40% Off Skincare Sale at Priceline Australia: OK CALM DOWN PEOPLE, CALM DOWN

There’s enough Bioderma for everyone!

Priceline can be a really great resource for skincare when you’re on a budget. I should start with a disclaimer as I so often do, but this one is pretty relevant: I don’t use a lot of drugstore skincare myself. Not because I think there’s anything wrong with it, but because the stuff that I find works best for me is normally found at high street places. In saying that, Priceline is getting better and better with what it is stocking in terms of skincare and I’m happy to point out a few of my favorite things, and a few things that I know are cult buys or things I’ve heard great things about. Does that make sense? OK COOL! I probably won’t really talk about prices because a) me calculating 40% off for everyone is silly, you know how much 40% is and b) the prices aren’t up on the website yet because the sale doesn’t start til Tuesday (and goes only until Wednesday). I’m just gonna talk about what I would buy!

First of all, we can’t have this blog post without mentioning my precious Bioderma Micellar Water.

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I’ve talked about it before so I won’t go on about it but it’s great and I use it every single day to remove my eye makeup and sometimes lip makeup too. It’s a cleansing water basically; you put it on a cotton pad then use it to remove makeup and it doesn’t leave any residue or any film, it’s just a fantastic product and I love it. If you don’t want to buy the Bioderma one, La Roche-Posay do a fabulous one too and for even cheaper, Garnier has one that has been getting decent reviews but I’ve never tried that one. So I would definitely pick up the largest size of this that you can afford, because I think it’s a product that works for everyone regardless of skin type. It used to come with a pump-top where you just pressed it down using the pad thing but it doesn’t have that anymore by the looks of it. What a shame, that thing is great! I bought a massive thing of this when I left Australia and it is still 3/4 full so it lasts a good long while.

Another brand that is sold at Priceline that I have a lot of time for is La Roche-Posay. They do excellent sunscreens and high quality skincare. Their Effaclar Duo serum is really well regarded and they have a product to suit most skin types – the Effaclar range is for oily/combo skin types. The Toleriane range is great for sensitive skin havers, and their retinol product is meant to be one of the best drugstore/commercially available retinol products around – I believe it’s called Redermic. One of the best LRP products I’ve personally owned was the Thermal Spring Water, I know it’s so stupid it’s just thermal water in a can but the mist is so fine and it feels SO GOOD on your skin when it’s dry, or just when the weather is hot, or before application of a product that needs help spreading. For 6 bucks, chuck it in your bag and keep it on you for Those Days, I reckon. It can even refresh tired-looking makeup if used sparingly.

Cetaphil products are already cheap, and really highly recommended as a kind of “skin reset” or ongoing skincare range by dermatologists. They are really simple products that do exactly what they say on the containers, so if you’ve been on struggle street with your skin and don’t want to spend an arm and a leg on new skincare then picking up a couple of these could be a good idea for you. There are products for all different skin types and I’ve used the oily products in the past with decent results.

A range that I am always hearing great things about is Indeed Laboratories. It’s pricey which is why it’s going in this post – if you can grab this for 40% off you should, if any of the products appeal to you that is. The Retinol Reface is moisturizing and delivers a decent, though obviously not pharmaceutical strength dose of retinol which is a very effective anti-ageing ingredient. There are hyaluronic acid products for those of us who have dry skin and are looking for ways to lock in moisture. Snoxin is a peptide treatment that I know people in the beauty blogging world swear by so that could be something you look into as well, and the eye cream is meant to be amazing too. I’ve never used any of these products because they’re expensive so have a read of the product descriptions and see if any of them suit you and if so, maybe think about picking some up.

The Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse is a very interesting product. It’s actually lovely but I find the smell… challenging. It’s a bit old-lady-ish. But a few of my very good friends who know their stuff about skincare absolutely swear by it. If you’re someone who suffers from dry skin in the winter, face or body, you could think about grabbing some of this to mix into your moisturiser or even your foundation, or just to rub into your lizard legs (no? just me? ok) when the weather is super dry. It is extremely nourishing. This stuff absorbs so fast you’ll barely know you had it on. It’s multi use; you can use it on your face, body or even your hair to give your locks a bit of a boost but I’d go very very easy on this especially if your hair is fine. This product also comes in a bronzing formula which is cool, it adds a golden shimmer to your skin but nothing sparkly or vampire-like. This is a good product, a great one if you like the smell which a lot of people do. I got a couple of samples of this in various beauty boxes and despite my aversion to the scent I still used them all up so what does that tell you?

