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Priceline 40% off skincare, suncare and tanning sale recommendations

Hellllooooo internet world.

Long time no blog. Very long time. Apologies. Life got in the way and didn’t have time to blog.

Well, never fear. I am back! And for my first post back, I thought I’d write about something easy. Priceline currently has their infamous 40% off sale. The sale applies to all skincare, suncare and tanning products until Friday.

Not like you all need help when it comes to sales but these are my picks – especially if you have dehydrated combination skin like me!

Priceline 40% off skincare, suncare and tanning sale recommendations

Priceline 40% off skincare, suncare and tanning sale recommendations

Antipodes Hosanna H2O Intensive Skin-Plumping Serum $29.39

This is a water-based serum so it’s absorbed instantly into your skin without leaving it feeling tacky. I like using this under my moisturiser to give it an extra moisturising boost. This is my third bottle and has become one of my holy grails.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel $14.99

I grabbed this during the last skincare sale because dehydrated skin = oily skin as the skin is trying to compensate and I needed a moisturiser that was light and non-greasy. This contains hyaluronic acid which, from my very basic understanding, holds a lot of moisture. This has a nice aquatic scent and again, is very light and absorbed quickly into my skin. I can definitely tell a difference when I apply this moisturiser. Throughout the day, my skin looks hydrated and fresh.

La Roche Posay Thermal Water $14.99

With dehydrated skin comes flaky skin. This spray helps to prep my skin for makeup and finishes it off nicely to ensure my skin isn’t flaking and no cakey makeup here.

Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly $23.99

Another one containing hyaluronic acid. This is used when I want to take a break from the Antipodes Hosanna serum. One pump of this is enough for my whole face and neck. I let it sit for a minute or two then apply the Neutrogena moisturiser. Again, it is very lightweight and you can’t feel it on your skin.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Plus $17.99

Even though this is recommended for acne-prone skin, I use this sparingly as I have really congested pores. It’s a thin consistency and a little goes a long way.

Antipodes Divine Face Oil Organic Avocado Oil and Rosehip $17.39

This is my favourite night time oil. It’s not too greasy (no marks on the pillow!), and keeps my skin hydrated throughout the night. It has a non-offensive scent and brightens up the complexion immensely.

Biore Deep Cleansing Charcoal Pore Strips $4.37

Cos pore strips. Nuff said. These are the charcoal ones so you can see the results even better!

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution $19.19

I remember hearing about this holy grail from Rae Morris at a blog even back in 2011. Six years later and I am still using it. It is seriously one of the best products ever. One of my desert island products. Whenever I am feeling lazy, I use this to remove my makeup and it works a treat. It’s like using water! So good for sensitive skin and doesn’t dry out my skin any further.

L’Oreal Pure Clay Mask: Detoxifying and Brightening Clay Mask $11.99

I’m sure you have seen these all over the internet and the hype is well deserved. It leaves your skin feeling smooth and pores don’t appear as obvious.

Biore Self Heating One Minute Mask with Natural Charcoal $4.79

I purchased this based off a recommendation from a friend. Most face masks you’re supposed to leave on for about 10-15 minutes. If you’re short on time but need so quick deep cleaning, use this! After a minute, it starts to warm up on your face and when you wash it off, you get smooth clean skin.

So those are my tried and trusted products from Priceline. I went ahead and purchased some newbies today and will update at the next Priceline skincare sale :)

Happy shopping! X

April 2016 Empties

I have always wanted to do monthly posts – favourites, empties etc but I can never commit. I always forget to keep my empties so that I can blog about them; I am too fickle to really have monthly favourites but I am going to try.

Earlier in April, I finally graduated university and completed college. This meant I no longer needed my desk as a “study” desk and I was able to clean it out and convert it into sanctuary, that is, my makeup desk. It gave me so much pleasure to be able to display my makeup in all its glory. Anyhow, this meant I was able to see products, at a glance, that were close to empty and use them up for an empties post! Yay!

So what did I use up in the month of April?

April 2016 empties

April 2016 empties

Curash Fragrance Free baby wipes – these are my go to when I am lazy to remove my makeup. I have gone through about ten of these and always repurchase. This time, however, after cleaning out and reorganising my beauty stash, I didn’t repurchase the baby wipes as I had other facial cleansing wipes to use up.

Juicy Couture Viva La Juicy – a scent that has been in my stash for years. As I keep my fragrances away from sunlight, it kept really well. I saw that it had a bit left so committed myself to using it until it was finished. I loved this scent when I purchased it and still do – it’s a very fruity and sweet without being sickening. A scent from my teenage years, it was time to move on. Kind of symbolic that I finished this in the same month as completing another chapter in my life. I probably won’t repurchase as I have way too many perfumes go through and I tend to gravitate towards floral scents nowadays.

Britney Spears Curious – another purchase from  my teenage  years that was sent to the back shelf of my perfume stash. Wasn’t a favourite of mine so won’t be repurchasing.

