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Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly, Eye Cream, and Radiance Toner

Burt's Bees Radiance Night Cream with Royal Jelly, Eye Cream, and Radiance Toner

Royal Jelly is made by worker bees to nourish queen bees. It is rich in nutrients and has been used for centuries for skin care as well as various ailments- check out Sarah’s post on The Science Of Beauty for an excellent background review of royal jelly in skin care.

Burt’s Bees Radiance line is focussed on harnessing the anti-aging and skin nourishing benefits of royal jelly. The Radiance line got a bit of a packaging makeover recently so I was contacted about trying the line out for myself.


Radiance Night Cream

Burt’s Bees Radiance Night Cream is a medium weight moisturiser well suited for dry skin all year round or oilier skin types in winter. It features royal jelly as it’s star ingredient and various plant oils (primarily sweet almond oil)  and botanical extracts (horsetail extract, rosemary leaf. Ingredient wise- it’s a lovely formulation, with no petrochemical fillers, glycols, parabens, and other nasties, but it does have an artificial fragrance. The scent is quite strong and irks my nose a little (although I’ve gotten use to it after several weeks of use), so if you’re sensitive to fragrance check this out in person first.

I do find that it needs a bit of massaging to get this to fully absorb into the skin. A toner helps this product sink in considerably easier- which is where the Radiance Toner with Royal Jelly comes in!

Ingredients: aqua (water, eau), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, stearic acid, glycerin, tapioca starch, cholesterol, lecithin, parfum (fragrance), royal jelly, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, citrus medica limonum (lemon bioflavonoids) peel extract, equisetum hyemale (horsetail) extract, humulus lupulus (hops) extract, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, pinus strobus (pine tree) cone extract, beta-carotene, olus (vegetable oil, huile vegetale), xanthan gum, chlorphenesin, phenoxyethanol, butylphenyl methylpropional, citronellol, hexyl cinnamal, hydroxycitronellal, hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde, isoeugenol, limonene, linalool

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Posted by on Sep 9th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 28comments

Jurlique Daily Moisture Balancing Serum, Jurlique Advanced Eye Serum review

Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum

Jurlique Rose Plus Daily Moisture Balancing Serum Review


I have been trying a few Jurlique serums in the past month, and my favourites are their lovely Daily Moisture Balancing Serum and their Advanced Eye Serum.

The Jurlique Rose Moisture Plus has been fantastic for my parched skin during winter. I use it after cleansing, and before applying my moisturiser- the humectant (water retaining) properties of this serum gives the skin a hydration boost and seems to make subsequent skin care products sink into my skin better.It also incorporates lovely botanical extracts like rose hip oil, hibiscus extract, camellia leaf extract, and green tea extract. My skin feels more plump and happy when I’ve used this consistantly underneath my usual skin care.

It is light in texture and absorbs pretty fast, although there is a slight residual tackiness (from the glycerin), that will disappear when you add the moisturiser on top. I use a pea sized amount- morning and night.

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Posted by on Aug 13th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 196comments


MooGoo Milk Shampoo, Milk Wash, Scalp Cream, Full Cream: Review and Giveaway

MooGoo Milk Shampoo, Milk Wash, Scalp Cream, Full Cream: Review and Giveaway

MooGoo Scalp Cream ($17.90)It is packaged in a 120ml tube and a 270g pump bottle.

MooGoo Scalp Cream (and their Milk Shampoo, of course)  have been a godsend for my dermatitis-prone scalp and hairline. When my scalp is particularly dry, irritated, or itchy it feels incredibly soothing to massage it in and there is almost instant relief from itchiness.

The formula uses anti-inflammatory actives and base ingredients (allantoin, aloe vera, hydrolyzed milk protein) as well as an anti- fungal (Piroctone Olamine). It is unique in that it is completely free from irritants often found in drugstore scalp care products (sulphates, glycols) and is safe to use on babies. For severe chronic inflammation you will probably still need prescription medication, but this should reduce dosage requirements for anti-inflammatories like topical steroids (which come with unwanted long term side effects).

