Review – BiorΓ© 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 SkinΒ 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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Where I’ve Been – Small Update

Dear fellow bloggers who have suffered with writers & content block.

Is there anyone out there who hasn’t suffered with this? I applaud you if you haven’t as coming up with ideas to blog about can be difficult. Alas, is blogging really all that fun when you have to research content?

Sure we all know posting regularly ensures that we’re actually present on social media but I found myself about 2 months ago at a transition point on my blogging journey. I was uploading to YouTube 3 times a week, blogging 3 times a week and promoting it on Instagram and Twitter. Burnt out is what made me come to a standstill.

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I have come to realise that if I don’t have the spark to write or post or film, I shouldn’t do it. It only makes for boring content no one wants to watch or read. So I decided in the past few weeks that I’d only post what I had a passion for, not to say everything I posted wasn’t something I really wanted to share. I just didn’t want to put that pressure on myself as I had been to come up with and force content.

In our home, we’ve also been working on adding a bathtub to our bathroom and fixing up our backyard and garden to make it what we’ve always wanted. Home renovations suck up your time, energy and weekends especially when you’re working on it all yourself. But change is good. It’s made me think about sharing what I’m really passionate about. I love to share skincare products and skincare information as I think it’s important to stay informed.

I post regularly to Instagram so be sure as to check out my page for skincare content on the daily!

Take care and remember to love your health

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Benefits of Going Foundation Free

Hello fellow bloggers! It has been 1 week since my last post and I’ll be honest. I’ve had a bit of writers block coinciding with the winter blues but I’m happy to be back today.

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As I mentioned, I’ve been struggling to find ideas about what to blog about, your suggestions are always helpful (comment below if you’d like). I thought today I’d talk about what’s been happening with me in the beauty/skincare world of Dee.

What’s Changed in My Routine?

As it’s Winter here in Australia, the humidity and moisture in the air has plummeted substantially leaving the air around me dry. Not to mention the fact the heater is coming on during the early morning and night time and I’m more frequently washing my hands. And yes, even my favourite little dry patch of Dermatitis is back for winter right on time on the crook of my ear, if you were wondering.

Another thing, I have been foundation free for almost 2 weeks now. Yes, this makeup lover has completely steered clear of one of my favourite products in my makeup drawer, foundation.

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You may be asking why? And to be completely honest, I have started to become more obsessed with skincare and keeping my skin happy instead of needing to heap on the makeup.

My goal?

I want to clear my skin completely so that I don’t need foundation anymore. I suppose it comes with my age but as I get older, the priority is now changing from makeup to caring for my skin even more so than I’ve done in the past. I’m totally channeling Michelle Phan vibes. Anyone else remember when she told us all she’d been foundation free for ages? It’s happening to me now and I totally understand why!

What I have Been Putting on my Face

  • Mineral oil to double cleanse in the evening
  • A gentle cleanser
  • Lukewarm water to rinse my face
  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream + Hyaluronic Acid to replenish moisture
  • La Roche-Posay Toleriane Soothing Protective Skincare, a richer moisturiser
  • Sunscreen SPF 50+ every 2 hours
  • Lip Balm SPF 50+

If you noticed, I haven’t been using any actives such as myΒ Azclear Azelaic Acid cream or my Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Face Wash with 2% Salicylic Acid.Β Reason being they tend to dry my skin out even more. At the moment my focus is to keep my moisture barrier happy.

I should mention I have spot treated a few blemishes that are purging from my skin with tea tree oil diluted with water.

Benefits I’ve Noticed

I’m back to basics! And you know what? I can see a difference in my skin already such as:

  • Even skin tone
  • Balanced skin, not too oily or too dry
  • Redness is going down
  • Texture/bumps are going away, smoother texture
  • Softer skin

What I Put it Down To

It’s got to be going foundation free. I’m not clogging up more pores with liquids and powders that are full of fragrance and additive ingredients with the potential to irritate my already sensitive skin. Being a minimalist in my skincare is working wonders for me!

I wonder, have you gone foundation free before? Let me know in the comments below.

Remember to love your health.

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The Worst Advice I’ve Ever Heard About Skincare

Skincare advice. I think we have all tried a thing or two in the past that we aren’t proud of. Pinterest anyone?

Actually, there are some DIY skincare tips and tricks I followed on YT back in the good old days that I wholeheartedly expected to work for me. Boy was I wrong!

Much like the title suggests, lets take a look into some of the worst skincare advice I’ve personally heard of.

