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After indulging in a delicious Priori facial last week and posting about it on Instagram, one lovely follower by the name of kath3010 asked a brilliant question:

Are facials supposed to include extractions? Are there even any benefits of having ones without extractions? I just always thought that was the whole point.

I admit I was shocked that Kath3010 thought there was no point to a facial if there were no extractions because in my opinion there are absolutely benefits. However, it occurred to me that perhaps not every beauty therapist is explaining the benefits of their treatment and that is definitely something they should being doing so you don’t feel like you are wasting money.

My own personal belief is that facials are without a doubt beneficial whether or not extractions occur. I generally leave it up to my beauty therapist to decide what needs to be done during my facial but on occasion when I feel my pores are black and clogged I will ask my therapist to do some extractions. Every beauty therapist will have their own methods and way of treating problem skin, and it will take time for you to find someone that attends to your skin exactly how you like. Choosing a beauty therapist is as personal as picking a hairdresser or husband.

I don’t want you to take my word for it that facials are beneficial without extractions. I have spoken with Emma Hobson, Education Manager International Dermal Institute Australia, New Zealand and Asia, to give us all some much needed insight into why facials are an essential treatment for our skin.

The Instagram that started the facial conversation

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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

Despite the fact I have no professional experience with beauty products, I still get asked for recommendations …. a lot. I personally find it quite flattering, but I don’t always have an answer. Out of every product in the entire beauty industry, the one thing I get asked most often is to recommend a good lip balm.

Today’s reader question does not belong to any one reader. It belongs to dozens, maybe even hundreds (I really don’t count). While I usually struggle to think of just one product I can recommend in these situations, I scream for joy when someone asks what lip balm do I recommend. Why? Because I have TWO great ones! Continue Reading

Best New Beauty October blog post

You’d think October would be exclusively reserved for Halloween themed beauty but nope, Christmas is wiggling it’s way in. The best new beauty October products are mostly dominated with Holiday collections but I’ve tried sticking to just the solo new products that really thrilled me. I will be posting separate gift guides a little later on for all those cool Holiday collections.

For now, discover the best of the best with my Best New Beauty October round-up. Continue Reading

Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway

Want to win the gorgeous new Tarte LIMITED EDITION Buried Treasure Eyeshadow Palette? Read on to enter and find out how you could win 35 other beauty prizes in this MEGA Beauty Blog Hop Giveaway! Continue Reading

Best Vegan Skincare Brands

Everyone has their own opinion on what skincare should do and be, but for me it’s all about aiming for perfection. I don’t want skincare that does the bare minimum and let’s me age gracefully. I only want to use skincare that WORKS – constantly improving my skin and getting it to function at it’s very best. That’s why I’m sharing with you the best vegan skincare brands.

People often confuse my choice to be vegan as somehow meaning I don’t care about my aesthetics any more. They couldn’t be more wrong! My strict standards for top performing skincare isn’t lessened by my cruelty-free choices. If anything, it makes my standards even higher.

There’s a misconception that cruelty-free and vegan skincare is unable subpar; that they’re less effective than animal-based skincare formulations. While this may have been the case decades ago when vegan skincare exclusively meant “natural” products with little to no scientific basis, skincare development has come a long way since then. Don’t get me wrong, there are still hundreds of natural skincare brands out there that do exactly what I don’t want – they don’t improve your skin, they just make it feel and smell nice – and there is a market for those. Not everyone is deathly afraid of aging like me. However, if you strive for clear, healthy and progressively improving skin despite the years passing us by, than I have exactly what you need.

My list of top performing skincare brands will introduce you to the changemakers. The hard-working, highly efficient skincare that allows you to take charge of your own aging appearance. And it just so happens they’re also the best vegan skincare brands too!  Continue Reading

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