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Summer Beauty Guide Part 5 – Beauty

Summer is coming and Beauty Snippets has compiled a Summer Beauty Guide to make the transition from stockings and pants to shorts and skirts easy.

Part 5, and the final part of the Summer Beauty Guide, consists of miscellaneous beauty products that will see you through Summer!

To read the previous 4 parts of this guide, click here!

 

Summer Beauty Guide: Beauty

1. Luminsce Essential Body Renewal Cream ($65.95AUD/150ml, for stockists – contact (02) 8007 3116)*

Luminesce Essential Body Renewal

This should’ve been included in the the Summer Beauty Guide: Moisturise section so forgive me! This is a heavy duty body moisturise aimed at “boosting collagen formation, improve skin elasticity, and protect against the signs of premature ageing” (information from press release).

I love to use this right after a shower, before going to bed, and the next morning, voila – smooth and hydrated looking skin. Plus, the benefits! Anti-ageing? Why not!

Luminesce Essential Body Renewal

There was no distinct scent and after leaving the moisturiser to soak in for a couple of minutes, bed sheets and clothes aren’t stained and no greasy feeling left.

2. Bioderma Crealine H2O ($35.95AUD/250ml available at selected pharmacies {for locations click here} and at www.adorebeauty.com.au)*

Bioderma Crealine H2O

Bioderma is a recent introduction into the Australian beauty market and despite hearing all about its greatness amongst beauty bloggers and makeup artists, I never actually ordered it online. Not sure why, ha!

Summer parties means a face of makeup and coming home late. The last thing you want to do when coming home at 5am is to go through a full makeup removing routine. This is where Bioderma comes in. This amazing ‘water’ removes makeup easily and you don’t even need to wash your face after using it.

What I do before heading out for the night is make sure that this is next to my bed along with a couple of makeup remover pads so I don’t forget.

3. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser (available at Laura Mercier counters at selected Myer and David Jones stores nationally and online at adorebeauty.com.au)

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

Liquid ($59AUD/40ml)

Another well-deserved hype product. Sheer but buildable coverage, doesn’t cling to dry skin flakes, doesn’t rub off onto clothing and looks natural. It feels very light on as well so perfect for those occasions where you would wear foundation. Summer is just too hot and humid for me to wear any foundation so most days (well, more like 80% of the year), I don’t wear foundation or tinted moisturiser. But when there’s a special occasion, I whip out the foundation during Winter and this during Summer.

Creme Compact ($65AUD/7.5g)*

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

A new addition to the already popular line is this creme compact. Great for travel and touch-ups! It’s the perfect size for when you need to put on makeup to head to that afterparty after swimming.

The compact comes with a mirror and sponge applicator which has a ‘wet’ feeling. This gives a nice flawless finish – great for people like me who cannot apply foundation and the like perfectly with just my fingers.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

Only issue is that even though it’s supposed to be matched to the existing 10 shades in the tinted moisturiser range, I found that this wasn’t really the case.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser

4. Swisspers Everything Aloe Balm ($10.99AUD/50ml, available at Priceline stores nationwide and selected pharmacies)*


Swisspers Aloe Everything Balm

It is what the name states – an ‘everything’ balm with aloe! It’s definitely one product that will be sitting very snuggly in my handbag this summer. Use it as a moisturiser for those times you forget to moisturise your arms and/or legs, sculpt your eyebrows into place, got sunburnt? Not a problem – use this to soothe your sunburn, and even use it as a cuticle and hand cream.

5. Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector ($50AUD/10ml, available at Clinique counters nationwide and on Clinique’s website at clinique.com.au)*

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

A yellow-tinted, lightweight eye cream that promises to lighten your dark undereye circles by 30% in 12 weeks. Summer is a time for beach parties and hanging out til the sun rises so to get your through your day, this eye cream is your best bet at hiding those circles. What it promises is to lighten and not to completely remove or hide thus being a very achievable claim.

Clinique Even Better Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

The applicator is really a cooling massage tip which seriously feels awesome in the mornings. It definitely ‘wakes’ you up and is a godsend on those tired puffy eyes.

6. Nutrimetics nc Illuminating Stick ($25AUD currently on sale $19.90AUD/7.5g, available on the Nutrimetics website)*

Nutrimetics nc Illuminating Stick

When it comes to summer, my most favourite makeup product to use, apart from bronzers, are highlighters. Dab some here and there and when the light hits it, it looks so glowy and angelic. Sometimes, I like to use highlighters and bronzers and forget about the blush.

