Monday, February 20, 2017

Sunday Riley Luna Review

Bloggers, magazine editors and pretty much every beauty expert out there seems to go crazy for Sunday Riley products. Personally, I’ve tired two products out of the line, Good Gene’s (review here) and Luna. While Good Gene’s was a clear cut love, my relationship with Luna is slightly more complex. So without spilling all the beans in the first paragraph let’s get the show on the road. 

Luna is an anti-aging facial oil, that helps firm, smooth out wrinkles and diminish large pores. This facial oil contains a cocktail of 12 different oils that leave your skin supple, smooth and nourished (yet not oily). However the Luna’s claim to fame is the anti-aging retinoid. Retinoid is basically the easier, less irritating sister to retinol (and retinol is the only scientifically proven way to fight signs of aging). Now this oil shouldn’t irritate the skin, however you might notice some dryness to the skin. So you best believe me when I say the addition of 12 nourishing oils is a truly pleasant touch.

Good formula, good ingredients but the one thing I can’t get over is the addition blue dye. Sunday claims the colour of this product encourages users to massage the product deep in the skin. The more you work the product in the more translucent it gets (duh). In the addition while this isn’t intended to be a colour correcting product I like that the blue tint temporally evens out my skin tone. Now I am a total fan of facial massage and colour correcting anything, but I look at this added blue colouring as a marketing ploy. Blue, Luna, night time treatment… I the message it, but I just think it’s unnecessary. 

I am but wishy, washy with Luna, because at the core I do think Luna is an excellent product. However I also think that Luna is insanely expensive for what you get. Since retinoid’s are not a ground breaking technology you best believe you can get a decent retinoid at a fraction of the price (see my review for Avene’s retinoid here). Take what you will, I’ve been using Luna for well over a month and my bottle looks barely touched, it’s a beautiful luxury oil, but should you want to save some money you could definitely find cheaper alternatives. 

15ml/$62 
60ml/$131.00
Can be bought at sephora.com and in select stores. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Rose Water Benefits

The season of love is here which means it’s officially of season of giving roses. Now you can either ask for a bouquet of roses, rose scented bath products or if you’re a skincare nut like me rose water. Jay if you’re reading this … hint, hint! If you don’t have a Valentine there is absolutely no shame in treating yourself because you’re going to need this and here’s why:

1. Rose water is an anti-inflammatory which means reduces redness and calms irritated skin.

2. Rose water is an anti-bacterial making an excellent, natural oil reducing product for acne prone skin types. 

3. Rose water is jammed packed with nutrients which help hydrate the skin. However since a spritz of rose water is so light it’s suitable for every skin type at any time of the day. 

4. The scent of rose has actually been scientifically proven to combat insomnia. In addition rose has also been used as an aroma therapy aid to help combat stress and tension. 

5. It’s cheap. With all these amazing skincare benefits I bet you were thinking ‘this is going to cost a fortune’, it doesn’t. You can actually get rose water from your local grocery store. Likewise you could always opt for a luxe rose water such as Herbivores Rose Hibiscus Coconut Water. 

Rose water can be used as a toner, to set makeup or misted on the go for a quick refresh. Since rose water is perfect for all skin types I seriously think everyone’s skincare regiment could benefit from a little rosewater. 




Monday, February 6, 2017

In Flight Essentials

The truth is it’s been years since of flown anywhere so I don’t want to come off as a globe-trotting blogger, because I’m actually the opposite. A homebody, working professional and mother of one, sweat pants wearing, top knot enthusiast…you get the picture. Back in the day I use to take the time to sprawl out, listen to music and pamper my skin. This flight is different because not only am I traveling with 18 family members I’m also traveling with a one year old. So lades (and gents) here are my in-flight must haves no faff, no pointlessness, no stupidity just easy to use essentials.  

Face Mist 
I’m sure we all know it by now, but I have a passion for face mists. I love that mists have toning, moisturizing and makeup setting qualities. However my favourite thing about all facial sprays is that they are instant and to me there is no better place for instant skincare then on a plane. Currently I am using (and loving) Pixi’s Milky Hydrating Mist and it works wonders when it comes to nourishing and repairing dry skin. The fact that this mist also soothes irritated sun kissed skin also makes it a handy beach bag item too.

Aroma Therapy 
I wouldn’t go as far as to say I am scarred of flying, but I would definitely consider myself as a nervous flyer. To combat my anxiety I always take some sort of aroma therapy oil with me. Typically I bring along lavender, however this trip I am bringing Saje’s Sleep Well Oil. This oil contains soothing chamomile, relaxing jasmine and balancing orange oil. It’s literally relaxation in a bottle. Just like the facial mist Saje’s Sleep Well can be applied in moment’s time. 

Big Scarf 
Car trips, train trips, plane trips… one of my all-time favourite travel essentials is a big scarf. The best thing about a big scarf is it acts a blanket on cold plane rides, but once you reach your destination it can be used as a shawl on cold nights. Typically I travel with a large poncho, however this time around I am traveling with my Lululemon Vinyasa scarf. I love that this scarf can be worn many different ways, the handy snaps also allow this scarf to be transformed into a handy cardigan too.   

