My current skincare routine

6 Mar

Something happened to me the other day. A lady from work popped by my office to say hello and that she wanted to tell me how good my skin was looking. It looked very clear and glowy, so ‘well done’.

It made my heart happy.

Of course I was wearing a little blush and bronzer to give a little extra life to my complexion, but I am proud to say that I am currently experiencing what I call a “good skin moment”. I don’t like to jinx myself by boasting about these things because I inevitably sprout a pimple practically within hours of admiring how well my skin has been behaving.

So, I thought I’d share what I’ve been using on my skin lately and giving you a peek into my bathroom cabinet where I keep most of my skincare.


First I cleanse my skin. Lately I’ve been using the Aurelia Probiotic Miracle Cleanser, mainly because I received a different, more oily cleanser that I wanted to use in the evenings and was too impatient to use this one up before starting a new one. Logical, right? It actually just ran out so I’m back to using my trusty MooGoo Milk Cleanser. I have an itch to repurchase the Aurelia one though.
Then I tone my skin with my trusty Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner. I wonder at what point I will find a replacement for this toner?
Next, I use the 100% Pure Coffee Bean Eye Cream. This is an excellent budget buy and the best eye cream I’ve come across so far.
I then use the Acure EGF Serum. This has replaced my long-loved Hydraluron. I was looking to switch to a ‘greener’ brand, and this took my fancy during one of my late night shopping sprees on Nourished Life. I’m now just starting my second bottle of this.
Lastly, I use a moisturiser. I’m currently trying to finish off the Origins Vitazing Moisturiser, mainly because I’ve had the tube for probably two years now and I don’t like to waste things. Otherwise I use the MooGoo Full Cream Moisturiser, and on Sundays, because I wear no makeup, and I go to the markets in the morning, I’ve been using the MooGoo Anti-aging SPF 15 Moisturiser.

I received this Mūn Akwi Cleanser in a Beauty Heroes box a couple of months ago. I should probably do a separate review of this. Short version is that it’s quite luxe, and I think that drier complexions would love it.
Shout out to the toner again… and the eye cream. I had been using the Bottega Organica one, but it has sadly run out and I’m questioning trying to justify spending around $150 on eye cream even though I miss it.
For serum, I’ve been using the La Mav Brightening Serum. This smells zingy like lemons and has a lovely, fluid texture. I’m also onto my second bottle of this. I sometimes struggle with pigmentation and this seems to be doing a good job of keeping any residual pigmentation at bay.
Lastly, the oils. I’ve been using the Laurel oil for months now and it is almost the never-ending supply. Lovely oil, smells a bit like honey to me, but there is no hint of honey in the ingredients. Just a tonne of beautiful oils. Two nights a week, I use the Sunday Riley Luna oil: one mid week, the other on Saturday night, just for a pep up. I’ve just now also started using the Maya Chia oil, which is less viscous than the Laurel one, slightly more orange, smells beautiful and also contains a bunch of wonderful ingredients.

I’ve taken a liking to chemical exfoliating masks. I used to be all about the clay masks, but I’m noticing a big difference with these resurfacing masks. I’ve tried the Tata Harper one, which makes my eyes water thinking about buying the full size. I’ve just finished the Laurel Honey Berry Mask which, like the Tata Harper mask, is more on the gentle side of masks, but still makes a noticeable difference to my complexion. One of my favourite discoveries is thanks to my cousin for offloading her ‘excess’ before moving overseas. It’s the True Botanicals Resurfacing Moisture Mask. Boy, do you feel this one at work. The results are well worth it. Since the Laurel mask ran out, I’ve allowed myself to try out the REN Glycolactic Mask. It isn’t very tingly, but it is effective. I even slather a bit over my lips and it leaves them plump and smooth.
For when my skin is feeling congested, I have enjoyed the Josh Rosebrook Cacao Antioxidant Mask. This smells like Jaffas, which reminds me of a balm cleanser I tried years ago and haven’t managed to get a hold of again–the Stark Grapefruit Balm which has now apparently changed name to the Stark Aurora Balm. Mmm good memories.
Special shout out goes to the Origins Masks that I have used for a couple of years. The Clear Improvement Mask is a fairly heavy duty clay mask that draws out impurities. The Original Skin Mask is exfoliating and purifying, which I find is good for when your skin feels on the verge of some kind of freak out. Lastly, the Drink Up Intensive Mask is good for severely dehydrated skin. It’s a good one to use after a clay mask or if there is a change in weather and your skin feels tight and gross. Hiding somewhere is my Antipodes Aura Manuka Honey mask that I used to use on breakouts, but I haven’t been really suffering from those of late (fingers crossed).


