27 September 2012

Lust Have It! September 2012

I recently received my very first order from Lust have It!. Lust have it! is a monthly subscription to receive premium cosmetic and fragrance samples. I first heard about the company earlier this year when I attended a Moxie Sorority event and there was a Lust have It! brochure and sample pack in the gift bag. It costs $15 per month and you can subscribe monthly or annually. I chose to do a monthly subscription just to check it out first (and because I'm a povo uni student who really needs to watch her budget). So without further ado here is what was in this month's pack.
Lust Have It - September 2012

The items were carefully packaged in a sturdy white cardboard box and the contents were covered in black tissue paper. I thought this was a nice touch.

The September 2012 pack included a silver beauty bag and had the following contents.
1. Dermalogica PreCleanse 15mL
2. Dermalogica Active toner 30mL
3. Davroe Ultimatum Non Aerosol Hairspray 50mL
4. Mirenesse "Protect Me" in clear
5. Say it with scent - Vanilla 30mL
As well as free gift offers...



1. Dermalogica PreCleanse
The sample included in the pack is 15ml. This makeup remover was apparently a favourite on the set of 'Twilight eclipse'. I love trying out make up removers and I wanted to see if this could remove my eye makeup as well as my all time favourite: Lancome's Bi Facil. The product direction is to apply it over the face with dry hands, then wet your hands and work your dampened hands to create a milky emulsion. At first I was worried that it would grease up my face but after washing it off, my face felt quite soft and the product didn't leave that squeaky clean feeling that often feels drying on the skin. It also gently "melted" away the make up that I had on.

I would say that this product is very comparable to Clinique's 'Take the day off: Make up remover balm'. Similar concept, except dermalogica's one is in liquid form and has a pleasing herbal scent. For me it smells like rosemary, lavender and peppermint.

The full size of this product retails for $65.00 and is 150ml.

 2. Dermalogica Active toner 30ml
The product comes in a spray bottle and the directions for use is to simply spray it over your face and neck. I'm not used to this method of toning so after I spritzed the product on my face I lightly dabbed and pressed it on with a clean cotton pad. It was a refreshing experience. It smells similar to the pre-cleanser. I haven't used dermalogica products before so I'm guessing that all their stuff smells the same. The full size of this product is 250ml and retails for $51.

The September pack also included a voucher to receive a free facial upon the purchase of any dermalogica product over $50. I'm loyal to my Clinique 3-Step facial cleansing system (which I have been using since I was 16) but I found the dermalogica products to be quite interesting so I might pop into a participating store to avail of this offer and pick up a cool new face care product.
 
3. Davroe Ultimatum Non Aerosol Hairspray 50ml

 


I haven't tried this yet because I rarely style my hair to require the use of hairspray. I have however tried the Argan Oil from davroe and I was impressed by that so I think this product will live up to the company's growing reputation. The hairspray is infused with rosemary and claims to add shine to the finished style. The next time I put my hair in a bun, I'll use this and review how the product holds up with thick hair.

The bottle says that it has a floral green fragrance, but I just sprayed a bit on the ends of my hair and it smells just like all other hairsprays. This would be perfect for travel as it's packaged in a non aerosol spray bottle. The full size 200ml, retails for $19.95.

Davroe also included a voucher to claim a free styling product. You had to visit their webpage and register your favourite stockist. The site doesn't have a stockists page so I entered 'Lust Have It'. It led me to another page where I could choose a product of my choice for free. Only thing is, I had to pay for postage. I'm a little on the povo side right now so I opted out. Such a shame because I was excited to try the heat protectant spray. Perhaps next month I will avail of this.

4. Mirenesse "Protect Me" in clear


I
find myself sitting on the fence with this product. This balm is infused with mineral sunscreen and claims to protect against UVA and UVB rays. After a session with one of Chanel's International Make-Up Artists earlier this year, I've made sun protection a priority and I was very excited to try this. Unfortunately there wasn't much to try and the sample size was rather small.

It felt nice and smooth on my face, did not cause any breakouts and I actually used it as a primer as It had a light emollient feel to it. It was lightly scented and it reminded me of YSL's eye creams which to me has a light floral/bubblegum smell which I adore.

I'm on the fence because there's not enough of it to try. I have enough left for 1 or 2 more uses. The full 18g size retails for $69.00. I love that it's clear but I believe the product also comes tinted. Clear worked well for me. 

                                  

Also included was a voucher with a code for a free Mirenesse Item. I logged onto Facebook, registered etc. and to be honest I didnt like the whole process because I'm left a little confused and I have to wait and see If I'm chosen to receive the free gift, but I didn't lose anything from doing it so fingers crossed....


5. Say it with scent - Vanilla 30mL




This was my favourite. I always carry moisturiser with me and I loved that this was a handy purse size. The packaging is adorable and almost has a vintage-esque look to it. The product itself is luxurious and moisturising without a heavy residue. It's enriched with shea butter and contains no petro chemicals. It's also made in Australia. The vanilla fragrance is devine. When applied it doesn't smell as strong and the scent actually reminds of So Good's Vanilla Soy Ice Cream (P.S. If you're lactose intolerant like me, you must try this ice cream for a guilt-free treat).

