Over the last few months I have gone from brunette to blonde and have been testing out the Davines MOMO haircare range. I’ve finally formed some pretty solid thoughts of this line and thought I would share them with you. I have the MOMO shampoo, hair potion and moisturising conditioner, all from ry.com. They are all infused with yellow melon extract and formulated for dry, dehydrated hair.
My first thought about this entire line was, “woah, this better be good for the price!” I’ve never been one to spend much on hair care but going blonde has certainly changed my mind on that. This shampoo is amazing! A little goes a long way, so the once seemingly steep price seemed a little more manageable once I realised this shampoo was probably going to last me the better part of ten years. It foams up really nicely and leaves my hair feeling super clean but not stripped. It’s aimed towards people with dry, dehydrated hair which is why I think it works so well. I’m left with clean hair without the dreaded squeak. 10/10 for this shampoo! I will definitely be repurchasing if/when I ever run out!
I have to say, the packaging of this conditioner did intimidate me when I first opened my ry.com package. I’ve never seen any haircare product quite like this one but I soon came to love its simplicity. It has a flip-up lid that is so easy to use in the shower and makes it easy to decide exactly how much product you want to use. I usually keep the conditioner in for around 3-4 minutes while I’m washing my face and body and when I rinse it out my hair feels like an angels harp string! If you have dry hair this is the product of your dreams! I don’t know what I did without it and can’t see myself straying from it’s beautiful smoothness anytime soon!
This hair potion had me in all types of emotional states. The first time I tried it I almost passed out from its strong scent. It has the same smell as the conditioner and shampoo but they’ve somehow managed to intensify it 1000 fold! If you are sensitive to smells I would probably steer clear of this one.
Since my first harrowing experience with this potion I have figured out how to best use it. It says on the bottle that it can be used on towel-dried or dry hair as a hydration boost (essentially a kind of leave-in conditioner) but I found out quite quickly that if I used it on dry hair the scent became too much (I’m talking an I-needed-to-sit-down-otherwise-I’d-be-hitting-the-floor-soon kind of too much) and I was better off opening the bathroom door, doing my skincare routine and then applying it to towel dried, dampish hair. This gave me a chance to take in as much oxygen as possible before applying it in an open, air-filled environment. I know what you’re thinking – why go to all this effort for a hair product? My answer is simple – like the other MOMO products, the hair potion has been like a gift from God from my dehydrated locks! It’s so good that I can, with sufficiant oxygen, look past its strong scent in order to adorn my hair with this magical elixir!
In conclusion, I think I have found my new favourite hair care products! They are incredible at re-introducing moisture and life to dry, dull, dehydrated hair and I will continue to purchase them until (by some kind of a miracle) I find something better!
*Although I was sent these products for consideration all opinions are my own. I only rave about products I believe deserve the review.
I don’t know about you, but I love an empties post. They seem so honest and informative! If you want to see what I thought about the products I have finished and whether or not I would repurchase them, keep on reading.
This is not the first time I’ve used this dry shampoo and I doubt it will be the last. Is it my favourite dry shampoo I’ve ever used? No. Having said that, it is affordable, readily available at most supermarkets/Priceline/pharmacies and it does the job. The only two things I don’t love about it is the white cast it gives off (which can be frustrating on darker hair) and that it doesn’t leave me with run-my-fingers-leisurely-through-my-locks softness. But, really no dry shampoo does that and, like I said, it cleans my hair.
I’m really very lazy when it comes to doing my hair. I find it time consuming and frustrating and I’m just not very good at it. So, naturally, my blow-drying routine normally consists of me flipping my hair upside down and waving the hair dyer around until it’s dry enough. This prep spray has my lazy routine looking like I’ve had a professional blowout. Thick, luscious volume. If you have pancake hair like me, get this in your life.
I honestly don’t even know how I came to have this in my draw. I’m assuming at some point it came free with another La Roche Posay product as it’s certainly not something I would normally bother spending my money on. Having said that, I really enjoyed using this both as a toner and as a refresher on long-haul flights. But, to be honest, it’s water in a can and you can find much more affordable alternatives.