And that, my friends, is what I’ve been using on my skin lately. Hope you found it interesting!


Empties–products I’ve finished using #11

6 Feb

Seeing as I finished my Bottega Eye Cream, what other better way is there to start off the New Year February than to chuck out a bunch of empties, right? Right?


Face Stuff:
Starting clockwise from the bottom left, this decent ‘sample’ size of the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil came in the Cult Beauty Box that I wrote about a little while back. Well, some months on with a bi-weekly use of this, it finally ran out. I liked this so much I bought a travel-size version of this with its partner in crime, the Good Genes Treatmeant (which doesn’t smell great, fyi). What I like about this is that it doesn’t dry out my skin, but balances it. I’ve noticed that the texture of my skin is a lot more refined since I’ve used this. Winner. Pity it is so expensive!
Next is the Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask. I didn’t actually buy this or use the entire jar–it was left to me by my cousin who was moving overseas and couldn’t take all of her skincare with her. This is a gentle but effective exfoliating mask that I tended to use on days when my skin was looking a bit average and I was in need of a glowy pick-me-up. It’s not as tingly as some masks I’ve used, but is definitely effective. I haven’t built up the courage to buy a full sized jar of this as Tata Harper is one of those ‘investment’ kind of organic skincare brands.
Tucked in there is a travel-size of the Acure Brightening Facial Scrub. Again, this was a hand-me-down from my cousin. This smelled spicy like ginger and had a nice grittiness to it without it feeling like I Was going to scrub my face off. One for me to look out for in the future methinks.
The Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel ran out some time ago. I’ve since been using the Aurelia Cleanser, as well as a new one by Mūn, called the Akwi Purifying Cleanser. Each are beautiful in their own right. I would probably purchase the Oskia one again at some point in the future. I like the packaging aside from the fact that you can’t tell how much product is left. I got used to the interesting scent and definitely liked how it made my skin feel.
I’ve got two bottles there of the Michael Todd Blue Green Algae Toner, which has featured in past Empties of mine. The reason why I’ve included them again is because they’ve changed the packaging. Instead of a pour out top, it is now a pump. I had an accident with one of these bottles. It fell on the ground and the whole internal structure failed, causing an epic leak, and I ended up losing a lot of product. It made me sad. I ended up trying to fill up the second bottle, which I had been using for a while. This is when I discovered that as it pumps out product, the internal part moves up, not like a spray bottle with the little tube bits inside and so I couldn’t fill up much. Does that make any sense at all? I also refilled a travel sized bottle so I didn’t waste too much product and didn’t have to have it sitting upside down on my bathroom vanity for too long to stop any leakage. I do love this stuff–I just have to be less clumsy in the future.
I think that teeny tiny tube was a sample of the Darphin Hydraskin Light Cream Gel. This had a nice consistency, but it is quite heavily perfumed, which I didn’t get on with. I’ll stick to my plain old MooGoo, thanks.
Next is the Pixi Hydrating Milky Mist, which I think was the second type of hydrating facial toner things I’ve now tried out. I think this would be suited to more dry skins than mine, or maybe more for the dry, Winter months when my skin feels more parched. I don’t know if I’ll repurchase as I think I’ve found something I like more.
Then we have another sample (I’ve been ploughing through my samples stash) of the Uma Ultimate Brightening Mask, which came in a Beauty Heroes subscription box some months back. I did like this mask, although I accidentally didn’t shut the jar properly and didn’t get to use it all because it dried up. I’m not sure if I’d buy the full size, but it was nice while I had it.
Hanging on the bottom right is the GlamGlow Powermud Dual Cleanser, which was also a travel size because I didn’t want to shell out for the full size. This smells delicious in a weird way. It was pretty effective at purifying my skin, although these days I think I’m all about the enzyme masks. I don’t know if I will buy the full size ever, but maybe I’d get the travel one again.
And lastly, because I forgot to photograph it with the rest of the face stuff is the Kate Somerville Goat Milk Cleanser, pictured below. I wasn’t totally blown away by this. Yes, it cleansed my skin well, and my face didn’t do anything freaky while I was using it. But I found it a bit meh, and the consistency of it was strange in that it would separate into a liquid and balm when you squeezed it out of the tube. Probably not one for repurchase, I think.


