Skincare and Polished Makeup Routine

Here’s a current look at my skincare routine, forever changing or being tweaked, only for the best reasons of course hehe. For days I want to look put together and fresh, I decided to show you my simplistic makeup routine as a small bonus.

AM Skincare Routine

  1. Splash with lukewarm water
  2. Simple Skincare Micellar Water, only if I feel super greasy, then rinse face
  3. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM, 1 pump to damp face
  4. Sunscreen*

*I’m looking to purchase a new sunscreen (Skin Aqua UV Super Moisture Milk) that won’t irritate my facial dermatitis and rosacea but it’s currently out of stock online 🙂

Makeup – Polished Face Routine

*Asterisk denotes non-specific product. I rotate them weekly to get more use out of my collection as I have quite a few of these to use.

  • Concealer – Maybelline Fit Me and/or Tarte Shape Tape as eye shadow base, under eyes and any blemishes
  • Foundation – Bare Minerals Original Powder Foundation SPF 15 or Nars Luminous Weightless Liquid Foundation
  • Set – Rimmel Translucent Loose Powder, stamped on face
  • Bronze/Contour/Sculpt – Physician’s Formula ‘Butter Bronzer’ (matte) – contour face, dust in the crease as an eye shadow and buffed into the lower lash line
  • Eye Shadow – MAC, ‘Cork’ to deepen the crease
  • Eye Shadow -Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette (if I feel like something else)
  • LineMaybelline Hypersharp Wing Liquid
  • Mascara*
  • Lashes – only if I feel up to it
  • Highlight*
  • Blush*
  • Brows – Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette shadow in ‘Milk Chocolate’ & ‘Fudge’
  • Lips*
  • Set – Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
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Neutral eye, pops of pink highlighter and a bold lip make for a fresh, put together look. Highlighter by Makeup Revolution London in ‘Bloom’
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Another angle featuring xoBeauty Luxe Liquid Lipstick, ‘Ineffable’ (one lash seems to want to pop off) they’re also by xoBeauty ‘The Glamourista’ 

Now after the day is through, what’s next? Well my evening skincare routine of course!

PM Skincare Routine

  1. Simple Skincare, Micellar Water (almost out and soon to be replacing with (Bioderma Sensibio H2O Sensitive, pink cap). I then continue the rest in the shower
  2. Simple Skincare Water Boost, Micellar Gel Cleanser, 30 seconds of finger tip massaging, then rinse face
  3. CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM to damp face, straight out of the shower
  4. CeraVe in the tub Moisturising Lotion on body
  5. Spot treat blemishes with Tea Tree Oil

I can’t help but thinking of that recent meme that I can’t find or was it a tweet about influencers talking about their skincare routines. In no way do I think I am an influencer but it gave me a giggle. I hope you enjoyed this blog post.

Remember to love your health.

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Centre Stage: Niacinamide

Today’s ingredient we are exploring in, ‘Centre Stage’ is Niacinamide, also known as Vitamin B3. Taken by mouth, vitamin B3 it is said to alleviate acne vulgaris, help stop memory loss in Alzheimer’s disease, lessen the disconcerting symptoms of schizophrenia and even help ADHD.

Currently, there is not enough substantial evidence to determine its full effectiveness in the treatment of the above ailments. But there is another area it is more commonly used for which we will discuss today.

Skincare Benefits

Niacinamide is more commonly known for its use in skincare products. Proven effective in the treatment of eczema, it is also beneficial in maintaining overall skin tone, reduction of pore size, and reduction of wrinkles and fine lines.

The reasons why I choose to incorporate niacinamide in my skincare routine are; reducing my redness (rosacea), soothing my blemishes and dermatitis (seb derm) and creating an overall even skin tone.

Here are a few select products containing Niacinamide (Vitamin B3):

Top Recommendations

TO Niacinamide
The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%, AUD $9.90, available at Priceline and Priceline Pharmacies here
CeraVe PM
CeraVe Facial Moisturising Lotion PM, AUD $21.99, available at Chemist Warehouse here
Niacinamide Vitamin
Niacinamide vitamin B3 capsules, AUD $7.66, available on iHerb here
Simple Mask
Simple Skincare 5 minute hydrogel mask available at Priceline and Priceline Pharmacy’s here, AUD $5.00 and select Woolworths stores

So I’d love to know, do you use a product with niacinamide in your skincare or daily health routine?