Innoxa Anti-Ageing Makeup Setting Spray* – a setting spray formulated with skincare ingredients such as aloe vera and cucumber. I love the smell of this – vsry fresh and soothing. As I have an oily t-zone, makeuo setting sprays are a must. This kept my makeup on longer than usual and kept the oils at bay for longer. I’m uncertain if I will repurchase as I think I prefer my Urban Decay one over this as it keeps my makeup on until it’s time to remove.

Avene Gentle Toner – alcohol- and oil- free, this was ok. Didn’t notice any amazing changes in my skin so won’t repurchase as I use witch hazel for my toner and its cheaper and does the trick.

Bioderma Sebium H2O – Bioderma’s cleansing waters are my favourites. It has gained holy grail, desert island status. Sebium is the range designed for acne-prone and oily skin but does have a very light floral fragrance. If, like me, you don’t like the fragrance, do as I do and opt for the original fragrance-free bottle from the Sensibio range. I already have three backup bottles of these stashed away.

Bioderma Sebium Pore Refiner – promises to tighten your pores and improve skin texture – not sure about that but it did provide a good base for my makeup and didn’t break me out. Undecided as to whether I will repurchase.

Mary Kay Signature Eye Primer – works just as well as my Urban Decay one but I can’t seem to find it anymore. Luckily, I still have an Urban Decay and Australis one to use up.

Smitten Cosmetics Whipped Foundation – not an empty but throwing it out. It came with my Violet Box and has separated in the tube so I was unable to use it :(

So there you have it! My first empties post and I hope it won’t be my last.

The product/s marked with * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

What’s In My Travel Bag – Hong Kong and Singapore Version

Firstly, I’d like to apologise for the lack of posts. I went on a whirlwind trip to Singapore and Hong Kong for 10 days and didn’t have time to schedule posts! But now I’m back :)

I love seeing what skincare, beauty, cosmetic products people take with them on their holidays. This was what I brought with me:

In my carry-on:


Lanolips – couldn’t find my 101 Ointment in time for this trip, so I opted for the lip balm to prevent my lips from drying out.
Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream – this is a super intensive hand cream that’s great to combat the dryness that comes with the recycled airplane air. It gets absorbed quickly into my skin and doesn’t leave a greasy mess behind.
Sheet Mask – we all know how drying the air can be on the plane so a face mask always helps to keep my face hydrated. I like to travel with a sheet mask (or two if it’s a long haul flight) and put it on once I get settled in.
Dermalogica Ultrasoothing Eye Serum – once I remove the sheet mask, I apply some eye cream and moisturise and off to sleep I go! Right before landing, I’ll apply a bit more to brighten up my eyes.
Kora Organics Energising Citrus Mist – whenever my skin is feeling a bit dry and tight, I’ll spray this mist. It’s refreshing and brightens up my skin instantly.
Eyedrops – the dry air irritates my eyes so eye drops are an essential!
Hand sanitiser – cos germs everywhere.

What I actually packed for 10 days in locations with high humidity. On holidays, I tend to wear as little makeup as possible as I like to use that time to go exploring!

Cleanser – Bioderma Sebium Purifying Foaming Gel. I’ve used this before and I know it works well with my skin so packed a sample size one on the trip to use it up!
Exfoliator – Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant. This is my HG exfoliator. It’s so gentle but works effectively.
Toner – Kora Organics Energising Citrus Mist. Multi-tasking :)
Moisturiser – Nivea Q10 Day Cream. My favourite everyday moisturiser which works well as a base as well.
Makeup remover – Bioderma Sebium Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution*. Again, another HG. My go-to makeup remover! Feels like water but removes EVERY trace of makeup.
Night cream – Nivea Q10 Night Cream. Not greasy, and wake up with soft and hydrated skin. Winning.
Eye cream – Dermalogica Ultrasoothing Eye Serum*. Gentle and keeps the eye area moisturised.
Serum – Hydraluron*. The different climate caused havoc with my skin for a bit and Hydraluron helped keep it moisturised and soft.

Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream* – I’ve used this so much and can’t believe I haven’t written a review on it yet. It’s one of my HG products because it provides medium coverage yet feels so light on the skin.
Australis ACONTOUR* – All about that contour game!
NARS Luster blush and theBalm Frat Boy – I opted for a dusty rose and peachy blush as they seem to be the most flattering on my skintone.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow – Again, another HG. Perfect brows that stay put in the humid!
NARS Creamy Radiant Concealer – Lack of sleep meant heavy eye bags and I knew that this NARS concealer had its work cut out. Did not disappoint!
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes eyeliner – Didn’t pack any eyeshadows with me so for some definition, I packed this. Long-lasting and does not smudge.
Benefit They’re Real mascara – Knowing that it was the Summer in Hong Kong and Singapore, I knew I had to pack some waterproof, hard to remove with water products to make it through the trip. This Benefit mascara is one of my favourites. It holds a curl well and even has its own remover.
Edward Bess Ultra Slick lipstick in Night Romance, Bite Beauty Sucre matte cream lip crayon and NARS Velvet Matte lip pencil in Dragon Girl – opted for one everyday, one for night and one which can multitask for any occasion.
Batiste Dry Shampoo – ok, so technically not a makeup product but a beauty product nonetheless and one I cannot live without!


The product/s marked with a * in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.

