As we countdown to Christmas (its less than 2 weeks away...eeeeep!), I thought I would quickly take the chance to go over some of my skincare empties that I have had this past 6 weeks. Again, I have had the chance to be able to sample and try some fantastic products (many of these are sample sizes) and some have eventuated into repurchases and will be items I will post definitely repurchase again and again. So here goes my last empties post for 2016! Enjoy!Read More
Can you believe that Christmas is in just two weeks...yes TWO WEEKS! Where has 2016 gone? Before we even know it, the crazy Christmas rush will be over and we will be preparing ourselves to welcome in the new year - 2017 is just around the corner. However, before I can even worry about 2017 (a big year for me!), I need to overcome Christmas!
I absolutely love Christmas. It is such a happy, buzzing and exciting time of year I find - no matter where you are in the world. All the stores are decked out in glorious Christmas decorations, Christmas carols are to be heard left, right and centre and there is just so much excitement in the air. I absolutely love watching children's faces light up over the amazement and magic of a beautifully decorated tree, Christmas lights or a toy that they have seen recently. It reminds me of my own childhood. The other thing I absolutely love about Christmas is giving - I love present buying (and the wrapping to follow after - seriously my house is currently a paper bomb of wrapping paper and ribbon) and nothing makes me happier to see my friends and family receive and unwrap a present.
In saying that, Christmas gift buying can be incredibly hard for loved ones so I thought I would make a little gift guide to give some Christmas inspiration for you all. Most of these suggestions are beauty or skincare related - so it is perfect for those skincare addicts like myself who want to pass on that passion to their loved ones. My gift guide contains ideas for the following people: Secret Santa/Co-Workers, The Man in Your Life, Best Friend/Sister, Mothers, The Person Who Has Everything and also those who want something a little more indulgent. Have fun and I hope it helps you!Read More
November is fast approaching to an end and we are on the home stretch for the final month of 2016 - December. November has been an exciting month for me as I had the chance to travel again to several different countries (even though it was for business or wedding purposes) and also the have had the amazing opportunity to meet and connect some amazing and inspiring people. I feel that I have learnt so much in the past 25 days and I am so grateful that I have had the opportunity to grow and expand my knowledge. As I look back and reflect on November, I realise that it has been a fantastic and incredibly productive month
This month's November skincare favourites has been a tough one as I have had the chance to try some fantastic products and I have also added a few different products into my routines as well. It was so hard for me to narrow it down to my usual five favourites. This month, I have found that there have been some stand outs in the new products that I have tried (Jordan Samuel Skin, I am looking at you) and some pleasant surprises too!Read More
In doing my research in face oils for the past few weeks, I have started to notice a growing trend for more rare or harder to find carrier oils. Don't get me wrong, oils such as grapeseed, argan, almond, jojoba and rosehip oil are fantastic and really do have some wonderful benefits to the skin. However, in saying that, as consumers we are always wanting to discover and find out more and see what other products are potentially fantastic for our skin. Oils that are found in exotic locations or that are wild harvested have started to gain more appeal. In this part of the series of Understanding Face Oils, I have decided to briefly look at four emerging types of carrier oils that I have noticed are being used more often and do a quick overview of how these oils can be beneficial to the skin. These oils include Marula Oil (a huge hit in Australia at the moment thanks to the Mecca launch of African Botanics and Drunk Elephant Skincare), Camellia Seed Oil, Tamanu Oil and Prickly Pear Seed Oil.Read More
We live in a world where we have many choices when it comes to products, especially when it comes to skincare products. Rewind back to 5 or 10 years ago, finding beautiful all natural skincare would have been incredibly hard. Fast forward to now, the green beauty market is one of the most fastest growing and lucrative markets out there. As consumers now we have so much choice when it comes to natural products, especially when it comes to face oils.
In a market that is incredibly competitive, we now also have options from face oils that are incredibly kind on the wallet like those from Boots, Sukin or Trilogy. On the other end of the spectrum we have luxuriously priced face oils such as those from Rodin, May Lindstrom, 5YINA, African Botanics and of course Vintner's Daughter. There are also the happy in between oils like those offerings from Antipodes Skincare and Drunk Elephant Skincare. With the array of different facial oils on the market these days, many which offer similar solutions but with a broad price range, its incredibly hard for the average person to pick one oil.
However, with such a vast range of different oils available on the market, how can one oil cost $20 whilst others companies are charging well over $250 for their formulations? This is something I personally used to struggle with as I just felt I couldn't shell out so much money for a skincare product. Was it really worth it? My view points have changed as I have started to develop an appreciation for these beautiful creations (my bank account does not like this at all) and as I learn more about skincare, I can truly appreciate the time, energy, passion, and monetary costs that are involved. In writing this post, I decided to reach out to some of the more luxuriously priced companies that produce these face oils to understand exactly WHY their oils maybe more than others in the market. As I read through my email correspondence, I start to notice that there is more to these popular face oils than meets the eye. As Julia Noik from African Botanics put it perfectly, "when it comes to ingredients and formulations on the market, not everything is as it looks". Put simply, everything is not as black and white as many of us may think. There is so much more to making and creating these facial oils than pretty packaging and marketing - the reasons why these oils are probably more expensive than your average Organic Rosehip Seed Oil from the drugstore does come down to its quality, method of extraction and the general design process.
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September has been a busy month for me but I somehow still manage to find the time to trawl through the internet and Instagram and discover some really interesting new skincare brands or products (my current travels in Seoul are a perfect example of this). I find that trawling through websites and Instagram extremely therapeutic and it is a great way for me to wind down after a long day - it also feeds my skincare obsession, whether it be online 'window shopping', reading through some reviews on other blogs or just seeing what comes up on my 'Explore' feed on Instagram. Since moving back home to Perth, I have had many opportunities where I have wanted to zone out from my daily life and in doing so have discovered some really unique and beautiful sounding skincare companies that are still focused on making their skincare in small batches. It is so obvious that the founders of these skincare companies put so much of their love, passion, heart and soul into each and every product created.
Each of the brands I speak about today all have their little 'niche' and their own story to tell. In the mix I have also featured a new book which I have stumbled upon by celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe. This book, although coming from a makeup artist focuses very heavily on the art of caring from your skin, starting from what you put inside your body and then with what you use on the outside - a really important lesson for many of us! Enjoy reading my little round up of skincare discoveries for this month.Read More