Favourites: Skincare (January)

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I was looking over at my makeup desk wondering what my next post should be, and what type of post I hadn’t done in a while when I noticed I had a few new things in my skincare routine that I hadn’t talked about. Plus, my last skincare post was a decent moon ago so its the perfect opportunity. This isn’t my full skincare routine, just some of the skin related products I’ve been loving lately!

 

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To start I want to talk about the Garnier Micellar water I’m now onto my second bottle of! I was never big on makeup removers and would often just wash my face with a cleaner, assuming it would both get rid of my makeup as well as cleanse my skin, I know… cue the shocked gasps that I could be so naive. Removing makeup before using a cleanser is one of the most important steps you can take in your routine and I’m so glad I’ve picked up on it now. There are a few different micellar waters in this range and the one I use is specifically for combination to oily skin which is perfect for me! I use this with a cotton pad and it removes my makeup with such ease its a surprise I even survived without it beforehand, even my eye makeup is mostly gone within a few swipes. I also find that using this before cleansing my skin makes it feel so much nicer and less irritated. The Garner range also has a micellar water for all skin types thats more of an ‘all in one’, as well as one that contains an oil which is better for sensitive skin and long wear makeup so theres plenty of option but I definitely recommend using a makeup remover before cleansing!

Size/Price: 400ml/$14NZD

 

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I have for the longest time been wanting to try/incorporate tea tree and witch hazel into my skincare routine. I’ve heard so many amazing things about these products as skincare products and as someone who does suffer from breakouts and large pores I was definitely keen to jump on board with these. I recently found the perfect product to try from Thursday Plantation, a tea tree AND witch hazel toner. I’ve been using this on a cotton pad after I cleanse my face and so far it has helped so much! It calms and soothes my spots so well and I can already tell it is helping decrease scarring caused my the spots. Not to mention it tightens my pores so nicely and along with other products i’ve started using, is helping stop me from becoming oily throughout the day. I can literally feel this stuff working it’s magic as I apply it!

Size/Price: 100ml/$10NZD(ish)

 

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Another product that I’ve repurchased is the Biore charcoal pore minimiser. This stuff has changed the game for me, I was so busy using acne and breakout targeting products that I failed to realise this wouldn’t help much with my blackheads as they were a whole different issue. While I still use a breakout targeting fast wash for one of my daily cleanses, for the second I use this stuff. I use this with a Clarisonic type cleansing brush and target my t-zone which is where I get the most blackheads. After even a few days of using this I notice a pretty big difference in my pores, especially on my nose as majority of the blackheads slowly get less and less! However, If I stop using this for a few days the dreaded blackheads come back but I put that down to the condition of my pores not the product. I really do love this stuff, and while using it with a brush gets a deeper clean, the product itself isn’t super harsh and is actually very gel like so I believe it would work great for sensitive and dry skin as well as my difficult ass oily skin.

Size/Price: 92ml/$11NZD

 

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While lip balm isn’t your typical ‘skincare’ item, I really felt the need to mention it. Carmex is a brand that I had heard so much of and knew was quite popular overseas, however I’m usually a blistex girl so I never really bothered with it. Recently though I needed to spend an extra couple of dollars to use up a gift card and I saw a stand of Carmex products and thought, if not now then when. So I picked up the Strawberry one because yum of course! but I was also super pleased that it was SPF as well. My first try of this was unsure as I felt it had that cheap, plastic lip balm feel and taste to it however, one I had used it a couple of times I fell in love! It is SUPER hydrating, like I can’t even begin to describe, and i’m not sure why but it leaves a slight tingle to my lips which I feel helps plump them up a wee bit (yes this could also be an allergy to it but so far so good). I haven’t had an issue with dry lips since using it so I’m really glad to 1. be using more and more SPF products, and 2. have yet another reliable lip balm in my collection.

