Friday, May 25, 2012

REVIEW: Cosima Skincare

Cosima Skincare Review

After embarking on my Kind Beauty Mission, I have been searching for an all natural organic skincare range that is 100% cruelty-free and that's not "made in china".  It wasn't long before I discovered an Australian made and owned skincare range that lived up to all my expectations and more. 

Cosima Skincare is a unique range of purely natural skin care products formulated to give your skin and body real results naturally. Inspired by the best from nature! Cosima skincare fights the visible signs of ageing using the highest quality 100% natural and organic ingredients. 

I had the unique opportunity to meet Angela the woman behind Cosima Skincare a few months ago and she kindly gave me some of the products to try. I was more than happy to test out the range and give her my thoughts. I was so thrilled with the way my skin looked after using these products, I knew that I just had to share my thoughts about Cosima Skincare  with my beauty blog readers as well. 

Cosima Refresh Foaming Cleanser  $29.95 (125 ml)

Description: Wake up your skin with this refreshing face wash suitable for all skin types. Watch it remove make up, dirt and unclog pores while Papaya gently exfoliates dead skin cells and cucumber cools for beautifully soft skin. Suitable for Normal, Oily, Combination and Congested Skin Types.
Key ingredients: Papaya extract, Lemon Myrtle essential oil, Cucumber extract, Rosewood oil, Rosemary antioxidant, Apricot Kernel Oil. 

The Foaming Cleanser is my favourite product from the range! I just adore how is lathers on my skin for that refreshing clean feeling. It removes all my makeup while invigorating my skin with a slight tingly feeling. The sweet peppermint marshmallow like fragrance leaves my skin feeling soft and very refreshed. 

Cosima True Renew Facial Exfoliant $45.00 (125 ml)

Description: Mother of Pearl, Jojoba Beads, and Willow Bark extract work to deeply cleanse and exfoliate the skin helping to accelerate cell renewal. Mother of Pearl enhances efficient absorption of skin care products into the skin's deeper layers. This exfoliator offers superior refining and clarifying abilities - pure luxury for your skin.
Key ingredients: Mother of Pearl, Macadamia oil, Willow Bark extract, Vitamin E, Jojoba beads, Papaya extract, Kakadu Plum extract, Marshmallow extract, Bergamot essential oil, Tangerine essential oil and Rosemary antioxidant.

The Facial Exfoliant is a beautiful treatment that I like to give my skin once a week. Instead of my usual mask I have been using this instead to refresh and revive my skin. It helps to exfoliate my skin without being too harsh and abrasive. Plus the subtle marshmallow scent leaves my skin feeling refreshed and soft. 

Cosima Regenerating Night Cream $48.99  (50 ml)

Description: A potent blend of 24 ingredients to rejuvenate and regenerate your skin while you rest. This cream will restore balance and hydrate your skin to visibly reduce the signs of premature ageing. Wake up with radiant, glowing skin.
Key ingredients: Aloe Vera juice, Macadamia oil, Certified Organic Rosehip oil, Certified Organic Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Kakadu plum extract, Ginseng extract, Papaya extract, Carrot Seed oil, Rose essential oil and Rose antioxidant.

It's always been really important to me to hydrate my skin at night. After all during the night is when your skin cells are hard at work repairing the damage and renewing your skin for the next day. This night cream is just divine. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and moisturised without that heavy creamy feeling. The subtle coconut scent feels beautiful on my skin.

Cosima Replenishing Day Cream $45.00  (50 ml)

Description: This rich non greasy face cream is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to nourish and protect your skin. Perfect for use under make up. This cream will fight the signs of premature ageing giving your skin a healthy glow.
Key ingredients:  Aloe Vera juice, Sweet Almond oil, Certified Organic Rosehip oil, Certified Organic Coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Kakadu plum extract, Hemp Seed oil, Evening Primrose oil, Jasmine essential oil, Rose essential oil and Rose antioxidant. 

When it comes to finding the perfect daily moisturiser, I normally stay away from heavy creams because I have oily skin. However this Day Cream gives my skin the hydration it needs and doesn't clog my pores which can cause my skin to break out. I was really surprised by how much I liked this Day Cream and I'm really happy with the way it moisturises my skin especially coming into the colder months of the year.  

