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REVIEW: Biology Skincare – Bare Essentials Travel Kit

I love travel kits and travel-sized cosmetics and skincare in general.  They’re fun and cute and so handy! Knowing which of the many travel-ready products on the market are for you can be tricky! So let me take a little of the guess work out of it for you with a review of the Bare Essentials Travel Kit by Biology Skincare.

THE BRAND

Biology is an Australian body and hair care brand that specialises in “naked formulas” free from harmful chemicals and fillers; “it’s not just about what we put in, it’s about what we leave out”.  I am always keen to try out natural products! If I can overhaul my beauty routine completely and go au natural that would be fantastic! So let’s see how these stood up to the task…

THE PACKAGING

First of all, the packaging is just so damn cute.  I love it.  It’s got a olde timey alchemist vibe about it whilst also being fresh and modern.  How a product is going to look sitting in my bathroom is something I look for! Whether that is vain and pathetic or not.

THE PRODUCTS

The travel kit comes with 5 different products, for hair and body, and will set you back AU$50.

No. 301 Pure Hydration Shampoo & No. 302 Pure Hydration Conditioner


These were, I’ll admit, better than I thought they were going to be! My experience with natural shampoo and conditioners hasn’t been great; I’m usually left with dry and limp hair that tangles easily.  These were a pleasant surprise! Were they the best products I’ve ever used on my hair? No.  But they did the job! My Hair was left clean, somewhat hydrated and tangle free.  As an added bonus they smelled amazing!

Repurchase? For travel, sure! You can get the kit on its own for AU$24 here.

No. 303 Moisture Therapy Body Wash


This was kind of a miss for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that it did anything bad, it just didn’t do anything right either.  My skin was clean, which I definitely want from a body wash, but it also felt dry and tight which is never a nice feeling.

Repurchase? I don’t think so. However, if you would like to try it out you can purchase it on its own in a larger form for $27 here.

No. 304 Moisture Therapy Body Lotion


I wasn’t expecting to like this after my experience with the body wash, but this lotion was lovely! It smelled like lemongrass and was so hydrating and soothing.  I ended up keeping it next to my bed to lather myself up of a nighttime, the scent was so calming and it left my skin feeling soft and supple without feeling sticky.  I actually miss it now that it’s gone!

Repurchase? Definitely! I am keen to try more of the lotions and creams from Biology after loving this so much. You can purchase the body lotion is a larger size on its own for AU$29 here.

No. 305 Moisture Therapy Body Bar

This really surprised me with how well it performed! My armpits in particular loved it; gentle exfoliation whilst maintaining moisture levels had my armpits looking straight out of a deoderant ad! I also randomly used it to clean my makeup brushes when i was in a pinch and boy howdy, it cleaned them AMAZINGLY! So quick and kept them soft, move of sold beauty blender cleanser, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Repurchase? Sure! You can purchase it on its own for AU$12 here.

THE CONCLUSION

Is this something I would consider investing in for travel? Yes! It’s lightweight, the products (for the most part) perform really well, and it looks cute af so that’s always a bonus. I definitely recommend this kit, especially if you’re trying to keep your skincare and beauty routine natural.

You can purchase the travel kit here.

Have you tried any of the Biology Skincare products? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

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What’s in my travel makeup bag? The 2016 Summer Holiday Edition

It’s currently the middle of winter here in Australia, and a warm and sunny holiday is just what the doctor ordered.   I am lucky enough to be heading off to the UK and Croatia very soon, and so I thought I’d share what I pack in my makeup bag for a vacay in the sunshine.

First of all, I just want to put it out there that holidays are the perfect time to go makeup free. Just some sunscreen and you’re more than ready to get your vacay on. But if you still want to add a little makeup routine into the mix keep reading.

Traveling in warm weather means vastly different products are needed than any trips taken in colder areas. It means adding sun care, products to combat the humidity, makeup that can still look half decent (and panda-eye-less) after a dip in the ocean/pool, take up as little room as possible, and achieve all of this whilst feeling light and looking natural.

 

Base

First of all, sun care is essential to your summer holiday makeup routine. Not only is sun damage not good in general, but nothing is going to cover up a bad sunburn and we all want to look fabulous in our holiday snaps. I use the La Roche Posay Anthelios SPF50+ but the Mecca Cosmetica brand also has some really great SPF options.

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What kind of base makeup you choose is going to vary greatly depending on your skin type. I have combination skin (mostly dry with an occasionally dry t-zone) and I love a dewy look in warmer weather. To achieve this I use a mattifying or lengthening primer, a dewy foundation and lightly powder my t-zone.

