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Invisible from the sun

1 Nov

Summer is right around the corner, and we need to start getting prepared. Yes I know you are all worried about getting your figure ready for summer, but you know what’s more important than that? Protecting your skin from the harmful sun. All the hard work and expensive products you’ve put into/onto your face over the cooler months to get your pigmentation under control is all going to be a big fat waste of time if you don’t put into place protective measures over Spring/Summer. And we all know what this means… yep, slip, slop, slap.

Now I hear you all groaning from here. “Blerghhh sunscreen is so sticky and smelly”, “Erghh how am I supposed to look stylish whilst trying to be sun safe”, “How am I supposed to wear sunscreen EVERYYYY day???”. Well I have some style tips and products that will set you up for summer and have you looking your stylish sun-safe best in time for those hot weekends ahead!

Going to the beach doesn’t have to be all garish rash shirts and fluro zinc… grap yourself a floppy wide-brimmed hat (from the Surf shops or somewhere like Sunburn) and a pair of stylish oversized sunnies, like the gorgeous House of Harlow Chelsea sunglasses (pictured below) to protect yourself from the sun. Also remember to take a clip/barrette like the Mimco one pictured below to whip your hair up into a stylish low bun so that you aren’t caught out with scraggly surf hair after your swim.

My pick for the best protective skin care in Summer (or anytime) would be the great products from Invisible Zinc. Doubling as a high performance sunscreen and moisturiser, Invisible Zinc offers a diverse range of products to help relieve your skin from daily obstacles such as dry flaky skin, dark spots and sun damage. The secret is Invisible Zinc’s chemical free formula, designed to protect you against harmful UVA and UVB rays whilst providing powerful antioxidants to make your skin look radiant and flawless.

The stand out product for me is the INVISIBLE ZINC UV Silk Shield Foundation (15g RRP AU$42) which is a hybrid of a SPF 30+ chemical free sunscreen and stick foundation. In fact, if you were none the wiser, you could be tricked into thinking this is just a stick foundation! No stickiness, no obvious sunscreen smell, no shine, and best of all… HEAPS of coverage. Like I said, this performs exactly like a full coverage cream to powder foundation stick. I love that this is a skin care, sun protection and makeup product all-in-one! It sure does come in handy when you have minimal time to get ready in the morning, as it cuts out so many extra steps. So how does it wear you ask? GREAT! This lasts all day on me (8hrs) and I have oily skin. It covers pigmentation and imperfections and I find it hardly needs a powder. Just swipe and rub in with you fingers. It glides smoothly onto the skin (like SILK!) and provides a luminous, fresh skin finish. The shade I have (medium) is a great match too. The shade variety is very limited though, so that might be a problem for some. I advise you test swatch them first, Myer and David Jones usually have testers out for this.

The other product I have been trialling is the INVISIBLE ZINC Staying Powder (12g RRP AU$38.00) which is a no-colour, setting powder  specially designed  to set and fix the IZ Tinted Daywear Anti-Ageing Moisturising Sunscreen (which needs a setting powder) and give a perfect natural finish. The product says it should melt into the skin and be invisible, sadly, for me this product kind of sits in my pores and is quite visible. It could just happen over the top of the UV Silk Shield Foundation, as it was designed to set the Tinted Daywear sunscreen, so I’m only using it when I’m wearing the tinted sunscreen (which it behaves much better with) for trips to the beach, gardening etc. The tinted daywear is much more like a sunscreen, and is a bit oilier than the Silk Shield Foundation and has less coverage.

Dab on some INVISIBLE ZINC Tinted Lip + Cheek Balm (12g RRP AU$18.00) and waterproof mascara, and you are ready to go.

Stockists include Myer, David Jones, Adore Beauty, Priceline and selected premium pharmacies.  For stockist details please call 1300 738 850 or visit www.invisiblezinc.com

INVISIBLE ZINC® IS AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED USING PATENTED AUSTRALIAN SUNSCREEN TECHNOLOGY.

[Image Source: adorebeauty.com.au  beautyheaven.com.au ]

The UV Silk Shield Foundation and the Invisible Staying Powder were provided for review. As per my disclosure statement, this did not influence my opinion in any way and all reviews are of my own honest opinion.
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A quick FOTD + 100th post

4 Jul

This is just a quick FOTD featuring my natural “going out soon… shit son I only have 20mins to get myself looking decent” look. And yes, apologies, I know the photo is crappola! My camera is out of action unfortunately… hurry up birf-day so I can get my snazzy new camera!!!

You all know the one… the natural ‘why yessum I do just look this good naturally’ look, using more than the average amount of makeup. Now let’s get into it…

Face

  • Napoleon Perdis Auto Pilot Skin Primer
  • Mixture of Face of Australia Liquid Mineral Makeup in Beige with equal parts of Maybelline NY Mineral Power Liquid Foundation in Creamy Natural (applied with a stippling brush for a flawless finish)
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer under the eyes and to cover any flaws
  • Set base with Maybelline NY FIT ME Pressed Powder in 225 Medium Buff
  • Illamasqua Powder Blush in Hussy
  • Face of Australia Pressed Powder in Bronze as contour
  • Benefit instant brow pencil in medium to dark to fill in the brows

Eyes

  • Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadow in R.S.V.P all over lid from the Primpcess palette
  • Benefit Powder Eyeshadow contour from the Primpcess palette (middle highlight shade) on browbone
  • Benefit Powder Eyeshadow brown liner from Primpcess palette (dark brown shade) in the crease blended out and followed underneath the eyes in the lash line
  • Lashes curled and then coated twice with Benefit Badgal lash mascara

Lips

  • One coat of Face Of Australia Mineral Lip Shine in Oyster Shell
  • Followed by MAC Lipstick (frost) in Angel

Tadaaaa… semi-useless FOTD picture:

And a poor attempt to capture my whole outfit. 😦 This look was for my date with Yolanda from Shopping Intervention. We went to Freestyle Tout for dinner and dessert… na na na naahhh nahhhhh look what we had:

Bread and Butter Pudding FTW! droollll

Let me know, was this of use to you? Or was it as useless as tits on a boar?

