Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil

Dior Powder Eyebrow Pencil.  I love a good eyebrow pencil.  Eyebrows help frame your face.  This eyebrow pencil comes in 5 shades: Black (093), Sand (453), Brown (593), Chesnut (553) and Blonde (653).  The shade I am currently using is 593, a medium brown colour (not as dark brown as the sand colour).  This pencil comes with a brush on one end, Pencil on the other and a separate sharpener.

I like this pencil because it is easy to handle.  When using it, I am able to easily draw on the shape I desire.  The product from the pencil does not get deposited on the skin by large amounts (unless of course you press hard).  It’s just like sketching, you draw short fine lines and not one hard line.  This way, it also looks more natural.  Each end of the brush comes with a cover.  Unfortunately as one of the lids is plastic, it broke around the edges of the opening.  When I do travel with it, the plastic cover falls off.  This is quite inconvenient, because even though it does only protect the brush end of the pencil, my brush could get damage or some of the product on the brush will stain my bag.  The brush is absolutely handy.  After using the pencil end, I will use the brush to help make the drawn-on brow look more natural.  Very convenient, as I do not need to carry too many things with me when on the go.  The tip of the pencil has only broke once after sharpening it about 3-5 times.

One thing I did not like about this product was the fact that it oxidised on my skin.  The colour is meant to be a  brown colour.  This is suitable for me at the beginning of the day but by the end of the day, I end up with red eyebrows!  I should have bought the darker colour (Sand).  Unfortunately, with no testers at the stand, I was unable to see which colour was suitable for me and had to rely on the salesperson.  However, this product does not disappear at the work day, even when I do become oily at the end of the day or slightly sweaty from running for the train.  Of course, don’t wipe your brow at any time, I certainly haven’t tried.

Conclusion:

I would love to try this product again in the “Sand” colour because I am happy with how it goes on, how well it lasts throughout the day and the convenience of the brush.  I am hoping that with the Sand Colour, it will not oxidise too much till it turns brownish-red.

Where to buy:

Myer, David Jones, online

Price:

AUD $44

 

Stay beautiful!

xx Sam

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20

Foundation like products are all the craze now, from BB creams to Tinted moisturizers, or rather a few years ago..

Laura Mercier Tinter Moisturizer has been nominated as the “Best Buy” product by several sources.  Why is it so great?  It offers some coverage and also moisturizes.  I have dry/combination skin: dry cheeks and oily T-zone.  I should’ve bought the oil-free foundation but this was what the lady at the counter recommended as it matched my skin colour better.  The product is fairly liquid and goes on easily.  You don’t need to apply this with a brush or applicator (like a sponge) but you can if you like.   It comes in 6 shades.  My shade is “Nude”.   I usually use a base/primer before applying this tinted moisturizer so that it helps adhere better and last longer.   This product also offers an SPF20, which is excellent for sun protection!

I have been using it for the past 3 months. On application, the colour is a very suitable shade.  It does not go on matte but slightly shiny, which is good because it did not look like I was wearing too much make up (or any at all).   I enjoyed using this product because there was a stage when I had flaky skin and this product did not accentuate it as with the other foundations I used. This product does not offer much coverage but it does cover any slight discolouration on the skin (e.g light acne scars or pigmentation)   At the end of the day,  the product tends to oxidise quite a bit for me.  This means, the colour of my face has become slightly darker than usual (not very pretty).  The product also tends to  “melt” off my face and does not last at the end of the day.   I do feel slightly “weighed down” at the end of the day and just feel like washing my face immediately.  This is even after using a base and setting it with powder after application.

Conclusion:

I felt that this product does a good job providing minimal coverage and does not dry out the skin.  It also offers a SPF20, which I really like.   Although so, I did not enjoy using this product just because at the end of the day, I looked really oily and my face feels quite “mucky” and weighed down.  The possible reason for this could be due to the fact that I was using the wrong product.  I should have listened to my instincts and bought the oil-free product.  (yes, sometimes, it’s good to listen to your instincts because who else knows your skin best but yourself!).  However, this product is good for any short casual outings.

Where to buy:

Myer, David Jones, online

Price:

40ml for AUD$59

What do you think of my review?  Feel free to leave a feedback!

Stay beautiful!

xx Sam

Spot Treatments (4th post in the Acne Series)

Acne can be a problem, what better way to treat it than spot treatments!

Here are the spot treatments I used:

Origins Spot Remover – Anti Blemish Treatment Gel

Origins Anti-Blemish Spot Treatment

I bought this in early/mid 2011 and the formulation has now changed so, I cannot comment on the new formulation.  The formulation I bought in 2011 is of a thick gel like formulation.  It also has a very strong minty-like smell (something like tea tree oil)  This product is only used as a spot treatment, meaning, you do have to dab a little bit of product on the spot/pimple using a cotton tip.  This product worked at the beginning.  The pimples dried up slightly and it healed faster than usual.  After awhile, I felt that this product lost its efficiency.  This could be a number of external effects because my acne became worse and became more resistant.  You do have to be careful in closing the bottle as the gel formulation gets thicker and thicker as time goes by or when exposed to air at long periods of time.  I went through this product very sparingly and it did finish very quickly.  I personally found that a little dab did not heal it as fast.

Where to buy:

Kit Cosmetics counter at Myer, online

Price:

10ml for AUD$25

Benzac AC 2.5%

Benzac AC 2.5%

This product is widely recommended by various dermatologists.  It does come in 3 different strengths, 2.5%, 5% and 10%.  As tempting as it may be to try and get rid of the acne, it is very highly recommended to try and start of with the lowest strengths.  It is a cream-like product and does not have a smell.  It goes on smoothly and absorbs very quickly.  Contrary to the title of this post, it does not act as a spot treatment.  You are to spread a very thin layer of this product on the affected area, example, cheeks.  This product with the 2.5% strength does not really dry out my skin but I only applied it at night.  It did slightly reduce the amount of acne on my face.  I did not finish this product as I was bouncing from product to product.