Nutrimetics nc Illuminating Stick

This illuminating stick from Nutrimetics is a pale white highlighter with some pink microshimmer. On first swipe, it’s sheer but it’s buildable. I prefer sheer highlighters as I find that with sheer highlighters, there’s a lesser chance of looking like an oilslick discoball.

7. Innoxa Skin Perfecting Foundation 5-in-1 BB cream ($24.95AUD/30ml, available at Priceline, Big W, Myer and selected pharmacies)*

Innoxa Skin Perfecting Foundation 5in1 BB Cream

Its five benefits are: balancing and correcting uneven skintone, brighten skin and reduce pigmentation, calm and soothe skin and reduce redness.

This is perfect for summer because:

– Slightly runny consistency and is light. It doesn’t feel as though I am wearing makeup.
– Easy to apply with fingers. Doesn’t dry too fast.
– Lasts a whole day in humid heat.
– No shine. Just a natural finish. No need to use powder.

The shade Sand matched my skin pretty well. I’m about an NC30ish in MAC, if that helps.

Innoca Skin Perfecting Foundation 5in1 BB Cream

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.

Summer Beauty Guide Part 4 – Bronzers

Summer is coming and Beauty Snippets has compiled a Summer Beauty Guide to make the transition from stockings and pants to shorts and skirts easy.

Part four is a compilation of 3 of Beauty Snippets’ favourite bronzers to take you from day to night.

Summer Beauty Guide: Bronzers

As you will no doubt notice, this Summer Beauty Guide doesn’t feature any fake tanning products. This is due to the fact that I am already olive-skinned and have never used a fake tanner in my life. I can’t include such fake tanning products if I have yet to trial them. However, to make up for this, here are three of my favourite bronzers at the moment!

1. Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Bronzer ($29.95AUD at selected Priceline stores nationwide)*

Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Bronzer

This bronzer is one of my prettiest looking powders in my collection. It’s divided into four even sections, each section has a different shade with the exception of the top and bottom. This leans towards the orange end of the bronzer spectrum compared with my HG Tarte Park Ave Princess bronzer. However, it’s only a slight orange tint which won’t make you look like an oompa loompa. The shimmer particles are apparent when worn making it more of an evening/sunset bronzer for me. It’s sheer but buidable and doesn’t fade throughout the day.

Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Bronzer swatches in natural light - top to bottom and the mixed

2. Tarte Park Avenue Princess mineral powder bronzer ($29USD at Sephora)

Tarte Park Avenue Princess mineral powder bronzer

Perfect bronzer for everyday. It’s an ideal shade for a bronzer for me. Not too brown but not too orange either. The shimmers are very fine particles which give off a nice glow. I like my bronzers to be sheer as I can build up the intensity to my liking. This is my HG bronzer. I’ve been using it every summer for the past 2 years and it’s still going!

3. Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Sun Stones ($29.95AUD at selected Priceline stores nationwide)*

Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Sun Stones

These are like the infamous Guerlain Meteorite Balls. Each ‘sun stone’ is a variant of a bronze shade with gold shimmer.

This is more of a highlighter for me than bronzer as the glitter is too chunky and it’s a bit too sheer for me. However, it works perfectly as a highlighter when I opt to wear no blush, bronze blush or nude blush.

Swatches

Swatches: 1 - Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Bronzer, 2 - Tarte Park Avenue Princess mineral powder bronzer, 3 - Physicians Formula Bronze Booster Glow-Boosting Sun Stones

As you can see in the swatch, the Physicians Formula Cashmere Wear Bronzer is the more orange of the three, with Tarte Park Avenue Princess bronzer more copper bronze in shade and the Physicians Formula Bronze Booster beads are much sheerer and has more larger glitter particles.

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.

Summer Beauty Guide Part 3 – Moisturise

Summer is coming and Beauty Snippets has compiled a Summer Beauty Guide to make the transition from stockings and pants to shorts and skirts easy.

This is part three of the Summer Beauty Guide – showcasing a number of products to keep your skin smooth and soothed.

Summer Beauty Guide - Moisturise

1. Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion ($5.41AUD/225ml; $7.89/400ml; $11.57AUD/750ml, available in supermarkets and pharmacies nationwide)*

Vaseline is one of the many few brands that has remained constant in my beauty cupboard. It’s just a trusted brand to me. I know that it would never fail me!

Vaseline Total Moisture Lotion

Vaseline has launched a new range, Total Moisture, with new stratys-3 technology aimed at delivering hydration to all three layers of the skin’s surface (information from press release).

Available in three types (three seems to be the magic number today!):

(i) Cocoa glow – this is an off-white, almost cream shade of lotion. It has a faint smell of cocoa butter which does linger after application but it’s very faint! This feels slightly ‘thicker’ out of the three lotions but it’s by no means a heavy duty body moisturiser. I think this will be used much more in Winter as I find the scent of cocoa butter very comforting during Winter.

