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Saturday, March 28, 2015

MASKD "THE GREEN MASK" NEW PRODUCT REVIEW!

Hi all, 

What is this MASKD product I hear you all ask?! If you love masks, hear me out! 

Well let me introduce you to a true wonder of green face masks created by the beautiful Carlie from Brissy. She has created an Australian product where it's similar to a microdermabrasion treatment, but this time it's in a bottle. I was glad to test and trial out the sachets sent by Carlie, many thanks for sending this and it was fun experimenting with the mask! 

HOW TO USE: 
  • You simply put the product on your face as you would like a mask, avoid eye areas. 
  • Leave on for a good 20 minutes until you feel a little tingle.
  • Wash off after that time with a wash cloth ensuring you remove all of the excess mask. 
  • Make sure to moisturize your skin afterwards! 

BENEFITS: 
  • Found my skin to be tighter, firm and smoother.
  • With long term use, scars can be visibly reduced
  • My skin was glowing, felt clean and vibrant. 
  • Moistened my dry skin areas
  • My redness around my acne was also reduced
  • My face felt so refreshing! 

NEGATIVES: 
  • No negatives :) 
The product is also aimed at making skin routine fun! "Can you handle the sting?"

Not to be alarmed guys - there's no pain involved whilst applying - the tingle or sting will only depend on the pH level of your skin. For me, I experienced no pain at all but just a slight tingle. It felt good for a face mask and did not dry up real quick like other masks I have tried before.

After using the product, my skin felt so smooth and firm. I am truly amazed by the results and totally love the packaging of green and white. You can't miss this!

You can check more about MASKD at http://www.maskd.com.au/ for more information regarding the maskd product..

You can purchase the product http://www.maskd.com.au/cart/  - it's based in QLD, Australia via an online store so be sure to check it out. RRP $49.95 for 50ml. 

I hope you enjoyed my post guys, cheers to the weekend!

Take care, 
Liv
xx


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

L'OREAL PARIS RELEASES NEW BEAUTY APP MAKE UP GENIUS" - MUST CHECK IT OUT !

OMG attention gadget beauty lovers out there !!!

The Apple/Android store released an app by Loreal Paris (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/makeup-genius/id871897775?mt=8)  called MAKE UP GENIUS

Get downloading guys because it's such a fun app to play around with especially when you want to experiment with new kinds of looks! 

Loreal Paris introduced their first ever Virtual Make-Up Tester App..The time was going to come for someone to develop such a fun and innovative app to designed to target people of ages 18-39 who are technology savvy and always looking to enhance their look by first checking it out on a phone app first! Next, you can just prepare which cosmetics and products you need to create that favourite look of yours! 

Such an ideal app because I've always wanted to know what would suit me without creating a mess! You can also discover your signature look via this funky app! 

Benefits of using this app include: 

  • You can instantly apply make up onto your own reflection in real time - so make sure you aim for the perfect #Selfie
  • The makeup follows your face as you move, whether you change your facial expressions. (Smile or frown, either way it will make you look different?) 
  • You can select from the products they have to offer...even some you perhaps have not used yet? Great to see how it will look on your face?
  • Aimed at shoppers who try before buy! I guess they're aiming to get people more involved and engage with technology and make-up. Best part, it's so fun to play around with.
  • You need a phone or tablet to enable this app. 
To read more about this app, click the link below: 

http://www.lorealparisusa.com/en/brands/makeup/makeup-genius-virtual-makeup-tool.aspx

This app is not to be missed, so download anyway and click away! What a great way to experiment with the different looks and shop around at the same time? 
Sounds like multi-tasking just got real! Say goodbye to photoshop, because Make Up Genius just got better! :) 

Enjoy lovelies! 
xx
Liv-star

Makeup Genius

REVIEW: BASIC LOOK ESSENTIALS HAUL (URBAN DECAY, CLINIQUE AND MANY MORE!)

Hi beauty lovers,

On my latest Instagram post, I shared the latest collage of the BASIC ESSENTIALS WEAR for an ordinary Saturday (Yay bring on more weekends please!). I am so excited to share this review with you guys, so here it goes! 

