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Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator and $100 Facial Co. Giveaway



I was recently given the chance to trial the SkinCeuticals Retexturing Activator by Australian beauty online retailer . SkinCeuticals has a good reputation as a skin care company that is backed up by science, and I had heard great things about their famous C E Ferulic serum- so I was looking forward to trying this product.

The Skinceuticals Retexturing Activator is basically a gentle exfoliating and hydrating serum to be used after cleansing and before any other moisturising product. It uses the chemical exfoliant hydroxyethyl urea, which is supposed to be both exfoliating and hydrating (I’m not familiar with the exfoliating properties of this compound I’m just going off information given by SkinCeuticals). Together with the humectant hyaluronate, it draws moisture to the skin – useful when ‘sealed in’ with an occlusive like a cream moisturiser or skin treatment oil.

After using this post cleanse several times a week for a month, I’ve noticed that it does seem to hydrate when used underneath my regular moisturiser- and leaves my skin a little smoother (likely due to the exfoliating properties of the urea)- but the effect is not dramatic. I haven’t noticed any adverse reactions with my sensitive skin, so this might be a good option for sensitive skin types that want to dip a toe into chemical exfoliating treatments without going into AHA/BHAs

Skinceuticals says…

Using patent-pending technology, this unique treatment contains a 25% concentration of a paradoxal compound discovered to be highly effective at promoting cell differentiation while optimizing the skin’s amino acid supply to reinforce the barrier, resulting in the most efficient epidermal renewal. Potent without harsh side effects, Retexturing Activator is formulated in an efficient, oil-free delivery system suitable for all skin types.


Price: $92.95 from Facial Co. ( $110.65 RRP)




The Facial Co. are giving away a $100 gift voucher to one lucky My Funny Valentine reader! They stock a large range of skin care and beauty brands including Essie, Orly, Dermalogica, Alpha H, Napoleon, Payot, ASAP, Clarins, Trilogy, and of course- SkinCeuticals. What will you pick up with $100 to spend?


This giveaway is open to to Australian residents and will run for 2 weeks. I will draw the winners using a random number generator and email the winners by the 7th of May 2014. If I am unable to reach a winner by 1 week a new winner will be redrawn. Good luck! 



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Posted by on Apr 22nd, 2014 in Giveaways, Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.


Sulphate Free Skincare: Subtle Energies Rasayana Body Wash and Body Scrub

Sulphate Free Skincare: Subtle Energies Rasayana Body Wash and Body Scrub


I was recently introduced to the Subtle Energies range of skin care products, and given a chance to trial the Rasayana Body Wash and Rasayana Detox Body Scrub. The Subtle Energies skin care range draws from the practice of Ayurveda aromatherapy, using rare Indian essential and base oils to treat skin conditions and to provide a ‘holistic sensory experience’.

Rasayana Body Wash ($36) is a sulphate free gel formula- it ticks all the boxes as far as being gentle on the skin and leaving the skin feeling cleansed without the squeaky clean stripped feeling. As you would expect from an Ayurveda based aromatherapy product, it has a very distinctive scent of Indian spices and herbs- cinnamon, turmeric, and a hint of ginger. The scent lingers for about 30mins.

The Rasayana Detox Body Scrub ($39.50) is a sulphate free cream/gel  exfoliant with ground nut shells as the exfoliating particles and the same spicy herbal scent of the Rasayana Body Wash. It has a reasonably good exfoliating action when used with a loofah (the consistency is a little runny so the loofah helps the product stay longer on the skin). I prefer to use it on legs and arms only, because I find that exfoliants like husks and nut shells tend to have sharp-ish edges that can irritate sensitive areas like decolletage. 

Rayasana Body Wash ingredients: aqua, disodium cocoyl glutamate, glycerin (vegetable derived), sorbitol, coco-glucoside, sodium alginate, citric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, pandanus odoratissimus (kewda) in santalum album (sandalwood) oil, ocimum sanctum (tulasi) leaf oil, curcuma aromatica (wild tumeric) root oil, citrus medica acida (limbu) oil linalool*, citral*, limonene* citronellol*, eugenol*, geraniol* (Natural constituents of essential oils)

Rasayana detox body scrub ingredients: Raqua, coco-glucoside, glycerin, cinnamomum zeylanicum (cinnamon) bark powder, juglans regia (walnut) shell powder, cetearyl olivate, s orbitan olivate,mac adamia t ernifolia (mac adam ia) seed oil, cit ric acid, xantha n gum , benzyl alcohol, sodium benzoate, benzoic acid, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, ocimum sanctum (tulasi) leaf oil, curcuma aromatica (wild tumeric) root oil, citrus medica acida (limb u ) o il citral*, geraniol*, limonene*, linalool* citronellol*, eugenol* (* Natural constituents of essential oils)

note: These products were sent to me by PR for consideration. For more details about my editorial policy, refer to the PR section.