(ii) Dry skin – unlike the Cocoa Glow, the dry skin lotion is straight up white. It has a very very faint smell of milk? Like a clean smell…It’s a great body lotion for everyday.

(iii) Aloe fresh – love this. It’s got a slightly stronger scent of the three but it’s a refreshing aloe scent that doesn’t linger. As it has the inclusion of aloe, this would be great to apply after sun exposure.

All three lotions work well at keeping your skin hydrated without you being left feeling sticky – its absorbed quite fast. They are also lightweight so you can’t feel that you are wearing any moisturiser once its absorbed.

You really can’t go wrong with Vaseline…

2. Organix Hydrating Moroccan Argan Oil (products available in supermarkets and pharmacies across Australia and from www.beautyandme.com.au)*

Organix Hydrating Moroccan Argan Oil - Creamy Oil Body Lotion and Dry Body Oil

(a) Creamy oil body lotion ($16.99AUD/385ml)

Despite its name, this ‘creamy oil body lotion’ ain’t that oily – and that’s a good thing. It’s light and is absorbed very quickly thus it isn’t greasy allowing you to moisturise, get dressed and head out the door!

The scent is very similar to the hair conditioner in the same range – floral, spices and citrus.

(b) Dry body oil ($16.99/200ml)

I’ve never used a dry body oil before so this was an interesting product to use. I always picture body oils to be greasy and remain greasy even after 30 minutes or so. This isn’t the case with the Organix Hydrating Moroccan Argan Oil – Dry Body Oil. This Dry Body Oil has a fresh floral scent. I love applying this after a shower when my skin is still damp as it locks the moisture in. After using this, I find that there’s no need to moisturise the next day!

Now as you can imagine, the only gripe I have about this product is the packaging. The product is an oil. A very liquid and runny oil. When I flip that top, there’s a hole to release the oil and every time I use it, there is always oil dripping everywhere – down the bottle, down my hands and onto the sink.

3. Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Refreshing Body Mist ($25AUD/120ml, available at Crabtree and Evelyn stores – to locate one click here)

Crabtree & Evelyn La Source Refreshing Body Mist

I won this through a giveaway and decided to include it as part of the ‘moisturise’ feature of this guide despite it not being your typical body moisturiser.

I have never used a body mist before but with Sydney experiencing a heatwave last week, I went to town with this. It keeps your skin soft and smooth all with a calming and soothing scent of the ocean. Just imagine how good it feels on a sticky hot day to have this sprayed onto your skin and then the scent evoking images of the ocean and palm trees. Bliss!

4. Weleda Wild Rose Body Lotion ($33.90AUD/100ml, available at Weleda stores nationally – store locator here)

Weleda Wild Rose Body Lotion

I won this product as well – through Angela’s blog – and she’s spot on in her review. To summarise what she said about this – light rose scent that isn’t overpowering, light body lotion and essentially makes your skin look awesome.

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.

Summer Beauty Guide Part 2 – Exfoliation

Summer is coming and Beauty Snippets has compiled a Summer Beauty Guide to make the transition from stockings and pants to shorts and skirts easy.

This is part two of the Summer Beauty Guide – all about exfoliation.

Before you start shaving and tanning, you need to prepare your skin. Here are some fab tools for exfoliating your way to smoother, sexier skin!

1. Le Edge Exfoliating Tool ($39.95AUD, for stockists visit their website le-edge.com.au)

This innovative exfoliating handheld device works to remove the build up of dead skin and dirt without you having to continuously and abrasively scrubbing your skin. It has a stainless steel edge and when held at a 45 degree angle and moving against the direction of hair growth, it gently glides over your skin whilst exfoliating.

Can you believe it does all that without the need for mitts, loofahs or scrubbing creams and gels?

This is ideal especially when travelling as it’s so lightweight and consolidates a few showertime products into one.

2. Manicare Cellulite Bristle Brush ($14.95AUD, available at Priceline, Target, K-Mart, Big W and leading pharmacies)

Now this may not be an ‘official’ exfoliating tool but it is sorta the same thing. This cellulite bristle brush by Manicare is great for dry body brushing which is one of way minimising cellulite. Dry body brushing is also a quick way to remove any dead, dry and/or dull skin. This Cellulite Bristle Brush comes with two sides – on one side, you have 100% natural bristles and on the other, nodules which are perfect for some massaging!

The bristles are not too harsh or scratchy on your skin – which is important in a dry body brushing tool.

