Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Double Product Review: Anew Clinical Eyelift and Anew Clinical Micro-Exfoliant

Im way overdue to do the Anew Clinical Triple Eyelift review and I also really wanted to do a review on the micro-exfoliant so thought Id do a super quick double review

Both products are available exclusively through Avon (visit to find a representative in New Zealand)

First off I'll start with the Anew Clinical Micro-Exfoliant

I have been using this product since January and it is AMAZING! It is Avons "at-home alternative to microdermabrasion"

This is what the Avon Wesbite says about their product
The at-home alternative to micro-dermabrasion. Targets dullness, roughness, lack of radiance, uneven tone. This creamy treatment with aluminium oxide microbead exfoliants (the same materials used in a professional microdermabrasion treatment) produces a powerful polishing action for more youthful-looking skin. Massage over skin using small, circular motions for 1-2 minutes. Follow with a non-AHA moisturiser with sunscreen. Do not use the same day as other exfoliating products. Use every second day.

I don't use this product every second day as I feel I dont need to(I use twice a week)
The first thing I found after using this product is there is no way I can massage it into my face for 2 minutes! The scrub, while the "beads" are tiny they are very rough,not a scratchy rough but more of an "Oh my gosh my skin is going to be so clean!" kind of way.

I feel if you have sensitive skin this may be a bit rough on the skin.

After using it my skin feels soft and looks amazing(considering I dont like my skin without make up that is saying something!). Since using this product I have noticed old acne scars around my chin have faded dramatically and I have been experiencing fewer blackheads. My skin looks younger and "fresher". While I have never tried other at home microdermabrasion kits or microdermabrasion itself this product sure kicks butt!

It comes in a 75g tube and a little goes a long way. It retails for $39.99 but Avon quite often have deals on alot of their products. Is it worth what you pay(even if you do pay full price)? YES YES YES!This exfoliant has become a staple in my skin care regimen.

Next up,Avons Anew Clinical Triple Eyelift

I never would have used this product or purchased it until I recieved it as a Xmas gift,I mean come on a cream that does the job of an eyelift?Not possible. Well it is, kind of!
Anew Clinical Triple Eye Lift comes in a jar sectioned into two parts,one part contains and orange gel for the upper eye area and the other contains a cream coloured cream for the under eye area.

This is what the Avon website says about this product
Unique, dual action formula to target the upper and lower eye area. Instantly: Lifts the appearance of upper eye contours. Smooths and tightens the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
I have been using this for a few months now and what I have noticed is,my upper eye lids(which have always been quite "heavy") have "lifted" though slightly, still noticeable to myself(although I havent asked anyone"do my lids seem less droopy to you,they would think I am mad!) and I have noticed fewer fine lines. So I think it does do what it claims but if you want the results of an actual eye lift,you will have to go under the knife, sadly.

I have found I can only use this at night even though it says to use it morning and night,once the eye gel dries I cannot apply any product to my lids as the product "pills"( I dont even know if Im describing it properly!). The under eye cream is also quite heavy and primers and concealers just do not seem to sit nicely on top of my skin when this is applied beforehand.

It retails for $59.99 and as I said before Avon quite often have deals on, my personal advice is wait for these deals,while I love this product and use it every night, I would not pay $59.99(ask your avon rep to let you know when your fav products are going to be on special)

Till next time stay Simply Stunningly Gorgeous!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Australis Nail Colour Review

Australis Nail Colour
What is it: high shine, high colour intensity and streak free
Why we love it: Creamier, brighter and more chip resistant! 2 coats is ideal but when we're time poor, even 1 coat provides excellent coverage. 8 hot new shades available!(taken from the website

I have used Australis Nail Colour once before and recently re-purchased it again. I have only tried the shade Ohh La La(dont you just love the name?!Cute!)its a hot pink with like a purply sheen to it(the website says Hot pink with a purple pearl),anyway its a fabulous,stand out,look at ME! shade.

Anyway Australis Nail Colour range has 19(yes NINETEEN!!) shades listed on their website(they also have limited edition colours out now but as I said they are limited edition).

So they claim their polish is streak free,high shine and have high colour intensity. They also claim you can get away with one coat of polish if youre short on time,but how true is this?

I tried to make my nail polish streak to see if I could but I just couldnt streak this product,which in my books is FABULOUS,it means that even the most unexperienced person could apply this and not streak it!
The colour is intense(and my shade is oh so pretty) but I don't think it provides much intensity with one coat,it gives you a light coverage but I definatley reccommend 2 coats for full colour pay off,in this case I think it is more a case of personal preference.

High shine?YOU BETCHA! I cannot believe how shiny my nails were after the polish had well and truly dried! I usually dont get that kind of shine without a top coat.

Chip resistant,well it does do a pretty good job but being a stay at home mum my hands are constantly in water and wiping mucky faces,changing nappies so its not kind on my nails,so inevitably there will be chipping but its not huge chipping just enough to notice.Australis definatley had less chipping than most of the other brands I have used recently without a top coat

The brush is also really lovely to apply polish with not too fat,not too thin,just right.

Australis Nail Colour retails for $7.95 AUD Im not sure exactly how much it is in NZD,IF I remember correctly its roughly $11 and for everything it delivers it is a more than fair price! I love it and I think you will too!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer product review

Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer product review

This age defying concealer is a miracle! I have huge problems with under eye bags and circles and while I have tried a lot of concealers none have had the same amazing results and staying power as this does.

What I have learnt when it comes to under eye concealers is you don’t want to use anything to thick so cream concealers are out as they are more prone to caking and settling into fine lines and wrinkles(which is the last thing any woman of any age wants!). You also don’t want anything to sheer as this won’t effectively conceal what you are trying to disguise.

This is what the website says about Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer

Instantly revitalizes and brightens. Protects against fine lines.
  • Stone Therapy minerals instantly energize stressed skin
  • Vitamin C fusion brightens
  • Antioxidants help strengthen skin’s natural defence system
This is what the Australian Revlon website says
  • Brightens skin as it conceals dark circles and imperfections
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Available in 3 shades
I found it odd that both websites say something different but there you go!

The shades available
  •  001 Light
  • 002 Light/Medium
  • 003 Medium
My personal shade is 003 Medium which I found quite surprising as I’m quite fair skinned but I found light medium just made the inner corner of my eyes look grey/ashy(it is recommended you do not go more than half a shade lighter than your foundation as the ashy effect is common with a too light concealer)

Revlon Age Defying Spa Concealer comes in a hard plastic tubular thingy(I’m sorry I really don’t know how to describe it but here is another picture)
When you take off the lid there is a brush which is where the product comes out of when you twist the bottom of the tube. The brush can’t really be used to blend the concealer but you can brush the product on with the brush (if I’m using it to cover a pimple I use a cotton tip so as not to contaminate the brush)
It is a liquid formulation and while it is not thick and heavy it isn’t thin and runny either which is my opinion is great on both sides of the fence!

It has great coverage and doesn’t cake around the eye area or settle into fine lines and wrinkles and doesn’t seem to “crease” which makes us all look older!

It blends easily and lasts all day(make sure you do set it with powder to make it last longer)

It is great for people who have a little or a lot of discolouration, or if you’re just trying to even things out as it has buildable coverage which makes it an every (WO) mans type of concealer

In NZ it retails for approx $28.50(this may vary) for 1.18mL(0.04Fl Oz)
This is my every day go to concealer,it is the best concealer I have used to date and it well worth the price! If I had to give it a star rating it would easily be 9 out of 10!