May 2, 2013
As per usual, my skin kicked up a fuss at the recent turn of the season. To try and combat this (quite clearly inspired by Jen), I went on a little spree at Kit Cosmetics in the hope of shaking up my skin care routine. I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s necessary for me to use an oil-free moisturizer as part of my morning skin routine because honestly, the less oil I add to my already-greasy mug the better. I was surprised at how small this tube is. So surprised that I asked the sales assistant if it came in a bigger tube, much to her disdain. Sorry I have a gigantic face. This does pretty much exactly what you want from an oil-free moisturizer; lightly hydrates the skin without leaving a greasy residue. The smell isn’t my favourite – slightly herbal, but with a minty scent on top of that – but it fades pretty quickly so it’s not a deal breaker for me. I probably shouldn’t admit this, but the packaging of Origins products make me so happy. I love having them on display in my bathroom alongside the 5 billion strands of hair I shed every day. I like this moisturiser so much and have used it so often that I’ve nearly run out and have already ordered a replacement. The Origins Zero Oil Moisturizer retails for $39 AUD and can be purchased from Kit Cosmetics.
April 13, 2013
A little while ago I posted a mini haul of Kate Somerville products that I purchased after reading that Lauren Conrad was a fan of the brand. Out of everything that I bought, the oil-free moisturizer is by far my favourite out of the products I purchased. First of all, the packaging is super attractive and supremely functional. The jar is airtight (always a positive when it comes to skin care), so in order to dispense the product you press down on the inner lid to push the moisturizer up through an invisible hole in the top. I’m not doing a great job of describing it, but it’s very easy to use. Secondly the moisturizer itself is very gentle and didn’t irritate my sensitive skin in any way. The oil-free factor is of great benefit to oily-skinned gals like myself and I don’t know why it took me so long to realize that oil-free moisturizer is a necessity for my skin. The Kate Somerville Oi-Free Moisturiser retails for $75 AUD and is available for purchase from Mecca Cosmetica. Go ahead and buy it if you’re in a TREAT YO’SELF state of mind.
March 20, 2013
I use a lot of lip balm. I have one that I use before going to bed at night, one that I use before applying my makeup in the morning, one on my desk at work to use throughout the day and one floating around in my handbag somewhere for when I’m out and about. The Nivea Lip Butters fit nicely into all of these scenarios, although I do prefer to use the unscented version before applying my makeup in the morning. Both are thick and buttery soft and leave my lips feeling nicely moisturised. The unscented version is genuinely unscented (I have been fooled by this before), and the caramel cream smells AMAZING. Sweet but not in a sickening way. The only issue I have with these is the packaging. For the most part I love the little tins, they’re attractive and feel nice to the touch but they’re kind of hard to open because they’re so thin. Once you work out a technique for opening them (or perhaps you’re not all hamfisted oafs like me) they’re easy enough to work with. The Nivea Lip Butters retail for $5.19 AUD each (currently 25% off at Priceline by the way) and are available for purchase at pharmacies throughout Australia. (note: this product was sent for consideration for review)
February 28, 2013
Face wipes have two purposes: 1) Making things easier for me when I make a half-assed attempt at cleaning my face before crawling into bed on nights where I just can’t be bothered and 2) Making things easier for me when I make a half-assed attempt at cleaning my face when I’m on holiday. I love a dry wipe, and these ones by Nivea have just the right amount of moisture to suit my fussy face-wipe tastes. The Nivea fragrance free wipes are my holy grail wipes because they do a decent job of removing my makeup (although I am yet to find one that removes anything as well as my ol’ faithful – Cetaphil) and they cause no irritation or redness in my skin whatsoever. The Nivea Fragrance Free Facial Cleansing Wipes are currently available for purchase from Chemist Warehouse for $6.39 AUD.
February 7, 2013
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser was one of the first products that I ever considered a ‘holy grail’ item in my skin care routine. When I first started paying attention to what I was using on my skin I did some research on cleansers and the name Cetaphil kept popping up all over the place. A few of my friends were using Cetaphil at the time so I decided to buy myself a tub to try out and I’ve never looked back. I use this as a sort of pre-cleanser. I apply it to my face, massage it into my skin and then remove with a couple of cotton pads before my evening shower; where I rinse the excess product off of my face. I usually follow with my regular cleanser (which at the moment is the Kate Somerville gentle facial wash) just to make sure I get a really deep clean. This is a product that I always return to when my skin starts playing up because I know that it’s gentle and I know how well it works for me. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser retails for $15.99 AUD and can be purchased from pharmacies Australia wide.
January 29, 2013
Note to self: Things to add to list of stuff I’m not particular good at – Abstaining From Purchasing Deluxe Skin Care. I realize that I am on a Project 100 Pan at the moment but these products were just calling my name. We’ll blame this impulse purchase on Lauren Conrad.