I was recently given the chance to trial the SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator by Australian beauty online retailer FacialCo.com.au . SkinCeuticals has a good reputation as a skin care company that is backed up by science, and I had heard great things about their famous C E Ferulic serum- so I was looking forward to trying this product.
The Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator is basically a gentle exfoliating and hydrating serum to be used after cleansing and before any other moisturising product. It uses the chemical exfoliant hydroxyethyl urea, which is supposed to be both exfoliating and hydrating (I’m not familiar with the exfoliating properties of this compound I’m just going off information given by SkinCeuticals). Together with the humectant hyaluronate, it draws moisture to the skin – useful when ‘sealed in’ with an occlusive like a cream moisturiser or skin treatment oil.
After using this post cleanse several times a week for a month, I’ve noticed that it does seem to hydrate when used underneath my regular moisturiser- and leaves my skin a little smoother (likely due to the exfoliating properties of the urea)- but the effect is not dramatic. I haven’t noticed any adverse reactions with my sensitive skin, so this might be a good option for sensitive skin types that want to dip a toe into chemical exfoliating treatments without going into AHA/BHAs
Using patent-pending technology, this unique treatment contains a 25% concentration of a paradoxal compound discovered to be highly effective at promoting cell differentiation while optimizing the skin’s amino acid supply to reinforce the barrier, resulting in the most efficient epidermal renewal. Potent without harsh side effects, Retexturing Activator is formulated in an efficient, oil-free delivery system suitable for all skin types.
Price: $92.95 from Facial Co. ( $110.65 RRP)
The Facial Co. are giving away a $100 gift voucher to one lucky My Funny Valentine reader! They stock a large range of skin care and beauty brands including Essie, Orly, Dermalogica, Alpha H, Napoleon, Payot, ASAP, Clarins, Trilogy, and of course- SkinCeuticals. What will you pick up with $100 to spend?
This giveaway is open to to Australian residents and will run for 2 weeks. I will draw the winners using a random number generator and email the winners by the 7th of May 2014. If I am unable to reach a winner by 1 week a new winner will be redrawn. Good luck!
myfunnyvalentine on Apr 22nd, 2014 in Giveaways, Reviews, Skincare | 103570 comments. Skinceuticals+Retexturing+Activator+and+%24100+Facial+Co.+Giveaway2014-04-22+03%3A53%3A21myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10357
Happy Easter everyone!
Hope you’ve all got a good long weekend ahead wherever you are. Here are some looks using the Tom Ford Orchid Haze quad that I reviewed in the previous post- as you can see, it’s quite versatile for both day and night makeup looks. The shadows layer well, and look nice on their own also.
Orchid Haze Eye look #1
- Too Faced Shadow Insurance to prime
- Matte Aubergine from Tom Ford Orchid Crush Quad (Shade #4) blended all over mobile lid, extending towards temples. I’ve also blended this shadow underneath bottom lashline, concentrating it in the outer third.
- Champagne shade from Orchid Crush (shade #1) applied to inner corners as a highlight.
- Matte camel shade from Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage Quad (any matte light brown colour will work) blended in the crease.
- Bobbi Brown Gel Liner in Black Ink to line upper lashline
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Apr 17th, 2014 in Eye shadow, FOTD | 103380 comments. Tom+Ford+Orchid+Haze+Quad%3A+One+quad%2C+three+looks2014-04-17+06%3A27%3A41myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10338
Tags: Tom Ford
After being blown away by Tom Ford Cocoa Mirage eyeshadow quad, I knew it was only a matter of time before I had to get my hands on another quad. I purchased Orchid Haze on a whim whilst swatching and sniffing my way around DJs with some other bloggers post lunch – I was impressed with the texture of the eyeshadows in Orchid Haze quad overall, but the main clincher for me with this quad is that amazing buttery matte aubergine. From the Tom Ford palettes I own (Cocoa Mirage, Orchid Haze, and She Wolf trio), I’ve noticed that Tom Ford does matte shadows incredibly well. Buttery, darker mattes that blend easily and evenly are notoriously difficult to find, and Tom Ford dark mattes are amongst the best in this respect.
There are some aspects of the performance of the product that is less than perfect (I’ll elaborate in my review below), but overall I’m quite fond of Orchid Haze.
Colour and texture
Shade #1 (top left of quad) is a frosty cool toned champagne with medium pigmentation and a buttery smooth texture. It’s an excellent cool toned champagne that I like as an inner corner highlight.
Shade #2 (top right) is a light satin brown taupe with soft mauve shimmer- it has medium pigmentation and smooth texture. This looks gorgeous layered over the top of shade #4 (matte aubergine), and gives you a beautifully dimensional complex colour.
Shade #3 (bottom left) is a dusty rose mauve with subtle pinkish shimmer. Pigmentation is medium and texture is smooth. Rosey mauve shades always looks like ass on my eyes (makes me look sick and/or sad), I’ve accepted that and moved on. It would look amazing on cooler toned ladies.
Shade #4 (bottom right) is a stunning deep ashy aubergine with a buttery matte finish and excellent pigmentation. Reminds me of MAC Blackberry eyeshadow, but far, FAR superior in texture and pigmentation. It’s probably the smoothest, most pigmented deep purple shade I own- so easy to blend on the eye and easily buildable without getting patchy when layering (some reviewers have noticed patchiness but I personally haven’t).
