My Top 5 Masks of the Moment

 

If you follow me on the ‘gram, you’d be no stranger to seeing this mug covered in a mask.  As a huge mask lover, I am always playing with new products. Here is a list of masks that have been getting a work out lately.

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1. Go-To Sheet Masks

The best sheet mask I’ve ever used.

What else can I say about these beauties? Deeply hydrating and nourishing. They smell absolutely incredible and leave your cute little face healthy, plump and glowy.  Best of all they work out to be $7.50 a pop.

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2. Ole Henriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask

You may have seen this blue beauty doing the rounds lately and with good reason. This is a mask like no other I’ve ever used. Firstly the colour is gorgeous and you’ll be snapping selfies of yourself within minutes of putting it on. But more importantly, it works really well.  Cold Plunge contains both AHAs and BHA so it is going to smooth that skin like nobody’s business.  It detoxifies, mattifies, smoothes and cools all while being a little bit of fun to use. Your face feels cool and tingly for a while after use so I can imagine living in this in the warmer months.

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3. Murad Hydro Glow Aqua Peel

I can always trust Dr. Murad to come up with the goods. This fun 2-step mask is a double whammy.  It refines and resurfaces the skin while adding a big boost of hydration – perfect event prep. Super easy to use and really great results.

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4. Philosophy Purity Pore Extractor Exfoliating Clay Mask

This scrub/mask hybrid is great at treating those pesky little pores. When my skin is feeling a little congested, I bang on this bad boy to absorb oils and get to work pulling out impurities. My skin is left feeling clean and clear. I do find that I need to up the hydration afterward as my skin does feel a little tight.

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5. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask

I try to use this little blue wonder 4-5 times a week. I apply it after all my nightly skincare to lock in all the goodness and give me a hydration boost. It is light, non-sticky and absorbs relatively quickly. You wake up in the morning fully refreshed and not a dry patch in sight.  It hydrating enough for dry skin and the gel-formula is light enough for oily skin. Winner.

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6. BONUS – Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist [INTENSE]  – Limited Edition

Not a mask but a mist. This beautiful multitasker hydrates, refreshes and soothes. I like to use this before masks, after masks, before serums and moisturisers and also as a pick-me-up throughout the day. It smells like a beautiful English rose garden and feels so luxe on the skin. Not only is the mist housed in a ridiculously gorgeous bottle, but the size is huge. I use this constantly and I am not even halfway through.

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Have you used any of these masks? What is your current favourite?

 

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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A Guide To Smashbox Primers

 

 

 

The words Smashbox and primers are synonymous with each other.  Smashbox make some bloody brilliant products, but they do primers well, award-winningly well. With such a large offering, it can be tricky to work out which primer is best for you. So, I’ve put together a guide highlighting the key factors with each primer, and which skin types I think they are best suited for.

Photo Finish Foundation Primer  – $52

The OG. The one that started it all.

SmashBox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer is your no BS, all in one basic primer.

  • Clear gel-like formula that feels like velvet on the skin
  • Creates a smooth base for foundation
  • Blurs pores and fine lines
  • Lightweight

Best for – Most skin types (it does have a silicone feel), but probably not the best choice for oily skinned gals as it doesn’t keep oils at bay. Great for everyday wear to create a barrier between the skin and foundation.

Also available with SPF20

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Photo Finish Mattifying Primer Stick -$46

As you’d expect from the name, this primer stick is marketed towards oily babes.

  • Super easy to apply
  • Glides on the skin
  • Prevents oil and shine
  • Extends the longevity of your foundation
  • Can also be used on top of makeup to control shine

Best for – Oily or combo skin types. This stick works really well for multi-priming, spread over the t-zone.  If you want something luminous and glowy, steer away from this one.

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Photo Finish Primerizer  – $61

One of Smashbox’s newest and most innovative primers. This little baby is a moisturiser/primer hybrid.

  • Non-greasy and fast absorbing
  • 24-hour hydration
  • Weightless
  • Demi-matte finish, but still controls oils
  • Can be used in lieu of moisturiser

Best for – All skin types. Great all rounder that hydrates without making skin oily while still controlling shine throughout the day. Gives the skin a gorgeous healthy looking finish. It won’t, however, give you a true matte finish, if that is what you are after.

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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Radiance – $57

This primer is based on Smashbox’s original Foundation Primer but with the added bonus of radiance.

  • Glow-boosting
  • Blurs imperfections
  • Contains added hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter for Hydration
  • Smooths skin

Best for – Babes looking for a little more luminosity. Great from a boost of hydration if your skin is feeling a little dry. Also works well under a matte foundation to make your skin look glowy, while still preventing the dreaded shine-factor.

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Photo Finish Primer Adjust – $ 57

Another primer that is built from the Foundation Primer, but this one promises to disguise uneven skin tone and redness.

  • Addresses redness and uneven skin tones
  • Smooths skin
  • Contains antioxidants and vitamin to nourish the skin
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines

Best for – Red-faces and gals with an uneven skin tone. Same as the original, probably not the best for super oily babes,

Photo Finish Pore Minimising Primer – $57

This baby again is your OG Foundation Primer, but with the added benefits of diminishing the appearance of those pesky little pores.

