Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm review

How could you not adore something this cute?

Maybelline's new Baby Lips lip balm is my favourite pocket pal at the moment. Not only is the packaging adorable, who doesn't love neon colours (especially when it's pink!!)? But the product is also really good, and really cheap! At $3.95 you can easily buy them all! The balms have SPF 20 and they claim to make your lips lovely after a week or so of use because of the 'Botanical Cellular Repair Concentrate' they include in the formula. It's been almost a week that I've been using them daily now and my lips are feeling a lot better. I have the berry flavour (pictured) and the menthol one which is green and yellow. I like the berry best because it's not as chemically as the other one, though they do claim that the menthol is 'medicated' for lip treatment, which could explain the difference. The other flavours are cherry and orange, but I'm not a fan of either of those fruit flavours in products so I gave those a miss. I'd love to see a lemon one though, or maybe a cinnamon or vanilla flavour, what do you guys think?                                                            xxx BeautyScholar.

Priceline's Beauty Booty: Free Priceline Gift Bag 2011

So I'm a sucker for free gifts. When they're free BEAUTY gifts I have no willpower at all. So when I saw the online Priceline catalogue advertising the free 'Bag Full of Beauty' when you spend $50 or more on participating brands I knew that I would succumb. So on day one of the catalogue, I did! Ah! I justify this splurge (on a PhD student's budget this is a big splurge) with the fact that I needed new facial cleanser and my favourite brand Sukin, was on the participating brand list. It wasn't hard to purchase the other $40 worth. I swear I needed the Manicare cuticle trimmer and the new pink Australis polish...etc etc.

So, my lack of spending control is beside the point. I thought some people may be interested to know what the loot actually looks like. This promo is only available from today (March 31st) to April 11, so make it snappy if you want to grab one. Here is a pic of the items in my bag:

The bag contained:

A Schick razor
Australis black eyeliner pencil
sample of Jessica Simpson Fancy Love perfume
Nude by Nature brown eye pencil
Prestige Blackest Lashes mascara
Sukin facial moisturiser
Gaia foaming facial wash
Lee Stafford hair De-Humidifier Spray
Rimmel eye shadow
Sally Hansen HD Nail Polish
Eco Tools shower puff
Palmers Cocoa butter facial moisturiser
SalonTech Crocodile Hair Clip
Hollywood Tape Stain Remover
Revlon ColourBurst lipstick
2 x Palmers Body Gloss
Manicare Angled Eye Brush
Nourish Shampoo and Conditioner Sample
Nair Wax Strips
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen

It's quite a selection isn't it? I think I'll definitely use the sunscreen, Revlon lippie and the Rimmel eye shadow which was a really nice olive/steel colour called Rock Star. The Manicare eye brush and the hair claw clip should come in handy too. If anything impresses me beyond compare I'll be sure to post a review. In the meantime I'll be using the cute faux patent bag that all this stuff came in as my new book bag for uni, it's the perfect size:
Thanks Priceline!!


Product of the Moment! Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips Review

So I am officially in love.

It seems appropriate to start this blog with a product I just can't get enough of right now. The new Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips. While they're not "officially" on shelves until April 4 (next Monday) they are popping up everywhere already.

I purchased my first pack for around $9 at the Chemist Warehouse, but the official RRP is $14.95. Currently I have on the 'Laced Up' strips, and it's been 3 days and counting and they are still perfect.

The strips were super easy to apply but it took a little time to find the right sized strip for each nail. I have really small nails so I got two nails out of each strip, meaning I still have a whole lot of strips left for another manicure which I thought was great. It did take a little bit of fuss to cut and peel them this way though, the strips do come pre-cut if you can't be bothered, but I was trying to be frugal! If howeverm you decide you want to be a bit particular with them you can probably get two manis out of the packet of 16 strips, unless you have long nails, or larger nail beds of course!

Today I purchased two more packets of the strips from Priceline where they did retail for the full $14.95, I got #310 Wild Child (zebra print) and #350 Misbehaved (looks like fishnet stockings on a gold gilded background), I really wanted the leopard print called 'Kitty Kitty' and the lovely Priceline assistant searched a stack of boxes of the strips that she was unpacking but I had no luck. I also couldn't get this print at two different Chemist Warehouse locations, sigh! Oh well, I guess I will have to wait for the initial sell out and restocking before I can get leopard crazy tips. Zebra will just have to do!

There are three reasons I'm really liking these strips so far. Firstly, I have a terrible habit of picking off my nail polish, when I have usual polish on, I can pick little chips off slowly, and after a couple of days I have usually wrecked my mani without even meaning to! It's better than biting my nails I suppose, but I do annoy myself with it. When it comes to the strips though, they don't flake like polish, if I were to pick at the corner the edge would just lift off and I presume the whole strip would just come off, no little chips. I have had no desire to do this yet though, I think it may have something to do with how cool the lace designs look on my nails too!

Secondly I love nail art, and I have the Konad stamping system but I hate how sometime the print just doesn't transfer right and you have to start all over, wiping off your basecoat, colour and print, it's so irritating. With the Sally Hansen strips if you stick them a little off centre you can just peel and reposition if they haven't fully adhered, making wicked patterned nails foolproof!

Finally, these strips are already dry, so you know what that means, no drying time! No smudges, no ruining the perfect mani because your phone rings or you forgot to feed the cat or you're going to bed. Just stick on these little babies and go, style in a flash!

So where does this revolutionary product come from? Well basically they are a mass market version of Minx nails, foil and print nail transfers available at salons only, and popular with celebs like Katy Perry and Rihanna. Given the fact that my local salon charges $55 for one Minx manicure, Sally Hansen's $14.95 for one (or two if you're frugal and crafty!) seems like a real steal to me.

Now I'm just waiting for a few more prints to come out. The USA has a really cool multi colour glitter one....I'm excited already!

Beauty Scholar.