October ’16 faves

Hi Petals,

I haven’t posted a monthly favourites in a while – soz. I always mention the products that I’m loving, either here or through Instagram, just not always in this format. But,  I thought I’d do a quick round up of my current loves, as there a quite a few. October itself was suuuper busy for me. I moved house, attended heaps of events, went to an engagement party and a concert. I absolutely love this time of the year, things start to get busy, the weather is heating up and things start to feel a bit festive; and now that I am living across the road from the beach,  you’ll catch me there most mornings and afternoons.

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The Beauty Chef – Probiotic Skin Refiner

This little bottle of goodness is pure liquid gold. This toner exfoliates, balances the skin all while hydrating your cute little mug. The AHA’s are reaaaaly gentle, so I’ve been using this daily, if not twice. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. My skin is left so seriously smooth, plump and fresh. My face is sporting a new brightness and clarity, which I can thank The Beauty Chef for. I have unfortunately ran out of this little guy, but I will definitely be re-purchasing. Although this toner is a little on the pricey side, I am so happy with the results that it really doesn’t phase me all that much – Plus I love supporting Australian businesses.

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in Baci and Caramello 

I had noticed these liquid lippies getting around on the ‘gram for a while but had no intention of grabbing them. I was browsing through Mecca at Bondi one day and next thing I know I’m walking out, Mecca bag in hand with two of these little babes coming home with me. But no buyers remorse here, I am sooooo glad I picked these up. The formula is beautiful, quite thin and watery, but super opaque. The colours are jam-packed full of pigment, they’re really long lasting and very comfortable. As for the shades, they’re perfect. Caramello is the most perfect nude that I have been wearing to death. Baci is a delicious subtle mauve-y neutral that I love to wear both during the day and out at night. Very welcomed additions to my liquid lip collection. I have my eye on the shade called Patina as well – If you buy it for me I’ll be your best friend?

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Chanel Soleil Tan De Chanel

There is a reason why this product is so raved about – it is utter perfection. From the moment I lifted the lid and my eyes fell upon this dreamy chocolatey swirl, I was done for. But then to see how well it performed… well, I was ready to sell all my belongings to fund some sort of  ‘Honey I Shrunk The Kids’ gadget enabling me to live inside this pot of magic for the rest of my life.  But apparently the technology in a 80’s science fiction family film doesn’t exist. Who would have thought? Anyway this bronzer just blends out in the most perfectly natural way, giving the skin a stunning sunkissed glow. I apply this with a damp beauty blender and push it into the areas on my face that the sun hits. It is a much more subtle contour than the ‘instagram look’ which is much more my pace. I adore this. I will buy Soleil Tan De Chanel for evermore. The end.

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HEMPME Face Cream*

I am sure you are all familiar with the benefits of Hemp skincare. It is an amazing anti-inflammatory, it is great at hydrating the skin and can even prevent acne with its antibacterial properties. Hempme have created a certified organic face cream that is just heavenly. The moisturiser is really light and absorbs quickly, leaving the skin really hydrated and happy. I even noticed a mattifying effect on my greaseball of face which is a very welcome result. My boyfriend, Kane, has commandeered this now, so I am forever searching for it and fishing it out of his ute/esky/backpack/various manly storage items. I think I’ll have to purchase another and keep it under wraps, so that I’ll actually get to thoroughly use it. I love this face cream.

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ONNE Body Balancing Balm*

Yes, yes, so much yes! I love this body moisturiser. It is super hydrating and is perfect for fake tan up-keep. It is rich but absorbs quickly. And the scent makes me want to swing in a shady hammock between a couple of coconut trees, mojito in hand. I love the smell of coconut, but not when it is super sweet and artificial. This is like creamy coconut goodness that you just want to smell forever. I have only recently discovered ONNE, but man, I am impressed.

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Universal Daily Peel*

If you’re a regular reader of the blog, you would have read about these little babies a couple of posts back, so I won’t go into too much detail. When my Probiotic Skin Refiner started to run out, I began alternating between it and these Daily Peels. These are really practical and easy to use. My skin is refined, refreshed and silky smooth. I ADORE these. My skin has never looked so good. I cannot stress to you enough how incredible these wipes are.

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Bioderma Sensibio Tonique Toning Lotion*

Yes another toner – I must be on a toner binge lately. But unlike the last two in this post, this toner isn’t a treatment, but just your regular humble hydrating toner. As the weather heats up, I like to swipe a toner over my face a couple of times a day to refresh. Bioderma is an incredible brand that is known for its innovative and consistently outstanding performing products and this product certainly fits into that category. Created for sensitive skin, Sensibio Tonique is gentle but full of hydration. It removes any oily build up, soothes the skin and brightens my complexion. I have really been enjoying this little number.

Dusty Girls Mineral Blush in Golden Delicious *

If you read much of my ramblings, you’d be aware that I adore all things MooGoo. I have been a big time lover and user of their products for over 4 years. Without fail, I always revert back to their wholesome, sustainable and just bloody good products. Their make up line Dusty Girls is no different. Although I haven’t used a lot of the colour products, I have used their Earth Cream for years also. I was lucky enough to be invited to a Blogger Lunch and was able to swatch all their cosmetics. And this little beauty caught my eye from the start. The peachy, golden coral shade is my ultimate go-to blush shade. It is a beautiful pop of colour giving the skin a beautiful natural glow. The formula does look a little shimmery in the pan but creates the most stunning sheen across the cheek, subtly highlighting the cheek bone. Also, being a mineral product, it is actually good for your skin and doesn’t block pores and what not. This blush can be used as a stunning natural crease colour for any eye look.  I have been using this little baby daily and I adore the way it looks. If you love natural, sustainable products, that are also Australian made, or if you just love a really gorgeous blush, do yourself a favour and get on to Golden Delicious. I have a code for 15% off on the Dusty Girls website, just enter ‘jointheherd’ at checkout and get your goodies cheaper! Valid until the end of the year. I make no money off this code, just want to share the savings.

