Cool Vibes – 4 Simple Makeup Looks for the cooler weather, or not

All of these looks were created with the following staple products and tools. All the brands will have external links to prices and where to purchase for your convenience below (just highlight the word and go):

Small note, all of the xoBeauty products I received in a giveaway package I won from Glam Raider recently (yay!) but the rest was purchased by myself.

Products

  • Nars, All Day Luminous Weightless foundation, Light 2 Mont Blanc
  • Tarte, Shape Tape concealer, 20B Light
  • Rimmel, loose powder, Transparent
  • MAC, Pro Longwear Paint Pot, Soft Ochre Paint Pot eye base
  • Physician’s Formula, Butter Bronzer, Light
  • Maybelline, Hypersharp Wing liquid liner, black
  • Too Faced, Chocolate Bar Palette Fudge and Milk Chocolate shadows, brows
  • Ardell, Duo lash glue, white/clear
  • xoBeauty, lip balm, Fejioa
  • Urban Decay, Troublemaker mascara, black
  • MAC, Prep + Prime, Fix +, to wet eye shadows
  • Urban Decay, All Nighter setting spray

Note *I’ve forgotten some of the highlighters I used (oops) but I will mention them where I remember. Most blushes are either by Milani or Tarte.

Tools

Look 1 – “The Toasty Halo”

  • Tarte Tartelette Toasted Palette, s’more, cashmere, warmth, cozy, fireside
  • Laura Mercier, Lip Glace, Black Cherry
  • Hourglass, Ambient Lighting Bronzer, Luminous Bronze Light
  • Nikkia Joy Cosmetics, unknown lashes from ‘The Petite Set’ 3rd set from the top

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I love a warm eye. Would you believe I had to hide the Tarte Toasted palette so I didn’t grab for it so often? I admit, I’m quite neglectful of some of my other palettes. This was a first I’d used it in a long while, much to my other eye shadow palettes delight.

I created the ‘halo effect’ with a bit of Tarte Shape Tape on the centre of my lid and applied. It took a bit to pack on but I like the effect.

I kind of wished I bronzed a bit more around my temples and forehead. Sometimes, makeup can look so different until you photograph it.

Look 2 – “The Berry Nice”

  • MAC, Wedge and Cork shadows
  • Tarte, Tartelette Toasted Palette, candle, fireside
  • Essence, Kajal Eye Pencil, white
  • xoBeauty The Gold Digger lashes, from ‘The Dramatics’ set
  • xoBeauty Lucent, highlight
  • xoBeauty, Wabi Sabi matte lipstick

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I won this lipstick (among so many other fabulous goodies) in a giveaway I mentioned earlier.

The universe brought to me such a fun berry shade, something so perfect for what I wanted these upcoming months.

Sadly, I don’t own a lip liner to match this, I used Kylie Cosmetics lip kit liner in Wicked but it was a little too purple but I kind of liked the effect. I would suggest using a balm underneath and then lining your lips as this is a bit patchy. Still beautiful though!

Can I quickly mention, The Gold Digger lashes by xoBeauty are one of my favs!! I love the lashes the taper from short in the inner corner to longer on the outer corner. Strip lashes can tend to look very heavy on my eyes if I’m not careful with my choice in lashes.

Look 3 – “The Stormy”

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It’s me and my garden leaf, again!

The last two looks being this one above and below have very minimal eye makeup but it’s all about playing up the lips.

This shade by Flower Beauty looks a lot more darker in person than the picture shows. Very opaque and even colour.

I love how lipsticks can turn around a look in an instant and automatically amp up your look.

Look 4 – “The Moody”

 

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The first of my greige toned lipsticks. Some may say muddy, some gothic, I personally love how it makes my eyes look more blue. Again, more so in person than showing up in this picture (they look a little green?)

Did you know grey is made up of the primary colours yellow, red and blue? I suppose that’s why I find it brings out the blueness but I digress, this isn’t a basic colour theory blog post.

Guys this was pretty long but I hope you stayed with me until the end and enjoyed seeing some of my makeup creations 😀

I will be posting another important blog post later today (2 blogs in one day??) be sure to read it when you get the chance.

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

20190223043421_IMG_4771This isn’t new but I thought I would throw this in here. I’ve used this on and off for approximately 6 months and it still works great for my skin and I will repurchase this once I run out.

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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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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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 – 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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