Friday, February 6, 2015

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Taking off your makeup everyday is a must, we all know that! There are a few ways to remove makeup - using makeup wipes, using makeup remover cleanser or using cleansing water. I have heard lots about the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water but never tried it until now.

This is a great makeup remover if you want to remove your makeup without having to wash your face with water.

Garnier says: For the 1st time by Garnier, Micellar technology is introduced in an all-in-one cleanser.
Micelles are an active cleansing ingredient which act as a magnet to capture impurities, make-up and sebum on the skin without vigorous rubbing.
The result? Perfectly cleansed and refreshed skin without vigorous rubbing or rinsing. A soothing formula without perfume to suit all skin types, even sensitive.

It is easy to use, just put some of the cleansing water on a cotton pad and remove your makeup. This will remove all types of makeup no matter how heavy and feels soft and gentle on the skin.

I have even removed long lasting lipstick with this ( a little extra rubbing and cleansing water required - but it does the job)

This is also great if you want to refresh your face at the end of the day.

This does not irritate my sensitive skin and leaves if feeling clean and soft. The Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water comes in a 400ml bottle and retails for $12.99aud from Priceline.

How do you remove your makeup?

Check out reviews on other makeup removers here

Monday, February 2, 2015

Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer Review

I wear foundation everyday and am always on the look out for a good primer to help prepare my skin for the all day wear of foundation that I want to last all day. Recently Max Factor released a new primer called the Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer which I was very eager to try.

Max Factor says: Max Factor Facefinity All Day Primer is the ultimate skin preparation essential in professional make-up artistry kits, transforming the way foundation sits and lasts.The patented flexi-hold technology creates a flexible and comfortable film on the skin to deliver an even surface, while micro correctors work hard to absorb sweat and sebum, expertly extending the wear of your favourite Max Factor foundations for an all-day flawless finish. The super-silky SPF20 formula melts into the skin beautifully, smoothing on application for a mattified finish.
The primer is in a glass pump bottle which is great for easy storage and easy to use. The primer itself is white and when applied feels like a moisturizer on the skin. It is easy to apply and blends well on the skin. I wait a few minutes and then apply my foundation. It gives me a matte, dewy finish and definitely helps keep the foundation on longer. I have tried this with many different foundations and it definitely works well.
I am really happy with this primer and love that it works so well, definitely something I need for my combination skin type. I would recommend this to anyone to try, this has to be one of a few primers that I actually really love and notice that it makes a difference.
This is available at Target and Priceline for $31.95aud.

Have you tried this primer?

Other product reviews on Max Factor products here

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Antonym Cosmetics Brushes Review

I was recently introduced to a brand I have never heard of before called Antonym. After researching and reviewing some of their products, I am definitely impressed.

Antonym is a  USA brand created by professional makeup artist Valerie Giraud and has now launched in Australia - available online or at the Sephora Sydney store.

Antonym have a line of vegan makeup brushes that are made of sustainable bamboo, aluminum ferules and synthetic bristles. All of their products are cruelty free. I have of five of them and all I have to say is that they are absolutely fantastic.

Prices: Lip Brush $14, Powder Brush $30, Small Angled Brush $12, Large Pencil Brush $15

When you buy the individual brushes they come in a drawstring bag so you can see the brush and the back gives you information on the brush.

Kabuki Brush $24 with pouch

All of the brushes are so soft and easy to use. The handles are sturdy, the brushes pick up product well and they are so beautiful to blend with. They are easy to clean and do not shed at all.

What makes these brushes different is that they are so soft and perform really well. If you are looking for soft brushes that are vegan and cruelty free, then these are definitely great. There are more brushes and makeup products you can check out on the Antonym website here

Have you tried Antonym products?


Thursday, January 29, 2015

Essence Cosmetics - Beach Cruisers and Wave Goddess trend editions

Essence Cosmetics have some fun and cute summer trend editions coming out that I have been able to try myself and will show you in this post. As always Essence have cute, fun, innovative products which is what makes the brand so unique.

The first collection is Beach Cruisers and I have some products that I have been able to try.

I absolutely love the Beach Cruisers Body Spray - it smells so beautiful, you will definitely want to try it. The Waterproof Top Mascara would be great if you need to add a top coat to your mascara and the Blush has a pretty gradient effect from darker to lighter depending on how intense you want your blush.

The blush is a pretty coral colour that has a decent amount of pigment.

