Monday, 28 March 2016

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara New Product Launch

Elizabeth Arden is such an iconic luxury beauty brand! I was lucky enough to recently attend an Elizabeth Arden event in the city which showcased their new and upcoming makeup releases.

One upcoming makeup release which I was greatly impressed by is the Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance mascara. This will be released in Australia on 17 April 2016.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

This mascara is promoted as a "triple effect mascara with precision brush technology specifically designed to instantly deliver an 80% increase in lash length and volume, and a 162% increase in curl for luxe, lush lashes". Yes please! The older I get the more lift and curl I want in my lashes to open up my eye area and give me a more youthful look.

The Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance mascara is formulated to be:
  • Long wearing
  • Water resistant
  • Flake free, and
  • Clump free.
In addition to amplifying your lashes this high end mascara is also formulated to condition, treat and protect your lashes - a definite bonus! Its key ingredients include:
  • Lash Building Complex - A vitamin fortified peptide complex that locks onto lashes like a magnet for volume and lift.
  • Olive Esters - An emollient rich extract that coats and separates individual lashes, helping to condition, treat and protect lashes for clump free and flake free definition.
  • Rice Bran Esters - A vitamin B complex and essential fatty acid rich extract that helps to condition lashes for an overall healthier and plumper appearance.
  • Carnauba Esters - A moisturising extract that helps to support the appearance of longer lashes.
Well I guess you're all wanting to know if this mascara lives up to its above promises. In a word YES I found it did!

Firstly looking at the brush. I found the brush easy to use and effective in individually coating and separating each of my lashes. The brush contains three rows of alternating wedge-shaped discs and conical bristles which work to "grab" each lash to extend and separate them. The brush transfers exactly the right amount of mascara onto my lashes without any clumping from excess product.

The unique push up tip at the end of the brush helped me to reach all of my shorter lashes in the corners of my eyes.

Elizabeth Arden Grand Entrance Mascara

The following chart shows Elizabeth Arden's application tips for this mascara.


Image Credit: Elizabeth Arden
I found one coat of this mascara worked well to give me the look I wanted for work whilst two coats of this mascara helped to build my lashes further and give me a more dramatic, fuller and longer, evening look. Perfect for making a grand entrance to any party or event!

True to its promise, I found this mascara to be long wearing, flake free and clump free. 

Overall I found this mascara to definitely have the effect of lifting and curling my lashes, making my eyes seem more open and alert. Just what my 40+ year old, frequently tired, eyes need!

I will definitely be repurchasing this mascara when my current tube needs replacing in approximately three months time. 

What do you look for in your mascara?
Do you remember to replace your mascaras every three months? 

xxx
Ingrid.

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Sunday, 27 March 2016

Monday Makeup Madness #48 Link Up Party

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness #48 Link Up Party!

I hope everyone is enjoying a relaxing Easter break and eating loads of yummy chocolate!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one makeup or beauty related post each. All non-bloggers are also most welcome to join the party and enjoy reading the fabulous range of beauty blogs written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.


Monday Makeup Madness #48 Link Up Party

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up party is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all our blogs be seen by new readers. 

At last week's link up party we had 17 lovely bloggers link up a beauty related post each. The three most viewed posts, plus my pick of the posts, included the following:

Popular Linked Up Posts From The
Monday Makeup Madness #47 Link Up Party

  • Leah's review of the Remington Shine Revival Straightener on Temporary Princess was a popular linked post. I love the sound of the added argan oil on the plates of this straightener for added shine to your hair as you straighten it. What a brilliant idea!
  • Angela's review of the Lust Have It Eco Box Summer 2016 on A Bella Adventure was also a popular linked post. Organic products in general are continuing to gain so much popularity these days, it's not surprising we were all interested to read about this organic beauty subscription box.
  • Lousie from BeYOUtyfulYOU linked a popular review of the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Champagne Pop by Jaclyn Hill. What a stunning highlighter! 
  • My pick of the posts was Shell's linked post from The Novice Life reviewing the Alpha-H Gentle Daily Exfoliant & Absolute Eye Complex. I'm a big fan of Alpha-H's Liquid Gold and have been thinking of trying some other Alpha-H products so I found these detailed reviews revealing and helpful! 
I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up party and if your post is one of the three most clicked upon I'll feature it in next week's link up post. I'll also pick one other linked post to feature. The rules of the link up are simple: 

  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and will remain open until late Wednesday evening.
Visit Fabulous and Fun Life's profile on Pinterest.

If you would like to pin your linked posts to the Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest group board follow Fabulous Fun Life on Pinterest (this is a Pinterest requirement not mine) and then I can invite you to join this board as a co-pinner. 


