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Lush forum special perfume: Creamy Candy

I'm a bit late but just a quick post to let you know about an exciting forum special from Lush!! They've released 6 limited edition perfumes created from 6 of their best sellers and are sold exclusively online for this weekend only. So if you're after them you better get on it!!

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I adore sweet scents and my absolute favourite product from Lush is their Snow Fairy body wash. I stock up on it every year and it's literally the only body wash I use. It is sweet candy heaven in a bottle!!!!!!!! Plus there's sparkles! XD I've always wanted it bottled into a perfume and Creamy Candy perfume comes close.

Creamy Candy smells just like the Creamy Candy bar and Rockstar soap - sweet, yummy and like candy floss. It's not exactly the same as Snow Fairy unfortunately but it's pretty close! Snow Fairy is less sweet and has more of a fruity undertone to it I think. The perfume is very strong so one good spritz is more than enough to last the entire day! It comes in the signature Lush black and white packaging.

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Details: The Lush limited edition perfumes are available now from the Lush Australia online store until midnight May 19th 2013.

What's your favourite Lush scent? I hope they make a Snow Fairy perfume soon!!! Have a fab weekend and thanks for looking as always! =)

The product featured in this post was provided to me for consideration but this in no way influenced my review in any way. As always, my reviews are my 100% honest opinion. My Disclosure Policy can be viewed here.

December and Xmas haul!

Soooooo I've kind of been doing a bit of hauling over the last month and a bit Xp I was relatively good on my spending ban for most of the year but I treated myself to a few things at Christmas hehe. The temptation for Christmas and LE collections was just too much! I also received some awesome gifts too yay! The majority of my haul was nail polish (of course) and in about 1 month I bought about 6months worth of products HAHA. FAIL. Here we go!

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HARE POLISHES!!!!! *squeal* I lusted after The First collection for SOOOOOOOOO long and when Nikole reformulated them I knew I had to get my hands on them! They are so gorgeous. I also picked up 2 from The Finders Keepers colleciton. There was a little mix up with my order and my polishes were accidentally sent to Mich from The Polish Well but she very kindly sent them on to me and also included a bottle of her franken Sloth for me too which was so sweet! Thank you Mich again =D

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Winter skin essentials

It's the middle of winter here in Aus and it is COLD! My skin freaks out at the best of times but in winter it needs a lot of help. I thought I would share some of the products I love for winter - some also feature in my day to day routine too. I don't post too much about skincare on here because I am such a skincare noob and my skin is not good at all. These products work (relatively) well for me but may not be suited to your skin so please try with caution!

My cuticle and hand care routine

How I care for my cuticles is one of the most frequently asked questions I receive so here is my post for you finally. Being predominantly a nail blogger, I try to keep my cuticles and also my hands in presentable condition but alas I am waaaaay too lazy so I don't actually do much besides apply cuticle cream/oils! Below are the products I use and I thought I'd also show you what products I use for hand care as well as they go together ;) Please note - the products below work for me however they may not be suitable for you. It's a lot of trial and error and wasted $$ to find what works for you!


Now I use four different hand and cuticle products for different situations. For on the go I need something that is in a packaged in travel size and absorbs very quickly and isn't greasy; for work I like a product that's fast absorbing but also provides a barrier: at home I like products that smell nice and absorb quickly and overnight products that are VERY moisturising. This may seem a bit over the top but they all serve different purposes!


On the go - Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream*:


Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream* is ideal for on the go because it absorbs very quickly and doesn't leave a greasy residue. I hate greasy products when I'm out and about! I don't find it all that moisturising but it does stop my cuticles from drying out and it smells lovely and lemony. The texture is very waxy so it can be a bit hard to get out of the tin. It can be purchased from David Jones, Harrisons Pharmacies, Kleins Perfumery, Terry White Chemists and selected retail outlets for $14.95.

I actually prefer Beautysnapz Cuticle Conditioners* but I haven't pictured them here because I ran out and haven't restocked! =( I've reviewed them before though so check out my review here.