I have swatched the eyeshadows #1-4 is swatched left to right below. Orchid Crush in action below- top EOTD look uses shade #1 and #4; bottom EOTD uses shade #1 #2 and #4 (as labelled on the images).
I’ve got FOTDs using this quad drafted and scheduled to go live in a few days- watch this space!
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Apr 15th, 2014 in Eye shadow, Reviews, Swatches | 99070 comments. Tom+Ford+Orchid+Haze+Eyeshadow+Quad%3A+Review+and+Swatches2014-04-15+05%3A01%3A56myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9907
I was recently given the chance to try some nail polishes from Kester Black and Uslu Airlines by Australian retailer Outergold.com - who specialise in niche beauty and lifestyle products.
Prior to this I hadn’t tried either brands before, although I had heard great things about Kester Black from Swatchgirl.com. I was very impressed by the formula of both polishes- they both applied so evenly and lasted an incredible 3-5 days before any noticeable chipping.
Kester Black ‘Buttercream’ nail polish looks just like what you would expect from it’s name. Buttercream is a beautiful neutral milk coffee nude, which is almost opaque in two layers- as shown in swatch above (there is a slight translucency to the colour), and completely opaque in 3. The colour applies evenly with no streaking. I’m always overjoyed when I find a nude polish that doesn’t streak.
Kester Black is an Australian niche nail polish brand. All their polishes are ‘Five Free’ (no toluene, DBP, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin); cruelty free; and vegan.
Price: $17/ 15 mL
Uslu airlines is a Berlin based high end beauty company. Their products are named after airport destinations (I love this idea), and the shade NMA is named after the Namangan airport in Uzbekistan.
I chose this shade because a deep burgundy colour is my staple nail polish shade- so I’m always on a lookout for a good burgundy that has the sophistication of Butter London La Moss (but with a faster dry time and better chip resistance). This one is beautifully formulated – holds up much better than the Butter London one, and is a gorgeous shade.
Price: $29/ 11mLPosted by myfunnyvalentine on Apr 10th, 2014 in Nail Polish, Reviews, Swatches | 102560 comments. Autumn+Nails%3A+Kester+Black+Buttermilk+and+Uslu+Airlines+NMA+2014-04-10+01%3A47%3A07myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10256
I was recently introduced to the Subtle Energies range of skin care products, and given a chance to trial the Rasayana Body Wash and Rasayana Detox Body Scrub. The Subtle Energies skin care range draws from the practice of Ayurveda aromatherapy, using rare Indian essential and base oils to treat skin conditions and to provide a ‘holistic sensory experience’.
Rasayana Body Wash ($36) is a sulphate free gel formula- it ticks all the boxes as far as being gentle on the skin and leaving the skin feeling cleansed without the squeaky clean stripped feeling. As you would expect from an Ayurveda based aromatherapy product, it has a very distinctive scent of Indian spices and herbs- cinnamon, turmeric, and a hint of ginger. The scent lingers for about 30mins.
The Rasayana Detox Body Scrub ($39.50) is a sulphate free cream/gel exfoliant with ground nut shells as the exfoliating particles and the same spicy herbal scent of the Rasayana Body Wash. It has a reasonably good exfoliating action when used with a loofah (the consistency is a little runny so the loofah helps the product stay longer on the skin). I prefer to use it on legs and arms only, because I find that exfoliants like husks and nut shells tend to have sharp-ish edges that can irritate sensitive areas like decolletage.
Rayasana Body Wash ingredients: aqua, disodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin (vegetable derived), sorbitol, coco-glucoside, sodium alginate, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, pandanus odoratissimus (kewda) in santalum album (sandalwood) oil, ocimum sanctum (tulasi) leaf oil, curcuma aromatica (wild tumeric) root oil, citrus medica acida (limbu) oil linalool*, citral*, limonene* citronellol*, eugenol*, geraniol* (Natural constituents of essential oils)
Rasayana detox body scrub ingredients: Raqua, coco-glucoside, glycerin, cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark powder, juglans regia (walnut) shell powder, cetearyl olivate, s orbitan olivate,mac adamia t ernifolia (mac adam ia) seed oil, cit ric acid, xantha n gum , benzyl alcohol, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, ocimum sanctum (tulasi) leaf oil, curcuma aromatica (wild tumeric) root oil, citrus medica acida (limb u ) o il citral*, geraniol*, limonene*, linalool* citronellol*, eugenol* (* Natural constituents of essential oils)
note: These products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more details about my editorial policy, refer to the PR section.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Apr 8th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 102581 commentSulphate+Free+Skincare%3A+Subtle+Energies+Rasayana+Body+Wash+and+Body+Scrub2014-04-08+06%3A22%3A57myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D10258
Tags: Sulphate Free Skincare
Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator and $100 Facial Co. Giveaway
Tom Ford Orchid Haze Quad: One quad, three looks
Tom Ford Orchid Haze Eyeshadow Quad: Review and Swatches
Autumn Nails: Kester Black Buttermilk and Uslu Airlines NMA
Sulphate Free Skincare: Subtle Energies Rasayana Body Wash and Body Scrub