03 August 2016

Let's Catch Up! #4

I always feel like I need to do a catch up post when I've been away from my blog for a while. I think it's a great way to overall catch up with what's been happening as well as a few little bits and pieces I want to update you on. This will be all random updates that come to my mind.

As you know I've been occupied with my new job and loving every bit of it. I guess I should explain a little about what I do at my job. I am the brand co-ordinator at Maslow & Co. I pretty much do a bit of everything, from emails, PR, company contacts, beauty articles, website maintenance, admin, photography, filming, beauty testing, etc. It has been my dream job to work in an office within the beauty industry and moving onto new and better things as well as having my makeup artistry as a side job, occasionally. Working with a group of intelligent women who empower one another and are just overall amazing people is the best part.

I enjoy going to the office each week and getting creative with my work (I feel like it's my second home). It's been a long time coming for me to discover a job like this, especially being located in Perth, there isn't much to offer in terms of an office beauty job. Therefore I am so grateful and thankful to be able to continue my dream with such a beautiful company. I think as you go through life and the different career paths you may endeavour, you start to visualise what exactly you want at each stage. Finding your passion and letting everything unravel to where you're destined to be.

On other news, the Mr and I invested in a new custom made bed frame. We are waiting for it to be finished which will take around 2 months. I am anxiously waiting for the phone call/update to tell us that it will be delivering soon. I am so excited because it is the type of bed frame I've always wanted. It is a wooden frame with material cushion covering and the bedhead has those button designs on it, we also added in side drawers for storage purposes.

I feel like I've been struggling with keeping my home area tidy, like I usually do. As of late, things have been so messy within my room, storage, car, etc. No matter how many times I clean or tidy it, it goes messy straight away. Not sure what is happening as I am never one to be messy. I think lately I've been so occupied with many things to do and I feel a little run down. Maybe, I am also lacking motivation in terms of decorating and interior. I need some inspiration, what are your go-to's or ways of inspiration you use to spark that fire for keeping maintenance within your environment? Sometimes, I think that it's because we don't have our new bed frame yet and at the moment we are just sleeping on our mattress waiting for it to arrive. Our current bed frame (from Ikea) is broken therefore we had to unassembled it — which is also why we had to get a new bed because our old metal bed frame was getting too old and had definitely seen better days.

I've been going to a lot of bookstores lately and have picked up The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I've had my negative thoughts about this book, seeing all these typical YouTubers talking about it hours on end and how I can clearly see they don't really abide by any of the content. Especially when you can see they hoarder a heap of things through several hauls right after "clearing out" their belongings. Which I find pointless, maybe a few random purchases here and there, but c'mon, haul after haul definitely defeats the purpose of this book?

Though, I've never been really interested in this book by any means, I have found myself gravitating to it each time I am in a bookstore.  To be completely honest, I've been more curious about her new release book Spark Joy, as to me, it seems to be a more in-depth/straight to the point version of her first edition. I also like how it has step by step demonstrations of things such as how to fold your clothes, storage ideas , etc. I think I may invest in this book at some stage. I've been doing a little research to see which edition I should pick up and so far Spark Joy seems to be one I am quite intrigued by. Have you read these books before? What are you thoughts? Do you think this will help me with building up my organisational skills again?

My cook book collection has been slowly growing, with a few new additions I bought on sale  from Kikki.K I picked up The Summer Table by Lisa Lemke and from K-mart I picked up Vegetarian by The Cook Book Co. I'm eager to try out more vegetarian options and various recipes that I haven't tried before. As you know, cooking is very therapeutic for me and I really enjoy discovering new ways to be creative. Another hobby I have been building up on is calligraphy writing. I've been doing this for a while now and have been adding more accessories towards that. Things such as new nibs and handles to use since I like to experiment with different sizes. I am hoping to one day attend a class where I can learn to master the art of calligraphy, for now it is just a fun hobby I like to practice with. 

I've been loving many things lately, an array of things that have been on my lust list! If you would like me to do an in-depth favourites post, let me know! Other than that, here is my quick updated current favourites!


