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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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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 – Ultimate All-In-One Mascara by Revlon

Honestly, I’m hoping that writing this review will help me make up my mind up about this mascara.  At the moment we have a bit of a love/hate relationship and every time I use it I can’t decide whether to throw it angrily in the bin or make it a holy grail.  It’s all very confusing and emotional and it’s becoming a bit of a toxic relationship…this review is our couples therapy, if you will.

So let’s get cracking!

The Revlon Ultimate All-In-One mascara claims to deliver five benefits in one; volume, length, definition, lift and intense colour.  So how does it live up to these expectations?

Volume: 10/10.  But also 5/10.  Why? Because whilst it has the power to give my spindly lashes the volume of my dreams, it really makes me work for it.

Let me take a moment to talk to you about the stupid brush on this mascara.  WTF Revlon.  The bristley bits are minute, you can barely see them, and if you don’t wipe the majority of the product off on the side of the tube you are going to have clump city on your lashes; huge, massive, black, sticky, clumps that will get errywhere when you try to remove them.

Exhibit A


So, after 5 minutes or so of removing most of the product off the stupid brush, veryveryveryvery carefully applying it to my lashes and then working at it with a clean spooly/eyebrow comb, you get some amazing volume.  I just don’t know if it’s worth getting up 15 minutes earlier for.  Give me a different spooly, Revlon, and then maybe you’ll retain your 10/10 status.

Length: Similar to above, once you get this mascara working the length is about an 8/10.  Your lashes are longer, but it doesn’t happen easily.

Definition: Again, you can achieve this, but you’re going to have to reeeeeeaaaalllly want it and work for it.  Once you’ve done that the definition is amazing! Each lash looks perfect.  Does it happen with the spooly provided? Hell no. That spooly can f*&^ off.  You’ll have to use your own tools to get that what-dreams-are-made-of definition.


Lift: Umm…..yeah? Tbh, I haven’t really noticed this all that much.  So i’ll give it a 6/10.  It’s not like it weighed my lashes down, so there’s that.

Intense Colour: Straight up 13/10 in this criteria.  This is the mostly intensely jet black mascara I own! It is so pigmented! I love me some dark lashes, so it really ticks this box for me.

 

So…the final decision…do I recommend this mascara? As much as this breaks my heart (for some unknown reason) I’m going to have to say no.  The formula is fantastic, but the spooly is a piece of poo that should never have left the brainstorming stage of development.  Did they not try this mascara out before they sold it? Obviously not, because if they had they would have instantly gone “well that spooly is S%^&!” and replaced it with a normal spooly.

Sorry, Revlon, you stuffed up.  If you don’t mind working insanely hard for amazing lashes, then you will love this.  If you don’t feel like taking half the day off to apply your mascara, then this will probably annoy you as much as it did me.

Have you tried any of the other mascaras in Revlon’s “The Mascara Revolution” range? Let us know in the comments below if we should try any of them out!

Stay beautiful, N x

MASCARA MARCH – Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara by Tarte

Aside from the brilliant play of words Tarte used in the name of this mascara (love me a pun), the Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara boasts four major qualities; Tarte says this mascara is ” a lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning mascara infused with olive esters to condition, treat, and protect lashes.”

One coat of Lights Camera Lashes


So how does it deliver on those four promised features?…

Volume: 10/10 on the volume front.  This baby turns it up to 11. I’m not sure how much the primer has to do with it; I have used the mascara on its own before and don’t notice much of a difference with the primer added into the equation.

Length: 8/10. Whilst it’s not the most lengthening mascara I own, it definitely provides dark pigment right to the very tip of my lashes and doesn’t wear off during the day. So all in all, it ain’t bad.

Curl: 12/10. This is my FAVOURITE mascara for giving my short lashes dat curl. I think this would be ideal for anyone that has down-turned or straight lashes as it maintains the curl throughout the whole day.  Add in an eyelash curler and you’ll have curl for days.

Conditioning: ?/10. Tbh, I haven’t noticed any difference in the condition of my lashes at all. Although, I’m not really sure what I’m looking for.  So imma leave this one blank.  It’s not like it made my lashes worse, like they didn’t fall out or anything though so…I look for that quality in a mascara.

(little extra note from me) Colour: This is the blackest mascara I own. All the pigment baby. It is just SO black.  I LOVE IT.

 

Stay tuned for more Mascara March! What is your favourite mascara! We are keen for any recommendations. 

Stay happy, M x

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