Wet and Wild Fergie Eyeshadow Primer – Rae recommended this for oil slick lids which defies even TFSI and UD Primer Potion. It is BRILLIANT. The best eyeshadow primer I’ve ever used, and I’ve tried quite a few.
Clarins Instant Light Concealor– it is lightweight, long lasting and has peach undertones to counteract undereye circles.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Blackpepper Jay Eyeshadow– not just a fantastic matte eyeshadow, I’ve been using this on my brows every day since getting this, a great shade for Asian colouring.
Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch eyeshadow – the ‘little black dress’ of eyeshadows. This has been on high rotation in the past few weeks, I adore it.
Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray-I picked this up about a month ago and was so excited to find that I’ve finally found something that actually works in extending the wear of my blush, contour, highlighting.
NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils in Dolce Vita and Walkyrie – love these pencils I can’t even.
Musq Hand Wash and Face & Body Exfoliant– I recently tried this brand for the first time, and have been super impressed by these two products. Reviewed in my previous post.
MooGoo Cover- Up Buttercup SPF 15 Natural Moisturiser– ($29.90) Formulated with mineral sunscreen ingredients only, in a moisturising base. SPF 15 doesn’t sound like much but 19% Zinc Oxide is decent. I like this moisturiser with SPF in winter because it’s super emollient without feeling suffocating, and it makes my foundation sit better over flaky skin.
Jojoba Company Hydrating Day Cream– lightweight, silky, sinks in fast, and smells gorgeous. Exactly what you need in a day time moisturiser.
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Sep 24th, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 115420 comments. September+Beauty+Favourites%3A+NARS%2C+Rouge+Bunny+Rouge%2C+Jojoba+Company%2C+and+more2015-09-24+01%3A16%3A03myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11542
A lovely package from Musq arrived on my doorstep a month or so ago. They are a luxe Australian beauty and skin care company who are all about natural and ethical ingredients.
This is the first time I’ve tried products from the brand- I really enjoyed their hand wash and the exfoliant.
The Face and Body Exfoliant ($42/70g) features montmorillonite mineral particles, rose water, rice powder, and essential oils. It has this amazing airy dry souffle like texture- I haven’t seen any formulation quite like it. When you massage it into wet skin it lathers a little and stays on the skin well (pet hate with body scrubs is when they drop off the skin while you’re exfoliating, leaving most of the product on the floor). The exfoliating particles are the perfect size and roughness as a body scrub, although far too coarse for delicate skin on the face (so I’m not sure how it can be considered a face scrub). It is a delight to use, and it does a good job! My only complaint here is the small size of the tub for the price.
The hand wash (500mL/$29), which features lemon myrtle, mandarin, eucalyptus and tea tree oil, is kind to the skin and smells like a boutique spa- it also looks gorgeous on my bathroom sink. Makes me look forward to washing my hands!
note: these products were sent by PR for consideration. See PR tab for editorial policy.
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Sep 22nd, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 115160 comments. MUSQ+Skincare+Reviewed%3A+Hand+Wash+and+Face+%26+Body+Exfoliant2015-09-22+06%3A33%3A29myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11516
Being able to achieve a flawless makeup finish is a great thing for most occasions – it’s even more important for special events. With my wedding coming up next year, I am really paying attention to products that can give the highly sought after flawless-but-natural-looking face, especially looking for those that photograph well. I’ll be trying and reviewing makeup and beauty tools for this purpose over the next few months- watch this space for more!
The Corrective Colours Kit ($54 from ry.com.au) is a camouflage/concealer palette with 4 colours that can be used alone or combined. Yellow corrects for redness in skin and blemishes; peach counteracts the bluish green tinge of under eye circles; beige for a general neutral shade that can be blended with other colours, and lilac to counteract yellow and sallowness.
I’m mostly happy with the texture of the product- the peach shade sits well on the undereye area without noticable creasing through the day. The only problematic shade texturewise is the yellow shade- which is a little drier, and catches on flaky skin a little bit. On normal skin it’s not a problem, but on flaky blemishes it’s not ideal.
I use the peach and yellow shades the most. The peach does work fairly well under the eye area to cancel the bluish green tinge of undereye circles, and there’s no noticable creasing if you use a thin layer.
I find the yellow works well at cancelling redness around the nose, and the lips- although my one gripe here is that it’s really quite a pale shade. Probably a touch to pale for my fair to medium skin, and most likely too pale for anyone darker than me. I get around this problem by patting on some foundation on top with my beauty blender. You could probably also try and mix it with your own concealer.
I haven’t really found a use for the lilac shade yet- I’d love to know what you guys use this type of shade for in terms of spot correcting.
Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective Dark Circle Perfector SPF
According to Kiehl’s…
” Kiehl’s Clearly Corrective™ Dark Circle Perfector SPF 30 is a multi-action formula that provides both immediate and long term benefits.
1. Instantly brightens and perfects the skin: Formulated with Amino Acid treated Mineral Pigments to instantly help diminish the appearance of dark circles and brighten the under eye area.
2. Brightens overtime by reducing hyperpigmentation: Activated C and Licorice Root are used within the formula to help reduce the appearance of pigmentation.
