A look back at 2014, and looking forward to 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, I’ve been thinking a lot about how this blog has developed over the year since I started it in April, and also how I’d like things to go into next year. I’m really proud of how it has grown so far, and I’m planning on making it even better. Today I’m doing a bit of a retrospective and I want to round up some of my favourite posts.

Physiogel Skincare Review

Physiogel Skincare have recently released two ranges of products which have been formulated to relieve dry sensitive skin – the Daily Moisture Therapy range, and the Calming Relief range. I do suffer from dry and sensitive skin, so when I was contacted by Physiogel and asked if I’d like to review them, I was excited by this opportunity. Firstly so that I could try to combat these skin issues, but also so I could help readers out by sharing a review of how it worked for me. As someone with dry sensitive skin, people love to try and suggest products to use, but recommendations are hard to believe unless they actually have the same problems. Hopefully this review will be helpful for any of you who suffers from these problems too.

October empties

October is a bit light on the empties front. I tried quite a lot of new products, so I didn’t really get through many of my existing products. Everything I used up was skincare, no makeup or even hair products this month. A couple of these products have become favourites of mine, so read on to see what they are.

Introducing Skinfood Breast Cream

Today I’m going to be talking about something a little bit different – a new beauty routine that could potentially save your life. The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation (NZBCF) has partnered with Skinfood to create Breast Cream – a product to encourage women to check their breasts as part of their regular beauty routine. It’s a nice nourishing moisturiser, and the idea behind it is that by applying it, women will check their breasts regularly.

Moisture Mist skincare and makeover experience

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to Farmers Glenfield to have a mini-facial and makeover with Moisture Mist products. I learned that both brands are sub-brands of Shiseido which is a Japanese cosmetics company that has been around for over 140?? years. Moisture Mist is only available in New Zealand – it used to be available in more countries, and was discontinued, but it was so popular with Kiwis that it was kept here. One especially popular product is the Beauty Cake which I have reviewed previously. I tried a whole range of different skincare and makeup products  – read on to see what I thought of them. (PS what do you think of the ‘read more’ format? I’m trying it out because lots of people seem to love it)

A Look at Lush

Lush is a really popular brand in the beauty blogosphere but it doesn’t have a huge amount of stores in NZ. There isn’t one very near to wear I live so when I do get to go into one of their stores it’s always a nice treat. I made a recent visit to Lush on Queen Street in Auckland and the salesperson there went through a huge range of face and body products and tried then on my skin which was really interesting. It was good to try some of the products which I’ve read about online forever, and just see what’s available there. Of course I bought some goodies which I’ll be sharing today, as well as sharing my thoughts about other Lush products I’ve bought and tried.

A look at Oasis Beauty products

We were so spoiled at a meet up I went to recently – one of the many things in our goodie bags was a packet of samples from Oasis Beauty. I had tried a couple of their samples in the past but the range seems to have had a fair bit of change, so it was great to get the chance to try them again. Oasis Beauty is a New Zealand owned and made range of skincare and also BB creams, and it’s also cruelty free. The samples I got were Rhino Repair, BB Cream – The Monroe, and Apple A Day SPF 25 moisturiser.

All used up

I’ve been dutifully using up samples, and so I have some more empties to review! There are products from Palmer’s, Aveeno, Neutrogena REN and Taylor Swift, so time to get into it. You’ll see there was a Dermalogica sample in the picture but I decided to review it with the rest of the Dermalogica samples, after I’d thrown the packets away so I couldn’t retake the photo. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula and Aveeno Daily Moisturising Lotion I’m reviewing these together because neither of them were very remarkable.. The Aveeno moisturiser is slightly lighter than the Palmer’s one, but both were acceptable, albeit unexciting moisturisers to use on my body. I would probably buy which ever one is cheaper, as they’re affordable supermarket products. You can also buy the Aveeno one on Mighty Ape. Repurchase? Yes Neutrogena hand cream I absolutely love this hand cream, and have bought so many tubes of it in my life. It says ‘so concentrated that only a small amount leaves dry, cracked hands noticeably softer and smoother after just one application’ and I think that’s true. I get eczema and dryness on my hands, and this is just so good for it. The high glycerin […]