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 – 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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Review – Fenty Beauty – Gloss Bomb, Diamond Milk

I got an early Christmas gift!

Isn’t it festive? Perfect for the holiday season if you want a snow angel lip or perhaps a glowing disco ball for NYE parties?

Check out my full review on the original and first shade by Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb in ‘Fenty Glow’ here. It also goes more in depth with the scent, wand and formula which Diamond Milk is identical to.

Ingredients

Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Bis-diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Tricaprylin, Cera Microcristallina/microcrystalline Wax/cire Microcristalline, Polyethylene, Silica Dimethyl Silylate, Vp/eicosene Copolymer, Vp/hexadecene Copolymer, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Sorbitan Oleate, Silica, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Caprylyl Glycol, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Unsaponifiables, Aroma/flavor, Benzyl Benzoate, Tribehenin, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Parfum/fragrance, Tocopherol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Limonene, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Lactic Acid, Tin Oxide, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Polyethylene Terephthalate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Acrylates Copolymer, Titanium Dioxide (Ci 77891)

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Gloss Bomb, ‘Diamond Milk’ AUD$30, 9ml / 0.3FL. OZ.

♪ Memory, all alone in the moonlight ♪

Que Barbara Streisand’s song ‘Memory’

This colour reminds me of a Maybelline Wet Shine Diamonds gloss I had in the early 2000’s.

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Similar colour, more glitter but had a gritty texture when I rubbed my lips together. Nonetheless the shine on it was amazing so I continued to wear it.

I was tempted to buy the newly released shade ‘FU$$Y/Fussy’ and while it’s a gorgeous petal pink, it was too similar to ‘Fenty Glow’ in my honest opinion. I wanted a little something different.

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My Thoughts

I am so happy I purchased this! It has not dissapointed me at all and it brings back a little nostalgia too.

I wonder have you tried this shade yet?

Love your health.

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Carmex | Comfort Care, Natural Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balm

Dry as the Sahara desert. Something about that hyperbole just doesn’t cut it about how dry my lips have been lately. They feel like a small flame, a lighter perhaps is being flicked across my lips repeatedly.

Having picked up my prescription for the acne cream Duac (Clindamycin + Benzoyl Peroxide) over the weekend (week ending 25 Nov), I proceeded to apply a thin layer to my face every evening. My latest ‘Skin Journey’ post here for reference.

During my beauty sleep *giggles*, it appears the cream has made it’s way onto my lips. Ahh Benzoyl Peroxide. I haven’t used this ingredient in years but vaguely remember the flakes of peeling skin it caused from sections of my face.

I was applying VaselineLucas’ Paw Paw Ointment and Blistex SPF50+ balm, but for some reason my lips screamed for more moisture.

What was I to do? I was desperate.

In a flash, I remembered a product I recently received in a giveaway I won. Thus, the perfect opportunity to trial out this product!

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Carmex |Comfort Care, Natural Colloidal Oatmeal Lip Balm “Watermelon Blast” , 4.25g / .15 OZ

Ingredients & Carmex Says,

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It’s nice to see it’s cruelty free

Tube

  • This product comes with a pull off lid and a wind up tube
  • No fuss for easy and quick application
  • I like that it can’t leak everywhere in my bag or accidentally get squeezed out making the tube all gunky and gross
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Easy to grip, sleek packaging makes for easy application

Scent

Watermelon! The scent is amazing, I can’t get enough of it. Yes it tastes good too. There is another, “Mixed Berry” that is available on iHerb.

Texture

This really and truly made me rub my lips together. I have never applied such a soft and pleasant product. It feels extremely moisturising and much more smoother, almost like triple milled Vaseline without the chunkyness. 5/5 ★★★★★

More on Colloidal Oatmeal

I have some knowledge people have used oatmeal as a natural remedy to soothe symptoms of Dermatitis, Eczema, Allergic Contact Dermatitis, Psoriasis, dry skin etc by applying to the skin as a thick moisturising vehicle in baths for instance.

It is basically finely milled oats that help sooth itching and relieve dryness.

This instantly relieved my lips. I was so impressed. I applied it consistently for 2 days and my lips had returned to normal.

You can purchase this product on iHerb for AUD$3.12 along with their whole range.

Love your health

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Eczema Relief

Firstly, please see your doctor as I am not a Doctor, Dermatologist, Beauty Therapist, or Esthetician. Furthermore discuss any new products you’re interested in introducing into your skin care routine with your doctor or doctors before commencing.

Now I suffer with somewhat mild Eczema and it is no where near as bad as it could be. Nonetheless it does upset me and create a lot of symptoms I’d rather not experience. It can be at times embarrassing and awkward and for those who experience more outwardly obvious symptoms it can really take a toll on your mental health and you can feel very self conscious. It’s important to talk about these conditions because it should not be a taboo subject. Today, my 3 product recommendations for soothing Eczema.

