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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!