Product Review: Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel

I have never been 100% keen on posting eye cream reviews as I am still on the fence about eye creams in general. Personally I have never seen any long term effects or benefits from the various eye creams that I have used over the years. Having said that, I will continue to use them for hydration benefits and also in the daft hope that one day when I am in my 50’s I will look back and be thankful that I did use them when I am wrinkle free and fabulous. The Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel was pitched as a saviour product to aid in the aftermath of the festive season, an eye gel to help combat tired and puffy eyes. (something that I suffer from on a daily basis, not just in the festive season!) This definitely sounded like a product I needed in my beauty regime. The Puffy Eyes Gel claims to tighten and firm the eye area instantly. And, in all honesty – it sort of does. You can pretty much feel the product working the instant you put it on your skin. The eye area tightens up and feels “refreshed”. Now this, for me, is where the problem has set in. I have been using this eye cream for a few weeks now, and I’ll be honest with you guys – I have a love/hate relationship with it. There is one aspect in particular about the product that I’m not sure if I like. Basically after application there is a cooling sensation that feels similar to cold air blowing on the skin surrounding my eyes. This quickly turns into a warming sensation followed by a slight tingling feeling in the skin. I am putting this all down to the product working it’s magic, but if it could do so with minimal sensation I would definitely prefer it. If you’re looking for a quick caffeine shot to the eye area, this is the product for you. Be warned though, you are only supposed to use a tiny amount of product – around the size of half a grain of rice per eye. The Beauté Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel retails for $75.55 AUD for 15mL and is available at selected stockists and online. For more information visit Beauté Pacifique online. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)

Summer Beauty Routine

I thought it might be a nice idea to post an updated beauty routine, considering it is midway through January and my summer beauty routine is now well and truly established. I’ve also added a few different items that were not listed in my original beauty routine post last year, so there are a few extra products listed this time around. Please feel free to take this format and re-post it on your blog, I love seeing what other people are using in their current routine! Without any further ado, here is my current beauty routine for summer:

Face
Cleanser: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser
Toner/Mist: KORA Balancing Rose Mist
Exfoliant: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Face Scrub
Moisturizer: Neutrogena Oil-Free Fresh Moisture Ultra Light Moisturiser
Facial mask: Dermalogica Skin Refining Mask
Makeup Remover: Lancome Non Oily Eye Makeup Remover
Night Treatment: Ultraceuticals Ultra A Hydration Booster
Eye Cream: Beaute Pacifique Puffy Eyes Gel
Spot Treatment: Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel

Body
Shower Gel: MOR Honey Nectar Shower Gel
Body Lotion/Cream: MOR Honey Nectar Body Lotion
Anticellulite/Firming Treatment: The Body Shop Cactus Brush (dry body brushing)
Body Exfoliant: OP Therapy Pineapple/Papaya Sea Salt Scrub
Hand Cream: Clarins Hand & Nail Treatment Cream
Lip Balm/Treatment: Flourish Ginger Peach Lip Balm
Perfume: Vera Wang Princess
Nail Polish: Essie Tart Deco

Hair
Shampoo: Sebastian Hydre Moisturizing Shampoo
Conditioner: Sebastian Hydre Moisturizing Conditioner
Clarifying Shampoo: Fekkai Apple Cider Clearing Rinse
Leave-In Treatment: Moroccanoil
Mask: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle
Heat Protection Spray: Toni & Guy Iron-It Heat Defence Spray
Volumising Product: Toni & Guy Boost-It Mousse
Shine Product: Fekkai Sheer Shine Mist
Hair Spray: Herbal Essences Tousle Me Softly Flexible Style Hairspray

Makeup
Primer: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm
Foundation: NARS Sheer Matte in Siberia
Tinted Moisturiser: Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturiser in Bare
Concealer: Benefit Erase Paste in Fair
Powder: The Body Shop Loose Powder in #01
Cream Blush: Stila Convertible Colour in Gerbera / MAC Blush Cream in Ladyblush
Powder Blush: MAC Blush in Springsheen / MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty
Liquid Highlighter: Benefit Girl Meets Pearl
Powder Highlighter: Becca Narcissus (within fallen angels palette)
Mascara: Lancome Hypnose Mascara in Noir Infini
Eyeliner: Lancome Le Crayon Khol in Noir
Cream Eyeshadow: Benefit Cream Shadow in Recess / Benefit Cream Shadow in Honey Bunny
Powder Eyeshadow: MAC Eyeshadow in Blanc Type / MAC Eyeshadow in Naked Lunch
Highlighter Shadow: Bobbi Brown Shimmer Wash Eyeshadow in Champagne
Lipgloss: Stila Lip Glaze in Grapefruit

Product Review: ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub

ASAP are an Australian made and owned skincare brand that offer products that are suitable for all skin types, including acne prone, environmentally damaged & pigmented skin and are simple, effective and affordable. Also, they do not test on animals. Sound good? I thought so too. I was sent the ASAP Clearskin Pack for review, which includes the Daily Facial Cleanser, the Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub and the Clearskin Gel. I wanted to share my thoughts on the exfoliating scrub first, as it’s my favourite product of the 3 I’ve been using. The daily exfoliating scrub claims to be gentle enough to use on skin daily, but if you have super sensitive skin I would probably avoid using it that frequently, as it did slightly irritate my skin on daily use. The exfoliating scrub contains AHAs but there are also little beads in the product that you can feel manually scrubbing away at your skin – which I personally quite like. It makes me feel like the product is really working. The smell of the scrub isn’t that pleasant, it’s a slightly chemical smell – but it’s not unbearable. Overall I liked the ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub because of how soft & smooth it made my skin feel, and the fact that I really am growing to appreciate the ASAP brand and their ethos. The Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub retails for $44 AUD for 240ml and you can search for a nearby stockist at the ASAP website. (note: I was sent this product for consideration for review.)

Spare a thought…

I had a different post prepared for tonight, but I can’t get the Queensland floods off of my mind and it didn’t seem right posting a frivolous little review of a beauty product when my country is experiencing a large scale natural disaster. Within Queensland, an area the size of France & Germany combined has flooded. Today the banks of the Brisbane river broke and the CBD flooded. Lives have been lost, mostly children. At the last count that I heard 72 people were still missing. The situation does not appear to be getting any better, and even once the waters recede the clean up will take a long time. Donations are needed so if you have the funds and the inclination, please donate to either the QLD flood relief appeal or the RSPCA QLD to assist with animal rescue & shelter. If donating money is not an option, please spare a thought for my fellow Aussies who are struggling in Queensland tonight.

Goal #98 Progress

Goal #98 of my 101 things to do in 1001 days is to learn to meditate properly. So when I found out that the natural therapy centre near my house was offering an 8 week meditation course I signed up right away. I had my first class tonight, and I already know that I am going to love it. I adored everything about the class, from the location (inside a day care centre, which may seem strange to some but I have nothing but good memories of day care centres so I was instantly at ease) to the group of people in the class with me. After the hour of meditation we sat in a group and discussed what we thought about the experience, what we liked and disliked and what we thought we needed to improve on. I definitely need to improve the depth of my breathing, and about half way through my mind wandered a little bit that might have been because I was hungry… Lesson learned and I am eager to see what week 2 will bring!