I hope to purchase TO product above soon as I hear people rave about it! (such an affordable price too!) Let me know your niacinamide recommendations below.

Love your health.

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Featured photo provided by Amplitude Magazin on Unsplash

Centre Stage: Essential Oil – Tea Tree Oil

Native to New South Wales and Queensland in Australia, the Melaleuca Alternifolia known as tea tree oil, is an essential oil used by Aborigines for years. It has a wide variety of benefits and it’s my most favourite pimple fighting treatment.

It’s most recommended to dilute tea tree oil with water. Always follow instructions on the back of your product to find the perfect ratio.

Acne & Blemishes

I’ve used this for years to spot treat pimples and it works wonders in reducing inflammation.

I usually apply it directly from the bottle using an ear bud/cotton tip directly on the blemish. Overnight, it dramatically reduces the bump size and redness. *Caution, this can cause irritation*

Antibacterial

You can use tea tree oil as a disinfectant when cleaning. You could soak items in a bucket for a powerful punch, use in a spray bottle to clean areas of your home or by adding a few drops into your laundry cycle you can banish germs from your clothes and towels.

Add a few drops to your bucket, dilute one part water and tea tree oil into a spray bottle or into the softener dispenser in your washing machine to reap the benefits.

Wound Healing

Applied to cuts, scrapes, scratches or bug bites for its antiseptic qualities, it can alleviate itching and heal wounds faster by activating white blood cells into an immune response thus reducing inflammation at the site.

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Clarify Hair and Dandruff Treatment

I’ve bought many a shampoo infused with tea tree oil. Mostly for the cleansing as sometimes my hair gets limp from the same shampoo. This helps strip all the gunk off to reveal shiny, healthy hair. I do think it helps with an itchy scalp as I get bouts of seborrheic dermatitis on the nape of my neck.

Shampoo once or twice to revitalise the hair strands. Continue once or twice a week for maintenance.

Important: Allergy Patch Test

I use tea tree oil straight from the bottle but it’s so important to patch test as tea tree oil can be potentially irritating for you. Dilute with water and always follow instructions.

Tea Tree oil is widely available in a variety of shops and online for reasonable prices which makes it truly one of natures wonders.

Love your health.

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Featured Image Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

2019 Skincare Routine – New Product Reviews

Today I wanted to bring to you my new and improved skincare routine!

If you didn’t already know, I visited a Dermatologist not too long ago. Post is here if you’re interested. Together, we were able to formulate a better routine for my skin needs.

I’m happy to say that after close inspection of some of my skincare products, she did mention I could continue with most as they were good.

If you’re new here, welcome! Perhaps you’d like to understand how to better improve your skincare routine or add to it for improvement in some of your skin issues or maybe you’d like to even start a routine. I hope you find this useful. A good tip, always keep it simple 🙂

I have oily/combination skin with mild seborrheic dermatitis, eczema and rosacea.

Morning Routine

  • Micellar water, then rinse with lukewarm water
  • Moisturise to damp face
  • Apply topical cream/s
  • Sunscreen/makeup

Evening Routine

  • Micellar water to remove sunscreen/and or makeup
  • Hop into shower and rinse with lukewarm water
  • Cleanse
  • Moisturise to damp face once out of shower
  • Apply topical cream/s

In with the new…

Bioré Baking Soda Cleansing Micellar Water 300ml, $9.99

20190228223356_IMG_4942This fab product was a goodie I received in a giveaway win last year. Use to remove makeup, deep clean pores & refresh the skin. This is oil-free and non-comedogenic. This does contain a pleasant fragrance but, it can get a little much. Again not a huge fan in skincare with fragrance. It also claims “no need to rinse” but this is a marketing push. I encourage you to rinse your face no matter, especially as it contains fragrance.

