Month: June 2011

#bbloggersoz Week 6 Topic Revealed

It’s time to reveal this week’s topic for #bbloggersoz.  Are you all excited?

How do you deal with negative comments? How do you handle haters?

Please think of any suggestions you have or if you have any questions related to this topic, please ask them during the Twitter chat.

Date : Sunday 3rd July 2011
Time : 8-9pm AEST
Hashtag : #bbloggersoz

Here’s a quick reminder of the rules :-

1. Have fun! We are sharing opinions, not arguing who’s opinion is better or worse. This is a discussion, not a debate.
2. No link-spamming, no self-promoting. This is a fun chat for everybody, not for self gain!
3. Some of you may like to RT what others have said. Please remove the hashtag if you are RTing within the hour of the chat to ensure that the main #bbloggersoz stream stays clear of repeats.

My twitter name  is @xyling and Celeste is @becbeautiful.

Spread the word and I hope to see all of you tweeting up a storm on Sunday!

And if you have any suggestions for future #bbloggersoz topics, please leave a comment.

Skin Virtue Pure Line Repair Advanced Eye Renewal Complex

Last week, I posted a glowing review on a product in the Skin Virtue Pure Anti-Age range – the Super Nourishing Cream Cleanser.  Today, I am going to review the eye cream in this range – Skin Virtue Pure Line Repair Advanced Eye Renewal Complex (RRP $68 AUD for 15ml).

Product Description

A deep penetrating ultra rich eye renewal complex formulated to replenish eye contour area.  Provides extra moisture needed to fight first signs of aging while immediately softening fine lines and wrinkles.  Continued use of Skin Virtue Pure Line Repair replenishes skin moisture balance, providing nourishment to revitalize eye contour area leaving it refreshed, renewed and radiant.

Product Ingredients

My Opinions

Do you know what is complex about Skin Virtue Pure Line Repair Advanced Eye Renewal Complex?  The unnecessary long name!

Apart from that, I am in love with the adorable packaging.  It’s so cute.  I don’t know if they were going for ‘cute’ but I just love that it’s a dinky bottle with a pump.  So much more interesting than the other eye creams I own – squeezy tube or glass jar.

Be careful when you first use the pump and don’t do a full squirt like I did which resulted in too much cream for my eyes.  Only a gentle tiny squirt of the pump is required to retrieve sufficient product for both eyes.

I do not use eye creams every day as I find them too rich for my delicate eye area and develop milia (whiteheads) easily.  Removing them is an eye-watering painful process (I squeeze them) so I was not prepared to use Skin Virtue Pure Line Repair Advanced Eye Renewal Complex daily to see if it would produce milia around my eyes.  But I did use it every second day for 4 weeks.

This eye cream glided onto skin easily and it was non-greasy and absorbed easily.  My dark circles did not get lighter but I noticed less puffiness.  The ingredient list contains moisturising and beneficial ingredients so I am sure with time, I will notice more improvement with the skin around my eyes.

Likes Cute pump packaging, nourishing ingredients, reduced puffy eyes
Dislikes No SPF, complex name
The Best Beauty Blog Rating 8 out of 10

I feel extremely blessed that I was sent a couple of products from the Skin Virtue range to test out.  I found a fantastic cream cleanser which has cemented its place in my Winter skincare routine and the eye cream has shown promising results in the relatively short amount of time I have used it.  There are more products in their range that I will be keen to purchase to test out.

For more information, please visit Skin Virtue website.

#bbloggersoz Summary : How To Keep Content Fresh?

Sunday’s #bbloggersoz topic was – How to keep content fresh? Unfortunately, I was not able to participate as I have Scottish visitors over and we were doing touristy stuff.  But Celeste said that everyone had a ball!  YAY!  And she kindly summarised it all for us.

So what did our beauty bloggers have to say on this topic?

Keep any unfinished posts in your drafts. You might find inspiration to finish them/improve them later on.

A lot of my blog inspirations come from celebrities, especially with my FOTDs/makeup looks.

Sometimes it worth to have a quiz / poll on your blog. Let your readers to tell you what they want you to post about.

I think a big part of producing good content is to never assume that you’re too good/good enough.

