Friday, 18 April 2014

GKMBJ One Minute Hair Treatment Review

I received the GKMBJ One Minute Treatment in one of my Lust Have it boxes a few months ago. I had tossed it in my products to try bin and recently used it. 

Without heating this one minute treatment can do everything you need in only one minute. Penetrating deeply, it restructures hair and repairs damaged hair.It also supplies nutrients for the hair after a bleach, colour or perm. Ideal for those with busy lifestyles.
GKMBJ Treatment contains the essence of natural plants , amino acid, hydrolyse protein and other nutritious products.

I got a sample size of 30g which lasted me two uses because I have long thick hair. I used it after shampooing and conditioning for the first time and although I did not notice a massive difference, it did make my hair feel a bit softer than usual. The second time I used it without conditioning my hair and it gave me the same effect. It is not a miracle product but for those of you who hate waiting a long time, this might be a good product to try. I personally do not like waiting 5-10 minutes with a hair mask or treatment on and that is why I liked using this product. Although the effect it gave my hair was not drastic but I think with regular use, it may help repair damaged hair.

You can buy the full size which is 200ml for $29.95 from here.

Have you tried any GKMBJ products before? What do you think of them? Let me know in the comments below.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Everyday Hydration with Optiva *

As we all know when the whole world is preparing for summer, We in the southern hemisphere are dreading the winter. Nonetheless winter has almost set in, at least here in Melbourne and we prepare to keep our skin hydrated and soft against the harsh winter months. Today I have for you two really good products that will help you to battle this cold weather and keep your skin feeling and looking healthy.
Boots laboratories introduces the Optiva range which goes beyond hydration to help strengthen the skin's moisture barrier, resulting in healthier looking skin. It hydrates the skin for up to 24 hours, quenches free radicles and helps revitalize skin leaving it velvety smooth and glowing with health.Optiva is formulated with Althaea Officinalis (marshmellow root) extract, known for its soothing and protective properties. Other active ingredients include Allantoin, Shea Butter and Glycerin. 

Optiva Comforting Body Balm 150ml $16
This body balm is rich and creamy which helps intensively hydrate and soften the skin. Boosts moisture levels to soothe dry skin for upto 24 hours. Contains coconut oil, cocoa seed butter, grape seed oil and althaea officinalis root extract.
I have been using this for the past couple of weeks and have noticed that my skin does not feel dry and tight after a shower. It has definitely made my skin feel softer. I used to use this day and night on my whole body and it does not feel sticky or heavy on my skin. I found that my skin soaked the cream in completely and did not have a greasy or oily film on top. Above all it smells heavenly and the fragrance is hypoallergenic so it suits my skin. 

Optiva Nourishing Night Cream 40ml $22
A rich moisturizing night cream that absorbs easily to help restore skin overnight. This cream contains the althaea officinalis extract together with other moisturizing ingredients to strengthen and nourish while you sleep.
I have one word to say about this night cream- Wow! I have used a couple of night creams before and unfortunately they have broken me out badly. I then switched to using day creams without SPF at night. I have oily acne prone skin and some night creams are just too heavy for my skin. I was in two minds about using this night cream but after using it for a week I fell in love with it. It is creamy and rich without being overly heavy on my skin. I love the way it just soaks into my skin leaving it soft and supple the next morning. I only use a pea sized amount and that covers my face and neck. It does have the same fragrance as the body balm and I find it very calming. 

The Boots Optiva range is suitable for sensitive skin, is hypoallergenic and paraben free.

You can purchase these products from your local Amcal, Amcal Max, Guardian Pharmacies or online from here.

*This item was kindly provided to me. As with all my posts, it is 100% honest and of my own personal opinion. For more information, visit my Disclosure Policy

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof Lips in Madgenta Review

I was introduced to the brand Klara Cosmetics at Salon Melbourne which was held two weeks ago and I picked up the famous Kiss Proof Lips in 10 'Madgenta' from them. Klara is an Australian owned and designed brand that concentrated to make superior quality cosmetics with 100% pigmentation. 

Klara Cosmetics’ cult and most-wanted product. No matter how much you play around, this lipstick will never betray you. Consisting of 100% pigmentation, Kiss Proof gives you 24-hour long lasting matte lips, full coverage  and high voltage shades that make lips pop in 60 seconds. A stunning range of tones, from classic nudes to the hottest notice-me colours, that don’t smudge, fade or bleed all day. Recommended and tested by passionate women who don’t want to leave any evidence.

