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My Top 6 Favourite Foundations

After trying many foundations throughout the year of exploring makeup, I've learnt a lot about what works and what is absolutely trash on my skin. I have combination skin, and since it's currently winter here in Australia; my skin is suffering more on the drier. In this post, I've decided write about 3 of my favourite foundations in winter and in summer.  

During the colder seasons, I will generally opt for a foundation with a dewy finish. This is because, most matte foundations would make my already dry skin, even more flakier. 

The Maybelline Instant Age Rewind, is the best for everyday use in this cold weather. This foundation provides with medium coverage, (however you are able to build on for a full coverage look), and feels quite moisturising and nourishing on my skin. This foundation also comes with 18 SPF which is such a benefit, however I'm not quite sure about the “instant age rewind” part. 

For vegans out there, The Body Shop’s Fresh Nude Foundation may be something worth investing. This product quite light weight, which is great for work and other occasions when, you don't want to put on so much makeup. It comes in a bottle with a pump, which is what every foundation should come with (in my opinion). Although, when it came to the longevity of this product, it would only last for half of the day before needing to reapply. 

The last foundation for winter may not be dewy, but it is quite nourishing and not drying. The M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid is one of those foundations that I would save for special occasions. This foundation gives great coverage, giving off that ‘flawless’ and ‘airbrushed’ look which is fantastic. Some may want to have full coverage every single day which is fine however, personally since I have such sensitive skin, this product makes me break out quite a bit. On a positive note though, longevity of the product is… just absolutely amazing. I swear, it literally lasts forever. I've also realised that even though it has SPF 15 in it, this foundation doesn't have flash-back which is great when taking selfies with friends. 

Here is a collection of 3 foundations that I personally find that work well for me in summer (or just whenever). 

Maybelline Super Stay 24HR Foundation provides you with light coverage, and in my experience with the product it has lasted me for so long during Melbourne’s heat waves. I tend to get very oily during summer, and despite wearing this foundation for roughly 8 hours. This foundation is great for a matte but light coverage look! 

This little baby was the biggest hype when it first came out into the shelves about 2 years ago, probably because it is so good! The Maybelline Fit Me (Dewy/Matte) both give quite light-medium coverage, which looks quite natural. It is very easy to blend and they both last quite long. However, unlike the matte foundation, I've realised that the dewy one does make me break out a bit. But nevertheless, I absolutely love this foundation. 

Last of all my all time favourite foundation at the moment, L'OrĂ©al’s Infallible. This is probably the best, matte liquid foundation that I've ever used. It is very easy to blend, the coverage is amazing, and it lasts for an extremely long time. I don't know what else I can say, I just love this especially in summer. Another thing, it doesn't get oily after long use, well this is my experience with the foundation. 

Thank you for tuning in on my 6 favourite foundations. These are personal reviews, of my top 5 favourite foundations. What are your or is your favourite foundation? 

10 Things I've Learned

Hello lovelies, how have you been doing? I haven't been blogging much lately because of personal reasons, and during that time I've been reflecting. I've missed blogging so much hence this new post, where I like to share with you 10 things I have learned during this time of absense. I hope you enjoy. 

1. Don't be a ‘flaky’ person! 
People don't like associating themselves with people who are unreliable, extremely lazy and dishonest. If you've made plans with someone, don't just cancel on them last minute (unless it's a legitimate reason or - the two parties are feeling mutual about cancelling). 

2. Relaxation/Me time is very important 
You are human, most of us run on the adrenaline that is caused by stress. You need time to, unwind and relax, watch TV, do yoga or something to keep your mind off things. Don't let yourself get too bogged down by the stresses in life, you'll only feel torn apart and and ultimately burnt out. 

3. Finance - budgeting and saving. 
It is so important to save and budget your money throughout the week, month and year. There may be times where, you're unable to borrow from friends and family, and it is just convenient to have financial security. 

4. Be honest, but not too straight forward 
You're never going to get anywhere if you lie to people telling them that, you want to “do something together,” or just “miss them.” You are in control of your life, the choices you make and the things you do. If you don't want to catch up with someone for instance, it doesn't hurt to say no. 

However, there are times where you need to lie, well to an extent. You don't want to be so straightforward and let your inner judgemental side come out, as potentially hurt someone else's feelings. (Unless you two are all about the banter and you know it's okay.) 

5. Focus on both your mental and physical health 
To be at the peak of your health, you need to balance out both physical and mental factors of health. Mental illness are more serious than you think, just because some may think that it isn't an issue… the problem may arise and lead to even physical health problems. Take care of yourself, please. 

