Kosmea launched their limited edition Summer Essentials collection earlier in November this year. It contains five of their best selling products selected to provide all round skincare: cleansing, hydrating, revitalising, and anti aging in travel friendly sizes.
The collection includes:
• Clarifying Facial Wash 20mL
• Hydrating Rosewater Mist 25mL
• Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil 10mL
• Radiance 24/7 Youth Boost 10mL
• Replenishing Moisture Cream 20mL
The Clarifying Facial Wash, Kosmea Rose Hip Oil, and Replenishing Moisture cream are amongst my favourite skin care products and have been reviewed previously on this blog. The only thing that I can fault about this set is the fact that I took about 4 days to polish off the little 20mL bottle of Replenishing Moisture Cream- whereas the bottles of oils will last several months each, which makes it a bit difficult logistically if you are using this as a travel pack. For travel, I think it would make more sense to only have one type of oil serum, and double the size of moisturiser.
All in all- a great selection of products, at a pretty awesome price.
Price: Valued at $74.75, RRP $29.95
Availability: Terry White Chemists, selected pharmacies, David Jones, and selected health food stores.
There are 3 Dermalogical Limited Edition Sets 2013- one for skin prone to dryness (The Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set, $71) , one for oily skin (the Active Moist Gift Set $67.50), and one for prematurely aging skin (Super Rich Repair Gift Set, $110) .
My skin falls into the first category so that’s the one I trialled. The Skin Smoothing Cream Gift Set contains a travel size PreCleanse and Special Cleansing Gel, as well as a full sized Skin Smoothing Cream.
I’ve been wanting to try the Dermalogica PreCleanse for some time now, because I’m always on the look out for good oil based, non sulphate, cleansers. I quite like it- it’s light, smells pretty, and does a decent job of cleansing without stripping the skin. Although PreCleanse is meant to be used with the Special Cleansing Gel, my skin prefers to use it on it’s own since I prefer a sulphate free cleansing regime.
The skin smoothing cream is very rich and emollient- great for keeping flakey skin at bay, I’m especially fond of using this around my nose in cold weather.
RRP $71 incl. GST
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Recent launches at the body shop are the new Color Crush Lipsticks and their Camomile Collection. Let’s have a look at these shall we?
The Body Shop Color Crush lipsticks are formulated with crushed pigments and fair trade marula oil, sourced from a Women’s Co-operative in Namibia.
I find these creamy and very comfortable on the lips, although you will need to reapply quite often to keep the colour intensity up (every hour on my lips).
(left to right) Spice Things Up, Red Siren, Innocent Pink
Price: RRP $23.95 AUD
Availability: The Body Shop stores
Innocent Pink is a pale bubble gum pink with medium opacity. It’s a little too pale for me to pull off.
Spice Things Up is a pigmented pearly medium rose mauve. I wasn’t expecting to like it because I don’t generally like pearly/frosty finishes, but this one is super pretty for work.
Red Siren is a full coverage true red. It’s a very easy to wear, creamy weekend red to wear with jeans or a summer dress.
As you may know, I’m a big fan of cleansing oils because they are free from sulphates and soaps- cleansing the skin without stripping it. This one is lovely to use- light weight and smelling like white lilies and camomile. It’s best for days when you’re not wearing too much waterproof makeup.
This is a marvelous makeup remover for the price point! So pleasant to use, and I find that it is very effective on tough to remove eye makeup. I love that it’s alcohol free and ideal for sensitive skin.
note: these products were sent by PR for review purposes. See my editorial policy in the PR tab for more info.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Nov 22nd, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 88520 comments. The+Body+Shop+Color+Crush+Lipstick+and+Camomile+Collection2013-11-22+09%3A52%3A19myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8852
About 2 months ago, I was properly introduced to Lush products for the first time at the Lush Melbourne Bloggers event. Prior to this I must admit that I had never really walked into a Lush store before, mostly because I was under the impression that all their products were heavily fragranced (potentially irritating to my sensitive skin). I’m glad I got a chance to try a selection of their best sellers, because I’ve discovered some new HG products (Ultrabland and Angels) – which I have repurchased since.
Some of the products that Lush very generously gave me to try included their Ultrabland cleanser, Angels On Bare Skin exfoliant, Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner, Skin’s Shangri-La, Dream Cream, Bubblegum Lip Scrub, and some makeup items from their new Emotional Brilliance range (separate review coming soon).
$17.95 / 45g
Ultrabland is a thick beeswax and almond oil based cleansing balm that smells faintly of real honeycomb. It is semi solid in the pot- to use the product you scoop out a pea sized amount and rub it between your palms to warm it up. You then massage it onto the face, concentrating on the areas with the most makeup (for me it’s the eyes and lashes). I use a hot face towel to remove everything and then do a final rinse with warm water.