Sukin is a vegan, cruelty free, Australian owned brand free of lots of nasties that people often react to (parabens, sulfates etc). Their rosehip oil is meant to be an excellent buy, and rosehip oil is very good for the skin (keep an eye out for my friend from allthatfroufrou.com‘s review on skin oils coming up soon!) so you could consider picking some of that up to pop a few drops into your night time moisturiser. I’ve never used any Sukin products but I’ve heard good things so if you like your skincare with a good social conscience then take a gander at their stuff.

Vita Liberata is actually a self-tan brand sold in Sephora in the USA, so I was surprised to see it pop up on the Priceline site. If you are looking for a nice summery natural self-tan, grab the mousse from this range and give it a go, I think you’ll be impressed. I’ve used it, I had a mini from Sephora, and it is actually very good (though I’m still a convert to the St Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tan – it’s just so easy for those of us who only care a little bit!). Use a mitt for easy application. I don’t know if this range will be included but it’s in the Skincare section of the Priceline website so let’s hope so!

The final brand I want to talk about is the Yes To brand. The premise is that each “yes to x” vegetable/fruit is good for a particular thing. For example, Yes to Grapefruit is brightening (agreed, have used the wipes, they are brightening but a bit too harsh like all wipes and I would still avoid them in the future heh), Yes to Cucumbers is calming/sensitive, Yes to Blueberries is hydrating and nourishing etc etc all that stuff. I LOVE the packaging on this brand, you know how I feel about packaging. I just love it and a lot of my beauty blogger peeps actually love this brand, particularly the blueberries range.

Other good things to pick up at this sale are things like a huge vat of your favourite body cream. I’ve been very much enjoying the Nivea Rich Nourishing Lotion (well I think actually what I have is the US version) but we all have our favourites right?

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Priceline has all kinds of brands including the old classics like Palmers, Avene etc. You could also think about grabbing some sunscreen for summer; the Neutrogena ones are well regarded. Ultra Sheer is a great one for those of us who are a little oily.

Here’s something weird: one of my favourite beauty bloggers, NikkieTutorials, absolutely swears by the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm in sensitive as a primer. Like, she has tossed all her other primers out the window.

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I have picked some up, because I’m curious, but I’m a little scared that it might break me out so I’m going to use it sparingly. The basics of it is that it is very high in glycerin which will help makeup stick to your skin. So if that’s included, which it may not be, you could pick some of that up and see if there’s anything to this crazy claim!

I’m sorry this post is so rushed – I really wanted to get it out before the sale starts. I’m hoping that by getting it up Monday morning (Australia time), it will give you guys time to ask questions if you have any or ask for more specific product recommendations. I’ll help where I can!

Go forth and save/spend!

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Priceline Australia 40% Off Makeup Sale! How to Not Lose Your Shit.

So my beautiful friend Memily brought to my attention today that Priceline’s 40% off Makeup Sale starts tomorrow. This is exciting news! I had actually unsubscribed from their emails in preparation for leaving the country so I didn’t know. But now I do, and I’m here to help you not lose your mind and buy all the things.

I have said from the beginning of this blog that I’m super pro pharmacy (drugstore) brands. Not just because I have access to them and not much else here, but because they frickin own and some of them are actually made by the same companies as the more expensive brands (Chanel/Bourjois anyone?) so there’s that, as well. I’m not going to go into super big detail on any of these products, I’m just going to give a basic rundown of things I think are awesome and worth spending money on. Hang tight, here we go!

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First up, let’s talk about foundation. If you have a favourite brand of foundation and you’re running low, or you just want to stock up, go nuts. Do that thing. But if you haven’t tried any of the foundations available at Priceline and you think you might like to, here are my recommendations.

First of all, Bourjois Healthy Mix (for oily/combo) or Healthy Mix Serum (dry-normal). I use the former and love it. It’s a fabulous foundation with medium to full coverage, it’s a lovely consistency that doesn’t take much blending and is just generally a real winner. The shade range isn’t huge, but there should be something to suit most shades. I wear this is an everyday foundation, mostly because it’s cheap and using my expensive foundations every day (when I am in high-use makeup periods) makes me nervous. They’re both normally $32, so you’d pick them up for just under $20. You could also get yourself the Healthy Balance powder for $12 (usually $20) and the Healthy Mix concealer for $14.40. All brilliant products that I personally recommend.

