Month: March 2015

March Monthly Favourites

Hi Guys,

So today I am back with another monthly favourites and boy do I have a few for you this month. So keep reading if you want to see why these products made it into my monthly favourites.

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Lorac Pro Palette – I’ve had this palette for a while now but only recently have I started using it more frequently and really gotten into it. The taupe shade is the perfect crease colour and those shimmers shades add depth to any look. The palette consists of eight matte shades and eight shimmer shades. I don’t know why I didn’t get more into this palette sooner and look forward to creating more looks with this palette. Leave me a comment below if you would like to see me create a look using this palette. Find yours here.

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Too Faced La Belle Carousel Blush and Bronzer Duo – I got the Too Faced carousel for my 21st and I have absolutely been loving the blush and bronzer duo component. It features the ‘Chocolate Soleil’ bronzer and ‘Who’s your poppy?’ blush. The reason I love this duo is because not only are the shades perfect but it’s extremely portable.

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MAC Lipstick in Pure Decoration – It’s funny to think that a mascara I picked up accidently would become an absolute favourite. I picked this up at the corporate shop in west end thinking that it was pure heroin when in fact it was pure decoration. Its such a beautiful nude shade, perfect for when you have a lot going on with the eyes and you just want a simple shade on the lips. Find yours here.

Benefit’s Roller Lash Mascara – Where to start with this one. LOVEEEE it! If you haven’t already please check out my full review here to find out exactly why I love this mascara. It has been brilliant and I don’t think there’s been a day go past since I got this mascara that I havn’t been wearing it. Find yours here.

Deliciously Skin Peppermint and Vanilla Lip Salve – When a PR company contacted me wanting to send me a range of vegan skincare I jumped at the opportunity as I LOVE organic skincare which isn’t full of chemicals and is good for your skin. I’m not a huge fan of paw paw ointment like most people mostly because of the smell so I was delighted to find a great smelling, highly moisturising lip treatment. If you are into vegan skincare, love a good lip treatment and adore the smell of peppermint and vanilla go and get your hands on this lip salve today. Find yours here.

Real Techniques Limited Edition Duo-Fiber Powder Brush – This brush is amazing! Not only does it look amazing with its black and chrome finish, this brush actually works wonders. It provides an amazing finish, kind of like an airbrush finish. What did I do before this?! I don’t even know. It comes in a limited edition set which makes it a bit hard if you only want the one brush which sucks but the whole set is amazing! Find yours here.

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Fudge Clean Blonde Violet Toning Shampoo – From a yellow blonde to silver hair? That is what this amazing toning shampoo by Fudge gives me. Leave it in your hair for a good 10-15 minutes and watch your hair transform with this shampoo removing all yellow, bronzy tinges. Find yours here.

Premium Spa Australia Sugar Body Scrub in Frangipani and Coconut – If these were to be any time I could transfer smell between my computer screen and yours this would be it. THIS. SMELLS. AMAZING! Like wow, I need a candle in this scent – it is to die for. And what’s better is that this scrub is amazing and you only need a tiny bit to get a whole lot of use. Find yours here.

Tangle Teaze – I don’t know what I did before this. Well actually I do. I had A LOT of hair fallout and breakage and now I don’t. You can use this brush when wet or dry and it’s the perfect brush to reduce hair fallout. I have hung up my paddle brush for life now I have found this. If you haven’t got one of these already go and get one and see the difference for yourself. Find yours here.

And there we have it. My March Monthly Favourites. I hope you guys enjoyed this and you too share some of these favourites with me.

Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog

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Harbour Day Spa Review

Hi Guys,

I often review products on the blog but today I’m going to do something a little different and review an amazing service I received. On Tuesday I was invited to enjoy a luxurious pamper session at Harbour Day Spa in Cleveland and boy oh boy was it luxurious. From the minute I stepped in the doors I felt instantly relaxed and I was amazed by the opulence that the spa oozes. I spent just shy of four hours at the day spa and lapped up the state of pure relaxation the whole time I was there.

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I got to enjoy Harbour Day Spa’s new Autumn Package. As soon as I walked in the door, I was instantly greeted by the lovely staff. They then guided me to a room where I could put on my robe and store my belongings before being walking to the tranquil room where I had a few minutes to de-stress and unwind before starting my treatment. My Relaxation Therapist then guided me into a treatment room where she asked me a few questions about my skin before getting started with the amazing almond and orange foot scrub . I instantly felt relaxed. I then got on the massage table where I received a body brush and hands down the best back, neck and shoulder massage I have ever had in my life. Now, having a bad back, I have had a few massages in my time but this was without a doubt the best massage I had ever been given. I liked that the massage therapist continued to ask me if the pressure was okay. There is nothing worse than being in absolute agony as the massage therapist applies a ridiculous amount of pressure (not even kidding I have had a neck massage before where I was stiff and bruised for the next few days following the massage).

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We then moved on to a hydrating facial and I kept asking myself why I had not had one of these before. I will definitely be back, this was incredible and everyone needs to experience this bliss. I loved that fact that none of these products burned my face which can happen when new products are applied to the face – especially with my sensitive skin. Also you know when you go and get a facial and then you can’t leave the house for the next two days as your skin has broken out, well the products used don’t do this. They use O Cosmedics and boy do these products leave your skin feeling amazingly soft. My skin had more bounce and elasticity whilst also feeling significantly more hydrated. Lastly, we finished with a scalp treatment and lets be honest who doesn’t enjoy a good scalp massage.

