Current Natural Base Makeup Routine

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Back in the day when I had perfect skin I used to simply rub in some BB cream and that was that! I didn't even set with powder because my skin was nice enough to pull off the dewy K-pop star look. Now my skin is much more problematic with acne scarring and unevenness and my routine has become MUCH more involved. I attended a wedding on the weekend and decided to document the process for you guys!

I have used mostly natural products, as I am heading down an alternative health route at the moment- I have just completed a parasite cleanse (ask about it if you dare)! In time, my blog will evolve to match my health philosophy.



 This is what I'm working with. The skin on my forehead is darker, uneven and has prominent acne scarring. I also have acne scarring on my chin and jawline, which is not that evident here- zoom closer and you will see. It used to be much worse and much more red- see the post on how I am curing my acne here.

Here is a list of all base products mentioned:
Physician's Formula Illuminating Concealer
Lavera Natural Powder

Prep and Prime

I don't wash my face in the mornings because it gets dry and flaky. So I simply apply a copious amount of my Amaranth Smoothing Face cream followed by the Catalina Geo Color Capsule base to brighten and hydrate my skin for make up.


The purple capsules even out any sallowness in my complexion and brighten up any darker areas.

Concealer

I ALWAYS used to conceal after foundation/BB cream, but these days I have been really enjoying using a stick concealer before foundation so that I can blend everything in one go! I saves me lots of time. I really love my ELES Photo Touch concealer, and am running out, but it's too expensive for me to purchase another.


Foundation

I am currently rotating between the Lavera Natural Liquid Foundation, CROP Natural Foundation or Skinfood's Mushroom BB cream as my main base. The Lavera product isn't my favourite base product because of the light coverage, but I feel less guilty when I wear it because it has natural ingredients. I really depend on concealer for any coverage when I use this. I simply apply a few lines of foundation on my forehead, cheeks and chin and use my BornPretty brush to blend the concealer and foundation at the same time!



The end result is pretty groovy!

Illuminating Concealer (optional)

I don't usually do this, but since this was a special event, I highlighted my nose bridge, under eyes and any slightly darker areas with this pretty illuminating concealer by Physician's Formula.


Powder

 Finally, I set everything with my Lavera natural powder which smells fantastic, might I add. It's again, natural and guilt free. It doesn't control oil that well which is acceptable for my dry skin.


Here is my finished base makeup + CROP natural blush and bronzer for some slight definition! Ah, the magic of makeup. I'm obsessed with how glowy my face looks in the photo above.


I did a simple, pretty pink eye look to match my dress and finished off with Revlon's Super Lustrous Lipstick in Blushed. 


And there you have my current foundation routine! I am really loving the stick concealer and am looking for a new one, preferably organic and natural. If you have any recommendations, I would love to hear from you! I'd also love to read about your foundation routine, so please list your products in the comment section! 

JAPAN CANDY BOX REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY! [OPEN]

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Introducing the new Candy Box direct from Japan! 

I don't eat candy or sweets often, but I don't believe in restricting your diet either. A treat every now and then is necessary! Every time I go to Japan I find myself purchasing all sorts of Japanese sweets out of sheer curiosity, after all I can't get these goods at home. So when Japan Candy Box asked me whether I would like to review and give away a box I agreed because I would like to give one of you a chance to sample some Japanese sweets without a trip to Japan! 

If you don't win, not to worry, you can simply subscribe for $19.90 a month! Take a look at the subscription offers here.

Simply fill in one or more of the Rafflecoptor entries below to win a Candy box delivered straight to your doorstep!


Meiji Petit Bubble Gum
These little pellets are super flavoursome when you start chewing them. I can't place my finger on the exact flavour, but its not mint which is what I was expecting from the packaging. I'm not a bubble blower because I think it's a bit gross haha. I think these would be nicer if they left you with clean, fresh breath.

6/10

Meiji Watapachi Popping Candy Floss
Woah! Inside the packet is a lump of what looks like compressed pink fairy floss. It is very sweet and sour when you put it in your mouth and the popping sensation is quite strong. I really like sour candies and the popping feels awesome!

9/10

Pokemon Pineapple Chewy Candy
I was expecting these to come in chewy squares like Hi-Chews, but they come in long strips like gum.  Speaking of Hi-Chews, the texture is very similar, chewy and sticky and you're done in a minute. I love pineapple fruit, and like most pineapple candies, this one is more sweet than sour unfortunately. I still enjoyed it though!

8/10

Sakuma LINE Drops
These line drops are like barley sugar sweets! There are 3 thumb size lollies in here. These are also pineapple flavoured. I really enjoy hard candies that you can spent ages sucking on whilst doing something else, i.e. typing up this blog post.

