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Review: Lily Loves Pearl Purifying Gel Cleanser

I would like to introduce you to a cleanser I have been enjoying for the past three months, ever since I bought it. It is no secret I am totally in love with Lily Loves Pearl's Hyper Hydrate Moisturiser, so when it came time to make another order for my mother and myself, I ordered this cleanser to try, as as much as I love my Kora cleanser, it can be a tad drying night after night. I was curious to the consistency of it, as I hadn't used a gel cleanser before, and the ingredient list was composed of botanical extracts and oils. I was worried that it might dry out my skin, as gel cleansers are notoriously known for being a tad drying.

I use this cleanser every night except for the rare occasion when I am wearing heavy makeup and require something heavy-duty to remove the gunk off my face. It removes my mineral powder makeup and sunscreen with ease luckily though, as it is my go-to look. I massage two pumps of this into my damp face with my hands for a few minutes, and then rinse clean. It leaves my face feeling so soft and comfortable, and I don't get that stripped feeling or it doesn't leave residue; two big issues I have found with cleansers. My skin feels happier and healthier with this cleanser. It's a keeper!

Price: $36 for 100ml OR $56 for 200ml

Ingredients: Love, Certified Organic Calendula extract, Certified Organic Chamomile extract, Certified Organic Olive leaf extract, Certified Organic Glycerine, Coco glucoside, Certified Organic Guar gum, Citrozine (Orange extracts) Certified Organic Lavender oil, Certified Organic Bergamot oil, Certified Organic Rose Hip oil, Certified Organic Jasmine extract, Certified Organic Mandarin oil, Certified Organic Rose Otto, Certified Organic Neroli essential oil.

Buy it here: Lily Loves Pearl website

Kora Organics Recovery Eye Gel Cream and Purifying Day and Night Cream Empties/Review

In the spirit of keeping things totally honest on my blog (as all my reviews are!), I decided to write a combined empties/review post on two Kora Organics products I have used up, which are the Recovery Eye Gel Cream, and the Purifying Day and Night Cream.

Purifying Day and Night Cream: This was actually my second attempt at Kora's moisturisers. I had initially purchased the Soothing Day and Night Cream and had a terrible experience with it, but I was so convinced that I had just brought the wrong moisturiser for my skin type, I gave it away and brought the Purifying one. The first couple of nights I used it I noticed that my forehead and temples felt particularly tight after using the product, and it was as though the moisturiser was just sitting on top of my skin. Sure enough, over time my face was so dry it was flaking, and it felt so uncomfortably dry that even rosehip oil couldn't soothe it. It developed a rough texture and I think that because it was so dry, it had started to produce excess oil and my acne flared up terribly. I am so terribly disappointed in the quality of these moisturisers as I had heard rave reviews about them, and each one cost $60. I gave the Soothing cream to my friend, and resorted to using the Purifying cream as a body moisturiser to simply use it up.

Recovery Eye Gel Cream: This was actually my first experience with an eye product, so needless to say I had high hopes for this product. Unfortunately, this product failed to deliver. I used it every night for two weeks, and noticed that it was making my eye area tight and dry, and I was rapidly sprouting milia. Before using this product, I had two or three, but by the end of two weeks, I had at least ten. I ended up just using this product up anyway I could, avoiding my face.

In the end, I think I learnt from this experience that even if a product has rave reviews, you should still do your own research and try not to buy into all of the hype. I could have potentially saved myself a lot of money (haha!).

I purchased my Kora products from RY.com.au 

Christmas Wishlist

I have compiled a list of products that have been on my radar lately, and that would also make great Christmas gifts for your loved ones!

Flight Skincare Camellia Face Treatment ($62), and Acai Firming Plant Mask ($42) - I haven't just fallen in love with the idea of these products, but instead the whole line. I love a good mask and face oil, but think all of Flight's products look great! I can't decide what I want to try first!

Aromatherapy Personals Anxiety Relief ($20) - I have a health condition which causes my body to be constantly stuck in the fight-or-flight response, which amongst other things, means that I am constantly anxious. I am a big fan of essential oils for helping me relax and unwind, and I love that this is in a convenient roll-on.

Herbivore Botanicals Blood Orange Lip Butter ($14.95) - Blood Orange flavour and only four ingredients? Count me in!

Osmia Organics Oh So Soap ($12) - There are many Osmia products that I have my eye on, but this one looks like it would be perfect for my sensitive skin. I love moisturising soaps, and this looks like a great alternative to the goats milk soap I am currently using.

May Lindstrom Skin The Honey Mud ($80) - I ordered this the first day of pre-orders, but living in Australia means I will be waiting a little while longer to get my hands on this one. But good things are worth waiting for, right?

My First Empties Post!

I have always been interested in empty product posts by other blogs, as it gives me insight as to whether someone loved a product so much they used it down to the last drop, or whether it became one of those products they hated and left hidden in a cupboard, only to be frustratingly used up when budgets became tight or purchase guilt took over. I guess it satisfies the curious side in me. So here goes, my three most recently squeezed-out skincare items.

