Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost review

Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost

Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost


If you’ve ever seen my bathroom cabinet, you’d know that I’m a huge Kosmea fan. As a beauty blogger, I’m always rotating products and trying new things, but my core products always include the Kosmea Rose Hip Oil (reviewed here) and the Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream (reviewed here)

When I was told about the launch of the Kosmea 24/7 Youth Boost I was eager to see how it compares to their Rose Hip Oil.

Kosmea says…

This antioxidant-rich facial oil is packed with a powerhouse combination of natural ingredients that fight ageing and deliver a youthful, glowing complexion.

We’re calling it our little “miracle in a bottle” – because it will transform your skin and guarantee visible results with its powerful blend of apricot, pomegranate, raspberry, seabuckthorn and rose hip oils.


Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost

Kosmea Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost


Availability: David Jones, www.kosmea.com.au , selected pharmacies and health food stores

price: $39.95

The Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost is basically a mix of different skin loving oils chosen with their unique nutrient profiles in mind (Rose Hip, Apricot, Seabuckthorn, Camellia, and Pomegranate)- similar to as the Marie Veronique Anti Aging Oil (which I absolutely adore).

I like to massage 2-3 drops of this into my skin at night after cleansing and moisturising. Depending on whether I remember to use it, I’ve been applying this every other night.

In comparison to the Kosmea Rose Hip Oil, the 24/7 Youth Boost blend feels lighter in texture to me and absorbs slightly faster. The 24/7 Youth Boost leaves my skin feeling moisturised and lovely, but I think my winter skin still prefers the richness of the Kosmea Rose Hip Oil. When the warmer weather comes around (soon, I hope!), the 24/7 Youth Boost will be fantastic.


Full ingredients list:

Rosa Eglanteria (Rose Hip) Seed Oil*, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Camellia Oleifera (Camellia) Seed Oil*, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Berries Extract*, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Extract*, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Seed Extract*, Pelargoniun Graveolens (Rose Geranium) Flower Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis  (Rosemary) Leaf Extract,Linalool, Benzyl Benzoate, Citronellol, Geraniol, Farnesol, Eugenol, D-Limonene, Citral.


note: this product was provided by PR for consideration only.
Posted by on Aug 30th, 2012 in Reviews, Skincare | 2comments

DIY 7% glycolic acid AHA rejuvenating serum


7% Glycolic AHA serum

7% Glycolic AHA serum


It’s been awhile since my last DIY post, and to be honest I haven’t been doing any much DIYing lately apart from my basics- DIY Oil Cleansing Method cleanser and my DIY brush cleaner. After my recent move to Melbourne from NSW I’ve sadly had to bin a lot of my butters, aloe, Seamollient, oils and other bulky perishables so it will take awhile to order more supplies.

Earlier in the year, I formulated a glycolic acid serum. I’ve been wanting to do a post on this serum but only just gotten around to posting about it now because things have been so busy around here.


Glycolic acid works as an exfoliant by removing superficial skin cells from the epidermis, as well as increasing cell turnover and stimulating collagen product in the deeper dermal layers. This makes it a fantastic tool for treating pigmentation, wrinkles, and maintaining healthy skin.  I’ve noticed that my skin feels smoother, more radiant, and plumper after using the serum a few times a week.

A word of warning:

A few important points that I need to make here before we go on:

1. AHAs including Glycolic Acid photosensitises your skin. You must wear a heavy duty sunscreen when exposed to the sun at least for 24hrs after using this serum.

2. Acids have the ability to do serious damage to your skin if used inappropriately. Work with acids at your own risk and make sure you have a basic understanding of the chemistry behind them and exercise caution.

3. If you haven’t used AHAs before, or only in low concentrations/heavily buffered formulae, do NOT start at 7%. Start below 5% and then work your way up.

4. Most commercially available AHA products (cleansers, serums including Alpha- H Liquid Gold) have been buffered to neutralise some of the glycolic acid. Therefore, even though on the label the product may be 10%, there may only be 3% effective acid. Keep this in mind if you have been using a product labeled at 15% glycolic acid- do not attempt to make 15% unbuffered serum at home because it will be a LOT stronger.

7% Glycolic AHA serum ingredients

7% Glycolic AHA serum ingredients


Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Aug 14th, 2012 in DIY Skin Care, Skincare | 9comments


Super Neutral: a work ready FOTD

work ready FOTD featuring MAC Copperplate and Ellis Faas L207

work ready FOTD featuring MAC Copperplate and Ellis Faas L207


Hi everyone,

I thought I would throw in a quicky FOTD post- it’s a neutral look that I like not only for work but also to wear with bright/colourful clothing. I wore my bright tangerine J Crew cardigan today out to lunch with the lovely Yishan from Beauty Swatch so this is what I had on my face.

