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June 2013 Favourites!

15 Jul

HELLO WORLD!

Finally writing another post and it feels like a breath of fresh air!
I have a whole lot of stuff coming up, so stay tuned! Follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube… if you would like to keep up to date with all my going-on-isms…

SO. Favourites. Favorites. However you spell it.
It’s late – yep I know. But better late than never!

LETS BEGIN!

FAVOURITES!

Johnson’s Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes!

Johnson's Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes

Johnson’s Daily Essentials Refreshing Facial Cleansing Wipes

There are some amazing facial wipes right here.

Not only are they affordable (drug store prices) and came in a handy pack of 3; as per the packaging, it really does remove waterproof eye makeup!

It takes off my long lasting foundation oh-so-well and is gentle and doesn’t make me break out.
On top of everything, it doesn’t tear and stretch like other cheaper brands.

The only thing that isn’t too great about these cleansing wipes is the oily residue that’s left behind on my skin after use. This is especially evident when I pull a wipe out of a freshly opened packet!
It’s definitely a little inconvenient when I use these wipes just before a work out session at my local gym. But after a little while, the extra moisture does dry and lessen on my face, so it doesn’t pose too big of a problem.

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector Palette

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector Palette

Australis 4-in-1 Conceal Corrector Palette

WOW. Now this has definitely been a favourite of mine throughout June, and will CONTINUE to be a favourite I’m pretty sure!

I have not seen a corrector palette like this before amongst any other drug store brands.
You can always find the occasional stand-alone corrector stick (in yellow or green etc), but I’ve never seen it come in a palette amongst more affordable brands!

I’ve only spotted something similar within Make Up Forever’s range, Ben Nye and Napoleon Perdis (though I’m pretty sure other companies out there produce these palettes). But all I’ve come across have been either quite expensive or hard to get my hands on considering I live on an island, surrounded by 3 oceans. i.e. Australia.

In particular, I am loving the lavender shade in this palette. When applying a thin layer underneath my eyes, my dark circles are immediately highlighted and concealed! And with some standard skin tone concealer straight over the top, my dark circles are the last of my worries throughout the day.

Australis Make Up Finishing Spritz

Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz

Australis Make-Up Finishing Spritz

Behold, it’s another Australis product in my favourites!
They’re definitely killing it recently, aren’t they?

This is again another product that I have mainly seen amongst high end brands, so I was super surprised when I found this sitting in the Australis section of my local Priceline drug store.

Not only is it inexpensive and comes in a decent size bottle (150ml to be exact), it also WORKS!

Just a light layer of this spritz all over your foundation keeps it staying on for longer throughout the day, and reduces the “cakey” and “powdery” look of loose powder foundation.

Besides having to let you know that this spritz is more than half the price and 5 times the size of the famed Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Make Up Setting Spray, there’s really nothing more I can say…

Sasatine Blotting Tissues

Blotting tissues to the rescue! Who needs them? Because I definitely do.

As a sufferer of excessive-oily-skin syndrome, I am a constant believer of blotting tissues.

I mostly find that cheaper alternatives are very bad quality, leaving oily residue on the hand you employed to put the blotting tissue into action…
And more expensive brands are really not worth it! (In no way can I justify spending $18 AUD on 75 Mary Kay blotting tissues – no matter how great they are!)

But. I have found. The ONE.

These blotting tissues are not only about $2 on sasa.com.au, they’ve got one plastic-like side and one tissue side, which ends up stopping any oils transferring onto your fingers after use!
They’re great πŸ™‚

I approve.

Exfoliating Glove

Exfoliating Glove

Exfoliating Glove

Now if you don’t exfoliate your body already, you need to get on the bandwagon.

I just picked up these gloves from my local supermarket – it set me back about $4 AUD max, and use it about 2 times a week.

After ever use, my skin feels ridiculously soft and smooth and all the grime, dirt and… dead skin cells… are washed away, leaving me baby smoooooth!