All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up party are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. It's another great way to get your posts seen and read by new readers.


Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up party on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up party participants and readers. 

Let the Link Up Party Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid

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Monday, 21 March 2016

Elucent Anti Ageing Skin Care Range including the Improved Day Moisturiser with SPF 50+

I feel grateful to have received the Elucent Anti Ageing range of skin care products to trial including the new and improved Day Moisturiser which now contains SPF 50+. 

The Elucent Anti Ageing range of products is EXACTLY what my 40+ year old skin currently needs and (spoiler alert) after using these products for the past couple of weeks I can say that they have worked wonders for my skin!

Packaging
The packaging of this range looks modern and stylish being predominantly white with maroon and silver detailing. The only slight disappointment with the packaging I had was that the Night Moisturiser, unlike the Day Moisturiser and Gentle Cleanser, didn't come in a pump dispenser but in a jar. I much prefer the more hygienic pump method of dispensing skin care products but this is really a minor quibble! Possibly the reason for the jar is the thicker consistency of the Night Moisturiser.

Elucent Anti Ageing Skin Care Range

Key Ingredients - Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs)
All the Elucent Anti Ageing skin care products contain AHAs in the form of glycolic acid and lactic acid in various concentrations.

AHAs work in three ways:
  • Exfoliating - removing dead skin cells to reveal newer, healthier cells at the skin's surface resulting in a more radiant complexion & improved skin texture,
  • Moisturising - improving the skin's texture, hydration levels and firmness, &
  • Revitalising - softening the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
One thing to remember when using products with AHAs is that if your skin is sensitive or not used to AHAs it can tingle upon use and you should start slowly by introducing the lowest level of AHAs to the skin and then gradually progressing to higher levels.

Personally my skin only tingled slightly when I used the serum and the night moisturiser, both of which have higher levels of AHAs in them. Surprisingly my skin was fine with the body moisturiser which also has a higher concentration of AHAs. Maybe this is because my body is less sensitive than my face. Please note that overall I don't consider my skin to be very sensitive and I have used AHA containing products previously, so if you know you have sensitive skin start gradually with these products.

Key Ingredients - Vitamins E, B3 & C.
All the Elucent Anti Ageing skin care range also include two or more of the following vitamins:
  • Vitamin E - an antioxidant that provides anti ageing benefits. It helps soften the appearance of sun induced skin changes, increases elasticity, improves skin barrier function and helps protect skin cells from the damaging effects of UV induced free radicals.
  • Vitamin B3 - helps skin repair, boosts collagen levels and improves skin texture and tone.
  • Vitamin C - an antioxidant that works to neutralise free radicals, helps protect against premature ageing of the skin due to sun exposure and helps to increase collagen production.

Elucent's Anti Ageing Day Moisturiser SPF 50+ (4% AHAs, Vitamins B3 & E)

Elucent Anti Ageing Day Moisturiser

I'm always a bit nervous when a brand announces that they have reformulated a product I've previously used and loved. Luckily in the case of Elucent's Anti Ageing Day Moisturiser my fears were totally unfounded! 

As regular readers of my blog know, I have been unfortunate enough to have suffered a malignant melanoma in the past. As a result, rain, hail or shine I always insist on using a sunscreen under my makeup during the day. My obvious preference is for SPF 50+. You can read more about my current sunscreen choices here or about the 9 big sunscreen mistakes you need to avoid here

Although there are quite a few skin care products boasting included sunscreen in them, not too many of these are SPF 50+, so I'm constantly having to add a separate sunscreen into my morning skin care routine.

Good news alert! Elucent's new and improved formulation of its Anti Ageing Day Moisturiser has made me very happy! One of the improvements is that they have replaced its SPF 30+ with SPF 50+. Thank you Elucent!!! 

This eliminates my need to apply an additional facial sunscreen each morning, saving me both time and money! It also gives me confidence that I am preventing any further premature ageing from preventable sun damage.

This day moisturiser is a white cream similar in consistency to my sun screen. I found it to absorb well into my skin upon application. It didn’t clog my pores at all. It left my skin feeling soft and smooth.

I can’t say that I’ve noticed my wrinkles lessen with the use of this product yet but my skin has felt firmer and smoother, and looked more even. My fine lines also appear to have softened. As a result my skin has looked more youthful  and healthier - yay!

This is a great multi-tasking product!

Elucent's Anti Ageing Gentle Cleanser (2% AHAs, Vitamins B3 & E)

Elucent Anti Ageing Gentle Cleanser & Serum Products

This Gentle Cleanser is clear with a slightly runny yet gel-like consistency with a beautiful pearlescent shimmer throughout it.

