June 15, 2013
In an attempt to make the most of the products in my makeup collection, I’ve been putting aside specific items to use throughout the month. My goal is to gradually work through all of my products and if I realise that I’m not particularly keen on something, or if I find that it doesn’t suit me anymore, I’m getting rid of it. My day-to-day lip product for May was the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure. I’d completely forgotten that I owned this so it was a pleasant surprise to find it sitting in my lipstick drawer. This is an easily wearable pink shade but it’s not overly pigmented so it takes a few extra swipes to get it to an darker shade on my lips, depending on the look I’m going for. The wear time isn’t great, so if you’re after a long lasting finish I wouldn’t suggest this. For me it’s a great day-to-day lipstick to wear on occasions where I don’t want to have to make too much of a fuss (read: every single day). The Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Aventure retails for $50 and is available for purchase from your local Chanel makeup counter.
June 9, 2013
By now I’m sure we’ve all heard of the Clarisonic. It seems to be mentioned time and time again in interviews with models and celebrities talking about what skin care products they use. Yes, even Liv Tyler uses the Clarisonic. So what the hell does the Clarisonic brush do? “The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System works by using their patented sonic frequency technology to gently massage pores and removing impurities—leaving your skin six times cleaner than if you had washed it by hand!” I don’t know about you guys, but to me that sounds pretty promising. Before I started using this I put the call out on twitter to ask my fellow beauty lovers (aka the girls I can trust for honest beauty advice) how they use their Clarisonic. The responses were varied and I realised that it would take a trial-and-error approach to see how I could make this little machine work best for me. The winning formula for the Clarisonic Mia + my skin = use once every 2-3 days, apply whichever cleansing product I am using directly to my face (rather than the brush head), cut out all other exfoliating products from my skin care routine. I found that when I started using the Clarisonic I was overdoing it, and although my skin didn’t go through a “purge” period, which I’ve heard can happen (though not from any of the girls I asked on twitter); it did seem to get hypersensitive when I was using the brush too often and in conjunction with my regular exfoliation products. Now that I’ve figured out how best to use it, my skin is LOVING it, and my face feels cleaner and smoother than ever. The Clarisonic Mia is waterproof (great if you’re
lazy super busy like me and want to multi-task in the shower) and is rechargeable, so you don’t need to worry about having to replace the battery. You will however need to replace the brush head once every 3 months or so and there is a type for every skin condition (I use the sensitive option) which makes this product suitable for all skin types. The Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System is available for purchase for $139 AUD from Ry.com.au and comes with a 1 year manufacturers warranty (note: this product was sent for consideration for review).
June 3, 2013
If I had to pick only one shampoo to use for the rest of my life, it would be this. This is the shampoo that I go back to time and time again, the one that I’ve repurchased at least five times since first discovering it, and the one that never lets my hair down. It cleans my hair thoroughly without leaving it feeling stripped or dry, and it has a lovely fresh scent that lingers on the hair for quite a while after rinsing. I wash my hair every day and this is gentle enough shampoo to use that often and it always leaves my hair feeling soft and silky. If you’re worried about the price point trust me, I feel you; but a little bit of this product goes a long way so I wouldn’t be too concerned about getting your money’s worth. I use the number 1 version of this shampoo (for normal to slightly sensitised hair), and it is also available in number 2 for dry and sensitised hair. The Kerastase Bain Satin Shampoo retails for $39 and is available for purchase from StrawberryNet.
May 23, 2013
I have a love/hate relationship with cream eyeshadows. I’m currently in the LOVE phase, and wore MAC’s Bare Study on my eyes every day last month. This is a gorgeous neutral champagne shade that can be worn on its own or underneath other shadow to amplify the colour. I love wearing this underneath my everyday eyeshadow shade (MAC’s Orb) to give it a shimmery undertone. I find that when I wear this on it’s own it has a tendency to crease on my crepey eyelids but if I wear it underneath a powder shadow it lasts for the entire day without creasing or fading. I’ve had this product for quite a while, and although it’s shrunken a little bit in the pot but it’s still as creamy and opaque to apply as when I first opened it. MAC Bare Study Cream Eyeshadow retails for $35 AUD and is available for purchase from MAC online.
May 19, 2013
Earlier in the year I made the change from using a loose powder to touch up my makeup throughout the day to using a this Covergirl + Olay Pressed Powder instead. Pressed powder is clearly the superior option when you take into consideration ease of use and portability and I’m really not sure why it took me so long to figure this out. This particular powder works well, it isn’t chalky and it blends nicely into my skin without leaving a dusty residue. I often have a hard time colour matching face powder, but this shade works and my fellow pale faced girls shouldn’t be afraid to try it out. The only down side to this product is the fact that the powder seems to have a very fine element of shimmer to it and I really wish cosmetic brands would stop trying to make glitterface happen. I know that this is in place to help give a luminous effect to the skin, but it never seems to work that way for me. The Covergirl + Olay Pressed Powder retails for $16.95 AUD and is available for purchase from Priceline, Big W, Target, and selected pharmacies throughout Australia. (note: this product was sent for consideration for review)
May 10, 2013
Every time I use this perfume I get Brown Sugar by The Rolling Stones stuck in my head, which is absolutely fine by me. I’m terrible at describing scents so I’ll let Brooke from Firebird (previously Flourish) do the leg work: “The scent of brown sugar, mellow and sweet, joined by coconut, vanilla and sandalwood. Soft, gentle and comforting.” Firebird scents have this amazing way of smelling exactly the way they’re described. This perfume is no exception and smells exactly like brown sugar. It’s creepy and amazing and I love it. It lasts just as long as the other Firebird fragrances on the skin, but I do have to note that I can only use these perfumes on my wrists as they seem to irritate the skin on my neck. If you’re willing to work around this, I highly recommend all of the Firebird perfumes and if you’re looking for a new perfume for the season I suggest heading over to their store to check out what is on offer at the moment. The Firebird Brown Sugar Perfume Oil retails for $10.22 AUD and is available for purchase from the Firebird Etsy store.