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

Healthy Snacks that won’t make you feel guilty

Did you know that thirst can actually make you feel hungry? Try drinking one glass of water before you reach for that Snickers bar. If after 30 min you still aren’t satisfied, then you may eat something. So what to choose? You’ll want to find something that will satisfy your hunger but also be nutritious.

A healthy selection of delicious snacks include;

  • 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter, smooth or crunchy or something in between, whatever you fancy really
  • Apple quarters topped with about 2 tablespoons of peanut or almond butter dusted with a sprinkling of cinnamon
  • Yoghurt and berry bowl (I love strawberries but you can mix any in really like blueberries or raspberries) You could even top this with a sprinkling of protein mix
  • Carrot or celery sticks, tricks my mind into thinking I’m eating chips
  • Hommus and brown crackers
  • Popcorn, homemade with kernels is best with a sprinkling of salt or cinnamon
  • Fruit. Yes too much fructose is not a good thing but I ate all the fruit I wanted for dessert most nights and still lost weight however, I advise you proceed with caution

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Remember; munching on sweet and salty snacks occasionally is okay. Treat yourself! But also be honest with yourself. If you’re putting in more than you exert in physical activity then maybe it’s time for a change.

Love your health.

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Featured Image Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash

Casual Friday’s – Easter 2019 – Easy, No Bake Easter Egg Slice Recipe

I try to bake something at least once a week.  For the most part I try to do clean eating Monday through Friday and once we hit the end of the week, I’m ready for a little sweet.

As it’s the Easter long weekend, I thought I’d do a bit of themed/festive baking. Well technically refrigerating in this case!

Easter Egg Slice (1)

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That’s it folks! Enjoy this slice all at once or store it up to 1 week in a container in your fridge.

Have a Happy Easter!

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Casual Friday’s – DAISO Mini Haul

I‘m officially obsessed with DAISO. Where nearly everything is AUD$2.80, how can you not love this shop?

Not to mention the unbelievable variety!

Unfortunately DAISO’s stores in Australia come few and far between Sydney. I had to do a little travelling to get to my ‘local’ shop but it was so worth it though.

Beauty Related Items

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I will post a review on the performance of this makeup brush cleaner

Feeding my Disney Addiction

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Wouldn’t be me if I didn’t come home with more Disney stuff

Thank you DAISO for making so many cute Disney items available. I can’t find stuff like this anywhere else.

 

Annnnnd I went back a second time ^_^

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Makeup pads, water absorbent hair band and the Puff Sponge Detergent (will review this too)

Have you got any DAISO beauty products or any product must haves I should check out? Let me know in a comment below 🙂

I’ll be going back in the new year most probably!

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MAC Series – Fav #4, Red Brick Eye Shadow + Age Old Eye Shadow Trick!

Orange. I bet you’d never think to purchase this shade of eye shadow. Maybe you’re certain it wouldn’t suit you. Maybe you think it’d never work on your skin tone. Well let me tell you a little something about this colour.

Perhaps you’re thinking, “She’s lost it if she thinks I’m going to be applying that all over my lids!”

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Wait! Don’t leave just yet. Now I’m not saying there aren’t some particularly photogenic individuals out there who couldn’t rock an entirely orange look. I’m talking using this shade in the slightest way possible to transform a dull look to a ka-pow look!

But first, a message from MAC;

A highly pigmented powder that applies evenly and blends well. Can be used wet or dry. Available in a wide variety of textures and finishes. Non-acnegenic.

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‘Red Brick’ AUD$33, 1.5 g / 0.05 US oz

Swatch

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So why out of 105 shades available at MAC should you consider this one find a home in your collection or kit?

Firstly, I have a love affair with MAC shadows. Dare say it, more than Tarte’s shadows *gasp*

But other than the formula, lasting power and opacity, it’s the colour that works so brilliantly in almost every eye look.

By applying a smidge of this just above the crease between the brow bone, it gives a warmth particularly if you’ve used a lot of cool tones.

Something about this makes the colours beside it pop and give it a polished and professional look.

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One way I incorporated ‘Red Brick’
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Another old makeup look from earlier this year featuring ‘Red Brick’

There’s More!

You can even put a little of this on your cheeks, another old trick similarly is applying some of your chosen blush to the area around your eyes to tie the look together. It really works!

Orange works with nearly every colour. Try it and see for yourself! MAC shadows again, an OG favourite of mine and the first mid-end cosmetics I purchased as a younger woman.

Let me know if you knew about this eye shadow trick below 🙂

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Review – Marc Jacobs Beauty – Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss

Fancy yourself a shiny, glossy lip that feels as luxurious as it looks? Keep those lips puckered as I review this stunning product.

About two weeks ago, I brought to you my review on Fenty Beauty’s Fenty Glow Lipgloss. Since I’m on a roll, today’s review is on a high end lip product by Marc Jacobs Beauty.

For the most part, I try to use drug store and mid range beauty products and cosmetics. A lot of what I show you is my collection built up over the years.

Last year, as a gift to myself and with my tax money in tow, I purchased this beauty to help my thin and small lips.

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Some product has settled in the bottle. It’s probably quarter full

Ingredients

Polybutene, Hydrogenated Poly(C6-14) Olefin), Bis-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Glyceryl Tribehenate/Isostearate/Eicosandioate, Hydrogenated Styrene/Isoprene Copolymer, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Dicalcium Phosphate, Stearalkonium Bentonite, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Propylene Carbonate, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Limonene. May Contain (+/-): Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77499, CI 77492), Blue 1 Lake (9CI 42090), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Red 6 (CI 15850), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Manganese Violet (CI 77742).

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Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer Lipgloss in ‘Sugar Sugar’

Sephora Says,

A high-shine lip gloss in covetable shades with lasting brilliance.

Enamored Hi-Shine Lip Lacquer lipgloss delivers maximum colour and brilliance with its unique Triple Shine Complex, a blend of high-performance ingredients that provide unstoppable wear and shine like ’30 coats of lacquer.’ The brilliant shine contributes to an optical plumping look. Enamored feels cushiony on the lips, never sticky. This mint-scented lip gloss collection features a profusion of creamy pinks, shimmering lavenders and iridescent brights that give lips a lush look with lasting colour and unbelievable shine.

And for AUD$42.00 for 5ml/ 0.16fl.oz worth of product, you’d better hope it does what they tell you.

Well, I really love it.

Wand Applicator

This is a unique wand tip. It’s quite long in length but honestly, I prefer something a little smaller. I have thin lips so maybe that’s the issue. Nonetheless, it get’s the product on there quickly in one swipe.

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The rectangle shape feels comfortable in my hand

Scent

There’s a mild, minty scent. Nothing too crazy. It tastes a little minty too.

Texture

This is creamy and delicious on the lips. It feels like a thick coat of gloss and it melts into your lips. I feel like you don’t need a whole heap either.

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A nude shade with golden sparkle dust

The Stick Factor

There’s definitely not any on my scale.

Shade Range

It’s extensive, ranging from their Shimmer Shimmer finish and High Shine finish they have every colour to keep you covered. Wear it alone or over another lip product, you can’t go wrong.

Would I Re-Purchase?

Yes definitely. I’m very interested in their other shades.

So maybe this could be a well earned treat for yourself or a gift for a family member or friend this Christmas? I hope you enjoyed today’s post, are you liking the site update? 🙂

Love your health.

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