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Natural Instinct Hand & Nail Cream

A good hand & nail cream is paramount to youthful hands and healthy nails. Everyday our hands are exposed to damaging environmental factors and they become dehydrated through hand washing. I apply hand cream at every opportunity to make sure my skin never gets thirsty, which in turn keeps them looking young and plump. But would I get the same results from an all natural, plant-based hand & nail cream? I put Australian brand, Natural Instinct, to the test.  Continue Reading

Bhave Hydrator

Have you done a bit of damage to your hair this season? Whether it is the bitter cold up in the northern hemisphere or the scorching heat in the southern, lack of moisture is a year round drama for our hair. Without moisture our hair becomes tired, faded and reminiscent of steel wool. With the hope of avoiding this, I wanted to find a product that was good for my hair without any nasty chemicals. Bhave is one Australian haircare brand offering essential hair products without the parabens, sulphates and sodium chloride so I gave their Hydrator range a try. Here is my review of their shampoo and conditioner.  Continue Reading

Appelles Apothecary Delivery Box

Appelles is a brand I had not heard about previously but when a delivery from them recently landed on my desk I noticed a sudden shift in my office environment. A delightful fragrance filled the air, the mood was lifted and I had a sudden urge to sink into a deep bath tub for a warm nap. This was all before I even opened the box. I wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous goods I will trying out AND there is a special offer exclusive to The Plastic Diaries readers.

Who Are Appelles?

Before I show you the products, you have to know a few things about Appelles Apothecary that I think are important. All Appelles products are Australian designed and owned, this is important for our little country because very few things are made here using our wonderful natural resources. It wasn’t something I cared much about previously but the more I learn about how cosmetics are made the more interested I am in using locally sourced products.

Further more, the products are made using biodegradable ingredients; they use native Australian oil blends; not tested on animals; are paraben free; plastic packaging is 100% biodegradable using Ecopure products; and finally, all packaging is fully recyclable, environmentally friendly and printed using biodegradable soy-based inks. What all that comes down to is these products are just as good for the environment as they are for you. I am not a hippy but I do lean to the green side and all this makes me feel really good about using these products. Continue Reading

Essie professional LED light

You would think the nail gel market is overflowing but the big wigs at Essie feel otherwise. Despite the competitive market between CND Shellac, Bio Sculpture Bio Gel, Gelish, OPI Gel Color and more, Essie plan to launch their own professional gel service, Essie Gel, this coming October.

Gerald Densk, Essie’s general manager for the professional products division of L’Oréal USA, has told WWD that gels are a growing market and it isn’t something they can afford to ignore. It is obvious to most that Essie is not receiving the same interest from salons as it does from consumers so this could be a good move for them to get more salons using their products.  Continue Reading

For all you adoring Lancôme Juicy Tubes fans, you are in for a special treat. Right now, like today, like this minute … the all new and very limited edition Juicy Tubes by Yayoi Kusama are going on sale in Australia.

For a while now I have had my eye on the first collection of Yayoi Kusama Juicy Tubes. For some reason I haven’t been able to find these in Australia but maybe I didn’t look hard enough. Not to worry though because now there is a brand new collection and from the look and sound of it, these ones are going to be kick ass! For those of you who aren’t aware of Yayoi Kusama, don’t worry. I didn’t until I found out about her collaboration with Lancôme.

The new collection contains 6 glosses that are not only unique in colour, but also in fragrance. Yes, rumour has it that Yayoi actually came up with fragrances to match each of her creations. I think that is preeeeeeetty cool. Before I tell you what I think about No. 12 Exotic Bomb, let’s learn a bit more about the collection.

Standard Lancôme packaging on the outside. Fun on the inside!

The Collection

Today, reflecting the mood of her current artwork, Yayoi Kusama is remodelling Juicy Tubes around the theme of love. She offers Lancôme’s pop-princess gloss three unique designs that are as poetic as the most sincere promises of eternal love.

With dazzling shine, Juicy Tubes Awakening of Love is empowered by a prodigious texture that combines two new generation components. The first is a transparent “mirror oil”, which is more fluid and less sticky than traditional glosses. The second is a “Bouncy polymer”, encapsulated in the formula within chains of beads that are released on application to dress lips with a smooth, even, glossy finish. Juicy Tubes Awakening of Love’s texture plays with light and redefines the notion of mirror shine.

Fruity, energising shades

10 Crazy Yuzu, with radiant notes of yuzu, and boosted with a hint of basil.
11 Vigorous Fruit, where the raspberry fragrance is lifted by a touch of mint.
12 Exotic Bomb, whose gentle strawberry aroma is interlaced with pink peppercorn.

Soothing, floral shades

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