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Sunday, September 4, 2016

European Holiday and blogging updates!

Hey all! It's always too long between my posts, and I really have to apologise for that. Let's just say I've been out living this summer, trying not to be too tethered to my devices. I will have to improve my time management skills for working, posting videos and blogging again. Anyhow, I wanted to share a couple videos from my recent vacation with you guys.



Friday, June 24, 2016

June Beauty Favourites! | Throwback post









Sooo.... I was browsing through my drafted posts, thinking about what I'd update the blog with and I came across this post that I had wrote last year (2015). I'll also be posting a more recent favourites post for this June, and it's quite interesting to see the differences between years. Anyway, let's get into it. (My apologies about the photos, since I no longer have many of these products, or didn't get around to taking the photos some time ago. But I used retail photos for most of them.)

Sunday, June 12, 2016

New Ban.do 2016-2017 Planner! | Overview

Hey lovelies! I filmed an in-depth overview of my new ban.do 2016-2017 17-month planner. I picked up the medium planner in the pattern "Magic Hour", and seriously, in comparison to the other patterns (with words and florals), I found this to be simplistic and chic enough to suit me.


Along with this planner, I also picked up some stationery from the ban.do site, some of which are currently on sale! I you are interested in see how I layout my planner, plan with me videos or tips for staying organised, please let me know!


I also picked up:
Sticky note set - Blah Blah Blah
Sticky note set- Straight up Magic 
Ban.do Sticker book part two






Disclaimer: This video is not sponsored. I purchased all these goodies with my own money.

#throwbackpost It’s Judy Time Palette | Swatches & Review

In 2012 I started watching ItsJudysLife vlogs and eventually I fell in love with her makeup channel and her First impression reviews. So when she came out with the It’s Judy Time palette with BH Cosmetics, I was totally fan-girling over it. However when it first came out, I was just a broke student haha, so I couldn't purchase it then. After some time BH cosmetics had some sales on this palette (as well as others) and I decided last December to finally get it at a 2 –for-1 deal (I got my bff one for Christmas). What sold me was the colours and versatility as well as the fact that it was going to be “gone” after December 2014. SO… was it worth the hype?


Heck yah! I make an effort to wear this palette everyday to work because the shades are so flattering and easy to use. I’ve tried it with my fingers, brushes, with primer, without primer and I’ve always impressed by the results!



Saturday, May 14, 2016

Eucerin Dermopurifyer Cleanser | Review

You may have seen me talk about this product in a haul video back in April, and how I was my second bottle of this miracle product. I've been using the Eucerin Dermopurifyer cleanser from since October last year, and the three best things about it is that it's affordable, gentle yet keeps breakouts at bay. The not so great thing about it is the misleading marketing garb.

Now as I've already said, this cleanser works to keep my skin clean and mostly free of acne breakouts. It doesn't dry my skin out, or leave it with that tight feeling some more harsh acne cleansers do. I tend to use the Dermopurifyer with my L'Oreal Scrublet which gives a good gentle exfoliation, and I've even used this product to clean my Real Techniques Blending sponge for daily use.

The Dermopurifyer is a colourless,fragrance-free gel which produces a lot of suds and effectively cleanses off my daily makeup as well. I also use this in the morning, unless I choose to switch it up with the Biore Pore Unclogging scrub. Eucerin has prided themselves in making a product without fragrance and soap. But...here's where I got a bit confused.

When I first purchased this product and up to the point of the haul in April, the use of the term "ampho-tensides" on the bottle made this seem "revolutionary". Not that I only purchase based on marketing labels on products, but it honestly made me very curious. At first, trying to be smart with my knowledge of Chemistry, I assumed this was the small amount of salicylic acid it contained in its formula, but at the same time, I was conflicted by the term and other ingredients since ampho- (more specifically amphoteric) refers to a substance that can be both positively- and negatively-charged, or can react with acids AND bases. Salicylic acid is definitely not amphoteric. (It reacts with bases or negatively charged ions.)

In researching this mysterious "ampho-tenside" further, I found abstracts of medical journals, but no real information about it. Until I broke apart the word and realised this fancy "ampho-tenside" was simply referrring to detergent (surfactants).

I'm absolutely picky about my skincare products, especially one which is affordable and works, but they call this a "soap-free" formula and instead have replaced soap with detergent. I'm not sure if that's necessarily for the better. Sodium Cocoamphoacetate and  Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the detergents Eucerin uses in this product. In their defense, it's primarily Sodium Cocoamphoacetate which is coconut-oil derived, and if you have irritation with SLS you may be okay using this product, since there are lower concentrations than most cleansers.

