Monday, 25 November 2013

Arbonne Cosmetics - Concealer, Lip Liner & Lipstick Review

I'm always on the hunt for different beauty products especially when there is a story behind the brand. Arbonne was founded in Switzerland in 1975.  Arbonne products use botanical ingredients and is still a family own and run business.

I was super pleased to have the opportunity to trial three products.

Arbonne's Creme Concealer is a soothing botanical and vitamin-infused Concealer that is designed to mask imperfections, fine lines, dark circles and puffiness. The shade I received is medium, which suits my skin perfectly.

The concealer has a nice creamy texture, feeling soft and smooth. It  goes on the skin easily.  I used very little product and the concealer has covered up the imperfections around my eye.  It dries to a powdery finish, which is great as I have combination skin which tends to lean to the oilier side in summer.

I have been using this product for over a week now and I like how my eye area isn't dry.  The concealer doesn't absorb the moisture, leaving the eye area moisturised and fresh.

As you can see in the before and after shots the eye area is now more even toned.

The concealer comes in three shades: Light, Medium and Dark and retails for $33.

Lip liner
Arbonne's range of lip liners is a precise definer for the perfect pout, creating a smooth edge and colour application.  I love the twist crayon which is thin making it easy for me to apply.  The colour I have is Pink Mauve and works perfectly with their Rose Petal lipstick.  I really liked the lip liner, it was soft to apply and didn't feel dry (hey that rhymes!).

The lip liner comes in six shades and retails for $33.

Arbonne's range of intensely hydrating and moisturising lipsticks are designed to be long wearing without losing lip colour as well as having added health benefits.

The colour I shown is called Rose Petal.  It is a soft pink.  The lipstick is creamy and I love that it is not as thick as other brands, which is better for precision.  It glides perfectly and smoothly over the lips making them feel soft and conditioned.  Even though the colour is quite light it is highly pigmented with a semi shine.

Here you can see the semi shine highly pigmented lipstick and the lip liner colour.

There are 14 shades to choose from and retails for $37.

Overall I really like these products and brand.  I have to admit I have never heard of Arbonne until I came across these products.  The quality is definitely there, the packaging is compact and is ergonomically comfortable to hold and with a great selection of colours, this brand is definitely a winner.

Overall Rating - 5/5

For a list of stockists or information on Arbonne check out their website 
or their facebook page
or contact them on Toll free: 1800 650 760

Products were kindly provided for review.

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Sally Hansen, Borghese, Mavala - My November Beauty Haul

Recently I went on a nail polish shopping frenzy.  I seriously needed a slap in the face to snap out of it.

Have you ever realised when something was hard to get, you wanted it even more?  Well that is what happened to me.  It started off with hunting down Mavala nail polishes.  I went to several pharmacies and none of them stocked the brand.  I was even more determined to find them.  After a week of popping into several pharmacies that I happened to come across I finally found the range in Broadway.

Here are the three colours I chose:

There wasn't much to choose from as their stock was quite low, but I do love my choices.  Mango Orange and Adelaide have a pearl through them and Blue Curacao is creamy opaque.  I have to say I really like this size, its compact and I can buy a lot more of them and it won't look like I have hundreds (well I do).

On my pharmacy hopping trips I did, I came across a brand that I haven't see in years.  Back in the late 90s and early 00s, Borghese was everywhere.  So I was surprised to see that Chemist Warehouse had a stash of the nail polish at a ridiculous price of $3 each.  So I bought the only two colours they had.

I really like the Violette pearl.  Its thick and dries really quick but as for the emerald colour, it took ages to dry and I needed like 4 coats for it to not look streaky and it still didn't look good.

My latest buying craze was when Priceline (Damn you) had 40% off all cosmetics.  I really tried not to go but couldn't resist so on the last day I stocked up on seven nail polishes and two eye shadows.  If it wasn't for my son busting to go to the loo I think it would of been more.

Most of them were Sally Hansen, I just couldn't move past this section as I love their products.  I eventually did go through all the other brands but I found Sally Hansen to be the best value and they had the colours I was after.

Now just to show you my collection. Most are Chanel, but I am starting to broaden my horizons with other brands and I'm loving it.

This is only half the collection as image is at least 1 1/2 yrs old

Here is a pic of my other colours and brands that I own.

So you can see how my collection of different brands of polish has grown so rapidly.  Remember, I do not have a nail polish problem, I appreciate colour.

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Goodyear Women with Drive Workshop Launch

Last week I was invited to preview the 'Women with Drive' workshop. Designed for women, Goodyear Autocare are giving us girls the opportunity to learn more about vehicle maintenance from checking your water levels, to changing a tyre.  

Growing up in the 80s, cars were easier to maintain and checking oil and water was a cinch due to the simplicity of the components under the bonnet.  Today, majority of cars are computerised with lots of confusing black boxes under the bonnet leaving us afraid to explore further and leaving it up to the mechanics to make sure our car runs smoothly.  

These workshops have been designed to given women confidence and basic knowledge on how to deal with any unplanned difficulties that may arise in between scheduled services like a flat tyer, overheating etc.

Whilst learning how to change a tyre, we were spoil with some oh so delicious cupcakes.

As we finished munching on cupcakes, we get down and dirty in changing a tyre.

What to look out for and knowing when it's time to change your tyres.

How to recharge your car battery correctly.

What an air cabin filter looks like when dirty and when it should be change by a mechanic.

Showing us where our brake pads are and also when they should be changed.

The Women with Drive program is a nationwide initiative, with approximately 40 Goodyear Autocare stores across Australia hosting the workshop between November 2013 and June 2014. 

Hosted by a qualified Goodyear Autocare mechanic, the sessions teach participants how to check their cars basic systems including fluids, electrics, belts, hoses, wipers, under body and tyres.

This year, Goodyear Autocare will be supporting the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF). The OCRF is Australia’s pre-eminent body supporting ovarian cancer research and focus their efforts and funding on the search for an early detection test that will save women’s lives at its Women with Drive workshops.

Although the workshops are free they will have donation boxes and pins available at all venues. All money collected will go to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF).  

Women interested in registering for an event can do so at for handy car-care tips.
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