Skincare

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: 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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REVIEW: Skinstitut Skincare

Revamping your skincare routine is daunting, but sometimes necessary. Changes in weather, life and generally just skin deciding it’s kinda done with your usual routine, can call for a change of scenery. Not sure where to even start? Well we’ve been doing some testing for you, so you can skip past the trial and error stage and get straight to the radiant skin.

 

We’ve been lucky enough to receive quite a few products from Skinstitut, and have been testing them out over the last few months. We’re finally ready to give you our thoughts on the products we have used so far:

Hydration


 

Moisture Defence

I really liked this moisturiser. I mostly used it with a drop or two of skin oil mixed in (such as rosehip or vitamin e), but even on its own it was quite hydrating.

 

It is advertised as being for normal skin to hydrate, smooth and reduce the appearance of wrinkles through ingredients such as Kakadu plum extract. I don’t think it will work for people with dry skin, it’s too lightweight to really nourish dehydrated skin, but for my combination skin in summer it was perfect. If your skin in oily or normal, I definitely recommend giving this a go.

 

Multi-Active Oil

Firstly, this stuff smells amazing. I would use it as a perfume as I could. I’ve noticed a huge difference after incorporating this into my skincare routine. Just as Skinstitut promises, there has been visible improvement in the radiance in my skin, to the point that I was once mistaken for wearing foundation when I was bare skinned! WHAT! GUYS THAT’S THE DREAM!

 

This stuff is brilliant and I’ll definitely be purchasing it in the future.

 

Age Defence SPF 50+

I am pretty much always on the lookout for new sun protectant option for my pasty pasty skin, so this definitely piqued my interest. Skinstitut advertises this as a 2hr water resistance, broad spectrum sunscreen that will protect against UVA an UVB rays whilst hydrating and boosting your skin with antioxidants.

 

It did stop me from getting sunburnt, for longer than two hours. I wore it on bushwalks and at the beach, as well as under makeup on long days in the sun and it did its job. My skin felt hydrated and protected. However, as can happen with suncreams, it made my skin break out a bit. Nothing major, but there was one whopping pimple that would not go away, and that made me not want to use this product again. If you have seriously dry skin this is probably for you.

 

Multi-Active Mist

This has become a new obsession. I have kept this in my handbag through the long Sydney summer since the day that I got it. I apply it morning and night (and let’s be honest, throughout the day) and instantly feel more fresh and hydrated! This is bomb. You need it.

Cleansers

 

L-Lactic Cleanser

I love trying out new cleansers, and this one was quite different! It looks like a gel but feels quite creamy, odd, but I liked it. I went through this quite fast as it came flowing out of the tube quite fast, a fact that I seemed to forget every single day and resulted in me using far more than was necessary.

 

It is boasted as hydrating, exfoliating and refining your skin in one step, and I think it did just that…mostly. The exfoliation is obviously not going to be as dramatic as a scrub, but it did smooth my skin. I also sometimes used it with my cleansing brush and it worked really well that way too. As for taking off makeup, it is a champ! And I always love a cleanser that removes my makeup in one go.

 

All in all, big thumbs up from me!

 

Glycolic Cleanser 12%

(NB: Skinstitut does not recommend this product for irritated or sensitive skin)

I have already gone through one of these and, considering the size of the tube, I think that is quite the feat! I can feel it tingling (but nothing too harsh) on my face straight away and my skin looks brighter and more even in appearance when I use it. I find that I can use it every day, even thought I have very dry skin, as it helps to remove the dry skin cells that can sometimes clog my pores and leave me looking extremely dull.

 

Skinstitut also recommends using this as an overnight spot treatment on any stubborn blemishes, which I haven’t tried yet but I am definitely keen to give it a go! I am on my second tube and can’t see myself stopping any time soon.

 

Exfoliants


Glycolic Scrub 14%

(NB: Skinstitut does not recommend this product for irritated or sensitive skin)

Skinstitut claims that this scrub helps with skin renewal and unclogging pores with ingredients such as Glycolic acid, jojoba beads and tea tree oil. Does this happen in real life?

 

Like the Glycolic cleanser you can feel the scrub working away as soon as you apply it, my favourite way to use this is to gently massage it into my face, shoulder and décolleté and leave it for a bit whilst I do something else. It’s already helped massively with some small stubborn whitehead on my shoulders and I’ve only been using this for a week.

 

Masks


Hydrating Mask

I love using this mask as a quick pick-me-up. Because you only need to keep it on for ten minutes, it’s a quick and easy way to incorporate a mask into a busy and stressful day. After I remove it, my skin feels more bouncy (for lack of a better word) and refreshed. I’ve already given this as a gift and would definitely purchase one in the future.

 

 

Enzymatic Micro Peel

I’m normally quite cautious that have ‘peel’ in the name, as I’ve had bad experiences as looking like a lobster the day after. As I cautiously applied this peel for the first time, I noticed straight away that this would be different; it’s so gentle, yet you can still feel it working, and I do notice that my skin is brighter after use.

 

I’ve only used this a handful of times as I was so cautious when we first received it but I can definitely see myself continuing to use it from now on.

 

 

A huge thank you to Elise Garland Public Relations and Skinstitut for these products. We are so lucky to have received these products, however all of our opinions are our own; we pride ourselves on our honesty.

 

Stay beautiful, N & M x

Empties: November 2016

I don’t know about you, but I love an empties post. They seem so honest and informative! If you want to see what I thought about the products I have finished and whether or not I would repurchase them, keep on reading.

