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Mario Badescu Drying Lotion vs Buffering Lotion

August 20, 2015

Mario Badescu makes two killer pimple busting products, Drying Lotion and Buffering Lotion. Actually they have a whole range of pimple and acne targeting products – but I’m focusing on these two today.

I’m a long time user of the Drying Lotion to clear up any break outs, and I’ve recently added the Buffering Lotion to my ever expanding collection of products. I thought it was time for a run down of each product, and to discover which one reigns supreme!

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
What:
A spot treatment made of salicylic acid and calamine that separates into two distinct layers when left to settle.
How To:
There’s a bit of a learning curve with this product. You don’t want to combine the two layers, instead you want to dip a cotton bud into the bottle and cover it in the pink calamine solution. Then you need to dab it over your pimples and leave it to dry. It is going to be bright pink and very obvious – there’s no way of covering it in makeup! For this reason I tend to put it on overnight and wash off any residue in the morning. Results: I honestly think this product is a miracle worker. Although they say it’s for whiteheads, I use it on basically every kind of break out. It really helps to shrink down big pimples, and it makes whiteheads and smaller blemishes almost completely disappear. It’s magic!

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion

Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion
What:
A potent lotion designed to treat outbreaks of deep cystic acne. Made from B vitamins, amino acids and herbal extracts.
How To: Like the Drying Lotion this settles into two layers, but with this product you want to shake it up to combine everything. Then use your fingertips to apply it to cleansed skin. It’s quite a watery texture, so I kind of tap it into my skin to make it stay in place. This one dries pretty much clear, so even though the instructions say to use it overnight I have worn it during the day under makeup.
Results: I do find that it helps to shrink big pimples slightly, but nothing drastic. I have recently had a few cystic style pimples, and while I do think wearing this during the day helped reduce their size I don’t find myself reaching for it over my beloved Drying Lotion at night.

The Verdict: My favourite of the two is absolutely the Drying Lotion. Honestly this should be an essential item for every blemish prone person in the world. However, the downside is that you can only wear it at night, which is the one advantage the Buffering Lotion has. The Buffering Lotion does an okay job, but it’s nothing that special. Go for the Drying Lotion and just make sure you’re sleeping alone when you use it!

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Review Hello Hair Hydrating Hair Mask

July 19, 2015
Hello Hair Hydrating Hair Mask

Oh hello hair! It’s time to review the extremely popular Hello Hair Hydrating Hair Mask.

I bought the Hello Hair Hydrating Hair Mask a few months ago after spending a good half hour stalking their Instagram. My hair is long, slightly wavy and prone to tangles and frizz. The individual strands are fine but there’s a lot of it. I basically never wear my hair au naturel – I always straighten it or improve the waves and curls with my GHD. I haven’t dyed it in years so at least the GHD is the only regular damaging thing happening to it!

The Hello Hair Mask arrived really fast, within a day or two of ordering it. At $15 it’s pretty cheap, at least I think so!  This hair mask is an all-natural treatment and contains coconut oil, almond oil, argan oil, olive oil, olive leaf extract and castor oil. This combination basically hydrates and nourishes the hair.

Hello Hair Hydrating Hair Mask

The Consistency: It’s an oil treatment, so depending on the temperature in your bathroom it could be a bit solid or it could be like liquid oil. Either is fine – if it’s too runny you could put it in the fridge for a little bit, or if it’s too thick stand it in a warm room and should thin out a bit (or warm it up in your hands).

How To Apply: This hair treatment is applied on dry hair. I wrap a towel around my shoulders to protect my clothes, and then squeeze some of the oil into my hands. The first time I used it the consistency was quite thick and kind of lumpy, but it melted as I rubbed my hands together. Then I used my fingers to work it through the lengths of my hair. You don’t need to use too much as it spreads pretty easily.

Waiting Time: You should leave it in for at least thirty minutes, but I generally leave it on for an hour. You can pull all your hair up into a bun or shove it under a shower cap during this time. Then I wash and condition my hair and leave it to air dry. Make sure to really wash your hair well (shampoo twice if necessary) to get the oil out. I find very hot water helps as it breaks down the oil.

Hello Hair Hydrating Hair Mask

The Verdict: I legitimately love this hair mask. I want to marry it. After using it my hair is ridiculously soft and silky, and the frizz is gone. I still like to use the GHD to style my hair (as in the pictures above), but it’s just a matter of touching it up slightly rather than needing to do my whole head! I find that this feeling lasts a few days, even through my next wash. However to maintain it you definitely do need to do the mask regularly. I’ve used my mask three times and will probably get at least another one or two uses out of my packet.

