BIOMASK ALGAE & MINERALS PEEL OFF MASK | FIRST IMPRESSION

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Guess what?

I have a new video on my channel! It is a first impression on the Biomask Algae and Minerals Peel Off Mask 🙂

If you would like to know my opinion on the mask and how it applies click the link to see the video.

Algae & Minerals Peel Off Mask | First Impression

PEEL OF MASK FIRST IMPRESSION THUMBNAIL

Than Q (btw, LOVE Shani and Michael!!)

Talia xo

PRODUCT REVIEW | RIMMEL ‘BROW THIS WAY’ EYEBROW GEL

My eyebrows are extremely untameable! I can never get them to sit the way I want them to, I always have one hair pointing south and another one pointing north. It’s extremely frustrating especially when I get them to sit well in the morning (after a struggle) but then throughout the day I look in the mirror or take a photo and DUN DUN there is my facial compass out to play!

I was sent by Coty PR the Brow This Way Brow Gel by Rimmel. When I received it I was super excited to use it because I haven’t ever really used a brow gel before. Only when I started out with makeup I used a really cheap one from the Australis brand and I remember it seemed like it had just snowed on my eyebrows… Yes, this is why I never used a brow gel for years until I received this one in the mail!

To start off with, I like the fact that the brow gel range has a variety of shades to choose from. Therefore, whatever colour your hair, there is a gel to match. The shades are:

001 Blonde

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002 Medium Brown

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003 Dark Brown

dark brown

004 Clear

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I received the clear gel as I am always a little hesitant when it comes to my eyebrows. Even with pencils, pomades, or any other product that is used for the eyebrows I get scared to use them. I always worry that if I get a product that is the same colour or similar to my hair that my eyebrows will look like thick dark slugs on my face. I worry about this because my eyebrows are already pretty much black and I have had a couple of incidents where my eyebrows looked a little ridiculous and I was quite embarrassed. So I am really glad that I got the clear shade as that way it just helps put the hairs into place and doesn’t add extra colour or anything else to my eyebrows.

I am actually really impressed with this product. It definitely does a great job at taming your eyebrows and keeping them in place for the day. This product doesn’t leave your eyebrows feeling hard as if you have put wax on them (like some other eyebrow products) and also doesn’t leave your brows with white snow flakes.

Another pro about this product is that it’s a great price! It’s only $9.71 (Aussie dollar) at Priceline stores. I love this product and I would definitely recommend you purchase it at your nearest Priceline or Ulta store, or whatever other store stocks Rimmel 😛

What is your favourite brow product? Let me know in the comments as I would really love to add some to my makeup collection 🙂

Talia xo

 

How To Organize Yourself For An Overseas Trip

I cannot believe how fast time flies! It is Tuesday again and that means it is time for a new post 😀

Hey guys! I hope you are all well and are having a great start to the week. I’ve been sitting in my little office coming up with ideas of what to write about and I keep finding myself thinking about my travels; I honestly cannot get it out of my head! I’m obsessed. As some of you may know, I absolutely love travelling, seeing the world. It is such an amazing feeling! Even though I have not been to many countries in the scheme of things, I feel like I have traveled a fair bit and I do feel like I have quite a bit of experience when it comes to traveling. In two months I’ll be heading back over to Spain and although this time I will not be travelling for a holiday but something extremely exciting either way I thought I would write up a list of travel essentials that you must look into a few weeks before or even a few months before you leave. Some of these were given to me and others I decided for myself as I felt they could save me some time and stress while I am getting prepared for my holiday.

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          This will most probably be the most obvious to you and you’re probably thinking “no shit.” but honestly you will be surprised as to how many people think of their passports at the very last minute and then stress big time, and on top of the stress having to pay for urgency. Checking that your passports are in date is extremely important. You want to check this out at least 3 months prior to your travel date so that you have enough time to renew it if need be and avoid the nail biting wait to see if it arrives on time. Also, I did not know about this when I first traveled on my own, but ensure that your passport has 6 months validity beyond the date you plan to leave the visited country. This is also very important as some countries may refuse you entry if you are not holding a passport with an extra 6 months on it!

