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Friday, November 23, 2018

New In Bits | Farmers + Life Pharmacy

A couple of posts ago, I talked about makeup expiration dates which you can find here. One of the reasons why I wrote it, was to motivate myself to get rid of everything old and discover new makeup bits. I've always enjoyed watching other people haul their purchases but I could never justify purchasing new things when I have more makeup then I need. I don't have a large collection but what good is it to have 20 shades of red lipstick for example? I find that having too much of anything can be overwhelming. We tend to spend so much on makeup but if we have a lot of it, then it's so hard to try everything. I've been picking things out of my collection (some of which aren't even expired yet) to get rid of and also been buying some makeup bits to add in. I have been going in with the mindset of getting what I would use weekly or daily so I know I will make good use of it.

For the past two years or so, I have been going to Farmers to pick up the mint and lemon clay mask by Freeman Beauty. Recently, they seem to have stopped stocking it, or maybe they have been out of stock for months? Anyway, I decided to pickup other masks which are easier to find. The Sukin Anti Pollution Masque retails for $25.50 at your local Farmers. The mask helps with oil balancing which is right up my alley. The L'Oreal Pure Clay Mask also retails from Farmers for $19.99. The mask has 3 types of pure clays and eucalyptus which also helps to purify and mattify skin. I've never tried any pore strips so I grabbed the Purederm Botanicals Choice Nose Pore Strips to play around with.These were a bargain at $3 and comes with 3 pore strips.

I have been lusting over Makeup Revolution for years and couldn't believe my eyes when I stumbled across their stand in Farmers. All their eyeshadow palettes looked amazing but I picked up the Re-Loaded Newtrals 3 palette to play around with first. Best of all, it retails for $11. Recently, Wet n Wild released their Liquid Catsuit range so I picked one matte and one metallic lipstick. The metallic retails for $12.99 and the matte retails for $11.99 both at Farmers.The brushes from Wet n Wild also were an impulse buy because they felt so soft. Once again, I haven't used anything apart from RT so I'll definitely get good use from these. Prices start from just $2.99 for their brushes which is such a bargain! Since I am experimenting more with eyeshadows, I decided to pick up the Wet n Wild Eyeshadow Primer. I don't remember the exact price for this but ofcourse it would be on the cheaper side. 

Last, but not least, I have been searching for a good moisturizer and after a lot of research I decided to invest in Clinique Moisture Surge. With Christmas just around the corner, brands seem to bring out little sets perfect for gifting. The Moisture Surge on it's own retails for $75 but I got this whole set which comes with a overnight mask, face spray and a chubby stick along with the moisturizer for $79. I mean yes, everything apart from the moisturizer is like a sample size but it's such a good way of trying out new products.  You can find this at your local Life Pharmacy.

Ah, I have really enjoyed looking around and picking up these items. I can not wait to try them all and will review them as we go. Have you tried any of these products before? How do you feel about them?


Monday, November 19, 2018

Wet n Wild Mega Length Mascara | Review

Wet n wild are a brand that offers some amazing makeup products at a really affordable price. I was over the moon when it launched here in New Zealand. I'm the kind of person that doesn't spend alot of money on mascaras so I took the chance to try some from Wet n Wild. I wouldn't say I've tried every mascara from this brand but I've tried a few. Amongst them all, the Mega Length mascara came out to be my absolute favorite. You can pick up this mascara from your local Farmers store or browse a full range here.

The packaging as you can see is a purple cylindrical tube which is very much lightwieght and sleek. This is a mascara you can easily pop into your makeup bag which won't take much space or add weight. The wand is thin and has small spiky bristles. Because the bristles are so tiny, it doesn't pick up any more formula then you need. This is especially important as it doesn't cause any clumps. It is so easy to apply the mascara onto your lashes with this wand. You can reach into all the corners and every little lash possible. 

