Happy Sunday every one! I hope you’ve all had a great week. (The intro to this did say happy hump day but I didn’t end up finishing this post until today, it’s just been one of those weeks!) I hope you enjoy my usual ‘babble’ of what I’ve been loving in the skin care department.. Let me know in the comment section if there’s anything else you’d like to know or if you’ve tried any of these!
So let’s see what we have here…
First up I have a few Philosophy bits from a mini gift pack I bagged from David Jones really cheap. It was amongst all the reduced Christmas sets although this didn’t actually look like a Christmas special edition. It was a set including 30ml of both the night & day renewed hope in a jar, a 120ml microdelivery exfoliating wash, a 30ml of each part microdelivery peel (which I haven’t even tried yet) and a 30ml purity cleanser (which I’ve used and loved for a long time now). As the purity cleanser was the only thing I had tried I just had to grab it to try the rest.
Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar – Day & Night
I love Philosophy as a brand so have been interested in using more of their products for a while now, and have always heard good things about the Renewed Hope moisturisers so was excited to try these and they have not let me down!
Both very similar to each other in the way they feel, a luxurious cream gel formula, just the night cream is a tad thicker. They both soak in well with no greasy residue, leaving my skin feeling soft but very supple. Makeup applies beautifully to the day cream as it creates a gorgeous base. The night cream leaves me waking up with calm, soft and plumped out skin. I’ve really enjoyed using these together as I feel the general benefits of this product haven’t been put to their full potential without mixing it up with other moisturisers, and not being 100% sure which one is working the best! These are both working in the same way, keeping my face very smooth, glowy and calm.
My skin is quite normal at the moment, not very oily or dry, and I go from one to the other when winter approaches. But being autumn I feel these are perfect for right now. Although I definitely think I would rely on them when my skin is dry too as it soaks in so beautifully.
They do have a scent, the night being a bit more perfumed than the day, although this hasn’t had any negative affects on me. Like a typical face cream smell (if you get me) but with a fresh citrusy smell mixed in, it reminds me of a perfume I used to own, maybe Dolce & Gabbana light blue?
Would definitely purchase the full size of these as they have been a great, fuss free, smoothing, calming and plumping all round moisturiser, no fault whatsoever!
Philosophy The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash
The only other thing I’ve tried from that kit for the first time and again, it’s been a solid fault free product. It’s my only physical exfoliator at the moment. It’s a clear gel that foams up slightly and has tiny-tiny micro exfoliants in it. I use it 2/3 times a week and it honestly leaves my skin feeling so soft.
It doesn’t have a scent, and feels quite mild on my skin. Again something I would happily repurchase and keep as a go-to physical exfoliant.
Philosophy Time In A Bottle Serum 42.8ml ($99 AUD)
Ok, Philosophy overload, and no this is not sponsored!! I just love the brand as it’s fuss free, and most of it I’ve tried works well! Including this serum.. It’s an anti ageing, repairing, and preventing serum meaning its healing old damage, preventing future, and treating the current.
The fun part! – So I’m not sure how many other products out there have this concept, but this came in two parts, the main 40ml white glass pump bottle, and a tiny 2.8ml bottle of a red liquid that you add to the larger one and shake together when you first open it, which activates the ingredients. Cool ey?
The consistency is very fluid, and from the addition red solution is pink in colour with the most micro fleck of shimmer through it which probably helps with the appearance of more youthful skin.
I must say it does work well, although haven’t been blown away by this in the sense that I don’t see and feel a huge difference day-to-day. That said I do trust that it’s doing its job and as my skin has been quite well-behaved of late and does look fairly even, I’m just putting it down to my whole regime including this. Some serums just feel so good and really feel like you wake up with new skin or makes makeup apply really nicely, this stuff doesn’t really do any of that, I think it just gets to work quietly on its own and would probably be good as a long-term thing. I’m also at an age (28) where ageing isn’t really that visible, so won’t see a huge difference anyway, but at the same time it IS happening so definitely need to be using anti-ageing products. I am currently using this mostly twice a day, but definitely every night as skincare work harder at night.