Comfy Pants
In my opinion it takes a brave person that would want to travel in anything other than some sort of stretchy pants. I feel like this is common knowledge, but I thought I should put it out there; yoga pants, leggings, jogging pants are a MUST. 

Lip Balm
As we all know planes are extremely dry, and since traveling with a humidifier is frowned upon you'll notice a reoccurring hydration theme here. I am bringing two lip balms with me on this flight, one being Dior's hydrating, tinted lip balm Lip Glow and the other is the repairing and nourishing Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment. 

Face Mask
90% of the time I have easy going, normal skin. However if you put dryness into the equation my skin transforms to sensitive and eczema prone in an instant. So whenever I travel I without fail always bring an SOS skincare mask. For this trip I am bringing Laneige's Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask. While I've never tired this mask it claims to sooth irritated skin while delivering a huge does of hydration and nourishment. This mask is clear so should I forget to take it off I won't have mud stuck to my face upon landing. 
'Hi customs officer, no my face isn't normally purple... I just have a crying baby and dry skin' You get the picture. 

Well people this is my last post before I leave. I wish you all an excellent week and I have a new skincare tips post coming out on the 13th I'm super excited to share with you. So ladies/gents until next time! 


Sunday, February 5, 2017

January Favourites

 I can’t believe January has come and gone! I have to say a part of me was terrified to go back to work. How would I cope with Everleigh being in daycare? When would I have time to blog? Will I have time for anything? Turns out everything has sort of fallen into place and in the mist of daycare pick-ups to busy days at work I even have some excellent beauty favourites to share with you. So ladies and gents here are my January Favourites!

Fresh Sugar Lemon Perfume 
I love spicy fragrances in the fall, floral perfumes in the spring and fresh body sprays in the summer. However all year I crave something fresh, something crisp and something that smells clean... Fresh Sugar Lemon is all of these things. If you want something zingy, yet classy you need to give this a go.  
If you didn’t read my review you can check it out here!

Benefit Beyond Sexy Lipstick in Lusty Rose 
Lip liner, lipstick all in one, makes lips look bigger, plumper… Benefits new lipstick comes with many claims. However the only thing that you need to know about these lipsticks is the formula is fantastic. It’s creamy, hydrating long wearing and super pigmented. The packaging allows for precise application, eliminating the need for any lip liner. Totally wish Benefit would come out with a whole range of lipsticks using the same packaging and formula. 
Totally forgot lusty rose at work...forgive me. You can see swatches here.

Sunday Riley Good Genes
I love this product… okay I know I love all these products but I really, really, really like Good Genes. This product totally lives up to all the rave reviews because it makes you skin look like perfection. I did an in depth review (here) but in a nutshell this exfoliating treatment makes your skin really glow. In comparison to other exfoliating products I’ve tried nothing compares to the results of Good Genes. Expensive but totally worth it this skincare item is a new must have for me.

Saje Peppermint Halo 
Maybe it’s the early mornings? But I have been headachy more than normal. So instead of popping Tylenol 24-7 I have resorted to homeopathic remedies and my favourite out of the bunch is Peppermint Halo. This tingle inducing oil is meant to be applied on to the temples and for lack of better words it makes your head feel like a peppermint stick. This delightful tingle is amazing for relieving headache pain… seriously this stuff is a new office must have for me. 

New perfume, new lipstick, New Year … new women! As mention above I started work this month and as hard as it is somehow everything has fallen into place. If you have any favourites please let me know in the comments section below. In addition thank you for taking the time to reading. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sunday Riley Good Genes Review

As we all know I am an absolute and total skin care nut. There’s something about the science of a great skin care product that fascinates me. Also as someone who had severe eczema at one point knowing that my skin looks good gives me confidence in my everyday life. However despite my excitement four weeks into a product something happens, I get bored. This constant cycle works well for the blog because it without fail always gets me wanting to try new stuff. Then Good Gene’s came into my life now my whole rotation… blogger… philosophy has been shaken up.

Sunday Riley Good Gene’s is a highly concentrated lactic acid facial treatment. The lactic acid eats away at dead skin cells leaving you with luminous, healthy, fresh looking skin. Sunday claims that with extended use fine lines will be reduced, while hyperpigmentation will be minimized. Also unlike other complicated, time consuming treatments all you have to do with Good Genes is put this on clean skin and you’re done. In addition Good Gene’s also contains Aloe, which means you get all the exfoliation one could ask for but should this cause irritation you get a soothing touch too. 

Speaking of irritation I will say my first few experiences using Good Genes I felt a slight tingle. I don’t want to sound dramatic because it didn’t cause irritation, redness or any sort of pain. However let it be known Good Genes can cause a slight itch. Now 4 weeks into this treatment the tingle is completely gone and my skin has never looked better. My skin looks so smooth, so luminous, so even toned it’s crazy. In addition, because I’ve been chemical exfoliating everyday my moisturizer has been working better too.  

