Kismet Jardin Hydra-Gem Review

Skincare is one of my favourite things to review – I love finding products that are universal for all skin types even if they’re targeted at a certain type. If you’ve been a reader of my posts you’ll know that I review a different face mask each week for a month. I’ve enjoyed making them work for my skin and giving you guys honest feed back on wether or not I think its worth it. Today I’m here to share with you a product I think is worth it and will work with all skin types.

I’ve mentioned Kismet Jardin a few times here on my blog, and if you follow some other Adelaide Bloggers (you should, they’re lovely) then you might have seen them mention this brand and product too. We received a full size of the Hydra-Gem as a gift amongst other things when we spoke to Kismet Jardin at the Bloggers United AU Adelaide Event. Since then I have been using it on and off it wasn’t until I was contacted by them to give a review that I began using it daily. I have been using it daily for a month now and I feel like I’m ready to review it in depth. In case I miss anything, read about it here!!

This is the product here – firstly the packaging. Absolutely gorgeous. The bottle comes with a pump and it disperses the perfect amount of product. The bottle itself is thick glass – and let me tell you from experience, it can take a hit. I knocked it off the vanity onto tiles floor and nothing was broken – so its sturdy. A win in my book.

A little about the company – Kismet Jardin is a South Australian brand based right here in Adelaide so its perfect for those who want to shop local and support SA. Kismet Jardin believe in all natural everything, there is a really cute story about nature in today’s busy concrete life that is really quite lovely to read on their website. The word Kismet means fate or destiny and the word Jardin is French for garden. So when put together it can mean Fate’s Garden or The Garden of Destiny – something along those lines, which is quite a pretty mental image.

This photo looks so photoshopped but I assure you, it isn’t. Its just my awkward self touching my face – the usual.

When I use this product: I use one to two pumps of this in the morning after my usual skincare routine and before makeup and at night once I’ve taken all my makeup off – done my nightly skincare and right before bed.

A few things that I’ve noticed about this product:

  1. How fast it absorbs into the skin. It is almost instant – I don’t have to wait around for it to sink in I can apply makeup almost instantly after.
  2. Texture is lightweight and very smooth. Its quite a runny formula but nothing that gets out of hand. No chunky bits or residue and no oils. Its an oil-free product.
  3. The smell of this is interesting. There is no scents or perfumes added so it won’t irritate your skin. The smell is purely of the all natural, certified organic products used to make up this product. It doesn’t linger and I don’t think it is terrible its just an earthy smell, almost like laying in grass? Grass sweat? is that a thing? I’m making it sound worse than what it is! It doesn’t linger, but keep it in mind.
  4. I’ve noticed that my skin is starting to firm up – nothing like The Thing from Fantastic 4 or anything. But I feel like its smooth and tight – in a good way. I’ve also noticed no reaction from this – I’ve not had any break outs – and my skin isn’t as obnoxiously dry as it used to be. Its supple and plump without being oily. My skin tone has improved and I find myself having more ‘good skin days’.

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What the product boasts:
Hydra-Gem is to support collagen and elastane synthesis and to plump, protect and deeply hydrate skin. I’m not sure what I can say personally for the collagen and elastane part because I do still have ‘young skin’ and haven’t noticed myself lacking in that area – but prevention is the best cause of action right? – or something like that so I hope that I’m gonna be having flawless skin when I’m 75. (Come back in 40 years for a review). I can say however, that my skin feels plump and hydrated. There has been no excess oils or anything coming to my skin so I can imagine how good that would be to those of you who suffer from oily issues. Hyaluronic Acid is one of the ingredients in this which is a big moisture boost to the skin and I can’t get enough of it.

Some more things I’ve noticed:

  1. It works well under makeup. It provides a protective barrier between skin and makeup. Hence why it is a serum-primer. Really, it is a universal product.
  2. It travels well – because I proved to myself accidentally that it can take a hit, I take it with me when I travel. Its the perfect size, the cap is strong and doesn’t flick off to leak everywhere, and because I don’t usually do a full face of makeup to sit in the car for 3+ hours. I put some of this on and my skin doesn’t feel dry or gross from the air con from all the recycled air. I can just imagine how nice this would feel when flying!
  3. Dry skin girls! For those of us who like a matte finish makeup without looking flakey – its a hard one to master. There is usually a lot of prep work that goes into readying our skin. Skin oil, moisturiser, primer, dewy face mist, deal with the devil… The usual. I’ve found with this, I can cut out a lot of those steps and wear a matte finish foundation over top. Hydra-Gem creates the perfect base!
  4. I’ve also found that it works well with other products! For those days that I want a super dewy finish. I use the Hydra-Gem and then a mattifying moisturiser over the top – the Hydra-Gem allows the moisture through without drying my skin, and the matte finish allows the dewy foundation to go on and not slide all over my face! LOVE THAT!