Body Stuff:
My sister bought me this Bx Earth Shower Gel to replace stuff she’d used while she’d been staying at my place for a while. This smells delicious and it’s a good price as well as being sulfate free. I’ve since gone all out and purchased a couple of ridiculously expensive shower gels in the past month or so, but if I’m in the mood for fruity deliciousness again, I’ll be getting this for sure. It’s what I would call a cheap and cheerful product.
I haven’t technically finished this Mor moisturiser, but it kind of got to the point where it wasn’t exactly a pleasure to use it. Rather it just felt like I was slathering this on purely to empty the jar. I thought to myself that this was kind of silly so it’s getting chucked out. It has a nice texture and smells nice and sweet, but it just wasn’t my cup of tea.


Hair Stuff:
Aaaallll the Rahua Shampoo samples. I’ve been on a bit of a samples kick at the moment. I kind of got to the point where I had so many samples stashed in my apartment that I kept ‘saving’ for special occasions that I reached a tipping point and decided to just start using them up. I’d recently read that samples had a shorter shelf life than their full-sized counterparts, so thought it best to use rather than potentially waste.
I’ve also run out of shampoo recently and haven’t wanted to go all out and buy a new one. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because it’s getting a bit overwhelming trying to pick a good one, and not knowing whether it’s going to make my scalp itchy. Anyway, Rahua is nice, but the original one made my scalp a little itchy and it is ridiculously expensive.
The Cowshed Shampoo and Conditioner samples came in a travel kit. I quite like Cowshed’s shower gels, so thought I’d give their other products a whirl. I actually really liked these two, but I’m not sure if I’m going to splurge and get the full size.
Since I’ve dyed my hair an outrageous red colour, I’ve been using this coloured conditioner from Nak. So far, so good. My hairdresser (who has now abandoned me) would get excited about the vibrancy of my hair every time I went in to get my fringe trimmed. I’ve already bought a second bottle seeing as I think I’ll stick with the crazy colour for a few months longer.

I did actually have a few more empties to include in this post, but the photo for one didn’t work, and the rest was just old makeup that I decided to part ways with. If I’d gone through them all this post would have been waaaay too long and it’s already tipping to the point of being a cure for insomnia. I’m sorry!

The last few ‘interesting’ empties were mostly different Magnesium Oils that I’ve tried out–so far my favourite is actually the one that I’m using at the moment. It’s the Amazing Oils Magnesium Oil Spray. I can feel this one tingling away when I spray it on, compared to a couple of others I’d tried that didn’t feel like they did much of anything.

Embarrassingly, I’ve already started accumulating more empty things, seeing as it’s taken me a couple of weeks to get my butt into gear and finish this post off. It’s something about January, guys. You’re supposed to be motivated at the beginning of the New Year, but I’ve struggled to get going.

I’ll probably have to start on the next Empties post before too long so it doesn’t turn into a novel like this one, hey?

Talk soon, friends!

A review: Bottega Organica Illuminate Eye Contour Cream

19 Jan

In 2016, I signed up to the Beauty Heroes subscription box recommended to me by a cousin. It’s a higher end organic subscription that, every month, sends out a full-sized product along with a sample or two from the same brand. I’ve only had the subscription for six months and I’ve already been impressed with what I’ve got.


The September box was the Bottega Organica Illuminate Eye Contour Cream, and I’ve literally just scraped the last remnants out, so thought it was time to tell you about it. It retails for a whopping $145-ish USD although I can’t seem to find it on the Bottega Organica website at the moment(?). Combine the price and the fact that it only has a shelf life of two months unless you keep it in the fridge and you have a pretty expensive skincare item on your hands… well, eyes. Let’s all just take a moment and let that sink in…

The list of ingredients isn’t extensive, but it’s potent. I’d recommend having a look at their website to see what they’re all about–small batch processing and really good, pure, organic ingredients. That goes a way to explaining why their products are on the more pricey end of the scale.


