Revisiting MAC makeup

It’s been awhile since I’ve last tested or used any MAC make up products. It’s always intimidating (Yes! Even for a beauty blogger) to go into the counter with so many products, choices and variety to choose from.

So late last year, I was invited to the stand alone MAC store in Eastland to trial out some products and get to rekindle my passion of experimenting with makeup products again. I know I’ve been slacking on the make up front lately.

MAC makeup

After a proper consultation of what I like and what I didn’t like (so important you guys, always talk to SA about your preferences!); I was introduced to a concealer I’ve not used before the MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in #NC25. This pump bottle concealer is amazing at concealing redness and uneven skin tone. It’s liquid form makes it easy to blend and is super long lasting too.

I apply this everyday under my foundation routine to conceal everything acne scar, redness, eye bags to pigmentation and find that I actually need a lot less foundation to go over my skin after.

Back tracking a little, to start before any make up step, I prep my skin with MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base Visage. Everyone knows a good primer is key to make up that last. Also great for oil controlling and keeping skin hydrated. MAC Prep & Prime Skin Base Visage has a slight sheen and pearlescent finish to it and helps to brighten and even out skin with minimal effort required.

It is no secret that MAC does some pretty good primer, so be sure to check out their range as there’s one to suit everybody and best of all they don’t break me out and I have acne-prone skin (yes, even in my 30s).

I have been a little obsessed with cream blushes all of 2015, so I thought I’d check out the MAC Cremeblend Blush in #So Sweet, So Easy but to my disappointment, it wasn’t as pigmented as I’d hope it’d be and for some reason the colour doesn’t sit well on my skin tone.

Having said that, I absolutely loved the MAC Huggable Glass in #Love Buzz. This compact sized hot pink gloss goes onto lips like a dream, easy to apply and stays on pretty well. It keeps lips well hydrated and feels quite lightweight. All in all the gloss and concealer are highlights from me and all I can say is, it’s definitely worth exploring make up brands you’ve never touched or haven’t in a long time. You’ll be surprise what you’ll come across with.

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Listening to: Reality by Lost Frequencies

This song just makes me happy and wants to dance with it. Such a great song and I can’t stop listening to it.

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Pure Hair Food

Australian made and locally sourced hair care brand Pure Hair Food has a no frills mentality when it comes to their packaging (mostly pump bottles) and the ability to mix and match hair products to best suit your hair care needs.

pure hair food

This is especially great for someone like me with combination to oily roots and super dry and damaged hair ends. Hence when it comes to shampoo; I’d usually pick something different from my conditioner and hair masque.

I have been using the Hydrate Your Hair range and is happy to report that whilst they are moisturising to my hair I don’t feel that they weight down my fine hair and doesn’t leave my hair oily/greasy looking even when I use the hair masque every other day. They are colour safe and lathers pretty well in the shower.

In addition, Pure Hair Food is free from nasties like sulphate, paraben and sodium chloride and best of all they are not testing on animals.

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Why I choose Thermage?

For my long term readers, you’ve probably read about my previous experiences with Thermage and how there’s no downtime and isn’t invasive yet super effective in my experiences.

Naturally now that I am in my 30s, the focus has moved on from oil controlling/hydrating to anti-ageing and preventative care to my appearances.

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One month after my recent Thermge treatment.

Let’s face it, there’s only so much skincare could do to one’s skin and it is very important take care of skin from inside out via our lifestyle + diet and giving it a boost every once in a while. Whilst skincare is what helps to maintain and prevent, treatments helps to give skin a booster.

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One month post thermage

That booster of choice for me is Thermage. Whilst it is a little pricier than your average facial, it works for me hence I am committed to it. For those who are not familiar with Thermage; it is a facial treatment that uses radio frequency to destroy saggy and ageing collagen under the epidermis layer and kick start the skin into mass producing new layers of collagen which in return gives the lifted, face tightening effect.

Thermage is perfect for those who:

  • Want to look refreshed, lifted, tighten without having to go under surgery and needles
  • Looking for an overall treatment to target face, jawline and neck for visible and long lasting results
  • Want something done without any downtime/skin sensitivity, time poor, etc
  • Searching for preventative treatment to anti-ageing or addressing anti-ageing; Thermage results are evident time and again for me that it is by far the best preventative facial treatment I have experience and could visibly see results.

So far I have completed three Thermage treatments in the past four years. Due to the weight changes I’ve experienced in the past couple of years, it has seen me through dramatic weight gain and losses (8kg and so on). Naturally, this change in my body has also caused a toll on my skin and face.

thermage weight lost

In addition, I’ve done Invisalign to correct my underbite and straighten my teeth. So that has contributed to some weight lost too. Thank goodness for Thermage (I believe it did), my skin didn’t sag, look too sunken or look hallow like one would after major weight lost.

