Thursday, 24 July 2014

Mimco : iPad Case / Clutch Bag

A while ago I heard quite a bit of chatter on Twitter about the Sale at Mimco and having wanted to buy a Mimco piece for a while, I decided to see what was included in the sale. This iPad case is still on-sale for $49 here. There are other colour's in the sale (with zipper's) but only this one is $49!

I discovered a lot of fashion blogger's had bought the Patent Black iPad case because it was the perfect size for a medium clutch so I ended up snapping one up for $49 because it was $149 originally. I wish I had bought two, one for a clutch and one for my iPad but I didn't think of that at the time.
I'm happy to say the online order's come with a dustcover.
I like the hardware on this piece which is a Rose Gold logo and a Rose Gold zipper.
And the iPad case/Clutch is also fully lined.

I'm a big fan of patent, what can I say I like glossy thing's so this is perfect for me.

In September I'll be popping along to a Sydney store for a bit of browsing and also I have an upcoming long weekend in Auckland after Sydney so hopefully I'll find time to do a bit of bargain shopping.

Do you own any Mimco pieces?

Mimco are an Australian brand and they were founded by Amanda Briskin in Melbourne 
in 1996. The name Mim comes from Amanda's childhood nicknameand she added Co so 
the brand became MIMCO.

Mimco design bag's, jewellery, wallets, shoes and accessories which include watches.

I'm thinking my next purchase is probably going to be a Watch.

I also bought a piece of Mimco jewellery when I purchased the iPad case but I'll post about it separately, it too was also on-sale.

Follow Mimco on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and their online store is here.


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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Viva La Juicy : Juicy Couture

As a regular reader, you might recall I prefer floral and fruity scent's than musky/woody scent's (having said I'm obsessed with Bath& Bodywork's Mahogany Teakwood), a teakwood musky/woody scent. To me it's a masculine scent but I know a lot of girl's who love it!

VLJ has been on my Wishlist for age's but I've got a lot of other perfume's I want to use up. When I go into a store and it's on the shelf I'll spritz it on myself. I think the packaging of the bottled perfume is cute and the scent last's on my skin longer than most perfumes I've tried. I've almost caved into buying it a few times but resisted. I'll buy it before Christmas or wait to see if it comes out in a giftset (highly unlikely) because this perfume was launched in 2008 and I think I've wanted it since 2009.

I received this vial in a beauty box subscription.
 I normally don't like sample's of perfume's in subscription boxes but I was happy to see this one and it's been in my purse a while. I was changing handbag's on Tuesday so I've recently started wearing it again. It's a small 1.5ml vial so it's not going to last much longer. What I like about this sample is the cute small size and of course the scent and that it's a spray. I prefer a spray vial's over the dab one's. I tend to use more than I need with spray but I'd rather do that than not use it at all because it's broken in my purse or I haven't worn it and it goes off. 

The scent of VLJ is a little bit sweet but that's not a deal breaker for me. I realise perfume's change depending on your body chemistry but it's sweet, floral and has a bit of dark woody/sandly/musky dry down to it on my skin. I would go as far to say when it dries down it almost smell's like men's aftershave on me and that's not a problem. I quite like a lot of men's aftershave/fragrances. 

Unfortunately because it's a sample it doesn't really give you information on what's in the scent but I've done a bit of online research to give you an idea (just in case you haven't tried it/smelt it yet).

Fragrancex describes it as:

a gourmand/fruity/floral fragrance and just the scent for trendy women. Top notes of wild berries and juicy mandarin meet a floral heart of honeysuckle, gardenia and jasmine, whilst the base notes are yummy gourmand notes of amber, caramel, vanilla, sandalwood and pralines.

I definitely recommend you give it a whiff, it's pretty easy to find in most department stores, chemist's etc. It's pricey in New Zealand but I think I'll check out Duty Free stores when I arrive at Auckland Airport in a couple of month's and I'll definitely be looking at perfume's and prices in Australia.

Do you like this scent, can you recommend other Juicy Couture perfume's I should test?

