Winter Beauty Routine

In a happier, simpler time when my fingers didn’t feel like they were going to snap off every time they hit the keys on the keyboard, I posted my Summer Beauty Routine. Now that it’s the dead of winter, and I am happily living in the safest time of year for a pale-face to exist, I figured I might as well post my updated routine. Also, I saw that Natalie over at The Mustard Jumper had posted her updated routine and I copied the idea. Okay? I’ll admit it. Now for the current routine:

Face
Cleanser: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
Toner/Mist: The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner
Exfoliant: Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant
Moisturizer: Dermalogica Sheer Tint Redness Relief
Facial mask: Astara Blue Flame Purification Mask
Makeup Remover: Face of Australia Gentle Makeup Remover
Night Treatment: Weleda Almond Soothing Facial Oil
Eye Cream: The Jojoba Company Guava & Cucumber Firming Eye Balm
Spot Treatment: Ole Henriksen Roll On Blemish Attack

Body
Shower Gel: The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream
Body Lotion/Cream: Flourish Almond Milk Body Lotion
Anticellulite/Firming Treatment: The Body Shop Cactus Brush (dry body brushing)
Body Exfoliant: Passport Tahiti Coconut Vanille Body Scrub
Hand Cream: Bloom Butterfingers Shea Butter Hand Cream
Lip Balm/Treatment: Aurora Spa Rituals Vanilla & Honey Lip Moisturiser
Perfume: Serge Lutens Un Bois Vanille
Nail Polish: OPI/Sephora Meet For Drinks

Hair
Shampoo: O&M Fine Intellect Shampoo
Conditioner: O&M Fine Intellect Conditioner
Clarifying Shampoo: Fekkai Apple Cider Clearing Rinse
Leave-In Treatment: Seven Wonders Moroccan Hair Oil
Mask: evo Mane Prescription
Heat Protection Spray: Toni & Guy Iron-It Heat Defence Spray
Volumising Product: Tigi Catwalk Your Highness Thickening Gel Cream
Shine Product: Fekkai Sheer Shine Mist

Makeup
Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Foundation: Givenchy Photo Perfexion Foundation in Perfect Ivory
Tinted Moisturiser/BB Cream: Biotherm White D-Tox BB Cream
Concealer: Benefit Erase Paste in Fair
Powder: The Body Shop Loose Powder in #01
Cream Blush: Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera / Becca Lip & Cheek Creme in Rosebud
Powder Blush: Estee Lauder Blush in Peach Nuance / MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty
Liquid Highlighter: Benefit High Beam
Powder Highlighter: Stila Powder Highlighter in Gold
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Infini
Eyeliner: Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Noir
Eye Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Powder Eyeshadow: Urban Decay in Virgin / Urban Decay in Sin
Lip Gloss: NYX Round Lipgloss in Strawberry
Lipstick: NARS Pure Matte Lipstick in Carthage

Product Review: The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream

Ahh, coconut. I love coconut. The scent, the juice, the oil… Everything. One time I even drank out of an actual raw coconut in Singapore. Good times. When it comes to coconut scents, in my opinion it can go either way. You can either end up with a product that has a lovely delicious natural coconut scent, or it can be an kind of synthetic faux-coconut scent. Unfortunately for The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream, I think in this case it leans towards the more chemical of fragrances. Having said that, as a shower gel it does the job. It contains community trade organic, pure cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, lathers well and leaves my skin feeling moisturised after use. If you’re not too fussy about your coconut scents and you’re in the market for a relatively cheap but good quality shower cream this could be the one for you. The Body Shop Coconut Shower Cream retails for $12.95 and can be purchased from The Body Shop online store.

Day Zero Project – Goal #64

One of my Day Zero Project Goals is to watch 10 documentaries. Unsurprising as it is, there are some pretty awesome documentaries on Youtube if you have the time and can be bothered to look. The first documentary that I watched (and am about to share with you) is a short 20 minute piece titled “Year of 4” which centres around Beyonce and the making of her latest album and the film clip for Run The World. If you already love Beyonce you will definitely enjoy this and if you don’t like her, well honestly I think you’re a little bit strange.

Product Review: Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum

Holy grail skin care product alert! There are around 5 products in my skin care regime that I continue to purchase once the bottle/tube/jar runs out and this is one of them. This is one of those magical products that I know I can whip out when I’m having a bad skin week and it will make a positive difference in the overall look and feel of my skin. The Ultraceuticals Even Skintone Serum helps reduce discolouration and pigmentation to promote a brighter and smoother complexion. It is recommended for all skin types, but I tend to only use it once or twice a week and find that I get the best results when I don’t use it every day. You only need a few drops for each use, so although it has a somewhat hefty price tag I still think it’s pretty good value for money. It’s important to remember when you start using products that contain AHA & BHA to start slow (as in once or twice a week at most) to let your skin adjust to the product. (it’s also to bump up your daytime SPF factor if you use a lot of products containing AHA in your skin care regime) The Ultraceuticals Even Skintone serum retails for $85 AUD and can be purchased online from the Ultraceuticals website.