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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.

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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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Grown Alchemist Skincare Review

I love myself a little luxury. Just the illusion of luxury and I’m a happy chappy. For me Grown Alchemist embodies that feeling. From their simple, too-elegant-to-try-too-hard packaging to the high-quality ingredients I’d always put them up on a pedestal as a brand. We’d had their hand soap and hand cream around the house for years and they are both amaze. So when I finally got around to trying out their skincare range I was a little worried that I was going to be disappointed by my high expectations.

So what did I think?…

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Cleansers

Hydra-Restore Cream Cleanser

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I have dry-combination skin, but this winter the dry side of that equation went to a whole new level. I have no idea why so I’m gonna go ahead and blame global warming, or the economy, or maybe Obama. Whatever the reason, it got dry and my pores became clogged and things on my face were just not going very well! So when I came across a cleanser with the term “hydra-restore” in the name I was obviously going to smother it all over my face and cross my fingers.

It boasts olive leaf extract, B vitamins, yarrow extracts, trace elements of zinc, and polysaccarides and fucoidans from Red Seaweed. The combination of which is deemed to help slow signs of aging, reduce fine lines, hydrate, visibly even skin tone, and reduce pore size! What’s not to love! But does it work?

I was not disappointed. This puppy cleanses, even removing most makeup, but also kept my skin felling supple and hydrated. I also used it in combination with bi-carb soda every 2-3 days as an exfoliator, and it worked really well! However, I saw no change in my signs of aging and, if anything, I think my pores may have become more noticeable. My one issue with cream cleansers is that they sometimes leave my skin feeling weighed down. On particularly dry days this feels nourishing, but on the average day it feels as though my pores are a little clogged, and this came across in the their appearance on my face. It is also AU$36 for 100mL of products, so it’s not cheap.

Did I like it? Yes, I really did. Did I love it? Hmm, I’m going to have to say no, but that I would keep it around for my periods of extreme dryness because it really did help remedy that issue. So if you’re a dry skinned gal or guy, this is probably for you!

 

Gentle Gel Facial Cleanser

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Gel cleansers have a special place in my heart. For no reason other than the fact that I just love the feel of them on my face. Whilst my rant above may not have shown this, I’ve had mixed experiences with cream cleansers. They have, on the whole, been very hydrating, but their cleansing effectiveness often leaves something to be desired. Gel cleansers seem to take that hydration that I so love and long for, but with the added boost of cleansing strength.

This particular gel cleanser is packed with chamomile, bergamont, willow bark, aloe vera, and polyphenols and mucilages from cold pressed rose petals. These ingredients blend to gently remove impurities from the skin without stripping it of natural oils.

Whilst I really did like with cream cleanser, I LOVED the gel cleanser. It was definitely my favourite of the two. Whilst the cream cleanser took two washes to really get makeup off, the gel did it in one go. My skin felt hydrated but also thoroughly cleansed. First possibly the first time in my life I noticed a difference in the appearance of my pores! YIEW! And in combination with bi-carb soda there was also a dramatic difference in my skin tone.

I really cannot rave about his enough. Even at AU$39.95 for 200mL I will still be keeping this in my life forever and ever and ever…I guess it’s time to start auctioning off my future children so I can fund this latest obsession. Does anybody know Rumpelstiltskin’s number?

 

Moisturiser

Hydra-Repair Day Cream

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This moisturising cream contains camellia, rosehip, aloe vera, jojoba oil and mayblossom to help combat hydration issues, softness, appearance and combat stress. Anything that combines my infatuation with rosehip and the term “hydra-repair” was obviously going to end up in my shopping basket.

I used this product in combination with one of Grown Alchemist’s facial oils (see below) and the result was fantastic. This was the luxury I was expecting from this brand. On it’s own it is still a great moisturising cream, but in conjunction with the facial oil it really takes it to another level. It hydrated my poor, dry skin incredibly without leaving my face feeling weighed down by product. The lightweight cream left my skin feeling soft and moisturised all day, something that other products (particularly those that are lightweight) have struggled to do.