To prime I use a recently discovered fave, the Rimmel London Stay Matte primer. Not only does it visibly help reduce shine but it also helps to increase wear time. What more could you want in a primer? It is also SPF free so you can wear it in the evenings and not worry about flashback.

IMG_0005_2For Foundation I am taking an old fave, MAC’s Face and Body. This is a great water-based foundation that is super natural at one layer but also buildable for greater coverage when I need it. It also works really well with sunscreen mixed it. If you have oily skin you will definitely need to set this with powder.

IMG_0048To conceal under my eyes I am using another favourite, Benefit’s Fake Up. This is super moisturising and covers dark circles whilst not creasing and remaining natural. I honestly can’t understand why this isn’t raved about more! I love it! I’ll also take BareMinerals’ Bare Skin serum concealer for nights out/ to cover any blemishes that pop up.

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To set my foundation and concealer I use the Rimmel London Clear Complexion clarifying powder. It keeps me shine free whilst not looking cakey or too matte; like I said summer holidays call for dat glow!

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Face

They key to keeping you makeup bag from taking up your entire suitcase is to invest in one or two all-in-one palettes. This was a little costly at first, but it has been such a lifesaver when I travel, and a time saver too! No more picking and choosing between your favourite blushes/bronzers/contours/eyeshadows you just throw in your palettes and you’re set to go.

For my face I use my NARS x Steven Klein One Shocking Moment Cheek Studio Palette. Even aside from the fact that it is a convenient grouping of a bronzer, contour, matte highlight and four blushes in one spot, this palette is the bomb. The bronzer is the infamous Laguna, the contour isn’t too warm whilst not making me look ashy and the blushes…oh the blushes…they might be my favourite thing about it. Such an incredible range.

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Whilst the Steven Klein collaboration palette is no longer available, the NARSissist Cheek Studio Palette is and it is essentially the same thing with slightly different blushes. It’s a little exxy, but it’s worth it.

The one thing the palette doesn’t have is a luminous highlight. For that I use my Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick in Beige. Every man and their dog has this highlight, and for good reason. It can achieve a subtle glow or all out unicorn-worthy glow.

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Brows

It took me a really long time to figure out what I wanted to take for my brows. I am getting a brow tint before I leave so that helped make the decision easier and keep it down to one product…okay two.

I decided on my go-to NYX Auto eyebrow pencil in dark brown. It’s easy to use, can be both natural or more defined and I love the colour. To set I’ll be taking my Maybelline Brow Drama brow mascara in medium brown.

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Eyes

Same deal for the eyes and the face/cheeks. An all-in-one palette will save you time and effort. You can get palettes that have both cheeks and eyes in one (e.g. the Stila Perfect Me Perfect Hue Eye and Cheek Palette) which saves you even more time. However, I like to have a few options so two palettes gives me that whilst still saving on space.

I use the Bobbi Brown Deluxe Cheek & Eye Palette. It has a little sneaky second layer with two gorgeous blushes (so if you didn’t want to contour you could just pack this with a bronzer!) as well as 8 eyeshadows. There is a great range of 5 matte and 3 shimmer/sparkle shadows, all in the neutral-cool colour range. I’ve not really used Bobbi Brown eyeshadows before, so I was a bit nervous that I may have wasted my money but wow! They’re amazing. I really truly love this palette.

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For mascara it’s obviously important that it’s waterproof. I’ve gone with the Covergirl Full Lash Bloom in very black. I honestly think Covergirl make some of the best mascaras on the market. Their spoolys are second to none and they’re so affordable!

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Lips

This is where I really struggle to control myself, I have a deep love of lipstick. I have managed to cut it down to three. Which was quite the task, let me tell you. I decided to take one nude, one pink and one classic red.

For the nude I chose an old and recently rediscovered love, the Nars Velvet Matte lip pencil in Dolce Vita. For the pink I chose another Nars lippy, the Nars Audacious lipstick in Natalie. Finally, for the red, I chose the Shanghai Suzy Miss Victorine Classic Red.

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And that’s it! That is my travel makeup bag. You can cut this down much further if you prefer less makeup, or amp it up if this isn’t enough, but I think this is a nice middle ground; you can keep it light and natural or get your glam on. Just add your favourite makeup brushes and you’re ready to go!

 

What is the makeup product that you can’t travel without? Let us know in the comments below.

 

Stay beautiful – Nx

What’s in my Travel Makeup Bag?

