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.

IMG_2259.JPG

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.

IMG_1470.JPG

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.

IMG_2168.jpg

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.

Facetune_13-07-2018-15-44-09.JPG

 

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.

IMG_2169.JPG

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.

IMG_2167.JPG

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.

IMG_2164.JPG

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.

Advertisements

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

IMG_1323

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.

IMG_1312

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.

IMG_1308

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.

IMG_1314

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.

IMG_1310

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

 

Facetune_06-06-2018-15-03-25

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.

IMG_1318

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

IMG_1316

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.

My Top Pixi Picks

 

Pixi by Petra is an iconic international brand which boasts many crowd favorites in both skincare and makeup within their range – a feat not achieved by many.

Pixi is an affordable brand that is easily recognised by its pale green packaging, but don’t be fooled by their soft, whimsical branding, their skincare really packs a punch and the colour cosmetics are of the highest quality.

And while I have tried quite a number of Pixi products, I’ve hardly even made a dent in the huge range, but these are my picks so far…

 

Glow Tonic

Surely this peachy coloured wonder needs no introduction. Loved by professionals and consumers alike, this cult classic is a staple in bathrooms worldwide. This Glycolic based toner refreshes, renews, balances and soothes the skin leaving it brighter and more refined. This magic juice is suitable for most skin tones and is even gentle enough to use on sensitive skin. For me personally, Glow Tonic has really helped ease congestion through my t-zone, it has lifted pigmentation and makes my complexion plump and bright.

IMG_8586

Milky Hydrating Mist

This is such a lovely hydrating mist. I use this under makeup, on-top of makeup and on bare skin throughout the day, to give my skin a little drink. I particularly like using the Hydrating mist under sheet masks and clay masks to give my skin just that little bit of extra moisture.  It is so lightweight and absorbs into my skin really quickly. It smells lovely but it isn’t overpowering and I find that the mist is super fine and evenly delivers the product which is a huge bonus.

Facetune_05-06-2018-19-28-20

Rose Flash Balm

This sweet smelling balm is an interesting product. It is marketed as an ‘instant skin booster’ and can be used as a primer, mask or moisturiser. It targets lack-lustre skin, instantly reviving, hydrating and ridding the skin of signs of fatigue. I have been using this as a primer and I have fallen head over heels in love. The balm sinks into my skin effortlessly and leaves it oh-so happy.  Makeup applies smoothly over the top and it really seems to make my complexion glow with health.

MatteLast Liquid Lipsticks

The Pixi Mattelast lipsticks are really lovely. They have a light consistency that dries down so comfortably that you’ll forget you are wearing any lipsticks. They don’t dry out my lips and the range of beautiful rosey hued nudes are just my jam. Cannot fault these little babies, and they are one of my favourite daily lip products. Matte Beige is my go-to.

IMG_8584

Palettes

As far as Pixi’s palettes go, it really is difficult to choose between their huge collection of high-quality eye and face palettes. Having recently collaborated with a handful of influencers (#pixipretties), they have released a number of swoon-worthy products. My picks would be the Weylie Hoang eyeshadows and the Cafe Con Dolce multi-use palette. Both palettes boast beautiful formulas and shades but have a multitude of uses. The Weylie eye palette is ideal for travel, as it is small and compact. It contains mid and deep warm shades as well as a few light shimmery shades for good measure. Cafe Con Dolce is a beautiful palette full of soft luminous shades that can be used on the eye or cheek. This cream to powder formula is heavenly and can be diffuser out or built up for a super glow finish.

Have you jumped on the Pixi by Petra bandwagon? What are your faves?

 

Camille xx

*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.

 

Elucent Skincare Review #2

You may recall a blog post I published late last year reviewing some Elucent skincare goodies after 4 weeks of use. Well, here we are back again after another 4-week stint with Elucent with a few new products to address some new and pre-existing concerns.  This time around I am just as concerned about pigmentation and uneven skin tone that is hanging around since being pregnant. I am also suffering from a bit of a dull complexion, thanks to the fatigue of motherhood.

You may recall a blog post I published late last year reviewing some Elucent skincare goodies after 4 weeks of use. Well, here we are back again after another 4-week stint with Elucent with a few new products to address some new and pre-existing concerns.  This time around I am just as concerned about pigmentation and uneven skin tone that is hanging around since being pregnant. I am also suffering from a bit of a dull complexion, thanks to the fatigue of motherhood.

This time I was recommended the Exfoliating Cleanser from the Whitening range, as well as the same Whitening Day and Night moisturisers that I have previously reviewed. I also trialed the Whitening Spot Treatment and the Anti-Aging Body Moisturiser with 12% AHA’s.

“Elucent Whitening uses a multifunctional skin brightening technology to help restore the complexion. Each skin brightening ingredient in Elucent Whitening has been carefully selected for its ability to help brighten the skin and even out skin tone. By using a combination of ingredients, each product works synergistically with the skin to help restore light and brightness for a more even complexion.”

IMG_4245.JPG

Elucent Whitening Exfoliating Cleanser

The consistency of this cleanser is lovely. It is a light, slightly gritty milky type of cleanser that lathers up just enough to give your skin a good clean. My skin does feel refreshed and brighter after use.  I did, however, find that the exfoliating properties weren’t quite enough for me. I didn’t feel like my skin was getting the exfoliation I desired, especially through my oily and congested T-zone. That’s not to say this is a sub-par cleanser at all, it is really lovely and light. But it is just not what I generally look for in a cleanser. If you like a super gentle exfoliator, this would be a great option for you. I’ve also got to give it bonus points for the use of a natural exfoliator instead of harmful microbeads.

Having trialed both the Whitening and Anti-Ageing cleanser, my preferred product would be the Anti-Ageing Cleanser, based on my particular skin type and concerns.

