Paycheck Splurge: Givenchy Easy Shopper in Croc

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This month’s paycheck worthy splurge is the Givenchy Easy Shopper in Croc. I for one have a habit of having only one dedicated work bag that I use from Mondays to Fridays and on the weekends, I swap out to my other bags.

Therefore, it is all the more worth splurging in a good work bag that I use all year round. One that allows me easy access to grab things out and shove things in. This Givenchy number fits the bill perfectly.

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Great to shove folder, notebook, ipad into this roomy bag. The angular shape also means it will hold its shape. The magnetic fastening making it great for quick and easy access and best of all, I love the pure leather with Crocodile print. The two toned print breaks out the seriousness of a croc bag. Love it!

Available via: 

Harrods The Easy Shopper with Croc $875 pound (AUD$1,622)

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Face of Australia Screen Siren Nail Collection

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Recently Face of Australia launched the 3-free Siren nail polish collection. As always, this collection is limited edition and in total there is eight shades to choose from raging from creamy neutrals, browns to pops of colourful shades.

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My personal favourites are of course the nudes shades and there’s also a matte top coat that you can apply on top of any shade. I love how affordable all the nail polishes are, at under a 5ver per bottle, it is such a bargain!

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From left to right: #Travilla, #Bombshell, #Monroe, #No Angel 

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Side by side comparison, they are all so wearable.

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The finish is shiny and glossy.  Absolutely love all the nude shades and for some reason they just seem to compliment my skin tone really well as lighter shades never look good on me.

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From left to right: #Platinum, #Isn’t It Delicious?, #Some Like It Hot, #Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend

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I find it quite odd that the collection covers such contradicting shades from nudes to pops of bright colour that is pushing for screamy neony digits.

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Surprise surprise, the none of these colours stained my nails! I am impressed.

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Not a fan of matte top coats but if you want to try them out, Face of Australia has the best price point around so do give them a go.

For more amazing nail polish click here.

RRP AUD$4.95 each
Available in Face of Australia counters now or call 03 9338 5222 for stockist

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Cedel Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair

Cedel has been around for 82 odd years with their soap and hair products well established in our Australian market (proudly Australian owned and made). Their iconic hair spray launched in the 60s is still the hero product from their offering til this day.

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Back in 2013, Cedel also launched their version of Dry Shampoo and Dry Conditioner and behold, this year we can say hello to Dry Shampoo……wait for it…..for DARK HAIR! Hallelujah!

Along with the dark hair option (blue bottles), they also now come in a whooping 100g value size. I have always struggled to find good dry shampoo for my dark hair. Mainly because I find that most dry shampoo adds unnecessary shine on my already greasy looking hair. Another thing is that it leaves a trail of crusty dandruff like finish no matter how hard I try to fine comb everything out. Too hard, too messy!

So what is my verdict for Cedel Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair you ask?

Volume? Restored.

Greasy? Reduced by 60%.

Finish? It wasn’t mattifying and it did left my hair with a layer of shiny sheen BUT it doesn’t leave my hair crusty/snow flakey.

RRP AUD$8.99 each (100ml)
Available in counters now
Stockist 1300 650 981

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Top Picks of 2014 – First Quarter

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Image credit: Dusjacket Attic 

Make up: 

  1. Lunasol Skin Modeling Powder Foundation – Best powder foundation hands down. HG stamp!
  2. Shiseido Lacquer Rouge in #RS404 Disco – Love this liquid lipstick and how moisturising it is on the lips.
  3. Dior Satin Brightening UV BB Balm – Great coverage, long lasting and best of all it infuses skin loving ingredients throughout the day.
  4. Chanel Le Blush Creme in #Intonation – Whoever said cream blushes are messy have not tried this yet.
  5. Clinique Cheek Pop in #Plum Pop – A cute and surprisingly wearable blush.
  6. Ellis Faas Hot Lips - Obsessed with these lipsticks at the moment. I wear them practically everyday.
  7. YSL Gloss Volupte – Cheon Song Yi preferred choice of lip gloss, nuff said.

