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Private Kimba is reporting for Beauty Duty, sir!  I’ve trialled and reviewed some of the latest products to hit the beauty market.  If you’re in the market for an AHA night cream, a mascara or a multi use foundation, read on.

The products that made the Beauty Duty List this month are:



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Beauty Duty | Philosophy Hope in a Jar

Philosophy Hope in a Jar might just be one of the most awesome names for a beauty product ever.  It also happens to be an excellent product that I am very happy with.  A lightweight daily moisturiser that smooths skin texture and tone, leaving a glowing radiance, at a very good price.  I like to pat it onto clean skin, letting it sink in, before applying my daily BB Cream.  My BB cream glides on my nicely plumped and smoothed skin after an application of Philosophy Hope in a Jar.  I was very keen to trial the newly released Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night cream.


They say:

Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night Intense Retexturizing Moisturizer features an innovative qusome delivery system that enhances efficacy, while limiting the potential for irritation.

Skin is noticeably smoother, lines are visibly softened, a rosy glow is restored and results continue to improve with nightly use.

Hope in a Jar Night is the perfect companion for our iconic, high-performance Hope in a Jar Daily Moisturizer.  Pair with your favourite Hope in a Jar daytime formula for 24 hours of hope hydration and a healthy looking glow.

Features & Benefits

  • boosts night time renewal to retexturize skin as it plumps the appearance of fine lines and evens skin tone
  • patented qusomes help deliver potent glycolic acid deep into skin’s surface
  • formulated with gradual release technology to minimize the potential for irritation
  • calming agents ensure your skin rejuvenates in peaceful slumber
  • silky texture provides lightweight hydration that absorbs quickly

Who’s it for?

  • anyone who wishes to address the look of fine lines and uneven skin texture as they sleep
  • for all skin types, except those with a known sensitivity to alpha hydroxy acid (AHA)
  • anyone who loves hope in a jar original and wants the ideal evening companion

What Kimba Likes says:

I leapt at the opportunity to trial Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night Intense Retexturizing Moisturizer.  It is formulated with a unique gradual release delivery system that uses active glycolic acid in a much more gentle manner.  Teamed with calming agents, this makes this formulation a good choice for sensitive skin.  Because it contains alpha hydroxy acid or AHA, a full coverage sunscreen absolutely must be used during the day and reapplied regularly.

It does a very good job, leaving my skin noticeably smoother and plumped.  Occasionally, I have reactions to AHA products but didn’t experience any issues with Philosophy Hope in a Jar Night.

However, as I am now 40 and my fine lines can now fairly be termed as wrinkles, I prefer a night cream with a bit more oomph.   I prefer a heavier consistency.

Would I buy again?

I was sent this product for review and trial purposes and am very happy to recommend it.  However, because I think I need something a bit more heavy duty for my mature skin, I probably wouldn’t repurchase this item for myself.  It is a very good product for younger skin which is just starting to show the first signs of fine lines.

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Beauty Duty | Rimmel Scandaleyes Rockin’ Curves Mascara

 They say:  

Say goodbye to quiet lashes!

Our first broken heart-shaped brush creates a fringe of big, curvy, rockin’ lashes. This cleverly-shaped applicator twists and curves to hug the lash line; the thin tip grabs hard-to-reach inner lashes, while the amplified base pulses lashes with incredible volume and curve. Lashes are plumped and lifted in one clean stroke.


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Kimba Likes says: 

Wow!  I see a pair of new shoes in my future, paid for by just the savings between my current favourite mascara (RRP $38 in Australia and approximately $25 shipped from overseas), and this little baby, which has a RRP of $16.95 and is currently on sale for $10 at Priceline.  Run don’t walk and save  me one or three, please!

The innovatively shaped brush means it is easy peasy lemon squeezy to coat every single lash, even the teensy inner ones.  I am lucky to have long lashes, but they’re quite straight and unless I get them tinted every few weeks, they’re almost invisible.  This Rockin’ Curves mascara actually delivers big curvy blackest black lashes that hold their curl and colour all day. I even achieved a fabulous cats eye flick to the outer corner of my lashes just by tilting the mascara wand on an angle.  Click here to read my How to Apply Mascara guide.

I get a professional Lash Lift about three to four times a year at HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio – a technological advance on the old fashioned lash perm.  However, when I trialled this mascara, my lashes were well overdue for a HoneyTusk Eyebrow Studio and the mascara did all the work to create long lasting lavish curves.  Those new shoes might be closer than I think!

Would I buy again?

