THE BODY SHOP CREME SCRUB

As an avid reader of the blog, you might already know about my struggles with sensitive skin. The averse effects that harsh chemicals have had on my skin over the last year have ranged from red hives across my cheeks and temples, to a slightly more manageable stint of very dry skin.

Being the ever cautious beauty enthusiast you’ve come to know on the blog, I was a little weary about trying The Body Shop’s cream body scrub after receiving it as a gift from my Dad from his travels to Paris. THE BODY SHOP CREME SCRUB

GARNIER SKINACTIVE REVIEW

Today on the blog I’ll be sharing my 7-day experience using the Garnier Pure Active 3-in-1 face scrub, Anti-Shine moisturizer and oil-infused Micellar cleansing water.

In order to get the full effects of each product, I decided to incorporate all three products in to my daily skincare routine as recommended by pharmacist Michèle Lalande. Using various products from the same brand within the same range means you’re getting the right amount of each ingredient, which work in sync with one another to prevent an irritation that might occur when incorrectly mixing acidic chemicals. GARNIER SKINACTIVE REVIEW

ESSENCE COSMETICS HAUL

Today I’ll be sharing my thoughts on some of the Essence cosmetic products I purchased on a recent makeup haul, as well as a step-by-step guide for how I created an everyday, wearable makeup look using these products.

On my latest visit to the Clicks cosmetics isle, I found myself gravitating toward the Essence counter. I swatched several products for a good amount of time, examining different shades and textures, and eventually decided to purchase a few items to try. I chose some everyday makeup essentials, including concealer, brow gel and eye-shadow brushes. I’d also been contemplating the Essence “All-About-Nudes” palette as well as their long-lasting lipstick in the shade “Barely There”, and eventually I caved in and returned for both. After a few weeks of trying all of the above products, some for the first time whilst others I’d used before, I was pleased with most of my purchases and would definitely use those again. The only product I was unhappy with, and thus, would not purchase again is the “Coverstick” concealer; this product has an unusual texture that doesn’t sit well on dry areas such as under the eye and around the nose where redness typically appears. After noticing how this product struggles to cling to dry areas of skin I switched back to my Maybelline creamy concealer stick.

It wasn’t all bad, though, as the “All-About-Nudes” palette,  Clear Brow Gel and the lip-enhancing “Barely There” lipstick did not fail to impress. Each of these products are gentle on the area of application and when applied to a primed and prepped surface, excel in longevity and payoff. As you might expect, there are such a wide variety of looks to create with a nude palettte like this one, both for everyday or a more glam evening look. This applies to the Barely There shade as well; for daytime I usually blot on a bit of lipstick  over my lip moisturizer and wear it as a lip-stain, then increase the pigment if I want a more pronounced lip color for evenings.

Since purchased, I’ve been experimenting with eye looks using the shadows from the nudes palette and have created below a makeup look that can be used as day-to-night transition makeup. I thought it might be fun to also incorporate the Barely There lipstick in this look, finishing off with the Essence clear brow gel to set stray brow hairs in to place. If you’d like to see how I achieved the makeup look pictured above, keep reading for an easy to follow step-by-step guide.

  1. step 1: After priming the skin and neutralizing any discoloration around the eyes, use a fluffy blending brush to apply both the second and third shadows from the top row of the All-About-Nudes palette in to your crease. Remember to blend well as this will serve as your transition color for the eye look.
  2. step 2: Use an eye-shader brush to apply the third shadow in the top row of the palette in to the outer-v area of your eye. How much shadow you apply will depend on the shape of your eye and how much depth and definition you want to add to this area. As this is a daytime makeup look, I would use less shadow for a more natural finish. Once you’ve applied this color, use the same brush from the previous step to blend out the outer-v color with your crease color.
  3. step 3: Taking a clean shader brush, pat the third color in the bottom row of the palette on to your mobile lid – working this shade across the center part of your eye. Try to avoid applying this shade too close to the inner and outer corners. Once again, use a fluffy blending brush to blend out the shadow for a seamless finish.
  4. step 4: Using a pencil brush, mix the second and third shadows from the top row and run this along your lower lashline for a smoked-out effect. Blend these two shadows all the way in to the outer-v of your upper lashline.
  5. step 5: To brighten and open up the eyes, apply the matte-white shadow in the top row of the palette to your inner corners and right along under the brow bone. Blend the shadows one last time with a fluffy blending brush before applying mascara. If you haven’t yet, comb and shape your brows and apply a clear brow gel to set them.
  6. Finish off the makeup look with your usual foundation routine, then gently blot Barely There lipstick to your lips.

Et voila! An easy-glam daytime makeup look. I hope you enjoyed this blog post. If you did, be sure to subscribe for future content and more reviews.

The Minimale Blogger

 

SUMMER SKINCARE & BEAUTY

Summer is around the corner, and just like your wardrobe, its time to switch out your winter beauty regimen for something lighter and more breathable.

First up, let’s break down the actual difference between summer and winter season and what that means for our skin and beauty regimen. According to Californian-based dermatologist David Voron, our skin becomes increasingly dry in cold weather due to the lack of humidity in the air – this in turn zaps out the moisture and oils that our bodies naturally secrete. Summer on the other hand brings about renewed moisture to our skin due to the excessive heat and humidity. This could however spell trouble for our pores, which tend to clog up with harmful bacteria caused by sweating and non-breathable formulas in both skincare and makeup products. Another worry for many of us skin-conscious is the constant sun exposure which emit harmful UV rays, which has been the cause of many detrimental skin conditions, including skin cancer in the most extreme cases.

With all this information in hindsight, it’s easy to see importance of making informed and healthy decisions when putting anything on our skin – especially the skin on our faces, which is said to be the most sensitive. In my experience, I’ve found that switching from a heavier BB-cream (M.A.C’s BB cream for oily skin in fair) to a lighter formula (Garnier’s BB cream for oily skin in medium) makes a big difference to my overall complexion, in comparison to when I’d used just one BB cream throughout the year. Outside of this change, I also up my sunscreen from an SPF20 to an SPF30, even if the BB cream itself already packs in any SPF. This precaution means I can spend more time outside in contact with sun exposure and UV rays without worrying too much about permanent or severe sun damage.

In my summer skincare and beauty products I look for lightweight formulas, adequate SPF, and a mattifying finish. By choosing lightweight formulas and grouping together products that prevent breakouts and unflattering oil slicks, I’ve experienced minimal-to-no breaks out (often caused by heavy formulas and constant sweating, which in turn clogs pores), ensuring my skin stays matte throughout the day without having to wear heavy caked-up coverage.

On a side-note, another Garnier favorite of mine, is to add a skin soother after a long day of being outdoors; their After Sun soothing gel is particularly good for this as it leaves the skin feeling refreshed and moisturized. However, as many reviewers have pointed out, the soothing gel is not particularly useful at relieving sun-burnt skin. Nevertheless, the product is immensely great for restoring the skin’s elasticity and hydration levels after being outdoors.

And that wraps up my current summer beauty regimen. For a full list of products I like to use, check out my polyvore account here.

THE MINIMALE BLOGGER