These are a few of my favourite things: Winter 2013

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It’s been awhile since I did a ‘favourites’ post (could it really be since March 2012?), so I thought I would share some products that I’ve been loving over the past few months.




In the past month or so I’ve been pretty lazy with makeup- minimal eye makeup with a focus on lips. In winter, every extra minute in bed is worth it’s weight in gold.

These are the lip products that I have been on high rotation. I absolutely love all of them, and really am kicking myself for not getting a backup of the sadly discontinued Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon.

Becca Ultimate Colour Gloss in Berry Twist*

Chanel Rouge Allure Laque in Dragon

Burberry Lip Velvet Antique Pink

Burberry Lip Velvet Rose Pink


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Posted by on Jul 28th, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 356comments

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Sulphate Free Skincare Review: A’kin Rose & Geranium Pure Creamy Cleanser & Toner in One



This is the first post of my sulphate free skin care series- exciting stuff! In my last post I wrote about what sulphates are and why I avoid them. Over the coming months I’ll be reviewing different sulphate free cleansers, concentrating on the formulations and also reporting back on how my skin has gotten on with them (I have normal to dry, sensitive skin)

A’kin says…

Remove makeup and impurities naturally with A’kin’s Rose & Geranium Pure Creamy Cleanser & Toner in One. Enriched with certified organic Australian avocado oil, shea butter, and olive squalane, A’kin’s  creamy facial cleanser gently and effectly cleanses- removing both face and eye makeup. A’kin’s natural facial cleanser also tones skin with the help if witch hazel. A best seller in the A’kin natural facial skincare range, A’kin Rose & Geranium Pure Creamy Cleanser & Toner in One in an essential part of your natural skincare regime.

star ingredients: panthenol (vitamin B5) for calming and soothing; olive squalane; shea butter; natural panama bark for cleansing; and witch hazel to refine pores.

Price: $29.95  for 225mL

availability: David Jones, Priceline,, selected pharmacies and health food stores. See for more stockists.


I first tried the A’kin Rose and Geranium Pure Cleanser and Toner in One almost two years ago as part of a Bellabox I reviewed earlier  (in this post), and at the time I remember thinking that it was the best cream cleanser that I had come across. That hasn’t changed.

Unlike some of the creamy cleansers I’ve tried in the past which sometimes leaves the skin feeling not quite clean (*ahem* Kosmea Purifying Cream Cleanser), the A’kin Rose and Geranium Pure Cleanser and Toner in One makes my skin feel deeply cleansed and refreshed- I suspect the astringent properties of witch hazel helps to balance the rich moisturizing ingredients in the formula. My skin not only feels clean, but velvety soft- this combination has really won me over.

The surfactants in this product are glyceryl laurate, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Lecithin – all these are gentle surfactants that also have skin conditioning and humectant properties. No sulphates in this formula, of course.  The anti-inflammatory ingredients in this cleanser are great for those with sensitive skin- Panthenol (provitamin B5) and Jojoba oil are ingredients I love using in my own DIY formulations for calming the skin. This formula is going to work best for normal to dry skin-  from some of the reviews on it sounds like oilier skinned individualsmay find this formula a bit too emollient.

A’kin products are cruelty free and uses eco friendly packaging.



Fusanus Spicatus Wood (West Australian Sandalwood) Oil, Glycerin^, squalane (from olives), Sesamum Indicum (Sesame) Seed Oil, Sorbitol (from Gmo Free Maize), Glyceryl Laurate^, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Certified Organic), Glyceryl Stearate^, Cetearyl Alcohol^, Sodium Gluconate (from Gmo Free Corn), Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Aqua (Purified Australian Water Bp 2007 Standard), Soy Lecithin (Gmo Free), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil (Cold Pressed Australian Grown), Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil (Cold Pressed Australian Grown), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (from Palm), Sodium Hydroxymethylglycinate, Persia Gratissima (Avocado) Oil (Cold Pressed Australian Grown) (Certified Organic), Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Panthenol (Pro Vit B5), Rosa Centifolia (Rose) Flower Water, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate^, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate^, Lecithin (and) Tocopherol (and) Ascorbyl Palmitate (and) Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate, Stear


note: this product was provided to me by PR. See my editorial policy in the PR tab for more info. 

Posted by on Jun 4th, 2013 in Reviews, Skincare | 226comments

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Cold Weather Skin Care Routine: Kosmea, A’Kin, Burt’s Bees, DIY OCM cleanser

In the last couple of weeks the temperature has dropped pretty dramatically where I live, and I’ve started (reluctantly) to turn on my reverse cycle air con for heating each morning and evening.