To ease stresses in life, you can make it a routine to do some yoga! Yoga would be really be both beneficial for both aspects. 

6. Focus on yourself 
Look after yourself first, make sure that you are happy and content with everything before, forcing yourself to help others. 

7. “Don't buy things, buy experiences” 
When I was told this, I was confused but I get it now. Going to explore, discover and venture new things and essentially unravelling your inner self is the most beautiful thing in the world. 

8. Karma actually exists 
I was a firm believer for sometime that Karma isn't a thing… oh how wrong was I? 

9. Friends come and go 
That's fine, because it's all about growing in life, most things will come to an end. I believe that people come into your life, to teach you something. The span of your friendship/relationship with a person may differ, but in the end every person in your life has made an impact. 

10. Life is not a competition! 
Life isn’t a competition or race, you can't compare your life to “someone's else's ruler.” You are unique and beautiful in your own way, flaunt what you've got! 

As always, thank you for reading! What are some things you have learned during your time of reflection? 

My Favourite Facial Scrubs

I have tried so many different face washes in the past, to have finally found the ones that I absolutely love. I have tried many that have dried out my skin, irritate it and it just makes me feel disgusting afterwards. But these two products on the other hand, have been amazing for me. 

St. Ives Blemish Control  Apricot scrub, is a cleanser and natural exfoliant. After washing my face from using this, I feel really fresh and clean. The face scrub comes with little exfoliating beads which in my personal opinion feel nice on my skin. There is an indicator at the back, of all of their facial scrubs of the strength of the exfoliation. The strengths range of 'gentle,' 'moderate' and 'deep.' This facial scrub in particular is a deep cleanser and exfoliator. It's great if you're looking for something to get deep into your skin. 

Aapri original face scrub would, have to be my favourite out of the two. This product exfoliates deeper than the St. Ives one, and it makes me feel cleaner when I leave the shower. My face feels so soft and smooth after every time I use this. Although, it does have a rather weird smell to it, I mean it's not horrible in any way. But this face scrub is hands down my current favourite. 

Overall, I love these two products because they do what they're made to do. And what else? They're extremely affordable since they're drug store products! 

How To Manage Being In A Long Distance Relationship

Entering into the 10th month, of being in a long distance relationship, I can tell you one thing. It doesn't get any easier. Not trying to discourage you to get into one, they're totally worth it in the end. Every time I do get to see my boyfriend, (every 2-3 months) it feels amazing. 

Throughout the months that we've been together, I've learned a few things that have made this relationship feel 'less difficult.' 

1. Trust Each Other 
Like every other relationship, trust is the foundation. Without having a foundation or fundamentals (such as baking a cake without baking soda. What will happen? The cake won't grow or rise.) how could you and your partner, possibly develop a stronger relationship?

2. Talk To Each Often 
Whenever possible, it is important to talk to your partner as often as possible. For instance, my boyfriend and I are on the phone 24/7 (not clingy at all.) It is important to talk as often as you can, it feels as if your significant other is still there with you.

3. Jealousy/Communication 
I placed these two aspects together because, at times they go hand in hand. It is always important to be very open, about your feelings. If you can't voice your opinions, you'll basically feel miserable in your relationship. It is okay and normal to feel jealous, you just have to tell the person you're with about it and work something out. 

Andrew once told me that, 'Communication is all that we've got, really. It's not like a normal relationship. I can't just come to your house, and give you flowers whenever I want to.' Essentially because we don't see each other often, we're limited to what we can do. What we can always work on is always talking to each other to work things out. 

4.  Make Future Objectives
I don't know about you but, the only reason why I would want to get into any kind of relationship is if it is going to be long term. 

Future aims include so many factors. Such as, planning out a cute date,  having future projects or goals with each other. Thinking about all of the possible things, that you could do with your significant other is extremely fun. It motivates me to keep on going thinking about where my future with 'bae' can take me. 

5. Save Money 
This an extremely important tip that I have. Something has got to be given up, or you have to manage your money well. (I mean unless you're rich then... *please sponsor me for the rest of my life*
Sorry, about going on a random tangent. But really, it's a no brainer, you need to save up to be able to afford travelling expenses. 

6. Remember Why You Started 
This is my last and most important tip for this post. This is for everything in life really, if you feel as if it's hard to cope.. Remember, your partner feels the exact same way as you do. Like Andrew told many times, 'it's the best feeling in the world when I finally get to see that bubbly smile, and finally have you in my arms. It feels like the wait was worth it all.' 

