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Re-posting because this is super important!!
Its almost summer and this is a serious topic ladies and gentlemen, Sunscreen. Scientific evidence supports the benefits of using sunscreen to minimize short-term and long-term damage to the skin from the sun’s rays. Here is a quick list of sunscreen you can buy


Anthelios XL Ultra-light SPF 50+

I use this one, I find it isn’t to oily or greasy. I find that I can easy add it to my beauty routine.  It’s extremely lightweight has fast absorbing formula. It doesn’t leave the white residue some sunscreens do and I can apply it under my makeup.

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Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face Superscreen SPF 50+

To Save Face applies like moisturiser, I highly recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin.2293779


IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream SPF 50+

I think this is the perfect way to incorporate sunscreen into your daily beauty routine. Having sunscreen in your CC cream you received all the benefits of a CC with the added bonus of sunscreen.zoom_f538ac997a5121b40159115a6b36f40c00c406c0_1462862533_it_cccream_fair_web


Dermalogica Age Smart Dynamic Skin Recovery SPF 50

Great light weight moisturizer adsorbs really quickly into the skin. Perfect for everyday wear as its not a heavy or oily on the skin however, it is the most expensive out of all my recommendations.dermalogica-age-smart-dynamic-skin-recovery-50ml

 

Shine like the whole universe is yours

Time to Prime

The first step to achieving a flawless, long wearing foundation base is Primer! There is a reason why its a crime not to prime. However slapping on some primer that you brought from the store isn’t enough. If it helps, think of your face as a canvas, the cleaner the canvas, the easier it is for the makeup to slide effortlessly onto your face and the less likely for it to become oily and transfer off!


EXFOLIATION 

The first step is exfoliation and it is a vital step as it allows for the shedding of dead skin cells; this provides an opportunity for the new layer of fresh, plump skin to be revealed. This allows for a fresh clean base for foundation to sit on.


PRIME 

The next step is to prime the skin. Primers are essential for creating an even application of foundation as well as aiding in longevity. Primers are often reactive to heat and therefore application with your fingertips works best, gently massaging the product into your skin. Whilst primer is an essential part of creating a flawless face, one primer does not fit all, which is why it is important that primer is chosen based on the your skin type. If you’re in doubt ask for a sample, many makeup stores like Mecca and Sephora will give you a sample to try.


After this step you are ready to paint your canvas!


Tips on choosing the right primer.

OILY SKIN

If your skin tends to be more on the oily side should look for matte or oil free primers.

NORMAL TO OILY SKIN

If your skin that is generally “normal” but may experience slight oiliness through the Nose or forehead you are fairly lucky and you are able to try pretty much any product however something oil free will help with your oily T-zone.

DRY SKIN

If your skin extremely dry, you need to apply a product that will protect and hydrate the skin. For dry skin it’s best if you try and sample different primer as you need to work out what works best for you.

 

 

People will stare, may it worth their while

Gym bag must have

Hello lovelies,

I’m back at the gym, I’m new a member at Virgin Active. Whilst I could spend my entire post about how awesome this gym is, I have something more important to blog about. GYM BAG MUST HAVES.

Now whilst everyone works out differently , when I go to the gym I also shower after so I need to pack and ensure I have everything ready to go. So this is my gym bag must have list. Some my say gym bag check list.