The next foundation recommendation that I’ve tried and loved myself is the L’Oreal True Match foundation. This one has LOADS of different shades and is another fabulous medium coverage everyday use foundation. It’s not as matte as the HM, which is quite matte, but it’s semi-matte I would say so it’s still good for those of us with oily skin as well as dryer skin types. It’s normally $29.95 so you’d get it for $18 though I note at the moment Priceline has a $8.99 off deal for it – I wonder if that will continue into the sale? Would be SWEET if it did, but I doubt it. We can dream!

Other foundations that I haven’t tried myself but that are popular so rate a mention include the L’Oreal Lumi Magique Light Infusing foundation, normally $33.95 now $20.40 (great for dry skin), Revlon ColorStay range (usually $34.95, will be $21) and I’m sure there are more too, ask your friendly Priceline beauty consultant for one that will match your skin type 🙂

My lip product collection is largely premium branded I must say, there’s a lot of MAC and Nars in there, but there’s definitely a few key pharmacy brands to look out for. The first one won’t come as any surprise to you guys, it’s the Australis VelourLips range.

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ZERO REGRETS

These are like $10 so you’re looking at paying $6 each. I’m going to stock up, as well as grab some to give to my American friends because they are just THAT good. I swatched my favourites for you below.

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Fun fact: they also smell like delicious candy. I dug up a few Insties of me wearing them too:

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Left to right: Buda-Pash, Doo-Bai, NY-Cee

They’re seriously good, buy them, omg, they’re $6 for the love of god. BUY THEM! They’re so pigmented and they last forever and they’re just great. They make me want to cry.

Okay so. I also very much enjoy and have three of the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet Lipsticks which are really similar, just probably not AS long lasting. There’s a great colour range. I actually packed two of these, Hot Pepper and Ole Flamingo (bright red and hot pink respectively) but I found Nude-Ist hiding under my bed so that one stayed. Here it is swatched:

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And here are some other random insties of Hot Pepper (left) and Ole Flamingo (right).

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As you can see they are similar in level of pigmentation but not quite there, you need a couple of coats.. Anyway they’re good and for $14 down from $24, a great choice IMO.

That’s it for lip stuff, like I said I do tend towards the higher end for a lot of lip stuff but that’s just me.

Eyeshadow gets a good run at the pharmacy for me, particularly Maybelline eyeshadows. Their Color Tattoo range is fabulous and I have lots of them. It’s a cream shadow that lasts for EVER, the longevity really is astounding, through an entire work day easily. I consider them as good if not better than my beloved Smashbox cream shadow range which is known for being ultra longlasting. Pop a bit of eye primer on before you start and you’re good for an entire day, sweat and all. They are normally $11.95 which is frankly a bargain anyway (the Smashbox ones are $26) but tomorrow and Wednesday they’ll be $7.20. GO. JUST GO. That goes for the Metal range as well (of which Inked in Pink is one).

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I’ve sent a few to the USA but the ones that have stayed are swatched here:

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The taupe is quite a lot darker than you think it’s going to be, that was a lesson learned. I like it though, it’s a taupey greyish purple, and totally matte unlike the other two, which are shimmery. Barely Branded is a really fabulous base colour, I don’t have it because I have a Smashbox one that’s exactly the same and I have SOME self control sometimes I SWEAR TO GOD OKAY

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Speaking of shimmery eyeshadows, these lovelies are by MaxFactor and they’re quite similar to the above except that they are much lighter and more moussey of a consistency. They definitely don’t last as long but they are really nice and still relatively longlasting. They’re the Excess Shimmer shadows and I have them in 3 colours, all of which I wear fairly regularly.

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Swatched:

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The copper is almost a creamy beige moreso than a true copper, but I do very much like it. For reference, when I went to wipe these off, they came off fairly easily with some Bioderma (what a pity that won’t be included in the sale) on a cotton pad but the Maybelline Color Tattoo range did NOT, it took some scrubbing. So there’s that. Anyway, these are great. Weirdly, I cannot find them on the Priceline website but I know I bought them from there, and they’re definitely not discontinued because I saw them at Target the other day.. can’t solve that mystery however if you see them and you feel the price is right – go nuts they’re tops. From what I remember they are definitely not as cheap as the Maybelline though, and they don’t last as long.

