Thursday, 30 May 2013

Skincare Routine

I have never written a blog post dedicated to my skincare routine. I thought it was time that I did, but not just about what I'm using. I wanted to begin keeping track of what products are doing for my skin by including pictures, so that I can really see if they are of benefit. Unfortunately, this means pictures of myself sans make- up, so be WARNED, eek!! I should add that my skin is combination. I still get breakouts, but at 38, my skin is needing more hydration, especially on the areas outside my T-zone.

That looks like a lot of products for a skincare routine, but I'll break it down for you. 

One Hand Washes the Other Magic Soap. This soap is fabulous for acne prone skin. It cleans my skin beautifully, without stripping it. I also love the invigorating scent. I use this with the Clarisonic Mia, for a nice deep cleanse.
Silk Naturals 2 % BHA Toner. I normally purchase the AHA toner, but I somehow accidentally ordered this one. I'll go back to AHA, only because I think it is more beneficial for my skin.
Silk Natural Awesome Sauce Facial Serum. I normally prefer a Vitamin C product in the morning, but  decided to give this serum a try because of the great reviews. I like how light this serum is, perfect for day use.
Remergent Microcirculation Therapy. This cream is for the under eye area, especially for those that have dark circles...yes, that's certainly me! I do think it has helped lighten the area, but it's not a huge change. It has not helped with the lines. 
Natio Purifying Spot Treatment. OMG, I love this stuff! I see a change in my breakouts overnight!
Daintree Triple Action Complexion Whitening Concentrate or Mirenesse Power Lift Plus Day Treatment Cream. If I'm not wearing foundation, I finish with Hissy Fit Saving Face SPF 30+ Anti-ageing Foundation, which is more of a tinted moisturiser, or Derma Clear Sunscreen. (Depending how "clear" my skin is looking)

Mirenesse Power Lift Multi-Action Silk Cleanser. Fabulous at removing make up. 
Gaia foaming cleanser or Mirenesse Power Lift Massage Bead Cleanser. I've not been one to normally reach for a manual exfoliant, but I've been learning the importance of exfoliating, especially at my age, I need extra help to remove those ageing dead skin cells.
Avene Thermal Spring Water. I use this product to tone, and boy does it feel lovely on the skin!
Remergent Microcirculation Therapy.
Natio Spot Treatment.
Prai Oceanic Skin Firming Caviar, Platinum de Luxe Firming Eye Cream and Platinum de Luxe Firm and Contour Cream. I have the Prai products in deluxe sample sizes to try the brand out. I've heard great things about this brand. If the trial goes well, I have a feeling that I will be buying full sizes.

I like to treat my skin twice a week, generally using some type of peel or AHA mask and a clay mask. Typically on Tuesday I cleanse with Elucent AHA cleanser then follow with VooDoo Beauty Rose AHA Resurfacing Mask. On Thursday I once again begin with the Elucent cleanser then apply Daintree Purifying Earth Mineral Facial Mask. On both days I like to finish with a glycolic moisturiser.

Now for the pics, which will be my "before" pics after I have finished the Prai products.

As you can see in these pics, my skin concerns are pigmentation, uneven skin tone, break outs, crows feet, dark circles, puffiness and fine lines.

Hopefully my follow up post will reveal some improvements in my skin :)

Monday, 27 May 2013

Mission Accomplished- Mirenesse Auto Eyeliner.

It may sound crazy, but I love that feeling I get when I finish a product, especially when it's one that I am not in love with. This was the case with Mirenesse Eyeliner Duet in Ebony-Jade. 

When I first began using this eyeliner, I must admit, that I really wasn't a fan. I really love this brand, but I just found this eyeliner to drag a little on my lids. Now, I need to take into consideration that I had started using this liner after using a liquid liner. Once I had been using the liner for sometime, I discovered that it was great for lining my lower lashline. I like a crisp line on my upper lashline, but prefer a more smudged look along the bottom. 
I love Mirenesse packaging, not only lovely to look at, they are also practical. This one was no exception. I liked that the liner is double ended, the shade Ebony (black) one end and Jade (dark green) the other. 

