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Wednesday, June 19, 2019

CRYSTAL RETINAL - THE NEW GENERATION OF VITAMIN A - SKINCARE THOUGHTS


The new generation of Vitamin A is finally here. 

Award Winning brand Medik8 recently launched two new strengths (0.01% and 0.03, which are much more gentler on skin) for their brand portfolio featuring the Crystal Retinal range. Crystal Retinal works synergistically with the skin to help promote cell turnover. The product has been clinically proven to be 11x faster than retinol. 

Recently I tried and tested their Crystal Retinal 1 (which offers a strength of 0.01% and of a gentle strength retinaldehyde) and basically it works to fight the signs of ageing of the skin. Furthermore it works to give your skin more of a toned complexion. To apply on the product, after cleansing my skin in the evening, I would blend a small amount over my face and d├ęcolletage right before my moisturisers/hydrators. When it comes to using the Crystal Retinal, it's best to use it on a gradual basis. So for instance when I first used the product, I applied it onto my skin once every week. Also, please note that it's essential to wear sunscreen during the day while using the product. 

Both of the new Crystal Retinal 1 and 2 range is now exclusively stocked in professional outlets, skincare clinics and medical spas.

For more information, head to their official website here


Featuring the new generation of Vitamin A by Medik8

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Have you checked out any products by Medik8? 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

SKINCARE ESSENTIALS TO HELP FIGHT ROSACEA

"Rosacea is a challenging skin condition to treat and often goes undiagnosed for many years. Within Australia current estimates show that approximately 5-10% of the population has some form of rosacea (not including those that are undiagnosed or more mild cases)."
Zoe Devine, Skinstitut Expert. 

For those after a rosacea solution, it's difficult to prevent rosacea from occurring, however there are topical solutions that are ideal for red, sensitive and inflamed skin which all help to de-stress and strengthen the skin over time. 

A great skincare tip in helping to target visible capillaries is trying to incorporate the Skinstitut Vitamin C 100% into your daily skincare regime. Doing so helps to strengthen the capillary walls. Look to mix a small amount into the Moisture Defence Normal Skin and apply to the skin on a regular basis. This helps to keep your skin hydrated and moisturised for all day long. It's full of the much needed antioxidants which help to leave your skin feeling tamed and comfortable. 

Should you be experiencing any burning or red sensation, simply use the Laser Aid by Skinstitut which helps to cool and reduce any irritations and swelling of the skin. Alternatively, you can use it as a daily moisturiser which leaves the skin feeling cool and less stress. 

Each of the products RRP $49 or less and you can find them available from selected clinics and online here

The essential products which help to fight rosacea: 


Vitamin C 100%, Skinstitut 


Moisture Defence Normal Skin, Skinstitut


Laser Aid, Skinstitut 

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Have you tried any of these products? 

Saturday, June 15, 2019

MY THOUGHTS ON THE LIMITED EDITION BURT'S BEES CHAI TEA MOISTURISING LIP BALM


Care for some chai flavoured lip balm anyone? 
Get ready for this cold and chilly season because it's all about protecting and moisturising the lips. Burt's Bees recently launched their newest limited edition Chai Tea Moisturising Lip Balm. It features a spicy and sweet flavour which rejuvenates and moisturises the lips, perfect to prevent any flaking or drying lips for this season. 

With just one swipe you can instantly feel how conditioning this lip balm leaves the lips feeling. I have literally placed this lip balm on my desk to remind me to moisturise on a regular basis. What I love about the Burt's Bees lip balm range us that they're enriched with 100% natural ingredients and they don't contain any nasties, so definitely a plus for me. 

Overall, it leaves my lips feeling smoother and nourishing every time I apply it on. It's the perfect chai-scented lip balm for me as I'm a huge chai tea lover also! 



To celebrate the launch, Burt's Bees Australia have partnered with Hong Kong Miniature Sculptor, Maysum to create the World’s First Ever Miniature Lip Balm Sculptures. Handcrafted over two days and only measuring 1.5cms in height the unique pieces of art bring to life a tea cup and saucer, Sydney Opera House, a honey bee, honey comb and honey pot— all representative of the newest Chai Tea Lip Balm addition to the iconic range of Burt’s Bees’ 100% natural lip balms.


