Sunday, 30 August 2015

Real Techniques Bold Metals - New product line I'm loving!

 A couple of months ago, I put myself on a makeup brush ban. I had just washed all of my brushes and was all crazed about how long it had taken me to do them all.....

...but then Sam and Nic Chapman released a new line of makeup brushes from Real Techniques and I couldn't stick to the ban.

The bold metals collection is completely different to their normal Real Techniques line. They are much more streamlined, more like artists' paintbrushes, and the bristles are just beautiful.

 So far, I have two of the eye brushes, the eyeshadow brush, and the pointed crease brush and they are now my go-to brushes. The girl who helps me out at the place where I buy them is a makeup artist and has recommended that my next purchase be the triangle-shaped foundation brush, so she's ordered that for me, and I'm just waiting for that to come in for me.

They are definitely more expensive than the previous line, with most of the brushes retailing over $35 each, but they are well and truly comparable to high end brushes and worth every single cent.

 This is definitely a range that I'm going to collect all of, and I'm so hoping that they release more new ones soon. I'll keep you guys updated with all the Real Techniques news!

You can find these Real Techniques Bold Metals brushes at Priceline and any of the awesome places you'd usually find Real Techniques brushes. Get out there and find them. You need these in your life!
 I'm also switching back to more blogging as well as my vlogging, because there's so much work involved in filming of videos and lately I've been super busy, but I still want to give you guys regular content, so make sure you're subscribed to my YouTube channel and following my blog, so that you get all of my content.

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Monday, 23 February 2015


Hello again, my lovelies. I know I'm a tad late to the party with this review but I really wanted to try the products out before I did the review, rather than have it be a first impressions type of thing.

Lush have released 8 new products in 2015, and they're all absolutely gorgeous, as is everything they make. Let's have a look at them individually.

 First of all, the thing I've used the most. Movis facial cleanser in a bar form was immediately an "I don't know about this" product, because it was squidgy, sticky and smelled funny. The oaty scent isn't unpleasant, it's just not what I'm used to, but I did come around after my first few goes at using this.
I was pleasantly surprised that after a couple of uses and leaving it on the dry shelf in my shower, it wasn't sticky any more, and had firmed up considerably, making it a more easy to use cleanser bar.

Here's where I came unstuck with it. It just wasn't suited to my skin. I got the usual breakouts when I first started using it, but it continued to break me out for more than a month. I think it's just a little too drying on my skin, which encouraged excess sebum production and in turn made me oily (especially on my chin). The great thing about this product if it is for you, though, is the economy. I used it for about 4 weeks and it's barely shrunk at all. I can see 100g of this lasting anywhere up to 6 months!
 The Granny takes a dip bath bomb that I received in my media pack was broken :( but I have purchased it in all its glory since then (see my Lush valentines haul video). It smells AMAZING. My 4 year old, as you guys know, is obsessed with bath bombs and this one was used up first.

It gives an awesome colourful fizz to the bath and like I said, a beautiful scent. My advice would be to use it all in one go for the best effect, as it doesn't break neatly into pieces like the other ballistics do.
 Lush have released a new charity pot, and though the picture here is of my old charity pot, it looks very much the same from the outside.

New charity pot has a fresh new scent and lighter formulation, and is wonderful for all your dry skin needs.

As always, Lush charity pot supports charities worldwide, and is always at a great price, so you can get a bargain on one of their lovely creams and help out your fellow man at the same time!
 OH EM GEE....D'fluff. This is my new holy grail item, and I immediately purchased another so that I'll always have a spare and will never run out.

This product helped me to achieve the smoothest, closest shave I've ever had. Basically, without going into detail, I shave everything from the neck down, and have had issues with razor rash, ingrown hairs, excessively dry skin after shaving, you name it, my poor legs (underarms and other parts) have dealt with it.

Not any more. The combination of D'fluff and African Paradise body conditioner (after shaving) has changed my whole shaving experience, and I'll never go back to other soaps or shaving creams now.
 Zest was the one product I wasn't super stoked about.

It's a hair gelly, which I think is supposed to be semi-solid, like the shower jellies, but mine is pretty runny.

It's a sugar based hair gel, which gives medium hold with a citrus-y scent that my boys liked. It held up ok in their hair, but I still prefer hair glues for holding their locks all day.