The formula is wetter than other mascaras I've tried but I honestly do not mind it. It can take a longer amount of time to dry if you compare it with other mascaras but it's definitely worth it. It is extremely pigmented as you put them onto your lashes.  One coat gives your lashes an insane amount of definition and length. Two coats makes my lashes look dramatic. The wand helps to separate my lashes whereas the formula helps elongate and define. Both the formula and the wand work so well together. In terms of longevity, it isn't particularly "waterproof". I kinda like this because waterproof mascaras are so hard to remove at the end of the day. To others, who prefer waterproof mascaras, this might not be for you.

I've seen mixed reviews on this mascara but overall, it's my favorite. It's very inexpensive and works like a dream. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of fake lashes. I never know what it is but I can never put them on. I've only had them on for my wedding but it felt heavy on my eye lids. The Mega Length mascara gives me the definition and length that I need. 

Have you tried this before? What are your thoughts?


Friday, November 16, 2018

How I Clean My Makeup Brushes

Let's be real, all of us are guilty of using dirty brushes from time to time. When blogging and YouTube started becoming popular, I feel as if everyone was talking about ways they clean their makeup brushes from left, right and center. I don't know about you but I certainly miss these kinds of old school posts. Today, I'll be sharing with you how I clean my makeup brushes. Maybe this will remind you to do yours. By the way, in no way am I stating that you should clean your brushes the same that I do. This is simply my version, that I wanted to share with you all.

Step 1
Take a tissue or paper towel and pour a few drops of baby oil onto it. I usually  grab whatever is available but mostly prefer a paper towel as it has more texture. Grab a dirty brush and rub it onto the oil until your satisfied the makeup has almost come off. I find this first step oddly satisfying because you get to see how much makeup comes off one brush.

Step 2
Pour in lukewarm water into a glass, bowl or container. Make sure you don't fill it all the way up as it'll drown your brushes. You just want enough to cover as much of the fibers on the brush as possible.Over time, the glue holding the fibers together may come off causing your brushes to shed. I mix in some Dettol which helps to kill germs and pop all of my brushes in it. I leave the brushes to soak for about 15 minutes.

Step 3
In the above step above, you'll see how gunky the water is even though we thought most of the makeup came off in the first step. Finally, I take the brushes one by one and run it under lukewarm water. Then, I take a small amount of baby shampoo on the palm of my hand and swirl the brush around in it. Swirling your brush helps the product reach all the brush fibers so you know your getting maximum clean. If I wash the brush out and the water doesn't run clear, I simply repeat this step until I'm happy.

Step 4
Now, I just leave my brushes to dry overnight before I start using them again. I usually just lay them on a window sill. Laying them like this can cause your brushes to loose it's shape so I just make sure to re shape it by brushing my fingers through it.

And that's it. We live busy lives so cleaning makeup brushes may not seem like something important on your to do list. But, you do use your makeup brushes a lot on your face. It transfers germs from sitting around or even bacteria from the breakout you may have had a week ago. I like to clean my bushes every 1 to 3 weeks depending on how often I use them. 

How do you clean your makeup brushes?


Friday, November 9, 2018

St. Ives Apricot Scrub | Review

Finding a good facial cleanser has always been a huge struggle of mine when I was a teenager. I tried products from Clearasil, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear and a few other brands. They usually either made me break out even more or made my skin sensitive. Yes, my skin was pretty different back then to what it is now. I used to get breakouts and had sensitive skin but all these products made me even worse off then I was. The St. Ives Apricot Scrub was an impulse buy from my local supermarket. They do have a number of facial scrubs available in their range but I've always preferred Blemish Control or Fresh Skin.

St. Ives  has been formulated to deliver a number of health and beauty benefits for your skin. I'm currently using the Fresh Skin version which helps to deeply exfoliate to reveal smooth skin. It states the formula is made from 100% natural exfoliants, dermatologist tested and paraben free. Their philosophy is dedicated  to bringing us the best of nature with formulas that leave our skin soft and feeling fresh. The directions of use are  nothing different to what you would do with a normal cleanser or scrub. Dispense some product, massage over your face and neck and rinse it off with water. You'll also find that on the back of the packaging, it shows you the exfoliation factor of that particular scrub. This one is deep cleansing. 