I was then ushered into the salon side of the day spa and this is when it really hit me how big the day spa was. It was MASSIVE. Did I mention the salon overlooks the harbour?! I was literally getting my hair washed by another one of their amazing staff while I looked out onto the harbour. What a view. The staff then treated me to a cup of tea and scones while I enjoyed my glamour blow dry and I asked for some luscious curls. See below for the amazing results. Lastly I was treated to a makeup application using the Curtis Collection by yet another amazing staff member.

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Which leads me to a few things I want to say about the amazing staff at Harbour Day Spa. The business is owned by Leanne and Tracey and during my day at the spa I got to spend a bit of time with Leanne and she is an absolute pleasure to talk to. The passion she has for her business shines through and it’s clear to see this passion is part of the reason behind there successful business which has just celebrated its eleventh birthday. Each and every staff member was so lovely and greeted me with a smile which made a huge impact to my overall experience and made me feel even more relaxed.

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Another amazing thing about Harbour Day Spa is the feeling you get being there and after talking to Leanne I really did understand the atmosphere they were trying to create. Did I mention they even have a barber shop which is decked in manly gear so literally everyone has a space where they can feel completely relaxed at the spa.

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I absolutely loved every minute of my experience at Harbour Day Spa and will be back for more treatments for sure. I would 100% recommend the services offered at the day spa to any of my family and friends. You can visit their website for more information at https://www.harbourdayspa.com.au/ . Be sure to check out their current special offers at https://www.harbourdayspa.com.au/category/specials/current

Harbour Day Spa Cleveland

Corner of Shore Street and Masthead Drive
Raby Bay Cleveland Queensland 4163 Australia
T 07 3821 2955   F 07 3821 0477
relax@harbourdayspa.com.au

And that’s all for today folks. I hope you enjoyed this review it was certainly something different. Such an amazing experience.

Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog

**This service was provided complimentary to me for review purposes. However, this didn’t persuade or alter my view and my review is 100% honest as per my disclaimer policy**

Benefit Roller Lash Review

Hi Guys,

So recently I was lucky enough to go to a Brisbane blogging event in Brisbane called Obsession where Benefit came along and did their first Australian launch demonstration of their new hit product called the Roller Lash. I was extremely honoured to be apart of something like this and the passion the benefit ladies has just blows me away. Anyways, so I just had to review this mascara for you before it launches in Australian stores on April 11.

You know how some of us have to use a lash curler before applying our mascara? Well no more! This mascara boasts of giving a curled lash effect and my results below are a true testament this mascara does just that. The “Hook ‘n Roll” brush grabs the lashes, separates them and adds lift and curl. I also love the curve setting formula as I find that the sticky formula really does help the mascara to set in place once it has been curled. The only risk that the sticky mascara formula runs is it may possibly become quite clumpy if you overdo it on the lashes too much so be careful not to layer too much – not that you need to anyways.

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You know those tiny little lashes right on the inner corner of our eye which are a nightmare to grab? Well this mascara is those little tiny hairs best friend. This mascara wand is a lot smaller than their previous mascara brushes which gives it the ability to get right in there in and coat those bad boys in this glorious formula.

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You know how your mascara often rolls off your benchtop? Well Benefits Roller Lash stops this altogether as the rubber end of the packing ensures that baby wont budge from the benchtop. Did I mention how adorably cute the package is also? Love it, and lets be honest, who doesn’t love super cute packaging.

You know how mascara can sometimes get clumpy when there’s too much formula on the brush? Well the Benefit Roller Lash combats that product overload issue with the built in wand wiper which evenly distributes the perfect amount of product on the mascara wand.

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So should the Benefit Roller Lash be next on your wish list? Yes, yes and yes! Not only does this mascara curl those lashes, it also lengthens, separates and adds volume. I love the sticky formula as I find it holds the lashes in place which is also perfect as there is no flaking or smudging. I tried They’re Real and Roller Lash together and they are a match made in heaven and provide the perfect lash. Benefit is an innovative successful company and I absolutely love their new invention – the Roller Lash.

This product launches in Australia on April 11 so make sure to be there to grab yours, love it!

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Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog

NYX Black Label Review

Hi Guys,

So today I wanted to show a few swatches and mini review of one of my favourite lipstick brands – NYX. I own four shades from the black label lipstick collection – India, Cancun Pink, Nude and Citrine. The lipsticks are not only super pigmented they are super creamy and glide on perfectly.

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These affordable lipsticks retail for $13 on an Australian online cosmetic store or I picked mine up from Beauty Joint for $5. There colour range is extensive and the quality you get for a fraction of the price you would pay for a high end lipstick is incredible. NYX continues to make amazing affordable drug store products and sometimes us beauty bloggers get caught up in the hype that surrounds high end products and forget their old and trusty basics. Well no more, back to using good quality cheap alternatives.

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The only thing that concerns me is their lasting power – they are super creamy which makes them susceptible to sliding around the lips and gliding off easier than say the amplified formula by MAC. However, if you are after getting the bang for your buck then NYX black label are definitely the way to go. They also smell A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

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Overall, these lipsticks are incredible and I highly recommend them.

Until next time..

Xxbrittersblog