10/10

Chameleon Candy
These are pretty much like Japanese gobstoppers! They are really hard, definitely not chewable unless you want to crack a tooth, and change colour as each layer is dissolved. I quite liked these because one lasts for ages!

9/10

Collon Green Tea Biscuit Rolls
I tried these in my Kawaii Box and loved them! The outside is flaky and crispy and the inside is a melty, creamy green tea filling. One of my favourites of the box and I wish there were more treats like these included in the box.

10/10

Horadekita Popsicle DIY Candy Kit
This one is very interesting and I haven't seen anything like this before. Inside is a tray with popsicle sticks, 4 coloured cubes, a sachet of clear syrup and a sachet of sherbet. You are supposed to dip the cube into the syrup then the sherbet to create your miniature popsicle!

The cube is chewy and very sweet and the sherbet adds that bit of zing that balances it out. It is quite sweet, but leaves a surprisingly refreshing, minty taste in my mouth!

7/10

Strawberry Pocky
Everyone knows the world famous Pocky! I'm glad some classic Japanese items were included. Unfortunately I'm much more of a matcha flavour fan than strawberry, but I know heaps of people love strawberry Pocky.

8/10

Bourbon Petit Chocolate Chip Cookies
These miniature chocolate chip cookies are really crunchy and chocolatey. They are also very dry and crumbly so many were broken when I opened the packet. I find I can only have two at a time because they are so rich, which is a good thing because it stops me from eating too many at once. Overall these are rather ordinary choc chip cookies.

6/10

Maruta Soda Fruit Candy
These little sherbet candies come in a plastic bottle and look hard but they are soft and dissolve really quickly in your mouth. They have a distinct fruity grape flavour, but are not really that unique or special.

5/10

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My Skin After the Pill Part 2- Supplements and Hemp Seed Oil for Acne (Progress Pictures)

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Hi everyone, it's been 3 months since I posted about the state of my skin after going off the Pill. Please read that woeful post complete with pictures here, (gosh that was a depressing post) before reading this one so you get more of an idea of my views towards the cause of my acne. I am really really happy to say that my skin is on the road to recovery, all thanks to some supplements and a skincare revamp.

It's difficult to say which aspects really helped my skin because I started many supplements at once! Here I will list everything that I took and also my current skincare routine. I also paid for an online consultation with Fran from High on Clear Skin (she is an adult acne guru!) who made some good suggestions. If you have been struggling and feel like you have tried everything under the Sun, I really recommend you seek a consultation with her.

So here's a reminder of what my skin looked like 3 months ago:

With makeup


Without makeup


I never had cystic acne, but many inflamed blackheads and clogged pores that ended up spreading from my jaw up to my cheeks. It got a lot worse than what you see above.

I was on a quest to cure my acne from the inside, so after much research plus Fran's guidance, these are the supplements I ended up taking daily. I will put links to the items I got from iHerb. Please research each of the supplements if you are thinking of going on them, 


L to R:
Vitex- to regulate progesterone levels after coming off the Pill.
DIM- to clear out the 'bad' estrogen's in the body.
Milk Thistle- For liver support whilst you detox.
Evening Primrose Oil (EPO)- Omega 6 to reduce PMS and skin disorders such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. I have to admit, I took these rather sporadically for some reason.
Women's Multivitamin with vitamins A, B and D. 
Fish Oil- to reduce inflammation.

All links lead to the exact supplements pictured.


Morning dose
2 x Vitex
2 x DIM
1 x Milk Thistle 
2 x EPO
1 x Multivitamin
2 x Fish oil

Lunch dose 
(I only did this when I was able to have lunch at home)
2 x Vitex
2 x DIM

Evening dose
2 x Vitex
2 x DIM

It's hard to tell which ones were MOST responsible for improving my skin, but I feel like the Vitex and DIM were the most effective!

Skincare

My skin is dry at the moment, so I use a mixture of oils to cleanse and moisturise my face. Oil takes some getting used to as it feels plain weird to moisturise with it at first, but now I love it! It smells great too! This is the (approximate) ratio of oils I use:

1/4 cup Organic Hemp Seed Oil
5 drops Lavender oil for moisture
3 drops Tea Tree oil to get rid of any bacteria

I simply use an empty pill bottle to store the mixture. My skin has now 'stabilised', so I use some Korean skincare items too, but this oil mixture is the bread and butter of my skincare routine!


My current skin 


I hardly get any more inflamed, red pimples and am just dealing with some scars and scabs now! I am really happy with my progress and this is proof that acne (well my acne anyway) was caused by internal imbalance. It is super easy to cover with makeup too because there are no bumps. Now I have a few more tips that were essential for my improvement.

