22 Feb 2013

Review: Burt's Bees Tips and Toes Kit

Hi all!

This will be a review post on an awesome little gift set I bought myself a few weeks back. I present to you the Burt's Bees Tips and Toes kit, an awesome little gift set worth only $25, which is super value, and has some wonderful products in it! Some of them are now my staple products!

In this gift set you get a Almond Milk beeswax hand creme (mini 7g), Honey and Grapeseed oil hand creme (mini 20g), Coconut foot creme (mini 20g), Hand salve (mini 8.5g), Lemon Butter cuticle creme (mini 8.5g) and a Pomegranate lip balm (full size 4.25g). All for $25! I needed to say that again because a full size Lemon Butter cuticle creme is $15 for 17g!
I've had the chance to use these products for a few weeks now and I must say that I'm impressed so I will do a mini review.

Ingredients list

I'm going to start with Burt's Bees Lemon Butter cuticle creme. I've been using this product for a couple of months now, as I bought the full size after reading wonderful things from other nail bloggers and finally seeing that my local Priceline had it in stock. It smells amazing and a little goes a long way so this tiny tin will last quite a while. I use this in conjunction with cuticle oil, I've recently been using Peita's Polish cuticle oil which is also amazing, my fingers love it! My cuticles have never looked better! My favourite thing about this is that I can apply it, give my cuticles a good massage, and in about 10 mins all the creme has absorbed into my fingers and doesn't leave a greasy residue. Awesome! I cannot stand greasy hands.

The mini tin can only be bought in the gift set, but the full size is 17g is $15 from Burt's Bees.

Next up, Burt's Bees Coconut foot creme. I have only used this a few times so far but it's incredible. I have pretty rough dry feet and I can slap this on after my shower before bed, put on some socks and by the morning they are amazing and soft. They soften the skin enough that pumice stones can actually do their job. I really want to use this in conjunction with another product I have, a foot peeling skin remover from LUS Asia, sounds kinda gross, but also works wonders. Oh and a plus this product smells amazing. This creme is very thick and sticky so putting socks on after applying is a definite must-do. $24.95 for 123g.

Now I have never been one to really use hand creme because with my job it's very important that I don't have oily hands and fingers. Burt's Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey and Grapeseed oil hand creme has become my staple hand creme for both myself and my partner! Even he loves it! Fast absorbing, subtle smell, no greasy residue and leaves both our hands amazing and soft. Love it. Full size is 74g for $24.95. 

Burt's Bees Hand Salve is great for when you may have been using your hands a lot or had them in and out of water and they are incredibly dry. This product is a bit oilier than the rest as it is meant to be a deep nourishing treatment. It states on their website that it is their most intensive hand treatment, this formula is packed with botanical oils, herbs and beeswax to moisturise hard-working, rough, dry hands. Sounds pretty perfect to me. This has been working really well on my stubborn cuticles and does wonders for my partners hands after he has been working with them all day. $24.95 for a 85g tin.

Nearly done! Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax hand creme is a lovely soft and fluffy hand creme that is intended to be used after washing your hands. Now I admit I haven't used this as much as the others because I've been loving the Honey and Grapeseed hand creme, but now that it's nearly run I will be using this. The few times I have used it it left my hands feeling rather soft. $19.95 for 54g jar.

Lastly is the Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil. This. Smells. Incredible. Leaves me lips feeling soft with a very subtle hint of colour. Not hugely long lasting, and I can see myself using it mainly for the smell than anything else, but not bad. You get a full size lip balm in this pack! $6.95 for 25g tube.

Once again I have to say I am hugely impressed with the products in this pack. I'm normally pretty fussy with hand cremes and such mainly because they either feel like their sitting on my skin, not absorbing, smell horrible or leave me amazingly oily and greasy. I am definitely looking forward to trying more Burt's Bees products!

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20 Feb 2013

Lacquerheads of Oz: Curved Watermark Photoshop Tutorial

Hi all!

A super quick post to let you know that my first post has gone up on Lacquerheads of Oz! I did a curved watermark tutorial, so if you've ever been curious about how to do it, go on over to the post and check it out! This tutorial can be used to create curved watermarks on photos of makeup and hair.

