Tuesday, 2 September 2014

How To: Getting Rid Of Dry Skin

Dry skin can happen to everyone, but it starts to become a serious problem when the seasons change. It's now Spring in Australia and while our legs have been hidden for months, with the weather heating up the last thing we want to show off is scaly legs and arms.

Here are the products that I use to get rid of dry skin...

Nivea In-Shower Smooth Lotion Skin Conditioner

I've bought so many of these Nivea In-Shower body lotions since they were released. I always stock up on these when I see them on sale at Priceline or Coles.  

This version is my favourite as I find that it's not too heavy, but still offers enough moisture even if I use this and skip a moisturiser.

It's also fantastic for anyone that has extremely dry skin as you can use this in the shower and then follow up with your usual moisturiser. 

Nivea Pure & Natural Body Lotion*

It's for normal to dry skin, so it's great for layering (like with the Nivea In Shower Lotion) without leaving you sticky or it feeling heavy on your skin.

I love the new larger bottles that have a pump. It makes life easier than having to fiddle with a lid when your hands are greasy from a moisturiser!

This is probably my favourite moisturiser out of the Nivea range as it's light and has a gorgeous subtle plant based scent. 

Premium Spa Ultra Firming Body Balm* 

This contains certified organic jojoba oil, as well as shea butter and goji berry. The scent is slightly herbally, but in a subtle way. I also adore the Premium Spa Frangipani & Coconut SOS Moisture Balm for a sweeter scent. It's perfect for spring!! 

Garnier Intensive 7 Days Rich Repairing Lotion 

I think the claims of "hydration felt up to 7 days" is nonsense, but it's really moisturising and absorbs fast into your skin. It has a subtle smell that's more on the plant based side. 

I've been really impressed with this and it's the second bottle that I've bought. 

Natio Spa Coconut and Shea Body Butter* 

This moisturiser isn't thick and glugy like other body butters. It has a really smooth consistency.

There is also a Natio Spa Ultra Hydrating Body Lotion for those that prefer something a bit lighter. It has a pump, so it's great for those that don't like dealing with lids on tubs! Both the body lotion and the body butter contain certified organic coconut, shea butter and jojoba oil. 

Both of these are under $20, so it's an affordable option that feels luxurious. 

Another 2 products that I wanted to mention (but have used up and don't have images of) is the Dirty Works Coconut Body Butter. It has a light coconut fragrance. It feels heavier and thicker than the Natio Spa body butter, but still moisturises into the skin quickly and easily.   

The Boots Optiva Comforting Body Balm is another great body lotion. It sinks into the skin easily and quickly and is perfect all year round. It has great packaging and Amcal pharmacies often has this on sale!

What's your favourite body product to use when your skin is looking a bit scaly?
Amy, XO

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Sunday, 31 August 2014

These Are A Few Of My Favourite Things: August Favourites

In August, I mostly stuck to my old favourites and holy grails, with a few new products added into the mix. 


Nude By Nature Mineral Brush

I've ditched the foundation recently and have been loving using my Nude By Nature Mineral Foundation (which I blogged about here). 

Previously I've used whatever brush I had clean to apply the foundation powder, but this month I've been obsessed with the matching NBN brush. 

It's a brush that deserves a lot of praise. It's the perfect size (not too big or not too small), has a handle which makes application a breeze and it comes in at a little itty bitty price (only $14.95). I'm tempted to buy another one (or three) of these!

Rae Morris Ultimate Cheek-bone Brush

The other brush that I've been obsessed with is my Rae Morris cheek brush. It's unlike most cheek brushes, due to it's unusual shape. I've been using this to apply my blush. 

I like that I can apply blush with the brush, as well as use it to really buff it in with a simple turn of my wrist. This can also be used as a highlighter, bronzer or contour brush.

Make Up

Arbonne Sheer Finish Tinted Moisturiser*

This is an amazing tinted moisturiser that I've been using in 2 different ways. I like to use it as a replacement primer and use it underneath my mineral make up. Otherwise it's a great light coverage base to use under a setting powder. 

It's a bit pricey ($51), but I only need a small amount so it will last for months and months and months.  

Benefit Gimme Brow in "Light"*

This has been raved about in the beauty community and for good reason.... it's brilliant!

It's perfect for anyone that has no idea how to do their brows. It gives enough pigment to give the illusion of thicker, fuller, more defined brows in a matter of seconds. It's fool-proof. 

It also has a gorgeous scent!

ModelCo Blush Cheek Powder in "Peach Bellini"

As you can tell from the above picture, this is a much used and much loved blush. It gives a gorgeous radiant glow and is perfect for perking up a pale complexion.

