Beauty

Spring Must Haves

N’s Spring Must Haves

Frank Body ScrubFrank

Winter can be beautiful, but it can also be a really unpleasant jerk. This is especially true in the skin department; drying up the beautiful skin we worked so hard to maintain over the sunny summer months. Not cool winter, not cool.

Frank body scrubs can help you combat the annoying dry patches that come with the cooler weather, nourishing your skin ready to bare to the world in the springtime! The ingredients work together to stimulate blood flow, exfoliate and moisturise the skin.

Grab yours here: https://frankbody.com/

 

Le Roche Posay Anthelios XL SPF 50+

La Roche Posay

Our mum has been telling me to apply suncream whenever I’m going into the sun (i.e. everyday) since before I can remember. Younger me nodded and then promptly ignored her advice in the hope of getting an ever-illusive tan on my oh-so-pasty skin. As a result of this I have slight signs on sun damage. Silly girl. Always listen to your mum, people!

 

Finding a sun product that works for you is a tough process, but this one is wonderful! Its fluid consistency keeps it light – none of that cakey feeling you get with some suncreams. You can use it on its own after moisturizing, or mix it in with your foundation for a little extra sun-safety in your springtime beauty regime.

 

Aussie gals can grab theirs at Priceline: https://www.priceline.com.au/skincare/sun-and-tanning/sun-protection/anthelios-xl-spf-50-extreme-fluid-50.0-ml

 

Benefit Fake Up Concealer

Fake Up

I kind of stumbled across this concealer by mistake, and I adore it! It’s moisturizing formula of vitamin e and apple seed extract helps to conceal all those dark patched and imperfections whilst also moisturizing. I find most concealers quite dry, so Fake Up is a great change of pace! It’s particularly great for those delicate under-eye areas that you want to keep crease-free all day long.

Pick yours up here:

http://www.adorebeauty.com.au/benefit-cosmetics/benefit-fake-up.html

 

Rosehip Oil

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Rosehip oil is the hidden secret of many a beauty blogger, and I have definitely jumped on the bandwagon. Earlier this year my skin just kind of…gave up. Normally pretty issue-free skin suddenly had all the issues. Dry patches, oily patches, breakouts, black heads – all at once! It was at this point, out of sheer desperation, that I decided to give facial oils and oil cleansing a go.

Whilst I do still cleanse using oil occasionally, it was the use of rosehip oil in my skincare routine that changed my world. It helps to fight signs of aging, repair skin damage and regenerate skin cells. I had a small scar from a breakout ages ago that I thought I was stuck with, but since using rosehip oil it has disappeared!

I use it in the morning and at night. For day time I just mix 1-2 drops in with my moisturizer, at night I gently press 2-4 drops all over my face before applying my night cream.

I just want to add that one of my friends did not like rosehip oil at all for her skin, so just be aware facial oils may not be for you.

There are a tonne of brands out there, my favourites are from Trilogy (antioxidant+) and Sukin. Both available at priceline:

https://www.priceline.com.au/skincare/hand-and-body/body-moisturisers/certified-organic-rose-hip-oil-25.0-ml

M’s Spring Must Haves

M.A.C Face and Body Foundation

Face and Body

If you’re looking for a super light coverage foundation to even out your skin tone then M.A.C Face and Body is for you! It’s a water-based foundation, which means that it blends seamlessly with your skin and is almost undetectable – exactly what you want for spring! It’s also very buildable which means that you can apply more to any troublesome areas without looking like a cake.

Get M.A.C Face and Body… You need it in your life! (M uses the colour C2 and N uses C1).

http://www.maccosmetics.com.au/product/shaded/158/32553/Products/Face/Foundation/Studio-Face-and-Body-Foundation-50-ml/index.tmpl

 

NARS Light Optimizing Primer Broad Spectrum SPF 15
Nars

I have super dry, tired looking skin and this is the only primer that I’ve used that makes me look like I’ve actually had a full night’s sleep. It makes my foundation stay on for about 1000x longer and perfectly smooths out any dry patches around my nose and chin. When I’m having a good skin day I wear it on its own and it blurs out any rough patches and gives me a subtle glow whilst also providing sun protection.

Pick this baby up here: http://mecca.com.au/nars/light-optimising-primer/I-016026.html#start=1

 

Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask

Origins

Because my skin is so dry most of my breakouts are from clogged pores or that time of the month. This is a creamy mask that I use twice a week after my shower at night. It sinks into my skin after about 20-30 minutes and makes your face feel like an overly hydrated babies bottom. I can actually see the reduction of redness and pimples when I wake up the next morning and feel a huge difference in the texture of my skin. This is a must for anyone who needs a bit of a pick-me-up in the hydration department. Highly-highly recommended!

Grab yours here: http://mecca.com.au/origins/drink-up-intensive-overnight-mask/I-007987.html#start=1

 

The Body Shop Vitamin E Cream Cleanser

BodyShop

This is the cleanser I have been searching for my whole life! It feels like your washing your face with a pillow and leaves my skin feeling so moisturized and clean! I am In Love with this cleanser and could not go a day without it! It’s great for dry skin types (perfect for after those dry Winter months) but N uses it on her combination skin type too (oily in spots and dry in others) and it doesn’t break her out. After using cleansers for a while I usually hit a plateau and stop seeing any results but I am constantly seeing amazing results with the Vitamin E Cream Cleanser even after using it for a couple of months! It’s also 200mL so it will last you ages!

