Fighting Sensitive Skin

Fighting Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is something I have faught my whole life. My skin is prone to sore, dry bits on a bad week and then can also experience full blown swollen, dry, itchy, crispy allergic reactions. I usually keep this all under wraps by avoiding anything that makes me react in such a way and only using gentle products on my skin.

I had quite a bad reaction last week and even a little bit of this, while cleaning mould off a wall and woke up the next morning with a swollen face and neck. Scary enough as it was, when most of the swelling had gone down and I was ready for work again my skin looked horrible. My skin was dry, sore and itchy with odd patch of puffiness. Just what I wanted **sarcasm**.Fighting Sensitive Skin

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Oasis Beauty Fruit Smoothie Exfoliating Mask

Oasis Beauty Fruit Smoothie Exfoliating Mask

Once upon a time when my work schedule was easier I used to have a day at home to myself where I watched TV and looked after my skin. Now I feel like its a good day when I remember to put eye cream on, being a beauty blogger helps, but when I haven’t got any skincare to review I usually fail quite badly. So this year I made the plan to look after my skin better. Again being a beauty blogger who gets sent lovely PR samples it does help. One of the awesome things I have been sent recently is a exfoliating face mask from Oasis Beauty called Fruit Smoothie. I really adore Oasis Beauty products, so I was quite pleased to give this a go.

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March 2016 Round Up

March 2016 Round Up

Good Morning Lovelies,

How was your Easter Holidays? I have been swimming, baking and generally taking it easy. Its that time again! I have had quite a number of products I have been trialing and thought I would roundup some of my faves for you.

Lets take a look at what has been on my face and skin for the last month!

March16 RoundUp

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Oasis Beauty – Oasis Sun SPF30

Oasis Beauty – Oasis Sun SPF30

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How are you going? I am practically melting in this horrible Auckland heat T_T I thought today would be a good day to share my review of the Oasis Beaut Sunblock; Oasis Sun!

Oasis Beauty have been spoiling me lately as well worrying about my skin in the sun for me. They have sent me Rhino Repair for when my skin is already overcooked from the sun or freaking out, Oasis Sun to keep the bad sun rays at bay and The Hydrator to keep my skin in tip top condition so I am more than happy to show some skin at the beach. Keep an eye out for my review of the The Hydrator, but today I have for you a very in-depth review of Oasis Sun an SPF30 sun block. I wanted to have as much information in this post as possible, because you do not mess around with the sun and your skin. Mr Gabby even helped with this post as leading up the holidays he spent far more time outside than me, oh the life of a Librarian T_T

Oasis Sun 2

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Oasis Beauty BB Cream Monroe

Oasis Beauty BB Cream Monroe

Good Morning!

I have an awesome BB cream come foundation to share with you today. For the last few months I have been trialing Oasis Beauty’s BB cream in Monroe and I am so glad I finally can share my review with you. I have had some great success with Oasis Beauty Products so when their BB cream turned up I was so excited.

Oasis describe it as “Oasis BB Cream instantly covers imperfections for a flawless complexion. The natural actives and vitamins work over time to visibly improve the look and feel of your skin. Because it’s natural, you can wear it all day without it blocking pores or being detrimental to your skin health. BB Cream Monroe is best suited to light/medium skin tones and offers full coverage with a matte finish”  – BB Cream Monroe About Page.

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There is quite a lot of product in the bottle. I have been using it for three almost four months and there is still almost half a bottle left ^_^ As you use the product the base rises up so you can get as much product as possible out of the bottle!oasisbeautymakeupbeforemidafteredited_zpsouwzqnlm

Left: Just primer on my face
Middle: Just Oasis BB cream
Right: Full face of makeup which includes, concealer, blush, highlighter, bronzer, lipstick, eyebrows, eyeliner and mascara.

It is a medium to full coverage foundation and settles on the skin for a very natural finish. I really liked how it did not cover everything on my face, just helped to even out my skin tone and hide some redness and not so well rested sleeps. Blemishes were dulled, not completely covered, but avoided that horrible “IVE PLASTERED FOUNDATION TO HIDE THIS” look, so you could just ignore them. If I wasn’t careful I could rub a little off on my fingers, but not too much and at the end of the day there was pretty much all of it still on my face and I had to use a wipe or two to get all my makeup off. I really love being able to throw my foundation on and not having to worry about it again.

Oasis promises to help look after your skin with this foundation/BB cream by protecting it from the sun, not clogging pores and actually improving the overall quality of your skin, as well as being great for sensitive skin. How did I find it? Well with my sensitive skin it did not upset anything, my skin felt as though it could breathe while also looking amazing and with the amount of time spent in the sun the last couple of months my face never got sun burnt while I was wearing this. The overall appearance and feel of my skin? I couldn’t say to be honest, as I feel like my skin plays up more based on what I eat not what I put on it. I will keep a closer eye and try and report back later on this.

