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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17 August 2017

Empties: August 2017 #2

I am smashing it with my empties this month with this second empties post.

In this post, there are a few hits and a few misses. Keep reading to find out which products I'd recommend!

15 August 2017

Review: Babyliss Pro Argan Oil Set & Bambino 5510 Hair Dryer

I received some awesome Babyliss Pro products from ry.com.au to trial and review. After a month and a bit of trialling these products, I'm finally ready to share my thoughts.

10 August 2017

Empties: August 2017

Time for another empties post! I've been using some of these products for the longest time, and I feel like I've accomplished something significant by finishing these products.

08 August 2017

What I got for my birthday

So it was my birthday last week, and I didn't particularly wanted to celebrate my being one-year-closer-to-death. I took my birthdate off facebook because I didn't want to get constant reminders about being old... I know, I'm so dramatic. But you know you're getting old when you no longer look forward to your birthday. I must say though, I still do enjoy getting presents (I somehow don't think one will ever not enjoy presents).

03 August 2017

Review: Silver Bullet Hybrid Ceramic & Ionic Straightening Brush

I purchased the Silver Bullet Hybrid Ceramic & Ionic Straightening Brush a few weeks ago, as I've always wanted to try one. I did read quite a few reviews before purchasing (as I normally do) and all had good raving reviews (although I'm pretty sure most if not all were PR gifted). So I had high hopes when this landed on my door steps.

01 August 2017

Sephora (Canada) Haul

I managed to do a Sephora (Canada) haul without leaving the country! The Mr's mate went to Canada and he was happy to bring me back a box of goodies, so I ordered it online and got it shipped to him. (Thanks Mr's mate!)

I didn't want to abuse this kind gesture, so I only did a mini haul. This is what I purchased...

Pretty Vulgar Lock It In Setting Spray (C$36.50)
Not going to lie, I purchased it mainly for the packaging. Prepare to see this in future instagram posts!

Pretty Vulgar The Feathers Mascara (C$29.00)
Also purchased this for the packaging. It's just so unique! I was also surprised at how solid this feels in my hand. I hope it's good though!

Pretty Vulgar Down Below Lash Primer (C$29.00)
Yes, this was also purchased because of the packaging. Yes, I know I've got issues. But it's so instagram-able!!

Alterna Caviar Rapid Repair Spray (C$37.50)
I have nearly used up the bottle that I purchased from the Sephora Australia Gold & Black member sale in June, so I thought I'd buy a backup, as I absolutely love it. I use it more as a hair perfume (it smells amazing), and it helps de-frizz without weighing my hair down. 

I also received some samples with my order - Becca Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, L'Eau D'Issey Eau de Toilette, Clean Ultimate Eau de Parfum and Rich Kid Coconut Oil Gel.

Can I please get a pat on the back for showing such self constraint? Thank you. :)
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25 July 2017

Review: Le Tan Uber Dark with Marula Oil

I don't do many reviews on self tanners because I'm allergic to most that I've tried. I normally get a really annoying rash that lasts 2-4 days only on certain areas of my body - inner thighs and arms. 

There are a few gradual tanners that I don't really react much to, but the colour pay off is nothing to write home about. 

My legs also get super itchy in winter if I don't slather on moisturiser religiously. So I wondered is there a link to dry skin and self-tanners (i.e. do self tanners dry out your skin?). After doing a bit of research, it seems like DHA commonly found in self tanners can be dehydrating.

When Le Tan released their new Uber Dark range, I thought I'd give the Marula Oil version a go, as it's meant to be more hydrating than the other ones in the Uber Dark range.

20 July 2017

Review: Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1%

The Dermalogica Overnight Retinol Repair 1% is a professional strength retinol treatment that is new addition to Dermalogica's AGE smart range. 

It is a customisable formula, as you can dial down the concentration with the use of the buffer cream, which is included in the box. It claims to reduce the appearance of skin ageing, such as fine lines, wrinkles, uneven skin tone and combat free radical damage.

18 July 2017

Review: The Ordinary Serum Foundation

I have finally gotten my hands on The Ordinary Serum Foundation and thought I'd do a quick review and comparison with the Coverage Foundation.

13 July 2017

Empties - July 2017

I realise that it's not the end of July yet, but I thought a better way to showcase empties is doing them in smaller doses rather than a huge long post.  So I will be doing empties when I accumulate a handful of products rather than wait till the end of the month. 

11 July 2017

I got a tattoo... on my face!?!

