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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*.


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