1. Lily Loves Pearl Hyper Hydrate Moisturising Cream
I have waxed poetical about this cream here, but I have to emphasize that this is the only moisturiser that I have repurchased 5 times since discovering it. And will buy it as long as it is available. In fact, I even open up the empty pump bottle and scrape out any remaining traces of cream with a cotton bud. Yeah, it's THAT good.

2. Australian Organics Exfoliating Body Scrub
I don't know if this scrub is still available, as I brought it at a reject store for two dollars (!), which makes me sad as I loved the natural peppery smell this scrub left on your hands and body after using it. I never thought I could love the smell of pepper in skincare, and I adore any product that can change my opinion on scent.

3. Trilogy Rosehip Oil
This oil began my relationship with oils of all kinds. I use it under moisturiser on my face, or all over my body. Deliciously hydrating, with a finish that doesn't leave your skin oily feeling, just deeply moisturised. This is the third bottle I've finished. Expect an overdue review soon.

Review: May Lindstrom Skin

artisanal. epicurean. euphoric concoctions for the beauty gourmand.
Formulated for results and unparalleled pleasure. Radical. Earth positive. Sublime luxury direct from the source. May Lindstrom Skin inspires you to take your self-care routine to a new zenith of delight and indulgence. As a catalyst for decadent skin-care rituals, we invite you to create the time and space for the personal connection you deserve.
Get into your skin. 
This review is long overdue, as I have been using May's products for over 7 weeks now, but I just kept hesitating as I went to publish as I wanted to make sure that these products received the full credit they deserve.
Cleanse/Exfoliate: The Clean Dirt

Thoughts: I fell in love with this product at first smell. How often is it that you can catch a glimpse of a product's scent and it brings back memories of Christmas? It smells like spice and cinnamon cookies! Is it okay to admit that I find myself opening this during the day just to smell the sweet cinnamon and ginger aroma? I have been using this twice weekly as an exfoliant after I cleanse, and occasionally leave it on a bit longer as a mask. I have always had a one-sided love affair with exfoliant products: I love the gritty clean feeling you get from using them but my acne-prone skin is left totally irritated. Not with this product. My skin feels so happy, and is left softer and glowing more than I have ever felt or seen it. Since using this I have had no desire to use another exfoliant. As I was running low on my sample I brought the full-size so I wouldn't have to be without this product.

Hydrate: The Youth Dew

Thoughts: Evokes a natural radiance in your skin that you have never seen before. I use this facial oil after cleansing, massaging a few precious drops all over my face, and using an extra drop for my under-eye area. Sometimes I apply moisturiser over the top in areas that seem extra dry, but this is the first facial oil I have tried that seems enough weight on its own (a tip on applying: mist your face beforehand as the oil will spread nicely on damp skin).  For those without super-dry skin, this oil could be used alone. Used regularly, I feel like this oil, over time, could balance my hormonal skin whilst providing an extra source of hydration in areas where needed (ie: dehydration lines on forehead, eep).

Treat: The Problem Solver

Thoughts: Provides an intense tingle (like the kind you get when you know a product is working). I let it sit for 45 minutes as per the instructions and rinse it off with just warm water. And I am left with even softer skin than when I use the Clean Dirt. My skin just glows. And consider me addicted (I had to buy the full-size). I use this product now every couple of weeks, and I have had amazing results. You know a product is exceptional when you are divided between sharing with the world, or keeping it hush as your own personal beauty secret. Blemish zapping, glow-inducing, softening, what more could a girl want?
Lavish: The Good Stuff

Thoughts: I fell in love with this oil at first sight. There is something so luxurious about this golden liquid. My skin drinks up this incredibly irresistible potion, leaving my skin hydrated and happy. I am positively addicted to this oil, and even confess to smelling my skin throughout the day. I never thought I would use the words 'oil' and 'sexy' in a sentence together, but there is something so sensual about this potion. This oil is the one (!) that has me falling in love with body oils all over again.

Is it possible to love one line of products so much? I know many will hesitate due to the price ($60-120), but I honestly think that they are affordable when you factor in how long they actually last, the quality of the ingredients, the benefits to your skin, and the ability to create a quiet time in your day where you can pause and provide some much needed self-care. I love all four of the products in May's line and am excited to try her soon to be released 'The Honey Mud' and 'Blue Cocoon'.
Visit May Lindstrom's website here.

Review: Everescents Organic Cinnamon & Patchouli Deep Treatment

Since the transition to natural skincare I have been on the hunt for a natural deep conditioning treatment. I love using coconut oil but I also love the ease of applying a hair mask, letting it penetrate for as long as I have time for (read: at least half an hour), then rinsing it out with ease (coconut oil can leave residue if you aren't especially careful with rinsing it out). Just imagine my excitement when I discovered one that was available in Australia, is Australian made, is cruelty-free, and smells like cinnamon?

