Friday, 12 December 2014

Radiant Summer Skin this Christmas with BioElixia

Australian made and owned skincare brand BioElixia have a beautiful skincare set that I would like to share with you today. Being the skincare junkie that I am, I am always on the look out for really fabulous products that I can share with you on my blog, and the Radiant Summer Skin Collection from BioElixia is ticking a lot of boxes for me.

Now I know that skincare is a very individual thing, and is it often a little difficult to gift to someone for that reason. Not all skincare products are suitable for a wide range of skin types, but I think this set comes pretty close to the mark.

The Radiant Summer Skin gift set was sent to me for consideration, and I have been testing these products for the better part of 5 weeks. I am impressed.

Recommended for all skin types, BioElixia boast TPM Dermal Delivery Technology, which from my understanding uses a particular form of vitamin E, known as Tocopherol Phosphate, a naturally ocurring water soluble form of vitamin E, which boosts the effectiveness and absorption of key ingredients into the skin.  

The Radiant Summer Skin Collection includes;

Vitamin Enriched Cleansing Cream 125ml
Crystal Derm Exfoliator 125ml
Daily Skin Smoothing Lotion 30g
Eye Brightening Serum 10ml
Hand Revitalising Cream + Sunscreen 30g

BioElixia Vitamin Enriched Cleansing Cream 125ml

This is a lovely, lightweight yet nourishing cleansing lotion. Containing a base of Green Tea Leaf extract, Macadamia Seed Oil, and Avocado Oil, it quickly and easily removes all of my makeup. I do make sure to remove it thoroughly with a warm/hot flannel. It has a beautiful texture and slip on the skin, and a light fragrance from Orange and Sandalwood essential oils. It is a pleasure to use, and leaves my skin with a beautiful glow, without any heavy oily residue. My oily/combo/acne prone skin loves this cleanser, and I am sure that a more normal to dry skin would also love it. I also use this to remove my eye makeup, and have experienced no irritation.

BioElixia Crystal Derm Exfoliator 125ml

Recommended to be incorporated into your skincare regime twice a week, this exfoliant uses micro-crystals in a base of Aloe Vera extract, and Sweet Almond Oil. If you are regular reader of mine you will know that I typically favour chemical exfoliation for my skin, and tend to approach manual exfoliants with due caution. This exfoliator has extremely fine crystals in a very nourishing base, and I find it best for my skin to use on already dampened skin, and a light touch with the tips of my fingers. Sometimes I really do enjoy using a manual scrub, and if  used gently, leaves my skin feeling smooth, with a refined texture and less visible pores. It is a really great product to use prior to application of makeup! If you wanted to dilute it for a nice morning cleanse, you could mix this with the cleansing cream in a 1:1 ratio. Hello morning glow!

BioElixia Daily Skin Smoothing Lotion 30g

Described by BioElixia as an anti-aging, smoothing formula to address fine lines and wrinkles, this is a very nice, lightweight but nourishing moisturiser designed for daily use. For me personally, it was a little too nourishing to use every single day, particularly as the summertime brings an increase in oil production for me, and I prefer to layer serums and extremely lightweight moisturising lotions under my makeup. For skins that are more normal, and normal to dry, this moisturiser would be perfect. It has a beautiful texture and feel on the skin. It does have quite a strong fragrance, however it does dissipate quite quickly once it is on the skin. The convenient pump packaging also ensures that the ingredients remain fresh, and not compromised by light or air.

BioElixia Eye Brightening Serum 10ml

I have been reaching for this product day and night. It is an absolute favourite. BioElixia describe the Eye Brightening Serum as a lightweight, anti-aging fluid designed for every day use to revive tired looking eyes and visibly smooth eye contours, and reduce the appearance of puffiness and dark circles. From my experience, it most certainly does all of these, and to date, is the most effective eye serum I have ever tried. I have had quite a few complements recently on how 'fresh' I look, and believe me, fresh is certainly not how I feel! This serum is a good nights sleep in a roller ball. The packaging is also a winner, with a lockable, push button dispenser on the base, designed to deliver only one dose of the product at a time. I roll the cooling metal ball all around my eye contour, in between my eyes, and sometimes down the sides of my mouth and across my top lip. It absorbs quickly, and leaves my eye area looking fresh and glowing. My under eye concealer goes on like a dream, and I have noticed significant less creasing throughout the day. Love this! Two thumbs up BioElixia!

BioElixia Hand Revitalising Cream + Sunscreen 30g

Hand cream is a great addition to any skincare set, and this one is perfect for daily use, and is a great size for your handbag. It absorbs rapidly, leaving no residue so that you can get on with your day, and contains anti-aging peptides, green tea and aloe vera extracts to soothe and protect your skin. The packaging does state that is contains sunscreen, however it does not state whether it is broad spectrum, or what the active sunscreen ingredients are. If you know you will be spending a lot of time in the sun, I would suggest that you do not rely on this product in isolation to protect you from UVA and UVB rays. 

