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My skincare routine

Over the past year, my skincare routine has changed so much and I can’t believe that I’ve finally found products that work well with my skin and work well together!

If you’re interested in finding out how I take care of my skin daily, read on!

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So for starters a little background info on my skin; I have pretty normal, oily-combination skin, but with using these skincare products I’m finding it’s definitely more normal. If you’d had asked me a year ago what skin type I had, I’d tell you ‘OILY!’ but really, with finding the right products for me, I learned that my skin was simply dehydrated and produced oil to compensate for it.

I’m still prone to breakouts but with great cleansing products i’ve found that texture and breakouts have minimised!

For the purpose of this routine morning 1 and 2 will be mentioned and evening 1 and 2, as I use different products on alternate days.

Morning 1 routine:

Cleanse: The first thing I do every morning before I start the day is to cleanse my face with the Arcona White Tea Purifying CleanserThis cleanser is amazing for anyone who’ has a dry-normal skin type. The best thing about this cleanser is that not only does it smell AMAZING, but it cleans the skin well without stripping it (ie making it feel tight). I cleanse my face using the Clarisonic Mia 2 device. I won’t talk too long about this device, because I have a review on it here to check out for more info. Through every cleanse I’ve used in the past 2 years I’ve always used my Clarisonic with it both morning and evening. The Clarisonic is amazing and I highly recommend it, no matter what your skin type is, as there are multiple brush heads to use for every concern.

Serum: For serum, I tend to change it up since my skin doesn’t get too affected by a change in serum. I always like to use a brightening serum because really, who doesn’t love radiance? haha. Currently I’m using the Murad Advanced Active Radiance Serum. I’ll apply a 5 cent piece amount to dry skin after cleansing.

Moisturiser: Arcona Magic White Ice Hydrator is amazing for me as I’ve always hated the heavy feeling of creams and I don’t want anything that could clog my pores. I love wearing this under makeup as it’s so light and gets absorbed instantly, but still hydrates my skin so well! This is probably the product which I noticed changed the way my foundation and makeup sat on my face through the day. long story short- my makeup lasts alot longer on my face now!

Eye balm: So I never previously used any eye products on my eyes as it was never a concern for me personally. I feel lucky to not have much discolouration under the eyes (for now) but recently I had really irritated eyes and me being me, I would rub them ruthlessly. One morning I woke up to crepe-y undereyes and I decided I’d use the Algenist complete eye renewal balm to hydrate my undereyes. I love the texture as it’s not heavy or sticky and works well at hydrating the under eye area. As for the price, I know it’s got a pretty insane price tag but.. It helps! hahah

Spot treatment: For the occasional spot or bump I’ll apply some Khiels Acne Blemish Control Daily Skin-Clearing Treatment (that was a mouthful). This is lightweight, and contains salicylic acid in it to help clear the breakout. It works nicely without drying the skin out. I love the product design as it has a little nozzle so you don’t apply too much product.

Evening 1 routine:

Makeup Remover: I like to remove my face makeup with the Garnier Micellar Water. This product is awesome at removing all the day’s makeup and doesn’t irritate or leave a greasy feeling on the skin afterwards.

Cleanse: Evening cleansing has become something I look forward to ever since I began using the Murad AHA BHA Exfoliating CleanserThis stuff is amazing as cleansing the day’s dirt and oils away and even though it has AHA and BHA’s in it, it is gentle enough for me to use every night (how often you use this cleanser will depend on your skin!). I love how this cleanser also has a fine grainy texture which helps to buff away any excess dirt and impurities. Again, I’ll use this with my Clarisonic device.

Tone/ Treatment: Every alternate evening I’ll use the Alpha-H liquid GoldBecause this product has Glycolic in it, I will use this every second night to help with brightening, and repair, as well as surface refining of the skin. Being taught about the benefits of a process called ‘controlled trauma’ through the Alpha-H skincare educational trainer I’ve learned that glycolic can benefit the skin in various ways; including the boost of collagen in the skin and pigmentation. To get the full benefit of this product I won’t use any other products on my skin in the evenings when using this treatment. Just be careful when first using this as glycolic may be strong on some sensitive skins.

Morning 2:

Cleanse: The morning after using Liquid Gold I like to use the Tarte Frxxtion Stick Exfoliating cleanser stick to help gently buff away the excess debris that the Glycolic treated the night before. After a light cleanse with the tarte stick I’ll then do my usual cleanse with the Arcona White tea Purifying Cleanser and my Clarisonic.

Serum: Same as morning 1 Serum and treatment steps.

Evening 2: 

Same serum-treatment steps as morning 1.

Additional extra’s:

Occasionally I’ll choose to use a mask to treat or brighten if I have an event or find that my skin needs a little pick-me-up.

