Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Sample Bar - It's Your Party- Box 3 - December/Christmas - Monthly Beauty Box Subscription | CreativeGesture

Hey Everyone, Christmas is finally here! So I wanted to firstly wish you all a very merry and safe Christmas time, fingers crossed santa ticked a few boxes off of your Christmas wish list this year..! On another note, my December Sample Bar Box arrived at my door step just a few days ago and as always I was super excited to get shooting and blogging about it. Being Christmas I wanted to do something a wee bit special for this months Sample Bar Blog and went all out on the Christmas decorations.. Enjoy!
This months (Decembers)  Sample Bar Box is called "It's Your Party"... The name got me very excited  to see what could be inside this months box plus I expected big things being the christmas/december box!Here is the overview of the December Sample Bar Box, pretty exciting if you ask me! I can see I am going to have plenty of fun trying out my december goodies and I can see a few which I have heard of before,, ie  Le Tan as I have heard great things about this product previously and have always wanted to try it.! First impressions it smells absolutely amazing, like summer in a can!  Also in this months box is Showstoppers Fashion Tape, So Susan Makeup by Jelly Pong Pong which looks super cute, Scarlett & Greene's Skincare Range, something I am always keen to try is new skincare as I have always had trouble with my skin and Ulta3 Nail Polish woop woop!!!
A sneak peek at the goodies in the decembers 2012 Sample bar Box, I think its about time to put the box to pieces and investigate!! Yay... I promised myself I would not open this box till christmas so I have been a very good girl :) 
And here it is the 2012 December Sample Bar box in full HD goodness, I love the packaging of the So Susan makeup it looks so cute, I'm always impressed with how much they give you for only $25.00 NZD. My favorite products (Products I am most excited about) from this months box are the Le Tan Fast tan of course and the So Susan Makeup! I feel spoilt for choice.
And I figured I would give you a sneak peak of what the So Susan Illuminating and Eyebrow Kit/Palette looks like from inside!! So my question to you is did you get a Sample Bar Box and if so what was your favorite product form the December Sample Bar box this month?

A Merry Christmas from Creative Gesture xo

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Sample Bar - Glow- Box 2 - Monthly Beauty Box Subscription | CreativeGesture

Hey Everyone, the november Sample Bar Monthly Beauty Subscription Box arrived at my door early yesterday morning and I am over the moon with excitement, I cannot wait to show you what is inside. This months Sample Bar Box was called "Glow" because we are lucky enough that summer is just around the corner over here in New Zealand so the name was very much appropriate for the occasion.
So without going on a random rant, let me reveal what is inside November 2012's Sample Bar Box!

This months box and contained products which related to the word "Glow". I'm really hoping all of the Sample Bar Boxes will have specific names, I just feel this is a really neat idea and gets your hopes up about what could be in the box. PS I am in love the the Sample Bar Box packing.. super cute.. At this point I'm ready to tear the box into two just to see whats inside!!
And in true SampleBar Style here is the overview of the content in this months Sample Bar November box... Eek! This box contained  a full size of Trilogys instant bronzing gel which it my go to tanning solution currently, I have been buying this tanning lotion for almost a year now. Love it and love the smell even more.. yum! Also in this months box was Lush's Ro's Argan Body Conditioner which also smells absolutely yummy, I have been wanting to try some of lushes body products for so long so I am over the moon about this one! And the last few products in this months Sample Bar box were the Savior Faire Mini Lipstick, Marvis Toothpaste which I got in Cinnamon Flavor!! AND last but certainly not least the famous bump eraser for ingrown hair reduction! Probably obvious but my favorite products from this box are the Trilogy Self tanning lotion the Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner and the Marvis Cinnamon Minty toothpaste. I have yet to try the bump eraser and the lipstick as I feel the lipstick may be to dark for my skin tone :( but am very keen to see if the bump eraser works!I am pretty impressed with Novembers Sample Bar box, you certainly get a lot of bang for your buck, the Sample Bar box is valued at $25 dollars New Zealand but with the full size of trilogy self tanner and the lush product not to mention the other amazing products this box is valued way over $25 dollars  So I guess you can say I am super duper impressed and will be getting the december box ASAP!

Did you get a Sample Bar Box? What's your favorite product in this months box?

