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Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur Smoothing Base Perfector

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BEAUTY, Sponsored | by — April 24, 2014

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Remember this snippet on my Instagram feed? Laughs aside, the allure of smooth and poreless skin is something that has women searching the world over for products that hide imperfections.

Not so many years ago I was blessed with tighter pores to the extent that some people even believed I had none, and I was blissfully unaware of what it was like to have enlarged pores.  As age took its toll year on year, I was mentally prepared to embrace hyper pigmentation and fine lines but I really didn’t expect my pores to enlarge despite living in moderate weather.

The trouble with pores is that they can’t be “removed” as such, but they can managed with products that temporarily minimise their appearance.  Garnier’s 5 Sec Perfect Blur (RRP $16.95 AUD) is an affordable option that is a smoothing base perfector with light reflectors that visibly blurs wrinkles, pores, imperfections and reduces shine.  It’s designed to be worn after moisturiser and under makeup (or without makeup) for an airbrushed effect.

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What they say

Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur is not a moisturiser, it is not a foundation, and it is more than a primer. A smoothing and perfecting skincare base with light reflecting technology to reduce the appearance of wrinkles, imperfections, pores and shine.

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What I like about the squeeze tube packaging is that the slim nozzle makes it easier to control how much product is dispensed.  It’s more hygienic than pot packaging, and you can get every drop out compared to pump packaging.  The 22ml size is also travel friendly so you can get picture-perfect skin while on short trips or holidays.

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GarnierPerfectBlur-4My experience

  • It’s light pink when first squeezed out of the tube, but blends quickly into the skin without a trace, and instantly creates a blurred airbrushed effect.
  • It did a pretty good job of blurring pores and an even better job of blurring fine lines. I shall leave you to be the judge from the before/after pics of the back of my hand and cheek.
  • Leaves skin feeling velvety smooth with a diffused matte appearance.  It sat comfortable on my dry skin type, so I can’t really comment on how it controls shine.
  • Foundation was a breeze to blend over the base without it sinking into pores.
  • Skin appears brighter and photographs better without needing to do as much photoshop.

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No photoshopping done on these pics other than cropping.  I used a lighter application on my pores, and a heavier application on the back of my hands, which clearly look as though they could do with the help of Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur.

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Verdict

What I like about Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur is that it instantly brightens and blurs imperfections, helping you achieve picture perfect skin faster than it takes you to choose your favourite filter on Instagram.   Whilst it’s only a temporary measure, given how challenging it is to find something as affordable as this that instantly minimizes the appearance of pores, it’s a quick fix alternative that helps your foundation go the extra mile.  Give it a try if your skin can handle silicone based primers, and adjust the amount depending on how airbrushed you want the results to be.  As with silicone based products, I recommend a thorough cleanse afterwards, either double cleansing or a Clarisonic, whichever you fancy.

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Win one of two Garnier prize packs! *** GIVEAWAY CLOSED***

  • Each contains 3 x Garnier 5 Sec Perfect Blur products valued over $50.
  • Giveaway open to Australian residents only, and ends 5pm AEST Tuesday 6 May 2014.
  • To enter, leave a comment on this blog post sharing “Which imperfection do you hope to blur with 5 Sec Perfect Blur and why?”
  • The best 3 comments will be shortlisted by Beauty Swatch and the final winner will be chosen by Nuffnang who will ship the prizes.
  • To claim the prize, the winners must reply to the winner notification and accept the prize within 48 hours of the winner’s notification, as well as indicate their preferred address for the the prize to be sent. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, they will forfeit the prize.
  • Click here for detailed Terms and Conditions.

 

2 days. 12 new shades of lipstick. Hundreds of amazing women.

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Featured, Sponsored | by — May 12, 2013

THANK YOU to everyone who popped by at Mecca Maxima over the past two days!   I had the best time ever in my 4 years of blogging, and it’s been a truly AMAZING two days meeting so many gorgeous faces and recommending you a lipstick shade.

