Thursday, June 16, 2016

May Favourites 2016

This month was very tough for me, my kids were sick and I was also unwell. Canberra's cold is unbearable for us, its always cold and windy outside, I do not like that kind of weather at all.
Any way, here are my monthly favourites, hope you have tried some of them.

The body Shop British Rose Body Essence: Heavenly smelled body lotion, great for winter
Savvy long lasting eyeliner: I got it in my Priceline haul, and i am pleasantly surprised with its quality. It is highly pigmented, long lasting automatic eyeliner (they are made in EU)
Rimmel Sculpting Palette: Highly pigmented all in one palette. 
Loreal Cushion Foundation: My new favourite, great for dry skin and provide medium to full coverage.
Lanolips: This is my first Lanolips purchase and I bought it on special offer (details are here). It is a coloured lip balm and this shade looks very natural on my lips.
BVLGARI Omnia Crystalline EDT: I got this mini as free sample and I love its smell, may be I will buy full size.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Laura Mercier foundation Primer review

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer: 50$ from David Jones and Adore Beauty

Laura Mercier foundation Primer comes in a soft tube which is easy to use. It has light smell, and its texture is runny just like a lotion, upon application it feels like a normal moisturizer.

I use it under my make up and honestly, I have not seen any difference. My foundation longevity  was same, while the appearance of skin is also not different from my normal make up.

It seems that  it is just an extra step in my make up routine. I am a fan of Benefit Porefessional, as it hides pore and make skin smooth. But this primer  did nothing for my make up and skin and in my opinion make up product should do some thing good to your looks.

If I take it as skin care, it seems very expensive, my 10$ Sukin moisturizer works same as this primer.

Overall, I am not impressed and will not purchase its full size. 

 My Rating: 2/5

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Sephora 8hour Mattifying Compact Powder Foundation in Vanilla

Available only at Sephora

I bought this powder foundation from Malaysia, It cost me around 18 AUD. The powder comes in sleek black packing with mirror and sponge. I own the shade vanilla which is suitable for pale skin tones.It has very good packing as most of the women keep face powder in their hand bags for touch-ups. Its packing is strong enough and will not be smashed in handbag.

The powder has creamy finely milled texture. It has very light smell which disappears after application. I applied it with its puff and it gave me matte and flaw less skin. It did not settle into fine lines and pores, and did not emphasis dry patches of my skin.  It gives light to medium coverage and covers acne marks,red patches,blue veins and brown spot very well. It perfectly blended into my skin, did not look chalky. It also blurs pores and fine lines on my face. I used it as foundation and it gave me perfect skin with out giving a powdery effect. It has decent staying power and lasts for 8 hours on my skin.  I really like this powder and recommend it for everyone.

This powder foundation will be for you If you have normal, dry, oily, combination skin.  This product is not for you if you have very oily or mature skin. It is also not recommanded for those who live in very cold dry climate.

My Rating: 5/5

Monday, June 6, 2016

Ebay Makeup Brushes Haul

Real Technique bold metals are one of the most luxurious brushes in make up industry. Unfortunately they are ridiculously expensive in Australia, even at my local Priceline these brushes are kept in a locked cabinet, only empty boxes with pictures are displayed.

After watching few reviews of these dupes, I decided to give them a go. I buy them on Ebay and paid around 11$ with shipping, they arrived within 15 days. 

Honestly I bought them because they are so beautiful, and  they look nice in my blog pictures. But I was really surprised when I received them. They are good quality brushes, In the first impression, they look identical to original and feel very soft. I have not washed them yet and I highly recommend washing brushes before use. 

I will review them in few weeks, you will also see these brushes in my blog pictures.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Empties April-May 2016

Here is a quick post about my latest empties

Daivid Jones Shampoo and Conditioner: I got them in David Jones Sampler tote, both works well with my hair. I will not repurchase them because I have already stocked some other hair care products.

Lapurete Okuru Cleanser + toner: Love it, it is very gentle on my skin but it is very expensive.

Avon Mega Effects Mascara: It does not work for me but it is an innovative product.

Ego Sunsense Anti aging Sunscreen: It is a nice product, may be I will buy full size bottle.

Au Lait Shampoo: An other item from David Jones sampler tote, I do not like it as it dries my hair.

MUA Lipstick; Worst lipstick I have ever used, it just melted after few days of purchase, I am getting rid of it

Loreal infallible Lipstick: Truly long lasting lipstick but it is 4 years old, and now its time to go to bin.

Rimmel Lipstick: An other old product almost 4-5 years old, it is discontinued now. 

Puretopea Sensitive Care Moisturizer: It is very gentle moisturizer, love it and will repurchase it.

Loreal Revitalift Cleanser: It is more suitable to use in hot summers, I will not repurchase it

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing lotion: This is my second bottle,  I will definitely repurchase it. It is one of the best body lotions I have ever used.