Pros


  • Affordable
  • Foams well
  • Effective at keeping acne breakouts under control
  • Gentle cleansing
  • Does not leave skin feeling stripped or dry
  • Removes foundation and other makeup
  • Soap-free
  • Fragrance-free

Cons 

  • Slightly misleading marketing claims

Product Specifications

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser is a daily-use, soap-free and fragrance-free formula for gentle, yet effective, cleaning for impure and acne-prone skin. Containing 6% Ampho-tensides, it eliminates excess sebum (serbboreah) while removing dirt and make-up. Its anti-bacterial properties rid skin of bacteria and inhibit bacterial reproduction and, as it is non-comedogenic, it won’t clog pores.
  • Volume: 200mL
  • Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid

The Raw Sugar


I must say though, the labelling had me a bit lost sadly. But would I repurchas this product knowing what I do now? YES! It's $12.10BDS, which is very affordable for a liquid cleanser which is gentle yet effective.

Where to purchase: Collin's Pharmacy, Boots (UK), Amazon.com



Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my money. Opinions are my own.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Reflections on 2015

Seasons greetings to all! I hope that you've had a great Christmas season!

I just wanted to pop in and share a couple videos I recorded in December. Yes, I finally am recording again! YAY! I am going to definitely keep this up *crosses fingers*.


Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Return to blogging... (with photos)

Hey all! I've missed you all so much. It's definitely been too long since I last blogged, the only reason that I could give you is that life happened. And it was/is hectic.

So around the end of August, I somehow spilled water on my laptop *hides in shame* and had the time of my life to get back my computer from Customs/ my mail forwarder. I didn't get it back until... October, although it was repaired a lot earlier than that. Lesson learnt, people do not always have your best intentions at heart, sadly.

I probably said in a video that I'm still teaching, but not having my laptop which I had prepared a number of things on for this term, meant that I had to work a bit harder than I intended at the start of the term. Thank goodness for Google Drive and the OneDrive though. Even if you don't own a word processor, they have pretty good ones. Also have I mentioned how cool it is that Google allows you to sign into your Chrome and see your tabs from anywhere, even saves the bookmarks across platforms? Well that definitely helped.


Somehow I thought the term would drag along slowly, but instead it went along so swiftly that we're just about 2 weeks before the end. I barely have had time to catch my breath. If I've not been busy marking, or putting together more work for classes, I've been sleeping. Legit, just coming home and sitting down to do something, and within the next few minutes I'm asleep. I tried staying up to at least watch a few YouTube videos (since I can't edit at the moment) or even a show on Netflix, but instead they end up watching me. I'm turning into a 50-year old, haha.

My drive to make a video is there, but my room is ... messy at the moment (read: I ain't got the energy or patience to put everything in a perfect place right now, though I'd like to). I really  did just want to talk to yall. Say I'm still alive and making it.



Oh! And I have to make mention to my new hobby, Aerial Silks! I've been trying to stay fit with this really fun experience. (I'm not one who likes the idea of just a gym workout.) If you follow my Instagram you would have seen some of my posts on it.

Anyhow, here are a couple of pics to hold you over until I can make it back to YouTube fully.

Makeup I did for my first rave. I wasn't quite sure what was the best for a rave. Then to find out anything goes, haha.
Short-lived Amanda the African Daisy
Birthday week! Installed some twisted braids by myself.
Cake cake cake cake cake cake...
Wrapped handstand moves. Still working on them.


Let me know what other posts and videos you'd like to see!

Monday, September 7, 2015

Back to School Giveaways!

Hey all! I know it's been too long since I've posted here, but I have great news (if you read the title you already know)!

GIVEAWAY time since it's Back to School! I know, I know, no longer a student but I just love stationery and it always comes in handy. I posted this on my YouTube & Instagram about a week ago now. If you're not following me on either, make sure you do for future giveaways and life updates!


Anyone (student or otherwise) can enter!

YouTube giveaway rules:
Open to residents of the Caribbean, USA and Canada.
This giveaway will run from 28th Aug to 12th Sept 2015. (2 weeks)

1. Must be subscribed to my YouTube channel.
2. Have to be 18 or older, or have your parents permission to enter if you're not.
3. In the comments, answer what you're most excited about for back to school. Or if you're like me, why you're not that excited.
You can enter as many times as you'd like!

Instagram Giveaway rules:
Open to residents of the Caribbean.
This giveaway will run from 28th Aug to 18th Sept 2015 @11:59pm. (3 weeks)

1. Have to be 18 or older, or have your parents permission to enter if you're not.
2. Go to my Instagram, @thebajanchristina.
3. REPOST the giveaway image with the hashtag #b2swithChris (so that I can find it)
You can enter as many times as you'd like!



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