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Boxing Day Best Beauty Buys #SezSays

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I’m going to keep this one short and sweet…

Because it’s Christmas time, presents need wrapping, roasts need roasting and ain’t nobody got time to be sitting around reading essays.

With the impending Boxing Day Sales I thought I’d share with you all my personal faves and the products you’ll find routinely used in my own make up kit.

While I’m a advocate for and user of drugstore brands, I do have my selects at a slightly higher price point. Many of the brands are rarely ever on sale with the exception of Boxing Day, so what better time to splurge with the Christmas money you got from Nana.

1. Charlotte Tilbury – Light Wonder Foundation


This is my go to when I need a foundation with a little more coverage than a BB cream but still want to retain radiant dewy skin. It also contains SPF making it ideal for day to day wear. Shop Here

2. BECCABacklight Priming Filter


If you love a dewy finish, then you’ll love this primer. I’m a recent convert after receiving a sample to try and I can say it’s my favourite primer yet. It even works great on its own to give skin a natural boost and glow and also pairs great with my drugstore foundation. Shop Here

3. Charlotte TilburyHollywood Flawless Filter


I love a product with multiple uses especially if it’s at a higher price point then I can justify it #BangForYourBuck. CT Flawless Filter is that for me. First introduced to me by a Makeup Artist friend this can be used on the face alone, applied before foundation, mixed in with foundation or even used to highlight key areas of the face. I have it in a range of light and darker shades and use accordingly throughout the year. Shop Here

4. NARS – Liquid Laguna Bronzer


2018 was a big year for me, it was the first time I stepped away from traditional Bronzing Powders and tried a liquid for the first time. What I love most about the Nars Liquid Laguna is that it allows you to create more definition. It’s not too heavy but is also buildable making it perfect for use both day and night. Shop Here 

5. Charlotte TilburyBrow Lift


Please excuse me while I get sentimental here for a moment.. but this was my first Charlotte Tilbury purchase and what made me fall in love with the brand. Powders have never really been a favourite of mine for brows so I always stick to pencils. I find the CT to be an incredible cream pencil that glides on well, and the triangle pencil shape mimicks fine brow hairs perfectly. Shop Here

6. LancômeGenifique Yeux Eye Cream


Good skin starts in the prep work. I’ve noticed in particular this year by regularly using a nourishing undereye cream my foundation glides on seemlessly and I require far less concealer. Genefique is my top pick for its gel like texture that your skin just drinks up. Shop Here

7. Giorgio Armani – Luminous Silk Foundation.


Luminous silk in my opinion is the absolutely OG of foundations. It glides on to skin to cover imperfections without flattening. I find my skin still looks like skin but at its absolute best; soft, supple and dewy. I could rave for days about how much I live for this foundation but it does have one draw back.. the price point. I guess you can’t skimp on quality. Trust me I’ve tried all the dupes but nothing can replicate this formula. So if you find this baby with even a subtle discount Boxing Day, jump on it (also please slide into my DM’s as I’m all about stock piling).

8. James Read Gradual Tan H2O Tan Mist


Sun Protection is my numero uno skin care tip and as a result my face never sees direct sunlight. SPF 50+ and Caps make sure of that, they also are responsible for my face permanently retaining a ghastly pale white shade. I adore subtle colour and find tanning mists to be ideal for the face. My current fave is the James Read; it smells phenomenal and can be built up over time, making it ideal for Summer through to Winter. Shop Here

9. NARSRadiant Creamy Concealer


Another holy grail favourite this concealer is one that has no replacement. It’s a unicorn among inadequate concealers and to date the only one I’ve found that covers and conceals without caking. I save it purely for special occasions and use cheapers ones day to day.  So I can say it’s worth the splurge. Shop Here

10. BenefitGimme Brow


For the perfect brushed brow look I can’t go past this beauty by Benefit. Used sparingly it adds a subtle colour, while setting brows making it the ideal finish for any brow look. Shop Here

Scents to splurge on.

If makeup isn’t your thing, or if Santa already stocked you up then here are my top 3 fragrances of the moment! 

All available at David Jones + Myer renowned for killer Boxing Day bargains.


Dior- Miss Dior

A subtle scent with a combination of Rose and Rosewood this is my pick if you love something feminine.

GIVENCHYL’INTERDIT

A white floral fragrance cut with darker undertones. If I were a fragrance it would be this. The perfect combination of light with a subtle edge.

Jimmy ChooFever

My newest addition to the repertoire. With top notes of black plum and grapefruit tied back with sandal wood it’s a welcome spin on the Jimmy Choo signature collection.

I’ve linked based upon where I usually purchase these brands from but recommend shopping around to grab the best deal. Or better yet embrace the sales in person to experience true Boxing Day Beauty Madness 

Happy Shopping


Sez

Xx

Dupe off – Hydration Serum Edition

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Are all hydration serums created equal?

Like most gals I love a good bargain. The thought of paying full price for something never sits well with me. I’ll always troll online looking for a coupon code or sign up to a mailing list subjecting myself to constant spam if it means I can score a minimum 10% off. To me a wins a win and every little bit counts.

So when a makeup artist alerted me to what he viewed as an exact dupe for my beloved  MEDIK8 HYDR8 B5 LIQUID REHYDRATION SERUM that was less than half the price, I had my shoes on out the door ready to give it a go. HYLAMIDE LOW-MOLECULAR HA BOOSTER is a multi depth rehydration booster which claims to plump skin leaving it more youthful and radiant. 

So how do the two compare?



