Beauty Worth Investing In

This whole beauty business can be very pricey. While I do tend to opt for drugstore buys there are some items that I believe are worth investing in.

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Clarisonic*

Yes. This is an expensive product, and yes, I am aware that there are cheaper alternatives. But I wouldn’t harp on about this device if I didn’t love it. I have used many different replicas like Clinique and Olay but seriously nothing compares. I thought I cleaned my face well enough, but after using this guy for the first time, I was shocked at the amount of foundation that the Clarisonic picked up. I have forever struggled with my skin and now, after seeing this, I know why. The Clarisonic was the first of its kind and uses sonic oceslation technology to gently work with your skin’s elasticity, not against it. Other alternatives rotate and spin which can actually do more damage than good. I also think that the brush head makes a lot of difference. Even though I don’t have sensitive skin, I find that the normal brush can be a little too much, so I opt for the delicate or sensitive type.

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Foreo Luna Mini*
Not a fan of the Clarisonic? Maybe the Foreo Luna Mini is more your speed. To be utterly honest, I love both the Clarisonic and Foreo equally, but for different reasons. The Foreo is this gorgeous little vibrating silicone pebble that is really gentle on the skin. There are no interchangeable parts, so what you see it what you get. And after the first initial purchase, you don’t need to keep re-purchasing parts. I love using the Luna Mini in the morning to wake up my skin, as soothing massage to prepare my face for the day. As mentioned before, this device it supremely gentle and I would recommend this baby for sensitive and even mature skin. The battery life lasts forever and this little guy seems to be a little more hygienic – there is no science behind this, it is just something I have in my head, haha. But the only downside is that I don’t feel like it gives me enough cleansing action to remove my cakeface, and that’s where my love for my Clarisonic fits in. If you want a more in-depth comparison, let me know and I’ll get my bum into gear and get typing.

Pssst. There is a sale on Foreo over on bransexclusive right now and only lasts for a few more days. Jump to it!
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Skincare

While you don’t need to spend a small fortune on skincare to get great results, I think you need to invest time and effort into planning and sticking to your skin regime. For so long I just used any skincare products willy nilly. But, in order for your skin to benefit from skincare products, they have to be used religiously. Every so often I like to sit down and think about what it is that I want to target and with what product. Do you want anti-aging? Should you use rentinol based products, or should you be using Hydraluronic Acid. Do you want to fight blemishes or un-even skin tone? Brightening or balancing?  Skin is constantly changing and is a product of environmental, genetic and health factors, so it is super beneficial to change-up your regime every season.  Since I have dedicated time and effort into my skincare routine I have noticed a huge difference, and because I am giving the products the best advantage to work, I can see what my skin likes and doesn’t like. For a starting point I would suggest Real-U SkinFit program. This program contains the products you need, as well as a monthly guide to get an understanding of how to work your routine. Real-U* gave me incredible results. While I try literally hundreds of products, Real-U has definitely changed the game for me, and I will revert back to it whenever my skin is looking a bit weathered.

Skin Treatment

This is only a new luxury to me, but I can really see the benefit in getting semi-regular facials. I say semi-regular because I honestly don’t believe they need to be had too often, just when you think your skin is lacking. Since having a few peels/microdermabrasion/facials I have noticed a big difference in my skin’s texture and all-round health. While I am not someone who forks out a lot of money for regular professional treatments, I am happy to treat my self for a special occasion or if my skin is looking particularly dull and tired. After a bit of research and conversations with professionals, I think that peels, particularly glycolic based peels,  are the way to go. Peels come in a variety of strengths, with very little downtime. Peels aim to correct skin texture, fine lines, sun damage, congestion and dull skin – basically a general all-round treatment. I recently went for a facial at the Ella Bache College *in North Sydney, and it was probably one of the most relaxing afternoons of my life! My skin is still glowing a week and a half later.