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Have you tried out the new lip balm by Burt's Bees? 

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

BYBI: NATURAL SKINCARE, NOW AVAILABLE AT SEPHORA


Have you heard of BYBI? 
BYBI stands for By Beauty Insiders. Founded in 2017 by beauty bloggers, trained formulators and skincare experts, BYBI looks to offer a range of clean and efficacious products. The range is fully committed to using 100% natural, vegan and cruelty-free ingredients. 

I recently tried and tested the range to see what the hype was all about. But let's start off with their gorgeous and clean looking packaging. I'm loving its fresh, vibrant and clean colours which definitely stood out for me. 

Here's a little preview into the products I checked out: 


Supercharge Serum, BYBI 

I found this serum to be very lightweight on the skin and it helps to repair tired and dull looking skin. There's a blend of at least 18 antioxidants which is what essentially helps to repair and protect your skin. This serum is best used if you're looking for brighten and even out your skin tone, reduce any signs of redness as well as skin damage. Furthermore, as it is a potent serum, this means you get the highest concentration out of it active botanicals. 

To apply on this serum I would use only a few drops to my face and d├ęcolletage at night. You can apply the serum onto your skin right after you moisture your skin. 


Swipe Clean, BYBI
I've tried so many brands of cleansing oils in the market and I have to say that Swipe Clean by BYBI is my favourite so far. It works to gently remove your makeup as well as leaving your skin feeling cleansed. Firstly the product smells AMAZING and it has really worked to remove even my stubborn mascara off my face effectively. Also, I love how the cleansing oil doesn't leave the skin feeling sticky or oily which is a must for me. If anything my skin always feels refreshed, cleansed and balanced right after using the Swipe Clean by BYBI. 


Babe Balm, BYBI 

This is a multi-purpose balm which works to soothe your skin, lips, brows, etc. It's definitely a must-have in your handbag because you just never know when it will come in handy (especially for winter). I love how it comes in a rich texture which offers more of an intensive treatment for your skin from head to toe. I've used it on my dry patches on the face and body, and already I'm amazed by how well it has left those areas feeling smoother once again. 


Lip Kit - 100% Natural Care, BYBI 

Scrub those lips with the incredible Lip Kit by BYBI. It's presented in such an adorable box and would even make perfect little gifts for your girlfriends. The Lip Kit comes with a Buffer and a Plumper which both work well to give you smoother and plump looking lips. Plus, the product smells of strawberry and cinnamon which will get you licking your lips! 

For more information regarding BYBI, you read more here

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Have you tried BYBI? 

Sunday, June 9, 2019

ULTRA-LONG LASTING POWERLIPS FLUID BY NU SKIN - SWATCH & REVIEW


For unbelievable, ultra-long lasting lip colour, you need to get your hands on the POWERlips Fluid by Nu Skin... 

What sets the POWERlips Fluid apart from other lip glosses is that it contains a blend of nourishing ingredients which help to smooth, soothe and prevent dry looking lips. Plus they don't contain any alcohol which means they won't give you dry lips which is a major plus for me. If you're all about long-lasting colour, then the POWERlips Fluid by Nu Skin will not disappoint. These lasted on my lips for up 8 hours of all day wear (through eating and drinking), so I was quite impressed with its longevity. 

The POWERlips fluid lip glosses RRP $25 each and are available here

If you're after swatches of the shades, check out the below x

SWATCHES 


Featuring the latest Powerlips Fluid by Nu Skin. 

They are by far the most nourishing and comfortable lip product I've tried out to date. The shades are incredibly pigmented and vibrant - so they definitely stand out on the lips. I can easily wear any of these colours to an event, etc. For more of wearable shade for everyday, I would go with the shade Potential. 

From top to bottom: 

Noble 

Ambition 

Potential

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What's your favourite shade? 


Thursday, June 6, 2019

HOW TO GET FLAWLESS, FULL COVERAGE LOOK - PERFECT FOR AN ALL DAY WEAR WITH THE 24HR FRESH WEAR INFALLIBLE FOUNDATION BY L'OREAL PARIS


The NEW 24H Fresh Wear Infallible Foundation by L'Oreal Paris is finally here. 

