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A Holy Grail Face Powder.

A Holy Grail Face Powder MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder

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I’m not the first person, and I certainly won’t be the last, to rave about MAC Prep and Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Oh, my. I haven’t ever really been a face powder girl, but my skin has been changing a little recently, and I have found that makeup isn’t enjoying hanging about on my nose and chin as much as it used to. My sister told me about this… and while it isn’t a fixing powder per se, it does exactly what I need it to do.

The powder is very, very very, like SUPER finely milled. So fine. This means it applies like a dream. I swirl it on my face as the woman on the counter showed me; rather than sweeping it on, I kind of twirl the brush a little in my fingers and I move it up and down my nose and chin.

The Transparent Finishing Powder leaves my skin looking soft and velvety and makes my foundation really last. It’s not too mattifying, it has more of a velvety effect and I haven’t seen any evidence of it caking anywhere; as a matter of fact I wore it over my Estee Lauder Double Wear which usually cakes on my something chronic, and I got no caking with this over the top. WINNING (oops, that’s not a thing anymore, is it?).

I don’t always totally finish with this, I usually sweep the Bobbi Brown finishing powder lightly over this, but I am totally, totally sold on this powder. I love it. Next time I am at a MAC counter I am going to look at a few more in this line of Prep + Prime.

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Soft Silky, Shiny Hair!

Soft Silky, Shiny Hair- My Solution. 

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Kerataste Resistance Ciment Thermique has been a lifesaver for me. I have always been a hair dyer. My mum let me start quite young, maybe 10 or 11 years old, just playing with henna and mainly going for reds. I soon progressed to at home colours, from bright reds, to purples, blacks and everyone’s old favourite Sun-In. As I have gotten older, I haven’t gotten any wiser. I have balayanged, dip-dyed, had streaks, gone from black to Rhianna inspired bright red. Even to this day I yen for white blonde hair, even though I know it will destroy my hair. So last year, in September, I decided to have a year off from colouring my hair – either professionally or at home. I wanted to have a look at what I really have now, after nearly two decades of endless punishment and fun.

About that time I started looking at treatments for my hair, and how to take better care of it. On my favourite beauty forums there seemed to be a significant group of women waxing lyrical about Ciment Thermique. Asit is designed for hair that is regularly subjected to extreme heat (I have a deep, endless love for my GHD) I decided to give it a go.

Now it has taken me a while to really get a hang of how to use this product. It must be applied to towel dried hair, and it must be dried with a hairdryer. If you allow your hair to air dry after applying this, it goes a funny crunchy dry texture… odd. I apply a small blob (it says on the back of the bottle to apply a walnut size amount, but that is far to much for my collarbone length fine hair) about a hazelnut, seeing as we are talking in nuts, to my palms, rub them together and then work it through my hair. Now here is the crucial thing I learned; not only should you really apply it carefully to your hair, but really work it in. Massage it into the lengths. And then I use my tangle teaser to brush it through.

I then ‘blow dry’ my hair with the Bablyiss Big Hair type thing that cheaper brands have copied, and voila- I have super soft, shiny, bouncing perfect hair just like in the shampoo adverts! I find my hair is less damaged, handles interacting with the GHD much better, and even a swim in the ocean doesn’t leave it as brittle as it once did. It’s official. I am a convert.

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The Battle of the Cleansing Waters!

Micellar Solutions

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Ever since I can remember, or maybe since I started caring, beauty writers have raved about Bioderma Micellar water, most recently in its Sensibo/Crealin H20 incarnation.

Beauty enthusiasts wax lyrical about its make up removal powers and the way it leaves the skin soft and undamaged. And I agree with this. It takes my makeup off really nicely (before I properly cleanse) and doesn’t irritate my skin or eyes in any way, shape or form.

The problem is, that in Australia, Bioderma is very new, and crazy expensive. That little tiny bottle in the photo above retails for $19.95 in Priceline. I went through half of it, only using it on heavy makeup days (which is maybe once or twice a week) in two months. Yikes.

So when I saw someone (and I really can’t remember who, but it might have been Megan) on YouTube raving about the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water I thought it couldn’t hurt trying it out. In Priceline, this retails for $11.99 for 400ml. Nothing to lose in my opinion.