I love Good Genes and cannot recommend it enough. I would even go as far as saying this probably one of the best skincare products I’ve ever tried. It makes my skin so luminous, so clear, and so beautiful that it has me absolutely addicted and wanting more. If you were looking for an easy facial treatment, which takes no time at all but gives you maximum results you need to try this. As for me I am hooked, and while I will always be trying out new skin care I will always have a bottle of Good Genes kicking around in my collection.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Benefit Wow Your Brows Review

At the end of last year Benefit launched a massive brow collection. This brow collection is absolutely massive and it comprises of new launches and older fan favourites. Among the 10 products I’ve tried 4 and let’s just say I have some strong opinions to share with you. So ladies if you wanted to know the in’s and outs of Benefit’s Wow Your Brows collection keep reading. 

Goof Proof Brow Pencil 
Let’s start with one of my favourites products out of the lot! Over the past few years of have tried a number of eye brow pencils. Now I’m no beauty scientist, but to me brow pencils have to be the perfect mix of pigmentation and creaminess. With that being said overly pigmented brow products can make you look like your constantly frowning. Goof Proof has that perfect balance of pigmented definition but at the same time it doesn’t make you look crazy. To make matters better the triangle shape makes the pencil easy to grip and the fine spooly brushes through the brows with precision. If you looking for a brow product Goof Proof is an absolute win. 

Gimme Brow 
Gimme Brow is a tinted fibre brow gel. It seems like every blogger loves this stuff but I am honestly not a fan. I get that this can add fullness to sparse brows, but on me the fibers get everywhere. If you were looking to tame, add colour and fullness to the brows this might be something worth checking out With that being said try it before purchasing because you’re anything like me it might cause a hot fiber-y mess. 

Browvo! Conditioning Primer 
In recent years I have tried my hardest to buy less makeup.  Typically I’m pretty good, but even after years of self-taught discipline I still have a soft spot for new products… basically what I’m getting to is I never heard of a brow primer before so the beauty lover in me had to try it. Now I wasn’t sure what to expect from a brow primer but Browvo is pretty good. Benefit describes this product as a clear, nutrient rich formula that primes and conditions for fuller healthier looking brows. Now I’m sort of wishy washy on this because while I do love how this smooths my brows and keeps them in place, I don’t see any additional fullness in my brows. 

Ready Set, Brow! 
My second favourite product is this clear eyebrow gel. I love this this keeps your brows in check all day, but doesn’t give you that hard crunchy feeling some eyebrow gels do. In addition I love the brush, the small brushed side allows for sculpting, while the larger side allows for you to brush through your brows with ease. Ready, Set Brow is an excellent product and in my opinion a highlight out of the collection. 

With its hits and misses there we have my thoughts on the Benefit Brow Range… I think overall this massive range of products has you covered no matter if you need to tame, plump up or fill in your brows. However just like all things beauty I can’t stress testing and sampling the range prior to purchasing.   
If you’ve tried any of Benefit Brow range of product leave a message in the comment section below

Sunday, January 15, 2017

How to Relieve Dry Skin Fast

Winter is the season for hot chocolate, family gatherings and if your anything like me dry skin. Yes we all know I love a good skincare product, but today I'm I thought we would talk tips. So if you have seasonally dry skin and you want to do something about it here are my some of favourite tips for relieving dry skin fast.

Exfoliate
If your finding your favourite skincare items not working you might want to try exfoliating. Contrary to popular belief exfoliating does not dry out your skin. Instead exfoliator removes dead skin cells and therefore product can better penetrate the skin. Many people love products with 'scrubbies' in them personally I love acid exfoliators. For the most part I find them less irritating, less messy and yet more effective.

Avoid Hot Water
Hot water can make dry skin worse. So my first tip for you is to limit your exposure to hot water. Now I'm not saying take a cold shower, but instead of boiling hot water opt for warm water instead. Another way to limit your exposure is taking less baths and shorter showers.

Moisturize Right After Washing
Water is a humectant, which means it draws moisture from the skin. So after taking a shower or bath the first thing you should do is moisturize. Sure, you could get fancy and use an expensive moisturizer or you can be like me and use one from the drugstore. Whatever you choose the key is to pat dry your skin and get that lotion on asap!

Overnight Treatment
Did you know you can just about slather anything on your face before bed and wake up with soft moisturized skin? Okay thats not entirely true. What I'm saying is if you have a favourite moisturizer, or oil you could totally apply double the amount and use it as an overnight face treatment. So before you purchase the next 'it' sleeping mask, you probably have some fantastic options in your collection.

Humidify during Cold Dry Months
It's the middle of winter and your house, work... hell even your car are all filled with dry synthetic heat. So when all else fails give a humidifier a try. In my own experiences humidifiers can make the world of difference to combating dry skin. There are some excellent affordable options out there, the important thing to remember is to keep it beside your bed while you sleep. This added night time humidity will help replenish your skin.

As a longtime dry skin sufferer I can with certainty tell you these tips work. So instead of thinking you need more skincare, new skincare or more expensive skincare I say try these tips. If you have any dry skin tips I would love to hear them in the comment section below.