Thursday, June 23, 2011

Please Like My Page

Hi everyone, sorry I've been a little MIA lately on here, I've been constantly sick for the last week and a half and am still sick =( but I thought I would touch base here with everyone as I'm not sure when the next time I will be feeling strong enough to film.

Anyways I wanted to ask you all a favour, I have created a facebook page for my makeup freelancing and would be so happy if you could all please like my page. The page is called Lady Vain Makeup Artistry

Thanks for your support guys xx

Monday, June 13, 2011

MoDiva Professional 25mm Curling Iron

Hey everyone, this is my review on the MoDiva Professional 25mm Curling Iron that I received a few weeks back. I've been trying it out first so I could do a proper review for you guys and now here it is...

The MoDiva Professional 25mm Curling Iron is a clip-less curling iron that comes with a glove to protect you hand when curling your hair. This is the first time I have used a clip-less curler and I have to admit I'm impressed. I remember seeing loads of hair tutorials on youtube using clip-less wands and so tried doing the technique on my clip curling iron, however I didn't get the same results so I made the assumption that the a clip-less one wouldn't do much for my hair. Boy oh boy how wrong I was until this little beauty came to my door. I think it all comes down to the heat and how it is distributed; using my clip wand didn't work as the clip gets in the way and doesn't heat up as much as the wand. Where as the clip-less one maintains the same heat and I think its actually hotter.

I find that the curls that I make with this wand are more of a spiral wave that is more natural then the curls I get from curling my hair with my clip wand. I'm absolutely loving these loose curls as it gives me more texture and volume yet it holds all day. Love love love!
It retails for $89.95AUD, has 12 months warranty and it can purchased online from MoDiva Professional

I'm going to try to do a video demonstration on youtube once I get well, but for now here are some pictures...

Not the best picture of myself but I like my hair in this shot lol.

Also I noticed that MoDiva are having a giveaway where you can win 1 of 5 of their curling irons for yourself. The competition closes on the 30th of June 2011, simply visit MoDiva Giveaway for the details.

MoDiva kindly gave me this curling iron. I am not being sponsored for this post and I only ever give my honest opinion.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Sportsgirl Raven Skull Ring

Today I'm really excited to show you all a ring I bought from Sportsgirl, its a raven skull style ring that I have been looking for at Sportsgirl stores for ages since I saw it online. It was the last one in store so its really lucky that I decided to check while I was walking past. I'm not really into skulls (besides mexican decorated skulls for day of the dead which I'm obsessed with) but I thought this would do really well in giving a flowing girly look an edge... & it only retails for $9.95.

Sportsgirl is one of my favourite clothing stores and here's a link to their website Sportsgirl

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Skinstitut Products

Hi everyone I've got some awesome news, recently I was in contact with Skinstitut (since I love their Gentle Cleanser so much) and they kindly sent me some amazing products to review for you guys. Prior to receiving the products I discussed with Skinstitut that I have combination dry skin, I'm conscious about preventing wrinkles (some have started to form on my forehead *cry*) and I have acne scars and brown pigmentation marks on my cheekbones that only just developed a year ago (another *cry*).
So they sent me the Moisture Defence for Normal Skin, the Even Blend Serum and the Vitamin C 100% along with a little brochure of their product range.

Left to right - Moisture Defence, Even Blend Serum and Vitamin C 100%

Now I've only had these products for about a week so I'll definitely have to do a follow up in a few more weeks, but I couldn't resist to share this with you all now. Here's my thoughts so far.

Moisture Defence for Normal Skin-
I really like this moisturiser as its more of a gel in consistency so it glides on beautifully, Skinstitut products are chirally correct which means its more active in its ingredients so you don't have to use as much, it has a lovely scent which to me kinda smells like kiwi fruit with a pop of zest but my partner thinks it smells like jasmine flowers. But the really awesome thing about this moisturiser is that it has a synthetic snake venom called SYN(R)-AKE which has excellent smoothing and anti-wrinkle properties. Here's a copy from their brochure about it that I find really interesting...

"SYN(R)-AKE is a new anti-wrinkle active compound based on a synthetic tripeptide that mimics the effect of a peptide that is found in the venom of the Temple Viper. This compound imitates the parts of the venom that block the neuromuscular contractions that cause facial muscle tension, thus relaxing the skins surface".

Cool right? So its kinda like Botox minus the pain and stiff face side effects LMAO. This is so far my favourite product out of the 3.