So.. what's in MY 'Basic Essentials List?' (From Left to Right) 

I chose this set of earth friendly brush set as it presented a soft feel to its bristles and this is first priority for me when selecting brushes that are gentle for my skin. I know they're cruelty-free brushes and as long as they are not being animal tested, then I am OK with that. It comes with a cute cosmetic bag which is totally convenient. 
The brushes do a great job in applying my make-up gently and it does not feel harsh at all. Even better - they're super affordable. 

The set contains: 
  • Blush brush
  • Eye shading brush
  • Eyeliner brush
  • Lash and Brow Groomer
  • Concealer Brush
  • Cosmetic bag

I chose this Blush Powder in this beautiful pink shade as it creates the look of pretty and cute. It uses a silky formula so when I apply this over my cheekbones it gives me more of a natural look. It blends so well and you don't need to apply a lot of product. 
odd thing about this blush is that it is very long lasting and can last me a good 6 hours of wear without smearing off. Such a lovely glow I get when I apply this onto my cheekbones. 
The consistency of the powder is not too heavy making this the ideal blush! 


I have stuck by this eyeliner for more than years and don't think I'll go back to any other brand. This soft creamy liner is so easy to use and move for under my eye waterline or so. It simply glides on giving an intense black liner look but without looking so dramatic. 
Also another good aspect of this eyeliner is that is stays on ALL DAY LONG. No need to reapply because the liner will be there! 

This liquid eyeliner is great for lining the lids of your eyes. Gives a really intense look and I really like how it doesn't smudge for long hours of wear. The packaging is rocking cool with the black and pink tones, really stands out on my cabinet. 

I absolutely love this eye brow wax set, comes with cute convenient brushes to help shape your brows on the go. (An eyebrow brush, along with the cutest tweezers!) You get value in this brow set and the colour really suited my brows naturally. 
I got the colour in medium brown and it really suited my brows well. Depending on how you apply the wax and brow shadow - will determine your overall look, so be sure not to use too much product otherwise your brows will just look to overwhelming.
It's good to line the bottom of the brow and create a sketch where you can fill in your brows lightly
 The set comes with a mirror so I can say the convenience of this product is top notch and I would recommend those who have not tried this, to definitely purchase this beauty! 
This is available at the Benefit Bars at Myers or Sephora or alternatively online through the Benefit AU store online (For Australians) 

One of a kind and super mini cute eyeshadow palette bu Urban Decay really impressed me with this. You can check out a more detailed review within my blog if you search for it Archives under Urban Decay Naked Basic. :) 
This made the list for not being 'basic' named but for the colour range in this cool matte palette. It features all matte colours with neutrals - with shades we haven't seen before. The packaging is also convenient as it comes with a handy mirror, perfect if you need to apply on the go! 
Of course I used the colour in "Venus" and "Walk of Shame" to create my basic look by applying on the crease of my eyelids with a blending brush from my Eco Tools brush set. 

Colours include: 
  • Venus (soft, off-white demi-matte), 
  • Foxy (very light yellow/white matte), 
  • Walk of Shame (very light nude matte), 
  • Naked2 (taupe matte), 
  • Faint (warm, dusty brown matte) and 
  • Crave (deepest, darkest brown/black matte). 
So there you go beauty lovers! A simple Basic set for the weekend! If you have any questions regarding the products as mentioned above, please comment down below or email me. Happy to always assist! 

Have a great day,
Liv
xx



Tuesday, March 24, 2015

AVEENO ACTIVE NATURALS: INTENSE RELIEF HAND CREAM REVIEW


Hi all, 

I enjoyed using this hand cream as it amazes me how thick the consistency is for a hand cream that contains natural colloidal oatmeal as part of the ingredient list.

The best aspect of this cream is that it relieves dry chapped skin, cracked hands that you may get during this cold season, Winter! It's not a pleasant feeling and thank gosh I made this discovery this one time out shopping! 

I used this practically every single day and whenever I washed my hands, the cream was still there, acted as a 'protective glove' that shields against harsh weather that may dry up your skin. 

It's non-greasy and very moisturizing for a hand cream - which is most important when I am looking out for a particular brand or cream. It absorbs real quick and it doesn't have a harsh or strong smell to the product itself. I would mainly use the product on my hands and elbows. I guess the ingredient of 'oatmeal' acts as a gentle and light formula allowing the cream to restore the hand to its soft and suppleness.

