Friday, August 05, 2016

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review
Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment Review

I have tons of these lil tubes trawled around the house and in different handbags, for a purpose. Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment is a non-scented multi-use greasy ointment that can cure a lot of woes. 

This water-free ointment creates the ideal environment to support the recovery process of dry, damaged or irritated skin. The active ingredients Panthenol and Bisabolol are clinically proven to support the skin's normal functions. It also contains Glycerin to moisturise and strengthen the skin barrier. Other ingredients include Petrolatum, Cera Microcristallina, Ceresin, Lanolin Alcohol.

Many have compared this to cheaper Vaseline. Personally, I can't tell the difference between the two products due to the petroleum content, although I do prefer the tube packaging of Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment as opposed to the unhygienic Vaseline tubs.

Here's a list of uses:
1. Dry, chapped, cracked and irritated skin
2. Lip Balm
3. Treated skin eg. after laser therapy, chemical peels, dermabrasion
4. Foot salve for dry calloused feet
5. Hand & cuticle cream
6. Psoriasis, as a protective skin barrier
7. Tattoos

This is a sticky ointment and so I would advise using small amounts of this during the day time to avoid getting things stuck on the ointment. This product also contains mineral oil and petroleum so use caution if used on the face if you are particularly acne-prone. During the winter, you might want to use this in conjunction with a stronger moisturiser.

Top tip: Before bed, apply this liberally on your hands and feet, protect with gloves and soft socks while you sleep. You will wake up with super soft tips and toes!

Overall I do love Eucerin Aquaphor Healing Ointment and I would repurchase this product once I've run out!

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Livia
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Thursday, August 04, 2016

Lord & Berry: Team Nude

Lord & Berry Prelude Matte Lipstick, Honey-Love 4879 lip gloss, Nude Eyeliner Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Prelude Matte Lipstick, Honey-Love 4879 lip gloss, Nude Eyeliner Review Swatches

Lord & Berry is an Italian fashion house that has been producing makeup for the last twenty years. I've always been impressed by their makeup and these three products sent to me make no exception.


Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick*. This is a reddish brown nude colour in a creamy formula that easily glides on the lips. I would say the formula could even better than the NARS Lip Pencils (Gasp!). The colour gives off that Kylie Jenner vibe that everyone loves.


 Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin lip gloss Review Swatches
 Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin lip gloss Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin lip gloss*. This is a pink tinted brown shade in a cream finish. Its non-sticky, and well pigmented; one swipe is enough. It amplifies your pout beautifully!

Lord & Berry Nude Silk Kajal Kohl Eyeliner Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Nude Silk Kajal Kohl Eyeliner Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Nude Silk Kajal Kohl Eyeliner*. This is a pale pink liner with a white base. Its an eye brightening alternative to white on the waterline. It doesn't irritate my eyes, contact lens wearers should look into it before purchasing though. It's quite comfortable to wear.

Lord & Berry Prelude Matte Lipstick, Honey-Love 4879 lip gloss, Nude Eyeliner Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Prelude Matte Lipstick, Honey-Love 4879 lip gloss, Nude Eyeliner Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin lip gloss Review Swatches
Lord & Berry Honey-Love 4879 Skin Lip Gloss Review Swatches

Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick Review, Swatches
Lord & Berry Prelude Matte 20100 Crayon Lipstick Review, Swatches

I'm so impressed by these three nude toned makeup products from Lord & Berry. I recommend them!

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Livia
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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Bioderma Sensibio H2O (aka Crealine H20 Solution micellaire)

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water Review
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micellar Water Review

Bioderma Sensibio H2O* (aka Crealine H20 Solution micellaire) is the original micellar water solution that started the micellar water frenzy in skincare.

I have been using this on and off for the last three years. I apply it on two cotton buds, let them soak on my eyes for a couple of seconds and wipe away. I find it effectively removes non-waterproof makeup and lipsticks with minimal rubbing and tugging. It is a little drying however and so as soon as the makeup is removed, I follow it up with a facial moisturiser. 

I find this is very similar to Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water, but I find Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water a lot more tolerable and less drying on the skin. Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water is also available at a third of the cost.

Although this product suits most skins, I would advise people with drier skin types to use this with caution and to apply moisturiser after use. Do not use on open or broken skin, and I would not recommend this for people with terrible facial eczema.

I would recommend Bioderma Sensibio H2O* to all makeup lovers who want quick and easy makeup removal methods. I do like this product, but as it is quite similar to Garnier Cleansing Micellar Water, I would rather repurchase the cheaper option.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Draping - How to Contour with Blush

Draping: How to Contour with Blush
Draping with MAC Peachykeen Blush

Contouring is definitely a must for this decade. Sculpted cheeks are in, and there are many ways of doing it. I've noticed beauty trends from the past come back in different names and this 'new' trend we have this year is called 'Draping'.

The actual technique of draping is not new to makeup artistry. It is the art of using blusher to chisel the cheeks. You can do this in multiple ways:

1. With one blusher: Use a pigmented blusher beneath the cheekbone just under the apples of the cheeks and gradually pale away to the top. I find MAC Sheertone blushes to be excellent for this purpose as they contain no shimmer and are easily buildable.

2. With two blushers: Apply a darker blush where you would apply contour powder, just beneath the apples of the cheeks, and pat a paler blush on the apples.

You can use as many shades as you like to create a gradient effect. Just make sure the darker shades are at the bottom, with lighter shades on top.

For my wedding makeup look last year (pictured), my MUA used the first method. He used MAC Peachykeen blush on the cheekbones and faded away to the top of the apples of my cheeks. If he named it 'Draping' then, he would be ahead of the times!

Are you a fan of contouring and what do you think about the 'Draping' technique?

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Livia
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