21 September 2017

Review: Dermalogica Precleanse Balm

Double cleansing is something I do on days when I wear makeup (i.e. every week day). I normally use a makeup removing wipe as Step 1 of cleansing, followed by a traditional cleanser to remove any traces of dirt (and cleansing product from the makeup removing wipe). I have been using wipes for years - ever since I've started to wear makeup in high school. I have never gotten fully gotten into micellar water, only because I go through so many cotton pads to remove foundation alone that it is borderline wasteful.

Dermalogica Precleanse Balm is a water-activated cleanser that transforms from a balm to an oil. It is a new take on Dermalogica's Precleanse Oil. The Oil is meant to be formulated for combination to oily skin, and the balm for dehydrated or dry skin. For reference, my skin type is dehydrated oily. 

I have been replacing the makeup removing wipes with the Precleanse Balm in Stage 1 of my everyday double cleansing routine for the past couple of weeks. Keeping reading for my thoughts. 

19 September 2017

Empties: September 2017

 I've got a box full of empties that needs to be shared! Here goes part one of my September empties.

Lush Sleepy Body Lotion
Oh. My. Word. Where do I even begin?! This body lotion is simply amazing. It smells like lavender, which I find really relaxing and soothing. Perfect for night time use. It moisturizes really well - I did not get the dreadful winter itch when I used this. It sinks into your skin fairly quickly, without any greasy residue. I am so glad this is still available online and in selected stores, because it has become one of my favourite body lotions.
Repurchase? Already have!

L'Oreal EverPure 6-in-1 Cleansing Balm for Coloured Hair
My sister from Singapore bought me a bottle before she came over for a visit earlier this year. This is a 6-in-1 Cleansing Balm, so it's meant to clean, condition, detangle, treat, soften and shine.. i.e. an all in one product. I found I still needed to use a clarifying shampoo with this. However, I used this as a conditioner for my roots to mid ends. This had menthol in it, so it also left my scalp feeling so clean and fresh. Absolutely love this cleansing balm and wish it was available to purchase in Australia!
Repurchase? I wish :(

Christophe Robin Regenerating Shampoo with Prickly Pear Oil
This is a travel sized shampoo that I half used in a prior trip. I thought I'd finish it off rather than accumulate a heap of half empty shampoo bottles. I love the smell of Christophe Robin products, and this is no exception. It lathers on the second wash well, and leaves my hair feeling nice and clean. It has a bit of a detangling quality to it too, which is great. Only con is that it is on the pricier side ($47 for 250ml)
Repurchase? Would consider.

The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
Niacinamide is meant to help reduce the appearance of blemishes and congestion. I find that it does help but does not prevent blemishes from rearing their ugly head. At $9.90 a bottle, I do think it's worth incorporating into your skincare routine if you are acne prone.
Repurchase? Already have.

The Ordinary Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA
This is meant to reduce the appearance of spots and hyperpigmentation. Unfortunately, I didn't notice a difference in my skin. I finished this bottle of Alpha Arbutin quite a few weeks ago, and my skin doesn't seem to have missed it. As such, I haven't bothered replacing it.
Repurchase? Probably not.

Marc Jacobs Re(marc)able Full Cover Foundation in Shade 28 Bisque Taupe
I reviewed this foundation last year, and it still remains the most full cover foundation I've had the pleasure of using (read here for the review). I don't think it made me look cakey because you only need the tiniest amount and it's not a thick foundation. Oil control could be better but it's still a great foundation and I would recommend if you're after a high coverage foundation.
Repurchase? I still have a bottle in shade 26 Bisque Medium.

Keeping it to 6 empties per post means this post has come to an end! Have you tried any of these products? 
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08 September 2017

Fenty Beauty First Impressions + Haul

There was so much hype with Rhianna's new makeup line "Fenty Beauty". I think the massive suspense and lack of information definitely heightened the hyper. 

I dropped by Sephora during my lunch break with the intention of having a quick peek and maybe purchasing one or two items. I ended up spending far too long swatching and weaving in and out of the crowds surrounding the Fenty stand at Sephora Pitt St. 
(P.S. They have a stand upstairs too, which was much quieter)

I'm disappointed that I didn't take photos whilst I was in the store, as everything was absolutely gorgeous and reasonably priced too!

I swatched a heap of highlighters, and they were quite glittery. I used several cotton pads and removers during my visit and still managed to walk out with glittery hands (although it washed away easily enough, maybe I didn't use enough makeup remover).

The first thing I saw was the huge array of foundation shades. They only had the one type of liquid foundation, which is the Soft Matte Longwear Foundation. And being a foundation freak, I had to get a bottle. They were AUD$50 a pop, which is reasonable in my opinion.

I have not used it yet, however I have noticed a fair bit of oxidisation when swatched. This was not limited to one shade. I've swatched about 4-5 shades trying to find my right shade, and they all oxidised. I eventually received assistance, as I wanted to get a sample with my purchase, just in case the shade was incorrect. I ended up getting matched to shade 180, which is a "Light Warm" shade. I thought I was a shade 120, which is "Light Neutral". I purchased 180, and got samples of both. I will definitely be doing a review shortly. However, it dried to a nice matte (slightly darker) shade on the back of my hand and neck where the sales assistant applied some to colour match.

The highlighters were the second thing I looked at. They ALL swatched so beautifully. So pigmented, soft and gorgeous. I'm a sucker for the whiter highlighters, so I went for duo (because that's like getting two shades for the price of one!) in shade Lightning Dust/Fire Crystal. I'm obsessed with these - it was love at first swatch. See below for swatches. 

The Duos are AUD$50 each, but you can get the single pan highlighters too - they're also $50 each.

I also picked up the Match Stix Trio. You can get Match Stix individually for AUD$37 each or the trio for $79. I practically saved money by purchasing the trio. 

I was matched to Medium 200, which contains contour shade Mocha, highlighter shade Trippin and concealer shade Bamboo. I much prefer the highlighter shade Starstruck, but unfortunately that was only available in the Light trio, and the concealer shade is a bit too light for my skintone.

The Match Stix are magnetic (the sales assistant was super excited about this for some reason, but I think it's a bit of a gimmick and not all that necessary). They are super pigmented and blendable though, which is the main reason why I purchased them. 

I'm so excited to use these bad boys tomorrow morning! I have no plans on leaving my house tomorrow but that doesn't mean I can't walk around the house with a full face of Fenty makeup right?

I'm also so impressed (thus far), that I've placed an online order for more Fenty! I purchased the two full sized brushes as well as the primer.

Have you purchased any Fenty products? What are your thoughts?
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