*Bourjois Brow Natural Eyebrow Felt Tip Pen in #22 Chatain
~Stiks Cosmetics Lipstick in Burgundy (in the upcoming Maslow & Co East Coast Box)
^Hourglass Femme Nude in Nude #6
* Philosophy No Reason To Hide Instant Skin-tone Perfecting Moisturiser in Light
^Glossier Balm Dot Com
Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara
*Elizabeth Arden Cermide Mascara
~Fig & Yarrow Complexion Water
Dior Vernis in Grege #413
^Dior Gel Top Coat
*Oribe Supershine Moisturizing Cream
Robert Gordon Swatch Mug
Muji 0.7mm Ballpoint Click Pen
Chanel Quilted Caviar Leather Classic Flap Card Holder with Silver Hardware

* PR samples
~ Work gratis
^ Gift from a friend

19 July 2016

The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge - Day 7

First of all, sincere apologies for my absence, as typical as it sounds, I've been extremely busy with work and life in general that I had to have a small break from blogging. I am back and have a line up of exciting posts in the works!

Now, the final instalment of The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge, ends with of course day 7. I started this challenge in early March, with the purpose of using a lipstick I had not gravitated towards in a while. I wanted to keep each day spread out to create a consistent flow within my blog posts. I didn't want to do it all within one week as I thought as a reader it would make it more exciting to have it pop up every now and then.

I am so thrilled that I had completed the challenge and having it spread out within 4 months made it a lot more fun. I really enjoyed doing these types of posts and may do a continuous theme with it now — perhaps with different makeup products each time! I am yet to think of a name/title, so if you have any ideas please send them my way!

Now onto the lipstick itself! If you're a regular reader of my blog, you will know I absolutely adore these Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colors. I've written a full review about these Lip Colors if you would like a more in depth review — here.

I was inspired to pick up the shade Milky Way (RRP $37 AUD) by Tamira Jarrel (a much loved style influencer of mine). The grey undertones to this lip shade is what won me over, I'm all about those grey tones. Not to mention it entwined with brown hues making it the perfect nude with an edge! The formula to these lipsticks are very opaque and have a long lasting cream finish.

Out of all the shades I now own (Spiced Rose, Lychee Parfait, Cappuccino) Milky Way was my least reached for, I'm not sure why I stopped wearing this shade, perhaps it moved to the back of the collection and I had forgotten how beautiful it was. But, in all honesty, I think it was because my favourite shade from the lot is Spiced Rose so when it comes to wearing these lipsticks, I always gravitate to that shade more often.

I first discovered these Laura Mercier Lip Colors when I was shopping and decided to do a fairly large haul on the whole brand, seeing as I had never tried any of their products before. When I tried the Lip Colors and swatched the shade Spiced Rose I immediately fell in love, this was my very first lipstick I bought from the line.

What excites me the most is, at the time these were no where to be found around the Youtube/blogosphere (no one was talking about these). I love it when that happens, when you find product that you fall in love with and it isn't hyped up and basically not many people know about it. Soon after I did noticed it started to get some attention, coincidence?

The formula to the Lip Colors makes it enjoyable to wear, with a lip-hugging texture these stay on almost as long as a matte formula only with the benefit of hydration thanks to the added Vitamin E and Hyaluronic filling spheres. I highly recommend these lipsticks, especially if you're looking for one that brings you the whole package from quality to performance as well as value.

One swatch of the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in the shade Milky Way.

One layer of the Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Color in the shade Milky Way on my lips.

MY RATINGS (Out of 5)
Longevity - 3.5/5
Pigmentation - 4.5/5
Texture - 5/5
Application - 5/5
Overall product - 4.5/5

Read the full instalment of The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge — Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6.

28 June 2016

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Mascara - Full Review


*Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara 7ml $48 AUD

- Strong black pigment
- Works well layered with other mascaras
- In between a wet/dry formula consistency
- Sleek gold packaging
- Creates long extended lashes
- Noticeable difference in eyelash growth and thickness, throughout the entire month of using it
- Applies evenly and doesn't clump or create spider-leg lashes (2-3 coats)
- Isn't waterproof, however doesn't seem to smudge around eye area/face (unless large amount of water is in contact)
- Contains active ingredients that condition and promote lash growth (Vitamins A, C & E. — Ceramide 1, 3 & 6)
- Doesn't flake throughout the day, quite long wearing
- Easy to apply applicator wand, using the tip of the wand helps get to each lash and root
- Applicator wand picks up the perfect amount of product
- Eyelashes don't feel hard or heavy, it adheres well to the lashes and feels natural and flexible

— 2 coats applied of the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara on my eyelashes. (Excuse my naked face, I am not wearing any makeup besides the mascara)


I've been testing this mascara for a good month now and can safely say I really enjoy using this. I've noticed an incredible amount of lash growth as well as thickness within my lashes since using the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Mascara. I love how it lengthens my lashes so well and wears nicely throughout the day. I do find it doesn't hold a curl as well as I would like it to, though it doesn't make my lashes droop down either. In terms of it not being waterproof, I found throughout the day it doesn't flake or smudge, of course if you cry or have large amounts of water splashed onto your face it will run a little. Other than that it holds and wears very nicely throughout the day.

