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Tried & Tested Trio : Facial Cleansing Brushes

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Whether you’re an avid skincare lover who loves to splurge on expensive lotions and potions or a budget beauty gal who buys drugstore skincare products, you NEED to exfoliate regularly to remove dead skin and to allow potent ingredients to penetrate deeper and work their magic.  There are many ways to exfoliate effectively and today I’m going to review a trio of facial cleansing brushes – Clarisonic Mia, Skin Physics Derma Sonic and Philips VisaPure (psst – you can win one of these in my giveaway at the end of this post!)


Beauty Newbies : Essie, Beyonce, Lancome & Tom Ford

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1.  Essie Madison Ave-Hue Collection

Reason #652 to go to Priceline (Australian drugstore mecca) is because they now sell Essie polishes!

And what’s new is the Essie Madison Ave-Hue Collection which are (from left to right) :

  • Bond With Whomever – pastel lilac creme
  • Maximillian Strasse-Her – sandy green creme
  • Avenue Maintain – French blue creme
  • Madison Ave-Hue – hot pink with silver flecks
  • Go Ginza – muted lilac pink
  • Hip-anema (missing shade from my collection) – a bright red creme

Essie nail polishes can be purchased at Myer or Priceline at RRP $18.95 AUD.


Guest Blog : Breakfast & Brushes with Dean Nixon

Baby Bump & Food Porn

…and The Bad Beauty Blogger Award™ goes to yours truly for severe neglect of this beauty blog.  Le sigh.  And I can’t even blame it on morning all-day sickness any more because I have officially been vom-free for 10 days!  YAYYYY!!!  But instead of lying on my couch and feeling poorly, I have been going out to restaurants and stuffing my face with food galore like it is going out of fashion!  I am just sooooo happy that I can eat food once again!!!!  Yes, this also means that my bump is rapidly growing…along with my boobies as I have gone from 32A to 36DD!  Yes, double D suckers!!!  I went to get measured for maternity bras yesterday and I felt like a pre-pubescent teenager all over again…except I giggled non-stop at the bra cups as they are MA-HOOSIVE and almost as big as my big pancake face!  LOL!

Anyway, I will be resuming regular beauty blogging ASAP because who reads boring mummy blogs anyway? I have shopped up a beauty storm and cannot wait to share some precious beauties with you all.  Meanwhile, my lovely name twinsie Ling from Six Inch Heel has kindly offered up a guest blog post to entertain you all featuring the one and only Dean Nixon AKA Master Makeup – which I featured previously here


Dupe Report : Is L’Oreal Shine Caresse a YSL Glossy Stain Dupe?

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The question on every lippy lover’s lips is – Is L’Oreal Shine Caresse a YSL Glossy Stain dupe?  

The products in this Dupe Report are YSL Glossy Stain #25 and L’Oreal Paris Shine Caresse Eve.  Please note that I did not deliberately purchase these shades to match each other so there may be closer shade matches out there.  I bought YSL #25 without swatching but with beauty blogger recommendations – the best enablers!

Without further ado, let’s get on with this Dupe Report…


Beauty Bites #11 – From I Heart Peplum To #BeautyBloggerProblems

Welcome to another edition of Beauty Bites which is basically snippets of my beauty-filled life mixed in with a splodge of Instagram – you better be stalking me @Xyling!

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1.  I Heart Peplum!

I have a thing for red dresses so I was super duper happy to find a red peplum dress in the Forever New sales section – only $30!!  Don’t be deceived by the photo.  It’s a super slimming magic mirror.  In real life, I look like a sausage but I will starve myself tonight to fit into the dress for tomorrow :P  ”What’s on tomorrow?”, you ask – see the next picture!!!


Beauty Bites #10 – Bewitching, Blood, Back-ne…

blood, split head Hello beauties, blog posting this week hasn’t exactly gone to plan because if you stalk me on Twitter / Facebook / Instagram, you will know that I head-butted a table corner whilst taking lipstick swatches!!  LOL.  Yes, literally, blood, sweat and tears go into my beauty blog!!!  { full story here

Anyway, I thought I’d do a quick Beauty Bites post till I can put my blogging hat back on *wink*…