Downsides? It is AU$34.95 for 65mL. It lasted me about 2 ½ months with daily use, which isn’t too bad I guess , but that adds up to about $209 a year. My old fave from Sukin is a lot less than that.

So if you can afford it give it a go! But there are other creams that give a similar effect for a lot less money.

 

Serum

Antioxidant Facial Oil: Rosehip & Camellia Seed

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Rosehip oil is one of my great skincare loves. It has transformed the appearance of my skin. So any product with it as a main ingredient is always one I am keen to try. This facial oil by Grown Alchemist is marketed to help hydrate, reduce fine lines, improve appearance, and soften. It did all these things. I used it both on its own (before night cream) in the evening and in conjunction with the moisturising cream (see above) in the morning, and both ways it gave a great result. The most prominent change was in the visible appearance of my skin; it became visibly lightened, rejuvenated and soft.

Some other facial oils, especially the more heavy alternatives, have had me break out initially (or the whole time in one case) but I didn’t experience that with this product. It is lightweight but also packs a punch of hydration. As far as facial oils go the price of this one is, unlike the other Grown Alchemist products so far, about on average at AU$24.95 for 20mL. I’m going to make a very bold claim and say that I may like this oil just as much as my all-time fave Trilogy rosehip oil antioxidant+…and that was not an easy feat.   Good job Grown Alchemist.

 

All in all I really enjoyed my experience with Grown Alchemist’s skincare range! Have you got any other skincare ranges that you would recommend? Let me know in the comments below.

 

Keep smiling, N x

 

 

Sukin Skincare Review

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Earlier this year life got stressful, and my skin just could not deal; it just full-on lost the plot and there were breakouts galore of every variety. Every time one breakout started to clear a whole new problem would arise. Desperate to fix this, I decided to join many, many other beauty bloggers out there and try out rose hip oil. Priceline had a big sale on Sukin products, so whilst I was there I took the opportunity to give my whole skincare regime an overhaul and bought several other products.

Sukin is a great Australian company that develops environmentally conscious and natural personal care products. If you’re interested in cutting out some of those unpronounceable ingredients from your skincare regime, or are just looking to try something new, then keep reading to see my top four favourite Sukin products.

Rose Hip Hydrating Day Cream

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I have now re-purchased this day cream 5 times, and I imagine I will continue to do so for a very long time yet. It’s fantastic! My skin just doesn’t feel quite right if I don’t use this product in the morning.

I have a combination skin type, probably leaning towards the oily side of things, and this moisturiser is wonderful. I use it on it’s own, but I prefer to give it a boost with a drop or two of rose hip oil to really give my skin a moisture hit. Other moisturisers have left me feeling a bit dry by the end of the day, but this baby keeps me going well into the night. It does everything I need my moisturiser to do, without clogging my pores or leaving an oily residue, something I hate with a passion! Well done, Sukin, well done.

http://www.sukinorganics.com/Product/Face-Care/48/Rose-Hip-Hydrating-Day-Cream

For those of you out there with dry skin, both M and my bestie (two dry skinned gals) have found that this cream just didn’t do enough for them.

 

Moisture Restoring Night Cream

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I AM SO IN LOVE WITH THIS PRODUCT.

If you need a new night cream, or even if you don’t, get in the car immediately and get to your nearest Sukin stockist because you need this product in your life.

Its consistency is so omg-this-is-so-heavenly-on-my-skin-i-might-die that I almost want to start my whole night time skin care regime all over again just so I can repeat this step.

I use this night cream both on its own or after applying rose hip oil, and both ways it works wonders. My skin is glowing the next morning, and who doesn’t love waking up with a stunning complexion? Nobody, that’s who.

Get this. Like, now. You’ll be glad you did.

http://www.sukinorganics.com/Product/Face-Care/Moisturise/5/Moisture-Restoring-Night-Cream

 

Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil

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You’ve probably heard of the wondrous super-product that is rose hip oil by now, but if you haven’t listen up. This stuff is incredible! This is the product I put down as saving my skin from the disaster-stage that was early 2014, it transformed my dull, dry-as-the-desert-in-some-areas-an-oily-mess-in-others skin in just days! Anyone that sticks around long enough will hear we raving about how much I love rose hip oil. Both M and I use it daily, and we’ve been converting friends and family along the way. Our mum recently jumped on the bandwagon and almost instantly started getting compliments on her complexion.

