Hot or Not? Aldi’s skin & hair care are put to the test

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1. Lacura Purity Exfoliating Wash 200ml $3.99 = HOT

  • Containing microbeads for gentle exfoliation of dead skin cells
  • Soap Free
  • Contains Vitamin E and Provitamin B5
  • I enjoyed this face wash, it removed the last remaining traces of my makeup and left my skin feeling clean and smooth. For the price, it was a great everyday face cleanser

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2. Lacura Daily Defence SPF 30+ Moisturising Lotion $7.99 = HOT

  • Matte lightweight moisturiser
  • Can be used as a make-up primer
  • Fragrance and preservative-free
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • An excellent daily face moisturiser with the added benefits of SPF30+. The pump makes use easy and it absorbs into the skin leaving no oily residue.
  • To read my full review, please click HERE

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3. Re-Gen Daily Face & Neck Serum 50ml $6.99 = NOT

  • Advertised as a serum, I would disagree and say it was more of a watery cream
  • Contains PLC Liquid, which according to Aldi help with skin regeneration
  • It says it is non greasy, and when first applied it did feel greasy, however after 5mins this did absorb into my skin.
  • Overall was not impressed with this product, it has a slight soap scent and didn’t really do anything for my skin
  • Dermatologically tested

4. Lacura Purity Targeted Solution Pimple Cream 20g $3.99 = NOT

  • Contains salicylic acid to help unclog pores and clear blemishes
  • Took about 4 days of use to see any real difference in my blemishes
  • Would recommend this for the girl who gets the occasional blemish but not for acne prone girls, as I think you would need something stronger.

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5.  Protane Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo & Conditioner 400ml $4.99 ea= HOT

  • Shampoo/Conditioner are suitable for all hair types
  • Both are sulfate free
  • For a supermarket brand of haircare I was impressed with this duo. They left my hair feeling soft and moisturised.
  • I would not recommend this to girls with severely dry damaged hair, as I do not think this duo will be moisturising enough. I would recommend the Joico K Pak range for severely dry/damaged hair.
  • They do advise that they will protect your hair from UV damage, but I am not sure I agree with that claim.

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6. Protane Moroccan Argan Oil 100ml $9.99 = HOT 

  • Formulated as a hydrating treatment for all hair types
  • Alcohol free
  • A nice inexpensive hair oil, that absorbs instantly into hair and leaves no oily residue
  • Hair is left tangle free and soft
  • For best results, apply to damp towel dried hair

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How to make you lips appear fuller and pouty WITHOUT cosmetic surgery!

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Want to achieve that Angelina Jolie pout without resorting to expensive and painful surgery?

While I cannot promise Angie’s exact lips, I can offer you a few tips that will enhance your natural  lips and give the illusion of a fuller, poutier mouth.

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Basic rule of HIGHLIGHTING & CONTOURING:

  • Highlighting brings features forward. By highlighting a feature, you are drawing light and  attention to it.
  • Contouring brings features back. By contouring you are adding a shadow and making the feature appear sunken.

So, taking this into account, we can give the illusion of fuller lips with a few simple tricks.

  • Highlight your cupids bow. This is the V shape in the middle of your top lip. By adding a light shimmer here, we are drawing the light to this feature and making it appear more protruded, which gives the illusion of a poutier top lip. You can use a highlighter, such as Mac Soft & Gentle, or just a shimmery white eyeshadow.
  • Contour under your lower lip. By using a matte brown eyeshadow or bronzer, lightly tap your brush in the product and using a light hand, gently sweep this under your bottom lip. By contouring this area, we are giving the illusion that it is sunken in and therefore your lower lip appears poutier.
  • Add a dot of shimmer to the middle of your lower lip. Use your highlighter or shimmery eyeshadow to gently press a small amount of shimmer in the centre of your bottom lip. This will draw light to this area and it will appear larger.
  • Outline just outside your natural lip line. This works best when using a darker lipstick. Draw your lipline slightly outside your natural lipline, then apply your lipstick as usual. You can also highlight the cupids bow, centre of lips  and under the lower lip for an even poutier effect.

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My 4th Liebster Award

liebsterawardHi everyone! This is my fourth Liebster Award. Thank you Wretched and Divine for the nomination!

Here are the rules of accepting the award:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their blog on your blog.
  2. Display the award on your blog — by including it in your post
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  4. Nominate blogs that you feel deserve the award
  5. List these rules in your post.
  6. Inform the people/blogs that you nominated that they have been nominated for the Liebster award and provide a link for them to your post so that they can learn about it (They might not have ever heard of it!)

The Questions & Answers

  1. What is your favourite time of year? Autumn and Winter because I love this time for fashion
  2. What is your favourite type of nail polish? As much as I love makeup and beauty related products, nail polish is just always one of those things I always forget and never purchase. I get regular pedicures and I usually pick any colour I am loving at that time. Some of my favourite colours are from Estee Lauder and Chanel
  3. Favourite TV show and Movie of all time? An impossible question!
  4. Who or what inspires you the most? Anything and everything-  could be a colour, a season, a mood or a person. Someone times I wake up from a dream feeling inspired.
  5. In your free time what is your favourite thing to do? Eat, sleep and watch makeup tutorials on youtube, they are seriously addicting!!
  6. What is your favourite colour to wear year round? Nothing beats basic black, goes with anything and always looks smart
  7. How often do you change your nail polish? My hands are generally natural and my toes every 4-6 weeks when I get a pedicure
  8. What is your favourite thing to eat? Cake. A staple in any girls diet
  9. Name 3 things in your purse right now? Headphones, breath mints and a travel brochure I am reading
  10. One beauty product you cannot live without? Foundation. If you have a flawless base, then you can make the rest work

I nominate:

http://jacqlyninwonderland.wordpress.com

http://fashionskyfall.com

http://parsimoniouspenny.wordpress.com

http://lizzieandmillie.wordpress.com

Shine on Award

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My very first Shine on Award! Thank you very much to Lauren from LUCE LUXE

If you wish to accept, the rules for the Shine On award are as follows.

