Friday, February 24, 2017

tips to help make your foundation last longer


For flawless makeup you always need to start by prepping your base.  Using the correct skincare is vital to making sure that your skin is healthy so that when you put your foundation on it stays put.  Start by working out your skin type: oily, dry, combination, sensitive and then make sure that your skincare fits those needs.  Once you've cleansed your face and applied a moisturiser wait at least ten minutes for it to sink in before applying your primer and foundation.


Once your skincare has settled on your skin I always recommend to apply a primer.  You can pick up primers pretty cheap these days and this is another product that needs to suit your skin type.  If you have oily skin look for primers that have silicone's in them or say mattifying on the tube.  If your skin is dry you want to look for hydrating primers.  Wait a minute before applying your foundation.  My favourite primer is still the Nivea Mens Aftershave Balm - click here to read all about it.


When applying your foundation there are so many tools you can use like sponges, brushes or even just fingers.  Choose whichever works best for you and your foundation.  I find that foundations work differently with different applications so I usually try various ways first and then stick with the proven method.  I've been using Estee Lauder Double Wear a lot lately and I get the best finish by using a damp beauty blender sponge to really press this into the skin.  If you want to read about my favourite foundations click here.


Once your foundation has been applied, and concealer if you need it, a light dusting of powder is going to prolong the life of your foundation a lot.  There's a lot of powders to choose from, if oil is a problem for you again you're probably going to be looking for a mattifying powder.  If you're the type of person who likes to touch up with powder during the day I would opt for a loose translucent powder or a very light pressed powder.  You don't want to be adding more coverage each time you powder or it will buildup and look cakey.  Use a pressed powder colour matched to your skin if you're looking for additional coverage and you're not going to touch up too many times during the day.

Don't Touch!

Once you've followed these steps and have nailed the skincare, primer, foundation and powder my last piece of advice and probably the most important is to keep your hands off your face.  Make a conscious effort to not lean on your hands on your desk, or put your head in your hands or just randomly touch your face during the day.  Remember your hands come into contact with so much during the day and you don't want to be transferring all those oils and bacteria onto your face.

Feel free to ask any questions in the comment section below or leave any tips you have to making your foundation last longer.  Love to hear from you.

Kayte xx

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

I was recently given the opportunity to visit my local Franck Provost Paris hair salon to have a treatment and a blow-dry.  I live in Newcastle in NSW and my closest store is located at the Westfield at Kotara.  Just a disclaimer to start off with, this is not a paid/sponsored post however, I was provided the treatment and blow-dry free of charge.  I am under no obligation to write about my experience but have chosen to do so.

Franck Provost Paris Salon - Westfield Kotara
Franck Provost Paris Salon - Westfield Kotara

About My Hair

I have really fine wavy hair that I colour (bright red) myself every 6 weeks or so.  I have long hair (mid way down my back) and am in dire need of a haircut.  My last haircut was around 6 months or so and my split ends are out of control.  I try to take care of it with good quality products but it's so long now I basically wash it a couple of times a week, dry it and then put it up in a ponytail.  To say my hair was in need of a treatment and some love is a massive understatement.

The Salon

Franck Provost Paris is France's No 1 Salon brand and now has 24 stores in Australia with more stores opening later this year.  The Franck Provost salon that I visited is located in Westfield Kotara on the second level next to David Jones.  The Salon uses and stocks Kerastase and Loreal Professional as well as tools by Cloud Nine.  I met two staff members during my visit and both were extremely down to earth and lovely.  The hairdresser who looked after me was the lovely Danae who is also the Store Manager, she was lovely to chat with and answered lots of pesky questions from me with no hesitation.

 The Treatment

When talking with Danae we discussed the need for both shine and nourishment to give my hair a pick me up.  Traditionally treatments only target one area but I was being treated to the Kerastase Fusio Dose Treatment which is basically a tailor-made treatment that is personalised to treat your specific concerns and lasts up to 6 washes.  There are four concentrates and five boosters your hairdresser can choose from to give up to twenty different combinations of treatments.  Once I had discussed and selected my treatment my hair was washed thoroughly.  The treatment is sprayed into the hair a section at a time and massaged into the hair.  I was able to feel my hair before and after the product had been sprayed in and within seconds there was a noticeable difference.  As soon as all the treatment had been sprayed and massaged in I was treated to an amazing head massage and nearly fell asleep.  Unlike other treatments, this one isn't left to soak in for any amount of time.  As soon as the head massage was over the treatment was washed out and I was whisked over to have it blow-dried.

The Blow-Dry

I've never been very talented at doing anything with hair.  Give me a face to paint and I'm all over it, but for some reason, hair has never been my strong suit.  Don't get me wrong I've attempted many times with a round brush and hair dryer to get something happening but my hair just won't co-operate.  Of course, these things are best left to the professionals and as soon as Danae started drying my hair I noticed straight away how much softer my hair was thanks to the treatment.  My wavy unruly hair was blow-dried straight with ease and I was blown away by how healthy and shiny my hair looked at the end.   

Before & After - Kerastase Fusio-Dose Treatment
Before & After - Kerastase Fusio-Dose Treatment

Overall Experience

Overall it was an amazing experience, there's nothing like a treatment and blow-dry to make your Friday afternoon the perfect entrance to the weekend.  There was a noticeable difference in the shine and softness of my hair as you can see in the before and after photos.  I've had treatments at the hairdresser before but the Kerastase Fusio-Dose Treatment definitely blows them out of the water.  I still haven't washed my hair since having the treatment so I can't confirm or deny whether the effects last up to 6 washes but I've had a highly enjoyable weekend swishing my soft shiny hair around and not having it up in a ponytail for a change!  