I’ve been using the $100 Pure Caffeine Eye Cream for months now and I love it. It hydrates, de-puffs and doesn’t make my eye area feel tight. It is also a very budget-friendly purchase at around $45AUD for 30mL, not the usual 8-15mL you usually get for eye creams. Big bang for your buck. I’ve been on the search for the eye cream to end all eye creams for a couple of years now, and the 100% Pure one is the closest I’ve found. The question is, has the Bottega Organica one taken first place?

The instructions say to use a pea-sized amount morning and night after cleansing. I don’t know what kind of peas they’re growing in the US, but I found that to be way too much product for me. I’d say I used more like a fat grain of rice-sized amount(good with my ‘technical’ terms, huh?), which seemed plenty for both eyes, patting and smoothing underneath the eyes and around the orbital bone.

This has an interesting consistency, and would be how I imagine the Kiehl’s Avocado Eye Cream to be from what I’ve heard. It is balmy until you start working it into the skin and then it turns into this strangely (in a good way!) watery consistency that soaks into the skin. It is extremely hydrating and hasn’t left me wanting for more moisture after using it. In fact, it is so hydrating that the one morning I tried it out, it made my mascara smudgy. I ended up saving it for my evening skincare regimen. I kept it in the fridge to prolong its shelf life and, since it’s warmer here (read a bajillion degrees this Summer), it’s been especially refreshing putting this on in the evening.


I’m only 28 and I don’t exactly have crow’s feet or wrinkles yet although I am starting to notice a little ageing around the old eye area. I’ve decided that my using this was more of an age preventative measure rather that my having to combat the signs of ageing later on in life.

Genetics have a lot to do with how your under eyes look anyway–things like discolouration, sagging, puffiness. I am a puffy-eyed person. If I wake up tired or with a headache, my eyes are a dead giveaway. However, since using this, in the mornings I don’t seem as puffy (apart from dreaded headache days) and my eyes aren’t dry or crepe-y in any way. It’s pretty amazing.

In the past I’ve been somewhat underwhelmed by eye creams, but this one has been a pleasant surprise. I just don’t know whether I want to fork out so much money every few months for an eye cream. I’m all for investing in skincare, allowing for more expensive items if my budget allows, but where does one draw the line? I guess seeing as I can’t figure out where to buy it at the moment, that choice has been taken out of my hands for now. We’ll just see how much I miss it now that I don’t have any left.

I suspect it will be a lot.

Thanks, Beauty Heroes*, for introducing me to this product.

*referral link

Goodbye 2016, Hello 2017

31 Dec

Well, I think it goes without saying that 2016 sucked… a lot. Both on a global scale and personally, this year has had more than its fair share of sh*t happen.

So, as I sit here on my lounge room floor in what can only loosely be described as pyjamas–it’s just a singlet and undies, it’s so hot–hogging a fan and using a face mask, I thought I would say goodbye to 2016… Maybe even flip it the bird.

Long story short, seeing as I can’t actually remember a lot of what’s happened, it’s such a blur, the “highlights” would probably be that I had to move house twice this year and I nearly had a nervous breakdown. According to last year’s post, my mantra for the year was “this too shall pass” and that’s exactly what I’ve had to keep telling myself throughout 2016 as well.

Enough with what sucked. I did actually have some good news this year. Despite still having ovarian cysts, they’re currently not troublesome enough to warrant more surgery or a change in hormonal treatment for a while. Hooray! Also, spending time with my niece and nephews has brought me an endless amount of joy. Those kids are real treasures. Oh, and I dyed my hair bright red. That perked me up no end.


I don’t really make New Year’s resolutions as I inevitably break them. Last year I think I’d decided that I’d try to be more sociable and exercise more. Since my yoga class got cancelled around Easter, I haven’t really kept up with any regular exercise. I’ve dabbled a little in some pilates, and I have a friend that has guilted me into going on a few walks with her. I’ve also caught up with some old friends that I hadn’t seen in years. It felt good.

I’m not naive enough to think that the clock striking at midnight tonight will magically fix my problems or give me all the motivation to change everything. However, the New Year is a symbol of starting fresh and that’s how I will try to reset my mind frame. Starting with improving on my 2016 goals. Exercise is good for your mental health, and I’ve noticed that my body is getting a little more squidgy as I get older. And getting out and socialising (hard for an introvert) will help me to get out of my own head too. Something needs to change, and nothing will change if I’m not proactive. They seem like reasonable goals, right?

I don’t think I’ve been particularly coherent in this post, but I hope you get the gist.