– Display the award logo to your blog.

– Show appreciation by acknowledging the blogger who nominated you and link back to them in your post.

– Share 7 random, interesting things about yourself.

– Nominate bloggers you admire and happily pass on this award, making sure to link their blog into your post.

– Contact your chosen bloggers to let them know.

Seven facts about me:

– I have a slight addiction to Nespresso pods. If I do not start my day without one, everything feels out of wack

– I spend hours watching makeup tutorials, researching makeup, writing about makeup, looking at makeup online and doing makeup

– I keep a list of items (all makeup & skincare related) in my iPhone of each and every new product I wish to purchase. People always think I am texting, usually I am just adding to this list

– I hate sweating, it is the most disgusting feeling I can feel. Weird right?

– In the war between cyclists and motor vehicle’s, I side with my car

– Sometimes I get into these moods, where all I want is to watch Lord of The Rings

– I hate it when it rains and is humid at the same time

My nominees are:

http://fran1989.wordpress.com

catsholiday

http://exquisiteelixir.com

 rosaleengallagher

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http://jessicamoy.wordpress.com

HOW TO GROW Your Eyelashes & Eyebrows

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A cheaper alternative to expensive serums to grow thicker fuller lashes and eyebrows.

YOU WILL NEED:

* Castor Oil (100% natural) – Available from Chemist Warehouse or Amazon

* Coconut Oil (pure virgin) – Available from health food stores or Coles. I use Coconut Magic

* Avocado oil (100% pure) – Not essential if you cannot find it

* Travel size container – Available from Priceline or Amazon

* Disposable mascara wands – Available from Priceline, eBay or Amazon

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Fill one travel size bottle to the halfway mark with Castor Oil. No need to use a measuring cup, just use your eyes to see where approximately the halfway mark is. Then fill the rest of the bottle with Coconut Oil.

2. Optional: Add a few drops (2-4) of Avocado Oil.

3. Shake well to combine

4. Apply this every night before bed using a clean mascara wand to your upper and lower lashes.

**Store at room temperature and shake the mixture to combine before each use.

*** In the cooler months, if you find the mixture has hardened, simply run it under warm water to melt

 

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REVIEW: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant

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Recently have come across a brand named Paula’s Choice. They claim to treat everything from:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Sun damage
  • Sensitive Skin
  • Wrinkles
  • Dry Skin
  • Oily Skin
  • and Blackheads

Paula’s Choice products are fragrance free, contain no added dyes and are non-irritating.

Not yet convinced? How about their 100% guarantee that their products will work for your skin type? That’s a pretty big promise, so I decided to put it to the test trying the Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant, which is recommended for combination skin.

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OVERVIEW (as stated on their website)

  • Effective for: Anti-Aging, Wrinkles
  • Light, water-based formula with 8% glycolic acid
  • Non-sticky gel exfoliates, fading sun-damage and smoothing dry areas
  • Reveals new, younger skin with increased firmness
  • Rejuvenates skin texture and tone
  • Soothing anti-irritants protect and calm skin
  • Stimulates collagen production
  • Clinically proven non-irritating
  • 100% fragrance free, no added dyes
  • No animal testing


VERDICT

Clear gel, this applied smoothly over my skin (being careful to avoid the delicate eye area), I applied this after cleansing and toning to dry skin.

It absorbed almost immediately and did not leave any shiny residue.

I did not experience any tingling or burning sensations, that I have with a lot of other exfoliants which was a pleasant surprise.

The morning after applying this, I did notice an improvement in my skin clarity and smoothness. My skin appeared brighter and it also helped to clear any blemishes I had which was a big plus in my books.

I used this every night for a period of 7 days and was really happy with how my skin looked and felt. It also helped to fade any left over acne scars I had on my cheeks.

I was happy to see that my skin never felt dry, flaky or red whilst using this product, which meant I could use it daily. I would even recommend this for men with back acne scars who are wanting to fade them.

Be careful not to apply this over any open pimples, otherwise you will irate your skin and it will sting!

I will continue to use this product and re-purchase it. As with any exfoliant, always use a sunscreen daily to protect your skin.

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REVIEW: Lacura Daily Defence

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Lacura Daily Defence SPF30 + UVA UVB Broad Spectrum Sunscreen 60ml

* LACURA® Daily Defence Face Care SPF 30+ is an invisible matte, lightweight daily defence moisturiser that protects the skin from the harmful effects of the suns rays

* Suitable as a make-up primer

* Fragrance and preservative-free, the vitamin E-enriched moisturiser is essential as part of a daily skincare routine

* Apply liberally 15-20 minutes before sun exposure

* Absorbs into skin with no oily sunscreen residue

* High sunscreen protection of SPF30 as well as UVA/ UVB

* Easy to use pump packaging dispenses just the right amount of product

* Clear example of how a daily moisturiser does not need to cost you a fortune

* Does not cause flashback when photographed (added bonus!!)

* Suitable for all skin types

Overall a great everyday face and neck moisturiser. Non oily formula and no yucky sunscreen smell. It absorbs into the skin within seconds and works great under makeup. An inexpensive and comparable alternative to the Olay SPF30 moisturiser.

Available from Aldi stores AU $7.99

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