The last skincare post I did was over a year ago, how time flies! I love doing real beauty blogger-esque posts, but that can only happen when I have time. Quite a rare commodity. Today I'm just gonna talk about the new products that I've started using in 2017 instead of a full blown skincare routine, because a few of the things I talked about here I do still use pretty frequently.
1. Simple Clear Skin Oil Balancing Moisturizer
This has been a really great product since day 1. I used to use their Hydrating Light Moisturizer, but since meeting this I've switched it out to be my nighttime moisturizer instead, because this one is even lighter and fluid, if that's possible. I have very very oily skin, so anything that promises to keep the shine under control is an attractive deal. It did used to be more mattifying when I first started using it- nowadays the oil shows after several hours anyway- but it's overall still a pleasure to use. For someone with normal to oily skin this would probably work wonders. Superb on sensitive skin, too!
2. Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins, Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Cleanser
Shauna gifted me this one a while back but I only started using it recently after incorporating regular toning into my routine. It's a small bottle, but I used it everyday for about 2 weeks to replace the normal Nivea toner in the morning. I really liked this too: it smelled good, and I felt it did an intense job of cleaning off all my face dirt from the night before.
3. Epiduo Benzoyl Peroxide gel
Prescribed by my dermatologist, 'nuff said. It's supposed to keep acne under control, like preventing them from forming, but I stopped using it for about 2-3 whole months because it made my skin quite red and sensitive. I'm back on it again, but only on the T-zone, since my cheeks aren't a super danger zone and it actually gets dry and itchy if I apply the gel over my whole face.
4. Crystal Essence Mineral Deodarant Roll On (Lavender & White Tea)
Em let me have this because she said it didn't work on her, and I can kind of see why- the scent's only strong when you first apply it, but after it dries you don't smell it anymore. But I love it. I've been wanting to try some natural deos for a while now, and I like that it doesn't have the usual chemical-y sweet scent a la Rexona. It just smells super gentle and floral. It just keeps my pits (hopefully) BO-free, at least until it starts to sweat. Essentially it's just a lovely natural alternative to your normal deodarants.
5. Bosisto's Tea Tree Oil
This is a bottle of straight up tea tree oil, no frills. Instead of going for the dressed up tea tree products in Body Shop I wanted the real thing, which is bound to be heaps more concentrated and just less complex. I use a cotton bud and dab some of it directly on my pimples / problem areas in the morning. Tea tree oil is good for daytime application because it's basically transparent, so it doesn't show up at all, but you must be careful that you don't spread too much everywhere as it is an OIL, so it dries with a bit of grease. This helps to really kill all the bacteria on my pimples, so it's easier for it to go down and heal. Often it's hard to apply pimple treatment in the daytime because they're all rather obvious, so this is really convenient for me.
6. Mario Badescu Drying Cream
Now this is a night application pimple treatment. It dries up the pimple area and reduces it (I feel), and this one is targeted towards 'small, under the surface bumps and blemishes'- therefore just right for those red and painful ones that don't have a head.
Ok, this is the exiting extra bonus bit- additions to my makeup!! My makeup collection is sparse, only consisting of all the bare essentials like foundation (restricted to dance and stage use as it's not my shade), mascara from Cait, some red lippie and lipgloss, and dance falsies. In fact 99% of it is either presents or for strict dance use, so when I get some real life makeup it's big news.
Em got these 2 from her trip to 'Murica.
6. Eyes Uncovered Nude Palette Collection
Since I'm no Cait who has several multicolored eyeshadow looks in her repertoire, a really neutral toned palette is the holy grail for me. I haven't used this for anything other than dance performances yet, but it'd be awesome to whip it out for more formal events, like a wedding or big bash. Or prom night.
7. Rimmel 001 Black Gel Eyeliner
One of my favourite makeup products is eyeliner. I was real chuffed to receive this one because my old Silkygirl liquid eyeliner was getting pretty nasty. This came with its own sharp brush applicator. It's definitely not as smooth or fluid as liquid eyeliner, so I tend to lay it on a bit thicker using this as I have to reapply to make the line straight, and smooth. But I love it because it's just a good dark black, and it has amazing staying power. Almost waterproof I think, because you need soap to get it off.
So that concludes this big beauty post! Already looking forward to the next one....
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last updated: 5 september