Friday, 15 April 2016

The Two Cs: Chanel's Le Blush Creme De Chanel in #63 Affinite



Chanel's Le Blush Creme De Chanel in #65 Affinite is the first blush I've actually had a say in picking out. 

I have a few blushes in my collection that have all been Gift With Purchases. That does say a bit about my beauty spending habits right? Ahah.

Initially, in Hong Kong, I was in store looking to purchase the powder blush Joues Contraste in Rose Initiale. I'd seen this dainty rose pink on a few YouTubers and thought that it'd be a perfect everyday blush.

One thing led to another and I ended up walking out with a cream blush...

...despite never owning a cream blush and having no idea how to use them properly.

This also says a lot about the selling ability of Chanel SAs and also my inability to say no.




Chanel's cream blush compacts are housed in a velvet cover which is very redundant but is in line with the luxuriousness of the brand.

The main reason why I chose this cream blush over the powder one is because it blends seamlessly into my skin and it stays for, what seemed like, forever. It's a 'cream to powder' finish and it really does settle onto my skin like pure silk.

At the time of purchase, I could imagine myself going overboard during application but I was really confident that I'd be able to get the hang of it after a few goes. 




I fell in love with each of Chanel's ceam blushes - they're all equally beautiful and wearable, and I did have a tough time making a choice. I ended up with Affinite because I've never owned any make up in such an intense colour. I've always opted for low-key earth toned eyeshadows, pink lip products that mimicked the skin and bronzers that are almost undetectable on the skin. 

With a heavy hand, this medium pink stains the skin with an almost fuchsia shade and it looks best to top off a lashy eye make up look. During the day, I use it lightly to give the impression that I've had a really, really good sleep. It brightens the face and gives it a more radiant, cheerful look. When applied sparingly, the colour looks pink-peach, which is quite the interesting combination on my skin tone.

I've found that the key is to not be greedy and to start off with the tiniest amount because it is very pigmented. Next, it's important to blend/pat out very quickly because it doesn't take long for the product to settle on the skin. Luckily, the cream blush doesn't drag all that much on the skin unless your foundation is on the thicker side with multiple layers.

 


I'm still trying to get a handle over the application.

I generally use my index and middle fingers to tap the product on the highest point of my cheek, and then I move it lower. If I pick up too much, I'll use a BB Cushion applicator to spread it out. I'd say that I can apply the blush really well 6/10 times.

But because I haven't worked out a foolproof way to apply the blush, there are days where I'll opt out of using it. I am starting to experiment with a range of brushes to see if I can get a more precise application. Apparently stippling and flat brushes are the way to go.

Other than that, I am very impressed with the blush! I can see it lasting for ages because you don't need a lot. It also applies like a dream, makes you look like you were born with a natural flush to the skin and it has this wonderful knack of looking fresh for ages.


Do you use cream blushes? How did you apply yours? 



Thursday, 7 April 2016

Paw Paw Cream Battle: Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment vs Suvana Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm



Paw Paw Cream really needs no introduction.

Everyone recognises Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment, the one in the red tube. But I wonder if you've heard about the hoo-ha over their ingredients list. Apparently, petroleum jelly is the main base for the ointment and there have been people saying that it's just an expensive version of Vaseline.

I personally don't like petroleum jelly.

At one point, I did really like Vaseline but I did start noticing that all it did was block moisture loss. It didn't neccessarily restore it. I also began to dislike the fact that it was too tacky on my skin. Other people say that petroleum jelly is bad for you because it allegedly blocks pores and slows cellular regeneration.

Off the back of that debate, is Suvana's Certified Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm which uses beeswax as a substitute for petroleum jelly. It's also a certified organic product for those who are interested!

I have both on hand and thought I'd do a comparison to see which was better. 




The petroleum jelly found in Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment is said to be a pharmaceutical grade that meets FDA standards. It's meant to be non-toxic and safe on the skin. They also use real fermented Queensland paw paws.

Easily the best thing about Lucas' Paw Paw Ointment is that it works great on cuts and burns. At first, I was a bit skeptical of the antiseptic ability of paw paws. I equate antiseptics as being something like Betadine. Essentially, something that I would never eat. Paw paws are a fruit and I eat them with soup spoons...

Nonetheless, any cuts or burns that I get, this is the first thing that I reach for and it heals the skin so much quicker. I'm not a huge fan of slapping this onto my lips because it's too oily. The ointment literally just sits there all shiny and unnaturally glossy. Some people are into that. I'm just not one of them. 

Others have mentioned that it's good for eczema and dermatitis but it didn't work for me in that way. It actually made the dermatitis on my hands itch more.




For Suvana's Certified Organic Paw Paw & Honey Balm, paw paw extract is used instead of real fermented paw paw. 

In terms of the positives, it's an all natural, certified organic product that has castor seed oil, beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter, honey, jojoba oil, vanilla bean oil, candelilla wax, carrot oil, stevia extract and natural vitamin E. 