2017, let’s hope for a bigger, brighter, happier year ahead.


Happy New Year!

A review: Aurelia Probiotic Skincare Miracle Cleanser

12 Dec

We all know I’m a sucker for cleansers by now and also have little self control when it comes to online shopping. I keep making pacts with myself not to make any unnecessary purchases and that I should finish up what I have before purchasing something new. But I don’t keep my promises to myself.

Enter, the Aurelia Miracle Cleanser. Once again, it was the British Beauty Bloggers that got me intrigued about this. Shortly before I moved for the second time this year, I partook in a little retail therapy and purchased this along with many other items that I didn’t necessarily need, but definitely wanted.


It’s touted as being formulated with 100% BioOrganic ingredients,and contains no parabens, mineral oil, synthetic fragrances and the like. It smells slightly herbal thanks to the eucalyptus, chamomile, rosemary and bergamot in it. Just the kind of herbal scent I like. It is supposed to be anti-aging and promote a healthy, dewy complexion whilst also cleansing the skin of impurities. With all of those claims, it’s no wonder that it’s been called the Miracle Cleanser!

From the first try I was impressed. I’ve used the Kate Somerville Goat Milk cleanser lately and it failed to knock my socks off with its formula’s tendency to kind of separate into both liquid and balm. This, however, left me wanting to wash my face all over again purely for the joy I felt massaging this all over my face. I know, my life is a bit sad when I consider washing my face to be the highlight of my day. I wouldn’t call it a balm cleanser, but it is more of a thick cream. While it doesn’t strip the skin of all its moisture leaving a scaly mess behind, I would say that drier skins possibly wouldn’t get along with it so much. Even I, with my greasy face, tend to feel the need to moisturise afterwards. It really feels like it’s purified my skin.

This cleanser came in a pot, which isn’t my favourite kind of packaging. I get a bit grossed out having to stick my fingers into pots. I much prefer tubes, but that’s just a personal preference.


In the evenings, as per my usual routine, I’ll scoop out a decent-sized blob of this and massage it into my dry face. People who wear heavier makeup than the small amount of mineral powder that I use would probably want to remove their makeup first and then use this as their ‘second cleanse’. I find this works sufficiently well to remove the small amount of powder and blush I use. Then I hop into the shower and rinse it off. Sometimes I just let it be and other times I’ll do a second cleanse with a simple cleanser just to get any remnants off.

I don’t know if I’d say it did totally miraculous things to my complexion. For the most part my skin behaves itself except when my hormones go a little haywire and I don’t eat the best foods. But, I do have fairly sensitive skin and this has kept everything in check. It feels very soothing while also purifying–the best of both worlds. And, as I said before, while I still feel the need to moisturise my skin after using it, it’s not like my skin is parched. I would say it’s a slightly more luxurious version of the Liz Earle Hot Cloth Cleanser, which I haven’t used for years, but have fond memories of.

My problem now is that I’m not exactly sure how much I paid for this, seeing as I bought it from a British website called Naturisimo and I have very little understanding of what the current exchange rate is and whether or not I had to pay tax on it. It’s definitely not a cheap product, so what I would call an investment skincare item. You can buy it at Cult Beauty here for £38 (minus sales tax if you’re outside the UK) and they also now have a super-sized option in a bottle with a pump(!) here.

A review: Fixaderm

11 Nov

I’ve had this strange rash on my legs and crappy lips for the past few months and for ages it seemed like nothing would make it better. On my lips I tried cold sore cream, tea tree oil, a lip mask (basically thick lip balm), calendula ointment, l-lysine lip balm, new lip balm. Basically I felt like I’d tried all the things but my lips were still crap and extremely sensitive. The rash on my legs spread and the only thing that seemed to stop it getting out of control was a mild steroid cream.


When it first started I thought I’d brewed a cold sore but a sore never actually appeared. Then I thought I’d developed an allergy to my beloved EOS Lip Balm that I’ve been using for, oh, would it be four years now? But I actually think it had something more to do with the fact that I’d been living in an extremely mouldy apartment for two months. All of my funky skin problems magically appeared around the same time as the mould in my bathroom did. My immune system was on high alert, so even the smallest hint of something irritating seemed to flare up what I now like to call my lip scabies*. And the rash on my legs? Some days it looked like it was on the mend then other days it still looked red and gross.


