Monday, March 26, 2012

BELLA BOX: March 2012

bella box March 2012 

Bella Box is a new Australian monthly beauty subscription service. Each month you receive a Bella Box filled with 5 of the latest prestige, boutique and cult beauty products from around the world. Subscription is $15 per month available at www.bellabox.com.au.




These are the 5 products I received in this month's Bella Box. 

1. Yes to Carrots Lip Tint  (cult)
This all natural brand that uses organics, fruits and veggies is finally at hand - or at lip! With real carroty goodness, this luscious little number will have you smacking your lips together. Contains coconut, jojoba and sunflower oils. Paraben and carmine free. 
95% organic cruelty-free  made in USA  |   $9.95  2.6 grams (full size received) 
Info: http://bellabox.com.au/makeup/yes-to-carrots-lip-tint.html




2. Pure Fiji Coconut Hydrating Body Lotion  (classic)
Continuing the yummy theme is this refreshing and revitalising product of purity - the smell will win you over instantly! A nourishing lotion that absorbs quickly to hydrate and protect your skin. Pure plant source. Eco-friendly packaging.  cruelty-free
made in Fiji   |  $29.95,  354ml / 12Oz  (deluxe miniature received)   www.purefiji.com
Info: http://bellabox.com.au/body-care/pure-fiji-hydrating-body-lotion-coconut.html


3. Planet Eve Anti-Ageing Daily Face Moisturiser (innovative)
Our skin is our biggest organ and needs our utmost attention. Oxygenate your skin with this moisturiser - you will be magically revived with it's combination of super-fruit ingredients including acai and blueberries. 
certified organic  cruelty-free made in Australia   www.planeteveorganics.com
$59,  50ml  (10 ml deluxe sample received)
Info: http://bellabox.com.au/skin-care/planet-eve-daily-face-moisturiser.html




4. U Little Beauty Natural Shine Hair Serum (eco-extraordinary)
This natural formula made with Macadamia and Argan Oil to help calm and control any hair type. A light non-greasy serum designed to strengthen and give a healthy shine. 
cruelty-free  Vegan  contains organic ingredients.   www.ulittlebeauty.com.au
$19.95 100ml   (full size received) made in Australia  
Info: http://bellabox.com.au/hair/u-little-beauty-natural-shine-hair-serum.html


5. Bellamer Eye Balm (innovative)
Need a soothing experience for the soul - and tired eyes? This botanical balm is the yoga of products; relaxing the delicate skin around your peepers and giving it a well-earned rest. 
$40  15 grams  (deluxe sample size received)   www.bellamer.com.au 
http://bellabox.com.au/skin-care/bellamer-botanical-skincare-eye-treatment-balm.html



More info:
www.bellabox.com.au

VIDEO: BELLA BOX  March  


Thursday, March 22, 2012

NEW MAKEUP: I Got Mail

 


I recently received a pink package in the mail from one of my favourite youtube friends NYCGeorgette. She lives in New York city, my favourite city in the world. She knows me so well now after our messages, videos and tweets. I featured her as my January Fan of the Month


She sent me (all the way from New York city) a gorgeous pink glittery flower birthday card, the January MyGlam "back to nature" beauty bag, 3 New York city fridge magnets and all the gorgeous makeup listed below. 

  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Sweet Tart 090 (product link)
  • Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie 010
  • Urban Decay single eyeshadow in Sin 
  • Urban Decay single eyeshadow in Gunmetal 
  • Wet and Wild Color Icon Shadow Collection Petal Pusher 736 (product link)
  • Wet and Wild Mega Last Lip Color in Think Pink 901B (product link)
  • Wet and Wild Color icon shimmer single in 306 Sellout
 

Thank you so much Georgette for this wonderful gift. You honestly have been such a bright light in my life this year and your friendship means the world to me. 

NEW MAKEUP ~ I Got Mail:


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

GLOSSY BOX: March 2012

GLOSSY BOX
March 2012
www.glossybox.com.au


I am so happy to announce that I am now officially a Glossy Box Australia Ambassador! I loved my January and February Glossy Box and this month is no different. L.O.V.E!


The March Glossy Box for Autumn is themed Active: geared towards health and an on-the-go schedule. My favourite items from this month's Glossy Box is the Thin Lizzy concealer and the pink power balancing bracelet. 