Word of warning: try not to get too addicted and use these gloves too often.
They are exfoliating your skin at the end of the day, and this shouldn’t be happening too regularly otherwise your skin may start to get sensitive from excessive abrasion.
But team it with your favourite body wash a couple of times a week, and you will not stop touching yourself!… Your SKIN that is. In a completely non-sexual way…

*awkward*

Dermaveen Shampoo And Conditioner

Dermaveen Shampoo & Conditioner

Dermaveen Shampoo & Conditioner

For dry scalp and dandruff sufferers, please read on.

I have been experiencing an extremely dry and dandruff-filled scalp lately, causing me to run to different GPs crying for help.

After some prescribed shampoos and even recommendations to visit a scalp specialist, the only thing that’s worked for me is Dermaveen!

I was recommended this by a cousin of mine that was experiencing the same thing (to a lesser degree) and after picking up the bottles from my local Priceline, I have never had a dandruff problem since.

What used to be a low self-esteem and self-conscious Rean, is now a loud and proud individual who is unafraid of letting down her hair and shaking her head around like a wild woman!

This has definitely been the biggest help to my journey of scalp recovery, and I’m pretty sure it’ll be a favourite for awhile yet!

There is also a lovely almond scent that is refreshing against all the floral scents that you get from other hair care products.

This has definitely saved the day.

Manicare Cuticle Oil

Manicare Cuticle Oil

Manicare Cuticle Oil

I AM A BELIEVER! (Wow, aren’t I particularly passionate about my favourites this month???)

This product has gotten me through autumn (fall) and majority of winter, without painful dry skin appearing around my nail beds.

Have you seen The Black Swan?
Do you remember the scene where she was picking at the dry skin around her nail, started to pull it and…. okay lets just leave it at that.

Well I used to get the same dry skin around my nails when winter rolled around each year, causing the skin to peel and snag against clothes (knit especially) and bring tears to my eyes.
After applying this before any fresh mani though, my skin stayed moisturised and peel free!

There is no need for Black Swan moments. Just a (nut) cracker of a mani without the distractions of sore dry skin.

MISSES. (BOO!)

4ME Nail Polish Remover Pads

4me Nail Polish Remover Pads

4me Nail Polish Remover Pads

There is only one miss in the month of June for Miss Rean, and it’s the 4ME Nail Polish Remover Pads that I got in a Bellabox a few months ago.

Don’t get me wrong – this is a great concept!
Nail polish remover on the go, without the hassle of liquids, spillage, and a travel disaster waiting to happen.

The only problem is that it doesn’t work!

I’m not sure whether it’s the actual design of the product or whether it’s just this particular brand, but it takes about a MILLION YEARS to try and remove any nail polish residue with these remover pads.
If I’m going to have the risk of turning into the Wicked Witch of the West with these frustratingly incompetent remover pads, I may as well just stick out the horrible nail look and wait till I get home to take off what’s left with proper polish remover.

I better stop my rant now. I’m feeling myself turn green already.

Well that’s it for my June Favourites!

Thanks for reading, and if you guys are interested in more reviews, comments, rants or random things from me… then follow me on all the below!

Lovelove,
Rean

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April 2013 BELLABOX

21 Apr

Hey guys!

Here’s the April Bellabox πŸ™‚ (Sorry that it’s so close to the March Bellabox… Just wanted to post this whilst it’s relevant!).

See the opening of my Bellabox on Youtube!

This month’s theme is Innovative Beauty!

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

This month’s box is filled with things that I’m really excited about – a nice change to the last couple of month’s!

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

April Bellabox: Innovative Beauty

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

Cellilux Deep Sea Secret Glacial Mineral Gel

First off we have a product with the world’s longest name…!
This is essentially a face mask that’s supposed to draw out positively charged bacteria and impurities.

Positively charged… that’s new to me. I didn’t know there were positively or negatively charged particles!
Either way, I’m excited to try this simply because I’m looking for a good face mask. Hopefully this will help with my impurities and black heads!

