As many of you know, I do enjoy using green beauty products, not because they are necessarily 'green' but because they work so well for my skin. However, my love for skincare has never just stopped at green beauty - I have embraced everything from Korean Skincare products, cosmeceuticals as well as those products you would find at your local drugstore. At the end of the day, I like products that quite simply work for my skin, doesn't cause my skin to freak out and are an absolute joy to use in both texture and scent. Over the past 18 months of blogging, I have come to realise that the products that seem to work best for me are a fusion of science and natural ingredients and there are a few brands that I find that do this quite well. African Botanics is one of those skincare brands where almost everything I have tried, I have absolutely loved and there are a few products in the range which I will happily say are my holy grails and I could never live without. As much as I hate to admit it - their most recent release, the Fleurs d'Afriques Intense Recovery Cream has actually made it to that list. The reason why I hate admitting it? The cost of this cream is sure to raise some eyebrows for some, as it does retail for USD$350, putting it right up there with La Mer's famed Creme de La Mer, however unlike La Mer, I find that the African Botanics Fleurs d'Afriques Intense Recovery Cream is worth every single penny.Read More
If there has been one thing that I have enjoyed receiving in the mail over the short period of time that I have been blogging, it is beauty subscription boxes. They really are like a little treat in the mail. I find that beauty boxes are not just all about whats inside the box - its also the experience when it comes to receiving the box, opening the box and having the opportunity to discover what has been carefully curated inside. It is that element of surprise that makes beauty subscription boxes exciting and so much fun to receive. You never know what you will get and it is very much like receiving a birthday or Christmas present. The biggest difference is that you have the potential to receive one every month!
Late last year, I had the opportunity to receive a box from MINTD Box - a truly luxurious beauty subscription service that has been carefully curated by Cheryl Botchway and her team. Each box edition has a theme that suits the month (ie. the current January box is all about recharging for the New Year) and contains a minimum of 4-5 full size and deluxe sized luxury beauty products from across the globe housed in a beautiful white box. The experience from unboxing to unwrapping and the joy of each product discovery makes MINTD Box an opulent affair and a most enjoyable one too. I received the December edit, aptly named 'Enchanted' and with an edit like this, I was completely blown away.Read More
The future of beauty seems to be in product customisation as more consumers are now leaving behind the age-old idea of one size fits all in the beauty industry. As Ee Ting Ng, founder and formulator in chief of bespoke skincare brand hop & cotton agrees, "It’s fantastic that people are recognising that their skin needs are unique and that they no longer have to settle for ‘one-size-fit-all’ products". Thanks to the internet, consumers are smarter than ever. They have access to information about almost every product available on the market – all that is required is a Google search. In the ever so saturated beauty industry; consumers, more than ever, are demanding more from beauty companies. With increased competition, there is more demand for innovation - something different, a product that sets itself apart from all the others. What better way to set a product apart from the rest when it is tailor-made? A product that is unique as the of individual it was created for and targets specific concerns and needs for that person. Thanks to advancements in technology, bespoke and customisation are no longer just reserved for suits and gowns – its skin deep in our beauty products too. I had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Ee Ting to find out a little bit more about tailor-made beauty and the process of creating a bespoke custom skincare product.Read More
Well, not too long ago the eventful year that was 2017 came to an end - what a year it was! For me, 2017 marked a year of new chapters (I got married!!), new adventures (an interstate move) and new opportunities (exciting new roles at work). It threw many challenges my way but with new challenges, it is an opportunity to learn and grow as a person.
One of the goals that I had in 2017 was to use up more product and with that in mind, I was inspired to write more empty posts throughout the year. I have really enjoyed writing these posts as it gives me an idea of what I have used up, what products I really did love using and also a great way for me to communicate what I thought of products, as I can't review everything in detail. I usually struggle to hit empty with products but I found by trying to create an Empties Post every month, I am more motivated to use what I have already opened more. The end of 2017 was a busy one for me, and I managed to use up a few recurring favourites at the end of the year, discover some brilliant new products and of course use up things that perhaps were not quite for me.Read More
Hello, hello! It's been such a long time since I last posted. I am so sorry. It's been a very hectic few weeks for me. For those who do not know, I recently started a new job and with any new role, there is a lot of new things to learn. My brain unfortunately just hasn't had the capacity to write any blog posts as of late as when I come home from work, I am literally brain dead! However, as I am now settling in, you will see and hear from me much more often. It is so nice to be back writing on the blog though and we are well into the silly/festive season.
It's a little scary to think that Christmas is not too far away (with just a little over a week to go!) and that 2017 will come to an end soon (is anyone else wondering where has 2017 gone?). Isn't it crazy that we begin a new an exciting 2018 in a little over 2 weeks? Whilst we are well into the festive season, I know many of us are still Christmas shopping and looking for some beautiful gifts for our loved ones. As a skincare lover, I adore sharing my passion with my friends and family and often find myself purchasing skincare related gifts for my family and friends. With that in mind, I thought I would share some gift ideas for those special people in our lives and of course, a little splurging for ourselves is always necessary.Read More
There are a few brands out there which continuously bring out products in which I cannot fault - I am sure that many of you will agree that Jordan Samuel Skin is one of those brands. A skincare range that adopts the less is more philosophy, the brand welcomed some new additions to the line recently - one of them being a moisturiser. I was incredibly lucky to have been gifted some of these recent new additions and I have found that over the past few weeks I have been often reaching for Jordan's new moisturiser called The Performance Cream.
