Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mecca Cosmetica Haul - BareMinerals and NARS


Hi ladies, I'm back with a haul from one of my online stores of choice, Mecca Cosmetica.  If you're an Aussie girl into cosmetics of any description, then you'll be aware of Mecca and will have no doubt been tempted on more than one occasion by their fabulous range of beauty products.

They stock an impressive array of international brands and while they are not cheap by any means (as us Aussie beauty junkies know all too well of local cosmetics prices.  *side note- you can read about why Australian online spending is going to overseas retailers in this article*) I do like to support Australian stores where I can.

In the meantime, we can only hope with the continued strength of the Australian dollar that we will have access to top brands at a fair and competitive price before too long.  That would indeed be an incredible boon for the Australian cosmetics industry.  

Anyway, I digress... onto the goodies!

This haul is on the small side but you'll see some bigger Mecca (mega! heh) hauls from me from time-to-time on here.






Nars Deep Throat Blush


I forgot to swatch this blush but here's what it looks like in the pan.  It really is a beautiful colour.  A bit more pigmented than the cult favourite Nars Orgasm but still works fine for us pale girls.  I wouldn't go any deeper than this in the Nars blushes due to the fact that they are so highly pigmemted, but Deep Throat is a nice slightly more peachy (or in some lights more coral-toned) alternative to Orgasm.  It still has that hint of pink and a golden shimmer-sheen.  I like to think of it as my night-time/going out version of "Orgasm".





BareMinerals Soft Focus Face Brush
I have a few brushes from Bare Mienrals/Bare Escentuals and they are a bit hit-and-miss but this one is quite useful.  I have found it works best for applying some of the more sheer Benefit boxed powders rather than using it for mineral makeup.  It's incredibly silky in texture so it won't work for any products that require precise application. 

So if you're looking for a brush to apply sheer powders that are too light to be used as blush, such as Benefit Dandelion or some of the Mac MSFs (Mineralize Skinfinishes).  I have used it also for applying a light dusting of bronzer (I'm very pale so normal bronzing brushes usually give me far too much coverage because they pick up too much product for my needs) so if you're pale as well you could get away with using this for your bronzer, especially if you want to save on space in your travel makeup bag because you can make use of this brush for multiple makeup tasts.  It's obviously too large for highlighting but for any other face powders it works quite well.  

I wouldn't say it's an amazing or essential brush by any means but I have found uses for it beyond its intended mineral makeup application use.  I guess if you only wanted an extremely light dusting of your actual Bare Minerals foundation to control oil then this would work okay for that purpose, but as this brush looks more dense than it actually is, it's too soft for buffing in a full face of mineral foundation adequately.




Sample time!

Lastly, here's the trio of samples that I found inside the box.  They must've run out of some of their skincare items, one of which I chose during checkout on the site, so I received a shampoo and conditioner sample set by Frederic Fekkai.  I have previously used some styling products from the brand Fekkai but this was my first encounter with their Brilliant Glossing shampoo and conditioner with olive oil.  To be completely honest, they weren't anything special.  They're not awful products by any means, they just didn't impress me enough to encourage me to seek out the full sizes.  I'm loving my KMS shampoo at the moment (which I will do a post on shortly) so I'll be sticking with that for the time being.  

As for the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer, I actually haven't been able to test this out due to the shade being too dark for me.  I have passed this tiny little sample tube on to my Mum so hopefully she will be able to try it as she is a couple of shades darker than me.  

I am guessing that due to the fact that I purchased a BareMinerals foundation in the shade "Fairly Medium" they put in a medium shade in the tinted moisturiser sample... but even though I am pale I still have to use the Fairly Medium colour in the BareMinerals range (although I do mix it with a little but of "Fair" depending on the season) as their colour spectrum does run on the light side.

