Saturday Skin Care: Kosmea Rose Hip Oil

Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil

From Kosmea website:

Nature’s first aid kit for the skin and a fantastic anti-ageing beauty oil! Also perfect for mother and baby!

Rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants, this easily-absorbed oil is a real treat for the skin. It may help smooth wrinkles, even out skin tone, reduce appearance of scars, moisturise and soothe dry skin, nourish and hydrate ageing skin, balance oily skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes. Great for giving that glow to dull, tired skin!   

Price: 20mL:  AU$24.95,   42mL: AU$44.95

Availability: www.kosmea.com.au, David Jones (Australia), selected pharmacies and health food stores. Check website for international stockists.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil

 

Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil is the first pure plant oil I tried, back in 2009, and this product singlehandedly started my passion for organic skin care. I remember the first time I used it- the idea of applying an oil to my face was completely alien to me, but when I saw the results I was hooked. In fact, I remember posting about Kosmea’s Rose Hip Oil when my blog was only 2 weeks old (awwww..) here.

Rose Hip Oil, when extracted properly, is a powerhouse of antioxidants, with  high levels of Vitamin A, Lycopene, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and Beta Carotene. This makes it great for fighting oxidative damage, healing acne scarring, and bumping up collagen production.

I like to use it straight after a shower, when my skin is maximally receptive to treatment. After massaging about 4-5 drops into my skin, the oil absorbs very quickly and I’m left with glowy supple skin. The best bit is waking up the next morning to beautifully plumped skin. I use it about 3-4x a week.

Kosmea Skin Clinic Organic Rose Hip Oil

 

The Rose Hip Oil itself is a deep orange colour, and has a wheat-ish herbaceous smell. I know some do find the smell a little too strong for their liking but I really don’t mind it at all, particularly since it’s a good sign that the oil has been minimally processed (if you buy a Rose Hip Oil that has no smell, it has been deodorised and probably gone through harsh extraction processes which destroy the nutrients in the oil).

Because the antioxidants and nutrients in the Rose Hip Oil does tend to react with sunlight and air over time, I prefer to buy the smaller 20mL bottle and replenish my supply more often to ensure freshness. The 20mL bottle lasts me about 6 months.

 

Have you used this liquid gold?

note: this product was sent to me by PR.

Posted by on Aug 14th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 3comments

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Taupe and Tangerine- FOTD feat. Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow and Illamasqua Ignite

Face of the day with Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow and Illamasqua Ignite lipstick

Face of the day with Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow and Illamasqua Ignite lipstick

 

It was Taupe love at first swatch.

When I ordered Fyrinnae Beholder loose eyeshadow it was as an afterthought because my order was initially just for the Pixie Epoxy glitter base from Fyrinnae. Now I’m seriously considering getting a backup of Beholder, even though there is enough in the jar to last me several taupe lifetimes.

I’ll be swatching and reviewing Beholder, as well as the other Fyrinnae shadows that I ordered in a post sometime next week but for now here is the FOTD that I wore to the performance of Don Quixote.

Makeup breakdown:

Eyes:

– UDPP

– MAC Omega e/s in crease

– Fyrinnae ‘Beholder’ loose eye shadow

– MAC Mystery eyeshadow to deepen outer V

Cheeks:

–  MAC Peaches powder blush

– MAC Gingerly powder blush

Lips:

-Illamasqua ‘Ignite’ lipstick

Red orange lipstick and taupe eyeshadow Face of the Day

Face of the day with Fyrinnae Beholder eyeshadow and Illamasqua Ignite lipstick

Posted by on Aug 11th, 2011 in Eye shadow, FOTD, Illamasqua, Uncategorized | 2comments

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MOR Lychee Flower Lip Nectar: review swatches and FOTD

MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower packaging

MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower packaging

 

Description taken from MOR website..

This high-gloss Lip Nectar renders sweet lips that beg to be kissed! Worn alone or over lipstick, create the perfect pout that will leave admirers swooning

Produced with sparkling sweet lychee flowers united with ripe Berries, soft powdery Florals and the slightest hint of Green Forest Woods

price: AU$19.95 / US$14.00

Availability: www.morcosmetics.com (ships internationally) , Myer department store (Australia)

MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower

MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower

While I was having a browse through Myer last week, I made a beeline for the MOR section to have a play with their products and better acquaint myself with their scents.

