Social Media Tips & Tricks - My Top 6 Apps For Editing Photos For Instagram | Life Of Dahlia

Social Media Tips & Tricks – My Top 6 Apps For Editing Photos For Instagram | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Everyone, today I’m sharing with you some of my favourite apps for scheduling and editing photos for Instagram. I was really inspired to try some new apps after watching Atleeey’s video on her How I Edit My Instagram Stories! , which you should go check out, she uses some really fun apps.

I’m including some of my favourites that I discovered from watching her video in today’s post as well as some others that I’ve discovered over the last few months and I’m really enjoying.

Apps for Editing & Scheduling Your Instagram

Scheduling & Instastories Apps

I bet most people didn’t know these kinds of apps existed well they actually do but unlike on your facebook page where you can schedule your posts prior and they go up by themselves, these work a little different or at least the one I have tried.

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Plann

(free with monthly paid options for extra features)

Plann allows you to play with your Instagram feeds, set a reminder to post and pre-write your captions, it also has basic editing features as well that allow you to transform, add filters, do basic adjustments, add stickers and text to your images.

When you go to share it simply takes you to the add photo feature of your Instagram page which you are logged into and copies your caption so you can streamline to post your photo.

This app has lots of features including preparing your instastories (which has the same editing features as the main feed), set up a posting strategy, view your best performing posts and find the best performing hashtags (you can also set templates for your favourite of best-performing hashtags.)

This app is free which includes basic features, but you have the option to subscribe to get extra features. There are different levels depending on what your needs are and the first option starts at under or around $10 a month.

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Unfold

(free with paid add-on’s)

Unfold is a great app this is one of the great apps I discovered from watching Atleeey’s video. This app allows you to pre-design your Instagram stories, you can feature photos or video which is great and all you have to do is pick from a template, add in your media and text and your all good to go.

It’s great for designing one page or a whole series of posts, at the end when you are ready to save you have the option of previewing and then saving one page or the whole story.

This app is free but has a few add-ons for additional templates, I love the basic ones that come free with the app or the film add-on templates that include polaroids and filmstrip style templates.

Apps for Editing Your Photos

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Facetune

(Free with ads)

Facetune is a great app for doing photoshop style editing on your device, you can really get in there and clean the photo up, well as best as you can on your phone anyway. It has features like smoothing out the skin, sharpening particular areas of your photo, removing red-eye and unwanted blemishes as well as defocusing the background just to name a few.

The only downside to this app is that it contains ads with no option to remove by a paid option at least as far as I can tell.

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Filterloop

(Free with ads & paid options)

Filterloop was also one I discovered from watching Atleeey’s video, This has a load of cool options like adding chroming effects to your images as well as tonnes of filters and textures. I think this is actually one of my favourite apps now I just love how I can add different filters and textures to my photos to give it that analogue look.

This app actually is available in two options, free with ads (fiterloop) & a paid option (filterloop pro) which has no ads. One thing to keep in mind also is that it does require downloading some of the filter and texture sets once you have downloaded the initial app, whether its the free or paid option. You can also download additional filters and textures through the store some are free and some have a cost associated with them.

Filterloop Pro Cost Under $3

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Afterlight

(free with in-app purchase options)

Afterlight is another great editing app, I found out about Afterlight through Kimberly Margarita’s IGTV Video on how she edits her photos. This one is free and gives you options to do basic editing adjustments like brightness, contrast, sharpening etc, as well as adding filters & textures. You can also crop and add frames to your images.

You can add additional frames and textures for a couple of dollars, I don’t believe this app has ads but I could be wrong.)

Quotes & Adding Text

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Wordswag

(Paid)

Wordswag is a really great app for adding text to your images, this again was also one of the apps featured in Atleeey’s video. I love this app for adding a watermark to my photos or creating quote images for my social media pages.

This app allows you to use stock images or use your own, you can crop for different ratios and select from font templates. Once you are in the app and ready to add your text you can type in your own or use one of the quote templates. You can also use the different font styles like I said as well as change the colour of your text and add a filter over your background images.

This is a really awesome app if you love sharing quotes with your branding style, You can even add your logo at the end or layer different text if you just want to type it in.

if you are really picky about what file type you like to use in the more button on your main screen you can pick from jpeg or png.