1. Earbuds – preferably Bluetooth

2. Water bottle – preferably resusable

3. Small Towel – if your gym doesn’t give out towe, please bring one

4.Deodorant – Everyone this is not a drill

5.Fitness tracker -helps keep you motivated

6. Spare Undies – you know why.

7. Spare socks – I always seem to forget to pack some, so I always keep a spare.

8. Hair ties – you can never have enough or find them when you need them

9. Makeup remover – clean those pore before your sweat it out

10. Feminine Products – because life happens

11. Hairbrush – for before and after grooming

12. Shampoo and condition or Dry shampoo – if your like me, you don’t want oily hair.

13. Body wash – whether or not you wash your hair, please wash your body

14. Any clothes you want to change into

15. And finally any makeup you want to apply.

ps. and your gym pass 🙂

Nail Care

With winter moving in for the next 3 months lets talk nail care

Trimming

The trimming length comes down to personal preference. The only thing to be careful of is not going too short. You should always leave a slight bit of the white tip, even if your preference is for short nails. There is delicate pink skin under the nail tip called the hyponychium and if it gets exposed from short cutting you will have an increased risk of infection. And the downside to long nails is they’re more prone to bending and breaking – so keeping them just a few millimetres longer than the tip of your finger is ideal for growing strong, healthy nails.


Filling & Buffing

It’s often assumed (or even just an automatic brain function) to file nails using a back and forth action, however DIY filers should file the nail in the natural direction of its growth. Aka from the edges up towards the centre in one direction, alternating sides. Filing in one direction will prevent any accidental tearing. The best nail shape for growth is ‘Squoval’to protect nails from splitting at the side walls and help them grow stronger

Similar to filing, the best way to buff your nails is again in the direction of their growth, working from the cuticle to the free edge in a vertical upward movement.


CUTICLE CARE

Remember to  apply cuticle oil frequently. Application should be before bed or when you won’t be washing it off straight away

TOUCH IN SOL Corean Complexion Cream

TOUCH IN SOL Corean Complexion Cream, I don’t know what the deal is with “Corean” its like the reverse of the Kardashians. Let ignore this. The CC cream is meant to give you that Korean beauty glow. You know that dewy, I have amazing youth skin look. I’ve actually just finished a bottle hence why I thought this would be the perfect time to review.

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The packaging is so pretty however the bottle reminds me of Olay face cream and I find it actually applies like one too. The product comes out white with tiny particles in it that mixes with the cream its in to become a beige shade when you apply it. You have to blend it soon as the cream oxidizes it gets more beige.

I wear it all day, and don’t wear any liquid foundation. I find that is doesn’t separate on the skin however it does nothing to control my oil situation. I find the coverage is light to medium, but it covers up pores, smoothes out skin tone and looks so natural.


Pros:

  • SPF 30 PA++
  • Adapts to your skin tone after a few minutes
  • Neutralizes the redness of my face
  • Nice brightening effect
  • Dewy and hydrated finish

Cons:

  • Can get oily quickly
  • Very thick formula.
  • Does not have coverage
  • Comes in only one shade and we all know one shade doesn’t fit all.

Let me know your thoughts have you tired it? Would you recommend it?

My Evening skin care routine.

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Look I don’t have flawless amazing skin, I instead have moody oily skin. I say moody because I get a pimple here there when though I’m 26. We call them adult pimples. Moving on from the bane of my existence. Skin care routine ladies and gentlemen. It can be really confusing to know what to do to get great skin, there’s a lot of different products, suggestions, advice, recommends, skin types. Finding a skin care routine that works for you can seem like a never-ending beauty quest. Also as you age you will also find your beauty routine will also change. 15 year old me didn’t wash her face. 20 year old me started getting pimples and had to get acne treatment that worked for me. Now 26 year old me is trying anti ages products because you need to start sometime. So the below is what I use, it might not work for you but its my routine for my moody oil skin.

I’m actually going to start with my evening routine because my morning routine is heap more simplified while my evening is a whole project.


Step 1: Remove makeup.

It may seem obvious, but most cleansers won’t sufficiently dissolve heavy makeup like your mascara or sun cream.

Product: Garnier – Micellar Water

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Step 2: Cleanse

Rinsing with water is not enough to clean your face. Cleansing the skin removes sweat, oil, dirt and other pollutants that your skin naturally collects throughout the day and night. When your face is clean, it allows the other products you use to work better.

Product: Exposed Skincare – Facial Cleanser

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Step 3:Tone

After you cleanse, toner removes any residue left behind by the cleanser as well as any makeup or oils your cleanser you missed. Toner can also help prepare your skin to absorb moisturizer and minimize the appearance of pores. Some toners may have PH balancing and antiseptic effects as well and in my case acne treatment.