Cosima Flawless Eye Cream - Natural Botox Alternative $79  (30 ml)

Description: Cosima Flawless Eye Cream is a multi-dimensional eye cream with clinically proven actives targeting the signs of ageing such as fine line and wrinkles, loss of elasticity, firmness, tone, dark circles and vascular (vein) imperfections. The eye area appears more even and radiant. Although you will see results instantly, results continue to improve the longer you use it.
Key ingredients: Aloe Vera juice, Macadamia oil, Certified Organic Rosehip oil, Hibiscus extract, Jojoba oil, Certified Organic Coconut oil, Vitamin E, Vitamin B5, Cucumber extract, Kakadu Plum extract, Honeysuckle essential oil, Jasmine essential oil, Rosemary antioxidant.
This eye cream is  very soft and has a pleasant fragrance. I really like the pump bottle because it dispenses just the right amount of product for one application. I think the key to looking young is always using a good quality eye cream. You may not see the benefits now but you will in the future and you will thank yourself later.

Cosima skincare includes no harmful nasty chemicals that can irritate your skin. Instead they use only the best quality natural and organic ingredients. 
  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulphate
  • No Mineral Oils
  • No Petroleum
  • No Artificial Fragrances
  • No Artificial Colours
  • No Harmful Detergents
  • No Animals Derivatives
  • No Parabens
  • No Propylene Glycol
  • No Harmful Chemicals
  • Australian made and owned
  • Not tested on animals
  • Recyclable Packaging
  • Certified Organic by the Organic Food Chain
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

MAKEUP TUTORIAL: Ultra Violet Smokey Eyes

Ultra Violet Smokey Eyes

Inspired by a recent shell I found at the beach, I created this Ultra Violet smokey eye look featuring some of my favourite purple eyeshadows. 

Featured Products

  • Natio Fluid Makeup (beige)
  • Glo Minerals Pressed Base (medium beige)
  • Thin Lizzy concealer creme (oriental doll) 
  • Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow palette (wild orchids 701)
  • Urban Decay Deluxe Palette (fishnet + zero)
  • Lime Crime Magic Dust (empress)
  • Sugarpill Chromalust Loose Eyeshadow (hysteric)
  • Skinn Mineral Eye Lighter (champagne)
  • Benefit High Beam
  • Bobbi Brown Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening Mascara 
  • Lash Republic Black Magic SC26 Lashes 
  • Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner (black)
  • Skinn Color Touch Eye, Cheek and Lip Glow (crush)
  • Mirenesse Marble Blush (makarena mink) 
  • Essence Lipliner (in the nude)
  • MAC Creme Lipstick (angel)
  • NYX Megashine Lip Gloss (salsa)

MAKEUP TUTORIAL: Ultra Violet Smokey Eyes

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Monday, May 21, 2012

ALBUM REVIEW: Carrie Underwood Blown Away

album review

Carrie Underwood's new highly anticipated album Blown Away was released earlier this month. Since purchasing this album it's been the only CD I have listened to for the last 2 weeks. I was blown away but how awesome this album was, even after the first listen I knew it was going to be one of my favourites albums of 2012. 

My favourite songs: 

  • Two Black Cadillacs
  •  Good Girl
  • Thank God for Hometowns
  • Good in Goodbye 

The album is very true to Carrie's classic modern pop sound with a dash of country. However this album has a much more mature sound with a few darker songs than her previous albums! 

I highly recommend this album and give it 4.5 stars - It could possibly be Carrie's best album to date. It will be interesting to see which songs she selects for the next singles. I am sure Blown Away will be the next single and I do hope that Two Black Cadillacs is also a single because the music video would be amazing. 

VIDEO Carrie Underwood Blown Away album review 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

REVIEW: Glo Minerals

glō minerals

I recently got the opportunity to try a new makeup brand called Glo Minerals. This modern mineral makeup company offers prestige and professional quality cosmetics from foundations to blush, eyes and lips to brushes. 

Glo Minerals hero product is their best selling foundation base. This multi-tasker is a pressed powder and mineral foundation in one. It gives your skin a beautiful airbrushed finish. The powder is soft, light, very natural looking and feels really lovely on the skin. 

