Sunday, 22 February 2015

Review: Bioderma Micelle Solution Sensibio H20

Hi Pretties,

Today I'm so glad glad to be sharing this review with you!

I know it's a really big thing to say, but this is one if not the best product I've discovered to date.

Available from Clicks (purchased it on special with a Bioderma sunscreen) - R230.00 
I think the big bottle retails for around R290.00

To be honest, a cleanser has always just been a cleanser for me, and although I've enjoyed cleansers from Beaucience and Oh So Heavenly I've always had to use them in conjunction with face wipes and / or eye makeup remover, this cleanser is on a whole other level.

When I do my makeup in the morning, I make sure that I do sweat-proof, cry-proof and any other kind of proof's out there lol.  I slather on primer, MAC Fix+, eye shadow primer and use mostly waterproof makeup. So my face lasts all day long!  I truly need a heavy duty cleanser to take it all off.  About 3 weeks ago I was browsing one of my favourite places, Clicks (heaven right there), and browsing the aisles I came across the Bioderma brand.  I've seen so many people rave about it, but frankly it's expensive, a bottle is around R290.00 and I just couldn't justify spending that amount on a cleanser, but then they had a special for a 100ml Bioderma Micelle Solution and a Suncreen SPF 50+ for face and body, and I thought it's the perfect opportunity to test it out.

I take 3 cotton wool pads, I soak 2 cotton wool pads quite thoroughly, then I place one on each eye and lightly tap it into my eyes for approx. 15 - 20 seconds, and then I do one swipe and 95% of my eye make is removed, I then turn the cotton wool pads around and then do another round as above.  I then soak another cotton wool pad and remove the rest of my makeup.  I cannot begin to explain how quickly it dissolves your makeup, it's like magic!

It's absolutely perfect for use around the eye:

-  It doesn't sting one bit, seriously, this claim is 100% legit!  This cleanser is made for sensitive skin, this solution has seeped into my eye when cleansing, when I press my eyelashes up to get into it to clean thoroughly, my eyes not only doesn't sting but it doesn't make them red either.

-  You minimize rubbing your eye, which is the worst thing you can do as it will cause eye wrinkles, it's so gentle and effective that no rubbing is needed to get that pesky waterproof eye makeup off.

This is a rinse free cleanser.  Created in France, free of fragrance, soap and alcohol.  Although they claim that it is fragrance free, it actually smells really feminine and fresh though.  It's quite a new concept for me, to "wash" my face with something that looks just like water, the main ingredient is Aqua btw, and that doesn't require any rinsing afterwards.  My face is very sensitive, I'm prone to acne breakouts and have an oily t-zone, this cleanser is absolutely perfect for any type of skin, but especially if you have troublesome skin types such as acne, dry skin, eczema, rosacea to name a few. 

I cannot rave about this product enough, the 100ml lasted me 2 weeks, so a bit goes quite a long way.  I'll absolutely be purchasing the big bottle, I just cannot see cleansing makeup with any other product .

Let me know if you've tried this?  I now that Garnier made a similar product and am wondering if this is going to be released in South Africa, but I'm not holding my breath ;)

Have a FAB sunday!

Love <3

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Thursday, 19 February 2015

Review & Swatches: L.A. Girl Beauty Brick Nudes Eyeshadow Collection

Hi Pretties,

I hope you're doing well?

I've heard about this palette quite some time ago on You Tube, and was so excited to see it's launch recently at Dischem stores.  If you're not familiar with the L.A. Girl brand, it's a really affordable drugstore brand and their HD concealer is a dupe for MAC Pro-Longwear concealer - tried and tested by me - for a fraction of the price.  Imagine my delight when I got my hands on this, especially as it's rumored to be a dupe for Urban Decay Naked 3, I cannot vouch for this as I don't own the UD3 palette so cannot do a comparison (and if you live in South Africa you know the struggle to get a hold of some of these brands).

Unfortunately I didn't keep the receipt but this palette was less than R100.00

Let me start with the packaging first.  I don't mind the look of it when it's closed, it doesn't look like an expensive product but it's okay, although I really don't like the creamy/beige block of colour.  Unfortunately once you open it, it looks cheap.  The eye shadow holder which is in that awful colour, seems to be made of plastic, but I have to say that it feels quite sturdy and I like that the palette has a magnetized closure.  

Onto the eye shadows, these colours are absolutely gorgeous!  You can see that there's a big difference to what they look like in the pan to the swatches.  I've been loving the glowy look recently, I've always steered well clear of it as I thought it wouldn't suit my oily t-zone, but I've found that with blotting once during the day I don't look like an oily mess but instead just has a stunning glow.  These eye shadows are perfect for this type of look, in my opinion anyway, the rose-gold shades are absolutely beautiful!

There are 12 shadows, 3 matte (and I'm so glad they have a matte creamy white shade), and 9 shimmer ones.  It also comes with an eye shadow brush (small) with a sponge tip applicator on the other side.

It's quite hard to give you my favorites because these doesn't have any names on them (crikey), but I love the 2 other matte shades which I sometimes mix, and it's the perfect crease colour.  Although these shadows look like they might give you some fallout, I've not experienced any more fallout than I do with my Stila In The Light palette, and they're very soft and buttery to the touch.  I've tried these shadows as is, and then I've tried them with MAC Fix+, which I normally use with an eyelid colour just to intensify it.  The difference between the two methods are really subtle and in my opinion not really needed.

The quality of the shadows itself, is really good, and you wouldn't expect it judging by the packaging.  
I really love this palette, I probably use it at least twice a week, it's just an easy one to grab to create something pretty.  If you can still get your hands on it go for it!  I know that these sold out almost immediately in my area.

I've recently done a DIY Z-Palette project, and I'll share it with you very soon.

Hope you have a FABULOUS and BLESSED day!

Love <3

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