Ok so maybe it wasn't a tattoo, like a tear drop. But I did get my brows micro-bladed/feathered a bit over two weeks ago. I hope this blog post will be useful for those who are thinking about getting it done too. 
Note: There is a fairly gross picture towards the end of this post.

06 July 2017

Review: Radical Skincare Express Delivery Enzyme Peel

I have been searching for a good peel for the longest time. When I saw this on Mecca a few months ago, it was out of stock - and it seemed like it has been that way for a long time from the Q&As on the page. It also has 15 reviews, all of which have rated this product 5 stars. So naturally, this went on my wishlist and I have been anxiously waiting for this to come back in stock so I can give it a whirl myself. It's been about 3 weeks now since I've purchased this, and I am so ready to write a review.

04 July 2017

Sephora (Aus) Haul

So I "stumbled" into Sephora the other day, and they had a further 20% off sale. Naturally, I HAD to pick up things.

29 June 2017

Review: Dermalogica Nightly Lip Treatment

Dermalogica has released a new nightly lip treatment that promises to smooth away laugh and feather lines whilst I do what I do best - sleep! It's anti-ageing formula helps to firm, hydrate and restore skin on and around the lips, and improves skin elasticity.

27 June 2017

The Parcel - Winter Edition 2017

As the (rather annoying) saying goes "all good things must come to an end". I am quite sad to see The Parcel close up shop, as this is the last edit of The Parcel.

The Parcel has (mostly) consistently produced good value for money parcels, and it's just a shame to see this beauty subscription service end. I know there are a few beauty subscription services in Australia that are good, but most are quite expensive in comparison. I think I will be taking a break from beauty subscription boxes, as I do have quite a large collection of skincare/makeup/haircare products that I should really use up. But please let me know your favourite for when I get in one of my "treat yo self" moods and all logic goes out the window.

22 June 2017

Empties: #1 2017

My first empties post since I've been back! This is also my first empties post of 2017. I seem to have used a heap of skincare products over the past few months.

20 June 2017

Review: Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara

Rimmel has released a new mascara call the "Volume Shake" mascara. The whole idea behind this mascara is the ability to refresh your mascara (i.e. make it more creamy/wet) by shaking it. It's a world's first patented shaking system. Rimmel also spent a long time (try 10 years!) researching to master the water-gel formula, which is made from a unique combination of water and waxes for supposedly smooth, zero-clump, smudge free mascara.

15 June 2017

Review: Frank Body Shimmer Scrub

Frank Body released their latest shimmer scrub not too long ago. In case you haven't heard of Frank Body, they are famous for their coffee based scrubs and playful descriptions and social media posts. 

The newly released shimmer scrub promises to make you look "shimmery AF" for days you "feel like a unicorn". It is a limited edition scrub - it is currently sold out on their website, but you can still purchase from Mecca for $22.

13 June 2017

Review: Rimmel Brow This Way 3-in-1 Ultra Soft Powder

Rimmel Brow This Way 3-in-1 Ultra Soft Powder is one of Rimmel's new releases. This product is also known as the Brow Shake Filling Powder. It's a rather unusual brow product - being that it is a loose powder, and you have to shake the tube (whilst closed for obvious reasons) to get product on the applicator. There are four shades available - Blonde, Medium Brown, Dark Brown & Black.

I picked the Dark Brown shade, and I am regretting it.

08 June 2017

Sephora Australia Haul - Part 2

My online order from the Sephora Gold & Black Card Member sale arrived about a week ago! So I thought I'd do a quick blog post on what I've bought.

06 June 2017

Review: Divine Company - Body Scrub & Naturally Bronze Gradual Tan

I am annoyingly allergic to most self tanners. I have tried countless self tanners only to break out in a rash mainly on my thighs and arms that lasts about 3-4 days. I have also tried a couple of professionally spray tans to no avail. I'm always on the hunt for a self tanner that my skin likes because skin cancer sounds fair too painful. To date, I've only found one that my skin semi-likes - a gradual tanner by St Tropez. I did break out in a rash with St Tropez, although not as severe and as long lasting.

So when Divine Company contacted me to trial and review their body scrub and gradual tanner, I jumped at the opportunity.

01 June 2017

Sephora Australia Haul - Part 1

I am here to confess my sins. I have not only taken advantage of the Sephora Gold & Black member card 20% storewide sale twice in store, but also made an online order! In my defence, there are some things you can only get online and some you can only get in store.

