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Review: Lancome Hydra Zen Neocalm Moisturiser

Hello, Hello fabulous people, I hope you are having a fabulous week/day wherever you are.

So, today’s post is all about the Lancome Hydra Zen Neocalm Moisturiser (tounge tie much?) ($80 AUD Approx). Now, If you’re anything like me, and your skin tends to dry up frequently (especially during winter), then you probably prefer your moisturisers to do what they’re meant to do. Moisturise. This cream from Lancome does that quite well. It is both a multi relief and anti-stress moisturising cream, meaning it just helps to keep your skin happy and moisturised.

The big plus I like about this cream is that it’s fragrance free, so for all you sensitive skin people, you might like this one. In terms of longevity, I myself have been using this for about 3 and bit months and I’m just about to run out, which is not too bad considering I use it every day. The packaging is a little heavy as it’s in a glass jar with a screw on lid, so I wouldn’t recommend taking this with you on your next vacation, so I would recommend putting some of the product into a small jar or sample bottle and use that instead. This product was a bit of a splurge for me, but I must admit it does make good eye candy on ones vanity table.

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Hope you enjoyed this review and that you found it helpful in someway. Till next time, I’ll see you in my next post ^^.

 

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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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These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: September

Hello one and all, hope you are all doing super fabulous in your own awesome way. Today’s post is devoted to all things that are my favourite. Some items I have been a long time favourite, and some are just recent, so it’ll be a mixed bag of goodies; one of which will be non-beauty related, so here goes.

My first favourite is this Lancome Hydra Zen Neo Calm Moisturising Cream. I started using this during the middle of Winter to help stop my skin from getting too dry, and I must say it did one hell of a good job. The cream itself has almost no fragrance, similar to Clinique and their moisturisers, which means this can be used with any skin types, including sensitive. Despite this being a high-end product, a little really does go a long way, so this will last you a long time.

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Second is the Sunsilk co-creations Longer and Stronger Conditioner. This has been a long time favourite of mine which I have been using on and off for a few years now, especially since I want to grow my hair nice and long, and this conditioner has been a great help for that. So if you’re planning to grow your hair out, I would recommend trying this product out. Plus this conditioner smells like expensive candy….and who doesn’t want to have hair that smells like expensive candy?

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My next long time favourite is the Rexona (women’s….rancid chicken smelling deodorant is not my thing) long lasting protection deodorant for sensitive skin. I really like this deodorant because it helps keep my sweaty pits at bay thanks to my regular visits to the gym, and as it’s designed for sensitive skin, it keeps my pits nice and happy. That last bit was probably too much information but I’m just being honest here. In a nutshell, it’s a great deodorant that does what it says and also has a nice fresh scent without being overpowering.

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The next favourite item are the Ingrown Eliminating Pads from Bliss, which basically contains 50 thin pads each designed to be rubbed over areas where there is incoming stubble….even guys can use this on their beards apparently O.o. This product is best used in between shaving/waxing sessions. Overall, this product does work pretty well, and helped keep those pesky ingrown hairs at bay, however as it contains Salicylic and Glycolic acids, it may sting a little for some; those with sensitive skin should best avoid this as it may irritate.

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Second last on my favourites list, is actually a surprise  favourite which is the Ocean Salt Facial Scrub from Lush. Despite it being designed to be used on the face, I’ve actually been using it on my legs instead in between waxing sessions, and I’ve been really impressed by it as it not only keeps my skin feeling nice and smooth, but it also helps keep my ingrowns at bay. Even though vodka is one of the ingredients, it won’t make you intoxicated in any way (sorry kids :p). but it smells really nice and fresh thanks to the grapefruit  and lime ingredients while the coconut provides moisture for the skin. I will definitely be repurchasing again once this jar is finished.

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And that’s my favourites for the month of September. I hope you all enjoyed reading this post (yes I know it’s a late one and October is getting underway) and found it informative in some way. In the meantime, I will see you all in my next post.

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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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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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Skincare: DIY Treatments for Common Skin Issues

Greetings one and all, and welcome to another skincare inspired post, all about finding (and using) the most effective skincare treatments to help with those common pesky skin problems…DIY style, because let’s face it, not all of us can afford (let alone be bothered) going out to get a fancy facial done for ourselves.

Plus, the big bonus is you won’t be putting any harsh chemicals into your skin, (hooray for nature) considering most commercial face masks are either quite diluted, (or full of chemicals) resulting in the product being a little less effective than a natural mask. These masks are suitable for all skin types, the most common being Oily/Combination/Dry, however if you do have quite sensitive skin, try testing it on small area behind your ear first. If you get none of the reactions listed below, then go for it.

Sensitive skin reactions:

*Skin Redness

*Increased sensitivity to sunlight

*Itchiness/skin burning

*Scaly patches on the skin

*Swelling eyes/face

So here goes:

*Got Acne prone skin?: Try the popular Oatmeal and White Onions Puree Mask. Yes Onions. Ignoring the fact that they smell and make you cry, mixing oatmeal and white onions together, along with mineral water for a paste like consistency,will actually help reduce acne scarring, thanks to the anti-inflammatory properties from the onions, while the oatmeal acts as a gentle scrub to help unclog pores. Leave for 10-15 minutes then wash off with warm water. Cheap and effective indeed.

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*Acne scarring your life?: Try making a Lemon and Greek yogurt mask. This mask works mainly as a spot treatment for discoloured areas, however if you have large areas of discolouration, spreading it all over the face works just as well. Again, leave for around 10 minutes, then wash off with warm water. A great alternative to the ones you find in chemists/supermarkets which can contain skin lighteners such as hydroquinone, which reduces the amount of melanin-making cells that remove skin pigment.