This app is a paid app it will only set you back between $5-8 (Aus) dollars.


I hope that you enjoyed this blog post and that it inspired you to go out and try some new things.

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Credits – Screencaptures from Unfold Wordswag, Afterlight, Filterloop, Facetune & Plann.

I found out about Wordswag , Unfold & Filterloop from Atleeey’s HOW I EDIT MY INSTAGRAM STORIES! | FAVORITE EDITING APPS video.

I found out about Afterlight through Kimberly Margarita’s IGTV Video on how she edits her photos.

Original Cover Photo by Freepik.com, edited for cover by me

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Shopping My Makeup Collection - Palette Of The Month - Toofaced Cosmetics Chocolate Bon Bon's Eyeshadow Palette + 4 Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Shopping My Makeup Collection – Palette Of The Month – Toofaced Cosmetics Chocolate Bon Bon’s Eyeshadow Palette + 4 Looks| Life Of Dahlia

Hey beauty lovers, I can’t believe its almost the end of the month already, September has gone so fast, I’m already starting to think about October’s posts. But, today I’m here to chat with you about my ‘Palette of the Month’ for September, which was the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ eyeshadow palette.

I’ve had this palette for a couple of years now, so It may not be in its best quality because of its age, I just wanted to note this before going on with my review. If you’re a Toofaced Cosmetics fan you will probably know that the chocolate bar palettes are some of their best and most loved products. The Bon Bons palette is cooler toned than the Original Chocolate Bar palette which I feel is more neutral.

Related Article – Too Faced Cosmetics “Smelly” Palettes Showdown Review

What’s included in the ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ palette.

This palette includes three possible matte transition shades which is great, my personal favourite is ‘Almond Truffle’, but there is also ‘Mocha‘ which is a muted medium brown and also a cool toned taupe called ‘Pecan Praline‘. From appearance, it looks like this has three deeping shades ‘Bordeaux’ which is a red-brown matte, ‘Malted’ which is a chocolate brown matte with glitter (but it doesn’t really show up when you are applying it) & ‘Dark Truffle‘ which is actually a satin but you could use this to deepen thing up if you wish.

There are five shimmer shades in this palette ‘Satin Sheets’ which is a pink with champagne/golden shift but looks more champagne in the pan, ‘Cotton Candy‘ which is a light pink with a sliver frost, ‘Cafe’ Au Lait‘ which is a taupe brown with a metallic finish & also one of my favourites,‘Sprinkles’ which is a peachy-pink with a gold reflect, and ‘Molasses Chip’ which is coppery bronze.

There are also what I would call pops of colour in this palette, ‘Totally Fetch’ which is a bright fuchsia pink with shimmer, ‘Earl Grey’ which is a blackened teal with a satin shimmer and ‘Black Currant’ which is Deep Plum shade with a frost finish.

This palette also includes a massive pan of a cream matte shade called ‘Divinity’ and ‘Cashew Chew’ which is described as a muted light peachy pink with a satin shimmer though I would have to disagree with that to me I can’t see any shimmer in it and I would say it looked more like a muted light warm taupe shade, but that’s just my opinion.

For more detailed descriptions check out Temptalia’s review, she goes into a lot of detail about shade descriptions and dupes for shades.

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What are my thoughts on the ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ Eyeshadow Palette?

Okay so now its time to get down to the nitty-gritty of how I feel about this palette, I’m just jumping right in. I think this palette has some great things going for it but it definitely has its flaws and I’ll get into that in a second.

When I first started playing with this palette for this review I was thinking about what made me buy this and I honestly think its the pops of pink which is super interesting because back then I never wore pink eyeshadow, like ever so it’s interesting that that’s what drew me in. I also think the cocoa smell had a lot to do with it as well I’m not going to lie its huge factor of why I purchase these palettes that smell every time I open the palette is amazing.

I think this palette has a great variety of shades to work with but I do think there are a some redundant shades in here, for example I think I used ‘Cashew Chew’ once, Its really light and very sheer other than using all over the lid before applying other shadows on top I don’t know why its in the palette. I guess it could also be used as a brow highlight or on the inner corner but I honestly feel like they could have added something different in there instead because it just doesn’t really show up very well, I tried to build it up but it left much to be desired.