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Check and double-check your travel documents! I cannot stress this enough. No matter if you go through a travel agent to book your holiday or if you take everything in your own hands and book it online, mistakes DO happen! This has happened to me and it was very stressful. This is why I am telling you to not only check once because everything seems fine at the time of booking. I had received my documents two weeks before I was leaving for my trip and there was an error with the hotel transport taking me to the wrong airport I was meant to be leaving from in Paris! If you are an anxious person like myself then you can imagine how nervous I became when this happened only weeks before my travel date. In saying this, please know that things can be fixed. All you have to do is speak to your travel agency and with their help things can be put in place to sort things out. As well as checking dates, times and hotels, always make sure that your personal information is correct.

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          These cards are like a debit card and are essential for traveling to different countries. You load it up before you leave with the currencies that you need for each country that you are going to visit. Generally, these cards hold up to 5 different currencies but to make sure please check with the company from which you purchased your travel money card. Always take a look at the currency exchange rates before you load up your card as this could save you some money. If you find that the exchange rates are really good on a particular day, make sure you change as much money as you think you will need and a bit more to be safe on that day. But also don’t wait too long and keep thinking “I’ll wait until the rates go down a bit more…” because chances are they’ll only increase and then you will be kicking yourself that you did not take advantage of that particular day. Trust me… I have done this many times 😦

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I would not only rely on your travel money card or your credit card (I would definitely take both of these cards with you by the way). I advise that you take some cash on you just in case. Things do go wrong, for example the eftpos machine is not working or will not accept your card, which is highly unlikely but it CAN happen. So 100% take cash with you in the currency that corresponds to the country you are traveling to.

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          From only being able to take 20kg for your check-in bag to 30kg, every airline has different luggage allowances. I recommend searching up the airline you are flying with or even giving them a call to be sure that you have the correct information. I wouldn’t just take someone’s word for it because they may have traveled with a different airline.

   PACKING LIST
          This point is self-explanatory but just thought I would pop it in anyway as I know many people, like myself in previous years, do not write ourselves packing lists. I wrote myself a packing list the last time I traveled and let me tell you, it saves so much time! A packing list makes it so much easier for you while you are getting things together to put into your suitcases because you can tick things off your list as you pack them away. Also, check the weather forecast of the places you will be visiting a couple of weeks before! This way you will have a better idea of what you should be including in you packing list and what can be left at home. By doing this, it helps you with taking up kilos that you could have used for things that you actually need instead of things that you could go without.

research-locations          Now it is time to surf the net! Research the location of your hotels and of the places you are dying to visit. By searching the easiest ways of getting from A to B prior to your travels could save you time AND money while you’re there. If you know exactly where you want to go and exactly what you need to do in order to get to your desired destination, then researching this will make life so much easier and your holiday much more enjoyable and stress free. I always make a list of places to see and things to do before I go and then research away 🙂

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Airport and hotel transfers may cost a little more from home however it saves you the stress of having to organize your own transportation while you are in a different country and also the potential nerve-racking language barrier. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather have everything completely sorted from home where I 100% understand everything that is said to me and I know the dates, times and locations the tranfers will be picking me up.

Last but definitely not least, HAVE FUN with it! Organizing everything for your trip is all a part of the exciting travel experience!

Any tips that you would like to share? Leave them in the comments below 🙂

Talia xo

“The world is a book,
and those who do not
travel read only a page”
– Saint Augustine

Product Review: Catrice Cosmetics Nail Polish (EU)

Just before I left to travel overseas I had my nails done by my nail technician here in Australia. When I finished my trip around Europe and arrived in Spain my plans were to find a place to get my nails done again. Well that plan went downhill pretty quickly.

When I got to Spain I needed my nails done quick smart. From handling my luggage here, there and everywhere, up and down stairs in hotels, you could say that my nails had a rough time. I literally walked up and down trying to find a decent nail salon in various places and found one that when they told me the price I had to sit down for a bit because I started to feel a little light headed. It was so much more expensive than what I was paying here for my nails plus I was noticing that my funds due to travel were not ready for a hit like that one. I then walked past a beauty academy that charged a cheaper price (as they are students) and they offered things such as waxing, hairdressing, nails etc. So I decided to just give it a go and asked for the teacher to do my nails. She was more than happy to do them for me. Although they are cheaper due to being a beauty school I still found it to be pricey. I got my hands and toes done and if I remember correctly I think I paid about 55 euro which when converted is about $79.25. Not cheap for a school! Especially with the job she did being the teacher!!

 

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Acrylics I got done in Spain… Hideous.