The product itself is a light coloured balm that is slightly thinner in consistency. In comparison, it applies a lot easier and is smoother than Lucas' ointment. It also smells of beeswax, which is actually quite pleasant once you get used to it.  

The product doesn't work well on cuts and burns, as in, it doesn't seem to speed up the healing process. Instead, I think it worked best as a lip balm because the rich oils and beeswax really nourishes the lips. It does wear off around the 2 hour mark for me, so I did find myself reapplying quite often. 

However, about the second week into purchasing the tube, the entire product turned into liquid oil. The picture directly above shows the texture. 

It's barely usable now, which is thoroughly disappointing.

 


The tube is super leaky now as well. I just took some quick photos and after I went to pack away everything, the area that the balm had been placed was all oily. 

I'm not sure if I purchased a faulty product!




I think each product has its own place. If you purely want a lip balm, Suvana's is definitely the way to go. Just keep your fingers crossed that you won't end up with tube like mine. If you're against petroleum oil but want something that it antiseptic, go for something else all together because Lucas' > Suvana in that respect. 

But if you're looking for something to take care of cuts and burns, I encourage you to try Lucas'. Just don't put it on your lips unless you want to look like a 14 year old who like their lips to mirror a disco ball.


What's your take on paw paw creams? 




Thursday, 31 March 2016

Skin Prepping For The Colder Months

Left to Right - Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser, Clinique Even Better Dark Defense SPF 50/PA++++, Foreo Luna for Normal Skin, Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream, L'Occitane Shea Butter Cream in Rose and Vanilla


At this point, I'm not sure if we'll have Winter at all here in Sydney. It's supposed to be Autumn but we've been having 25+ degrees days.

Still, I'm very conscious that I might be wrong and then we'll have a full blown Winter where my skin will shrivel up and never unwrinkle itself.

God, what a terrible visual!

Since I know colder weather is up ahead for us, I'm starting to make a mental note of the products that I'll be using to ease myself into winter. For me, skincare has always been about hydration. You'll find that a lot of issues can be remedied by using more hydrating, whether that be oil or water based, products.

Here are some of the things I'll do as we move towards the colder months.


1. Switch to a milk cleanser
When it starts to get cold, I always move onto a milk cleanser because they feel less harsh and drying on my skin. Avene's Gentle Milk Cleanser has been my go-to cleanser for years now and I'm not sure why I've never reviewed it here! It is so gentle than I can use it when my skin is feeling irritated, rough or it's looking red due to wind burn. 

Once or twice a week, I'll go in with my Foreo Luna Cleansing Device for Normal Skin and do some exfoliation. The thing I love most about the Foreo Luna is that it is very effective for deep cleansing, especially around the nose and directly under your bottom lip. I also like using it on the side of my neck for lymphatic draining!


2. Wear sunscreen
A friend of mine says she doesn't wear sunscreen during the colder months and I absolutely went into lecturing mode! Just because it's not sunny outside, doesn't mean there's no UV rays out there!

Remember to find yourself a reliable sunscreen that products against UVA and UVB - this way you're covered against harmful UV rays that age and burn the skin. I'm a big, big fan of Clinique's Even Better Dark Spot Defense SPF 50/PA ++++ in Sheer Tint. It has a high SPF and PA protection, and it has no white cast whatsoever. It's a little oily when first applied but that does wear off quickly. 


3. Opt for a rich moisturiser
When it starts to get real cold, I whip out my Dr Jart Ceramidin Cream (which is also due for a proper review!). It's essentially a heavy duty version of Dr Jart's Ceramidin Light Cream and it does wonders for weathered sensitive skin. It has a highly emollient texture and does wonders at repairing dry and cracked skin.


4. Lock in moisture with a sleeping mask
To quickly rescue my skin from the heater or wind, I reach for Clinique's Moist Surge Overnight Mask. I love using sleeping masks when I'm too exhausted to use my sheet masks. I've tried a few sleeping creams and this Clinique one is still one of my favourites - it's not too heavy, is oil free and you wake up looking like you've had 8+ hours of sleep!


5. Have hand cream on stand by
I try to also not neglect my hands! Although it costs an arm and a leg, I do have a soft spot for L'Occitane's Shea Butter Hand Creams. My favourite scent is, of course, rose but their vanilla one is not bad! I usually keep a large size on my bedside table and have miniature tubes in my handbag for when I need to reapply it during the day.


6. Always having a fresh razor on hand*
I'm a sometime shaver and I know the headache that comes with a dull blade. If you're going over the same place over and over with a blunt shaver, you're causing skin irritation and dryness. The Dollar Shave Club introduced itself to me a little earlier and they're a subscription service that sends fresh razors to your door each month. That will be pretty handy if you're a regular shaver!


Whereabouts are you located? Is it getting colder or warmer for you? 





*I was contacted by the Dollar Shave Club to write this post.