Current Favourites

Favourites – it has certainly been a while, but it;s about damn time I updated my readers with a few noteworthy prodz. Favourites include MooGoo, Tarte, Total Face Group, MAC and Becca Cosmetics.

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Hello my little beauty babes,

Favourites – it has certainly been a while, but it;s about damn time I updated my readers with a few noteworthy prodz. While I’ve been off birthing a small child and thus needing to care for the wee child, I haven’t had a great deal of time to trial and discover new products, and my needs have changed slightly, but there definitely has been some standouts.

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picture of said child, Louie

 

I have had quite a few people ask what I have been using lately on my skin. Now, not to blow my own trumpet (toot toot), but my skin is probably looking the best it ever has; I don’t know whether pregnancy/ post-partum hormones are to thank, or whether somehow the combination of sleep deprivation and constant lactation is making my skin fresh AF (the latter is incredibly doubtful) but damn, it is looking good. Surprisingly enough, I really haven’t been using much at all. If the wee child allows me time to actually give my skin some loving, I will give my skin a treat with some Kiehls Creamy Avocado Under Eye Cream, and a splash of The Aurae Beauty Boost Serum. Otherwise, shamefully enough, I smear on my face whatever Moo Goo Skin Milk Udder Cream is left on my hands after giving Louie an after bath massage #mumlife.  I have used this moisturiser on my body and hands for almost 10 years, always having a tube in my handbag. But never have I consistently used it on my face. With the high quality and beautiful ingredients in Skin Milk it isn’t surprising that it works so well.  Moo Goo lover for life.

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Also, for the mums out there – if you’ve never used Moo Goo before, I would HIGHLY recommend their products for your little person. I could go on and on about the products, but if you head over to their website, you’ll see for yourself why I have had a decade long love-affair with Moo Goo, and why it is the only skincare brand that I would dare use on my little Louie. (Not sponsored in the slightest – while I have received PR gifts from Moo Goo before, I have also spent a small fortune on their milky goodness).

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Current skin situation, thanks to Moo Goo and an Ultraceuticals Mandalic Peel. Tired eyes courtesy of Louie.

On the subject of skincare, I also want to mention a favourite experience of the last month, an amazing peel that I received a few weeks ago. I was kindly gifted an Ultraceuticals Mandalic Peel* by Total Face Group in Chatswood. As a relative newbie to the Ultraceuticals range, it was an absolute pleasure to be able to experience a peel first hand. Marguerite, my lovely therapist, talked me through the process, products and active ingredients – which I found ridiculously helpful (I now have a new obsession with Niacinamide) Ultraceuticals is definitely a brand I want to explore a little bit more and I really want to take some time out for myself more regularly and get frequent facials.

 

I never thought that I’d see the day where I would be reaching for a powder over a liquid foundation, but between rocking a baby to sleep, guzzling your 784th (cold) coffee of the day, cleaning baby vomit off your dress and trying to ignore that nagging voice of anxiety that comes with taking a newborn child out in the world, there isn’t a whole lot of time to doll yourself up in the morning.  So something quick, easy and one-hand friendly is at the top of my list. Enter Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation. This stuff is no joke.  With a quick swirl of this on a big fluffy brush, my imperfections are covered, skin tone is evened and I’m looking less and less like a corpse by the minute. The finish is beautiful and natural, it doesn’t transfer when I rub my face all over my delicious smelling baby and it last ALL DAMN DAY.

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If you bear with me, I’m going to have a detailed review of these brand-new products published shortly, but I have to mention these bad boys in my current favourites. Becca have recently launched the Bright Eyes Collection consisting of an Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer*, their best-selling and my all time favourite Under Eye Brightening Corrector,and the Under-Eye Brightening Setting Powder*. This three step range works fabulously at smoothing, hydrating, blurring and colour correcting the under-eye area. Pre-baby I had no issues with dark circles, but now I need to spend a little more time concealing and brightening the area. Although the 3 steps may seem time consuming, I promise it is worth it. The end result certainly brightens and covers, and the area doesn’t crease nor does it look cakey or powdery, giving me the most natural finish I’ve seen from a corrector yet. Stay tuned for a product break down and a more in-depth chat about these products soon.

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The last thing I want to mention is another product that helps to make me look less corpse like, I see a theme here… MAC recently released the Bold & Bad Lash Mascara* and man, is it good one. I never though I’d be raving about a $42 mascara – especially if you saw my Instagram post about the new Benefit mascara. I honestly believe that drug-store mascaras do the job well for a fraction of the price. Buttttt, I love this and have been reaching for this over all my other mascaras for a month or so now. The formula is on the drier side (which I prefer), but it coats the lashes so damn well. My lashes are lengthened, thickened and even hold a curl like you wouldn’t believe. I find that this formula is easily built up, too. Plus, this clever little number is dual-wanded, so the mini wand is great for lower lashes, getting in tight to the water-line and also combing through the lengths. I promise I wouldn’t tell you about an exy mascara if it wasn’t worth the money.

 

That’s it, kids.

 

Until next time,

Camille

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although these products were sent 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 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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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.