Saturday, October 27, 2012

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch - review and swatches

Being ultra pale, I love using illuminating products to help my skin look less chalky and flat, and more luminous and well, alive. Seriously, a teeny bit of product makes such a difference to my face, and takes me from this - 

- to this.

Instaglow! My newest illuminator is the Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch. That is a stupid long name, which I absolutely refuse to constantly retype, so let's go with Instant Radiance. Cool? Cool.

The range is a new addition to Rimmel's Wake Me Up Foundation line, which I admit to not have tried yet, mostly because my shade is always out of stock/the bottles at Priceline have been tampered with. Each tube of Instant Radiance contains 14ml, and there are four shades available.

I would say that 001 Flush of Pearl is a true champagne highlighter, while 002 Radiant Rose  (creamy pink) and 003 Peach Glow (shimmering dark peach) are more like blushes. 004 is a light bronzer with a frosty hue.

From L-R - 001, 002, 003, 004.

As the Instant Radiance shades get darker, they also seemed more pigmented and less sheer - the swatches above have used equal amounts of product, but 004 is noticeably more opaque than the rest.

Here's a look where I've mixed a drop of 001 with my foundation (Clarins Everlasting Foundation in 103 Ivory) which normally has a matte finish. The illuminator really lifts the flatness a matte formula normally has on my skin and creates a glow that isn't sparkly. I've then dabbed on 002 on the apples of my cheeks and set it with a sweep of MeMeMe BlushMe! in Pink.

Rimmel London Wake Me Up Instant Radiance Shimmer Touch has a RPP of A$12.95.

Disclaimer: These products were provided by Coty. They have in no way influenced my review and opinions are my own. See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Vaseline Total Moisture 24 Hr Nourishing Lotions - reviews and giveaway

Feeling a wee bit of deja vu? I know, I've already covered some lotions from Vaseline before. But these ones are (kinda) different, in that they are more moisturising and have some fancy science to back it up. Mmm, sciencey.

After exhaustive testing (sniffing first one lotion, then the other), I've determined these scents are pretty much exactly the same as those previous reviewed, bar one, so my previous fragrance critique still stands.

Dry Skin (yellow bottle) - Different to the previous yellow bottle I reviewed which was more medicinal, this has the lightest scent of the three, like oats and milk. Very gentle and inoffensive.

Aloe Fresh (green) - "This lotion is exactly like the name suggests, smelling very fresh and aloe-y."

Cocoa Glow (brown) - "Every body care brand seems to have a cocoa butter variant now, and honestly the reason I like them is the chocolate smell they share. This one is less chocolately, more nutty smelling than others I've tried, more like shea and coconut. Delicious."

So, if they smell the same, Michaela, how do you know there's a difference? Well, after another series of tiring product trials (rubbing one lotion on one leg, the other lotion of the other leg. Genius), this lot has emerged as thicker than its predecessors, and feels richer on the skin.

The stratys-3 multi-layer moisture on lower half of the bottles is a reference to the three layers of your skin. Vaseline has their definition of this here. I have no idea if this technology effectively moisturises all three layers - after all, I can only feel the top one. I do think all three of these lotions do a good job in keeping my skin smooth and moist as a loaf of banana bread. Like in the best possible way, not a doughy legs way.

I like what Vaseline has been doing with their brand recently - moving away from just being a no-frills, functional product, to something still competitively priced, but with more attractive branding and benefits.

Now for the fun bit! I have three prize packs to give away, each including three bottles of lotion, so you too can have a well-moisturised torso. Gawd, that didn't sound crappy at all.

To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below and make sure to comment to be eligible. I want to know your thoughts on moisture. How often do you moisturise? Does the actual word 'moist' bother you? How about if I say it like this? Mooooooooooist. Am I grossing you out? Good!

This is open to Australian residents only and all you need to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Each action gains you an additional entry and you have until next Thursday (1/11/2012) at 3pm to enter. If you win one pack, your other entries become ineligible for the remaining two prizes. Let's not be greedy now!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me by Vaseline. They have in no way influenced my review and opinions are my own. It is also my opinion that a post about lotion without this song is a post wasted. The links in the post are not affiliate links, and I do not profit from you using them. See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Coloured Circle Lens Contacts - review and discount code

You may have seen me testing out some coloured circle lens contacts the last few months on Instagram (@LatherRinseRpt), and if you're a coworker, may have even partaken in the delightful guessing game Does Michaela Have Crazy Eyes Again Today.

Here's my regular, boring old eyes in their standard blue.

Here's a close-up of my right eye, which is discoloured due to partical heterochromia iridis. This means I have a patch of colour in my right eye that is different to the eye's dominant colour and can see directly into your soul doesn't affect me in any way aside from physical appearance.

Now you have a good idea of what I'm starting with, let's get kawaii!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lather Rinse Repeat is now using Disqus!

Because I like getting comments (subtle hint - LEAVE ME COMMENTS!), I've added Disqus to my comments form so now you have no excuse not to leave comments can easily drop me a line without having to be signed in to Blogger.

Also because nothing can ever go completely smoothly -

- previous comments are laid out in a somewhat random fashion, and I'd like to point out I'm actually responding to comments and not talking to myself.

Anyway, hopefully this will make things easier for us, and we can spend that extra time normally sent logging into Blogger hanging out with my cats gifs folder instead!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Aromatherapy Co. Therapy Range Natural Soy Candle in Wild Mint and Bergamot - review

I have a slight obsession with candles. It can best compared to how I have a slight obsession with gifs. Or how season one Willow had a slight obsession with Xander and hideous outfits.

Overalls?! Oh honey, no.

I'm guaranteed to have a candle burning while I'm at home, and um, maybe sometimes when I'm not home because I am forgetful (THIS IS NOT RECOMMENDED).

So given my love for everything with a wick, I was happy to try out this soy candle from The Aromatherapy Co., a New Zealand company whose yummy hand creams I've previously tried.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hairhouse Warehouse Platinum Blitz Box - review

Just when I think I've got more than enough hair products in my 'to use' queue, Hairhouse Warehouse brings out the big guns with their new Platinum Blitz Box. 

Not so much a mystery box and more a value pack, its contents are ticked off on the back, with a few combinations available. I ended up with a Goldwell Color shampoo, conditioner and Rich Repair 60 Sec treatment, and a tub of RPR Style Me Up hair gel. Irregardless of the mix, each box contains a mini crimper and shower comb. At $29.95 for a Blitz Box compared to the RRP of $20.95 for each of the Goldwell products, it's a really obvious choice if you wanted to buy a shampoo/conditioner pair, gets some freebies and save some coin. Seems that Hairhouse Warehouse has stumbled onto my one secret well-advertised weakness - things I need, packaged with things I don't really need, all for a low, low price.

It's almost like losing money if I don't buy it!

I do like Goldwell products, and these ones have now joined the reeeeeeally long line to someday bathe my hair. God, I'm such a hoarder! I also like the comb that you can hook around a tap or something to keep it safe in the shower, and the wide teeth make it perfect for combing conditioner through your lengths. The gel has been passed onto to The Boyfriend because I will never use it.

As for the crimper, will I ever actually use it?

Some people  may find it useful for adding volume by crimping the underside of your hair, but I seriously have more volume than I can handle right now. I can just tell already that at some point this summer I will be drunk, and it will be 3am and I will decide to give myself an awesome 80s makeover. This will not be a good thing. Especially if I boof it out into an at-home-style perm.


A mini straightener would've be much more helpful, especially for those amongst us with shorter hair or a bangin' fringe.

Still, the box is a great deal, and worth picking up if you're normally a salon shampoo purchaser. They are available from Hairhouse Warehouse for A$29.95 and as it's a seasoning offering, supplies may be limited.

Disclaimer: These products were provided to me for consideration by Hairhouse Warehouse. They have in no way influenced my review and opinions are my own. It is also my opinion that the bigger the hair, the closer to the deity of your choice. See my Disclaimer for more sexy details.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Tonymoly Intense Care Snail Hydro-gel Mask - review and screaming

So, I got this awesome package from a girl called Si-Jeong sent to me all the way from Korea. Amongst the cosmetics (which I will post about soon), and the billion sheet masks, this one Tonymoly mask stood out to me as something a little different.

SNAIL MASK?!?! I was all "oh, maybe that's just a cutesy brand thing, I'm sure it's not actually made of real snail". So I popped it on and chilled out with a cup of tea and two five eleven Oreos, and flipped it over to the back to read the instructions (I have the worst habit of reading product how-tos only once I've used it the way I think it should be used).

And then I saw this.

"Contains astonishing filtered liquid of snail mucin"

"Extracted mucin element from snail"

"Snail Secretion filtrate"


So gross, you guys. You betcha I washed that off quick smart, toned, serumed, moisturised and tried to forget about it forever.

But, just real quietly, my skin was so soft the next morning.

If you have no qualms about rubbing snail slime into your face, this mask is great for moisturising dry skin.

If like me, this was your reaction to reading this post- 

-then snail sheet masks may not be your thing.

The moral of this story is to ALWAYS read the instructions, labels and ingredients. And if a slimy product is named after a slimy creature, there is a high likelihood their worlds have crossed over in the manufacturing process.


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Cosmetics Giveaway winners!

It's giveaway drawing time!

Yay! Rafflecopter has randomly selected two qualified entries from the Internets, and declared Kathleen Singer and Adeline Er as the prize winners. Kathleen will be sent the pack with the Stila palette, and Adeline will receive the one with the Urban Decay shadows.

I've emailed both winners, and they have until 9am Monday 8th October to contact me to confirm they are an Australian resident, and provide their mailing address. If there is failure to do so, a new winner will be drawn.

Good work, you guys!

Monday, October 1, 2012

NOTD - Darling in The First Corsage and Love on Top

I'm going to ask you to just try and ignore the absolutely atrocious state of my nails and cuticles right now...

... and focus on the super fun pastel purple nails with fluro orange tips I got going on here. 

Uneveness is all due to Seche Vite top coat being silly and pulling it up.

Both shades are by Darling, with The First Corsage in the base, and Love on Top for the tips.

Sorry for being light on posts this week - I've been ultra busy with work deadlines, BBU12 and IMATS, phew! My giveaway winners will be announced tomorrow!