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Monday, January 14, 2019

Clinique Facial Soap | Review

With all the products that are available right now, it can get over whelming to find what works for you. Researching, reading reviews and feedback is one of the best ways to potentially buy products that may work for you. Skincare to me is more important now in my 20s then it was when I was a teenager. The past couple of years, I have used a number of products to help me remove my makeup at the end of the day. Eventually, I went back and repurchased the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap.
The Clinique Facial Soap retails for $39 currently from Farmers for 200ml. They do have a few products in this range. We have the Liquid Facial Soap Extra Mild for dry to very dry skin, Mild for dry to combination skin and oily for oily skin types. My skin changes from super oily to dry areas on some places so I went for Mild.

The soap comes in a green transparent plastic bottle with a pump dispenser. Personally, I love products that have a transparent bottle because I can see exactly how much product I have left. As for the pump, it’s very hygienic and user friendly. You don’t dispense any more product then you need, and the bottle is always left clean. It has a gel like formula and is quite thick, almost reminding me of Aloe Vera. It does not have any sort of smell to it which is such a huge plus for me. Because of its thick consistency, I don’t use it daily but only as a makeup remover when I do tend to wear makeup. To remove my makeup, I usually wet my face with lukewarm water. I grab one pump of this product, slightly wet it and rub my fingertips together to create a bit of lather. Then I go ahead and massage that all over my face for at least 30 seconds or until I feel happy with it. I repeat this step once again focusing on the areas that I may have missed like my eyes, corners of my face, around my nose and my neck.

I found that the formula didn’t make my eyes sting which a lot of makeup removers do. What I did find with the Clinique Facial Soap was that there was no trace of makeup, dirt, oil or residue leftover compared to other brands that I’ve tried after this one. If you grab a makeup remover wipe and go over your skin after washing it, it will come out white. When I take my makeup off at the end of the day, I want my skin to breathe. With this, I’ve completely stopped using any other products such as toners or wipes simply because I don’t need it anymore. The formula isn’t harsh and leaves my skin feeling soft, clean and fresh. Being a mum, this is such a huge advantage for me because I simply don’t have time to stand in the bathroom cleaning myself up with several different products. I have to think about how I can balance my time around being a mum, full time student, wife and taking care of a big old house!  With the Clinique Facial Soap, taking my makeup off is easy and effective. It will also save me a carrying a huge amount of skincare when we do go on holidays.

Overall, I give the Clinique Facial Soap a big 10/10. There was absolutely no irritation, no left over makeup or residue and it didn’t change the texture of my skin at all. I don’t get any breakouts with it so it’s my recommendations list.
The soap actually is part of a 3-Step Kit which I would love to purchase after I finish my facial soap. These are also sorted by skin type. Skin Type 1 being extra mild, Skin Type 2 being mild and Skin Type 3 being oily. The sets come with 3 products each which are the Liquid Facial Soap ofcourse (50ml), Clarifying Lotion (100ml) and Dramatically Different Moisturising Gel (30ml). It retails for $45 which I think is such a bargain. Have your tried anything from the Clinique range? What are your thoughts?


Friday, January 11, 2019

Why I Won't Go Back To The Nivea Moisturizing Creams + Review

When I kept going back to my local department store to pick up the Nivea Mattifying Gel Cream, they never seemed to have it on the shelves. As much as I hate online shopping, I decided to try and purchase this online only to find out it had been discontinued! I have oily skin and this particular gel cream seemed to work so well especially under makeup. I really hope and pray that Nivea decides to bring it back. Since then I've tried a few moisturizing creams and I recently tried out the Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream and the Regenerating Night Cream. I purchased both of these from my local supermarket and tried it for a week.

Nivea Pure & Natural Moisturising Day Cream
I'll just start off by saying that I didn't expect to open such an aesthetically pleasing product from it's box. The packaging is very elegant but so pretty. The product comes in a 50mL tub with a screw on top. Opening the product, I get a very faint smell. It's light, refreshing and natural. The formula itself is white in color and has a rich creamy consistency. It's very thick compared to my gel cream. I used the moisturizer all of over my face and neck. I found myself trying to massage the cream onto my face for such a long time. I waited for at least 5 mins hoping the product would sink into my skin to help create a good base for my makeup. Instead my face felt oilier as ever. I tried leaving the product on for the day as is and also did my usual makeup routine  2 out of the 7 days. As the day went past, it felt like my skin started producing more oil than usual. The packaging does say it's for all skin types. The next day I had to keep washing my face and reapplying the cream because it did feel rather heavy and greasy. On the other hand, I also did not enjoy the oily and dewy finish to my makeup. Layering my makeup on felt heavy almost like I was wearing a mask. When it comes to makeup, I like creating a base that will help control shine and prevent any oil peeking through.

Regenerating Night Cream
I also wanted to invest in a night cream to help me with my aging skin. I also adore this packaging, its so simple yet satisfying to look at. The night cream also comes in a 50ml tub with a screw on top. The formula to me smells soapy which I'm not a very huge fan off. The consistency of the product is even thicker then the above. If you scoop some out and pop that on your hand, it just stays there without any movement. Because this ones thicker, it takes double the amount of time to absorb into the skin. Due to its texture, I found that it acted as a thick film on my face and it felt quite heavy aswell. My pores felt clogged and unable to breathe. In the morning my skin was particularly oily and I couldn't wait to wash my face off.

