Friday, 25 November 2016

Product Review : Empty Products #02

EMPTY PRODUCTS #02
On today's Empty Product Review post we have a variety of different things to discuss - from fitness supplements to skincare and makeup, I've collected a lot of garbage for you guys :)

Skincare.
Mizon 
Multifunction Formula
All In One Snail Repair Cream
Purchase HERE

Has been used as my night cream for the last 6 or so months. Contains 92% snail mucin (yes, you read right) which is a property that helps to improve skins texture, acne/blemishes and treat any skins forms of scarring and fine lines. 
A quick to absorb hydrating cream this is a must in my skin care regime and I have seen the huge difference and impact it's made to my skins well being and appearance. 

Mizon 
Collagen Power Firming Eye Cream
Purchase HERE

Contains highly concentrated collagen to help lift and prevent fine lines around the eye area. A hydrating gem that is hypoallergenic and friendly for those with sensitive eyes. 
I'm so in love with this eye cream that I've since bought it in the larger size. Ya'll know if you be repurchasing a product in a larger size, it must be good. 

Mecca Cosmetica
Transforming Hand Cream
Purchase HERE

A hydrating hand cream which smells absolutely divine. I have not re-bought it and I am hesitant on doing so. It's pretty pricey. I'm not saying it doesn't work. It totally does. It makes my hard working hands feel soft and smooth after scrubbing a stubborn pan. But the price I'm paying for a product that a $10 hand cream can do as well is a big stretch for my wallet. But hey! That's the Asian Vanessa speaking. The quality is great. If you're willing splurge, than you go Glen Coco!

Makeup.
Tony Moly 
Prestige Super Proof Eyeliner
#2 (Brown)
Unavailable Online

A liquid liner that is easy to manoeuvre, gives precision to your wing and is long lasting isn't as easy to find as you'd think it is. This was my favourite eyeliner to use during it's lifetime. Since then I have played and experimented with other brown liquid liners, but my heart will always beat for the deep pigmentation of this one. 

Health Supplements.
INC 
Preworkout Supplement
Purchase HERE

On a scale of 1 to 10 this was a complete fail. I've tried so many pre workout supplements and shakes to recognise a fail when I taste one. This my friend, was a definite fail. 
It played a placebo when it came to my workouts and did nothing energy wise. Lolly water is what I would call this. If you see it, don't be fooled by the cheap price tag and large container. It's a waste of your money. 


Titan
Advanced Pre-Training Intensifier
Purchase HERE

If there's a decently priced pre workout drink I recommend it would be this one. Gives you the energy boost and strength you need for a workout, tastes fantastic and doesn't put a huge dent in your wallet. Until I find something that will top it, I will always be relying on this (just ask my husband the panicked attitude I get when I'm almost finished the tub and haven't bought a back up yet).


Thanks readers for reading today's blog post. I hope you all found this post helpful.

See you all very soon. 
xx/VANESSA

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Vanessa Travels : Camping in Kiama

This year has certainly been a year of domestic travelling when it comes to my family. We made it as a goal in our bucket list to explore as many secrets and enchantments Australia has to offer.

On this particular trip we camped in Kiama over a weekend and I popped my DSLR out and was able to capture a few moments. I obviously was able to vlog the entire weekend, but that won't be up for a few days, this is just a sneak peak of what to expect.


On our trip we explored other cultures (other than the Australian one... haha). Making a pitstop at Nan Tien Temple - the largest buddhist temple in the Southern Hemisphere. A beautiful, tranquil and peaceful place - where Jacaranda trees are at an abundance, ornament sculptures are a norm and greenery is rich and at it's finest.
Soak up the sound of nothing but breeze, the wind blowing the leaves along the grass and birds chirping along with the sunlight.












Snorkelling the beautiful blue waters of Shellharbour. Have the waters to yourself at this secret and unpopulated area located at Bushrangers Bay Aquatic Reserve. Untouched coral, blue waters and magnificent scenery. My mother and kids just marvelled and explored all the rock pools the place had to offer. Rock pools are never rare in the South of Sydney.







Why I love camping at Big4 resorts? Because it's so kid friendly. Kids enjoying some plaster painting fun in the morning before our day of exploring and shenanigans begin. Got to keep the kids creative even when on the road.






Two things you HAVE to do when visiting Kiama. Dip your feet in their sand and visit one of the worlds largest blow holes. Marvel at the gush of water being pushed out into the atmosphere and hear all the "Oo's" and "Aahs" of other visitors. Yes, I was "Ooing" and "Aahing" just like every other person who was in complete wonderment at the nature in front of them.










Lastly, if you're up for a little terrain and adventure, visit Yal Wal Reserve for some 4X4 off road driving. This track probably tops our list as the most terrain and rocky paths we've ever encountered. Fun, excitement and scary all in one free ride.



