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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Cold Weather Skin Routine Sorted! Win One of 4 Sukin Skincare Packs

Sukin skin care blog giveaway

It’s giveaway time again!

We have partnered with Sukin Australian Natural Skincare to give away 4 skin care packs to My Funny Valentine readers – just in time for the colder months in Australia.

Each prize pack contains-

– 25mL bottle of Sukin Certified Organic Rose Hip Oil  (rrp $19.95)

–  Sukin Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream (rrp. $21.95)

Sukin Revitalising Facial Scrub (rrp $9.95)


I agonised for days over what I should include in these prize packs- I even put the question to you guys on Facebook about a month ago. Eventually I decided on these three items because these are some of my favourite Sukin products and also they work perfectly together to form the basis of a great cold weather skin care routine. I reviewed the Sukin Rose Hip Oil as a guest blogger for the Sukin blog (see my review here), and their wonderful Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream on my blog (see review here).

A huge thank you to Sukin Skincare for sponsoring the giveaway!


How to enter:

To enter, simply comment below stating your favourite Sukin product (or the product you are looking forward to trying), along with your email (so I can contact the 4 lucky winners).

Bonus entries:

  • 3 bonus entries, ‘Like’ My Funny Valentine on Facebook.  Include your facebook name in the comment.
  • 2 bonus entries, ‘Share’ the competition image from My Funny Valentine Facebook page onto your facebook wall/page.
  • 1 bonus entry, tweet about this giveaway (using the tweet button at the end of this post), and tag me @Jfunnyvalentine. Make sure you let me know in the comments that you’ve tweeted :)

If you prefer, you can email those details to me instead


The competition is open to Australian residents and will run until midnight 30th April 2013 AEST. I will draw the four winners using a random number generator and email the winners by the 2nd of May 2013. If I am unable to reach the winner/s by 1 week a new winner will be redrawn. 


Posted by on Apr 19th, 2013 in Giveaways | 214comments


Sukin Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream Review

Sukin Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream review


I’ve been a fan of Sukin moisturisers for their great organic ingredients at down to earth prices. I was midway through a jar of the Sukin Moisture Restoring Night Cream (which has been a bathroom staple for some time now) when I was kindly sent their Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream to review.

After a month or so of using the Sukin Replenishing Night Cream, I can say that I’m quite delighted with it. It has a silky texture, is beautifully scented, and leaves my skin in great condition.

The difference between the Sukin Replenishing Night Cream and their Moisture Restoring Cream (and therefore the reason for the price and size difference) is that the Replenishing Night Cream has more high end anti aging botanicals like Argan Oil, Acai extract, Goji fruit extract, etc. I also find that the product is lighter and absorbs easier. Both products are good, but I personally prefer this one.


Sukin Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream review

Sukin says….

Rest easy knowing you will wake up with glowing, radiant skin.

Rich in Australian macadamia oil to soften skin and argan and jojoba to help promote skin elasticity.

Price: $21.95 (60mL)

Availability: Selected pharmacists and health food stores worldwide.


Sukin Purely Ageless Replenishing Night Cream ingredients


Ingredients: Aqua, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Theobrama Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Nut Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Lycium Barbarum (Goji) Fruit Extract, Euterpe Oleracea (Açai) Fruit Extract, Euphorbia Cerifera (Candelilla) Wax, Sodium Stearoyl Glutamate, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum, Mannitol (and) Acetyl Tetrapeptide-11, Allantoin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Phenoxyethanol, Benzyl Alcohol, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Citrus Nobilis (Mandarin Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Vanilla Planifolia Extract, Citric Acid, Linalool,* Limonene.*
*Natural Component of essential oils.

Posted by on Jan 3rd, 2013 in Skincare | 141comments


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