Orofluido Hair Elixir

Orofluido Hair Elixir

Orofluido Hair Elixir

This elixir is apparently jam packed with argan, linseed and cyperus oil, giving your hair silkiness, lightness and shine! And apparently it’s supposed to work on any hair type in any condition.
This will be really good for my hair because I’ve been struggling with dry roots and a dry scalp.

I haven’t previously been too inclined towards using oils since I have oily hair and my skin is oily as well. But argan oil and all these other natural oils are the latest craze! It’s supposed to be really food for all skin and hair types and supposed to provide a nourishment. So… I’m EXCIIIITED!

Indio Multi-V Serum

Indio Multi-V Serum

Indio Multi-V Serum

This serum is supposed to be packed with vitamins A, H & F to keep skin healthy, beautiful and strong. That’s the marketing grab anyway.
I on the other hand I am entranced by the little blue, pink and white balls mixed in the serum! Not sure what they’re for, but it looks really pretty against the clear serum and silver packaging!

I’m also pretty excited about trying this since I just finished my Clinique Pore Minimiser and was looking for another serum to try.

Avene Micellar Lotion

Avene Micellar Lotion

Avene Micellar Lotion

Miracle lotion alert! This Avene Micellar Lotion is supposed to be a 3-1 product: removes make-up, cleanses and tones all at the time whilst not even requiring water to wash the product off!

I’m not sure about the whole “no need to wash after using this product” scheme.
Personally, if I’m trying to take off my make up at the end of the day, I’m thinking that I’d need more than a cotton pad soaked with a lotion. With the residue of the day and left over make-up that’s not mopped up by this lotion, I would normally prefer to give my face a good rinse afterwards.

I’ll give this a go, but I’m not quite the believer at the moment…

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

Rimmel BB Cream in Medium

With the increase of popularity with BB Creams in Asia, the western market is starting to bring out all sorts of versions of the BB Cream. Rimmel’s BB Cream has an SPF 25, containing 9 different skin properties to help smooth out the skin tone and impurities.

It doesn’t quite list what the 9 skin perfecting properties are, but this BB Cream is supposed to smooth, mattify, illuminate, brighten, minimise pores and protect with SPF.

It’ll be good to try this and compare it to the Asian BB Creams that I have tried, but I’m not sure about the colouring. It looks a little dark for my skin tone…

Lash Card

Lash Card

Lash Card

Now THIS is another product that I’m excited to try!
This has been on the market for awhile, but I haven’t gotten around to getting my hands on it.

Essentially it’s just a piece of cardboard that sits behind your upper or lower lashes to prevent the skin from being stained by the application of mascara.
This is great for anyone who has longer lashes or very curled lashes that might bend back and press onto the eye lid during mascara application.

I… do not have that problem. My lashes point STRAIGHT DOWN – it’s a miracle that eyelash curlers and waterproof mascara can hold onto any curl in my lashes.

I’m more excited to use this for my lower lashes though since when applying mascara, the product tends to get onto the skin beneath my eyes. The card has a small curve and large curve on both sides to fit either to top or bottom of your eye area.

The edges of the card can also help separate lashes and remove clumping from excess mascara!

It can also be a great shield of flaking mascara or any pigments dropping down to the cheek area when loose eye shadows are applied.

I’m evidently going to crack straight into these babies the moment I’m done blogging!

Eylure Naturalites Falsies

Eylure Naturalites

Eylure Naturalites

And last but not least, the April Bellabox had Eylure Naturalites falsies!
YAY! Yet another product that I’m super excited about!

These false lashes are great since they’ve got a nice natural look and volume – unlike some that are marketed as “natural” but looks more drag than anything else…

This set also comes with glue so it’ll be great for anyone that is just starting out on trying false lashes and haven’t got any materials to work with.

Just a note to those who are starting out with falsies: If you have dead set straight lashes like myself, you’ll want to give your lashes a good curl first before you apply any falsies. This will help your lashes curl similarly to the false ones and blend in a whole lot better πŸ™‚

That’s it for the April Bellabox!
Let me know what you guys got and whether you’re happy with your Bellaboxes!

For now though…

Lovelove,

Rean.

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