Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Review • Aurelia Miracle Cleanser

Aurelia Miracle Cleanser $67*
(Picture above shows the sample size that I received. The full size is 120mL)

If you are not familiar with Aurelia, they are a probiotic skincare brand that seek to provide women with revolutionary probiotic technology whilst maintaining their reputation of using only 100% ethically sourced BioOrganic botanical formulations. (If you would like more info on the science behind the brand, click here)

I was kindly provided a sample of the Miracle Cleanser by the lovely, Antonia, which I have been using for the past few weeks in order to write up an honest review for you lovely people!

The cleanser is a really nice, creamy, non foaming consistency which is has a slight cooling effect (at least I found) when first applied to the skin. I was also provided a soft antibacterial bamboo muslin cloth to remove the cleanser after all makeup has been dissolved. 
The first thing I must mention is that the cleanser has a VERY strong scent of rosemary and Eucalyptus, so if you don't like those particular scents, it could put you off a bit. However, I find that the scent doesn't linger on the skin for very long after washing off. This creamy, balm style cleanser really breaks down foundation and other face makeup, regardless on how heavy the coverage, allowing you to easily wipe off the remains with the muslin cloth. I haven't tested if this cleanser can remove stubborn eye makeup, but I don't think I plan too because, upon reading a few other reviews of this cleanser, it stings quite a bit if the product comes in contact with the delicate eye area.

The Miracle Cleanser contains probiotic and peptide technologies with BioOrganic plant and flower essences, which really help to hydrate and soothe the skin, leaving you with a really fresh and luminous appearance. I even received some compliments on how glowy my skin was looking!(Yippee!!)
I really like the bamboo muslin cloth that came with the cleanser, as it's so easy to wipe off the cleanser afterwards and it gently sloughs away dead skin cells which, in turn, promotes cell renewal and turnover in the skins surface. My moisturiser is now working really well with my skin, seeing as its not having to penetrate (er….) through the dead layers of skin in order to really hydrate the skin from beneath. 

While this cleanser has a pretty hefty price tag ($67! YIKES!), it is really worth trying if your budget allows it! In containing plenty of natural ingredients, and being free from parabens, sulphates and silicones, it works for a range of skin types, including sensitive skin.

Monday, 19 August 2013

Great Gatsby Ball 2013

My dress is from Forever New, and my ring belonged to my grandma. I also did my own make up and hair. If you want, I can film a tutorial for this look sometime! Let me know!

I have been meaning to put together a post about my Great Gatsby themed school ball which took place on the 9th of August, for quite a while. While I don't plan on writing a whole lot about the ball experience, I thought I would upload some of the pictures from the night. (If you would like to see some more pictures, take a look at my Instagram feed @Lovelyrosepetalblog)

I had a really good time getting all glammed up and dancing awkwardly to mainstream pop. Also, getting to see everyone in formal dress was quite strange, (in a good way!) By the end of the night, my feet felt like little trotters that were about to fall off! But I think that was worth it. There were also four photo booths running throughout the night, which I think I may have had a bit too much fun with...

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Review • Karen Murrell Lipsticks + Giveaway!

Recently, I was contacted by Bianca on behalf of the brand Karen Murrell, who ever so kindly sent me 3 Karen Murrell lipsticks to try out. The colours I received were Sand Storm: a subtle nude, Rymba Rhythm: a classic red and Magenta Moon: a soft pinky coral.

The Karen Murrell lipstick range is available in 11 shades + the Moisture Stick which can be applied over lipstick to add further hydration and shine or as a lip plumper or balm. The collection varies from barely there nudes to vibrant fuchsias and reds. 

Karen Murrell strives to provide lipsticks containing only the most natural ingredients including Avocado oil, Evening Primrose oil and Carnauba wax to ensure that "nothing nasty" touches your lips.

I was really impressed with the hydration these lipsticks gave. They are so smooth to apply and they didn't drag on the lips one bit! Karren Murrell lipsticks are rich in Omega 6, known for it's soothing and moisturising properties, which I found, made these lipsticks feel almost like a long-lasting lip balm. They are very light feeling and do not embarassingly cake or flake after a few hours of wear. My favourite of the three colours I was sent, is Rymba Rhythm, a beautiful true red. While I found this lipstick ever so slightly sheer (I usually wear VERY opaque lipsticks), I found this a really nice alternative as it's not too demanding and lasts a long time on the lips. These lipsticks would be a great option for someone who wants to try out wearing lipsticks, but is a little unsure of a good "starting off lipstick", because they can be built up from a sheer lip stain to an almost opaque (solid) lip colour. 