It's highly pigmented, so a little bit goes a long way. 

ELES Mineral Blush in "Coral Sun"*

Of course it's not a favourites without mention of this.

The ModelCo blush reminds me of this, except for the fact that this is much more finely milled and gives more of a radiant glow.

I've had this for over a year now and still love it. Even though I use this multiple times a week, I've barely made a dent in it!

If I was only able to wear one blush for the rest of my life... it would be this one!!!

I've previously reviewed this here


Nivea Pure & Natural Milk & Honey Lip Balm*

I mentioned this in my lip post earlier this week (here) and again it's featured in my favourites!

It's a great, basic lip balm that helps to moisturise your lips. I like that it isn't glossy or thick. It's also inexpensive ($4.49). 

Antipodes Vanilla Pod Hydrating Day Cream

I adore Antipodes products and this one didn't disappoint. It's a lightweight moisturiser that works well underneath my sunscreen.

It has a gorgeous scent, that isn't too overpowering. I've bought the full size version for when I finish this 10ml trial size. 

Antipodes Avocado Pear Nourishing Night Cream

This Antipodes night cream is a beautiful moisturiser that isn't too heavy or oily. If you have oily skin, you could use this as a day cream and it still feel comfortable underneath make up.

I'm planning on picking up the full size of this next time Priceline has their 40% off skincare sale as this is slightly on the pricey side at $49 for 60ml. Luckily a little bit goes a long way, so it will last you for months (the same with the day cream).

Clinique City Block Sheer Oil-free Daily Face Protector SPF25

This one was an impulse buy a few months ago when Clinique had one of their amazing GWP deals. I knew I wanted to get their cleansing balm and picked this up on a whim, without knowing anything about it or reading any reviews.

I've been really happy with this. It's an oil free sunscreen and doesn't feel or look greasy on my skin. It works well underneath my make up too. 

Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm

This was recommended to me by a reader (Thank you!!!) and I've fallen in love with it. It has a beautiful consistency and works quickly and easily to remove my make up.

Even if you don't wear make up often, this is a great cleanser to remove sunscreen. 


bHave Rescue Intense Repair Shampoo & Conditioner*

Lately my hair has been very dry and damaged and this duo have brought it back to life. They're my holy grail, can't live without shampoo and conditioner.

While I'll always try new hair products, I'll ALWAYS go back to these as I get amazing results. When I use these, I don't have to do as much to my hair when it comes to styling. I can airdry my hair, apply some hair oil and I'm left with soft, frizz free hair. 

Kevin.Murphy Young.Again Immortelle Infused Treatment Oil*

This is a new product that I've been using and it's love. It has a beautiful texture. It feels heavy when I have it on my fingers, but sinks into my hair and feels light and silky once I've applied it. It sounds unusual but it works like magic. 

I also love the packaging. It looks glamorous but is surprisingly in a plastic bottle, so it's great for travelling or for those that are clumsy and are prone to break glass bottles (which is me!). 


Beyonce Heat Wild Orchid Eau de Parfum*

I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of celebrity scents. A lot have a cheap smell (in terms of quality ingredients) and are overly sweet.

This Beyonce perfume is nothing like that. I haven't smelt any of her other perfumes, so I can't compare them but this one is light and refreshing. It's a feminine mix of floral and fruit scents, with a base of amber and musk.

When I first spray it, it's floral but after an hour the musk scent appears more obvious. I find that the scent lasts for 5-6 hours. I now want to go and try her other perfumes. 

MooGoo Fresh Cream Deodorant

This is a strange one to add, but I've really been impressed with this MooGoo deodorant. It's aluminum free and is a safer option for those not wanting to use chemical deodorants.

It has a slight smell, but it never interacts with the Beyonce perfume I've been wearing. 

I had heard that natural deodorants aren't as effective as chemical ones, but I've found this lasts all day and is just as effective as any other deodorant that I've previously used. I actually wish that I had converted to natural deodorants earlier!!

And those were my August favourites!

Is there anything that you've been obsessed with lately?

Amy, XO

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Thursday, 28 August 2014

Back To Basics: My Favourite Tinted Moisturisers, BB & CC Creams

Over the last 2 months, I've scaled my make up back a lot. Instead of the usual primer, foundation, concealer, powder routine, I've fallen in love with my tinted moisturisers, mineral make up, BB and CC creams. 

I like that they help to even out my skintone but is light and feels refreshing. It's also super easy, and quick, to use and is just the amount of coverage that I need.

One of my favourites has to be the Arbonne Sheer Finish Tinted Moisturizer SPF 15* in "Fair." It's lightweight, yet moisturising. It really lives up to its name of being sheer. It has light coverage and blends into the skin really easily. 

