What type of moisturiser should I use? (Laneige’s Water Bank Collection)

Laneige Water Bank Collection Hydro Gel Moisture Cream Hydro Essence Review

This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid and affiliate links are not used in this post.

Hydration is so important, but it is also something a lot of people seem confused about. I’ve had a surprising number of people confess that they don’t actually have a skincare routine and have never touched a moisturiser in their life: usually because they feel their skin is already oily or feel that face creams are too heavy.

So for today’s post, I wanted to do more than just write a review. Today, I want to unpack the Laneige Water Bank Collection and give my recommendations for when to use them. There are recommended skin types, but I’d like to discuss what the differences are between them, as well as giving suggestions for seasonal suitabilities.

I have three of the products on me but I want to talk about the whole range: this includes the Hydro Essence, Hydro Gel Moisturiser, Moisture Cream Moisturiser and the Moisture Cream Intensive Moisturiser. The first two have a lighter texture which is best for oily-leaning skin types and warmer weather, whilst the Moisture Cream (and the Intensive version) is better for dry skin and weather.

So, read on to find out more!

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Review: Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 Review

It’s a fact that I am obsessed with purple so the release of the first Norvina Pro Palettes caught my eye more than all of the others. The main issue that I had with it was the size – I’ve had storage issues for a while so have been avoiding larger palettes but I really liked the colour story here. I was so on the fence about it but then my best friends made the choice for me: I got the Norvina Pro Pigment Palette for my 28th birthday!

I know – I am spoiled and so, so lucky.

The Pro Pigment Palette was the first release from the (sort of) sub-range Norvina. Although it still sits under the Anastasia Beverly Hills brand, the direction of their line is more vibrant, youthful and experimental, drawing its influence from Norvina herself (who is the current president of ABH and also the daughter of its founder). Since the release of this first palette, there have been quite a few other releases in this range and honestly – it is the bomb and I am loving the direction!

The Norvina Pro Pigment Palette Vol 1 is available on the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website for AUD$99 or at Sephora Australia or Mecca for $112 (not sure of why there is a price difference). They also have some smaller nine-pan palettes if you’re after something a little more compact!

And, lets get into this review!

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Interview: Behind the Scenes with Yuni Beauty

Yuni Beauty Interview

Yuni Beauty is a brand that I’ve worked with a few times since being introduced to them last year. I actually met a member of their team at a Sephora Showcase and they quickly won me over with their passion for sustainability and also creating beauty products for active (and fast paced) lifestyles. I’ve used a good handful of their products already and I’ve definitely had some great experiences.

Recently, I had the opportunity to ask a few questions to their co-founder, Emmanuel Ray, both about the brand and some of the amazing things that they release. Read on for my interview with him where he discusses the history of Yuni Beauty, the story behind one of their most famous products and what new goodies are in store.

After this, you can also shop their range at either their main website (Yuni Beauty) or, if you’re in Australia, they’re stocked at Sephora Australia! I would personally be recommending their Rose & Cucumber Shower Sheets, the Count to Zen Rejuvenating Hand and Body Creme (which is my go-to product for my RetinA side-effect dry skin) and their Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel!

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New Release: Glow with the Flow & Count to Zen (Yuni Beauty)

Yuni Beauty Glow with the Flow and Count to Zen Review

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In recent years, there’s been a great movement towards natural and sustainable beauty products, as well as new interest in the active beauty audience – and this is definitely something that I’m keen for! Although I don’t personally lead a very active lifestyle (I do go to the gym a few times a week but it’s begrudgingly and I’m more of a homebody than anything), I feel like the two actually go hand in hand – if you work out and want to treat your body well, then surely that will reflect in your skincare too.

On the topic of skincare, sometimes I have to remind myself that it isn’t necessarily all about my face (although it can feel like it at times). There are a number of body skincare products that I personally enjoy and, for this Christmas period, I also want to share these two new ones that I’ve been testing out from Yuni Beauty.

In the past, I have used their Shower Sheets (the Rose Cucumber scent is – in my opinion – the very best) and the Glow Between Jelly Micro Mist (which was interesting but I haven’t thoroughly tested it yet) – both of them were very unique to my collection and were unlike anything that I’d used before.

These new ones are primarily targeted for the body – the Glow with the Flow and the Count to Zen. Super cute names aside, they are also very universally suitable products that would work for most skin types and preferences. It is definitely perfect if you’re wanting to get a Christmas gift, perhaps for someone who prefers simple essentials.