At work - Nfu Oh Cuticle Flower Oil (orange scented):


This beauty was gifted to me by my lovely friend Christina! Now some people are very against cuticle oils but my cuticles can get so dry and disgusting that they need the moisture burst that oils can give. Nfu Oh Cuticle Flower Oils smell divine and provide an instant moisture boost to my cuticles. Plus the bottle is just so damn sexy that it's worth using just for the bottle!! It sits pride of place at my desk x) I apply it when I've got a quiet moment; let it soak for a few minutes and then massage it in.

My Big Birthday Giveaway!

GIVEAWAY NOW CLOSED!

Thank you for entering!

Winner will be announced shortly


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Today marks the 1 year birthday of my blog. YIPPEEE!! Time has flown by so quickly and I cannot believe I’ve reached this milestone already! It only feels like yesterday that I decided to start blogging as I enjoyed reading other blogs so much. I absolutely love blogging and it's been so much fun sharing my manis, hauls and food adventures with all of you! It’s been wonderful “meeting” so many lovely ladies who also share my love of nail polish and beauty. Thank you all so much for following, commenting and for the wonderful support over the last year, I am humbled and truly appreciate it!

My birthday is in March so to celebrate both birthdays I am having a Birthday Giveaway as a way to say thank you to all my wonderful readers! This time there will be TWO lucky winners!

1st prize - one lucky winner will receive:

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BYS Through the Looking Glass,
BYS Adventures of Alice,
BYS Down the Rabbit Hole,
BYS UV polish in pink and
BYS cracking polish in mauve

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Ozotic Pro Multi-chrome in 502,
Ozotic Pro Holographic in 608 and
Ozotic Pro Glitter in 201

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NYC Color lemon,
NYC Color magenta,
NYC Color berry fuchsia and
NYC Color aubergine

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Some goodies I love which I purchased from Hong Kong with this giveaway in mind! Beauty World gradient kit in blue and EOS lipbalm in honeysuckle. Check out my manicures using the purple gradient kit and pink gradient kits for what to expect. The EOS lipbalms are one of my favourites and I so wish they sold them here in Aus!

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17 GCOCL nail stamping plates (A01 – K05) which includes the awesome Hello Kitty plate A02 plus a generic stamper and scraper.

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A brand new tub of the very awesome LUSH Lemony Flutter cuticle butter.

Runner Up prize:

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This prize has been VERY generously sponsored by my dear friend Christina from Cels blog!! =D Christina creates stunning Japanese style nail art, decoden and kawaii deco items which she sells in her Etsy store Cels deconails. She has very kindly custom made TWO amazing nail polish rings for me to give away to one lucky winner!

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This golden sparkly ring is made with OPI Extra-va-vaganza from the Burlesque collection and a sweet pearly heart in a size 9 or L.

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This glittery red ring is made with a silver base using TiNS the Mars and the size is adjustable. Christina's nail polish rings look fabulous and are beautifully made. They add the finishing touch to any outfit!

Make sure to check out Christina's Etsy Store for more wonderful handmade items - she makes other nail polish rings, Japanese nail art items and also iPhone cases and deco items. She will also happily custom make items too so don't hesitate to ask her! I covet every item she makes xD I cannot thank you enough for donating this wonderful prize Christina!!! I love these rings so much I am very tempted to keep these for myself instead of giving away haha. Don’t worry I won’t do that though!


Here's how to enter:
1. You must be a public follower via Google Friends Connect. If you are already very kindly following me, THANK YOU! Please ensure you leave your Google Friends Connect name so that I can easily identify you. Unfortunately I cannot enter you if I cannot find you. Please also leave your email address so I can contact you if you win! (Mandatory - 1 entry)

For additional entries (and there are MANY this time!):
2. Post about my “Big Birthday Giveaway" on your blog – either in a separate post or on a sidebar with the first photo from this post. (2 entries)

3. Tweet about my giveaway once. (1 entry) Please tweet:

I'm entering @cosmeticcupcake Big Birthday Giveaway to win Ozotic Pro, BYS, GCOCL, Lush, jewellery and more! http://bit.ly/gB4ir0

4. Like Cels deconails Facebook page. If you already "like" her page that certainly counts! (1 entry).

5. Stop by Christina's Etsy store Cels deconails and check out her wonderful creations! Favourite the item you like most and let me know what you chose. (1 entry)

6. Add Cels deconails to your Etsy favourites. (1 entry)

7. Make a purchase from Cels deconails between now and the end of my giveaway. Please let me know your Etsy username and what you purchased to qualify. (4 entries)

8. Readers who comment on my blog regularly will receive one extra entry to show my appreciation. I truly appreciate your feedback and that you guys take the time out to comment and read my blog =)

Please fill out the form below with all your entries once to enter! Please do not submit your details in the comments of this post - I will NOT count these.