Pick it up from The Body Shop: http://www.thebodyshop.com.au/skincare/cleansers/vitamin-e-cream-cleanser.aspx#.VExLn4fQIy4

 

– M & N x

Worth the Hype? – Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette

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Everyone and their mum have heard of the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette (unless you’ve been living in a hole, in which case I commend you for not giving in to the cravings to watch YouTube videos and read blogs all night instead of studying). But is it worth the hype? I could never bring myself to pay so much money for six eye shadows that, if I’m honest, don’t really look like much, but when I was asked what I wanted for my birthday in June I jumped at the opportunity and quickly put the palette at the top of my wish list.

So, are the shadows as creamy and pigmented as everyone claims they are? In short… Yes.

 

The texture: I’ve had butter that is harder than these eye shadows. They are so creamy and bendable that you almost don’t actually need to bother blending at all when you apply them. They blend seamlessly with your skin, which makes it easy to correct the mistakes that I seem to make more often than not.

Pigmentation: One quick swipe of these buttery shadows and you have enough colour to paint your whole body, which makes them last a really long time.

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Colours: The palette has five matte shades including a matte black (crave), dark matte brown (faint), cool toned light matte brown (naked 2), a matte chickpea colour (W.O.S), a matte yellow (foxy) and a more shimmery highlight colour (Venus) that is great for highlighting the inner corners and brow bone. At first I didn’t understand how these colours could be so amazing but after one use I realized just how perfectly matched they are. Because all of the colours apart from Venus are matte it’s super easy to create lots of different looks from super natural to a dark smokey eye for a night out.

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Here’s my favourite everyday eye look using the Naked Basics Palette. I use foxy all over my lid, blend naked 2 into my crease and faint into the outer corner of my eye to create a bit of depth. Then I place Venus into my inner corner and on my brow bone to open up my eyes a bit (oh the pains of having eternally small eyes).

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If you’re new to makeup and looking for one eye shadow palette to use for every day and more dramatic looks or just want an amazing eye shadow palette to add to your collection, then the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette is for you! This is one product that I would definitely re-purchase over and over again. I can’t live without it!

You can pick up the Naked Basics palette online from Beauty Bay for $45.80 AUD with free shipping to Australia. http://www.beautybay.com/cosmetics/urbandecay/nakedbasicspalette/

-M x

 

 

Chi Chi Cosmetics Review

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Bronzes Eyeshadow Palette

Maddy gave me this as a gift when I was having a rough week (lovely sister? Yes indeedy). I had been drooling over her Naked 3 palette but unwilling to spend the money to get one of my own. Whilst not exactly the same colour range as the Urban Decay palette, the Chi Chi Bronzes palette is amazing! The price tag is tiny compared to the Naked 3, but the quality is almost the same. The eyeshadows are so buttery and pigmented and the colours are incredible, ranging from dark browns and coppers to lighter opals; Perfect for coming into spring.

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They have a whole range of different coloured palettes in the Glamorous Eyes range, all of which I am keen to try out. I definitely recommend giving them a go if you’re I the market for high-quality eyeshadows but don’t want to spend high-end prices.

Masterpiece Eyeshadow Palette

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I also have the Masterpiece palette, a limited edition item. I am not as crazy about this palette as the others in their range. The eyeshadows themselves are (mostly) still lovely and buttery; the smaller eyeshadows in the pack haven’t kept their quality as well in the smaller size. There is also a lot of excess packaging, a lot. It’s not a deal breaker, but it’s something I do take into consideration.  I still adore all the colours in the palette, the brighter blues and purples are amazeballs.

 

Fabulous & Flawless Foundation

I was in the market for a medium-full coverage foundation for quite a while. I adore my Mac Face & Body for everyday wear, but sometimes I feel like something with a little more polished and glam – especially on those weeks where my skin is being a total pain in the bum.

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Mac’s studio fix fluid was lovely if not slightly too much coverage and also a little more than I was willing to spend; foundations can feel great in the shop and then the next time you use it you’re like “what was I thinking this is awful!”. After much Googling and YouTubeing of reviews, I finally decided to try our ChiChi’s Fabulous and Flawless foundation in the shade 1. This shade is for fair skin with yellow undertones; there are descriptions like this for all 10 shades which I love! I was pretty skeptical that I would get a nice finish from such a cheap foundation, but oh. My. God. I love love love this stuff. It’s medium coverage and yet buildable if need be. The colour is perfect. The finish is demi-matte (my favourite) meaning I can look refined and matte or youthful and dewy, depending on my mood. This is my new favourite foundation; I wear it almost every day. Massive thumbs-up for this product, especially for the price! 10/10.

 

Eyeliners

I finally branched out from my black and brown eyeliners; beautiful purples and blues! As with the Masterpiece eyeshadow palette, these are from a limited edition collection. (Colours are ‘Space Cadet’ and ‘Boogie Nights’.)

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Maddy and I have differing opinions on these eyeliners. If you’re a fan of a creamy eyeliner that is easily smudged, these are not for you. They are quite dry, but the pigmentation (particularly on the ‘Space Cadet’ blue) is great! They add a great pop of colour to your eye look without being too in-you-face-woah-I’m-wearing-coloured-eyeliner.  They aren’t fantastic but I am still keen to try out other Chi Chi eyeliners. Definitely a great way to introduced bolder eyeliner colours into your regime.

 

Bronze Diva Bronzer

This is a lovely gentle highlighting bronzer; something that I have been wanting for a while. I have a body shop bronzer that I love love love, and I have been looking for something to match it. This bronzer might just do it.

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The colours blend to make a lovely opal bronze with a light but buildable coverage; just enough to give you a natural bronzed glow. It’s perfect for everyday wear or as a highlighter for a darker nighttime look. I’m really happy with this product!

For the most part, Chi Chi’s products are great bang for you buck. They don’t skimp on quality whilst keeping the prices low. That’s my kind of make-up.

 

– N x

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