Elucent Whitening Spot Corrector 

This little guy is used to give a more targeted treatment to areas of concern. I have a fair bit of pigmentation under both eyes, on my cheeks and quite a bit on my upper lip. So, I used the Spot Corrector on these areas to try and lift the pigmentation. I found the formula of the Spot Corrector very light and easily absorbed into the skin. It sits under moisturiser well and doesn’t seem to ball up which a lot of treatments tend to.

Elucent Whitening Day CreamWhitening Night Cream

Having used both of these products twice before, I knew what to expect. My thoughts on both of these products remain the same. They are effective at hydrating and nourishing the skin, and as for treating pigmentation, I found a slight difference in my uneven skin tone and pigmentation, but more on that later. You can find my detailed thoughts on these products here.

IMG_4243

Elucent Anti-Ageing Body Moisturiser 

Surely by now, you know how much I love AHA’s, but strangely enough, I have never used a body moisturiser containing them, so I was pretty excited to give this a go. It makes sense to include a chemical exfoliator in a body product as it will get to work sloughing away dead skin cells while also hydrating the skin – perfect.  This moisturiser is lovely and lightweight and absorbs relatively quickly. Granted I didn’t use this product religiously, I just don’t have the time or energy at the moment to grease up my whole body, unfortunately. But the times I have used this I loved the end result, my skin was soft, smooth and flake-free. I will continue to use this when I get the chance.

Overall I found this range to be lovely and gentle. It did brighten my complexion and make my skin look fresh. It made me look like I was bright-eyed and bushy-tailed even on days where I only had a couple of hours of sleep (#mumlyf). However, I only noticed a very slight difference in my uneven skin tone and pigmentation. At this stage, after trying many different products to address this concern, I feel that only professional and in-salon treatments will lift it due to the nature of the pigmentation. I do believe that with prolonged use on mild pigmentation that this range would be most effective at treating the skin without the irritation of other similar products.

 

Elucent skincare can be found at CHEMIST WAREHOUSE nationwide.

 

Speak soon,

 

Camille

*This post has been sponsored by Elucent skincare, however, all views and opinions are 100% honest and my own. 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.

Glam Glow Gravity Mud #Glittermask Review

Glam Glow #GLITTERMASK Firming Treatment is a fun, glitter-filled take on their already hugely popular peel-off Gravity Mud. To be honest, I find the idea of a glitter mask a bit instagrammy and gimicky. I don’t get the whole glitter thing, I get that it looks cool, but I’m all about skincare performing effectively rather then aesthetically. Having never used the original, I can’t compare the two but let’s dive into this glitter filled baby to see what it is all about.

Hello beauties,

If you follow my socials you may have caught my time at the wonder that was MECCALAND. For my overseas readers, MECCALAND was the first of its kind here in Australia. It was a 3-day festival of beauty, filled with exclusive limited edition products, masterclasses, meet & greets with beauty gurus and so much more – it really was an unreal experience that three weeks later, I am still reeling from.

I was ridiculously lucky to be invited and flown down to Melbourne for a sneak peak, before MECCALAND was open to the public. And, as if that wasn’t enough, I received an incredible goodie bag filled with a whole heap of limited edition products. The Glam Glow #Glittermask was one of those fabulous products.

IMG_5686

Glam Glow #GLITTERMASK Firming Treatment is a fun, glitter-filled take on their already hugely popular peel-off Gravity Mud. To be honest, I find the idea of a glitter mask a bit instagrammy and gimicky. I don’t get the whole glitter thing, I get that it looks cool, but I’m all about skincare performing effectively rather then aesthetically. Having never used the original, I can’t compare the two but let’s dive into this glitter filled baby to see what it is all about.

#GLITTERMASK is said to visibly firm, tone and boost radiance after just one use. It is meant to leave the complexion taut, luminous and even more youthful than before. Sounds like a winner, right? But does it live up to it’s claims?

Below is a snap of my tired little mug. This was after a night of quite a few breastfeeding sessions, so my skin definitely needed some firming, lifting and brightening. And I needed a hell of a lot of coffee.

IMG_5506
What a potato

 

The size of the tub is the same as the other GlamGlow masks, containing 50 grams of product, which for the price does seem quite steep. However, I found that you don’t need all that much to cover your face, so it should last quite a while. The formula is black, full of glitter and smells amazing, I want to say it smells of pineapples but I can’t be sure.  The consistency is sticky and thick and reminds me slightly of a cooling gel once applied to the skin.

IMG_5684

It spreads like a breeze on the face, and I apply a fairly generous amount. But I’m conscious about not spreading it too thickly, otherwise it would takes hours to dry. I imagined that the glitter would be somewhat sharp or gritty on the skin, but I hardly felt it at all.

IMG_5613

The mask took about 30 minutes to dry and I was a little nervous to peel it off, because in the past peel off masks have basically waxed my face of all peach fluff – Not cool. Not fun. very ouch.  Butttttt, this peeled off with absolute ease, not one hair was plucked out of my little head. My skin instantly felt really fresh and bright. After glancing in the mirror my face definitely looked more firm, taut and definitely luminous.  No bags or sagging in sight.

IMG_5698
A brighter looking potato

In summary, I have really loved the results of the #glittermask. My skin is de-puffed, bright and more youthful. I think that this would be ideal before an event to ensure your skin is in tip-top shape. The glitter is fun, great for pictures but totally unnecessary.  It is the same price as the original so you can opt to be a glittery potato or stick to the silver. As much as I love what the mask does, I don’t think I could drop $86 on one mask  – probably because I’m on maternity leave and a little strapped for cash. However in the future there is a good chance I may look into this little sparkly black beauty again.

 

What are your thoughts about the #glittermask?

 

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 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.