It's pricey at $51, but I only need a small amount so it will last a lifetime.

I love using this either by itself or underneath a powder. I've either been using this underneath the Arbonne Sheer Pressed Powder* in "Light" or underneath my Nude By Nature Natural Mineral Cover in "Light."

The Nude By Nature mineral foundation is from a limited edition pack I bought here. It's not full size, so it's a great way of trying a few products at a great price. 

I've also been going back to my Innoxa Skin Perfecting 5 in 1 BB Cream Foundation. This is more like a CC cream as it has skincare qualities. It's quite similar to the Arbonne tinted moisturiser, where it gives light coverage. I also love using this under mineral foundation or I set it with a matte powder to stop shine. 

I've previously reviewed this here.

While BB creams can be hit and miss, I have 2 favourite CC creams. One of them is the Mary Kay CC Cream Sunscreen SPF 15.* It has 8 benefits and is suitable for all skintones. It helps to brighten my skin, while also minimising redness. While I always wear sunscreen, it's nice to have that extra bit of sun protection. 

I love the packaging of this. It's sleek and has a pump!! There are 4 shades available. It's one of the very few CC creams that I've seen come in darker shades. 

I like to set this with a powder and then follow it up with 2-3 sprays of either the Mary Kay Make Up Finishing Spray By Skindinavia* or the NYX Make Up Setting Spray in Matte Finish depending on if I need moisture or a mattifying effect.

And lastly, I've been obsessed with the Max Factor CC Cream* since October last year and it's still on high rotation nearly a year later. This is my second tube and it's one of the best "drugstore" options for someone looking for light coverage. 

It gives me a gorgeous glow while also giving more evenness to my skintone. I like to set it with powder to stop afternoon shine. 

I love the packaging. It's perfect for travelling as it has a screw top to keep it safe from spilling in a makeup bag.

I've previously reviewed it here

I've also heard great things about the CC creams from Clinique, Bourjois, ELES and Klara Cosmetics, but haven't used them. 

What's your favourite tinted moisturiser, BB or CC cream?
Amy, XO

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Lush Lips: My Favourite Lip Balms and Lip Scrubs

Over winter my lips have become very VERY dry. So dry infact, that I haven't been able to wear lipstick! 

Because I adore bright lipsticks, I've been working overtime to get my lips hydrated, soft and smooth.

Here are my favourite products that have gotten rid of my dry skin...

Nude By Nature Lemon Sugar Lip Scrub (limited edition online only)

I bought this back in June when Nude By Nature had a 40% off online sale (you can see my haul here). 

It's quite a small tub, but you only need a small amount. It's a sugar scrub that taste sweet, but has a gorgeous lemon scent. The sugar gives you enough roughness to get rid of dead skin, but it doesn't have enough grit to hurt or damage your lips. 

Lush Popcorn Lip Scrub*

This is a lip scrub that has more grit than the NBN one. It isn't in a gel like the NBN one is, so I use this more for when my lips are very dry. If my lips are feeling sensitive, then I'd use the NBN lip scrub.

While it's easy to make your own scrub, it's just so much more convenient to have one already made up and in its own little container.

I like to use both this lip scrub and the NBN one, followed by a warm cloth to get rid of any remaining sugar.

Lush have 2 other lip scrubs for those that prefer something sweet or minty.

Mecca Cosmetica Lip De-Luscious Overnight Lip Conditioner

This lip balm is my holy grail lip balm. It repairs even the driest lips. It has a hefty price tag at $32, but is worth every cent. It contains shea butter and vitamin E. It has a slightly oily feel, but isn't uncomfortable. It just makes your lips feel hydrated. 

Even though this is targeted as a night balm, I still use this in the morning. There's a day version that contains SPF 25. I haven't used it, but it's on my wishlist. Because this is in a glass tub, I just keep this at home. 

Nuxe Reve de Miel Lip Balm

I bought this one after seeing so many bloggers rave about it. And after using it, I raved about it too.

It has a slight grainy feel to it, when you apply it on your lips. 

While it does moisturise your lips, I would prefer to spend the extra $12 and get the Mecca lip balm as it hydrates my lips much faster and repairs them quicker. 

Like the Mecca lip balm, it's in a glass tub. I keep this strictly at home. 

Yes To Carrots Lip Butter

This lip balm is just a very simple, but hardworking lip balm. This is my handbag lip balm that's perfect for touch ups throughout the day. 

This was in my Priceline skincare goodie bag. It's actually something I wouldn't have picked up, but now love! 