Repurchase? Nah. Well, maybe if I’m feeling fancy.
We are Tassie girls, born and bred, and we love to support local brands, businesses and communities. So when we saw this coffee scrub at a twilight market, as both Tasmanians and avid coffee scrub enthusiasts, we snatched it right up. It’s available from their Etsy page and makes a really awesome gift (it was our gift of choice for friends and family in 2015).
In comparison to say the Frank coffee scrub it is less…moist (sorry, I hate that word too). At first I thought this meant it would be less moisturising, but it was equally as moisturising, it just left our bath tub less slippery. So it was actually a plus! It also smells like peppermint. Honestly it’s heavenly, get around it.
I’m going to keep this short and sweet. M has used foot peels in the past (not this brand) that, although completely disgusting, looks fun as hell and left her with the feet of an angel and I wanted in on some of that action. This foot peel promises to remove dead skin in seven days. It has been 3 weeks and I am still sans angel feet. In fact I think they may be worse, just a little peely but with none of the satisfaction that M experienced.
As mentioned above, we are skin scrub junkies. It is a bandwagon upon which we have well and truly jumped. This scrub from NKD Body is….meh. Don’t get me wrong, it smelled lovely and it exfoliated my skin, it just didn’t do it as well as other products (such as The Fix mentioned earlier). My skin was softer, it just wasn’t “omg you have you feel my leg, isn’t it the softest things you’ve EVER FELT” soft. This scrub may be perhaps suited to people with more sensitive skin.
That is quite the lengthy title for what is essentially an eye cream; An eye cream that I really enjoyed. I saw visible difference in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth (because I apply it there also), it kept my dry skin moisturised all day, and was perfect prep for undereye concealer. If you have oily skin I would steer clear of this product, it sometimes even left my dry skin looking greasy if I used too much product.
Having said all of that, I am currently using a cheaper drugstore eye cream that is giving me very similar results for a much smaller price.
As mentioned in my recent(ish) Travel Makeup Bag post, it is one of life’s great mysteries to me why this concealer is not more popular.
As it’s name suggests it both hydrates and conceals my under eyes whilst looking completely natural. It doesn’t highlight, but for everyday that is exactly what I’m after. It is honestly my favourite under eye concealer for every day. If you have dry skin, you have to try this out.
I have used it for blemishes when I don’t have any other product on me and, for a short term solution, it worked fine. It is very moisturising so it works best set with powder.
I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think this was worth the money when baby shampoo has been doing a pretty good job for me all this time. I was wrong. This is the only thing that gets my BeautyBlenders/beauty sponges looking like new. It does have a pretty strong scent (which I didn’t notice until Karima McKimmie pointed it out – thanks for that gal!) but if you can get past/don’t mind that then you have to try this out.
Repurchase? Yes. However, M tells me that the solid BlenderCleanser is even better and without the scent, so maybe I’ll check that out first.
I have a feeling that this product may be discontinued, but I’m going to review it anyway. Did this make my lashes grow? Nope. Was it a good mascara otherwise? Yeah. It wasn’t the best mascara I’ve ever tried but it was waterproof, a lovely jet black and it did the job at a reasonable price. I definitely used this mascara well past the time where it should have been replaced.
Repurchase? I would have if it wasn’t discontinued. I will if I see it in a discount shop.
I’m sure I can’t be the only one who had their life transformed by beauty sponges. I am a HUGE fan of the way they apply my foundation. Yes, the OG BeautyBlender is really fantastic, but to be honest, I think I prefer the Real Techniques sponge. It is a bit softer but without soaking up any more product, and I think it just gives a better finish with less effort for me. The only downside and the only reason I am throwing this out (aside from the fact that it is 2 years old and that is disgusting and it probably has diseases by now) is that it tears reeeeaalllly easily. Which is not an issue I have had with any other beauty sponge.
Have you tried any of these products? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!