 

 

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Brushes

There are so many different brush brands out there that offer high quality for super reasonable prices. I have never forked out for high-end brushes when something half the price is just as good. However, that being said, I believe that there is some aspects of investment involved. Everyone needs a good base brush kit with great quality, that will last the distance. I use so many different brushes but always come back to my staples. I purchased two Zoeva brush sets around 2 years ago and these babies have not let me down.  They are easily cleaned, with no threat to their integrity. There is also a huge range, so definitely a brush that suits your every need. Although the brush kits seem expensive, when you break it down per brush it is much cheaper than buying them individually. Zoeva Brushes have truly stood the test of time in my collection, when other brushes started to shed and lose their shape in a fraction of the time, my Zoeva babies continue to blend like a dream. Absolute workhorses.

OLAPLEX

If you are going lighter and your hairdresser asks if you would like an Olaplex treatment, say yes! Grab onto the opportunity with both hands and scream yes! Put simply, Olaplex is an in-salon repair treatment which limits the amount of damage to the hair during or after colouring. As someone who has been lightning their hair for years, this technology is a life-saver. My hair doesn’t feel weak, coarse and knotty after bleaching, it actually feels strong and healthy, with a great deal of shine. I get this treatment probably every other salon visit and my hair reaps the results. I also buy the take-home component of the treatment, to give my hair a good boost between visit. I notice less hair loss and breakage, better colour longevity and health after using Olaplex. Olaplex also allows a drastic change in colour (think black to blonde) in a shorter amount of time and with minimal damage to the integrity of your hair. Even if your current salon doesn’t offer this, I would highly recommend a salon that does, it is that good.

 

The list isn’t really that long, and that’s because I think makeup and cosmetics are things that should be enjoyed and experimented with. Different of things work for different people, and I feel that every one’s collection is a true reflection style and attitude. Never feel like you need to own the most expensive products to get the best results, because it is just not true.

Is there anything else that you would add to my list?

Camille

*DISCLAIMER – Although this prouduct was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from 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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Current Skincare Routine // Clarisonic Update

 

As promised, I wanted to share with you an update on my Clarisonic results. I have been using the Clarisonic Mia 2 for 8 weeks now and have seen significant results with my skin. I no longer look and feel like a congested, bumpy little greasy potato. My skin is clear, bright and blemishes don’t hang around for nearly as long. You may recall me writing about little lumps and bumps that have forever plagued my face, and I can honestly say I have found a huge reduction in this. My skin has never been so smooth, clear or glowy. I have even started to notice a little less oil production throughout the day. Never did I expect that the unique gentle rocking action of the Clarisonic would rid my skin of chronic bumps, regulate oil-production, reduce blemishes and promote healthy glowy skin. I am as happy as a clam. Now I’m a smooth sparkling fresh-faced potato.

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After 8 weeks use

 

I recently got my hands on the new release Mia Fit as well and find this device to be much more user-friendly. It fits perfectly into the palm of your hand and has a longer single use timer to allow cleansing of the neck and decollatage.If you have ever considered purchasing one of these, I cannot recommend it enough. It is a huge resounding yes (!) from me.

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Another thing I want to delve into is an updated skincare routine. I touched briefly on changing skincare with the seasons in my previous post, so thought I would take you through what I am currently loving.

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Cleanser
I go through cleansers like I go through cups of tea – I’m always starting a new one before I finish the old one. But once I find a good one, I’ll stick with it until it’s empty. Lately I have been really loving Stem Organics Gentle Cleansing Milk. I am not usually a lover of cleansing milks, as I don’t find them cleansing enough for my oily skin. But this little guy is a winner.  It removes my daily cakeface perfectly, nourishes and makes my skin lovely and soft, without feeling tight. Plus it smells delicious – it reminds me of the scent of Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask, and we all know my lover affair with that. I have also still been using my hands-down favourite, Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleaner. I’ve spoken about this cleanser before and will probably mention it again because it is just that good. It removes impurities and congestion like no other, while refining and hydrating at the same time.