My favourite masks to go for are the Ole Henriksen Truth Sugar Glow Mask and the Murad Intensive C radiance Peel. 

So what products are your go-to skincare products? 

Do you use or like any of the same skincare products as me?

 

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Review of the Tarteist Pro-To-Go Palette by the brand Tarte

Hello again lovelies,

Today I decided I would bring a mini-review on a brand whose eyeshadows I absolutely love! Tarte has released a new ‘Pro’ range in Sephora and with this launch comes an exciting little addition to the mix; the Tartiest ‘Pro-To-Go’ palette!

So what caught my attention at first sight was the lovely ‘soft’ to the touch senesation that it has. The feeling is like a smooth, velvety like feeling (but without the felt-like fur). Another thing I think Tarte does really well with their eyeshadow palette’s is the fact that they always include a mirror so you can easily apply on the go (which is exactly what the name of this palette assumes).

This palette includes 6 shades with warm undertones (yay!) of which 3 have a satin finish, and the other 3 are matte.

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The following are the swatches corresponding to the palette shade names on the right in the pan!

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All of these shades are easily buildable and so blendable which is what I love, so there’s definitely an ease of application with these pigments. One thing I have found using this palette is the satin shades (Hype, Boss, and Dominate) are better applied to the eyelid with a finger as they don’t pick up as easily on a brush. For all you makeup lovers who like decadent scented makeup, this palette also has a beautiful smell of cocoa right from the moment you open it so applying your eyeshadow has never been more luxurious.

This palette is also formulated without all the nasties like parabens, mineral oils, phthalates, triclosan and gluten, so for any ingredient conscious beauty lovers out there, its perfect for you.

My final words on this amazing palette that pack a punch a lot bigger than it’s size; is that it’s definitely going to be super popular, and has all the shades you need to create a variety of looks to take you from day-to night, right in the convenience of your clutch!

To shop this palette click here!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on Tarte’s eyeshadows palettes and what your favourite eyeshadow palette is! 

Love Anna xo

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Sneak Peek and First Impressions on MAC’s X Mariah Carey Collection

 

Hi Lovelies,

I was so excited to get my hands on some of my fave pieces in the Limited Edition MAC X Mariah Carey Collection! Honestly, even after spending so much money lately with Christmas just around the corner, I couldn’t resist the temptation of this beautiful collection.

To find out about my faves, recommendations and also find out what I didn’t like (as much) keep reading!! Prices will also be shown for each product I post about so you can start saving up for when this officially launches in Australian MAC stores.

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Touch My Body Loose Powder $40

This is one of those products that everyone MUST get from this collection! I love the whole concept of this product since I’m all about that glow and shimmer! This is a body shimmer and puff that comes in the most luxurious packaging. I love how evenly the delicate puff distributes the shimmer without any kind of patchiness. The shimmer lies beneath a plastic sieve-like covering, so that the product doesn’t fly up or lead to wastage which I think is super innovative and clever of them to make. The shimmer itself is not heavy or chunky with large pieces of glitter and glides on really smoothly. One of the things i also love about this product is that you could dip your highlighting brush into it and use it on the face as a highlighter for the face as well!

The only negative I can find with this product is that because the shimmer is quite a gold-bronze shade, it may not suit a fair complexion! However with summer amidst us, this is a great product to glam up your beach-to-party look! I also love how this is a novelty product in terms of what MAC sells usually, so I instantly grabbed this one when I got the chance.

Cremesheen Lipstick $40

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The first thing i thought when I caught a glimpse of this lipstick was ‘OMG THAT GLITTERY BULLET’ I couldn’t even deal! The limited edition collection bullet is silver glittery with a gold band around the middle. It’s smooth to touch, even though it looks like a rough glittery exterior, which I love. The detail of the lipstick is on-point, with Mariah Carey’s signature on the inside and an engraved butterfly on the actually lipstick!

In terms of texture this lipstick is creamy (as the name suggests) and sheer in coverage. Because it’s got quite a creamy formula, it doesn’t last as long on the lips as a matte lipstick would, so I like wearing this when I’ve got little to no makeup on, or an intense eye look, to balance it out.

Most of the shades are quite pale nudes, so I decided I’d start with a more versatile nude for my warm complexion, this one is called ‘McIzzle’, super cute! I definitely feel like I’m going to grab more if not all, just to have as a collection since they’re right down my alley in terms of packaging!

Pro Longwear Lipliner $46 (‘New Ombre’) 

So this being my first MAC lipliner, I have to say I’m super impressed with them! These lipliners glide on so smoothly and don’t tug or drag on the lip. As well as that, they have a really good pigment and last really well on the lips. Theres 2 shades in this limited edition collection and both are beautiful nudes. I love the silver pencil and the gold lid which totally suits the entire collection theme. I’d probably say the only downside I have personally is that I dislike how it isn’t a retractable pencil since I always get caught without a sharpener at the best of times.