3. The Body Shop Ginger and Cranberry body polish ($20.95AUD/200ml, available at The Body Shop stores nationally)

If you still love body exfoliators, look no further than The Body Shop. They have a wide range of body polishes in various scents. These two are from their limited edition Christmas range.

These body polishes foam up really well, and they are gentle enough to use everyday!

The body polishes smell amazing. I am not a huge fan of ginger. Absolutely hate it. But the scent in this Ginger Sparkle body polish is really nice. I can’t quite put my finger on the exact scent but it sorta smells like sweet licorice! As for the Cranberry Joy body polish, it has a sweet berry scent. So lovely. Such a shame that the scent doesn’t last long on your skin.

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.

Summer Beauty Guide Part 1 – Hair Removal

Summer is coming and Beauty Snippets has compiled a Summer Beauty Guide to make the transition from stockings and pants to shorts and skirts easy.

Part 1 of the Summer Beauty Guide is all things hair removal.

The word ‘summer’ conjures up images of the beach, cocktails and bikinis so it’s no surprise that hair removal is a top priotity for me (and others!) to prepare my body for summer.

Here are three ways to keep the hairs at bay.

Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar ($12.99AUD nationwide at Priceline)

Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar

Parissa Chamomile Body Sugar

What Parissa says

Chamomile Body Sugar: a natural, washable hair remover infused with soothing Chamomile, gently lifts away hair from the root for clean, salon-smooth results up to 6 weeks. Includes vial of Azulene Oil to soothe & soften skin and prevent ingrown hair

Includes: 140ml jar of sugar wax/body sugar, 20 washable strips, 8ml Azulene oil, 3 spatulas (wooden) and an instruction pamphlet

Per the instructions, I took the lid off the wax jar, placed it a small bowl then placed it in the microwave on high heat for about 15-20 seconds. It says to heat it until it has the consistency of honey. I find that a slightly runnier texture was much easier to work with.

I did a full leg wax on my legs and this took about 30 minutes. I’m not sure how long a full leg wax usually takes but 30 minutes for two legs seems alright.

I love that the wax is easily removed with water and the wax strips are washable. I found that the wax washed off really easily and the strips dried very fast.

Not that I was really noticing but there was no apparent scent from the wax.

Once you’re done, just let the jar of wax cool down before storing it. What is pictured in the wax jar is what’s left after 2 x 2 full leg waxes.

Unfortunately, you can’t buy the jar of wax separately once you’ve finished. You’ll have to purchase the whole kit but this is fine with me because at only $12.99AUD (sometimes less when Priceline has their sales), you get more Azulene oil and wax strips.

Schick Hydro Silk Razor ($14.25AUD nationwide at Woolworths, Coles, Big W, K-Mart, Priceline, Chemist Warehouse)

A new addition to Schick’s extensive bodycare range, the Hydro Silk Razor includes 5 blades – for a closer shave and water-activated serum which is infused with shea butter – to moisturise and hydrate your skin.

Schick Hydro Silk Razor

When I need to shave, this is my go-to. I have always used Schick and I think this new razor is great. The water-activated serum means I don’t need to use a shaving cream in the shower and if I’m in a rush, my legs are moisturised for up to 2 hours with the serum – just in case I forget to apply moisturiser after. A point to note is that the serum, at first, feels strange – kinda like drool but you get used to it after the first use.

The blades honestly do give a close shave and depsite not moisturising after, my legs look and feel hydrated. Perfect for lazy (and/or forgetful peeps).

The blade lasts for about a month with me using it every second day or so. The serum lasts the same time as the blades.

Philips Lumea Precision Plus ($1299.95AUD at Shaver Shop stores nationally)

Philips Lumea Precision Plus IPL

Philips Lumea Precision Plus IPL

Out of the three featured here, this is my favourite method of removing hair. It reduces and slows down hair growth and this, to me, is a nice permanent hair removal/reduction option. I have previously received laser hair removal at a clinic but it’s quite expensive as you need at least 6-8 sessions before the hair growth is reduced.

The Philips Lumea Precisious Plus is a user-friendly device and doesn’t take long for you to understand how to use it. It has five adjustable heat settings to ensure effective treatment for a range of hair colours and skin tones. It has a sensor to ensure that the applicance is touching the skin at the correct angle, flashing green, and then you press a button and a bright light is emitted. It also comes with an additional filter that is smaller – perfect for use on the face.

Philips Lumea Precision Plus IPL

Philips Lumea Precision Plus IPL

After using the small hairdryer-like device, the hairs on my legs has slowed down. I used to shave them every second day but it has now moved onto shaving every four or five days. The trial period isn’t yet over but I will be posting up a more in-depth review as I have completely finished the trial.

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.