I loved the retractable design, no sharpening, yay! A point of difference with this liner, that I have not seen before, is that each liner cartridge is removable, so if you have more than one, they could be changed around, depending on preference and need. This is also the case for the lipliner duets.
Although I predominately use black liners, I must say that I enjoyed using Jade, dark enough to line, but a nice change having a green shade for a different look.

Would I replace this product? Most likely not, only because there are products that perform just as well, or better for a more budget friendly price. I didn't hate this liner by any means, but it certainly isn't a favourite product.

Saturday, 25 May 2013

Some Neutrals from Silk Naturals

Being in need of one of my skincare staples, AHA toner from Silk Naturals, is always a perfect excuse to add more of their fabulous mineral make up to my collection. At the moment, I'm loving the look of neutral eyes and bright lips. This order represents my current love, including neutral eye shadows with bright lipsticks and gloss. Let me show you :)

Faerie- Golden pearl with a subtle green shift. This eye shadow has a Prism finish, these are 100% pure pigments that have colour shift when applied over a sticky base.

Cornucopia- Bronze neutral, GWP that needs to be a regular shadow, I love it!

Namaste- Neutral shimmer (not currently available)

Exposed- A light tan matte that is a dupe of Urban Decay's Walk of Shame from the Naked Basics palette.

Latent- Light taupe matte. Dupe of Urban Decays Naked 2 from the Naked Basics palette.

Cameo- Nude pink with slight shimmer.

Sepia- Taupe with a hint of red.

Doubloons- Shimmery pewter with reddish and green highlights. This colour is gorgeous!

Aura- Coppery pink champagne shimmer.

Caldera- Orange copper shimmer in the Prism finish.

Chrome- A true metallic silver. This colour has to be my favourite ever silver colour!

Now for the lipsticks, I bought this palette, as it is perfect for my taste in lip colours, I appreciate the added lip brush. This palette is compact, yet sturdy. Perfect for travel.

Party Girl lip palette.

From left to right, we have Incite (red) Crazy Love (wine) Seedy (sheer red brown) Atomic (warm red) Showstopper (fuchsia).

I must admit to purchasing the lip glosses in part because of the cute, new packaging.  

On the left is Candid a cool pink shimmer, and right is Infinity which is a coral shade. They are both just gorgeous! 

Included in my order was a free sample of lipstick. Sample lip products come on a cotton bud in a baggie.

Secret- Brick red colour.

Choosing eye shadows for the EOTDs wasn't easy, I really like them all!

For this simple look I used Faerie on my lid, in the crease is Latent and under my brow I applied Namaste.

This is a similar look, but I just had to use Chrome eye shadow, I put this in my inner lid, with Doubloons in the centre, Caldera outer lid, Cameo under my brow and Sepia in the crease.

Stay tuned for the next Silk Naturals blog post as I've recently purchased some of the new eye shadow creams, which so far am loving!

Monday, 20 May 2013

To Repurchase Or Not To Repurchase- SHE Rosehip Oil.

I've tried many brands of Rosehip Oil, and until I was gifted with SHE Rosehip Oil, I didn't even know that this company sold my favourite facial oil.

If you have combination to oily skin, don't be discouraged by the word oil. I have combination skin and this oil is wonderful for my skin. What does this oil do, you may ask? It helps to heal blemishes, reduce scarring and is great to help nourish and hydrate the skin, which in turn helps with fine lines and wrinkles. If these qualities are not enough, this anti ageing oil contains Vitamin E, Rose and Rose Geranium, which together work to restore skins balance, making it perfect for all skin types
I prefer to use an organic oil, and the SHE brand offers both organic and cold pressed, meaning no chemical nasties and it has not been heat effected, therefore the oil has not lost any effectiveness.
The oil comes in a dark coloured bottle, which protects the product. The bottle has a spray top, and only one pump is needed, as a little of the product goes a long way. To be honest, I am not a fan of the spray, it just is not ideal for an oil product. I find that it can get messy. I opted to screw the top off each time, and just carefully pour a tiny amount into the palm of my hand, then apply. This process obviously didn't change my opinion of just how lovely the product was on my skin, I just found it inconvenient. A dropper would be ideal.
When applying to the skin, don't leave out the eye and lip area, this oil is fine for these sensitive areas. In fact, it benefits the delicate skin, hydrating and providing lovely nutrients, important for anti-ageing.
Would I buy again? It is such a good price that this SHE Rosehip Oil is worth buying, even if I'm not a fan of the delivery system.