I also get a lot of inspiration from the fashion world .. “colour blocking” and “lady like” fashion also inspire makeup looks.

Write about what you love, love what you write about 😉

Trend reporting takes dedication. If you don’t love it yourself, your writing will show that. Stick to writing about what you love.

I think it’s always good to have a sense of humour about yourself and blogging. Eg. my love of DUCKFACE.

Personal stories are a big turn-on for me when I read blogs. Don’t just tell me something is pretty, I want to know more!

I’m new to the scene but I just think of what I would like to read in other blogs when I put up a post.

Treat EVERYTHING like a beauty story… smudged your mascara? How to clean a smudged mascara is a story!

Read. A lot. Read magazines, webzines, books, blogs, etc on beauty, fashion, etc. You’ll find lots of inspiration there.

I browse the aisles of Priceline and try and find new things that I might want to try that won’t break the budget.

Find your unique voice and don’t be scared to use it.

I also read a lot of magazines and spend as much time as I can discussing content with others to bounce ideas off each other

Wow!  Amazing advice!!!  Learning never stops – it is an eternal journey and hallelujah for that!

Stay tuned for the new #bbloggersoz topic to be revealed on Thursday – it’s gonna be a good one!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Commander In Chic & Pat On The Black – Review & Swatches

Do you remember me telling you about the Sally Hansen goody bag I won a few weeks ago?  I warned you that there’d be lots of Sally Hansen blog posts so here is a review of more of her products.  Check out these two sexy bottles of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Commander In Chic and Pat On The Black.

Sally Hansen nail polishes

Hot or what?  But we all know it is not what outside that matters, but it’s what’s inside that counts.  Let me break it down for you :

Packaging
The unique shape and design of the glass bottle gets a thumbs-up from me.  But I’m not a big fan of the stickers of the Sally Hansen labels – embossing FTW.  The chrome lids attract fingerprints like you would expect.

Brush


I freakin’ love the wide flat brush as they seem to deliver just the right amount of product and coats my nails evenly with 3 brush strokes – middle, right, left.  Reminds me of the brush from Missha Leopard Nail Polish.  For the swatches below, I did not need tidy up the edges so you can see how well designed the brush is.

Formula
The consistency varies.  I felt that Commander In Chic was thicker in a good way whereas Pat On The Black was thinner and somewhat lacking.  Wasn’t as quick drying as I would have liked it to be, but there were no bubbles nor lumpy bits upon drying.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure have 5 steps in 1 bottle – Base Coat, Strengthener, Growth Treatment, Color and Top Coat.  (This explains why this did not leave a stain on my nails when I removed it a few days later as I was too lazy to put on a base coat…but turns out, it contains base coat already.  YAY!)


Commander In Chic


Out of the two Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail polishes I received, Commander In Chic was the winner.  It is a beautiful taupe shade with a glossy finish.  I never ever imagined this colour would look good on me, but it is absolutely stunning.  It just looks great for all occasions.

Seriously drop dead gorgeous from one coat.  And see what a great job the brush is at delivering colour.


Pat On The Black


Pat On The Black is a rich blackcurrant colour which gets a mixed response from me.  This shade suits my skin tone but there’s just something about it that doesn’t turn me on.  Perhaps it was the somewhat thinner formula which required 2 coats to achieve opacity but even then, the finish doesn’t look as good as Commander In Chic.  Reminds me of undiluted Ribena.

There are 42 colours in the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure range which are calling out my name but I must resist!!

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Lip Shine & Divine Shine Lip Plumper

If you’re a regular reader of The Best Beauty Blog, you’ll realise that FACE OF AUSTRALIA is one of my favourite Australian make-up brands.  I am genuinely impressed with the quality of their products at drugstore prices.  A while ago, I was sent two of their lip products to review – FOA Mineral Lip Shine in Fairy Floss and FOA Divine Shine Lip Plumper in Lavish Instinct.

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Lip Shine

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Lip Shine is infused with natural mineral pigments to deliver radiant shine and sheer colour with no synthetic dyes. FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Lip Shine contains antioxidant vitamins and skin hydrating ingredients to keep lips soft and protected. Natural sun protection filters shield lips from everyday environmental aggressors and boosts the recovery of the skins’ natural moisture level.