Review: Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range

Bioderma is an independent French dermalogical laboratory whose skincare products are among the most frequently recommended by dermatologists and makeup artists alike.

Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range 5865538763

Bioderma Sebium Skincare Range 5865538763

I first heard of Bioderma and its amazing micellar water, Crealine (now Sensibio) H2O, when I attended a workshop held by Rae Morris. After getting my hands on a bottle, my makeup game has changed.  It is a cult product and one which I believe is worthy of all the hype surrounding it.

Bioderma now has a few different ranges aimed at different skin types. Today, I will be reviewing the Sebium range which has been specifically formulated for combination to oily skin and skin prone to acne.


Sebium H2O – 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

A micellar solution, just like the popular (and original) Crealine counterpart, it uses micelles to cleanse and remove make up. It is soap- and alcohol-free.

Sebium H2O - 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

Sebium H2O – 100ml $19.95, 250ml $29.95

Like I mentioned above, Bioderma’s micellar water is a holy grail product for me.  It looks, feels and even smells like water but it isn’t water! It removes make up really well (even waterproof products) and doesn’t leave an oily film on my face. There is no scent, no heavy feeling or tightness after using the micellar water.

It comes like a flip top bottle and you just squeeze out how much you need onto a round make up pad. This can be a bit inconveniencing especially when you can’t control exactly how much you need. But you can grab a pump bottle from Priceline to solve this (Model Co does a great one for only $5.95).

Sebium Foaming Gel – 200ml $24.95

This is a foaming cleanser for those that would like to be safe and cleanse after removing their make up with the Sebium H2O. Despite being called a gel, it is not as thick as your typical gel cleansers. It does foam up a little but not like a super foam ball on your face or anything. I didn’t feel any tightness on my skin after using it and didn’t detect a scent with this cleanser. This cleanser is also soap- and alcohol-free, making it compatible with all skin types.

Sebium Foaming Gel - 200ml $24.95

Sebium Foaming Gel – 200ml $24.95

It comes in a pump bottle and the blue colouring is from the combination of zinc and copper sulfates. I find that one pump is more than enough to cleanse a full face.

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant – 100ml $24.95

This exfoliating gel contains tiny microbeads, probably the same size as sand grains, and works really well at providing a deep clean of the pores. Bioderma recommends using this one or twice a week to help prepare your skin for your skincare routine.

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant - 100ml $24.95

Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant – 100ml $24.95

I used this about three times a week and because the exfoliating beads are quite small, it didn’t irritate my skin. Despite it being a gel, I found that it wasn’t as thick in consistency.

After reading the press release, I realised it could be used as an exfoliating cleanser. Silly me had been using it as a separate exfoliator to the cleanser above meaning I had been double (actually, triple! if you count the H2o as a cleanser too) cleansing my skin. And yet, my skin wasn’t “over processed” at all. It was not irritated by the increased cleansing.

The Sebium Gel Gommant Purifant comes in a squeeze tube bottle which is quite normal for facial exfoliants (correct me if I’m wrong?). I have no issues with this except I just have to be slightly careful when dispensing the product.

Sebium Pore Refiner – 30ml $30.95

This is a moisturiser targeted at those with oily skin, or skin that is prone to acne. It mattifies, refines and smoothes the skin and makes one hell of a make up base.

I like to apply this to areas where I normally get oil during the day – namely the T-Zone – and this ensures minimal oiliness during the day. Yes! A product that does what it says.

The moisturiser is absorbed quickly, and being mattifying in nature, does not leave a trace behind on your face. It’s got a very light texture and didn’t feel heavy on my skin.

This comes in a thin squeeze tube, twist lid with a small nozzle making it a bit easier to dispense the moisturiser. Its packaging is pretty much identical to the Sebium Global (discussed below) with its point of difference being a thin silver band around the top of the lid.

Sebium Global - 30ml $25.95; Sebium Pore Refiner - 30ml $30.95

Sebium Global – 30ml $25.95; Sebium Pore Refiner – 30ml $30.95

It is lightly scented but is a fresh scent that reminds me of cucumbers. I didn’t really notice a difference in my pores but I definitely noticed that it kept my skin matte for much longer!

Sebium Global – 30ml $25.95

This daily facial moisturiser is formulated for skin that is prone to acne – which is not my skin type at all. However, it worked really well with my skin. My skin was left feeling clear and very minimal spots were seen on the surface.

Again, like the Sebium Pore Refiner, this moisturiser was absorbed very quikcly into the skin, left no residual film, and it felt like I was wearing nothing on my face.


I really enjoyed using this skincare range and I felt that all the products worked together really well to produce results! After trialling this range, I was able to walk out of the house with no base make up on and my skin looked radiant, smooth and semi-flawless. I definitely recommend this skincare range to those with oily to combination skin. The Sebium Pore Refiner is definitely a stand out product for me in terms of its mattifying properties.


You can find Bioderma products in selected independent pharmacies, Terry White Chemists, Priceline Pharmacies and stores nationally.

The product/s mentioned in this post were provided by PR for consideration. Beauty Snippets’ opinion remains 100% unbiased and honest. Please refer to Beauty Snippets’ disclosure/PR policies page for further information.