My first impression when applying the cream was that it was not sticky like other moisturizers I have tested out, making this one of kind so far for my discoveries - unless you can recommend a similar product with the same properties, please comment down below and I'll be sure to try it out.  

POSITIVES: 
  • Fragrance-free
  • Gentle and fast absorbing cream. 
  • Can be applied to hands, elbows, knees, arms (not limited to just the hands)
  • Contains oatmeal formula making the skin more soft and suppler. 
  • Not sticky when applied on. 
  • Affordable at $9.95 available at Priceline stores around Australia, or the website itself: http://www.aveeno.com/product 
  • 100g product goes a long way...still lasting me so far! 
  • Gentle on sensitive skin. 

NEGATIVES: 
  • May have some scent, but minimal. 
  • This product worked perfectly fine for me. 

TIPS: 
  • For ultimate softness, try applying on the elbows and knee area. 
  • Re-apply every 2-3 hours for added moisture and to re-condition your skin/hands/etc. 

Enjoy lovelies! 
x
Liv

Monday, March 23, 2015

NUDE BY NATURE: NATURAL MINERAL POWDER 15G

Hi all, 

NUDE BY Nature sure have been promoting all over AUSTRALIA, from bus billboards, pop-ups in Pitt St Mall, Flyers, TV ads and many more sure got my attention to try out its new range of Mineral powders. 

Marketed as Australia's number 1 Mineral cover - I was curious to see what make these powders so unique and natural perhaps? Thought I would give this a go and test out the product itself. It claims to enhance your skin tone by evening out your skin and there was a slight difference to when I put some powder on, it blended my skin well which is always a plus when it comes to looking for powders. 

Some of the key ingredients being highlighted in this natural mineral powder includes: 
  • Kaolin Clay (ideal for oily or blemished skin.) 
  • Jojoba Esters (small beads present in this allows for the ingredient to exfoliate the skin.) 
So there we go, we have decomposed the product to what benefits it can offer us: From evening out your skin tone, to reducing redness, any enlarged pores and pigmentation. What I gather from using this is that it's suitable for ALL SKIN TYPES. How amazing is that? Doesn't matter whether you have oily, dry  or normal skin, this mineral powder is an amazing powder that can deliver its attributes to a normal and natural looking face. 

So here's another breakdown of what magic it can provide to your skin: 

POSITIVES: 
  • Covers any enlarged pores on your skin. 
  • Covers pigmentation by concealing parts you may want to cover. 
  • Can be used as a concealer! (2-in-1 mineral powder score!) 
  • Natural ingredients can be activated by your natural face oils by getting a make-up brush and  blending the Nude Mineral powder over your face. 
  • Effective coverage with no talc. (No flaky flying powders) 
  • Contains SPF  (Vital for exposure to the sun and protecting the face from ageing, sunspots and wrinkles) 
  • Award winning product! 
  • Great for oily skin! 
NEGATIVES: 
  • Getting decent coverage will require you to blend well with a blending brush (hence using more product than usual.) 
  • Not for a heavy coverage. 
It's a great natural powder which gives off a natural mineral powdered look. Try this if you're looking for a powder that can also "conceal". Great for daily wear after applying on foundation and concealer. I'd give this product a 4/5 stars! 

You can find this product in Priceline and Myers in the beauty section or alternatively online via: https://www.nudebynature.com.au/shop/

Enjoy,
Livs
xx




Monday, March 16, 2015

KIND TO SKIN: CLEANSING FACIAL WIPES BY SIMPLE - REVIEW

I love to test out wipes to experiment with the effectiveness of them and some turned out to be too strong in alcohol and very irritating for my skin and also some just too scented with so much fragrance. (That can really irritate the skin making it prone to rashes, etc....)

I came across Simple - Cleaning wipes - Kind to Skin and found out that they are indeed 100% free alcohol free (which is a good thing as there's any harsh chemicals present on the wipes.) The wipes provide a one step cleansing routine: Just wipe away.

