Saturday, December 3, 2016

David Jones Beauty Tribe: Free Samples!

Hi guys! This post is all about the David Jones Beauty Tribe, which if you're a beauty lover, I hope you've joined! I'm pretty sure all I did was opt-in for the David Jones 'Beauty' emails, and now I receive ongoing offers in my inbox, and for a sample-loving beauty addict, um, I won't say no.

From Monday 14 November to Sunday 4 December, David Jones held their Beauty Tribe Event across Australia. Now if you're lucky enough to reside in the popular states (lol, *cries*), you would have been able to book in for complimentary makeup services, Masterclasses and treatments at the Elizabeth Street and Bourke Street Mall stores. There were also a whole heap of purchase offers, but let's not get crazy. This is all about getting stuff for free and getting colour-matched for expensive foundations so you can try them before buying.

At the Adelaide Central Plaza David Jones, I was able to redeem five of the offers I'd highlighted on my printout, so keep reading to see what I got! Sidenote - it's always a good idea to print out your Beauty Tribe offer email, and even click the links and bring up as much information about each offer as you can, print it out and bring that in-store, because as well-informed as some DJ's staff members are, others will have NFI what you're on about.

Offer: Receive a complimentary Dimension de Chanel prestige sample

It's a mascara! (Yes, I obviously didn't know what the product would be, given the ambiguous title). It's in the shade 10 Noir and the Sales Assistant told me I'd love it; it's beautiful and has moisturising properties.

Elizabeth Arden
Offer: Receive a complimentary sample of Flawless Start Instant Perfecting Primer and a sample of your perfect shade of foundation.

The Elizabeth Arden lady was amazing! We tried numerous creams on my hand (including the aforementioned primer) and spoke in length about my love for Prevage. She colour-matched me for the two foundations and we discussed the benefits of each. One was a better colour match but the other one was more suited to my skin. In the end she gave me two Flawless Start Primer sachets, a packet of 7 Ceramide Daily Youth Restoring Serum Capsules, 3 sachets of Prevage Anti-Aging Intensive Repair Daily Serum, a sample pot of Prevage Anti-Aging Foundation in 01 and a sample pot of Flawless Finish Perfectly Nude Makeup in Alabaster. She was so lovely and I loved talking beauty with her!

La Prairie
Offer: Receive a complimentary colour match and personalised skincare consultation with samples to suit your needs

Unfortunately they didn't have any foundation samples available but the lady took my details to call me when they came in. La Prairie don't pump product into the sample pots like on the other counters, their samples come in the sachets. We did discuss my skin though and she gave me two sample tubes of Skin Caviar Eye Lift Cream, which I've used before and happens to be my Holy Grail eye cream. It used to be $380, then went up to $400, and now it's $415 for 20ml so it's a tad on the pricey side. LOL.

Laura Mercier
Offer: Be fitted with your correct foundation shade and you will receive a complimentary sample pot.

Had a lovely chat with the Laura Mercier lady about Typo and Mecca Maxima (and the LM makeup) and she gave me a sample pot of Silk Creme Foundation in Rose Ivory. She was totes chill and didn't really colour match me, more-so guessing what my shade would be. I also mentioned I'm usually the lightest shade!

Offer: Receive a complimentary foundation colour match of Teint Idole Ultra Foundation and a 10 day trial.

The Lancome lady was so helpful with regard to skintones and skincare concerns and blended like a pro whilst colour matching along my jaw and chin. We tried out a few different shades and she ended up giving me a Genifique Youth Activating Concentrate sachet, a sample pot of Tient Idole Ultra Foundation in O10 Beige Porcelaine and a sample pot of the same foundation in 02 Lys Rose.

I ran out of time after this and had to run off to meet hubby for lunch! But I'm super-impressed with the service, knowledge and friendliness of the staff and am so grateful for all the samples I received. Can't wait to try everything!

You can register for Beauty Tribe emails down the bottom of this page.

You may be interested in Free Samples: You Beauty!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Spotlight On: Hire A Packer!