So would I buy this again? Yes! I love it!

Have you got a foundation you just love? It is a great foundation, especially in the warmer months when you do not want your foundation caked on or to run off. It looks great with low key makeup looks and with super glam looks too. Just all round good.

❤ Miss T

 

Oasis Beauty Cream BB Monroe
– Sent for Review
Website
-$49.90 NZD
– Full list of retailers available here and International Shipping available through website.

 

October Round Up

October Round Up

Hello lovely people!

November already I have to start thinking about Christmas. Scary thought right?! I didn’t branch out too much in October with products to try, so this month’s round up is kinda small. Now that Expo planning and study is all done for the year I can dive back into my pile of products that need reviewing.

October Round Up

Left to right: Mane N Tail Creme Therapy, Oasis Beauty Rhino Repair, L.A. Girl Super Mega Mascara and .

Mane n Tail Herbal Gro Leave-In Creme Therapy
Website
– $6.76 NZD
– Available from iherb (international)

I use this for a few weeks after bleaching my hair to try and convince it to like me again. It is very thick, so you do not need much, but it does spread very evenly through your hair. I have very thin hair so if I wasn’t careful I could over do it and drown my hair in product. It is great at smooth frizzy hair and making it look a little more human if you have stripped it with too much bleach *guilty*. I also use it when my hair is super thirsty. As I mentioned my hair is very thin so I do not use this too much, if your hair was dryer or thicker you may be able to use it more often. I like it, but I do not think I will replace it once I am done, I will look for something else to try.

Oasis Beauty Rhino Repair
– Sent for Review
Website
– $39.90 NZD
– Available from

Where has this been all my life? I have crazy sensitive skin and I suffered through a year of eczema taking over my arm over and over again. I could have really done with this. I am currently fighting some on the back of my knee (??? why the knee I don’t know) and this helps so much! It relieves the horrible itchiness and by the end of the day it has reduced the little bit of swelling and rawness. Now if I could just remember to apply it more than just in the mornings I am pretty sure it would disappear completely *lazy beauty blogger* I also use it on my feet when they get dry, its fantastic for that! Almost over night repair ^_^ Its full of such goodness. I am not a big fan of how it smells, it is not nasty just not mine, but its benefits are so great that I over look it.

Other suggested uses (that I must give a go):

  • Aftershave or waxing balm
  • Takes the burn out of sunburn and heals itchy bites
  • Intensive hair conditioning treatment

I will be buying a tube if this regularly!

L.A. Girl Super Mega Mascara in Dark Brown
Website
– $13.99 NZD
– Available L.A. Girl USA (US), NZ L.A. Girl (NZ), Love My Makeup (NZ), Beauty Bliss (NZ), Beauty Joint (International), Unichem (NZ)

This was such a surprise. I had thrown on my makeup that morning and forgot about mascara so I ran down to the chemist by work and picked up a cheap mascara. It turned out to be great! I didn’t even check what colour it was still today, turns out its dark brown not black XD Best $13.99 mascara ever! It has a really even and light application so you can really layer it up. The brush is also just a bog standard brush, but it works well. I think it makes my lashes look great! I would definitely buy it again, especially for how cheap it is.

Brush Egg
– $1.80 AUD
– Ebay Seller Geekwarehouse1

This is just a cheap knock off of other brush cleaners I have seen and I am kinda glad I didn’t pay for a fancy pants one. I don’t use it, it sits in my makeup drawer getting in the way. Don’t get me wrong, I tried hard, really hard, but it just doesn’t work for me. I prefer to use my hand to work in the cleaner into my brushes and it seems to work just fine for me. I would encourage you if you have been thinking about getting one, maybe trying a cheaper one first to see if it will work for you. I am pretty sure though that all the more pricey ones are just marked up versions of these though 😉 Maybe one day I will try again.

What did you try in October? Anything amazing? Anything you wondered what you were thinking?

❤ Miss T

September Round Up

September Round Up

Hello!

September is over and October is already upon us. I am already receiving emails about Christmas packs and themed products and it is a little sad. where has the year gone to? Oh well at least this means my semester will be over and done with soon XD

This month’s round up is here and very long, I am quite pleased with the track record of these products, they were all wins for me. Lets have a look.

September Round UpeditedOasis Beauty “Straight Up” (Blemish Control Serum)
– Sent for Review
Website
– $39.90 NZD
– Full list of retailers available here and International Shipping available through website.

“Straight Up is mixed to help control oil production and breakouts”

In lasts month’s round up I talked about fighting oil with oil and how strangely it works and here is another product to help with that. I tried using it in the morning, but I still found that I had to wait a little bit before putting my makeup on and sometimes I just don’t have time for that. So I moved to using it at night and the worked perfectly.