I honestly think this product is a game changed in my morning routine and if you’re someone who loves natural skincare, supporting local brands (don’t worry they ship internationally) and just genuinely good products then I really suggest you look at the Award Winning company – Kismet Jardin.

 

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Disclaimer: This product was provided to me for reviewing purposes. However, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t write about it. Nothing has changed my views.

Autumn Smokey Eye + Youtube?

So I’ve been really getting into Autumn makeup and dark colours and lately I’ve been rocking a dark brown smokey eye and paring it with a grey lip. Every time I wear this look I get compliments on it, so I’ve decided to post on it and also film a YouTube tutorial on it.

I’ve had youtube for a while, but took a break because life is busy and I’ve just not been very inspired to film anything, but with Autumn makeup filling my life with joy, I’ve been itching to record. So I’ll include this video for you. I’m not an MUA nor do I have a fancy studio, its just me so don’t get judgey.

I wore the look with one of my favourite lipsticks ever which is this gorgeous grey by Shanghai Suzy, its the shade called ‘Dove’. I never would have expected to like a grey lipstick but I find myself reaching for this all the time. This might be one of the first lipsticks I’ll use up in full!

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This was the first time I’d done my makeup like it. I was totally feeling it and felt flawless. Its amazing how makeup can enhance your mood and give you such a confidence boost.

I used my Stila – Eyes are the window – Soul palette to achieve this look. But once you see what shadows I’ve used you can swap them out for something else in your collection. Try using the Chi Chi Mattes Palette as an affordable alternative!

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Its really easy to get this look. If you watch the video you can see what I’m doing, but if you use this diagram as a reference you still know what to put and where!

I love dark smokey eyes for the cooler months and I have been experimenting a heap with different looks so I hope you’re excited for that coz I sure am!

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Original Tartelette VS In Bloom Palette Swatches

I recently got my hot little hands on the two Tartelette Palettes and I thought I might do a comparison swatch for you! They are very similar and if you’ve only got the budget for one I hope this post can help you choose! However at this very moment in time until the 15th of April 2016 there is a SALE on Tarte.com that gives you 30% off at the checkout when you enter ‘FRIENDS’ Promo code. So hippity hop on over and get yourself a bargain! All details will be on the website.

The Lowdown:
Each palette contains 12 x 1.50g shadows. For reference the Urban Decay Naked Palettes hold 12 x 1.30g shadows. The original Tartlette (In the purple case) is made up of all matte shades and has a purple theme running through the palette. The shades are a mix of warm/neutral and cool tones . The Tartlette In Bloom (pink/floral case) is all matte except 3 shimmer/lustre shades. The palette is more of a golden brown theme. Definitely more neutral/warm shades. Each palette is made of the same hard plastic, feels sturdy and has a full mirror on the lid side. Mirrors are adjustable to a degree and self standing. There is no scent to the original palette, but there is a sweet ‘sugary/vanilla’ scent to the ‘In Bloom’ palette.

Swatches:
Tartlette (Original)

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First row: Free Spirit: yellow/cream colour, Force of Nature:light tan, Dreamer: Medium brown, Multi-Tasker: deep brownDSCN3277Caregiver: soft baby pink, Natural Beauty: Mauve, Best Friend: Berry brown, Bombshell: Dark Plum

DSCN3278Super Mom: Bone/cream/white, Wanderer: Orangey tan, Power Player: Grey tone brown,  Fashionista: Black.


Tartlette In Bloom

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Charmer: Off White – Matte, Jetsetter: Warm Taupe – Matte, Rocker: Shimmering Taupe, Smokeshow: Black-Brown – Matte.
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Flower Child: Peachy Nude – Matte,  Smarty Pants: Tan – Matte, Fire Cracker: Bronze Copper, Activist: Dark Brown – Matte

DSCN3271Funny Girl: Shimmering Champagne, Sweetheart: Peach – Matte, Rebel: Chestnut Brown – Matte, Leader: Aubergine – Matte.


Now to compare them row by row:

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First Row: Original (Left) In Bloom (Right)

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Second Row: Original (Left) In Bloom (Right)

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So as you can see they are quite similar, yet at the same time both very different in their own right. The shades in both palettes are the same high quality and I am really happy I have both palettes. If you’re not in the market to spend on both palette then really the choice is up to you based on your personal preference.