  • Using lemons as a BHA on your skin helps brighten your skin, turn over skin cells and tighten the face. One thing they got right is the tightening feeling you will experience. Do not put any type of lemon or citric acid on your skin. It will cause burns and definitely is too harsh of a PH level to be used on your precious face.
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Tasty to some, a bad idea for all for the face.
  • Stripping your skin of oil is going to prevent acne. Although the use of chemical exfoliants such as Salicylic and Glycolic acids can help reduce the skin’s production of oil, it can also destroy your moitsure barrier creating an even more problematic skin problem. Too much oil or too dry skin can create acne.

 

  • Moisturising your face will make you more oily. Contrary to popular belief, moisturising the skin will not only replenish the skin’s moisture barrier but it will aid in the healing of any unsightly spots, acne and dark marks you wish to heal.

 

  • Sugar is a great all natural scrub. Hard, rough and unevenly textured anything will be the cause of micro-tears on your face. Yes you probably won’t see it straightaway, but you may feel a stinging sensation once you apply anything else to your skin.

 

  • Using facial scrubs (hello St Ives. we see you) everyday will promote a healthy glow. Much like using sugar, the tiny microbeads will only cut your skin so to speak in the long run which can lead to premature aging and wrinkles.

 

  • Using a Clarisonic/Facial cleansing brush/Silicone face scrubber everyday to cleanse and/or remove makeup is good for your skin. While some of the high end brush heads we see are soft to the fingers touch, the skin on our faces is much more delicate and sensitive. Use of these types of products daily can create adverse symptoms such as redness, itchiness, closed comedones and more signs of over exfoliation.
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Eat me in moderation, but don’t use me on your face. A microfiber washcloth is 100% more effective at physical exfoliating the face
  • When the products I use on my face ‘tingle’ that means it’s working. Another false claim by global skin and cosmetic companies. Menthol is the common ingredient placed in facial scrubs and even face masks that give you a cooling effect. If anything it’s just a side effect of the menthol which does absolutely nothing to benefit our facial skin. More like a candy or lolly we feel like eating because it feels good but offers no nutritional benefit.

 

  • Going to sleep without removing your makeup for one night isn’t that bad. Sleep is not only restorative to our minds and bodies, but the skin the largest organ in the human body must be given time to rest. If you’ve filled your pores with liquids and powders or maybe you even just applied a sunscreen, you must remove it all before you hit the hay. Clean pores will allow for healing. Even one night can cause a few bumps in the coming days.

 

  • Hot water is the best for cleansing the skin. Hot water will of course open the pores but it will also startle your skin and cause it to dry out faster. Same goes for far too cold water. Aim for tepid/lukewarm water which will be most comfortable to your skin.

 

  • Looking after your skin in your youth isn’t essential. We should begin to incorporate a basic skincare routine at the age we start to learn hygiene practices. It’s never too early to start looking after your skin and one of the best ways is sunscreen which will stop UVA and UVB rays from drying out your skin and preventing skin cancers.

What’s a skincare tip you’ve believed or followed that you wish you didn’t?

Thank you for reading πŸ™‚ As always, remember to love your health.

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Makeup Know How – Base

It seems the entire beauty industry is consumed with contouring, baking and strobing and keeping up with these new trends can be a little hard! Whether you like it or not, it has become the quintessential western way of doing your makeup and I for one have certainly jumped on the bandwagon!

There are just so many tutorials these days but many gurus and influencers forget that not everyone knows what baking is unless it’s in the kitchen!

So I thought I’d break down the makeup basics for those who might love a better explanation on makeup application. As soon as I began wearing makeup properly as a 17 year old, I had more people than I can count ask me if I was a Makeup Artist and to that I answered, I am self taught. The one important thing I learnt is that there are no rules in makeup, don’t feel pressured to do anything just because it’s the latest craze or it’s trending on Instagram.

Beauty and makeup should above all else be unique and definitively the way you express your beauty not how someone tells you how to. Take from it what you like, use what you like and work to something you find appropriate for you 😊

Today I share how to create a base and a friendly reminder to subscribe and follow for the next blog on eyes, brows and lips!

Lets begin

Follow your regular skin care routine. Allow at least 30 min for moisturiser and sunscreen to penetrate the skin and kind of mesh with it to create the perfect canvas. If you’re in a hurry or just don’t have the luxury of time on your hands, then 5-10 minutes will do.

