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Empties: Spring/Summer Edition 2014

Hello, Hello everyone, welcome to my first post of 2014. Due to a pretty hectic couple months which was predominantly spent working during the busy Christmas period, I now finally have time to get back to posting more on my blog ^^. *insert cheery music here*.

So, onwards with this empties post for the  Spring/Summer months.

First up, is a regular favourite of mine, which is the Rexona deodorant for Sensitive skin ($5 AUD). I really like this deodorant alot because despite the fact that it contains 0% alcohol and has a low fragrance, it manages to keep the sweatiness of my armpits (admit it we all have sweaty armpits) to a minimum, especially during the stinking hot summer days down in the land of Oz, this deodorant is a lifesaver.

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However,  before and after sweaty workouts at the gym I use the Rexona Women’s Clinical Protection Deodorant ($5-$6 AUD). It’s pretty effective in keeping me fresh without stinking up as I gradually turn into a sweaty mess after about 2 hours. Plus it also pretty economical, as despite the fact I was using it everyday, it lasted me about 5-6 months, as you only need a little bit, because it goes a long way, plus it has a nice fresh type of scent to it  so if you find yourself working up a sweat and that hot guy in the gym is standing near you, you might go bright red in the face but you will still smell fresh ^^.

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Thirdly is the Hydrating Water Toner from Skin79 ($25 AUD), which is a Korean cosmetics company, mostly well known for their BB Creams. So I have to say I was pretty surprised to find they also made skincare as well, so when I tried this toner out, it wasn’t too bad. According to the bottle it is meant to be more of a hydrating type of toner, to help keep the pH levels of the face at a neutral level. I have to say it did a pretty good job, especially during Summer, as it kept most of oiliness at bay, however I wouldn’t really suggest using this during Winter, as it may dry your skin out a little. But overall, a pretty decent toner, plus as it’s a pump design, you can control how much or how little you want to use.

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Next is a product from Nature republic; the Collagen Dream 70 Moisturizing cream ($30-$35 AUD approx). This moisturizer is pretty much the same as the other moisturizer (which comes in a tall glass bottle: I may have mentioned this in my Winters empties post) however it is a little more rich, which is ideal for those with dry skin. The scent is exactly the same as well, though it just feels a little more luxurious when applied to the face.

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This next product is a moisturizer from IPKN, part of the Blossom Range ($25-$29 AUD). From memory, this product comes in two different colours. One set has beige/pearly coloured lids, and the other range has pink lids. The one shown below is part of the pink coloured range, which is for those with dry to very dry skin. In terms of consistency, the cream is naturally going to be a little thick,  however it kept my skin moisturized, however I found that when summer came around it made my skin a little more oily, but by then I had pretty much finished this product so it didn’t bother me too much. I would highly recommend this for those with dry-very dry skin, especially during the Winter months.

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Last and certainly not least is this lovely perfume; Love Struck by Vera Wang ($49 AUD). I’ve been using this pretty much as my everyday fragrance as it’s not too overpowering, but the nice floral scent still lingers nicely for pretty much most of the day. The only annoying thing about this perfume is the lid which is kind of awkward to remove and can take up a bit of space on ones vanity table, however if you like fresh, floral based and clean fragrances, or you just love any fragrance by Vera Wang, this might be the fragrance for you.

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And that’s this edition’s empties ^^. I hope you all enjoyed reading this post, and that you found it helpful or informative in someway or another. In the meantime, I will see you all in the next post ^^.

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Review: Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Greetings everyone, I hope you are all having a lovely week wherever you are.  As suggested by the title, today’s post will be about the new Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation (AUD $25.95).

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Firstly, I’ll start with the foundation itself. In terms of consistency, it’s has that nice balance between being not too thick and not too runny, which is great for those who like to use their foundation sparingly, or prefer to build up their coverage bit by bit, which is a big plus with this foundation. As for finish, if you are after the ”barely there” look, then this may be the foundation for you, as it will give your skin a nice not too matte but not too dewy appearance.

If you have normal/combination/dry skin, this will be a great foundation for you, however those with very oily skin should probably avoid this as it does oxidize a little over time which may cause the foundation to separate and go all over the place. if you have oily skin however, just make sure you powder/blot when needed and everything should stay as is.

