Relaxing Night Time Routine

So it may be the end of a long week and you’re looking for a little me time?

Here’s my rendition of a relaxing evening routine that will have you ready for the land of relaxation and slumber.

Unwind

  • Pour yourself a mug or glass of your favourite drink and head on over to the ‘spa’ *ahem* your bathroom
  • Remove all your jewellery and accessories and put your hair up into a bun so it’s out of the way. I love using a fuzzy hair turban too 🙂
  • Fill up your bath tub and add your favourite bath bomb, bath salts or bubble bath product and as you wait,
  • Complete your skincare routine to remove sunscreen/and or makeup
  • Apply a sheet mask or any mask of your choice to your face, you could even use this as an opportunity to use some nose strips (the pain of ripping it off after kind of puts me off adding this to a relaxing night time routine, but the option is there)
  • Take a long soak in the bath
  • Take advantage of the bath water and use an exfoliating mitt/glove or body scrub to get rid of all your dead skin cells, something I neglect to do when taking a quick shower!
  • Moisturise your body with your fav body lotion and don’t forget to apply serums, lotions and moisturisers to your face as well
  • Get into your PJ’s
  • Make yourself a warm drink such as decaf coffee, hot tea or a hot chocolate
  • Eat an indulgent snack
  • Moisturise your hands and apply your favourite lip balm/mask to hydrate your lips
  • I like to read a magazine or book, sometimes watch IG stories and I do catch up with some of my YouTube subscriptions. All of the latter make me somewhat tired although I know the screens aren’t the best *cringes*
  • Write down your to do list for the next day or week
  • Reflect on goals, past achievements buy writing them down in a journal or you could put a little mediation music on and visualise

Do you have a relaxing technique you’d like to share? Or maybe you could use a few of these for your next at home spa session. I hope it gave you some relatively easy ideas.

Remember to always take a little time out of your day for ‘me time’.

Love your health.

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Featured Image Photo by Holger Link on Unsplash

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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Test – DAISO Puff Sponge Detergent

Public service announcement! Get to your nearest DAISO because well, you’ll see when you get there…

I have a post on a little DAISO haul from last year here if you want to see what beauty items I picked up.

I went there twice and you’ll notice I have two brush cleaners. Today I test the Puff Sponge Detergent.

DAISO Says

Gets rid of foundation stains right away!

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80ml/2.7fl.oz AUD $2.80, squirt tube with flip top lid, fragrance-free and no artificial colours

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Ingredients

Surfactant 34%, polyoxyethylene alkyl ether, fatty acid alkanol amide, stabilizer, water softening agent. Mildly alkaline.

Notes

I’m going to use this on brushes because at the moment, I am not using a Beauty Blender or beauty sponge for makeup application.

Note: All brushes had 2 applications worth of products as indicated below (powder or cream).

  1. Foundation brush – Used for powder foundation (Bare Minerals)
  2. Eye shadow blending brush – Used for blending a matte eye shadow (Tarte Toasted palette)
  3. Flat shader brush – Used for cream eye shadow base (MAC Paint Pot)
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From top, foundation brush, eye shadow blender and shader

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Cleaning Technique

  • Pre-rinse brushes in lukewarm water
  • Drip 4 drops of detergent into my hand
  • Swirl brush bristles in a circular motion
  • Rinse well under lukewarm water until water runs clear
  • Leave to air dry

Performance Results

The detergent created enough soap suds to lift the pigment from each of the brushes used for powders and cream products. It’s consistency is in-between regular dish washing detergent and a gel/clear shampoo.

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No residual product left on brushes

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  1. Foundation brush – Looked and felt clean
  2. Eye shadow blender – Pigment removed, bristles came back to original colour
  3. Eye shadow shader – No residue of cream product left in bristles (I actually had a clump of old product sitting way down in the middle section of the brush and it removed the old stain).

I did not need to go in again to wash these with more detergent.

My Thoughts

I love that this is free from fragrance as my sensitive skin would probably disagree with harsh cleaning chemicals coming into contact with it. I’m happy to have found this product as recommended by so many beauty worshipers.

I wish this came in a jumbo size and maybe a pump though! It’s a bargain price but I’ll see how long this lasts me.

I will review the other brush cleaner at a later date so be sure to follow my blog an other social media for updates.

Let me know your thoughts on this product, if you’ve tried it or are thinking of purchasing it 🙂

Love your health.

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Review – Tarte Shape Tape Concealer

Rejoice Aussie babes! tarte’s famous Shape Tape concealer has arrived at Sephora and it’s only taken the usual 1 million light years to get here.

Not only are their products fabulous, but their choice of purple (my fav colour) for pretty much all their products makes me like them even more. Let’s discuss.

tarte Says

Get full coverage with a flawless matte finish with this concealer that covers all imperfections and doubles as a contour/highlighter. Its creamy, easy-to-blend formula won’t flake or crease. Mango seed and shea butters nourish and help illuminate your skin for a lifted effect.

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My shade, 20B Light, AUD $37.00 10ml, available in 30 shades

Ingredients

Check here as there are different groups for different shades.

Scent

I really dislike fragrance in any face products, but it’s pretty much impossible to find makeup without a scent or fragrance even listed on ingredients. However, this smells amazing!! I would spray this on my body if it came in a perfume bottle. tarte, Eau De Parfum.

