Monday, September 24, 2012

Make-up giveaway! Featuring Urban Decay, Stila, Jane, Island Girl and NYC

After an epic battle of wills (hold a blog giveaway vs KEEP ALL THE THINGS FOR MYSELF!), I'm finally posting this giveaway with a few spoils from my recentish holiday to Hawaii.

There's two prizes to win, with everything purchased by myself with my own cash money. The UD and Stila items were bought from Nordstrom Rack and are seasonal limited edition items.

Prize pack 1 - Island Girl Hawaii Scented Cuticle Oil, Stila Daydream Palette, Jane AguaCeuticals BlushStix in Shimmering Peach, NYC Liquid Lipshine in 576 Prospect Pink and Island Girl Hawaii nail polish in Aloha Paradise.

Prize pack 2 - Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Eden (matte formula in original applicator style), Urban Decay 24/7 Shadow Pencil Stash, Jane AguaCeuticals BlushStix in Shimmering Peach and Island Girl Hawaii nail polish in Aloha Surf.

It's open to all Australian residents, and all you need to do is tell me what your want to see more of in Lather Rinse Repeat in the comments below. More skincare, lipstick, hair or FOTDs? More photos of products in action, or less pics of my face? More Paul Rudd? ALL THE PAUL RUDD?!

Good luck!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

NOTD - C'arn you Adelaide Crows! feat. Hello Darling, Essie and Ulta3

A quick post today, because I'm off to the pub to watch the fire of my loins, the mighty Adelaide Crows play against Hawthorn in the last AFL Preliminary Final for the 2012 season. If When the Crows win, they will be competing against the Sydney Swans in the Grand Final. And just perhaps , we'll see something other than the bloody rugby reported in the NSW media.

Mmmm, sport

I've dressed my nails up for the occasion in navy, red and yellow and a terrible attempt at writing CROWS on my nails using an Island Girl nail art pen (black not showing up on the navy + my shaky old lady hands = bleurgh).

 Like I said, terrible drawing here!

My partners in crime, Hello Darling in In The Navy (sublime application with these polishes!), Essie in Geranium, and Ulta3 in Honolulu.

Off now to go cheer my heart out, and try to drink away this image now burnt into my brain.

Frowny face :(

C'arn you Crows!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

1932 by Tabu - perfume review

In 1932, the original Tabu was created by Jean Carles for the Spanish company Dana, who wanted a fragrance a puta (whore) would wear. While originally prestige fragrance, it has dropped in status the last few decades, and now lines discount stores and Priceline.  Despite being priced at under $20, the original warm, spicy floral with a rich woods base still gives a lot of bang for your buck (pun totally intended).

80 years on, Dana has released 1932 by Tabu to celebrate many years of slutting it up everywhere from my neckline to your grandma's wrists, and everything in between. The dirty slapper of a scent has retained its citrusy top notes, thanks to the bergamot and lemon, spicy warmth and heart of rose and sandalwood. The animalistic civet is completely erased, along with the sweaty balsamic note that reminds you of used, tangled sheets and a day old man's shirt. This new formulation is less demanding, with a soft musk and vanilla note turning it from the roughed up hooker with a heart of gold, to the call girl who kisses on the lips and listens to your secrets.

While it's not the best scent ever, it has its merits, and works well as a comforting stay at home and watch old 70's films type scent. It does have remarkable staying power, and quite a reach, so spray lightly.

I think 1932 is defiantly more approachable for the new generation, being less musty and eau de old lady, with a touch of fruit. I also suspect we finally now know what fragrance Cady Heron preferred.

Another change is the gorgeous Art Deco style bottle that is reminiscent of the cello-shaped spray the original Tabu came in, both being much nicer than the cheap looking black capped rectangular Tabu of today. 

Don't let the el cheapo price tag turn you away, both 1932 by Tabu and the original Tabu (especially if you can find a vintage cello bottle) are worth trying and may be a pleasant surprise for those from the school of fruity florals.

Plus, pretty bottle!

1932 by Tabu retails for A$19.95 from discount chemists and perfumeries.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Dermalogica AGE Smart Skinperfect Primer SFP 30 - review and swatch

Dermalogica has recently done a reshuffle with their sun-care products ahead of the Aussie summer, as well as adding some new goodies to their skincare lines. 

One new product, the Skinperfect Primer, has been aligned with the AGE smart line (I feel like the AGE bit is yelling at me), and although that name suggests it's only for the wrinkly, flapping-skin retirees amongst us, I think it's appropriate for all ages. Most importantly, it can help prevent you getting to that wrinkly stage so quickly as it contains a broad spectrum SPF 30. This is one ingredient I want to see in more primers, because you can never slop too much sunscreen on your face, right?

This may be too much sunscreen

I like the squeezy tube used here compared to other Dermalogica products I've previously used as it's soft enough to squidge out every last bit of product, and the small opening prevents me getting too enthusiastic and using way too much product.

