The Best Beauty Blog http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com Beauty & The Best (no beast) Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:18:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Review : L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/review-loreal-paris-skin-perfection-3-in-1-purifying-micellar-solution/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/review-loreal-paris-skin-perfection-3-in-1-purifying-micellar-solution/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 03:10:51 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9627 You have just finished reading Review : L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection Micellar Water Solution in Australia

I’ve heard that L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution is making its way to Australia soon-ish, but meanwhile I got my cousin to buy me not one, but TWO bottles of this baby from Boots (UK drugstore mecca; Aussie equivalent is the beloved Priceline) when she came to Australia last October (yes, my review is nearly half a year late!).  I’m glad I got her to buy me TWO bottles because…(spoiler alert)…I love it a lot!

You may be thinking – Girl, it’s just a make-up remover!  What’s the big dealio?

Well, please allow me to waffle on and share my love…

L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

The reasons why I love L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution are :-

  • It is a make-up remover which does NOT STING MY EYES
  • It is a make-up remover which is UNSCENTED (not like “chemically unscented” but it’s like the smell of plain water which ummm…has no smell)
  • It is a make-up remover which does not leave my skin feeling all tight
  • It is a make-up remover which does not leave behind a film nor residue of make-up remover
  • It is a make-up remover which DOUBLES up as a cleanser and toner so I can just wipe of my make-up and go straight to moisturiser WITHOUT RINSING*

*Can I just say that BB (before baby), I would FEEL ALL KINDS OF WEIRD without cleansing my face even after using the other famous micellar water, Bioderma.  But nowadays, I am EXTREMELY (yes. it deserves capitals!) time-poor so I skip double cleansing…and yikes, I may have skipped moisturising my face on the odd nights too!  But I have NEVER gone to bed with make-up on!

L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution

There are two things I dislike about L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution and that’s the packaging and the dispenser.

  • Rectangular packaging may look all chic but it’s just slightly bulky and non-ergonomic for my wrist – which is a bit wrecked from rocking a cranky baby to sleep.
  • And also the hole dispenser – it gushes out with too much product too quickly.

I know some girls don’t like using micellar water make-up removers because it doesn’t remove all kinds of make-up with one swipe, especially the waterproof mascaras and products with the long-lasting formulae.  But I have never ever found a make-up remover that does the “one swipe removes it all”.  Even with the infamous Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils which I LOVE (because I am biased and love everything Shu), sometimes I find that if not rinsed off properly around the eye area, it’s “Hello Milia!”.

L'Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution or Bioderma Crealine H2O

Anyway, before I finish my waffle review, it would not be right if I didn’t mention how L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution measured up against the other famous micellar water, Bioderma Crealine H2O.

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I applied 3 make-up products to my thunder thigh :

  • Face Of Australia Big Volumising Lash Mascara** – gives me fat lashes
  • L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Le Smoky Eyeliner** – great for a smudged out eyeliner look
  • Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Grandest Grape – an on-trend lip colour

(** denotes press sample sent for editorial consideration)

And using a cotton-ball soaked in each micellar water, I applied the same pressure and swiped once.

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As you can see, there are still remnants of make-up left.  So I swiped again.

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And this time, you can see that all the make-up is removed from the first column, but there is still a trace left for the second column.

Can you guess which is the winning product in my mini experiment?

Well, it was Bioderma Crealine H2O!!!

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Secretly, I’m glad because I spent $30 on the Bioderma Crealine H2O (500ml) and only £4.99 (equivalent to around $8) on L’Oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution (200ml) so it bloomin’ well better work better! :P  Anyway, I know there is another drugstore micellar water in the Aussie market from Garnier – would have loved to use it in my experiment to see how it fares but I’m on Project 100 Pan so no new purchases for me at the mo.