Overall this agreed nicely with my skin with the addition of the ingredient Caprylic/Capric Glycerides which help smooth bumps (something I’m very familiar with!)

QV intensive Moisturising Cream 100g, $7.49

Prime Photo Editor20190228_114515A very rich moisturising cream by EGO Pharmaceuticals. This is fragrance and colour free and non-comedogenic. It can be used for various skin diseases such as dermatitis, eczema and psoriasis on the face and body.

This claims 24 hour moisturisation and a fast absorbing formula. I think it’s very intense and keeps your skin plump. I would encourage use day and night. This doesn’t work the best under makeup and is more suited as a nightly moisturiser.

DAISO Makeup Pads 160pc, $2.80

20190228223426_IMG_4943Purchased from the best little shop DAISO, these are so soft and effective at removing sunscreen and makeup. I use in conjunction with micellar water. So worth the money.

An Oldie

Simple Skincare 148ml, $9.99

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You can purchase these products at Priceline and Priceline Pharmacies and Chemist Warehouse in Australia and DAISO stores.

How’s your current skincare routine working for you? Is there room for improvement or is your skin happy with your current routine?

 

Shoot me a comment below, let’s discuss.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post 🙂

Remember to love your health.

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My Skin Journey Update #4 – My Date with a Dermatologist

Several years ago I never imagined I’d need to consider seeing a specialist for my skin. Growing up, I had the usual hormonal breakouts but now, I’m stumped…

This is going to be a fairly long read of my trials and tribulations, so grab a drink or a snack. You’ve been warned!Snack

If you’ve been following since about 5 months ago I created my, ‘My Skin Journey’ series. If you want to read all of them before this one, then they’re here here here and here.

The beginning

At the beginning of 2018, I decided to revamp my less than impressive skincare routine. I must sheepishly admit that my ‘routine’ consisted of washing my face with bar soap in the morning, moisturising before makeup, then a makeup wipe and/or micellar water to remove makeup in the evening and another hose down with soap.

I hardly used moisturiser in the evening, unless I noticed my face got itchy and I could visibly see dry patches which I’ve always been prone to. The only thing I’d never do is go to sleep with a face full of makeup, so I’m proud of that at least.

With the information I had found and the excitement of starting a new online business, I was certain that my new found skincare routine was going to turn my skin around 180° as it did for many others. Spoiler alert, it didn’t.

I had purchased fragrance free cleansers, moisturiser’s and sunscreens and omitted makeup from my daily routine all for the sake of letting my skin heal, release toxins and breathe.

Yes, my skin did improve slightly, yours will too with these changes. But mostly I noticed it stayed much the same and I must be dealing with something else I couldn’t control.

The battle

I became desperate in a bid to clear myself of flushed skin, dryness and this cluster of comedonal bumps all over my forehead, cheeks and chin.

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The more I tried, the more it worsened. I couldn’t get rid of this texture. I sifted through old pictures of myself and couldn’t see the same texture I had developed now. Or could I?

I was driving myself crazy.

Perhaps now looking back, my skin was used to the old bar soap and no actual routine method of ‘skincare’ approach. A case of too much too fast?

Initial GP visit

In September 2018, I visited my GP in the hope of a cure. I will briefly explain what happened in those few months.

  • I was first prescribed Doxycycline 50mg for 2 months
  • I was switched to a different BC pill, Yasmin
  • When none of that worked I was prescribed DUAC and sent home with a referral to a Dermatologist

We left off with my GP prescribing me a hefty $50.00 cream Duac, that contains Benzoyl Peroxide + Clindamycin. I used it for a few days.

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Benzoyl Peroxide can be a fabulous ingredient that helps with various skin conditions however it is super drying and irritating to the skin. I have used Benzac, a face wash available in Australia at Chemist Warehouse and Priceline stores. I can’t remember the effect it had on my skin except the peeling.

Clindamycin is another great topical ingredient I used many a year ago in high school on large pimples. It worked great for me.

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Result: My skin got even worse using this cream. I experienced red, dry and irritated skin accompanied by stinging skin when applying my moisturiser. I admit, I probably used this too often, too quickly. I discontinued use.

