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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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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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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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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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Review: Bourjois Rose D’or Blush

Greetings one and all ^^ (I’m trying to make up for lost time here by going on a blog-post marathon) hope the week is treating you well.

This will be a quick, and simple review on the Bourjois Blush in Ros D’or.

Obviously as you can see it looks almost sample size like, however as I got this for free when I bought my Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation, I really didn’t mind at all.

First up, the packaging is quite cute, with the little mirror inside, as well as the magnetic closure underneath the top of the lid.

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In terms of appearances this does indeed look like a certain Chanel Blusher, thanks to the lovely pink-toned colour and the obvious 3d looking round/half spherical shape that the blush comes in. As for colour and pigment, it was quite pigmented when I swatched it on upon first use, and when I applied it to my cheeks (that’s face cheeks mind you :p) the colour payoff wasn’t too bad either. However this blush didn’t seem to last very long and I found that I had to keep re-applying it every couple hours or so, which was a little annoying, as I simply don’t have the time during the day to reapply blush or powder on my face every couple hours. Aside from this, the blush isn’t too bad for the lower end of the scale.

Pity about the strong rose scent this blush has. If you like rose scented blushes, then you will most likely enjoy this blush. For me however, I couldn’t stand it at all, as I am NOT a fan of strong scented make-up products.  Overall, (aside from the smell) this blush isn’t too bad.

Have any other blushers you love or would recommend? Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments below, or you can tweet me on twitter at @meiakane.

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Review: Bobbi Brown BB Cream SPF 35

Hello Everyone ^^

Yup again I am on a posting spree….practice makes perfect right?? ^^

As the title says, this is a review about the Bobbi Brown BB Cream. The shade I have is in ”Light”.

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First and foremost I’ll start with texture. As a true BB Cream, the texture is of a nice creamy feel and thankfully, NOT runny. It feels pretty weightless when I applied it on my face and the coverage is buildable, which may be ideal for those who like extra coverage for any skin issues. As I have a pink undertone to my skin, it does blend in quite well, though I would probably recommend this for those with yellow undertones to their skin as I find that is what Bobbi Brown foundations are best designed for.

The texture is quite similar to Asian BB Creams, which probably explains why it was released a year or so earlier in Asia than the USA and Australia. This can also be used as a primer as well, and as it is moisturizing, this would be ideal for those autumn/winter months. Though overall, it probably is the next best thing to Asian BB Creams, however it is not a complete replacement.

With an SPF of 35, it offers pretty decent sun protection, and will hold for about 5-8 hours depending on your skin type. I would recommend this for normal/oily and combination skins. My only issue with this product is the rather slim tube it comes in and also if you want extra coverage, naturally you’ll have to use more product which in turns results in it getting used faster, and considering this BB Cream is a little more on the pricey end, it’s not overly economical.

Overall, this is quite a decent BB Cream for those with normal/oily/combination skin. It will cover most of the small little bumps and other minor skin issues reasonably well, if you have acne prone skin, this MIGHT work for you, though I suggest you try it out first before committing.

I hope this review helped out in any way for those who are looking for a good quality BB Cream.