30 May 2017

Review: The Ordinary Coverage Foundation

I've been using the new coveted and extremely affordable The Ordinary Coverage Foundation for the past week. I have also been pairing it with The Ordinary High-Spreadability Fluid Primer. I thought I'd share my thoughts on both products (but a more detailed review on the foundation).

25 May 2017

Sephora US Haul

It's been a long time since I've done a haul post! Let alone one from Sephora US. I tried really hard to exercise self control during the 15% VIB sale, and I think I did alright in that aspect. It helped that stuff that I wanted to buy (i.e. Louboutin eyeliner and mascara) were out of stock. But I settled for some Tom Ford and YSL goodies to make up for it.

23 May 2017

Good Green Box - April 2017

I am so blessed and lucky to have received another complimentary Good Green Box (April edition), which is a monthly subscription box of natural beauty products. It costs $25 per box and each box comes with 6-10 products.

18 May 2017

Review: Cover FX Contour Kit

I have always wanted to venture into the world of cream contour palettes, after having used powder ones for the longest time. When I saw the Cover FX Contour Kit in G Light-Medium on special in Sephora a few months ago, I thought it was a sign from the makeup gods so I quickly checked out (with a couple of things that may have accidentally found its way in my cart).

On a related (ish) note, I have been loving Sephora's quick delivery service lately! So I received my order soon after, and was so excited to use the palette, because it's Cover FX.

16 May 2017

Favourite Body Moisturisers for Winter

My skin normally gets dry and horribly itchy in winter (especially my legs). I attribute this to hot showers, I absolutely have to have, as well as being lazy with applying moisturiser everyday. However, this year I'm determined to stop slacking off and have been doing quite well at applying moisturiser almost every night before bed.

The two moisturisers that I've been using lately are the MooGoo Soothing MSM Cream and Lush Dream Cream Hand and Body Lotion.

11 May 2017

Review: Rimmel ScandalEyes Eyeliners

I admit I'm a bit of a brand snob. I tend to favour high end/luxury brands more than drugstore brands. However, when I was sent these Rimmel ScandalEyes eyeliners to trial, I fell in love!

09 May 2017

Review: Sigma Dry'N Shape Spa

I don't know about you but I find washing brushes boring and classify it as exciting as cleaning up after myself (which is no easy task and incredibly boring) or paying off a credit card bill or doing the dishes or.. well, you get the point.

I've been using the Sigma Dry'N Shape Spa for quite a while now, and spoiler alert - it's a lifesaver. 

04 May 2017

Skincare Routine

I've been really happy with my skin lately, and I attribute this to the products I've been using on my skin. So I thought I'd share these amazing products with you. I haven't included the toner and cleanser I've used, as I feel like they aren't the star players - I've been using them for a while and have had horrible cystic acne pop up before.
For reference, my skin is dehydrated, oily and acne prone. I do get breakouts around the time Aunt Flo comes to visit, but have found that since using these products, the breakouts are smaller and disappear quite quickly (rather than large, painful cystic ones).
My morning skincare routine consists of:
  1. Cleanse (I've been using Drunk Elephant Juju Bar, however I don't love it - it's a good exfoliator, but hasn't helped with acne control)
  2. Tone (I am currently using Elements Bioactiv Aromatherapy Revitalising Tonic) - I spray this on my face and wait till it dries before continuing on (unless I'm in a rush, then I like to think I pat it in, but in reality I just smear it around for a few seconds until it's been semi absorbed). 
  3. 3 drops of The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1% - this does leave the skin a bit sticky but goes away if you slather on more products. Also, if you apply this on top of another product that hasn't quite sunk in (e.g. rosehip oil), it lathers a bit, which I find really weird. So I've been using this first.
  4. 3 drops of Rosehip Oil - this is amazing for healing acne. I purchase my rosehip oil from iHerb for only $7.77 a bottle (Use code CEW675 for 5% off your first order). Bargain!
  5. A small dollop of The Ordinary Azelaic Acid - helps to improve skin texture.
  6. Another small dollop of Paula's Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex with SPF15 - I mainly use this for the SPF.
And then I slather on some primer and makeup (if I'm going out) and I'm out the door.
My evening skincare routine is somewhat similar to my morning one - after removing my makeup with a wipe:
  1. Cleanse (I've been alternating Paula's Choice Resist Perfectly Balance Cleanser and Clear Skincare Microdermabrasion Cream with Glycolic Acid) - I've also changed the way I've clean my face - I rarely use my Clarisonic anymore!
  2. Tone (Elements Bioactiv Aromatherapy Revitalising Tonic) - Spray and wait till it dries.
  3. 3 drops of Clear Skincare Copper Peptide Serum - helps reduce the appearance of acne scars. I sometimes use this in the mornings too (if my skin needs it).
  4. 3 drops of The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%
  5. 3 drops of Rosehip Oil
  6. A small dollop of The Ordinary Azelaic Acid 
  7. Another small dollop of Sunday Riley Good Genes 
This cocktail of amazing products that I've been slathering on my skin day and night have resulted in clear (ish) skin (as mentioned earlier, I only get a couple of small pimples when Aunt Flo visits). I'm finally happy enough with my skin to forego foundation on the weekends (although I am still working on fading some acne scars). 
What is your go-to / must-have skincare product? Also, do let me know if you'd like a more in-depth review of any of the products mentioned.
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02 May 2017

