Thursday, May 15, 2014

Skincare Resuscitated

It's a blessing and a pity First Aid Beauty is being discounted for clearance at David Jones because it's a beautifully designed brand with a simple, clean ethos that I find refreshing in a sea of garish, indistinguishable brands. Free from harsh chemicals, parabens, phthalates, colorants, alcohol and fragrances, FAB is straight to the point, functional and easy to interpret. Over the last couple of months, I've acquired a few of their products since my first foray into the brand.



Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask
The shea butter content makes me hesitant to use it all over the face because it can aggravate and congest sensitive acne-prone skin. Instead, I've been enjoying using this on my cheeks where the skin is drier and it's been doing a great job of soothing dryness and calming irritation. There are countless DIY oat mask tutorials on Youtube for those who manage money wisely but this is a neat way of having one on hand.



My more recent purchase was the Forever Fab set discounted from Christmas and the sale was too good to resist. (PS: Thanks to Lena for posting about this set first!) It contains the Detox Eye Roller, Facial Radiance Pads and Ultra Repair Cream. 



Detox Eye Roller
Eye cream is foreign concept to me- I am afflicted by neither dark circles nor dry skin so I've never ventured into that field apart from a couple of deluxe samples. Despite that, I've fancied the idea of the Garnier roller-ball and have entertained the idea of purchasing it a few times. This Detox Eye Roller is almost identical in purpose and is more fun than functional for me. It says the 'caffeine packed formula alleviates puffiness and dark circles and smooths fine lines'. I haven't seen immediate results but the metal roller ball feels cool and physically that in itself could reduce puffiness. Curiously the solution contains the finest microshimmer, which, if I was to hazard a guess, is meant to illuminate and draw light to the under-eye area. It dispenses a generous amount, which makes it easy to apply too much. 



Ultra Repair Cream
Like Steamcream, this basic moisturiser can be used from head to toe and contains glycerin, shea butter, colloidal oatmeal and FAB antioxidant booster. Truthfully speaking I haven't opened this yet because my combination skin doesn't necessitate a bona-fide moisturiser at this time of the year. I'm storing this for later in the year when winter comes, or to give to someone who could love it more.




Facial Radiance Pads
I've been using these about 5 times a week for the past two weeks and while I'm uncertain of the long-term effects, after a few uses I felt my skin's texture was smoother and more refined. They're gentle enough to use everyday, with aloe, glycerin, cucumber to soothe and lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate. They haven't made good on the claim to diminish fine lines but including a gentle chemical exfoliant in my skincare routine is something I've wanted to try for a long while now.

10 comments:

  1. The facial radiance pads sound interesting, I know Zoe Foster-Blake's skincare line Go-To do some similar pads but a tub of those go for around close to $50. Gentle exfoliation sounds like a nice idea, I need to include more of it in my skincare routine come colder months. x

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    1. I've not heard of the Go-To skincare line before! I'm hoping gentle chemical exfoliation pays off, I don't see any short-term results yet.

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  2. Great post :) The facial radiance pads sound interesting and I have seen a lot of these type of products popping up in skincare lines. The oatmeal mask sounds amazing too! I have similar skin to you as well so if it soothes irritated skin I am keen!

    Kate | The Minted Beauty

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    1. Thank you! The oatmeal mask is the first mask I've tried that is more hydrating than clarifying and it's great for drier, irritated skin.

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  3. I wish FAB wasn't being clearanced, though TBH I never saw a stand/counter for them anyway so I was sorta like, where did these come from?! I'm loving the radiance pads though. The brand themselves seem awesome. I'd love to try more of their stuff though it's doubtful, all the stuff would probably be gone by now!

    Tasha // shiwashiful.

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    1. They're pretty good! I used to be sceptical of cotton pads soaked in anything but they're nice and gentle on the skin! They had a standalone jar of the FRP but the seal was broken and I didn't want to pay money for something so ravaged when the set was only a few dollars more and came with the other stuff too.

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    2. Was this at the city DJs? Cos I think I saw that broken-seal jar too haha! I took the last sealed one :P

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    3. Nope, it was Toowong's! I love the city DJs but finding something like a clearance FAB item seems hopeless. The Indro one has a great beauty hall with a full Giorgio Armani stand and Laura Mercier counter- could be handy for formals. ;)

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  4. I love the sound of their products, sounds perfect for sensitive skin. But I'm always hesitant in trying something new because my skin is already used to its current regime.
    Btw, I just want to say you write beautifully! Haha :)

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    1. I know what you mean about being hesitant to shake things up! And thank you so much! :)

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