This time each year my skin tends to become very dry, sensitive, and I can start to look like snake lady if I’m not careful. This post is about what I’m using at the moment to give my autumn skin some TLC- so far my skin is going really well with this regime.


 Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream


Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream

Since trying the Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream for the first time as part of the Kosmea Travel Set, It has quickly become a staple in my regime. I use this as both my day and night moisturizer (one of those rare products that is rich enough for overnight treatment of my dry skin, yet absorbs quickly and completely to form a great base for makeup during the day). It leaves my skin beautifully soft, balanced, and nourished.

It’s chock full of luxurious botanicals- green tea extract, carrot oil, nettle extract, horsetail extract, and of course, a high concentration of their certified organic  rose hip oil.

Kosmea Replenishing Moisture Cream

Price: $44.95 AUD/ 50mL

Availability: , (free shipping) , David Jones

Full Ingredients List: 

Water (Aqua), Rosa Eglentaria (Rose Hip) Seed Oil*, Cetyl Esters, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Aniba Rosaeodora (Rosewood) Wood Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Extract, Rosa Damascena (Rose) Flower Water, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum (St. John’s Wort) Extract, Daucus Carota Sativa (Carrot) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea),Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Tocopherol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Beta-Carotene, Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Root Extract, Maltodextrin, Silica, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol, Benzyl Benzoate, d-Limonene, Eugenol.

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

DIY Oil Cleansing Method facial cleanser


DIY OCM facial cleanser

DIY OCM facial cleanser


I’ve been wanting to try OCM (Oil Cleansing Method) since early last year, and even more so after hearing about Sarah’s fantastic experience with it (she describes it in detail including her recipe in this post on ).

OCM has quite a cult following across all skin types for it’s ability to dissolve the sebum plugs that form blackheads, and it’s ability to cleanse dry skin while reducing Transepidermal Water Loss .

My favourite thing about using OCM is that it is FREAKIN AMAZING at removing stubborn eye makeup. I just massage the OCM cleanser onto my skin, and then remove it with a fairly warm washcloth. Waterproof mascara no where to be found. True story.


Current OCM mix:

10% Castor Oil

20% Polysorbate 80  (emulsifier)

40% Olive Oil

30%  Apricot Kernal Oil


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Posted by on Apr 18th, 2012 in DIY Skin Care, Reviews, Skincare | 1,683comments

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Saturday Skin Care: A’kin Sandalwood and Sweet Orange Invigorating Body Scrub

A'kin Sandalwood and Sweet Orange Invigorating Body Scrub

A'kin Sandalwood and Sweet Orange Invigorating Body Scrub

Description of product from website:

“A gel base body scrub fragranced with the finest sweet orange and mandarin oils combined with ultra-fine beads of natural silica. It gently scrubs away dead skin cells and absorbs toxic impurities and excess oils from your skin”

Price :$22.95 for 200mL

Availability: selected pharmacies and pricelines in Australia,,

A'kin Sandalwood and Sweet Orange Invigorating Body Scrub

A'kin Sandalwood and Sweet Orange Invigorating Body Scrub


This scrub is super gentle, with fine granules suspended in a gel. It’s like a body wash combined with a scrub- gentle enough to use every day and on sensitive areas like the decolletage and neck with just enough scrubbing action to get rid the grime of the day. 

Because it is so gentle, I’d say that it would be a great replacement for your body wash, however it does not exfoliate enough on it’s own to banish scaly elbows and knees. This is why I would recommend using this with a loofah a few times a week if you require a good scrubbing like me.

This A’kin scrub does not irritate my skin, nor leave it dry, but it doesn’t feel like it adds much moisture to my skin. I’d recommend following up with some kind of body moisturizer if you’re prone to dry skin.


+ pleasant orange marmalade scent

+ it’s a very gentle scrub with superfine particles, which makes it great for people with sensitive skin as well as for the decollete and neck. I’ve found it is also an awesome hand scrub.

+  leaves skin soft and allows moisturisers to penetrate deeper. 

+ can be used as a daily body wash with a kick.

+ does not leave any residue on the skin after use (unlike my Urban Rituelle Botanical Body Scrub, which I love despite this) 

+ paraben and sulfate free. No animal testing.


– does not get rid of stubborn dead skin. You will need to supplement this with a more abrasive scrub, or use this with a loofah a couple of times a week for optimal results.

– I didn’t feel like it added much moisture to my skin after use.

note: this product was sent by PR for consideration.

Posted by on Jan 21st, 2011 in Skincare | 197comments


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