18 April, 2015

OPI Hawaii Collection: Suzi Shops & Island Hops

OPI's new Hawaii collection actually had me excited with all of its colourful choices so I was glad to get my hands onto the Little Hulas mini lacquers box for review. 

My first swatch is a cotton candy pink cream called Suzi Shops & Island Hops.  The OPI site makes me giggle at the description of this shade as a "...light and happy pink that's the perfect traveling companion" because this is the polish I unwittingly chose for my two-week beach getaway!  This is a two to three coater pastel although the finish is a durable one and with top coat this lasted almost the entire two weeks with minimal chipping.  All pictures were taken in indirect, cloudy old daylight (before I went away):

The mini brush is a little more fiddly than the regular OPI brush but because it's neatly cut it's still relatively easy to use. 

Until next time!

 (This product was provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)

16 April, 2015

Essano Rosehip Treat Your Skin Pack (Priceline Beauty Click favourites)

While I've used rosehip oil products for my body until now I hadn't used any on my face.  Being a normal/oily combo skin type I'll admit to an uninformed fear of exacerbating any oiliness in my T-zone so I hadn't really gone there.  Of course being presented with the Rosehip Treat Your Skin Pack for review meant I had to go there and - yes, you know what's coming because the word 'favourites' is in the title - I'm so pleased I did!

Before I get into my rave review I'll list the benefits of rosehip oil as sourced from Rosehip Oil Benefits.com:

"− great natural skin care moisturiser
− research has indicated that it may have benefits for reducing some scars
− aids in reducing redness associated with facial rosacea
− improves appearance of psoriasis scars
− many acne sufferers find that it can be improve the quality of their skin
− reduces the appearance of premature aging skin as it can reduce wrinkles, crow's feet and fine lines
− great treatment for dry skin
− good for your after sun skin care regime."

The site also very kindly pointed out that rosehip oil is "...readily absorbed by the skin and doesn't leave the oily residue that many beauty and skin care products do." 
Now let's get onto the Rosehip Treat Your Skin Pack: 
This travel-friendly pack from New Zealand based brand essano comprises 20ml tubes of facial cleanser, facial moisturiser, and body lotion, plus a 10g tub of night cream and a 3ml dropper bottle of certified organic rosehip oil itself so it's a great way to try a range of rosehip oil products before making the commitment to full size products.   These are all nicely presented in an unbleached drawstring pouch which came in handy for throwing into my toiletries bag for my recent beach trip.
After trying all of the products I have a few specific favourites which I will be purchasing in full size - and in one case I already have!
I've done mini reviews on each of the products and full ingredients listings are provided at the end of the post for those who are interested.
  • Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser - Containing rosehip oil and aloe vera for hydration, this is a very emollient feeling gel cleanser and a little bit does a great job of cleansing my face while keeping my skin feeling soft.  It almost feels like an oil at first but it foams up gently and rinses away easily without any residual slippery or greasy feeling - I really like how this cleanser leaves my skin clean yet not screaming out for a drink of moisturiser afterwards.
  • Regenerating Facial Moisturiser - This naturally and delicately scented day (or night for that matter) facial moisturiser contains jojoba oil and shea butter and sits somewhere between a cream and a lotion so it feels light in texture and again I find that a little bit goes a long way. It absorbs pretty much instantly leaving soft, non-greasy skin.  
  • Intensive Hydrating Body Lotion - Okay, this is the product I absolutely fell madly in love with and have purchased already! Yes it does a great job of moisturising my body (due to the rosehip oil, aloe vera and jojoba oil no doubt) but it is the SCENT that I'm head over heels with! You know when you find yourself sniffing your arms all day just to get a whiff of your body lotion?  Maybe?? Well that's what - embarrassingly - happens whenever I wear this.  It smells like an intoxicating, yet still soft, combination of rose and patchouli(?).  I can't pin it down exactly because I am an untrained nose when it comes to these things but I've actually told essano - and am telling them again if they're reading this post - if they were to release this as a fragrance I would buy it.  There's nothing but 100% love from me when it comes to this product!
  • Certified Organic Rosehip Oil - This was the product I was initially sceptical of and is now one of my favourites of the lot.  Using a 3ml sample bottle wasn't enough to do miracles but it was enough to whet my appetite to buy a full size bottle and see.  This oil easily takes the place of a serum in terms of how silky it makes my skin feel and how surprisingly well it absorbs - I honestly didn't believe an oil would agree with me but there you go! It works particularly well under the night cream which is my other top pick...
  • Moisture Restorative Night Creme - This cream has almost a whipped texture, feels indulgent yet not too heavy on my skin and it has that lovely subtle, natural scent.  My skin feels plumped up afterwards and I wake up with softer skin the next morning. As with the facial moisturiser the key ingredients are certified organic rosehip oil, organic jojoba oil and shea butter.
These products are not tested on animals and are free from the following ingredients:  parabens, sulphates, silicones, phthalates, ethoxylates, PEGs, PPGs, mineral oils, and artificial colours.
Ingredients listings:

