Product Review: Paula’s Choice Daily Mineral Complex

Paula’s Choice saves the day, yet again. Summer is right around the corner, and although we should be using facial sunscreen all year round I know many of us only reach for it when the sun is out in full force. If you’re on the hunt for something new in the sunscreen department, this one is definitely is worth checking out. I have oily skin (even more so in the summer), and somehow this manages to mattify my skin. Which is the exact opposite of nearly all the sunscreens I’ve used in the past. It sits under my makeup well, and acts a lot like a primer for me which is really pretty great. It also works well with my sensitive skin, and can be applied around the eye area with no irritation. It soaks into the skin quite quickly, I tend to apply it before putting on body moisturiser and by the time I’m finished with that it’s completely worked it’s way into my face. I’ve tried quite a few facial sunscreens over the years, but this is by far my favourite. The Paula’s Choice Daily Mineral Complex retails for $31 AUD (for 60ml) and is available for purchase online.

Thoughts of the week…

01) I’ve really enjoyed my first week of holidays. One highlight was a mid-week lunch with a couple of my girlfriends at Hermosa Cantina. I’d been dying to check this place out since I first heard it had opened up near my sister’s house, and thankfully it did not disappoint. If you’re a Perth local and looking for a breezy Spanish-inspired lunch, check it out.
02) I’m all signed up and ready to get stuck into my course next week. There was a bit more paperwork than I’d anticipated, but it ended up working out because I literally had zero time to dedicate to study this week. Here’s hoping next week will slow down a little bit and I’ll be able to focus on getting started.
03) For all of my fellow colouring in lovers/Doctor Who fans there is a Doctor Who colouring book coming!
04) Tess shared this video during the week, and I found it extremely helpful. If you’ve ever struggled with wearing sunscreen under makeup, this is well worth a watch. Following Sam’s method has made a big difference for me.
05) Ummm, the X Files Official Trailer has dropped.
06) Apparently there will be a Game of Thrones movie?
07) We saw The Martian last night, and it was so good. I’ve read the book and loved it, Sebastian hadn’t read the book and he loved it too. So don’t be afraid to see it without having read the book first.
08) I’ve been searching for ideas of how to hack a piece of IKEA furniture into a decent looking side table, and in doing so stumbled across countless sites showing you how to hack furniture to suit your cat’s needs. Brilliant.
09) I’ve been listening to a lot of Kings of Leon this week, and this song in particular. They give me such summer vibes, I love them.
10) It’s the AFL grand final this weekend, and I’ve explained enough of the game to Sebastian that he’s willing to watch it. It’s nice having a WA team in the final, I have someone to cheer for! Go the Eagles!

October Goals

Well, it’s October. Normally around this time of year I’d be thinking about starting to organize the work Christmas function… but not this year! I’m on holidays, and now that is for someone else to deal with. Hallelujah! It’s a bit of a difficult time for me and my family at the moment, so my motivation levels have been a bit low, but that’s life I guess. Here’s how I went with my goals for last month, along with the list of goals I’m hoping to achieve this month.

September Goals
* Enrol in my diploma of healthcare documentation course (I did it! I’m still waiting for everything to go through, and I have some paperwork to complete, but I should be well on my way to getting started next month)
* Maintain a strict budget, and track all spending (I have been keeping track of my finances on an almost daily basis, and it’s made a huge difference with how much control I feel I have over my money)
* Set my desk up for studying during my three month break
* Focus on skincare, and taking extra care of my skin (I’ve been making more of an effort to take care of my skin, and it’s showing. Which is a good thing, because my skin has been behaving pretty badly lately)
* Write a to-do list for my upcoming time off work (I decided to write daily to-do lists, but I do have a list of projects that I want to get done around the house, so I can turn to that when I’m looking for things to add into my daily routine)
* Make an appointment with the bank to talk about refinancing my mortgage
* Go shopping for “school supplies” for my course

October Goals
* Make an appointment with the bank to talk about refinancing my mortgage
* Go shopping for “school supplies” for my course
* Go on a girls trip down south
* Weed the entire garden (this has become a bit of a nightmare)
* Start painting the house
* Host an afternoon tea & utilise the new outdoor setting

Current Skin Care Routine

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but at the turn of every season my skin goes haywire. I don’t really know why it happens, but it does it every single year without fail and it’s incredibly frustrating. When my skin starts to get “fussy”, I turn to my tried and true favourites to help tide me over until everything starts to settle down. This has helped a lot with managing my skin issues, and I’m very grateful that I’ve found products that work. Here is a little rundown of my current skin care routine.

Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes – Yes, these little bad boys again. I use these every night to remove my makeup before cleansing my skin. I’m also naughty and sometimes use these in place of all other skin care on nights that I really can’t be bothered.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – My ultimate face cleanser. This feels extremely gentle on my skin (great for my sensitivity issues), helps keep any sneaky breakouts at bay, is not at all drying, and is fragrance free (my preferred style of cleanser). You’re probably sick of hearing me rave about this, so I’ll leave it at that.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant – My skin really struggles when I don’t exfoliate it regularly. It’s a real refresher for me, and this is my all-time favourite exfoliant. I keep it in the shower, and use it in the mornings every couple of days. My skin is instantly brighter.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner – I think toner is the hardest thing to measure as far as performance goes, but this is my ‘holy grail’ for the following reasons. It feels light and refreshing on my skin, my skin tingles after use but never goes red or looks irritated, and it’s Paula’s Choice so immediately it’s in my list of favourites. Sounds fair, right?

Dermalogica Active Moist – This is a recent re-discovery for me. I used this as a daily moisturiser for maybe two years in a row prior to my Paula’s Choice obsession, and my love for it is clearly back in full-force. This feels like the perfect blend of hydrating and lightweight for me, which is great for my combination/oily skin. It also has a very faint lemony kind of scent that reminds me of summertime.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex – This is a new product for me, so I don’t feel like I know it well enough to give it a recommendation. However, I do know that wearing facial sunscreen daily is a huge step in my routine that I’ve been skipping way too much over the past few years. I’m excited to try this one out, as it’s from my favourite skin care brand, and the Paula’s Choice range that I like best.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid – Guys, if you’re not using BHAs in your skincare routine, the time is now. This is probably my number one product for (nearly) instant results. I use this once or twice a week in the evening, and it really shows on my skin the following day. I imagine that using it regularly over time will only do wonderful things for my skin.

Kosmea Rosehip Oil – I’ve tried a lot of rosehip oils over the years, and I always come back to this one. Like with the 2% BHA Liquid, this is a product that gives results the very next day. My skin looks plumper and feels softer. Rosehip oil is a bit of an acquired taste, but if you can move past the smell, it’s definitely something worth introducing into your routine. I use 2-3 drops of this as a serum and in place of my moisturiser every few nights. Some people can use this during the daytime, but my skin is far too oily for that.

Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask – I was so pleasantly surprised with this product, it became an immediate favourite for me. Clay masks have always seemed a bit harsh to me, but this is so incredibly gentle on the skin. If you’re looking for a face mask that will help to clear your skin, but not leave it feeling stripped and ‘tight’, definitely check this one out. It’s on the pricey side, but I think it’s worth it.

Skinstitut Hydrating Mask – This is another new product in my routine, but one that I already really love using. I only really use a face mask maybe once a week (if that), and if my skin is in need of a moisture boost this is the one I reach for. Great for sensitive skin.

* If you’re interested in picking something up from Paula’s Choice, using this link will give you $15 off of your first order. Happy shopping!

September Empties

Now that my Project 50 Pan is finished up for the year, I can go back to focusing on good ol’ fashioned empties posts. Here’s are the products I managed to finish up in the month of September –

Dermalogica Active Moist – I accidentally dropped the lid to this into the toilet, so that was the end of that. Luckily I didn’t have too much left in the tube, so I was able to use it up before the product inside went a bit funny. This is an old favourite of mine, and in my opinion one of the best moisturisers on the market.

Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory – Seems like I’ve gone through one of these bottles every month or so lately, which could be because my skin has been a bit problematic. Thankfully now that I’m on holidays I can let my skin breathe a bit, and will be going makeup free as often as possible. This will not only help my skin, it’ll help my budget – the cost of ordering (and shipping) this foundation has crept up a lot thanks to the poor performing Australian dollar.

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub – I swear we finished this up by using it in the shower rather than eating it. It could have gone either way though, because this is one of the most delicious smelling body products I’ve ever used. It’s also a really great scrub (not too abrasive), so I definitely think I’ll be picking this up again at some stage.

