My favourite things: beauty and all that

And it’s here! The first beauty review post of 2017. Ironically, this will also be my final big beauty review till about April. I’m off to Hobart for a wedding in March and with all my savings gone towards uni and buying a car, I’ve really had to knuckle down and focus all my efforts on this thing called ‘not spending money on things I don’t really need’. This includes a ban on online shopping in January, which is actually really successful so far so it may extend to February.

What this also means is that once on holidays, I will go crazy and I am planning a Sephora haul (what dreams are made of), so watch this space in April!

I did manage a small beauty haul in Perth in December, and have purchased the odd thing here and there that’s caught my eye. Here are a list and reviews of my favourite things.

Olay Regenerist Advanced Cleansing System

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I’ve always been fascinated by cleansing brushes, especially as many beauty bloggers like my all-time fave Estee, and popular Aussie vlogger Chloe Morello swear by the Clarisonic for the best skin; however I could never bring myself to fork out over $200 for what looks like an electric toilet brush for your face. But then Olay came out with their own version for like less than a quarter of the cost of the Clarisonic, so I knew I had to get my hands on one. OMG YES. Cleansing brushes are the bomb. This one cost me just under $40 at my local Coles (you can probably get it cheaper elsewhere), and it comes with a mini Regenerist cleanser and two batteries. Since using this (probably about three weeks now), I’ve noticed a definite improvement in my skin – it’s a lot clearer and brighter, so much smoother and I’ve had less breakouts.The only thing that could make this better is if it came with a replacement head, and if the brush head size were just slightly bigger. I highly recommend this as a cheaper alternative to the Clarisonic and this is now a permanent product in my cleansing artillery.

Arbonne RE9 Advanced for Men Facial Moisturiser with SPF15

I’m a firm believer that there is no difference between men and women’s product. To think that men and women’s skin are so completely different that we need different product ranges is just ridiculous – let’s be real, it’s all a marketing scam to trick you into spending more money! I love this product and I would recommend this to all my female friends. I noticed my breakouts calming down immediately after using this, and it does provide great sun protection. Like all SPF products, you do have to make sure it doesn’t oxidise your foundation (like it did when I wore my Nars ADLW foundation!), but otherwise, it doesn’t feel like you’re wearing sunscreen at all. I have been advised they’ve recently updated the formula for this, so the one I have is the old formula. Regardless, I think it’s a winner and Arbonne are well known for producing quality skin care so it should be fine for sensitive skins.

Pixi skintreats Glow Tonic

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I can’t remember if I’ve reviewed this; if I did I probably gave it an average review. WELL I’VE CHANGED MY MIND. I take back whatever I may have said about this product! If I haven’t said anything, well, when I first used this I broke out – nothing major, but enough for me to stop using it. I picked it back up again after using the Olay cleansing brush and my skin suddenly started loving it! To be honest, I’m not sure if I see any major skin brightening effect, but it does give my skin that nice extra-clean feeling so that’s worth something right? The texture of my skin probably has improved too using both the brush and this product, so it’s nice that it’s given my skin a bit of a boost. However, not sure if I would repurchase because I do prefer other toners that are gentler on skin.

Essano Rosehip Regenerating Facial Moisturiser

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After my non-inspiring experience with Essano’s micellar water, I did question whether this was worth the purchase, but it was on sale for a ridiculous price so how could I say no?! Verdict: I’m really loving it! I’ve only used it for a week, so early days to make judgement, but so far I think it’s the goods. Full of goodness and minimal chemicals, this cream is surprisingly non-greasy and is versatile for both day and night use. I’ve started using this as my night cream in lieu of my Embryolisse, and it’s not bad. I don’t know if it’s rich enough as a night cream, but as I have oily skin it’s fine but if your skin is on the drier or sensitive side, I’d recommend just using this for day. Would I repurchase? Not sure, I’d have to give it a full month before making that call.

Mecca Cosmetics Sunbrella Invisible Superspray SPF50+

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I love a good sunscreen, and I scoff at anything under SPF50 (except for facial products, because anything over SPF15 for face leaves you looking like the ghost of winter regrets). When this came out, I was dying to try it and was super glad to get my hands on a bottle. Being an office-based worker with minimal outdoor exposure, I needed a good scenario to try this product out. Cue summer holidays, which almost always means pool time. I was invited to a BBQ which meant sitting outdoors in the sun, without shade at times so I sprayed this on my shoulders and neck to see if it could withstand the strong Pilbara heat. Sunbrella – 1, Pilbara sun – 0. This really worked as I didn’t go red or get any tan marks, nor did my skin ever feel hot. Two thumbs up to Mecca for creating a super product yet again.

Rimmel Brow this Way brow sculpting kit

My Benefit Brow Zings kit is running low, so I needed to find a cheap, non-online alternative and this looked pretty good. It’s not too bad, not as great as Brow Zings in terms of quality, and I bought it in dark brown but it’s REALLY dark. I actually prefer the brushes in this kit than the Benefit one, so that’s one great thing. I haven’t used it as much, preferring the Maybelline Brow Master brow pencil instead (again, dark brown way too dark so must be a drugstore brand thing!). Overall, it’s okay if you’re looking for an affordable product but I think I’d rather fork out a bit of extra cash and get a better quality product.

NYX soft matte lip cream in Cannes

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Bit late on this matte lip cream bandwagon, only because I’ve never really bought into the whole craze, preferring my lipsticks with a creamy texture instead. The reason why I bought this was I wanted a nice neutral lip colour for every day wear that wouldn’t need regular touch ups. Although I was a bit hesitant on this shade, it’s actually a beautiful dusky rose shade that I think would complement all skin tones. The only thing I don’t like about it is it’s not very long wearing, so you do have to reapply throughout the day which frankly, I never remember to. It does last a wee bit longer with lipliner, and the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk liner goes perfectly well with this shade. Not sure if I’d repurchase, but I’d consider it if I couldn’t find a better formula in this colour.

Maybelline Colour Blur in I Like to Mauve It

This was on sale in Woolworths and I can never resist a beauty sale! I wasn’t too sure on the colour, as I’ve never tried anything remotely mauve before, but it was cheap so who was I to refuse this product? This is meant to be one of those ombre lip products, which is huge in Korea, and i tried to recreate the effect, but I looked like as if I only half-tried to apply my lipstick. Instead, I just applied with my fingers and et voila, I looked like those Parisian girls with that effortlessly smudged lip look – j’etaime!  This has a nice formula, non-drying and easy to blend, however like the NYX, longevity is not its main game so you do have to reapply after eating or drinking.Works well blended with Nars Dolce Vita velvet matte lip pencil.

Simone EDP by Tocca

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I mentioned this in a previous post as a fragrance I had wanted to purchase, and purchase it I did. This has been my go-to summer scent – it’s fresh, it’s light and unlike other summer fragrances, it’s not overly floral or fruity at all. It reminds me of the beach as it kind of has that fresh, salt breeze whiff to it, but with nice woody and fruity undertones – I’m not doing a very good job of describing it! You can read the actual description in this post, and I swear that is exactly what it smells like. If you want a unique summer scent, I highly recommend this!

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