Have you joined Strawberrynet yet? If not you are missing out! They are my go-to for discounted skincare and make up! It is insane how much cheaper everything is when you buy it from Strawberrrynet! And the best part? Free shipping! Here are some of my recent scores from strawberrynet! Just click on the pictures of each product for more info.
First thing's first! You need a good moisturiser! I love Clinique's Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion! It is great for very dry skin and it is also fragrance free so doesn't make me sneeze! - I am sensitive to perfumes. The best part about this one is that from the chemist it is about $80.00 but from strawberrynet it is half the price! Bargain!
A Good daily sunblock in a must have for every woman. This year I have made a determined effort to apply sunblock everyday. Super City Block by Clinique (in SPF 40) makes it much easier! I just whack it on over my moisturiser, using it kind of like a primer for my mineral make-up. It works a treat and also makes me feel very good about myself.
I am loving this bronzer by Smashbox at the moment. I recently started using a mineral make-up (article to come) and I find that using this bronzer really helps put some colour back into your face after you have brushed out all the imperfections with the mineral. It's great to look flawless but not so great to look washed out!
I just love this eyeshadow by MAC. 'Dazzlelight' is a soft brown shimmery number that totally makes your eyes pop way more than matte eyeshadow. Great for the natural yet radiant look.
Also loving Submarine by MAC! Great for those days when you want something fun and bright for the eyes to really make a statement!
The coolest part about buying a HUGE bottle of awesome conditioner online for super cheap has got to be the free shipping! It has got to be heavy right? but no shipping costs for me! Hooray! I love Wella's System Professional range. Especially the repair range which is great for bleach frazzled hair like mine!
I've been having a mega crush on the pearly pink pout look lately! This 'Lip enhancing mega gloss' by smashbox is just the ticket! Though I haven't tried this one yet, I am very tempted to give it a go. Besides who couldn't do with a little lip enhancing now and then?
New mascara can be a real bitch to apply. The problem I find is that the very first application of a new mascara seems to go ok. It's the subsequent applications that are problematic. We are talking Clump City. Lashes matted together by wads of excessive mascara. Clumpy lashes are not sexy. They are skanky.
So how do you deal with a new mascara? How do you manage it so that it doesn't clump? Well here are some tips I picked recently when I reluctantly purchased a new mascara.
1. First thing's first. Don't buy a really cheap mascara. They are likely to be either too runny or too thick or have a terribly small wand brush. The bigger the wand brush the better I find. I guess it is personal preference though, depending on your lashes and your eye shape.
2. When removing the wand from the barrel, gently twist the wand out. Don't just rip it out. It causes air to rush into the barrel drying out the mascara.
3. Now that you have the wand out, you will find there is way too much mascara on the brush. This is the important part. You have to remove some of that mascara before you apply it, or it will make a big mess of your lashes. Firstly, wipe off the excess mascara from the tip of the brush by wiping it off on the inner rim of the barrel. If there is heaps of mascara also on the brush itself, you will want to get rid of it. You can run the brush across the inner rim of the barrel so that any excess is removed like the tip. When you go to put the brush back in, the extra mascara will go back into the barrel. However, this can be a bit fiddly and messy and the last thing you want is to get mascara all over your fingers. Also if the mascara you rub off onto the inner rim dries out a bit then it will go back into the barrel causing clumpy bits. Not so good.
Personally I prefer to wipe off the excess mascara on to the back of my hand. I just run the brush over my hand until the bristles no longer look clumpy and then I'm good to go. I know. It is a little wasteful but it does make for a good application. And if you don't take too long with the first coat you can come back to the hand mascara and re-coat your brush with it. As long as it hasn't dried out or it will clump. If you don't like to get stuff on your hands then you could try using a microfibre cloth to wipe off the excess. NEVER ever be tempted to use toilet paper! The tiny fibres of the paper will get caught in the brush and create big clumpy wads that will end up on your lashes and then back in the mascara barrel. Not cool.
3. So now that you have your brush free from excess, you can begin the application. Run the brush over your lashes with a firm pulling motion. This will move the mascara along instead of letting in gather in one area. Use the tip of the wand to get at the little inner lashes. after the first coat you may need to re-coat the brush. So you will need to follow the first steps again to make sure your brush is ready for use. NEVER pump the wand in the mascara barrel! It damages the brush bristles and sucks air into the barrel. With the second coat aim to cover the tips of the lashes to add length.
4. Asses the situation. If there is some clumping, grab a lash brush and smooth the mascara along, removing any clumps. Don't have a lash brush? Use an old but clean mascara wand.
5. While the mascara is drying, don't look up to the ceiling. It will cause the mascara to mark you eye lids, which is messy to clean off. Also don't blink hard or the same will happen to the under eye area.
6. When the top lashes are dry, carefully apply mascara to the bottom lashes. You don't want too much on bottom lashes as it is likely to smudge into your under-eye area if you have weepy eyes, go into the wind etc.
So there you have it! My tips for managing a new mascara! Remember, after a few weeks of using your new mascara it will become easier to manage as there becomes less mascara in the barrel.
Good Luck and Lashes!
Developed and crafted in Mosgiel, nestled in the unspoilt Southern reaches of New Zealand. Azurlis® Skin Care products reflect a natural balance between Science & Soul.
With 100% natural botanical oils, extracts and essential oils.
The Azurlis® Skin Care range is inspired by Nature to nourish and revitalise the skin, as well as calm the soul.
Tender Loving Care Cleanser & Moisturiser For Teens
When my dear friend Mariana walked in and said to me "You're the closest person to a teenager I know - here you go," I was feeling pretty chuffed and young (and the packaging was so lovely I thought she was giving me herbal tea at first!)- then I read 'Cleanser for acne prone skin' - hmmm great! What was she trying to say? I know I had pretty hormonal skin when I was pregnant and shortly after giving birth but I think its been pretty good lately!!
I didn't think any more negatively about it and am honoured to be trying out this lovely natural skincare.
I haven't heard of many natural skin products made in NZ specifically for teens - how thoughtful!
These products contain lots of yummy botanical oils and extracts such as macadamia, aloe vera, peach kernel & lemon tea tree-which I think is the strong scent that comes through. Not in a bad way, but be prepared to have this smell linger for a little while - husband said it was nice! I haven't had much experience with natural skincare but I did notice the cleanser didn't really lather up. I have since found out that lathering cleansers can dehydrate the skin! Interesting. You learn something new everyday.
In regards to the 'science part' as I mentioned earlier I didn't previously have any acne or spots and during the week of using these products my friend came over with some delicious chocolate macaroons - what a treat (we're all home made oat biscuits in our house usually!) So after consuming around half a dozen within 24 hours (along with some oat biscuits too) I was really testing the waters with this product - and am happy to say clear skin still :)
I do have some cousins who are actually teenagers and plan on passing these products on to give them a go.
AZURLIS have a lovely website which is easy to use and they offer free shipping in NZ (bonus!) They have every possible skincare product you can imagine and all natural - I would love to try some others. I noticed some deodorants (aluminium free) which would be interesting to try out and also a Sun Protection product which I may look at purchasing for my son.
Lisette Prendé and Mariana Collette are BFFs. They met on their first day of high school and have been making each other laugh every since.