A huge THANKS to all the wonderful staff at Mecca Maxima and Clinique, in particular –  Ann (my partner in crime), Emma, Lena, Cindy (Mecca Maxima Melbourne Central), Yvonne, Maria and Nicole (Mecca Maxima Highpoint), Courtney & Francis (Clinique)

I met hundreds and hundreds of women over the two days, and whilst there were countless warm fuzzy moments when I saw the look on your faces trying on a lip colour that I recommended, some of the highlights for me were:

  • helping a woman with an autumnal colour palette discover she could actually wear coral with Coral Chic  paired with Clinique Quickliner for Lips in Cocoa Peach
  • helping 3 teenagers find a lip colour they can wear without getting into trouble with their dad (RSVPink, Coral Crush, Bejeweled Pink)
  • helping several women of all ages find their perfect red with Party Red
  • helping a new mum feel feminine again with Berry Intense
  • seeing mums & their daughters try the same shade of lipstick
  • helping two brides find a lipstick for their wedding day
  • inspiring so many gorgeous women to try  Spanish Rose – a hot fucshia lip which I wore for the two days
  • seeing the look on so many faces when they tried Magenta Rose – it appealed to everyone from young & trendy through to career women of ALL colour.

You have no idea how much I wished to chat more with each and every one of you, but it was CRAZY BUSY with one person lining up after the other & and I nearly lost my voice by the end of it.

Whether you took home a lipstick or simply came along to try something new, I hope you had as much fun as I did at the event!!

Don’t forget to enter the Instagram competition to win a $200 Mecca Voucher! Competition ends midnight tonight & I look forward to picking a winner Monday morning~

Find your perfect lipstick with me: Swatches of the Clinique lip colours

Brand: Clinique
Range: Long Last Lipstick & High Impact Lipstick
High Impact Lipstick Shades: Flamenco, Coral Crush, RSVPink, Pink Style, Magenta Rose
Long Last Lipstick Shades: Party Red, Coral Chic, Silvery moon, Tropical Coral, Perfect Beige, Soft Bloom, Berry Intense, Runway Coral, Bejeweled Pink, Spanish Rose
Swatched by yours truly: Yishan

As part of my EXCITING collaboration with Clinique & Mecca Maxima this 10th – 11th May, I have been busy preparing a “lip swatch” color selector to help you find your perfect lipstick shade.  The swatch card features the shades below including “colour notes” written by yours truly to help you decide on a colour group.

The swatch card will be available to those who attend, but feel free to browse from my swatches below before coming to see which shade you’re in the mood for on the day!

I recommend High Impact Lipstick for those that like a creamy, moisturising lipstick that has good grip that lasts really well & has SPF 15.  Long Last Lipstick will appeal to those who like a long wearing creamy-matte formula that won’t feather, stain or dry out.

Enjoy the swatches & I look forward to seeing you this Friday & Saturday!

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RRP: $36 AUD

These products were provided for consideration.

Find your perfect lipstick with me! (Sponsored by Clinique & Mecca Maxima)

After months in the making, I’m so pleased to finally unveil the news of my collaboration with Clinique & Mecca Maxima….

*drum roll*

I’m SUPER EXCITED about this opportunity to help you find your lipstick shade with Clinique & Mecca Maxima.

It’s been an amazing journey since launching my Pout Perfect eBook and I’m so grateful for all your support & the opportunities that have come along.

There’s also an AMAZING INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY for those who come say hello, see below for T&C’s.  I’ll be choosing ONE best photo that will win a $200 Mecca voucher, so I encourage you all to use your Insta-creativity to snap a shot that best captures the theme of the event.

In my next post, I will reveal the lip swatches that I specially prepared for this event to showcase the exciting new Clinique lip colours now available in Australia.

If you are in Melbourne PLEASE come and say hello!

I’d love to meet you and help you find a lipstick shade!

Stories From the Women Who Make America

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Sponsored | by — February 26, 2013

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As a female born in the 80’s, I feel very fortunate for the opportunities that I’ve had throughout my life and there has been rarely a moment where my gender would get in the way of an opportunity.   When I think about what it must have been like for women born a few decades before me, it’s hard to step back in time and imagine myself in their shoes, let alone accept the fact that paid maternity leave didn’t become an employee benefit until recent times.  Would I have succumbed to being a “sheep” or become someone that helped shaped women’s role in society today?

Narrated by Meryl Streep,  MAKERS – in partnership with Simple Facial Skincare and PBS – has filmed a documentary that chronicles the last 50 years of the women’s movement by highlighting the stories of trail-blazers and ground-breakers in the last half-century that have paved the way for future generations of women.  “MAKERS: Women Who Make America” delves into intimate accounts of women such as Naomi Wolf, Oprah Winfrey, Hillary Clinton and many other women who confronted with what equality meant in their own lives.

If you are in America, tune into PBS on February 26th 8pm to watch this documentary (or tape it, given it’s three hours!!).  For more information, watch the trailer below & click again to be taken through to more information such as local listings.