Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Lust Have It! July/August/September 2014 review

While I was away, Lust Have It! boxes were piling up on my doorstep, so I've finally gotten around to reviewing them now!

July


Contents:
Ardell Self-Adhesive Lashes
Premium Spa Ultra Firming Body Balm
Designer Brands Nail Polish in Shimmer
Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in Rich List
Aveda Botanical Kinetics Hydrating Lotion

This box wasn't bad - nice, wearable lashes, a nail polish that works well with a range of other colours (and really good for nail art), a wearable eyeshadow colour, and a generously sized tube of body cream. I'm actually quite pleased with this Aveda sample - it's the same size as other Aveda samples, but it's a reasonable size for face moisturiser, unlike for shampoo and conditioner (which have appeared in boxes before).

 August


Marsk Eyeshadow Brush
Bioderma Crealine H2O
Essenzza Fuss Free Naturals Facial Cleansing Wipes in Cleanse + Refresh
Eleven Miracle Hair Treatment
Bioelixia Bodyshaper Stretch Mark Diminishing Cream

August's box was the Lust Have It! birthday box. It's a pretty good box - wipes and brushes are always welcome, the Eleven hair treatment is good for everything (and smells great), and the Bioderma micellar water is a very handy travel size. The one thing I'm really unexcited with is the Bioelixia cream - I'm just not convinced that it works.

September




Urban Skincare Co. Repair + Body Balm
Model Co Skincare Samples
Model Co Lip Lacquer Liquid Lipstick in Rich Red
Uriage Extra Rich Dermatological Cleansing Gel
The Cosmetic Kitchen Macadamia Wax Creme Highlighter
Glam by Manicare Express! 3 in 1 Nail Art Pen

This is an interesting box, with lots of little samples to try! I'm a huge Uriage fan so the cleansing gel is very welcome, and the Urban Skincare Co product smells amazing. The Model Co lipstick sounds great too (goes on like gloss, wears like lipstick, according to the box), although the skincare selection is a bit of a mixed bag - there's a harsh walnut-shell-containing scrub, a single facial wipe, a promising looking soothing oat-containing moisturiser and a serum high in vitamin C. The cream highlighter is a bit different from the norm - it's in a lip gloss-style tube, with a waxy texture. The Glam by Manicare pen is great, but I already own this one so I'll be passing it on. Overall, a very good selection!



Since July, all of the Lust Have It! boxes have come in sturdy pink mesh make-up bags. I'm a fan - they're handy and reusable, but I hope they switch it up soon because they're not very versatile (not as versatile as, say, a box or the old satin LHI bags).

Lust Have It! has improved a lot in the last few months, in my opinion, after a string of lacklustre boxes earlier this year. I hope this trend continues!

This product was provided for review, which did not affect my opinion. For more information, see Disclosure Policy.

Monday, 20 October 2014

If You Smoke, Your Future's Not Pretty

This post was sponsored by Queenland Health. For more information, see Disclosure Policy.

Now that we're in the 21st century, we all know smoking is bad for your health and gives you cancer - in fact, it's considered the single biggest preventable cause of death and disease. But because that doesn't happen until we're older, and we humans tend to ignore long-term risks (I know I certainly do!), so it's easy to convince ourselves that we can smoke one more and it won't make a difference.

Well, unfortunately - it does have an impact!

Along with the well-publicised long-term health effects (being unfit, lung cancer, heart disease, yellow teeth, bad breath), one of the biggest effects is on your appearance. And scarily, that occurs pretty early, so you could look a few decades(!) older by the time you're in your 30s. Tobacco smoke contains thousands of harmful chemicals which hit a whole heap of ageing mechanisms in your body:

- Tobacco smoke speeds up the production of an enzyme which destroys collagen in your skin, the scaffold that holds your cells up and keeps skin firm and elastic. This translates to wrinkles and saggy skin.

- Smoking also degrades elastin fibres in your skin which leads to additional sagging - eye bags, saggy boobs, lower lip lines.

- Vitamin A is also reduced by smoking - vitamin A has lots of great effects on skin.

