I’ve been testing a couple of Dermalogica exfoliants in the past few months. Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant works better on my dry skin than their clay based Skin Prep Scrub, so this is the one that I tested for the longest.
This powerful, self-heating skin polisher combines physical and chemical exfoliants to refine skin texture, promote skin firmness, and enhance penetration of age-fighting vitamins into skin. Antioxidants help suppress the formation of collagen-degrading MMPs, brighten skin tone, defend against damaging free radicals (Reactive Oxygen Species) and help promote skin firmness. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.
The Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant is a self-heating physical and chemical exfoliant (primary physical exfoliating properties) with some anti-aging actives thrown in.
It has good physical exfoliating action, with the perfect particle size and density to effectively polish skin surface. The product is thick and creamy- with the consistency (and appearance) of creamed honey, which works well in a scrub. The Thermafoliant leaves my skin polished and soft, but you do need to follow with a moisturiser.
The thermal reaction on contact with the skin gives this product a bit of a ‘wow factor’, and makes you feel like you’re in a day spa. Yes- it is gimmicky, but I like it!
The anti-aging actives in this product include retinol and Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, both of which I quite like in my night time skin routine. The short contact time of a cleansing product does tend to limit the effectiveness of those actives, but I suppose it’s still something (also I do like to leave this on as sort of a treatment mask for a few minutes to increase absorption time).
The chemical exfoliating properties of this scrub is uncertain. There are some AHAs (lactic acid) and BHAs (salicylic acid) in the formula, but these are neutralised by the high concentration of alkaline Sodium Bicarbonate. It’s difficult to get around this pH issue, given that the sodium bicarbonate is responsible for the heat on contact with the skin.
This is why I would consider this as primarily a physical exfoliant- but a decent one.
Dermalogica Multivitamin Thermafoliant Ingredients:
PEG-6, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Oxide, C20-40 Pareth-10, Silica, Salicylic Acid, Retinol, Lactic Acid, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus Flower Extract, Tocopherol, Citric Acid, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Oil, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Bixa Orellana Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Linalool, Limonene, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Eugenia Caryophyllus (Clove) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Oil, Citrus Medica (Lemon) Peel Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil
note: this product was provided by PR for consideration. See editorial policy in PR tab for more info.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Feb 5th, 2014 in Skincare | 97960 comments. Dermalogica+Multivitamin+Thermafoliant+Review2014-02-05+12%3A33%3A17myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9796
The Jojoba Company’s 2014 Christmas Starter Pack ($59.95) contains a selection of travel sized versions of their best sellers. The Starter pack is great for gifting (last minute Christmas presents, anyone?) and also as a comprehensive skin care regime to take with you when you travel. I’ve always been a big fan of their cold pressed Australian Jojoba Oil for my DIY skin care products like my Vitamin C, E, jojoba serum, and also have loved their Intense Overnight Renewal Cream for my dry skin. The Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser is a new favourite.
Jojoba Bead Facial Cleanser 20ml:
A creamy sulphate free cleanser with jojoba beads which feel nice when massaged into the skin. After using this for a week or so, I’ve become a big fan of how it cleanses thoroughly without stripping my dry skin. This is something I would repurchase.
Jojoba Absolute Serum 3ml:
Absolute Serum is an anti-aging serum with di-peptide carnosine and silymarin (an antioxidant found in milk thistle). This leaves my skin feeling nice, and is a pleasure to use- however, I can’t comment on the efficacy of the actives based on using 3ml over 4 uses.
CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum 3ml:
CoQ10 is a great antioxidant that I’m a fan of using in my skin care. Just like the Jojoba Absolute Serum, it feels lovely on the skin, but I can’t really comment on the efficacy of this based on 3-4 uses.
Hydrating Day Cream 30ml:
I really liked this lightweight moisturiser for day time- it’s very hydrating, fast absorbing, and works well under makeup. The formula includes green tea, siberian ginseng and olive leaf extracts, as well as anti-inflammatory chamomile and beta glucan.
Intense Overnight Renewal Cream 20ml:
A rediscovered favourite moisturiser! I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this night cream after using it a few years back- it is very nourishing and leaves my skin soft, plump, and glowing. Formula includes CoQ10, green tea, beta glucan, argan oil, and wild yam. Another product I would repurchase.
100% Natural Makeup Remover 30ml:
I’m a big fan of oil based cleansers and makeup removers, so I was quite keen to try this one out. It’s quite gentle and works well on removing things like foundation and light eye makeup application, but struggles with mascara and anything waterproof.
note: products sent by PR for review. See editorial policy in PR tab for more details.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 19th, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 92730 comments. Jojoba+Company+Starter+Pack+Christmas+Edition%3A+Review2013-12-19+03%3A54%3A56myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9273
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
note: these products were sent by PR for consideration. See my editiorial policy in the PR tab for more info.Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Dec 1st, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 92120 comments. Travel%2FGift+Sets%3A+Kosmea+Summer+Essentials+and+Dermalogica+Skin+Smoothing+Gift+Set2013-12-01+12%3A08%3A36myfunnyvalentinehttp%3A%2F%2Fmyfunnyvalentineblog.com%2F%3Fp%3D9212
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!Posted by myfunnyvalentine on Nov 12th, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 84692commentsLush+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