Thursday, 28 January 2016

SLEEPING PACKS • WHAT ARE THEY AND WHY YOU SHOULD USE THEM

A picture of Tonymoly Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack

Sleeping packs/sleeping masks aren't the newest invention in the skincare realm, but it seems only recently that Western skincare brands have caught on and have begun creating their own versions of these products including the ever popular Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask.
If you are familiar with the Korean 10 step skincare regime, you would know that sleeping packs play an important part in creating that fresh and glowy skin that is highly sought after by many. But if you haven't heard of this type of product before, you're probably wondering what it is and how one would benefit from using one.

Sleeping packs are (in most cases) the last step in a skincare routine, designed to seal in moisture and leave your skin looking plump and hydrated in the morning. From my understanding, the difference between a sleeping pack and a night cream is that the sleeping pack remains on the skin until the morning and is washed off when washing your face before applying make up or SPF, whereas a night cream is usually a rich, thick cream that is applied before bed and soaks into the skin by the morning, therefore not needing to be rinsed off. 
I actually prefer to use a sleeping pack because having oily/combo skin, (veering more on the oily side in the Summer) I find night creams can sometimes be too rich for my skin and can cause breakouts, where sleeping packs on the other hand provide the right amount of moisture to my skin, without blocking my pores and making me breakout. I also reckon they feel a lot nicer on the skin than a thick cream.

The sleeping pack that I've been using and really loving lately is the Tony Moly Intense Care Dual Effect Sleeping Pack which from memory cost just under $20 for 100ml. This particular type claims to whiten (brighten) the skin and prevent the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. Since starting using this nightly, as the last step of my skincare routine, I have noticed a huge improvement in my skins overall appearance and texture. My skin looks noticeably brighter and more even and significantly more hydrated and plump. Considering a large percentage of the population is dehydrated, a boost in hydration that skincare provide is a step in the right direction!

If you haven't tried out a sleeping pack before, I really recommend you do because they are so amazing at rejuvenating the skin and providing a load of hydration, all while you sleep! It doesn't get better than that! While the Tony Moly sleeping pack I've tried is working for me, there are hundreds of difference varieties and brands that offer sleeping packs that cater towards certain skincare needs. A couple of others I've heard are also great are the Too Cool For School Pumpkin Sleeping Pack, (which I really want to try out after I've finished the one I'm currently using), the Laneige Water Sleeping Pack and the Mizon Good Night White sleeping pack. 

Have you ever tried a sleeping pack before? If you haven't, have I begun to convince you to try one? ;)


Friday, 22 January 2016

MINI SEPHORA HAUL

A picture of a Sephora Haul Leaders Clinic Sheet masks

If you live in NZ and love beauty and make up, you are probably aware that Sephora recently launched their New Zealand website, allowing NZ'ers to purchase from make up brands which had previously not been available to us. Like many other people, this made me very excited. Even more so when I saw that they were having free shipping over the weekend!!! I jumped online straight away and added a few things to my basket. Okay, so I didn't splash out and purchase everything that I wanted at once because let's be real, I am a student and I haven't a lot of money, so instead I bought 4 of the Leaders Insolution/Clinic sheet masks to try out, which cost about $3-$4 each. I've tried sheet masks in the past and really enjoyed using them, so I thought it would be cool to try some from a brand I haven't heard of before. The types I purchased are the Anti-Sebum mask, the Amino Clearing mask, the Bright mask and the Teatree Relaxing mask. I can't wait to use them!
Let me know if you'd like to hear my thoughts on any of these masks in a separate blog post.



Sunday, 17 January 2016

REVIEW • INNISFREE ECO SAFETY NO SEBUM SUNBLOCK SPF 35/PA+++


I wanted to start this review off by saying this has quickly become one of my favourite products in my everyday skincare/make up routine, which is saying a lot, considering in the past I have HATED wearing sunblock, simply because of the way it always felt on my skin. I actually really look forward to putting this on each morning, which either shows how pathetic I am or how great this sunblock is! I'm thinking the latter.

A few weeks ago, I was running out of my usual facial sunblock, so I was on the lookout for another to replace it. I had read a lot of reviews raving about Korean Skincare, in particular the Korean sunblocks, so I decided to check out this one by Innisfree. I chose the No Sebum version for oily skin, because while I have combo skin, my T-zone gets pretty darn oily in the Summer and this claimed to combat this.



This sunblock contains sunflower oil and green tea extracts to help moisturise and soothe the skin, while protecting from harmful UV rays. I definitely feel like this sunblock is a lot more moisturising than any other sunblock I have tried in the past, and it actually seems to absorb into the skin rather than just sitting on top of it, making it very comfortable to wear daily.