The downside with this foundation however is that it is a screw turn lid design, and not a pump (I’m assuming Revlon probably do this to keep the price point low??) which means you will have to keep an eye on how much you use, otherwise it may end up leading to unexpected wastage. Other than that, if you’re looking for a decent affordable foundation that has build-able coverage. This foundation is available in 16 shades ranging from fair to quite dark which I found pretty surprising as I never see cheaper end foundation companies make colours suited for those with darker skin.

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I hope you all enjoyed this review and found it helpful in some way. Over all I found this foundation to be pretty good, and being a fan of the ”barely there” look myself, this was a great choice for me. In the meantime, I will see you all in my next post ^^. Have a great week everyone.

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Empties: Autumn/Winter 12/13 Edition

Hello one and all, hope the week is treating you well wherever you are, and welcome to my Empties post for Autumn/Winter Seasons. Some these items I tend to use during the whole course of the year, however a majority of the items I’m going to mention in this post I use mostly during Autumn/Winter. So here goes.

Firstly is my Ginkgo facial cleanser ($25 AUD), which I know I have been going on about since the dawn of time, but I really do like this facial cleanser a lot. It does what I want it to do which is give me a nice squeaky clean face while keeping in a little bit of moisture.

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Second is the Laneige Toner. I really liked this toner alot as it never dried my skin out, yet managed to keep it nice and balanced. Such a pity about the slightly high price tag ($49 AUD) though for a toner which is the only thing that’s stopping me from repurchasing it again.

Next is the Nature Republic Collagen Dream Emulsion (the gold bottle). A very moisturising product indeed, and it really does leave your skin feeling nice and supple. The non-overpowering floral fragrance is also a lovely touch to this pretty luxurious looking cream. Ideal for those who have dry skin.

Thirdly, is the Pantene Colour Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner (RRP AUD $8.00 each). As someone who tends to dye my hair at least every 3-6 months or so, I tend to change shampoo brands every once in a while, so after my dove shampoo ran out, I thought I’d try out Pantene’s colour shampoos (plus they were half price at my local priceline at the time so I just had to get it ^^) and I have to say it’s not too bad. It keeps my hair happy and seems to keep the colour in place. Not a holy grail, but it’s great for those looking for an affordable option for shampoos.

Next up is the oh so lovely Dove moisturiser (RRP AUD $7). If you are after an affordable and effective moisturiser, this is a great option to consider. It’s moisturising, plus it also has UV and UVB protection which is great for all year round use. Great for all skin types.

And lastly but not least is the Herb Day Cleansing Tissue from the Face Shop (RRP AUD $11-$12). Great for all skin types, and removes make-up pretty effectively. The scent isn’t too overpowering either, which I appreciate as it won’t irritate my skin. The only downside is when you pull out a wipe, you might find another 2 or 3 will come out at the same time, however, you can just simply shove the excess back in and it will close effectively thanks to the sturdy plastic lid.

I hope you all enjoyed this post, and I will see you in the next one ^^.

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Review: Pantene Clinicare Micro Repair Shampoo+Conditioner

Hello one and all, I hope your week is going super awesome for you ^^.

So this is going to be just a quick review on the new-ish(??) Pantene Clinicare Micro Repair Shampoo and Conditioner . So after running out of my usual Dove Shampoo and Conditioner, I decided on my next visit to the hair care aisle of my local supermarket, to try out something different, and after about 10 minutes of looking at the endless array of pretty shampoo bottles, I decided to give the Pantene one a try as the last time I used this brand it always left my hair feeling like it had been coated in melted plastic. However I read somewhere that they had changed their formula, so i thought I’d give it a try.

The reason why I chose the the micro repair set is because I tend to put my hair through quite a lot (I know I’m not the only one here) such as blow drying, colouring, and constant straightening and curling, and I have to say, after using this for the past couple months, it actually does a pretty good job, plus it doesn’t leave my hair feeling like it just got dipped in nice smelling melted plastic. Instead it leaves my hair feeling pretty smooth, moisturised and clean which was a nice surprise. The fragrance is also not as obvious as the last time I used this brand which is great for me as it doesn’t leave my scalp feeling irritated.