Overall, these two products didn't cut it for me and I really wanted them to work with me so bad! It seems like my skin has gone worse since before using these two products. I started  seeing bumps on my skin to a point where my husband also commented on it. I really only get breakouts when it  is "that time of the month" or when I've eaten too many sweets but for that particular week, it was none of these. Even though, the product says it is for all skin types - it didn't work for me so I wouldn't recommend it to anyone with oily skin. I've looked through the whole Nivea range in stores and nothing seems to catch my eye. Everything seems like it has a thicker consistency along with what I've tried. I do not think Nivea has any face moisturizing cremes to offer me.


Monday, January 7, 2019

Estee Lauder Day Wear & Mac Studio Fix

Finding the right formula and shade of foundation can be such a difficult task. For me, finding the right foundation took me years until I decided to invest in brands that seemed to offer me more. I’ve tried getting foundations from Cover Girl, Australis, Revlon, Maybelline and a few other brands like these. Unfortunately, I never found anything that worked for me especially to do with the right shade. But, don’t get me wrong though, I still like getting other products from them. Today, I’ll be talking about the foundations I’ve been using for my oily skin.

Estee Lauder Double Wear

This was the first ever high end foundation that I invested in after hearing so many good reviews about it. One thing I love about the Estee Lauder brand over others is their packaging. Even the box makeup comes in looks sophisticated and feels like a million bucks! This one retails for $72.00; slightly more expensive than MAC. The Double Wear also comes in a transparent glass bottle but has a slight texture to it almost feeling matte. It also has a gold screw on top and from what I’ve heard, you could use the MAC pump on this one. I had a similar experience finding this shade like I had with MAC. There are so many shades available in this range as well so you know that these brands are keeping in mind women of colour. Even though this is more expensive, I only like to wear this on a day to day basis where I would just be out of the house for a couple of hours to go shopping or meet a friend. For events like weddings or birthday parties I prefer the MAC Studio Fix. I usually take this and dot it all over my face and blend it with either a brush or a beauty blender. When I was working, I preferred using a brush because the foundation blended in faster. It does a good job of mostly coverying my discoloration but it isn’t as good as MAC once again. This is a full coverage foundation and has SPF10 so your skin is protected from those harsh UV rays. The finish is also matte which is another plus for me. This is a your skin but better kind of foundation that keeps oil from popping through and prevents shine. It looks natural no matter if you use a brush or sponge and doesn’t settle into fine lines and wrinkles. Longevity is about the same as the MAC Pro Long Wear but if you prefer full coverage over light to medium, it may stay on longer.

MAC Studio Fix Fluid

The MAC Studio Fix Fluid  retails for $62 for a 30 ml bottle. The product comes in a clear glass bottle and a screw on black cap. MAC has a large range of shades available to suit so many different skin tones. Like I said before, it’s pretty hard for me to find a foundation that may suit my skin colour. I was very scared when I walked into the store thinking I might not get what I wanted. Due to the range of colours, I was able to get a perfect match. I’ve heard many stories about the staff at MAC but I found them really helpful. I was approached almost instantly and found myself sitting on the chair within seconds to try out some shades. The lady picked up a few shades and tried it on me one after the other until we both agreed on one that looked like my skin but better. I don’t like to apply a lot of foundation or makeup in general because it makes my skin feel cakey and clogged. the bottle doesn’t come with a pump but this can be purchased separately. At the time I went to buy this foundation, there were no pumps in store and I honestly never went back to buy one. the formula is very liquidy ofcouse so you have to work with it fairly quickly. With this particular foundation, I’ve tried using both a brush and a blending sponge. With a brush, the foundation doesn’t blend in nicely with my skin and instead creates lines that are very visible. The foundation doesn’t look smooth but it uses less product. With a blending sponge on the other hand, the foundation blends flawlessly into my skin which makes it look natural. I do notice that I use a significantly more amount of product when I blend with a sponge compared to a brush only because some product is absorbed by the sponge. However, a little goes a long way so I still get the same amount of coverage all together. It has a matte finish which is what I’m usually on the hunt for in a foundation. I already have oily skin and prefer to stay away from products which have a dewy finish. I prefer a light to medium coverage so it doesn’t look like I have inches of makeup on my face. I can say that it does cover pores and discoloration well and also doesn’t emphasise any lines or wrinkles. The MAC Studio Fix stays put for most of the day on me and slowly starts to wear off after about 8 hrs. I personally don’t like to touch up and don’t wear my makeup for any longer than this so I’m not fussed about longevity.

For someone who suffered from major oily skin over the years, I am confident that these two products are ones that I would continue to repurchase. They both a have a matte finish and there is no oiliness or shine that I find very satisfying. The only thing with both of them is just that they don’t come with pumps for hygiene purposes. I don’t feel that I should go out of my way to purchase a pump separately but it’s something that they should come with. I mean, yeah they probably are cheap but I wouldn’t go back for it especially. I just make sure that I wash my hands before doing my makeup.

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?