Now, there were plenty more adventures we had experienced... but I guess ya'll have to subscribe to my channel to see that! CLICK HERE.
Thanks once again for visiting my blog and I hope all you explorers found this blog post helpful.

xx/Vanessa

Monday, 14 November 2016

Product Review : NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint


Hello guys!
On today's blog post we will be reviewing NARS Velvet Matte Skin Tint ($63.00AU). I was SO excited when I saw they released this. Being a busy on the go mother I am in constant search for a good tinted moisturiser that provides SPF and gives coverage with a punch. Of course being the makeup fanatic that I am, after seeing various reviews via blogs and youtube I had-to-buy-it. 
Admittedly, I wasn't going to review this product, but after using it various times I had some thoughts of my own and just had to review the product twice for this blog post (not using a setting powder AND using a setting powder).
Purchase product HERE.

Let's review it shall we?

Claims
This lightweight, oil free skin tint works to keep skin lightly hydrated while controlling unwanted shine. Enriched with rose fruit extract and antioxidant-rich vitamins C and E, the look of pores are tightened, skin tone is evened and fine lines are smoothed. With a soft-focus effect that blurs the look of flaws, skin has never looked better.
- via Mecca Cosmetica Website CLICK HERE

You can also read NARS' claims and product description HERE


Ingredients
Straight away I noticed Alcohol is one of the first five ingredients listed, so those with sensitive skin may find irritation when using this product. Keep that in mind. I, however did not notice anything happening to my skin in terms of irritation. 

Active Ingredients: Octinoxate 7.5%, Octisalate 3%. Inactive Ingredients: Methyl Trimethicone, Alcohol, Water, Adipic Acid/Neopentyl Glycol Crosspolymer, Isononyl Isononanoate, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Dimethicone, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Isododecane, Dimethicone/PEG-10/15 Crosspolymer, Calcium Carbonate, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Aluminum Hydroxide, Trimethylsiloxysilylcarbamoyl Pullulan, Hydroxyapatite, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Multiflora Fruit Extract, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate. May Contain: Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides.


Packaging
  • Black squeeze tube
  • Contains 50mls of product
  • Flat top lid (great for storing)
TRIAL
Using it without setting the product with any powders

Before
  • After skincare regime
  • Hyper pigmentation around nose, jaw line and chin area
  • A few minor red blemishes
 After
  • After one layer over entire face
  • Redness, blemishes concealed
  • Light to Medium coverage - Buildable
  • Easy to blend
  • Semi-matte finish. Still had bounce to it and looked natural.
MOTD 
  • No setting powders, primers or setting sprays applied
  • Easy to blend products (bronzers, blush, etc) even though it was not set
End Of Day - 10 Hours Wear
  • Very oily and shiny on entire face
  • Faded along nose and blemish on four head is visible
Verdict - Unset
I loved it when first applied. I was surprised at how much coverage this "tinted" moisturiser had. Felt like I was using a foundation rather than a tinted moisturiser because of the amount of coverage it gave off. The finish was satisfying and it felt light weight on the skin. However, I noticed it never really "set" and was transferring onto anything that came in contact with my skin (tissues, fingers, you name it). 
Within a couple of hours wearing my oil became visible - to the point that I actually felt dirty and couldn't wait for the end of the day where I could wash it off. I could just feel this uncomfortable film of oil over my entire face. Now I wouldn't usually rant on about how uncomfortable I felt and how oily my skin became like a big princess throwing a tantrum on her throne... but, I spent a good $63.00 on a tinted moisturiser from a reputable brand that claims it controls unwanted shine, also the fact that the product contains no oil, I was expecting something amazing. 
Of course, I didn't want to admit defeat on my purchase so I decided to give it another shot by putting it on trial again but this time setting it with a powder. 

TRIAL 
Using it with a setting powder

Before
  • No primers applied. 
  • Redness along nose, jawline and chin
  • Minor red blemishes
After

  • Applied a setting powder
  • Concealed all redness and blemishes
Makeup Of The Day

End Of The Day - 10 Hours Wear

  • Oil over entire face
  • Faded for the most part of my face
  • Setting it did nothing!
Verdict - Set
Setting it did absolutely nothing. it still gave me the same oily result. Am I disappointed? Absolutely. I guess my expectations were high because of the money I had spent and the amazing reviews I had viewed online. I guess what works for one doesn't necessarily work for anther and vice versa? 
Admittedly, I still refuse to announce defeat and will still use the product, maybe mixing it with other foundations? I don't know. Either way I know I've tried foundations/tinted moisturises that cost less and doesn't leave me greasy at the end of the day.  

I hope you all found this review helpful. 
How have you guys gone with this product?

xx/Vanessa


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