THE BEAUTY OBSESSIVE

24.2.18

YSL Volupte Tint-In-Balm




I love lip balm (now re-read that with the voice of Anchorman's Brick Tamland saying "I love lamp"). But I do, I love balm. Ever since high-school I have not been able to leave the house without a balm. But compared to those good old days of throwing a pot of Carmex into my school bag, I have ventured on to newer (and this time much more expensive) products. I love a little designer item. But I would rather purchase an item that I am going to use everyday rather than a designer piece that I will only pull out on special occasions. So I found the perfect balance in the YSL tint-in-balms.

These little tubes of luxury are packaged in the beautiful silver YSL bullets, featuring the gold logo over the colour of the balm inside. They have a nice weight to them and the cap clicks shut so you don't have to worry about rogue lids and smudged product ruining the inside of your handbag.


The product inside is also intricately designed with a central lip-shaped area of moisture-boosting ingredients such as jojoba oil and apricot butter. The surrounding area provides the unique hue which will give your lips a sheer tint on application.


I purchased three colours: Shade 1 Dream Me Nude- a perfect everyday pink/brown nude. 
Shade 3 Call Me Rose- a subtle, rosy hue, although the bullet appears peach
Shade 11 Play Me Fuchsia- a bright, raspberry pink for adding the perfect pop of colour.


I personally love the finish they provide however if you prefer a matte liquid-lipstick, this product is probably not for you. The formula leaves a lightly coloured and shiny, plump finish to your lips. It feels very moisturising but does require regular application if you are drinking or eating.




So if you are in the market to splash your cash on something a little bit fancy, I would highly recommend the YSL Volupte Tint-In-Balms (available from MECCA, Myer and David Jones). 
  
16.8.17

Concealers: Tried & Tested



I have used many a concealer over the years. I have not suffered from acne however have had the occasional spot that needed to be hidden away. However my main concerns have been dark circles and redness around my nose and chin. So I wanted to collate my thoughts on products I have used in the hope it may help you when next searching the market for a new concealer.

Here are a list of concealers currently floating around my make up drawers and my thoughts on each:


1. BY TERRY Terribly Densiless Concealer
This has a beautiful texture that blends with skin seamlessly. I remember testing this in-store at MECCA on my hand and noticing it was the only concealer that didn't settle into the lines on my skin (or cling to the hair). While it is a beautiful texture, it has a lighter coverage so isn't the greatest at hiding red spots. I prefer to use this layered over a colour corrector on my dark circles. I would personally rate this a 10/10 for a light coverage concealer.
Price: $88
Available from: MECCA

2. GLOSSIER Stretch Concealer
I feel I have been using this concealer everyday, since the postman delivered my Glossier parcel to me. In the process of writing this post and taking photographs, it has become obvious that this is the closest match to my skin colour, which is one of the reasons I probably like it over my other concealers. But it is also the texture and the ease at which it blends seamlessly with my skin. It is so creamy and leaves a natural glow to my under eye and cheek bones, when I apply it every morning. It is also surprisingly high coverage (considering Glossier adopt the "No Makeup Makeup" philosophy). I find I reach for this to conceal everything- dark circles, spots, red patches... I would rate this 9/10 (losing one star because, as a brand, Glossier still cannot offer shipping to Australia).
Price: $18 USD (about $23 AUD).
Available from: Glossier


3. RMS "Un" Cover-Up Concealer
RMS are a cruelty-free and environmentally-friendly skincare brand which is a favourite of Emma Watson. I have had this in my makeup collection for 9 months and like it for concealing around my nose and occasionally use it under my eyes. It comes in a small pot and has a creamy but thick consistency that provides light coverage. It blends out easily and leaves a radiant and non-matte finish. I find it doesn't highlight dry skin patches either so is a bonus for concealing pesky, part-healed spots.  This can also be used as a foundation (not that I have tried) so is great if you are looking for a 2-in-1 product. To provide a quick comparison to my other pot-concealer from Glossier- RMS has a thicker consistency, provides slightly higher coverage but is harder to blend out.
Price: $52
Available from: MECCA

4. NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
This concealer from NARS provides the highest coverage of all the concealers mentioned in this post. It is, as the name states, a cream formula and comes in a tube with a doe-foot applicator. I fear I overestimated the paleness of my skin when selecting the colour, and would probably select one shade warmer in the future. However I love using this when going to events- i use it under my eyes in a triangle shape to really highlight this area and the shape of my cheek bones. I prefer to blend this out with a Beauty Blender (rather than my fingers) to give a more seamless appearance. Due to the paleness of this shade, I do not use it to cover red spots (as it has more of an illuminating effect rather than concealing), however in the correct shade, I believe it would be excellent at this! If you have never tried a NARS concealer, they are great quality and reasonably priced. They have also released a matte, pot-concealer which I cannot wait to get my hands on.
Price: $44
Available from: MECCA

5. Rimmel Match Perfection Concealer
I purchased this concealer during a Priceline 40% off sale and frankly, bought it just to see what other bloggers were raving about. I am still yet to work that out as I really did not like this concealer. It is packaged in a tube that has a brush tip. So after first application this gets very messy. I first used it on my chin to conceal a red patch however all this achieved was highlighting dry areas on my skin. Not a pretty look. It also did not last well under my eyes with the concealer becoming patchy throughout the day. If you are considering buying this, I would advise forking out a few more dollars for a higher quality NARS or Glossier concealer (if you can wait for shipping periods).
Price: $13.95
Available from: Priceline

6. Revlon Age Defying Targeted Dark Spot Concealer
I really enjoy using this concealer for under my eyes. As you will see in the below swatch photo, this concealer has apricot tones to it, which means it is great at counteracting the blueish tones in my dark circles. It comes packaged in a twist up tube with sponge applicator on the end. On one hand, this makes for very easy and even application, but on the other, creates a mess inside the cap. This is a runnier formula but does its job at correcting my dark circles. An excellent drug store option for under eye concealer!
Price: $26.95
Available from: Priceline

Top To Bottom: NARS in the shade LIGHT 1 Chantilly; BY TERRY in the shade 2 Vanilla Beige; REVLON in the shade Fair Clair; RIMMEL in the shade 010 Ivory; RMS in the shade 11; GLOSSIER in the shade Light/Clair 10

4.6.17

Perks of a Bullet Journal


I first mentioned my Bullet Journal in my May Obsessions blog. I discovered the concept towards the end of April and set myself up a journal in May and I have to say I really enjoy it! I have laid out my journal for the first part of June and have taken some snaps to show you. I like getting creative and adding a theme for each month but I am by no means the most artistic person- there are some incredibly talented people who do amazing things with their journals (just check out Pinterest or Instagram #bulletjournal- my personal favourite is Youtuber Amanda Rach Lee).

The Bullet Journal is an organisational tool which can be your diary, sketch book, to-do list, grocery list (literally whatever you want) rolled up into one. To read more about the system, I encourage you to visit bulletjournal.com. I have a Future Log, Monthly Log and Weekly Log (the basics of the BuJo) and also have a Weight Tracker, Expense Tracker, Mood Tracker and Social Media Tracker added in. These are mostly set up on a Monthly view however if you find you aren't using one that much, you can remove it the next month or add in a different collection if you wish. That is why it is important not to lay out your monthly spreads too far in advance.


But here is what my new June spread looks like and why I love my Bullet Journal so much:





So now for the Perks of the BuJo: First and foremost, the journal has helped me keep track of events and things I need to get done everyday. It is a great organisational tool and I feel I am better at managing my time because of this.

I really love that the journal gives me time to reflect on my day. Every evening I fill out my trackers, tick off things from my to-do list and plan out my next day. This is time away from social media, time away from screens and it is also a chance to be creative (I often find myself adding in little illustrations and quotes). As my work revolves around staring at a computer and my blogging involves computer work & time on social media, I appreciate this break and a chance to go back to the "old fashioned" pen and paper (I cannot believe I just wrote that- what is our world coming to?). 

The Bullet Journal has also helped me keep track of my fitness and weight goals. I plan out my workouts and check them off at the end of each day. One of the habits I track in my "Habits Tracker" is exercise, so it is yet another way I can get an overview of when I have worked out. I am also tracking my measurements each month to see the progress I have made. This is the longest I have consistently stuck with working out (not using a gym or a personal trainer) and is another positive aspect of bullet journaling. 

