May was definitely a month of discovery for me, and I definitely made an active effort to incorporate some new products into my beauty regime. The cooler weather seems to be playing havoc on my skin, causing my face to feel dry yet still experiencing hormonal breakouts, which means new skincare saviours have been needed. I've also started trying out a few new haircare and beauty bits, so keep reading for my monthly roundup and to find out what I've been loving!
I have been dying to get my hands on some products from Tarte Cosmetics for a long time now! Unfortunately products from this brand are quite inaccessible here in Australia, and even with their recent availability through Sephora Australia, the prices are substantially more expensive compared to the Tarte US website. Recently, Tarte announced they would be doing a 30% off sale for their entire site. They also recently began offering shipping direct to Australia when you spend over $168 AUD, so I decided to get my wishlist ready and take full advantage of the sale. If you're wondering what I picked up, and would like to hear some full impressions, keep reading! I plan on doing more extensive reviews on many of these products so just let me know what you would like to see!
I've always been curious about electric cleansing systems, especially with recent hype around devices such as the Clarisonic and the Foreo Luna, which I just haven't been game enough to try, especially given their high price tags. With acne prone skin, there is always the fear that a device like this will be harsh on the skin and could potentially worsen breakouts. Recently, I was given the opportunity to try my first ever cleansing brush, the PuraSonic and today I'm giving you a full breakdown of my thoughts on this much more affordable sonic cleansing brush compared to the usual suspects.
I've been meaning to do this post for a while, but I have found it overwhelming picking all my favourite blogs to include. I might try to do this one every few months so you can get a snippet of five of my favourite beauty & lifestyle & other blogs so this post doesn't have to be so long!!! One of the most motivating things for myself to do as a blogger is reading other like-minded blogs and looking at the artistic, carefully-thought out photos and text and gaining inspiration from each and every one of them. All of these bloggers below have their own unique style and charm, yet each one has definitely figured out their niche and their blogs really stand out and draw readers in because of it. Keep reading to find out who they are!
As much as I love a good haul from Mecca Maxima or Sephora, unfortunately they can be extremely pricey and sometimes we get buyer's remorse. Knowing about some of the great drugstore alternatives out there for a lot of products can definitely be useful when you're a makeup junkie. Today I thought I'd talk to you about some of my favourite drugstore buys which may save you a few dollars and surprise you with their great quality!
Activeskin.com.au is an awesome online retailer for those Aussies who want to access the best deals in skincare, haircare and of course makeup all from one location. They are an Australian owned and operated business, so shipping is lightening fast from within Australia which is a huge plus for any of you reading who are like me and track your parcels via Australia Post with high anxiety levels for fear they may not arrive!
I hadn't actually used this website before but was offered the opportunity to trial some new products and get a feel for this online boutique and welcomed the opportunity so I could share my thoughts with you! Activeskin offer same day shipping if your order is completed before 2pm and they offer free shipping for orders over $95. As always my opinions are 100% honest and my own. Activeskin carry popular brands such as Dermalogica, Gorgeous Cosmetics, Napoleon Perdis, Butter London, Eye of Horus, Alpha H, Medik8, OPI, Lancôme and many more!!! I was lucky enough to receive a package from Gorgeous Cosmetics containing three lovely makeup products which I will detail below with my first impressions!
So I'm currently in Sydney on a last minute trip for my job and when I realised the hotel they booked me in was only a five minute walk from Sephora, I knew I had to take my *first* trip to Sephora Australia. I've had great experiences with Sephora when I was living in Canada and whenever I've visited the US. I have been disheartened by the fact that they don't accept my Sephora VIB status which I've earned from purchases from the Canada and US Sephora stores. Instead, Sephora AU have started their own loyalty program. I've also heard a lot of negative reviews regarding the disorganisation and chaos of the Sephora AU online store, so I was very eager to visit their physical store in Sydney to decide for myself. Keep reading to hear my thoughts.
I don't usually do back-to-back posts, but today I remembered that it is a very important day in my life!!! It required a special post all to itself. I think I was too busy in the midst of discovering how to be a blogger and keeping up with life in general last year to celebrate, but this year I thought I would recognize that it has been two whole years since I began my beauty blog. Can you believe it???
Okay guys, so another month has ended and it's time to take out the trash. Sadly, again this month I found I didn't make it through as many products as January and February but this was probably due to trialling a lot of new products for blog posts which does effect how many items you can get through! Still, a pretty good effort I think. If you're keen to know what I worked my way through this month, keep reading! If you missed my Beauty Bin: March Empties, you can read them here.
If you've been following my blog for a while now, you'd know the drill! At the end of every month, I do a little roundup of non blog/beauty related things happening in my life so you can get to know me a little better! I hope you've been liking these updates so far! You can read my March Coffee Break here!