Thursday, March 27, 2014

Switching Seasons | Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel Review


With the down pour of rain (down pour may actually be an understatement ...) that has hit Sydney this week I can without a doubt say that we are in the midst of switching seasons. So long balmy nights, flowy dresses, and pastel tips and say hello to jewel toned lips, sweaters, and frosty mornings (probably an overstatement that last one...)

I personally love autumn/winter and I find it a big old shame that Australia is cheated from receiving a proper 'winter' treatment. It really doesn't get that cold here, yes we have our days but most of the time you can get away with a light jacket and some cute stockings. But despite the lack in cold weather, I still like to switch up my make up and nail colour to match the weather. Call me cliche, but I love marking the beginning of a new season by bringing out certain shades, textures, and finishes.

This time around I have found myself playing with the new (in Australia anyway) Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamels. These were released about a month a go and I snapped up a few when Priceline had a sale. My favourite two out of the bunch is Apricot Nectar very summery/spring peach shade, and Autumn Spice a brown multi chrome nail polish and obviously a autumn/winter shade.

What first attracted to me to these nail polishes was the cute bottle. These are one of the snazziest nail polish bottles (other than high brands) that I have that look great just sitting on my desk or on my shelves. But what I guess disheartened me from buying them so quickly was the fact that they are scented. To me, scented nail polish just seems so 90's and something that I had as a child, and I imagined the scent to be quite fake. However, these two are not bad at all and smell quite lovely. The Apricot Nectar obviously smells a bit like peach and apricots and isn't too over powering, and the Autumn Spice smells a bit like cinnamon.

The colour pay-off of one coat of these polishes is quite good, but I find it requires at least two coats. When worn without top coat it only lasted me about a day before chipping but with a top coat I find that the scent mostly disappears. Overall, I like these Revlon polishes but I find the scent a bit unnecessary and prefer them for their colours and cute bottles rather than the smell.

Have you tried the Revlon Parfumerie Scented Nail Enamel's? What do you think about the scent?

Chantalle x

Friday, March 14, 2014

Alpha- H Liquid Gold | Is it Worth the Hype?

For most of my teenage years I suffered from horrible acne. And to make matters just that bit worse I never listened to what my mother/doctor/magazines/any sensible person would tell me about not pricking or popping my pimples, and oh boy did I regret it years later. While I still suffer from the occasional zit especially around that extra special time of the month, my focus with skin care now is keeping my skin clear and creating a firmer more toned texture. I have spent a lot of money (and I mean a lot) on my skin and reducing my acne scars. I have tried all sorts of creams and derma rollers (but my experiences with that are for another post!) that I wanted to start trying more 'affordable' options. So when I heard about Alpha-H Liquid Gold I was more than excited to try it out. I of course did extensive research before purchasing (read: checked out all the reviews on my favourite blogs) as you do.

If you're a bit confused or a bit late to game (no here judgement pal), Liquid Gold is not literally liquid gold. Alpha-H describes it as their 'cult skin resurfacing treatment that uses a state of the art, low pH delivery system to effectively diminish wrinkles, pigmentation and sun damage.' I don't know about you, but every time I hear the word acid or pH in skincare I automatically freak out. I know it's not literally skin melting acid that you use back in your high school science labs but it still gives me the hebejebes. While it is essentially an acid peel that works to exfoliate the skin over night I swallowed my irrational fear and gave this bad boy a go (all in the sake of skin care, all in the sake of skin care). 

Alpha-H recommend for it to be used every alternate night after cleansing the skin. I guess Liquid Gold would best be described as a toner and is applied in the same way by moistening a cotton pad and sweeping it over the face, neck and decolletage. It can be followed up with a moisturiser or serum, or left on it's own to do it's thang for a more intense treatment. It is a bit tingly but not unbearable. When I first purchased it I used it regularly and I now use it whenever my skin is particularly troublesome.

So, is Liquid Gold worth all the hype that it receives? I would say a resounding yes. I noticed an incredible difference in my skin when I first started using it, my skin was clearer, firmer, more toned, and just in general felt less congested. My pimples didn't last as long and my pores were less noticeable. It is incredibly easy to apply with a flip top lid and little goes a long way (I'm still on my first bottle). However it isn't exactly cheap but I think it is well worth the quality of the product. So all in all, I think Alpha-H Liquid Gold is great product and would recommend it to those who are concerned with the texture of their skin.

Alpha-H Liquid Gold can be purchased in Australia from Adore Beauty and Internationally from Beauty Bay

Have you ever tried Liquid Gold or do you plan on trying it in the future?

Chantalle x

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Life Lately #2

I cannot believe that it is already March, seriously! I swear it was just the other day that I was writing up my New Years resolutions and now we are 3 months into the year. Whewwww, the year just needs to slow down already, before we know it it will be 2015. But February has been a good month to me, I celebrated my 21st birthday in Melbourne, visited some family that I haven't seen for a long time in Brisbane, and finally got back into the swing of blogging. I still don't post as regularly as I like but I'm (slowly) organisning my life (very slowly may I just add). I didn't take that many pictures during my stay in Brisbane but below are few snaps of my time in Melbourne.

One of the most memorable parts of the trip would have to be the day of my 21st birthday with all the disasters surrounding food. I will never forget having to walk more than 10 minutes in the pouring rain to have my birthday brunch, the food was great but looking like a drowned rat was not. Then later that night walking into the most expensive restaurant I have ever been to in my life (words can't describe how swanky it was) for dinner at 10pm. Embarrassed would be an understatement, thank heavens the food was unbelievable.

We spent a lot of time wandering around. Melbourne is truly a beautiful city. I loved going up and down random alleyways and finding cute cafes and amazing graffiti art work. Of course we also hit up all the infamous shopping locations, you haven't been to Melbourne unless you have been shopping. I tried not to spend too much but I ended up purchasing some bits and pieces ... oops! One of my favourite things that we did was attend High Tea at the Langham hotel. To say the hotel was unbelievably gorgeous is not doing it justice, it was quite ritzy I must say. The food/chocolate was great I would definitely do it again.

All in all, Melbourne was pretty great! What did you get up to in February? And if you have ever been to Melbourne what was your favourite thing to do? I plan to go back eventually!

Chantalle x