Posts tagged ‘skin care’

March 29, 2014

Product Review: Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Care Pack

My skin has been moody lately, and I’m blaming it on the change of weather. I’ve had dry patches popping up on my forehead but the skin on my cheeks and nose seems to be staying as oily as always. My skin needed some heavy duty moisturizing, and I found it in the form of the Weleda Iris Hydrating Range. I’m a huge fan of the almond range from Weleda, so I was excited to try these products out. I expected the scent to be a heavy floral, but both the day and night cream have a light citrus-floral fragrance that I quite like. Now, despite my face being quite dehydrated, the day lotion is too much for me to wear during the daytime due to the jojoba oil content. Having said that, I feel like this lotion would be a Godsend for the truly dry skinned girls out there. I’ve been wearing both the day and night cream in the evening, and I love the luxurious feeling of applying the night cream after my Clarisonic. Both of the creams contain nourishing oils (day: jojoba, night: almond), with the night cream containing shea and cocoa butter for additional softness. If you’re in the market for a heady duty hydrating cream, either one or both of these are definitely worth checking out. The Weleda Iris Hydrating Facial Care Pack retails for $49.90 AUD (currently $37.40 as the duo pack is 25% off until the end of march), and is available for purchase from Weleda online (please note: this product was sent for consideration for review). Additionally, in March/April you can save 25% when you purchase the One-Step Cleanser & Toner, and in April/May you can purchase the Wild Rose Smoothing Day Cream and receive the Wild Rose Smoothing Night Cream free.
November 23, 2013

Product Review: Jurlique Chamomile Soothing Mist

Summer is creeping in like the hateful little goblin that it is, and I’m starting to think about my warm weather skin care arsenal. The most obvious necessity is sunscreen, but a soothing facial mist comes in at a close second for me. With this in mind, I headed to the Jurlique counter with the intention of picking up one of their rose facial mists as a little treat for myself. I saw this little beauty sitting on the shelf and was curious about it, so I tried it out on my face. Guys, this face mist smells like froot loops. Froot loops. I could probably end this review there, because what else do you really need to know? Aside from that amazing element, this mist is lovely and is probably the most soothing face mist I’ve ever tried. It’s light and refreshing, and the chamomile really seems to help settle my skin. The Jurlique Chamomile Soothing Mist retails for $35 AUD and can be purchased online from Adore Beauty.
October 19, 2013

Current Skin Care Routine

I remember asking my mum a little while ago what her skin care routine entailed. When she told me that it was basically NOTHING, I was shocked because I couldn’t imagine doing so little to help my skin. But HEY GUYS GUESS WHAT. My new skin care routine is so low key that it’s practically nothing. And my skin is loving it. Is this terrible? Probably. But hey, if my skin isn’t complaining, I’m not going to stop what I’m doing. Not a lot has changed since my last skin care routine post, I’m still really liking the Paula’s Choice product range, and I recently switched back to an old (non Paula’s) product to try and finish it up and it was a horrible experience. It really helped me realise how much I love Paula’s range and how gentle all of her products feel on my skin.

My current regime includes the following products:

Clarisonic Face Brush (w/ sensitive brush head) – It took me a while to figure out the best way to make the Clarisonic work for my skin. I now use it twice a week with the Paula’s Choice Hydralight Cleanser. If I use it any more than twice a week my skin tends to flare up a little bit. You can read my full review of this product here.

Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil – I received this deluxe sample as a gift with purchase from Sephora, and have been using it as a neck treatment a few nights a week. It feels really nice on my skin and is scent-free (which I prefer when it comes to skin care), so I’m really enjoying using it at the moment.

Origins GinZing Eye Cream – I normally grow tired of eye creams after using them for a couple of weeks, but I’m still really liking this one from Origins. I use this morning and night as an under-eye treatment. You can read my full review of this product here.

Nivea Fragrance Free Face Wipes – I use these every night after I hop out of the shower, to remove any remaining traces of makeup and to cleanse my skin. These particular wipes have a drier formula than most, which I really like because I feel like they work better on my skin than the ones that leave some residue after use. You can read my full review of this product here.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One-Step Cleanser – I use this cleanser every morning while I’m in the shower, and it’s so lovely and gentle on my skin. I love the way that my face feels after using this, it’s one of those great products that cleans the skin well but doesn’t leave it feeling stripped or irritated in any way. This is my new holy grail face cleanser.

Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner – Well, I think it’s safe to say my ol’ crater pores are not going anywhere any time soon, but a girl can dream. I started using this toner every day once my Hydralight bottle had run out, and I l-o-v-e it. It’s fragrance-free, and feels very gentle on my skin. Perfecto.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 8% AHA Gel & 2% BHA Liquid – Alright, I gotta get real for a second. I have very little idea as to what AHAs & BHAs do for my skin. Regardless, I forge ahead and use both of these products occasionally on my face because I just love dabbling with putting various acids on my face. I alternate between these two products, depending on what I feel like my skin needs at the time.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture-Infusing Lotion – Moving past the death-smell of this moisturiser, it’s one of the best I’ve ever used. It’s a lightweight lotion but feels very moisturising on my skin, and it provides just enough hydration to keep my oily-prone skin fresh without overloading it. This is my second tube of the lotion so far, and I can definitely see myself buying more in the future.

