Monday, May 30, 2016

Paula's Choice Moisture Boost Toner Review

Paula's Choice Moisture Boost Toner Review

My combination skin may lean oily here in the tropics but occasionally when I use stronger treatments like benzoyl peroxide or a higher concentration of acid my skin can dry out and become a little more reactive, it's times like this that I dig out the products I own aimed towards dry and irritated skin. 


Because my skin is blemish prone it's not an easy feat juggling between products that can condition dry or irritated skin while also not breaking me out, sometimes the best option is not to look towards your traditional emollient moisturiser but actually use a toner with ingredients suited to dry skin. Toners typically have a thinner or more fluid consistency to creams and lotions and can be layered under all other products easily without disrupting your regular routine.

My current favourite moisturising toner is the Paula's Choice Moisture Boost Toner. The Moisture Boost Toner is targeted towards consumers with normal to dry skin, it has a lightweight consistency, and when applied moderately with a dampened cotton pad leaves a slightly tacky feel (attributed to a high concentration of glycerin) on the skin that absorbs quickly. Upon application my skin instantly feels soothed, hydrated and conditioned, with regular use any dryness or flakiness I am experiencing eases and my skin is restored to normality.

Like most other Paula's Choice products I have tried to date the ingredients list for the Moisture Boost Toner is impressive and is packed full of skin identical ingredients, antioxidants, plant extracts, anti irritants, cell communicating ingredients and vitamins, including glycerin, green tea, willow herb, grape seed extract, linoleic acid, vitamin E, vitamin C, creatine, allantoin, and panthenol. 

Full ingredients include: 
Water, Glycerin, Superoxide Dismutase, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium (Willow Herb) Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract, Sodium PCA, Creatine, Lecithin, Phospholipids, Linoleic Acid, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, Polysorbate-20, PEG-4, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Phenoxyethanol.

Like all Paula's Choice products the Moisture Boost Toner is fragrance free, irritant free, colourant and cruelty free.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

RCMA No-Color Powder Review

RCMA No-Color Powder Review


I'm not ashamed to say that this was a purchase completely prompted by hype, how unoriginal of me. 


Loose powders are hardly a new concept but with the ever popular 'baking' trend showing no sign of dissipating any time soon all varieties of loose powder are flooding the market. The RCMA No-Color Powder is currently one of the most popular loose powders on the scene, it's been around since the sixties, a professional market artist's kit staple, with a dirt cheap price tag.

The RCMA No-Colour Powder was designed to for use on all skin tones, from the fairest of complexions to the very deepest without altering the the colour of the underlying makeup. It's a finely milled combination of talc and silica formulated without irritating fragrance, fillers, or pigment of any kind. Zero frills, zero fuss, it's simply a powder that sets makeup. The simple packaging is reflective of it's budget friendly price tag and while it's functional, it could honestly be improved upon, dispensing any product is messy, I'd much prefer it to be packaging in a traditional loose powder container.

Like most loose powders I have tried to date it sets my foundation and concealer to a soft matte finish and eliminates shine immediately without leaving my complexion looking flat or as dry as the Sahara desert. While it does keep my foundation from completely melting off my skin I'm not convinced it has the best oil controlling properties, if I haven't touched up my makeup by the end of a full working day my combination skin is looking quite shiny. For that very reason though I would highly recommend it to normal and dry skin types requiring an inexpensive setting powder, and I would whole heatedly recommend it to makeup artists who work on a variety of skin tones and skin types, there really isn't a more cost effective option.

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