Look 1:  Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Almond Truffle(transition), Mocha(crease & to blend out lower lash line), Malted (deepen up outer corner, crease & lower lash line), Cafe’ Au Lait (inner part of my lid, inner corner, brow bone highlight)


Things I love about this palette

I love that they have included a huge pan of a base shade (Divinity) But that would only work for someone with a lighter skin tone, I do think that having a huge pan of this type of matte shade is great though because I’m sure like me, most people with lighter skin tones would get a lot of use out of an eyeshadow like this.

While ‘Satin Sheets’ is a gorgeous shade I would have loved if they had added two eyeshadows in this space instead of one huge pan, that would have been great, but the large pan does have a great purpose too because this shade makes a beautiful face highlight as well so smaller pans would make this harder so its not all bad.

Look 2: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Almond Truffle (transition), Black Currant (outer corner, in the crease & lower lash line), Totally Fetch (outer part of the lid and blended into blackcurrant), Cotton Candy (inner portion of the lid & blended into  Totally Fetch) and Sprinkles (inner corner.)


‘Cafe’ Au Lait‘ has to be one of my favourite shades in this palette, it’s a taupe brown metallic which I honestly wouldn’t have thought when I purchased this that a colour like this would end up being my most loved shade in this palette.

My next most loved shimmer or metallic shade in this palette would have to be ‘Molasses Chip’ which is a gorgeous coppery bronze bordering on vintage gold/bronze kind of shade, its just stunning and I think would look beautiful on anyone.

‘Almond Truffle‘ is probably my favourite transition shade, but ‘Mocha’ & ‘Pecan Praline‘ are fantastic as well. I love pairing ‘Mocha’ with ‘Bordeaux’ to deepen it just is a great combo especially if I say put ‘Molasses Chip’ on my lid.

look 3: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Mocha (transition), Bordeaux (crease to deepen), Malted (crease & outer corner to deepen even more), Dark Truffle (deepen the outer corner more & lower lash line), Molasses Chip (center to inner part of the lid) & Satin Sheets (inner corner & brow bone highlight.)


Shades I wanted to love

I know I only mentioned a few of the eyeshadows in the previous section and that’s not to say I didn’t love the other shades it’s more than some I wanted to love and some that I’m more impartial about.

Interestingly enough those pops of pinks I mentioned earlier that I came to the conclusion that they were what drew me to this palette are not my faves, I could work with them but ‘Totally Fetch‘ has always given me trouble, its a very dry formula for something that’s supposed to be a shimmer, It takes a lot to build up and just looks average overall. I tried my best to work with this shade I scraped the top layer of to see if I could get a better pay off (because like I said my palette is a bit older), but that didn’t really help much, I was expecting this to look much brighter than it did.

‘Cotton Candy’ is a nice shade and looks nice with ‘Totally Fetch’ or another pink toned eyeshadow, but I just don’t reach for it, I want to love it but I just don’t know if it doesn’t look good on me or what. I think I prefer ‘Sprinkles’ to ‘Cotton Candy‘ which has a beautiful shift to it and looks great on the inner corner or on the lid.

look 4: Divinity (base to set eyeshadow primer), Earl Grey (all over the lid & lower lash line), Pecan Praline (transition and to blend out Earl Grey) & Cafe Au Lait (inner corner and brow bone highlight.)


Black Currant’ I used this shade a couple of times when I did a look with ‘Cotton Candy’ &‘Totally Fetch’ in the outer corner and lower lash line, this was another shade that I think is just okay, its also very dry like ‘Totally Fetch’, I tried it once all over the lid but I just didn’t love the way it looked.

‘Earl Grey’ I used a few times as an all over lid colour and blended it out with ‘Pecan Praline’ which didn’t look too bad but it doesn’t look as teal on the lid as in the pan, it more looks like a charcoal or deep grey-black colour. It’s also a really dry formula as well, so I found that this and ‘Black Currant’ had a bit of fall out on my face.

Final Thoughts

I think this palette has some great shades, there are quite a few gems in here but there are also some shades that I think could have been much nicer, mainly the ones I just mentioned. I wish that that ‘Totally Fetch’, ‘Earl Grey’ and  ‘Black Currant’ had a less dry formula it makes them hard to work with.