Where to buy:

Any pharmacy (Priceline, Chemist Warehouse etc)

Price:

50g for AUD$15.99

Conclusion:

Each product will react differently for each person.  So, just because it did not work for me 100%, it does not mean that it will not work for you.  It also is recommended to stick to just one product at a time then mix all the products up, like me.  You have to patient with acne.  Sometimes, you just have to relax and not think about it.  Stress can cause flare-ups.  Acne can be frustrating.  Follow me to find out how I dealt and controlled my acne.

Have you used any of these products before?

Stay beautiful!

xx Sam

Benefit Brow Zings

Benefit Brow Zings – Brow Shaping Kit

Benefit Brow Zings

Benefit is known for their wonderful brow products.  They have a “Brow Bar” at selected few department stores.  This product has 2 brushes, tweezers, a waxy based product (darker colour) and  powder based product (lighter colour).   The tweezers come very handy.  Even at its miniature size,  I am able to easily pluck my brows.  For a “non-brow plucker”, I find this extremely easy to use.  There are only 3 main colours: light, medium, dark.

You are meant to slightly line the waxy product on your eyebrow  first using the angled brush.  This allows the powder product to stick better.   When you lay down the product, I do recommend for you to be light handed as it does have a very dark colour.  You then use the rounded brush to lay the powder product.  Remember, be light-handed or you’ll end up with strong dark eyebrows.  Don’t worry if you do overdo it, just use a clean disposable mascara wand to go through the brow.  This also helps make the brow look more natural.

I do sweat occasionally throughout the day (like when I am running late and have to run for the train) and at the end of the day, I do become oily.  The product does not budge at the end of the day, unless of course if I rub it off by accident.

I carry this handy little thing around with me every day.  It is relatively light and can fit in any pocket of the bag (or pants).  It is only 5.8cm by 5.8cm.  One thing to note that since I do carry it around, the product stains the mirror and make it dirty.

Here’s a handy tip.  The thinner your eyebrow, the older you look.   The higher the arch, the older you look.  Try it on yourself!  Or you can even just google it (here’s a fun example, Sleeping Beauty from Disney and her evil counterpart, Maleficent).

Conclusion:

I like this product as the it does not oxidise (change colour due to the natural oils from your skin or external effects) throughout the day.  It did take some time for me to get used to how I to use this properly.    Once I got it, I found it a really good brow product.

Where to get it:

Myer, David Jones and online

Price:

4.35g for AUD$55.00

 

 

Would you use this?

 

Stay Beautiful!

xx Sam

Other face wash I used for my Acne (3rd post in the Acne Series)

This post will be about the other random products that I have tried to help manage my acne.

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Cleanser

Kiehl's Blue Herbal Cleanser

This product contains 1.5% salicylic acid for the treatment for acne.  The product is fairly liquid as opposed to a thick gel and it is bright blue.  The product smells slightly herbal/minty and froths up very well.  I personally did not find that this product did anything for my acne as I did not see any difference in the amount of pimples I had ( I still had the same amount of acne come and go).  It is, however, a pretty good cleanser as after the wash, the face feels fresh.  I do like the slightly tingly minty feeling when I am washing my face.

Conclusion:

I would not buy this product again just because it did not do what it was meant to do, reduce the acne.  However, I do like their concept where the more people whom buy their products, the more they will lower their prices.

Where to buy:

Myer, David Jones, online

Price:

250ml at $36

St-Ives Green Tea Scrub

St.Ives Naturally Clear Green Tea Scrub

This cleanser is marketed to clear breakout & Soothe skin.  I absolutely love the smell of this cleanser.  I usually use this cleanser when I feel that my skin needs an absolute scrubbing, usually about once a week.  NO, you’re not supposed to scrub the skin off your face but YES, you are supposed to take dirt off your face.  When using this product, the granules are fairly big and rough as compared to other brands.  The particulates are slightly smoother than the St.Ives Apricot Scrub – Blemish Fighting.  I have had instances when the granules went into my eye whilst I was rinsing the product off my face.  It is difficult to get the granule out of the eye!!  This product did not make any difference to the amount of pimples on my face but I did feel that my skin was much smoother, especially since I sometimes have flaking skin from the pimple treatment.  It does have 1% salicylic acid meant for treatment of acne. I have been using this product for the past 6 months and I still have more than half of the product left.

Conclusion:

For the price, it makes a pretty good exfoliator (be careful on how hard you exfoliate as it can make you breakout more).  As it did not make any difference for the acne, I would possibly buy this product again because of its exfoliating purpose.

Where to buy:

Coles, Woolworths, pharmacies (Priceline, Amcal, Cincottas, Chemist Warehouse etc)

Price:

150ml for AUD$9.99

Origins Perfect World Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea

Origins (A Perfect World) Antioxidant Cleanser with White Tea

This cleanser has a very nice flowery/tea smell.  It has a creamy texture and when lathered up, very creamy and smooth feeling.  I love this cleanser because it leaves my face feeling fresh and clean.  This cleanser is not specifically for acne skin but the Origins salesperson had recommended it just to soothe the irritated skin.  It has definitely left my skin much more relaxed.  After washing my face, the skin does not feel stretched as though it’s been completely stripped of all oils.  (natural oils are good for your skin so it is a good idea not to take all of it off.)

Conclusion:

This cleanser is very soothing for me and I love the thick creamy texture.  I also love the smell of this cleanser.  I would buy this cleanser again.

Where to buy:

Myer, David Jones, Online

Price:

150ml for AUD$43.00

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

xx Sam