This post is sponsored by Hire A Packer

Welcome to the third and final post in my series highlighting the Hire A Group companies! If you missed those, let me quickly fill you in. Hire A Group comprises Hire A Mover, Hire A Box and Hire A Packer. They are all pretty self-explanatory, but if you fancy a hot dude or cute cat photo you can read my hilarious and no doubt highly entertaining posts on Hire A Mover and Hire A Box at the links (and thank me later). Haha.

Teresa and Nicole from Hire A Packer (Photo Source: Hire A Packer website)

Put your hand up if you like packing boxes! OK, so I can't actually see you but I'm pretty sure noone put their hand up, because we're all normal around here, right? It's boring, it's tedious, it's hard work and frankly I'd rather be watching Season 4 of Brooklyn Nine-Nine than putting my stuff in a cardboard cube. This is where Hire A Packer comes in handy! These lovely ladies (it may not be these actual ladies depending on your location, but how sensible do they look? Seriously!) will carefully wrap and pack your household items so that you don't have to. They have a lot of experience with packing too, so they'll do a bang-up job of ensuring nothing gets banged up (all Hire A Packer staff must pass training courses and police checks). Packing is so time-consuming, but not if someone else is doing it for you! Not only that, your stress will be reduced along with your chances of having a mental breakdown (may just be talking about myself at this point). I remember when hubby and I moved from our rental into our first home, and the epic all-nighter we pulled trying to get everything packed by Moving Day. I was a crying, delirious mess in the end, and it was not pretty. LOL.

Photo Source: Hire A Packer website

So as well as not having to participate in dreaded manual labour (hey, the less physical exertion the better, says my ageing body), hiring a packer means you'll be more organised in your new home, as they label all the boxes as they go, so you know what room they belong in. Don't you hate it when you open a box in the loungeroom only to realise it in fact contains your pots and pans? Hire A Packer can also unpack your boxes and help settle you in by putting things away! It's suggested that this is best done the day after you move, as there will be Removalists at your new abode on the actual day and it will be pretty chaotic. I would love to have someone unpack for me, and the Hire A Packer ladies can even make the beds, organise the kitchen, put away books and DVDs and set up your kids room. I would draw the line at asking them to put together your backyard trampoline though, because boundaries. Although I'm sure they could do it! (Seriously, don't ask, it's just not polite). It's such a comprehensive service that's really designed to make your move smooth and stress-free.

In my first post of this series, you may remember me mentioning my Mother-In-Law's penchant for moving house. Well true to form, she's actually shifted since July, either once or twice, I legitimately can't keep up anymore! The latest move is quite a distance away, and given hubby's hatred of driving, we are waiting this one out, because it won't be long before she has itchy feet and moves again. I think she must have her belongings down to a minimum, because Hire A Packer or not, it's still no fun moving, although for some reason she loves it!

Nicole from Hire A Packer (Photo Source: Hire A Packer website)

So if you have a move coming up, keep in mind there are people that can help reduce your workload, stress level and odds of doing your back in, by packing and unpacking your belongings for you! And with locations in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and the Gold Coast, there's a good chance Hire A Packer can help you out with your next move. Check out their FAQ for more information.

You can contact Hire A Packer on 1300 366 522
Or you can check out the Hire A Packer website.

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Friday, November 25, 2016

Review: asap Skincare Range*

The asap (purposely lowercase!) tagline is 'the science of beautiful skin', and whilst I'm no Scientist, I tend to agree, as my skin has definitely improved during my asap skincare trial. A few months ago I was kindly sent four products from RY; the Daily Facial Cleanser*, Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub*, Moisturising Daily Defence* and Super B Complex*. I was so happy for the opportunity to work with RY (Recreate Yourself) again, because I've ordered from them before and the products were competitively-priced, the transaction was smooth and the customer service was great. They are an Aussie company that stock a large range of hair and beauty brands, they price match and have fantastic sales. Let's have a look at the skincare!

Daily Facial Cleanser with AHA*

'asap Daily Facial Cleanser is an oil free formulation that gently cleanses skin of makeup and impurities. Contains AHA's to loosen and remove dead skin cells, leaving skin refreshingly clean and smooth.'