Some people will probably be thinking "but why bother with all of this when you can buy a journal at the newsagent?". Well, with this system you have complete control over the design and can customise your journal to completely suit your needs. And as you plan each month as it happens, you can cut out the parts that weren't working for you last month, and add in new designs or trackers you want to try out. For instance, my May financial tracker was a small square on my Monthly Log page. This month, I have designated a whole page to it.

The Bullet Journal system is time consuming if you choose to do it as I do and add in little drawings and set your weekly logs and monthly logs in calendar format. However, I think it is worth it and it is a small creative outlet for myself (and as mentioned gives me time away from technology). You can of course use a more minimal approach and keep it simple. Or you may just want to use a standard diary/ journal. Or nothing at all. It is completely up to you!
28.5.17

May Obsessions



I cannot believe another month has almost passed! This year is flying by so fast. However it also means it is time for another instalment of my monthly favourites. Again there will be a mix of beauty and lifestyle pieces so if this floats your boat, read on my friend:

SKINCARE

I picked up the Cult Beauty Box this month and included was the Indie Lee COQ-10 Lotion/ Toner. I had not included a toner in my skincare routine for quite some time and am so glad I do now. This toner has instant effects, making skin feel soft and plump. I have not experienced such instant effects with any other product and could not recommend this more. It is an amazing product and I cannot imagine my skincare routine without it!

I also really enjoyed getting back to using the Glossier Balm dotcom. It has been getting colder and I wanted that extra layer of protection on my lips at night, which I most certainly got with this. It is thick and rich without being shiny (in fact, it has quite a lovely matte finish). I didn't think much of this product when I first bought it, but now I really appreciate having it around.

HAIRCARE

I have been neglecting my hair this month- I haven't been to the hairdressers in quite some time and have serious regrowth. I also haven't been bothered to wash it as frequently as I usually would so CoLab's Dry Shampoo has been getting quite the workout. I love that it is an invisible formula (no dreaded white powder residue in the hair) and it also gives an added boost of volume.

When I do get around to washing my hair and showing it some TLC, you can guarantee it has been the Wet Brush I have picked up (pictured below). My hair is fine but I have lots of it! I have an Evo Paddle Brush which was great when I had a fringe, but it doesn't cut it when considering the bulk of my hair. The Wet Brush is great by comparison as it has dense boar-like bristles and longer nylon bristles so it can actually reach my scalp through all of my hair. It also works on wet hair, so added bonus!

LIFESTYLE

At Home With... Podcast is a new podcast by two British Blogger/Vloggers Anna (of The Anna Edit) and Lily Pebbles. The podcast is designed around Anna and Lily visiting the homes of figures of the beauty & fashion world. The interviews are a relaxed, conversational style and I really enjoy listening to it. I listen to the podcast on the Acast app as each episode is accompanied by photos which pop up on the app as the episode plays. I like to play the podcast while working on my Bullet Journal (which is a brilliant segue into...)


Bullet journaling was a new concept I learnt of towards the end of April. With my obsessive nature, watching one Youtube video about BuJo (a better acronym than BJ...)  quickly spiralled into having watched 26 videos and sitting at a desk creating my own. All you need is a notebook and pen and you can create your own bullet journal. It is essentially creating a custom journal where you can track whatever you wish to and keep yourself organised from a Yearly to Monthly to Weekly view. I have had mine for one month and feel it has really helped me keep on track with my health goals (see my previous blog). 

I have also been getting more organised with my Instagram account. I was inspired by other accounts on Insta where the feeds were so cohesive and every post looked like they belonged to the one account (compared to my mish mash of different products and colours). So I did a bit of research and came across the Preview App and its articles suggesting ways to organise your feed. This might not be interesting to those who don't blog, but it has definitely changed the way I run The Beauty Obsessive Insta account. My feed is now colour themed because I am insane love to change things up. It has turned my feed from this...
to this...

I was finding it difficult to get to sleep one night earlier this month and remembered someone telling me to read cook books at bed time. The idea is to read something non-stimulating to drift you off to sleep (unlike my usual science fiction or crime novels). I started to read Tanya Bakes which was gifted to me at Christmas time and found that instead of drifting off to sleep, I was inspired to bake again! This book has been given quite the workout in recent weeks- the crowd pleasing recipes include Nutella Biscuits, Raspberry Cupcakes and Custard Tarts. Delicious and a must-have for anyone with a sweet tooth and knack for baking.