It's always essential to remove make-up before bed because the build of bacteria can get trapped under your skin, hence making you develop pimples! After using these Simple make-up wipes, I felt that my skin was smooth and soft...wasn't dry or anything like that. It removed all my make-up and other impurities that was around my eye area (e.g. Eye-liners and mascara are the major culprits!)

POSITIVES:
  • Comes in a resealable pack.
  • Alcohol free wipes, gentle on the skin.
  • Lots of quality and affordable
  • Not strongly scented at all.
  • Make-up comes off easily
  • Does not leave an oily residue like some other wipes do.
  • Still leaves the face feeling hydrated even after use.
NEGATIVES:
  • Some wipes may not be too moist, however that's okay as you continue to clean your face, you'll find that you'll be able to remove everything off your face (Just be gentle)
  • Zilch. Zero. That is all. 
Everyone is different and maybe this might not be the one for you. It all comes down to what is your skin type and whether those wipes will be able to assist in giving you a cleaner and clearer result. It doesn't hurt to try and test as this is what makes you determine what works for your skin.

It's always convenient to pop one of these make-up remover wipes into your gym, daily bag as it always proves handy for any make-up emergency or simply, as it might be too hot and it's always good to refresh the face from dirt, dust and pollution.

So take care of your skin and always be sure to remove and cleanse your face after putting on make-up!

x Livvy





Friday, March 13, 2015

TRESEMME: KERATIN 7 DAY SMOOTH TREATMENT

Hi all, 

Been wanting to blog this for a while now but didn't get a chance to, nevertheless here it is!! 
I've wanted to try a hair treatment which could protect my hair from the heat such as blow-hair dryer or the hair straightener. 

So, I came across the TRESemme 7-Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment. Claims to be the first to the market breakthrough with its new hair generation technology which shields the heat from hair products which eventually lead to hair damage, etc. 

What makes this product so good is that it uses heat activated polymers - which is another word for a brand new formula for when activated with heat such as through a hair dryer or a hair straightener, it can provide long lasting salon looking hair. It stays so smooth for a good 7 days (oh what it claims to say it does)  and can last up to three washes. 

I did the test over the span of a week, and maybe it's about 5-6 days for me then the Keratin treatment would need another spritz of the hair product. 

To use this product is simple: 

  • Start your hair wash with Keratin Smooth Shampoo and Conditioner as usual. 
  • After, apply around 3-4 pumps of the product and spread throughout medium length hair on towel dried hair. Do avoid the scalp area as this can only make it even more oily. 
  • Blow hair dry until completely dry. 
  • To activate the heat formula (Thermal technology) you need to straighten your hair in small sections, (make sure the setting is at its highest). 
  • Repeat 4-5 times over the sections. 
  • Woo-laaaa! Salon beauty hair in just HALF AN HOUR. 
POSITIVES: 
  • Easy to use pump with a nozzle, so easy to obtain the product. 
  • 7-day results long lasting salon feeling. 
  • Makes your hair feel so smooth and healthy.
  • Nice smell to the product, smells like flowers. 
  • Cute packaging, and easy to store away. Less clutter. 
NEGATIVES: 
  • Hair does feel like it has product so there's no way hiding it! 
  • Otherwise a good product with less negatives!
Overall rating 4.5/5 for hair treatment! :) 

Liv
x



Friday, March 6, 2015

NEW POST: ACUVUE TRU EYE JOHNSON AND JOHNSONS - 1 DAY

Hello all! 

Looking for a comfortable wear within the contact lenses range? I tried out these beauties and so in love with TRU EYE ACUVUE eye contacts. 

They're super comfortable and it's definitely a long-term wear for the day, can last from 9am-9pm - anything after you may experience some dryness, but that's OK it's always handy to have eye drops with you somewhere! 

POSITIVES: 

  • Comfortable wear during the day and definitely healthy if it's the dailies and for 1 day occasions. 
  • Durable lenses. 
  • Easy to wear. 
  • Doesn't dry out as quick as other contacts. 
  • Cute packaging. 
  • Quality lenses. 
  • Helps with dry eyes. 


NEGATIVES: 

  • Pricey than other branded contacts (check out www,specsavers.com.au) under the CONTACT LENSES page and search for JOHNSON & JOHNSON range. Gives you an updated price of it.