This mask gives me life. The citrus scent isn’t my favourite smell in the world, but it’s by no means bad. Other than that I am a huge fan! It makes my hair so soft and saved my locks throughout summer. I have been giving this as gifts this year and people love it. I am super keen to try the newer vanilla scent, yuuumm!
First of all, this packaging is just so sleek and elegant. I’m not gonna lie, that is 99% of the reason I chose to buy this brand, it looks so good in my bathroom. As for the actual product… I liked it, I just didn’t love it. It claims to “create second day volume and freshness”, and it did make my hair feel slightly cleaner, but nowhere near as much as other brands. It gave me a little volume, but again, nowhere near as much as other brands. The scent was not great, I got used to it eventually but initially I was really hating on the smell, and it stuck around all day. What I did love was the lack of that dry-shampoo-white-streak that you get with other brands when you first apply it. This baby did not have that issue.
My mum actually bought this toner, and decided she didn’t like it pretty early in the piece and so gave it to me (gotta love that). I really liked this toner! As somebody who has traditionally skipped that step I was pleasantly surprised by the difference this made. It smells lovely (like cucumbers) and really added some hydration to my skincare routine. Is it worth the AU$48? I’m not sure. I have since replaced it with other cheaper hydrating toners and I feel they are doing a similar job for far less money.
Again, my mum gave me this after she decided she didn’t like it. It is another toner-esque product that you use post-cleanse and pre-moisturise. This baby will set you back a whopping AU$66, and I just don’t think it’s worth it. Did it hydrate my skin? Yes. Did it do it so much more than cheaper alternatives that I’m willing to sell my first born to purchase it? Not even close. I expected it to blow my mind and completely repair my dry skin. It didn’t.
I LOVE this toner. This is the trial size but I have had the full size in the past. I have really loved all of the Michael Todd toners I have tried to be honest, it’s such a great brand, and so affordable for the quality and size of the product. This one is particularly great for dry or mature skin types. I like to use it in winter when my skin is struggling in the hydration department or when I am travelling.
I have reviewed this night cream before (see here) and I will love it until the day I die. Whenever I branch out and try another night cream I always seem to come crawling back to my first love. Even those products that match up in effectiveness don’t match up in price. So affordable and so good. I can’t recommend this enough.
I realise that this isn’t technically an ‘empty’, but it’s ready to be thrown out, and for that reason I have included it. I love Real Techniques, I think their products are fabulous and at reasonable prices. We have been using them for years and for the most part they have lasted fantastically, with the exception of this little fella. All of a sudden, for no reason, the hairs just started coming out all over the place. We’ve treated it the same as all of the others, so…yeah, a bit disappointing.
We’ve have mentioned this in several favourites and must-have posts. It is my go-to on days when I just can’t decide what level of coverage I want or when my skin doesn’t love life. It’s perfect for natural days or beautifully buildable for a little more coverage. Big thumbs up from us!
Repurchase? I already had a backup in the cupboard.
I picked this up when I was looking for a hydrating primer and it really came through. It was slightly more expensive for a drugstore product but I think it was worth it. Really helped to moisturise my skin to create a great base for my foundation.
In general, I really love The Body Shop primers. They do exactly what it says on the bottle! And this one is no exception. This baby moisturises my skin and leaves it supple and hydrated ready for the rest of my makeup. Definitely recommend it for dry-skinned gals.
As I said, I love body shop primers. Whilst my skin is mostly dry, it is also sometimes combination, especially in my t-zone. In summer, my t-zone can freak out and become an oil slick. A bit of this primer in those oily areas and my makeup lasts longer than it does otherwise. I also love it in winter for nights out as it extends the wear of my foundation.
I purchased this in the middle of winter, hoping it would moisturise my skin and help ease the appearance of those small lines that dry skin + makeup seem to bring about. It hydrated, but it also left my skin feeling greasy and my makeup seemed to slip right off it, which is not anybody’s goal! It also made my skin breakout. Not winning on any fronts.