My favourite part of this mascara is that it not only helps condition and promotes lash growth (which in my eyes is a definite bonus) but, it also wears so nicely, I really like how it creates long and natural looking lashes. I would prefer a bit more volume to it, but that being said the more coats you apply the more volume you will get — I prefer maximum of 2-3 coats. The great thing is, this mascara layers really well and doesn't clump or create spidery looking lashes.

What I have been doing on long days where I know it is either going to rain or I have watery eyes, is after a few coats I will apply a waterproof mascara (such as the Fairy Drops mascara). It doesn't budge at all and really locks it in place, while helping to hold a curl perfectly. I found it also makes removing my mascara so easily with the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide paired with a waterproof mascara. Most of the time waterproof mascaras are really difficult to remove however, having a non-waterproof underneath helps with easy removal and it doesn't affect the performance of either mascara.

I love testing out different mascaras, I'm always on the hunt for the perfect one as I am not blessed with beautiful long lashes. My favourite mascaras that work well for me, is the Chanel Le Volume, Fairy Drops and now the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide — those are definitely my top 3.

I highly recommend this mascara and it has fast become one of my favourites to wear daily. I think having a mascara that benefits your lashes each time you wear it makes it much more enjoyable to wear. If a waterproof version is released, it would be brilliant, however I do wonder if it would perform the same?

What are you thoughts on the Elizabeth Arden Ceramide mascara after reading this review? Would you try it?

* PR sample 

19 June 2016

The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge - Day 6

For the second last day of this challenge (day 6) it wouldn't be complete without a Chanel lipstick. I love Chanel as a brand, all together from beauty to fashion. Their lipsticks have always been one I gravitated towards and I really enjoy many of them. From the classic black and gold packaging to the beauty of the Chanel "CC" logo, it is a must have in every girls makeup collection.

The Rogue Coco & Rogue Coco Shine lipsticks are the main range I have within my collection and I love the simplicity to these. The Chanel Rogue Allure lipsticks haven't been one that have drawn my attention, mainly for a few reasons. I am not too fond of the packaging. The pop out click casing is amusing, however I find it doesn't appeal to me. Though, my favourite part of the packaging is the embossing of the Chanel logo (the Rogue Coco's have the same embossing). I like and prefer the traditional look to lipsticks. I've never enjoyed any bulky or pop/slide out casing for a lipstick (especially those Guerlain lipsticks with the mirror). I just find it gimmicky and unnecessary.

I was given this Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in the shade #58 Audace (RRP $52 AUD) from my Mother. We were going through our makeup stash one night and started swapping a few of our lipsticks. I remember swapping my YSL lipstick for this Chanel lipstick. I realised I actually didn't own any bold red lipsticks from Chanel and this was the perfect shade to use. Though, that be said, I have actually never wore it since Mum gave it to me, so this was the perfect time to bring out this beauty.

It is such a beautiful bold red, I love the exotic tones to it. Although it is bold, it still has a slight brightness to it with an orange undertone, which I find makes it quite unique. These types of red lipsticks flatter my skin tone nicely. It wears nicely throughout the day and seems to sink into the lips and have a lock in type of formula. I love that it is hydrating but doesn't slip around your lips. Applying the lipstick with a lip brush will help with achieving a crisp and neat look, also blot between each application helps with longevity. I love pairing this lipstick with minimal makeup and a black winged eyeliner. Keeping it simple, but very classic at the same time.

One swatch of the Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in the shade #58 Audace. 

One layer of the Chanel Rouge Allure lipstick in the shade #58 Audace on my lips.

MY RATINGS (Out of 5)
Longevity - 3.5/5
Pigmentation - 4/5
Texture - 3.5/5
Application - 3.5/5
Overall product - 3.6/5

13 June 2016

Let's Catch Up! #3

These past few months have been going by smoothly. New job in beauty PR, new camera lens to play with, meeting awesome people and general life happenings. I've been at my new job for around 3 months now and I am loving every bit of it. From having my own office desk (which I have decorated with pretty and cute things) to working with some of the best people I have met and truly admire. In some ways I feel as though each step I take in life, whether it is within my career path or towards everyday life, has built up to where I am today. It is all a working progress and I have learned so much throughout each stage, I am so happy with where I am.