I was sent this product for review and trial purposes.  Would I buy it again?  Absofrickinlutely!  In fact, get out of my way so I can stock up whilst it’s on sale at Priceline!

Click here to read The Fashionable Mum’s review – she’s a bit of a fan too!


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Beauty Duty | Catalina Geo BI Colour Sensor Two Way Cake

They say:

Catalina Geo BI Colour Sensor Two Way Cake recognises different lighting and is self-adjusting to stop shadowing. It will adjust itself according to the different types of lighting, which strike the face to give a flawless finish. Can be applied wet or dry.

  • Type – Wet ‘n’ Dry Foundation
  • Base – Water
  • Skin Types – All
  • Coverage – Medium to Heavy
  • Finish – Solid Matte (Wet), Velvet Matte (Dry)
  • UV Filters – Titanium Dioxide

Kimba Likes says:

Whilst I love my BB Cream, there are some days that I like a little more on my face.  A translucent setting powder doesn’t provide enough coverage.  Wearing a liquid foundation or cream foundation over a BB Cream can cause slippage and can leave the skin a little too dewy.  A mineral foundation loose powder can sometimes leave the skin a little too matte or a little too shiny.

My solution is this fabulous self adjusting Catalina Geo BI Colour Sensor Two Way Cake.  Although the coverage is medium to heavy, a light hand with a big fluffy powder brush, kabuki brush or polishing brush gives a great finish to the skin.  Preventing shadows on the face is very important as you age.  I’ve found the shadows around my eyes have deepened, including around my nose and eye sockets.  This colour adjusting formula, which changes as the light moves, really does prevent shadows and make the skin look flawless.

I have very good skin for my age, but it is certainly not flawless.  No way Jose.  Catalina Geo BI Colour Sensor is my little secret – I use it as a setting powder rather than a foundation, and buff it in lightly over the top of my BB Cream.  It gives me a little extra coverage whilst keeping my skin looking naturally beautiful.

A light application of a technologically advanced product is a much smarter way to keep your skin looking fresh and young, rather than piling on layer after layer of concealer and powder, which can cause the skin to look aged and dull.  Hands up who wants that?  No one?  Didn’t think so!

The product comes with a velvet powder puff and a latex sponge. However, I prefer to carry a retractable kabuki brush with me to gently buff on a little when I need it during the day.  I like this BECCA brush from Adore Beauty.

I haven’t trialled the product wet as I prefer a velvet finish to my makeup.

Would I buy again?

I originally purchased this product myself, having had an existing product review relationship with Makeup Australia.  Unfortunately, I stuffed up my colour selection and ordered the wrong colour for myself.  Makeup Australia kindly offered to replace it when I asked for colour advice.  So yes, I definitely would buy again.  In fact, I’m going to buy another one so I have one for my makeup drawer and one for my handbag.


I’d love to know if you’ve tried any of these products and what your thoughts were.


Kimba Likes Image Credits

  • Images by Kim-Marie Williams
  • Product Images from Rimmel, Makeup Australia, Philosophy

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  • Lisa Mckenzie - 12 February 2014 - 1.48 pm

    thank you for the reviews on theses products Kim-Marie I have used the mascara but not the others and I like oomph in my night cream too!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia from Sonia Styling - 11 February 2014 - 2.25 pm

    Kimba, I have teensy lashes along the bottom (and not very many of them either, they all seem to have sprouted up top) – will the Rimmel mascara be good for me?ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 17 February 2014 - 9.45 am

      It’s not really designed for lower lashes as it’s all about curling and adding volume. What I think would work better is to concentrate on your upper lashes. Maybe get your lashes tinted so what you do have is enhanced – my lashes always look fuller after a tint because it catches all the little pale ones too.

      If you want to define your lower lash area, I would use a shimmery, but not glittery, eyeshadow and a smudger brush and gently pat a little along your inner lash line. Try a brown-rose-gold-bronze colour. I also use purples and greys and charcoals. Then a champagne-cream-flesh-pink-ballet colour in the inner corners.

      Putting mascara on your lower lashes can sometimes lead to smudging and create undereye shadows xReplyCancel

  • Jewel Divas Style - 11 February 2014 - 1.11 pm

    I do need to get a new mascara and the Covergirl orange lash blast or whatever it’s called did not do what they claimed, so in need of a new one that’s going to fatten my lashes.ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 17 February 2014 - 9.47 am

      A great way to fatten your lashes is to create the illusion by lining your inner lash line on the upper eyelid. I use a liner brush and cake eyeliner, or a liquid or gel eyeliner.ReplyCancel

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