1. EAU THERMALE AVENE Thermal Spring Water (for sensitive skin)
Avene's acclaimed Thermal Spring Water proves remarkable at hydrating and refreshing. This product also soothes skin after hair removal. In addition, it has a spectacular effect on razor burn, diaper irritations, itching and eczema. 
Directions: Spray a fine mist on your skin. Wait for a few minutes,  then gently pat dry. 
made in france |  50ml RRP $12.95  | www.avene.com.au

2. KLORANE Extra-Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk
  • frequent use. 
  • cleans hair without water.
Directions: Evenly spray a small quantity of powder 12 inches away from the head directly on the scalp. Leave on for 2 minutes and brush out. 
made in france |  50 ml 


3. THIN LIZZY Concealer Creme
Cover up minor or major skin imperfections for all day coverage with this Concealer Creme.  7.5 ml (colour received: Oriental Doll)  www.thinlizzy.com.au

4. NOUGAT LONDON Nurturing Hand Cream (Fig & Pink Cedar)
A rich cream that your skin will be happy to soak up, try it out for soft hands and strengthened nails. 


5. PROACTIV Cleansing Bar  
Now you can easily use a soap bar to gently exfoliate, fight body breakouts and give your skin a deep clean. Proactiv Cleansing Bar with 1% Salicylic Acid whisks away excess oil, dead skin cells and impurities as it unclogs pores - working to clear blemishes and stop future breakouts. This cleansing treatment combines micro-beads with proprietary blend to boost exfoliation, keeping pores free from debris and skin smooth and refined. 
  • sulfate-free 
  • dermatologist tested
  • non-clogging formula 
Made in USA | 150 grams  (full size product received) 



Bonus Gift Pink Power Balancing Bracelet 
Being active helps both your body and mind stay beautiful so we included products to nurture your athleticism such as this power balancing bracelet. The bracelet is often worn by athletes who find that it supports their strength and flexibility - have fun trying it out!


You can sign up for your own monthly GlossyBox here:

Youtube: Youtube.com/GLOSSYBOXbeautyAU


LaurenDayMakeup Glossy Box March 2012:




Saturday, March 17, 2012

BLONDE AMBITION: 2012 Hair Update

Hair Update: Straight Success
Blonde AMBITION
"Achievement results in work realising ambition"

So after colouring my hair pretty much to death last year from blonde to pink to magenta to pink again and then red, I realised that my hair was really damaged from the constant colour changes. For 2012 I'm going back-to-basics and going natural (as natural as I can being blonde) with my haircare routine. I am no longer curling my hair everyday which was adding a lot of product into my hair not to mention the extra expense. In 2012 I am trying a new look and going straight by straightening my hair twice a week. I still wear my natural curls every now and again maybe 1 or 2 days a week at most but I have found that my hair is in much better condition wearing it straight. 


 


I have been straightening my hair using my Vidal Sassoon Eco Dry travel hair dryer and a medium-size round brush to blow dry my hair from semi-wet curls to dry semi straight on medium heat. Then I section my hair and adding my favourite Macadamia Natural Oil's Healing Oil Treatment. Using my GHD slim flat iron, I smooth each section to create a soft straight look. 


 


I recently used an at-home colouring system to touch up my ash blonde roots and was really pleased with the results. The product I used was Schwarzkopf Nordic Blonde Ultimate Lightener. It's made in New Zealand and only costs $9.95. I was happy to find an affordable hair dye that was made locally (not in China) and that  gave me the results I was looking for. I left the dye on for the full 45 minutes and the result was an Ultra Blonde which I am happy to say has only faded a little. 


March 10th (3 days after application)         March 16th (hair update video)


Watch my Blonde Ambition hair update for more info: 


watch video on youtube.com


Disclaimer: I am not a hair professional. This is my honest opinion and experience based on my own personal use of this product. I am not affiliated with Schwarzkopf. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

MAKEUP TUTORIAL: Teal Sunrise



Inspired by my love for the beach during Summer, I created this fresh summer inspired look perfect for blue eyes. My Teal Sunrise makeup look features orange shimmery eyes (I have a serious orange obsession at the moment) and metallic smokey teal eyeliner. Nude peach-toned glossy lips complete this look for the casual yet glamorous Beach Babe in all of us!  