Even Blend Serum -
Now it really is a little too early so see any major differences yet as this product is used to lighten dark spots but I've taken a picture of my pigmentation marks prior to using this product so I can take another picture in a few weeks time to compare the 2. Now onto a little bit about this product... its a gel like serum with a red/pink tinge to it, its multitasking as it clarifies uneven skin tone while providing long lasting exfoliation (although I'm unsure how it exfoliates as its not abrasive at all), is chirally correct, and most importantly it reduces the appearance of uneven skin tone caused by sun exposure, skin inflammation and hormone imbalances. You can either use a small amount all over the skin or just apply it to the effected areas. Another thing is that when its blended in it feels a little sticky almost but once settled that goes away and my skin feels smooth =D. I can't wait to update you guys on this one in a few weeks.

and lastly...
Vitamin C 100% -
Wow I never even knew such skincare existed so I was a little dumb struck when I saw it and had to do a little research on this stuff before I used it. First this product is basically a white power like form of 100% Vitamin C which is known as a very effective ingredient within skin care and the packaging is exactly like loose powder makeup packaging that I find adorable. Now I know you guys must be really curious as to what this does and how do you apply it so let me shed some light on these things for you. This product is used to reduce the appearance of fine lines, enhance skin firmness and improve skin colour and tone, and as for how to apply it its recommended that you mix a little with their Even Blend Serum although you can also mix it with their other correctors or moisturiser. I've been mixing about half a pea size amount with a small pump of the Even Blend Serum but as for results its too early to tell just yet. Its also chirally correct like all of Skinstitut products.

Well thats it for now guys I hope you all found this informative and if you are wondering where you can find Skinstitut products just check out their stock list on the Skinstitut website for your nearest salon.

I wish you all amazing skin, luv jodie

I am not being paid to do this blog post and everything I say here and on my youtube channel is always my honest opinion.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Straightening My Hair Video

Just posting my quick little video of me straightening my hair while I was getting ready.
Hope all my Australian followers had an amazing long weekend.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Month of May Empties

Hey readers, this is my first ever entry for my monthly empties. I was inspired to do this after I saw a few blogs doing it. If you don't know what it is it's basically a monthly post of all the beauty products I have run out of from the previous month and a little review on each product. Its also a great way to encourage me to get through my products.

Lets get started...

TRESemme Healthy Volume Conditioner-
A cheapie but a goodie. Tresemme is by far one of my favourite drugstore haircare companies. I still love to use salon products but to me tresemme has been better then a lot of the ones I have tried from the salon. I didn't notice any improvement in my hairs volume but it did make my hair nice and soft and fresh. Would I repurchase? Yes.

Face of Australia Bronzer-
Wow I really love this stuff and I'm pretty sure I did a review on it here on my blog so scroll down a bit and you'll find it. I liked this because it didn't make me go orange, was nice and even and it was only $8 or $10. The only thing I don't like is the top nozzle as the cap can get in the way and cause build up. Would I repurchase? Yes.

Swisspers 80 Makeup Pads-
My go to for removing my makeup. I like them because they are soft and don't leave any pieces of fibre on my eyes. Would I repurchase? Yes.

Clinique 7 Day Scrub Cream (sample size)-
I quite liked this as the exfoliating beads were really fine. You do have to be careful though as it can be harsh if applying too aggressively. Would I purchase after trying this sample? No, even though I liked it I would prefer to buy cheaper exfoliating products.

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild (sample size)-
Very standard, nothing special to me. I think it would be perfect for people with sensitive skin though. Would I purchase after trying this sample? No, too expensive for something so basic.

[A'kin] Pure Radiance Rosehip Oil-
I used this for weeks and never saw any sign of that beautiful radiance so many people said it gave them. That being said even though it didn't make any improvement to my skin it didn't make it any worse either. I should have known though as oil products never do anything for me. I ended up using the rest as a moisturiser on and arms and legs. Would I repurchase? No, I might as well get canola oil and use that LOL.

Clinique Rinse-off Foaming Cleanser (sample size)-
Wow I loooovvvveeedd this stuff. Sometimes I get lazy removing my makeup so I just jump in the shower and this stuff was so good at removing my makeup with the smallest amount. The formulation was absolutely beautiful too, the cream was like velvet but foams up like nothing else. Would I purchase after trying this sample? Yep, but not until I can afford it.

Clinique Superdefense SPF 25 Age Defence Moisturizer (sample size)-
I like this because it has SPF and I only needed a little bit so it lasted ages but I did notice that I had to be careful with it around my eyes as it did sting them a little. I also wasn't a fan of the pot style packaging, I know this is just a sample but I really do hate pot containers for skincare as every time you open it it is exposed to the light and air so the beneficial ingredients start to decrease in their efficiency a lot quicker then pump style products. Would I purchase after trying this sample? Probably not.

Bathox Bath Foam & Shower Gel Dry Skin-
This was a really cheap shower gel I picked up ages ago. It contains milk and honey and is soap free. I really liked the smell and it did a good job of foaming nicely. A good find for an inexpensive shower gel. Would I repurchase? Yeah, its a good staple to fall back on if I run out of my luxury shower gels and are to strap-for-cash.