August 17, 2013

Product Review: Origins GinZing Eye Cream

Once again I’ll reiterate that I’m not even sure that I like eye cream but hey here we are so lets talk. As a side note: I accidentally write ‘ice cream’ instead of ‘eye cream’ more often than I’d like to admit, but that’s something for my therapist to figure out. I went on an Origins skin care shopping spree a while ago (before falling into a deep and desperate love affair with Paula’s Choice), and this was the eye cream that I picked up to use alongside the products that I purchased. Basically an eye cream needs to do two things for me to think it’s of any benefit; moisturise the skin under my eyes without leaving a greasy residue, and eradicate all under-eye wrinkles and make me look sixteen again OVERNIGHT. Two extremely realistic expectations of a skin care product. So far, this ice cream eye cream manages to tick the first box, and although it hasn’t magically wiped away the lines under my eyes patience is a virtue and I have high hopes for the future. It contains caffeine, ginseng, magnolia extract and natural optic brighteners to, “rapidly wake up, refresh and restore radiance to tired eyes”. As I’ve looked like I’m living off of 2 hours sleep every day since birth, I am yet to see any real radiance restoration around my eye area. Despite this, I quite enjoy using this eye cream and will continue to do so until this little jar runs out. Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream retails for $45 AUD and is available for purchase from Kit Cosmetics.
June 9, 2013

Product Review: Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System

By now I’m sure we’ve all heard of the Clarisonic. It seems to be mentioned time and time again in interviews with models and celebrities talking about what skin care products they use. Yes, even Liv Tyler uses the Clarisonic. So what the hell does the Clarisonic brush do? “The Clarisonic Skin Cleansing System works by using their patented sonic frequency technology to gently massage pores and removing impurities—leaving your skin six times cleaner than if you had washed it by hand!” I don’t know about you guys, but to me that sounds pretty promising. Before I started using this I put the call out on twitter to ask my fellow beauty lovers (aka the girls I can trust for honest beauty advice) how they use their Clarisonic. The responses were varied and I realised that it would take a trial-and-error approach to see how I could make this little machine work best for me. The winning formula for the Clarisonic Mia + my skin = use once every 2-3 days, apply whichever cleansing product I am using directly to my face (rather than the brush head), cut out all other exfoliating products from my skin care routine. I found that when I started using the Clarisonic I was overdoing it, and although my skin didn’t go through a “purge” period, which I’ve heard can happen (though not from any of the girls I asked on twitter); it did seem to get hypersensitive when I was using the brush too often and in conjunction with my regular exfoliation products. Now that I’ve figured out how best to use it, my skin is LOVING it, and my face feels cleaner and smoother than ever. The Clarisonic Mia is waterproof (great if you’re lazy super busy like me and want to multi-task in the shower) and is rechargeable, so you don’t need to worry about having to replace the battery. You will however need to replace the brush head once every 3 months or so and there is a type for every skin condition (I use the sensitive option) which makes this product suitable for all skin types. The Clarisonic Mia Skin Care System is available for purchase for $139 AUD from and comes with a 1 year manufacturers warranty (note: this product was sent for consideration for review).
June 8, 2013

Current Skin Care Routine

I’m really happy with my skin care routine at the moment, so I thought it would be a good time to share the details of the products I’m currently using.

Nivea Fragrance Free Cleansing Wipes: I use one of these wipes every night to remove my makeup before properly cleaning my face. I was using Cetaphil for this purpose for the longest time, but I’ve switched back to these for now.

Clarisonic Mia: I was sent this by the lovely folk at Ry to try out and I am absolutely in l-o-v-e with this little contraption. I’ll be posting a full review of it soon so stay tuned.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight One Step Face Cleanser: I have to give a massive shout out to Beatideas for putting me on to the Paula’s Choice range of products, because this stuff has done wonders for my skin already. I love this cleanser, it’s very gentle on my skin, leaves me with no redness, and somehow managed to help keep all hormonal spots at bay this month. Success.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Healthy Skin Refreshing Toner: I’m never really sure what toners do (I mean, I think know what they’re technically supposed to do for the skin) so I usually judge them on how they leave my skin feeling, and this one leaves my face feeling soft and refreshed and hydrated.

Paula’s Choice Hydralight Moisture Infusing Lotion: This is the perfect daytime moisturiser for me, it’s lightweight and doesn’t leave my skin feeling greasy or oily. The only thing I don’t like about it is the smell, which is like a mix between cucumber and a dead body.

Kosmea Organic Rose Hip Oil: Ah, my old faithful. This remains one of my all-time favourite skin care products. I use it 2-3 times a week as a nighttime serum underneath whichever moisturiser I’m using at the time. I know this isn’t for everyone but it always leaves my skin soft and glowy the next day and I love it.

Origins Ginzing Eye Cream: I love this eye cream. It’s nice and thick but sinks into my skin really quickly so I can use it both at night and in the mornings without having to worry about it sitting on my skin for too long. I’m not a huge fan of the open pot packaging. I feel like I might be becoming a bit of a Howard Hughes when it comes to bacteria and germs in general.

Honorable mentions: I’ve been incorporating a few other products into my routine, but am not 100% sure of them yet which is why I haven’t mentioned them in detail. They are: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Pore-Reducing Toner, Paula’s Choice Moisture Boose Hydrating Treatment Cream and Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid.

Note: You can see the details of my previous skin care routine here