The last sample I received was the Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Moisturiser.  I haven't tried this as yet but I am assuming that it's going to be on the rich side although I can't really tell exactly how creamy it's going to be, but as I don't use any sort of anti-ageing products in my skincare routine, I can't see this being up my alley really.  I might give it a try overnight though.  I have heard however that Nude Skincare have changed their formula for this moisturiser and apparently people are not too happy with the new one, so we'll see, I'm not expecting anything with this one to be honest.

Frederic Fekkai Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner, NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser & Nude Advanced Cellular Renewal Moisturiser.



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I'd just like to finish up by saying that I've been very pleased with every order I have placed with Mecca Cosmetica so far.  I used to shop in-store more often, but seeing as I don't live close to any of their stores, as soon as I discovered their fabulous online store a while back I have been stocking up on all my products online.  The quality of the products, customer service and ease-of-use of the site has been consistently impressive and I have always received my orders in a timely manner which is always a plus when not living in a major city.  It's always fun getting to test out the few little samples that you get to pick at checkout as well - anything from shampoo and conditioner to night creams, eye creams and other skincare products.

So if you've been debating whether or not to place an order with Mecca Cosmetica, I can definitely recommend them highly for all of your makeup, skin and hair care needs.  I am not affiliated with them in any way, I've just come to be a fan.


So let me know if you're a Mecca Cosmetica fan and which brands you purchase most often from them... 

- or click here to shop with Mecca Cosmetica.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

New summer collections from Peter Alexander sleepwear plus FREE SHIPPING offer & up to 50% Off Sale Items

Back again with my love of Peter Alexander PJs!  This time I must gush about the adorable Sailor collection that's perfect for those Summer nights.  And since I'm a massive fan of all things nautical (or shall we say naughty-cal!?) I just had to share it with you.

One of the new summer collections from Peter Alexander is "Sail Away With Me" themed and features the cutest sailor inspired sleepytime outfits (Hellooo sailor!!!) for both guys and girls as well as a fun array of nautical patterns and prints.  If you're a lover of stripes and all things maritime like me, then you'll want to check out the collection below...

Peter Alexander. Sail Away with Me! Relax into Summer with this fresh, new collection of nautical inspired prints. Sweet Dreams, Peter xo
Peter's Summer Sale. With a further 20 per cent off* Already reduced sale items. Selected styles. Prices as marked. Shop Now


~ Also, don't forget, as per my previous post, the summer sale is still going on at all Peter Alexander stores and also online, with selected styles reduced again (online prices as marked) so click the Summer Sale link above to check out the discounts. 





















* Here's a few of my favourites from the current collections - *

I'm definitely going to be ordering these first two items...

The Stripe Rope PJ Shorts are my favourite:

Stripe Rope PJ Short

$35.90 AUD
Along with the adorable whale sleep t-shirt:

$35.90 AUD





Pastel Tahiti - Escape to paradise in this latest collection

And here's my favourites from the most recent collection called "Pastel Tahiti"...  

These parrot shorts are just darling!  The colours are so beautiful and very in for this season too.

Pink Parrot Short

$35.90 AUD


Along with the gorgeous yellow matching parrot tank top.  Yellow is a major trend this season.

Parrot Oversized Tank

$39.90 AUD





They also have a Free Shipping promotion running at the moment so it's a good time to order if you're thinking of getting a few things from the new collections or the sale items.


This offer ends midnight Sunday 20th January 2013, so you still have a few days left to shop the sale or pick up a thing or two from the cute new collections.

Free Delivery on All orders over $80. Conditions apply, click here for details.     


~ Happy Shopping, ladies and gents!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Ladurée is now open in Australia. Howdy, macaron heaven!


If you've ever been to Paris, then you may be savvy to the epic macaron empire dotted delicately around the streets of the city of love - Ladurée.

But for those of you who are yet to sample perhaps the most famous example of the meringue-based delicacy, now you don't even have to venture to Europe to indulge, as these melt-in-your-mouth delights procured by the steeped-in-history Ladurée are now available right here in Australia.  Yay!

Aussies rejoice!



