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Monday, June 24, 2019

TAKING A DEEPER DIVE INTO MY SKINCARE ROUTINE FOR THIS WINTER


Want to learn more about my skincare routine? 

Recently I have been incorporating some brand new skincare products into my everyday routine featuring La Roche-Posay and Skinceuticals. 

My current skin falls somewhere between normal to acne-prone skin, and this varies from season to season. 

Here are some skincare newbies that have become a part of my everyday routine: 


Effaclar Gel Moussant Purifiant, Purifying Foaming Gel (For oil sensitive skin), 
La Roche-Posay 

I love everything about foaming gel cleansers which is why this product has made its way into my skincare routine. The Purifying Foaming Gel is actually ideal for those with acne-prone skin, and as I tend to get acne from time to time - this is the perfect cleanser for me. I found that this product left my skin feeling cleansed and refreshed. It doesn't leave the skin feeling irritated or dry and it's absolutely a gentle product which has worked for my oily skin. 


Effaclar Duo, Anti-imperfections, La Roche-Posay 

This product is perfect for those with acne-prone skin (like myself) as it helps to clear excess sebum and clogged pores. The Effaclar Duo (+) works as a corrective unclogging care product for acne-prone skin. Immediately after using this product you will notice that your skin feels nourished, hydrated and instantly mattified. Pop on this product onto your skin before you sleep and overnight you will notice less redness and improved skin texture. Plus, skin is left feeling super hydrated which is so perfect for the dry weather. 


Effaclar Masque, Sebo Controlling Mask Anti-Shine, La Roche-Posay 

This mask works to cleanse any impurities from the skin and without leaving any excess sebum left on the skin. I love how this mask gives the skin a mattifying effect which is great if you have oily looking skin. It works to curb any 'shine' from the skin and leaves your skin feeling refreshed, cleansed and protected. 


Phloretin CF Gel, Serum in a Gel, Skinceuticals 

For a topical Vitamin C serum during the day, you definitely need to check out the Phloretin CF Gel by Skinceuticals. It works to provide protection against harsh environmental aggressors which can lead to skin discolouration, uneven skin tone and fine lines. This product is perfect for if you're looking to achieve smoother and refined skin, 

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Have you tried out any of these products before? 

Sunday, June 23, 2019

SNEAK PEEK AT THE REVLON CRYSTAL AURA COLLECTION



Create Your Aura.

Revlon has recently launched their latest makeup collection which encapsulates a crystal aura. Their latest ethereal 'Crystal Aura Collection' comprises of seven new products perfect for creating a soft and luminous look. You will be impressed with their reflective pearl pigmented products to translucent luminosity, all packaged beautifully inspired by rose quartz and topaz. I'm all about the dreamy and stardust look which is why this collection is well suited to my taste and preferences. 

For the eyes, I'm loving the Crystal Aura Putty Power Eye Beam, which is a silky eye shadow that's very pigmented and adds a multidimensional shimmer for the eyes. Also, their Crystal Aura Liquid Alloy Eye Shadows are another favourite of mine where there are four beautiful and stunning shades available. If you ever need to add a pop of metallic colour to the lids, simply apply using the easy applicator, leave for dry for about 60 seconds and gently smooth for a blended finish look. 

The new Crystal Aura collection is available from Priceline and Big W for a limited time only. Available until stocks last. 

Here are some of my favourite picks from the range x



Revlon Crystal Aura Liquid Alloy Eye Shadow, RRP $19.95


Revlon Crystal Aura Glow Gelee, RRP $19.95


Revlon Crystal Aura Glow Lip Oil, RRP $19.95


Revlon Crystal Aura Putty Power Eye Beam, RRP $19.95


Revlon Crystal Aura Crystal Lipstick, RRP $19.95

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Have you tried these new makeup goodies by Revlon yet? 

Friday, June 21, 2019

CIRCUS VIBES FEATURING THE LIMITED EDITION COTTON CANDY CLOUD TRIPLE SCENTED CANDLE, GLASSHOUSE FRAGRANCES


Indulge and spoil yourself with a limited edition Cotton Candy Cloud candle from Glasshouse Fragrances. 

Immerse yourself with some delicious cotton candy for this winter...and perhaps with a cotton candy inspired candle. Who doesn't love a cotton candy inspired candle? It's a must-have for every sweet tooth lover out there. Glasshouse Fragrances have finally released their final candle from their Nebulous Nostalgia Trio, featuring the Limited Edition Cotton Candy Cloud.

This delicious sweet scented candle features notes of creamy vanilla, sweet musk, cotton candy and candy. It definitely takes me back to being at a circus/theme park where you'll find me at the cotton candy stand. This candle features a delightful scent which smells fabulous, memorable and...it really is just the perfect sweet treat for winding down at home. 

Top notes: Cotton Candy, Sugar 
Middle notes: Anise, Creamy Vanilla 
Bottom notes: Sweet Musk 

Fragrance family: Gourmand 

If you've been collecting all of the latest candles from Glasshouse Fragrances' Nebulous Nostalgia Trio, you'll be surprised to learn that Cotton Candy Cloud is the third and final release for the fabulous trio of candles. 



A must-have featuring Cotton Candy Cloud by Glasshouse Fragrances 

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What's your favourite scent from the range? 


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?