A huge thankyou to Danae and the Franck Provost Paris Salon for hosting me and spoiling me rotten.  I'll definitely be heading back to the lovely Danae soon for a much needed hair cut.

If you're looking for a new hairdresser I do recommend checking out your local Franck Provost Salon, their products are beautiful and hopefully, you'll find staff as nice as they are at the Westfield Kotara Franck Provost Salon.

Kayte xx

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lioele vs Holika Holika Best Korean BB Creams

Korean BB Creams have been hyped up for a long time now and it's safe to say I'm about five years behind this trend.  Now let me just say from the start that these are nothing like BB Creams we get here in Australia which are basically just glorified tinted moisturisers with new fancy names.  Korean BB Creams are actually more like creamy foundations with medium to full coverage.

I've picked these two BB Creams as my favourites as they both give great coverage with an amazing finish and while they wouldn't last a particularly long day with a setting powder you'll get a good 8 hours out of them.

Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream 50ml 
Light Beige - only one shade available

This was the first BB Cream I picked up when venturing into the world of Korean BB Creams and it blew me out of the water they first time I applied it.  I just wasn't expecting that type of coverage.  This gives a medium coverage but can easily be built up with another layer for more coverage.  The Lioele Beyond the Solution BB Cream contains jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil and hyluronic acid derivatives which gives it more of a dewy finish to the skin and keeps it feeling smooth and hydrated.  The only downside to this product is that it is only available in one shade.  This is a 50ml tube with a pump applicator and cost me approximately $15

Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Cover BB SPF30 PA++
02 Natural Beige 30ml - two shades available

Out of the two Korean BB Cream's this one has slightly more coverage.   The Holika Holika Sweet Cotton Pore Cover has silicones in it which help it stay on the skin and provide a natural finish that would be slightly more matte than dewy. It is also the slightly lighter of the two but I find the colour to be pretty neutral toned.  I always lean towards yellow toned foundations to even out the pink in my complexion but neutral toned foundations work well too.  This is the smaller of the two at 30ml, is available in two shades and cost's approximately $11

Lioele vs Holika Holika Best Korean BB Creams swatches

It's a tough call but out of the two I'd have to say the Lioele BB Beyond the Solution is my favourite of the two.  It's a slightly better colour match for me and with my skin being on the drier side I appreciate the extra hydrating ingredient.

Both are fantastic base products and I recommend you check either one out if you havn't yet.  They're really well priced for what you get and suitable for most skin types although most definitely limiting for those with darker skin.  I purchased both of these from ebay and shipping took 1-2 weeks.

Have you tried Korean BB Creams before?  I'd love to know if you have a favourite.

Kayte xx

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Bare Babe Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Mask Review
Bare Babe Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Mask

A little while ago, this little beauty popped up on my Instagram news feed with some rave reviews and I don't know about you but that's usually enough for me to hit checkout on any online basket haha.  I had to try it out for myself and see if it was as good as everyone says.  If you can't be bothered reading the rest of this blog post I'll just straight up let you know now that it totally is as good as everyone says.

The main details of the Bare Babe Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Mask are in the title.  It contains coffee granules to provide physical exfoliation to your skin as well as coconut oil to soothe and hydrate.  As well as the physical exfoliation, this mask also contains an AHA (Alpha Hydroxy Acid) which is an active ingredient also designed to exfoliate the skin.  

To use you apply the mask in a circular motion all over the face making sure to avoid your eye area and mouth and leave on for 10-15 minutes.  To remove, I use a damp facecloth and slowly rub in a circular motion.  Make sure you do this gently.  As soon as I put the mask on I noticed a tingling sensation which is from the AHA and is completely normal.  If your skin is on the sensitive side the brand do recommend to only leave the mask on for 2-5 minutes and if it starts to feel more uncomfortable than tingly I would definitely suggest removing the mask straight away.

Okay enough with the formal details.  This Mask Is Amazing.  It's one of those mask that you get to see immediate results from.  I'm not one of those people who remember to do masks twice a week - I'm lucky if I do them twice a month so when I put a mask on I need some fast results!  This mask leaves my skin so incredibly exfoliated and smooth but doesn't leave my skin at all dry.  For someone with dry skin this is amazing.  Often when I do masks I need to apply a shit ton of moisturiser afterwards to replenish what the mask has stripped or even apply a hydrating mask but the Bare Babe Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Mask is truly a mask that does everything.  My skin is instantly brighter and clearer and much much smoother.

Bare Babe Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Mask Review
Back of the Bare Babe Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Mask

Okay enough rambling, you can purchase the Bare Babe Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Mask online from and the cost is $22.95 for an 80gram pouch with free delivery Australia wide (shipping took about 3 days from memory so super quick).  I've already used this about six times (and made my friends use it too) and there's still well over half left so there's a decent amount of product in there and I truly think it's a massive bargain for the results.

At the moment this is the only product that this company makes but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for any new products released and keeping my fingers and toes crossed that they're as amazing as the Coffee & Coconut Exfoliating Mask.

Have you tried this mask before?  Feel free to leave me a comment in the box below and let me know what your favourite face mask is.

Kayte xx
*I bought this product with my own money and was not paid to write this review.  It's just my honest opinion as always - you can click on the Disclosure Policy tab on this blog if you'd like to read more about this.