Beauty Product Review: Jane Iredale “Feeling Alive” Collection.

Have you noticed that it’s starting to get gloomy in Perth? I’m pulling out my jumpers, turning on my oven to cook veggie lasagna (yay!) and wearing darker toned makeup. And while I’m all for a rich plum lip and darker tones on the lid to tie in with winter, wouldn’t it be a nice change if we wore makeup to lift and brighten the face during a cold day?

Jane Iredale has the answer in her new autumn colour collection, ‘Feeling Alive!’

For those who aren’t familiar with the lady and the brand, I’ll give you the run down. Working in conjunction with world-renowned plastic surgeons and dermatologists, Jane Iredale has developed a ‘skin care first’ mineral makeup line. Effective, yet gentle, Jane Iredale products are a favorite amongst beauty editors, makeup artists and the folks here at Wellness WA!

The ‘Feeling Alive’ collection was created to give your complexion a much-needed lift as we move into the cooler months. Incorporating bright tones for the eyes and dewy fresh colours for the lips, the products offer the wearer a fresh sun kissed complexion, even if you feel the exact opposite.

The kit includes:

Rose Dawn Bronzer – $90.00

The bronzer is split into four rose tones, which can be used individually on the cheeks or mixed together then swept across the cheekbones. The colours offer a subtle glow and can be used as a highlighter, on the eyes as eyeshadow and as a bronzer. The soft glow omitted from the powder is the perfect pick me up you need when it’s raining outside!

♥ Rose Dawn Bronzer

Eye Gloss in Pink Silk and Aqua Silk $33.00 each

Little tubes of bright colour seem a bit daunting at first but these Eye glosses are easy to blend and can also be worn as eyeliners. Just sweep a sheer amount across the lid for a subtle wash of colour or draw a thin line on the tip lash line for an interesting pop during a drizzly day.

Lip Definer Pencil in Pink $22.00

A pretty rose coloured lip liner, which can be worn with the two lip plumpers in the kit or worn on its own with a swipe of gloss over the top. Rose colours are great for your makeup collection as they can be worn by many skin tones and are a beautiful change from a nude lip for the office.

Just Kissed Lip Plumper in L.A. and Rio $56.00 each

With a slight scent of peppermint and just the right amount of shine, these lip plumpers are comfortable to wear and really do plump! The team from Jane Iredale told me that the Lip Plumpers contain ‘time released peptides which increase hydration and stimulate collagen synthesis through out the day’ which I translated to ‘comfortable, hydrated, plumped up lips throughout the day,’ success!

The Jane Iredale ‘Feeling Alive’ Pack will be available for purchase as of mid may and can be picked up through selected destination salons, spas and medical practitioners.

Does this pack sound like it would lift your winter blues? Do the eye silks sound exciting or scary to you? Have you used any Jane Iredale products before?

Review by Jacqui Bradfield, Makeup artist, winter lover and owner of glowing skin.

Be well,


Product Review: Jane Iredale’s Chocoholicks!

Have you, like me, made a New Year’s resolution that involves getting healthier, fitter and avoiding stuffing your mouth with sugar/junk/fun stuff?

If so, here’s a product that can help satisfy those pesky cravings for a Cadbury family block just by licking your lips.

Jane Iredale does lovely make up that is kind to your skin and packed with loads of ingredients that are easy to pronounce (a great sign you’re not working with nasty chemicals).

Now Jane Iredale has combined two of my favourite things: natural skin care and chocolate.

The Chocoholicks Lip Palette is packed with natural ingredients like avocado oil, shea butter, cocoa extract and jojoba seed oil.

Everything about these little beauties is so “sweet”! As the box says: “révélez votre sensualité” or “unwrap the decadence”. Oh I will, Jane, I will.

The Chocoholicks “bar” I got had some classic chocolate combinations:

Chocolate & Blood Orange – A coppery tone
Chocolate & Espresso – A reddish brown which would look hot over nude lips on olive skin
Chocolate & Berries (drool) – A plum tone
Chocolate & Chilli Pepper – A pinky red tone for the snow queens out there

They come in a handy purse-friendly palette with a lip brush so you can smother on the good stuff wherever you are.

What I loved about these was that they smelled so true to the real thing! Each flavour was so distinct and scrumptious before they’d even hit my lips.

Each colour is unique with a bit of sparkle. The shimmer is noticeable but doesn’t look like you’ve dipped your lips in glitter. However, if you really hate the grainy feeling shimmer glosses give when you rub your lips together, these probably aren’t the glosses for you.

While the colours are technically sheer, over a nude pencil they work a treat, (I’m currently loving the look of the Bobbi Brown Lip Liner in Sandwash Tulle). I also found each flavour gave my lips a little zing which felt refreshing!

The palette contains colours suited to most skin tones. Considering I’m pastier than Casper, I wasn’t sure the rich browny orange tones would work with my skin. For me, a sheer slick of Blood Orange and Chilli Pepper suited me best, while Espresso and Very Berry would probably suit darker and/or warmer skin tones.

No matter what your flavour is, these glosses will get you through the new year with a lip-smackingly natural pout!

Available from Adore Beauty – even better, it’s on sale for $35 down from $50 as at posting! Yippee!

Review by Gemma Clark, member of Chocoholics Anonymous and lover of all things deliciously natural.

Be well,


A Local Alternative to YSL Touche Eclat – Alison Jade Mineral Illuminator!

Most beauty lovers will know about cult product, Yves Saint Laurent – Touche Eclat, which is a staple for anyone who wants their under eye area brightened up. It works, magically, and was a favourite of mine until I discovered that YSL is owned by L’oreal, who do not deny that they continue to test their products on animals.

For a long time since this discovery, my eyes have gone unbrightened, until I was lucky enough to stumble upon an alternative product recently that has three big things going for it:

♥ NOT tested on animals! Yippee.
♥ Mineral makeup, free of fragrance, oil, talc, dyes, heavy fillers and pore-clogging ingredients.
♥ Perth based company owned by lovely gal, and namesake of the brand, Alison Jade!

The Alison Jade Mineral Illuminator comes in the same click-pen-brush format as the Touche Eclat, and is used in the same way.

♥ Upside down, upside down!

For best results, draw an upside down triangle under each eye and gently pat until the triangle is no longer visible. I’ve found the following makeup the best for me:

♥ Moisturiser / primer
♥ Concealer
♥ Foundation with tinted moisturiser mixed in (coverage including eye area)
Mineral Illuminator triangles under eyes!
♥ Blush
♥ Mascara

I definitely recommend putting your blush on post-illuminator, as the triangle technique is designed to brighten a large-ish area under the eye, which may mingle with the blush zone if done afterwards.

PS. It is important to note that these products are NOT concealers! They are designed to be the brightening star on top of your makeup christmas tree, so I would still suggest using your regular under eye concealer and makeup / tinted moisturiser.

The Alison Jade Illuminator has become a part of my daily routine and I’m so happy to have found a more people/puppy alternative to YSL 🙂

It comes in 4 shades, and retails for $48. Available for purchase online.

What do you think? Would you be willing to give another brand of under eye illuminator a go if it was better for you and our animal pals?

Be well,