Oh and they started to fall off in the span of one week! I don’t even want to go back there… bad memories… 😦

After this experience I decided that during my time in Spain I was going to have to maintain my nails myself because I could not afford to keep getting them done, especially if I was going to get the same ridiculous claws. So I went to my favourite store in the shopping centre near where I lived called Arenal which is pretty much a Priceline however they sell drugstore as well as high end products. It’s pretty much my relaxation haven whenever I am in Spain and a financial DANGER ZONE!

A friend had told me about nail polishes that she uses all the time and that she absolutely loves. The cosmetic brand is called Catrice Cosmetics. Catrice Cosmetics is a European brand with stores located in Europe, South America, Africa and Asia. I would say that this brand is a European version of Australis cosmetics here in Australia. Their products are very affordable and the few products I have tried have been pretty good quality.

Their nail polishes are GREAT! The colour intensity is amazing, not sheer at all. You only need a couple of coats along with your top and base coat and you’re good to go. They do not take too long to dry either which is a plus! I’m honestly extremely impatient so I cannot stand waiting around for nail polish to dry, so it makes me happy that I don’t have to wait too long for this one to do it’s thang. Also, the scent is not too strong either which is great because, I don’t know about you but strong nail polish scents tend to give me a headache. When reading the description online about these nail polishes the company claims that “the formulas are enriched with natural extracts that offer pampering care” which is really cool. I do feel that with the base and top coat the nail polish is long-lasting. I have tried it without both of these which is naughty of me but in my defense I was in a rush, and it does start to chip pretty quickly, so I definitely recommend using the Catrice top and base coats together with the nail polishes. I would say that these are very similar to the Revlon ColourStay Gel Nail Polishes. I feel like they have the same consistency, the same colour pay off and they same long-lasting effect 🙂

Here is my small collection of the Catrice Cosmetics nail polishes:

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This Noir Bleu colour applies a lot darker than what I expected. I thought it was going to be more of a navy blue but it comes out on your nail more towards a black than anything. However, it is still a very nice colour and I really like it for the Winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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‘For Nuts Sake’ is a gorgeous mauvey/maroon colour. I absolutely love it for the Autumn and Winter time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Caught On The Red Carpet’ is a fierce red which I honestly love for any season. I’m the type of person that sees the colour red as an all year round kind of colour and this nail polish is perfect for this use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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‘Karl Says Tres Chic’ (Not sure what this name is supposed to mean haha) is such a cute baby pink colour. It’s such a pretty colour for the Spring and Summer.

 

 

 

 

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These ones are the top and base coats that help with the gel and the long-lasting effect of all the nail polishes within the Catrice Cosmetics Nail Polish range.

 

 

 

 

One of the things I absolutely love about these nail polishes is that (apart from the blue one that I purchased thinking that it was going to come out a little more blue than it does), whatever colour you see in the bottle is the colour intensity you will achieve when you apply the polish onto your nails. I feel like with some nail polishes you do not get the same colour effect on your nail as what you see in the bottle but with these Catrice nail polishes you definitely do and that is one of the reasons I love this product so much!

If you ever find yourself near a Catrice Cosmetics stand definitely purchase one of their nail polishes (along with the top and base coat) to try out. They are cheap and great quality!

Thanks for reading! Until next time 🙂

Talia xo

“Nails take an old outfit
and make it new!”
– Essie

 

 

Benefit’s CORALista Blush | Product Review

Corals are of benefit to you this Spring & Summer 😉

A beautiful coral shimmer in the Spring and Summer days is a perfect addition to your makeup, giving your face a fresh glow.

I purchased Benefit’s ‘CORALista’ blush in America a few weeks ago, and I must say that I am loving it! I strongly believe that this blush is a Spring/Summer makeup collection must have. Sweep this beautiful powder on your cheeks with either a small amount of makeup for an everyday look or a glam night out makeup look.

Photo Credit: Myer Online

Photo Credit: Myer Online

Although this gorgeous blush adds a stunning highlight to the cheekbones, I found that the vibrant coral colour that is evident in the funky box is not as pigmented on the cheeks as one would assume.

Depending on how you like to apply your blush, you may want to take it easy with miss CORALista as when attempting to build-up the colour on the cheeks you may end up with much more shimmer than you were expecting and not as much colour. In saying this, I really do love the lovely highlight that this blush adds to my complexion with a soft hint of coral! I think that this colour looks beautiful on every skin tone, however I especially love how it looks on olive toned complexions.

What are your thoughts?

http://www.myer.com.au/shop/mystore/au-benefit-coralista-d-1659
http://www.benefitcosmetics.com/

Talia xo