Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Blanc Chroma Oil Cleanser Review 5jul15 – Shu Oil1

As you may have read from my previous post, I’m a massive fan of oil cleansing, which has received quite the reception in the last year or so. Cleansing oils have been building huge momentum in relation to trending beauty products due to their ability to cut through dirt, grime and make up without harshly stripping the skin of essential moisturising oils.

In my previous post, I wrote extensively about the benefits, method and my own experiences of oil cleansing using natural oils such as almond, tea tree and coconut but I felt it wouldn’t be fair to dismiss store bought formulas without at least giving one a try.

So I decided to give this cult classic a go after stumbling across it at a beauty sale! Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Cleansing Oils have had a huge following as the pioneer and #1 oil cleanser since 1967. While there are 4-6 varieties on the market depending on what country you are in, I settled on Blanc Chroma for it’s skin brightening properties (I have tonnes of freckles!).

The claim?

Purifying Clay Extract and polishing Lipo HA lightens the skin tone by thoroughly removing accumulated melano-stains (dead cells containing melanin on the skin surface that cause uneven and dull skin tone).

The verdict? Overall a great product! It removed all dirt, oil and makeup extremely effectively. I like the way this lightweight, pleasantly scented oil feels as I give myself a mini facial massage every morning.

In terms of brightening, my complexion looks clearer and my skin more soft and supple. I didn’t see much of a difference when it came to fading my freckles but having only used this cleansing oil for a week, I’ve got my fingers crossed in the hope that this might be more of a long term effect.

The only drawback, and this might even be a positive depending on your skin type, was that the oil left my skin a little dry compared to the natural oil blends I had been concocting (please check out my previous post, Oil Cleansing 101 here).

All in all, with the Shu Uemura cleansing oil being more lightweight and purifying than my own natural blends, this would be a great repurchase for the summer when my skin requires less moisture.

  • Shu Uemura Skin Purifier Blanc Chroma Cleansing Oil 8/10

Hope this has been an insightful review! Please share your experience with this product or other cleansing oils!

Cassie xx

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Lancome Rouge In Love Lipcolour Review – Reds

If you’ve been following me for a while you might have worked out my obsession with a painted pout. A classic red lip complements any outfit which is why I just had to give Lancome’s Rouge In Love Lipcolours a go!

This was also part of the recent beauty haul I featured on Instagram (follow me here pretty please!) which I have been eagerly waiting to dive right into. I purchased three different reds from this range:

  • 340B Rose Boudoir (coral with a pinkish hue)
  • 159B Rouge In love (candy apple red, the brightest of the three!)
  • 163M Dans Ses Bras (A natural red with slight plum undertones)

The claim?

  • High potency colour and shine
  • Six hours long wear
  • Featherlight texture for comfort

The shades are classified into three categories: Jolis Martins for daytime, Boudoir Time for cocktail hour and Tonight Is My Time for night.

So here are the results!340B -Rose Boudoir159B – Rouge In love163M – Dans Ses Bras

Note the term lipcolour. This is a cross between a lipstick and a gloss. It’s not opaque like a traditional lippie that gives off that tattooed effect instead the colours are fresh with a translucent quality.

So to the good news. As moisturising as a balm with a creamy light texture, the colours are playful yet stunning. Because it allows the natural colour of your lips to come through, it complements most skin tones.

The bad news? Six hours is a bit of a strong claim. While the gloss didn’t last long, the colour faded evenly through meals leaving a natural stained effect over the course of a few hours. I didn’t mind this though as I quite liked reapplying it to soothe chapped lips throughout the day. For me, it’s not one for a big night out as I prefer a strong, bold lip for these occasions.

The Lancome Rouge In Love Lipcolour however is perfect for a more casual setting and I officially declare it my new everyday lipcolour!

  • Lancome Rouge In Love Lipcolours: 8/10

What are your thoughts on this product, if you’ve tried it? Or share your favourite red lipcolour?

Hope you enjoyed this review!

Cassie xx

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My All-Time Favourite Beauty Products

Having battled hyper sensitive, break-out prone, combination skin for years, I’ve become increasingly careful about the products I use. While my skin has really settled now that I’m in my twenties, one could call it paranoia, has meant that it’s not often that I welcome a new product to my daily staples. On the rare occasion that I find a product I truly fall in love with, I tend to jump in wholeheartedly, religiously drenching myself in it. So these are my top beauty must-haves (at least for now)!