Are you a fan of micellar water?  If so, which one?  And if not, what do you use to remove make-up instead?  Sometimes I even use the same baby wipes I use to wipe my baby’s bottom!  Not literally by the way!!!  I use a brand new wipe for me and a brand new wipe for her bottom :P

P.S.  I’m conducting my first official Reader Survey.  Please have your say { CLICK HERE } otherwise don’t complain if I start writing about topics like “Ryan Gosling Had An Affair With My Mother-In-Law” (bahahaha, AS IF!) or “How To Use A Vibrator To Settle A Baby As Seen On SATC” —> Tine from Beautyholics Anonymous taught me BTW! :P

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Reader Survey : Please Help Me!!! http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/reader-survery-please-help-me/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/reader-survery-please-help-me/#comments Sun, 16 Mar 2014 07:19:15 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9622 You have just finished reading Reader Survey : Please Help Me!!! which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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YOUR HELPNEEDED!!!

Hi everyone!  Sorry for no new posts recently but I’ve been dealing with Miss Crankypants aka my baby girl all week as she is going through some 12 week growth spurt thingo!  Anyway, I NEED YOUR HELP!!!  I have conducted my first every official Reader Survey because I need to know your input and feedback to determine the future of this blog.  Without you, my dear readers, this blog is nothing!!!  Please, please, please click through and tell me your honest feedback.  It’s just a short wee survey with 8 questions but it will help me figure out a few things I am planning to work on.  And I will blog about all the results in a few weeks.  Thank you kindly for your time!

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Beauty Newbies : Nails, Nails & More Nails! http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/beauty-newbies-nails-nails-more-nails/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/beauty-newbies-nails-nails-more-nails/#comments Sun, 23 Feb 2014 21:00:56 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9602 You have just finished reading Beauty Newbies : Nails, Nails & More Nails! which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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New Nail Launches in Australia featuring Revlon Perfumerie, Maybelline Brocades, Essie Colors of Couture, Avon Nail Art Strips, Maybelline Express Remover

A bunch of nail mail care packages arrived on my beauty desk recently – big thanks to Revlon, Maybelline, Essie and Avon for their support.  I’ve finally got round to swatching, snapping pics and sharing my thoughts with you *smiles* (pats myself on the back for all the alliteration achieved!)

1.  Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel swatches, Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Australia

There are currently 24 scented nail polishes (love how there’s so much variety) in the Parfumerie collection which are split into 3 groups :-

  1. Fruits & Florals : Lime Basil, Pink Pineapple, China Flower, African Tea Rose, Apricot Nectar, Ginger Melon, Orange Blossom, Wild Violets
  2. Sweets & Spices : Espresso, Moonlit Woods, Chocolate Truffle, Autumn Spice, Balsam Fir, Bordeaux, Spun Sugar, Italian Leather
  3. Freshes : Powder Puff, Fresh Linen, Surf Spray, Lavender Soap, Whitemint, Beachy, Tropical Rain, Sunlit Grass

(*Please note that they are not written in order as seen in the photo – I didn’t have time to sort it out because of my crying baby – but if I find time, I will fix it up!)

Revlon nail polishes are one of my favourite drugstore nail brands as their formulations paint beautifully.  And now it’s even better with an added in-scent-ive!  See what I did there?!  The only downside is that the fragrance is only obvious when it is dry.  I didn’t read the small print on the label so I sniffed around 15 of them – “why does it still smell like normal nail polish?” – before I got really high realised.  DOH!

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel swatches, Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Australia

I will confess that as your beauty guinea pig, I haven’t had the chance to swatch and smell them all (a bit difficult at the moment with my newborn bubs) but the ones I have swatched, smelt and liked the most so far are :

  • Orange Blossom – smells fruity and yummy and makes me want to lick my nails!!
  • Wintermint – the frosty mint with turquoise glitter is what really caught my eye and once dried, it has a subtle minty toothpaste smell
  • Moonlit Woods – it actually smells like a sweet perfume that my sister wears – but I can’t remember the name of it…

Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Collection is available at all Revlon counters now at RRP : $15.95

2.  Maybelline NY Color Show Brocades Limited Edition Collection

Maybelline NY Color Show Brocades Limited Edition Collection

Forget adding sparkles to your life, just glitter bomb your nails!  ”Metallic glitter shades that are plated into a golden, holographic base” equates to awesomeness!

There are 5 colours : Foil Flash, Knitted Gold, Rosy Rosettes, Beaming Blue and Sapphire Stitch

However, as with all glitter-based nail polishes, they are a bitch tricky to remove – you have been warned!  If you are time poor like me, don’t paint all your nails with glitter but just use it as an accent nail or just paint the tips for easier removal.