1. Primer

Primer is optional and I have never used one honestly so I can’t recommend one currently however this acts as a base for your foundation and helps foundation to ‘stick’. Not essential but handy for those with oily skin that begins breaking down your makeup as soon as you’ve applied it and helps with longevity overall.

2. Foundation

Creates a blank, smooth and flawless complexion.

Depending on the formula, different tools may be better for each.

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Cover FX Custom Cover Drops, G30

Apply with:

  • Fingers

Pros- product warms on your fingers = easy to blend

Cons – easy to waste product = over use & not hygienic

  • Brushes – Paddle or Round Top

Pros Β applies foundation in a more hygienic way

Cons – can exfoliate the skin with use & can create patchy looking makeup and streaky foundation

  • Beauty Sponge

ProsΒ – blends foundation into skin for blurring effect

ConsΒ – sponge can absorb too much product = waste & can be un-hygienic depending on if you’re regularly washing it after use

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Popular, Beauty Blender

3. Concealer

Use under eyes to highlight, counteract dark circles and conceal any blemishes.Β Choose a colour 2 shades lighter than your skin tone.

Pin point conceal blemishes. Pick a neutral based concealer close to your skin colour for hiding blemishes. We want to camouflage the area not highlight it further with a lighter shade.

Apply with:

  • Blend with fingers, sponge or small brush of your choice
  • Thin, paint like brush for any blemishes you wish to conceal

Side note:Β If you concealed under the eyes, now would be best to bake your under eye area and leave it on for a few minutes. Continue with the next step.

4. Cream Contour (Optional)

If using a cream contour then apply before regular face powder and set contoured areas with an ashy/cool toned coloured powder.

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Top to bottom, NARS Radiant Creamy concealer in Light 1 Chantilly, NYX Wonder Stick, highlight and contour stick 01 Light/Medium, L.A. Girl Pro Conceal Concealer in Porcelain

5. Face Powder

To set your work you need to lock in cream/liquid products and they help prevent shine if you’re an oily gal. The key is a little goes a long way. The more you pack on the more you start to look aged and crepey looking. If you baked your eye shadow then remember to dust it off now.

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Bottom, Rimmel Stay Matte pressed powder, top left, Savvy by DB powder in transclucent (not very!) Australis, Banana Powder for ‘baking’

6. Powder Contour (Optional)

Use to sculpt the face, make sections of the face appear smaller/hidden or more defined and/or sharper. Use cool tones of brown or ash browns.

Apply with:

  • Tulip brush
  • Fan brush
  • Straight Edge brush
  • Contour creme stick (the product itself)

7. Bronzer

Add warmth and glow to your skin and create ‘depth’. We don’t want to have mannequin faces! The fairer your skin tone the ashier/cooler the colour should be. We don’t want dusted Cheetos on your skin. The deeper your skin tone the warmer you can go πŸ™‚

8. Blush

Add colour back into your face (after doing everything possible to remove it lol)

Apply with:

  • Fingers (mostly for creams)
  • Tulip Brush
  • Blush Brush
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Models Prefer peachy blush in Celebrity Crush

9. Highlight

Accentuates the natural points of the face the sun hits to give a dewy, fresh, glow.

Apply with:

  • Fingers (mostly for liquid and cream products)
  • Fan Brush
  • Beauty Sponge
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Left, Hourglass Luminous Bronze Light, MAC Soft and Gentle Mineralize Skin Finish highlight

10. Finishing Spray

This is another step, much like primer that I tend to forget because I haven’t really bothered to find one that I like. Honestly, spray your face with a bit of hairspray…it does the same thing! This is probably terrible for your skin though. Try and purchase an actual ‘FinishingΒ  or Setting Spray’ like Urban Decay’s All Nighter Setting Spray.

It helps to melt the powders used on your face to look less cakey and more dewey fresh. This shouldn’t effect your makeup if you’re prone to oil and helps with longevity.

10 steps just for the base!!! It seems like a lot, but as previously mentioned this is a get to know the basics and I want to go in depth with the process. Choose whichever steps you feel comfortable doing and which work for your every day routine.

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We owe thanks to the many Drag Queens who essentially use these tricks of the trade daily and they’ve become almost a staple technique in our makeup routines.

Baking or Cooking

No we’re not talking about making cookies tonight love, just the simple art of highlighting under your eyes with a light concealer and pressing a loose or pressed translucent powder to the area and let it ‘cook’ or ‘bake’ to provide ultimate lightness.

Contouring

The contours or hollows of some places on your face can allow for sculpted looking faces with sharp and high cheek bones.

