15 May 2016

New Products I'm Excited About #2

It's that time again where I put together a few new items I am most excited about! My lovely friend Lisa on her recent trips to Sydney and Singapore brought back some goodies for me. I always have a list of things I want to pick up while she is on her travels, so basically it is as if I am shopping with her while she is there. We always are in contact through every kind of social media, from iMessage to Snapchat. It's so nice to be able to have pictures or mini clips sent to you so you have an idea of what you're getting. Especially since I can't see it in person, so Lisa was very helpful in terms of helping me tick of my shopping list. Many places I always have my eyes on is Muji and Sephora! Mainly because we don't have those stores here in Perth. I have also been doing a little bit of shopping myself with a few little treats that have been collective throughout the past month. I have a lot more products I would love to mention, however I didn't want to make this post too long, so I will definitely save them for another time.

*Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara  
I was sent this beautiful mascara recently and as you know I am always on the hunt for the perfect mascara. I have found a few mascara's I really enjoy however there is always a flaw within each one. I wonder the day they will create the ultimate mascara. As for this Elizabeth Arden mascara, it is one of their most recent launches and although I haven't tried much from their range before I was extremely intrigued by the concept of this mascara. It helps condition your lashes with lash growth treatments such as Vitamins A, C and E and Ceramide's 1, 3 and 6. It is quite rare to find a mascara that helps treat your lashes, most of the time the ones that do "treat" your lashes don't perform well as a mascara. 
All in all, since using this mascara a few times I can definitely say it is quite a show stopper. I have noticed it definitely conditions my eyelashes as each time I use it my lashes feel thick and strong, (I will keep using it to see how it performs with lash growth). It works amazingly as a mascara, it gives the perfect amount of volume and length all while making the lashes look naturally long without becoming clumpy each application. I can apply many coats and it continues to apply really nicely. Out of all the mascara's I've used it definitely gives the most extent for lengthening. The only thing is, it is not waterproof therefore tears and sweat will smear your mascara  — which is basically a given. Keep posted, I will be trialling this mascara further for my final verdict!

Fairy Drops Mascara 
Another mascara I am currently testing out is the Fairy Drops mascara. Oh my, this has been such a difficult product to track down. I believe it was since I was 19 that I have been wanting to try this mascara (many years). So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally tracked it down at one of my favourite local Japanese store. I've heard all the raves about this mascara and have been so keen to try it. The wand with the three ball applicator looks so interesting and the formula sounds very promising. 
Since using it I have found it really is exactly all that it is said to be. It contains small fibres that grasp onto each individual lash and it lengthens and gives amazing volume. It is waterproof, extremely waterproof which has its pros and cons. A plus is that is holds a curl like never before, not many mascara's (even most waterproof) hold a curl to my lashes all day/night, but this one definitely does. A negative to this super waterproof mascara is that is it quite hard to remove, even with balm cleansers, it takes a bit of extra work to fully remove it — so if you're willing to spend extra time with your makeup removal, this is definitely worth it!

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick - Tonkin 
I have had this NARS lipstick on my wish list for such a long time. Each time I decide to purchase it, it is always out of stock. Finally I stumbled by it on my recent shopping trips and took advantage of it being in stock again. Since there were a few in stock, I thought I would also pick one up for Lisa as part of her birthday present. Tonkin is a really beautiful shade, very much typical to the shades I always gravitate towards, however I believe each brown/rose/cinnamon shade has a slight difference between each one (yes, don't deny it). I love the formula to the NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks, I own 5 in my collection and find they have such a beautiful texture and the packaging is so sleek and petite. 
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Mini)- Vanilla 
When Lisa was in Singapore she showed me a photo of these NARS miniature sizes they had in their Sephora store. I was so excited as I really needed the shade Vanilla for the Radiant Creamy Concealer. It is quite small and contains 1.4ml (for $18) which is nothing compared to the full size, however I wasn't up for forking out $46 for the full size here in Australia. I already have a few shades of Custard within my collection however I needed a lighter shade as the colder season is upon us and I am definitely losing my tan. How cute is the mini size though? I think it is a great alternative if you want to test out the product before investing in the full size too. I'm not sure what other products they do in mini, but the concealer is definitely a new one to me.
Muji Aroma Diffuser (Small) 
Another item that has been on my wish list for a while is the Muji Aroma Diffuser. I first stumbled by these while I was in Melbourne last year and I always wanted to pick it up. At the time I had no more room in my luggage for it, so of course it went straight to my wish list. While Lisa was in Sydney a few months back she picked this up for me (best shopping buddy, honestly). It is quite a pricey product, it retails for $90 here in Australia, but I think it is most definitely worth it. 
I haven't stopped using this since I got it. I could justify getting it for the following reasons: it is a safer alternative to having a candle, in the long run I save more rather than continuing to purchase different candles (although, I will always continue buying candles) by using different essential oil scents, and it works as a night light and aroma diffuser in one. I love the dry cool mist is sprays out, it fills the room with beautiful aromas and makes for a great item to use to relax before going to bed.

I'm quite picky when it comes to scents. I don't want anything too sweet or fruity. It needs balance. I wanted scents I can use for unwinding and relaxation purposes, so I went for these scents. I love fresh and aromatherapy/earthy scents. I will be picking up more scents on my next holiday! (Lisa, if you need anything write down a list, hehe.)

Muji Blend Essential Oil — 
Clear 10ml and 30ml - Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Horifu
Lemongrass 10ml - Cymbopogon Citratus Grass
Relax Time 10ml - Lavender, Sweet Orange, Pericarp, Geranium (Flowers and Leaves), Horowood

Have you tried any of these products before?

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