Maybelline Color Show Brocades are limited edition so get in quick!  Available at Maybelline stockists until March at RRP : $ 5.95 – cheap as chips!

3.  Essie Colors Of Couture Collection

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For the ladies who prefer work-friendly, subdued and chic shades, this Essie collection is made for you!

  • Blanc : white
  • Ballet Slippers : pale baby soft pink
  • Ladylike : mauve
  • Sand Tropez : grey-beige = greige
  • Master Plan : grey
  • Smokin’ Hot : smokey plum

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All of these applied like a dream with two coats to achieve full opacity.  I am genuinely surprised that I cannot pick out a favourite because I freakin’ love them all!!!  Yup, all of them!  Well played Essie, well played!

Essie Colors Of Couture Collection swatches

Even my baby girl loves them too!

Essie Colors Of Couture Collection will be in store at Priceline and selected pharmacies from March to April at RRP : $16.95

4.  Avon Nail Art Design Strips

Avon Nail Art Design Strips

Nail polishes aside, there’s these nail art strips (nail wraps / stickers) from Avon.  Now, I must confess that I have a love-hate relationship with nail wraps.  I love that when applied correctly with an awesome nail art design, it has the WOW factor without paying salon prices.  You also don’t have to wait for your nails to dry.  But I hate that it is rather fiddly and takes a while (there’s a lot of nail filing) for a nail wrap noob like me to apply.

Avon Nail Art Design Strips are available to purchase now for RRP $12.99 – go seek out your nearest Avon lady!

5.  Maybelline NY Express Remover

Maybelline NY Express Remover

Where have you been all my life??!!!

Maybelline NY Express Remover

Removing nail polish has never been so easy!  I just dip my fingernail into that “magic” hole, do a finger jiggle dance, pull my finger out and voila – nail polish gone!  It worked like a breeze with up to 3 coats of nail polish!!!  Although it floundered with glitter nail polish and left some chunky glitter residue, I still think Maybelline Express Remover is the bees knees!  I have no idea how long this baby will last so I cannot comment on the longevity of it, but for the time poor, nail painting ladies, this is a must-have!!!

Maybelline NY Express Remover is available now at Maybelline stockists at RRP $9.95

As always, thanks for reading!  Which one of these new nail releases tickle your fancy?

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My Goals For 2014 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/my-goals-for-2014/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/my-goals-for-2014/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 01:50:50 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9591 You have just finished reading My Goals For 2014 which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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Okay, so we’re nearly 1.5 months into 2014 and I’ve only just found time to write down my goals for this year. I became a SAHM (Stay At Home Mum – at least until my maternity leave ends) last week after my darling mother left Australia to return back to Scotland and let’s just say that I have not settled into my role as gracefully as I would have liked. Free time? What free time? I only have 90 seconds to brush my teeth and pee before Princess Bunty starts crying! Anyway, let’s not dwell on that and talk about my goals for 2014. I feel that if I blog about it, it will keep me accountable and I will try and follow through.

1. I’m embarking on a Project 100 Pan.

For the uninitiated, it means that I have to use up 100 beauty items (makeup, skincare, hair products, etc) before purchasing anything new. Originally, I was going to take it easy and do Project 50 Pan but due to some financial hiccups (Husband got unfairly sacked this week – long story but I’m furious and extremely upset), I have to curb my spending on beauty products – which is extremely difficult for a beauty blogger! Anyway, challenging as it may be, I’m determined to do it and I will update you all throughout my P100P journey.

2. This year, I will learn to love myself more.

You would think that at my ripe old age of 33 and a half, I would have learnt to be comfortable in my own skin and love me. Alas, no. It’s an ongoing process. Probably life-long.  So how do I plan on achieving this? I’m going to accept and learn to love the things about myself that I cannot change, e.g. my short stumpy legs. And try and change the things that can be changed, e.g. I want to become less pessimistic and more optimistic.