Mum and I are off to the Sydney sun for a week to visit some family and friends. Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a heavy packer. I like to be prepared and if that means taking three jumpers, two jackets and four pairs of jeans on an overnight trip then so be it! With this in mind I now present to you my travel makeup and brush kit…

THE BAG:

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I’ve got the cutest little makeup bag from the cutest little shop in Hobart. It’s hand made using old fabric by the lovely lady from Shall Designs. We’re not sure if it is meant for makeup but we LOVE it!

 

THE MAKEUP:

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Ok, I have to admit, I am pretty proud of myself with the makeup I chose to bring on this trip. I stuck to ONE, I repeat ONE eyeshadow palette and instead of a separate blush, bronzer AND highlight I packed the Tarte Park Avenue Princess palette (its Ah-mazing!)… I know, I’m awesome. I did have to put my Smashbox Contour palette in too for when we go to a musical at the Opera House and out for dinners but it’s slim so we’ll let that one slide.

I decided the go with my trusty Too Faced Natural Eyes palette. It’s compact, has sturdy tin packaging so it won’t smash in my suitcase and the shadows are awesome quality and have a good mix of natural and more dramatic shades to spice things up if I’m feeling a bit snazzy. I also packed the Urban Decay Anti Ageing Primer Potion to help my eye shadow last forever.

As far as my base I chose products I know will last me all day or night and never let me down. Whenever I wear Georgio Armani’s Luminous Silk foundation I get comments on how amazing my skin looks (BOOM! It’s a foundation.. tricked ya!) so you know it’s a keeper! It also has no SPF so it won’t give any flashback at night but I can add it through my skin care during the day. I generally don’t need to powder this foundation down but I packed the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in “Ethereal Light” just in case I am extra shiny in the hot Sydney weather. For concealer, I chose to bring my Mac Cosmetics Studio Finish Concealer Duo in NW20/NC25 to cover my raccoon eyes and any spots that show up.

And last, but not least we have the brows! My favourite brow product of the moment is the Tarte Brow Mousse in medium brown. I put this baby through my brows and instantly feel like Cara Delevigne and top them off with some NARS Clear Brow Gel so they stay in place. Then I draw my Benefit High Brow underneath to clean them up and really make them stand out. #browsonfleek

See, I told you! That wasn’t too bad was it?

 

THE LIPS:

Photo (1) Okay, so here is where I start to struggle. I like lips and I like options. I decided on three lip liners and MAC are my favourite (but I’m always keen to try more… suggestions below please!) so I chose to bring their pro longwear lip pencil in High Energy for any red lip choices and their regular lip pencils in Dervish for my more natural choices and Whirl for, umm… It’s just a really nice lip liner okay!

For lipsticks I chose five. This was cut down from around 50 so, woohoo! Go me! I’ve got my trusty MAC Myself (limited edition – sorry!) which is one of the easiest nudes to wear and chuck on on the go, MAC’s Honey love for a nude statement lip, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kat Moss in 45  (which we couldn’t find a link for sorry!) which is very similar to Mac’s Myself but hey, a girl can never have too many nudes, Rimmel Lasting Finish by Kate Moss in 32 because these Kate Moss lipsticks are heaven and this shade reminds me of Mac’s Ravishing which I have been loving this Spring and Clarins’ 704 for a beautiful summery red (see here).

 

THE BRUSHES:

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For my face: I generally use my fingers for foundation because I find that melts in with my skin the best and I can get the coverage I want without going straight to cake face. For my bronzer I have packed the Zoeva 106 Powder brush to help give me a bronzy glow, I’ve got their 127 luxe sheer cheek brush which is my ALL TIME FAVOURITE blush brush… EVER! I’ve got the Real Techniques Buffing Brush to chisel out my cheekbones and the Becca Bronzer/Shimmer Fan Brush to pack on the highlight Jaclyn Hill style!

For my brows: I packed the Tarte brush that comes with their brow mousse to use the spooly to brush through my brows but as I don’t really like the brush on the end I’ve packed the Zoeva 322 Brow Line brush to carve out dem brows.

For my eyes: I tried really hard not to pack this many eye brushes but hey, a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. So hold on tight, here we go. (All by Zoeva) I packed the 230 Luxe Pencil brush, 221 Luxe Soft Crease brush, 228 Luxe Crease brush, 142 concealer brush, 227 Luxe Soft Definer brush, 231 Luxe Petite Crease brush, 232 Luxe Classic Shader brush and the 235 Contour Shader brush.

 

Yay! Let’s go to Sydney! What do you always have to take away with you? J

 

Stay Beautiful –M xx

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