My treatment was complimentary by Saphira Clinic – 23A Beatty Avenue, Armadale, VIC 3143.
Suggested treatment price approximately RRP AUD$2,500

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Sponsored Post: Skin Doctors

When it comes to skincare, Australian skincare has come a long way over the past decade.

skin doctors review

We can now access skincare that is on par with many big named brands overseas and today, I will share with you my experience with Skin Doctors. For those who are unfamiliar, Skin Doctors is an Aussie brand that is designed to provide targeted solutions to common skincare problems.

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Skin Doctors covers most skincare problems like:

  • Wrinkles & expression lines
  • Sagging and loss of elasticity
  • Pigmentation and sun damage
  • Dehydration
  • Dull, lifeless skin & uneven skin tone
  • Oily, shiny T-zone
  • Body ageing

skin doctors skincare review

I was invited to trial out some of Skin Doctors skincare products that are targeted to my skincare concern back in December 2015. With dullness, pigmentation and anti-ageing preventative care in mind, I picked out the following products:

  • Skin Doctors pH Balancing Cleanser
  • Skin Doctors Eye Tuck
  • Skin Doctors Relaxaderm Advance
  • Skin Doctors Skinactive Regenerating Night Cream

As we all know, a solid skincare routine starts with a good cleanser for proper skin cleansing. The Skin Doctors pH Balancing Cleanser contains avocado extract and alpha hydroxyl acid (AHA) to deeply cleanse and exfoliate skin whilst maintaining skin’s pH balance of 5.5 all at the same time.

skin doctors ph balancing cleanser

By keeping skin in this balanced acid-alkaline ratio of 5.5, it’ll keep skin from being dehydrated or inflamed. I cannot stress that AHA is so important in skincare for those who are in their late 20s +. AHA helps to break up and remove dead skin cells from forming a thick layer over skin and to keep it healthy looking, luminous and preps skin for better absorption of skincare products after the cleansing step.

If you are prone to clogged skin/pores, dull looking skin; choosing a cleanser with AHA would help with these issues. As you can see in the swatch above, AHA based cleanser don’t foam up that much, they usually come with creamy consistency BUT still leaves the skin feeling cleansed.

skin doctors eye tuck

Next, I apply eye cream over cleansed skin before the rest of the skincare steps. Skin Doctors Eyetuck helps with tightening the skin under the eyes and to reduce the appearance of puffy eyes. This cosmeceutical strength eye cream helps with keeping the under eye appearance smoother and tighter looking.

Infused with ingredients like apricot oil, shea butter and tetrapeptide; this eye cream helps to prevent fine lines/wrinkles around eye area and helps to reduce the appearance of eye bags. Personally, I find my eye bags less noticeable since I usually struggle with sleep and only sleep approximately 5 – 6 hours each night on average.

One pump is all I needed for each application day and night and the eye cream absorbs into my skin very quickly without leaving any greasiness and sits really well under makeup too. Not to mention it goes really well with my sensitive eyes and I didn’t experience any sensitivity or milia whilst using this eye cream.

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Following the eye cream, I massage two full pump of Skin Doctors Relaxaderm Advance all over my face and neck. This serum works to plump up skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by smoothing and lifting skin. Key ingredient like hyaluronic acid helps to lock in moisture within skin for a youthful look.

I have no issues with this serum applied both day and night and it sits well under makeup despite it’s richer consistency. In fact, over a couple of days into this serum, I find that my skin doesn’t flake or feel dehydrated like I used to.

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Lastly, I finish off the day with Skin Doctors Skinactive Regenerating Night Cream – an all-rounder moisturiser that addresses key skincare problems by repairing skin when we sleep. This moisturiser promises to:

  • Renew & repair skin
  • Detoxify & relieve stressed skin
  • Increase firmness & plumps skin
  • Prevent fine lines & deep wrinkles
  • Brightening uneven skin tone
  • Increase elasticity, skin smoothness
  • Providing moisture for dehydrated skin

My personal favourite of the lot has to be the Eyetuck and Skinactive Regenerating Night Cream. Reason is because the eye cream really made a difference to my otherwise puffy and swollen eyes. On the other hand, the night cream has this soothing scent that is feels good to massage all over face and neck. Overnight, it also leaves my skin brighter and healthier looking despite lack of sleep.

If you are in the market looking for some new skincare to incorporate into your skincare routine or looking for something that works and affordable, why not give Skin Doctors a go?

Best of all they are all made in Australia and isn’t that a good feeling to support local brands?

