09 April 2015

Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ Review

I haven't noticed many people talking about this particular sunscreen by Alpha-H. I guess its one of those underrated products - which in most cases I tend to gravitate to since not all hypes are always fitting for me. I like to find my own products that work for me, since as I always mention everyone's skin is different. There's so many amazing things I could say about this sunscreen it actually ticks all the boxes you can possibly imagine. I've been using the Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face SPF30+ for quite a few years now and that has been my holy grail sunscreen but then I stumbled upon this beauty. I'm always up for trying new and better things especially if I end up loving it more than what I was using prior.

For a sunscreen the main things I look for is of course the SPF factor, how it blends and feels on my face, does it leave a white cast, does it contain added benefits such as UVA & UVB as well as fruit/plants extracts, does it wear nicely with my makeup during the day and so much more. This is well and truly a given now as I don't often do a post dedicated to one product. I think when a review is needed it is to say and show how amazing a product is and that it is well and truly worth the time to review.

I haven't had this sunscreen all too long, I bought it just over a week ago and have been using it since. I don't think it takes too long to figure out if a sunscreen works well for you since all the theories I have mention before about what I look for in a perfect sunscreen is easy to determine.

On first application the Alpha-H Protection Plus Daily SPF50+ I noticed the colour of the formula is a beige shade which I found intriguing as not many sunscreens come off that way so of course automatically you can tell there wouldn't be any white casting. It blends out so smoothly which I find it feels just like a velvet primer and sits on your skin with a matte finish but not feeling drying at all. You could even wear this on its own since there is the beige tint to it which smooths and evens out your skin so naturally.

I'll list below dot points of what this sunscreen contains as well as the packaging.

  • Skin colour shade (beige)
  •  Non-greasy
  • Works for all skin types
  • Non-whitening
  • Easy to blend
  • Quickly absorbs into the skin
  • Smooth and mattifying
  • A great base for your makeup
  • Light weight with a velvet mousse like texture
  • Skin feels hydrated
  • Broad spectrum - SPF50+
  • Contains UVA/UVB - premature ageing and burning.
  • Pomegranate seed oil - antioxidants and anti-inflammatory.
  • French Martime Pine Bark - Pycnogenol helps brighten complexion, smooth fine lines, diminish dark spots and hyperpigmentation.
  • Mango seed butter - soothes, nourishes and quenches skin.

  • 50ml
  • RRP $60 AUD
  • Sleek and smooth packaging
  • Squeeze tube with a pump and lid
  • Light weight packaging/easy to travel
  • Australian made and owned

Now don't get me wrong, the Mecca sunscreen has a lot of similar added benefits but in terms of texture and application it doesn't compare to the Alpha-H. Also given that the Alpha-H contains SPF50+ as opposed to Mecca's SPF30+. You only need a pea size as a little goes a long way with this product. In terms of size the Mecca sunscreen contains 100ml for $38 AUD and the Alpha-H contains 50ml for $60 AUD which is a significant difference — but as I like to say quality over quantity! If money isn't an issue for you and you are happy to part $60 AUD for this beauty without being disappointed I think you will be fine. In most cases people want the best of the best regardless of price and others look for quality, quantity and price all together which isn't always in favour.

Basically you could say this is the all time perfect sunscreen especially if you live in a climate with strong UV rays in which the SPF50+ will come in handy (in Australia)!. I will definitely repurchase this although I still do enjoy using my Mecca Cosmetica To Save Face. I think on days where I am wearing makeup I will gravitate to the Alpha-H and on days where I am wearing minimal makeup my Mecca sunscreen will work just fine. I highly recommend both but if you're looking for that "perfect" sunscreen definitely give Alpha-H a try. Since using their products they have not disappointed me at all - I am in love with their range especially the Liquid Gold, it is superb!

Have you tried this sunscreen? If so, please tell me your thoughts on it too!

* You can also purchase Alpha-H from Luxola they offer amazing service and fast shipping. I've been shopping with Luxola for quite a few months now and each experience has been wonderful. I highly recommend it!

07 April 2015

My Go-To Lip Shades

A special welcome to my new oh so beautiful Marble Clock that was gifted to me by the dearest.

With the Autumnal season upon us (although it merely doesn't even feel like autumn — summer decided to stay a wee bit longer)! I like to bring out my darker shades of lipstick! Although I am not one to follow season trends I can't help but feel like the autumn is just fitting for this type of look. For this post however I am not focusing on this, more so the lipsticks I reach for the most on any day whether Monday to Friday or summer to winter these are my go-to shades.

I would say the types of shades that I tend to gravitate to the most would be those brown undertone nudes. I just love a good brown undertone but one that either has a rose or peach tone within it but I definitely love a good vampy shade or a classic red. Most days when I don't want to touch up frequently on my lips I like to use just a lip pencil on its own. I find it is my favourite way to keep the longevity on my lips, of course on days where my lips are nice and hydrated (not chapped).

If you have any questions about any of the products listed below please comment and let me know if you want an in-depth review.

Matte Lipsticks/Crayons:
NARS Pure Matte Lipstick - Vesuvio & Volga
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - Cruella
Bite Beauty Lip Pencil - Scarlet

Lip Pencils:
* KIKO Precision Lip Pencil - #309
Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat - Pillow Talk
MAC Lip Pencil - Cherry
MAC Lip Pencil - Whirl
MAC Lip Pencil - Boldly Bare

YSL Rouge Volupe Shine - #02
Burberry Lip Velvet - #301 Pink Apricot
Burberry Lip Velvet - #302 Peony Rose
Tom Ford Lip Colour - #07 Pink Dusk

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine - #89 Satisfaction
MAC Satin Lipstick - Faux
MAC Matte Lipstick - Velvet Teddy
NARS Semi-Matte Lipstick - Pigalle

Country Road Marble Clock
-A Cup of Chic Bloomingville Ceramic Votive - Copper

- Items pictured above