Saturday, August 20, 2011

The days are shorter and nights are longer....

This is a non beauty related post.
Last week there was a change to my role - I became a new mom.

This means new learnings every day and very few hours to do anything else.
I try to keep up with other blogs and will try to be more regular in posting here.
While I would be blogging, but there might be delay in responding to comments.

Let me know in comments, what has been happening lately in your life.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Skincare : Dermalogica Precleanse

There is one fact about my skin which I learnt hard way : oil and my skin don’t agree. Last time I tried using Oil Cleansing Method(OCM) my skin reacted so badly that it looked as if an angry cat has scratched my face.
While getting my face mapped for first time at Dermalogica, I was suggested Precleanse but I didn’t have the courage to use it, not with the condition my skin was in. But, as it calmed down I tried to test waters again by introducing Dermalogica Precleanse in my skincare routine. And believe me, it was the best decision I took.

As mentioned on website
A lightweight Olive and Apricot Kernel-based cleansing oil, fortified with Kukui Nut, Borage Seed and Rice Bran oils, that gently liquefies sebum and oil-based debris from the skin’s surface. The hydrophilic (water-loving) formula enables PreCleanse and oil-based debris to be readily rinsed away without leaving behind any greasy residue. Follow with prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser for a thorough double cleansing. Contains no artificial fragrance or color.

How I Use It:
With this introduced in my skincare regime, I don’t use separate eye makeup remover.
I just take about 20cents size amount in my palm and gently apply it across my eyes to dissolve the makeup. And then I use any remaining amount to gently massage on my cheeks and nose to remove any residual makeup.
Then I take small amount of lukewarm water in my palm, massage it all over my face and wash with plain water which removes all makeup. (When mixed with water it turns in a milky color liquid)
Thereafter, I use my cleanser to double cleanse.

What I think about it:
  •    It loved my skin.
  •   Restored the oil balance in my skin which meant no more dry patches.
  •   Removes makeup really well
  •   Saved me additional step of using eye makeup remover
  •   Added benefit, minimizing blackheads on my nose.

Would I recommend it:
Definitely. If you haven’t tried it, get a sample and give it a try

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Burberry Lip Cover

Do you get sucked in by packaging and the hype created by discussions on various blogs ?? I do, I am easily influenced and it has proven injurious to my credit card...but that’s a different story.

In name of blog research, I was waiting excitedly for Burberry to launch its makeup line in Australia. 
So what did I do when I heard that Burberry makeup is available through David Jones in Chadstone, no prizes for guessing that.
Now, my first impression was that the display was absolute high end and so chic. One automatically felt special while browsing through the products.
Generally when I venture in new makeup brand I start with either lip color or eye shadow. In this case I bought lip cover( Burberry’s version of lipstick)

What I Liked:
  •   The packaging. It comes in metallic cuboid case with trademark Burberry impression. The cap   closes only when the magnetic strip on the cap aligns with the iron strip in the base. I personally found this very smart.
  •  It’s reasonably hydrating
  • It provides decent coverage.

What I didn’t like:
  • Staying power. It was less than 2 hours
  •  For anyone with pigmented lips (like mine) it doesn’t provide enough coverage but then that’s just for me.
  •  Color Range. Its quite small leaning more towards the neutral.
  • Value for money. It retails at $49AUD while Chanel Coco Shine retails at $50AUD but latter has better pigmentation and coverage.
  • It settles in fine lines

    Would I Recommend it:

    It’s more of a lust have item than a must have one. I would rather go for Chanel Coco Shine which has better pigmentation, coverage and staying power.

    I had bought Cameo Pink which is a nice coral pink.