Size/Price: 4.25g/$4-$6NZD (I couldn’t find a decent online link for this, I purchased mine from farmers)

 

I feel like these descriptions are pretty hefty so I’m going to leave it at four items for now. I am so glad to be finding more products that I love and that I’ve been investing more into skincare, rather than focusing all on makeup to cover the things that can be improved with a better skincare routine. I do recommend all these products and if you have any more questions about these or others, don’t be shy!

 

Fresh faced, Chatterkiwi x

REVIEW: Garnier SkinActive Moisture bomb masks

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Considering the time of year (and the copious amounts of chocolate around) my skin has been in need of a little TLC. After seeing these new Garner sheet masks around I decided to give them a go seeing as they’re so affordable ($3-$5NZD). There are three different masks that I’ve been able to find however I do know there are a few others, I just haven’t been able to find them anywhere in my city. They all have the same sort of base which is that they’re super rehydrating and rejuvenating, they then each have an individual skin target and ‘deal’ with a certain skin issue. The ones I’ve reviewed target normal to dehydrated, normal to combination, and dry or sensitive skin.

 

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For Normal to Dehydrated skin

This first mask is the blue packaged one and claims to:

  • Intensely rehydrate skin
  • Boost skins radiance
  • Even skin complexion

It contains Pomegranate extract, hyaluronic acid, and a hydrating serum.

I found this mask was definitely moisturising and I actually used it to help with a few spots that had gone quite dry and irritated from my acne treatment. It definitely soothed them the minute I had the mask on and has really calmed down the irritation of them. However, as I have oily skin as it is, I didn’t feel this mask was necessary for my overall skin appearance. It has made my skin slightly more glory but this isn’t something I generally need due to how easily my skin and makeup looks shiny. I would definitely recommend this for people who have dry or irritated skin that want to bring a bit more glow to their skin.

 

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For Normal to Combination skin

The next mask is the green package and it claims to:

  • Intensely rehydrate
  • Purify and mattify skin
  • Visibly reduce pores and imperfections

It contains Green tea, hyaluronic acid, and a hydrating serum.

You can probably already tell, this is my absolute FAVOURITE of the three. The reason I even tried these masks is because I first tried this one and loved it so much! The words ‘reduce pores’ and ‘mattifies skin’ really always catch my attention and this is what it did for my skin. I found that afterwards my skin felt really relaxed and hydrated but without being oily, and almost gave my skin a filter effect over it. It also did really help out with my skin under makeup, I really noticed how much it controlled my oil after I used a different mask that threw my skin out of balance, I used this one and it made my skin have a healthy glow all day without getting too shiny. I 100% will be repurchasing this mask from now on.

 

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For Dry or Sensitive skin

The last mask I tried was the pink packaged one and contains:

  • Rehydrate skin
  • Improve skin comfort
  • Soothe skin

It contains Chamomile, Hyaluronic acid, and a hydrating serum.

This mask surprised me, it doesn’t specifically target any major issues I have with my skin but it’s left it feeling really smooth, and comfortable. My skin looks a lot more even which is probably due to it soothing any redness I have. I often have to use acne products that are on the harsher side and I feel that this mask would be ideal to use whenever I need to just give my skin some hydration and loving to stop it from getting too worn out. I would recommend this for people who just need a nice hydrating mask to pamper themselves with, or for people with dry/irritated skin. Much like the blue mask.

 

These masks overall are totally worth the affordable price, and I think that they do individually deal with different skin issues and types so whatever your situation, I believe with one of these masks you’ll at least see an improvement. I’m definitely going to keep repurchasing and if I can get my hands on the other masks in the collection then I will most definitely do a part two! Let me know if there’s anything else you want to know about them, and always feel free to drop suggestions in the comments. I reply to all!

 

Feeling smooth! Chatterkiwi x

 

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

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Favourites: Skincare

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I wasn’t entirely sure if this post should focus on one passion of mine, or whether it should include all of them. I’ve decided to focus on all the things skincare that i’m loving at the moment! My opinions of these products are based on that fact that for the most part I have crazy oily skin with occasional dry spots, as well as being acne prone. 

