Saturday Skin Care: MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream

Product Description

This cream is made using the moisturizing base of our Full Cream with the addition 10% MSM (Organic Sulfur) and the removal of Milk Protein. This is the maximum amount of MSM we could add to the cream. Just mention MSM and watch the Naturopaths go nuts about its skin calming properties.  The cream uses Sweet Almond Oil which is one of the best moisturising oils for irritated skin due to its essential fatty acid profile. The cream is also fully loaded with other natural skin healing ingredients. These include Allantoin (Comfrey Root Active), Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Honey. [product description from MooGoo website]

Price: Available in 250ml Jar ($24.90) or 75ml Airless Travel Pump ($17.95).

Availability: , selected pharmacies and health food stores.


I purchased the MooGoo MSM Soothing cream about 6 weeks ago at my local health food store because I already loved the MooGoo Full cream (reviewed here ) and was intrigued by the addition of 10% MSM to the Full Cream formula.

MSM, or Methylsulfonylmethane is a sulphur compound that some claim to help with inflammatory conditions such as eczema and arthritis. There has been no scientific study on this to date, so those claims are purely anecdotal. MSM is a naturally occuring compound in the body and is perfectly safe, so I’m willing to give anything that might help with redness/inflammation a try!

The MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream is creamy and rich but sinks right into my skin (I’ve been using it mostly on my face). I’ve found that it’s a really lovely facial moisturiser, working well to hydrate my skin without leaving any greasiness.


I do find it soothing, just like the normal MooGoo Full Cream but I’m not convinced that it has any further anti inflammatory properties than the Full Cream already does (through the Allantoin, Aloe Vera and other soothing ingredients), so I can’t say that the MSM itself has any real additional effect on my skin.

The MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream has the trademark MooGoo milk and honey scent, which I really like. 

The big plus with the MooGoo MSM Soothing Cream over the Full Cream is in the packaging. I love airless pumps- I think everything should come in an airless pump bottle. It keeps the cream fresher and more hygienic as well as makes the product much nicer to use.

Ingredients: Purified Water, MSM,  Sweet Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Olive Squalene,  Emulsifying Wax, Allantoin (Comfrey Active), Aloe Vera, Glyceryl Capylate, Piroctone Olamine, Vitamin E, Refined Honey, Apple Cider Vinegar.

Previous MooGoo skin care product reviews-

MooGoo Full Cream

MooGoo Milk Wash

MooGoo Milk Shampoo


Posted by on Jul 30th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 18comments

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MAC Blackground Paint Pot: review and swatches

I’ve been using MAC Blackground paint pot a lot lately as a base for dark smokey eye looks (my Chanel Couture inspired FOTD for example). I love using it under eye shadow too deepen and intensify colours as well as to provide an extra layer of colour in case the overlying eye shadow wears off unevenly- I find that when eye shadow wears off unevenly, it doesn’t really matter so much with light colours, but looks awful in dark eye makeup looks.

MAC Blackground Paint Pot

MAC Blackground Paint Pot


Blackground Paint Pot is dark grey- black with very subtle cool gunmetal sheen. It looks quite dark when swatched but when applied on the lids I find that it’s a dark grey somewhere between MAC Print and MAC Typographic eyeshadows.


The MAC Paint Pots are similar to Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows in texture- they are hard to touch (as opposed to  than soft and whipped like the new Chanel Illusion D’ombre cream shadows).  There is a moderate amount of slip when you rub your finger on the surface.

Due to the hard and dryish texture I find that the product is difficult to pick up with a brush, so I prefer using my finger to warm up the product a little and then apply it straight to my lids. It applies smoothly this way, but you need to work quickly because I find it dries and sets on the lid within about 5 seconds.

MAC Blackground Paint Pot

MAC Blackground Paint Pot


Blackground Paint Pot works very well layered under powder eye shadow to add intensity and to give shadows something to grip onto.

Used on it’s own, I find that Blackground is completely smudgeproof but tends to crease a little and fade on the lids- at the 4hr mark, the product is half gone on my oily lids. When I set it with an eye shadow on top the fading and creasing is dramatically reduced so your smokey eye looks intense and crease free all night.

Blackground Paint Pot works beautifully as a product used to enhance a look but I don’t generally use it as a stand alone product for the reasons I’ve mentioned above- if you have less oil lids than me this could work very well by itself to create a quick smoky eye.

MAC Blackground Paintpot swatched heavily on left, blended on right

MAC Blackground Paint Pot swatched heavily on left, blended on right

I also own MAC Constructivist Paint Pot, and MAC Artifact Paint Pot both of which I absolutely love.

Do any of you use MAC Paint Pots, and how do you like to use them? I’d love to know.

Price: AU$35

Availability: MAC counters worldwide. This is part of their permanent collection and is not a Pro product.

Posted by on Jul 29th, 2011 in Eye shadow, MAC, Reviews, Swatches | 2comments

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Chanel Couture 2011 inspired FOTD


Hi all!

I fell in love with the images of the Chanel Fall Haute Couture 2011 show when I first saw it, and made a mental note that I had to try the makeup look sometime.

So this is what I wore on Saturday night!

Face of the Day makeup breakdown:


– MAC Blackground Paint Pot smudged all over mobile lid and extended slightly outwards in a cat eye shape. Also take some of the paint pot under the bottom lashline.

– Inglot matte black to set the paint pot and deepen colour.

–  MAC Omega eyeshadow to (very slightly) smooth rough edges from the paint pot, careful not to overblend.

– Ameli ‘Black Scandal’ eye shadow (shimmery midnight blackened blue) on top of the black on mobile lid and under lashline. See my previous review and swatches here.

