Thursday, 24 January 2013

Ciaté Paint Pot in Cabaret

Ciaté paint pot, Cabaret

I'm a bit of a nail polish fiend, and this Ciaté Paint Pot in Cabaret is right up my alley. It's a gorgeous plumy purple creme with quite a lot of magenta in it.

Ciaté paint pot, Cabaret, swatch
The colour was pretty hard to photograph properly; I tried to colour match it as accurately as I could in Photoshop.

It's the first Ciaté nail polish that I've tried and I'm really impressed; it goes on so smooth and evenly and is opaque in 2 coats, though you could easily get away with 1 if you were in a pinch. I've been wearing it for two days and have only got minor tip wear, which is unheard of for me, especially with darker colours.

Ciaté paint pot, Cabaret, swatch, Korres Lip Butter
Coincidentally, I noticed that it's almost an exact match for the colour of the lid of the Korres plum lip butter that I bought on the same day. I must have been in a real purple mood.

Have you tried any Ciaté nail polishes? How much do you just love this colour? I can't keep my eyes off it.

Haul time

I know, I know. I said that I wouldn't buy anything until I'm in New York... The truth is, I was afraid that I might do something stupid like buy a very expensive pair of shoes in NY if I didn't release some of my no-shopping tension now (consumer whore).

In my bags were: Ciaté Paint Pot in Cabaret; Origins Clear Improvements active charcoal mask; Clarins Eye Contour Gel; Soap & Glory foot buffer; and Korres Lip Butter in Plum. I also got a Lush Avobath bath ballistic and a Sunny Side bubble bar, but I didn't take photos of them cause they were a bit crushed and crumbled by the time I got home. I'll have a bunch of reviews for you in the coming days/weeks.

I'm really looking forward to trying the Origins mask and the Lush bath stuff. I'm going to Big Day Out on Saturday, so a long, soaking bath will be much needed after shakin' ma thang (read: awkwardly nodding and waving my arms around a bit) to the Killers... 

Are any of you going to Big Day Out or any other festivals this summer? Who are you most looking forward to seeing? (for me it's the Stone Roses at Future Music Festival)

Well that's it. Spending ban is back on. I think I can deal with it; it's only another 2 weeks until I leave.

Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Review: Honey'do shampoo and conditioner

I used to always love those bear shaped honey bottles when I was little, but much to my disappointment, I could never find any when I went to the supermarket with my mum. So you can imagine how excited I was when I came across this super cute set of A Beautiful Life Honey'do shampoo and conditioner. Childhood wish fulfilled.
Described as "a gentle yet thorough all natural shampoo made with organic honey that delivers amazing bounce and shine", and are free of parabens and sulfates.

A Beautiful Life, Honey'do shampoo, Honey'do conditioner, review

They smell like honey and barley sugar lollies to me, which I really love but might be a bit too sweet for some. I love the consistency of the shampoo - it's almost like a gel and it keeps its shape when you squeeze some onto your hand. Random, but I enjoy it.

The conditioner can be pretty hard to get out of the bottle. It's very thick and the bottle doesn't squeeze easily, so I had to scoop some out with a finger until I could thin it down with some water.

They would probably be best for some one with normal-dry hair because the shampoo doesn't strip your hair and the conditioner is nice and rich. My hair's more on the oily side, so I find these a bit lacking in the cleaning department. After about 1 1/2 days my hair starts to look a bit greasy and by the end of the second day it looks pretty gross (to be fair though, I get that with most shampoos). Having said that though, they do leave my hair feeling really soft and faintly smelling of honey, so I'll definitely use the rest of them up.

Once I finished with them I'll need to find something to do with the bottles - they're just way too cute to throw away!

A Beautiful Life Honey'do Shampoos and Conditioners are available at Mecca Cosmetica and are $20 each.


So that was my first ever review! Are there any other types of information that you'd like to see in my reviews, or any that you thought I could do without? Let me know what you think :)