The packaging isn't something out of the ordinary but the product comes in a 150mL tube. It is pretty easy to dispense the product but it's always best to wash the tip out to prevent mold. I usually just put my finger on the tip to avoid water going into the tube and run it under water until all the left over product washes away. Something that I loved was the fact that there was no horrid smell to the product. It smells natural and fresh. The formula is of a light brown shade with little beads in it that act as an exfoliater. Now, the directions do say that it's best to use 3 to 4 times per week but I use it every single morning. The product didn't irritate my skin nor did it go dry. Using it every morning made my skin feel fresher and cleaner than other facial scrubs and cleansers I've used. I have however, made the mistake of rubbing the formula very hard onto my skin. As a result, it made my skin burn especially if I went into the sun light. The best way to use it is to massage it as gently as you can. The beads will do it's job of removing dead skin and deep cleaning. 

Using the St Ives Facial Scrubs religiously made my skin clearer over time. I mean there are other factors that contributed to blemish free skin but this is an area I always suffered with. My skin didn't agree to anything apart from the St Ives line. I do get my occasional breakout when it's that time of the month but all that aside; I am very happy with my skin now than I was a couple of years ago. Personally, I've seen alot of mixed reviews but this is one of those products I highly recommend everyone to try before you try anything purely chemical based. The ingredients used in this product line works so well together and it's even more beneficial for your skin. You will benefit from the natural ingredients used with this line. Sometimes you will get bored and your skin will need something different. There are other scrubs available like the coconut and coffee face scrub, the oatmeal scrub and mask and the avocado and honey scrub. You can find a full range here.

Overall, I truly enjoy face scrubs from St Ives and will be re-purchasing them. I do feel that with the rise of bloggers, YouTubers and social media influencers, somehow amazing companies and products like these have been left behind. I definitely think that St Ives is an underrated brand. If you ever do come across the St Ives scrub range, be sure to check them out. Have you tried them before? What are your thoughts?


Friday, November 2, 2018

Makeup Mistakes And How To Avoid Them

Makeup is a great way to express our creativity but we are all guilty of making a few mistakes. Ofcourse, there are no rules written around how we should be doing our makeup. But, we've all done quite a few things in the past that we're not proud of right?! Here are some basic mistakes that I made before and how I corrected them. Hopefully these tips are helpful for beginners so go ahead and share where you can.

When I first started out with makeup, I used to put on foundation straight after applying my moisturiser. Then, I discovered beauty gurus on YouTube and bought my very first primer. I'm not sure where but I found it in a sale. A good primer helps your makeup go on smoother as it acts as like a film between your skin and the makeup. I eventually learned that primers come in all different types of formulas to suit different skin types. It is so important to start off with a good base suitable for your skin type. In saying this, it does not mean you use it all over your face like a mosituriser. Some people only apply primer to their t-zone but I like to apply the smallest amount all over my face and let it completely dry before attempting to put anything else on.

Like the primer, there are so many formulas and so many different foundations. I always wore foundations that mismatched my skin because I used to buy them from lower end brands like Maybelline, Covergirl and so on. But, one thing to remember is not alot of these brands offer  foundations that cater to every skin color. They can be either too light or too dark which shows significantly. If I could ever go back, I would tell myself to save up and invest in brands that offer more formulas and shades. The first ever purchase I made was the Estee Lauder Doublewear and later the MAC Prolong Wear foundation. These foundations work so well for me and the formulas are amazing for oily skin. Plus, brands like this have so many different shades to suit everyone. Finding a good shade for yourself can be hard. You can go instore and ask for a sample to try at home. The lighting in store can make you look different as apposed to lighting outside in the sun for example. Take your sample and experiment with it before making the big purchase.