3. Grow me some balls!

No, I don’t want hairy man balls! But I’m a scaredy cat and it means that sometimes, I find myself in awkward situations and instead of defending myself, I stay quiet and get upset later. Not good! I’m a grown up woman and now I am a mother so I have to show my daughter that “Momma has balls (non-hairy ones please!)”

4. Consolidate, consolidate, consolidate!

I like to spread myself thin and dip my fingers and toes into lots of little projects but never really achieve anything fantastic as a result.  Case in point – my THREE blogs and THREE YouTube channels and THREE Twitter / Instagram / Facebook accounts.  What on earth was I thinking?  It was actually my 10 year blog anniversary in January but I didn’t even get to do anything special – le sigh. Basically, I can’t keep up so I won’t.  I’m not entirely sure yet but I may axe all three blogs and start afresh with just one or keep this one and start a new lifestyle one.  I have already purchased a new blog design and I have a blog name in mind… Will keep you updated.

It’s not just blogging but other areas in my life which I need to consolidate.  Easier said than done though!

5. Take lots more photos and improve my photography skills.

I’ve been upgrading my photography equipment for the last few years.  I went from iPhone 3 to point and shoot to hybrid to entry DSLR.  And instead of using the maximum potential of my entry level DSLR, I now want to upgrade again to a Canon 5D because “I feel that it will improve my photos” – SO WRONG!  Don’t blame the equipment.  It’s my non-existent skills!  So I’m going to make an effort to work with what I have and improve it from there.

6. Laugh more!

2013 was a pretty intense year and along the way, I think I kinda lost my sense of humour for a while.  I used to have these funny laugh out loud moments – even in my own company.  Yes, I am weird like that.  Also, long-time readers may have noticed that I used to write funnier and wittier blog posts, instead of my same old beauty reviews these days.  That has gotta change!  I want to laugh more and make people laugh more – even if it is laughing AT me instead of with me :)

7.  Embrace motherhood.

I’ve always wanted to have children but just because I have one now, it doesn’t mean that motherhood comes naturally.  There is so much to learn.  I have so much growing up to do.  I have experienced a different kind of love.  It’s an interesting journey.

7 goals for 2014 is more than enough don’t you think?  Of course, I wanted to squeeze in extra goals like “lose my pregnancy weight” – but luckily for me, is easily achievable without even trying.  I am only 5.5kg away!  And I still eat my usual junk food!  Must be the breastfeeding as I am not even allowed to exercise for another 3.5 weeks.  I also wanted to eat healthier this year but where’s the fun in that? :P

So, did you have any goals for this year?  How are they coming along? 

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Tips On How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Shoes http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/tips-on-how-to-choose-the-perfect-wedding-shoes/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/tips-on-how-to-choose-the-perfect-wedding-shoes/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9577 You have just finished reading Tips On How To Choose The Perfect Wedding Shoes which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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*This post is a collaboration between Bride Magazine and The Best Beauty Blog

My husband and I met on 31st October 2009 and around 7 months later, we got married – and let me tell you, it was the best decision I ever made.  There was only a short period of time between our engagement and wedding – one and half months!! – so I didn’t have a lot of time for wedding planning so I needed to make quick snap decisions.  For example, shopping for a wedding dress only took me 20 minutes because I bought the first wedding dress I tried on.  However, when it came to buying wedding shoes, it took me slightly longer – and that was because my dress was not floor-length which meant that my wedding shoes would be on show so I really had to hunt down the “perfect wedding shoes”.  When I found them, I was ecstatic – they were PERFECT!  It turns out my wedding photographer thought so too because she took a few wedding shoe shots.

Anyway, I have collaborated with Bride.com.au, to give you 3 helpful tips on how to choose the perfect wedding shoes :-

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1.  Comfort trumps style.

Unless you’re having a short and sweet wedding, you will have to wear your wedding shoes for a long time.  If it aint comfortable whilst you try it on in the shops, it aint gonna be comfortable when you wear it all day.  It doesn’t mean that you have to choose unstylish dog ugly shoes, you just have to find comfortable AND stylish shoes.

2.  Size does matter.

Like Cinderella, you want to wear the perfect size for your feet for maximum comfort.  However, if they are half a size too small or too big, there is still hope…

I found my perfect wedding shoes in an outlet store where they only had one size left and they were just half a size too big for my right foot (yeah, my feet are not the same sizes!).  Insoles saved the day.

