Tuesday, 29 September 2015

ELF Blush Review

Blush or Illuminiser?

 Swatch straight from the compact onto the skin using no brush.

During a frantic order from iHerb for some soap and toothpaste, I got a little distracted and had a look at the makeup. I ordered the ELF Baked Blush in Peachy Cheeky because I didn't own a peach tones blush.
This blush comes in the basic ELF packaging with a clear lid, it's not an overly large blush but a decent size nonetheless. It certainly has a gorgeous peach tone with massive amounts of illuminating qualities to it. This could certainly be used as a two- in-one blush and illuminiser. I love that this blush gives my cool-tones skin a natural looking warmth which will be perfect in Summer, if I ever get a tan. One thing that I could say is that there is not a lot of colour pay-off when using straight from a brush, I would recommend using a damp brush or even blending the blush straight from your fingers. However if its just the lightest tint of shimmer your after, go ahead and use a dry brush.
My verdict is that for the price of $8.00 this makes a fantastic budget friendly highlighter, but not a blush.

Have Fun!

Renee x

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

NS-5 Cuticle & Nail Complex

For A Speedy Recovery

Nails need a lot of TLC but often I forget to give them their much needed attention. In fact nails are the least of my beauty worries. I bite them, pick at them and if I get a hang-nail, I yank that baby off! Yes it sounds gruesome but quiet frankly I really can't be bothered with having pretty nails, it's never been my 'thing'. Until recently I rarely used hand creams, but my nails have been so tattered that the skin around them were red raw and extremely painful. I had to do something!
So I searched through my samples and found what I was looking for, NS-5 Cuticle & Nail Complex.* Given my past success with the NS range I knew that if this didn't work then nothing would. Thank goodness that after four short days of applying this twice a day my skin was on the road to recovery! The pain had stopped after the first full day and my skin almost immediately began to heal. NS-5 is a thick cream with  thin applicator so that precision application means no wastage.

  So what's in this nail cream that makes it work so so good? Urea, Shea Butter moisturisers,  Vitamin E, Aloe Vera and Allantoin conditions the skin and Vitamin B5, Silicea and Hydrolysed Keratin give added protection. I personally believe that the reason why Plunketts products work so well are the total lack of petro-chemicals and parabens and other nasties. These ingredients in skincare can be absolutely no help when skin is in trouble and needs to repair itself.
So would I recommend it? Er, yeah. For anyone who needs speedy recovery for painful cuticles and hangnails with no extra fuss, it should suit you well.

Have Fun!

Renee x

*absolutely my own opinions here.

Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Flora and Fauna Box Spring 2015

A Sneak Peek!

It happened again, my obsession with subscription boxes has taken over me and I caved and bought a Flora and Fauna Spring Box for 2015.

I don't know why but I have quiet high expectations on this box. I have read recent reviews on the  boxes and was very impressed so I hoped that the Spring box would be on par with those.

I was so so happy to receive a Kosmea Moisturising Lotion SPF 30 $44.50 in this box. I believe it to be so relevant to the upcoming weather and I can wait to get stuck into this! I will be using this as my day moisturiser before I head out the door. Kosmea is one of those brands that has a reputation for beautiful and naturally made skincare products, there is no difference with this moisturiser. Full of refreshing cucumber extract and aloe Vera this hydrating lotion staves off damage from the sun as well as great protection from harmful UV rays.

Adorn Cosmetics makes the most gorgeous illuminiser. With a rose gold tint, this shade is perfect for a complete fresh and dewy glow. I use this on my temples in a 'C' shape but it can be used to make brows more defined and lips can appear larger when used on the cupids bow.

I had been anticipating a product from Vanessa Megan in this box and I wasn't disappointed. We received the Darling Perfume trial size and I am completely in love with this scent. I have been using it everyday and it works perfectly on my skin. This is a sweet and very girly scent with hints of a warm and spicy undertone. I will be wearing this all spring and hopefully (if it lasts) Summer too.

My new night serum! The Tula Naturals Ultra Nourishing Facial Serum - phew say that 20 times!-is packed full of hemp, rosehip and macadamia oils to prevent moisture loss and regenerate the skins protective layers. This does all the work while I'm sleeping too!

Swatch of Adorn Cosmetics Illuminiser.

A couple of little sachets are always good, these are Weleda Sea Buckthorn Hand Cream and Dr Hauschka Rose Day Cream. I have already used the hand cream with these Eco Tools Moisture Gloves. To use these I lightly rubbed some hand cream onto my hands (they were still tacky) and popped the gloves on before I went to bed. I cant say I saw a difference straight away but I will continue to use the gloves because they didn't fall off during the night. However I have to find the other glove because my daughter got hold of them and I misplaced one. Haha.

This box is gorgeous, I love the wonderful quality brands that Flora and Fauna have chosen to add in the box. I can't wait to see what they have in store for us in Summer!

Flora and Fauna Box is avaliable here:https://www.floraandfauna.com.au/beauty-boxes/

Have Fun!

Renee x

Friday, 11 September 2015

*Review* Kelapa Organics

Natural Skincare At It's Best

Using Coconut Oil in skincare is not a new thing nor is it to be underrated. Its been used in many beauty products all over the world for its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as being hydrating and soothing on the skin. It's no wonder why Australian company, Kelapa Organics has jumped on board and created their own line of skincare and hair care using this natural wonder.

I have been using the Cream Face Cleanser* for a few weeks and I feel I know why people love Coconut Oil. This cleanser is a light and smooth liquid that had very little if any scent at all. It has 90% Certified Organic Ingredients and feels so gentle on the skin. I have combination skin, so it's dry on the cheeks and oily and prone to breakouts on my forehead, nose and chin. Being that this is a cream cleanser it worked very well on my cheeks and I appreciate the clean and soft feeling that this cleanser and left me with. Unfortunately, it didn't quiet have the gumption to clear the pesky “impurities” on my T-Zone. However I figured out that all my skin needed was a little exfoliation and then this cleanser worked brilliantly in my T-Zone. So this is my verdict, Love it! I would certainly recommend it. I believe this cleanser would suit well for normal, dry and sensitive skin types. For oily and problem skin I would suggest pairing it with Kelapa Organics Gentle Facial Exfoliant for that extra 'oomph' you may need to lift out the dirt in your pores.

Kelapa Hand and Body Lotion* is my absolute favourite. This lotion has a light non-greasy formula and it just works. All the work comes from the ingredients of Organic Coconut Oil, Avocado Oil and Almond Oil with no fussy fragrance just a light and natural scent of Sweet Orange. My legs tend to get really dry in Winter but this moisturiser is very hydrating and I have noticed huge difference in the health of my skin. I really enjoyed how quick this absorbs into the skin, so I can get dressed straight after and not have to worry about sticking to my clothes. That is a huge bonus for a busy mum like me! For deeper penetration of the natural oils in this lotion it's best to exfoliate the skin 2-3 times a week before applying.

My experience with Kelapa Organics has been all around positive, and I think I have found me a new favourite body lotion!

Have Fun!

Renee x