 
Teal Sunrise Products: 


face
Mary Kay Timewise matte-wear liquid foundation
Mary Kay Mineral Foundation (setting powder)
Furless mini bamboo powder brush


brows
Mary Kay mineral eye color (hazelnut)
E.L.F lengthening and defining mascara (crystal)
Senna Double Brow Brush


sunrise eyes
NYX jumbo eye pencils (gold + milk)
Napoleon Perdis Chic to Cheek Duo #4 (orange blush used on eyes)
Lime Crime Magic Dust (diva) 
Skinn mineral eye lighter (champagne)
Mary Kay liquid eyeliner (black)
Smashbox limitless eye liner (onyx)
Too Faced perfect eyes waterproof eyeliner (perfect peacock)
Sugarpill chromalust loose eyeshadow (darling) product link
Bobbi Brown lash glamour extreme lengthening mascara (black)
Sephora Eye Crease Brush 
Eco Tools concealer brush
Costal Scents small detail brush 


cheeks
Skinn Color Touch eye, cheek and lip glow (crush)
Smashbox Soft Lights (shimmer)
N.Y.C. Smooth Skin Bronzing Face Powder (sunny)
Benefit High Beam


lips 
NYX lip pencil (natural)
Lime Crime Lipstick (coquette) 
Mirenesse forever lip cheek duo #4 (Victoria + David) product link


MAKEUP TUTORIAL: Teal Sunrise by LaurenDayMakeup


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fan of the Month: Melissa Jade Hearts



My Fan of the Month for March 2012 is Melissa from Melissa Jade Hearts. You may know her from Youtube. She is a Makeup Artist like me. We have so much in common (it's a little scary!) Melissa and I both love dogs, butterflies, the colour pink, Coca Cola, coffee, being a child at heart, My Little Pony - oh gosh the list just goes on and on!


I love Melissa because she is very young at heart, always fun and happy. She is always smiling and positive in all her videos. I really love watching Melissa's youtube videos because she loves makeup just like I do and I always feel like after I watch her videos that I've learnt something and she always makes me smile. 


"You get one life to live that you can remember at least. I want to live my life embracing who I am and people will like me for me or they won't like me, thats fine." ~ Melissa Jade


 
Melissa's pretty necklaces are featured in her DIY Ruffle Necklace video. 


I hope you will take the time to subscribe to Melissa's youtube channel and also check her out on Facebook. She is a really lovely Aussie Makeup Artist with a heart of gold and I know you will enjoy her videos just as much as I do. 



Melissa Jade Hearts: EcoColors Hair Color Review


Melissa Jade Hearts: DIY Ruffle Necklace

Saturday, March 10, 2012

TAG: 19 Random Facts

19 Random Facts About Me

My New York Sweetheart NYCGeorgette tagged me for the 19 Random Facts TAG on youtube. I was up for the challenge! 30 minutes later I realised I had rambled on about everything from Lois and Clark to horse riding to swimming in the ocean. After I discovered (only after I deleted 2 of my favourite videos - long story!) that I was not eligible to apply for Youtube's Longer Length Video license. I decided to create part 1 and 2 so my beautiful youtube subscribers didn't miss a moment of the fun facts about me! LOL  So with out any further ado here is my 19 Random Facts videos.... 



watch video on youtube.com



Wednesday, March 7, 2012

TAYLOR SWIFT: Speak Now World Tour

Taylor Swift
Speak Now World Tour
Brisbane Entertainment Centre - March 6th, 2012

 

I just got home from one of the best nights of my life. A truly unforgettable experience at the almost packed Brisbane Entertainment Centre watching Taylor Swift command the stage like a true professional. This incredible young lady was absolutely flawless! From her gorgeous makeup and hair to her sexy, stunning costumes and strong vocal performance. This girl has all the talent you'd expect in a world class singer and then some. Oh did I mention she plays the guitar as well, even one that has 12 strings - Taylor said it's "more fun". 

 




The song choices were fantastic from her hit super-fun Grammy award winning song Mean to her breathtaking performance on the piano singing Back to December where confetti snow fell from the ceiling to set the mood. The stage completely transformed into mini fairytale sets for songs like Enchanted, Speak Now and Fifteen. She gave an emotional performance of her fan favourite Dear John and the crowd went wild when she encored with Safe & Sound her new song from The Hunger Games.  


This amazing once in a lifetime show ended with a magical performance of Love Story where she was suspended above the crowd in a moving balcony just like the one from her music video clip. Confetti rained over the crowd and the amazing band & dancers took a bow. I was overwhelmed with love and appreciation for Taylor and enjoyed every second singing along and listening to her interacting with the crowd. 



Monday, March 5, 2012

NEW Revlon Lip Butters

Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters

I was so thrilled to receive one of the new Revlon Colorburst Lip Butters. They are not available here in Australia yet, but Revlon Australia has confirmed with me that they will be available this April. 