Click the image above to go to the post!

19 Feb 2013

OPI DS Extravagance

Hi all!

I've had this polish sitting in my stash for a while now, and I've even worn it a couple of times, but I kept forgetting to take photos of it so I could show you! This polish also has a little bit of a story to it..

I had gone into my local beauty supply shop to pick up a few essentials, such as acetone, cotton rounds, you know the deal, and as I normally do I took a quick look at the China Glaze and OPI stands. Normally I gloss over the China Glaze, as they only have the basic core colours and unfortunately don't get the collections in stock, but they get all of the current OPI collections. I had a quick look and nothing really caught my eye until I saw the silver caps. I picked up the closest polish, the infamous DS Extravagance. It was gorgeous. I hesitated for a few moments, thought about the price and my past experience with OPI (which has been pretty poor) and put it back. I continued around the shop grabbing my bits and pieces and just before checking out I went over, picked up Extravagance and bought it.

I am so glad I did! It's absolutely stunning! Enough talk, more photos!

DS Extravagance is a beautiful red toned, almost raspberry coloured purple scattered holo. An easy 2 coats for opacity. Photos are with 1 coat SV. I love this polish. Even the boyfriend thinks it's pretty!

I am really glad I ended up getting this. I've realised I've got a weakness for purple holo's, I've got 4 in different shades and I want more! ALL THE PURPLE HOLO POLISH! haha

14 Feb 2013

Illamasqua Wink

Hi all!

Just a quick little post for today, this is Illamasqua Wink, I wore it under Shades of Phoenix Zeus in the last post.

Illamaaqua Wink is a perfect pastel lilac that is opaque in 2 easy coats. I am thinking I may need to get Nail Envy Matte as I get some slight bald spots occasionally.

11 Feb 2013

Shades of Phoenix Hades and Zeus!

Hi all!

Sorry for the lack of posts last week, I just wasn't in the blogging mood, it's not that I don't have tons of content right now!

This is going to be a very picture heavy post, so you cant say you haven't been warned! I am going to show you 2 polishes from Teneil's first indie nail polish collection named Shades of Phoenix! I picked up Zeus and Hades. I want to get my paws on Poseidon as well as some point. A great first collection from Teneil, oh and there are some bonus macro shots at the end of this post!

Bottle shots first! Shades of Phoenix polishes are a generous 12ml in the standard square shaped bottle, contain 2 stainless steel ball bearings and are 3-Free.

Zeus is a gorgeous glitter topper with lavender matte glitter, matte white hex's in all sizes with a splash of mini silver hex's, snow flakes and purple iridescent glitter.

This was 2 coats over Illamasqua Wink with 1 coat SV. This reminds me so much of a Lynnderella type polish. Love it.

I couldn't resist matting this. 1 coat Essie Matte About You.

Next up is Hades. A base of black that almost appears blue with Black Diamonds, Blue Squares, purple micro-slices and a little Periwinkle on the side.

This is 2 coats Hades on it's own with 1 coat SV. I tried this polish out with a PVA base coat underneath. I will do another post about that later.

And now for those macro shots! I am in love.

9 Feb 2013

Alanna Renee Black Cherry and Pacific

Hi all!

Today I am going to show you both of my manicures with the Alanna Renee polishes I purchased the other week. A recap, Alanna Renee is made by Alana of Pretty Purple Polish. Edit! Added macro shots at the end of the post!

First up we have Pacific. These where 2 coats with 1 coat of SV. This applied like a dream, very easy to control but I have more VNL in the photos than in real life. One small gripe, no matter how much I shook the bottle, I couldn't get more glitter out. I could of probably done thinner coats and fished for more glitter, but I couldn't be bothered. Next time!

Next up is Black Cherry. This was far more stunning in person, and I wished I had applied it better. I was using lamp light and it was like 1am when I decided to do my nails. This was 3 coats with 1 coat SV.

All in all, a great first collection from Alanna! I want to get a couple more of her polishes from this collection, possibly Reptar and Purple Addiction or Tranquil.

Macro shots!