This product is incredible for my dry sensitive skin- it cleanses well and leaves my skin feeling incredibly soft afterwards. I was quite surprised that the face towel removed the cleanser as well as it does, given that there is no emulsifier in the formula. Unlike some cleansing oils I’ve used- this does not leave an oily film on my skin afterwards. It also seems to calm my skin down when it’s irritated, and after a couple of weeks of daily use I can honestly say that my skin is significantly less red/flaky and generally happier.
One 45g pot lasted me a month and a half, with twice daily use. I’ve since restocked.
And of course, it is sulphate free.
Lush Ultrabland Ingredients List:
Almond Oil (Prunus dulcis), Rose Water (Rosa damascena), Beeswax (Cera alba), Honey (Honey), Fresh Iris Extract (Iris florentina), Glycerine (Glycerine), Rose Absolute (Rosa damascena), Tincture of Benzoin (Styrax benzoin), Propylparaben (Propylparaben)
Keep reading after the jump!myfunnyvalentine on Nov 12th, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 84690 comments. Lush+skin+care%3A+Ultrabland%2C+Angels+On+Bare+Skin%2C+Ro%27s+Argan+Body+Conditioner%2C+and+more..2013-11-11+22%3A50%3A16myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8469
I picked up the Lush Buffy bar the other day after Sharleena’s post about the Body Butters piqued my curiosity. The Lush Body Butters are exfoliating bars enriched with rich plant butters like cocoa butter and shea butter and are made to be used in the shower.
The ground up bits are little rough on sensitive areas like my stomach and decolletage, but for legs, elbows, back, and backside (“Slay that cellulite”) it works an absolute treat.Sloughs off dead skin effectively, and the best thing is that the rich cocoa and shea butter stays on your skin making it unnecessary to use a body cream afterwards. My skin feels baby soft and hydrated afterwards.
Yay for cutting the amount of shivering time in the cold out of the shower!
My only gripe with Buffy is that although the emollient film left on the skin is great for the winter months, I can imagine it would be a bit much as nights get hotter- especially if you’re jumping straight into bed afterwards.
Price: $13.95 / 90g $24.95 / 200g
Availability: Lush stores and online at lush.com.au
Cocoa Butter (Theobroma cacao), Shea Butter (Butyrospermum parkii), Ground Rice (Oryza sativa), Ground Almonds (Prunus dulcis), Ground Aduki Beans (Phaseolus angularis), Perfume (Perfume), Lavender Oil ((Lavandula angustifolia)), Lemon Oil (Citrus limonum), *Citral (*Citral), *Limonene (*Limonene), *Linalool (*Linalool)Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Oct 1st, 2013 in Skincare | 85610 comments. Lush+Buffy+Body+Butter+Exfoliant+Review+2013-10-01+01%3A29%3A10myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D8561
Tags: Sulphate Free Skincare
The Radiant Skin Satin Finish foundation (70AUD/ 40mL) is a matte finish, medium buildable coverage liquid foundation. The amount of coverage (enough to even out my skin tone, and allows just a hint of my freckles to show through) is the perfect amount for everyday. It is designed for normal to oily skin types, and is formulated with “sebum-absorbing properties” and a “soft- focus complex”.
My skin is on the dry side, so this product isn’t a great match for my skin- it comes out super matte on me and tends to emphasize dry areas on my face. I imagine it would work better with oilier skin types.
When I told Effie from BECCA about this, she recommended trying prepping the skin with the BECCA Radiant Primer (a dewy finish primer) first underneath the foundation- this certainly makes the foundation work much better on me (pictured below). Using a mineral sunscreen underneath also helps, but the primer is better for longevity. Keep scrolling for my review of the BECCA Radiance Primer..
Clearly I was not paying attention when I applied my lipstick here. Sigh.
The BECCA Radiance Primer (55 AUD, 40mL) is a water based, silicone free primer- this is my first illuminating primer. In the past I’ve used the Napoleon Autopilot Primer, MUFE HD Primer, Smashbox photofinish primer – all of which give a more or less matte/velvet finish. I really love the dewy glow that this primer gives me, and it’s quickly become one of my ‘desert island’ beauty products.
Not only does it give dull and/or dry skin a perky glow- it also does a great job of keeping foundation looking fresh from morning to late evening.
There is gold microshimmer visible in the product straight out of the tube. At first I was worried that my face was going to be a sparkly disco ball- but thankfully once blended on the skin the gold shimmer is no longer visible and you are just left with a natural looking dewiness.
I like using a pea sized amount of this underneath my foundation, but you can also blend it in with your foundation if you want to amp up the dewiness (see this in action on Reika from Front Row Beauty). This one is probably best for normal to dry skin- BECCA has a range of other primers, including a mattifying one for oilier skin types.
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Glycerides, Glyceryl Stearate, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Ceteth-20,1,2-Hexanediol, Caprylyl Glycol, Xanthan Gum, PEG-75 Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides, Polyaminopropyl Biguanide, Spilanthes Acmella Extract, Tropolone
note: These products were sent to me by PR for consideration. See editorial policy in the PR tab for more details