Despite hydrating the skin, it does dry to a matte finish, and helps to control oil for at least 7 hours for my skin type without feeling flakey or chalky. The finish of it actually reminds me a little of a make up primer, which I've heard is quite common in Korean sunblocks.







I do notice that once I've applied this onto my skin, there is a slight whitening effect immediately after, however, it's never been too much of a problem for me considering how fair my skin is usually. I could see this maybe being a problem if you have a darker skin tone, but the white cast seems to settle a bit upon drying, so it might be fine. 
What I do find nice about the whitening effect of this sunblock is that it also seems to brighten my skin tone, smoothing out any discolouration or patchiness, meaning that when I am wearing this, I can get away without wearing a BB cream or foundation. SCORE!

Oh! I also haven't got burnt while using this - Major plus! (also the whole point of a sunblock).

I can without a doubt see myself repurchasing this sunblock once I run out, as it just works so so well for me! If you have oily or combo skin, I'd strongly recommend you check this sunblock out, especially for daily use, (I really believe that everyone should be using a sunblock as a part of their daily skincare routine). Even if you don't use this for sunblock purposes, you can always use it as an oil controlling make up primer! Is it obvious that I love this product??


Do you use a sunblock as part of your daily skincare routine?
What is your favourite sunblock?


Monday, 11 January 2016

BOOKS: TBR #3





A few days ago, I went over to my local library to sort out getting a new card (I may have lost my previous one) and while I was there, I picked up a few books to read over the next couple of weeks before uni starts again (ugh). I did have a few books in mind that I wanted to look for, but it turned out they weren't in yet, so instead I had a look over at the teen/young adult section and found these..

The New Girl Who Found A Dead Body by Milda Harris - This book is about a girl called Chloe who has moved to California to live with her best friend Jake's family, while she completes her final year of high school. While at an end of Summer party, Chloe stumbles upon the dead body of Lora Kelly, the most popular girl at school and now she is receiving threatening notes, presumably from the killer! I've actually already started reading this and I am really enjoying it so far. I'm interested to see what route the story will take.

When We Wake by Karen Healey When We Wake revolves around 16 year old Tegan who is like any other girl of her time. However, one day Tegan 'dies' and wakes up a hundred years later, locked in a government facility. When the future doesn't live up to her expectations, Tegan must decide whether she should keep her head down and blend in or stand her ground and fight for a better world. I picked this book up because it reminded me a lot of Across The Universe by Beth Revis, which I loved reading. Let's hope it's as good as it sounds!

Gone Too Far by Natalie D. Richards - Piper Woods can't wait for her final year of high school to end. So far she has successfully kept to her self, skirting the fringes of high school until one morning, when she finds notebook full of mutilated photographs and a list of student sins. After one student whose name was in the book, dies suddenly, Piper begins to suspect the worst. Suddenly involved in a world of scandal and secrets, it is up to Piper to make things right. But in doing right she must choose a name of someone who deserves to be punished. I feel like this book is going to be right up my alley due to the fact It seems to have a similar premise to Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, again, a book I really enjoyed.

Choker by Elizabeth Woods - Choker is about Cara Lange who has been a loner ever since she moved away from her one and only best friend, Zoe. She mostly spends her time watching Ethan Gray from a distance and avoiding the popular girls. One day Cara comes home to find Zoe waiting for her. Zoe is on the run, hiding from problems at home, so Cara agrees to help her hide. Now that her best friend is back, Cara is given a new look and new confidence, and is suddenly being invited to parties and flirting with Ethan. But as quickly as this all happens, it begins to unravel. A girl in Cara's town goes missing and suddenly everyone is a suspect. By the sounds of it, this book is full of mystery and suspense, and I can't wait to start reading it!

Anomaly by Krista McGee - This book sounds to be a mix of the Divergent and Across the Universe, if you can imagine that. Thalli is different from others living in the State. She feels and questions things, unlike the other citizens who have had emotion genetically removed from their systems. Up until now, Thalli has kept her malformation a secret from those monitoring her, but she can't keep her emotions hidden away forever. I've been looking for a good Dystopian/ SciFi to read and I'm hoping this will turn out to be as good as reviews make it out to be. On Goodreads, this has been tagged under Christian Fiction which is a little odd, so I'm hoping it doesn't come across to preach-y, but we shall see.

If you'd like to keep up with what I'm currently reading, check out my Goodreads page where I document everything I read.

What books are you planning on reading?