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Popbasic : The Red Le Breton

Update: 24th July 2014, unfortunately the Red Le Breton has SOLD OUT!

Today, the red Le Breton from Popbasic went live - there's only 10 day's to pre-order!

If your not familiar with Popbasic, it's a US based fashion company (co-owned by an Australian called Madeline (Maddy) Veenstra. Popbasic sell great quality, affordable pieces and usually release a new collection or a single piece every month (this isn't a monthly subscription service) just buy when you see something you like.

In the past few month's they released another Le Breton Top and two collection's called The Paloma (a 3 piece Collection) and recently The Jane (a 2 piece collection). Each collection might have a top, a skirt, a scarf, a piece of jewellery or a bag or is sold as a single piece. I'm still quite new to Popbasic so I don't know previous collection's were sold and which pieces that made up each collection.

My very first Popbasic order was the Navy Blue and White Le Breton Tee which I ordered in May and I received it today. I'm really pleased it's arrived so I can start wearing it and I think it'd pair perfectly with jean's or cord's, denim, a pair of black or navy blue trouser's or a skirt (it'd also be nice with short's but for now being mid-winter I'm not so keen on the idea of wearing short's until Summer).

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Click on the first picture to sign-up to Popbasic using my *Affiliate link and you'll receive US$15 off your first order with Popbasic as well as FREE International Shipping! (please note you can use my referral code once per person). It's free to signup to Popbasic and you'll receive forthcoming Popbasic news by email. 

It happen's to be a nice coincidence the Red Le Breton was launched today because my first Popbasic Le Breton Top (the navy blue and white) arrived so I decided today's video will be a Popbasic Haul which consist's of the blue and white Le Breton Tee and my 3 piece Paloma Collection both of which have unfortunately soldout. 

The Jane Collection consist's of a Blush coloured Tee, a basic Black Pencil Skirt and a Deux Loop Necklace is still available here. The sizing for Jane is: Extra-Small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large, the necklace is one size only and the 3 piece collection US$75 or $15 off if you use my link (and you haven't made a purchase from Popbasic before).

This afternoon I pre-ordered a Red Le Breton, please look for it in a forthcoming post and/or Haul in August or September. I've been after a Le Breton top for almost a year but I couldn't find one here so thankyou very much Popbasic. The navy blue and white le breton is beautiful. Now I have two Le Breton top's I wonder if Popbasic would release one with either a hot pink stripe or a mint green or even a chartreuse because I'd love either of those le breton's colour's in my wardrobe. The sizing for the Le Breton top's are; Extra-Small, Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large. When I get around to posting an outfit of the day wearing the Le Breton I'll definitely post it here and on Instagram and Twitter.

The video link to my first Popbasic Haul is here.

If you have any question's about how Popbasic work's, please comment below, or
tweet me @BalmainBeauty or ask Maddy, the Co-Founder of @Popbasic on Twitter.

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Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Longchamp : Fall Collection 2014

Every season Longchamp release a new collection. The forthcoming Fall Collection look's right up my street (I'd like one in each colour please plus the matching purse).

I own two Longchamp bag's from their Le Pliage Collection in a Black (Medium) which I bought from one of their stores in Paris in 2011 and a Red/Berry colour (Small) from a London store also in 2011 and they both still look new, the handle on the black bag has patina a little bit but I expected it to do so. I have to admit I wear the black more because it fit's more in it and goes with the majority of my clothing. It's my go to Autumn/Winter bag but I also use it in Summer from time to time.

Here's a post on my first Le Pliage bag here

Do you own a Longchamp bag or do you have a Longchamp Collection? 

The bright colour's look so pretty. I do like a pop of colour in Autumn/Fall.

Click here to view the Fall Collection 2014.

You can find International Longchamp sites here

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm : Coral Crush

I'd usually think of wearing pink, peach and coral lip colour's in Spring and Summer but we're in Winter and I'm sick of the rain and cold so I've started wearing pastel's and lighter lip colour's and blushes. I still have to wear sweater's and cardigan's but at least my makeup is light and the colour's I've been wearing have put a little Spring in my step!