I have nothing bad to say about this and am sure it’s doing great things, but as there are so many fantastic serums out there I would probably come back to this further down the track. Would repurchase, just not straight away..
NARS Skin Multi-Action Hydrating Toner 200ml ($46 AUD)
I wanted a simple hydrating toner for the winter as part of my combat against dry skin (last year was the first time ever I suffered with a full face of dry skin, I’ve always been so oily that winter was never a problem but I think it’s from living in Perth as it’s even dry here in the summer. That and maybe getting older?). And as I am pretty positive I’ve heard Caroline Hirons – skin guru say before.. “a good moisturising toner acts as the butter to the sandwich” leaving the avocado as the moisturiser etc etc, get me? So was on a mission to find the right one for the job! After trawling through trusty Mecca’s website and reading all the reviews, this one stood out for me along with the ingredients.
It claims to be a multi purpose toner as it exfoliates the skin, reduces the appearance of pores and evens skin tone. Tick, tick and tick!
It also claims to have light active micro-prisms, algae extract and Polynesian sea water which all sound perfect in a toner.
It smells like a typical good toner, which is not of much but has a subtle gentle old-fashioned skin care scent.
The packaging is one of my favourite things about it. It’s a chunky, solid white cuboid with a nice black pump. Simple things!
This makes my skin feel bright, smooth and moisturised before I even apply my serum etc, and will continue to use this for as long as I can purchase it. A faultless toner I can’t see any reason to change it for anything else, apart from being a beauty junkie that gets way too intrigued by the next thing to come along…
Frank Body Lip Scrub 15ml ($10.95 AUD)
Ok, so I thought I’d be able to sum up that toner in far fewer words but ended up babbling as usual. So let’s see if I can keep a simple lip scrub description simple!
Again, another winter defence product I went on the hunt for, and this one sounded divine! It’s the first product I’ve ever actually tried from Frank Body and the first lip scrub I’ve ever owned, and I’ve not been disappointed! Its 100% natural which I would almost expect in a lip scrub as they aren’t hard to make so anything natural would be unnecessary. Made from ground robusta coffee and coffee seed oil, raw sugar, cold-pressed macadamia oil and ethically sourced beeswax, it tastes like sweet coffee (YUM) and is definitely good enough to eat, I tried.
Does the trick, leaves my lips feeling soft and moisturised after simply rubbing on with a finger, wiping/rinsing off and then leaving a sweet taste on your lips. Even though it does leave an oily/ moisturising film, I then follow with lip balm and I’m all prepped for lippy or bed time depending on when I scrub up!
Lush Ultrabland Facial Cleanser
I was lucky enough to receive this as part of my goodie back when attending the Bloggers United Australia’s 2nd birthday bash at Lush Perth, and am SO happy to have been given the chance to try the things they gave us as I m not sure I would have ended up trying half of it down the track.
This cleanser is a rich, creamy, oily cleanser that’s great at removing makeup and as part of a daily double cleanse.
Lately, as I mentioned in my product review of the Caroline Hirons & Pixi double cleanser I’ve been really enjoying the cleansing routine at night, just really taking my time to enjoy it like a relaxing massage, and this is honestly my favourite product for that! Whether I am using it to remove makeup or just on its own, its the kind of cleanser that you can keep going, and going, just massaging away until you wake up and realise it’s time to get to bed! It’s honestly so thick and oily, I love it!
Its made from almond oil, rose-water, beeswax, honey, along with other lovely skin loving ingredients and smells very natural, more on the honey side which is gorgeous.
After massaging I then take a warm wet flannel and gently wipe it away. It leaves my skin feeling moisturised as it is without really feeling the need to apply moisturiser! I use this once or twice a week for a luxurious cleanse, and will LOVE this all winter to keep my skin super soft and moisturised as well as beautifully clean.
That’s it for all the skin care I’ve been very happy to have introduced to my life of late, a long babbling pst as usual so congratulations and thank you if you make it to the end! I probably need to condense it down to single product reviews, but I usually save those for products that I’m extra excited about! We’ll see… Anyway I will shut up now… Till next time!
**Disclaimer – All of these products (bar one as stated) were bought by me, and all views are honest and my own**