The full 200ml retails for $26.80. My only con for this, is the opening is a little wider than most purse size tubes and the product tends to just ooze out, apart from that I love this.

                               

Overall I enjoyed my experience with Lust have it! The company communicates brilliantly with it's customers and the packaging and postage is reliable. I do wish that there was more cosmetics but perhaps the next one will contain more makeup samples. I'm going to subscribe to it again next month. If you want to find out more and/or you're keen to give subscription a go heres the link to the Lust have it! webpage: http://www.lusthaveit.com.au/

Until next time, I hope you all take care and remember to be kind to yourself.
LittleMissSCB xo



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14 September 2012

No sleep make up : How to fake a good night's sleep with skin care and makeup tips

Like most university students I often have a few sleepless nights, particularly in the lead up to the assesments and examination periods. I recently had to submit a research propsal worth 50%. Two days leading to the submission of my assesment I was running on 4 hours of sleep each night and coffee was my bestfriend.

Many can commiserate with me because it seems that no matter what your occupation or age, it's a fact of life that sometimes you'll have to pull all nighters. Apart from feeling like a zombie all day, sleep deprivation affects how you look. Red blood shot eyes, puffy eyebags and lack lustre skin is not a pretty look.

Here are a few things I do to fake that 'well-rested' look.

Skin care
After prepping your skin (cleanse, tone and moisturise) you need to give your eyes extra TLC. Eyes are often the first indicator of sleep deprivation.

1. Before you step into the shower pop your eye cream and body lotions into
    the fridge. This will act as a cool and soothing agent which your skin
    will thank you for.
2. Use Visine to soothe and reduce the appearance of blood shot eyes.
3. Apply a hydrating eye cream.
    I like Clinique's all about eyes cream and all about eyes eye serum.
 
Clinique's All About Eyes Serum (L) & Cream (R) *Note these are GWP sizes.

Makeup 
Go easy on the make up. You might be really tempted to pack it on your face to disguise the tell tale signs of no sleep, but often it's better to remember the motto 'less is more' when you have tired looking skin.
These are the products that I used to create my look.

Foundation: Chanel Matt Lumiere in 42 Petale
Concealer/Highlighter: YSL Touce Eclat Radiant Touch in 3
Face Powder: Chanel Vitalumiere Eclat in B30 Beige - Sable
Bronzer: Chanel Soleil Tan in 63 Terre Ambre
Lips: Chanel Le Crayon Levres Lip Liner  in 37
Eyeshadow: Clinique Colour Surge Eye Shadow Trio (not pictured),
Eyelashes: Lashes purchased on eBay (not pictured),
Eyeliner: Christian Dior Waterproof Eyeliner in Noir Trinidad 094
Mascarra: Lancome Hypnose Doll Eyes
  

Eyes

1. Apply YSL Touch Eclat under your eyes, on the brow bown, outer eyes,
    above the brow bone and softly blend in using light 'dab and roll' strokes with
    your ring finger.
2. Apply a neutral shade of eyeshadow over the entire lid.
3. Lightly contour the eyes with a soft brown eyeshadow. Blend well.


4. Apply liquid eyeliner along your top lash line on your eyelids.
5. Slightly wing it out to elongate your eyes.

6. Curl and coat your lashes with mascarra. I applied 3 coats. 
7.
Apply false eyelashes and wait for the glue to set the lashes.


 
8. When your lashes are set, go over the base of the false lashes with
    liquid eyeliner to hide any residues from the glue.
9. Apply another coat of mascara to blend your falsies with your natural ones.

Skip lining your water line. You want your eyes to look wider.
 
 
 
My skin was a little dry and de-hydrated so I kept the rest of my make up simple. I lightly contoured my face with using Chanel's Soleil Tan bronzer in shade 63 Terre Ambre. I lined and filled in my lips with Chanel's Le Crayon Levres Lip Liner in shade 37. To add some shine and hydration I just applied a light coat of petroleum jelly using a lip brush.
 
To create soft waves, I just styled my hair in a bun as I was applying my makeup.  

Here's the finished look. I had about 8 hours of sleep in 48 hours. The combination of false eyelashes adding length and drama to the eyes as well as the illuminating effects of YSL's Touche Elcat pen really disguised how tired I looked. I really wish I had pictured the before shots to show and compare, but as this is my first blog post I wasn't prepared. Also appolgies for the picture quality, I just used the camera on my Blackberry. I'll endeavour to get better pics for my next blog entries

I hope this gives you a few tips to try.Of course they don't call it beauty sleep for nothing . It's always best to try to get 8 hours of sleep each night for cell repair and regeneration.


Until next time,
LittleMissSCB xo


 
Attention:
If you are sleep deprived, do not drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery.