Thursday, February 23, 2012

blush crush: benefit hervana

benefit hervana blush

Saw this blush a few weeks again and was lamenting that fact that I really shouldn’t splurge. So imagine my excitement when my sister came home with it! Anyway, Hervana (her + Nirvana, eeee) is, an ‘orchid-blossom blush for a heavenly flush of enlightenment’ Sounds cute huh? I think I agree, it’s natural, beautiful and I feel very pretty wearing it!

The product, which was launched in Australia just this month, follows on from Sugar bomb with the swirl of different colours. This one has four shades; lucky shell, divine peach, heavenly rise and berry delight. I love the effect of all four swirled together and there is something about actually swirling the blush around that I love.

The shades in Nervana are quite different from my staple blushes which is a good thing. I mainly go for your more peachy tones or brighter pinks but this one almost has a cool pick, mauve undertone which is really flattering (especially for those pale skinned ladies!). With winter coming up I think it will add a great pop of colour but still with a muted, angelic look.  It has the slightest amount of shimmer but nothing over the top so it’s definitely day time approved.

Onto the packaging. For those benefit blush buffs you will have noticed the lid is not completely removable like most other benefit blushes. This is my first benefit blush with the new box and I am a fan. Hoping they eventually change all the packaging over. Even better is the new brush which although is still not ahhhmazing, it a hell of a lot better than the old one and you might actually want to use it, especially on the go. 

in action 

I am a fan of this little box. It's not like any other in my collection and makes my cheeks feel oh so pretty, hehe. 

So what are your thoughts? Will you be rocking Nirvana or are you going to give it a miss. Personally I am a complete sucker for Benefit blushes!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Lush Toothy Tabs - Get your grill squeaky clean!

Toothy Tabs, if you don’t already know are a new alternative to toothpaste. Intriguing right?! I live for innovative and new products and I think Lush have taken this one to a whole new level! I was totally keen to give them a try. 

What are toothy tabs?
Available in 6 different flavours (although Dirty is the only available flavour in Australia at the moment) they are tiny little tabs which come in a little box and are AUD$3.95 a pop. Dirty is spearmint and definitely the most ‘normal’ of the flavours and leaves your mouth in a  spearminty fresh way. The other flavours are;
Atomic – Coffee clove & ginger
Aquatic – Lime, jasmine & earl grey
Breath of God – Sandalwood
Sparkle – Vanilla, lemon, grapefruit & black pepper
Ultrablast – triple mint, wasabi & lavender 
Having also tried Sparkle and Breath of God, Dirty gets the thumbs up from me.

How to use toothy tabs
You simply pop one tab in your mouth, crush it up a bit, get your tooth brush wet and brush away. I wasn’t expecting them to foam up nearly as much as they did and was super impressed with how clean my teeth felt after the first time I used them.

The main ingredient is siodum bicarbionate which cleans your teeth while cream of tartar works to whiten them and unlike some toothpastes they contain no artificial sweeteners or dyes. 

I’m not going to lie, at first the whole thing seems a bit unusual. I think it’s the fact that using normal toothpaste is such an ingrained habit but when you think about it an alternative is kinda cool. You might feel an initial “erghh” when you start using them but the results are pretty fantastic! I have a feeling that these are definitely not a product for everyone and I can imagine many people not feelin the love for them, which I totally understand. Some of the flavours are definitely not for the fainthearted.

As for me I am a sucker for them. I am totally obsessed and will not stop raving about them/convincing people to buy them. I think my flatmate wants to kick me out because of my non stop talk of them. I think the whole concept is genius. I do have to admit that as they don’t contain fluoride I only use them in the morning and I still do brush with toothpaste in the evening just to make sure my teeth are in tip top shape. What I absolutely LOVE about these babies is the fact that they are cruelty free, vegan and environmentally friendly and contain a ton of natural ingredients. Each year 1 billion toothpaste tubes end up in landfill so by using a 100% recyclable box we you are helping the environment. Win win win. Plus the boxes all come with silly little mouths. Enter cheesy snap. . .

Would love to hear your thoughts :)
 Have you tried them yet? Love them or hate them?

Monday, February 13, 2012

Back with a bang!

Hello lovely readers!

After a very bumpy 6 months I am finally settled down and can't wait to get back to blogging. Here is a little snapshot of the last 6 months; 

♥  I moved to Melbourne into a new place which is 7 hours away from my home
♥  I started a visual merchandising course  
♥ Got a new job as well as starting an intern position
♥  Moved house twice
♥  Started another job (hello juggling act) 
♥  As well dealing with everyday life whilst having no internet (dying!)

It's been a whirlwind but it has been great and for the first time in a while I'm finally feeling on top of everything. I'm definitely back to blogging with a bang and I thought this would be an appropriate NOTD for this post. 

Obviously the inspiration for these came from the one and only WAH nails (cannot get enough!) It was the sort of pattern that I thought I would never ever be able to do but I surprised myself. It was a lot of fun and got a ton of nice comments. If you are going to give it a go yourself, which you definitely should, my only advice is leave yourself lots of time and if you're anything like me recruit a friend for the words on the right hand if you're right-handed and vice versa. 

Let me know what you think :)

I hope everyone had everyone is having a wonderful 2012 and I look forward to catching up on the latest in blog land.