Facial serums are extremely popular in the beauty world right now, and I have been lucky enough to try out a few of the latest and greatest. One brand that I am really loving at the moment is New Zealand brand Vede & Crede. They are a fairly new company creating beautiful and high quality organic and natural skincare. All of their products are made locally here in New Zealand, and their natural ingredients are sourced from all around the world. Vede & Crede’s philosophy is simple; they like to keep things are pure as possible, so all of their serums contain certified organic, virgin, cold-pressed Argan and Prickly Pear Seed Oils. Of course, none of their products are tested on animals and they are completely cruelty free.
Vede & Crede offer three different facial serums, as well as a Facial Cleansing Tonic. All of their products are beautifully packaged in a dark brown glass bottle with a black lid. These bottles have actually been specifically designed to limit UV light absorption, so that the ingredients are kept in perfect condition. The serums have an easy to use pump, which dispenses a right amount of product. The glass bottle is packaged in a cardboard box which contains all of the usage directions as well as ingredients. I love the Vede & Crede logo – it’s a very cool looking Pegasus!
Okay, I’m starting this post off by saying that, generally speaking, I hate using makeup remover wipes. So when I got sent these from Palmers ages ago, I never expected I would actually ever use them, let alone review them on the blog (hence why I haven’t taken my own photo!). To remove my makeup at night, I just use a warm facecloth (in a dark colour so it doesn’t get stained) and gently remove all traces of makeup with water. I then go about my usual cleansing and facial routine.
Makeup wipes generally seem to make me break out, and I’ve never found a brand that has actually removed all of my makeup, especially waterproof mascara. They also generally leave my skin feeling extremely tight, like all of the moisture has been sucked out of it, so as you can imagine I was quite hesitant to give these a go.
When I went away on my recent holiday, I was a bit short for space after packing far too many clothes and far too much makeup (girl problems) This meant I couldn’t bring along all of the products I generally use in my skincare routine. I decided to toss the Palmer’s Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes in my bag, and crossed my fingers that they wouldn’t ruin my skin in four days – luckily I was pleasantly surprised with the results!
I will admit that I haven’t tried many products from the well-known beauty brand Za. While I absolutely LOVE their liquid eyeliner pen (seriously it’s idiot proof), it is the only product that I’ve ever tried. Za offers a huge range of both cosmetics and skincare and are completely affordable. I was quite excited to try out a couple of their “Perfect Action Mascaras” in both the Smudgeproof and Waterproof versions.
Za’s Perfect Action Mascara is designed to give you gorgeous, full, and perfect looking lashes. It offers volume and length, as well as coating your lashes with the blackest black colour (which is a must-have for me!) This formula contains collagen and Vitamin E, as well as short black fibres that fit with your natural lashes to help them to look longer and fuller. I often find fibre mascaras can be a bit hit or miss, but I am absolutely loving this one as the fibres do attach themselves to your natural lashes, making them look longer without looking spidery. This mascara leaves your lashes looking natural and gorgeous, and I’ve even been asked if my lashes are real!
There are two options: Smudgeproof and Waterproof. I am pleased to say that the smudgeproof version IS actually smudgeproof! I quite often get some mascara smudging in the outer corners of my eyes near my lower lash line, but I haven’t had that problem with this product. Both the smudgeproof and waterproof versions are long-wearing and the fibres do not create any fall out throughout the day. While I don’t generally wear a waterproof mascara, this one will get a lot of use at the beach in summer!
I’m sorry things have been a little quiet on the blog lately. I’ve spent the past few days on the Gold Coast of Australia, and unfortunately it was an absolutely terrible trip! I am so incredibly happy to be back home, and am back to my normal blogging routine now!
I used to be a total lip gloss addict up until about 18 months ago when I discovered lipstick. Before I started this blog, I only wore very basic makeup and lip gloss was one of those products. After discovering lippy, lip glosses took a side line, and I ended up tossing many of mine out as they were just never being used. Over the past few weeks I’ve rediscovered my love for lipgloss, and it’s been a product that I have been purchasing and wearing far more often. One lip gloss that I purchased a couple of weeks back from Makeup.co.nz was the NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in “Beige”. I own a few NYX lip products, and they have always quite impressed me as they are fairly good quality for the cheaper price. The Mega Shine Glosses claim to offer hydration, pigmentation and shine. Continue reading
I’ve been buying a liiiittle too much new makeup lately. I blame it on all of these pretty new things that are coming out, and one of them was MAC’s Alluring Aquatic Collection. As well as getting the stunning lipstick, Enchanted One I also decided to purchase the MAC bronzer in Refined Golden. Bronzer is a makeup item that I wear a lot of, as I love how it gives my skin a natural glow. I hadn’t tried a MAC bronzer before, so decided to add this one to my ever growing collection!
I’ve become quite addicted to skincare products lately, and one brand that never seems to fail is the gorgeous luxury skincare brand Savar. I’ve reviewed a few products from this beautiful New Zealand brand now, and the quality of their products never ceases to amaze me! While I love using Savar products for myself, they also make the perfect gift, as each product comes beautifully packaged. Locally made, Savar’s products are 99% natural. Many of their ingredients are derived from natural extracts, making them safe to use on your skin and perfect for those with sensitive skin.
Today I want to share with you an incredible body lotion by Savar. It’s the Limited Edition Nourishing Body Lotion. The lotion comes in a beautiful glass bottle, similar to their Energising Body Wash. The white lotion is visible through the clear glass, and the writing and logos are all written on the glass in black and pink font. There’s also a cute little pink heart with the Savar logo on it, tied around the top of the bottle. You get quite a lot of product, 500ml to be exact, and its easily dispensed by a pump at the top of the bottle. I keep mine sitting on my dresser as its too pretty to put this bottle away in a cupboard!
One of my favourite drugstore brands was on sale at Farmers a couple of weeks ago….. so I’ll admit I went a little Chi Chi crazy. It was buy 2 get 1 free so I ended up leaving the store with a couple of new products to try. One of these was the Chi Chi Eyeshadow Quad in “Paparazzi Princess”, which I thought would be a fantastic little quad to have for when I’m travelling or to simply keep in the bag. It’s full of four beautiful neutral tones, that I figured I could create a few basic, yet pretty, looks from.
Now if you’ve read my review on the amazing eye shadow palette that is the Chi Chi Nudes, you will know how much I love the Chi Chi eyeshadows. They are fantastic quality, fairly well pigmented, and don’t break the bank either! I assumed that the Eyeshadow Quads would have the same formula to them as the palettes – just in a different form of packaging. As they say, never assume anything, as I was totally wrong and this product left me feeling disappointed on so many levels!