Beauty – Winter Buys

I don’t spend big all that frequently on beauty products. I buy what I need, when I need it, and I go back and forth between buying new products and staying with old faithfuls that I know work on my normal-to-dry skin. Last week I realised that I’ve tried out a few new things in the last three months so I wanted to do a quick round up.

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil – $49AUD
I bought this pencil in August after having my make up done at Mecca Maxima for a wedding. You pay $90 to have your make up done and you get $90 worth of complimentary products of your choosing. I’ve known for a while that I need to start filling in my eyebrows a little. When you get your eyebrows waxed regularly and almost every time the girl asks you if you want your eyebrows filled in or if you’d like to buy an eyebrow pencil (or both), you realise that maybe, just maybe your eyebrows are too patchy. Thank you pregnancy from three and a half years ago for that lovely side effect – balding eyebrows. I’m kind worried I’m going to become one of those ladies who wears glasses on a chain and has shimmery, completely drawn on eyebrows, but I’m not there yet. So as part of my complimentary product, I bought this Hourglass pencil the girl at Mecca used on my eyebrows. It has a wind up, angled crayon at one end, and a mascara wand at the other. You just fill in the front part of the eyebrow and comb it through. It’s idiot proof, which, given my inability to master any kind of eyeliner, is really great. It’s not cheap for a pencil (to me), but I think it will last a while.

Mario Badescu Oil Free Moisturiser – $29AUD
This moisturiser was also purchased as part of my Mecca complimentary product. I needed moisturiser, and I favour hydrating, oil free ones because anything with oil in it makes my skin break out like nobody’s business. This goes on like silk, and a little bit of it goes a looooong way. I was using way too much of it initially and wondering why I had so much excess left on my hands before I realised that less is more. This was something the Mecca girl recommended to me, and I bought it on a whim. It almost feels like it has a little bit of silicone in it, though looking at the ingredients list I don’t see it. I say this because the consistency feels a little bit like the silicone e.l.f. primer I used recently that was so horrifically pore-blocking I had to chuck it in the bin. Though this moisturiser has a much softer consistency, it just glides on the skin in a similar way. It does feel nicer on my skin than the primer though, so maybe not. How’s that for a review? It might have silicone! Eh, it might not. Stellar, right? That being said, I don’t know that I would repurchase it. It doesn’t have any SPF in it, so I have to wear a sunscreen under so I don’t love the extra application of that before I’ve put my moisturiser on (I’m lazy first thing in the morning, what can I say?). I also don’t love it as much as I loved the Clarins HydraQuench Lotion moisturiser I bought earlier this year, which was more expensive, but had a truly weightless feel and SPF in it (and a delicious, light, clean scent that I adored).

Arbonne Genius Resurfacing Pads & Solution – $135AUD (though I paid $95 using my friend’s discount).
When we went to Hawaii last year I bought a very similar Philosophy product at Sephora. I wanted to try the Arbonne version though, so I got a friend who is a consultant to order it for me so I could use her 30% discount. These have a much less acidic feel to them than the Philosophy ones do, but they also don’t seem to remove excess make up, which the Philosphy ones did do fairly well. While I do like this Arbonne version, I do find the scent a little overpowering, and value for money if you’re paying full price isn’t as good as the Philosophy version. And the Philosphy version did have a noticeably good effect on my skin, where the Arbonne one hasn’t made much of a difference that I can see yet. Not sure if I would repurchase this, when I know the Philosophy one works well for me.

Clarins HydraQuench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase – $73AUD
I ran out of the Philosophy When Hope Is Not Enough serum (which I love) a little while ago and wanted to try something new straight away since my skin gets quite dry over Winter, and particularly this Winter which has been colder than we’ve had in ten years apparently. Though I’m sure the northern hemisphere would LAUGH at our version of “cold.” Like, oh, you had to wear a scarf AND gloves? Oh man, you guys must be freeeeeezing, eyeroll, eyeroll. Yeah, yeah, I know. We had to have the heater up an extra TWO DEGREES in Melbourne, so we must have been freezing cold, right? Anyway, I loved my Clarins HydraQuench Lotion so much that I decided to try out the serum version and bought it from StrawberryNet for a good price. Like the lotion, it has a lovely, fresh, clean linen smell that I adore, and that’s something the Philosophy serum did as well. The consistency of the Clarins serum, though, is pure liquid. I wasn’t expecting that, and I find that I like a serum that doesn’t seep through my fingers when I squirt it out of the bottle for the first time. But it does go on nicely and two decent squirts are enough for my face and neck. One definite con, though, which I didn’t realise when purchasing, is the presence of peanut oil in it, so THANK GOD I read the ingredients before I used it and then touched my daughter, who has a nut allergy. She will quite often ask for “some” of whatever lotion I’m rubbing in to my face and if there’s a tiny bit on my hands I’ll rub it lightly on her cheeks and she thinks she’s wearing make up. So yeah, super, SUPER glad I didn’t that this time around.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Softening Foaming Gel Cleanser – $24.99AUD (though I paid about $12AUD)
I bought this cleanser when Priceline was having one of their 50% off skincare sales. I had heard a few people touting the La Roche-Posay brand, and I has already been using their eyecream for a few months, so I decided to give their cleanser a shot. It’s supposed to be for intolerant, sensitive skin, and while it comes out of the tube smelling a little medicinal, it’s actually quite a light cleanser. I do get dry skin if I use something too harsh as a cleanser, but this one has been quite nice. It doesn’t feel or look very much like a gel, and it definitely doesn’t foam up very much, but as far as cleansers go, it’s quite an okay one. I don’t know that I would rush back to buy it – I much prefer the Keihls cleanser I was using prior to this one which gave much better coverage after lathering it up a bit, but this is certainly no slouch in the make up cleansing, fresh faced feeling that I like.

Have you tried anything new that you’re loving? Let me know!

Until next time,

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