Makeup · skin

Garnier Perfect Blur 5 sec

Hi Lovelies,

Hope your all having a great week!
Today I have a quick review of a product I purchased awhile ago now and have been using for quite some time.

The Garnier Perfect Blur 5 sec

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It is a smoothing base perfector. It claims to visibly reduce the appearance of wrinkles, imperfections, pores and shine in just 5 seconds! Using light reflectors. “Immediately skin looks younger”

I personally struggle with very enlarged pores on my nose 😦 they are so big and no matter what I do they never seem to appear minimized.
Big pores are my enemy!
I also get a very oily nose (from the sebum in the pores) and occasionally get pimples around that area aswell. However I also get peeling dry skin on my nose too either from using really drying products to try minimize pore size or to help with pimples orrrr from….. well I hate to admit it but yes it is true I cannot help myself and sometimes squeeze my nose to clear the pores! I know that this is naughty and I shouldn’t do it but as I said I can’t help it, it’s like the devil on my shoulder is encouraging me whilst the angel is on strike.
Point is some days the skin on my nose is not co-operating and it needs a bit of extra help to make the foundation sit better and look flawless. Plus I will try just about anything that says it helps to minimize or ‘blur’ the look of pores!
So when I saw this at Priceline I obviously had to try it. I used a little on back of my hand whilst in store and as it says it blurred the look of pores and smoothed in less than 5 seconds.
I liked the feel of it and went ahead and purchased.

I now use this product daily on my nose area only. You can use it all over your face however I only require it on my nose.
I find it a great product for what I need it to do. Smooth my nose area and blur any imperfections and pores.
It doesn’t necessarily fully cover or disguise the pores but it does help minimize the look of them and make them not so obvious when your up close and personal looking right at my face! ;o
It gives a base for my foundation to stick to when foundation just won’t stay.
And makes my skin feel silky smooth like velvet.

Price is not exactly cheap at about $17 for 22mls.

If you have tried this product yourself I would love to hear your thoughts on it.
Or if you have ideas, remedies, products or anything that I can try for these damn pores I would also love you forever if you shared your knowledge with me 🙂

Sammysbeauty xoxo

 


 

Disclaimer:
All opinions are my own.
All photos are my own, taken by myself.

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Makeup · Personal · skin

Cleansing, skincare, makeup removing, night routine

Hello Beauties,
This is a post that I had started some time ago now and I wanted to still post it because it is still somewhat relevant.
My night routine is always changing with life. When I’m working I tend to have a different cleansing routine to when I’m at home and don’t leave the house for the day.

So today I’m gonna chat to you about one of my older personal skincare/cleansing routines.

I’m sure you’ve all heard many times before that you should always cleanse your face and take your makeup off at the end of the day before going to sleep. You should never sleep with your makeup on, why? Well let me tell you why…

Our skin in covered in pores, your pores secrete sebum that helps protect skin, moisturise and removes dead skin cells and other irritants from our pores.
However if you have makeup on you are blocking the pores and not allowing the sebum to come through and then possibly helping start acne and clogged pores, which could also then lead to enlarged pores!! And take it from me… you do not want enlarged pores! They naastay!
Also during the night time is when your skin is repairing itself and if it’s covered in a layer of foundation it’s not going to be able to do that effectively.

Having worked in the beauty industry I always get asked the question, “why do I need to have a makeup remover and a cleanser? Can’t I just use one of them?”
Well ladies and gentleman that brings me to the rule of 2 step cleansing or double cleansing, there are many names for this process.
It is the process of removing the makeup on your face before and as well as using a cleansing product to cleanse skin.
If you are not removing makeup and dirt from your face then your other products are not going to work as effectively.
To get optimal value from your cleansers, serums, treatments, moisturisers etc. you need to first remove makeup dirt and any impurities on your face that you may have captured throughout the day, this can be done using a facial wipe, makeup remover on a cotton pad, makeup removing lotions, balms, creams or oils etc. Second step is to cleanse your face with any cleanser of your choice cream, gel, lotion, foaming, oil etc. there is endless options.

Anyway moving on I like to change up my skincare routine every now and then to try new products and new ways of cleansing my skin to find what works best for me.
This was my routine I use to follow. I’d do this every night, especially if I had been at work and had a full face of makeup on.

