on from Coles!

So, to ensure that we are comparing apples with apples – as the saying goes,  I applied 2 coats of each colour, and a Sally Hanson Top coat.  I did not apply a base coat.  Here is my artistic photo of the 2 colours.. Very Mcdonalds like! – ha ha

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Nails by TBN and Sally Hanson

Over the coming days, I will see how they both fair, and let you know the results.  So, far they are doing pretty well!  I must say that the Sally Hanson with 2 coats does look a little better.  The Colour by TBN would be better if I applied another coat.   Wish these colours good luck!!

So, my question for you all today, is what is your favoured brand of nail polish??  What is your favourite colour.. Are you into the trend of nail art??

Looking forward to the results as the end of the week!!

Til then – be Good!

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What are you talking about? What’s a Chubby Stick?

Well, I am talking about Cosmetic Giant – Clinique’s amazing product – Its’ Chubby stick!  Interesting name for this product, but boy is it great!

Over the past couple of months I have seen advertisements everywhere for this product. At the bus stop, on buses and mentioned in countless magazines.  I have read loads of reviews on them, and thought I had to try one.

So, off to my local David Jones Clinique Counter, and the lovely cosmetics expert showed me the sticks!

She went on to tell me that Clinique’s Chubby Stick is the highest selling lip product worldwide!  Some feat, I assure you.  Hundred thousands are sold every day.  She went onto tell me that it is a cross between a lipstick, lip balm and gloss.  She showed me all the lovely colours (below)

Clinique Chubby Stick- Colour Range

Clinique describes these pencil like products as
“Super-nourishing balm is loaded with mango and shea butters. Just what dry, delicate lips need to feel comfortably soft and smooth. ”

My next question was the price.. OK, it was $35 and a was a little poor for the rest of the week after my purchase!   After much liberation, I am a Libran after all,  I chose the 02 – Whole lotta honey below

I love the pencil like product that is great and very easy to use!  Even my 4 year old daughter was able to use the product with ease, so much so, that I have to hide it she does not use it!  I love it size, and screws up and down like a normal lip balm.

Now, this is just a lip balm, so do not expect and strong pigment in colour.  The Clinique website clearly states that it is a sheer coverage and that is just what it is.  Just see my lovely photo below is see the difference between nothing, and wearing the balm.  What do you think?

I do like the product when I remember which bag it is in, and does feel a little more sexy than my usual go to which is Blistex.  As with all Clinique’s product it is fragrance free, which I think I really really like the most.  It feels great on, and very moisturizing.  It lasts just as long as a regular balm too.   I think it is perfect.

I find that when I go to work, that I usually wear a lipstick, which after lunch is gone, so putting this on gives me some colour but not too obvious!

So, I would suggest that you get yourself out there and get yourself one.

Has anyone got one of these Chubby’s??  What colour did you get??  What do you think of it?

Til next time… Be Good!

Clinique images are all care of Clinique Australia

 

Farewell Chanel, Kerastase & Dr Brandt! Hello L’oreal, SkinDoctors & Toni & Guy!

OK, being less frivolous with my money and in attempting to reduce my credit card debt, I decided that I should also apply this method to my beauty regime,  seeing that I am on a budget.

Traditionally, I was the person who usually bought products, yes, like Chanel, Dr Brandt, Clarins and the all the rest.  I love trying new products, and always made sure that they were expensive, because you know in my head, it made me look good.. quite funny now that I think of it..  Most people really do not care what products you use unless its  a miracle cream, and we know that they really do not exist.

Goodbye My dear Chanel

So, the day came when I squeezed the last bit out of my Chanel Cleanser.  It was the saddest day, well, for that week anyway.  The Chanel Precision Mousse Doucer Rinse Off Foaming Cleanser, was the most luxurious face wash I ever used.  It was just totally beautiful on my face.  The foam particles were so small, and fluffy..  uh, I can remember how it felt. BUT  I just could not justify paying about $50 for a tube of face wash, even if it did last for some time.   It would leave me down half my weekly budget for that week… hmm, not too good.