If you're after a foundation which offers all day staying power, then you definitely need to jump onto the latest bandwagon. I've been wearing the latest 24H Fresh Wear Infallible Foundation for over a few days now and I just love how it literally stays on all day long. 

I tried out the shade in True Beige and it matches my skin so well. It covers up any imperfections and scars giving you a flawless and smooth complexion. It's definitely a nice foundation that covers well for making it perfect for everyday or a special occasion. As for its packaging, it comes in a pump sized form making it very handy to apply on. Plus, one pump is all you need for application, so a little sure goes a long way. 

A tip for when it comes to applying on foundation is to use a beauty blender sponge, and simply use 'dabbing motions' onto your skin. This will ensure that you achieve a smooth canvas (streak-free) for your overall makeup complexion. 

The 24H Fresh Wear Infallible Foundation is available at local supermarkets such as Woolworths, Coles and Priceline Pharmacies, RRP $31.95. 


Steps on how to achieve flawless and smoother looking makeup 


PREP the skin with INFALLIBLE Magic Essence Drops, RRP $31.95

You want to create a smooth and flawless canvas, so these essence drops by L'Oreal is ideal. Simply use 1-2 drops and apply onto the skin before foundation/concealer. This will ensure that your skin is ready for a smoother makeup application. 


 24H Fresh Wear Infallible Foundation, RRP $31.95

Using the latest foundation by L'Oreal Paris with a beauty blender, dab this onto your face to achieve a smoother and flawless complexion. You can mix foundation shades to achieve your perfect skin match in case you don't find a shade that suits your skin. 


SET your makeup with the INFALLIBLE Magic Loose Powder, RRP $24.95

I always like to finish my makeup using a setting translucent loose powder, this will ensure that your face stays matte all day long. 

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Have you tried out any of these newbies? 

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

WINTER SKINCARE NEWBIES I'M LOVING FOR DRY & ITCHY SKIN


This Winter I'm all about the revamping my skincare routine to suit my skin's condition, especially when it's prone to becoming dry. 

Cold, dry and wintry conditions can dry out the skin leaving it feeling itchy and uncomfortable. Since Winter is nearly approaching Australia, it's the perfect excuse to get our skin ready for the chilly weather. 

Recently I've been constantly reaching out for TWO new skincare newbies which you can learn more below: 


SEROZINC, La Roche Posay 

I'm all about facial mists because they're super refreshing and easy to use. Simply spritz all over the face! The Serozinc mist is best used a facial mist toner and works to target oiliness, acne and irritated skin. If you have any of the skin conditions then this product is definitely for you. Also, it's perfect for preventing excess shine on the skin and it helps to tighten the appearance of obvious looking pores. I love how refreshing it leaves my skin feeling every time I spritz this all over my skin. Plus it's fragrance free which means it's perfect for those with sensitive skin and it's not too overpowering. 

This product will benefit those with: 
  • Acne-prone skin 
  • Clogged pores 
  • Excess sebum 
  • Oily and sensitive skin 




Moisturising Lotion, CeraVe 

Another new product to add to my daily skincare routine, featuring the Moisturising Lotion by CeraVe. This is a very lightweight, oil-free moisturiser which doesn't clog the pores and looks to hydrate the skin from any dryness, etc. If you look closely at its ingredients it features three essential ceramides and of course hyaluronic acid. The lotion is super gentle on skin and gives long-lasting hydrating which is perfect for all protection from environmental aggressors. Furthermore, it's non-greasy which makes it perfect for an all day wear. 

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Have you tried out any of these skincare newbies as mentioned above? 

Monday, June 3, 2019

CURRENT FOUNDATION I'M LOVING FEAT. THE SKIN LONG-WEAR WEIGHTLESS FOUNDATION SPF15 BY BOBBI BROWN


Have you guys checked out Bobbi Brown's Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation? 



For those wondering which foundation I'm currently using for my makeup routine, it's the Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 by Bobbi Brown. Essentially it's a foundation which offers 'all day' wear which is perfect for long-wear of up to 16 hours. It's super breathable and doesn't feel too heavy on the skin. Also, it's absolutely comfortable to wear on a day to day basis with its full coverage and matte finish. 