Today, I've got a Coral lip balm by Pixi and I first discovered it after seeing it in one of Essie Button's monthly favourites videos so I asked a friend to see if she could get it 3 for 2 at Boot's or Superdrug, a couple of day's later I found them on Feel Unique, which is my main source of buying UK beauty product's (let me know if you want me to post my favourite UK website's where I buy product's that haven't made it to this part of the world yet). I'm impatient, when I see something I want, I want to buy it straight away but I also prefer to see and swatch it in person but that's not alway's possible given where I live and the time it sometimes takes for product's to launch here.

If you want to buy Pixi, click here for product's on Feel Unique (worldwide shipping).
Unfortunately, it's impossible to swatch due to gloomy winter weather today.
the lip balm's are £8 each (approx NZ$16) and on a 3 for 2 offer on Feel Unique!

Click here to see Estée (Essie Button) wearing the Pixi Pink shade on her lip's.

I like how soft the lip balm is on my lip's, it's a nice wash of colour, it's not a sticky formula, there's no fear of getting it on your teeth, or the product moving outside your lip's (at least it hasn't happened to me), it's a nice product. It's my first Pixi product. I'm happy with Coral Crush. I've also bought the Pixi Pink and Ripe Raspberry lip balm's but I haven't opened them yet because I'm loving Coral Crush.

I like to apply it before I start applying makeup so it's got time to hydrate my lip's.

I think the next product I'd like to try is the Glow Tonic which exfoliates, tones and firms skin. I've heard a lot about it. I'd also like to try a mineral Eyeshadow palette, a Cheek Gel or powder Blush and a couple of their brushes. 

I've started buying #CrueltyFree makeup and skincare so I'm happy to let you know Pixi isn't tested on animal's, click here for more information.

Which Pixi product's have you tried?

Pixi also have their own webshop here / on Feel Unique here
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Thursday, 3 July 2014

May and June Faves 2014

It's monthly faves time. Unfortunately, I ran out of time in May and I didn't have much to share with you so I held thing's over until June and combined two month's into one video.

Share your June Faves (post a link to your recent faves from your blog, a link to your video on youtube or mention the product's below).

Sunday, 15 June 2014

MOR Snow Gardenia Perfume Oil

Today my obsession with the MOR brand continues with the Snow Gardenia Perfume Oil.

If you follow my blog, you might recall I've posted about a MOR product before, click here. I'll post about the candle, the shower and bath product and the sugar scrub very soon.

MOR are an Australian modern Apocathecary making luxurious product's such as perfume oil's, scented candle's, scented body and bath product's, scented soap's, scented body oil's, hand cream's etc.

I've been loving their Sugar Rose Tiger Lily range. In the SRTL range I have the bath and shower gel, the body lotion, sugar scrub, hand cream and a candle but I thought it was time to try a different scent.

I bought the snow gardenia perfume oil because it's a tiny purse sized roller ball and I thought it'd be great to top up whilst I'm out and about. It's a sweet scent which can be worn year round, although for me I personally I decided to start using it in Winter. The floral scent perk's me up and remind's me of gardenia's I used to grow in my garden in the UK.
Snow Gardenia is a sweet floral. It's a beautiful long-lasting, intoxicating scent and smell's like a bouquet of fresh gardenia's you've just picked from your garden. I like it's a roller ball because you just roll it across your wrist's a few time's and it last's (on my skin) all day.
What I like about MOR: the product's are luxurious but affordable, they make a lot of product's and they often have Sales where you can get discount's on double-product pack's like a bath and shower gel and a body lotion for under $40.

To sum thing's up, I'm really pleased with the Snow Gardenia scent and I'll definitely be picking up a few more product's from this range in the future.

Other MOR range's I'd like to try are: Italian Blood Orange, Neroli Clementine, White Hydrangea and Black Plum.

If you'd like information about MOR, please click here. They ship Internationally and you can shop by Collection, Fragrance or Product. MOR do not test on animal's.

If you've tried MOR's product's before, which scent's and product's you've tried.