Late last year, I was also seduced by the Chanel ladies to try their Beauty Serum, cause at the time, Lancome was promoting their latest serum, and I thought well, I need a serum too! and I did not want to get what everyone was raving about, so I decided to get the Chanel  Hydra Beauty Serum.  This was an additional $115, on top of the $90 that I was paying for their moisturizer.  That came with the $130 eye cream, sorry ladies, I can not recall the exact name.

So, when 2012 came around and I was coming to the end of these products, funny it all comes around at the same time. Not sure I would call them fabulous, would it be terrible to say that I was not overly impressed with their products, except the face wash??.  What would Mademoiselle say.. sorry Coco.. I could not justify the cost of getting the same products.

Now the same thing happened with my shampoo and conditioner.  For years I had been using Kerastase products at about $50 a bop! and that was just for the shampoo.  The leave-in conditioner was just under $60! Shane nearly died one day when I told him one day that I was paying that much for shampoo and conditioner, but again I tell you it was luxurious.. I love what it did for my hair.

My old Shampoo

With the new year and attempting to reduce my consumption of, ok everything, all my products were impacted.  Now for a little history, I recall so clearly as a teenager admiring my sister-in-law for all the wonderful products she had in her bathroom, mainly Clairns, which was popular in the late 90’s.  I wanted to be like that.  It all changed years later when I visited her bathroom and noticed all her products had changed, as had her life.  She now was married to my brother of course, and had 2 children! Priorities had changed, and beauty did not seem as important as it was.. I so, remember telling myself that I was never going to be like that.  I was ALWAYS going to have my liuxurious products.

OMG – how that has changed! I too, are married not and have children, and can really see how my priorities have changed!!

POW – you are back in the present.  So, with this, I was a little excited to see what I could find out there that would match the expensive brands.  Initally, I started out with some really basic products.  I started to use QV Gentle Face Cleanser, which seems to get raves from many fashion magazines.  I was quite happy with this product, not as luxurious as Chanel but it was effective.

Next were moisturizers.  Over the months I have tried a couple of supermarket brands – OMG – yes, that’s where I went.  I tried the L’oreal Rivitalift range, which I was impressed with.  These were really inexpensive products at approx $30 for day and night cream.  If you were lucky, Coles or Wolies had them on special!  I thought I would try something a little different, and found Youth Cell by the Skin Doctors at my favorite place THE CHEMIST WEAR HOUSE 

My new friends in the fight against age!

I have just started using these products, and I am happy with them so far.. will let you know if there are any dramatic crack reductions.  Crack you as?  That is what my 4 year old daugther calls wrinkles.. Precious!!

Finally, my hair care products!!  I am using a L’oreal range, which is organic, and more recently Coles and Woolies have stocked some Toni & guy Products, which I am enjoying.

So, whats the morale of this post?  and I will tell you, as I user of both luxurious and cheaper hair care and skin care products, I can not seem to see the difference.  If you have a look, most of the brands are now owned by the likes of L’oreal and bigger cosmetic conglomerates.  The way I see is it it unless you want to be a the forefront of skincare, if you wait a little the more reasonable priced brands like L’oreal, and Olay will eventually include these ingredients in their products

I was watching a Youtube clip from Bethenny Frankel on her new show, and I tend to agree with her comments, that suggest it is about CONSISTENCY rather that the actual products!  As long as you wear moisturizer with SPF and an eye every day, you will be giving your skin the moisture it needs.  I was at a Clinique Counter and the lovely lady told me the same…

maybe one day, I will get back to using those products but I know that I will be doing it for a better reason than looking good to everyone else!  🙂

So, I am interested to know, has your beauty products changed over the years?? Do you religiously use the same products??  What are your favourite products what ever the price?

And with that I will farewell you!!!

Til next time be good!!