  • A cross between a lipgloss and lipstick
  • Glides on easily and moisturises lips
  • Staying power of 3-4 hours before reapplication is required
  • Has a slight vanilla taste and smell – but it is not too sickly
  • Fairy Floss is a lovely sheer candyfloss pink

FACE OF AUSTRALIA Divine Shine Lip Plumper

Cinnamon & Ginger stimulate circulation below the skin’s surface, encouraging lips to flush and plump. Menthol combines to produce a longer lasting plumping effect for bigger lips. Lanolin fills fine lines and makes lips appear smoother & fuller. Intense light reflecting pigments ensure a mirror-like gloss effect.

  • When I first saw FOA Divine Shine Lip Plumper, I will admit that it didn’t instantly catch my attention, but then I fell in love upon the first application!
  • The smell and presence of cinnamon and ginger is obvious but it is not overpowering – in fact, I would welcome more of it!
  • There is a slight tingling sensation in the lips and I was expecting my lips to double in size, but nothing happened…  Nevertheless, my lips don’t require plumping up though
  • Lavish Instinct is a sheer shimmery caramel colour which reminds me of Bobbi Brown’s Shimmer Lip Gloss in Rose Gold which I reviewed a few months ago (in fact, if I have to compare the two of them, FOA would win hands down in performance and affordability as a lipgloss)

Have you tried any of these FACE OF AUSTRALIA lip products?

For more information, please check out FACE OF AUSTRALIA website.

Trilogy Gentle Moisturising Conditioner

I had a dodgy haircut in Malaysia in January and I am still growing it out.  I also got it chemically straightened and every night, I use a hairdryer (ooh, I bought a Remington one the other week so look out for my review) – so my hair is totally over-processed.  Sighs.  I bought Trilogy Gentle Moisturising Conditioner to give my hair much-needed TLC.

What Trilogy Says

Rescue dry, damaged and over-treated hair with this super-nourishing gentle conditioner.

Restore elasticity, moisture, body and shine with this creamy lightweight formula to leave hair silky smooth and tangle-free.

Enriched with wheat amino acids, Rosehip, Avocado, Olive and Coconut oils, it gently nourishes and enriches your hair exactly where it is needed most.

Product Ingredients

Aqua (Purified Spring Water), Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate (AND) Cetyl Alcoh, Cyclomethicone, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Panthenol, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, , Persea Gratissima (Avocado Fruit) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, , Arctium Lappa (Burdock) Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate, Mel (Honey), Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl, Citronellol, Alcohol*, Citral, D-Limonene, Eugenol, Farnesol, Geraniol, Isoeugenol, Linalool, *From 100% Natural Essential Oils

My Opinions

Trilogy Gentle Moisturising Conditioner smells divine from the mixture of essential oils.  I love smelling my hair!

This product is gentle and soothing on my occasionally itchy scalp.  This is probably due to the lack of harsh chemicals (no SLS!) in its formula.  Yay for that!  But I have to be careful not to apply too much conditioner to my scalp because I can get greasy roots easily.  My hair is usually tangle-free so I can’t say whether this Trilogy conditioner is a detangler.

My hair feels soft, silky, shiny and smells amazing after using Trilogy Gentle Moisturising Conditioner.  I definitely need to try the shampoo too.

Again, like the Trilogy Body Wash, the sticker label on the outside of the bottle doesn’t work well in my shower and it becomes grubby and icky.  Dear Trilogy, please sort out the packaging for products which need to live in my shower cubicle and I will send you a million kisses.  Thanks!

RRP $19.95AUD for 250ml on the Trilogy website

What conditioner are you using?

Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color Digital

I received this Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Nail Color in Digital – which is a microshimmer hot pink – as part of a GWP many moons ago.  When I first cracked it open and swatched it, I realised I had a very similar shade – China Glaze Limbo Bimbo (which was shown here).

China Glaze Limbo Bimbo and Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Digital could be twins…except I think China Glaze has that extra shine factor.

Nevertheless, a girl can never have too many hot pink nail polishes so today, I’ve painted my toe nails and my fingernails in Sally Hansen HD Hi-Definition Digital.  Pretty in pink!!!

What’s on your nails today?

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