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Toner
I, like others, often forget to use a toner, but we shouldn’t because it is a really important step in our skincare routine. Toners allow our pores to constrict and close to prevent any dirt and grime working its way deep down into our pores. I have been using the same product for quite some time now, and that is the La Roche-Posay Serozinc. This spray is simple but super effective. Serozinc soothes and purifies the skin to perfection. I spray this after cleansing, after using a facemask, as a primer or even as a setting spray.

Serum
I have been alternating between a few different serums lately. I have been using Skinstitut Even Blend serum for quite a while now to diminish the appearance of un-even skin tone and to brighten. I have also been loving the Brooklyn Botany Vitamin C serum as well. Vitamin C is used for brightening and collagen production – Who wouldn’t want that? This serum is also the perfect accompaniment to the Clarisonic. Use of the Clarisonic allows greater absorption of vitamin C products – up to 61%.

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Hydration
If you had read my Spring Essentials post, you’d know that I am currently loving two moisturisers. As the weather is getting warmer, I have opted for a more gel-like moisturiser to save my skin from being a grease-ball. Philosophy Take A Deep Breath Gel Cream is just what I need. This oxygenating cream brings life back into dull-skin. It’s light, but full of hydration and It sinks into the skin instantly. Plus, It smells fresh and is a pleasure to use.  Another similar moisturiser is the Clinique Moisture Surge gel. Boasting incredible hydrating properties, this innovative gel sorts dry skin out in no time. I honestly can’t pick a favourite between these two, so had to mention them both. I have also been using the Hylamide Subq Eyes as an eyecream. This little guy has been a very welcomed addition to my skincare regime.  I haven’t been using this long but have definitely noticed a difference in moisture levels and dark circles.This eyecream sinks in quickly and is a breeze to use. I have really been impressed with Hylamide and Deciem products recently. Stay tuned for a brand spotlight on their products.

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Treatment
I am a sucker for masks and have upwards of 4 open at any one time. I am obsessed with Banish Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. This mask is packed to the brim with naturally occurring AHA’s which slough off dead skin cells, and brightens the complexion. This mask also contains vitamin A and C; perfect for targeting acne, regulating oil production, reducing lines and wrinkles,  all while gently exfoliating the skin. Once applied this mask does tingle as it gets to work, and smells like delicious pumpkin pie. After it is washed off, my skin is bright, fresh and super refined.  I have also been loving Bare Babe Exfoliating Coconut and Coffee mask, which again is full of a naturally occurring AHA’s, I have mentioned this incredible mask in an in-depth review here. Another treatment that I couldn’t look past, is my old trusty Swisse Manuka Honey Detoxifying Face Mask. This mask has been on regular rotation for months and months. This clay based mask is a very budget friendly dupe for the ever-popular Glam Glow SuperMud; It thoroughly cleans pores, reduces oil and treats blemishes.
I couldn’t write a skincare post without including Nip and Fab Glycolic Fix Pads. I cannot go without these hard workers. Packaged as practical pre-soaked pads, swipe one all over your face for a controlled dose of chemical exfoliation. Glycolic Acid re-texturises and re-surfaces the skin while toning and hydrating. Seriously these little guys do everything. I use these before bed every other day and cannot go without. I would highly recommend the Nip and Fab Glycolic fix pads to anyone struggling with blemishes, congestion or dullness. The perfect introduction to Glycolic acid and chemical exfoliation.

 

 

 

Speak soon, Lovers,

 

Camille  xx

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from 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 Skin Story // Clarisonic First Impression

I have a love-hate relationship with my skin. More hate than anything… For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with blackheads, huge pores, and little bumps under the skin. I get the odd whitehead and hormonal pimples, but it seems no matter what I do, nothing gets rid of the blackheads and bumps. As you can imagine this has frustrated me for years. I have typically oily skin, no dryness or sensitivity.

