Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Priceline 40% Off HairCare Haul!

I think I may singlehandedly be keeping Priceline in business with the amount of money I've been giving them lately! There was my Cosmetics Bag GWP Haul and hubby threw some cash their way to get me Lady Gaga's Fame, YSL's Parisienne and Katy Perry's Royal Revolution for Mother's Day in their fragrance sale, too. And there's still the Skincare GWP to go!

Let's talk HairCare, though. My hair has been giving me a fair bit of grief lately. It's naturally fine, but lately it's becoming increasingly difficult to inject some volume into it. I need to cut an inch or so off, as that usually gives me a little more body, but I'm getting frustrated with how flat and lifeless it appears. I use volume shampoo, conditioner and mousse plus various root booster sprays and thickening lotions, so I'm really throwing everything at it and I'm just not getting the results I used to. So I used the 40% off sale as an opportunity to buy a bunch of volumising products (plus a few extras) in the hopes of finding something that works well for me. Fingers crossed that something in this massive haul is a miracle worker!

Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume (x 2) - my favourite ever dry shampoo because it gives me extra volume from the roots. When this goes on special, I stock up, as it's a staple in my hair styling routine. Check out my mini-review here.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Light & Blonde - I use dry shampoo every day, so I go through it fairly fast. I've tried this before and just decided to get this to mix things up a bit.

L'Oreal Elvive Fibralogy Thickening Serum - I've gone through about four bottles of this, and when used daily, I can easily finish a bottle in a few weeks. If it's on special I'll get it, because it's a lovely product that does give my hair body, providing I scrunch it through properly. I'm not loving it as much as I used to, though, going by this post where it made my Favourites last year!

L'Oreal Elvive Fibralogy Thickening Shampoo - Another repurchase, because this one is quite good. I do have a fair few bottles of shampoo in the cupboard waiting to be used up at the moment though!

Fudge Root Juice - this is a 'medium hold root booster for extra volume and grunt'. I will give anything a go that claims to provide body from the roots and I'm loving a few other Fudge products at the moment, so hopefully this is just as good.

VO5 MattClay - I included one product for hubby, because it makes me feel slightly less guilty about this huge haul! I can also use this on my son's hair, so it was a no-brainer.

VO5 Give Me Texture Tousled Style Spray - I still don't know if texture is a good idea when you have fine hair, as you don't want it to go too piecey, but I'll give this a go. I'm thinking it will be similar to salt spray.

Toni & Guy Glamour 3D Volumiser - this sounds promising. I'm expecting miraculous results from this 'volume boost with a spritz of shine' spray. No pressure or anything!

Pantene Light Detangling Spray - I'll only need to use this right before I wash my hair. That's when it's at its tangliest. I don't blame it, with multiple days worth of dry shampoo, serums, various sprays and lacquer through it!

Schwarzkopf Ultime Sea Salt Texture Spray - I just finished off my Tigi Catwalk Session Series Salt Spray and thought I'd try this as a replacement. Schwarzkopf is a good brand and all salt sprays would be pretty similar ingredient-wise, wouldn't they?

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Have you used any of these products?

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mani: Essie Fifth Avenue Plus Gold Glitter!

Welcome to my latest mani! I wanted to try Fifth Avenue by Essie, which I recently acquired in the Priceline Beauty Bag offer (blogged at the link), because Essie is one brand I haven't had much experience with. I've paired it with Face It dense gold glitter polish in GL111 for a feature nail and used BYS Million Dollar Baby top coat, because the multi-sized gold glitter pieces tie in perfectly with the whole look!

I stuffed up and forgot to leave my ring fingernails bare, covering them in the orangey red lacquer. Oops! So I had to apply two coats of Face It GL111 over the top, and you can still see the red on the edges of those nails, but there's not much I can do about it! I'm happy I thought of a way to use a top coat that matched my theme, because normally I forego this step altogether out of sheer laziness. I'm impressed with the Essie formula; it's smooth and very easy to apply. This is only one coat of red Fifth Avenue!

One coat of Essie Fifth Avenue

Plus two coats of Face It gold polish on the ring finger

Plus one coat of BYS Million Dollar Baby top coat

You can see the red edges under the gold nail. Oops! LOL

Holding my new Lady Gaga Fame fragrance!

What nail polish have you been loving lately?

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Priceline Cosmetics Bag GWP!

Priceline's latest offer, running from April 30 to May 11 (or while stocks last) is a free Cosmetics Gift Bag with a qualifying spend of $60 or more on cosmetics from participating brands. After taking a look at those participating brands (including Essie, Sally Hansen, Rimmel, Revlon and Innoxa) I knew I could get to $60 pretty easily! Here's what I bought, and everything I got in my Beauty Bag.....

My qualifying spend products
Cosmetics Bought:
Models Prefer Ultra Lipgloss Pencil in Perfectly Polished
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Asia
Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in Firecracker
Savvy Lipstick in Hot Pink
Savvy Nourishing Lip Liner in Chestnut
Savvy Classic Blush in Rose
Rimmel Lash Accelerator Endless Mascara
Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat

The bag itself
Cosmetics Gift Bag contents
Gift With Purchase:
Beauty Bag - perfect for storing my makeup and beauty products on trips away.
EcoTools Bath Sponge - always handy to have a spare one I guess.
Savvy Clear Brow Gel - I probably won't use this as my fair brows need coloured volumiser, eg Benefit Gimme Brow.
Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin' Curves Mascara - I'm interested to try this. The product design is cute!
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Fake Out Mascara - Fibre mascara is always fun to use.
Glam Eyes Beyonce Lashes - These look dramatic. I like that they're pre-glued.

Innoxa Natural Finish Makeup in Buttermilk - I'm guessing this is too dark for me but it's sealed so I can't check without opening it. I might have to see if they have testers instore.
Nude By Nature Mineral Lip Gloss in Flirty - I like the colour and hope this will be flattering.
Models Prefer Glossy Lip Tint in Best Of Britain - this colour is not going to suit me and I'll probably give it away.
Revlon Colorburst Lacquer Balm in Coquette - I'm really disappointed I got this colour. Again, this type of candy pink shade does nothing for me. Any other shade would have been better.

Natio Nail Colour in Stardust - I've never tried Natio polishes and this colour looks lovely.
Essie Nail Lacquer in Fifth Avenue - I'm very happy with this shade. Yay!
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Colour in Flame On - I do not like this garish shade one bit.
L'Oreal Color Riche Nail Polish in Divine Indigo - Seriously, WTF? Why am I getting all the drag queen shades?

Glam Manicure Express 3 in 1 Nail Art Pen in Sparkling Silver - Not gonna lie, I'm excited about this.
Nail Rock Nail Velvet in Burgundy - I'm eager to try this out! Another fascinating product.

L'Oreal Base Magique Primer sample - I'll save this for travelling since it's little.
L'Oreal True Match Foundation sample sachet - Golden Beige will be too dark for me.
Offer card for $6 off Essie nail colour - I'll definitely use this. I don't have many Essie polishes.

It contains no less than six nail products

For the full list of participating brands and terms and conditions of the offer, see the relevant Priceline Goody Bag page.

Disclaimer: Everything here was bought with my own money. All opinions are my own.

Did you get the Priceline Gift Bag? Were you happy with it?