My greedy little eyes fell on the MOR Lip Nectars in probably the most elaborate packaging I have ever seen encasing a lip gloss. Of course, I needed wanted to make it mine. I picked Lychee Flower because it was a beautiful colour, and one of the more pigmented glosses in their range.

Colour:

Lychee Flower deepened petal pink with no shimmer and an incredible glassy shine. So so beautiful.

It has quite good pigmentation for a gloss, with about 40% coverage with one layer.

MOR Lip Nectar Lychee Flower Swatch

MOR Lip Nectar Lychee Flower Swatched

Texture:

I found the Lip Nectars quite comfortable on the lips, although they do have quite a thick texture, and a moderate amount of tackiness similar in feel to MAC Lipglasses. Personally I don’t mind a little bit of tackiness because it usually means that the gloss is going to be longer wearing.

I’d make sure to tie my hair up if I’m wearing this on a windy day though!

lip swatch: MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower

lip swatch: MOR Little Luxuries Lip Nectar in Lychee Flower

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Posted by on Aug 9th, 2011 in FOTD, Lip Gloss, Reviews, Swatches | 4comments

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Skin Care Sunday: Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream

 

Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream review
Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream

Enjoy the silky, mousse-like texture of this cleanser whilst your skin enjoys the results: a smoother, more refined and instantly brighter complexion. Active fruit enzymes from Papaya and Pineapple gently polish skin, removing the build up of old skin cells and impurities that can dull your complexion. Licorice and Mulberry extracts brighten and refine your skin tone, while pure plant oils Jojoba, Sunflower and Vitamin E help to nourish and soothe, leaving skin perfectly primed for maximum serum and moisturiser absorption. [description from Trilogy website]

price: 150ml  $39.95

availability:  www.trilogyproducts.com , Myer department store (AUS) , selected pharmacies. For international stockists check the website.

Review

In my opinion, exfoliation is a very important part of any anti-aging skin care regime, and I’m a big believer in mixing exfoliation methods for best results on the skin. So I would normally use a physical exfoliant (ie. my Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant) 2x a week and a chemical exfoliant (e.g. MD Formulations 10% Glycolic cleaser) once a week.

Until now I haven’t tried an enzyme exfoliant, so when the new Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream came out on the 1st of July I was pretty stoked to be given a chance to trial it.

Trilogy’s Age Proof range seems to be their more upmarket range- the packaging as well as the feel of their product are more luxe, and, as the name suggests, the products in this range boast anti aging actives as well as the usual botanicals in their regular range.

The Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream is a silky, almost mousse- like cream consistency and feels really good when massaged into the skin. It rinses clean leaving my skin feeling touchably soft and refined. I did not experience any stinging or redness after daily use (although I did pare down my usual exfoliation regime whilst using this) so I would say that this is a nice AHA alternative for sensitive skin.

Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream

Trilogy Age Proof Active Enzyme Cleansing Cream swatched.

It gently exfoliates to some extent but I did feel the need for a physical exfoliant about twice a week to do remove the more resistant dead skin buildup. Although it does contain licorice and mulberry extracts which are ingredients known to lighten skin through inhibition of melanin production, I did not notice any lightening from this product- most probably because the extracts are only in contact with the skin for a short period of time. Perhaps used in the long term a brightening/lightening effect might become more obvious but at this point it’s difficult to say.

 
Have you used an enzyme exfoliating product before? Likes/dislikes? I’d love to know! 
 
Full ingredient list : Aqua (Purified Spring Water), Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (and) Glycerin (and), Jojoba Esters, Xanthan Gum, Papaya Extract, Pineapple Fruit Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry Root) Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Seed Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado Fruit) Oil, Ormenis Multicaulis (Chamomile Flower) Oil, Althea Officinalis (Marshmallow) Extract, Glycerin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extrac, Parfum, Titanium Dioxide, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin

 note: this product was sent to me for consideration by PR

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Posted by on Aug 7th, 2011 in Reviews, Skincare | 0 comments.

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