Product: Exposed Skincare – Clearing Tonic

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Step 4: Exfoliate

Exfoliating eliminates build up of the daily shedding of millions of skin cells daily, which otherwise would cause clogged pores, uneven skin tone, dullness, and deeper wrinkles. If you struggle with blackheads, acne or breakouts, don’t miss this step however, get a gentle exfoliant. If you have sensitive skin I don’t recommend this step daily.

Product: Dermalogica – Daily Microfoliant

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Step 5: Acne Treatment

In the case of acne treatments for best results applied as close to the skin as possible to maximize the benefits. Acne treatments normal  dries up excess oil and kills bacteria in your pimples. For best results personally I allow at least five minutes before layering on the next product to ensure it doesn’t knock out the benefits.

Product: Exposed Skincare – Acne Treatment Serum

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Step 6: Eye Cream

If you aren’t using eye cream START, apparently you need to start eye cream in your 20s. It’s about maintaining the health and thickness of the eyelid and under eye. Improving the skin quality in this area early on ensures that the eyelid skin does not easily lose laxity and its smooth appearance later on, it also help with dark circles and bags. Some people do this step in a different order however I believe its like the acne treatment and needs to be applied to the skin as close as possible.

Product: Olay – Regenerist Eye Lifting Serum

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Step 7: Serums

Serums are super-concentrated treatments that address specific concerns for me  its just making my skin better. So again it’s better to apply it as close to the skin as possible. Some people apply multiple serums that cater to different skin concerns, but if you are doing this apply the ones with the thinnest consistency first and then build.

Product: Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
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Step 8: Night Cream

Yes there is a different between night and day cream. Skin behaves differently when your sleeping and when you’re awake. Night creams slowly absorb into the skin overtime and are super hydrating.

Product: Garnier – Miracle Sleeping Cream

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Step 9: Face Oil

I have super oil skin however strangely I find that applying oil prevents oils. I find oil’s heavy so I would apply is after everything else. Using facial oils over time can really improve the state of your skin.

Product: Sukin – Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil

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Myth: You have to spend a fortune

Save your pricier item for leave-on products instead of washing them down the drain. They’re most effective when they stay concentrated on the skin. As you can see from my list of produce not everything I use will break the bank.


Hope this helps you somehow or tell me about your routine and recommendations.

Cushion compacts

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What are cushion compacts?

It’s basically everything you love about BB and CC creams but better. Originally from South Korea, the make-up tool has the ability to make you look completely airbrushed, without caking up your face.By pressing the applicator onto the sponge, the cream spreads evenly out of the pores of the sponge. The cream applies natural and build-able. Usually formulated with sunscreen so you can use it for touch-ups throughout the day.

Lets talk about the sponge. In theory many of the sponges that come included with anti-bacterial and anti-microbial therefore, in theory the bacteria transfer is pretty low. You can wash your sponges with a mild soap and lukewarm water, like you would wash yout beauty blender. Generally the compacts should be airtight so they should breed bacteria. Touching on the airtight, you want to make sure that lid shuts air tight because this prevents the formula from drying out. You might be thinking I’ll just my own brush or other applicator however the applicator sponge included is designed to pick up the right amount of foundation for airbrush coverage.


Here are some of top picks.

Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Portable Fluid Foundation, $50USDgivenchy-teint-couture-cushion-foundation
L’Oréal True Match Lumi Cushion Foundation, $17USDcpp_zsg00189_l
The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion, $17USD34200569
IT Cosmetics CC+ Veil Beauty Fluid Foundation SPF 50, $38USDzoom_ad5d938fbaf255cbe1e47105bc3a117702fc3dc6_1463539279_it_ccveilbeautyfluidfoundationspf50_foundation_rich_web
AmorePacific Color Control Cushion Compact Broad Spectrum SPF 50+, $84USD41not38uzhl


Have you got your hand on cushion foundation? What are your thoughts?