As you massage it into your skin it produces a lovely lather. 

After using it my skin felt clean without being stripped of its oils.

Elucent's Anti Ageing Serum (16% AHAs, Vitamins B3, C & E)
This product has the highest concentration of AHAs in the Elucent Anti Ageing skin care range and it was the only product in the range that caused my skin to tingle slightly upon my initial couple of uses of it.

This serum is transparent with a slight yellowish tinge and has a runny liquid consistency. You need to be careful when squeezing the tube to make sure you don't dispense too much out of the small nozzle at a time. A little bit of this powerful serum goes a long way! 

This serum absorbs rapidly into my skin. After using it my 40+ year old skin always feels noticeably silkier and smoother and looks more radiant and healthier, and thus more youthful. This serum has also contributed to my fine lines visibly softening.

Elucent's Anti Ageing Night Moisturiser (8% AHAs, Vitamins B3, C & E)

Elucent Antin Ageing Day Moisturiser, Night Moisturiser,
Eye Cream & Body Moisturiser

This Night Moisturiser is a white luxurious, thickish consistency cream. It spreads easily and absorbs into my skin nicely, although it takes longer to absorb than the day moisturiser.

After I've used this product, the next morning my skin feels softer, smoother and firmer. My fine lines also look softened and my skin tone looks more even. Alas my wrinkles are still present but my skin does look more radiant and thus more youthful and healthier - yay! Definitely what my 40+ year old skin needs!

Elucent's Anti Ageing Eye Cream (4% AHAs, Vitamins B3, C & E)
This is a white, reasonably thick consistency, yet still light weight feeling, eye cream which, like the other products in this range, absorbs well into my skin.  

It is easy to dispense out of the fine nozzle in the tube and has improved the texture of my skin around the delicate and sensitive eye area which I normally avoid exfoliating physically.

I've had a lot of late nights recently and I'm hoping this cream will improve the dark circles under my eyes with further continued use. Fingers crossed! I'll let you know how this goes.

Elucent's Anti Ageing Body Moisturiser (12% AHAs, Vitamins B3 & E)
This luxurious body moisturiser is a lightweight whitish lotion which is easy to apply and once again absorbs quickly into the skin upon application. Given its key ingredients and its high level of AHAs this product is truly an anti ageing product and so much more than your usual body moisturiser. I found it to leave my skin feeling not only softer, smoother and silkier, but also firmer and more toned.

In conclusion, if you are at all concerned about the early signs of ageing and you want a range of effective products that have been scientifically formulated, I'd highly recommend this Elucent Anti Ageing range of skin care. It's worked wonders on my skin!


What are your main skin concerns?

xxx

Ingrid.

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These reviewed products were kindly gifted to me for editorial consideration. 
All opinions are my own. Full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Monday Makeup Madness #47 Link Up Party

Welcome to the Monday Makeup Madness #47 Link Up Party!

All bloggers are welcome to join in and link up one makeup or beauty related post each. All non-bloggers are also most welcome to join the party to read the fabulous range of beauty blogs written by the many amazing beauty bloggers that link up here each week.


Monday Makeup Madness #47 Link Up Party

The aim of the Monday Makeup Madness link up party is to share some beauty blogger love, strengthen our beauty blogger community and help all our blogs be seen by new readers. 

At last week's link up party we had 14 lovely bloggers link up a beauty related post each. The two most viewed posts, plus my two picks of the posts, included the following:


Popular Linked Up Posts From The
Monday Makeup Madness #46 Link Up Party
  • Kat's review of the Maybelline COLORblur Cream Matte Pencils on Kats Colourings blog proved popular. Her swatches look amazing and are so useful when deciding which shade to purchase!
  • Barbe from Fashionista In Suburbia linked up a great tutorial on an easy eyeshadow look for hooded eyes. I find it so helpful seeing a step by step video as opposed to just a photo of the finished look with the steps merely written down. I hope Barbe continues doing more of these video tutorials in the future!
  • Louise from BeYOUtyfulYOU swatched and reviewed the MAC Burgundy Times Nine palette. It's such a pretty palette with so many use-able shades! I'd love to own this palette!
  • Jasmine from Sweetaholic Beauty swatched and reviewed all 12 of the new Rimmel 'The Only 1' lipsticks. As you can see from the above photo collage her swatches are stunning! Her post is the first one I've seen with all 12 lipsticks swatched in the one blog post.
I'd love you to join this week's Monday Makeup Madness link up party and if your post is one of the most clicked upon or one of my favourites I'll feature it in next week's link up post. The rules of the link up are simple: 
  • Link up one makeup or beauty related post a week only. 
  • Include a link back to Fabulous and Fun Life in your post. 
  • Visit and comment on three or more linked posts. Remember the more you comment on other beauty bloggers' posts the more likely they will be to return the love by visiting and commenting on your blog.
  • This link up starts early each Monday morning (Sydney time) and will remain open until late Wednesday evening.
Visit Fabulous and Fun Life's profile on Pinterest.