Strobing

Opposite of contouring and kind of like baking except we do this on the cupids bow, around the mouth, chin, right under the contoured bit of our cheek bones and foreheads.

Colour Correcting

Something I have only dabbled in however this is basically using red, orange and green types of cream products to counteract the colours on your face caused by being human basically. Things you want to disappear as fast as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at a party.

Red/Orange counteracts blue/purple for veins etc.

Green counteracts red for pimples, capillaries etc.

Lilac/purple can create a lightening effect and you may have seen some primers and moisturisers contain lilac pigment to achieve lighter, glowing skin. Very popular in Asian cosmetics.

If you’ve read all up until the very end then I applaud you. Here’s a virtual cookie for your efforts in sticking through this post πŸͺ

I certainly hope you’ve learned a thing or two, be sure to come back to read it again if you’re unsure of anything.

Also please follow me on all my social media to keep up to date with any future videos and posts. Links are on the home page banner.

Remember to love your health!

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Could Water Be Doing Your Face More Harm Than Good?

In my time browsing skincare forums and blogs alike, I’ve often seen people mention that water irritated their skin and caused breakouts, flare ups and even allergic contact dermatitis. Could this be the case for you too?

H20 is actually an irritant to the epidermis and although we use it everyday to bathe and wash in, it’s doing us more harm than we’d like to consider. Have you ever considered how after repeat hand washing (particularly if you work or have worked in the healthcare and food industry) creates dry, cracked and even bleeding hands? Not to mention when the cold comes around and the winter whips your exposed hands they turn to white, pale, crusty forms of what they once were. It works the same with our bodies and face.

Okay lets pull hard up on the reigns here, I’m not saying don’t use water to wash your face or bathe in ever again because then what other option would we have?

Hard water (from the tap or faucet) essentially is stripping the moisture from our skin the moment it makes contact and makes our skin do an, “oh no moment”. Typically it starts to put it’s self into produce oil gear and if you’re not right there to replenish the moisture back in. That’s why it’s so crucial to healthy and happy skin.

Number 1 Tip For Stopping Water From Irritating You

Use lukewarm water to rinse, wash and bathe in. It’s no use startling your skin with cold water that’ll have it thinking you fell into the North Atlantic Ocean that born the iceberg from Titanic. Nor will you do it any favours if you have a seething hot shower. Luke warm is just comfortable enough not to irritate your skin.

If you still find that water is irritating, then I’d suggest trying to use Micellar Water as it the next best option to filtered water. See your healthcare professional if nothing else seems to work to solve acne and other skin related issues.

Do you drink the recommended amount of water daily? I fail 😦

Remember as always, love your skin, love your health!

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Could Using Towels On Your Face Be Bad For You?

I thought of writing this blog post not long after my, “Microfiber Facial Cloth V Facial Brush” post. It got me thinking about how we all use towels to dry our faces and bodies after washing our faces and bathing.

There’s a lot of concern that the use of towels can promote unhealthy skin as, for the most part we hang our towels to dry in a damp and dark area and the bacteria just love to multiply. Then of course we reuse them, sometimes not always before washing them again now think about putting that on your face now. *Yuck*

There’s also the point that they can definitely be just as abrasive as facial brushes, depending on how you use them of course. We’re all told to, “pat dry our faces” and this of course is the best way to use a towel on any part of our bodies. However not using them at all may help prevent water loss and keep your skin more hydrated. That leaves us with some time to wait and let everything air dry but really you can go onto your skincare routine and apply moisturiser to your body, clean your ears, brush your hair just enjoy the pampering for a little because I think we all tend to rush things in life even if they should be a relaxing moment for us.

Here are some helpful tips to keep your towels and microfiber towels hygienic and as antibacterial as possible.

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Tips For Germ Free Towels

  1. Wash towels regularly as germs and bacteria transfer from our skin to our towels and washcloths as soon as they come into contact with eachother.
  2. Use a Hygiene Laundry Rinse with added antibacterial and anti fungal ingredients during your wash cycles to eliminate germs. Alternatively use an all natural approach by mixing a few drops of the essential oil Tea Tree Oil into laundry detergent.
  3. Hang your towels to dry in a well ventilated area and preferably in the sun as it’s the best bleach anyone can use to kill bacteria.

Now not everyone is going to stop using towels completely and that’s understandable but if you follow the above tips which aren’t all that difficult to remember, you give your skin priority in keeping healthy.

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Remember to love your health!

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