  • Visibly reduces the appearance of pores
  • Keeps skin shine free
  • Sweat and humidity resistant
  • Flawless, smooth finish

Best for – Oily babes, this little purple guy is for you. Instantly disguising pores and mattifies while keeping you matte all day.  Not great on dry/flaky skin.

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Photo Finish Primer Water  – $46

This is such an innovative product, allowing you to prime in a flash!

  • Suuuuuper lightweight
  • Very versatile
  • Refreshes and hydrates tired skin
  • Can also be used as a setting spray

Best for – Busy babes that need to apply makeup in a pinch. It is a great handbag addition to refresh your complexion through the day.  The lightweight formula works well for oily skin, but may not be hydrating enough for dry skin types.

The Primer Water is also available in 3 fun new fragrances –

  • So-Chill Coconut ($46) – Sweet coconut and vanilla fragrance for refreshing the complexion
  • Serene Greens ($46) – Fresh cucumber and melon scent which calms and hydrates
  • Centering Citrus ($46) –  Orange and Grapefruit fragrance for dull dry skin

 

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Photo Finish Primer Oil – $61

A heavy duty hydrating primer for dry skin.

  • Contains 15 oils to nourish the skin
  • Creates a youthful, dewy base
  • Adds radiance
  • Also works as a skincare product

Best for – No surprises here but if you’re oily you probably don’t wanna drench your skin in oil before makeup application. Absolutely ideal for dry skin types or normal babes who want a big dose of hydration and dew.

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Photo Finish Foundation Primer Light – $52

A weightless version of the original targeted more towards oily skin

  • Extends the wear time of makeup
  • Oil-control
  • Disguises the look of imperfections
  • Aqua based

Best for – All skin types that want a no BS primer that smooths and increases the longevity of makeup

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Photo Finish Even Skin Tone Primer – $57

This primer is best for counteracting darkness and uneven skin tone.

  • Used for addressing dark patches and sallow skin
  • Brightens the skin without luminosity
  • Creates a smooth base
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines

Best for – All skin types but great for mature skin, that need brightening, hydrating and disguising fine lines and wrinkles.


 

I find that you can also mix and match these primers to multi-prime by addressing different concerns in one go without any balling up under foundation.

All of the Smashbox range is available at Mecca Maxima.

(Just a note –  Unlike most of my other blog posts, I haven’t personally rigorously trialed all of these primers. Whilst I have used some, this guide is based on reviews and product information provided by Smashbox, in addition to personal experience)

 

Camille x

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Why You Need IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream

Heard all the hype? Wondered what is so good about the IT Cosmtetics CC+ Cream? Click to find out.

I am sure you’ve seen people rave over the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream, and you’ve probably wondered what’s so good about it.  Well, I’m going to tell you why it deserves a place in your daily makeup routine.

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Great coverage. Don’t be fooled by the CC cream label, this isn’t a sheer colour corrector – not even close. The coverage is really good. It hides any imperfections while evening out your skin tone in a flash. The result is a beautiful natural looking base, with a velvety finish that allows you to look polished and awake, without any caking or masking.
It doesn’t feel like your wearing makeup. Although the coverage is bang on, it actually doesn’t feel like you are wearing any makeup. It is lightweight, non-sticky and doesn’t transfer. The foundation also doesn’t crease or crack throughout the day. Which means less time is needed to retouch and more time for activities.
You get the benefits of anti-aging skincare.  IT Cosmetics products are created in such a way that it is a skincare treatment first, and a colour cosmetic second. By focusing on soothing, treating and hydrating means that your skin will be benefiting daily from nourishing ingredients instead of your pores being blocked, and your skin getting irritated.  So, essentially you are wearing a nourishing moisturiser and anti-aging treatment with a dose of pigment added at the end to cover and conceal.  This specific formula contains collagen, peptides,  hyaluronic acid, niacinamide and vitamins A,B,C and E.
It contains 50+ SPF.  Being in Australia especially, this is an absolute must in your daily foundation. The biggest anti-ageing treatment is prevention. What better prevention is there than a 50+ SPF that is automatically built into your foundation. The other upside of this is that the SPF is completely physical which means you’ll get absolutely no flashback. Between that and the formula being sweat and water resistant, you will be prepared for anything.
It works on all skin types. I don’t what sorcery has gone into the CC+ cream but along with all those benefits listed above, it works on every skin type. Whether you are dry or oily, you can make this foundation work for you. Depending on what kind of finish you prefer, you might have to set it with powder for something more matte. Otherwise dry, combo and oily babes alike will swoon over this baby.

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I know that the shade range is limited, but I have been assured by the IT Cosmetics educator, that any skin tone will be able to make the shades work. Plus, a little birdy told me that new shades will be released in September.

Have I convinced you yet? It is in stock now but be quick, this bad boy sells out fast. And, believe me, once it is sold out Australia-wide it takes foreverrrr for a restock.

