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

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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: Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio (Pat McGrath Labs)

Pat McGrath Labs Highlighting Trio Palette Sephora Australia

Pat McGrath Labs is one of those brands for me – one that I love and respect so much, yet kind of hold back on purchasing too much from. The brand was only available online for the longest time, meaning that I couldn’t see anything in person before buying it – which is a big risk when it comes to such a high end brand.

When Sephora Australia announced that the brand was finally coming here, I was so excited that I might have cried a little bit! At current, they only have a few of the products available at select brick-and-mortar stores (with everything else being available online) but I have been told that the full range will be coming to stores early this year! I was planning on waiting until then to pick up a few more things but I couldn’t stop myself.

I had been eying this Sublime Skin Highlighting Trio for a really long time – the videos and swatches of it online looked incredible but I never got the chance to see it in real life. Even now, I just took the plunge and bought this on the Sephora Australia website with zero regrets! I love this!

This palette is currently selling for AUD$85 (though I checked and I bought it for AUD$75, which was the then full price – so I don’t know if they changed the price with the exchange rates). It is definitely one of the most expensive palettes I own at the moment, but the formula and finish is so unique that I can justify spending that money. I don’t think that this (or any make up) will ever be a necessity, but if you love blinding highlights and you’re looking to splurge on a high end palette – then let’s get into this review!

I don’t think that this (or any make up) will ever be a necessity, but if you love blinding highlights and you’re looking to splurge on a high end palette – then let’s get into this review!

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Review: Killawatt Foil Duo (Fenty Beauty)

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Foil Duo Mimosa Sunrise Sangria Sunset

One of my favourite brands in Western beauty at the moment is Fenty Beauty and I have been very vocal about my support for them since their launch. Since then, they have released a few different collections, all of which have been so beautiful (you can see my first impression of the Galaxy Collection on my channel) but I have been consciously trying to buy less make up so I didn’t splurge on the entire line like I did before.

For this release, which is a bit old news now because it was the summer collection, Fenty Beauty brought out some eyeshadow duos – called the Killawatt Foil Duo. They were released in three different shades and I picked up Mimosa Sunrise/Sangria Sunset which is a beautiful pink and orange duo that caught my eyes immediately. It’s been so long that I was planning on skipping this post but, with their new products launching soon, I figured that I might as well.

You’ll be glad to know that these duos are permanent in the collection and are selling for either USD$36 on the Fenty Beauty website or AUD$54 on the Sephora Australia website.

Anyway, so that’s my introduction to this post! I will be keeping this short or read on for my review!

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Review: Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder (Becca)

Becca Hydra Mist Set and Refresh Powder Beauty Review

The Hydra-Mist Set & Refresh Powder is one of my current favourite powders and, even though it’s been quite a while since its release, I just really want to share my experiences with this product. It was released earlier in the year by BECCA, and it actually sparked a lot of curiosity over on YouTube because it had such an interesting formula – one that, to be honest, you have to touch in person to understand.

I bought this a Sephora in the States when it first launched, as it took a while to reach Australia, and I’ve been using it almost everyday since. I’ve been really into loose powders lately, as I feel like they help me to better mattify my skin, but a lot of them seem to be quite drying – which is good for my T-zone, as that has the tendency to get really oily in the afternoon, but can make the rest of my face feel like literal paper.

This Hydra-Mist Powder, however, is a saviour if you have trouble with that. For people with dry to combination skin, you’ll be wanting to check this out – it’s selling for AUD$58 in Sephora Australia, or any international readers can check out the official BECCA website which it is selling for USD$38 (and you can get 20% off by signing up to their newsletter too).

So, read on for this (probably short but detailed) review!

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Review: Soft Glam Palette (Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Anastasia Beverly Hills ABH Soft Glam Palette Beauty Review

I always highly recommend the Anastasia Beverly Hills palettes, and the Soft Glam one is definitely the most wearable of the range. This is one that I picked up on a whim while I was in the States. I wasn’t originally intending on getting it, because I usually gravitate towards brighter and bolder eye make up, but the quality of these shadows is incredible and the colours really do look better in real life (though I hope these photos can do it some justice).

Since getting this, I find that I can using neutral shades more in my every day routine and I have discovered a newfound appreciation for this sort of colour palette. Of course, I still don’t feel like I (or anyone) needs multiple neutral toned palettes but if you are going to invest in one, then the Soft Glam is a great one to look into!

This retails for AUD$75 at Sephora Australia or USD$42 in America. For international readers, you can pick this up either at the official Anastasia Beverly Hills website, Cult Beauty or Beautylish.

And so, without further ado, let’s just right into my review of one of my favourite palettes.

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