Giveaway is open internationally and will close on March 6th at 8pm Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Good luck!

Color Club Fashion Addict NOTD and a Lush bargain

Hi ladies! How does it feel being back at work after the festive season? I'm so tired for some reason so I’m struggling! I have a very quick NOTD for you using one of the polishes that has been on my wishlist for a very long time - Color Club Fashion Addict. It was SO worth hunting down!

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I’m sure you will have all seen this beautiful polish before so I won’t say too much and just let you admire the holo. Above is 3 coats with no basecoat or topcoat. It applied nicely this way and lasted 2 and a bit days before I got tip wear and changed my polish. It's a real shame the sun wasn't out when I wore it as I wanted to see the holo in all its glory!

Close up (using my boyfriend’s camera):

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I didn't have to work on public holiday Monday so the boy and I went to Chatswood to do some browsing and have lunch at one of our favourite restaurants Mamak. After lunch I made a beeline for Lush to see if they had any Xmas gift packs or Snow Fairy left.
Jennifer - you got me soooooo addicted to it!!!! I have been using your generous gift ever since I got home and I just LOVE the smell =D They had sold out of the individual Snow Fairy shower gels but they had the Christmas Candy box left which included Snow Fairy and other goodies.

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What you get:

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They advertised it for 50% off making it only $25 which was already a steal. When I went to pay I discovered there was a FURTHER 50% off meaning I only paid $12.50 for it!! What a huge saving! I love a good bargain and now I have lots of lovely Lush goodies to hopefully see me through most of the year. I was really tempted to buy another box but I’m trying to be good meaning no “backup purchases” no matter how cheap as I usually end up not using them. I suggest you hurry along to your nearest Lush and see if you can score a bargain too!

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On another note, I can’t believe I’ve posted practically every day for over a week! That’s the beauty of holidays ;) I hope to blog more often this year as I won’t be doing any postgrad study. I’d like to start doing nail tutorials and also more reviews. I got a lot of requests for tutorials, reviews and hauls when I asked for suggestions in my last giveaway and I’d love you to let me know exactly what you’d like to see on my blog.

Did you like the format of the mini tutorial I did on how to use Liquid Palisade in my last post? Is there anything specific you’d like a tutorial on or that you’d like me to review? I’m not confident enough with my makeup skills to show the world unfortunately =S I can’t guarantee I can fulfil your requests but I will try my very best!

Thanks for looking!

My blogger outing with Jennifer from life and lens of beauty

Hi ladies! I'm finally nearly all better from my cold so I've been able to head out and about for some shopping. I've hauled a bit of stuff in the last few days but today I had the pleasure of meeting up with the very lovely Jennifer from life and lens of beauty for some beauty shopping in Tsim Sha Tsui! She very kindly showed me around lots of awesome places for beauty items - most of the places I never would have known contained beauty items at such great prices!

Once again, please excuse the crappy photos while I'm in HK. The lighting at my grandparents place is very yellow and there isn't much room to take good photos so don't mind the piles of stuff in the background of my shots =p

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Jennifer very generously gave me a gift of Lush shower gel in Snow Fairy. Thank you so very much Jennifer - it smells absolutely DIVINE! You really should not have =) I can't wait to try it out, I'm going to smell good enough to eat hehe.

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I tried (not very hard HA!) to limit the damage to my wallet today by only purchasing a few things. I picked up my first NARS goodies today from Facesss!! WOOT! Thank you Jennifer for allowing me to use your members card ;) I had to get Orgasm blush and also Pokerface limited edition polish from their Holiday 2010 collection.

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How darn beautiful is this lilac???!!!! It contains a beautiful silver shimmer through it. The price wasn't so nice (I hate having to pay more than $15 for a polish) but compared to Aussie prices it was OK.