Creative Gesture x

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

DB Designer Brands Cosmetics 48 Eyeshadow Palette: Review & Swatches | CreativeGesture

Hey everyone, I have another blog post full of colour and shimmer to show you, this time its about the DB Designer Brands 48 Eyeshadow Palette,  This Palette was a bonus product when you purchased the Cleo New Zealand Magazine a few months ago and I have very excited to share this post with you all, Sorry its a bit late, have had a lot going on recently.The Palette comes in a shinny and hard plastic casing to protect your products from impact damage, I loved the way this palette was presented and I love palettes even more when they come with a mirror included within the packaging. A+! 
The Palette comes with a mix of warm and cool colours and also come natural shades, all shimmery in texture and finish. I personally would not purchase a palette which features only shimmer based eye shadows as I find they dont always last as long as matte finish eyeshadows plus they give the illusion of a oily wet finish. However I think adding a touch of shimmer to the middle of the lid looks absolutely amazing and definitely adds dimension... try this trick for a more fuller lid. Loving the warm gold colours, these will be perfect for a finishing touch to a festive occasion makeup look. As you can see the palette also comes with two sponge applicator blushes, I personally dont like using these brushes and tend to go towards my sigma brushes for application of shimmer eyeshadow as they tend to pick up more and have a more precise application. 
Just a close up of all the pretty colours, I love the gunmetal silvers they look so bad ass! Haha. Whats your fave? I ended up not swatching all of the colours as quite a lot of them looked relatively similar, so I decided to show you three of my favourite colours from this pallete and their beautiful finish! For some reason when I see shimmer eyeshadow it reminds me of fairies and magic,  I've been using this pallete a lot to add finishing touches to my eyeshadow look.

In conclusion as stated before I would not buy a fully shimmer eyeshadow pallete as I personally think there is less you can do with shimmer and would rather stick to matte shadows. The pigmentation of the eyeshadows was a 7/10 (10 being the highest in pigmentation) and I did love the colours but found the majority of them to be very similar to eachother,

I would rate this palette a 5/10, I'm staying on the fence for this one.. I didn't love it not hate it.

CreativeGesture x

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Sample Bar Launch- Discovery - Box 1 - Monthly Beauty Box Subscription | CreativeGesture

Hey everyone, I'm pretty sure most of you have heard about monthly subscription beauty box services before, as it has been trending all over the world wide web for almost a year now, sadly New Zealand has never been blessed with the opportunity of subscribing to one of these subscription services until just this month!Samplebar is a monthly beauty box subscription which has just launched in New Zealand (Woohoo!) They offer a monthly beauty box subscription valued at only $25 New Zealand dollars, so of course I had to sign up to see what all the fuss was about!

I was lucky enough to get onto the wait list, which had limited spots and seemed to be selling out relatively fast, it only took a few weeks till my first Samplebar box arrived and boy was I glad I signed up.
..The first Samplebox contained some amazing products, some of which have a cult followings for being so amazing.  So I better share the secret and tell you what the contents of the first Samplebox were: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant, ModelCo Turbo Lashwand, Facial Fresh - Cloth facial treatment mask, Móa The Green Balm, EVO the great hydrator hair mask and last but not least Wine Wipes. As I said earlier, some amazing products have been included in this months Samplebar box, which gives me high expectations of what next months SampleBar  box will contain! 
When buying my SampleBar box on their website I noticed they have a online shop in construction where you can buy the full sizes products which were included in their boxes, I think this is a great idea and better yet they have a points system already in place if you refer or buy products from them. Thats definitely going to make things cheaper in the long run! #OverTheMoon

Monday, October 15, 2012

My favourite online fashion/clothing stores | CreativeGesture

Hey everyone, I haven't posted in awhile and wanted to start off with a blog post which has been requested quite a lot. I love these type of blog posts because its a great way of discovering amazing fashion boutiques that you may have not heard or visited before.

Asos - Clothing, Shoes, Accessories & Beauty + Free shipping worldwide!
Boohoo - Clothing, Shoes & Accessories + Free Shipping to New Zealand
Glassons - Online & Instore - Free shipping to NZ/AU
Supre - Online & Instore - Amazing Sales Category!
Tobi  - Clothing, Shoes, Accessories & Beauty - 50% off for new customers + 30% off new arrivals.
Glamyard - Instore (CHCH) & Online - Clothing, Shoes & Accessories - Amazing range of dresses
Nastygirl - Clothing, Shoes & Accessories - On trend, Amazing Sales Category! Great prices.
GoJane - Clothing, Shoes & Accessories - On trend, fast shipping, great range + Affordable.
Romwe - Clothing, Shoes & Accessories - Worldwide Shipping, On trend and very affordable!
Prevailing Taste - Clothing, Shoes, Accessories & Cosmetics - Big range
Paganmarienz - Clothing & Accessories - Cute dresses and good prices.
Revolve Clothing - Clothing, Shoes & Accessories - Great sales category + $10 Flat shipping rate!
Lipstik Shoes - Shoes - Free shipping - Amazing range of heels, flats and shoes + On trend & cute!

- Amazing Online source of all things fashion worldwide.