 

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Skin care: 

  1. Elemis Pro Collagen Advanced Eye Treatment - Eye serum that delivers by far the best tightening effect. Keeps make up under eye all day long too.
  2. Dermalogica Precleanse Wipes – Precleanse now comes in wipe form!
  3. La Mer The Lifting Contour Serum - For intense repairing and anti ageing, can’t go wrong with this serum. HG stamp!
  4. La Mer The Lifting and Firming Mask - Obsessed with this mask and is currently pushing it by applying it 2-3 times a week. ANOTHER HG stamp!
  5. Dior Creme De Rose Smoothing Plumping Lip Balm – If you can move past the scent, this is actually a pretty good lip balm.

 

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Others: 

  1. Koji Curving Eyelash Curler - Koji is my all time favourite eyelash curler brand, this new one doesn’t disappoint either. HG stamp!
  2. Jo Malone My Perfect Sunday Candles – At this rate, I’ll burn it all before winter comes.
  3. Chanel Le Vernis in #489 – Sucker for all things pink, this fuschia/pink blend is a winner.
  4. Shu Uemura Dep Sea Foundation Hair Refresher, Fiber Lift & Satin Design – Who knew you need to apply as many steps to your hair as you do to the skin?
  5. Aveda Dry Remedy Hair Care - My post swimming hair rescue kit.
  6. Jurlique Sugared Spice Hand-Crafted Eco-Candle – Love this candle and the cinnamon sugar scent. HG stamp!

 

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Image credit: Dusjacket Attic 

Beauty treatments: 

  1. Self Centered Medi Spa - A spa that focuses in delivering results rather than fancy decor fittings. Definitely bang for your buck worthy.
  2. My First Facial at Beautyologist - I have done many facial but this was certainly a first that involves testing of zinc and pH level.
  3. Thermage CPT Total Tip 3.0 – Best anti ageing treatment that doesn’t have any downtime and doesn’t involve any laser/needles.

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As you know I went bat shit crazy over the Korean drama – My Love From The Stars. I even wrote posts dedicated to the Korean make up, Cheon Song Yi’s lipstick (female protagonist) and her droolworthy wardrobe. So far, everyone I’ve recommended to watch this drama loved it, so if you have time, give this drama a go.

Drama like these don’t come by often, the plot, the comedy, on screen chemistry and the crew just all worked so well with each another. <3

 

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When Kiehl’s launched their BB cream, I remember reading it in a few magazines and also across Zoe Foster Blake’s blog raving about this BB cream. To be entirely honest with you, I was a little sceptical as I much prefer my BB creams to be closer to the likes of the “original” version – think thick, creamy and rich texture with fresh dewy finish.

So when I was given the opportunity to review this, I was surprised at how much I am digging this BB cream made in USA.

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Why I love this:

  • SPF 30 PA+++ protection, something not many BB cream in this market can claim
  • The shade – #Fair actually blends into my skin perfectly – again not many BB cream could match my skin tone here
  • Great coverage – pretty decent at hiding redness and the tint was great enough to hide all the faint pigmentation and skin tone irregularities
  • It’s fragrance free and paraben free
  • Contains high level of Vitamin C so it helps to brighten skin
  • Doesn’t amplify my pores or dry flakes on skin
  • My skin felt comfortable throughout the day and it does not feel heavy or cakey on skin
  • Finish was healthy glowy without shine or appearing too matte.

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Shade #Fair – Think I am in love with this BB cream, it is my go-to BB cream at the moment.

RRP AUD$36
Available in Kiehl’s counters now 

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Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick 2014

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A while back, I received the latest press kit for Rimmel’s (@rimmellondonau) reformulated lipstick – Moisture Renew lipstick collection.

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Drawing inspiration on rainy London, this collection reminded me of Jo Malone’s recent London Rain collection.

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The press kit also reminded me of the Sally Hansen nail polish release a few years back where there had similar lay out of the products.

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There’s also a pop up board that showcases all the shades. Everything from the pop up board screams London from the iconic red telephone booth, double decker bus, london eye, big ben etc.

