How Murad Skincare’s AHA BHA exfoliating cleanser has totally changed my skin!

Today I thought that I’d share one of my most loved cleansers with you all!

I’ve been using the Murad AHA BHA exfoliating cleanser every night for almost a month now and it’s safe to say I’ve whole heartedly fallen in love with it!

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Before using this cleanser, I’ve always valued the importance of exfoliation on the skin. For anyone who doesn’t know the benefits of exfoliation for our skin, I’ll make it short and simple for you. Exfoliation aids skin cell turnover in the body which means that the process of new baby skin cells coming to the surface will be shortened. If your skin cell renewal is faster, this means that you get a better time-frame for which any surface pigmentation can be reduced!

Another short-term benefit of exfoliation to the skin is that the surface of the skin is improved immediately! I love the feeling of putting on my makeup the day after an exfoliating mask and it sits so well, with less texture on the surface!

So now that I’ve covered some of the benefits of exfoliation I’ll jump straight to how awesome the Murad Exfoliating cleanser has been for my skin.

On the first use I was a little weary of this product being ‘too’ exfoliating to my skin, as it contains both AHA and BHA’s (Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids; don’t be scared of the word ‘acid’). I’ve loved using Salicylic Acids products previously to control breakouts, but I have never used Glycolic Acid so I was a little cautious at first.

The first time I used this I was careful and was unsure of whether I should use it with my Clarisonic (that I can’t go a day without using), and I ended up using it anyway! To my surprise, even after the first use of this Murad cleanser, my skin felt so clean, and smoother (just like after any exfoliation process) but the most surprising fact was that it didn’t feel tight or dry/striped of moisture! I was so impressed and its safe to say, to this day I’m still impressed!

I like to use my cleanser every alternate cleanse, which means for me every night. I chose to use this in the nighttime for my evening cleanse as I think it works better than my normal cleanser in terms of truly cleansing all the day’s makeup and dirt off. The amount I use is only a five-cent piece amount that covers the entire face and cleans so well with such little product!

Also note that, if i choose to use one of my favourite exfoliation masks like the Ole Hendrikson Truth Sugar Glow mask  I WON’T use this exfoliating cleanser that same night, since it’s a bit TOO much exfoliation!

I simply love this cleanser, and I really recommend trying it if you love anything that exfoliates and you’re looking for a great cleanser that will help with smoothing texture and complexion!

What are your thoughts on this new Murad Cleanser? 

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The new way to get Fuller lips without injections thanks to Benefit Cosmetics!

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With the launch of Benefit Cosmetic’s new extension to the ‘They’re Real’ line, with the latest addition to tackle all bases of the lips!

So to start off, the packaging of this new lippie is super cute, and I love that this is the same shiny, titanium-like packaging that matches the They’re Real Liner and Mascaras! What I love about Benefit isn’t just their amazing philosophy and they’re fun nature towards life, but also how innovative their products are made.

The lipstick bullet is retractable just like all the other ones in the market. The unique thing about this lipstick though, is that it has TWO colours in each bullet! This makes an amazing subtle ombre look on the lips in just one simple swipe! Now you’ll never have to buy two shades of lipstick to create an ombre effect. Who else has the problem of not knowing what two shades match to create that look too? I think this lipstick solves those problems for you too.

Another unique point about this lipstick is that it has a ‘custom teardrop tip’ which is easy to use, and I definitely found that it was easy to apply and the formula of the lipstick was creamy and pigmented, finishing off to a demi-matte, subtle shine finish. I love the finish off this lipstick too, as it helps for anyone wanting to achieve that ‘full lip’ look, since it’ll help to reflect the light and create the illusion of fuller lips!

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With the product stating on the packaging that it contains a ‘lipstick and liner’ in one, I personally feel it does deliver on that since the longwear and staying power of this formula is incredible! Even these swatches I did for this blogpost were difficult to get rid of with micellar water!

It’s so funny because anyone who knows me, knows I’m more of a pink or red lip kinda girl (lets just say, pretty standard basic colours) and so I hardly ever experiment with wearing oranges or bright cool undertone corals and reds. On applying the shade in this blogpost (Flame Game) I am so impressed! I really love the colour and I definitely feel like this shade is a lot more everyday wear than first anticipated.

Final thoughts on this new range of lipsticks is that it get’s my approval! If you’re after something fast and easy, and want to naturally enhance your lips definitely try the Double the Lip Lippies from Benefit Cosmetics!

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I’d love to hear what you think of this new launch!

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Benefit’s New Dandelion addition to the family

Benefit Cosmetics’ Dandelion family just keeps getting better with the addition of the new powder highlighter which goes by the name of Dandelion Twinkle! Coming out today for us Aussie Beauty lovers, I am so so happy as it’s launched right on my birthday!

The packaging of this beauty is a beautiful metallic ballet pink, with a single dandelion on the outside of the trademark Benefit Boxed powder.

Described as a ‘nude-pink powder for highlighting and illuminating’ this is the exact function it fulfils.

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When you open the box, inside you get an applicator brush for the highlighter which is specially shaped to be slightly rounded on the edges to apply your blush with a smooth blended application. Personally, speaking I find that for my love of intense and beaming highlighter on the face, this brush doesn’t give that effect. Instead, you will love the brush which comes with this product if you like a natural yet, lit-from-within glow.

The colour of the powder when you open the product is a light ballet pink, almost mixed with a pearly finish and there are no large chunks of glitter in the highlight shade.