Magenta Moon is a really pretty colour that can be worn, lightly patted on the lips as a slight lip tint, perfect for school (tried and tested), or slicked on straight from the bullet as a beautiful pink, perfect for the upcoming spring! 
I don't tend to wear nude lipsticks, but Sandstorm is really pretty when gently patted on to the lips (I find it looks better this way on myself). Sandstorm paired with a dark smokey eye or even thick winged eyeliner would look amazing!

Karen Murrell lipsticks are great for vegetarians, as they are free of animal based products and do not test on animals. Big thumbs up to Karen Murrell!


I have one, brand new Karen Murrell lipstick in the shade Rymba Rhythm* to giveaway to one of you lovely readers, so if you are interested in winning this prize, please enter by following the directions below:

-Must be a member of this blog (I will be checking!) If you are not a member yet, click the "Join this site" button on the right hand side of the page.
-Leave a comment below this post telling me why you want to win this lipstick (Please also include your email address so I can contact you if you are the winner!)

If you are under 16, please ask your parents before entering as I don't particularly want to have to deal with angry parents asking why this girl on the inter-web has their children's contact details!

Competition open to NZ residents only (There will be international giveaways in the future! I promise!)

Entries close August 31st 2013 and winner will be contacted by September 2nd. If, for some reason, I do not hear back from the winner within 48 hours (of sending the email announcing the winner), a new winner will be drawn. Winner will be drawn at random using Random.org. 

Good luck!

*************************************Giveaway Closed*************************************

Congrats to Anna! I will send you an email so that I know where to send your lipstick!(Just be sure to reply within 48 hours).
Thanks to everyone else who entered! I will definitely have more giveaways in the future, so keep an eye out for those! xxx

Sunday, 11 August 2013

This Weeks Most Reached For #1

I thought I'd do a new segment on my blog called "This Weeks Most Reached For" where I simply share the products I've been loving lately. I probably won't post one of these every week as I tend to use the same products for quite a while before moving onto something else to try. Let me know if you like this segment or leave any requests in the comments below.

I'm not usually one to use hair masks (or conditioner for that matter...SHH!), but I decided to give this one a go seeing as the ends of my hair were looking pretty dry and frizzy. The consistency is that of a thick conditioner which makes it very easy to scoop out of the tub and spread throughout the ends of my hair. The scent is very clean and fresh smelling, which I think most people would like, seeing as it's not too strong. I absolutely love how smooth this masque makes my hair look and feel and how it leaves my hair completely tangle free. LOVE this product!

I actually got this eyeshadow to wear for my school's ball on Friday, and I am SO glad that I found it because it's probably one of my favourite eye products! I am really impressed with the staying power of this cream shadow (I wore it for about 6 hours and it didn't crease one bit!) and the colour is absolutely beautiful. The cooler toned gold makes this easier to wear than a bright yellow-gold, which some people find intimidating, (I know I do!) This is really pretty as an all over colour as well as an inner corner highlight to open up and brighten the eyes.

This may seem like a bit of a weird product to mention due to the fact that it is essentially an anti-aging cream, but OH MY GOODNESS! This stuff is great! Firstly, the consistency is almost gel like, making it glide over the skin without feeling greasy and sticky. Secondly, after using this at night, I wake up with brilliantly glowing and smooth skin! One of the key ingredients is vitamin E, known for it's hydrating properties, which makes this a great product for those with dry skin or even those who just want their skin to look a bit more plump. The scent is pretty much the same, unobtrusive scent as the rest of the Olay products which won't prevent you from sleeping if you choose to use this as a night cream (as I do most of the time).

For a while I had been needing an eyelash curler as (shock horror!) I didn't actually own one. Because of my obsession with online shopping, I decided to buy a cheap eyelash curler on Ebay, (I kind of expected it to be pretty crap, but hey! At least I would have one!) Little did I know, it would become one of my holy grail make up items! Ever since I received this in the mail, I haven't gone a day without using it, (it's that good!) I am one of those people who NEEDS to curl their lashes everyday because they grow in various directions, and I find this tool does the job brilliantly. I have linked the Ebay seller I purchased this from, however, by the time you are reading this, the listing may of expired. If that is the case, just type in Eyelash Curler into eaby, and you'll find literally MILLIONS of results.

This last product is one that my mum and I share, (we both wanted to try it out). The cream is very smooth and pearlescent pink in colour and it can be applied as an illuminating primer, a highlight or even worn on it's own as an all over light moisturiser with a dewy finish. The thing I love about this strobe cream is that it doesn't contain huge chunks of glitter or shimmer, instead it has a slight pearl/sheen finish to it leaving the skin looking very dewy and natural. I wore this out to the ball under my foundation as an illuminating primer and I also applied a little to my collar bone and the tops of my arms.

What products have you been loving this week?

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