Archive for June 17th, 2010

June 17, 2010

Project 10 Pan – Completed

I embarked on Project 10 Pan at the beginning of April this year, and have finally finished! Here is my completed product list:

Makeup
01: NARS Lipgloss in Chihuahua
02: NARS Lipgloss in Sweet Revenge
03: Dr Brand Pores No More
04: Benefit Eye Con
05: Stila Lip Glaze in Cranberry

Skincare
01: Jurlique Rosewater Balancing Mist
02: Dermalogica Active Moist
03: Dermalogica Precleanse
04: Nivea Extra Gentle Eye Makeup Remover
05: Trilogy Organic Rose Hip Oil
06: Dermalogica Skin Prep Scrub
07: Trilogy Vital Moisturising Cream
08: Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
09: NARS Skin Balancing Moisture Lotion
10: Clinique Moisture Surge

Haircare
01: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle
02: Terax Crema Conditioner
03: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle
04: Loreal Preference High Shine Colour Conditioner
05: Kerastase Expanseur Extra-Corps
06: Pantene Nourished Shine Conditioner
07: Wella System Professional Repair Shampoo
08: Wella System Professional Repair Cream
09: Kerastase Micro-Voile Protecteur
10: Pantene 3 Minute Miracle

I have quite a few Dermalogica products that I want to re-purchase, and a couple of items from MAC that I have been holding out on buying for a while but after that I am thinking of starting up another no-buy type of challenge. If I do, I’ll be sure to post about it! How are those of you who are participating in Project 10 Pan going? Has anybody else finished? If so, how long did it take you?

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June 17, 2010

Q&A with Peter Vranes of Lapureté

Recently, (via Twitter of all places) I was introduced to exciting new natural Australian skincare brand Lapureté. I was lucky enough to receive their amazing range to trial and review – and I will post my thoughts soon. In the meantime, here is an insightful question & answer session with brand founder Peter Vranes.

First of all, can you tell us a little bit about Lapureté and the concept of the brand?

With the rise of Botox, we could see that there was a growing demand from the public for treatment of wrinkles. We felt that there had to be a better alternative than sticking needles in your face and injecting a toxin. We put a team together and spent a lot of time researching available and new treatments. We came across a plant in Western Africa called Okuru that the locals have been using for centuries as a nutritional food and for its skin benefits. The locals are known for their beautiful skin. The science behind Okuru was discovered by French scientists who found that peptides (called ogliopeptides) in the plant penetrate the skin and work in a similar way to Botox by minimising muscle contractions – the cause of wrinkles. Monash University heard about Okuru and performed their own independent clinical trials to test whether it really works. They found that not only does it work, but the average participant in the trial had a 27% reduction in expression lines after only 4 weeks. Lapurete treats more than just wrinkles. There are natural actives, like Okuru, that target sagging skin, eye bags, dark cirles, age spots, dry skin, enlarged pores and UVA damage.

How do your products fill a need in the industry?

Botox is growing by 30% per annum in Australia, however with the growth of Botox there are more people looking for an alterantive. Lapureté provides the solution by not only effectively treating wrinkles, but also other skin concerns to provide a more youthful appearance than just Botox alone. The range is made with natural ingredients without any parabens or petrochemicals so it is not only effective, but safe to use as well. As a Chemical Engineer, the purity of the range is something that i am very passionate about.

What are your thoughts on the difference between holistic and technologically advanced skin care?

Traditionally these have been mutually exclusive. Either a customer would purchase a natural skin care line that was pure and safe to use, but lacked anti-ageing efficacy, or they would purchase a synthetic range with potentially good efficacy, but contained ingredients such as parabens and petrochemical derivatives. One of the main dricving forces behind lapurete was the desire to resolve this compromise. We felt that it was possible to have a natural skin care range with as good as or better efficiancy than the top end synthetic ranges. We are pioneering the concept of the natural cosmeceutical in Australia and overseas.

What would be the first product you would recommend people try from your range?

The range is designed to be used as a set. It is a simple 3 step system;

Day: Step 1 – Cleanser. Step 2 – Eye cream. Step 3 – Day cream.

Night: Step 1 – Cleanser. Step 2 – Eye cream. Step 3 – Night cream.

So, the best result is achieved when all the products are used together. For example, there’s no point treating crow’s feet with the eye cream but having no UVA protection for the rest of your face and causing more damage. However, sometimes people only want to try a single product first and that product would depend on what concers them the most.

What is next for Lapureté?

We have another 2 ranges we are devloping at the moment. They are both cosmeceutical and both under the banner of “Nature’s Alternative to Cometic Surgery™”. We have kept them under wraps at the moment until they are launched which will be in the next 12 months.

If you would like to know more about the Lapureté brand; or purchase any of their product range, please visit their website. And stay tuned, as I will be posting my review of the skincare range soon!