Meet Everscents Organic Cinnamon and Patchouli Deep Treatment. This conditioning treatment will renew the relationship you have with your hair. With healthy hair boasting ingredients like certified organic herbs and essential oils, you can be assured that you are providing your hair with nature's best. Containing vetiver, which increases blood flow, hydrates dry scalps, and can relieve headaches, and cinnamon, which stimulates circulation, aids in tissue regeneration, and can improve energy. I know a product's scent is a subjective thing, but I don't think anyone will be able to deny that cinnamon is definitely the most notable scent in this product. After rinsing it out you can still faintly smell it, so if you aren't a big cinnamon fan you probably won't like it. If you are though, like me, you will loveee it. I use this not just as a treatment, but as a conditioner as my hair is super dry. It leaves it smelling beautifully and super soft. Overall I am really happy with this natural hair mask, and I recommend it to everyone.

Ingredients: Aqua** (purified water), Cetearyl Alcohol** (plant derived thickener), Vegetable Glycerin** (moisturiser), Sorbitol** (moisturiser), Behentrimonium Methosulfate** (mild detangling agent derived from canola), Cetyl Alcohol** (plant derived emulsifier), Betula Alba Extract* (Birch), Equisetum Arvense Leaf Extract* (Horsetail), Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract* (Rosemary), Sage Officinalis Leaf Extract* (Sage), Tilia Cordata Flower Extract* (Linden), Urtica Dioica Extract* (Nettle), Achillea Millefolium Extract* (Yarrow), Vanilla Planifolia Fruit Oil* (Vanilla), Vetiveria Zizanoides Root Oil* (Vetiver), Pogostemon Cablin Oil* (Patchouli), Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Oil* (Cinnamon), Butylene Glycol** (naturally derived humectant), Herbal Active™ **, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil** (Tea Tree).
* Certified Organic ingredient ** Naturally derived ingredient

Price: 175ml - $24.90
              1L   - $79.95

Check out the Everescents website.

November Wishlist

Wow, November hit us fast. Hopefully Australia is in for some nice weather for once...fingers crossed. Also, Christmas is only a month away, so there's that. Join me in the impossible job of forgetting the impending holidays. Here's November's Wishlist, enjoy!

1. RMS Unpowder: The hype around this product is enough to make me want this product! Poreless skin!
2. Honeybee Gardens Lipstick in 'Superstitious' : The perfect on-trend oxblood lip colour. In love.
3. Yuli Panacea Elixir (or any of their elixirs for that matter...): I keep seeing rave reviews of Yuli products, and I'm thinking I might enter the 'toner mist' battle again to see if this can help with the dehydration lines on my forehead.
4. RMS Lip Shine in 'Sacred': I'm so keen to try RMS products, but as they contain coconut oil (which breaks my face out), this is one of the few I could try (coconut on the lips = great, on the face = acne). Plus, this colour is gorgeous.
5. May Lindstrom Skin 'The Problem Solver': Also dying for her new products to be released, but in the meantime I would love to grab this. May can do no wrong, and this product leaves my skin feeling as soft as butter.

Review: Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask


I purchased the sample size of this product from Spirit Beauty Lounge after reading about the rave reviews this product, and Kahina Giving Beauty in general, had received. I would normally have had a 'yikes' moment reading the ingredient list; exfoliating ingredients combined with potentially irritating oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint do not usually bode well for my easily-irked skin, but I was confident that Kahina would work for my skin like everyone else's.

Ingredients:aqua, hectorite, argania spinosa (argan) kernel oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, cetearyl olivate, lactic acid, populus tremuloides bark extract, sorbitan olivate, hydrolyzed linseed extract*, mannan, xanthan gum, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract*, cetearyl glucoside, dehydroacetic acid, benzyl alcohol, totarol*, euterpe oleracea (acai) fruit oil, arginine, punica granatum (pomegranate) seed extract*, eucalyptus radiata (eucalyptus) leaf/stem oil*, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil*, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) oil.

I have to say I was right, and am super pleased I made the plunge into this product. This mask is a super gentle hydrating mask with small exfoliating particles. It has a thick brown texture which is easily applied to the face, and once rinsed off, leaves you with a healthy glow and super smooth skin. This mask was a little bit of a new exploration for me, because although it is a clay mask, it should only be left on for 7-10 minutes and not allowed to harden. This mask is a powerhouse that claims to detoxify by drawing out impurities, stimulate collagen production, fight free radical damage, reduce signs of aging, and gently exfoliate. Unlike other clay masks, this mask is incredibly hydrating, likely due to the argan and sunflower oils, which feature at the beginning of the ingredients list. If you don't like masks that dry on your skin and crack, this is the mask for you!

Many people are put off by the price of many natural products, and at $62 for 50ml, this isn't a budget item, but I would like to comment that it is a quality product, and it is recommended you only use a thin layer (I would probably only use a 1/4 of a teaspoon for my entire face), so the product should last a long while.

Try out the mask here.

Review: Mukti Shampoo and Conditioner

Finally, a natural shampoo that doesn't weigh your hair down or leave it feeling like straw. I must really like this shampoo, because I brought the full-size and am thinking about buying another bottle when this one runs out. FYI, it lasts forever! I have had mine for at least three months, and I think I am only halfway through it. I wash my hair 2/3 times a week, and use approximately three pumps (they are small). It leaves my hair feeling comfortably clean, and totally shiny. It has a very natural floral scent, with strong notes of lavender.Worthy of HG status, I think I am done searching for the perfect natural shampoo.

