Primer Time

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I personally really rely on primer.  I have oily skin with nice and big pores so when I find a primer that really works my gosh I am a happy girl!  I discovered the Cyber Colors Zero Pore Primer on a recent trip to Malaysia in their drugstore Sasawhich by the way is the most amazing shop ever!, I was told that it is very similar to Benefits Porefessional so I really wanted to give it a go.  The texture of this product feels almost identical to Benefits, it is extremely silky and glides effortlessly over the skin filling in the pores along the way.

I used this for the first time whilst I was in Malaysia to give it a real go, it was 40 degrees Celsius with 100% humidity so I was really pushing its capabilities.  I tell you what, it passed with flying colours!  There was definitely some shine at the end of the day but the foundation itself was still there and hadn’t caked or separated.  Since then I have used it pretty much non stop, it really keeps my oil under control as well as keeping my makeup in place and lasting for a hell of a lot longer.

I have repurchased this since and because I can only find it on the Sasa website I grabbed a couple.  Another plus is that it is a fair bit cheaper than the Benefit Porefessional which is always a bonus.  I believe this will be definitely be a staple in my makeup collection and when I head to Singapore later in the year I will be checking out what else Cyber Colors has to offer.

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Morning Skincare Regime

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I love seeing what skincare products people use on a day to day basis so I thought I would post my morning skincare routine in the hopes that you enjoy it!  My goal in life is to be able to feel confident that my skin is looking amazing and I think with the combination of these products I am almost there!

I have been going to the same beautician for around two years and she has done absolute wonders to my skin.  She has been able to get my redness to reasonable level and before I started seeing her I could of run a car of the amount of oil on my face, so I thank her very much for the products that she has introduced me to.  I’ll start with my face wash; ASAP Daily Exfoliating Facial Scrub, I know many people would say it isn’t advisable to exfoliate daily however, this is so gentle that it is not going to do any damage whatsoever.  This scrub is my favourite scrub or cleanser I have ever used, its little sandy particles gently scrub away any dead skin leaving you with a fresh glow and who doesn’t want that?  Next up is the Philosophy Total Matteness Toner, I would say this is a major factor in keeping my oil in control, I don’t know how it does it but it works!  The Alpha H Instant Facial is an absolute marvel, it has completely changed the texture of my skin leaving it nice and smooth as well as clear.  Next is the ASAP Super B Complex Serum.  This is another wonder it has completely controlled my redness, and also helped with the oiliness and it hydrates my skin so there is no excess sebum being produced.  Thank god for that product.  Finally it is the ASAP Advanced Hydrating Moisturiser, this is a beautiful thin moisturiser which sinks into the skin beautifully.  I use this all year round, it’s thin enough to use in summer and hydrating enough to use in winter.  What a marvellous product.

So there are my morning skin care products!  I know there are a lot of ASAP products which is a bit boring but they really work for my skin so I say go with what works!

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A Serious Stay Put Foundation

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I think it’s safe to say we all need a serious stay put foundation in our makeup arsenal and for me the Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous is it.  I purchased this foundation after seeing it in use in a couple Sharon the Makeup Artist’s tutorials, she raved about it’s lasting power and its beautiful finish.

Now I have quite oily skin so I tend to look for a fairly matte finish and this is definitely that, its is a nice soft matte finish with a medium coverage that you wouldn’t necessarily have to powder but I do just to make sure its set.    I have used this quite a lot during winter when I have long days at work or at university and I can honestly tell you that a part from a slight shine I still have a full face of foundation and I can only say that about a few foundations that I own.

I know that in summer its is quite fashionable to wear a very lightweight barely there dewy foundation but with my oily skin and the Australian summer heat I do not have that luxury unless I want to look like my face is literally melting off.  So due to that problem I tend to go for this foundation thanks to its medium coverage and its matte finish, I just try to add a fair whack of highlighter so my face still looks glowy.

For anyone that likes a fuller fairly matte coverage and a formula that stays put, I couldn’t recommend this more!

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Some Fabulous Cream Eyeshadows

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I’ve only just recently joined the cream eyeshadow bandwagon, I always assumed they would crease on my oily eyelids.  But as I have now found out they are actually very long lasting and don’t crease on me at all.  So now that I know that I have a whole new range of products to discover, how exciting!  I’ve collected these few over the past six months and I thought I would share with you what I think of them.

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I’ll start with the high end ones, these two are the Chanel Illusion D’Ombre shadows.  The first on is in the shade 82 Emerveille, it is a beautiful pink champagne colour that has a lovely shimmer throughout it.  I’ve been using this a lot with the darker pink and brown shades in the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette for a soft smokey eye.  The second shade is 827 Initiation, this a a very shimmery gold brown shadow.  I normally use this with a dark matte brown underneath it, it doesn’t have much of a colour payoff so it needs a good base to work off.  The thing I love most about these shadows is the texture, they are creamy yet powdery at the same time.  They definitely blend like a powder shadow which makes them incredibly easy to work with.

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The next two are Mac Paint Pots, these are a very new discovery for me.  I usually just go for the powder eyeshades from mac but after seeing the paint pots in use in a Pixiwoo tutorial I thought I would give them a ago.  The first shade is Groundwork, this is a light brown shade that looks lovely washed all over the eyelid it is also great at evening out the eyelid.  I often use this shade when I do a winged liner as its subtle yet there is still a hint of colour.  The second shade is Quite Natural, this is a much darker brown shade which I use a lot all over my eyelid to give my eyes depth and then wear a dark lip like Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Damned, in winter this is especially striking.  The formula of these shadows are very dry so you have to work quickly to blend them out.  Quite Natural is extremely dry so can be quite difficult to blend but it is worth it once you get the hang of it.  Lastly is the much loved Maybelline 24hr Colour Tattoo in Bad to the Bronze, this product deserves the love that it gets!  I love the bronzy shimmer it has and how easily it blends onto the lid.  Plus the lasting power of this is amazing, I always use this when I have a day to night function because I can trust it to stay put!

So I think its safe to say I have another addiction – cream shadows!  Now I need to decide which ones to buy next.

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