This relationship is hard, but totally worth it. I don't regret any second spent on it. Are any of you guys in a long distance relationship?

Jurlique and Natio Review

This week has felt so hectic, and it's only going to get even busier with tests and assignments. But hey, there's always time for writing reviews right? Today I'll be talking about Natio's ageless illuminating primer and two Jurlique products. Let's begin! 

In all honesty, I'm not really a big fan of Natio products. The first product I had purchased was an extremely bad experience. My friend though, did try to glam up Natio's Ageless Illuminating Primer to me. So you know what? I gave it a shot. 

I have to say, the consistency of the product is quite thin and runny. I read reviews online, to compare. A lot of people faced this, although they didn't like it. I personally think that it isn't a big problem, it isn't dense and thick like most primers. But, the application sure is smooth. It does what it's made to do so, I'm happy. 

Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist - is probably one of my favourite mists. It's the only one that I've tried that, has fragrance to it. The smell is really nice, it's really strong on the other hand but, that really doesn't bother me. Something I didn't really like was that, it isn't the mist isn't hydrating. It's only good for the scent. 

Jurlique Purely White Skin Brightening Essence - I have noticed that this product does soak into my skin quite nicely. Although, I am unsure of whether it even out skin tones, I've used it for two weeks before I go to bed. My complexion has become a bit brighter, but I'm not sure about it evening out my skin tone. 

Overall, these products are all decent. I probably won't be repurchasing again but, it wasn't a bad experience. 

Have you tried any of these products? I'd love to know! 

My Blush Collection

In all honesty, I have only just recently gotten into makeup. I never really liked blushes because I thought to myself, ‘I turn pink really easily so, I don’t really need it.’ Well, I was wrong.. Under all of the cake on my face, how could any colour possibly shine through that skin of mine?

Until a few months ago, I realised the amazing powers of contouring, bronzing, highlighters and blushers. Not too long ago, I would leave the house looking extremely washed out. But, thanks to my aunty who straight up told me, ‘you look like a ghost.’ I finally realised what I needed to do.

All of my products have been purchased by my beloved aunty, when she went overseas. Blush Vacosi Natural Studio is a Vietnamese product, it is extremely pigmented! I was shocked when I took the smallest bit of product and applied it onto my cheek bone. I’m amazed that the quality of this blush is rather good, compared to what I had anticipated.

Missha’s Prism Blending Ball Blusher is a Korean brand unlike the first blush. This wasn’t the best in my personal opinion. I’m not going to lie; I was pretty shocked when I saw the container filled with small blush balls. The thing that really disappointed me about this product is that, it was a glittery finish and there wasn’t really any colour to it.

Lastly, out of all of the blushes I have, Lovely Me:ex Blusher would have to be my absolute favourite. It is another Korean cosmetic product just like Missha. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find a link of their products online. I love these little guys because, they are extremely pigmented like the first blush and it isn’t as soft as Missha’s one. The pigmentation of this product would have to be in the middle of those two.

Thank you for reading about little blush collection!
Have you tried any of these blushes? What are your favourite blushes? Please let me know!  

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water Review

Last year I saw a pretty bottle hanging on the self, and to my realisation it was the Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water. At the time I got this, I saw that it was $10 AUD. I told myself that had to get it, seeing that it was extremely cheap. I read the labelling, seeing that it removes makeup, cleanses and soothes skin. I definitely needed to fix up my makeup removal game. I mean, I was always using baby wipes, or makeup wipes to get rid of my makeup. 

What Is Micellar Water? 
Micellar water is a liquid solution, (essentially water) that is made up of micelles (minuscule molecules). When micelles make contact to skin they clench onto dirt, oil and other impurities in the face virtually removing them. That's why this product is great for removing make up!

What's even better...  this product is great, despite the skin type that you have. My skin personally changes from being oily to combination typed skin, so that's another reason for me to love this product. You don't even need to rinse your face after use!

How To Use Micellar Water? 
Dispense the product onto a flat cotton pad. I personally recommend not using tissues if you can, it isn't ineffective, in a sense that it doesn't cleanse your face, it just requires a ton of work. After you've poured the product into a flat cotton pad, you just wipe your face with it. You can use it whether or not you have makeup on your face, since it is a cleanser. 

Overall, I definitely love this product. It beats using baby or make up wipes, that's for sure. Have you guys used Micellar Water before? What are your thoughts on it?