Like the shampoo, it washes out leaving your hair feeling like your hair (not an oily, weighed-down mess like some others..). Not crazy about the scent (I think it smells like silly putty), but the scent doesn't linger after you rinse it out. You may have noticed that I have pictures of the shampoo and not the conditioner. This is because I am still using samples, as I'm not sure whether to take the plunge into the full-size yet (500mls!). This obviously means that I am not as crazy about the conditioner as the shampoo, but it has still done the best job of all of the natural conditioners I have tried so far. The main issue I have with any natural conditioner is that isn't hydrating enough for my hair (and I'm still totally addicted to the ability of silicone to retain moisture inside my hair shaft). I guarantee that if you don't have crazy dry straw ends like mine though, you will love this.

Would I recommend?: Hell yeah! I can't believe Mukti isn't more well known amongst the natural beauty bloggers. Plus their products are really affordable if you counter in how long the products actually last for..

*Reviews as always, are honest and my own.

Try the shampoo and conditioner in travel-size before taking the plunge into the full-size products by Mukti.

Review: W3LL People Nudist Colourbalm No.2

The love child of a lip stick and a lip balm, The Nudist gives lips a subtle boost of color and shine plus penetrating, nourishing hydration. Rich in organic omega oils and aloe, this luxury lip treat leaves stressed lips soothed, supple and protected. Clothing optional.

FREE FROM: Artificial preservatives, parabens, chemicals, dyes, fragrance, silicone, dimethicone, pthalates, sulphates, petroleum, talc, bismuth oxychloride, nanoparticles and bad mojo. Made in USA with love. Not tested on animals or robots.

The balm appears dark purple and I was curious to how that would translate to lips. It leaves lips tinted with a natural looking wine stain colour. W3ll People claim that this is a lip stick/balm combo, however I would say that it is more of a tinted balm/stain. I have extremely dry lips and have found that I need to use a little bit of lip balm with this as well so my lips aren’t left dry, which isn’t a big deal. I simply apply this and then dab a little lip balm after. This is a necessity for me, as I am always looking for simple ways to jazz up my beauty routine. Perfect to use while going out for lunch, or catching up with friends. I will purchase the full-size of this.

I purchased this product as a sample on SpiritBeautyLounge. You can also buy samples on W3ll People’s website, which is a great option if you can’t decide between colours.

Beauty Routine Tag!

(Little friend I made in the garden today)
This is my first ever beauty tag! Thanks to Asti for tagging me. I love to do this kind of thing, I reminds me of when my friends and I used to send those questionnaire emails to each other (you know the ones?!)

1. Name a beauty routine you rarely do


Lipstick! I have always been so jealous of those women that wear it regularly, and I totally wish I could pull off the oxblood colour that is trending right now, but I figure that I have to take slow steps into it. I have been wearing more tinted balms, and would love to try RMS!


2. Is washing your makeup brushes something you do regularly? 


I only use one (!) makeup brush for my mineral powder, and I wash it at least once every two weeks. I should do it more often!


3. How long will you last with chipped nail polish? 


I can’t remember the last time I wore nail polish. It makes my own nails weak, I find the smell induces migraines and there aren’t any completely natural polishes. When I used to use polish as soon as I got one little chip it would make me so anxious that but the end of the day I had chipped it all off.


4. What is your worst beauty habit?


Picking and squeezing my acne. It’s such a terrible habit. If I could have two habits I would say that obsessing over every little imperfection on my face is another one.  I literally stand two centimetres from the mirror, judging myself. That’s something I need to change.


5. Name something non-beauty related that you put off all the time.


Writing essays for Uni! The units I am learning at the moment are so boring and just don’t compare to the amazing products I could be researching instead. Ha!


6. When going out somewhere, do you leave getting ready to the last minute or not? 


No, I hate that! I am generally one of those people that gets ready hours too early then stands around waiting.


7. Can you commit to spending bans? 


Not when I have disposable income. I tend to go from one extreme to the next; wanting every single product in sight, to being content with less. I think the latter is a better position to be in. I am looking for a new facial sunscreen though, any thoughts? I would prefer one with a SPF of 20 or higher.. and natural of course.


8. How organized are your make-up/nail polish collection? 


Not very. I just have them all in a huge box, with eyeliner/brushes/mascara/etc in containers. I have been looking at other ways of organising my collection, which is exciting.


9. What is the longest time you've gone without writing a blog post? 


Nearly 5 months, sorry guys! Life just got in the way, as it has a habit of doing. I am now at home a lot more lately due to Uni commitments and sickness, hence the more frequent posts.


Review: Kora Organics Hydrating Mask

Kora Organics Hydrating Mask

For sensitive/ dry skin: Containing Noni Extract, Vitamins and minerals to restore essential moisture to the skin. This calming uniquely formulated mask cleans, rehydrates and protects the skin. KORA Organics Hydrating Mask refines pores, removes dead skin cells and promotes healthy tissue rejuvenation leaving the skin feeling replenished and rejuvenated.