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I picked up Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream in 21 for a bargain price at a great hidden beauty shop that sold lots of great brands and products. I'm thinking I should have bought more from there!! I tried a sample of this back home but held off purchasing from the Aussie Missha store, I'm SO glad I did because it was a steal.

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Very crappy photo sorry!

Some Skinfood polishes! i had a hard time choosing from the different colours, they were all so pretty! The pic below is not colour accurate though I'm afraid. The polish on the left is a gorgeous teal colour but it looks more blue here.

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Jennifer highly recommended I try Laneige Water Sleeping Pack so I bought a small sample of it. I'll be trying it tonight!! On another note, I love all the sample size items you can buy in HK! Great way to test before you take the plunge with a full size product.

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Jennifer and I were both curious about Vitacreme B 12 Regenerative Cream. We'd both read good things about it but had no experience with it so we got teeny tiny sample tubes to try! Can anyone enlighten us on the proper way of using it please..?? Thanks in advance!

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I got some spare hair velcro clips. I have a fringe and these are fantastic for keeping hair off my face when getting ready.

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Jennifer had to rush off for class so I went back to one of the stores to get some Golden Rose polishes. I take aaaaaaaaages choosing colours when faced with a tub full of choice so I didn't want Jennifer to have wait around for me! =p Since I started reading blogs and becoming more aware of the international brands out there, I am amazed at the range of international polish brands available in HK. I never expected to find Golden Rose polishes here!

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I also purchased Lioele Triple Beyond Solution BB cream. The sales lady was very good in selling it! I've been making the transition to BB creams so I'm looking forward to road testing this. If not my sis can have it!

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Thank you for a wonderful outing Jennifer! It was lovely meeting you! I wish we had more time to shop but there is always next year =) I will definitely be bringing you over some Aussie goodies to try next year!

Thank you for looking!

Bloom-ing great polish!

Hi ladies!
Late last night, my mum came rushing into my room to tell me about an ad she saw in the free MX newspaper which is handed out at the city train stations. It turns out that Aussie brand Bloom Cosmetics is giving away a FREE nail polish when you trade in any polish for today only at Myer Sydney City!! So this morning my sis and I treked out to the city to do some shopping.

The offer:

Bloom polish offer

You can trade in any old crumby polish and you can pick any shade you like from their extensive range of 80+ polishes! How awesome is that?? I traded in a near new Rimmel polish which I didn't like the colour of and my sis traded in a dodgy Korean brand glitter polish and we got Bloom Ava and Kylie in exchange.

Bloom Ava and Kylie

Ava is a gorgeous mulberry creme while Kylie is a lovely pink shimmer. I haven't tried Bloom polishes before however I've walked past them many times and admired the colours so I was very excited to try the polishes.

I decided to do my NOTD using just Ava. The colour is very pigmented however I found the formula a little thick, but still easy to apply. The pic below is 2 coats with a coat of Seche Vite. It was *@$%ing hard and darn near impossible for me to capture the true colour of Ava properly so here is the photo that is most similar. I even asked my sis to take photos with her SLR but it still didn't capture the colour properly. NOT HAPPY!

Bloom Ava

My sis and I are going to the Kelly Clarkson concert tonight and I really wanted to do a "All I Ever Wanted" inspired manicure however I don't have the right colours for it! Doh. Which means I need to expand my polish collection ;) I am super duper excited about the concert tonight, I am unashamed to say I am a lover of pop and Kelly ROCKS!! This will be the 3rd time I've seen her in concert actually =p

We also stopped by Lush and we got ambushed by the lovely sales assistants! They spent at least 15mins showing us different cleansers, scrubs and moisturisers for our skin and what would work best for us. Their enthusiasm was a little overwhelming for 10am in the morning actually! But they were so lovely and helpful =)

I ended up purchasing the Lemony Flutter Cuticle butter which I've been lemming for quite some time but put off since i still had others. It smells sooooooooo divine. I still love my Essie Apricot cuticle oil however on the go it's not very convenient for obvious reasons. I plan on dividing the cuticle butter into little tubs so I can have some to use at work, put one in my makeup bag etc.

Lush Lemony Flutter cuticle butter

The Bloom free polish offer is available for one day only on Saturday 17 April 2010.
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