One of my biggest goals of all is to buy my own home with the Mr — Little things such as attending home viewings and looking into land has got me so excited and feels like we are slowly heading there. Of course it is my dream to get there as soon as we can, however it has to be done properly and it all takes time. For now I am dreaming for that moment I can start decorating my own home.

I've always been into cooking and baking, it has always been something I truly love doing and find so therapeutic. Lately, I have been buying a lot more homeware goods to cook with and to eventually take with me for my own kitchen in the future. This has motivated me so much to create recipes. If you follow me on Snapchat (jjehanneh) you will see lots of my clips I upload of my cooking. I've been slowly building up my cookbook collection, I am quite picky when it comes to certain cookbooks, so the ones I own I've been really enjoying. Books such as Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart, Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward and The Kinfolk Table by Nathan Williams are a few of my favourites. I am always on the hunt for new cookbooks — so please send me your recommendations!

Other exciting news I have been so thrilled about is, towards the end of year my beautiful friend Tenneil will be moving back home to Perth! I can't wait to see her more often, I've missed spending time together and what better way than to have her back home again. We talk a lot through our long text messages as well as social media. Our conversations can last hours on end with replies — I think what makes our friendship so special is that we genuinely care for one another and we always keep in touch no matter the distance. Recently she sent me a package of my belated birthday gift with a letter explaining why it was a tad delayed — which, if anything made me realise even more what a great friend she is to me. I won't go into too much detail, but lets just say this girl has a heart of gold! (Or, in her case silver, because she likes silver more.) I can't wait for our traditional Chai latte dates.

I enjoy reading blogs that contain personal content, beauty is always nice to read about but I've found it not as common for many blogs nowadays to be on a personal level. I have a few blogs that I have really been enjoying or are a favourite of mine that I would like to share with you. I love to catch up on each of their blogs whenever I have a moment to myself for some reading. These blogs are unique and I adore their individual aesthetics, each lady behind these blogs are beautiful and have an eye for detail. A must read for your blogroll —  (Of course, in no particular order.)

Tenneil — from Like Neon Love
Divya & Pavithra — from The Conscience Fund
Hanh — from Hanhabelle
Advaita — from Blush Canvas
Cindy — from Cindyhue
Samantha — from Simplest of Things
Jessica —from Little Henry Lee
Daisy — from Pretty Green Tea
Chloé — from Status Chlo
Susy — from Waterlemons

What type of posts would you like to see more of on Amour JNFR?

05 June 2016

The Best Of Haircare - Oribe

I, first heard of Oribe through the ever so typical place you call the internet. It is a cult brand within YouTube and the blogosphere. Of course, it is a brand I've been extremely curious to try, from the luxe packaging to the detailing of how each product works and how fast it has become a favourite to many. You all know by now that I love a good brand that has impeccable ingredients within their products and Oribe is exactly that!

The *Dry Texturizing Spray was the number one product I had to try from Oribe, I picked up the 300ml size last year from a hair salon in Melbourne. I'm pretty sure this is their best seller, and there is no surprise that it is. When I was kindly sent these Oribe products to trial (Dry Texturizing Spray 75ml, Maximista Thickening Spray and Supershine Moisturizing Cream), I was so excited and couldn't wait to start using them.

I've found in the past other texturising sprays have either weighed my hair down or made it feel crispy or oily — which isn't great for my fine thin hair. And lets face it, texturising sprays are so expensive to be faffing around with finding the best one! I am not much of a hair fanatic like some others out there. I have a range of cult favourites within my collection, however I have found not many products work well on my hair so I am quite picky when it comes to certain haircare products. For my hair type I like to use as little product as I can.

The dry texturising spray is perfect for giving my hair texture, volume as well as a light lift within my roots all while keeping it soft and manageable. It also absorbs a bit of oil and dirt within the scalp, but I wouldn't consider it a "dry shampoo". Comparing this to other brands I've used, Oribe is definitely high up there to the rest. I wouldn't want to use anything else after using this spray. The small purse size *75ml is the perfect travel companion and I like to keep this in my handbag for touch ups and emergencies!

  • Dry Texturizing Spray ingredients — Kiwi and Passion Flower, Ginger Root, Mango, Sunflower Seed, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extracts and much more!