I also think they could have done without ‘Cashew Chew’ and put something else in there, I also think they probably didn’t need to have both ‘Cotton Candy‘ & ‘Sprinkles‘ while the finish is somewhat different they still look really similar. I wish ‘Dark Truffle‘ was a matte finish because I feel like this desperately needs a really deep brown, ‘Malted‘ just isn’t deep enough for me personally.

Saying all that I would recommend this palette because I think it has some gems in there and for me there really only a few eyeshadow shades that I think are average. I think this has some great wearable cool tones and overall most of the eyeshadows are really nice and easy to work with.

Have you tried the Toofaced Cosmetics ‘Chocolate Bon Bons’ palette? What are your thoughts? Did you love it or hate it? let me know in the comments.


October ‘Palette of the Month’ is…

The Morphe ’39a Dare To Create Artistry’ eyeshadow palette.

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Next month I decided to actually go with something new to my collection, the Morphe Brushes ’39a Dare To Create Artistry’ eyeshadow palette. At the end of June or was it July I can’t remember which but I do remember saying at that time I was happy with my collection, that was at the time, but in the last couple of months I’ve seen quite a few things that have really inspired me so I decided to pick some up, including this beauty.

I originally saw this used by Atleeeey she is one of my favourite creators to watch on youtube especially for tutorials her creativity when it comes to makeup is amazing, if you’re looking for makeup look inspiration I would go check her out (she’s not a cf creator so keep that in mind & if you see her use something, do your own research on its status).

Now for those that don’t know Morphe states on their website that they are cruelty-free & it is also confirmed by Cruelty-free Kitty which is one of a few places I go to check out information on brands cruelty-free status. Morphe do not have a cruelty-free certification (PETA, leaping bunny, etc) at this time and their brand isn’t entirely vegan, They probably use carmine in some of their eyeshadows and they do have animal hair brushes (as well as synthetic brushes) so its up to you whether you want to purchase from them.

I do have some thoughts on their brushes I may decide to do a post on a brush set I picked up in the near future, I haven’t decided yet.

I’m really excited to use this palette for the next month some of those shades are really calling to me. Its actually spring here in Australia, I wouldn’t say this is a spring palette at all it’s more jewel tones to me which are an autumn-winter thing right but I’m dying to play with it. I was actually thinking about using the Toofaced ‘Lifes A Festival’ palette but I decided not to do two Toofaced reviews in a row, but you bet I’ll be bringing that and the ‘Sweet Peach‘ out sometime in the next few months, they will look amazing for summer vibes. Not that I really care about pairing colours with seasons I just do whatever I want but you know we will just go with that.

So keep an eye out on my Instagram & Facebook over the next month I will for sure be featuring some looks using this beautiful eyeshadow palette.


If you got this far congratulation and thank you for reading my post I hope you enjoyed my review and I can’t wait to see you in my next post.

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Products Empties – What I’ve Used Up| Life Of Dahlia

Hey everyone, today I’m sharing with you some products I’ve used up and what I thought about them, will I be picking up another one or passing to try something else.

Product’s I’ve used up

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Skincare

I’ve used up quite a few skincare items recently, including two moisturizers, a face cleanser, serum, facial scrub and micellar water. It’s really nice to look back and see how much I’ve used up, this year my aim was to finish up a lot of backups and I’m starting to see the kind of progress that I hoped for.

Nutrimetics – Honey & Almond Scrub

I’ve been through a few of these over the years, I really enjoy this product, it’s my mum’s favourite as well. It’s a great product that I’ve enjoyed time and time again, it contains Apricot Extract, Peppermint oil, Almonds and Oatmeal, it gives a gentle exfoliation while making the skin feel hydrated and refreshed. I will probably pick another one up at some stage but I’m wanting to branch out and try new things.

Essano – Rosehip Gentle Facial Cleansing Micellar Water

This is my go-to Micellar Water, I’ve used up many of these and I will keep purchasing more, its a fantastic product. It removes makeup well and the rosehip helps with healing and hydrating the skin. I will definitely be repurchasing as its a staple in my skincare routine and if you have been following me for a while you will know that Essano is one of my go-to skincare brands.