Lush released 2 new soaps. Mangificent, which of course is a mango-based soap, and Parsley Porridge, which is a lovely fresh parsley and oat-based soap.

So far, I'm using Mangnificent in my shower and loving it. The new formula that they are using with their soaps is beautiful, creamy and luxurious, and the low-foam aspect (which takes a little getting used to) means there's no nasty chemicals in the soap.

Loving these so far, and will update you when I use the lovely green one too.
Last, but certainly not least, a product that has converted me to the church of moisturizing in-shower.

African Paradise, with it's beautiful Shea butter base and soothing oils, smells great, moisturizes my skin the way that no normal moisturizer ever has, and conveniently, I can do it all while I'm in the shower!

You use it like a hair conditioner, all over your soap, rinse, conditioner, wait, rinse. I usually wash my face while it's on my skin and rinse the whole lot off at the same time.

Give this a try, you will not regret it.

That's all for my new lush products review. Let me know in the comments if you've tried any of these products, and what you thought about them!

See you all next time, beauties.



Monday, 12 January 2015

Welcome back to KBS in 2015

Hello, beauties!

It's been forever since I sat down and just wrote a good old blog post, but today I've been super productive and moved a bunch of video content over here to the blog ( I PROMISE to be faster with that this year...moving 2 months worth of videos is a massive job!) so I thought I'd write you guys a note and include some Kitstagrams from the end of last year to update you all with what I've been up to!

Some blog/youtube goals for 2015:
500 subscribers
50,000 total youtube views
Stick to a MWF upload schedule with new and creative content

Write more blog posts (at least 1 per month)
Transfer/post Youtube content to the blog as it's uploaded
 I think that's enough goals for now. Having goals that include sticking to the things I've promised my viewers is quite hilarious, I think.

Now for a bit of Kitstagram.
First, we went to Melbourne Zoo on Christmas day. It was a fantastic day, even though the zoo was very crowded. Silly me thought it would be a quiet day there, but apparently it's the busiest day of the year for zoo-goers! This is us at the end of it all, enjoying an icy-pole.

 Now that my broken ankle is fully healed (a full YEAR later!), I'm throwing myself into health and fitness with a kind of motivation I've never had before. I'm eating cleaner, and completely addicted to exercise!

I'm signed up with the gym and visiting there at least 3 times a week, absolutely loving the weights training that I'm doing. I'm stronger than I've ever been and the results are awesome. I feel great, I'm starting to look better as a result, and I'm very happy.

As a part of my fitness routine, I've started to tackle this monster hill a couple of times a week! The circuit is quite demanding, but I'm loving the challenge, and it's becoming something I look forward to, rather than dreading. It starts with 140 stairs down to the beach, a 200mt trek through the sand, then this crazy 45% gradient hill....followed by a cool-down 500mt walk back to the start. We do it 2 or 3 times, and finish up all sweaty and worn out. The added bonus is that the kids love to come along with me!
 Summer is here, so we've been spending some time at the beach. The kids love it, and we're blessed to live in one of the most beautiful places on earth (Melbourne's Mornington Peninsula, for those of you who don't know).

Even on overcast days, we love to go and get our toes wet (and freezing cold!) in the sea, build sand castles, and just generally hang out having fun.
 Now for some new things in my life: A couple of months ago, I had a big tattoo done on my right thigh. It's a tree with a trunk that's twisted into a DNA strand, and I LOVE it. Nick from Ink Fix in mornington did a fantastic job, and I have a video coming with all the details and finished pics, as well as some tips for taking care of new body mods (I also have some new piercings that have healed beautifully and I'll go into some detail about those in the video when it comes out).
 Last, but not least, we have a new member in our family. Mindy came to us from RSPCA Vic, and we love her, even if she's noisy and a little bit demanding.

If you've been watching my YouTube videos, you will already have met Mindy, but she's definitely worth mentioning in my first Kitstagram of 2015, because she's become a true family member and I don't know what life would be like without her now.

So that's my first blog post for 2015. I promise there will be more updates and Kitstagrams, and lots of exciting stuff for you guys this year. I can't wait to get started on it all!

Enjoy your start to 2015, beauties!