I like using it before I wash my hair- massaging the scalp cream in for a good few minutes to loosen dandruff, then leaving it in for 10-20 mins before I shower.

MooGoo Scalp Cream ingredients: Aqua, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Squalene (Olive), Hydrolized Milk Protein, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Allantoin, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Piroctone Olamine, Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride (Guar Gum), Polysorbate 60 (Food Grade Emulsifier), Mel (Honey), Acetum (Apple Cider Vinegar), Pyrus Communis (Pear) Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract.


MooGoo Scalp Cream, MooGoo Full Cream review


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Posted by on Jun 16th, 2014 in Giveaways, Skincare | 218comments


Winter Skin Care Favourites 2014: Face and Body



As we roll into the chilly season I wanted to do a round up of my recent favourite skin care products for the cold weather. My skin is dry and tends to be sensitive- so I normally stick to sulphate free cleansers, rich moisturisers, and gentle exfoliants in my routine. I’ve tried a fair number of products in the last 12 months (#beautybloggerlife), and these are my must-haves. Many of them I’ve already reviewed- products reviewed will have an active link.


Sukin Replenishing Night Cream

This night cream works well all year round me- sinks right into the skin with no greasy residue, leaving skin velvety soft. The Sukin Replenishing Night Cream is probably my most repurchased moisturiser (on to my 5th or 6th jar now) because my skin adores it and it is priced very reasonably.

Kosmea Rose Hip oil

Another staple that I’ve used for years- once a week in warmer months and every other day in colder months. Packed full of skin loving nutrients, I think of it as my multivitamin pill for the skin.

Lush Ultrabland

Probably the most gentle cleanser I’ve tried, yet also the most effective with removing waterproof makeup. Amazing. And affordable!

Lush Angels On Bare Skin

My skin likes exfoliants that have densely packed exfoliating particles and no sharp edges (no seed husks please). This one is all that and more (anti-inflammatory, nice smelling, softening, super gentle), leaving my winter skin happy for days.

Jojoba Co.  Intensive Overnight Renewal Cream

This one is very rich for super thirsty skin, which is how mine are in this current climate (Canberra is very dry at the best of times, and the heating doesn’t help). My skin feels plump and soft straight after massaging this in, and feels great the next day. It’s quite a heavy formula – not one for the oilier skin types, and probably too rich for warmer months even for me.

As with every skin care product I use, this has no petrochemicals or artificial fillers. It features Jojoba oil, CoQ10, green tea, beta glucan, argan oil, and wild yam.

Dermalogica Ultracalming  Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30+

A good every day sunscreen with mineral sunblockers- titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.




Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Creme

Thick and a bit sticky like honey but so effective on gnarly feet like mine when nothing else will work. I suggest putting socks on over the top after applying because it can be a bit tacky after application- but it’s worth the extra fuss for problem feet.

Kosmea Rose Hand Cream

Recently tried the new Kosmea Rose Hand cream, and it’s a hydrating, rose scented marvel!

Aveda Stress Fix Body Creme

Wonderfully scented with lavender and clary sage essential oils, and super rich shea buttery goodness- I’ve become quite fond of this for cold weather. As with all the products on this list- no petrochemicals or other nasties are in the ingredient list.

The Jojoba Company Tuberose and Clementine Body Souffle

Like  Aveda, The Jojoba Company also does a rich-but-easy-to-absorb body moisturiser that I’ve always liked for times when my skin is at it’s driest and most sensitive.

Lush Buffy Body Butter Exfoliant

I’ve gone through 4 bars in the past 6 months- feels awesome massaged into the skin in the shower and does double duty exfoliating and moisturising (the shea butter stays on the skin so you don’t need to use body lotion after showering).

People For Plants Lip Balm

I’ve tried quite a lot of lip balms this year, and these are one of the riches, most moisturising stick balms I’ve tried recently.


note: PR has kindly supplied some of the products for photography purposes. 

Posted by on Jun 5th, 2014 in Reviews, Skincare | 10comments

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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 | 111comments


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