Looking to combat the unpleasant dry skin? OBAGI is here!

OBAGI medical

Since returning from my warm getaway in Taiwan, the weather here in Melbourne has been freezing! I dread the cold not because of the wind or rain but how much it dries up my skin. Now you know why I stocked up on so much face masks! Luckily for me this year, the lovely people from OBAGI sent me their Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream and their Professional-C Serum 10% to help me combat the unpleasant winter skin.

OBAGI system professional c serum

OBAGI Professional-C Serum

This serum is available in 3 different concentrates:

  • 20% Best suited for normal-to-oily skin $99.95
  • 15% For most skin types $79.95
  • 10% For dry, sensitive or reactive skin $69.95

I was sent the 10% concentrate of L-Ascorbic Acid which was perfect for me. I’ve never used this type of serum before so it’s always good to start with the lowest strength and then work your way up. The benefits of this serum are that it complements collagen synthesis, neutralises free radicals, improves pigmentation, brightens skin and retains moisture.

After using the product for a week, I could already see the results on my skin. This serum has brightened and evened my skin tone. No other product has given me the same results within such a short amount of time. I used this in the morning before I moisturise and I can confirm it sits perfectly fine under makeup. Sometimes if I forget to use it during the day, I’ll use it at night underneath the OBAGI Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream and I wake up with even better skin.

OBAGI medical hydrate luxe moisture rich cream

OBAGI Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream

The Hydrate Luxe Moisture-Rich Cream leaves your skin feeling incredibly hydrated. It absorbs quite quickly into the skin and does not leave your skin feeling sticky or greasy. Every morning when I wake up to wash my face, I’m always surprised at how smooth my face is.

The cream helps to smooth out fine lines and provides healthier looking skin. The formula contains ingredients such as Shea Butter, Mango Butter, Avocado Oil and Glycerin to help hydrate the skin and Chronoline to reduce appearance of fine lines.

The price of this cream is $79.95. Before you start saying how expensive this is, hear me out. I’ve been using this close to 2 months now and it has hardly left a dent in the jar. I used a pea-sized amount each night and that’s all you need to moisturise the entire face.

OBAGI is available at cosmetic clinics, dermatologists and plastic surgeons.

Have you tried OBAGI before?

Products were provided for consideration. This has not influenced my opinion in any way.


Monday Mani featuring Formula X in Gemini

Well well well.. It’s Monday again, the weekend is over and it’s time to start the work week. How was your weekend? I spent mine at home recovering from a cold. I’ve had this cold for over a week and even had to take a couple of days off work. Today I thought I’ll show you my mani I currently have on. I was going through my archives and realised the last nail post was published in June last year, that’s almost an entire year!

Monday Mani formula x gemini

Today’s mani, we have Formula X in Gemini with Essie No Place Like Chrome as the accent. This is my first ever Formula X nail polish and it was gifted to me by Dana who blogs over at Darling Dee Dee. If you have time check out Dana’s blog, she takes gorgeous photos and has the most amazing makeup collection ever!!

If I was to summarise Formula X in Gemini in one word, it would be AMAZING. It’s quick drying, high shine, no streaks and very opague.. see told you it was pretty awesome. The shade is gorgeous and so far after a couple of days, it wears pretty good! The consistency of this polish is just right, not too thick or thin.

Monday Mani

Here I’ve used one coat of Orly Bonder, two coats of Formula X in Gemini & Essie No Place Like Chrome and one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Flash top coat. Just one coat is enough for Gemini but because out of habit, I always apply two.

Have you tried Formula X polishes?

Goodies from Taiwan!

Goodies from Taiwan_beautyandthings
Well chickadees, my trip has come to an end. I’ve been back since Tuesday and went straight to work the following day. It was an amazing trip with lots of eating and sightseeing. I thought I would post about beauty goodies from Taiwan. There were so much stuff that I wanted but I had to keep to a budget. Most of the beauty products I bought were from Watsons, SaSa and Innisfree.
Goodies from Taiwan face masks_beautyandthings
Goodies from Taiwan Innisfree face masks_beautyandthings
As you can see, I had a thing for face masks this trip. I actually bought 6 boxes and ended up using an entire box while I was over there. I would have bought more but they take up a fair bit of room in my luggage.

Shopping at Innisfree was pretty awesome. I bought 5 individual face mask sheets and they gave me 2 free gifts – the cleansing kit and their best loved collection. Gotta love freebies!!
Goodies from Taiwan Watsons_beautyandthings
Here are my Watsons and other drugstore purchases except for the Tony Moly Lip Gloss. I didn’t realise the Biore UV Aqua was that popular until I posted on instagram. It was a random purchase for the husband but now I’ve claimed it as mine. I should have perhaps bought another just in case.
Goodies from Taiwan Jill Stuart blush_beautyandthings
This is my favourite purchase of all – my first ever Jill Stuart product. The packaging is so fancy yet ultra girly, it even comes with a brush. I’m going through a huge dilemma. On one hand, I want to start using it and the other I don’t want to ruin such a precious blush haha.

That’s it for this post, stay tuned next week for the next post where I talk about my trip to Taiwan.

Let me know if you have tried any of the products above, would love to hear your thoughts.

Everything was purchased by me.

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