If they are slightly too small, you can stretch them by wearing thick socks.

3.  Stylish is only stylish if you think they are stylish.

Choosing the perfect wedding shoes is like choosing a husband.  You will know it’s The One when you try them on.  It doesn’t matter what other people think about the style of the shoes because everyone has different tastes.  If you love them, that’s all that matters.

If you have any more helpful tips on finding the perfect wedding shoes, please feel free to share them in the comments section.

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14 Beauty Products To Help You Rock Radiant Orchid http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/14-beauty-products-to-help-you-rock-radiant-orchid/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/14-beauty-products-to-help-you-rock-radiant-orchid/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 05:06:55 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9580 You have just finished reading 14 Beauty Products To Help You Rock Radiant Orchid which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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Radiant Orchid is the Pantone Colour of 2014 – I love it!  It’s bright, happy and eye-catching.  Not only can you wear this purple hue as clothing, shoes and accessories, you can add pops of colour in your beauty routine too.  However, you probably should not wear head to toe in Radiant Orchid – unless you want to look like Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory :P  Each to their own!

To get the deets on 14 beauty products which will help you rock Radiant Orchid, read all about it on my guest post at Breakfast With Audrey.

Who else is loving the colour?

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Say Hello to Our Little Munchkin! http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/say-hello-to-our-little-munchkin/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/say-hello-to-our-little-munchkin/#comments Mon, 20 Jan 2014 10:46:41 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9572 You have just finished reading Say Hello to Our Little Munchkin! which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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BabyBunty

Happy 2014 everyone!!!  Long time no blog, but you all should know why…  This little munchkin arrived on 17th December 2013 and it’s been crazy hectic ever since – crying baby, dirty nappies, sore nipples (yes, I’m breastfeeding and I feel like a cow – *moo moo*), hospital check-ups, visitors here and there, etc, etc…  And today, right now, may be the first time I have had a little teeny bit of free time for like 15 minutes…and I should be catching up on much-needed sleep, but I have chosen to update my blog instead – it’s called dedication, yo!

So she does have a REAL name but to remain private and all, we have an online name for her which is Bunty.  And we actually call her Bunty more than we call her by her real name, LOL.  It’s just a made-up name we called my baby bump and it has stuck!  She’s turning into a baby beauty blogger already as she has had some lovely care packages with baby products – thank you to those brands, you know who you are.

Well, I don’t have much else to say except once I get a bit of routine in my life, normal beauty blogging WILL resume so stay tuned.  I hope you are all keeping well and update me with your goss please.

Just a few random things which I strangely wanna share before I go take a shower :-

1.  I stink of (breast)milk!!!  In fact, everything smells of milk.  And I am the biggest milk-phobic ever!!!
2.  My iPhone camera roll has been invaded with baby pictures of Bunty…and I am turning into one of those mums who force people to look at photos of my offspring!!
3.  I only wash my hair 2-3 times a week now.  Those days where I used to wash my hair every single day seem so long ago!!
4.  As of today, I have worn make-up two days in a row!!  Does it count as make-up if it is only one product though??  Anyway, if you wanna know, it is Face Of Australia Berry Brulee Glossy Lip Crayon which is a beautiful colour representing Radiant Orchid, the Pantone Colour of 2014!
5.  I am so happy that I can cut my toe nails now!

Told ya it was random!  Anyway, chat soon!  Thanks for reading as always!

Ling xxx

P.S.  Just as I was about to press “Publish” on this blog post, #BabyBunty started crying.  She’s awake from her wee nap already!!!  How did she know I just finished blogging??!!!