Sukin – Sensitive Facial Moisturiser

Another brand that I love is Sukin Organics, I’ve tried quite a few of their products including this facial moisturiser from Sukin’s sensitive range. I quite enjoyed this it’s a great daily moisturiser that helps keep my skin moisturised and hydrated. I’m wanting to try some new products but I’m sure I will pick up one of Sukin’s moisturisers at some point in the future. I’m currently trying to finish up one of their other moisturisers so I’m sure you will see that in an empties later in the year.

Biore – Free Your Pores! Baking Soda Pore Cleanser

I think I had this from a Priceline bag, Biore is not a cruelty-free which I’ve since found out so I won’t be purchasing any of their products in the future unless they decide to go cruelty-free. I try to use as many products as I can that are cruelty-free but I also don’t like to be wasteful, I usually go into bags like the Priceline one with my mum or sisters this was just a product left over that no one wanted so I wasn’t going to waste it, because it would just end up in landfill somewhere, I would rather finish it and just not repurchase.

The Ordinary – “Buffet” Serum

I think I talked about this product in my current skincare routine post, I enjoyed this product it was quite good and The Ordinary is a Cruelty-free brand, with some great skincare for affordable prices. I’m not sure if I will re-purchase or purchase anything more from them, I want to try out other brands and products, so we will just have to see.

Nutrimetics – Comfort Calming Day Cream

Again I think I also talked about this in my current skincare routine post, I was using this as more of a night cream because it was quite hydrating and I found that it took a while to sink in. I did enjoy this and Nutrimetics is a long time favourite brand of mine I enjoy trying out their skincare and body products more so than their makeup.

I’m not sure if I’ll repurchase this particular product, I did like it maybe if this comes on sale again in the future I might consider re-purchasing.

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Body & Hair

Essano – Rosehip Oil Repairing Body Wash

Like I said Essano is one of my favourite brands, I really enjoy a lot of their products including their body washes, they last me months. I love this one, in particular, the scent is beautiful and I’m a big fan of their Rosehip products. I will definitely be repurchasing in the future, these retail for $10 and last four or five months if not more for me so I will absolutely keep repurchasing.

Camille & Mae – Dream Cream Ultra Nourishing Hand Cream in Juicy Peach

I received this in a set at Christmas time, I’m currently trying to use a whole bunch of them up. I loved this Juicy Peach scent it was beautiful and not overpowering, I find some scented hand creams can often have very strong scents. I really liked this and I can’t wait to try others from this brand, the packaging says they are cruelty-free but I couldn’t find much information on the brand, I think they are a Priceline Australia brand and as far as I know, Priceline in-house brands are but I’ve sent an email to see if they can confirm this.

Essano – Argan Oil Of Morocco Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner

This was from my Samples Project Pan, I used up these Shampoo & Conditioner mini’s from Essano, it’s from their Argan Oil range. I have purchased full-sizes of these in the past and really enjoyed them, I love Essano’s hair care range and would definitely consider purchasing these in the full-size in the future.

I did think these minis were technically a single use for me and they might be for other people as well, I use a lot of shampoo and conditioner but I think it’s a great way to try them out.

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Disposables

Coles – Makeup Removal Pads & Kirkland – Daily Facial Towelettes

I used up two packets of the Coles Makeup Removal Pads & the last of my Kirkland face wipes. I’m not sure if I will be picking these up again. I’ve recently picked up some organic cotton makeup removal pads from The Body Shop I’ll probably keep purchasing these and looking into other products in the future.

I used to purchase Simple wipes I thought they were cruelty-free but have since found out that may not be the case which is unfortunate. I have found out that Kirkland’s personal care products are considered cruelty-free so If you do like their wipes and were wondering cruelty-free kitty says they are. This may change my mind about purchasing them in the future nothing is set in stone yet.

I did have an aim to not purchase wipes at the start of the year but I do find them handy to have sometimes. Its okay to change your mind, where I live we are lucky enough to have some great recycling programs that make it easier to recycle soft plastics. I would like to look into some alternative products in the future so that I can stop purchasing things like this but I think I just need to sit down properly and do some more research.

It might take me a while to get an alternative product that I’m happy with.