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. Discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information. I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask REVIEW

It’s got quite the name and boasts a fair list of promises, but does the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask live up to its claims?

This mask helps reduce the look of fine lines, wrinkles, dullness, uneven skin tone, and texture for smoother, healthier, and younger-looking skin. A botanical blend helps replenish, nourish, and moisturize skin, while kaolin clay and magnesium sulfate help open pores and draw out impurities in an invigorating flash of heat.

The Heat Mask is targeted towards all skin types to fight dullness, texture, fine lines, wrinkles, and dehydrated skin.

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What is it?

Formulated with mineral-rich Hungarian Thermal Water, a ridiculously dreamy blend of Sunflower, Jojoba, Peach, Apricot and Rosehip oils, Shea Butter and Pomegranate extract, GATULINE® RC (a beech tree bud extract) and, lastly,  Kaolin Clay and Magnesium Sulfate. It certainly sounds like it is packed to the brim with gorgeous ingredients, but do they translate into results?

Firstly, the packaging is beautiful – the best I’ve seen from PTR yet! The green to blue ombre and gold detailing is really eye-catching and conjures images of clear, fresh waters and bright refreshed skin. The mask itself is quite a unique balm-like consistency, that needs a little warming up between the fingers before it can be spread across the face.  There isn’t any remarkable or irritating fragrance.

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After the mask has warmed up on your skin, it is very easy to spread and feels really soft and buttery on the skin. The directions state to leave the mask on for 3 minutes, and then, with wet fingertips, to massage in to activate the heating sensation. Once the heating has ceased, you then rinse off.

RESULTS

I love the way this mask feels on the skin. The formula is velvety and is only improved by the heating factor, which really makes it a relaxing and soothing experience.  My skin feels oh-so-soft and strokable after the mask has been washed off. My complexion is really bright and looking happy with a healthy glow.  I definitely noticed a difference in hydration level of my skin. My skin looked and felt nourished and plump. After a handful of uses, I can’t say that I noticed any change in fine lines or wrinkles, but I honestly wouldn’t expect to in such a short time and from the use of a mask alone.

To summarise, I really enjoy using this mask. I love the way it feels both while it is on the skin and afterwards. It is a quick mask to use and would be ideal to give your skin a glowy, healthy look before an event when you are in a pinch. The jar itself is quite large, and needing only a small amount for each application, I would imagine it to last for quite a while. I have nothing negative to say about the Peter Thomas Roth Hungarian Thermal Water Mineral-Rich Atomic Heat Mask (Well, maybe a shorter name? ;))

Does this mask sound like a winner to you?

Camille x

 

 

 

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were provided for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. No sponsorship or money has been provided for my review. All discount codes are not affiliated unless specifically stated. All opinions are based purely on my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

 

My top 5 HOLY GRAIL products 2018

 

Although I have quite a large collection of products, there are ones that I reach for over and over again. Tried and tested, the following 5 products are items that I can’t live without (big call, I know)…

 

*Drum roll*

  1. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peels

I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it until I am blue in the face, the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Universal Peels have completely changed my skin. I have been absolutely obsessed with these little miracle pads for about 18 months. The patented two-step formula is unlike anything else on the market and it delivers the most effective skin care treatment I have ever used. After using these, my skin is refined, brighter and fresher while my pores look diminished and fine lines reduced. I cannot sing the praises of the Alpha Beta peels enough. I would gladly give up all other skincare products to be able to use these forever… well, these and a touch of moisturiser 😉

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2. Fudge Clean Blonde Purple Toning Shampoo

I couldn’t tell you how much tubes of Clean Blonde I have gone through over the years. This shampoo tones my hair like nothing else. Not only that, but it doesn’t dry out my fine hair, nor does it make it dull or frizzy.  I am pretty easy-going when it comes to hair, but one thing I cannot stand is brassy tones, this little mother sorts them out quick smart. My shower is never without this indigo beauty.

3. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

I call this my facial in a compact. This beautiful powder gives my skin the most stunning natural glow. My skin looks fresh, bright, radiant and just glowing with health. I don’t know how Hourglass do it, but there is some kind of sorcery in this powder. I use a light dusting all over my face as the last step in my makeup routine and the result is an ethereal radiance that needs to be seen to be believed.

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4. Becca Under Eye Corrector

I have been raving about this corrector for years now. This glorious little pot rids my undereye area of discolouration, it brightens and refreshes without caking or creasing. I use this every time I apply makeup, and even often when I don’t. You can read more about it here, along with the rest of the Becca Bright Eyes range.

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5. Beauty Blender

There are many imitations, but no one has quite replicated the magic that is the Beauty Blender. I refuse to apply my foundation with anything other than my trusty sponge. I find my base looks more seamless, foundation looks natural and there isn’t any threat of cakeface. The Beauty Blender blends out cream products effortlessly and is the perfect tool for baking. I never travel without one and always have plenty of backups on hand. Nothing, I mean nothing, compares to the Beauty Blender.

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I would love to hear what your top 5 Holy Grail Products are.

 

Camille x