Trademe- It's like op shoppig but online, lots of bargains and cheap prices!
PLNDR - Women and Men Clothing and Accessories!
Lucy In The Sky
Sabo Skirt
Miss Guided

I love online shopping for the fact that its private and relaxing, plus you can browse multiple stores in a matter of minutes with no disturbance or pressure from sales people..! Over the years I have learned a few tips and tricks to shopping for clothing online, so I wanted to share these with you!!
#1. Always google coupon codes as you never know.. you may get some extra bang for your buck. 

#2. Always check the "sales" category, not only will the prices be lower, but you may find something unique in limited quantities, Not only will you be saving money but you will have the best most unique wardrobe.

#3. Paypal! This is such a great way to pay securely online, rather then handing out your credit details everywhere you shop, choose to shop safe and use Paypal to pay.

#4. Read reviews, lots of sites offer customers the opportunity to review their purchases, read these to avoid disappointment. Also leave reviews, help others help you, help your fellow fashionista!

#5. I learnt this one from shopping on Ebay.. make sure to message the seller if you have not received your purchase within 3-4 weeks... remember to mention the "consumer guarantees act" if they play difficult! Another tip when shopping via Ebay is to check the the seller has a good street credit ie Good feedback.

#6. Most sites list their products in USD, What I usually do when this happens is use this website to figure out how much it will cost me in my currency (NZD) Its called CoinMill!

I will continue to add to this blog post when I discover new things, I hope this has helped you discover some amazing sites and maybe learn a few tricks to online shopping along the way :) !

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Limited Edition Sleek Makeup 2012 Collection: Review & Swatches | CreativeGesture

Hey everyone, I must apologize in advanced, this blog post is going to be a bit bigger then most of my usual posts, thats because I am for the first time ever doing a blog review which will include swatches and pictures of all the products in the Sleek Makeup 2012 Limited Edition Collection, this includes the I-Divine Eyeshadow Pallete in Glory, the Pout Polish, Pride.. and last but not least the Blush called Honor!The Sleek 2012 Collection was only released late last month, I fell in love with the collection straight away, as soon as I saw it on Sleeks website. This was the first time I had purchased a whole collection and was surprised at how reasonable the price was. I am going to get straight into showing you the pictures and swatches to this amazing collection, All the pictures have been taken with no flash and only natural light so you get to see the true colours for what they are!The packaging for the whole collection is simply amazing, as you can tell the theme for the whole collection was all about the London 2012 Olympic Games i.e the medals, Lion and statues. I was really impressed with the packaging design overall.
Once opened, the collections is very much the typical Sleek packaging you would usually find when you purchase a Sleek product, the only difference was the "2012 Collection" type (Bottom right) I was impressed with how profesional these palettes look, however sometimes a little tricky to open therefore very secure! 
And here is the Sleek 2012 Collection once opened fully, I loved the mix of bright and neutral colours. The whole collection looks stunning together. I cannot wait to have a play with all these products. The blush and Pout Polish actually have a slight shimmer to them and are slightly darker, which sadly my camera did not pick up.
This is the Eyeshadow Pallete in the 2012 Collection, called Glory. The palette is about 5.5 x 3' inches (14 cm x 7.5cm) and contains 12 individual eyeshadows with a good mixture of matte and shimmer, bright and neutral eyeshadows. 
Here is a picture of all twelve of the eyeshadows, as you can see the palette comes with 6 Neutrals and 6 Coloured eyeshadows which is a really nice balance. The palette also comes with a applicator brush, however I tend to avoid using these brushes and stick with my own eye shadow brushes.
The pigmentation of each individual eyeshadow is incredible. The neutral colours have more shimmer in them then the coloured pigments, but overall the colours really compliment one another and they blended very nicely.
This is the Blush Pallete in the 2012 Collection, called Honour. The palette is about 2.7 x 2' inches (7 cm x 2cm) and contains 1 individual blush which has warm brown/pink undertones and a slight shimmer to it.
The Palette itself is the perfect travel size and has a great catch on it which is slightly dificult to open at first but loosens up with use. One thing I like about Sleek Palettes is that they usually all come with a small compact mirror. 
The blush has great pigmentation just like the eyeshadow kit, and is very easy to blend. I suggest using this blush sparingly as it is highly pigmented. One thing I have noticed about this "Blush" is that it is almost o dark to be a blush, but rather could work nicely as a contour. I guess this all just depends on your skin tone. Unfortunately for me this blush would be way to dark.. contour it is! 
This is the Pout Polish in the 2012 Collection, called Pride. The palette is about 2.1 x 2.1inches (5.1 cm x 5.1cm) and contains 1 individual blush which has warm brown/pink undertones and a slight shimmer to it.
This picture shows the actual colour of the Pout Polish, It has a really creamy, moisture rich texture to it which is great for people like me who have quite dry lips at the best of times. It also has a slight shimmer to it and smells like chocolate! YUM.
And here is the swatch for the Pout Polish Pride, as you can see the pout polish has a sligh shimmer to it and has a warm peachy brown tone, One applied on your lips it looks more sheer and less brown and looks more peachy. It is a beautiful colour and would suit any skin tone. Overall im really pleased with this product.