Lip Liner
Thankfully, I've only ever done this once at home and removed it instantly. Bigger and fuller lips seem to be so popular today along with a number of other things. I'll admit that there are so many features that I don't like about myself and have alot of insecurity. Even so, I've never been one to think about getting any injections or going under the knife to make myself feel better. I strongly believe in being happy with how God has made you. Over lining lips makes your face look almost..... Fake! It's something that I would definately not recommend. If your lips are smaller there are other ways around it. Experment with different liners and lipsticks that make your lips appear bigger.

Brows also shouldn't be overdrawn or to recreate a new brow shape. It's best to stick to your natural shape and try to define it a little. I start by brushing out my eyebrows so it's easier for me to work with. Currently, I'm using the Natio Brow Palette to fill it in with a light hand and go over this with a brow gel. The spoolie will make your eyebrows look more natural and the gel will help keep the hairs in place. Filling your brows in heavily or overdrawing them will make them look fake and harsh.

A good concealer is so important and should be applied after your foundation. The teenage me used to apply concealer and then foundation and only realised I was conpletely wrong years later. I'm not a master with concealers but do know some poeple like to apply them to the areas that need a little more coverage. I don't have alot of scars or pigmentation on my face that my foundation itself can't cover. I only tend to pop this under and around my eyes to help with my dark undereye circles. Setting your concealer with a powder will avoid it creasing throughout the day. I've personally never had a problem with creasing.

Setting your makeup
These are the last two things I like to do to finish off my makeup. I've heard alot of people on YouTube say that they don't apply anything over their foundation. Without using a power to set  everything in place, I feel incomplete. Using a powder helps to set your foundation in place and also helps the oil that your face produces at bay. A setting spray is your final product. Setting sprays are just that - it helps your makeup stay put, prevents creasing, any smudging or fading. I've seen a major change in the way my makeup stays on my face and how long it stays on for since I've added powder and setting spray.

These are a few mistakes I made when I was younger. But, I'm sure there's alot more makeup tips and tricks that you may have so go ahead and share them in the comments. I'd love to know.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

My Top Scents For Spring/Summer

In today's post, I thought I'd do something a little different. I've been wanting to do this kind of post for a while now but didn't know where to start. I suck at describing scents but here's to hoping this post makes sense.

Dolce & Gabbana The One
Eau De Parfum
This is one of those scents that are perfect for a dinner date during summer. The opening is very medicinal but dies down and becomes sweeter. It has a strong vanilla scent to it with a mix of fruit and musk. One of the the things I love about this particular perfume is that it lingers on your skin and especially on your clothes for a while. There has been times that I've washed and dried clothes but it still smells strongly of The One. The scent is very feminine so I enjoy we wearing it when I'm feeling extra girly.The packaging is very sophisticated with the gold detailing.

Love, Chloe 
Eau De Parfum
Now, this scent reminds me of something old fashioned but makes me feel like I can conquer the world. When, I was working, this was the only scent that I would wear to work. I was working in an office so I loved something that wasn't overpowering. My best way of describing it is, a powdery scent but with the sweet smell of flowers. This one wasn't as long lasting like The One but it stayed on for a couple of hours. It's quite romantic but also sophisticated and sexy. I love the gold detail on this one again.

Elizabeth Arden True Love
Eau De Toilette
When I first got this perfume I didn't know who it belonged to but instantly reminded me of Elizabeth Arden. The packaging is very much what they would design. The white lid with gold detailing is minimalist and compliments the scent very well. Although, the scent doesn't last long, I wear it often. It's a scent that would suit a mature woman. The opening is very sharp and strong but dies down to a light floral scent.

Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gioia
Eau De Parfum
I've never owned anything from Giorgio Armani and was thrilled when I got this gifted to me by a friend. At that time, I just had baby and was adjusting to life at home with her. I hardly went out so I didn't get to use this perfume until very recently. It was very different from your traditional sweet fruity, floral or powdery scents. It has a mix of citrus, freshness, mint and the slightest smell of fruits. These are balanced so well together that it's pretty much hard to pin point exactly what notes are in it. It's very seductive and mysterious, and a scent I like to wear when I need that extra boost of confidence or fierceness.

What are your go to scents?