Friday, 8 January 2016

VIDEO • EVERYDAY SUMMER MAKE UP


My everyday make up routine changes up often, due to trialling products for review and the changing seasons. The last time I did one of these 'Everyday Make up' videos, it was around the middle of Winter (and I still had my blonde hair!) I thought it was time I did an updated make up video, featuring the products I use in the Summer. 



PRODUCTS USED//

Innisfree Eco Safety No Sebum Sunblock SPF 35 PA+++
Bourjois Happy Light Matt Serum Primer
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer 
Chi Chi Real Minerals Powder & Nude By Nature Mineral Powder
MAC Fleur Power Blush
Topshop Glow Highlighter
NYX Eyebrow Pencil in Medium Brown
ABH Brow Wiz in Taupe
Models Prefer Brow Fixer
Collection Super Size Mascara
MAC Lipstick in Twig

Please let me know if there are any video requests you have, and I'll be sure to get onto filming them in the next few weeks.


Monday, 4 January 2016

REVIEW • REMINGTON REVITALISE FACIAL CLEANSING BRUSH


Hello everyone! This post will be my first review of 2016 (that still sounds weird) and I can tell you now, it is going to be a positive one! A few months ago, I was very kindly sent the new Remington Revitalise Facial Cleansing Brush* to try out and review for you guys. I was really excited to give this a go, as I have already mentioned on here that I love the Clarisonic cleansing brush and I thought it might be interesting to try out another similar gadget!

The kit, which retails at $160, comes with three interchangeable heads - Normal, Sensitive and Massage. The device also consists of 3 different speeds to fully cater for your cleansing needs. I find I mostly use the normal skin brush, because it provides a deeper clean than the sensitive brush. That being said however, I have really enjoyed using the massage head most recently. I tend to use the massage head when I'm using an oil cleanser, as this helps to really work the oil into my skin, lifting out any dirt particles or make up that might be trapped in my pores. As for the speed setting, I usually stick to the second speed, largely because the third one does frighten me a little. I am working my way towards using the fastest speed though!

I supposed the biggest difference between the Remington cleansing brush and the Clarisonic brush is the way you hold it. The Clarisonic has a handle and then the brush sits perpendicular to this (kind of like a hairbrush). The Remington brush on the other hand, has the brush at the top of a straight handle, which at first I was a little confused by, but actually, after having been using it for a while, it totally makes sense. I find the Remington brush to be a lot more natural feeling and easier to hold. I also like how it can stand up when it's charging, thus occupying less space on the bathroom counter.

The initial charge takes 24 hours to complete, which was a little annoying as I wanted to use the brush that night, but I feel it teaches me the virtue of patience, so it wasn't too bad in the end. I just put it on to charge overnight, and the next night it was all ready to go! After every use, I also plug it back in to charge to ensure it will always be ready when I want to use it. When it charges, the LED lights around the base of the brush head glow, which doesn't do a lot in terms of practicality, but it sure does look pretty! Especially when the lights are off in the bathroom! My mum reckons it looks like a UFO, which I have to agree with.... Anyway, sorry I'll get back to the review!

After using this brush, I really notice a difference in the condition of my skin. The pores around my nose appear a lot cleaner and smaller in size and the uneven texture of my skin is practically gone after one use. The long term effects of using this cleansing brush include a brighter looking complexion and as well as a reduction in spots and break outs. Because this brush really helps to rid any dead skin cells, it also means your skincare products work more efficiently, as they are more easily absorbed by your skin! Win win!

I think it's safe to say I have really loved using this cleansing brush, and will definitely continue to do so, as it has become a staple in my skincare routine. While $160 is rather a lot of money to some people (me included), I really do believe it is worth it for fresh, glowy and healthy skin. If this sounds like a gadget you might be interested in, click the link here to visit the Remington site more more info.

Have you tried out this cleansing brush? What are your thoughts on it/cleansing brushes in general?



Sunday, 3 January 2016

2016


Goodbye 2015, you were an eventful year. I'd like to say it was a great year, but I feel I'd be lying to myself and you if I said that. So instead 2015, you have been an extremely challenging year for me, but you have also brought about some wonderful things in my life. Friends I have so much love and adoration for I could burst, commissions, prizes and good grades to help me see that my art means something, and an incredible family who have shown me time and time again that they completely support me in both good times and bad. 2015, you have made me learn a lot about myself this year and I thank you for that. Even though we didn't get along all of the time, I am sad to see you go. I promise to hold the good memories of this year in my heart forever, but I can't wait to see what your friend 2016 will bring. All my love,



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