Monday, 26 January 2015

Manicure Monday - Port De Bras

Hello Princesses!

Today I have some potentially very boring nails for you, but quite exciting nails for me! I was given this polish by my best friend forever and ever for Christmas and I absolutely love the soft muted lavender colour, but these are also my traveling nails, because I'm going to Taipei on Wednesday! 
I'm planning on getting a couple of sets of fancy gel nails while I'm over in Taipei (because they do the best gel nails ever!) so I won't have any Manicure's posted in the month of Febuary, but the rest of my posts will still be updated along with a couple of little video's of what I get up to in Taipei! ^.^ I'm so excited!!

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Fail Products - Olay Regenerist Specialty Cleanser

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about the Olay Regenerist Specialty Cleanser! This mechanical cleansing brush is said to be a much more affordable version of the infamous Clarisonic cleansers (which I have not yet trialled!) so why is it in my Fail Products review list?
I purchased this product at the start of 2014 with the intention to use it after I had finished my course of acne medication for a fair review. I (of course) then forgot all about it for a little while since I stashed it away so successfully, and only rediscovered it in October. This set cost me $40NZD when I first purchased it, although I think you can purchase these a lot cheaper now.
The set comes with a brush head, cleansing system, trail tube of cleanser and two disposable batteries. This isn't rechargeable like the Clarisonic is supposed to be, which makes it a little less environmentally friendly.
It's a good size for my small hands and has two pressable buttons. The top button is the power button to turn the device on and off, the lower is to slow the speed of brush rotation.
The brush head rotates like so. I realize that you can't really take much from this photo, but it's here anyway!

So why is this a fail product? Simply because it didn't do anything for my skin that my regular The Body Shop cleansing cloth ($8NZD) doesn't do. In fact, it feels worse for my skin than the cleansing cloth does because it really tugs at my skin, as in I can visually see my skin being tugged and it feels like I'm sandpapering my face. Having said that, I used this brush twice a week for a month and I saw neither positive nor negative results.

What I Love
- Inexpensive (in comparison to the Clarisonic)
- No negative impact on skin
- Easy to use

What I Don't Love
- Not environmentally friendly with disposable batteries
- No positive impact on skin
- Tugs skin excessively, potentially causing loss of skin elasticity (theory only)

Final Thoughts
I really disliked using this cleansing brush, it tugged at my skin and felt really rough and wrong to use. I haven't actually seen many negative reviews on this product so it could be that my skin is too sensitive, or that it just doesn't really work for me. It's a well priced product, so if it works for you then that's great! ^.^

Have you tried this product? Did it work well for you, or like me was it a complete failure?

Friday, 23 January 2015

First Impression - Etude House Go Back Firming Eye Cream

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about Etude House's Go Back Firming Eye Cream! I've recently been on the hunt for the perfect eye cream and this means going through all of the eye cream samples I have lying around, so be prepared for heaps of First Impressions on Eye Creams! ^.^
 What Does It Do?
"Strengthens barrier of eyes with enriched and fermented ginseng ingredient. Density eye cream that creates resilient and elastic eyes. Adheres to skin smoothly and perfectly to give a total care for various troubles of eyes. High density texture that stretches chewing. 6 non-added additives (Non-paraben, non-artificial colors, non-benzophenone, non-animal ingredient, non-mineral, and non-talc)."
This eye cream has a rich cream texture and smells faintly like sweet fermented ginseng (I assume that's what it smells like at least!). This eye cream has a slight silicone feel when applied to the skin and immediately smooths out a couple of my minor eye wrinkles. I'm not entirely sure if this eye cream works to help prevent and cure eye wrinkles or just creates a smoother base to minimize wrinkles. It's hard to tell with a small sample (although they last around a month!). 

Would I Purchase This Product?
Maybe! This product isn't too expensive (around $20USD) and it's a great quick fix for minor wrinkles (it especially helps makeup to sit nicer under the eye). I'm not convinced that this eye cream actually helps my eyes stay youthful and wrinkle free which is why it's on the maybe list.

Any Holy Grail eye creams that you would recommend?

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Review - Heroine Make Lasting Mineral BB Cream

Hello Princesses!
Today I'm going to be talking about a really cute BB Cream - the Heroine Lasting Mineral BB Cream in shade 01! I purchased this BB Cream from Sasa, and showed it in my Sasa Store Review back in June. The bottle has absolutely beautiful pink, princessey packaging and is actually a little smaller than it looks, weighing in at 30g.
I purchased the shade 01 and it is extremely yellow/warm toned. If you are pinky/cool toned this will not work well for you! It's quite a bit darker than my skin once it's oxidized and ends up being around the equivalent of MAC NC15.
This BB Cream has a soft matte finish and medium coverage. I can still see a few of my acne scars and freckles through the foundation, but not too many. The colour ends up being a little too dark for me, but if I sheer it out enough it's wearable. However, if I sheer it out I loose the coverage it provides and it takes more time. I found that the BB Cream wore incredibly well, controlling my excess oil (my main concern) and not breaking apart on my face like a lot of other products I own. It did come off a little on the spots that I prodded during the day.
This is an accurate representation of the colour difference between my neck/body colour and the colour of the BB Cream. Check out the coverage and finish though, it's absolutely gorgeous!
What I Love
- Super cute packaging
- Relatively inexpensive ($13USD)
- Applies easily with fingers, brushes and sponges
- Wears well for oily skin

What I Don't Love
- A little too dark for my skin
Final Thoughts
I absolutely love the soft finish, medium coverage and lasting power of this BB Cream! However, it is quite dark for my skin and for that reason alone I won't get as much use out of this BB Cream in comparison to either of my Missha BB Creams. I would however recommend this product for anyone who has NC15 skin that wants a soft matte, medium coverage, super cutely packaged BB Cream! ^.^
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