Ingredients: Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Rosa damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Glycerin, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Kaolin, CI 77819, Silica, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) Oil*,  Rosa eglantaria (Rosehip) Oil*, Sodium PCA, Trehalose, Glyceryl Caprylate, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Xanthan Gum, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soy bean derived natural Vitamin E), Benzyl Alcohol, Carrageenan, Santalum spicatum  (Sandalwood)*,  Cedrus atlantica (Cedarwood) Oil*, Sodium Hyaluronate, Dehydroacetic Acid, CI 77288, Pogostemon cablin (Patchouli) Oil*, Rosa damascene (Rose) Oil*, Lactic Acid, geraniol** & citronellol**.
**From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.

NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free.  

I have been using this mask in rotation with my other favourite masks. I apply it at night after cleansing my face and let it sit for as long as I have time for (ie: half an hour). After that, it hasn't set, but I like that as I don't like masks that leave your face feeling dry and stiff. It has a delicious scent and has a very soft texture. Once I wash it off my face is left feeling soft and hydrated, and any irritation is soothed. It hasn't improved my acne at all, which it isn't designed to do anyway (the purifying mask in their collection is designed for that), but it doesn't irritate my acne either which is important. It just does an awesome job  of hydrating. It is luxuriously priced but the ingredients are quality. I would recommend this mask for people with dry or sensitive skin. It leaves my skin feeling and looking healthy, but I am yet to turn into Miranda Kerr!

Price: $49.95 for 100ml
Head to RY.com.au to buy this mask!

Review: Moogoo SPF 15 Anti-Ageing Face Cream

Sunscreen is the single most important product in your beauty bag arsenal when it comes to anti-ageing. It is important to get your RDI of vitamin D from the sun (which many people don't get), but once you have got your Vit D, slather this product on your face. 
I have been using this product daily since receiving the (very generous) sample with my Moogoo order (the other contents I have reviewed here. I have very strict (and almost unrealistic) expectations when it comes to sunscreen:
Has to be a physical sunscreen (Zinc or Titanium Dioxide). Has to have totally clean ingredients. Can't break my face out. Can't dry my face out either. Can't turn my face into a pool of oily greasiness. And has to protect my skin from the elements (aka prevent sunburn). And I have to say, Moogoo's SPF 15 ticks all the boxes for me. 

Also, the ingredients are amazing. Check them out: Aqua, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Zinc Oxide, Squalene (Olive), Coco-Caprylate (Coconut Based Conditioner), Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetearyl Alcohol, Rubus Idaeus (Red Raspberry) Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract (Standardised Green Tea ECGC), Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate (Stabilized Vitamin C), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Mel (Honey), Acetum (Apple Cider Vinegar), Piroctone Olamine, Allantoin, Caffeine, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract.

I have been applying this product to my face in the mornings after I shower. It is quite thick, and you may think that it isn't going to spread well across the face, but it softens with the warmth of your skin and rubs in quite easily. The cream isn't pure white, it is more of a very light tan colour, which I think prevents some of the whiteness that physical sunscreens can cause.

The Moogoo on the right, and John Masters SPF30 on the left for colour comparison

I can't attest to the anti-ageing claim they make, as I am only young and don't have wrinkles per say, but I can say that during my use of this product, the dehydration lines on my forehead seem less noticeable. Also my skin glows. And not in a 'physical sunscreen shiny' way, in a 'you have really healthy skin' way. I feel like I am doing my skin a favour when I apply this product, and any product that promises to prevent sun damage has my vote. When I run out of this sample I will definitely be buying the full sized product.

Would I recommend this product: Totally. I would especially recommend it for people with acne-prone skin that have recently transitioned to natural skincare and are freaking out over the lack of harsh acne-targeted products available. Skincare containing zinc oxide has always been amazing for my skin when suffering a breakout. It just seems to extinguish any inflammation.

Price: $34.90. Check out this product.

*Sample generously provided, but as always opinions are my own.

Review: Moogoo

I recently placed an order with Moogoo online after noticing my Full Cream moisturiser was running low. I decided I needed to try the Fluffy Shea too as my heels had been super dry. Two days later the package arrived, and I marvelled at the cute box it came in (it had a cow printed on it!), and opened it to a delicious smell which was coming from the scented straw my products were packed in. As well as the Full Cream and Fluffy Shea, they also included samples of their milk shampoo, eczema and psoriasis cream, and their SPF 15 Anti-Ageing Cream (which I have reviewed separately here), which I am extremely grateful for.  They also included a letter explaining what the benefits of the samples were and how to use them. I love Moogoo for the fact that they are a relatively small Australian company, don't test on animals and have the best customer service I have ever experienced. I have reviewed each of the products below.

Full Cream Moisturiser
I use this moisturiser every. single. day. and have reordered it for the third time. It is the only one that is hydrating enough for my skin, and prevents it from flaking off. My stomach, hips and legs get extremely dry and start itching if I don't use moisturiser daily, and this keeps it under control. Also, keratosis pilaris sufferers out there! I know how embarrassing and uncomfortable it can be- I developed 'chicken skin' all up my arms and on my thighs. But I am now proud to say that unless I irritate my skin shaving, my skin is now bump free! And this product can take all the credit. I think its because it is deeply hydrating, something that is great at getting rid of keratosis pilaris.  