In conclusion, this collection is value for money, I loved the fact that all of the products related to the Olympics in some way, whether if be the colours ie bronze, silver in gold or shimmer. All of the products in this collection were highly pigmented and perfect for any occasion whether it be casual day to day or a night out.I still can not get over how brightly coloured the pigments of the I-divine palette were! Another thing I am loving about this eyeshadow palette is how great these eyeshadows are to blend.
One thing I was a little disappointed about was the blush, to me it should have been a bronzer rather then a blush as it was just to brown and dark for me. however maybe someone with a darker complexion could grow to love this palette so I guess it really is each to your own.
Now in regards to if this collection was sensitive/combination skin friendly I would say yes! I have had no problems with them products. I also love the fact that Sleek is still animal testing free! GO SLEEK.

Over all I believe that Sleek Makeups 2012 Collection is a true winner, and would be happy to buy this collection again

Click here for my latest haul video, and for more information on the 2012 Sleek Collection
Creative Gesture x

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

♡ Sigma Eyes Kit: Haul, Review & Guide ♡

Hey everyone, before you read this post I must warn you, The following content is an excitement overload, please read with cautions and of course as usual I have included lots of amazing high quality pictures for you all to marvel over. You have probably already peeked at the image below but if not this blog post is a haul, review and small guide on my latest amazing purchase, The Sigma Eyes Kit!

Here it is, freshly unpacked, The Eyes Kit values at $52 USD which sounds rather pricey, but you get 7 professional quality brushes for that price not to mention a free gift for spending $30+, the famous Sigma Freebee bending brush (I now have 2!) So I feel the price is justified. Back of the cute pink packaging with a list of all the brushes included in this kit and a little description. I am rocking pink, pokadot & glitter nails!!

I'm going to keep this guide handy considering I'm a bit of a brush noive currently, are makeup brushes like clothing, can you mix and match them?  Current favorite brush from this kit is the E55, Eye Shading brush!
My new babies, I must find them a home or possibly consider doing a DIY Makeup brush holder soon.. watch this space. I love how Sigma packs their orders! #Respect
Here are my new babies freshly unwrapped for your eyes only, they worked the camera pretty well I thought, I am so excited, I haven't even had time to play with them yet as I promised I would get this blog post sorted before I covered them in makeup.
Review: (Here's the brief review of what I thought of Sigma's Eye Kit)I found Sigma's Eye's Kit to be an amazingly prices makeup brush kit valued at $52 (USD) Within this kit you get 7 profesional quality makeup brushes and you also receive a free gift (Small/Travel Sized complementary blending brush) for spending over $30 (USD) on Sigma products. So all together I would say this kit is definitely "Value for money".
The brushes were incredibly dense and able to pick up eyeshadow pigments with ease, as well as blend, apply and shade very well. The booklet guide gives you a informative glance into the many ways you can use each individual brush, I found the guide very informative and will refer to it when using this kit in future.
The packaging as always with Sigma products was very secure yet professional and feminine, I have noticed recently that Sigma has a thing for pink so not surprised here (hehe). The only negative thing I could possibly  say (however not really negative) was a few of the brushes seemed rather gigantic compared to my eyes. However in saying this, this point may also be a positive. It depends how you use it.  

I rate
 Sigma Eye's Kit
 4/5 hearts.

xo Creative Gesture

Friday, August 3, 2012

Animal Print French Tip Nails: Tutorial and Pictures

Hey Everyone, Im starting to really get into adding cute and edgy nail art, to jazz up an outfit, I have never really liked my nails, one of the reasons being is that I find my nails are slightly creamy coloured which is never the best look. One of my favourite trends at the moment is animal print, I think its super cute and wearable for any occasion, so I was inspired to create a nail design to go with this trend. I wanted to do a blog post/tutorial on how to get this look, so enjoy! 
Step One: Using clear tape, apply tape to your nails leaving the tips of your nails exposed/uncovered.Step Two: Apply a "Candy" pink colour to the tips of your nails, this will be the base colour of you nail design. Step Three: Using a small nail art brush, paint lines onto the tips of your nails, A tip for doing this is to be messy, your nail design will look more wild that way. Step Four: Remove the clear tape from your nails to reveal your finished nail design. Note: the polish must be dry before removal! 

Step Five: Go and show off your new Animal Print French Tip Nails with your friends and family!

Hope you enjoyed this blog post
Creative Gesture xo