The second collection is Wave Goddess and I have some products that I have been able to try.

The sunglasses case is a rubber purse that you can conveniently store your glasses in which is so cute and fun. The body tattoos are a fun accessory. The blush tint is a pretty pink colour (01) in a nail polish type bottle that stains quite well, great if you are looking to try a inexpensive blush tint. The highlighter powder has subtle shimmer in it, great for beginners.

Swatch of the Blush Tint in the colour 01 Loose your heart on the board
Essence Cosmetics is available in Target and Priceline and at affordable prices usually under $10 per product. I always check out the Essence stands because you can definitely find some great products that are affordable and great quality.

There are more products in these collections that you can check out on the Essence website here

Have you tried any of these products?

Other reviews on Essence products here

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil Review

I have found my holy grail hair oil that is amazing and affordable! The Garnier Fructis Miraculous Oil was a product I saw at the supermarket and I just bought as I was curious and now absolutely love it.

I have coloured, dry, damaged hair and am always on the look out for hair products that will leave my hair soft, silky and feeling revived. This where this oil is amazing!

Garnier Fructis says: Enriched with weightless Argan Oil for instant nourishment and easier styling. Is your hair dry, damaged or dull? Want to restore softness and shine?
Fructis Miraculous Oil is an instant miracle that is enriched with weightless Argan Oil. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly into the hair for instant nourishment.
Hair is left shiny, smooth and irresistibly soft to touch.  It can be used on any hair types throughout the day for shiny, easier to style hair.
Honestly this is such a great non greasy formula of hair oil that is easy to use on wet or dry hair and absorbs into the hair. It leaves my hair feeling nourished, soft and smooth.
I love that it can be used on wet or dry hair, I usually use it on damp hair and two to three pumps is enough for me. The Argan Oil plays a bit part in the way the product works which is great and really does transform my hair from damaged to soft.

It has a beautiful subtle scent and comes in a 150ml bottle that is a great size. I cannot live without this now and it is only $11.95aud from supermarkets and department stores.
Have you tried this?

More reviews on Garnier products here

Thursday, January 8, 2015

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Review

La Roche-Posay is a brand that has caught my attention as it suits my combination/sensitive skin  and so far what I have tried I have liked.

I have been trying out the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying foaming gel and straight up I love this cleanser.

La Roche-Posay says: EFFACLAR Gel gently purifies the skin thanks to cleansing agents selected to respect sensitive skin. It eliminates impurities and excess sebum while leaving the skin clean and fresh. With soothing, anti-irritant La Roche-Posay thermal spring water - pH 5.5 - Soap-free - Alcohol-free - Colorant-free - Paraben free.

If you have oily/acne prone skin that in turn makes your skin sensitive  - this is the cleanser to use. This is gentle on the skin that purifies without irritating your acne/sensitive skin.

The gel formula works well to clean the skin without leave the skin feeling tight or shiny. It comes out as a clear gel that foams up comfortably on the skin.

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is soap-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free and oil-free, so it is suited for most skin types.

A great cleanser that I recommend you try if you have oily/sensitive skin. I have re-purchased this product so that I never run out of back ups for it.

Have you tried this cleanser or any La Roche-Posay product?

Read other reviews on La Roche-Posay products here

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Scandal - TV Series

I have been obsessed with the TV show: SCANDAL - I love the storyline and the characters.

Scandal was created by Shonda Rhimes who also created Grey's Anatomy another great show that I love. I must say Shonda Rhimes is an amazing and fantastic creator.

Scandal's main character is Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) who is a former media consultant to the president and who opens up her own crisis management firm. She protects or 'fixes' the public images of the nation's elite and makes their problems go away before anyone knows they exist.

Olivia is the best in her field and successful because of her 'trust your gut' attitude. The show goes through the daily lives of Olivia and her associates which is made up of Harrison Wright the litigator, Abby Whelan the investigator, Huck the hacker with a CIA past and Quinn Perkins a new lawyer who is finding her position in the team.

The show is interesting and has great stories that really do make you fall in love with the characters. There are many secrets, scandals and emotional links to each case that makes you want to watch the show more and more.

I love Olivia Pope (played by Kerry Washington) she has such great poise and strength that she conveys really well and the fashion sense is absolutely gorgeous - love her suits and jackets!

If you like a show that has drama, secrets, mystery and excitement - you will want to watch Scandal!

What is your favourite TV show at the moment?