This is the most pigmented primer I've used, and the dense colour could be either a bonus for those who want extra coverage and colour correction, or a dealbreaker for those whose skin tone differs to the light beige shade.

I narrowly fit into the bonus group, with the primer just working on my skin. A little darker and it would have headed into Orange town, which is never nice to visit. Kick up the formula's coverage, and this primer would be edging into BB cream territory, with the high SPF, skin benefits and smoothing qualities working hard for your skin. Compared to other Western BB cream releases, Skinperfect sure does a better job, even without meaning to.

Anyway, looking back at Dermalogica's claims that Skinperfect Primer will aid "a lasting make-up finish", I agree that it does help my foundation to cling to my face for longer and makes application easier, being thick enough to spackle pores and laugh lines into submission.

While it is a good primer, I've been putting it on weekend duty, working solo as a face base for those days I want a wee bit of coverage but CBFd going a full-face. Some call that lazy, I just say I'm low maintenance. Somewhere in Sydney, my boyfriend just snorted after sensing that last sentence...

Dermalogica AGE Smart Skinperfect Primer SFP 30 has a RRP of A$79.

Disclaimer: These products were provided to me for consideration by Dermalogica. They have in no way influenced my review and opinions are my own. It is also my opinion that if you don't use sunscreen, YOU WILL DIE! See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Pink hair roots!

Here's a quickie for you tonight! I wasn't planning on posting about this, but I was looking through some photos from a month or so ago and thought the hairstyle I wore was too fun not to share.

I had a dinner event to go to and was having an "urgh, my hair sucks, and I hate it and everything it stands for" moment, but didn't want to wear a boring plain bun. Instead I took my boring plain bun, and dusted down it a smattering of pink. Think of it as a reverse dip-dye!

Total shocker that I used one of my beloved Kevin Murphy Color Bugs, right? These little tubs of joy have really given me a lot of use, and I haven't even hit pan yet.

By the way, these photos weren't meant to be so melancholy! Totally taken to check how it looked on rather than to document, but then again, here we are. If I try the style again, I'll most definitely take a few more better-lit, less sooky looking shots.

Bonus photo time! I just found another pic, apparently taken after returning late at night to my boudoir, and minus eye make-up. Yep, someone drank all the red wine at her table...

I am totes seducing you here, look at all the seduction

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Maybelline Fit Me foundation in Ivory 115 - review and swatch

Being an extremely pale lady, it's so hard to find a foundation that matches up with my skin tone (likewise, I can imagine it being hard with the limited shades available for darker skin). Like I'm so pale, that when searching for an example to compare my snowy visage to, the best Google could come up with is me.


Most foundations either lean to a yellow tone that turns orange after bout half an hour on, or are literally white and make me look pasty and ill. While I've had better luck in colour matching with high end brands like Giorgio Armani and YSL, it's so fricking hard to do the same with drug store formulations. So far, I'd only found Bourjois' Healthy Mix and 10 Hour Sleep Effect foundations (both in Vanille Clair 51) to meet my white gal needs.

I picked up Maybelline's Fit Me Foundation in their lightest shade, Ivory 115, when I was in Hawaii last month on le cheap during the my grand drug store frenzy. I didn't expect it to be a great colour match, especially because there is one shade below this, Porcelain 110, and I normally always nab the lightest shade.

I detest these open neck glass bottles, the pumps are so much better for managing the amount of product that comes out and seem more hygienic too.

It's a pink based colour, that's almost peachy on my skin. If you're looking for full coverage, you're not going to find it here. This is a very light, very sheer formula.

Top: blended in, bottom: less blended in...

The colour is surprisingly an okay match, still too orange, but I think the 110 would have been perfect. My biggest issue is with the formula, it's too sheer and doesn't wear well on skin. It doesn't wear for more than six hours on me, even when set with powder.

A plus is that it does't pill or gather on dry patches, which is my main issue with trying out new foundations.

Applied with fingers, no primer. The discolouration on hairline is old fake tan!

I'll save this foundation for weekend days where I might want a wee bit of coverage, but wouldn't trust it on oily skin, to last a full day or with my handbag.

I bought Maybelline Fit Me Foundation for US$6 (sale price) while on holiday. The Australian RRP is A$18.95. I just can't even with that difference right now. Cannot.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Elemis Papaya Enzyme Peel - review

My masking addicted has previously been documented here, so you know I just cannot get enough of that smooth of clean skin, marinate for 15, then rinse to a sparkly new face routine. Recently, I've been trialling the Papaya Enzyme Peel from Elemis, something that combines something I like (tropical fruits yeah!), with something I'm useless with (science, how does it work?).

This is a chemical exfoliator, and like all similar products with potentially potent ingredients, it's prudent to test-patch it before slathering over your face. I'm really impatient, so I hoped for the best, smoothed a layer over dry, freshly cleansed skin and let the magic happen.