We’re almost at the middle of winter here in Australia, and I’ve been busily testing cold weather skin care for the past few months. These are some of the products that I’ve found really great for my skin lately- some are new, and some are old favourites.
An old favourite all year round, but especially great for cleansing dehydrated sensitive skin and removing light makeup. I love how it cleanses well without leaving any sensation of oily residue- sometimes creamy cleansers can leave the skin feeling not-quite-clean. Sulphate free, of course. I’ve reviewed it in detail here.
A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum (23mL/ $44.95)
This is another product that I’ve loved in previous winters and I’ve started using this again about a month ago. It’s an oil based serum featuring nourishing and anti-oxidant rich plant oils including as rosehip, jojoba, macadamia, seabucktorn, amaranth, pomegranate seed, chamomile, calendula. It’s a silky, medium weight oil which leaves the skin feeling so amazing after massaging it in. I’ve been using this after giving my night time moisturiser a good 5 minutes or so to completely sink in.
This is one that I recently tried, and fell in love with. Compared with the large number of hand creams I’ve tried lately which are far too light and water based for my extremely dry hands and cuticles- this one is a lot more nourishing. It sinks in well, with no oily residue. Hand bag favourite!
Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream (rrp $44.95/60mL)
I’m really enjoying this both as a night cream, and as day cream. It’s a silky, elegant formula and makes my skin happy and glowy. I’ve recently reviewed the Rosapene Night Cream in this post.
This is a kaolin clay based exfoliant, with densely packed non-abrasive jojoba beads as the exfoliating particles. I would consider this my HG physical exfoliant because it does such a great job of sloughing off dead skin cells without scratching at, or irritating sensitive skin. Reviewed previously here.
Jojoba beads are also biodegradable- which is important to note- because many scrubs will use non biodegradable polyethelene microbeads which gets washed down the sink and can end up in our oceans.
This is a heavy, balm- like moisturiser for very dry skin. It has great barrier function, so it’s great at significantly reducing epidermal water loss through the day or night (I usually use this as a night cream). It’s not as elegant a formulation as the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream, and takes a bit more massaging to absorb- but you will wake up with super soft skin in the morning.
New from MooGoo and something I’ve been using for the past couple of months. Magic for cuticles, feet, and hands- definitely going to be an ongoing purchase for me. Reviewed in detail here.
Lush Massage Bars
These solid massage bars double as rich body moisturisers for winter time- as you rub them into your skin the butters in these soften and melt into the skin leaving it beautifully scented. I’ve reviewed the Lush Massage Bars in more detail here.
Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Jun 23rd, 2015 in Skincare | 112389commentsWinter+Skin+Care+favourites+2015%3A+Trilogy%2C+MooGoo%2C+A%27kin%2C+Lush2015-06-23+06%3A54%3A26myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11238
I was given a chance to try the Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream (rrp $44.95/60mL) recently and it has become to be one of my favourites from Trilogy. It’s a medium weight night time formula that feels silky and absorbs well after a quick massage into the skin with no greasy residue. It feels quite similar in texture to the Sukin Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream, although they are formulated with a different mix of plant oils. Compared with other Trilogy moisturisers- it is lighter than their Ultra Hydrating Cream (which is more like a balm), but richer than their Very Gentle Calming Fluid .
Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream is formulated with manuka honey, antioxidant rich plant oils such as rose hip, cranberra, acai, and skin loving extracts such as aloe and goji berry. As you would expect from Trilogy there are no unnecessary fillers (e.g. mineral oil), or known petrochemical irritants often found in skincare (e.g. propylene glycol).
It’s quite a dry winter in Canberra at the moment, so I’ve been using this during the day (sits well under makeup), and at night I’ve been using this under a couple of drops of the A’kin Cellular Radiance Serum – which I massage into the skin after giving the Rosapene Night Cream a few minutes to completely sink in. It’s a regime which is working really well for me at the moment. I’ll be testing more winter skincare products over the coming months, but I would otherwise have been happy to stick to this for the rest of winter.
Start a good day the night before. Enriched with our unique antioxidant-rich Rosapene™ oil blend, this high performance night recovery cream works with the skin’s own natural process for optimum regeneration. Wake up to a brighter, revitalised complexion.
Trilogy Rosapene Night Cream Ingredients:
Aqua (water), Prunus amygdalus dulcis oil, Cetearyl alcohol, Rosa Canina (rosehip) seed oil, Cetearyl olivate (and) sorbitan olivate, Coco-caprylate, Lycium Barbarum Fruit Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Solanum Lycopersicum (Tomato) Seed Oil (and) Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (and) Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil (and) Helianthus Annuus Seed Oil (and) Tocopherol, Lycopene, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Oil (and) Tocopherol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract , Euterpe oleracea fruit oil,Honey (mel), Aloe barbadenis leaf extract, Oenothera biennis seed oil,Sclerocarya birrea seed oil, Persea gratissima, Chamomilla recutita flower extract, Calendula officinalis flower extract (and) glycine soja (soybean) oil,Theobroma cacao seed butter,Tocopheryl acetate, Parfum, Rosmarinus officinalis leaf extract, Citric acid,Dehydroacetic acid (and) benzyl alcohol, Citral, Geraniol, Citronellol,Limonene, LinaloolPosted by myfunnyvalentine on Jun 18th, 2015 in Uncategorized | 112520 comments. Winter+Skincare%3A+Trilogy+Rosapene+Night+Cream+Review2015-06-18+00%3A48%3A16myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11252
I’m still umming and ahh-ing about whether or not to have a bold lip at my wedding (because church kiss), but I really love the idea of a deep berry lip during an Autumn wedding. Such a difficult decision to make! If you’ve worn a bold lip down the aisle, I’d love to hear how it went- did half of it end up on the groom?
