Product of The Week: Face of Australia Mineral Therapy Illuminators ($14.95)
I toyed with buying my very first highlighter for weeks before I actually caved. I had never cared for them before but after hearing about rave reviews for Face of Australia’s Illuminator (thanks to their value, being dupes for a couple of high end highlighters, etc), I thought why the hell not (I feel like that’s going to be etched into my gravestone…). Sure enough, this product has moved from a ‘special nights only’ to an ‘everyday thing’. I’ve really found that a highlighter is a great way to give my face more definition by accentuating features that I like (ie. cheekbones) and overall giving me more of a fresh, healthy look.
Now, onto Face of Australia’s Illuminators - First of all, they are obviously huge. Most highlighters are a fraction of the size and yet triple (if not more) of the price. I only take the tiniest dab onto my finger and that is enough for both cheekbones - I swear I could use this every day for a year and it would still look untouched.
The quality is great. They’re pigmented without being excessive and are blended well into the skin. I find that it does wear off a little by the end of the day, however for the most part it stays on my skin.
I personally have this in 2 shades - Angel Mist, which is a pearly shimmer and Angel Flame, which is a peachy shade with a hint of a gold shimmer. There are another 2 shades available (Angel Glow and Angel Blush), with one being a bronze colour and the other a stronger pink. I find that the consistency between the two colours I own to be slightly different as Angel Flame is a bit thicker. Angel Mist, of course, is more subtle on the skin given it’s lack of extra colour. However, both products can still be blended easily.
Personally, I’ve recently started to combine the two - using Angel Flame on my cheekbone and carefully blending down a little to add more colour into my blush (which I apply at the end). Then I create a thin layer just above that with Angel Mist. I find that this makes my cheeks look amazing, giving them more definition and a healthy glow.
Overall, I am obviously a convert into the world of highlighters and Face of Australia have a really good quality product that are extremely affordable. I’ve heard again and again that these are dupes to Benefit, Nars, etc products so if you’re looking for something new - definitely give one (or two or three or four…) of these guys a go.
Picture: Top: Angel Mist, Bottom: Angel Flame. Left: unblended product, Right: blended product. Sorry about the quality (or lack of)
Typical January ‘Face of The Day’:
We’re still (struggling) through summer in Australia, so my face continues to be quite light and therefore there isn’t much of a change between last month and this month. However, for the first time in 5+ months I am favouring a different blush. The Innoxa blush is so lovely - the salmon-y shade really compliments my skin now that I have a bit of a tan and gives it a healthy tint that is less pink than my usual. Also, I found myself reaching for a pencil eyeliner instead of my trusty liquid eyeliner. I think a dark gray pencil gave me a softer look, while still lining my eyes.
Here is what I used:
Natio Pure Mineral Face Primer
Natio Invisible Blend Foundation (Light Medium)
Natio Natural Cover Concealer (Skin Tone 1) [for under eyes]
Innoxa Velvet Blush Powder (Using the left/Rose)
Face of Australia Illuminator (Angel Mist)
Eye of Horus Mascara
Face of Australia Eye Definer (Charcoal)
Australis Brow Pencil (Dark Brown)
Australis Finishing Powder
So Kmart had some kind of make up clearance this week. Most of the brands had been slashed to $2 or $5… so naturally, I had to drop by. Twice. Australis and Face of Australia are two brands that I tend to reach for - both are Australian, in a lot of stores, relatively reliable, cheap and, of course, cruelty free. So in the end, I came out with this pile:
Face of Australia:
Carnivale Nail Polish (Midnight Fireworks)
Colour Pro Triple Action Nail Enamel (Satin Sheets)
Budge Proof Eyeshadow (Bling Bling)
Sheer Gloss Lip Crayon (Macaron and Sundae)
Mineral Therapy Illuminator (Angel Flame)
Pressed Powder (Ivory)
Lip Definer (Sugar Rose and Tender Berry)
Eye Definer (Brown)
Nail Colour (Satine, Peek-a-boo and Rio Riot)
Paparazzi Perfect High Definition Blush (Shoot to Thrill)
Colour Correcting Cream (Nude)
Eye Pencil (Star Bright)
Matte Me Lipstick Mattifying Base
I ended up spending about $50, rather than the over $150 I usually would’ve had to of spent. Pretty amazing savings!
This is what I carry in my handbag every single day. I don’t usually put products I favour into my bag. This is because I want something that I can carry at all times and don’t have to switch between my bathroom and my bag - otherwise I know I’ll end up carrying absolutely nothing because they’ll be lost or forgotten in the transition.
Marc Jacobs Dot bag: This came with my Mark Jacobs Dot Perfume and it’s the perfect size - not too big so that it can slip into different handbags easily and doesn’t take up much space, but not too small so that enough products can comfortably fit. Plus it’s pretty cute!
Natio Waterproof Mascara: This is actually a pretty good mascara - relatively lengthening and volumising if you build it. I just don’t use it day to day because I already have a favourite. However because it’s quite easy to use and doesn’t clump, it’s pretty perfect for ‘top ups’ if I find my mascara is wearing off during the day. Plus it’s quite slim for a mascara, so it doesn’t take up much space.