Lipglass Lipglosses $39

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So if anyone knows me, I have a love for lipglosses, more just the shimmery, glittery effect that it gives and how beautiful the colours look in the tubes! I grabbed two beautiful pinky nude shades, and I love how the doe-foot applicator gives me enough to coat my lips in one go, so I don’t have to dip in a second time for more product. The colours are all really beautiful nudes and theres even a clear glittery shade which works well over any colours lipliner or lipstick!

 

Eye Shadow Quad palette (‘I’m that Chick you Like’) $72

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So upon looking at this palette, I couldn’t pass on the packaging, and I’m also jus ta sucker for eyeshadow palettes in general! There are two palettes in this collection, one of them being a cool toned combination and one being warm. The palette I purchased (I’m that Chick you Like) is the warm toned palette and most of the shades did take a while to build up pigment apart from the Veluxe Pearl shade (Whenever you call) which was super pigmented but had a bit of fallout as a result. For the $72, I definitely think that there a better quality and valued eyeshadow palettes out there, but it’s a limited edition palette afterall, thats got super glam packaging!

So what are your first impressions upon reading about this Limited Edition Collection? 

What will you be grabbing when this amazing collaboration launches? 

Love Anna xo

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ole Henrikson: Truth Sugar Glow Polishing Mask Review

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Before 2015 I really had no clue what Ole Henriksen was, or WHO he was. But when I delved a little deeper in the little part of my life known as ‘Sephora’ I learnt that Ole Henriksen would be a go-to in my skincare routines especially in terms of getting that GLOW!

Ok, so lets just jump straight to it; honestly, everyone who knows me knows I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE this product! This is probably my holy grail in terms of exfoliating scrub/ mask products.

So once you open the sleek packaging of the product you instantly get an amazing scent of citrus and honey. I love the smell of this mask, which contains things that you can instantly guess from the scent such as Raw Sugar, Honey, and Pomegranate to name a few!

I like to take about a tablespoon of it for my whole face, just making sure that my entire face has an even layer of the mask all over. Then all I do after I’ve applied the mask is sit and watch some videos or just read for 10-15 minutes (sometimes it ends up being longer…) and after the mask has semi-set, simple wash it off!

I also love to use my cleanser after washing this mask off as I feel like it’ll help cleanse even better because of the physical exfoliation which happened earlier.

This mask is honestly so simple and effective which is why I love it and it reveals softer and brighter skin after each use. Another reason I love using this mask religiously is because it does the exfoliation part for my skincare routine as well!

I have quite sensitive skin and it works wonders for me, however I don’t vigorously scrub the mask on my face, I just let it scrub off when I wash it off. For anyone who has normal to oily skin I’d recommend using this mask every 2-3 days and you’ll honestly love the way your skin looks and feels and even better, how your makeup applies on the skin after using this!!

Ole Henrikson is available to purchase from any Sephora store in Australia and online here and its only $55 (the tub lasts a while!!)

So let me know what your favourite face mask is or exfoliator! 

Don’t forget to follow me on my social media channels, and Missannaqian on Instagram for daily beauty news, inspiration and to catch up with me!

Love Anna xo

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New Brand Review: Le Bebe Coo Bath and Body!

So recently, there’s been a new brand launched which specialises in bath and body products called Le Bebe Coo! For everyone who’s new to this brand, it’s an awesome brands whose entire range is formulated without any nasties (ie. parabens, sulfates and formaldehydes) so it’s so good for anyone who has sensitive skin!

I love the fact this brand is formulated without nasties and its also made in USA, so I reckon thats also something super trusty about it. Packaging aside, I enjoyed most of the products from this range and felt so luxurious while using them!

Keep reading to find out all my thoughts on each of the main products!!

Le Bebe Coo Head-to-Toe body wash

This product is definitely one of my favourite products from the entire range! I love how this body wash smells amazing almost like vanilla, but just subtly, so it’s not super overpowering. I’ve been using this since I received it and I’ve been loving it, as it helps to moisturise my body whilst cleansing! I would have to say, that the bottle size is definitely worth the price $22. But I would have to purchase it every fortnight or so, so I definitely think that they should bring out a larger size just so that we can have peace of mind that we have enough to last us a while!

Le Bebe Coo Nourishing Lotion

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So this is the part where I tell you, that most days I’m so busy I can’t be bothered to lather lotions all over my body after I’ve cleansed. But whilst giving this range a trial, I’ve been really loving this nourishing lotion!

It’s a really nice lightweight texture, so it absorbs straight into the skin which is what I love! The smell of this is the same vanilla, coconut as the other products in the range. I must say, that this definitely does the job of hydrating my arms and legs after a shower.