When swatching this highlight, it definitely gives a natural lit finish to the skin, with a hint of a light powder finish. It is extremely fine and smooth to the touch, which I would think is because of it’s baked technology.

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So here’s where you’re probably thinking, what is she going on about; but the scent of this highlighter is actually a delight to me! It smells a little bit like roses, or a slight floral scent! And anyone who knows me knows, that I love roses or floral fragrances and scents, so this highlighter is actually really impressing me!

Another awesome thing I love about all the box-o-powders that Benefit Cosmetics offers, is that no only do they provide a brush, but they all have an awesome mirror encased in the box, so it’s perfect for travelling and that sneaky makeup application on the go!

Final words on this highlight is that it’s definitely an awesome highlight for most skin-tones and those who are very fair will LOVE it! The packaging is on-point, and I am definitely gonna be rocking a slightly more subtle highlight over the next few weeks, thanks to this baby!

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Marc Jacobs Beauty ‘ReMarcable’ Foundation Review

So for all beauty lovers and those in between, the ‘ReMarcable’ Foundation would have definitely slipped into your feeds or conversations. For those who have never used this foundation, this will definitely be helpful for you to find out if this foundation suits you and you need to know about this amazing product!

So for all those who know me, they know I am in LOVE with Marc Jacobs Beauty products! Packaging, quality and style of the products from this brand are all top-notch in my books. So I definitely needed to try this foundation.

Let’s start with coverage and formula of this foundation product. The coverage of the ReMarcable foundation is definitely one of the highest (if not THE highest) that you will find in the market in terms of products ‘marketed’ as a foundation. With 50% pigment, in this formula, its bound to be perfect for a lover of full-coverage foundation.

Personally, I’ve always preferred a full-coverage foundation since I have pigmentation that I like to conceal. The fact that the pigment percentage in this foundation is so high, means that the texture of this formula is able to be very weightless and thin on the skin. I believe is great since there are some foundations on the market where I’ve tried to build up coverage but have to layer on a tonne just to achieve the same coverage! The only downside to having such a full coverage application is that it is super important to find the perfect shade, otherwise it’ll be quite obvious on the face!

The application of this product is highly unique as there is not pump, but instead a wand with a sphere on the end to ‘dot’ the product onto the face. While this application method is great since I didn’t have to touch any foundation throughout my entire makeup routine, I did notice that after a few uses of my foundation, the product would sometimes collect around the rim of the bottle making it pretty messy (and I’m not typically one for mess).

While applying the product I would definitely also recommend that you work in sections on the face, rather than applying the foundation to the face at once and then moving around to buff the product out. You’ll probably end up having product enough in your first application on a section of your face to actually finish off the rest of your face without having to go for seconds!

I’ve applied this foundation with both, wet and dry beauty blenders, and a buffing brush and have definitely come to the conclusion that the buffing brush is the perfect match for this fool-proof formula! Although you’ll still get a get a great coverage with the beauty blender, I found that with the buffing brush (I used the Marc Jacobs Face III brush) you have a lot more ease in working the product well into the skin and you’ll find the foundation becomes ‘one’ with the skin, being even less detectable, but still providing that flawless finish you’re after!

The wear throughout the day with this foundation is the same as other foundations I have tried with a full-coverage, long-stay formula. I have oily-combination skin type and for me, anything tends to slide off in hot weather, so I would still set this foundation with a translucent powder, and touch-up throughout the day to keep it from sliding.

This foundation definitely comes with a high-end price tag ($79 AUD) but knowing the little amount of product that I’ve needed (4 dots) for a full-face routine, it’s well worth it!

What do you think of this ReMarcable Foundation?  

Click here to get more info/buy this foundation.

The new exfoliator to change skincare

Everyone in the Beauty Industry knows that Tarte Cosmetics have amazing makeup that is high performance and natural. But with Tarte Cosmetics beginning to introduce skincare into their repertoire, the skincare world is about to change!

One of Tarte’s new skincare products about to hit Sephora in Australia is an handy little exfoliator which fits in the palm of a hand. This little stick is called the ‘Frxxxtion Stick’. Packaged in the cutest little ‘roll-on-deodorant’ style packaging, this exfoliator is so easy and portable, with no mess.

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I decided I’d give this a go since I love anything exfoliating and purifying for the skin!

Applying this product was super easy and gentle to the skin, with the charcoal coloured exfoliating gel easily applying all over the face. Dispensing the product was simple with a twist of the base of the stick and easy to hold in the hand while massaging the product into the face.

With most exfoliating masks/gels I like to keep it on the face for around 10 minutes just to create a bit of a purifying mask and added benefits, so after the 10 minutes I simply used my hands to massage the product into the face a little more before washing it off.

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r fine and didn’t create any redness for my sensitive skin! After washing off this product I found that my skin was definitely a lot smoother just like after exfoliating with most other masks I’ve used. I like the fact this exfoliator is super gentle on the skin but still does a great job at getting rid of the outer layer of skin cells. This product definitely leaves the skin feeling clean and doesn’t strip the skin of it’s hydration!

For the girl on the go, this is definitely a product I’d recommend. Another ting I love about this product is the price! For $36AUD it’s a must-have in any skincare routine.

I know that I’ll be packing this in my suitcase when I travel to Europe later on this year!!

So what are your favourite Exfoliating products and why?