In true Jordan Samuel fashion, this moisturiser isn't about cutting-edge high tech technology, instead, it adopts an 'it just works approach'. Fuelled by carefully thought out ingredients, Jordan Samuel Skin's The Performance Cream is everything that you could ever want in a moisturiser.Read More
This October empties post is a little delayed - I am so sorry but there have been all sorts of developments happening at the moment in my personal life in the past 10 days, its been hard to keep up! I promise that everything is fine, as is the Mr, my family and loved ones. Life just 'happens' sometimes and there isn't much that you can do except take it as it comes and tackle it the best way that you can. I promise that it does pay off!
As I write this, it is getting towards what I call the 'business' end of the year. We are all slowly getting to the homestretch of the end of 2017, Christmas is looming and before we know it 2018 will have come round. I personally can't believe that I am writing an October Empties post, as for me it stills feels like I am in July! Like the previous month, I am quite proud to have made a little dent in my skincare and beauty empties. There are some old/holy grail favourites in here mixed with some pleasant surprises as well. Read on to find out what I have used up over the past month!Read More
Here I am, back again reviewing another product from The Ordinary Line - this time it's their foray into makeup. Not too long ago DECIEM's The Ordinary released The Colours Range - a range of colour products that like the skincare range, aimed to disrupt the beauty industry. Disrupt it most certainly did - at one stage earlier in the year, the products from the range had a waiting list of over 25 000 people. Priced at USD$7/GBP£5.70/AUD$13 for 30ml, its no wonder that it was a waiting game, as you cannot beat the value of a makeup product at that price point. I know that a lot of the foundations I cost a great deal more! Curious to know what the fuss was about, I put my name on several waitlists for a restock of these famed foundations. It wasn't until recently that finally got my hands one and purchased a bottle and gave it for a test run. The results were pleasantly surprising...Read More
I get asked a lot about my thoughts on Glossier and the products I have used from them in the past. There is no doubt that the brand has done so well in its relatively short lifespan. Glossier founder Emily Weiss has seen the brand become one of the beauty industry's biggest disrupters since the brand launched in 2014. In an industry where there are so many players, Glossier's success is quite remarkable. This success comes down its brilliant marketing and the constant openness to customer feedback in product creation.
If I were to be completely honest, like with any beauty brand I don't find all of Glossier's products to be fabulous. Whilst, the brand has some fierce brand loyalty, not all of their products quite work for me. For starters, I actually find their skincare offerings pretty average (Milky Jelly Cleanser is the exception). In saying that, where Glossier performs for me is in their makeup range.
Glossier redefines my thoughts on beauty products, forcing me to rethink how I view particular products or textures. For example, I never knew I needed an eyebrow product until I used Boy Brow and because of Glossier's Cloud Paint, I actually am open to cream blushes. Their products are not the most innovative, but Glossier have created possibly the most user-friendly products out on the market. I can attest to that because I am the epitome of lazy when it comes to applying makeup, I hate fuss and I hate makeup caked on.
I love a lot of Glossier's makeup range because it is the exact opposite of complicated - it's fuss-free, easy to apply and gives me that perfect no makeup look. Here is a round up of my top three Glossier products.Read More
Ranavat Botanics is a relatively new skincare line that recently made its debut at Indie Beauty Expo in New York. The brand's founder, Michelle Ranavat, is passionate about sourcing unique ingredients and blending these ingredients together to create a range of luxurious masks and mists. Her formulations are based on recipes that are over 5000 years old and each formulation is supported by the art of Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Michelle unearths some fantastic ingredients in her concoctions, sourcing botanicals such as neem, ginseng and Ashwagandha.
The main inspiration behind the Ranavat Botanics line are the Indian Royals who Michelle says 'were obsessed with living eternally and spent their days being pampered'. She goes on to say, "the Indian Royals highly prioritised self-care and had a sound understanding of what they put on their bodies would have an impact on their longevity and quality of life". This way of living influenced the Ranavat Botanics main belief in finding one's 'Royal Ritual', a ritual that encourages moments of self-care and pure indulgence.
Consisting of 6 products (with plans to expand later on), Ranavat Botanics has debuted with 3 masks and 3 tonics - products that demand moments of relaxation and pampering - a welcome relief for many. Michelle herself is a huge fan of masks, saying “I personally love masks. I think they are so luxurious, and I love the idea of customisation and freshness.” A little while ago, I had the pleasure of being sent the Ranavat Botanics Kiss of Royal Tea Masque and Jasmine Tonique with a little message encouraging me to go on a journey of self-care to discover my own royal ritual. Since receiving these little treats, I have been happily using the mask almost every week now and have found that it does take me on a journey of self-indulgence and also leaves my skin looking nourished, hydrated and oh so very calm.Read More