Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Wishlist #4

1. I will admit that my palette and eyeshadow collection is getting rather large, but these colours are just so different to everything that I already have! These are described as pressed-pigment shadows with a super intense colour payoff. I've been trying to play around a bit more with colour lately, so I think this would be great for keeping with that challenge. 

2. I was recently in Hawaii and meant to pick this up when I was in Sephora, but forgot! I did buy it for a friend though and she absolutely swears by it. I use something very similar at the moment, the MAC 266 small angle brush, but this one is specifically designed for brows and has the handy spooly on the end too!

3. I also wanted to pick this up in Sephora when I was there but it was sold out in my colour. :( I've heard great things about this product though, and after purchasing and loving the brow powder I definitely need to add this to my collection too. I only ever use powder for my brows so this would be super interesting to play around with.  

4. I've seen these Too Faced Melted liquid lipsticks everywhere lately, so of course I want to try them! The colours are super intense and you can never have enough long lasting lip colours. ;)

5. I absolutely love the Glamglow Youthmud face mask so I would love to have this to pair with it! I love that these are in single use packets too which means they should store and last really well. 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think? What are you lusting after at the moment?

Monday, 14 April 2014

Innoxa and Ahoy Deer Instagram giveaway!!

I am super excited to announce today that thanks to the wonderful people at Innoxa Australia I will be holding my very first giveaway! 

I couldn't ask for a better way to kick start my return to blogging than to hold a competition to give back to those that are interested in what I have to say about all things beauty!

The competition will be held on instagram, and the details of the competition are as follows:

1. You must be following Innoxa Australia on Instagram: @innoxaaus
2. You must be following my personal Instagram: @onwardprogress
3. You must repost the image for the competition that I have posted on my personal instagram
4. When reposting the image you must add the hashtag #ahoyinnoxa in the photo description so that I can find your entries!
5. You can repost as many times as you like. :)

And it's as simple as that!

The competition will run for 4 weeks, and after that time a winner will be picked at random on Monday 12th May.

The products you will win are: 

[Images and descriptions below from ]

These amazing liquid illuminators will give you that beautiful dewy radiant glow, whilst helping to promote even skin tone. Formulated with skin correcting pigments and specialised extracts, these illuminators help to promote a smooth, hydrated complexion. It encourages light reflection without looking oily and creates a youthful glow on the skin.
  • The bronzing shade can be used to give the face warmth and depth – perfect for that natural sun kissed glow
  • Fragrance and Paraben free
  • Dermatologically tested
  • Can be used on face and body
Nourishing lip glazes with high gloss & shine. Infused with Antioxidants to condition and repair lips. 

The perfect dual product with eye liner and eye shadow in one convenient stick to make eyes stand out. The patent eye shadow applicator with spring mounted allows for easy application. While the complimentary 3mm twist eyeliner glides on effortlessly to define eyes.
  • Ophthalmologically & Dermatologically tested

To win the above prizes from Innoxa please check out my Instagram: @onwardprogress and repost the following image and follow the guidelines stated above. 

I look forward to seeing your posts on instagram, and keep an eye out for a review of some Innoxa products in posts coming up on my blog in the near future.

Have you used Innoxa products before? What's your favourite product from them? x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A year later... but never too late!

Hello everyone!

It's been so very long between posts, and a lot has happened. So many amazing new products, and my eyebrows look a wholeeee lot better! Haha.

I'll be making a lot more posts again so I hope you're still all keen to hear from me. :)

Here's an updated picture of me (just in case you forgot who I am!)

I'm going to be posting a lot more frequently from now, and as a start to my posts again I'm going to be running a little mini comp thanks to the lovely people from Innoxa so keep your eyes peeled! 

Looking forward to sharing all the amazing new products I've started using in the last 12 months, and any new goodies I find along the way. 

If you're following me or just recently started your blog please leave a comment as I'd love to follow you all back! 

