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Sunday, October 27

Missha Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Review

Missha's Time Revolution: The First Treatment Essence
I didn't have very high expectations when I first bought this essence. I had tried SK-II's essence before and it did the complete opposite to what it claimed for my skin. But when I heard about Missha's dupe I couldn't resist trying it out, and I am really glad I did. I have been using western toners for years now, thinking that they would help with treating my acne, but they were really only making it worse . Korean toners aren't the same as the ones we have in the west, they're gentler, they soften and moisturise the skin. First off, I use this straight after cleansing as I would a normal toner. There is an initial feeling of stickiness but that disappears after a minute or two. When it's fully absorbed into my skin I then continue with the rest of my routine (serum > eye cream > moisturiser).

Having oily skin I was worried about over-moisturising my face, but this essence hydrates my skin without making it feel disgustingly oily. I'm even able to use it in the day time. As well as containing a lot of moisturising ingredients it also has a lot of whitening and anti-inflammatory properties (glycyrrhiza glabra, centella asiatica and camomile) which really helped clear up the redness around my cheeks and nose as well as existing pimples. Overall I've noticed a huge improvement around my T-Zone. Enlarged pores around my nose and forehead are tighter and even my blackheads seem to have shrunk. The redness around my nose and cheeks have disappeared and I love how smooth my skin feels after applying this.

I bought this from RoseRose Shop for $33, so it is on the expensive side but no where near as expensive as SK-II's essence. The 150ml bottle is priced at $185 AUD at David Jones and Myer here in Australia. Missha's is quarter the price and double the size, and in my opinion far superior in results and quality. These South Korean brands never cease to amaze me.

Monday, October 14

Rimmel Mono Blushes Review & Swatches

Rimmel Mono Blushes: Pink Rose (Left) Santa Rose (Right)
During my recent purchases from Asos I decided to pick up a couple of Rimmel blushes: Santa Rose and Pink Rose. I love the sleek look of the new packaging, and it’s a shame these aren't available yet where I live. We still have the archaic oval shaped ones that don't stand up properly in your drawer. I'm OCD so this is something I have nightmares about. Anyway, here are the swatches below:

Santa Rose is by far my favourite, it's a lovely soft coral that looks quite natural with my skin tone. Rose Pink on the other hand is a lot pinker (surprise!) and I tend to apply this with a very light hand so its not too overbearing. The formula blends out nicely, and the shimmer (which I usually detest but can't seem to get away from with drugstore blushes) has definitely been toned down and is unnoticeable to me. These are really affordable blushes, I purchased these off Asos for as little as $7, and with free shipping its a win-win. I definitely recommend checking these out if you're on a tight budget.

Wednesday, October 9

Cover Girl Clump Crusher Mascara Review

I bought this mascara months ago during my 'little' Priceline haul, and it's been my go-to mascara since. Simply, it's great for everyday use for these three reasons: a) it doesn't clump! b) it defines and c) it lengthens the lashes in a way that (almost) looks natural.

This is a more defining mascara than anything, it elongates the lashes with minimal clumping, and with the mix of short and long bristles, it's now easier for the wand to coat those pesky little lashes that hide between the longer ones, giving the illusion of more  lashes. I do experience minor flaking later in the day but that's usually because I have a tendency to rub my eyes, otherwise it's quite long lasting. I have quite fine lashes so my camera struggles picking them up, but check out the photo's below:

I bought mine on sale for $10 from Priceline so I definitely recommend waiting for the sales. It's usually priced at $17.95 otherwise. Overall, a great, affordable mascara!

Thursday, October 3

| Beauty Wishlist | October '13

My gosh, I can't believe it's October already! This is going to be a very busy month for me. With uni starting to wrap up and new stock coming in at work I really don't know how I'm going to survive. To calm myself down a little, I decided go through my wishlist folder and pick out my most wanted for this month.

1. Holika Holika All That BB Cream
I don't know why, but I seem to have this endless list of BB creams. It doesn't matter whether or not I already have a million, the list keeps growing and I keep buying. Not sure if it's the gorgeous purple packaging or whether I'm just itching to try something form Holika Holika for the first time.

2. Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume
I never really took much notice of Marc Jacobs perfumes before, I think it was the weird, over the top flowers and ladybugs that kind of made me run in the other direction. I was staying at a friends place, getting ready to go out when she offered to let me use some. Surprisingly, I really liked it. I love the look of the black limited edition too. Sigh. Maybe for my birthday?

3. Missha's Time Revolution Night Repair Serum
I've been looking for a new anti-aging serum for a while now, and was attracted to Estee Lauder's Night Repair, unfortunately the huge price tag put me off completely. After hearing about this 'dupe' I've been really intrigued. The content has been modified with more natural ingredients and less possible irritants. It's double the size of Estee Lauder's and a quarter the price.

4. Benton's Snail Bee High Content Essence
I've had great success with my snail creams, they heal my acne super fast, but haven't tried bee venom yet. Apparently it's also great for healing acne and scars. It's not expensive either (especially on RoseRose), and would also love to try the rest of the Benton range while I'm at it.

5. Missha's Beautiful Style Tints
I've never tried a Korean lip tint before, and these Missha ones look gorgeous. It's not just the sleek packaging, I swear, but I love the look of the coral and red shades. It'll be interesting to see how it looks on my lips.

6. Illamasqua's Compliment Palette
I've been pining after some Urban Decay shadows for a while now, and have thought about trying out a cheaper option in the meantime. The colours are exactly what I'm after, especially the purple and brown!