The foundation is ideal for those with normal, combination and oily skin. I really love how it leaves my skin feeling natural and smooth looking. It amazingly works to blur our any imperfections which is perfect if you're wanting to cover pores, fine lines, acne scars, etc. You really don't need to set the foundation with powder as it already leaves you with a matte finish. As for application I do recommend using a beauty sponge (spritzed with some setting spray) and slowly dabbing this onto your skin. This allows for an even and smooth application. 


On the face I am wearing the Skin Long-Wear Weightless Foundation SPF15 in Sand by Bobbi Brown. 

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Have you tried out any foundations by Bobbi Brown? 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

PROTECT & RENEW THE SKIN WITH GENTLE PRODUCTS MADE FOR NORMAL TO COMBINATION SKIN


Curious to learn more about gentle skincare products? 

If you have normal to combination skin and currently looking for a new range of gentle products, then you've definitely come to the right page. Skinstitut is a brand that I've been loving so much because they offer a range of gentle skincare products which don't irritate or cause discomfort for the skin. I first discovered this brand at Laser Clinics Australia and noticed that they used this range for their skincare treatments which is amazing. 

Here are some NEW picks that are perfect for normal to combination skin: 


L-Lactic Cleanser, Skinstitut 

What makes the L-Lactic Cleanser amazing is that it comes in the form of a gentle foaming cleanser and light exfoliator, which means you get the best of both worlds. It's made for all skin types out there so it's perfect for normal to combination skin. It features L-lactic Acid (in its purest form) making it gentle and safe to use even for those with sensitive skin. 

Use this cleanser if you're after hydration and nourishing looking skin. It works to exfoliate and decongest the skin, clearing any dirt, grime and oil trapped beneath the skin. I really love this product because it doesn't leave your skin feeling irritated right after cleansing. It's great for use on a daily basis and it really looks to leave your skin feeling squeaky clean. 


Moisture Defence, Normal Skin, Skinstitut 

For a super lightweight moisturiser, I have been using the Moisture Defence by Skinstitut religiously. I love how it leaves my skin feeling hydrated and smooth which is great for achieving a healthy complexion. Furthermore, with regular use it's supposedly great for reducing the appearance of any fine lines (great as an anti-ageing benefit from using this moisturiser). After using this moisturiser, I have noticed my skin to look and feel smoother, so I guess it's fantastic for improving your overall skin texture as well as leaving it well moisturised for everyday. 

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Have you used any of the above skincare newbies by Skinstitut before? 

Monday, May 27, 2019

MY FAVOURITE SKINCARE TRIOS FOR TRAVELLING (BEST FOR SENSITIVE SKIN)


French sensitive skincare experts Bioderma showcases more of their Sensibio range which I've been loving... 

The Sensibio range by Bioderma is formulated with patented Toleridine complex which acts against skin inflammation. 'It raises the skin's tolerance threshold, leaving it resistant and better protected against external attack, so it becomes less reactive.' 

The range is currently available from French beauty Co, Priceline, Adore Beauty, Chemist Warehouse and Pharmacies nationwide. 

Here are some of the best trios by Bioderma that are perfect for travelling: 


Bioderma Light Soothing Cream, RRP $37.99 

This is the perfect daily protective cream for added moisturisation especially if you have normal to combination skin. It feels super lightweight and not too heavy on skin which is perfect for a daily cream for whenever you're on the go. There's no feeling of any tightness and you instantly get a comfort to the skin once applied. As the weather varies from country to country, this soothing cream is ideal for adjusting to different weather conditions. 


Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel, RRP $34.99 

If you're looking for an eye gel that's made for sensitive and intolerant skin, then definitely look more into the Sensibio Eye Contour Gel by Bioderma. It helps to strengthen the skin's resistance to attacks. It contains caffeine which helps to decongest the eye area, as well as hyraluronic acid which helps to smooth out fine lines and crow's feet. What I noticed about the eye contour gel is that it immediately reduces eye puffiness. I always love to pack an eye cream or gel in my travel essentials because you never know when you'll get puffy eyes. 