This was an early love of mine, and every time I come back to it I have a “omg this foundation really is just as great as I remember it being!”. Great coverage whilst also leaving a natural appearance, hydrating but not oily and it lasts all day. And so affordable! Love it.
What products have you used up lately? Let me know in the comments below – N x
No doubt you’ve heard about the wonders of YSL Touche Éclat concealer, but let me open your eyes to their foundation. It. is flawless; amazing and yet natural coverage and makes you glow without looking greasy. It’s worth the loan you have to take out to purchase it.
I know this technically isn’t a foundation but it’s been my favourite base ever since I got it. It has a light coverage and a skin-like finish, which is great for everyday wear or buildable if you want more coverage.
I want to thank the girl at Mecca that turned me onto this primer. When I asked her opinion on a primer that would ensure my skin felt hydrated, evened out my skin and kept my makeup on all day she pointed me straight to the Hourglass display, and she was not lying. I ended up purchasing the full size despite the rather ridiculous price tag, and it was worth it.
The Goddess herself, Nikkie Tutorials introduced me (and the world) to this and I haven’t been able to get enough of it. The manly smell can be a bit overwhelming to begin with but trust me give it a go, it’s worth it!
I stumbled across this concealer by accident. I was purchasing some other things online and this was on sale so I popped it in my cart on a whim, not ever having heard of it. Best impulse buy ever. It offers both coverage and moisturisation, perfect for the under eye area! My fave every day concealer.
I was always a bit scared to try the MAC Studio Finish Concealer as I had heard it was a bit drying but boy am I glad I didn’t listen to them! This is hands down the best concealer I have ever used! Each duo has a salmony shade, perfect for combatting dark circles under the eyes and a more yellow based tone, perfect for covering any pesky spots. It stays all day, doesn’t crease and covers ANYTHING. Love, love, love!
This is a matte bronzer with the perfect bronze for my pale skin tone. It’s easy for me to come out looking ashy or dirty, especially in the winter months, but that is not an issue with this product. I am definitely glad I popped this in my shopping basket this year, my 2015 was all the more bronzed and babe’n for it.
This quickly became my favourite bronzer and hasn’t left my side throughout 2015. I can see this working on many skin tones, but remember to keep a light hand if you’re as pale as I am, this baby is pigmented.
Milani baked blushes in general are amazing. Even if they weren’t so affordable I would still sing their praises, but they are. Luminoso in particular is incredible. I’m talking heart-skips-a-beat every time I apply it kind of blushing beauty. There are literally zero excuses to not have this in your life.
This is my favourite every day blush colour. The Nars blushes pack a punch in the pigmentation department and Gina is no exception meaning this blush will last you a lifetime! It suits so many skin tones and is one that I use on most of my clients with so many different makeup looks! You’ll love Gina!
Being a pale but freckly gal contouring can be a dangerous game if done incorrectly or with the wrong product. This duo made me a contouring convert. They work perfectly with my skin tone, blend like a dream and leave me looking like I am naturally sculpted like Angelina Jolie. Perfect for every day or an amped up night look. Love love love.
There’s a lot of hype about this product and for good reason! Whether you are a contouring rookie or Kim Kardashian I can guarantee you this will quickly become your go to for contouring. It has the creamiest, most pigmented and blendable formula I am yet to try in any makeup product and I am dreading the day I run out. Thank you Kat Von D <3
Urban decay really knows what it’s doing in the eyeshadow department. These are so fantastic we couldn’t even choose which one we prefer (although to be brutally honest – gun to our heads – the original slightly ups the sequel). They can easily be used for natural looks or glam night-time looks. If you are only going to buy one eye shadow palette, one of these should be it.
Urban Decay was my original eyeshadow love and I certainly haven’t strayed far over the years. The Naked 3 palette has been my go to this year as you can create a simple every day look or amp it up for a night out! It also goes with heaps of eye colours so it’s been fantastic for my clients too!
Every other mascara-making company in the world needs to sit down in a room and get lessons from Covergirl on the art of mascara wand making. Seriously. The spoolys on every single one of their mascaras far and beyond surpasses any other. It lifts, separates, lengthens, and adds volume, everything you want from mascara. And as an added bonus you can pick it up from the supermarket. I will buy Covergirl mascaras forever.
