In depth Skincare Routine

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Since one of my first posts being my skin care favourites, I have only added to and improved my skin care routine to suit my skin the best and feel like it’s at a pretty good stage to share with you guys. I have oily, breakout prone, textured skin, and also struggle with pretty big pores around my t-zone. I am continuously trying to find the perfect skincare routine not only to improve the appearance of my natural skin, but also to help with my makeup application as this is hugely affected by the state of my skin. So here is the routine that I generally follow, both morning, night and weekly or treatment products will be mentioned.


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Cleanser: Both morning and night I use my Proactive solutions cleanser, as mentioned in my skin care favourites post. This cleanser is, so far, the best wash I’ve found to help control my acne as many other cleansers I tried didn’t really do much.It is a cream, with very slight grittiness to it (I wouldn’t call it an exfoliant). I find it gently resurfaces the skin, while also deeply cleaning bacteria off the skin in order to avoid breakouts. One thing I really love about this product is that for an intensive cleanser (Proactive is generally an intensive range for acne control) it doesn’t dry my skin out or make it feel too raw or sensitive.


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Mask: In the simplest way to say it, I can’t live without face masks. Especially cream ones that can really sink into your skin! The mask that I’ve been absolutely loving is one that I was surprised with. L’Oreal recently bought out three clay masks, a charcoal based one for detoxifying and brightening, a eucalyptus one for purifying and mattifying, and a red algae one to smooth and exfoliate. I personally have been absolutely loving the Charcoal one as it works wonders on my clogged pores and leaves my skin feeling so clean! As this mask dries I can literally see all the oil being pulled out of my skin which I’m not going to lie, is super satisfying. Really didn’t think this mask would work as well as it does! I also find I can use this mask a few times a week without it having a bad affect on my skin.


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Toner: Recently I heard so many good things about the Sunday Riley Martian toner but unfortunately I’m not prepared to pay $85NZD for something that I can’t be sure will even work, so I was instead suggested by the wonderful people at Mecca cosmetica to try the Ren Clarimatte toner. I can honestly say that I couldn’t be without it now, it makes the biggest difference in my skin care routine and helped clear my skin as well as make it feel less oily within days of using it. I use this toner day and night after cleansing by applying it to a cotton ball and smoothing it over my face, mostly in my t-zone.


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Moisturiser: Another recent purchase, and something I have fallen in love with is the Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic moisture cushion moisturiser. If you have oily skin I would absolutely suggest this! It feels like silk on your skin but is so light I can wear it under makeup still, I originally intended to only use this in the morning as I already had a night moisturiser but for the moment there is no other moisturiser I would want to use on my skin as this one feels so amazing. Literally leaves my skin feeling like its had a new layer added.


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Oil/Serum: Have to admit, for a long time I wasn’t interested in oils or serum because I just saw it as adding oil to my already oily skin. Boy was I wrong, if there’s one thing I could teach people with oily skin it’s that having a light oil in your routine, even if it’s at night like me, will actually help balance out the production of oil on your skin and make your skin super smooth and balanced out. I now use the Josie Maran light organ oil after receiving a tester of it and falling in love with it. It makes my skin unbelievably soft and through using it only at night I’ve avoided any issues of it affecting my makeup application. This lighter version of the oil is specifically designed for those that don’t need as intensively rehydrating of an oil as most face oils are. Also can be used for nails and hair as well, yay for multipurpose!


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Treatment: For special occasions, usually never more than once a week I will use the Biore Charcoal pore strips! I have tried both these and the original pore strips by Biore and personally the charcoal ones works 10x better for my skin, I use the nose strips and found that they really do pull out any dirt I have in my pores. The original unfortunately for me didn’t do much but I would 100% recommend the Charcoal ones! You simply wet your nose and apply the strip after peeling back the plastic layer and let sit for about 5-10 minutes till it dries.


Recently I was put in contact with a wonderful worker at Reviews.com who enjoyed the posts where I delve into the topic of Skin-care. Turns out this website has a really in-depth guide into skin-care products, especially that of acne treatments and even talks about the specific details of some of the products I’ve used and mentioned. So I thought I’d give them a wee shoutout as I know I can only review the products I use on a base level whereas these guides go into details about ingredients, different types of acne, and have produced, from reviews, the top skin care brands for treating acne. The skin-care guide is here. (Disclaimer: This is not a paid sponsorship, always my own opinions). 

Smooth & Clean, Chatterkiwi x

Social media question?

Hey guys! As the title says, this isn’t really a blog post but more so just a opportunity for conversation. I have a twitter account for Chatter Kiwi that I want to use more often, however I’m pretty uneducated when it comes to twitter so if anyone wants to drop some tips or email me to talk about it that would be so nice! Twitter here. 

Also how would you guys like to see an insta page also? Hopefully a more personal account of pictures and even behind the scenes of what goes into my blog post process. Just a thought! 