Bioderma Sensibio Gel Moussant, RRP $29.99 

This is a soap-free cleansing gel which is ideal for sensitive and intolerant skin. It works to cleanse and remove impurities and makeup from the face and eyes. It leaves the skin feeling cleansed and comfortable which is great as it doesn't leave it feeling irritated. This is a must-have in my essentials bag because after a day out, all I want to do is cleanse my skin! 

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Which products are you currently loving? Have you tried Bioderma before? 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

PROTECT & MOISTURISE THE SKIN WITH THESE MUST HAVE WINTER ESSENTIALS


Look to protect and moisturise the skin for this winter coming... 
With winter coming this really can wreak havoc on our skin, which means revamping our skincare routine is a must. There are two products from The Jojoba Company which will definitely look to protect and moisturise your skin in the most harsh and driest conditions.

Learn more below about what I thought about them. 




CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum, The Jojoba Company 

For an overall serum that works overnight to reduce the signs of fine lines and crow's feet, you need to check out the CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum. It's super lightweight and absorbs easily onto the skin working into the deepest layers, to give you revitalised looking skin. I've been loving this serum to use on a nightly basis as you wake up the next morning with smoother and rejuvenated looking skin...I'd highly recommend this if you're after a highly absorbing serum. 


Daily Light Moisturiser, The Jojoba Company 

After a natural light moisturiser which works to balance out your T-zone and reduce the shine and oiliness to it? The Daily Light Moisturiser is your best bet. It's made suitable for those with sensitive skin and works to reduce any redness. Skin is left feeling nourished, soothed and balanced which is great for achieving a healthy and radiant complexion for everyday. I love how light it feels on the skin and I can easily wear this for long periods during the day. 

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Have you tried any of the products by The Jojoba Company? 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

TAKING A DEEPER DIVE INTO MY BELLABABY BOX FOR THIS MONTH


My monthly Bellababy subscription box has finally arrived and I'm so excited to see what's in the box... 

This month's Bellabox definitely felt slightly heavier than the first, and I'd say there's a fair amount of beauty and baby related products packed in the box. I even noticed a full sized packet of Bellamy's Organic Baby Porridge, which is so perfect for Bubs as he's finally been introduced to the world of solids and puree. (Yes I do love my organic products) 

Here are all of the samples I received in this month's Bellababy box: 
  • Allganic Baby Body Balm - I'm all about 100% natural products especially when it comes to Bubs. This is so perfect for Winter coming as it helps to relieve dry and chapped skin 
  • Bellamy's Organic Baby Porridge - My Bubs really loves the porridge ever since I got him to try it out. It contains a nutritious blend of organic oat and rice flour which is blended with organic pear puree. 
  • Difrax Soother (6-12 months) - A great bonus if your bubs relies on soothers in order to relax. 
  • Little Innoscents Certified Organic Winter Blues Balm - A really nice eucalyptus body balm which helps to soothe your little one. It's made with natural products so again it's something which has caught my eye. Will definitely look to repurchase the full sized product. 
  • Flower by Kenzo Eau De Vie EDP (Sample) - These are great for travelling and also checking out new fragrances. I don't mind its floral scent and will be keeping it in my handbag.
  • Manna Kadar Blossom Floral Blush Compact (Sample) - It's so good to receive makeup in my Bellababy boxes because I really don't have the time to buy new makeup, especially as a new mum. This cute sample sized blush and highlighter is perfect for taking with you whilst you're on the go. 
  • Nature Box Macadamia Oil Cream Treatment - This is such a nice nourishing cream for dry and brittle looking hair..and it even comes in a full size. It's made from 100% cold-pressed macadamia oils which is free from nasties. I really enjoyed using this hair treatment and would most definitely repurchase again. 
  • Selfie 2 Hour Sunless Lotion (Sample) - When you're on holidays, you're going to need an immediate bronzer. This product allows you to achieve a golden tan within two hours which is amazing because there's no need to step foot into a beauty salon. 

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The Bellababy monthly subscription box allows you to try out new brands and products that are baby and mother related. For instance in this month's Bellababy box, there are products I've yet to try. This is perfect for sampling new brands and products before purchasing the full sized products at the supermarket. 

To get started with the Bellababy box subscription, simply head over here to join in all the fun which is perfect for new mums. 

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Have you tried the bellababy box before?