Mini Skincare Haul

Sorry that I’ve been a bit MIA recently, university got the best of me and I was struggling to post regularly on here…But fortunately Priceline had a 40% off skincare sale, so what better way to get back into beauty blogging than with a haul!?

I decided to pick up a few new products that I hadn’t previously tried from the drugstore, but had heard great things about (let me know if you would like any reviews and I’ll endeavour to get some posted). The first two products that I picked up were from the Simple skincare range, I was drawn to these two after hearing about them from Zoella. The first is the Moisturising Facial Wash, I picked this up because I’ve recently been using a Nivea cleanser that has really been drying out my already dry skin. I will get back to you on whether it lives up to it’s claims.

Also from the Simple range I picked up the Anti-Blemish Moisturiser, which claims to give visibly clearer skin from day 1. I’ve been struggling with a few minor breakouts and blemishes (presumably due to stress from uni) and thought that it would be a good time to give this one a go. I also like the fact that Simple don’t use any perfume or colour in their products

Now the next brand I was drawn to was one which I find to either have hit or miss products…I’m talking about Garnier. There are some products by Garnier which I absolutely swear by, whereas there are also some which I find to be quite useless so we’ll see how these ones go. The first is the Radiance Boosting Scrub which I have high hopes for, as it claims to purify pores and energise dull and tired skin. I’ve heard this product compared with the Origins Ginzeng Scrub which I adore, so fingers crossed! The next is the Beauty Oil Scrub which I picked up on a whim, it claims to exfoliate, nourish and illuminate which are all very inviting words to me.

The last product I picked up purely out of curiosity, the Beauty Essentials range is extremely cheap so I’m not expecting too much. But then again, I am definitely one for finding cheaper alternatives so I’ll definitely let you all know if it’s worth trying.

Don’t forget to request some future reviews of these products in the comments, and if you live in Australia get down to your nearest Priceline tomorrow to pick up some amazing skincare deals!

Katie xx


Benefit Bases

I’ve recently been drawn in by the amazing new Benefit Winter catalogue and couldn’t resist trying out two of their base products. I’ve been in the market for a new foundation and concealer duo for quite a while now, and have looked at all different brands and all different products, however, Benefit captured my attention over the other counters. I’m still not quite sure whether it was the fun packaging or the vibrant catalogue that caught my eye, but whatever it was, I’m sure glad it did.

The girl at the counter tested both the foundation and concealer on my skin to ensure the colour match was spot on, and also to show me the types of coverage that I could get. To say I was impressed would be an understatement, this Boing concealer is incredible! It covered up every single one of my blemishes perfectly without looking cakey on the skin – even the most pesky ones were completely covered. Typically I prefer a very light to medium coverage foundation, as I don’t like anything that feels heavy on the skin. The Benefit Oxygen Wow is everything that I could hope for in a foundation and more, it’s extremely light-weight and natural looking, yet can be built up to a medium coverage when necessary (without looking cakey in the slightest).

I have been completely converted to Benefit bases, and will definitely be back to purchase and try out their new BB cream. Tell me what your favourite Benefit products are in the comments below!

Katie xx

Product Review – Garnier Perfect Blur

To be completely honest, I am not usually a fan of primers, especially the high-end varieties. I don’t find that they make too much difference to the application of my base, or the staying power of my foundation. However, this all changed when I picked up one of Garnier’s new releases, the Perfect Blur Smoothing Base Perfector.

This was one of those spontaneous buys as I was heading to the counter, it was sitting there on a stand and for some reason it reminded me of Benefit’s The Porefessional (which I love but can’t justify the price of for a primer). I’ve been using this under my foundation for the past 3 days and have noticed a significant improvement in the finish of my foundation, to me it seems like a miracle product. It leaves your skin feeling extremely smooth as soon as you’ve applied it, and reduces the appearance and redness of any blemishes – which I love!

It only takes a couple of seconds to apply, and it retails for about $10 AUD which I think is a very reasonable price considering the results that I’ve seen. My mum also tried the product recently and found that it reduced the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around her eyes, so it’s suitable for a variety of different skin types! Overall, I think this is a really great product if you’re looking for something that’s going to give you a much smoother and more natural finish with your foundation, and I have seen similar results to what the Porefessional used to give me for a fraction of the price. If you’re in the market for a primer, definitely give this one a go!


Bioderma Dupe – Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

Are you all ready for a product that’s going to blow your socks off AND also save your pennies? Well, here it is! The brand new micellar water by Garnier. Now for me this product couldn’t have come at a better time. Just when I was down to those last few drops of my precious Bioderma Sensibio H20, Garnier releases what I would like to call a miracle in a bottle.

On the packaging this product claims that it removes makeup, cleanses and soothes – with absolutely no rinsing needed. So basically it is supposed to do exactly what the Bioderma equivalent does, at a fraction of the price. Sounded like a win-win to me! I’ve been using this product for just over 2 weeks now and honestly I am very impressed. In Australia the Garnier micellar water retails for just over $11, which is a massive difference from the Bioderma equivalent which will cost you about $30. I’ve found that the Garnier micellar water will remove all of my makeup (including the dreaded waterproof eye makeup) without leaving my skin feeling sticky, oily or even too dry. Instead, my skin feels clean, fresh and hydrated which is a massive plus for someone like me who suffers from chronic dry skin.

The only downside that I have found to this product in comparison to the Bioderma is that it does take a little more product to completely remove all my makeup, however, for me this isn’t a huge deal as first of all it comes in a 400mL bottle compared with the smaller 250mL bottle of Bioderma, and second of all only costs $11.

Overall, the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water ticks all the boxes for me, and I think it’ll definitely find itself in my basket over the Bioderma Sensibio H20 in the future.

If you’re not sure where to pick it up – I’d recommend Priceline (plus they’ve got it 20% off at the moment as well) Here’s the link:

Let me know what your favourite makeup remover is in the comments below!

Katie xx