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.

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!

FacialCo Skincare Haul

I’ve had a real hankering for face masks lately, so I decided to splurge and pick up a couple of new ones from FacialCo. I only really have two needs when it comes to a face mask: something that clarifies my skin, and something that hydrates it. I alternate between the two kinds, depending on what I feel my skin needs at any given time. I don’t tend to move outside my comfort zone when it comes to skin care (you know I love my Paula’s Choice and Dermalogica), but I’m willing to branch out when it comes to face masks. I picked up the Skinceuticals Clarifying Clay Masque, and the Skinstitut Hydrating Mask) I picked this one up because I remember seeing Anissa’s skin absolutely glowing after using products from this brand… hopefully this works just as well for me). I also picked up a new bottle of the Skindinavia Makeup Setting Spray, because mine is getting a little low.

Paula’s Choice Skincare Haul

I’m a huge fan of Paula’s Choice skincare products, and if you’ve been a reader of this blog for a while you’re probably sick of me constantly raving about their products. Honestly though, I think if you stumble across a good thing (especially when it comes to products that can almost guarantee you lovely looking skin), you should be shouting it from the heavens! Paula’s Choice offer a wonderful rewards system where a friend or family member can purchase products from the site using your referral link, and you’re credited $30. I recently checked my credit balance and I had enough in there to purchase a few products, so I picked up my old faithful Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser and also the Hydralight Shine-Free Daily Mineral Complex SPF 15 (because I’ve been wanting to try a new facial sunscreen). I’d also spent enough money to earn a few samples, so I picked up a few of the Skin Balancing Oil Absorbing Mask, which is one of my favourites. If you’re in the market for some new skincare and feel like checking out Paula’s Choice please feel free to use my referral code. Happy shopping (and happy skin)!

Product Review: Red Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask

I still remember the first beauty product I ever used, and it was a Red Earth moisturiser. My great grandmother and I used to go on shopping trips to Aherns (who else remembers Aherns?), and on one particular trip she was telling me about the benefits of caring for your skin (I’m lucky enough to come from a line of youthful looking women, so and any skin care tips they offer up I listen to). My great grandmother purchased me a Red Earth face moisturiser and told me to use it every single day, so I did. Red Earth is making a comeback in Australia, and with this personal connection to the brand I jumped at the chance to try some of their new products. The first product I picked up to try was the Deep Pore Cleansing Mask with Green Clay and Kakadu Plum. I love a good mud mask. There is something so satisfying about getting a really deep clean from a face mask, and having your skin feel like it has a new lease on life. This mask did not disappoint. On application it gives a pleasant tingling sensation (in Sebastian’s words: “It burns!” – men), and dries to a comfortably tight mask. My skin can be quite sensitive, especially when it comes to products that contain a lot of natural ingredients, but I had no issues with this. No irritation, and no redness after I removed the mask. Just clean and soft feeling skin. This is a really lovely product, and I’m excited to try out a few more things from Red Earth’s skincare range. The Red Earth Deep Pore Cleansing Mask retails for $35 AUD and is available for purchase from Red Earth online (please note: this product was provided for consideration for review).