Happy Tuesday everyone. x

Ps. The red lipstick I'm wearing here is the Lime Crime Velvetine in 'Suedeberry'! It's absolutely amazing. In Australia you can purchase it directly from their website (linked above), from Crush Cosmetics, and selected retailers too. :)

Saturday, 16 March 2013

NOTW - Kit 'Big Bang' with Australis 'Glitter Strikes Back'

This weeks nail of the week is from 2 great Australian brands with Kit - Big Bang, and a glitter top coat of Australis - Glitter Strikes Back.

I must say that I tend to steer away from purple generally as I picked it as my "one colour to hate" a million years ago and never looked back, silly I know... until recently. My friend had this colour at her house and I fell in love instantly! The brightness hooked me in, and it is such an interesting shade I ended up borrowing it from my friend and wearing it. Lucky for me, I have great friends and she got it for me as a present a month later. ^_^

This Kit 'Big Bang' nail polish, like all others I've reviewed previously has a perfect strong pigment, is easy to apply, and lasts well (these photos were taken after the polish had been on my nails for a week, so I apologise for the small chips!). The actual colour is kind of hard to capture, I think it's a little brighter than it looks on here in reality.

The Australis 'Glitter Strikes Back' nail polish is a mix of small round gold and purple and large hexagonal gold. It was the first nail polish of theirs that I've tried since their re-vamp of the brand (which I'm LOVING... so many great colours I want/need!) and I'm really impressed. I saw it in Priceline and couldn't resist buying it then and there. 

It was quite easy to apply an even coat of the glitter, and it lays flat on your nail really well so you don't have chunky glitter catching on your clothes etc. I used a top coat of Seche Vite to smooth it all out and last a little longer. This glitter would pop even more on another coloured base coat I think because some of the purple glitter colours blended into the purple of the base. The gold looked amazing though!

You can purchase Kit's 'Big Bang' from your nearest Kit store for $15.95, or you can also buy them online here or check for your nearest Kit store online hereI purchased the Australis glitter nail polish 'Glitter Strikes Back' from Priceline for $7.95 and you can also see their range and order online here.

Have you tried any of the new Australis glitters? What's your favourite glitter and base coat combination? x

Saturday, 23 February 2013

Tried & Loved - Origins GinZing Brightening Mascara

When it comes to mascara, I have tried a LOT of different types over the years. From drugstore brands, to high end brands that you would think would have to deliver exceptional results for the price they charge for their products... but quite often I am left disappointed at both ends of the spectrum. I am forever on a search for the holy grail of each product I use on a daily basis, and you know what - I think for daily mascara this might be it for me! Origins Ginzing Brightening Mascara has really impressed me.

Described on the Kit cosmetics website as:
"Thanks to a bold, new brush complete with advanced bristle technology that is exclusive to Origins, GinZing™ Brightening mascara to lengthen and lift glides on easily, coating each lash from root to tip to visibly boost and define even the sparsest lashes. Even after multiple applications, eyelashes appear long, lush and clump-free, never spider-like. GinZing™ Brightening mascara is long wearing, smudge-proof and flake-proof yet is easily removable and safe for contact lens wearers."

For me, I can say that I find all of these statements to be true!

I was suggested this mascara by a friend who works in the beauty industry as it was a new product (around 4 months ago in Australia I think) and she had really liked it herself. At first when I tried it it felt so foreign! The brush is a lot thicker than any that I had used previously so I kept poking myself with it (silly I know!). Because of that I didn't immediately fall in love. I left the product and used it from time to time and after a little while and getting used to the brush I suddenly realised one day - WOW, this mascara is sensational!

What I love about the Origins Ginzing Brightening Mascara is that it really does everything that is says it will on the packaging (lengthen and lift) and in an effortless way. I can get perfectly separated, long dark lashes within moments because the brush coats them perfectly every time. I liked the way this mascara looked so much that I stripped back my daily makeup routine for work to just be a quick coat of eyeshadow, mascara and some blush. It really opens my eyes and makes my lashes long and lush and there's no fiddling with the brush or clumps of mascara to contend with.

The mascara formula isn't too thick, it doesn't clump, it's not too runny. I find that personally I like to wipe off a little excess mascara when I take it out from the tube as the opening is quite wide, then it applies perfectly and prevents any excess on my lashes. When I opened the tube for the first time I noticed that it's super black too, and this is great for anyone that might have lighter lashes, but even mine are noticeably bolder with this.