Overall, it’s quite a good set, and it’s pretty affordable. I wouldn’t consider it a holy grail shampoo/conditioner personally, as I much prefer the Clear Shampoo range and Dove as they’re more effective for my hair, but if you are after something that’s a good alternative to the more higher end hair care brands for damaged hair, I’d definitely recommend this.

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Review: MAC Prep+Prime BB Beauty Balm Compact

Greetings one and all, I hope you are all enjoying your week and for those who are still enjoying the Summer months…..I am jealous of you >.<.

Anyways, today’s post will be devoted to the new-ish MAC BB Prep+Prime Compact in ”Medium” (SPF 30). Firstly, this product is available in 3 shades (Light, Medium and Dark) and retails at ($48AUS). As with the majority of BB Creams, (in terms of colour) they tend to look pretty much the same at face value, so I strongly recommend you get matched by one of the MAC people before purchasing.

Now, for the review. As someone who is a regular user of Asian BB Cream Products, this was the first time using a BB Cream made by a European company (Yeah I know, but hey, first time for everything right? ^^). As it is a compact, the texture is of a wax/cream like feel, which feels really nice and smooth when applied with either a flat brush or sponge. I use a sponge because I’m lazy, and a bit of a hygiene freak; plus I decided that buying myself one of those 200+sponge packet things was a great idea…. so I’m trying to go through them as fast as a drive through at McDonald’s…..I’m not even halfway yet >.>. However, aside from my terrible sponge purchasing woes, it applies to the skin quite nicely, and thanks to it’s texture, you can build this up or sheer it out for that ”barely there” look.

For those who don’t have a primer, you can double this product as a light primer before putting your foundation on as it will help give a nice colour to your skin which will blend in  nicely with your foundation.

 

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I would most recommend this product for the Autumn/Winter months as that is when your skin tends to dry out a little more than usual, and thanks to it’s moisturizing properties, it will keep your skin happy and keep you looking your best for the whole day.

Great for Dry/Normal and Combination skins. Not recommended for Oily or very oily skin; you will end up blotting your face away even after the cows come home.

Overall, it’s a pretty darn good BB Creme Compact, it helps keep my skin moisturized without making it too oily, and the big plus (for me anyway) is that it’s economical to use, which means you can use as little or as much as you like, and you’ll still have plenty left over.

And that’s all folks, I hope you all enjoyed this review, if you have any other suggestions for other beauty related things, feel free to leave them in the comments. I’ll see you all in my next post.

 

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Recommend:Pretty In Pink (Top 5)

Greetings everyone and welcome to another post devoted to the lovely little pink lipstick. Probably the second best thing to the famous red lipstick which makes sense seeing as they are in the same colour family, hence why they are quite a popular choice, especially when paired with a strong/smokey eyeshadow as they add a nice natural look to the lips without taking too much attention away from the eyes. So here are my personal favourites for the pretty pink lipstick.

 

First up is a MAC lipstick, in the colour ”Kyoto Kiss” (so romantic huh?) this is a lovely natural toned pink colour, and very suitable or those with pink undertones to the skin. Super cute and very versatile. If you have dark/tanned skin, try “Candy Yum Yum” or if you’re feeling quite daring, try the Nicki Minaj ”Viva Glam Nicki 2” or ”Pink Friday” Lipstick.

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(Left to right: Kyoto Kiss, Candy Yum Yum, Viva Glam Nicki 2, Pink Friday)

Second is  the Revlon Colourburst Lipbutter in ”Cotton Candy”. The first time I saw this I wasn’t too sure on how it would turn out, however I was pleasantly surprised by the result. I found that regardless how much you put on, it never looks over the top while giving a lovely natural flush to the lips.

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Third is the Lancome Colour Fever lipstick in 312. A lovely highly pigmented lipstick that looks quite bright when you see it but gives a lovely splash of colour to the lips in just one application. Best suited to those with fair skin types and a nice simple eyeliner.

