big. love. for. skincare.
This wonderful product by aesop is initially made for travelling, however i use it more for anxiety. I’ve used this product for YEARS as a perfume, it’s not made for that, it doesn’t last very long on the skin, the oily consistency absorbs almost straight away. but it’s still a wonderful essential to carry with you, it’s small enough for a purse, and it’s easy to use on a train, bathroom touch up, etc. The reason this has helped to calm my nerves is because the oils, like ginger root, lavender and geranium, work together to create an earthy scent that brings my headspace back down to reality and ultimately soothes me. The price point is a little hard to swallow, with $33 for 10ml, which doesn’t last long unfortunately. but if you’re like me, and like to use the senses, like smell, to ground you- i would highly recommend this roll on formula. Aesop - Ginger Flight Therapy
Aesop-Ginger Flight Therapy
easy, natural mascara
This aveda mascara is perfect for those who don’t really wear makeup, therefore want a product that you don’t really have to use makeup remover for. This mascara is conditioning and it doesn’t irritate my eyes. this is a great mascara for a super natural look, which i love. I was drawn to this product initially by a friend that used it, it is pricey, around the $38-$40 mark, however i like how convenient this product is for my minimal makeup usage, and also how the mascara is actually good for my lashes. definitely worth the price tag. The mascara lasts all day no worries, it gives me the ‘your lashes but better’ look, with no clumps or spider lashes (haha). The only negative i could point out is the fact that on a sweaty or rainy day, the mascara will most likely transfer to an eyelid or the bottom of your eyes. but i can live with that, it’s so easy just to wipe it away with your fingers. I have told many friends about this mascara, my mum uses it and i would further recommend this product to others. AVEDA - mosscara
not your typical perfume
I have been on the hunt for an unusual fragrance, as i believe smelling good is so important. One of my close friends recommended diptyque as a perfume company with an exciting range. I found this perfume to be my favourite. It smells like really elegant coconut and dark wood smashed up in a mortar and pestle, with an ever so gentle sweetness. This is what the company describes it to be like : it’s a memory of the Greek summer at Mount Pelion. To get to the sea you must pass through the fig trees, which are fragrant from the sun beaming on them, and the wind carrying the scent all around you. The brand describes this perfume as an ode to the fig tree itself- it’s fresh leaves, the dense white wood and the milky flavor of the fruit. If you read that and think ‘what the heck,’ you might understand how passionate i am about this perfume, it has the ability to uplift my mood and make me feel sensual and powerful. Definitely recommend anyone that loves an exotic smell, to try this brand of wonderful perfume. 10/10 DIPTYQUE - PHILOSYKOS PERFUME OIL - ROLL-ON LIMITED EDITION
DIPTYQUE-PHILOSYKOS PERFUME OIL - ROLL-ON LIMITED EDITION
sensitive skin dream
I had suffered from eczema most of my childhood, which eventually passed as i grew older, (i’m one of the lucky ones.) However the skin on my body has always been dry and suuuuper sensitive. My skin flares up after a warm shower.. After millions of products- trying nivea, goats milk, sorbolene, cetaphil, etc. i found my skin would always react to at least something in each of the formulas. So i gave this a go. and i’m so pleased. Dermaveen is specifically formulated for seriously sensitive skin. This product locks moisture into my skin, surprisingly making moisturising only a job for a few days a week (as opposed to strictly every day.) Dermaveen is fragrance free, it’s gentle and it’s available at my local supermarket. This product wasn’t recommended to me, i had never heard of it before i tried it, but i’m always on the hunt for brilliant products, and i will never stray from this. it is reasonably priced for a moisturizer, $14, but it’s something that will always be a life saver to me. Dermaveen - Daily Nourish Moisturising Lotion
Dermaveen-Daily Nourish Moisturising Lotion
naturally sun kissed
This antipodes product caught my eye whilst walking through myer. i was on the hunt for a sunscreen that would be kind to the planet, and my skin. the packaging is so appealing, with this metal like tube that will look very different to the next persons tube, very stylish :) I tried this sunscreen and fell in love. the texture is creamy, it doesn’t smell like sunscreen at all, it feels thick and hydrating upon application. I found that i don’t need to use a gentle moisturizer underneath this product as it ticks that box for me. On the back of the tube, it states to contain raspberry seed oil which gives you up to 15x the normal time of sun protection... naturally! this product also contains kiwi and grapefruit extract claiming to decrease redness. Also hyaluronic acid and ‘Ancient Reishi mushroom’ is added for hydration, anti aging and cell turnover. I would definitely recommend this product, i use it in the morning before heading out, and find i don’t need to reapply. Only downside would be, it can become quite oily throughout the day, i wouldn’t recommend this product to people with oily skin. ANTIPODES - Immortal Natural Sun Protection Face & Body Moisturizer SPF15 60ml
ANTIPODES-Immortal Natural Sun Protection Face & Body Moisturizer SPF15 60ml
This aesop cleanser was purchased by me, after trialing the Parsley Seed toner and cleanser as sample sizes. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the toner made my skin appear, it was much healthier, cleaner and glowy, despite being in Melbourne City... I went on to purchase the full size of the Parsley Seed cleanser but found it really disappointing:( You pay $65 for the experience- the smell, the bottle, the aesthetics of this brand. but when it comes to an anti-oxidant cleanser, i felt this product couldn’t be further from what it claims. My skin doesn’t feel any different from before using the product. this parsley seed range is upon their more expensive lines because they’re so well loved.. for me i think it was a big waste of my money. HOWEVER, it is very suitable for sensitive skin. I will give them that! This is partly my fault, as i should take more notice, however it makes me nervous to have a glass bottle in my shower too? maybe that’s just me. Aesop - Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser
Aesop-Parsley Seed Facial Cleanser
DRUNK ELEPHANT - T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask Skin type: Young (22), combination sensitive skin. Primary concern is clogged/wide pores Product purpose: resurface, brighten skin tone and improve texture Feels like: gritty, kind of like rubbing mustard on your face 👼 Smells like: not great. But we’RE NOT HERE FOR THE SMELL, ARE WE? This is a CULT FAVORITE so you probably already know what’s up. In fact, I don’t know who is even reading this review. But oh well… This is a VERY strong AHA/BHA resurfacing product. Meaning, it will chemically exfoliate the top layer of your skin, hence giving your skin a brighter, more even look. And it does its job a little too well. Make sure to use this product very carefully. I have messed up an embarrassing amount of times… Do not be like me and do any of the following: - DON’T leave it on for too long - If you have an acid serum/treatment as part of your PM/AM routine (e.g. Caudalie’s skin refining serum) DON’T apply it after this. Your skin will turn very red and sad - DON’T forget that you used it yesterday and use it two days in a row. Use this once a week, or if you do want to work up to more regular use, then do so gradually and like talk to someone about it Results-wise (not commenting on brand politics etc), this is a great product. I recommend it, though it is insanely expensive, I have not yet found another like it!