Available in 11 different shades to suit all skin tones, Klara Kiss Proof lips are here to stay. These liquid lipsticks apply smoothly with no mess and seal to a matte finish that won't budge till you want to take them off. You can eat and drink and you won't have to reapply your lipstick but I would stay away from excessive oily foods. Oil tends to break the pigment in these lipsticks. I applied the lipstick at 5.30 am and till about 4 pm, I still had it on with no smudging or budging. I also recommend exfoliating and moisturizing your lips pretty well before you use this, as it will emphasize dry lips. If you like matte lippies you should check these out.

One layer of Klara Kiss Proof Madgenta

Available online for $29 you get 8ml of product which is very good for the price. I wanted to compare these to the Lime Crime Velvetine in Pink Velvet and so I used Klara one day to work and Lime Crime the next day. This is what I found
  • Klara Kiss proof was more pigmented than the velvetine. One layer is all you need. It is a little thicker in texture so thats where the pigmentation comes from. Velvetine is very watery and you need two to three layers to match up the pigmentation.
  • Klara Kiss Proof did not transfer after it set which was in 30 seconds. I did the 'kiss the back of my hand test' and the Velvetine transfered even after 5 minutes of application.
  • After lunch the Velvetine balled up and wore off in patches on my lips thus I had to reapply. Klara was not that bad but it did fade from the inner part of my lips, I didn't feel the need to reapply as it wasn't seen.
  • Velvetine made my lips feel dry after I took it off. Klara came off easily with makeup remover and I did not feel the need to apply a lip balm. It just felt like normal lips.
  • Velvetine stained my lips- they were pink for two days. Klara came off completely with just regular makeup remover.
  • You get value for money with Klara as it is $29 for 8ml while the Velvetine is $24 for 2.6ml.
  • There is also a wide variety of colors to choose from with Klara which is 11 vs 3 in Velvetines. 
I am not saying that the Lime Crime Velvetines are a bad product, they are really good but compared to the Kiss Proof lips I think they lack behind a little.

Honestly, I am amazed by the pigmentation of some of the products I checked out at Salon Melbourne from Klara Cosmetics. I was not expecting a lot, thus I bought only one shade but now I am kicking myself that I should have bought more. I am also eyeing their matte eyeshadows and base products as I would like to see how they perform. 

Kiss Proof Lips shades

Golden Rose, Natural Pink, Passion Pink, Neon Hot Pink, Flaming Red, Vintage Burgundy, Sienna Nude, Neon Tangerine, Watermelon Kiss, Madgenta and Psycho Violet.
Available for purchase here.

Have you tried any product from the Klara Cosmetics range? Let me know in the comments what you think of them.


The Beauty Scenario Tag

Hey guys, 

I have been tagged by the lovely Jasmine of SweetaholicBeauty to do the Beauty Scenario tag. I love these kind of tags as they are not only fun to do but really interesting to read about what every individuals choices are.

You have to get rid of all your foundations and only keep one high end and one drugstore, which do you keep?

My most favorite high end foundation is my Chantecaille Future Skin foundation, I would never want to part with it so I will choose that for highend. For drugstore my new absolute favorite is the Bourjois Happy Light Foundation. Love Love Love!

You go for an interview and the lady interviewing you has lipstick on her teeth. 
Do you approach the subject or ignore it completely?

Well if it is a job interview and if I really want the job I would completely ignore it but if the atmosphere was really casual, I would definitely let her know. 

You're not feeling yourself and you need a pick me up lipstick, which one do you go for?

My mood changing lipstick would be my Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupte lipstick in Rose Culte. This bright pink shade definitely picks me up.

You go back in time for a day to your teenage years, how would you do your hair and makeup differently?

In my teenage years I hardly put any makeup on other than maybe a lipstick or gloss while going out. I wasn't very whacky with my hair either so I don't think I would do any thing differently.

You ask your hairdresser for a shoulder length pixie lott hair cut but they hear you wrong and give you a pixie hair cut. Do you a) smile, say thank you, leave, call your mum and cry hysterically b) cry in the chair and things get awkward or c) complain to the manager and demand a refund.

This has never happened to me as I always was very particular with my hair cut. But if this was to happen to me I would politely let the hair dresser know that she/he has made a mistake and if she/he was not sorry and very rude about it, maybe I would complain to the manager and demand a refund.  

Your friend surprises you with a 4 day city break and you have 1 hour to pack. 
Which 'do it all' palette do you pack in your makeup bag?

No surprises on this one. It has to be my The Balm Nude Tude Palette. This is a very versatile palette for me and I  can create many day and night time looks with this palette alone. You can't really see it in here but I have used this palette a lot and a little goes a long way. I love the shades Sultry (almost hitting pan on it), Seductive, Sophisticated, Sexy and Silly the most. 

Your house has been robbed, don't worry everyone is safe, but your beauty stash has been raided. What's the product you really hope is safe?