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Makeup (Project Pan & Declutter)

These items are mostly projected pan items, stuff I’ve used up and some that I am decluttering for reasons I’ll discuss below.

Bert’s Bee’s Lipstick

This is being decluttered because it’s expired, I haven’t had it for hugely long but its changed in the formula so I’m just getting rid of it just in case, It’s not my favourite colour so I’m okay with that. Unfortunately, this does happen sometimes and while I do talk about hating waste I also except that I’m not a minimalist so I know that this will occasionally happen.

I’ve also recently learned the Bert’s Bee’s may not be considered cruelty-free for too much longer as they have started selling in China, I hope they rectify this because it would be sad to see this brand give in to that markets testing policy’s for the sake of some extra money.

Savvy By DB –  Smooth Finish Primer

This has been a long time favourite of mine, I think like a lot of people I actually thought this brand was owned by DB Cosmetics who are a Cruelty-Free brand, I’ve since learnt that may not be the case. I think Savvy By DB is actually another of Priceline Australia’s in-house brands, I’ve contacted them to check on this brand’s cruelty-free status along with Camille & Mae. Hopefully, I hear back soon and can update on the status of these brands.

I do have a couple more of these to finish up but I’m not sure if I will repurchase in the future I want to look into other brands and maybe try some new primers. It also depends on their Cruelty-Free Status.

NYX Professional Makeup – Photo-Loving Primer

I love NYX products usually I’ve only ever had a few that I didn’t really like and unfortunately this was one of them. I added this into my project pan I’ve tried it a couple of times and I just really didn’t like it, I didn’t like how it felt on my skin and I couldn’t get my foundation to look nice on top. I would have loved to finish this up but unfortunately, it just doesn’t look like that’s going to happen.

NYX Professional Makeup – Matte Liquid Liner

I used this up within a few days of my new project pan, I’ve been doing them seasonally since the middle of the year and this was a rollover product. I didn’t love or not love this product, I don’t know If I would repurchase, I think I want to try something new so probably not.

I didn’t think it was a bad product, I actually really enjoyed using it I think its one of the better ones I’ve tried in this format from the brand. I’ve only tried a small portion though so don’t quote me on that but I do think It’s not bad for an affordable liquid liner.

Physicians Formula – Organic Wear Mascara

This was going to go into my new project pan, I tried it a couple of times and it just made my eyes water so I’m decluttering it and I most likely won’t repurchase this.


Thank you for reading my post I hope you enjoyed seeing what products I used up, I’m sorry I rambled a bit in this one I apologise for that.

I’m currently going through a period where I’m wanting to make some more changes in my life or lifestyle. I’m certainly not a minimalist and I know that so I’m trying to make small changes where I can by being more mindful about what I’m buying and using, you may have seen my shopping addiction post earlier this month where I talked about my own story.

As a blogger and beauty/ makeup lover, I’m definitely enticed by new products, and for my blog I know I want to review things because that’s what I love doing but I’m trying to be more mindful about what I’m purchasing so that I don’t get overloaded with things again. I’m also trying to use more of what I have instead of purchasing things all the time like I really should stop buying lipsticks and using what I already have.

This is very much a psychological thing for me Its something I know that I want to work on and I know it’s not going to happen overnight. I’ve been feeling like I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself when I do purchase something, I’m trying to learn to be kinder to myself I’m not perfect and this is my personal journey it’s going to take time to make changes and its okay If I don’t get there straight away and make mistakes.

Thank you again for getting this far, I hope you enjoyed my post and I hope to see you in the next one.

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Testing Andalou Naturals – Age-Defying Skincare Essentials | Life Of Dahlia

Hey Beauty Lovers, today I’m sharing a skincare post all about Andalou Naturals ‘Age-Defying Skincare Essentials’ pack.

I picked this up a few months ago to test out once I had finished up a few other skincare products. This brand is actually fairly new to Australia, I picked this trial set up after seeing them advertised in one of Priceline Australia‘s catalogues. I love natural based skincare and Its great to see Priceline stocking more cruelty-free brands.

I love when brands have trial sets I think they are a great way to test out products before committing to the full-sized versions of products. If its something you enjoyed and didn’t have any reactions to then you can go ahead and pick up the full-sized products.

