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Luxe vs Less - Body Conditioners

Using body lotion during Spring-Summer is a tricky time in my life. I don’t like the feeling of lotion on my body in warm weather, and I hate it in hot weather. The feeling of slime running from your skin as you sweat in a blistering, humid Australian summer is not a pleasant experience. My desire to avoid such situation means I will often go without moisturizing at all, even though I know my skin needs it. However, since I discovered in-shower body lotions I no longer have an excuse to avoid skin moisturizing. The only question is, do I need to spend a lot to get a good result?

Today I’m putting two of the biggest in-shower body lotions up against each other. I’m putting the luxe, best-selling Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner from Lush Cosmetics up against Nivea’s new Cocoa Indulging In-Shower Body Lotion. Which is worthy of your pennies? Read on to find out!

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Best New Beauty Products

I don’t want to admit it but … September is over. I know, it’s a shock considering it’s actually almost October but can you believe it? I swear it was only February last month but now we are rolling into the month of Pumpkin Spice lattes and Halloween-themed everything. Now that we’ve said goodbye to September let me show you which products launched that captured my attention.

Nearly 60 new products landed on my desk for their September launch and it was overwhelming just how good the competition between them were. The biggest competition was in the lips category …. so many new, shiny, pretty lippies! Which ones won me over? Let’s find out! Continue Reading

Best Hand Wash and Cleansers

Clean hands are more important than you may realise. We learn about cleaning our hands as a way to avoid germs making us sick, but did you know that dirty hands could also be causing your bad skin? Today, try to pay attention to how many times you touch your face. We do it subconsciously and it’s relatively harmless, unless you struggle with breakouts and blackheads.

Everytime we touch our face we transfer oils, germs and bacteria from our fingers to our fragile skin. When you have large, open pores the nasties you deliver to your skin will sit in there and make themselves at home. Avoiding this outcome can be as simple as having clean hands. Don’t worry though, clean hands can now be an enjoyable beauty experience as well because now we have some delectably hand cleansers to brighten things up. Here are some of the ones I’m currently using.  Continue Reading

Anastasia Brow Powder Duo

I fell in love with Anastasia’s brow products back in 2010 when I treated myself to one of her signature brow makeover’s. My brows had never looked so good and the products were a dream to work with. I picked up one of her maintenance kits to take home with me and in that kit was the original Brow Powder Duo in Medium Brown. It was like a little pot of gold that I never wanted to part with, so I used it sparingly because I knew getting it in Australia was just about impossible. The good news is that things have changed since then and now Anastasia Beverly Hills has exploded all over the world. With this in mind I decided to splash out and buy another of her Brow Powder Duo’s but this time in a slightly darker shade, Dark Brown.

The packaging has changed a lot since the original came out but now that I have ample brow powder to throw around I am going to review it for you.  Continue Reading

People For Plants rosehip, ginkgo, shea DAY CREAM

Organic skincare is nothing new but would you believe that most of the brands that claim their product is 100% organic are actually telling a few fibs? The fact is that there are so many organisations offering organic certification but none of them have the exact same standards. The People for Plant range is certified by Australian Certified Organic (ACO), Australia’s largest certifier for organic and biodynamic produce, responsible for certifying more than 70% of the Australian organic industry. They’re one of the strictest but that is exactly what PFP co-founders wanted. It’s also the reason you won’t see “100% organic” smacked on their packaging. Each PFP product lists the actual percentage of certified organic ingredients – like this day cream at 91.8%.

Anna Addicoat and Andrew Brown founded the brand with their good friend Jamie Durie (yes, THAT Jamie Durie) and as you would expect from Jamie’s love of plants, they only wanted to use the best in their product range. I’ve been learning a lot about this range since it launched in June 2013 and that is why I’ve chosen their Day Cream as the first review. Is it amazing or complete hogwash? Read on to find out.  Continue Reading

Female Hair Loss Before and After

Female hair loss and hair thinning are a growing sector within the beauty market. I used to think female hair loss was a beauty issue and as such could be treated with beauty products. Self-inflicted hair loss is my most common concern. I blamed my tight braids, hair irons and chemical damage. However, the fact remains that the leading causes for female hair loss are health related.

When my normal amount of hair fall dramatically increased, with noticeable receding of my hairline, I panicked. I didn’t know where to begin with treating it but I couldn’t understand why it was happening. I’d stop styling my hair in tight do’s, I rarely heat style and I haven’t dyed my hair in almost 2 years. I ruled out self-inflicted hair loss so I went straight to my GP (doctor) to ask for advice. It turns out that my female hair loss was completely reversible for less than $20!  Continue Reading

Beauty blogger Kimberly Nissen of The Plastic Diaries reviews Trefiel Lace Face Mask, Moisturising sheet mask skincare.

If you follow beauty on Instagram it’s highly likely you’ve seen the Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask. They look like a piece of black lace, often seen adorning the faces of cute beauty influencers. What they actually are is a range of sheet masks. Really pretty sheet masks.

The Trefiel Lace Sheet Mask is available in four formulations – Moisturising, Brightening, Repairing and Toning. Trefiel initially launched with just the Moisturising mask but later rebranded and added 3 more masks to the line-up. I chose to review their original Moisturising Face Mask.  Continue Reading

Best New Beauty June 2017

The best new beauty products on shelves this June include some exciting releases in makeup and skincare. Too Faced’s latest colour collection has moved beyond the USA, Dermalogica are hoping to give us fuller lips, and Nip + Fab have expanded on their hugely popular skincare ranges.

Discover these new beauty products, and more, with my Best New Beauty June round-up. Continue Reading

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