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6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Beauty Lovers http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/6-last-minute-christmas-gift-ideas-for-beauty-lovers/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/6-last-minute-christmas-gift-ideas-for-beauty-lovers/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 21:08:58 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9559 You have just finished reading 6 Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas For Beauty Lovers which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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Beyonce & Katy Perry perfumes

1.  Perfume & Album Combo!

Last Friday, everyone was buzzing over Beyonce’s surprise self-entitled album complete with some fierce videos.  Great gift to give the perfume and album combo together.  You might not be able to sing like Queen B but at least you can smell like her :P

Of course, there are plenty of singing celebrity perfumes out there which include Katy Perry Killer Queen – spray and sing “You’re gonna hear me ROARRRR!” at the same time, Lady Gaga (although her latest album was a flop IMHO) and if you’re into teeny boppers – 1D and Bieber…

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2.  Monthly Beauty / Fashion Subscription Boxes

I actually think these are a fantastic idea to gift to girlfriends.  They get a surprise monthly box and if they don’t like what’s in them – blame the company and not your taste :P  Featured boxes are Her Fashion Box, Violet Box and Wantable {reviewed here}

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3.  Beauty Gift Sets

It’s Christmas soon which means there are beauty gift sets galore from bazillions of brands including Nuxe, Sanctuary Spa Covent Garden, Kiehl’s, Clinique, Estee Lauder, etc.  Too many to name them all but have fun admiring them all.  I am naughty because I note down the ones I want and wait till Boxing Day Sales to snatch them up at reduced prices *hehe*

4.  One Luxe Item

Splurge on one single luxe beauty item for a beauty lovin’ friend.  Think the classic luxe brands like Bobbi Brown { love their Old Hollywood Collection }, Dior, Chanel. Laura Mercier or try something new like Model Co.

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5.  Drugstore Stocking Fillers

You can bulk up presents with cheap and cheerful offerings from drugstore brands such as Sally Hansen, Colour Theory, Rimmel, Lee Bancroft, L’Oreal Paris, Ulta3, etc.  Think nail polishes, hair clips, mascara, eyeshadows…   Brand spanking new are Face of Australia Glossy Lip Crayons at under $5!!!  Get thee to Priceline NOW!  Thank me later :P

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6.  Colourful Macarons

Everyone knows beauty lovers are also food lovers!!  Well, at least I am :P  If all else fails, wrap up a box of colourful macarons and gift them for Christmas!

Happy Christmas everyone!  This year, I received the BEST Christmas present EVER!  My beautiful baby girl!!!  I’m gonna take this time to go on a wee Christmas blog break so I can spend time with my baby.  But I will be back soon with more beauty posts next year.  Wishing you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas and a happy 2014! xxx

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Advertorial : Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/advertorial-maybelline-dream-matte-mousse-foundation/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/advertorial-maybelline-dream-matte-mousse-foundation/#comments Tue, 17 Dec 2013 21:28:51 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9511 You have just finished reading Advertorial : Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

I’m going to start off today’s post with a bit of beauty trivia…

The Number 1 matte foundation in Australia is…*drumroll please*…  And do you know when it was launched?  It was launched in 2005 – 8 years ago!  Wow!

With that in mind, my expectations were pretty high before trialling this foundation so let’s see if it delivered…

(Oh…and there’s a $150 Maybelline prize pack giveaway at the end so do keep reading, ladies *winks*)

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation is housed in a small glass jar with a plastic screw-on lid.  Plain and simple packaging with a weight of 18g, which makes it relatively travel-friendly.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

The foundation may appear a bit lumpy, but bear in mind that it is a mousse formulation so it will have bubbly bits.

As it is air whipped, the formula is lovely and light.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

Blending is easy.  Using a cotton bud to dip into the jar, I just swipe a small amount onto the back of my hand, warm up the product with my fingertips and blend onto my face where I want coverage in small circular motions.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

As I only apply foundation to selected areas of my face, I don’t find it heavy or cakey at all – in fact, I sometimes forget that I am wearing makeup!  A little bit goes a long way with Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation.

The coverage ranges from light to medium and as you can see from my photos, my freckles are less visible and my skin tone is evened out for that natural finish.  Without using a setting powder, the foundation’s mattifying powers lasted a good 4-5 hours before my oily forehead got the better of me – and that was me testing it on a humid day where I was a tad sweaty.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

Tip #1 :  If you are prone to dry skin patches like me, it’s best to exfoliate beforehand and apply a base primer.
Tip #2 :  Apply setting powder for a longer-lasting finish.

Click here for more beauty tips on how to apply Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation.

