Saturday, July 26, 2014

The Product Round Up | Dry Shampoo

I still remember the very first day I tried dry shampoo and let's just say it didn't end quite as I planned. I know I can't be the only one who bought dry shampoo, tried it and was left completely baffled (or it could just be me, you never know ...) Not only was I completely mind blown on how to use it properly, I had no idea which to choose. Most of the time I ended up with white roots, hair that was still oily after application or that hair that felt seriously disgusting and possibly worse than what I started with. I was convinced that dry shampoo was some evil beauty hoax, created only to make me believe there was hope for my gross second day hair. But since then, I've learned the (vital) importance of shaking the can well, spraying at least 30cm away from roots and hair parts to maintain my normal hair colour (bye white hair!) and rubbing it in gently. With all that tried and tested knowledge under my belt I have created a selection of my trusty favourites, and others that aren't so suited to the dry shampoo game and I will gladly never buy again.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask | Review

I've promised you guys a review on this mask for quite some time and I'm FINALLY getting around to delivering the goods. I use detoxing masks that target congestion quite often because of my oily/blemish prone skin. I also wear make-up on a pretty regular basis too and I can only imagine what that combination does to my pores! I try to use a detoxing mask at least once a week, sometimes that extends to two depending on how much make-up I have been wearing and how congested my skin is/feels (that time of the month is particularly bad). I also mix up a few brightening and hydrating masks in there too so my face isn't too stripped and dry.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Currently Loving #3 | June Favourites

A little bit late to the favourites posting game but I guess I just didn't want to actually accept the fact that it's July already! I don't want to be that person but holy crap how is it even July and where is the year even going! I don't want to think about it too much but you guys, HOW!? Moving forward, I personally love June, it's the start of Winter for us Aussies which translates to fluffy blankets and ugly bed socks- my fave. June was also a pretty great month all and all, I finally graduated from my first university degree! I say first because at the moment heaven knows what I am doing with my life and there might be a second degree in the future (but hopefully not a third...) It was a pretty great evening but now sh*t is finally getting real and I need to start doing something meaningful with my life! Eugh, but enough of that existential stuff and on to what products I was loving in June!

Like I said, June means Winter which also means gross Winter skin, which then also means me stepping up my hydration game, big time. My skin like I mentioned in my Skin Story post, is a pesky little thing and pretty much anything if I am not careful will cause my skin to breakout. So you know you've got a good thing going when this doesn't happen. At the moment my skin is getting along with the Aesop Mandarin Hydrating Facial cream, which I apply generously before bed. It's fairly thick but it is absorbed really quickly and doesn't leave my skin feeling greasy just well moisturised. I love apply facial creams like this Winter because my skin gets quite dehydrated after dealing with heaters and wind all day long. While my skin is quite oily it's also quite dehydrated and this really starts to show unless I keep it well moisturised.

Some more products I loved during June to keep my skin hydrated and healthy was Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturising Lotion* and Neutrogena Hand Cream.* I'm not a big fan of using heavily scented lotion and hand cream during the day (I save that for night time) and these two have been great for that. They are fragrance free and keep my hands and the rest of my body well moisturised and soft. The Aveeno lotion has been clearing up some dry patches on my chest as my skin in that area can get quite itchy. The hand cream is kinda gel like in appearance but is absorbed quickly allowing me to get on with the rest of my day.

For my lips I have been reaching for Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm. I won't say too much because I have a post coming up soon about it but it is worth every cent and every piece of hype it receives. I love using this just before I go to bed.

In terms of makeup I've really been loving a light and glowing base. My two favourites to achieve this is the Revlon Photoready Skinlights in 100 Bare Light and the Revlon Photoready BB cream in Medium. These two in combination are a great team and give me the look of fresh illuminated skin but with a medium amount of coverage. I've also been pairing this with The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer illuminater and YSL Touche Eclat in the shade number 2. Some people in the blogging community aren't too fond of Touche Eclat but I personally love it and feel that it does wonders for my dark under-eye circles. For a bit of colour I've been using a MAC Mineralize Blush in Warm Soul, which I mentioned in my MAC Haulin' post. It's a great blush that I've come to love that gives a very natural flush of colour.

Lastly, for days where I couldn't be bothered blow drying or straightening my hair I just spritz some Toni & Guy Sea Salt Texturising Spray into it and scrunch it up a bit and get lovely loose wavy hair in no time.

So that's it for my June Favorites, I guess I'll be writing about my July favorites real soon!? What have you been loving in June?

Chantalle x