Monday, 13 May 2013

NOTD- Mosaic Nails

I wanted to try colour blocking for my nails. I'd seen the trend many times, but hadn't tried it for myself. I decided to choose Mod style colours, as I thought these would be perfect for stand-out nails. 

Because I wanted to incorporate striping, I began with a white base over Orly Bonder, using Models Inc polish in White. With this polish 2 coats gives an opaque finish. Once the layers had dried completely (patience is a must, eek!) I could begin with the next step, the nail striping.
I haphazardly placed the tape on my nails to separate each nail into 3 parts. For each section I chose to use Ulta3 in Mojito, a bright pastel green, Maybelline Color Show polishes in Coral Crush and Iced Queen, a mauve colour. 
I picked up the Maybelline Color Show polishes from Chemist Warehouse when they were on sale. Most of the colours had already sold out, but I was lucky enough to find these gorgeous polishes.  I am yet to try these polishes on their own, but so far love the creme finish and opaque quality. Another process that I allowed to dry completely, then I removed the tape. To ensure a smooth finish, I applied a thick top coat of Seche Vite.

Well, that's my mosaic nails! :)

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Performance Colors

After falling in love with Maybelline Color Tattoos, I decided to find out what indie brands had to offer in way of cream shadows. I began with a search on Etsy and come across Performance Colors. I was surprised at just how large the range is. Products for eyes lips and face. Apart from mascara, everything you need for a full face of make up is available. What really attracted me to this etsy store was that these products were so similar to what's available in stores, with the benefit of not containing any nasties.
The service was fantastic. I am so used to slow international shipping, that to be honest I didn't notice that the order had taken longer than normal to process. Not only did I get an explanation, but also received some freebies in my order!
Anyway, I'll get to the products :)

Perfection- Pale pink.

Velvet Talker- Purple

Spanks- Copper

Sweet Dreams- Silvery grey

Cornflower- Baby blue

Oil Slick- Charcoal with blue/green shift.

Morocco- Golden neutral

For this look I used Perfection on the lid with Velvet Talker in my crease.

I find that these cream shadows are easiest to apply with fingers, gently smoothing product across the lid. This motion warms the cream shadow, making for adequate transfer of product. To me, these are comparable to Maybelline Color Tattoos...budge proof wear with little creasing, a primer helps to keep these eye shadows staying put on oily lids. The only problem that I came across was some fall out of the shimmer, especially so with Morocco. Of course, it would have to be the one that I have a full size of, lol.

Double Duty Eye Shadow


Earth Taupe

The colours of these eye shadow sticks are pretty self explanatory. I don't wear a lot of matte neutral colours on my lids, but I have nothing like these in my collection, and just had to try them! After having a bit of a play, I think that these tubes are the perfect solution for a quick no-fuss neutral eye. We all have days that we want a little something, but have little time. I just swiped across my lids, then used my fingers to blend. Crease-proof and budge proof through out wear, I was impressed. I think using a coloured liner could really make a simple look into something a bit special, I must try it :)

Here I am wearing Earth Taupe on my lids as a one wash colour. It is the perfect neutral tone for my skin.

As much as I love mineral eye shadows, the loose form can sometimes be messy. When I saw that Performance Colors had pressed eye shadows available, I just had to grab a couple of palettes for myself. I opted for the palettes available that allowed me to choose my own colours. The trios come in simple, sleek compacts that even include a mirror inside, perfect for travel.

This trio contains the colours Magic Fountain (taupe with green shift) Tutu (pale pink) and Ambrosia (peach)

Here I have Tutu inner lid, Ambrosia on my lid and Magic Fountain in the crease.

For this look I used Siren on my lid, Echo inner and Imperial in the crease.

These eye shadows have such a gorgeous silky smooth texture. I love how easy they are to apply. Building up to your desired colour is simple. I love them!

I am so glad that I found this company during my search for cream shadows. At the moment, Performance colours have a sale that gives you an eye pencil for every order over $20. I am yet to try these metallic pencils, but this is my perfect chance to! :)