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The first product that has been a favourite for a while now is the original Proactive solutions face wash. While I do agree with the claims that if you overuse or are too aggressive with it, more damage can be done to your skin, it does wonders for my skin! It’s the first product I can say has actually made a difference to the hormonal pimples I usually  have. As well as clearing up pimples faster, it also gives my skin a generally better look. I will add that unfortunately when i’ve missed too many uses or tried to stop using it my skin goes back to it’s old ways. That could just be due to my acne being hormonal however, a simple wash isn’t going to completely solve that.

Pro’s- Effective, Come’s in a trial set, Trial set usually $30(Back to school deals atm! www.proactiv.co.nz)

Con’s-Can become too harsh for sensitive skin.

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Now the second product is keeping in theme as it is the original Proactive solutions SPF15, oil-free moisturiser. Never before have I found such a good moisturiser that I can actually wear under makeup, and a bonus of having SPF as well! If there’s one thing i’ve learnt about skincare, it’s the importance of sun protection. As someone with super oily skin this can often be a problem as most sunscreen can be quite thick and especially don’t sit well on my face under makeup. However this one is perfect, not only have I found that it sits so nice and thin on my face but I can actually use it under makeup! Definite score on this one.

Pro’s- Included in the trial set mentioned above, Light-weight, SPF!!!

Con’s- Not overly moisturising, Wouldn’t use as an overnight moisturiser.

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The Youth mud face mask by Glam Glow isn’t the mask I had originally planned to buy but with full sized jars ranging near the $100NZD mark, I was more than happy to take home a much cheaper tester jar of a slightly different mask. This mask is very much a grey mud and does in fact have leaves in it, and while the tingling(borderline burning) sensation scares you the first use it does get better! This product decongests my face more than I thought a face mask could, not only did I find many of my blackheads gone but it also gave my face the smoothest finish. Another product I would warn people with sensitive skin to be careful of as it does have a minty tingle to it, otherwise I think it is a perfect intensive exfoliant as when you wash it off it does exactly that! I think this would be perfect to use as both a before bed spa treatment and a right before makeup skin polisher!

Pro’s- Clears out ‘gunk’, Soft finish, Comes in a tester size.

Con’s- Not the most gentle product, How do you feel about leaves?

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I haven’t tried a huge array of masks however if someone with more sensitive skin asked me to recommend either the above mask or this one, I would have to say this one. The Mario Badescu Silver Powder mask. Personally on my skin this mask doesn’t so much clear up pimples, but it does do wonder’s on my blackhead. This mask has a much more gentle cleansing action, as it isn’t exfoliating or harsh on the skin. I find that it sinks into your pores and when washed or toned off simply drags out any dirt with it, so it’s definitely a recommend for anyone who struggles with large pores or black heads. It goes on like a wet clay and dries to a powder, I also find it is really cooling and a go to for when my skin feels inflamed or irritated.

Pro’s- Gentle, amazing value for money as you don’t use much product($26NZD)

Con’s- Not intensive enough for tough skin.

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The holy grail of all holy grails. The one and only Mario Badescu drying lotion. Yes you’ve probably already heard this hype from multiple other beauty guru’s and youtuber’s as I did, but as someone who does get pimples and especially the occasional under the skin monster that can take weeks of pain to go away(too dramatic?) I felt the need to try this magic concoction that a good chunk of the world seemed to be raving about. And yes it does work. I found that it worked very well on drying pimples out so that they aren’t all inflamed and speeding up the healing process so that a pimples life is cut in half, but the one thing it did that impressed me even more was it’s effective on one of those under the skin pimples I mentioned before. Usually for me a painful lump under the skin can take anywhere from a few days to over a week to have a head and clear itself away but at first sight of one of these bumps I started applying the drying lotion before bed every night and within 2-3 days it was shrinking in size and the pressure had gone. Long story short this lotion is a lifesaver and I now swear by it.

Pro’s- IT WORK’S, more affordable than similar products($26NZD).

Con’s- Can cause dryness around the pimple.

Love all these products and despite this post being a month late I’m still using them so that says something 👍🏼

Till next time, Chatterkiwi x