And can I say… I like the Garnier a whole lot more. I find it really takes my mascara off without any wiping or rubbing (no panda eyes when I am mid ‘proper’ cleanse) and my skin feels way more hydrated after using it. It may also be that I use it more liberally because it is cheaper, and for me that is a complete bonus. I keep my little bottle of Bioderma for travelling times, but I will definitely be holding onto the Garnier for a good long while.

This is not a cleanser in my opinion – I still cleanse my face every morning and night with a dedicated product. But for makeup removal, especially those more stubborn products like mascara and the Maybelline/MAC cream eyeshadows, this works like a dream.

Will you try the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water? Do you use the Bioderma?

Or have you tried another one I should know about?

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Essie: Shake Your $$ Maker

Essie Neon Collection: Shake Your $$ Maker

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Essie is one of my favourite nail polish makers- not necessarily because of the formula (sometimes the colours are too sheer or the polish chips and peels off my nails too quickly. The latter is more to do with my nails, than this particular brand). I love Essie because of the colour range. The subtle shifts in the pinks, neutrals and red, the beautiful hues of blue and purple, and then awesome bright fun and on trend colours; all of them really speak to me. Actually, they call my name. I can’t resist. It doesn’t matter that I have more bottles in my collection than a girl should reasonably have, I must have that new colour!

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So when my eye caught this little beauty I knew I had to have it. It also helped that with my Priceline rewards voucher I got a $4 off Essie perk, AND they had 40% off all beauty so I got this for a STEAL.

I have been hunting for a green, which can be a tricky colour to wear on your nails. I think Essie have really gotten the tone (cool) right on this one, and it is more of a blue green than yellow, which helps it look chic on the nails, I think. It did take four coats to get the colour as opaque as I wanted it – this is a bit sheer and a tiny bit streaky. It also has a very matte finish, which is really cool and of course the brush, which Essie do brilliantly, is excellent.

I also tried a different top coat on it from L’Oreal, and I really like the effect. But this is definitely a colour I will be getting a lot of wear out for the coming months, as I really need a break from blue and red.

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NARS Blush

NARS Blush

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Ah, Blush. The best of the beauty world (don’t worry lipstick and mascara, I still love you too!). I love blush. I find it can really change your appearance. It can make you look healthy and happy, and give you a sense of confidence when you’re not feeling so great or are struggling with your skin that day. As a pretty pale skinned girl, I can look almost ghostly, and people will not hesitate to tell me that I look unwell (nice!) if I skip the blush. But let’s be real. I wear blush for me. I like achieving different effects with different blush. And one of my all time favourite brands for blush, is NARS.

I own three shades at the moment. I say at the moment because I have my eye on two more (at least). I find NARS blushes to be really easy to apply- the formula isn’t too soft, and while some shades are more pigmented than others, I find it hard to over do blush with NARS, unlike some other brands.

Orgasm is the cult favourite, and I can see why. I tired numerous different cheaper ‘dupes’ but don’t be fooled ladies (and gents) – there really isn’t a proper dupe for this shade. I don’t think its just the shade – it’s the way it applies. Now I know some people find it far too gold, and at times I can see that, but to be honest it doesn’t bother me. I can’t imagine my makeup drawer without this beauty, and the dupes I bought have been ceremoniously dumped from my stash.

Deep Throat is the other well known shade from NARS and honestly this is such a favourite for me. For a while I went off shimmer blushes and stopped wearing this, but I have started reaching for it, and reach for it most days. I love the tone on my skin – it’s the perfect blush for a bold lip colour, and it builds really nicely if you want to wear no lip colour. The shade is perfect for my pale skin, and again, it’s a blush I find I can’t really over do.

Finally I have Desire. Desire is a cool tones bright pink blush… and oh, my goodness, I love it. It’s a little more powdery than the other two formulas and is a matte blush. When I wear this blush I find my eyes look brighter and my whole complexion looks brighter. I wear it with my bright fuchsia coloured lipsticks, champagne coloured eyeshadow and lashings of mascara. I love this blush – as scary as it looks in the pan, it works so well on my face, and I can see it working on a range of skin tones.

Next I have my eye on Oasis and Luster.

Do you have any NARS blushes? Which ones are your favourites?

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