In this post, I won’t be doing a super in-depth review, as I want to get this written while you can still do your shopping, but first impressions will be here!

So, read on to find out more!

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Feature: Christmas Shopping Guide (Mecca & Sephora)

Mecca and Sephora Xmas Wishlist

Sure, it’s still only October but the holiday season is here and all of these exciting launches are heading our way! This year, it seems like every brand and company is launching their collection(s) in multiple waves and – so far – it’s mostly the first wave that’s arrived. More will be launching in store at Mecca Maxima (and possibly Sephora as well) in the next few weeks!

I would have waited for everything to arrive before writing this guide but, considering how quickly things were gone last year, that doesn’t seem like it’d be helpful. Instead, here’s my 2019 Christmas Shopping Guide for Mecca and Sephora Australia with the information that I do have (I receive full press releases from Mecca so I have further information on their future releases but can only go by what I see in store for Sephora). I have split everything here into price points so that it’s easy to find ideas for what ever you budget is. Categories are:

You can either scroll down to view everything (and this is going to be a long post) or you can also click on the links below to go directly to that section. So, let’s kick into this!

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New Release: Glow Tonic Collection (Pixi Beauty)

Pixi Glow Tonic Beauty Review

This product was sent to me for review purposes. I was not paid and affiliate links are not used in this post.

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t heard of Pixi Beauty? They are a brand started by make up artist and product developer Petra Strand and was launched over 20 years ago – so they know what they’re doing! They aim to create “innovative formulations that are infused with botanicals and beneficial ingredients,” as well as products that are multitasking and effective for people who are on-the-go and live a busy lifestyle.

They focus primarily on skincare (though do have some brilliant make up products too) and are especially known for formulations that create a beautiful, glowing radiance to skin – most famously their Glow Tonic! Recently they developed a full collection of products inspired by this favourite product, and I was ridiculously excited and lucky to get this whole range to share for you guys!

So, read on for more!

Pixi Glow Tonic Beauty Review
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Review: Heavy Metals Palette (Urban Decay)

Urban Decay Heavy Metals Palette Review

I am a sucker for Urban Decay and I have been for so many years, ever since I got the Naked2 palette (one of my first higher end palettes every). Personally, I love their brand image – strong, bold and daring – and I am, of course, also a big fan of their new model Ruby Rose and so I’ve basically fawned over every release. This is a palette that isn’t yet available in Australia but will be selling at Mecca from the 26th of December (or so I’ve been told), otherwise you can also get them online.

This is their Heavy Metals palette and it is a limited edition release for the holidays. It is absolutely my favourite release this holiday and, if you were only to buy one product, I would highly recommend to check this out. It is an all metallic palette and actually conceptually reminds me a little of the Moondust palette – only these work really well without a wet brush too and there is much less fall out and glitter. The idea of this palette is that it has some bold, party shades but also neutrals that are suitable for every day wear. A lot of people tend to keep metallics and shimmers only for special occasions, but this palette plays on the idea that ‘heavy metal’ colours are for every one and every day.

So, let’s finish with me talking about this and go right into the palette! 

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Brand Spotlight: Smith & Cult

I had been eying some of these Smith & Cult products since I first saw them online – and now they’re finally stocked at Sephora and much more easily accessible, so I just had to write a post about them. This brand is founded by the same woman who did Hard Candy (Dineh Mohajer launched it in the 90s) so you know that they have plenty of experience and knowledge in all things nails and beauty. Similarly, Smith & Cult started out with their nail products first and have now branched out into cosmetics, and I really couldn’t be happier about the quality of their products!

These were sent to me as samples from PR, but I had actually contacted them myself about reviewing the brand because I was personally so impressed by the quality of what I had seen at Sephora! Of course, I did want to get more information about them as well, as I feel like they have been a bit under-represented outside of Instagram (where their unique nail polish bottles are a blogger’s haven), so it was really good to get an insight into their brand values and their range too.

So Smith & Cult is, according to the website, all about the duality of personalities – represented by bold, sharp colours and cosmetic looks. In a way, their concept is a bit similar to Urban Decay (another favourite of mine); feminine, edgy and unique. It’s easy to see why I’m such a fan, since they embody all of the values that I hold so dear to me. All of that said, today I’ll be discussing three products from their line and giving you my thoughts on them – The Tainted Lip StainedLash Dance Mascara and a selection of their Signature Nail Polishes.

Ready? Lets go!

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