The Hello Hair Hydrating Mask is available from hellohair.com.au.

Note: Both these photos are of me – the top is taken with flash, the second image is taken in natural light.

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Clarisonic or Foreo Luna Review

July 16, 2015
Foreo Luna T-Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush

The Clarisonic and the Foreo Luna are two of the most popular skin cleansing brushes on the market. But which one is better? Which cleansing tool will change your life? And are they really worth the money? This review will give you the full low down. Should you get the Clarisonic or Foreo?

I am lucky enough to own both. Or should I say “crazy enough”. I purchased a Clarisonic Mia around three years ago, and got hold of a Foreo Luna about a year ago. So it’s fair to say I have plenty of experience with both of them!

Clarisonic Mia Purple

Clarisonic Mia
This is the most basic model available when it comes to the Clarisonic, and it has served me well. I can’t comment on the other models, but in general they are all similar.
Price: $150 plus the individual brush heads which need to be replaced every few months are $32
Battery Life: Average. Needs to be charged every few weeks.
How It Works: The rotating brush head scrubs away at your skin and removes every last trace of dirt and makeup. There are different brushes available and I prefer the Delicate brush as it is really gentle.

Pros:

  • Completely gets rid of any makeup, probably more than you even realise is on your skin!
  • Really deep clean which helps to clear up pimples and blackheads.
  • Skin feels soft after using.
  • A body brush can also be attached to the more expensive models for an all over scrub.

Cons:

  • Can be too harsh for sensitive skin
  • Replacing brushes regularly can be very expensive.
  • Battery life is not very long and requires regular charging.
  • A little cumbersome to clean, especially if a lot of makeup has been caught on the brush.

Foreo Luna Normal Skin

Foreo Luna
This is the top model of the Foreo and as well as the cleansing mode it includes an anti-ageing mode. Basically you hold the Foreo Luna at certain points across your face and it gives you a little vibrating massage to relax your muscles.
Price: $249 or $179 for the Mini
Battery Life: Excellent. I have charged my Foreo Luna once in the past year, and the battery wasn’t even dead. I was going on a trip and thought I should do it before I left.
How It Works: The Foreo is an all silicone device that vibrates as you brush it across your skin – they call it “T-Sonic” technology. There are different designs for various skin types – I have the Normal Foreo Luna which has little silicone bristles at the top.

Pros:

  • Leaves skin feeling incredibly soft, smooth and more refined. My skin has never felt this nice before.
  • Serums and moisturisers seem to absorb better after cleansing with the Foreo Luna
  • Multiple speeds available so you can clean around the eyes without damaging skin
  • One time cost
  • An excellent travel size
  • Totally waterproof and can be left in the shower
  • Extremely easy to clean – just rinse with water
  • Anti-ageing mode really does make your face feel relaxed (can’t comment on whether or not it actually reduces signs of ageing though!)

Cons:

  • Doesn’t completely remove really heavy makeup
  • If you like the feeling of a “deep cleanse” you won’t get it with the Foreo Luna.
  • Doesn’t do much for pimples and blackheads

Product Preferences: I use the same cleanser with both, Payot Les Absolute Pure White Mousse Clarte. You should avoid any grainy scrubs with both the Clarisonic and the Foreo Luna.

Day To Day: I tend to alternate between the two, and there are days where I don’t use either. If I have been wearing a lot of make up or my skin is more congested I’ll use the Clarisonic. I’m more likely to reach for the Foreo Luna in the morning or after a day spent entirely at home. I tend to find that the Clarisonic does a better job of actually cleaning my face, I’m never sure if the Foreo has removed all my makeup.

Price Wars: The Clarisonic Mia is a cheaper initial purchase, but at the end of the day the Foreo Luna is more cost effective because you don’t need to purchase any extra brush heads. If you purchase a Foreo Mini or one of the more expensive Clarisonic models the initial price difference becomes a moot point and the Foreo is automatically better value.

Travel: The Foreo Luna is much easier to travel with than the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic can take a few hours to dry after using, while the Foreo Luna can be wiped down quickly and dries really fast. It’s also smaller and lighter and comes with a little carry bag.

The Verdict: It’s hard to say that one of these is better than the other. The Clarisonic does a better job at actually cleaning skin, while the Foreo Luna improves the texture and feel. If you have pimples, blackheads and congestion I would steer you towards the Clarisonic. If your issues relate more to dryness, dull skin or you want to focus on anti-ageing then the Foreo Luna is for you. And if you’re like me just get both!

Let me know in the comments if you’re a Foreo girl or a Clarisonic girl!