Fluffy Shea
This product is so simple, but effective. Containing shea butter, borage oil, tamanu oil and baobab oil, this thick cream is heavenly for dry skin.Yum. This product to me smells exactly like creamed butter and sugar- delicious. I have never wanted to eat a product so much before. I slather a thick layer on my heels each night before bed. It sits on top of my skin, but in the morning it has been absorbed and my heels are much softer.
Milk Shampoo
I received a little bottle of this shampoo to try. I am picky when it comes to shampoo. It can't have questionable ingredients, it can't irritate my scalp and make it itchy, but it also mustn't weigh my hair down or leave it feeling like it is coated, it must smell nice but not overpowering, and it mustn't make my hair feel like straw. Moogoo delivered again with this product! Containing mild cleansers, natural preservatives and milk protein, this shampoo is the most gentle product you could wash your hair with that isn't water. Leaves your hair feeling like a softer version of itself.

Eczema & Psoriasis Cream with Marshmallow, Elderberry and More
This moisturiser is anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal to bring relief to Eczema and Dermatitis, Infant Eczema, Psoriasis and Seborrheic Dermatitis, and Fungal and Yeast Based Skin Conditions. I received this one as a sample. I gave this one to my Mum who has eczema to try, as I don't suffer from eczema or psoriasis thankfully. It is a lovely light purple cream and I think it smells quite pleasant. My Mum said it seemed to keep her itching at bay when she used it regularly (like anything, using it regularly provides the best benefits).

It appears that I am quickly becoming a Moogoo addict, slathering their products from head to toe.  I love that they are relatively inexpensive for their quality and effectiveness. I am now dying to try their Deodorant Cream and Lipstick!
Check out Moogoo's website: http://www.moogoo.com.au/

Hope you enjoyed my review. Have you tried any of the Moogoo products? Let me know in the comments below.

*Thanks to Moogoo for their generous samples. As always, any review written is my honest opinion.

Spirit Beauty Lounge Haul

I recently received my customised sample kit from Spirit Beauty Lounge. I love this idea as you get a chance to try nine samples for $25.00 and you also get given a $5.00 voucher. It also ships for free, which is important as shipping rates from the US to Australia can get quite expensive.
The samples I chose were (From far left, in a clockwise direction);
1. Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in Straw
2. Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in Aspen
3. Honore des Pres Sexy Angelic perfume
4. May Lindstrom The Good Stuff
5. May Lindstrom The Clean Dirt
6. May Lindstrom The Problem Solver
7. Kahina Giving Beauty Antioxidant Mask
8. W3ll People Nudist Colorbalm in Fig
9. Alima Pure Satin Matte Foundation in Wheat

Reviews are coming soon!


September is here!

Hey there! Here are some of my picks for September. Check them out.
May Lindstrom The Good Stuff (I have sampled some of May's stuff finally. More on that later.)
The Konjac Sponge Company Konjac Puff with Charcoal
Ila Conditioner for Nourishing Hair
Ilia Lipstick Crayon in Dress You Up
Mokosh Moisturising Lip Balm
Inika Mineral Foundation 

Raw Gluten-Free Chocolate Balls

This is a recipe I adapted from this website. It is raw, gluten free, lactose free, and can be easily made vegan if you switch the honey for coconut oil. Feel free to add whatever you have in your pantry. Enjoy!

Raw GF choc balls
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon raw organic honey (or coconut oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Almond milk (for consistency)
  • Additional shredded coconut for rolling
  1. Process everything except for the additional coconut in a food processer until fine and well combined. If mixture requires more moisture, splash in a little almond milk until you reach your desired consistency.
  2. Roll the mixture into balls with your hands, then roll in the extra coconut.
  3. Pop into the fridge to firm up, or eat as is! Enjoy!

Review: Kora Organics Balancing Rose Mist and Exfoliating Cream

This will be the first post of two or three, as I have tried many of the Kora Organics products (Balancing Rose Mist, Foaming Cleanser, Cream Cleanser, Eye Gel, Hydrating Mask, Blemish Gel, Enriched Body Lotion, Exfoliating Cream, Purifying Day and Night Cream, Rejuvenating Foot Balm, Soothing Day and Night Cream, and Tinted Day Cream). I love the ethics behind the company, and the fact that Miranda Kerr created the range! I have been busy and haven't had a chance to review the products until now. I hope my review helps you decide whether or not you want to try the Kora range!

Balancing Rose Mist
Balancing Rose Mist
Suitable For All Skin Types - Enrich and Nourish
A replenishing and nourishing facial mist with the added benefits of organically grown Rose, Noni, Aloe and Hibiscus. This unique combination provides the skin with antioxidant protection known widely to assist in supporting the skin's own collagen production.
Ingredients: Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water*, Rosa centifolia (Rose Petals Pink)*, Hibiscus sabdariffa (Hibiscus)*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Aloe barbardensis (Aloe Vera)*, Alcohol*, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Leuconostoc/ Radish Root Ferment, Malpighia glabra (Acerola Cherry Powder)*, Maltodextrin*, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Potassium Hydroxide, Water (Aqua). *Ingredient from Organic Farming.PROUDLY AUSTRALIAN MADE AND OWNED. NOT TESTED ON ANIMALS. VEGAN.
NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. 98.99% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 87.63% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.