When to see a Dermatologist?

I attempted to remedy my skin issues for 9 months. Then with the help of my GP for about 3 months.

I wholeheartedly understand my skin issues aren’t major. There are plenty of others in a far worse condition than myself. If you do suffer with pain and/or unusual or severe symptoms then I urge you to see a medical professional ASAP.

Do not wait around trying to fix things yourself.

Here is a helpful site you can use to research Dermatologists in your area before speaking with your GP, The Australasian College of Dermatologists.

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Recent Pics as of February 2019

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3 month comparison

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I wore makeup, wore sunscreen and a hat, I washed my face with bar soap and cleanser, I moisturised a lot and I tried to not stare at my skin in the mirror too often. When my face got itchy, I used  a steroid cream Advantan which was initially prescribed to me in 2016.

All the fun stuff

Waiting

I waited a little under 3 months to get an appointment. This may vary between areas, states and countries. I’ve heard people waiting 6 months + to see a Derm.

Bring with you to the appointment

Your medicare card, referral, money and yourself.

Also, I thought it’d be handy to have a collection of pictures to show her of my skin in the past year. On a notepad, I jotted down a timeline of past skin problems I’d encountered in my life along with a family history on skin diseases etc. It’s easy to forget things in the moment, so this helped.

Cost

It’s not cheap, I paid $250 for my first consultation/visit and received a $73 medicare rebate. In total, $177. I had 3 months to save, which is a plus for the waiting period.

What happens when you get there?

I filled out a form with all my details and was told my referral was valid for 12 months.

How long does my appointment last with the Doc?

It’s important to remember that specialists specialise in an area of their chosen medical field. Unfortunately they don’t have hours to spend with you as there are many other patients waiting to see them as well, hence the long waiting times for a consultation.

My appointment lasted about 20-25 minutes. Others were seen in just 15 minutes.

My experience and some answers.

I was told I have good skin, no acne at present (however I did last year in the photos I showed previously). I also have mild Seborrehoeic Dermatitis, mild Eczema and mild Rosacea.

I feel peace of mind going forth with this information and I will be posting my routine soon enough when I have the time to let the routine settle including all the Derm’s scripts and recommendations.

Wish me luck as this journey continues to hydrated skin and I hope you didn’t find this lengthy read too boring!!

Have you ever seen a Derm for skin issues or consider seeing one? Let me know your experiences below. I’d love to discuss.

Remember to love your health.

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Review – Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen

As the heatwaves continue to melt most of Australia, let’s take a look at a facial sunscreen I’ve been using regularly.

Welcome to my first blog post of 2019! I hope you’ve enjoyed my Instagram Summer Filler content during the holidays. I have to say, I think I do a lot better creating those spontaneous posts than I do scheduled ones!

What better way to begin than with this. I’ve become obsessed with skincare in the recent year and now more so finding facial sunscreen’s that provide excellent protection that are aesthetically pleasing.

Two sunscreen’s I’ve been loving over Summer were actually ones I won in a giveaway last year. I used and reviewed the sample La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch SPF50+ Sunscreen For Oily Skin in my ‘Mini Instagram Review’ on IG stories.

I’m so grateful to have received them because I love them both equally. Let’s discuss the full size sunscreen next.

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Ingredients

Water, Ethanol, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Methacrylic Acid Lauryl/Methacrylic Acid Crosspolymer, Alkyl Benzoate (C12-15), Bis Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine, Hexyl Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Ethylhexyl Triazone, Dimethyl Silylate Silica, Dpg, Xylitol, Dextrin Palmitate, Acrylates/Alkyl (C10-30) Crosspolymer, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Polysilicone-9, Glyceryl Stearate, Amp, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Agar, Isoceteth-20, Alkyl (C30-45) Methicone, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Olefin (C30-45), Sodium Hydroxide, Bg, Pg, Sodium Hyaluronate, Royal Jelly Extract, Orange Fruit Extract, Grapefruit Extract, Lemon Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Edta-2, Bht

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Scent

This has a strong, alcohol scent. But it’s something that goes away once absorbed. Don’t be alarmed. Alcohol actually helps sunscreen filters perform well.