MOR are on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

This post isn't Sponsored post by MOR. I bought the product with my own money. All opinion's are 100% honest and are my own word's and photograph's! Please don't reproduce, however you may post a link on your blog, website, like and share on social media and link to my original post or blog, please credit BalmainBeauty, Thankyou.

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

What's In My Shower? (May 2014)

I hope everyone's having a lovely weekend.

I haven't filmed a What's In My Shower since January, so I figured now since I've moved I'd show you what I'm using. I enjoy these kind's of videos so I hope you enjoy it too.

Thankyou so much for commenting, liking, sharing, subscribing and watching. 

I've reached nearly 300 subscriber's (I don't have a goal for subscriber number's)
thankyou for your support and patience whilst I've been moving this month.

I'll resume blogging next week and I'm planning to film another Empties and May Faves!

Here's the PlayList for the other What's In My Shower videos

Please leave comment's on the video on YouTube here. That way I have one place to see your comment or question and I can respond or you can tweet me @balmainbeauty

Friday, 9 May 2014

Nivea : Raspberry Rose Lip Butter

If you've been reading my blog for a while, or follow me on Instagram or Twitter you'll remember I've posted about Nivea product's before. I like it's Cruelty Free, affordable, work's well and is easy to find in most shop's and chemist's throughout Australia and New Zealand.

I've previously written about the Caramel Cream Lip Butter and I think it wasn't long after posting the review, I discovered a new flavour released in Europe which was the Raspberry Rose. I think it's not been out in Australia and New Zealand for more than a couple of month's or less.

If you'd like to read the Caramel Cream Lip Butter post, click here
If you'd like to read more of my Nivea post's, the link's are below this post.

I apologise for the final photograph, the lid of the tin was touching the lip butter so I tried to smooth it over with a hot spoon then I tried a finger and that was even worse. I wanted it to be brand new so I could take photo's for the blog but it was a massive fail so I've using this one a few times a day for this past week and I think it's my favourite of the lip butter's I own: Vanilla Macadamia, the original and Caramel Cream.

I like the feeling of these lip butter's because they're not sticky, they're not too slippery and they sit nicely on your lip's, they make lip's feel hydrated and smooth. If your looking for a lip butter with a hint or wash of colour eg a sheer lip butter/lipstick then this isn't that kind of lip butter.

How I use the Nivea Lip Butter's

I apply to dry lip's after finishing my morning skincare routine. I find that applying the lip butter after my skincare routine and proceeding to the makeup application gives the product look's of time to work it's magic because I tend to apply lipstick as the very last product I put on my face. I also apply these lip butter's several times during the day and they can be applied over the top of a lipstick if your on the go and they look nice as well as helping your lip's.

When new flavour's are released I'll probably pick them up, depending on the flavour's, this one is a very nice Raspberry scent, my nose is picking up a true raspberry flavour and not the fake kind of raspberry you find in so many beauty product's and skincare, it smell's like freshly picked Raspberries.

The lip butter product is tinted a light pink and I like the little round tin's these lip butter's are packaged in. If like me you like to re-use or re-purpose packaging then you could definitely wash the tin's and re-use them to store bobby pins, hair elastic's, small breath mint's, a needle and thread or small nail art.

If you haven't tried the Nivea Lip Butter's I definitely recommend you try them because they're a really good product that'll help your lip's look naturally healthy and it can also be used on dry lip's to make them nourished and softer. No-one likes sore, chapped, flaky, dry lip's so this product is very handy for small handbag's, pocket's, glove boxes, coin purses etc.

Do you have a favourite Nivea lip butter, if so which flavour?

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This post isn't a Sponsored post by Nivea. I bought this product with my own money from my local Countdown. All opinion's are 100% honest and are my own word's and photograph's! Please don't reproduce, however you may post a link on your blog, site, like and share on social media and link to my original post, please credit BalmainBeauty at, Thankyou.

Please read my other Nivea post's:

Nivea Stress Protect Deodorant, click here

Nivea Face, Body & Hands, click here

Nivea In-Shower Body Lotion, click here


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