I decided to go ahead and pick up the ‘Age-defying’ set, I’m in my 30’s now and that means I really need to start using anti-ageing products to keep my skin nice and youthful. This set is good for people with dry skin, dull & flaky skin or has premature ageing with fine lines and wrinkles.

While I do have combo skin with oiliness in certain areas I do have drier skin in the winter time so I thought that this would be an interesting one to try out.

About Andalou Naturals

“The natural products industry embraces innovation and creativity, while entrepreneurship offers women a level playing field to succeed. For Andalou Naturals, my goal was to create an empowerment brand with a mission to influence an industry to do better, while creating a sustainable source of revenue for social responsibility.” 

– Stacey Kelly Egide, Founder & CEO – sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

I love what this brand is about they create non-gmo products to empower women and want to better the planet by using sustainable resources and creating innovative products through plant science. Find out all about their standards here.

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Andalou Naturals ‘Age-defying’ range

The ‘Age-defying’ range has ‘Resveratrol & CoQ10, super antioxidants that support skin wellbeing and essential building blocks to promote collagen & elastin for softer smoother appearance and youthful vitality.’ The basis of this range is the fruit stem cell complex, Resveratrol & CoQ10, ‘Resveratrol is often referred to as the ‘fountain of youth’ because it appears to be so effective at warding off many diseases associated with ageing‘ And ‘Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a basic substance that our bodies make naturally’ – source –Abeeco of New Zealand

Andalou Naturals derive their ingredients from plants, for example, Resveratrol in their products is derived from red grape skin and the Resveratrol Q10 is made from Resveratrol combined with Coenzyme Q10 which they derive from fermented vegetables.

I honestly find this stuff really fascinating, for Andalou’s full ingredients list you can find it on their website. The more I’ve been looking into this brand the more I love and want to support them, I think what they are doing is fantastic and I’m already wanting to try more of their products out.

Andalou Naturals is a “Non-GMO Project Verified and Gluten Free Verified, Certified Organic, Nature Derived, Vegan, Vegetarian, Sustainably Sourced and Fair Trade Ingredients, and Cruelty-Free” brand – sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

Products included in the ‘Age-defying’ Trial Set

  1. Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk
  2. Bioactive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask
  3. Blossom + Leaf Toner Refresher
  4. Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream
  5. Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream

Product Descriptions

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Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

The Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk includes “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10, with skin-friendly probiotics blended with apricot and borage oils to gently loosen and remove make-up and impurities, rinsing away dull surface cells without drying for a fresh glow and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher

The Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher includes “Fruit stem cell complex, resveratrol CoQ10, with aloe vera polysaccharides to instantly hydrate and replenish. It gently soothing irritation and balancing skin’s delicate pH as geranium and orange leaf uplift and tone for a natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

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BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask

The Bioactive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask includes “Fruit stem cells, resveratrol CoQ10, and bioactive 8 berry complex to help support dermal vitality while fruit juice enzymes gently dissolve and exfoliate dull, dry surface cells to reveal skin’s natural glow and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced from Andalou Naturals Website

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Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream

The Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream includes “Fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol CoQ10, super antioxidants, to help support dermal vitality as goji glycopeptides uplift tone and texture for velvety soft skin with the appearance of fewer fine lines and wrinkles and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced  from Andalou Naturals Website

Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream

The Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream includes “Fruit stem cell complex and resveratrol CoQ10, super antioxidants, to help boost dermal vitality as goji glycopeptides uplift tone and texture overnight for velvety soft skin with the appearance of fewer fine lines and wrinkles and a rejuvenated complexion.” sourced  from Andalou Naturals Website

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My Thought On The Products

Apricot Probiotic Cleansing Milk

I don’t mind this as an everyday cleanser but I got the impression from the description that it could be used to remove my makeup like a cleansing oil, it didn’t do that at all but as a regular cleanser, I thought it was nice.

I really enjoy my current go-to cleanser so I’m not sure I would grab the full size of this one.

Blossom + Leaf Toning Refresher

I thought this was an okay toner it didn’t dry my skin out but the scent really bothered me it was quite strong and I think that’s what put me off finishing this all up. I don’t think this is something I would buy in the full-size.