Have you used any of these products? What were your monthly faves?

Speak soon my loves,

Camille x

*DISCLAIMER – Although this product was sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional, nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.

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Let’s talk trash #3

Hi friends,

I haven’t done an empties post in many moons, so it is safe to say that I have a lot.  I’ll only stick to the products worth mentioning (good and bad)

Skinstitut – L-lactic Cleanser

I think I have spoken about this before in a favourites blog, but it deserves another mention.  This cleanser is so effective but doesn’t dry out my skin or leave it feeling tight. L-Lactic Cleanser actually hydrates and nourishes the skin, while working on congested areas and improving the skins integrity. Over time my skin looks much more healthy and even has a bit of a glow about it.  I have already repurchased this cleanser and will again and again.

Dr Bronners Pure Castle Liquid Soap – Tea Tree

This soap is incredible – It is completely organic, plus the ingredients are ethically sourced and fair trade certified. That alone is impressive, however this humble liquid soap is impressive for so many other reasons, upwards of 18 to be exact. Dr Bronners can be used to wash almost anything. I use it on the floors, when I clean the bathroom, if I’ve ran out of body wash, to wash my fruit and veggies even. But what I love it best for is cleaning my make-up brushes. My brushes come up sparkling! Even those beautiful white Zoeva brushes that are always stained orange and red, they come up as good as new and with very little effort.  I’ve already gone through 2 of these and there are 2 brand new Lavender  and Rose scented bottles waiting for me. I highly recommend.

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Trefiel Anti Aging Lace Hydromask

This has got to be the most beautiful sheet mask I have ever used – And silly me forgot to take a photo! The mask looks like black lace on your skin, much better than those scary white cloth sheet masks.  Trefiel Lace Hydromask boasts premium ingredients like Hyaluronic Acid, Aloe Vera and Vitamin E for hydration, skin repair and free-radical protection. The ingredients are also plant-based and GMO free, meaning they contain no nasty chemicals and won’t harm your precious skin.  The mask feels cool and soothing on the skin and is much easier to wear than other sheet masks. This mask is really lovely to use, I will definitely re-purchase (Sorry again for not taking a picture of the beautiful lace detail)

Skinny Tan – Body Mousse

If you have been reading for a while you know that I h ave never been much of  a fake tanner, until recently. This little bottle of sunshine changed all of that. This tanner is so easy to use with beautiful natural-streak free results. Never had I used a product with such a natural bronze colour, without being too orange. The mousse is so easy to buff in and not-at-all sticky. It does transfer slightly on clothes, but didn’t stain my sheets at all. The scent isn’t offensive, the tan lasts for over a week and wears off evenly.  I have also gotten so many uses out of the one bottle, I am amazed. This little guy has turned me into a weekly tanner.

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Antipodes – Aura Manuka Honey Mask

I am sure Aura isn’t a stranger to regular readers of the blog; I adore this mask.  Full of antibacterial properties and intense hydration, this mask is so soothing, nourishing and gets to work on any pesky pimples. This can be left on for 10 minutes, an hour or all night for an especially intense treatment. Aura smells of juicy mandarin and creamy vanilla, and it spreads so easily all over the face. It really is a pleasure to use. I like to massage the mask into my skin using a jade roller for better absorption. I am truly sad that my tube has run out, but with so many other hyrdration masks waiting to get on my face, it’s only fair I don’t re-purchase just yet….. but it will certainly make its way back into my stash in no time. I would like 1x life supply of Aura please, skincare gods.

Bioderma Sebium AKN Purifying Corrective Care Fluid.

I usually love Bioderma – They have innovative products that are of such a high-quality, I am often surprised that they are sold in Priceline. But this little guy, let me down. This Corrective Care Fluid states that it is a purifying, smoothing cream that hydrates and eliminates blemishes and blackheads. For me, none of these statements ring true. The fluid is very thin, I find no moisturising benefits for my skin. I used the whole tube, which lasted quite a while,  but never noticed a difference in blackheads, smoothing or purifying. I had read that some people used this as a primer, but when I tried this, the product just seemed to ball up under my foundation. I sadly found nothing positive about this. But that is not to say that it won’t work for anybody else. My love for Bioderma will forever remain.

Loreal Hair Expertise EverStrong Strengthening and Repairing Mask Treatment

This was another disappointing product  for me. I use a hair treatment mask every time I wash my hair; I am all about that soft, hydrated hair life. I cannot function if my hair is knotty or dry.  I was looking forward to this treatment, it is marketed as Loreal’s most gentle treatment and is 100% sulphate-free. But unfortunately it was a little too gentle, in that it did nothing for me. The mask is fairly runny but has a beautiful fresh scent. It applies effortlessly and feels lovely in the hair. However, after washing and drying my hair was dry and felt similar to straw. I played around with the amount I used but kept getting similar results. I won’t be purchasing this guy again.

 

 

Speak soon lovers,

 

Camille x

 

*DISCLAIMER – Although some products were sent for my consideration, all views and opinions are 100% honest. All opinions are based purely from my own experiences. I try my hardest to provide my readers with accurate information, but I am not by any means a professional nor am I an expert. Please do not confuse my opinions with professional advice.