Please note though some products may not be available in your country.

  1. MooGoo Eczema & Psoriasis Cream 120g/4.2 fl oz.

I want to talk a little more on the brand MooGoo. It is an Australian owned company that make skin care products with all natural ingredients and is eco-friendly. They sell not only skin care products but also range from baby products, cleansers, serums and oils and moisturisers. Be sure to check out their range and stockists here:

https://moogoo.com.au/

I became aware of this brand a little over a year ago now when 2 of my family members were going through cancer treatment. MooGoo products are put together in care packages here in Australian hospitals for cancer patients. When patients are receiving radiation therapy or chemotherapy their skin dries out immensely as a side effect of that treatment. They are therefore encouraged to apply some of their products to effectively soothe and rehydrate the skin. I believe the product they supply is called Natural Skin Milk Udder Cream.

In the middle of Winter my skin was crying out for moisture as I had very much neglected my skin. I found their creams for Eczema and Psoriasis at a Pharmacy. I have used this on my face and body and it really does help to replenish the skin. Benefits are anti inflammatory, anti fungal and wound healing properties as it helps relieve symptoms of Eczema,  Seborrheic Dermatitis and Psoriasis.

The scent is not too bad either and their play on words is so cute (I love cows and cow anything) you’ll find they do this a lot across their product lists.

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Some bonus products I use, Neutrogena Oil-Free Moisture for face, Lucas’ PawPaw Ointment for conditioning those lips

2.Vaseline Intensive Care Deep Restore 225ml & Petroleum Jelly

For overall moisturizing my entire body (minus my face) and I apply the petroleum jelly over the top of any dry patches that need an extra boost of locking in moisture power. I have a video on moisturizers and emollients that gets more in depth with what they are and how to use them in your routine. I find that together these ingredients help to quickly soothe and alleviate any dry, cracked skin. As this is a deep restore moisturizer, I find it makes my skin softer in just one use. The trick is to keep using it consistently! Non greasy formulation is fast absorbing which is a plus or maybe my hands are so dry they just suck it all up instantly!

3. Advantan 1% & Novasone 0.1% – Steroid Cream

Both this cream and lotion require a prescription but do know they offer extraordinary relief to itching, redness, dryness, oozing and flakiness. I won’t go too much into this because lets face it, I wouldn’t know what I’m talking about. All I can say is that these work for me and your Doctor will consider all factors for prescribing you medicine based on your health, any allergies and any other form of medication you are taking to reduce likelihood of harmful drug interactions.

That’s it! I hope you found this list of products I use helpful and may even give you the confidence to go out there and seek help. Some skin conditions can be embarrassing but I’m here to tell you they shouldn’t be. Remember to love your health!

Dee X

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Why I Won’t Be Buying Any Other Falsies

Because I’ve found my holy grail false lashes brand *heavenly music plays*.

Nikkia Joy Cosmetics is by far the most comfortable brand of eyelashes I have purchased.

Seriously if you have sensitive eyes, small eyes or eyes that easily water, get your hands on these lashes ASAP. She ships internationally so no excuses! The only thing these lashes don’t do is stop my nose from getting itchy and watery. Please tell me I’m not the only one who gets this not long after applying lashes?

Proud to see the gorgeous Nikkia Joy, fellow Australian YouTuber doing so well with her eCommerce brand Nikkia Joy Cosmetics. I’m all for supporting small businesses and she definitely deserves the recognition and praise!

I first made a purchase back in December ’17 from memory not long after her official launch. ‘Georgia’ lashes from her Faux Mink Collection is a light weight, feathery strip lash that feels as comfortable on the eye as when you touch it with your fingers. Named after her super cute pup Georgia too! 🙂

Here’s an older video of my review and try on.

My second purchase were the popular, ‘Melanie’ lashes from the Classics Collection. I can say I’ve bought 3 pairs of these and keep reaching for these most often in my makeup drawer. They are so flattering on my eye shape! Not too heavy and definitely do not over power my slightly hooded eyes (I’m still saying my eye space is kind of smallish). Perfect for a day or night look they’re simply stunning and I always receive compliments on them.

Hand crafted lashes that are created so well, I wear each pair 20+ times which gives you a real bang for your buck.

Over the Easter long weekend I was excited to purchase more lashes I have yet to try as there was a large sale on all her products. For the first time I got ‘The Petite’ set of lashes and the ‘Ashleigh’ lashes to try. 5 new styles I can’t wait to experiment with different eye  makeup looks.

So check out her website and get some beautiful lashes now. Be sure to follow her on YouTube and her other social media platforms for fantastic content in the beauty category.

https://nikkiajoycosmetics.com.au/

Thank you Nikkia for creating a brand of false lashes for girls like us who’d rather not have wings attached to our eyelids lol.

Remember to love your health! 🙂

Dee X