Hope you’s all have a wonderful day/night and hope to hear from you soon 😋 

Chatterkiwi x

Too Faced Natural Eyes Palette

A wee while ago I purchased the Natural eyes palette by Too Faced as a gift for my friend for her birthday, and upon having it sit in my room for a few weeks tempting me to use it  I thought it best to purchase it myself! Before this I didn’t really have any higher end eyeshadow palettes so thought this might be a good place to start as it has pretty basic colours and easy to use shades. I’m going to start by explaining the palette, the idea behind it, price, etc., then go through and talk about each shade individually briefly, and finish off with my overall thought about it and the looks I tend to go for when using it.

What is it?

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This palette by Too Faced has quite a good reputation for itself, even winning awards such as number one palette to use for your wedding day in 2014. It features 9 shades, 4 of which I would call complete matte, 2 semi matte, and 3 shimmer shades! The palette is very based on basic, on trend colours mostly consisting of grey browns, taupes, and pinky golden colours, as well as a white/translucent shade but no really out there, wild colours. The palette itself is very compact, it’s about 3cm by 4cm and only 1.5cm thick making for a travel friendly, sleek feel. This I think helps towards it being such a universal palette, the very basic colours teamed with the ease of carrying it around have personally made it my go to for everyday use. One of the other amazing things about this palette is that it comes with a wee guide inside, that give you a step by step instruction on how to get three different looks, Day, Classic, and Fashion. I can no longer find this book 😔 but can point out that the looks are labelled inside the palette and follow a pattern left to right of base shade, lid colour, and then an outer crease colour to deepen the look.

The shades

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without flash vs. with flash Left-Right: Heaven, Cashmere Bunny, Sexpresso, Silk Teddy, Push-up, Erotica, Nudie, Honey Pot, Chocolate Martini

Heaven is a very plain, matte white colour that barely leaves any colour on the lid, in a good way. It is probably my most used shade as I without a doubt, use it all over my lid as a base shade after I apply eyeshadow primer. As I said it barely leave a colour on the lid, it more so just evens out the eyelid and makes for a good canvas for the other shades that actually create the eye look.

Cashmere Bunny is probably second or third most used shade in this palette, it is the ultimate matte taupe and is perfect as a transition shade or if you’re only looking for a little bit of depth in the outer crease. Even when using other eyeshadow or more intense looks I almost always use this colour to help blend things together.

Sexpresso is one of the lesser used shades in the palette as it is a very dark, matte, true brown and I don’t tend to go for super dark looks. However I have used it when I experiment with smokey looks and think it works so well for a dark crease! I would also suggest using it for a smudged out liner look.

Silk Teddy is by far one of my favourites in this palette, who can say no to a glittery, ice pink. This is definitely a super baby pink colour that it almost comes up as white, however it isn’t super opaque so I find to get the best payoff is to make sure the base underneath it is a light colour (I usually use it near the inner corner and first apply a touch of concealer underneath). Very shimmery as well which I love and why it’s perfect to brighten up the inner corner with and even highlight under the brow bone with.

Push-up is one of the three, what I would call, perfect lid colours as it is again a super shimmery shade. This shade is harder to describe as I’m stuck calling it a ‘pinky, goldy, copper’ shade, it’s definitely gold but not a traditional yellow gold as it has one pink in it, but not quite enough for me to call it a rose gold (complicated, yes.). However if I am feeling a little edgy or want to go for a slightly darker look I tend to use this on the lid as it still gives a shimmery appearance, whilst also not being super light toned like Silk Teddy for example.

Erotica is the first of the semi-matte shades that I mentioned before, this is probably the most grey toned of the darker colours for the crease. While it does appear to have golden shimmer through it, I find that this doesn’t really show up much when blended in which is both a good and bad thing. Most people would avoid too much shimmer through the crease but this shade doesn’t create that problem.

Nudie is most similar to Cashmere Bunny and I often mix the two to use as a transition shade! It is a paler, more grey toned taupe that is perfect for blending everything together, it’s especially good as a crease shade if you’re going for a super natural looking eye look.

Honey Pot is probably the easiest shade to describe as it is a simple, yellow gold with shimmer. Similar to Push-up in the sense that it is great as a lid colour, and is lighter than Push-up so it’s a more everyday shade, that gives a bright, glowy eye look. I can imagine this being a favourite for a lot of people who own this palette as it is not only a very on trend colour but it is one of those shades you could slap on all over your lid by itself and have an eye look complete.

Chocolate Martini is the last colour in the palette and another one of the semi matte shades. It again, has gold shimmer through it that doesn’t show up too much when blended in so works great as a crease shade. This is a dark brown like Sexpresso just with a more golden undertone and shimmer, its name really is accurate as it has a very chocolaty vibe to it.

 

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Attempted my kiwi shaped swatches but with the lighter shades it proved difficult

Thoughts

Overall I am so glad I purchased this palette, as it has been very useful to me in practising eyeshadow looks and ease of use, whether I have time to put in effort or have to rush a look, it has not failed me yet. I am now getting to a stage where I am looking at other palettes to buy however in order to experiment with new looks and especially new colours, I would definitely try other Too Faced palettes as the quality of these shadows was amazing! They are super easy to blend and build up, and since the palette is designed to create looks within it, it is hard to go wrong with this one.

 

Bright eyed & bushy tailed? Chatterkiwi x