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My current skincare routine – winter 2017

It has been FOREVER since I’ve written what my daily skincare routine is. This year I have tried really hard to stick to a consistent routine, of using 1 product until I finish it up. When I first started being sent products to try for my blog, I’d be using new things every week. My skin did not enjoy chopping and changing so much, especially considering so many of the products weren’t right for my skin type. Since sticking to a consistent routine, my skin has really looked so much better. People often say that you need to stick to one brand of skincare which I don’t believe in. I use products from La Roche-Posay, Neutrogena, Garnier, Clinique, Dermalogica, Avene, Goodness, Seed + Soul, and InstaNatural. Now, onto my skincare routine: I typically do not cleanse in the morning as my skin is dry, so I try to reduce opportunities to dry my skin out. I just rinse with water in the shower and move on to moisturiser. Some people say you should wear sunscreen every day but I am honestly outside for about 15 minutes on weekdays and that’s at like 8:30am and 5pm so not exactly peak sun exposure […]

Seed and Soul Step-Up Scrub – Review & Giveaway

Seed and Soul is a new brand of natural and organic beauty products from right here in New Zealand. They have sent me the Seed and Soul Step-Up Scrub to review, as well as THREE to give away to you lucky readers! I have been using this facial scrub for the last month or so, and am reporting back today on how it works for my skin.

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Skincare & body product gift sets – Trilogy, Lush & Clinique

My Christmas gift guide series continues today with some skincare and body product gift sets. Trilogy has several beautiful skincare gift sets, as does Clinique and both are widely available in New Zealand. Lush excells in body products, as well as bath time fun which are awesome options for gifts. Keep reading for a closer look at these gifts sets, to get inspire for the beauty lovers in your life.

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The 5 best exfoliators without microbeads

Microbeads are tiny plastic beads that are used in personal care products, such as facial exfoliators and other body products. Sewage treatment plants are generally not designed to filter out such tiny particles, so they end up polluting waterways. Ever since I learned about the dangers they pose to waterways and the creatures that live in them I have avoided using them in favour of exfoliators without microbeads. Reading ingredient lists to figure out if they contain plastic can be seriously confusing so I’ve done the work for you. In this post I’ve rounded up a list of exfoliators that are free of polluting microbeads. I’ve used these products myself and can recommend using them. Some plastic-free scrubs rely on harsh pieces like shell that end up harming your skin but these are gentle. The brands included are Goodness, Trilogy, Oasis Beauty, Dermalogica, and River Veda. All were provided to me as press samples.

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Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask

Sheet masks have long been popular in Asian skincare, but they’ve now made their way into Western skincare brands which I am very excited about. What is a sheet mask? A sheet mask is a thin sheet of cotton which is soaked in a liquid toner, serum, or essence. They have a variety of different purposes, but the type I like to use the most are moisturising. The new Neutrogena Hydro Boost Mask* fits into that category, as it uses Hyaluronic Acid which adds a lot of moisture to the skin.

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Za Deep Cleansing Oil & Lasting Moisture gel

A little while ago I attended an event hosted by Za Cosmetics, and was given a great bag of their products. I’ve been working my way through the products, and today I’m going to be talking about the Za Deep Cleansing Oil and Lasting Moisture Gel. Both of these products are types of things I enjoy using – oil cleansers, and hyaluronic acid based moisturisers, so it was off to a good start already. Keep reading to find out what else I like about them!

Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant

A long time ago (last year), I wrote a post entitled Microbead exfoliators are polluting the ocean. I had discovered that many exfoliators include plastic microbeads which are too small to be properly filtered in wastewater treatment plants – this includes products which purport to be natural. Since discovering this (and throwing out a couple of scrubs) I haven’t used a facial scrub at all. That is, until recently. I attended an event that Trilogy hosted for beauty bloggers and we were given the Trilogy Gentle Facial Exfoliant. The exfoliation in this comes from small jojoba wax beads that are smooth and gentle. Unlike more abrasive scrubs with rough shell or uneven pieces, using the Trilogy Gentle Exfoliant will not damage your skin and cause microtears. Jojoba beads are biodegradable, and this is the first product containing them that I have come across, and I have been checking the ingredients on every scrub that I see for about a year now.

Skincare update

It’s been a while since I’ve written about the skincare I’m using, so it’s time for an update. My routine changes frequently, based on how my skin is feeling, and I also l like to try new products. Being a beauty blogger means I often have new products arriving on my door step, and although I don’t try all of them since not everything is suitable for my skin, I like to give a good test of most of them before writing about them. The additions to my winter skincare routine lately have been Queen Helene Mint Julep Masque, Oasis Beauty Hot Toddy Super Hydrating Serum*, Clinique Turnaround Overnight Revitalising Moisturizer*, and Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel SPF 15.

Manuka Doctor and Plantae Skincare

I feel so lucky that through blogging I get the opportunity to try so many interesting new beauty products. Not all of them make it to the blog, but today I’ll be sharing my thoughts about two skincare products I’ve been using and liking for a few weeks now. They are Plantae Sea Buckthorn Berry Night Cream and Manuka Doctor Brightening Facial Oil, and both of them now feature in regular rotation for my evening skincare routine. Regular readers may know that my skin tends towards dry, and somewhat sensitive – so keep that in context for my reviews. Like with all skincare, what works well for me could be terrible for you.  

February Empties

So many empties this month! I’ve really been trying to use up what I have, I haven’t bought any beauty products since coming back from Australia in January, which must be a record for me. February’s empties include body, skincare, hair, and nail related products, from brands including The Body Shop, Sally Hansen, Dove and Lush. Let’s get into it, I have mini-reviews for all of these products