21 September 2016

Bioderma Sensibio Range

Bioderma has always been a favourite and cult brand within my skincare routine for many years. A holy grail staple within my skincare regime for years has always been the famous Sensibio *H2O Micelle Solution. I can't go a day without it and have never stopped restocking it within my skincare collection.

Just over a month ago I was kindly invited to a Breakfast with Bioderma event hosted by the beautiful ladies from Cosmetiques De France. Along with a small group of other Perth bloggers, we indulged in a delicious breakfast at Tiisch cafe (which might I add, is such a stunning cafe) all while discussing the exciting new launches of both Bioderma and Nuxe products (I will talk more about the Nuxe releases in another post).

I had such an amazing time and couldn't have asked for a perfect way to start my day with lovely company! Within the new launches from Biodema the release of Sensibio *Cleansing Milk, *Soothing Moisturising Toning Lotion and *AR BB Cream. I have only tried these products throughout the month and can safely say their fast becoming a hit in my books. I am particularly enjoying the Cleansing Milk and Toning Lotion most! (A full review to come.)

The BB Cream is a little bit of a miss for me at the moment! I've actually been trying this one out for months now as I was gifted this by the beautiful girls at CDF several months ago. I received another tube during the event and I have gifted this to my Mum, which she is actually really enjoying as she likes to mix it with her foundation to get the correct shade.

The reason I find it to a miss is due to the lack of shade range. Bioderma has only released one shade (in light/clair) which actually has a slight neutral pink undertone. If it were more yellow toned I could wear this a lot better. When I apply a thin layer it blends out really nicely on my skin  however, as I build up each layer I notice it turning a tad too dark and pink toned on my skin.

I really like the consistency of the formula, it smooths on nicely and feels light on the skin and the packaging is very sleek and perfect for travelling. Although this is aimed for people with rosacea, I find it works well on most skin types. I'm still playing around with this BB Cream, so I will report back on a later date. I hope Bioderma release more shades in the near future (preferably lighter and yellow/warm shades), it's so nice to see they're slowly bringing out some makeup products within their range.

Swatched/Blended (L-R) — Bioderma Sensibio AR BB Cream in Light/Clair. (As you can see in the photo it is slightly too dark for my skin but once blended out it settles on the skin well. You can't see most of the pink undertones in this photo however, it does lean more neutral than warm.)

Have you tried any products from the new Bioderma Sensibio range?

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01 September 2016

Let's Catch Up! #5

I usually do these types of post every two months or so, although I did post one almost exactly a month ago, I wanted to do another catch up. It seems like these are the types of posts most people really enjoy reading. I know I really enjoy reading these types of post especially from a few of my favourite blogs. In today's post, I want to talk about things that have been lingering on my mind as well as things that have been motivating me throughout the month of August, oh and a few recent updates.

First thing I wanted to chat about is Podcasts. How on earth did it take me so long to even get into listening to Podcasts? I've always known about, and I've always been constantly reminded to listen to so many, but for some reason it was always pushed down on my to-do list. But, now I have finally taken myself out of that rut and decided to start listening to the playlist I have. I should also mention that the main person who influenced me into these Podcasts is my co-worker Jessica (Co-founder of Maslow & Co.) She has always recommended so many awesome Podcasts for me to tune into. So, thank you Jess for that! I listen to Triple J's Hack series on the radio all the time, which I always look forward to, but the Podcasts app is new to me.

The very first Podcast I listened to was on Monday, while I was getting ready to run some errands. It's true — the mornings or even driving is the best time to listen to these Podcasts. So far the main Podcast channel I've been listening to is Monocycle with Leandra Medine from Man Repeller. I love it, the way she talks and her views and thoughts are exactly in line with my own. It's so nice to be able to relate to the topics she talks about. I think for myself working within the beauty office industry and constantly having a creative mind flow, listening to someone talk about these topics or everyday life of an Editor, etc, is really fulfilling. Especially knowing that I am not the only person thinking or feeling these certain things. The other reason I really enjoy listening to Leandra is her quirky and aesthetic nature to her views, she's such a chirpy and energy-filled human and I think that really draws me into everything she says.

Episodes I've listened to: 
Ep 31: Let Loose, Dispatch 3
Ep 32: The Editorial Process
Ep 34: Endless Summer
Ep 35: Learning to be Content As Your Own Boss  
"Just appreciate that when you hit daylight the sun hits your face the same way that it hits everyone else's face." — I love this quote she mentioned in episode 31: Let Loose, Dispatch 3. It's a mind opener and it's funny that we forget about these little things. This is one of my favourite episodes because basically everything she says is exactly how I feel from day-to-day. I highly recommend you listen to her podcasts if you are looking for a new channel to tune into, she is amazing.

Other Podcast channels I have on my "to listen list" are The Broad Experience and Mamamia Out Loud (also recommended from Jess). I'll keep you posted on my thoughts once I've listened to them. Do you have any recommendations of your favourite Podcasts? I'd love to add more to my list. I'm definitely kicking myself for not listening to them earlier, it's really therapeutic and soothing for my mind, if you feel like you need motivation or even inspiration definitely listen to some Podcasts. I'm always a visual person, but sometimes just listening to words with no pictures to view is really good too. I always think I need something visual to focus on, but it's much like reading a book, you can visualise images as words are being read/said.

In other news, our customised bed arrived a few weeks ago. Let me just tell you, I have not had a more better sleep ever since this baby arrived. A well-made bed frame really does make all the difference. Before we had a metal frame from Ikea and it would squeak and became wobbly after several times it was unassembled and reassembled over and over each time we moved houses. And sleeping on our beautiful expensive mattress on the floor definitely doesn't cut it. Now we have this stunning bed frame and it is solid as f*ck, I am one happy gal. Did I mention that we got drawers added into the sides of the bed frame? It is such a nice touch and my organisation has never been better thanks to this nifty feature.

I'm currently in the works of changing up my blog, only just a few little changes. If you haven't noticed yet, I've changed the font. I feel like this type of font is a lot easier to read and more appealing to my theme. I'm also working alongside a friend to do a new header, I won't mention too much yet as I am yet to meet up with her for our next coffee date but Alexis from Amgoorie Collective is a beautiful and talented freelance designer and I absolutely adore her work. If you haven't checked out her site, you need to! She is all about that minimal approach which I just live and breathe! I am so excited to see what she comes up with!

As you also know, I've been shopping around for new nibs for my calligraphy pen (I even bought a new holder). I love trying out different nibs and practising my calligraphy, though I am no master at it I really like how it makes me feel. It is such a relaxing and rewarding hobby. I want to also try out watercolouring as well, there's something about it that I find so beautifully pleasing, I could look through instagram of all the artwork for hours.