You can head over to BioElixia's website here

The Radiant Summer Skin Collection is normally $89.95 AU, which I think is extremely good value considering the amount, and the generous size of the products included.

However, BioElixia currently has a special offer of 30% off  their Christmas sets, which brings the price of this set down to $62.95. Fantastic value!!

The Radiant Summer Skin Collection is normally valued by BioEixia at a cost of  $229.75 AU.

BioElixia offer free shipping ( Australia only ) for orders over $40.00.

This offer will end at 4pm AEST Monday 15th December, to allow time for Christmas Delivery.

Be Quick Lovelies!!

I'd love to hear your thoughts if you have tried BioElixia skin care or body care products? What are your favourites?

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo

Disclaimer: As stated in the body of the post, these products were kindly and generously sent to me for consideration. I share my thoughts and recommendations with you based purely on my experience only, with integrity and honesty. Cheers, xo.

Thursday, 11 December 2014


Rounding up my New York Sephora Haul trilogy today with Part Three... it already feels like such a long time ago that I was actually in New York City. It is certainly a place that is really so captivating, and like most people that I know who have visited her, I just can't wait to go back. I am planning to do a little post on the blog about my New York City experience in the new year!

Anyway, on with some Josie Maran and Nars show and tell eh?

The following items were most definitely on my list to purchase. Josie Maran had recently launched in Mecca Cosmetica here in Australia just prior to our departure, however I knew that I could save a few dollars by waiting for the US prices. Like many other Aussie beauty girls, I have watched our US girls raving about the beautiful Josie Maran products for a long time, and was very happy to find two great little value sets. In the basket they went!

L-R Coconut Watercolour Eye Shadow in Rio de Rose Gold, Argan Illuminizer
Argan Infinity Lip and Cheek Creamy Oil in Limitless Pink

Please excuse my rather rushed swatches, but gosh these are gorgeous products! I have only had a brief play with this Argan Colour set, so you will no doubt hear more about these in upcoming favourites posts or in my face of the day posts on Instagram. I'm not sure how the Lip and Cheek oil will go on my acne prone/oily skin, but I will give it a good crack, and if not then it is most certainly a stunning lip shade. There is a great deal of beauty in both the textures, and the finishes of these products. I think Josie and I are going to friends...


I have indeed been enjoying the Vanilla Apricot Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter. It smells divine. Completely just vanilla and apricots. I adore it. The body butter is rich and luxurious, and you really feel like you are treating yourself when you use it. This is not a sink into your skin and disappear body cream, it really does form a protective layer on your skin, and you will notice quite a sheen for some time after application. This is definitely a 'before bed' body butter for me, and a deliciously gorgeous one at that.
This two pack also contains the scent Sweet Citrus, which I have not opened as yet, but let's face it, it's going to be good...

NARS Audacious Lipstick L -Audrey,  R -Anna

Allow me to introduce Audrey and Anna...aren't they lovely? The lipsticks that everybody is talking about and everybody loves. The swatches above are one easy swipe of colour. I have worn both, and do love them, though I'm not sure that they will change your life. Some may disagree with me, and believe me I do love a good lippy, I'm just not sure they are worth such a phenomenal amount of hype. Now if they could throw a few loads on washing on, cook dinner, and get my children to tidy their rooms then I may just have to reconsider... 

Have you purchased any of the NARS Audacious Lipsticks? Do you have a favourite shade?

Do they knock your socks off?...or at least wash them for you?

Do you have a favourite Josie Maran product? I would love to hear any recommendations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo

Friday, 5 December 2014

This Christmas, Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is...

I really enjoy is a lovely time of the year, and I love how both my immediate, and extended family make the most of spending time together. I also have four very excited children, and you can't really help but be swept up in all their excitement!

I also enjoy Christmas shopping. I really love choosing and buying gifts for people. As is the case most years, I have not yet started my Christmas shopping, and tend to be one of those foolish people that are out fighting the crowds and the carpark a day or two before Christmas day. I obviously work well under pressure...

Today, the convenience of online shopping continues to increase in popularity, and we have also seen a surge in online shopping services, which bring a plethora of international brands previously unattainable to us Aussies down under, literally to your fingertips.

Today,  I would like to share the "Put Your Money Where You Heart Is" campaign, run by Australia Post. This campaign, and associated website, give you the convenience of online shopping, with thoughtful intention and lots of heart. Big ol' Aussie heart.

Where Your Heart Is comprises two online stores, the social enterprise marketplace Good Spender and Farmhouse Direct, a popular Australian online marketplace. Together, they offer you a place to purchase goods from Australian famers, artisans and small businesses alike. Not only that, but many of these companies bring to the fore an ethos of giving back to the community. 