 

Hair 

Cedel Dry Shampoo


This is not the first time I’ve used this dry shampoo and I doubt it will be the last. Is it my favourite dry shampoo I’ve ever used? No. Having said that, it is affordable, readily available at most supermarkets/Priceline/pharmacies and it does the job. The only two things I don’t love about it is the white cast it gives off (which can be frustrating on darker hair) and that it doesn’t leave me with run-my-fingers-leisurely-through-my-locks softness. But, really no dry shampoo does that and, like I said, it cleans my hair.

 

Repurchase? I’d say so.

 

Bumble and Bumble Prep


I’m really very lazy when it comes to doing my hair. I find it time consuming and frustrating and I’m just not very good at it. So, naturally, my blow-drying routine normally consists of me flipping my hair upside down and waving the hair dyer around until it’s dry enough.   This prep spray has my lazy routine looking like I’ve had a professional blowout. Thick, luscious volume. If you have pancake hair like me, get this in your life.

 

Repurchase? ASAP.

 

Skin

La Roche Posay Thermal Spring Water


I honestly don’t even know how I came to have this in my draw. I’m assuming at some point it came free with another La Roche Posay product as it’s certainly not something I would normally bother spending my money on. Having said that, I really enjoyed using this both as a toner and as a refresher on long-haul flights. But, to be honest, it’s water in a can and you can find much more affordable alternatives.

 

Repurchase? Nah. Well, maybe if I’m feeling fancy.

 

The Fix Coffee Scrub


We are Tassie girls, born and bred, and we love to support local brands, businesses and communities. So when we saw this coffee scrub at a twilight market, as both Tasmanians and avid coffee scrub enthusiasts, we snatched it right up. It’s available from their Etsy page and makes a really awesome gift (it was our gift of choice for friends and family in 2015).

 

In comparison to say the Frank coffee scrub it is less…moist (sorry, I hate that word too).   At first I thought this meant it would be less moisturising, but it was equally as moisturising, it just left our bath tub less slippery. So it was actually a plus! It also smells like peppermint. Honestly it’s heavenly, get around it.

 

Repurchase? Yes.

 

Skin Republic Foot Peel


I’m going to keep this short and sweet. M has used foot peels in the past (not this brand) that, although completely disgusting, looks fun as hell and left her with the feet of an angel and I wanted in on some of that action. This foot peel promises to remove dead skin in seven days. It has been 3 weeks and I am still sans angel feet. In fact I think they may be worse, just a little peely but with none of the satisfaction that M experienced.

 

Repurchase? Nope. Total waste of $15.

 

NKD Body Scrub – Mint


As mentioned above, we are skin scrub junkies. It is a bandwagon upon which we have well and truly jumped. This scrub from NKD Body is….meh. Don’t get me wrong, it smelled lovely and it exfoliated my skin, it just didn’t do it as well as other products (such as The Fix mentioned earlier). My skin was softer, it just wasn’t “omg you have you feel my leg, isn’t it the softest things you’ve EVER FELT” soft. This scrub may be perhaps suited to people with more sensitive skin.

 

Repurchase? Perhaps as a gift.

 

Michael Todd Intensive Organic Cream Eye Treatment


That is quite the lengthy title for what is essentially an eye cream; An eye cream that I really enjoyed. I saw visible difference in the fine lines around my eyes and mouth (because I apply it there also), it kept my dry skin moisturised all day, and was perfect prep for undereye concealer. If you have oily skin I would steer clear of this product, it sometimes even left my dry skin looking greasy if I used too much product.

 

Having said all of that, I am currently using a cheaper drugstore eye cream that is giving me very similar results for a much smaller price.

 

Repurchase? Perhaps in a sale.

 

Makeup

 

Benefit Fake Up Crease Control Hydrating Concealer


As mentioned in my recent(ish) Travel Makeup Bag post, it is one of life’s great mysteries to me why this concealer is not more popular.

 

As it’s name suggests it both hydrates and conceals my under eyes whilst looking completely natural. It doesn’t highlight, but for everyday that is exactly what I’m after. It is honestly my favourite under eye concealer for every day. If you have dry skin, you have to try this out.

 

I have used it for blemishes when I don’t have any other product on me and, for a short term solution, it worked fine. It is very moisturising so it works best set with powder.

 

Repurchase? I already had a backup.

 

BeautyBlender BlenderCleanser – Liquid


I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think this was worth the money when baby shampoo has been doing a pretty good job for me all this time. I was wrong. This is the only thing that gets my BeautyBlenders/beauty sponges looking like new. It does have a pretty strong scent (which I didn’t notice until Karima McKimmie pointed it out – thanks for that gal!) but if you can get past/don’t mind that then you have to try this out.

 

Repurchase? Yes. However, M tells me that the solid BlenderCleanser is even better and without the scent, so maybe I’ll check that out first.

 

Revlon Lash Potion by Grow Luscious


I have a feeling that this product may be discontinued, but I’m going to review it anyway. Did this make my lashes grow? Nope. Was it a good mascara otherwise? Yeah. It wasn’t the best mascara I’ve ever tried but it was waterproof, a lovely jet black and it did the job at a reasonable price. I definitely used this mascara well past the time where it should have been replaced.

 

Repurchase? I would have if it wasn’t discontinued. I will if I see it in a discount shop.

 

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge


I’m sure I can’t be the only one who had their life transformed by beauty sponges. I am a HUGE fan of the way they apply my foundation. Yes, the OG BeautyBlender is really fantastic, but to be honest, I think I prefer the Real Techniques sponge. It is a bit softer but without soaking up any more product, and I think it just gives a better finish with less effort for me. The only downside and the only reason I am throwing this out (aside from the fact that it is 2 years old and that is disgusting and it probably has diseases by now) is that it tears reeeeaalllly easily. Which is not an issue I have had with any other beauty sponge.

 

Repurchase? Definitely.

 

Have you tried any of these products? We would love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

Stay beautiful,

N x

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