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Skin Allergies

I’ve had allergies ever since I was young!  Asthma, eczema etc etc.  Luckily the asthma went away.  Now, I’m just stuck with eczema (aka dermatitis).  Anything can trigger it – the “wrong” soap, the “wrong” shampoo, the “wrong” food.  Oh… poor me.. LOL!  I joke!  I shamelessly use it as an excuse to buy the good stuff, or rather, more stuff.  Recently, I’ve had a crazy bout of allergic reactions.  It’s been happening weekly, every Friday like clockwork since December.  I tried my hardest to figure it out but caved in to having an allergy test.  This post is about my allergy test and my allergies.

 

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Cetaphil Intensive Moisturising Cream

I have so many good things to say about this cream!  It was definitely a life-saver whilst I was on holidays in the US.

 

I have very dry sensitive skin and most moisturiser don’t really do the job for me.  I’m also allergic to most skincare products so it can get a little tricky.  I started using the Cetaphil Intensive Moisturising Cream as a hand cream.  My hands can get really dry from the constant washing I do (yes, I’m a little bit OCD and it drives some people insane).  One thing I like about this cream is that it absorbs quickly and even after washing my hands, they still feel moisturised.  It also doesn’t feel sticky or oily!  When I was in the US, I decided to use it as a body moisturiser because I had to give my usual body moisturiser to my dad (he’s got the same crazy sensitive skin).  The Cetaphil Intensive Moisturising Cream is quite thick and may be a little hard to spread over a large surface but a little goes a long way with this product!  Oh, I should also mention that I’ve put this on my cracked heels.  You won’t see the results overnight but give it a few days and you’ll see the results!

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Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation

The last Bourjois Foundation I bought was the The Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation.  It did not really work for me because of my really oily/combination skin.

 

When the Priceline 40% cosmetics sale came along.  I had to get myself the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum.  This foundation comes in 5 colours – not very many.  The bottle comes with a simple pump.  One pump is sufficient to cover the whole face and blend it down the neck.

 

The foundation is smooth and silky providing light to medium coverage.  When applied, the foundation does not feel heavy.  It does hide most of my redness and does not cling to my dry skin.  The finish of this foundation is semi-matte, meaning it’s not really matte because it still has a little bit of shine to it.

 

I have very oily skin (when I say oily, I mean, REALLY oily!  I can wake up from a night’s sleep and my face feels like it has been soaked in oil!)  This foundation is probably not suitable for very oily skin as the oil will start to peek through after a couple of hours.  I do have to blot throughout the day even though I set the foundation with powder.  Unlike the other Bourjois Foundation I tried, this foundation does not make me feel “weighed down” after a long day.

 

There is a very slight floral scent which will go away after awhile.  Sensitivity wise, this foundation has not been and issue and I have not had any more breakouts than usual.

 

Picture time!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum

Face without foundation
Face without foundation
Face with foundation
Face with foundation

 

Conclusion:

I’m currently loving this foundation as it does not feel too heavy or look like I’m wearing too much.  I do have to blot throughout the day as I do become really shiny.

Price:

AUD$32 for 30ml

Where to buy:

Priceline (where I bought mine!)

 

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum

One of the side effects from my acne medication is extremely dry and flaky skin.  To combat that, I decided to hunt around for a face cream/serum that had hydrulonic acid.  Hydrulonic acid has the ability to hold moisture.  This is great for my dehydrated skin. I could not find many products (available in Australia) that had this hydrulonic acid as the first/main ingredient.  One that did was Dermalogica’s Hydrating Skin Serum.

I did not see any notable difference to my skin in the first week of using it.  However, it was during the time when my skin was extremely dry and flaky from the medication.  I notice that the texture of this product is very smooth but can get just a touch slightly sticky.  I only notice the stickiness when my skin is extremely sensitive.  My skin had become extremely sensitive, especially with any change of weather and the medication, so it felt every tug and pull when applying the product (it actually hurt my skin).  If you have allergies, like I did, it is best not to use this product.  It stings like crazy (yes, I’m a little silly).

Now that my skin is all better, I feel that this product is great.  I only need to apply this one product for my skin to feel moisturized without it being too oily.  The product absorbs really quickly.

Picture time!

Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum
Dermalogica Skin Hydrating Serum

Conclusion:

If you have dry/combination skin (maybe even oily skin), this probably would be good for you.  However, if you have allergic/sensitive skin, maybe stay away from this until your skin is all better.  This product is more on the pricey side.

Price:

AUD$77 for 30ml

Where to buy:

Dermalogica freestanding stores or online, David Jones (DJs has occasional sales, so best to wait if you’re looking for a bargain)

Have you used this product before?

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam

FOTD: Achieve flawfess skin with foundation for the acne scarred skin

I went to a friend’s wedding a few weeks back and wore a purple smokey eye and had my hair up in a formal twirly bun.

Purple Smokey FOTD

Today’s post will be about how I managed to achieve a flawless looking face for my acne ridden skin.

Here are the products and tools I used:

  1. Benefit Porefessional
  2. Make Up For Ever HD Foundation
  3. The Balm Time Balm Concealer 
  4. Mehron Celebre Pro HD Foundation
  5. Ben Nye Luxury Banana Powder
  6. Alcone sponge
  7. Big fluffy brush

Here are the steps I took:

  1. Make sure your face is prepped and ready to go.  There should be as little flakey skin as possible on your face so that the foundation does not get caught on the flakey bits.  If you have extremely dry skin (especially from the acne treatment), make sure it’s nicely moisturized.  Wait for at least 1-2 minutes after the moisturizer so that there is plenty of time for the moisturizer to be absorbed.
  2. Prime your skin with a primer.  I used Benefit’s Porefessional.  The reason for priming your skin is to allow the foundation to go on as smoothly as possible.  It also allows the foundation to last a little longer.
  3. Apply your first layer of foundation using your fingers.  I used Make Up For Ever HD Foudation for my first layer.
  4. Apply your concealer to the red parts or the dark spots (acne scars) that the foundation did not cover.  I used my ring finger as it helped warmed up the product and allowed me to blend it properly.   The ring finger is the weakest finger, so it’s good for concealer application as you tend to be a bit more gentle in application and not smudge the foundation beneath.  It’s okay if just a little bit of scars are still peaking at this point as you’re going to go over with your second layer of foundation.
  5. Using a damp sponge (put the sponge in water and squeeze out excess water), dip the sponge into the foundation.      Try to take some of the product from the bottle/pan and place it on your hand so that you can easily pick up the product with the damp sponge.  Dipping a wet sponge into the pan itself can cause the product to “spoil” quicker than normal.
  6. Now, use the damp sponge with some product on it and bounce the sponge lightly on your face for the 2nd layer of foundation.  It is important to bounce it lightly so as to be careful not to smear the concealer.  I used my Mehron foundation as it is a creamier foundation and gives more coverage for my scarred-ridden face.
  7. Dip your big fluffy brush in some setting powder and tap off the excess.  Now, set your foundation by lightly pressing the brush onto your face.  It’s important not to sweep as the sweeping motion can move the foundation and concealer on your face and cause your concealed parts to show again.  I used the Ben Nye Banana Luxury powder.  Don’t be too heavy-handed here or you may look too cakey!

And you’re done!

Below is a picture of my before and after:

Flawless skin for the acne ridden face

What do you think? Easy-peasy?  Personally, I do not use so many products for a normal day.  This is usually for special occasions.

Stay Beautiful!!

xx Sam