As you meander about Good Spender, you will find a wide variety of goods on offer, from beautiful, gourmet foods ( yep...there's chocolate ) to lovingly homemade skin and body products, jewellery, homewares, clothing,  and much more. There is information about each business as you click on  a product, with details on how they contribute to their chosen cause, varying from employment opportunities for disadvantaged groups, to the sharing of profits to charities. 
I happened upon the brand "Thank You" whist I was browsing...they have just released a new line of body products! How does Mint and Spring Flowers Body Wash or Sweet Orange and Almond  Hand Lotion sound? They are on my list!

Farmhouse Direct provides shoppers with access to thousands of Australian grown and made products, from over 300 farmers, growers and artisan producers. There are so many lovely gift ideas, hampers, and Christmas totes all full of home grown deliciousness. Each farmer has an online "stall", so you are  purchasing directly from them, and your money is supporting their small business. 

Head over to Where Your Heart I'm sure you will love browsing and making a list as much as I did!

Be sure you order by 15th December to ensure your goodies arrive before Christmas Day!

So you may be wondering what these lovely little bundles are above? Well the lovely people at Rub A Dub, a stall from Farmhouse Direct, have kindly and generously provided some gorgeous products for a little giveaway for my Aussie beauties. You have a chance to win one of three beautiful prizes, that you may wish to gift to someone special, or keep just for you. My home has had the most beautiful fragrance floating through it since these arrived. I am sure you will love them!

Along with these giveaway prizes that arrived to The Beauty Vine HQ, I was gifted two soaps, and two little sample pots of the balms to play with. Only having had them for a couple of days, I can share a little first impression...the soaps are gorgeous, and have been enjoyed by myself and my children for the last few days. I am not normally a fan of soap bars, but these are creamy, non-drying and smell just beautiful. I loved the smell of my children's skin when they got out of the bath...and we used the Bloke Soap too!! It has a lovely hint of sandalwood ( me - sigh, children - giggle ).

It's pretty safe to say that I am a bit of a balm addict...and by golly I know a good balm when I see/feel/smell one, and both of these are gorgeous. They melt luxuriously into the skin and contain beautiful, nourishing ingredients. The Gardeners balm has a beautiful citrus scent, and the Bub balm has the subtle fragrance of manuka honey, one of its main ingredients. I have been slathering the Gardeners Balm on my poor dry hands and cuticles, and have been using the bub balm on some patches of excema, dry skin and mozzie bites on my children and it has worked beautifully. If my offspring were still babies I would be slathering this on their bare bottoms for sure!! I would consider both to be very nice, multipurpose, healing soothing balms that every household would use and love.



You have no idea how difficult it will be for me to part with these lucky things!! 

You can learn more about Rub A Dub products here, and find some more gorgeous gift packs and stocking fillers!

I will be running this giveaway over on my Instagram account. Please read the details below!


1. Follow Farmhouse Direct and me! The Beauty Vine on Instagram.

2. Regram the picture I will post featuring the RubaDub products and tag me.

3. If you would like to win the Gardener's pack add the hashtag #rubadubgardener in your caption

4. If you would like to win the Bub's pack add the hashtag #rubadubbaby in your caption

5. If you would like to win the Body pack add the hashtag #rubadubbody in your caption

6. One entry per person only

7. Australian residents only

8. My current/existing followers on Instagram will receive one extra entry automatically as a little thank you from me if they enter.

9. Giveaway accounts will not be entered.

10. Giveaway will commence from when I post my pic on Instagram, and will end on December 15th 2014.

11. Please set your account to public on or near the 15th of December so I can see your entry!

12. The three winners will be selected at random and notified on Instagram.

13. Please...18 years and over, or permission from your parents please as I will need your postal address to send you your prize if you are a lucky duck!

Good Luck! If you have any questions feel free to ask me in the comments below, or on Instagram!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo

Disclaimer: This post is not sponsored, nor do I have any affliliation with the above mentioned company's, businesses or websites. I was very pleased to share it because I think it's pretty fantastic. The only relationship I may have in the future, will be as a customer, purchasing my own products for my family. I was gifted some samples as I mentioned in the body of the post, and the giveaway prizes were kindly and generously provided by Farmhouse direct and Rubadub. Cheers, xo

Monday, 1 December 2014

Powder Perfect Christmas Collection 2014 | Swatches and Chat!

If you follow my blog or Instagram, you may have some idea of how much I love Powder Perfect nail polishes. An independent, Australian brand based in Queensland, and a one woman show to boot, Powder Perfect polishes were my introduction to the world of "Indie" polishes at the beginning of this year. You might say that my collection has grown considerably since then! 

Having quite the collection of polishes ( ridiculous really ), I am always on the look out for shades that are that little bit unique and different. I cannot tell you how many compliments I receive on my manicure when I am wearing Powder Perfect polishes. They are 5 free, handmade and are just really beautiful!