One of my favourite online stores to shop for natural products these days is Nourished Life, and it’s been advertising a little something called Fixaderm, which piqued my interest. You can read its blurb on the website, but it is basically touted as a one-stop-shop fix for skin irritations like insect bites, rashes, minor cuts and other skin ailments. Well, whatever the hell is wrong with my skin should surely fall into this broad spectrum of problems, right?


I started an experiment before I moved back into my old apartment. Instead of using the steroid cream that I’d been using for almost three weeks with little noticeable difference other than “it didn’t spread anywhere else”, I decided to use the Fixaderm instead. The instructions tell you to use it on clean, bare skin and to rub a drop or two in until it all absorbs. My leg started to look less crap within a pretty short amount of time.


I’m not entirely sure if this also has to do with the fact that I’m not surrounded by a crap tonne of mould and I’m waaay less stressed now that I’ve moved out of the doomed apartment. To cut a long story short, my ‘newly renovated’ apartment had a serious water leak problem which resulted in a mass mould outbreak and a caved in bathroom ceiling within about six weeks of me moving in. I had to live with mould and half a bathroom ceiling for almost two months before my real estate agent gave me the ok to move back into my old apartment, which has also now been renovated. I feel at ‘home’ now I’m back upstairs, but I still have this lingering doubt in my mind about how well things have been done. But anyway, back to the review.

What I like about this is that it doesn’t sting and there’s no real risk of putting too much on or too frequently during the day unlike steroid creams. I noticed with some of my other remedies and lip balms that my lips would immediately start burning and tingling. With the Fixaderm, I didn’t experience any irritation and it did actually calm down the situation. It is an oil and supposed to absorb into the skin in order for it to do its job, but I did still feel the need to put on some calendula ointment over the top on my lips during the particularly bad stage when my lips were basically peeling every few hours. It was pretty disgusting. Nowadays my lips are like 95%, but I have to be careful what lip products I put on them otherwise it’s sting-city. If ever I do accidentally upset my lips, I just whack a bit of the Fixaderm on and it seems to calm things down.


My leg rash is almost totally cleared up. Usually in the morning it looks really good, but as the day progresses it can sometimes look inflamed. It basically looks like the remnants of pigmentation, if that makes sense. There’s no longer any of the raised bumps, which is a good thing. The above photos are from a few weeks ago and the below photo is from this afternoon.


I haven’t yet tried it on other skin problems like pimples or insect bites yet, really, but I will definitely be trying it out in the future. I think it’s a fair priced little gem, this one, at $14.95AUD.

*not actual scabies.

Empties–products I’ve finished using #10

7 Oct

I moved last week back into my old apartment which has now been renovated. I am a little bit dubious about the quality of the workmanship after all the dramas I had in the other unit, but fingers crossed this one will be fine. I’ll talk more about the “incident” in another post. Look forward to that!

But, my dedication to keeping a hold of empties for these posts was evident as I moved some of these empties with me back upstairs. That was until my serum and shampoo ran out on the same day and I decided it was time to do another post.


Hair Stuff:
Let’s start with hair, shall we. First there is the MooGoo Shampoo and Conditioner. I first tried this about six years ago, and while I didn’t hate it, I wasn’t an overall fan. It was kind of the same this time around. It didn’t make my head itch, which is a common problem for me with other shampoos. However, because it doesn’t lather particularly well, I felt like I’d use more shampoo than necessary just trying to spread the product around my scalp. The conditioner was nice too, but it didn’t blow my socks off. I imagine that this would be a good product to use on children who have sensitive scalps, but on my hair it was just a bit meh. Cost-wise it’s pretty good as it’s $17.50AUD for 500mL of product.


Secondly, I tried out the 100% Pure Glossing Shampoo and Conditioner. This actually did make my hair super shiny, although that could partly be because I recently dyed it and dyes tend to add a certain gloss-factor to one’s hair. Speaking of hair dye, this was supposed to be colour-safe. My hair is currently what my dad calls ‘improbable’ red, so anytime it gets wet, water runs pink, so I don’t think I’m a good candidate to really test this out. I still had to keep my colour fresh by using a coloured conditioner at least once a week. By the time I reached the end of these tubes, my scalp was starting to get a little itchy because my scalp is temperamental. Would I buy this again? Probably. But for now I’m going to try something new.


