Australis: ‘Liquid Strobe’ illuminating drops

A few months ago a spotted the new Australis liquid strobe illuminating/highlight drops in my local Priceline and jumped at the chance to try them. Having dry skin I love trying new cream and liquid products. They retail for $19.95 so they are a bit pricey if you’re going to get them both, or if you’ve got an extensive highlighter collection. If you don’t or if you just want them anyway and want to know what I think about them, then read on, dear friend, read on.

First Impression: Pretty but eh..

When I was swatching them on my hand, I instantly fell in love with them, they give off the prettiest natural sheen, no chunky glitter at all, but after a little while of rubbing the product in, I noticed it started to separate especially in the spot where I’d had foundation on my hand from previous swatches, – not cute. This put a halt on me wanting to use them on my face. I removed them with a makeup wipe and did another test, this time I used less product, made sure there were no oils on my hand and swatched again – success!

I wasn’t blessed with beautiful hands, so just imagine they’re food network quality hand model hands. The two shades are so pretty, I hope they come out with more to suit everyone as I can really only wear the pink shade. I wear both because I do what I want! But the gold one looks good when I have some kind of tan.

How I use it: Daily glow!

This is my go to glow for days when I’m not wearing any makeup – work, uni, errands. On days such as this I only do my brows, mascara and highlight. So here is a pic of me in my ‘every day’ glory – dry skin and freckles galore!

that nose highlight tho…
I mainly go for the forehead, tip of the nose, cupids bow (my favourite), chin and then cheek bones.

#sneakymirrorselfie (;

Tips and Tricks: apply sans sponge!

I found that using a small amount and blending it in with fingers works best, and then with your brush or beauty sponge just *dab* around the edges to blend it into foundation or skin.

The Product // Final thoughts:

The product has a silicone/slippy feel to it but it doesn’t feel gross on the skin. It has a pretty good liquid time before it sets so it gives you plenty of time to finesse it and work it into place. Adding little at a time to build intensity is my favourite way to use it. Once it sets it is in place for good! Doesn’t transfer or rub off and because its a liquid it doesn’t have that layer of powder look / feel. – for me thats great, my skin is like the Sahara desert, the less power the better.

These also look beautiful mixed in with other products – foundation, tinted moisturiser etc. Work well on the face and the body.

While its no lie that I love Australis products – I could probably do a full face with all A/C products, this is another great one and I think its worth trying out! Plus, the dropper applicator is super fun. Products with droppers are almost guaranteed to go home with me.

Things I’ve noticed: I’m a detective.

  • No smell
  • Easy to work with
  • Good amount of product for price
  • Glass jars – be careful
  • Not gloopy – product is quite thin
  • No chunky glitter

Let me know if you’ve used these or are thinking about purchasing. I’m nosey so tell me your life stories (:

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Mask of the Month: BE Peel-Off Facial Mask Final Review

The lowdown:

  • Price: $5.99 Priceline
  • Target/Aim: ‘…to remove dead skin cells from the skin and unclog pores’
  • Skin Type: Doesn’t specify.
  • Smell: There isn’t really a smell, although it does kind of smell like glue. The scent is meant to be ‘pomegranate’ but I don’t smell it at all.
  • Texture: Thick, sticky, smooth. It reminds me of the hot wax when I get my brows done. Obviously, this product isn’t hot.
  • Colour: Bright Pink!
  • Directions: “Cleanse face with your favourite BE Cleanser, and dry in preparation for the mask. Apply a thin, even layer of the mask to yourface and neck, avoiding the delicate eye area, lips and hair. Leave the mask on to dry for around 15 minutes or until completely dry. Once dry gently peel away the mask from the face. Do not pull away quickly. Wash off any remaining pieces of the mask with warm water. Pat face and neck dry. Use once weekly or as required.”

New Information:

  • Application: I only put this in a strip across my chin and my nose – much like a pore strip. These are the ares that hurt the least. I also put about 2 – 3 layers on to make it thicker and easier to remove in one piece.
  • Dry Time: Anywhere from 5-15 minutes
  • 5 mins in: Skin didn’t feel as tight this time, I’m assuming because less product was on my face.
  • 10 mins in: Taking a bit longer to set because its thicker this time.
  • Just before removal: I notice that the sections are dry, but where my pores are there are little holes/gaps. This is annoying because it is at least twice as thick. How is it meant to clear pores if it isn’t covering them?
  • Removal process: Easy to remove. I pulled it quick across my chin. I saw a few pores get cleared out – success – even if its a small win.
    Around my nose, I was a little more cautious. Especially with the skin under my eye, I pulled that slowly then quickly across the nose itself. Nothing happened though, because there were little holes in the areas of my pores there was nothing to cling to.
  • Instant results: A little redness, a few pores removed.
  • 10 mins after: No redness, skin looks the same.
  • Next morning: The pores that were clear are still clear but it only removed a few on my chin, nothing revolutionary. In order for this to work, I’d suggest making application even thicker.
  • Visible change: None.

What the packaging says:

“A refreshing Peel-Off Facial Mask which works to remove dead skin cells from the skin’s surface and unclog pores to reveal a freshand radiant complexion. Includes Pomegranate extract, known for its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties and for fighting free radicals in the skin, and Vitamin E for its soothing and smoothing effects.”

I look like I’m ready to go swimming.

You can see the little holes and gaps on the nose. The mask has nothing to grip to to rip out the clogged pores. The chin was satisfying to rip off, it removed only a few pores though.

Delicately peeled the strip up until this point, then ripped fast across the nose and then delicately again. You can see the redness across the cheeks though. Thats not blush. Its stain + irritation. I don’t think its worth going through this for such minimal results! You’re better off using an actual pore strip!

Pro Tips: Do not put this anywhere near hair lines. I am hesitant to use it again. I think this time I will only focus it in the centre of my face and not in any ‘peach fuzzy’ areas.

Final Words: I really don’t think you should bother with this mask. Even though it is cheap, it just doesn’t do anything. Or anything enough to warrant actually repurchasing it. I’m sure there are other masks out there, even around the same price point that will do better.

If you do have this mask, try using it as a pore strips. This is the only way I found that it could actually do anything, just make sure it is applied thick.

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