- As well as making your teeth yellow, smoking encourages plaque and damages the gums, and makes your nails more prone to breaking.

If all this information isn't enough to convince you, Queensland Health are holding "make-under" sessions around Queensland this week. Make-up artists use their skills and a generous amount of latex to transform your face into a mock-up of how you might end up looking if you have a smoking habit. The results are shocking! Here's mine:


I was really shocked with the transformation! There's no way to accurately predict the exact effects of smoking on each individual, but this is a great wake-up call. I'm not a smoker, but after this transformation... I'm never smoking!

The next two make-under locations are Thursday October 23rd on the Sunshine Coast (Sunshine Plaza Maroochydoore) and Saturday October 25th in Brisbane (Westfield Garden City). The booths will be happening from 10 am - 4 pm. (They'll fix you up with a makeover afterwards so you don't have to walk around looking haggard.)

If you can't get to a booth, you can visit the campaign's virtual booth online (from anywhere in the world!), upload a pic and see what you look like after 10 or 20 years of a smoking habit


If you're a smoker and you'd like to quit, the good news is that all of these problems will improve from the moment you quit, and there are heaps of sources out there to help! Queensland Health has a great page full of information on quitting, a confidential, free telephone hotline, Quitline, which is manned by trained anti-smoking counsellors, and an app, QuitTracker, to help you keep track of your progress. Plus, think of all the money you'll save!


The If You Smoke site is located here, with additional facts on the dangers of smoking and helpful advice on quitting.  

If you're a Queenslander in Brisbane or the Sunshine Coast, check out the make-under booths this week (Thursday October 23rd at Sunshine Plaza Maroochydoore and Saturday October 25th at Westfield Garden City).

Friday, 17 October 2014

Skincare Addiction is live!


The Skincare Addiction website has launched! I'm the chief science editor and I'm really excited about this project.

Skincare Addiction is a site that's dedicated to skincare based on solid science (well, what little solid science there is on skincare, anyway). There's a team of about 25 people working on it, both the content that you see, as well as the behind-the-scenes coding that lets the site do cool stuff.

There's a lot of grunt behind the site - so far, you can look up ingredient lists for products, read about the science behind skincare ingredients, and find other products containing those same ingredients. There are also examples of skincare routines for a variety of skin types. A lot of websites with product info are US-centric, but while there are lots of US products in this database, I'm proud to say that there are lots of Australian products on there too.

There's also a blog on the site with articles about everything skincare - explanations of the basics, personal stories, tips for treating skincare emergencies, new innovations and more. I've written an article on the different types of moisturising ingredients which is up already! There's also a competition running at the moment, so make sure you enter that. 

It's still a work in progress with some rough bits around the edges, and over the next year or so there'll be thousands of new products added (you can also submit new products through a form). There are heaps of other cool interactive features planned too, so look out for them in the next few months.

Click through to the Skincare Addiction site, or go straight to my post on moisturisers!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Daiso DIY Expanding Sheet Mask Pellets


I went on a trip to Daiso last weekend and this cute little sheet mask set fell into my basket! For those of you who aren't lucky enough to know, Daiso is a Japanese variety store where everything costs 100 yen, which somehow translates to $2.80 in Australia. This set contains 10 "blank" sheet masks compressed into little pellets, that expand into the full-sized masks when you wet them with serum. Massive novelty value, so of course I had to try it straight away!



The set comes with a helpful little well for preparing your mask. There were a few hiccups along the way. My first two tries were pretty terrible:

1. I first tried Apivita Express Beauty with Carrot mask diluted with water. Unfortunately, since these pellets require water to expand, the high shea butter content actually stopped the mask from expanding properly, forming a waterproof seal around the pellet pretty quickly.


2. I tried a water-based mask next - Uriage AquaPrecis Express Mask, diluted with water and a few drops of Daiso's hyaluronic acid serum (this is a humectant that draws water to the surface of your skin). This was a lot more successful, but still required a lot of prodding to get it to expand.


3. Finally, success! Check it out in action:

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