Wednesday, August 16, 2017

July Good Green Box!*

Oh hi! I was so excited to receive the July Good Green Box* recently, tear it open and see what was inside! This one was full to the brim and bursting with natural goodies, with some very interesting products thrown into the mix. The contents are worth over $78, which is such great value! This includes two generous full sized products plus five other samples. Let's take a look!

Akhal Organic Rose Hydrolat (100 ml)
Siberian Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Extract (100 g)
Atlas Argan 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil (5 ml)
Natura Siberica Siberian Ginseng Eye Cream-Gel (6 ml sachet)
Natura Siberica Rhodiola Rosea Day Cream (6 ml sachet)
Vapour Organic Beauty Halo Illuminator (sample pot)
Cocobetty Coconut Wipes (1 wipe)

As always there's a handy What's In The Box? card that details the box inclusions on one side and the product's key ingredients on the other. First up is a generous 100ml bottle of Akhal Organic Rose Hydrolat. This product is a dry skin quencher and hydrator, which is perfect for Winter! The distillate is extracted from rose blooms picked by the indigenous women of Morocco and the product is 100% natural, organic and vegan. This Hydrolat is water-like and absorbs quickly, leaving my skin soft and toned. I absolutely love the gentle rosy floral scent and I'm really enjoying using this!

Honestly I'm slightly confused regarding the Siberian Sea Buckthorn Berry Oil Extract, as both my information card and the website list the product as Siberian Cedar Nut Oil with Cedar Soft Resin Extract. Apparently it's a natural antiseptic and an efficient immune modulator that restores the body's energy and you're supposed to inhale it. However the Berry Oil packaging implies ingesting it and basically I'm so glad there's a thick information guide in the box, because I'll be needing to do my research! I'm saving the Natura Siberica eye and day cream sample sachets for a later date because I'm concentrating on using my Project Pan skincare at the moment, but I'm still so excited to see Natura Siberica products in this box, as it's a brand I love!

The Atlas Argan 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil is a great multitasking product, as it can be used as a treatment to nourish and repair the hair, skin and nails due to the high fatty acid and Vitamin E content. It's ethically sourced from a women's co-operative in the foothills of Morocco's Atlas Mountains. I've been using it to soften my cuticles and can't wait to give it a go in my hair!

The Vapour Organic Beauty Halo Illuminator was a little difficult to use due to the nature of the sample, which appeared to be a thinly sliced cross section of the full stick version. I had to pick it up and lay it across my fingertip then slide that across my cheekbones to apply the product. However the formula was super creamy and easy to blend out, leaving me with a subtle sheen of moonlight-hued highlight. I'd definitely be interested to try the full version of this!

My 100% natural and cruelty-free Cocobetty Coconut Wipe smelled ah-mazing, kind of like a tropical holiday or a chocolate Bounty bar. So coconutty! The wipe felt deceptively dry until rubbed on the face, at which time the oils were released. This left my face very oily and I had to wipe the excess off with a tissue. I went in with some Micellar Water afterwards as a test and yes, the wipe had removed 95% of my makeup. This is a great option if you're after a less boring, unconventional and fun makeup wipe.

If you're interested in Good Green Box you can check out their website here.

You may be interested in my June Good Green Box post!

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Disclaimer: * This box was provided for editorial consideration. Reviews are my honest opinion. There are no affiliate links in this post. Please see the Disclosure page for further information.

Would you try any of these natural products?

Monday, August 14, 2017

How I Use My Social Media Accounts!

Stock image (credit Jeff Sheldon) and clearly not my desk lol

I don't know if this type of post will be of interest to anyone, but what the hey, I'm writing it anyway, because you never know! I've been thinking for a while now about the different ways I use each of my social media accounts. I read in a blogging tips post that you shouldn't replicate content across all your social media, because your followers don't want to see the same thing over and over. But not everyone follows you everywhere. I crossover my content, but I also post different things on Facebook than I do on Twitter or Instagram, for example. Let's start!

Now we all know Instagram has gone to shit ever since they changed it, and that likes are not what they used to be. As such, I run hot and cold with this platform, and definitely don't use it as much as I used to. Previously I posted up to four photos every day, but now I try to post at least one photo every night, excluding weekends, when I allow myself time off! My Instagram is a mix of beauty photos, ads for my latest blog posts, manicures, makeup, food and personal photos featuring my son or my cats. I don't have the time nor energy to separate my beauty and personal photos by making two accounts; since Max The Unicorn is a Beauty & Lifestyle blog I'm happy to share photos of Mr 9 making cupcakes or my fur-kitties Nutmeg and Pumpkin. After trying various apps, I've settled on the Snapseed app to edit my photos. I know how to work it and it has everything I need to pretty up my pictures.

I experimented with Instagram Pods, but because I don't consider myself a hardcore user (of Instagram!), it was too full on for me. I reciprocated likes when I posted a photo, however the pressure and super-seriousness of some Pod members sucked the fun out of Insta for me and I had to leave. I don't get a lot of comments on my posts and I'm fine with that. I don't want to be spending hours on Instagram commenting on everyone's photos, so I don't expect comments on mine. When I post a photo, that's when I go through my feed and like a lot of photos. I also look in my notifications and try to 'like back' everyone who has liked one of my photos, lol. Do other people do this or is it just me?

I really enjoy using my Max The Unicorn Facebook page! I tend to post a series of Alerts on there, and try to post at least once a day. These include GWP Alerts, where I share the latest beauty Gift With Purchase offers currently available and Sale Alerts, for example when Priceline are having a big discount sale, because who wants to miss out on those? Another thing I do is share a lot of competitions, with my Win Alerts and Giveaway Alerts. I used to be heavily into comping (entering competitions), so I love to share opportunities to win amazing beauty prizes. If this interests you too, be sure to check out my page. Obviously I link up all my new blog posts, so readers can click through and check them out. I also share some of my Instagram photos on Facebook and let you know what products I'm currently trialling!

Along with Instagram, I have a very hot and cold relationship with Twitter! Sometimes I love to use it, and will be on there tweeting weird things that have happened in my day, cracking bad jokes and RTing cute dog pics, then I'll neglect my account and not tweet for days on end! I love that I'm connected to my local Adelaide community on there and enjoy replying to them even though I've never met any of them in real life! I'm at my most unguarded on Twitter so that's where you'll find me dropping F-bombs, advising against oral sex after eating KFC Hot n' Spicy and generally oversharing. So it's really great that I also use this account professionally ROFL! Of course I use Twitter to advertise my blog posts, and always add at least one photo to those tweets. I like to add a RTing account handle into my blog post tweets, because having them RTed greatly increases my exposure and widens the audience that see my blog. Some of the ones I like to use are @BBloggersAU @FemaleBloggerRT @BblogRT and @Blogginggals .

Another thing I'll do from time to time is set up Buffer to automatically tweet out links to ten of my posts. You can write these tweets yourself and include photos and RT accounts in there, and specify when you want them to publish. I'm very aware of the possibility of this annoying my followers though, and have big breaks in between using Buffer for Twitter.

Pinterest is my least used social media. I honestly don't understand it, nor do I even try to. For some reason, I kinda dislike Pinterest. It's installed on my iPhone, but I never open the app and have a look. I find it overwhelming and don't bother learning to use it, as I'm already too busy with the rest of my social media, Instagram and Facebook in particular. I originally used it only for competitions, where you could  gain an entry from following a company on Pinterest. But these days I push the button on my blog posts that shares them to Pinterest and I also share to the Fabulous And Fun Life Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest page (group? board?) on Mondays because I link up to Ingrid's beauty link up. So please don't be offended if I don't follow you back on this platform, I simply don't really use it.

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Sunday, August 6, 2017

Haul: Drew Barrymore's Flower Beauty!

I'm so excited for today's post, because it's all about my recent Flower Beauty Haul! This is Drew Barrymore's beauty line, which I've been wanting to get my hands on ever since it was released. I'm a huge Drew Barrymore fan, as you probably know by now. So I've been eyeing off various Flower Chubby Sticks, Kiss Sticks and blushes on Facebook and Instagram without actually being able to get any because they're only available at Walmart in America and the Flower Beauty website, both of which don't ship to Australia. I was thrilled to be contacted by Big Apple Buddy recently, and jumped at the chance to collaborate with them on this U.S. haul. More on Big Apple Buddy and how you can use their services to shop from the United States later in this post, but first, let's check out the Flower Beauty makeup I bought!

Flower Beauty Haul!
~ In Bloom Cosmetic Zip Pouch
~ Framed Cosmetics Case
~ Limited Edition Travel Makeup Set containing
   > Ultimate Travel Brush Set & Travel Clutch
   > Flower Pots Powder Blush in Wild Rose
   > Zoom In Ultimate Mascara in Black
   > Shadow Play Eyeshadow Quad in Foxy Brown
   > Color Proof Longwear Lip Cream in I'm Blushing
~ Shimmer and Shade Eyeshadow Palette in Warm Natural
~ Eyes On The Prize Eyeshadow Chubby in Olive My Love
~ Lip Suede Velvet Lip Chubby in Berry-More
~ HydraSilk Lip Butter in Poppy Petal
~ Kiss Stick High Shine Lip Color in Rose Bud
~ Kiss Stick Velvet Lip Color in So Gladiola
~ Lip Service Lip Butter in Sheer Snapdragon*

One thing I love about this range is how affordable it is. As I mentioned, it's sold in Walmart in America, so it's essentially a budget line. I wanted to pick up a couple of cosmetics bags because being a Drew fan, they are something I can keep as a collector's item, that I won't use up like makeup. I am, however, going to use them, but I kind of want to keep them in top condition at the same time. LOL. Good luck with that! The In Bloom Zip Pouch is bigger than I expected, but will be great for travelling, and the Framed Cosmetics Case will be perfect for carrying around touch-up makeup in my handbag. These were only US$11 and US$8 respectively, which is beyond reasonable.

I couldn't go past the Travel Makeup Set, an online exclusive, which contained a wide variety of different products from the range for only US$40, valued at US$57. For starters it contained another little bag, this time a pretty shiny flat-style bag that would be ideal for holding a few smaller cosmetics in. I am lacking in makeup brushes, and the eyeshadow quad shades are right up my alley, so this Set looked the best for me out of all the great value Sets available.

Do I need another natural/nude palette when I already have more than enough? Obviously no, but look at it! Sorry not sorry! Now in case you are starting to fantasize about your own U.S haul, let me tell you a bit about Big Apple Buddy. It's a shopping concierge service that lets you buy the latest tech, fashion, beauty and outdoor products from America, that aren't available here. It's super-easy and I experienced outstanding and friendly customer service. There were two delivery options to choose from; I chose the cheaper economy one and I have to say, my parcel still arrived quicker than I expected! Everything was packed really well and arrived safe and sound. Be sure to check them out if there's something you want from America! OK, let's get back to the makeup, LOL.

I picked the Eyeshadow Chubby in Olive My Love because I don't have many green eye products and I loved that Drew named this one after her daughter, Olive. How cute! I'm not gonna lie; I also chose the Lip Chubby based on the punny name Berry-More! It was either that or Red-dy To Bloom and the berry shade won out. I did go a bit heavy on the lip products, and I wanted most of them to be bold reddish shades, because Drew wears a lot of red lippie, so I wanted to follow this trend with my Flower beauty purchases. Many thanks to Phillis from Big Apple Buddy for popping in a freebie, the Sheer Snapdragon Lip Butter*. It's greatly appreciated!

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Disclaimer: I paid for all Flower Beauty products and delivery (excluding Lip Service Lip Butter in Sheer SnapDragon* which was a freebie), but Big Apple Buddy waived my service fee in exchange for this post. Reviews are my honest opinion. There are no affiliate links in this post, links are for information purposes only. Please see the Disclosure page for further information.

Who's your favourite celebrity?  Do you like anything from Drew's Flower Beauty range?