Bourjois healthy mix concealer

3 Jul

I purchased the Bourjois Healthy Mix concealer when Priceline had the 50% off Bourjois products and because I had started to hit pan on my beloved Benefit Boi-ing concealer. I decided I wanted to get a cheap concealer that I can use everyday for work etc., and save the Boi-ing for going out when I want extra coverage.

Another reason I decided to try the Healthy Mix concealer (if the 50% off wasn’t already enough!) was that Lilit from Makeup and Macaroons used this concealer and she was really happy with it.

I purchased it in the colour #52 medium radiance. It looked MUCH lighter than my skintone, but it was the only one left on the shelf. Lilit had said that it’s okay for it to be lighter than your skintone, as it is supposed to give a radiant effect. And besides, I could always powder over the top.

Bourjouis Healthy Mix Correcting Concealer awakens the complexion and conceals imperfections, with a raspberry, apricot and melon enriched formula that work to brighten, regulate and stimulate micro-circulation. Texture works to blend into the skin and erase signs of fatigue, product also leaves behind a subtle fruity scent. 

It looks quite yellow when it is first applied, but then when it dries, it turns a little more pink. This concealer dries to a powder matte finish, and because of this, it settles into fine lines a bit. I do powder over the top of this and I think that helps to smooth the finish out and set it in place.

Apologies for the next photo, I took the ‘before’ photo on my camera and the ‘after’ on my iPhone as my camera decided to chuck a spack attack on me before I could finish taking photos.

I’ve left a little bit unblended underneath the eye so you can see the colour of it on my skin. I apply this just with my fingers as the heat from my skin helps the product blend well. As you can see, the concealer does a great job of covering up pigmentation and dark areas under the eye. It also helps to illuminate the eye area. A little bit goes a looonnggg way so you don’t need to squeeze out much at all. This little tube will last me a very long time.

My only gripe with the healthy mix concealer is that is settles into the fine lines because of its powder finish, but for the $10 I spent, it’s not that noticeable of a problem (I’ve seen worse) and I am happy to keep using this everyday. I just make sure to keep up the eye cream.

RRP AU$24

Available in Light Radiance, Medium Radiance and Dark Radiance.

Retailers: Priceline, Target, Kmart.

www.bourjois.com.au

Has anyone else tried the healthy mix concealer? Let me know what you think.

Chic Cheeks

21 Mar

Ladies, let me introduce you to a company that has done a wonderful thing and created a product that will cut our make up spending in half!! (you’re going to want to stay tuned)

Introducing… Chic Australia!

This Aussie owned cosmetics brand was founded by make-up artist and beauty therapist Lois Yaghoubour, who launched the brand out of a personal passion to create an all-in-one product that would have the ability to leave one looking perfectly preened and beautiful all day without any touchups whatsoever. After in-depth research and development, Chic Baked Contour Powder was born, a 7-in-1 wonder product.

Chic Australia Baked Contour Powder features a lightweight, easily blended formula to define and sculpt the face and body for 12 hours of radiance. This long-lasting, dome shaped powder is slowly baked on a terracotta plate for 24 hours to reduce mess and includes light-reflecting pigments to highlight and contour the face and body for added luminosity. Formulated with liquid minerals, the powder includes mica, kaolin clay, mother of pearl, iron oxides, titanium dioxide and silica. It is versatile and travel-friendly, packaged in a convenient, stylish black compact with a handy mirror (of good size).

This product has 7 actions in 1 compact. It can be used as a blusher, bronzer, eyeshadow, lip colour, eyeliner, highlighter and contouring powder and can transform your complexion from drab to fab anytime! The powders produce a lightweight high frost finish that will accentuate your features for a natural radiant look.

There are eight different shades in the Chic Baked Contour Powder range, to suit every skin type and colour. The range of shades include everything from a pinkish highlight colour, a rosy blush colour, to your bronze colours (see range of colours below).

The shade that I have been using is BanksiaBloom (RRP $49.95 AUD), a deep cocoa colour with specks of gold for an even and natural tan glow. I found this shade to be perfect for everything from contouring and bronzing to a perfect coppery eye shadow. Even though the BanksiaBloom shade features a gold fleck throughout, the pigment is so finely milled and smooths on the skin so evenly that the result is natural and luminous. It’s great as a contour as it eliminates the need for a matte contour bronzer AND a highlighter – just apply this and go! Perfect for travelling when you’re forced to downsize your make up stash (OH the Horror!!). I also love that this baked powder is mess-free, unlike so many other bronzers that leave powder over every surface.

The below pictures show the colour swatched heavily on my hand with flash, applied under the cheekbones as a contour, and lastly, applied all over the eyes as an eye shadow.

Here are some other ways to use the Chic Baked Contour Powder:

Tip 1: Dust this shade lightly over your lipstick to accentuate your lips and give them a subtle glow.

Tip 2: Apply this shade with a big powder brush all over your decolletage to give the illusion of a nice bronzed tan without the fuss (and orange hands).

An added plus, Chic Australia does not test their products on animals. To find your nearest stockist click here and to find out more about Chic Australia visit their website – www.chicaustralia.com.au

[Image source: Chic Australia and my own, please do not use without permission]

I was kindly sent this product for consideration, as per my disclosure statement, this did not influence my opinion in any way and all reviews are of my own honest opinion.
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