The colour I have is Lollipop - a rich fuchsia pink. This shade is perfect for my skin tone. I love how pigmented these new lip butters are. They are a triple threat - the moisturising properties of a lip balm with the pigmentation of a lipstick and the glossiness of a lip gloss. All in One product so perfect for busy people who don't have time to apply all 3 products! 


Revlon says:
  • Buttery balm + shiny colour 
  • Buttery balm with beautiful shiny colour to give you baby soft, healthy glowing lips
  • 94% of women felt lips were softer, smoother, and instantly hydrated. 
  • Hydrating mango butter, shea and coconut butter formula boosts lip moisture by 156%
  • Pampering gel formula provides super charged hydration and glides on lips buttery smooth 
  • sheer to medium colour with buttery shine
  • available in 20 luscious shades
US $8.99  | 2.5 grams   Revlon.com product link 

Other colours I would like to try are Strawberry Shortcake, Raspberry Pie and Sugar Frosting.  
The Makeup Box Shop was kind enough to give me this Revlon Lip Butter in Lollipop. I really enjoy following TheMakeupBoxShop on Twitter and they know, because I was tweeting about how much I wanted to get my hands on one of this amazing new lip butters. 

TheMakeupBoxShop has the new Revlon Lip Butters for $12.oo each: 


I featured the new Revlon lip butters in a recent Eco Glamazine article:

Revlon Lip Butter Mini Review:

watch video on youtube.com 

REVLON's Cruelty-Free Statement:
Revlon does not use animals in testing of it's products nor does it have animal testing conducted on it's behalf by anyone else. Furthermore, Revlon has no intention of testing on animals in the future. 

*UPDATE* Revlon is no longer a cruelty-free brand so I cannot confirm that this product is 100% cruelty-free 

Thursday, March 1, 2012

GLOSSY BOX: February 2012

GLOSSY BOX
February 2012
www.glossybox.com.au


The team at GlossyBox.com.au were so kind to send me another one of their fabulous Glossy Boxes! I am in love with February's Valentine's Day themed perfectly pink Glossy Box. 


 


1. CARMEX Moisture Plus Lip Balm
Glossy Box says: For lips that look and feel moisturised all day long, this classic CARMEX product with a new sleek lipstick-like casing is just the right product. With enhancement from vitamin E and aloe, the CARMEX lip balm has an spf 15 to protect your precious
puckers perfectly. Cruelty-Free Carmex does not test on animals.
australia.mycarmex.com  |  $8.99  product link


 


2. PROACTIV Deep Cleansing Wash 
Glossies chose this product this month because it is a tried and true product that we love. We know that being beautiful starts with clear skin so we use Proactiv when our skin acts up or for a deep cleanse. This cleanser is made to use at any age. It contains botanicals to soothe your skin, restoring a healthy glow. Use it and watch the transformation to gorgeous, clear and bright skin. This product is used by many celebrities who rave about the skin clearing effects.
www.proactiv.com.au  $12.99 60 ml  product link



3. FACE OF AUSTRALIA Mineral Lip Shine
Glossy Box says: A mineral lip shine that isn’t as sticky as a lip gloss and isn’t as heavy as a lipstick. This Lip Shine is infused with natural mineral pigments to deliver sheer colour without synthetic dyes. It contains natural sun protection filters to shield lips from everyday environmental aggressors. 
Cruelty-Free Face of Australia does not test on animals.
www.faceofaustralia.com.au  | $12.95  4.5g   product link 


 


4. BOBBI BROWN Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara 
Glossy Box says: This mascara helps make your lashes ultra-long and separated. The bristles interlock with lashes like a zipper, so individual lashes are coated with rich colour from root to tip. The brush is curved so it lifts each like lash just like an eyelash curler. It has elastic ingredients so it won’t flake and leave you with a makeup mess.

www.bobbibrown.com.au  |  $48 product link  
Cruelty-Free Bobbi Brown does not test on animals.


5. STAR and ROSE Floral Wonderland Emergency Nail Files 

Glossy Box says: It doesn’t get much cuter than these Love Bird emergency cushioned matchbook-style nail files. These pocket-sized files fit perfectly in your bag or purse. Maintain perfect nails while on-the-go and use for any fix ups.
www.starandrose.com  | $2.00 each  product link 



6. Love Heart Candies (www.lovehearts.com)



My favourite items from this month's Glossy Box are the Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Mascara and the Carmex Lip Balm. 


You can sign up for your own monthly GlossyBox here:
http://www.glossybox.com.au/subscription



February Glossy Box video: