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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Review: Argan Oil and Rosehip Oil by Nouris

"Oils" have been all the hype lately, apparently. And I now understand why. I was recently sent a bottle of pure argan oil and a bottle of pure rosehip oil by an company called Nouris to review. Here are my thoughts.

Nouris Argan Oil
RRP: BPS10.49 for 50mL
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Review: I've never tried argan oil before. I had always assumed that you use it like any other hair oil: work it into your hair, after washing, when it's dry/semi-dry. The directions surprised me. It says to apply it to hair 30 minutes prior to washing. I obediently followed the instructions. My hair looks greasy once all my strands are coated. While waiting, I'd read a book, eat my breakfast, etc. I then wash it off with my John Frieda shampoo and conditioner. After that my hair felt AMAZING! It became extra soft and smooth. This is by far the best hair oil I've tried. I've been using it for a few weeks now and I love it. I don't know if it's because it's a good combination of products. I will post an update if and when I test this oil with other shampoos and conditioners. Here's a tip if you decide to buy this product and use: brush your hair after applying it to your hair and before you have to hop into the shower.

Nouris Rosehip Oil
RRP: BPS11.50 for 50mL
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Review: I have tried rosehip oil before and this product did not disappoint. It very moisturises my face without making me oily. Although, the initial application might feel a tiny bit greasy but it absorbs quite quickly. And you won't feel like your pores are clogged up at all. This is an excellent product for oil control. So if you have an oily T-zone (like me) or an oily skin in general, do give this a try. It has worked wonders for many, including myself.

To finish off this review, I'd like to point out that these products come in glass bottles. So a huge tick of approval from me! They also come with a simple good quality plastic pump, which is hygienic and easy to use. And lastly, they are not chock full of parfum/fragrance, which sends me sneezing the whole day.

If you're interested in purchasing these products, you can get them from here.

Have you tried these oils before? What's your favourite oil product?

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Review: Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask

Sanctuary Spa 5 Minute Thermal Detox Mask 
Claims: "leaves the skin clean and purified. The self-heating mask helps to open up the pores so the charcoal and kaolin clay can help draw out impurities from deep within the skin. As well as purifying, the mask will rebalance the skin’s oil levels to clarify, cleanse and give soft skin."
RRP: AUD19.99
Packaging: 5 out of 5
Review: This is my first thermal product I've tried. I must admit that I struggled a bit the first couple of times I used it. I am notorious for using products without reading the instructions first. But this time I did. I followed the directions a little too literally, or at least I misinterpreted it. It says to "Cleanse face..., leave skin damp". Okay, so I cleansed my face, it's wet... so that means "damp" right? I apply it. The product heated up immediately, right on my fingers before I could even transfer it to my face. There was a few seconds of intense heat, then nothing. And the instruction says to leave it on for 5 minutes. I thought to myself, "Well, the heat was short-lived." But I persisted, I kept trying the mask.

One fine day, it finally clicked in my thick skull. I patted my face dry after cleansing and applied this mask. It was like magic. It warmed up and stayed warm for a minute or two. "That's more like it!" I told myself in my reflection. I wash off the mask and my skin feels clean and soft. I secretly wished it would extract all my pimples but I guess I was being unrealistic. However, out of all the masks I've tried this is one of the better ones. Some masks make me feel like I merely cleansed my face a second time with it. This one doesn't. It does not strip my skin of oils.

I use this mask one to two times a week. Now, I mainly apply it to my problem areas: chin, around the nose, and forehead. I can see why Chloe Morello has enjoyed this mask. I requested for this product to trial because of her recommendation. I'd be interested to compare this to other thermal masks, perhaps a high-end one (i.e. Dermalogica) and see how it fares. But for now, I'm contented to keep this product in my regimen. I recommend it if you're after a low budget mask that does what it says.

Have you tried thermal masks before? What's your experience?
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Favourites of 2013 Makeup Tutorial

It's finally here! I'm sorry I took so long. I had a bit of trouble recording the voice-over. It's not perfect, I'm still working on how to make my voice recordings better.

Regardless, I hope you enjoy the tutorial!

Products used:
1. Benefit Porefessional
2. Benefit Some-Kind-of-Gorgeous Concealer
3. Benefit Stay Don't Stray Primer
4. Urban Decay Naked Palette (Sin, Buck, Virgin)
5. Shiseido eyelash curler
6. Kiss Me Heroine Make Long & Curl Mascara
7. Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder
8. MAC Blush in Dame
9. Rimmel Apocalips Lip Lacquer in Apocaliptic

Do you like this style of tutorials? Or do you prefer if I talk as I go?
Thursday, February 13, 2014

How to Start Using All Your Neglected Makeup

So I had intended on posting yesterday but life just once again got in the way of my blogging. Don't worry, I'm not going to launch into a rant now. For now, I'll settle for a quick post and I hope you will too. I promise this is a good one because I finally had another epiphany!

Okay, remember this Dear Ty post? In case you don't be bothered having a read (it's worth having a look, trust me!), it's basically a request for a Makeup Storage and Organisation post. For a long time, I could not answer Jenny's question on how to get out of using the same makeup products because she is short on time in the morning. The answer came to me recently.

I bought a plastic storage tray from IKEA a month or so ago. For a while, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it. I didn't need it but I wanted it; it appealed to me. One morning when I was rummage in my drawers for my makeup, it struck me that I could put my makeup aside the night before to save me time the next morning. So the next evening before bed, I collected all the products I wanted to use the next day and placed them in the tray. I set the tray on my bathroom counter where I apply my makeup (and where the mirror is). You can place it on your vanity if that's where you apply your makeup.

The solution is so simple, isn't it? Maybe I'm just slow but I seriously haven't thought of it before. This is also a great way to make yourself use all your neglected products. Just place them in the tray the night before!

Do you have any makeup storage/organisation tips? Please do share!  
Saturday, February 8, 2014

My Summer: Instagram, Sencha Peach and a Cracked Screen

First, I'd like to begin this post by apologising... again. I've (once again) missed my blogging schedule and left this blog untouched for nearly two weeks. I promise you I have good reasons. Uni has started for me and I've been busy. Of course that should not be an excuse. I've recently moved into a new place with Ann-Marie and we don't have internet!! But that's okay... We do now! Yay! It has been two weeks of gruesome torture and the technician finally came by yesterday to activate the line.

A word of warning, this is going to be a chit-chat post rather than one of my usual tutorials or reviews. I promise I have a few lined up for you and I won't be going AWOL again anytime soon. Firstly, I have an announcement to make. Ty's Blog of Epiphanies is now on Instagram! I finally caved when I got an iPad. I figured it'd be a way of getting my blog out there. And speaking of my iPad I bought this beautiful case from Forever New. Anything pale and floral screams my name.

Along with my vow to blog more consistently this year. I've also promised myself I'd be healthier. I went to my first Bikram Yoga class yesterday with Ann-Marie. I don't think I've ever sweated so much in my life! It was invigorating. We're also signing up for dance classes after spotting a Groupon deal. As much as I love my French Earl Grey, I'm now drinking Sencha Peach, which is a green tea. Hopefully, the extra antioxidants I'm consuming will help make my skin look like Odette Anable's.

I'm not quite ready to say goodbye to Summer yet but the weather has been a bit crazy. With all the rain and cold winds where I live, I think Autumn is creeping in whether I like it or not. I'm not implying that my Summer has been so freaking awesome that I don't want to let go. No, it's been a roller coaster ride for me. I just prefer warmer weather is all. One of the dips in the ride was me dropping my phone on the road, creating a huge crack across the screen of my Nokia. Just as well I didn't pay a single cent for this phone.

Has anything interesting happened to you this Summer?