There’s also the Maybelline Color Tattoo Pure Pigments which are for the loose powder lovers in all of us, of which I am majorly one. I only have one of these however, because I’m trying to curb my intense loose powder collection (*buys 1000 Baroque Cosmetics shadows* oops). This is the one I have:

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Swatched on skin:

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It’s really nice! I wore it to work the other day and it lasted well. It’s quite dark for a copper but I love the colour, personally.

I also have another Maybelline eyeshadow (I srsly love this brand), it’s a little palette and I just loved the rose-gold colour in it. It’s this one:

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Also in the “sent to USA” group.. soz.

This is one of the Eye Studio Hyper Diamonds Eye Shadow sets in “Hyper Bronze”. I was really surprised how well all the colours worked together in this little baby. I’m a fan. These are normally $18.95 which means you’ll pick one up for about $11.50 which is smashing value for an eyeshadow palette. There’s lots of other colour sets too including a lovely looking green one, but lately I’m really into metal bronze/copper/rose gold type tones so yeah soz not soz.

My last eyeshadow rave is the L’Oreal Color Infallible range. Seriously, these are AMAZING. They’re a dupe for something really spectacular – the Tom Ford shadows maybe? They are a lightly pressed powder, in that they live with a little stamper in them so they’re kept pressed but they’re not pressed in the traditional sense. This makes them way easier to work with if you’re not keen on the messiness of loose powder.

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This one is an absolutely amazing navy blue, a TRUE navy blue if I may dare to say so, and it’s lovely and shimmery! Swatched on skin:

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These are normally $19.95 so will set you back about $12 tomorrow and Wednesday, which is a total bargain because they are wonderful. I am told there are all kinds of new and different colours in this range in the USA so I look forward to that. Hourglass Beige is one that I’ve been wanting too but it’s always sold out so if you see that one, snap it up. Great value even at their full price, IMO.

As far as mascara goes, well, drugstore mascara is where it’s at. There’s tonnes to choose from however my favourite at the moment is still the Kate Moss for Rimmel one, “Idol Eyes”. It’s normally $16.95 so tomorrow it’ll be about $10. A bargain, it’s got a weird wand but I just love it. But honestly if you have a favourite pharmacy brand mascara just grab a couple of them and make sure they’re very tightly sealed. It’s letting air into them that makes them go off!

Brows, well, you know, I’m a big fan of the Anastasia Beverly Hills brow range (Brow Wiz and DipBrow come at me) but I also really was surprisingly a huge fan of the Maybelline (oh god) Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara. It’s a very interesting little thing! It’s got a kind of knobbly end, as shown:

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Making it fabulous for when you’re just in a real hurry and you want to give some definition to dem brows. It doesn’t add a lot of colour, and in fact sometimes I use this as a brow gel over my already filled in brows. This is normally $12.95 so will be $7.80 tomorrow and Wednesday.

Speaking of brow gels, I think the Ardell one is excellent and it is cheap as chips at $6.99 for normal price. It’ll be like $4.20 in the sale which is a great price and honestly, it does what it says on the tube what more can you ask for? Give it a whirl.

If you haven’t bought any Real Techniques brushes yet for some insane reason, this is a great time to pick them up. I will be grabbing myself a new Complexion Sponge (normally $16, will be <$10) because I think it’s as good if not better than the beauty blender (and vintageortacky agrees with me).Grab yourself an Expert Face Brush ($20 normally, will be $12) – I guarantee you won’t regret it. I’m also tempted to grab another Core Collection pack purely for the Buffing Brush because I love it so. But the rest of that pack is kinda garbage so it makes me sad. Anyway we shall see!

So those are my main recommendations. It’s certainly not the entirety of my pharmacy brand collection but that’s what I’d get, were I you.

I hope this has been helpful, please feel free to leave any questions, comments or suggestions either in the comments section or on whatever social media you’d like. Links for that stuff will be up soon – but you can certainly find me on instagram @freedomandvanity in the meantime!

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