Well, ladies and gentlemen, here it is. I have been saying for a very long time now that I was going to get started on bringing you some blog posts, and I have finally decided to give it a red hot crack (better late than never, am I right?). 3 by Riq.e is going to be a monthly post which will give you a little more insight on some of my favourite products that I have tried, tested and fallen in love with the past month. I love reading what other artists are using, whether in their kits or for personal use, as there are SO many products out there that it can be overwhelming walking into a store and trying to narrow your choices down. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the products I mention, whether your first time using them or long time lover.
I travelled to Perth and Bali at the end of September, which meant sun, sun and more sun. Being a Summer baby, I absolutely l o v e laying out in the sun until I’m roasted brown. However, last Summer I burnt my face real bad and had a nasty red blotch above my eyebrows (yes, my brow queen did yell at me. soz Loz) and ever since then, I have tried to keep my face out of the sun whenever I’m tanning. That, however, means a nice sun kissed body and a white casper face (wtf, ew?!). The 3 by Riq.e that I will be discussing today will save your face from being tortured by the sun AND will keep your sun kissed glow coherent from head to toe!
What is it? Bali Body BB Cream (SPF 15+)
Where can you purchase it from? https://au.balibodyco.com
Why is it in my Top 3? Growing up with sensitive skin (sensitive to what you may ask? I still don’t know myself tbh) meant that any form of sunscreen applied to my face would leave me breaking out like a little boy going through puberty. So, I had two choices.. breakouts or sunburn. I obviously chose sunburn because at least I could TRY to avoid it. Now, I am not saying in any way shape or form that this should be a replacement for daily sunscreen use, but it’s what works for me when out in the sun. Bali Body BB Cream was meant to be my replacement to foundation whilst in Bali, but I soon realised that my skin didn’t react to the sunscreen within the product AND it surprisingly protected my face from the hot Bali sun as well given it only contains SPF15. It isn't oily nor does it go overly shiny after a few hours as the product does state that it tends to have more of a matte finish. It has a light coverage that can also be built up to a medium finish, and I found it layered perfectly with a touch of Nars Sheer Glow when taking it from day to night. The colour range could use a bit of work, as I ordered the shade “Natural” and in my opinion, it sat on my skin the way I imagined their lighter shade “Fair” would have sat based on their descriptions and swatches on their website. Overall, its great for those of you who like a little coverage at the beach or gym, as it isn’t too heavy and doesn’t clog your pores. I would also recommend it for those of you that want to add a little more glow to your everyday base without having to wear a dewy foundation paired with an illuminator.
What’s in it? Green Tea, Ginseng, Hyaluronic Acid and Marine Collagen. SPF 15 UVA and UVB Broad spectrum. It is paraben free and VEGAN!
What is it? James Read Tan: H2O Tan Mist
Where can you purchase it from? Mecca Maxima or Mecca Cosmetica
Why is it in my Top 3? This little beauty is going to be in my Top 3 for the rest of my life. I was a little bit skeptical trying this out, but upon also trying it on my much lighter boyfriend, I soon realised that it DEFINITELY works (soz hun). The H2O Tan Mist can be used under or over makeup and/or on bare skin. It maintained my Bali glow for many weeks after I returned which was ideal considering those tans never last! The product itself states to use it on a daily basis until you reach ideal colour, and then maintain 2-3 times a week, and boy is it spot on there! I use it nightly during the week, once I have finished all of my skincare, and on the weekends I will apply it in the morning so that I am bronzed come night time. I have also found that it acts as a little booster on top of fake tan (can I get an AMEN SISTA from all you girls who love a good tan), so once all of your layers are applied and almost dry, spray the H2O Tan Mist lightly over all areas in which you have tanned. The only downside to this product is that you MUST spray from at least 30cm away, as it can tend to stick in the one spot, and I’m not really a fan of the initial smell of it. BUT, there’s no fake tan smell afterwards and dries with 2-3 minutes, so winner winner!
What’s in it? Organise Rose Water plus skin-loving minerals. It is paraben and fragrance free and also VEGAN!
What is it? Dr. Dennis Gross: Alpha beta Glow Pad Intense Glow Self Tanner
Where can you purchase it from? Mecca Maxima or Mecca Cosmetica
Why is it in my Top 3? This one here only came into the mix a few weeks ago, but, oh hot damn! If you want an instant, glowing bronzed face.. LOOK. NO. FURTHER! The Glow Pads come in a box of 20 which are all individually wrapped, which makes it very handy to pop a few into your makeup bag. After cleansing and letting my skin dry, I run one of these bad boys all over my face, neck, ears and a little down onto my décolletage, and fan it down with my hands to dry before continuing with my skincare (toning, etc..). You MUST wash your hands immediately afterwards, as unlike the H2O mist, it does leave traces of fake tan behind. First thing in the morning, your face will smell a little like fake tan, but after a good cleanse it soon disappears. This product does tend to dry out my face a little to the touch, but appearance wise, does bring a nice natural overall glow (I just use a little more moisturiser than usual at night after I have applied it). I have found that this works perfectly with the H2O mist, as the colour pay off comes round a lot faster, which means instant tan and less mist. I tend to use 1-2 Glow Pads a week (1 if I’m not going anywhere on the weekend/2 if I am). It is perfect for those of you who don’t like to fake tan your face, but don’t want to wake up with a huge comparison either!
What’s in it? Active Vitamin D, Microencapsulated DHA, Soy Proteins, Alpha and Beta Hydroxy Acids. Paraben free and VEGAN!
I’d love to know if there are any products that you would like me to try out. Until next time,