The great thing about haircare is that most brands have categories of what type of hair you have to cater towards each range, so it isn't too hard to find one that you can try out. For myself the *Maximista Thickening Spray is another product I was very pleased with. I cannot stress enough how much I shun away from thickening sprays, although they are catered to thin hair I have found so many of these types of products to do the complete opposite to my hair, leaving it flat and that horrible feeling of having a tone of product stuck in your hair, isn't so glamorous.

Enter the Oribe Maximista! I am in love with this product! It doesn't feel like anything when you spray it onto your hair, I like to use it right after I have washed and towel dried my hair. I spritz a few pumps around my hair and roots and blow dry, which activates the product well and absorbs into the hair perfectly. It makes my hair feel a lot thicker, smooth with a tone of volume.

  • Maximista Thickening Spray ingredients — Copolymers, Keratin Amino Acids, Multilayered UV Protection and much more!

Lastly, the product that ties it all together is the *Supershine Moisturizing Cream. For my thin hair, comes dry ends and I need all the moisturising cream to keep it hydrated and soft. This hasn't been much of a hassle for me to find, there seems to be a lot more of these types of products around that I have found to work nicely on my hair. I don't enjoy many oils, creams work a lot better for my hair. Most hair oils can be a hit and miss for me, I am just not fond of the feeling it leaves to the ends of my hair and there is no way I would put the any close to my roots. Creams seem to absorb a lot better and leave a nice shine and soft feeling to the ends of my hair and I can put it close to my roots and it doesn't weigh it down.

  • Supershine Moisturizing Cream ingredients — Soy Protein, Wheat Amino Acids, Mooring Seed Extracts (Vitamins A & C), Keratin, Kaempferia Galanga Root Extracts, Vegetable Derived Protein and Glycerin

From the beautiful packaging to the amazing quality of each product, there is one more stand out I absolutely adore is the scent from each product. They smell A-MAZ-ING! The Oribe Signature Complex — Watermelon, Lychee and Eldeweiss Flower Extract. It has come to my conclusion that from each product I have tried from Oribe, there hasn't been one that I don't enjoy. Oribe has quickly taken over any other product I've tried from other brands. I am now on the hunt for my next product to try from their range, so please give me your recommendations!

Have you tried Oribe before? What are your favourite products?

* PR samples

25 May 2016

The 7 Day Lipstick Challenge - Day 5

I've tried NYX products for quite a few years now and for a drugstore brand it is one that I really enjoy using — plus they're a cruelty free brand! The NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams isn't exactly a lipstick however for day 5, I wanted to incorporate it within my lipstick challenge as I have not worn it in so long. Think of it as a liquid lipstick! It is a beautiful mousse texture and feels great on the lips without any dryness when worn throughout the day. The matte lip creams have a beautiful strong pigment and smooth velvety formula. Out of all the shades I've tried, Stockholm (RRP $12.95 AUD) is definitely a favourite and the perfect nude shade for my lips. I have my eyes on the shades London and Abu Dhabi next!

I remember when I first picked up these matte lip creams they were a definite hit for quite some time but as time went by, I did eventually push them to the back of my drawers and soon forgotten about it. Recently these matte lip creams have been all the attention and lots of YouTubers are talking about them, which lead me to bring it back out again.

Applying one layer evenly on the lips is the perfect amount, with the occasional touch ups throughout the day. I've found applying more than one layer at once can make the formula seperate and form cracks on the lips. When I did apply more than one layer of the lip cream it would flake off a lot faster, as opposed to applying just one layer, it adhered to the lips well and seemed to last a decent amount of time (approximately a few hours).

If you're not a fan of scents, these lip creams do have a vanilla/cupcake scent which I don't mind and haven't found it to linger once on the lips. It comes with a doe foot applicator that distributes a good amount of product. Although the longevity isn't the longest, for the amount it retails for it is a really great product. To me, the matte lip creams are an easy and simple concept! It is what you want to use when you don't want to faff around with a typical lipstick.

One swatch of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm.

One layer of the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm on my lips.

MY RATINGS (Out of 5) 
 Longevity - 2.5/5
 Pigmentation - 3.5/5 
 Texture - 3/5 
 Application - 2.5/5 
 Overall product - 2.9/5

20 May 2016

6 Steps To Perfect Skin With Dermalogica

If you've ever thought of trying out a new skincare to add to your regime or you've actually just been curious to try Dermalogica, this post is for you. I will be listing out all cult products I own and have trialled. I've always seen Dermalogica, heard about it and never thought much to try their products — mainly because I wasn't sure what to try, or where to start. It's important and good to have a better insight and knowledge on what the brand offers and the range they stock. From my understanding and views, Dermalogica is a brand that strives for providing products with beautiful ingredients as well as results.

