Friday, August 8, 2014

Priceline skincare haul.


Last week wasn’t a good week for me but I did manage to drag myself down to Priceline to take advantage of their 40% off skincare sale. Besides a load of laundry it was the only thing I achieved that week {pats self on back}, and thus it was the highlight. You know you have a chronic illness when shopping is an achievement to be proud of.
To be honest with you though, even before illness intruded, a trip to Priceline would often be a highlight for me because I freaking love that store. It’s just paradise for beauty junkies like myself.
Having a good skincare/beauty routine has become even more important to me since illness. Sure, there are plenty of days when the simple basics are a struggle, so brushing my teeth and standard showering is as good as it gets. There’s times when I don’t feel up to exfoliating or having a facial. Often I’m too exhausted to slather myself in moisturiser after a shower because I feel like I’ve just run a mini marathon. My hair can go unwashed for over a week. (Thank God for dry shampoo!) However, if I feel like I can push things a bit, I like to invest my energy into supercharging my skincare routine because it makes me happy.
I look forward to using my favourite (or trying a new) body wash/scrub. I find making my own facial mask relaxing. Sloughing off dead skin cells keeps my skin healthy and makes me feel fresher. I love massaging in some moisturiser and enjoy its brightening, soothing, hydrating and therapeutic effect. All of these things can instantly make me feel a little better about myself. They improve my mood when I’m feeling down, so I do them as much as I possibly can.
Sometimes after a bad pain night I like to try and have a relaxing DIY at home pamper day. A bubble bath, manicure, facial and a foot spa is the best antidote for stress and anxiety caused by relentless chronic pain and fatigue.
So it’s not surprising that a trip to Priceline brightens my spirits. Whenever they have a skincare sale I like to stock up on old favourites and grab a few new products I’ve been wanting to try. Here’s what I picked up:
 
1. Indeed Laboratories Pepta-Bright. This is a brightening treatment that is formulated with 7 powerful active ingredients which can help fade dark spots and restore skin’s luminosity. Yes please! It’s free from parabens and seems like a product that could be compatible with my sensitive skin. (Fingers crossed!) Indeed Labs is a Canadian skincare brand that has recently landed in Australia, and there seems to be a lot of excitement about it. I want to find out what all the fuss is about. I am hoping this product will lighten my acne scars and give my dull, dry and lacklustre complexion a little boost.
2. Lanolips 101 Ointment. I’ve been wanting to try this product for a while now. So many fellow beauty bloggers and Youtubers swear by this stuff. It’s a multipurpose balm but I purchased it with the sole intention of using it on my dry, chapped lips. So far it hasn’t disappointed.
3. Simple Radiance Brightening Eye Cream. Formulated for sensitive skin, this cream contains light reflecting particles which help hydrate and illuminate the delicate eye area. I recently tried a sample of a high end eye cream which I received in a Bellabox and really enjoyed the difference it made. I’m looking for a much cheaper product to use so I thought I’d give this one a try. I do have quite heavy dark under eye circles thanks to CFS, so I’m not expecting miracles, but if this cream can brighten things up a bit and make me look a tad less fatigued, I’ll be a happier woman.
4. Johnson’s Baby Sorbelene Cream. It’s not just for babies. I’m going to try this out as a cheap hand/nail moisturiser and shaving cream. There are lots of other uses for this lotion but I’m not going to talk about them now.
5. Vaseline Ultimate 10 Anti-Ageing Lotion. I’ve been hanging out for this amazing body lotion to come on sale ever since I received a sample of it in a Bellabox. It’s perfect for parched winter skin and it’s my new favourite body moisturiser.
6. Maybelline New York Baby Lips Color Balm in Berry Crush & Pink Lolita. These tinted lip balms are the best! They add just a hint of colour to your lips while keeping them moisturised. Perfect for achieving the ‘no-makeup’ makeup look. Because they were on sale for around $2, I decided to add 2 more shades to my collection. Bargain!
 
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