First off I like to make sure I have my hair up and out of my face because there is nothing more annoying when your trying to wash your face and your hair is getting stuck to you!

micellar To start removing my eye makeup I use Garnier Micellar water. Also one of my favourite products.

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Soaking 2 cotton pads in it and then holding them onto my eyes for about 20 seconds to let the product soak in and lift the eye makeup. I then gently wipe any excess off of my eyes.

2If I have really heavy eye makeup I like to use Estee Lauder Gentle Eye Makeup Remover, but I prefer the Micellar water.

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I then use these smartskin facial cleansing wipes to remove as much makeup off of my face as I can.8
I then wet my face and massage my Garnier daily cleansing gel wash onto my face and then rinse my face off.1
Depending whether I feel I need it or not I will then sometimes use St. Ives apricot scrub.

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It is an exfoliating scrub however I don’t recommend using it every day, about 2 times a week should be enough depending on your skin.
You should never exfoliate your skin every day, it is too much and too harsh for the skin. You can cause irritation to your skin or acne.

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After I have finished cleansing I then soak a cotton pad in my Garnier daily pore reducing toner and wipe that over my face, focusing on my T-zone.

After I have removed my makeup and cleansed my face I then go ahead with applying my skincare products

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I use Advanced Night Repair Serum all over my face

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I then use Advanced Night Repair Eye Serum around my eye area

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And then follow up with moisturiser. Moisturising for me is very important even if I skip my serums I always moisturise or my skin feels dry, tight and uncomfortable.
I either use Estee Lauder DayWear which is my favourite all time moisturiser.

6Or I use Cetaphil moisturising lotion.

I always finish up with some sort of lip balm/moisturiser which ever is closest at the time.
I get dry lips easily and I always feel more comfortable with lip balm on.

So this is what I have been doing as of recently and I find that it is working great for me and my skin.

Have you used any of these products? What do you think of them?
I would love to hear about your cleansing routine, leave me a comment below telling me what products you like to use.

Hope you all have a great day!

Sammysbeauty xoxo

Hair · Makeup · Nails · skin

Beauty Boxes

Hello Beauties!

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So a while ago I found this beauty box here in Australia called Bellabox!

If you are not familiar with beauty boxes let me give you a quick run down…
It is a beauty subscription box that you receive in the mail once a month full of sample sized goodies, sounds amazing right? It is!
Every month they give you either 4 – 6 products that are new to the market, highly recommended, classic products or up and coming products, all for $15 a month.

You can get many different themed subscription boxes from all over the world shipped to your door.
Bellabox is the only box that I have tried and I love it! I’ve been subscribed now for about 7 or 8 months I think.
You can find boxes to suit everyone with themes such as,
Womens, Mens, Childrens, Babys, Pets, Gardening, Beauty, Food, Home, Clothing, Craft etc. the list is endless.

It gets delivered straight to your door which is exciting to come home to and you get a surprise box of fun new beauty products to try out before going and purchasing the full product.

They are a great gift idea aswell!

So stay tuned for some reviews on some of the products I have trialed since receiving bellaboxes.

 

Sammysbeauty xoxo

I have no affiliation with Bellabox and all opinions are my own. 

Personal

Newbie!

Hello world,

I’m not quite sure how to start this blog off to be honest.
I have been interested in and blogging for years now, and I have also been interested in makeup, hair, skin care, healthy tips and tricks, tutorials and all that ‘beauty’ related stuff.
I am a YouTube beauty guru follower fanatic!
I have quite a few beauty guru’s that I follow and love and am so inspired by, and for so long now I have been wanting to do the same thing and have been filming myself doing beauty related things such as makeup tutorials etc. for about 3 years however I am far too self conscious to post any of them!
So today I had this brilliant idea as I was cleaning my makeup brushes… why don’t I make a ‘beauty blog’ that I can post photos and blog about products and beauty items instead of doing videos and start small until I gain some confidence and get a little following and then I may move onto videos.

So I guess that leads me to here…

Welcome to my beauty blog,
I’m Samantha (sammy)

I am a bit concerned about how I’m going to gain followers/readers, so if you come across this blog please don’t hesitate to share it with your friends, family, other bloggers.
Leave a reply I’m happy to hear from everyone! 🙂
If there is something you recommend or want me to post about please leave a reply or contact me.

Sammysbeauty xoxo