My current skincare routine – winter 2017

Wednesday, August 9th 2017 Beauty, Skincare

Lena Talks Beauty skincare routine - neutrogena, goodness, la roche-posay, seed and soul, clinique, garnier, instanatural, avene, and dermalogica

It has been FOREVER since I’ve written what my daily skincare routine is. This year I have tried really hard to stick to a consistent routine, of using 1 product until I finish it up. When I first started being sent products to try for my blog, I’d be using new things every week. My skin did not enjoy chopping and changing so much, especially considering so many of the products weren’t right for my skin type. Since sticking to a consistent routine, my skin has really looked so much better. People often say that you need to stick to one brand of skincare which I don’t believe in. I use products from La Roche-Posay, Neutrogena, Garnier, Clinique, Dermalogica, Avene, Goodness, Seed + Soul, and InstaNatural. Now, onto my skincare routine:

Practice Safe Sun

Monday, June 6th 2016 Uncategorised

LOVE L7004S Black, Oasis Sun, Za True White Power Block UV

For most people, sunscreen is their first line of defence against the damaging rays of the sun. That is a great step, and an important thing to use, but an another important step is sunglasses. We can’t forget slip slop slap wrap – wrap on a pair of close-fitting sunglasses. Wearing sunglasses protects not only your eyes, but also the delicate skin in the eye area. In this post I’ll be showing you my fab new sunglasses that sent me and giving you some tips to practice safe sun.

February Empties

Monday, February 29th 2016 Skincare

Weleda almond body wash, clinique pep-start eye cream, neutrogena senstive skin sunscreen, dr bronners soap, tony moly lip mask, innisfree trouble care mask, fuss free naturals face wipes

It’s that time again – empties time! As usual, I’ve collected all of the beauty products that I’ve finished during the month and will be reviewing them all. I finished (or decided to throw out) 7 products and this time they were all skincare. My empties are from Weleda, Fuss Free Naturals, Neutrogena, Dr Bronner’s, Clinique, Innisfree and Tony Moly – keep reading for my reviews.

Weleda almond body wash, clinique pep-start eye cream, neutrogena senstive skin sunscreen, dr bronners soap, tony moly lip mask, innisfree trouble care mask, fuss free naturals face wipes 2

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen

Monday, September 29th 2014 Skincare

I have a new essential addition to my beauty routine, just in time for summer! Those of you who have been reading regularly, or know me well, may know that I am a stickler for sun protection. New Zealand receives very strong UV rays, and in addition to that I use products such as Retinoids and Vitamin C which put you at higher risk of sun damage if you don’t wear sunscreen. I want to avoid getting skin cancer, while also preventing premature signs of aging and sun damage. Getting the right sunscreen is a struggle though – some make my face too greasy or white looking while others break me out! But now, I have hope! Neutrogena has released their new Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen, and I was sent it to try for myself and review.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Clear Face Sunscreen

How to avoid makeup flashback

Tuesday, June 10th 2014 Makeup

Ah flashback, something which strikes fear into the hearts of makeup wearers everywhere. Even celebrities, with their teams of makeup artists, aren’t immune to it – look at the beautiful Miley Cyrus, her makep is perfect except for that white patch.

miley flashback fail


In this post I’ll be writing about what flashback is, and which ingredients to look out for that commonly cause it. The often-suggested advice to avoid this is to not wear anything with an SPF – while this can be a helpful rule, SPF is a measurement, and not an ingredient. It’s the Sun Protection Factor of a product – it measures how long a sunscreen remains effective on your skin. If you would get burned in 10 minutes without sunscreen, an SPF of 15 will protect you for 150 minutes (Cho, 2011).’m getting into a whole other topic here, but the main point is – avoiding all products with sunscreen in them isn’t necessary to avoid flashback. Sunscreen is important, and it is possible to wear products with an SPF without getting flashback.

The ingredients in sunscreen that are known for causing a flashback are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These are known as physical sunscreens, because they work by reflecting the sun’s rays – and also, the flash of a camera! The foundation that I use, MAC Studio Sculpt does have titanium dioxide in it, but the main sunscreen ingredient is Octinoxate, a chemical that works by absorbing the UV rather than reflecting it away. I’ve never had any issues with flashback with it, and I wear it to every event I go to.

Another ingredient that causes flashback is silica – it’s in some setting powders, and there are also products which are 100% silica such as Make Up Forever HD powder. It’s this powder that is accused of causing the flashback fails of a lot of celebrities such as this recent one of Angelina Jolie.

angelina flashback fail

Angelina Jolie’s flashback fail (Credit: Getty Images, Via Yahoo)

MUFE HD powder, and other silica powders, are very fine white powders that reflect flash like crazy – I took a flash photo of my container of it and it was intense! In normal light the powder isn’t noticeably white on the skin, but as with the sunscreens can reflect the light of a flash. When applied lightly, it is usually okay with flash, but of course that might be different if you have a crowd of photographers taking flash photos. To test this out, I applied some MUFE HD powder over my Estee Lauder Double Wear. I applied it all over, but did a heavier patch under my eyes and a streak along my jaw, to see if it the amount you apply makes a difference. As you can see in the picture below – it does!


In summary, if you are worried about flashback, check labels for titanium dioxide, zinc oxide and silica, but the presence of these ingredients doesn’t mean you definitely will get flashback. Also, test your foundation out before a big event, and take a flash photo of it or if you’re looking for a new foundation, try it in store and take a flash photo. Doing this will give you peace of mind that you won’t end up looking like Angelina or Miley at an event.

how to avoid makeup flashback

Lena x



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