BioActive 8 Berry Fruit Enzyme Mask

I’ve tried this a few times and I quite like it, my skin feels fresh and rejuvenated, It definitely did what it claimed and I would actually consider purchasing the full-size of this once I’ve finished up some of my current face masks.

Goji Peptide Perfecting Cream

This was a nice daily moisturizer, it made my skin feel hydrated, I don’t know if I saw much of a difference as far as fine-lines and wrinkles but I definitely felt like this was a good hydrating moisturizer. I would consider picking this up in the future.

Resveratrol Q10 Night Repair Cream

This one I’m actually not sure about, I liked it but I’ve been having some breakouts and I’m not sure if its been hormonal of if its because this contains Cocoa seed butter and that was the problem. I know ingredients like these can cause some people to break out so I’m on the fence about this one.


Have you tried Andalou Naturals? What are your thoughts and what would you recommend trying out? let me know in the comments.

I really enjoyed trying this out, I’m actually interested in trying out a couple of the products from this range that weren’t included in this pack the ‘Fruit Stem Cell Revitalize Serum’ & the ‘Hyaluronic DMAE Lift & Firm Cream’, they both look really great and if they are anything like the few products I enjoyed in this pack I’m sure I’ll like them enough to consider adding into my regular skincare routine.

Aussies can pick up Andalou Naturals from Priceline Australia, online or instore.

Thank you for reading my post, I hope you enjoyed it.

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Disclaimer – This post is not sponsored and doesn’t contain any affiliate links, links included are for reference only in case your interest in purchasing the reviewed product. Descriptions are taken from Andalou NaturalsAbeeco of New Zealand for educational purposes, I’m not affiliated with Andalou Naturals, Abeeco of New Zealand or Priceline Australia, these thoughts are my own.

First Impressions The BH Cosmetics Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette | Life Of Dahlia

First Impressions The BH Cosmetics Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette | Life Of Dahlia

Hey beauty lovers, today I’m testing out the BH Cosmetics Zodiac eyeshadow palette, This post is a little bit different kind of review for my blog its based on my first impressions of using this palette. I usually test products out for a few weeks before giving a review but I thought it would be fun to try something different today and do a first impression.

This is actually my first time trying out BH Cosmetics so this is a double first impressions, I had absolutely no idea what to expect. I picked this up from Glamraider.com for $35 which is pretty good if you ask me, they provided great customer service with express shipping and half-refunding me, after realizing they didn’t have the other one I ordered. I will definitely be purchasing from them again.

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My First Impressions of The BH Cosmetics Eyeshadow Palette

My first impressions of this palette were pretty good, I’m so excited to have this palette in my makeup collection. I was so surprised when I first dipped into a couple of the mattes eye-shadows to find out that they had great pigmentation and blended out nicely. I didn’t feel like I had to work to hard with them or dip back in to the pan multiple times to get the pigmentation I desired which was great.

I used two of the baked shimmers in ‘Libra’ and ‘Virgo’ for the look I did, I loved the colours and the pigmentation was really nice. I dipped into the large baked highlighter in the middle for face highlights, it was stunning (though it doesn’t show up well in the photos.)

I experience little to no fall out on my face from the matte’s but I did experience a some from the shimmer eyeshadow that I used, there was also not much kick up in the pan either.

The eyeshadow held up pretty great through out the day with not much fading. I always use a eyeshadow primer I thought that would be a good thing to mention, I did experience some creasing but I think that was because I used a concealer on my eye lids to help conceal the veins that are visible.

The Look I Create With The BH Cosmetics Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette

First Impressions The BH Cosmetics Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette | Life Of Dahlia

First Impressions The BH Cosmetics Zodiac Eyeshadow Palette | Life Of Dahlia

What I Used To Create This Look

  1. Aquarius (matte- colour: tan) as a transition shade.
  2. Pisces (matte – colour: deep eggplant brown) in outer corner & crease.
  3. Libra (shimmer – colour: burgundy) all over lid
  4. Virgo (shimmer – colour: ) inner corner

Have you tried out the BH Cosmetics Zodiac Palette? What are your thoughts on it? let me know.

I can’t wait to try out this palette more and maybe purchase some more from this brand in the future. I’ll do a follow up review at some point to give my full thoughts on this palette after trying it out for a longer period of time.

I hope to see you in my next post,

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