1. Stop fixating on your acne- it's just as the Secret says! Thoughts become things. Obsess over your acne and you will attract more acne. In my case, my fixation led to picking which caused more inflammation and acne spread. Every day after I removed my makeup, I would start picking and then feel so bad about it afterwards. Nowadays, I may extract an obvious blackhead once a week? Do whatever you can to stop picking- in my case, I cut my nails so short that it made it a lot harder to pick and squeeze.

2. Diet- you all know this! I believe majority of ailments are caused by gut dysfunction/inflammation. I don't eat dairy and try to stay away from gluten and nightshade vegetables (like tomatoes). I drink 6-7 cups of powdered green tea daily. But you have to work out for yourself what your stomach can and can't handle. I do allow myself to have treats now and then too! 

3. Be grateful- another top from the Secret. I found that talking Pika pomeranian on long walks and reciting a list of all the things I was grateful for put me in a positive mindset. I am also in my final year of my Doctorate of Chiropractic which is very stressful, so I feel down a lot of the time. These walks helped with stress too. Oh and take lots of baths! 

In another 3 months I am hoping for completely clear skin. I hope this post has helped some of you! Please feel free to ask any questions.

Good skin comes from within ^^.

Lafine Vegetable massage cream review

Sunday, 23 August 2015


The last product in my Bntnews box for the month is the Lafine massage cream. It's made of five skin-friendly vegetables (cucumber, tomato, parsley, water parsley and carrot) to deliver natural vitamins and nutrients to skin as well as reduce swelling and bloating. It claims to calm fever and heat, which makes it the perfect item for after-sun care in summer. If only it were Summer here so I could try it out for this purpose!

The brand Lafine is new to me, and I found that they make Catalina Geo products too- I reviewed their primer a few days ago.


The packaging looks quite medicinal but quirky at the same time. I can imagine a bearded hipster wearing that vegetable print on a button up shirt!



The 2nd ingredient is mineral oil which I was initially worried about because I am so scared of clogging my pores. However, according to Paula's Choice, mineral oil molecules are actually too large to be absorbed into the skin, making it impossible to clog your pores! Phew! 


Here comes a really big no no. Notice how the lid of the product says 'foaming' instead of firming? How come no one noticed this before they mass produced the product? If I did not get this item through Bntnews, I would think it's a fake! This is unacceptable to me.

Directions state to apply a generous amount of the cream on your forehead, nose, cheeks and jaw. Massage in little circle motions from the interior to the exterior of your face. Wipe with a soft tissue.


I got a nice surprise when I saw all the little red and green capsules in the cream! It's like Christmas!


The cream is thick and quite oily, just like you would expect of a massage cream. This makes it ideal for body and face massage. The cream smells like refreshing cucumbers, which is one of my favourite skincare scents. As the main ingredient is mineral oil, the cream does not absorb into the skin, so you do have to dab off excess with a tissue especially on your face otherwise your hair (and anything else) WILL stick to your cheeks! For this reason I was not a fan of using this cream on my face as I just felt greasy and dirty, which is not a good feeling to have when you have acne prone skin. When I used it, I did notice more breakouts, whether it was due to the ingredients or the massage inflaming my skin, I couldn't tell. 

I do like using this cream on my body though, and think it will be great to use in the Australian Summer due to it's refreshing scent and hydrating properties.

Overall, this product is average for me and I wouldn't really recommend it. 


*I was gifted this product for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.

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NEW Crop Natural Make Up Line First Impressions (Available from Coles)

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Last week I received a very special package in the mail from my friends at Crop! If you remember, I covered the Crop Natural Skincare collection last year and out of that collection I ended up using the gel cleanser and daily moisturiser to completion which is a big  achievement for a beauty blogger. My boyfriend loved the moisturiser so much that he repurchased it!

Crop's cosmetic range was designed with sensitive skin in mind. Each item contains 80-100% of naturally derived ingredients enriched with healthy minerals, vitamin A, E and sweet almond oil and shea butter to nurture the skin. Every product has been dermatologically tested and approved. 

And without further ado, here is the first look at Crop's brand new natural makeup line which will be available at Coles very soon! For those of you in America, Coles is similar to Walgreens!


Let me tell you, these products do not look like they belong in Coles. The matte black packaging and  typography design look so chic and expensive, however the range is very affordable. 



The range came complete with beautifully designed information cards for each product. As a former graphic design student, I was drooling over these!

Over the past 2 weeks I have used every single product enough to reveal my first impressions. 