As far as how long the product lasts I would say Kit have described it perfectly. It's long lasting (so much so that when I have been naughty and worn it overnight it still looks great when I wake up), smudge proof and flake proof (I can wear it all day for work without any flaking, and then wear it to a hectic 2 hour crossfit session and sweat the rest of my makeup off and it still won't smudge - unless I rub my eyes of course which would be silly), and even with all this it's still really easy to remove! Most of it comes off in the shower when I wash my face, and then a little normal makeup remover removes the rest. Superb!

Below you can see it on my eyes. This was just a quick day of makeup for work and it would have taken me about 5 minutes to do all of my makeup for the day, yet my lashes are still looking long and separated! Love it.

I have had my mascara for about 4 months now and it hasn't dried out or changed consistency at all. I'll definitely repurchase this one!

You can purchase this mascara from Kit Cosmetics, or Mecca Cosmetics in Australia for only $26 - SUCH a great price. That's as cheap as some of the drugstore brand mascaras! And on both websites it has a 5 star rating. :)

Have you tried this mascara or anything else from the Origins range? What's your holy grail every day mascara? x

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Tried & Loved - Biotherm Holiday Pack

The festive season is upon us, and I don't know about you guys but I LOVE this time of year as it means all the amazing Holiday packs start hitting the shelves! <3 It's a great way to pick up some new products you've had your eye on in a great value pack, or of course to give as a gift (but who can stop from buying themselves presents as well when you're out shopping for others?! hehe)

Today I have a GREAT pack that I've tested out from Biotherm, and it comes in the cutest packaging ever - with an even greater cause behind it! 

As soon as I saw this box I fell in love. I'm such a sucker for cute packaging, and this fancy little under the sea theme in stand-out foils is a divine! Biotherm has collaborated with Swedish illustrator Ingela Peterson Arrhenius for the beautiful design and a minimum of 250,000€ from the sales of these limited editions will go to the global ocean charity, Mission Blue, founded by renowned oceanographer  Dr Sylvia Earle, for the protection of the Ross Sea in Antarctica. How great is that! So if you want to give a gift that gives back, this one is a beauty. 

But aside from the brilliant packaging, I must say I am super impressed with the Biotherm products within! I haven't tried much from their range prior to this, but I was aware of the brand so when I was given the chance to give it a test run I jumped on it! 

This holiday pack featured includes:
- 50 ml BIOSOURCE HYDRA-MINERAL CLEANSER NORMAL SKIN - cleansing mousse with zinc to balance normal and combination skin
- 125 ml BIOSOURCE HYDRA-MINERAL CLEANSER NORMAL SKIN - toning water with zinc to balance normal and combination skin
- 50 ml AQUASOURCE NON-STOP MOISTURISER NORMAL AND COMBINATION SKIN - 24h* deep hydration replenishing gel with thermal plankton cellular water

The cleanser is a super rich hydrating paste that you rub in your hands with water until it's creamy, then cleanse your face as normal. It has a really mild scent and what I can only describe as a "clean" smell to it. It easily removed all traces of makeup (apart from my eyes which should be avoided as with most cleansers) and it left my skin feeling soft and supple. A lot of cleansers can leave my skin feeling a bit tight and dry and I feel like I need to tone and moisturise straight away to get my skin feeling back to normal, but this was definitely not the case with this cleanser. My skin just felt great! It's really mild on the skin and I think it would be suitable for young and older skin. It contains 70 revitalising minerals, 5,000L* of thermal spring water (*reduced to the concentration of pure extract of thermal plankton) PLUS Zinc, formulated to balance normal and combination skin. No wonder my skin felt so refreshed after using it. Haha. 

The toner is just as mild as the cleanser, but with great results again. After using it my skin isn't irritated at all, but it feels like I get rid of everything that might be left lingering on my face. My skin feels smooth and soft afterwards and it takes only a few moments for it to dry and my skin to be back to it's natural state. The toner has less scent than the cleanser, but is in the same neutral scent range and just further impresses the "clean" feeling on me. I love that this isn't abrasive at all and would be great for everyday use, and again perfect for a range of skin types. 