When I visited Paris, I picked up a small sample box of Ladurée macarons after hearing so much about the brand from various sources.  I was actually hoping to enjoy a sit-down Ladurée experience but due to the mega long queues for the cafe and our limited time in the city, had to settle for a pre-packed variety box at one of their pop-up kiosk stores at the Palace of Versailles.  Ordinarily I would've liked to take my time over choosing my own flavours and so forth, but again our time constraints meant that I pretty much had to grab whatever was closest and run.

Not to worry though, I still got my macaron fix nonetheless... and enjoyed every bite!

The only other macarons I'd tried previous to Ladurée were the macarons from the Lindt Cafe in Melbourne (which are also downright amazing, I must say!) as well as a couple from a little bakery place in the food court of Doncaster shopping centre... the name of the place escapes me but they sell the containers of mini cupcakes with glitter on them also, which I may or may not gobble down in their entirety as an afternoon snack on occasion!

Anyway, I digress, back to the macarons at hand - take a look at the new Ladurée store which is now open in Sydney.  Yes indeed, those lucky Sydneysiders beat us Melbournians to it this time... but I'm sure we can look forward to our very own Ladurée shop and cafe before too long.  If they are worth their salt, they should be well aware of the food-loving culture alive and well in Melbourne and so we should be the next pin on the map to receive our very own slice of French dessert tradition.  I sure hope so!  I shall be waiting patiently.





But for now, if you happen to be within craving distance (heh, I feel rather isolated down here in Victoria for once!) of Sydney - more precisely...
Westfield Sydney Centrepoint
(Level 3) 
Corner Pitt Street Mall and Market Street
...then hop on down and taste some of these treats for me!

Heads up, they also offer a selection of delectable chocolates, teas, jams and preserves as well as various other little sweeties to tempt you and you can choose to either dine in or take-away.  They even have the elegant macaron towers displayed just like in the Parisian shops.  Very cute decor all round.

Here's a look at the current macaron flavours menu available at the Sydney Laduree store -

And here's what the decor looks like... not as cozy or boutique-like as many of the overseas Laduree cafes (since it's located within a shopping centre) but still an extremely cute place to partake in an elegant afternoon tea -





Super cute!


My favourite macaron flavours are salted caramel, lemon, strawberry marshmallow and vanilla.  
What are your favourite flavours of macarons?  

Also, let me know if you've ever tried Laduree macarons and what you think of them.  What is your opinion of the Sydney Laduree in comparison to the Laduree stores and cafes you may have seen overseas?

~ have a sweet day, macaron lovers!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Benefit SALE and Free Shipping offer! Plus my top sale picks.

Good news girls - here's a rare opportunity to pick up some of your favourite Benefit products at a discount.  They don't often have sales as good as this, so hop on over to the Benefit website to pick yourself up a bargain, with up to 50% off on some products!  

Right now they are also offering Free US Shipping on ALL orders but for us international customers, we have to spend at least $90 to qualify for the International Free Shipping offer.  Remember you need to enter the promo code SALETIME when you are checking out online.  You have until the 16th of January to take advantage of these sale prices and the coupon code.




Click here to shop the sale...
*Sale ends 1/16/13 at 11:59pm PST. **Get FREE US shipping with any order. Get FREE international shipping with any $90 order. Enter SALETIME at checkout. Offer valid through 01/16/2013 at 11:59 PM PST. Not combinable with any other offers/promotions. Excludes orders to China and Brazil.




Here's a few of my picks from the sale items available now and what I'll be adding to my cart -



It's always fab to see the Tweezerman tweezers on sale anywhere!  I've been wanting a pair for a while and these ones are super cute in the pink pattern.