I know I was kicking myself for the longest time for not trying out Dermalogica early! From that statement you can tell it has worked wonders for my skin, and I am so glad I have it as part of my regime. I love that they cater to all skin types, there will always be something for you within each of their selections. I even got my boyfriend into using some of the products and he has seen results and it is part of his regime too. His favourite is the Daily Microfoliant!

In today's post I will be talking you through 6 different steps towards achieving the perfect skin and base with these Dermalogica staples.

STEP 1 - *Soothing Eye Make-up Remover

This product is what everyone has basically wished for in an eye makeup remover. An eye makeup remover that caters to removing stubborn mascara and to dissolve all traces of eye and lip makeup, all while strengthening and conditioning your lashes? YES PLEASE! This is the all rounder product, of course you can use it to remove your eye/lip makeup, however I also like to use it even in the morning to do as it claims, strengthen and condition my lashes as it is infused with Silk Amino Acids. Sometimes in the mornings, my eyes need a good pamper. We always think about giving love and care to our face but we tend to forget our eye area needs a bit of love too.

I use a cotton pad with the eye makeup remover, I let it sit on top of my eye area and press gently to penetrate the product for around 20 seconds. Since doing this almost each morning, I have noticed my lashes are a lot more vibrant and strong. They don't fall out as much as they use to and I can see they have thickened a lot too. This could also be from other lash products I've used. But, I have found doing this step has played a large part to that.

In terms of removing my eye/lip makeup it performs very well, it doesn't sting or irritate my eyes and I find it removes most makeup quite thoroughly.

STEP 2 - *Precleanse

This is fairly new to me, however, I don't think it requires much use to determine whether it works well for me or not. Oil cleansers, I have tried and used many, I always enjoy majority of them and this one is no exception. I love the types of oil cleansers that turn into a milky emulsion texture once applied with a little bit of water — this does just that! It smells and feels so beautiful massaged into the skin.

For the rest of my makeup removal or to prep my face, this is the key element to use. It removes traces of excess sebum, makeup, dirt as well as environment pollutants that build up on your skin either throughout the day or night. I love how hydrating and soft this makes my skin feel after each use. It contains an array of beautiful oil extracts from Borage Seed, Kukui, Apricot oil as well as Rice Bran and Vitamin E oils. I use this morning or night for all purposes.

STEP 3 - *Daily Microfoliant

What I love most about this daily gentle exfoliant is how unique it is. It is an exfoliating powder that you activate with water. You pour a coin size amount on the palm of your hands with a few drops of water to turn it into a paste. It feels so finely milled on your skin and because it contains chemical exfoliants you don't need to worry about it feeling scratchy or irritating your skin.

Not only does it contain many amazing ingredients that I always look out for in all skincare products, it brings you noticeable results. Take my boyfriend as an example, he has acne prone oily skin (I have dry combination to normal skin). He likes to use this daily to remove all excess sebum as well as treating his blemishes with the Salicylic Acid within it. He is quite picky when it comes to skincare products as his face is very thick in texture and not many products work well on him. He prefers cosmeceutical products that contain chemical exfoliants and ingredients, so this is a gem in his eyes.

For myself, on days where my skin is having a spotty day or is in need of a major pick me up I gravitate to this. It calms down any active pimples with the soothing blend of Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal, as well as removing dead skin cells that have built up around my skin with Rice Enzymes. I can see why this is their best seller!

STEP 4 - *Charcoal Rescue Masque

Charcoal is known to draw out impurities and detox your skin from congestion. Because I have dry combination skin I don't use this masque all over my face, instead only where I find I need it most — the T-zone area. I especially love using this around my nose and chin as I find it really helps control the oil and build up of dirt trapped within my pores. This step is only done once a week. With all Dermalogica products, they always contain extra amazing ingredients for added benefits. Ingredients such as Volcanic Ash, Sea Silt, Bamboo Extract, Niacinamide, Chilean Wild Mint and Alpha Hydroxy Acids is what makes this your go to treatment for detoxified and brightened skin.

The whole kit and caboodle if you ask me!

STEP 5 - *Solar Defense Booster SPF 50

Sunscreen is a must have within anyone's regime. I can't go a day without putting a good SPF on my face, before leaving the house or applying my makeup. Especially with the harsh UV rays within Australia, there's no risk you want to take not wearing any. These days an SPF 50 broad spectrum is crucial for our environment. As I am fast running low on my other sunscreens, it feels really nice to try out a new one!