Nivea Pure & Natural Milk & Honey Lip Balm*

This is another simple and plain lip balm that hydrates your lips. I love that it's gentle and doesn't have any obvious fragrance. I keep this in my skincare bag in my bathroom and apply this in the morning and/or night to give my lips a dose of moisture.

Nivea Fruity Shine in Pink Guava and Strawberry

After receiving the above Nivea lip balm, I then started to buy more from their range. I ended up buying quite a few as Priceline and Coles have both had them on special over the last 2 months. They're already inexpensive, but at 2 for $6 or even half price, they're an absolute bargain. 

My 3 year old daughter is obsessed with the Fruity Shine lip balms, especially the Peach one (which is also my favourite) and stole it off me! She calls them "lips" and I need to hide them from her. 

These gives you moisture, with a slight tint and a lot of shine. They also smell incredible. 

Nude By Nature Mineral Lip Gloss in "Sultry"

I also bought this in my 40% off Nude By Nature order. I loved the original versions of these and the next generation is just as lovely.

These give you a huge amount of moisture and shine. If my lips are feeling particularly dry, I'll apply the Nivea Milk & Honey Lip Balm and then use this afterwards.

So those are my (not so) secret weapons when it comes to dealing with dry lips.

What do you reach for when your lips are drier than the Sahara?
Amy, XO

PS Don't forget to drink lots of water!! Dry lips can happen when you're dehydrated. 

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Monday, 25 August 2014

First Impressions: Mary Kay Cream Eye Colors (Cream Eyeshadow) Review

Mary Kay recently released their new cream eyeshadows. There are currently 4 colours available. 

Meadow Grass* is a gorgeous moss colour
Violet Storm* is a not too bright or dark purple/violet
Glacier Gray* is a beautiful grey that has a slight purple undertone
Coastal Blue* is an incredible bright blue

It's a long wearing formula that's supposed to last for 10 hours, dry quickly and doesn't transfer.

Like all cream eyeshadows, they work well alone or as a base to brighten powdered eyeshadows. 

Before using them, I first photographed and swatched them. They felt soft and creamy when I was swatching it onto my arm. 

Here are the 4 colours swatched once, lightly on my hand. There's enough pigment to give a light wash of colour, without being too bright. 

And then I built up the colour with another 2 layers. It really makes the colours pop and gives them more dimension. 

Finally I then tried them underneath powder eyeshadows. I used colours that were similar to the base colour. 

I used different finishes and different brands to see how effective the cream eyeshadow would be with different pigments and quality. I used eyeshadows from Maybelline, ELES, Essence and Mac Factor. 

I've been trialling the cream eyeshadows over the last 2 days and wanted to do a first impressions review.

On Saturday, I used Glacier Grey as an all over lid colour, followed by Violet Storm along my crease. To stop the colours getting muddled, I let the base colour dry then used the crease colour. I applied both colours with the Mary Kay Cream Eye Color/Concealer Brush* and wiped the brush on a tissue after using the first colour to make sure I didn't dip one colour into the other. 

In the afternoon, I did notice a small amount of creasing. I just went over my crease with the brush and it disappeared. I normally do get creasing (with cream products) but didn't use an eye primer so I could see how effective it was on oily eyelids. 

On Sunday, I used the Glacier Grey again as a base colour, followed by a powder eyeshadow. The cream eyeshadow sets really quickly (within 2 minutes) and I used a Real Techniques eyeshadow brush to apply my Trish McEvoy light brown eyeshadow, from the Beauty Emergency Card palette. 

Using this technique I had no creasing. With the cream shadow underneath, it made the Trish McEvoy powdered shadow go from a satin finish to a gorgeous metallic sheen. I love the effect as it makes the eyeshadow look more multidimensional.  

The cream brush is fantastic. It's easy to use and isn't too large, so it's great for those (like me) that have smaller eyelids. Because it's made for cream shadows, you can also use it as a lip brush as well as a concealer brush.  

These are fragrance free and are perfect for anyone with sensitive skin.  

They retail for $24 each for 4.3 grams. While they aren't expensive, they're pricier than the Maybelline Colour Tattoos or the Face Of Australia Budge Proof Cream Eyeshadow.  

I've really been impressed with these over the last 2 days. I'd love to see more colours in the range. A brown, grey, white, pink and orange would be fantastic additions to the line. 

Mary Kay also sell individual Mineral Eye Colors (eyeshadows) in a variety of colours. I haven't tried them but from looking at the website, they look amazing!! There's so many different colours that would work well with the Cream Eye Colors.

If you live in Australia or NZ, you can purchase MK here

Do you use cream eyeshadows? Do you prefer to apply them using a brush or your fingers?
Amy, XO
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