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Best of 2015

shiseido-spotscover-foundation-review

Makeup: 

dior prestige white skincare

Skincare: 

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Body care: 

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Hair care:

  • ghd V Gold Max kit – Once you go wide plates, you never go back especially with longer hair.
  • Shiseido Ma Cherie Haircare – Smell so good you wouldn’t be able to stop sniffing your hair, you’ve been warned.
  • Biolage Shampoo – Dry, damaged, unruly hair be gone! This was a life changer for someone who have coloured, bleached and permed her hair (3 times) to death.

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Others: 

 

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Medik8 White Balance Duo

medik8 white balance duo

At the time of typing this post, I’ve actually finished these cream and wanted to share with you how I went with them both.

Medik8 White Balance Duo is two brightening creams designed for day and night. Their main goal is to target and prevent pigmentation on skin whilst delivering a balanced moisturising system to the skin to ensure it is being looked after.

Personally, I like anything whitening and brightening because despite my age (in my 30s!) I still get acne!!! Whilst it is mostly attributed to hormonal, it’s still very annoying for me to deal with because not only do I have to target my acnes, acne scarring and also up my anti-ageing skincare needs.

As part of the Medik8 Pigmentation Series, these White Balance Duo works in conjunction with the White Balance Click serum which I have previously blogged about it here to deliver visible brightening and anti ageing results to skin.

medik8 white balance duo brightening

My thoughts on the products:

  • Both day and night cream comes in a pump tube packaging which helps to maintain product freshness and hygiene. However they come in different sizes, perhaps the assumption is that people use more night cream as compare to day cream?
  • Key ingredient for both products is Oxy-R (Oxyresveratrol). Basically what it does is to inhibits melanin production which in layman terms meaning pigmentations will be reduced.
  • Day cream – has some sun protection in it and the texture is lightweight enough for my combination skin without feeling heavy or greasy even during warmer weather. It also provides instant brightening effect (although very minor) due to the light reflective pigments.
  • Night cream – has niacinamide to help reduce dark spots and inflammation in skin. Texture wise, this is slightly richer than the day cream and it does take a while to absorb into skin so be sure to really warm up the hands and massage this thoroughly all over face and neck.

Overall, I would recommend these duo especially in the sunnier months to really protect,  target skin pigmentations and prevent signs of premature ageing. My skin felt thoroughly hydrated throughout my course with it and my skin didn’t break out much either. If you have fairly normal to slight dry or oily or combination skin, you could use these creams and benefit from it too.

RRP AUD$129

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Charlotte Tilbury Makeup Products

Recently, I got to test out some of Charlotte Tilbury make up products. I’ve been particularly keen to give them a whirl especially since I’ve read and seen a lot of raving reviews about them both overseas and locally.

For one, their packaging are spot on. The entire Charlotte Tilbury range has this understated luxe look and feel to their makeup products packaging. The play with rose gold is a winner in my books.

I got to trial the brand new under eye concealer, brow pencil, lip balm and cheek stain and  here are my thoughts of them:

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Mini Miracle Eye Wand (RRP AUD$58) – This two-step concealer is really clever as it preps the eye area for concealer application with a hydrating eye cream. I went with Shade #02 and it brightens my eye area and hides what needs to be hidden. I also use this around my nose area to help cover redness.

The eye cream texture is really soft and feels really comfortable around the eye area and the concealer applies like a dream without needed much effort to blend out. Once I’ve applied the two steps my eye area shows no signs of creasing or fine lines, just well concealed eye bags. I’m pretty impressed with the results and definitely recommend this concealer.

Brow Lift (RRP AUD$45) – This brow pencil is quite light on its own and has a reddish brown tone to it (I am using shade #Brooke S) but the combination of brow powder and brow liner helped filled out my brows to just the right balance of a set of defined brows. It’s handy and easy to use, I’d recommend this for travelling too as it comes with a spoolie brush and brow powder all in one.

Beach Stick (RRP AUD$55) –  To be honest, the cheek stain (#Las Salinas) was probably my least favourite product of the lot simply because it isn’t as pigmented when applied as compared to what is within the applicator. It requires quite a bit of product to get some colour onto my cheeks and I do love a pop of colour on my cheeks rather than looking like I’ve got nothing on.

Lip Magic (RRP AUD$45) – If I could reach over my screen and shake you on your shoulders, I would. Go get a pot of this stuff right now. As we all know the first signs of dehydration is always shown on the lips. This lip balm is moisturising without being waxy or heavy. It just melts into this light moisturising film upon contact with my finger. Just dab a little all over lips and more if required.

More importantly it delivers a weightless protective film over lips that doesn’t leave lips looking greasy yet does wonders with lips overnight. Go get it!

From my experience with the CT makeup products, I am happy with 3 out of 4 products and will definitely trial more of their products and share my experience with you. If you are looking to trial some new makeup brand that you haven’t tested before, do check out Charlotte Tilbury, you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

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