It goes without saying, again, this is more than just a sunscreen, it contains extra ingredients of Green Tea and Grape Seed extracts and Antioxidant Vitamin C. What I enjoy most about using this SPF is how quickly it sinks into the skin without a chalky or oily feeling and doesn't disturb the application of your makeup whatsoever.

STEP 6 - *Hydrablur Primer

I'm all for primers, many people don't understand the reasoning behind using one. Using a primer not only helps with the longevity and application of your base and makeup, but nowadays most primers  have extra benefits entwined within it. Take the Hydrablur Primer for instance, this primer is your all in one hydrating and pore minimiser.

It helps with oil control as well as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Most "pore filling" primers can block your pores or feel quite silicone like, however the Hydrablur feels lightweight and very hydrating as it contains Abyssinian Oil. It glides onto the skin smoothly and helps provide a perfect base for your foundation to adhere to.

The sleek thin packaging makes for great travelling and it also comes with a tube wringer to get every part of the product out!

What are your favourite Dermalogica products you've tried or use?

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19 May 2016

Aroha Antipodes

Antipodes is a brand I've grown to love and really enjoy. I've used many of their skincare products within my skincare regime, so I know this is a brand of great quality and ingredients. However, little did I know, Antipodes has a small makeup line which I was kindly sent a few products to try from their Aroha Lipstick line. I was really intrigued by the smooth sleek black matte packaging of the lipsticks and I really enjoy the unique names of each lipstick too. The definition of "Aroha" is Maori New Zealand  which means "love" and "affection".

The Aroha lipsticks apply very creamy with a good amount of pigment. The shade range is stunning and consists of shades that can suit many skin tones. I find the formula to be very hydrating and feels lovely on the lips once applied. The longevity depends on the shade itself. For natural shades such as the *Dusky Sound Pink, it wears nicely throughout the day with the occasional touch ups. As it is a rose pink shade it fades evenly on your lips giving you a soft rose tint. For a bold shade *Hungry Like The Wolf is a blood red, it has a longer staying power throughout the day with a few touch ups it wears really nicely and doesn't bleed around the lip line. It settles evenly around the lips and dries semi-matte all while giving a nice stain and feeling quite hydrating.

Among the Antipodes range is the *Kiwi Seed Oil Lip Conditioner, that is also housed in a nice sleek black matte packing in a form of a lipstick bullet. I've tried their lip balm in the past and I much prefer this luxe style they have come out with. I find it is a lot more enjoyable to apply with the lipstick shape bullet rather than your standard lip balm packaging. The lip conditioner conditions cracked and dry lips with ease and feels light weight and smoothing when applied.

I really enjoy all these lip products and would love to try out more shades from their lipstick range. I have my eyes on the shade Boom Rock Bronze, which is definitely my type of shade!

Swatched (L-R)  Antipodes Dusky Sound Pink Lipstick and Antipodes Hungry Like The Wolf lipstick.

Have you heard or tried any of the Aroha lipsticks from Antipodes before?

Antipodes is available at Priceline Pharmacy and David Jones.

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15 May 2016

New Products I'm Excited About #2

It's that time again where I put together a few new items I am most excited about! My lovely friend Lisa on her recent trips to Sydney and Singapore brought back some goodies for me. I always have a list of things I want to pick up while she is on her travels, so basically it is as if I am shopping with her while she is there. We always are in contact through every kind of social media, from iMessage to Snapchat. It's so nice to be able to have pictures or mini clips sent to you so you have an idea of what you're getting. Especially since I can't see it in person, so Lisa was very helpful in terms of helping me tick of my shopping list. Many places I always have my eyes on is Muji and Sephora! Mainly because we don't have those stores here in Perth. I have also been doing a little bit of shopping myself with a few little treats that have been collective throughout the past month. I have a lot more products I would love to mention, however I didn't want to make this post too long, so I will definitely save them for another time.

* Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lash Extending Treatment Mascara 
I was sent this beautiful mascara recently and as you know I am always on the hunt for the perfect mascara. I have found a few mascara's I really enjoy however there is always a flaw within each one. I wonder the day they will create the ultimate mascara. As for this Elizabeth Arden mascara, it is one of their most recent launches and although I haven't tried much from their range before I was extremely intrigued by the concept of this mascara. It helps condition your lashes with lash growth treatments such as Vitamins A, C and E and Ceramide's 1, 3 and 6. It is quite rare to find a mascara that helps treat your lashes, most of the time the ones that do "treat" your lashes don't perform well as a mascara.

