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REVIEW: Biology Skincare – Bare Essentials Travel Kit

I love travel kits and travel-sized cosmetics and skincare in general.  They’re fun and cute and so handy! Knowing which of the many travel-ready products on the market are for you can be tricky! So let me take a little of the guess work out of it for you with a review of the Bare Essentials Travel Kit by Biology Skincare.

THE BRAND

Biology is an Australian body and hair care brand that specialises in “naked formulas” free from harmful chemicals and fillers; “it’s not just about what we put in, it’s about what we leave out”.  I am always keen to try out natural products! If I can overhaul my beauty routine completely and go au natural that would be fantastic! So let’s see how these stood up to the task…

THE PACKAGING

First of all, the packaging is just so damn cute.  I love it.  It’s got a olde timey alchemist vibe about it whilst also being fresh and modern.  How a product is going to look sitting in my bathroom is something I look for! Whether that is vain and pathetic or not.

THE PRODUCTS

The travel kit comes with 5 different products, for hair and body, and will set you back AU$50.

No. 301 Pure Hydration Shampoo & No. 302 Pure Hydration Conditioner


These were, I’ll admit, better than I thought they were going to be! My experience with natural shampoo and conditioners hasn’t been great; I’m usually left with dry and limp hair that tangles easily.  These were a pleasant surprise! Were they the best products I’ve ever used on my hair? No.  But they did the job! My Hair was left clean, somewhat hydrated and tangle free.  As an added bonus they smelled amazing!

Repurchase? For travel, sure! You can get the kit on its own for AU$24 here.

No. 303 Moisture Therapy Body Wash


This was kind of a miss for me. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not that it did anything bad, it just didn’t do anything right either.  My skin was clean, which I definitely want from a body wash, but it also felt dry and tight which is never a nice feeling.

Repurchase? I don’t think so. However, if you would like to try it out you can purchase it on its own in a larger form for $27 here.

No. 304 Moisture Therapy Body Lotion


I wasn’t expecting to like this after my experience with the body wash, but this lotion was lovely! It smelled like lemongrass and was so hydrating and soothing.  I ended up keeping it next to my bed to lather myself up of a nighttime, the scent was so calming and it left my skin feeling soft and supple without feeling sticky.  I actually miss it now that it’s gone!

Repurchase? Definitely! I am keen to try more of the lotions and creams from Biology after loving this so much. You can purchase the body lotion is a larger size on its own for AU$29 here.

No. 305 Moisture Therapy Body Bar

This really surprised me with how well it performed! My armpits in particular loved it; gentle exfoliation whilst maintaining moisture levels had my armpits looking straight out of a deoderant ad! I also randomly used it to clean my makeup brushes when i was in a pinch and boy howdy, it cleaned them AMAZINGLY! So quick and kept them soft, move of sold beauty blender cleanser, there’s a new sheriff in town.

Repurchase? Sure! You can purchase it on its own for AU$12 here.

THE CONCLUSION

Is this something I would consider investing in for travel? Yes! It’s lightweight, the products (for the most part) perform really well, and it looks cute af so that’s always a bonus. I definitely recommend this kit, especially if you’re trying to keep your skincare and beauty routine natural.

You can purchase the travel kit here.

Have you tried any of the Biology Skincare products? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay beautiful, N x

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Goodness Skincare Review

I’m always keen to try out new brands and products and a total sucker for a sale; if something is on sale my chances of buying it increase 10 fold, whether I need it or not becomes irrelevant. So when I spotted Goodness The Beauty Lab skincare range on sale at Chemist Warehouse I, of course, bought a bunch of their products. I am now on the last legs of each of those purchases, so keep reading if you’re keen to hear my thoughts.

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A little side note: Goodness is a New Zealand based company focused on using the ingredient’s mother nature has given us to create great, affordable skincare Check out their website if you want to know more about this great little company! http://www.goodnessproducts.com/About+Us.html .

Every Morning Moisturiser

Photo(3)Finding a moisturiser that is both effective and natural is a pretty hard task. More often than not, by taking out all of those unpronounceable ingredients, something is taken away from the quality. Goodness have done a really great job at combating this! Ingredients such as avocado, coconut oil, and hibiscus and bilberry extracts have created a great moisturiser that works well for daily use on most skin types!

I have combination skin, leaning towards the dry side at this time of year and this products has worked really well on my skin. I have had to pop a drop or two of the Goodness chia seed oil in on particularly dry days, but to be honest I like to do that anyway to give my skin a little extra glow. Because of this I proably wouldn’t recommend it for the dry skinned gals out there, but if you’re oily/combination and looking for an effective yet light weight product then give this a go! http://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/74773/Goodness-Every-Morning-Moisturiser-75ml

Chia Seed Oil

Photo(2)I had really high hopes for this product. I am a huge fan of facial oils, particularly rosehip oil, so when I saw this on the shelf and read the apparent benefits I was hoping to be blown away by my new discovery. Unfortunately I was not.

It boasts excellent hydrating qualities, and that was something I just didn’t see in practice. Other facial oils have given instant results for both hydration and the overall appearance of my skin, and the chia seed oil did neither of these things. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and thought that perhaps it might just take extended use to see results, but after a whole bottle I was just not impressed. My skin was looking dull and less nourished that before I started using the product. I have since swapped back to other oils in combination with other Goodness products, and have already seen a great improvement.

Sorry guys, chia seed oil (in my opinion) is not the new black. Big thumbs down from me. If you don’t believe me you can try it for yourself: http://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/74771/Goodness-Certified-Organic-Chia-Seed-Oil-20ml

Every Evening Cream

PhotoThere are not too many things in life that I enjoy more than a good night cream. Lathering on a gorgeous moisturiser all over a tired face after a long day is on of my very favourite feelings. I have always been pretty loyal to my Sukin night cream, always gravitating back after trying other products, but I do believe it may have met its match!

The Goodness night cream is amazeballs. It feels truly luscious on the skin, a little bit goes a long way (something I have found with all their products) and leaves the skin feeling super hydrated without feeling oily. Chia seed oil, coconut oil, avocado and honeysuckle flower extract combine to create a truly sumptuous product and really packs a punch on tired skin. It is even slightly more creamy and hydrating than my old Sukin fave.

If I’m going to nit-pick, the only thing that perhaps has it in second place to the Sukin alternative is the price tag, at $13.69 for 60mL vs. $13.69 for 120mL (all prices from Chemist Warehouse). Other than that I am a huge fan of this night cream!

http://www.chemistwarehouse.com.au/buy/74772/Goodness-Every-Evening-Cream-60ml

 

Have you tried any of the Goodness Natural Beauty Lab range? What are your thoughts?

-N x

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