– Illamasqua Surge Liquid Metal sparingly applied on the centre area of the top lid near lashline. See my review, swatches and FOTD of Surge here.

–   MAC Blacktrack Fluidline on waterline and top lashline.


– MAC Peaches powder blush


-Chanel Rouge Allure Evocation. (I think this might be discontinued, which makes me really upset because it’s one of my all time favourites lipsticks)

The inspiration- Peter Philips for Chanel Fall Couture 2011

Failed family portrait…

Posted by on Jul 25th, 2011 in Chanel, Eye shadow, FOTD | 0 comments.

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Skin Care Saturday: MOR Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub

A week or two ago while browsing in the cosmetics section of Myer, I noticed that MOR cosmetics had 25% off their entire range. I’ve read amazing things about the luxurious packaging and heavenly scents of MOR products, so the sale was too good to pass on. Although I felt like taking the entire range home, I decided to exercise some restraint, and brought home the MOR Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub.

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub review

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub


Enliven the body and unveil radiant skin with this heavenly body scrub.  Our sumptuous body scrub formula will envelope your body in our sweet Marshmallow fragrance and gently lift away old skin cells, making way for beautiful, soft, radiant skin. [from MOR cosmetics website]

Availability: , which ships internationally.

Price AU$39.95 in Australia and US$28 in the US.  Each tub is 600g.

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub


The MOR Marshmallow Sugar Scrub has quite a different texture to other sugar scrubs I’ve used in the past. When you scoop the scrub into your hand, rather than feeling like oil/butter + sugar,  it feels sort of .. gummy, almost like a melted chewy lolly in a way. I quite like this texture because the scrub is easy to apply and doesn’t slide off your skin as much as some oil based scrubs can.

The exfoliating particles consist of white sugar granules, and slightly smaller silica particles. It’s the perfect particle size and density (oh god I feel like I’m in physics 101) to really get in there and slough off dead skin.


The scrub has an overpowering scent of synthetic powdery florals, and sweet musk which really reminds me of perfumes that my Mum wears. I’m going to be completely honest and say that I don’t like this scent at all, in fact I get a little nauseous every time I get a whiff.

Fragrances are a very personal thing and I’m sure that plenty of people would love this scent, but I just don’t understand why they’ve put SO MUCH of it in- ‘parfum’ is 4th on the ingredient list (there’s more perfume than there is any of the oils) which makes it unusually high in concentration. After one use of the scrub in the shower the scent stays in my bathroom for almost a week!

I think that if there was a little less fragrance added to the scrub the scent wouldn’t really bother me. I really think there should be opened testers at Myer for MOR products.


MOR Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub, as I mentioned earlier, has the perfect texture to remove flakey dead skin without irritating the skin. It’s one of the best body exfoliators I’ve used and leaves the skin polished and incredibly soft.

It rinses completely clean, with no oils left behind due to the high concentration of emulsifiers (Peg-8, Oleth-30) which is great for summer. For those with very dry skin, you’ll need to use a body moisturiser afterwards as the oils in the scrub don’t hang around after it’s rinsed off (unlike some oil based scrubs).


MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub

MOR cosmetics Marshmallow Sugar Body Scrub


Has anyone used this scrub, or any other MOR products in the Marshmallow range? What are your thoughts?

I tried looking for other reviews of this product, but can’t find a single review online.

Full ingredients list:

Sucrose, Glycerin, Silica, Peg-8, Oleth-30, Parfum, Sunflower seed oil, soybean oil, Rosa Rubiginosa Seed Oil, Ginger Root Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Prunus Persica (Peach) Oil, Avocado Oil, Althaea Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Mango Fruit Extract, Apricot fruit extract, Matricaria Flower Extract, Tocopherol Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Geraniol, Citronellol

Posted by on Jul 23rd, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 1 comment

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Youngblood Dusty Pink Crushed Mineral Blush and Champagne Ice Lipgloss: review and swatches

Youngblood was first created by Pauline Youngblood Soli, a licenced Medical Aesthetician, specifically for patients who had highly sensitive and traumatised skin whilst recovering from cosmetic procedures. Patients with raw and inflamed skin wanted makeup that would help cover their skin, and this makeup needed to allow the skin to breathe and heal properly.

Eventually Youngblood Cosmetics expanded their product line to include foundations, primers, lip products, eye shadows and is now a fixture in high end salons all over the world.

I was fortunate to be sent two Youngblood products to trial- ‘Dusty Pink’ Crushed Mineral Blush and ‘Champagne Ice’ Lip Gloss

Availability: (US site) (AUS site) and selected salons

Youngblood Champagne Ice lip gloss

In the tube it looks like a metallic peachy bronze, when applied ‘Champagne Ice’ looks like a light peachy nude with lots of icy white shimmer. The base colour, a peachy nude, is very very sheer, so you are mainly seeing the shimmer when the product is applied to pigmented lips like mine.  Personally I’m not a fan of metallics or pronounced shimmer in lip products on my lips, but I can see this looking very pretty on others.

It is non sticky, and wears very comfortably on the lips. Wear time is about average for a lipgloss on my me- 1.5 hrs before reapplication.

Keeping in line with the Youngblood aesthetic, the packaging of this gloss is streamlined, minimalist, and classy. It comes with your standard doe foot applicator.

I’ve also recently purchased the Youngblood lipgloss in ‘Guava’, which is absolutely STUNNING. I’m so excited about it and can’t wait to post my review and swatches!

Youngblood ‘Dusty Pink’ Crushed Mineral Blush


keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Jul 21st, 2011 in Blush, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 1 comment

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