Slatkin & Co Candle in Vanilla Bean Noel – I swear, I have literally had this candle sitting in my cupboard for over 5 years and never got around to completely finishing it up until last week. Madness. Anyway, this is one of my last remaining Slatkin & Co candles, which is fine because I feel like I have grown out of this really rich smelling style of candle. It’s also fine because these are extremely expensive to ship to Australia.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Face Cleanser – By now you should all know that I am obsessed with this cleanser, I don’t use anything else on my face. Especially at the moment with my skin going a bit crazy with the turn of season (as it is prone to do). This product is a real lifesaver for me!

Products I’m (Currently) Using

It’s been a long while since I posted a list of all of the beauty products in my current rotation. As I’m making more of an effort to use things up at the moment, I am focusing my energy on using one product at a time. This means I have a pretty set-in-stone list of beauty products that I’m using at the moment. And here it is…

Cleanser: Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser
Toner/lotion: Paula’s Choice Hydralight Toner
Moisturiser: Dermalogica Active Moist
Facial Mask: Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Mask + Skinstitut Hydrating Mask
Exfoliator: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Make-up remover: Bioderma / Nivea Fragrance-Free Facial Cleansing Wipes
Treatment/Serum: Paula’s Choice 2% BHA Liquid + Kosmea Rosehip Oil

Shower gels/soaps: L’Occitane Almond Shower Oil
Body lotions/creams: Jergen’s Fragrance Free Body Moisturiser
Nails: OPI for Sephora “How Cute Is That?”
Body exfoliator: Haus of Gloi Milkmaid Sugar Scrub
Hand cream: L’Occitane Dry Skin Hand Cream
Lip balm or lip treatment: Smith’s Rosebud Salve
Perfume: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle + Chanel Allure

Shampoo: Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Shampoo / Lush BIG Shampoo
Conditioner: Sunsilk Addictive Brilliant Shine Conditioner / Terax Crema Conditioner
Deep Conditioner: Tresemme Platinum Strength Deep Conditioning Treatment
Mask or other treatments/products: Moroccanoil + O&M Queenie Hairspray

Foundation: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Powder: Laura Mercier Translucent Powder
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in Tipsy
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Mascara
Lipstick/lipgloss: Hourglass Lip Gloss in Nectar
Eyeshadow: MAC Paint Pot in Painterley
Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Hustle
Highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Thoughts of the week…

01) I love this picture so much. Two cuties being cute.
02) We finished Mad Men at the beginning of week, and it was a very sad affair. What will we do with our lives now? Who knows.
03) We’re trialling Netflix for a month or so, and I’m obsesed with it. The hype is real people, the hype is real. Believe it.
04) Egg Russian Roulette With Ryan Reynolds
05) Mindy Kaling’s new book is out and I can’t wait to read it!
06) Ryan Reynolds trying to build an IKEA crib
07) Slapjack with Ryan Reynolds
08) This was my favourite news story of the week.
09) I’ve decided to extend the reading period for the first LAATB Spring/Summer book club book (because life has been a bit hectic on my end), so you have time to join in if you’re not already “signed up” for it!
10) Guess who is officially on holidays? ME.

Spring/Summer To-Do List 2015/16

Last year I put together a wishlist of things I wanted to try and accomplish during the spring/summer months, and it was a really fun way of keeping track of all of the summery things I wanted to do. It was a bit of a mixed bunch of goals, but they were all things that made me feel like I’d be making the most of the warm weather. I decided to do the same again this year, and hopefully with me having a break from work I’ll be able to cross even more things off of my to-do list. Here’s hoping! I’ve carried across some of my goals from last year that I didn’t quite manage to cross off, here’s the full list for this year –

– Buy a BBQ and an outdoor setting for the back yard
– Set up the outdoor area in the back yard
– Catch up on my 50 Book Challenge
– Go for long drives on warm evenings
– Make iced tea to drink on the weekends
– Make musk (and possibly redskin or caramel) vodka
– Swim as much as possible
– Go for walks along the beach
– Have weekly lunch with my mother and grandmother
– Get a professional pedicure
– Re-Read ‘all in the blue unclouded weather’ by Robin Klein
– Go on a girls’ trip/weekend away
– Host a summer BBQ/dinner party
– Buy (and plant) some pretty pot plants for the back yard
– Buy fresh stone fruits from the local farmers’ market
– Have fresh cut flowers in the house every couple of weeks
– Buy a new maxi dress (and wear it to death with my favourite summer sandals)