Monday, 27 March 2017

Re EGF Repair Serum

Discount online stores such as Catch of the Day and Ozsale always tempt me with their various offers. My last Catch of the Day purchase consisted of some serums from Re, a brand I actually had never heard of before. Thankfully among the product photos, there was one of the packaging where the ingredients are listed. I chose to try the EGF Repair serum first.

Taken from Catch of the Day- "Experience rapid skin rejuvenation with this high performance repair serum. The advanced formula is enriched with EGF (Epidermal Growth Factor) to promote cell regeneration, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. With daily use, it helps to smooth skin texture, fade out acne scars and pockmarks."

In fact, the serums are still available at $19.98 for 2.

The serum comes in a 30 ml bottle. Dark in colour to protect the integrity of the product.

This photo shows the holographic nature of the label, changing in colour depending on where the light hits it. Ok, it's not important but it is certainly eye catching.

Delivery of product is achieved with a dropper. I would prefer a pump-top dispenser and will consider depotting the serum in the near future.

The serum is on the thicker side, almost as dense as an oil. It has a non-descript scent having no added fragrance which I much prefer in a skincare product.

After using this serum for a couple of weeks, I seemed to have found my sweet spot with application amount. I use 2 drops each for face and neck.

I apply after toning and it smooths across the skin beautifully. My skin absorbs the serum rather quickly, leaving no residue or tackiness.

I have not experienced any adverse reactions on my combination skin. 

I haven't been using the serum long enough to notice any visible benefits to my skin, but I am enjoying the hydration this provides so am happy to continue using. 

I am hoping that the Epidermal Growth Factors do a number on my acne scarring. They're not  overly noticeable or deep, but I do have some pock scarring after a cystic acne breakout I had when I was in my early 30s.

Do you use a serum? What's your current fave?

Friday, 24 March 2017

BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette

I had been lusting after the BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo palette ever since it was released. I follow Shaaanxo's YouTube account and I was wowed by the palette. Also, coming from BH Cosmetics, I knew it would be well in my budget.

Taken from BH Cosmetics- "...Shaaanxo had hand-picked a mix of dynamic and down-to-earth shades that add up to a multitude of wearable looks that flatter a variety of skin tones."

I love the pale pink and white marble look packaging. Very pretty.

Open up one side and there is 9 eye shadow shades.

 The other side reveals the lipsticks.

With this double sided palette your eye shadow look and lipstick is covered. I appreciate the magnetic closure, not only does it make the palette secure, but also is easy to open so my nails are safe, lol.

I found that using these eye shadows, I don't need another palette to complete an eye look. Perfect transition, crease and outer v colours. There's also a nice selection of shimmery shades for the lid. The mattes are a little powdery, but are smooth and blend beautifully. The shimmers are nicely pigmented and apply well to the lid.

I was less excited about the lipstick palette side. Don't get me wrong, they are decent lipsticks. Nice and creamy with decent colour pay off. Lipstick palettes are just not my favourite. I much prefer a tube.

Look 1

Look 2

Look 3

Look 4

I love this palette! To be honest, I would prefer just the eye shadows. Thankfully, the eye shadows and lipsticks are packaged separately.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Easter 2017 Lust List

I like chocolate very much but what I love more is beauty products. If I was to get any for Easter, the following is what I'd really love.

Tarte Shape Tape Contour Conealer
Photo credit- Tarte Cosmetics

I feel that almost every beauty youtuber that I watch raves about this concealer. I really only use concealer for my dark under eyes and reviews tell me that it does a wonderful job of just that. It sounds amazing, I want it for myself, simple!

ColourPop Pressed Eye Shadows

Photo credit- ColourPop

The last thing I need is more eye shadow, however, the ColourPop pressed shadows look great from the swatches that I have seen. Of course, I would have to try the many finishes on offer, too! I wouldn't say no to some more Ultra Satin lipsticks, they are such a lovely long wearing lip formula.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

Photo credit- Sephora AU

I'm still trying to decide what form of eyeliner I like best. I have tried felt tipped liners in the past, but never got the pigment I was hoping for. I think the KVD Tattoo Liner just might be the eyeliner I have been looking for!

Tom Ford Black Orchid

Photo credit- David Jones

I have been wanting this perfume for forever. It is so rich and luxe and I need it in my perfume collection. It is expensive, but a girl can dream, right?

Now to leave this page open in the hopes that someone sees it and takes note! It will most likely be chocolate for Easter, but that's good, too.

What beauty product are you lusting most?

Monday, 20 March 2017

Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H Foundation

I feel so behind the 8 ball when it comes to foundations. I was determined not to buy any until I needed a replacement no matter how many rave reviews of foundations I had read. When finally I did need foundation, I bought a few, the Rimmel Lasting Finish 25H Foundation With Comfort Serum (try saying that 10 times fast!) being one of them.  

From Rimmel London (Aus)- "Instant perfect coverage that feels extra comfortable and lasts all day. Blends flawlessly, seamlessly, instantly and easily into the skin. Sweat, heat, humidity and transfer proof for up to 25 hours."

