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Saturday, April 27, 2013

Farewell Madison

Okay, I know this news isn't recent but I thought that maybe there are others out there who are as unware as I was about this. Madison magazine has been axed! I didn't even realise until my mum told me. She said she heard it over the radio. I was in denial at first. No, not my favourite magazine!  I did a quick Google search and sure enough, it's true.

It's really sad 'cause I genuinely thought that Madison is a decent magazine. It's full of intelligent stories, helpful articles and useful information. I've been subscribed to the magazine for a year now and I was going to continue the subscription. Now I feel a little lost. I cannot think of another magazine that can measure up to Madison.

So, goodbye Madison. I sincerely hope that the amazing team behind the magazine who have lost their jobs find even better ones, 'cause they definitely deserve it.

What's your favourite magazine?
Saturday, April 20, 2013

Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray Review

Moroccanoil Glimmer Shine Spray
Claims: Protects the hair from UV rays and free radicals. Provides hair with an instant shine."
RRP: AUD35.95
Packaging: 4.5 out of 5 
Review: To me, the brand Moroccanoil is synonymous with "hype". There was a lot of hype surrounding their Treatment hair oil a couple of years back. I remember lusting after it and after nearly a year, I finally got my hands on a 25mL bottle, thanks to my boyfriend, R. It lived up to its hype and I'm happy with it but it quite expensive.

I was lucky enough to receive the Glimmer Shine Spray to trial. I had high hopes for this product as well. I must say that it hasn't disappointed me at all. It's really easy to use; less messy than the Treatment hair oil, whereby one would have to work it through one's hair with one's hands. With this product, all you have to do is spritz it onto your hair and leave it be. You advised to not touch your hair for a few minutes, which I am fine with. It means my hands won't get oily and I don't have to rushed to the sink to wash them

This product contains Argan oil so you can expect the scent to come with it. It's neither pleasant nor unpleasant. What I do like about Argan oil is that it makes my hair soft and smooth. I also noticed that the product makes my hair shiny. So on days when I plan on using this product, I skip my Dove Therapy Oil, which is part of my haircare routine. Another big reason, I gravitate towards this product is that it protects the hair from UV damage. Although I cannot see the difference/results yet, I believe that it the long run, it will benefit my hair

I love that this product comes in a glass bottle. I hate oil products that come in plastic bottles. For some reason, plastic bottles just ooze out oil the moment you crack the seal and start using them. Sure, glass bottles are heavier compared to plastic bottles but really, they aren't heavy. The only reason I rate this product 4.5 for packaging is the look of the plastic cap and plastic + aluminum spray nozzle. They are both functional but in terms of aesthetics, it really let the product as a whole down. The glass bottle looks so luxurious but when my eyes landed on the plastic/aluminum top, they just went "ugh". The colour isn't the most attractive and I recently noticed a tiny dent on it (even though I have never dropped it or knocked it against anything)

In terms of pricing, one might think $35.95 is a lot of money to be paying for a hair product. Hey, I can name more expensive hair products than this one. In my opinion it is very reasonable, considering it is a 100mL bottle. I predict that this bottle will last me a very long time since only a couple of spritzes is sufficient each time. I think that since the Glimmer Shine Spray is such a multi-tasker, it's a good product to invest in. This is becoming a hair product staple for me so I'll be repurchasing when this bottle runs out! 
Monday, April 15, 2013

Make the Switch Giveaway CLOSED

Yes, it’s giveaway time again. Hooray! Why am I doing this? Because I feel like thanking you, my loyal readers, and to “raise awareness”.

2 new prize items
As you may or may not already know, Google will be shutting down Google Reader at the end of June. That means we won’t be able to follow blogs through the Google Friend Connect method. Apparently, they are trying to encourage everyone to switch to Google+. I am pretty peeved about it and refuse to switch to Google+ because I won’t be able to personalise my blog page. The design is pretty uniform for everyone and it’ll just be like having another Facebook account. Please correct me if I am wrong.

Google Reader

Anyway, enough with my ranting and let’s get on with the giveaway.

Rules for the giveaway
1. Must be Australian resident, aged 18 or above
2. If you’re under the age of 18, please ensure that you have parental/guardian approval
3. Follow this blog through BlogLovin' (+ 1 entry)
4. Fill out the form (at the end of this post) and hit "submit".

EXTRA ENTRIES (optional)
1. Leave a comment on this post (+1 entry)
2. Place the banner (above) on the sidebar of your blog and link it to this giveaway post (+ 3 entries)

Isn’t that easy? In case you’re wondering, no I am not being paid by Bloglovin' in any way to promote their site. I’ve switched to them and am very happy with how user-friendly their site is. They have also made it easy for us to transfer our Google Reader blogs over.

This giveaway is open internationally. 

Here's what you can win:
1. Revlon Colorburst Lip Butter in 050 Berry Smoothie
2. Alpha-H Micro Cleanse
3. Palmer's Foot Magic
4. Australis Intensifeye Wet/Dry Eyeshadow
5. Le Tan Tanning Cream Deep Bronze
6. Le Tan Flawless Legs Deep Bronze
7. L'oreal Paris Sublime Mousse in 70 Pure Dark Blonde
8. Revitanail Cuticle Remover Gel
9. Rimmel London Scandaleyes Mascara in 001 Black
10. Mode cosmetics Nail enamel in Totes Mine
11. Mode cosmetics Nail enamel in Pocket Rocket
12. Australis Crystal Colour Top Coat in Speck-tacular
13. Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadows in 54
14. Bourjois Little Round Pot Eyeshadows in 13

Please note that for prize items 10 to 12 only applies if the winner is Australian due to mailing restrictions.

Giveaway closes on the 10th of May 2013 at 11.59pm
Winner will be announced on the 11th of May 2013

Best of luck!
Saturday, April 6, 2013

Colgate Max White One Toothpaste Review

Colgate Max White One Toothpaste
Claims: Contains white accelerators, which help make your teeth white in just one week.
RRP: AUD5.99 
Packaging: 5 out of 5 
Review: I got this toothpaste in my prize pack when I won my Blogstar award. I didn't get around to trying it until recently. I've been wanting to get my teeth looking pearly white for a long time now. I guess I've been lazy. Also, I wasn't keen on resorting to expensive or enamel-damaging procedures.

Finally, when my tube of toothpaste ran out, I began trying this product out. It says on the instructions to brush 3 times a day with it. I think that realistically, most of us only brush twice a day (once in the morning and once before bed at night). In my opinion, products should fit around our lives not the other way round. So I continued with my usual twice-a-day burshing routine. I've been using it for a little over a week now and surprisingly I can see a difference

My teeth has always been slightly yellow, the kind that the dentist says is the natural colour of healthy teeth. Now, they are noticebly whiter. They are not yet Hollywood standard of white but I think over time, they could get there. fingers crossed! I will be posting an updated review in a couple of months time. Meanwhile, this product is relatively decent, especially with its low price and easy-to-use flip top tube.

Before and after photo

Can you see the difference? Have you tried this toothpaste? What do you think?