My final monthly favourite for May is the Tubereuse Candle by Diptyque. Part of me never wanted to burn this candle as 1) it was expensive and 2) it smelled lovely without burning. However one day it was cold and gloomy so I lit this baby and once I started I just couldn't stop. I love the smell of tuberose and one small Diptyque candle can fill a room (and then some) with the scent. I will be sad when this finishes but will be able to put the glass to good use with makeup brush storage.

This brings my monthly faves to an end. There were no makeup pieces included as I did not find I was enjoying one particular product more than others. However let us see what June brings!
25.5.17

Intensive At-Home Manicure





I love nothing more than a fresh coat of polish on my nails! There is nothing like looking down at your nails and having no chips or imperfections showing in the varnish. However in recent times I have started to take proper care of my hands and treated myself to at-home manicures. I don't mean just removing the old, chipped paint and coating nails with a new colour. I mean taking care with your cuticles and skin: the whole shebang. This is great to do when you are in the middle of a Netflix binge and can sit in front of the telly or computer for an hour or so and tend to your nails while you watch! So here are my steps to giving yourself the best DIY manicure:



1. Remove old nail polish: if you want to be kind to your nails, try to stick with acetone-free nail polish remover. And to state the obvious, if your hands are dirty, first step would be to wash them, then remove polish.

2. Clip & File: Cut your nails down to the desired length and then file into shape. Try to always file in the one direction to prevent damage to your nails.

3. Oil & Soak: apply cuticle oil to your nail beds and massage in. Grab a bowl of warm water and soak your nails for a few minutes (don't wait until your fingers resemble prunes!). You can use coconut oil to do this as well and even pop a few extra drops of oil into the warm water. Your hands will feel soft and moisturised after this step.

4. Push & Clean: Use an orange stick to gently push cuticles back. You can also use this, or a metal file tip to clean under the nail. I know it is a bit gross to talk about but it is important! It is much better to do this after soaking the nails to prevent harshly scraping away the underside of your nail.

5. Buff: If you do not have one, I would recommend picking up a four-sided buffing block from your local pharmacy or beauty store. I have a mini block from Sephora (not pictured) which has a side to file, another to remove ridges, one to buff and another side to shine the nail. It works a treat and provides a lovely, smooth surface on which to apply polish.

6. Moisturise: apply a small amount of hand cream and massage into your hands and around the nail bed. People say the nail should not have any creams or oils present before polish application, however I have found my polish is unaffected from adding in this step. My cuticles however are much better off from this extra step of moisture. If it worries you, grab a cotton bud, dip into nail polish remover and run it over the nails before polish application.

7. Base & Colour: Now comes the fun part. Apply a thin coat of base polish to the nail. I use Help Me Grow by Essie (pictured below) which I have been really impressed with. It prevents nails from staining with colour and I swear my nails are stronger and longer from using this. Pick your weapon/ colour of choice and apply two thin layers, allowing time to dry in between coats. To test if they are dry, tap your two pinky nails together- if you can feel any tackiness or sticking, they are not dry enough! You can finish with a top coat however I have been foregoing this step as it always seems to re-wet the polish underneath.

Here is my colour collection I have been frequently wearing over the past few months. The Sally Hansen polishes are recent additions and are designed to treat the nail while wearing (they are infused with Argan oil). I haven't tested them out properly with regards to chipping however the Essie polishes are definitely a great option. My best run was wearing Go Ginza for 6 days before chipping!


From Left to Right: Essie Help Me Grow Base Coat, Essie Bikini So Teeny, Essie Go Ginza, Essie Haute in the Heat, Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Blushed Petal, Sally Hansen Colour Therapy Steely Serene, Essie Mademoiselle, Essie Lady Like, Essie Sole Mate

I hope you enjoyed this post and give this manicure a try on the weekend! I know it can be hard to find time- after all, this post is being typed out by nails that currently have four coats of polish on them. I could not be bothered did not have time to remove the original colour before trying out one of the new Sally Hansen colours. Oh the hypocrisy! 

Until next time...

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