It’s no secret that the Benefit They’re Real mascara is my all time favourite/holy grail! I can’t (and don’t want to) imagine a day without this baby! You can read all about my thoughts on the They’re Real mascara here.
Our friend got us on to this eyeliner last year and we haven’t looked back. We won’t lie to you, we don’t use liquid eyeliner a whole heap but that’s what is so great about the Stila Stay All Day eyeliner – it never dries out! We are still on our first pen and it is just as opaque, smooth and precise as is was when we first bought it! Definitely give this one a crack if you’re looking for a long-lasting and deep black liquid eyeliner!
Props go to Shaanxo for getting me onto this product. It has a brow pencil on one end and a filling powder on the other. They are pretty great on their own to be honest, but the combo gives a finish to rival most high end products.
This takes me back to when I first started wearing makeup back in 2014! My friends bought me a MAC voucher for my birthday and this brow pencil was first on my list! It’s so smooth, opaque and has a spoolie on the other end making it the perfect travel companion. It’s also easy to build up but doesn’t set too quickly so you can make it look more natural if you like. This is the perfect brow product for beginners!
Earlier this year I was on the hunt for the perfect nude lipstick. I am super fussy in this category, mostly because I just cannot pull off the lighter nudes. After much searching I came across it at the Tom Ford makeup counter. Pink Dusk, ily.
We all know I love my nude lipsticks and Mac’s Honey Love quickly became my favourite of 2015! It is the perfect peachy-nude and lasts a super long time (thanks to it’s matte formula) whilst still remaining creamy so as not to dry out your lips. Snaps for Honey Love!
There is a reason that one shimmer brick is sold every 2 minutes (or whatever that ridiculous statistic is). This baby does its job. We have it in both Beige and Rose and both are beautiful. They add a subtle glow to your look that will have everybody commenting on your makeup.
This has been our favourite setting powder since we picked it up in late 2014. It has the perfect skin-like finish and helps keep oil at bay on those summer days. And for only $11.95 who could go wrong?!
I would like to say and big thank you to Desi Perkins, Jaclyn Hill and Nikki Tutorials for bringing this brush in to my life! This is the PERFECT bronzing brush and could be used for blush, highlight, setting powder, eyeshadow (you get the picture). It makes me feel like I am at a spa every time I use it! If you had to have one brush in your life, this should be it!
I picked up Si at the Boxing Day sales in 2014 and have never looked back! It has a deeper, floraly, musky scent (can you tell I’m really good at describing scents?) and is the one perfume that I get compliments on every time I wear it WITHOUT FAIL! 4 thumbs up!
Years ago, I was reading Vogue and an interview with a model backstage at Sydney Fashion Week mentioned that she uses Bi-Carb with her cleanser to exfoliate. I am about 85% sure it was a young Abbey Lee Kershaw, but don’t quote me on that. A few months ago this popped into my head when I was baking and I decided to give it ago. It’s gentle, natural, affective, and (my favourite part) it has done wonders for evening out my skin tone. Thank-you probably maybe Abbey Lee.
I have super dry skin and tend to get pimples from clogged/dry pores around my chin area. This mask has been an absolute lifesaver! I started using it as a night cream soon after I got it and haven’t looked back! I wake up every morning with supple, glowing skin and it’s all thanks to the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask!
I’m not gonna lie, I didn’t think this was going to do a whole heap. I was wrong. This baby makes my hair smooooooooth. Yes all those o’s are necessary, it’s that smooth; zero knots, silky, shiny, amazing hair. I will be stocking up on this and giving it as gifts this year to spread the love. Well done Brittany Lee Saunders, you nailed it.
We’ve spoken about the magical properties of this spray before so I won’t go on about it for too long. I will tell you this – if you use any sort of heat on your hair you need this in your life. Your hair will be 1000x smoother and glow like the rays of the sun. Get it!