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REVIEW: Essano Rosehip Treat Your Skin Pack

As I mentioned in my Biology Skincare review, I am a total sucker for travel-sized packaging.  One of my favourite things about traveling is the cute little mini bottles and and tubs and tubes and it is just so goddam cute! So, of course, when Coles had this Essano pack on sale I snapped that baby up quick smart.
I’ve always wanted to try Essano skincare products out so this seemed like an excellent way to dip my toe. Did the cute packaging come with excellent product inside? Keep reading to find out.

THE PRICE

The 5 pack will set you back AU$24.99. For this price you will get yourself 20mL of body lotion, 20mL of cleanser, 20mL of facial moisturiser, 10g of night cream and 3mL of rosehip oil. Not a bad price all up! So what about the performance…

certified ORGANIC ROSEHIP OIL

Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you a very sad story.  I knocked this little mini bottle and a pretty decent amount of the product poured down the sink. It was heartbreaking. I screamed and my boyfriend thought I’d hurt myself and, to be honest, I kind of did hurt myself. My clumsiness hurt my heart. So I didn’t get to try this full bottle out.

This reminded me why I fell so hard for rosehip oil back in the day.  I really enjoyed this product, I didn’t really get to try it out as most of it went down the drain, but up until that moment I was enjoying it! Hydrating but without leaving my skin oily. I added a drop into the daily moisturiser or pressed it into my skin before applying night cream and it worked really well both ways.

Do I love it as much as the Trilogy Rosehip+? No, but it’s still pretty great.

You can purchase this on its own, 45mL for AU$34.99.

regenerating facial moisturiser


I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this product! I normally find moisturisers marketed for daytime use too lightweight and leave my skin feeling undernourished, but this product didn’t do this! A drop of the rosehip oil and my skin felt nourished all day. On its own it wasn’t too bad, but i definitely preferred with a drop of oil.

Will I repurchase? Maybe! It’s not my favourite, but I did enjoy it.

You can purchase this on its own, 140mL for AU$19.99.

night cream


This product was…it was okay, if I’m being kind. I’m not sure if perhaps my pack had just been sitting of the shelf for a long time, but this product felt like it had dried up somehow.  I needed to use a lot of product to cover my whole face and feel hydrated, and even then it felt heavy on the skin. This product just didn’t tickle my fancy, sorry Essano.

On the plus side, it smells like musk sticks and I was into that.

If you want to form your own opinion you can buy this on its own, 50g for AU$19.99.

gentle foaming facial cleanser


The word “foaming” in a cleanser normally has me running for the hills. I have dry skin, I don’t need foam coming on in and drying things up even more.  As such, it was with great hesitancy that I started using this cleanser. I was pleasantly surprised that I didn’t mind this the results! It worked well on its own or with a small amount of bi-carb as an exfoliator.

You can purchase this on its own, 140mL for AU$14.99.

intensive hydrating body lotion


I’ve left the best ’til last. I was expecting this to be ‘meh’ and leave it at that. I was wrong! This moisturised my poor ol’ dry legs, absorbed into the skin easily (nothing more annoying that being left there rubbing your legs for half an hour before the white streaks disappear) and the moisture levels lasted! The only down side is there just wasn’t enough product. This ran out long before any of the other products did, I mean obviously, my legs are a lot bigger than my face. But I feel like that should be taken into account when sizing is being decided. Other than that, love!

Of all these products, this is the one I can see my self definitely re-purchasing and using on the reg.

You can purchase it on its own, 400mL for AU$16.99.

the verdict

So, would I repurchase this for the next time I travel? I’m going to be honest, probably not. None of the products were terrible (aside from the night cream, that was a thumbs down) but none of them had me jumping for joy (aside from the body lotion). Other travel sized packs have left me feeling a bit more satisfied. That body lotion though, definitely a new favourite there!

 

What are your favourite brands for travel? Let us know in the comments below! We’d love to try them out!

Stay beautiful, Nx

 

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REVIEW: SuperStay 24hr Foundation and Concealer by Maybelline

Everybody and their dog is after foundation and concealer that will keep you looking fresh af from dawn til dusk (or dusk til dawn, if that’s how you roll), so when I came across the Maybelline’s SuperStay 24hr foundation and concealer I had to see if this would end that search.  I’m not sure I’ve ever needed my makeup to last a full 24 hours but the idea that it could if I really wanted it to caught my eye.

Maybelline tells us that the foundation uses “micro-flex technology” (which is 100% a term they made) that helps the product to resist movement throughout the day and,  I would imagine they are implying, help it to last 24 hours.  So did they live up to my lofty expectations? Read on to find out.

THE PACKAGING

I actually quite like the packaging! Whilst the hefty glass bottle of the foundation makes it impractical for travel, it looks sleek and feels of expensive quality. The foundation also comes with a pump, always a huge tick.  The concealer tube is neither here nor there, it’s fine.

As for the labels, something that irritates me about drugstore products is that the labels/writing often wear away from rattling around it my makeup bag or foundation draw.  I have had both of these for quite a while and the labels still look brand new! It’s something small, but I appreciate it.

THE PRICE

This foundation will set you back AU$24.95 for 30mL, and the concealer AU$14.95 for 7.5mL which is by no means the cheapest drugstore foundation on the market.  It is still, however, a far cry from high-end or luxury foundation prices.

THE FINISH

The finish is somewhere between matter and satin, I guess you could call it a “natural” finish, with medium but buildable coverage.  This means you can wear it for every day or amp it up for night time or big events. The concealer is leaning more towards full coverage.