Avene Eau Thermale Trixera Emollient Cream
I’m convinced that this luxurious, hypoallergenic cream can cure a whole host of skin ailments! An amazing face and body moisturiser, infused with water from the Sainte-Odile springs in France, its anti-irritant properties has calmed my skin from redness, allergy related sensitivity, dryness in the winter and sunburn in summer. I use this daily, particularly on my face under my BB cream. The large tube last for ages and being fragrance free, it won’t interfere with the scent of your perfume like other body lotions!Napoleon Perdis Camera Finish Compact Powder
My favourite compact by far as you may be able to tell from the numerous scratches and fingerprints! This powder creates the softest, sheerest veil. Everything from the sleek gold compact to the dewy light to medium coverage is just perfect! Due to my neurotic obsession with everything and anything anti-aging, of course I had to find a make up that added something positive to my skincare routine. Containing a Matrix Rebuilding Complex (no idea what this is but sounds good to me!), skin-brightening photonic green crystals as well as Vitamins C and E, this age defying formula fights wrinkles and provides anti-oxidant power!Napoleon Perdis Divine Goddess Lipstick in Calypso
Though I love that little bit of extra chic a classic crimson pout adds to any outfit, the all day maintenance can be a real hassle, not to mention the unsightly thought of unevenly faded lips! I wore this colour in a previous outfit post, Romance Was Born, being a pink kinda girl this is my go-to shade – my pocket size tube of confidence! While I adore this playful colour, it is its rich, creamy formula and bold pigments that creates a long lasting, fade proof pout, even through eating (though perhaps not fried chicken) is what keeps me back coming for more.Skin79 Hot Pink Super Plus Beblesh Balm SPF 25
I’m a huge advocate of this product. I’ve used this BB cream for years and still can’t get enough! An anti-aging treatment, skin brightener & toner, UV protector, make up primer, mattifier by controlling sebum production and light coverage tinted moisturiser all in one. It’s because of this product that I haven’t used liquid foundation in forever! This BB cream creates a smooth base and extends the longevity of my Napoleon Perdis compact powder. A built-in sunscreen means it prevents aging as much as it treats it. Even if you don’t spend much time outdoors, you’d be surprised how much sun damage can happen just during day-day driving in the car!L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil
I had to spice things up by throwing in a hair product! This is the only saving grace for my regularly chemically hair. Initially devoted to the coveted Moroccan Argan oil, I grew partial its lighter texture and fragrance scent (as an added bonus, it’s much cheaper too!). A unique blend of six oils, (lotus, chamomile, rose, tiare flower, matricaria and flax). It leaves locks soft and healthy when infused into wet hair, can be used as a deep nourishing mask to treat damaged strands and roughly scrunch into dry hair as a leave-in condition for added shine!

So that’s it from me and don’t forget to share the products that you can’t live without.

Cassie xx

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The Creative Blogger Award

I’ve been a little slack with my blogging lately. My world in the last couple of weeks has been nothing short of chaos! Between working 12-14 hour days and getting everything organised for my new house, I’ve been in a state of manic excitement, stress and everything in between. Before I retreat back into pandemonium, I would like to thank and give a massive shout out to the lovely Lauren Pickens from La Whimsy Writer (isn’t the name the cutest!!), for nominating me for The Creative Blogger Award. Lauren is amazingly versatile and always entertaining, so don’t forget to check her out! The Rules:

  1. Thank and post the link of the blog that nominated you
  2. Share 5 facts about yourself
  3. Nominate 10 other blogs and their links
  4. Notify all nominees via their social media/blogs
  5. Pass these rules on to them

In light of the tradition, here are 5 random facts about me!

  • My secret (now not so secret) aspiration is to star in a Disney animated movie, I’m obsessed with Frozen!
  • I’m a huge foodie, so much so I’ve out eaten my 1.91cm (6 foot, something) boyfriend on the odd occasion. We are huge fans of Anthony Bourdain and have literally planned holidays around his culinary recommendations.
  • I’m super pedantic about my skincare regime and will proudly admit that no matter how big a night I’ve had, I’ve never gone to bed without taking my make up off!
  • My favourite era in history is the 1920s to 30s as I’ve always been in awe of everything and anything made in the art deco style.
  • I’m a bit of a soy hot chocolate connoisseur (soy because of a lactose intolerance), I have it during meals, for dessert as well as a pick me up on the go!

The awesome blogs that I would like to nominate are (drum roll): Maison Bentley Style Chicinitie annie’s beauty… Dorkchops Denim & DumplingsElleKae stylesteph Sonam Naidu The Classified Chic Keishikibi | Australian Street Fashion & Street Style Blog Please check these amazing blogs out, as these girls always have something fun and interesting to share! Happy blogging! Cassie xx