I’m not sure Phil suits a vampy lip.
– Matte beige shade from the Sleek Storm palette blended all over top lid just past the crease (3rd shadow from the left on the top row of shadows in the palette)
– Matte purple shade from Tom Ford Orchid Haze Quad in the outer V and smudged under bottom lashline
– Matte neutral greyish brown shade from Sleek Storm palette (second from the right on the bottom row of shadows) blended lightly in the crease and the outer 3rd of bottom lashline.
– Silvery shade from Orchid haze applied in the inner corner to highlight
– Shimmery taupe from Orchid Haze palette (top right) applied to the centre of the top lid and blended slightly outwards and upwards.
– Bobbi Brown Gel eyeliner in Espresso Ink to line the top lashline and smudged along the edge of the lashline on the outer 3rd of the bottom lids.
(yes I love wearing this lip product as a cheek colour)
Lips:myfunnyvalentine on Jun 16th, 2015 in FOTD | 112233commentsAutumn+bridal+makeup%3A+berry+lip%2C+glowy+eyes2015-06-16+06%3A06%3A18myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11223
…. or fiance hack *subtle hint*
These are solid bars of shea and cocoa butter, plant oils, and various blends of essential oils. The Massage Bars soften up as you rub it against warm skin, leaving a layer of oils with perfect amount of resistance for a massage. It also doubles as a rich hand and body moisturiser that leaves your hands feeling and smelling great.
From Dusk Till Dawn (RRP $12.50) comes in a little cone shape, which looks a little like the tip of a giant pencil (and if you rest it on your partner’s neck while you’re massaging, it makes him look like a stegosaurus. So much fun.) It has a gorgeous candied citrus smell from the Sicilian lemon and sweet wild orange oil- sweet but with a zesty freshness. It also features ginkgo, guarana, and ginseng to invigorate.
Yes Yes Yes (RRP $13.95) is shaped like a bar of soap. It has a delicate jasmine and rose scent- if you use it as a body/hand moisturiser, it leaves you with a nice day time fragrance.
If you are using this several times a week as a moisturiser or massage oil it will last you a few weeks or so depending on how much you use each time.
Lush use Fair Trade cocoa and shea butter in these massage bars, so there are some extra feel-good vibes in there.
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Jun 15th, 2015 in Reviews, Skincare | 112960 comments. Lush+Massage+Bars%3A+The+Girlfriend+Hack.+2015-06-15+05%3A12%3A43myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11296
It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of Moogoo, particularly their body care products for my sensitive and eczema prone skin. Their Milk Wash and Milk Shampoo have been bathroom staples for years. MooGoo recently sent a care package with some new products that I hadn’t tried before (thanks guys!), and the product that I’ve been most excited about is their wonderful Shea Sorbet Balm ($17.95 AUD).
“For very dry and cracked skin, Shea Butter is one of the most intense moistursing ingredients. However Shea Buttter by istelf is too hard to be applied to the skin.
Our Shea Sorbet has been made for people we know with hands or feet that are so dry the skin has begun cracking. We have called it Sorbet as we have fluffed it up to the consistency of Sorbet. Our Lime Essential Oil also makes it smell like fruit Sorbet.”
This is a multitasking product for feet, dry cuticles, elbows, and any dry sore patches that need more than the usual moisturising. The way that it’s been formulated (the hard butters emulsified with a small amount of water and apple cider vinegar), as well as the slightly whipped texture, makes it quite easy to spread and absorb. This has been truly wonderful for my terrible dry feet, even better than my other favourite foot cream- Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme- it’s less sticky and absorbs more easily. It’s great as a rescue product for my dry cuticles too- I like massaging it in after applying some hand cream.
Shea Sorbet Balm Ingredients: Shea Butter, Raw Coconut Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Allantoin, Water, Rhus Succedanea Fruit Wax, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 60, Apple Cider Vinegar, Piroctone Olamine, Lime Oil , Hops Extract
MooGoo Winter Skin Rescue Pack GIVEAWAY:
MooGoo is currently giving away 3 prize packs for My Funny Valentine Readers, with the following in each pack:
Full Cream ($13.50)
Cowlick Lip Balm ($4.50)
Evening Primrose Oil (rrp $15.90)
Shea Sorbet Balm ($17.95)
Oil Cleansing Method- Normal Skin (rrp $24.90)
Total value of $76.30
The giveaway is open to all Australian residents (or anyone with an Australian postal address). It will be open for 2 weeks and 3 winners will be chosen on the 19th June via a random number generator, winners will be contacted by email – please leave an email contact detail on at least one of your entries. If I don’t get a response within a week, another winner will be chosen.
note: PR samples provided for review.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Jun 4th, 2015 in Giveaways, Reviews, Skincare | 112730 comments. MooGoo+Shea+Sorbet+Balm+Review+%28and+a+Winter+Skin+Rescue+Giveaway%21%292015-06-04+06%3A01%3A02myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D11273
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