My thoughts: This mist smells so beautiful! I originally brought this product as my face was suffering from dehydration and needed something extra than just a moisturiser. I sprayed this product on my face after cleansing and before moisturising. However, my skin did not seem to particularly like it, as it is so sensitive, and it ended up drying it out more. So it got put back in the cupboard and forgotten about like all of the other unloved skincare products I own. That was until I read an interesting article about how rose water (the major ingredient in this mist) was good for healing stretch marks and scars. So I sprayed some straight onto the areas that I had stretch marks on, and after a week, my stretch marks seemed diminished? I love that I have found a way to make this product work. I also use it as a mist to spray and relax me at the end of the day. I would recommend you give this product a try, as although it didn't work for my face, it is still a beautiful product that no doubt has skin healing benefits.

Exfoliating Cream

Exfoliating Cream
Suitable For All Skin Types - For Face And Body - Purify and Renew
KORA Organics Exfoliating Cream contains a unique blend of organically grown Oat Flour and Bamboo to gently buff away dead skin cells helping to reveal a smoother, softer complexion. KORA Organics gentle and effective exfoliant is filled with Essential Oils to nourish and cleanse the skin and is gentle enough to be used on all skin types including sensitive skin.

Ingredients:  Matricaria chamomilla (Chamomile) Extract*, Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Olivoyl Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Oleate, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, Macadamia integrifolia (Macadamia) Seed Oil*, Bambusa arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Stearic Acid, Avena sativa (Oatflour)*, Morinda citrifolia (Noni Fruit) Extract*, Dicaprylyl Ether, Persea gratissima (Avocado) Oil*, Rosa eglantaria (Rose Hip) Oil*, d-alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Soyabean derived Natural Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Dehydroacetic Acid, Santalum spicatum (Sandalwood) Oil*, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin) Oil*, Citrus paradisi (Grapefruit) Oil*, Citrus aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus aurantium ssp bergamia (Bergamot) Oil*, Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C), Lecithin (GMO free)*, Potassium Hydroxide, Lactic Acid, Sodium chloride (Macrobiotic Sea Salt), Beta Carotene, Olea europea (Olive) Oil, Aqua (Water) & limonene**. **From essential oils. *Ingredient from Organic Farming.
NO Sulfates, Parabens, Synthetic fragrance, Synthetic colours, T.E.A., D.E.A., Glycols, Silicones, PEGS. Ethoxylate and Formaldehyde free. 98.32% of the total ingredients are from Natural Origin. 47.74% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming

My thoughts: This creamy citrusy exfoliator has the most luxurious grainy texture, leaving your skin smooth and clean, without a hint of irritation. I can't use it on my face as mechanical exfoliators irritate my skin, but on my body its beautiful. Perfect for shedding winter and exposing sexy fresh skin, and preparing skin for fake tanning.

You can purchase both of these products from RY.com.au!  

Review: Lily Loves Pearl Hyper Hydrate Moisturising Cream

Lily Loves Pearl is made lovingly just outside Byron Bay in Australia. Lily Loves Pearl ‘source our ingredients locally wherever possible, and only work with the most conscientious distributors. We prefer to prepare small batches, more often, to retain the efficacy and goodness of the product in the jar. It is crucial to us that our products be friend to the earth and food for the skin. We are therefore passionately devoted to the usage of organic ingredients, and we have been awarded the highest organic certification there is’.

Directions: This daily moisturiser, rich in antioxidants, restores much-needed moisture to dry and dehydrated skin. Rub a generous amount into clean skin, twice daily, to achieve a deep and lasting hydration.

Ingredients: Love is the main ingredient in all of Lily Loves Pearl’s products. The other ingredients are: Certified Organic Calendula extract, Certified Organic Chamomile extract, Certified Organic Elderflower extract, Certified Organic Green Tea extract, Certified Organic Sunflower oil, Certified Organic Avocado oil, Certified Organic Glycerine, Certified Organic Cetearyl & Sorbitan olivate (derived from olives) Cocoa butter, Certified Organic Shea butter, Citrozine (orange extracts), Bergamot essential oil, Certified Organic Rose wood essential oil, Certified Organic
Guar gum, Certified Organic Sodium bicarbonate, Sandalwood essential oil, Certified Organic Rosehip oil, Certified Organic Rose Otto, Certified Organic Jasmine extract.

My thoughts: I have been using this moisturiser for a few months. When I first received it, I was worried that the scent was too herbally (is that a word?!) and might irritate my skin. Instead, over daily use, I have found that the high level of quality ingredients have improved my skin, restored its moisture, and reduced my acne. I couldn’t be happier with this moisturiser at the moment. I use two pumps for my face and it is enough to generously cover it. It rubs in completely, leaving no residue and leaving my skin feeling hydrated and as soft as a babies bottom. I love this, and have even got my Mother to fall in love with it too!