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Fourth is another Revlon Colourburst Lipbutter in Strawberry Shortcake. This one is slightly more pinkier (if that’s even a word O.o) in colour but is a great lipstick nonetheless. Also best paired with a simple eyeliner and fake lashes. Suitable for fair skin tones.

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Fifth is a personal favourite of mine which is another MAC one in ”Plink!” as I wear this pretty much most days I go to work as it seems to have the most ideal pigment despite looking quite pale firsthand, yet it blends in with the pigment of my lips nicely. Most definitely a holy grail lipstick for me.

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And that rounds up my top 5 favourite pink lipsticks. I hope you all enjoyed reading it and (hopefully) found it informative in any way. If you have any other suggestions (or personal favourite) on any other Pink lipsticks you love, feel free to leave them in the comments below.

See you in my next post ^^

 

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Recommend: Ideal Foundations: Oily Skin

Greetings, and welcome to today’s post devoted to Foundations for Oily skin. I have done one on dry skin already, so now it’s time to put oily skin into the spotlight. I’m sure for those who are oily skin sufferers, aside from the oily and shiny factor, being prone to those dreaded spots can be bit of a bummer for ones confidence, including an excess use of powder application as it seems no matter how much you put on, the oiliness seems to always come through. So I decided to go on a bit of a hunt to find the most ideal foundations for oily skin ranging from those that give a natural/silky finish, to those that provide a more fuller and thicker coverage. So here goes.

First up on the list is a high end one;  Clarins Ever Matte Oil-Free foundation ($50 AUD). With the words ”Matte oil free”, this will  definitely keep away unwanted shine without the drying out factor thanks to it’s hydrating and moisturising properties to give the skin a nice smooth as a baby’s butt finish.

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Second is the Stila Natural Finish Oil-Free Makeup($50-$65 AUD). Now don’t let the luminous feel of this liquid foundation fool you. Available in 12 shades, this fancy glass bottle will keep away the oil while giving you a nice, natural dewy finish, due to it’s ultra light formula. Now what oily skin sufferer wouldn’t want that?.

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Next is the Estee Lauder Invisible Fluid Make-Up. If you are a sucker for the ”barely there look” (like me), you may enjoy this foundation, as it gives great coverage while keeping the oiliness at bay. The finish will give your complexion a fresh, and radiant look as it works with the natural tones of the skin, so you’ll never get that thick/cakey feeling. Unless of course it’s the edible kind of cake ^^.

product-1Fourth is the Lancome  Teint Idole Silky Matte Foundation.  If you’re a fan of Asian beauty products, then you might want to try this foundation. The formula includes water molecules making this a light foundation that smoothly glides over skin. I’d say it’s quite similar to the Estee Lauder one mentioned above as it reduces  shine, minimizes visible pores and imperfections, giving a silky smooth, fresh finish. Jury’s still out as to whether it actually lives up to the claim of lasting 18 hours;  I would say more along the lines of 10 hours, but either way its a great foundation considering it’s for oily skin. SPF 15.

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On a bit of a budget??  Try the famous Revlon Colourstay Foundation: Oily Skin ($35 AUD). Thanks to the oil-free formula, this foundation will give a lovely natural matte finish, and keep the oiliness at bay. Cover is medium build, so this would be ideal for special occasions when you want to look your best. SPF6.

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Problematic skin ruining your life? The Clinique Anti-Blemish Foundation: Oily Skin ($50 AUS) may be worth trying out. Designed for problematic skin, this will keep that nasty oil under control, while keeping your skin clear. Coverage is medium, with a matte finish, minus the chalky/cake/heavy feel.

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And last but certainly not least is a personal favourite of mine and that is the MAC Matchmaster Foundation($49 AUD). Coverage is medium build, and is an ideal choice for oily skin, especially if a lot of the oiliness is around the T-zone, as it seems to do very well at keeping that under control. Gives a matte finish, that’s not too dry and not too shiny. Photographs quite well considering the SPF is 15. Also great for combination skin. SPF15.

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I hope you all enjoyed this post and found it informative in any way. If you have any other foundations that are ideal for oily skin, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below. Otherwise, I’ll see you all in the next post ^^.

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