Yep, you read the title right. Today I’m talking about a cheap as chips product that helps to calm and get rid of acne…. and the chances are you already have this product in your cupboard!
Recently I’ve had one of the worst outbreaks of blemishes that I’ve had in many many years. At 25, having a flare up of acne is both frustrating and slightly humiliating. I use the word ‘outbreak’, as that’s pretty much what it was…. nasty little red bumps all over my forehead and chin, that looked and felt awful. I hadn’t used any new products, and hadn’t had any lifestyle changes and after racking my brain trying to think what it could be, and got it down to one of two things ….. coffee or nectarines. Thankfully it wasn’t coffee but I’ve since discovered that nectarines really don’t agree with my skin, which is rather disappointing as they are one of my favorite summer fruits! Unfortunately before I realized about my allergy to nectarines, I ate about six over two days…. and a day later my forehead was bright red, with about twenty small angry looking blemishes. It was incredibly painful, looked awful, and was almost impossible to cover with makeup. After having a mini freak out, I knew I had to find something to clear it up…fast.
Looking at my skin now, you probably wouldn’t believe it….. but just a month ago my skin was blemished, red, and angry looking
MAC have been on a roll this year with their new collections, and one of the newer ones to launch here in NZ is the “Pencilled In” Collection. This is a genius collection, in the fact that MAC have released a matching lip pencil for some of their most popular lipsticks. There is also a matching lipglass for three of the most popular; Ruby Woo, Heroine, and Candy Yum-Yum.
I was lucky enough to receive the Ruby Woo lipliner and lipglass from MAC. Ruby Woo is probably the most well known red in the MAC collection, however it is also well-known for being quite drying due to the matte finish, so it’s best to start with a clear lipbalm underneath.
I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of solid shampoo. A solid bar, similar to a bar of soap, but that is designed to be used on your hair to not only clean, but to nourish. Lush have recently added to their collection of shampoo bars with a few new releases, so I was excited to try out a few of the new scents and to also use my first ever shampoo bar!
One thing that astounded me about the Lush Solid Shampoo Bars was just how far they go. One bar is the equivalent of 3 x 200ml bottles of shampoo. Since they only cost $15.90 each, this is an extremely economical way to wash your hair, not to mention the amount of packaging that you are stopping from going to the landfill. So how do they work? Since there is no water in the shampoo bars there is a high concentration of ingredients, meaning that there are no preservatives and you need to only use a small amount mixed with water to create enough lather to wash your hair.
When it comes to taking off my makeup, Garnier has been my go-to brand for the past three or four years now. I’ve already mentioned the Clean Sensitive 2 in 1 Makeup Remover in my past skincare routine posts, and this stuff is seriously amazing at removing even the most stubborn waterproof makeup.
Unfortunately I’ve found the 2 in1 Makeup Remover rather hard to find here in NZ lately, and a few months ago I bought in a huge bulk order from a chemist in Aussie. That’s how much I love the stuff. When I heard Garnier had released the new 2 in 1 Express Eye Makeup Remover, I was keen to give it a try and see how it compared to my old favorite.
Both products have a similar appearance, and are packaged almost identical with the Express Eye Makeup Remover being just a little smaller. Both products have the same duo-phase formula, meaning that they are part oil and part water. You simply shake the bottle before using, and this mixes the two ingredients together. Oil based makeup removers are the best for removing waterproof makeup, however sometimes these formulas can feel heavy and oily upon the skin. I found that neither of these products are even the slightest bit greasy feeling and any residue left on the skin washes away easily with water.
One of the (many) things that I love about Lush, is the limited edition products that they bring out throughout the year. This years Easter collection does not disappoint, and contains some of the most pretty and interesting Lush products that I’ve seen. The products are all either egg or bunny themed, and I’m excited to say that there is A LOT of glitter in this collection! There are eight limited edition products in total, plus one gift box that would make a very sweet Easter treat.
Products in this collection are:
Hoppity Boppity – bath bomb
Fluffy Egg – bath bomb
Immaculate Eggception – bath bomb
Somwhere Over The Rainbow – soap
Pot O’ Gold – shower jelly
Bunch Of Carrots – bubble bar
Golden Egg – bath bomb melt
Carrot – soap
Rainbow Bright – gift box containing Pot O’ Gold and Somewhere Over The Rainbow
I was very lucky to be sent a few of these products from Lush, and while I haven’t had a chance to try all of them out yet, I wanted to get this post up before Easter so you don’t miss out on picking up anything you think sounds good!
I’ll be honest…. I had never heard of beauty brand Mavala, until a couple of products from their range turned up in the post. After a little bit of Googling I discovered that they have been around for quite a while, over 50 years in fact! Created in 1958 by Madelaine Van Landeghem (MA-VA-LA – very cool), the brand is now available in over 100 countries worldwide. Mavala is a best known for their Scientifique Nail Hardener, (which I am very keen to try), and as well as nail products they also sell a range of skincare, hand and foot care, as well as a range of eye makeup products. Today I’m going to share with your my thoughts on two of their top coats from the nail care range.
I received the Colour-Matt Top Coat and the Top Coat Gel Finish to try out. I’ve wanted to try a matte top coat for quite some time now, as I love the matte-look finish so I was very keen to give this one a go. I was even more excited to read that the Mavala nail polishes are free of the nasty chemicals that many nail products contain. Mavala polishes contain no parabens, formaldehydes, toluene, camphore, animal ingredients and heavy metals, making them a more natural choice for caring for your nails.
I went to the movies last night to see “Insurgent” which is the second movie in the “Divergent”series. I won’t say too much as I don’t want to give anything away, but I think I preferred the first movie to the second! I am very interested to see what happens in the third though, and now I have to wait another year (or I could cheat and read the books, but that’s probably not gonna happen!)
I haven’t got made up and gone out in ages, so I used movie night with my friends as an excuse to get all prettied up and rock some red lipstick. I’m really loving these deeper red shades for Autumn, and they look go glam with a winged eye!