The gel moisturiser is probably the most scented of all the products in this range, but the scent fades after it soaks into your skin. The moisturising gel feels extremely luxurious from the classic glass packaging, all the way to the intensely refreshing feeling it leaves on your skin as you apply it. I could sit and apply this stuff all day, but I really don't need to (darn, haha). The gel soaks in quite quickly, but the results are long lasting. I often only wear powder coverage to work and this balances out any dryness that can come with that perfectly. My face feels soft, supple and hydrated all day. 

When I started using this I had a few small breakouts and I can say that this has definitely improved the appearance of my skin and stopped any further breakouts from occurring  I get a bit worried with hydrating facial products that my skin will look oily by the end of the day, but this set has proven that completely wrong. The zinc included balanced my skin out perfectly and I love that the moisturiser is a gel; it worked wonderfully for my combination skin. This set is for normal/combination skin, but the Biotherm range with these holiday sets includes a range of products to suit every skin type. You can check out the rest of the packs and range on their website here.  

Overall I am blown away with the quality of these products and it's no wonder as the company has been creating wonderful skin care products since 1952!

You can pick up this perfect holiday treat that gives and gives back from Myer and any of the stores/sites listed on their website here for $64. 

And as a special offer right now if you'd like to try these products for free you can click the link: , download the voucher and head in-store to Myer for a free sample! See if you love these products just as much as I did and grab a pack while you still can. :)

Have you tried anything from the Biotherm range before? What do you think about this cute holiday packaging? x

Monday, 29 October 2012

Tried & Loved - Facial Fresh - Vitamin C - Cloth Facial Treatment Mask

Recently I was lucky enough to test the Facial Fresh - Vitamin C - Cloth Facial Treatment Mask and I'm happy to share that it was an easy, rewarding experience! 

The cloth masks are something that I've seen appearing a little bit more frequently lately, and I have to say that I'm definitely a fan. They are super easy to use and to clean up after. The packaging is small and neat so they travel well, and because they're packed individually you never have issues with them drying out. 

Applying the mask is as easy as described in the 3 step diagram on the back of the packaging seen in the photo above. Remove the mask from the silver foil fresh packet (be careful as you're opening this as I found there is quite a lot of liquid within to keep the mask fully soaked - no skimping here!), then fit the mask to your face lining up the eye, nose and mouth holes provided. The mask is quite wet with the active liquid so it sticks really well, and there is plenty of room to breathe through the holes provided, I was even able to eat with it on (I was hungry and couldn't wait, hehe). I left the mask on for around 15 - 20 minutes as suggested and the mask stayed moist the whole time. Taking it off was simple, and I opted to rub the leftover moisture into my skin. 

The Vitamin C mask that I tested is described on the Facial Fresh website as: 

"Brighten and energise dull or lack-lustre skin, with a boost of youthful radiance. With its immediate invigorating effects, the Vitamin C Mask leaves skin looking clear, revitalised and glowing with health. One of the most favoured natural antioxidants, Vitamin C helps nourish and protect skin cells. Suitable for all skin types, including mature skin.

Each Facial Fresh face mask delivers a precise dose of fresh concentrated serum to your skin in hygienically sealed sachets."

The mask definitely felt like it delivered as the description suggests. After using the mask my skin appeared instantly brighter, felt softer, and the pleasant smell left me feeling energised. The scent is not overpowering at all, it's a refreshing somewhat citrus scent. Leaving the mask on for 15-20 minutes my skin didn't tingle or burn so I think it would be appropriate for all skin types as they suggest. It's a really gentle mask, that still delivers on results. I can imagine using this every week would really benefit my skin!

The mask is availabe from The Facial Fresh website here and there are several other versions of this mask with different benefits that would be great to check out depending on your skin requirements. The masks range in price from $8.95 currently for a single mask, or starting at $20.95 for a 3 pack. 

Have you tried a Facial Fresh Cloth Facial Treatment Mask before? What's your favourite skin care mask that you can't live without? x