The bottle is packaged in a 30 ml glass bottle with red lid and red accents on the label. I'm not a huge fan of the colour red, but actually like the look of this bottle.

Lifting off the lid reveals a handy pump-top dispenser.

The consistency of the foundation is creamy but I would still class it is a fluid.

I always wear a separate SPF, but thought it was worth noting that this foundation has an SPF of 20. I bought shade 200 Soft Beige. It is a great colour for my skintone.

The product had a slight synthetic floral scent that I'm not a huge fan but it is subtle so doesn't put me off wearing it.

I have applied with both an oval foundation brush and damp Real Techniques sponge. Both work very well. The foundation spreads evenly and blends well. I don't experience any streaking or creasing in lines. 

I would say that this product provides a medium coverage. My skin looks more even, but I still need to use a concealer.

The foundation gives me a satin finish, not completely matte yet not dewy either. It feels lightweight on the skin, not heavy or cakey. After application this product remain slightly tacky, but a dusting of powder, something I always do anyway sets it. 

25 hour wear is a huge claim and one I have no intention of testing. The foundation has been through the test when it comes to hot weather and sweating. During this warm and often humid weather I have experienced no fading or patchiness from start to finish of wear, generally being around 7 hours. 

I am loving this Rimmel foundation, have you tried it?

Friday, 17 March 2017

Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup Bronzer and Highlighter Duos

The Makeup Revolution I Heart Makeup palettes are so eye catching with their melting chocolate bar design. I need to have all of them! Up until recently, they had just been releasing eye shadow palettes. I was pretty excited when bronzer and highlight duos were available. Of course, I needed both!

I Heart Makeup Bronze and Glow is a bronzer and highlight duo.

That packaging, tho? Can we please take a moment to take in that gold over dark brown???

I love that textured drippy design in the product.

Now that I've raved about the packaging and look of the product, it might be time to talk about the actual powders. The bronzer is on the lighter side and is shimmery, which I'm generally not a fan of. I much prefer a matte bronzer. Fortunately it doesn't really translate on the face once applied. It did give me a hint of depth, but it would be better suited to me in the cooler months when I'm less tan.

The highlighter is a light golden shade, it provides a decent glow without being too intense. Below is a pic of me wearing both the bronzer and highlighter.

Next up I have the I Heart Makeup Light and Glow palette.

  A delicious sweet looking palette with that pink chocolate bar over the top of the white layer.

Looking at the duo, I assumed the pink powder was a blush, with the other being a highlighter. On me, the pink is too light to be a blush. It is such a gorgeous golden pink highlight on the skin. The lightest colour is a champagne shade.

This is me wearing a mix of the two as a highlighter.

The powders in both compacts are smooth, apply easily and blend well. I don't find that the highlighters accentuate skin texture or pores. I love that they give a lovely highlight that is wearable and not visible from the moon, lol.

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CK Eternity

Last year as a gift, my daughter gave me a set of Calvin Klein mini perfumes. I just love minis, they are way too cute! Today I will be reviewing Eternity from the set.

Taken from Fragrantica- "The composition opens with fresh citrus and green notes, that is followed by the note of violet and lily-of-the-valley. The note of carnation with its spiciness gives the floral heart slightly peppery accord. The final notes are gentle with powdery heliotrope, pink sandalwood and transparent musky notes."

Eternity begins with a blast of green notes. I will generally shy away from green florals, but this perfume is more fresh green rather than a piercing green. 

It has a slight spiciness which makes the fragrance become slightly soapy, but in a good way. 

After wear, the florals take on a creamier quality blending well with the slight tangy citrus note and musk. 

Eternity is a simple to wear perfume. Fresh and feminine and lasts well, getting better and better throughout wear.

Friday, 10 March 2017

BH Cosmetics 28 Color Neutral Eyeshadow Palette

I know I really didn't need a matte eye shadow palette, but looking at all the lovely neutrals in the BH Cosmetics 28 Color Neutral Eyeshadow Palette, I just couldn't resist.

Taken from BH Cosmetics- "Featuring a chorus of flattering neutral hues, the Neutral Eyes- 28 Color Eyeshadow Palette lets you create a perfectly sculpted natural look. The colors are so versatile, many even double as subtle blushes."

The palette has a clear plastic lid which I really like because I can see the shadows without needing to open first.

So many neutrals to choose from, I love that they range from cool to warm, so any look you want to create is covered. The shadows are a little powdery causing kick up when dipping a brush in the pan. I'm totally ok with that when they are as nice to use as these mattes are. A good matte to me is one that has decent pigmentation, yet blends well. These tick both.

Want to see some swatches?

I'm not one to wear a totally matte eye and bought this palette for the purpose of eye contouring, but in the spirit of reviewing this palette, I created some matte only eye looks.

Look 1 

 Look 2

Look 3

Look 4

I have a feeling that this palette is going to be very well loved! :)

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