I really like the packaging of the cleanser and the scrub; the push-down, pop-up (is there a technical term for this? lol) dispenser is easy to operate in the shower, and the product opening is hidden after use, so it's hygienic and the products are kept fresh. This cleanser is a white cream, and I'll say that I'm not the biggest fan of cream cleansers. There's nothing wrong with this cleanser, in fact it works really well, it's just that my personal preference is for gel cleansers, and I think I would have got along really well with the asap Gentle Cleansing Gel instead. Daily Facial Cleanser does a good job of cleaning, feels nice and my skin feels comfortable afterwards; refreshed, clean and not at all dry or tight. The fragrance is subtle and pleasant and you get a low level of lather, so you don't have to stress about suds going in your eyes!

Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub with AHA*

'asap Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub is formulated to improve the appearance and texture of skin. Smooth, round exfoliating beads combined with AHAs remove dead skin cells without irritation and promote healthy looking skin.'

I really love this scrub and so I'm so glad I now know about it! The formula is a white gel-like consistency, with a moderate level of small scrubby particles in the mix.The fragrance is slightly stronger than the cleanser. Using this scrub is like having a tiny massage on your face! The gritty particles aren't harsh at all, and feel really nice when they're doing their job exfoliating and renewing my complexion. Afterwards, my skin feels amazingly soft and smooth as well as renewed and rejuvenated. I feel like this scrub is doing a fantastic job at reducing the congestion on my chin, and I'll definitely continue using this one, and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an effective exfoliant.

Super B Complex with Niacinamide*

'asap Super B Complex contains a high concentration of Niacinemide to boost collagen production and rejuvenate skin. Crosslinked Hyaluronic Acid provides five times the moisturising power and 50 times the moisture retaining properties of traditional Hyaluronic Acid. With B5, B9 and other powerful active ingredients, this fast-acting serum increases skin hydration and helps visibly reduce signs of ageing.'

I'm really enjoying this gel serum. The formula is light and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and more toned. I can definitely see a difference in brightness; my skin looks more awake and healthier after application. I especially love using this on the mid-section of my face, from under my eyes, across my cheeks and nose, to level with the top of my lips. That's the area that looks dull from time to time, and my under-eye circles can always benefit from some brightening! Am I the only one that uses different skincare in different areas of their face? I need anti-ageing products galore under my eyes and break-out treatments on my jaw and chin. Sometimes I get funny about putting any serums or rich creams on my lower face as I'm worried it will break me out. Anyway, this is a great first step under my moisturiser, and I've also been using it in my nightly skincare routine so it can work its magic overnight. I'm loving the hygienic, easy to use pump packaging, and would highly recommend this to anyone wanting a high quality, effective anti-ageing serum that brightens the complexion.

Moisturising Daily Defence SPF50+ with Antioxidants*

'asap Moisturising Daily Defence SPF50+ is scientifically formulated to replenish essential moisture, leaving skin feeling soft and supple, while providing broad spectrum protection from harmful UVA/UVB rays, assisting in the prevention of premature skin ageing. Hyaluronic acid, an effective anti-ageing ingredient, helps to increase hydration and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while Nicotinamide hydrates and soothes skin and promotes elasticity.'

I appreciate the high level of sun protection in this moisturiser. asap is an Australian-made and owned company so it's only fitting that they target their products with the hot Aussie sun in mind. Having said that, I'm not normally a big sunscreen user, and I usually just rely on the sunscreen in my foundation which is pretty bad of me. Anyway I think it's the sunscreen content that makes this a thicker formulation than I'm accustomed to. As such, I like to apply this a good 20 minutes to half an hour before I start applying makeup to give it a good chance to sink in properly. The dispenser hole is quite big, so this could easily be used as a body moisturiser too, although it's probably a bit too expensive for anywhere other than the face! A little goes a long way with this Daily Defence, so it pays to be careful when squeezing it out, otherwise some may go to waste (if this happens I rub it down my neck, which I probably should be doing anyway!). After I apply this, my skintone seems more even and my face feels nourished, soft and supple. I found it to be a great base for makeup, as long as I don't apply too much, and leave plenty of time for it to fully absorb into my skin.

The asap skincare range is available at RY and you can check it out here.

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Have you tried any asap products and if so, what did you think?