Glo Minerals Pressed Base $75 
This finely pressed mineral-powder can deliver coverage from sheer to full, depending on the application. It gives a matte coverage, which means there is not sheen or shine on the face. SPF15. Fine, triple milled minerals lay smooth on the skin. Suitable for all skin types. This foundation provides a sheer to full coverage with a semi-matte finish. Black compact with mirror and round sponge.

Glo Minerals Pressed Base

For maximum results the Pressed Base is best applied with Glo Minerals Ultra Brush. This large flat top powder brush has very soft bristles which makes application quick and flawless! 

Glo Minerals Ultra Brush  $72 
Glominerals signature brush, engineered exclusively for use with gloPressed and gloLoose base. Dense ultra-soft hair offers a seamless all-over medium to full base application. 

Once your pressed base is applied you can set your makeup with the Hydration Mist. Adding this extra set after foundation really gives your skin a more dewy and refreshed look which avoids that heavy matte powdered finish. 

Glo Minerals Hydration Mist $37
A blend of antioxidants and anti-aging benefits in a mist that hydrates instantly. Spritz the skin before or after makeup application and to refresh the skin throughout the day. Use when skin feels dry, when exposed to dry climate conditions or when skin needs an instant burst of hydration. Spritz for instant antioxidant enriched hydration, to refresh skin throughout the day or just after mineral base application. Enjoy this exclusive formulation when skin feels dry, when exposed to dry climate conditions or when skin needs an instant burst of hydration. 

Glo Minerals Hydration Mist

To conceal and correct blemishes, uneven skintones, redness, pigmentation and dark under eye circles - Glo Minerals has a great selection of professional quality concealers. My favourite concealer is their under-eye concealer.  The lightweight creamy texture is very pigmented and doesn't crease! 

Glo Minerals Camouflage Under-Eye Concealer   $54
Glo Minerals Under-Eye Concealer offers rich pigments to conceal and clinically advanced treatment ingredients to help improve dark circles and hyperpigmentation. This product contains two colour tones, enabling you to customise the perfect colour match to your skin tone. Its creamy formulation is designed for the sensitive under-eye area, allowing coverage without caking. The moisturizing formulation ideal for under eye area. Apply Concealer to under-eye area gently. Use regularly to help cover and improve the appearance of under eye circles. Also ideal for highlighting the eye area.

Corrective Camouflage Kit  + Under Eye Concealer Duo

Glo Minerals Corrective Camouflage Kit $29
A sheer, easy-to-apply formula that expertly neutralizes and conceals skin discolourations. It is best worn under glo.minerals foundations. Select the appropriate shade of camouflage (use the guide enclosed with the kit for tips!) then stipple product onto desired area. Follow application with glo.minerals base and colour for beautiful, flawless skin.

The Camouflage Kit is great, especially for my professional makeup kit - working with lots of different skin tones I always need good colour corrective concealers that stay put! This compact little kit is perfect for travel and comes with a mini booklet which explains which coloured concealer is used to conceal different skin problems. 

Looking for a gorgeous berry blush this winter, well this gorgeous Glo Minerals powder cheek stain is perfect for that sweet rosy glow! 

Glo Minerals Powder Cheek Stain $34
The Powder Cheek Stain has the vibrant long-lasting color of a stain to keep cheeks flushed with a rosy tone all day and the easy application of a powder blush. Finally, a blush that has the best of both worlds! Apply a pop of color on the apples of the cheeks with the Texture Brush or use the Blush Brush to pull color toward temples and blend. Swim and sweat resistant, apply before going on a swim or to the gym. Perfectly complements a bronzed complexion.

Glo Minerals Powder Cheek Stain (Rosy)

Glō Minerals


VIDEO: Glo Minerals Review + Tutorial

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

30 Lipsticks in 30 Days

30 Lipsticks in 30 Days

The final part of my 30 Lipsticks in 30 Days challenge features lipsticks from NYX, Napoleon Perdis, Rimmel and Revlon.

Day 26
Revlon Colorburst Lipstick in Blush 035

Day 27. 
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Pink Blush 006

Day 28. 
NYX Round Lipstick in Louisiana 
Revlon Colorstay Mineral Lipglaze in Perennial Pink

Day 29.
Napoleon Perdis DeVine Goddess Lipstick in Selene

Day 30.
Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in Raspberry Pie