There are a lot of products I wish were safe but if I had to pick only one I would have to say my Chanel Poudre de Signee Illuminator. I remember searching high and low for it. Rang up all the Myers and David Jones in Melbourne and finally there was a last one left at Chadstone. Put it on hold and rushed there to buy it. Just as I was paying for it another girl came up looking for it. If I was late 5 more minutes, maybe I wouldn't have owned this today.

Your friend borrows your makeup and returns it in awful condition. Do you a) just pretend you haven't noticed b) ask them to repurchase it or c) secretly do the same to something of theirs

First of all I would not like sharing any of my makeup for hygienic reasons. If I really had to share something, I would share any inexpensive makeup that I had so I really wouldn't care if anything happened to it. 

So those were all the questions of the tag and I tag
Varinder from Makeupmeandyoyo
Divya from TheBeautyMantra
Dani from KaboomCosmetics
Kristy from LipstickAddiction
Nikita from NJTReviews
and everyone else who wants to do this tag.

If you do this tag don't forget to tag me on Twitter with @dazzegloss3 so I can read your answers.


March 2014 Makeup and Skincare Favorites

I have never done one of these before, but I love watching videos and reading posts on what others have been loving for the past month. There is always a first time so here goes my first monthly favorites.
The month of March has been a very hectic month for me but it has also been a very exciting one because it gave me the chance to try some amazing new products and I attended Salon Melbourne which was just fantastic. Anyways now lets just get right into it.

My very first favorite of the month has to be my ELES Micro Bubble Lipstick in Micro Mocha. I have been using this lipstick almost everyday since the time I got it. Its is the perfect everyday colour for my skin tone and I love the formula of these lipsticks. You can check out my review here
The next makeup favorite has to be the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in Mood Exposure. It gives me the perfect neutral flush of colour. I have reviewed the blush here. To apply my blush I have been loving the Furless Perfectly Pink stipple brush PPF3. It helps pick up the exact amount of product needed and blends the blush in seamlessly. I will be having a review of a few Furless brushes soon so keep an eye out for that.

Moving on, my next makeup favorite is the Bourjois Happy Light Foundation in Golden Beige. I had been wanting to try this foundation for so long but was waiting for a Bourjois sale. I picked this up in the 40% off Cosmetics sale at Priceline a few weeks ago and I absolutely love it. I think it is my favorite drugstore foundation of all time. No favorites post is complete without a mascara and I have been loving the Essence Get Big Lashes Volume Curl Mascara. I love the brush and the volume it gives my lashes, plus it is very affordable. I am not too sure about the curling factor as it does not do that very well, but as a volumising mascara I love it.

Moving on to skincare favorites and my first skincare favorite of the month has to be my Enbacci Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating Essence which is a toner. I don't use it as a toner but as a refresher throughout the day. It comes with a spray nozzle and I love spritzing my face with it when ever my skin feels it needs a little boost. I have reviewed the entire Vitis Vinifera range here
Next up is the Boots Optiva Nourishing Night Cream, I started using this just towards the end of the month but I absolutely love it. I have tried a few night creams and a lot of them started to break me out. Thats when I thought maybe my skin does not like night creams so I resorted to oils and day creams without SPF for my night routine. Since I started using the Optiva night cream my notion has changed. First of all this cream smells divine and does not leave my skin feeling oily or greasy. Most importantly it does not break me out and when I wake up the next morning my skin feels soft and supple. Before I started using the Optiva night cream, I used to use the Tarte Maracuja oil as my night time moisturizer. I have oily-acne prone skin but I love to use this oil as a moisture booster and it honestly helps revive my skin. If only this product wasn't so expensive I would repurchase it all my life. I still may repurchase the full size till I find a cheaper alternative to it. 
So those were my favorites for the month of March. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you would like to see more of these monthly favorites do let me know in the comments below.

Have you tried any of these products before and were they in your monthly favorites too?


Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Salon Melbourne 2014 Haul

Hey guys,
I attended Salon Melbourne last weekend which is a trade only event held every year in Melbourne. It  is mainly Hair, Nail, Spa and Makeup brands from all over reaching out to students, salon and spa owners. I did go crazy with my purchases as this was the first time I attended and there were amazing discounts. I categorized my products into three for easy viewing. Makeup, Brushes and Skincare.

In the first category Makeup I bought five lipsticks from Gorgeous Cosmetics in Innocence, Bridgette, Woodberry, Inspiration and  Sophisticated $25 for all 5. Lipsense in Roseberry $34. Klara Cosmetics Kiss Proof lips in 10 Madgenta $20. Lime Crime lipsticks in Centrifuschia and Poisonberry $14 each. Gorgeous Cosmetics eyeshadow in Violet satin $17.50.

