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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.