Bellabox October 2014

I am happy to say I got my bellabox before the end of the month this month. Yowser.

The best items are a Kester Black for Bellabox nail polish in Ruby Tuesday, which is actually corrally-orange more than red for some reason. It’s the first Kester Black polish I’ve tried and I’m utterly enamoured. The formula is thick but very workable and its a very vivid bright shade.


I also got a Rimmel Apolocalips in Celestial (101) which is a bright pink lip gloss/stain. It’s a very vivid colour when you swatch but fades to a workable colour.

I also got a sachet of a MOR handcream in neroli which is very strongly scented, so strongly that my kids have rejected their usual grab of the box as a ‘treasure box’. I also got some model co mixed sachet and some wipes, and a small travel sort of size deoderant. I also got a sample of pantenes new shampoo and conditioner. This should be handy as it’s the 4th set of them I’ve received this month. At least I’ll really know if it works on me, hey!

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Hiss – Easy Halloween nail art

This is a base coat of OPI Roll in the Hague, with an topper of Ulta3 Stop the Press on pinky and middle finger, and a black cat decal on the ring finger. I got my black cat sticker from a cheapie $1 ebay scary pack of nail decals.

Roll in the Hague is bright red-orange color, a really typical Dutch orange that you see whenever the dutch sports teams are out playing!! It applied like a dream – could have been a one coater but the second coat definitely deepened the colour. It’s also worn really well, this is about three days in and I have no noticable wear.

easy halloween nail art roll in the hague

Making any SPOOKY plans yet?

Garnier 5 second perfect blur vs Benefit “The Porefessional”

I received a sample of the Garnier 5 Second Blur product in my recent Bellabox and thought it might be a good product to compare to Benefit “The Porefessional”. The main difference in the early ingredients (ie the main ones) is that Porefessional has Cyclopentasiloxane.

Garnier 5 second blur; Dimethicone , Dimethicone Crosspolymer , Silica , Isododecane , Aluminum Hydroxide , Iron Oxides , Titanium Dioxide , Disodium Stearoyl Glutamate , F.I.L. B158823/1

Porefessional; Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Silica, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Isododecane, Phenoxyethanol, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Cyclohexasiloxane, Tocopheryl Acetate, Fragrance (Parfum), Mica, Iron Oxides (CI 77492), Limonene, Iron Oxides (CI 77491), Iron Oxides (CI 77499), Triethoxycaprylylsilane, BHT.

Cyclopentasiloxane is a interesting ingredient – its very good at it’s temporary effect of creating a barrier to keep water in and is quite soothing as a result * (unfortunately the next ingredient of Dimethicone isn’t as soothing if you are sensitive to silcones)!

On first impression the Garnier is a opaque white crème and the Porefessional is a more ‘pink-beige’ flesh tone. The textures are quite different as well, the Garnier is much thick while the Porefessional blends and slips across the face quite naturally .


The Garnier is quite good at filling in the crevices of deep pores or wrinkle but the Porefessional is better and smoothing and evening out of skin tone (especially redness/dryness). As I tend to light rosacea I like the skin evening effects of the Porefessional but I’m very impressed by the Garnier in the deep pores around my nose. I can definitely see my self buying the Garnier for times by skin is less inflamed, and using the Porefessional at other times. The Garnier is substantially cheaper ($17 for 22ml vs  $34 for 22ml) and is a great option for a similar product at a lower price point but is not a dupe.



* “It is believed that cyclopentasiloxane may have some capacity to remove wrinkles, skin blemishes, or stubborn effects of rosacea. Cyclopentasiloxane is also considered an emollient that soothes and softens the skin by keeping moisture locked in. It may also correct dryness by preventing water loss and prevents scaling by holding more water on the skin’s surface. This chemical is also an excellent lubricant that sufficiently stretches water layers on the surface of the skin.

However, it is important to understand that the chemical does not nourish or exfoliate skin the way vitamin A or vitamin E would do. “

Bellabox September 2014 review

My September bellabox just turned up on October 3rd Sigh. It’s not a bad “box” – not that it arrived in a box – just arrived VERY late.


I got a full size Tigi Wet Look hair gel, a full sized sleek eye dust in Hypnotic (I initially thought this was black but it’s actually a rich navy blue with a glittery shimmer which is actually more exciting as I have a lot of black pigment from Illamasqua still), a trial size Klorane Pomegranite shampoo which smells amazing, 5 wotnot makeup wipes for sensitive (blah, I just use baby wipes for sensitive baby skin), a trial Bioderma mask for Sensitive skin (yay!) and a couple of sachets of Revlon ColorStay Foundation (which I already own) and Garnier NanoBlur (which I’m actually interested in comparing to Maybelline Baby Skin).

My New Normcore Nails… Cloud nine by Ulta3

The trend at NYFW is for distinctly neutral nails. I happened upon a new very on trend colour from Ulta3 which I really like called Cloud Nine – it’s a yellower and lighter grey than my old favorite early grey, but that makes it more neutral on my skin tone. As usual for Ulta3 it takes a while longer than a high end polish to dry but at $2 it’s hard to find too many serious issues. IMG_3852

earl grey vs cloud nine by ulta3

earl grey vs cloud nine by ulta3