 

 

 

 

Le Bebe Coo Colour protectant shampoo (Brunette) 

I found this product really interesting when I first received it because there was a range of different hair colours for different people in terms of ‘colour protection’ so I was definitely keen to try this one. The scent to the shampoo is just like all the other products in the range, and the shampoo feels really nice when you lather it.

The only thing I found is that for my hair, this shampoo did dry it out a little more than usual, so I would recommend this one for anyone who has a normal-oily hair condition as it may help for those hair types. Overall, I felt this product didn’t suit me as much as the others in the range.

Leave in Conditioner/ Detangler

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If you’re using this as a leave in conditioner I would suggest applying this product to damp hair so that it can fully absorb into the hair follicle! It works a charm and the next day your hair is actually so soft!

 

 

 

 

I honestly loved trying this brand new range out and definitely recommend it to anyone who loves natural products without all the nasties or someone who has sensitive skin! Also, not to mention, HOW ADORABLE IS THE PACKAGING!!

Let me know what product you’re most excited about from this awesome new range! 

For further information click here to visit the official Website of LeBeBe Coo!

Love from Anna x 

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Sneak Peek: Clarisonic Mia Fit Review and First Impressions

 

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So so excited to be doing this post!

So everyone knows that I am in love with my Clarisonic Mia 2, so when I attended the Clarisonic Social Influencer Program a few days ago and was gifted the NEW MIA FIT I was actually cheering!! #grateful

This post is going to be all about my thoughts and some new features that this awesome new model has. Keep reading to find out all about the newest technology in facial cleansing devices!  Continue reading

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Sneak peek: Australian launch of new Makeup Forever Products!

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So incase you haven’t heard, Makeup Forever is bringing in a couple of new products to the table! The whole brand style is getting a revamp and slowly but surely you’ll see an awesome new ‘look’. I’m a huge fan of the direction of their design and it’s definitely a little more contemporary!

This post will cover 3 new products in their line that Sephora Australia will stock very soon! The three new products launching are; Water Blend Foundation, Excessive Lash Mascara, and the new Application Foundation sponge specially for the Water Blend Foundation.

Water Blend Foundation: 

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So this newbie is going to replace the Makeup Forever ‘Face and Body’ foundation. This is an awesome lightweight foundation thats great for a nice dewy look but also super long wearing! I love the fact this is a waterproof foundation, and it’s great for performers or anyone who loves to put their makeup on and have it stay on without a fuss.

Personally, I find that it’s a little light in coverage for my liking, but I love applying this one over the top of another foundation like my long-wearing Estee Lauder Double wear, and this works a charm at giving me a healthy, dewy glow! It works beautifully with the new Makeup Forever ‘Ellipse’ Sponge that I’ll be talking about a little further down in this post.

 

Excessive Lash Mascara:

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Definitely my Favourite new release would be this tiny, but high impact mascara. This product lives up to the quote ‘Big things come in small packages’ for sure! It’s a new mascara, thats also a long-wearing, anti-smudge but non-waterproof formula. Even though this one doesn’t claim anywhere on the packaging to be waterproof trust me, I wore this through an entire day, and even when I got teary eyed from my tired yawning this mascara didn’t budge!

Also, for anyone who’s like me and has the short straight lashes, its great for getting right at the base of the lash and coating from there! The bristles on the wand of the mascara are shorter than your usual chunky thick wands, allowing easier application and making sure you don’t get your mascara on your eyelid! (yes, we’ve all been there)

I felt that this mascara was also not a heavy formula so it helped to keep my lashes lifted through the entire day. It definitely does what it claims and gives a good amount of volume (but your lashes are so defined and don’t clump together) almost like you’ve got lash extensions. If you like length, I’d definitely recommend just layering a lengthening mascara over this beauty!

NEW Ellipse Foundation Application sponge:

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So if you know me, you’ll know I LOVE the Beauty Blender! I literally use this religiously everyday. But I can definitely see why Makeup Forever developed this sponge to be used with the new Water Blend  foundation. The texture of this sponge is more dense, so it doesn’t absorb as the light foundation that the Water Blend is. It’s a great sponge that applies the foundation directly onto the skin without making any streaks on the face!

I tried this one with my usual Estee Lauder Foundation and it gave me a fuller coverage than I got with my normal Beauty Blender, just because it is designed for a lighter coverage foundation so I assume it’s because it would be to build up something with a lighter feel.

This one is made from latex, so just make sure you don’t have allergies to latex. If you do, you might wanna stick to my favourite and purchase the Original Beauty Blender instead! 😀

So there you have it beauties! 3 brand new things to look forward to that are sure to be coming to Sephora Australia soon! 

Let me know what your favourite Makeup Forever Product is in the comments.

Don’t forget to follow me on my Instagram and social media channels at ‘Missannaqian’ for daily beauty, and fashion content! 

Love Anna xo