My skin looked good after a few weeks of using it regularly and I found that I was less inclined to get blemishes and if I did they did not last long. I would be really interested in giving this a go using the massage oil in and scrub off method to see how it works.

Would I replace this? Yes! I really like that it is created with sensitive skin in mind, but also fights oily skin and fights blemishes. It is not one of the cheaper oils, but the pump means you don’t get too much coming out which means there is not waste, it lasts for ages and you don’t over saturate your skin. I enjoyed the feel of it on my skin and the results it gave me.

Weleda Skin Food:
– Sent for Review
Website
– $13.90 NZD (30ml)
– $22.90 NZD (75ml)
– Full list of retailers available here , Spotted at Unichem (NZ) and International Shipping available through website.

“Weleda Skin Food’s unique formulation combines 100 percent natural (NATRUE certified) skin-rewarding ingredients that have been designed specifically to instantly soothe, restore and protect all skin types with deep nourishment and intensive hydration.”

When this little tube turned up on my desk my first thought was “but what does it do?” and then the lovely people who sent it to me gave me a list of some of the things it did; helps heal slow healing wounds, protect hands from winter, restore dry/sore hands, use as a primer, nail care, skin care. I used it on my hands and feet and it felt really good going on,  I felt my poor dry hands and feet being soothed right away. I usually use this just before I go to bed so I don’t wash or wear it off and I felt as thought my hands and feet looked and felt better the next day. Regular use meant all those dry scaly bits disappeared and my skin looked good, now to just remember to do it regular, I am so bad at remembering.

The cream was really thick so I don’t think you could use it as an all over lotion, but I think it is meant for more spot treatment.

Would I replace this? Yes! It fits well into my hand bag and works so well. I would love one for work and one for home and with the two different sizes there is always the perfect size. I had good results and enjoyed using it!

Manuka Doctor ApiNourish Firm Skin Facial Moisturiser
– Sent fr Review
Website
– $49.95 NZD
– Available at Life Pharmacy (NZ) and Manuka Doctor website (international)

I have been using this for so long that I almost forgot what my skin was like before this. I feel like my skin looks and feels great and has had such huge improvements while using this moisturiser. I use this mainly in the mornings and every other night when I am not using one of my oils, this works really well as it sits underneath my makeup perfectly. It soaks in very quickly and leaves my skin feeling soft and ready for the day. Despite what I have had to eat or the amount of sleep I have had for the last week, my skin doesn’t seem to take as much of a knock while I am using this. I’m currently sitting here feeling my face and I feel as though it feels good! I even think the few lines I have started to get (-_-) are looking better!

Would I replace this? YES! I am going to swim in this!!

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara
– Sample
Website
– $22.00 USD
– Available from MAC website (US) or MAC in store (International)

Dammit MAC! I made a purchase a month a go and was able to choose a free sample and this was it. Now I need it, I need it so much. It looks great on my lashes, it makes them so dark and full without clumping. It also applies really easy and the brush is just perfect T_T Why did I do this to myself?

Tresemme Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo
Website
– $14.50 NZD
– Available from Countdown (NZ), Life Pharmacy (NZ), Pak N Save (NZ), The Warehouse (NZ) Chemist Warehouse (International)

I have used an older version of Tresemme’s dry shampoo for ages and have always sworn about it, suddenly it became hard to find and now I know why. An even better one came out. For quite a few years now I have been part of that crazy group that tries to wash their hair only two to three times a week. It took a long time before my hair looked any good, but I am never going back. Dry Shampoo was really my savior when I first started out.

I don’t have to use dry shampoo as much any more, but sometimes you just need a bit to help your hair in the morning. Tresemme’s dry shampoo works really well for me, it makes my hair look less greasy and helps give it some volume back. I can get quite oily and lank hair if I am careful so this is best for me. I would not personally use this more than once before washing my hair. I usually use this on day three when I am pushing it out between washes. It does whiten your hair a little bit, even when you brush it out. This doesn’t look too bad if you have lighter hair.

Its really inexpensive and a good product, that is easy to find, I would buy it again.

Maybelline Touch of Light Luminizing Face Glow
– Discontinued
– $8.00 NZD
– No longer available in stores, but you can find it on ebay and makeup clearance stores like buymemakeup.com

T_T I didn’t know this was discontinued till I fell in love with it. So if you can get your hands on it get a tube or two! Its a really nice subtle, liquid, golden highlighter. It blends in very well and looks best over liquid foundation. I would love to get more, but I think I will just have to live with the two tubes I have XD I can’t be the only one who has fallen in love with something discontinued right?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Miss T