Archive for June, 2010

June 19, 2010

Product Review: Lapureté Product Range

As I mentioned recently, I was lucky enough to be sent the Lapureté product range for trial and review. For me, the initial attraction to this brand was definitely due to their all natural approach to skincare. It didn’t hurt that their all product range claimed to provide a natural alternative to Botox! (clinically proven by Monash University) Normally I am quite cynical when it comes to skincare that claims to provide seemingly miraculous results, but their ethical ingredient list was enough for me to want to try this range.

All Lapureté products are carefully selected using the precautionary principle. This principle states the ‘commonsense’ notion that caution be practised where there in uncertainty. As there is mounting evidence as the to potential danger of various synthetic ingredients, all Lapureté products have been formulated free from Parabens, Petrochemicals, Synthetic fragrances, Phalates, Artificial colours & Sodium Lauryl Sulphate.

Mild Crème Facial Cleanser with Okuru

First things first. What is Okuru?

In Western Africa grows a plant the locals call Okuru. The locals have been using the plant for centuries for its high nutritional food value and skin benefits. French scientists have recently made a breakthrough discovery. They found that seeds of the Okuru plant contain a combination of peptides that minimise expression lines in a similar way to Botox®, but are all natural and can be applied topically without the need for invasive injections!

Okuru seems to be the superstar ingredient in the Lapureté range! So, onto the cleanser. It is a super thick cream cleanser that you apply to damp skin and rinse off. I am used to gel cleansers, so I admit that the thick cream took a little getting used to. After rinsing the product my skin felt clean but not ‘stripped’ from the cleansing. There are no added fragrances, so the cleanser smells very subtle. I’m sure none of you know my nanna but the smell reminds me of her. It’s a very gentle cream scent. I like it. This product would be absolutely perfect for those who have sensitive skin, as it is incredibly gentle and all natural. The only thing I didn’t really like about this product is that because I have skin prone to breakout along my jawline, I feel like I need a cleanser with more ‘active’ ingredients to help combat this.

Revitalising Eye Crème with Okuru

This has been my favourite product from the range. The eye cream is thick but not heavy, and sinks into the eye area quickly without leaving any oily residue. I love using this in the morning because it helps keep my eye area hydrated throughout the day. The cream is fragrance free and has no natural scent to it. The product claims to target all signs of ageing around the eye area, and this is where I saw the most results from using this range.

Protective Day Crème with Okuru

The day cream has a thick but lightweight formula that like the eye cream sinks right into the skin. There is no oily residue and the skin looks fresh and hydrated without any sort of greasiness. The cream claims to assist with UVA radiation damage, sagging skin, skin roughness, dull complexion and wrinkles. As I don’t suffer from many of these, I can’t really say how it has helped me out with this sort of damage, but as a daily moisturiser goes – this was lovely. The day cream seems to have the strongest fragrance out of the range, with a hint of sweet pea scent coming through after application.

Replenishing Night Crème with Okuru

This was my second favourite product out of the range. I love a heavy duty night cream, and this was perfect for me. It seems to be a thicker version of the day cream, sinks into skin easily leaving it feeling richly hydrated. One of the more interesting factors of this cream is the inclusion of the ‘Resurrection Plant’. An extract from the Resurrection Plant drenches the skin with intense moisturisation to combat the harsh ageing effects of dry skin. This amazing extract has been clinically proven to provide up to 24 hr moisturisation and has been shown to provide powerful anti-oxidant properties enhancing the skin’s ability to combat environmental damage. (visit the Lapureté site to see an interesting before/after of the resurrection plant) In the morning after using the night creme my face looked fresh and hydrated!

So, does the range provide a natural alternative to Botox? The only real lines I have on my face are around my eyes. (laugh lines, and the crows feet I have from my teenage years where I rallied against having to wear my glasses to read) I can honestly say that after using the Lapureté range for over a month, I feel like the laugh lines at the corners of my eyes seem to have diminished slightly. Obviously I am not expecting miracles, but I can definitely see some sort of difference. The Lapureté ‘Natures Botox Set’ retails for $179.70 and can be purchased from the Lapureté website.

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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?

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!

June 15, 2010

Couch To 5K

I’ve come to the realisation that when it comes to exercise – I need discipline. I need boundaries and a schedule and something to get me off of my butt and into my workout gear. When I leave it up to my own motivation it always tends to fall by the wayside. And this is why the Couch To 5K programme is suiting me perfectly. I am only required to workout 3 times a week (perfect) and with the C25K iPhone application taking the thinking out of the actual workout – it’s all become so easy. All I really have to do is get my butt on the treadmill 3 times a week. And that is definitely possible. The Couch To 5K programme is basically a workout schedule that will have you running 5km’s (easily?) in 9 weeks. Week One is 3 x 30 minute workouts. A 5 minute warm up, 20 minutes of alternating 90 seconds of walking with 60 seconds running, and a 5 minute warm down. If you can remember this, and figure this out for yourself when working out – great! But if you’re like me and prefer to tune out and just let yourself run without thinking, check out the C25K iphone application. You can upload your own playlist so that you can listen to your own music, and there are audio alerts when you need to stop and start running, and when it’s time to warm down. If you are interested or planning on doing this please let me know how you go! I would love to hear about your progress, and how the programme worked out for you!
June 13, 2010

Guest Blog: Winter Beauty Essentials – Kirsten Carriol from Lanolips

Time for our third guest post from another beauty expert regarding their favourite winter beauty essentials. This time, it’s the lovely Kirsten Carriol – creater of the great Australian beauty brand Lanolips.

01: Lanolips 101 Ointment – I really truly do use it for EVERYTHING. Every single night before bed so my lips stay moist, dry nose, children’s dry cheeks and lips and I even add it to my normal moisturiser when my skin is really dry, before bed to wake up with dewy morning skin.

02: My new Lanolips Hand Balm Intense – I use it every night and every morning. Its definitely going to be too rich for some people, but not for me! I love the added rose oil and the protective layer of moisture that it leaves on the hands to keep them soft and hydrated.

03: St Tropez Tan – to make me look alive as I battle through Winter.

My favourite Winter tradition is cooking marshmallows and drinking cognac in front of our new fire pit we bought at Coco Republic a few years ago. So calming. You feel like you are 14 and going camping again.

June 12, 2010

Newsflash: KIT Design Award

Now in its third year, the Kit Design Award 2010 has once again sought the help of one very talented designer to dream up a unique and fresh packaging design under the theme ‘Taking Shape’ to be featured on the Kit Design Award 2010 product. The competition was thrown wide open this year – from students to professionals and from painters to photographers, we put the call out and boy, did they answer. And who can blame them? Up for grabs is juicy prize money, a week’s work experience at frankie magazine, and of course the chance to be featured on some limited edition Kit Cosmetics packaging.

Have you voted? Will you vote? I am heading over to vote now – please do, as you might just win a $500 KIT product pack and a 12 months subscription to Frankie magazine! When you win, feel free to buy me many things. You can vote now at the KIT Design Award website. Good luck!