Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Priceline HairCare Gift Bag!

Priceline are currently running their HairCare Gift Bag offer, and it's on until the 23rd of February, or while stocks last! Basically, if you spend at least $49 on any of the participating haircare brands (online or in-store), you get a free HairCare Gift Bag, filled with products worth over $260! Even better, all the participating brands are on sale, so you're saving while you buy as well.

Here are the participating haircare brands:

Essano ~ Batiste ~ Hask ~ Viviscal ~ Revlon ~ Anumi ~ Cedel ~ Colour Addict ~ OGX ~ Schwarzkopf ~ John Frieda ~ Biosilk ~ Pro:Voke ~ Garnier ~ L'Oreal ~ Pantene ~ Models Prefer ~ Scunci ~ Colab ~ Marc Anthony ~ Brite

I wasn't going to take up this offer (much like with their recent 40% Off Skincare sale; you can see what I bought in that promotion here lol) but once I saw Batiste was one of the participating brands, I knew I might as well, because I go through dry shampoo like a drag queen goes through false lashes. If I'm going to be buying it anyway, I might as well get it discounted and with a free gift bag of goodies!

Here's what I bought to qualify for the bag, and guys, I'm not entirely sure I got enough dry shampoo?

~ Schwarzkopf Super Styling Lacquer (Maximum Hold) 400g
~ Batiste Dry Shampoo XXL Volume 400ml
~ Batiste Dry Shampoo Plus Heavenly Volume 200ml (x 2)
~ Batiste Dry Shampoo Cherry 200ml

As for the Gift Bag, I didn't get time to check out the contents before my purchase, because I had Mr. 9 with me and he was bored beyond belief, so the best solution was to use him as a human calculator to reach my $49 (he loves maths, so this was a genius move on my part, haha) and hope that he didn't start complaining. So I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and saw the contents.

I feel as though this bag is geared towards blondes (which I am) with the Pro:Voke Touch of Silver Shampoo and Conditioner and the super-fun Schwarzkopf Live Colour Pastels in Cotton Candy Pink, perfect for blonde hair! Unfortunately my Brite Masque was Tea Tree + Mint for Strengthening instead of the Blackcurrant for Blonde Hair pictured on the Bag. I'm that one freak that loves the smell of Tea Tree though, so I'm by no means displeased with the alternate Masque inclusion.

I'm also happy with the full size Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and the Garnier Fructis Full & Luscious Volume Booster Texturising Spray, as I always welcome products designed to inject volume into my fine hair.

There were also various vouchers to redeem for products and some for discounts off products, all with short redeeming dates, so I must remember to get in-store soon if I want to use any of them (not pictured, because I forgot).

The mini dry shampoos will come in handy for travelling, and all up, I'm happy with everything except the Colour Addict Spray In Hair Chalk, because I got BLUE. Not a nice, light pastel blue, but hardcore Marge Simpson blue. Haha, you can't win them all!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

GIVEAWAY: Valentine's Day Prize!

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day! If you don't already know, I'm running a Giveaway on my Facebook page where you can enter to WIN a beautiful, romantic prize! I thought I'd celebrate Valentine's Day by giving back to you, my readers and followers, to say thanks for your ongoing support!

It's an easy entry Giveaway and I'd love you to enter! Here's what you could win....


~ Cristina Re Jardin De White Lillies Candle
~ Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen
~ The Forgotten Garden book by Kate Morton
~ Tresemme Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Hair Treatment
~ The Body Shop British Rose Hand Cream
~ The Body Shop Lip & Cheek Stain in Pink Guava
~ Kosmea Rescue Skin Collection

Click here to be taken to the entry post!

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Terms & Conditions
Ends February 22 at 11:59pm. Winner drawn 24 February.
Winner picked randomly.
Must have completed steps 1, 2 & 3 for valid entry.
Australian residents only please due to weight of prize (postage is included)
One entry per person.
Winner announced on the Max The Unicorn Facebook page and messaged or tagged if their settings allow.


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Friday, February 10, 2017

Review: Harvest Garden Coffee Goodness*!

Hello! Towards the end of last year I was lucky enough to be sent a package of mostly coffee-themed goodies from the lovely people at Harvest Garden. I'd previously tried this all natural brand after enjoying a Harvest Garden Lavender with Washed Australian Blue Clay Soap from the Bloggers United AU Adelaide Event Goody Bag. Soaps, shower gels and scrubs are some of my most favourite beauty products to try, I don't know why, but I've just always been super into them. Harvest Garden pride themselves on making skincare from natural ingredients, with no nasty additives. Today I'll be talking about the Coffee & Salt Soap*, Coffee Body Scrub with Brown Sugar, Cinnamon & Vanilla* and the Peppermint & Matcha Lip Balm.*

Coffee & Salt Soap*

'Ground coffee is a natural exfoliant and helps remove dead skin, while its properties help keep the skin fresh. Coffee can be beneficial in reducing cellulite as well. The massage and exfoliation benefits skin by stimulating blood/lymph flow and the caffeine in the coffee has a tightening effect. The addition of sea salt makes this bar work double time! The salt gives your skin a a deep cleanse by exfoliating dead skin cells and also has antiseptic qualities.'

