A gift from Kit!

My husband came in with a parcel for me yesterday. He had opened the metre box and the package was hiding in there with the slip from the postman advising me that the package had been left in the meter box… handy. It had been sitting in the meter box for about a month.
My annoyance was quickly swapped for excitement! I love getting packages. They’re like little surprises – especially when you have been on eBay spending big the week before.
But I hadn’t been on eBay for ages so I had no idea what it could be. I tore open the package and out popped a Kit Cosmetics bag! Eeeee! Why was Kit sending me a gift? Who cares, I’ll take it!
I opened the letter and it told me that I hadn’t won a competition I had entered a while ago. Bummer! But as a consolation prize they had sent me a Kit Cosmetics Facial Sunscreen! Wooo! They also sent me a voucher to have my make-up done! Double Wooo!

What a lovely surprise. I love surprises, especially of the gift variety! Thanks Kit!

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Smashbox Artificial Lights Luminising Lotion

Smashbox artificial lights luminising lotion (A$34.95) is definitely a must have in my makeup bag. I am all about the glow and love a bit of sparkle. This lotion is all about the lighting, and lighting is everything. This luminising lotion softens the way the light reflects off the skin and adds radiance. It also helps to hide wrinkles and imperfections. Stored in a new airless pump for freshness to the last drop. No more scraping the bottom of the bottle for all that wasted product.

Mix it with your moisturiser or foundation for an all-over glow, or dab on your cheeks and brow bones to highlight. You can even try adding it to your body lotion for an all-over body glow.

Diffuse – Luminous Pearl
Glow – Luminous Bronze
Flash – Luminous Peach

Ingredients: Contains ginkgo biloba and japanese green tea for added healthy-skin benefits. Water, Phenyl Trimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Isostearic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Tetrasodium EDTA, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Sodium PCA, Steareth-21, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Hybrid Safflower Seed Oil, Steareth-2, Squalane, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Sorbitan Laurate, Propylene Glycol Stearate, Proplyene Glycol Laurate, Phospholipids, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Green Tea Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Triethanolamine. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.

Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

My skin is quite dry, so I am always on the look out for great products for my skin type.

I have been using DermaVeen Moisturising Cream for dry, itchy or sensitive skin. Not only is it really affordable, it is also really gentle and deeply hydrating. This moisturising cream is made by people with dry, itchy and sensitive skin. They know what people with this skin type are looking for.

I use it morning and night and before I put on my makeup. It is a great base before makeup application and doesn’t make your skin look or feel oily.

100g – A$8.99
200g – A$15.99

Available at most Chemists.

Love Kirst xo

Beauty Case Sorted!

I stumbled upon this website and thought I would share with you all.

BeautyEncounter.com is a fantastic website where you can find men’s & women’s fragrances, skin care, makeup, makeup kits, hair care, bath and body, homewares, tools and accessories. 

Beauty Encounter ships to more than 30 international destinations outside of the US 50 States.

Shipping Method & Rates:
– Canada Standard Ground $12.95 + $1.99 per item 7 ~ 14 business days
– International Standard $22.95 + $3.00 per item 2 ~ 4 weeks
– International Expedited $39.95 + $3.00 per item 7 ~ 10 business days
– APO/FPO, AE, VI, PR & US territories $9.95 + $1.99 per item 7 ~ 10 business days

I absolutely love the makeup cases they have and I was pleasantly surprised by how cheap they were compared to here in Australia.
Here are some of my favourites:

Pro Lavender Aluminium Makeup Case –
RRP: US$99.00 / Beauty Encounter Price: US$79.95
Tray dimensions: 12″ L x 3.25″ W x 1.25″ H
Space underneath trays when closed: 14.5″ L x 5″ H x 8.5″ W
Overall case size: 14.5″ L x 10″ H x 8.5″ W

Black makeup case with 4 tier tray –
RRP: US$45.00 / Beauty Encounter Price: US$29.95

Pink Aluminium Train Case –
RRP: US$40.00 / Beauty Encounter Price: US$29.95
Tray Dimensions: 7″ L x 5″ W x 1″ H
Outside Dimensions: 8″ L x 5.75″ W x 6.25″ H

Good Points:
– High quality aluminium frame with reinforced steel corners
– Heat resistant exterior material which keeps the case cool and protects from outside elements
– Deep compartments
– Removable custom tray dividers
– Easy to clean black liner inside
– New security locks and keys

I am definitely going to purchase the Pro Lavender Aluminium Makeup case. If you are anything like me, you definitely need one of these. My makeup is everywhere. I have so much and there is no room for it all to be stored in one spot. They also look so chic and I adore the lavender colour.
Beauty Encounter have some great stuff on their site. Be sure to check it out and find yourself a bargain!

Love Kirst xo

Life after Acrylic Nails

I recently had acrylic nails for a wedding I was in. I opted for the french tip and loved them. This was until they started growing out. Once they start growing out you need to get refills or remove them. Shabby nails are a beauty no-no and must be attended to regularly.

I decided to remove them. My main reasoning for this was that I couldn’t really afford to keep up with it. I would also prefer to spend my hard-earned cash on nail polish instead. As you are all aware by now, my new love at the moment is OPI nail polish.

If you decide to remove your acrylic nails like I did, it is best to have this done at the salon where you got them. Removing acrylic nails the wrong way can damage your natural nails. Nail salons have the skill and patience to remove them properly.

If you are going to try to remove your acrylic nails at home DON’T rip them off. You can end up hurting yourself and damaging your natural nails if you’re not careful.

The easiest way to remove acrylic nails at home is to soak them in acetone. Most nail polish removers contain acetone. Acetone can irritate the skin so a lot of brands are acetone-free, so check your bottle and make sure it contains acetone or it won’t work.

Find a comfortable work space and cover with a towel. Acetone can damage furniture – believe me! Next, pour the acetone nail polish remover into a glass bowl. Pour enough so that it will cover your fingertips. Cover your cuticles and the tips of your fingers in Vaseline or petroleum jelly to protect your skin and leave your nails bare. Soak your fingertips in the acetone for about 20 minutes. After this the acrylic gel should soften and start to dissolve away. Use a cuticle stick to gently scrape away the acrylic. It can get sticky and it can also take a few times of soaking and scraping to remove the glue and acrylic. Avoid scraping the surface of your natural nail as this will damage it. You can also wipe the acrylic nail with a rag or towel soaked in acetone. When the acrylic is nearly gone, wash and dry your hands. Use a nail buffer to take away any remaining bits of acrylic. This is so that you avoid damaging your natural nail. Lastly, apply moisturizer or a hand and nail cream and then some nail repair or hardener.

Another way to remove your acrylic nails is to soak cotton balls in acetone, place them over your nails and then wrap your fingertips up individually with aluminium foil. This will dissolve the acrylic without having to soak your fingertips in acetone. Leave the cotton balls for at least 20 minutes and remove them the same way as before.

If your at home experience is too painful or you find your skin is sensitive from the acetone, then stop. Wash your hands with some gentle soap and go to a salon. It isn’t too expensive and they are professionals who know what they are doing.

Try not to do what I did. I got fed up with trying the above. I’m very impatient and couldn’t wait to paint my fingernails with my brand new OPI nail polish – Mod about you. So I carefully cut them back after soaking them and I bit them off instead. I know, very naughty – but I was really careful and they really aren’t too damaged. They are paper thin now so I put on some nail repair polish and they are gradually getting better. My nail polish looks pretty though!

Love Kirst xx