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Tadaa! Here is the entire collection, all 13 shades of it. Packaging wise, they are super lightweight and the purple lids are quite plasticky.

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Infused with Vitamin A, C and E, these lippies are an upgraded formula from their previous version and is 70% more hydrated and up to 60% smoother. They are also lip smart as it comes with SPF 20.

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 From left to right: #170, #360, #310, #660, #150, #260

As you can see from the swatch the colours are super pigmented, vibrant, creamy to apply and are quite long lasting too. Personally, I really like #150 (Piccadilly Pink), it is a gorgeous rose pink shade, perfect for everyday wear.

For those of you who wants more of a pop of colour, you’ll be happy to know that this collection has some of the most outstanding colours like, pink, fuschia, orange, coral and reds.

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 From left to right: #210, #220, #720, #780

There are also colours to suit darker lips. These has less shine and more of a shimmery finish.

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From left to right: #180, #500, #330

For more grown up shades, these three fits the bill for bright yet isn’t scream for attention.

Overall, the colours are fun, versatile and there’s enough shades for everyone. As I have not tested the previous formula, all I can say is that these lipsticks ticks the boxes of being moisturising, doesn’t dehydrate the lips and ease to apply including reapplication.

Best of all, the lipsticks are affordable too!

RRP AUD$16.95 each
Available in Rimmel counters now
Call 1800 812 663 for stockist 

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PONIKUTA turns 10

…and it wouldn’t have happened without all of my dear readers be it loyal or new. You guys are the reason why I keep doing what I do.

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Remember the times when I used to have this header for my blog circa 2008-2011? 

When I first started this blog, I certainly didn’t expect it to be what it is today and 10 years is certainly a huge milestone for me. For the past 10 years, one thing stood out very clear to me.

That is, I am passionate about beauty, about what it encompasses and most importantly what this blog allows me to do – which is sharing ideas and opinions on the one subject I am very passionate about.

Along the years, I met so many inspiring people, made friends, founded #MBBE sisters, traveled and do things I never thought it was possible when I first started this humble blog at 2004.

Of course with the highs, there are the lows where I questioned the purpose of this blog time and again, the days I contemplated shutting down the blog and deleting everything, the trolls, the false accusations, the backstabbers, the users, the bitter and the jealous nobodies; but to be entirely honest none of the negativities didn’t make an impact enough for me to step away from blogging.

Fun fact: Did you know the word “blog” was officially listed as a word in 2004?

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In fact, my blog is older than Belle who is turning eight this August! Crazy huh?

Apart from thanking all my readers old and new, I promise to deliver better, relevant and more quality content over the next few years. Who knows maybe one day I will well and truly step away from blogging but for now, I will continue to blog as this is something I truly enjoy doing and it has become just a part of my daily life and routine, I’d find it weird to not sit in front of the computer and blog.

Once again, thank you, arigato, xie xie, terima kasih, nm goi sai, merci, gahm uhn to all my lovely readers.

Love & peace,

Val + Sillybelle xx

 

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Scout Cosmetics Nail Lacquer

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 Left: #Don’t Lose My Number | Right: #Dancing With Myself

This is my first introduction to Scout Cosmetics nail lacquers. I was quite intrigued when it first arrived because it has Chinese words printed on the bottle as well. Quite unusual from what we usually see in this market, I must add.

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Scout Cosmetics uses 5 free nail lacquer formula to combine style, rich colours, shine and durability without exposing nails to harmful ingredients like Formaldehyde, DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde Resin, Camphor or Parabens.

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Application wise, both brushes are your stock standard brushes nothing special in this department. The texture is creamy and easy to apply. The pigments were rich hence there was no streaking issues.

The finish is moderate shine and these colours remained on my somewhat healthy nails for 4-5 days wear without top coat. Overall, I like the colours I got to play with but wished the applicator came in a wider or firmer brush for ease of application. Apart from that, I have no complaints for the results of this nail polish.

RRP AUD$19.95 each
Available online via here

 

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