Make Up:
Ah the good old mineral powder. I’ve been using mineral powder for my ‘foundation’ for years as I hate the feeling of liquid foundation on my skin. It makes me feel like I’m suffocating. Well, the Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder has been hanging around my make up drawer for over two years now since I used it as my weekend or special occasion powder. This was really nice but I didn’t feel like it was any better or worse than my Nude by Nature powder that I use the rest of the time, and it’s really quite pricey at $71AUD.
I bought the Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation at the end of my US holiday over two years ago too. By that point I’d become fairly tan from all my time outside in the sun. When I got back to Australia, I swiftly shed my tan (hello, office job) and this ended up being just a tad too dark for my complexion about 95% of the time. Plus I noticed that if I used it a couple of days in a row my cheeks would get a little bit irritated and start breaking out. I haven’t technically finished this, but I don’t see myself wanting to use it up considering it’s not a good fit for my skin.


Skin Stuff:
I ran out of my Origins Original Skin Serum a few weeks ago and then later my Hydraluron, but didn’t bother keeping the empties seeing as both have been featured here before. I also didn’t bother to repurchase seeing as I’m trying to look for more natural options for my skincare these days. I was left with this Pai Sea Aster & Wild Oat Redness Serum that I’d bought thanks to a serious discount from one of my favourite stores. This is so lovely to use. Pai is a brand focused on sensitive skins and this particular serum is supposed to help with skin that is easily inflamed. Mine isn’t particularly, but I still wanted to give it a go. It’s really hydrating without being sticky and made my skin feel amazing. I think I’m going to have to repurchase.
The Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Mist was my first foray into the world of spray toners… and the jury is still out. I think it was a nice additional step and it was hydrating, but I don’t think it’s an absolute necessity in an everyday skincare regimen. I think maybe if you have particularly dry or dehydrated skin, that you might feel a difference.
The sad-looking box and bottle there of the Sunday Riley Artemis oil was a beautiful product. I received it as a gift from a colleague and, because it was such an expensive product, I was too scared to ever completely remove it from its lovely box. It didn’t smell the greatest, if I’m honest, but it did good things for my skin. It’s quite an expensive oil at $110AUD, so not one to choose if you’re on a budget. If you’re looking for a good investment then I’d recommend this. I’m trying some different oils now and not looking to repurchase this anytime soon, although I suspect this could be one of those “why did I ever stop using this?” kind of products.
I almost forgot to mention the A Buzz from the Bees Lip Balm that I bought in the past couple of months in a desperate attempt to fix my lips which are currently going through a crap phase. They’re sensitive, often peel, and not looking or feeling the best. This lip balm didn’t make my lips worse and only sort of made them slightly better. This is probably the quickest I’ve ever gone through a lip balm but it was probably because I kept slathering this on in the hopes my lips wouldn’t feel like they were going to fall off. I don’t think I’ll repurchase anytime soon, but it was a nice lip balm while it lasted.


I think I’ve talked about the This Works Sleep+ spray before. I didn’t really keep up with the ritual of spraying this on my pillow every night towards the end of the bottle. Life got a little out of hand for a couple of months and I was using all sorts of sprays and remedies in a desperate and poor attempt to make myself feel even just a little less anxious. I enjoy the smell of this spray and it does feel relaxing, but I think when you’re experiencing extreme anxiety and insomnia problems that it’s not the most effective thing to use. It’s a nice add-on. I’ll probably use this again some time in the future, but for now I’m trying out a balm.
The Weleda Skin Food is hands down (heh, a pun) the best hand/multi-use cream I’ve ever used. I’ve even used it during the cold months on my cheeks where it felt like my skin was dehydrated. It smells herbal and medicinal in the best way, is soothing, emollient, and protective. Just the best. I’ve already got two other tubes of it floating around in my possession. I don’t think I will ever be without this now.
The Jar Body Scrub in “California” is the second one of this particular scent that I’ve used up. I just love how zesty it smells and how it made my skin feel. It is a more summer scent so I’ll probably have to invest in another one in the next few weeks. There is also a coffee and vanilla scented one that I want to try because coffee and vanilla are two of my favourite smells ever.

I’ll tell you what. I love tipping all of the empty bottles and packages into the recycling bin. There’s just that extra sense of satisfaction knowing you’ve finished something and you don’t have to hold onto it anymore.

Well, until next time!