If you would like to pin your linked posts to the Monday Makeup Madness Pinterest group board follow Fabulous Fun Life on Pinterest (this is a Pinterest requirement not mine) and then I can invite you to join this board as a co-pinner. 


All bloggers who participate in the Monday Makeup Madness link up party are welcome to become co-pinners of this group board. It's another great way to get your posts seen and read by new readers.


Finally, please share the link to this Monday Makeup Madness link up party on your blogs & social media to help get the word out among more beauty bloggers, inviting them to join in & share some beauty blogger love with us! We will all benefit from more link up party participants and readers. 

Let the Link Up Party Fun Begin! 

xxx
Ingrid

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Monday, 14 March 2016

7 Tips How To Make Your Fragrance Last Longer

I absolutely love fragrances and I don't feel fully dressed without a spritz of fragrance. It's the final step in my beauty routine before I step out the door each morning. Unfortunately however my fragrances don't always last as long as I'd like them to last!

As a result I've done a bit of research and experimentation and I've identified the following 7 tips to make my fragrances last longer!


7 Tips How To Make Your Fragrance Last Longer

Tip 1: Targeted Spritzing
Some parts of your body are better for spritzing than others if you want your fragrance to last longer. Your fragrance will last longer if spritzed onto your body's pulse points or onto warm areas of your body. This includes on the 
  • inside of your wrists 
  • on your neck
  • inside your elbows & 
  • behind your knees.
❌ Do not rub your wrists together if you spritz your fragrance onto the inside of your wrists. Doing so will result in the fragrance wearing off quicker, especially the top notes!

Two other surprisingly good locations to spritz your fragrances are: 
  • on your stomach & 
  • at the back of your neck, under your hair. 
These spots are heat radiating zones that will keep your fragrance alive for longer.

Tip 2: Skin Preparation is Key
To make your makeup last longer you use a primer. To make your fragrance last longer you can dab some Vaseline on to your skin where you plan to spritz the fragrance. This will hold the fragrance on your skin for longer.

Tip 3: Hair Holds Fragrances Well Too
Spray some fragrance onto your hairbrush and then brush your hair. This transfers the fragrance into your hair and you'll leave a lovely trail of fragrance behind you as your hair swishes whilst you move! 

Tip 4: Type of Fragrance
Citrus fragrances evaporate off the body faster. Fragrances containing notes of patchouli, jasmine, tuberose, amber, sandalwood and vanilla last longer. Generally woody and oriental
fragrances have the best longevity.

Tip 5: Choose Your Fragrance Strength
Eau de parfums have the highest concentration of essential oils and thus their fragrance will last longer than the fragrance of a eau de toilette. An eau de cologne has an even lower concentration of fragrance oils.

If you want your fragrance to last longer choose eau de perfums.

Some of my favourite long lasting eau de parfums include the following. I have provided links to those of them that I have seen on special recently. Why buy for full price if you can find the same item on sale!



Favourite Long Lasting Fragrances


Chloe EDP 

Versace Eros Pour Femme EDP

Chanel No.5 EDP

Jurlique Essence Of Rose Roll On Fragrance Oil 

Juicy Couture by Juicy Couture For Women EDP Spray 100ml

Giorgio Armani Code Femme EDP 75ml

Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy EDP 100ml  

Tip 6: Store Wisely
Store your fragrances in a cool, dry place away from sunlight. Heat, light and humidity can break down some fragrance ingredients and lessen the fragrance's quality.

Do not store your fragrances in a humid bathroom.
Do not store your fragrances near a window.
❌ Do not store your fragrances near a heater.

Pretty as they look all out on display, fragrances are actually best kept in a cupboard if you want to ensure their longevity!

Tip 7: Reapply As Required
Sometimes unfortunately, despite all the above steps, your fragrance will not last as long as you'd like it to!

In these situations use a small easily refillable atomiser such as the Travalo Refillable Perfume Atomiser pictured below to reapply your favourite fragrance as required. 


Travalo Refillable Perfume Atomisers

Do you have any additional tips?
What is your current favourite fragrance?

xxx
Ingrid.

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