So, you can imagine my excitement when I was offered the opportunity to have a play with the new Christmas 2014 Collection...I have no doubt the neighbours could certainly hear my woop woops!

I have the seven stunning polishes of the collection to share with you today. There is a nice mix of both traditional and non-traditional shades. All of the shade names are based on the quintessential Christmas movie "Home Alone". 

Now, do note, I am not a professional nail blogger. I have no special lighting or light boxes, and as such rely on natural light. I always think it is helpful to look at a lot of different swatches, as everyone's skintone and lighting is different, and there can be subtle differences in how the shade looks. I have also tried to do a couple of mani's with some very basic nail art. Please be kind.



Powder Perfect - Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas.
Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas is described by Powder Perfect as a vibrant red glitterbomb with a smattering of gold holographic particles. Yes, my word she is indeed. I chose to top it, however it also looks very pretty left textured. Two easy coats and beautifully opaque. RRP $10.00 AU.

Powder Perfect - Prettiest Sight To See.
Prettiest Sight To See is described by Powder Perfect as a delicate white crelly with feminine purple, cranberry and metallic glitters. This one reminds me of Christmas nougat! Again, two easy coats. There is no fishing around for glitter in these polishes either, they are packed! This a good one to use more of a dabbing motion to apply, particularly with the second coat. Both of my daughters have asked me to paint their nails with this one. In fact, so have a lot of my friends. Delicate and feminine appeal to all ages! RRP $10.00 AU.

Powder Perfect - Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal.
Merry Christmas Ya Filthy Animal is described by Powder Perfect as a juicy, deep red microglitter - a little bit sexy, with flashes of purple to mesmerise you! Again, this is another pretty one to give the top coat a miss and wear textured, but I just loved how juicy she looked with a top coat! I hate to play favourites, but this one really ticked my fancy, and I found it to be really complimentary to my skintone. RRP $10.00 AU.

Powder Perfect - The Stars Are Brightly Shining.
The Stars Are Brightly Shining is described by Powder Perfect as a sparkly silver glitterbomb packed with platinum flakies and soft gold microglitter. A beautiful warm toned silver that I think would look beautiful on all skin tones. You only see the undertone of this polish when you apply it...I was surprised because in the bottle it does look like more of a straight silver. I used two coats in the photo above, and my accent nail is a white base with this beautiful sliver and also the gold from the collection "Christmas In A Tropical Climate". RRP $11.00 AU.

Powder Perfect - Candy Canes And Silver Lanes Aglow
over Sally Hansen Barracuda.
Candy Canes And Silver Lanes Aglow is described by Powder Perfect as a fun, festive glitter topper featuring iridescent glitters along side matte white and red glitters. This polish is truly and honestly just so pretty! Ideally it is to be layered over the other Christmas polishes, but I decided I liked the idea of it over a light blue, and I think it looks gorgeous!( sorry for the claw). See the photograph below to see it layered over a white base, and my apologies for the poor quality, but I was trying to capture the beautiful irridescent glitters...this one is another definite favourite of mine! RRP $10.00 AU

Powder Perfect - Candy Canes And Silver Lanes Aglow
over Sally Hansen White On.

Powder Perfect - Christmas In A Tropical Climate.
Christmas In A Tropical Climate is described by Powder Perfect as a summery tribute to Christmas, a golden polish packed with vibrant gold holographic glitters. Another shade to wear textured if you wish. $5.00 from the sale of each bottle ( including wholesale orders ) will go towards the purchasing of toys for the Kmart Wishing Tree. It is always nice to give back, and apart from purchasing a gorgeous shade, you are contributing to making a little person's Christmas a little bit brighter than it might have been. Love.   RRP $10.00 AU.

Powder Perfect - What Is It With You And Christmas Trees?  Over base of Powder Perfect- Isolde.

What Is It With You And Christmas Trees? is described by Powder Perfect as a green crelly featuring colourful metallic a Christmas tree adorned with cheery metallic baubles. Such a fun polish! I thought it would look cute to have two little Christmas trees on my nails, and I love pink and green together, so out came Isolde, one of my favourite Powder Perfect polishes from their permanent line to layer underneath. They look a little rustic despite my careful use of tape, but I think they still look cute, even if a little imperfect! My children decorate our Christmas tree, and it always looks a little wonky and unbalanced! ( I try hard not to fix it....). RRP $10.00 AU.

You can find the Christmas Collection from Powder Perfect here. As with each collection, there is the opportunity to purchase the whole collection for $65.00. You will find many other brands of polish, and also some previous collections from Powder Perfect. You're welcome!!

Do be quick! I believe some of the shades are starting to sell out!

For international stockists head here.

Do you have a favourite shade from this Christmas Collection? Which one tickles your fancy? I'd love to hear from you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!


Lou xo

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