Monday, 22 September 2014

Manicure Monday - Poole

Hello Princesses!

Today I' have a super simple but super cute manicure consisting of Butter London's Poole and Essie Beyond Cozy, and holy moly I am in love with both of these polishes!
I've been having such a busy week that I haven't had time to do much blogging or nail painting, but I really fell in love with this colour combination! I decided to leave this manicure quite plain because I didn't have time for fancy nail art, but it's nicer than my usual go-to lazy manicure which is usually just any type of liquid sand because it stays on five-ever (which is more than four-ever hahaha lame joke) but liquid sands just really stick to my nails!

What are your go-to lazy manicures like?

Review - Missha All-Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk

Hello Princesses!

*Edit* This was supposed to go up last Wednesday (17th) and I just noticed that it's not been posted!! Sorry guys!!

Today I'm going to be reviewing Missha's All Around Safe Block Soft Finish Sun Milk! I'm always on the hunt for a good non-greasy sunblock and this is quite possibly my favorite one so far!

I purchased this sunblock from Roseroseshop in November 2013 and have been using it everyday since then, (which is like 10 months) and I'm still not through with the little bottle! It cost me $14.80(USD) and I was initially attracted to the product by the super cute pink packaging. I purchased some sample packets to test the product and was pleasantly surprised by the soft matte finish! Most other sunblock's I have used previously were all quite greasy and left a layer of shine through even the matte-est formula foundation, which made me less likely to wear sunblock because of the grease, which is not good for my skin.
There is a little ball bearing floating around in the sunblock to keep it from separating, and it makes the most satisfying shake noise. Honestly just shaking the bottle makes me so happy! It has a twist top lid, but if you pull the clear bubble, the clear section will come off. I haven't found a use for this feature yet, it just happens.

This sunblock feels incredibly soft on the skin and actually feels slightly moisturizing and a little like skincare! It has a lovely soft matte finish (not like a dry matte, but like a moisturized matte) and leaves my skin looking healthy. I can wear this sunscreen out without any makeup over the top and it will actually help my skin look a little less greasy throughout the day!
This was my first experience with a Chemical Sunblock, and didn't actually realize it was a chemical sunblock until I read a blog review that advised me to use the sunblock under my regular moisturizer. All of a sudden things made a lot more sense, because when I used the sunblock over my moisturizer, my foundation and BB Cream kind of curdled on my skin. *facepalm*

Ingredients:
Dimethicone, Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract, Everlasting Flower Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Zinc Oxide, Ethanol, Cyclohexasiloxane, Isoamyl P-Methoxycinnamate, Silica, Titanium Oxide, Dimethicone/Vinyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Hexyl laurate, PEG-10Dimethicone, Methylene Bis-Benzotriazolyl Tetramethylbutylphenol, Methicone, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, C12-14 Pareth-12, Cetyl PEG/PPG-10/1 Dimethicone, Alumina, Stearic Acid, Triethoxy Caprylylsilane, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Phenoxy Ethanol, Fragrance, Iron Oxides, Althaea Rosea Flower Root Extract, Piper Methysticum Leaf/Root/Stem Extract, Rosa Davurica Bud Extract, Limonia Acidissima Extract, Abronia Villosa Leaf Extract, Cinchona Succirubra Bark Extract, Psidium Guajava Leaf Extract, Rhodiola Rosea Root Extract 

What I Love
- SPF50+ / PA +++
- Lovely light scent
- Cute pink packagin
- Soft matte finish
- Not greasy!


What I Don't Love
- A little hard to find in New Zealand
Final Thoughts
I really really really love this sunblock! The only thing I slightly dislike about it is that it's a little hard to find in New Zealand without paying about $1million. There are a couple of other similar sunblocks that Missha makes, so I might try them out next just to see if they compare to this one!

Do you Princesses have any favorite foundations that you think I should try out?

Friday, 19 September 2014

First Impressions - MAC Prep + Prime Natural Radiance; Pink

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm going to be talking about MAC's Prep + Prime Natural Radiance primer in Pink! I picked up this sample pot when I was talking to the lovely MAC ladies about Strobe Cream, and they recommended this primer for my particular skin type. So how did it do?

What Does It Do?
"A silky gel emulsion, rich in natural ingredients, that hydrates and primes to improve foundation or powder application, control oil and promote smooth texture. Vitamins E and C protect with antioxidants, while caffeine calms skin. Illuminating pearl powders reflect optic brightening. Now in two shades; Radiant yellow especially effective on deeper skin tones and Radiant Pink for fairer skin tones. The formula disappears upon application, resulting in a beautiful glow." (1)

This primer is a super cute baby pink colour and smells a little like sunscreen mixed with chemicals. It's quite thick and leaves a smooth almost silicone feel behind. It's colourless on the skin so provides no coverage. It leaves the skin looking a little shiny/glowy, but this glow doesn't always show through 


I've used the same three types of foundation that I've used in my previous Primer First Impressions (MAC Strobe Cream and Stila One Step Correct), my difficult foundation (NARS Sheer Glow), favorite BB Cream (Missha Signature Complete) and my long lasting foundation (Estēe Lauder Doublewear Light).

First up is my difficult foundation - NARS Sheer Glow in Siberia. This foundation is the perfect colour for my pale skin, but applies and lasts terribly. I didn't feel like the primer made any difference to the application or lasting power of this foundation.
Next up is my favorite BB Cream, Missha Signature Complete in No.13! The primer made the application of this BB Cream smoother, but didn't effect the longevity or oil control of the BB Cream.
Lastly, this is my long lasting foundation - Estēe Lauder's Doublewear Light in 0.5. I have to say that this primer was quite nice with this matte finish foundation because it gave it a really lovely glow. However, it didn't help with the longevity of the product, in fact it made the oil control a little worse.
 Would I Purchase This Product?
Probably not. For the price that it is, ($41USD) I don't think the results were good enough for me. I didn't feel like it had any skincare benefits, and only worked with a couple of my foundations and BB Creams, so I wouldn't get enough use out of it in terms of how much it cost. It would be perfect for princesses looking for light hydration and a little bit of smoothing.

 What are your favorite primer products?

Monday, 15 September 2014

Manicure Monday - Pink Lemonade Fizz

Hello Princesses!

Today I'm wearing another gorgeous Star Kin creation - Pink Lemonade Fizz! This is 4 coats of the polish, but it also looks absolutely amazing as a glitter topper over a very pale pink or white.
I love pastels, and I love glitter, so a pastel glitter just sucks me right in! I was gifted this little sample bottle from the gorgeous Lani from Lani Loves and I absolutely love it! Thank you Lani! ^.^ It's such a pretty polish, I never thought that I would like the combination of pink and yellow so much, but I'm definitely loving this combination!

Make sure you check out Star Kin on Etsy, Ami makes some gorgeous polishes and amazing scented cuticle oils (Toasted Marshmallow - whaaat)!

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Series - Store Review

Hello Princesses!

Today I just wanted to talk to you about my new Sunday Series that will start next week, which will be store reviews! I do shop quite a bit (maybe too much) both online and offline, so I thought I would dedicate my Sunday post to reviewing some of my favorite stores so that it doesn't clog up my regular Review posts. 

What I want to know from you Princesses, is what YOU want to hear and see in my reviews! I have a few online reviews lined up already, so I can talk about how the sites work, shipping times, quality of products and packaging, but I can also do mini tours and reviews of actual shops in the vicinity if I'm permitted to photograph and film inside the stores that is! But it all depends on what you Princesses want to see!

Pretty please let me know down below what you are interested in seeing in my Store Reviews!
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