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Do you have any of these palettes? If so I’d love to hear what you think of them. I can’t wait to do some looks with these palettes!

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Priceline Picks! 40% off Cosmetics Haul

I went in with high hopes and came out with low funds. Priceline, you’ve done it again!

If you’re still recovering from the madness that is the Priceline 40% off Cosmetics Sale, I don’t blame you, my girls and I (Sarah & Zoe) did a little pub-crawl style shopping spree. I hit up 4 stores to pick up a bargain and I am pretty happy with what I came out with. I’d made a list and I stuck to it. If I couldn’t get something I didn’t try and spend my money on something else in store. (I spend it on ice cream like an adult).

This is what I picked up in the sale!

After making my list on what I was aiming to get I hit up foundations first!

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L’Oreal Paris Lumi Magique Light Infusing Foundation – Shade: N1 Pure Pearl
$34.95 / $20.97

I’ve used this foundation and even though it looks darker than the rest it actually matches me perfectly! (which is strange) Those yellow undertones though… I’m not sure if this made me oily though (ALSO STRANGE BECAUSE MY FACE IS LIKE A DESERT) but I used a lot of cream products and didn’t really set my foundation with powder as much as I usually would so I’ll have to play around. From the one time I’ve used it, apart from those minor issues I really liked it!

Maybelline Super Stay 24hr Long Wear Foundation – Shade: 05 Light Beige
$24.95 / 14.97
I’ve not used this yet, but I have used Maybelline foundations in the past and really like them – so I’m keen to give this a go!

Rimmel London Lasting Finish 25  hr Full Cover Foundation – Shade 101 Light
$18.95 / $11.37
I picked up this foundation because it is my daily – go to foundation. It is a little on the lighter side because the next shade up is just too dark for me, but it mixes really well with other foundations if I need to lighten them and the coverage is great!

Next stop was concealers! I don’t wear a lot of concealer and it is something that I want to start branching out and using. Here’s the ones I picked up:

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Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer – Shade: 101 Ivory
$13.95 / $8.37
This is one of my go to concealers. I don’t have a favourite concealer but this one seems to work really well when I use it!

Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser – Shade Fair
$18.95 / $11.37
I’ve heard really good things about this concealer from friends who use it and I’ve always been wanting to try it but whenever I go to get it its always sold out – that must mean its good, right? I’ve used this once already and really like it! I can’t wait to keep using it to see if it continues to impress me.

I only bought two items that I don’t classify as ‘base’ products and these are the new Revlon Ultra HD Lip Colours. I only got two shades – I know I’ll wear these. They’re not on the Priceline website so I can’t remember what the original price is so I’ll estimate it based on the 40% discount.

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Revlon Ultra HD Lip Colour – Shade: 610 Addiction (berry) Shade: 635 Passion (red)
$23.00 (approx) / $14.37
These were a little bit pricier than I thought, so I’m glad I only got too. From swatching them the formula looks really nice and wearable. I haven’t tried them on the lips yet so I’m yet to have a decent review. I’m pretty keen to try them though!

The last thing I picked up is the cream version of a powder highlight trio I already own. The creams are lighter than the powders and I’m curious as to how good their staying power is.

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Models Prefer Radience/Collection Ultimate Illuminating Palette – Type: Cream
$12.99 / $7.99
I’m really into the whole ‘strobing’ trend lately. I like having glowy skin and I really hope I can make this product work.

Thats it! I had the best day shopping with my friends, we went out for lunch, shopped our little legs off and then went out for ice cream because we deserved it! Did you get anything in the Priceline sale? If so link it below I’d love to check it out!

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Mini Makeup Haul

I’ve been on a little bit of a ‘no-buy’ recently and I was doing so well! Only buying things that I needed, like refills etc. But that all ended when my friend went to Sydney and offered to buy me some things from Sephora if I wanted, while she was there. So before I could say TAKE MY MONEY I’d already decided on some things. I took this upon myself to do a little spending – nothing over the top, and here is what I picked up!

Starting with the Sephora purchases;
Tarte – Tartlette Palette
I’ve been lusting over this palette since I first saw it – I’ve really been digging matte shadows and as you probably know, this palette is entirely made up of matte shades! They’re just gorgeous and super wearable. I can’t wait to play with this and put some looks together!

Tarte – Tartlette In Bloom Palette
It might seem a bit over the top to some, to get both Tartlette Palettes and at $67-AUD a palette I can see why some people wouldn’t bother getting both. But, to me they are both two different and unique palettes and to be honest, I wanted them both – so I got them both! Again, I can’t wait to put some looks together! (I had no idea this photo was blurry until I uploaded it – sorry!)