When I do minimalist looks, I like to take extra care with blending and keeping things polished- there’s not much to hide behind and shitty crease work can look pretty obvious. Also, I always contour with bronzer with these looks so I don’t look like a 12 year old.


work ready FOTD featuring MAC Copperplate and Ellis Faas L207

work ready FOTD featuring MAC Copperplate and Ellis Faas L207


FOTD Makeup breakdown:


– Two Faced Shadow Insurance to prime

– MAC Copperplate eyeshadow blended all over lid to crease

– Bobbi Brown shimmer eyeshadow in Champagne to highlight inner corner


– MAC Golden bronzer to contour

– MAC Gingerly blush on apples


– Ellis Faas Milky Lips L207 (Reviewed as part of their Spring Set here)


Well, I’m off now to my jazz dance class now- I’ve recently discovered ‘The Space’ in Prahran, who do awesome casual adult classes. So much fun!


Posted by on Aug 8th, 2012 in FOTD, Uncategorized | 0 comments.

Clarins Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral: review, swatches and FOTD

Clarins Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral

Clarins Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral


As part of their ‘Enchanted Collection’ for Summer 2012, Clarins brought their rather delicious looking Instant Smooth Crystal Balms to Australia. You may have noticed that the Crystal Balms have been reformulated in recent times to include a colour core, which means (yay!) better pigmentation.

This was the first Clarins lip product I’ve tried, and I’m smitten.

Clarins says…

Instant Smooth Crystal Balm delivers lipstick true colour thanks to its colour ‘heart’ that is highly concentrated in pigments and pearls. Its bullet has a surprising crystal look that adds a touch of natural shine to the final result.


Price: AUS RRP $34

Availability: Myer, David Jones, selected pharmacies, and www.adorebeauty.com.au

Clarins Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral

Clarins Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral



Clarins Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral

Clarins Crystal Balm in Crystal Coral lip swatch

Crystal Coral is a gorgeous blood orange coral, with a  juicy shine. It’s bright shade, but at the same time quite wearable.

Unlike the previous version of the Crystal Balms without the colour core (see Rae’s review of the older version on The Notice) , these are surprisingly pigmented with medium coverage in one layer. I find that the shine wears off in about 30mins-1hr, but the colour clings on as a soft stain for quite a long time (around 3-4hrs on me, which is impressive for a lipstick/gloss/balm hybrid).

The Clarins Crystal balms are lightweight and non sticky. As far as hydration goes- it’s lightly moisturising but will not replace my heavy duty lip balms when my lips are dry.


Keep reading after the jump!


Posted by on Aug 7th, 2012 in FOTD, Lip balm, Lipstick, Reviews, Swatches | 1 comment

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Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection reviewed: Naked Rose, Swinger, Stranger

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection Promo

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection Promo

It’s always an exciting time when a new Illamasqua collection comes out. Seeing the promo images and the story behind each collection is a huge treat for me and highlights the ‘art’ in makeup artistry.

The Naked Strangers collection by Illamasqua features a kind of nomad slash goddess slash warrior; she is adorned by an interesting mixture of brazen metallics and soft pinky nudes. Although it does feature some bold, editorial type products, Naked Strangers is one of the more wearable collections from Illamasqua.

Illamasqua says…

In this delicate tipping point between intimacy and pleasurable detachment, we revel in the unknown; exploring the distance between pure monogamous, gilded faithful and uninhibited swinger. Exposed nude tones, adorned with rich licks of gold, leave you gasping for more. Don’t restrain yourself. Unless, of course, you enjoy it.

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection

Illamasqua Naked Strangers Collection


Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose


Naked Rose is described as a ‘neutral beige brown’, but on my cheeks it looks more like a dusty neutral rose. Quite a sophisticated cheek colour which goes well with almost any look.

Like the other Illamasqua powder blushes, Naked Rose is quite soft and highly pigmented so one swipe of the brush will pick up a fair amount of product; it also blends beautifully giving you a very natural healthy looking flush to the cheek. This is my favourite product in this collection.


Swatches: Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose (left) Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Stranger (right)

Swatches: Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Naked Rose (left) Illamasqua Intense Lipgloss Stranger (right)

keep reading after the jump!


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