Price:

  • MEDIK8 HYDR8 B5 SERUM retails for around $80 give or take which pains me a little as I seem to go through it quicker than my other serums. 
  • HYLAMIDE BOOSTER SERUM retails at $29.99 however I snapped this up when Priceline was having 20% off so it only set me back $23.99. #sorrynotsorry 

Appearance + Texture:

Both come in a 30ml Pasteur pipette bottle.
**That’s fancy talk for dropper bottle. Don’t worry I had to google it too. 

Both serums are clear in nature so in terms of appearance they are identical. Texture is where they differ..  

  • MEDIK8 HYDR8 B5 SERUM is of a very light consistency and easily spread and absorbed into skin. 
  • HYLAMIDE BOOSTER SERUM is of a more thick texture. It is almost a cross between a gel and a serum and as a result takes longer to absorb into the skin.



Hydration factor:

Once again I did notice a difference in the HYLAMIDE BOOSTER SERUM’ability to hydrate my skin. I feel that it was quite surface level and I often had to reapply. This was something I never have to do while using MEDIK8 HYDR8 B5 SERUM.


Ingredients:

Both serums contain Hyaluronic Acid an ingredient which works to retain hydration and aid collagen synthesis. HA also contains antioxidants which contributes to anti-aging benefits for the skin.

Ingredients for both serums are listed below:

  • MEDIK8 HYDR8 B5 LIQUID REHYDRATION SERUM–   Aqua (Water), Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Calcium Pantothenate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid.
  • HYLAMIDE LOW-MOLECULAR HA BOOSTER-   Aqua (Water), Hydrolyzed Yeast Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Tamarindus Indica Seed Gum, Sodium Hyaluronate Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Ahnfeltia Concinna Extract, Lecithin, Glycerin, Betaine, Polyacrylate Crosspolymer-6, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polyglucuronic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, PPG-26-Buteth-26, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylyl Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Chlorphenesin.

As a personal preference I do prefer to choose products with a minimal ingredient list. With reference to the HYLAMIDE BOOSTER SERUM perhaps the higher amount of ingredients could account for the difference in texture.

I would also like to note that neither product lists any fragrance in their ingredients which is a big thumbs up from me!
 


MY FINAL WORD.. 

Upon review do I believe HYLAMIDE BOOSTER SERUM is an exact dupe for the MEDIK8 HYDR8 B5 SERUM?

Short answer.. no

The product just failed to hydrate my skin to the same level that the MEDIK8 Serum does. Leaving me to to reapply multiple times to achieve a similar result as it was not as effective at improving hydration.

However

At $29.99 per bottle it’s less than half the price and although the MEDIK8 HYDR8 B5 SERUM reigned superior, HYLAMIDE still does a dam good job.

It’s a perfect addition to my post skin peel routine when I need to apply multiple times per day and far more cost effective. It also works great pre and post flight as well as before makeup application. So while MEDIK8 to me is the clear winner and cream of the crop HYLAMIDE BOOSTER SERUM is certainly a great budget friendly alternative, just not an exact dupe.


I will continue to purchase for my own routine and do recommend it especially to those who are working within a budget.

Sez Xx

HYLAMIDE LOW-MOLECULAR HA BOOSTER- Purchased from https://www.priceline.com.au/hylamide-booster-series-low-molecular-ha-30-ml

MEDIK8 HYDR8 B5 LIQUID REHYDRATION SERUM- Purchased from https://www.adorebeauty.com.au/medik8/medik8-hydr8-b5.html

Sez Says – EVO FABULOSO PLATINUM BLONDE COLOUR INTENSIFYING CONDITIONER

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I’m going to keep this one short and sweet.

Are you blonde?

Do you LOVE ash tone?

Then buy this. Just do it ok.

For me this product is an absolute game changer. I’ve touched on my love for EVO FABULOSO PLATINUM BLONDE in a previous blog post 12 months ago, but allow me to delve a little deeper.

As a natural brunette who’s been blonde for well over 10 years I’ve trialled my fair share of toning products to a point where I consider myself to be a bit of a blonde tone connoisseur. I’ve experienced the highs and lows and a few too many Marge Simpson blue hair moments from pushing time limits to extremes.

After years of chopping and changing I had my favourites down pat when it came to removing brassy tones and achieving a beautiful cool ash. However there always seemed to be a trade off when using a high strength ‘purple shampoo’. My colour while cool and ashy was often dull in appearance OR the shampoo would simply be too drying for my hair. 

This is the reason why I completely stopped using blonde shampoo.

I know I know, I can hear the onslaught of blondies screaming blasphemy!!! But stay with me on this..

I too was reluctant at first, but after some convincing from my hairdresser to ditch the old school concept of a blonde shampoo I trialed EVO FABULOSO PLATINUM BLONDE COLOUR INTENSIFYING CONDITIONER and haven’t looked back.


It’s a colour enhancing conditioner that works to repair, condition, add shine, instantly tone and intensify hair colour.  It’s removes all brassiness and yellow tones without making hair dull in appearance It’s basically a treatment and toner all wrapped in one! #Valueformoney

Simply shampoo hair as usual, then lather EVO FABULOSO PLATINUM BLONDE COLOUR INTENSIFYING CONDITIONER into towel dried hair. Now Evo suggest leaving the treatment on for 3 minutes before rinsing but my rebellious-boundary-pushing – white-blonde-loving nature often waits 10 #eachtotheirown. Leaving you with not only nourished hair but a beautiful intensified ash blonde.


I use this treatment once a week for a little colour refresh and purchase from ADORE BEAUTY as they do next day delivery and have a great range of skin and hair products.

Sez Says : 4.5/ 5 – Highly recommend, use once per week for best results

Sez xx