It is kinda difficult to get Tarte in Aus but now with Sephora AUS we can, but because there is no Sephora in my state, I jumped at the chance of trying out this super talked about brand!

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There is finally a store in Aus! Even though its in an airport and not my state, but my friend stopped by there to pick up some things! I said I didn’t care what I got and to just surprise me. So that’s what she did! I’m so happy with the things she got me.

She picked up two travel sized items in the Tahiti Island Dream scent. I ADORE tropical scents so I’ve already fallen in love with these two! One is a body lotion and the other is a fragrance mist. Even though we’re heading into Autumn right now, I’m still going to smell like an island paradise!

Priceline:
Models Prefer Radiance Collection Powder Palette
I’m becoming slightly obsessed with highlighting. This whole ‘strobing’ thing is getting to me. I saw this and picked it up. I’ve now learned that it comes in cream form too so I think I might pick it up during the next Priceline sale to try it out. At $12.99 AUD you can’t really go wrong! I can’t wait to put these on my face. I think they’ll make beautiful eye shadows too!

Essence – I love extreme Waterproof Mascara!
There is no doubt that Essence do some of the best affordable mascaras. The bright pink packaged one is a cult favorite. I own it and love it. I picked this one up on a whim because I had a mascara emergency and at $5.75 (I think) AUD I thought, why not? I’ve used this mascara a few times now and I really like it! I think I’ll do a little essence post one day and feature some of my faves because there are some hidden gems from this brand!

Thank you so much to Zoe for spending my money for me and bringing me back all this beauty!

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Easter Week: Makeup and Outfit Inspo!

Welcome to the second post of Easter Week! I figure, now that I’ve given you some nail art ideas I might give you some ideas for outfits and makeup, because why not?

Easter is usually a busy time for a lot of people, family commitments, Easter get-togethers usually an arguments about who is hosting this year etc, etc. If you’re someone who doesn’t celebrate Easter then just sit back and get some inspo for makeup and outfits because: Pretty.

MAKEUP

Minimal Effort:

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This is probably what I’ll be rocking on easter. Minimal effort, easy and casual. Defined brows, glowy skin and nude/pink lips. I kept this look without any liner but feel free to add it, I probably would. Its fresh and youthful and low maintenance! To achieve this look I used my Urban Decay Naked 1 palette – A good dupe is the ‘chi chi nudes’ palette.

Easter Night Out:

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When people think of Easter, their first thought isn’t usually clubbing. But I’ve done my fair share of Easter themed nights in town. Free entry if you’re wearing bunny ears etc. I’d personally rock this look on the daily because I think its super pretty and its just so simple! I used my Naked 3 palette only to achieve this look. This is still dramatic enough to be worn out but also pretty and pastel enough to be worn to a day time event!

Floral fun:

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This look might not be what some think when getting ready for Easter, but in my time I’ve known a lot of Easter parties put on for kids where people have face-paint and the Easter Bunny is there along with big egg hunts and lots of fun! I’d totally wear this to that type of event. (If I could wear it on the daily, lord help me I would)

I used my Stila – Soul palette and the inglot white eyeliner on the eyes, the floral work is TAG body paints. Super easy to use and last really well. They’re water activated so really easy for beginners!

OUTFITS

Pastel Pink Easter outfit.

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This is something that I’d love to wear all the time because its just so pretty! But for those who tend to dress up for church / have a more ‘formal’ family affaire this is perfect. Its girly and fun and perfect for the weather (sprint time/ end days of summer).

Easter Morning

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If you don’t have plans for the Easter holiday then might I suggest this comfy ensemble! Its probably what I’ll be wearing if I don’t have to leave the house. Spend all day in your PJs eating waffles, pancakes and hot cross buns for breakky!

Easter night out

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If you’re going out for a night on the town for some Easter festivities, I think this is really cute. (I say that because its basically what I wore when I went out) I’d pair this with the dramatic makeup. The dress is simple but pretty and super comfy, if heels aren’t your thing go for some flats. The ears are what makes it, though. You’ll look adorable and sexy in this outfit.

Boho/chic Easter outfit.

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If I have to leave the house, this is what I’d opt for. A maxi skirt (because who can be bothered shaving their legs) and a low cut crop wrap top – because my body looks bangin’ in those. Pineapple earrings because: me. Cute strappy flats and a signature scent! I love the hair style for this too. Just so pretty… AND EASY! I’m all about that life! I’d pair this with either the minimal makeup or the more dramatic one because go hard or go home, right?

I hope you’re enjoying Easter week so far. If you missed the first post, click here!

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