I've really been enjoying this soap bar, especially because I've always loved exfoliating soaps. For ages I used the exfoliating Dove Beauty Bar and before that a lemon one that was oh-so-scratchy, but right up my alley. This Harvest Garden bar contains sea salt pieces that are quite abrasive, so you have to be careful no to apply too much pressure when soaping yourself. Personally, I love the 'scratchy' feeling as it gives your whole body a lovely massage and a satisfying 'scratching that itch' feeling. This is too harsh to use directly on the face, although it can be used gently on softer areas. I go to town on my thighs and upper arms because its said to reduce cellulite and the caffeine is supposed to tighten the skin, and Lord know I need help in those regions! This is quite a creamy soap that gives a medium lather. Interestingly, the ground coffee helps to eliminate garlic and onion odours, so I'd recommend keeping it in the kitchen for washing your hands after making French Onion Soup or throwing garlic cloves at vampires. The ingredients include sea salt, coffee beans, beeswax and coconut, macadamia nut, sweet almond and extra virgin olive oils.

Harvest Garden also make many other fabulous sounding soaps including Sweet Orange & Cinnamon with Saffron; Rosemary & Tea Tree with Comfrey; Lemongrass, Olive Leaf Extract & Ground Flaxseed and Honey & Oatmeal. You can also buy a Soap Slices Sampler Pack so you can try multiple soaps!

Coffee Body Scrub with Brown Sugar, Cinnamon & Vanilla*

'Refreshingly sweet and spicy and packed full of botanical extracts, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Designed to tighten and tone your skin, buff away dead skin cells, draw out impurities and leave your skin soft and glowing.'

I must admit, after ripping open the top of the packet, I had a bit of difficulty opening the seal on this, but it may just have been my lack of upper body strength/general ineptitude! The good news is that it seals well, meaning no product will spill out and get wasted. The first thing that hits you is an overwhelmingly delicious and strong coffee scent! This scrub is a deep dark brown and it's packed in there like the way brown sugar sits in the packet; all stuck together but soft and malleable. It's quite a moist mixture and there's a combination of smaller and larger scrubby particles. This scrub feels great and smells amazing (it's a really strong coffee aroma, seriously!) and is nowhere near as abrasive as the Coffee & Salt Soap. Afterwards my skin felt so smooth and soft, as well as nourished and super moisturised! When rinsing it off, the water formed little droplets on my skin, as if there was an oily residue, but none could be felt whatsoever. Instead, my skin just felt really clean and healthy, and smelled delicious! The ingredients in this scrub include coffee beans, brown sugar, certified organic raw sugar, sweet almond oil, Vitamin E, cinnamon powder, licorice root extract and Vanilla Oleoresin. If you hit up this page on the Harvest Garden website it tells you what each ingredient does and its benefits.

Other delicious-sounding Harvest Garden scrubs include Coconut Body Polish with Rosehip & Pomegranate and the Matcha Body Scrub with Peppermint, Passionflower & Bamboo.

Peppermint & Matcha Lip Balm*

'This soothing blend of butters and oils moisturises, repairs and protects your lips. Enriched with shea butter for added nourishment, peppermint for its cooling sensation and matcha green tea for its antioxidant benefits.'

Another winner from Harvest Garden! This balm has a strong peppermint scent and is so refreshing and cooling upon application. I've been using it first thing in the morning and last thing at night before going to bed, to keep my lips moisturised overnight. I also love to use it at the start of my makeup routine, to soften and prepare my lips for the lip products that will follow! You could easily wear this out on its own if you're that way inclined, as it has a nice shiny finish with a slight shimmer. I don't know it it's just me, but some lip balms make me cough; I'm pleased to say this balm doesn't trigger any coughing, which is why I love wearing it to bed. The only negative is that the winder no longer winds the product back down, so I have to push it down with my finger after use. But this is a minor quibble and for a balm that only costs $6 and has everything else going for it, I don't really mind. Along with shea butter, matcha green tea and peppermint, this also contains sweet almond oil, macadamia nut oil, Vitamin E and essential oils.

If this flavour doesn't take your fancy, they also make Orange, Ginger & Turmeric; Tinted Rose & Pomegranate and the refreshing-sounding Pink Grapefruit & Passionflower lip balms!

You can buy these products and more from the Harvest Garden website.

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Have you tried any Harvest Garden products and if so, what did you think of them?