Thursday, June 4, 2015

New In | Winter 2015

I found myself incorporating a few new products into my routine and I thought I'd share because it rarely happens. (I walked into Priceline for mascara and came out with a bag of stuff. You know how it goes.)

Rimmel Wonder'full Waterproof Mascara with Argan Oil
I've been flitting between Japanese mascaras (Kiss Me, Majolica Majorca) and Western pharmacy mascaras (MaxFactor, Maybelline) but this time when I needed a mascara I decided to go for a Rimmel mascara. I haven't heard amazing things about Rimmel mascaras before but I took a chance on the new argan oil-infused range and the fact that they have a waterproof formulation (something that CoverGirl and L'Oreal are seriously lacking). I really like this mascara but the effect is quite subtle- mostly giving definition and not much lengthening or volumising, which is perfect for frequent use and daytime looks. I've worn glasses since I was 7-8 years old so I'm always wearing glasses or contact lenses and I feel like the Japanese-style mascaras with unbelievable lengthening, volumising and staying powers can be a bit irritating when worn for long periods of time so I save that for special occasions. This mascara is good for daily use because it comes off with the Garnier Micellar Water that I'm currently using up to remove makeup (it doesn't budge the Japanese formulations). Staying power is good and it's definitely waterproof but it's not very dramatic if that's what you're looking for.

DermaSukin Daily Gentle Wash
I was using the Biore Combination Skin Balancing Cleanser when I started to notice my skin felt drier than it should. I wasn't surprised given Brisbane's experiencing the coldest winter in years so I made the switch to a gentle cleanser- in this case a very natural formula. DermaSukin is a brand under Sukin and from my very general once-over I have a feeling both brands are equally botanical but it seems like DermaSukin might be formulated with sensitive skins in mind- the range is small but very gentle and targeted at sensitive skins, with options for oily and dry skin types. I considered trying the oily skin cleanser but the ingredients were the same as the gentle version with the exclusion of cucumber and chamomile which I thought were beneficial so I opted for the Daily Gentle Wash. It reminds me of the Antipodes Juliet cleanser in texture, and it lathers up to a very fine foam with a facial cleansing sponge. I think it does a great job at cleansing the skin and it leaves the skin feeling clean but not squeaky, without the tight, dry feeling that the Biore cleanser was causing.

Bliss Peppermint High Intensity Hand Cream
I bought this in a set which I believe was leftover from Christmas, and gave the Snowflake scent to my sister who's been wanting a scented hand cream for a while. I like this hand cream but it's nothing spectacular- absorbs quickly and hydrates and soothes dry hands. Like a good hand cream should.

Apple Cider Vinegar Toner
My family has had Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar with 'The Mother' in our house for years and after a lot of encouragement it was a random Chriselle Lim video that gave the final push needed to include this in my skincare routine. I mixed equal parts apple cider vinegar and water and put it in a pump bottle that I bought from Daiso a long time ago. I think it's working well to maintain the skin's acidic pH and not disrupt the acid mantle. My skin's taking well to it and I haven't seen any new blemishes since I started using it. It's helping existing breakouts to heal astonishingly quickly- almost overnight, even.

Daiso Cotton Puff
I've gone back to these because I've run out of my generic Kmart cotton pads and I am SO glad I did because these are better-shaped, don't absorb excess product and are resistant to shedding everywhere. On really lazy mornings I use micellar water on a cotton pad and rinse my face to cleanse it so that I don't have to use a proper cleanser and between the micellar water and the acidic toner I'm using at least 3 cotton pads a day so I'm glad to have good affordable cotton pads around.

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