Posted by on Apr 8th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 1 comment


Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme: Review

Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme lavender


Aveda says…
Aveda Stress-Fix™ Body Creme is a luxurious, ultra-rich all-over moisturiser, with our proven Stress-Fix™ aroma that helps relieves feelings of stress, while drenching and protecting skin with intense hydrators that work their magic for a full 24 hours.

An infusion of French-sourced essences of certified organic calming lavender, mood-boosting lavandin and uplifting clary sage harvested from small organic farms and formulated using the science of aromaology and the power of essential oils. Certified organic shea butter to replenish skin’s protective moisture barrier, certified organic sunflower oil to help skin retain its own moisture and a unique blend of sustainably harvested sea algae to deeply moisturise skin.

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I’m a fan of Aveda hair styling products (see here, and here), but this is the first time I’ve tried Aveda’s skin care line.

I’ve been trialling the new Aveda Stress-Fix Body Creme for the past month or so, and I’m really enjoying it. It has a thick, body butter consistency and a rich formula- but it sinks right into the skin without leaving a greasy or sticky residue. It leaves my skin feeling deeply hydrated. One of my pet peeves is a moisturizer is neither hydrating, nor easily absorbed (otherwise known as a waste of time). The Stress-Fix body cream is probably best used in winter for normal skin types, but for dry skinned folk like myself I think it can be used pretty well throughout the year.

I can’t say I really understand the difference between aromaology (trademarked by Aveda), and aromatherapy- but the combination of lavender and clary sage essential oils makes the product smell wonderfully wholesome- in an indulgent health spa kind of way.   I do find it a very relaxing scent, which makes the after shower ritual of massaging body cream into the skin a thoroughly enjoyable one.

It is pricey for a body cream, but if you’re looking to treat yourself over the coming cooler months you should check this one out.

Price: $59/200mL

Availability: Aveda counters and spas, or

 Note: this product was sent to me by PR for consideration. For more details see editorial policy on the PR policies tab. 

Posted by on Apr 4th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.


Dermalogica Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ Sunscreen: Review

Dermalogica Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ Sunscreen: Review


When I attended a Dermalogica event in Melbourne almost 2 years ago, I was pleasantly surprised to see a purely physical sunscreen developed for sensitive skin in their range- and even more pleasantly surprised to see that it contained a decent combined percentage of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide for everyday wear. I’ve been using this off and on for about 2 years now, and I’m not sure why it’s taken so long for me to review this.

Dermalogica Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+ (what a mouthful!) uses 9% Zinc Oxide and 7% Titanium Dioxide. For everyday wear (not sports or intensive UV exposure situations) this provides a reasonably good UVA and UVB cover, excellent photostability and safety profile. I would like to see most of the 16% as Zinc Oxide (it is the gold standard, is more photostable than Titanium Dioxide, and interestingly has less of a white cast) but I’m probably nit picking here. A good heavy duty sunscreen for sports I like to use when running is the Invisible Zinc 50+ 4Hrs Water Resistant Sunscreen (swatched below)

The Ultracalming Super Sensitive Shield sunscreen has a light fluid texture, which is quite easy to spread and sits well under makeup. There is a slight shininess after application, but once foundation is applied this is hardly noticable. There is a moderate amount of white cast on my light-medium skin, but again once foundation is applied this is not noticable. Overall a fairly elegant physical sunscreen formulation that works well as an everyday sunscreen.

My sensitive skin appreciates the fact that this uses no artificial fragrances or colours- the light scent comes from lavender and eucalyptus essential oils.

Availability: , Adore Beauty and Dermalogica counters in selected department stores and salons.

price: $62 AUD

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Posted by on Apr 1st, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare, Sunscreen | 0 comments.


People For Plants Aloe and Grapefruit Foaming Cleansing Gel: Sulphate Free Skincare



Recently I was given the opportunity to try a selection from the People For Plants range of organic skin care products, founded by horticulturalist and tv personality Jamie Durie. Their Aloe and Grapefruit Foaming Cleansing Gel is my favourite product in the range,  and an exciting addition to my sulphate free cleansers series.

People For Plants say…

Ideal for normal to combination skin, this gentle, fresh foaming cleanser blends gentle natural cleansers from olives without harsh skin drying sulphates or soap, so that your skin is never dry or tight. It works to clean away makeup, pollution and excess sebum. The result is smooth, vibrant, healthy looking skin that is genuinely clean.

The formula is elegant in it’s simplicity. The aloe base gives the product a gel consistency and a soothing quality- and the citrusy scent comes from the grapefruit essential oil (no artificial fragrances or colour); the cleansing ingredients are gentle (and of course, not a single sulphate to be seen) but effective for both dry and oilier skin types.  It’s fairly good with removing makeup, but if you come home with waterproof warpaint and sunscreen at the end of the day you might want to consider an oil based cleanser (Lush Ultrabland is my current night time cleanser of choice).

This has been my go-to morning cleanser to get my mug prepped for the day.

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