All in all, since using this mascara a few times I can definitely say it is quite a show stopper. I have noticed it definitely conditions my eyelashes as each time I use it my lashes feel thick and strong, (I will keep using it to see how it performs with lash growth). It works amazingly as a mascara, it gives the perfect amount of volume and length all while making the lashes look naturally long without becoming clumpy each application. I can apply many coats and it continues to apply really nicely. Out of all the mascara's I've used it definitely gives the most extent for lengthening. The only thing is, it is not waterproof therefore tears and sweat will smear your mascara  — which is basically a given. Keep posted, I will be trialling this mascara further for my final verdict!

Fairy Drops Mascara
Another mascara I am currently testing out is the Fairy Drops mascara. Oh my, this has been such a difficult product to track down. I believe it was since I was 19 that I have been wanting to try this mascara (many years). So, you can imagine my excitement when I finally tracked it down at one of my favourite local Japanese store. I've heard all the raves about this mascara and have been so keen to try it. The wand with the three ball applicator looks so interesting and the formula sounds very promising.

Since using it I have found it really is exactly all that it is said to be. It contains small fibres that grasp onto each individual lash and it lengthens and gives amazing volume. It is waterproof, extremely waterproof which has its pros and cons. A plus is that is holds a curl like never before, not many mascara's (even most waterproof) hold a curl to my lashes all day/night, but this one definitely does. A negative to this super waterproof mascara is that is it quite hard to remove, even with balm cleansers, it takes a bit of extra work to fully remove it — so if you're willing to spend extra time with your makeup removal, this is definitely worth it!

NARS Pure Matte Lipstick - Tonkin
I have had this NARS lipstick on my wish list for such a long time. Each time I decide to purchase it, it is always out of stock. Finally I stumbled by it on my recent shopping trips and took advantage of it being in stock again. Since there were a few in stock, I thought I would also pick one up for Lisa as part of her birthday present. Tonkin is a really beautiful shade, very much typical to the shades I always gravitate towards, however I believe each brown/rose/cinnamon shade has a slight difference between each one (yes, don't deny it). I love the formula to the NARS Pure Matte Lipsticks, I own 5 in my collection and find they have such a beautiful texture and the packaging is so sleek and petite.

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (Mini)- Vanilla
When Lisa was in Singapore she showed me a photo of these NARS miniature sizes they had in their Sephora store. I was so excited as I really needed the shade Vanilla for the Radiant Creamy Concealer. It is quite small and contains 1.4ml (for $18) which is nothing compared to the full size, however I wasn't up for forking out $46 for the full size here in Australia. I already have a few shades of Custard within my collection however I needed a lighter shade as the colder season is upon us and I am definitely losing my tan. How cute is the mini size though? I think it is a great alternative if you want to test out the product before investing in the full size too. I'm not sure what other products they do in mini, but the concealer is definitely a new one to me.

Muji Aroma Diffuser (Small)
Another item that has been on my wish list for a while is the Muji Aroma Diffuser. I first stumbled by these while I was in Melbourne last year and I always wanted to pick it up. At the time I had no more room in my luggage for it, so of course it went straight to my wish list. While Lisa was in Sydney a few months back she picked this up for me (best shopping buddy, honestly). It is quite a pricey product, it retails for $90 here in Australia, but I think it is most definitely worth it. I haven't stopped using this since I got it. I could justify getting it for the following reasons: it is a safer alternative to having a candle, in the long run I save more rather than continuing to purchase different candles (although, I will always continue buying candles) by using different essential oil scents, and it works as a night light and aroma diffuser in one. I love the dry cool mist is sprays out, it fills the room with beautiful aromas and makes for a great item to use to relax before going to bed.

I'm quite picky when it comes to scents. I don't want anything too sweet or fruity. It needs balance. I wanted scents I can use for unwinding and relaxation purposes, so I went for these scents. I love fresh and aromatherapy/earthy scents. I will be picking up more scents on my next holiday! (Lisa, if you need anything write down a list, hehe.)

Muji Blend Essential Oil Clear 10ml and 30ml - Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Lemon, Lavender, Horifu
Muji Blend Essential Oil Lemongrass 10ml - Cymbopogon Citratus Grass
Muji Blend Essential Oil Relax Time 10ml - Lavender, Sweet Orange, Pericarp, Geranium (Flowers and Leaves), Horowood

Have you tried any of these products before?

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