Size

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Size comparison, NARS Radiant Creamy concealer

On average you get about 6ml of concealer give or take a bit. This is a whopping 10ml which is great if you’re intent on highlighting/contouring your entire face often.

Wand

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Doe foot applicator
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Size comparison of wands

My Blue Vein – The Full Coverage Test

20190203233926_IMG_4684So I have this very large, blue vein under my right eye. I don’t care about it being there because it’s always been there. I have couperose skin and a lot of obvious blue veins all over my body. But it’s great to test the coverage!

Note, I didn’t use any correcting colours just the Shape Tape alone underneath my foundation.

Coverage Test

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My Thoughts

I’ve worn this at least 7 times since its purchase. I’ve tried a lot of concealers and this one is definitely everything everyone else is talking about. I agree that it is;

  • Full coverage
  • Brightens the under eye area
  • Smooths the under eye area
  • Blends well, you don’t need a lot of product
  • Last well with no creasing

My blue vein is concealed and yes, you can slightly see it. I would probably need a concealer with more peachy tones to counteract it completely but I like this shade enough. My purpose for concealing with this shade is to bring some lightness to the under eyes and inner corners. I’m not a huge fan of white triangles of zinc under my eyes.

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Just enough lift to brighten

I will only wear this with a full face of makeup or to conceal my eyes on any general day. This is not your everyday/natural makeup concealer, it means high coverage business!

So will you be getting your very own jumbo concealer the Shape Tape concealer from tarte? Let me know if you’ve tried it and what your thoughts are down below 🙂

Love your health.

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Review – Urban Decay – All Nighter Setting Spray

You’ve spent hours perfecting your look and you’ll want to make it last right?

Urban Decay. Something about this brand screams for a time when I first delved into the higher end makeup scene. My task? Purchase the Naked palette because it was the palette everyone owned. I used Beauty Bay back in those days, we didn’t have the convenience of Mecca stores.

I have fond memories of this brand. I am still not okay with the discontinuation of the OG Naked palette. But I digress. Let’s move on to another one of their classic favs.

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Urban Decay Says

Lock down complexion, eyes and lips with this cult-favourite, bestselling setting spray for an invincible makeup look that seriously slays all day and well into the night.

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Available in 30ml AUD $23.00/118ml $49.00

Ingredients

Aqua / Water, Alcohol Denat., PVP, Dimethicone PEG-7 Phosphate, PPG-3 Benzyl Ether Myristate, Polyhydroxystearic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Glycereth-5 Lactate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenylpropanol, Parfum / Fragrance, Propanediol, Methyl Diisopropyl Propionamide, Poloxamer 407, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Maltodextrin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Linalool, Citronellol, Limonene, Benzyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, BHT.

Also it’s Free from oil and parabens and vegan. Nice!

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Scent

It has somewhat of a scent but it dissipates as soon as you spray it.

Why it’s great?

  • This mist was created with Skindinavia a leading brand in setting sprays
  • Allows for up to 16 hours wear but lets face it, 8 hours is good enough for most

Wear Test

The following three pictures are taken straight after spraying All Nighter.

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5 hours in

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My sunglasses have removed my makeup off my nose and created a slight indentation below my under eyes, no shine
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No cake-iness or major difference
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Bronzer and blush are holding up nicely

Final Check In 8 1/2 hours In

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So you can tell I have touched my chin and nose at some point
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This still looks great! Bronzer and blush still visible
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I feel like this side looks like it’s starting to break up
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Again, I was leaning on my chin
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Forehead has no shine

My Thoughts

Overall, I am very impressed! It was stinking hot and humid, I touched my face which doesn’t help but all other parts of my face held up well and none of my oils broke through. I’m happy!

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I hope you enjoyed my review and wear test of this product. Let me know how you think it looks after 8 hours and if UD All Nighter works well for you.

Remember to love your health.

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MAC Series – Fav #6, Prep + Prime Fix + – Banish the Cake Face

Welcome back! Today I wrap up my MAC Series Favs with the finale product *drum roll* their Prep + Prime Fix + Spray.

MAC Says:

A lightweight mist of water packed with vitamins and minerals, infused with a blend of green tea, chamomile and cucumber to gently soothe and refresh the skin. Gives an instant boost of hydration while delivering a soft sheen to refresh and finish makeup. This holy grail of hydrating mists can be used with other products in near-endless ways – to improve the wear of makeup, or moisturize and soothe tired skin. A delicious twist in a permanent romantic rose scent, calming lavender scent, or creamy coconut scent

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Available in shades/scents Original, Coconut, Lavender and Rose, AUD $25.00 30mL/$36.00 100mL.

My Thoughts

Although it’s uses span from prepping the face to setting makeup, I actually only use this to get rid of the excess powder on my face i.e “Cake Face” and to wet my eye shadows if they need some help.

With a very light spray of my face, this hydrating formula is helpful when I have dry skin days and my makeup clings to some areas of my face.

I then go in with a setting spray.

I actually don’t like Fix + as a setting spray because when I have worn it as one (with a lot of sprays!) I became very oily. It just doesn’t work for my skin.

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This is a little too much spray for myself

A light spritz gives my face a nice refresh!

Available online and in store at MAC, selected Mecca Maxima stores and selected MYER and David Jones counters.

So let me know if you have this cult classic in your collection down below. I’d love to know how it works for you 🙂

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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Disappears instantly leaving no white cast

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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