DRUNK ELEPHANT-T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial 25% AHA + 2% BHA Mask
Which skin tint is worth it?
Preface: I love skin tints. I much prefer having my natural skin tone, spots, and freckles/moles visible through a dewy foundation rather than having a full coverage matte look which accentuates my skin texture and dryness. These are both formulas I have tried and loved for different reasons but which one is more worth it? Products: UNDONE BEAUTY - Unfoundation Glow Tint Milk MAKEUP - Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30 Price points: Undone: $14 for 1.19oz Milk: $42 for .7oz Applicator: Undone: they have since updated their packaging to a squeeze tube, but I also like this dropper applicator shown in photo 2. It’s hygienic and very easy to control how much you use. Milk: this is kind of strange, but I like that it has an airless pump at the end of the tube. The part I don’t like it the rollerball applicator at the dispensing end of the tube. Like stick foundations, this allows for bacteria (including acne-causing bacteria) to hang out on that applicator if applied directly to the face. This is annoying because every time I use it I have to apply it to the back of my hand and THEN dot it on my face with my fingers for a hygienic application. Scent: Undone: no powerful scent, maybe if anything a subtle clay scent. Milk: this formula is SPF 30 so it just smells like sunscreen. Texture: Undone: this is a super-lightweight thin liquid formula that can be applied directly with your fingers for the lightest coverage or a brush/sponge for slightly more coverage. It offers a SUPER dewy finish that can be set with powder to lessen your glow if preferred. Milk: this offers slightly more coverage and you only need the tiniest bit to cover your entire face. It is thicker than the undone formula and can also be applied with fingers or brush/sponge to customize your preferred coverage. I prefer to apply both of these as dots on my face first and then buffed out with a foundation brush meant for stippling. I also prefer to wear these formulas in the summer time when I am less pale. Overall experience & thoughts: The undone beauty tint is much more accessible being in Target stores and it’s more affordable but doesn’t offer a whole lot of coverage compared to the milk tint. However, each formula is buildable without any cake face. The milk Makeup formula does include SPF so that can be seen as a win but you can also easily apply the undone beauty tint over your daily SPF without issues. My personal preference is to wear the undone tint when I’ll be spending more time indoors and the milk tint when I’ll be spending more time outdoors. They are tints so YES I know neither of them completely matches my skin tone and that is the point, it’s a tint. I would say for the amount of product you get and accessibility for each price point, the Undone Beauty tint is more worth it. ALSO: my skin type is sensitive and dry & my skin tone is fair.
Milk MAKEUP-Sunshine Skin Tint SPF 30
Colourpop always nails these 9 pan palettes, this one is absolutely perfect for soft pink looks. I feel like this would be really pretty for bridal makeup/ bridesmaids since it really is a beautiful blush toned palette. I love the looks I have done so far. COLOURPOP - Blush Crush I could live without the glitter in the mattes, but it doesn't cause a problem for me. Really user-friendly palette and as always unbeatable price. I would repurchase.
HUDA BEAUTY - Neon Orange Obsessions Palette
HUDA BEAUTY - Neon Obsessions Palette in NEON ORANGE WHAT IT IS? Pressed Pigment Palette - 9 pans PRODUCT TARGET CONCERNS: For those looking for bright orange/ pink/ yellow shadows. TEXTURE/CONSISTENCY: 6 matte shadows 3 glitter shadows OVERALL THOUGHTS: I have mixed feelings about this palette. Gorgeous packaging, great shades, the matte shades are super pigmented. For how bold they are (I usually don’t use this vibrant, bold shadows) they are very easy to blend and work with. The glitter shades are kinda sheer, they are good as toppers but not really by itself. My biggest pet peeve is that this palette is made in China. I wish it was made in Italy as her big palettes ( at least the Desert Dusk I own is). I don’t regret getting it but I would think twice about getting another of her 9-pans palettes. WHY I LIKE/DISLIKE IT: I like the color story but I don’t like that it’s manufactured in China. WOULD I RECOMMEND IT ? I would if you don’t care about the China thing. IS IT WORTH IT? Regular retail price $29 I would not buy it for full price. I got it last year during some kind of promo at Sephora for maybe $19? I don’t remember the exact price. Also if I remember correctly they were half of on Huda Beauty website during Black Friday and even this past weekend they were on promo at Sephora (President day’s weekend).
HUDA BEAUTY-Neon Obsessions Palette