One of my closest friends found it made her very sensitive skin break out, so just be aware it may not be aware.

But if it does work for you, you are in for some amazing changes! Add rose hip oil to your skincare routine for some amazing results. Get ready for compliments, ladies!

http://www.sukinorganics.com/Product/Rose-Hip-Oil/68/Certified-Organic-Rose-Hip-Oil-50ml
(I’ll be doing a full post of different rose hip oils soon, so keep an eye out!)

 

Antioxidant Eye Serum

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I’m going to be honest, I did not see quick results from this product. I’ve used other eye creams and serums that have given me visible results relatively quickly, and this one just wasn’t doing that. I was just about ready to give up on it and swap back to a chemical-filled quick-results eye cream, when this bad boy started doing its thang. And it’s amazing.

This eye serum is somehow both incredibly creamy and super lightweight at the same time. I don’t know how it does that but it is awesome. I plan on having the eyes of a 25 year old until I am 90, and I think this product is going to help me along with that goal without all the harsh ingredients of other brands. Endless youth come at me.

Big thumbs up from me!

http://www.sukinorganics.com/Product/Face-Care/Moisturise/37/Antioxidant-Eye-Serum

 

Have you tried any other Sukin products? Comment below with suggestions for what I should try next.

-N x

Milk & Co. First Impressions & Review

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Any skincare brand of Australian heritage that was developed by a Balinese princess and Michael Klim is already half way to having me thoroughly intrigued and impressed. Being a keen swimmer when I was younger, Klimmy (an Australian swimming legend) was somewhat of an idol to me. His stunning wife, Lindy, is a Balinese princess/model. Princesses are awesome, enough said.

When I came across a sale on Milk & Co. products I used it as an opportunity to grab a couple of items for myself (pretty keen to have the glorious skin of a Balinese princess tbh), as well as a couple for my dad for Fathers’ Day (cause let’s face it, dad isn’t going to buy skincare on his own). I have been using them on and off for a couple of months now, and here I am to let you know my thoughts so far.

 

Face Cleanser 150mL

Overall impression: I like!

It’s a gel-like consistency initially (something I really like for some reason) but then foams up on your face. Usually I’m not a huge fan of foaming cleansers, I feel like they dry my skin, but not this one! The geranium oil, ylang ylang, and extracts of hibiscus and turmeric leave my skin feeling fresh and supple but also moisturized.

It has a beautiful scent that instantly transports me to a lovely day spa somewhere tropical. I will add, M absolutely hates the scent. Like couldn’t get it off her face fast enough. It is quite strong, which I love but perhaps give it a smell before purchasing in case it disagrees with you also.

This product has me weirdly excited to wash my face. I don’t look like a Balinese Princess/model quite yet, but give it time guys, give it time.

If you’re keen to give it a go you can pick it up here: http://www.milkandco.com.au/facecleanser

 

Rejuvenating Masque 100g

There’s nothing in life that makes me feel more like “a grown up” than donning a facemask. According to every American chick-flick ever made, this is what the cool kids do at sleepovers and adults do before hot dates the world over. Well, females anyway. My point is I love me a facemask.

This one is truly lovely. The mask looks and feels like a clay mask initially, but having scanned the ingredients and the website turns out it’s not! The ingredients of fruit extracts, vitamin e and green tea extract work to exfoliate the skin whilst also moisturizing. I have used this mask almost once a week and it always gives my tired skin a much-needed boost!

It recommends on the packaging to couple the facemask with a relaxing bath and candles, and I took this advice very seriously. At night after a long day of procrastinating I put on the facemask, pour a bath and relax. We don’t have any candles, which is very upsetting but the mask never disappoints.

If you’re keen to feel grown up and rejuvenated grab yours here:

http://www.milkandco.com.au/rejuvenatingmasque

 

I am so happy with my first try of Milk & Co. products and very keen to try more! What products have you tried? Any recommendations?

 

– N x

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