Why is it great?

  • Lightweight – Feels like nothing on the skin
  • No white cast – Casper be gone
  • Easy to apply – This is literally like smoothing water over your skin
  • Doesn’t make me look oily or greasy with hours wear – This is huge
  • Sweat resistant – Perfect to wear to the beach
  • Contains Hyaluronic acid – Great moisturising/hydrating formulation
  • Works well under makeup – Didn’t get any pilling

There’s a reason why this is a bestseller in Japan!

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Tidbits

  • Shake your bottle well, it’s important as the chemical filters need a chance to ‘come alive’ after settling in the bottle. Of course this also means even distribution of UV filters
  • Apply about a teaspoon to your face and neck, don’t forget your ears
  • It feels much like a gel moisturiser on your face, comfortable and cool
  • It dries down to a dewy finish, you’ll enjoy the moisturising feel of it
  • The secret to wrinkle free, youthful skin is never going to be in that expensive serum. Spending your money on a sunscreen that works as well as this one is my suggestion

So how do I get one?

The best way of getting your hands on this product is online, unless of course you have the pleasure to travel to a country that stocks it. Online is your best bet for the most part.

I will repurchase from this site in future.

Watch out! Browsing this site is dangerous, says the girl with multiple items sitting in the wish list section. Come on restock *crosses fingers*

Happy New Year!

I truly hope that 2019 brings you all that you dream of.

Remember to love your health.

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My Skin Journey – Update #3

Interested in finding out how I’m trying to reach clearer skin? Keep reading…

Hello returning readers to another update on my skin journey.

If you’re new here, then welcome! In order to understand what I’m talking about, you may wish to catch up on my previous blog posts on my skin journey. They are here, here and here.

If you’ve done that, then lets continue where I left off.

Finding a Happy Place

This is constantly being tweaked by myself and my Doctor however right now, it seems to keep my skin happy. By that I mean I’m not experiencing:

  • Sensitivity
  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Itchiness has decreased
  • Texture remains somewhat ‘controlled’

The Routine

  • I am not cleansing my face in the AM
  • PM, swipe face with Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (pink cap) to cleanse and remove sunscreen, makeup and impurities
  • Rinse face well with luke warm water using finger pads to gently exfoliate
  • Tissue dry face lightly and apply Hamilton Urederm Cream, 20% Urea
  • Apply Vaseline aka Petroleum Jelly over the top as an occlusive to seal it in and reduce moisture loss
  • Aloe Vera Gel straight from the leaf x 2 times a week for extra moisture
  • Face towel once a week to slough off any dead skin
  • Beauty sleep 😉

Actives

My skin is super sensitive so actives can make my skin go haywire pretty quickly if I’m not careful.

  • Apply Nizoral 2% Ketoconazole as a mask x 1 time a week
  • Swipe face with Nip + Fab Glycolic Fix Night Pads Extreme containing – 5% Glycolic, Salicylic and Lactic Acid x 2-3 times a week, alternating days in between

This reduces the possibility of malassezia growth and the AHA + BHA helps break down the bumps.

Doctor Update

After 3 months of trying to fix these skin problems, my GP has decided she would refer me to a Dermatologist for consideration. While I wait, she did prescribe Duac a gel cream containing Clindamycin and Benzoyl Peroxide to be applied once every evening.

Picture time, Picture time

Welcome back to my aqua spare room. The studio where I bring to you the best naturally lit photos. Hey, I almost blend into the background.

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My left
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What’s this? A pic of the right side of my face?
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I can’t tell you why I never included it in any of my updates, but you get to see it now
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Forehead texture (this was hard to photograph)

What the future will bring…?

I will have another update in a few weeks time to discuss any improvements with the use of Duac. Going into this, I feel uncertain as to whether it will help.

Could this be the cure? Will I need to see the Dermatologist after all?

Consider following my blog for further updates.

I hope you’re having a pleasant day/evening 🙂

Remember to love your health.

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