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If you missed last Tuesday’s post about serums, you would have missed me ranting and raving about how important serums are. You definitely should have at least 1 serum as part of your daily skin routine if you are wanting to improve your skin or prevent ageing. Over the weekend (although you may have seen it sneaking up earlier last week) Estée Lauder officially released their newest serum, Idealist Even Skintone Illuminator  into Australia.

From the things Estée Lauder are saying about this new product, it would seem it is less a preventative product and more of a repair product. I am glad Estée Lauder has been honest about this products powers. It is far more realistic to believe that a serum could help repair lacklustre skin tone rather than prevent it from going dull in the future. I think we all know by now that the key to preventing bad skin tone (as well as many other things) is using a good sunscreen with broad spectrum SPF protection.

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What I Say ….

  • The packaging is typical Estée Lauder. Classy, not too fancy, pretty and simple.
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Last weekend we got a fabulous article request via Facebook from Natalie, a loyal reader. This same Natalie was one of the first readers to request a Bio Sculpture VS CND Shellac review, so clearly she comes up with some winners. 

Makeup primers are a funny topic. It seems like everyday there is a brand new one released from another makeup or skincare brand, all boasting new and wonderful things. If you asked me 10 years ago what a makeup primer was I would have shrugged (and then googled it so I could buy it. Hello, the word makeup is in it!). Would you have been the same? What about, are you there right now? Let’s clear up the basics first.

What Is A Makeup Primer

The core purpose of a makeup primer is to smooth fine lines and create an even surface on your skin before applying makeup. It is commonly applied after your final skincare product (which should be moisturiser or sunscreen) and before any makeup (usually concealer or foundation). 

These days there are many variations of makeup primer. Some combine multiple purposes like coloured tints, moisturiser or even SPF. You can also now get primers for specific purposes such as eyeshadow or lip priming, which makes the makeup adhere better to the skin and amplify the colours.

Most primers contain any number of ingredients, with the most common being polymers, waxes and silicones. While these ingredients are often things many avoid in their make-up, they do have some benefits. For example, they are great at filling in gaps and can reduce the size and visibility of pores. Some ingredients also have the ability to bond with makeup which means your look will last longer. Who doesn’t love that?

 

My Thoughts On Primers

My belief is that if you have anything but flawless skin, you need a primer. The key to good make-up application often comes down to Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Dermaquest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser

Face cleansers are seen as quite an underrated product in terms of our overall skincare needs, but they’re actually really important. The correct cleanser for your skin should remove dirt, debris and build-up that otherwise gets in the way of your other skincare products delivering their best results. A vast majority of skin issues can be activated simply by using the wrong cleanser. When it comes to anti-aging, it’s essential to not use a face cleanser that is drying or stripping. Hydration is key, and that’s one of the major claims behind the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser.

As I continue my fight against aging and dry skin I’ve tested the DermaQuest Stem Cell 3D Facial Cleanser. Is it worth the price tag? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

Female Hair Loss Before and After

Female hair loss and hair thinning are a growing sector within the beauty market. I used to think female hair loss was a beauty issue and as such could be treated with beauty products. Self-inflicted hair loss is my most common concern. I blamed my tight braids, hair irons and chemical damage. However, the fact remains that the leading causes for female hair loss are health related.

When my normal amount of hair fall dramatically increased, with noticeable receding of my hairline, I panicked. I didn’t know where to begin with treating it but I couldn’t understand why it was happening. I’d stop styling my hair in tight do’s, I rarely heat style and I haven’t dyed my hair in almost 2 years. I ruled out self-inflicted hair loss so I went straight to my GP (doctor) to ask for advice. It turns out that my female hair loss was completely reversible for less than $20!  Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Trefiel Lace Face Mask, Moisturising sheet mask skincare.

If you follow beauty on Instagram it’s highly likely you’ve seen the Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask. They look like a piece of black lace, often seen adorning the faces of cute beauty influencers. What they actually are is a range of sheet masks. Really pretty sheet masks.

The Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask is available in four formulations – Moisturising, Brightening, Repairing and Toning. Trefiel initially launched with just the Moisturising mask but later rebranded and added 3 more masks to the line-up. I chose to review their original Moisturising Face Mask.  Continue Reading

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