Good Green Box - March 2017

I was never planning on doing a blog post review on this edition of Good Green Box, as I received this before I started blogging again and gave away my wotnot wipes (the one pictures is actually a full sized one from my stash of products).  But I thought I'd share my opinion of Good Green box, which is a natural and organic beauty subscription box.

27 April 2017

The Parcel - Autumn Edit 2017

I am a bit late to the party with reviewing the Autumn Edit 2017 by the Parcel, especially since I received this a few weeks ago, but better late than never!

The Parcel has been fairly consistent in delivering great, excellent-value-for-money beauty subscription boxes, and I have been subscribed to them for the longest time out of all the beauty subscription boxes available in Australia. I guess it helps that it's a seasonal subscription service (i.e. one box every 3 months), as you don't get as many repeated products. It's also affordable at $25 per box (or $99 for 4 boxes).

25 April 2017

Favourite Rose Perfumes

I'm baaaack!!! To be honest, I wasn't even sure I was going to come back. I was struggling so badly juggling work, building my forever home, and living life in general that I just did not have the energy or motivation to continue blogging (although I have been posting regularly on Instagram). Receiving some really lovely messages from some of you has really helped motivate me to take some pictures today and start getting back to blogging.

I thought I'd keep my first post back nice and simple with my favourite rose perfumes. I've been obsessed with rose fragranced perfumes for quite a few years now. So I've thoroughly assaulted my nostrils trying to find the best rose perfumes everytime I go through the perfume department of Myer.

Jo Malone - Velvet Rose & Oud
The latest addition to my perfume collection. According to Jo Malone, Velvet Rose & Oud is  described as "Darkest mask rose. Rich and textural, wrapped with smoky oud wood. Spiked with clove, decadent with praline. Magnetic." It has a top note of clove (which funnily enough, I absolutely hate the taste of), heart note of damask rose and a base note of oud wood. Velvet Rose & Oud leans on the sweeter side, but is the perfect blend of rose (floral) and warmth and woody. I cannot get enough of this perfume, and have been using it everyday since I got it a couple of weeks ago.

Retails for $170 for 50ml (Myer) / $270 for 100ml (Jo Malone)

Chloe - Roses de Chloe
This is my second bottle of Roses de Chloe. Needless to say, I love this perfume! It's an eau de toilette, and as far as I'm aware, it doesn't have an eau de parfum version, which is slightly disappointing. It has top notes of bergamot, heart notes of damask rose and magnolia ad base notes of white musk and amber. Compared to the three perfumes featured in this blog post, Roses de Chloe is the most soft, fresh, floral scented of the three.

Retails for $90 for 30ml (Myer) / $110 for 50ml (Myer) / $150 for 75ml (Myer)

Tom Ford - Cafe Rose
This perfume does not technically belong to me - it belongs to my brother (although possession is 9/10ths of the law, right?). Yes, he does have exquisite taste. Cafe Rose has top notes of saffron, black pepper and may rose, heart notes of turkish rose, bulgarian rose and coffee, and base notes of incense, amber, sandalwood and patchouli. Compared to the three perfumes, Cafe Rose has more of a spicy rose scent. I'm not one for spicy scents, but this perfume is amazing! One of my life goals is to be able to fork out crazy money for a bottle of awesome aka Tom Ford Cafe Rose.

Retails for $340 for 50ml (David Jones) / $460 for 100ml (David Jones)

What is your favourite perfume? Do you have a particular scent that you go for?
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