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation

Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse Foundation is available in 8 shades at RRP $21.95 in Priceline, Coles, Target, Big W and other Maybelline stockists.  More reviews from other women can be found here.

 

Win a $150 Maybelline prize pack giveaway!!!

How To Win :  To enter the competition, simply fill out the form with your answer to this special question :

 “What would be your dream occasion to wear Dream Matte Mousse?”

Terms & Conditions 

  • All up there will be 1 winner, selected on their merit of creativity.
  • The competition is open to Australian residents aged 16 years+.
  • Entries close 27 December 2013.
  • By submitting an entry into this competition you agree to the outlined Terms & Conditions.

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Monthly Subscription Boxes : Violet Box, Her Fashion Box & Wantable http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/monthly-subscription-boxes-violet-box-her-fashion-box-wantable/ http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/monthly-subscription-boxes-violet-box-her-fashion-box-wantable/#comments Mon, 16 Dec 2013 21:00:25 +0000 http://www.thebestbeautyblog.com/?p=9472 You have just finished reading Monthly Subscription Boxes : Violet Box, Her Fashion Box & Wantable which originally appeared on The Best Beauty Blog by Ling. If you have enjoyed this, be sure to subscribe to our other beauty blog which is dedicated to lips : Lip Stalker. Have a lovely day!

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In the latter half of 2011, beauty boxes had just arrived in Australia and I subscribed to a couple for a few months for beauty blogging purposes but I wasn’t overly impressed and felt my money was better spent elsewhere (I am a hard one to please).

Then in 2012, I received a few beauty boxes for review and I was probably more impressed with the packaging and the cardboard boxes itself than the actual contents *oops* – but I did feel it was an improvement to 2011.

Enter 2013 and now there are monthly surprise subscription boxes for EVERYTHING – food, drink, underwear, sex toys…!!  But don’t worry, for the interests of this blog, I am referring to fashion and /or beauty boxes…

Recently, I received a few monthly boxes from different companies and I’ve decided to gather all my thoughts and package it all into one blog post :)

Violet Box – Beauty Only

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Like many other beauty bloggers in Australia, I have been sent a generous number of Violet Boxes (I think I just received my 4th or 5th one) – which has given me a better insight into whether it is worth subscribing to Violet Box.  And I am genuinely surprised to say that I have liked AT LEAST two items per Violet Box…and they were FULL SIZED products and from well-known brands that I have always wanted to try – including CK One, Catalina Geo, Jelly Pong Pong, ModelCo… – and not your usual drugstore shenanigans.

However, customisation is limited.

It is $50 AUD for a 3 month subscription and I would say that it is a fantastic gift for any beauty lovers in your life.

See Violet Box website for more details.

Her Fashion Box – Fashion & Beauty

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I know a few ladies who are happily subscribed to Her Fashion Box.  The great thing about the main Her Fashion Box is that you get a mixture of fashion (3 on-trend accessories) and beauty (at least 4 deluxe samples) so it’s like a lovely box of surprises.  It costs $39.95 AUD per month.

Customisation is available but not completely personalised – it’s either Classic, Feminine or Trendy.

They have recently introduced a cheaper Boxette with 2 accessories and 2 samples which is $24.95 AUD per month so you can get a taster of things to come if you subscribe to the bigger box.

See Her Fashion Box website for more details.

Wantable – Selection of Boxes

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Wantable is a US-based monthly subscription box which delivers to Australia.  They have a selection of boxes – Makeup, Accessories, Intimates and Holiday – and the great thing about it is that you can customise and choose what suits you best in a personalised detailed quiz.  You will never receive anything you Dislike.

As I already have a lot of makeup, I decided to trial the Accessories box.  The accessories I got were of reasonable quality – better than Diva, similar to Lovisa – but they weren’t necessarily what I would have chosen for myself.

It is $40 USD for a box and shipping to Australia costs $9 USD so it’s a maximum of $49 USD per box…cheaper if you go for monthly option.

See Wantable website for more details.

Do you subscribe to any monthly subscription boxes?  If you’re stuck on a last minute Christmas gift, this might be a good idea…I have got some more ideas up my sleeve so stay tuned!

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