However, this is where the product really lost points for me.  No matter how I applied this it left my skin looking heavy and cakey.

One application with a drop of oil (the best way I found to apply it…still not crazy about it)

The concealer in particular left my under-eyes looking really seriously atrocious.  And it got worse over time! Even when I thought I’d thinned it out with some facial oil and it looked okay initally, it somehow ended up looking like a dry, creased and cakey mess a few hours later.  I was always desperate to take it off when I looked in a mirror and regretted wearing it every single time.

The foundation was pretty similar. Whilst the finish was improved by adding a drop of facial oil, it still looked cakey after a few hours wear.  I tried applying it with my hands, with a beauty sponge, with a brush, with and without a drop of oil, with a finishing spray and without; no matter what I did it just didn’t sit well on my skin.

I do have dry-combination skin, so this may have played a part in this.  If you have oily skin this may work in your favour!

With a full face of makeup – no setting powder as that makes it cake up even more

THE WEAR

The concealer really did last all day long without any movement or diminishing in coverage.  However, as I mentioned for every single one of those hours, it looked cakey and hideous and I was desperate to get home and take it off.  I particularly remember looking in the mirror after work one day and being mortified that I had been walking around looking like a pale, old lady all day.  The creasing was the worst I have ever experienced.

The foundation didn’t last as well as the concealer, but it also wasn’t as cakey as the concealer.  Which says more about how shockingly cakey the concealer was than the finish of the foundation, because it was still pretty heavy.  It ended up leaving my skin looking dull and unhealthy, which is the total opposite of what I was hoping to get from this “24hr fresh look” foundation.

the verdict

Huge, massive thumbs down from me.  I have honestly been avoiding doing this review because I don’t want to put this foundation back on my skin for photos. I just can’t even.  This may be the worst foundation and concealer I have ever used.  I know that sounds super negative and dramatic but that’s how shitty I looked at the end of the day when I wore these. I would honestly prefer my makeup to fade than leave me looking like a cake face as this did.

If you have oily skin, perhaps this won’t be an issue for you. But honestly, I wouldn’t risk it.

 

Have you tried these products? What were your thoughts? Can you recommend any other long-wearing foundations?

Stay beautiful, N x

 

 

 

MASCARA MARCH – Lash Sensational Washable Mascara by Maybelline

Washable? What does that mean? I have scoured the internet trying to find out what on earth Maybelline means when they call this mascara ‘washable’, I found nadda. If you are clued in on this mystery please please please let me know what a washable mascara entails!  Anyway, we are going to ignore that tiny detail for now and get on with the review of Lash Sensational Mascara by Maybelline.

Every blogger and their dog has been singing from the rooftops about there love of this mascara, so does it live up to the hype?

VOLUME: Not bad! Not bad at all.  Not as great at The Colossal Leather Black mascara by Maybelline, but still pretty bloody great. It’s a natural volume that can work on a every day basis or into a darker night-time look (unlike the colossal mascara which jumps straight to the latter). This is definitely going to become a staple for me.


LENGTH: For me this is where this mascara delivers, it adds some serious length. The major selling point of this mascara is the special fanning brush which supposedly has ten layers of bristles to help give your lashes a “full fan effect”.  My long, thin lashes easily clump up with lengthening mascaras, but not with this bad boy. Very impressed!

RECOMMEND?: Definitely! I can see why everyone is so impressed by this mascara, it is high-end quality, and for only AU$21.95.  That price is by no means super cheap, but it is still well below the price of high-end mascaras that do exactly the same job (I’m looking at you Benefit Roller Lash).

Have you tried any other Maybelline mascaras? What were your thoughts? Let me know in comments!

Stay beautiful, N x

MASCARA MARCH – The Colossal Go Extreme Leather Black Mascara by Maybelline

All the advertising around this mascara when it was first released really sucked me in! Seeing the same ad before every single YouTube video I watched with the insanely voluminous lashes had me making a special trip to purchase it; I needed that kind of lash volume in my life like yesterday.

Did the Maybelline marketing team lead me astray? Read on to find out..

VOLUME: Okay, so I don’t look quite like the chick in the ad.  But I’m going to go out on a limb and say they aren’t her real lashes (and if they are, I need some of those genes in my family line asap, have you got a brother?).  Having said that, I am pretty damn happy with the volume this mascara gives me! My lashes are long, but they are very much lacking in the volume department, and this mascara masks that amazingly.  Huge tick from me – 12/10.

LENGTH: Again, big tick.  This increases the length of my lashes without clumping them together, something that is a rare find, particularly in drugstore mascaras.  I think it’s something to do with the shape of the brush (Maybelline calls it their first “super-loading brush”), whatever it is it’s working.


COLOUR: I’m not really sure what the difference between regular black mascara and “leather black” mascara is, to be honest.  Is it more matte? Their website just says it will give you “leather black intensity”…which gives me zero information on what that means and I remain at a loss, oh well.  So, it’s black, it’s got great pigmentation and I have nothing negative to say about the colour.

PRICE: At AU$19.95, it’s not the cheapest mascara on the market, but it’s not going to break the bank. Worth the price, in my opinion.

RECOMMEND?: Hell yes.  This is a massive call, but I think I may prefer this over the Benefit They’re Real…don’t believe me? Try it out for yourself. Aussies can buy their’s here.

Have you tried the regular The Colossal mascara by Maybelline? How do you think it compares to the Leather Black version? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

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