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Sure, it may look pretty good with makeup on, but it is never flawless. Look at me in a particular light and you see that my pores resemble swimming pools, there’s a constant oil spillage on my t-zone and little bumps everrrrrywhere. I stare lustfully, possibly very creepily, at people with perfectly smooth skin and wonder why I have been cursed with this awful (mostly superficial) affliction haha. I want a highlight that shines from out of space, but unfortunately the more highlight I wear, the more you can see those little lumpy spawns of satan. I want make up to last all day, but no, it is forever melting off my face and requiring touch ups that barely do anything. The more I’ve dove into the world of makeup and cosmetics, the better understanding I have about skincare making all the difference in the way makeup works and looks. However so far I haven’t found anything that helps. My bathroom cabinet is overflowing with toners and tonics, serums, spot treatments, scrubs and chemical exfoliators, you name it! Sometimes I notice a difference and some results, but nothing that lasts or gives me that skin that I’d trade my first-born for.
Maybe it’s not the products to blame but the tools. Maybe my grubby little mitts aren’t the best tools to use to cleanse and apply products. I’ve heard so much about the Clarisonic, but never really thought much about it. I’d pick up the box and briefly read what they had to say, put the box back down thinking that maybe it is just an expensive gimmick. But surely all these beauty gurus/bloggers/ladies with angelic skin can’t be wrong, right?
I was lucky enough to attend a Clarisonic event this past week and was able to learn the ins and outs of skin types, how to best look after it and what the Clarisonic can do for me. Hallelujah!

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The Clarisonic is a one of a kind skincare tool, that is often imitated but never replicated. Their claim to glory is the way the brush moves. It uses ocillation sonic technology, that uses a cradle rock instead of spinning. This allows a gentle, yet powerful clean of the skin and pores. With over 300 movements per second (!!) all gunk, dirt and oil are loosened and removed from the skin, preventing irritation and the cause of blemishes. This act of deep cleansing also primes the skin for better absorption of skincare products. It is reported that with use of the Clarisonic, skincare is absorbed up to 61% greater than the normal rate. So, your expensive miracle serum will perform even better than normal? What is this sorcery?!

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So how does it measure up? First of all, you need to charge this bad boy for 24 hours straight to get the most out of your battery. This was torture. All I wanted to do was rub this all over my face ASAP but I couldn’t. Instead as I impatiently waited, I actually dreamt about glowy angelic skin. Excited much? Haha. When the magical moment arrived, I nearly wet myself with excitement! Lucky for me I was already in the shower – haha. I thought I would try something experimental for the first time to cure my scepticism. I would remove my makeup and wash my skin like normal, then try out this little baby to see if my regular routine removed my heavy duty makeup. I used the normal brush which wasn’t too harsh but dense enough for me to feel like it was doing something. This clever little pink machine also beeps to tell me when it’s time to wash a different part of my face. I used my regular Skinstitut cleanser and it lathered up like a charm. And would you believe that after I washed my face and looked at the brush, it was slightly tinted with foundation – even after a cleansing oil and quick wash! No wonder I get blackheads, I was cleansing my face without actually removing all the product. Yuck.  The brush is soft and gentle but provides such a superior clean. I would recommend a cashmere brush or delicate brush for those with sensitive or dry skin. You can use the Clarisonic with basically any type of cleanser, except for thick oily balms. I also wouldn’t recommend using scrubs or exfoliators, as I think it would be just a bit too abrasive.  I have used the device a handful of times now and I am really happy with the state of my skin so far.

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My skin feels so much cleaner, softer and somehow glowy, but it will be a matter of time to see if my lumps and bumps are reduced. I was told that I should see the best results around the 8 week mark. I’m skeptical but really hopeful. I’ll keep you updated with my progress via the blog and IG. Stay tuned, petals.
Do you have a Clarisonic? What were your experiences? I dare you to share your skin story.
Speak soon,
Camille x

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from 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