  • Gentle Foaming Facial Cleanser - Water (Aqua), Caprylyl Glucoside, Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Coco-glucoside (and) Glyceril Oleate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol (and) Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Extract, Cyathea Medullaris (Mamaku) Extract, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil.
  • Regenerating Facial Moisturiser - Water (Aqua), Caprylyl Glucoside, Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Coco-caprylate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Bentonite, Glyceryl Stearate, Cera Alba, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Dehydroacetic Acid, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Cyathea Medullaris (Mamaku) Extract, Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Extract, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid.
  • Intensive Hydrating Body Lotion - Water (Aqua), Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Coco-caprylate, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Bentonite, Cera Alba, Lanolin Cera, Betaine, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Dehydroacetic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Fragrance, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Xanthan Gum, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Lactic Acid.
  • Certified Organic Rosehip Oil - Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Pulp Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E).
  • Moisture Restorative Night Crème - Water (Aqua), Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol (and) Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Cetyl Alcohol, Coco-caprylate, Glyceryl Stearate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Bentonite, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Benzyl Alcohol (and) Dehydroacetic Acid, Linum Usitatissimum (Linseed) Seed Oil, Rosa Canina (Rosehip) Fruit Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Cyathea Medullaris (Mamaku) Extract, Phormium Tenax (Harakeke) Extract, Lactic Acid, Potassium Sorbate.

    So there you have it - I'm a new convert to Rosehip Oil products thanks to this pack and highly recommend it for anyone else who would like to try the range or for travel!
 (This product was provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)

13 April, 2015

She Aromatherapy Nail Varnish: Golden Sequins

Ah, the over the top appeal of gilt coated nails.  To quote Goldmember, the Dutch accented baddie in the third Austin Powers instalment, "I love gooooold!"and the polish featured in this post is the epitome of all things crazy gooooold!
Due to the uniformly fine micro-glitter, She Aromatherapy's Golden Sequins wears like golden lamé on the nails and is undoubtedly over the top yet beautiful at the same time.  It only took two coats to produce this showstopping effect and as I don't need to say any more I'll let the pictures speak for themselves...
This is my idea of a party polish and as with all of the micro-glitters in the She Aromatherapy range this polish provides plenty of glittery bling without the headache of difficult removal. 
Until next time!

27 March, 2015

Gone fishin'...


(My boys goofing around on the beach at sunset last year)
 Actually the husband, son and I are off on another little break seeking some sun and sand up north in sunny Queensland!
If I can - wifi and time permitting - I'll try and get some posts out over the next few weeks.  If not, normal posting will resume after the 11th of April.
See you soon!

Island Girl Nail Color: Island Paradise

I'm way behind in my nail swatch posts so here's another summer swatch although we're well into autumn down here!
Island Paradise from US brand Island Girl is a magenta purple cream and just so damn pretty without being cutesy. I was pretty much obsessed with it over summer so it made it onto my toes as well as fingertips and I look forward to wearing it again when spring comes around.  In terms of application this was average - in all fairness this is an inexpensive polish - and care is needed for even coverage.  Still the result is worth it for the colour alone! This is two coats with top coat.



This makes me dream of another trip to Hawaii...

Until next time!

25 March, 2015

Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser Dry Skin Repair (Priceline Beauty Click favourites)

Question:  Do you diligently moisturise your body every morning?
Do you decide you can't spare the precious early morning minutes struggling with products that can be messy or take determined massaging to absorb so you leave such pampering until the weekend?  
Given I'm always in a rush during the week I most definitely fell into the latter category! That's why I was pleasantly surprised by Vaseline's Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser and why it's the second product I'm featuring in my Priceline Beauty Click favourites series.
Vaseline Intensive Care Spray Moisturiser, infused with "pure oat extract...moisturizes deeply and absorbs in seconds to help heal dry skin" in a most convenient compressed air spray delivery method.

My impressions:
As I'm used to sticking my fingers into pots of rich body butters, squeezing lotion bottles or using body oils this way of moisturising my body was a bit liberating for little old me.  The twist-lock nozzle delivers a continuous fine spray of light lotion that - yes - can be sprayed upside down so it makes getting to awkward areas like the back of my legs, or my actual back for that matter, simple rather than resorting to contortionist moves. 
The lotion is very light so it rubs in instantly - seconds as opposed to minutes - and doesn't feel greasy in the slightest while the 'Dry Skin Repair' formula does a pretty respectable job of moisturising most of my body in a single application.  I do find problematic extra dry areas like elbows and knees may need a more concentrated moisturiser but overall this spray has been great for time-poor me as I have no excuse for heading out the door with scaly skin! 

Water, Isopropyl Myristate, Glycerin, Sorbitan, Isostearate, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Avena Sativa (oat) Straw Extract, Polyglyceryl-3 Disostearate, Tapioca Starch, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum, Ammonium Acryloydimethyltaurate/vp Copolymer, Stearic Acid, Dihydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Disodium Edta, Propylene Glycol, Avena Sativa (Oat) Straw Extract, Lactic Acid
Have you tried this product?

 (This  product was provided for my consideration.  All comments and opinions are my own.)

24 March, 2015

She Aromatherapy Nail Varnish: Pink Diamonds

Rose gold was a big trend in beauty and accessories over the last couple of years and I still love it.  Cue Pink Diamonds from She Aromatherapy's All That Sparkles collection!
Pink Diamonds is another quite simple but high impact, dense micro-glitter polish from this 'mystery' All That Sparkles collection (see my first swatch, Lustrous Pearls here) and is a soft rose gold on the nails.  As per usual this is two coats sealed with a top coat.
I've been enjoying wearing these micro-glitter polishes because they have all the sparkle without the stubborn removal.
Until my next post!

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