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*Blackhead problems?: There are quite a few remedies for this, however my personal favourite involves grabbing a few eggs, then separating the yolk from the egg white into a another bowl, whip up the egg whites till you get a smooth gel-like consistency, and then spread over the targeted areas. Leave for 20 mins, then using a warm cloth, gently remove the mixture off your face. Thanks to the eggwhites shrinking tightening the pores, the blackheads will come out on their own. Either way, it’s much more ideal than ripping one of those pore strips off your nose >.<. Ouch.
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*Oily skin that rivals the shine of a disco ball?: As Oily skin can usually be a sign that the under layers of skin are most likely quite dry,mixing up an Avocado with egg white and lemon juice mask is a great solution. The avocado oil will absorb into the skin while the egg white will help tighten pores and whiten the skin at the same time. The lemon juice in the meantime acts as an antiseptic which will help clear troubled skin and reduce redness. Multi-tasking to the max.
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*Clogged up pores?: Yoghurt is a great base for the most natural of face scrubs. Combine brewer’s yeast, yogurt, almond meal and Manuka honey mix it all together, and this will help with blood circulation to the face for a more glowing, smoother and fresh appearance to the skin. Manuka honey is also well known for it’s healing properties as well, so it will help with any underlying skin troubles.

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*Having a rough time with enlarged pores?: Those trusty Panadol tablets may help keep your headaches at bay, but mixing a few crushed panadol tablets with Apple cider vinegar, and water and you will get a toner that you can use to help soften and smooth the skin. Best done on a day when you plan to stay home.

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And that’s pretty much it. I hope you all enjoyed this post, and found it informative in some way. If you want to share your own personal face mask recipes, feel free to leave them in the comments below. As with all these masks, I personally only do these once a week, or fortnight depending on how my skin is going, however depending on your skin type and it’s condition, the amount of times you make these masks is entirely up to you. But do remember that having a good healthy diet will also help contribute to keeping skin problems at bay.

See you all in the next post ^^

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Routine: Winter Skincare (current)

Hi Everyone, hope you are all enjoying your day/night wherever you are in the world. I know I’ve been MIA lately (busy schedules T__T) but I have been working on quite a few posts that are all backlogged in the draft section of my blog lists, but I should have them up in the next few days…provided I don’t edit them to within an inch of it’s life…>.>.

Anyways, enough rambling, and back to business. As the title says, this post will be dedicated to my skincare routine that I specifically (I feel so fancy using that word for some reason) use for the Autumn/Winter months, due to the fact that my skin tends to to get drier than a prune.

So after I spend about 10 minutes convincing myself to leave the warmth and comfort of my bed (whoever invented the electric blanket should be declared a hero). I drag my oh-so-glamorous-self (complete with bed hair and grumpy face) to the bathroom, and start off by using my Gingko Facial Cleanser ($29 AUS). Aside from keeping my skin nice and clean, it also provides a small amount of moisture to my skin, so I don’t get that dry/cracked feeling that I used to get back in the day from previous cleansers.

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Second, is my Laneige toner. This product comes in two different colours; Blue: combination/oily and Green: sensitive/dry skin. If it wasn’t for the pricey price tag ($49 AUS) I would repurchase this again as it keeps leaves my skin feeling refreshed and clean every time I use it, without drying it out. Though I will however be looking for a cheaper alternative once I finish the current bottle I have.

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Third, is a moisturising cream from Nature Republic. This particular moisturizer I use is part of the “Collagen Dream” series, which comes in a fancy gold coloured glass bottle. Ideal for those who either have dry skin, or just want to keep their skin nice and supple during the colder months, as both the moisturiser and toner have pretty much the same rich, thick consistency, as well as a light gold colour, (the toner is of a gel-like appearance) and will give alot of moisture to the skin.

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I got mine as a present from my Mum when she went to Korea a little while ago, however if you wish to try it out, you can find this brand at most Korean skincare stores or on Ebay or Amazon. Just make sure you’re getting it from a good reputable seller.

Now for those who don’t know, Nature Republic is a Korean skincare brand, which is quite similar to brands such as The Body Shop, Origins, Biotherme but on the more affordable end. If you are just starting to venture out into the big wild world of skincare, I would recommend this brand as their skincare is pretty gentle on the skin, but also achieves what it’s designed to do.

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Fourth, is my Laneige Water Sleeping Pack, which I use only at night, so that my skin can have time to repair itself and stay moisturised. The consistency of this is of a watery/gel like feel, (hence the name) so you only need around a thumb size amount to put all over your face. The price is a little high ($59 AUS) however because it does take a while to use up, it actually works out cheaper overall.

laneige-water-sleeping-pack-ex01If I however I have been wearing make-up for most of the day, I use a cleansing cream first to remove any excess makeup that may not have come off when using a make-up remover wipe, prior to cleansing my face. This cleansing cream I use is the Point Cleansing Cream, with green tea extract. I bought this from my local Korean grocery store, however you can use pretty much any cleansing cream you like, as they all essentially do the same thing.

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And there you have it. As you can tell it is a pretty simple routine, which is how I prefer my skincare routine to be, and as this is the routine I use for Autumn/Winter, I focus alot on moisturisers as keeping your skin hydrated is the most important thing during the colder months as not only will it make your skin look good, it will help delay any small lines on the face, as well as keeping any that dry/cracked feeling which I’m sure no-one loves.

Hope you all enjoyed this post. If you have any other recommendations or if you simply want to share your winter skincare routine, feel free to leave it in the comments below, or you can tweet them at me at my twitter address below. See you all in my next blog (which isn’t too far away >.<).

 

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