Review: Mukti

I recently received my Mukti order, which contained a whole heap of samples to try! Mukti are great because they allow you to purchase samples of most of their products so that you can get a feel of them and decide whether or not you like them enough to buy the full sized product. I brought samples of the tinted moisturiser, calendula crème, jojoba facial exfoliant, kakadu and honey masque, botanique shampoo and conditioner, gentle foaming cleanser, nourishing facial crème, hand and body lotion, and rosehip eye gel. Pheww, so most of them ;)
I feel I have used the following products long enough to give an honest review of them:
Mukti tinted moisturiser:
Aim: use 365 days even if the sun is hiding                                                                                                                                                                      
Features: zinc oxide, green tea, rosehip
The Mukti tinted moisturiser with sunscreen is nano particle and chemical free and provides a safe, effective and all-natural sunscreen solution that is readily absorbed and NON-GREASY. Suitable for all skin types including normal/combination/oily/dry and mature skin. Zinc oxide is the only active ingredient that filters both aging UVA and burning UVB rays. In addition to SPF15 block-out properties, Mukti's lightly tinted formulation strengthens and maintains healthy skin cell growth.
Ingredients: Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice*; Zinc Oxide; Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis) Extract*; Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii)*; Glycerin (Vegetarian); Macadamia (Macadamia Ternifolia) & Jojoba (Simmondsia Chinensis) Oils*, Cetearyl Glucoside; Rosehip (Rosa Canina) & Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) Oils*; Vitamin E (Tocopherol); Essential Oils of Mandarin (Citrus Madurensis), Ylang Ylang (Cananga Odorata), Patchouli (Pogestemon Cablin), Tagetes (Tagetes Minuta)*; Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid & Sorbic Acid; Tint - Mica; Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).
My thoughts: Love love love love love it. I knew it would be a hit when I saw the key ingredients of rosehip oil, green tea and zinc oxide. And it smells so delicious. I think it sounds like musk or something, so sweet. When I opened the sample pot I was worried, like with every other tinted moisturiser I have tried, that it would look too dark on my skin (I have the palest skin and everything seems to look orange or too brown on my skin), but for once, I was wrong. It goes on a tan colour but rubs in completely, leaving the most subtle colour that it is almost invisible. I love that it is SPF 15, as it is important to protect your skin from the sun (after you have gotten your daily dose of Vitamin D).
Mukti Pink Grapefruit Hand and Body Lotion:
Aim: non greasy, non toxic all over hydration                                                                                               
Features: shea nut butter, cocoa butter, coconut
Put moisture back in after you wash your skin. A non-greasy moisturising treatment to hydrate, nourish and protect. Suitable for the whole body. May be used on children and babies.
Gluten Free/Vegan
Ingredients: Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Leaf Juice; Certified Organic Macadamia (Macadamia Ternifolia) Oil; Certified Organic Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii); Certified Organic Coconut (Cocos Nucifera) Oil; Cetearyl Glucoside (Vegetarian); Certified Organic Cocoa Butter (Theobromo Cacao); Certified Organic Glycerin (Vegetarian); Sclerotium Gum; Certified Organic Essential Oils of Pink Grapefruit (Citrus Paradisi), Sweet Orange (Citrus Aurantium Dulcis), Mandarin (Citrus Nobilis), Tangerine (Citrus Tangerine) & Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia); Benzyl Alcohol, Salicylic Acid & Sorbic Acid.
My thoughts: You could really smell the citrus in this, and it smelt delicious. I however found that although it was moisturising enough for a summer day, it probably wouldn’t be enough for my lizard legs in the winter…so I probably wouldn’t purchase this again. If you don’t need a heavy duty moisturiser though, you would probably like this.
Mukti Kakadu Plum and Honey Masque
Aim: hydrating & cleansing to soften & nourish                                                                                                                                                                        
Features: Kakadu plum, honey, avocado
The Mukti kakadu plum and honey masque is suitable for normal/dry/dull and mature skin types and is designed to rejuvenate, hydrate and balance the skin. This unique formulation will also hydrate and revitalize the epidermis, calm irritation due to dehydration, soothe the skin after environmental exposure, revitalize the complexion and promote a youthful, glowing complexion. Gluten free.
Ingredients: Certified Organic Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel; Certified Organic Glycerin (Vegetarian); Certified Organic Honey (Mel); Kakadu Plum (Terminalia Ferdinandiana); Vitamin E (Tocopherol); Certified Organic Carrot Seed (Daucus Carota) Oil; Certified Organic Calendula (Calendula Officinalis) & Chamomile (Anthemis Nobilis) Extracts; Certified Organic Oils of Rosehip (Rosa Canina), Borage (Borago Officinalis) & Avocado (Persea Gratissima); Sclerotium Gum; Grapefruit Seed (Citrus Grandis) Extract; Certified Organic Roman Chamomile Oil (Anthemis Nobilis).
My thoughts: I am a big (BIG) fan of honey masks, so I was keen to give this mask a try. Each of the ingredients were lovely and it didn’t look like it contained any irritants. It is essential to me that a mask doesn’t dry my skin out or produce pimples. I applied a thin layer as per instructions and it dried very quickly (almost instantly), but I still left it on until 15 minutes were up. My face felt nice and soft, cleansed, and moisturised after using this mask. When I have the funds I will definitely be purchasing the full-size of this product!