Natio Natural Perfume (Pink Lotus Attar): I’m one of those people that cannot leave the house without wearing some kind of perfume. It’s more important than make up for me - I feel naked without it. This is a handy product for those days that I’ve rushed out of the house and forgotten to put any perfume on. I’m honestly not that fond of the scent, but if I dab a small bit onto my wrists and blend it in, it’s fine. It’s an easy thing to carry because it’s a ‘roll on’ perfume, so it doesn’t leak, isn’t bulky, etc.
Natio Mineral Lip and Cheek Tint: This is just an easy product to carry around when I want a little more colour on my lips without the hassle of having a lipstick, gloss, etc… especially if I’m looking a bit flat at the end of the day. It’s a nice, healthy red.
Revlon Powder Brush (Softspoken Pink 040): Blush is one of the most important products to me - it gives you an immediate lift, making you look brighter and more alert. However, blush is always the first product to wear off my skin. This blush is a very gentle pink, so I’ve stopped using it daily because it’s not enough. However, because this is such a light shade, it’s practically impossible to over-do it if I’m doing my make up in an inconvenient place such as a train… so it’s perfect for my bag!
Maybelline Super Stay 24 Correcteur: Concealer is always needed in case a pimple appears or my make up wears off in ‘bad places’. This concealer does the job.
Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm: This is a really nice lip balm. It’s not too heavy on my lips and isn’t at all sticky. I always like to carry a lip balm in case my lips feel a bit dry or uncomfortable during the day.
Lucas’ Papaw Ointment: This has multiple uses, given that it can be used as a lip balm, on burns, cracked skin, etc… If I use it on my lips, it’s usually because I need a little more ‘treatment’ than a balm can do for me.
And that’s really it! I go through phases where I’ll carry a couple more lipglosses or lip butters - usually a mix of ‘natural’ or ‘bold’ shades so that I have something for any combination of outfits. But at this time of year, it’s not something that I think about much.
A great chart to save when experimenting with different colours!
This has been my typical ‘face’ for the month of December. Things are heating up in Australia, so I’ve opted for a light and fresh look - leaving behind products such as bronzer and eyeliner, and introducing a highlighter and lip balm.
The list includes:
Natio Pure Mineral Face Primer
Natio Natural Cover Concealer (for my eyes)
17 Stay Time Concealer (for my cheeks/redness - mainly just trying to use up this product)
Natio Invisible Blend Foundation
Face of Australia Illuminator (Angel Mist - for cheekbones)
Natio Blush (Pink Apples)
Eye of Horus Mascara
Australis Brow Pencil
Australis Ready, Set, Go Finishing Powder
finally someone breaks it down for those of us who are makeup challenged.
actually really good for those that struggle with lighting in painting!
Having sensitive skin, I’ve always had little ‘problem’ areas. Luckily I’ve now found foundations, etc that my skin is okay with, which has limited my issues a lot… however I still found that I would get odd little patches of skin that would get a bit angry about once or so a week.
Over the past few months, I have become increasingly happy with what my skin has settled into. It’s now soft, healthy looking, with no little bad patches. I think I’ve found something that works for me.
Now, my skincare regime is really simple. I don’t cleanse, moisturise, etc as much as what is recommended - but to be honest, it’s not realistic for me to do a big regime morning and night. I know what I’m like… I’ll last about three days before I get lazy. I want something that I have no excuses to avoid. Hell, most of it can even be done from my bed. This is what I’ve settled into every night:
Daily: Facial Wipes (currently: Botanics of Australia Purifying Cleansing Wipes) OR cream cleanser (currently: Botanics of Australia Facial Cream Cleanser) to remove makeup. I generally favour wipes because I can literally do that anywhere, but I try to use a gentle cream cleanser a couple of times a week. Following that, I use Aesop’s Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol as a toner. (It’s not actually a toner, but it’s hydrating and I feel like it’s gentle enough for such use).
3-5 times a week: Following the above (usually when I feel like my skin needs a little more attention), I use Sukin’s Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream. It’s important to moisturise your skin, but I choose not to do it every night because I find that my skin doesn’t particularly like it. A couple of times a week seems to be plenty for me. I’ve also recently introduced Sukin’s Antioxident Eye Serum into my process most nights of the week, following an Instagram giveaway by the lovely @abeautifulstory.
2-3 times a week: A couple of times a week, I use three drops of Rose Hip Oil and spread it as far as it can go over my face. Rose Hip Oil is full of vitamins and nutrients, so it can heal and nourish your skin.
Once a week: Usually on a quiet night at home, I bring out a face mask (currently: Natio’s Detoxifying Clay Mask). This gives my skin a little more intensive care that it doesn’t get from the usual routine. The mask I’m using at the moment tightens my skin and I find that I have less pimples during the week.
And that’s it! It’s enough to make my skin clean, soft, smooth and so on. Can’t be happier!