Tweezerman for Benefit Slant Tweezer

the ultimate brow shaping tool

$25.00 $19.99

I own quite a few of the Benefit boxed blush powders but I've been meaning to get Thrrrob because I've never tested this one before.  It looks like it would suit my fair skin tone and possibly deliver a bit more pigmentation than Dandelion does.  I like how subtle Dandelion is but it doesn't really deliver enough colour to be considered a blush colour on its own even on my quite pale skin.  It does make a nice, delicate dusting powder for a little brightening and finishing though.  However, as cheek colours go, I tend to opt for Coralista to get that extra bit of tint, so we'll see what sort of pigmentation Thrrrob has.  

This is actually a pretty decent sale price considering the Benefit boxed powders are a bit on the expensive side but given that they pack a heck of a lot of product in this type of box packaging, I don't have to repurchase them all that often.

thrrrob

turned on face powder

$28.00 $20.99




I will add the Benefit makeup/beauty bags here also except I won't be buying as I already own the smaller one.  It's really cute and extremely durable as well.  They have it available in two sizes - one to fit in your everyday purse and a bigger one to accommodate all of your travel necessities.  I just adore the striped design and the lettering detail of the cosmetic bags.



benefit beauty bag

purse size makeup essentials bag

$25.00 $17.99







~ Have a beautiful day, ladies... and I hope you take advantage of one or both of these sale offers from Benefit.  It's one of my favourite makeup brands because it's so fun and girly yet practical at the same time.  I'll always be a fan of Benefit cosmetics as I always seem to use at least one of their products in my everyday makeup routine.  So let me know what your favourite products from Benefit are and if you're going to be snapping up any items in the sale... thanks girls! :)

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

The Body Shop Satsuma Range Back For A Limited Time

For all you fellow fruity fragrance and scent lovers out there, you'll be pleased to know that The Body Shop has resurrected their popular Satsuma range of products for a limited time only.

So grab yourself a product or two from this "zesty and invigorating bath and body range to tantalise your bath and shower regime".  

If you're a fan of the extreme citrus type of scents and adore the smell of oranges or tangerines, then this is definitely the range for you.  It's the perfect splash to add to your summer shower.

Now, onto the products...




SATSUMA BODY BUTTER

 




SATSUMA SHOWER GEL




SATSUMA BODY PUREE



~ have a great day, ladies!

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Peter Alexander New Year Sale - 20% off already reduced items

Celebrate the New Year with a fab new pair of comfy PJs!  Peter Alexander is offering a 20% discount on their already reduced styles, both in store and online.

But you have to be quick, this offer is only for a limited time at peteralexander.com.au (online prices as marked) and at all Peter Alexander stores around Australia.

Happy shopping guys and girls!



Sunday, December 30, 2012

Win a $5,000 Shopping Spree at The Body Shop! Hurry - last chance to enter!

If you've  been following this blog for a while you'll no doubt have picked up on my love for The Body Shop... and if not, then you'll see many a Body Shop haul on here in the future (including the purchase I made online today which qualified me for the draw)

I've been a loyal Body Shop customer since my teenage years and to this day I have my little bunch of favourites that I continue to re-purchase as well as trying out a few of their new things here and there.  I just adore their range of fun, uplifting scents coupled with bright packaging and just that deliciously pampered feeling you get when you treat yourself to an express mini-spa day every time you shower!

I keep forgetting to do a post on my Top Products From The Body Shop but that's something that I really want to share on this blog in the New Year.  I'll keep you posted.





For now though, if you happen to love The Body Shop just as much as I do, then you'll want to get yourself entered into this fabulous shopping spree competition!


All you have to do to go into the draw to win is to make any purchase from The Body Shop between 12 November and 31 December and enter the competition (either by following the prompts after completing your Body Shop order online or making a purchase in store) for the chance to win a $5,000 shopping spree for you and three friends!  Imagine how many body butters you could pick up with that!?


For full terms and conditions visit thebodyshop.com.au/shoppingspree



--- But you gotta be quick... tomorrow is the last day to enter so jump online - www.thebodyshop.com.au - or head into your nearest store tomorrow for some New Years pick-me-ups and don't forget to try out their special edition Vineyard Peach range... so yummy!




~ have a fruity day, ladies!