3. Protection: Developed with Broad Spectrum SPF 30, utilizing a 100% mineral UV filter to minimize future UV damage and discoloration”
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Jul 14th, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare, Swatches | 113280 comments. +Jane+Iredale+Corrective+Colours+palette%2C+Kiehl%27s+Clearly+Corrective+Dark+Circle+Perfector+SPF+14%3A+In+Search+Of+The+Flawless+Face2015-07-14+05%3A21%3A11myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11328
We’re almost at the middle of winter here in Australia, and I’ve been busily testing cold weather skin care for the past few months. These are some of the products that I’ve found really great for my skin lately- some are new, and some are old favourites.
An old favourite all year round, but especially great for cleansing dehydrated sensitive skin and removing light makeup. I love how it cleanses well without leaving any sensation of oily residue- sometimes creamy cleansers can leave the skin feeling not-quite-clean. Sulphate free, of course. I’ve reviewed it in detail here.
A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum (23mL/ $44.95)
This is another product that I’ve loved in previous winters and I’ve started using this again about a month ago. It’s an oil based serum featuring nourishing and anti-oxidant rich plant oils including as rosehip, jojoba, macadamia, seabucktorn, amaranth, pomegranate seed, chamomile, calendula. It’s a silky, medium weight oil which leaves the skin feeling so amazing after massaging it in. I’ve been using this after giving my night time moisturiser a good 5 minutes or so to completely sink in.
This is one that I recently tried, and fell in love with. Compared with the large number of hand creams I’ve tried lately which are far too light and water based for my extremely dry hands and cuticles- this one is a lot more nourishing. It sinks in well, with no oily residue. Hand bag favourite!
Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream (rrp $44.95/60mL)
I’m really enjoying this both as a night cream, and as day cream. It’s a silky, elegant formula and makes my skin happy and glowy. I’ve recently reviewed the Rosapene Night Cream in this post.
This is a kaolin clay based exfoliant, with densely packed non-abrasive jojoba beads as the exfoliating particles. I would consider this my HG physical exfoliant because it does such a great job of sloughing off dead skin cells without scratching at, or irritating sensitive skin. Reviewed previously here.
Jojoba beads are also biodegradable- which is important to note- because many scrubs will use non biodegradable polyethelene microbeads which gets washed down the sink and can end up in our oceans.
This is a heavy, balm- like moisturiser for very dry skin. It has great barrier function, so it’s great at significantly reducing epidermal water loss through the day or night (I usually use this as a night cream). It’s not as elegant a formulation as the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream, and takes a bit more massaging to absorb- but you will wake up with super soft skin in the morning.
New from MooGoo and something I’ve been using for the past couple of months. Magic for cuticles, feet, and hands- definitely going to be an ongoing purchase for me. Reviewed in detail here.
Lush Massage Bars
These solid massage bars double as rich body moisturisers for winter time- as you rub them into your skin the butters in these soften and melt into the skin leaving it beautifully scented. I’ve reviewed the Lush Massage Bars in more detail here.
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Jun 23rd, 2015 in Skincare | 112380 comments. Winter+Skin+Care+favourites+2015%3A+Trilogy%2C+MooGoo%2C+A%27kin%2C+Lush2015-06-23+06%3A54%3A26myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11238
…. or fiance hack *subtle hint*
These are solid bars of shea and cocoa butter, plant oils, and various blends of essential oils. The Massage Bars soften up as you rub it against warm skin, leaving a layer of oils with perfect amount of resistance for a massage. It also doubles as a rich hand and body moisturiser that leaves your hands feeling and smelling great.
From Dusk Till Dawn (RRP $12.50) comes in a little cone shape, which looks a little like the tip of a giant pencil (and if you rest it on your partner’s neck while you’re massaging, it makes him look like a stegosaurus. So much fun.) It has a gorgeous candied citrus smell from the Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange oil- sweet but with a zesty freshness. It also features ginkgo, guarana, and ginseng to invigorate.
Yes Yes Yes (RRP $13.95) is shaped like a bar of soap. It has a delicate jasmine and rose scent- if you use it as a body/hand moisturiser, it leaves you with a nice day time fragrance.
If you are using this several times a week as a moisturiser or massage oil it will last you a few weeks or so depending on how much you use each time.
Lush use Fair Trade cocoa and shea butter in these massage bars, so there are some extra feel-good vibes in there.
Keep reading after the jump!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Jun 15th, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 112960 comments. Lush+Massage+Bars%3A+The+Girlfriend+Hack.+2015-06-15+05%3A12%3A43myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11296
Optometrist/beauty blogger/crazy cat lady. It's Jenny, not Jennifer. You can also find me on www.straightnochaserblog.com firstname.lastname@example.org
Paula’s Choice Berry & Bright Lip Collection: Review and Swatches
September Beauty Favourites: NARS, Rouge Bunny Rouge, Jojoba Company, and more
MUSQ Skincare Reviewed: Hand Wash and Face & Body Exfoliant
Rouge Bunny Rouge Umber Firefinch Eyeshadow: Swatches, Review, FOTD
Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadows Grey Go-Away Lourie and Blackpepper Jay: Review