Swiss Hand Cream: It is an old hand cream, its packing is changed now. It is an other favourite in these empties

Palmers Coconut Body Wash: It is a nice moisturising body wash, I will repurchase it.

Dove Damage Therapy Conditioner: A nice conditioner, I already have its full bottle in my stock.

Dettol Body Wash: It is great to use in summer, it dries my skin.

Have you tried any of these products, love to hear your thoughts.

Facts about anti aging

'Wow! This anti-aging cream really works!'

Image courtesy: Verbotomy website

 I have learned few things about Anti aging, I love to share my information with my readers.

Anti aging or Anti wrinkle: The word ant aging is quiet deceiving because no skin care product can perform anti aging activity. Aging is a natural process. your skin and body ages with time. there is not a single miracle product in market that disappear your wrinkles or will prevent you from wrinkling in the future. The most effective anti-aging skin care products just smooths appearance of wrinkles, maintain healthy skin and delay formulation of further wrinkles

Deceiving labeling: Now a days , you can find so many creams which claim to be anti-aging cream. Don't be deceived by these claims. there is not any criteria which can regulate the usage of label Anti-aging and anti-wrinkle. Any cream can claim to be anti wrinkle or anti aging.

Say No to Jar packing: Packing is the most important aspect of the face moisturiser. Jar packing can not keep ingredient stable and it can also be contaminated. When ingredients come into contact with the air and light , the  get degraded. Tube packing or pump packing keep the ingredients of the moisturiser stable. According to Puala Begoun "we 're referring to the need for opaque, non-jar packaging that demonstrates the manufacturer has made efforts to ensure the continuing potency of the key ingredients, particularly antioxidants and plant extracts, after you start using the product"

Night cream and Day cream: you do not need to buy separate creams for day and night. Our skin need the same nutrition during day and night. The only difference between day and night creams are  SPF. Day cream should have SPF 30+ while Night cream do not need SPF. But you can use same cream during day and night and add sunblock separately. Its better to buy sunblock separately because most of creams with Spf lack sufficient UVA coverage.

Look at the ingredients: Be aware. Do a little research on anti-aging ingredients(you can visit beautypedia website and get information about ingredients) Look at the ingredient list of facial moisturiser, if they contain Anti aging ingredients then buy it. There are a number of different labels you come across, facial lotion, day cream, night cream, moisturizer, hydrating, eye creams, neck creams, anti-wrinkle, anti-aging, lifting, firming, repairing, restoring, rejuvenating. do not be impress with these false claims. The best anti-aging cream should contain a mix of antioxidants, skin-repairing, and cell-communicating ingredients.

You do not need an eye cream. There is no research that indicate that your eye need a different type of skin care. They are part of your face and you can use your normal moisturiser on your eyes. but if you have puffy eyes , then you need an eye cream which tend to reduce puffiness.

Never skip sunblock: Sun exposure is the major cause of premature wrinkles and aging. Prevent your skin from sun  by using sunblock Spf 20 or higher. Make sure your sun block have sufficient UVA protection as well as UVB. Use sun block before putting moisturiser and let it absorb few minutes after application.

Use creams for your skin type: Always use products on your face which is suitable for your skin type. If you have oily skin, do not go for rich anti-aging creams because usually they make your skin more oily which can cause you break out. Facial serums are the best option for those who have oily skin.  People with dry skin can use rich creams and moisturiser. you can combine facial serum and moisturiser if you have dry skin and you want to give extra nutrients to your skin. Facial serums are better to use it at night before putting moisturiser.

Retinol: Retinol is a very effective ant aging ingredients but there is some issues with retinol. people with sensitive skin can not use it. Pregnant or breastfeeding women can not use it. while retinol should not be used during day time. So it is concluded that Retinol is not for every one. And it is not so simple to just buy retinol cream and start using it. Dermatologist recommendation is important for its use.

Do not chose skin care according to your age: Yes its is true. You will find that todays in the market there are different types of cream which claim to be suitable in your 20s, 30s, 40s and 50+. Do not be impressed by these claims, just look at the condition of your skin, type of skin care product and ingredients. For example if you have oily skin in your 40s and you use these cream, there are more chances that you will have acne breakouts, because these creams for 40s will make your skin oiler.

Be Realistic: There is no alternative for Botox, fillers and laser, so do not expect that these facial moisturisers will perform like them. Do not be trapped by the fancy words of Botox alternative or gradual fillers. Do not pay too much for those creams who claim to be alternative of Botox, fillers and laser.

I hope this post will increase your knowledge and honestly knowing the realty of anti aging creams makes me little bit Sad. But now my target is to age gracefully and do not expect dramatic results from skin care.
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