Wednesday, 28 June 2017

BECCA x Chrissy Teigen Glow Palette

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I’ve never moved so fast to buy a product!

I got the email from Space. NK at 9:01, and by 9:03 this palette was mine!

The BECCA x Chrissy Teigen collaboration was always going to be stunning. Her makeup is flawless, dewy, and neutral, exactly what BECCA stands for. But when it comes to highlighter, I find her look subtler than I’d associate BECCA with. This collaboration is different, and I’m sold!

The palette is gorgeous, with its slick coral mixed with quartz outer shell. The rest of the packaging is rose gold, and if we’re going on aesthetics alone, it’s one of the prettiest things I own!

I love the weight to it, as it feels sturdy but not at all heavy. Inside are two generously sized highlighters, and two smaller pans, one a bright pink blush, and the other a bronzer.

It’s the ultimate kit for glowing Cali girl skin!

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There’s Hibiscus Bloom, described as a luminous coral pink, but I don’t see the coral. It’s bright, but applies quite sheer and is buildable, which I much prefer than outright insane pigment directly on my skin.

Malibu Soleil is a subtle sun-kissed bronze, more of a luminous amber gold, which I prefer to use to amplify a contour shade for a hint of light and warmth. Of all in this palette, it’s the most muted in tone.

For the highlighters, there’s Rose Gold, a pink infused gold, and Beach Nectar, my favourite of them all, a peach infused gold. It’s the Baby Spice to Champagne Pop’s Scary Spice!

Despite how subtle the formula of these powders is, it’s still incredibly long lasting. I’ve worn these highlighters without any base, they still lifted my complexion and the glow remained all day. Otherwise, they don’t move, there’s zero fall-out when taking brush to pan, and the pigment is reliable.

I normally don’t use limited edition products much, but this palette has been a daily staple. Which means I’m going to need a backup, right?
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Sunday, 25 June 2017

Playing with clay || Are clay masks worth the money?

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I’m about two seconds away from buying clay powder and mixing my own mask!

When you have oily areas on your face, it’s incredibly important to maintain a balance. For me, twice weekly detoxifying and brightening masks are a life saver.

Clay masks seemed logical. They draw out toxins and purify pores, and in turn help balance sebum production, the scourge of oily skin. But there’s a new trend, with several brands working to develop their own clay offerings. These are two I’ve tried so far, and I can’t pretend to be entirely happy with both.

When L’Oréal released their Pure Clay Detox Face Mask, it took me months to get my hands on it, it was sold out everywhere. My first impressions were that this clay mask is so heavily fragranced, it turns my stomach. But being made with three different kinds of clay, Koalin, Montmorillonite, and Ghassoul I thought it worth it.

L'Oreal Pure Clay Detox Mask: Aqua / Water, Kaolin, Montmorillonite, Lecithin, Polysorbate 20, Butylene, Glycol Propylene, Glycol, Ci 77499 / Iron Oxides, Oryza, Sativa Starch / Rice Starch, Moroccan Lava Clay, Charcoal Powder, Caprylyl, Glycol Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Polyglycerin-10, Polyglyceryl-10 Myristate, Polyglyceryl-10 Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin, Linalool, Limonene, Parfum /Fragrance

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Vichy’s Pore Purifying Clay Mask is fragranced as well, but not as strongly.  Made with two white clays, Kaolin and Bentonite, it has all the makings for drawing out impurities. As per most Vichy skincare, it’s made with their trademark thermal mineral water and Aloe Vera extract, which is supposed to further hydrate skin, and it’s also paraben free.

Vichy Mineral Pore Purifying Clay Mask Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Argilla, Propanediol, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, CI 77891, Cetearyl Alcohol, Zea Mays Starch, CI 77492, CI 77492, CI 77491, Allantoin, Ceteareth-20, Aloe Barbadensis Lead Juice Powder, Lecithin, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Parfum, Code F.I.L.: C182660/

The L’Oréal Pure Clay Mask does absolutely nothing for me. It doesn’t help clear my pores, balance my oiliness, or produce any noticeable difference. Whereas the Vichy Mineral Pore Purifying Clay Mask somewhat draws out impurities and slightly minimises the appearance of my pores. I’ve noticed it does help regulate my oiliness for a few days afterwards, but it could be better at clarifying my pores. I’ve been using it consistently, so I suppose I’m not put off by it. I just wish it was better and did more, you know?

Next, I’ll go straight to the source!

Have you tried any good clay masks?
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A subtle bronze by Benefit

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Let’s call it trendy.

Every beauty website and magazine is talking about Spring’s barely there contour, a shadow so undetectable it seems effortless. While I know a bronzer “shouldn’t” be used to contour, they’re not the right shade, and all that jazz, I feel like where there’s a will, there’s a way. And I prefer warmth during the summer, as I mentioned in my last post.

I don’t gravitate towards Benefit much, and the products I’ve tried don’t work for me, but I love this Dew The Hoola Liquid Bronzer!

It’s subtle, warm toned but not unflattering in any way. It blends beautifully, and doesn’t move all day. A little bit can be used all over your face for some colour, mixed in with foundation, or in the usual “3” shape on your high points. I use the latter method, and I set it with a translucent powder and then go over with a soft bronzer.

Once, I forgot to use my second step, and sort of freaked out when I got to work and realised! But I’d used and set Dew the Hoola, and I could see the definition I prefer to my face.


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For some, this may not be pigmented enough. But I love how sheer and easy to use it is. The packaging is quite lovely and tropical as well, along the lines of Benefit’s usual cute shapes.

I’d quite like to try more of Benefit’s cheek products now. As insane as it sounds, I still don’t own Benefit’s Hoola bronzer because it seems a bit too orange toned for me!

Have you tried Dew The Hoola?
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