Natural Lipstick in Plum, $18

The colour of this lipstick is amazing with my skin tone! It's a brownish-red and absolutely perfect for making my lips look bigger and poutier. The finish is matte but the lipstick is hydrating. It's not particularly long-lasting though. Overall this is one of my favourite products from the line!


Natural Tinted Lip Balm, $16

I don't like that this balm comes in pencil form because I don't have a sharpener this size, and I'm not sure I would be bothered to use it even if I had one. The balm is very sheer (almost clear) in colour and is moisturising.


Natural Face Primer, $27

This is one of the only primers that works for my dry skin! It does not accentuate any flakes and does not have that awful silicone texture that feels like it's clogging my pores. It applies like a moisturiser, but leaves my skin looking matte and foundation adheres to my skin much better afterwards. It works so well with the Crop foundation. I love this one!


Natural Liquid Foundation in Golden Beige, $27

Comes in 3 shades: Ivory, Natural Beige and Golden Beige. Golden beige is perfect for my skin tone! It has a thick, creamy texture and buffs out well with a dense flat top brush. It gives medium coverage that I only need to top up with a few dots of concealer. The finish is matte and flawless-looking. When used in combination with the primer and a setting powder, my skin stays matte for a good 8 hours! Very impressed with this foundation, plus it has that natural essential oil smell to it, similar to Lavera cosmetics.


Natural Concealer Pencil in Light, $16

Also comes in Medium. Again, not a fan of the pencil packaging. This one works best, as I discovered today, by applying it before the natural foundation and then using a flat top brush to blend everything at the same time. Coverage wise, it's light-medium due to the pencil applicator which sheers it out.

Natural Mineral Loose Powder, $25

Comes in: Translucent, Light, Light/Medium and Medium. I don't have much experience with loose powders as I prefer pressed, but these finely milled and light on the skin. The pigmented powder provides light coverage at best. These are fine for setting make up but I don't think they are anything special. Recently I have run out of dry shampoo so I have been lightly applying the translucent powder to my roots, which works quite well!


Natural Mineral Pressed Bronzer, $24

This bronzer leans towards more of a cool brown tone and does not look orange on my skin at all. Pigmentation is light to medium and buildable, which is how I like my bronzers to be. The finish is matte and really natural and I like that I can use the darkest quadrant on its own with a small round brush as a nose contour. 


Natural Pressed Blush, $24

These burnt peachy colours will suit any skin tone! The finish and pigmentation is the same as the bronzer, and the colour paired with the bronzer is perfect for giving my cheeks more contour and dimension. 


Natural Pressed Highlighter, $24

This one also has the same qualities as the other pressed cheek products but unfortunately it just doesn't work as a highlighter. It's quite chalky and the finish is matte, so any precise highlighting does not show up on my skin tone. If anything, I think it's more suited to an all over finishing powder. 


Natural Mineral Pressed Powder, $24

Comes in: Porcelain, Beige and Cool Beige. This powder provides light coverage, but I found I looked a bit cakey immediately after applying it, due to my dry skin. I need to test this one out more before I come to a conclusion about it.

Natural Eyeliner and Eyebrow Pencil, both $16

I like both of these products. The brown eyeliner is really creamy, applies without tugging and has full pigmentation. It's a great lower lash colour and lasts for around 5 hours before I need to rub away some smudges. The eyebrow pencil is quite hard and is really easy to use, providing light definition to my brows although it is too light to match my hair at the moment. 


Natural Mineral Eyeshadow Quad in Nude, $24

Also comes in Smokey. All of the colours are matte and of medium pigmentation except for the highlight colour which is chalky and doesn't show up on me well at all. My favourite shade is the bottom left, which is a beautiful warm crease transition shade. There is no fallout and the colours are nice for a neutral every day look. 

Natural Volumising Mascara, $18

This mascara isn't waterproof so I simply can't use it on my upper lashes. I have tried it on my bottom lashes, however the brush is huge, so it's quite hard to be precise. The results were thus, underwhelming but the mascara did not smudge onto my under eye area during the day.




100% Synthetic Mineral Kabuki Brush, $20

This is the first folding brush I have owned and I definitely see the appeal in it! I would definitely travel with this brush- it's super soft and silky on my face, applies powder evenly and when folded out it is thin enough to contour my cheeks with bronzer. The stubby handle also makes it look really cute!


And that wraps up my first impressions of the Crop make up line, available from Coles soon! So far my favourite products are the primer, foundation, lipstick, kabuki brush and bronzer. 

If you live in Australia let me know which state you are from and whether you are interested in any of these products! Also if you have any review requests, let me know.

*These products were gifted. I chose to post about them and all opinions are 100% honest.