All the small eye and lip brushes I bought from Crown Brushes and the three face brushes I bought from Designer Makeup Tools. L-R DMT 116W-30,C139,C213,C323,C433, DMT 116D-24 and DMT 116D-53. The Crown brushes cost me $20 for all four. The Designer Makeup Tools brushes were $41 for all three.

I was really intrigued by this brand Clearglo and I love trying out different oils for my skin so I thought I would give this one a go. It also came with two samples of moisturisers and a glopaste which according to them gives the same effect as microdermabrasion without having to go through the painful treatment. Super excited to give that a go because I have tried Microdermabrasion once and it was too painful for my skin. Clearglo had a promotion where all of its full size products were only $19 that day so a Vitamin C oil for under $20 is not bad at all. I just hope it works well.
The Redken booth had a fun gaming machine and I won the Redken Shape Factor 22 in that. Yes, I am a pro with the claw machines ;-P

Did you attend Salon Melbourne this year?
Let me know what you picked up in the comments below.


Monday, 24 March 2014

Enbacci Vitis Vinifera Rejuvenating 3 step system *

Enbacci is an International skincare brand founded in Australia that prides in using latest technology with premium ingredients to produce all its products. With founders sharing strong family values and a passion for travelling. The Vitis Vinefera range was introduced not only to suit adults but also aimed to educate young adults the importance of a good skin care regime. 
I was introduced to Enbacci about a month ago and have been using their 3 step skin care system for a couple of weeks now. With skincare I usually prefer using the products for about 3-6 weeks before I get any results because a lot of times, products that work within one week, slow down and give me very little or no results down the track, or there are products that slowly give me amazing results. 

The 3-Step System consists of The Vitis Vinefera Rejuvenating gel cleanse, The Vitis Vinefera Essence and The Vitis Vinefera Rejuvenating Essential Creme.
What is Vitis Vinifera- It is a scientific name given to the common grape vine. This range is given the Vitis Vinefera name because the key ingredient of these products are grape stem cells. The stem cells from grapes have been found effective in reducing the skin's appearance of environmental stresses and also helps protect the skin from first signs of ageing.

The Vitis Vinefera Rejuvenating Gel Cleanse RRP $64
It is a gentle and mild foaming cleanser that effectively cleanses the skin by removing the excess surface oils. it also protects the skin from first signs of ageing and is suitable for all skin types.
I found this cleanser worked amazingly well for me. Foaming cleansers usually leave my skin feeling tight and dry but this cleanser left my skin feeling smooth and soft. There was no tingles or dry feeling after using the cleanser. I use this cleanser at night time and sometimes with my Clarisonic and I found that it works really well both ways.

The Vitis Vinefera Rejuvenating Essence RRP $69
This product is a skin balancing and toning solution. The natural astringent helps to remove impurities and clears the pores, prepping the skin for better absorption of subsequent products. It is alcohol free and suitable for all skin types.
I love the concept of this product. It comes with a spray nozzle so I can spritz it on my face or on a cotton pad and use it like I would any other toner. The great thing about this product is that I can use it all day, to refresh my skin. It does not disrupt my makeup or make it oxidize on me. Because it is alcohol free it does not dry my skin out either. All in all, I think this is a must have product if you had to choose one out of the three.

The Vitis Vinefera Rejuvenating Essential Creme $103
It is a smooth and refreshing moisturizer that hydrates the skin by replenishing the lost moistutre from cleansing and toning the skin. It protects the skin from first signs of ageing and is suitable for all skin types. The company also suggests this could be used day and night as it is light enough to be a day cream as well as moisturizing enough to be a night cream.
When I first used this cream it broke me out. Now that is nothing new with my skin type. If I try to disrupt my skincare, my skin goes crazy. That is why I try my products for a length of time because after the first week of using this product my skin got used to it. It will take some more time to see if it does help with anti-ageing but as a luxury moisturizer I love the soft, supple feeling this cream leaves after I apply it on my face. I use it only at night because it does not contain SPF and also because it is quite expensive. I definitely don't want it to run out. 

All the Enbacci Products have a very fresh scent which is not overpowering and you definitely cannot smell it once its on your face. They were also created keeping in mind very sensitive skin so it can be used by a wide range of skin type. They are animal cruelty free and all packaging is 100% recyclable.
They do provide International shipping so if you don't live in Australia do not worry, you can still purchase these products. They are available here.

I am absolutely loving this skin care range and can't wait to try out more of their products.

Have you tried any product from Enbacci before?


*This item was kindly provided to me. As with all my posts, it is 100% honest and of my own personal opinion. For more information, visit my Disclosure Policy.