I bought a few new-to-me products in December, one online, two at Sephora (YAY! I finally went!), and one from Lush, so over the past month I’ve been enjoying the spoils of new skincare and make up, which is always a good thing.
Pixi By Petra Beauty Bronzer and Kabuki – Subtly Suntouched
I bought this at Sephora because I have needed a new bronzer for aaaaaages. Like, probably about a year. I usually just use a pinkish blush, but I haven’t been able to find a bronzer to have as a second option that I liked. I always find ones that are SO DARK I look like I’ve rolled in red dirt in the outback, which, on my pale skin does not look good. This is the first Pixi product I’ve ever used, and I nearly bought the Pixi Glow Tonic that everyone raves about, but then I saw this bronzer, and after a quick test realised it was perfect. It gives the most delicate, subtle glow, and I love it. I don’t use the little kabuki brush it comes with because it’s stupidly small, but a light dust of it with a nice soft blush brush and I feel like I have a sufficient enough glow to make it seem like I get enough vitamin D.
*I bought this at Sephora, as I said, but I cannot link to it because it’s not AVAILABLE ONLINE. Get it together, Sephora. Online stores are not that hard.
Nuxe Merveillance Regenerating Expert Night Cream – Face & Eyes – $59AUD (free shipping as well!)
I needed a night cream, also for aaaaages, but I was taking my time choosing one. Historically, I find night creams to be either very oily and heavy, making me break out, or so light that they don’t feel like they’re doing a thing besides soaking into my skin in about two seconds. This Nuxe cream is something I bought after searching the Adore Beauty website using the search parameters with things like “anti-aging”, “night cream”, “fountain of eternal youth”, “get rid of wrinkles”, etc, and this was one of the search results. I hadn’t heard of Nuxe before, but I read some reviews and they were pretty good, and I figured it’s French, and French women would be ONTO IT with wrinkles and stuff, so I’d give it a whirl. It is a heavy-ish cream, but it’s weirdly light on my skin. It absorbs fairly quickly, and it leaves my face feeling soft and luxurious. It does have quite a discint scent. It’s not fragranced as such, it’s more of a sort of costmetic clean sort of a smell. I don’t use it every night, because I’ve been trying to ease my skin into using a heavier cream. It feels lovely though, and the size of the tub is really good value for money.
Sephora Collection Smoothing & Brightening Concealer – $16AUD
I tend to get dark blue circles under my eyes when I’m really tired, and generally always have a dark skin tone in the corners of my eyes near the bridge of my nose. Plus, there are a few more wrinkles creeping in, so I wanted a nice concealer that would brighten the area up. Sephora has three of these liquid concealer pens available in a green, blue or pink tinge. One of the Sephora staff explained that dark blue circles need to be countered with pink undertones, and when I saw this one was less than twenty bucks I was sold. And it actually does brighten up my under eye area, and smoothes it a little, so I’m very pleased with this little gem.
*Again, I can’t link to it because it’s not available on the Sephora.com.au website. Again, I say GET IT TOGETHER SEPHORA AUSTRALIA.
Lush Big Liquid Sea Salt Shampoo $27AUD
I am constantly, CONSTANTLY searching for a shampoo and conditioner that promises weightless volume for fine hair and actually delivers. I have yet to find one. I have a lot of hair, but it’s super fine, to the point where it will hold a freshly curled curl for literally, LITERALLY FIFTEEN MINUTES. Hair spray doesn’t work, mousse doesn’t work, nothing works. My hair is slippery as an eel, especially when freshly washed. It looks awesome for about an hour, then it just goes totally flat and limp and it drives me crazy. So I wandered into Lush at Chadstone last week and bought a tub of this shampoo and the matching conditioner bar. The shampoo is odd – big chunks of sea salt and a kind of gooey texture, but it lathers up once it’s in my hair. It definitely makes it squeaky clean and it feels truly naked of product once I’ve rinsed it. The conditioning bar I’m not 100% sold on because it does not lather at all, so I find it hard to work through my long hair with any real effect (if you have any tips on this, please enlighten me!). The shampoo is good, though I still don’t feel that it gives my hair any real volume. Also, the sea salt chunk hurt like bitch when you stand on them on the shower floor as you’re washing your hair, FYI. I don’t know that I’ll repurchase this product once it’s finished. I’m yet to experience the music video volume-rific hair I expected to see after 15 days of using this (which is about seven washes). The conditioner bar I definitely won’t bother with again, it’s too much effort for too little result.
That’s it for now. If you’ve tried anything new lately let me know!
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